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Remember when villains in Comic Books were harmless thugs and pranksters? These days, you'll find much worse. One of the marks of the Iron Age of comics is the increasing spread of cannibalism or rape as a routine feature of supervillains. And if it's a Garth Ennis book, both at the same time.

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  • Sin City's violent and hard Anti Heroes are rooted for mainly because the villains they fight tend to be Complete Monsters.
    • Kevin is a young cannibal Serial Killer who acts as a hitman for Cardinal Roark when he's not murdering and eating prostitutes—and even worse is that he eats them piece by piece, keeping the women alive as long as possible and making them watch, as evidenced when he got his hands on Lucille, Marv's parole officer, who was found by Marv and survived, but lost one of her hands to him before the two escaped, ending up as pretty much the Trope Codifier for Forced to Watch. However, he gets one of the most gruesome, over-the-top, terribly long, and yet poetic punishments imaginable from the Sociopathic Hero Marv...and even then, he smiles all the way while being eaten by his pet wolf, and even when Marv saws off his head to finish him, he doesn't give out a single scream.
    • Roark Junior is the son of a US Senator with the appearance of a handsome young playboy. In reality, he is a sadistic pedophile with a penchant for raping and murdering pre-teen girls and who Loves the Sound of Screaming. These horrible crimes are covered up by his corrupt Senator father (brother of the aforementioned Cardinal, natch), which means that no one on the police force is willing to take him down until John Hartigan saves his latest victim, Nancy Callahan, and goes through eight long years of prison for it because of the vengeful Senator dad. Near the end, it's revealed that Roark Junior is impotent unless he hears little girls scream in pain and that there were hundreds of victims.
  • Augustus Medici from 100 Bullets is the most powerful member of the Trust and the one pulling the wires of every other character. The Trust is a coalition of thirteen families that secretly founded the United States, but this is not enough for Augustus, who puts into motion a grand and intricate plan to take the other members' holdings for himself. Augustus proposes that the Trust and their enforcers, the Minutemen, take over another country, to which the Minutemen refuse and are marked for death by the Trust. The Minutemen's leader, Agent Philip Graves, secretly working for Augustus, would then lead the Minutemen on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and kill the Trust members Augustus wanted dead. After Augustus's son Benito is almost killed, Augustus enlists the sociopathic Wild Card Minuteman Lono to torture and kill another trust head who had a hand in the hit and his heirs, and also orchestrate a false flag assassination of female Trust head Megan Dietrich, whom Augustus then seduces despite a very large age difference. When a rival Trust head has two of Augustus's key allies killed, Augustus crosses the Moral Event Horizon by resigning his seat in favor of Benito, knowing that this will lead to Benito's murder at Megan's hands and a power vacuum that ultimately kills all the other Trust members and most of the Minutemen. When confronted by a disgusted Graves over killing his own child, Augustus justifies himself by saying that he didn't technically make Megan do anything.
    • Also, Lono? Try to find one redeeming trait about him. Come on, just one. Rapist, killer, no empathy for anyone...Why, yes, he has fans. In his 2nd talking appearance in the series, he tracks down the guy who took his money from him, kills him and takes back what was his. He also raped his girlfriend for several days. He also has a hell smile from the shadows that would make the devil feel a chill go up his spine.
  • Seth from The Authority fits this perfectly. A sadistic (implied) child rapist, he calls himself the "six billion dollar bastard". Tired of the Authority's interference in their affairs and afraid of their influence on the world (particularly after the Doctor ruined two presidential candidates by causing them to make out in public), a coalition of interests decided to develop a living weapon capable of defeating the Authority. To this end, they either acquired or kidnapped Seth, an skinny, ignorant, and unambitious hillbilly with an apparent history of being sexually abused by his uncles, transformed him into a cybernetically-enhanced monstrosity, then set him loose inside the Carrier. Armed with over 1,000 post-human abilities, Seth very quickly neutralized all of the Authority, with the sole exception of the Midnighter and Jenny Quantum, who managed to steal a jet and crash it into the side of the Carrier. Despite this, Seth ripped the Carrier from its orbit and scuttled it in Antarctica. Convinced that Midnighter and Quantum were dead, the coalition allowed Seth to retire to a residence within the White House with a harem of prepubescent girls. The surviving Authority members, meanwhile, were all dumped into degrading new lives while the team was replaced by a new team approved by the seven richest governments on Earth. Unbeknownst to all, Seth's scuttling of the Carrier tore a hole in the Bleed.
  • The Hooded One in Bone, aka Briar Harvestar, is the second-in-command of the Lord of the Locusts and the one trying to free him despite knowing it'd cause the end of the world. As a young woman, her first attempt to free her master involved using a river dragon to cause a bloody slaughter at a small town, leading her lover and his soldiers into an ambush, and trying to overthrow her loving parents and murder her younger sister. Even when shown mercy, Briar continued to serve as a mole for the Locust and led her niece and nephew-in-law to their deaths in an attempt to abduct her five-year-old grandniece. Though she was killed in the process, the Locust resurrected her, and she took on the identity of the Hooded One, using her power to force the Rat Creatures into all-out war against the Valley, when they were formerly content to abide by the old treaty. Even the General of her Pawan allies is enraged by her when she admits she threw away the lives of his men, and is terrified when he realizes she intends to destroy the Valley instead of ruling it, resulting in his decapitation. Though she admits the Locust has been whispering in her ear since childhood, Briar possesses agency, frequently acting against her master's best interests to make sure she remains his favorite servant, and is never portrayed in a tragic light. Instead she's depicted as a sociopathic and petulant child whose unreasonable envy of her little sister and her own love of the Locust's power, makes her willing to damn the entire world so she can feel superior.
  • Armageddon of Chaos Comics, one of the first of the Chaos Lords and the most powerful, is a being of such arrogance and power-thirst he even disgusts his fellow Chaos Lords. Wishing to reduce reality to formless entropy with himself as its center, Armageddon waged the Chaos War against his fellow Chaos Lords, slaughtering many of them and many of their creations himself before being sealed in the Forever War. Once he's accidentally freed thirteen billion years later, Armageddon wastes no time in resuming his conquest, crashlanding on Earth and swallowing all in his path. From there, Armageddon kills everything within one-hundred miles of himself before resurrecting them as tortured monsters, sending them to massacre hundreds of millions of people across the globe as he wreaks global destruction, regularly destroying the populace of massive cities — Los Angelos being simply one example. Armageddon spitefully exterminates thirty percent of the world's population after an ineffectual retaliation against him, tries to tempt Evil Ernie into unleashing a global nuclear holocaust, tortures and kills any and all resistance against him, and vows that all that shall not serve him will be exterminated, ultimately killing off all of Earth's population and resolving to obliterate all of reality to rule the ashes — and damning the universe to follow him into oblivion upon his death. The most powerful villain in the Chaos universe and unrivaled in sheer evil, Armageddon is the absolute worst of the worst in a universe no stranger to pure evil.
  • Kid Miracleman, as re-envisioned by Alan Moore and John Totleben, is both so powerful and so psychotic that his alter ego, the young and innocent Johnny Bates, resists uttering his transformation word. When Johnny finally does so to stop the boys in his group home from raping him, Kid Miracleman tears apart his assailants and momentarily considers sparing the one nurse who'd been kind to him. Then he reconsiders, lest people say he's "going soft", and punches the top half of her head into a fine red mist. And that's just the beginning: he then rampages through London, creating possibly the most visceral Scenery Gorn in history by massacring tens of thousands and desecrating their corpses by draping their flayed skins from clothes lines, creating a chessboard with breasts as pieces, and making a rain of severed hands and feet. During his destructive rampage, he prefers to mutilate the children in his path rather than kill them outright.
  • Tomoe Ame's cousin Noriko is known as The Blood Princess. She's had homicidal tendencies since childhood, enjoys humiliating her defeated opponents (especially if her opponent is Tomoe), and uses beheading as a morale booster. She's revealed as Tomoe's half-sister and her considerable rage stems from being rejected by both her stepfather (who she poisoned for being "weak-willed") and Tomoe's father, her biological father (who she stabbed in the back after he told her he would never accept her as his daughter out of respect for their families, and probably because he also suspected her Complete Monstrosity). Naturally, Noriko reveals this information while beating Tomoe up. She later gets a Karmic Death.
    • General Fujii was the head of a gang that took over a village. They reduced the workers to slaves, and ordered them to farm and cultivate for long hours. They would continue to do this until the tax collector came, at which point they would just kill all the villagers and go to another town. When Usagi infiltrates them, he's discovered and tortured, with Fujii taking his swords. When the peasants revolt, the slaughter their way through them, and Fujii abandons most of his men to die or face the police. He and his loyal Dragon take over another gang and launch raids on a village, where he almost murders the elderly headsman for refusing them. When the heroes attack the gang to take him down, he abandons his dragon to run. He is such a bastard that even the aforementioned gang becomes repulsed by him. Usagi actually repeatedly calls him a "monster".
  • Willy Pete, from Empowered, was a man once and is now a fire elemental. But he still has a man's appetites and satisfies them with rape and killing, which, in his case, are one and the same, thanks to his constantly superheated body.And, as we later learn, through cannibalism. Because all normal food is incinerated on contact with him, he resorts to eating superheroes/villains. The worst part is that he doesn't even need to eat'; he just does it because he likes the taste. Oh, and he still manages to top himself at the end of volume five via instant death of ten supers, followed by throwing as much fire as he could through the portal they came through without even knowing what was on the other end, thereby forcing Emp and Mindfuck into a Sadistic Choice from Hell?
    • Now that he's actually been shown as something other than a vaguely defined "heavy hitter" of a supervillain, Deathmonger. Killing Superheroes in the world of Empowered is bad enough. But then Volume 6 tells us that the only reason he kills them is to see if they're one of the few who come back to life after getting killed. If they do, he enslaves them with his superscience and necrotech to serve him however he wants. Forever. The worst part is, he leaves most of them fully conscious of what has happened, but unable to do anything to help themselves. There's really no other category for someone who decapitates a still presumably conscious hero, turns where his head was into a mobile command center, then forces him to use his indestructible severed skull as a weapon. To top that, though, he did it again to said hero's sister who came to try and rescue him. For extra evil, it's implied that Deathmonger doesn't even need them conscious to control them. If there's enough of them left to be aware, he seems to just prefer them conscious. For such a lighthearted series, Empowered sure gets a lot of brutal villains.
    • Ninjette's father. In the span of 'Jette's lifetime, he has beat her senseless on several occasions under the pretense of training, repeatedly undermined her self esteem and made it so she was unnaturally weary of forming interpersonal relationships. When he betrothed his daughter to a Dirty Old Man of an allied clan, Ninjette tried to lose her virginity (the deal was for a virgin bride) but her clan was too frightened of her father to take her up on the offer. Instead, she slept with her childhood friend who was prince of an allied clan. Her father's reaction was to slaughter his bodyguard, castrate the prince and stuff that in his mouth before ripping his head off, fully knowing there'd be a war. He then proceeded to beat his daughter so she couldn't participate. Or piss without blood. Or eat solid food. To top it off, he's been shown as raping a genin around his daughter's age and is bent on dragging his runaway daughter back to the clan without hands or feet to serve as a broodmare.
  • In Dead Irons, Devin Irons is a horrifying Sinister Minister obsessed with immortality. A vicious husband and father who regularly beat his wife and 4 children for any form of slight, Irons reached the peak of his abuse when he branded his son Silas with a cross, then tied him to a statue, bloody and bruised, for an undetermined amount of time. When Jonas, the only man in town aware of Irons' cruelty, confronts the man, Irons gleefully stabs him to death, before enacting his plan the gain life eternal: Making a pact with Hell, Irons crucifies his wife and plans to sacrifice her and his children to eternal pain and torment in exchange for immortality, but, when Silas disrupts the ritual, Irons settles for gutting his wife and leaving his other 3 children to wander the land as monstrous zombies. Continuing his plans years later, Silas regularly tortures and murders innocents, then brainwashes 99 of them into slitting their own throats, at which point he revives his dead wife as a demonic cannibal solely to mock his children. When his kids finally return for their vengeance, Irons orders their mother to kill them, gains his immortality, then reveals his plans to unleash his dark powers across the land and cleanse the world of those he deems "unrighteous". Psychopathic, hypocritical, and fanatical, Devin Irons was a true beast of a man so convinced of his own righteousness that he condemned dozen of innocents, including his own children, to an eternity of torment and hellfire simply because he considers that to be their only purpose in life.
  • Professor Victor Chambon of Dungeon The Early Years not only abandons his mentally deficient son, but is also a Diabolical Mastermind who plans on taking over the city by kidnapping the children of the city's leaders and hypnotising them into assassinating their parents. He also hypnotizes students and uses their bodies to rape women. Some of this was part of his overall scheme, but plenty of it was done solely to satisfy his own desires.
  • In The Eye Sees Ganza is a Professional Killer hired to make a small nation's civil civil war worse. Deciding the best way to do so is to get the United States involved, he masterminds a plot to blow up the American consulate with the ambassador, his daughter and anybody else who happens to be inside and make it look like an air raid did it. While setting up the bombs, Ganza kills a henchman for seeing something nobody else does. He later executes his other employees so he doesn't have to share the payout before the Eye takes him down.
  • Ace Powers: Heat Devron is a gangster who's masterminded a payroll robbery, personally killing the men guarding it. After he has his gang split up to make them harder to catch, he guns down the one goon who went with him after revealing his plan to take all the money for himself. This murder attracts the attention of Detective Ace Powers, whom Devron knocks out, ties to a rigged boiler and leaves to die as he steals his badge and gun to make his escape easier. After stumbling upon the rest of his gang in a shootout with some cops, he uses his police masquerade to order all of them killed before he's captured.
  • In Pat Patriot: America's Joan of Arc, Villain of the Week Fritz Haubner is a Nazi saboteur tasked with blowing up the set of an American war film. To do so, he enlists film star Walter Mills to get him on set. On the night of the bombing, Mills learns that Pat Patriot is taking some Boy Scouts on a tour of the set. Haubner, not caring who dies so long as he becomes a national hero, orders the attack carried out anyways. Mills tries to stop the bombing, and Haubner shoots him near-fatally for his trouble
  • The Duke of Lorraine from Rex Mundi. At first, Lorraine seems a decent guy, if a bit harsh with his dead wife, his daughter hating him and trying to win the affections of heroine Genevieve. He soon reveals himself as a vicious monster who masterminds a murderous secret society for the purpose of seizing power in France and launching a bloody crusade to conquer all he can, expelling or just murdering Muslims, massacring anyone who stands in his way, and launching bloody pogroms of 'unfit' minorities. (Nazi allegories very much in effect.) Lorraine crosses the Moral Event Horizon from the massacres he orders, then by ruthlessly shooting the PREGNANT Genevieve when she reveals the child she's carrying is hero Julien Sauniere's.
