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Cartoons have always been home to supervillains whose whole lives seemed to be dedicated to committing evil acts, without any redeeming qualities to speak of other than humor. And then there are some who took it even further. Much further.


Examples of Complete Monster/Western Animation include:

Animated Shows Edit

  • From the 2000 CGI Action Man series, Dr. X is the mastermind behind all the evil in the series, committing all his crimes in the name of evolving humanity into perfection for him to control. Before initiating his more monstrous actions, X, requiring a new body for himself, kidnaps a young man named Brendan Caine, subjects him to torturous experiments that turn him into a Super Soldier, then transplants his own mind to Caine's body. X then becomes free to spread his influence worldwide, and immediately forms his Council of Doom, after which he begins various attempts to "test" humanity to determine which of them is most suitable to become part of his "Neo Humanity". These so-called tests range from trying to start a nuclear holocaust and flash freezing the entire planet, to infecting millions with a virus he hopes will lead to them ripping each other apart, leaving only the survivors for him to horrifically transform into his personal super soldiers. Showing numerous times that any well-intentioned claims are utter hypocrisy, not only does X regularly attempt to kill hundreds of innocents out of nothing but spite toward his Arch Enemy, Action Man, but X's plans to "improve" humanity always amount to simply replicating his own mind onto everyone else. In the finale of the series, X finally loses whatever sense of reason he had when he decides to drag an asteroid to crash into the Earth and wipe out everything, including his own Council of Doom, then just rebuild humanity from scratch with himself as the base reference. A complete and total psychopath unable to comprehend the fact that imperfections are what makes humanity special, Dr. X was so convinced of his own godlike infallibility that he failed to realize just how maniacal and petty his goals were.
  • Alfred J Kwak: The Evil Spirit Of Darkness from the two-parter "The Strange Bottle" and "Flying Carpet" is an evil genie who terrorized the land long ago for fun, causing droughts, floods, storms, plagues, and fires, destroying cities and killing many people. After The Almighty One sealed the spirit inside a bottle, the spirit vowed that when it was freed, it would kill whoever freed it to spite the god who punished it previously, before returning to its homeland to terrorize the people once more. When Dolf and Alfred free the spirit, it tries to eat Alfred despite the fact that he is a child.
  • Alienators Evolution Continues: General Granger is the head of a covert ops unit introduced orchestrating the unsanctioned abduction of Gassie, the tame pet Genus of the Alienators, for experimentation. When the team and General Woodman (who, in a later episode, Granger orders be left to die because he "is expendable") rescue Gassie, Granger retaliates by personally trying to kill the Alienators with an attack helicopter, only pulling back due to the presence of news crews. Granger afterward sells out his fellow man, allying with the Genus in the belief that they will let him lord over the Western Hemisphere and whatever humans are left after the Genus massacre them. Granger justifies this by claiming that he is "saving" humanity, which in his eyes consists of misguided fools who can only be properly ruled with "an iron fist." After helping the Genus invade the moon, Granger hijacks nuclear warheads to blow it up, which will bombard the Earth and any of the galaxy's other potentially inhabited worlds with debris infested with a Nigh Invulnerable strain of Genus. When Kane reveals that the Genus are going to betray him by making the Earth's atmosphere inhospitable to anything but themselves, Granger decides to go through with the plan anyway, convinced that the Genus fear him and that his "New World Order" is worth the possible loss of the entire planet.
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven series.
    • Red from All Dogs Go To Heaven 2. He manipulates Charlie into giving him Gabriel's Horn, he has Carface kidnap David (an eight-year-old boy!) to force Charlie to hand the horn over directly, tries to kill Charlie and all the other protagonists. And his ultimate goal? Use Gabriel's Horn to suck every dog out of Heaven and trap them in Alcatraz Island. Then drag the whole island with all the dogs in it down to Hell for all eternity! All of it just for the sake of being evil! What's worse? Remember what Carface was like in the original film? Red considers that small time compared to him!
    • Belladonna from the TV series counts as well. In all but one of her appearances, she tries to get Charlie to work for her through temptation and manipulation. When Itchy tried to get Charlie to turn back after he actually fell for her tricks once, she tried to send him into a meat grinder! Worse than that, she tried to force Charlie to be the one to do it! When her minions Carface and Killer were stuck in an Alternate Dimension inside a board game, which she caused, she didn't give a crap. And that one time Belladonna wasn't after Charlie? She wanted to ruin thousands of people's lives and probably indirectly send just as many dogs to the pound by sabotaging Christmas through said dogs, which she was probably counting on (the sadistic glee she displays while doing all of this makes it worse then it sounds)! And she tries to kill Carface and Killer in her One-Winged Angel form after their Heel Face Turn. And if it weren't for said Heel Face Turn, then her actions would have condeemed Carface to Hell. And like Red before her, Belladonna did all of the above mentioned things simply because she could! Well, that and get one over on her "goodie goodie cousin" Annabelle. Belladonna's actions in the last example would have directly lead to the death of the Tiny Tim stand-in, something that she may have actually known, given her supernatural nature. The younger residents of Heaven know her as "the Boogeydog". Makes you wonder what she did to earn that moniker!
  • Animalia: Wooster Q. Weasel, better known as The Creeper, is probably the nastiest weasel to ever exist in fiction, bringing an unprecedented darkness to a series that had otherwise been very lighthearted. Having become drunk on his own power during his tenure as king, upon being exiled for the safety of Animalia as a whole, the Creeper resolves to take back the power of the Core regardless of the consequence to Animalia. A refined manipulator, the Creeper attempts to start a war in Animalia through Tyrannicus, and after this fails, moves on to tricking his old friend King Livingstone and his young friend by pretending to undergo an epiphany, only to backstab the two and try and have them blown away to their deaths into the Winds of No Return purely out of spite. The series finale sees the Creeper at his nastiest; upon taking the power of the Core and resuming control of Animalia, the Creeper brainwashes and captures all resistance and ultimately strives to use the knowledge contained within the Corespore to travel to and subject other worlds entirely – at the consequence of killing off everyone in Animalia.
  • In Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, the Animated Adaptation of Xenozoic Tales, Hammer Terhune, who works for Governor Scharnhorst, one of the leaders of the City in the Sea (New York City, After the End), tries to discredit Jack Tenrec's philosophy of promoting a balance between humans and nature. To do this, Hammer uses a sonic transmitter to torment a T-Rex and have it attack nearby settlements. Hammer also tries to discredit Tenrec by trying to cause a bunch of Triceratops to stampede and kill people in a mining town. Unhappy with taking orders from Scharnhorst, Hammer hijacks a killer satellite and plans to use it to destroy the City in the Sea, so that he can take over. Later Hammer discovers a boy who can control dinosaurs and wants to use him in his poaching business. To test the boy's skills, Hammer throws him a pit with a hungry raptor and sees if he can control it. In his final appearance, Hammer uses some stolen dynamite to try to flush out some dinosaurs, but this causes a wildfire instead. The wildfire is heading towards some gas wells Scharnhorst recently constructed and if the fire reaches the wells, it will cause an explosion that will devastate the jungle, resulting in mass starvation for the City in the Sea. Scharnhorst orders Hammer to work with Tenrec to fix this problem, by helping Tenrec use nitroglycerin to create a barrier between the fire and the wells. However, Hammer intends to kill Tenrec and steal the nitroglycerin for himself, not caring that his actions have endangered millions of lives.
  • Verminous Skumm from Captain Planet. While the other Eco-Villains were certainly Card Carrying Villains bordering on Stupid Evil territory (except Corrupt Corporate Executive Looten Plunder, and Duke Nukem, whose physiology was such that he thrived on radiation), they were too much of a caricature to be really scary. This doesn't apply to this disgusting rat-thing, whose actions are almost always portrayed in a much worse light than those of the other villains. Taking a sick pleasure in the polluted and festering, Skumm's schemes vary from willingly endangering and trying to destroy entire cities, and include deliberately trying to destroy an entire city with a cloud of acid rain and flooding Venice with oversized, carnivorous rats; peddling mind-altering drugs and even murdering Linka's cousin Boris through them; attempting to bait two sides of the Arab-Israeli Conflict into using a nuclear bomb in Jerusalem Mount, as well as bringing nukes into The Troubles and apartheid South Africa; trying to ruin the life of a teenager with AIDS for giggles; and attempting to flood the entire world with his "Rat Rot" chemical to turn everyone into his mutated rat slaves. Skumm's end goal is to destroy the civilized world and enslave what remains to his mutated Rat Men followers to rule over them all as a king. Happily admitting "I'm ignorance; I'm fear; I'm hate" and taking delight in the attempted annihilation of millions of lives, Skumm stands out as the darkest of the recurring Eco-Villains due to his propensity to target people rather than just the environment.
    • Zarm is pretty nasty himself, who as a god of destruction, is the strongest and most deadly adversary of Gaia and the Planeteers. A former Spirit of the Earth exiled by Gaia, Zarm dedicates himself to bringing ruin and destruction in all forms to Gaia and all she protects out of vengeful spite, having consumed at least one planet to the tides of destruction and constantly attempting to do the same to Earth. Zarm attempts to initiate all-out nuclear war on Earth; painfully reverts Gaia to a withered old lady incapable of stopping the Earth from dying and taking over the Earth for a ten-year-period of time where the Earth has become desiccated and ruined; coins a strategy he calls "Scorched Earth" by convincing world leaders to obliterate their own land and people (and claims to have been "a part of every important tyrant in history"; and nearly dooms the Planeteers' efforts to stop an alternate timeline where the Eco-Villains' descendants rule the planet by smugly ordering a young girl Ma-Ti saves murdered. A sadist drunk on his own capacity for destruction, Zarm is one of the single greatest sources of human misery within the show.
    • There was also that one time Dr. Blight and her future self went back in time to World War II to sell a nuclear bomb to Hitler (Okay, he was a Captain Ersatz, but it was blatantly obvious who he was supposed to be). It turned out he wasn't willing to actually pay for it and was taking it by force. Captain Planet couldn't even land a hit on this guy because he was weakened by the sheer hatred and evilness he felt radiating from him.
  • The Titan Cronus in Class of the Titans, when released from his prison in Tartarus (where he was imprisoned for being an evil tyrant and for trying to kill his kids), wastes no time in seeking to resume his dominance over the world and all in it. With nothing but hatred for his children and the other Gods, Cronus is utterly brutal and merciless in his tactics, which include torturing and trying to kill his own children while throwing the world into chaos and disarray. Cronus eventually gets tired of the human heroes resisting him and makes it a point to attempt to exterminate the entire human race in retribution. At other points, Cronus releases the savage werewolf Lycaon from imprisonment to eat "whomever he may please" and tries to get his mother Gaea to kill Zeus for him. Sophisticated, suave, seemingly polite and never at loss for a vicious plan, Cronus repeatedly proved how nothing would stand in his goals of domination and destruction.
  • In Conan the Adventurer, Wrath-Amon serves as the main villain for much of the show. Once a mere reptile transformed into a Serpent Man with a human form, Wrath-Amon overthrew his maker and took his place as the high priest and chief agent of the Serpent God Set. Gathering the mineral known as Starmetal to facilitate Set's arrival, Wrath-Amon turns Conan's parents into living stone when they resist him and spends much of the series conducting multiple atrocities. Regularly attempting to destroy populated cities, Wrath-Amon's right hand man Windfng is a man Wrath-amon once tortured into becoming a lizard-like creature. When he discovers Windfang keeps mementos of his human life, Wrath-Amon spitefully destroys them, and even unleashes a demon known as the Stealer of Souls on the populace to kill Conan. In the finale, Wrath-Amon attempts to summon Set and a look into a Bad Future reveals that should they win, most of humanity will be annihilated with the survivors kept as food and slaves.
    • Set himself, the true Big Bad of the series, is a monstrous serpent god who seeks to escape the Abys and dominate all that lives. Regularly empowering Wrath-Amon to conduct his more brutal actions and the razing of entire cities, Set arrives on earth in the finale and seeks to create his new regime on earth to reduce humanity to slaves or food. When Conan and friends resist, Set orders them bound so he may slowly devour them as a message to what happens to those who defy him.
