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  • Attack on Titan has several that have been revealed through the course of the story:
    • The Royal Government of humanity, who are behind an Ancient Conspiracy for keeping the status quo, and hide a dark secret.
    • The greatest scope villain so far is The Kingdom of Marley, since they are behind every major event that started the plot: They are the ones who stole seven of the Nine Titan Powers from Eldians a century ago, and the true reason the Eldian people fled to the Island of Paradis to seclude themselves behind the three Walls, they are the ones who keep sending the mindless man-eating Titans, and they are the force behind the Beast Titan and the other Titan shifters who breached Wall Maria at the beginning of the story; All because they want to seize the rich fossil fuel deposits of the island.
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    • An even greater scope villain would be whoever or whatever gave to Ymir Fritz the Progenitor Titan's powers. Eldian legends depict that entity as a cloaked figure while Marleyan history books portray it as the Devil. Whatever it may be, it is single-handendly responsible for the existence of the Titans and therefore the entire plot.
    • There's also a hidden Greater-Scope Villain influencing the entire plot, not revealed till Chapter 121: Eren. He used the past and future sighting ability to peer into the history of the Attack Titans to manipulate them into reaching their current state. He was the one who influenced Kruger to give Grisha the Titan, hinted him about Mikasa and Armin, influenced Grisha, in turn, to butcher the Reiss family to prevent the Will of the First King interfering his plans for salvation, commanded Grisha to feed himself to his younger self, necessitating the conflict by the Royal Government and the Shifters of Marley to get back their Titan powers, culminating in the deaths of 300,000 people. It was revealed he was pulling the strings all along since the moment he kissed Historia's hand (which showed Eren what he needs to do), and steps up to be the Big Bad once he lets Ymir unleash the Wall Titans, fulfilling Grisha's prophecy.
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  • In Arpeggio of Blue Steel the Fleet of Fog claim to answer to a mysterious Admiralty Code, though what it actually is remains unclear.
  • In Berserk, that would be The Idea Of Evil. Invented by humans to explain their suffering, it keeps the world a miserable place, enabling characters like Griffith and the rest of the Godhand to run rampant over humanity. It has no actual, independent will though and that's where the Godhand comes to play. They can be and do as they wish, because every fiber of their being and actions represent and embody It.
  • In Code Geass R1, Cornelia is the one making decisions about how Britannians in Area 11 will deal with Japanese rebels, while The Emperor of Britannia is far away and sets national policies but gives his children some free rein (within certain boundaries) in how they govern their territories. (This leeway is to see which child can achieve results and prove their worthiness to succeed him.) There are only two scenes in the entire R1 series in which The Emperor has more than a cameo-like appearance — one of them is a speech he gave, and the other is a Back Story flashback.
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  • Skull and Van Vogt from Cyborg 009 serve this role in Cyborg 009 VS Devilman, as they're the ones who authorized and backed up Dr. Adams Teufel's High-Teen Number Cyborgs and "Cyborg Demon" research. The ending of the OVA also features a Cameo from the Demon Statue, the Greater-Scope Villain of the entire Cyborg 009 manga.
  • Death Note:
    • Ryuk is the Greater Scope Villain to Light, since he's responsible for all of the events while Light simply uses the weapon Ryuk gave him, and eventually kills Light.
    • Overshadowing Ryuk is The Shinigami King. Although never seen in person, he casts a shadow over the entire world of Death Note, having created the MacGuffins in the first place. Indeed, he was the one who gave Ryuk another notebook that allowed him to kick off the entire story to begin with.
  • Digimon
    • Apocalymon in Digimon Adventure. His existence was an anomaly which created the Dark Masters, who in turn were responsible for almost everything the children endured in the Digital World.
    • Millenniumon and Myotismon in Digimon Adventure 02. Milleniumon infected Ken with the original dark seed that led to his corruption. Myotismon was responsible for everything else, even the villains who used Ken were unaware they were helping him revive himself. There is also Dagomon, a Lovecraftian creature of darkness that lives in the Dark Ocean and is never actually fought.
