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->'''Tyrion''': Anyone named Desmond Crakehall must be a pervert.\\
'''Sansa:''' I hear that ''you're'' a pervert.\\
'''Tyrion:''' I am the Imp. I have certain standards to maintain.
-->-- ''Series/GameOfThrones''

Dwarfs (not [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame that kind]], the real kind) [[note]]Dwar'''''ve'''''s are fantasy creatures, dwar'''''f'''''s are short humans, and the polite term for the latter nowadays is "little people." This is, however, a relatively recent distinction that started with Tolkein. As in nearly everything else, most later fantasy authors have either followed his lead or not done so in a very ''pointed'' way to make a statement of some kind.[[/note]] in fiction are fairly uncommon. When they do show up, they tend to be either comic relief or playing a fantasy creature. But then, there's these guys.

The Depraved Dwarf is a pint-sized bucket of malice. He [[AlwaysMale (and it's pretty much always a he)]] is either a sadistic psychopath, a twisted rapist, or at the very least a violent, cold-blooded criminal. They tend to show up when the hero has been rendered helpless. Often, expect {{giggling|Villain}}. Can go hand in hand with TheNapoleon, if the Depraved Dwarf's misanthropy is implied to be a response -- [[MisplacedRetribution albeit a misdirected one]] -- to discrimination and abuse faced [[FreudianExcuse as a result of their short stature]].

If he's TheDon or a similar leadership role, see MisterBig. May or may not overlap with LittlePeopleAreSurreal. For villains with other disabilities, see EvilAlbino, EvilCripple, and EunuchsAreEvil.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', [[spoiler:Griffith]] spends a whole year in the [[ColdBloodedTorture tender care]] of one.
* "The Baby" from ''{{Anime/Monster}}'', a neo-nazi and crime lord.
* Mukotsu from ''Anime/InuYasha'' is very small and toad-like compared to normal humans, and he's shown melting and suffocating people with his poisons. He also tries to [[AttemptedRape do something nasty to a helpless Kagome]], [[spoiler: before being bifurcated by Sesshomaru.]]
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' featured Habu, a Monkey Kung Fu master who served Amiba, and Komaku, a minion of Yuda who tried to poison the water supply and has a fighting style that gives him a great advantage in high, narrow places.
* "The Director" (no real name given) from ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' is a slimy ConMan who harasses the girls under the pretense of filming a documentary about extraspecies people. He actually shows nothing but contempt for extraspecies and is only worried about how much money he'll make by selling their byproducts (discarded skin, scales, eggs, etc.) and his fetishising videos.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/WonderWoman'' villain Dr. Psycho (pictured above). He can be best characterized as a "misogynistic, vindictive, spiteful, petty, sadistically cruel serial killer/rapist and cannibal [[OhCrap with the ability to control people's minds]]".
* Franchise/{{Batman}}:
** [[DependingOnTheWriter Some incarnations]] of the Mad Hatter. Which is to say, both his height ''and'' level of insanity vary wildly. Creator/GailSimone writes an especially creepy one.
** For that matter, some versions of the Penguin.
* Gizmo of the Fearsome Five.
* The Dummy combines this with CreepyDoll by pretending to be a ventriloquist dummy.
* ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' revealed (or at least heavily implied) that the eponymous Seven Dwarfs [[spoiler:did bad bad things to Snow White during their time together, which is why she murdered them all.]]
* Big Figure from ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''.
* Le Bossu from ''[[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman RIP]]''. Near the end of the story, ComicBook/TheJoker gives him a face to match his personality.
* Surprisingly averted in ''X-Men Noir'', where Eugene Judd is one of the only good guys without ''any'' kind of pathology.
* Simon Culp of the ''Comicbook/{{Starman}}'' series. Besides starting out as a thieving, murderous hellspawn in the 1800s, he developed [[CastingAShadow powers]] identical to fellow immortal The Shade, and eventually proceeded to turn their centuries long personal feud into an enormous XanatosGambit to consume and destroy Shade utterly; first his reputation, then his city, and then fight him into oblivion.
* Mr. Luv from ''ComicBook/{{Gen13}}''. His mother was infected with Gen-Factor chemicals while she was pregnant with him and he lost the ability to grow physically, but instead grew very intelligent. He runs the Luv Industries toy empire and has a tendency of dressing up like Max from ''Literature/WhereTheWildThingsAre''. His encounter with the team was for the purpose of finding a mate so that he could create a new generation of Gen-Actives.
* Mister Mxyzptlk from the ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics is sometimes portrayed as this. As a HumanoidAbomination from the fifth dimension, he's not so much ''depraved'' as he is amoral, but he probably counts nonetheless. He's also similar to Rumpelstiltskin (one of the {{Ur Example}}s of this trope) in how he can be defeated, but the method is more complex: while the heroine of ''Rumpelstiltskin'' just had to tell Rumpelstiltskin his name, Superman has to trick Mister Mxyzptlk himself into saying his own name - ''backwards''.
* ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'': A more family friendly example than most is Joe Dalton who is moronic enough to qualify for IneffectualSympatheticVillain but at the same time is also rather bloodthirsty and sadistic (rejoicing in killing Luke and even other people and being ready to shoot at the slightest provocation) and can even become outright AxCrazy when he loses his shit.
* Kondrati Topolov, aka Gremlin, was a three-foot dwarf gifted with SuperIntelligence that he used to battle both the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk and ComicBook/IronMan. He later built a copy of Boris Bullski's enormous Titanium Man armour so that he could better fight with Iron Man--a move that led to his death when the armour caught fire with him inside.
* Marvel stories containing the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Darkhold]] occasional feature the Darkhold Dwarf, a mysterious entity that is possibly the anthropomorphic personification of the book itself.
* ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' had an arc where a huge gang of people with dwarfism (led by the brother of a mob boss) starts taking out mobsters by kidnapping them and cutting off their legs below the knee. They actually thought Wolverine and Frank would be on their side (Logan being TheNapoleon but still taller than them, and Frank being known as a mobster killer).