  • Heydrich of The Steel Fist is a Nazi spy tasked with destroying American munitions plants. To do so, he sets up shop as a clock-maker and gets a contract to fix the city's punch-clocks. He then rigs the clocks to explode when a time-card is punched in, blowing up the factory and killing everybody inside. After having taken out four plants this way, the Steel Fist shows up to stop him. Heydrich locks the Steel Fist in a room to wallow in his failure to stop the explosions until he's killed.
  • Super-American: Tyrannus is an agent of an unnamed European dictatorship sent to destroy America from within. He raises an arny to kidnap the President and force Congress to vote him in as absolute dictator on pain of death. As Super-American puts a stop to these plans, Tyrannus orders a Maryland town flooded. In order to pull off a successful escape, Tyrannus orders New York City destroyed by his army. Later, he's seen assisting his boss, Vultro, in ensuring his country can do a successful invasion of the US. To prevent Super-American from interfering, Tyrannus orders a bombing raid on a munitions factory his nemesis is in, not caring that many of his men are in the same place. After that fails, Tyrannus tries to escape, killing a scientist he was working with in the process.
  • Will Eisner's Wonder Man: General Attilla is the dictator of Tatonia. When a rebellion crops up, he redirects the majority of his nation's food supply to the military and orders refugees massacred to put it down. Bombing a Red Cross hospital, Attilla's goons hold a couple wealthy socialites volunteering there for ransom, despite never intending to release them. After Wonder Man thwarts the general's plans, he plots to start another war to regain control.
  • In Yellowjacket, R. Krause is a Mad Scientist working to create limb regeneration to make lots of money. To do this, he experimented on his patients with crab DNA, killing all of them. His medical license stripped away, Krause fled before he could be arrested. Years later, the good doctor paid off the head of a veterans' hospital to let him experiment on a few patients, killing five before Yellowjacket stops him in the middle of an experiment on a fisherman he kidnapped.
  • Tujiro of the Grendel comics is a mass-murdering Japanese Vampire/Kabuki Actor involved in human trafficking and a recurring villain for the Grendels. The Grendels themselves may do terrible things, but they either have a Morality Pet (like Hunter Rose) or a very good excuse (like Orion Assante). Tujiro, on the other hand is a serial killer who specializes in young boys. First he drains them of their blood while taking one of their eyes as trophies. The other he eats. Tujiro runs a human slaving operation where people are kidnapped for forced servitude and he has easy access to any child he wants. Escaping justice at the hands of the mother of a victim, Tujiro ends up as the pope in a dystopian future where thousands are worked to death and enslaved to him. Tujiro gruesomely murders those who discover his true nature and uses his position to continue his disturbing feeding habits. His ultimate goal is to create a gun to blot out the sun and establish a reign of vampires where humans are nothing but cattle.
  • The Garth Ennis miniseries Crossed, from Avatar Press, mixes Zombie Apocalypse with this trope. A plague turns infected humans into unrestrained monsters determined to act out their darkest desires while retaining all their knowledge and intellect. In one scene, a group of infected rape half their captives before imprisoning them in a shipping crate, knowing that watching the results of the infection and the captives turning on each other will be more entertaining.
    • The daughter-raping fundamentalist cult-leading Pratt family patriarch from the second series Family Values and the titular sadistic Serial Killer Harold from the third series Psychopath definitely count, and in some ways are worse than the crossed, as, unlike the latter, they weren't made that way by the infection.
    • Steve from "Badlands" is shown to have been sadistic, ruthless and sociopathic long before the Crossed outbreak, as demonstrated by her treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib and her abandonment of people who trusted her after the outbreak. While she's implied to have a Freudian Excuse and seemingly mellows out during her travels with her companions, she proves herself a monster when she shoots Greg in the kneecap to leave him for the Crossed and willingly infects herself at the end.
  • In League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (where few characters are particularly nice), Griffin (The Invisible Man) stands out as taking nastiness to an extreme level, at one point beating up a policeman with a brick simply because he wanted his uniform. This is all before his Face Heel Turn in Volume II, wherein he almost sells out the human race in exchange for a seat of power with the invading aliens. And he rapes teenage girls and impregnates 3 before joining the League. Fortunately, he suffers a suitable death...at Hyde's hands.
    • Fantomas of Les Hommes Mysterieux is described by Mina as a more horrifying creature than Dracula himself; in her mind, at least Dracula was human at some point and had human feelings and passions. She characterizes Fantomas as "a thing" and feels he's always been one.
  • In The Fang, unofficial continuation of the classic Bram Stoker tale, Dracula continues his streak of sadism and evil. Hopping aboard a boat bound for America following his near-defeat at Van Helsing's hands, Dracula massacres the entire crew of said boat before arriving at his destination, New York City. Once in New York, Dracula restrengthens himself by draining the blood of numerous homeless people and prostitutes, then amasses his "creatures of the night" to slaughter dozens of people and dump their bodies in a nearby river before making yet another attempt to kill Van Helsing and his friends. Though implied by Van Helsing to just be a lonely beast, Dracula shows time and again that he is in truth just a sadistic creep obsessed with becoming a god and slaughtering those beneath him as the sheep he believes them to be.
  • Happy! by Grant Morrison, Darick Robertson, et al.: Mr. Blue is a mob boss looking to get his hands on the previous Don's load of cash, and will do anything to complete this mission. Employing torturers and murderers as well as cops he forces into service, notably threatening to have one's mother raped if she resists his orders, Mr. Blue orders a hit out on Nick Sax, one of his top enforcers, when Sax accidentally kills the only man who knows the password to the previous Don's safe. While sending his Torture Technician Mr. Smoothie after Sax to torture the password out of him, Mr. Blue simultaneously has half a dozen children kidnapped and plans to run a live stream of them being raped then likely killed to turn a profit on child pornography sites, and tries to force Sax to watch the children's fate as revenge for making Blue exhaust so many resources looking for him.
  • Anathos of Les Légendaires is an Omnicidal Maniac with absolutely no code of honor and no remorse. His actions include: crushing and savagely crippling the protagonists; mocking Jadina about her relationship with the now "deceased" Danael; ordering his Hellions to physically and mentally torture Tenebris for information; and creating a plague to exterminate people he wouldn't bother killing himself. Whereas Darkhell at least cared for his daughter and Skroa never went further than slapping his, Anathos killed his own Dark Mistress by blowing her head off just after pretending to forgive her defeat.
  • Malignant Man, by James Wan,‎ Michael Alan Nelson, & Piotr Kowalski: The enigmatic Mr. Cancio, better known under the apt moniker of “Mr. Cancer”, is a powerful CEO who desires nothing but power through the alien parasites known as the Malignants. Feeding off the potential power of Malignant host Alan during the initial experiments set up to infuse sick orphan children with the Malignants, Cancer drives Alan into using his powers to slaughter his own friends in a panic to break the man and use him as a pawn years later. When Alan is grown, Cancer sends his men to massacre their way through a hospital and later a military base to intercept Alan's progress, and later spitefully murders the kindly Dr. Ezra and all the orphans he's gathered in an attempt to revive the early projects to dissuade Alan. Cancer's ultimate goal is to breed an army of Malignant super humans to Take Over the World and crush any resistance, laughing that Alan lacks the “vision” he has when beating him down. A cold, cruel man, Mr. Cancer is appropriately cancerous in personality and goals, with no illusions about all the horrific acts he orchestrates in the pursuit of advancement.
  • Although the titular team in Red Team consist of ruthless vigilantes who hunt down criminals even worse than they are, no one character in the story is as singularly vile as the corrupt officer Sgt. Paul O'Dwyer. Contrasting Red Team's good intentions purely to pursue profit, O'Dwyer and his team make a habit of intercepting minor drug rings to brutally massacre everyone on the premises – both criminals and bystanders – before taking everything they find on the premises. Busting Red Team's failed attempt to thwart their murderous operations, O'Dwyer guns down two members of Red Team into bloody mush and smugly glories over his superior position whilst standing over their bodies. Standing as a perfect representation of what would happen if Red Team's morals were to ever degrade, O'Dwyer is one of the most unabashedly vile examples of a Dirty Cop put to page.
  • Basically all of the characters in Wanted are people who, when they take breaks from secretly running the Ancient Conspiracy that keeps a Crapsack World in its current state, amuse themselves by going on killing sprees and raping random people and sometimes take sojourns to other dimensions, where they can also kill and rape. They all hate and fear Mister Rictus, whose fondness for occasionally eating people may be the least worrying thing about him. Not even because he's more evil than them, but because he's so unpredictable - no one can tell what he might do next and he could (and eventually does) turn on them as well. Basically the same reasons why other DCU villains hate and fear The Joker - which makes sense, since Rictus is basically a Captain Ersatz version of the Joker to begin with.
  • The Governor and Thomas in The Walking Dead. The former is an insane despotic leader of a small town of survivors, who feeds any survivors from outside the town to the zombies in order to keep them docile so he can run "fights" between people in his town with the zombies surrounding them. And this is only the start of all the sick shit he does during his run in the series, which includes raping one of the main characters repeatedly, leaving his own daughter "alive" as a zombie so he can basically keep her as a pet, and being responsible for the deaths of the vast majority of the cast in issue # 48. The latter killed two children at the prison, brutally ending what had been a decent run of Infant Immortality in the comic up until that point.
    • When the protagonists first encounter Thomas Richards, he merely comes across as a nerdy, polite and ultimately harmless inmate imprisoned for tax evasion. This makes it all the more shocking when he's revealed to be a homicidal lunatic who was really imprisoned for dismembering his wife for no reason at all besides his own enjoyment, Thomas decapitated two little girls, Hershel Greene's twin daughters, Rachel and Susie and then, taking advantage of the confusion surrounding his murders, he attempted to decapitate Andrea as well. While he failed in his attempt he ended up scarring her in the process. Eventually captured, when the community looks like they're going to execute him, Thomas is rescued by a woman he had befriended earlier named Patricia. Believing that Thomas is insane, not evil, and in need of psychological help, Patricia plans on the two of them escaping together. In thanks, Thomas immediately tries to strangle her to death. Though a minor antagonist in the grand scheme of things, Thomas acted as a dark harbinger of what was to come by showing how much worse humans could be than zombies.
  • Requiem Vampire Knight...Boy howdy. In that series, the dead are reincarnated on the Bizarro Crapsack World of Resurrection as monsters and undead depending on their sins and their justifications for them (the more horrible the better). The ruling class of Resurrection are the vampires, who are the reincarnations of the very worst of the worst among humanity, those who not only smashed across the Moral Event Horizon, but did it For the Evulz. Of course, Dracula is the ruler of the most powerful nation, with the greatest number of vampires, including a custom-made "royal family" composed of historical luminaries such as Elizabeth Bathory, Caligula, Nero, Attila, and Aleister Crowley being the biggest bastards they can be. And that's not counting all the non-vampires...
  • Vampirella: Von Kreist was once a Prussian soldier on the Western Front of World War I who was equally fascinated and horrified by the mindless slaughter he witnessed. He later made a Deal with the Devil for immortality, only to find out that his body would continue to decay while his soul could not pass on. He has since made himself a Psycho for Hire for whatever vampire clan will provide him a fresh supply of victims while aiding their plans to reduce humanity to cattle, each time killing huge numbers of people in the process. He takes the two teenage daughters of a disobedient mafia boss hostage and forces him to choose which of them will live, then shoots the daughter the man chose so the surviving one will have to live with the knowledge of her father giving her a death sentence. Then he orders her to kill her father and turns the dead sister into a vampire before later slashing the latter's throat when she has a flash of conscience. Von Kreist is also a prolific Serial Killer and rapist on the side, with one of his victims shown having her eyes, mouth, and limbs stitched together. His quarry even extends to children as he intentionally crashes a damaged plane into a children's playground and casually throws a child off a bridge while insisting to his men that he's "rotten to the core" and "wouldn't have it any other way". Initially destroyed, he is resurrected in the body of Sofia Murray, one of Vampirella's closest friends, by a descendant of his who wanted to destroy Von Kreist's soul to atone for his crimes. After failing to kill his grandson, Von Kreist later offers up Sofia's life as part of a new alliance he forged with Dracula. As a human with no real superpowers of his own beyond his immortality, Von Kreist doesn't even have the excuse of being born a monster and stands out as one of the vampiress Vampirella's most disgusting foes.
  • The Unfunnies: Troy Hicks, Troy Hicks, TROY HICKS. He intentionally turns an entire cartoon world into a horrifying Crapsack World for shits and giggles. He knows they're not just drawings, since he switched places with a poor sucker from that world to escape death row, where he was on due to his being a child molester/killer. In addition, as far as we know, he gets away with EVERYTHING.
  • Madeline Desormeaux of Witchblade, despite only appearing in 2 issues, is as bad as the comic gets. She was once an appalling sadist with a sick fascination for torturing and dismembering her slaves, then putting them back together in grotesque ways where they suffered until death. After the escape of a little boy whose eyes and mouth she had stitched shut escaped, Madeline ultimately died. However, even this would not keep her evil from infecting the land, cursing all of her former victims to wander in agony until the day her wicked soul is destroyed for good. When Dani shows up to put the slaves' souls to rest, Madeline gleefully attempts to tear her tongue out, proclaiming her plans to torture her due to her fraternization with the "filth" of her former slaves.
  • The best example of this from Hack Slash is probably Dr. Andrew Rodin, the scientist working with the Black Lamp Society. Most slashers at least have the "excuse" of being brain-damaged, insane, Exclusively Evil undead monsters. This guy was just a sadistic bastard, using his scientific genius to create women for the sole purpose of being sex slaves, which often end up abused. He creates other species for the sole purpose of killing others and brutally slaughters a co-worker when she objects.
    • For a slasher example, there's Ashley Guthrie. While admittedly amusing here and there, he's still a child sociopath who, even before he became a member of The Undead, did things like strangle a litter of kittens to death (he was annoyed his cat was spending so much time with them) before caving his baby brother's skull in (he was annoyed he was always playing with his toys). After becoming a slasher, his first acts were to cause his father to commit suicide and drive his mother insane.
