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You won't kill me, out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness... and I won't kill you, because you're just too much fun! I think you and I are destined to do this forever.
~ The Joker analyses his relationship with Batman.
No, no, I'm not gonna kill him. We need each other. We define each other. We're yin and yang, black and white.
~ David Griffin.

An Archenemy is the main enemy of the protagonist. The reason why the particular villain stands out more than the rest varies; they may be the hero's strongest enemy, be the complete antithesis to the hero, have strong connections with their hero's past, pose the greatest threat, or may be the most recurring villain like the Big Bad or the Right-Hand enforcer or even the Rival.

This is not to be confused with the Big Bad, who is the villain responsible for the conflict in the story, or The Heavy, who is the most proactive villain in the story. The Archenemy is simply the villain that the protagonist has the most personal opposition towards. For stories with multiple main heroes and villains, there may be multiple archenemies if each hero shares an antithesis on the villains side. In rare cases such as Evil Vs. Evil scenarios, two villains may be archenemies of each other.

Examples include The Joker from the Batman comics, Lex Luthor from the Superman comics, Circe from the Wonder Woman comics, Norman Osborn/Green Goblin from the Spider-Man comics, Red Skull from the Captain America comics, Doctor Doom from The Fantastic Four comics, Mandarin from the Iron Man comics, Lord Voldemort from Harry PotterViolator from the Spawn comics, Agent Smith from The Matrix trilogy, Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, Jafar from Aladdin, Hades from Hercules, King Ghidorah from the Godzilla film franchise, Gyaos from the Gamera film series, Bowser from the Mario series, Dr. Eggman from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII, Hawk Moth in Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, Rita Repulsa from Power Rangers, Elmer Fudd from Bugs Bunny, Char Aznable from Mobile Suit Gundam, Frieza from Dragon Ball and Plankton from SpongeBob SquarePants.

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