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** Acererak the lich/demilich (varies) has been the main in at least one module or dungeon per edition. He's, of course, most central for TabletopGame/TombOfAnnihilation, but he was also the big bad of its sequel where he supposedly died (HAH!), and most recently appeared as the GreaterScopeVillain for the 5E module Tomb of Annihilation, where he planned to create a god. As you do.

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** Acererak the lich/demilich (varies) has been the main in at least one module or dungeon per edition. He's, of course, most central for TabletopGame/TombOfAnnihilation, TabletopGame/TombOfHorrors, but he was also the big bad of its sequel where he supposedly died (HAH!), and most recently appeared as the GreaterScopeVillain for the 5E module Tomb of Annihilation, where he planned to create a god. As you do.

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** Acererak the lich/demilich (varies) has been the main in at least one module or dungeon per edition. He's, of course, most central for TabletopGame/TombOfAnnihilation, but he was also the big bad of its sequel where he supposedly died (HAH!), and most recently appeared as the GreaterScopeVillain for the 5E module Tomb of Annihilation, where he planned to create a god. As you do.

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* ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' plays up Nagash as the central villain of the setting, with Chaos getting a bit of a demotion (due to having spent centuries getting soft and overconfident after one big win).

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** ''Giantslayer'' has Volstus the Storm Tyrant, a megalomaniac storm giant seeking to conquer Avistan and the surrounding lands.
** ''Hell's Rebels'' has the mad inquisitor Barzillai Thrune, the tyrannical Lord Mayor of Kintargo with dire plans for the city and the entire region of Cheliax.
** ''Strange Aeons'' has Count Haserton Lowls, a cultist of Hastur scheming to bring his master one step closer to true divinity.
** ''Ironfang Invasion'' has the hobgoblin warlord Azaersi, leader of the titular Ironfang Legion, who has embarked on a seemingly unstoppable campaign of conquest in Nirmathas.
** ''Ruins of Azlant'' has Ochymua, a veiled master planning to reenact the catastrophe that destroyed Azlanti a long time ago.


* In general, in any cooperative game without a traitor, the game itself is the metaphysical BigBad.
* Divis Mal from ''TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}'' is probably the biggest candidate for being a BigBad, though there are definitely other threats out there. [[spoiler: [[MutantDraftBoard Project Utopia]], for example, which is actually ''more'' of a candidate for the setting's BigBad than Divis Mal, since their protocol of sterilising all novas they induct into their services ''causes'' the very nova/baseline apocalyptic war that Divis Mal always warned was inevitable if novas trusted baselines.]]

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* In general, in any cooperative game without a traitor, the game itself is the metaphysical BigBad.
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* Divis Mal from ''TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}'' is probably the biggest candidate for being a BigBad, Big Bad, though there are definitely other threats out there. [[spoiler: [[MutantDraftBoard Project Utopia]], for example, which is actually ''more'' of a candidate for the setting's BigBad Big Bad than Divis Mal, since their protocol of sterilising all novas they induct into their services ''causes'' the very nova/baseline apocalyptic war that Divis Mal always warned was inevitable if novas trusted baselines.]]



* The BigBad in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' varies between settings and editions, but the recurring cast is Asmodeus (a {{Satan}} stand-in), Vecna (the god of the liches), Tharizdun (the god of {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s), Orcus (a ridiculously powerful demon lord who rules the undead), and Lolth / Lloth (the goddess of the eeeviiilll Drow).

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* The BigBad Big Bad in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' varies between settings and editions, but the recurring cast is Asmodeus (a {{Satan}} stand-in), Vecna (the god of the liches), Tharizdun (the god of {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s), Orcus (a ridiculously powerful demon lord who rules the undead), and Lolth / Lloth (the goddess of the eeeviiilll Drow).



** The Ebon Dragon embodies the principle of BigBad-hood [[spoiler:and is running the plan to reclaim the world with the Scarlet Empress as his thrall]]. And he was one of the creators of the world. In fact, he created the [[BigGood God of]] [[TheHero Heroism]] solely for the purpose to define his own existence.
** Chejop Kejak can be seen as the BigBad for the returned Solars. The Sidereal old man engineered the Usurpation of the Solar Deliberative! ... [[AntiVillain Well, he had his reasons]].

