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An archenemy (sometimes spelled arch-enemy) is the main enemy of someone. In fiction, it is a character who is the hero's or protagonist's most prominent and worst enemy.
The word archenemy or arch-enemy originated around the mid-16th century, from the words arch- (from Greek ? archo meaning 'to lead') and enemy.
An archenemy may also be referred to as archrival,archfoe,archvillain, or archnemesis. However, an archenemy may also be distinguished from a nemesis, with the latter being an enemy who the hero cannot defeat (or who defeats the hero), even while not being a longstanding or consistent enemy to the hero.