->"''Before we begin I'd like to discuss the subject of screaming. By saying this -- go right ahead.''"
-->-- '''Black Mask,''' ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''

A sadist is someone that enjoys the suffering of others. This is the kind of character that takes pleasure in inflicting ColdBloodedTorture and psychological abuse. Whether it's physical or psychological, a sadist will take pleasure in making or seeing others suffer. Sometimes a sadist has a LackOfEmpathy that stops that from feeling any guilt from the suffering they cause. However, that is not a prequisite. Most do indeed feel bad about their actions; they just enjoy it too much to ''stop''.

The {{Trope Namer|s}} comes from a RealLife disorder called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadistic_personality_disorder sadistic personality disorder.]] The word sadism itself originates from the Creator/MarquisDeSade, who was the author (and practitioner) of some rather sadistic works. The specific disorder was removed from the referenced Diagnosis and Statistics Manual after the 3rd edition (or rather, demoted to the "Other" section), partly due to fears of legal abuse (ie. the disorder being misused as a valid InsanityDefence), partly because the criteria was deemed flawed due to lack of research in the area.

Modern psychology has a much broader understanding of the term than listed above. In general, a sadist is anyone who seeks not only to harm another person, but to control or dominate them; others seek revenge (even pre-emptive revenge) for perceived slights, real or imagined, sometimes targeting innocent people as substitutes for the true subject of their wrath (eg. AbusiveParents); some are emotional vampires who like to experience terror by instilling it in others (kind of an inverse or twisted empathy); some take out their personal inadequacies, stresses or self-loathing on other people; and still others wish merely to feed their own ego- having power over another "proves" they are better than them; and some merely wish to see others suffer.

In practice, most sadists are not physically violent, and the ones who are usually come from a violent culture or background. Psychological and emotional sadism is much more common and, in some cases, much more sophisticated and harmful, being easier to disguise from either the victim or their loved ones. Its also, often, very mundane- the BadBoss, TheBully, and the DomesticAbuser are all often types of sadist. Many target family members in particular, as they are "safe" targets they can control easily, or otherwise go after someone who is in their power (eg. a MeanBoss with their employees, or a SadistTeacher with their students) so that it becomes harder for them to resist. Others, including the nastier types of internet {{Troll}}, prefer to target strangers and may hide their behaviour from those closest to them (at least, if they feel they will be judged for it), essentially leading a double-life.

The difference between TheSociopath and the sadist is that the latter ''wants'' to hurt others; the former is defined by their utter indifference and lack of remorse, and typically cause harm only as a means to an end. A sadist is not '''necessarily''' devoid of guilt; rather, like the {{Narcissist}}, they just ignore or find excuses for it, frequently blaming their victim ("You're stupid"; "you're weak"; "WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou", etc). That being said, the two disorders are highly comorbid, meaning that there are plenty of sadistic sociopaths and sociopathic sadists both in fiction and in Real Life. When sadism meets narcissism the results are equally ugly. {{Serial Killer}}s and, indeed, many violent criminals and personalities, often have shades of all of the above. Many sadists won't see, or even consider the idea that there is a problem with their behaviour.

The difference between this trope and a BloodKnight is that a sadist may not even enjoy fighting. They simply love the misfortune of others. Whereas a BloodKnight will enjoy fighting his opponent, a sadist is perfectly fine with torturing a helpless victim. Expect them to take extreme actions to make their victim suffer as much as possible. That said, there are plenty of characters who fit both bills. The ComedicSociopath is usually this trope PlayedForLaughs. See also ItAmusedMe (which may or may not include torture), HollywoodPersonalityDisorders, SoftSpokenSadist, and UnsexySadist. May overlap with AxCrazy, TheSociopath, MadDoctor, SadistTeacher, DepravedDentist, BloodKnight and LovesTheSoundOfScreaming. Compare and contrast with CombatSadomasochist, who's just as happy receiving pain as dishing it out. DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans often involves sadistic delight in the misery of a whole setting.

A sadist is quite capable of delving into StupidEvil if they take their joy for harming others over actually choosing the more intelligent decision.

Note that within the UsefulNotes/{{BDSM}} subculture, a person who can ''only'' get off through hurting others is pretty uncommon. Actual sexual sadists absolutely exist, of course; they just very rarely hang out in that community.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/BlackButler'' Sebastian and Grell fit well into this trope.
** Grell's favourite colour is red, and he delights in painting the world red with blood. His line of work as a reaper effectively involves him hacking up people with a chainsaw every night. With paperwork in between. [[spoiler: He is also actually UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper]]
** Sebastian isn't sadistic 24/7. He can be somewhat caring when it comes to Ciel, but he drops straight into sadism whenever he fights Grell: "You have a lovely screaming voice"
* Enter Vincent Nightray from ''PandoraHearts''. If he isn't molesting his stuffed animals with scissors, he's stalking his hot younger brother or kidnapping women.
* In ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'' Envy delights in giving pain to others...but he doesn't like the same being done to it.
