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* Scar, the long-dead BigBad of ''Disney/TheLionKing'', serves as this for ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard''. His great-nephew Kion succeeds him in leading the titular Lion Guard, but is constantly worrying about ending up power-mad and destructive like him. In Season 2, however, BigBad Janja decides to resurrect him to gain his help in taking over the Pride Lands, with Scar's spirit now serving as the BigBad of the season after assembling an army of the show's RoguesGallery.
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* Scar, the long-dead BigBad of ''Disney/TheLionKing'', ''Franchise/TheLionKing'', serves as this for ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard''. His great-nephew Kion succeeds him in leading the titular Lion Guard, but is constantly worrying about ending up power-mad and destructive like him. In Season 2, however, BigBad Janja decides to resurrect him to gain his help in taking over the Pride Lands, with Scar's spirit now serving as the BigBad of the season after assembling an army of the show's RoguesGallery.
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* [[spoiler: ''Darkseid'']] was revealed to be this in the finale of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', being the secret collaborator with [[TheSyndicate The Light]], and the show ended before he could take a direct role. When the series was uncancelled, his status as this was reinforced in the episode "Evolution". [[spoiler:Darkseid's invasion of Earth long ago and the deal Vandal Savage made with him at the time to spare Earth (they would conquer the galaxy together before fighting one final conclusive battle against each other for all of it) is the driving force behind Vandal Savage creating The Light in the first place. Everything Vandal did as the founder and leader of The Light was done to forge Earth into a galactic superpower that could take on Apokolips.]]

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* [[spoiler: ''Darkseid'']] was revealed to be this in the Season 2 finale of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', being the secret collaborator with [[TheSyndicate The Light]], and the show ended before he could take a direct role. When the series was uncancelled, his status as this was reinforced in the episode "Evolution". [[spoiler:Darkseid's invasion of Earth long ago and the deal Vandal Savage made with him at the time to spare Earth (they would conquer the galaxy together before fighting one final conclusive battle against each other for all of it) is the driving force behind Vandal Savage creating The Light in the first place. Everything Vandal did as the founder and leader of The Light was done to forge Earth into a galactic superpower that could take on Apokolips.]]


* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' has the Consortium, who are the reason for the nanite event.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' has the Consortium, who are the reason a mysterious and powerful organization responsible for the nanite event.[[MassEmpoweringEvent Nanite Event]]. They later turn out to be the financial backers for [[NGOSuperpower Providence]] and act as the superiors of Season 3's BigBad.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has Doofenshmirtz' parents, whose emotional abuse is what led Doofenshmirtz to become evil.


* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' originally tinkered with such an idea by having Nightmare Moon return because "the stars will aid in her escape", with the idea that ''something'' was responsible for corrupting Nightmare Moon. However with Lauren Faust's departure from the series, the show abandoned this idea and turned Luna into TheAtoner who fell purely due to her own jealousy, while the comic series went another way and had the small-time "Nightmare Forces" be responsible for her (and later "Nightmare Rarity's") corruption, while [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic later]] [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyLegendsOfMagic comics]] [[AlternateContinuity took it in a different direction]] and had Nightmare be TheVirus, with Luna (and later Rarity) forcibly turned into her main vessel(s) and the Forces as innocent DreamWeaver aliens forcibly turned into sub-vessel {{Mooks}}.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' originally tinkered with such an idea by having Nightmare Moon return because "the stars will aid in her escape", with the idea that ''something'' was responsible for corrupting Nightmare Moon. However with Lauren Faust's departure from the series, the show abandoned this idea and turned Luna into TheAtoner who fell purely due to her own jealousy, while the comic series went another way and had the small-time "Nightmare Forces" be responsible for her (and later "Nightmare Rarity's") corruption, while [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic later]] [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyLegendsOfMagic comics]] [[AlternateContinuity later comics [[RetCon took it in a different direction]] and had Nightmare be TheVirus, with Luna (and later Rarity) forcibly turned into her main vessel(s) and the Forces as innocent DreamWeaver aliens forcibly turned into sub-vessel {{Mooks}}.


* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': We first meet Bill Cipher as a seemingly-all-powerful demon who has no problems working with [[BigBad Gideon Gleeful]] as long as Gideon helps him with a mysterious plan in the future. He only appears directly in the penultimate Season 1 episode, "Dreamscaperers", but hints at a darkness approaching far beyond anything Gideon could come up with. Come Season 2, he makes good on his promise, unsurprisingly reveals himself to be said darkness; he then becomes the BigBad personally, and Gideon is DemotedToDragon.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': We first meet Bill Cipher as a seemingly-all-powerful dream demon who has no problems working with [[BigBad Gideon Gleeful]] as long as Gideon helps him with a mysterious plan in the future. He only first appears directly in the penultimate Season 1 episode, episode "Dreamscaperers", but hints at events and background details seen before and during hint that Bill is a darkness approaching far beyond anything Gideon more powerful and dangerous entity than any of the characters could come up with. imagine. Come Season 2, 2 and it turns out that he makes good on his promise, unsurprisingly reveals himself to be said darkness; he then becomes is the true BigBad personally, of the series, and and Gideon is DemotedToDragon.


* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', [[VillainProtagonist Zim]] could probably be seen as the BigBad focusing on Earth, with the Irken Empire itself (including [[BigBadDuumvirate the Tallests]] and Control Brains) as the Greater Scope Villain out to conquer the rest of the universe, especially since technically Zim conquering Earth wasn't even part of the Empire's plans.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', [[VillainProtagonist Zim]] could probably be seen as the BigBad focusing on Earth, with the galaxy-conqeuring Irken Empire itself (including (led by [[BigBadDuumvirate the Tallests]] and Control Brains) technically serve as this. Keyword "technically" as while [[VillainProtagonist Zim]] is trying to take over Earth in the Greater Scope Villain out name of his leaders, who do want to conquer the rest of the universe, especially since technically Zim conquering said leaders couldn't care less about Earth. The planet actually serves as a ReassignedToAntarctica situation for the titular character, who they saw as a defective annoyance; they didn't even know Earth wasn't even part of the Empire's plans.existed to begin with, and planned for it to be a full-on SnipeHunt.


** Hordak is also this in ''WesternAnimation/SheRaAndThePrincessesOfPower'', though in this case, it's because he's too preoccupied with his science experiments and generally running the Horde to ever directly face any of the heroes. His underlings, like Catra and Shadow Weaver, do most of the fighting for him. However, he does start taking a more active role in the plot from season 2 onwards. [[spoiler:Later seasons reveal the existence of Horde Prime, Emperor of the Horde and Hordak's master and genetic template. Long before the series began, Hordak was his top general until a defect caused Horde Prime to send him to die in the front lines and then ended up in the dimension where Etheria was, and Hordak has been trying to earn his respect again. After the fourth season, Horde Prime becomes the new BigBad of the series]].

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** Hordak is also this in ''WesternAnimation/SheRaAndThePrincessesOfPower'', though in this case, it's because he's too preoccupied with his science experiments and generally running the Horde to ever directly face any of the heroes. His underlings, like Catra and Shadow Weaver, do most of the fighting for him. However, he does start He begins taking a more active role in the plot from season 2 onwards. [[spoiler:Later seasons reveal narrative in the existence of second season. [[spoiler:In Season 3, Horde Prime, Emperor of the galaxy-spanning Horde and Hordak's master and genetic template. Long before the series began, Hordak was his top general Empire, takes this role until a defect caused Horde Prime to send him to die in the front lines and then ended up in the dimension where Etheria was, and Hordak has been trying to earn his respect again. After the fourth season, Horde Prime becomes becoming the new BigBad of in the series]].final season]].


** Hordak is also this in ''WesternAnimation/SheRaAndThePrincessesOfPower'', though in this case, it's because he's too preoccupied with his science experiments and generally running the Horde to ever directly face any of the heroes. His underlings, like Catra and Shadow Weaver, do most of the fighting for him. [[spoiler:Later seasons reveal the existence of Horde Prime, Emperor of the Horde and Hordak's master and genetic template. Long before the series began, Hordak was his top general until a defect caused Horde Prime to send him to die in the front lines and then ended up in the dimension where Etheria was, and Hordak has been trying to earn his respect again. After the fourth season, Horde Prime becomes the new BigBad of the series]].

