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28th Jun '16 2:15:04 PM Wyldchyld
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': the first two and a half seasons are ''very'' lighthearted overall, starring a team of quirky, cute teenage monster hunters who get into all sorts of wacky hijinks, but the BigBad Cinder Fall is a genuinely nasty piece of work who will ruthlessly kill anyone she sees fit to, all in the name of making herself as powerful and feared as possible. Of course, midway through season 3 she starts to ''actually'' obtain that desired power and fear, and the show undergoes a very sharp ToneShift into DarkerAndEdgier territory where a villain so cruel doesn't stand out nearly as much.
27th Jun '16 10:05:25 PM LadyNorbert
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** Yokai from ''Disney/BigHero6'', is surprisingly dark and menacing for a film that's otherwise so light-hearted and adventurous, commanding an army of little robots that can construct anything and he isn't afraid to use them to cause all manner of destruction and family-unfriendly scenarios.

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** Yokai from ''Disney/BigHero6'', is surprisingly dark and menacing for a film that's otherwise so light-hearted lighthearted and adventurous, commanding an army of little robots that can construct anything and he isn't afraid to use them to cause all manner of destruction and family-unfriendly scenarios.



* ''VideoGame/HarmoKnight'' is a downloadable RhythmGame from the Nintendo eShop that is on par with ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' in terms of cuteness. The game features an AdorablyPrecociousChild as the hero, a [[CivilizedAnimal talking bunny]] as his sidekick, and a PluckyGirl archer and a {{Badbutt}} Viking with a pet monkey as tritagonists. Then you have its BigBad Gargan, a HumanoidAbomination who's the leader of a race of [[PlanetaryParasite Planetary Parasites]] called the Noizoids who intend to take over Melodia. At first he seems like your average GenericDoomsdayVillain, kidnapping the princess and whatnot. But later in the game its revealed he's ''[[CerebusSyndrome slowly turning her into a Noizoid]]''. And by the time you meet him on the final level, he's ''nearly succeeded''.

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* ''VideoGame/HarmoKnight'' is a downloadable RhythmGame from the Nintendo eShop [=eShop=] that is on par with ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' in terms of cuteness. The game features an AdorablyPrecociousChild as the hero, a [[CivilizedAnimal talking bunny]] as his sidekick, and a PluckyGirl archer and a {{Badbutt}} Viking with a pet monkey as tritagonists. Then you have its BigBad Gargan, a HumanoidAbomination who's the leader of a race of [[PlanetaryParasite Planetary Parasites]] called the Noizoids who intend to take over Melodia. At first he seems like your average GenericDoomsdayVillain, kidnapping the princess and whatnot. But later in the game its revealed he's ''[[CerebusSyndrome slowly turning her into a Noizoid]]''. And by the time you meet him on the final level, he's ''nearly succeeded''.



* ''Franchise/CareBears'', of all franchises, tends to have this in spades, what with Professor Coldheart, the Spirit in the Book, Dark Heart, No-Heart and others all dedicated to the removal of any ability to feel emotion. Appropriately, Professor Coldheart has the (relatively) lightest/softest/most saccharine look, but the resemblance of his tactics' to pedophiles' could be said to make him simultaneously the creepiest.

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* ''Franchise/CareBears'', of all franchises, tends to have this in spades, what with Professor Coldheart, the Spirit in the Book, Dark Heart, No-Heart and others all dedicated to the removal of any ability to feel emotion. Appropriately, Professor Coldheart has the (relatively) lightest/softest/most saccharine look, but the resemblance of his tactics' tactics to pedophiles' those often used by pedophiles could be said to make him simultaneously the creepiest.



** [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Chrysalis]] in "A Canterlot Wedding", whose modus operandi is to replace and impersonate individuals, [[EmotionEater draining their loved ones]] to increase her own power and put them under MindControl, before leading her minions in a full scale invasion so they can feed as well and drain everyone. It's implied that Equestria isn't the first land she's done this to, and she's even worse in [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW the IDW comics]].

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** [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Chrysalis]] in "A Canterlot Wedding", whose modus operandi ''modus operandi'' is to replace and impersonate individuals, [[EmotionEater draining their loved ones]] to increase her own power and put them under MindControl, before leading her minions in a full scale invasion so they can feed as well and drain everyone. It's implied that Equestria isn't the first land she's done this to, and she's even worse in [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW the IDW comics]].