    • The Big Bad is Akakios, AKA Samhain. At first he is a man with Laser-Guided Amnesia and a Dark and Troubled Past who is an ally and later lover of heroine Cassandra Hack. After a series of events, however, it is revealed that Samhain is the original 'slasher, ' Akakios, founder of the evil Black Lamp Society. Regaining his memories and true personality, Akakios is disgusted by his former self's feelings for Cassandra, reasoning he could have taken her any time 'whether she wanted it or not.' Akakios forges the undead slashers into a fighting force and systematically kidnaps or kills everyone Cassie loved, purging the upper echelons of the Black Lamp Society for being too nice despite their own atrocities. Akakios plans to spread the slasher disease, turning innocent humans all over the globe into murderous monsters.
  • Gideon Gordon Graves. When someone's profession is Asshole, you know he's not a good person, but good Christ! His power is trapping people inside their own heads, basically Mind Fucking them until they do what he wants, and while spying on Scott jacked with his memories just for his own amusement. He also keeps his Exes in cryo, kidnapping them and taking them away from whatever lives they had just so he can date them all at the same time. And god knows what else he's done to them while they're unconscious. Not to mention, he KILLS Scott and Ramona, treats Envy like garbage, and planned to put Ramona in cryo too. The fact that he gets killed in the end helps.
  • Caligula: In this comic miniseries by David Lapham, the demon who possesses Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus and rechristens himself "Caligula" is a psychopathic trickster who uses his new status as Emperor of Rome to fully indulge in his penchant for sadism. Caligula establishes himself as a heartless sadist when, on a whim, he leads a gang rape and massacre of an entire family of farmers, including the 4 year-old son; he regularly commits similar atrocities. Taking great joy in forcing people to act out "plays" he himself has written, Caligula often uses said plays to force the partakers to cannibailize, rape, and murder each other, often taking part himself. Along with regularly raping and torturing his flesh-and-blood sister, then promising to corrupt her newborn, a product of his raping her, into evil, Caligula also personally butchers people by the dozen, arranges their bodies in "artistic" manners, then rips out their very souls, devouring them and trapping the souls in constant agony. Even when seemingly beaten, Caligula Body Surfs into anyone he can, continuing to murder innocents and devour their souls in a ritual he attempts to use to drive Rome to tear itself apart, and eventually settles in the body of the young Nero, fully planning to obtain the throne once more and destroy Rome for good. Psychopathic, egomaniacal, and with his own twisted sense of "art", Caligula was as wicked as a demon could be, and took great joy in being as evil as possible.
  • The original G.I. Joe comic, first under Marvel, now with IDW, has Doctor Venom. Where Cobra Commander at least had one or two humanizing moments, Venom was pure evil incarnate distilled into paint thinner. Invented a machine whose sole purpose was mind-raping prisoners, which was then adapted into brainwashing them. Had to team up with Kwinn and Snake Eyes for their mutual survival, yet never missed a chance to back-stab one or both of them and would repeatedly end up begging for his miserable life if cornered. If that's not enough, when Destro went into a Heroic BSOD at the sight of Baroness making an apparent Heroic Sacrifice to save him, Venom commented to Cobra Commander, "Doesn't he realize love is just the overestimation of one woman's value over another?" within earshot of Destro! Not only did he never show remorse, he never showed anything but child-like glee when inflicting suffering on others and anger if they survived.
    • While the original Cobra Commander had his good points, the second Cobra Commander (Real name Krake) is an egomaniacal psychopath of the highest order. Growing up in a war-torn country, Krake became a dangerous soldier by his teen years, and ruthlessly killed anyone who threatened his livelihood, from innocent slaves who worked too slow, to his own partners when he suspected one of them might be a mole. Joining up with Cobra, Krake became one of it's top enforcers, murdering dozens of innocents and trying to slaughter an entire village of people throughout his missions. Eventually taking over the organization as the new Commander, Krake's first order is to lead to an onslaught on the entire country of Nanzhao, massacring hundreds of innocents, nuking it's major cities, and turning it into a radioactive wasteland. Showing no loyalty or care for anyone but himself, Krake regularly attempts mass murder and bombings, from shooting up airports and bombing entire cities, to trying to drop an entire plane onto the city of Paris to kill one person. With slave camps worldwide, Krake has adults and children alike forced to work under threat of death, and, in some cases, sends the children to training camps where they are brainwashed into becoming sociopathic fanatics of Cobra's cause. A homicidal megalomaniac who killed any and all threats or annoyances to himself on a whim, Krake is one of the most wicked Cobra Commanders throughout the G.I. Joe franchise.
    • Chimera is a former Green Beret who got rich from manipulating stocks, however, when his crimes were discovered and his money taken from him, he murdered his entire family before going on the run. Undergoing facial reconstruction surgery, Chimera bombs the clinic where he had his operation to kill anyone who saw his face, and later murders numerous police officers who try to arrest him. Taking over a gang of thugs after executing their current leader, Chimera kidnaps a governor's daughter, claiming his plans to use her for ransom to his gang, before sadistically murdering her in front of her father to show his true goal isn't money, but destruction. Chimera reveals he has set two times, one of which will release a toxin that will kill millions of people worldwide, the other which will leak stock market strategies and maponey laundering secrets to corrupt individuals, and will lead to economic failure qwithin a few years. Though killed while trying to murder numerous Joes, Chimera's money laundering secrets are still leaked online. Demented and sadistic, Chimera may have been one of the first major villains the Joes faced, but he was easily one of the worst.
    • Skullbuster is the recruit trainer for Cobra, and a sadistic brute to boot. To train potential recruits, Skullbuster takes them on long treks through isolated locations such as deserts or jungles, forcing them to start out naked and starved. When any of the recruits show weakness, such as decreasing mental health or revulsion at eating raw meat, Skullbuster wastes no time in ruthlessly killing them. Along their travels, Skullbuster has his troops murder any and all people they come across, be they Taliban soldiers or innocent villagers, in order to steal their supplies. Doing this routine weekly on separate groups each time, Skullbuster enjoys his job way too much, and takes sadistic pleasure in any of his trainees deaths, be they by his hand, their own weakness, or suicide. Though having limited appearances, Skullbuster made his mark as the most wicked low-level villain in the story.
    • In Action Force, a British comic retooling of G.I. Joe, Baron Ironblood, later Cobra Commander, is a sociopathic terrorist obsessed with subjugating or destroying all he surveys. Having created the terrorist organization known as the Red Shadows in a murderous campaign, Ironblood uses them to perpetrate various atrocities throughout the comic, from attempting to wipe out entire cities to planning full-scale invasions of countries at a time, promising to paint the streets red with blood, until, finally annoyed at his constant losses, Ironblood betrays his entire organization to be wiped out by Action Force, ditching them to their fates while he restyles himself as Cobra Commander, creating a new group called Cobra in the process. With this new group, Cobra Commander's evil only increases, as he tries to kick-start wars, enslave London, and finally infect all of humanity with a plague, the cure for which he will only give to those who will bow down to him. Cobra Commander is also a horrific boss to his minions, subjecting them to training that kills dozens of them at a time, executing them for the pettiest of slights, and feeding them to ravenous beasts regularly for his own amusement. Be it as Ironblood or Cobra Commander, this power-hungry madman would let no man, woman, or child come between him and his goals, and he kills thousands of them to illustrate this point.
  • Skeletor is the ever-present main antagonist of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and the most personal foe the Masters of the Universe face throughout it. Originally one of the two possible heirs to the throne of Eternia, Skeletor was rejected his chance at the throne due to his half-Gar lineage, and as such, developed a deep-seeded hatred for his entire family and a lust for power. Making a deal with the monstrous entity Hordak, Skeletor poisoned the Eternia royalty, fatally stabbed his brother, kidnapped his infant niece and gave her to Hordak for him to torture and corrupt, and began laying siege to Eternia, leading to the slaughter of hundreds of innocents. With no care for anyone but himself, Skeletor tortures and kills his own minions, abuses his significant other, and regularly tries to betray his masters, while simultaneously going along with their plans gleefully, no matter how many innocents may die at his hands. Seemingly redeeming himself, Skeletor quickly reveals it was a ruse and, after killing Hordak and usurping the role of final villain, uses the tortured souls of billions of innocents, to create a weapon that he at first uses to annihilate dozens of planets and their populations, then reveals he will use it to annihilate everything that has ever existed across every dimension, and, on the off chance that he himself survives, he will rebuild the multiverse and rule over it as a god of death and evil. A psychopath who refused to be anything but the supreme master of all, and, failing at this, the destroyer of all, this incarnation of Skeletor stood as a sharp contrast to his much more humorous and mostly harmless original incarnation.
    • Hordak is an ancient "space vampire" and is the root of all evil in the story. Once the member of a heavily-populated race, Hordak tricked his enemies, and his own people, into massacring each other in a huge war, at which point he absorbed their souls into himself, leaving them in tortured agony. Using his victims' corpses as his army, Hordak tried to take over Eternia before being banished into an alternate dimension, which he quickly took over as his own, and then used to enter the realm of Etheria, where he slowly slaughtered billions of innocents before devouring their souls. Later leading a full-scale invasion onto Eternia, Hordak reveals that his Dragon is actually the long-lost sister of He-Man, Adora, whom Hordak had kidnapped then tortured and corrupted into becoming his killing machine. Along with Mind Raping Adora anytime she would begin to realize her true heritage, Hordak sadistically murders her surrogate mother in front of her, then allows her to realize she is responsible for Eternia's imminent destruction. After dominating Eternia and regularly gorging on the souls of hundreds of citizens, Hordak destroys an entire planet to show his newfound power and reveals his plan to dominate the entire universe and turn it into a nightmarish realm where he is worshiped as a god while all those who oppose him suffer horribly. Serving as a contrast to Skeletor's omnicidal psychopathy, Hordak was a genocidal sociopath who believed all life to be inferior to himself.
  • Space Ghost (2005 miniseries): Quartermaster Temple, the man responsible for ruining the life of Thaddeus Bach – aka Space Ghost – is a member of the Eidolon Elite who leads the Wrath, the Eidolon's most experienced – and corrupt – unit. Initially appear as a stern but reasonable man, all pretense of civility dissipates when Temple implodes the head of an amiable weapons dealer and pass his death off as an act of justice. When Bach attempts to expose him, Temple plunges off the deep end by savagely murdering Bach's pregnant wife, tearing the unborn baby out of her, and recording the entire process, leaving Bach for dead on an alien planet shortly after. When the Zorathians invade Meridian, a colony planet where the residents are worked to the bone by Temple, Temple guns down several Zorathians and fleeing innocent civilians himself before siding with their leader Zorak, selling out the entire populace to be slaughtered by the Zorathian in exchange for his own skin and another shot at Bach. Once Zorak betrays him, Temple loses it and butchers his way through the Zorathian mothership in an effort to plunge the entire ship into Meridian and wipe out both the colonists and the Zorathians to eradicate any evidence of his misdeeds, gloating over the impending death of the hundreds of innocents below to Bach with a cocky sneer on his face. Willing to take any means necessary to cover up his immoral affairs, Temple manages to match even the Zorathians in pure depravity.
    • Zorak, in a sharp contrast to his best-known—though not necessarily his original—iteration, is portrayed in this comic as a genocidal, violence-loving creature with the singular goal of devouring all life in the universe until all that is left is himself and his race, the Zorathians. First appearing in-story leading the attempted slaughter of an entire city, Zorak is quickly revealed to be a nightmarish galactic monster who sends out scouts to various planets to test the defenses by killing inhabitants before Zorak and his fleet arrive to massacre the entire planet's population, taking any survivors as slaves or food, then festering in the corpses of the dead population and breeding a new generation of Zorathians in order to repeat the process over again. An utterly sadistic being, Zorak takes deep pleasure from killing all in his path, with his troops attempting to torture children to death being just one notable instance of this, all while keeping himself alive by body jacking his fellow Zorathians when his current body expires. After allying with then betraying the aforementioned Quartermaster Temple, leaving him to die when he outlives his usefulness, Zorak viciously mocks Space Ghost about the death of his wife at Temple's hands, and gleefully boasts his plans to continue his planet devouring spree for all eternity. Harboring a deep hatred and lust to kill for everything that wasn't his own race, Zorak is perhaps one of the most shocking examples of Adaptational Villainy ever conceived.
  • Dr. Nikken, the man responsible for the program that created Hip Flask and the other Elephantmen, shows absolutely no remorse for kidnapping and horrifically killing thousands of women or for creating a race of sentient beings whose sole intended purpose was war. In fact, he’s rather proud of his accomplishments.
  • In God Is Dead, Satan himself kicks off the plot by murdering God, and settles back to enjoy the resulting chaos as Pagan Gods swoop in and turn earth into a battlefield that kill billions of humans. Enslaving Hades as a lackey while regularly sleeping with his wife Persephone, Hades engineers far more death and destruction while also awakening the immortal Dragon that finally resets reality, killing everything that lives in retribution for Satan's misdeeds but not before eating Satan to share its belly with Jesus for thousands of years. Satan tricks Jesus into recreating the Gods, and later shoves him into a volcano to burn forever upon their escape. Satan then engineers a new conflict so he can attack God and kill him again, content to die having achieved everything he ever wanted.
  • Black Moon Chronicles: Haazheel Thorn is the single most evil being in this feudal Dark Fantasy Crapsack World. As an incredibly powerful Evil Overlord and the leader of the Black Moon faith, which reveres him as a demigod, Haazheel, together with Greldinard, the Baron of Moork, sends his armies out on crusades of death against the Empire of Lynn, ordering his soldiers to Rape, Pillage and Burn all in their path. To bring Wismerhill, a half-elf half-human prophesized to play a major role in the fate of the world, over to his side, he sets up the apparent death of Wismerhill's father, then blames it on the empire to incur Wismerhill's hatred for its battered monarch Emperor Haghendorf. Haazheel sends thousands of his troops to their deaths in a futile battle against the empire to fake his own death and rebuild his forces at his leisure. Haazheel turns out to be the half-demon son of Lucifer, and plans to bring about Hell on Earth while sending as many people as possible to Hell to have their souls devoured, thus ensuring himself a seat at his father's side. The army of the Black Moon, commanded by Wismerhill, totally obliterates the Empire of Lynn, sacking the capital, killing the Emperor, and forcing the faithful few who survived to ascend to another dimension. Wismerhill is made the new emperor by Haazheel, who retreats to his palace on the moon while his demons rampage around the world and his priests forcibly convert as many people as possible to the Black Moon to increase Haazheel's power, with those who refuse being torn apart by demons before having their souls devoured. After Wismerhill learns of Haazheel's manipulations and true plans he closes the Hellgate, at which point Haazheel personally teleports down to the imperial palace with his forces to punish Wismerhill for his defiance, initiating a slaughter that Greldinard walks away from in disgust. When his forces are defeated, Haazheel assumes his demonic form to kill any living thing in sight, then kills all of Wismerhill's friends one by one before battling his erstwhile student to the death. As he's dying at Wismerhill's hands, Haazheel uses his dark magic to curse the entire world by ensuring that the moon will leave its orbit and crash into Earth.
