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  • Radiant Historia has a different antagonist depending on the timeline. The Standard History has Queen Protea, while the Alternate History has General Hugo. The primary antagonist for the overall plot is revealed to be Stocke's mentor, Heiss.
  • Radiant Silvergun: The Stone-Like, a giant crystal that’s killing everyone on earth. The Spiritual Successor Ikaruga has Tenro Hourai, leader of the Horai, with the Stone-Like as the Greater-Scope Villain.
  • Radiata Stories: There are multiple characters driving the world off a cliff with their actions, but the situation isn't the fault of any one individual, as the main plot is the result of a Gambit Pileup meeting a Celestial Deadline and there isn't any particular individual or group of individuals who could be considered the main source of conflicts. The way events escalate can be mostly pinned down to three people:
    • Zane is the leader of the light elves and, later, the non-humans in general. He is a racist who wants to kill all humans for personal reasons rather than humanity's disruption of the balance. He mostly stays offscreen in the human path and hides his rather bloodthirsty nature when dealing with Jack in the non-human route.
    • Cross Ward is mostly to blame for the war igniting when he slaughters the dwarves. He also was the one who sent the blood orcs to attack the elves, triggering Jack and Ganz's expulsion as well as Ridley's receiving of a transpiritation. He becomes an ally of Jack's in the human route - in theory, anyway - and in the non-human route, he is killed prior to the final confrontation. Also, the results of the second event above were largely out of his control.
    • Aphelion, a.k.a. Lord Lucian, the most competent chessmaster in the game and the only one who really knows what's going on. He's also the Final Boss of both paths. Like the others, in both routes, he's not the only cause of the conflict. He's reacting to a broken situation and trying to run damage control, but his methods bring him into conflict with Jack. In the human route, the player learns just how well-intentioned his plan is, while in the non-human route, he's a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere.
  • Rainbow Six:
    • The first game and its remake, Shadow Vanguard, have John Brightling.
    • Rogue Spear has a Big Bad Duumvirate of Maxim Kutkin and Samed Vezirzade.
    • Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield has a Big Bad Duumvirate of Nikola Gospić and Alvaro Gutierrez. The console version has Juan Crespo.
    • Lockdown has Bastian Vanderwaal.
    • Vegas has Irena Morales with Gabriel Nowak as her partner.
    • Vegas 2 has Alvarez Cabrero but it turns out to be Gabriel Nowak.
  • The Ratchet & Clank series gave us a nice selection of Big Bads as well, however the most recurring is Dr. Nefarious.
  • In Ravensword: Shadowlands, there's Ul'Thok, a demon that intends to return to Tyreas and presumably Take Over the World.
  • Rayman:
  • Rebuild had no designated bad guy for the first instalment, aside from the zombies. The second, however, has Father Kane, the head of the Last Judgement gang that enslave women for their own sexual pleasures and repeatedly attack your settlement. He's therefore the biggest threat aside from the zombies, and killing him and his gang is one of the conditions that allows you to win. The third game has Mr Clark, an intelligent zombie, but he is being manipulated by Senator Davis, who wants to give her people hope, though her real plan is to create stronger zombies to take power.
  • Red Dead Revolver has Govener Griffon, who betrayed Red Harlow's father and is responsible for General Deigo's tyrany.
  • Red Dead Redemption has Dutch van der Linde and Edgar Ross. Dutch is the main target, but Edgar is the one who manipulates John and instigated the plot. In control of John Marston for the vast majority of the game, Ross is not actually fought until the very, very end, and not even by Marston himself.
  • Red Dead Redemption II has Colm O'Driscoll, Leviticus Cornwall, Andrew Milton, and Micah Bell. Colm is the leader of a rival gang, Leviticus is a wealthy magnate who hires detectives to kill the gang, Andrew Milton (and Edgar Ross) is the leader of those detectives, and Micah Bell is an Opportunistic Bastard out for himself, joining up with Dutch van der Linde to inflame his paranoia and thus break down his gang in exchange for the detectives leaving him alone. Through most of the game, Arthur Morgan is the player character, but Micah isn't defeated until the very end, and not even by Arthur's hand.
