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  • The Big Bad of .hack// could go one of two ways: Cubia (although defeating him doesn't really solve anything other than getting him out of the way), or Morganna, although you never really fight her directly. She simply uses the phases to interact and fight for her. Once Kite "kills" Aura, she is able to come back and defeat the last phase of Morganna, and truly be born.
  • Cubia from the .hack//G.U. games.
  • The Man in Glasses from 1213 turns out not to be. He's the only person who was actually on your side throughout the entire game, while everyone else — including your apparent "ally" that he kills — were trying to stop you from performing the mission you were created for, believing you were too irretrievably damaged to be successful.
  • 16 Ways to Kill a Vampire at McDonalds: The titular vampire wants to drain the cashier's blood, and Lucy must find a way to kill him before he does.
  • 3 in Three: As the site notes, there are three antagonists that 3 faces in her quest to return to the spreadsheet by repairing the computer:
    • The Misfit Vowels are an army of corrupted vowels that are running amok and causing much of the damage to the computer, and 3 must capture them to stop them.
    • The Anti-Virus Robot wants to delete 3 as it sees her as a glitch or virus. Though, in practice, it does little to get in her way.
    • The pi symbol is the one using the misfit vowels to destroy the word processor so he can wipe out all letters and prove that numbers are superior. Of the three, he is the main threat.
  • The conflict in 8Bit Killer is driven primarily by Master Brain, an alien who commands an army of humans to destroy what's left of humanity under the pretense of promising a new dawn.

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  • A Blind Legend has the king who has Edward's daughter captured by some of his guards.
  • A Plague Tale: Innocence: Grand Inquisitor Vitalis Benevent orders the manhunt for the de Rune children so he can acquire the Macula and weaponize the Black Death to conquer the world.
  • Advanced Variable Geo series: Miranda Jahana is the founder of Section-9 who created the hybrids and is using the tournament to test them and create the perfect fighter/bio-weapon. She also desires to break Yuka Takeuchi for getting in her way.
  • AdventureQuest Worlds has Drakath, the Champion of Chaos, who is sending out thirteen Lords of Chaos to terrorize the land of Lore, and who killed Sepulchure, who was the Big Bad in most of Artix Entertainment's other games.
  • Alan Wake: The Dark Presence, a sinister otherworldly being stuck at the bottom of a lake, manipulating Alan to write a story to set it free, all while terrorizing the town of Bright Falls.
    • Alan Wake's American Nightmare: Mr. Scratch, an avatar of the Dark Presence, still trying to torment Alan so he will set it free from the lake.
  • American McGee's Alice: the Queen of Hearts.
  • Baldour, the evil being of the Silver Star in Alisia Dragoon. His followers are trying to revive him through most of the game, and eventually do succeed... Alisia, of course, tears him a new one.
  • Alien: Isolation: The Alien drives the conflict even after it is defeated halfway through. APOLLO also qualifies, since he is responsible for turning turning the Working Joes against the humans on the station and outlives the Alien.
  • The Alliance Alive: Kuwalsa, who seeks to recreate the universe in his own image because he cannot stand the idea of being "insignificant" in the current one.
  • Alpha Protocol: Henry Leland.
  • Alone in the Dark: Ezechiel Pregzt in the first game, One-Eyed Jack in 2, Jedediah Stone in 3, Alan Morton in The New Nightmare, and Lucifer in the 2008 game.
  • Amea: The one responsible for the title character’s memory loss is The Master Eye, leader of the Cult of the Eye who brainwashes everyone by getting them to gouge their eyes.
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent: Baron Alexander.
  • Among the Sleep: The Protagonist's Mother.
  • Anaksha: Female Assassin: Each game with the exception of Quick Stop has one.
    • The original game has Vincent St. Claire, a school principal who runs a criminal empire that is the cause of much of the rampant crime in Santa Lina. His drug dealing was foreshadowed as far back as mission 4, and it's his actions that start Anaksha on her quest.
    • A Sea of Fire has Frank, a local club owner who has plans to import and sell anti-tank weapons to local gangs, which could escalate gang war.
    • A New Threat has Trent, a drug dealer who is a minion in an organization that is spreading a new drug, “Pixie Dust”, throughout the Hell's Cats district.
    • Dark Angel has Tony Valentino, aka Big-V, the head of his aptly-named V-syndicate that is responsible for spreading and dealing Pixie Dust, as well as the kidnapping of Ivonne and the murder of DeMartini, which Anaksha was framed for.
  • Angels of Death: Doctor Daniel "Danny" Dickens is the one who recruited the other killers of the Tower and brought Rachel to the tower in the first place, and is hell-bent on making sure Ray and Zack never leave.
  • Angry Birds series: King Pig is the leader of the pigs and the one who leads the operations to steal the titular birds' eggs.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures's Excuse Plot concerns the Nerd and company getting sucked into Game Land. At the end of the final level, the person who did this is revealed: Fred Fuchs/Fucks, the programmer for one of the games the Nerd made fun of.
  • Anodyne: The Evil Darkness is the mysterious entity that Young must save the Legendary Briar from. The endgame heavily implies that the Darkness is Briar, actually Young's Evil Former Friend.
  • Ao Oni: The titular Ao Oni haunts the mansion and tries to kill Hitoshi and his friends.
  • Ape Escape: Specter leads the titular apes in his plans to Take Over the World.
  • Arc Angle: Fallen Angle, The Rival to the hero who joined the terrorist organization Defiance out of jealousy of the hero, but also because he discovered Xero-Fin, the supposed Big Good, actually plotted with the terrorist programs to attack cyberspace so that he could get fame and recognition by having Arc Angle stop it.
  • Arc the Lad: The Dark One in the first two games, and the Professor/Ludwig in Arc the Lad III.
  • Aria's Story: Clyde Harow the Librarian is the creator of the dark book world and the monsters inhabiting it, and is the one who trapped Aria inside, because he wants to test her and see if she can behave like the real Aria; on the other end is the Rabbit, the In-Universe Big Bad of Lewin's story that the book world is based on, who leads the monsters in trying to kill Aria in order to preserve themselves against Clyde's orders, as Clyde plans on disposing of them if Aria completes her journey.
  • Arkanoid series: DoH, or Dominate Over Hour, is the Reality Warper that attacks the titular mothership and goes after the Vaus spacecraft. In Revenge of DoH, it takes over the Xorg spaceship to get revenge, and in DoH It Again, it lures the Arkanoid with a fake planet to destroy Vaus.
  • The Armed With Wings series has Vandheer Lorde. He's the series' most recognizable antagonist and serves as the Final Boss of most of the games. The main exception is Armed With Wings 2, which has Vandheer Lorde as the Villain Protagonist and the Armed With Wings/Lone Warrior the Hero Antagonist. Network is sort of The Man Behind the Man to Vandheer Lorde in Armed With Wings 3. However, the latter still serves as the Final Boss while Network is the second-to-last boss.
  • The overarching plot of the Assassin's Creed series has the Templar Order/Abstergo Industries, with Warren Vidic being their most prominently villainous member in the main games. Following Vidic's death, Juhani Otso Berg becomes the most prominently seen Templar. Juno was also revealed as a chessmaster villain at the end of III, and from then on acts as the Greater-Scope Villain to both factions. Each game also has its own Big Bad:
  • In the regular storyline of Asura's Wrath, Lord Deus and Gohma Vlitra are the primary forces that are plaguing the world that Asura finds himself in. In the Grand Finale DLC, however, it turns out that Chakravartin, the Creator, is the one responsible for the Gohma, and by extension, all the horrible things the earth gods did to try to fight them.
  • The Atelier series rarely gets a Big Bad. Most of the games have No Antagonist since they're mainly coming-of-age stories about an alchemist striving to prove themselves to the world, with the Final Boss often being a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere that only serves as the final test for the alchemist to overcome. There are a few exceptions, however.
    • Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana: Mull is an alchemist who abuses mana believing that it will benefit humanity and serves as the Foil to Iris and Klein. Towards the end of the game, he gets usurped and killed by his own creation, The Almagam, who takes his place as the final boss.
    • Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny: Chaos is one of the three Imperial Champions and seeks to revive his dead sister. However, it turns out that he's an Unwitting Pawn to the Crimson Azoth/Palaxius, an Evil Sorceror who wants Lilith's power of creation and destruction for himself.
    • Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm: Crowley, once an unassuming raider, came into possession of the Shadow Gem, which granted him powers over darkness. However, it's revealed that he's been possessed by an unnamed evil alchemist inhabiting said gem, and by Chapter 7, he is defeated and killed by the heroes, leaving the Greater-Scope Villain Uroborus to be the last threat they face.
    • Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland: Meredith Alcock is the Minister of Arland who issued the order to close down Rorona's workshop so that he can build a factory in its place. Once it becomes apparent that Rorona is passing the king's assigned tests, he becomes frustrated and starts sabotaging her efforts directly and indirectly, though most of his attempts are foiled by Rorona's mentor Astrid.
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  • Dante's Inferno: Lucifer himself, who kills Beatrice and sends Dante on a quest to save her soul.
  • Dark Cloud has the Dark Genie. The sequel, Dark Chronicle, had Emperor Griffon/the Dark Element story-wise, though the Dark Genie returns in the final Bonus Dungeon.
  • Dark Forces Saga:
  • Darksiders has the Destroyer, who is revealed to be Abaddon, the former leader of the Hellguard.
  • Dark Souls series:
    • Demon's Souls: The Old One is the source of the Colorless Fog, the spread of the demons, the fall of Boletaria, and the slow death of the world. It's also the source of the setting's magic (called soul arts), and is heavily implied to be "God".
    • Dark Souls: Gwyn, Lord of Sunlight, is the leader of the Lords and the Final Boss. The coming end of the Age of Fire is caused by simple entropy, but the attempts of him and his subordinates to prolong it by keeping the First Flame alive are the cause of much of the bad happenings in the game. Originally a great hero, he caused the Undead Curse and Hollowing by placing the Darksign on the Pygmies and their descendants, and is holding back the Dark even though it is not evil but part of a natural cycle. Even things such as the birth of Demons, the fall of many kingdoms after Lordran, and even the end of the world itself all have some ties to Gwyn in some way.
      • Artorias of the Abyss DLC: Manus, Father of the Abyss who is implied to be the Furtive Pygmy, is the one who defeated and corrupted Artorias, kidnapped Princess Dusk of Oolacile, and is spreading the darkness of the Abyss over the land of Oolacile.
    • Dark Souls II: King Vendrick, the founder of Drangleic, is the one who brought his kingdom to ruin in the pursuit of power, and is the Final Boss. Except he is a Disc-One Final Boss. The true villain and final boss is his wife Queen Nashandra, who is a Soul Fragment of the aforementioned Manus, and seduced Vendrick into warring against the giants, while also being the one who spread the undead plague so she can get the First Flame for herself. Aldia the Scholar Of The First Sin, the brother of Vendrick and co-founder, is the True Final Boss after the game got updated.
    • Dark Souls III: Pontiff Sulyvahn and the four Lords of Cinder are the primary antagonists, while the Soul of Cinder is a fusion of them and every other Lord, serving as an embodiment of the First Flame, and Slave Knight Gael of The Ringed City DLC becomes an embodiment of the Dark Soul. The conflict is caused by a combination of simple entropy and the Lords who were supposed to keep it line abandoning their duties, all for different reasons and without communication with each other:
      • The Abyss Watchers, members of the premier unit of Farron's Undead legion are the collective first Lord, and seek to protect humanity by eradicating the spawn of the Abyss, but are overzealous in achieving this goal.
      • Aldritch, Saint of the Deep/Devourer of Gods, and Pontiff Sulyvahn are the two leaders of the Cathedral of the Deep and the antagonists of the first half of the game, much of which is spent dismantling forces they either directly command or created. Sulyvahn has alliances with numerous other evil sects including Rosaria's Fingers and the surviving nobility of the Profaned Capital, multiple lore-vital characters and settlements were victimized by him, and he was implied to be The Corrupter who caused Lothric to lose his faith in the Fire to begin with. While Sulyvahn is outranked by Aldrich, he's the one who fed Gwyndolin to Aldrich (thus allowing Aldrich to ascend to godhood), the one actually ruling Irithyll and the Cathedral while Aldrich feeds in a basement, and the one taking action. The only thing keeping them from being the wholesale villains is that they are killed 2/3 of the way through the game, though their legacy is felt until the end.
      • Yhorm, the Giant, is the descendant of an ancient conqueror, and by far the nicest of the Lords. He is either the second or third Lord fought, depending on the decisions of the player.
      • Princes Lorian and Lothric are the final Lord faced. They were supposed to rekindle the flame but chose not to, which causes the coming end of the world, and they interfere with the Ashen One's quest, serving as the penultimate boss. However, they do not do anything actively villainous, instead just holding up in their tower. They just want to be left alone.
      • The final boss isn't a real Big Bad, but it is still important in the overarching plot: The Soul of Cinder/Incarnation of Kings, embodiment of the First Flame and a composite of all who chose to link it, including Gwyn, manifested to defend the First Flame.
      • Ashes of Ariandel DLC: Sister Friede, altough seperate from the rest of the game's lore and plot, is the de-facto leader of the Sable Church and the cause of the painted world of Ariandel being overrun by the rot. She convinced Father Ariandel not to let the flame burn the Painted World away so a new one may be born, deployed her Corvian Knights to stop both the Ashen One and the forlorn Corvians from ruining her plot, and kidnapped the Painter to make sure she won't attempt to create another world.
      • The Ringed City DLC: It doesn't have a real Big Bad, but the final boss is important in terms of the overall story: Slave Knight Gael, the embodiment of the Dark Soul, created when Gael ate the Pygmy Lords to make the Dark Soul in himself so the Painter can use his blood, infused with the Dark Soul, to paint a new world.
  • The Darkness: Paulie Franchetti.
  • Dawn of War:
  • Forrest Kaysen in Deadly Premonition, who caused most, if not all of, the problems in the story (the murders that take place in Greenvale, and driving the townspeople insane with purple gas). It's even to the point he's responsible for horribly mentally scarring the original personality of the one called York, the original personality being Zach.
  • Dead or Alive series:
    • Raidou in the first.
    • Tengu in the second.
    • Omega / Genra in the third.
    • ALPHA-152 in the fourth and fifth.
  • Dead Island has The Voice who seems to be Ryder White, but it's really Charon/Kevin.
  • Dead Rising has Carlito Keyes, though he's more of a Big Bad Wannabe.
    • The Overtime mode introduces Brock Mason, the second Big Bad of the game.
    • Dead Rising 2 has TK throughout the entire game, although the true mastermind behind the outbreak is revealed to be Sullivan, or Stacey in the alternate timeline of Off the Record.
    • The Case West DLC seems to reveal the series' Greater-Scope Villain in the form of the Director of Phenotrans, Marian Mallon.
    • Dead Rising 3 has a Big Bad Duumvirate between Marian Mallon and General John Hemlock.
    • Dead Rising 4 has Calder.
  • Dead Space has two, Mercer and Kendra. The situation is unique as you fight neither of them, though you do fight what may or may not be considered as the third Big Bad, the Hive Mind.
    • Considering it's puppeteering the other Necromorphs and is the Final Boss... Mercer even talks about "... the Hive Mind's gift", suggesting he considers himself to be its servant.
    • Dead Space 2 has Hans Tiedmann at first, until Nicole/The Golden Marker (12B) reveals herself as the true Big Bad.
    • Dead Space 3 has Jacob Danik.
  • Death Stranding has the terrorist Higgs, who seems to be a menacing villain, and serves as the main threat to Sam throughout the game, but is ultimately just a pawn and the enforcer for the real villain, and is defeated before the game's end. The real villain is actually Amelie, the Extinction Entity who brought about the Sixth Death Stranding and is destined to bring about the Last Stranding, the extinction of all life on Earth. She wants to end suffering by forcefully hastening the Last Stranding. There is also the threat of Cliff, a Humanoid Abomination who attacks Sam during "supercell" storms that drag Sam to areas based on historical wars, but Cliff is more of an Arc Villain who has little true relevance to the main plot, figuring more into the backstory and the background of certain characters.
