So you wanna be a [[CompleteMonster supremely heinous villain who has no redeeming qualities]]? Here are the steps.
# Be a ''{{villain|s}}.'' This one should go without saying. If you [[FallenHero started out as a good person]] but [[FaceHeelTurn became evil later on]], you ''damn'' well better do an impressive exercise in grade-a villainy, because even then it's a stretch to undo all those pesky, previous noble acts of yours (look to [[Manga/{{Berserk}} Griffith/Femto for inspiration]]).
# Let the heroes come into your trap and kill them painfully; maybe using an actual DeathTrap.
# BreakTheCutie or [[KillTheCutie kill]] TheWoobie. For a [[FateWorseThanDeath better result]], keep TheWoobie alive, but make his/her life a living hell consciously.
# KickTheDog. Especially if the dog is adorable. If you have a dog, kill it and/or torture it as soon as possible. Bonus points if it's a cat instead.
# Don't have a FreudianExcuse. If you by any chance have an excuse make sure your depravity far outweighs your excuse. For example, you were bullied? Be willing to [[DisproportionateRetribution kill thousands]] ([[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Muruta Azrael]] is a good role model here).
# Be a SocialDarwinist. If there's someone out there that's weaker than you, then kill them. If you encounter a group of people that happen to be less powerful than yourself, then it's genocide time. Bonus points if you're being a {{Hypocrite}} about it (say, [[VillainsWantMercy demanding mercy]] when you've been defeated yourself).
# Team Evil is ''not'' [[EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily one big happy family]]. Your minions are tools, not [[VillainousFriendship friends]], so use them and dispose of them as you see fit, especially if [[UngratefulBastard they've been nothing but loyal to you]]. [[YouHaveFailedMe Kill them for the slightest failure]] (Even better, [[BlofeldPloy kill them for]] ''[[BlofeldPloy someone else's]]'' [[BlofeldPloy failure]]), [[BadBoss murder them for sport]], [[DevourTheDragon eat your dragons]], it's all fair game in your book. Any appreciation you do have for them can only reflect on [[VillainCred how deliciously evil they are]].
# Go way beyond the darkside of your own will. It's delightfully more heinous than [[ForcedIntoEvil being coerced to kick dogs]] or doing so [[MadeOfEvil because it's literally what you are]] and shows what an utter bastard you are.
# Love your BreakingSpeech and for extra ommph [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech tell the heroes they suck in the process]]. Don't be swayed [[ShutUpKirk by anyone's appeal for good]].
# MindRape your victims. This can lead to [[DespairEventHorizon loss of all hope]], [[GoMadFromTheRevelation destroy their remaining sanity]] or [[DrivenToSuicide put themselves out of their misery rather than be put to torture by whatever you have in store]]. They might even capitulate [[FaceHeelTurn and join your side.]] Some ways to psychologically break your victims:
** AbusiveParents: Extra points for combining it with TykeBomb.
** CorruptTheCutie
** {{Gaslighting}}
** [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bastardry]]
** MoreThanMindControl
** StockholmSyndrome
** TraumaCongaLine
# [[EvilFeelsGood Enjoy every part of your evil acts]]. Or better yet, [[ForTheEvulz be completely reasonless in evil]].
# [[{{Troll}} Laugh at your victims' misery, especially at their lowest.]]
# Forget about [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]], [[WouldHurtAChild children should be no different than adults from your point of view]] even if they're [[OffingTheOffspring yours]] unless you have [[CorruptTheCutie a special treatment for them]]. Better yet, just [[BurnTheOrphanage burn down elementary schools]] and be done with it.
# Be a SelfMadeOrphan by killing your family [[ForTheEvulz for no real reason]]. Or you could kill them for [[EvilIsPetty an incredibly selfish reason]], like [[ItsAllAboutMe them punishing you for something bad you did.]] Were your parents bad people? Your depravity is still well beyond what a FreudianExcuse could mitigate!
# [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Make sure your favorite sound is]] [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming 'screaming of other people']]
# If you're ever in charge of a military, make sure to not care about the lives of your own forces. [[WeHaveReserves Go ahead and frequently send them on deadly missions for almost no reason at all]].
