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* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' has a main villain in the form of Dio Brando, a human-turned-Vampire. In Part II, the main villains were the Pillar Men who were also GreaterScopeVillain for Part I. In Part III, Dio Brando returns, this time as DIO.

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* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' has a main villain in the form of Dio Brando, a human-turned-Vampire. In [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency Part II, II]], the main villains were the Pillar Men who were also GreaterScopeVillain for [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventurePhantomBlood Part I. I]]. In Part III, [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders III]], Dio Brando returns, this time as DIO.


* Done perfectly with the Joker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. In the first movie Ra's al Ghul is the BigBad and the leader of the League of Shadows. In the second movie, the League of Shadows is forgotten and [[MonsterClown the Joker]] takes over. In the third movie, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse the Joker is gone]] while the League of Shadows returns. [[VillainousLegacy Even though Ra's is dead, the villains want to finish his job.]]

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* Done perfectly with the Joker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. In the first movie Ra's al Ghul is the BigBad and the leader of the League of Shadows. In the second movie, the League of Shadows is forgotten and [[MonsterClown the Joker]] takes over. In the third movie, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse the Joker is gone]] while the League of Shadows returns. [[VillainousLegacy Even though Ra's is dead, the villains want his daughter and Bane are here to finish his job.]]



** Also, in the new Creator/DanielCraig movies, the BigBad is technically Mr. White though he disappears at the beginning of ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' and is not even mentioned in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''. In ''Quantum'' we have Dominic Greene as the BigBad while in ''Skyfall'' it is Raol Silva's turn. Mr. White returned in the next movie ''Film/{{Spectre}}''. Ultimately, subverted in that the real BigBad proved to be Ernst Stavro Blofeld and all the villains, including Mr. White, were his henchmen.

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** Also, in the new Creator/DanielCraig movies, the BigBad is technically Mr. White White, though he disappears at the beginning of ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' and is not even mentioned in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''. In ''Quantum'' ''Quantum of Solace,'' we have Dominic Greene as the BigBad while in ''Skyfall'' it is Raol Raoul Silva's turn. Mr. White returned in the next movie ''Film/{{Spectre}}''. Ultimately, subverted in that the real BigBad proved to be Ernst Stavro Blofeld and all the villains, including Mr. White, were muscle doing his henchmen.dirty work.

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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Season 1 features Wilson Fisk as the main villain, with the Hand being first introduced as an associate gang of Fisk's. At the end of the season, Fisk is arrested and sent to prison. Season 2 focuses on the Punisher and the Hand, and the power vacuum that's opened up as a result of Fisk being arrested. Fisk even makes a brief two-episode arc where he takes a step towards rebuilding his criminal empire by using Frank to murder the head of a prison contraband gang who insulted him. He also begins investigating Matt after Matt threatens his relationship with Vanessa. Season 3 then returns to featuring Fisk as the main villain front and center, where we see that the events of his little season 2 arc were him biding his time as he waited for his long-term manipulations of Ray Nadeem to run their course, so he could manipulate the FBI into letting him out of prison.


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* The [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first]] ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movie had Hector Barbossa as the main antagonist, while Davy Jones becomes the prime villain for the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest second]]. In a subversion, Barbossa becomes the SixthRanger in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd following film]], Jones himself is DemotedToDragon and Cutler Beckett (villain of the third movie) is the archetypal BigBad for the original trilogy. As a further subversion in the fourth and fifth movies Barbossa leads a seperate faction that is antagonistic to the heroes but is not the BigBad, and in both they get forced into EnemyMine alliances.
* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequel trilogy, Darth Sidious is the ManBehindTheMan for Nute Gunray and Rune Haako during Episode I. In Episode III, he establishes himself as the Galactic Emperor, wipes out the Jedi Order and reorganized TheRepublic into TheEmpire. In Episode II, he had a minor role (even as Chancellor Palpatine), whereas Count Dooku was given more screen time and treatment as a BigBad, but in a subversion, Sidious was the one that pushed for the formation of Dooku's organization (the Confederacy), and intentionally placed Dooku as a scapegoat while he pulled the strings from the shadows. Furthermore, the threat of the Separatists prompted the development of the Clone Army, later known as the Imperial Stormtroopers.
** The third film also had another interim villain in the form of General Grievous, who takes over as leader of the CIS from Dooku when the latter is killed. Grievous mostly exists to serve as an adversary until Palpatine is confronted at last.

