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* Yuuki Terumi is the man responsible for pretty much every single fucked-up thing that transpires in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', be it by directly and actively making things as bad as he possibly can, like that time he burned down the church [[TheHero Ragna]] and his orphaned siblings lived in, murdered the nun taking care of them, cut off Ragna's right arm, {{Mind Rape}}d Ragna's little brother and kidnapped Ragna's little sister in order to use her as a template for [[PersonOfMassDestruction Clones of Mass Destruction]]; or by [[TheChessmaster manipulating events]], like the time he taught [[MadScientist Ayatsuki Shuuichirou]] and [[TheSociopath Relius Clover]] how to create [[EldritchAbomination the Black Beast]] in order to destroy the world, or that other time when he founded the [[TheEmpire Novus Orbis Librarium]] and [[AntiMagicalFaction Sector Seven]] and then [[RunningBothSides played them against each other]] in order to create a CrapsackWorld.

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* [[AxCrazy Yuuki Terumi Terumi]] is the man responsible for pretty much every single fucked-up thing that transpires in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', be it by directly and actively making things as bad as he possibly can, like that time he burned down the church [[TheHero Ragna]] and his orphaned siblings lived in, murdered the nun taking care of them, cut off Ragna's right arm, {{Mind Rape}}d Ragna's little brother and kidnapped Ragna's little sister in order to use her as a template for [[PersonOfMassDestruction Clones of Mass Destruction]]; or by [[TheChessmaster manipulating events]], like the time he taught [[MadScientist Ayatsuki Shuuichirou]] and [[TheSociopath Relius Clover]] how to create [[EldritchAbomination the Black Beast]] in order to destroy the world, or that other time when he founded the [[TheEmpire Novus Orbis Librarium]] and [[AntiMagicalFaction Sector Seven]] and then [[RunningBothSides played them against each other]] in order to create a CrapsackWorld.


** Even [[TheHeavy Darth Vader]] himself ends up an example of this trope after the rise of the Galactic Empire. He is DragonInChief to Grand Moff Tarkin's BigBad in ''Film/ANewHope'', ther BigBad in ''Film/TheEmpireStriksBack'', and is simply TheDragon (with shades of AntiVillain) to Palpatine in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. The prequel trilogy doesn't technically have him, but rather continues to give us hints at the villain he will eventually become. Vader as we know him doesn't show up until the last few scenes of Episode Three. However, as the face of the empire and an infamous part of the Skywalker family, his legacy of darkness inevitably lead to influencing [[spoiler: his grandson]] to try and be like him.

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** Even [[TheHeavy Darth Vader]] himself ends up an example of this trope after the rise of the Galactic Empire. He is DragonInChief to Grand Moff Tarkin's BigBad in ''Film/ANewHope'', ther BigBad in ''Film/TheEmpireStriksBack'', ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', and is simply TheDragon (with shades of AntiVillain) to Palpatine in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. The prequel trilogy doesn't technically have him, but rather continues to give us hints at the villain he will eventually become. Vader as we know him doesn't show up until the last few scenes of Episode Three. However, as the face of the empire and an infamous part of the Skywalker family, his legacy of darkness inevitably lead to influencing [[spoiler: his grandson]] to try and be like him.


* Creator/GrantMorrison 's run on ''ComicBook/XMen'' had Sublime, a [[PuppeteerParasite body-hopping sentient bacteria colony]] responsible spreading for anti-mutant prejudice in humanity since the dawn of civilization.

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* Creator/GrantMorrison 's run on ''ComicBook/XMen'' had Sublime, a [[PuppeteerParasite body-hopping sentient bacteria colony]] responsible for spreading for anti-mutant prejudice in humanity since the dawn of civilization.


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* ''Series/IZombie'' has Blaine [=DeBeers=]. The BigBad of Season 1, circumstances in Season 2 force him and the heroes into an EnemyMine situation that evolves into a semi-FriendlyEnemy state that lasts for the rest of the series.


** Comicbook/{{Thanos}}, with his plan to gather the Infinity Stones overarching all of the movies in Phases 1-3. He serves as the GreaterScopeVillain in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' and ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', then as the BigBad in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''.

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** Comicbook/{{Thanos}}, [[Characters/MCUThanos Thanos]], with his plan to gather the Infinity Stones overarching all of the movies in Phases 1-3. He serves as the GreaterScopeVillain in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' and ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', then as the BigBad in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''.''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' and ''Film/AvengersEndgame''.


** Even [[TheHeavy Darth Vader]] himself ends up an example of this trope after the rise of the Galactic Empire. He is DragonInChief to Grand Moff Tarkin's BigBad in ''Film/ANewHope'' and is simply TheDragon (with shades of AntiVillain) to Palpatine in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. The prequel trilogy doesn't technically have him, but rather continues to give us hints at the villain he will eventually become. Vader as we know him doesn't show up until the last few scenes of Episode Three. However, as the face of the empire and an infamous part of the Skywalker family, his legacy of darkness inevitably lead to influencing [[spoiler: his grandson]] to try and be like him.