    • The D-Reaper in Digimon Tamers is responsible for Calumon coming to real world, Zhuqiaomon's Devas attacking the humans and all of the chaos the Digital World suffers, yet the kids don't know of its existence nor does it harm the human world until the final third of the series.
    • Digimon Frontier: Lucemon was this before he was revived. Until they defeated Cherubimon, the kids thought Lucemon was already gone. But they soon find he corrupted Cherubimon into unintentionally giving him the strength to return.
  • Dissolving Classroom: The devil, who never takes a direct hand in the manga's events but is Yuuma's apparent object of admiration and worship, appears to be allowing Yuuma to channel his power through Yuuma's apologies, and who possessed (or is at least inside) the reporter who brings Keiko to the press conference in the final chapter.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • King Piccolo is responsible for many sagas before and after his time as the Big Bad in his arc. His rampage in the past spurs his good counterpart Kami to create the Dragon Balls, thus prompting the Pilaf gang and the Red Ribbon Army to seek them for their own ends; his evil caused the Crane Hermit to turn corrupt, leading to him acting as the Big Bad for the 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai arc; and Piccolo Jr is born post-mortem as the Big Bad of the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai arc.
    • Frieza is this to Vegeta during the Saiyan arc before becoming the Big Bad himself in the Namek/Frieza arcs. Same for his father King Cold, before showing up himself at the beginning of the Androids arc. Despite never coming into contact with the protagonists until much later in the story, his transformation of the Saiyan race into genocidal killers-for-hire and his decision to ultimately destroy their planet, Vegeta, ultimately sets the entire Dragon Ball series into motion. The biggest being that he's the reason why Goku was sent to Earth. Even after his demise, his influence is still felt. The Super Saiyans exist directly because of him, he lives on in a sense in Cell (who takes on most of his personality traits), he is the reason why the Namekian Dragon Balls can now revive several people at once (used to be one per wish), and his defeat leads Beerus to Earth seeking a Super Saiyan God.
    • Dr. Gero is the Greater-Scope Villain of the Android Saga. Between assisting the rise of Red Ribbon originally, being the original creator of Android 8, creating Androids 17 & 18 and their resulting future rampage, creating 17 & 18 period out of a pair of unwilling teens, attempting to hunt down Goku with all the Androids, creating Cell, causing 17 to go Super in GT, and in the deutero-canonical Dragonball Fighter Z Androidizing the woman implied to be his own goddamn wife and mother of his son and her resulting suffering and rampage.
    • The evil wizard Bibidi originally unleashed Majin Buu (lying that he created the monster) and planned to take over the Universe. He brought Majin Buu to Earth with the intent of destroying it. Babidi, his clone/son, sought to free Buu and continue Bibidi's plot. Though long dead and having never met any of the heroes, save for the Supreme Kai, Bibidi still laid out the events that led to the Babidi's arrival, Buu's rampage and the temporary destruction of Earth.
    • Near the end of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Lord Beerus states that there are eleven other universes out there, and that each one has their own God of Destruction, and each of them has their own attendant like Whis. The English dub hints that some of them may be even more powerful than Beerus and Whis themselves. Dragon Ball Super introduces two of them, God of Destruction Champa and his attendent, Whis' sister Vados. Vados is, by her own claim, even a bit stronger than Whis (although he contests it). Also, it is later revealed that Beerus told Frieza to destroy Planet Vegeta, thus making him indirectly responsible for almost everything that happened in the entire franchise.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Zeref, the Black Wizard. It's been 400 years since his presumed death, and people are still fighting against demons and other evil artifacts he made back then. Hades, the closest thing the series has to a Big Bad at that point, is one of the few who realizes he's Not Quite Dead, and aims to unleash his sealed power on the world. However, it turns out Zeref was doing nothing not because he was sealed, but because he simply didn't want anything to do with the world's destruction. In fact, it's that kind of presumptuous thinking that spurs Zeref into taking up the role as Big Bad.