** In the first ''Anime/FullMetalAlchemist'' anime, Envy is characterised in much the same way, hurting other people because of his DaddyIssues.
* In ''{{Durarara}}'' Izaya genuinely screws with people simply because he enjoys it and likes seeing their reactions -- except for [[ArchEnemy Shizuo]]. He ''hates'' Shizuo.
* Frieza of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' slowly kills his enemies rather than outright killing them as shown when he [[spoiler: impales Krillin with his horns]].
** Cell too, to even greater degrees. While Frieza is satisfied with only just the physical suffering of his victims, Cell prefers to add the psychological element to his cruelty, terrorizing and destroying any chance for hope his opponent has, before killing them.
** Kid Buu is a very sadistic OmnicidalManiac. Even he has hinted he would to enjoy the death of every living thing that exists.
*** His Super Buu form is on par in terms of sadism, even worse than Frieza or Cell. He specializes in killing his victims in extremely sadistic ways. He even killed a man by liquifying his own body, forcibly going down a guy's throat, and making him explode from the inside out. It also uses torment and psychological torture, such as the Gohan fight.
** Nappa, in fact, he seems to have a sadistic joy with each act of destruction he performs.
** Dr. Gero.
** Tao Pai Pai from the original series. He had no qualms [[WouldHurtAChild with wanting to kill Goku,]] even though he was only ''12.''
** Vegeta, especially in the earlier seasons.
** Future Androids 17 and 18 ''definitely'' qualify. Dear God...
* Russia from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' [[PerpetualSmiler almost always]] [[StepfordSmiler wears a smile]] despite being flat out cruel.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Suigetsu enjoys cutting off the limbs of his opponents before cutting of their heads.
** Sakon in the CreepyTwins duo of the Sound Five also counts, since he always likes to prolong fights.
** Hidan is the most obvious example. He intentionally strikes non vital areas of his opponent so that he can make them die a "[[BlatantLies good death]]". Though he does feel the need to join a ReligionOfEvil before acting on his sadistic impulses, so at least he feels his sadism needs some "higher" purpose.
** Orochimaru is a power-hungry psychopath but he clearly likes making people suffer along the way. He also seems to enjoy making a mockery of other peoples' beliefs and values, for example by how much his horrific actions freak other people out, as well as manipulating others to fight and die for him; in addition, his stated reason for trying to start another global war was "peace is boring". He also once lost the use of arms because he dragged a fight out for too long- because he was trying to make his opponent, his mentor the Third Hokage, psychologically suffer before losing.
*** He once tells Kabuto, his underling, that he is even crueller than he is. Kabuto is a MadDoctor who earned Oro's praise because he was able to keep their human experiments [[AndIMustScream alive for longer]], and later [[spoiler: forces the zombies of various famous ninja to fight their friends and family as a form of psychological warfare.]]
** Gaara the Sand ninja is introduced as a psychotic sadist- he believes he ''must'' kill people to [[AxCrazy feed the chaos inside of himself]], driven as he is by a combination of DemonicPossession, lifelong insomnia and a horrifically traumatic childhood. He once killed three ninja in battle, and then tried to find ''more'' people to kill because it wasn't enough. He also kept his older brother and sister in line by threatening to kill them if they didn't do what he said. He got better though.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' features many villains who enjoy inflicting torment and cruelty on the innocent. As Kenshiro despises such villains, they are often subjected to just as cruel ends.
* Okita Sougo from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''. Loves to see everyone, allies or enemies, in distress, but especially [[SitcomArchnemesis Hijikata]]. [[BunnyearsLawyer He's pretty dependable though when the times need for it.]]
* Dark Marik from ''YuGiOh'' is a pretty clear case of what used to be Sadistic Personality Disorder. He's a psychological and physical sadist, who rigs up his duels so that they will cause the maximum amount of emotional and physical trauma to the victims, gloating about it the entire time. The Spirit of the Millenium Ring is of a similar mindset, though he's not near as blatant about it as Dark Marik is.
* Rio Miyaichi from ''Manga/AnaSatsujin'' clearly enjoys her killings and frequently uses her main character boyfriend as an unwilling pawn in luring in victims, often at the expense of his own health and safety.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* {{Darkseid}} is a sadist on a tyrannical scale. He has built a galaxy-spanning empire as well as a ReligionOfEvil entirely on the concept of spreading misery and suffering and his self-proclaimed right to control, dominate and enslave all life in the universe. All of his underlings are absolutely terrified of him and he often has them tortured or killed for the most trivial offences -- or for no offence at all. One of those, Desaad, is actually the God of Sadism, though of the depraved spineless bully variety rather than the relentless force of evil his master embodies.
* [[ComicBook/{{New52}} The New 52]] version of Superwoman. Her lasso looks like barbed wire.
* TheJoker is typically characterised this way as well. His original Golden Age incarnation was out simply to kill people and terrorize the city, and many later versions are if anything worse.