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* The [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first]] ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movie had Hector Barbossa as Subverted with Sid Phillips in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', where even though he is the main antagonist, while Davy Jones becomes the prime villain for of the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest second]]. In a subversion, Barbossa becomes the SixthRanger first film and is completely absent in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd following film]], Jones himself is DemotedToDragon and Cutler Beckett (villain of second, in the third movie) he only appears as a cameo where he is now a garbage man.
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* Done perfectly with the Joker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. In the first movie Ra's al Ghul
is the archetypal BigBad for and the original trilogy. As a further subversion in the fourth and fifth movies Barbossa leads a seperate faction that is antagonistic to the heroes but is not the BigBad, and in both they get forced into EnemyMine alliances.
* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequel trilogy, Darth Sidious is the ManBehindTheMan for Nute Gunray and Rune Haako during Episode I. In Episode III, he establishes himself as the Galactic Emperor, wipes out the Jedi Order and reorganized TheRepublic into TheEmpire. In Episode II, he had a minor role (even as Chancellor Palpatine), whereas Count Dooku was given more screen time and treatment as a BigBad, but in a subversion, Sidious was the one that pushed for the formation of Dooku's organization (the Confederacy), and intentionally placed Dooku as a scapegoat while he pulled the strings from the shadows. Furthermore, the threat of the Separatists prompted the development of the Clone Army, later known as the Imperial Stormtroopers.
** The third film also had another interim villain in the form of General Grievous, who takes over as
leader of the CIS from Dooku when League of Shadows. In the latter second movie, the League of Shadows is killed. Grievous mostly exists forgotten and [[MonsterClown the Joker]] takes over. In the third movie, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse the Joker is gone]] while the League of Shadows returns. [[VillainousLegacy Even though Ra's is dead, the villains want to serve as an adversary until Palpatine is confronted at last.finish his job.]]



* Done perfectly with The Joker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. In the first movie Ra's al Ghul is the BigBad and the leader of the League of Shadows. In the second movie, the League of Shadows is forgotten and [[MonsterClown the Joker]] takes over. In the third movie, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse the Joker is gone]] while the League of Shadows returns. [[VillainousLegacy Even though Ra's is dead, the villains want to finish his job.]]



** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' has Ronan The Accuser as the main villain, but like Loki he is backed by Comicbook/{{Thanos}} before the former decides to [[TheStarscream rebel]] against him. The Guardians appears in the aforementioned ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' teaming up with the Avengers to face the Mad Titan himself. Prior to that The Guardians battle against [[spoiler:Ego the Living Planet, Peter's father,]] and the main villain in ''[[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 their second movie]]'' who not only lacks any affiliation with Thanos or his underlings, but also doesn't feature the Infinity Stones subplot in any degree, unlike ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''.

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** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' has Ronan The the Accuser as the main villain, but like Loki he is backed by Comicbook/{{Thanos}} before the former decides to [[TheStarscream rebel]] against him. The Guardians appears in the aforementioned ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' teaming up with the Avengers to face the Mad Titan himself. Prior to that The the Guardians battle against [[spoiler:Ego the Living Planet, Peter's father,]] and the main villain in ''[[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 their second movie]]'' movie]], who not only lacks any affiliation with Thanos or his underlings, but also doesn't feature the Infinity Stones subplot in any degree, unlike ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''.
* The [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first]] ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movie had Hector Barbossa as the main antagonist, while Davy Jones becomes the prime villain for the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest second]]. In a subversion, Barbossa becomes the SixthRanger in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd following film]], Jones himself is DemotedToDragon and Cutler Beckett (villain of the third movie) is the archetypal BigBad for the original trilogy. As a further subversion in the fourth and fifth movies Barbossa leads a seperate faction that is antagonistic to the heroes but is not the BigBad, and in both they get forced into EnemyMine alliances.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': In the prequel trilogy, Darth Sidious is the ManBehindTheMan for Nute Gunray and Rune Haako during [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Episode I]]. In [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Episode III]], he establishes himself as the Galactic Emperor, wipes out the Jedi Order and reorganized TheRepublic into TheEmpire. In [[Film/AttackOfTheClones Episode II]], he had a minor role (even as Chancellor Palpatine), whereas Count Dooku was given more screen time and treatment as a BigBad, but in a subversion, Sidious was the one that pushed for the formation of Dooku's organization (the Confederacy), and intentionally placed Dooku as a scapegoat while he pulled the strings from the shadows. Furthermore, the threat of the Separatists prompted the development of the Clone Army, later known as the Imperial Stormtroopers.
** The third film also had another interim villain in the form of General Grievous, who takes over as leader of the CIS from Dooku when the latter is killed. Grievous mostly exists to serve as an adversary until Palpatine is confronted at last.



