"Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order, and everything becomes
chaos. I'm an agent of chaos."
One of the nine alignments from the best-known Character Alignment
system. If Chaotic Neutral
is the truly free spirit, Chaotic Evil is the truly free evil
spirit. Whereas the Chaotic Neutral
character is concerned mainly with his own freedom but doesn't seek to hurt others, the same cannot be said for a Chaotic Evil character. They will do whatever they want whenever they want to do it, which, seeing as they are evil, usually entails lots and lots of death and destruction. These characters are usually the most aggressive of the Evil alignments, more often than not being possessed of an impulsively violent nature and a total disregard for people, laws, or even the world around them. In short, Chaotic Evil represents the destruction of not only life and goodness, but also the order upon which they depend.
Chaotic Evil characters come in several deliciously evil flavors
- Type 1 places more emphasis on Chaotic than Evil, believing that their own freedom is the most important thing. They're far from being a noble person (they're still Evil after all), but they value the ability to commit acts of evil over actually committing them. As a result, this type of character can actually side with the forces of Good in the fight for freedom. Don't turn your back though, because this also means that two seconds from now their idea of freedom may change and they'll become your worst enemy. Given a lot of patience, a crapload of love, a sprinkling of luck, and a great big stick, a Type 1 may gradually reform into Chaotic Neutral or even Chaotic Good, but don't hold your breath.
- Type 2 is the exact opposite. They are so Evil that they would rather side with the bad guys even if they're the ones in charge. They place more value in unleashing fiery death and mayhem over the ability to do it at any time, so they take orders grudgingly but take them nonetheless. This type of Chaotic Evil makes for a particularly unpleasant brand of Mook, given that they may well revel in collateral damage and killing any fellow Mooks unfortunate enough to get in their way. If the Big Bad handles his great big stick skilfully enough, a Type 2 may become Neutral Evil or even Lawful Evil simply out of habit. If, on the other hand, they are the Big Bad, expect them to go out of their way to violate any sense of honour, tradition, loyalty, or responsibility normally associated with the leadership position, such as betraying their own Mooks purely For the Evulz.
- Type 3 is very much feral in nature. They typically have an above average degree of intelligence, but luckily for everyone else they tend to be more about freedom than evil. They believe that you're either a predator or prey for another predator, so to them the only thing that matters is having the strength to take what you want. God help anyone who comes across a Type 3 and are viewed as prey, since to them weakness is unforgivable. Similar to Type 2, a clever enough Big Bad will be able to manipulate this character to their own benefit, providing they completely dominate the Chaotic Evil character in both power and intelligence. Their guard must be kept up constantly though, as the moment the Type 3 sees an opportunity to take down the Big Bad they will take it.
- Type 4 is a fair balance between Types 1 and 2. They love doing evil as much as they love their freedom, and they have just enough self-control to construct a plan that involves doing both at once. They are traditionally batshit insane with a complete Lack of Empathy (think The Joker). This type is arguably the most dangerous of them all, as they don't care who they destroy or how they destroy them; the fact that they can be destroyed is enough. As a result, this character is usually the one that opposing sides in a conflict will work together to defeat, as a Type 4 is undoubtedly a much worse foe than the one(s) they currently have. This type is often where you'll find the typical Omnicidal Maniac that's in this alignment, and if they also happen to be a Chessmaster then you're pretty likely screwed.
- Type 5 is a Well-Intentioned Extremist who saw (or a Knight Templar who sees) himself as Chaotic Good (Just Like Robin Hood) but slowly passed over to the evil alignment, often without being consciously aware of it. You know what they say about slippery slopes...
Chaotic Evil is probably the hardest alignment to depict sensibly
. Far too many people assume that Chaotic Evil means a babbling lunatic incapable of walking through a village without inducing wanton, meaningless slaughter and destruction. Chaotic Evil does not mean the most evil or stupid, in it For the Evulz (which can be a motivation to any villain of any Evil alignment), nor even psychotic. A character does not fall under Chaotic Evil solely because they're really evil, stupid, or crazy.
The least dangerous (well, the bottom-rung at least) character of this alignment is the unwilling Mook
— they hate their master, they hate taking orders, and they enjoy their job but not the fact that it is
a job; they'd have a lot more fun causing all that terror and discord for free, and they only behave mainly out of the fear of punishment. The most dangerous character of this alignment, on the other hand, is undoubtedly The Chessmaster
mixed in with Omnicidal Maniac
, with his cruel calculation and intelligence and the will to use it in the most horrible ways. When these types do come up, being Chaotic, they tend to specialize in the Xanatos Speed Chess
variation, excelling at adapting plans as events unfold rather than having every contingency prepared ahead of time.
Not to be confused with Always Chaotic Evil
, which is about an entire race falling under any
of the Evil alignments
: Lawful Good
, Neutral Good
, Chaotic Good
, Lawful Neutral
, True Neutral
, Chaotic Neutral
, Lawful Evil
, Neutral Evil
If you have a difficulty deciding which alignment an Evil-aligned character belongs to, the main difference between Lawful Evil
, Neutral Evil
and Chaotic Evil is not their devotion to their evil wishes, but what methods they believe are best to realizing it:
- Even though there are some situations where they can't always use this method, Lawful Evil characters believe the best way is to have a specific, strict code of conduct, whether self-imposed or codified as a law. Their first impulse when making a moral decision is to refer back to this code; those with externally-imposed systems (codes of laws, hierarchies, etc.) will try to work within the system when those systems go wrong. Depending on whether they are more Lawful or more Evil, they will either refuse to break the code even though it would hurt their evil objectives, or else break it only very reluctantly, and only when it would hurt their evil objectives if they kept their code.
- Neutral Evil characters are indifferent to Order Versus Chaos, and their only interest is in realizing their evil wishes. They will use whatever means will help in realizing their evil wishes, whether that means tearing down a code of laws, following a code of laws, creating a new code of laws, causing the breakdown of justice, or just avoiding society altogether. Their only goal is to realize their evil wishes, full stop.
- Most Chaotic Evil characters don't constantly break the law, but they don't place much value in laws (or, for weaker-CCEs, do not see the value in laws that do not function solely to their depraved objectives or increase their own personal freedom). They believe that their own evil impulses are their best guides, and that tying themselves to any given code of conduct would be limiting themselves. They often react violently to anyone who tries to instill any form of order over them, believing these people to be restricting their freedom. Chaotic Evil characters often focus very strongly on their own individual rights and freedoms, and will strongly resist any form of oppression over themselves.
Archetypes that are particularly prone to being Chaotic Evil include:
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot, when not Lawful Evil (and often of Type 3 category)
- Most Ax-Crazy characters because murder is against the law, and most Ax-Crazy characters only follow their whims when they realize their acts of wanton violence. (with exceptions)
- The Barnum
- Bullies (When not Neutral Evil)
- The Berserker, when evil (Type 3)
- Most evil Blood Knights, if not Neutral Evil
- Bomb-Throwing Anarchists
- Most Caligulas
- Con Man
- Extreme examples of villainous Disproportionate Retribution.
- Eldritch Abomination (the villainous variety)
- Evil Counterpart to a Chaotic Good character
- Evil Poacher, considering their similarity to evil Rangers.
- The Generic Doomsday Villain as they exist to cause destruction and death.
