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1%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread:˛%% Please do not replace or remove without starting a new thread.˛%%˛[[quoteright:350:[[Film/SpiderMan3]]]]˛[[caption-width-right:350:Which villain will come out on top?[[note]]Answer: [[ComicBook/{{Venom}} the guy]] [[ShapedLikeItself who's literally on top.]][[/note]]]]˛˛The story features two or more {{Big Bad}}s, each of whom has their own distinct agenda and resources. The result can be EvilVersusEvil, EvilerThanThou, EnemyMine, VillainTeamUp or BigBadDuumvirate, but it may be the case that none of the villains have anything to do with each other, and may not even be aware of each other. Played straight, each BigBad should be of a comparable threat level to prevent one from overshadowing the other(s).˛˛Having multiple main villains can bring new dimensions to the story and make it more complex and less predictable. It can force TheHero to face a range of different challenges - for example, maybe one villain seeks to TakeOverTheWorld while another is [[ItsPersonal a more personal enemy from his past]], though it's possible for both Big Bads to have identical goals without making the story any less interesting.˛˛The success or failures of one Big Bad can affect the fortunes of another, as they may have to consider each other in their plans, or might try to profit from another's defeat. The hero might defeat one villain before fighting another, or might regard one as more dangerous or important than the others. The SortingAlgorithmOfEvil may be either avoided -- if all the Big Bads are equally powerful and dangerous -- or inverted, if some are more powerful and/or more dangerous than others.˛˛Remember this must be simultaneous -- if a new Big Bad arises only after another is defeated, then this does not count; that’s ArcVillain. See also RoguesGallery, which is similar but usually forces established villains to act as MonsterOfTheWeek. When there are so many Big Bads involved that one needs a score card to keep them straight, this is TheBigBadShuffle. See also GambitPileup; something that usually results from this trope when the big bads plot against each other for power in the same way they plot against the good guys, which can also sometimes result in a {{Melee A Trois}} between the heroes and the two big bads. Contrast with VillainExclusivityClause when only one villain is allowed. ˛˛[[noreallife]]˛----˛!!Examples:˛[[foldercontrol]]˛˛[[folder:Anime & Manga]]˛* Bakura does this a lot in ''Manga/YuGiOh'' with Pegasus, Marik, and Dark Marik, respectively.˛* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has Emperor Charles zi Britannia and his son, Prince Schneizel el Britannia. [[spoiler: The former has an AssimilationPlot called the "Ragnarok", where all humans, living or dead, will become one being in an attempt to destroy all gods and unite all humans. The latter has an AGodAmI mindset, with the plan to launch a KillSat called the Damocles that fires [[FantasticNuke F.L.E.I.J.A.]] missiles, all to unite the world through fear.]]˛* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' features one of these in the Dark Masters, a quartet of Mega-level Digimon who serve as the {{Big Bad}}s of final ten episodes. [=MetalSeadramon=], Puppetmon, Machinedramon, and Piedmon each have their own armies and territories and only appear together once, when they're first introduced. Otherwise they appear to function as four separate {{Big Bad}}s whose mutual goals seem to include ruling over the Digital World and killing the [=DigiDestined=] who are trying to stop them. Otherwise they don't lift a finger to help one another while the children clobber their way up their hierarchy, and in case of [[MonsterClown Piedmon]], he actually seems to ''[[AxCrazy enjoy]]'' watching the other three get obliterated one-by-one. And that's not taking Myotismon, Etemon and Devimon into account.˛* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[SmugSnake Orochimaru]] serves as the BigBad for Part 1, but [[StandardEvilOrganizationSquad Akatsuki]] takes over after Orochimaru gets saddled with VillainDecay. Partway through the second half, [[EvilOldFolks Danzo]] throws his conniving hat into the mix. It becomes TheBigBadShuffle later on when Orochimaru and Akatsuki are defeated and replaced by [[DragonAscendant Kabuto]] and [[TheManBehindTheMan Tobi]], respectively, who form an unstable BigBadDuumvirate. The shuffle continues into the final parts of the manga; [[spoiler:Sasuke kills Danzo and helps his brother take Kabuto out of commission, and Tobi forms yet another duumvirate with his [[BackFromTheDead resurrected ancestor]] and PredecessorVillain Madara to summon [[EldritchAbomination the Ten-Tailed Beast]]. Then Sasuke revives Orochimaru and the two of them decide to help the good guys take down Tobi and Madara. And to make it even more confusing, after Tobi has a HeelFaceTurn and Madara was fully-revived and activates the Infinite Tsukuyomi, Black Zetsu (literally) backstab Madara and reveal that he isn't a manifestation of Madara's will, but '''''Princess Kaguya's''''', the first chakra user and the mother of the Sage of the Six Paths, and the one ultimately responsible for the Ten-Tails' existence. This puts both Black Zetsu ''and'' her in the running as well]].˛* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', most villains tend to survive their arcs and maintain possibility of returning.˛** The Four Emperors, with their respective crews, are the most powerful pirates in the world, ruling the second half of the Grand Line, the New World. Three out of the four that are the most villainous and antagonistic, as well as the ones with the highest resumes, are [[EvilCounterpart Marshall D. Teach (or Blackbeard)]], captain, later admiral, of the Blackbeard Pirates and former member of the Whitebeard Pirates under Ace's division and the Seven Warlords of the Sea (who caused the Whitebeard War in its entirety), [[TheCaligula Charlotte]] [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever "Big Mom"]] [[ImAHumanitarian Linlin]], captain of the Big Mom Pirates, matriarch of the Charlotte Family and queen of Totto Land (whom Kid and Luffy have personally challenged), and [[JerkAss Kaido]] "of the Beasts", Governor-General of the Beast Pirates and ally to the shogun of Wano Country, Kurozumi Orochi; he scares the shit out of ''Doflamingo'' and is who Law and Luffy have declared war against.˛*** This changes in the Wano Country Arc when Kaido and Big Mom fought in Onigashima. After their duel, the two decided and have announced that their crews will [[BigBadDuumvirate team up]] [[TakeOverTheWorld to take over the world]], and become enemies again afterwards.˛** Several pirates of the Worst Generation could easily turn up as antagonists in the future, but the biggest one is [[EvilRedhead Eustass Kid]], who is the most savage one by far. Some, however, have demoted themselves out of the BigBad running by accepting roles as [[CoDragons lieutenants of Big Mom or Kaido]].˛** The [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Five Elder Stars]], or Gorosei, are five elders that control the World Government, so they're solely responsible for all the reprehensible policies that the World Government operates with. However, they're more of a GreaterScopeVillain, since [[GeneralRipper Fleet Admiral Sakazuki]] serves as TheHeavy from the Marine side.˛** [[{{Privateer}} Allied with Marines]] are the Seven Warlords of the Sea. While their ranks have dwindled and some are on friendly terms with Luffy and his crew, [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul Bartholomew Kuma]], [[DumbMuscle Edward Weevil]], and [[MasterSwordsman Dracule]] [[BloodKnight Mihawk]] are bound to be dealt with at some point. [[AxCrazy Donquixote Doflamingo]] stayed as a side threat pre-timeskip (he had Bellamy as his subodinate and used to own the slave house in Sabaody) and finally served as the BigBad for Dressrosa. [[spoiler:Doflamingo has actually been confirmed for the mastermind behind the Punk Hazard, but he's actually operating alongside Kaido.]]˛** On the front of former {{Big Bad}}s not affiliated with anybody yet, there are [[MagnificentBastard Sir Crocodile]], who decided to head for the New World when he heard of Luffy's return and [[ManipulativeBastard Buggy]] [[MonsterClown the Clown]], another rival of Luffy for crown of the Pirate King, who's been gathering an [[BadassArmy army of loyal followers]] and also has been contacted by the World Government for joining [[spoiler:the Warlords]].˛** Then comes [[WhamEpisode Chapter 908]] with an even BIGGER GreaterScopeVillain than even the Five Elder Stars known as [[spoiler:Im, the true leader of the World Government who they ''bowed'' to as he's the true ruler of the whole world and the mastermind behind how the World Government runs as well]].˛* The ''Manga/GeGeGeNoKitaro'' manga and its various adaptations have this with [[EvilOldFolks Nurarihyon]], Supreme Ruler of Yokai who (starting from the third anime) appears in various non-consecutive episodes and gets Yokai to work for him, and [[FantasticRacism Backbeard]], the leader of the Western Yokai, appearing most notably in several The Great Yokai War and Yokai Rally adaptations. Uniquely, the 2018 anime adds new villain [[NoNameGiven Nanashi/Nameless]] as the most recurring threat from the very first episode until the end of the first half.˛* Whenever there's an ArcVillain in ''Manga/SoulEater'', like Arachne, Shaula or Noah (The Tables of Contents), Medusa and Asura are not too far behind, similar to Bakura from above.˛* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''. The series builds up to a battle between [[TheSociopath Muruta Azrael]] of Blue Cosmos and [[PresidentEvil Chairman]] [[GeneralRipper Patrick Zala]] of ZAFT, [[spoiler:and Rau Le Creuset is manipulating ''both'' of them in an attempt to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]].˛* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'': Most of the series is defined by a brawl between ZAFT [[PresidentEvil Chairman]] [[DarkMessiah Gilbert]] [[ManipulativeBastard Durandal]] and Blue Cosmos leader [[SmugSnake Lord Djibril]] over control of the world. Interestingly, [[TheChessmaster Durandal]] is much more competent than [[CardCarryingVillain Djibril]], a fact that is made clear from the start. However, despite his StupidEvil status, [[DiabolicalMastermind Djibril]]'s resources, combined with the fact that he's essentially pure evil and is a strong believer in ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill (complete with a WaveMotionGun and a penchant towards [[NukeEm nuclear warfare]]), means that both of them absolutely ''have'' to be defeated in order for the story to end well.˛* The [[CosmopolitanCouncil One Shadow Nine Fists]] in ''[[Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi]],'' consisting of several EvilMentor martial artists, many of which verge into AntiVillain on a handful of occasions, barring Silcardo Jenazad and the mysterious GreaterScopeVillain of the group, [[spoiler: Miu's father, Saiga Furinji]].˛* ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' did this with [[EvilPoacher Viper Snakely]] and [[EvilOverlord Claw]].˛* ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' did this in a way. Megatron was the obvious one, but Starscream later became a BigBad in his own right after an attempt to backstab narrowly failed. Then there's Sideways and Soundwave, who seem to be avenging their homeworld. The comic adds in [[spoiler:Unicron, BackFromTheDead and going all OmnicidalManiac once again]].˛* ''Anime/DragonballZ'' had the Namek Saga, where the Z warriors had to fight the last saga's BigBad (Vegeta, not yet at his HeelFaceTurn) and the new BigBad (Frieza).˛* ''Manga/DGrayMan'': While the [[OmnicidalManiac Millennium Earl]] has been the main villain since day one and is still the [[TheHeavy most prominent threat]], recent chapters have [[TheStarscream The Fourteenth]] and [[HumanoidAbomination Apocryphos]] challenging the Earl for the position of Biggest Bad ([[EvilVersusEvil literally]], in the Fourteenth's case). Also, due to the BlackAndGrayMorality of the series, one could also arguably stick Black Order leader [[KnightTemplar Lveille]] on the list as well.˛* ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' has [[DiabolicalMastermind Dr. Faker]] and [[MalevolentMaskedMen Tron]], who are opposed to both the protagonists and each other. [[spoiler:Both were beaten by Yuma (through Dr. Faker was the final boss of the first arc), both reformed and both controlled by the bigger bads, the Barians]]˛* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' and its spinoff ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' have a lot of evil people who oppose each other or don't even know about each other, with [[GambitPileup complex plans that intersect and are hard to keep track of]].˛* In the ''Manga/GetterRobo'' manga (but not the anime), the Hundred Demon Empire shows up before the Dinosaur Empire is defeated, leading them to clash both with the heroes and each other. [[VillainPedigree The Dinosaur Empire is the underdog in this fight]], to the point where the Getter Team swear to ''avenge'' the dinosaurs' leader after the demons give him a humiliating death.˛* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' has [[EvilInc Medical Mechanica]], who plans to iron out free thought all over the world, and [[spoiler:VillainProtagonist Haruko Haruhara, who wants to steal the power of legendary {{Space Pirate|s}} Atomsk, which unfortunately involves freeing him from imprisonment by the former by helping them along with their plan (and she doesn't really care what happens afterwards)]]. Though in practice, Medical Mechanica never makes a physical appearance, making them more of a GreaterScopeVillain (and it’s ambiguous if they even exist), while [[spoiler:Haruko]] acts as the main BigBad.˛* ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaFORCE'' has Curren Hückebein, the leader of the Hückebein Family, and her father Hades Vandein, the head of the Vandein Cooperation. Both of them are fighting the TSAB, especially Special Duty Section 6, but they also oppose each other. While the Hückebein are huge {{Jerkass}}es, [[AtleastIAdmitIt they admit their actions]], while Hades pretends to be a normal innocent guy despite being ObviouslyEvil, who is even [[EvilerThanThou more evil]] than any of the Hückebein.˛* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', the endgame eventually sets up two, potentially three {{Big Bad}}s in opposition with each other. [[PersonOfMassDestruction Black Wizard Zeref]] is the original and the most readily apparent one, his actions including the creation of demons and killing everything around him, and is responsible for most of the world's problems, directly and indirectly. [[HeelRealization However, he's also well aware of these actions]] [[ThenLetMeBeEvil even though he intends to wipe out humanity to cleanse the world its sins]]. [[TheDreaded The Dragon King]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Acnologia]] wants to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy everyone and everything]], having committed mass genocide against his fellow Dragons and wants to do the same to his [[WasOnceAMan former species]], and Zeref is heavily hinted to have something to do with this (despite the fact that even ''Zeref'' is terrified of him). [[spoiler:Not to mention he killed Natsu's parents and Natsu himself]]. Finally, the Dark Guild [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Tartaros]], made up of demons created by Zeref, is led by [[SealedEvilInACan the currently-sealed-away]] [[PlayingWithFire E.N.D.]] ([[spoiler:aka '''E'''therious '''N'''atsu '''D'''ragneel]]), the strongest of all Zeref's demons and is theorized to be strong enough to make even ''Acnologia'' wary of him, [[LaserGuidedTykebomb who wants to kill Zeref because that's what he was made to do and take humanity with him on the side]]. Interestingly enough, all three have played the role of GreaterScopeVillain (Zeref during the Pre-Timeskip and into the end of the ''Grand Magic Games'' arc, Acnologia near the end of the Pre-Timeskip to the climax of the ''Tartaros'' arc) at some point in the series as well, with E.N.D. still doing so due to his sealed status. [[spoiler:And all three have some form of connection to [[TheHero Natsu]]]]. [[spoiler:However, it turns out that E.N.D. was never sealed away or ever a villain, let alone a BigBad, in the first place. It was simply an alternate name for Natsu, with the Book of E.N.D. merely serving as a link to his life force (until Lucy rewrote it) after he was resurrected by Zeref. This leaves Zeref and Acnologia as the undisputed two Big Bads over the entire series.]]˛* ''Manga/DeathNote'' has a variation of this. In the second half of the series, VillainProtagonist Light Yagami has to contend with Near and Mello, both of whom are trying and using very different methods to uncover his identity of Kira, while also acting separately from each other. For all intents and purposes, this is the closest example of a Big Bad Ensemble that can be found in a series where the ''[[VillainProtagonist protagonist]]'' is the true BigBad overall.˛* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'s'' "Grand Punk Railroad" (1931) arc has three major antagonists with mutually exclusive goals boarding a train -- Ladd Russo, an AxCrazy hitman who intends to kill everyone on the train [[ForTheEvulz just for kicks]]; [[SmugSnake Goose Perkins]], a cult leader who holds the train hostage and kidnaps a senator's family to cow said senator into letting his cult leader out of jail; and Claire Stanfield, one of the train's conductors who wants to kill ''both'' of the aforementioned villains for daring to cause trouble on ''his'' train, and will [[KnightTemplar gladly take out anyone who either works with them or gets in his way]]...except of course, for Goose's [[LoveAtFirstSight silent female ally]]... ˛* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' sets up two antagonists in it's end game, Leo Akaba, head of the Academia and [[spoiler:Zarc, the demon duelist.]] Leo is driven to [[spoiler:bring back the original dimension and his daughter Ray and has been declared on all of reality to do so. While Zarc is a duelist that turned god and is determined into destroying all of reality. In the end Zarc takes over as the BigBad when he effortless defeats Leo]].˛* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' has several major threats throughout the story that poor [[TheHero Ken Kaneki]] has to deal with. The two most prominent are the One-Eyed Owl, leader of [[AntiHumanAlliance Aogiri]] [[TheSyndicate Tree]] who turns out to be [[spoiler:Eto Yoshimura]], and the FinalBoss himself, [[spoiler:Kichimura/Furuta/Souta]], '':re'''s main Big Bad who manipulates ''[[WildCard everyone]]'' to achieve his goal of [[ForGreatJustice Super Peace]]. In between them is [[spoiler:Dr. Akihiro Kanou, a MadScientist who is the one who turned Kaneki into a one-eyed ghoul]] and freely switches allegiances between the two as long as it serves his own aspirations, and Rize Kamishiro, the FemmeFatale ghoul who attacked Kaneki at the beginning of the story and appears as his EnemyWithin, trying to get him to give in to his violent urges, [[spoiler:and is the PostFinalBoss]]. Above all of them is [[spoiler:CCG Chairman Tsyneyoshi Wasshu, the head of a GovernmentConspiracy that aims to prolong the ForeverWar between humans and ghouls]], but he is more of a GreaterScopeVillain as he never comes into direct conflict with Kaneki.˛* ''Manga/VampireKnight'': While he's more of a ByronicHero than a straight-up villain, [[spoiler:Kaname Kuran]]'s more questionable actions and decisions end up driving much of the conflict of the series. He shares this distinction with Shizuka Hio [[spoiler:(who became a DiscOneFinalBoss) and Rido Kuran for the first arc]], yet they're [[spoiler:both]] defeated prior to the end, which leaves [[spoiler:Kaname]] as the FinalBoss.˛* In ''Manga/ElfenLied'', Lucy, Queen of the [[{{Mutants}} Diclonii]], is a VillainProtagonist who hates humans and [[KillAllHumans wants them all dead]], and is [[TheHeavy the more personal villain that the heroes fight]]. However, she’s only like that because HumansAreBastards to her; specifically Director Kakuzawa, who runs the institute that tormented her and her fellow diclonii to turn them into his personal MasterRace. He is the embodiment of [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters everything wrong with humans]] in this series. [[spoiler:It’s eventually revealed that his rival is not Lucy, but the [[EnemyWithin Diclonius DNA Voice]] that [[TheManBehindTheMan manipulates Lucy’s cruelty]], and she kills him to become the FinalBoss.]]˛* ''Anime/HellsingUltimate'' has the [[FantasticCatholicism Iscariot]] [[CreepyCatholicism Organization]], a [[AnimeCatholicism Catholic]] military denomination led by [[EvilJesuit Enrico Maxwell]], whose [[TheDragon top enforcer]], [[BadassPreacher Alexander]] [[TheRival Anderson]], is the only man capable of going toe-to-toe with [[ShowyInvincibleHero Alu]][[OurVampiresAreDifferent card]] [[spoiler:and has an [[BadassArmy army of disciples]]]], and Millenium, [[TheRemnant the remains]] of the [[ThoseWackyNazis Third Reich]], led by [[NoNameGiven The Major]], who have an army of [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Nazi Vampires]], a lineup of talented officers and mercenaries, [[spoiler:and [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent a Werewolf]]]]. They both [[spoiler:end up invading (or, in Iscariot's case, crusading into) [[CapitalOffensive London]] at the end]].˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Comic Books]]˛* Almost every superhero worth his salt has his/her own RoguesGallery, so this is played several times. However, most comic villains can only be counted as {{Big Bad}}s within their own stories. The best examples exist when dealing with crossovers and prolonged {{story arc}}s, which can feature multiple villains and can last several months or even up to a year. Some examples from Franchise/TheDCU include:˛** ''[[ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand No Man's Land]]'' involves [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham City]] being abandoned by the US and falling prey to the crazed villains of Gotham, who take over various parts and rule each as their own fiefdoms. The story climaxes with Lex Luthor and the Joker initiating their own unrelated schemes simultaneously and Batman and co. having to stop them, a takeover under the guise of VillainWithGoodPublicity and a plot to murder new-born infants to break Gotham's spirit, respectively.˛** ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'': Chang Tzu, Lex Luthor, Lady Styx, [[spoiler: Neron]], and [[spoiler: evil Skeets, courtesy of Mister Mind]] are all the BigBad to a variety of heroes starring in a number of inter-connected stories.˛** [[spoiler: Krona]] and [[spoiler: an undead Swamp Thing, which believes itself to be Nekron]], are the two biggest threats in ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'', but Max Lord, [[spoiler: Eclipso]], [[BigBadDuumvirate Black Manta and Siren]], [[ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} the Queen of Hawkworld]], [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter D'kay Drazz]], and Firestorm (who is actually serving [[spoiler: the Anti-Monitor]]), are all causing all kinds of trouble.˛** The ''Comicbook/NewKrypton'' arc in the Franchise/{{Superman}} comics has Generals [[GeneralRipper Zod]] and [[WellIntentionedExtremist Lane]] opposing each other in EvilVersusEvil, though ComicBook/LexLuthor and ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} have their own agendas as well.˛** ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'' has ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} and [[EldritchAbomination Mandrakk the Dark Monitor]]. They don't interact, one isn't manipulating the other, and it isn't clear whether Darkseid even knows Mandrakk exists, but Mandrakk is all too happy to piggyback onto Darkseid's schemes to further his own.˛*** Mandrakk does it again in ''Creator/DarkMatter'' book ''The Unexpected'', basically piggybacking on Onimar Synn's own evil plans and setting his return while the heroes are busy stoping Synn.˛** Creator/GrantMorrison's run on ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' has Comicbook/TheJoker, [[PsychoExGirlfriend Talia Al Ghul]], and new character [[LouisCypher Doctor Simon Hurt]].˛* And from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse:˛** ''ComicBook/DarkReign'' is about ComicBook/NormanOsborn accumulating substantial political and military power after he is placed in charge of all superhuman matters in the United States. During this he forms [[ComicBook/TheIlluminati The Cabal]] with ComicBook/DoctorDoom, ComicBook/EmmaFrost, [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]], ComicBook/{{Loki}}, and ComicBook/TheHood, while organizing and running a range of super-teams made up of anti-heroes and lower tiered supervillains. This was a year-long crossover arc that affected several titles, so many heroes in their own stories had to deal both the MonsterOfTheWeek and their own {{story arc}}s while also having to worry about Osborn or his minions.˛** The ''Messiah'' MythArc in ''ComicBook/XMen'', which covers a multitude of story arcs from ''Messiah Complex'' up to ''Second Coming'' over a number of years, has the ComicBook/XMen dealing with anti-mutant activists [[spoiler:eventually united under [[KillerRobot Bastion]]]], traitor X-Man [[spoiler: Bishop]] and Stryfe, Selene and her vampiric underling, and appearances by Apocalypse and Sinister amongst others, as well as the possibility that the child they are protecting will grow up to be [[TheAntichrist a mutant Antichrist]]. All of these villains have their own agendas, most revolving around the girl, many of which impact on each other and affect the strength level of the ComicBook/XMen. Some of this also takes place during ''Dark Reign'', which means Osborn and co. factor in too, notably during the ''Utopia X'' story.