  • Judge Dredd has featured several examples, the worst among them being the Omnicidal Maniac Judge Death, who executed his entire planet's population. Note that, while all Dark Judges are genocidal psychopaths, Judge Death's Origins Issue revealed that he was already invoking the Complete Monster trope when he was still alive. He became a Judge in the first place so that he could kill people for any excuse he can think of, before eventually murdering his Chief Judge to seize control and make life itself a crime on his homeworld. Hellbent on spreading the power of the grave to as many worlds as he can, he allows the Sisters of Death to transform him and his "brothers" into undead monstrosities. Death's subsequent actions include the conquest of Mega-City One and killing off 60 million of its citizens after establishing "Necropolis"; brainwashing unfortunate people, such as Judge Kraken, to kill in his name, fully aware of what they're doing; slaughtering his way through orphan shelters and maternity wards just to lure Judge Anderson into a trap; wiping Las Vegas off the map with a nuclear missile; and killing thousands of colonists on the Mayflower spaceship. By inhabiting the bodies of those he's killed, Death always returns to destroy any life he can, sadistically murdering those who cross his path while seeking the destruction of all that lives.
    • In addition, there is the leadership of East Meg One, specifically the Diktatorat (Supreme Judge Bulgarin, and Judge Snekov; not Judge Vlad though.) and Bulgarin's Dragon War Marshal Kazan. They cold-bloodedly planned the Apocalypse War for years, knowing full well that it would result in the deaths of hundreds of millions, including tens of millions from their own city, and that was the best case scenario. The only one of the group to show any concern was Judge Vlad, the main architect of the strategic attack against Mega City One, and this was because Judge Snekov revealed that, according to the estimates, they would expect to lose 12 per cent of East Meg One, or 60 million citizens, in the initial exchange. When Vlad proposed that the Diktatorat warn the public so that they would be better prepared, Supreme Judge Bulgarin sneered "The people? What have they got to do with it?" implying that the leaders only cared about their own power and glory and little for their own people.
    • Sabbat the Necromagus is a powerful and immortal necromancer with an affinity for the dead who, despite a dark sense of humor, wants to, as he says, "kill the world". Originally, on a planet in the Strontium Dog universe, he was the human Soppi Walters. After being bullied one day, a friendly witch offered to help him, but she wouldn’t let him see her books on Black Magic, so he killed her. He first used the magic to turn a school bully into a lifeless pet with his mind intact so he could torment him for eternity. He proceeded to kill all 2 billion settlers on the planet of Bethsheba, using the corpses as his undead army for eventual galactic conquest. When Johnny Alpha tracks him down, Sabbat travels to Earth's past so he can erase Alpha's timeline by creating a Zombie Apocalypse to destroy humanity. He also causes planes to instantly crash all around the globe to quarantine the cities from each other. He succeeds at murdering three billion people and wiping out five Mega Cities; 2 billion people, who may or may not be part of the aforementioned 3 billion, are victims of nukes used so Sabbat can't raise the corpses. He later captures Judge Dredd's strike team and proceeds to slowly torture them to death, assuring them that they'll be the last living humans on the planet when he finally extinguishes their lives.
    • President Robert L. Booth in the Origins stroyline was the last President of the United States, as well as the worst. Getting into power through electoral fraud in the 2068 election, he was also a hardline imperialist who waged bloody wars of conquest to seize other nations' natural resources. Eventually he convinced himself that America's missile shields could protect it from enemy attacks. When one of his advisors realized that he'd gone mad and tried to oppose him, Booth had him murdered. Then he launched a nuclear war against the rest of the world, killing billions of people and turning much of it into an unliveable Death World. When Justice Department tries to depose him on charges of tyranny, Booth is determined to stay in power, massacring hundreds of civilians who try to storm the White House and not giving up his seat until the end of a Civil War. After being sentenced to 100 years suspended animation, then revived in the Cursed Earth and given an additional sentence by Judge Dredd of hard labor so he could return some life to the country he destroyed, he builds a rebel army to conquer Mega-City One, claiming to still be the rightful President of the United States. When Dredd delivers a ransom for the dormant body of Chief Judge Eustace Fargo, Booth tries to have him sentenced to death by a Kangaroo Court. As the man responsible for creating most of the Crapsack World of the comic, “Bad Bob” Booth shows no regret for his actions and is only concerned with his own power.
    • The version of Chief Judge Cal who serves as the Big Bad for the Helter Skelter storyline originates from an Alternate Universe where he successfully killed Judge Dredd and has been the tyrannical ruler of Mega-City One for the past 20 years because unlike his mainstream counterpart he's not insane, just evil. After he learns that there is a world where Judge Dredd had beaten him, he gathers the supervillains from several different universes where Dredd lost to invade Prime Dredd's dimension. This is only an alliance of convenience for Cal, as he intends to dispose of all them as soon as the opportunity allows. His forces take over the Grand Hall of Justice by brainwashing most of the Senior Judges and automatically executing anyone under 25 years of service for being unaffected by this; the survivors, including Judge Hershey, are then crucified in the city center. However, what sets Cal apart from most other would-be conquerors of Mega-City One is what a female scientist describes as the "Helter Skelter" effect, as continued interdimensional travel will tear apart the very fabric of existence by pulling in horrors from other dimensions, materializing people inside buildings, or sending whole planets into the center of stars. Cal is fully aware of this and wants to take the Helter Skelter to the brink before establishing a stable portal with his own world, condemning billions of people to a Fate Worse Than Death just so he can kill a version of Judge Dredd whom he's never even met.
  • Red Mist/Motherfucker from Kick-Ass. While the movie adaptation made him more sympathetic, he was just as much of a bastard as his father in the comics. For one, he expressed sadistic glee when he thought he killed Hit Girl. But if that weren't enough, issue 4 of the sequel had him cross a bigger Moral Event Horizon: he killed a group of children after they told him where Kate lived, had his goons kill an entire neighborhood of people, killed Kate's father, and then raped her with his other cohorts}}. Even his own lackeys thought they went too far. If he didn't lose his fans before, he definitely lost them now.
  • Master Zalex from Jurassic Strike Force 5 is an alien Evil Overlord who desires to rule the entire galaxy. After landing on planet Earth, Zalex captures several dinosaurs and forces the Nodes aliens to turn them into super soldiers, threatening to destroy their planet if they don't help him. Millions of years later, after Zalex and his Reptilian dinosaurs are awakened, Zalex kills all the scientists who mistakenly wake him up, shortly before he and the Reptilians invade a submarine base and slaughter most of the soldiers in the vicinity. He later forces the survivors to assist him in his schemes, and nearly kills the Strike Force dinosaurs when they confront him. Zalex gets the dinosaurs to surrender by kidnapping Saral and threatening to kill her in front of them. Once captured, Zalex tries to convert the Strike Force into mindless slaves with a serum, and even sends his Reptilians to try and kill Tyler. When the serum is destroyed, Zalex tries to kill the Strike Force again by blowing up the submarine base, and he later invades Washington D.C., where he and his Reptilians start destroying the city and killing anyone who opposes him. After the President refuses to submit to Zalex's demands, Zalex tries to blow up the city with a nuclear warhead. A violent warlord who craves absolute domination, Zalex cares about nothing but ruling over species lesser than him, and he'll kill anyone who opposes him or is deemed useless.
  • The Plutonian in Irredeemable, after his Face Heel Turn, seems to be determined to be the biggest one of these he can be. The essential purpose of the book is to ask the question of "What would happen if Superman suddenly turned evil?' Given how the first thing we see him do is murdering a mother and her baby, and that's not even the first thing he's done to cross the Moral Event Horizon, the answer seems to be 'He'd fit in this trope pretty nicely, actually.' The aforementioned atrocity obviously being just a beginning, he also partially and painfully lobotomized his former teen sidekick, knowing full well that he is effectively immortal and will have to suffer eternal brain damage. He later allows his former compatriots to choose only ten out of millions of Singaporeans to rescue from a massive tsunami (that he triggers, natch) prior to his absolute destruction of Singapore. His reason for devastating Singapore? The UN-representative of the aforementioned country wasn't entirely honest about why his country wanted to elect him as their absolute monarch. After being captured by the Vespa, he is shown to dream of reversing all the horrible things he did - implication being not because he was punished, but out of regret. Except, subsequently, when given the opportunity to redeem himself i.e accepting the telepathic alien's offer to help him, he mercilessly refuses it. As a first thing he does upon returning to Earth, he carves his initials into the USA, uses the new paradigm as projectiles, arranges a kinky threesome with Cutter and Belle Noir, and promises rivers of blood to his followers. Not to mention, Burrows, the man who made a town commit suicide, chooses to kill himself rather than face the Plutonian's plans for Earth.
  • Don Miguel y Certa in Raptors is the ruler of the new vampires. Bringing his allies from the shadows, y Certa proposed a new pact to dominate the world and evolve the vampire race. When a vampire nobleman named Don Molina objected, y Certa had him and his entire household annihilated, save his twin sons who escaped. Centuries later, y Certa presides in New York where vampires dominate the world, reducing the human species and murder is regularly conducted to keep control. Y Certa is also a vicious predator himself, known as "The Devourer" for his predilection of feeding on children, who he hunts relentlessly. Y Certa has preyed on them so much that the numbers of children in New York have sharply dropped, and many refuse to go out alone for fear of being caught and brought to him. Even when the vampire kingdom is collapsing, y Certa attempts to hunt down and eat two children, with numerous bones of his past victims shown. Even in this dark world, Miguel y Certa stands apart as the most depraved creature in any bloodline.
  • In Revenger, Mr. Groan, the head of Hotel Neptune, uses his business as a front for an underage prostitution ring. Abducting children from all over the city, Groan has the children repeatedly raped by his perverted clients, raping some of the children himself on occasion before tossing them out onto the streets once he's done with them. Brutally murdering the father of one of the abducted children once he tries to attack Groan, Groan is ultimately revealed as a Russian robot—which spurs him to spitefully self-destruct and obliterate the entire town in the process.
    • In Revenger Is Trapped, KJ is the leader of a group of backwoods hillbillies who tortured his own mother into insanity when her fortune-telling predicted his freestyle way of life would eventually be collapsed. KJ spends his time trapping stragglers in the woods and dumping them into a pit, where he and his family hunt, murder, and eat them, keeping a mound of hundreds of skulls as perverse trophies. When Revenger finds his operation, KJ attempts to brutally murder her too, realizing she was the one his mother foretold.
  • Sidekicks: Pluton, despite his limited appearances, manages to stick out as one of the most monstrous villains in the comic. Posessing the power of life-force draining, Pluton is shown having massacred over 4,000 people, with a child and her father being just two of his victims. Detained at a maximum security prison after murdering four superheroes and five sidekicks, Pluton is still feared throughout the superhero community. Escaping prison with the help of other villains, Pluton attacks the man who released him, and murders any guards or sidekicks that get in his way. When confronted by more heroes, Pluton gleefully toys with them, revealing himslf to be an Ax Crazy Blood Knight, then tries to kill one hero's sidekick in front of him just to torture him.
    • Iblis is Metheos' most powerful servant, and easily his most evil. Once a sidekick-in-training named Olivia, Iblis was a sadistic person even then, however, when Iblis failed her final exam due to her cruel nature, she quickly became something far worse. Developing a seething hatred towards fellow student Lamia for becoming a sidekick, ignoring the fact that during their training together, Lamia attempted to help her win, Iblis releases the psychopathic Pluton in an attempt to kill as many students as possible, her "best friend" Judy included, to leave her as the sole candidate for sidekick status. Failing at this, Iblis becomes Metheos' second-in-command, and immediately begins murdering innocents by the dozen to test out her new powers and to assist Metheos in his plans to wipe out every superhero in the world. When Metheos is plunged into a coma, Iblis revives him, having happily murdered her own minions and countless more innocents along the way, and is a lead part in Project M.A.S.S.A.C.R.E., a nightmarish operation where she has supervillains round up thousands of innocents, then sacrifices them all to Metheos to restore his power, after which she and Metheos begin slaughtering millions of people at a time to steal their life force, gleefully having their minions massacre any survivors for fun. While dueling with the hero Limpid, Iblis Mind Rapes Limpid's sidekick before trying to force hundreds of people to kill themselves as distractions, eventually fleeing without a second thought when Metheos is defeated. Though sadistic, egomanical, and power hungry, Iblis' worst quality is no doubt her pettiness, enabling the wholesale slaughter of tens of millions of people solely as a revenge scheme on Lamia for completely pathetic reasons.
    • Dr. Max is a sociopathic robotics expert obsessed with creating the ultimate machine. To this end, Max manipulates a powerful businessman, Mr. Ellison, to fund his creations, whom he regularly uses to murder weak superheroes and sidekicks, and brutally murders Ellison in front of the man's daughter when he outlives his usefulness. Using his powerful robots for various purposes, from massacring his entire lab staff, to ordering them to lay waste to a highly-populated city as a test run, Max eventually implants his mind in a robot body, and uses his new strength to sadistically duel with numerous heroes, drawing out their pain for his own entertainment. After trying to murder an innocent woman, Max plans to absorb the comatose superhero Darkslug's cells into his own body, hoping to make himself the most powerful being in existence and finish his research. Though a minor villain when compared to the likes of Metheos or Iblis, Dr. Max stands out as a truly depraved lunatic who is willing to wipe out hundreds of people and kill any of his partners for minor reasons, all to quench his obsession with perfecting his research.
  • Thorgal has it's share of these, many of which are evil aristocrats or other rulers. Shardar from The Fall of Brek Zarith is especially nasty, deciding that rather than just surrender his rule to the rightful heir to the throne, it's better to poison his own court and destroy all his treasures, leaving the kingdom bankrupt, hoping that, to restore it, the new ruler will be forced to become as big a tyrant as him, while he escapes and plans to start new conquest, using the psychic powers of the baby he kidnapped.
    • One of the more notable is Volsung of Nichor, a Dirty Coward introduced and killed in the third album of the series. In The Guardian of the Keys, he is brought back to life by evil lesser diety, Nidhogg, who turns him into a perfect doppleganger of Thorgal. The deal is simple - he will seduce another diety who happened to have a soft spot for Thorgal, the titular Guardian, steal her magic belt, and bring it to Nidhogg, who will return him to his real form and grant him new life. What Volsung does? He steals the belt, returns to Midgard, kills Thorgal, takes his place, and, using magic powers of the belt, takes over the control of his village, murdering the current chief, rapes both his wife and Aaricia, and threatens to smash the head of the latter's baby daughter, all to destroy Thorgal's good name and avenge his own death...that he had brought upon himself - Thorgal's only crime was being there when Volsung got himself killed, he hadn't move a finger to help it and couldn't have stop it in any way.
