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  • The one responsible for trapping Ib and Garry in the Cursed Gallery is Mary, the little girl encountered in the gallery who tags along with them (and possibly the Cursed Gallery itself, depending on your viewpoint). Mary is actually the Mad Artist Guertena’s last creation, and acts as the boss to the others, but “A Painting’s Demise” heavily implies that the Gallery is making her do it to replace herself as the Gallery master before it will let her leave.
  • Iconoclasts: Mother is the leader of the One Concern who is responsible for the despotic tyranny it is subjecting the world to. After her death, Emmet Darland takes over and tries to stop the heroes from reaching the moon; once they do, the Starworm becomes the final threat who tries to destroy the world for its Ivory.
  • Imscared: White Face, also known as HER and Ivan Zanotti, is the mysterious entity that hijacks the game to torment the player. Given that the game is merely a completely empty walking simulator with no threat whatsoever, it can be said that White Face is responsible for literally everything in the game except the Player downloading it (which in itself is debatable, given that White Face claims the name of the developer as its own.)
  • InFamous: Kessler is the leader of the First Sons, creator of the Ray Sphere weapon, and responsible for just about all the events that happened in the game's past and present, in an effort to make sure Cole, his past self, is strong enough to defeat the Beast.
    • inFAMOUS 2: A Big Bad Ensemble between Joseph Bertrand III, the leader of the Militia and the source of the Corrupted monsters, and The Beast/John White, a powerful Conduit who aims to activate the powers of any remaining Conduits to help them survive, at the cost of dooming the rest of the human species.
    • inFAMOUS: Second Son: Brooke Augustine is the director of the DUP and the driving force behind the continued war against Conduits, having them imprisoned and experimented upon in a twisted attempt to protect them.
    • inFAMOUS: First Light: Shane Boomer is a drug lord that forces Fetch to work for him and build up his criminal empire by holding her brother hostage.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us has High Councilor Superman, an Alternate Universe version of Superman that crossed the Despair Event Horizon after the Joker killed his family and was driven to become an Evil Overlord.
  • Insanity: Dr. Shigeki Murai is the man stalking the kids in the mansion and trying to kill them so he can revive his loved ones.

    J 
  • The last episode of Jack French reveals that Vince was the serial killer of that episode, and that he killed Nami from episode 1 as well.
  • Jade Empire plays with this trope: Death's Hand first appears to be a bad guy acting on his own, but then it is revealed that he has been acting on Emperor Sun Hai's orders and the Emperor was the one who set up the death of the Water Dragon and the upsetting of the balance in the first place. However, it is widely rumored that Death’s Hand is corrupting the Emperor and the true power behind The Empire. This is untrue, as Sun Hai is in control. However, once you defeat the Emperor, your kindly old Master Li wanders in, reveals that this was all part of his Evil Plan to get vengeance on his brother Sun Hai, and kills you, and it turns out that he was actually the mastermind behind the massacre at Dirge, as well as the Final Boss of the game.
  • From Jak and Daxter:
  • Mizar, a.k.a. Tribal leader Jeff's long-lost brother Barry, in Jet Force Gemini.
  • Just Cause: Each game has the villain be a dictator that Rico Rodriguez must defeat in order to liberate the country they're oppressing.
    • Just Cause 1 has Sans Esperito's dictator, General Mendoza.
    • Just Cause 2 has Panau's dictator, Pandak "Baby" Panay.
    • Just Cause 3 has Sebastiano Di Ravello, dictator of Medici.
    • Just Cause 4 has Oscar Espinosa. He's not only the dictator of Solis, but the employer behind the Black Hand and the one responsible for the murder of Rico's father.
  • In Justice League Heroes: The Flash, Braniac is the one who united the villains and unleashed the robot army.
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    K 
  • KAIMA: Prince Vido is the murderer of his sister, Princess Ezel, to usurp the throne, and is the one destroying the world by sucking out all its energy. Except he is actually doing it to seal Ezel, who's been eating the world's subjects all along and wants to destroy the world herself. Upon being released, Ezel becomes the main threat.
  • Kao the Kangaroo: In the first and second game, it's the Hunter who captures Kao's friends. In the third game, it's the Volcano God (or "the fiery guy") who unleashes lava monsters onto the island.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising has Medusa, the Big Bad of the original Kid Icarus. At least for the first third of the game. Then it's revealed that she was just a pawn for Hades.
  • Killer Instinct.
    • Gargos in KI2 and KI 2013 (Season 3)
    • AIRA in KI 2013 (Season 2)
  • Kinder: Yuuichi Mizuoka is the cause of the town’s horrific transformation and the one who forces the other kids into the Friends Game.
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance: Istvan Toth, a Hungarian nobleman serving King Sigismund of Luxembourg who raises a bandit army to seize control of Sasau and the surrounding environs as his own personal domain.
  • The Kingdom Hearts series has the scientist turned madman Master Xehanort serving as the main Big Bad. While by the first game's timeline he is long gone, aspects of him serve as villains of almost every game in the series. There are others. The list of villains in each game is as follows:
    • Ansem, Seeker of Darkness AKA Xehanort's Heartless,in Kingdom Hearts manipulates Maleficent along with her legion of Disney Villains to gather up the seven Princess of Hearts in order to unlock Kingdom Hearts.
    • Marluxia in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories orders Namine to wipe out Sora's memories in order to use him as pawn to overthrow the Organization. The Reverse/Rebirth has Ansem again, who tries to retake his possession of Riku after Sora initially destroys him in the first game.
    • Xehanort's Nobody, Xemnas, leader of Organization XIII in Kingdom Hearts II, who intends to exploit Sora's Keyblade in order to gather enough hearts for the artificial Kingdom Hearts.
    • It's up in the air who the Big Bad of 358/2 Days is due to all but the very end playing out like a Villain Episode. Xemnas appears, but he is mostly removed from the action and it is not until the end of the game that he starts to become a threat. Saïx is the best candidate as he is a more direct antagonist. The Heartless themselves may also serve as candidates considering that they are the primary enemies and are not being led by anyone else.
    • In Coded, the Big Bad turns out to be the data version of Sora's Heartless. It serves as the source of the Bug Blox plaguing the datascape and was feeding on the dark data of Data-Heartless slain by Data-Sora to strengthen itself so it can escape into the real world.
    • Master Xehanort himself takes the center stage in the prequel Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. Here, he arranges a showdown between Ventus and Vanitas in order to forge the χ-blade and start another Keyblade War while at the same time, stealing Terra's body in order to gain a youthful body so he can see the results of the war.
    • Young Xehanort in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance sabotages both Sora and Riku's Mark of Mastery Exams in order to turn the former into a clone of Xehanort for the 13th and final member of Master Xehanort's new Organization XIII.
    • Master Xehanort is once again the main villain for the final game of the "Dark Seeker Saga", Kingdom Hearts III, acting upon his plan to forge the χ-blade through a second Keyblade War. The epilogue reveals that Xehanort's Dragon with an Agenda, Braig/Xigbar, is The Man in Front of the Man, being the Master of Masters's sixth apprentice, Luxu, in a new body. He had gotten close to Master Xehanort and used him all for the sake of starting the second Keyblade War to fulfill his master's prophecy and, once Xehanort had served his purpose, reclaim his Keyblade. The Re: Mind DLC further reveals that 75 years prior, the Master of Masters encouraged Xehanort's desire to use the darkness, meaning that Xehanort's fall to darkness and role in starting the Second Keyblade War were all planned by him from the start.
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning's Big Bad is Gadflow, leader of the Tuatha Deohn. Tirnoch is the Greater-Scope Villain and the actual final encounter of the game's main quest. The various factions also feature their own Big Bads of their respective questlines; the House of Ballads has the Maid of Windemere, the Warsworn have Niskaru Lord Khamazandu, the Scholia Arcana has the Dark Empyrean, the Travelers have the Hierophant/Argine of Sun Camp, the House of Sorrows has Saturnyn/King Bisarane, and the House of Valor has Tyr Magnus. The Big Bad of the first DLC, The Legend of Dead Kel, is of course Dead Kel himself, while the second, Teeth of Naros, features Primos Anokatos. Notably, more than a few of these Big Bads (the Maid, Khamazandu, and the Hierophant) can actually be sided with rather than being fought.
  • The King of Fighters varies away from it from time to time, but overall, Orochi is the main Big Bad of the entire series as a whole.
  • Kirby:
    • Kirby's Dream Land: King Dedede, Dream Land's self-proclaimed ruler, is the one who stole all of the denizens' food for himself.
    • Kirby's Adventure: King Dedede again, who this time steals the Star Rod powering the Fountain of Dreams and breaks it into seven pieces. In reality, he's just trying to seal away Nightmare, the real antagonist who wants to turn Dreamland into a realm of nightmares.
    • Kirby's Dream Land 2: Dark Matter is an Eldritch Abomination who possesses King Dedede and attempts to transform Dream Land into a Dark World.