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** The Ebon Dragon embodies the principle of BigBad-hood Big Bad-hood [[spoiler:and is running the plan to reclaim the world with the Scarlet Empress as his thrall]]. And he was one of the creators of the world. In fact, he created the [[BigGood God of]] [[TheHero Heroism]] solely for the purpose to define his own existence.
** Chejop Kejak can be seen as the BigBad Big Bad for the returned Solars. The Sidereal old man engineered the Usurpation of the Solar Deliberative! ... [[AntiVillain Well, he had his reasons]].



* From the ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' setting [[EagleLand Freedom City]], Darkseid-expy [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Omega]] may qualify as a possible BigBad, [[OmnicidalManiac due to his desire to drag the entire universe into the Terminus with him]]. There is also the mysterious ManOfWealthAndTaste, [[ObviouslyEvil Mr. Infamy]], who [[LiteralGenie grants]] [[JackassGenie wishes]], for a [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor payment to be specified later]]. His calling card [[NumberOfTheBeast sure has a lot of sixes on it]].

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* From the ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' setting [[EagleLand Freedom City]], Darkseid-expy [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Omega]] may qualify as a possible BigBad, Big Bad, [[OmnicidalManiac due to his desire to drag the entire universe into the Terminus with him]]. There is also the mysterious ManOfWealthAndTaste, [[ObviouslyEvil Mr. Infamy]], who [[LiteralGenie grants]] [[JackassGenie wishes]], for a [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor payment to be specified later]]. His calling card [[NumberOfTheBeast sure has a lot of sixes on it]].



** Abbadon the Despoiler, Warmaster of Chaos (Archaon's sci-fi counterpart). Has led thirteen Black Crusades against the Imperium from the Eye of Terror. Thankfully, they were all stopped from reaching Terra, although each time, millions of innocent people on dozens of worlds died. Come the ''Gathering Storm'' arc at the end of 7th Edition, Abaddon smashes aside the Imperial defenses that had held him at bay for so long, setting Chaos as the true BigBad for 8th Edition.

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** Abbadon the Despoiler, Warmaster of Chaos (Archaon's sci-fi counterpart). Has led thirteen Black Crusades against the Imperium from the Eye of Terror. Thankfully, they were all stopped from reaching Terra, although each time, millions of innocent people on dozens of worlds died. Come the ''Gathering Storm'' arc at the end of 7th Edition, Abaddon smashes aside the Imperial defenses that had held him at bay for so long, setting Chaos as the true BigBad Big Bad for 8th Edition.



** The [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranid]] Hivemind. As a faction, they're a good contender for the overall BigBad of ''Warhammer 40000''. Consumed thousands of worlds, and it is hinted that everything we've seen so far is just a ''tiny percentage'' of what they're capable of. Their goal is to sweep through the galaxy and eat every living thing in it, and the scary thing is that at the rate they're going, [[CrapsackWorld they will very likely succeed]].

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** The [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranid]] Hivemind. As a faction, they're a good contender for the overall BigBad Big Bad of ''Warhammer 40000''. Consumed thousands of worlds, and it is hinted that everything we've seen so far is just a ''tiny percentage'' of what they're capable of. Their goal is to sweep through the galaxy and eat every living thing in it, and the scary thing is that at the rate they're going, [[CrapsackWorld they will very likely succeed]].

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* ''TabletopGame/TheOneRing'' features Sauron as the force ultimately behind all the evil in the world, though as he is DoomedByCanon, the players can't actually defeat him and have to content themselves with defeating his [[TheDragon dragons]], which are sometimes literal dragons.


** Abbadon the Despoiler, Warmaster of Chaos (Archaon's sci-fi counterpart). Has led thirteen Black Crusades against the Imperium from the Eye of Terror. Thankfully, they were all stopped from reaching Terra, although each time, millions of innocent people on dozens of worlds died.

