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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.

  • Junior for the last quarter of 1/0.
  • 8-Bit Theater: Sarda
    • And let's just stop saying that the Light Warriors, either individually or as a group, are Big Bads, because they're not - they're working for Sarda and he is the Big Bad.
  • Adventurers! played around with this, even having a PR war between two of the villains over who was going to be the Final Boss.
  • In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, Franz Rayner, Dracula, and King Radical have all taken this role in various arcs.
  • It's too early to say for sure, but in Agents of the Realm, all signs point to the Alchemist.
  • Ansem Retort's Big Bad tends to change every season.
    • Season 1: The FOX president.
    • Season 2: Cloud for the first half of the season.
    • Season 3: Cid.
    • Season 4: Xemnas
    • Season 5: None, as the season focused on Axel and Aerith's wedding.
    • Season 6: Xemnas, Ansem, and oddly enough Belle are competing for the Big Bad title this season.
    • Season 7: Xemnas again with Red XIII as The Dragon
    • Season 8: The cast of Shibuya Shore.
  • Angel Moxie: Yzin, whom Vashi spends most of the series trying to revive.
  • Archipelago: The Great Raven's ability is limited, but he remains in the shadows, giving orders to Captain Snow, as well as collecting loyalties of various civilians, all as a part of his plan to free himself so he can wreck havoc.
  • In Blade of Toshubi, both the Feline Emperor and Advisor Toh count.
  • Bob and George had a new big bad each year, though Dr. Wily would always come up and Bob stayed consistent.
    • Year One: The Yellow Devil who undergoes a Heel–Face Turn and becomes Nate
      • Bob could be considered the Big Bad too.
    • Year Two: Mynd
    • Year Three: Megaman
    • Year Four: The Helmeted Author Who was the Man Behind the Man in year three
    • Year Five: Non-Alternative Mynd (though Bob comes in a close second)
    • Year Six: Megaman X
    • Year Seven: Bob
  • Count Chocula (yes, that one) of Breakfast of the Gods, who wants to plunge the kingdom of Cerealia into eternal night.
  • Zenith of Commander Kitty is part fox, part rabbit, part cat, and all perfect. She's so perfect, in fact, that her ultimate plan is to create for herself the perfect mate and take over the galaxy with her perfect children. Actually, she's Ulysses J. Fortiscue's robot assistant, gone slightly overboard with her directive to "eliminate all life's little imperfections." Once she's rebooted in Safe Mode, she's much more interested in fashion design than galactic conquest.
  • Curse Quest: It is still vague right now, but there is a suggestion that there are two. The first is Imperius, whose name is dropped by the girls trying to kill Avalon. The task the team was given by curse quest is to kill the evil ruler of the Land of Avalon, who the ruler is is still unknown, it may be Imperius, but it has not been confirmed yet.
  • In Cunning Fire Bahram is the main antagonist.
  • It changes with a bunch of reveals in Divine Bells. At first, it appears to be the emperor of Dae-hyun. Now it seems to be Baek-Yeom.
  • Drowtales: Snadhya'rune.
  • Zoso the evil spirit from The Dwarfs, the Spirit and the Sorceress, who puts an awful curse on one of the dwarf and is worshipped by the dwarves's enemies the Goblins.
  • Probably Lord Tedd in El Goonish Shive.
  • Presumably N'Grall in Elven Lacryment.
  • In Endstone, Kyri realizes that the God of the Eternity Spire is behind both of the tragedies of her life, because he controls the Banestone.
  • While it's not quite a certainty yet, a true Big Bad seems to finally be shaping up in Erfworld: it's probably Charlie. This page (WARNING: MASSIVE SPOILERS) certainly goes all-out with the Shout Outs to drive the idea home.
  • Girl Genius has The Other, a strange being that almost wiped out Europe in the past and starts regaining power a while after the comic starts.
  • In Heart Core we have Royce Lashiec, Lord of Asgar, mightiest of demons, horrible parent and the bane of the entire Beastman species.
  • Director Deena Daniels of B.E.N.T. is the Big Bad of Hexenringe. Her design is based on Mama Fratelli from The Goonies.
  • In Holiday Wars, the Easter Bunny is the Big Bad.
  • 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.
  • The Law of Purple: Silver, Lord of Caligula.
  • 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.
  • Most likely Aelloon in Looking for Group.
    • Recently revealed to be Tavor.
      • And then Aellon took the throne when Tavor was killed, putting him back in Big Bad position.
  • In the Nomura Syndrome story arc of Manly Guys Doing Manly Things, Gackt is the Big Bad. Hired by Commander Badass's superiors to bishify him so they can market new merchandise.
  • Cancer Man in Monster of the Week. His true name is unknown - author called him Cancer Man because he smokes in his every appearance.
  • The Order of the Stick: Lord Xykon.
    • Though the comic also features Redcloak (a Dragon who is in some ways even more dangerous than his boss), the Dark One (a goblin god whom Redcloak serves), The Snarl (an Eldritch Abomination that hasn't done anything yet but could destroy the universe if released), Tarquin (the Magnificent Bastard Evil Overlord who's also a main character's father), the Interfiend Co-operation Committee (a trio of fiendish Chessmasters who are playing everybody else more or less) and Hel (a goddess seeking world domination) — so there's definitely more than a bit of a Big Bad Ensemble going on rather than just Xykon. As he's arguably the most powerful non-divine villain in the comic and is the most central single villain to the plot, he'd still qualify as the Big Bad, barring a (not entirely impossible) future upset.
    • Recent developments as of #830 indicate this might be more of a Big Bad Duumvirate between Xykon and Redcloak, with each thinking they control the other.
  • We have not one, but two in Our Little Adventure. Brian and Angelo, who not only work together but are a married couple.
  • Problem Sleuth had Mobster Kingpin, who was set up to be the game's Final Boss from the start. The heroes spent more than half of the game fighting him.
  • Metheos counts as this in Sidekicks.
  • Sluggy Freelance: Hereti Corp and K'Z'K constantly take turns being the overall Big Bad of the comic. Other examples (mainly for mini arcs) include vampire queen Lysinda, demon general Lord Horribus, corrupt nobleman Sir John Jacobs, and a totalitarian dictator known only as "His Masterness".
    • Though His Masterness turned out to be a subversion. It was originally Alt Doctor Shlock keeping the people of 4U city in drugged stasis while he repairs the damage caused to the Dimension by his irresponsible portal abuse, then the role was assumed by Alt Riff who continued the job after Shlock's death, and then by a computer Riff left in charge of the city, while he devoted all his energies to saving the world, that ended up going rogue.
  • In Sonic the Comic – Online! the role is first taken by the leader of The Syndicate Dr Zachary, then the role is taken by Don Long-Legs head of The Family,then by Grimer who is behind the Neo Metallix as well as Kane also telling The Family about The Syndicate planning to destroying the Special Zone which cause The Family to travel to Mobius, then by Dr Robotnik and The Drakon Empire.
  • In Stomp!, there is definitely one of these lurking behind the scenes. Their identity is currently unknown.
  • Xaneth of True Villains, being one of the main characters and leader of a villainous band, seems to be this as of now.
  • 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.
  • Fred from Whats Shakin is the reoccurring Big Bad.
  • Xaos from The Wotch might be a Big Bad if he ever gets around to doing it
  • The Black Hat Man in xkcd