    • Kriss of Valnor would be one of these if it wasn't for her Heroic Sacrifice to save Thorgal, his family, and her son. Her own spin-off series reveals that it stands out among the numerous atrocities she had commited so much that it puzzles even the Gods, forcing her to reveal her backstory to Freya, up to the moment when she had meet Thorgal for the first time. It involves three Complete Monsters - her abusive step-father, who made her his slave and started renting her out to work for a beer; his newphew, who, when Kriss started killing people in the village, murdered his own father, assaulted Kriss, raped her, and planned to kill her and blame his old man's death on her; and the spoiled daughter of an aristocrat that was kidnaping beautiful girls, forcing them to be her dolls, and subjecting them to deadly abuse, did so with Sigwald's daughter and offered to free her if he will perform one of his juggling tricks with a bowl of incadescent coal, only to knock him down and thrust his face into the coal, almost burning him to death. It's no wonder Kriss grew up to be how we all know her.
  • Menar of Typhon is a Mad Scientist and career criminal. After inventing the Tidal Annihilator, a machine that can generate destructive tidal wave, Menar moves to a Supervillain Lair under the sea, forcing his daughter to come with him. He then proceeds to destroy multiple ships, killing everybody aboard and robbing the cargo. After wiping one boat out for a $100,000,000 shipment of gold, Typhon and his lieutenant go to investigate. Menar captures them and leaves them in a Death Trap to suffocate.
  • Dinocorps: Jarek is the leader of a group of scientifically-advanced dinosaurs known as the Saurons. Considering himself to be a "True-Blood" compared to the other dinosaurs in his time period, Jarek activates the Extinction Protocol, a weapon that eradicates all the other non-Sauron dinosaurs. When Jarek and his remaining Saurons wake up in the present, he destroys a mall after discovering it has been infested by humans. He then conspires to reactivate the Extinction Protocol; Jarek orders his troops to look for the weapon's triggering device. His troops kidnap Carl's friend, Winston, after he accidentally activates the device, and they head to their safe house while the weapon arms itself. Jarek and his troops kill any humans in their way and put several civilians in danger as they fight off the Dinocorps. When Carl confronts Jarek, he sneers how Carl is too late and that the weapon has finished arming, moments before he throws Winston off a skyscraper and tries to murder Carl. A violent, racist radical, Jarek is a creature who would rather destroy the entire world than live on it with other species who aren't Saurons.
  • Fatale: The Bishop, the ancient, ageless servant of the eldritch old gods, pledges his existence to providing sustenance to his masters by wandering across the Earth in various forms. Engaging in regular ritual sacrifice—some of which involves the lives of dozens of infants tied to a tree and left to rot—and lording over servants who have cast aside their own humanity to serve him, many of whom he kills for slights, Bishop pursues violent delights to enthrall himself in his early years, awakening once after the 1906 earthquake to fatally beat a pleading old man trapped under rubble and soon after engaging in a spree to murder as many people as he could before sunrise. After an attempt to sacrifice the immortal Femme Fatale Josephine, or "Jo", Bishop moves to San Francisco in 1956, tearing the unborn baby out of a pregnant woman and savagely killing a group of mobsters to tempt Dirty Cop Walter Booker. Blinded shortly after, Bishop arises in the form of a cult leader named Hansel in the 1970s, where he leads more cult violence, regularly sells a woman named Suzy to be raped, and leads an attack on Jo's home which ends with her caretaker and current lover dead and the house burned down. Finally arising in the 1990s to 2014 as an executive named Mr. Sommerset, Bishop continues his attempt to sacrifice Jo—murdering scores of people and lounging in their corpses or bathing in their blood in his off-time—and finally resorts to torturing and killing Walt's nephew Nicolas in front of her. With no low he will not stoop to, either to provide for his gods or simply For the Evulz, Bishop is as big a monster on the inside as he is on the outside.
  • Ferals: Rikkard serves as the most prominent villain in this comic, and stands out as the most wicked by far. Though Ferals have a habit of killing innocents in rage or lust-filled insanity, Rikkard is one of the few who has near complete control of his impulses, yet still fully indulges in evil and cruelty unseen by any other Ferals. Along with being a Serial Killer with a knack for ripping off his dozens of victims' heads, Rikkard kidnaps dozens of male humans, including a school bus of teens, then forcibly infects them with the Feral disease, turning them into savage werewolves under his thrall. Rikkard then blackmails his fellow societal Ferals, all disgusted by his depravity, into regularly supplying him with innocents for him and his pack to murder, and later leads the wholesale slaughter of an entire town, raping, butchering, and eating every man, woman, and child there, amounting to over 3500 victims. In the end, after his personal harem, whom he views as property to use and abuse as he likes, is wiped out by Dale Chestnutt, Rikkard massacres an entire squadron of army soldiers, guts Dale's girlfriend Pia, then tries to restart his Feral harem and army before being driven off by other Ferals for his crimes. Standing out even among the numerous other vicious Ferals for his wanton sadism and heinousness, Rikkard cared for no one but himself, valuing his image of power and control above all else.
  • While the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics were already very dark in nature, the Arc Villain Bloodsucker stands out as a truly repulsive creature. A leech who sucked Raphael's mutagen and became an anthropomorphic being, Bloodsucker decides to attack the innocent in search of blood. Feasting off of a park ranger, he then goes after innocent children. When the Turtles arrive to save them, he flings a tree at them, saying that he specifically enjoys human blood, and when the turtles drown, he will feast on each of their dead bodies. His chilling remarks to his next victim only accentuate the threat of the creature. While revealed to work under another villain, this doesn't soften his chilling deeds at all. While most antagonists in Mirage were Anti-Villains or comical stooges, Bloodsucker is a sharp contrast to this.
    • Despite being just a Filler Villain, Skonk manages to come across as one of the most vile street level villains the Mirage Turtles have faced. Skonk is the leader of a far-right militia who felt that, because the Cold War didn't result in a nuclear war and his militia would not be able to prove their survival skills after such a event, he would try to start a nuclear war by setting off a nuke at a critical military facility. He and his militia kidnap a nuclear physics student from the University of Massachusetts and force him to create a crude nuclear bomb. The student escapes and bumps into the Turtles, warning them of the danger. Skonk kills the student with his sniper rifle. Thinking the Turtles are just people in costumes, Skonk orders his militia to kill all of them, not wanting there to be any witnesses to his plans. The Turtles easily defeat his militia underlings, so Skonk decides to return to his base and set off the nuke right away. When Splinter and Turtles try to reason with Skonk, saying he will kill countless people with his bomb, Skonk says he doesn't care, saying there are no innocents and everyone is guilty of allowing America to fall from greatness.
    • Savanti Romero, who would become one of the most powerful reoccurring foes the Turtles ever faced, started off as an assistant to Lord Simultaneous, a powerful wizard that controls the flow of time. Growing jealous of Simultaneous, Romero attempts to erase him from time. However Simultaneous discovers Romero's treachery and transforms him into a goat demon and banishes him to 13th century Europe. Romero takes over a village and makes it into his own fiefdom. Simultaneous' new assistant, Renet, accidentally teleports herself and the Turtles to Romero's village. Romero manages to steal Simultaneous' time scepter from Renet. After the villagers rebel against Romero, Romero uses the scepter's power to create an army of the undead and orders them to slaughter the rebelling villagers. Simultaneous appears banishes Romero to the Cretaceous period. Romero appears later, obsessed with revenge, he lures Renet and the Turtles to the Cretaceous period. After defeating Renet and the Turtles, Romero reveals his new plan, to sacrifice Renet as part of a spell that will cause the comet that wipes out the dinosaurs to miss Earth, causing humanity to cease to exist. The Turtles defeat Romero and he seems to have have died. However Romero was merely frozen in time and reemerges in 12th century Japan. There Romero attempts to build a new empire and plans to wipe out any Japanese clans that oppose him, which wipes out their ancestors in the present. The Turtles travel to medieval Japan and defeat Romero again. After a long absence Romero appears again, traveling to limbo and planning to use an artifact called the Aga-Moo-Tou to make himself into a god and remake reality in his own image.
    • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, Krang is far darker then the animated version he was based on. Working with Shredder to defeat the Turtles, the Turtles' discover the depth of Krang's evil when they fight two aliens named Wingnut and Screwloose. After the Turtles defeat them, Screwloose explains that Krang's forces invaded their home planet of Huanu, killing most of the population. Krang's forces hav been going around Dimension X, destroying all life on any planet they find, searching for a powerful crystal called the Turnstone. Another former warlord from Dimension X named Cherubae has possession of the Turnstone and is hiding on Earth. Krang, feeling he needs more powerful allies to defeat the Turtles and Cherubae, contacts the insect queen Maglina. In exchange for loaning him ten of her Insect warriors, Krang promises to lead Maligna to Earth, so that her insect warriors can kill the human race and colonize Earth. Krang is ultimately defeated and Cherubae uses the Turnstone to banish him to the prison planet of Morbus. Krang eventually escapes from Morbus and returns to Earth. Krang graphs himself on to Shredder's body and plans to kill the Turtles and then hunt down their loved ones, not caring how much damage Shredder's body takes while fighting the Turtles.
      • The aforementioned Queen Maligna is the cruel leader of a race of alien insect warriors called the Malignoids. Maligna and her children seek out worlds teeming with life and consume them. Maligna is introduced when Krang contacts her, promising to lead her to Earth, if her warriors defeat the Turtles. After Krang's defeat, Maligna comes to Earth and begins her invasion. She sends eggs to Earth; these eggs contain larva which devour everything in their path. She also sends pods to Earth, containing more adult Malignoids, who will attack everything in sight when they hatch. Maligna also has a habit of eating her own children, devouring one of her Malignoid warriors after he successfully completed a task for her. Maligna captures Raphael and Mondo Gecko, planning to have them fattened and dipped in honey, so she can devour them in a feast later. After the Turtles and their allies defeat her children on Earth, Maligna sends her armada of space ships to destroy everyone and everything on Earth. Maligna is eventually defeated and vows to leave Earth, but later says she will return when they least expect it. Maligna returns much later, after her ally Mr. Null kills the Mighty Mutanimals, removing several of the heroes who opposed her off the board, planning to finish what she started and destroy the human race.
      • Mr. Null was introduced as an unseen tycoon, who enslaved a remote South American tribe to work in some of his mines and tries to dump toxic waste into the ocean. However, we soon discover that Null is actually a demon and has sold the Earth to the abovementioned Queen Maligna and her hordes of insectoid aliens, who plan to destroy humanity and colonize Earth. After the Turtles and their allies the Mighty Mutanimals thwart this alien invasion, Null seeks revenge on them. Null takes control of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse and captures the two groups. Null is planning to make the female members of the Mutanimals into his harem, while the others will be slowly electrocuted to death. Null plans to force Kid Terra, one of Null's former underlings who turned against him, into pulling the switch that electrocutes his enemies, wanting to torment his former employee. After this scheme is thwarted, Null later returns and hires some cyborg assassins, who manage to kill most of the Mutanimals. Null decides to torment Candy Fine, who the girlfriend of Mutanimal Mondo Gecko, by showing her images of the Mutanimals burning in Hell. Null then Mind Controls her and makes her into his slave. Null had the Mutanimals killed so he can continue what he started, trying to help Maligna destroy the human race. When asked why he does what he does, he responds thusly: "Because death, destruction, these are my favorite things, the things I do best."
  • Afterlife with Archie: Doctor Howard Lovecraft and his partner Doctor Machen are the seemingly kindly administrators of a hospital for the mentally disturbed. In truth, Lovecraft and Machen are servant of the Great Old Ones, having once tried to master them, but upon realizing the futility of such an act have become the willing servants of the dark Outer Gods. They use the patients at the asylum as sacrifices for their masters and when they realize young Erich Zann can use his music to repel them, they cut his fingers off and leave him to be taken by the monsters. Finally, revealing their intent to allow all humanity to become food or slaves to the Old Ones, they offer Sabrina the Teenage Witch as the bride to great Cthulhu himself.
  • Blueberry has a number of nasty characters in its roster, but the worst is definitely 'Prosit' Von Luckner from the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine arc. A Dirty Coward with a sadist streak and a propensity to shoot his partners in the back, 'Prosit' has a lot of murders on his conscience, the most notable one being when he put a rattle-snake in the boot of his latest partner and then made him 'dance' so that the venom would spread faster in his system. His latest act of villainy is trapping Blueberry and two other people in a cave with no way out, leaving behind a big taunting message for his victims.
  • The Boys has a lot of characters who are assholes, but the one who best fits this is Black Noir, the clone of Homelander. There's really no other way to describe a guy who gleefully Eats Babies, commits murder-rapes, and eats hearts with a Slasher Smile. The villainy of the other two contenders for worst monster in the comic Homelander and Butcher himself was ultimately Black Noir's fault too. Black Noir drove Homelander insane by gaslighting him with the aforementioned atrocities so he would receive the sanction to kill him, which Noir thought was the only thing that gave his life meaning since he was created to kill Homelander. One of Black Noir's crimes was raping Butcher's wife Becky, which triggered Butcher's vendetta against superhumans.
  • In Choker, by Ben McCool & Ben Templesmith, Hunt Cassidy is a sadistic drug baron put away behind bars by cop Johnny Jackson for his illegal trafficking, which includes utilizing children as test subjects for his horrifying drugs. Freed by the treacherous Royce Davies and with a hunger for revenge after being brutalized in prison, Cassidy resumes his spree to get revenge on Jackson. Keeping a young girl in his basement and reducing her to a feral, naked vampire through his repeated testing, Cassidy starts peddling mutative drugs that turn several people into ravenous vampires and cannibalistic mutants, having his junkies commit a series of gruesome massacres around Shotgun City to lure Jackson into his clutches. Slaughtering a squad sent to stop him and eventually backstabbing and killing Royce himself, Cassidy hypes himself up on his own drugs for the purpose of killing Jackson, massacring his way through the police department and personally murdering Chief Ellis in his psychotic crusade to kill Jackson.