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* Literature/{{Rumpelstiltskin}} seems friendly and helpful at first, but on his third visit, he demands the miller's daughter promise to give him her firstborn child. Willingly and knowingly making somebody enter a LeonineContract with you is hardly the act of a kind benefactor, and some tellings even go so far as to imply he plans to ''eat'' the baby.
* "Literature/SnowWhiteAndRoseRed" has a dwarf who just seems [[{{jerkass}} rude and obnoxious]] at first, but he's later revealed to be outright evil when it's revealed that he stole a prince's treasure and later [[BalefulPolymorph transformed the prince into a bear]] when he tried to get it back.
* The titular character in "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/aulnoy/1892/yellowdwarf.html The Yellow Dwarf]]", is an evil dwarf interrupts a princess' wedding and kidnaps her because she had broken her promise to marry him. The princess' beloved king goes to save her, but then the dwarf finds the two, and kills the king, leading the princess to die of grief.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Lord [[UnfortunateNames Farquaad]], the abnormally short BigBad of the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movie, proves his evil cred by [[FantasticRacism banishing all the fairy tale creatures from his kingdom]][[note]]except Mama Bear from ''Literature/{{Goldilocks}}'', who got made into a rug[[/note]], displaying a creepy interest in Princess Fiona, and (in his EstablishingCharacterMoment) having his goons waterboard -- er, ''milk''board -- the Gingerbread Man and rip off his legs. ''WesternAnimation/ShrekForeverAfter'' ups the ante with Rumpelstiltskin, who is even nastier than Farquaad.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Mini-me from ''Film/AustinPowers'' is a lighter example. He's not ''that'' depraved, but he does try to eat a live cat at one point. Considering the stock he is cut from, the dwarfism is probably not the main cause.
* Subverted in ''Film/FoulPlay''; "The Dwarf" that Gloria is warned about isn't really a dwarf. This, of course, leads to confusion, and when she meets an actual dwarf, she goes nuts and throws him out of her apartment, seriously injuring him, only to find out he's really a bible salesman.
* Hercules, the demonic dwarf in ''Film/TheDevilWithinHer'' who after being spurned by the protagonist for refusing his sexual advances places a curse on her child, which results in the newborn being supernaturally strong and murderous. The fact that he also works an act at a burlesque house dosen't help the stereotype either.
* ''Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks'' (featured once on the original ''Movie Macabre'' with Elvira) included just such a dwarf, who promises to teach his friend Ook the Neanderthal about "the pleasures of life" (which is to say, molesting an unconscious woman).
* The title antagonist from the ''Film/{{Leprechaun}}'' series of movies.
* ''Film/DeathAtAFuneral'' has the dwarf who blackmails the family with compromising pictures of him and the family patriach engaged in questionable acts.
* Olaf, the title character of the Danish ExploitationFilm ''Film/TheSinfulDwarf'', lures young women into an attic and locks them up. They are later used for prostitution. Yes, the word "depraved" might be a little light in this case.
* Harry Earles plays what might be the UrExample in ''Film/TheUnholyThree''. He is easily the most vicious and evil of the titular trio, and pulls off the old "midget in a baby carriage" trick.
* Downplayed with Nick Nack of ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun''. He's AffablyEvil at all times, but he does work for a renowned contract killer, and does not hesitate to try killing others when he feels like it.
* ''Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''
** In [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera1962 the 1962 version]], the Phantom has a dwarfish hunchbacked assistant who is the one committing the murders in the film.
** When a flashback in [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera1989 the 1989 version]] shows Erik making his DealWithTheDevil, the Father of Lies is depicted as a little person.
* Averted in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', in which Bolivar Trask is played by Creator/PeterDinklage. Despite the combination of villainy and dwarfism, his characterisation is that of a WellIntentionedExtremist MadScientist, and though he has a distinct LackOfEmpathy there is none of the sexual predation or deliberate sadism that the trope usually entails. Very unusually for such a casting, his dwarfism has absolutely no discernible relevance to either the plot or his character, mainly because it was purely a case of AbilityOverAppearance after the script had been written, and any attempt to add things would have been deeply wrong.
** Though in the ''Rogue Cut'', Trask insists that Mystique be handed over to him [[TheyWouldCutYouUp for research purposes]]. Perhaps with this trope in mind, President Nixon responds, "I don't care who you screw, as long as it's not me."
* ''Film/LoneWolfMcQuade'': Falcon is a DepravedDwarf ''and'' an EvilCripple, as well as the head of an arms smuggling operation and a rival to the main bad guy.
* Sick-Head in ''Film/ThirtyOne'' is a Nazi dwarf wielding two knives.
* In ''Film/{{Orphan}}'', [[spoiler:the villain is an abnormally short woman who poses as a child]].
* In the "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble" sketch of ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie'', one scene features a DepravedDwarf in a clown suit preparing to whip a group of topless girls suspended from the ceiling.
* ''Film/TheSpirit''. Spirit shows a CheekCopy of Sand Saref's "perfect ass" to every bellhop in town to find out which hotel she's staying at. The bellhop who recognizes it has dwarfism. Though that may just be because he was at exactly the right height to have a good view.
* ''Il nano erotico'' has a woman being hired to babysit a child that turns out to really be a sexually sadistic little person whose "mother" is actually his wife, a fellow psycho who watches (and gets off to) his antics through the cameras that they have hidden throughout their mansion.
* Ralphus, of the exploitation "classic" ''Film/BloodsuckingFreaks'', is the sadistic torturer Sardu's right-dismembered-hand man, and suffers from ''profound'' boundary issues with severed human heads. (On the bright side, he's a loyal employee with a strong work ethic.)
* Creator/PeterDinklage plays the villain in Creator/{{Disney}}'s 2007 ''Film/{{Underdog}}'' movie.
* ''Film/AlienFromLA'' features a mob boss named Mambino played by Creator/DeepRoy.
* In ''Film/CircusOfDeath'', Mr. Big is a snoop, a blackmailer, and has sexual designs on Natasha: at one point considering blackmailing Gregor for access to Natasha instead of money.