* UsefulNotes/{{The Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}} {{Superman}} villain Mongul is a psychological sadist of the first degree, who in the Superman story ''ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything'' locked Superman into a [[LotusEaterMachine mental delusion]] that he can only escape by throwing away the things he cares about most. Superman was [[UnstoppableRage less than happy with Mongul]] upon finally coming out.
* Malekith the Accursed from ''TheMightyThor'', demonstrates a penchant for torture and dismemberment that few can rival.
* NormanOsborn has built his entire supervillain career around the torment of [[SpiderMan one man]], usually by targeting said man's [[RevengeByProxy friends and family]]. He is a misogynistic ControlFreak who was finally caught after it was discovered he was murdering his employees and nosy female reporters ForTheEvulz in his spare time, and his Green Goblin persona is an AxCrazy MadBomber whether or not it is Osborn himself [[SplitPersonality who is running the show.]] And he bullied and dominated the life of his only son Harry, in the delusional belief that this would make him more of a man.
* Another Spidey villain sadist is Carnage, whose mission in life is to go on ultraviolent killing sprees. He thinks the world is dull and uninteresting but can be made more colourful by spraying the streets red with blood. He is also a StrawNihilist who thinks the very idea that "murder is wrong" is just TheMan keeping you down, and that cowardice and weakness are the only reasons everyone else isn't killing too.
* The RedSkull sees ColdBloodedTorture as "recreation", frequently murders his subordinates for [[BadBoss no reason whatsoever]], trains himself by [[KingpinInHisGym fighting his underlings]] to the death without telling them it is "to the death", and seeks WorldDomination and [[AGodAmI godlike power]] mainly because he wants to [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans terrorise as many people as possible.]] He joined the Nazi Party because he wanted a quasi-legal reason [[TheBully to assault and kill people]], and has expressed empathy for both his abusive, drunken father and his EvilMentor UsefulFacts/AdolfHitler- specifically, for their psychological need to have victims, be it family for his dad or [[FinalSolution the Jews]] for Hitler, and is himself guilty of numerous war crimes and acts of terrorism. His backstory suggests he is driven by a monomaniacal desire to take revenge on the entire world for his [[FreudianExcuse crappy life]]. He suffers the odd bout of depression, but can be cheered up by reminding him of [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk all the atrocities]] he has commited in his life. And then there is [[DomesticAbuser his treatment of Mother Night...]] The Red Skull's entire motivation for villainy is recreating the sheer bliss he felt when he murdered a Jewish girl who rejected his creepy advances back when he was a bitter angry teenager. ''He's so twisted that torturing and killing people are the only things that make him happy''.

[[folder:Animated Films]]
* Rattlesnake Jake from ''{{Rango}}''. He constantly terrorizes his victims. In his first appearance, Jake strangles Beans and licks her face, and strangles her again in another scene, looking like he's enjoying it way too much.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', we have [[spoiler:Turbo, known as King Candy.]] "I should thank you...but it'd be more fun to kill you!"
* Lotso Huggin-Bear from ''ToyStory3'' is so embittered that his owner lost and replaced him that he snapped, took over the Sunnyside daycare centre, and turned it into a toy prison where he rules with an iron fist. While his principal aim is to ensure that he and his cronies get to live the good life and have run of the place, he clearly takes pleasure in deceiving new toys and bullying those under his power and gets especially mean when the idea of owners actually loving their toys is brought up [[spoiler: and nearly laughs as he leaves Woody and the others to ''burn to death'', saying "Where's your kid now, Sheriff?")]]. Even his underlings seem more than a little scared of him.
* Lord Business from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' is so sadistic, it's a wonder how they managed to put him in a kids' film. He kills a man in cold blood by decapitating him, he psychologically and physically tortures his lieutenant Good Cop Bad Cop to turn him into his puppet for his masterplan and he crushes Emmet's self-esteem brutally in the climax when [[spoiler: Vitruvius claims the prophecy was made up just before he dies]] before leaving him and the Master Builders to die in the Think Tank, which he sets to self-destruct. Oh, and let's not forget that after using Bad Cop for his own goals, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he abandons him to the same fate]].

[[folder:Live-Action Films]]
* In the film version of ''Film/BattleRoyale'' Kiriyama actually [[spoiler:joined The Program to kill students he doesn't even know, and shoots at them with a [[SlasherSmile smile]].]]
* Mr. Blonde from ''Film/ReservoirDogs''.
--> "I don't give a good fuck what you know, or don't know, but I'm gonna torture you anyway, regardless. Not to get information. It's amusing, to me, to torture a cop. You can say anything you want, but I've heard it all before. All you can do is pray for a quick death... which you ain't gonna get."
* Creator/SergioLeone had a tendency for writing characters like this. Ramon and Esteban Rojo from ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'', El Indio from ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'', Angel Eyes from ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', Frank from ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'', and Gunther Reza from ''Film/DuckYouSucker'' all enjoy hurting other people; for Indio and Frank in particular it is their whole ''raison d'etre''.
