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  • 48 Hrs.: Albert Ganz, an escaped prisoner killing anybody between him and his hidden loot.
  • 1990: The Bronx Warriors: The Vice President, who wants the daughter of the late president captured and brought under his thumb.

  • Alice, Sweet Alice: Mrs. Tredoni, who kills anybody she feels is a sinner.
  • The Alien franchise has the titular creatures, or Xenomorphs, with each movie featuring several different beasts though there are few human antagonists with Weyland-Yutani and the Engineers serving as Greater-Scope Villain:
    • Alien: The Xenomorph killing the crew.
  • American Beauty: Colonel Frank Fitts, who spends the entire film abusing everybody around him and eventually commits murder to hide his repressed sexuality.
  • American Justice: Sheriff Payden, who makes his police department into a protection racket.
  • Most of the Amityville films have the haunted house or an object from it acting as the main villain, The Amityville Curse has a human villain: Frank, who murdered his illegitimate father in the past, memories of which are driving him to kill again.
  • Audition: Asami Yamazaki, a Yandere willing to torture those who play with her feelings.
  • Axeman: The Axeman of Cutter's Creek, a large man who kills people for fun.

  • Barbarella: Durand Durand is threatening the universe with an innovative weapon he created; he fled Earth and Barbarella's mission is to find him and bring him back. Later it turns out he wants to use his weapon to conquer the universe.
  • The Black 6: Thor, a biker gang leader who kills black men over interracial relationships.
  • Black Sunday: Princess Asa Vajda, a wicked sorceress brought Back from the Dead as a vampire to avenge her execution.
  • Blade: Deacon Frost, an upstart vampire who wants to resurrect the Blood God so bloodsuckers can rule the Earth.
  • The Blob (1958): The Blob, who falls to the Earth and immediately starts absorbing people.
    • The Blob (1988): Dr. Christopher Meddows, who created the Blob and is willing to sacrifice an entire town to test it.
  • Blood & Donuts: The unnamed crime boss harassing Earl.
  • Blood Cult: Dr. White, leader of a cult that is trying to resurrect its dog god.
  • Blood Feast: Fuad Ramses, a madman who butchers women to awaken the goddess he worships.
  • Blood of Beasts: Sven, a viking warrior plotting a coup against his chieftain.
  • Bloodwine: Carmilla, a vampire who makes and sells wine that turns others.
  • Bubba the Redneck Werewolf: The Devil, real name Bladderick Rasputinstein the Third, Jr., who caused Bubba's lycanthropy curse and seeks to cause chaos in Cracker County.
  • A Bucket of Blood: Walter Paisley, a nerdy waiter willing to kill to become a good artist.
  • The Burning: Cropsy, a disfigured madman out to kill everybody to avenge his injuries.

  • Cannibal! The Musical: Shannon Bell, who is driven mad by hunger and a brain infection and starts killing his traveling party.
  • Carnival of Souls: The Man, a being that's been haunting Mary since her car crash so he can claim her soul.
  • Casablanca: Major Heinrich Strasser, Nazi governor of occupiedCasablanca.
  • Cast a Deadly Spell: Amos Hackshaw, a warlock willing to sacrifice his own daughter to the Old Ones to start the apocalypse.
  • Cloud Atlas: Most characters played by Hugo Weaving. He's a murderous hitman in 1973, an oppressive battleaxe nurse in 2012, a politician who signs Sonmi's death warrant in 2144 and in 2321, he's literally the devil. Characters played by him that are not be big bads of their era are still villainous to a degree, being a slave trader in 1849 and a Nazi in 1936. The big bad for 1849 goes instead to the greedy Dr. Goose played by Tom Hanks, while in 1936 there is no clear antagonist - most of the drama comes from the relationship between Frobisher and Sixsmith.
  • Cold Sweat: Colonel Ross, who was betrayed to prison by our hero and kidnaps his family in revenge.
  • Collateral Damage: Claudio Perrini, a terrorist willing to destroy anybody to get the Americans out of Columbia.
  • Coming Soon: Shomba, the villain of the film within a film "Evil Spirit" who ends up haunting others in real life.
  • The Conjuring:
    • In the first film, Bathsheba, a satanist who sacrificed her baby and hanged herself after being discovered who wants to possess living mothers to sacrifice their children too.
  • Conquest: Ocron, a mad queen who rules a wasteland with an iron fist.
  • Criminally Insane: Ethel Janowski, a madwoman who kills anybody who gets between her and food.
  • The Crow: Top Dollar, who is not only responsible for killing Eric Draven, but came up with the debauched chaos of Devil's Night in the first place.
  • C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America: Each John Ambrose Fauntroy, as they head a family dynasty that's considered "American royalty" and are responsible for all the political and cultural direction undertaken by the Confederacy. For instance, it was the influence of the first John Ambrose Fauntroy that resulted in the North embracing slavery.
  • Cure: Kunihiko Mamiya, a hypnotist who makes other people commit incredibly brutal murders.