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* Done in ''Power of Three'', the third arc of ''Literature/WarriorCats''. The BigBad of the arc, [[spoiler:Sol the traveler]], leaves the lake about halfway through ''Long Shadows''. The role of main villain is then shifted to [[spoiler:Ashfur, in one of the biggest {{Wham Episode}}s of the series.]] This villain has a major effect on the heroes and even [[spoiler:causes Hollyleaf's FaceHeelTurn]], before being defeated and causing [[spoiler:the characters who didn't know of Ashfur's villain status to bring Sol back to the lake and try him for Ashfur's murder.]] Interestingly enough, the villain of ''Power of Three'' ended up being an Interim Villain himself, meant to carry the story (and introduce massive changes) while Tigerstar and Brokenstar gathered their power to rise up in ''Omen of the Stars''.
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* Done in ''Power of Three'', The ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' series takes this [[UpToEleven to some unusual extremes]] with the third arc of ''Literature/WarriorCats''. The BigBad of the arc, [[spoiler:Sol the traveler]], leaves the lake about halfway through ''Long Shadows''. The role of main villain is then shifted to [[spoiler:Ashfur, in one of the biggest {{Wham Episode}}s of the series.]] This villain has a major effect on the heroes and even [[spoiler:causes Hollyleaf's FaceHeelTurn]], before ''every even-numbered instalment'' being defeated a returning [[ArchEnemy Opal Koboi]], and causing [[spoiler:the characters who didn't know of Ashfur's villain status to bring Sol back to various unrelated villains each serving as the lake and try him BigBad for Ashfur's murder.]] Interestingly enough, each odd-numbered book (except for the villain of ''Power of Three'' ended up being an Interim Villain himself, meant to carry first book, where the story (and introduce massive changes) while Tigerstar and Brokenstar gathered their power to rise up in ''Omen of the Stars''.
BigBad, essentially, is [[VillainProtagonist Artemis]] himself).
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* The ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' series takes this [[UpToEleven to some unusual extremes]] with the BigBad of ''every even-numbered instalment'' being a returning [[ArchEnemy Opal Koboi]], and various unrelated villains each serving as the BigBad for each odd-numbered book (except for the first book, where the BigBad, essentially, is [[VillainProtagonist Artemis]] himself).

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* Done in ''Power of Three'', the third arc of ''Literature/WarriorCats''. The ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' series takes this [[UpToEleven to some unusual extremes]] with the BigBad of ''every even-numbered instalment'' the arc, [[spoiler:Sol the traveler]], leaves the lake about halfway through ''Long Shadows''. The role of main villain is then shifted to [[spoiler:Ashfur, in one of the biggest {{Wham Episode}}s of the series.]] This villain has a major effect on the heroes and even [[spoiler:causes Hollyleaf's FaceHeelTurn]], before being a returning [[ArchEnemy Opal Koboi]], defeated and various unrelated villains each serving as causing [[spoiler:the characters who didn't know of Ashfur's villain status to bring Sol back to the BigBad lake and try him for each odd-numbered book (except for Ashfur's murder.]] Interestingly enough, the first book, where villain of ''Power of Three'' ended up being an Interim Villain himself, meant to carry the BigBad, essentially, is [[VillainProtagonist Artemis]] himself).
story (and introduce massive changes) while Tigerstar and Brokenstar gathered their power to rise up in ''Omen of the Stars''.