    • Baron Sharto from "Conan the Gladiator" is the ruler of a kingdom of cannibals. Known and feared for his knack of using cpatured prisoners as food for himself and his soldiers, the streets of Sharto's city are littered with countless bones of victims over the years. Once capturing Conan and his friends, Zula and Jezmine, Sharto firces them to fight in his gladiator games against starved animals and mechanical monstrosities, after which he forces them all to fight each other. Once Jezmine wins the duel, Sharto claims to return Conana nd Zula to their quarters, when in reality, he plans to boil them alive then devour them, with his kitchens filled with dozens of skulls, all while planning to make Jezmine his consort and become a high ranking member of Wrath-Amon's power base.
    • The Master of the Black Circle from "In the Days of Old" is a youth-obsessed sociopath who uses magic to lure in unsuspecting travelers, then drain them of their youth, inevitably leading to their deaths. Storing their youth in bottles, with him possessing dozens of such bottles and victims, the Master performs the same on Conan's companion Greywolf when he comes seeking the Master's assistance, and after capturing Jezmine, the Master attempts to force her to be his love befire trying to murder Conan and Greywolf one last time.
  • Kilobot of Cubix Robots for Everyone is the Dragon-in-Chief to Dr. K, the Arch Enemy of Cubix, and the most vicious character in the series. A Power Parasite, Kilobot regularly drains innocent robots' life-energy throughout the series, plunging them into death-like comas in the process. When acting on orders from Dr. K, Kilobot goes out of his way to cause more destruction than remotely necessary, often times targeting children and innocents for fun. Kilobot regularly defies his master's orders, trying to let a weather machine destroy an entire city, stealing a cloning device from a robotics corporation, framing a hero for it, then trying to blow up said corporation when discovered, and murdering Dr. K's best friend all on his own accord. Betraying Dr. K, Kilobot executes Maximix, takes control of an army of Zombots, then plans to use them to turn every robot into his slave then Take Over the World, and, when his plans are thwarted, Kilobot makes one last attempt on Cubix's life by crushing his power core in his bare hands. Though appearing in a lighthearted series, Kilobot was a depraved monster whose appearances darkened the series considerably.
  • Of all the Rifters that appeared in Delta State, Sven Ragnar is easily the worst. Sven is a super Rifter, in charge of the Rifter invasion of the human world, and is opposed by Broody and his proteges: Martin, Phillip, Claire and Luna. In his first appearance, Sven kills one his Rifter minions for lounging around in a hotel room instead of performing her appointed tasks. Later he kills a psychic that could detect Rifters, fearing she is a threat to his invasion plans. In another scheme, Sven uses his shapeshifting powers to impersonate a hospital administrator, who is pushing a new microchip that would be implanted in the human brain, claiming it had medical benefits, but which in reality this chip simply allows Rifters to take over human minds more quickly. 20% of the patients who received this chip would have been taken over by Rifters, while the rest would die. Sven also kills Martin's father to prevent Martin from discovering his past. Sven decides to torment Phillip, mocking him over the fact that his mother abandoned him. Sven's sister Marie falls in love with Phillip and saves him from Sven's wrath, so Sven kills her. Broody eventually revels that he himself is a Rifter and has been training his students to fight Rifters so they can be powerful enough to kill him, before his Rifter energy overwhelms him and causes him to explode. Sven does everything in his power to stop Broody's students from preventing this disaster.
  • Exo Squad
  • Cobra Commander from G.I. Joe: Resolute is the ruthless leader of Cobra, an international terrorist group. He appears before the United Nations using a hologram generator and demands all the nations of the world surrender their authority to him. To prove he is serious, Cobra Commander uses a giant laser weapon to destroy Moscow and kill 10 million people. He will destroy other cities if his demands are not met within 24 hours. When the GI Joes discover his base, Cobra Commander freaks out and begins to slaughter his own men, and then he targets his laser weapon at Washington D.C, before the GI Joe thwart him.
  • The Cobra Commander of G.I. Joe: Renegades is Adam DeCobray, CEO of Cobra Industries, a business organization he uses to cover up a ruthless terrorist group. Using Cobra to manufacture everything from weapons to plagues, Commander frames a group of soldiers who try to reveal Cobra Industries's true colors, sending them on the run for the rest of the series. When the soldiers, called "Joes," continuously meddle in his plans, Commander has the parents of the leader, Duke, kidnapped, offers a deal for their lives, then plans on killing them along with the Joes after the deal is through. Commander takes no slight against him lightly, shown when he tries to bomb a college to kill one blogger who slanders Cobra Industries, feeds a possible whistleblower to his pet, Serpentor, and seals a metal mask onto James McCullen (Destro) for leaking information about Cobra. Along with regularly attempting to starve, annihilate, and blackmail entire cities, Commander has a lethal virus developed that he plans on spreading across the world, then selling the cure only to those who can afford it. After his plan to Mind Control the entire planet fails, Commander plans to use the M.A.S.S. device to transport his armies across the globe and Take Over the World. When The Joes interfere once again, he flies into a rage, brutally beats them down, then tries to drag Duke down with him when he falls over an edge. Cold-blooded and power-hungry beyond salvation, Cobra Commander once again proves himself to be far worse than his original counterpart ever hoped to be.
    • Dr. Mindbender is the young, sociopathic, top scientist of Cobra. Commisioned by Cobra Commander to build an army of Bio-Vipers, Mindbender happily tries to feed the Joes to them, and when one of his Vipers escapes and begins causing chaos, Mindbender goes to extra lengths to put civilians in danger. When the people of a town Cobra is plunging into a drought by building a dam begin fighting back against Cobra, Mindbender, along with The Baroness, pay Firefly to destroy the town and its inhabitants. Tracking down twin psychics, whom he located by torturing a fake medium, Mindbender captures and subjects the twins to horrific experiments. Later, The Joes accidentally release the powerful Electro-Viper onboard a ship, and Mindbender remotely targets it towards Destro's castle, completely aware of the destruction the creature would cause once it reaches land. After another of his Vipers escapes, Mindbender tortures a young boy for the Viper's whereabouts, and later tries to level Brooklyn, New York to act as a distraction while he flees The Joes. Helping build the M.A.S.S. device for Cobra, Mindbender nonchalantly tests it on Cobra's own soldiers, many of whom don't survive, and later tries to send Snake-Eyes through the machine in order to force his best friend to reveal the machine's secrets to him, then tries to kill them both once the device starts working. Doing everything for sick thrills or For Science!, Mindbender may not have been as powerful or influential as his cohorts, but he far surpassed them in sheer evil.
  • The Queen of the Crown from Galaxy Rangers. Her Majesty starts off by ambushing Kirwin, and putting a heavy bounty on humans to every two-bit thug in the galaxy. We find out why - she's mashing the humans down for Life Energy to power constructs through which she can see, hear, and administer her Empire. It's not only an exceedingly painful process, but the poor bastard is fully awake and aware of what's happened. We also see that she slaughtered millions on the planet of Tortuna, leaving a few, domed cities behind in a lot of wasteland. She also was hunting humans because the last race she used to power Slaverlords has been hunted to near-extinction and she needed replacements. If that wasn't bad enough, she enslaves an entire planet, making the inhabitants work in concentration camp conditions to build a massive hyperspace cannon she uses to blow a chunk out of Earth's moon, threatening to do worse to Earth unless they gave her 5000 humans in tribute. On a personal level, she uses the only psychocrystal she's made from a human (Zach's wife) to commit Mind Rape nightly on both of them. Her voice actress in the American version unfortunately sounds like a cross of Ming the Merciless and Maleficent. The German actress comes across as far more menacing.
  • Gorkan of the series Gisakuis the demonic mastermind of all the evil in the story. A devil who rules over his dimension of demons with an iron fist, Gorkan arrives on Earth and immediately massacres several samurai who try to stop him, before attempting to unleash his armies of demons onto the planet to plunge the world into a living Hell. Though thwarted in this, Gorkan escaped and spent centuries building himself a criminal empire that he used to hide his evil activities, notably mutating a lynx into a half-human hybrid after making a deal with him to save his race, leaving him an outcast by both humans and his fellow lynxes. In the present, Gorkan is an absolutely dreadful excuse for an employer, brutally melting, crushing, and snapping in two his own minions for the smallest slights, from failure to simply stating the fact of a temporary setback. In the end, Gorkan tries once more to unleash his demonic forces onto Earth, and takes the time to viciously twist one of his soldiers into a ball when the man slightly annoys him.
  • In Huntik Secrets and Seekers, the Betrayer, originally one of the sorcerers and seekers who helped found the Huntik Foundation, turned upon his fellows to summon the Lovecraftians monstrosities known as the Nullifers to destroy the world. The Casterwill family fought back and destroyed the Betrayer, but his spirit endured, forming the Bloodspiral Brotherhood to work at his revival. The Betrayer eventually had the Casterwill family 'purged' with any who served as obstacles treated the same way. Upon his revival, the Betrayer revealed that he had double-crossed the Bloodspiral Brotherhood and they would not be spared from destruction either. The Betrayer proceeds to summon a comet the destroy everyone present and summon the Nullifers, plotting to destroy everything that lives on earth to satisfy his lust for chaos.
  • Metlar is the tyrannical leader of the Inhumanoids in Inhumanoids. The former slave of Sslither, Metlar overthrows and imprisons his former master before waging a genocidal war against the Mutores in urge to dominate the planet. Awakened from his seal eons later, Metlar launches an all-out attack on Earth with his fellow Inhumanoids, razing a Soviet weapons department to a smoldering heap and stealing several cluster missiles while having his servants attack and destroy all they can. Metlar's ultimate goal is to use the missiles to obliterate the crust of the Earth and drown the entire world in fire, killing everything – his own loyal servants not excluded – so he can rule over the charred remains. Throughout the series, Metlar brutalizes and threatens to torture his own minions for every slight and attempts to destroy everything he can get his fiery talons on.
    • D'Compose, Metlar's Dragon, is a hulking, undead monstrosity who pulled an entire city underground to turn it into his personal domain, killing everyone who lived there and reducing the city's knights into his undead slaves, cursed to wander the ruins of the town forevermore. Able to painfully transform anyone he touches into his undead slaves, D'Compose demonstrates his powers on the noble scientist Sandra Shore and tries to use her to kill her own friends, eagerly decomposing anyone he can whilst aiding Metlar in his conquest. D'Compose's vilest actions come when he has Blackthorne Shore amass countless disaffected teenagers into a cult in his name, reducing them all to his decomposed slaves and having them attack the nearby city, proclaiming his intention to shroud the world in darkness and turn all that lives into the undead.
    • The aforementioned Blackthorne Shore is a wealthy industrialist who came across the secrets of the Inhumanoids. Blackthorne attempts to free them to use them to take control of the world, allowing them to first wreak death and destruction at their whim. When his own sister Sandra is turned into an undead monster by D'Compose, Blackthorne acts horrified—but then abandons the heroes to die when they try to save her so he can take control of Metlar, settling for allying with him to present him with a way to destroy most of the world so Blackthorne can rule over the remainder. After being foiled, Blackthorne eventually starts a cult with D'Compose, convincing numerous young men and women to submit themselves to the evil Inhumanoid to be changed into his undead slaves. Blackthorne continues to try to control the Inhumanoids and kill the heroes in his quest to dominate the world, fully admitting that he himself is an utterly evil, monstrous human being as wicked as any Inhumanoid.
  • The Dragit of Invasion America is the military commander of Tyrosh and the Evil Uncle of the emperor Cale-Oosha. When he makes an attempt to overthrow Cale, Cale manages to escape, ending up on earth where he fathers a son named David. Upon learning of them, the Dragit attempts to murder the baby and his mother. Installing a secret base on the moon, the Dragit reveals his plan to use a weapon to have asteroids bombard America, causing countless deaths, until the country gives in whereupon the Dragit will continue the process with every nation on earth, killing millions until the human race gives in. When David is captured in the finale, the Dragit opts to personally attempt to murder his great-nephew, his rhetoric about saving Tyrosh a front for his own cruelty and lust for power.