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** Even [[TheHeavy Darth Vader]] himself ends up an example of this trope after the rise of the Galactic Empire. He is DragonInChief to Grand Moff Tarkin's BigBad in ''Film/ANewHope'' ''Film/ANewHope'', ther BigBad in ''Film/TheEmpireStriksBack'', and is simply TheDragon (with shades of AntiVillain) to Palpatine in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. The prequel trilogy doesn't technically have him, but rather continues to give us hints at the villain he will eventually become. Vader as we know him doesn't show up until the last few scenes of Episode Three. However, as the face of the empire and an infamous part of the Skywalker family, his legacy of darkness inevitably lead to influencing [[spoiler: his grandson]] to try and be like him.

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* The ''Literature/AlexRider'' books have the NebulousEvilOrganisation Scorpia (which is an acronym for Sabotage, Corruption, Intelligence and Assassination). They were introduced in the fifth book of the original nine-story run (having been briefly mentioned in the ending of the fourth), but were revealed to have played a major part in the series' backstory (which is carried over to the {{Prequel}} ''Russian Roulette''), as well as also turning out to be TheManBehindTheMan in the first book. They recur in the seventh book, ''Snakehead'', and the originally intended final volume, ''Scorpia Rising''. The organisation disbands following its third and final defeat at Alex's hands, and this was meant to be one of the big indications that the series was now over. A few years later, author Anthony Horowitz decided to revive the series, and the first new book involves Alex tracking down the final members of the organisation's executive board who are still at large.


** TheEmperor Sheev Palpatine, a.k.a. Darth Sidious. In the prequel trilogy, he initiates AntiHero Anakin Skywalker's StartOfDarkness as part of his plot to sieze power, often allowing other bad guys such as [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Darth Maul]], [[Film/AttackOfTheClones Count Dooku]], or [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith General Grievous]] to do the antagonizing. In the original trilogy, he is the [[OrcusOnHisThrone mostly unseen]] BigBad leading TheEmpire, and by extension in the sequel trilogy, is the indirect inspiration for The First Order's scheming, forever leaving his mark on the galaxy. [[spoiler: And as of ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'', he's BackFromTheDead, cementing his position as Overarching Villain for all three generations of the Skywalker Saga.]]

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** TheEmperor Sheev Palpatine, a.k.a. Darth Sidious. In the prequel trilogy, he initiates AntiHero Anakin Skywalker's StartOfDarkness as part of his plot to sieze power, often allowing other bad guys such as [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Darth Maul]], [[Film/AttackOfTheClones Count Dooku]], or [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith General Grievous]] to do the antagonizing. In the original trilogy, he is the [[OrcusOnHisThrone mostly unseen]] BigBad leading TheEmpire, and by extension in the sequel trilogy, is the indirect inspiration for The the First Order's scheming, forever leaving his mark on the galaxy. [[spoiler: And as of ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'', he's BackFromTheDead, He's even been confirmed to appear in ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'' in some form, cementing his position as Overarching Villain for all three generations of the Skywalker Saga.]]


** TheEmperor Sheev Palpatine, a.k.a. Darth Sidious. In the prequel trilogy, he initiates AntiHero Anakin Skywalker's StartOfDarkness as part of his plot to sieze power, often allowing other bad guys such as [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Darth Maul]], [[Film/AttackOfTheClones Count Dooku]], or [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith General Grievous]] to do the antagonizing. In the original trilogy, he is the [[OrcusOnHisThrone mostly unseen]] BigBad leading TheEmpire, and by extension in the sequel trilogy, is the indirect inspiration for The First Order's scheming, forever leaving his mark on the galaxy.

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** TheEmperor Sheev Palpatine, a.k.a. Darth Sidious. In the prequel trilogy, he initiates AntiHero Anakin Skywalker's StartOfDarkness as part of his plot to sieze power, often allowing other bad guys such as [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Darth Maul]], [[Film/AttackOfTheClones Count Dooku]], or [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith General Grievous]] to do the antagonizing. In the original trilogy, he is the [[OrcusOnHisThrone mostly unseen]] BigBad leading TheEmpire, and by extension in the sequel trilogy, is the indirect inspiration for The First Order's scheming, forever leaving his mark on the galaxy. [[spoiler: And as of ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'', he's BackFromTheDead, cementing his position as Overarching Villain for all three generations of the Skywalker Saga.]]


* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' has Xehanort, at least from ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'' to ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII''. All the problems [[TheHero Sora]] and his friends face throughout the games can be traced back to Xehanort or one of his incarnations or pawns[[note]]Master Xehanort is the main antagonist of [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth By Sleep]] and ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII'', Xehanort's Heartless, "Ansem" is the main antagonist of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'' and the Reverse/Rebirth storyline of [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Chain of Memories]], Xehanort's Nobody, Xemnas, is the main antagonist of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' and the GreaterScopeVillain of [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 358/2 Days]], with his vessel Saïx being the more direct antagonist of the latter game, and Xehanort's younger self is TheHeavy of [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance Dream Drop Distance]]. The only game Xehanort has no involvement in is [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded Coded]], but his Heartless' actions in the first game led to the creation of that game's antagonist, Sora's Heartless, making him indirectly responsible for the conflict. Sora's storyline in [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Chain of Memories]] has Marluxia and Larxene being the main villains, but they are still members of the Organization led by Xemnas[[/note]]. While Xehanort's role as the BigBad comes to an end after ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII'', fans have speculated his [[MythArc prescence will continue to influence the greater cosmology of the series in future games]].