    • Acnologia, the Black Dragon of the Apocalypse, is one of the most terrifying forces of destruction known to man, and the only being Zeref himself fears. It turns out getting rid of Acnologia is on Zeref's agenda (though at the expense of the rest of mankind), and once Zeref is defeated, he ends up being the sole remaining enemy Fairy Tail needs to defeat.
    • For the Tataros arc, we have an unusual zig-zagged exemple. Mard Geer serves as the Arc Villain/Dragon-in-Chief to E.N.D., the master of Tartaros, who is sealed away in his book while the former intends to free him. While it's eventually revealed that E.N.D. was merely a Decoy Leader for Mard Geer to rally the rest of Tartaros around, what he doesn't realize is that E.N.D. is actually Natsu, the main character. It's not just him, either; the entire Tartaros guild does what they do in the name of Zeref and E.N.D, and eventually wiped out in large part thanks to Natsu, all without knowing that their "master" and their biggest enemy are one and the same.
  • Lord Tamamo in Ga-Rei, master of the original Kyuubi and Mitogawa's superior.
  • In Guilty Crown, GHQ is secretly being assisted by Da'ath, an ancient organization existing since human evolution and which is responsible for the Apocalypse Virus' creation for their Adam and Eve Plot.
  • Mamo at the end of the Gravestone of Daisuke Jigen is implied to have been watching over (and possibly controlling) the events of the film. This may just be a Shout-Out, but the sequel Goemon Ishikawa's Spray of Blood suggests there is a hidden figure who wants the main characters dead. This could be Mamo or someone completely different.
  • In Higurashi: When They Cry, Nomura and her employers at Tokyo just used the Big Bad and their goals to further their own plans.
  • Jesei is spoken of in the third to last episode of Inukami!, and only after that does he affect the plot directly. The rest of the time, he was just an observer and instigator of an unknown part of another character's backstory.
  • Kars from Part 2 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. He is the creator of the Stone Masks and the reason why Pillar Men are seen as evil (as his species is naturally a subterranean, nocturnal race and prefer to live away from humans). Because of his creation of the masks, Kars is indirectly responsible for the tragedies both the Joestars and Zeppelis face early on as well as serving in Dio's ascension and giving him his powers. This leads to the Joestars being intertwined in a fate in which each Jojo must do battle with evil.
    • Dio Brando, the starter Big Bad of the series, is this for the rest of the series, affecting the plot whenever he doesn't take up the Big Bad role directly, especially in Part 6.
    • It's eventually revealed in Part 5 that Diavolo was the one who initially discovered the Stand Arrows and distributed them, making him a Greater Scope Villain for Parts 3 and onward.
  • In Kill la Kill, Ragyo Kiryuin is ruler of the world, and Satsuki’s boss, but is mainly a background threat until later. The real example is the Original Life Fiber, the source of all life fibers, who manipulated the evolution of mankind since its arrival on Earth and eventually seeks to assimilate all humans and consume and destroy the planet to launch its spawn into space to reproduce Lavos-style. Ragyo is merely a servant to the Original Life Fiber.
  • Kirby: Right Back at Ya!: The evil Lord Nightmare. Him being the creator of the Demon Beasts which he used to terrorize the universe, prompting the foundation of the Star Warriors, which Meta-Knight and Kirby are part of (among some other characters, original or not, related or by proxy) and that were nearly wiped out, which set as a fate that a young Star Warrior (Kirby) would defeat them. King Dedede purchasing those monsters (and getting huge debts out of them) to try to defeat Kirby is one of the driving forces of the plot. Corrupting some denizens of Dream Land into Demon Beasts is also his doing.
  • The Emperor of Darkness from Mazinger Z and Great Mazinger fits the bill. The Humongous Mecha previous Big Bad Dr. Hell found were ancient — and severely outdated — weapons of his army. During the first series, he did not directly interfere with the plot, and he remained in his underground empire, watching the war between Kouji Kabuto and Dr. Hell as one of his underlings schemed to bring both of them down. After causing the end of Dr. Hell's army and Mazinger-Z, he became Big Bad of the next series. And again, together with the rest of the Mycean Empire in Shin Mazinger.