    • Jian Hong, Agricultural Minister of Greater China, stages an attack on an American oil rig to gain favor with the Chairman and discredit his rival. After convincing the Chairman to invade Alaska, leading to the deaths of thousands, Jian assassinates him to take power. Using his network to install a puppet government in Mexico, leading to the nation being stripped of food, he goes on to launch an invasion of America, triggering a third World War. Objective-minded, Jian sacrifices over two million of his own soldiers to destroy an American tank plant. To keep America isolated, Jian increases tensions between them and Germany by staging a nuclear terrorist attack. Shipping missiles to Mexico, Jian has them launched at America, killing a million. Upon being invaded by a joint force of American and Russian soldiers, Jian forcibly drafts civilians as frontline troops. When the Australians revolt against his tyranny, Jian punishes their uprising with a genocide killing seven million of them. Even as his own country is torn apart by the war with America, Jian stubbornly refuses to surrender his power, murdering almost his entire government for failing to find him a solution for the war he brought on.
  • The Legend of Prince Valiant:
    • Baron Frederick von Holsing from season 2's "The Walls of Tyranny" manages to outdo even recurring villains with his Greed and lack of regard for human life. Von Holsing is a noble in the kingdom of Kengary, which has been at war with a neighboring nation for as long as anyone can remember. When King Ian, Frederick's uncle, makes inroads to initiate a lasting peace, Frederick murders him to frame their enemies and keep the war going. It is revealed that Frederick intends to prolong the war indefinitely so he can take men, women and children as slaves to work to death in his private mines for his personal profit. When Valiant uncovers the plot, Frederick attempts to murder his friends, send Valiant to his mines and kidnap Valiant's female comrade Rowanne with the threat of making her his. Vain, selfish and greedy, Frederick von Holsing stands as the worst representative of nobility in all the series.
    • Sage Advisor Selena from season 2's "The Sage" and "The Rings of Truth" is the Treacherous Advisor to King Michael of the North. She engineers a civil war, which causes the deaths of several hundred people, to arrange a better puppet figurehead to become king. She also conspires to murder an infant, frames Rowanne for a crime which makes her leave Camelot in disgrace, and turns an invention of peace into a war weapon in an attempt to frame Merlin for a crime. A self-absorbed sociopath with no loyalties to anyone but herself, Selena surpassed the Mordred in terms of monstrosity.
  • Max Steel:
    • John Dread is the leader of DREAD, a terrorist cell that deals in mass death and destruction in the name of world domination. Dread runs his organization with icy ruthlessness, and regularly places thousands of innocents in harm's way, with notable instances involving trying to flash freeze an entire city, hoping to blackout Paris and all of its life support systems, attempting to destroy the United Nations Headquarters, and disabling a satellite and leaving it to crash into an entire city, all in order to further his plans. Though at first seeming rather professional about his crimes, Dread decides It's Personal with Max Steel when, after failing to dissect the boy alive, his own face is scarred by Max, leading Dread to kidnap the boy's best friend while promising to exchange him for a vial of powerful nanoprobes, at which point he tries to kill the boy anyway just to torture Max. As a final attempted atrocity, Dread tries to obliterate the Switzerland city of Geneva, killing its entire population plus the gathered world leaders, then blame the death toll on N-Tek, the spy organization made to thwart Dread's crimes. With no empathy, remorse, or limitations to his ambition and greed, John Dread personified the very worst acts and features of the various terrorists Max Steel encountered throughout his missions.
    • Psycho is an ever-grinning lunatic who is Max's most personal and hated enemy. Psycho first met his nemesis when he splashed deadly nanoprobes all over the boy, hoping for them to excruciatingly kill him, unknowing that it would create his worst enemy, whom he would later go on to attempt to dissect, freeze to death, and drop a satellite onto the hometown of. Serving as John Dread's right-hand man for most of the series, Psycho gleefully commits any and all orders given him, the higher the bodycount the better, and often goes beyond what his orders entail so as to inflict as much pain and death as possible, such as trying to murder two innocent teens for merely stumbling nearby his base, or by trying to annihilate a small village with an erupting volcano he is only supposed to be mining. His loyalty to Dread being simply a pragmatic partnership, Psycho often enacts his own schemes, normally involving acquiring plagues or nuclear missiles in order to destroy any city he wants then hold others for ransom while attempting to kill anyone in his way, an entire cruise ship of innocents being just one instance of this. His own accomplices fare no better than his enemies, as Psycho tries to silence a captured compatriot, abuses his minions, and brutally murders his partner, Bio-Constrictor, even after the latter assists Psycho in attempting to transform all of humanity into monstrous creatures under his control. Nigh-invulnerable and always seeking to one-up Max Steel, Psycho lives up to his namesake as a truly psychopathic madman who proudly embraces his atrocities as if they were ends unto themselves.
  • Max Steel (2013 series)
    • Miles Dredd is Max Steel's Arch Enemy, and one of the most monstrous villains in the series. Having assisted scientist Jim McGrath in harnessing the power of TURBO Energy, Dredd betrayed and seemingly murdered his partner, though at a price: Dredd now craved TURBO Energy as a power source for himself. Creating the corporation THI, which specialized in black market arms dealings and chemical weapons, Dredd began relentlessly pursuing any form of TURBO he could find, and, when he learns Max Steel produces an unlimited supply of it, Dredd becomes obsessed with the boy, regularly trying to painfully drain him of his life energy. Believing Max to be a high school student, Dredd has an occupied high school set aflame to test his theory, and, when Max confronts him later, Dredd targets a school bus full of young teens during the battle. Dredd tries numerous methods throughout the series to destroy the highly-populated city of Copper Canyon, from draining the life force of the citizens, to launching a nuke at the city. Revealed to have made a deal with Makino to assist him in annihilating the human race, Dredd plans to betray his master, take over his armada, and conquer everything in his path once the Earth is destroyed. Even after this master plan fails, Dredd continues to stoop to new levels of depravity when he creates an abominable creature named Morphos, emotionally abuses him into attacking his enemies, then kills him when he becomes too independent, ruthlessly blowing him up and referring to him as a "nothing". Caring only for himself, and willing to sacrifice even the entire planet in his schemes, Dredd was Max's most personal foe.
    • The aforementioned Makino is the most powerful and deadliest villain Max Steel has ever faced and The Man Behind the Man to Dredd. Creating the Ultra-Link species, Makino began absorbing entire worlds into himself, destroying the planets and all their inhabitants in the process. Makino uses Jim McGrath as a living battery to power his super weapon, the Alpha-Link. Having made a deal with Dredd, which involves Dredd assisting him in destroying the Earth, Makino immediately betrays his partner at his earliest convenience and tries to murder him. Capturing Steel, a former Ultra-Link, Makino tortures Steel to learn why he rebelled against him. While fighting Max Steel, Makino takes sick pleasure in beating him down and taunting him about the Earth's imminent destruction, and, when his plans are foiled, Makino makes one last attempt to murder Max and his long-lost father once his Alphalink is destroyed. Makino returns in the film Wrath of Makino, where he possesses Max Steel, uses his insecurities and inner thoughts to torment his friends and family, and reveals he plans to destroy the entire Earth, not to absorb it, but simply out of spite for being humiliated. Though at first seeming to perhaps only be taking his programming to the extreme, Makino displays the most needlessly sadistic personality in the series, and shows in the end that he is fully capable of ignoring his programming when, rather than attempt to absorb the Earth as usual, he tries to wipe it out in a petulant rage.
    • Professor Mortum, the main villain of the films Team Turbo and Team Turbo: Fusion-Tek, sticks out among Max Steel's villains as a truly horrifying monster. Originally a genius scientist with a great fear of death, Mortum became obsessed with immortality, and to this end, sought to obtain the Connect-Tek, a powerful N-Tek device that would grant Mortum godlike powers. Capturing hundreds of N-Tek agents, Mortum tortures them all with electricity for information on the Connect-Tek, after which he sics many of Max Steel's other enemies onto his hometown of Copper Canyon, ordering them to destroy everything in sight in their quest to locate him the Connect-Tek. After failing to properly handle the Connect-Tek once getting his hands on it, Mortum is killed, at which point the Connect-Tek replaces his mind, turning Mortum into a whole new brand of monster. Now a techno zombie due to the Connect-Tek, Mortum still retains his original personality, and quickly begins draining the minds of dozens of his own lackies, transforming them into mindless techno zombies that he uses to infect an entire city, draining all of their minds, after which he tries to inflict the same fate on his own nephew. After numerous soldiers are killed in their attempts to stop him, Mortum captures, tortures, and dissects Max's best friend, Steel, before using his powers to infect all of humanity with his techno virus, transforming the Earth into a barren wasteland, after which he reveals his plans to absorb all of humanity's minds into himself, becoming a god and eliminating the "disorder" of human empathy. Quickly graduating from a particularly wicked villain to a full-blown genocidal lunatic between his appearances in the films, Professor Mortum is easily Max Steel's most nightmarish and terrifying villain, despite his sometimes amusing personality.
    • Dr. Prometheus Halifax, known almost solely as Terrorax, is a high-ranking member of the cult known as Nexus, whose goal is ultimate dominion over the world. After stealing the powers of Max Steel and transforming it into "Terror Energy," Terrorax reveals to the Nexus High Command his plan to wipe out all technology across the globe except that of Nexus, plunging humankind into an extinction-level event where only those who swear fealty to Nexus will survive. Though thwarted for a time, Terrorax devises a new plan to use Terror Energy as a Weapon of Mass Destruction, travelling to cities and destroying them one by one until the world surrenders to his demands, and, when in his final fuel with Max Steel, Terrorax reveals his dream of bringing mass death and chaos to the entire planet before betraying his Nexus masters, wanting nothing more than to rule over the ashes of humanity as a god.
  • In the Men in Black animated series, Alpha was once the top agent for the M.I.B; however, after getting his hands on an alien device known as the Cosmic Integrator, he began his path of evil that leads him to become the monster he is in the present. Originally offering his partner, Agent Kay, a team up to use the Cosmic Integrator for immoral schemes, Alpha coldly gunned down his pupil when he refused Alpha's offer. Alpha went on to butcher aliens across the galaxy, ripping off or tearing out parts of their bodies that he would then fuse to his own biology via the Cosmic Integrator, with his most targeted part being the heads of aliens, attaching them to his torso while they stay conscious of their current state but unable to do anything of consequence to help themselves. Throughout the series, Alpha regularly mutilates aliens, nearly kills Agent Kay and his partner Jay in various sadistic ways, and murdered at least one human to steal his body parts. Trying numerous times to subjugate the Earth by way of mass murder, from using a Kill Sat to trying to flood half the planet, Alpha ultimately allies with the psychopathic Vangus to lead a full-scale assault on Earth, laying siege to numerous cities and causing countless amounts of destruction, all in his quest for total domination of first his own planet, then the galaxy. A sociopath with a lust for power above all else, Alpha was an arrogant, manipulative genius who used his intelligence for nothing but his own gain.
    • The aforementioned Vangus is the leader of the Ixion Federation, a race of planet-plundering aliens who value oil as an extremely valuable commodity and go from planet to planet draining them dry of their oil. Vangus sets his eyes on Earth and strikes up a deal with the traitorous MIB agent Alpha to invade Earth and steal it of its goal, leaving what remains of the Earth itself for Alpha to dictate. Vangus grows tired of waiting after Alpha postpones the invasion and after a failed attempt to scout out oil fields which leads to his capture, Vangus breaks out in the series finale and teams up with Alpha to invade the Earth. Vangus sets his forces to obliterate both the UN and the Washington Monument before leading his forces in an all-out invasion on Earth, ravaging cities all across the world. Out of sheer impatience with the continued resistance, Vangus ultimately attempts to detonate a bomb to wipe out all life on Earth to make the planet's oil ooze to the crust, callously betraying Alpha and setting a torpedo en route to Earth with the assurance he'll come back and clean up whatever's left after the attack.