  • The Red Faction series has Axel Kaypeck in the first game but Masako pulls a Dragon Ascendant. For the remainder of the series, Kaypeck was a posthumous Greater-Scope Villain. The rest of the series has -
    • In the second game, it looks to be, Victor Sopot, but it turns out to be Crate Molov.
    • Guerrilla has a Big Bad Duumvirate between Adrmiral Lucious Kobel and General Roth.
    • Armageddon has Adam Hale as the human antagonist, but the bigger threat is the Queen, an alien who is mother to a race known as the Plague.
  • The Resident Evil franchise has the Umbrella Corporation, led by Ozwell Spencer, as the overarching Big Bad for the first part of the series. The individual episodes have individual Big Bads:
  • In Rosenkreuzstilette, Count Micheal Zepplin leads the evil RKS rebellion against The Empire, though only to protect his fellow Magi from persecution, and he is otherwise a good man at heart. And as it turns out,his daughter Iris Sepperin is the true antagonist, as she arranged for the rebellion to be held against the Empire just For the Evulz of it. She had her father imprison Karl because He Knows Too Much and arranged for Raimund to be brought Back from the Dead. Her agenda is to become the god of the world, and intends to use the power and intellect she got from being reincarnated from Rosenkreuz to do just that.
  • Rune Factory Frontier: Gelwein.
  • Rune Factory Oceans has the Masked Man, a mysterious man possessing the body of the female protagonist who is trying to awaken the Legendary Golem so he can wage war on the Elder Dragons and become a god.
  • RuneScape has several, usually at least one in each of the various milti-part storylines:
    • The Plague City series has Lord Iorworth and King Lathas. While nominally a Big Bad Duumvirate, each thinks they're using the other. Before this, there were two Red Herring Big Bads: Iban and King Tyras.
    • The Morytania series has Lord Lowerniel Vergidiyad Drakan, a vampyre said to be so horrible we've never actually seen him. His influence is felt mostly through his Vyrewatch commander, Vanstrom Klause.
    • The Dwarf series has Director Hreidmar.
    • The Gnome series had General Khazard for the tree gnomes and Glough for the city gnomes, and now apparently Glouphrie for both.
    • The Pirate series has Rabid Jack. Like Drakan, we've never actually seen him, but since both of the series's big villains so far, Captain Donnie and Mi-Gor, have been stated to be under his command, there's little doubt who the final foe is.
    • The Temple Knight series has Mother Mallum.
    • The Goblin series has H.A.M., led by Johannes Ulsbrecht and Sigmund.
    • And finally, the Mahjarrat series, which ties together the Desert, Dagon'hai, Defender of Varrock, Black Knight, etc. storylines into one huge Myth Arc that is probably the closest thing to a main story this very open-ended game has, has Lucien, a particularly impressive example. Once you steal the artifact that created the world, there's really no stopping you. To a lesser degree, the other Zamorak-worshiping Mahjarrat qualify, including Zemouregal, Enakhra, and Hazeel, but it's clear Lucien is really the king here.
    • The Sliske quest series has the titular Sliske, who is holding a contest between the gods over the Stone of Jas; in order to distract the gods from Zaros' return. Sliske is arguably this for the Sixth Age in general, having caused the God series by killing Guthix, which allows the gods to return to Gielinor and continue their wars against each other. Although Sliske is nominally subservient to Zaros, his actions are unsanctioned, and Zaros clearly disapproves of his actions to the point of excommunicating him. Sliske is also more clearly villainous than Zaros.
  • RWBY: Grimm Eclipse has Dr. Merlot, who is behind the communication network going down and the appearance of mutated Grimm.

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  • The Walking Dead:
    • Season 1 has The Stranger, a mysterious figure who talks to Clementine through her supposedly-broken walkie-talkie, and later abducts her. To be fair, he is something of a subversion, since he isn't a mastermind or even particularly villainous - in the end he's just another survivor pushed past his Despair Event Horizon by Lee's own group no less a fact that he is more then willing to comment on.