- Glory Hound and Glory Seeker, if not Neutral Evil
- The Heartless
- The Hedonist (When they aren't Chaotic Neutral)
- The Horde
- Villainous examples of The McCoy
- Any robot, mainly a Killer Robot, that has its Morality Chip and/or Restraining Bolt removed.
- In theory, many criminals and psychopaths
- Monster Clown
- Omnicidal Maniac (with exceptions)
- Pirates, when evil.
- Psycho for Hire (When they aren't Neutral Evil, Types 2-4)
- Psychopathic Manchild
- The Quincy Punk (If not Chaotic Neutral)
- The red oni of an evil-aligned Red Oni, Blue Oni duo.
- Less sympathetic versions of The Remnant
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized
- Most disorganized Serial Killers
- The more savage variety of The Social Darwinist
- The Sociopath: If not Neutral Evil (Types 2 and 4)
- Sociopathic Soldiers of the Psychopath category.
- Most cases of With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
- Straw Nihilist (with exceptions)
- Usually the main (or a major) character's Superpowered Evil Side
- Terrorists Without a Cause
- To Create A Playground For Evil
- Villainous cases of The Unfettered
- Evil Vigilante Men, when not Neutral Evil (Type 5)
- Villainous Harlequin
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds due to similar reasons as Omnicidal Maniacs (with exceptions)
- The more savage variety and most evil Yanderes (which is many of them) due to similar reasons as Ax-Crazy characters (with exceptions)
- Zombies (the default alignment)
A Chaotic Evil character is perfectly willing to work for or with another individual or group, even of a totally different alignment, if it gives them an excuse or licence to behave the way they want to — the distinguishment between this and Neutral Evil
lies in the nature of the behaviour and how far and how frequently they push the limits the job description permits (if such limits exist). Characters such as the Magnificent Bastard
, The Dragon
or Big Bad
, The Chessmaster
or Psycho for Hire
etc. will all vary between Lawful Evil
, Neutral Evil
, and Chaotic Evil — if a character has Undying Loyalty
to a villain or is willing to obey orders but is otherwise drowning in Chaotic Evil
motives and / or behaviour, odds are they are still Chaotic Evil
Chaotic Evil characters can
actually rule over people (since they only care about their own
freedom), but it typically takes the form of "Do whatever the heck I say NOW!
". The Omnicidal Maniac
can be of any alignment, and chaotic evil characters are, on average, only likely to fall into that behaviour when they are bored or if they are a Straw Nihilist
— plenty of others believe in Anarchy Is Chaos
or even just mundane evil behaviour that does not operate on that scale.
Not to be confused with Chaos Is Evil
When dealing with the examples of specific characters, remember that assigning an alignment to a character who doesn't come with one is pretty subjective. If you've got a problem with a character being listed here, it probably belongs on the discussion page. There will be no Real Life examples under any circumstances; it just invites an Edit War. Plus, real people are far too complex and multi-dimensional to really be classified by such a straightforward alignment system.
On works pages: Character Alignment is only to be used in works where it is canonical, and only for characters who have alignments in-story. There is to be no arguing over canonical alignments, and no Real Life examples, ever.
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Anime and Manga
- Johan Liebert from Monster, a criminal mastermind who is set upon meticulously breaking and killing every person he comes in contact with, or turning them into murderers themselves, just because he can. It's not even clear that he enjoys it; many times he just does it.
- Michio Yuki from MW also kills people just For the Evulz.
- What you become when under the influence of Hinimizawa Syndrome in When They Cry. Especially Shion.
- Akakabuto from Ginga Nagareboshi Gin is an example of a monster with limited intelligence, who enjoys the act of killing just for the sake of killing. He will kill anyone and anything that crosses his path, for the sole reason of crossing his path; if you didn't want to be brutally slaughtered, you should have stayed away from his territory.
- In "Magical Project S" we have Pixy Misa; she is always given specific orders to defeat Sammy, yet she always ends doing whatever she wants instead (while still being evil and dangerous to Sammy and her friends). For instance, she usually ends up doing things for her own enjoyment like eating a cake while torturing Sammy For the Evulz or trapping kids in a manga. This is no surprise as Pixy Misa actually is Misao ID, as opposed to her alter ego that is Lawful Good Misao Amano; the difference is very apparent
- Digimon Adventure has Puppetmon, an Ax-Crazy, impulsive and immature Living Toy; easily the character most blatantly of this alignment in the Digimon anime. The three other Dark Masters (MetalSeadramon, Machinedramon and Piedmon) also qualify. Their true leader and creator, Apocalymon fits as well, along with Myotismon's reincarnations VenomMyotismon and MaloMyotismon.
- Gosterro from Blue Comet SPT Layzner.
- Psychopathic Manchild Mao of Code Geass.
- Orochimaru is Naruto's best example of Chaotic Evil. His primary goal is to become "the perfect being", and he gleefully defies social conventions (like, say, not killing babies) in pursuit of it, even clearly enjoying how horrified everyone else is when he is caught doing it. He really nails his mast to this trope, however, in his early appearances when he tries to destroy Konoha and start a war....because he thought peace was boring.
- Gaara was Chaotic Evil prior to his Heel-Face Turn, killing everyone who provoked him in the slightest way and seeing his existence as revolving around the act of killing other people. Now he is either Neutral Good or Lawful Good.
- Deidara also falls squarely into this alignment, given that before he was recruited, he was selling his bombs to terrorist groups For the Evulz, and as a member of Akatuski tends towards extremely impulsive behavior and gives his reason for fighting as "just because". Even his decision to kill himself rather than lose to Sasuke is presented in a chaotic light, given that rather than the more lawful simple suicide he turns himself into a nuke to try and take Sasuke with him, laughing maniacally at the idea of becoming one of the explosions he loves so much.
- Some characters from the Gundam franchise are considered this:
- Yazan Gable of Zeta Gundam, the supposed progenitor of most of the franchise's Ax-Crazy characters.
- Turn A Gundam's Big Bad Gym Ghingnham is a psychotic Blood Knight who wants to plauge the world into eternal war in order to cull humanity and leave only those strong enough to survive, whom he considers "true" humans.
- Rau Le Creuset from Gundam SEED, whose goal was nothing less than the extinction of mankind, is a perfect example of intelligent, high-functioning Chaotic Evil. Calculating and ruthless, he was able to perfectly mask his ever-advancing insanity, gaining Lawful Evil Patrick Zala and Neutral Evil Murata Azrael's trust to manipulate them, successfully playing both ZAFT and the Earth Forces against each other, escalating the war to the point where using weapons of mass destruction were viable options. He almost got what he wanted, too...
- Lord Djibril of Gundam SEED Destiny is interesting in that he's originally a Neutral Evil Fantastic Racist, not too terribly dissimilar from his predecessor, Azrael. As the series progresses however, setbacks and his own stupidity push him further and further towards Chaotic Evil, as he lashes out with every weapon he's got, regardless of the impact it will have on the overall strategy of the war. Convinced that his own survival is everything, he throws away his side's chance of winning the war, taking thousands of people with him in the process.
- Ali Al-Saachez from Gundam 00 is a highly skilled mercenary and terrorist who admits that he lives solely for war and conflict, and while he occasionally finds ways to using intelligence, he feels much more at home on the battlefield, where he gets to kill without restraint.