  • Mighty Max had some surprisingly dark storylines for a kids' series and some terrifying villains:
    • Skullmaster, the Evil Overlord Big Bad was always a terrifying villain whenever he appeared. Skullmaster overthrew his previous master and took control of his subterranean kingdom from where he plots world domination. Skullmaster is a sadist, reveling in physical and psychological torture, and engages in both short-term brutality and long term gambits. One of his most vile acts was vowing to save an ancient civilization from sinking beneath the sea, lying about it and trapping their souls as his slaves before in present day, sending them after Max's head "attached to the body or not." Responsible for the deaths of multiple heroes throughout the story, Skullmaster even attempted to blackmail Max for his mentor and friend Vergil's life by surrendering his magical cap. When Max turned it over, Skullmaster brutally killed Vergil anyways.
    • Spike was a psychotic Blood Knight who definitely Would Hurt a Child. Ten Thousand years in the past, Spike led a pack of barbarians to attack a peaceful village when the heroic Norman was just a boy. Refusing offers of peace, Spike brutally attacked and killed Norman's unarmed father before attempting to kill Norman himself. Things went wrong and Spike was buried under the snow for the next 10,000 years, but not before gleefully saying he'd find the boy, kill him and eat his heart. In the present, Spike is no less savage and continues his battle with the now adult Norman until he is defeated. Spike is so evil that Norman feels fine killing him after Spike has already been defeated, and nobody bothers to complain.
    • Dr. MacDougal is the only fully human villain to qualify. A Mad Scientist who discovered the existence of werewolves, along with the fact they were peaceful guardians of Scotland. She captured the pack and hooked them up in a rather unpleasant situation where their blood was painfully extracted into a formula for her. After drinking it, Macdougal would achieve the ability to transform herself and used it solely to kill innocent people, becoming the scourge of the highlands. When Max, a ten year old, stumbled upon her lair, Macdougal locks him inside and takes her formula so she can kill him, gleefully referring to him as 'Breakfast'.
  • In the first of the My Little Pony TV Specials, Rescue At Midnight Castle, Tirek was a surprisingly vile creature from a show that's supposed to be primarily a little girl's series. A demon of a centaur, Tirek was the ruler of the Midnight Castle, and planned to send Dream Valley into a state of eternal night, eternal darkness, and eternal chaos. To do so, he used a sack containing magical spells in it to essentially torture and transform young ponies into his hideous, winged dragons which he could then use to pull his Chariot of Darkness. He's also amazingly violent, which is shown whenever his henchman Scorpan failed him. He would threaten to have Spike's head torn right off if he ever screwed up again, which makes it even more disturbing in that Spike was a child, and therefore it meant that he had no limits to who he had to hurt in order to get his way.
    • Recently they made another incarnation of Tirek for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, and though considerably toned down from the previous version, he still fits the bill. While previous major villains were bad but had some negating factors that prevented them from belonging to this trope (Nightmare Moon was Brainwashed and Crazy and able to reform, Discord was chaos incarnate but able to reform, Queen Chrysallis wanted to provide nourishment for her people, King Sombra was like a dark force of nature, and Sunset Shimmer was redeemable in the end), Tirek blows them all out of the water. In this continuity, Scorpan was his brother and the two of them had set out to conquer Equestria together. Scorpan befriended the ponies who lived there and decided to give up his evil ways, but Tirek would not relent, refusing to embrace friendship as a concept. His destructive actions led to him being imprisoned in Tartarus by the Alicorn rulers of Equestria. In the fourth season finale, Tirek has escaped from Tartarus but as a weak, fragile shell of his former self. Once enough power comes back to him, he uses it to attack the ponies in Ponyville and suck the magic right out of them, reducing them to empty shells. He planned to repeat this process on all ponies in order to drain Equestria of all it's magic, not only so that he could become the all-powerful ruler of the land, but also for the sheer pleasure of seeing the ponies' world fall apart around them. (Without magic, no more rain could be made for crops to grow and land could not be tended, creating drought, famine, and eventual ruination of Equestria's ecosystem.) When Discord is sent to stop him, Tirek persuades Discord into assisting him by making him believe that his newfound "friendship" with the ponies was merely an imprisonment. He even implies to Discord that he was his friend now by giving him a cherished relic that had belonged to his brother, Scorpan. However, once he'd absorbed enough magic to regain full strength, Tirek turns on Discord and sucks his magic out too, mocking him about how weak he was for trusting anyone and revealing that he held the value of his brother's relic in the same regard as his brother: worthless. He proceeds to lay waste to Ponyville's library and would have destroyed the entire town had Twilight Sparkle not moved their magic fight elsewhere. When he and Twilight Sparkle appeared evenly matched, Tirek offered a Sadistic Choice: willingly give up all her magic (she held the magic of all the Alicorn rulers at the moment) in exchange for the safe release of her friends. After Twilight complied, Tirek set off to blow up Equestria with his new power. Thankfully, friendship proved strong enough to overcome Tirek even with all that magic at his disposal and he was blasted back to Tartarus with a combined rainbow attack. As atrocious and heinous as he was set up to be, this Tirek stood firmly against the show's main message of friendship entirely by his own choice, and unlike the other villains on the show he had no Affably Evil, Laughably Evil, or redeemable features at all.
  • Ōban Star-Racers: Canaletto, the series' Big Bad, is a scheming, self-concerned ex-god who orchestrates the ruinous events in Eva's life to assure his own return to godhood. Formerly the Avatar, Canaletto embarked on an omnicidal, planet-destroying crusade to wipe out all life in the galaxy and restart it according to his flawless designs, before being sealed away by the next Avatar Satis. Canaletto patiently and seamlessly manipulates events to his favor for the next 10,000 years, placing Eva as his pawn by causing the mortal accident that killed Eva's mother and fractured the relationship between her and her father, ruining Rick's racing career and murdering his own servant after Rick learns of it, and personally murdering Sul to place Eva as the lead of the Oban Cycle. Once he eventually frees himself, Canaletto reduces Oban to a life-deprived desert, before trying to claim the powers of the Avatar. Though Canaletto claims himself as "the Lord of Purity," his definitions of "pure" are twisted, a fact Satis calls Canaletto out on before Canaletto tortures him to death in fury before moving on to restart his omnicidal agenda. A callous, selfish, and arrogant demon of a deity, Canaletto remorselessly ruins the lives of everyone he manipulates to further his own ascension and spares no pity to the dozens who ultimately die at his hands.
  • The Pirates of Dark Water gave us the being behind the titular 'Dark Water', a menacing oily substance that devours whatever it touches and is spreading all throughout the world. By proxy, the Dweller is responsible for countless deaths of places that the Dark Water has devoured. The Dark Dweller is the true Big Bad of the story, a being seeking domination and destruction who plans to unleash its' Dark Water throughout the world, focused only on consuming and controlling what it can.
  • Another villain in a similar vein as Tirek would be the Dark Princess from Rainbow Brite, who served as the Big Bad of The Movie. A spoiled brat of a woman to a horrifically cruel degree, the Dark Princess coveted a planet made entirely out of diamond called Spectra so she could have it as a treasure. The thing is, all light must pass through Spectra, or else everything in the universe will freeze over and die. Even when she's been told of the consequences, the Princess flat-out doesn't care at all about what will happen and still wants it to herself anyway, being willing to basically commit omnicide purely out of selfishness and Greed. And when her plan is foiled by the titular Rainbow Brite, she decides that if she can't have Spectra, no one can, and tries to destroy the planet by ramming her spaceship into it, only to succeed in killing herself in the act. She made an appearance in another episode though, this time enslaving a bunch of sprites and forcing them to dig up diamonds for her. Impossible to reason with and completely unrepentant in her evil deeds, the Dark Princess is a true despot who seems to dedicate all her time to being as much as a narcissistic, sociopathic monster as she can be.
  • The Grundel from The Real Ghostbusters is a loathsome, vile and creepy creature who goes around ruining the lives of children (by turning them into Grundels by encouraging them to commit bad acts and become corrupted) for no reason besides the amusement. Considering the Grundel was supposed to be An Aesop subtly warning children about pedophiles, its not a surprise that the Grundel is so loathsome. Seriously, mash together Satan and a pedophile and you'd get the Grundel.
    • He's even creepier in Extreme Ghostbusters where his behaviour towards Kylie is somewhere between Hannibal Lecter and a sex offender. And he turned Roland's kid brother into a Grundel too.
    • There was also the being known as Piper, a one-shot villain from "The Pied Piper of Manhattan,". He's responsible for a sudden plague of ghosts in New York that he unleashes in order to play the hero when he repels them with his flute. When the Mayor attempts to pay him according to contract, Piper reveals he wants more. After his requests for a statue of himself down 5th Avenue and an office in city hall are denied, Piper uses his flute to hypnotize the children of the city and tries to force them to drown themselves, gloating the mayor will "rue the day he refused to pay the Piper." What seals the deal is that when the Ghostbusters intervene, Piper has no compunction using the kids as human shields in their fight.
  • Megabyte, an order-obsessed computer virus and primary antagonist of ReBoot, becomes an example of this post season 2. While in earlier episodes he had a personal code of honor and was affable enough to give Enzo a birthday present, after a forced Fusion Dance, he loses those qualities and makes it clear by using an Eldritch Abomination's invasion as a way to trap Bob in an Eldritch Location. With The Hero out of the way, Megabyte turns his attention on conquering Mainframe. To that end, he lets his sister get crushed with the side of a game cube, then has her rebuilt with a shock collar so she is forced to power his death ray. He makes it incredibly difficult for Enzo to continue beating game cubes, dooming thousands of binomes to a Fate Worse Than Death and causing untold destruction for the sake of driving the kid into a Heroic BSOD so that he can't oppose him as the city's new Guardian. When he gets into the Principal Office, he decapitates Phong and tortures his severed head not only for information, but for his own sadistic amusement. His minions, Hack and Slash, are terrified of him, and he often breaks Herr Doctor's fingers as punishment for failure. He engages adult Enzo in a savage duel to the death, and even after being defeated, he initiates a system crash that nearly destroys Mainframe and every sentient being in it. He later returns to Mainframe and impersonates Bob, turning everyone against Glitch-Bob before proposing to Dot and almost marrying her for no reason other than to amuse himself. His main desire is to open a portal to the Super Computer so that he could infect it and take over all domains with his corruption, as well as crushing Mainframe completely, and he is willing to hurt anyone and everyone for both his goals and his own petty amusement.
  • Vertex is a vicious Spiderbot in Rollbots and the Big Bad of the series. Desiring to tear down Flip City's defense grid and Safety Net so as to lead a full-scale genocide against all Rollbots, Vertex enacts various atrocities in an attempt to see his plans fulfilled, be it by setting apartment complexes aflame, bombing a race track and its audience, or trying to freeze every Rollbot in an endless time loop. Having zero care for his minions who he regularly abuses, Vertex murders one of them to ensure that important knowledge is kept to himself, and later butchers a rival crime lord to secure his position of power. In the end, Vertex is revealed to have wiped out Spin's entire tribe in a destructive campaign against the Rollbots, and drags Captain Pounder down with him to his death.
  • In Sgt Savage And His Screaming Eagles, the one-episode Direct-to-Video Spin-Off of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, the Big Bad, Lieutenant Garrison "General Blitz" Krieger (who also goes by Dr. Garret Stromm), quickly establishes himself as one of the most evil characters in the franchise. A member of The IRON (International Robotic Operations Network) Army in World War II, Krieger infiltrated the U.S. Army and served in Sgt. Savage's unit, all of whom he led into a trap, with only Savage surviving the ensuing slaughter. Krieger then subjects Savage to horrific experiments in his attempts to create a super-soldier to help The IRON Army win the war. Having Savage cryogenically frozen after The IRON Army's defeat, Krieger turns himself into a cyborg and spends the next 50 years re-establishing The IRON Army in secret, helping to create the terrorist group Cobra in the process. When Savage's frozen body is located by the G.I. Joes, Krieger dispatches an executioner robot to kill Savage and any Joes that get in its way. Krieger then initiates his master plan: Using a satellite weapon to take control of Earth's computer systems, then leading The IRON Army in the conquest of the world. Savage, though brutally beaten and taunted by Krieger, manages to stop his plan, but not before Krieger makes his escape. A vicious would-be dictator, Krieger was willing to betray, torture, and murder anyone who got in his way to ensure The IRON Army's domination of the world.