  • Deep-Sea Prisoner verse:
    • Mogeko Castle: There are three antagonists Yonaka Kurai faces in her quest to escape the titular castle:
      • King mogeko created the titular castle and the Mogeko species and is trapping Yonaka inside so they can rape her.
      • Moge-ko is a sadistic Mogeko girl who is the king's enforcer but terrifies even him and wants Yonaka to herself.
      • Shinya Kurai, Yonaka's brother, killed their parents and wants to kill Yonaka herself, but is otherwise unrelated to the main plot.
    • The Gray Garden: Ivlis is the Devil of the Flame World and leader of the terroristic Flame Devils who starts the attack on the Gray Garden and sends his minions to cause chaos and destruction, with the ultimate goal of killing and usurping Etihw and Kclab, then using their powers to conquer the other worlds as well. Though the ending reveals his true motives were to take revenge on the other gods and devils and free his people from their tyranny, and an unknown traitor within the Garden was giving him directions.
    • Wadanohara: Princess Tosatsu is leading Tosatsu Kingdom in a war against the Sea Kindgom to take the throne from Princess Uomi, as she tried long before. Except she's not the mastermind; Sal/Syake-san, the traitor, is the one who manipulated her into attacking as part of his plan to unseal his master. In the third act, Princess Mikotsu, Uomi's real sister and Sal's boss, takes this position upon becoming unsealed.
  • Default Dan, as part of it’s inversion of Mario tropes, has the Princess kidnap Dan’s turtle-dragon friend, sparking Dan’s quest to save him.
  • Demon Gaze has Lu Lunark/Lulu/Luna, who is actually a demon seeking to revive the Greater-Scope Villain, Sol.
  • Demonophobia: Lucifer/the Butcher is the keeper of Hell who chases after Sakuri Kunikai and is keeping her from escaping. Until the end reveals that Ritz, Sakuri's guide, was the demon who trapped her in the first place, and stole her memory so she could break him out.
  • Def Jam: Fight for NY: Crow.
  • Dept. Heaven series:
  • Depict1: The benefactor/shadow actively works against the protagonist, lying to them about how to escape, to keep them trapped. The true end reveals them to be the protagonist's Living Shadow who wants to 'protect' them by ensuring they never leave.
  • Deus Ex Universe:
    • Deus Ex has Bob Page and Walton Simons.
    • Invisible War has Saman, the head of The Templars.
    • Human Revolution doesn't really have a main antagonist, but Hugh Darrow comes the closest. Bob Page from the original game serves as the Greater-Scope Villain though he is never encountered directly, and Pieter Burke is is the antagonist of The Missing Link DLC.
    • Mankind Divided has Lucius DeBeers, the leader of the Illuminati. However, his actual involvement is minimal, with Viktor Marchenko serving as The Heavy.
  • The Devil May Cry series has one in each game:
    • Devil May Cry has Mundus, the Demon King, who lures Dante to Mallet Island with the help of his creation Trish so he finish off the last remaining blood of Sparda after he spilled the blood of the wife and kidnapped and enslaved the older twin, Vergil.
    • Devil May Cry 2 has Arius, the CEO of Uroboros, who wishes to use the power of the Arcanas to resurrect the Demon King Argosax so that he will be blessed with absolute immortality to rule over the entire world.
    • Devil May Cry 3 has Arkham, who manipulates both Dante and Vergil along with his own daughter so that he can unlock the gate to the Demon World and obtain the ultimate power of Sparda.
    • Devil May Cry 4 has Sanctus, the leader of the Order of the Sword, who wishes to use Sparda's power as the Savior in order to cleans the world of its evils and rule over it.
    • Devil May Cry 5 has Urizen, the Demon King, who planted the seed of the Qlipoth tree in Red Grave City, draining the lives of the citizens there in order to bear a fruit that will grant him absolute power. However, he is later defeated and assimilated into his true identity: Vergil, who previously inadvertently created Urizen as part of his desire to gain power to defeat his brother.
    • Dm C Devil May Cry has Mundus, the demonic Evil Overlord secretly ruling the world.
  • Diablo, the Lord of Terror, is the Big Bad of the series that bears his name, though in Diablo II, he shares this status with his two brothers, Mephisto and Baal, as the "Prime Evils." In Diablo III, it's Diablo again using Leah as his vessel, and in the Reaper of Souls expansion, it's the fallen angel Malthael.
  • From the Digimon videogame adaptations:
    • Digimon World has Analogman, with his Machinedramon acting as the final boss.
    • Digimon World 3 initially had a Big Bad Ensemble between the Leader of the A.o.A terrorists, the MAGAMI president, and Lord Megadeath until Snatchmon, a combination of various Vemmon, performed a Dragon Ascendant and merged with the Gunslinger Satellite to digivolve into Galacticmon with intentions of merging with Earth itself to become Gaiamon.
  • Disgaea:
  • Dishonored:
  • Divine Divinity: The Demon of Lies a.k.a. Duke Janus.
  • Do It For Me: The Wuffles/Wooffles are black monsters that are terrorizing the protagonist's girlfriend and who he must kill to prove his love for her. However, they're actually innocent classmates- the real villain is the girlfriend, who tries to manipulate the protagonist into killing the students for her own amusement.
  • Donkey Kong
    • Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong 3 both have the titular Donkey Kong, whom Jumpman must rescue Pauline from.
    • Donkey Kong Jr. has Mario. This time he kidnaps Donkey Kong, leaving Donkey Kong Jr. to rescue him.
    • Since Donkey Kong Country, King K. Rool has been the Big Bad and Final Boss of the majority of the Donkey Kong games up until his inexplicable disappearance. Each game has him attempt various schemes under different personas in order to eradicate the Kong family.
    • Donkey Kong Country Returns has Tiki Tong, the leader of the Tiki Tak Tribe. Tiki Tong has his minions hypnotize the residents of DK Island into stealing his Banana Horde, so that he may use them to expand his forces.
    • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has Lord Fredrik, the leader of the Snowmads. After bringing an Endless Winter to DK Island, Lord Fredrik and the Snowmads take over the island, with DK and co. having to take it back from him.
  • Don't Be Afraid has Franklin Deagon, a masked Serial Killer who preys upon children and is the one who kidnapped David.
  • Doom:
    • Doom: The Spiderdemon is behind the invasions of Phobos and Deimos, and fighting through Hell to defeat him is the final goal of the game.
    • Doom II: Hell on Earth: The Icon of Sin is the one who spawned all the enemies in the first place. Considering that it only appears once in the game, and its destruction damages untold miles of Hell's surface, we can assume that it is the big bad of the game.
    • Doom 64: The Mother Demon is the one who rebuilds the demon army to attack humanity once more.
    • Doom 3: Dr. Malcolm Betruger, who is singlehandedly responsible for the demon invasion of Mars, is both a Mad Scientist and an Evil Sorcerer in league with Hell itself, and wants to bring about Hell on Earth. He becomes a demonic dragon thing by the name of the Maledict at the end of the game proper, and you finally put paid to the evil bastard in Resurrection of Evil.
    • DOOM (2016) Olivia Pierce colludes with Hell in bringing about Hell on Mars, and eventually becomes the Spider Mastermind in a bid to become a God.
    • Doom Eternal: The Khan Maykr is the ruler of the Makyrs of Urdak and overseer of the demonic invasion of Earth.
      • The Ancient Gods two-part expansion has the Dark Lord, Davoth, the ruler of Hell and leader of its armies.
  • The DonPachi series has Colonel Longhena, while Hibachi acts as the True Final Boss of every game.
  • Double Dragon:
  • Double Pug Switch gives us Sker, a cat who pilots its own personal ship, and is always shooting missiles at Otis when they encounter one another.
  • Dragon Age
  • Dragon Ball games:
    • Given that most games adapt the events of Dragon Ball Z, they tend to have a Big Bad Ensemble consisting of Vegeta, Frieza, Cell, and Buu.