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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' has Xehanort, at least The "Dark Seeker Saga"[[note]]Starting from ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'' to ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII''.and ending at ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII''[[/note]] of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' has Master Xehanort. All the problems [[TheHero Sora]] and his friends face throughout the games can be traced back to Xehanort or one of his incarnations or pawns[[note]]Master Xehanort is the main antagonist of [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth By Sleep]] and ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII'', Xehanort's Heartless, "Ansem" is the main antagonist of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'' and the Reverse/Rebirth storyline of [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Chain of Memories]], Xehanort's Nobody, Xemnas, is the main antagonist of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' and the GreaterScopeVillain of [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 358/2 Days]], with his vessel Saïx being the more direct antagonist of the latter game, and Xehanort's younger self is TheHeavy of [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance Dream Drop Distance]]. The only game Xehanort has no involvement in is [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded Coded]], but his Heartless' actions in the first game led to the creation of that game's antagonist, Sora's Heartless, making him indirectly responsible for the conflict. Sora's storyline in [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Chain of Memories]] has Marluxia and Larxene being the main villains, but they are still members of the Organization led by Xemnas[[/note]]. While Xehanort's role as the BigBad comes to an end after ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII'', fans have speculated his [[MythArc prescence will continue to influence the greater cosmology of the series in future games]].

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** Kylo Ren is this for the Resistance Era of the Skywalker Saga, especially after [[spoiler: he gives himself a KlingonPromotion over his master and assumes his position as Supreme Leader of the First Order as of ''Film/TheLastJedi.'']]

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* ''LightNovel/DateALive'' has Sir Issac Ray Peram Westcott. While he doesn't appear until Volume 5, Westcott is basically the catalyst of the entire series. He send Mana Takamiya to the AST in Volume 3, send the White Licorice to Japan in Volume 4, and it is confirmed in Volume 17 that [[spoiler:he summoned the First Spirit and caused dozens of Spirits to appear on Earth, making him responsible for the creation of AST, Ratatoskr, and the Spacequakes]].


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* ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'' has [[spoiler:Zero II/Brother/Q/Delta for the series as a whole, as he is the leader of [[ReligionOfEvil Free The Soul]], Akane’s ArchEnemy, and the one who manipulates the other characters and events of the series according to his plan- which, that being said, is to [[WellIntentionedExtremist save humanity from]] [[GreaterScopeVillain a religious fanatic]], whether that be through killing the Fanatic and [[AMillionIsAStatistic six million]] through [[TheVirus Radical-6]], or engineering all the [[DeadlyGame Deadly Games]] to get the participants to master their TimeTravel powers. Akane’s antagonism, including creating the two Nonary Games, was done to stop Delta- which [[UnwittingPawn unbeknownst to her]] was AllAccordingToPlan]].


* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' has the Shredder, leader of the Foot Clan. Ironically starting off as the Starter Villain and [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain of the week]], the Shredder has become the most traditional antagonist of the franchise, and can be expected to be the BigBad whenever he appears.

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* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' has the Shredder, leader of the Foot Clan. Ironically starting off as the Starter Villain StarterVillain and [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain of the week]], the Shredder has become the most traditional antagonist of the franchise, and can be is usually expected to be the BigBad whenever he appears.


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* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'' has [[ComicBook/TheJoker The Joker]], Batman's ArchEnemy and the most recurring BigBad throughout the series. He's the main antagonist of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', TheHeavy in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', and the one [[spoiler: who actually put a bounty on Batman's head while disguised as Black Mask in]] in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins''. [[spoiler:Even after dying at the end of ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity Arkham City]]'', the Joker's legacy still plays a great role in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', and he even appears as a hallucination plaguing Batman as his personality tries to take over.]]

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* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' has the Shredder, leader of the Foot Clan. Ironically starting off as the Starter Villain and [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain of the week]], the Shredder has become the most traditional antagonist of the franchise, and can be expected to be the BigBad whenever he appears.


* ''Manga/InuYasha'' has Naraku, a half-demon who is responsible for the protagonist's plight, making him the most personal foe. While he's comitted to his evil plan to gather the shards of the Sacred Jewel and corrupt it, his ForTheEvulz tendencies make him responsible for almost every bad thing Inuyasha, Kagome, and their companions face.

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* ''Manga/InuYasha'' has Naraku, a half-demon who is responsible for the protagonist's plight, making him the most personal foe. While he's comitted committed to his evil plan to gather the shards of the Sacred Jewel and corrupt it, his ForTheEvulz tendencies make him responsible for almost every bad thing Inuyasha, Kagome, and their companions face.











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