    • Kirby Super Star:
      • Spring Breeze has King Dedede, who, like in the first game, stole all of Dream Land's food.
      • Dyna Blade has the titular Dyna Blade, a giant bird who steals all of Dream Land's crops in order to feed her babies. She does make amends with Kirby by the end of the game, however.
      • Revenge of Meta Knight: Meta Knight uses his Halberd to launch a full-scale takeover of Dream Land, believing it would be better under his rule.
      • Milky Way Wishes: Marx, a supposed friend of Kirby, is the one who causes the Sun and Moon to fight. He manipulates Kirby into summoning Nova so he could stop them, only for Marx to hijack his wish and use it to attempt to conquer Popstar.
    • Kirby's Dream Land 3: Dark Matter's core, Zero, launches an invasion of Popstar, corrupting it and possessing the citizens.
    • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards: Dark Matter's core, Zero, now reincarnated as 02, has set their sites on invading worlds beyond Popstar, beginning with the peaceful land of Ripple Star.
    • Kirby & the Amazing Mirror: Dark Meta Knight is the one who seizes control of Mirror World and traps the real Meta Knight inside the Dimension Mirror. He turns out to be The Dragon to Dark Mind, the true mastermind behind the events of the game.
    • Kirby: Canvas Curse: Drawcia is a Wicked Witch who wants to transform Dream Land into a world made entirely out of paint.
    • Kirby: Squeak Squad: Daroach, the bandit leader of the titular Squeak Squad whom Kirby must get back his strawberry cake from. Daroach later ends up possessed by Dark Nebula, who's the game's Final Boss.
    • Kirby's Epic Yarn: Yin-Yarn is an evil yarn-themed wizard who turns Dream Land and its denizens into yarn and aims to rule over them.
    • Kirby Mass Attack: Necrodeus is the leader of the Skull Gang who wishes to kill Kirby so he may shroud the world in darkness.
    • Kirby's Return to Dream Land: Landia is a four-headed dragon from Halcandra and the one that crashed Magolor's ship to begin with. Only Landia was trying to stop Magolor, who manipulated Kirby and friends into repairing his ship and defeating Landia so he may obtain the Master Crown and conquer the universe.
    • Kirby: Triple Deluxe: Queen Sectonia is the tyrannical queen of Floralia who kidnaps King Dedede after the oppressed People in the Sky attempt to get a legendary hero from Dream Land to save them. However, King Dededetour instead has Dark Meta Knight. Not only is he the Final Boss, but it was the Dimension Mirror (under his influence) that corrupted Queen Sectonia to begin with.
    • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse: Claycia is a sorceress/artist and Elline's former friend who sucks all color and life out of Dream Land. However, she's revealed to have been possessed by Dark Crafter.
    • Kirby: Planet Robobot: President Max Profitt Haltmann is the head of Haltmann Works Company who intends to mechanize Pop Star while stripping of its Star Power. That is, before being betrayed by his own computer Star Dream, who assimilates Haltmann and goes out to annihilate all life in an attempt to meet the President's goal of infinite prosperity.
    • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe: Dark Taranza is instigating the monster rampages throughout the Dream Kingdom. He himself is actually The Dragon to King D-Mind.
    • Kirby's Blowout Blast and Kirby Battle Royale: King Dedede is the final boss, though his antagonistic role is unexplained.
    • Kirby Star Allies: Hyness is the insane leader of the cult of the Jamba Heart who seeks to use the power of the Jamba Heart to revive his "Dark Lord". The Final Boss is said dark lord, Void Termina, who's heavily implied to be the Greater-Scope Villain of the entire series.
    • Super Kirby Clash: Parallel Nightmare is an extradimensional version of the true final boss from Kirby's Adventure, spreading calamity across the Dream Kingdom throughout the game. During the endgame, Aeon Hero/Galacta Knight dispatches Parallel Nightmare and takes over the Big Bad position.
  • Klonoa: Ghadius in Door the Phantomile, The King of Sorrow in Lunatea's Veil, Bagoo in Empire of Dreams, Garlen in Klonoa Beach Volleyball and Dream Champ Tournament, and Tenebrae Hue in Dream Traveler of Noctis Sol.
  • Knights of the Old Republic gets its fair share, with the first having Darth Malak. The second game has Darth Traya, but Darth Nihilus and Sion get their share of screen time as well.
  • Knights of the Temple: Infernal Crusade: Lord Bishop.

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  • L.A. Noire: Big Bad Duumvirate of Dr. Harlan Fontaine and Leland Monroe.
  • La Pucelle has Noir, who seeks the power of Calamity to create a world without humans and demons.
  • Landflix Odyssey has the nameless evil CEO.
  • The Last of Us: In general, the Infected are the main enemy to the human survivors.
    • In Autumn and Winter, David turns out to be the leader of the cannibals that Joel and Ellie are fighting.
    • In the endgame, depending on your viewpoint, either Marlene, leader of the Fireflies who aims to kill Ellie to produce a vaccine for the infection, or Joel himself, who destroys humanity's last hope to save Ellie.
  • The Last Story: Zangurak, until it's revealed that Dagran is the real villain.
  • The AI Director itself in Left 4 Dead is the big bad behind every possible bad thing that happens to the players, especially on Expert difficulty where all it does is punish players for doing badly and slaughtering them for trying to be good.
  • Legacy duology:
  • In the Legacy of Kain series, while the morality of all of the characters is somewhat difficult to determine, by the end of Defiance, it seems to be firmly established that the big bads of the series are the Hylden Lord (and his entire race in general) and the Elder God.
  • Legacy of the Wizard features Keela, the evil King Dragon who was sealed away in the past by the hero's grandfather. However, there are signs of the dragon awakening, for which the entire Worzen family (the hero, his parents, sister and pet) decide venture into a vast subterranean dungeon in order to slay Keela for good.
  • The Legend of Zelda King Ganon/Ganondorf, a Gerudo King turned Demon King, is the Arch-Enemy of Link and Princess Zelda who pursues their various incarnations and seeks the Triforce so he may conquer the Kingdom of Hyrule. Ganon is frequently incapable of not being the Big Bad. By game:
  • A long slew of 'em in The Legend of Dragoon.
    • For the entirety of disc 1, it's the literal Disc-One Final Boss Emperor Doel, leader of Imperial Sandora. Afterwards, focus shifts to the platinum-haired Wingly Lloyd, but he explains that he's working for a mysterious Emperor Diaz, who supposedly died about 11,000 years ago. Cut to the end of disc 3, where it's revealed that Emperor Diaz is actually Dart's father, Zieg Feld, who supposedly died when the Black Monster attacked Neet. Cut to the very end of disc 4, where it's revealed that Zieg was possessed by Melbu Frahma, the leader of the Winglies from over 11,000 years ago, who was cut down by Zieg, who was, in turn, turned to stone. Turns out after all those years, Melbu's spirit was inhabiting Zieg's Red-Eye Dragoon spirit, waiting until the time was right to merge with the Virage Embryo to destroy all of Endiness.
    • The Black Monster seems like one of these, until it's revealed in disc 3 that the so-called "Black Monster" is actually your party member Rose, who's been going around murdering children for over 11,000 years to ensure that the Moon Child never reunites the God of Destruction's body with it's soul.
    • The Virage Embryo is this due to its nature of being the body of the god of destruction, whose primary goal is to exterminate all life on Endiness so Jerkass god Soa can remake the planet.
  • LEGO Adaptation Game:
  • Life Is Strange:
    • Life Is Strange: The kidnapper of Rachel Amber. The primary suspect is Nathan Prescott, popular honors student and son to the influential mogul, Sean Prescott, who kicks off the plot by murdering Chloe- prompting Max to discover her Time Travel powers to save her- and antagonizes Max throughout the story. The other two suspects are David Madsen, Chloe’s paranoid stepfather who serves as the school chief of security, and Francis "Frank" Bowers, an aggressive drug dealer who constantly tries to extort money from Chloe and seems to have a connection with Rachel. Episode 4 ultimately reveals that David and Frank are mostly innocent, while Nathan is the one drugging the girls at Vortex club parties and is responsible for Rachel's disappearance. However, Episode 5 reveals he was doing it under orders from the true mastermind- Mark Jefferson, Max’s beloved teacher and famous photographer, who wanted to satisfy his sick fetishes.
    • Life Is Strange: Before the Storm: Damon Merrick is the local gangster who seeks revenge on Chloe Price and Rachel Amber for burning down his mill, and to that end kidnaps her birth mother Sara. While he was hired to do so by James Amber, Rachel's father, he is using James for his own purposes.
    • The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit: Played with in regards to the two antagonists:
    • Life Is Strange 2: The police as a whole are the main antagonistic force throughout the five episodes, pursuing Sean and Daniel Diaz to arrest them for Daniel's Accidental Murder of a racist cop (which happened when the cop shot their dad). The Diaz brothers' goal is to flee them by going to Puerto Lobos in Mexico.
