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[[caption-width-right:350:Angelus: "The most vicious creature (The Master) ever met."]]

->'''Harmon Rabb''': ''And for that, you beat her to death?''
->'''Charlie Lynch''': ''You have a problem with that?''
-->--''Series/{{JAG}}'', "Goodbyes"

Television has evolved a lot over the years. It used to be that you couldn't even say the word "damn" on the airwaves. Now you've got entire cable channels where people can say anything they want. These looser standards have also made it that much easier to showcase [[CompleteMonster genuinely horrifying villains]]. These characters can be either recurring or, especially in the case of CrimeAndPunishmentSeries, [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters Of The Week]] (no pun intended).

!!Shows with their own pages:

* ''[[Monster/TwentyFour 24]]''
* ''Monster/AmericanHorrorStory''
* ''Monster/{{Arrowverse}}''
* Monster/CSIVerse
* ''Monster/CriminalMinds''
* Monster/{{Disney}}
* ''[[Monster/ASongOfIceAndFire Game of Thrones]]''
* ''Monster/{{Highlander}}''
* ''Monster/KamenRider''
* ''Monster/LawAndOrder''
* ''Monster/PowerRangers''
* ''Monster/StarTrek''
* ''Monster/SuperSentai''
* ''Monster/TheXFiles''
* Monster/{{Whoniverse}}

!!Other Examples:

[[folder: A - B]]
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
** The Clairvoyant aka [[spoiler:John Garrett]] is the BigBad of the first season. Heading the Centipede Project [[spoiler:as a powerful figure in HYDRA]], the Clairvoyant has superpowered individuals abducted and experimented on, [[BadBoss implants his soldiers]] with {{explosive leash}}es, which he utilizes should they [[YouHaveFailedMe fail him]] or [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlive their usefulness]], had Coulson [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] to reveal the secret of his revival, and frequently [[IHaveYourWife kidnaps and threatens the lives of the loved ones of his "employees"]] in order to ensure their complete loyalty. At one point he implanted a SHIELD Agent with an {{explosive leash}} and forced her to work for him, work that included massacring a subway train full of bank security personnel to get what they were guarding. Later he implanted an Explosive Leash in Mike Peterson as well, abducted his son, and turned Mike into the cyborg villain Deathlok against his will. [[FauxAffablyEvil Despite his cheery demeanor]], the Clairvoyant has no loyalty or empathy for anyone, not even to his [[UndyingLoyalty undyingly loyal]] [[TheDragon right-hand man]], [[spoiler:Grant Ward]], whom he nearly killed to further his own plans. Later, he would force [[spoiler:Ward]] to [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten attempt to murder his two friends]], [[spoiler:Fitz and Simmons]], in order to prove he's not weak. Ultimately, the Clairvoyant's true interest was extending his own life, and once he'd achieved that he went on to plan world domination.
** [[MadScientist Daniel Whitehall]], real name [[ThoseWackyNazis Werner Reinhardt]], is [[BigBad one of the heads]] of ComicBook/{{HYDRA}} in Season Two's present day and a true and original believer in the ComicBook/RedSkull's cause of eliminating TheEvilsOfFreeWill, as well as a ControlFreak and a [[{{Sadist}} sadistic]] [[TheSociopath sociopath]]. This [[FourEyesZeroSoul bespectacled]] madman [[FauxAffablyEvil seems pleasant]], but is anything but. He’s performed [[TestedOnHumans murderous human experiments]] with the Obelisk designed to [[ForScience test how quickly people died after touching it]] (as well as implicitly tricking Crusher Creel into carrying it around with him to see how many people he would accidentally kill after doing so); [[ColdBloodedTorture brutally tortured, eviscerated and killed a woman via surgery]] to get his hands on [[ImmortalityImmorality her powers of lasting youth]], while he [[EvilGloating says]] that he was sloppy at the time and that he's now [[TortureTechnician mastered the art]] of [[AndIMustScream keeping victims of this procedure conscious while he does it without anesthesia]]; [[FrameUp framed]] ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} for killing sprees which he himself organized; ordered the Bus shot down after forcing its passengers to hand over Raina. He wants to use both the Obelisk and the city it leads to in order to create a WeaponOfMassDestruction, which he will use to kill [[AMillionIsAStatistic to millions if not billions of people]]. In addition, he [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil tortures]] and [[MindControl brainwashes]] people, including loyal SHIELD agents, into becoming his [[BrainwashedAndCrazy slaves]]. [[spoiler: He was planning to torture Skye to death to spite her father -- as he did to her mother -- and was going to [[ForcedToWatch force him to watch]]; he was also [[SlasherSmile smiling]] as he was about to shoot her father-"The Doctor"-just before Coulson gunned him down.]]
* ''Series/{{Alcatraz}}''
** [[SerialKiller Kit Nelson]] is a savage [[WouldHurtAChild child-killer]] who is [[EvenEvilHasStandards despised by all the other hardened inmates in Alcatraz]]. He murdered his younger brother when they were both kids by strangling him to death. Then he placed a flower on his brother's bed, [[ThemeSerialKiller adopting this method]] for all his subsequent murders. He breaks into young boys' bedrooms at night to abduct them at knifepoint, threatening to kill their families if they don't comply. He forces them to take part in his late brother's favorite hobbies for a few days, before strangling them to death with murderous glee. Afterwards he drops off the boys' bodies back in the place he abducted them from.
** [[MadBomber Paxton Petty]] plants mines in public places and enjoys watching people get blown to pieces. During UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar, he planted mines in the local children's playgrounds to eliminate potential ChildSoldiers, for which he was arrested and sent to a military prison. After escaping Alcatraz, he starts to plant more mines around San Francisco (including in elementary school yards) to kill as many random civilians as possible. He [[LandMineGoesClick traps Agent Hauser on one of these mines]], but modifies the bomb in such a way that the bomb disposal expert who rescues Hauser would inevitably be killed during the dismantling procedure no matter what they did.
* ''Series/AllMyChildren'': Michael Cambias is a cut above the typical SoapOpera villain. Coming to Pine Valley with a goal of taking over all the major corporations based there, he used spies and a seduction of Kendall (using an alias), exploiting her hatred of Erica Kane, with a goal of stealing top-secret formulas and documents. One of his spies, Lena, is also his lover, with orders to seduce Erica's daughter, Bianca; Lena winds up falling for her, but is forced to continue working for Michael due to threats against her mother. Kendall, meanwhile, finds out about the affair between him and Lena, deciding to become a double agent; when Michael catches her in his office, he attempts to rape her, but Erica stops him. After double-crossing him by pretending to leave her company, Michael tries to rape Erica, but Kendall returns the favor in stopping him. When he's thwarted from that, he goes and rapes Bianca--getting back at all three women in one fell swoop, as Bianca is simultaneously Kendall's sister, Erica's daughter, and Lena's girlfriend.
* ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'': "Margot" from season 5’s "The Tale of the Night Shift" is a [[GenderBender teenage girl]] who gets a job as a nurse at a hospital working on the night shift. We find out that "Margot" is actually a {{sadist}}ic, ancient [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] who spends his time feeding on the hospital’s staff and patients, one of whom is a [[WouldHurtAChild young boy in a wheel chair]], and attempting to turn them into his vampire slaves. When confronted by the episode’s protagonist Amanda and her friend Colin, the vampire compares a hospital to a candy shop for him. When Amanda's recently turned friend Felix tries to help Amanda, the vampire attacks him too. During the climax of the episode, the vampire chases Amanda to the roof of the hospital and lifts her up, planning to drop her off and lick up what's left, all while relishing Amanda's screams, before deciding the old-fashioned way is a better way to kill. Even in this NightmareFuel-filled [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids series]], "Margot" stands out.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Jha'Dur, known as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Deathwalker]], from season 1’s [[Recap/BabylonFiveS01E09Deathwalker episode of the same name]], is a Dilgar war criminal and the worst example her species had to offer. Known for performing gruesome experiments upon innocents, Jha'Dur finds herself upon Babylon 5 and when cornered, she unveils a grand scheme: to offer immortality to the other planets' governments. Earth accepts her offer and Deathwalker reveals the secret of immortality to Commander Jeffrey Sinclair: it would require cannibalism, forcing civilizations to fall upon and destroy each other. The [[ForTheEvulz sheer delight]] she took in watching others suffer was nearly unmatched in the series
** Lord Refa, from seasons 2 and 3, started off as an SmugSnake who wanted to “return the Centauri to Glory,” but he's the one who started Londo off on his StartOfDarkness, making him ask Morden, the Shadows' servant, for favors. He's the one who began the Narn/Centauri War and authorized the illegal weapons the Mass-Drivers used against the Narn Homeworld, killing hundreds of millions. Refa's only loyalties were to himself and his own ambitions and he thinks nothing of condemning countless innocents to death
** Cartagia, [[TheCaligula the mad Emperor of the Centauri]], from season 3, was a psychotic despot who let his whims dictate Centauri society. He authorizes the ethnic cleansing of Narn and when the Narn leader G'Kar falls into his clutches, Cartagia has him [[ColdBloodedTorture viciously tortured]] simply [[ForTheEvulz for fun]] even stepping in to do it personally, before opting to attempt to sacrifice his own race just because [[AGodAmI he feels he's a God and can do whatever he likes]].
** In season 4 [[PresidentEvil Earth's despot President William Morgan Clark]], while rarely seen, turns Earth Government into a dictatorship, has the Psi Corp MindRape as a form of interrogation, and forms [[ANaziByAnyOtherName the Nightwatch]], a group of secret police to kill and torture political enemies. He has dissidents [[ColdBloodedTorture brutally tortured]] as procedure and bombs civilian colonies, including Mars. When his war is lost, [[TakingYouWithMe he even tries to turn weapon systems to destroy Earth]], solely out of spite.
* ''Series/BatesMotel'':
** Season 1’s BigBad, Jake Abernathy, AKA Joe Fioretti, the boss of a SexSlave trade, operates his business out of several towns and supplies some of his subordinates with girls as a special compensation. When he learns that the operation in White Falls is compromised, Abernathy begins to stalk Norma Bates and threaten her to get the money he believes she has. When he is confronted by Sheriff Romero, Abernathy attempts to establish a new partnership with him to continue the slavery business and keep it going in White Falls.
** [[DirtyCop Zach Shelby]] seems at first like a [[FauxAffablyEvil charming, likable guy]] who wants to help Norma Bates and her family out. It is soon revealed Shelby is a deadly, violent man who participates (along with Keith Summers, who is killed early on) in the sex slave operation under the direction of Jake Abernathy and just helped out the family so he could sleep with Norma. Shelby keeps an Asian sex slave named Jiao locked in terrible conditions in his basement where he regularly rapes her, and when he discovers the Bates family have helped her escaped, he attempts to murder them all. When he sees Jiao again, he tries to murder her as well, presumably succeeding, before he forces Norma, Norman and Dylan Bates into the motel so that he can kill them.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'':
** [[BigBad (John) Cavil aka Number One]] is the de facto leader of the Cylons [[PsychoPrototype and the first model of the Significant Eight]] made by the Final Five, the progenitors of the race. He proves to be a hateful being angered by his creators' decision to give him a human body. He [[CainAndAbel kills his brother Daniel]] out of jealousy, wiping out the line. He wipes the minds of his five parents and reprograms his siblings to forget about them. Then he puts the Final Five on human worlds to witness the genocide he initiates against the Twelve Colonies and hunts down the surviving humans to spite his parents and to make them realize they should love him as the "prince of the universe" he fancies himself as. Despite professing to want revenge for the humans' enslavement of the Centurions, he [[{{Hypocrite}} promptly does]] [[RobotsEnslavingRobots the same thing]]. He uses a ScarpiaUltimatum to rape his mother and tortures and mutilates his father. During his time in the human fleet Cavil also killed a young orphan boy just because they were becoming friends, and at the end of the series tries to dissect little Hera Agathon to uncover the secret to Cylon procreation. He permanently boxes the Threes over the other Cylons' objections. When half of his brethren break with him over his enslavement of the Centurions and Raiders, he promptly wipes out the Sixes, Twos, and Eights, leaving only a handful alive. While John claims he wants to be a robot more than anything, he willfully succumbs to the lowest human instincts he so hates: vengeance, lust, and sadism.
** Phelan, the ex-military mercenary turned crime lord from season 2’s "[[Recap/BattlestarGalactica2003S02E14BlackMarket Black Market]]," runs the titular market and garrotes anyone who threatens his supremacy. When Apollo investigates the death of one of Phelan's competitors, the man pays him a visit, abducting the HookerWithAHeartOfGold Apollo had been seeing regularly and taking her daughter, warning Apollo that "I hear any more talk about Fisk I'm gonna send your whore back to you piece by piece, and then I'm gonna start on the little girl." As if that's not enough, in his headquarters he keeps a bunch of children locked in a cell. When Apollo confronts him and asks about that, he claims that some people are "demanding". When Apollo demands the kid back, Phelan replies, "Sorry, the little girl's been paid for. No refunds."
* ''Series/BeingHumanUK'':
** William Herrick, John Mitchell's sire, is a truly nasty piece of work. Initially hiding under a FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire facade, Mitchell learns the truth when he sees that Herrick has kept a larder for the vampires consisting of homeless people and teenage runaways where they are fed on relentlessly with no time to recover. When Mitchell protests, Herrick puts him firmly in the 'minus' column and decides to kill him and everyone he loves. Later, Herrick casually slaughters a police station after he is resurrected and regains his memory. Before this, he stabs his pregnant nurse in the back, having considered sparing her but opting not to as he doesn't wish anyone to think he's gone soft. Even before he became a vampire, Herrick was a piece of work and was turned by his sire Hettie while trying to sell her to a brothel. Hettie looks ''ten.''
** Alfie Kirby is the ghost of a SerialKiller whose favored method of killing was to seduce women by pretending to be great with kids and then murder the families once they trusted him. He turns the housemates against each other through manipulation and shatters Annie the ghost her into pieces, before performing a celebratory HappyDance and immediately trying to [[WouldHurtAChild kill a baby]].
** Finally, we have Mr. Snow, the de facto leader of The Old Ones, the ruling class of vampires. Snow is so ancient he claims to have looked upon “pharaohs and the son of the carpenter.” First introduced when he forces a ship's crew to feed him a luckless young man with the chilling tonight "Someone Or Everyone," Snow planned to launch a full war to enslave humanity and in the timeline where he isn't stopped, personally drained the British Prime Minister on live TV. Snow would preside over a regime where humans were enslaved and drained, all with nothing more than cheery good humor.
* ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'': [[SerialRapist Douglas Atherton]] is a wanted rapist from England. He comes to America, renames himself Miles Cannon, and becomes a teacher to find new victims. At the end of season 2 he raped Naomi Clark, even telling her that because she lied about him sexually harassing her earlier, no one would believe her about her rape. After he is found out, he flees his apartment, only to confront Naomi later on and threaten her with a knife.
* ''Series/BlackSails'': Ned Low, captain of ''The Fancy'', outdoes any other pirate in series for evil and cruelty. In the opening scenes of Season 2, Low waylays a ship called ''The Good Fortune'' that peacefully surrenders, but upon finding a valuable hostage on the ship, Low has the crew massacred and personally shoots the captain dead as the man pleads he has a family. Low sets up shop at Nassau and tries to intimidate the head of business Eleanor Guthrie with a speech of how his crew knows Low is a monster. He later fantasizes about raping Eleanor to within an inch of her life. When his quartermaster, Meeks, tries to ally with Eleanor, Low [[ColdBloodedTorture tortures]] and [[OffWithHisHead beheads him]] in full view of Eleanor's entire bar, then kills her bodyguard when the man tries to make him leave. Low makes clear he will eventually come for Eleanor and confesses he is a man driven solely by cruelty and instinct that he often surrenders to. As he himself says: "When they see me slaughter the crew of ''The Good Fortune''. When they see me [[TongueTrauma cut out a man's tongue]] for lying. When they see me [[ManOnFire burn]] a [[WouldHurtAChild boy]] alive in front of his father. There's no lie there. There's no remorse. I simply don't have it in me."
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'': Raiker from season 1's "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS1E2SpaceFall}} Space Fall]]" is a sadomasochistic dictator to the prisoners. He keeps a keen eye on female convicts who can pass muster to be his {{sex slave}}s, who get dumped out of the ship when they reach the prison planet or [[ThrownOutTheAirlock en route]]. When our protagonist Blake takes over the ship, Raiker deals with this by executing the prisoners to get Blake to surrender, and then two more ForTheEvulz. He appalls even his fellow crewmates.
* ''Series/BlueBloods'':
** Dick Reed, the {{serial killer}}/[[SerialRapist rapist]] from season 1's "Re-Do," is a thoroughly [[HeManWomanHater misogynistic]] SmugSnake who gets his conviction overturned because [[OffOnATechnicality a lab tech screwed up the protocols]]. He scares his surviving victim into silence and lets one of his fanboys have her. He also beats his sister and ties her up for saying something she "shouldn't have." He shows zero remorse and no redeemable qualities and after [[SlashedThroat slitting a janitor's throat]], he finally attempts to perform his usual MO on Erin Reagan, the ADA who convicted him, before she is saved by Frank.
** The Phantom, aka Donald Washington, from season 2's "The Life We Chose," is a cold-blooded crack dealer and murderer. He shoots detective Cruz and kills Detective Gates, who [[IHaveAFamily pleads that he has three kids]], to which Phantom replies "Too bad for them". This [[EvenEvilHasStandards shocks his cohort]], who was only planning on robbing them. Phantom [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness later kills his cohort]], targets Ray Bell, a man who ratted him out to the police, and holds Ray's family hostage.
** Yuri Denko, an {{arms dealer}} whom Erin prosecutes in season 2's "Working Girls," is a cold-blooded {{sadist}} who has no problem executing a man's wife in front of him in their living room over a business dispute. He then threatens the man's children in a courtroom outburst to scare him into not testifying, then has him killed after the threats scare him into running. He puts out a hit on the surviving witness, hounding her mercilessly, and went after her grandma back in Russia, too (the FSB got there first and protected her).
* ''Series/BlueHeelers'':
** [[WouldHurtAChild Vincent Platt]] from season 3’s "Spider Man" and "Day of Reckoning" is introduced getting his kicks watching police divers fish out the body of a little girl who was kidnapped, raped and murdered, one of his victims, which disgusts Wayne. The police bring him in, but they can't get any evidence out of him so they cut him loose. He immediately kidnaps another girl, and when he's brought in he refuses to help, cries about his rights, then tries to bait Nick into attacking him by describing techniques on kidnapping little children and how sexually appealing they are. When that doesn't work, he tries to assault him. Nick then brings in the photo of Platt's victim, trying to appeal to some form of decency. Platt steals the photo, taunts Nick about the victim, [[CardCarryingVillain declares he doesn't have a conscience]], and brags that the police "will never find the little bitch.” Nick is so infuriated he tries to kill Platt, before becoming disgusted at what he might have done, but it gives Platt the idea to bash himself and make it look like Nick did it; this [[HoistByHisOwnPetard fatally backfires]]
** Ashley Barker from season 12’s "Childs Play” and her boyfriend Luke Knight find young adults to have sex with, by force if they are not willing, then brag about it and Ashley videotapes it and posts it on the Internet. When Luke had picked out a girl, he genuinely liked her. Ashley reacts by using a pair of scissors to stab the girl. She then got Luke to slash her throat but he couldn't, so after he stabbed the victim until he got tired Ashley kept stabbing her even though she was well past dead before she and Luke made another girl Beth stab her as well. When caught, Ashley and Luke both mock the victim's mother.
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'': While other gangsters have shown shades of ruthlessness and callousness, [[AxCrazy Giuseppe Colombano "Gyp" Rosetti]] from season 3 is an absolute lunatic of a mob boss who eclipses Nucky Thompson and any other gangster on the show for sheer, senseless and brutal violence. [[EstablishingCharacterMoment Introduced beating a man to death]] after the man fixed his car but [[HairTriggerTemper made an offhand comment Rosetti interpreted as condescending]], Rosetti soon all but declares war on Nucky and sadistically burns a man to death later after dousing him in gasoline. In an attempt on his life, Rosetti uses the waitress he was sleeping with as a HumanShield and soon beats a priest to rob his church. In a botched assassination attempt on Nucky, Rosetti [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill bombs a restaurant]] on the Atlantic City boardwalk which Nucky frequents. Dozens of people are killed along with Nucky's mistress, which Rosetti taunts him with over the phone. When one of his men makes a comment indicating he [[DisproportionateRetribution knows more about nautical terms than Rosetti, Rosetti buries him up to his neck in the sand for the tide]], but shows “mercy” when his bodyguard begs him to, as the buried man is said bodyguard's own cousin, by [[BaitTheDog taking the shovel, walking to the man and then smashing his skull in with it]].
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'':
** The Gravedigger, aka [[spoiler: [[KillerCop Heather Taffet]]]], is a dark cross between a {{serial killer}} and a serial kidnapper. The modus operandi is to sneak up on victims, knock them out with a custom-made stun gun, and bury them in a hidden container with 24 hours of air; either the ransom is paid, or the victims die. The Gravedigger's introduced by doing this on Dr. Brennan - not because Brennan is a threat, but just because. The Gravedigger also traps Dr. Hodgins at the same time (cutting the available air to around 12 hours) just because he witnessed the kidnapping. When reappearing, The Gravedigger then tries to similarly bury Booth alive to destroy evidence, plus tries to kill Brennan and Booth again. The Gravedigger also kills a private investigator with her stun gun because The Gravedigger thinks that there's a chance that he might find The Gravedigger in the future. Several of the other victims are also sought, with the cruel circumstances behind them all played up. In the end, The Gravedigger admits to [[ForTheEvulz just enjoying killing people]] and the effects that {{buried alive}} has on victims; the ransom money was immaterial.
