In works of fictions starring many villains, there can be either a main antagonist for each story arc or a Big Bad standing at the top of the hierarchy. In the latter case however, one (or sometimes more) villain even more powerful and influential than the Big Bad himself can be introduced: meet the aptly named Bigger Bad, also known as a Greater Scope Villain. Exceptions aside, the Bigger Bad ultimately has a smaller role than the Big Bad in focus.

However, the Bigger Bad is pretty much the main reason for the circumstances in the story that usually wouldn't be (naturally) possible to occur (pollution, artifact of doom, evil ancient group to which the Big Bad used to belong/is acting as a leader etc.). They can also be the main supply of power for the Big Bad, and sometimes the very motivation for said Big Bad to act villanously. Should the story ultimately end up putting more focus on the Bigger Bad, it may overcede the current antagonist as the Big Bad. This type of villain often serves as an unseen character or is revealed at the very end of the story.

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