  • The Vampire, later known appropriately as The Collector from Chew is a being with the ability to gain the powers of others through eating them. As someone who deeply desires to be the ultimate being, the Collector has hunted down, murdered and cannibalized many people, relishing sadistic mind games he plays with them as well. He isn't averse to a round of torture to get information, either. When he captures the hero Tony Chu's sister "Toni" Chu, he devours an arm and a leg and is furious that he can't gain her powers due to her having loaded up on beets, which blocks his powers. Toni, a psychic who can see the future of what she eats, informs the Collector her brother is going to kill him. Her lack of fear and her taunts make him snap and break her neck, even when he had no reason to kill her at that juncture. Even in such an odd and funny series, the Collector is a monster who treats the murder and cannibalism of so many people as stepping stones in his path to glory and power.
  • Crimson: Lisseth, the Queen of All Vampires, is the originator of all evil in the world and the progenitor of every living vampire. After being spurned from God's sight due to her imperfections and further turned down a place at Lucifer's side, Lisseth drank the blood of her former lover and fellow outcast Ekimus, stealing his immortality and becoming the first vampire. Still craving revenge for her exile, Lisseth enacts a plan to eliminate the Chosen One, Alex Elder, and teams up with fellow vampire lord Victor Van Fleet. Lisseth greets Alex on a pile of templars she's massacred and later tricks her former lover into releasing the ancient Chalkydri lord Sopha, who begins an assault meant to wipe out all mankind. This is all the first part of Lisseth's ultimate plan, who strives for nothing more than the complete destruction of all creation - Heaven, Hell, and Earth and their rulers - and then to remake creation in her own image. In the final battle, Lisseth delves low enough to murder a child and her father after they refuse to pay tribute to her and kills the fallen angel Zophiel in a failed attempt to kill Alex, and ultimately dies raving on how she seeks to destroy everything and everyone. Always a selfish, envious monster at heart, Lisseth's own evil was reflected in the very breed of monsters she birthed.
  • Gear: Emperor Pago, the leader of the North Plate Cats, desires the Forbidden Mechanism to power up his Guardian, planning on using it to conquer the world and expand his already large kingdom. Aware of Big Tomato’s plan of bribing the president of Dogtown into declaring peace with him, Pago takes advantage of the situation by declaring war on Newtown in order to find the Forbidden Mechanism, happily preparing to slaughter multiple cats and insects. Finding out that Gear is inhabiting the Forbidden Mechanism, he sends one of his men to capture him, forcibly putting Gear into the Guardian’s engine to power it up, keeping him alive and in pain. Taking control of his new Mega-Guardian, he gleefully destroys Waffle and Chee’s Guardian forms, immediately attempting to kill Mr. Black and the Elder afterwards. When his destroyed Mega-Guardian is sinking into a pit to Hell, Pago escapes the wreck, planning on building another Mega-Guardian and starting over, leading Gordon to sacrifice his own life to kill him. Refusing to abide by his ancestors’ honorable morals, Pago’s presence turned an already dark story into an even darker one.
  • Halloween: Michael Myers keeps his film counterpart's lack of any human emotion beyond hate and sadism, and is feared as the personification of evil itself for good reason. Keeping with the H20 timeline, Michael's spree in the first films is fully detailed here, revealing he has already killed at least 20 innocents, with his first kill being his own sister when he was six. These comics only add to Michael's evil, as he spends the 20 years between films going on a huge murder spree, where he decapitates the Haddonsville Beauty Pageant winner, murders an elementary school teacher then strings her up for her students to find, shoves razor blades into Halloween candy, and scoops a reporter's eyes out before replacing them with film rolls. Taking a sickening pleasure from tormenting his former psychologist, Samuel Loomis, Michael mocks the man's inability to stop him, and, when Loomis is nearing death due to a heart failure, Michael ensures his final moments are a living nightmare as he brutally tortures the man's best friend in front of him before leaving both to die. Michael then goes on yet another killing spree of a town's citizens, where he slashes a child's throat, kills numerous people in horrific ways, and hollows out a woman's skull before shoving a candle in her now empty head to make a jack o'lantern. Michael finishes the arc off by tricking the police into killing man under the illusion he was Michael, and follows this up by burying one of his more evasive victims alive after stripping her naked. Earning his unofficial title of "bogeyman", Michael Myers is a perfect killing machine driven only by his desire to get the same sadistic thrill he obtained from butchering his own sister all those years ago.
  • In Freddy VS Jason VS Ash, Freddy is the same sadistic child murdering demon he is in the films, and more. Following the events of the film, Freddy continues his spree of evil by once again manipulating Jason into finding the Necromonicon Ex Mortis to grant him reality warping powers before sending the deadites against Jason when he turns against him. He takes things further in The Nightmare Warriors, where upon his return, he takes control of the deadite army, placing Jason as general of this army. At Freddy behest, Jason and the deadites leave death and destruction throughout Washington, where Freddy takes control of the White House where he reveals his plan for "No Child Left Alive" and the carnage he plans on spreading across the world. Revealing himself to be in a incesteous relationship with his daughter Kathryn (possibly due to brainwashing), and when she fights with Jason, admits he plans to kill her when they are finished. Freddy possesses Stephanie to seduce and abduct Jacob, before encouraging Stephanie to kill as a Voorhees. Upon Jason's death, Freddy absorbs his soul as well before boasting himself as a "Dream God". Now desiring power and domination in addition to his bloodlust, Freddy takes his evil from the films into a more grandiose level.
  • Lanfeust: Thanos was once the most brilliant student of the city of Eckmul. Succumbing to a hunger for power and cruelty, Thanos became a pirate in service to the brutal Baron Averroes where his men would attack ships, slaughter and rob those aboard and rape the women they found. When he captured Lanfeust himself, Thanos tortured him by slicing him open and cutting his eyes out. It is soon revealed Thanos is Baron Averroes and intends to sack the city of Or-Azur with the threat that there will soon be no virgins left in the city. When he conquers Eckmul, Thanos kills those who he thinks can oppose his rule, and forces the heroine Cixi to kill Thanos's own brother by using her magic to boil his blood in his body. Forcing the sages to serve him, Thanos threatens their families should they resist, and when hunting a vigilante opposing him allows his pet monsters to eat a random man in the crowd as a point. When he finally faces Lanfeust for the fate of Eckmul, Thanos brags the reason he will win is because he is simply the most evil.
  • Stitched: Emad Homayoun is the antagonist of the first arc of the comic, and a human trafficker who deals with the cult creating the titular Stitched. Homoyoun is more than compliant with the process for creating the Stitched — pouring a black liquid into a man's orifices and then sewing all of them closed, in the process trapping the man's conscious soul in a state of undeath while the body becomes a mindless shell — and uses the Stitched as shock soldiers to regularly massacre entire villages. The survivors are kept captive by Homayoun's traffickers, the women and children sold to become sex slaves and the men to be converted into more Stitched. Any who Homayoun has no use for or are perceived as obstacles — such as a lame child and members of the Taliban — are brutally killed. Homayoun personally disembowels one of the heroes, Twiggy, casually noting that he'd rape her as well if he weren't in such a hurry. Ultimately, it is made plainly clear Homayoun is just as much an inhuman monster as the undead Stitched he utilizes.
  • Tomas de Torquemada, the Grand Master of the Nazi-like Termight/Terran Empire in Nemesis the Warlock, rules humanity with the creed of "Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave!" Having seized control by usurping his own brother and locking him in a madhouse with a disfigured face, then leading campaigns that kill billions upon billions of aliens, Torquemada tortures and murders countless humans as well for simply thinking things he disagrees with, or just to make sure they're not aliens anyways. Torquemada provokes a war and sabotages peace between humanity and aliens so he'll have an excuse to wipe them all out. Despite his rhetoric, Torquemada is a hypocrite who thinks nothing of using alien energies and life force to keep himself alive by murdering them. On one planet, upon hearing them sing a song of national pride, Torquemada snaps and begins gunning the room down. Even when sent to the past, Torquemada's actions horrify even the original Torquemada, before Torquemada murders Nemesis's young son Thoth. When he overthrows a rival, Torquemada's murder of him is a torture far too graphic to be shown, and when overthrown it takes seven whole days for the list of charges to be read against him. Upon escaping, Torquemada attempts to activate his self-described "Final Solution": a bomb to annihilate all aliens and any human who has ever come into contact with one. With the despotism and megalomania of all the worst tyrannical dictators in existence put together, Torquemada may well be one of the most horrifyingly evil characters in fiction!
  • Locke and Key: The unnamed demon who possessed the teenager named Lucas "Dodge" Caravaggio is a sadistic and cruel monster who is behind all the bad happenings in the story. Originally a seemingly animalistic entity, the demon, taking the name "Dodge" after possessing Lucas, develops human-like emotions and personality, however this only enhances his capacity for wickedness. An emotionally manipulative psychopath, the demon happily commits various atrocities throughout the story, from turning an emotionally unstable teen into a Serial Killer, to physically and emotionally abusing a woman before Mind Raping and eventually ruthlessly murdering her, to deliberately forcing a recovering alcoholic into a drunken stupor simply to strain her relationship with her daughter. Eliminating anyone who could oust him as a monster, the demon goes to any lengths to silence those suspicious of him, from destroying their minds, leaving them as empty shells, to outright killing them, with children being no exception. After possessing a young boy named Bode, leaving his soul trapped as a ghost unable to interact with his family or ask for help, the demon first kills the boy's best friend who gets suspicious of him, then uses a shadow army to capture hundreds of people, killing any of them who resist, and reveals his master plan: To bring forth a select group of his kind who will assist him in taking over the world, massacring any humans who resist and turning those who survive into his tortured slaves, all for his newly developed god complex. Though originally having no sense of morality, the demon showed that after possessing Dodge he had become fully aware of morals and good in the world, but chose to turn on his whole race and become a god to rule over humanity because he simply liked being evil.
  • The Strange Talent of Luther Strode: Jack the Ripper from The Legend of Luther Strode is a super-powered serial killer who was released from the box in which he was bound in order to fight Luther. After being freed, he quickly disembowels a young crime boss and takes the first opportunity to kill the man who unbound him. Traveling to a crowded mall, Jack then absolutely butchers hundreds of the innocent civilians shopping there. When Luther and his girlfriend Petra find the grisly scene, they discover that Jack hadn’t actually killed anyone, but mutilated them and made sculptures from their bodies while leaving them alive with their pain. When Petra leads the survivors out of the mall after he tries to get her to inadvertently shoot them, Jack becomes enraged, wanting have more 'fun' with them. Believing Luther to be at his mercy, Jack then taunts him with how he plans to kill Petra in front of him. Desiring nothing but to see the world 'drown in blood', Jack stands out even in a comic filled with crazed Blood Knights.
  • Speaking of Jack the Ripper, in the comic by Francois Debois & Jean-Charles Poupard bearing the killer's name as the title, Jean-Martin Charcot is the ultimate Man Behind the Man to Jack the Ripper himself, alongside all his other crimes in the story. As a famous neuroscientist and master of hypnotism, Charcot's evil started when a group of his students accidentally hypnotized a woman into killing her own sister. Taking advantage of the hypnotic trance they used, Charcot and his students begin hypnotizing their various patients into bringing out their psychopathic killer sides, leading to some becoming Serial Killers while others massacre their entire families, children included, before killing themselves. When Inspector Abberline begins investigating him, Charcot hypnotizes the man into killing his own girlfriend before going on to become a Serial Killer, and Charcot shows absolutely no concern over one of his former students becoming Jack the Ripper while the others die one by one. Though using scientific discovery as an excuse for his truly wicked actions, Charcot was ultimately an attention-seeking lunatic willing to kill all in his way in his path to fame.
  • In Kismet: Man of Fate, Herr Schering is a Gestapo agent sent to retaliate against the assassination of Colonel Freydrich. He goes about this retaliation by ordering a massacre of the surrounding area, planning to take out over 7,000 innocents by the time he finished. He gets to 700 in one day before being captured by Kismet. He is then taken to the headquarters of La Résistance, which he tries to escape by threatening to blow up the base with his men still inside.
  • Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen: The demon simply known as the Unnameable was once a member of the ancient shadow walkers that lived on the Earth. Upon possessing a human, the Unnameable develops an intelligence and an ambition that motivates it to try and scour the Earth of all life to remake it as a hellish world of rock and fire populated solely by demons in his likeness. Stopped by the Ice Age and putting pieces of himself into ivory statuettes, the Unnameable resurfaces and possesses a politician named Mr. Green and immediately begins corralling the pieces back to him, leading to the unwilling possession and death of many people. When nearly complete, the Unnameable scorches the surrounding area to a flaming crisp and burns the first man who tries to stop him alive in his crusade to take over the planet.
  • In Scooby Apocalypse, Rufus T. Dinkley is one of "the Four," Velma Dinkley's four older brothers who sabotage Project Elysium in an attempt to take control of the minds of every human on earth, and he is easily the worst seen thus far. Having funded Project Elysium solely to gain a horde of mindless slaves once it succeeded, Rufus hides out in his security building with his wife and several scientists when Elysium goes awry and mutates nearly all of humanity into monsters, spending his time there shooting the mutated humans for sport, abusing Daisy, and beating his scientists to death one by on as they fail him. When Velma and the Scooby Gang show up for his help, Rufus tries to blow Velma's head off, then reveals that he is planning on thwarting any attempts at a cure for the plague infecting humanity, instead wanting to take control of the monsters and rule over them as a god. As a final ploy, Rufus shuts down the security in his building to allow a monster horde to enter and maul his sister, her friends, and even his own wife to death as punishment for them not seeing his "greatness."
  • Seven Brothers: The Son of Hell is a malevolent sorcerer who attempts to dominate the world through the enslavement of the Dragon Lines, uncaring of the havoc this could wreak upon the world. The Son of Hell establishes his cruelty by condemning the souls of the tens of thousands men making up China's fleet to neverending torment and nearly obliterates the world in his mad bid to enslave the Dragon Lines, only stopped by his abused apprentice Fong. Awakening centuries later, the Son of Hell brutally slaughters an expedition team and eats the brain of a billionaire CEO, walking into his skin to assume his identity and using the man's resources to resume his conquest. When he's confronted by Fong's descendants, the Son of Hell orders them all murdered in public and, upon being confronted by their coordinator Rachel, the Son of Hell callously states he seeks to abolish mankind of all choice – and clean up as much of humanity itself he deems necessary in this process.