  • The Beast Generals from Shadow Raiders are the malevolent servitors of the world-devouring Beast Planet who help their master scourge entire solar systems and destroy all worlds within them. Each of them could qualify in their own right, but the best example would be Lamprey, a master of deceit and subterfuge who weakens worlds from the inside out through complex gambits, occasionally pausing to murder people who cross her path for little other reason than to amuse herself. Lamprey introduces herself tricking Emperor Femur into installing a device meant to drain all the life from Planet Bone. After this, Lamprey possesses Tekla and tries to use her to destroy the Alliance from the inside out, contenting herself with subjecting her to horrific Mind Rape of her planet's destruction and trying to slowly kill her from the inside once this fails. After this fails, Lamprey murders a resident of Planet Fire and pins it on Jade's hands, intending for her to be horribly executed by being dipped into a fall of lava. Lamprey's final crimes in the series stem purely from petty spite: Seeking revenge against Tekla, Lamprey has her Beast drones attack a bar with the intent to kill everyone inside, personally disintegrates Captain Blaze once he gets in her way, and furiously attempts to kill everyone who stands between her and Tekla before her own demise.
    • Another one is Blokk, a brutish warrior who firmly believes in the power of absolute force over everything else, preferring to overrun worlds through his armada to destroy all they see whilst basking in the carnage. Blokk's repeated attempts to attack the planets in the Cluster result in numerous deaths and the successful destruction of Planet Jungle. Blokk personally attempts to trick Cryos into killing his own daughter whilst leaving his planet vulnerable, and grows more and more vicious after his repeated punishments at the hand of the Beast. In the finale of the series, Blokk takes over Planet Rock by force by besting and killing Lord Mantle, while promising to give the Alliance members he's captured—two children among them—a slow death at the Beast's hands. Once he's left stranded on Rock, Blokk slaughters his way to Rock's World Engine, personally executes Feldspar, and sets the entire planet on a collision course with the nearest star out of sheer spite.
  • In the Animated Adaptation of the book series Silverwing, Goth is a giant cannibal bat from South America. Captured by humans, he sent to lab in a North American city for study. After escaping the lab, he begins to kill owls and birds, which General Brutus blames on the Silverwing bats, causing him to persecute them. Goth kills an Owl trying to kill Shade, a Silverwing bat. Goth pretends to be Shade's friend, saying he will protect Shade's colony, but he really plans on eating them all instead. Shade discovers Goth's true nature, when Shade discovers the corpse of a Brightwing bat Goth had eaten. Later Goth and his brother in law Throbb eat a coven of bats and took the metal bands they were wearing as trophies. When Shade and Goth are trapped in a mine, Shade suggests they work together to escape, but makes Goth promise to allow him and his friends to live, a promise Goth instantly reneges on when he is out of danger. Near the end of the series, Goth teams up with the Wolves to take over the forest and goes on a killing spree against the Owls to fulfill his part of this deal.
  • Skeleton Warriors: The suitably named Baron Dark was an ambitious nobleman who hungered to steal the Lightstar Crystal powering the lands of Luminaire. Dark arranged for the king's shuttle to crash in hostile territory, and manipulated his younger son Joshua into going for the Lightstar Crystal himself before attempting to steal it. Its energies made the Baron's evil manifest fully as he became the first Skeleton Warrior, an immortal living dead creature who transformed all his forces into the same. The Baron attacked Luminaire's civilians and upon discovering he could only turn evil people into Skeletons, Dark furiously ordered the rest of the population murdered, only relenting when one of his men reminded him they'd need slaves. Dark would force a population's compliance by starving them and withholding medicine to force them to do his bidding, attempted to wipe out the ape-like race called the Semigons to steal their refinery and once he gained the Lightstar Crystal himself, Dark attempted to remake the world into a hellish landscape where only his chosen Skeleton Warriors would survive.
  • Sonic Sat AM: Dr. Ivo Robotnik (real name Julian Kintobor), unlike the Affably Evil version of him you'd see in other Sonic cartoons, (or the games themselves) is much less pleasant. A ruthless, ambitious backstabber with a series of treacherous moves to his count in the name of self-interest, Robotnik's first betrayal was his sealing of the evil wizard Ixis Naugus in the Void. Later becoming known to the King of Mobius, Robotnik became instrumental in the King's own military victories before deciding to take over Mobius himself. Staging a coup d'état and overthrowing the King from Mobotropolis, Robotnik stole the technologies of the Roboticizer from Charles Hedgehog, and used it to forcefully convert almost all of Mobius into a polluted dystopia, with him as supreme ruler from the newly named Robotropolis. Reducing most of Mobius's inhabitants to his robotic slaves through a horrific roboticization and mental enslavement process, Robotnik made fierce enemies with Charles's nephew Sonic and the rest of the Freedom Fighters. Robotnik would demonstrate his psychopathic nature again and again, attempting to kill, torture, or otherwise roboticize the Freedom Fighters, happily willing to jeopardize the ecosystem in doing so. Robotnik also coldly abuses his own minions, his diminutive, weak-willed nephew Snively among them, and condemns them all to die for the sake of his own life in the finale. An emotion-deficient fear-monger with nary a comedic quirk to his name, Robotnik proved one of the most vicious incarnations of Robotnik seen in the franchise.
    • Note also that the implications of said robotic slavery are much more serious in SatAM than they are in other Sonic cartoons and in the games Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic X portray Robotnik's henchrobots as feeling either genuinely loyal to him or at least inclined to try to help, while the games leave it a bit more ambiguous, but seem to treat it lightly, and almost all of the Undergroud ones are nonsentient; in this version, at least some of Robotnik's henchrobots are quite aware of what's happening to them, and morally objecting to that which their robot bodies are forcing them to do. There are episodes in which some robots are carrying on secret conversations with their loved ones, from before roboticization, only to double over in apparent pain before proceeding to attack said loved ones because of the control Robotnik has over them through said robotic slavery.
      • For comparison purposes, the worst thing the Robotnik from Sonic Underground did was tricking Manic with a robot made like a baby hedgehog in the hopes that he'd get attached to it -- and reveal where Sanctuary, a place of refuge for children and infants was. So he could destroy it and roboticize the inhabitants. Despicable, to be sure, but just not on the level of the SatAM version.
  • In Spawn The Animated Series, Jason Wynn stands out in an already very dark show. Wynn is the director of the NSC. He is the one who ordered the death of Al Simmons by having him burned alive. He uses his position to protect equally monstrous child killer Billy Kincaid from the police by killing anyone who discovers Kincaid's brutal crimes. He is covering up Kincaid's crimes in order to extort favors from Kincaid's father, a corrupt senator. When visiting crime boss Tony Twist, Wynn has two prostitutes that were with Tony killed, so no one besides Tony would know he was there. Wynn is also using his position to steal weapons from the US Department of Defense and is selling them to various terrorists and dictators across the globe. When one of Wynn's employees, Terry Fitzgerald, discovers Wynn's crimes, Wynn frames him for these crimes, putting Terry's life in a tailspin. Wynn later orders a hit squad to kill Terry's wife Wanda and his daughter Cyan. Wynn also orders Chief Banks to shoot police officer Twitch Williams, when Twitch gets close to uncovering Wynn's crimes. After Terry reveals Wynn's crimes to the world, Wynn becomes a free agent and seeks the mask of Genghis Khan, which will give him the powers of Hell. We learn that Wynn had one his former subordinates, Major Forsberg, thrown into a cell and starved, when he tried to leave Wynn's services. Wynn threatens to kill Forsberg's family unless he tells him where to find the mask. When Terry tries to kill Wynn in revenge, Wynn has him dragged to an opium den and forcible drugged, because Wynn thinks Terry slowly rotting away in this den is more of a fitting punishment then a quick death. Wynn later uses a knife to try and slowly torture Terry, while gloating about how he will sell his wife into forced prostitution.
  • While The Story Keepers teaches that you should forgive your persecutors, the villainous Nihilus stands against this, thus it's his unwillingness to live up to his mistakes and accept forgiveness that makes him a monster. The chief centruian to Nero, he attempted to purge Rome of the Christians by force throughout the series, one of his plans to do this involving him building a catapult and sending flaming debris into the tunnels that persecuted Christians were hiding in. Upon learning that a fellow centurion was a Christian, he tried to have him killed for treachery. He later set fire to homes of children with them still inside, all because they didn't submit to his emotional manipulation of them. And he really crosses the line when he arranges a public crucifixion for Ben and murdering his student who stops him from carrying it out. In the end, Nihilus had one single defining trait: his utter lack of a conscience.
  • SWAT Kats: Dark Kat is one of the Swat Kats' most recurring, and wicked, villains. A complete madman obsessed with the death of the Swat Kats and the destruction of Megakat City so that he may build his capitol of crime and larceny in it's place, Dark Kat is introduced trying to use a nuclear weapon to annihilate Megakat City and its thousands of residents, attempting to force Lieutenant Feral to watch the carnage as it unfolds. Later attempting to turn the Swat Kats into ground meat while using their jet to frame them for opening fire on civilians and blowing up entire buildings, Dark Kat follows this up by convincing Razer he severely wounded innocents to throw him off his game while Dark Kat uses a robotic arachnid to attack and hopefully tear Megakat City to shreds. In his arguably worst outing, Dark Kat makes an alliance with the below-mentioned Dr. Viper, using him to rebuild the Metallikats then install chips in them that allow Dark Kat to torture them at his leisure. Using the Metallikats and Viper, Dark Kat lures the Swat Kats, Feral, and assistant mayor Callie Briggs into a trap to kill them all, ordering the Metallikats to kill Viper when he outlives his usefulness, and ultimately attempts to blow up the entire base as a last ditch effort to kill the Swat Kats, their friends, and all of Dark Kat's own allies in one fell swoop.
    • Dr. Viper was once Elrod Purvis, a greedy scientist whose plan to sell the Viper Mutagen to the highest bidder ended with his supposed death and subsequent mutation into the evil Viper. In his schemes to destroy Megakat City and replace it with a festering "Megaswamp City", Viper regularly attempts to mutate and murder all he can through his chemical weapons and monsters; painfully transforms one-shot villain Morbulus into a mindless bacteria creature that he looses on Megakat City, leading to dozens of deaths, including that of Viper's former colleague Zyme; attempts to drown the entire city in toxic spores; teams up with the aforementioned Dark Kat; and finally floods the city with mutative chemicals in a bid to mutate everyone within the city. Regularly murdering innocents in his attempted conquest and seeing beauty only in the fetid and festering, Dr. Viper was about as remorselessly evil as his sinister appearance would suggest.
    • Mutilor, from "When Strikes Mutilor", is a brutal mercenary who takes over a ship from a peaceful race called the Aquians and attacks Earth, planning to drain every drop of water from the world to sell it off, saying that if earth dies as a result, then that's just business. When the heroic SWAT Kats interfere, Mutilor tries to torture them to death with electricity, and when the ship is taken, Mutilor attempts to destroy it out of spite so that it crashes into Earth and causes a devastating catastrophe that could easily kill every cat on the planet.