˛** ''ComicBook/{{Infinity}}'' follows [[TwoLinesNoWaiting two plots simultaneously]], so has one of these by default. Namely, a massive EnemyMine alliance (including the bulk of the Avengers) going up against a universal invasion by the Builders, and the remaining heroes on Earth holding off another attempt by ComicBook/{{Thanos}} to regain the Infinity Gems (via an invasion of Earth). And then [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination Shuma-Gorath]]]] [[FromBadToWorse shows up...]]˛** In ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'' vol.2 at first it looked like the BigBad is going to be [[EldritchAbomination the Mother]] but then [[spoiler:Speed got kidnapped]] by what is assumed to be completely different EldritchAbomination posing as [[spoiler: Patriot's impostor]], who seems to happen some nefarious plans for the team, but completely unrelated to Mother's, even if they had one very short VillainTeamUp. And then [[spoiler: adult version of ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'' character Leah]], whose plans may, but don't have to be aligned with either of them, showed up. ˛** From ''ComicBook/TheKreeSkrullWar'', we have Ronan the Accuser, usurper of the Kree throne, and the Skrull Emperor, opposing both the heroes and each other. H. Warren Craddock, the anti-alien [=McCarthy=]-esque American politician, initially looks like a third contender, but is eventually revealed to be a disguised Skrull agent. ˛* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':˛** ''Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'':˛*** Dr. Robotnik/Eggman has always been the ArchEnemy of the heroes and premier BigBad of the series. However, over the years, more and more villains of equal or greater threat have shown up to rival the doctor -- [[EvilSorcerer Ixis Naugus]], [[MagnificentBastard Mammoth Mogul]], [[PhysicalGod Enerjak]], [[MadScientist Dr. Finitevus]], [[EvilTwin Scourge]], [[DragonLady the Iron Queen]], and most recently, [[FeatheredFiend the Battle Kukku]] -- so you can't call him the sole BigBad anymore. This has been most apparent in the issues leading up to and following the ''Genesis'' arc, wherein Naugus has currently become the villain most equal to Eggman for the position.˛*** However, as of the CosmicRetcon at the end of the ''Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'' event, most of the above have been {{retgone}}d out of existence leaving Eggman as the sole BigBad. However, the Battle Kukku and Walter Naugus ([[AdaptationNameChange formerly]] Ixis Naugus) are still around ( the former was created and is owned by Sega, the later was from ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAm'', whereas the retconned characters were lost due to a lawsuit from a writer who had made some of them) and are hinted to be potential [[TheStarscream future rivals]], and right now [[EldritchAbomination Dark Gaia]] is another potential BigBad who's just as big of a threat as Eggman.˛** In ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' quite a few villains try to take the role of BigBad from Robotnik. The first to try is [[EvilKnockoff Emperor Metallix]] then [[DragonWithAnAgenda Commander Brutus]], after that [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Super Sonic]].˛* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':˛** Simon Furman's run on IDW's ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers Ongoing]]'' comics set up a large number of potential villains from the RoguesGallery. Nemesis Prime and the Dead Universe, The Machination, Shockwave, Doubledealer, The Decepticons, the Deathbringer and his Reapers, Galvatron, and Ramjet all step up to the plate as the bad guys in the numerous plotlines Furman's run had. By the end of his run all of them except the Decepticons and Galvatron have been taken care of however.˛** This is cropping up again in the new, Post-War ''Transformers'' stories (''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise''). Megatron, Shockwave, Tyrest, the Decepticon Justice Division, and possibly the Galactic Council, all have conflicting plans to control or destroy the Cybertronian race.˛** The post-Dark Cybertron comics see another realignment after Megatron's defection to the Autobots. Multiple, competing factions of Decepticons roam the galaxy. Starscream attempts to consolidate control over Cybertron and annex the lost Cybertronian colonies. Organic led galactic governments also threaten Cybertronian and mechanical life across the galaxy. And the Functionist Council, previously destroyed by the Great War is given new life and free rein over a newly created parallel timeline. Galvatron leads the "main" Decepticon forces.˛** After the conclusion of ''Robots in Disguise'' and ''More Than Meets the Eye'', we get another reshuffling. Megatron remains an Autobot, but [[spoiler: Tarn and Galvatron are dead, with the latter's army now working together with the Autobots full-time under Soundwave's leadership. Getaway wrests control of the Lost Light away from Rodimus and sets himself up as the successor book's primary known antagonist]]. The Thirteen Primes, such as Sentinel and Liege Maximo, are approaching hostile threats. There are also wild cards like Overlord back in action and as well as the terrorist organization "Mayhem", and the conclusion of ''More Than Meets the Eye'' saw the Galactic Council quietly begin to move towards all-out hostilities towards Cybertronians. Threats from the ''ComicBook/HasbroComicUniverse'' start coming into play, most notably Baron Karza, the Dire Wraiths, and Merklynn. And hidden threats, like the Grand Architect and Unicron, emerge from the shadows signalling the end of the line.˛* In the IDW Franchise/{{Godzilla}} comic series, we have Space-Godzilla, Monster X, Gigan and Hedorah.˛* ComicBook/LuckyLuke: Some comics that feature the Daltons also have another evil and entirely separate group that often works in much more insidious ways and will at times even dethrone them from the primary antagonistic threat role. Examples include Justice Poindexter in ''The Treasure of the Daltons'' and the Pacific Railway representatives in ''Nitroglycerine''. This happens even more often in the new adventures animated series and in at least one movie (see below).˛* ''ComicBook/RequiemVampireKnight'': Due to the EvilVersusEvil nature of the conflict, several factions are running for the position of BigBad: {{Dracula}} seemingly serves this role for the entire setting, being a ruthless EvilOverlord that rules over a chaotic society, but other candidates include [[GhostPirate Mother Mitra]], leader of the Ghoul pirates; [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Perfidia]] of [[EvilColonialist Dystopia]], and [[TheConspiracy the Hellfire Club]], a group of vampires headed by [[spoiler:a [[EldritchAbomination Lord of Limbo]]]] conspiring to overthrow Dracula and put a [[PuppetKing figurehead]] in his place. They are also backed by [[MadScientist the Arch-Hierophant]], who provides the technological firepower. All these factions assist each other for the common goal of the vampire king's downfall, but every single one has their own agenda to replace him as the dominant power in Résurrection. Even then, despite being surrounded by all sides, Dracula also has wicked plans of his own: [[spoiler:To return to Earth and make his claim of world domination]].˛* Invoked in ''ComicBook/JusticeLeague2018'' where series BigBad Lex Luthor requires information only another dangerous villain can provide - recently imprisoned [[spoiler: the Batman Who Laughs]]. He agrees to give them on specific terms - Lex will set him free, accept he has his own plans regarding the Multiverse and the heroes and they may not align with Lex's, stay out of his way and hope he keeps his word to not go after Lex. [[spoiler: Luthor agrees]]˛* ''ComicBook/TheWildStorm'' is centered around two powerful secret organizations. IO, led by Miles Craven, secretly controlling the world and suppressing humanity's advancements. Skywatch, led by Henry Bendix, would gladly raze the world and enslave all survivors. The heroes race to stop the escalation of their growing conflict, but out of them, Jacob Marlowe is more ALighterShadeOfBlack as he [[spoiler: still wants Earth to be assimilated into Kheran Empire, just not as slave race]]. Then there are Daemons although it is unclear whether on they are evil. There is a handful of minor ones, like [[BigBadWannabe Christine Trelane]] or [[AxCrazy Mark Slayton]]. Michael Cray's spinoff adds [[EvilCounterpart twisted versions of several DC heroes]] out of whom [[spoiler: Olivier Queen, Barry Allen and Arthur Curry are quickly dealt with but Diana Prince and John Constantine are a much bigger problem]]˛* In 2018 ''ComicBook/{{Venom}}'' series Knull the Symbiote God is established as the GreaterScopeVillain early on but remains a SealedEvilInACan. ComicBook/{{Carnage}} is working to unleash him, while the Maker, evil Reed Richards from [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Universe]] has his own agenda concerning Venom.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Fan Works]]˛* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' ˛** Book 1 has first HYDRA, as led by Lucius Malfoy after he [[KlingonPromotion he kills]] former ally Baron Von Strucker, and their sort of ally Gravemoss, an immortal elven AxCrazy {{Necromancer}} and OmnicidalManiac, who in practise does what HYDRA ask mostly to repay the debt owed for [[spoiler: acquiring the Darkhold for him]] and/or ForTheEvulz. Meanwhile, GreaterScopeVillain Thanos lurks in the background and Chthon exerts more and more influence over Gravemoss via [[spoiler: the Darkhold]] before eventually [[HijackedByGanon literally]] [[VillainOverride hijacking]] [[DemonicPossession him]] during the FinalBattle.˛** The sequel, ''Ghosts of the Past'', takes this up a notch, courtesy of a more decentralized format, containing numerous {{Story Arc}}s with its own lineup of [[ArcVillain corresponding villains]]. While Voldemort (who got a body ahead of schedule during the first book) seems to be vying with [[GreaterScopeVillain Surtur]] to be the OverarchingVillain of the story (''Of Dungeons and Dragons'' features one of his minions), after his brief appearance in the second chapter he takes a backseat.˛*** During the ''Forever Red'' arc, the main antagonists are the [[SovietSuperScience Red Room]], led by [[GeneralRipper General Lukin]] and [[spoiler: Sinister]], who want to use Harry to create a new generation of SuperSoldiers [[spoiler: and Harry himself as the Red Son, the Winter Soldier's SuperiorSuccessor]]... and face [[spoiler: the Dark Phoenix]], who wants revenge on them, at the low cost of everyone in his way (and probably planet Earth as collateral damage). ˛*** Then there's the ''Bloody Hell'' arc, which actually has [[TwoLinesNoWaiting two plots at the same time]]: in the Dresden storyline (which is this verse's version of ''Literature/DeadBeat''), the Kemmlerites are still all competing with each other for control of the Darkhallow, but are also competing with the tenuous VillainTeamUp of Voldemort and Selene ([[spoiler: the former promptly stabs the latter in the back as soon as he has what he wants]]). In the Harry storyline, the main threat is Dracula and his Grey Court, who want to [[spoiler: kidnap Carol and drain her blood]] as a way to gain immunity to sunlight.˛* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' fic ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'', there's Jade, who is the main BigBad of the story, and Tarakudo, who she intends to replace. Though he's more of a GreaterScopeVillain, due to still being [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]] at the moment. [[spoiler: He gets loose during the FinalBattle, leading to the two of them [[EnemyCivilWar coming to blows]].]]˛* ''Fanfic/RubyAndNora'' revealed that the first {{Arc Villain}}s (sans Lyra) were all working at the same time as Cinder and Co.˛* [[VideoGame/{{SCP Containment Breach}} 174, 106, and 079 all want your head on a silver platter]].˛* Don Dynamo and the Black Saltier King in ''[[ Super Milestone Wars: Year One.]]''˛* Princess Jody, the Black Saltier King, and Don Dynamo in ''[[ Super Milestone Wars: Birthday Fic.]]''˛* Dr. Beeswax and Princess Jody in ''[[ Supetastic 6: Year Four.]]''˛* The entire concept of ''[[ The Hellbound Hearts,]]'' a Disney fanfic where essentially all the former Big Bads come back for revenge, but they all have their own agendas, so it's hard to figure out which one of them will be the Biggest Bad.˛* In the ''Digimon'' story ''[[FanFic/Zero2ARevision Zero 2: A Revision]]'', after the Emperor arc is over, it dissolves into this: [[ManipulativeBastard UmbraDevimon]] and [[EvilOverlord Demon]] both have their own plans to conquer both worlds; the Gravemon (an {{Expy}} of [[Franchise/{{Halo}} the Flood]]) want to [[AssimilationPlot absorb everything]] in both worlds; [[TheStarscream Piedmon]] briefly goes off on his own; Darkheart -- Davis's SuperpoweredEvilSide -- is created to serve as an agent of [=UmbraDevimon=] but eventually splits (more successfully than Piedmon) and starts tormenting the Digidestined [[ForTheEvulz for shits and giggles]]; Dragomon [[OrcusOnHisThrone waits in the wings]]; and Myotismon is [[TheChessmaster pulling strings]] from the shadows.˛* ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfSpyroANewDawn'' has three {{Big Bad}}s at the start, [[AntiVillain Deadlock]] seeking revenge on Spyro and Cynder for the death of her family (which wasn't their fault), Empress Tyrania seeking to conquer the Dragon Realms using Deadlock's plans to provide herself the opening to do so, and [[GentlemanThief Boss Kaze]] who seeks to ransom Pyrus off for the highest amount of money he can. Kaze is only a direct BigBad for Pyrus' storyline, however. [[spoiler:In the end, it's revealed Deadlock's [[TheDragon dragon]] General Grendel is actually TheManBehindTheMan and was manipulating all the others for his own plan of resurrecting an ancient civilization destroying EldritchAbomination to take revenge on the Dragons for banishing the Naga to the Unknown Realms.]]˛* In ''FanFic/NaretoTheScretOfShiobi'', the role of BigBad is shared between Danzo, Madara, [[OriginalCharacter Darkeye]], and [[Franchise/AceAttorney Apollo Justice]]. Wait, what?˛* In ''Fanfic/GoldenDawnLostSunrise'', the role of main villain is shared by Bonetail, a rogue who is building an army to destroy the Clans, and The Watcher, a mysterious villain from the prologue with mysterious intentions.˛* The [[BadFuture Dark World]] arc of the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' initially has only [[EvilOverlord Discord]] as sole BigBad, not counting an [[BigBadWannabe attempt]] by [[TheStarscream the Valeyard]]. However, the Valeyard's FinalSpeech and a few other things hint at the presence of a second force manipulating events in its favor. [[spoiler: It eventually turns out to be [[TheVoice the Nameless Passenger]], the entity who's been manipulating Twilight and her friends from the start. She's revealed to be [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare]] [[IHaveManyNames Eclipse/Paradox]], an [[AlternateSelf alternate version]] of Dark World Twilight who was [[HeWhoFightsMonsters consumed by her hatred of Discord]] and trapped Dark World in a GroundhogDayLoop to punish Discord forever.]] This latter being ends up proving EvilerThanThou and acts as FinalBoss following [[spoiler: Discord's death]].˛** Also the Shining Armor Arc. While Shining's ArchEnemy is [[GeneralRipper General-Admiral Makarov]] [[spoiler: aka the [[HumanoidAbomination Shadow of Chernobull]]]], who wants Shining dead no matter what, the even greater threat (to them both) is [[ClockRoaches the Blank Wolf]], an AnimalisticAbomination {{Clock Roach|es}} that sees Shining's presence as a threat to the timeline and wants to [[RetGone erase him]]. [[spoiler: After the Wolf erases Makarov, it takes over as the primary threat.]]˛* ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'' has four main villains: [[DarkMessiah Red Eye]], [[EvilutionaryBiologist the Goddess]], [[TheEmpire the Enclave]], and the [[spoiler:[[RightWingMilitiaFanatic Steel Rangers]]]], who all overlap each other and are all at odds. As the trope suggests they serve different purposes. Red Eye is a NotSoDifferent EvilCounterpart who forces Littlepip to confront what she really stands for. The Goddess is an EldritchAbomination and TragicMonster, exposing the [[ScienceIsBad evils the war created]]. The Enclave serves as an example of why no one tried to stop the war and why the wasteland is still a CrapsackWorld, being the ultimate example of BystanderSyndrome (the Delusional and Apathetic kind). The [[spoiler:Steel Rangers]] force the main characters into questioning WhatMeasureIsAMook (as one of their own is a MookFaceTurn). In addition to this there is also the {{Arc Villain}} [[BigBadDuumvirate duo]] of Deadeyes and Mr. Topaz, who are unconnected with those four.˛** In the same vein RecursiveFanfiction [[ Fallout: Equestria: Starlight]] has multiple [[BigBad Big Bads.]] In the order introduced they are [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil Spark]], [[MadGod Discord]], [[spoiler: [[FalseFriend Dusk Blue]]]], [[VisionaryVillain Pride]], and [[TheManBehindTheMan Nightmare Moon]] [[spoiler:except it isn't really her]], and the TrueFinalBoss, [[spoiler: [[FallenHero Twilight Sparkle]]]] (who doubles as a GreaterScopeVillain).˛* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', the [[Anime/MaiHime Obsidian Lord, the canon Big Bad]], and the Usurper serve as the main antagonists. In Chapter 17-19, a variant occurs with [[spoiler:Ishigami, Nagi and the Bachiko and Meiko team]] being responsible for what happens. [[spoiler:The Advisor/Avatar is revealed to be manipulating all of them, but is [[GreaterScopeVillain mainly in the background]].]]˛* ''FanFic/ShadowsAwakening'' is an interesting example, as it has ''two'' {{Big Bad Duumvirate}}s ([[EvilSorcerer Daolon Wong]] and [[OurGhostsAreDifferent The Phantom]], [[EnemyWithin The Queen]] and [[SealedEvilInACan Tarakudo]]) that just so happen to be [[EvilVersusEvil opposed to each other]].˛* Season 1 of [[Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse The Lunaverse]], in addition to the overall series MythArc of the conflict with [[AGodAmI Corona]], also focuses on a StoryArc of the Luna 6 dealing with the machinations of the [[DeadlyDecadentCourt corrupt Night Court]] (best represented by [[AristocratsAreEvil Duke Greengrass]]). However, this is dealt with in the season's last story, ''At The Grand Galloping Gala'', allowing Corona to take over as sole BigBad in Season 2.˛* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' crossover fic ''FanFic/AShadowOfTheTitans'' the first arc sets up one of these between [[EvilMentor Brother Blood]] and [[ManipulativeBastard Tarakudo]], both of whom work to corrupt Jade, independently of each other, and for their own agendas. [[spoiler: When they finally clash at the arc's climax, [[EvilerThanThou Tarakudo wins]].]] And then there's the GreaterScopeVillain, [[HumanoidAbomination the Cackler]], who transformed Jade into a Shadowkhan and banished her to the TT universe in the first place, for [[HiddenAgendaVillain reasons as of yet unknown]].˛* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}'', [[TheChessmaster Nerissa]] is following her canon plot, while also plotting to steal Jade's [[CastingAShadow powers]] for herself. Meanwhile, [[EnemyWithin the Queen]] is trying to corrupt Jade so that she can perform a SplitPersonalityTakeover, while [[KnightTemplar Kur]] is plotting from the sidelines to manipulate Elyon into aiding his [[FantasticRacism anti-shapeshifter]] plans. And then there's Yua and Ari, currently closer to GreaterScopeVillain status as they watch events unfold on Meridian, waiting for when they can step in and help Jade to fulfill the prophecy that [[TheAntichrist she'll cause Kandrakar's downfall]].˛* ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'':˛** Series One's main villains are [[EvilUncle Scar]] and [[EvilSorcerer Hago]]. Between the two of them, they're responsible for every life-or-death adventure Simba and Nala face in the season; they [[VillainTeamUp team up once]] mid-season, go their separate ways, then team back up for the last two stories on the season. At this point, [[spoiler: Scar]] goes AxCrazy and proves to be EvilerThanThou... prompting [[spoiler: Hago]] to kill him and become the true BigBad.˛** In Series Four, [[WhoWantsToLiveForever Shocker]] is the most prominent villain, but it turns out that everything he wasn't involved in -- and at least one situation he ''was'' -- was orchestrated by [[spoiler: the [[AlienInvasion Vimela]]-[[DemonicPossession possessed]] Mufasa and Sarabi]]. They prove so much worse that Shocker doesn't need too much prompting to [[EnemyMine team up against them]].˛* The ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' fanfic "[[ Wolverine and the X-Men: Season 2]]" [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin picks up where the original series left off]], with [[spoiler:Apocalypse]] as the upcoming and overriding threat and Mister Sinister as the DragonInChief and TheHeavy since his master has not appeared yet. However, they're far from the only threat, since "Danger Ratings" adds [[spoiler:The Human High Council, led by Cameron Hodge and General William Kincaid]], who are acting in response to Magneto's actions at the end of the original series and will go on to oppose Sinister according to WordOfGod. The series also has [[FatBastard Mojo]] as an ArcVillain for "Danger Ratings", with [[TheSociopath Omega Red]] out for revenge against Weapon X for some reason and Weapon X itself hanging around in the background.˛* Almost every character and faction in [[ Yognapped]] can be interpreted as the BigBad, but [[spoiler: [[PhysicalGod Notch]]]] and [[GasMaskLongcoat Sben]] are the most prominent examples. The former is a {{Jerkass God|s}} who [[spoiler: murdered his younger sister to keep his creations intact, then imprisoned his retaliating brother for centuries before killing him anyway]], which destabilized Minecraftia and set the course for [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the Collapse]], starting off the events of the series. The latter wants to properly destroy Minecraftia, and tries to accomplish this by flooding population centers with ruthless soldiers and unmatched firepower. [[spoiler: It gets even worse once he's resurrected by Notch's aforementioned brother.]]˛** The [[TheChessmaster Alpha]] [[MagnificentBastard Griefer]] also counts, though his tactics are much cleaner than Sben's and he has legitimate motivations for the destruction he causes. [[spoiler: He points this out to Sben in a conversation, before one of his sleeper agents non-lethally shoots the latter in the back.]]˛** [[spoiler: Towards the end of the series, even the heroic Lewis falls under this.]]˛* ''FanFic/ParisBurning'' has several: [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Atlantis and his followers]], [[AssimilationPlot the thing in Antarctica]], and a large family of competing [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]].˛* ''FanFic/YoungJusticeDarknessFalls'' has this with The Light and Darkseid sharing duty. However, after [[spoiler: Vandal Savage is KilledOffForReal]], Darkseid takes over as the true big bad, though the light does get a few pot shots in as well, even if they're in the background for the rest of the fic.˛* ''FanFic/YoungJusticeTitans'' continues the trend with the light sharing the stage with [[ChurchOfEvil The Church of Blood]]. Whether they were partners at all in the past has yet to be revealed, though the church of blood is much more TheHeavy at this point in the fic.˛* [[ The Upheaval Series]] has the following villains: [[SavageWolves Fenrir and the Wolven]], [[BearsAreBadNews Arugek and the Ursans]], and [[SnakePeople Sesyth and the Ophidites]] make up the armies and races attacking Equestria, but then you ''also'' have DeceptiveDisciple Black Rose and GreaterScopeVillain Oceanus. And let's not get started on all of [[TheDragon the Dragons]] and CoDragons.... KnightTemplar Gravitas also plays a major antagonistic role, but he's really more of an ArcVillain.˛** RecursiveFanfiction [[ Legionnaires of Equestria]] introduces a new threat: [[GiantSpider the Arenea and their Queen.]]˛* Kingdom Hearts New Epic has a triumvirate of big bads, though they're all opposed to one another just as much as they're opposed to the heroes, by and large. Alric Maynes has spent many years now trying to install his own corrupt dictatorship, on the basis of a political party, and has an Uday Hussein expy of a son. Then we have Wolfang Richler, the reality-crushing PhysicalGod who is creating a Dark Alliance to topple the government of Alric Maynes above, so he can become "King of the Sky". And lastly, opposed to Richler by all appearances is the newly revealed Inverse Organization, white cloak wielding schemers who are...very vague, but definitely villainous, and are led by Minus Thirteen.˛* ''Fanfic/{{Webwork}}'' starts off with a clear-cut BigBad in the form of [[SealedEvilInACan Tarakudo]], as he manipulates Jade into being TheDragon and working to free him. However, as time goes on, she starts to realize that as DragonInChief, he needs her more than she needs him, and starts to slip more and more from his control. Meanwhile, [[FullyEmbracedFiend Tarantula]] beings to act as TheStarscream to Jade [[spoiler: under the guidance of [[NotQuiteDead the Old Queen's spirit]]]]. And on top of that, recently we've seen several members of the Chan family RoguesGallery unite under the leadership of an empowered [[DiabolicalMastermind Bartholomew Chang]], following their own agenda.˛* ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'': Lord Death and his higher-ups have identified three primary threats: Massacre Queen Cancer Lucrenian, Arachne the leader of Arachnophobia, and Kishin Asura.˛* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'' has two varieties of GodOfEvil who serve as {{Big Bad}}s. [[spoiler:Bagan]], the Terran God of Extinction, and [[spoiler:Grogar]], the Equestrian God of Dark Magic.