    • Dragon Ball Xenoverse: Demigra, who aims to destroy history and create a new one where he can reign freely as a God of Time.
    • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2: Mira and Towa. Dabura takes over as the villain in the Extra Story Mode.
    • Dragon Ball Fighter Z has Android 21, an android programmed to have a strong need to feed on strong warriors. Her goal is to capture all the Z-Warriors, turn them into a giant feast of power for herself, then explore the universe to eat in an attempt to satisfy her endless hunger.
  • The Dragon Quest games have their fair share of Big Bads:
    • Dragon Quest I has the Dragonlord. He's the supreme being over all monsterkind who has stolen the Sphere of Light, planted himself in Castle Charlock and has subjugated the entire world to his will.
    • Dragon Quest II had Hargon, who attacks Moonbrooke and summons Malroth upon his defeat.
    • Dragon Quest III had Zoma, who was plunging the world of Alefgard into darkness while his minion Baramos ruined another world at his behest.
    • Dragon Quest IV had Psaro the Manslayer, aka Necrosaro until the DS version added a new chapter, revealing that Psaro's apparent Dragon Aamon had in fact been manipulating him all along.
    • Dragon Quest V had Nimzo (also known as Mildrath).
    • Dragon Quest VI had Murdaw, also known as Mudo until his defeat, upon which you find out evil still plagues the world. After D(h)uran is defeated, he tells them that he, Murdaw/Mudo, and the other demon lords were just pawns of the true Big Bad, Mortamor (also known as Dethtamoor).
    • Dragon Quest VII had Orgodemir, the Demon Lord who sealed most of the continents of the world to prevent God from defeating him. In the second disk, he tries to seal the continents again, while posing as God Himself.
    • Dragon Quest VIII had Dhoulmagus until it turns out the scepter he stole had been containing the real Big Bad, Lord Rhapthorne.
    • Dragon Quest IX had Corvus, a former Celestrian driven mad by centuries of hatred and solitude.
    • Dragon Quest XI had Mordegon, an Evil Sorceror who was a former hero who got corrupted by Calasmos.
  • The Drakengard series has Big Bads for each installment. Basically, all of them are messed up (as are most characters), and not all problems are strictly their fault:
  • In Dungeon Maker II: The Hidden War, the Big Bad is Revenger, a demon looking to restart a 70,000-year-old war that almost destroyed the world.
  • Drawn to Life and it's sequel has Wilfre, a corrupted Raposa who destroyed the book of life and brought the shadows to the world in the first game, and started draining the world's color in the second game.
    • Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter for the Wii has Circi, a Raposa in love with Wilfre who seeks his resurrection.
  • Dragalia Lost has the Other, who's true name is Morsayati.
  • DRL has the spider mastermind. And behind her, the true evil behind the invasion, John Carmack.
  • Dust: An Elysian Tail has General Gaius, who leads the campaign to wipe out the reptilian Moonblood race.
  • Dying Light: Kadir "Rais" Suleiman.

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  • Earthworm Jim has Queen Slug-For-A-Butt for the first game, and Psy-Crow for the second game.
  • The Elder Scrolls has a different Big Bad in each game, though each often serves or is at least in league with one of the series' many deities, often a Daedric Prince. To note:
  • else Heart.Break() has The Ministry, who want to regulate use of Modifiers.
  • Elliot and the Musical Journey has the Skeleton King, who's kidnapped Princess Adeline, and stolen the world's music.
  • Embric of Wulfhammer's Castle : Azreala D'Fleur/Tierra del Fuego is revealed in the Final Ending as the one behind all the villains the Duchess has faced, as the events are the Duchess dreaming of the future, but Azraela is influencing the dreams to feed on her despair.
  • Emerald Dragon: The Demon King Galshia fits this for most of the game, but he's later revealed to working for the true Big Bad, Tiridates.
  • End Roll: The Indecent One is the source of the monsters in Russell’s dream, and his biggest tormentor. She represents Russell’s abusive mother.
  • The Big Bad of Epic Mickey is the Shadow Blot, retooled into an Eldritch Abomination made of paint and thinner. Oddly enough, he was created accidentally by Mickey Mouse himself!
  • Epic Seven has one per Episode.
    • Episode One, The Heir of the Covenant, focuses on Anghraf the Archdemon, the being responsible for destroying the world six times.
    • Episode Two, Godkiller, features Straze, the Black Knight and titular Godkiller, until it's revealed that he is having his strings pulled by Faustus, the Dark Star and the Overarching Villain for the entire story.
  • Eternal Radiance: Eldareth is the leader of the Shadowborn, an organization that steal Akleim artifacts and assassinates anyone who tries to investigate or obstruct them. He's not the first leader of the organization, but he is the one ordering the recent thefts and plans to use the artifacts to destroy the Shadowborn while most of them are gathered at their base. This has the risk of destroying all of Darencia, which is why the protagonists have to stop him.
  • Eternal Sonata has Count Waltz, the ruler of The Empire who causes the problems for the heroes with his new drug, the Mineral Drug, which can cure illness, but are addictive and drive humans insane.
  • Eternal Twilight has Black Magi Supreme Azael, who manipulated Empress Verona into starting a war against Magi, all as part of his scheme to eliminate his successor, claim the COSMOS relic, and Take Over the World.
  • E.V.O.: Search for Eden has a new Big Bad for each of the five Eras:
    • Era 1: King Kuralesache
    • Era 2: King Bee, later succeeded by Queen Bee
    • Era 3: The entire Tyrasaur/Tyrannosaurus species
    • Era 4: Bird-Man King and Sir Yeti
    • Era 5: Bolbox. In addition, it turns out the ones accidentally responsible for all of these except King Kuralesache are Martians.

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  • The big bad of Fable is the demon Jack of Blades. Fable II has Lord Lucien. Fable III has The Crawler. It is hinted throughout the series that Theresa may be serving as a Greater-Scope Villain, but this was outright disproven in Fable: The Journey. Theresa actually manipulated everything in order to save the world from The Corruptor (the Big Bad of the game, and the Greater-Scope Villain of the series as a whole up to that point), so she's the Big Good for all intents and purposes.
  • Fairy Fencer F has President Hanagata, the 52-year old leader of Dorfa who plans to resurrect the Vile God to conquer the world and bring peace. Depending on the route however, he’s usurped by a different character. In the Goddess Route, he is killed; Sherman Shallancer becomes the new leader once he offs Hanagata and goes off the deep end, deciding to fuse with the Vile God himself to bring peace. In the Vile God route Hanagata isn't even the real president, it’s Fang, who himself is just a figurehead for Marianna, one of the Four Heavenly Czars. In the Evil Goddess route, Dorfa isn’t even a threat anymore as it’s been disbanded, and there is a new organization, the Septerion Club, ruled by Jeane/Junown, who wants to revive the titular Evil Goddess.
  • The Fallout series:
    • Fallout: The Master, the leader of the Unity who wants to turn everyone into super mutants and kill anyone who opposes him.
    • Fallout 2: Dick Richardson, the President of the Enclave, with his Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan as the Dragon-in-Chief.
    • Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel: The Calculator, an Artificial Intelligence in charge of Vault 0 in Cheyenne Mountain and the leader of the robot army.
    • Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel: Attis, a highly intelligent super mutant commander in the Master's Army who wants to continue his plans.
    • The cancelled Fallout: Van Buren: Dr. Victor Presper, an Evilutionary Biologist who plans to nuke the Earth using the orbital space station B.O.M.B.-001.
    • Fallout 3: President John Henry Eden of the Enclave, with Colonel Autumn as the Dragon-in-Chief.
    • Fallout: New Vegas: Caesarnote , with Legate Lanius as The Dragon, who becomes the Dragon Ascendant should you kill Caesar and is the Final Boss of three out of four endings. Aside from Caesar, the DLCs all have their own Big Bads:
      • Dead Money: Father Elijah, the former Elder of the Mojave chapter of the Brotherhood of Steel who puts explosive collars on you on three others to rob the pre-War Sierra Madre Casino.