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* In Season 2 of ''Series/TwinPeaks'', [[BigBad BOB]] suffers a setback ([[spoiler:his host being discovered]]) that forces him into hiding. As the protagonists attempt to track him down, Wyndom Earle shows up to do the same while also committing a string of murders. The final confrontation with Earle also reintroduces BOB, [[spoiler:who [[EvilerThanThou takes Earle's soul]], [[VillainousRescue saving Annie]], but also [[TheBadGuyWins takes over Cooper's body]]]]. [[CutShort Then the show ended.]] Two-and-half-decades later, BOB is the main villain of ''[[{{Revival}} The Return]]'', more active than ever.



** In the revamped series, the Daleks were the main villains in the first and fourth series, while sharing and ultimately stealing the spotlight from the Cybermen in the second series. In the third, TheMaster takes over the limelight.
** In the "Eleventh Doctor" era the main villains were the Silence, except for Series 7, where instead the Great Intelligence was the BigBad for that season.

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** In the revamped series, During Creator/RussellTDavies' tenure as showrunner, the Daleks were the main villains in the first and fourth series, while sharing and ultimately stealing the spotlight from the Cybermen in the second series. In the third, TheMaster takes over the limelight.
** In the "Eleventh Doctor" Eleventh Doctor's era the main villains were the Silence, except for Series 7, where instead the Great Intelligence was the BigBad for that season.



* The BBC version of ''Series/RobinHood'' had the original Sheriff of Nottingham apparently killed off part-way through the third series, and replaced (both as Sheriff and as [[TheHeavy the show's main villain]]) by a CanonForeigner named Isabella. Isabella was seemingly beaten in the penultimate episode, just in time for the original Sheriff to turn up as the head of [[GreaterScopeVillain Prince John]]'s army in the GrandFinale.



* The BBC version of ''Series/RobinHood'' had the original Sheriff of Nottingham apparently killed off part-way through the third series, and replaced (both as Sheriff and as [[TheHeavy the show's main villain]]) by a CanonForeigner named Isabella. Isabella was seemingly beaten in the penultimate episode, just in time for the original Sheriff to turn up as the head of [[GreaterScopeVillain Prince John]]'s army in the GrandFinale.

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* In Season 2 of ''Series/TwinPeaks'', [[BigBad BOB]] suffers a setback ([[spoiler:his host being discovered]]) that forces him into hiding. As the protagonists attempt to track him down, Wyndom Earle shows up to do the same while also committing a string of murders. The BBC version of ''Series/RobinHood'' had final confrontation with Earle also reintroduces BOB, [[spoiler:who [[EvilerThanThou takes Earle's soul]], [[VillainousRescue saving Annie]], but also [[TheBadGuyWins takes over Cooper's body]]]]. [[CutShort Then the original Sheriff of Nottingham apparently killed off part-way through show ended.]] Two-and-half-decades later, BOB is the third series, and replaced (both as Sheriff and as [[TheHeavy the show's main villain]]) by a CanonForeigner named Isabella. Isabella was seemingly beaten in the penultimate episode, just in time for the original Sheriff to turn up as the head villain of [[GreaterScopeVillain Prince John]]'s army in the GrandFinale.
''[[{{Revival}} The Return]]'', more active than ever.



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* In the animated WesternAnimation/TeenTitans series, Slade was the BigBad for the first two seasons, until his death by the end of the second. Brother Blood takes over as the BigBad for the third season, but he works like an ArcVillain and a FillerVillain (not a single mentioning or appearance other than his four episodes), so how is he included here? The H.I.V.E organization was already in existence in prior seasons, Slade himself returned in full on the fourth season, and Blood's defeat led to the H.I.V.E. Five striking out on their own as an independent team.
* Subverted with Sid Phillips in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', where even though he is the villain of the first film and is completely absent in the second, in the third he only appears as a cameo where he is now a garbage man.

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* Daemon served as the BigBad for the final season of ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' until she was defeated, and Megabyte returned from being banished to the Web at the end of the previous season.
* In the animated WesternAnimation/TeenTitans ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' series, Slade was the BigBad for the first two seasons, until his death by the end of the second. Brother Blood takes over as the BigBad for the third season, but he works like an ArcVillain and a FillerVillain (not a single mentioning or appearance other than his four episodes), so how is he included here? The H.I.V.E organization was already in existence in prior seasons, Slade himself returned in full on the fourth season, and Blood's defeat led to the H.I.V.E. Five striking out on their own as an independent team.
* Subverted with Sid Phillips in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', where even though he is the villain of the first film and is completely absent in the second, in the third he only appears as a cameo where he is now a garbage man.
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* Daemon served as the BigBad for the final season of WesternAnimation/ReBoot until she was defeated, and Megabyte returned from being banished to the Web at the end of the previous season.