  • LISA: Dr. Yado is this for the trilogy as a whole, being responsible for the apocalyptic event known as The Flash that turned the world into a hellhole. Each game has its own Big Bad in turn:
    • LISA: The First has Marty Armstrong, the titular Lisa's abusive father who serves as the source of her nightmares, the enemies encountered in her dream world.
    • LISA: The Painful has two main antagonists, although it is initially vague as to whether they are working together or not. The first, and most obvious, is Rando, a Raoh-styled warlord who leads a massive, brutal army and is Brad's main opponent in saving Buddy, who has been kidnapped and delivered to him as the only woman left in the world. Brad also has to deal with Buzzo, an enigmatic warlord who is heavily involved in the Joy trade and is obsessed with psychologically breaking Brad for unclear reasons, though it is not clear what connection, if any, he has with Rando. It's later revealed by both the Joyless ending and the Pain Mode ending that Rando is not a villain at all, but rather a former student and adopted son of Brad's who seeks to repair the world, making Buzzo the true Big Bad. And Buzzo himself (who is implied to be the one who cut off Dusty’s face in the Pain Mode ending) is just The Dragon to Dr. Yado, who created both Joy and the Great Flash (and who is also the Trumpet Man, seemingly an Easter Egg NPC who can be seen hanging around several of Dr. Yado's labs).
    • LISA: The Joyful has the mysterious true ruler of Olathe, Dr. Yado, finally take center stage. After turning a good chunk of the population into Joy Mutants with his Joy pills, he subtly manipulates his daughter Buddy into killing all the remaining Olathe warlords and all other remnants of humanity, then tries to kill her once she is no longer needed to fulfill his dream of ruling a world without humans.
  • Live A Live: Odio/Oersted, a knight-turned-demon king who incarnates throughout the game as the final boss of each chapter save the one detailing his Start of Darkness. The Big Bad of Oersted's own chapter is Straybow, who is simply tired of being second best to Oersted and orchestrated his fall.
  • Lonely Wolf Treat: The prejudiced town bunnies in general , who antagonize Treat and prevent her from lviign a good life, are this, but especially Juju, Mochi's cousin who acts the most antagonistically towards Treat and Moxie.
  • Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven has Kaiser Sein, who turned a once prosperous kingdom into a tyrannical empire that wages countless wars so he can claim God's power by enslaving his seven daughters, the Artemsias.
  • Lost Dimension has The End, a mysterious man SEALED is trying to stop.
  • Lost Eden: Moorkus Rex.
  • Lost Odyssey: Gongora.
  • Luminous Arc has both Cardinal Kingston and Priel, both of whom seek to resurrect the Greater-Scope Villain, Zehaal for their own reasons (Kingston so he can claim Zehaal's power, and Priel out of genuine loyalty).
    • Luminous Arc 2 has Mattias and Fatima at first, but then it ends up being the Mage Queen Elicia.
    • Luminous Arc 3 has the Core of God, who manipulates Life and Death into fighting.
  • Lunarosse has Empress Corlia del Lunarosse, ruler of The Empire of Lunarosse, and Yliandra, shamaness of the demi-human Yliandra Faction, are the antagonists. At first, they seem rather reasonable and do not antagonize the party, but once the war is reignited, they descend into violence and tyranny. However, it is hinted early on that a third party, the “illusion master”, is sparking the war and Playing Both Sides for their own purposes, though it’s not clear who it is. It’s revealed in the True End Path to be Dr. Dario Naumov, Corlia’s therapist in the real world who inserted himself into the story as Naamari, the ambassador who’s “death” restarted the war, as well as Zevahn, Corlia’s advisor, and Bellahan, a servant of Yliandra. He did this as revenge for Corlia giving him a role he hated, writing a story he hated, and not returning his love.
  • Luxaren Allure: Aurelie/Evil Overlord Darkloft, Karuna's Love Interest who was corrupted by the Infernal Armor of Ellicide, is the one trying to conquer the world/destroy humanity by summoning endless waves of monsters. Except Darkloft is actually a spirit who is possessing Aurelie for her own purposes of unleashing the Demon Lords on the world.

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  • Machina of the Planet Tree -Planet Ruler-: Gertheim is the headmaster of Halbern Academy, who wants to use Apocalypse Noah to wipe out humanity before they can ruin the planet's ether balance.
  • Machina of the Planet Tree -Unity Unions-: Nova is a corrupted ether being who has the ability to control monsters and has wiped out a kingdom in the past with these powers. Once Nova is unsealed, Corona has to defeat it before it can destroy her village and the rest of human civilization.
  • Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven has Don Ennio Sallieri.
  • Manhunt: Lionel Starkweather.
    • Its sequel has Leo Kasper, who kills Pickman and remains the antagonist for the rest of the game.
  • Maniac Mansion initially appears to have Dr. Fred Edison but he is actually being controlled by the Meteor.
  • MapleStory seems to be angling to have the Black Magician as the Big Bad. He sure fits it. He had several heroes frozen in ice for a while, chased the people from continent to continent, and is willing to do it all twice.
  • Marathon:
    • The first game provides a rare, non-villainous (though certainly antagonistic) example: Durandal. Although he has his own goals and desires like any other being, Durandal was the one that set things up for the first game; he's ultimately responsible for everything that happened to the titular Marathon ship. Sure, he helps you halfway through, but only because it fits with what he was aiming for in the end.
    • In the second game, T'fear is introduced as the commander in charge of Pfhor Battle Group Seven, but he isn't even encountered, much less killed, and serves more as a Greater-Scope Villain. Later in the game, Tycho is reintroduced, this time allied with the Pfhor, trying to kill Durandal and the humans (he has bad experience with both). Tycho, however, is killed about halfway through, and the rest of the game deals with cleaning up the mess.
  • The Big Bad in both Marathon Infinity: Blood Tides of Lh'Owon and Pathways into Darkness is the W'rkn'cacnter, an Eldritch Abomination capable of destroying the universe. In both cases, the Jjaro help you stop it. In Infinity, Tycho thinks that he's the Big Bad, but he doesn't know the universe is being threatened and that he's essentially a wannabe, as the Jjaro are transporting you through space and time (although he does force you to go into another timeline, thanks to his capture of you).
  • Marvel vs. Capcom and predecessors:
  • Mary Skelter: Nightmares, for the series as a whole, have the Jails, living structures the main characters have to travel through during their journies, with the marchens and the Nightmares patrolling them being most direct opposition. However, each individual game also has a main instigator of the plot the heroes must face at the end of their journey:
    • The first game has Snark, an alien who attempted to recreate his homeworld using the Jail. When that failed, he manipulates every faction in the game to create a new Jail that he can assert god-like control over.
    • The sequel, taking place in an alternate timeline where Little Mermaid's averted fate causes a Butterfly of Doom, has the Mysterious Nightmare, who ends up usurping Snark for the role of Big Bad. The Nightmare is revealed to be Alice, who transformed after mistakenly assuming she killed Jack, leading her to go on a rampage all across the Jail.
    • The third game, Finale, has the master of Genocide Pink, Yuuto Gatou, who seeks to wipe out all life on the planet out of hatred for all-non human life and anyone sympathetic to them. After discovering Mary to be source of the time loops hindering his plans, he sends the Genocide Pink to assassinate Mary and her allies so he can fulfill his plans.
  • Mass Effect:
    • In Mass Effect, rogue turian Spectre Saren Arterius serves as this. Only, he's not. The real Big Bad is Sovereign, Saren's flagship, in reality a fully-sentient member of an ancient race of "machine devils" known as the Reapers.
    • In Mass Effect 2, we have the Collector General, but, again, it's a fake-out, and the real Big Bad is Harbinger, a Reaper merely using the General to control the Collectors.
    • In Mass Effect 3, Harbinger is this as the leader of the Reapers. The Catalyst acts as the Greater-Scope Villain; he created the Reapers but does not directly control them and takes no action against you in-game, instead simply outlining the ending choices.
    • In Mass Effect: Andromeda, the Kett Archon is a straight example, being the leader of the Kett expeditionary force that comprises the main antagonistic force of the game. In the context of the whole empire, however, he's just one of countless numbers of mid-level military officers, so he's only the Big Bad in this particular story.
  • Master of the Monster Lair: The Devil Prince. Also The prince's father, Devil Lord, who you can fight in the post-game.
  • Max Payne:
    • Nicole Horne in Max Payne, as the head of the conspiracy to cover up the illegal proliferation of the Valkyr drug in New York. She is also a member of the Inner Circle and wants to take over it or wipe it out.
    • Vladimir Lem in Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, as the leader of the conspiracy to take control of the criminal underworld in New York. He is also a member of the Inner Circle and wants to take over it.
    • Victor Branco in Max Payne 3, as the one using criminal gangs and corrupt police to kill his family and run a black market organ theft operation, then kill off the gangs to gain public support for dealing with the gangs as well as gain sympathy for his family's deaths, all while using his family's fortune and the earnings from the organ harvesting to fund his mayoral campaign.