      • Honest Hearts: Salt-Upon-Wounds, war chief of the vicious White Legs tribe who wiped out New Canaan and are now attacking the Dead Horses and Sorrows.
      • Old World Blues: The insane Mad Scientist Dr. Mobius, later on revealed to be Dr. Klein, head of the Think Tank.
      • Lonesome Road: The former courier and Legion Frumentarius Ulysses, who is also the Greater-Scope Villain of the DLCs. He wants to nuke the New California Republic to take revenge for the Courier unknowingly doing the same to Ulysses's home, the Divide.
    • Fallout 4: "Father", the mysterious leader of the Institute that kills people and replaces them with human-like robots called Synths. Though Elder Maxson can also be an antagonist if you don't ally with the Brotherhood of Steel.
  • Fancy Island: The Pieyama God is the leader of the monsters who rules over the titular Amusement Park of Doom.
  • Fantasy Maiden's Odd Hideout: Bernd's unnamed father is the one who is trying to kill Ange and is thus responsible for her being trapped in the gingerbread house, though he's doing it to protect the village- it just so happens that Ange is a Tragic Monster.
  • Far Cry
    • The original game has Dr. Krieger, who is also in a Big Bad Ensemble with Harland Doyle.
    • The second game The Jackal, an arms dealer selling weapons to both waring factions, APR and UFLL, who you were sent to kill. Subverted as he turns out to be one of the good guys (if you can call it that), and by the end of the game you work with him to combat the factions, led by Nick Greaves and Hector Voorhees respectively, which team up by the games climax and intend to commit genocide on the civilians.
    • The third game it looks to be Vaas Montenegro, but it's really Hoyt Volker.
    • The fourth game has Pagan Min, but it's not like Golden Path leaders Amita and Sabal are any better, in fact the ending shows us they may be worse.
    • Far Cry: Primal has Ull, leader of the cannibalistic Udam tribe, and Batari, leader of the slave-taking, sun-worshipping Izila tribe.
    • Far Cry 5 has Joseph Seed, "The Father", head of the Project at Eden's Gate.
      • Far Cry: New Dawn has Mickey and Lou, leaders of the Highwaymen, and Ethan Seed, the leader of New Eden, the successor to the Project at Eden's Gate. Joseph is still around, but he’s not nearly as much of a threat as these three are.
  • Fatal Fury has Geese Howard.
  • For the FEAR series, it's a toss-up between humongously powerful psychic Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl Alma, telepathic psychopath and son of Alma Paxton Fettel, and Corrupt Corporate Executive Genevieve Aristide. While Alma has undeniably been wronged, her revenge is... rather extreme. Fettel, as revealed by the end of the third game, plans to consume Alma's power in order to take over the world. As for Aristide, she just wants to keep her job, and to hell with anyone who has to die in order for her to do so. Events would never have gotten as hellish as they did if any one of them wasn't in the picture. For the first game and its expansions at least, Paxton Fettel is undeniably the main antagonist: he's the one controlling all the Replica soldiers and directing them in an effort to free Alma.
  • The Final Fantasy series is famous for its Big Bads. Some of the most well-known, one in every game:
    • Final Fantasy had The Four Fiends as the initial villains terrorizing the world that the four heroes must defeat, until it's revealed that Chaos aka Garland, the very first boss you fought, is behind the whole thing, just before you fight his true form.
    • Final Fantasy II has Emperor Mateus Palamecia, leader of the Palamecian Empire. He's also the notable exception in the franchise's Rogues Gallery in that he's the major antagonistic force through the entire game. Soul of Rebirth, the sequel quest released with the Game Boy Advance and PSP remakes, puts an interesting spin on this. It's revealed that after the Emperor was killed the first time, his soul split in two, one half going to Heaven and one half to Hell. The Hell Emperor was the Final Boss of the original game. In this one, the party meets the Heaven Emperor... who is also a Big Bad who has upset the natural order of the afterlife and generally made a mess of things (apparently he planned this.) Yes, the Emperor is so evil that even his good half is evil.
    • Final Fantasy III has Xande, who uses the power of darkness to freeze time in the world and become immortal. However he gets trumped by his boss, the incarnation of the time-freezing darkness known as the Cloud of Darkness, after she gets released.
    • Final Fantasy IV has Golbez, leader of the Air Forces of Baron and Cecil’s brother, though he’s nominally working for the King of Baron who is actually his minion. Until later it was revealed he was under the control of the Lunarian Zemus, who wants to eradicate humanity so the Lunarians can reign supreme. Zemus is promptly killed by Golbez, and transforms into the Final Boss Zeromus.
    • Final Fantasy IV: The After Years has the Creator, a nigh-incomprehensible alien being out to resurrect its long-dead race, no matter whose planet it has to step on to do so.
    • Final Fantasy V has Exdeath, who at first appears like a conventional Tin Tyrant type character as he aims to destroy the world via the Void, but is actually made up of evil spirits that were trapped into a giant tree, and then said tree manifested itself as a humanoid. The GBA version also reveals Enou, a necromancer who was mentioned in the original game as Exdeath's predecessor, another villain who also tried to control the void, as an optional superboss battle.
    • Final Fantasy VI starts with Emperor Gestahl leader of the Gestahlian Empire, until he is usurped by Kefka Palazzo, his Monster Clown general who becomes a god by killing Espers and absorbing their souls, then destroys the world.
    • Final Fantasy VII initially has President Shinra of Shinra Electric Power Company, which is killing the Planet by siphoning it’s energy, but he’s killed by Sephiroth, the original White Hair, Black Heart Bishōnen Super Soldier with mommy issues, who fused with his “mother” Jenova, an alien Eldritch Abomination who wrecked the Planet long ago, and later his “father” Hojo. Together they aim to fuse with the Lifestream and become a god. Sephiroth is also the Big Bad of all the spin-offs, except the following ones mentioned:
    • Final Fantasy VIII initially has President Vinzer Deling, but he is killed and usurped by Sorceress Edea, the schoolmaster of Galbadia Garden, and then it's revealed that she was merely a puppet for Ultimecia, a sorceress from the future. It is revealed that the final boss battle leaves Ultimecia in a weakened state, in which she goes back in time, and possesses Edea, meaning the game is a time-loop paradox. Also, Edea was the wife of Balamb Garden's schoolmaster, Cid Kramer, who created a special forces military group whose sole mission is to exterminate sorceresses, including his wife.
    • Final Fantasy IX initially has the tyrannical Queen Brahne, until she is killed and usurped by Kuja, with he and his creator Garland competing for the position, the winner being Kuja, although Garland, like Professor Hojo from VII, is responsible for nearly everything in the background.
    • Final Fantasy X has the massive dragon...thing Sin, who terrorizes the land of Spira, but the main human antagonist is Seymour Guado, a man who believes the only way to end the cycle of Sin is to destroy Spira forever. It is revealed Sin contains Yu Yevon, a god-like being with a cycle to reincarnate itself as the creature Sin as long as summoners keep defeating it with a Final Aeon, and formed the Church of Yevon to support itself.
    • Final Fantasy X-2 has a similar monstrous entity, Vegnagun, who is actually not a creature but an ancient weapon, piloted by the angry ghost of Shuyin, a character with a similar appearance to Tidus. It is implied Shuyin was the actual person the Fayths were inspired by when creating Tidus.
    • Final Fantasy XI has the Shadow Lord, revealed to originally be a Galka soldier who sold his soul to the underworld after being wronged in a love affair, in the original game and acts as the overall Big Bad. Expansion packs also added new villains:
      • Rise of the Zilart: Eald'narche
      • Chains of Promathia: Promathia
      • Treasures of Aht Urhgan: Alexander
      • Wings of the Goddess: Probably Lilith or Atomos (flashback sequences also feature the Shadow Lord's origins)
      • A Crystalline Prophecy: The Seed Crystal, creator of the other crystals which have been causing trouble.
      • Evil in Small Doses: Riko Kupenreich, Exhibit A as to why giving All Devouring Black Hole Loan Sharks cosmic power is a Very Bad Idea. Even if they are Moogles.
      • The Legend Torn, Her Empire Born: Shantotto. Both of them. Neither of whom are the original. These two are Domina Shantotto and Belle Shantotto, respectively.