** Christopher Pelant from seasons 7 to 9 is a [[HollywoodHacking genius hacker]] and a brutal SerialKiller. His first murders his guidance counselor after forging a recommendation for him to go to Stanford. In his adult life he was under house arrest for hacking UsefulNotes/ThePentagon; he later escapes and retaliates against the government with a new killing spree. Always one step ahead of the Jeffersonian team, Pelant is not afraid of using brutal tactics against them, and proudly takes responsibility for his actions. Pelant would later [[FrameUp frame Brennan]] for the murder of a friend and pulls strings to keep her friends from interfering. In a later appearance, he [[SadisticChoice forces Hodgins]] to forfeit all his money or else he'll [[WouldHurtAChild destroy a girls’school]] in Afghanistan with a military drone. He also cripples and later kills FBI agent Flynn, and brainwashes a girl into killing three FBI agents. When he [[StalkerWithACrush develops an intellectual infatuation with Brennan]], he coerces Booth into calling off their wedding, and not to tell her why, or else he'll continue to kill innocent people. When finally cornered in his hiding spot, Pelant takes to holding Brennan at gunpoint in a last desperate attempt to win. Intellectual, [[ItsAllAboutMe egotistical]], controlling and vindictive, Pelant proves to be a dangerous enemy to the Jeffersonian team with his love for playing people like pawns, and killing those in his way.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** The Salamanca twins, Leonel and Marco, from season 3, are ruthless enforcers for the cartel. We get a hint of their viciousness when they decapitate an informant for the DEA named Tortuga and for a touch of black comedy put his head on a tortoise rigged with a bomb to catch the Federales. After arriving in America after the death of their cousin Tuco, the two slaughter every immigrant they arrived with, then kill an old woman to take her house as a base, and the police officer who comes to investigate. The two later stalk and attempt to murder DEA agent Hank Schrader, treating everything with nothing more than [[TheStoic emotionless]], single-minded ruthlessness.
** Jack Welker, from season 5, leader of the [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Aryan Brotherhood]], is just as nasty as any of the Mexican Cartel. Jack starts off using his prison connections to arrange the murders of ten prisoners Walter White is afraid will turn State's witness. Jack later kills DEA agents Hank Schrader and Steve Gomez with his gang and steals the money Walt had buried for his own after personally executing Hank. Jack keeps Walt's old partner Jesse Pinkman enslaved and chained in the meth lab to cook for the Nazis under threat of murdering his loved ones; this threat turns out not to be idle as when Jesse attempts to escape, he is forced to witness the murder of his beloved Andrea while Jack informs him her son will be next if Jesse tries anything again. Even when Walt returns, Jack decides to kill him rather than bother with any other step and only stops to parade Jesse's poor treatment in front of him.
* Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}
** [[TheDreaded Angelus]], described by one of the most ancient, powerful and evil vampires (Buffy's Season 1 BigBad TheMaster) as "The most vicious creature [he'd] ever met," set the gold standard for evil in the Buffyverse, for centuries the scourge of Europe, with countless murders, rapes and torture to his name. When he returned home, fresh from the grave, his little sister who opened the door remarked that he "had returned to her an angel." After slaughtering his family, he adopted the Latinate of angel (Angelus) as his name to mock that comment. Refusing to kill a longstanding nemesis vampire hunter, Angelus contented himself by murdering the man's wife and baby son, turning his young daughter into a vampire to force her own father to destroy her. His self-admitted masterpiece was seducing Drusilla, a pious, tormented girl with psychic powers, murdering her family and driving her to a convent before slaughtering everyone in the walls and turning her into a vampire to preserve his insane, broken work of art forever. When his soul is lost again, Angelus delights in psychologically tormenting his former beloved Buffy's friends and family out of disgust for the human feeling Buffy gave him. The ultimate culmination of this was [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E17Passion his brutal murder of Jenny Calendar]], leaving the corpse for her lover Giles to find in a parody of a romantic rendezvous. Angelus's evil extended to his hope of [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E21BecomingPart1 awakening a demon]] to [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E22BecomingPart2 suck all of humanity]] into a hell dimension for eternal torture, solely [[ForTheEvulz for the fun involved]].
** ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
*** [[BadassPreacher Caleb]] from [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E18DirtyGirls Season]] [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E19EmptyPlaces 7's]] [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E20Touched last]] [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E21EndOfDays five]] [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E22Chosen episodes]] is a [[SinisterMinister defrocked priest]] turned SerialKiller of young women, who uses the trust that people have in him to get closer to his victims, before torturing and killing them. In his first appearance, he guts one of the Potential Slayers and leaves her at the side of the road, as a message for Buffy. He then kills another one of the girls during a battle, mangles the arm of another, and [[EyeScream puts out Xander's eye]], cracking bad jokes the entire time. He also coordinates the actions of the Bringers, organizing the bombing of the Watcher Council's headquarters (resulting in most of their deaths), arranging the assaults on numerous Potentials, and trying to have Faith killed while she was in prison. A [[HeManWomanHater misogynistic]] {{sadist}}, who believes that all women are whores and deserve what he does to them, Caleb is The First Evil's right-hand man, and [[PsychoSupporter lives for the oncoming apocalypse]], seeing the end of the world as a way to dispose of all those who do not share his mad religious convictions. He also gets a real kick out reenacting his murders with the shape shifting First. Perhaps the most frightening thing about Caleb, however, is that he is human, with nary a FreudianExcuse in sight.
*** [[AxCrazy Simone Doffler]], the BigBad of the Season 9 comic, initially started out as a rebellious slayer who didn't see the value of the lives of others and believes that Slayers are superior to normal people, and therefore [[TakeOverTheWorld should rule over them]]. In an attempt to soften her she was put under the watch of Andrew Wells, hoping to soften her; instead she goes rogue and steals a demon to use as a weapon and asks Buffy to turn over Andrew, who she wants to kill since [[DisproportionateRetribution he annoyed her]]. She also led a small but growing army of rogue slayers who set up base on a small island, where Simone [[UngratefulBastard beat up an old woman who gave them food and shelter]]. Simone's gang would later commit acts of terrorism, including raiding a military base and killing their general, relishing in the fearsome reputation it gave the slayers. Later Simone learned of the zompires, and plotted to find a way to become one and keep her mind intact, for the sole sake of killing Buffy, with which she has become obsessed. To experiment, she feeds her own followers to them. When she learns Buffy's sister Dawn is dying, she [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates their friend Xander]] with a chance to save her by finding the deeper well. Her true intention was to awaken the Old One, Maloker, so that he would sire her into a vampire.
** ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
*** [[TortureTechnician Marcus]] from season 1's "[[Recap/AngelS01E03InTheDark In the Dark]]" is [[PsychoForHire hired by Spike]] to extract information from Angel on the whereabouts of the Gem of Amarra, a magical ring that gives Vampires complete invulnerability from harm and their usual weaknesses, such as sunlight. A man obsessed with the "art" of torture, Marcus is rumored to have inspired some of the [[ColdBloodedTorture more favored and gruesome techniques]] used through history. [[DissonantSerenity Serenely, playing Mozart in the background]], Marcus falls into a rhythm of torturing Angel, impaling him with hot pokers then asking Angel what he truly wants. When Angel refuses to answer, the cycle begins again, each time with Marcus hoping to [[BreakThemByTalking truly break Angel and lay his soul bare]]. He also burns Angel with sunlight and forces him to suspend himself in the air with his chains in order to avoid being incinerated. Marcus is also a pedophile who specializes in [[WouldHurtAChild feeding on and molesting children]], and, after Marcus betrays Spike and takes the ring for himself, the first thing he does with his newfound invulnerability is attempt to murder a group of boy scouts, only being stopped due to the timely arrival of Angel.
*** From season 1's "[[Recap/AngelS01E14IveGotYouUnderMySkin I've Got You Under My Skin]]," Angel and his gang try to exorcise a demon from [[KidsAreCruel Ryan]] [[EnfantTerrible Anderson]] that had been causing him to start fires and attempt to murder his own sister. The twist comes when after being ejected from the boy, the demon reveals that it was trapped inside the child's body and the boy was so twisted, cruel, and malevolent that the otherworldly monster was actually afraid of him. Angel barely manages to get to the boy's home to stop him from succeeding in burning his sister alive.
*** Billy Blim from season 3's "[[Recap/AngelS03E06Billy Billy]]" appears to be a normal young man, but he is actually a demon filled with an [[HeManWomanHater extreme power of misogyny]] and had the power to turn any man he touched or who came in contact with his bodily fluids into someone extremely savage and brutal toward anyone female. He had no real reason to be doing this; rather, he appeared to do it only for his own sheer amusement. The fact that the normally very cold and amoral Lilah [[EvenEvilHasStandards took him out]] says volumes as to how horrible he was.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'':
** Simon Escher was a PsychoForHire for Anson's organization who had been betrayed by them. When he got out of jail in seasons 3 and 4, Simon embarked on a one man terrorism and murder spree, killing anyone in his way to get to Management, innocent or not. Simon's first appearance has him in a TV store, having shot the employee on duty dead and hacked all the Television in the store to show his grisly crimes, which includes bombings and shootings, and he forces Michael to help him by threatening to bomb a tourist hotel. The CIA later recruit him in the season 7 finale and brings him in on an op to bring down a terrorist network. After eliminating both the extraction team and most of the enemy's men, he tortures the one prisoner they had and kills him in cold blood.
** Anson Fullerton, from seasons 5 and 6, is the leader of the Organization that burned Michael, which he founded with the old man known only as “Management.” He resurfaced after Max and Michael began researching evidence of more agents, killing the former and framing the latter. With the cover-up foiled, he then orchestrated a plot to gain leverage on Michael: tricking Michael's girlfriend Fiona into thinking she killed two innocent people and recording her confession to blackmail Michael into continuing to work for him and later disposes of a useless asset by blowing the man up in front of his family. Anson eliminates and manipulates more people, even revealing he was the one behind the death of Michael's father. His ultimate moment was trying to bomb a plane to kill one passenger. Anson thinks of everyone as an asset, and there's only one response a ruthless man like him has [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness to one he deems useless.]]

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* ''Series/ChoujinkiMetalder'': God Neros, the BigBad of this {{Tokusatsu}} series, is a truly vile EvilOverlord bent on imposing his twisted will on the world. In order to TakeOverTheWorld, Neros focused on mass starvation imposed on whole nations, along with [[KillAllHumans genocide of humanity]]; Neros had even murdered a friend who had protested Metalder being used for evil purposes. Having no limits to depravity, Neros tried to force Metalder to do evil, and [[MindRape mentally tortured]] him before trying to finish him off.
* ''Series/CircleOfFear'': [[EnemyWithout Robert Cameron's dark half]] from the episode "Alter-Ego" is the [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] and highly manipulative imaginary double of a young boy who [[NotSoImaginaryFriend becomes real]]. Originally imagined by Robert as a chess partner while he's stuck at home with a broken leg, the double quickly gains independence and starts going to school in Robert's place. Deciding that he dislikes Robert's teacher, he begins to antagonize her, but [[WoundedGazelleGambit always makes sure to arrange things to make it look like she's antagonizing him instead]]. Intentionally making her paranoid, he [[ParanoiaGambit causes her to lash out at him, getting her fired]]. He then shows up at her house and causes her to trip and fall onto her gardening shears, killing her. His presence causes the real Robert to become weaker, and he ultimately intends to [[KillAndReplace sap his life energy and replace him]]. He [[EvilGloating brags that no one, not even the boy's parents, will realize what has happened]]. Additionally, he [[ChronicPetKiller kills several of Robert's pets]] seemingly for no other reason than to torment him. Evidently[[note]]due to the fact that he is far too manipulative to just be an evil version of the ten-year-old Robert, knows things Robert doesn't, and can act independently of him[[/note]] a separate entity, rather than a simple manifestation of Robert's negative thoughts, this EvilTwin was [[KidsAreCruel definitely a force to be reckoned with]].
* ''Series/CityHomicide'':
** Dr. Sean Macready from season 1's "In the Hands of Giants" is a [[PsychoPsychologist psychiatrist]] who [[WouldHurtAChild kills over a dozen children]] by [[ManOnFire starting fires]], each time [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident making them look like electrical accidents]]. His motive each time is to punish his adulterous female patients, five of which later killed themselves, something he probably caused through his sessions with them. The one point of sympathy he gets is that his own children were killed in a fire when his wife was away with her own lover, but then it turns out that he started that fire as well. He dies at the end of the episode when [[HoistByHisOwnPetard he unsuccessfully attempts to pull one of his victims into the fire]], after the other two had escaped.
** Frances Deerborne from season 1's "Family Planning" murders her husband John's rich family, from his parents down to his younger sister, his kid brother, and the housekeeper, to ensure that he [[{{greed}} receives his inheritance]]. She also hired a man to rob them first, pretending to be in love with him, and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness killed him afterward]]. It is suggested that she intends to kill John later and {{make it look like an accident}}.
** Daniel Worthington from season 4's "Flight Risk" is a [[HeManWomanHater misogynistic]] SerialRapist who specifically targets strong women who he can't dominate in any other way. Worse, he drugs his wife and daughter during a movie night so that he can leave to commit his rapes, while ensuring that they'll provide an alibi for him. The only reason he fails to get away with it is because Claudia baits him during her interrogation of him, and he forgoes his overseas trip to target her.
* ''Series/TheCloser'':
** Judd Whaley from season 3's "The Round File" was a manager of the Summerview Senior Living Center. He had a Medicaid occupant die on him, and received a bonus for having a low occupancy rate as well as for having a paying resident replace him. [[{{greed}} Realizing the profit potential]], Whaley would poison Medicaid Residents with no friends and visitors, and [[FrameUp tries to frame a resident]] who gets suspicious. He expressed nothing but contempt for his victims with his "Who cares" speech, and even has the gall to try to bribe the police to drop the charges and let the witness investigating him stay at Summerview free of charge.
** Phillip Stroh is a truly AmoralAttorney who defends sex offenders, but who also happens to be a SerialRapist. In season 4's "Power of Attorney," he has his client Chris Dunlap find him victims to rape; one of them fights back and is killed. Upon returning in season 7's "Hostile Witness," he goes on to become even more brutal, [[SerialKiller strangling his victims]] with a chain, and trying to kill a man who witnessed the crimes. When arrested in the same season’s "The Last Word," he offers his services to a fellow inmate in exchange for sending letters, ordering several murders and threatening the witness.
* ''Series/{{Copper}}'' pulls no punches in showing the gritty, brutal days of Civil War era New York and this is reflected in some of the city's most vile residents.
** Winfred "Winnie" Haverford, a pedophile and murderer, [[WouldHurtAChild kills a 10-year-old girl]] in the pilot and rapes her corpse, an act that disgusts even the hardened AntiHero Kevin Corcoran. Winnie tries to track down the girl's sister, the witness to his crime, with intent of raping and murdering her to. He also visits a brothel to indulge his tastes in little girls. When his own wife discovers what he's done, she happily sells him out to Corcoran.
** The FauxAffablyEvil counterfeiter Philomen Keating, a ruthless gangster who despises centralized government, takes over a crowded police station full of cops and civilians. He proceeds to torture them [[ColdBloodedTorture physically]] and [[MindRape psychologically]] while having fun the entire time. Keating enjoys stripping them of humanity by injuring the police captain and saying anyone can save him, but they'll be injured in turn. When nobody steps up, he cheerfully mocks them on what they ''really'' are. He kills more innocent people, and at one point has a captive tenor sing a funeral dirge before slitting his throat in the middle of it just to see what it sounds like. When cornered by the police, Keating takes a [[WouldHurtAChild little girl hostage with clear intent to kill her]] whether or not he's granted safe passage out.
** CorruptPolitician and CorruptCorporateExecutive all in one, Brendan Donovan is the Tammany Hall Ward Boss for the Five Points who plans to create an aqueduct in New York. [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Cultivating a veneer of respectability]], Donovan uses extortion and bribery to steal the lands of others, resorting to outright torture and murder if they refuse. We discover a variety of nasty and brutal beatings, tortures and murders Donovan is responsible for before we learn his plan: to level the Five Points heedless of the fate of its inhabitants, [[{{Greed}} solely so he can profit from his new aqueduct]].
* ''Series/CrossingLines'': "Desperation & Desperados" has Gian Carlo. [[TheDragon Chief of security]] for [[TheMafia Mafia]] boss [[TheDon Nicolo Conti]], Gian Carlo is assigned to rescue Conti's kidnapped daughter, Angela, after brothers Antonio and Paulo raid Conti's drug stash and capture her. [[YouHaveFailedMe After executing the warehouse guard]], Gian Carlo tracks the brothers to a marketplace and opens fire; when Paulo and Antonio manage to make their escape, Gian Carlo instructs his men to [[LeaveNoWitnesses kill the witnesses]], slaughtering twenty-five people--[[WouldHurtAChild including two children]]--in an effort to keep it quiet. He follows the brothers to Slovenia and kills another nine people at a gas station, before cornering them at a hospital where he murders Paulo, two hospital workers and two police officers who try to stop him. He subsequently runs Angela and Antonio off the road, fatally wounding Antonio in the process, shoots one of his men when [[EvenEvilHasStandards he objects to the idea of hurting Angela]], tries to kill Angela herself while ranting about how she doesn't appreciate what he's done for her, and then dies in a shootout with the police. Leaving a trail of human wreckage--including forty-two dead--throughout Italy and Slovenia, Gian Carlo did more damage in an afternoon than most gangsters do in their entire lives.
* ''Series/{{Deadwood}}'': Season 3's BigBad, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive George Hearst]], slaughtered the Cornish workers in his employ for unionizing, cut off Al Swearnegen's finger as a show of power, and attempted to have Captain Turner kill Dan Dority in a public street fight that is long and drawn out, both to emotionally torture Al and demonstrate that Hearst holds all the power in town. He also hires an army of Pinkertons to terrorize the town, sending Odell Marchbanks on a dangerous quest to find gold which ends up getting him killed. He has the head Pinkerton Barret savagely beat Merrick in response to posting a notice about the poor working conditions of Hearst's employ. Hearst then orders the death of heroic prospector Ellsworth to force Ellsworth's wife to sell the land Hearst wants to him. To demonstrate his power, he also forces Al to murder his favorite prostitute for trying to assassinate Hearst. It's implied he may know Al killed a lookalike girl, but simply doesn't care, more than happy he broke Al completely.
* ''Series/{{Defiance}}'':
** [[GeneralRipper General Rahm Tak]], also called "The Beast", is the [[DiscOneFinalBoss main villain for the first part of season 3]], and a sadistic military commander formerly in service to the [[TheAlliance Votanis Collective]]. Despite a fondness for their culture, Rahm [[FantasticRacism despises humans]], seeing Earth as rightfully belonging to the Votans. After going rogue, Rahm sets out to destroy Defiance and slaughter its human population as part of a genocidal crusade to create a purely Votan world, slaughtering humans at will as he goes. Taking pride in his work, Rahm keeps severed human heads on display in his camp. Along the way, Rahm [[BoomHeadshot executes Quentin McCawley]], has his father, Rafe, gunned down when he attacks Rahm, and [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten forces]] Stahma to [[SlashedThroat slash Christie's throat]] by holding Datak at gunpoint. Rahm later forces the Tarrs to act as his spies in Defiance, forcing their compliance by [[IHaveYourWife holding their son Alak hostage]], then has Datak beaten in front of his family. After suffering a defeat at Nolan's hands, Rahm forces Datak and Stahma to destroy the St. Louis Arch out of spite. During Alak's captivity, Rahm forces him to dismember human corpses, while taunting him about his dead human wife (the aforementioned Christie). When Rahm's wife offers him clemency on behalf of the VC, Rahm murders her, desecrates her corpse, and [[DecapitationPresentation sends her head]] back to his former superiors. After his men take hostages in the [=NeedWant=], Rahm tries to force Amanda to surrender Defiance, ordering that the hostages be killed when she refuses. Rahm's men go on to slaughter random human families as a terrorist tactic, while Rahm's lieutenant, Bebe, infiltrates Defiance's militia, ultimately killing nearly all of them and leaving Defiance nearly defenseless.