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** Hordak is also this in ''WesternAnimation/SheRaAndThePrincessesOfPower'', though in this case, it's because he's too preoccupied with his science experiments and generally running the Horde to ever directly face any of the heroes. His underlings, like Catra and Shadow Weaver, do most of the fighting for him. However, he does start taking a more active role in the plot from season 2 onwards. [[spoiler:Later seasons reveal the existence of Horde Prime, Emperor of the Horde and Hordak's master and genetic template. Long before the series began, Hordak was his top general until a defect caused Horde Prime to send him to die in the front lines and then ended up in the dimension where Etheria was, and Hordak has been trying to earn his respect again. After the fourth season, Horde Prime becomes the new BigBad of the series]].


** While humans are long extinct ([[LastOfHisKind except for Finn]]), their [[AtomicHate "Mushroom War"]] not only led to [[TheMagicComesBack the return of magic]], but one of their bombs also created [[VileVillainSaccharineShow the Lich]], who proceeded to spread monsters across the planet and [[OmnicidalManiac kill almost everything]]. Maybe. Recent episodes imply that the Lich actually long predates humanity, and may in fact predate ''non''existence. Regardless, [[spoiler:The AlternateUniverse [[FanNickname "Farmworld"]] shows that even without the Lich, humanities' actions indirectly lead to an apocalypse.]]

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** While humans are long extinct ([[LastOfHisKind except for Finn]]), their [[AtomicHate "Mushroom War"]] not only led to [[TheMagicComesBack the return of magic]], but one of their bombs also created [[VileVillainSaccharineShow the Lich]], who proceeded to spread monsters across the planet and [[OmnicidalManiac kill almost everything]]. Maybe. Recent episodes imply that the Lich actually long predates humanity, and may in fact predate ''non''existence. Regardless, [[spoiler:The the AlternateUniverse [[FanNickname "Farmworld"]] shows that even without the Lich, humanities' actions indirectly lead to an apocalypse.]]



** Gunter is implied to be the most powerful evil force in Ooo, even surpassing Marceline's Dad and [[BigBad the Lich]]. As of "Orgalorg", [[spoiler:this has been confirmed; Gunter is in fact an evil god named Orgalorg who predates the universe and can destroy planets on a whim when at full power. The only thing preventing him from being a major force is that being [[SealedEvilInATeddyBear sealed in a penguin]] erased his memories.]]
** As of Season 8, we have solid evidence that [[spoiler:GOLB, a mysterious, sinister entity who has appeared in only a couple episodes, may in fact be this to the ''entire series'': his attack on Mars in the past is a central part of Magic Man and Grob Gob Glob Grod's backstories (including rendering Magic Man's wife DeaderThanDead, to the point that even ''[[RealityWarper Prismo]]'' can't bring her back); he is hinted to be [[TheAntiGod as powerful, if not more so, than Grob Gob Glob Grod]]; and perhaps most significantly, ''the Lich himself''- previously the closest thing the show had to a singular BigBad- describes himself as "the last scholar of GOLB". He then appears in the GrandFinale, thus becoming the FinalBoss.]]

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** Gunter is implied to be the most powerful evil force in Ooo, possibly even surpassing Marceline's Dad and [[BigBad the Lich]]. As of "Orgalorg", [[spoiler:this this has been confirmed; Gunter is in fact an evil god named Orgalorg who predates the universe and can destroy planets on a whim when at full power. The only thing preventing him from being a major force is that being [[SealedEvilInATeddyBear sealed in a penguin]] erased his memories.]]
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** As of Season 8, we have solid evidence that [[spoiler:GOLB, GOLB, a mysterious, sinister entity who has appeared in only a couple episodes, may in fact be this to the ''entire series'': his series''. His attack on Mars in the past is a central part of Magic Man and Grob Gob Glob Grod's backstories (including rendering Magic Man's wife DeaderThanDead, leading to the point that even ''[[RealityWarper Prismo]]'' can't bring her back); he his SanitySlippage); is hinted to be [[TheAntiGod as powerful, if not more so, than Grob Gob Glob Grod]]; [[spoiler: and perhaps most significantly, ''the Lich himself''- previously the closest thing the show had to a singular BigBad- describes himself as "the last scholar of GOLB". He then appears in Come the GrandFinale, thus becoming GOLB not only serves as the FinalBoss.]]show's FinalBoss, but it's revealed that his breath is the source used to create the Mushroom Bomb that left humanity near-extinct and brought magic back to the world; essentially making him indirectly responsible for nearly every awful thing that happened in the series.]]



* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' special ''Recap/PhineasAndFerbSaveSummer'', Aloyse von Roddenstein (or Rodney for short) learns that Heinz Doofenshmirtz (the BigBad of the series) has succeeded in moving the Earth into an early autumn with a tractor beam. Taking the opportunity, Rodney steps up as the BigBad of the special, as he leads Doof and their fellow villains of L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N. into capturing nearly all animal agents and holding the world for ransom. [[spoiler:When they successfully do so, Rodney reveals his ultimate plan to use the same technology (on a larger scale) to bring in a new Ice Age that will endanger billions of lives. This revelation not only shocks the world population, but [[EvenEvilHasStandards even causes a horrified Doof to realize that Rodney has gone completely mad for ruthless world domination.]]]]



* ''WesternAnimation/RapunzelsTangledAdventure'' has [[EldritchAbomination Zhan Tiri]], an ancient demon obsessed with the destruction of Corona that was sealed away in another dimension. Throughout the first two seasons, she's had several antagonists working under her attempt to bring her back. Not only that, but the blizzard in "Queen for a Day" was caused by her, which prevented Rapunzel from helping Varian when his father becomes trapped in the magical rocks, leading to Varian JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope and becoming the season's BigBad. Come Season 3, she becomes the BigBad, manipulating Cassandra into turning against Rapunzel and becoming her [[TheHeavy main enforcer]]. She then spends the remainder of the season creating conflict between Cassandra and Rapunzel that would serve a ritual that'd free her and allow her to regain her true power. [[spoiler: Come the GrandFinale, she successfully takes the power of both the Sundrop and Moonstone to [[OneWingedAngel regain her true form]] and becomes the FinalBoss of the series.]]



** [[BigBad Aku]] himself became one in [[GrandFinale Season 5]]. Sure, he's still the chief antagonist, but a lot of antagonists have more involvement than himself in the plot such as [[PsychoForHire Scaramouche]] (Aku's favorite assassin), the HighPriestess (the woman who raised the Daughters of Aku), [[PsychoElectro the Dominator]] (a brutish, tyrannical man in Aku's employ) and Lazarus-92. On the other hand we have the Omen and Jack's Inner Self [[spoiler:later revealed to be his EvilCounterpart,]] [[EnemyWithin who serve as a more psychological threat to Jack]]. So yeah, Aku never directly acts against Jack ([[spoiler:at least until "C"]]); instead, it's the other mentioned characters that cause trouble for Jack.

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** [[BigBad Aku]] himself became one in [[GrandFinale Season 5]]. Sure, he's still the chief antagonist, but a lot of antagonists have more involvement than himself in the plot such as [[PsychoForHire Scaramouche]] (Aku's favorite assassin), the HighPriestess (the woman who raised the Daughters of Aku), [[PsychoElectro the Dominator]] (a brutish, tyrannical man in Aku's employ) and Lazarus-92. On the other hand we have the Omen and Jack's Inner Self [[spoiler:later revealed to be his EvilCounterpart,]] [[EvilCounterpart Mad Jack]] [[EnemyWithin who serve served as a more psychological threat to Jack]]. So yeah, Aku never directly acts against Jack ([[spoiler:at least until "C"]]); instead, it's the other mentioned characters that cause trouble for Jack.


* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' originally tinkered with such an idea by having Nightmare Moon return because "the stars will aid in her escape", with the idea that ''something'' was responsible for corrupting Nightmare Moon. However with Lauren Faust's departure from the series, the show seemingly abandoned this idea and turned Luna into TheAtoner who fell purely due to her own jealousy, while the comic series went another way and had the small-time "Nightmare Forces" be responsible for her (and later "Nightmare Rarity's") corruption. But [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic later]] [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyLegendsOfMagic comics]] subverted that: Nightmare is actually TheVirus, with Luna (and later Rarity) forcibly turned into her main vessel(s) and the Forces as innocent DreamWeaver aliens forcibly turned into sub-vessel {{Mooks}}.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' originally tinkered with such an idea by having Nightmare Moon return because "the stars will aid in her escape", with the idea that ''something'' was responsible for corrupting Nightmare Moon. However with Lauren Faust's departure from the series, the show seemingly abandoned this idea and turned Luna into TheAtoner who fell purely due to her own jealousy, while the comic series went another way and had the small-time "Nightmare Forces" be responsible for her (and later "Nightmare Rarity's") corruption. But corruption, while [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic later]] [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyLegendsOfMagic comics]] subverted that: [[AlternateContinuity took it in a different direction]] and had Nightmare is actually be TheVirus, with Luna (and later Rarity) forcibly turned into her main vessel(s) and the Forces as innocent DreamWeaver aliens forcibly turned into sub-vessel {{Mooks}}.


