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* ''{{VideoGame/Stellaris}}'' has a mid-game event in which one of the various Marauder factions suddenly unites under a Great Khan, a VisionaryVillain who wants to build a united, enlightened galactic empire, and becomes an expansionist, conquering Horde. They’re tough to beat, but submitting to them isn’t so bad - satrapies have to pay a hefty tribute but are otherwise left to do as they please, and the Khan himself will die on his own eventually, splitting his empire into squabbling successor states.


* Shere Khan in ''WesternAnimation/TheJungleBook'' is, if anything, ''more'' of a villain than he was in the book.

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* Shere Khan in ''WesternAnimation/TheJungleBook'' is, if anything, ''more'' of a villain than he was in the book. He chooses to hunt humans for sport, rather than out of desperation because of a crippled leg.



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The reasons for this may stem from Turko-Mongol cultures,for whom the word 'Khaan' (pronounced 'haan') was the equivalent term for a king or lord. UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan is the one most folks have heard of, but other languages and cultures used "khan" as well. Thus, the name "Khan" for a villain in a work of fiction implies a powerful, dangerous ruler of a people or nation, and possibly one with a historical basis or a cultural heritage behind them. It may also just be for the RuleOfCool: "Khan" gives you XtremeKoolLetterz, after all.

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The reasons for this may stem from Turko-Mongol cultures,for cultures, for whom the word 'Khaan' (pronounced 'haan') was the equivalent term for a king or lord. UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan is the one most folks have heard of, but other languages and cultures used "khan" as well. Thus, the name "Khan" for a villain in a work of fiction implies a powerful, dangerous ruler of a people or nation, and possibly one with a historical basis or a cultural heritage behind them. It may also just be for the RuleOfCool: "Khan" gives you XtremeKoolLetterz, after all.


* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'', "Kahnum" (note the spelling difference) is apparently the title of [[TheEmperor the Ruler]] of Outworld, and the current ruler upon being elected is given a new name that includes the word "Kahn." For much of the series the BigBad is Shao Kahn The Konqueror, a violent, barbarian warlord. His successor in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' is Kotal Kahn (formerly just called Ko'atal) and is actaully a subversion to this Trope. Despite the title and position as Emperor of a violent war-filled realm, Kotal is a NobleDemon who, at his worst, is just an AntiVillain. Averted with [[Spoiler: Past!Kitana]] in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat11, with the former have killed [[spoiler: Shao Kahn of the past]] after Kotal's CareerEndingInjury decide to pass the throne to her.

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* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'', "Kahnum" (note the spelling difference) is apparently the title of [[TheEmperor the Ruler]] of Outworld, and the current ruler upon being elected is given a new name that includes the word "Kahn." For much of the series the BigBad is Shao Kahn The Konqueror, a violent, barbarian warlord. His successor in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' is Kotal Kahn (formerly just called Ko'atal) and is actaully a subversion to this Trope. Despite the title and position as Emperor of a violent war-filled realm, Kotal is a NobleDemon who, at his worst, is just an AntiVillain. Averted with [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: Past!Kitana]] in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat11, with the former have killed [[spoiler: Shao Kahn of the past]] after Kotal's CareerEndingInjury decide to pass the throne to her.


* The {{toku}} series ''Series/DenkouChoujinGridman'' has a [[MagicalComputer computer demon]] named Kahn Digifer. Its American adaptation ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'', where the same character (now an [[AIIsACrapshoot unfriendly artificial intelligence]] is named Kilokahn, also counts.

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* The {{toku}} series ''Series/DenkouChoujinGridman'' has a [[MagicalComputer computer demon]] named Kahn Digifer. Its American adaptation ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'', where the same character (now an [[AIIsACrapshoot unfriendly artificial intelligence]] intelligence]]) is named Kilokahn, also counts.

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* The {{toku}} series ''Series/DenkouChoujinGridman'' has a [[MagicalComputer computer demon]] named Kahn Digifer. Its American adaptation ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'', where the same character (now an [[AIIsACrapshoot unfriendly artificial intelligence]] is named Kilokahn, also counts.


* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'', "Kahnum" (note the spelling difference) is apparently the title of [[TheEmperor the Ruler]] of Outworld, and the current ruler upon being elected is given a new name that includes the word "Kahn." For much of the series the BigBad is Shao Kahn The Konqueror, a violent, barbarian warlord. His successor in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' is Kotal Kahn (formerly just called Ko'atal) and is actaully a subversion to this Trope. Despite the title and position as Emperor of a violent war-filled realm, Kotal is a NobleDemon who, at his worst, is just an AntiVillain.