** [[DarkActionGirl Eksu Tsuroz Kindzi]], the BigBad for season 3 once Rahm Tak is dealt with, is a particularly AxCrazy and sadistic [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Omec]]. Starting out as a subordinate to her father, T'evgin, Kindzi considers the Omec to be superior to all other races, whom she views as little more than animals for the Omec to enslave and devour at will. When she and her father discover an unconscious Nolan and Irisa, Kindzi tries to eat Nolan before T'evgin orders her to stop. After being poked with a stick by a curious child, Kindzi [[DisproportionateRetribution responds]] by [[WouldHurtAChild stabbing the stick]] [[EyeScream through his eye]], killing him. When T'evgin takes in a wounded Stahma, Kindzi terrorizes and even tries to kill Stahma, going so far as to reveal the Omec's [[TakeOverTheWorld plans]] in the hope of forcing T'evgin to kill her. When T'evgin begins seeking peaceful co-existence with Earth, Kindzi is disgusted. She goes on to create clones of Doc Yewll to hunt down and slaughter, moving on to citizens of Defiance when this becomes boring. When the real Yewll confronts her, Kindzi uses Omec technology to enslave Yewll and force her to act as Kindzi's [[TheDragon Dragon]]. Kindzi also [[TheStarscream mutinies]] against T'evgin, planning to conquer Earth and use its population as slaves and food for the Omec. When T'evgin escapes and subdues Kindzi, she [[ISurrenderSuckers feigns surrender]], then murders T'evgin while his guard is down. Forcing Yewll to imprison innocent people, Kindzi leads her followers in gruesomely devouring them. She later tries to eat Stahma's baby grandson right in front of her, solely to spite Stahma and her family. When one of Kindzi's lieutenants questions her, she kills him and forces other Omec to eat his corpse (a taboo in Omec culture), disgusting them. Confronting Nolan for the final time, Kindzi derides her dead father as "weak" before brutally beating Nolan and trying to eat him.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'':
** George Washington King (born Jorge Orozco), aka the Skinner, from season 3, was known as "The Blade" while a TortureTechnician in Nicagagua. While in pursuit of a drug dealer who owes him money, finds anyone who might have information about said drug dealer's whereabouts and questions them while cutting off their skin. [[WouldHurtAChild One of his victims was an innocent boy]] [[FridgeHorror confirmed to have died from the skinning process]]. When Dexter confronts the Skinner, he confirms that, despite the reasons the Skinner makes up for performing his grisly crimes (which are by no means a justification anyway), his only real reason is simply [[ForTheEvulz because he likes it]].
** Season 5's BigBad, [[ManipulativeBastard Jordan Chase]] (born Eugene Greer), directs a group of men to capture women to torture and rape for months before disposing of them in barrels. All the while, Jordan looks on, occasionally holding his watch to the women's ears and whispering, "Tick tick tick. That's the sound of your life running out." Watching the video footage they took of what they did to the women was enough to make [[BlackAndWhiteMorality Debra]] root for the people who were tracking them down and killing them (despite it being her job to catch the killers); Dexter himself admits that they sicken him. The tapes themselves, which the viewers listen to, are pure horror. When Dexter and Lumen (the last victim who managed to get away) finally have Jordan at their mercy, he taunts Lumen about what he did to her, mocking her for being so "pathetic" and "helpless".
* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'':
** From the first episode, "Ghost", there's the [[NoNameGiven unnamed]], [[{{Lolicon}} pedophilic kidnapper]] whom is a serial rapist and killer of little girls. When twelve-year-old Davina Crestejo is abducted by him and his cohorts, the doll, Echo, is implanted with the artificially constructed personality of a hostage negotiator named Eleanor Penn, and sent by the Dollhouse to negotiate Davina's release. The personality of Ms. Penn was constructed partially from the memories of a little girl who was kidnapped as a child herself. When the time comes for the kidnappers to collect the ransom, however, Ms. Penn has a nervous breakdown upon seeing the face of one of the kidnappers and recognizing him as the same man who kidnapped her as a child. She then reveals this kidnapper's modus operandi. Kidnapping little girls, he ransoms them to their parents, then, after the money arrives, [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder murders his partners]] and keeps the girls as his {{Sex Slave}}s, killing them when they grow too old for his tastes. When Echo informs his fellow kidnappers about what their partner's planning for Davina, [[EvenEvilHasStandards they are so disgusted that they immediately try to kill him]] before [[PetTheDog allowing Echo to leave with Davina.]]
** Joe Hearn is TheHandler for the doll Sierra, and at first seems nothing more than a callous {{Jerkass}} who doesn't care when the dolls under his care die. He proves himself to be far more evil, however, when it's revealed that he's been taking advantage of the blind trust dolls are implanted with towards their handlers and, while Sierra is in her neutral child-like state, has repeatedly forced her to have sex with him. His crimes close to being discovered, he tries to convince his superiors that the doll, Victor, is the true perpetrator and argues to have him sent to [[AndIMustScream the Attic.]] When Hearn himself is revealed to be the culprit, his boss [[EvilBrit Adelle DeWitt]] issues him an ultimatum, either be sent to the Attic himself, or rape and murder [[HeroAntagonist Paul Ballard's]] girlfriend Mellie to deter him from investigating the Dollhouse. Hearn chooses the latter, and sets to the task with apparent glee. However, it turns out to be a set-up planned by [=DeWitt=] who was so [[EvenEvilHasStandards repulsed by Hearn's actions]] that she had arranged it so Hearn would be killed by Mellie, who is a doll herself.
** Nolan Kinnard was one of the {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s behind the Dollhouse program, and a psychotic {{Yandere}} who formed a [[StalkerWithACrush disturbing obsession]] with a young artist named Priya Tsetsang. When his increasingly expensive attempts to seduce her fail, [[AttemptedRape he tries, and fails, to flat-out rape her instead.]] In [[DisproportionateRetribution retribution]] for Priya's rejection, he arranges for her to be abducted, imprisoned in his hospital and regularly pumped her full of drugs which stopped her brain from producing adequate amounts of serotonin and dopamine. This caused Priya to suffer from visual and aural hallucinations, making her seem to the outside world like a paranoid schizophrenic. He then convinces the Dollhouse to take Priya on as an "altruistic" charity case, turning her into the doll Sierra, and, once they do, Kinnard frequently hires her out, having her imprinted with a personality that was hopelessly in love with him. He then uses this imprint to rape her over and over again, taking a picture of her after each engagement as a trophy of what he's done to her. When [[AntiVillain DeWitt and Topher Brink]] discover the truth behind Priya's transformation into the doll, Sierra, they are horrified and try to keep her away from Kinnard, only for him to use his pull with the Dollhouse to order her permanently imprinted with the love-struck personality to keep as his SexSlave for the rest of her life. When Sierra is "delivered" to him, however, she reveals that she is imprinted with her original personality, slaps him across the face and tells him how much she hates him. In retribution, Kinnard beats her and comes after her with a knife, only stopping when Priya kills him in self-defense.
* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'': [[PsychoForHire Lorne Malvo]] is a mysterious stranger and [[ProfessionalKiller hitman]] who, in his spare time, enjoys toying with hapless human beings and seeing how he can break them or [[TheCorrupter turn them to the dark side]]. Lorne is a {{sadist}}ic, ruthless and efficient killer who murders many people over the course of the series while steadily corrupting the hapless Lester Nygaard simply [[ForTheEvulz for his own amusement]]. After racking up a body count that numbers in the dozens, Lorne disguises himself as a normal man to get close to an assassination target. After becoming engaged to a woman who loves him as part of his cover, Lorne murders his mark and even his own fiancée with nothing more than wry amusement after Lester recognizes him. Combining utter heartlessness with dry humor and a fascination with the dark side of human nature, it's no surprise Lorne is frequently likened to a hungry predator.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'':
** Selto Durka from the first two seasons is a captain of the ironically named Peacekeepers who is well-known for being a [[TortureTechnician master of torturing people]] and enjoying ColdBloodedTorture [[{{Sadist}} far more than is healthy]]. He had kept and tortured Rygel for years before the story begins and years later, his presence utterly terrifies Rygel beyond reason. Durka enjoys torturing nearly everyone he sees, and when he captures Aeryn, he leaves a comm channel open so the rest of her crew can hear him about to torture her and burn her face off. Even worse, he tried to forcibly abort the living and sentient spaceship Moya's child so she'd be capable of going faster to take him to safety.
** Kaarvok from season 3's "[[Recap/FarscapeS03E06EatMe Eat Me]]" is a [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] MadScientist with a hand-held cloning machine on standby. He's willing to do anything to ensure that he has more food...or family; he's forgotten that there's a difference. This includes cloning his victims (before killing one in front of the other), keeping Rovhu's traumatized Pilot alive so his regenerating limbs can be harvested for meat, and forcing members of Moya's crew to breed with his degenerate clone army just so he'd have [[EatsBabies something tastier]] than clone-brains to look forward to.
** Tauza from season 3's "[[Recap/FarscapeS03E11Incubator Incubator]]" is a Scarran noble who oversees their breeding program, where the humanoid Sebacean women are kidnapped (any families or loved ones with them are killed) and forcibly raped by Scarran soldiers. Tauza subjected 90 Sebacean women to this, with none surviving. One woman had a child, later named Scorpius. Tauza sought to purge the young half-breed of all "Sebacan weakness" by torturing him [[ColdBloodedTorture physically]] and [[MindRape mentally]]. Tauza lied to Scorpius, claiming he had a Scarran mother who had been raped by a Sebacean, but she later revealed the truth when Scorpius sought to rebel, showing him a video of his mother's violation to hurt him. Cruel, arrogant, [[FantasticRacism racist]] and vicious, Tauza embodied the worst of Scarran culture, and under her hand for all his formative years, it's no wonder Scorpius developed a genocidal hatred of the Scarrans.
* ''Series/FearItself'': Duane Mellor from this short-lived anthology's episode "Eater" managed to establish himself as more monstrous than a {{Wendigo}} of the same show. A Cajun SerialKiller and [[IAmAHumanitarian Eater]], Mellor was arrested for torturing, murdering and eating vast amounts of innocent people, often keeping them alive for days so he could cut pieces off and eat them. Once captured, Mellor waits until the graveyard shift before using [[HollywoodVoodoo a voodoo ritual]], devouring the souls of several officers with their hearts to take their forms and play a sadistic game of cat and mouse with the young female rookie cop on duty, solely because [[ForTheEvulz "I particularly like it when my prey is frightened."]] When his patience is exhausted, he simply goes for the kill. The only thing close to a standard Mellor showed was his disdain for being called a serial killer: He was [[InsistentTerminology An "Eater"]], [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne big difference.]]
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Despite his [[FauxAffablyEvil initial appearance]] as an [[BaitTheDog avuncular old man]], Adelai Niska is quickly revealed to be the most vicious character in the series. A {{sadist}} with a love of personally conducting ColdBloodedTorture on his victims, Niska is proud of his [[TheDreaded feared reputation amongst the criminal community]] and is obsessed with ensuring the horror stories surrounding him are all true. When he first meets the crew of Serenity in "[[Recap/FireflyE02TheTrainJob The Train Job]]", Niska shows off the mutilated corpse of his wife's nephew to solidify his reputation in their eyes and to show them what price they'll pay should they fail him. After commissioning the crew to steal important cargo from an Alliance train, the crew is horrified to realize that what they've stolen is the medicine needed to treat a city full of sick settlers. In his next appearance in "[[Recap/FireflyE10WarStories War Stories]]," Niska carves up another failed employee, before getting his hands on Mal and Wash, whom he proceeds to torture for hours. Eventually Zoe, Mal's first mate and Wash's wife, offers to buy Niska's captives off of him, but Niska tells her that with the money she has, she can only afford one of them and tries to force her into a SadisticChoice. When Zoe ruins his fun by immediately picking her husband, he responds by saying there is enough money for some of Captain Reynolds. He then cuts off Mal's ear and gives it to her. Niska spends the remainder of the episode torturing Mal to death, only to use advanced technology to bring him back to life so Niska can have the pleasure of torturing Mal to death for days.
* ''Series/TheFollowing'': [[BigBad Joe Carroll]] likes to envision himself as a WickedCultured [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] and architect of darkness and evil. In truth, he is a megalomaniac SerialKiller who killed 14 girls before agent Ryan caught him ten years ago, setting off their mutual obsession with one another. After escaping from jail by killing five guards, Carroll hunts down the only victim to escape him and brutally tortures her to death- first [[EyeScream removing her eyes]]. It is revealed that Carroll has his own cult of serial killers he rules over, encouraging them to "write their own chapters" by committing murder and personally teaches them how to effectively kill a human being. Carroll casually discards his followers when he determines it's necessary, having no remorse leaving them to their fates or forcing them to give their lives for him. A consummate actor, Carroll manipulates his son Joey, with intention of raising him as a killer and refers to Joey as "his best trump card." For his ex-wife, once she rejects Carroll's designs on her by stabbing him, Carroll decides to kill her as well in front of Ryan. When he hears Carol blame herself for not seeing what Joe was sooner, saying she feels like she killed all the girls herself, Carroll seems to comfort her [[BaitTheDog before killing a man in front of her]] to show her what killing someone is really like, telling her not to take credit for his deeds. Joe Carroll believes people are just pawns or characters in the book he writes and that he can do with them whatever he wants for a good story.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': Most villains have [[WellIntentionedExtremist sympathetic motivations]] to their actions, with most having redeeming qualities. Nevertheless, with its initial MonsterOfTheWeek format, there have been exceptions.
** Richard Steig from the [[Recap/FringeS01E01Pilot Pilot]] is an employee of [[MegaCorp Massive Dynamic]] who was asked to steal research into airborne viral contagions - research that had been conducted by the scientists Walter Bishop and William Bell decades earlier. Stieg was able to manufacture a flesh-melting contagion that causes the infected individual's [[BodyHorror skin to decompose in a matter of seconds]]. The contagion was then smuggled onto Flight 627 in his twin brother Morgan Steig's insulin pen. He chose Morgan to show his "commitment" for potential buyers for the toxin. Everyone on the plane died when the toxin made them crystalize.
** David Esterbrook from season 1's "[[Recap/FringeS01E06TheCure The Cure]]" was the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive head]] of the pharmaceutical research division of the company [=INtREPUS=]. Esterbrook, to make money, created a program that would forcibly abduct and turn young women who suffered from a rare disease into unknowing radiation suicide bombers. He tested this on a cafe full of innocent people, causing their brains to boil and burst. After the first test, Esterbrook simply opted to repeat the process, showing no remorse or hesitation when confronted by special agent Olivia Dunham.
** The [[OlderThanTheyLook artificially youthful]] [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] MadScientist Alfred Hoffman from season 2's "[[Recap/FringeS02E14TheBishopRevival The Bishop Revival]]" was an unrepentant {{Sociopath}} who survived the war and went into hiding. Decades later, Hoffman resurfaces with his greatest creation: a toxin he engineers to target specific genetic strains. He first tests it on a Holocaust survivor and her family at a wedding. He later tests it on a cafe to confirm its effectiveness and the fact he can use it to kill anyone not part of his "MasterRace." Before Walter Bishop [[HoistByHisOwnPetard turns the toxin on Hoffman himself,]] Hoffman is about to deliver it at a human rights conference to kill everyone there.
* ''Series/FromTheHeart'' (''Mula Sa Puso''): This Filipino series brings up Selina Pereira-Matias, the [[EvilUncle evil aunt]] of the heroine Via. [[{{Greed}} Desiring the wealth]] of her deceased brother, Selina is responsible for a horrific acid attack on Via's mother that leaves her hideously scarred. When she hires a woman to pretend to be Via's mother, Selina later has this woman abducted, tortured, raped and murdered. Selina even sends a henchman to rape a woman simply for arguing with her over a custard. Selina later has her men plant a bomb on a bus full of people in the belief Via is on it, [[EvilLaugh laughing hysterically]] at the result of the innocent passengers dying. Sadistic and evil, Selina would be remembered as one of the most monstrous villains in Filipino TV history.

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* ''Series/{{Garo}}'':
** The evil, power-hungry [[BigBad Barago]] was [[FallenHero once a member of the Makai Knights, an order of powerful beings who defend humanity from the horrors in the dark]]. Nearly every horrible thing in the series can be traced back to Barago. He made the innocent heroine of the series into a vessel for a demonic being known as Messiah, which would allow Messiah to consume both the girl and then the world (for nothing more than his personal gain). He murdered series hero Kouga's father, and TheLancer Rei's family to manipulate them further in the future. To prove he has no attachment to humanity or human beings, Barago cuts down a mirage of his own mother to prove that his family means less to him than power. Barago is willing to allow humanity be devoured for his own gain, and carelessly uses and discards whoever is in his way. When one hero begs Barago to remember why he once joined the order of the Makai Knights, Barago's only response is to coldly say he can't even remember.
** ''Series/GAROTheOneWhoShinesInTheDarkness'': This {{spinoff}} has [[NonActionBigBad Tousei Kaneshiro]], a [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters completely normal human]] who's just an evil monster. [[EnfanteTerrible As a child, he turned his own mother into a monster]] and thought it was amazing. He later turned Sonshi, a noble defender of humanity and Makai Knight, into his own minion and forced him to eat a woman he had been sworn to protect, laughing all the while. Sonshi turned other good-hearted people into monsters that became his servants, using them to found Vol City, where he used his crippled father as a PuppetKing and ruled from behind the scenes, allowing the Horrors to devour the innocent. He even forced the Makai Priestess Hakana to produce many Madou Horror seed against her own will. Upon stepping out of the shadows, he has the Kaneshiro family, even the children, killed and has Sonshi eat his own father. Using the fact he's a normal human as a shield, Tousei gleefully taunts the heroes about his atrocities and molests a woman he turned into one of his special Mado Horrors in front of them. Upon encountering him, [[EvenEvilHasStandards even a horror]] comments it has never seen a human with such a black soul.
* ''Series/GAROTheOneWhoShinesInTheDarkness'': This {{spinoff}} has Tousei Kaneshiro, a [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters completely normal human]] who's just an evil monster. [[EnfanteTerrible As a child, he turned his own mother into a monster]] and thought it was amazing. He later turned Sonshi, a noble defender of humanity and Makai Knight, into his own minion and forced him to eat a woman he had been sworn to protect, laughing all the while. Sonshi turned other good-hearted people into monsters that became his servants, using them to found Vol City, where he used his crippled father as a PuppetKing and ruled from behind the scenes, allowing the Horrors to devour the innocent. He even forced the Makai Priestess Hakana to produce many Madou Horror seed against her own will. Upon stepping out of the shadows, he has the Kaneshiro family, even the children, killed and has Sonshi eat his own father. Using the fact he's a normal human as a shield, Tousei gleefully taunts the heroes about his atrocities and molests a woman he turned into one of his special Mado Horrors in front of them. Upon encountering him, [[EvenEvilHasStandards even a horror]] comments it has never seen a human with such a black soul.
* ''Series/{{Goosebumps}}'': Karl Knave, from season 3's three-parter "Chillogy," gets sick pleasure out of [[WouldHurtAChild physically and mentally torturing kids]] simply because [[ForTheEvulz it's his hobby]]. He transports them into his miniature town and personal playground Karlsville, where he toys with them before he plans to kill them. He manipulates Jessica into pursuing her own greed to sell more of his lemonade, then [[BalefulPolymorph turns her into a pig]] and sends a mob of angry townspeople after her to [[ImAHumanitarian serve her up to him for lunch]]. He plays a lethal game of baseball with Matthew where Matthew has to do such things as fight a team of monsters, dodge killer baseballs, and crawl over a lava pit to make it to the next base. His last victim is Matthew's brother Todd, whom he prepares to "make a citizen of Karlsville" by [[AndIMustScream turning him into a small plastic figure who will be forever conscious]]. He delays Todd's fate as long as he possibly can to enjoy Todd's fear.
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': Jerome Valeska, who appears in "[[Recap/GothamS1E16TheBlindFortuneTeller The Blind Fortune Teller]]" and the [[Recap/GothamS2E1DamnedIfYouDo first]] [[Recap/GothamS2E2KnockKnock three]] [[Recap/GothamS2E3TheLastLaugh episodes]] of season 2, is the son of a snake charmer who ended up in Arkham Asylum for [[SelfMadeOrphan murdering his mother]]. When interrogated, he laughs it off as if it was a joke. In season two, he and several other inmates is recruited into the Maniax gang by Theo Galavan. Jerome functions as he de facto leader, announcing their presence by throwing several hostages off a roof. Later he attempts to dose a bus full of cheerleaders on fire and [[CopKiller shoots up the GCPD station]], personally killing [[spoiler: Commissioner Essen]], and kills one of his men for cracking a joke he was about to make. Following the massacre, he announces on live TV that the people of Gotham "ain't seen nothing yet." Later, Jerome kills his father when the carnival is back in town, and poses as a magician to hold a children's hospital charity hostage, killing [[spoiler:the deputy mayor]]. He plans to kill thirteen year old Bruce Wayne, threatening his butler Alfred to draw him out. When he gets his hands on Bruce, he begins to slowly slit his throat in the following standoff. [[spoiler: While his death prevents him from growing up to be one of Gotham's [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker most infamous villain]], we see the wake of his death sets the inspiration for more maniacs to come]].
* ''Film/{{Gramps}}'': In this 1995 MadeForTVMovie, a [[EvilOldFolks grandfather]] named Jack [=MacGruder=]‘s [[BitchInSheepsClothing outwardly sweet side]] is a cover for a bloodthirsty [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who nearly succeeds in destroying his family, all to get at and rape his "precious" 7-year-old grandson, Matthew. About 40 years earlier, Jack was the autocratic head of his household and constantly came up with new ways to [[DomesticAbuser beat his wife]] when she stepped even a millimeter out of line. Finally, the wife works up enough courage to leave, taking her 7-year-old son, Clark, with her and divorcing Jack, who got no visitation rights to see his son. In the present, Clark tracks down his father and, hoping he's changed and gotten his anger issues under control, invites him to stay. Jack charms everyone with his guitar picking, but eventually, he unleashes his pent-up anger on innocent people. He breaks the housekeeper's legs with a [[BatterUp baseball bat]], smashes a fire extinguisher over the head of a police officer, [[WouldHurtAChild runs down a teenaged girl]] with his [[CarFu car]] (and also does the same to his daughter-in-law), and kills his daughter-in-law's father after he gathers evidence to refute Jack's claim that the daughter-in-law was cheating on him. In the end, Jack kidnaps Matthew and one of his female classmates and threatens to throw them over the edge of a waterfall if Clark does not pay a $1 million ransom
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'':
** [[PsychoForHire Oleg Stark]] from season 1's "[[Recap/GrimmS1E8GameOgre Game Ogre]]" is an especially violent ''Siegbarste'' or ogre. A [[ProfessionalKiller hitman for hire]], Stark was arrested for a series of brutal murders and escapes jail years later to enact revenge, beating his guards into a coma. Stark hunts down and kills his lawyer, cutting out her tongue, as well as the jury foreman and the judge. The police find the judge's corpse with Stark having stuffed his gavel down his throat. Stark tries to kill the detective who arrested him by blowing up his apartment and when this fails, hospitalizes his best friend Nick to get his location. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even by the standards]] of the occasionally monstrous beings in ''Grimm'' called Wesen, Stark is known as an utter beast.