  • Clive Barker's Next Testament: Wick, "The Father of Colors," is a psychotic, hedonistic entity who inspired both God and The Devil from the Bible. Having caused all manner of chaos in the past, including flooding the Earth just to see how it would look, he was locked away for 2,000 years by his brothers, Unan and Filt, before being awakened by a rich old man named Julian Edmond. After taking Julian’s lover as a sacrifice and brutally killing everyone at Julian’s encampment, along with almost everyone at a dinner party back at Julian’s mansion, Wick announces his second coming to the world by causing every single aircraft on Earth to plummet to the ground at once. After traveling with Julian to Hollywood, Wick decides that he preferred the Earth with a smaller population and starts randomly wreaking havoc through the world, killing millions and wiping out the entirety of the Midwestern United States. Wick blots out the sun and has a swarm of locusts assault the world after his demands for a pyramid aren't met, and later murders Julian for questioning him. Wick finally announces his intent to obliterate everything after failing to see anything worth saving, and even upon his defeat Wick gloats that he'll one day be back. A narcissistic being with near-limitless power, Wick proves himself to be a far cry from the benevolent depictions of God.
  • Absolution: Rubicon: The Polymath, real name Arthur Blankenship, is a creatively psychopathic supervillain with a love for mass slaughter. After being locked up for going on a rampage through a city, the Polymath is given a deal to kill John Dusk in exchange for his freedom, but immediately breaks the deal after being released, proceeding instead to go on another killing spree. During this spree, the Polymath rips people in half, strings them up by their insides, uses buses and cars as swinging or throwing objects, and brutalizes before attempting to rape a heroine who shows up to stop him. Claiming well above 800 lives in this massacre, the Polymath later brutally murders a small family, before viciously butchering an entire apartment building, with decapitations, bisections, and live skinnings being just some of the kills he gets up to. When confronted by Dusk, the Polymath boasts about all the men, women, children, and pets he's killed, and, even when seemingly beaten, the Polymath decides to take the entire city of millions down with him. Serving as the prime example of villainy that Dusk has decided to show no mercy to, the Polymath made his mark as the most depraved murderer in the comic.
    • In Absolution: Happy Kitty, Mr. Tanaka stands out as a particularly wicked crime lord. Running drug and human trafficking as common practice, keeping his own band of prostitutes who are forced to make money for him lest they be killed, Tanaka is introduced butchering a young couple for stealing drugs from him then ordering their little daughter be trained as a Sex Slave. When the girl showcases amazing abilities, Tanaka takes her under his wing, turning her into a homicidal assassin while using dozens of his own men as training targets for her, leading to their brutal deaths. Once fully training the girl, dubbed Happy Kitty, Tanaka orders her to slaughter an entire mansion of people, notably a man who crossed him and said man's entire family. When Happy Kitty lets the man and his family go, Tanaka brings out Happy Kitty's beloved pet tiger, ordering the girl to cut off one of its paws to make it hate her forever lest Tanaka kill both of them on the spot. Though only a regular human, Tanaka displays a dark rap sheet of human suffering and mass murder.
  • In Habibi, the Sultan of Wanatolia bored with his thousand wives abducts the talented underage prostitute Dodola and challenges her to please him for seventy nights in a row threatening her life if she doesn't succeed. When she fails on the last night, he locks her in cell for seven months and rapes her during a visit. He gives her a second change with an impossible task: turning a jug of water into gold in a time limit of seventy months. When the girl searches for a solution in the library, he has the librarian beheaded for allowing a woman there. He reacts with apathy when she announces the death of their son and proceeds to rape her again. When Dodola succeeds the challenge playing on the Exact Words, he has her executed anyway. At this moment, we learn that he regularly drowns his wives in the river when they become too old.
  • Death Sentence: David "Monty" Montgomery is a depraved, hedonistic comedian who ends up infected by the incurable G+ virus. Now with the power of hypnosis and telekinesis, Monty decides to make the most of his last months on Earth. Initially using his powers to force a nun into sleeping with him — not an isolated incident — Monty quickly thereafter rapes and murders the Queen of England before telekinetically blowing up the skulls of the Royal Family and proclaiming himself King of England. After hypnotizing an entire battalion of soldiers numbering in the hundreds to kill themselves — and forcing seventy of the survivors to shoot themselves — Monty decapitates the Prime Minister to secure total reign over England. Monty quickly lavishes in his new position and turns London into his own private hellhole, influencing millions through public broadcast to engage in whatever depraved pursuits they want out in the streets while using his powers to pursue further sexual fantasies. Monty further engrosses himself by blowing up the heads of an entire crowd of people simply for annoying him and once he learns a naval fleet has been sent out to stop him, Monty murders over a million people, children not spared, in one fell swoop using his telekinetic abilities to extend his range. Monty hypnotizes the captain to rape one of his own men before making the entire armada kill itself, finally necessitating a missile dropped on central London purely for the purpose of wiping him out. Even after all the carnage and millions adoring him under his influence — and millions more dead — Monty admits he still isn't satisfied in the end. A degenerate narcissist who thoroughly undermines anything that could be considered a humane quality within him, Monty represents a picture of what a psychopath with no other resources might become with the powers to exercise their wants.
  • Reality Show, by Jean-David Morvan & Francis Porcel: "The Red Triangle" is a vicious Robotic Psychopath and Serial Killer. Originally a simple worker drone, the Red Triangle gained sentience after an experiment using emotion sharing parasites granted him a taste of human emotions, and, becoming obsessed with creating his own "perfect" human personality, the Red Triangle began using these parasites to feed off the emotions of two people at a time for a few days, after which he kills them and moves on to other "hosts". Along the way, the Red Triangle gleefully butchers dozens of police officers and other random people who stand in his way, and takes extra sadistic glee in tormenting humans with his killings. When hunting for a pure good personality, the Red Triangle feeds off a preacher and a rookie police officer's integrity and kindness before murdering one in front of the other simply to feed off the "survivors' guilt" the other feels, and spends his final moments proclaiming that he will never again feed off of another person as morally good as them, noting that it might compromise his sadistic, immoral personality, which he is perfectly happy with. Despite claiming that all his victims were "despicable", this ranges from delusional to outright lies considering one of his victims was a child, which makes his seeming outrage at a child molester ring hollow, especially when said outrage was over the man being a terrible host for his desired emotions rather than actual sadness for what the man did to children. The Red Triangle's motives never extend beyond becoming as perfectly human-like as possible in his mind, regardless how many innocents he happily murdered along the way.
  • Satan's Hollow: Burdaine and Jacob are a pair of Satan-worshipping cultists who engage in Human Sacrifice to gain power from their infernal benefactors. Burdaine, when he was still human, orchestrated the kidnapping and sacrificial murder of numerous people, including the massacre of Sandra's whole family, personally stabbing her baby brother through the chest with a ceremonial dagger. After botching the ritual due to Sandra's father sacrificing his own life to allow her to escape, he is transformed into a Living Shadow known as the "Shadow Man" by the Devil as punishment. Together with his new partner-in-crime in the present, the Shadow Man sacrifices more people as part of the new ritual in order to satisfy all the members of Satan's court and open the portal to hell, including a young boy who was already traumatized from a previous encounter at the Hollow. He possesses Sandra's husband John in the process and frames him for the kidnappings immediately after sending his soul to Hell to be tortured by demons. Along with the promise of making Sandra their personal Sex Slave, Burdaine and Jacob were fully prepared to plunge the whole world into hell for their own gain.
  • While he's only mentioned in the backstory of the games, the incarnation of Malefor from the Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure universe eventually makes his appearance in the tie-in comic. Like his Legend of Spyro counterpart, Malefor corrupted Cynder into becoming his servant before she was defeated by Spyro years later. He later plotted to kidnap Hex after hearing about her powerful sorceress abilities. Having grown tired of being hunted, Hex eventually confronted Malefor in his underworldly domain and defeated him in single combat, destroying his wings and large portions of his body. It was thought that Hex had put an end to Malefor after their battle, but in reality he was licking his wounds and constructed steampunk armor to rebuild himself. Ever since he has been swearing revenge and plotting his next move, which eventually comes to pass in the Return of the Dragon King story arc. Malefor manipulated a fairy named Calliope with the empty promise that he would help her find her lost family if she did what he commanded. Calliope agreed and Malefor ordered her to steal all but the simplest powers from Spyro, Cynder and Hex, in order to get back at them for causing him so much trouble in the past. He planned to use their powers to not only revive himself to his full power, but to destroy everything they've ever accomplished and loved. But that's not all, once he's through, Malefor sought to make sure Spyro, Cynder and Hex were forced to watch as he's crowned ruler of all Skylands. After rendering Spyro, Cynder, Hex and Wallop unconscious, Malefor had them imprisoned in Cadaverous Crypts and immediately departed to lay siege to the Skylander Academy with every intention to destroy it so that he could build his fortress in its place. During the siege, he easily defeated the other Skylanders who were summoned to protect the Academy and absorbed their powers as well to make himself even stronger. Luckily for the Skylanders, he was finally stopped by Spyro, Cynder and Hex before he can begin his reign of terror thanks to a redeemed Calliope. Arrogantly believing that he is the only one fit to rule Skylands, this Malefor stands out as the single most vile being in the entire Skylanders franchise
  • Transmetropolitan: Senator Gary "The Smiler" Callahan is a sadistic Corrupt Politician who desires ultimate power for no reason other than to hurt others. On his campaign trail for President, Callahan first shows his cruelty when he has his political advisor shot dead to gain sympathy for his cause. Once elected President, Callahan begins running The City into the ground even more than it already was, orchestrating the release of vicious criminals so as to gun down the ensuing protesters, having all the prostitutes he ever slept with and those who associated with them hunted down and executed to cover up his illicit acts, and ordering several people sniped to lower the City's awareness of an incoming storm, hoping it would wipe out more evidence of his crimes. As Spider Jerusalem begins taking apart his cabinet and ruining his reputation, Callahan slowly becomes more unhinged and desperate for ratings, having his wife and kids killed in an accident to gain sympathy and instituting martial law across the City, setting an entire complex aflame and endangering dozens in the process. In perhaps his most despicable act, Callahan gives his troops the order to use lethal force on a group of young college protesters, leading to dozens of protesters being mowed down. Described by Spider as a man who believes in nothing but his own power, Gary Callahan was a self-described "James Bond villain" who simply hated every last person on the planet that wasn't himself, and stood out even in this Crapsack World as an absolute evil.
  • The Ferryman by Marc Andreyko:
    • "Mr. Webster" is a demonic deal-maker who preys on the perceived "weaknesses" of humanity, be it a hunger for power or a deep compassion for others, and tricks people into making deals with him to grant their greatest wishes in exchange for their eternal soul. Webster can and will screw over those he makes deals with for his own amusement, in one notable instance curing a woman's daughter of her leukaemia, then arranging for both to die in a car wreck soon after. When any of his debtees try to get out of handing over their soul, Webster sends his Ferrymen, dead people he has tricked into serving him by lying that he can show them the way to Heaven, after the debtees, and once he gets his hands on them, Webster agonizingly devours their souls as he does to all his victims, relishing their pain and suffering as he does so. Alongside all of this, Webster is revealed to have hand a heavy hand in the rise of the Nazi regime, the success of countless serial killers, and the Hindenburg Disaster. With an unsurprising depravity and wickedness about him due to being Satan himself, "Mr. Webster" is handily one of the most evil incarnations of The Devil in comics.
    • Harold Alan Kent, known near exclusively as "the Bleeder", is a sadistic Serial Killer obsessed with blood, and sates this obsession by murdering innocents of all backgrounds and races by draining them of all their blood while they are conscious, taking a picture of their screaming faces, then putting the blood in a jar to keep on his trophy case. With said trophy case filled with dozens of jars of dozens of victims, the Bleeder takes his evil one step further when he specifically targets the wife of the detective assigned his case, Gideon Thorne, mocking Thorne when arrested that his wife kept screaming that her husband would save her, but he never did. Despite being murdered by Thorne in a blind rage, the Bleeder is revived by the aforementioned "Mr. Webster" as one of his Ferrymen, a position the Bleeder immediately begins using to try to murder innocents, succeeding in slashing the throat of one of Gideon's friends. In the end, the Bleeder takes every opportunity while dueling Thorne to taunt the man about his wife's death at his hands, and dies with a smile on his face, always taking sick glee from pain.
  • The Conan the Barbarian comics from Dark Horse have these examples...
  • The Fall of Cthulhu series provides some horrifying examples with these three:
    • Nyarlathotep himself seamlessly arranges every single wrong in the comic for the purpose of unleashing his master Azathoth unto the universe. Having spent centuries walking among mankind among disasters and people he's Driven to Madness, Nyarlathotep spends hundreds of years arranging for the events of the Godwar between him and Nodens, intending to raise Cthulhu and use the ensuing chaos to draw forth Azathoth. To this end, Nyarlathotep, under the guise of "Mr. Arkham," gradually drives the town of Arkham into increasing insanity, ruining the life of Cy Morgan before having him tortured and leaving his insane form as almost an afterthought. Bringing his followers into the world one-by-one through the deaths of others, Nyarlathotep in particular has a seven-year-old child driven to homicidal insanity before having his form mutated and infested by one of his followers after having both his parents killed. Among his other cruel actions, Nyarlathotep hypnotizes the residents of a bar to burn themselves alive; hideously deforms the face of sheriff Raymond Dirk and threatens to torture master thief Lucifer; and has the brain of his human follower Connor painfully extracted and set up to look in a mirror until he's driven insane, unable to move or die. The exemplary point of Nyarlathotep's manipulations is outlined in the prequel comic Nemesis, where, solely to eliminate worship of a rival god, Nyarlathotep drives the population of Atlantis to frenzy through his followers and influence, has their king driven to savagery and eventually publicly executed by his own brother, and then sacrifices the entire city to the Deep Ones on a whim, keeping the sole survivor trapped in the form of a cat he dubs Nemesis to stand by him forever. Nyarlathotep perpetuates torture, suicide, and insanity around him wherever he goes, relishing chaos itself and striving for nothing less than to drive all humanity insane for kicks before eradicating them.
    • Abisso Nero is a reclusive fashion mogul who is in actuality the leader of a nebulous cult striving to free Cthulhu and end the universe by folding eleven dimensions into one. To this end, Nero and his cult abduct and indoctrinate children who have been "Chosen," using their bodies to unleash latent psychic energy to tear a hole in reality through the other members of his cult— all hooked on a conduit disguised as a miracle drug called Briten. The last attempt at this resulted in nearly 2,000 fatalities. Undeterred, Nero has his messenger Henry MacNamara killed and forcefully recruits another young child named Gregor—slaughtering his mother in front of him—and trying to use him in yet another attempt to destroy the universe, the final result which results in the torturous death of every member of his cult. Not even his own family is safe from his machinations; it's revealed that years before, Nero arranged the kidnapping of his own son Stefano and had him forcibly indoctrinated overseas for two years. Nero proves that even in a universe of nightmarish, eldritch horrors, humanity can be every bit as vile as the horrific gods they worship.