* Palpatine and Jabba The Hutt from ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* The Scorpio Killer from ''Film/DirtyHarry'' is completely AxCrazy and very sadistic as well.
* O-Dog and A-Wax from ''Film/MenaceIISociety''.
* Alex [=DeLarge=] from ''Film/AClockworkOrange''.
* Red Grant of ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''. His SPECTRE file describes him as a homicidal paranoiac, which comes into view when cornering Film/JamesBond, where, instead of just of going with the fake murder/suicide, Grant plans to humiliate and torture Bond.
-->"The first [bullet] won't kill you. Not the second. Not even the third. Not until you crawl over here and ''kiss my foot!''"
** Xenia Onatopp from ''Film/{{Goldeneye}}'', whether it be crushing her victims to death during sex or gleefully machine gunning a bunch of computer programmers.
* In ''Film/TheCrowCityOfAngels'', crime lord Judah Earl admits point blank to one of his goons he executes that hurting people is his only enjoyment.
-->'''Judah:''' Weren't you listening before, Basset? I said we all have our pleasures. Mine is the pain of others.
* Tommy De Vito from ''Film/GoodFellas'' is constantly seen using sadistic violence to threaten others, and shows no apparent mercy for his victims. He also seems to be very familiar with utilizing fear and humiliation, [[spoiler:especially when he kills Spider]].

* The CrapsackWorld of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' provides numerous examples, including:
** The BloodKnight Gregor Clegane, who as a child held his younger brother Sandor's face in a fire for playing with his discarded toy, and who leads a band of [[PsychoForHire Psychos For Hire]] in a campaign of RapePillageAndBurn against the hapless peasantry.
** Sadism runs InTheBlood of the ObviouslyEvil House Bolton, who have a history of [[FlayingAlive flaying their enemies alive]], and continue to practice it in secret despite it being outlawed by their overlords. Ramsay Snow's behavior is atrocious enough that his father Roose berates him for it -- not because he's appalled by what his son is doing, mind you, but [[PragmaticVillainy because it's bad for PR]].
** TheCaligula Joffrey Baratheon takes delight in his absolute power over his subjects, and particularly enjoys ordering executions, mutilations and forced duels to the death.
** And Joffrey is often compared to Aerys II, who did such lovely things as lighting people on fire and setting up {{Saw}}-like traps for the people who ''weren't'' on fire. At one point, one of his bodyguards reminisces that Aerys would get sexually aroused from seeing people burned alive, and one time clawed his own pregnant wife so fiercely while having sex with her that she had to be evacuated from the capital, covered in scratch-marks.
* ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'': IT, the BrainInAJar that rules over the world of Camazotz, refers to itself as "The Happiest Sadist".
* Morgoth, the BigBad of ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'', ''Literature/UnfinishedTales'', and ''Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth'', has sadism among his many unpleasant qualities. While torturing captives can get him useful information, he often just does it for fun even when it has no practical purpose, and takes great joy in his victims' agony.
** Sauron as well, though for slightly different reasons- several thousand years of being thwarted and forced to run away from fights- and on more than one occasion, the physical death of his body-, along with general decay of his powers, has left him extremely embittered and completely intolerant of anyone who defies his will. Case in point, his torture of Thorin's father- he tried to get him on side with a WeCanRuleTogether bargain, but one refusal from the dwarf was enough for Sauron to flip and torture him for days on end out of spite. By the time of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' he wants to dominate the world and destroy all opposition simply because that's all he's got left.
* As a child, Peter Wiggin from ''Literature/EndersGame'' flayed squirrels alive and subjected his brother to cruel games. His genius qualified him for Battle School, but he was rejected as too dangerous. As he grew up, his moral compass largely overcame his sadistic tendencies, and he used his intelligence for good.
** Achilles de Flandres is his inverse. He doesn't take pleasure in the method of death, favors efficiency over pain, doesn't even need to witness it, and only goes out of his way to kill someone if they have shamed him in some way. Yet he is more evil than Peter.
* The VillainProtagonist libertines written by the Creator/MarquisDeSade were all about enjoying themselves, very frequently at other people's expense -- and their treatment of others, particularly those they hated, was beyond cruel. There's a reason this guy is the inspiration for the word "sadism".
* From ''Literature/ThatHideousStrength'', Miss Hardcastle a.k.a. The Fairy. She uses cigarette burns to interrogate a prisoner--then she gets so carried away with the torture that she neglects to get any actual information from the prisoner.
* Drake Merwin from the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series is one of these. A vicious psychopath who serves both a [[TheSociopath sociopath]] and a GodOfEvil purely for the chance to hurt as many people as possible. There is rarely anything he does in the series that is not for the pleasure of harming another human being. His psychological profile at the Coates Academy even diagnosed him as a sadist. [[DeadpanSnarker Diana]] drew a smiley face next to it.
* Christian from ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''.
* Bellatrix Lestrange from "Literature/HarryPotter" is one, considering her aptitude for torture.