** [[ScaryBlackMan Baron Samedi]], TheDragon to season 2's BigBad Prince Eric, appeared in the [[Recap/GrimmS2E21TheWakingDead final]] [[Recap/GrimmS2E22GoodnightSweetGrimm two]] episodes of season two, and the [[Recap/GrimmS3E1TheUngratefulDead season 3 premiere]], and stood out from almost all the other villains due to the sheer scale of destruction he was willing to cause and his cold-blooded sociopathy. A particularly dangerous Cracher-Mortel (a pufferfish like creature whose venom reduces people to a zombie like state), Baron Samedi arrives in Portland and begins infecting innocent people, leaving them aggressive, feral and unable to disobey his orders. Taking his nearly-hundred victims, he imprisons them in shipping facilities but purposely leaves a few behind, simply to give a taste of what was coming, causing several violent disturbances and deaths. Despite outright admitting that his poison is unimaginably painful Samedi doesn’t care in the slightest; in fact [[{{Sadist}} he takes obvious pleasure]] out of infecting others, even [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming laughing to himself]] as they wriggle in pain. Later he releases several dozen of his infected slaves and sends them into the heart of the city, where they tear the place apart and attack everyone they encounter. Luring the heroes into the storage yard, he releases all his captives to rip them apart. Talking Nick on personally, he lures him into a locker then infects him, as capturing Nick being Eric’s plan and Samedi’s only intention all along. After this he simply leaves, not caring in the slightest for the damage his victims will cause without him to control them or the fact that they will all die when the poison reaches its final stage. Content to destroy a city, and to enslave and kill countless innocent people to achieve his goals, Baron Samedi managed to distinguish himself in a show filled with murderers and monsters.
** The brutal SerialKiller UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper himself appears in the [[Recap/GrimmS4E20YouDontKnowJack two]] [[Recap/GrimmS4E21Headache episodes]] before the [[Recap/GrimmS4E22CryHavoc season 4 finale]]. Infamous for the murder and mutilation of at least five women in Whitechapel, Jack actually started his reign of terror almost a hundred years earlier. In France in 1789, he murdered several Wesen women until a local Grimm killed him. A spiritual being in nature, Jack has been [[DemonicPossession possessing innocent people]] for centuries and using them to carry out his crimes ([[HistoricalRapSheet it’s heavily implied that all the cases of Jack the Ripper copycats were him]]) until they die, then he simply stays dormant until he can find a new host. In the modern day he turns up in Portland, latching onto the resurrected [[spoiler:Sean Renard]]. Throughout the season he [[MindRape tortures]] [[spoiler:Renard]] through hallucinations, forcing him to relieve the event of his shooting, and making his wounds bleed over and over again, almost driving him mad. Eventually he takes over [[spoiler:Renard]] and uses him to carry on his murder spree, murdering a Wesen prostitute in his signature manner. He also murders her friend when she helps the police, and then murders Henrietta for trying to help [[spoiler:Sean]]. Jack later kidnaps Wu and takes him along just so he can watch helplessly as Jack kills his next victim, and likely intends to kill Wu afterwards. When the group carry out their plan to trick Jack into thinking [[spoiler:Renard]] is dying so he’ll leave him, Jack takes over a final time and tries to strangle Rosalee. Completely AxCrazy, motivated purely by his own {{sadist}}ic [[ForTheEvulz entertainment]] and possessing an enormously high body count, Jack stands out as one of the worst enemies Nick ever faced.
* ''Series/TheGuFamilyBook'': In this KoreanDrama, the [[AmbitionIsEvil ambitious]] nobleman [[ForTheEvulz Jo Kwan Woong]] destroys a man who was his friend and sends the man’s daughter to be turned into a state ''gisaeng'', or prostitute. He then attempts to rape her himself, stating that defiling her would be no fun if she didn't struggle, before discovering she has escaped. In retribution, he executes her brother and later engineers her betrayal of her ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumiho Kumiho]]'' husband Wol-Ryung. 20 years later, Kwan Woong has a number of people in high level positions purged and murdered, and conducts a series of further murders, even killing the goodhearted Lord Park, brainwashing Park's son that it was his foster brother and raping Park's daughter. When Wol-Ryung returns as an amnesiac demon, it says a lot that Kwan Woong comes off as the worse of the two by manipulating him for his own purposes. Even at the end, Kwan Woong confesses his actions were all to [[ItAmusedMe alleviate the tedium of life]], with no remorse for his evil deeds.
* ''Series/TheHauntingHour'': Lilly D is a doll with a soul, but a soul of evil. She [[PainfulTransformation gradually turns Lilly into a doll]] to take her place among the family, and before she set that plan into motion, she turns Lilly's mother against her to the point where she says to the doll "I wish you were my daughter" right in front of the real Lilly. She later returns seemingly [[LoveRedeems redeemed due to the love]] of a new girl named Natalie, but later she turns out to be jealousy-prone and attempts to drown a baby bird being nursed to health, pushes Natalie's handicapped grandfather down the stairs, and attacks Natalie with a knife.
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'':
** Darphus from season 1's "The Gauntlet" and "Unchained Heart" (as well as an AlternateContinuity in Part 2 of season 4's "Armageddon Now) is the former [[TheDragon second in command]] of Xena before her HeelFaceTurn. Darphus earns Xena's [[EvenEvilHasStandards disfavor]] by sacking innocent villages and slaughtering women and children [[ForTheEvulz for fun.]] When Xena objects, Darphus stages a [[TheStarscream coup on her]] after trying to force her to murder a baby. When Xena survives the gauntlet to leave the army, Darphus tries to have her killed anyways. After being killed by Xena, Darphus is [[BackFromTheDead revived by Ares]] and carries on a brutal campaign of slaughter where he also has care of Ares' monstrous pet. Darphus feeds innocent victims to said monster and shows no hesitation in killing his own men as well just for displeasing him.
** [[NamesToRunAwayFrom Mayhem]] from season 4’s "Prodigal Sister" is the leader of a renegade band of Amazons that routinely terrorizes the countryside in Greece and massacres entire villages, except for the little girls she turns into her weapons. Most Amazons who did raids would go for minimal loss of life, and are appalled by Mayhem's actions. She personally [[WouldHurtAChild blinds Ruun]], (just after killing his parents and kidnapping his sister who she turns into a mindless killing machine) who's only five years old. Fast forward years later, when most of the renegade Amazons have rejoined the Amazonian Nation, Mayhem still leads raids which RapePillageAndBurn entire villages for fun. When confronted by Hercules, she laughs off that her actions will lead to an Amazon Civil War which will be crushed by the outside world. And finally, when confronted on what she did to Ruun and his sister Siri after she is beaten by Hercules she flat out says [[ItsAllAboutMe "So what, I turned her into the greatest Amazonian Warrior!"]]
* ''Series/HomeAndAway'': Johnny Cooper and his group of surfers survive solely on the proceeds of armed robberies, and [[MoralEventHorizon worse]], he coerces his brother Rocco into helping them despite the latter's desire to go straight. When Rocco betrays him and puts him in jail, he has him killed by another member of the gang and then torments Rocco's foster brother after he is falsely convicted of his murder. A year later, he breaks out and attempts to kill Sally because she turned Rocco against him, while holding her brother hostage during the confrontation. Finally, he blackmails Sam into hiding him, possibly raping her offscreen at one point. Unlike villains like Sarah Lewis and Eve Jacobsen, there is never any suggestion of Johnny having a FreudianExcuse.
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'':
** "The Even Chance": Midshipman Jack Simpson ruthlessly torments his fellow midshipmen, both physically and [[MindRape psychologically]]. He is a {{sadist}}ic [[TheBully bully]] who takes great pleasure in his evil games. He claims that he knows the guys' secrets and what gnaws their souls, and uses it as blackmail. He keeps [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beating them]] [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown mercilessly]]. His abuse of Archie Kennedy is the worst as he is the one most terrified of him, and Simpson's mere presence gives him stress-induced ConvulsiveSeizures. Simpson is able to manipulate the situation and is never held responsible, and the others are punished instead. Later he tries to kill his shipmates in the middle of a raid by setting one adrift in a boat and shooting the other. When challenged to the DuelToTheDeath, he cheats and claims it was a misfire. Finally, when his life is spared, he's unable to deal with CruelMercy and tries to stab his opponent InTheBack.
** "The Frogs and the Lobsters": Colonel [[AristocratsAreEvil Marquis]] Moncoutant is one of the leaders of French Royalist troops who set on a mission to restore the monarchy in France during the French Revolution with the help of the British Navy. However, he doesn't care much about the cause and not at all about his soldiers. The fate of other aristocrats doesn't concern him either, but he's very proud that he's BlueBlood and he believes that common people are impossible to improve, comparing them to animals. He killed a mayor and nearly [[WouldHurtAChild shot a child]] for singing ''Marseillaise'' upon his arrival to his village, and later he keeps gleefully [[OffWithHisHead killing off villagers with his personal guillotine]] one after another for no bigger offence than [[DisproportionateRetribution selling old bread]]. He never shows any remorse for his evil deeds.
* ''Series/IClaudius'': Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} not only poisons his own father and assists in the murders of others, but when he inherits the throne of Rome, he turns the whole empire into a realm of terror and debauchery, having people murdered on insane whims (including his 12-year-old cousin and co-heir Gemellus for having a persistent cough), and forcing their wives to participate in twisted orgies against their will. He also [[TraumaticCSection cuts open his sister Drusilla to devour her unborn child]]. [[BrotherSisterIncest His child, no less.]]
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': [[SerialKiller Charles "Charlie" Lynch]] from season 4's "[[Recap/JAGS04E17NobodysChild Nobody's Child]]" and "[[Recap/JAGS04E24Goodbyes Goodbyes]]" is a remorseless psychopath who kills at the drop of a hat for any reason. He begins by [[WouldHurtAChild stomping a young girl to death]] solely because he feels she may have disrespected him. After the murder, Lynch opts to target her sister for fun. While initially stopped, he later returns to kidnap said sister and hold her hostage to torment her mentally before he plans on murdering her as well. When questioned about his motives, he states he [[ForTheEvulz kills for fun]] and asks if anyone has a problem with it.
* ''Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts'' (2000 Hallmark MadeForTVMovie): [[EvilUncle Pelias]], like his mythological counterpart, is the brother of King Aeson of Iolcus and an uncle of the titular protagonist, but is [[AdaptationalVillainy much more evil]] than in the myth or in the 1963 film. He and his soldiers invade Iolcus and terrorize civillians. In his EstablishingCharacterMoment, he gives a hug to his brother only to [[CainAndAbel stab him with the knife]] saying; "My destiny is to rule!" He attempts to [[WouldHurtAChild murder the baby Jason]], only for the latter to be saved by a bodyguard. Couple years later, Pelias sends an adult Jason on a dangerous mission to find the Golden Fleece, hoping that Jason never succeeds, and threatens to kill Jason's mom whom he earlier forced to marry him. Near the end of the film, when his son, Acastus, brings Pelias the Golden Fleece, Pelias fakes gratitude and [[OffingTheOffspring murders his own son]], taking the Golden Fleece. Seconds later he holds Medea hostage. In his final act of malice, Pelias lies to Jason that he has been overcome with madness by the Fleece while giving him a hug, but secretly he was just trying to kill Jason in the same way he killed King Aeson earlier.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'': [[ProfessionalKiller Fletcher "The Icepick" Nix]] from the season 3 premier "The Gunfighter" is a PsychoForHire, [[TheGunfighterWannabe wannabe gunfighter]], and federal fugitive in the employ of Dixie Mafia boss Emmett Arnett. Arnett sends him to rob Delmar Coates, a very wealthy man. Nix proceeds to order a pizza to Coates' address. He then takes Coates and the pizza guy hostage, and robs Coates of his expensive watch collection. He then declares that he doesn't want to leave any witnesses, but that he'll give Coates a chance. He places a gun on the table between them, and has the pizza guy count down from ten. On "zero" they are both to go for the gun. Only thing is, Nix has an icepick under the table in his other hand. He [[ImpaledPalm impales Coates' hand]] when he tries to go for the gun, then kills him, then kills the pizza guy. He justifies this on the basis that they've seen his face, but as he admits, he could just wear a mask, but doesn't like to, as he's "too pretty". When Nix is prevented from meeting up with Arnett, rather than flee with the several hundred thousand dollars worth of watches he now has on his person, Nix kidnaps protagonist Raylan Givens's ex-wife Winona, and makes Raylan play his game, intending to kill them both the same way he did Coates and the pizza guy.
* ''Series/JuukouBFighter'': The BigBad of this {{Tokusatsu}} show, [[BadBoss Emperor Gaohm]], is a [[VilevillainSaccharineShow surprisingly monstrous villain in a rather lighthearted toku]]. Gaohm treats his people as disposable pawns, even equipping one of his minions with a suicide bomb, while costing many other minions their lives. Gaohm seeks nothing less than genocide of multiple dimensions, and any who aren't killed will simply be enslaved. He has a predilection for taking children of the worlds he attacks and transporting them to be used for slave labor. When pushed too far, he simply decides to [[OmnicidalManiac kill everything on earth]] until the B-Fighters stop him.

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* ''Series/LasVegas'': On a show whose antagonists are composed mostly of gambling cheaters, thieves, or con artists, Vince Peterson from the end of season 4 and the season 5 premiere stands out as the most depraved villain to appear. He's a billionaire gambler who travels around the world to have a good time. It turns out that this includes [[SerialKiller kidnapping, raping and killing women]]. He [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney uses his money to get away with his crimes, cheery that it allows him to do whatever he wants]]. He asks Sam Marquez to marry him and sweetens the deal by agreeing to buy the Montecito... before drugging her, tying her up, stuffing her into a trunk case and taking her with him onboard his private plane. He takes way too much pleasure in letting Sam know that she isn't even ''close'' to the first woman he's done this to and looks forward to his victim pissing herself in fear [[{{Squick}} because it will turn him on more]]. He further beats Sam up with his belt and prepares to rape her before she manages to kill him by throwing him off the plane. Sam spends the rest of the season trying to cope with the trauma.
* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'':
** [[EvilOverlord Darken Rahl]], The BigBad of season 1 and TheDragon to The Keeper in season 2, orders a [[WouldHurtAChild mass infanticide]], kills any he deems a threat, and tortures innocent peasants to keep his dark power. Rahl is also especially fond of blood sacrifices, using the blood as ink to pen notices and spells. Rahl also unleashes a plague on his own people in an attempt to [[FrameUp blame]] [[TheHero Richard]] and cause the people to turn against him. Throughout the series, Rahl is shown as nothing more than pure, unadulterated evil.
** [[OverlordJr Nicholas Rahl]], Darken's son in season 1’s "[[BadFuture Reckoning]]" , was born of a Mother Confessor (Confessors have magical powers). Most male Confessors get easily corrupted by their powers, and [[EnfantTerrible Nicholas starts off]] by [[KidsAreCruel Confessing his playmate]] and forcing him to [[{{fingore}} cut off his own fingers]], because the latter refused to play with the same toys and games as Nicholas. When Nicholas's mother, Kahlan, noticed what her son was becoming and pointed it out, Darken decided to execute Kahlan and Nicholas [[HopeSpot stopped her]], saying "Father, let me do it!" After executing his own mother, [[SelfMadeOrphan Nicholas]] proceeded to murder his dad when the two were standing in front of Kahlan's tomb. After that, he ordered his father's former servants (all of whom he all Confessed) to destroy the land and kill anyone who refused to be Confessed (AKA {{mind control}}led) by him. 50 years later, Richard Cypher arrives and sees the misery that Nicholas caused and nearly all the world being either killed or confessed by Nicholas, except a few peasants who were hiding and told Richard that Nicholas was even worse than his father.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Dr.]] [[OnlyInItForTheMoney Anne]] [[BlondesAreEvil Hannity]] from season 3's "[[Recap/LeverageS03E03TheInsideJob The Inside Job]]" wanted to kill off the world's wheat market with a super-plague, willing to starve the whole planet, so that her own plague-resistant super-wheat would make her and, by extension, her company [[{{Greed}} money]]. She also threatens Archie Leach's family to make him help her, and tries to kill the Leverage team when they find her out, asking them how they would like to be killed ("[[TheDragon Mister Voorhees]] is flexible.") On a show where most villains are interested in stealing patents and building strip malls she, and her [[TheDragon Dragon]], cold-blooded Security Chief Voorhees, really stand out.
* ''Series/LieToMe'':
** Andrew Jenkins from season 1's "Blinded" is a SerialRapist whose crime spree involved raping 12 women. When he was done, Jenkins would focus their gaze on him before he blinded them so he would be the last thing they ever saw. Knowing a copycat of his is out there and kidnapping a woman to blind and rape, Jenkins enjoys playing a twisted game with hero Cal Lightman as Lightman tries to save the woman. With a reach extending outside prison, Jenkins has a guard pass letters to his copycat by threatening the man's life and promises Lightman his copycat's next victim will be someone Lightman loves.
** From the same episode comes Jenkins's copycat, [[spoiler:Paul Russell]], who is also a SerialRapist who collaborates with Jenkins to gain as many rape victims as possible. Not content with just raping and blinding women, he married one of his victims later so he could always be close to one of his "masterpieces." Eventually, he also murdered one of his victims in his quest to become more famous than his mentor as a rapist psychopath.
** Martin Walker from season 2's "Beat The Devil" is a SerialKiller and [[ColdBloodedTorture torturer]]. At first, he gains Lightman's notice when seeing photos of women being tortured arouses him. It comes out Walker is a vicious murderer who gets his kicks by waterboarding young women. He then forces them to dig their own graves before murdering and burying them in them. The waterboarding is related to how he allowed his sister to drown as a child, allowing her to drown merely because he wanted her bike.
* ''Series/LineOfDuty'': [[TeensAreMonsters Teenage criminal]] Ryan Pilkington, who initially appears to be a drug courier for Tommy Hunter, proves himself to be an absolutely vicious piece of work when he has drug dealer Wesley [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured to death for his failures]]. Kidnapping DCI Tony Gates, Ryan forces him to assist with Tommy's plans in exchange for not being framed for the murder of his girlfriend, Jacquelyn Laverty; he subsequently breaks into the home of a mentally handicapped man, robs him, and hides Laverty's body in his fridge. Coercing Gates into helping him kidnap DS Steve Arnott, Ryan tries to [[{{Fingore}} sever Arnott's fingers with a set of bolt cutters]], before ordering his execution. Guilty of everything from harassing an old man to torturing his victims to death, Ryan is living proof that [[KidsAreCruel not all children are innocent]].
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** Anthony Cooper from the first three seasons was the [[ArchnemesisDad father]] of John Locke, whom he sired with a teenager half his age, and was a [[{{Conman}} notorious conman]] who formerly earned his money by having affairs with married women, scamming them out of their money, then ditching them once he had what he wanted. Flashbacks reveal that he was the man who scammed Sawyer's parents, resulting in Sawyer's father murdering his wife then committing suicide, [[{{Jerkass}} something he's completely unapologetic about when he meets Sawyer as an adult.]] When he finally meets his son, John Locke, whom he had neglected before, [[BitchInSheepsCLothing he comes off as a kindly man and the father Locke has always wanted.]] In reality, [[BaitTheDog it's just another scam.]] Cooper's kidneys are failing and the nice guy act was just a ruse to get Locke to donate a kidney to him, after which he coldly dumps his son, telling him he wants nothing to do with him. Later on, Locke is approached by a man named Peter Talbot, the son of a wealthy woman that Cooper is planning to marry for her money. When Talbot expresses a desire to stop the wedding to protect his mother, he later ends up mysteriously murdered. When Locke confronts his father on killing Talbot, his father responds by [[OffingTheOffspring attempting to kill Locke himself]], throwing him out of an eight-story-window and paralyzing him.
** [[SociopathicSoldier Martin Keamy]] from season 4 works for [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Charles Widmore]], who sent [[PsychoForHire Keamy and his mercenary team]] to attack the island, capture Benjamin Linus, and kill anybody else. Keamy, despite being informed that [[WouldHurtAChild a baby is among the innocents there]], wages an all-out assault on the Barracks where Linus is held up; at least three survivors are killed before he arrives in front of Ben's house. There he brings out the 16-year-old Alex, Ben's foster daughter, and threatens to kill her if Ben doesn't leave the house by the time Keamy finishes his countdown. When Ben tries to resist Keamy's threats and negotiate instead, [[KickTheDog Keamy forgoes the rest of the countdown and coldly shoots the young girl in the head while her father watches]]. Keamy kills and threatens to kill several other innocent people (including one by [[SlashedThroat slashing his throat]]), and also shows no emotion when he [[AccidentalMurder inadvertently kills]] his own [[UndyingLoyalty loyal]] [[TheDragon dragon]] Omar by kicking an active grenade that landed at his own feet over in Omar's direction. Upon being gravely wounded by Ben, Keamy reveals he has [[DeadManSwitch a bomb on the freighter he arrived on that's rigged to go off in the event of his death]], [[TakingYouWithMe just so he can kill as many people as possible when he goes out.]]. The [[AxCrazy psychopathic]] Keamy had the distinction of being one of the few villains in the series [[{{Sadist}} who just enjoyed killing people]].