** Sideshow Bob has always been distinctly darker than anybody else in a cast of hundreds. Especially prevalent in his third appearance, "Cape Feare", in which he forgoes evil plans and just tries to slice Bart to pieces with a machete. Perhaps to balance this out, Sideshow Bob episodes are also frequently DenserAndWackier, even in the show's earlier, more "down to earth" seasons. In "Cape Feare" alone, he's [[AmusingInjuries driven through a cactus patch, walks through a pile of rakes and gets trampled by circus elephants]].

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** Sideshow Bob has always been distinctly darker than anybody else in a cast of hundreds. Especially prevalent in his third appearance, "Cape Feare", Feare," in which he forgoes evil plans and just tries to slice Bart to pieces with a machete. Perhaps to balance this out, Sideshow Bob episodes are also frequently DenserAndWackier, even in the show's earlier, more "down to earth" seasons. In "Cape Feare" alone, he's he [[AmusingInjuries driven drives through a cactus patch, walks through a pile of rakes and gets trampled by circus elephants]].
23rd Jun '16 11:20:13 AM ChrisTheS
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* Like other ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' examples on this page, ''Webcomic/StarMares'' villains are almost as bad (if a trifle less overtly deadly) as their ''Film/StarWars'' equivalents - [[spoiler: with the added bonus of most of them being familiar fallen heroes.]]
22nd Jun '16 1:45:52 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Myotismon and Machinedramon are [[CompleteMonster even worse]]. The former is a sinister, Vampiric Digimon with a sadistic streak a mile wide. Myotismon treats his underlings awfully, having taking Gatomon in when she was young and abusing her until she was a killing machine. When his henchmen fail him, he eagerly destroys them. When two harmless minions couldn't bring themselves to harm children, Myotismon killed them on the spot. When he invaded Tokyo, he proceeded to destroy much of it and held a number of children captive to identify the final child connected with Gatomon. He made it clear if it took too much time, he'd simply kill them all. Myotismon also proceeded to attack multiple young women and drain their blood, causing an epidemic through Tokyo. Any minions he hadn't already killed were cannibalized to fuel his Mega transformation. When he was thought destroyed, Myotismon's spirit survived to return as the final villain of the next season as MaloMyotismon. Using a man named Oikawa's sadness and despair to make him a pawn, he proceeded to consume him from within and upon manifesting anew, Myotismon repaid his perfectly loyal ally Arukenimon by sadistically torturing her to death and killing Mummymon when he tried to avenge her. The later is a cold-hearted, brutal and gigantic Killer Robot who speaks, though rarely, with a growling, hateful and metallic voice and mostly acts like a lifeless machine, unless when he's on a murder rampage, which's when his true sociopathic nature is shown, ordering a massive bombing over his own territory and telling the hero's 8-year old sister he's going to kill her as painfully as he can. It makes him one of the scariest villains in the show, and if that wasn't bad enough the Wanderswan games reveal he survives his fight with Wargreymon and becomes Milleniummon.

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** Myotismon and Machinedramon are [[CompleteMonster is even worse]]. The former is a worse. A sinister, Vampiric Digimon with a sadistic streak a mile wide. Myotismon treats his underlings awfully, having taking Gatomon in when she was young and abusing her until she was a killing machine. When his henchmen fail him, he eagerly destroys them. When two harmless minions couldn't bring themselves to harm children, Myotismon killed them on the spot. When he invaded Tokyo, he proceeded to destroy much of it and held a number of children captive to identify the final child connected with Gatomon. He made it clear if it took too much time, he'd simply kill them all. Myotismon also proceeded to attack multiple young women and drain their blood, causing an epidemic through Tokyo. Any minions he hadn't already killed were cannibalized to fuel his Mega transformation. When he was thought destroyed, Myotismon's spirit survived to return as the final villain of the next season as MaloMyotismon. Using a man named Oikawa's sadness and despair to make him a pawn, he proceeded to consume him from within and upon manifesting anew, Myotismon repaid his perfectly loyal ally Arukenimon by sadistically torturing her to death and killing Mummymon when he tried to avenge her. The later
** Machinedramon
is a cold-hearted, brutal and gigantic Killer Robot who speaks, though rarely, with a growling, hateful and metallic voice and mostly acts like a lifeless machine, unless when he's on a murder rampage, which's when his true sociopathic nature is shown, ordering a massive bombing over his own territory and telling the hero's 8-year old sister he's going to kill her as painfully as he can. It makes him one of the scariest villains in the show, and if that wasn't bad enough the Wanderswan games reveal he survives his fight with Wargreymon and becomes Milleniummon.
22nd Jun '16 1:35:14 PM Perseus
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** Notably, the main villains of ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot'' aren't supernatural forces of evil, but a MegaCorp called the Haltmann Works Company, led by the CorruptCorporateExecutive Max Proffit Haltmann. Their goals is to mechanize Pop Star's inhabitants and to claim the planet's resources for their own. [[spoiler:However, their villainy is [[EvilerThanThou trumped]] by the company's super computer Star Dream, which goes rogue and seeks to [[OmnicidalManiac wipe out all organic life in the universe]].]]