* Pär Lagerkvist's ''Literature/TheDwarf'' could be a trope codifier. The protagonist, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin titular dwarf]], is utterly, irredeemably evil.
* In the book ''Obsidian Butterfly'', part of the Literature/AnitaBlakeVampireHunter series, there is Nicky Bako, a pretty infamous necromancer who is the witch for the outlaw biker gang and werewolf pack in the area, Los Lobos.
* This is what everyone thinks Tyrion Lannister from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is, despite his being one of the more morally upstanding characters in the series not named Stark. But he may have had a StartOfDarkness because of his ill treatment. He isn't helping his case by being a serial purveyor of prostitutes and a known drunkard. Also his treatment of his [[EvilNephew nephew]] [[RoyalBrat Joffrey]], while liked by the audience, [[spoiler:makes him look worse when he is blamed for [[EvilUncle their murder]].]]
* One gladiator in the second book of ''Literature/DetectivesInTogas''.
* The Colorman from Creator/ChristopherMoore's ''Literature/SacreBleu''. Contrasted with [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Toulouse Lautrec]] who has a more or less heroic role.
* In the Kindle short story [[http://www.amazon.com/Melon-Heads-ebook/dp/B0096CPXJG ''Melon Heads'']], there's a whole tribe of them living in the Ohio woods.
* ''Literature/TheOldCuriosityShop'' from Creator/CharlesDickens gives an early example, with the utterly depraved Daniel Quilp as the main villain of the story.
* Subverted with Little Half from the final book in ''Literature/TheSeaOfTrolls'' series, who's a treacherous bastard but is just trying to protect his older brother.
* [[NoNameGiven The Dwarf]] in Friedrich Dürrenmatt's crime novel ''{{Literature/Suspicion}}'' [[spoiler: is a subversion. He is not quite 80 centimeters (31.5 inches) tall, seems to suffer from some sort of mental retardation and is a strong and deadly assassin and henchman of [[MadDoctor Dr. Emmenberger]]. He is also a friend of Gulliver, who is a good guy. Gulliver also argues that The Dwarf is the only one who is innocent, comparing him to a trained animal. After being seperated from Emmenberger, The Dwarf shows no murderous tendencies and behaves more like a toddler.]]
* Junji "Kappa" Kon in ''Literature/TheManWithTheRedTattoo'' is a short assassin working for the {{Yakuza}} who finds killing fun, but turns out to be surprisingly honorable after being captured.
* The Midget, in the ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' trilogy, tends to take out his vengeance on the giant world in far less confrontational and more cerebral ways. But it's still terrible vengeance.
* The Tcho-Tcho of the Franchise/CthulhuMythos are a pygmy CannibalTribe hailing from Southeast Asia.
* ''Literature/LastLegionary'': The One is a crippled dwarf, whose emaciated body consists of little more than a set of badly stunted tentacles that are too weak to do anything beyond crawl. He's also the leader of the Warlord's elite Deathwing squadron, responsible for the murder of entire worlds and, when inside his huge [[BlingOfWar golden]] [[MiniMecha exoskeleton]] becomes [[TheJuggernaut a force to be reckoned with]].
* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'': While Miles Vorkosigan himself is by no means depraved, this trope is so common InUniverse that it makes him a constant target of suspicion on his homeworld of Barrayar. In less parochial areas of the universe, he's fine.
