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"The ultimate villain of the story, who's causing the problem the heroes must solve."

Note that Big Bad is not a catch-all trope for the biggest and ugliest villain of any given story. The Big Bad is the one who turns out to be behind several other seemingly independent threats.

  • A Game of Gods originally had Omega as the Big Bad, who was behind all the disappearing Champions and was possessing a doomsday device. However, after he kicked the bucket, Lambda came in and some Fridge Horror came up, resulting in them going back for Echidna and confronting the true Big Bad, Digamma.
  • Later seasons of Arby 'n' the Chief have Big Bads.
    • Scott in Endgame.
    • Trent Donnovich in Season 5. The CEO of video game company Bad Games, he's to be wed to Arbiter's friend Claire. It's eventually revealed though that Trent is cheating on her, prompting Arbiter and Chief to crash the wedding.
    • Clyde, leader of Chaos Theosis, in Season 6. His gang of hackers seeks to get rid of TOSERS via fragbanning all of the organization's members and shut down the Online Multiplayer Network. It's revealed later on though that the clan was actually being employed by Trent Donnovich.
    • Season 7 has Eugene and his trolling clan. At first, they seem like a band of harmless, annoying trolls whom the duo befriend. This changes once the resident Smart Guy, Colin, acquires an upgraded version of Fragban, and the clan goes on a fragbanning spree throughout the OMN.
  • Atop the Fourth Wall is noted for having a central antagonist for each storyline:
    • "The Dr. Insano Saga": Dr. Insano;
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    • "His Heart is Steel": Mechakara;
    • "The Other Insano": Dr. Linksano;
    • "Linkara Lost": Lord Vyce;
    • "A Story of Magic": Technically, Lord Vyce is still the main antagonist, but Whatley, Mechakara and the Magic Gun's dark side all play the role of The Heavy / Big-Bad Ensemble;
    • "All That He Sees, He Conquers": Lord Vyce;
    • "A Piece of the World is Missing": The Entity / Missingno.;
    • "His Blue Soul": Initially, we're led to believe that it's Mechakara, but it's revealed that the true villain of the arc is Lord Vyce;
    • "Guns and Sorcery": Jaeris, the Gunslinger, with Holokara serving as The Heavy for the first half of the story and Dr. Insano for the climax;
    • "Ghost in the Machine": Just like in "His Blue Soul", we're led to believe that it's a different villain than it actually is; in this case, we're led to think it's The King of Worms, but once again, it's Lord Vyce;
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    • "The Machinations of Worms": The King of Worms.
    • "The Movie": Mechakara, revived after the events of To Boldly Flee.
    • "The Sleepwalker": An Evil vs. Evil Big-Bad Ensemble of the Entity fragment, which possessed Linkara after the main Entity's death, and Lord Vyce, who winds up being the Final Boss.
    • "The Clone Saga": At first it seems that this position would be taken by Mechakara, who's been reincarnated as a human clone, but it turns out the real antagonist is actually the Mirror Universe Linkara.
  • Bunnykill had a different Big Bad for each installment. (each takes place in an alternate continuity, you see.)
    • Smoke in Bunny Kill 1.
    • Dust in Bunny Kill 2.
    • Professor Sludge in Bunny Kill 3.
    • Flint in Bunny Kill 4.
    • Smoke again in Bunny Kill 5.
  • C0DA, written by former The Elder Scrolls series writer/designer Michael Kirkbride, takes place in the far distant future of TES universe. Numidium, the Reality Warping Humongous Mecha of Dwemer construction, presumed destroyed following the events of Daggerfall, returns after having been caught in a time warp. It continues its war on the Aldmeri Dominion, led by the fascistic Thalmor, leading to an apocalyptic event known as "Landfall", which has forced the remaining inhabitants of Nirn to take refuge on the moon Masser. The story centers around the Dunmer noble, Jubal-lun-Sul, who must defeat Numidium as part of an Engagement Challenge.
