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* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' has [[ClassicalMovieVampire Myotismon/Vamdemon]], who invaded the Real World in order to kill the Eighth Chosen Child. His story arc is generally seen as the best one of the series and is also the longest, taking up over a third of the show's length. Myotismon himself is the fan favorite villain from the Adventure continuity for being a MagnificentBastard who WouldHurtAChild, his treatment of [[EnsembleDarkHorse Gatomon/Tailmon]] and for generally being way stronger than any other villain seen so far: it took the combined efforts of ''Seven'' Ultimate level digimon [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Angemon]] to finally finish him off. His popularity lead to him being brought BackFromTheDead ''twice'': Once as [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever VenomMyotismon]] after his initial defeat which required [[OurDragonsAreDifferent WarGreymon]] and [[RobotDog MetalGarurumon]] to take him down, [[spoiler: then again as [[MadeOfEvil MaloMyotismon]] who [[DemonicPossession possessed Yukio Oikawa]] and ended up being the BigBad of ''Anime/DigimonZeroTwo''. His defeat required the combined efforts of ''every digimon and Chosen Child in the world''.]] Myotismon keeps making appearances in assorted media and even received a new evolution; [[OurVampiresAreDifferent NeoMyotismon]].


* The ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'' series has Ripto, who originally debuted as the BigBad of ''VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage''. He was originally intended to be a one-time villain in the vein of other antagonists Gnasty Gnorc and the Sorceress, but he proved to be such a beloved screen-stealer that he became the most iconic villain of the series, [[UnexplainedRecovery surviving his apparent death]] in ''Ripto's Rage!'' to return as the main BigBad in ''VideoGame/Spyro2SeasonOfFlame'', ''VideoGame/SpyroAttackOfTheRhynocs'' and ''VideoGame/SpyroEnterTheDragonfly'' as well as being used as the Spyro-representative villain in the crossover with ''VideoGame/CrashBandicoot''.

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* The ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'' series has Ripto, who originally debuted as the BigBad of ''VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage''. He was originally intended to be a one-time villain in the vein of other antagonists Gnasty Gnorc and the Sorceress, but he proved to be such a beloved screen-stealer that he became the most iconic villain of the series, [[UnexplainedRecovery surviving his apparent death]] in ''Ripto's Rage!'' to return as the main BigBad in ''VideoGame/Spyro2SeasonOfFlame'', ''VideoGame/SpyroAttackOfTheRhynocs'' and ''VideoGame/SpyroEnterTheDragonfly'' as well as being used as the Spyro-representative villain in the crossover with ''VideoGame/CrashBandicoot''. In fact Ripto's become so popular and iconic that fans were baffled when Gnasty Gnorc was included in ''VideoGame/CrashTeamRacingNitroFueled'' instead of him: [[spoiler: However, his voice actor Creator/GreggBerger is listed in the end credits and Ripto was discovered in a datamined character roster so he might end up appearing at a later date.]]



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* While the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel universe would never really fully recover from its SeasonalRot, and would for all intents and purposes end in 2015, there were a number of [[CanonImmigrant Cannon Immigrants]]. While ComicBook/MilesMorales was transplanted and remains popular, especially due to his presence in media outside of comics, within Marvel's comics themselves, a character who has had more and more appearances is the Maker, the evil FallenHero version of Reed Richards. ''Ultimate Fantastic Four'' is the least talked about comic from the Ultimate line, but its former protagonist has gained newfound popularity as not only a foil to Reed Richards but also as a MadScientist supervillain in his own right.


* ''KamenRiderExAid'' is all about the epicly memetastic gamemaster Kuroto Dan!... oh, and something about doctors fighting video games viruses or whatever.

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* ''KamenRiderExAid'' is all about the epicly memetastic gamemaster Kuroto Dan!... oh, and something about doctors fighting video games viruses or whatever.