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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': Unlike the other Big Bads found on season 3, [[ComicBook/TheJoker Jerome Valeska]] is the only one to not use the Tetch virus for his crime and appears right in the middle of the season after the GCPD finally arrest Jervis Tetch and curing the city of his virus but right before the Court of Owls use said virus from their own nefarious plans.


** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' has Ronan The Accuser as the main villain, but like Loki he is backed by Comicbook/{{Thanos}} before the former decides to [[TheStarscream rebel]] against him. The Guardian appears in the aforementioned ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' teaming up with the Avengers to face the Mad Titan himself. Prior to that The Guardian battles against Ego [[spoiler: Peter's father]] the main villain in ''[[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 their second movie]]'' who not only lacks any affiliation with Thanos or his underlings, but also doesn't feature Infinity Stones subplot in any degree, unlike ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''.

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** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' has Ronan The Accuser as the main villain, but like Loki he is backed by Comicbook/{{Thanos}} before the former decides to [[TheStarscream rebel]] against him. The Guardian Guardians appears in the aforementioned ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' teaming up with the Avengers to face the Mad Titan himself. Prior to that The Guardian battles Guardians battle against Ego [[spoiler: [[spoiler:Ego the Living Planet, Peter's father]] father,]] and the main villain in ''[[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 their second movie]]'' who not only lacks any affiliation with Thanos or his underlings, but also doesn't feature the Infinity Stones subplot in any degree, unlike ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''.


* Done perfectly with The Joker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. In the first movie Ra's al Ghul is the BigBad and the leader of the League of Shadows. In the second movie, the League of Shadows is forgotten and [[MonsterClown the Joker]] takes over. In the third movie, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse the Joker is gone]] while the League of Shadows returns. Even though Ra's is dead, he sort of plays the role of the BiggerBad with his daughter as the main villains wanting to finish her father's job.

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* Done perfectly with The Joker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. In the first movie Ra's al Ghul is the BigBad and the leader of the League of Shadows. In the second movie, the League of Shadows is forgotten and [[MonsterClown the Joker]] takes over. In the third movie, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse the Joker is gone]] while the League of Shadows returns. [[VillainousLegacy Even though Ra's is dead, he sort of plays the role of the BiggerBad with his daughter as the main villains wanting want to finish her father's his job.]]


* ''Anime/DigimonUniverseApplimonsters'' gives us [[PsychoForHire Sateramon]], who only temporarily takes up his predecessor's, [[SmugSnake Mienumon's]], position as TheHeavy before being finally defeated after only a few episodes (he didn't even appear in some of them). After him came [[TeenGenius Unryūji]] [[{{Bishounen}} Naito]] who is {{implied}} by the [[SpoilerOpening second OP]] to be the last [[DragonInChief major henchmen]] [[OrcusOnHisThrone of Leviathan]].

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* ''Anime/DigimonUniverseApplimonsters'' gives us [[PsychoForHire Sateramon]], who only temporarily takes up his predecessor's, [[SmugSnake Mienumon's]], position as TheHeavy before being finally defeated after only a few episodes (he didn't even appear in some of them). After him came [[TeenGenius Unryūji]] [[{{Bishounen}} Naito]] Knight]] who is {{implied}} by the [[SpoilerOpening second OP]] to be the last [[DragonInChief major henchmen]] [[OrcusOnHisThrone of Leviathan]].
Leviathan]]. [[spoiler: [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Well, not for long]].]]


* The [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first]] ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movie had Hector Barbossa as the main antagonist, while Davy Jones becomes the prime villain for the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest second]]. In a subversion, Barbossa becomes the SixthRanger in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd following film]], Jones himself is DemotedToDragon and Cutler Beckett (villain of the third movie) is the archetypal BigBad for the original trilogy.