* In the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' animated series, one episode featured BigBad Venger's master, an insanely powerful EldritchAbomination that appears and starts destroying the entire realm. Even at the end, when it's banished with the combined efforts of Dungeon Master, Venger, and the Heroes, DM still remarks that what they've accomplished is but a temporary victory.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' animated series, one episode featured BigBad Venger's master, an insanely powerful EldritchAbomination that appears and starts destroying the entire realm. Even at the end, when it's banished with the combined efforts of Dungeon Master, Venger, and the Heroes, DM still remarks that what they've accomplished is but a temporary victory. This means the evil is still out there, continuing to destroy worlds.



** [[spoiler: Season 9 reveals [[SatanicArchetype Grogar]], the ultimate villain of the entire show. The Dark Lord is an AncientEvil who ruled Equestria with an iron fist, until his defeat at the hands of Gusty the Great. Now, bent on reclaiming Equestria for himself, he created the monsters that attack Equestria. He is also TheManBehindTheMan to every BigBad that Mane Six have ever faced, but does not appear in the show until Season 9. Even then, however, the version we see turns out to be nothing more than a disguise, meaning the real Grogar is still out there...]]

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** [[spoiler: Season 9 reveals [[SatanicArchetype Grogar]], the ultimate villain of the entire show. The Dark Lord is an AncientEvil who ruled Equestria with an iron fist, until his defeat at the hands of Gusty the Great. Now, bent on reclaiming Equestria for himself, he created the monsters that attack Equestria. He is also TheManBehindTheMan to every BigBad that Mane Six have ever faced, but does not appear in the show until Season 9. Even then, however, the version we see turns out to be nothing more than a disguise, disguise of Discord, meaning the real Grogar is still out there...]]


** [[spoiler: Season 9 reveals [[SatanicArchetype Grogar]], the ultimate villain of the entire show. The Dark Lord is an AncientEvil who ruled Equestria with an iron fist, until his defeat at the hands of Gusty the Great. Now, bent on reclaiming Equestria for himself, he created the monsters that attack Equestria. He is also TheManBehindTheMan to every BigBad that Mane Six have ever faced, but does not appear in the show until Season 9.]]

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** [[spoiler: Season 9 reveals [[SatanicArchetype Grogar]], the ultimate villain of the entire show. The Dark Lord is an AncientEvil who ruled Equestria with an iron fist, until his defeat at the hands of Gusty the Great. Now, bent on reclaiming Equestria for himself, he created the monsters that attack Equestria. He is also TheManBehindTheMan to every BigBad that Mane Six have ever faced, but does not appear in the show until Season 9. Even then, however, the version we see turns out to be nothing more than a disguise, meaning the real Grogar is still out there...]]


** Hordak is also this in ''WesternAnimation/SheRaAndThePrincessesOfPower'', though in this case, it's because he's too preoccupied with his science experiments and generally running the Horde to ever directly face any of the heroes. His underlings, like Catra and Shadow Weaver, do most of the fighting for him.

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** Hordak is also this in ''WesternAnimation/SheRaAndThePrincessesOfPower'', though in this case, it's because he's too preoccupied with his science experiments and generally running the Horde to ever directly face any of the heroes. His underlings, like Catra and Shadow Weaver, do most of the fighting for him. [[spoiler:Later seasons reveal the existence of Horde Prime, Emperor of the Horde and Hordak's master and genetic template. Long before the series began, Hordak was his top general until a defect caused Horde Prime to send him to die in the front lines and then ended up in the dimension where Etheria was, and Hordak has been trying to earn his respect again. After the fourth season, Horde Prime becomes the new BigBad of the series]].


* ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'' has Mayor Mellow, despite not being a villain.

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