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Overarching Villain

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Overarching Villain can refer to:

  • Antagonist Title: A villain important to the work such it's after them.
  • Arc Villain: Standalone villain of a single story arc in a much longer story.
  • Big Bad: The cause of all the story's bad events which the hero(es) must resolve.
  • Breakout Villain: A villain becomes a series mainstay in response to their fan popularity.
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  • Demoted to Dragon: When a past Big Bad returns as The Dragon to a new Big Bad.
  • Ex-Big Bad: A former Big Bad returns but is no longer the main threat, being overshadowed by a new Big Bad.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: A threat/villainous presence that's more dangerous, affects more people, or is more significant than the story's current Big Bad in the setting as a whole, but isn't causing the conflict of the immediate story.
  • The Heavy: The villain that moves the plot forward and gets the most focus among the antagonists, even if they are not the Big Bad.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: An old villain turns out to be behind a new threat.
  • Joker Immunity: Villains who are too good or too popular to be Killed Off for Real.
  • The Man Behind the Man: A bigger villain is revealed to be behind the actions of the original villain.
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  • The Man Behind the Monsters: A human (or something resembling a human) leads an army of monsters.
  • Mascot Villain: A villain who serves as a Series Mascot.
  • Returning Big Bad: A previous Big Bad returns to be the main threat later on in the story.
  • Villain on Leave: When a Big Bad is absent for the second installment, but is present in the first and third.
  • Villainous Legacy: The villain is no longer around, but the plot continues to be driven by things they did while alive.

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