- Gundam 00 also has Nena Trinity when she's at her worst. Most of the times she's Chaotic Neutral but in the wrong mood she can be exceptionally evil. Well showcased when she blows up a wedding because she was angry they were having fun. She tried to take a dip to Neutral Evil in the second season to fool Ribbons and kill the Innovators when they least expect it. That plan got shot to hell when she dies.
- Allelujah Haptism's Superpowered Evil Side Hallelujah really enjoys fighting violently and brutalizing his opponents. Even after the two had a Split Personality Merge.
- Then there's Gundam AGE's Enfante Terrible (and Ali's in-universe expy) Desil Galette - a concrete Type 2. He considers every war as a big game and the soldiers as mere playthings. This was made evident during the series' second arc when he used his MS's special ability to control some of his allies' MS to stop the protagonist pursuing him. And let's not even delve into how he used the protagonist's love interest during the first arc...
- The Evil Twin Zeno and The Stoic Dufort from Zatch Bell!.
- Hao Asakura from Shaman King. The Manga version is the Well-Intentioned Extremist version of Chaotic Evil, while the Anime incarnation is an Ax-Crazy Psychopath.
- All the villain groups from Sailor Moon, mostly because they are led by incarnations of Chaos itself who seek to ruin everything in the universe.
- Cell and Majin Buu from Dragon Ball Z.
- While many of the villains of Dragon Ball may qualify, special mention goes to Piccolo Daimao and the final form of Majin Buu, called Kid Buu. Piccolo desires to take over the world, but states his sole law would be to abolish laws to throw the world into mindless destruction. Kid Buu, on the other hand, gleefully destroys everything in his path, to the point where he's more of a force of nature than a character. The first thing he does after regressing to Kid form is blow up Earth because it happens to be there.
- Same could be said with Broly, who wants nothing more than to destroy everything out of sadism and insanity.
- Shinobu Sensui from YuYu Hakusho. Then again, considering that he has seven split personalities, this isn't exactly easy to pinpoint. Though Kazuya, the Ax-Crazy one with an Arm Cannon and a Hair-Trigger Temper, is Chaotic Evil through and through.
- Big Bad Creed Diskenth from Black Cat.
- Many feel that Jail Scaglietti's actions in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha show a man who seeks to cause chaos and destruction, who just wants to watch the world burn, which places him as a more Chaotic Evil character.
- Toredia Graze of Striker S Sound Stage X plans on using the Mariage to attack several capital cities to teach people pain like the kind he felt while fighting on Orussia (similar to Pain from Naruto, but unlike him, he doesn't have any plan for a new political order). After his death, Runessa carries on this plan and takes on this alignment.
- It's a BIG subject of debate if Precia Testarossa fits here or in Neutral Evil.
- A large portion of Eclipse infectees from the Force manga fall into this category as well. The virus turns them into absolute jerkasses, they kill masses wantonly, and most seem to make no effort to even contain themselves with the exception of Touma. Special mention goes to the Grendel for establishing that they have very short-sighted goals and the Huckebein for an unknown motive aside from causing more destruction.
- Most villains in the Pretty Cure series. They just want to destroy everything and everyone. Just to give an example from the Splash Star series:
Shitataare: I heard you two gave life back to the Source of the Sky. Good for me. It will be fun to destroy it again.
Saki: So you are the one who destroyed it!
Shitataare: Yes, and I'm proud of it!
- The Millennium Earl, Road Kamelot, Tyki Mikk and the rest of the Noah Family from D.Gray-Man.
- The Millennium organization from Hellsing. Their only real goals are to wage endless destructive war and to kill Alucard. Rather unusual for Nazis, who usually tend towards Lawful Evil.
- Makoto Shishio from Rurouni Kenshin spends about 50% of the time here, the other 50% as Lawful Evil. He despises the peace and order of the Meiji Era and longs to reignite the violence of the revolution. He then plans to conquer Japan and turn it into hell on earth where only the strongest survive — his creed is "The flesh of the weak is the food of the strong."
- Full Metal Panic!:
- Gauron. He does whatever he damn well pleases... and whatever he damn well pleases is always evil. Sure, he has many goals - but most of them are completely insane. He wants to kill (and rape the dead body of) the beautiful Assassin Saint he met once upon a time... but he also wants to die a sensational death together with aforementioned Assassin Saint. So yes, his goals completely conflict and make no sense. But one thing you have to give to the guy: he's definitely very "free-spirited."
- Gates, the villain of Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid is so thoroughly random in how he goes about causing civil wars and kidnapping diplomats that he becomes utterly hilarious.
- Vincent Volaju & Tongpu of Cowboy Bebop.
- Hansel and Gretel of Black Lagoon, whose personal philosophy is a distillation of "kill or be killed" and "us or them", with 'them' being everyone else on the planet. Their murder-and-mayhem-filled visit to Roanapur, a city populated by Lawful Evil, Neutral Evil and the (very) occasional Chaotic Neutral, is an excellent example of why it isn't only Good aligned characters that will work to stop Chaotic Evil, as almost everyone scrambles to prevent them from causing any more damage.
- Nnoitra Gilga from Bleach, who has little regard for anything but his violent impulses, and frequently disobeys orders. Most Hollows act this way, and Shrieker, being a serial killer, was also like this when he was alive. Szyael Aporro Granz also leans toward this in his acting independently For Science!.
- Yammy is the poster boy of this.
- Kenpachi Zaraki was this originally. He didn't care about anyone. He just wanted to fight and kill. Later he becomes more of a Chaotic Neutral character.
- Dilandau from Vision of Escaflowne.
- Million Knives and Legato Bluesummers from Trigun.
- Tetsuo from AKIRA is a psychopath who chafes at being the motorcycle gang's underdog and relishes violence. He goes on a city-destroying rampage as soon as he gets superpowers, mostly because he can.
- Ark of Muhyo And Roji has no ideology besides unlocking the secrets of forbidden magical law and gaining eternal life. Most of its members run the gamut from evil but still sane, like Enchu, who wants Muhyo to suffer, and the enigmatic and dangerous Teeki, to almost Ax-Crazy like Tomas and Mick. The ghosts tend to vary in alignment, depending on who they were in life, but most of the ones that went insane are of this alignment.
- Toshiya and Mon (collectively Toshi-Mon) from The World Is Mine. Interestingly, they seem to be switching: Mon, a Wild Child of pure Id, has become reluctant to murder people (he's okay with rape) since an encounter with "Hakumadon" while Toshiya, formerly Mon's bitch (complete with girl disguise) has grown a spine and become a very dangerous Manipulative Bastard.
- Hakumadon itself would qualify, but it's just a berserk weapon.
- Phantom Daughter from Zettai Karen Children can't even follow her own decision to be Chaotic Evil, but knows she wants to be free of her "father" Black Phantom and play with Kaoru forever. It appears that she's an alternate personality who's kept in check by a Lawful Evil side, both of whom reside in a relatively normal school girl they refer to as the "Doll", which is par for course for Manipulative Bastard Black Phantom.
- Punie, the main character of Dai Mahou Touge is an example of a Chaotic Evil Magical Girl. Her incantation, Lyrical Tokarev, Kill Them All should be an indicator of things to come.