  • The Zabi family and Gihren Zabi in particular become this in the various sidestories set during Mobile Suit Gundam's One Year War. Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket and The Plot to Assassinate Gihren are all examples of this.
  • Blue Cosmos leader Muruta Azrael, and his successor, Lord Djibril, take on this role in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny's sidestory, CE 73: Stargazer. As the heads of Blue Cosmos, and the powers behind the Atlantic Federation, all of Sven Cal Bayan's actions can be traced to them, as can the Earth Forces' eventual assault on the Stargazer satellite. Despite this Azrael makes only two, non-speaking, appearances, and Djibril, while mentioned, is never seen.
  • My Hero Academia has All For One, All Might's Evil Counterpart and Arch-Nemesis, and the man who crippled him and killed his predecessor several years prior to the story's start. He's the one who nurtured the main Big Bad Tomura Shigaraki into a villain in the first place, and spends the first two seasons supporting him from the shadows before finally revealing himself during Season 3 after Tomura is boxed into a corner.
  • Naruto:
    • The Akatsuki were the Greater Scope Villains for Part I. We're told that they're out there, and that Sasuke's brother, Itachi Uchiha, is a member, and that current Big Bad, Orochimaru, is motivated in part by fear of them. Two of their agents (Kisame Hoshigaki and the aforementioned Itachi) put in a brief importance and inflict horrible damage on the town, but then they pass right back out of the story, and Orochimaru becomes the focus again. In Part 2, the Akatsuki take center stage, and their leader becomes the series' new Big Bad.
    • The Ten-Tailed Beast, the original tailed beast, of whom the other nine are pieces of its chakra divided. Big Bad Tobi wants to reform the Ten-Tails and become its Jinchuriki, so he can enslave everyone with his Mangyeko Sharingan.
    • Madara Uchiha began the Infinite Tsukuyomi plan along with manipulating and twisting Tobi into his successor. Madara is indirectly responsible for almost every bad deed to happen within the context of Akatsuki's actions and also being responsible for the Uchiha Clan having a tarnished reputation, indirectly fueling his descendant's future.
    • The series' final arc revealed that the greatest Greater Scope Villain of all is Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, the first Chakra user, the true identity of the Ten-Tailed Beast/Gedo Statue, and a Physical Goddess more powerful than any other enemy fought so far and Black Zetsu, who is revealed to have been responsible for setting the entire generational conflict that began with Hagoromo's sons, jumped to Madara and Hashirama, then Naruto and Sasuke. Every conflict and casualty from the warring clans era to the modern village wars and Akatsuki can be traced back to his constant manipulation of the world.
    • Momoshiki and Kinshiki Ōtsutsuki from Boruto: Naruto the Movie. It turns out they were a threat to even Kaguya, as they were the reason why Kaguya used Infinite Tsukuyomi to make a Zetsu army in the first place.
    • Some extra scenes and dialogue in Boruto imply that even the two aforementioned characters answer to a certain clan above them.
  • In One Piece currently Sakazuki/Akainu, Teach/Blackbeard and Kaido are prime candidates for the position of Big Bad. However, the Five Elder Stars, a cabal of five leaders who thus far seem to be the highest rank in the world government, are ultimately the ones who pull the reins of most of the organizations which cause most of the events in the story: they control the Marines (which Akainu is now in command as the Fleet Admiral) and while executing Gold Roger and trying to defeat Whitebeard indirectly gave them the means to ignite two Pirate Eras, which in turn caused the pirate boom in all the seas; employ the Seven Warlords of the Sea (which Blackbeard wanted to be part of as a means of recruiting several Impel Down prisoners and ultimately sparking the War of the Best to kill Whitebeard) and mostly pay no attention to them (which allowed Crocodile and Doflamingo to act with impunity for long, as seen in their respective arcs); try to cover-up the void century even if it means to put several innocents on trial and execute them (how the Cipher Pol 9 tried to do so to Nico Robin), and completely ignore the crimes the Celestial Dragons do (such as slavery, which caused the incidents in Sabaody).