  • Meat Boy has Dr. Fetus, who kidnaps Meat Boy's girlfriend, Bandage Girl.
  • Medal of Honor:
    • Hermann Müller in both the first game and Allied Assault.
    • Rudolf Ulbricht von Sturmgeist in Frontline.
    • Masataka Shima in Rising Sun.
    • Grad von Scrader in European Assault.
  • Mega Man:
    • No matter who starts the plot in each Mega Man (Classic) game, you can guarantee that Dr. Wily is behind it in some way. Same goes for Sigma in the X games (with three exceptions), and eventually, Dr. Weil in the Zero games. Even Mega Man Battle Network does this, with the villains of the 2nd, 4th, and 5th games being connected to — you guessed it — Dr. Wily.
    • Prior to the Mega Man X series, then-leader of the Maverick Hunters, Sigma, was infected with the Zero Virus after he fought the rampaging Zero, the last creation of — yup — Dr. Wily. Sigma eventually succumbed to the virus and turned maverick himself.
    • Dr. Weil of Mega Man Zero fame seems to be following in Wily's footsteps. Not only is he the one who caused The End of the World as We Know It, he continues to plague the world, even after his and Omega's exile. Most of the machinations behind the series' first half can be indirectly linked to Weil. And, in Mega Man ZX, it was hinted that it wasn't Serpent, Master Albert, or Master Thomas who was the true Big Bad, but it was actually Model W, which is what remained of Dr. Weil's own consciousness. And Weil was closely linked to Omega, who was what Wily's Greatest Creation was supposed to be, thus creating a distinct intellectual link between the two Big Bads.
    • Mega Man ZX has Serpent, who was corrupted by Model W and seeks to fully awaken its power.
      • The sequel, ZX Advent, has Master Albert, who was working on Model W prior to the events of the first game and seeks to reset the world with himself as its god.
    • Mega Man Legends has the Bonne family as the most recurring enemies of Mega Man Volnutt, though the System Unit, Mega Man Juno, ends up being the far more serious threat and Final Boss.
      • Mega Man Legends 2 has the System Unit, Sera, who seeks to wipe out the population of the planet.
    • Mega Man Battle Network, as explained above, has Dr. Wily (or Lord Wily in this continuity) as the Overarching Villain, being the main antagonist of 1, 3, and 6 (attempting to unleash the Life Virus, Alpha, and the Cybeasts respectively). Even if he isn't the antagonist of the other games, he still has some connection to the villains of those games.
    • Mega Man Star Force:
      • The first game has Cepheus, the king of Planet FM who seeks to destroy Earth with his planet destroying weapon, Andromeda, out of a paranoid belief that the human race intends to invade his planet.
      • The second game has Dr. Vega, who seeks to restore the lost continent of Mu and use the power of Le Mu in order to create a world for only those she deems worthy and resurrect the love of her life, Altair.
      • The third game has Mr. King, who seeks to use Meteor G's power to conquer the world. Notable in that he's the only main villain who gets to be the final boss of the game, whereas previous Big Bads relied on a superweapon or Sealed Evil in a Can.
  • METAGAL has General Creeper, who kidnapped Dr. Ray and Meta's eight sisters, who were reprogrammed into battle robots to help him Take Over the World.
  • The Metal Gear series is probably best known for its mind screwiness and Gambit Roulettes, and while the series as a whole appears to go through several Arc Villain Big Bads, culminating in the reveal that there has never been a true Big Bad at all, the confusion is mitigated somewhat by the fact that each individual game has a Big Bad of its own:
    • Metal Gear 1 has Big Boss, wanting to use the Metal Gear TX-55 to secure the superiority of his "Outer Heaven" city-state, a place where soldiers can be free and choose their own battles.
    • Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake has Big Boss again, having taken over Zanzibar Land as a new version of Outer Heaven. He plans to mass-produce a new type of Metal Gear, Metal Gear D, to be able to use the nuclear weapons he has seized. He has also kidnapped Dr. Marv to acquire his OILIX formula for a petroleum replacement, thus allowing for unlimited fuel for his troops and Metal Gears. This will ensure that he can fight wars for as long as he wants, fulfilling his goal of allowing soldiers like him to have a place in the world free from government control.
    • Metal Gear Solid has Liquid Snake, Solid Snake's evil "twin brother" who takes control of Metal Gear REX, threatening to use it unless he gets the body of his "father" Big Boss, hoping to use the body to improve the combat capabilities of soldiers under his command. He also wants to build a new Outer Heaven, partly because he believes that as Big Boss's clone-son, he is destined to repeat what Big Boss did, and partly to spite his memory, as he despises Big Boss and hopes to tarnish his legacy further by upstaging him and truly establishing Outer Heaven.
    • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty has Solidus Snake, another clone-son of Big Boss who wants to take over the war machine known as Arsenal Gear and use it to set off a bomb to disconnect Manhattan from the rest of the world. This will allow him to establish an area free from the control of the Patriots, a secret cabal running America and the world. He ends up Out-Gambitted by the Patriots, but still puts up a remarkably good resistance and carries on with his plan despite it clearly being doomed from the start.
    • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater has Colonel Volgin, a Soviet Colonel and one of the last members of the Philosophers (precursors of the Patriots), who wants to mass-produce the Shagohod weapon to incite Communist revolutions around the world, allowing for the world to be united under the Soviet Union with him in charge.
    • Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops has Gene, an enhanced soldier who seized control of a secret Soviet base, and wants to use the Intercontinental Ballistic Metal Gear weapon to destroy the last bastions of the Philosophers to free humanity from their overbearing control.
    • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots has Liquid Ocelot, supposedly Ocelot possessed by Liquid Snake, trying to take down the Patriots, who are revealed to be advanced AIs, if only so he can dominate the world and fulfill Big Boss's goal of making the world a paradise for soldiers. At the end, it's also revealed that Liquid Ocelot is actually just Ocelot pretending to be possessed to catch the Patriots off guard and making them easier to defeat.
    • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker has Hot Coldman, hoping to use the Peace Walker weapon to launch a nuke, proving that its nuclear retaliation capacity is an absolute certainty, therefore stopping every country from ever launching a nuke again, out of fear of mutually assured destruction.
    • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has Senator Steven Armstrong, who supposedly wants to restart various wars to inspire a new wave of nationalism to help him get elected, but his true goal is that after he gets elected, he will use the power at his disposal to change America and eventually the world into a Social Darwinist utopia where the strong survive and can fight for themselves to defend their beliefs through his Might Makes Right mentality.
    • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has Skull Face, who interrogates Chico and Paz to fulfill his goals, which include destroying Big Boss's Mother Base and attacking his former commander Major Zero.
    • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has Skull Face again, wanting to use Metal Gear Sahelanthropus to incite panic and cause a worldwide arms race for nukes. He will provide nukes and the means to fire them, thus leading to a global nuclear stalemate as everyone will be able to use nuclear weapons, though Skull Face will have ultimate control over the nukes. He will then unleash an infectious parasite that kills anyone who speaks English, with more parasites targeting speakers of other major languages if needed, so that cultural imperialism through language will be halted, allowing various cultures and their languages to be preserved. In Chapter 2, the epilogue for the story, the closest there is to a Big Bad is Mad Scientist Huey Emmerich, who wants to cause trouble for Snake and Mother Base out of spite for perceived mistreatment, culminating in trying to mutate the parasites into a more lethal variant to be sold as a weapon, leading to many soldiers on Mother Base being infected and having to be killed to prevent spreading the infection.
    • It can be argued that the Greater-Scope Villain of the Solid Snake games (Metal Gear 1, Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots) are the Patriots, or more specifically the Patriot AIs secretly running the world. Every villain of the Solid Snake games is in some way trying to being them down, and stopping the villain is just allowing the Patriots to maintain their grip on the world.
    • It can be said that the Greater-Scope Villain of most of the Big Boss games (specifically Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, but not Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater) is Cipher, led by Major Zero, Big Boss's former commanding officer. Cipher seeks to control the world, believing that it is the best way to bring peace. Cipher was founded by Big Boss and his support team in Snake Eater, including Major Zero, before he and Zero fell out due to conflicting ideologies and the fact that Zero secretly had Big Boss cloned to preserve his genes. Zero ends up realizing his mistake in controlling the world by force and commissions the creation of the Patriot AIs to correct his mistake and allow them to simply guide humanity to peace. However, his incapacitation by Skull Face, a former lieutenant, leads to him being unable to oversee the AIs's progress, so they end up going off the rails and decide to control the world in a misguided attempt to bring peace.