# [[ObligatoryWarCrimeScene War crimes]]? [[WarForFunAndProfit War fun]]! If you're leading TheEvilArmy yourself, forget about winning and just go on endless campaigns of RapePillageAndBurn, the more civilians get killed the better. Be proud of [[SociopathicSoldier your boys]]! [[Film/FullMetalJacket The people you killed today are the finest human beings you will ever meet]].
# Also it is encouraged to have your army consisting of [[ChildSoldier children]], because nothing says despicable than robbing these kids with bright future and [[HarmfulToMinors scar their minds with war at such a tender age]]. Maybe kidnap them, brainwash them, or just trick their innocent mind as your method of 'drafting'.
# [[ExoticEntree Dine on Endangered Species]]; especially [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute cute ones]]. Alternatively, [[ImAHumanitarian dine on human flesh]], [[EatsBabies the younger the better.]]
# Love the sight of [[DespairEventHorizon people in despair]]. Even better: Actively [[HopeCrusher drive people into despair]], make it your hobby or something! Take good, noble, virtuous people, and try to drag them down to your level by systematically destroying their hopes, dreams and ideas while also brutally killing everyone they hold dear.
# For extra bonus points, try ''[[HeWhoFightsMonsters dragging them down to your level]]''.
# [[IRegretNothing Have no guilt for your actions because it's much more fun to have immense joy in your misdeeds and not regretting a single one]].
# Consider taking up [[TheSociopath sociopathy]]. If you're not lucky enough to be [[InTheBlood born with it]], try to dull your empathy enough to be close.
# Torture the hero with the AgonyBeam. Better yet [[ForcedToWatch force them to watch as they have their loved ones tortured and killed before their eyes as they cave into despair]].
# Have [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil the hero and their loved ones raped]]. Bonus points if they're ForcedToWatch and/or are [[HarmfulToMinors very]] [[PaedoHunt young]]. If you want to top even ''that'', [[SerialRapist make a hobby out of it]].
# The same goes [[SerialKiller for killing]]. The more, and [[CruelAndUnusualDeath the crueler]], the better.
# The logical extreme of that is to expand this to ''[[OmnicidalManiac everyone]]''. You just hate humanity or even every living thing ''so much'' that you'll turn the world into a graveyard or destroy reality itself to end them completely.
# You could also opt to use your murder hobby in a more productive way: become a [[ProfessionalKiller gun for hire]] or a [[TortureTechnician professional torturer]]. This way you get extra points for getting lucrative benefits out of all the people [[PsychoForHire you happily kill]] for your employers (who you may also think about killing), but be wary you don't fall into the HitmanWithAHeart type.
# Systematically kill off the hero's friends one by one [[ForcedToWatch in front of their eyes]] as they are helpless to save them.
# ColdBloodedTorture is a must for captured victims, its best to [[StuffedIntoTheFridge show the hero the results once you're done]]. For better results, have them suffer an AndIMustScream fate.
# See no distinction between those who can fend for themselves and those who are fleeing, surrendering or are helpless, and [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown attack the latter whenever you have the chance]]. Extra points is if it's [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown brutal]].
# If you ever had friends, betray them in the worst way possible [[HopeSpot just as things are looking good]].
# [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter Is there someone that still trusts you?]] [[GoodCannotComprehendEvil Do they still believe that there is goodness in you?]] Then ''act'' like they're right, like you're really a redeemable person, then betray them at the worst moment.
# Speaking of HopeSpot, give the hero's party one, [[YankTheDogsChain just so you can take it away]] just to make their last hold of sanity fall apart.
# [[HonorBeforeReason Honor]]? Fuck honor! Anything goes if it means achieving your goal! You could pretend to ''[[VillainWithGoodPublicity speak]]'' [[VillainWithGoodPublicity for honor and good]] [[StrawHypocrite while perverting them]] for your diabolical ends.
# [[FinalSolution Genocide]] is ''[[ANaziByAnyOtherName fun]]''! [[LaughingMad Laugh gleefully when you push the]] BigRedButton cuz [[GenocideDilemma regret's for losers]]. The race you terminate should always have many unique, sympathetic members who [[KilledOffForReal stay dead]]; merely [[OffstageVillainy alluding to]] or [[ShowDontTell claiming you did it]] [[AMillionIsAStatistic is not enough]].