  • In Thundercats 2011, Grune was once a highly respected general of Thundera and a friend to King Claudus and Panthro who had ambitions to one day be king. When he learned neither he nor Panthro were promoted to General of the Army he was furious, despite being given a task to find the Book of Omens with Panthro. During their quest, Grune fell under the impression Claudus knew of his desire to rule Thundera and sent him on a pointless quest to get rid of him, turning his ambitions into bitter obsession. This led him to hearing Mumm-Ra call out to him, offering him power in exchange for his loyalty. When Panthro tried to talk him out of it, Grune attacked him and sent him plummeting to his supposed death. Returning to Thundera, seemingly with a group of lizard slaves, Grune later revealed his new allegiance and overthrew the kingdom with Mumm-Ra’s army, which resulted in the death of Claudus and having the citizens he once wanted to rule over either murdered or sold off as slaves. When reuniting with a vengeful Panthro, he shows no regret for any of the crimes he’s committed against his people, only that he's not the king yet. In his final appearance, Grune shows that even his loyalty to Mumm-Ra is a lie, as he convinced Slithe to leave Mumm-Ra trapped in the astral plane, leaving him in command of his army. His motto is “any sacrifice is worth the defeat of your enemy”, and it fits how easily Grune will stab anyone in the back to destroy his enemies and claim power.
    • Mumm-Ra once commanded a number of races he kept enslaved using explosive collars that he placed around their necks. In his quest to rule the universe, Mumm-Ra, as we see in flashbacks, ordered the destruction of a star system in a highly-inhabited solar system, killing billions in the process simply so he could use the remains of the star to forge the Sword of Plun-Darr. Defeated and sealed inside a coffin, Mumm-Ra is freed by Grune and soon attacks Thundera with his army, killing Lion-O's father Claudus and enslaving most of the Thundercats. After taking over Thundera, Mumm-Ra proceeds to torture Jaga for information. In "Between Brothers," Mumm-Ra tries to trick Lion-O and Panthro into killing each other. In the two-part series finale, "What Lies Above," Mumm-Ra threatens to destroy the Thunderkits when they interfere with his plans, and then tries to collapse an entire city to kill his enemies. There was no line he would not cross in his quest to become Dark Messiah of all races.
  • In Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, the most ruthless and irredeemably despicable character is actually a former good guy, teenage ex-ACME agent Lee Jordan. Introduced as The Ace of the agency, Lee quickly shows what a domineering Jerkass he is and what an unhealthy obsession with completing the mission and coming out a winner he has. Carmen sees his potential for evil and offers him a chance to join her, which he accepts with barely any hesitation, feeling a life of crime would be more rewarding. But when it becomes evident that Lee is an immature sociopath willing to cross lines that even Carmen herself never would, such as committing armed robbery, taking hostages, and almost bringing down a building while Zack and Ivy are still inside, she abandons him to be arrested. Lee returns in the series finale, now a hardened criminal who wants revenge on both ACME and VILE and hopes to amass enough wealth to start his own super criminal dynasty that no law enforcement will be able to stop. To this end, he brutalizes and kidnaps Malcolm Avalon, a man Carmen believes could be her father, and threatens his safety in order to get Carmen to do his dirty work for him, but behind her back, he indicates he'll take her life once she's served her purpose. When Zack and Ivy, along with a host of other ACME agents, come to Avalon's rescue and work alongside Carmen to do so, Lee has his men try to kill them all with laser guns. Finally, he corners Carmen on the rooftop with a gun in hand, claiming that he's about to take his place as the new king of crime, before he's stopped and put behind bars again. Since he was completely without standards or redeeming features, and did everything for fame, glory, and wealth, it's little wonder Carmen says Lee has become "an animal."
  • The Wizards of the Black Circle in Season 4 of Winx Club are real pieces of work. They commit atrocity after atrocity in their quest to corner the market on Earth's magic by sealing away all of Earth's faeries. Their first meeting with the last Earth faerie Roxy, a nineteen year old girl who has no idea she's a faerie and thus is no real threat to them, is also really, really creepy. In one episode they turn the adorable magical pets the Winx have been putting up for adoption into horrible monsters as a distraction. After pulling an I Surrender, Suckers gambit, they laugh with glee at the prospect of trapping the Earth faeries in a hellish abyss. Finally, unlike the Trix, they actually succeed in killing off one of the heroes, namely Nabu. Their leader Ogron even steals the Deus Ex Machina that could have saved him and wastes it on a flower, again with an Evil Laugh. These guys are the biggest reason Season 4 is considered Darker and Edgier than the rest of the series.
  • Machestro of Xyber 9: New Dawn is the Evil Overlord of the Machina, and the orchestrator of all evil in the series. As The Man Behind the Man to King Renard, Machestro supplies him with all the resources and technology he needs to keep his war with Queen Tatania going,resulting in Terrana's current wasteland state, and even supplies him with a city destroying rail gun to destroy as much of Tatania's kingdom as possible. Causing droughts, famines, and overall chaos throughout Tatania's forces with his plans, Machestro uses the ancient Hunter Claw robots to lay waste to entire cities and set crops aflame out of spite. Seeking to claim the Xyber 9 so as to blanket Terrana in nevernending darkness, then lead a full scale annihilation of the human race, Machestro tricks the Machina as a whole into believing that they are unable to live in sunlight to keep them under his thrall. In the end, Machestro tries to use the Eye of Darkness to cause an unending night, either unaware or uncaring about the fact that it will result in the deaths of all living things, himself included. Machestro was a sociopathic warmonger obsessed with total domination, and would doom the entire planet out of arrogance.
  • Kwodahn of Xcalibur is the demonic mastermind of all evil in the story. Originally a Shogi Monk who turned evil to gain power, Kwodahn began bargaining with potential villains and evildoers to fully back their plane in exchange for their souls. Once making allying himself with the depraved Prince Bragan, Kwodahn uses every trick up his sleeve to ensure Bragan's rise to power and the elimination of all his foes. Kwodahn's crimes range from granting Bragan armies of demons he uses to slaughter opposing armies, to unleashing a soul devouring demon onto a province, and later notably tries to turn an entire city into statue-like zombies. His evil not limited to mass murder and corruption, Kwodahn once sought the sword of Excalibur, and, when the noble Prince Erwann refused his request, Kwodahn first tried to kidnap the man's infant daughter, before settling for murdering his wife for rejecting him. When Bragan is beaten and all their plans ousted, Kwodahn murders Bragan and then tries to corrupt and turn the young Arthus into becoming his new servant, before finally flying into a rage and unleashing his forces onto the entire kingdom with orders to kill every living thing they come across.
    • Prince Bragan is the brutal, sociopathic Regent of the kingdom who rose to power thanks to allying with the aforementioned Kwodahn. Murdering his own brother, King Erwan, to ascend to Regent, Bragan immediately begins manipulating his child nephew Arthus into becoming nothing more than a figurehead while Bragan rules the kingdom with an iron fist. In addition to driving villages to starvation, massacring entire temples, and torturing his foes being regular atrocities of Bragan's, he also frames Prince Edwin and his daughter, Djana, for murdering King Edwin, and constantly tries to execute Djana and her friends in various cruel methods, along with many attempts at slaughtering entire villages they have taken up residence in. Once failing to poison Arthus and claim the throne for himself, Bragan eventually hands Arthus to Kwodahn to do with as he pleases.

Animated Films Edit

  • Adventures in Zambezia: Budzo is a ravenous monitor lizard with a taste for bird eggs and the main antagonist. In the past, he tore off Chief Sekhuru's wing and killed Amaya, Tendai's wife and Kai's mother, while trying to devour an egg, causing Tendai to abandon Zambezia in grief. After losing one claw in the battle, he vows revenge upon Zambezia. Aligning with the Marabos, he convinces them to capture the Weavers before he captures Tendai, using him as a hostage to force the Weavers to build him a bridge. Once it is completed, he turns on the Marabos and leaves them to be devoured by his lizard army while he storms Zambezia, intent on taking over as a tyrant and devouring their eggs. An arrogant and malicious creature, Budzo displays nothing but sadistic glee at his crimes, causally dismissing them without a second thought, and is treated with fear and contempt by every other character.
  • Astro Boy: President Stone, at first seeming to be nothing more than an impulsive and childish leader, is slowly revealed to be far more wicked than at first glance. Stone commissions Doctors Tenma and Elefun to build him a super robot, known as The Peacekeeper, and plans to use it to wage war with the harmless Surface-Dwellers. Despite the scientists' pleas, Stone uploads a highly dangerous power source into The Peacekeeper, resulting in the death of Tenma's son, an accident Stone barely acknowledges. Learning Tenma rebuilt his son as a robot and used another highly effective power source to give him life, Stone tries to capture or kill the boy to extract the power source, causing copious amounts of destruction to the city in the process. After detaining the child, now known as "Astro," Stone strong arms Tenma into removing his power core, which would kill the boy. When Tenma refuses, leading to Astro escaping, Stone orders both Tenma and Elefun arrested and plans to have them executed. Stone then reactivates and takes control of The Peacekeeper, starts destroying the city looking for Astro, and prepares to crush several of Astro's friends, all children, trying to draw him out. doing anything in the hopes that he would be re-elected, Stone was power-hungry, delusional, and sociopathic for an ultimately petty reason.
  • Steele from Balto seems to be your average animated movie Jerkass at first - making fun of Balto, flirting with Jenna even though she's not interested, etc etc. All par for the course. But when he crosses the Moral Event Horizon and refuses to let Balto help them take the crate of medicine to Nome, thus almost condeming the children who desperately need it to certain death from diptheria, just because Balto would prove better than him...well, I'd just like to see anyone try to Draco in Leather Pants him after that. Balto was forced to beat him in combat and take the medicine just to save some children. And, once he was defeated, he deliberately tried to ensure that Balto and the whole team of dogs got lost and died, while he could return home and pretend to be a heroic survivor. Good lord, he got off WAY too easy in the end. In short, a true douchebag who was willing to let many people die (dogs and humans) just because his ego was damaged a little bit. No wonder he lost all his fans at the end.
  • Dag, the leader of the pack of coyotes in Barnyard. Unlike the other coyotes who kill for food, Dag seems to get more out of killing than he probably should. This is shown when he shows a group of chickens his chain which has severed chicken legs on it. When faced with Otis's father Ben, he murders him and then shames Otis by telling him that his father would've survived had he been there for him. He then makes a compromise with Otis that stated that he and his pack of coyotes could get a couple of animals every night, and if Otis didn't comply, Dag and his coyotes would personally slaughter everything in the farm that Otis held dear, including possibly the farmer. He then tries to spitefully eat the young chick Maddy just because she called him a "meaner." Murderous and needlessly cruel, Dag is seemingly out of place in an otherwise lighthearted film.
  • Archibald Snatcher of The Boxtrolls is a self-styled Boxtroll exterminator, driven by a mixture of xenophobia and powerlust. Snatcher seeks to win the favor of the White Hats, and to do this he has his cronies capture every Boxtroll they see, with the intent to kill them all. Snatcher paints them out as baby-eating monsters to the public, but he knows the truth that they are from from it. He came to Egg's father, an inventor who saw the Boxtrolls for who they really were ten years before, demanding he invent something for him. As motivation, Snatcher threatened the life of Eggs if the man didn't comply. When the inventor refused, Snatcher seemingly killed him with a wrench while Eggs was taken to safety. It turns out he actually kept the father alive and locked up for ten years until he was reduced to an insane vegetable. In the film's second half, Snatcher destroys the Boxtroll's home, kidnaps Eggs and the Boxtrolls, and forces the boy to watch as he apparently kills all the trolls off, gloating about it all the while. He then dresses up Eggs as a Boxtroll and tries to burn him alive in front of the entire town. Once foiled, he snaps and rampages through the square in his death machine, endangering everyone present and abducting Lord Portley-Rind's daughter as a final action. As megalomaniacal and greedy as it gets, Snatcher stood out as a particularly vile Knight of Cerebus in such a lighthearted movie.