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** Abbadon the Despoiler, Warmaster of Chaos (Archaon's sci-fi counterpart). Has led thirteen Black Crusades against the Imperium from the Eye of Terror. Thankfully, they were all stopped from reaching Terra, although each time, millions of innocent people on dozens of worlds died. Come the ''Gathering Storm'' arc at the end of 7th Edition, Abaddon smashes aside the Imperial defenses that had held him at bay for so long, setting Chaos as the true BigBad for 8th Edition.


* From the MutantsAndMasterminds setting [[EagleLand Freedom City]], Darkseid-expy [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Omega]] may qualify as a possible BigBad, [[OmnicidalManiac due to his desire to drag the entire universe into the Terminus with him]]. There is also the mysterious ManOfWealthAndTaste, [[ObviouslyEvil Mr. Infamy]], who [[LiteralGenie grants]] [[JackassGenie wishes]], for a [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor payment to be specified later]]. His calling card [[NumberOfTheBeast sure has a lot of sixes on it]].

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* From the MutantsAndMasterminds ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' setting [[EagleLand Freedom City]], Darkseid-expy [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Omega]] may qualify as a possible BigBad, [[OmnicidalManiac due to his desire to drag the entire universe into the Terminus with him]]. There is also the mysterious ManOfWealthAndTaste, [[ObviouslyEvil Mr. Infamy]], who [[LiteralGenie grants]] [[JackassGenie wishes]], for a [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor payment to be specified later]]. His calling card [[NumberOfTheBeast sure has a lot of sixes on it]].


* For the upcoming {{Mortasheen}} RPG, the genocidal, anti-monster, kill-all-mutants city of Wreathe counts as this in general. For a specific individual [[spoiler: the computer A.R.E. best counts as this]]


* ''{{Exalted}}'' has the Deathlords, ghosts of powerful First Age Solars -- pinnacles of super-human achievements -- who now serve the [[GreaterScopeVillain Neverborn]]. Arguably, the biggest and baddest of them all is the First and Forsaken Lion.

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* ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has the Deathlords, ghosts of powerful First Age Solars -- pinnacles of super-human achievements -- who now serve the [[GreaterScopeVillain Neverborn]]. Arguably, the biggest and baddest of them all is the First and Forsaken Lion.



* In ''MagicTheGathering'', it was formerly Yawgmoth before he got wiped from existence. Now... it's a three-way BigBadEnsemble between [[FromASingleCell the remains]] of [[TheVirus Phyrexia]], [[SealedEvilInACan the Eldrazi]], and [[TheChessmaster Nicol Bolas]].

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* In ''MagicTheGathering'', ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', it was formerly Yawgmoth before he got wiped from existence. Now... it's a three-way BigBadEnsemble between [[FromASingleCell the remains]] of [[TheVirus Phyrexia]], [[SealedEvilInACan the Eldrazi]], and [[TheChessmaster Nicol Bolas]].



* ''TechInfantry'' has a variety of Big Bads, from The Bugs, to Rashid King, to Modred. Ultimately, the biggest bad of all is the CrapsackWorld nature of the universe itself.

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* ''TechInfantry'' ''TabletopGame/TechInfantry'' has a variety of Big Bads, from The Bugs, to Rashid King, to Modred. Ultimately, the biggest bad of all is the CrapsackWorld nature of the universe itself.


* [[SpiritOfTheCentury Dr. Methusala.]] This guy is so much more powerful than any other character that the book suggests you treat him as an event, rather than go into straight up conflict with him.

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* [[SpiritOfTheCentury ''TabletopGame/SpiritOfTheCentury'': Dr. Methusala.]] This guy is so much more powerful than any other character that the book suggests you treat him as an event, rather than go into straight up conflict with him.


*** Perhaps the least powerful, but most iconic (to the point that he made it onto the cover of the Fourth Edition setting book), Big Bad of the setting is the Lord of Blades, a renegade warforged who seeks to subjugate living beings to his kind (and possibly [[AGodAmI become a god in the process]]). He was designed as an antagonist in the vein of traditional [[SuperVillain supervillains]] and is frequently compared among fans to Doctor Doom and/or {{Magneto}}.