˛* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''FanFic/HarmonyTheory'' has Nightmare Umbra, a boisterous {{War God}}ess, [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinist]], of unknown origin [[OmnicidalManiac seeking to turn the world to ash]] and relies on brute force and intimidation to achieve her goals. In the other corner, we have Max Cash a wealthy and influential [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]]/ MagnificentBastard, BadBoss, and all around [[TheSociopath psychopath]] with a disturbingly upbeat FauxAffablyEvil personality, seeking to obtain The Elements of Harmony to use for his own ends, and despite being a powerful magic user who can hold his own with half the heroes, relies mostly on manipulation and uses either his [[TheDragon right hand mare]] and DarkActionGirl Charisma, or hired [[spoiler: and often brainwashed]] goons to do the physical parts of his plans. About the only thing they have in common, is they're both very mysterious threats with as of yet unclear end goals. ˛* As of this writing, ''FanFic/PonyGearSolid'' features Macbeth, a pony revolutionary who wants to take over Equestria so he can restore its military. Alistair Cain, Commander of the Pegasus Wings PMC that's providing him with a Metal Gear. Trenton, a cyborg ninja [[spoiler:who is working for [[TheConspiracy the Patriots]], who are conducting another iteration of the S3 experiment, this time using all of Equestria]]. And last but not least, an unknown dark force that appeared in Equestria roughly the same time as the humans [[spoiler:known only as the Lord of the Flies]].˛* ''FanFic/DigimonTrinity'' features numerous antagonists. [[FallenHero Takeru]] and Hypnos are out to protect the real world from rogue Digimon by [[WellIntentionedExtremist any means necessary]]. The Nightmare Soldiers are carrying out numerous schemes to try and take over and/or destroy the real world. [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Lucemon]] shows up to [[spoiler: try and steal the Hazard back from Guilmon]], before going off to carry out his canonical plan (albeit [[VillainOfAnotherStory entirely offscreen]]). And we haven't even gotten to [[AGodAmI Zhuqiaomon]] or the [[EldritchAbomination D-Reaper]] yet.˛* ''[[ New Avengers]]'' has Sinthea Shmidt/Sin and Viper/Madame Hydra fighting for control over HYDRA.˛* [[WordOfGod The author]] of the ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' fanfic series ''FanFic/{{Academystuck}}'' stated that [[TeensAreMonsters Caliborn]], [[SerialKiller Jack Noir]] and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen The Empress]] (this story's version of Her Imperious Condescension) will be this somewhere along the lines, even mentioning this trope by name.˛* ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'': In the main story the candidates for BigBad are [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Cyrus]] (for being the one who started the story's events), Giovanni (for being the most present), and the Bloodline King (who has been lingering around in the shadows but impacting the story heavily). [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Team]] [[VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness Cipher]] is the main visible threat of the ExpandedUniverse oneshots and is hinted that they will join the main story ensemble later, while Team Galactic appears to be the overall BigBad for the ''The Wild Boy of Sinnoh'' SpinOff and, via Cyrus, a GreaterScopeVillain for Ash. And then there's [[spoiler:Lusamine]] (from ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''), who is manipulating events from the shadows (including keeping contact with Team Skull through Guzma) and is aware of Cipher's actions, not to mention hinted to play a large role in the BadFuture [=MissingNo=] showed to Ash.˛* ''Fanfic/GuardiansWizardsAndKungFuFighters'' has a truly impressive array of antagonists. As per ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' canon, there's Phobos in full EvilOverlord mode, while [[ManipulativeBitch Nerissa]] manipulates him and the rebels for her own ends. However, you also have [[KnowledgeBroker Charles Ludmoore]] and his brothers also PlayingBothSides as well as manipulating events on Earth; Daolon Wong becomes TheStarscream to Phobos; [[DiabolicalMastermind Bartholomew Chang]] and [[spoiler: Harold Hale/King Arthur]] running the Dark Hand and advancing their own schemes on Earth; [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Tarakudo]] sitting on the sidelines building his power; and the [[UltimateEvil master]] of the [[EldritchAbomination Cavalcade of Horrors]] using everyone as pawns to its own plans.˛* ''[[Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil The Stronger Evil]]'', which starts off at the end of Noble Animals arc of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', begins with the [[BackFromTheDead resurrection]] and subsequent [[SealedEvilInACan resealing]] of [[DragonsAreDemonic Shendu]] as well as his resurrector [[EvilSorcerer Daolon Wong's]] [[spoiler:[[DeathByAdaptation death]] by Shendu's hand]]. The BigBad role is then taken over by [[HalfHumanHybrid Drago]], [[KidFromTheFuture the future son]] of Shendu and [[spoiler:Valerie Payne]] who sets out on the Demon Chi arc until he [[EvilIsNotAToy accidentally]] releases [[OracularHead Tarakudo]] who [[spoiler:turns Jade back into her [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Queen of the Shadowkhan]] persona]] and sets out to regather his Shadowkhan armies as well as have his revenge on Shendu for imprisoning him, forcing Shendu and Drago to [[EnemyMine cooperate with the heroes]]. In addition to that, [[spoiler:[[WingedHumanoid Hsi Wu]] plots to escape from the [[PrisonDimension Netherworld]] and restore his corrupted connection with Jade, [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil his Other]]. There's also awakening a possible GreaterScopeVillain with {{creepy blue eyes}} that Shendu knows and fears, later revealed to be his mother, Tiamat]].˛* ''FanFic/ToHellAndBackArrowverse'': As a result of having multiple leads who share equal focus, each have a corresponding BigBad per arc/season(s), which all three cooperate to take down. For Arc I/II, Oliver's is Malcolm Merlyn, Barry's is False Harrison Wells / Eobard Thawne, and Kara's is her aunt, General Astra In-Ze. Of the three, only Eobard was aware of the other two's existences, due to being from the future.˛* ''Fanfic/ValesUnderground'' features four different mob trades headed by [[spoiler:Kenna Carter]]/"Cinder"[[note]][[AdaptationNameChange "Cinder" is only an alias.]][[/note]], Adam "the Bull" Taurus, Roman Torchwick, and [[BigBadDuumvirate the Branwen twins]]. All of them have a relatively equal part in the criminal underworld while gaining a monopoly on a specific trade, but each of them attempts to infringe on their markets. While they perform a temporary peace treaty to keep war off the street, they still compete for business. Cinder is the main BigBad of the narrative, but that's only because Ruby Rose is focused on getting something on her since she is the only one who has obscured her real name.˛* ''Fanfic/TheHeartTrilogy'' has two main antagonists, [[EvilOverlord Sauron]] and [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Fankil]]. While Sauron's pursuing his [[Film/TheHobbit canon]] [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings goals]], he's also trying to coerce [[VillainProtagonist Smaug]] into becoming his beast of war. Fankil in turn pursues the dragon's love interest [[{{Seers}} Kathryn]] to use her visions in [[spoiler:locating the Door of Night and [[SealedEvilInACan freeing]] [[GreaterScopeVillain his father]] [[GodOfEvil Morgoth]] from the void]]. By the time of the trilogy's third part, the two evil entities exchange some information without technically working together.˛* ''Fanfic/IAgainstIMeAgainstYou'' features the [[NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist Director of Project Freelancer]], [[HumanoidAbomination the Meta]], [[spoiler:and [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil Sunset Shimmer]]]].˛* ''Fanfic/HalloweenUnspectacular'' uses singular {{Big Bad}}s, or the occasional BigBadDuumvirate, in the {{Story Arc}}s across its first seven editions. The eighth one, however, instead establishes a number of major antagonists. General Rausseman of [[ThoseWackyNazis PURITY]], the Big Bad of the sixth and seventh editions, continues to act as the main antagonist, though until the climax he [[GreaterScopeVillain stays behind the scenes]] and leaves most of the legwork to his [[TheQuisling lackey]] President Fulton. Moreover, his actions have led to the rise of two separate forces [[WellIntentionedExtremist determined to stop him at all costs]] -- the Phoenix ([[KnightTemplar willing to kill anyone even remotely connected to PURITY or Fulton's regime]], even [[DisproportionateRetribution innocent voters]]) and Galactus (who is going to [[GodzillaThreshold destroy Earth rather than let PURITY use its resources to conquer the universe]]). By the time of the climax, the heroes are left going up against all three of the above.˛* ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'' features two cosmic-level big menaces, [[ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes Mordru]] who is determined to destroy the Legion and conquer the universe once for all, and ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}, who attempts to enslave the universe in the present, and when his scheme fails, lies in wait for one thousand years to and try to conquer the universe again by exploiting Mordru's own schemes.˛* ''FanFic/GundamSeedDestinyAltered'': Durendal and Jibril are on opposite sides of the war, utterly hate each other, and both need to die in order for the story to end well. Which of the two is worse is arguable.˛* ''Fanfic/TheVampireOfSteel'' has two big bads: [[EldritchAbomination M'Nagaleh]] and [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kryptonian]] [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer vampire]] Zol-Am, although their goals and plans don't overlap.˛* In ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series ''Fanfic/BoundDestiniesTrilogy'', Veress and the Interlopers are the more immediate threat, though Majora also influences the plot quite a bit.˛* ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' story ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour'' has three Franchise/{{Superman}}'s old enemies -Mala, Kizo and U-Ban- team up with old Franchise/WonderWoman's enemy Badra in order to destroy Earth and its heroes.˛* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': There is Gendo on one side, with SEELE opposing him. The latter eventually forms a BigBadDuumvirate with the Emerald Tablet, though the Tablet eventually betrays them and pulls a MakeWayForTheNewVillains on them.˛* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': On one hand, there's Nylarathotep (representing the Outer Gods) who is manipulating the Children into being [[HeWhoFightsMonsters corrupted by the power they take from the Great Old Ones]] as part of the cycle he enforces on the universe. On the other, there's SEELE, who are seeking to use the Children to destroy the Great Old Ones as part of their plan to [[spoiler: eliminate all of their master Cthulhu's rivals]]. And finally there's Gendo [[spoiler: and Yui]], plotting under SEELE's nose to use the Children's newfound power as a means of [[spoiler: turning Yui into a god so that she can [[WellIntentionedExtremist turn the world into a paradise]]]].˛* [[VideoGame/CrashBandicoot Cortex, Uka Uka]], [[VideoGame/SonicThehedgehog Dr. Robotnik]] and Mario Head form one in ''[[Creator/NPCarlsson Mashed Bandicoot]]''. Unfortunately for them, [[spoiler: they end up betraying each other until Cortex becomes the true big bad]].˛* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{ResurrectedMemories}}'': Paulina and [[spoiler: Vlad]], [[AlphaBitch Paulina]] is quick to get on Ember’s bad side and is the central antagonist of the prom storyline while [[spoiler: [[ArchEnemy Vlad]] has returned from space and is building an army in order to kill Danny and destroy Amity Park and with Spectra’s help uses Danny’s feeling’s for “Amberline” against him.]]˛* In Darius Almighty's truely epic fanfic ''[[ Kingdom Hearts III: Trials of the Keyblade]]'', there're at least ''four'' factions of villains which Sora and his friends have to face through the story.˛** First is [[Franchise/StarWars The Galactic Empire]], lead by Palpatine. Though for the most part, he lets his CoDragons, Darth Vader and [[OriginalCharacter General Darius]], [[TheHeavy do the villainous dirty work for him]] while he himself rarely confronts the heroes.˛** Second is Maleficent leading another group of both Disney and non-Disney villains from her base of operation, Castle that Never Was, which she captured after Organization XIII's defeat.˛** Third is [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron The Horned King]] leading the [[VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus Tsviets]] while sharing a rivaly with Maleficent about who's going to harvest the powers of Kingdom Hearts first. [[spoiler: Though after when Syndrome [[PlayingBothSides plays both sides]], they both realizes the potential as an unstoppable force they can form if they join forces and soon forms a BigBadDuumvirate together]]. ˛** Fourth and last is the Chasers, Keyblade-wielding warriors who were [[GreaterScopeVillain Master Xehanort]]'s followers during the ancient Keyblade War that caused almost the entire universe to fall to darkness. They're later on revealed to be led by a NotQuiteDead [[spoiler:Xemnas]]. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Animation]]˛* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'': Xibalba is the primary villain, while Chakal and his bandits pose a threat to the characters in the Land of the Living. [[spoiler:Xibalba ultimately [[GracefulLoser admits defeat once it's clear he's out of angles to work]], leaving Chakal as the final boss of the story.]]˛* ComicBook/LuckyLuke has, in the movie ''Go West'', two major villainous factions: the Dalton brothers and the crooked landowner and swindler James Crook who will do anything to prevent the settlers from reaching their destination in time to claim their land. Fittingly they [[spoiler: are faced by Luke in two consecutive climaxes]].˛* In a rarity for a Disney movie, ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' has a large cast of villains: Honest John and Gideon, Stromboli, the Coachman, and Monstro the whale. Even rarer for a Disney movie, only the last one gets any sort of comeuppance, and the other villains just quietly fade from the movie once Monstro appears.˛* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' has [[spoiler:Stinky Pete]] who wishes to use Woody's great value to ensure an antique's living regardless of his consent, Al [=McWhiggin=] the collector, who wishes to make a fortune by selling Woody and Zurg who is under the delusion that he is the real evil emperor Zurg and stalks Buzz. ˛* Nigel the Cockatoo and Big Boss serve as this in ''WesternAnimation/Rio2'', with Nigel being the primary threat to Blu and Big Boss to the entire rainforest.˛* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' has Gladys and Dwayne [=LaFontant=] forming a BigBadDuumvirate, and the bear Vincent, who is operating on his own.˛* Although ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree'' focuses on Gaea Everfree, the eponymous legend, since she's the most immediate threat, the story counts in fact three main villains. First Gaea Everfree[[spoiler:/Gloriosa Daisy, who can be described as a WellIntentionedExtremist]]; then Midnight Sparkle, who's roaming inside Twilight's mind and threatens to break free if she relies too much on magic (which would be infinitely more dangerous that whatever Gaea is doing, given the chaos she caused in the last movie); and finally Filthy Rich, who's the mundane threat to the camp, planning to turn it into a spa resort. All three have to be foiled before the protagonists can claim full victory.˛* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueTheFlashpointParadox'' has the EvilCounterpart versions of Wonder Woman and Aquaman who are at war with [[EvilVersusEvil each other]] and are fully willing to destroy the world to spite the other, as well as Zoom who is keeping the BadFuture ongoing by occupying the Speed Force and actively preventing Flash from returning to the old timeline.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]˛* ''Film/AntManAndTheWasp'' has [[{{Intangibility}} Ghost]] and [[ArmsDealer Sonny Burch]] as the main antagonists, both wanting Hank Pym's technology for their own personal reasons. The final showdown is in fact a MeleeATrois ChaseScene with our heroes having to deal with ''both'' of them.˛* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' is a chess duel between ComicBook/ThePenguin, ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, and CanonForeigner Max Shreck. The Penguin is clearly the main villain and certainly the main threat as his plans increasingly escalate to mass murder and eventually destroying Gotham City itself, but the other two (especially Shreck) are formidable problems and all three engage in double-dealing, backstabbing and triple-crossing.˛* ''Film/BulletInTheHead'': There's the two factions of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, both of which are committing war crimes, Y.S. Leong, a crime boss PlayingBothSides, and [[spoiler:Paul]], whose greed ends up getting the trio in all kinds of trouble.˛* ''Film/CatsEye'' has Dr. Vinnie Donatti (a PsychoPsychologist who'll do anything to end smoking), Mr. Cressner (a mob boss fond of DisproportionateRetribution) and an unnamed troll tormenting a little girl.˛* ''Film/{{Chappie}}'' has Hippo, a gang leader who demands 20 million dollars in 7 days from Ninja's gang after a failed job, and Vincent Moore, a jealous engineer who wants to do away with Deon's scouts and replace them with his MOOSE robot.˛* Played with in ''Film/Deadpool2''. While the movie makes Cable, Russell, Juggernaut and the Headmaster all out to be the possible main antagonist at different points, there really is no true villain except Deadpool's own inner struggle to try and do something decent. Russell and Cable both step back from the MoralEventHorizon thanks to Wade, while Juggernaut and the Headmaster are both dispatched in overly ridiculous ways that lessen their apparent threat.˛* ''Film/DearGodNo'': Jett—leader of a biker gang on a rape and murder rampage—clashes with [[spoiler:Dr. Marco, a MadScientist who's willing to experiment on his own wife to find the missing link. Meanwhile, the bigfoot that seemed to be protecting Marco's kind daughter ends up ripping her head off, revealing that he's just a monster on a rampage too.]]˛* ''Film/EscapeFromLA''. The American President is a religious fascist who turned his country into a police state and is willing to destroy entire countries if necessary to maintain his supremacy. [[NotSoDifferent Meanwhile]], Cuervo Jones runs the largest gang in Los Angeles and has united Latin America under the Shining Path to invade the United States to get that power himself.˛* ''Film/TheForeigner2017'' doesn't have a dedicated central antagonist; the bombers are largely characterized as having the same level of authority, [[spoiler: Hennessy set the plan in motion but didn't intend for people to die]], and [[spoiler: Mary]] acts on a combination of LetNoCrisisGoToWaste and being a ManipulativeBastard. By the trope's definition as the one who instigates the plot, however, there's [[spoiler: Hugh]]. Though it wasn't his plan, he's the one that contributed the explosives, he organizes the bombers, and he was the one who took the plan off track to suit his own agenda (thus making an enemy of Quan).˛* ''Film/FraternityMassacreAtHellIsland'': [[spoiler:Dean Jones]] puts on a clown suit to kill the fraternity, while four ghosts try to get some of them to take their place in a horrific curse.˛* In ''Film/GingerSnaps2Unleashed'', we are introduced to a werewolf who is simply TheHeavy of the story, but the BigBad who comes out on top is [[spoiler:Ghost]].˛* ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters2019'': Jonah Alan, Emma Russell and Ghidorah serve as this. It's the first two who set Ghidorah free, so he could serve as their agent in bringing balance back to the world's ecosystem. But then Ghidorah turns out to have his own plans, and wakes all the Titans at once to wipe out humanity - by the end of the film he's the only active threat, with Emma [[spoiler: having a HeelRealization and Jonah content to passively let Ghidorah annihilate everything without doing anything by himself. Out of the three, Jonah is the only one to survive the film, as Emma is killed by Ghidorah and Ghidorah is brutally incinerated to death by Godzilla.]]˛* ''Film/TheHobbit'' has ''three'' {{Big Bad}}s. The dragon Smaug serves as the overarching BigBad for the entire trilogy and the ultimate obstacle for the protagonists attempting to retake Erebor. Azog the Defiler serves as a more "direct threat" villain, spending most of the films hounding the heroes. Finally, there's the Necromancer, responsible for the corruption of mirkwood and [[spoiler:who is revealed to be [[GreaterScopeVillain Sauron]] preparing for his big comeback and rebuilding his armies. He's also Azog's boss, but Azog is still acting on his own]].˛* ''Film/HorrorExpress'' has the alien creature as its dominant threat and the reason of the horror part of the title but the Cossack officer Captain Kazan does manage to become something more than a mere AssholeVictim to the creature by menacing the passengers and expressing his desire for a scapegoat by good ol' ColdBloodedTorture.˛* In ''Film/JupiterAscending'', Balem is one of the three Abrasix siblings competing for Jupiter's inheritance and is the most evil of them as he's trying to harvest Earth after she gives him the planet while [[spoiler:Titus]] is [[spoiler:another one of those siblings and is also trying to kill Jupiter]]. The fact that they’re also at odds with each other is the only reason Jupiter has a chance in hell of staying alive. ˛* ''Film/KingsmanTheGoldenCircle'' has [[TheAggressiveDrugDealer Poppy Adams]] and [[PresidentEvil the President of the United States]]. The former has infected all drugs in the world and holds millions of people hostage in an effort to make all drugs legal and become the leader of the world drug market, while the latter is fully willing to let all of them die so he can finally "win" the war on drugs.˛* ''Film/KongSkullIsland'' has Colonel Packard as the human antagonist, who develops an insane obsession for killing Kong at any cost, and Ramarak, the alpha [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Skullcrawler]], who is Kong's ArchEnemy that will decimate Skull Island if left unchecked.˛* ''Film/LayerCake'' features a Serbian drug trafficker, Eddie Temple, and [[spoiler:Jimmy Price]]. All three are leaders of prominent criminal organizations, with various motivations for inciting the plot. Eddie Temple is the most benevolent one, and X comes to work for him.˛* ''Film/LoversLane'' features three distinct killers; Doctor Jack Grefe, his daughter Chloe, and sexual sadist Ray Hennessey. All three of them use [[HooksAndCrooks hooks]] though.˛* ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'' has Jared Svenning, a TV producer who hates TS Quint for unknowingly killing one of his game show contestants and plots to keep him apart from his daughter Brandi; and there's Shannon Hamilton, manager of a clothing shop which despises Brodie Bruce for "not having a shopping agenda" and schemes to steal his ex and have sex with her "in a fairly uncomfortable place" (no, not the back of a Volkswagen).˛* ''Film/MissionImpossibleFilmSeries'':˛** ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'' has Solomon Lane and [[spoiler: Attlee]]. The former is a [[spoiler: rogue [=MI6=] agent who's gone completely off the grid and took over an unsanctioned branch the agency and plans to secure funds from the prime minster as a means of expanding The Syndicate]]. The latter, meanwhile [[spoiler: is [[NiceJobBreakingItHero responsible for creating it in the first place]] and is ruthless in his ways of trying to contain his mess]].˛** In ''Film/MissionImpossibleFallout'', the remnants of the Syndicate, now named the Apostles, are looking to break their leader Solomon Lane out of custody, and are now on the payroll of mysterious anarchist John Lark, who is looking to use stolen plutonium to carry out a massive nuclear attack that only Ethan's team can stop. Further complicating matters are the White Widow, an arms dealer who's brokering the deal between Lark and the Apostles to break Lane out of custody in return for the plutonium, and August Walker, a CIA assassin assigned to oversee Ethan's mission and possibly kill him if he goes rogue. [[spoiler: In the end, it is revealed that the White Widow was actually collaborating with the CIA from the start, and Walker is the actual identity of John Lark, with the real deal being framing Ethan in exchange for Lane providing him with nuclear bombs.]]˛* ''Film/TheMonsterClub'': The plots are driven by George, Angela's boyfriend who comes up with the scheme to con [[TragicMonster Raven]],  [[VampireHunter Pickering]], committer of VanHelsingHateCrimes, and the unnamed innkeeper who appears to be the acting leader of the ghouls.˛* ''Film/PansLabyrinth'': Capitaine Vidal is the most relevant villain to the plot, but the abominable Pale Man, can easily qualify as a Big Bad of his own accord.˛* The comedy-horror ''Film/PsychoSleepover'' has a mass breakout at a mental institution, so the main characters have deal with dozens of different psychos.˛* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':˛** ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' has a three-way one between Blackbeard, Barbossa, and the Spaniard. All three want to get to the Fountain of Youth, albeit for different reasons, and all oppose each other- with [[LovableRogue Jack Sparrow]] caught in the middle.