* One of the [[OrderliesAreCreeps creepy orderlies]] in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' had his growth stunted by the trauma of seeing his mother gang-raped. And yes, [[AluminumChristmasTrees that's a thing]]; see [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} the other wiki's]] page on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychosocial_short_stature psychosocial short stature]].
* In ''Literature/TheWitches'', Creator/RoaldDahl describes the [[MonsterLord Grand High Witch]] as no taller than four and a half feet.
* The RepulsiveRingmaster in ''Literature/SomethingWickedThisWayComes'' employs a Dwarf and a Midget [[note]]Yes, there's a difference. In the past, "dwarf" signified disproportionate dwarfism (either the torso or the limbs are unusually short, but not both -- more commonly the limbs) and "midget" signified proportionate dwarfism (in which the torso and the limbs are both unusually short). Nowadays, the word "midget" is considered highly rude, and "dwarf" is used for both types of dwarfism -- though "little person" is preferable to either of those.[[/note]] as part of his sideshow of the damned.
* The Brobdingnagian Dwarf in ''Literature/GulliversTravels'' is more of an asshole then depraved as he's not keen on Gulliver taking the role of "court freak" on account of his even smaller size.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* There's one in ''Series/TheCape'', although he's more a {{Jerkass}} than outright evil.
* Downplayed in ''Series/TheWildWildWest''. [[MisterBig Miguelito Loveless]] is a [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Woobie/Well-Intentioned]] AntiVillain.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Tyrion Lannister is introduced to the audience in a brothel, where the whore Ros [[AsYouKnow discusses his reputation]] as a "drunken little lecher". [[ChivalrousPervert Subverted]] when we later discover Tyrion is the [[WhiteSheep most decent member]] of his BigScrewedUpFamily. Nevertheless, BlackAndGreyMorality means even he gets a few cold-blooded actions for which his dwarfism provides a FreudianExcuse.
** Tyrion also invokes the trope in "The Lion and the Rose" when he jokingly cautions Joffrey to be careful around the dwarf jesters since they tend to get horny.
* Subverted in Series/TheXFiles episode "Humbug". While investigating a series of murders in a small town populated by various ex-circus sideshow performers, Mulder catches the manager of the trailer park (who happens to be a little person) crawling around beneath the trailer where Scully is staying. The manager indignantly corrects Mulder's implied assumption that he was peeping. He was just doing some necessary repair work on the trailer, with Scully's knowledge, in fact. He further claims that he has no need to spy on Scully because he gets more than his fair share of tail from "curious" women.
* Several show up in ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'', although they tend to be more of the JerkAss variety that truly evil. And at least two of these die for being TooDumbToLive.
** At least two of them ends up being played by Peter Drinkage who played the aforementioned Tyrion in Game of Thrones.
* The Toddler in ''Series/HenryDanger'' is one of these. His whole schtick, is that he's a dwarf who acts like a toddler.