    • Wyatt's story in 400 Days has Nate from Russell's story.
    • Season 2 has William "Bill" Carver, who unlike The Stranger, is a truly evil being. He imprisons the entire group eventually, and is by far the main threat for the first three episodes. He directly causes the deaths of several main characters, is heavily implied to have raped Rebecca, and isn't even given an Alas, Poor Villain moment when he dies. However, he is brutally murdered by Kenny at the climax of Episode 3.
    • The rest of Season 2 is a bit more complicated. Depending on who you side with, which ending you get, and what you believe of the characters, either Kenny, Jane or both fall into this category. They cause the main conflict and Downer Ending of the season. If Kenny dies, however, he realises the error of his ways and tells Clementine that she made the right choice.
    • For A New Frontier, the leaders of the titular New Frontier serve this role specifically Joan who has been secretly raiding peaceful communities behind the others backs for her own sense of satisfaction and David whose jealousy towards Javi and taking AJ away from Clementine make him a much more personal antagonist towards the heroes. That said David can be redeemed if the player plays their cards right and will tell Clem AJ's location so he is still better then Joan.
    • In The Final Season, the main antagonist is revealed to be Lilly, a former member of Clem's original group before she was exiled, who in the years since has joined up with the Delta Raiders. On orders by her superiors Lilly is gathering new recruits to combat the Delta's Hopeless War and her raid party has come to kidnap the members of Erickson's which now includes Clem. She and her group are responsible for corrupting Marlon, kidnapped Minerva and Sophia, brainwashed the former to make her their loyal soldier, and intend to do the same for the rest of the Erickson kids.
  • Sargeras is the ultimate Big Bad of the entire Warcraft universe, but because he's usually on his throne or out of commission, his various minions tend to take over the roles. Out of several characters, Gul'dan and Medivh probably counted as a Big Bad Duumvirate during the First War (or game), while Gul'dan took over the role alone for the Second (since he was using the orcs and fighting the humans). In the expansion, the job got handed off to Ner'zhul. In the Third War, Sargeras's Dragon, Archimonde, filled the role, while the other Dragon Kil'Jaeden and the Lich King both held it in an Evil vs. Evil situation in the Frozen Throne expansion. For World of Warcraft Big Bads, see that entry below.
  • Wario Land:
    • Captain Syrup in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 and Wario Land II. In the former she steals Mario’s giant golden statue, which Wario wants to recover for a reward, and in the latter she steals all of Wario’s treasure for revenge.
    • Rudy the Clown in Wario Land 3 is the one responsible for all the monsters, and he is also the imprisoned being that Wario spends the game trying to free.
    • The Golden Diva in Wario Land 4 guarda the treasure of the pyramid and turned Princess Shokora into the Black Cat.
    • The Black Jewel in Wario World transforms Wario’s treasure into monsters and wreaks havoc in his castle.
    • In Wario: Master of Disguise, Wario’s main rivals in finding the pieces of the Wishstone are Count Cannoli and Carpaccio, the latter being a Phantom Thief known as the Silver Zephyr, and the latter is the head of Sigil Securities. Cannoli serves as the antagonist for the first half of the game, trying to steal back his magic wand Goodstyle from Wario, after which he realizes he can't beat Wario on his own, which leads to Carpaccio recruiting him. Carpaccio then becomes the antagonist until the very end of the last level, when Tiaramisu, the cute girl who has been helping Wario, reveals herself as the ancient demon Terrormisu that Carpaccio's been trying to stop.
    • The Shake King in Wario Land: Shake It! kidnapped Queen Merelda and stole the bottomless coin sack, the latter of which is what Wario is after.