- Izaya Orihara of Durarara!! is a manipulative, arrogant, and all around crazy bastard whose general motivation in the series is to cause Ragnarok so that he'll have a place to go when he dies. That said, the way he executes his plans (despite his aforementioned craziness, almost everything that happens in the series happens of his own accord) soundly puts him in the calculating, intelligent category of Chaotic Evil.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds Big Bad Darcia from Wolf's Rain.
- Most of the pirate crews in One Piece follow this alignment with a twist of Neutral Evil; their captains tend to control them through fear, and there's little they won't do to get money. Although not a pirate, Eneru is also of this alignment, as he kills on a whim, and ultimately plans on leaving anyone — even his own followers — behind to be destroyed along with the island if they don't prove worthy to go to the Endless Vearth with him.
- The Hellhound, Guts's personal Heartless, Enemy Within and Superpowered Evil Side from Berserk, is very much this. It's every negative emotion that Guts has had since the Eclipse made sentient, and worked in concert with him during the Retribution arc, where he was completely focused on his Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Griffith and the Godhand.
- Several of the worse Apostles Guts faces are this as well, such as the depraved hedonist Wyald.
- Tsukuyomi is probably the only villain of Mahou Sensei Negima! who qualifies for this.
"There is no reason in this world. I seek naught but blood and carnage."
- Lucy's Third Personality, her personal Heartless, Enemy Within and Superpowered Evil Side from Elfen Lied; her Nyu personality is True Neutral (or simply too childish to have an alignment), and as Kaede she's Chaotic Neutral. Bandou also begins at Chaotic Evil, but Character Development moves him into Chaotic Neutral.
- Accelerator of A Certain Magical Index originally began as this, being an Ax-Crazy who took part on the Level 6 project where he brutally killed over 10,000 MISAKA. Character Development shifts him into Neutral Good
- The Devil Choujin (Buffaloman, Sunshine, Ashuraman, Akuma Shogun), who sold their souls to demons, are strongly this. However, the first three examples made a Heel-Face Turn later on by Kinnikuman.
- Jagi from Fist of the North Star, as well as many mooks serving him and other bad guys.
- Death Note: Kyosuke Higuchi, seeing that he uses the death note for personal gain and enjoys what he does.
- Bryan Hawk from Hajime No Ippo shows how a boxer can be Chaotic Evil. No really.
- Ryuuhei Sawamura too. A complete bastard who has no problems with cheating, doesn't obey anyone and anything, he boxes solely to torture his opponents and probably isn't above killing people, either. He's even called 'evil' multiple times. Which is odd, considering that never occured with Bryan Hawk, who somehow manages to be even worse than Sawamura.
- But unlike Bryan Hawk, Sawamura does have a sort-of Heel-Face Turn and settles on Chaotic Neutral. Too bad it's because of a huge accident he was involved in.
- Takasugi Shinsuke from Gintama belongs here. While he leads the terrorist group Kihetai, all he wants is the complete destruction of Japan. In the chapter that introduces him, Takasugi even tells his former compatriot Katsura that he will destroy everything until there is nothing else to destroy.
- Ladd Russo and probably his whole gang in Baccano!. He's a barely restrained psychopath and his only standard is that he loves killing people who don't expect to die, but will spare people who are ok with the thought of being killed by him. During the series, he and his gang plan to kill everyone on a train just for the fun of it, and none of them show any real effort at planning other than that.
- Barry The Chopper from Fullmetal Alchemist. Though he's played for laughs and borders on Stupid Evil at times. The 2003 anime version of him, however, is downright creepy, played straight as a brutal serial killer.
- Big Bad Father becomes this after absorbing God.
- Magnificent Bastard Yami Bakura and especially Yami Marik from Yu-Gi-Oh! are willing to kill or torture anyone with their Dark Games, even if it isn't necessary for their goals.
- Villain Protagonist, Yandere and Ax-Crazy Yuno (Specifically her 1st world incarnation) of Future Diary also fits into this alignment. She would be Neutral Evil if not for the sheer rate that she killed people- she can barely go a some few chapters without causing violence that would invariably leave at least some dead, regardless if they were trying to harm Yukiteru, and she generally kills, dismembers, schemes, plots, manipulates and does a lot of shit to people whims with little to no regard about them or her being caught (not that the average cop would survive trying to catch her anyway).
- From Fairy Tail Zero is just wants to destroy anything with a form and Zancrow "What you retreated, BURN."
- Diva of Blood+.
- Blood Knight Anti-Hero Kurodou Akabane of Getbackers.
- All of the episodic villains and, especially, the series Big Bad, Kyogoku Tei of Requiem Fromthe Darkness.
- The prologue of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has been retconned to depict a Bad End where Simon became addicted to his own power, becoming Chaotic Evil, and sought to maximize it all costs, causing a massive war that triggered the Spiral Nemesis, destroying the universe. In the canon timeline he is Chaotic Good.
- Attila from Dreamland is just that: he has no ulterior motives or ideology, all he wants is to instil terror in the heart of people and, on occasions, contemplate "the poetry of ashes" (i.e. burn entire cities for his own pleasure). And that guy is a Juggernaut who could very well destroy a good part of Dreamland on a whim if he felt like it. But if he did he would have nothing left to destroy and that wouldn't be fun.
- Kano, the ultimate Big Bad of "Texhnolyze". He's intelligent, eloquent and charismatic. But he's also a deranged solipsist, who views the entire world to be inside his mind.
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn! gives us Hibari Kyoya, whom fits very neatly into the Type 1 category, while he's not a sociopath, he's both ruthless and bloodthirsty; and has absolutely no qualms about killing whatsoever - In the Future Arc he even initially claimed that he would kill Tsuna if he failed to entertain him.
- Monster Clown Hisoka of Hunter × Hunter is a Type 1. His actions are purely out of self-interest and they usually revolve around killing strong opponents to satisfy is sexual appetite, whether the opponents are good or evil.
- Default alignment of witches in Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
- Black Butler: The anime-only Big Bad Angela/Ash is perhaps a unique case where the Chaotic Evil villain thinks that it's Lawful Good. This Fallen Angel believes s/he's that most if not all humans are "Impure", and is therefore out to cleanse all this impurity from the world. Said angel has gone on to define anyone anyone sexually active, overly passive, weak or driven by murderous hatred as impure. Ordinarily this would put him/her in a totally different camp... if not for the fact that s/he is completely unaware that s/he is guilty of all the above even moreso than the so-called impure victims ever were. Then there's the fact that while s/he spoils his/her own genocidal goals multiple times when a key Unwitting Pawn suddenly proves itself to be "impure" - and therefore expendable - long before their intended role was finished...
- Kill la Kill has Nui Harime, the Ax-Crazy sadistic cutie who enjoys pissing everyone off and is also the one responsible for killing Ryuko's father.
- Dark Schneider, the protagonist of Bastard!!, is explicitly described as "chaotic evil (with neutral tendencies)." He's a type 1, as his motive for world domination is more about getting what he believes should be his (all of the women) than oppressing anyone.
- Evil Ernie, created by writer Brian Pulido and artist Steven Hughes.