* ''Series/LostGirl'': [[MadScientist Dr. Isaac Taft]] from season 3 proves HumansAreTheRealMonsters in a show full of vicious Fae. Desiring to [[IJustWantToBeSpecial become a powerful Fae himself]], Taft has multiple Fae kidnapped and subjected to hideous and torturous experiments before dumping their corpses into a mass grave. One of the few survivors is left mentally scarred and nearly insane. Taft captures the succubus heroine Bo's ex-boyfriend Dyson and has him experimented on as well, planning to blackmail Bo's current lover Lauren into experimenting on Dyson to transport his essence into Taft. Interested only in his own advancement, Taft believed that with [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney billions of dollars, he could do anything he desired]].
* ''Series/MadanSenkiRyukendo'': [[NamesToRunAwayFrom Baron Bloody]] from this {{Tokusatsu}} series is a demonic robot scientist who, in his first appearance, sets up the death of [[NobleDemon Jack Moon]] in order to use his body in his own experiments. Later, it is revealed that he is responsible for the death of [[SixthRanger Koichi Shiranami's]] parents when they tried to stop him from blowing up Europe. When confronted by Koichi, he proudly takes responsibility and casually refers his parents as "foolish couple". Where the other villains still have some sense of humor in their plans, Bloody's plans are downright vicious.
* ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'': Season 3's "Five Daughters Affair" two-parter (later released in theaters as ''The Karate Killers'') has [[NebulousEvilOrganization THRUSH]] agent Randolph, whose plot involves releasing seawater-derived gold onto the market in order to create massive profits for THRUSH. His actions include seducing the wife of the doctor who created the method then killing her [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness once he has no more use for her]], gleefully taunting her before murdering her; poisoning the doctor; attempting to [[OffWithHisHead behead]] Illya in an ice-chopping machine; [[WouldHitAGirl smacking around Sandy]]; and shooting an unarmed elderly man [[DisproportionateRetribution just for raising his voice to him]]. These acts, coupled with his general SmugSnake demeanor, cement Randolph as probably the series’s nastiest villain.
* ''Series/MastersOfHorror'': This horror anthology series usually has various monsters and serial killers as villains, but there are those who eclipse any others on the show in terms of sheer evil:
** From the premiere, "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road," the silent EvilAlbino SerialKiller dubbed "Moonface" lives in a remote cabin in the woods. He periodically kidnaps people from the nearby road to brutally torture and murder them, taking care to dispose of their cars so no one will catch him. He typically uses an electric drill in his torture cellar to perforate his victims through the skull, [[EyeScream eyes first]]. Then he crucifies the corpses and displays them around his lawn. He has also kept an elderly man captive for an untold amount of time to the point that the guy went completely crazy and [[StockholmSyndrome became slavishly devoted to him]]. There are even some [[WouldHurtAChild infant skeletons]] stashed around his cabin, still in their baby carriages.
** From "Dreams in the Witch-House," the WickedWitch of the episode habitually sacrifices babies for her magic rituals. She uses her abilities to force various men to kill them for her, destroying countless more lives in the process. She also uses a ShapeshiftingSeducer trick to have sex with the protagonist by impersonating his neighbor, apparently to further mess with his mind for kicks. It's later discovered that there were at least 80 baby corpses hidden in the walls of the house going back all the way to the 1600s, so she has been willingly doing this for centuries and for seemingly no other reason than ForTheEvulz.
** From "The V Word," Mr. Chaney is a blood-thirsty vampire who sees his new transformation into a creature of the night as a great opportunity to murder people to his heart's content. He was also a pedophile before his undeath who sexually abused many boys at the school he worked at. He slaughters a mortuary's entire staff, turns two teenage boys in the age group he previously targeted to become his new obedient vamp minions and tries to force one of them to murder his little sister to prove himself to his new "master".
* ''Series/TheMentalist'':
** The [[{{ArchEnemy}} nemesis]] of Patrick Jane is [[BigBad Red John]] ([[spoiler:Sheriff Thomas [=McAllister=]]]), a {{sociopath}}ic SerialKiller whose sexual perversions and sadism led him to torture and kill women. Early in his career, Patrick Jane, then a phony psychic, said he would use his "powers" to help the police catch Red John. Unfortunately, Jane made the mistake of insulting Red John on the air, [[DisproportionateRetribution which caused the killer]] to murder Jane's wife and [[WouldHurtAChild young daughter]]. Years later, Red John is mostly "retired" from serial killing, but he still kills many, either to [[HeKnowsTooMuch silence loose ends]] or to [[CriminalMindGames play mind games with Jane]]. Some of Red John's crimes include killing a teenage girl and kidnapping her twin sister to lure Jane into a trap; having Sam Bosco's [=CBI=] team killed; kidnapping Kristina Frye and brainwashing her into [[EmptyShell believing she's dead]], all because she empathized with him on television; having Madeline Hightower's cousin tortured to death to get information on where she was hiding, then later sending a mole to kill her and her kids; trying to get Jane to kill his best friend and LoveInterest, Teresa Lisbon; killing a woman because [[EvilIsPetty Jane had a happy memory of her as a child]]; and decapitating the therapist who helped Jane recover from his psychological breakdown following his family's death. Red John is also the mastermind of [[spoiler:the Blake Association, a criminal conspiracy and protection racket for corrupt law enforcement officials]] and controls them from behind the scenes. In addition, Red John has his own devoted followers, usually comprised of [[PsychoSupporter psychotics and killers]], that help him in his crimes or vice versa. However, their lives mean nothing to him, and he either [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness kills them when they outlive their usefulness]] or [[DrivenToSuicide drives them to suicide]] in order to protect himself. Overall, Red John is a [[{{Narcissist}} raging narcissist]] with a massive ego and a god complex. He is driven by [[AttentionWhore an intense need for attention]] and gets off on the power he has by holding thousands of lives in his hands.
** [[PsychoForHire Cale Sylvan]] from season 2's "Blood Money" distinguishes himself as a {{sociopath}} and a {{serial killer}} that just enjoys killing people. He makes his living as a [[ProfessionalKiller hitman]] because, in the words of Jane, "If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life." Already connected by the police with the "[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident mysterious]]" deaths of seven people (drowning, hit-and-run, etc.), his most recent victim is a DA, Kelly Flower. Sylvan breaks into her home and murders her, but not before videotaping her begging for her life to keep as a trophy. When Jane assesses he’s a sociopath, the CBI arrange a sting operation and send Agent Van Pelt to act as a buyer interested in procuring his services. Once he agrees to kill her target and shows her the video of him killing Kelly as proof that he can do it, he’s quickly arrested. When he is released, the CBI find him at his Murder House. Inside he’s watching TV, laughing and drinking, and as he’s doing so, a man is duct-taped to a table in the kitchen, gagged and screaming for his life. Eventually Sylvan gets up and plans to start cutting the guy up before the police arrest him. Before Sylvan can give any information on who hired him to kill Ms. Flower, he’s sniped from far away. Following his death, we see the CBI excavating his house where eight bodies have already been discovered in the front yard alone.
** Tommy Volker from season 5 is a CorruptCorporateExecutive responsible for the slaughter of over three hundred Amazonian tribesmen when they refused to relinquish their land so he could use it for development of his geothermal project. When a journalist finds evidence Volker was behind the massacre, he {{manipulat|iveBastard}}es an old friend into sabotaging her car. While his friend believed he was only pulling a prank, Volker intended her to die and had his assassin, Charles Milk, trail her. After her crash, Milk suffocated her, stole the evidence that implicated Volker, and Volker left his "friend" to serve as the fall guy for his scheme. At the same time, CBI Agent Teresa Lisbon convinced Volker's secretary, Rebecca Shaw, to provide evidence against him. In response, Volker visited Shaw that night with his assassin, and watched, [[PsychoticSmirk smiling]], as he strangled her to death. This apparently is a habit of Volker's, as he's also shown attending the strangulation of another employee who intended to reveal Volker's involvement in the Amazonian tribe massacre. Loyal employees fair little better with Volker as he has [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Charles Milk assassinated in a drive-by shooting, along with two innocent bystanders, when Lisbon got too close to Milk]], and later promised to kill another of his hired goons [[BadBoss just because the man was interrogated by the police]]. When Volker discovered a little boy had witnessed one of his crimes, he had no reservations in personally trying to [[WouldHurtAChild execute him]] when [[EvenEvilHasStandards other hitmen of his refused to do so.]] A [[TheSociopath cold-blooded sociopath]], Volker was driven by nothing other than a disturbing mixture of greed and sadism.
* ''Series/MiamiVice'': Elio Escobar from season 1’s “The Maze” is the most sinister, AxCrazy member of his drug dealing family. A murderer, thief, drug trafficker and vandal, Escobar murders a detective and has people taken hostage in a hotel, including a baby, with intent to murder them later. When he sees a girl he likes, Escobar tries to rape her. when his brother Georges sees this, he tries to reason with and stop Elio. Elio simply murders his brother in response to this. Even his [[EvenEvilHasStandards brothers are disgusted by his utter psychosis]].
* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'': [[TheProfiler Frank Black]] has faced many [[SerialKiller killers]] and other [[MonsterOfTheWeek villains]]. These are the absolute worst.
** From season 1's "[[{{Recap/MillenniumE06522666}} 522666]]", Raymond Dees is a MadBomber who [[{{Sadist}} derives sexual pleasure]] from the numerous deaths he causes. He initially blows up a crowded bar while watching the scene from afar. He later plants bombs in an office building, killing dozens more, and then participates in the rescue of the wounded simply so he can be [[GloryHound hailed as a hero]] by the community. When Frank Black eventually discovers his true identity, Dees realizes that his game is up and arranges to be killed by the Feds so he can become notorious as a criminal instead, but not before taunting Frank with the possibility that he's rigged Frank's car to explode.
** From season 1's "Maranatha", Yaponchik (aka Sergei Stepanovich, real name unknown) is a mass murderer who sees himself as an [[TheAntichrist Antichrist figure]] whose mission it is to spread evil in the world. Taking inspiration from the Literature/BookOfRevelation, he causes the [[GoingCritical Chernobyl disaster]] to kill many people and poison the land. A decade later in the United States, he [[CopKiller kills a police officer]] and several people who tried to appease him, to re-establish his status as TheDreaded to the Russian community. He kills one of the two Russian officers who had been tracking him ever since Chernobyl by shooting him in public. He later goes on a killing spree in a bathhouse, before using religious fear to convince his nemesis Surova to [[KarmaHoudini help him escape]] so that he can continue his rampage elsewhere.
** From season 2's "The Mikado", Avatar is a {{serial killer}} who terrorized the streets of San Francisco in the 1980s, claiming nineteen victims before eluding the authorities. He eventually returns to [[MurderDotCom broadcast his latest murders over the internet]], kidnapping several women and presenting them on a website with a counter indicating the time until their deaths. He leads the cops to a remote trailer, planting deadly boobytraps after killing the previous occupant. When Frank Black finds Avatar's new lair, he tries to kill Black as well before [[DisguisedHostageGambit disguising his latest victim as himself]] in the hopes that Black will shoot her by mistake. Avatar [[SilentAntagonist never speaks]], but his huge body count and his {{sadist}}ic games make him one of the show's most heinous villains.
* ''Film/MurderInCowetaCounty'': This 1983 MadeForTVMovie told the true story of John Wallace, a wealthy Meriwether County, Georgia land baron and moonshine runner who, in the 1940s, virtually ruled the county with an iron fist and had the sheriff in his back pocket. Wallace would brutally abuse his sharecroppers; such as when he put a man's hands and feet in doorjambs and slammed the door on them, all while [[VillainWithGoodPublicity appearing to be a kind charitable man.]] When Wilson Turner, who ran shine for Wallace, made a little too much money and made his runs a little too often, Wallace beats him severely and orders him off of his land. Knowing that Wallace had several judges in his pocket, Turner steals a prized cow from Wallace's pasture. Wallace then has Turner arrested, released "on a lack of evidence", then ambushed at the gas station. Turner tries to flee but soon runs out of gas, and is beaten to death by Wallace and his thugs. When Wallace is finally arrested and sentenced to death, his last statement is: "Almighty God, only You know my true heart. Prepare to receive me into Your House."
* ''Series/TheMusketeers'': [[AxCrazy Comte de Rochefort]], the BigBad of season 2, is a former agent of Cardinal Richelieu, who, [[EvenEvilHasStandards realizing how unhinged he was]], abandoned him to the Spanish. He is introduced being sentenced for murder; Rochefort later murders the judge who sentenced him. Initially appearing to have been turned and now working for the Spanish, Rochefort quickly proves to be working for no one’s benefit but his own. Building himself up into the king’s favor through [[FauxAffablyEvil fake charm and cunning]], Rochefort causally treats all others as pawns to pave the way for his success. Taking over as the [[EvilChancellor king’s advisor]], throughout the season Rochefort [[ManipulativeBastard creates/manipulates situations]] to make the increasingly-paranoid king more and more dependent upon him, while also destroying his faith in the Musketeers. Secretly, he plans to [[TheStarscream murder the king and steal the throne for himself]]. Rochefort murders numerous people for his self-serving cause or simply [[ForTheEvulz for fun]] (six in his first episode alone). Possessing a lust for the Queen that began when she was 13, Rochefort eventually tries to rape her and then reveals her secret affair with Aramis, to have Aramis, the Queen and her [[WouldHurtAChild baby]] executed. To incriminate her, Rochefort poisons the king, just enough that it leaves him in agony,even [[FrameUp framing]] and [[KillTheCutie murdering the innocent]] [[spoiler:Doctor Lemay]] to complete the ruse. Rochefort tries to force the King to sign the Queen's death warrant and finally tries to strangle her himself. A complete and utter monster of a man driven by his own ego and ambition, even Milady de Winter considers him a mad man, and the Musketeers know him as their most vile enemy.
* ''Film/NatureOfTheBeast'': In this Creator/ABCFamily original film, [[BigBad Donovan]] is an AxCrazy [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent alpha werewolf]] who [[SavageWolves commits wanton violence and murder]] solely [[ForTheEvulz for his own amusement]]. Disguising himself as an unassuming college professor who teaches [[TheProtagonist Rich]], Donovan reveals his true nature as the Alpha werewolf upon slaughtering Rich's friend and cursing Rich to become a werewolf himself. What makes this action worse is that, unlike other werewolves, Donovan has [[WolfMan full control over his transformations]] and has free will all the while, killing Rich's friend and cursing him to lycanthropy solely for sadism. Later attending the wedding reception for Rich and his fiance Julia, he forcefully turns Rich into a werewolf and tries to make him kill Julia's family. When Rich resists, Donovan discards him and tries to kill Julia and her family himself, but not before [[TheCorrupter trying to corrupt him]] into succumbing to his inner beast so Rich would become like him. It's also heavily implied Donovan's responsible for the mass murder of innocents, such as killing a man because he wanted his house. A {{sadist}} who reveled in acts from the [[EvilIsPetty petty and spiteful]] to the hateful and murderous, Donovan was a fine example of a beast as monstrous on the inside as he was on the outside.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
** Kyle Boone from season 3's "Mind Games" was a SerialKiller who mainly targeted women. When Kyle was twelve years old, he murdered his mother and later devoted himself to starting a career in killing women. He would torture them to death, carved a heart shape in their backs, and would often take their tongues as trophies. When he was finally sentenced to be executed by the electric chair, Boone attempted to stay his execution and formulated a plan that involved setting up his lawyer Adam O'Neill as a copycat killer; Adam then kidnapped Agent Cassidy and attempted to torture her to death, though he failed. Boone was also convinced to take the families of his victims to the sites where their loved ones were disposed of. He took them all the way to a Virginia farm, only to dampen their hopes by showing that there was nothing in the barn other than the severed tongues of his victims.
** Season 3's "Bait" features two goons of Colombian drug lord Carlos Mendez. Eighteen years in the past Angela Meyers testified against Mendez, and then faked her death while she was out sailing. The goons go to the high school her son Kody attended to strap a bomb to his body with the intention of drawing Angela out and killing her along with him and his classmates. This would ensuring that the authorities thought that Kody was to blame while Mendez got off Scot-free.
* ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'': Marcel Janvier, AKA The Chameleon, runs several cartels from behind the scenes, and the closest thing to an MO that he has is that he acts as the driver. He kills people by incinerating them in their cars and plays a dangerous game of "hide and seek" where he forces people to act as him to lure them to dead ends, which often results in their deaths in the process. When infiltrating the NCIS, he murders and assumes the identity of a police officer to infiltrate the operation to capture him. In his final appearance, Janvier set up a family of arms dealers to be killed by the police and car bombs Agent Carter before allowing his own arrest to blackmail the NCIS by threatening to inform Iran of security flaws in the US. Marcel Janvier cares only about his own profit and has no regard for human life. With one of the highest bodycounts in the NCIS franchise, The Chameleon is one of the most monstrous villains the franchise has to offer.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': PeterPan is the amoral, self-centered, [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] boy of the original tale taken UpToEleven and stripped of any redeeming qualities. Pan is a demon who sends his shadow to take children away from their homes and families to Neverland and once there, they are made his servants who are never permitted to leave. All who try to leave he has the shadow kill by taking out their souls. He has an extreme LackOfEmpathy for anyone who isn't himself, [[ItsAllAboutMe only thinks about his own interests above all else]], and delights in torturing and destroying others, mentally and physically, [[ForTheEvulz because]] it [[ItAmusedMe amuses him]]. Since he was dying along with Neverland's magic, his ultimate plan that was decades in the making was to absorb the heart of the child who is the truest believer in magic, so that he can become all-powerful and immortal, while the child dies in his place. That said child is Henry Mills, [[spoiler:his own great-grandson]]. Pan is in truth [[spoiler:Malcolm]], a cravenly, negligent PsychopathicManchild who abandoned his son [[spoiler:Rumpelstiltskin]] for the power of eternal youth. Unlike most villains on the show, Pan does not value family, as he emotionally abused and resented his son from day one since he hates the responsibilities of adulthood. To Pan, a baby is a "pink, naked, squirming little larva who eats away at his hopes and dreams." He even places more value and so-called love on his PsychoSupporter Felix, [[spoiler: whom he kills without hesitation when it's needed to complete a curse]], than he does for his own child and ultimately tries to kill his family just because he knows how much they mean to [[spoiler:Rumpelstiltskin]].
* ''Series/OnceUponATimeInWonderland'': [[BigBad Jafar]] is a true BastardBastard and EvilSorcerer extraordinaire whose plan is to enslave three genies and use their combined magical powers to wish for the rules of magic to be changed so that he may become the all-powerful ruler of Wonderland. Cruel, utterly ruthless, devoid of empathy, and detached from humanity, not an episode goes by in which he does not threaten, manipulate, torture, murder, or all at once in order to get what he wants. Jafar's most noteworthy atrocities were changing the woman who loved him and taught him sorcery into his serpent staff, threatening to murder Alice's father in order to make her surrender her two remaining magic wishes, and not only murdering a young woman in cold blood just to get a reaction out of her lover, but later reviving her and making her fall in love with him right in front of said lover, who is powerless to stop it. Worst of all is that we're led to believe that he ultimately just wants love from his abusive father and wishes to change the rules of magic in order to force him to give him affection, but it's revealed that he really wanted to make his father love him so that the peace of mind and vengeance he'd get out of murdering him afterwards would be sweeter. In the end, all Jafar truly wanted was power to do whatever he pleased with.
* ''Series/TheOriginals'', a {{spinoff}} of ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'':
** In the struggles among vampires, witches, werewolves and humans, [[TeensAreMonsters Monique Deveraux]] from season 1 stands out and shows some of the most ancient vampires that evil knows no age. A teenage girl killed in a botched Harvest Ritual, her aunt Sophie struggled to have Monique resurrected, and when she succeeds, Monique repays her aunt by [[UngratefulBastard murdering her]] and [[LackOfEmpathy seeing it as another casualty of war]]. She would later go on to [[TheDragon assist]] the witch leader Celeste, and after Celeste dies, does the same to their new leader Genevieve. Hardened by her [[TheFundamentalist religious loyalty]] to [[BiggerBad The Ancestors]], Monique is willing to kill Genevieve, simply because they told her to, only relenting when they order her to kill Klaus and Hayley's unborn baby, [[WouldHurtAChild and sadistically attempting to kill Hayley to induce a miscarrige]]. In addition to this, Monique [[TheBully scapegoats Davina, blaming her for the Harvest going wrong, simply because she survived]] and gets the other witches to do the same. When Hayley goes into labor, she and the other witches abduct her; Monique tells her that they will kill her baby and there is nothing she and Klaus can do about it. After Hayley gives birth, Monique [[SlashedThroat slits her throat]] and leaves her to die While preparing the ritual to kill the baby, Monique talks to another Harvest girl about [[TheStarscream usurping Genevieve all together]]. When facing defeat, Monique attempts to stab the baby. While she does have a FreudianExcuse in being killed in a ritual and corrupted by the Ancestors, the other Harvest girls went through the same thing and didn't come out as evil or crazy as Monique. {{Sadist}}ic and fanatical, Monique willingly reaches depths that most vampires, witches and werewolves in the conflict don't.