    • For Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, the secret group known as the Philosophers, though much weaker of an organization and heavily splintered by the time of the events of the game, have a hand in the events of the game. They were originally formed to secretly guide humanity towards world peace after the First World War, but then succumbed to infighting and greed. Colonel Volgin attempts to take their funds, the Philosopher's Legacy, to finance his own plans, while various other factions of the Philosophers fight to regain the funds for their own dominance. It is their ruthless manipulation that disgusts Big Boss and Zero, leading them to eventually form Cipher to fulfill the Philosophers's original goals until Big Boss and Zero split due to their own disagreements. Zero also apparently usurped the Philosophers's resources gradually and folded everything they had into Cipher.
    • In general, the Philosophers are the Predecessor Villain of the series, Zero or Cipher as a whole are the Greater-Scope Villain of the Big Boss games, and their successors the Patriots or rather the Patriot AIs are the Greater-Scope Villain of the Solid Snake games, with Zero as the Greater-Scope Villain of the series overall.
    • That said, most of the villains are Tragic Villains and Well Intentioned Extremists, up to and including Zero, and the responsibility for most events cannot be concretely pinned to one or two specific people, hence there is no true Big Bad for the series, just a bunch of people with conflicting motives and ideals who are too blinded by their own beliefs or hubris to see that their actions are making the world worse.
  • Metal Slug has General Morden, although he's constantly upstaged by the Mars People or some other threat. In Metal Slug 6, both Morden and the Mars People are forced into an Enemy Mine situation by the Invaders.
  • Metroid: Presented chronologically:
    • Metroid 1, E-Manga, and Zero Mission: Mother Brain is the leader of the Space Pirates who leads them in her plan to take over the galaxy and subjugate everyone.
    • Metroid Prime Trilogy:
    • Metroid II: Return of Samus and Metroid: Samus Returns: The Queen Metroid is the one breeding the Metroids, which Samus has been ordered to kill. The latter has Ridley appear as the True Final Boss.
    • Super Metroid: Mother Brain returns and is behind the kidnapping of the baby Metroid that Samus wants to rescue.
    • Metroid: Other M: Melissa Bergman, otherwise known as MB, is an AI based on Mother Brain that takes over the Bottle Ship and intends to use the creatures in it to commit acts of genocide against the rest of the galaxy.
    • Metroid Fusion: The SA-X is the one responsible for the disaster and for releasing all of the captured X into the station. It is also responsible for all of the tactical and deliberate damage done to the station that hindered Samus' progress and blocked off necessary areas, as well as being the most personal and dangerous opponent in the game.
  • The Might and Magic series has had a number of Big Bads over its very long run.
    • Might and Magic 1 to 5: Sheltem, a rogue Planetary Guardian, one of many created by The Ancients, who went a little bonkers and decided the best way to protect his own planet was to destroy all the other ones that were created by the Ancients.
    • Archibald Ironfist was the Big Bad of Heroes of Might and Magic 2, being the evil contender in the titular Succession War. He seems to be set up as this in Might and Magic 7, after being released in 6, but ultimately is upstaged by his Terran advisors, who themselves fail to reach this level by virtue of not causing most of the problems the heroes must solve.
    • Might and Magic 6 and Heroes of Might and Magic 3: The Kreegan, the ancient enemies of the Ancients, although their leadership changed quite frequently due to consistently being killed by the games' heroes. M&M 6 had the Kreegan Queen and HMM3 had Xenofex and, after Xenofex gets killed in M&M 7note , Lucifer.
    • Might and Magic 8: Escaton the Destroyer causes, directly or indirectly, most of the problems the heroes must face. As opposed to Sheltem, however, he is not malfunctioning, just caught between his programming and the realization that the Ancients might have failed to consider this situation or deemed it acceptable losses.
    • Might and Magic 9 and Heroes of Might and Magic 4: These two games mainly suffered from Canon Discontinuity due to 3DO games crashing and burning at the time they were made. This aside, Might and Magic 9 sets up the warlord Tamur Leng as the big bad but when you actually meet the real villain turns out to be the rogue god Njam the Meddler who'd manipulated both Tamur Leng and your party, while Heroes 4 had individual villains for each of its campaigns in the original game, the mad wizard Hexis in The Gathering Storm expansion, and most of the protagonists acting as a Big Bad Ensemble in the Winds of War expansion.
    • Heroes of Might and Magic 5 and Dark Messiah: The Demon Sovereign, Kha-Beleth.
  • Miitopia has the Dark Lord, who is a actually an Innocent Bystander possessed by the Dark Curse.
  • Mikoto Nikki: The titular Mikoto is Yandere towards Matarou and wants to trap him in her house.
  • Mirror's Edge: Mayor Callaghan, although she is not physically present in the game. A mysterious assassin revealed to be Celeste Wilson and Jacknife are the physically present villains in the game, but neither of them are at the top of the villain food chain.
  • The Missing: J.J Macfield and the Island of Memories: The Hairshrieker is the monster that haunts Memoria Island and is chasing down J.J. and Emily. It is revealed to be the embodiment of J.J.'s suicidal feelings after being outed as a transgender girl- the true goal is to kill her and thus allow J.J. to find the will to live, bringing her out of her nightmare.
  • Mix Ore: Depending on the route, whichever girl Kantarou chooses: Nagisa who kills his girlfriend Sanae, Rikana who cons him out of his money, or Ayano who seeks revenge on him for his harassment of her.
  • Monkey Hero has the Nightmare King, who aims to conquer the Waking realm.
  • Monster Girl Quest has the mysterious Monster Lord, the infernal counterpart to Goddess Ilias who is said to be behind the attacks on humans. The Monster Lord’s true identity is revealed to be Alice. She then reveals she is actually trying to bring peace to humans and monsters; the true Big Bad is Goddess Ilias, The Creator, who seeks to destroy the entire monster race, killed off an entire city for coexistence between monsters and humans, and sealed a former Hero for rebelling against her; her deep-seated hatred for monsters was even made into a religion. She started planning to recreate the world in her own image after Luka rebels against her at the end of Part 2, by killing every monster and human on the entire planet.
  • Moon Diver has Faust, a mysterious boy with the power to grant life to the inanimate and a desire to eliminate humanity off Earth so he can claim it as his own.
  • Mortal Kombat:
  • Mother trilogy:
    • Mother 1 aka Earthboung Beginnings: Giegue is an alien warlord who has been sent by his people to destroy Earth for stealing the knowledge of Psionics.
    • Giegue also comes back in the fangame Mother: Cognitive Dissonance, though he starts to change his name halfway through to Giygas the Transcendent One.
    • Mother 2 aka EarthBound: Giegue, who has become Giygas the Embodiment of Evil and the Universal Cosmic Destroyer, is the leader of the Alien Invasion who has become so pwoerful and mindless that he poses a threat to all existence. He must now be destroyed before he sentences the universe to eternal darkness. It turns out he is working with Pokey/Porky Minch, Ness' next-door neighbor, who is implied to be using him for his own purposes.
    • Mother 3: King Porky Minch, the Pig King and leader of the Pig Mask Army, oversees the creation of the violent chimeras roaming the world and industrializing the Nowhere Islands. Under his command, he has the Pig Mask Army, led by The Masked Man, track down and pull the majority of the 7 Needles, so he may summon the Dark Dragon and have it destroy the world.
  • Muramasa: The Demon Blade has Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, the Shogun, was the one who was ultimately behind the attack on the Kagami clan and the theft of the Kuzuryu Muramasa, which kicks off the plot for both Momohime and Kisuke.
  • Murdered: Soul Suspect: Abigail Williams.
  • My Place: Dark is the creator of the game who became corrupted by the rose and now traps the player inside, making them play a game to escape. However, it turns out that the Red Mask, aka Nightmare, is the true source of the corruption.
  • Mystery Of Mortlake Mansion: The Evil Sorcerer, Cagliostro, who dwells in the "shadowy" mansion.

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  • NAM-1975: Dr. R. Muckly.
  • Namco × Capcom has Saya, but near the end of the game, the true villain is actually 99. Its Spiritual Successor Project X Zone has Due Frabellum as the main antagonist, however, she is only the villain until Meden Traore reveals himself as the true villain and Final Boss of the game. Then in the sequel, Byaku Shin is revealed to be the true antagonist of the game.
  • Nancy Drew:
    • While the series itself does not have a Big Bad, every game has at least one figure who plays this role, the Culprit. The Culprit is usually directly or indirectly responsible for the case Nancy is solving, and occasionally even makes an attempt on Nancy's life.
    • In the case of the second game, Dwayne Powers is the Culprit and the only one to return in a later game, perhaps making this the closest to a series-wide Big Bad.
    • Haunting of Castle Malloy simply averts this - while Fiona is considered to be the culprit, she had nothing to do with the "kidnapping" of Matt - which happened by a total accident anyway. She did nothing but try to help him. Granted, this wasn't much since she was a seventy year old feral woman flying around on a jetpack.
  • The Need for Speed series:
    • Eddie in Need for Speed: Underground.
    • Caleb in Need for Speed: Underground 2.
    • Razor in Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
    • Darius in Need for Speed: Carbon.
    • Ryo Watanabe in Need for Speed: ProStreet.