    • Final Fantasy XII had Vayne, the Well-Intentioned Extremist prince of Arcadia who is actually part of a Big Bad Triumvirate with Mad Scientist Cid and the rogue Eldritch Abomination Venat.
    • Revenant Wings has Feolthanos, the crazed self-proclaimed god of a long-lost race, the Aegyl.
    • Final Fantasy XIII has Primarch Galenth Dysley, who is actually Barthandelus, the fal'Cie creator and leader of Cocoon. He and Orphan, his fellow fal'Cie who powers Cocoon, collaborate together to ensure its destruction.
    • Final Fantasy XIII-2 has Caius Ballad, and he wins.
    • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has Bhunivelze, the world's supreme deity who created Pulse, Etro, and Lindzei.
    • Final Fantasy XIV has the Garlean Empire and its numerous Legati, as well as the mysterious Ascians who ultimately turn out to be behind the Empire too.
      • The first Imperial Legatus to pose a major obstacle to players is Nael van Darnus aka Eula Darnus, who seeks to destroy Eorzea by bringing the lesser moon Dalamud crashing down on the land like a Meteor.
      • Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn has Nael's occupation force replaced by Gaius van Baelsar, whose forces awaken Ultima Weapon in a bid to conquer Eorzea.
      • Stormblood has the Imperial Crown Prince, Zenos Yae Galvus at the helm of its conflict, standing in the way of freeing the nations of Gyr Abania and Doma, which he holds dominion over.
      • Shadowbringers sees players finally face off against the founder of the Empire himself, Solus Zos Galvus who reveals himself as one of the leaders of the Ascians, Emet-Selch, having founded the Empire to further his people's goals. Ultimately, following his death, he is supplanted by his great-grandson Zenos, who returns to cement his place as XIV's true Big Bad, having acquired the powers of an Ascian, and even surpassed their last remaining leader in power.
      • The only significant antagonists outside the Garleans and Ascians, are the Dragons, with Nael's Meteor project having been influenced by Bahamut, while his brother Nidhogg serves as the Big Bad for Heavensward.
    • Final Fantasy XV has the Emperor of Niflheim, Iedolas Aldercapt, but the actual Big Bad is Ardyn Izunia/Ardyn Lucis Caelum, the Chancellor of Niflheim and an ancient Humanoid Abomination who was an ostracised Lucian king and healer. He plots to bring about the Starscourge and end the Lucian royal line. He succeeds in the latter when the last of the line, Noctis, sacrifices himself to destroy Ardyn.
    • Dissidia Final Fantasy establishes that in the Final Fantasy multiverse, the evil god Chaos is the biggest Big Bad. He bosses around most of the people listed above, and the only ones who try to double-cross him are Emperor Mateus, who plans to outlive Chaos to rule the universe and Golbez who, as he was not the Big Bad of his game, decides to help his brother, Cecil, in getting the crystal.
      • Though Chaos himself actually doesn't boss or even order anyone around at "all". Most of the orders come from either the Emperor, or oddly enough... Kefka and Kuja.
  • Final Fantasy Tactics had Lord Folmarv, who is actually Hashmal, the second-in-command and acting leader of the Lucavi. Ultima, his superior, would be considered a Greater-Scope Villain of sorts as she is completely incapacitated until the final battle.
  • The Fire Emblem series is home to quite a few per game.
    • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem and their remakes have the Big Bad Duumvirate of the Earth Dragon Medeus, and the Dark Pontifex Gharnef.
    • Fire Emblem Gaiden and its remake Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia has the Fell God, Duma though he's actually a pretty okay guy; he just has some cosmic-scale sibling rivalry and a wee bit of draconic degeneration going on.
    • Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War has the evil deity Loptous, though he's a very impersonal opponent, and indeed you never fight him directly, with most of the direct villainy being done by his high priest Manfroy and his human vessel Julius.
    • Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, a "midquel" to the two halves of the fourth, has the dark priest Veld, though he's actually Manfroy's second-in-command.
    • Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade has King Zephiel as the main Big Bad.
    • Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade (formerly titled just Fire Emblem in the English release) first focuses on Lundgren, as he's trying to kill Lyn so he can rightfully ascend to the throne of Caelin, but he's just the villain in the prologue. After that, there's Lord Darin, but the actual wirepuller is the Dark Druid Nergal.
    • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones features the Demon King, Formortiis, as the main enemy. He had been defeated by the five heroes many years ago, but he has been revived due to Lyon's creation of the Dark Stone from Grado's sacred stone. While indirectly responsible for Grado's military ambitions, and all that followed it, he is directly responsible for the appearance of monsters across Magvel.
    • Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance stars Ashnard, king of Daein, as the primary antagonist. He desires a world in which the strong dominate the weak, and he seeks to use Lehran's Medallion to awaken a Dark God and gain power. He is the final boss, and most of the earlier bosses are working for him. This includes the Four Riders, most notably the Black Knight.
    • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn mainly has Duke Lekian, who masterminds many of the events, but the game is divided into four parts, each part having its own big bad. In Part I, the primary antagonist is Jarod, a Begnion general who seeks to suppress the Dawn Brigade's uprising in Daein. In Part II, it is Lord Ludveck, who wants to displace Queen Elincia as ruler of Crimea. Part III is unique, in that you alternately play as opposing armies; it could be considered Micaiah, or Ike, but it would better be considered Lekain himself, who orchestrated Pelleas' signing of the blood pact and forced him into a war he had no dog in. In part IV, the true antagonists of the entire Tellius saga are revealed to be Sephiran/Lehran, the seemingly kind priest who was manipulating both Ashnard and Lekian, and Goddess Ashera, the evil and order-obsessed counterpart to Yune (the supposed Dark God Ashnard wanted) who seeks to destroy the world, which she has deemed irredeemable, at the urging of Lehran.
    • Fire Emblem Awakening has Grima, the fell dragon. In the future, Grima's killing Chrom ushered in an age of darkness and brought mankind to the brink of extinction. To prevent this, the children of Chrom and his allies, led by Chrom's daughter Lucina, used Naga's power to travel back in time to prevent Grima's awakening. It is later revealed that the Avatar was created to be a vessel for Grima - and that Grima, still possessing the Avatar from the bad future, also came back to the past, following Lucina's army to ensure his own existence.
    • Fire Emblem Fates changes who the Big Bad is depending on the route.
      • On the Birthright route, Tin Tyrant Garon is the singular main villain you must defeat, although his last words hint at a greater evil lurking in the shadows.
      • On the Conquest route, Garon is part of a Big Bad Ensemble with Hero Antagonist Ryoma, as you must conquer Hoshido and defeat Ryoma in order to bring the war to a close and then kill Garon to bring peace to the land. After they're dead, Takumi is resurrected by an unseen greater evil and becomes the Final Boss, having become hell-bent on killing Corrin and razing Nohr to the ground.
      • On the Revelation route and for the game overall, Anankos is responsible for every bad thing that happens in all three routes and is the main enemy who must be destroyed.
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses initially sets up a Big Bad Duumvirate of the Flame Emperor (who is actually Edelgard von Hresvelg) and Thales, leader of "those who slither in the dark" (who spends much of the game impersonating Lord Volkhard von Arundel). Between the two of them, they're the cause of almost all the bad things the happen in the game, but the truth of the situation is more complicated. Thales is the one who made the Flame Emperor what they are and caused their Start of Darkness while they serve as his Dragon-in-Chief who does most of the work and is the more visible antagonist while he remains hidden in the background (due to being the Emperor of Adrestia while the very existence of "those who slither" is a secret to most people). However, the Flame Emperor actually hates Thales and plans to betray him and his faction as soon as they accomplish their mutual goals. Which one takes more prominence depends on the route you pick:
      • In Azure Moon, Edelgard is the single clear-cut Big Bad for the whole route. You actually do face and kill Thales in this route, but he dies before her and you never learn his true identity or importance. This is ironic since some of his past deeds that Edelgard had no involvement in are very important to the story of this route, but you don't learn the full truth about them.
