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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.


  • 8-Bit Theater: Sarda, the old wizard who plays the role of mentor/Arch-Enemy to the Light Warriors. He is nearly as nasty as Black Mage, regularly abusing his power, screwing with Ranger for no reason, and with the entire town of Onrac just to get revenge on White Mage. He even inadvertently killed Onion Kid's - AKA his own - adoptive parents when he was doing it. All because he can. At least until Chaos Doombringer possesses him and becomes the Final Boss.
  • Adventurers! has Khrima and Eternion, both of whom correspond to different kinds of RPG villains; Khrima is the Evil Overlord of Khrima Force, and Eternion is an evil Physical God who leads the Eternals. Both of them even have a PR war/election over who gets to be the Final Boss, with the winner being Khrima.
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  • Blue Moon Blossom reveals the big bad to be a giant, incorporeal snake-like demon that turned an entire village to stone, for no obvious reason other than For the Evulz. Due to the lack of text or dialogue in the comic, the extent to which the main cast was aware of its existence for the duration of the story is not made clear.
  • The ultimate antagonist of Homestuck is Lord English, assisted by his Dragons Doc Scratch and Her Imperious Condescension and with various Jack Noirs as competing villains. He acts as the Greater-Scope Villain for a good chunk of the story while the other antagonists also compete for top spot.
    • Part 1 (Act 1-Act 4) starts off with the Black King before Jack Noir turns rogue and kills him. As it turns out, Jack Noir is the true cause of the Reckoning that destroyed Earth.
    • Part 2 (Act 5) has Jack Noir continue his rampage, and also introduces Doc Scratch into the mix, who is manipulating everyone into helping revive Lord English. In the end, Scratch wins.
    • Part 3 (Act 6 Act 1-Act 6 Intermission 5) introduces the Condesce as the antagonist during the main parts of the act while Lord English starts his rampage across Paradox Space. The Condesce technically works for English, but most focus is put on her independent tasks.
    • Part 4 (Act 6 Act 6-Act 7) has Lord English (through his various incarnations), the Condesce, and Jack Noir finally have their ultimate confrontations with the protagonists, ultimately leading up to a massive final battle.
  • Kirby Adventure has Miracle Matter, Talzo's superior and the one who masterminds all of his and the other villains' attacks on the Kirby Adventure Squad.
  • Kuro Shouri: Mentioned fairly early in, Akujin is the bad guy who controls nearly every other villain character.
  • The Life of Nob T. Mouse: The Pie Ghosts of Somewhere in Pie Noon and probably also King Nastie from the Nasties stories, although he's also something of a Dragon.

  • M9 Girls!: The feud that the Professor, mentor of the M9 Girls, has with Alpha Prime, sets in motion all the events in the M9 Girls saga, from their creation to their ultimate encounter with Alpha Prime.
  • In the Manhua webcomic My Guardian Angel, the Big Bad appears to be Yeh Xiaohan's note  father, a malevolent ghost obsessed with devouring his daughter's soul who sought to become a powerful wicked spirit by consuming other ghosts. Lin Xiaoyou note  was a ghost who got away, preventing his becoming a true wicked spirit, and he needs her to complete his apotheosis. However, the true Big Bad is Wang Quanzhen note , who's using Xiaohan's father because he believes that he can use the power of a wicked spirit to send his deceased girlfriend, herself a wicked spirit, to the afterlife. He was responsible for releasing Mr. Yeh after Xiaohan bound him before the events of the story and allowed the specter to possess him in order to strike at Xiaohan. When his plan to use Mr. Yeh falls apart, Quanzhen attempts to turn Xiaoyou into a wicked spirit to use her power instead.
  • With this page Voodoo Walrus seems to be setting things up to suggest that Rip Flintolocke, a character who hasn't even been seen beyond being a shadowed figure, is responsible for everything that's happened in Grymm and Creepknight's lives.

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