# Be ''nasty'' about everything you do. Not the murdering type? ([[ARealManIsAKiller Wuss!]]) Just be [[KickTheDog mean to everyone]]. Remember, [[BurnTheOrphanage burning down an orphanage]] [[ShootTheDog can be]] [[IDidWhatIHadToDo justifiable]]. [[BreakThemByTalking A nasty word in the right place]] or [[TheWoobie the right ear]], however, [[MoralEventHorizon can earn you the fandom's hate instantly]].
# Being a JerkAss all the time won't make you seem truly evil as you need to be? Then play the JerkWithAHeartOfJerk card! By pretending to PetTheDog by helping people, your purpose of making them [[BaitTheDog eas]][[FauxAffablyEvil ier]] to [[KickTheDog erase]] and [[DespairEventHorizon fill them with hopelessness]].
# EvilCannotComprehendGood? Yes and no. [[BitchInSheepsClothing Passing yourself as a harmless good guy]] is one of the most effective tactics in the CompleteMonster's arsenal. Just don't [[BecomingTheMask get too absorbed with your harmless good guy attitude]]. But ultimately, you must always keep in mind that Good only existed to be played like a puppet and tossed when it's of no use anymore. Don't even think that these good wusses are great because they could understand that stupid thing called 'goodness', evil is where it's at!
# Be a ManipulativeBastard. Learn some psychology -- not only will it make it easier to BreakTheCutie, but it won't let you fall into the trap of [[EvilCannotComprehendGood not understanding the heroes]].
# It's never good to be too [[StupidEvil recklessly evil]] or you might hurt yourself. Plan out your actions meticulously [[TheBadGuyWins to ensure your victory]] and [[KarmaHoudini lack of consequences.]] Sometimes, [[PragmaticVillainy being "good" to that one]] {{Woobie}} makes you finally crushing her under your heel all the more satisfying.
# Your EvilPlan must involve horrific pain and/or death for many, random, {{Innocent Bystander}}s. If your target is focused on one person then others might [[FoeYay get the wrong idea]] and believe that [[LoveRedeems you can be redeemed.]] Of course, you can target one person, and wipe them off the map along with whole village/town/kingdom they happen to be in at time. Just make it clear that you don't care about that ''little'' collateral damage. You can say it's unfortunate that those people are in your way, but not because they're necessary sacrifices, it's because you don't value those lives.
# If you have a [[TakeOverTheWorld grand plan for conquest]], make it as selfish or sadistic as possible. Screw "[[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans the ends justifies the means]]", you have no [[WellIntentionedExtremist good intentions]] period. [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans Force humanity to be your slaves]], [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans toys]] or both. If you're feeling ambitious, try to expand your reach [[MultiversalConqueror as far as possible]], so you can have the joy of ThePowersThatBe grovel and cry at your feet(and if ThePowersThatBe [[GodIsGood are]] [[GodOfGood good]]? ''Even better!'')
# Don't feel the need to remember every evil act you commit. [[ButForMeItWasTuesday Evil acts should be such a daily thing that if someone call you out for it, you can just say you forget and add up with "Oh, must be Tuesday."]] However, you should always remember your greatest crimes. For example, you should remember how TheHero's spouse pitifully begged to spare their life and their child and how their pleas fell on deaf ears, how their sister keep calling their name as your {{mooks}} had fun with her, how their comrades died horrifically as you killed them, and how much ''fun'' you had as you slaughtered everyone in their hometown. So you could later [[WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied tell them with delightful detail]].
# Be fully aware of right and wrong. The morally [[ObliviouslyEvil unaware]] don't know any better, and the morally [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien]] are being good in a different way. Having a sense of right and wrong the same as everyone else means your actions have even less justifications, since you know better. Being a CardCarryingVillain is a good way to show this off, since it proves how comfortable you are with being a CompleteMonster and that you'll ''never'' change your mind.
