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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.
  • 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 has Kessler with the Beast serving as the Greater-Scope Villain.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us has an Alternate Universe version of Superman.

    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.
  • 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 has Prince Vido, who killed his sister, Princess Ezel, in an attempt 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)
  • 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 I 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 for the sole purpose of starting the second Keyblade War to fulfill his master's prophecy and, once Xehanort had served his purpose, reclaim his Keyblade.
  • 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, the major villain of the series is Orochi.
  • The Kirby series has many Big Bads.
  • 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: Marlene, leader of the Fireflies. Though its Subverted in that, Marlene is not evil, it's just by the endgame her goals and motivations no longer align with Joel's.
  • The Last Story presents Zangurak as this, 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.
  • 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.
  • The textbook Big Bad for The Legend of Zelda series is Ganon/Ganondorf. Ganon is frequently incapable of not being the Big Bad. There are exceptions, however:
  • 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: Nathan Prescott, popular honors student and son to influential mogul Sean Prescott, kicks off the plot by murdering Chloe- prompting Max to discover her Time Travel powers to save her- and antagonizes Max throughout the story. He is also one of the primary suspects behind the disappearance of Rachel Amber, alongside 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.
  • LISA: Dr. Yado is this for the trilogy as a whole, being responsible for just about everything that happens. 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.
  • 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: Evil Overlord Darkloft.

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  • 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 has the Jail, a living prison the main characters have to escape from. The Jail is revealed to have been planted by Snark, an alien that attempted to recreate his homeworld through 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.
  • Rogue turian Spectre Saren Arterius serves as the Big Bad in Mass Effect. 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.
    • And 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 useing 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.
    • Mass Effect: Andromeda: The 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.
    • Vladimir Lem in Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne.
    • Victor Branco in Max Payne 3.
  • Meat Boy has Dr. Fetus.
  • 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.
  • No matter who starts the plot in each original Mega Man 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, Mega Man 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 Bonnes 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 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.
  • In the Metroid games Ridley is Samus' Arch-Enemy, but he is rarely a Big Bad in his own right; usually, he's The Dragon to Mother Brain or a different villain. Presented chronologically, each game in the series has its own Big Bad:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Miitopia has the Dark Lord, who is a actually an Innocent Bystander possessed by the Dark Curse.
  • Mogeko Castle has King mogeko, the king of Mogeko's.
  • 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 has Giegue, 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.
    • Giegue returns as the Big Bad in the sequel, Mother 2, aka EarthBound, though in the American game he's again referred to as Giygas, going by titles such as the Embodiment of Evil and the Universal Cosmic Destroyer. In this game, he has become so powerful that his body and mind have been destroyed by his own power, reducing him to a mindless Eldritch Abomination that poses a threat to all existence. He must now be destroyed before he sentences the universe to eternal darkness.
      • This can also refer to Pokey Minch, Ness' bratty next-door-neighbor, who is either Giygas' right-hand and emissary, or maybe the other half of a Big Bad Duumvirate with Giygas, as the now-mindless alien can no longer think for himself. Pokey constructed a Devil's Machine to allow Giygas to think rationally, though without it, Giygas is but a mindless mass of raw power. So ultimately, Giygas may be dependent on Pokey, and Pokey chooses to follow Giygas. Therefore, a somewhat cooperating Big Bad Duumvirate... unless it can be interpreted that Pokey is actually manipulating Giygas and using him as an attack dog, making Pokey the Big Bad. Other than that, it's Giygas.
    • In MOTHER 3, Pokey, aka the bratty kid from the second game who turns out to be The Dragon to Giygas, is revealed to be the Big Bad in the final chapter, now going by Porky Minch, the Pig King.
  • 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.
  • Mystery Of Mortlake Mansion: The Evil Sorceror, 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.
  • Most Nasuverse works have one.
    • Roa/SHIKI (whoever is dominant at the time) in Tsukihime.
    • The Night of Wallachia, then White Len, in Melty Blood. It's taken over by the Dust of Osiris in Actress Again.
    • Kotomine Kirei and Gilgamesh in Fate/stay night (they didn't start everything, but are lying in wait). They did it in Fate Zero too.
    • In Heaven's Feel, the Big Bad is Zouken (who is directly or indirectly responsible for everything bad that happens in the entire route) , although both Kotomine and (eventually) Dark Sakura could also be seen as this.
    • Araya Souren in Kara no Kyoukai. Notably, he was confronted about halfway through the series and never heard from again.
    • In Fate/EXTRA it's Twice H. Pieceman, but in CCC, the derailment of the War transfers the role to Kiara Sesshouin.
    • Archimedes for Fate/Extella, though he's working on behalf of the true enemy, the Velber.
    • The first arc of Fate/Grand Order has Beast I, Goetia.
    • On the other hand, in the overarching story about the struggle of humanity in the multiverse, the overall Big Bad is Gaia, the spirit that embodies Earth. Because humanity is growing out of their "nursery", so to speak, Mother Earth who can't stand that Alaya (embodiment of humanity) becomes independent from her, do her best to destroy humanity's progress. In one universe, she continues to do so despite being effectively dead by summoning her "siblings" to aid her.
  • 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 Huerodis 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... has Wizeman.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jasper Batt Jr. in No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle. In almost every other game by Suda 51, including the first No More Heroes, whether or not there's a villain, let alone WHO, is up to interpretations. Other exceptions include Fleming in Shadows of the Damned, and Swan in Lollipop Chainsaw.
  • No One Lives Forever and its sequel have the Director of H.A.R.M.
  • Nostalgia has Emperor Terra.