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** Notably, the main villains of ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot'' aren't supernatural forces of evil, but a MegaCorp called the Haltmann Works Company, led by the CorruptCorporateExecutive Max Proffit Profitt Haltmann. Their goals is to mechanize Pop Star's inhabitants and to claim the planet's resources for their own. [[spoiler:However, their villainy is [[EvilerThanThou trumped]] by the company's super computer Star Dream, which goes rogue and seeks to [[OmnicidalManiac wipe out all organic life in the universe]].]]
13th Jun '16 5:29:41 AM Morgenthaler
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** As of the final arc of the series [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination Bill Cipher]] certainly qualifies. While his initial appearance had him more of a twisted games master with BlueAndOrangeMorality, once he gains the power he needs, he turns into a villain straight out of the work of CliveBarker, turning the entire town into a twisted hellscape, engaging in casual use of BodyHorror and TakenForGranite, and taking great glee in setting horrific monsters upon the innocent townspeople. He's easily evolved into the darkest and most dangerous villain the show has ever seen. ]]

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** As of the final arc of the series [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination Bill Cipher]] certainly qualifies. While his initial appearance had him more of a twisted games master with BlueAndOrangeMorality, once he gains the power he needs, he turns into a villain straight out of the work of CliveBarker, Creator/CliveBarker, turning the entire town into a twisted hellscape, engaging in casual use of BodyHorror and TakenForGranite, and taking great glee in setting horrific monsters upon the innocent townspeople. He's easily evolved into the darkest and most dangerous villain the show has ever seen. ]]
7th Jun '16 7:41:35 AM EmptySuperior
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* DigimonAdventure starts off fairly lighthearted, then we meet Devimon, a cunning, devil-like monster with the power to brainwash friendly and peaceful Digimon into rampaging, savaging berserkers.
** Myotismon and Machinedramon are [[CompleteMonster even worse]]. The former is a sinister, Vampiric Digimon with a sadistic streak a mile wide. Myotismon treats his underlings awfully, having taking Gatomon in when she was young and abusing her until she was a killing machine. When his henchmen fail him, he eagerly destroys them. When two harmless minions couldn't bring themselves to harm children, Myotismon killed them on the spot. When he invaded Tokyo, he proceeded to destroy much of it and held a number of children captive to identify the final child connected with Gatomon. He made it clear if it took too much time, he'd simply kill them all. Myotismon also proceeded to attack multiple young women and drain their blood, causing an epidemic through Tokyo. Any minions he hadn't already killed were cannibalized to fuel his Mega transformation. When he was thought destroyed, Myotismon's spirit survived to return as the final villain of the next season as MaloMyotismon. Using a man named Oikawa's sadness and despair to make him a pawn, he proceeded to consume him from within and upon manifesting anew, Myotismon repaid his perfectly loyal ally Arukenimon by sadistically torturing her to death and killing Mummymon when he tried to avenge her. The later is a cold-hearted, brutal and gigantic Killer Robot who speaks, though rarely, with a growling, hateful and metallic voice and mostly acts like a lifeless machine, unless when he's on a murder rampage, which's when his true sociopathic nature is shown, ordering a massive bombing over his own territory and telling the hero's 8-year old sister he's going to kill her as painfully as he can. It makes him one of the scariest villains in the show, and if that wasn't bad enough the Wanderswan games reveal he survives his fight with Wargreymon and becomes Milleniummon.
** Puppetmon has shades of this despite being LaughablyEvil. He's a dark version of Pinocchio who thinks he can make friends by killing and enslaving everyone around him, and uses a revolver to "play" a cruel version of hide-and-seek with T.K. and kills his minions, Mushroomon and Blossomon, with it because he thought they lied. Some countries edited the scenes with Puppetmon killing Mushroomon and Blossomon and holding the gun during the TV run of the series. It's a living puppet pointing at an eight year old child!