# Be [[ItsAllAboutMe completely and utterly selfish]]. If someone decides to punish you for your crimes? [[{{Hypocrite}} Whine and moan about it]], preferably while [[DisproportionateRetribution destroying that someone's lives.]] The hero's about to [[KickTheSonOfABitch kill you for all you've done?]] [[VillainsWantMercy Beg and beg]] until they decide to give you mercy, and since you only use mercy as a tool [[UngratefulBastard kill them when you've been spared.]] If none of this works, spend your last moments [[HannibalLecture insulting them for not saving your life]]; yes, [[KickTheSonOfABitch you know you deserve it]], but then again [[ItsAllAboutMe It's All About You and you alone.]]
# Kill the most beloved character in the series in a massive [[TearJerker traumatizing way]], this will cause not only the characters to hate you, but the fans as well.
# Joy is a lie, anything but misery and despair is just a delusion for the masses. Embrace nihilism, and none of that pansy NietzscheWannabe stuff either; make it so that if Nietzsche were still kicking, he would wanna be '''you'''.
# Furthermore, as an alternative to the idea that you enjoy evil, take no pleasure whatsoever in what you do. You do not [[{{Sadist}} enjoy the suffering of others]], you just feel such hatred, disgust, or some other motive for them that your cruelty is limitless. Maybe the entire world fills you with so much revulsion that you think it deserves nothing but the worst tortures you can imagine. Evil doesn't feel good necessarily, because that would provide you with the implicit motive that you do evil because it feels good in the same way people do good because it feels good to them.
# Brush up on philosophy. Not for qualifying as Wicked Cultured, which shouldn't be a motivation anyway, but because there are some excellent ways to induce misery in the world through words alone. In essence, think of philosophical subject matters as a means of enhancing your beloved Breaking Speeches. Here's a few good tropes to start with:
** StrawNihilist: Being able to articulate a logical argument that truly strikes to the core of what someone claims to believe in, tearing it apart as the worthless, empty, useless facade it truly is, is a skill of [[ undeniable power.]]
** ForHappiness: AKA Utilitarianism. Learn how to make this sound so childish and so primitive, guilt-tripping anyone who fights for peace, love, and etc., especially if you make it clear that one person's happiness and gain will always result in another's sorrow and loss.
** HumansAreBastards: Don't just claim it, prove it. Drive less strong-willed people (bonus points for former heroes, Triple Evil Score for a friend of the protagonists) to lives of SelfishEvil through your methods and use them as proof that any given monkey can become a rotten piece of filth. Take pointers from 1984's Room 101 methodology.
** BlackAndBlackMorality: Do your best to paint everything as this. The heroes are just as awful as you are and [[AtLeastIAdmitIt you're the only one who is honest enough to own up to it]].
** MoralDissonance: If the heroes are slaying evildoers or minions and are proud of it, mockingly point out that they've never really cared about redeeming anybody. They're just killing people because they're annoyed by those people. NotSoDifferent is the obligatory follow-up.
# Take subtle ways up, that look like good deeds but truly aren't. A master of this fools the idiots around them into believing they're trustworthy, while doing nothing but ensuring that despair propagates and the status quo's problems see no resolution. A good Evil Plan for DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans is a worthwhile goal for any CompleteMonster, but don't let the big picture distract you from little bits of misery to wring from the lives of others either. Give a little paltry coin to the homeless now and then, if you can. Not to save them, of course, but to preserve their wretched lives of misery and despair. When you hear the cries of homeless, hungry children, you don't want that to END now, would you? Death is mercy, let them have none.
# [[SoftspokenSadist Be quiet]] as opposed to a LargeHam. Never raise your voice, or just maintain a [[CreepyMonotone monotone register]] even [[DissonantSerenity as you're tearing people limb from limb]]. For one thing, a shrieking VillainousBreakdown will quickly undo everything you worked so hard to foster. For another, it just makes you seem that much more unsettling and scary, to be so confident and composed at all times. Pairs well with ButForMeItWasTuesday, mentioned above.
# Or alternatively, at times, being a LargeHam is very fine. After all, the more people know you're [[EvilFeelsGood enjoying your evilness]], the better. Especially when you do your EvilLaugh. ''Especially'' when you're the ridiculing, mocking {{Troll}} type.