  • Oswald Sherzikien in The Cartoon Man series, who remains He Who Must Not Be Seen for the duration of the first two movies.
  • The big bad of Chaos Fighters main series is the demon lord while Chaos Fighters II is Thanic Snader.
  • Dark Vincent in the CPUCS. He's a version of Vincent from an alternate timeline who crossed over into the main one to replace it's Vincent.
  • Vecna is this in Critical Role, his return and later ascension being the motivation behind the Briarwood's plans.
  • The Medic who leads oWn in Cult of Personality. The series begins with him being fired from the BLU team and forging his own organization. He's personally leading a campaign to destroy RED and BLU.
  • Dis Acedia has Lazarus, a malevolent and sadistic god of magic abducting people to the titular maze.
  • The Big Bad of the Don't Hug Me I'm Scared series is Roy, who is implied to have created the DHMIS universe to punish Yellow Guy via a console used to summon and control the teachers. Each installment has its own Big Bad, and they are collectively known as "the Teachers":
    • The original Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared/"Creativity": Sketchbook... kinda; it's unclear if they were actually evil or if things just spiraled out of their control.
    • 2/"Time": Tony the Talking Clock. While at first appearing to be affable and somewhat goofy, he shows himself to be evil when he speeds up time to rot the puppets alive for questioning time.
    • The "HELP" videos: The Money Man (not a teacher, but kidnaps the characters and ransoms them).
    • 3/"Love": Shrignold the Butterfly, head of a Love Cult who worship a giant stone face named Malcolm.
    • 4/"Computers": Colin, a talking computer who traps the puppet trio in Cyberspace.
    • 5/"Health": The Healthy Band, who tell the puppets contradicting things on what and what isn't healthy, with the steak being the most prominent. They're laughable as ever, but horrifically, they go as far as to kill Duck Guy by having his friend eat him.
    • 6/"Dreams": The Lamp is set up as a decoy Big Bad, while the Big Bad of the whole series is revealed: Roy, the father of one of the protagonists.
  • Bad Horse from "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog."
  • Celestia takes this role in Equestria Chronicles. Possibly.
  • The Executive is shaping up to be this in Fallout Is Dragons.
  • Fine Structure has Oul, an Omnicidal Maniac and all-around Eldritch Abomination.
  • In Francis E. Dec's rants, the Worldwide Mad Deadly Communist Gangster Computer God, whose name tells you all you need to know about it.
  • In The Gamer's Alliance, several villains have had this role in different story arcs:
  • The Emperor, leader of TAROT, has his fingers in nearly every criminal enterprise on Earth in the Global Guardians PBEM Universe. He's also got his fingers in nearly every major legitimate business enterprise on Earth as well. But then, what do you expect of a villain who is secretly an immortal Niccolò Machiavelli?
  • The mysterious phantom thief Deus serves as this for Grandmaster of Theft.
  • In Greek Ninja, it turns out that the no-match-for-any-human-being force that was so strong it could destroy the whole world, was in fact nothing more than a bitter human being himself, who was purposefully reincarnated simply to get revenge and restore the reign of the Olympians.
  • Joesph and Maria in Kadu'av. Windsor, the Starter Villain, is the main antagonists of the first story.
  • Michelle Clore from KateModern is responsible, either directly or indirectly, for nearly everything that goes wrong over the course of the series.
  • The Kindness of Devils tends to have one major villain in almost every story.
  • The Legatum stories occasionally have at least one primary villain in them.
    • Smirvlak's Stone has Gnekvizz Corveel, who secretly manipulated Stilyk and Nick into delivering the eponymous stone to his group of villains.
    • Help Not Wanted has Ogrell Syn'Gorrsh, who's secretly a cannibalistic Serial Killer who claimed the lives of dozens.
    • The Road to Hell... has King Chorn Torgash, the tyrannical orc who took over Kosslivo and has turned the kingdom into a war-driven community.