    • In Chapter 908, we see a character named Imu (or Im). Why are they on the list? Because they are the one the Five Elder Stars (the above mentioned Greater Scope Villains) bow down to, and the true ruler of the world of One Piece. Their existence is mostly a secret from even other top officials, like Sakazuki and Kong, partly for obvious reasons and mostly because their very place is a complete betrayal of the World Government's deepest principle, instated by its founders: That there will not be a single king everyone shall bow to.
    • The Emperors Kaido and Big Mom serve as this for the Punk Hazard and Dressrosa arcs. Kaido is the one buying the artificial Devil Fruits that Donquixote and Caesar Clown are making, and Big Mom is the one behind Caesar's gigantification experiments. They later lose this status as they take center stage as main villains.
  • In Outlaw Star, the Big Bad is a Kei Pirate named Hazanko who seeks to overthrow the Tendo King, an unseen Greater Scope Villain. But there is an even greater villain above the Tendo King called the Tenpa Emperor, who is only mentioned once. The identity, powers, and position of these characters is never explained, but the fact that Hazanko had to use the Leyline in order to become a Physical God to beat them means they're terrifyingly strong.
  • The Overdevil in Overman King Gainer.
  • Pokémon:
    • Team Rocket (the organization) was this in Pokémon: The First Movie as they were the ones that commissioned the creation of Mewtwo.
    • Madame Boss is this to Giovanni, as she was his mother and the head of Team Rocket before him. Giovanni himself is this in the anime, since getting on his good side is the main reason the Team Rocket trio constantly try capturing Pokemon, namely Pikachu. In fact, he barely pays any attention to them and is only involved during major situations. In fact, at the time of this writing, he's only battled against Ash once and won.
    • Team Magma was this to Butler in Pokémon: Jirachi: Wish Maker, as he used to work for them and tried to create a Groudon for Team Magma using a machine utilizing a piece from the Pokémon, but failed and was admonished for it, making him want to seek out Jirachi and use its power to bring forth Groudon that way.
    • Team Plasma is this in Pokémon: Genesect and the Legend Awakened, as they were the ones responsible for the creation of the Genesect Army.
    • Primal Dialga was portrayed as one in the anime adaptation of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time-Darkness-Sky. Granted, as he wasn't even the villain of the game.
  • In Pokémon Adventures, Team Rocket is this for the events of the Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum chapters, as the Rocket Generals managed to capture Arceus during the HeartGold and SoulSilver chapter and use its power to create Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina, which after the events of the chapter were sought out by Team Galactic for their own goals.
  • Black Hole of Pretty Cure All Stars DX 3 was this for not only the separate villains, but for those who showed up in even the team up movies. It only applied for the All-Stars movie series.
  • Suite Pretty Cure ♪ has Noise as the Bigger Bad behind the Minor Land villains. He eventually becomes the Big Bad after his existence has been revealed.
  • Doki Doki Pretty Cure: Proto-Jikochuu was unsealed by the King of the Trump Kingdom, who wanted to save the life of his daughter Marie-Ange with the Eternal Golden Crown, which sealed Proto-Jikochuu inside a crystal fountain. After Princess Marie-Ange was saved, Proto-Jikochuu corrupted the King and turned him into King Jikochuu while residing inside him. However, Proto-Jikochuu was never in control of King Jikochuu and only corrupted his heart. King Jikochuu always acted by his own accord and was motivated by his own selfishness. Once King Jikochuu was purified in the second-to-last episode, Proto-Jikochuu is consumed by Bel, who in turn is consumed by Proto-Jikochuu instead. As a result, Proto-Jikochuu becomes the Monster of the Week in the final episode.
  • The Big Bad of Puella Magi Madoka Magica is the powerful witch Walpurgisnacht (actually, it’s Kyubey), but an even more powerful threat exists in Madoka's Witch form, the omnipotent Kreimhild Gretchen, who only appears in several onscreen timelines in episode 10 and being the True Final Boss defeated in episode 12. Homura's main goal is to prevent Madoka from becoming a Magical Girl in the first place, specifically because of this fate that she seals by making a contract with Kyubey. Originally, she only wanted to protect Madoka in return for the kindness only she had shown her.