- The Joker. Depends on the writer, but The Joker is almost quintessentially Chaotic Evil, insane and indiscriminately destructive. He puts the emphasis on Chaotic - he may not be as likely to jump off a bridge as cross it, but he's almost as likely to blow it up. The only indication we get that he has any restraint at all is in the storyline where he has terminal cancer, and we find out what he's like when he has even less to lose.
- Sometimes the Joker is too chaotic to be evil. One story has him driving a truck through the wall of a television stage to hijack a quiz show; as soon as a woman gets a question wrong, he grabs her and pulls her towards his button flower, she screams for mercy— but instead of acid, he sprays her with ginger ale. He goes on like this for the rest of the strip, punishing incorrect answers with normal, run of the mill pranks, and generally acting like his Silver Age counterpart. All the while, the station manager refuses to cut the transmission, as a live Joker rampage would boost their ratings sky high; he gets increasingly frustrated waiting for the Joker to stop playing around and get to the carnage, but he doesn't. Eventually Batman arrives to stop him and Joker surrenders peacefully, not having harmed a single person for the entire strip, but before he leaves, he reveals he was filming the station's control room the entire time, and starts playing the footage; then he looks at the camera and says "So, who's the real sicko, America? Me, for carrying out this little prank? The producers and executives at the network, who let it all happen— or is it you people, who mindlessly watched it all on your television sets?". The last panel is the producer holding his head in his hands while the Joker laughs insanely.
- Psycho for Hire Bullseye also fits- he loves killing, pure and simple, both the challenge of a difficult kill and the sheer thrill of committing them. He gets paid a fortune as he is one of the worlds premier Professional Killer but he barely spends any of it, and his oft repeated comment is that he has more money than even resident evil billionaire Norman Osborn. He would be Neutral Evil if not for the sheer rate that he killed people- he can barely go a Story Arc without leaving a whole pile of corpses, regardless of whether he was paid to kill them or not-, and he generally kills on whims with little to no regard about the bodies being found or him being caught (not that the average cop would survive trying to catch him anyway).
- Similarly, there's Sabretooth. Like Bullseye, he absolutely loves killing and thinks of himself as a hunter stalking a kill. Unlike Bullseye, however, he's incredibly self-centered and views everyone who isn't a potential victim as someone to use to further his own goals, and he's exceptionally good at manipulating people into doing exactly what he wants them to do without them even knowing it. Absolutely no one ever trusts him with anything, and that's because he has a very long list of people whom he has either murdered or completely screwed over once they've served their purpose. What separates him from your standard aimless moron is that he's very, very deliberate about it and knows exactly how to get away with what he does; like Bullseye, he WOULD be Neutral Evil if it wasn't for the incredible body count that he has to his name. He's a Type 4 through and through: he lives for nothing but violence, bloodshed, and (if it involves Wolverine) psychological torture, but he's terrifyingly cunning and crafty and will always find a way to rope large amounts of people into his latest scheme without their even knowing it.
- Spider-Man's foe Carnage, a sadistic serial killer who sees violence, bloodshed, and mayhem as the ultimate freedom.
- The Green Goblin could serve as an interesting example. Norman Osborn himself is Neutral Evil, working within and without the system as the situation demands in a ruthless quest for money and power, as well as petty vengeance on Spidey. But Osborn is also mentally unstable and genuinely insane, and sometimes (and originally) his Goblin identity was a case of Split Personality. His Goblin side also originally wanted the same things — maybe even for Osborn — but is clearly much more homicidal and reckless. In recent issues Osborn has given up his Goblin identity to be a straighter Villain with Good Publicity under the name of the Iron Patriot (and towards Lawful Evil), but he is unable to properly control his homicidal tendencies to the point where it seriously threatens his plans, which is being exploited by his evil rivals.
- DR And Quinch are pretty much this to the core, albeit mostly for laughs (theirs and ours). They prank the Phi Delta frat house by nuking it, and indirectly engineer the destruction of Earth to get back at their dean for suspending them.
- Cattivik even with his Butt Monkey and Harmless Villain status.
- The Red Skull, Captain America's arch-nemesis, is another example of intelligent Chaotic Evil. While he originally started as Lawful Evil, he eventually moved to Chaotic Evil. Not content to seize control of a country from within, he and his close friends in HYDRA actively seek to cause mayhem and destruction, undermining the governments of the world in both subtle and openly vicious ways. He's so nasty, in fact, that even most of the other Big Bads of the Marvel Universe dislike him.
- Apocalypse, one of the X-Men's more dangerous foes, is this, although he does not seem to be bound by anything approaching the morality of mortals. His envisioned victory involves endless direct Social Darwinist competition between the strongest creatures on Earth, with himself as the projected ultimate victor. It's telling that in many future dystopias, his only servants are beings who have been forcibly transmuted into his slaves or robots.
- More fittingly from the X-Men universe, Spiral. She's practically the Joker of the Marvel Universe in that she's unpredictable, and the impression is clearly given that without Mojo there to hold her leash, we'd all be in serious trouble.
- Thanos the Mad Titan is also high-functioning Chaotic Evil- methodical, calculating, but ultimately usually driven by whatever he feels like doing at a given time, or a nigh-omnicidal romantic obsession with Death, and usually a Straw Nihilist who doesn't believe any moral or ethical authority, answers to nobody but himself, and is The Unfettered in everything he pursues.
- Prometheus, Grant Morrison's penultimate 'Anti-Batman', definitely fits into this trope. He's got Batman's eye for discerning weakness but none of his restraint - in his first appearance, he very nearly murdered the entire JLA. In a later comic storyline, he caused the deaths of thousands upon thousands of people just to prove he could best the heroes of the world (because said heroes had gotten rather serious after Final Crisis and Batman's apparent death). He did all this while strapped to a chair in League headquarters, calmly mocking the League as their every attempt to out-think him failed, until they finally were forced to release him to get the codes to shut down his machines (a destroyed city, maimed hero, lost loved one and a hundred thousand dead at least later). Anti-Batman indeed. Unfortunately for Prometheus, this made things beyond personal for Green Arrow, who proceeds to Pay Evil unto Evil.
- Willy Pete from Empowered is a sociopathic fire-elemental with a more-or-less human mind that lives to indulge human appetites such as food and sex in the least socially acceptable manner possible.
- Mr. Dark and Max, The Pied Piper, from Fables. Mr. Dark is the embodiment of fear of the unknown, and enjoys spreading death and misery to this end. Max is a psychopath who thinks the world owes him whatever he wants, and flies into murderous rages when his demands aren't instantly met. He also has a penchant for luring entire cities of children to their deaths.
- Amatsu-Mikaboshi, the Chaos King of the Marvel Universe.
- President Gary 'The Smiler' Callahan from Transmetropolitan. The entire reason he became president is so that he could fuck everyone over. He says so himself!
- The Yellow Bastard said it himself: "I get to do whatever I want!" That was his main motivation. It definitely doesn't help things that he's protected from any punishment he might otherwise receive for his horrible acts by his corrupt U.S. Senator father.
- Voldemort of My Immortal was most likely supposed to be this. In the actual story, he doesn't really do anything besides hijack MCR concerts and yell at Ebony for not killing Vampire/Harry, making him more of a Chaotic Neutral person.