    O 
  • 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 4.
    • Therion's route has Darius.
    • H'annit's route has Redeye.
  • Oddworld:
    • Abe's Oddysee has Molluck the Glukkon.
    • Abe's Exoddus has the Brewmaster.
    • Munch's Oddysee has Humphrey and Irwin with Humphrey as the dominant Big Bad.
    • Stranger's Wrath has Sekto.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • There are three in Ōkami: Orochi, Ninetails and Yami. It's later revealed that all of the main bosses in the game, main villains and minions, come from the same source (not another villain, but rather the source of evil's very existence).
  • In Ōkamiden, there's Akuro, who may or may not be the core of Master Anura, Bullhead, Sen, Ryo, and King Fury, a part of Yami along with the previously mentioned demons, or the Greater-Scope Villain of the first game, using both Orochi and Yami as vessels. The game contradicts itself a lot, though.
  • 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 and 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.
    • The Pac-Man World series has quite a few.
      • Toc-Man in the first game who is a robot run by a Ghost name Orson.
      • Spooky in the second game.
      • Erwin in the third game.
    • 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 Reboot, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures has Betrayus.
  • Parasite Eve has Eve.
  • 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.
  • 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 1 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.
    • 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, 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 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 being one of them. 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.
  • The Phantasy Star tetralogy has Dark Force, with the Profound Darkness, the Final Boss of IV, as The Man Behind the Man.
  • 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 (Team Rocket).
    • Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal and its remakes (HeartGold and SoulSilver): In the originals, there is no nominated leader of the regrouped Team Rocket; the final Team Rocket Executive fought in the Radio Tower is the closest the organization has to one. The remakes gave the Rocket Executives names, and so the aforementioned Executive was finally given an identity: Archer.
    • Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald and its remakes (Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire): Maxie (Team Magma) and/or Archie (Team Aqua), depending on which version you are playing (Magma for Ruby, Aqua for Sapphire). Notably, the other team leader will actually assist you in stopping the Big Bad; however, both leaders are Big Bads in Emerald.
    • Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum: Cyrus (Team Galactic).
    • Pokémon Black and White: The game wants you to think that N Harmonia is the Big Bad. At the last second though, his father Ghetsis turns out to be the true culprit behind Team Plasma's goals.
    • Pokémon Black 2 and White 2: Colress is acting like the Neo Team Plasma boss, although he was acting as the boss only for his own purposes and the Big Bad is actually Ghetsis again.
    • Pokémon X and Y: Lysandre (Team Flare).
    • Pokémon Sun and Moon: Initially, Guzma (Team Skull) is set up as the main antagonist, being the leader of the local villain team. Later on it's revealed that Lusamine (Aether Foundation) is the real villain and that Guzma is simply The Dragon.
    • Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon: In a main series first, the Big Bad is not the leader of an evil team or even human for that matter - for these games, Necrozma takes the mantle as the main antagonist. In the post-game, Giovanni returns, now leading a team consisting of the villains from previous games.
  • Then there's the spin-off series, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky: Darkrai, who wanted to cover the world in darkness and has been manipulating events behind the scenes the whole time, messing with the fabric of time and space as well as appearing in the heroes' dreams to get them to kill themselves.
  • PokéPark Wii 2: Wonders Beyond had a Darkrai as the Big Bad. He created the Wish Park to fulfill his sinister plans. Pikachu then gets depressed after Darkrai yanks the memories of Oshawott, Snivy, and Tepig. After getting out of his depression thanks to Piplup, Pikachu restores the memories of Oshawott, Snivy, and Tepig. Pikachu then must fight Darkrai to put a stop to Darkrai's evil plans.
  • Pokémon Ranger has Gordor (Go-Rock Squad).
    • Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia has Blake Hall (Team Dim Sun).
    • Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs has Dr. Edward (Societea), before being usurped by Purple Eyes.
  • 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.
  • Detective Pikachu has Keith Norman as the main perpertrator spreading 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:
  • [PROTOTYPE] has Elizabeth Greene for the Infected, and General Peter Randall for Blackwatch.
    • The true antagonist is the real Alex Mercer as he created the Blacklight virus and unleashed it in New York. Too bad you won't confront him since he died unleashing the virus.
    • The second game would have Alex Mercer.
  • Psychic Force has Richard Wong: an arrogant Smug Snake/Magnificent Bastard 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.

    Q 
  • In Quest Fantasy S O U L is the ultimate threat to the fantasy world, distorting and corrupting it into S O U L’s own image, with Old Guy The King as The Dragon. In Era Ovation Acceptance, two rival eldritch abominations show up. Snaily Joe plots to rule the world as it’s democratic leader in the wake of S O U L’s destruction (though Morshu beats him pretty easily). The very end of EOA also introduces a new Big Bad in the form of Shachihata, a world-devouring entity who wants to eat the fantasy world and poses as The Creator Arale. The Dimensional Stability Officer tells Morshu that, should be have to choose between helping S O U L or Shachihata in their battle, he should choose the former. Assuming Morshu follows his advice, Shachihata would be the Big Bad of his post-game adventures.

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