** [[ManipulativeBitch Francesca Correa]] from season 1 is a descendant of the thought to be extinct [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Guerra werewolf clan/crime family]], but poses as a human to control their faction. Despite signing a peace treaty between werewolves, vampires, witches and humans, she helps intensify the conflict by masterminding the bombings on the home of the Crescent werewolves, [[WouldHurtAChild with children in the home]], in order to [[FrameUp frame the vampires]]. She intimidates Father Kieran's niece Camille into looking for a key that might expose her family for what they are. Francesca is revealed to be in cahoots with the witches, and oversees the witch leader Genevieve, who makes the moonlight rings. In return for the rings, Francesca gives the witches Hayley so that they can kill her baby. With these rings, Francesca and her brothers massacre a small army of vampires and savagely maul Elijah. Francesca cares not for her family and minions, using even her brothers as bodyguards, claiming that [[ItsAllAboutMe she is the top dog and that it's her minions job to keep the fight from getting to her]]. She maintains control by running her werewolves as a gang, all while secluding herself to avoid retaliation. When the fight does go to her, [[DirtyCoward she flees while Elijah kills her brothers]].
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'':
** Wayne Haas from season 1's "Living Hell” is a vicious {{serial killer}} who targets women. Several years before, he had a neutral transmitter installed in his brain which inadvertently allows Haas to share his thoughts with any person who possesses the same implant, although Haas is mistakenly believed to have since died. He's first shown chasing a woman throught the woods and killing her, before deciding to play around with the corpse when he notices his "audience," the episode's protagonist Ben Kohler. He later hires a [[DisposableSexWorker prostitute]], and [[ForTheEvulz for kicks]], [[MindRape forces Ben]] to [[ForcedToWatch witness]] how he gruesomely stabs her to death in his bathtub. When Ben investigates Haas's apartment with the doctor responsible for the implant, Haas kidnaps her to cut out her brain and leaves Ben behind to take the blame for the other women the police claim he murdered over the previous months.
** Karl Rademacher from season 5's "Tribunal" is the (former) [[ThoseWackyNazis SS commandant]] of an [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust Auschwitz subcamp]] made up to look like a "model" camp for inspections by the Red Cross. When they leave, he usually has the prisoners [[DeadlyGas gassed by the hundreds]]. The episode opens in 1944 as Rademacher makes his daily rounds to select a prisoner to execute in front of the rest, which he considers "the only joy I get from this miserable job." When he selects a random man, the wife begs him not to, so he selects her instead and shoots her in front of her husband and daughter. He later [[WouldHurtAChild has the child gassed to death]]. He gives instructions to the prisoners to write letters to their relatives to tell them how wonderful they have it there. When one man objects, Rademacher orders him sent outside and shot, before amending the order so he can personally shoot the prisoner. After the war this unrepentant war criminal lives incognito for many decades in the United States. Rademacher's cruelty and brutality ultimately becomes his own doom when, thanks to a TimeTravel device, he is sent back to his own camp dressed up as an inmate. When his younger version runs into him, he demands that the rowdy old man beg for his life before [[KarmicDeath he kills his older self for being Jewish]].
** Season 5’s "Better Luck Next Time," which continues the story from that season’s "The Ripper", has two alien {{serial killer}}s who have been living on earth for centuries, [[GrandTheftMe stealing host bodies]] and using them to commit murder after murder for [[ItAmusedMe amusement]] and [[ForTheEvulz boredom]]. Detectives Terri and Girard end up each working with an alien, both claiming they are officers sent to hunt down the killer. At the end, the truth is revealed: the two are partners in crime and have been playing the officers for fun with the only excuse being how bored they are as immortals. The two have been spending centuries playing their games and corrupting good people into killing their friends and partners out of paranoia; they plan to hijack Terri's body after she mortally wounds Girard and use her police connections to have even more fun. When Terri and her dying partner mortally wound both killers' host bodies, Terri [[HeroicSacrifice opts to kill herself]] to prevent them from stealing her body, knowing they can't survive long without hosts and unwilling to allow them to continue their rampage.
* ''Series/{{Oz}}'': Even in this CrapsackWorld, a few characters stand out.
** [[EvilRedhead Timmy Kirk]] is a [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] murderer who gets by in Oz despite his mediocre intellect and physical strength, due to his sheer ruthlessness and treachery. A flashback shows that he was incarcerated for homicide after [[WouldHurtAChild putting a baby]] (implied to be his own) in a rat-infested dumpster, over the desperate protests of its mother. Initially a low-ranking member of the Irish gang, he makes a name for himself in prison by [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder routinely betraying one gang for another]]. He seals Jeremiah Cloutier in a wall to die a slow and painful death in response to the latter casting Kirk out of his gang for his erratic behavior. After Father Mukada refuses to accept Kirk's reversion to Catholicism, Kirk responds by burning down Mukada's church in hopes of killing him. When Mukada survives the attack, Kirk continues to hound him with absurd allegations of sexual molestation. Kirk, by now facing execution, is simply happy that he might die knowing that the allegations could see Mukada permanently stripped of his priesthood.
** [[BaldOfEvil Malcolm "Snake" Coyle]] from season 3, a member of [[ScaryBlackMan the Homeboys]], is a [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] murderer with no regard for human life. Originally imprisoned for armed robbery, Coyle's [[HiddenDepths dark secret]] was revealed when he sadistically admitted to Augustus Hill that he murdered an Italian-American family one night [[ForTheEvulz for fun]], while his friend recorded it on a videotape. First, as we see in flashbacks, he [[SlashedThroat slit the mother's throat]], proceeded to rape her dying corpse, then [[WouldHurtAChild murdered the baby]] when the cries of fear started to get on his nerves. After Hill snitches on Warden Leo Glynn about Coyle's crimes, the other gangs (including the Aryans), [[EvenEvilHasStandards disgusted by Coyle's crimes]], unanimously agree to protect Hill from the Homeboys. Coyle's eventual death is mourned by none and he stands out as one of the few inmates in the series with no redeeming qualities.
* ''Series/{{Passions}}'': [[DiabolicalMastermind Alistair Crane]] is the megalomaniacal BigBad driven by a [[ControlFreak need for control]]. Besides being an {{abusive|Parents}} father and a BadBoss, he has forced his grandson to rape his granddaughter, [[DomesticAbuser physically and sexually abused his wife]], tried to kill everyone in his family, committed several counts of rape ([[WouldHurtAChild including a 14-year-old girl]]), faked the deaths of two of his grandchildren, his daughter's lovers, his ex-wife, and her sister, left his daughter to believe that she killed her mother, arranged his daughter to have electric shock therapy, and tricked Whitney into believing she had slept with her brother. He committed most of these crimes for two reasons, to [[ItsAllAboutMe find a suitable heir]] or simply because doing things ForTheEvulz [[ItAmusedMe amused him]].
* ''Series/PennyDreadful'': Season 2’s BigBad is Madam Kali, whose real name name is Evelyn Poole and who is revealed to be far more than a simple medium. A [[WickedWitch witch]] who rules the coven of The Nightcomers, Evelyn's true nature is introduced with her in a [[BloodBath bath of blood]] and a young woman's corpse close by. Evelyn promptly [[YouHaveFailedMe kills one of her own witches for failure]] and sends her sadistic daughter Hecate to murder a family,[[WouldHurtAChild including a baby]], so Evelyn can harvest the child's heart to create a ritual doll, of which it is revealed Evelyn has dozens of. Evelyn enslaves the mind of Sir Malcolm and [[MindRape mentally tortures]] Malcolm's wife into [[DrivenToSuicide killing herself]] to make Malcolm hers. When he breaks free, she simply inflicts the same spell as she inflicted on Malcolm's wife so that Malcolm is tormented by visions of his dead children. It is also revealed Evelyn had {{frame|Up}}d her [[CainAndAbel own sister]] as a witch so that she would be [[BurnTheWitch burned alive]]. Ruthlessly dedicated to the service of {{Satan}}, Evelyn stops at nothing to achieve her goals and is the one enemy to succeed in sundering the fellowship of the heroes to its very core.
* ''Film/{{Pride}}'': The BigBad of this 2004 Creator/TheBBC telefilm is Harry, an alpha male lion who leads a rogue pride known as “The Wanderers.” The beginning of the movie establishes him as a ruthless psychopath who leads attacks on other prides (including one belonging to the film’s heroine Suki) and murders lionesses such as Fleck’s mother. Harry knows that Suki is a vegetarian lion who abhors hunting other animals and he exploits this when Suki is fully grown and leaves her pride. After Suki gives birth to cubs fathered by Harry’s wingman Dark, Harry [[MoralEventHorizon crosses the line]] by killing and eating all but one of her cubs. Harry uses that sole surviving cub (Rory) to blackmail Suki, threatening that he will make Rory “go missing” if she does not hunt for The Wanderers. As if that wasn’t enough, he plans out another attack on Suki’s pride and states that he wants to kill everyone within her pride. When Harry fights Suki’s brother, he finds Rory hiding and attacks him. At that moment, Dark realizes what the psychopath did to his cubs and shoves him off the cliff to his death.
* ''Series/PrisonBreak'':
** [[ScaryBlackMan Wyatt Mathewson]] from season 4 is a [[ProfessionalKiller professional hitman]] working for [[TheSyndicate the Company]] under its leader [[BigBad General Jonathan Krantz]]. He's the worst and most chilling PsychoForHire the Company has to offer, with nearly every scene involving him killing someone or [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing people to death]] while talking to them in a [[DissonantSerenity calm, soothing tone]]. He kills or tortures many people (mainly, anybody working against Krantz); this includes [[WouldHitAGirl women]] and even [[WouldHurtAChild murdering Cameron Mahone]] and [[BoomHeadshot blowing the child's head off]] post-mortem to mutilate the corpse just to spite his father Alexander Mahone further. When he's given intel on Scofield and his crew by the SixthRangerTraitor Roland, he [[FalseReassurance promises to give Roland $1 million and to let him go in exchange for the others]]. Once there, Wyatt progressively shoots Roland in the kneecap, then his thigh, and then in his stomach to watch him bleed out.
** [[EvilMatriarch Christina Rose Scofield]], who first appears in season 4 but is mentioned earlier, is a high-ranking leader of the Company and [[BigBadDuumvirate along with General Krantz]] is revealed to [[TheManBehindTheMan have been behind most of the events in the show]]. She's a [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] {{insufferable genius}} who [[ItsAllAboutMe only cares about her own advancement]]. She sacrifices her whole family; [[ParentalAbandonment she abandoned both her sons Lincoln and Michael]] while they were kids without saying a word, rejected her husband after [[DefectorFromDecadence he turned on the Company]] and had him hunted down, and arranged for her adopted son Lincoln (whom she despised for his relative lack of intelligence) to be [[FrameUp framed]] and executed for a staged political assassination of Terence Steadman. She tries to [[EnemyCivilWar kill General Krantz]] to steal a device called "Scylla" and sell it for its [[{{Greed}} profitable military use]], then kills her conspirator [[YouHaveFailedMe when he botches the hit]]. She pretends to sell the technology to a renowned Indian scientist/politician, but instead has him assassinated in public and frames Lincoln again, along with Michael, Mahone and Don Self. Christina intends to unleash a decades-long war between India and China [[WarForFunAndProfit so she can sell the tech to both sides for a quick profit]], knowing that it would quickly escalate into a global conflict. When Michael steals Scylla back from her, she kidnaps Lincoln and gives Michael [[HostageForMacGuffin an ultimatum for its return]] by shooting Lincoln in the lung to watch him die slowly. She later tries to kill Michael when he's ruined her plans one too many times.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': [[KnightOfCerebus Mr. Yin]] (also known as Karl Rotmensen) is an even more depraved [[SerialKiller murderer]] than his former apprentice [[spoiler:and daughter]] Yang. He introduces himself by murdering several people and arranging the corpses in a Yin/Yang symbol. A fan of AlfredHitchcock, Yin murders a woman named Mary in a manner reminiscent of the famous “Shower Scene” from ''Film/{{Psycho}}''. Using this theme as a distraction, he kidnaps the hero Shawn's girlfriend and forces Sean to choose between catching Yin or saving her. When he reappears, he continues attempting to murder Shawn and everyone close to him. What makes him even more monstrous is his sheer pettiness. By his own admission he never loved his daughter, yet he was still angry when Shawn indirectly inspired her to finally stand up to him. He's not angry he lost his daughter, he's angry he lost a tool. It is also revealed that he's the one who made Yang the monster she was, making him responsible for all her murders as well.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Will Strausser from season 1 is an utter [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who the Militia recruited from a room with padded cells. Strausser loves to talk about hurting others, particularly with knives. Strausser also absolutely adores torture: when Rachel falls into his hands, he spends a nice time participating in ColdBloodedTorture while sarcastically informing his victims [[FauxAffablyEvil "I apologize in advance."]] He later attempts to rape Rachel and it is insinuated he may have done so previously. When one of his soldiers fails a task, Strausser simply [[YouHaveFailedMe stabs him to death.]] Strausser freely admits the only reason he's even in the Militia is to kill with impunity and does so whenever he can.
* ''Series/RipperStreet'', set mere months after the rampage of UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper, shows that he wasn't the only monster in Whitechapel.
** Sir Arthur Donaldson from the series premiere "I Need Light" had an ambition: to be a pioneer in the history of film...specifically {{snuff film}}s. To this end, he abducts women and drugs them, before having himself filmed raping and strangling them before mutilating them so they will appear to be new victims of Jack.
** Claxton, from the third episode "The King Came Calling," is a GloryHound whose only issue with the Ripper is that he took fame that Claxton felt was deservedly his. To fix this, Claxton began to poison his victims in a manner to simulate an outbreak of cholera. Killing many people, Claxton bragged when caught that he'd more than tripled The Ripper's total
** [[FauxAffablyEvil Sir Victor Silver]], from the eighth episode "What Use Our Work?," is [[AristocratsAreEvil a noble]] who [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon hid a remarkably evil mind behind a pleasant demeanor]]. He had a business model of luring women to his family's estate before drugging them and having them shipped to South America for the sex trade. Silver was adept at gaining their trust before shackling them to a bed for days before drugging them and locking them in small boxes to be sent overseas.
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': Charles Hoyt was Jane Rizzoli's ArchEnemy, a [[ILoveTheDead necrophiliac]] SerialKiller known as [[DeadlyDoctor the Surgeon]]. Preferring to target couples and loving to foster fear in his victims, Hoyt [[SerialRapist would rape his female victims]], forcing the male to watch, then kill them both. Hoyt managed to kill three couples as well as a family. Forming an obsession with Jane, Hoyt murdered Alexander Ghent and kidnapped his wife to lure Jane into a trap to kill them both. He uses his [[WeaponOfChoice scalpels]] to [[ImpaledPalm leave permanent scars on Jane’s hands]]. Though captured, Hoyt continued to be a menace through [[PsychoSupporter his apprentices]]. Hoyt would go on to temporarily break out of jail and murder one couple with his first apprentice, threaten to rape Maura Isles when she interviewed him while he was in custody, murdered the husband of his second apprentice, had his second apprentice take Jane's brother, Franke, hostage, and used his third apprentice to kill an inmate to lure Jane to him so he could have one last attempt at killing her before he died of pancreatic cancer. Just before his final attempt on Jane's life, he began to slit Maura's throat just so Jane could watch her best friend die before killing her.
* ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'': [[WickedWitch Morgwyn of Ravenscar]] from the two-parter ''The Swords of Wayland'' is a powerful witch and leader of the Cauldron of Lucifer coven. To set about gathering the Swords of Wayland to summon Lucifer from hell, Morgwyn kidnaps villagers and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashes them]] into an elite troop known as the Hounds. She sends the Hounds to kill and be killed by their own people and bring her the swords. One young man fails to recognize his own parents and kills himself upon being captured. Morgwyn kidnaps the outlaws and attempts to MindRape them into killing Robin himself. Finally, Morgwyn plans on sacrificing them in a ceremony to summon her dark master Lucifer himself to cause the Apocalypse and consume the world.

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* ''Series/ScreamTVSeries'': Ghostface ([[spoiler:Piper Shaw]]) from season one is copycatting the killing spree of Brandon James. After killing Nina and her boyfriend Tyler, and later killing depressed student Rachel, making it look like a suicide. Constantly tormenting [[spoiler:her half-sister]] Emma Duvall, via texts and phone calls, [[spoiler:while being friendly and helpful to her face]], Ghostface targets her friends for no reason other than to hurt her. Ghostface tries to force Emma to [[SadisticChoice choose between killing two of her friends]], and ends up killing [[spoiler:Riley]]. Later Ghostface has [[spoiler:Will]] kidnapped and later set up in a death trap which Emma is tricked into triggering. Eventually [[FrameUp framing Mr. Branson]], Ghostface tortures [[spoiler:Sheriff Hudson]] on a live camera, before leaving him in to be killed in a trap like [[spoiler:Will]] before him. When Ghostface's identity is finally revealed, Ghostface reveals Ghostface’s jealously for Emma’s life, and her plan to kill Emma infront of [[spoiler:their mother Maggie]], before killing Maggie slowly.
* ''Series/TheSecretCircle'':
** [[ScaryBlackMan Eben]] is the [[BigBad leader]] of the [[KnightTemplar witch hunters]]. He's bad enough when we first see him in a flashback that reveals that [[MoralEventHorizon he and his men murdered the members of the old Circle by pretending to want peace]] and tried to kill John Blackwell, but he gets even worse when he turns out to have survived the fire, only with nasty scarring, and proves bent on killing ''every witch alive'', even those who have ''never'' heard of him, for absolutely n' good reason. He doesn't bat an eye at [[{{Hypocrite}} using magic]] provided by a [[BackFromTheDead resurrected]] [[CameBackWrong and]] [[AxCrazy psychotic]] Nick to brainwash Cassie into trying to kill her father and to escape an attack by the Circle that should've killed him outright. Later, he summons and absorbs multiple demons for their power, no doubt driving him even crazier. This is after he sacrifices one of his own men to a demon and using him to lure Blackwell and the Circle into a death trap that just barely fails. According to another witch hunter, he's even killed off [[TheDragon Isaac]]. Then he kidnaps Faye, fully intending to murder her and her covenmates.
** [[ArchnemesisDad John Blackwell]] is a warlock who prefers dark magic, and visited the town of Chance Harbor years earlier for one reason-to have children-and achieved this goal by seducing and impregnating members of the previous circle of witches. He returns to manipulate his daughter Cassie and her half-sister Diana. He has all the other Crystal Skulls destroyed so one more could be created. He uses magic to torture [[AntiVillain Jake Armstron]], and summons demons to provide people for them to possess. He doesn't care for his own children, seeing them as only a means of getting power. Season 1's finale, "Family," reveals his master plan to use the Crystal Skull to kill all witches without Balcoin blood and create a truly dark Circle using his children. He even tries to kill his daughter’s friend Adam, who's already dying from a spell John casted earlier, in front of a helpless Cassie and Diana.
* ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'': Ricky's dad Robert "Bob" Underwood is one of the worst {{Abusive Parent}}s in this TeenDrama. A vile DomesticAbuser, he physically and sexually abused both [[MaritalRapeLicense his wife Nora]] and [[ParentalIncest his son Ricky]] for many years before he was convicted and sent to prison. After he gets out he discovers that his now-teenage son has fathered a baby with his girlfriend. He offers to sell the child, his own grandkid, to human traffickers to pay for his drug habit.
* ''Series/{{Shark}}'': Wayne Callison is a SerialKiller who tortures women to death, hiding their bodies underneath the deck of his younger brother (whom he goaded into raping a girl at the tender age of 15). He then threatens Stark's daughter during questioning just to [[LetMeAtHim enrage the guy]] [[PapaWolf to the point of attacking him]], then tries to get him thrown off the case for it. When that doesn't work, he drives his one escaped victim to suicide and uses a loophole from that to [[KarmaHoudini get off scot-free]] (for the time being).
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': [[DiabolicalMastermind Jim Moriarty]], Holmes's ArchEnemy, is the world's only "[[PsychoForHire consulting criminal]]," lending his genius to help others commit their crimes. His main motivations are to [[ForTheEvulz distract himself from his boredom]] and to [[AttentionWhore catch the attention of Sherlock Holmes]]. The OverarchingVillain of the first two seasons, Moriarty had an effect in the [[Recap/SherlockS01E01AStudyInPink first]] [[Recap/SherlockS01E02TheBlindBanker two]] episodes, but really took center stage in "[[Recap/SherlockS01E03TheGreatGame The Great Game]]" where he plays a little "game" with Sherlock, selling out his clients and challenging the detective to solve their crimes within a certain time limit or else Moriarty would detonate bombs he strapped to innocent people, [[WouldHurtAChild which includes one child]]. When one of his victims, a blind, traumatized, old woman, only begins to describe the sound of Moriarty's voice, Moriarty detonates her bomb, killing her and eleven others. Later on, in "[[Recap/SherlockS02E03TheReichenbachFall The Reichenbach Fall]]", Moriarty [[JuryAndWitnessTampering threatens the family members of jurors to get himself declared innocent]], kidnaps and poisons two children, murders his accomplice, [[FrameUp frames Sherlock]] for both Moriarty's crimes as well as the crimes Sherlock solved, then tries to force Sherlock to commit suicide under threat of having his loved ones assassinated. When Sherlock points out he can force Moriarty to call off the killers, he [[spoiler: [[AteHisGun merrily eats his gun]]]] to "win" his game with Sherlock. Moriarty was the [[EvilCounterpart dark reflection of Sherlock]]: a [[TheSociopath sociopathic]], {{manipulative|Bastard}}, [[EvilGenius genius]] who would [[TheUnfettered let nothing stand in his way]] to escape from his [[ItAmusedMe excruciating boredom]].