  • Dr. Josh Sherman serves as the Big Bad in the pilot story of Lightning Dust.
  • The Lonely Dreams Cycle is a crossover of Never Mythos and Kindness of Devils, but each story seems to have their own major villain nonetheless.
  • Madness Combat had the Sheriff as its first Big Bad, who got killed relatively quickly, followed by Jebus and eventually the Clown. Then the Auditor showed up and things really hit the fan.
  • Marble Hornets: Alex Kralie.
  • In Mario Brothers, King Koopa is this with his army of troops. He personally kills Luigi and plans to kill the Princess and Mario.
  • Mind My Gap has the Devil himself, Virgil S. Horn, who narrates the entire ordeal from behind the scenes before finally making his reveal at around the half way point.
  • Mirror World has the krylyrk, the Eldritch Abomination ruling over the titular mirror dimension called Inoptica that traps countless people. Eventually, this ends up being subverted; the krylyrk, or "Cheshire," intended none of the fallout that results from its machinations, which causes a series of miscommunications just as at fault.
  • In the My Little Pony Meets, in The Joker Meets My Little Pony, Zod and Chrysalis in Superman Meets My Little Pony, Slenderman in ??? Meets My Little Pony.
  • The Never Mythos, overall, has the Shadows' Consultant, whose ruinous manipulations cause the vast majority of all pain in the series.
  • Deathstroke is the main villain for Season 1 of Nightwing: The Series.
  • The Pirates Covered in Fur: Captain Lyle Krinkor, the wolf pirate who's trying to destroy Diamond City and doesn't care how many innocents are caught in the crossfire.
  • The Mysterious Somebody, Bracket Fungus and League of Mary-Sue Factories take this role for the Protectors of the Plot Continuum. Despite being long dead, the Mysterious Somebody could be said to be the most influential Big Bad, as his actions more or less shaped the PPC's identity in-story; the League is a series of offshoots from his original Mary-Sue Factory, and the organisation of the PPC itself is a reaction to his actions as its head.
  • Originally it was implied that Ozzie Arcane was the Big Bad of The Quest For Geekdom, but it was eventually revealed to be Eric Rosethorn.
  • Plenty of Big Bads in The Questport Chronicles: The Master of Darkness, The Prince of Shadows and Illusions, and the mage.
  • Red vs. Blue has a couple, actually.
  • A Scooby Story has Barney, of all characters, as the villain.
  • The "dark, unidentifiable figure" from The Stranger
  • Danya commands the terrorist organization in charge of Survival of the Fittest, and is therefore primarily responsible for the students being abducted and forced to kill one another, even though as of yet it is unknown if he has ever directly killed anyone. This makes his status as Big Bad inarguable. At least until he's killed by Dorian Pello.
    • Each Survival of the Fittest Endgame tends to have one major villain from the students too. V1 had Cody Jenson, the killer of Adam Dodd's girlfriend and best friend, V2 had Mariavel Varella, the biggest killer on the island, who further cemented her status when she killed Bryan Calvert's girlfriend, and V3 had J.R. Rizzolo, who actually ended up winning.
  • Taco Man, in "Taco Man: The Game Master," has certain villians. In "Taco Man Plays A Video Game," however, when he got tired of playing Bubsy, Taco Man had a dream of a evil Bubsy forcing Taco Man to play Bubsy 3D, and then, Taco Man realized it wasn't a dream, because the Bubsy 3D title screen was on Taco Man's TV, and the evil Bubsy forced Taco Man to play Bubsy 3D, and then, after Taco Man was treated to a death animation in Bubsy 3D, the evil Bubsy said that there was Bubsy II and Bubsy for the Jaugar, and the evil Bubsy disappears.
  • Tails of the Bounty Hunter has The Baron, the leader of an intergalactic cartel who is trying to kill hundreds of millions on a distant moon.
  • Doctor Insano certainly fits this for the That Guy with the Glasses team, being the Arch-Enemy of Linkara and The Spoony One, as well as an enemy of many others such as Angry Joe, The Nostalgia Critic and Paw Dugan.