Sometimes, these characters become [[AntiHero antiheroes]] in their own right, [[BadassDecay with all the attendant risks.]] Other times, as indicated by the frequency of "HeelFaceTurn" in the examples below, [[PopularVillainsReform they become outright heroes in their own right]]. Most often, though, they retain their wonderful BigBad status. Can cross over with HijackedByGanon if they are turned into a GreaterScopeVillain overseeing a lot of plots seemingly masterminded by different villains.

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Sometimes, these characters become [[AntiHero antiheroes]] in their own right, [[BadassDecay with all the attendant risks.]] Other times, as indicated by the frequency of "HeelFaceTurn" in the examples below, [[PopularVillainsReform they become outright heroes in their own right]].right. Most often, though, they retain their wonderful BigBad status. Can cross over with HijackedByGanon if they are turned into a GreaterScopeVillain overseeing a lot of plots seemingly masterminded by different villains.


* The Doronbo Gang from ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}'' of the entire ''Anime/TimeBokan'' franchise. The Doronbo Gang are the main character in the 1993 OVA where they overshadow the others villain groups. More recently they are in VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom also and the 40th anniversary anime for the franchise is not only about Yatterman, but has the descendants of the Doronbo as its main focus!

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* The Doronbo Gang from ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}'' of the entire ''Anime/TimeBokan'' franchise. The Doronbo Gang are the main character in the 1993 OVA where they overshadow the others villain groups. More recently Later on they are playable in VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom also and ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom''. And not only is the 40th anniversary anime for the franchise is not only about Yatterman, but has the descendants of the Doronbo as its main focus!



** ComicBook/HarleyQuinn from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' (see relative description under) become a CanonImmigrant in the comics thanks to this, and she proceeded to become one of the main characters (if not the main character) of several comic series, such as the ''ComicBook/HarleyAndIvy'' mini-series, her own ongoing and ''ComicBook/GothamCitySirens''. She even became the main villain in the Birds of Prey TV adaptation even though she's not prominent in the original comic. And more recently she got a big role in the videogames of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', became a member of the ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'', and got a second ongoing which became DC's highest-selling title with a female lead!

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** ComicBook/HarleyQuinn from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' (see relative description under) become a CanonImmigrant in the comics thanks to this, and she proceeded to become one of the main characters (if not the main character) of several comic series, such as the ''ComicBook/HarleyAndIvy'' mini-series, her own ongoing and ''ComicBook/GothamCitySirens''. She even became the main villain in the Birds of Prey TV adaptation even though she's not prominent in the original comic. And more recently Later on she got a big role in the videogames of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', became a member of the ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'', and got a second ongoing which became DC's highest-selling title with a female lead!



* Comicbook/BlackAdam: [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] was such a [[FunPersonified happy, fun, feel-good-superhero series]] at first... then Black Adam came along. Originally intended as a one-shot baddy back in the 40's, Black Adam has [[TheBusCameBack come back in force]] several years before the ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', to become the most powerful villain/antihero of not only the Captain Marvel mythos, but also one of the most powerful villains in Franchise/TheDCU. In recent years, he's proven to be more popular than the hero he was created to oppose. It is all the more interesting in that Captain Marvel already ''had'' a designated "primary villain" in the form of Dr. Sivana, who debuted alongside him in ''Whiz Comics'' #2, bedeviling the Big Red Cheese with [[CardCarryingVillain a whole deck of Villain cards]] throughout UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks.

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* Comicbook/BlackAdam: [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] was such a [[FunPersonified happy, fun, feel-good-superhero series]] at first... then Black Adam came along. Originally intended as a one-shot baddy back in the 40's, Black Adam has [[TheBusCameBack come back in force]] several years before the ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', to become the most powerful villain/antihero of not only the Captain Marvel mythos, but also one of the most powerful villains in Franchise/TheDCU. In recent later years, he's proven to be more popular than the hero he was created to oppose. It is all the more interesting in that Captain Marvel already ''had'' a designated "primary villain" in the form of Dr. Sivana, who debuted alongside him in ''Whiz Comics'' #2, bedeviling the Big Red Cheese with [[CardCarryingVillain a whole deck of Villain cards]] throughout UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks.