    • Yves, the brother of Big Bad Madame Cymbaline, exists as the comic's Starter Villain but nevertheless stands out in depravity. A soul-stealing demon sealed away by his sister in a painting, the exploits of master thief Lucifer accidentally free him and loose him upon the world. Immediately attempting to kill those who freed him, Yves immediately resolves to slaughter his sister no matter how many people have to die in the process, going to such lengths as nearly letting loose the denizens of the Shade unto Earth in his attempt to devour Val's soul, devouring the souls of innocent people to nourish himself, and brutally massacring Cymbaline's men to intimidate her. Eventually, Yves resolves to steal the soul of Lucifer herself to empower himself enough to destroy his sister. Yves values nothing else but his own freedom and was willing to tear the world apart for the sheer purpose of slaughtering his sister and being free to consume as many souls as he wanted.
  • Grimm Fairy Tales is a Darker and Edgier retooling of many classic stories and it shows in some of its villains.
    • The Jabberwock is the dark ruler of the mad realm of Wonderland. The Jabberwocky lures in innocents to Wonderland-preferably children-or has its cultists sacrifice them to the dark realm. All there are steadily drained of their sanity and find their human forms twisted until they are insane monsters and slaves to the realm's madness. The Jabberwocky spread its corruption over the once happy realm and its ultimate wish is to break free of Wonderland and spread its darkness to the 'real' world as well.
    • Cal King of the Robyn Hood story is possibly the most evil human villain in the whole mythos. An utter sociopath who bragged about stabbing a gay boy and getting away with it, Cal led the gang rape of the heroine Robin and carved out her eye for spite. After nearly being burned to death, Cal returned with dark powers and an even greater drive for evil. He slaughters any of Robin's friends he finds, murders the child son of King John and takes nothing short of absolute glee in hurting everyone he can.
    • Pan, the dark ruler of Neverland, took control by ousting its previous ruler Barr. Pan proceed to destroy all the Fairies, except his manipulative lover Belle, and set up a dark tyranny over Neverland. To keep his powers and control, Pan used Belle's powers to abduct young boys from earth and devour them to steal their life force. After this, he resurrected them as undead slaves to his will-his 'Lost Boys.' Pan held almost total control over Neverland and when the only victim to ever escape him returned, Pan attempted to kill him with nothing short of undisguised relish and fury at anyone who challenged his selfish rule.
    • Lucinda, the Dark Queen, is the ultimate villain of the Age of Darkness storyline, and one of the biggest threats in the entire comic. Once a bored sociopath of a princess who killed others for fun and allowed herself to be corrupted by the dark arts, Lucinda formed a partnership with the Dark One, Malec, and went on a killing spree with him to annihilate anything that didn't submit to her. When Malec had a child with another princess, Lucinda murdered the woman and commanded Malec to kill the infant who he named Lucifer, later murdering the surviving girl in her adulthood to twist the knife to Malec. Finally trying to kill Malec due to his "weakness", the Dark Queen takes over the realms with people being slaughtered by the thousands so Lucinda can bask in the agony of their fate. Intending to subjugate or murder everything she can, Lucinda only justifies herself by claiming that "bad girls have all the fun"
  • The Mice Templar: Even for a series that thrives off Grey and Gray Morality, there are still a few villains who stand out for being incredibly vicious.
    • Captain Tosk is the leader of King Icarus' Rat Guard army. With thousands of rats at his disposal, Tosk leads his army from village to village, where he and his rats slaughter anyone in sight and round up all the survivors so they can be used for slaves in Icarus' palace. During Tosk's raid at Cricket's Glen, he fights and kills exiled Templar Master Deishun and personally cuts off Leito's arm before transporting the survivors to Icarus' palace. After the slaves are freed by Karic and Cassius, and Tosk is reassigned to Dealrach Ard-Vale, Tosk goes against his superiors' orders and leaves the city, longing to raze more villages. When he captures another group of slaves, Tosk has some of the mice run through a nursery of baby rats, both so he can watch as they're Devoured by the Horde, and also so he can indoctrinate a new generation of rats into hating mice. Upon discovering that one of his lieutenants betrayed him and tried to free a group of mice, Tosk orders the mice to club the lieutenant to death instead of giving the lieutenant a merciful execution. Even after the mice comply to Tosk's demands, he forces the mice to run through the nursery, telling them that they can now "run free." A vicious Blood Knight who craves violence, Tosk cares about nothing but killing as many mice as possible, even if it means defying orders or murdering his fellow soldiers.
    • Boris the Torturer is the Torture Technician in King Icarus' empire who thrives off experimenting in his "craft." When first introduced, he's interrogating a prisoner by burning her with heated tongs while he's nonchalantly talking to Captain Tosk. When Boris isn't torturing or experimenting on prisoners, he's choosing them to be sacrificed for the Druid priests, where the victims are impaled very slowly with a Templar blade. When Leito and the other mice from Cricket's Glen try to escape their dungeon, Boris orders his guards to recapture them and spare as many as possible so they can be used for future sacrifices or torture. Boris tries to find the ringleader behind their attempted escape so he can punish him accordingly, but ends up choosing Harad instead of Leito; Boris punishes Harad by gouging out his only eye. During the Samhain festival, Boris picks twelve prisoners to be Eaten Alive by a Serpent God—including Karic's entire family—but spares Leito for the sake of his own amusement.
    • Pilot the Tall is a fallen Templar who betrayed his Templar brethren and pledged allegiance to King Icarus. Working under Tosk's command, Pilot spent twelve seasons finding exiled Templars so Tosk and Icarus' army could hunt them down and kill them. He's also responsible for the destruction of Cricket's Glen and Master Deishun's demise. After being rescued by Karic and learning about his encounter with the Fish Gods, Pilot agrees to take him to the Great Ash Tree—not for the sake of helping him fulfill his prophecy, but to use Karic as a trump card to prolong his life. When his plans fail, Pilot goes back to King Icarus to try and get back in his inner circle, only to be denied and thrown into his dungeon. Pilot later escapes Icarus' palace with Leito and Harad, where he brainwashes Leito into hating Karic and murders Harad once he grows suspicious of him. At the final battle, Pilot and Leito meet with a small group of mice and sneak back into Icarus' palace through a secret tunnel. When bats storm the tunnel, Pilot convinces Leito to leave the other mice to die, and later orders Leito to attack Karic once they finally confront each other. When Leito discovers that Pilot deceived him, he tries to flee, only to run into Cassius. Even after Pilot is beaten by Cassius and is on the floor pleading for mercy, Pilot waits until Cassius turns his back before he stabs and nearly kills him. Manipulative, cowardly, and only concerned about his own survival, Pilot the Tall stands out as a creature with no redeeming qualities.
  • Sherlock Holmes Soleil comics:
    • Sherlock Holmes and the Necronomicon: Taher Emara initially starts as the sinister accomplice of James Moriarty himself before gradually revealing himself to eclipse even Moriarty in wickedness. Initially helping Moriarty in his own plan, including being willing to murder the entirety of London's populace with his black magic – magic he later practices on three upstart muggers, reducing them to piles of flesh – Taher betrays Moriarty and locks him under his thrall, magically killing all of Moriarty's men and revealing his intention to use the Necronomicon to allow the eldritch Elder Gods themselves passage into Earth and sentence all mankind to a horrifying death. Further demonstrating his callousness by forcing a score of guards to shoot themselves and using Moriarty as a conduit for the Elder Gods – tortuously killing him in the process – Taher's last words upon being killed by Holmes are a defiant assurance it's already too late. As cunning as he is vile, Taher manages to trump the Napoleon of crime himself in sheer evil.
    • Sherlock Holmes Society: Graham Taylor, the understudy of Moriarty, is the leader of the enigmatic Council and a fanatic madman seeking to purge England of all “false Christians.” Taylor's idea of a purge is forcing a zombie apocalypse onto London to infect and kill millions. Taylor has a poison capable of infecting people robbed from Edward Hyde and commissions immoral experimentation with the poison hosted in the Walter Hoffman institute, turning dozens of unfortunate guinea pigs into zombies. Further testing the poison's capabilities on a village of hundreds, leaving no survivors, and ordering several assassinations of both failed subordinates and liabilities to the Council, Taylor ultimately releases the poison into London itself, leading to 30,000 fatalities. Taylor even stops to give squads of soldiers sent to stop the zombies a sporting chance before gunning them down out of nothing more than self-admitted sadistic amusement, ultimately planning to release the poison to six more major cities in London before committing suicide as one last part of his divine mission.
  • While an incredibly dark comic from The Dark Age of Comic Books, Spawn has several monsters who stand out:
    • Mammon operates as The Man Behind the Man to the devil Malebolgia. A Fallen Angel known as the Lord of The Forgotten Ones, Mammon desired to create the perfect Hellspawn to assist him in ascending to rulership of all creation. To this end, Mammon haunted the bloodlines of Al Simmons and Wanda Blake, sowing death and destruction to create more Hellspawn and always leaving corpses and ruined lives in his wake. Mammon proves himself to be Spawn's greatest, most intelligent and most dangerous enemy, condemning the souls Spawn would seek to protect to Hell to use them as leverage for their loved ones, and making deals to consolidate his power. When Satan returns and is furious at Mammon for claiming the throne, Mammon gets back in his former master's good graces by proposing to detonate the San Andreas Fault to kill and add the souls of many mortals to Hell's legions. After Satan is removed, Mammon unveils his master stroke- with Heaven and Hell sealed off from the world, Mammon sets out to conquer it from behind the scenes with Spawn's demonic daughter Morana, the product of his grand ambition.
    • In life, Billy Kincaid was a sadistic child killer. After being freed from jail, he lured a small girl into his ice cream truck and then murdered her. He then proceeded to chop off the girl's fingers and glue them onto a board as a trophy. After Spawn discovered Kincaid's brutal crimes, he killed Kincaid, sending him to hell. Dead, Kincaid became even worse than ever, given the task by Hell to gather more souls for them. Kincaid did this by possessing people and making them act out their worse impulses. This resulted in the murder of dozens of innocent people and the damnation of several more people to Hell, though Kincaid was having far too much fun to care. Kincaid also delighted in torturing the souls of children, especially one young boy part of the 'legion' inside of Spawn himself.
    • Clown/Violator was Spawn's Evil Mentor, sent by Malebolgia to train Spawn to be a solider in Hell's army. However, rather than train Spawn, Violator had a tendency to commit horrible crimes, such as ripping the hearts out of random mob bosses, just for fun. Later, Violator kidnapped Cyan, the 3 year old daughter of Spawn's widow Wanda. Violator framed Spawn for the kidnapping and then tried to kill Cyan by giving her a glass of poisoned milk. Spawn rescued Cyan and killed Violator in his clown form, sending him back to Hell. Violator later returned from Hell and possessed Jason Wynn, turning him into a Serial Killer. Wynn, under Violator's influence, would hire prostitutes that looked like Wanda and then murder them. Violator eventually gained complete control over Wynn's body and used his powers to turn random citizens into "clowns," transforming them into Brainwashed and Crazy psychopaths. Violator then ordered his clowns to go on violent rampages, resulting in massive property damage and several deaths. Violator later saved the life of a man of Barney Saunders, but this was no act of charity. Violator needed a new body to possess and chose Saunders. After taking Saunders's body, Violator uses his powers to force the residents in Saunders's apartment complex to commit horrible crimes and murders. Violator was able to use the violence in the apartment complex to further empower himself and then attempted to open a portal to Hell, which would allow his demon brothers to wreak havoc on Earth.
  • Dead@17, by Josh Howard:
    • Abraham Pitch, the selfish, egomaniacal, corrupt, driving force of the entire plot, manages to stick out as a truly awful excuse of a being despite being surrounded by demons and devils. Originally a member of the demon-fighting force known as the Protectorate, Pitch turned on his fellow teammates to become a student of the Satanic occult, and promptly began paving the way for demonic entities to travel to Earth to torture and kill numerous innocents. Once bodyjacking his own son, Zachary, Pitch uses his son's body to become President of the United States, at which point he institutes martial law and convinces one-third of the planet to be imprinted with the "Mark". Unbeknownst to the receivers of the Mark, Pitch plans to use it as a transmutation spell to transform any who have the Mark into his demon slaves, and all the while frames all those who reject the Mark as terrorists. After bombing and massacring numerous locations, killing close to 50 people, Marked and Unmarked alike, Pitch frames Heaven's Militia, one of the few resistances against him, for the crimes, and ultimately begins systematically executing any Unmarked he can before spending his final moments in power screaming to kill all those against him and to launch every nuclear missile his military has.
    • Lucifer Morningstar is the lord and master of Hell, and the ultimate mastermind behind the entire plot. Having made contact and a deal with the aforementioned Abraham Pitch to allow his forces to begin invading the Earth, Lucifer eventually uses a teenage girl as a sacrifice to grant him entry to the planet, where he begins sharing a body with Pitch. Lucifer directs many of Pitch's crimes, ultimately manipulating one-third of the Earth into receiving the Mark and proclaiming all Unmarked as filth who deserve to be purged. After painfully transforming all Marked into his demonic servants and ordering them to kill all Unmarked across the globe, Lucifer goes on a rampage, slaughtering all in his sight while proclaiming his plans to make the Earth into a Hellish landscape of agony solely to mock God.
  • Bedlam: Before being brutally tortured, lobotomized, and reconstituted into becoming the pacifistic hero "Fillmore Press", Madder Red was a sickeningly sadistic psychopath with nothing driving him beyond his base lust for chaos and evil, and a desire to prove that, deep down, all of humanity could be just as wicked as himself. As the worst terror the city of Bedlam ever faced, Madder Red spent the better part of three years torturing, maiming, and killing his way to a status of legendary infamy, claiming over two thousand victims throughout his career. Notable instances of his random cruelty include gunning down numerous innocents at a religious gathering after decapitating two of the church leaders, massacring an entire restaurant filled with dozens of people to make sure he gets "good service", and brutalizing his archnemesis, the First, with a baseball bat. In his so-called greatest achievement, Madder Red slaughtered an entire opera house of defenseless civilians, including a class of elementary school children whose blood he proceeded to play in, disembowelled, posed, and violated the corpses, then slit the only surviving little girl's throat in front of the First just to anger him. Madder Red then reveals, after being caught, that if he's not dead within one hour, his associates will detonate bombs located in six schools across the city and kill hundreds of children and adults alike. Combining a darkly hilarious humor with a sadistic love of depravity, Madder Red was an unrepentant fiend who many tried to discount as a simple thug or terrorist solely to keep the public from seeing him as what he truly was: A devil-like monster with nary an excuse or reason for his crimes beyond a lust for degeneracy across the world.