  • WarioWare Gold involves Wario hosting a tournament called the "Wario Bowl". All the contestants have to do is pay 10,000 coins and whoever wins walks away with 10,000,000 coins. Of course, one of these contestants is the player. As the player goes further and further into the tournament, Wario's frustration when the player finally reaches the final Ultra League stage has him reveal that the Wario Bowl was all but a scam, wears a pot that he stole, and becomes Wario Deluxe. However, even when Wario Deluxe uses lightning, he is still beaten down by the player thanks to Lulu distracting Wario Deluxe. In the end, Wario's plans are put to a stop, and Wario finally gets what was coming to him via his friends taking the money Wario tried to get away with, with the player claiming the gold trophy.
  • Watch_Dogs: Dermot "Lucky" Quinn. The DLC Bad Blood has JB "Defalt" Markowicz.
  • White Knight Chronicles has Grazel, emperor of the new Yshrenian, or so he thought. In actuality, he was actually the pawn of Sarvain, priest of Magoras.
  • Wild ARMs 1 has Mother, leader of the Metal Demons that invaded Filgaia and started the war that devestated it.
  • In The Witcher, we are lead to believe that Azar Javed is the Big Bad of the game. The Big Bad Turns out to be Jaques de Aldersberg, head of the Order of the Burning Rose.
  • The Witch and the Hundred Knight has Mani the fairy, who is revealed to be the witch Aguni, lover of Niike who seeks to free him from his prison and take revenge on the Land of Medea.
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order: Wilhelm "Deathshead" Strasse.
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus: Frau Irene Engel.
  • B. B. Woolfe of Woolfe The Red Hood Diaries.
  • The World Ends with You: Majumi Kitanji and or Yoshiya "Joshua" Kiryu. The latter is a god-like figure trying to destroy Shibuya because he believes people are incapable of change or self-improvement, while the former is attempting an assimilation plot in an attempt to convince his superior otherwise.
    • The short chapter Another Day initially appears to have Uzuki as the Big Bad, only for Higashizawa to pull a Starscream on her.
    • Final Remix's plot has Coco Atarashi, the creator of the Shibuya Noise.
  • World of Mana:
    • Secret of Mana: Emperor Vandole, ruler of The Empire who's trying to Take Over the World, except his general Thanatos later kills him and takes his place as the true Big Bad.
    • Trials of Mana puts an interesting twist on this: there are actually three different main villains, the Dragon Lord, the Dark Lich/Masked Mage, and Dark Majesty. The three fight among each other as well as against you throughout the first half of the game, but at the halfway point, one of the three will annihilate the other two and become the main antagonist for the second half of the story. Which one wins depends on which of the six characters you've selected to be your main character.
  • Used (and not used) variously in World of Warcraft.
    • In the original game, there were multiple story arcs, not all of which tied together and some of which had their own Big Bads, such as VanCleef (the final boss of one of the first dungeons), the Diabolical Mastermind behind the Defias who were behind everything until then in the human quests, right from the kobolds at the beginning. The closest to an overall Big Bad was dependent on the continent, with the final boss being C'Thun in Kalmindor and Nefarian in Eastern Kingdoms, respectively. Everything in Kalimdor was very obviously leading up to the Battle of Kalimdor, with the Silithid being woven in through multiple quest lines, culminating in the Scepter of the Shifting Sands quest chain, and everything in the Eastern Kingdoms was leading up to the final assault on Blackwing Lair, as Nefarian was behind Onyxia's motivations, which also led to the Defilas Start of Darkness. Neither C'Thun or Nefarian were quite the final boss before the first expansion, but those who came after them weren't behind so much of everything.
    • In Burning Crusade, the main antagonists are the Burning Legion.
    • In Wrath of the Lich King, as the name implies, it's very clear who the Big Bad is. The Lich King is a typical Evil Overlord bent on world conquest, and makes sure to appear several times along the story to make the point.
    • The Big Bad for Cataclysm is Deathwing the Destroyer, an ancient dragon who sought to destroy the world, who also qualifies as a Greater-Scope Villain for Vanilla WoW as well, as he is the father of Nefarian and Onyxia and was the driving force behind their motivations the whole time.