# Death need not be the end of your despair-inflicting on others. If a particular soul has passed on and is out of your grasp for torturing, perhaps dabble in necromancy to make sure "eternal rest" is anything but. Special mention goes to yanking the spirits of another character's DarkAndTroubledPast out like dirty laundry. If you can resurrect a protagonist's dead baby sister as your tortured, unliving vessel of misery, why in the world wouldn't you? That said, make sure you can send them back at any time and keep it under control. ThePowerOfLove might be a bit whiffy for you, and giving a hero the chance to make peace with a fallen loved one would be a disastrous backfire. On the other hand, YankTheDogsChain can be wonderfully employed.
# On that note, know about that irksome Power of Love thing. Namely, remember that LoveMakesYouEvil too, and that many a villain's career started with a broken heart. And hey, if you can teach people to be jaded, cynical, and even hostile to the idea of expressing love, you've done your part in making the world a colder, sadder place overall. Go you!
# Exploit the local MartyrWithoutACause too while you're at it. If you can induce a SenselessSacrifice in them, not only is it probably hilarious to you in some way but you've also struck a powerful demoralizing blow against their friends and allies. Can be extrapolated into a BreakingSpeech to exploit the ensuing survivor's guilt, blaming the sacrificial lamb's friends for being too weak or uncaring to stop the act.
# If people know about your true nature, ideally without being able to prove or act on that knowledge, that's your chance to make them live in constant fear.
# Call out any and all {{Double Standard}}s, {{Hypocrite}}s, and WhatTheHellHero moments. If anyone is qualified to cruelly taunt a hero over their failings, it's you. However, be sure to emphasize that they didn't have a choice. No, it wasn't their fault. No heinous act is ever their fault...
# ...And everyone wants to be a hero, after all. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, isn't it? Turn that road into a one-way bullet train. You can manipulate people with utter ease if you convince them that they'll be doing the right thing and be honored for it. For example, sparing you is the greater act of heroics, because a redeemed villain is better than a dead one, and a valuable asset at that. Which of course you'll turn right around, as mentioned above. Another example would be encouraging SmitingEvilFeelsGood, and enthusiasm to a cause, while being fully aware of HeWhoFightsMonsters syndrome.
# If you're in a series with supernatural elements of faith, brush up on your Antitheism and/or Misotheism. It may not be appropriate or accurate in all circumstances, but being able to mock a pious character that their deity has either abandoned them or was never there in the first place is a good nerve-rattler.
# Now, there ARE people who could consider the former a redeeming trait. So for the sake of brunting that problem, be sure to practice arguing that the unfaithful are cowardly and lack any ability to believe something not explicitly spoonfed to them. Don't play favorites when addressing demographics, though TheCutie is always a juicy target.
# Base your BreakingSpeech victim selection criteria on cold pragmatism rather than anything else, by extension. If a BoringInvincibleHero is around or an IncorruptiblePurePureness character blunders into things, well that just means their less ironclad friends and family will be more ripe for you. On the other hand, if a PuritySue or GodModeSue happens to be present, one of the most vile things you can do is encourage them.
# Engineer things so that a neutral, Unfettered, or otherwise risk-taking character learns a smattering of TheDarkSide's ways, perhaps by helpfully providing the hero(es) in question with some knowledge of yours in the dangers of the subject. Not only do you seem helpful and a warning mentor figure, but you introduce the idea that a suitably desperate situation would merit the use of TheDarkSide for a good purpose. One slippery slope later, and you'll have engineered a tragedy with nobody the wiser, some characters perhaps even trying to console you and assure you it wasn't your fault!
# If you are caught in a situation where there is no hope for you, brag endlessly about you evil deeds and tell your killer [[IRegretNothing how you feel no remorse and wish you could continue to commit evil acts]].
# Finally, since you're out to be sickest bastard possible, the crowning achievement is to make [[EvenEvilHasStandards even other villains wince at the sheer height of your depravity]]. Obviously [[EvilerThanThou they're nothing but amateurs to you]]. Become TheDreaded.
Now go out there and be the biggest, most successful bastard in the verse!