** [[EvilCounterpart Kevin 11]] is a [[TheSociopath Sociopathic]], [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour 11 years old]], super-powered EnfantTerrible who in his very first episode attempts to deliberately provoke a bus crash that would kill thousands of people just so he can collect money from their corpses. Later, he accidentally absorbs energy from the Omnitrix and gains shapeshifting powers similar to Ben's, which he immediatly uses to go on a crime spree with several explicit attempts to kill people. Then he loses control over his shapeshifting, suffers BodyHorror and turn into a disturbing MixAndMatchCritter of Ben's aliens. Then the sequels reveal his insanity was caused [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity by his powers]], which have an addictive effect on him very similar to drugs.
4th Jun '16 5:30:45 AM Gonzool
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** Sectonia from ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' is the only villain in the franchise to be a case of LightIsNotGood (Except maybe Galacta Knight, but we don't know ''anything'' about him), and she manages to stay regal and beautiful even in her EldritchAbomination form. While most villains are just generic "smother the world in darkness", she outright states her intentions are to [[AndIMustScream fuel her ascenscion to godhood by feeding on Pop Star and its inhabitants for eternity.]]

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** Sectonia from ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' is the only villain in the franchise to be a case of LightIsNotGood (Except maybe Galacta Knight, but we don't know ''anything'' about him), and she manages to stay regal and beautiful even in her EldritchAbomination form. While most villains are just generic "smother the world in darkness", she outright states her intentions are to [[AndIMustScream fuel her ascenscion ascension to godhood by feeding on Pop Star and its inhabitants for eternity.]]



** Notably, the main villains of ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot'' isn't a supernatural force of evil, but a MegaCorp called the Haltmann Works Company, led by the CorruptCorporateExecutive Max Proffit Haltmann. Their goals is to mechanize Pop Star's inhabitants and to claim the planet's resources for their own. [[spoiler:However, their villainy is [[EvilerThanThou trumped]] by the company's super computer Star Dream, which goes rogue and seeks to [[OmnicidalManiac wipe out all organic life in the universe]].]]

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** Notably, the main villains of ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot'' isn't a aren't supernatural force forces of evil, but a MegaCorp called the Haltmann Works Company, led by the CorruptCorporateExecutive Max Proffit Haltmann. Their goals is to mechanize Pop Star's inhabitants and to claim the planet's resources for their own. [[spoiler:However, their villainy is [[EvilerThanThou trumped]] by the company's super computer Star Dream, which goes rogue and seeks to [[OmnicidalManiac wipe out all organic life in the universe]].]]



** All the ''Mario'' villains appearing in the [=RPGs=]. You've got the weapons-crazed Smithy in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', the X-Naut leader Grodus and the demonic Shadow Queen he is seeking to free in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', the AxCrazy MonsterClown Dimentio in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', the super-creepy Cackletta in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', the [[AlienInvasion invading]] Shroobs in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'', the force of evil that's the Dark Star in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'', [[spoiler:none other than Bowser himself]] in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'' and ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPaperJam''... That's a fair amount of disturbing villains in the otherwise quite light-hearted series.
** ArchEnemy Bowser sometimes counts [[BewareTheSillyOnes underneath all the]] [[LargeHam ham]]. He is ''Great Demon King Koopa'' after all, and can cause major damage when he's actually trying. He tries on [[ResetButton two separate occasions]] to remake the universe in his own image, which is exactly what [[spoiler:Dimentio]] wanted to do, but old Bowser did it by stealing from a powerful cosmic caretaker of baby stars with nothing but his [[CoolAirship Airship fleet]] and [[BadassArmy his army]]. Dry Bowser is him resurrected as [[DemBones a huge demonic skeleton]]. And there's [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Giga Bowser....]]