    • In Mists of Pandaria, there's no overall Big Bad, but there are several smaller ones that each affect large swaths of the story. The Sha might seem like the expansion's Big Bad, they are being fueled by all the infighting going on between the various races and factions of Pandaria, which includes the Yaungol, Mantid and Mogu (to name only three of many); and then there's the recent helpful arrival of the Horde and the Alliance, who instantly proceeded to bring their own war to Pandaria, which made the Sha problem even worse.... The Sha's progenitor, the Old God Y'Sharaaj, also has a lot to answer for. Another more major source of strife is Garrosh Hellscream, who inflames and effectively embodies the Horde—Alliance conflict until he pisses off everyone and they team up against him. There's also the Thunder King Lei Shen, who has set the stage for much of the events in Pandaria millenia ago.
    • Warlords of Draenor is complicated in a different way. The beginning of the plot is run by Grommash Hellscream, but when he is turned into a Big Bad Wannabe by Gul'dan, the result is that neither of them is behind everything, so basically there are two characters taking turns at being the Big Bad for the first and second part.

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  • Yakuza:
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM has the Organizer. Due to the Facebook game being canceled, his true identity was never revealed.
  • The Yo-Kai Watch game series has several antagonists eventually setting to fought in the final chapters of the main stories (thus this excludes the post-game and bonus bosses).
    • Chairman Mc Kraken in the first game, as he was responsible of the sudden growth of hostile Yo-kai in Springdale -such as Slimamander, Dr. Maddiman and possibly Massiface-, having taken the section of the Yo-kai World corresponding to Springdale (as revealed in Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki) and procceding to try to do so with the human world as well with his White Yo-kai party.
    • Yo-kai Watch 2 has Dame Dedtime, as she decided to avert the creation of the titular watch in order to sever the bonds between human and Yo-kai (through Kin and Gin) and infect the world with malice by creating Wicked Yo-kai.
    • Yo-kai Watch 3 has The Ghoulfather. The mysterious UFO seen by the FBY agents Blunder and Folly in the opening cutscene was taken by him prior to the events of the plot, and he uses its power in an attempt to remake the world to his image. Also, several of the new Bosses fought by Nate and Hailey in their respective storylines, as well as in the later joint episodes are his excecutives. He returns as the big bad again in the Blasters T mode in Sukiyaki.
    • Yo-kai Watch Blasters eventually sets Whisped Cream as one, as he was behind the transformation of three Nokos into an Slimamander, as well as the weakening of several Blasters teams near the final main chapter, which prompts the protagonists (as they are the remaining Blasters team standing) to track and defeat him. In the update DLC, he was even fought by the Blasters Legend team. The same update sets Zazel/Nurarihyon as the main villain of one of the extra chapters (as it is the rendition of some of the events of the second movie)
    • Yo-kai Watch Blasters 2: Secret Treasure of the Legendary Banbarayar eventually reveals Kanaendesu as the endgame threat of the main story, as he was the wish-granting Yo-kai who brought princess Catleen's kingdom into ruin (when she was a human) and prompted her to track and destroy him. Kanaendesu ends up possesing Catleen, which is the main reason her family (the Bundory family) goes into search for her, all while butting heads with the Blasters making them appear as the main antagonists for most of the game. Notably, it also plays with this trope as the Blasters' original goal was obtaining the treasures of Karakuri Island in order to pay a huge debt in order to avoid being evicted, and as Kanaendesu and the Bundory Family plot is eventually solved, their original goal is fulfilled by defeating Majin Banbarayar, which grants them a huge gold piece depending on how the battle went.
  • Yomawari: Night Alone has the spirit who kidnapped the little girl's sister. Her sister reveals that it was a mountain spirit that was once worshiped as a god.
    • Yomawari: Midnight Shadows has the Spider Spirit who abducts Yui. It is the one who manipulated Yui into committing suicide and uses its control of Yui and Haru's Red String of Fate to try and kill Haru.

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