- The dezban high chieftain Takavor Derishama in the Mass Effect fanfic The Council Era is wild, law-disregarding, and Type 3 Chaotic Evil. This is kind of a given within his race, though. The best example of his nature is when he ignores the attempts of a salarian soldier to get his attention, and when the salarian fires a round into his shoulder, he throws his spear through the salarian, and has his clan slaughter and eat the salarian's squad. This does not bode well for him.
- Every villain in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series that's not the Stupid Evil Brainstorm family or one of their Punch Clock Villain robots is this:
- Electro and Holographic Retro are Type 1s.
- Jark is something of a Type 2.
- Thunderstorm and Shadow are definitely Type 4s.
- Claggart in Billy Budd. He's described as being "naturally depraved" and he wants to destroy the hero so badly (without a reason) that he provokes the boy into killing him, just to be sure he'll be hanged.
- Mr. Jonathan Teatime (pronounced Teh-ah-tim-ah) in the Discworld novel Hogfather. Other Guild Assassins take professional pride in inhuming the target with no collateral damage to bystanders, whenever possible; but to Teatime, killing is art for art's sake.
- Carcer of Night Watch is possibly the most "Chaotic" villain in all of the Discworld series.
- Pratchett also has the elves, who are both vicious and incredibly chaotic. Whether they are starfish aliens or chaotic evil- or both- is up for debate.
- Alex, of A Clockwork Orange. Real horrorshow, my droogs.
- Randall Flagg from The Stand. Although Flagg's Las Vegas might be Lawful Evil (due to the day to day operations being run by Lloyd Henry), Flagg himself is a creature of whim, delights in causing trouble where none exists, and is ultimately self-destructive.
- Patrick Bateman of American Psycho offers an interesting case of a blood-crazed Chaotic Evil individual essentially camouflaging himself in a Lawful or even Neutral Evil environment (that is to say, Wall Street), where his dead-eyed narcissism and rampant, violent misogyny are simply par for the course. See also In the Company of Men above.
- Fenrir Greyback in Harry Potter, whose sole objective in life is to turn as many children as possible into werewolves... Or kill them, whichever strikes his fancy.
- The In-Universe alignment of Fate/Zero's Caster (Gilles de Rais, aka Bluebeard). Just look at how he does things in the Holy Grail War.
- Morgoth from The Silmarillion: according to Word of God, his ultimate goal is simply to smash creation down into dust, into the primal darkness from which it came. By contrast, his lieutenant (and occasional Dragon) Sauron is Lawful Evil
- Acheron Hades of the Thursday Next series is this. Like the Joker, he's the type who depending on his whim of the moment, can vary between laughable, cartoonish villainy and brutal evil. For instance, although his plot to destroy great works of literature is more of the former, he's also depicted slaughtering an mentire room of police officers for the fun of it.
- The Designated Heroes of The Turner Diaries, bonus points since they seem to consider themselves as Chaotic Good or Well Intentioned Extremists at worst. They aren't.
- The four protagonists, as well as lots of briefly mentioned characters in the Marquis de Sade's The 120 Days of Sodom, and probably many characters from his other works.
- Rupert of Hentzau of The Prisoner of Zenda arguably falls into this alignment, and is a very calm and calculating version of it. Rupert is the swashbuckling hero (a classic example of Chaotic Good) turned evil, and so he goes about things like treachery, casual cruelty, and attempted rape with with great charm and joie de vivre.
- A Song of Ice and Fire: Vargo Hoat and The Brave Companions, better known as the Bloody Mummers; the most vile, depraved, sickening mercenary troop in all the known lands. Yes, probably worse than Gregor Clegane's band of evil thugs even.
- Gregor Clegane is about as Chaotic Evil as they come. Whether it's killing children or massacring civilians during wartime or his decision to have an innkeeper's daughter gang raped by his men just because, you never know what Gregor's going to do, just that it will be as abhorrent as possible. His band of thugs is worse than the Mummers— while Vargo's band are all sorts of monsters and wierdos gathered from faraway lands, Gregor's bunch are just ordinary soldiers and thugs. They brutally defeat and torture Vargo's band in the later books.
- Westeros will occasionally offer up a Caligula King to make the people as miserable as possible and give the characters an excuse to start a civil war. Mad King Aerys and Joffrey Baratheon are the two notable examples, both sadistic Ax-Crazy psychopaths who infuriated their nobles into rebellion by having prominent members of major Houses executed for no good reason.
- Ramsay Bolton, son of Roose Bolton, is quite possibly the most evil character in the whole series, being the sort of man who flays people alive for fun, and enjoys the finer things in life, such as rape, murder, torture, and a whole mess of other atrocities, and becomes so repellently evil that his own father, he himself no stranger to atrocious behavior, expresses disgust at his methods (though this is more due to the negative publicity Ramsay brings to himself).
- We haven't seen much of The Others thusfar in the story, but their reputation is a race of Always Chaotic Evil omnicidal maniacs who want to plunge all the world into eternal winter and darkness at the behest of their unseen God of Evil master and creator. So they might just fit this trope.
- Although he isn't this alignment in the adaptations of the work, the original Fantômas was a poster-boy for the alignment. Fantômas had an inspiration from Gentleman Thief characters like Arsène Lupin, but his only interest was in spreading terror and his wacky schemes involved killing people in sadistic ways (i.e. spreading a plague).
- Fats Wall from The Casual Vacancy is a textbook psychopath and one of the more realistic portrayals of this alignment. Obbo also goes here.
- Lord Foul, the Big Bad of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. His ultimate goal is to break out of his Sealed Evil Can and be free, but that can just happens to be a planet. It is heavily implied that even if he had no chance of breaking out, he would still kill and/or torture everyone on the planet just for the Hell of it.
- Edward Hyde, from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, is not only Henry Jekyll's embodied evil side but more specifically an expression of his lower, uncontrolled desires.
- Duchess Alicia from The Waters Rising by Shari S. Tepper who kills at whim, concieves unreasoning hatred for a nation and puts entire villages through humiliating games For the Lulz. She also lusts ofter her father, seduces her brother and kills her mother.
- Many of the Big Bads from Redwall are such. For instance, Ferahgo the Assassin divides his time between warring against Salamandastron, berating his son Klitch for his failed schemes, scaring the living crap out of his troops, employing a Master Poisoner to starve everybeast on the mountain, and leaving freshly orphaned (by him) infants to die from exposure. All with a charming smile.
- Lamprey from Exiles of ColSec is a sadistic, unpredictable thug who was deemed too unstable to be a government hitman.
- From the ''Dresden Files: The entire Red Court of Vampires are petty, backstabbing bloodsuckers to the point where their own treachery sabotages their war effort. They are only loosely held together by threat of punishment and threats from other supernatural powers.
- Tessa of the Blackened Denarius is too chaotic to form long-term, large scale plans and actively seeks to spread chaos.
- Maeve of the Winter Court ignores her duties and is a spiteful, unpredictable entity whose cruelty reaches the point of unnecessary evil.
Live Action TV
- The psychological crime series Hannibal is overflowing with serial killers, but the giggling, gleeful Mason Verger stands out as particularly nasty. With little to no motive, he physically and probably sexually tortures his own sister and God knows how many others and mixes their tears into martinis. He also raises pigs to eat human flesh because, hey, why not? Not to when he kidnaps and paralyzes his sister in order to give her a surprise abortion.