* ''Series/TheShield'' has a CrapsackWorld of corrupt cops and horrible criminals, but Armadillo Quintero, a vicious Mexican drug lord who compensated for his youth with his cruelty, puts many of them to shame. Quintero is introduced by uniting several gangs under his control by having their leaders "necklaced": imprisoned in tires and burned alive. A SerialRapist, Armadillo tattooed the symbol of a dove onto the faces of each victim. He even did this with the 12 year old sister of one victim. When he returns later, Quintero uses minors as drug mules for his heroin. When he discovers his brother Navaro may be "greenlit" in prison to testify against him, Quintero has his own brother murdered with no remorse.
* ''Series/{{Skins}}'': [[PsychoPsychologist Dr. John T. Foster]] from season 4's "Effy" and "Everyone", Effy's [[TheShrink counselor]] after she attempts suicide, reveals himself to be a twisted StalkerWithACrush for his teenage patient. Knowing Effy's mental issues, Foster steadily makes them worse while [[MindRape alienating her from her family and friends to break her down]] to virtually a BlankSlate to rebuild as he likes. When her lover Freddy stumbles upon Foster's secret, Foster ambushes him with [[BatterUp a baseball bat]] and [[MurderTheHypotenuse beats him to death]] before attempting to manipulate Effy further into his clutches. When Freddy's friend, the delinquent boy Cook, discovers the truth of Freddy's death, Foster attempts to murder him as well.
* ''Series/SleepyHollow'':
** [[BigBad Moloch]] is a ruthless and relentless FallenAngel whose one goal is to unleash the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Apocalypse]] and destroy and subjugate all who live. Trapped in Purgatory, Moloch steadily [[TheCorrupter corrupts humans]] to act as his servants, including [[TheHero Ichabod Crane's]] friend Abraham. Abraham becomes the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Horseman of Death]] in return for Moloch promising him Ichabod's beloved Katrina, while Moloch imprisons Katrina in Purgatory. Throughout the years, Moloch turns humans into monsters and orchestrates murder after murder, [[YouHaveFailedMe punishing failure with brutal execution or torture]]. Moloch then steals Ichabod's son, Jeremy, turning him into the Horseman of War and setting him against his parents while informing Jeremy he is only a servant who should follow his will.
** [[MusicalAssassin The Pied Piper]] from season 2's "[[Recap/SleepyHollowS2E04GoWhereISendThee Go Where I Send Thee]]" is an extremely sinister demon who is known for mass slaughter of soldiers and for what it [[WouldHurtAChild does with children]]. Each generation, the Piper preys on a daughter of a specific family. The child, when she is 10 is kidnapped and taken to the piper's lair to await its fate (which is usually her bones being made into the Piper's instruments). What's worse, however, is what happens when the child is rescued. Out of nothing but spite, the Piper proceeds to infect all the child's siblings with a fatal illness to force the parents to either return the chosen child to the Piper or watch their other children die. While the Piper was betrayed by his employer, his RevengeByProxy far outweighs this excuse (not to mention, considering he seemed to enjoy killing and made a DealWithTheDevil beforehand, he was psychotic from the start). Even in Sleepy Hollow, the Piper remains one of the worst Ichabod has ever faced.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} was the [[RoboticPsychopath ruthless]] {{AI|IsACrapshoot}} responsible for triggering [[EarthShatteringKaboom Krypton's destruction]], and he didn't prove himself any better after arriving on Earth. Viewing humans as little more than animals, Brainiac made repeated efforts to exterminate the human race, first on behalf of [[GreaterScopeVillain General Zod]], and then of his own volition, engineering a deadly plague from the planet's most devastating diseases, releasing a computer virus intended to send the human race back to the technological Stone Age, convincing President Luthor to start a [[NukeEm nuclear war]] in a BadFuture that he himself created, and finally kidnapping Doomsday so that he could turn him into a weapon to not only KillAllHumans, but [[OmnicidalManiac all life in the universe]]. Along the way he infects Martha Kent with a Kryptonian virus, self-repairs by cannibalizing the trace minerals in a succession of victims, murders his "father," Dax-Ur, by draining his mind of all data, leaves Lana in a coma, unable to move, but experiencing constant agony, traps [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]] in the Phantom Zone, and [[GrandTheftMe bodyjacks]] Chloe, intending to kill her afterwards. [[LackOfEmpathy Incapable of empathy]], and dedicated to the annihilation of all organic life, Brainiac was easily the most vile foe that Clark ever faced.
** [[MonsterOfTheWeek LX-3]] from the season 10 premiere "[[Recap/SmallvilleS10E01Lazarus Lazarus]]" is a failed clone of SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor who was so [[AxCrazy depraved]] that even the [=LuthorCorp=] staff at Cadmus Labs felt the need to incarcerate him. Accidentally freed by Tess Mercer, LX-3 beats her and handcuffs her in place, tries to [[WouldHurtAChild kill the five year old LX-15]], then grabs a blowtorch and proceeds to [[ManOnFire set fire to the lab, slaughtering all the other clones]] while claiming that "[[ThereCanBeOnlyOne There can only be one Lex Luthor!]]" Making his way to Metropolis, LX-3 wires the ''Daily Planet'' building to explode, planning to crush hundreds of people in the streets below, then journeys to Smallville where he kidnaps Lois Lane, ties her to a stake, and sets the field around her on fire. Confronting Clark, LX-3 gloats that [[SadisticChoice Clark can save the woman he loves, or the citizens of Metropolis but not both]], sneering that Clark's {{pride}} will be the death of him yet. Almost out of time thanks to CloneDegeneration, LX-3 spends his last moments trying to force Clark into violating his [[ThouShaltNotKill moral code by killing him]].
** [[CardCarryingVillain Desaad]] is one of ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}'s CoDragons, and unlike his [[AnticlimaxBoss underwhelming master]] is determined to live up to his reputation, unnerving even his fellow dragons, [[OrphanageOfFear Granny Goodness]] and [[PropagandaMachine Gordon Godfrey]]. Operating a chain of BDSM-themed nightclubs, Desaad uses them as a front to [[TheCorrupter corrupt]] the minds of his clientele, making them susceptible to a mass MindRape by Darkseid. Anyone who cannot be corrupted is gruesomely murdered, as Desaad uses his [[MindOverMatter telekinetic powers]] to induce hemorrhaging and implode their internal organs, leading to an agonizing death from internal bleeding. Having disposed of several FBI agents who were investigating him, Desaad kidnaps Chloe and subjects her to an extended MindRape, attempting to turn her into one of Darkseid's minions. When she proves resistant, Desaad tries to kill her, tries to kill Clark when the latter intervenes to save her, and then turns Oliver Queen/Green Arrow into a minion of Darkseid after provoking the archer into brutally beating him. Incarcerated under Belle Reve, Desaad breaks out, gives the now mind controlled Oliver a Gold K ring, and tries to force him to depower Clark, so that the future Superman can be slain and the end of the world ushered in. Devoted to freeing Darkseid and bringing about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, Desaad is equal parts TortureTechnician, [[ReligionOfEvil cultist]], and SerialKiller.
* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'':
** James "Jimmy O" O'Phelan, season 3's BigBad (he also appears near the end of season 2), is a member of the True IRA, a Northern Irish terrorist organization and criminal syndicate mainly involved in gun running. O'Phelan previously ran current SAMCRO member Chibs out of the IRA and stole Chibs's wife and daughter (Fiona and Kerianne), years later threatening to dump Fiona and [[WifeHusbandry marry Kerianne next]] to Chibs's face. He goes rogue in the third season after receiving a demotion back in Ireland. He tries to kill all of SAMCRO and SAMBEL in an explosion, and after his family escapes his wrath he kills an IRA member in a failed attempt to get them back before torturing and executing another one to find Jax Teller's kidnapped baby son Abel. He murders the adoptive family Abel was placed with and takes the child to ensure his escape to the States, before exchanging him for another hostage whom he later kills. Aside from his bodycount, O'Phelan stands out among the show's many gangsters in that he [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes has no real loved ones]] [[note]]He tells Chibs to "take care of our girls," but he may just be trying to taunt Chibs and rob him of the pleasure of killing him.[[/note]], shows no remorse for any of his crimes, and only ever displays purely selfish motives.
** Season 6's "Sweet and Vaded" bring us Venus's EvilMatriarch [[AbusiveParents Alice Noone]]. It's revealed that when [[{{Transsexual}} Venus, as Vincent]], was ten and confused she was part of having Venus constantly drugged and raped, and from there it grew into a lucrative child porn ring. Alice later kidnaps Venus's son, drugs him, and is going to have him raped. When SAMCRO track him down to the studio they are sickened by portraits of the children that Alice had taken to be raped, the videos on the computers and ''a video camera aimed at a crib.'' When Alice arrives, she threatens that Venus is a freak and Venus's son is going to kill himself over it, until Jax [[BoomHeadshot blows her brains all over the wall.]] Venus is left a wreck over the [[MindRape emotional torture]], and the DirtyCop says [[EvenEvilHasStandards he would have killed Alice if Jax hadn't]].
* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' had some very nasty customers...
** Tullius from ''Gods of the Arena'' is a {{greed}}y, {{sadist}}ic, [[SmugSnake smug]], FauxAffablyEvil, power-drunken [[AristocratsAreEvil aristocrat]]. He first orders Batiatus to get a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown for refusing to sell Gannicus to him, after Batiatus had been nothing but respectful to him. He manipulates Titus into crashing his own son's plans. At the orgy, he challenges Gannicus to a swordfight that Gannicus, as a slave, cannot win, and has the balls to mock him for it. He confirms his status as a [[KickTheDog dog-kicking juggernaut]] in Episode 4 when Gaia, in order to help Lucretia, offers herself to him. At first, he accepts and has sex with her-then he cheerfully [[WouldHitAGirl kills her]], just to make clear that, as an aristocrat, [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem he can do whatever he wants]].
** Cossutius is the worst example of unchecked Roman excess. A SmugSnake aristocrat, he extorts a favor from the House of Batiatus by requesting a “show” from a virgin slave girl. He selects the girl Diona as he knows he can hurt her more and forces her to lose her virginity to a brutish, dirty, filthy gladiator, mocking Diona all the while as an 'example' of how ugliness and beauty co-exist before anally raping her during her ordeal. Cossutius later shows sheer glee at Diona's execution and at a Roman party is the first to gleefully torture a bound Gladiator for nothing more than entertainment.
** Nemetes is a sign that [[BlackAndGrayMorality not even the rebels are devoid of evil in their ranks]]. Initially a callous {{Jerkass}} of the German warriors, then the Rebels have taken a Roman city, Spartacus does his best to insure the prisoners are treated with every respect and courtesy. Nemetes kidnaps a Roman Domina and rapes and tortures her for sport, prostituting her to be tortured or brutalized by soldiers he knows will go for it. When Julius Caesar is disguised amongst the rebels, Nemetes demands he show his loyalty by hurting the brutalized girl even more, [[EvenEvilHasStandards which horrifies even the hardened Roman]] and forces him to deliver a MercyKill. When Caesar sheds his facade and puts Nemetes at sword point, Nemetes [[DirtyCoward simply tries to bargain to betray Spartacus and turn over all the armies and civilians with them]] to the Romans if he can escape; an offer [[KarmicDeath Caesar]] [[PayEvilUntoEvil rejects.]]
* ''Series/{{Spooks}}''
** The first episode, "Looking After Our Own," has the far-right white supremacist Robert Osbourne. Planning a series of race riots to force Parliament to crack down on immigration, Osbourne also [[DomesticAbuser viciously abuses his wife Claire]]. When he realizes MI5 is watching him, he has their contact murdered. Osbourne is revealed to be connected to a human smuggling operation so he can choke off the asylum centers- with the immigrants occasionally thrown into the ocean. When he catches the agents after him, Osbourne shows what a monster he is by torturing Helen. First he forces her hand into a deep fat fryer. [[CruelAndUnusualDeath Then her head.]]
** Mohammed Rachid is a [[TheFundamentalist radical mullah]] who has [[TheUsurper taken over]] a Mosque in Birmingham England, from the kind and moderate Imam who founded the Mosque. Rachid hates all Westerners and uses the Mosque as a recruitment ground to convince disaffected Muslim teenagers to become [[SuicideAttack suicide bombers]]. When Rachid discovers one of his young followers is [[TheMole a mole]] for MI5, he has the young man beaten with sticks and thrown out a window. Rachid sees his suicide bombers as disposable [[ThePawn pawns]] in his mission against the West and has no intention of endangering his own life for that mission. Rachid's ultimate target for his suicide bombers is [[WouldHurtAChild a playground full of children]].
* Franchise/StargateVerse:
** ''Series/StargateSG1'':
*** [[BigBad Anubis]] from seasons 5 through 8 is by far the most evil and dangerous of the Goa'uld System Lords. He was banished by the other Goa'uld for actions they considered unspeakable [[EvenEvilHasStandards even by their evil standards]]. (This is a race of megalomaniacal {{Puppeteer Parasite}}s who think nothing of torturing their dethroned rivals to death, then bringing them back to life and repeatedly doing it again.) He tricked Oma Desala, a wise higher-dimensional being, into helping him ascend so that he could become an immortal EnergyBeing, making sure to rub it into her face how she is unable to stop his evil acts. His subsequent plans after his return include repeatedly annihilating civilizations and replacing the Jaffa warriors with mindless super soldiers. After his stable form is destroyed, he starts possessing random people to hold him [[PossessionBurnout until their bodies completely decay after a few days]]. His ultimate plan before he finally got taken out was [[OmnicidalManiac to wipe out all life in the galaxy]] with an Ancient super weapon -- all of it, including his own race and his army -- so he could use the Ancient knowledge he retained to recreate a galaxy's worth of races that would unquestionably [[AGodAmI worship him as a god]].
*** [[FanNickname Repli-Carter]] is a human form Replicator created by [[StalkerWithACrush Fifth]] in the image of Samantha Carter and half of the BigBadEnsemble for season 8 (along with the aforementioned Anubis). Despite [[BitchInSheepsClothing initially presenting herself]] as an ally to the SGC and [[WoundedGazelleGambit a victim of Fifth's abuse]] while secretly working for Fifth, Repli-Carter soon shows her true colours. [[PlayingBothSides Manipulating Carter and Fifth]] into trusting her, Repli-Carter ultimately betrayed them both, using the former to become immune to an anti-Replicator weapon and killing the latter with no remorse to [[TheStarscream take over the Replicator army]], deriding Fifth as weak and pathetic afterwards. Intending to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy organic life]] and [[TakeOverTheWorld rule the Milky Way]], Repli-Carter leads her army in a genocidal campaign, killing countless innocents. Kidnapping and torturing Daniel Jackson, Repli-Carter tried to force him to give up knowledge of a weapon that could destroy her, planning to destroy it so she could not be stopped. Despite promising to leave Earth alone, Repli-Carter dispatched Replicators to consume the planet, then killed Daniel when she had no more use for him. A [[RoboticPsychopath merciless killing machine]] in the shape of a renowned galactic heroine, Repli-Carter is devoid of the loyalty or morality of the real Carter, making for a coldly ambitious machine hell-bent on galactic domination.
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
*** Michael Kenmore is a former [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Wraith]] who was turned into a human by the Atlantis expedition through a [[LEGOGenetics retrovirus cure]]. After he [[TomatoInTheMirror discovers his true origins]], he escapes back to the Wraith and kidnaps Teyla, the sole person who connected with him, to feed on her. He reveals the location of Atlantis to the Wraith but realizes that they will kill him [[FantasticRacism for still being partly human]], so he [[EnemyMine turns to Atlantis to defeat the hive]]. With the whole hive converted but the Wraith slowly regaining their memories, Michael takes charge of the insurrection and kills another Wraith who might have blown the lid on their plan. Michael escapes, becoming an EvilutionaryBiologist who tries to create a [[UltimateLifeform perfect race]] that will be mindlessly obedient only to him and [[AbsoluteXenophobe wipe out everything else]]. He first creates monstrous, [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]]-like soldiers by allowing Iratus Bugs to drain human test subjects to death. He later finds a suitable middle stage between humans and Wraith which he dubs Hybrids. He releases a virus on several inhabited worlds that kills most humans and makes the survivors poisonous to all Wraith who feed on them. He creates a clone of a recently deceased Atlantis team member, then tortures and experiments on him for months. He kidnaps Teyla's whole tribe to experiment on them and turn them into Hybrids, including her boyfriend Kanaan. He kidnaps a pregnant Teyla to [[WouldHurtAChild harvest her baby's unique DNA]] for his Hybrid project and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness plans to kill her after delivery]]. Finally, he briefly takes over Atlantis itself, where he tries to kidnap Teyla and her baby again and blow up everyone else on the base out of spite. When the pair escape, he decides to leave them to their deaths as well before attempting to [[OffWithHisHead decapitate]] an unconscious Ronon to [[CreepySouvenir take his head as a trophy]].
*** The [[NoNameGiven Wraith "King" or "General"]] from season 3's "[[Recap/StargateAtlantisS03E04Sateda Sateda]]" is one of the worst Wraith lords that Atlantis has ever encountered. He's a {{sadist}}ic BloodKnight who commands one of the strongest Hiveships in the Pegasus Galaxy and terrorized their sector even while the rest of the Wraith were hibernating. His unprecedented rule over a Hiveship, which among Wraith derive their legitimacy from being ruled by a Queen, confirms him as a tyrant or even of [[KlingonPromotion having murdered his Queen to usurp her place]], an extreme taboo among Wraith. Having already participated in the [[ToServeMan harvest of dozens of planets]] for centuries, he destroyed Ronon's homeworld Sateda, annihilating the entire population. Ronon's wife was killed in front of him when the Wraith started bombarding Sateda's hospitals. He made Ronon a "Runner", implanting him with a tracking device so his soldiers could [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame hunt Ronon from planet to planet for sport]], wiping out any human settlements that offer Ronon shelter as well. He promises the survivors of one such settlement that if they capture and return Ronon to him, he'll leave their planet alone forever. They do so years later, but [[ILied he harvests them all anyway]]. He returns Ronon to Sateda specifically to watch him die there, boasts how many of his fellow Satedans he devoured, and organizes a hunt for Ronon by sending in increasingly bigger groups of Wraith hunters while watching the show from his ship. When this fails, he tries to beat Ronon to death himself and feed on him.
* ''Series/TheStoryteller'': The [[NoNameGiven nameless]], WickedWitch from "The Three Ravens" seduces a good-hearted king and attempts to usurp his kingdom by changing his sons into ravens. The king helps his daughter escape, but she is rendered mute for three years in order to break the enchantment. The witch murders the king and seduces another who is the father of the princess's future husband. Every time the princess has a baby, the witch takes the children and [[WouldHurtAChild attempts to murder them]] by throwing them down a well, unaware that the raven princes are saving them. The witch then [[FrameUp frames the princess herself for the murders]] and attempts to have her burned as a witch, knowing she can't speak a single word to save herself.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Many villains come very close to this trope. After all, they are, for the most part, monsters, and that's what they do. As a result, it takes a special kind of evil to actually qualify. Fortunately (or unfortunately, as the case may be), several of the {{Big Bad}}s and their flunkies are able to provide just that kind of evil. Here are the assorted bastards:
** Alastair is {{Hell}}'s [[TortureTechnician Grand Inquisitor]], and is responsible for supervising the [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] of newly-arrived souls. When Dean arrives in Hell, Alastair tortures him for thirty years, offering to stop if Dean will [[DealWithTheDevil accept his offer]] and torment other souls on Alastair's behalf. When Dean accepts, one of the seals imprisoning [[BigBad Lucifer]] is broken, a fact that Alastair frequently taunts Dean about during their subsequent encounters. During the hunt for Anna Milton, Alastair captures Ruby and begins cutting pieces away from her with her own knife, before trying to overpower and murder Castiel. He murders several Reapers later in the series, and does his best to kill Sam and Dean and banish Castiel, before being finally put out of commission. An utterly {{sadist}}ic [[TheBully bully]], Alastair is possibly the worst demon in the series.
** Lilith, the queen bitch of ''Supernatural'', is the oldest demon in existence, and easily the worst. She massacres a police station, killing everyone that Sam and Dean had just finished saving, uses her position as the holder of [[{{Jerkass}} Bela]]'s [[DealWithTheDevil contract]] to try and force her to kill Sam, and keeps a personal chef on hand to prepare [[EatsBabies human infants]] for her to eat. She also has a thing for [[DemonicPossession possessing]] [[EnfantTerrible little girls]], destroying their families from the inside out for her own personal amusement. In the season 3 finale, she holds a family hostage (killing the grandfather for making her mad), and has Dean dragged off to Hell, laughing the entire time. Reappearing in season 4, Lilith reveals that her current plan is to free [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]], bringing about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. When she discovers that freeing Lucifer will ensure her death, she tries to back out, offering to put off the apocalypse if Sam and Dean will let her kill them. Defeated by Sam in the season 4 finale, Lilith [[SuicideByCop goads him into finishing her]], knowing that her death will result in the [[KillAllHumans deaths of all humanity]].