  • In The Condor, Nigel Harrington is a partner in a company that develops nanotech implants. while Taipan is a costumed mercenary he keeps in his employ. Harrington decides to use the company's implants to make profits illegally and has Taipan kidnap homeless people. Harrington and Taipan use the nanotech to mentally enslave the homeless people (as well as giving them enhanced speed and strength), and plan to test this tech by having them commit crimes. All of the homeless people die while committing these crimes, their hearts unable to take the stress this tech puts on them. Both Harrington and Taipan decide to kidnap younger, stronger, more athletic people instead, so Taipan begins to kidnap skateboard enthusiasts and mentally enslaves them. After the other partners in the company, George and Maria Valdez, discover Harrington's scheme, Harrington orders Taipan to murder them, using some of their mind controlled pawns to kill them and make it look an accident. Taipan then lures their son Tony to the scene and has two of the mind-controlled pawns to viciously beat him, crippling him. Taipan later tries to lure Tony to his death again (after he recovered some of his mobility due to a nanotech implant) and tries to have her mind-controlled pawns finish him off. Later, Taipan, in her civilian identity, Valeria, invites Tony to her beach house, where she plans to kill him after seducing him. Tony escapes, but Valeria comes on to Tony's estranged cousin and convinces him to set Tony's house on fire, attempting to kill Tony's friends at the house. Later, Harrington sets up a meeting with some terrorists, attempting to sell the tech and the mind-controlled pawns to them. Things seem to be going well for him, until Taipan kills him and takes over the operation herself.
  • Lord Barkis Bittern in Corpse Bride is easily a worse monster than Oogie Boogie. At first, he is respected by everyone and only comes off as a stuck-up jerk, until the end has revealed his true personality: he only marries women in order to get their money for himself, killing them afterwards. If that wasn't enough, Barkis was the one who murdered the titular character, Emily (in her case, he tricked her into waiting for him with a box of jewelry that was her dowry, then murdered the girl and took said small fortune before running away) and goes on to rub it in her face when she confronts him, and he was also eager to do the same thing to Victoria once her Perfectly Arranged Marriage to Victor was annulled. This causes the living and the dead to "have shock on their faces". While Oogie has death as his ending, Barkis has a Fate Worse Than Death, after becoming one of the dead, the rest of them form an angry mob and descend upon him to give him eternal torment and drag him away screaming. And given his creepy insistence that Victoria was his wife even after learning that her family was penniless, he may have been planning to rape her as well as kill her. On the top of all that, he is responsible for The Woobie-ness that all three lead characters have.
  • Antonia Chillingsworth from Dark Fury is the Bounty Hunter in charge of the mercenary vessel that Riddick, Jack, and Imam run into. She's obsessed with the art of killing and death, while her primary hobby is to collect criminals and notorious fighters to place them in her collection of living statues. There they are frozen so that it takes them a whole day to so much as blink an eye, and they're conscious the whole time, trapped in a nightmare world for hundreds of years to come. She considers this her "artwork", and intends it purely for her own enjoyment. She cares exactly nothing about all the members of her crew she sends against Riddick and die as a result, just that she apparently paid them too much. She wants to make Riddick the latest addition to her collection, and before adding him to the exhibition, she throws him and his friends in a pit with people-eating monsters to see him kill something up close. Riddick himself calls her an irredeemable psychopath. The fact that Riddick is himself a sociopathic Noble Demon says it all, really.
  • Empress Sedessa of Delgo is the genocidal monarch of the Ando wastelands, and a vengeful exile of the Nohrin royal family. During her time among the Nohrin, Sedessa conceived a brutal war among the Lockni people after the Nohrin were denied land, ordering massacres of entire villages with orders to "leave no survivors." After King Zahn strips Sedessa of her royal rank, Sedessa gets revenge by attempting to poison him and the Queen in their sleep, succeeding in murdering the Queen. Fifteen years later, Sedessa moves to restart the war between the Lockni and the Nohrin, seeking to wipe out the Lockni in totality and seize the Nohrin kingdom herself. Throughout the plot, Sedessa shows gratification in harming whomever she can, taking pleasure in attempting to sever the wings of Zahn's young daughter Kyla and cruelly mocking her about her dead mother. She shows no compunction in disposing of those who have no use to her, like the ruling members of the Ando (whom she kills even in spite of the fact they saved her upon her exile) and attempts to backstab Delgo the moment he turns his back after saving her life. Even her own loyal commander Raius is implied to be disposable to her, and Sedessa ultimately dies a vain, selfish outcast whose brutal campaign cost countless lives.
  • In Dragons Fire and Ice, the immortal wizard Xenoz was once the ambassador between the peaceful Dragons, and the war-mongering human kingdoms of Draigar and Norvagen, however, his lust for power drove him to murder the Dragon Queen and steal her Ice Crystal. When the Dragon King Thoron attempted to murder him for this betrayal, Xenoz was scarred by Thoron's fire, and as such, developed a seething hatred for all of Dragon kind, and sought to annihilate the entire species through any means possible. Using his position, Xenoz ensures the war between Draigar and Norvagen continues for centuries to follow, framing each kingdom for the deaths of the other's Dragons, when in reality, Xenoz himself was hunting down and murdering them one by one, then feeding their remains to his army of monstrous Vorgans. After painfully tearing the power of an amazing Dragon crystal out of Prince Dev and Princess Kyra, Xenoz kicks his own second-in-command to his death, before opening a portal to Dragon World, where he plans to unleash the power of all his magic at once in hopes of wiping out all Dragons. Defined by his disproportionate hatred and lust for power, Xenoz cared for nothing and no one but himself and his own pride, and would kill anyone who jeopardized either of them.
  • Hexxus, the Eldritch Abomination from Fern Gully. Most villains in kids' movies want to take over a kingdom, avenge an old slight, steal the girl, or simply enrich themselves. Hexxus wants to wipe out everything green on Earth. Just for Fun. He thrives off of the destruction of life with no remorse at all. Even the fact that he's voiced by Tim Curry doesn't stop him from being an utterly loathsome character - in fact, it probably helps, as Curry is at his evil best. Not to mention that Hexxus is quite possibly one of the biggest doses of horror ever delivered by a cartoon villain.
  • Nekron from the film Fire and Ice is an Evil Sorcerer who rules over the lands of ice. He begins the film by magically expanding the glaciers of his realm to literally crush those who stand in his way while slaughtering their villages with the glaciers and the spears of his sub-human followers. Seeking to force the King of the only resisting kingdom Jarol to submit, Nekron's mother Julianna kidnaps Jarol's daughter and has her brought to Nekron. Nekron angrily informs Julianna, who had expected Nekron to breed with her, that if his mother brings him any more "little sluts," he'll kill her himself. When Teegra's brother tries to rescue her, Nekron, while sneering "pigs you are, and like pigs you shall die," uses his magic to force the prince to kill his comrades, before the prince commits suicide. When Larn infiltrates his sanctum, Nekron gets utter delight from beating the warrior down himself and even has him taken away to be healed and rested so Nekron can enjoy crushing him again.
  • Black Wolf is the Big Bad of the Christmas-themed film The Flight Before Christmas and an alarmingly intense one. Black Wolf was a bloodthirsty alpha wolf who wanted to satisfy his and his pack's hunger and came up with the idea to kill and eat Santa Claus and his flying reindeer, hoping that devouring them would give them their magic and ability to fly. When thinking about the possibility of the food running out, he decided he'd then masquerade as Saint Nick himself so that he and his packs of wolves could get into peoples' homes. The plan was to slaughter and eat every child in the world to curb his hunger. In the trek up north, Black Wolf uses the poodle Essie as his pack's "good luck charm", with her purpose ultimately being to be put at the head of the pack when walking into potentially dangerous territory so that she might die first and he could avoid the dangers. When the wolf Specs volunteers to do this in her place, having become friends with the poodle, Black Wolf's response is a sarcastic "I'm gonna miss you, Specs!" At the climax of the film, Black Wolf attacks Santa's village, declaring himself the new Santa Claus, and attempts to murder the child reindeer Niko while his wolves do away with Santa's flying forces, going as far to pursue him on top of a giant tree and onto a flying sleigh miles in the air. Even when he's later sent falling to his Karmic Disney Villain Death, Black Wolf was overjoyed because at least he could die without an empty stomach, preparing to swallow Niko's best friend and surrogate father, Julius.
  • Bryagh from The Flight of Dragons is the dark sorcerer Ommadon's Blood Knight and literal Dragon who comes off as even more brutal than the film's main antagonist. Seven years prior to the plot, Sir Orrin Neville-Smythe came across Bryagh devouring an entire nest of Dragon eggs, and was only stopped from eating the last one by Orrin confronting him. Orrin gravely injures Bryagh, leaving the dragon to wallow in his own hate for seven years before returning to aid his master in his ultimate goal of destroying humanity. Throughout the plot, Bryagh is shown to be an exceptionally sadistic dragon, described as having blood on his mind and relishing the prospect of having his legions "attack, demolish, devour, burn, and grind his enemies" - he happily serves Ommadon as long as it gives him a good chance to kill people. He's initially tasked with capturing Peter and bringing him to Ommadon. However, upon being pursued by Gorbash he tries to drop Peter to his death for no reason other than to spite the heroes. In the films climax Bryagh ambushes the Five Man Band of heroes and proceeds to kill Giles and Aragh, he then kills the archer Danielle by crushing her to death with his claws all while sadistically laughing at Sir Orrin over the loss of his Love Interest. Bryagh fatally burns Orrin as both off themselves in a mutual kill.
  • Gen 13: Ivana Baiul is [the headmaster of an academy that invites what it considers the best and brightest into its ranks. However Baiul knocks out the students and performs dangerous experiennts on them every night, hoping to give them super powers and create an army of super soldiers, that she will use to overthrow the US government. When one of them, Caitlin Fairchild, develops super powers, Baiul wants her taken, either dead or alive so she can run more experiments to create more super powered beings. Baiul captures Fairchild's friends and has them tortured. When military aircraft arrive to investigate her base, Baiul orders them to shot down. After the military forces get through her defenses, Baiul orders one of her troops to blow up the base, when he refuses, noting it would kill several of their own men in the process, Baiul kills him and activates the bombs after she escapes. Baiul's main henchman, Matthew Callaghan, believes the government killed his parents, but at the end of the film it is revealed Baiul herself experimented on and killed his parents.
  • Erzsebet Ondrushko from Hellboy Animated Blood and Iron is an evil countess based on the infamous Elizabeth Bathory. Consumed by her desire to stay young and beautiful forever, Ondrushko sold her soul to Hecate, the Greek Goddess of Witches. In exchange for her soul, Hecate transforms Ondrushko into a vampire and gave her the power to rejuvenate her body if she bathes in the blood of young women. Ondrushko is said to have murdered over a thousand people in her quest to remain young. Through a series of flashbacks, we see Ondrushko take over a dress shop (by murdering the shop owner and her infant child) to lure in and kidnap a young girl named Anna. Anna's fiance gathers a rescue party, including a young Professor Broom, to rescue her. They go to Ondrushko's castle, which is filled with torture devices and the bodies of young women and find Anna drained of blood, and so they kill her to prevent her from becoming a vampire as well. Ondrushko kills most of the rescue party, but Bloom manages to kill her. Though her body died, her evil spirit remained. Sixty years later, the BPRD is sent to investigate a supposed haunted mansion, which is in fact haunted by the souls of Ondrushko's many victims. Ondrushko's minions resurrect her and she bathes in the blood in the mansion's owner to rejuvenate herself once more.
  • In the animated movie based on the comic Lady Death, Lucifer comes to Earth in human form under the name Mathias. Mathias establishes himself as a feudal lord in 15th century Sweden. Mathias is forcing villagers to join his army (including a young boy), saying he needs souls to fight for God. Mathias sees his daughter Hope meeting her boyfriend Niccolo and impresses Niccolo into his army and confines his daughter to his castle. Hope soon discovers her father has murdered those he impressed into his service. Mathias opening a portal to Hell and pours several innocent souls (including Niccolo) into Hell to be tormented. As Mathias reveals his true form to his daughter, an angry mob bursts in, angry over Mathias treatment of the people. Lucifer kills everyone present except for his daughter and a priest who was leading the mob. The priest condemns Hope to death and plans to burn her at the stake. Lucifer sends a minion to taunt Hope, saying she can be with Niccolo, if she offers a prayer to Lucifer. Hope refuses at first, but relents and says the prayer as she is being burnt to death. Her soul descends to Hell and demons begin to torture her. The demons eventually take Hope to her father, where Lucifer wants Hope to become his minion and plans to torture the souls of Niccolo and her mother if she refuses. Hope refuses and Lucifer kicks her out a window. Hope meets Cremator in Hell, Lucifer's former blacksmith who was killed by Lucifer in life and was dragged to Hell by Lucifer. Through her training Hope becomes Lady Death and leads several lost souls in a rebellion against Lucifer.