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** All the ''Mario'' villains appearing in the [=RPGs=]. You've got the weapons-crazed weapon-crazed Smithy in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', the sinister X-Naut leader Grodus (who wants to enslave the world) and the demonic Shadow demonic, utterly merciless [[spoiler:Shadow Queen he is seeking to free free]] in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', the AxCrazy [[spoiler:AxCrazy MonsterClown Dimentio Dimentio]] in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', the super-creepy Cackletta in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', the [[AlienInvasion invading]] Shroobs (who sadistically sucked the life out of innocent Toads for fuel, destroyed Toad Town and had no qualms in hurting the baby Mario Bros.) in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'', the force of pure evil that's the Dark Star in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'', [[spoiler:none other than Bowser himself]] in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'' and ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPaperJam''... That's a fair amount of disturbing villains in the otherwise quite light-hearted series.
** ArchEnemy Bowser sometimes counts [[BewareTheSillyOnes underneath all the]] [[LargeHam ham]]. He is ''Great Demon King Koopa'' after all, and can cause major damage when he's actually trying. He tries on [[ResetButton two separate occasions]] to remake the universe in his own image, which is exactly what [[spoiler:Dimentio]] wanted to do, but old Bowser did it by stealing from a powerful cosmic caretaker of baby stars with nothing but his [[CoolAirship Airship fleet]] and [[BadassArmy his army]]. Dry Bowser is him resurrected as [[DemBones a huge demonic skeleton]]. And there's [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Giga Bowser....Bowser...]]
31st May '16 8:28:58 AM ThatGuyYouKnowThatGuy
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* This can happen by RoguesGalleryTransplant. Characters like [[{{Satan}} Mephisto]], [[DreamWeaver Nightmare]] and [[EldritchAbomination Shuma-Gorath]] in Marvel are all really dark villains, but they also moved from antagonizing characters like ComicBook/GhostRider and ComicBook/DoctorStrange, where they aren't out of place, and are now general threats to the entire Franchise/MarvelUniverse. Which means sometimes they can show up in much lighter series, while retaining all their usual qualities (though Mephisto and Nightmare can ram up BlackComedy a bit to fit better). Case in point, Mephisto showed up in the abovementioned ''Loki: Agent of Asgard'' (how it went could be described as OutGambitted with liberal doses of YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame and {{Incredibly Lame Pun}}s), Nightmare was an antagonist in a pretty comedic ComicBook/FantasticFour story and Shuma-Gorath fought the ComicBook/MightyAvengers in a straight superhero adventure.