˛** Before this there is ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', where Davy Jones casts a considerable (with the help of the Kraken) shadow over the film, but Will, the Turners and most significantly [[spoiler: Norrington]] know too well that in the background Lord Beckett is also waiting and pulling strings to reach the power of Jones.˛* ''Film/ThePumpkinKarver'': [[spoiler:Ben Wicket]] is murdering everybody while Alec's vengeful ghost torments Jonathan.˛* ''Film/ThePurgeElectionYear'' has [[SinisterMinister Minister Edwidge Owens]] and [[PresidentEvil Caleb Warrens]], though they have a common goal and employ [[ThoseWackyNazis Earl Danzinger]] as muscle.˛* ''Film/ReazioneACatena'' (or ''Twitch of the Death Nerve'') features [[EvilVersusEvil an ensemble cast]] of [[SlasherMovie slashers]] so large that most of the victims already [[AssholeVictim have their own body count to their name]] by the time they are offed.˛* In ''Film/SatansPlayground'' we get the psychotic Leeds family, a group of Satanists, and TheJerseyDevil.˛* ''Film/ScaryOrDie'' has Buck (a SerialKiller targeting undocumented immigrants), [[spoiler:Min-ah (a seductive vampire)]], Detective Franks (DirtyCop turned ProfessionalKiller), an unnamed were-clown and Romano (a {{Domestic Abuse}}r who'll kill a woman for telling him to not cheat on her).˛* ''Film/SpiderMan3'': The film, [[RuleOfThree fittingly enough]], has three villains: Harry taking on the mantle of the Green Goblin (dubbed here the "[[LegacyCharacter New Goblin]]"), [[DishingOutDirt Sandman]], and ComicBook/{{Venom}}. By the time the final act starts, Venom wins the role as overall BigBad, and he also takes the spot as FinalBoss of the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy''.˛* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': ˛** ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'': While the Klingon General Chang is the most prominent villainous leader, the conspiracy also includes a high-ranking Federation officer ([[spoiler: Admiral Cartwright]]) and the representative of a third country ([[spoiler: Romulan ambassador to the Federation Nanclus]]). None of them answer to the others, and their motives and resources are different -- they only work together because they have a common goal for the moment.˛** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': Khan and Admiral Marcus. The former wants to revive his crew of superhumans and take over the Earth, while the latter plans to sacrifice the ''Enterprise'' so he can start a war with the Klingons.˛* ''Film/{{Taken}}'' has the hero going after the man that has [[TitleDrop Taken]] his daughter, who you would think he would fight at the end. But no, he turns out to be just a DiscOneFinalBoss, and old Brian must go after another villain, who is auctioning off the girls the leader of the kidnapping ring takes.. and then he has to face the guy who actual bought his daughter in the climax. ˛* ''Film/TwoGuns'' has the heroes going up against no less than three different villainous factions -- a cartel boss, a corrupt Navy commander, and a dirty CIA operative. The final shootout is between [[MeleeATrois all four groups]].˛* The various conflicts in ''Film/{{VHS}}'' are driven by [[spoiler:Lily, Stephanie, her unnamed lover]], [[HumanoidAbomination the Glitch]], a group of {{aliens|AreBastards}}, and a demon.˛* ''Film/WithoutWarning1980'' has the alien who is hunting the protagonists and the psychotic ShellShockedVeteran who thinks that the said protagonists are in cahoots with the alien.˛* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':˛** ''Film/TheWolverine'': [[spoiler:There are two separate villainous factions in this movie: one led by Shingen Yashida, and one led by Shingen's father Ichirō]].˛** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' has three villains who are acting largely independently and are often at cross-purposes, and their deeds lead to the BadFuture: [[MadScientist Bolivar Trask]], [[DarkActionGirl Mystique]], and [[spoiler:[[DarkMessiah Magneto]]]].˛ [[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Literature]] ˛* In ''Literature/LetTheRightOneIn'' and its film adaptations, there is Conny/Kenny, the main character's bully. There is also Lacke who tries to kill the main vampiric character. In the American adaptation, Lacke is replaced by an unnamed police officer who is a Designated Villain at best. There is also Jimmy, who is the FinalBoss and Conny/Kenny's BigBrotherBully, and he takes the role of the BigBad by storm.˛* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'' there are numerous {{Big Bad}}s active throughout the series, mostly independent of one another if prone to making and breaking alliances at whim -- [[MagnificentBastard High Lord Aquitaine]][[note]]the initial apparent BigBad, though he's eventually revealed to be an AntiVillain and WellIntentionedExtremist[[/note]], [[ManipulativeBitch Invidia Aquitaine]][[note]]technically her husband's Dragon, albeit a DragonWithAnAgenda, and later is forced to play the same role to the Vord Queen, but a scheme she did years ago is eventually revealed to have set much of the series in motion before she was allied to either[[/note]], High Lord Kalarus[[note]]the most visible villain of the middle three books, and easily the most psychotic and depraved of the entire ensemble, if ultimately a rather clumsy and obvious foe[[/note]], [[EvilSorcerer Sarl]][[note]]only lasts two books, but his actions very nearly set the stage for TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, earning him his position here; also notable as the first major villain Tavi takes down entirely on his own devices[[/note]], and [[HiveQueen the Vord Queen]][[note]]who builds up slowly across the series, but is the ultimate final villain and most dangerous threat to the world at large[[/note]] are the biggies, and High Lord Rhodes is billed as one, despite [[HufflepuffHouse very limited development and pagetime]]. ˛* ''Literature/MasksOfAygrima'': In ''Faces'' The Autarch and [[spoiler: [[BigBadFriend The Lady of Pain and Fire]] who both want to take over Mara's body and rule Aygrima forever]].˛* In ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'', there are several villainous characters (the majority of the [[JerkassGods gods actually fall under this]]), but the most prominent are [[AntiVillain Loki]], [[EldritchAbomination Ka Anor]], and [[spoiler: [[MagnificentBastard Senna]]]].˛* Creator/RobinHobb did this in the ''Literature/{{Farseer}}'' trilogy with Prince Regal and the Red Ships.˛* Unlike the previous school years, during the events of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'' Voldemort makes no attempt to seize power and remains the GreaterScopeVillain whose supporter lurks around Hogwarts and is a threat to Harry and co. Thing is [[spoiler: this supporter is NOT the titular prisoner Sirius Black but rather Ron's pet rat Scabbers who is actually a man called Wormtail and whose crimes are revealed during a plot-changing chapter]]. As if the threat of a mass-murderer and the sudden light into the nebulous past isn't enough to darken this year, there is also the fact of the soul-sucking fiends, the Dementors, that are supposedly there to protect students from the criminal but actually only see tasty, tempting little souls and manage to present a gloomy threat instead of a comforting shadow. And apart from the strain of having them around, Harry, Ron and Hermione also spend a decent part of their spare time, trying to save Hagrid's pet hipogriff from the executioner's chopping block, which the Malfoys are ecstatic to set. ˛* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', the Big Bads are Lord Voldemort and [[HeadInTheSandManagement Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge]] (with [[SadistTeacher Dolores Umbridge]] as DragonInChief, though she commits crimes she knows [[EveryoneHasStandards Fudge wouldn't approve of]]), though they have nothing to do with each other.˛* ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheJerleShannara''. There's the [[DarkMagicalGirl Isle Witch]] and her [[EvilMentor former mentor]] The Morgawr, who form a BigBadDuumvirate, and are plotting against both the heroes and one another in their race to claim the books of magic that the ''Jerle Shannara'' is voyaging to find. There's also [[DiscOneFinalBoss Antrax]], the KnightTemplar computer system that guards the books against all comers, and operates completely independently of the other two. Between them, they manage to do a whole lot of damage to the heroes and one another.˛* In the first MythArc of ''Literature/WarriorCats'', Tigerclaw and Brokenstar were this for a while. [[spoiler: Then they teamed up and Brokenstar died.]] In the ''Power of Three'' arc, both [[spoiler: Sol and Tigerstar]] were vying for the spot of BigBad, and the arc ends with [[spoiler: Sol leaving. However, he has been confirmed to return in book five of the Omen of the Stars arc, and Tigerstar is still around]]. And then you've got the end of the ''Omen of the Stars'' arc, which brings ''all'' the {{Big Bad}}s back to try and get revenge from beyond the grave.˛* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has several major antagonists for each StoryArc:˛** The Lannisters, led by TheChessmaster [[ThePatriarch Tywin,]] are the main opponents of the heroic Starks during the [[CivilWar War of the Five Kings.]] Both [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cersei Lannister]] and her son [[TheCaligula Joffrey]] try to be {{Big Bad}}s in their own right, but aren't nearly as competent as Tywin.˛** King's Landing has the two resident Chessmasters [[FauxAffablyEvil Petyr]] [[NotSoHarmlessVillain "Littlefinger"]] [[ManipulativeBastard Baelish]] and the mysterious [[TheSpymaster Varys,]] called [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "the Spider."]] Varys is revealed to be in league with [[spoiler:Young Griff / Aegon]], while Littlefinger is out only for himself.˛** At Storm's End you have KnightTemplar Stannis Baratheon and his WellIntentionedExtremist advisor [[HotWitch Melisandre.]] Subverted in that he's effectively a HeroAntagonist for the VillainProtagonist, Tyrion. In book five he's more of the BigGood as the leader of the anti-Bolton coalition.˛** At the Iron Islands, you have BigBadWannabe Balon Greyjoy, fighting all on his own. [[spoiler: He is later succeeded by his far more ruthless brother, pirate king [[AxCrazy Euron]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Crow's Eye".]]]]˛** In Robb Stark's army you have [[TheSociopath Roose Bolton]] and [[EvilOldFolks Walder Frey]], who betray and murder Robb in order to form an alliance with Tywin Lannister. Roose and Walder each have henchmen of their own, including Ramsay Snow, a {{Sadist}}, and Black Walder, a GeneralRipper, and Roose joins the two houses via marriage alliance. Roose is effectively the main villain of the whole Northern story line from book three onward (with Frey being more of an opportunistic lackey); while he's technically in service to the Lannister regime, his power base is completely independent and the two don't interact much besides giving each other customary recognition (the Lannisters grant him the title Warden of the North, and he in turn acknowledges Joffrey / Tommen as king).˛** Beyond the Wall you have the wildlings, lead by former Night's Watch ranger Mance Rayder, who are trying to invade Westeros in order to flee from The Others, a GreaterScopeVillain army who are reanimating the dead in order to cause a ZombieApocalypse.˛** By the start of the sixth book, the only faction leaders in Westeros who are both unambiguously villainous and powerful enough to actually matter are Roose Bolton and Euron Greyjoy. Thus, they move from side villains in previous books to the main antagonists of ''A Feast for Crows'', ''A Dance With Dragons'', and ''The Winds of Winter''. More specifically, Roose is the main antagonist for the North storyline, which involves the POV characters and attendant chapters of Davos, Asha, Theon, Jon Snow, and Melisandre.˛** Beyond Westeros you have yet another Chessmaster named Magister Illyrio, who is working with Varys. [[BigBadWannabe Viserys]] [[TheEvilPrince Targaryen]] and [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Dothraki warlord]] [[BloodKnight Khal Drogo]] are set up as major threats early on, [[spoiler: but none of them lasts beyond the first book]]. Later antagonists of the Essos storyline include a warlock named Pryat Pree, who represents a group of HumanoidAbomination's called the Undying, a collective of [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil slave masters]] ruling over the cities of Astapor, Yunkai and Meereen, and a mysterious terrorist leader called [[TheGhost the Harpy.]]˛* Swedish writer Simona Ahrnstedt gives us three villains in her debut novel ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}''. We have Wilhelm Löwenström, the abusive head of the household, his son Edvard, a serial abuser sadistic [[TheSociopath sociopath]], and last but not least Carl-Jan Rosenschiöld. And what is their common goal? To use the female protagonist Beatrice for their own gain or pleasure! (Wilhelm and Edvard, her own uncle and her own cousin, want to marry her off to Rosenschiöld...) ˛* For most of ''Literature/TheRiddleMasterTrilogy'', [[TheChosenOne Morgon]] and [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Raederle]] have to deal with the separate threats of [[EvilSorcerer Ghisteslwchlohm]] and the [[AbusivePrecursors Earth-Masters]], who are apparently led by [[HotWitch Eriel]]... up until about the last third of the last book, when Eriel captures Ghisteslwchlohm and [[MindRape forcibly]] [[DemotedToDragon demotes him to her Dragon]]. ˛* Franchise/StarWarsLegends:˛** The initial antagonists of ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'' are a tribe of Sand People a.k.a. Tusken Raiders led by A'Yark, {{Knight Templar}}s who consider the settlers blasphemous and attack them every so often. In response, Orrin Gault set up the Settlers' Call Fund for organized defense. Later in the novel it turns out that Orrin has huge debts, most notably to Jabba the Hutt, represented by Mosep Binneed. [[spoiler:Who's something of a decoy; it's a desperate Orrin who takes over as the antagonist. He has been SlowlySlippingIntoEvil for years by embezzling funds and staging raids to keep them coming. At the climax, Orrin and his kids have become outright murderous towards anyone they perceive as a threat, leading to EnemyMine between Ben and A'Yark.]]˛** ''Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia'': The villains in the main part of the novel are Warlord Zsinj and Gethzerion, leader of the Nightsisters; they form something of an alliance but don't trust each other at all. People who are partially responsible for why the heroes go to Dathomir in the first place and can be considered antagonists are [[spoiler:Ta'a Chume]], who sends assassins after Leia, inadvertently driving her into Isolder's arms, Threkin Horm, who apparently attempts to send Han on a long mission to separate him from Leia, and possibly Omogg, a previous "owner" of Dathomir, who [[{{Retcon}} according to a later sourcebook]] lets Han have it specifically to get back at Zsinj.˛** ''[[Literature/StarWarsRazorsEdge Razor's Edge]]'': Imperial Commander Degoren is trying to capture or kill Leia, who's high on the Empire's Most Wanted list. {{Space Pirate|s}} leader Aral tukor Viest expects personal loyalty from Alderaanian Captain Metara in exchange for upgrading her ship, the ''Aegis'', and doesn't want Leia interfering. Han and Leia must deal with each in turn in order to escape the situation they've found themselves in. The two are aware of each other (Viest has sold out opponents to the Empire in the past), but are not allies, and Degoren would rather keep Leia out of Viest's clutches so that he can nab her himself.˛* ''Dragon Avenger'', the second ''Literature/AgeOfFire'' novel, has two {{Evil Overlord}}s who, between the two of them, are responsible for all the terrible things that happen to [[ActionGirl Wistala]] in the book -- Gobold Fangbreaker of the Wheel of Fire dwarfs, who organized the attacks that killed Wistala's parents and sister and scattered her and her brothers, and Thane Hammar, the northern Hypatian warlord who kills her ParentalSubstitute. Wistala actually takes advantage of this trope to get her revenge, by [[PlayingBothSides playing the two of them against each other]] in order to engineer their downfalls.˛* In the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' the Crippled God is built up to be the BigBad, only to get his plans hijacked by a BigBadDuumvirate of Forkrul Assail, K'Chain Nah'ruk and Tiste Liosan as well a gang of Elder Gods led by Errastas, each party planning TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt in their own way.˛* The Literature/CommonwealthSaga has [=MorningLightMountain=] and [[spoiler: the Starflyer]], with one as the xenophobic alien invader and the other as the insidious infiltrator who clearly does not have humanity's interests in mind but would prefer humanity to remain alive until it can finish its own plans. The second is actually implied to be an incarnation of the first, but due to how the Primes work and how far they'd have diverged, that would have made them the direst of enemies if only [=MorningLightMountain=] had known about [[spoiler: the Starflyer]].˛* ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'': Beowulf battles [[TheDescendantsOfCain Gtendel]], [[MamaBear the she-ogre]] and [[OurDragonsAreDifferent the dragon]] throughout the poem.˛* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': President Coriolanus Snow [[spoiler:with President Alma Coin in ''Mockingjay'']].˛* ''Literature/{{Tigana}}'' has one of these owing to the fact that the peninsula in which the novel is set was conquered a generation ago by two rival {{Sorcerous Overlord}}s, [[AntiVillain Brandin of Ygrath]] and [[TheCaligula Alberico of Barbadior]]. This set-up ends up being central to the plot; either of them by himself is too much for LaResistance to handle, and if they ''did'' manage to overthrow one it would only hand the entire peninsula to the other. Fortunately for everyone else, they ''hate'' each other, and so exiled prince Alessan decides the best way to solve the problem is to [[EnemyCivilWar manipulate them into fighting it out for good]]. ˛* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is pretty bad with this, mainly because Harry Dresden makes a lot of powerful enemies. Most of whom are also enemies with each other. To wit: ˛** The Red Court of vampires wants him dead.˛** The Black Court of vampires wants him dead.˛** Both factions of Denarians want him either dead or [[DealWithTheDevil turned]].˛** Various [[TheFairFolk Unseelie]] of the Winter Court think he's inconvenient.˛** The three [[EvilSorceror Kemmlerites]] are ''very annoyed'' with him.˛** The Outsiders are continuously trying to invade reality. ˛** The Chicago Mafia definitely has plans to have him killed.˛** And that's not even going into the [[MonsterOfTheWeek various minor one-off villains]] who pop up every other book. ˛** Later books feature [[spoiler:the total destruction of the Red Court, the deaths of two Kemmlerites, and Harry [[TeethClenchedTeamwork sort-of allying]] with both the Winter Court and the Mafia, but balances this out with the Fomor and the Black Council emerging as new, recurring threats]].˛* ''Literature/LesMiserables'' has two main antagonists: the [[AntiVillain misguided police officer]] InspectorJavert, who is out to [[HonorBeforeReason nail Jean Valjean for a crime he's repented for dozens of times over]], and the [[HateSink genuinely loathsome]] crime boss [[SmugSnake Monsieur Thenardier]], who the main characters run into several times by sheer coincidence, each time working a despicable hustle in an attempt to either get rich or get {{revenge}} against someone who prevented him from getting rich.˛* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', the heroes must simultaneously deal with the traitorous archmage Thorn and his army of Wild creatures, who seek to destroy Alba, and fanatically anti-magical Jean de Vrailly and his men, who want to take Alba over. [[spoiler:Subverted when it turns out that both Thorn and de Vrailly are being manipulated by the true Big Bad, Ash.]]˛* Since ''Literature/GuardiansOfGaHoole'' series is basically "World War II [[RecycledInSpace WITH OWLS]]", it makes sense that we'd get two groups of villains who directly oppose each other--the Pure Ones, a grouping of Tytoninae owls who preach Tyto superiority (representing Nazi Germany) and St. Aegolius, a greedy mixed group of owls who function like a reeducation camp (representing Communist Russia). Subverted later on, when the Pure Ones [[EvilerThanThou end up occupying St. Aegolius' base of operations and drive its surviving members out]], reducing its leader to a BigBadWannabe who ends up being easily killed later in the story. ˛* ''Literature/TheAffix'' has about a dozen antagonists or near-antagonists, four of whom are at the top of the dogpile: Ruthless [[CollectorOfTheStrange collector]] Sean Kilraen, his [[AffablyEvil charming]] but much worse mentor "Professor" J. P. Wallace, drug baron [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Bloody"]] Carlos Sanchez, and the [[FauxAffablyEvil supportive and friendly]] Henry Bartlett. This trope is a staple of the series.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Live-Action TV]]˛* ''Series/TwentyFour'': Has this in its final two seasons. Although there's the main BigBad that serves as the chief antagonist there's also a clear threat in a former hero working against everyone trying to kill said antagonist for personal reasons and who also has to be stopped because if he succeeds the consequences could actually make things even worse: [[spoiler: Tony Almeida to Alan Wilson]] in season 7 and [[spoiler: Jack Bauer ([[VillainProtagonist despite being the protagonist]]) to what was already a Triumvirate of Charles Logan, Allison Taylor, and Yuri Suvarov]] in season 8.˛* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum'' takes place in an asylum run by a [[NunTooHoly tyrannical nun]], who is fighting with one of the [[MadScientist doctors who experiments on their patients]], while a [[DemonicPossession demonically possessed nun]], a SerialKiller [[spoiler: posing as a one of the doctors]], and [[spoiler: some aliens]] run around the asylum doing awful things to the rest of the cast [[ForTheEvulz for kicks]].˛* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':˛** This show was a master of this trope - at the height of Season 3, the Big Bads ([[AmoralAttorney Lila Morgan]], [[KnightTemplar Daniel]] [[BadassNormal Holtz]], and [[OutsideContextProblem Sajjhan]]) each got about as much screentime as the heroic main cast. Fans still debate over which of them "won" in terms of being the season's defining villain, while a few [[TakeAThirdOption nominate a fourth character entirely]].˛** The series is this, the big bads being Wolfram & Hart and Jasmine, who is directly or [[ArcWelding retroactively]] responsible for many events of the series [[spoiler:until her death in season 4. After that point, Wolfram & Hart's Senior Partners stay as the undisputed Big Bads of the show]].˛* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Season 3's present-day StoryArc is dominated by a war between Comicbook/RasAlGhul and Malcolm Merlyn, with Team Arrow stuck in the middle. Meanwhile, the flashback storyline has BigBad duties split between [[WellIntentionedExtremist Amanda Waller]] and [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs China White]] [[spoiler: and [[GeneralRipper General Shrieve]]]].˛** Season 6 outdoes Season 3: you have Ricardo Diaz, Anatoly Knyazev, Black Siren, Vigilante, and Cayden James. [[spoiler: They are actually a BigBadDuumvirate with James being the leader.]]˛* ''Series/BreakingBad'' briefly delves into this in Seasons 3 and 4, when Gus Fring and TheCartel are at war. They eventually resolve their dispute peacefully, [[spoiler:only for Gus to then kill them all and avenge his friend / possible lover Max]].˛** Its SpinOff series ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' has Chuck [=McGill=] and Hector Salamanca during Seasons 2 and 3. Chuck serves as the primary antagonist in Jimmy, Kim Wexler and later Howard Hamlin's storylines, playing a major role in turning the former into Saul Goodman, while Hector serves as the primary antagonist in Mike Ehrmantraut, Nacho Varga, and later Gus Fring's storylines, being the reason why Mike and Gus hookup. Chuck and Hector are never scene interacting in the show and they both have vastly different agendas causing the storylines that they have created to not intertwine that much. ˛* ''Series/ChillingAdventuresOfSabrina'': The BigBadDuumvirate of the first season, Father Blackwood and Madam Satan, are separated in the second and both are pursuing different agendas completely, but still acting as BigBad for the show. Father Blackwood is trying to reform the Church of Night to his mysoginistic image and manipulating Ambrose, Prudence and Zelda, while Madam Satan is working with the Dark Lord to bring about the end of days and make Sabrina follow a certain prophecy.˛* ''Series/{{Defiance}}'':˛** Season 1 has [[TheDon Datak Tarr]] as the local level threat (wanting to control Defiance for his own personal gains), the [[TheEmpire Earth Republic]] as a [[GreaterScopeVillain larger threat]] represented by [[ColonelBadass Colonel Marsh]] (who wants to seize control of Defiance's resources), and [[BitchInSheepsClothing Nicky Riordan]] acting as the worst threat as part of the overall MythArc (seeking to gain control of the [[LostTechnology Kaziri buried beneath the town]]). [[spoiler: Nicky and Datak end up being {{Disc One Final Boss}}es, respectfully dying and being made a pawn of Marsh's.]]˛** Season 2 has the E-Rep, now represented primarily by [[CorruptPolitician Niles Pottinger]] (seeking to enforce the E-Rep's iron fisted rule of the town) and the [[AIIsACrapshoot Kaziri itself]] (which seeks to forcibly terraform the world).