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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.
  • 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.





  • 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:
    • Arena has the traitorous Imperial Battlemage and Evil Sorcerer classic Jagar Tharn in this role. Later works reveal that Tharn was secretly in league with Mehrunes Dagon, the Daedric Prince of Destruction.
    • Battlespire, a Dungeon Crawl spin-off game taking place during Arena's time period, has Mehrunes Dagon himself leading the Daedric invasion of the Imperial Battlespire.
    • Daggerfall plays with it, having several plot relevant faction leaders without having a true Big Bad. Lord Woodborne turns out to have been the one to murder the King of Daggerfall, kicking off the game's main quest, but doesn't fit the role once the plot gets going. The Underking is the being most directly tied to the main quest and certainly looks the part of an evil villain, but as it turns out, is not all that far from being a good guy. Out of all of the faction leaders who can get what they want in the game's Multiple Endings, Mannimarco is the most malevolent and villainous in terms of his intentions, but still isn't a true Big Bad.
    • Redguard, a Action-Adventure spin-off game which tells a smaller-scale, more personal story, has the corrupt Imperial governor Admiral Richton as the main antagonist.
    • Morrowind has the Physical God supervillain Dagoth Ur in this role. Depending on your interpretation of events leading up to and following the events of the game, Azura, the Daedric Prince of Dawn and Dusk, may be either a Big Good for her role in defeating Dagoth Ur or a Greater-Scope Villain and Manipulative Bastard who manipulated these events to her own ends, ending up as a Villain with Good Publicity to the Dunmer people in the end.
      • The Tribunal expansion has Almalexia, one of the Tribunal Physical Gods who, as a result of losing her divinity due to the events of the main game, goes completely insane and Axe-Crazy.
      • The Bloodmoon expansion has Hircine, the Daedric Prince of the Hunt. The plot of the expansion is essentially him finding the most worthy competitors for his legendary hunt.
    • Oblivion has Mehrunes Dagon once again. Mythic Dawn cult leader Mankar Camoran serves as his Dragon and Heavy for the main quest, with Dagon himself only showing up at the very end.
      • The Knights of the Nine expansion has the resurrected Ayleid lord Umaril the Unfeathered, with the Daedric Prince Meridia as his divine backer.
      • The Shivering Isles expansion has Jyggalag, the Daedric Prince of Order and alter-ego of Sheogorath, Daedric Prince of Madness.
    • Skyrim has Alduin, the colossal black dragon Beast of the Apocalypse. The secondary main plot will have either Imperial General Tullius or Stormcloak leader Ulfric Stormcloak in this role depending on which side you choose to support. In either case, the Aldmeri Dominion is the Greater-Scope Villain to either side, with each having different opinions of the best way to deal with them in the inevitable second Great War.
    • Online has Molag Bal, the Daedric Prince of Corruption and Domination, in this role.
  • else Heart.Break() has The Ministry, who want to regulate use of Modifiers.
  • 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!
  • 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.

  • 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 jossed 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.
  • The original Far Cry 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 I 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 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 Yurius.
    • 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 version), the 7th installment, 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 supress 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. 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 has Anankos, who creates the Fake Garon before the game itself, mind controls Takumi, and is the Final Boss of the third path.
    • Fire Emblem Warriors has Velezark, the evil Chaos Dragon of legend that feeds on dimensions and seeks his resurrection, no matter the cost.
    • 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. Ironically, 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.
      • 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 routes ending have those who remain on both sides either dead or having lost their power.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's has Freddy Fazbear himself.
    • In Five Nights at Freddy's 2, Freddy takes a backseat to the Puppet, as he is the one who gave the other animatronics life, although Freddy is still The Heavy.
    • In Five Nights at Freddy's 3, Freddy has become a mere phantom, and the new Big Bad is Springtrap AKA the Murderer and the Greater-Scope Villain of the series, possessing a new body of his own. Also, it repaints the Puppet as the Big Good. A really misguided Good Is Not Nice Big Good, but one nevertheless.
    • While previews of Five Nights at Freddy's 4 painted Nightmare Freddy as the Big Bad, the true big bad was the brother of the protagonist. His bullying directly led to the protagonist becoming the Bite of '87 victim.
    • Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location has Circus Baby, who later merges with the other animatronics to become Ennard.
    • Fittingly enough for a game intended to be the Grand Finale, Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator pretty much has a Big Bad Ensemble of many of the Big Bads come back: Springtrap, Baby, a now Molten Freddy (who's made up of the other parts of Ennard after they rejected Baby), and a new Freddy-esque Big Bad named Lefty, who's revealed to actually be the Puppet in disguise, and also confirms the Puppet is the Big Good..
    • The true villain of the franchise is the murderer/purple man, William Afton, who's responsible for all the evil surrounding Fazbear Entertainment in the first place (being the one who murdered the children whos's souls inhabit the animatronics).
  • The Force Unleashed has Emperor Palpatine. The Force Unleashed II has Darth Vader, since Palpatine is not physically present in the game.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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 lack a true Big Bad; instead, you focus on breaking the remnants of the Combine on Earth and keeping them from opening a portal back to one of their home dimensions, with the Combine acting as a largely faceless enemy.
  • 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.
  • The Big Bad of HarmoKnight is Gargan, in which his intentions are to become ruler of all of Melodia. He even planned to use the princess as an energy boost, which would let him fill the world with never ending noise, thus destroying the planet of Melodia. That's two, no, three Evil Plans for the price of one!
  • A Hat in Time is divided into chapters each with their own set of Arc Villains to deal with like The Mafia 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.
  • ‘’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.
  • 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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