  • The Land Before Time: In the film novelization, Sharptooth is given the personality of a Serial Killer in a Tyrannosaurus Rex's skin. Preying on the herds that try to make it to the Great Valley, Sharptooth is known for killing more for pleasure than for food and kills the young Longneck Littlefoot's mother when she tries to save her son from him. After Littlefoot accidentally damages Sharptooth's eye and the young Threehorn Cera headbutts him when he is unconscious, Sharptooth's ego is so bruised that he ends up relentlessly stalking them and their friends despite their lack of value as food to him just to murder the children out of spite. When he realizes he has found the entry to the Great Valley, Sharptooth plans on going on a killing spree to satisfy his bloodlust as soon as he has finished with the children, the book describing him "sniffing the air with an evil joy" as he nears the Great Valley entry.
  • Thrax from Osmosis Jones is a disturbing personification of a human virus, considering the fact he really wants to kill Frank so that he'll be known to the medical books. He sets about gruesomely murdering whoever crosses his path, while making Frank sicker and sicker. This has the benefit of killing not only Frank, but every being living within him. Thrax introduces himself by burning a cell unfortunate to cross him, while humming, and cuts clean through a local crime boss to cow his flunkies into servitude. When his remaining henchmen suggest that they incubate, Thrax brutally kills them and sets off to kill Frank on his own. Thrax even threatens the titular protagonist, Osmosis Jones, that after Frank is dead, Thrax will gladly go and break his new record on Frank's young daughter. Perpetually Suave while killing others. and caring only about himself, Thrax darkened the mood of a rather lighthearted film
  • In Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, the titular Emperor of the Night is the cruel ruler of a nightmarish dimension, who gains power by trapping souls in his domain, while weakening the Blue Fairy enough so that he can destroy her. Working through his vile human henchman, Puppetino, they lure and tempt numerous victims into signing away their freedoms, and turn them into lifeless puppets for all eternity. One of the countless puppets trapped in the empire of the night includes a woman holding her baby. The Emperor soon targets Pinocchio as his next victim, and has Puppetino lure Pinocchio with a little girl named Twinkle that they captured and turned into a puppet. Using magic from his master, Puppetino then transforms Pinocchio into a lifeless puppet, but not before torturing Pinocchio for his amusement. When Pinocchio is freed by the Blue Fairy, the Emperor manipulates Pinocchio and his friends into entering his domain. He uses Gepetto as his hostage, in order to coerce Pinocchio into signing away his freedom willingly, so that the Blue Fairy cannot save him. Pinocchio submits as long as his friends and father go free, until the Emperor orders Puppetino to take them all into the dungeon anyway. Once Pinocchio fights back, the Emperor smites Puppetino for his cowardice, and threatens to harm Gepetto if Pinocchio does not obey. Manipulative, Callous, Sadistic, and Treacherous, The Emperor of The Night Set a whole new level of Darkness and monstrosity, in an otherwise Lighthearted Setting.
  • The Secret of NIMH brings us Jenner, a power-hungry rat who would rather stay in the rosebush than move on to better life in Thorn Valley with the other rats of NIMH. Not only does he kill Nicodemus by cutting the ropes and seeing to it that he is crushed under the weight of a pulley and make it look like an accident just to steal the leadership of the rats away from him, he even threatens to kill Mrs. Brisby to take the amulet originally owned by Nicodemus himself from her for himself, not even caring about the children trapped in the Brisby families cinder block. Some cruel rat, huh? What makes it even worse is Jenner, like all the rats, owes his very life to Mrs. Brisby's deceased husband and the father of her kids and displays zero remorse or gratitude to Jonathan's memory. After his henchman Sullivan finally has enough with Jenner's lunacy, Jenner slashes Sullivan's throat and tries to kill his rival Justin, declaring his only philosophy in life: take what you can when you can.
  • One-Eye from the Korean animated film Speckles the Tarbosaurus is a Serial Killer and engine of hate and rage in a Tyrannosaurus Rex's skin. One Eye demonstrates he's a calculating, rational monster by initiating a disaster to kill the young Speckles' family and murders his siblings for fun rather than food. He proceeds to haunt Speckles throughout his entire life, trying to kill him or those the Tarbosaurus cares for. At the film's end, he even murders one of Speckles' children and tries to murder the other by hurling the hatchling into the ocean.
  • Zygon of Starchaser: The Legend of Orin is a smug, domineering Galactic Conqueror with a God complex who seeks to Take Over the World and wipe out humanity. Formerly a rogue android known as Nexus, his first attempt to take over humanity was stopped by guardians known as the Ka-Khan. Forced into hiding, Zygon bides his time and establishes a slave mine on the planet Zinia, forcing human slaves, regardless of age or physical condition, into working in such harsh conditions they often die. The blade the Ka-Khan used to defeat him is found by an old slave, who's killed to keep it a secret. Once Orin finds out about the blade and decides to escape, Zygon fatally strangles his girlfriend Elan. After Orin escapes, Zygon places a massive bounty on his head and has his Mecha Mooks attack him at every turn. He captures Dagg and has him painfully tortured by shooting a laser into his forehead, overseeing it with a sadistic grin. After he has the heroes within his grasp, Zygon leads his ships to obliterate the human's opposing fleet and take over the planet by force. Once he's been revealed as Nexus, Zygon takes Aviana (the new love interest) hostage, threatening her life. Once Orin surrenders, Zygon attempts to strike him down with his own blade. Cocky, arrogant, and lacking in empathy to the very end, Zygon was as remorselessly cruel as an Evil Overlord could be.
  • In The Film version of The Tale Of Despereaux', Boticelli Remorso is the cruel leader of the lower rat world. Believing the only true meaning of life is other people's suffering, he forces innocent mice, such as the protagonist, Despereaux, into incredibly one-sided gladiator-like games in a Colosseum, pitting them against a gigantic (to them) cat where the only outcome is being eaten and dying in front of a crowd of bloodthirsty rats. He despises Princess Pea for no apparent reason, and as such orders his hundreds of rats to eat her, trample her and cause her great pain. A detail throughout the movie that adds to Boticelli's status as a monster is the skulls and bones littered throughout Ratworld; it is made clear this is his and his subordinate's doing. Throughout all of these events, Boticelli is happy with it, because, as mentioned, he loves other people's suffering.
  • Mighty King One Eye, from the original workprint and Recobbled Cut of The Thief and the Cobbler, is a brutal warlord who introduces himself in the aftermath of a complete massacre of an army he and his army have defeated, forming a mountain of hundreds of corpses upon which One Eye announces his intent to bring the Golden City and all within to destruction. Regularly making a habit of abusing his personal harem and using them as living furniture, One Eye spitefully orders the treacherous wizard Zigzag thrown to his pet alligators even after Zigzag provides him with the means to invade the Golden City. One Eye is implied to make a regular habit out of mass slaughter and seeks to annihilate the Golden City purely as a show of his bloodthirsty might.
  • Titan A.E. (film novelization): Preed, a slimy Akrennian barely tolerated even by the others on-board the Valkyrie, makes a name for himself as a backstabbing snake as his true colors unfold throughout the novel. Contacted by Susquehana with the promise of monetary reward for finding the Titan, Preed and his compatriot Joseph Korso betray the other members of the Valkyrie to the Drej. Preed quickly establishes himself as the viler of the two between him and Korso, nearly shooting his way through an entire crowd of innocent colonists to get to Cale and Akima and displaying open, sadistic relish at the prospect of doing so. Once at the Titan itself, Preed turns his gun against Korso and reveals his intention to simply murder all of his former allies and sell out the Titan to the Drej, dooming any chance humanity has to repopulate — and then kicking back and watching as the Drej massacre everything in their path, comfortable with the death of almost all sapient life in the galaxy so long as he gets to stay alive.
  • Injurin' Joe is the 2000 animated musical adaptation of Tom Sawyer's version of Injun Joe, portrayed here as a Grizzly Bear, and he manages to be even more vicious than his novel counterpart. Joe is a dangerous criminal who regularly robs the local church and its patrons, with the Town Sheriff too scared of Joe to stop him. Joe forces the innocent and dimwitted Mutt Potter to dig for treasure, then brutally murders Deputy Bean for trying to confiscate the treasure that Potter unearths by throwing him against a rock and breaking his body. Joe then frames Potter for this crime, for no discernible reason, and takes sadistic glee in watching him prepare to be executed. Throughout the film, Joe tries to murder Tom Sawyer and whichever of his friends happens to be with him at the time, for nothing more than revenge for saving Mutt Potter, and petty sadism. Due to his savage brutality and the extent of his cruelty and greed, Injurin' Joe stood out as a shockingly dark villain for such a lighthearted film.
  • Fagin, the Big Bad of the 1990 Danish animated film War of the Birds, is a murderous vulture responsible for terrorizing the residents of a forest he frequents. Fagin opens the film attacking and killing, for kicks, the parents of Oliver as they defend their nest, swiftly obliterating their nest in the process and destroying all but one of their seven eggs. Fagin's periodic assaults on the forest have claimed numerous lives, among them the parents of Oliver's eventual companion Olivia and the mother of the mice Frederick and Inglof. Fagin spends the rest of the movie attempting to brutally kill Oliver and his companions first for fun and later out of spite, coldly dismissing Oliver's anger at him over the murder of his parents and wrathfully killing Oliver's adoptive mother Betty after she rips out his eye. In addition to his thrill-killing, Fagin keeps a nameless dove as his personal slave, physically abusing her and traumatizing her into a stuttering wreck of a bird.
  • HIM from We Are the Strange. In his very first scene, he physically assaults his girlfriend and throws her against a wall. In the same scene, he shoos her away, ordering her not to come back until she looks as beautiful as the models on his "girly posters" and tells her how ugly she looks wherever she smiles or talks. Then, later in the film, when he reappears and faces off against one of the heroes he brags about how he had just killed said hero's little boy moments ago. The fact that he might have a Freudian Excuse does nothing to diminish his CM status and the fact that some of his behavior is based off of a real person that the director had the misfortune of knowing makes his CM status that much more disturbing.
  • Blackwolf of Wizards is an Evil Sorcerer who fancies himself to be the next Adolf Hitler. Millions of years after the world is devastated by a nuclear war, Black Wolf and his brother Avatar are born in the kingdom of Montagar. After their mother dies, Blackwolf is overjoyed, seeing this as his chance to seize power. Avatar defeats Blackwolf in battle and banishes him. Blackwolf moves to the kingdom of Scortch, a radioactive waste land filled with mutants and takes over. Blackwolf sends out assassins to search the land and kill anyone who practices magic. Blackwolf also assassinates all the leaders of the free states so he can be a better position to strike. Blackwolf's mutant army is at first undisciplined and unmotivated and does not win battles. However Blackwolf eventually finds the tool he needs to create a better army, propaganda. Blackwolf finds a projector and some old Nazi propaganda films. Blackwolf uses this projector to inspire his troops and bring fear and confusion to his enemies. Under the influence of propaganda, Blackwolf's troops often slaughter the opposing side. Blackwolf's troops seize a village and end up killing all the prisoners they captured, as well as blowing up a church. Blackwolf claims mutants are a Master Race and wants to fight for their interests, but when he discovers his son will be a mutant, he plans to kill him.

Notes

  1. The incident with Thrax deserves an explanation. Thrax was a disgrace because he had spared a member of Exosquad after beating him fair and square. Draconis gave Thrax the chance to "redeem" himself by ordering him to activate a huge bomb in the heart of a city full of civilians. At the last moment Thrax destroyed the activation key and returned, claiming that the humans had disarmed it before the countdown had finished. What Draconis didn't tell Thrax was that the bomb didn't have a countdown; if Thrax had used the activation key it would have blown up immediately and killed him. That's how Draconis knew Thrax had disobeyed his orders -- he came back alive.