˛** Season 3 has [[GeneralRipper Rahm Tak]] (who wants to wipe out Defiance) and [[spoiler: [[DarkActionGirl Kindzi]]]] (who wants to lead the Omec in conquering the Earth).˛* ''Series/TheExorcist'' has the demonic "[[HumanoidAbomination Salesman]]" [[spoiler: aka Pazuzu]] tormenting the Rance family, and [[SinisterMinister Father Simon]], the leader of the Satanic cult haunting Chicago and plotting to [[spoiler: assassinate the Pope]]. Both have the same [[RageAgainstTheHeavens overall goal]], but go about it quite independently of each other.˛* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Season 4 has Commandant Grayza of the Peacekeepers and Emperor Staleek of the Scarran Empire, who are actually [[EvilVersusEvil at war with each other]] as well as with the protagonists.˛* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': ˛** With Tywin, Roose is the main antagonist in the Northern storylines from Season 3 until Season 6, when Ramsay kills him.˛** Ramsay for Season 6, alongside the Night's King, Euron Greyjoy and the High Sparrow. He personally acts as the main antagonist of Jon and Sansa's storyline. He also briefly takes control of House Bolton but meets his doom before the end of the season.˛** After the events of the season 6 finale, [[spoiler: There are only four villains remaining: Cersei, Littlefinger, Euron and the Night King]].˛** And after the events of the season 7 finale, [[spoiler: The list goes down to three: Cersei, Euron and the Night King]].˛* ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'': The "Negative Syndicate" is actually not a syndicate or one entity at all. It's sentai tradition to have a name to shout out when any of this year's villains show up, and this year it's "Negative!" but apparently a 'negative syndicate' is what SGS calls any of its enemies. There are four distinct villain teams: Gaja is trying to revive the ancient Gordom Civilization and conquer humanity, Ryuuwon is kinda the same but with his own dinosaur-men, Dark Shadow are a group of ninjas who steal artifacts and sell to the highest bidder, and the Questers, Gai and Rei, are the two currently free members of the Ashu are the race that went into legend as all the various types of {{Youkai}}. Sometimes it's a LegionOfDoom, sometimes it's an EnemyCivilWar, usually you just don't know which of the RoguesGallery will be sending the MonsterOfTheWeek this time until it happens.˛* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'':˛** Season 1 is basically one long game of XanatosSpeedChess between Falcone, Maroni, Fish, and Cobblepott for control of Gotham's criminal underworld. And that's not even including TheConspiracy inside Wayne Enterprises. Or the Dollmaker. Or the various villains of the day.˛** Season 2 adds Theo Galavan and the Order of Saint Dumas, while the aforementioned TheConspiracy is revealed to be [[spoiler: the Court of Owls]], and operates mostly through its agent Hugo Strange.˛** By Season 3, Galavan and Strange are out of the picture, but the Mad Hatter takes on a prominent role opposite the other big players, whose place is later taken over by a recently revived [[spoiler: Jerome Valeska]].˛* ''Series/{{Hercules}}'': The BigBad role is shared between many different characters at once. Hera (who was Heracles' ArchEnemy in the myths) is [[TheGhost never seen onscreen]] though her followers serve as Herc's enemies; Alcmene and Megara work together to make Hercules' life a living Hell, but [[RapeAsDrama unfortunate]] [[QuestionableConsent circumstances]] makes them [[AntiVillain sympathetic]] and they ultimately [[spoiler: redeem themselves towards the end, at the cost of their own lives]]. Antaeus is responsible for the movie's events to begin with [[spoiler: since his rape of Alcmene ended up fathering Hercules and not Zeus]], but he serves other villains as TheBrute most of the time and [[spoiler: he is disposed before the climax]]. Eurysteus serves as the antagonist near the end, since Hercules is beholden to serve him and perform his labors in penitence for his heinous crimes.˛* In ''Series/KamenRider555'', while [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Kyoji Murakami]] is the OverarchingVillain of the series, other characters including [[TheSociopath Masato]] [[TheRival Kusaka]], [[LoveMakesYouCrazy Aki Sawada]], [[BloodKnight Kitazaki]], [[spoiler:[[FallenHero Yuji Kiba]]]] and [[FinalBoss the Arch Orphnoch]] all pose distinct threats at different times.˛* [[LegionOfDoom Dai-Shocker]] can be called the BigBad of ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' if one were to consider an organization the BigBad, finding an individual BigBad depends more on your perspective. Candidates for it include [[Series/KamenRiderX Apollo Geist]], TheHeavy for Dai-Shocker and the one most proactive in carrying out Dai-Shocker's plan to [[TakeOverTheWorld Take Over The]] {{Multivers|alConqueror}}e, [[{{Troll}} Narutaki]], who opposes Decade and believes him to be the "destroyer of worlds" and later [[spoiler:disguised as Colonel Zol becomes [[BigBadDuumvirate co-leader]] of Super Shocker with Super Doctor Shinigami in the movie]], [[VillainProtagonist Tsukasa Kadoya/Kamen Rider Decade]] himself, who [[spoiler:was the Great Leader of Dai-Shocker until he got IdentityAmnesia and abandoned the plan]] and [[TheStarscream Nobuhiko Tsukikage]]/[[Series/KamenRiderBlack Shadow Moon]], a butler to the Kadoya family who [[spoiler:usurps Tsukasa as leader of Dai-Shocker in ''Film/KamenRiderDecadeAllRidersVsDaiShocker'']].˛* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' initially has a singular BigBad in Ryubee Sonozaki, though things become more complicated when his daughter Saeko and other villains such as Shinkuro Isaka begin vying for power, as well as the emergence of the mysterious [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Foundation X]], represented by Jun Kazu. [[spoiler:At the end of it, Isaka ends up an ArcVillain, Ryubee is dead, Saeko loses her ambitions and Kazu becomes the FinalBoss.]]˛* ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' has the Greeed, a group of five [[OurHomunculiAreDifferent Homunculi]] who are the creators of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Yummies]] and seldom work together (with the exception of Gamel). However, it doesn't take long for Kazari to take center stage in the middle of show and [[EvilerThanThou prove himself worse]] than his fellow Greeed. By the end of the series, [[spoiler:the Greeed have all been displaced as BigBad by [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters human]] antagonist [[StrawNihilist Kiyoto Maki]].]]˛* ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'': Had a few of these from time to time, most notably with the conflict between Yggdrasil and Helheim. [[spoiler:The higher-ups of Yggdrasil also qualify between Well Intentioned Extremist Takatora Kureshima and Social Darwinist Ryoma Sengoku. Furthermore, everyone involved with Helheim (Demushuu, Redyue, Roshuo, and Sagara) also have their own agendas, though the former two are the only outright evil ones, as the latter two are morally grey. Various combinations of these villains competed as Big Bads from time to time, though in the end, none of them became the final Big Bad. The final battle was between TheHero Kouta/Gaim and TheRival Kaito Kumon.]]˛* ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' starts off with a BigBadDuumvirate between Night Rogue and Juzaburo Nanba, but their alliance gradually falters while Yoshiko Tajimi and Masakuni Mido also step up as candidates for the BigBad. To make things more complicated, Blood Stalk, initially appearing as a subordinate of Night Rogue, throws his hat in the ring, manipulating each of the factions for his own mysterious ends. For now though, things seem to have settled down with [[spoiler:Tajimi gets taken out of commission by Mido, who himself winds up becoming a [[PuppetKing puppet]] to Nanba and Blood Stalk, with Night Rogue also winding up [[TheDragon subservient]] to them. Eventually though, after becoming Kamen Rider Evol, Blood Stalk takes Namba out of the running and reveals himself as the sole BigBad.]]˛* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse TV Shows'': ˛** The 2nd Season of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has a very impressive lineup of antagonists. In the first half alone, we have [[TotalitarianUtilitarian Daniel Whitehall]], "[[DeadlyDoctor the Doctor]]" [[spoiler: (aka Cal Zabo)]], General Talbot as a HeroAntagonist, and [[EvilFormerFriend Grant Ward]] as a WildCard. By the second half, Whitehall is dead and SHIELD have reached an understanding with Talbot, but things get ''more'' complicated, not less: the Doctor gets subsumed by the Inhumans, led by [[spoiler: his wife, Jiaying]], a new threat emerges in the form of [[spoiler: the "real" SHIELD]] led by [[WellIntentionedExtremist Robert Gonzales]], Ward continues to be a WildCard, and [[GreaterScopeVillain HYDRA's]] presence is continued to be felt, thanks to [[MadScientist Dr. List]].˛** The first season of ''Series/LukeCage2016'' features four major antagonists: Cottonmouth, Councilwoman Mariah Dillard, Shades, and Diamondback. But since all four of them are normal humans against a superpowered hero, they spend more time in their own plotlines than challenging Luke. Shades barely even interacts with Luke in the course of the season, and [[spoiler:Cottonmouth is killed by Mariah halfway through]].˛** The first season of ''Series/IronFist2017'' has three major antagonists: of Harold Meachum, Madame Gao, and [[spoiler:Bakuto. The latter two are leaders of opposing factions of the Hand in an EnemyCivilWar, while Harold is forced by the Hand to run Rand Enterprises on their behalf from behind-the-scenes but is itching to escape their control. Harold is also responsible for killing Danny's parents, making the conflict [[ItsPersonal personal]]]].˛* ''Series/{{Nikita}}'':˛** Season 2 is shaping up to this: in addition to the EvilVersusEvil rivalry between [[GovernmentConspiracy the Division]] and [[MegaCorp Zetrov]] (the {{Big Bad}}s in this case being their respective leaders [[TheSociopath Amanda]] and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Sergei Semak]]), there are also the various members of [[BigBadDuumvirate Oversight]], TheManBehindTheMan to Division [[spoiler: (to whom Amanda has become TheStarscream)]]. Oh, and former BigBad [[MagnificentBastard Percy]] -- despite his current condition of [[spoiler: being locked in a maximum security prison]] -- is still semi-active and plotting against everyone else.˛** Update as of the middle of the season: [[spoiler: Oversight -- bar one member who pulled a HeelFaceTurn -- have all been killed on orders from Percy, who's escaped prison and is plotting revenge. Meanwhile, Amanda is revealed to be in a secret alliance with Semak's [[TheDragon Dragon]] Ari Tasarov; [[BigBadDuumvirate together]], they're plotting against both Semak ''and'' the protagonists]]. So in some ways things have gotten simpler, and in some they've gotten even ''more'' complicated.˛* ''Series/OnceUponATime'':˛** The Evil Queen/Regina and Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold. While they've [[BigBadDuumvirate worked together]], by the end of the first season they've ended up in a MagnificentBastard [[EvilVersusEvil versus]] MagnificentBastard tennis match, with all of the good guys in the middle of the fight.˛** Then in the second season, we get Regina's more evil mother Cora and Rumplestiltskin's sworn enemy Captain Hook. They start out as a BigBadDuumvirate, but Hook is later cast out of it while [[spoiler: Cora gets her daughter to join her. And in the last quarter of the season, ''another'' BigBadDuumvirate appears: a pair of {{Muggles}}, Greg and Tamara, who are assisted by Hook]].˛** Season 4A's main villain is Ingrid, the Snow Queen, with her insane plot to make Elsa and Emma be her [[ReplacementGoldfish new sisters]]. But while the heroes are dealing with her, they're oblivious to the fact that Rumplestiltskin has [[FaceHeelTurn fallen back into evil]] and is working to free himself from his one weakness, his connection to the Dark One's dagger.˛** In Season 4B, we have a rather dizzying ensemble of villains -- Rumplestiltskin forging an alliance with the Queens of Darkness, led by Maleficent, but with each member having their own unique agendas. Then it turns out that Rumple has been forced into an alliance of his own with [[spoiler: [[NotQuiteDead Zelena]]]], who again has their own agenda. And on top of all that, [[spoiler: The Author turns out to have a massive [[AGodAmI God complex]], and will work with whoever he has to in order to ruin the heroes' lives.]]˛** Season 5A has another plethora of villains going at it for their own purposes - Emma herself (the Dark Swan), King Arthur, Zelena yet again, [[spoiler: Hook (who was revealed to be a second Dark One), and the first Dark One, Nimue, who ends up being the superior one]].˛** Season 6A repeats this yet again with [[spoiler: the Evil Queen and Mr. Hyde, although they are both small fish compared to Gideon and the [[GreaterScopeVillain Black Fairy]]]].˛** Season 7 starts with [=Lady Tremaine/Victoria Belfry=] as the sole antagonist. Then, [[spoiler: her daughter [=Ivy/Drizella=]]] turns out to be even more dangerous than her and she is working with Mother Gothel too. [[spoiler: Gothel soon turns out to be even more dangerous than both Tremaines and ends up as the sole BigBad, though her plans involve forming a coven made from eight dangerous and evil witches.]] The back half of the season also adds in Doctor Facilier running his own {{hidden agenda|villain}}, though he barely does anything of note [[spoiler: and along with Gothel's whole coven is killed off just before the two-part GrandFinale, which features [[AlternateSelf Wish Realm!Rumplestiltskin]] as the FinalBoss]].˛* ''Series/PennyDreadful'' reveals that, at the core of its MythArc is a [[EvilVersusEvil rivalry]] between two {{Fallen Angel}}s -- [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] and his brother, who became the [[MonsterProgenitor first vampire]]. Between the two of them, most of the antagonism of the series can be drawn to one or the other. Though that said, the number of plotlines the series has means they're are a few unique antagonists:˛** Season 1: The Master's presence is felt through a [[EliteMooks leader vampire]] [[spoiler: and [[AdaptationalVillainy Mina Murray]]]]; Lucifer himself tries to personally possess Vanessa; and Frankenstein's storyline has [[FrankensteinsMonster the Creature/Caliban]].˛** Season 2: The [[WickedWitch Nightcomers]], led by Evelyn Poole, attempt to corrupt Vanessa on Lucifer's behalf; the Frankenstein storyline gains an [[EvilerThanThou even worse]] antagonist in the form of [[spoiler: [[CameBackWrong Brona/Lily]]]]; while Caliban's subplot has an antagonist in the form of [[SmugSnake Oscar Putney]], though he turns out to be more of a BigBadWannabe.˛** Season 3: Dracula is the dominant threat in the main story, but most of the season also has Ethan's ArchNemesisDad as a major antagonist, and the [[BlackAndGrayMorality murky morality]] of Frankenstein's plot line could be seen as having been [[spoiler: Lily]], Dorian, or [[VillainProtagonist Frankenstein himself]].˛* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Straddles the line between this trope and a RoguesGallery. Occasionally multiple villains will show up in a single episode.˛* Done on occasion in ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', although not as often as the "one after another" format when there's more than one BigBad.˛** ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' features the Machine Empire and Rita and Zedd, both of them trying to kill the Rangers and conquer Earth, but spending nearly as much effort against each other as against the humans.˛** ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' had Moltor, Flurious, the Fearcats, and the Ninjas, all of whom had their own agendas, but who kept out of each others' ways for the most part as they took turns trying to kill the Rangers. Except for the [[MilestoneCelebration 15th anniversary episode]], where Rita and Zedd's son convinces them to [[VillainTeamUp join forces]] in order to take out the Rangers. It works, but a team of veteran Rangers fills in until the OO team gets their powers back, and [[SnapBack the villains fall right back into their old patterns immediately afterwards]].˛* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': So the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E1Pilot pilot]] of the first season starts off with General Sebastian Monroe of the Monroe Republic as the Big Bad. Then there's Randall Flynn popping in and out, before he teams up with Monroe in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E11TheStand episode 11]]. Tom Neville started out as Monroe's loyal dragon, until he had to run off to save his neck in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E13TheSongRemainsTheSame episode 13]]. [[spoiler: By the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E20TheDarkTower first season finale]], Tom Neville takes charge of the Monroe Republic via a coup, Monroe is on the run from said coup, Randall succeeded in his mission and killed himself afterward, and now the American government Randall's been working for is coming back to retake what's theirs.]]˛* ''Series/TheSecretCircle'': So far, there's at least both Charles and Dawn — who often seem on the verge of stabbing each other in the back -- and the witch hunters (especially Eben), neither of whom really seem to know about each other. There's also the threat of demons, along with anything else that may come up. BigBadDuumvirate: John Blackwell and Eben are both the real BigBad in the season finale.˛* ''Series/TheShannaraChronicles'': Season 2 has two Big Bads: The Warlock Lord, who is the leader of the next wave of the demonic forces, and General Riga, a fanatic who intends to kill all magic users. Though the Warlock Lord spends about the first half of the season dead and [[spoiler:Bandon]] plans to revive him as his master, but shortly after revival, [[spoiler:the Warlock Lord kills Riga two episodes before the season finale, ultimately being the bigger threat]]. ˛* ‘’Series/{{Sharpe}}’’ has one of these in [[Recap/SharpeS2E2SharpesEnemy Sharpe’s Enemy]]. The most immediate threat is a small army of deserters led by “Marshal” Pot-au-Feu and SociopathicSoldier Obadiah Hakeswill, whose presence threatens the morale of the British Army; they’ve also captured the wife of a British aristocrat and the wife of a French colonel. The other is a French force advised by [[TheSpymaster Major Pierre Ducos]], whose orders are to take the fort that the deserters are holed up in as a funneling point to retake Portugal. Sharpe and his [[TheSquad Chosen Men]] are supposed to rescue the women, eliminate the deserters and keep the French from taking the fort. ˛* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' loves this trope. While the first three seasons had [[MagnificentBastard Lionel Luthor]] as a more or less consistent BigBad, later ones got much more iffy and complicated, often featuring one human antagonist, and a superpowered one:˛** Season 4 had Lionel competing with [[EvilMatriarch Genevieve Teague]] and [[WickedWitch Margaret Isobel Thoreaux]] for control of the Stones of Power.˛** Season 5 had Lex Luthor up to no good while Brainiac attempted to free General Zod.˛** Season 6 had Lex continue his villainy amidst the Phantom Zone prisoners running amok, culminating with Bizarro's debut.˛** Season 7, had ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} and ComicBook/LexLuthor as the primary antagonists, the former out to end the world, the latter attempting to find out Clark's secret no matter what the cost.˛** Season 8 was probably the most complicated, with Brainiac back and firmly in OmnicidalManiac territory, while new villains [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Tess Mercer]] and [[PersonOfMassDestruction Doomsday]] entered the scenario, with [[spoiler: [[EvilCripple Lex]]]] and [[SealedEvilInACan Faora]] as their respective [[TheManBehindTheMan Men behind the Men]]. One would expect that one of {{The Chessmaster}}s would win out, but when the dust settles it's [[SerialKiller Doomsday]] and his host, Davis, who are the last villain standing, serving as the main emotional and physical threat as the season draws to a close.˛** In Season 9, [[FourStarBadass Zod]] and [[GovernmentConspiracy Checkmate]], led by [[TheChessmaster Amanda Waller]] and [[ManipulativeBastard Maxwell Lord]], competed with one another and the main cast for control of the metahumans and the world.˛** Finally, Season 10 would appear to have Comicbook/{{Darkseid}} as the BigBad, with [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic Rick]] [[SmugSnake Flag]] and the Comicbook/SuicideSquad trying to take down the government and the Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}, [[GeneralRipper Slade Wilson]] and the Vigilante Registration Agency (VRA) trying to force all heroes onto the government payroll, and [[EnfantTerrible Alexander Luthor]], [[AlternateUniverse Earth-2]] [[TheSocialDarwinist Lionel]], and the real [[{{Archenemy}} Lex]] all waiting in the wings. It ends up subverted though, as Slade is a DiscOneFinalBoss corrupted by Darkseid himself, and the others are just {{Big Bad Wannabe}}s when compared to the GodOfEvil that is The Great Lord of the Dark.˛* ''Series/TheSopranos'': Season 2 had Richie Aprile and [[spoiler:Big Pussy]]. Upon being released from prison, Richie actively undermines Tony's authority as boss of the [=DiMeo=] crime family and ultimately moves to have him killed towards the end of the story arc. [[spoiler:However, he is killed by Janice in the season's penultimate episode before his plans come to fruition.]] [[spoiler:As for Pussy, his likable persona is revealed as a facade masking his bitterness towards Tony and his crew, for whom he harbors few loyalties. He's also the true FBI informant.]]˛* ''Series/StargateSG1'':˛** This series almost always has one single BigBad whom SG-1 has to contend with. In the later part of season 8, however, they are simultaneously faced with two {{Galactic Conqueror}}s: the Goa'uld System Lord Anubis, an immortal {{Energy Being|s}} who is leading the combined Goa'uld forces behind the scenes with Ba'al as a puppet, and Replicator Carter, the humanoid leader of the Replicators, a HordeOfAlienLocusts. The Replicators proceed to invade the Milky Way to consume everything as [[EvilVersusEvil the two evil factions duke it out among each other]], while SG-1 and the Free Jaffa try to take Dakara to free the Goa'uld-dominated worlds. Anubis wants to use a weapon on the planet to wipe out all life, while [=RepliCarter=] tries to find a way to destroy Anubis and rule herself. ˛** Leaving the PostScriptSeason situation: Since Anubis vs. Replicators vs. good guys ends with [[spoiler:the Replicators gone and Goa'uld severely weakened, but Baal as leader of TheRemnant and a ''very'' serious threat in his own right]] we have the new villains Ori in the main villain seat. Instead of a GrandFinale, SG-1 ends with two DTV movies: one devoted to the last round with the Ori and one devoted to the last round with Baal.˛* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': By the final arc, Sisko is having to deal with the entirely separate threads of the [[EvilEmpire Dominion]] and their allies on one hand and [[TheAntichrist Dukat]] and [[GodOfEvil the Pah-Wraiths]] on the other.˛* Season One of ''Series/StrangerThings'' has the [[MonstrousHumanoid Demogorgon]] and [[MadDoctor Dr. Martin Brenner]]. The Demogorgon is responsible for Will Byers' disappearance while Brenner heads the GovernmentConspiracy to cover it up, and is also responsible for [[spoiler:opening the portal to the [[EldritchLocation Upside-Down]] that allowed the Demogorgon to enter our world in the first place]].˛* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' tended to have more or less consistent {{Big Bad}}s for its first four seasons, and arguably the fifth, then started adding more and more central villains in subsequent seasons all competing for the limelight. Only season seven once again had a single BigBad, the rest have at least two:˛** In season five [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] is freed from his Cage, and starts the Apocalypse. He wants to wipe out all humans, [[spoiler:as well as the demons]], and turn the Earth into his own personal playground, considering it a last testament of God's work. On the other side of this are the forces of Heaven, led by the ArchangelMichael. While Michael is the LesserOfTwoEvils between the two, he still intends to destroy part of humanity as a "necessary sacrifice" for defeating the forces of Hell and bringing about Paradise on Earth. The Winchesters finds them both despicable, and strive to find another way to beat the devil. [[spoiler:In the end, Lucifer and Michael both get trapped in the Cage.]] Michael makes so few appearances that Lucifer is essentially the sole BigBad, though.˛** Season six takes it even further, featuring four separate {{Big Bad}}s. Early on in the season, to start with, we have [[MagnificentBastard Crowley]] -- the new King of Hell -- who wants to find Purgatory and take control of its souls, and the ArchangelRaphael, who is trying to take control of Heaven and restart the Apocalypse. Then, midway through the season, we meet [[EldritchAbomination Eve]], the [[MotherOfAThousandYoung "Mother of All"]], who wants to [[KillAllHumans overrun the world with her "children"]]. And ''then'', a few episodes before the season finale, we find out that [[spoiler:[[WellIntentionedExtremist Castiel]]]] has been in a [[EnemyMine tentative alliance]] with Crowley to find Purgatory so that he can [[spoiler:defeat Raphael and prevent his plans from coming to fruition]].\˛[[spoiler:Eve is killed about the same time we find out about Castiel and Crowley's alliance, so that knocks her out of the competition.]] This all comes to a head in the season finale, where [[spoiler: Castiel cuts Crowley out of the deal; Crowley retaliates by teaming up with Raphael, only for Castiel to [[OutGambitted Out-Gambit]] them both. He absorbs the souls of Purgatory, kills Raphael, and sends Crowley running, all before [[AGodAmI proclaiming himself the new God]]]].