- Heroes has quite a few: Sylar (when he isn't trying to make a Heel-Face Turn) is a mix of Type 3 and Type 4 ("evolutionary imperative", anyone?), Elle Bishop is a Type 1, and Sylar's dad was a Type 3 in his day (and tries to become one again when he learns that Sylar has a power that grants him Immortality).
- The Reavers from Firefly. If given half a chance, they'll rape you to death, eat your flesh, and sew your skin into their clothing. And if you're very. very lucky, they'll do it in that order. What's especially ironic about them is that they were created by a group of Lawful Stupid scientists in a botched attempt to find a drug that would render mankind completely good, peaceful and law-abiding.
- The coldly stoic Marlo Stanfield of The Wire demonstrates how Chaotic Evil doesn't necessarily mean stark-raving mad evil. He is simply Chaotic because there isn't a single thing about human life that matters to him, and is driven less by a desire for profit and more by his desire to prove his name. There isn't a single thing he won't do, no line he won't cross, to achieve what he wants.
- The Shadows from Babylon 5 are perceived like this in the beginning - an ancient sinister race that emerges from the deepest bowels of cosmos to annihilate everything in its path with world-shattering firepower and insidious treachery. Truth turns out a wee bit more complicated. Essentially, they ARE everything mentioned above, except that their ultimate goal is to kick-drive their enemies (whom they rather see as students) up the evolutionary and technological ladder. Thus they are perfectly happy when they eventually loose the battle and are driven away to return in a thousand years for another "lesson".
- Anubis of Stargate SG-1. The Goa'uld themselves are already as evil, if not worse than Hitler. Now imagine that Anubis was banished by the Goa'uld because he was too evil even for them. Ultimately, his goal was to erase all life in the galaxy.
- iCarly: Nevel. He hasn't killed anyone.. but well, it's a kid show. He has some super creepy scenes involving a wall of monitors featuring slow motion close-ups of Carly.
- Davros of Doctor Who, Mad Scientist creator of the Always Chaotic Evil Daleks. Anything that isn't Dalek is on his "to kill" list, including his own species, immune to any reason or attempts at negotiation, and completely batshit insane.
- An argument could be made that his creations, the Daleks are Lawful Evil members of a Chaotic Evil race. Consider that an individual Dalek obeys authority unquestioningly, submits to strict rules of behaviour and never ever thinks for itself, while the Dalek Emperor and its underlings, the Dalek Supremes, enforce those rules and orders and expect to never be questioned. But, the entire race when viewed as a whole has only one desire: destroy everything that is not Dalek. This is the textbook definition of an Always Chaotic Evil race.
- The resurrected Master. He's basically undead, eating people, and alternatively wants to blast the Doctor with energy bolts and then ignoring him. His behavior is erratic, and he works with people and then betrays them.
- That, and the fact that he's batshit insane.
- To be fair, Rassilon can be blamed for a lot, if not all, of that. He implanted in the Master's head the drumbeat that caused him to go insane as part of his Batman Gambit to end the Time War, making him (arguably) indirectly responsible for all the Master's villainous actions throughout the history of the show. The Master's Heroic Sacrifice towards the end of The End of Time suggests that Chaotic Evil is not really his true nature, but simply a consequence of what was done to him. Rassilon himself is arguably a much better candidate for Chaotic Evil.
- The Black Guardian is an Anthropomorphic Personification of Chaos and is pretty evil, wanting to throw the Universe into eternal chaos.
- Despite trying to seem Chaotic Good, it could be argued the Tenth Doctor veers toward Type 5 Chaotic Evil. As this image argues 'Who else could drown your children and put you into an eternal prison?' In The Waters of Mars he certainly seems to be slipping towards this, deciding that as the Last of the Time Lords he has command over the Laws of Time. There is even an argument that the Tenth Doctor's death was partially due to him thinking he was slipping too far into this territory.
- The Valeyard originally seems Lawful Evil but Big Finish Unbound shows that if he had won he would have become Chaotic Evil.
- Angelus of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: a vampiric Serial Killer who liked to watch his victims crumble - for years in Drusilla's case - before finishing them.
- Glory is the Goddess of Chaotic Evil. She's a vapid and shallow bully who just happens to be able to break buildings down with her fists and drink people's sanity through their skulls, and mostly just wants to have fun like just an immortal, insane hellgod can.
- Rounding out the trifecta of "true" villains in Oz, along with Vern Schillinger and Ryan O'Reilly, Scary Black Man Simon Adebisi definitely fits this alignment. He's even Affably Evil at times...right up to the Prison Rape.
- Takeshi Asakura/Kamen Rider Ouja from Kamen Rider Ryuki. There's nothing romantic or grey about his character: he's an insane serial killer with an uncontrollable compulsion for violence.
- Ax-Crazy Lilah, Psychopathic Manchild Arthur "Trinity Killer" Mitchell and Jordan Chase of Dexter.
- According to The Colbert Report, bears.
- Papa Lazarou and the Pandemonium Circus: the open road, a life in showbusiness, no rules, no laws - like that one about not kidnapping people.
- Lucifer, the Big Bad of Supernatural's fifth season. His only goal is to eliminate all humankind and all demons, and he kills numerous people in his quest to bring about The End of the World as We Know It. He even says in "Hammer of the Gods": "Nobody gives us the right. We take it."
- Also, War, Famine and Pestilence, three of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Death, on the other hand, was more True Neutral than Chaotic Evil. He had a job to do, and the whole 'End of Days' thing was getting in the way.
- Abaddon in season 9 is noted several times to be a brute who prefers violence, deal-breaking, and a much more chaotic hell than the more Lawful Evil Crowley.
- Larry, the Psycho for Hire Evil Mentor on Burn Notice. No morals, no conscience, and no loyalty to anyone except Michael, and only because he remains absolutely convinced that they're really Not So Different. And possessed of both sufficient impulsiveness and deviousness to always keep you guessing whether he's pulling an Indy Ploy or just good at the old Xanatos Speed Chess.
- Joey Heric on The Practice. In his first few appearances, he repeatedly commits brutal murders just to see if he can get away with it. When it becomes obvious that he can, he starts framing innocent people for his murders to see if he can get away with that, too.
- Jim Moriarty of the series Sherlock is a giggling, mood-swinging Psychopathic Manchild who also happens to be one of the most intelligent and manipulative criminal masterminds in the world, for no other reason beyond his constant need to fend off boredom. So dedicated is he to tormenting Sherlock Holmes that at the end of series two, he gleefully shoots himself in the head, just to prevent Sherlock from beating him at his own game.
- Merle from The Walking Dead fits this quite well, with emphasis on Chaotic. The guy roams around as a free agent, doesn't care about anyone except him and his brother, and doesn't hesitate in pulling the worst shit for a second.
- If you ever shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die, you just might be Chaotic Evil.
- Slim Shady, the evil Alter Ego Acting of Eminem. Is a text book example of this trope, with Evil Is Petty moments thrown in.
- "BANG BANG Maxwell's silver hammer came down upon his head / CLANG CLANG Maxwell's silver hammer made sure that he was dead..."
- "I dunno what I want, but I know how to get it / I wanna DESTROY passers-by"
- Eddie the Head seems to get a kick out of random violence judging from the album covers.
