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An archenemy, archfoe, archvillain or archnemesis (sometimes spelled arch-enemy, arch-foe, arch-villain or arch-nemesis, originated around the mid-16th century) is the principal enemy of someone or something.[1][2][3] In fiction, it is a character who is the hero's worst enemy.



The word archenemy or arch-enemy originated around the mid-16th century, from the words arch- (from Greek "arkhos" meaning "most important")[3] and enemy.[1]

Notable archenemies

See also

  • Villain
  • Supervillain
  • Antagonist
  • Rogues gallery


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