˛** Season eight has the Winchesters fighting both Crowley and the angel Naomi -- the latter indirectly most of the season through [[spoiler:her ManchurianAgent Castiel]] -- for control of the Word of God tablets. Abaddon gets in on the act near the end of the season as a potential [[TheStarscream Starscream]] for Crowley [[spoiler:while Naomi has a HeelRealization in the finale, only to be [[RedemptionEqualsDeath killed]] by [[EvilAllAlong Metatron]], who casts a spell to banish ''all'' angels from Heaven]].˛** Season nine builds on the previous season's Ensemble as it stood at the end of the season: [[KnightTemplar Bartholomew]] and [[TheSociopath Malachi]] emerge as the leaders of the civil war amongst the [[spoiler:fallen angels]], with [[spoiler:Metatron]] -- now in full AGodAmI mode -- also recruiting in order to secure his own position [[spoiler:as sole ruler of Heaven]]. Meanwhile, Abbadon is continuing to try and usurp Crowley's position as ruler of hell, while Crowley himself is now a WildCard. In something of a subversion, Bartholomew [[spoiler:is impaled by Cas in his second appearance]] while Malachi [[spoiler: doesn't get a second appearance, being KilledOffscreen by Gadreel]], so that helps narrow things down. [[spoiler:Abaddon also dies midway through the season, leaving Metatron as sole BigBad.]]˛** Season ten lacks a central antagonist. The season sets up a roster of characters who could fill the role, including [[spoiler:Metatron]], Crowley, Rowena, [[spoiler:Dean under the influence of the Mark of Cain]], and [[spoiler:Sam, having [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jumped off the slippery slope in an attempt to cure his brother]]]]. However, by the season finale, [[spoiler:Metatron]] gets BroughtDownToNormal and subsequently becomes totally irrelevant, and Crowley and Rowena have [[spoiler:teamed up with Sam to cure Dean of the Mark]], leaving the true Big Bad Ensemble as [[spoiler:[[VillainProtagonist Sam and Dean Winchester themselves.]]]]˛** The first half of Season 11 seems to return to form with The Darkness as sole Big Bad, but then midway through, [[spoiler: Lucifer]] [[TheBusCameBack returned]], setting him up as a second major threat. [[spoiler: Until he's forced to [[EnemyMine ally with the Winchesters]].]]˛** Season 12 has both Lucifer and the British Men of Letters (of which Ketch most directly interacts with Sam and Dean, but Doctor Hess is the leader of their operations in America) as the main antagonists, though Lucifer spends much of the season imprisoned by Crowley. The British Men of Letters seem to be the bigger focus, but [[spoiler:they are taken down in the penultimate episode, where the season finale focuses on Lucifer.]]˛** Season 13 once again gives us an assortment of main bad guys with both Lucifer and the Prince of Hell Asmodeus trying to find Lucifer's half-archangel son Jack to harness his power, as well as an AlternateUniverse version of the Archangel Michael trying to break into the main reality. [[spoiler:However, Lucifer is soon depowered by Michael, forcing him into another EnemyMine with the heroes. At least until the season finale (by which point Asmodeus has been killed), when he regains his power, thus switching the EnemyMine over to Michael.]]˛** Season 14 starts off with the ArchangelMichael as the main villain, but [[spoiler:he gets disposed off halfway through by Jack, who absorbs his powers, then starts SlowlySlippingIntoEvil and it seems like he'll become a massive threat in his own right. Meanwhile, Lucifer's former vessel Nick tries to revive the dead FallenAngel, only to be stopped at the last second by Jack. Then the finale reveals that {{God}} was manipulating EVERYBODY all along, and when the Winchesters refuse to play his games anymore, he decides to cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]]˛* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' in its first season has Laura Plamer's killer [[spoiler: Leland/BOB]] and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ben Horne]]. After [[spoiler:the Laura Palmer mystery is solved]] the Big Bad Ensemble shifts to [[spoiler:Jean Renault]], Windom Earle and then finally [[spoiler:BOB again]].˛* ''Series/TheUmbrellaAcademy'': As two arcs of the comics are adapted together, first season of the show has two {{Big Bad}}s. The Handler is a high-tier member of The Commission and the boss of Hazel and Cha-Cha, who sends them after Five to cause the end of the world. Harold Jenkins is the sociopath whose actions will cause the end of the world. Unusually, while The Handler is working to ensure Harold's plans follow along, Harold has no idea he is receiving such help and never learns about The Commission.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]˛* GAEA had Wrestling/LionessAsuka, a veteran partner of the company's founder who was still bitter at being forced to retire from [[Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling Zenjo]], Mayumi Ozaki, the leader of a hostile invading force that passed through several enterprises before paying GAEA special attention and Akira Hokuto, who in turn was using GAEA as a base to establish her own hostile force to eventually invade elsewhere. Asuka eventually reconciled with Chigusa Nagayo and underwent a HeelFaceTurn to help deal with the other two.˛* Wrestling/LuchaUnderground has a {{downplayed|trope}} example in that Dario Cueto is the owner of the temple and thus the biggest bad, as he wanted things to go wrong for everyone else from the start. Still, not ''everything'' can be linked back to him, as [[Wrestling/KarleePerez Catrina]] may have had her own plans going on longer than his, definitely would have been up to something elsewhere if he hadn't drawn so many fighters to the temple. Going on, everything in the temple would have been as fine and orderly as a lucha libre/pro wrestling show could possibly be after Cueto departed if Catrina hadn't taken his place in a takeover that eventually resulted his return to oust ''her''. That's where it breaks down as while she avoided BigBadWannabe by being fairly difficult for Cueto to completely be rid of, [[spoiler:proving capable of surviving what until then had been [[KilledOffForReal a guaranteed death]] on Lucha Underground]] via LightFlickerTeleportation, it's also where EvilVersusEvil really kicks in.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Roleplay]]˛* It seems the Big Bads in ''Roleplay/PokemonRiseOfTheRockets'' only ever come in groups, with different ones coming and going as time goes on and plots are resolved:˛** The four Shadow Admins--Sleight, Joker, Ace, and Bounty[[spoiler:--for the first arc, though they all eventually took a HeelFaceTurn (with the exception of Ace, who was KilledOffForReal early in the story.)]]˛** The Ancient Darkrai, a group of Darkrai so powerful that in ancient times they managed to almost usurp Arceus himself and have returned to take over the world for real this time. [[spoiler:Later defeated along with his followers, after three years real-time of slowly taking over Hoenn and Sinnoh.]]˛** John Ford, a terrorist and mastermind who effectively organized his own takeover of Hoenn alongside countless attacks on various characters and groups. Along with his [[FourIsDeath four Agents]], he has effectively taken over as the main BigBad of the story, though is certainly not the only one.˛** Gerald Hikari, who orchestrated a mass devastation in Unova at the same time that Ford's Agent, Maddison Hayes, was acting to make the Unovan government acknowledge the Rocket-Liberty War.˛** [[spoiler:The SevenDeadlySins, trainers who were somehow corrupted by the Ancients during their takeover of Hoenn and Sinnoh, although the Sins do not appear to bear any relation to the Ancients in terms of motives. While they act independently of each other and thus could be considered to share the status of BigBad with each other (lower on the totem than Ford), Sloth appears to be the leader of the group itself, or at least the most powerful.]]˛* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', many major antagonists are working for different goals separate from one another during the Godslayer era:˛** [[DarkMessiah Glaurung]], leader of the [[LegionOfDoom Crimson Coalition]]˛** [[AboveGoodAndEvil Godslayer]] and its high prophet [[ManipulativeBastard Xerathas]] of the Grey Cult˛** [[WellIntentionedExtremist Jemuel]], lord of [[TheMagocracy Alent]]˛** [[FourStarBadass Malphas]], leader of the [[TheLegionsOfHell Northern Horde]]˛** [[MagnificentBastard The Master]] of the [[ReligionOfEvil Totenkopf cult]]˛** [[JerkassGods Nergal]], [[WarGod god of war]]˛** [[VisionaryVillain Vaetris]], leader of the [[HornyDevils Eastern Horde]]˛* In the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', [[EvilOverlord The Emperor]], [[EvilGenius Lord Doom]], [[MadScientist Doctor Simian]], [[TimeAbyss Abyss]], [[OmnicidalManiac the Blood Red King]], and [[CrushKillDestroy Omega]] all present a threat to the whole world. They do this simultaneously, though they don't do it cooperatively.˛* The commanding officers of the [[DesignatedVillain Army of Shadow]] in Website/{{Rplegacy}}'s ''Dark Clouds Gathering'' fantasy crossover [=RPG=] are comprised of various Big Bads and their [[TheDragon Dragons]] from fiction, including [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Ganon]], [[Literature/TheSilmarillion Morgoth]], [[VideoGame/{{Darksiders}} Absalom]], and of course [[GreaterScopeVillain the Army's leader, the Phantom-lord Grogna]].˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Tabletop Games]]˛* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', it's not a question of who's trying to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroy Creation]] -- it's a question of who's pulling ahead in the race. The Deathlords want to feed the world into the great cosmic garbage disposal in the name of their eternally-dying-but-not-yet-dead god bosses, the Yozis want to make Creation indistinguishable from Hell on the ''very'' off chance that they might be allowed to move in then, and TheFairFolk view Creation the same way one would view a turd in the swimming pool and want it to stop ruining their beautiful chaos.˛* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' being a [[CrapsackWorld supremely cheery place]], has entire ''armies'' of this trope. The Chaos Gods and their Champions, the Dark Elf Lords (headed by Malekith the Witch King), the Skaven Warlords, the Orc Warbosses and the Vampire Counts (their founder, [[GreaterScopeVillain Nagash]], would easily qualify if he was still around), and others.˛* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', had this as well, mostly inspired by those above: At the very top of the SlidingScaleOfVillainThreat are [[EldritchAbomination the Chaos Gods]] and the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranid]] HiveMind, and going down there are the [[OneWingedAngel Daemon Primarchs]], Chaos Lords, C'tan shards (who were right up there with the Chaos Gods and Hive Mind when they were still whole), Ork Warbosses, Dark Eldar Archons and the various sundry madmen and psychopaths the galaxy breeds like mosquitoes.˛** Don't you need at least one "good" faction for this trope? The Imperium, Eldar, Tau, and Necrons would ''also'' be over-the top villains by the standards of any other setting.˛* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', [[GodOfEvil Yawgmoth]] was the main villain before he got wiped from existence. Now the story has this trope between [[FromASingleCell the remains of]] [[TheVirus Phyrexia]], [[SealedEvilInACan the Eldrazi]], and [[TheChessmaster Nicol Bolas]].˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Theater]]˛* ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar'': Judas, [[BigBadDuumvirate Caiaphas and Annas]], Pilate, and Herod all participate equally as villains toward Jesus, the protagonist. All are sympathetic to a degree [[HateSink except Herod]] (Caiaphas and Annas want to protect the Jewish people, Judas is concerned that Jesus is bigger than even he can handle, and Pilate only sentences Jesus to death because Jesus refuses to fight back), but all contribute to Jesus's crucifixion.˛* ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'', in an example that WordOfGod states was inspired by ''Jesus Christ Superstar'', has Aaron Burr, UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson, UsefulNotes/JamesMadison, and King George III, whose roles roughly correspond to Judas, Caiaphas, Annas, and Herod respectively. Even in comparison to their ''Superstar'' counterparts, however, Burr, Jefferson, and Madison are sympathetic, while King George is genuinely insane, as he was in RealLife.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Video Games]]˛* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries:''˛** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' has most of Bat's RoguesGallery vying for the position of BigBad over the course of the game. [[spoiler:At the end, Hugo Strange and The Joker take their positions as the two {{Big Bad}}s of the game, with Ra's al Ghul as GreaterScopeVillain to the former.]]˛** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' has a resurfaced Scarecrow forming a VillainTeamUp of the remainder of Batman's rogues gallery, who are all out to do crime in an evacuated Gotham City. His DragonInChief is the Arkham Knight, a wholly OriginalCharacter [[spoiler:in terms of identity; he turns out to be the Red Hood/Jason Todd in disguise]], who runs his own militia to bring down Batman and everything he stands for. The final antagonist is Batman's EnemyWithin, which was created by Scarecrow injecting him with his Fear Toxin. That fear personifies itself as [[spoiler:the essence of Joker, planning a SplitPersonalityTakeover to hijack his nemesis' body.]]˛* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' has [[spoiler: Edgar Ross and Dutch van der Linde. While Ross is the active threat to the Marstons, Dutch is the main target and the one who raised John as a part of his gang]].˛* ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours'' has Alejandro "Alex" Sosa, Gaspar Gomez and Nacho "El Gordo" Contreras as Tony's main targets, with Sosa being the FinalBoss.˛* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' has this with M. Bison and Akuma, who both have their own agendas which revolve around the hero Ryu. Bison's goals revolve around his plan to TakeOverTheWorld, while Akuma is more of a NobleDemon and BloodKnight trying to goad Ryu into surrendering to the DarkSide to give him an ultimate showdown. In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', Seth adds to the list, while in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' (which chronologically takes place ''after'' IV) Gill takes the place of Bison.˛* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' originally had this, with players having to fight several {{Big Bad}}s of varying importance such as Van Cleef, Nefarian or Hakkar. Later patches and expansions generally focus on one threat, but the ensemble is still technically present, mainly with the [[ZombieApocalypse Scourge]], the [[TheLegionsOfHell Burning Legion]], and the [[EldritchAbomination Old Gods]].˛** ''Warlords of Draenor'' has a case, with the Shadow Council (led by Gul'dan) and the Iron Horde (led by Grommash Hellscream). Both {{Big Bad}}s are at odds, but the Alliance and Horde don't want ''either'' of them to win, and an EnemyMine with either is almost certainly off the table.˛* The ''Disciples'' series of TurnBasedStrategy games has a number of major villains in conflict with one another, including [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Mortis]], [[{{Satan}} Bethrezen]], [[TheAntichrist Uther]], and [[spoiler: [[GollumMadeMeDoIt Gallean]]]]. None of them are powerful enough to claim the title of ''the'' BigBad, but all of them are serious threats to the setting.˛* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'' featured the former [[BigBadDuumvirate Big Bad Triumvirate]] of Darth Nihilus, Darth Sion, and Darth Traya. Prior to the story they led a massive assassination campaign against the Jedi still alive after the events of the first game, but Sion and Nihilus turned on Traya, the teacher and parted ways, though Traya survived; thus, all three are up to no good in the story and have to be dealt with. Sion seeks to kill you; Traya seeks to corrupt you; and Nihilus, the most powerful, doesn't really care about you, but is the greatest and most imminent threat to the galaxy.˛* The original ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' trilogy has [[OmnicidalManiac the Prophet of Truth]] at the head of [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Covenant]] and [[EldritchAbomination the Gravemind]] representing [[TheVirus the Flood]].˛* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction'' had a definite BigBad in the form of [[TheEmperor Emperor Tachyon]], but Ratchet was also menaced by [[SpacePirates Captain Slag]], who serves as the games second major villain. In-game files reveal that Slag was originally built by Tachyon, but by the time of the game he's long since forgotten his original programming and is completely independent.˛* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime'' has Dr. Nefarious and [[spoiler: Alister Azimuth. Nefarious is the main threat for the majority of the game, looking to use the Clock to create a new timeline where the heroes never prevail. Once he's defeated, Azimuth fills in as the FinalBoss when he turns on Ratchet, to try and use the Great Clock to undo his mistake that resulted in the extinction of the Lombaxes, unaware that tampering with the Clock in such a manner would result in time itself collapsing in on itself.]]˛* ''VideoGame/TrialsOfMana'' has 3 different entities competing for the power of the Mana Tree. Which one succeeds and ends up becoming the main villain depends on which hero you choose as your main character:˛** The Dragon Lord is the FinalBoss for Angela's and Duran's story, and seeks the power of Mana so he can become a god and rule a world of chaos.˛** The Masked Mage is the FinalBoss for Kevin's and Charlotte's route, and wants to take revenge on the Holy City of Wendel for banishing him after he practiced forbidden dark magic.˛** Dark Majesty is the FinalBoss for Riesz's and Hawkeye's story, and the former ruler of Light Castle who became the ruler of the demon realm of Malvolia and seeks to TakeOverTheWorld of Light by merging both worlds.˛* ''VideoGame/LegendOfMana'' has multiple plot-arcs running together simultaneously throughout the game, each of which features a world-threatening BigBad behind everything.˛* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'': [[spoiler:Pontiff Sulyvahn]] and the [[FourIsDeath four]] Lords of Cinder are the primary antagonists. The conflict is caused by a combination of simple entropy and the Lords who were supposed to keep it line abandoning their duties, all for different reasons and without communication with each other. [[spoiler:Pontiff Sulyvahn, leader of the Cathedral of the Deep,]] serves as TheHeavy for the first half, but ultimately, the Lords and the various natural forces (the Darksign, the Abyss, the Pus of Man, the Age of Darkness) still need to be dealt with even after he's defeated.˛* A staple in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series:˛** ''Videogame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has you dealing with Darkspawn led by the Archdemon while dodging assassination attempts and other nefarious plots from [[spoiler: Teyrn Loghain]]. Doubles as TheGoodTheBadAndTheEvil, as [[spoiler: Loghain]] is more of a WellIntentionedExtremist than a true villain, whereas the Archdemon wants to destroy everything in it's path.˛** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'', you are caught in a crossfire between two [[spoiler:sentient Darkspawn, the Architect, and the Mother]], each with their own army of Darkspawn, while having to deal with a conspiracy of local nobles unhappy about the Grey Wardens being granted their land.˛** In ''Videogame/DragonAgeII'' there are many people that could qualify as being a BigBad. In the framing story, one character thinks that it's ''you''.˛* The ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series has multiple BigBad characters, and in the later games (especially ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'') they ended up operating at the same time due to the series' tendency to keep old characters while introducing new threats. The most prominent would probably be TheEmperor Shao Kahn, the GodOfEvil Shinnok, the preceding and resurrected emperor Onaga, and (to a slightly lesser extent) the duo of TheStarscream sorcerers Shang Tsung and Quan Chi. Shao Kahn would probably be the one with the best claim to being ''the'' Big Bad of the series, as he was the main villain in the largest number of games, and also the canonical winner of ''Armageddon'' according to ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''.˛* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'' has [[GodIsEvil Zeus]], Gaia, and [[spoiler: Athena]].˛* In ''Franchise/ResidentEvil Survivor'', we have a janitor DrivenToMadness by the zombie outbreak, the leader of a mercenary group sent to [[LeaveNoWitnesses cover up]] the outbreak, and [[spoiler:the Umbrella executive responsible for the whole mess]].˛* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' had Lord Deus as the leader of the Demigods fighting the Gohma, while Asura is opposed to both of them. [[spoiler: Then the true ending adds the Golden Spider[=/=]Chakravartin as the true BigBad using both of them]].˛* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' looks to have Dark Falz as its BigBad. [[spoiler:Defeating him in a story mission reveals, however, that there are actually several Dark Falzes, of which the one you defeated, Dark Falz Elder, is only one. Aside from him, there is also Apprentice, who takes the form of a female Newman; Double, a pair of human twins; and Persona, a mysterious masked man. And ''another'' one, Loser, is created after Luther, the main villain of Episode 2, [[VillainousBreakdown loses his shit]].]]˛* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' has Greene and Randall being the big nasties of the Infected and the Military factions out to get each other.˛* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' has this with [[OmnicidalManiac Harbinger]] and [[spoiler:[[MagnificentBastard the Illusive Man]]]]... initially. While [[spoiler: The Illusive Man and Cerberus]] are a separate threat in their own right, and fight the Reapers occasionally, by the end [[spoiler: The Illusive Man is ultimately nothing more than Harbinger's unwitting pawn]].˛* ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' has Arcturus Mengsk, Sarah Kerrigan, the Tal'darim Protoss, and [[spoiler:Amon]].˛* ''VideoGame/{{Sacrifice}}'', the bad guys are Charnel, Pyro, Stratos, and Marduk.˛* ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine'' has Grimskull [[spoiler: and Nemeroth]].˛* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' only has one BigBad (unless you count BigBadWannabe Benny, who triggers the events of the game by almost killing the Courier, for his own scheme.) in the vanilla game: Caesar, leader of a horde of barbaric Roman wannabes, who is trying to defeat the New California Republic and annex New Vegas. However, with all DLC installed, it's revealed that there are more villains who have their own plans- ''all'' of which are even more dangerous than Caesar. The ensemble ends up consisting of Caesar, Ulysses, Father Elijah, and Dr. Klein.˛* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has three major antagonists: [[spoiler: Seymour Guado, Yu Yevon, and Sin, aka Jecht. Though Jecht as Sin is merely an extension of Yu Yevon's will and is mostly just his DragonInChief by all accounts]].˛* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyBraveExvius'' has the Sworn Six of Paladia. They also all appear to be directly related to the party in some way: [[spoiler: Veritas of the Dark is Rain's father and Lasswell's adoptive father; Veritas of the Heavens is Dirnado's first Cid, someone who Lid looked up to; Veritas of the Flame forged Purple Lightning, the sword Lasswell wields; and Veritas of the Light is Sakura's sister and holds a grudge on Veritas of the Dark ''and'' Rain's mother]].˛* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'': [[KnightTemplar Zachary Comstock]], leader of the fascist, racist floating nation of Columbia, and [[RebelLeader Daisy Fitzroy]], leader of the [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Vox Populi]], [[spoiler: though Fitzroy leaves the plot early and then the game focuses completely on Comstock]].˛* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' has TheEmperor [[NameOfCain Cain]] as the main BigBad [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn in the past]]]], but there are several other villains controlling TheEmpire of Solaris; Kahran Ramsus, leader of the Solaris military [[spoiler:who betrays Cain]]; the Gazel Ministry, heads of [[CorruptChurch Ethos]], and [[DarthVaderClone Grahf]], EvilCounterpart to TheHero Fei. Also affiliated with Solaris is Shakhan, EvilChancellor who usurped control of the Kingdom of Aveh, and the mysterious [[EvilRedhead Id]] who wants revenge on the empire. [[spoiler:And all of them are being [[UnwittingPawn manipulated]] by Krelian, the true leader of Solaris, and Miang, [[TheManInFrontOfTheMan seemingly]] TheDragon and girlfriend of Ramsus; both of them in turn are working for the GreaterScopeVillain ancient superweapon Deus to resurrect him.]]˛* ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration 2nd Super Robot Wars Original Generation]]'' has the Garden of Baral, [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsClassic the Guests]], the Gaia Sabers, and the [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsDestiny Ruina]].