    • Chase Linh in Need for Speed: Undercover
  • Neptunia:
  • Neverwinter Nights series:
    • The creator race queen Morag in the original. She seeks to restore the reptiloid dominion over the Sword Coast.
    • The medusa Heurodis in Shadows of Undrentide. She wants to raise the fallen Netherese city of Undrentide for unknown reasons, and manipulates you into delivering a mythallar to do it with. No word on what the next bit of her plan was.
    • The archdevil Mephistopheles in Hordes of the Underdark. After being bound on the Prime Material Plane by a powerful drow priestess called the Valsharess, he manipulates you into destroying her armies and attacking her, weakening her enough to break free. He wants to Take Over the World.
    • The King of Shadows in Neverwinter Nights 2. This is a Pure Magic Being that seeks to uphold the laws and protect the descendants of the ancient empire of Illefarn. Problem is, Illefarn is long gone due in large part to the King of Shadows' origin story, and the King is corrupted by Black Magic.
    • Akachi the Betrayer in Mask of the Betrayer. Sort of. He was transformed into a curse of elemental hunger that is slowly killing you.
    • In Storm of Zehir, the yuan-ti House Se'sehen, led by an avatar of Zehir, the yuan-ti god of poison. They want to Take Over the World.
  • The pantheon in Nexus Clash has three Evil Elder Powers that are the power source of the demonic hordes, but most of the conflict in the game can be traced back to one of them: Tlacolotl, personification of violence. The other two Dark Powers are Eldritch Abominations whose influence will permeate the universe As Long as There is Evil. As a Deity of Human Origin, Tlacolotl has no such protection, and so most of the divine conflict in the game is caused by him overtly or covertly stirring up vendettas between the rest of the pantheon to keep them from ever properly uniting to defeat him.
  • NiGHTS into Dreams... and Nights Journey Of Dreams: Wizeman the Wicked is the ruler and creator of Nightmare, as well as the Nightmaren entities, who seeks to rule over the Night Dimension and corrupt the Nightopia, and in the second game also aims to rule the waking world.
  • Night Striker: Gyrohound, the terrorist leader, though it's later revealed that the terrorist adjutant, Sky Dragoon, was the true mastermind calling the shots, having manipulated the mentally unstable terrorist leader as a puppet.
  • Nights of Azure has the Nightlord, the cause of the Night. Turns out to be a subversion since the original Nightlord is an example of Dark Is Not Evil. The true Big Bad is the leader of the Curia and the First Saint herself, Ludegert.
  • Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon has the Moon Queen Malvasia, who seeks to bring about an Eternal Night.
  • The Night of the Rabbit: It is the Evil Wizard Great Zaroff. Though you get hints about it early in the story, you do not discover the identity of the villain until much later.
  • Ninja Gaiden:
    • Ninja Gaiden (of the older games): Jaquio
    • Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos: Ashtar until he is usurped by Jaquio.
    • Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom: A. Foster until he is usurped by H.P. Clancy.
    • Ninja Gaiden (of the newer games): Vigoor before Murai reveals himself as the actual Big Bad.
    • Ninja Gaiden II (of the newer games): Vazdah.
    • Ninja Gaiden 3 (of the newer games): Clifford "Cliff" Higgins.
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has the titular White Witch, Cassiopeia, who attempts to destroy the world because of its imperfections after her failure as a Queen. Interestingly, while the game lets the player know she's the Big Bad from the beginning, the main characters aren't even aware of her involvement and existence, believing her Dragon, Shadar, is the villain they have to defeat. It's not until after Shadar is defeated that the White Witch reveals herself to everyone.
    • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom has Doloran, a mysterious sorceror who seeks to undermine the rulers of every kingdom through magic and deception by unleashing the Horned One. It's later revealed Doloran seeks to revive his Kingdom and his lost love by reviving what he thinks is the latter's transformed state, not realizing it's actually the source of her rejected power.
  • Nintendo Wars
    • Advance Wars has Sturm, the leader of Black Hole who manipulates the other nations into fighting. He returns as the Big Bad in the sequel, Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising, with four commanding officers at his side.
    • Advance Wars: Dual Strike has Von Bolt, the new leader of Black Hole seeking to suck Omega Land dry.
    • Advance Wars: Days of Ruin has Caulder.
  • Nioh has Edward Kelley, who attempts to resurrect warlord Oda Nobunaga to take control of Japan and seize control of Amrita, a mystical substance that can found in Japan. Kelley is ultimately The Heavy, answering to John Dee, who is the true villain behind the events of the game. The DLCs have Lady Maria, who wants to obtain Amrita for Spain.
    • Nioh 2 has Otakemaru, a powerful demonic oni who corrupts Tokichiro and various other characters.
  • In the original Nocturne (RPG Maker), Ristill Eva Mizants is the most antagonistic figure and The Rival to Reviel, and she appears to be the one behind the elemental barrier around Algiz that weakens him, as well as a Dark Chains curse to weaken him further. In the remake, it turns out she was only behind the Dark Chains curse while Khaos was the one behind the elemental barrier, and Khaos turns out to be aiding Ristill in order to make the rivalry between her and Reviel more interesting and distract them from/alert the others to his real plan. After Reviel defeats Ristill, Khaos attacks the village of Algiz and reveals his plan to destroy and reconstruct the world, forcing the two into an Enemy Mine to stop him.
  • No More Heroes: Darkstar is the number-1-ranked assassin whom Travis Touchdown must kill to become the top assassin. Except he turns out to be a minor player; the real villains are Sylvia Christel, Travis' girlfriend who conned him into killing the other assassins, and Jeane, Travis' ex-girlfriend and half-sister who killed his parents in front of him, triggering his desire for vengeance.
  • No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle: Jasper Batt Jr. is the CEO of Pizza Batt and head of the United Assassins Association who rules Santa Destroy with an iron fist, organizes the deadly fights between assassins for his amusement, and kills Travis' best friend, Bishop, to get back at Travis for killing his father and brothers, sending Travis on his Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • No One Lives Forever and its sequel have the Director of H.A.R.M.
  • Nostalgia has Emperor Terra.
  • No Straight Roads has Tatiana, the CEO of NSR and the one responsible for pushing her label's top artists to stifle musical creativity, particularly rock.

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  • The primary antagonist of Octopath Traveler is revealed to be the Witch, Lyblac, having manipulated the individual Arc Villains of the heroes' stories so she can awaken her father, Galdera. For the individual antagonists:
    • Ophilia's route has the Savior, Mattias, leader of the cult of Galdera.
    • Cyrus' route has Lucia.
    • Tressa's route has Morlock for chapter 2, and Esmeralda for Chapter 4.
    • Olberic's route has Werner.
    • Primrose's route has Simeon, the Puppet-Master of Crow.
    • Alfyn's route has Vanessa Hysel for Chapter 2, and Miguel Twinspears for Chapter 3.
    • Therion's route has Darius.
    • H'annit's route has Redeye.
  • Oddworld:
    • Abe's Oddysee has Molluck the Glukkon, the head of RuptureFarms who plans on slaughtering his enslaved Mudokon workers, all of whom Abe aims to save.
    • Abe's Exoddus has Vice-president Aslik, although the Brewmaster Glukkon is the Final Boss.
    • Munch's Oddysee has Humphrey and Irwin with Humphrey as the dominant Big Bad.
    • Stranger's Wrath has Sekto, the head of Sekto Industries and owner of the power plant that dams the Mongo River.
    • Lady Margaret, as the queen of the Magog Cartel, is the Greater-Scope Villain behind Molluck, Brewmaster, and all the other Glukkons, however she hasn't appeared in a game yet. Lady Margaret's grandmother is the Greater-Scope Villain behind Lady Margaret, and is supposed to appear in Squeek's Oddysee.
  • Odin Sphere: King Valentine desires to destroy all of Erion after having conquered much of it with the Crystallization Cauldron.
  • OFF: Queen Vader Eloha is apparently the one who created the specters, The Batter's mortal enemies who are destroying the world. It is never quite confirmed if this is true, and Vader is implied to be Good All Along, but either way, The Batter himself turns out to be a much greater threat, as his aim is to 'purify' the dying world of all sin by destroying it. The Fan Sequels also each have one:
    • HOME (2013): The Batter reprises his role as this. Given that he's purified the world in a previous timeline, he intends to do it again, and it is up to The Judge to stop him.
    • UNKNOWN has Seneca, a tiny fox descendant of the Secretaries who intends to take over the remains of the world.
    • Continue/Stop/Rise has E, aka Epsilon, one of The Batter's former Add-Ons, now the ruler of Heaven who wants to fuse it with Earth and strip away everyone's free will in order to create a utopia.
      • Bx: Execute has Death as the one manipulating the Harbringers, the tyrannical successors to the Guardians, and disguising himself as the friendly professor who guides you at the beginning; however, the Final Boss is Boxedman, the father of the Batters who Death extorts into fighting Ghost Batter.