* [[RoyalBrat Venandakatra]] from ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' is also known as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Vile One]], and fully lives up to it. Anyone who crosses him in [[DisproportionateRetribution even the slightest way]] ends up on the wrong end of [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice a short stake]], even [[BadBoss minions who failed at impossible tasks]]. He also gets a kick out of [[WouldHurtAChild beating up kids]], among [[{{Lolicon}} far worse things]].
* Ivarr Ragnarson of ''TheLastLightOfTheSun'' is a SerialKiller and TortureTechnician whose dream in life is to successfully [[CruelAndUnusualDeath blood-eagle]] somebody while keeping them alive. Since blood-eagleing involves cutting open the victim's ribs and removing their lungs while they are still alive, this means all his victims are in for a long, drawn out, and thoroughly agonizing death, which Ivarr enjoys every moment of.
* ''Department 19'' has two examples. Alexandru Rusmanov is a cruel brute who revels in death and pain, inflicting it on his own minions when they fail him. Dracula is even worse, thinking up nauseating tortures and using them [[DisproportionateRetribution any time he has any kind of excuse]], and it's made clear that he greatly enjoys this.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Toby Meres from ''Series/{{Callan}}'' takes great pleasure out of 'interrogating' members of [[SpySpeak The Opposition]], is the only assassin in The Section who volunteers to visit the interrogation department, and generally enjoys seeing even his co-workers in pain (emotional or physical) and is inclined to try to see how much he can get away with in regards to increasing it.
* Angelus from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. "Last time I tortured somebody they didn't even have chainsaws."
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' is a show about sex crimes, and sadists show up from time to time. Whenever the VillainOfTheWeek is a SerialKiller, there is a good chance of him being one. Interestingly, the ''victim'' from the {{Pilot}} was one.
* Charles Augustus Magnussen from ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. Sherlock describes him as "a shark", as well as the worst person he had ever met, and says that he "picks on people who are different". He is a media baron who is secretly the "King of Blackmailers"; digging up dirt on people -- usually people in positions of power or influence -- seems to be his very ''raison d`etre''. But he doesn't use this information just to gain advantages for himself or his newspapers; he uses it, along with his ''own'' position of power, to bully and humiliate people in [[PsychopathicManchild extremely cruel and childish ways]], such as forcefully ''licking'' a government minister (something the law might consider sexual assault) after threatening to paint her husband as a child molester (her husband had earlier committed suicide over this threat -- he cheated on her with a 15 year old girl, but he thought she was of legal age -- so Magnussen going after the man's ''wife'' afterwards is beyond low), to ''pissing'' in Sherlock's fireplace, to ''having Watson thrown in a bonfire'' (claiming afterwards that he had a man there ready to save him if Sherlock didn't) and watching it on his television over and over and over again... all for no other reason than he ''can''. He also admits at the end that he is willing to publicly humiliate and ruin people in his newspapers regardless of whether he can actually prove anything he says.
* Many killers from ''{{Series/Hannibal}}'', but explicitly the man himself when somebody tries to copy his crimes and both Will and the [=FBI=] realize the key difference between the two killers- the copycat didn't ''torture'' his victims to death. Its strongly implied in the novels that this is how Lecter kills but it is made crystal clear here. Beyond that, of course, is that he is the TropeNamer of HannibalLecture for a reason, and in his particularly twisted pathology seems to regard psychological torture, CriminalMindGames, exercising and abusing power over others, and pitting people against each other as acts of ''love''. He likens himself to [[AGodAmI God]] and thinks that he is AboveGoodAndEvil, and believes that both he and God are cruel to those they love because that is [[WhatYouAreInTheDark simply their nature]].
* Many of the killers on ''Series/{{Luther}}''. The most notable example is VillainProtagonist Alice Morgan, whom Luther diagnoses as a malignant narcissist, a particularly nasty condition that combines narcissistic, antisocial, and sadistic behaviour into one vicious package.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'':
** Dickie Bennett, BigBadWannabe of Season 2 is a cowardly drug dealer who wants respect, and will inflict as much pain as he can on anybody who doesn't give it to him. His EstablishingCharacterMoment has him forcing a man to put his leg in a bear-trap because the man dared to grow weed without his permission. He later captures protagonist Raylan Givens, strings him up from a tree, and tries to beat him to death, gloating the entire time.
** Robert Quarles, BigBad of Season 3 is a SerialKiller and SerialRapist of male prostitutes (as well as a Detroit gangster). He kidnaps boys off the street, tortures and molests them, and then kills them, all as part of a hideous ritual that he can't seem to stop doing. Most of it stems from the utterly horrifying abuse he suffered at the hands of his own father.

* Many lyrics from DeathMetal songs has it.
* In the HipHop, several GangstaRap and {{Horrorcore}} songs (especially in the Horrorcore) tell stories of people quite sadistic.
* ''Music/TheBeatles''''s song ''Maxwell's Silver Hammer'' is about Maxwell Edison, an AxCrazy kid (and pretty sadistic) that uses the title hammer to murder a girl, his teacher, and the judge who took his case, in front of a full courtroom.