˛** VideoGame/SuperRobotWars series in general, being MassiveMultiplayerCrossover usually has villains of various anime and OriginalGeneration baddies running for the title. Usually the Original Generation wins, as his competitors gets defeated one by one by the heroes, but not always. For example in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ 3: Jigoku hen'' original villain gets beaten and your final enemy is [[spoiler: [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Anti-Spiral]]]].˛* [[GodAndSatanAreBothJerks Lucifer and YHVH]] are this for the whole ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series, and are [[EvilVersusEvil obviously opposed to one another]] [[BothOrderAndChaosAreDangerous as well as the protagonists]]. [[GodIsEvil YHVH]] wants to create a world of total {{order|IsNotGood}} where everyone worships him 24/7, while [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] wants to create a world of total {{chaos|IsEvil}} where it's every man, woman, and child for themselves. How evil each is [[DependingOnTheWriter varies depending on the game]], though Lucifer is at least usually ([[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV but not always]]) the more honorable of the two, or at least [[ManipulativeBastard presents himself that way]].˛** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' has antagonists representing all three alignments: [[KnightTemplar The Three Wise Men]] (with [[SmugSnake Mastema]] as DragonInChief) for Law, [[LouisCypher Louisa Ferre]] and [[MotherNature Mem Aleph]] for Chaos, and [[PrivateMilitaryContractor Captain Jack]] for Neutrality. Notably, Jack is the only human villain, [[HateSink the only one without a single redeeming quality or idealistic motive]], the only one who cannot be sided with, and the only one to die no matter what path is taken.˛** In ''[[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne Nocturne]]'', the Conception gods (and by proxy their human avatars), Kagutsuchi, and probably Lucifer more or less share BigBad status.˛** In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'', after the Archangels are taken care of, Satan and Lucifer take over as the driving force behind the plot, with YHVH as the GreaterScopeVillain for the Law faction until the very end, where He becomes the sole BigBad.˛* ''VideoGame/HitmanAbsolution'' has [[CorruptHick Blake Dexter]] and [[NotSoDifferent Benjamin Travis]], who both want Victoria for different reasons.˛* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' has [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Devin Weston]] and [[InterserviceRivalry Steve Haines]]. Weston has a bigger influence over the story, forcing the protagonists to do his dirty work, but Haines is a bigger menace, having more direct resources to coerce the protagonists, and is also a personal menace to Michael. Along with that, [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Wei Cheng]] and [[GangBanger Stretch]] serve as personal menaces to Trevor and Franklin, respectively, and are dealt with in the GoldenEnding.˛* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'':˛** The original ''VideoGame/SaintsRow1'' has the three rival gang leaders, Hector Lopez of Los Carnales, Benjamin King of the Vice Kings, and William Sharp of the Westside Rollerz.˛** ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' similarly has Maero, the leader of the Brotherhood, the General of the Sons of Samedi, and Kazuo Akuji of the Ronin, although Dane Vogel of the Ultor Corporation is eventually revealed to be pulling the strings behind all three of them, so they are not as unrelated as they appear (or even believe themselves).˛** ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' double-subverts it: although Steelport is divided between Philipp Loren's Morningstar, Killbane's Luchadores, and Matt Miller's Deckers, it made obvious from the start that both Killbane and Matt are Loren's lieutenants in TheSyndicate, and after you kill Loren, [[spoiler:Killbane]] immediately positions himself as the overall leader of all Steelport gangs (except the Saints) and a ShadowArchetype of the Boss. The subversion, however, comes with the introduction of Cyrus Temple and his [[ArmiesAreEvil STAG]] initiative, whom TheGovernment authorizes to stop the gang war in Steelport by any means, so he is opposed to both the Syndicate and the Saints.˛* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'': While the game has many villains through it's installments (Heihachi Mishima, Kazuya Mishima, Ogre, and later Jinpachi Mishima, Jin Kazama, and Azazel) in which some are present in multiple games, sometimes their presence as literal antagonists is often played straight. Tekken 4 (and Blood Vengeance to a lesser extent) had Heihachi Mishima and Kazuya Mishima both fighting over each other, as antagonists towards Jin Kazama. In Tekken 6, Lars found himself facing opposition from Kazuya Mishima, Jin Kazama AND Azazel.˛* ''VideoGame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'' has Reshef and Bandit Keith. While the former is the BigBad of the whole story, the latter interrupts your battle against him by attacking you and Domino City with the Neo Ghouls.˛* ''VideoGame/{{Soulcalibur}}'' had Nightmare, the embodiment of [[ArtifactOfDoom Soul Edge]], serving as the primary BigBad for most of the series. By ''Soulcalibur IV'', the original is KilledOffForReal, and by ''Soulcalibur V'' there are three separate entities competing for the title: [[EvilChancellor Graf Dumas]] - [[LegacyCharacter the new]] [[BloodKnight Nightmare]] -, [[DragonAscendant Tira]], and [[KnightTemplar Elysium]], the living incarnation of [[LightIsNotGood Soul Calibur]]. The former uses politics, manipulation, and the power of [[ArtifactOfDoom Soul Edge]] with the goal to TakeOverTheWorld using his army of malfested slaves. The second wishes to resurrect the old Nightmare by using Pyrrha as a vessel, viewing the current one as a [[ReplacementScrappy fraud]], so she can reign chaos just as the original Nightmare did. The latter wishes to destroy Soul Edge and bring absolute peace to the world -- [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans regardless of the consequences]]. Behind the scenes is [[AGodAmI Algol]], who serves as the GreaterScopeVillain and was plotting to TakeOverTheWorld in the midst of the chaos. How this all would've come together is unclear, due to the fact that [[CutShort only 1/4 of the story made the final cut of the game]].˛* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow2'' has [[spoiler: Zobek/Death]], [[spoiler: Dracula's Castle]] and Satan.˛* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto2'': All the gang leaders. The Zaibatsu seem to come out on top as the promo movie implies, and the fact they are the most recurring gang in the city.˛* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has two primary antagonistic factions in the story -- [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Talon]] and [[MegaCorp Vishkar Corporation]]. The former has a yet-to-be-clear motive ([[TerroristsWithoutACause if there is any at all]]) and only seem to be causing as much chaos around the world as possible. The latter on the other hand, is trying to expand its influences to TakeOverTheWorld. Due to the [[AllThereInTheManual nature]] of the game, we don't know who the official leaders are for each organization as of yet, but it can be assumed that we'll find out who exactly the major players are later.˛* ''Film/MissionImpossible'' for the UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 has [[spoiler:Jim Phelps]] and Basil Prokosh.˛* ''VideoGame/QuestFantasy'' has [[spoiler: ''three'' {{Eldritch Abomination}}s targeting the game world: SOUL, who wants to [[ToCreateAPlaygroundForEvil corrupt it]]; Snaily Joe, who wants to [[TakeOverTheWorld rule it]]; and Shachihata, who wants to [[OmnicidalManiac devour it]]]].˛* ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfWar'': Sauron is the primary villain and the target of Talion and Celebrimbor's revenge, but other major antagonists include [[GiantSpider Shelob]], who steals the duo's Ring of Power at the start of the game [[spoiler:but is later revealed to be well-intentioned]] and [[BigBadWannabe Zog the Eternal]], an orc necromancer who awakens a Balrog to [[TheStarscream defeat Sauron and then rule Mordor himself]], and towards the end of the game [[spoiler:Celebrimbor himself is revealed to be evil and attempts to enslave Sauron during the FinalBoss, but ultimately fails and gets absorbed by the Dark Lord instead]].˛* ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' has Pagan Min, King of Kyrat, as the primary antagonist, but [[spoiler:his [[TheStarscream traitorous]] right-hand woman Yuma Lau]] and [[spoiler:the [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Golden Path]] [[BigBadDuumvirate leaders]] Saban and Amita]] are at war with him and each other for power, while [[spoiler:Mohan Ghale]] serves a GreaterScopeVillain for all of them.˛* ''VideoGame/TownOfSalem'' will usually feature the Mafia and {{Serial Killer}}s, Vampires, Arsonists, and/or a Werewolf who must oppose each other and the town to win the game. Played even more straight with the DLC including a new evil faction, the Coven.˛* ''VideoGame/Injustice2'' has [[OmnicidalManiac Brainiac]] and [[FallenHero Superman]]. The former kicks off the plot by invading Earth to add its cities to its collection before destroying the planet, forcing [[TheHero Batman]] to [[EnemyMine team up]] with the latter to stop him. However, Superman has every intention of restoring the Regime and becoming a MultiversalConqueror when all is said and done, with the alliance being an uneasy time for those involved. [[spoiler:Sure enough, when Brainiac is defeated, Superman ultimately becomes the FinalBoss.]]˛* Fittingly for what is intended to be the GrandFinale for the ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' franchise, ''VideoGame/FreddyFazbearsPizzeriaSimulator'' assembles an ensemble of previous {{Big Bad}}s from the previous games: Springtrap from [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 the third game]] ([[spoiler:and the GreaterScopeVillain]]), Baby from ''[[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation Sister Location]]'' ([[spoiler:who's revealed to be DaddysLittleVillain]]), a now molten version of Freddy Fazbear ([[spoiler:who's actually the remaining parts of Ennard from ''Sister Location'' after rejecting Baby]], and newcomer Lefty ([[spoiler:who's actually the GoodIsNotNice BigGood the Puppet from ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2'' in disguise]]).˛* ''Videogame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow'' has Celia Fortner, a dark priestess who seeks to revive {{Dracula}}, and Dario Bossi and Dmitrii Blinov, two {{Evil Sorcerer}}s who are potential hosts for Drac's power; Celia encourages them to battle both [[AntiAntiChrist Soma]] and each other for supremacy. [[spoiler:Dmitrii proves EvilerThanThou by outlasting Dario and backstabbing Celia, but he doesn't live long enough to enjoy his victory, as Dracula's power deems him an unfit wielder and [[EvilIsNotAToy consumes him from the inside out]]. The actual FinalBoss is the Menace, an EldritchAbomination created out of Dmitrii's corpse by Dracula's power.]]˛* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'':˛** ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' features Dr. Eggman and Black Doom, both with their own plans to conquer the world. Depending on which path you take and who you side with, G.U.N. may oppose you as well, although they fall more into the HeroAntagonist group.˛** ''VideoGame/SonicRidersZeroGravity'' has Eggman and SCR-HD/Master Core: ABIS, though ultimately ABIS is the sole BigBad of the game as Eggman doesn't have a true antagonistic role beyond creating ABIS and his robots in the first place.˛** ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' has three Big Bads: Eggman for Sonic's story, Mephiles for Shadow's story, and Iblis for Silver's story. All three serve as final bosses of their respective nemesis's story, but [[spoiler:in the last story, Mephiles and Iblis merge into Solaris, the final boss, and Eggman joins forces with the heroes to defeat him]].˛** ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' has both Eggman and Dark Gaia serving as the Big Bads, with Sonic fighting Eggman by day and Dark Gaia's monsters by night, though [[spoiler:Dark Gaia defeats Eggman once awakened and serves as the final boss]].˛** Midquel ''VideoGame/SonicMania'' has Eggman and the Heavy King. BOTH of them are fought as the final boss in a sort of three-way battle.˛* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has three characters vying for the title of BigBad. Composer [[spoiler:Yoshiya "Joshua" Kiryu]] is the ultimate authority of the Reaper's Game and intends to [[spoiler:destroy Shibuya outright because its people are incapable of change or self-improvement]]. Conductor Megumi Kitanji is the Composer's subordinate, directly oversees the Reaper's Game, and intends to [[spoiler:brainwash Shibuya into losing free will]] as an alternative to the Composer's plan. Finally, Sho Minamimoto [[spoiler:created the Taboo Noise]] and is TheStarscream who intends to usurp the Composer's position for himself. When the dust settles, [[spoiler:Minamimoto is unceremoniously flattened by Joshua and Kitanji is killed in combat with Neku. While Joshua technically succeeds in his plan, his friendship with Neku invalidates his reason to destroy Shibuya and he spares it and pulls a HeelFaceTurn]].˛* ''VideoGame/XMenTheOfficialGame'' has two main antagonists at odds with each other: in one hand, you have Jason Stryker and the Sentinels, who aim to continue his father's work to exterminate all mutants. On other hand, you have HYDRA and the Silver Samurai, who regrets having helped Stryker's father create the Sentinels, since he is a mutant too. While the Silver Samurai has more man-power, Stryker turns out to be the larger threat due to his far-reaching goal.˛* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':˛** While ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' feature Team Magma and Team Aqua as mutually exclusive threats (with the other assisting the player), the UpdatedRerelease ''Pokémon Emerald'' has both of them opposing the player, and each other.˛** ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'' has several {{Big Bad}}s over its story. [[spoiler:As in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', [[BigBadWannabe Guzma]] first appears to be the main villain, only to be revealed as Lusamine's [[TheDragon Dragon]]. Unlike in ''Sun and Moon'', though, [[OlympusMons Necrozma]] then takes over as Big Bad to steal Alola's light for itself. ''Then'', in the PlayableEpilogue, [[TheDon Giovanni]] returns with Team Rainbow Rocket, which has ''[[UpToEleven every previous Big Bad in the series]]''.]]˛* In ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS2}}'' Cole's main goal is to stop The Beast and his path of destruction. That said Cole also has to face Joseph Bertrand III and forces which is just as important to stop. ˛* ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' has [[TheDon Dermot "Lucky" Quinn]] and [[SmugSnake Damien Brenks]] with Quin ordering the hit on Aiden, leading to the death of his niece and Brenks kidnapping Aiden's sister Nicky and trying to seize control of ctOS. ˛* ''VideoGame/SCPContainmentBreach'': 174, 106, and 079 all want your head on a silver platter.˛* Much of ''Videogame/KingdomHeartsII'' consists of a GambitPileup by no fewer than ''three'' antagonistic factions with the heroes caught in the middle: Xemnas and Organization XIII, who aim to use Sora to complete Kingdom Hearts for them, Maleficent and the Disney villains, making a second attempt at conquering the Worlds using the Heartless, and WellIntentionedExtremist [=DiZ=] [[spoiler:aka the original Ansem the Wise, who is also working with Sora's missing friend Riku]], who is out to take the Organization down no matter who he has to throw to the wolves to accomplish it. By the time the smoke clears, [[spoiler:Ansem undergoes RedemptionEqualsDeath, Riku defects back to Sora's side and the two of them take the Organization down, leaving the Disney villains as the come-from-behind victor after Sora cuts a deal with them in exchange for help against the Organization]].˛* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate'''s World of Light campaign initially appears to only have Galeem as it's BigBad [[spoiler: until you defeat it, and its dark counterpart Dharkon takes advantage of its defeat to make its move. Once you push back Dharkon enough, Galeem catches its second wind and returns, and the party has to take on both of them at once in a MeleeATrois (each villain attacking the other just as much as they attack the player) to achieve the GoldenEnding.]]˛* ''VideoGame/Killzone3'': In the wake of Visari's death, Admiral Orlock and Chairman Stahl are [[EvilVersusEvil competing]] to fill the EvilPowerVacuum. By the end, Stahl proves to be the worse of the two, and successfully kills Orlock, becoming the sole BigBad for the closing segments of the game.˛* ''VideoGame/KillzoneShadowFall'': Stahl, having survived the events of ''3'', returns as a major leader of the terrorist organization, the Black Hand. On the other side, there's Director Sinclair, who seeks to reignite the war with the Helghast to wipe them out.˛* ''VideoGame/RadiataStories'': The situation isn't the fault of any one individual, but the way events escalate can be mostly pinned down to three people driving the world off a cliff with their actions:˛** Zane is the leader of the light elves and, later, the non-humans in general. He is a racist who wants to kill all humans for personal reasons rather than [[spoiler:humanity's disruption of the balance]]. He mostly stays offscreen in the human path and hides his rather bloodthirsty nature when dealing with Jack in the non-human route.˛** Cross Ward, who is mostly to blame for the war igniting when he [[spoiler:slaughters the dwarves]]. He also [[spoiler:was the one who sent the blood orcs to attack the elves, triggering Jack and Ganz's expulsion as well as Ridley's receiving of a transpiritation.]] He becomes an ally of Jack's in the human route - in theory, anyway - and in the non-human route, he [[spoiler:is killed prior to the final confrontation]]. Also, the results of the second event above were largely out of his control.˛** Aphelion, [[spoiler:a.k.a. Lord Lucian, the most competent [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] in the game and the only one who really knows what's going on. He's also the FinalBoss of both paths.]] Like the others, in both routes, he's not the cause of the conflict. In the human route, the player learns just how [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned]] his plan is, while in the non-human route, he's a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere.˛* ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'': Dr. M and Carmelita. The first is only an antagonist in the last chapter, but the plot of the game is building an army of thieves to confront him and retake the Cooper Vault. [[spoiler:He's also a personal villain with Sly, given how Dr. M resented Sly's father]]. The latter has spent the first two games a lawful rival with a HiddenHeartOfGold, but here, she's a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk KnightTemplar who holds no qualm on ''murdering'' criminals, and "Operation: Tar-Me-Gone" shows she's willing to do anything to end crime. [[spoiler:She does come to her senses in the end, where she decides to recruit Sly as her partner instead of arresting or killing him]].˛* ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'':˛** ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' has, most obviously, Zero, the mastermind behind the Nonary Game the players are trapped in, [[spoiler: and who is actually June, with Santa as her loyal [[TheDragon Dragon]]. However, there's also Ace, the organizer of the previous Nonary Game, who's eager to erase all traces of his involvement by killing the other people trapped in the game, as well as his former co-conspirators.]]˛** ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'': Zero III Jr. is the obvious antagonist, being the KillerGameMaster, but as he explains he is an AI serving his master Zero III Sr. [[spoiler:aka Future Sigma, and his partner Akane, but neither of them [[GreaterScopeVillain play a direct role in the game]]]]. The other villain is [[spoiler:Dio/Left, a contestant who is actually the leader of the Myrmidons, a terrorist group for [[ReligionOfEvil Free the Soul]] and its leader Brother; Dio himself was sent to sabotage the game to prevent its purpose, to master TimeTravel and go back in time to stop Brother from unleashing [[TheVirus Radical-6]], from being realized]]]].˛** Subverted in ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma''. Zero II is the head of the Decision game, and it would seem as if there will be another case of this. [[spoiler:But this time around, the WildCard contestant, Mira the [[SerialKiller Heart Ripper]], is [[TheDragon working under him]], and Zero II/Brother/Delta himself is trying to stop an [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] religious fanatic from destroying all humanity, but the fanatic is a GreaterScopeVillain who never appears onscreen, making Delta the sole Big Bad]].˛* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThreeHouses'', the three big contenders for the title of main antagonist are Thales, leader of "those who slither in the dark" who wishes to destroy humanity; Archbishop Rhea, leader of the [[CorruptChurch Church of Seiros]] who leads them in taking over the continent; and the Flame Emperor, true name [[spoiler:Edelgard von Hresvelg]], who wants to conquer the continent because they think the Church of Seiros is corrupt and taking over is the only way to reform said continent. Which one ends up on top depends on the route chosen.˛** In the Crimson Flower route, [[spoiler:you turn to Edelgard's side after learning she's the Flame Emperor and Thales is put on the backburner. Rhea assumes the role of BigBad from that point onward.]]˛** In the Azure Moon route, [[spoiler:Dimitri unwittingly kills Thales in his pursuit of Edelgard, and she becomes the main antagonist]].˛** In the Verdant Wind and Silver Snow routes, [[spoiler:while Edelgard is TheHeavy, her vassal Hubert arranges for you to be able to deal with Thales in the case of her death and Thales is the true antagonist]].˛* ''VideoGame/RabiRibi'' has two of them: The first is [[spoiler: Noah]], the one responsible for Miru and Erina's disappearance and the latter's transformation [[spoiler: and is a FallenHero who once sacrificed herself to save Rabi Rabi Town, but is now so desperate to return that she risks undoing everything she'd done to save the island in the first place.]] The second is [[spoiler: Irisu]], the founder of the UPRPRC, the group of obsessive bunny fanatics that hound Erina throughout the game. [[spoiler: Ironically, the founder herself is also a rabbit girl, who founded the group to find another bunny like herself, but now feels guilty over the group getting out of control and wreaking havoc across the island.]]˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Animation]]˛* After the Sheriff's demise and the activation of the Improbability Drive in "Madness Avenger", three villains emerge to oppose our protagonist in ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'':˛** [[DarkMessiah Jesus]], originally TheDragon to the Sheriff, who seeks to kill the protagonist Hank to keep order in Nevada, though he later diverts his attention to opposing the other two Big Bads listed below.˛** [[MonsterClown Tricky]], an assassin clown killed by Hank but revived as a zombie and given [[RealityWarper reality-warping]] powers by the energy of the Improbability Drive, who seeks to get revenge on Hank by killing and reviving him over and over.˛** [[SinisterSilhouettes The Auditor]], the new leader of the AAHW who controls the Master Improbability Drive and only seems interested in ensuring that the madness and chaos continues on.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Webcomics]]˛* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', there are several factions, both good and evil, and most of the evil ones can qualify as independent big bads:˛** Lord Xykon is the most prominent throughout the story, though he might not be the ultimate big bad. Stopping him has been the Order's goal from the very beginning.˛** Redcloak is Xykon's DragonWithAnAgenda, working to advance Xykon's goals for his own reasons. [[spoiler: Actually, he's been lying through his teeth about the "goals" part, which is going to come to a head at ''some'' point.]]˛** The Inter-Fiend Cooperation Commission is a [[BigBadDuumvirate Big Bad Triumvirate]], whose long-term goals are incompatible with the Order ''or'' Xykon flat-out winning.˛** As revealed in ''Recap/StartOfDarkness'', [[spoiler:the Dark One, the goblin deity. Redcloak is really ''his'' [[TheDragon Dragon]]]].˛** Elan's brother Nale probably doesn't count (though [[BigBadWannabe he certainly thinks he does]]), but [[spoiler:their father Tarquin is shaping up to be one]].˛** With the end of Book Five, [[spoiler:Tarquin might be demoted to merely an ArcVillain, but Hel, Northern Goddess of Death, has joined the ranks of Big Bads in his place]].˛* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' had a sort of "guess the BigBad" thing going on with several characters being built up as potential "FinalBoss" candidates:˛** Black Mage, VillainProtagonist and hinted at eventually ([[CerebusSyndrome seriously]]) betraying his comrades. [[spoiler:Which does happen before the plot gets [[HijackedByGanon Hijacked By Sarda]].]]˛** The Dark Warriors. In the beginning, Garland seemed to be a joke villain who had a greater role in the story. [[spoiler:It turns out their purpose was to become {{Fake Ultimate Hero}}es.]]˛** Sarda, the biggest threat whose motives were hidden, but came across as a TricksterMentor. [[spoiler:He turns out to be the "real" BigBad but is assimilated by Chaos.]]˛** The Fiends, who were teaming up in Hell as they were killed. [[spoiler:Killed by Black Mage.]]