  • Kardis, the goddess of destruction in Record of Lodoss War.
  • Samurai Champloo: The Tokugawa Shogunate's efforts to consolidate its power, while it isn't discussed much, puts into motion the driving force behind the series. The Tokugawa clan's attempts to drive the Christians (of whom Fuu's father is the leader) out of Japan), forcefully incorporate the formerly independent Kingdom of Ryukyu (where Mugen is from), and suppress any potential or actual rivals attempts at seizing power (including the Takeda and Hojo clans, of whom Jin is possibly a member of the former based on the heraldic symbols (or mon) being on his attire) in one way or another effects the lives of the protagonists. In a somewhat more direct manner, the Tokugawa Shogunate also hired some assassins to kill the two swordsmen Mugen and Jin and follow Fuu in order to kill her father.
  • Chaos in Sailor Moon, with all the Big Bads of each arc revealed to be incarnations of it.
  • The Demon King in The Seven Deadly Sins is the master to Fraudrin, Meliodas's brothers, and all the other Commandments, but has yet to get out of his can.
  • Soul Hunter: Empress Dakki is the Big Bad, but late in the story she’s revealed to be working for Jyoka, a extremely ancient and powerful being who have been secretly manipulating the course of History for millennia, in the hope of turning earth into a replica of her destroyed home world. Few people were even aware of her existence, and Dakki was her dragon (with an agenda, of course).
  • Sword Art Online's first Big Bad, Kayaba Akihito, is the source for three Big Bads, as his game helped influence them in some way. One of them is his rival who used his game as a template for his own, the other was a survivor of Akihito's game who wasn't quite done with his fun, and a third is a Mad Scientist who attempts to use his augmented reality technology to try and revive his daughter who died in SAO. He also invented a lot of technology associated with virtual reality, or at least had a hand in them, and made the first VRMMORPG, so almost everything the later arcs make plot points out of, from World Seeds to Medicuboids, can be tied back to him.
    • A smaller, though more serious example would be Laughing Coffin, an infamous player-killing guild. They started off as a secondary group of antagonists, only being featured in a few episodes of the original arc. Then the game ends and the remnants of the guild end up securing a poisonous chemical which they use to cause the events of two separate arcs: Phantom Bullet (where the poison is used to make an Urban Legend about a deadly gun) and Alicization (where said poison puts Kirito into the arc's situation in the first place). And because they were made this way because of Sword Art Online's permadeath system, they too are tied back to Kayaba.
  • The Anti-Spiral in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Its existence wasn't brought up until LordGenome the Spiral King gave a vague warning of its coming. Its war on all Spiral lifeforms led to humans being forced into the underground. Assuming it has any sentience and not just an event, the Spiral Nemesis is the bigger threat, as its capability to destroy the universe is why the Anti-Spiral turned against all life in the first place.
  • Toriko several times reveals that the Big Bad is just a pawn or a servant to a much bigger bad. However, both the villainous NEO organization and the Blue Nitro's goals revolve around Acacia's Gourmet Demon - which makes him the main reason of everything that happened.
  • The Sacred Ancestor in Vampire Hunter D is the vampire progenitor, the most powerful and ancient of the Nobility and responsible for the current state of the world - a post-apocalyptic hellhole where vampires used to be the dominant species and humans were their playthings (though, things are slowly changing). He is heavily implied to be Dracula himself and as well as the titular protagonist's father, who has made his life goal to find and destroy him. However, the Ancestor is never seen in the story (except for the first OVA where we see his portrait where he resembles D very closely, while in the manga and illustrations, he is always covered in darkness) and D takes on individual villains on separate installments.