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* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'', "Kahnum" (note the spelling difference) is apparently the title of [[TheEmperor the Ruler]] of Outworld, and the current ruler upon being elected is given a new name that includes the word "Kahn." For much of the series the BigBad is Shao Kahn The Konqueror, a violent, barbarian warlord. His successor in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' is Kotal Kahn (formerly just called Ko'atal) and is actaully a subversion to this Trope. Despite the title and position as Emperor of a violent war-filled realm, Kotal is a NobleDemon who, at his worst, is just an AntiVillain. Averted with [[Spoiler: Past!Kitana]] in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat11, with the former have killed [[spoiler: Shao Kahn of the past]] after Kotal's CareerEndingInjury decide to pass the throne to her.


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* The iconic Khan Noonien Singh of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' is an EvilOverlord from Earth's distant history, put in suspended animation and revived during the series to become one of Captain Kirk's greatest enemies. By way of justification he's said to be an ethnic Sikh (though [[PlaysGreatEthnics played by a Latino]], Creator/RicardoMontalban).

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* The iconic Khan Noonien Singh of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' is an EvilOverlord from Earth's distant history, put in suspended animation and revived during the series to become one of Captain Kirk's greatest enemies. By way of justification he's He's said to be an ethnic Sikh (though [[PlaysGreatEthnics played by a Latino]], Creator/RicardoMontalban).


There's something about the name "Khan" that just sounds threatening and powerful to people in Western countries. So it follows that in work of fiction, if you want a really good evil name for your villain, and [[NameOfCain Kain]] is out of the question, "Khan" will do just fine. "Kahn" and other alternate spellings are also available.

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There's something about the name "Khan" that just sounds threatening and powerful to people in Western countries. So it follows that in work works of fiction, if you want a really good evil name for your villain, and [[NameOfCain Kain]] is out of the question, "Khan" will do just fine. "Kahn" and other alternate spellings are also available.


* The BigBad of ''Film/TheShadow'' is an Asian psychic named Shiwan Khan. {{Justified}} in that he claims to be the last descendant of UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan. [[ArtisticLicenseHistory Which is unlikely]]: [[http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2010/08/1-in-200-men-direct-descendants-of-genghis-khan/ not only can approximately 1 in 200 men in the WORLD make that claim]], but "Genghis Khan" was just a regnal name (roughly "King Genghis") and his real name was Temujin Borjigin.

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* The BigBad of ''Film/TheShadow'' is an Asian psychic named Shiwan Khan. {{Justified}} in that he claims to be the last descendant of UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan. [[ArtisticLicenseHistory Which is unlikely]]: [[http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2010/08/1-in-200-men-direct-descendants-of-genghis-khan/ not only can approximately 1 in 200 men in the WORLD make that claim]], but "Genghis Khan" was just a regnal name (roughly "King Genghis") (literally meaning "universal war-leader") and his real name was Temujin Borjigin.



** A particularly old and repulsive Chaos champion was the Kurgan Maggotlord named Tamurkhan, who could possess the people who killed him and retain their abilities for a while until their bodies rotted away.

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** A particularly old and repulsive Chaos champion was the Kurgan Maggotlord named Tamurkhan, who could possess the people who killed him and retain their abilities for a while until their bodies rotted away. He also gets away with a double for NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast since he derives from another great Central Asian warlord in addition to Genghis Khan, Timur, his SpiritualSuccessor who nearly reunified his empire.


* ''Series/DoctorWho'' had a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Dalek]] from the Cult of Skaro named Dalek Caan, pronounced the same way as Khan. Although the "villain" part of the trope was actually ''subverted'' in the third story arc he appeared in, where going somewhat mad caused him to [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch switch sides]] and betray his fellow Daleks.

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[[AlwaysChaoticEvil Dalek]] Daleks]] from the Cult of Skaro is named Dalek Caan, pronounced the same way as Khan. Although the "villain" part of the trope was actually ''subverted'' in the third story arc he appeared in, where going somewhat mad caused him to [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch switch sides]] and betray his fellow Daleks.Daleks.
** Inverted with Thirteenth Doctor companion Yasmin Khan.


* Yuga Khan, the father of ''ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} and the only being in creation considered more evil than he is. However, he's only concerned with the Source itself rather than universal domination.

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* Yuga Khan, the father of ''ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} and the only being in creation considered more evil than he is. However, he's only concerned with the Source itself rather than universal domination.

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