˛** "Darko," who was TheDragon to GreaterScopeVillain Chaos and trying to manipulate Black Mage [[spoiler:(and previously Garland)]] into bringing about his plans. [[spoiler: He eventually gives up.]]˛** And finally, Chaos, said GreaterScopeVillain the villains were destined to eventually face. [[spoiler:They do, at a point in time they're woefully unprepared for it. Chaos is killed off-screen by White Mage instead, saving the world and setting up the Dark Warriors as the ones who defeated him.]]˛* The Other is probably the most consistent threat in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', but due to the hydra-headed nature of the Knights of Jove, there's a lot of other significant threats to world peace. Zola in particular has been set up as a serious future threat (and one capable of controlling the Other), and Martellus may be a contender by virtue of [[NotSoHarmlessVillain not being the idiot he seems]].˛* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', has [[EvilOverlord Lord Tedd]], [[HiddenAgendaVillain Pandora Raven]], [[BigBadDuumvirate Sirleck and Magus]] and [[spoiler:formerly]] [[AGodAmI Damien.]]˛* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' originally set up the Black King as the BigBad, but then is killed when [[spoiler:[[TheStarscream Jack]] [[AxCrazy Noir]]]] goes rogue, leaving Act 5 as a struggle between [[spoiler:Jack]], [[ManipulativeBastard Vriska]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist Serket]], and [[TheChessmaster Doc]] [[AffablyEvil Scratch]]. It turns out that [[spoiler:Scratch was manipulating everybody, including the other villains, and sacrifices himself, leaving his master [[EldritchAbomination Lord]] [[MultiversalConqueror English]] as the sole BigBad]]. As of Act 6, [[spoiler:English]] is the only BigBad, since [[spoiler:Jack is being manipulated by him, [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Her]] [[EvilOverlord Imperious]] [[GalacticConqueror Condescension]] is working for him, and [[PsychopathicManchild Cal]][[SmugSnake iborn]] is his past self]]. ˛* In ''Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline'' with Robotnik driven insane several characters have taken the place of the BigBad: [[OmnicidalManiac Dr. Zachary]], [[TheDon Don Long-Legs]], head of [[TheMafia The Family]], [[spoiler:[[EvilGenius Grimer]]]], [[spoiler:[[OmnicidalManiac Dr. Robotnik]]]] and [[spoiler:[[TheEmpire The Drakon Empire]]]].˛* In ''WebComic/SluggyFreelance'', the most significant threats have been the evil corporation Hereti-Corp, bent on TakingOverTheWorld and later threatening to cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and K'Z'K, a demon who's also into both of those things. Beings in charge of the threads of fate are shown fearing that Hereti-Corp coming in contact with the cult of K'Z'K is going to collapse the whole fate-web somehow.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Original]]˛* The ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' has a ridiculous number of potential {{Big Bad}}s. The most prominent is [[TheFaceless Hekate's Master]], but there's also [[EvilSorceress Lady Jettatura]], [[AIIsACrapshoot The Palm]], [[EvilSorcerer Necromancer]], [[WhatMeasureIsaNonHuman Dr. Emil Hammond]], [[TheSyndicate Dominus]] and whatever Bladedancer saw in her [[DreamingofThingstoCome dream]], plus dozens of smaller bads. The only reason the world didn't implode by now is because there's also a ridiculous amount of heroes and other elements to balance things out. In particular, in "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl", Hekate and The Necromancer team up to attack Team Kimba. Hekate is stuck hiding in a magical bunker, and The Necromancer is using her talents since it's his bunker: he owes Hekate's Master a huge favor. And this leads to another supervillain stepping in, during the big battles, and the Necromancer doesn't like him, so things get confusing.˛* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'':˛** At the start, there is ''three'' {{Big Bad}}s, all of them supervillains bent on control over the city of Brockton Bay. First there's Kaiser of [[ThoseWackyNazis Empire Eighty-Eight]], a Neo-Nazi organization that, thanks to his prolific recruiting, is one of the single largest parahuman groups in the country. Second is Lung, an Asian gang-leader with the power to turn into a dragon, who relies upon this, a few parahuman underlings, and a small army of gang members to hold his own. Finally, there is Coil, a DiabolicalMastermind with a ''literal'' private army of mercenaries, who has declared war upon Kaiser and has even greater long term plans. All three hate each other. ˛** As the story goes on, however, its perspective expands, and we are introduced to the world-scale {{Big Bad}}s, of which there are also three. First are the Endbringers, a group of three {{Kaiju}} with ruinously powerful superpowers which are bent on destroying humanity for unknown reasons. Second is the Slaughterhouse 9, a group of psychopathic superpowered murderers who are predicted to be the ones to cause the end of the world. Finally, there is Cauldron, a NebulousEvilOrganisation with the ability to create a SuperSerum which it has leveraged to [[spoiler:gain control over the majority of the most powerful heroes in the world,]] and whose ends remain unknown.˛* Due to lack of concrete canon ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' managed to amass a large number of them. Varying from various SCP, especially of Keter and Apollyon class, to a number of Groups of Interest like Marshall, Carter and Dark Ltd., the Black Queen, Chaos Insurgency, Church of a Broken God, Sarkic Cults, Global Occult Coalition, the Factory or the Fifth Church, not to mention recurring greater-scope threats like the Fairies, the Scarlet King or the Hanged King.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Videos]]˛* ''WebVideo/EverymanHYBRID'': [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos The Slender Man]], [[WebOriginal/TheRake The Rake]], and [[BodySnatcher HABIT]]˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Western Animation]]˛* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Burns]], [[VileVillainSaccharineShow Sideshow Bob]] and [[KnightTemplar Russ Cargill]] (from [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie the movie]]). Sure, Burns might be the most influential villain in Homer's life, but Bob is the most dangerous and active threat to the Simpsons.˛* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' had The Lich, Gumbald and GOLB, since they served as the most prominent threats of the entire series. Other villains served as antagonists for a respective Arc or subplot such as Lemongrab, Orgalorg, Dr. Gross and the Vampire King. The Ice King manages to be a partial example, since he was the BigBad in Season 1.˛* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' started out with one BigBad, Tombstone, but gained more as it went on in the form of Doc Ock, Green Goblin, and Venom. [[spoiler: Hammerhead thinks he's another one in the second season's Gang War arc, but he was just Green Goblin's UnwittingPawn all along.]]˛* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' starts out with only Wuya as the BigBad, but adds Chase Young and Hannibal Roy Bean in successive seasons, with the various alliances between the villains changing almost every episode by season 3. Technically, one could call Jack Spicer a BigBad in his own right after Wuya ditches him, but he mostly ends up getting manipulated by the other villains. [[spoiler:Taken in a literal sense in the finale, when all the villains line up at the heroes' doorstep.]]˛* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' initially had the BigBadDuumvirate of [[MagnificentBastard Xanatos]] and [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Demona]], but after they went their separate ways and new villains of BigBad caliber such as [[EvilSorcerer the Archmage]], [[EvilTwin Thailog]], [[TheFairFolk Oberon]], and [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Castaway]] were introduced it ended up like this.˛* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':˛** The "200/201" episodes has the celebrity alliance (with Tom Cruise, Rob Reiner, and Barbara Streisand being the foremost of them) and the Ginger Kids led by [[spoiler:Scott Tenorman]].˛** The BigDamnMovie, ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', has [[KnightTemplarParent Sheila Broflovski]], [[BastardBoyfriend Saddam Hussein]], and {{Satan}}. [[{{Irony}} Satan actually manages to be the most sympathetic of them all]].˛** Season 20 has [[{{Troll}} Skankhunt42]] (aka [[spoiler: Gerald]]), [[SadistTeacher Mr. Garrison]], [[OmnicidalManiac Lennart Bedrager]], and [[NostalgiaAintLikeItUsedToBe the Member Berries]]. As the season progressed however, the Member Berries started taking control of Garrison, which leads to [[RealLifeWritesThePlot him winning the election]] & them becoming OutOfFocus and Skankhunt got held captive by Bedrager & [=TrollTrace=]. These events would lead to Garrison & Skankhunt to go through {{Heel Face Turn}}s and leave Bedrager to be the sole BigBad of the season.˛** Season 21 has [[EnfantTerrible Eric Cartman]] and [[PresidentEvil President Garrison]]. The former has returned to his [[TheSociopath Sociopathic]] {{Jerkass}} self, is emotionally abusing his girlfriend Heidi, and manipulating her into staying with him by feeding her junk food and corrupting her with his Anti-Semitic beliefs, turning her into [[spoiler: his DistaffCounterpart]]. The latter becomes a SerialRapist towards his staff, sends tweets challenging North Korea inadvertently killing children along the way, [[spoiler: nukes Canada]] because of tensions caused by Kyle's Millennials Against Canada group, and in the season finale, [[spoiler: the residents hunt him down to turn him in to Justin Trudeau,]] while he lurks around South Park like the creature from IT.˛** Season 22 has [[GlobalWarming ManBearPig]] and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Jeff Bezos]]. The former is parallel to Global Warming, committing large scale massacres and killing [[HeroKiller Satan]], while the latter is the CEO of Amazon who opens his fulfillment center in South Park to close down many businesses and take control of the town.˛* Very much so in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. The show starts with a mass supervillain breakout, and while most of these villains are essentially [[EliteMooks powerful mooks]], several of them are of BigBad calibre, such as Baron von Strucker, Baron Zemo, and the Leader- to say nothing of villains who weren't imprisoned at all, like Loki and Kang the Conqueror. All of these guys have distinct agendas; sometimes they work together, more often they are at cross-purposes. Ultimately, it was revealed that [[spoiler: Loki was directly or indirectly behind everything except Kang, cementing him as ''the'' BigBad]].˛** [[spoiler: The second season is similar, though with Alien Empires being the big bads in this scenario. The first are the Skrull, and the other major one is the Kree (who are also fighting each other, of course). Then all of a sudden, Galactus arrives.]]˛* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': The most active villain throughout the first season was [[KnightOfCerebus Professor Pericles]], but the finale revealed that [[spoiler: Mayor Jones]] was the true instigator of the plot, and had been manipulating the gang throughout the season.˛* ''WesternAnimation/HotWheelsBattleForce5'' has had at least two {{Big Bad}}s per season. Season 1 has Kalus leading the Vandals and Zemerik leading the Sark as the main villains. Season 2 introduced the Red Sentients lead by Krytus, [[BigGood Sage's]] EvilTwin brother, as a third BigBad. While Zemerik was pushed aside somewhat, he still remained a main threat. Now, only the Red Sentients remain, but [[VaguenessIsComing Sage states something]] ''[[FromBadToWorse worse]]'' than her brother is coming and a Sark {{Cult}} called the Alpha-Code has shown up, implying that season three will also have one with at least these two groups.˛* Elmyra and Montana Max in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''.˛* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' has Megatron, the [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Tripredacus Council]], and [[spoiler:[[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers the original Megatron]]]], though the latter two get far less screen time than the first. Also [[OutsideContextProblem the Vok]].˛* In another ''Transformers'' example, there's ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' season 2 -- while Megatron is recognized as the main villain, [[TerroristsWithoutACause Silas]] and [[spoiler: [[DangerousDeserter Airachnid]]]] have taken on equal standing as threats, with the role of TheHeavy shifting between them depending on the episode. [[spoiler: Starscream]] is also running around independently, but with his recent string of bad luck he's more of a cross between a BigBadWannabe and a WildCard. However, by the end of the season, [[spoiler: Starscream has rejoined Megatron's command, Airachnid is frozen in a stasis pod for the majority of the remainder of the series, and MECH is wiped out and Silas eventually dies as a result of his own actions,]] leaving Megatron as the sole BigBad.˛* The second season of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' had Megatron as the main villain, but Starscream was also running amuck and causing trouble for all sides during the season and poised a serious threat to ''anyone'' who crossed him. There was also Porter C. Powell, the greedy businessman who seized control of Sumdac Systems from Sari, causing a lot of trouble for the Autobots. Meltdown, a mad scientist, was also chief among the human antagonists, performing amoral genetic experiments and being the first human supervillain to pose a direct threat to the Autobots. Rogue bounty hunter Lockdown was also very dangerous, very personal threat to the Autobots for the duration of the series despite the rarity of his appearances.˛* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' did this in its fourth season, with a number of villainous characters attempting to fill the power vacuum left after [[BigBad the Shredder]] was exiled to a deserted asteroid by [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien the Utroms]]. The BigBadDuumvirate of [[SuperSoldier Agent Bishop]] and [[MadScientist Baxter Stockman]] were TheHeavy throughout most of the season, with the Shredder's adopted daughter Karai (having inherited her "father"'s trademark armor) and DragonAscendant Hun occasionally swooping in for a shot at the heroes, as well. Bishop's artificial plague, once he loses control of it, necessitating a [[EnemyMine teamup]] with the Turtles to stop it, might count as well, even though it's not sentient. The season finale also revealed the Foot Mystics, who until that point were assumed to just be EliteMooks, had their own agenda, as well.˛* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' the first villains the Turtles face are the Kraang, followed by the Shredder's Foot Clan. While the former are the most dangerous to the planet as a whole, the Shredder is the most personal foe the Turtles face. The Rat King briefly had a tenure as this since he poised as much a threat to the world as the Kraang and the Foot in his sparse appearances. The Triceraton Empire, introduced in the third season finale, outright [[spoiler: wipes out the Kraang]] and takes over as the main antagonists for the first half of Season 4, and upon their defeat, Shredder is left as the sole BigBad [[spoiler: until his death in the season finale.]] The final season, which is told in the form of several arcs as opposed to one season-long one, features several antagonists for each arc.˛* Though most seasons of the ''Franchise/Ben10'' franchise only have one BigBad per season, season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' ends up aligning no less than three {{Big Bad}}s fighting or scheming against each other: [[ArchEnemy Vilgax]], [[KnightTemplar Sir George]] (though he turned out to be a good guy opposing Ben), and [[EldritchAbomination Diagon]].˛* The two most important villains in ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' are Edwin Alva, the CorruptCorporateExecutive responsible for the industrial accident that released the gas which created the Bang Babies, and Ebon, a [[GangBangers gang leader]] mutated by the gas who gained the ability to [[CastingAShadow control darkness]]. Alva will stop at nothing to obliterate any evidence of his involvement, Ebon will stop at nothing to gain control of all metahuman crime in the city, and as such they represent very different types of threat for Static to face. Surprisingly, it's Alva who [[EvilerThanThou loses out]], genuinely repenting out of gratitude for Static saving his son's life, and Ebon becomes the sole BigBad from that point until the finale.˛* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':˛** Book 1 started the trend of having multiple competing villains with [[MalevolentMaskedMen Amon]] and his [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters chi-blocking Equalists]] being the most visible threat Korra faces while also contending with local CorruptPolitician Tarrlok, who has his own designs on Republic City but is also opposed to Amon. [[spoiler: After Korra discovers Tarrlok is actually a powerful bloodbender and the son of a notorious gangster Aang defeated previously, Tarrlok takes her captive and tries to flee Republic City, but [[VillainousRescue is stopped by Amon]], who takes away his bending and then takes Tarrlok prisoner, leaving him as the sole villain for the season finale.]]˛** Book 2 has the Dark Spirits, renegade spirits on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against humanity due to [[spoiler:Tonraq desecrating their sacred forest]], Unalaq, the dictator of the Northern Water Tribe who seeks to conquer the South and forcibly convert them to spirituality, and [[spoiler:Varrick, a CorruptCorporateExecutive MagnificentBastard who is playing both sides of the North/South conflict and ensuring it escalates into all out war so he can make a profit selling weapons to both sides]].˛*** However, the overarching BigBad of Book 2 turns out to be [[spoiler:Vaatu]], as Unalaq's true intentions for bringing troops to the South was to [[spoiler:release Vaatu and unleash armageddon]].˛** Book 3 has Zaheer and the Red Lotus vs. Earth Queen Hou-Ting. [[spoiler:Once they meet, it ends badly for Hou-Ting, who was easily defeated and got asphyxiated.]]˛* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' starts off with the Gem Monsters and later reveals [[spoiler: the Homeworld Gems]]. While the Gem Monsters pose a danger to Beach City, [[spoiler: The Homeworld Gems are the reason for the Crystal Gems protecting it, and drove them off their world]]. In season 3, [[spoiler:Jasper, a Homeworld Quartz soldier, becomes a RogueAgent and becomes an independent main antagonist]].˛* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'':˛** A brief, yet unique example with Rushu and [[spoiler: Qilby]] that occurs in the final episodes of the second season, as it occurs after their alliance.˛** The [=OVAs=] have Lady Echo and Ogrest, although the former isn't confronted by any of the Brotherhood of the Tofu, besides Adamaï, and is only a BigBad because she commands her organization, whose members have the most conflict with the Brotherhood during the [=OVAs=]' events.˛* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice Invasion'' has [[WellIntentionedExtremist The Light]] and [[AlienInvasion The Reach]]. While it starts as a BigBadDuumvirate, with the two working together, the former wanting to turn Earth into an intergalactic superpower and the latter wanting to use metahumans to expand their empire. However, by the end it becomes an ensemble, as it's revealed that The Light planned to betray The Reach the entire time, while [[TheDragon Black Beetle]] becomes the DragonAscendant after The Ambassador is captured and plans to destroy Earth.˛* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'':˛** Season One and Two has [[BigBadWannabe Ludo]], [[DragonInChief Toffee]], and [[KnightTemplar Miss Heinous]] of St. Olga's Reform School of Wayward Princesses. Ludo is bent on stealing Star's wand to take over the universe, while Miss Heinous seeks to annihilate Marco for his uprising against her institute. Toffee overshadows them all, though, usurping and eventually possessing Ludo as part of [[spoiler: a grand revenge scheme against Moon Butterfly and Mewni, probably followed by Mewman genocide had Star not entered a SuperMode and vaporized him in the moment of his victory]].˛** Following [[spoiler:Toffee’s death and Ludo taking himself out of the game]], Season Three continues Miss Heinous’s path and introduces [[LadyOfBlackMagic Queen Eclipsa]]. Now free, Eclipsa is influencing Star and is implied to have big plans for the kingdom (although it’s presently unclear if she is truly evil or just misunderstood). Miss Heinous discovers [[spoiler:she is Meteora Butterfly Eclipsa’s long lost half-monster daughter]], pushing her into new and far greater reaching aims and powers. [[spoiler: This is ultimately subverted when it's revealed that Eclipsa was never truly evil to begin with and Meteora is left as the sole Big Bad.]] ˛* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Candace Flynn. While [[WhiteAndGreyMorality neither is particularly evil]], Doofenshmirtz's inept attempts to take over THE ENTIRE! TRI-STATE AREA! and Candace's attempts to get her brothers in trouble are the source of most of the conflicts in the series. However, Doofenshmirtz falls squarely into BigBadWannabe territory.˛* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' have Gargamel as probably the most recurrent villain, but other antagonists like Hogatha, Chlorhydris and especially Balthazar represent menacing foes in a lot of episodes. They also tend to team-up often. ˛* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' had Shere Khan as the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive ruthless business tycoon]] of Cape Suzette, Don Karnage and the {{Sky Pirate}}s as the more [[AlwaysChaoticEvil chaotic evil]] and Col. Spigot as the [[LaughablyEvil funny dimwitted]] [[DirtyCommunists foreign enemy]] and [[LawfulEvil bureaucratically blinded]].˛* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' at first has only Duke Igthorn as the recurrent villain (although some episodes don't featured him at all), but other recurring villains are introduced in later seasons, like the Trolls and Lady Bane.˛* The two main antagonists from ''WesternAnimation/BumpInTheNight'' were Destructo, a toy robot who militantly enforces the rules and often goes after Mr. Bumpy when he breaks them, and the Closet Monster, a living pile of dirty clothes who frequently tries to devour the main characters.˛* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' ([[SamuraiJack/TropesSeason5 Season 5]]) has Aku, the High Priestess and [[spoiler:Inner Jack/Mad Jack]]. Aku no longer gives a hoot about Jack, so it's up to the High Priestess to be Jack's primary opponent in Season 5. [[spoiler: As for Inner Jack/Mad Jack, he has been unconsciously haunting Jack in the decades since he lost his sword and the last time portal was destroyed, driving him to acts of violence, making him lose all hope in his cause, and even nearly driving Jack to suicide. While he is in many respects a product of Aku's scheming, he ultimately caused as much harm to Jack by himself as Aku ever did. He effectively serves as the DiscOneFinalBoss of Season 5, and Jack cannot defeat or even fight Aku until he beats Mad Jack.]]˛* Season 9 of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ninjago}}'' will feature both [[spoiler: The resurrected, soulless, newly-crowned Emperor Garmadon]] leading the Sons of Garmadon against [[spoiler: Lloyd's resistance composed of the Elemental Masters, PIXAL, Nya, Misako and Dareth,]] and a new villain called The Iron Baron who leads the Dragon Hunters against [[spoiler: Kai, Jay, Zane, Cole, a de-aged Master Wu, and the dragons in the Realm of Oni and Dragon]]. Their goals don't appear to align, nor do they meet each other in this season.˛* ''WesternAnimation/StretchArmstrongAndTheFlexFighters'' features the rival villainous factions of Stretch Monster and the Tech Men, but their rivalry doesn't really become evident until season two, where it becomes a major plot point. ˛* ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes'' averts this in the first season; while there are other, less-prominently-featured villains around (such as Shadowy Figure and Professor Venomous & Fink), Lord Boxman is the pretty clearly main antagonist. The second and third seasons, however, play this straight as more characters begin to rise in prominence:˛** In the second season, Boxman and Venomous form a permanent alliance to threaten the main characters together as a BigBadDuumvirate, but their Duumvirate forms an Ensemble with Foxtail, the leader of P.O.I.N.T. who serves as the ArcVillain of the mid-season five-episode P.O.I.N.T. Prep arc, and is also the main antagonist of the season finale (which is a follow-up to said arc). At the end of the season, though, Foxtail has a HeelRealization and changes her ways.˛** The third season starts with the Boxman-Venomous Duumvirate as the main villains once again, but the aforementioned Shadowy Figure rises in prominence and becomes another branch of the Ensemble as discovering his goals and real identity become the main focus of the season. [[spoiler:He's revealed to be the SplitPersonality [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Turbo]] form of Venomous (who was unaware of his existence), with goals and motivations separate from his, and ends up becoming the final BigBad of the series by [[SplitPersonalityTakeover taking over Venomous's body]], ousting Boxman from the company as "Shadowy Venomous", and convincing [[SuperpoweredEvilSide T.K.O.]] (who himself took over K.O.'s body) to work with him]].˛[[/folder]]˛----


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