  • Garret Meyer in this Door Monster's The Guards Themselves, imprisoning most of The Anarchists and trying to take control of the entire city.
  • There Will Be Brawl has the Butchers, Lucas and Ness, which are the Dragons to Kirby, the real Big Bad. Ganondorf is the Big Bad Wannabe, right up until he's executed. Add in the Cosmic Horrors and End of Days cult and we practically have a Big-Bad Ensemble.
  • To Welcome Oblivion has Noah T. Trepaly, who is the true mastermind of the entire plot. He's also secretly Nyarlathotep.
  • This role is occupied by whoever currently controls Team Noir in Toro League. This was originally Shadow X, though later the role was taken over by the since-defeated-but-not-yet-replaced Reaper Z.
  • T.O.T. has Maximus Slade, the malevolent werewolf who constantly torments the main characters and slaughters dozens of innocents on Halloween in a twisted form of entertainment.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon. Yes, the entire "canon" is made up of Ascended Fanon, but surprisingly each instalment so far has had one character whom the Mob basically all agrees to blame for anything bad (Pokémon getting released, countdown timers, etc).
  • Welcome to Night Vale: Strex Corp in Year Two.
  • There are lots of Big Bads in the Whateley Universe
    • The unseen supervillain Nimbus seems to be behind everything. The superweapons at Halloween, the deviser drug used on Merry and maybe also G-Force, and so on. Even some of the Christmas holiday adventures had Nimbus lurking somewhere behind the scenes. We still don't know what he's up to.
    • That said, "Señor X" seems to be responsible for everything that Nimbus isn't. Among other things, he's indirectly responsible for everything Hecate did, and by connection, half the bad stuff the Alphas were up to early on. More importantly though, a recent story revealed that There was a very powerful and very subtle spell active on campus designed to increase tension and conflict, and he's implied to be the one responsible — making him indirectly responsible for the actions of more or less every on-campus bad-guy to date. Oh and it's practically been confirmed by this point that he's masquerading as a student.
    • In the recent story "Razzle Dazzle", Thomas Townsend, alias Mephisto the Mentalist, alias Cerebrex the Super-Brain, claims to have been scheming against many different heros for over eighty years. Under the alias Dominus, he's the current boss of the Syndicate. We don't know for such how much of this is true, since Thomas Townsend admits that he's an Unreliable Narrator.
    • Considering how little we know about these Whateley Big Bads, it's possible that two or more of them are the same person.
  • Worm at first appears to have a Big-Bad Ensemble, between the multitudes of supervillains, the three Endbringers, the Slaughterhouse 9, and Cauldron, but the best contender for the role is the Simurgh, the third of the Endbringers, a malevolent, massively powerful telepath and precognitive with a fondness for Disaster Dominoes and brainwashed pawns, who is essentially responsible for the world being in the state that it is by sabotaging any attempts to improve the world almost before they start, and who may be The Man Behind the Man for any of the above.
    • However, the real Big Bad turns out to be Scion, who spends most of the story looking like the Big Good.
  • Serias fills this role in Wormtooth Nation.
  • Xionic Madness has XV in episodes 1, 1.5 and 2, The Overseer in episode 3, and Kary-08 in episode 4.
  • In Yandere High School, Yuki. She killed the first main teacher, Gareth's wife, leading to his haunting of the school, because Taurtis jokingly had an interest in her. She also framed Chan-Yandere for running over Salex, Taurtis' girlfriend, and led her father's yakuza against Sam and Taurtis in the first season's finale. The showdown resulted in Sam, Taurtis, Grian, and Dom having to go into the witness protection program and move.
  • Israphel is this in Shadow of Israphel, having antagonized Knight_Peculier all his life, and is currently trying to destroy the world, and we still don't know who he actually is. Then it turns out he may have actually been working for the Sand God/Jade Sentinel, but we may never know.


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