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* This can happen by RoguesGalleryTransplant. Characters like [[{{Satan}} Mephisto]], [[DreamWeaver Nightmare]] and [[EldritchAbomination Shuma-Gorath]] in Marvel are all really dark villains, but they also moved from antagonizing characters like ComicBook/GhostRider and ComicBook/DoctorStrange, where they aren't out of place, and are now general threats to the entire Franchise/MarvelUniverse. Which means sometimes they can show up in much lighter series, while retaining all their usual qualities (though Mephisto and Nightmare can ram ramp up BlackComedy a bit to fit better). Case in point, Mephisto showed up in the abovementioned ''Loki: Agent of Asgard'' (how it went could be described as OutGambitted with liberal doses of YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame and {{Incredibly Lame Pun}}s), Nightmare was an antagonist in a pretty comedic ComicBook/FantasticFour story and Shuma-Gorath fought the ComicBook/MightyAvengers in a straight superhero adventure.
27th May '16 10:31:51 PM Scraggle
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%%* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is a ComingOfAgeStory where the main threats for the first season are the occasional mindless monster, and as much time is spent interacting with the wacky townspeople as it is fighting monsters. Even the show's first major threat, Lapis Lazuli, is [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds a confused and traumatized being]] who Steven is able to reason with and calm down. That all changes with the arrival of the first season's BigBadDuumvirate, [[spoiler:Jasper and Peridot. Peridot is a ruthless, businesslike PunchClockVillain who [[EstablishingCharacterMoment coldly crushed one of her own semi-sentient adorable robonoids under her boot simply because it's damaged]] and on her second introduction [[WouldHurtAChild tried to murder Steven in cold blood within about thirty seconds of meeting him]]. Jasper is a brutal militarized BloodKnight with an agenda and a ''history'' with [[BigGood Rose Quartz]] who [[WouldHurtAChild headbutts 10-year-old Steven unconscious, a move that probably would have killed him if he hadn't been half-Gem himself]], and who is both a CombatPragmatist and a NighInvulnerable ImplacableMan, a very bad combination for our heroes; between casually ordering the Crystal Gems blown to atoms, and then ''slicing Garnet in half'' in front of Steven's terrified eyes, she ably proves herself even more hostile and dangerous than even Peridot. Both of them work for the Homeworld regime; we learn in "Keeping it Together" that Homeworld has been conducting deeply sick, Mengele-esque experiments based on merging shards of fallen Crystal Gems in a twisted parody of fusion, in addition to engineering the Cluster, an enormous Lovecraftian zombie Gem-fusion that will destroy the Earth utterly when it "hatches". Peridot's behavior during and after her HeelFaceTurn puts non-Crystal Gem society into even worse context; she is utterly baffled by the way Steven and the Crystal Gems operate, at one point complaining that there hasn't been one instance of "correct behaviour" from them since she arrived, and every indication is that for all her casual violence, JustFollowingOrders based cruelties, and participation in not one but ''several'' atrocities, she's still just a scared little low-level tech, a cog in the Homeworld's massive galaxy-spanning planet-devouring authoritarian machine. A machine headed by the all-powerful [[BiggerBad Diamond matriarchs]]...]]
%%** As "Message Received" shows us, [[spoiler: Yellow Diamond, Peridot and Jasper's Diamond, is far, far worse than either of them. Peridot talks about her as if she were a god, a perfect being who is flawlessly rational, but in person she's shown to be an [[ItsAllAboutMe arrogant]], [[EvilIsPetty petty]] tyrant who demands that the earth, a planet with seemingly no significance in her ultimate plan, be destroyed, [[ForTheEvulz likely as revenge for Rose Quartz's successful rebellion against Homeworld's colonization]]. She displays a cold, callous attitude towards her underlings, inspires fear and flinching in her personal [[SlaveRace Pearl]], and tries to kill Peridot by remotely detonating her communicator simply because a furious, disillusioned Peridot [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu talked back to her and called her a clod]].]]
%%** "The Answer" gives us a quick glimpse at [[spoiler: Blue Diamond, and it's not pretty. While apparently more composed and elegant than Yellow Diamond, she is no less casually cruel: she is [[YouHaveFailedMe furious at Sapphire for having incorrectly predicted a future where the Rebels were defeated]], ignoring the fact that Ruby's unexpected intervention actually changed fate, but even worse is her reaction to Ruby accidentally fusing with Sapphire to try and save Sapphire from Pearl, becoming Garnet for the first time; Blue Diamond castigates Ruby, the "common" Gem, for daring to fuse with a noble member of Blue Diamond's court, and then [[KilledOffForReal tells her she will be]] [[AndIMustScream broken]] for the offense. It takes [[UptownGirl Sapphire's]] rapid decision to abandon everything she's ever known to rescue Ruby from Blue Diamond's execution order.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is a ComingOfAgeStory where the main threats for the first season are the occasional mindless monster, and as much time is spent interacting with the wacky townspeople as it is fighting monsters. Even the show's first major threat, Lapis Lazuli, is [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds a confused and traumatized being]] who Steven is able to reason with and calm down. That all This changes with the arrival introduction of the Homeworld Gems, which reveals that the rest of the Gems are [[spoiler:a planet of ScaryDogmaticAliens which attempted to conquer the Earth thousands of years ago, leading to a war which lead to hundreds of casualties. In the current, Homeworld is responsible for forced fusion experiments of shattered gems - analogous to necrophilic rape within the show's context - and the production of a tortured superweapon made out of ''millions'' of these gem shards.]] It's telling that the show's darkest moments are all a direct result of Homeworld's atrocities. Some specific examples:
** Jasper is a ruthless, [[SocialDarwinist Darwinian]] BloodKnight who marks as the show's first major KnightOfCerebus and introduction to Homeworld beyond Peridot. Notable as
the first season's Gem Steven immediately knew he couldn't reason with, Jasper introduces herself brutally destabilizing Garnet and headbutting Steven into unconsciousness. In all her appearances thus far, Jasper's been consistently treated as an intimidating and domineering threat to everyone and everything around her.
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BigBadDuumvirate, [[spoiler:Jasper and Peridot. Peridot is a ruthless, businesslike PunchClockVillain who [[EstablishingCharacterMoment coldly crushed one the Diamond Authority, stand out as the biggest example of her own semi-sentient adorable robonoids under her boot simply because this. Though we've only seen two of them, it's damaged]] and on her second introduction [[WouldHurtAChild tried to murder Steven in cold blood within about thirty seconds clear they're the worst of meeting him]]. Jasper is a brutal militarized BloodKnight with an agenda and a ''history'' with [[BigGood Rose Quartz]] who [[WouldHurtAChild headbutts 10-year-old Steven unconscious, a move that probably would have killed him if he hadn't been half-Gem himself]], and who is both a CombatPragmatist and a NighInvulnerable ImplacableMan, a very bad combination Gemkind. Beyond being responsible for our heroes; between casually ordering the Crystal Gems blown to atoms, and then ''slicing Garnet in half'' in front of Steven's terrified eyes, she ably proves herself even more hostile and dangerous than even Peridot. Both of them work for the Homeworld regime; we learn in "Keeping it Together" that Homeworld has been conducting deeply sick, Mengele-esque experiments based on merging shards of fallen Crystal Gems in a twisted parody of fusion, in addition to engineering the Cluster, an enormous Lovecraftian zombie Gem-fusion that will destroy the Earth utterly when it "hatches". Peridot's behavior during and after her HeelFaceTurn puts non-Crystal Gem society into even worse context; she is utterly baffled by the way Steven and the Crystal Gems operate, at one point complaining that there hasn't been one instance of "correct behaviour" from them since she arrived, and every indication is that for all her casual violence, JustFollowingOrders based cruelties, and participation in not one but ''several'' atrocities, she's still just a scared little low-level tech, a cog in the overseering Homeworld's massive galaxy-spanning planet-devouring authoritarian machine. A machine headed by the all-powerful [[BiggerBad atrocities, on their own record, they are ''incredibly'' petty and willing to murder anyone they perceive as insulting them. [[spoiler:Yellow Diamond matriarchs]]...]]
%%** As "Message Received" shows us, [[spoiler: Yellow Diamond, Peridot and Jasper's Diamond,
in particular is far, far worse than either engineering the Cluster - the aforementioned superweapon - not out of them. Peridot talks about her as if she were a god, a perfect any pragmatic purpose, but instead to obliterate Earth out of spite for not being who is flawlessly rational, but in person she's shown able to be an [[ItsAllAboutMe arrogant]], [[EvilIsPetty petty]] tyrant who demands that the earth, a planet with seemingly no significance in her ultimate plan, be destroyed, [[ForTheEvulz likely as revenge for Rose Quartz's successful rebellion against Homeworld's colonization]]. She displays a cold, callous attitude towards her underlings, inspires fear and flinching in her personal [[SlaveRace Pearl]], and tries to kill Peridot by remotely detonating her communicator simply because a furious, disillusioned Peridot [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu talked back to her and called her a clod]].]]
%%** "The Answer" gives us a quick glimpse at [[spoiler: Blue Diamond, and it's not pretty. While apparently more composed and elegant than Yellow Diamond, she is no less casually cruel: she is [[YouHaveFailedMe furious at Sapphire for having incorrectly predicted a future where the Rebels were defeated]], ignoring the fact that Ruby's unexpected intervention actually changed fate, but even worse is her reaction to Ruby accidentally fusing with Sapphire to try and save Sapphire from Pearl, becoming Garnet for the first time; Blue Diamond castigates Ruby, the "common" Gem, for daring to fuse with a noble member of Blue Diamond's court, and then [[KilledOffForReal tells her she will be]] [[AndIMustScream broken]] for the offense. It takes [[UptownGirl Sapphire's]] rapid decision to abandon everything she's ever known to rescue Ruby from Blue Diamond's execution order.]]
conquer it.]]
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