* ''Series/KnightRider'': [[BetaTestBaddie K.A.R.R.]] was originally a one-episode villain. He was introduced as K.I.T.T.'s EvilCounterpart and ultimately destroyed at the end of the episode. He was brought back in a second episode, "K.I.T.T. vs. K.A.R.R.", due to his popularity. Despite only appearing in two episodes, he's widely remembered as the heroes' ArchEnemy and plays a prominent role in both the video game and the recent reboot of the series.

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* ''Series/KnightRider'': [[BetaTestBaddie K.A.R.R.]] was originally a one-episode villain. He was introduced as K.I.T.T.'s EvilCounterpart and ultimately destroyed at the end of the episode. He was brought back in a second episode, "K.I.T.T. vs. K.A.R.R.", due to his popularity. Despite only appearing in two episodes, he's widely remembered as the heroes' ArchEnemy and plays a prominent role in both the video game and the recent 2008 reboot of the series.



** Most recently, we have Juri Han, who made her debut in VideoGame/StreetFighterIV. Juri brings uniqueness all around to the series, as its first truly evil female character, its first Korean character and its first character to utilize Taekwondo. As a result, she's made the most guest and crossover appearances of any character from the IV series, having appeared in Project X Zone and VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken, and being the first IV newcomer to make an appearance in SF V, where she is a DLC character.

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** Most recently, Later on we have Juri Han, who made her debut in VideoGame/StreetFighterIV. Juri brings uniqueness all around to the series, as its first truly evil female character, its first Korean character and its first character to utilize Taekwondo. As a result, she's made the most guest and crossover appearances of any character from the IV series, having appeared in Project X Zone and VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken, and being the first IV newcomer to make an appearance in SF V, where she is a DLC character.


Sometimes, these characters become [[AntiHero antiheroes]] in their own right, [[BadassDecay with all the attendant risks.]] Most often, though, they retain their wonderful BigBad status. Can cross over with HijackedByGanon if they are turned into a GreaterScopeVillain overseeing a lot of plots seemingly masterminded by different villains.

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Sometimes, these characters become [[AntiHero antiheroes]] in their own right, [[BadassDecay with all the attendant risks.]] Other times, as indicated by the frequency of "HeelFaceTurn" in the examples below, [[PopularVillainsReform they become outright heroes in their own right]]. Most often, though, they retain their wonderful BigBad status. Can cross over with HijackedByGanon if they are turned into a GreaterScopeVillain overseeing a lot of plots seemingly masterminded by different villains.


** Frieza/Freeza, despite being one of many {{Big Bad}}s in the series, has practically become synonymous with the franchise -- likely due to a mix of voice-acting, character design, and [[Monster/DragonBall sheer monstrosity]]. He has been featured the most as the main villain of the video games, despite appearing at the series' overall halfway point and being ''much'' [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil weaker than Cell or Buu]]. As if to cement this, he returns in the Toriyama-devised ''[[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection 'F']]'' and the ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' arc that adapts it, and he gets a ''humongous'' power boost as well. And he's not done there -- he makes ''another'' comeback in ''Super''[='=]s Universe Survival arc and is [[EnemyMine forced to work with Goku and his allies]], before coming BackFromTheDead for good!

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** Frieza/Freeza, despite being one of many {{Big Bad}}s in the series, has practically become synonymous with the franchise -- likely due to a mix of voice-acting, character design, a historical connection to the hero, and [[Monster/DragonBall sheer monstrosity]]. He has been featured the most as the main villain of the video games, despite appearing at the series' overall halfway point and being ''much'' [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil weaker than Cell or Buu]]. As if to cement this, he returns in the Toriyama-devised ''[[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection 'F']]'' and the ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' arc that adapts it, and he gets a ''humongous'' power boost as well. And he's not done there -- he makes ''another'' comeback in ''Super''[='=]s Universe Survival arc and is [[EnemyMine forced to work with Goku and his allies]], before coming BackFromTheDead for good!