      • In Verdant Wind and Silver Snow, Edelgard is The Heavy for most of the route, leaving Thales as the sole villain after their death. However, he's not actually the final boss of either route, as there's one more battle after you fight him. On Verdant Wind, "those who slither in the dark" succeed in resurrecting the Predecessor Villain Nemesis, who fights you in one last battle alongside The Remnant of "those who slither". On Silver Snow, Rhea goes insane from overusing her powers and forces you to Mercy Kill her (unless you got an A-support with her, in which case she survives).
      • In Crimson Flower, on the other hand, you side with Edelgard, so the Big Bad is instead Archbishop Rhea, while "those who slither in the dark" are reduced to being defeated offscreen in the epilogue.
      • In theory, Thales is the closest thing to the game has to a single Big Bad overall and is the only one to be an antagonist on all four routes, but you can make the case that the real "Big Bad" of the game is the ancient conflict between the Agarthans (the ancestors of "those who slither in the dark") and Nabateans (of whom Rhea and her followers are the last), and the Cycle of Revenge between them that has perpetuated to the present day. Almost every problem in the setting is a result of their conflicts, and every route's ending results in those who remain on both sides either dead or having lost their power.
    • Fire Emblem Heroes has a different Big Bad for each book.
      • Book 1 focuses on Veronica, princess of the Emblian Empire.
      • Book 2 starts off with a Big Bad Duumvirate between Veronica and Surtr, king of Múspell, but Surtr betrays her and becomes the sole main villain from that point forward. Veronica, for her part, has a Heel–Face Turn at the end of the book.
      • Book 3 focuses on Hel, ruler of the land of the dead.
      • Book 4 focuses on Freyja, ruler of Dökkálfheimr, the realm of nightmares.
      • Book 5 focuses on Fáfnir, the once-kind ruler of Niðavellir who has gone insane and now hungers for conquest.
    • Fire Emblem Warriors has Velezark, the evil Chaos Dragon of legend that feeds on dimensions and seeks his resurrection, no matter the cost.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's has William Afton, the child murderer thanks to which the animatronics attack you.
  • The Force Unleashed has Emperor Palpatine. The Force Unleashed II has Darth Vader, since Palpatine is not physically present in the game.
  • Forest of Drizzling Rain: The Kotori Obake is a malicious Youkai who kidnaps children who step foot in her forest, and Shiori must rescue Sakuma from her and escape her to avoid becoming her next victim.
  • Forever Home: The rogue Tren general and main antagonist of the game, Barclyss, is determined to wipe out all life on the planet because he believes life is meaningless. To that end, he slaughters countless people to turn them into undead soldiers and later uses an orbital fortress, Affliction, to blast the planet's surface into oblivion. While he's not the leader of his country, he's the biggest threat in the story and even the actual leader of his country teams up with the heroes to stop him.
  • Forgotten Worlds has the Celestial Emperor Bios, a powerful being bent on taking over all life on the universe, one planet at a time.
  • The DSiWare game entitled Foto Face: The Face Stealer Strikes has the professor as the antagonist, though the description of the game mentions the professor as the Face Stealer. The professor copies your face and then causes you pure hell by wrecking havoc, causing some to blame you, while some are working for the professor, and the remaining others don't know what the heck they are doing, attacking you for no reason. However, six of the characters are not evil. Anyway, you have to chase down the professor and fight him.
  • Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon has Shin.
  • Freedom Planet has Lord Brevon, an alien warlord who kickstarts the plot by turning the three kingdoms against each other so he can acquire the Kingdom Stone.
    • Freedom Planet 2 has Merga, a water dragon freed from her prison after the events of the first game.
  • Freedom Wars has Abel "Strafe" Balt.
  • Friendship: Kayako, friend of Risa and Mio, is the one responsible for Mio's disappearance, as she killed both her and her mom and is hiding Mio's body for herself; meanwhile, Mio's abusive mom haunts their house as a spirit, and is the most direct danger to Risa.
  • Fighting Force Has Zeng, who plunged the world into chaos just to fulfill a prediction of the world ending.
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  • In the Gears of War series, Queen Myrrah is the leader of the Locust Horde and the overall main antagonist of the original trilogy as a whole, with RAAM being The Dragon and The Heavy in the first game, and Skorge being The Dragon and The Heavy in the second. Myrrah herself takes center stage as the main antagonist in the third game.
    • The second trilogy starts off with "The Speaker", a leading member of the Swarm, The Remnant and the evolved form of the Locusts, as the nominal main antagonist of the fourth game, and the Swarm Queen Reyna Diaz, daughter of Myrrah emerges as the leader of the Swarm in the fifth game.
  • Rez in the Gex series.
  • Genshin Impact has a Big Bad Ensemble between the Tsaritsa (the Cryo Archon and the mastermind behind the Fatui) and the Traveler's Sibling (the leader of the Abyss Order). Overshadowing both of them, however, is the Unknown God in the intro who serves as the catalyst for the Traveler's journey to begin with and may in fact also be responsible for corrupting the Sibling.
  • Ghosts 'n Goblins: Astaroth
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands: El Sueño, the head of the Santa Blanca Cartel.
  • Ghost Trick has a Big Bad Duumvirate between Commander Sith, leader of a foreign espionage organization and Yomiel, the Manipulator seeking vengeance by using his ghost powers to manipulate and kill those he blames for ruining his life, as well as being the real man in red instead of Sissel. They've made a deal of mutual benefit to wipe out all the people who knew of Temsik, but each of them has a separate agenda, and it ends with Sith double-crossing Yomiel.
  • Ghoulboy has The Goblin King, who allows monsters to roam the land of Gunzabar freely, and kidnapped Thulgar's dad in hopes of stopping a prophecy that would end in the king's downfall.
  • Gift: The Shadow of the Black Deep Dark Night. Despite being the BigBad, The Shadow shows to Gift once and never fights him directly.
  • Gnarled Hag: The titular Gnarled Hag has imprisoned the girl inside her house, and the girl must escape while hiding from her.
  • God Eater:
  • God Hand seemingly has Belze of the Four Devas, but it turns out be Angra, the true cause of the demon outbreak.
  • God of War:
    • Ares in the first game is leading an invasion on the city of Athens and only Kratos can stop him by finding Pandora's Box.
    • Persephone in Chains of Olympus plots to submerge the world in complete darkness just before destroying all of existence.
    • Thanatos in Ghost of Sparta is holding Kratos' brother Deimos in his domain and Kratos needs to find a way to free him.
    • Alecto in Ascension is the leader of the Furies tormenting Kratos for breaking his oath to Ares and he must kill them to get rid of his bond.
    • Zeus in the second and third main installments, since he is the target of Kratos' revenge after he betrayed and tried to kill him.
    • The Stranger, later revealed to be Baldur in the soft PS4 reboot. Played With as the story focuses completely on Kratos and his son's journey and the Stranger comes across as a Plot-Irrelevant Villain. He is taking orders from Odin who serves as Greater-Scope Villain instead.
  • Golden Axe has Death Adder is the arcade version. In the console version, Death Bringer is the true Big Bad and The Man Behind the Man to Death Adder. In II, the Big Bad is Dark Guld, and in III, the Big Bad is Damud Hellstrike.
  • Each Golden Sun game has a Big Bad Duumvirate, who are fought as a Dual Boss, and the series antagonist Alex:
    • The first game, The Broken Seal, has the trio of Saturos, Menardi, and Alex. The former two are Mars Adepts that lead the original effort to break the seal on Alchemy and bring it back to the world of Weyard, though Saturos is the dominant of the two. The latter is a former Mercury Clan member who betrayed the group and joined up with the other two because he shares their goals.
    • The second game, The Lost Age, has Alex again, this time joined by the pair of Mars Adepts Agatio and Karst, who seek to continue the work of Saturos and Menardi by lighting the four Elemental Lighthouses and restoring Alchemy to the world, and avenge their deaths at the hands of Issac, though Agatio is the dominant one of the pair, and It's Personal for Karst, Menardi’s younger sister.
    • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn has Blados, Chalis, and Arcanus, who work for the military nation of Tuaparang and seek the Apollo Lens to bring about the Grave Eclipse. The former two are a pair of dark adepts, while the latter is a Mercury Adept whom any person who played the first games will instantly recognize as Alex. It’s eventually revealed that Blados and Chalis plan to betray Tuaparang with the Apollo Lens, while Alex betrays them in turn, seeking the Apollo Lens for himself.
  • The Gradius series:
    • Bacterion is usually the Big Bad of the Gradius games.
    • Gofer in Gradius II, IV, and Nemesis III (not to be confused with Gradius III)
    • Dr. Venom in Nemesis II, Nemesis III, Salamander for the MSX version, Gradius V, and Gradius Rebirth
    • Zelos in Salamander/Life Force
    • Doom in Salamander 2
    • O.V.U.M (Original Visions of Ultimate Monster)in Gradius Gaiden
  • The Grand Theft Auto series:
  • Gravity Rush has has The Darkness for the series as a whole.
  • The Great Gaias: Grindelwald Maultor, who is really the dark god Malviticus, establishes the empire of Validus to wage war against the elves and claim the Hourgem of Valnyr, which he plans to use in order to rewrite history in his favor. After he's sealed in the Tower of Illyrium, his servants manipulate many nations to unseal him, resuming his plans to take over all of Tenat and the Celestial Realm.
  • Grim Fandango: Hector LeMans.
  • In the Grow game serie:
    • The red demon from Grow RPG.
    • The purple creature from Grow Comeback.
  • The Guided Fate Paradox has Satanael Kyogoku, who has felled entire parts of Celestia before the start of the story. The focus of the game is for Renya Kagurazaka to become strong enough to fight him.
  • All Guild Wars campaigns have Big Bads of some sort, except perhaps Prophecies (which has several evil groups). The Nightfall campaign also makes Abaddon the big bad of the first three campaigns.
  • Lou the Devil in the Guitar Hero series tries to get aspiring rock-stars to sign his contract so he would get possession of their souls, and also kidnaps the God of Rock in order to get an artifact to drain audiences of their souls.
  • Guilty Gear has That Man, who created the Gears, who in turn have wreaked havoc on the world. He's a pretty ambiguous guy (no one even knows his name) and not much is known about him or what he's planning. It's subverted however, when he is revealed in Xrd -Sign- to have been Good All Along, trying to stop the Kill All Humans plan of the real villain, Ariels.
  • GUN: Colonel Thomas Magruder.

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  • In Half-Life, and its expansion packs Decay, Blue Shift, and Opposing Force, the Big Bad would have to be the Nihilanth, the creature that was maintaining the rift all along, while acting as the telepathic commander of the entire Xenian invasion force.
    • In Half-Life 2 and its Episodes, it's Wallace Breen, former administrator of Black Mesa and the human ruler of Earth under the Combine who commands Les Collaborateurs. However, with Breen's death at the end of the game, the two episodic expansions have his superiors, the Combine Advisors, take full control with a vengeance. You focus on breaking the remnants of the Combine forces on Earth and keeping them from opening a portal back to one of their home dimensions.
  • Halo:
    • Halo: Combat Evolved lacks a specific Big Bad, though 343 Guilty Spark is featured as The Heavy during the final act, and is directly behind one of the two massive threats to the galaxy.
    • Halo 2 and Halo 3 has the Big Bad Ensemble of the Prophet of Truth, and the Gravemind. Truth due to being the leader of the Covenant and primary instigator of the Human-Covenant War and Gravemind for being the Hivemind of the Flood. Truth is also this for Halo 3: ODST, though he only physically appears in the Legendary ending.
    • Halo 4 introduces a new Big Bad in the form of the Didact, the former military leader of the Forerunners. Also, Jul 'Mdama, leader of the Covenant remnant, is this for the Spartan Ops co-op campaign.
    • Halo 5: Guardians has Cortana, who's had a Face–Heel Turn offscreen in between games.
    • The closest thing Halo: Reach has to a Big Bad is the unnamed Elite Field Marshal who seems to be leading most of the Covenant ground troops that the player personally fights (specifically, those of the Fleet of Valiant Prudence).
    • Halo Wars has Arbiter Ripa 'Moramee. While subordinate to the Prophet of Regret, Ripa is a much more authoritative and physical threat.
    • Halo Wars 2 has Atriox, leader of the Banished, a Covenant splinter-faction.
  • Hand In Hand: ???, the shadowy figure chasing the two heroines around in Momoyama Academy, is one of the spirits of the three kokeshi dolls, who kill anyone who removes the dolls from the shrine the heroines happened to be there when the dolls were stolen. Or so it seems, but it turns out to actually be a bank robber who got himself trapped in the school, though there are hints that the spirits may have been involved after all.
  • HarmoKnight: Gargan is the leader of the Noizoids who intends to become ruler of all of Melodia and fill it with endless noise.
  • A Hat in Time is divided into chapters each with their own set of Arc Villains to deal with like the Mafia Boss in Mafia Town and The Snatcher in Subcon Forest, but the real Big Bad of the game is Mustache Girl, a Well-Intentioned Extremist who is so overzealous about ridding the world of bad guys that she's willing to steal all of Hat Kid's Time Pieces and alter the entire world under her rule. However, she is not very prominent until the final chapter of the game and is mostly out-of-focus for the remaining chapters, with only vague hints that she influenced some of the plot from behind the scenes.
  • Atticus Thorn in The Haunted Mansion.
  • Heavenly Sword: The Raven Lord, the spirit of a warlord who corrupted Bohan into villainy to get ahold of the Sword.
  • Heavy Rain has the Origami Killer a.k.a. Scott Shelby.
  • Hello? Hell...o?: The ghost of Akari haunts the room where Kazuki is staying and tries to kill him so she can be with him again, while the ghost of Kazuki in the Alternate Universe does the same thing to the alternate Akari.
  • Henry Stickmin Series:
    • Infiltrating the Airship has the Toppat Clan Leader, the leader of a gang of high-class criminals. To gain a pardon, Henry Stickmin has to take down the Clan.
    • Fleeing the Complex: Dimitri Johannes Petrov is the warden of the Wall, a maximum-security prison that Henry is trying to escape from.
    • Completing the Mission: The Toppat Clan returns as the main villain of the game as it centered around them building a rocket in a secret jungle base in order to launch the remaining Toppat members to the space station which renders them untouchable by the government and depending on the paths Henry took in the previous game, will either find a way to sabotage them or ensure they launch successfully. However, who the leader of the clan is dependant on the route taken in Airship. If Rapidly Promoted Executive or Pure Blooded Thief ending are chosen, then Reginald remains as the leader. In Ruthless Bounty Hunter where Reginald has been arrested, then the Right Hand Man becomes the leader while in Government Supported Private Investigator where both are arrested, Sven Svensson becomes the new leader of the surviving Toppat members.
  • Heroes Must Die: Lord Murder
  • Hitman
  • Each game in the Homeworld franchise has a pretty clear-cut example:
    • The Taiidan emperor from Homeworld. Spends most of the game in the shadows, but according to the backstory for Homeworld: Cataclysm, he was a twisted, ruthless mess of a ruler who managed to stay on his throne by cloning himself, and who ordered the destruction of a planet — namely YOURS — mostly as a publicity stunt.
    • The Beast infection is the primary antagonist in Homeworld: Cataclysm, and towards the end of the game it is controlled by The Nagarrok, an ancient alien vessel that picked up the Beast infection in Hyperspace. It even has its own Dragon in the infected lower half of the Somtaaw Command Ship.
    • The nomadic Vaygr from Homeworld 2 are led by Makaan in their attempts to conquer the galaxy. Unusually for a Big Bad, he's killed before the end of the game, and you spend the last mission fighting off what's left of his fleet as they try to bomb your planet.
    • The K'Had Sajuuk, leader of the Kiith Gaalsien, in Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, who seeks to stop the Kharaki space program and destroy the Coalition to bring peace to and protect Kharak.
  • Caleb Goldman in House of the Dead series. However, there is a Greater-Scope Villain, and it's the Mysterious Man.
  • The demon Varalys in the Hydlide series.

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