* DoomMetal band Saint Vitus, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LreyhwviA8Y The Sadist.]]
* The subject person in Music/AdamAndTheAnts' "Whip in my Valise", whose activities include pulling the wings off flies, killing grandmothers and good old punishment.
-->Your sadistic suits my masochistic

[[folder:Role Playing Games]]
* Only the most vile of ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'''s wide cast of villains are Sadists, including Michelle Glados, [[SoftSpokenSadist Carolyne Provencal]], Zed Provhezor, the Brickspider Bot v1.0, and [[spoiler:the Darkitect]], for they are the ones who actually enjoy watching the suffering of others.
* [[TabletopGames/LegendOfTheFiveRings Hida Tsuneo]] was the Crab Clan Champion and Right Hand of the Emperor during the reign of [[TheEmperor Hantei XVI]]. He was also unquestionably brutal, was personally involved in killing or torturing the Emperor's political enemies, and seemed to draw particular joy from hurting those who were physically weaker than himself. His defining moment probably came right before his death, when he was ordered by the Emperor to kill the Emperor's mother- and did so by ''crushing her head with his bare hands.''

* Orin Scrivello in ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' enjoyed torturing animals as a child. Naturally, he chose [[DepravedDentist dentistry]] as his career.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series is full of sadists, obviously being a CrapsackWorld:
** Catalina. She loves to cause misfortune or suffering to others, including sexual, and this is evident when she tortures C.J. for sexual pleasure.
** Tenpenny and Pulaski from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''.
** Ray Bulgarin and Dimitri Rascalov from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''.
** Heavily implied in protagonists like [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Tommy Vercetti]] (he always has to make a slaughter butchering their victims with chainsaws), [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony Luis Lopez]] and [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV Trevor Phillips]].
* Hazama of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' ''loves'' mind raping others, and {{troll}}s them as they get defeated. And that's not even mentioning the great enjoyment he appears to take in physically hurting his opponents in battle, either. It's suggested by another character in-story that he gets off on ruining people's lives and Hazama doesn't deny it.
-->'''Hazama:''' It's time for a little punishment! I'll let you feel the most ''exquisite'' pain! Does it hurt? ''[[BabyTalk Doej it huwt?]]''
* ''Franchise/StarCraft'': Kerrigan the "Queen of Blades", and leader of the Zerg loves playing mind games with the other factions, and pitting them against each other, usually by feigning innocence to gain their trust. In ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' this attitude of hers returns, when she tries to weaken Zeratul's mind by making him beleive the Protoss will be doomed to extinction no matter what he does.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'': Alice, a CuteAndPsycho antagonist, is mentioned to be a Sadist. She's also seen kicking around her subordinates, and laughing at their pain.
* [[PetalPower Yuuka Kazami]] from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. So much that she received the [[FanNickname nickname "Ultimate Sadistic Creature" from the fans]], and spawned the [[MemeticMolester "Everyone is M for Yuuka" meme]].
** In her first appearance in ''Lotus Land Story'', she playfully threatened to reduce you to a mist of atoms.
** In her second appearance in ''Mystic Square'', her motive for wrecking through Makai and beating people up is basically because [[ItAmusedMe she's bored and wants to play]]. She also uttered her infamous "Genocide is just a game" line. Her tendency to add [[SayItWithHearts "<3"]] at the end of every sentence doesn't help.
** In the Windows era, she reappears in ''Phantasmagoria of Flower View'', where she's supposedly has calmed down a lot. She still threatened everyone who met her, or accepted other character's accusations of being the culprit of the incident, [[SureLetsGoWithThat even when she's really not]], just so she has a reason to beat them up. When [[TheJudge Eiki Shiki]] confronted her about this, she said it was just 'daily teasing'.
** In [[{{Fanon}} fanworks]], she's often portrayed as downright AxCrazy.
* ''KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'' introduces us to Larxene, a member of Organization XIII (and the only female member discounting Xion). She has many KickTheDog moments she enjoys, and Demyx even fears her, calling her a [[{{WitchWithACapitalB}} witch]].
* We get two of these in the ''[[{{Franchise/RatchetAndClank}} Ratchet & Clank]]'' games: Courtney Gears and Gleeman Vox, the latter being owner of an illegal gladiator games franchise.
* The MetalGearSolid franchise provides us with two. The first being Revolver Ocelot, who is outright referred to as one in the first game, and takes great joy in torturing Snake, and [[spoiler:tortured Donald Anderson to death]]. If the player forfeits during the torture sequence, he promises to kill Meryl, for no other reason than to be cruel.