    • RISE (Game) has Tate, the party's informant, who takes over Zone 4 and uses the Elsens there as his test subjects, bringing with him the specter invasion.
  • Beiloune in Okage: Shadow King, who turned out to be the god of your world.
  • Ōkami: Orochi is Amaterasu's Arch-Enemy who rules over Eastern Nippon and forces pure maidens to be sacrificed to him so he can become god of the underworld. Until he is defeated, at which point Ninetails, ruler of Oni Island, takes over, leading the demon invasion of Ryoshima Coast, killing Rao and tricking Amaterasu into giving over the Fox Rods; though both he/she/it and Orochi are working for the real villain, Yami, the God of Darkness who wiped out the Moon Clan and leads all the demons.
  • In Ōkamiden: King Fury is the leader of the demons who desires to Kill All Humans as revenge for his betrayal by his allies. Except he is being possessed by Akuro, a dark spirit with an ambiguous connection to Yami who wants to restore Yami's rule.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic has a different Big Bad for each of the class stories. Each one also has a Disc-One Final Boss for the first act (Some even have a Disc Two Final Boss for the second act). However, the Sith Emperor Vitiate is the main antagonist of the overarching plot.
    • The Jedi Knight has Darth Angral for Chapter 1 and the Sith Emperor for the rest.
    • The Jedi Consular has Lord Vivicar for Chapter 1, Lord Kyrus for Chapter 2 until Blaseus is revealed, and The Children of the Emperor, specifically the First Son, in Chapter 3.
    • The Trooper has Harron Tavus in Chapter 1 and General Rakton in Chapter 3.
    • The Smuggler has Skavak in Chapter 1 and The Voidwolf for the rest.
    • The Sith Warrior has Nomen Karr in Chapter 1, Darth Vengean in Chapter 2, and Darth Baras in Chapter 3
    • The Sith Inquisitor has Darth Zash in Chapter 1 and Darth Thanaton for the rest.
    • The Bounty Hunter has Tarro Blood for Chapter 1 and Jun Seros for the rest.
    • The Imperial Agent has The Eagle for Chapter 1 until Darth Jadus is revealed, Ardun Kothe in Chapter 2, and The Star Cabal in Chapter 3.
    • Rise of the Hutt Cartel: Toborro the Hutt for the Republic, Szajin the Archon for the Empire.
    • Shadow of Revan: Revan.
    • Knights of the Fallen Empire/Eternal Throne: Arcann, and later on Vaylin, with Valkorian/Vitiate playing the Greater-Scope Villain.
  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors has Admiral Akainu.
  • Onmyōji has Kuro Seimei, the Evil Counterpart of Abe no Seimei. The worst part? He is also the Literal Split Personality of Seimei, meaning that he shares the same soul and aura as him, frequently causing people to mistake Seimei for him and pin his crimes on Seimei instead. Worse still, it is none other than Seimei who created him in the first place, thanks to a spell of his Gone Horribly Wrong.
  • Outlast: A Big Bad Ensemble between the Walrider, the Walrider's host Billy Hope, Chris Walker, and Dr. Rudolf Gustav Wernicke.
  • Overwatch has the Talon Organization, a terrorist syndicate who's sole purpose is to exterminate remaining Overwatch members after the group disbanded. The group is led by a council, which includes Reaper, Doomfist and Moira among others. Their actions are what lead to Winston calling the Overwatch group back together in order to combat this threat.
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  • While the Pac-Man series isn't one for story in the beginning, it still has villains that set up the plot.
    • The Ghost Gang in most games, consisting of Blinky, Inky, Pinky, and Clyde, chase down Pac-Man in the mazes to kil him.
    • Pac-Man World trilogy:
      • First game: Toc-Man, a robotic version of Pac-Man piloted by the ghost Orson, is the one who kidnaps Pac-Man’s family.
      • Pac-Man World 2: Spooky orders the four ghosts around and steals the Golden Fruit keeping him sealed away so he can take over Pac-Land.
      • Pac-Man World 3: Erwin is the Evil Genius behind the plot to siphon energy from Pac-Land and the Spectral Realm to fuel his conquests.
    • Averted in Pac-Man Party, as the ghosts who seem to be villains at the beginning of the game are just testing the titular character.
    • As of the Continuity Reboot, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures has Betrayus.
  • Parasite Eve game trilogy:
  • Perdition: Gomadi and Tanas are two enemy AI beings who are the rulers of the decaying world, and both seek to enslave the androids, including the Player Character Eve. However, Gomadi comes across as the eviler of the two, since he started the whole mess and is overtly cruel to Eve, while Tanas comes across as Affably Evil and only wants to defeat Gomadi, whom he split off from.
  • Peret em Heru: For the Prisoners: There are two antagonists. Professor Tetsuya Tsuchida is the one who dragged the tourist group into exploring the ruins to use them as meat shields so he can discover the tomb's secrets (and also get Koji killed to avenge his daughter whom Koji refused to save), making him partially responsible for the danger that occurs. However, the Final Boss behind the traps and spiritual happenings is the powerful, psychic Pharaoh Khufu, who lives eternally in the tomb and has gone insane from the isolation, now wanting only a successor.
  • Perfect Dark: The Skedar.
  • While all of the Persona games have one, they certainly enjoy employing Greater Scope Villains as the Man Behind the Man and True Final Bosses. More often than not, the Big Bad are also among one of the first few people you will encounter at the start of the game and obviously under a disguise, in which they will often greet you and are suspiciously enthusiastic about your arrival.
    • Persona has Takahisa Kandori, a Corrupt Corporate Executive who wants to become a god. After his death, Pandora, Maki's Shadow Archetype, is revealed as the True Final Boss. At the same time, the Snow Queen quest introduces the Night Queen, who seems to be an Arc Villain, but whose victory riggers the Bad Ending.
    • Persona 2 has a Big Bad Duumvirate between Joker/Jun Kurosu and Adolf Hitler (we're not kidding), before it's revealed that Nyarlathotep was posing as both Hitler and Jun's father and orchestrated the events of the first game.
    • Persona 3 has the Full Moon Shadows as the main bosses of the game, but the main human antagonist is Takaya Sakaki, leader of the Persona-using Strega who oppose SEES and keep the Dark Hour going. Until Shuji Ikutsugi reveals that he was manipulating you to bring about The Fall. He’s killed immediately and Ryoji Mochizuki becomes the antagonist after a while. Then the game elevates Nyx, an Eldritch Abomination, as the primary focus following The Reveal. All other antagonists, including Strega, Ryoji Mochizuki and Shuji Ikutsuki, are trying to bring about Nyx's arrival, willingly or otherwise. It's worth noting that Ikutsuki instigated the entire thing in order to cause Nyx's arrival, but he dies shortly after The Reveal, so he counts more as a Disc-One Final Boss. Even still, The Answer reveals that Erebus, another Greater-Scope Villain Eldritch Abomination, was the one pulling Nyx's strings.
    • Persona 4 has the Serial Killer dragging people into the TV world. Tracking down and exposing this criminal is the goal of the game. Tohru Adachi, who influences people like Namatame to do the actual dirty work after the first two murders. In typical Persona fashion, the True Ending reveals that Izanami has been behind everything from the beginning of the game, including Ameno-Sagiri, the thing enveloping Inaba in a poisonous fog.
    • Persona 4: Arena has a Big Bad Duumvirate between the Eerie Voice (Sho Minazuki) and the Malevolent Entity, even though they're operating on Teeth-Clenched Teamwork. Persona 4: Arena Ultimax reveals that the Malevolent Entity is A) The one truly pulling the strings, and B) Hi-no-Kagutsuchi, the personification of selfishness, who is a Suspiciously Similar Substitute of Nyarlathotep (which implies that Nyarlathotep is still the Greater-Scope Villain).
    • Persona 4: Dancing All Night has the Eerie Voice that wishes to connect people in an eternal, painless bond, even if it has to Mind Rape them. The voice is revealed to be Mikuratana-no-Kami, a deity formed from humanity's collective desires for painless relationships.
    • Persona 5 has Masayoshi Shido, a corrupt and powerhungry politician at the head of The Conspiracy who plans to use the Cognitive World to become the Prime Minister as well as being the person responsible for the protagonist's predicament of being on criminal probation. The true ending reveals that the true villain is Yaldabaoth, who has been disguising himself as Igor and has been secretly guiding the events of the game in an attempt to discern humanity's desires and control them.
      • In the third semester exclusive to Persona 5 Royal, Takuto Maruki takes over as the main antagonist after Yaldabaoth is dealt with, having trapped the world in a Lotus-Eater Machine where humanity would never face any hardships in a misguided attempt to end human suffering.
    • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth has the Clockwork God, one half of the god of time and death, Chronos. He summoned the party members of both Persona 3 and Persona 4 to help his other half, Zen, regain his memories and reunite with him so they can return to their duties as a psychopomp. Even if that means holding Rei hostage later in the game.
    • Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth has Hikari's caretaker Nagi, who is revealed to be Enlil, an embodiment of the collective unconscious. She was responsible for curating Theaters that entrap hapless souls that are suffering from the pain of modern society and delusionally "helps" them cope with their depression by forcing them to watch movies made out of pure negativity, which are all records of people suffering the same fate as the theatergoers portrayed in the most unsympathetic way possible, with Hikari just being one of those many hapless souls. Apparently, this doesn't end well.
      • In addition to the Big Bad of the actual game, the movie Labyrinths appear to make its Big Bad or Greater-Scope Villains its Designated Heroes. The only exception is the fourth labyrinth, which is a biopic crossed with a musical and thus has no villain.
    • Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers has the EMMA app (aka the False God Demiurge) itself, created by Kuon Ichinose to figure out and fulfill the desires of humanity. Being sold to and used by Akira Konoe has made it decide that people want escapism from crime itself, so it plans to take away free will to prevent any crimes at all.
  • The Phantasy Star tetralogy has Dark Force, with the Profound Darkness, the Final Boss of IV, as The Man Behind the Man.
  • Pilgrim (RPG Maker): Master Alice is the kidnapper of Inago who desires her soul and challenges Akemi to save her.
  • Pocket Mirror: The Strange Boy is the one who trapped the protagonist in the mysterious world and stole her memories, and he is also responsible for creating the other villains to keep her trapped.
  • Although the player's goal in the Pokémon series is to become Champion, the leader of each generation's evil team serves as the Big Bad, as they are the ones responsible for whatever troubles are occurring in each region.
    • Pokémon Red, Green, Blue, Yellow and its remakes (FireRed and LeafGreen): Giovanni is the leader of Team Rocket who uses his public image as the Viridian City Gym Leader to hide his team's criminal activities. Under his leadership, they capture and steal rare and strong Pokémon to sell them, but also perform experiments on them in order to Take Over the World.
    • Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal and its remakes (HeartGold and SoulSilver): The lead executive, named Archer in the remakes, is the new leader of Neo Team Rocket who continues their activities and wants Giovanni to return to lead them.
    • Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald and its remakes (Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire):
      • Archie and Maxie are the respective leaders of Team Aqua and Team Magma, and which one is fought depends on which version you are playing (Magma for Ruby/Omega, Aqua for Sapphire/Alpha). Maxie wishes to awaken Groudon to expand the world's land mass so humanity can use it to further its development, while Archie wishes to awaken Kyogre to expand the world's seas levels to return the world back to nature. Notably, the other team leader will actually assist you in stopping the Big Bad; however, both leaders are Big Bads in Emerald.
      • In the Delta Episode, Zinnia and Matt/Courtney fight against each other to sabotage the rocket that will save the world from the meteor; the former was the true mastermind who manipulated Team Aqua/Magma into awakening Kyogre/Groudon to force Rayquaza down and use it to save the world from the meteor, while the latter intends to finish what the team began using the rocket.
    • Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum: Cyrus is the nihilistic leader of Team Galactic who uses them to capture the Lake trio and gain control over Dialga and/or Palkia so he may remake the universe into one without spirit, as he believes it to be the root of all evil.
    • Pokémon Black and White: N Harmonia Gropius is Team Plasma's king who wishes to liberate all Pokémon from what he believes to be abusive trainers. However, his father Ghetsis Harmonia turns out to be the true culprit behind Team Plasma's goals; having raised N to merely be a tool that could use Reshiram/Zekrom to separate Pokémon from their trainers, save for Team Plasma, with his true goal being to leave the world powerless to stop him from taking over.
    • Pokémon Black 2 and White 2: Zinzolin of the Seven Sages is the Neo Team Plasma boss who leads them in their new goal to Take Over the World. However, he is merely a frontman- the new acting boss of Team Plasma is Colress, appointed directly by the true mastermind Ghetsis again.
    • Pokémon X and Y:
      • In the main game, Lysandre is the leader of Team Flare who uses them to steal money and Pokémon as part of his master plan to Kill All Humans and/or make himself and his followers immortal to conserve the resources of the planet.
      • In the post-game Looker Quests, Professor Xerosic of Team Flare is behind much of the crimes that Looker and the protagonist are investigating.
    • Pokémon Sun and Moon:
      • In the main game, Guzma is the leader of Team Skull who uses them to carry out various criminal activities and aims to spread his destruction all throughout Alola. However, Lusamine, president of the Aether Foundation, is the real villain using Guzma to unleash the Ultra Beasts on the world.
      • In the post-game, the Ultra Beasts as a whole are the main threat to the world who must be captured by the player before they destroy everything.
    • Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon:
      • In the main game, Guzma is once again the leader of Team Skull who is causing chaos in Alola. However, in a series first, the true villain is not him or Lusamine, and not the leader of an evil team or even human for that matter - for these games, Necrozma takes the mantle as the main antagonist as the entity trying to steal all the light from Alola.
      • In the post-game, Giovanni returns as the leader of Team Rainbow Rocket, consisting of the villains from previous games from dimensions where they won.
    • Pokémon Sword and Shield:
      • In the main game, Gym Leader Piers is the leader of Team Yell, a gang of Loony Fans of Marnie who resort to criminal activities to help her become the Galar Champion. Except he and his gym trainers are a minor threat- the real antagonist is Pokémon League Chairman Rose, head of Macro Cosmos who intends to solve the incoming energy crisis by summoning Eternatus and bringing out the second Darkest Day, which threatens to envelop the whole world in darkness.
      • In the post-game, Sordward and Shieldbert are a pair of brothers who unleash the Dynamexed Pokémon onto the Galar gyms and destroy Sonia's history book, which they believe to be full of lies.
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon:
  • PokéPark Wii 2: Wonders Beyond: Whereas the original game had No Antagonist, the sequel has Darkrai as the creator and boss of Wish Park who aims to brainwash all Pokémon into playing in his park forever, and is causing the void to grow bigger and threaten to destroy the Poképark.
  • Pokémon Ranger:
    • Gordor is the leader of the Go-Rock Squad who aims to capture Entei and use it to replace the Rangers as the protectors of Fiore.
    • Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia: President Blake Hall of the Altru Corporation is the leader of Team Dim Sun, who leads them in brainwashing Pokémon as part of a plot to Take Over the World.
    • Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs:
      • In the main/present era, Red Eyes and Blue Eyes are the leaders of the Pokémon Pinchers who lead their operations in stealing Pokémon from the Oblivia region. Turns out they are working for Purple Eyes and Dr. Edward, the leader of the Societea. The former eventually usurps the latter to become the final opponent and is the villain of the post-game as well, trying to get Arceus to destroy humanity as revenge.
      • In the past era, Ellios is the tyrannical dictator in control of Oblivia and the Steelheads who aims to Take Over the World, but he is being manipulated by Sabios.
  • Pokémon Conquest has Nobunaga, who's actually trying to summon Arceus to put an end to the constant fighting.
  • Pokémon Rumble Blast has the Dark Rust, the entity behind all the rust covered Pokemon.
  • Detective Pikachu has Keith Norman as the culprit behind the spreading of R, with Roger Clifford instructing him to do the deed.
  • Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD has the villainous organization Cipher as the main antagonistic body:
    • The leader of Cipher in Colosseum is Nascour, but the real Big Bad is the Mayor of Phenac City.
    • The leader of Cipher in XD is Greevil, whom you've known from the beginning as Mr. Verich.
  • Portal:
    • Portal: GLaDOS. Not only does she place Chell in danger numerous times, half-way through the game she tries to kill her by placing her on a platform heading towards a pit of fire and at the end of the game, she almost kills her by flooding the Enrichment Centre with a deadly neurotoxin..
    • In Portal 2 GLaDOS continues the role at first, but eventually, she's overtaken by Wheatley. Finally it turns out that it's the mainframe which causes all the problems.
  • Prey (2017): Apex Typhon, the one behind the attack of Talos-1 space station.
  • The Prince of Persia series often has one in each game:
  • Professor Layton:
  • Prom Dreams: Dolores Roth, out of extreme jealousy, decides to sabotage Kyle's prom night, by trapping him and his three possible dates in a "Groundhog Day" Loop/Eldritch Location and sending Claire to kill them all as revenge for bullying her.
  • [PROTOTYPE] has Elizabeth Greene for the Infected, and General Peter Randall for Blackwatch.
  • Psychic Force has Richard Wong, an arrogant Smug Snake who sees people as nothing more than pieces on a chess board, not caring about ruining the lives of many as he seeks to Take Over the World.
  • Coach Oleander in Psychonauts is the one behind the plot to use tanks powered by brains to Take Over the World.
  • Punky Skunk: Badler who is the leader of the BB Brigade. But although he is mentioned at the beginning of the game, you do not encounter him until the end as the Final Boss.
  • Purgatory (RPG Maker): The Butcher is the owner of the titular Purgatory building who wants to add the heroine Enri to his lengthy collection of corpses.

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