  • Wonder Woman (2017): Ares, with an ironic twist. Diana initially assumes that he's the Big Bad in the sense of being behind absolutely every bit of evil of the First World War, since she assumes humans are Always Lawful Good and wouldn't do such things otherwise. The reality is quite a shock to her, particularly the part about Ares not technically interfering with human free will. Nevertheless, he is the Big Bad. He's responsible for the Death of the Old Gods and the backstory of the Amazons, which by itself would make him the Greater-Scope Villain. He's also The Man Behind the Man for the weapons of mass destruction developed by the Germans and the prolonging of the war. (And maybe its start as well, just more subtly than Diana assumed.)
  • Aquaman (2018): Orm, who seeks to gather enough military might to launch an assault on the surface world.
  • Death Screams: Casey, who kills teenagers who have sex under a misguided sense of morality.
  • Demolition Man: Simon Phoenix, an anarchistic terrorist let loose on a pacifist future.
  • Django: Major Jackson, local leader of The Klan who's vying for control of the town.
  • Dogma: Azrael, who manipulated Bartleby and Loki into attempting reentry into Heaven, which would overrule the word of God and unmake existence.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: The unnamed maniac killing anybody entering his woods.
  • Don't Open Till Christmas: Giles Harrison, who kills men dressed as Santa to give his brother an interesting case.
  • Doom: Dr. Carnack, who is responsible for the experiments that caused the outbreak in the first place.

  • Edward Scissorhands: Jim, Kim's scummy boyfriend who grows increasingly violent in his jealousy.
  • Enemy Mine: Stubbs, an illegal mine owner who enslaves aliens.
  • Escape from New York: The Duke, who has taken control of the New York City prison and inholding the President hostage.
  • The Evil: Satan, the evil force trapped in the house.
  • Evil Dead: The Evil Force controlling the Deadites.
  • Evil Laugh: Sadie Burns, who is killing everybody to prevent the orphanage where he son committed mass murder-suicide from reopening.
  • Excalibur; Morgana le Fey, Arthur's sister who uses black magic and feminine wiles to destroy Camelot.

  • Faust: Mephisto, who tempts Faust into giving up his soul on a bet with an angel.
  • Final Exam: The unnamed killer stalking the college.
  • Fire with Fire: David Hagan, a neo-Nazi gang leader pursuing a witness to his crimes.
  • Fist of Legend: General Fujita, the Imperial Japanese officer who had Chen Zhen's master killed.
  • Fright Night (1985): Jerry Dandrige, a vampire who lives next to the protagonist and seeks to feed on people around their neighborhood.

  • Grave of the Vampire: Charles Croydon, the vampire who raped the hero's mom and is responsible for his half-undead curse.

  • Hawk the Slayer: Voltan, Hawk's brother, who killed their father for the Mindstone and is now holding a bunch of nuns hostage to do the same.
  • The Hebrew Hammer: Damien Claus, who has killed his father and taken over his job as Santa Claus to destroy Chanukah and Kwanzaa.
  • High&Low: Ginjiro Takeuchi, a kidnapper of children.
  • The Hitcher: John Ryder, a hitchhiker who kills those who pick him up.
  • Housebound: Dennis, who committed the plot-driving murder.

  • I'm Gonna Git You Sucka: Mr. Big is in charge of all crime in the city and he doesn't like people asking questions about him. When they do, he sends his thugs around to shut them up.
  • The Invitation: Dr. Joseph, a cult leader who believes the best solution to grief is murder-suicide.
  • Ip Man: General Miura, the leader of the Japanese forces occupying Ip Man's village and the one who challenges him to a martial arts match.
  • Ironclad: King John, who seeks to bring England back under his rule after reluctantly signing the Magna Carta.


  • Kick-Ass: Frank D'Amico, who is responsible for much of the crime in the city as well as being the one who framed Big Daddy and sent him to jail.
  • Kung Fury: Adolf Hitler, the Kung Fuhrer, who has come forward in time to battle Kung Fury for his power.

  • Legend (1985): The Lord of Darkness, who wants to kill all the unicorns and consume the world in ice.
  • The Lizzie McGuire Movie: Paolo Valisari, a young and charming pop star who uses Lizzie's resemblance to his ex girlfriend/singing partner to ruin her reputation.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Dark Lord Sauron is the primary driver of the plot. As the trilogy begins, he is poised to conquer all of Middle-Earth, and his victory will become assured if he captures the One Ring. He kick-starts the plot by sending the Ring-Wraiths to take the Ring from Frodo, he corrupts Saruman into attacking Rohan and kidnapping two of the heroes in the second film, and he musters a massive force to attack Gondor (and is mentioned in dialogue to be attacking all other good-aligned nations) in the third film. The plot isn't resolved until the Ring is destroyed, killing Sauron and leaving his forces leaderless and easily routed.

  • Mars Attacks!: The Martian Emperor, who has ordered his planet's armies to destroy the Earth.
  • Mean Girls: Regina George, the Alpha Bitch of the school, who controls the social scene with an iron fist.
  • Miami Connection: Yashiro the White Ninja, who is trying to take over the Miami drug trade.
  • Monsieur Verdoux: Henri Verdoux, who marries and murders women to care for his family.
  • Mortal Engines: In a change from the novels, Thaddeus Valentine is the sole example here. He plans to recover MEDUSA and use it on the rest of the world to make London pre-eminent, murders Pandora and Crome when they try to stand against him and is ultimately responsible for the devastating attack on Shan Guo.


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