** The leader of [[EldritchAbomination the Leviathans]], commonly known by assumed name Dick Roman, wasted no time in establishing himself as one of the worst Supernatural's ever had to offer. Not content with simply lurking in the shadows to feed on humanity, Roman planted his minions in key positions, killing and devouring every human in the way. Taking control of a major company, Roman began to place chemicals in corn syrup to render humanity helpless as cattle for the Leviathans to feed on. The Winchesters, who he knew could prove an issue, he framed for a nation-wide killing spree. Other monster species were seen as 'competition, ' with Roman planning to exterminate them as well after manipulating them into helping him. A BadBoss even by the show's standards, Roman was known to devour his minions in a fit of rage or 'bib' them: forcing them to devour themselves. Few villains on ''Supernatural'' have managed to inspire the same fear or hatred as Roman did, and his killing of Bobby Singer only deepened the hatred the Winchester brothers had for him.
** Abaddon was one of the [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Knights of Hell]], demons handpicked by Lucifer to be his strongest and most evil enforcers. She was trained by [[BiblicalBadGuy Cain]], the original Knight, but when he fell in love with the human Colette he grew tired of his evil ways and [[TheAtoner atoned for his crimes]]. Abaddon tricked Cain into murdering Colette with the First Blade to spite him for [[{{Yandere}} choosing a human over her]], earning his undying hatred. After millennia of rampaging across the Earth under Hell's banner, she kills a priest in 1958 who was investigating a demon cure before possessing Josie Sands instead of her companion Henry Winchester to infiltrate the [[CreatureHunterOrganization Men of Letters]]. Abaddon notes how Josie is secretly in love with Henry and takes her as a vessel solely to hurt them both. She wipes out the Men of Letters completely in a massacre before traveling into the future where she kills Henry anyway after [[ILied going back on a deal she made]] with Sam and Dean. After learning that Hell has been brought under the command of the more pragmatic Crowley in her absence, she sets out to remove him from his position to become Queen of Hell and start a new blood-filled reign of terror on Earth, with torture, murder, and baby-eating in abundance for all her minions. After Crowley regains his human emotions, she kidnaps his son Gavin from 1723 and proceeds to torture him in front of his father. He caves in to her demands and helps her to defeat the Winchesters, but then she decides to kill both Crowley and Gavin anyway.
* ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'': While ''Tales from the Crypt'' tended to play a lot of its [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror horror]] for {{camp}} or BlackComedy, [[TheBluebeard Howard Prince]] from season 4's "[[Recap/TalesFromTheCryptS4E1NoneButTheLonelyHeart None But The Lonely Heart]]" is an exception. Prince is a charismatic young man who courts older, richer women and gains their affection. However, once they've tied the knot, Prince poisons them and cruelly leaves them to die as he reaps their riches, all while playing the part of the grieving husband before he starts the process over again. His FauxAffablyEvil persona makes it all the more cruel. And he's willing to kill anyone else who might pose a threat to his operations, as even his own partners in the scheme aren't safe when Prince becomes paranoid over someone discovering the truth of his actions.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'':
** Gerard Argent, the BigBad of season 2, [[EstablishingCharacterMoment kills an innocent Omega werewolf]], and [[FantasticRacism declares that all werewolves in Beacon Hills to be hunted down and killed regardless of their innocence]]. He claims to be doing this to [[AvengingTheVillain avenge]] [[DaddysLittleVillain his daughter Kate]], but it's clear he has a different agenda. It's heavily implied that [[AbusiveParents he brainwashed Kate]] into the racist werewolf hunter she is and had her seduce Derek and burn down his families house, and when his daughter-in-law Victoria is bitten by a werewolf, Gerard forces his son Chris to kill her. He also manipulates his granddaughter Allison's grief to brainwash her as he did Kate, turning her into a ruthless werewolf hunter herself. Later in the season, he kills the Kanima master and takes control of the beast, and uses it to threaten an unwitting crowd at a lacrosse game, unless Scott brings him Derek. In the season finale, we learn Gerard's true motive -- [[{{Hypocrite}} to become a werewolf himself]] [[ItsAllAboutMe to cure his cancer]], and possibly take over as Alpha. He uses the Kanima to take everyone hostage even saying he would [[OffingTheOffspring kill his own son]] to help his own survival. When that plan falls flat, [[VillainousBreakdown he orders the Kanima to kill everyone]]. In Season 3, we learn in his past, when the werewolf Deucalion wanted peace between werewolves and hunters, Gerard kills Deucalion's pack and the hunters who agreed with him. Gerard also blinds Deucalion with flashbang arrows and frames him for the death.
** Jennifer Blake, the BigBad of season 3A, is the [[SerialKiller Darach]], a druid who killed twelve innocent people in cold blood for power. She tried to kill Danny just because he had info that might endanger her, set up PsychicAssistedSuicide on four traumatized teenagers, and was partially responsible for Boyd’s death because she insisted on maintaining her facade. Likewise, she tried to kill Lydia purely because she knew too much. She never shows the slightest remorse, but keeps on pathologically justifying herself. When Chris Argent confronts her on her murders she smiles and says that they are "sacrifices." While she [[FreudianExcuse was nearly killed by the Alpha she once followed]], it mattered not that said Alpha couldn't bring herself to do the deed, and for all her eloquent speeches that [[WellIntentionedExtremist she needs to stop the Alpha Pack for the good of many]], this is proven false as she never interferes when they hurt people. She is simply out for revenge and [[ItsAllAboutMe her own interests]].
** The Nogitsune [[DemonicPossession possessing Stiles]], the BigBad of Season 3B, mentally and emotionally torments him, forces him to torture his friends, and go on constant murder sprees. When originally summoned decades ago, it was summoned by Kira's mother at an internment camp to avenge her American lover, but instead massacres the internment camp, prisoners and guards alike, before finally being subdued. In the present, he [[TrapMaster sets up multiple traps]], including sabotaging an electric cable killing several people and rendering Isaac Lahey comatose, has an arrow shot into Coach Finstock's stomach and lets a bomb go off in the Sheriff's station, all while [[HydePlaysJekyll pretending to be Stiles]] in front of Scott. Stiles's best friend, before twisting a sword in Scott's gut. When he's [[EnemyWithout separated from Stiles]], [[TheUsurper he takes control of the Oni]] soon after killing [[spoiler:Allison Argent]]. He later leads the Oni on a massacre at the local hospital and police station. In the final showdown, he plans on having [[KillTheOnesYouLove Scott kill Stiles]], citing it as [[MyWayOrTheHighway the only way he can be defeated]], simply because [[ForTheEvulz it sees it all as a game]].
* ''Series/{{Timecop}}'': In this series spun off from [[Film/{{Timecop}} the film]], [[SerialKiller Ian Pascoe]] is a time traveller from the near future who, after [[SelfMadeOrphan killing both his parents]] in 2007, has traversed time and space to MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight throughout history, funding mob bosses, causing disasters and personally murdering countless people. In his first episode he kills the original UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper to take his place, and proceeds to work on achieving Jack's bodycount five times over. When the protagonist tries to stop him, Pascoe ties a [[ExplosiveLeash time-detonated bomb]] to a [[DisposableSexWorker prostitute]]'s neck before escaping. He reappears in 1950s UsefulNotes/{{Hollywood}}, where he electrocutes a famed actress's boyfriend before trying to crush her by tying her up and dropping a safe on her head. When the timecops arrest him, he stages a prison breakout, killing a psychologist and kidnapping the protagonist's colleague on his way out. He meets up with UsefulNotes/AlCapone in 1928 after previously having made him boss, and forces Capone back into his service. When Capone orders one of his goons to keep tabs on Pascoe, the latter murders the minion and gives Capone the man's bodyparts [[FingerInTheMail stuffed into a briefcase]]. Living solely for the thrill of murder, Pascoe's only goal was to become and remain "[[CardCarryingVillain the greatest killer in history]]."
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'': While most of ''The Twilight Zone'' lacked anything resembling pure evil, [[CardCarryingVillain Gunther Lutze]] from season 3's "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E74DeathsHeadRevisited Deaths-Head Revisited]]" was the exception. A former [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi concentration camp captain]] at [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Dachau]], the opening narration describes Lutze as existing only to give pain; an animal strutting in a black uniform, walking the earth [[TheSociopath without a heart]]. Lutze revisits Germany, and plays a game where he mentally torments a woman at a hotel who recognizes him and is utterly terrified. After this, Lutze visits Dachau, reminiscing about his atrocities and flashing back to the times when he had innocent victims hanged, shot or experimented on as if those were the best years of his life, until he is confronted by Dachau's "caretaker," a former inmate named Becker. [[ButForMeItWasTuesday Lutze had murdered so many he can't even initially remember he actually killed Becker years ago]] before he is confronted by the ghosts of his victims. While ''The Twilight Zone'' often had SmugSnake villains to receive a comeuppance, Lutze was the most singularly vile. As the ending narration by Creator/RodSerling states, he is representative of a time when a group of men tried to turn earth into a graveyard, and into it they threw away their compassion and humanity.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'': [[AxCrazy Killer BOB]] ([[RecursiveAcronym Beware of BOB]]) of the [[EldritchLocation Black Lodge]] was once a vicious SerialKiller who liked to rape and murder young women. Since his death, [[SlasherSmile BOB]] became something more. An inhabitant of the Black Lodge, [[KnightOfCerebus BOB]] accesses the material plane by [[DemonicPossession possessing hapless humans]] and forcing them to commit murder, rape and general horror in order to delight and nourish himself. Responsible for the murder of Laura Palmer that drives the series, [[BigBad BOB]] committed the deed by possessing Laura's father Leland when Leland was a child, resurfacing to have Leland [[ParentalIncest molest his own daughter]] through her youth before using him to finally rape and murder Laura. When cornered, BOB forces Leland to kill himself. Ending the series by [[KarmaHoudini possessing the hero Agent Cooper]] and [[EvilLaugh laughing maniacally]] after appreciating his healthy, handsome young body, BOB remains one of the most twisted products of even Creator/DavidLynch's mind.
* ''Series/{{V 1983}}'': Diana is a remorseless commander of the Visitor invasion forces and by far the worst one seen. During the first occupation she planned the entire operation and was [[DragonInChief the real powerholder in the fleet]]. She engineered the genocide of the human race and invented both the process of [[ToServeMan harvesting humans for food]] and the [[MindRape mind-raping]] "conversion procedure". She personally oversees these [[ColdBloodedTorture tortures]], during which the victim is haunted with vivid nightmares until they've either been {{brainwashed}} into obedience or rendered a vegetable, simply [[ForTheEvulz because she enjoys them]]. She performs lethal experiments on captured prisoners, [[KlingonPromotion kills her own superiors to take their place]] and orders Brian to implant Robin with his alien fetus as an experiment, leaving her a traumatized wreck. As the Visitor fleet is leaving, she goes ahead with trying to irradiate the Earth with an atomic bomb even after they've already lost and despite [[EvenEvilHasStandards John's disgust with her pettiness]]. After being captured for war crimes, she escapes back to the fleet and launches a second, much more destructive invasion of Earth.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'':
** [[BigBad Markos]] from season five is the leader of the Travelers, a subculture of witches restrained from using magic. Markos planned on undoing that spell along with every spell ever cast by a witch, [[FantasticRacism viewing their magic as an abomination and his own as pure]]. Centuries ago, he enacted a curse so that certain generations of the descendants of [[MonsterProgenitor Silas and Amara]] would be their exact {{doppelganger}}s, brainwashed into being drawn together, so he could use their blood for the Travelers' ritual; even before he is resurrected, he orders the death of Stefan's completely innocent doppelganger, Tom Avery, just so Stefan and Elena will be the only ones left. He allows his [[UndyingLoyalty most loyal minion]], [[TheDragon Sloane]] to dies just to demonstrate the result of his curse; begins the destruction of the Other Side, an afterlife for supernatural creatures, causing its denizens to start hurtling into the void, and comes at the price of [[WeHaveReserves the sacrifice of his own minions]]; later abducts and tortures Stefan and Elena for more of their blood; leads the Travelers in a mass ritual to [[GrandTheftMe possess the population of Mystic Falls]], destroying their original bodies to make the change permanent; tries to unleash an anti-magic field [[OmnicidalManiac that would have killed every vampire on the planet]]. In the season finale, Markos has Tyler/Julian killed, after learning that [[YouHaveFailedMe Julian killed Stefan when Stefan was still useful to them]]. When Markos suspects a plot to kill him, he keeps Caroline's mother Sheriff Forbes [[TakingYouWithMe close to him, and pins her down in his dying moments]]. After his death, he attempts to resurrect himself by forcibly passing through Bonnie, which again would have risked ''her'' death. While most villains on this show have honorable or sympathetic qualities, Markos has none, [[TheUnfettered only caring about his his goal and going to any lengths and depths to achieve it]].
** Season 6’s BigBad is [[CardCarryingVillain Malachai "Kai" Parker]], a young and bloodthirsty [[EvilSorcerer witch]] with constant murder on the brain. In his past, Kai was denied the chance to preform the merge ritual with his twin sister Jo and lead the Gemini Coven, and retaliates by gleefully [[CainAndAbel killing his other siblings]], making his [[WouldHurtAChild youngest siblings Luke and Liv]] his primary targets. Spending years in a prison world, Damon and Bonnie soon arrive, and Kai torments them until he escapes that world, leaving Bonnie behind. Intending to hunt Luke and Liv down, Kai promises to continue his murder spree on innocent people. Siphoning leftover magic from the Travelers, Kai experiments by [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing Elena]], as the humans he tortures eventually dies. He eventually comes up on top of the merge, but kills Luke in the process. Kai later teams up with vampire/witch hybrids, and helps them escape their own prison before attacking Jo and Alaric's wedding, killing Jo and her unborn babies. Kai kills himself to complete his transformation into a Heretic, and so that the Gemini Coven will die with him. His final act of cruelty is linking Bonnie to a comatose Elena, so that Elena can only awaken with Bonnie's death. While he goes through a phase of empathy and regret, it was only the result of Luke's soul merging with Kai's, and Kai gets over it. Incapable of feeling real emotions, Kai's [[FauxAffablyEvil charm]] only thinly veils this deranged warlock, who does what he does because he "likes being a [[TheSociopath sociopath]]."
* ''Series/VeronicaMars''
** [[spoiler:Mercer Hayes]] from season 3 stands out as one of the [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil vilest]] [[SerialRapist rapists]] in the setting whose crimes are not treated as backstory. He selects college girls with his accomplice who sets it up for him to drug random girls at the local parties, creating a panic on the campus. He rapes the girls in their dorm bedrooms and [[TraumaticHaircut shaves their heads afterwards]] just to humiliate them further. His reasoning for his depraved activities amounts to "getting into a girl's pants the normal way takes too long" and he doesn't see his accomplice as anything but a useful tool, beating him when the guy starts to worry that they'll be caught for their crimes.
** [[spoiler:Stu "Cobb" Cobbler]], the BigBad of [[Film/VeronicaMars the movie]], was a drug dealer in Neptune High. After graduation he gets invited onto a boat party by a group of friends for his supply, but when Susan Knight starts to overdose he lies to the others that it's nothing to worry about. When Susan dies the others panic and he advises them to dispose of the corpse. He then uses this information to blackmail Gia, Luke and Carrie for ten years. Gia Goodman, the girl he lusted after in high school, is [[SexSlave forced to have sex with him whenever he wants]] and live in an apartment without any blinds or curtains so he can ogle her all day from across the street. When Carrie breaks down, he murders her in her own home and uses Gia to frame Carrie's boyfriend Logan Echolls for the murder in a state with the death penalty. When Gia finally confesses all of it to Veronica, he snipes Gia through the window without a flicker of remorse or regret and tries to murder Veronica to cover it all up.
* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'': Victor [=LaRue=], who first appears in season 3's "Cowboy," is the worst in a show that [[{{Anvilicious}} did not believe in giving villains subtlety]]. A lunatic who kidnaps and kills others seemingly at random, when [=LaRue=] captured Alexander Cahill amongst other hostages, he attempted to rape her. In his second appearance, season 4's "The Return of [=LaRue=]," he is released from prison and begins stalking Alex to drive her insane. He attempts to rape Alex again before he is arrested. In his third and final episode, season 5's "Trial of [=LaRue=]," he gets a gun at his trial and murders his own lawyer, the judge and the bailiff, taking the courtroom hostage. While waiting for Walker to arrive, he presides over the court as a "judge." In his insane whims, he orders a divorced couple to get back together for their child, but when the child contradicts [=LaRue=], he decides to "reopen" the hearing, planning to [[WouldHurtAChild murder the kid]]. [=LaRue=] kills his other ally when the man [[EvenEvilHasStandards is disgusted by this]]. Finally, he attempts to rape Alex for the third time before Walker busts in and guns him down.
* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'': Paracelsus is an alchemist born in the 16th Century who desired immortality and tested his experimental Philosopher's Stone on his brother's own family to see the results despite knowing the danger. In an effort to achieve immortality, he was responsible for the destruction of a whole village, claiming "sacrifices must be made." Paracelsus was frozen in bronze for centuries until being awoken in 2013 when his brother's family was [[WhoWantsToLiveForever tired of their immortality and wanted him to remove it]]. Paracelsus attempted to kill his brother, killing his wife instead. Escaping, Paracelsus went around to hospitals to cure people, but later drained all of them of life to fuel his immortality.
* ''Series/{{Werewolf}}'': [[BigBad Janos Skorzeny]], thought to be the [[MonsterProgenitor progenitor]] of the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf bloodline]], is a brutal predator who turns people into werewolves and delights in seeing them lose their humanity. Unlike most werewolves, Skorzeny is entirely in control of his bestial nature and [[ForTheEvulz delights in hurting others]]. A sailor by trade, Skorzeny uses his profession to arrive in new locations, slaughter everything he can, and then flee before suspicion can fall on him. When [[TheHero Eric Cord]] seeks to kill Skorzeny to lift the werewolf curse, Skorzeny treats him with amusement and attempts to kill Eric's girlfriend for fun. Skorzeny slaughters multiple other innocent people for fun, including a ship's captain who asks too many questions, and five prostitutes for his own enjoyment. When Skorzny mocks Eric by pointing out Eric is also attempting to murder him for selfish reasons, Eric states that Skorzeny is no longer truly human: he is [[SavageWolves simply a wolf]] who's sometimes a man instead of the other way around.
* ''Series/TheWire'': Marlo Stanfield, the BigBad in seasons 4 and 5, is introduced in season 3 as a ruthless, up-and-coming drug lord who forgoes a membership in a profitable coalition of drug lords who [[PragmaticVillainy teamed up]] to increase their profit, end the violence between their factions, and deter police attention, and instead decides to wage war against the Barksdale organization after the gang's NumberTwo made the offer, interpreting his pragmatism as weakness. Marlo's crimes include ordering Junebug and his family killed because there was hearsay Junebug called Marlo a "dick-sucker"; ordering Snoop to kill his [[WouldHurtAChild 14-year-old soldier, Michael]] on the suspicion he was a rat; and murdering his mentor, Proposition Joe, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness when he learns everything he could from him]]. The most horrifying reveal about Marlo is the discovery of his tombs, vacant houses where he stores the preserved bodies of people he ordered murdered. Over twenty people were found in the tombs, and not just rival criminals. One of his most [[ForTheEvulz pointlessly cruel acts]] was after he deliberately egged on a security guard in a convenience store by committing petty theft in front of him. Though the guard only responded by telling Marlo he had a family to support, and essentially asked for nothing more than to be treated like a human being, Marlo still ordered him killed for "talking back." In a crime series where even the most despicable criminals were humanized and sympathetic to some degree, Marlo Stanfield was just a power-hungry [[TheSociopath sociopath]] whose mere presence [[BlackAndGrayMorality darkened an already pessimistic show]] known for its GreyAndGrayMorality.
* ''Literature/WorldWithoutEnd's'' [[MiniSeries TV adaptation]]:
** Ralph Fitzgerald, the {{sadist}}ic would-be Earl of Kingsbridge, shows how cruel he is when he [[DisproportionateRetribution kills a man simply for challenging his authority in public]]. When a woman insults Ralph and wounds his bride, he responds by raping her and is condemned for it in court, only to escape by taking the King's pardon to fight a war in France. Ralph returns even crueler than before, taxing and working the townspeople brutally and confiscating their lands. He blackmails a woman into sleeping with him in exchange for her husband's lands but reneges on the deal anyways. He then petitions the queen when he is ousted so he may attack Kingsbridge himself, and then blackmails a woman into marrying him. Ralph leads the attack on Kingsbridge, intending to kill everyone there and tries to kill his own brother who is defending the city.
** Brother Godwyn is a HolierThanThou {{hypocrite}} who seeks to rise to control of the Kingsbridge priory no matter what. Godwyn blackmails his way into his position, and has his mother murder her brother so he is unopposed. He sabotages any attempt to help victims of the plague and tries to have his own cousin Caris hanged as a witch. When this fails, he later attempts to rape her and begins hanging women in the town he views as "whores." When he learns Ralph Fitzgerald is his half brother, he turns on his mother as "just a whore," and during the sack on Kingsbridge attempts to murder Caris with his bare hands.