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* The [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first]] ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movie had Hector Barbossa as the main antagonist, while Davy Jones becomes the prime villain for the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest second]]. In a subversion, Barbossa becomes the SixthRanger in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd following film]], Jones himself is DemotedToDragon and Cutler Beckett (villain of the third movie) is the archetypal BigBad for the original trilogy. As a further subversion in the fourth and fifth movies Barbossa leads a seperate faction that is antagonistic to the heroes but is not the BigBad, and in both they get forced into EnemyMine alliances.


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* ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 The Avengers]]'' has Comicbook/{{Loki}} and Chitauri as the main villains, with the ending revealing that Comicbook/{{Thanos}} was the true ManBehindTheMan who set everything in motion as part of a plot to claim the Infinity Stones. Thanos returns (this time in person) as the main threat of ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', the third entry in the series. While [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron the second movie]] contains a continuation of the Infinity Stones subplot to some degree, it is Comicbook/{{Ultron}} who is the main villain, rather than Thanos or another of his underlings.

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''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 The Avengers]]'' has Comicbook/{{Loki}} and Chitauri as the main villains, with the ending revealing that Comicbook/{{Thanos}} was the true ManBehindTheMan who set everything in motion as part of a plot to claim the Infinity Stones. Thanos returns (this time in person) as the main threat of ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', the third entry in the series. While [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron the second movie]] contains a continuation of the Infinity Stones subplot to some degree, it is Comicbook/{{Ultron}} who is the main villain, rather than Thanos or another of his underlings.
** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' has Ronan The Accuser as the main villain, but like Loki he is backed by Comicbook/{{Thanos}} before the former decides to [[TheStarscream rebel]] against him. The Guardian appears in the aforementioned ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' teaming up with the Avengers to face the Mad Titan himself. Prior to that The Guardian battles against Ego [[spoiler: Peter's father]] the main villain in ''[[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 their second movie]]'' who not only lacks any affiliation with Thanos or his underlings, but also doesn't feature Infinity Stones subplot in any degree, unlike ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''.



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* ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' had [[FallenHero Superman from the Injustice Earth]] as the BigBad, while its [[VideoGame/Injustice2 sequel]] has [[OmnicidalManiac Brainiac]]. The tie-comic that bridges the gap between the two games has [[GaiasVengeance Ra's Al Ghul]] and the League of Assassins as primary antagonists.



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* ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 The Avengers]]'' has Comicbook/{{Loki}} and Chitauri as the main villains, with the ending revealing that Comicbook/{{Thanos}} was the true ManBehindTheMan who set everything in motion as part of a plot to claim the Infinity Stones. Thanos returns (this time in person) as the main threat of ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', the third entry in the series. While [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron the second movie]] contains a continuation of the Infinity Stones subplot to some degree, it is Comicbook/{{Ultron}} who is the main villain, rather than Thanos or another of his underlings.


* In Season 2 of ''Series/TwinPeaks'', Wyndom Earle served as this, until Bob, the original BigBad, returned.

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* In Season 2 of ''Series/TwinPeaks'', [[BigBad BOB]] suffers a setback ([[spoiler:his host being discovered]]) that forces him into hiding. As the protagonists attempt to track him down, Wyndom Earle served as this, until Bob, shows up to do the original BigBad, returned.same while also committing a string of murders. The final confrontation with Earle also reintroduces BOB, [[spoiler:who [[EvilerThanThou takes Earle's soul]], [[VillainousRescue saving Annie]], but also [[TheBadGuyWins takes over Cooper's body]]]]. [[CutShort Then the show ended.]] Two-and-half-decades later, BOB is the main villain of ''[[{{Revival}} The Return]]'', more active than ever.


* The ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' series takes this [[UptToEleven to some unusual extremes]] with the BigBad of ''every even-numbered instalment'' being a returning [[ArchEnemy Opal Koboi]], and various unrelated villains each serving as the BigBad for each odd-numbered book (except for the first book, where the BigBad, essentially, is [[VillainProtagonist Artemis]] himself).

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* The ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' series takes this [[UptToEleven [[UpToEleven to some unusual extremes]] with the BigBad of ''every even-numbered instalment'' being a returning [[ArchEnemy Opal Koboi]], and various unrelated villains each serving as the BigBad for each odd-numbered book (except for the first book, where the BigBad, essentially, is [[VillainProtagonist Artemis]] himself).

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