** But worse than him, ''by far'' is Colonel Volgin, from MetalGearSolid3. Unlike Ocelot, who serves higher (if extremely convoluted) purposes, Volgin's sole motivation for anything he does is to cause other people as much pain and suffering as humanly possible, which is why there's no small reason why he's one of the only MGS villains to not get the DracoInLeatherPants treatment. Within minutes of being introduced, he nukes his own country [[ItAmusedMe just because he can]], knowing full well it could spark a war, and during the game, he abuses EVA, both physically and sexually, he beats a suspected informant to death with his bare hands, beats Sokolov [[spoiler: also to death]], and tortures Snake/Big Boss as well, expressing enthusiastic enjoyment when he sees Snake losing bladder control due to the pain. He is also stated to be personally responsible for hundreds of murders, most of them again, by beating people to death with his bare hands.
* From the ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' series, we have [[AxCrazy Juri]] [[BloodKnight Han]]. She loves to have fun, but unfortunately her fun involves beating her opponents within an inch of their lives. [[DepravedBisexual It doesn't matter if they're a guy or girl]] as long as she gets to torture them. It gets to where she literally [[OrgasmicCombat gets off]] [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence on the pain she inflicts]].
* Don Morello from ''VideoGame/MafiaTheCityOfLostHeaven'', who is introduced beating an innocent person who accidentally rammed into his car to death. The next cutscene he is in sees him torturing a dockworker who went on strike.
* Dr Vile/Weil of [[MegaManZero the Zero series]] is a huge sadist. He admits that during the Elf Wars he personally enjoyed the mass slaughter and devestation brought by his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Omega, and in the present [[LovesTheSoundOfPeopleScreaming enjoys watching "pigs squeal."]] In Zero 4 [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans he makes life in Neo Arcadia horrible]] and takes glee in the idea of destroying nature. While he does have a reason for this(mainly make humanity suffer [[FateWorseThanDeath for what they did to him]], it's made all to clear from [[LaughingMad his attitude]] he's enjoying this. Combined with [[ItsAllAboutMe his narcissistic personality]] and [[OmnicidalManiac desire for destruction]], this makes Dr Weil [[KnightOfCerberus one the most horrifying villains in Mega Man history.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* [[spoiler:Kirei Kotomine]] of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' confesses that he is capable of feeling joy only in witnessing the suffering of others. His abuse is mostly psychological and he prefers to guide events so that others inflict suffering on themselves. At the same time, [[spoiler:[[ReluctantPsycho he still has a conscience and so knows taking pleasure in others' suffering is evil]]]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Mryorg the ogre in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', who, as the result of one too many journeys into hell, has been stripped of his ability to get satisfaction from anything except inflicting suffering on others.
** Dellyn Goblin-Slayer enjoyed the ColdBloodedTorture he inflicted on monsters, both the physical and the emotional. He also couldn't fully enjoy [[RapeIsASpecialKindOFEvil raping Kin]] unless he'd beaten her to near death at the same time.
* Jae of ''Webcomic/{{Magience}}'' enjoys other people's pain.
-->'''Jae:''' Memories of your screams will be my lullaby for the next decade, at least.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Pretty Pink Ponytails in ''Literature/AngelOfDeath'' loves nothing more than a nice, long session of ColdBloodedTorture in the form of a childish game in her special "playroom."
* [[spoiler: Gray Boy]] in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' is this, greatly enjoying using his time-looping powers to subject people to eternal torture.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Itchy from the ShowWithinAShow titled ''TheItchyAndScratchyShow'' is the king of this trope.
** Basically, every character from ''TheSimpsons'' has been a sadist in some way or other at least once -- excluding Marge and Maggie -- especially when they watch this program.
** This is especially in characters like Mr. Burns, Sideshow Bob and Bart Simpson.
* Ren Hoek from ''TheRenAndStimpyShow'' is probably one of the most sadistic cartoon characters in the 90s WesternAnimation. There have been several episodes where it is implied that he loves to inflict pain physic and psychologic of others and ''even himself''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' episodes "[[Recap/MrBogusS2E1ComputerIntruder Computer Intruder]]" and "[[Recap/MrBogusS2E5BadLuckBogus Bad Luck Bogus]]" featured a [[{{Gonk}} huge and hideous]] EvilKnockoff of the eponymous character who delighted in torturing Bogus.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is a series full of sadists, [[BlackComedy for obvious reasons]]:
** Eric Cartman. He's a sociopathic EnfantTerrible who is frequently shown to have a horrific sense of humor at the expense of others. He laughs at several of Kenny's deaths, delights in torturing Kyle relentlessly (and revels in the idea of actually killing him) and is revealed at one point to have bullied a classmate to the point of being DrivenToSuicide. And probably, one of the most sadistic moments in the entire series was in the ending of "Scott Tenorman Must Die".
-->'''Mr Mackey:''' Well, what did you use to think was funny?
-->'''Cartman:''' You know, all the usual stuff. Dirty jokes, funny movies, seeing someone die...
** The Woodland Critters. What list would be complete without the mention of them? They have been considered one of the most sadistic, twisted and evil things ever imagined. Even with the conclusion that they love to give their victims with a slow and painful death.
