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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.

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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 themself will die on his their own eventually, splitting his their empire into squabbling successor states.


* 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'', ''Franchise/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.


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 historical European perceptions of 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.


* ''VideoGame/GhostOfTsushima'' The leader of the Mongol Hordes attacking Japan is Khotun Khan. In this case, it makes sense, considering he's based on Kublai Khan, the grandson of good old UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan himself.

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* ''VideoGame/GhostOfTsushima'' ''VideoGame/GhostOfTsushima'': The leader of the Mongol Hordes army attacking Japan is Khotun Khan. In this case, it makes sense, considering he's based on Kublai Khan, the a (fictional) grandson of good old UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan himself.


* ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' has Shere Khan the tiger, hunter of man and ruler of the jungle. [[WesternAnimation/TheJungleBook1967 The Disney film]] and its subsequent sequels and adaptations make him into a full BigBad.

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* ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' has the BigBad Shere Khan the tiger, hunter of man and ruler of the jungle. [[WesternAnimation/TheJungleBook1967 The Disney film]] and its subsequent sequels and adaptations make him into a full BigBad.jungle.


* 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: Past!Kitana]] in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat11, ''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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* ''VideoGame/GhostOfTsushima'' The leader of the Mongol Hordes attacking Japan is Khotun Khan. In this case, it makes sense, considering he's based on Kublai Khan, the grandson of good old UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan himself.


* ''Videogame/DoomEternal'' has the Khan Makyr, a being who vaguely resembles an angel that has unleashed demons upon Earth for her own purposes that serves as the central antagonist of the game.

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* ''Videogame/DoomEternal'' has the Khan Makyr, a Maykr, an angelic being who vaguely resembles an angel that has unleashed leads the Heaven-esque Urdak and serves as the game's central antagonist, due to working with Hell to unleash demons upon Earth for her own purposes that serves as the central antagonist of the game.purposes.


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* Averted in WesternAnimation/{{Mulan}} with Khan, the Fa family's horse.
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* Averted in WesternAnimation/{{Mulan}} with Khan, the Fa family's horse.
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* ''Videogame/DoomEternal'' has the Khan Makyr, a being who vaguely resembles an angel that has unleashed demons upon Earth for her own purposes that serves as the central antagonist of the game.


* ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' has Shere Khan the tiger, hunter of man and ruler of the jungle. [[Disney/TheJungleBook The Disney film]] and its subsequent sequels and adaptations make him into a full BigBad.

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* ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' has Shere Khan the tiger, hunter of man and ruler of the jungle. [[Disney/TheJungleBook [[WesternAnimation/TheJungleBook1967 The Disney film]] and its subsequent sequels and adaptations make him into a full BigBad.



* 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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* Shere Khan in ''WesternAnimation/TheJungleBook'' ''WesternAnimation/TheJungleBook1967'' 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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* Averted in WesternAnimation/{{Mulan}} with Khan, the Fa family's horse.
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* ''{{VideoGame/Magicka}}'' has an Orc warlord named Khan appearing along with a large invading army. While Khan may be a semi-appropriate name for a leader of nomadic invaders, the devs admitted that they just wanted an excuse to do a ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''-parody SkywardScream.
* ''{{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.

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* ''{{VideoGame/Magicka}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Magicka}}'' has an Orc warlord named Khan appearing along with a large invading army. While Khan may be a semi-appropriate name for a leader of nomadic invaders, the devs admitted that they just wanted an excuse to do a ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''-parody SkywardScream.
* ''{{VideoGame/Stellaris}}'' ''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.



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* Averted in {{Disney/Mulan}} with Khan, the Fa family's horse.





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* Averted in {{Disney/Mulan}} with Khan, the Fa family's horse.


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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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