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*** Perhaps the least powerful, but most iconic (to the point that he made it onto the cover of the Fourth Edition setting book), Big Bad of the setting is the Lord of Blades, a renegade warforged who seeks to subjugate living beings to his kind (and possibly [[AGodAmI become a god in the process]]). He was designed as an antagonist in the vein of traditional [[SuperVillain supervillains]] and is frequently compared among fans to Doctor Doom and/or {{Magneto}}.ComicBook/{{Magneto}}.



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* Most ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' Adventure Path's feature one:
** ''Rise of the Runelords'' has Karzoug the Claimer, Runelord of Greed, whose resurrection kicks off all the events of the plot.
** ''Curse of the Crimson Throne'' has Queen Ileosa, whose increasingly tyrannical rule the players are trying to overthrow.
** ''Second Darkness'' has Allevrah Azinrae, drow matron of House Azinrae, and the mind behind the plot to cause a second Earthfall.
** ''Legacy of Fire'' has the genie Jhavul, whose plan to fuse with Xotani the Fire-bleeder is the cause of all the story's events.
** ''Council of Thieves'' has tiefling nobleman Eccardian Drovenge, who aims to take over Westcrown for himself.
** ''Kingmaker'' has Nyrissa the mad nymph, who uses every other villain of the Adventure Path for her own ends.
** ''Skull & Shackles'' has Admiral Druvalia Thrune, whose plan to take over the Shackles is responsible for everything the players subsequently go through.
** ''Reign of Winter'' has Queen Elvanna, whose imprisonment of her mother, Baba Yaga, and triggering of the eternal winter spell, are the focus of the plot.
** ''Wrath of the Righteous'' has the demon lord Deskari.
** ''Iron Gods'' features Unity, a computer tyrant that aims to achieve true divinity and antagonizes every other character in the story to do so.


*** Perhaps the least powerful, but most iconic (to the point that he made it onto the cover of the Fourth Edition setting book), Big Bad of the setting is the Lord of Blades, a renegade warforged who seeks to subjugate living beings to his kind (and possibly [[AGodAmI become a god in the process]]). He was designed as an antagonist in the vein of traditional [[SuperVillain supervillains]] and is frequently compared among fans to DoctorDoom and/or {{Magneto}}.

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*** Perhaps the least powerful, but most iconic (to the point that he made it onto the cover of the Fourth Edition setting book), Big Bad of the setting is the Lord of Blades, a renegade warforged who seeks to subjugate living beings to his kind (and possibly [[AGodAmI become a god in the process]]). He was designed as an antagonist in the vein of traditional [[SuperVillain supervillains]] and is frequently compared among fans to DoctorDoom Doctor Doom and/or {{Magneto}}.


** Tharizdun could be seen as the BiggerBad, because as of 4th Edition he is responsible for the current evilness of all of the above villains except Vecna, and in ''Demonomicon'' it is explicitly stated that the shard of evil he [[spoiler: created the Abyss with]] gave him a huge power boost. Since he was already a god this makes him the most powerful being in the setting, strong enough that the level cap of 30 isn't high enough for the characters to fight him.

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** Tharizdun could be seen as the BiggerBad, GreaterScopeVillain, because as of 4th Edition he is responsible for the current evilness of all of the above villains except Vecna, and in ''Demonomicon'' it is explicitly stated that the shard of evil he [[spoiler: created the Abyss with]] gave him a huge power boost. Since he was already a god this makes him the most powerful being in the setting, strong enough that the level cap of 30 isn't high enough for the characters to fight him.



* ''{{Exalted}}'' has the Deathlords, ghosts of powerful First Age Solars -- pinnacles of super-human achievements -- who now serve the [[BiggerBad Neverborn]]. Arguably, the biggest and baddest of them all is the First and Forsaken Lion.

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* ''{{Exalted}}'' has the Deathlords, ghosts of powerful First Age Solars -- pinnacles of super-human achievements -- who now serve the [[BiggerBad [[GreaterScopeVillain Neverborn]]. Arguably, the biggest and baddest of them all is the First and Forsaken Lion.

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