*** And we do mean "imagined"- they are the products of Cartman's imagination.
** Saddam Hussein. In the film, he takes a sadistic joy (and probably sexual) when torturing Kenny.
** Grandma Stotch (Butters's grandmother). She is horribly sadistic, bullying her own grandson ForTheEvulz.
** Mickey Mouse. He treats his employees horribly, and what does he do? just laughs at the pain of one of them when he hit him brutally.
* In TMNT a character named Don Turtelli is presented as a sadist, who like to interrogate people by tickling their feet with feather, unlike other villains who just put heroes in dangerous situations. This is also presented when in one episode Turtelli was torturing two kids, Rat King, who is dangerous villain was disgust with Tortellis method, he said ,,I can't stand to watch...''
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** Stewie Griffin in the earlier seasons.
** Even Brian has sadistic tendencies. He frequently kills and terrorizes squirrels for pure sadism. [[EvenEvilHasStandards This is a act that even shocks Stewie.]]
** [[BigBad Carter]] is even ''worse''. Although not an inventor nor showing a particularly murderous streak, he is often gleefully sadistic, particularly towards Peter, and is shown to keep a Rancor in a pit below his house in "Peterotica". Worse, he torments orphans ForTheEvulz and it is implied that molested ''his own daughter'' when she was a child.
** Jeff Fecalman from "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS10E3ScreamsOfSilenceTheStoryOfBrendaQ Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q.]]" ''definitely'' qualifies as well. Unlike Peter and the other reoccurring [[{{Jerkass}} jerks]] of the show, he is known as one of the most evil villains of the show and has no redeeming qualities.
* ''SpongeBobSquarePants''
** Plankton. Even in one episode is seen in a dream, he is destroying Bikini Bottom, even tried to crush gary with a sadistic glee. And this is is evident even in the movie, where he feels a great excitement and joy when Mr. Krabs will be executed.
** The entire Bikini Bottom people has sadistic tendencies. This is evident in episodes like "No Hat For Pat" and "Spongicus".
* ''InvaderZim'' is a complete AxCrazy, PsychoForHire, but also, very sadistic.
** The Almighty Tallests as well.
* Stevearino from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' is a good example. He sadistically tortures and kills cats for fun.
** Barry, when is not medicated.
* [[spoiler: Eddy's Brother]] from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddysBigPictureShow''. [[spoiler: He had no qualms over beating his little brother and Edd. Unlike Kevin and Sarah, he has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.]]
* Bender from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
* In ''BeavisAndButthead'', the duo protagonist, Coach Buzzcut, Todd and the crazy old farmer.
* WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries: Several villains, with TheJoker and the Scarecrow beign the obvious examples, the latter especially since his crimes are almost entirely based around spreading terror and driving people insane with fear. There is also the one-shot villain Lock-Up, a cruel and power-mad guard at Arkham who thinks that criminals deserve to be tortured and clearly enjoys doing it- and when stopped, expands his definition of "criminals" to those who got him fired or condemned his actions, as well as Gordon, the Mayor and Batman because he thinks they are too "soft" on criminals. He is so scary the other Bat-rogues tried to escape Arkham solely to get away from him.
** Pamela Isley, alias Poison Ivy: all her crimes imply Pamela enjoying the suffering of others. She is a ControlFreak and while most of her crimes fall into WellIntentionedExtremist territory, although at the same time she just enjoys taking revenge on behalf of mother nature. Like Lock-Up, she is a good example of a sadist who truly thinks that their victims had it coming.
* Mojo Jojo from ''ThePowerPuffGirls''. He had no qualms about trying to kill the professor.
** Him as well. He enjoys torturing his victims psychologically.
** Dick Hardly.
* The Lich from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
** The Fight King as well.
* [[BigBad Katz]] from ''CourageTheCowardlyDog'' is a very sadistic villain, to the point of being frightening.
* Captain Hero and Spanky Ham from ''DrawnTogether''.
* Vicky the Babysitter from ''TheFairlyOddParents''. Her main hobby? Torturing, tormenting and presumedly trying to kill children ForTheEvulz, though she also tries to profit from this by hiring out her services to gullible people who [[VillainWithGoodPublicity think she is good at her job]]. She also bullies her little sister and even her own parents.
** Crocker (a SadistTeacher) as well, especially in the earlier seasons.
** A OneShotCharacter named Miss Doombringer is ''even worse'' than Crocker.
** Francis, TheBully.
** Wanda himself is this in "A Bad Case Of Diary-Uh!", at the point of being an AxCrazy.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' has the host of the show, Chris [=McLean=]. This man throws teenagers in the most perverse, screwed-up challenges ever just for kicks and ratings. By the time of the fourth season, the original cast is so sick of him that many have sworn to never be on the show again in any capacity, barring the demos and other schticks their contracts required for the new cast of contestants/victims. DJ ''freaked'' when he was back in Camp Wawanakwa for a challenge in the fourth season, and he was the ''judge''. The ''only'' reason a fifth "All-Stars" season happened is because of their contracts, with many explicitly stating that they hated Chris. There's a reason the writers have stated that Chris is the series' BiggerBad.