  • In Yo-kai Watch: Shadowside, initially, Shutendoji's goal was to gather the Youseiken so "The Princess" would awaken and take the human and Yo-kai Worlds... until it's ultimately revealed all of Shutendoji's efforts were indirectly to help Soranaki to fully awaken, as the Youseiken are actually a mean to do so. As a far greater destructive force, Soranaki almost drove the Yo-kai race into extintion, and was one of the Big-Bad Ensemble of Yo-kai Watch: Forever Friends, which was fought by Enma and three Yo-kai Gods, corrupted Shien, and 90 years later, did the same with Fukurou, Douketsu and several other Yokai in the present.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
    • The original manga and anime have Zorc Necrophades, the demonic being originally defeated by the Pharaoh. He's both Made of Evil and The Corruption, and was born of slaughter and genocide. Dark Bakura is trying to release him, and at the very end of the final arc, Zorc finally takes center stage as a Big Bad in his own right. Dark Bakura himself qualifies as a Greater-Scope Villain in other stories, and since Zorc Necrophades is the Greater-Scope Villain behind him, he technically counts as the Greater-Scope Villain to those stories by extension.
    • The manga only spin-off Yu-Gi-Oh! R has two. Though he never appears, Dark Bakura is technically this due to killing Pegasus in the Duelist Kingdom arc, which fuels the motivation of the Big Bad of the spin-off, Yako Tenma, to resurrect Pegasus, since Yako was his adopted son. At the same time, however, Yako was corrupted by the Wicked Avatar, a card that was meant as an Evil Counterpart to all three Egyptian God Cards, but Pegasus never published the Wicked Avatar. Yako published it after Pegasus' death and it corrupted him, and the corruption drives Yako to resurrect Pegasus and get revenge for his death.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monsters has Yami Bakura, who inhabited the Millennium Ring, corrupted Alexander's soul, and led him on the path to darkness. He's not mentioned by name at all, but the Ring and its effects tie into the backstory as well as present day events.
    • Dark Bakura also has a significant role in the backstory of Aigami, who is the Big Bad of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, and the evil essence of the Millennium Ring corrupts Aigami, making Dark Bakura the Greater-Scope Villain for that movie as well.
  • The Light of Ruin in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. Season 2's Big Bad was serving it, and the third season's Big Bad turned to evil because of it.
  • The King of the Underworld in the Dark Signers arc of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, being the force behind the Earthbound Gods and the reason that the Dark Signers can make a Deal with the Devil and return Back from the Dead. This one may not qualify, though, as there's no indication it's even sentient and it, along with its Good Counterpart the Crimson Dragon, is being played like a violin by the straight Big Bad, Rex Goodwin.
  • Yu Gi Oh Zexal has an evil deity called Don Thousand, the true ruler of the Barian World.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V:
    • First, there's Zarc, a power-hungry duelist from the utopian Original Dimension, as it is now called. Corrupted by the four Dragons now used by the Chosen Ones, he became cruel, destructive and insane, and might have caused The End of the World as We Know It had his former friend Ray not tried to stop him. To say the least, she failed, despite defeating him. The dimension was split into four separate ones (Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, and Standard). Zarc's body was destroyed and his soul itself was sundered, a part of it now within Yuya, Yuri, Yuto, and Yugo. Zarc's malignant personality still lives inside all four, and through the Dragons, constantly tries to consume them for the sake of his revival. Ray still lives and still opposes him, her own soul having fragmented and now residing within Lulu, Zuzu, Celina and Rin.
    • Of course, that also means the Dragons themselves could qualify for the Trope, especially since Zarc seemed able to hear the voices of Duel Spirits.
  • Yu Yu Hakusho has the Black Book Club, a cabal of wealthy human businesspeople and crime bosses who learned of the Demon World and decided to use their wealth to pillage it and torture and kill its inhabitants. The second season's Big Bad, Sakyo, is a member, the third season's villain Sensui turned to evil upon witnessing their atrocities firsthand, and it's through thwarting Sensui's scheme that the heroes catch the interest of the Three Demon Kings, kicking off the final season. The only members to directly oppose the heroes are Sakyo and first season Arc Villain Tarukane; the other members are unceremoniously slaughtered by either Sensui as payback or Sakyo due to not needing them anymore.


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