* Alberich in Wagner's ''Das Rheingold'' goes from desperate and love-starved to a bundle of perverse rage, determined to force the world to renounce love and slave for him while he dallies with the pretty women. He even sires a son with Queen Grimhilde, [[BastardBastard Hagen]] after he buys her love with gold.
* Frank Zappa's "The Torture Never Stops" mentions "a sinister midget."
* The Midget Pirates of Willigoat from Music/TheAquabats' song "Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates!"
-->Although they were wee men, they had big swords and were known for gutting many, and leaving few alive.
* ''Dr Greenthumb'' by Cypress Hill has a dwarf hitting on the Night Nurse.
* Bushwick Bill of Music/GetoBoys fame certainly liked to cultivate this persona. Be warned, 'cause "Size Ain't Shit." He does his share of {{horror|core}}-rapping on tracks like "Chuckie" and "Murder Avenue." In more recent years, though, he has subverted this trope by [[RatedGForGangsta venturing into gospel music]].

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* Many myths feature sinister LittlePeople -- for example, [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent goblins]] in English folklore, kobolds in German folklore, Little People in Myth/NativeAmericanMythology, and the Nibelungs in ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}''
** Dwarfs in Myth/NorseMythology are a rather interesting case. The concept of dwarfs may have evolved from [[OurElvesAreBetter dark elves]]; indeed, the ''Literature/ProseEdda'' equates dwarfs with ''dökkálfar'' and ''svartálfar'' (literally "dark elves" and "black elves" in Old Norse, respectively). As such, you'd expect these guys to be pretty nasty, and they often are in the myths. But as time went on, they became shorter and [[TheTamingOfTheGrue less malevolent]] until they were recognizable as the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarves]] (spelled with a ''v'', following Creator/JRRTolkien's example) that we know and love today.
* UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} folklore gives us [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nain_Rouge Nain Rouge]], a violent, loutish dwarf whose appearances are said to be [[PortentOfDoom a sign of misfortune to come]].

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Hornswaggle from the WWE universe.
* Doink the Clown from WWE (when it was still WWF) has the Dwarf sidekick "Dink" the clown.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* When Rubi gets captured in ''VideoGame/{{Wet}}'', she's subjected to the attentions of a dwarf TortureTechnician.
* Salazar from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4.''
* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' and [[VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}} its sequel]], squeaky-voiced midgets are commonly-faced enemies in Pandora, and are usually members of homicidal bandit gangs. One of the only named, voiced Midgets in either game is a boss called Sandman, a brutal, murderous pirate obsessed with finding a legendary treasure trove.
* ''VideoGame/GodHand'' has its share of midget enemies, the most notable being the Mad Midget Five and the Psychic Midget.
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series has Choi Bounge, a criminal who resembles a shrunken down [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]]. Mostly PlayedForLaughs, however.
* Ferra from ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' was originally thought to be a child, but is actually an example of this trope, a blood thirsty one, to be precise.
* One of the playable characters in ''VideoGame/ThrillKill'' is The Imp, a midget with a psychotic hatred of taller people who has a pair of stilts crudely grafted to his legs.
* The Imps from ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies''. Often seen riding a [[GiantMook Gargantuar]] who throws them into your defenses, they're tiny, fast, and yet as durable as a normal zombie.

* Dr. Knickerbockers from ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', who was actually based off of a recurring nightmare of the artists.
* PlayedWith in ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive''--[[GratuitousSpanish Pepito]] was originally the victim of depravity, being kept as [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk Avegadro]]'s SexSlave for years. When he was eventually liberated, however, he kept up the same messed-up habits (peeing on people, etc.). When he eventually learned English he turned out to be something of a JerkAss, including to the people who (admittedly rather begrudingly) helped save him in the first place. [[spoiler:Then he was eaten alive by {{Cat Girl}}s]].

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': The Murderous Moppets certainly qualify. They are a pair of AxCrazy, KnifeNut psychopaths who seem to lack any empathy whatsoever, especially towards their victims. They only show respect to Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, who they lust over, and The Monarch himself, who is the only person (besides Brock Sampson, obviously) who seems to be capable of scaring even them.
-->'''Tim-Tom''': We could take out his tongue.\\
'''Kevin''': With a knife!\\
'''Tim-Tom''': Remove his heart.\\
'''Kevin''': Yeah, with a knife!\\
'''Tim-Tom''': A bigger knife!\\
'''Kevin''': Fucking knife!
* One-shot WesternAnimation/BugsBunny villain [[WesternAnimation/BabyBuggyBunny Baby Face Finster]] is a criminal whose ''modus operandi'' is passing himself off as an ''infant''. He fits neatly into a baby basket.
* The Dwarf in ''[[WesternAnimation/IlEtaitUneFois Once Upon a Time...]]''