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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Strong Bad, starting out as a foil for Homestar before breaking out with the [[WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail sbemail]] segment and becoming the star of the website.


** [[DarkMagicalGirl Charmcaster]] initially was introduced merely as a niece and sidekick for Gwen's ArchEnemy Hex. In the end, Hex only got a few more appearances where he gradually became less and less important over the course of the franchise, while Charmcaster had several additional appearances, CharacterDevelopment and became more of an ArchEnemy to Gwen than he ever was. In the 2016 reboot, Hex is now one of Ben's enemies while Charmcaster, who is [[UnrelatedInTheAdaptation no longer related to him]], is Gwen's sole ArchEnemy from the start.

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** [[DarkMagicalGirl Charmcaster]] initially was introduced merely as a niece and sidekick for Gwen's originally intended ArchEnemy Hex. In the end, Hex only got a few more appearances where he gradually became less and less important over the course of the franchise, while Charmcaster had several additional appearances, CharacterDevelopment and became more of an ArchEnemy to Gwen than he ever was. In the 2016 reboot, Hex is now one of Ben's enemies while Charmcaster, who is [[UnrelatedInTheAdaptation no longer related to him]], is Gwen's sole ArchEnemy from the start.


** Both Axel and Xigbar have had their roles expanded since their debut game thanks to their popularity. The difference is Axel undergoes a HeelFaceTurn and becomes an anti hero, then later a straight hero [[spoiler: with his own Keyblade, no less.]] Xigbar turns out to be the main Dragon for Xehanort and [[spoiler:is also set to become the new BigBad of the next trilogy after Xehanort's defeat.]]

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** Both Axel and Xigbar have had their roles expanded since their debut game thanks to their popularity. The difference is Axel undergoes evolves into something between an AntiHero and AntiVillain before making a HeelFaceTurn and becomes an anti hero, then later into a straight hero [[spoiler: with his own Keyblade, no less.]] Xigbar turns out to be the main Dragon [[TheDragon Dragon]] for Xehanort and [[spoiler:is also set to become the new BigBad of the next trilogy saga after Xehanort's defeat.defeat, albeit in service of a GreaterScopeVillain.]]


** [[DarkMagicalGirl Charmcaster]] initially was introduced merely as a niece and sidekick for Gwen's ArchEnemy Hex. In the end, Hex only got a few more appearances where he gradually became less and less important over the course of the franchise, while Charmcaster had several additional appearances, CharacterDevelopment and became more of an ArchEnemy to Gwen than he ever was.

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** [[DarkMagicalGirl Charmcaster]] initially was introduced merely as a niece and sidekick for Gwen's ArchEnemy Hex. In the end, Hex only got a few more appearances where he gradually became less and less important over the course of the franchise, while Charmcaster had several additional appearances, CharacterDevelopment and became more of an ArchEnemy to Gwen than he ever was. In the 2016 reboot, Hex is now one of Ben's enemies while Charmcaster, who is [[UnrelatedInTheAdaptation no longer related to him]], is Gwen's sole ArchEnemy from the start.


* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': [[TheChessmaster Lionel]] [[ManipulativeBastard Luthor]], [[LonelyRichKid Lex's]] CorruptCorporateExecutive AbusiveDad was originally meant to appear in only a few episodes of Season 1 as a way of making [[MadDictatorsHandsomeSon Lex's]] FreudianExcuse seem more poignant. Creator/JohnGlover's performance was excellent, however, and the fandom embraced the [[FanNickname Magnificent You-Know-What]] as a LoveToHate character of the first degree. Lionel was written into Season 2 as a major antagonist and RecurringCharacter, and became the BigBad of Season 3. In the process he gained new dimensions to his character and his own FreudianExcuse becoming an EvenEvilHasStandards ArchnemesisDad who was himself the product of AbusiveParents. He was later [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by Jor-El and made a HeelFaceTurn, becoming a dark {{Mentor|s}} figure to [[TheHero Clark]]. KilledOffForReal in Season 7 by [[SelfMadeOrphan Lex]], Glover and Lionel returned to the show in Season 10 as [[AlternateUniverse Earth-2]] Lionel, an [[EvilTwin Eviler Twin]] of our Lionel, who was TheHeavy for most of the last part of the show. In some ways Lionel, and not Lex as was originally intended, became ''Smallville'''s defining villain.\\
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Lionel, and Glover's portrayal of him, resonated so well that he was written into the comics as Lex Luthor's canonical (and deceased) father. While Lex had obviously always had a (deceased by the time of the "present day") father, this character had never had a consistent name or physical appearance and usually had no importance. But ever since ''Smallville'', Lex's father is explicitly named "Lionel Luthor" and flashback scenes have depicted him as looking very similar to actor Creator/JohnGlover. A zombiefied, Black Lantern version of Lionel even showed up for revenge against Lex in ''ComicBook/BlackestNight''.

