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It was Voldemort, Harry thought, staring up at the canopy of his bed in the darkness, it all came back to Voldemort. He was the one who had torn those families apart, who had ruined all those lives.
~ Line in the novel, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Big Bads are villains who are the primary antagonists of the story, series or long-running franchises they appear in. They are the villains that stand on top of the villain hierarchy and have the most power and influence of the story, at times more so than possible Bigger Bads. Big Bads that are Pure Evil often set the heinous standard for their respective work and thus are fairly common.

Note: DO NOT add villains of a single book/game/movie/season of a TV show or villains of a story without enough antagonists. In order for a Pure Evil to qualify as a Big Bad, they have to appear in long-running stories with numerous arcs and protagonists. It is also worth mentioning that Pure Evil Protagonists of long-running stories fit into this category as well as long as they meet the other criteria. Examples include Light Yagami, Frank Underwood and some versions of the Joker.

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