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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': [[TheChessmaster Lionel]] [[ManipulativeBastard Luthor]], [[LonelyRichKid Lex's]] CorruptCorporateExecutive AbusiveDad was originally meant to appear in only a few episodes of Season 1 as a way of making [[MadDictatorsHandsomeSon Lex's]] FreudianExcuse seem more poignant. Creator/JohnGlover's performance was excellent, however, and the fandom embraced the [[FanNickname Magnificent You-Know-What]] as a LoveToHate character of the first degree. Lionel was written into Season 2 as a major antagonist and RecurringCharacter, and became the BigBad of Season 3. In the process he gained new dimensions to his character and his own FreudianExcuse becoming an EvenEvilHasStandards ArchnemesisDad who was himself the product of AbusiveParents. He was later [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by Jor-El and made a HeelFaceTurn, becoming a dark {{Mentor|s}} figure to [[TheHero Clark]]. KilledOffForReal in Season 7 by [[SelfMadeOrphan Lex]], Glover and Lionel returned to the show in Season 10 as [[AlternateUniverse Earth-2]] Lionel, an [[EvilTwin Eviler Twin]] of our Lionel, who was TheHeavy for most of the last part of the show. In some ways Lionel, and not Lex as was originally intended, became ''Smallville'''s defining villain.\\
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Lionel, and Glover's portrayal of him, resonated so well that he was written into the comics as Lex Luthor's canonical (and deceased) father. While Lex had obviously always had a (deceased by the time of the "present day") father, this character had never had a consistent name or physical appearance and usually had no importance. But ever since ''Smallville'', Lex's father is explicitly named "Lionel Luthor" and flashback scenes have depicted him as looking very similar to actor Creator/JohnGlover. A zombiefied, Black Lantern version of Lionel even showed up for revenge against Lex in ''ComicBook/BlackestNight''.


** Mr. Boss was used in a single episode in Season 2 and had the sole purpose of gathering other recurring villains together. From Season 3 and onwards, Mr. Boss would be used more often until he was the go-to character if a story needed a VillainTeamUp, and he would be much more active in his leadership role.

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** Mr. Boss was featured in a single episode in Season 1 as Numbuh 4's dad's boss at work and the primary villain of that episode. He was then used in a single episode in Season 2 and had with the sole purpose of gathering other recurring villains together.together for a theater meeting. From Season 3 and onwards, Mr. Boss would be used more often until he was the go-to character if a story needed a VillainTeamUp, and he would be much more active in his leadership role.


* Klaus from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' quickly became this despite the fact his influence was originally not going stretch far into season 3, much less into season 4. However his character as well as the other Originals (Elijah gets a special mention as someone who was going to die within one episode), became very popular in addition to the writers just loving writing for them. Klaus is so popular he may in fact get his own spin off.

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* Klaus from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' quickly became this despite the fact his influence was originally not going stretch far into season 3, much less into season 4. However his character as well as the other Originals (Elijah gets a special mention as someone who was going to die within one episode), became very popular in addition to the writers just loving writing for them. Klaus is so popular he may in fact get ended up getting [[Series/TheOriginals his own spin off.off]].

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