- Most of the characters from [[GWAR]] are chaotic evil (with the remainder tending to be [[Lawful Evil]] characters such as Cardinal Syn who oppose the main characters). The band's lyrics talk also extensively about unprovoked murder, semi-provoked murder, revenge, pointless destruction of property, extreme sadism and sexual deviancy, genocide, destructive drug-fueled benders, and more unprovoked murder.
- Kane is not motivated by any of the standard pro wrestling goals — he doesn't care at all about being a champion, being famous, making lots of money, the thrill of competition, Doing It for the Art, or anything along those lines. No, he's a wrestler for one reason and one reason only — to inflict pain. Lots of it, to whomever he can get his hands on. And he smiles and cackles maniacally the entire time he's doing it. Other than that, he's a singularly unmotivated individual. He'll also run in on random matches and beatdown other wrestlers regardless of their alignment. Because of this he's perpetually a tweener or switching alignments.
- "Stone Cold" Steve Austin pre-WrestleMania XIII is a Type 3.
- Randy Orton in early 2009 was a Type 4. Orton did whatever he wanted when he wanted whether he was braining his own boss or kissing the unconscious wife of his nemesis, Triple H and blamed it all on a mental condition so he couldn't be fired. His ultimate goal was to be WWE Champion and destroy the McMahon family at the same time. And he got a lot of cheers for it.
- Fortune in TNA led by Ric Flair was Chaotic Evil during their feud with Dixie Carter and her supporters, operating on a Type I structure until their alliance with Immortal brought them into Lawful Evil.
- In Ring of Honor, Generation Next was Type 1 until Austin Aries kicked Alex Shelley out of the group and they mostly became good guys until Matt Sydal spent too much time with Christopher Daniels.
- Kevin Steen after turning on El Generico is a Type 4. The man who convinced Steen to turn, Steve Corino, would be a Type 5. They would later go on to found Suffering, Ugliness, Chaos Mayhem with Jimmy Jacobs with the tag line being "Evil Is Here To Destroy ROH".
- For much of 2011, we had R-Truth. He played into a Type 3: muttering to himself, acting wildly vicious in nature, as well as trolling various members of the audience; and by extension, roster. As of early 2012, he's much the same, only now he's Chaotic Good.
Religion & Mythology
- Satan is portrayed this way when he's not Chaotic Good. Sometimes alternately represented as Lawful Evil Lucifer, who always keeps his word once given, never goes back on a bet, etc., in Irish, Scottish and American (especially Southern) folktales, sometimes outwitted by a Trickster.
- In the Hebrew Kabbalah, there are demons known as the Golachab or "Burning Bodies" who set themselves on fire so as to cause more burning and destruction in their wake wherever they go. That's Chaotic Evil (and Stupid Evil) all over.
- In Egyptian mythology, despite the Hollywood interpretations of Anubis, one of several gods of death, he was not this, and was in fact Lawful Good, since his duties consisted of protecting the bodies of the dead. However, the god Set, the god of darkness, sandstorms, and chaos, most certainly qualifies here... except when he doesn't. Yeah, there's that business he pulled with Osiris and Horus, but he also regularly saved Ra from Apep. Apep himself is the only figure in Egyptian mythology that is truly Chaotic Evil, seeking nothing but the destruction of the god Ra, the embodiment of justice, righteousness and the physical representation of the sun. In short, an Omnicidal Maniac.
- The terrifying Navajo Skinwalker absolutely revels in inhuman depravity for its own sake.
- In Norse mythology, the wolf Fenrir, son of Loki, likes nothing better than to devour and consume anything that comes near him. Ditto the dragon Nithogg, who does nothing except gnaw at the World Tree Ygdrassil. Loki himself is usually depicted as Chaotic Neutral, but his gradual descent into evil will reach its climax at Ragnarok, when he will lead the forces of darkness to destroy creation, and his son Fenrir will eat the Sun.
- Dungeons & Dragons: The Trope Namer, Trope Codifier, and nearly Trope Maker (though definitely not Ur Example); makes explicit use of the term all the time, so it's easy to find examples.
- The Demons have defined Chaotic Evil since the game's beginnings. Their plane of origin, the Abyss, embodies Chaotic Evil as a concept, and it possesses infinite layers, each more horribly evil than the last — think of it as Hell, only messier.
- Among dragonkind, red, white and black dragons are Chaotic Evil, along with deep dragons, shadow dragons and yellow dragons.
- Even when they aren't Always Chaotic Evil, orcs in D&D are usually portrayed with a Chaotic Evil culture that rewards backstabbing, vicious shows of strength, and no compassion whatsoever to the weak or other races. This is also true for ogres, trolls, bugbears, several (but not all) giant subraces, and various other humanoids. Prior to 3rd Edition, orcs were actually listed as Lawful Evil and portrayed with a rigid social structure; this was later dropped to make them more barbaric, and the Lawful Evil alignment became a more distinctive trait of the hobgoblins.
- The drow are a race of subterranean elves that, due to the insane level of devotion they have their goddess Lolth, have developed a culture that revolves around subterfuge and treachery. Drow are always looking for ways to increase their own power, while watching their own backs for others looking to depose them. It has been mentioned in the source books that the drow should have gone extinct long ago, due to the constant power struggles, but it is purely through Lolth's will that they remain alive. They were changed to "usually Neutral Evil" in the 3rd edition, however, with Lolth remaining Chaotic Evil.
- In Pathfinder RPG, each of the Chaotic Evil humanoids is given their own different take on the alignment. Orcs are just stupid and barbaric, living lives of savagery because they can't imagine doing anything else. Ogres are a race of Psychopathic Manchildren who engage in all kinds of depravity to sate their lust and gluttony. Bugbears are perhaps the worst of all, committing mass murder not for the sake of killing, but instead to instill fear in the survivors—they are, in effect, a race of terrorists.
- Tharizdun is an Omnicidal Maniac Eldritch Abomination who was Neutral Evil until 4th edition, for some reason (see his entry in Neutral Evil for the explanation). In 4e, he created the Abyss, and as a result of his madness, his angels have turned into giant cyclopean monsters which roam through the Astral Sea eating things. If he ever breaks his chains, most of the universe is screwed.
The following might be the best explanation for why Tharizdun wasn't Chaotic Evil in earlier Editions: "CHAOTIC EVIL: The Chaotic Evil creature holds that individual freedom and choice is important, and that other individuals and their freedoms are unimportant if they cannot be held by the individuals through their own strength and merit. Thus, law and order rends to promote not individuals but groups, and groups suppress individual volition and success." - 1st. Editon DMG Chaos as individualism and Evil as brutality and cruelty.
- Dagon, a sea demon that
acts as The Dragon to Demogorgon helps Demogorgon for unknown reasons of his own, is the calm, intelligent, and patient Chaotic Evil. Also, he is intentionally modeled after Lovecraft's Dagon. Only worse. Yes, that Lovecraft.
- The Archons of 4e aren't too far behind him. They are disciplined, regimented, highly organized and otherwise you'd think they were personifications of Lawful Neutral or Lawful Evil. However, they are living weapons whose sole reason to exist is to kill everything else that exists. They're not really sentient, as such, just pure, highly developed, militaristic instinct — they don't squabble over power because each instinctively knows how strong it is and how it relates to other Archons in that regard. They do act as mercenaries, but that's merely a way to acquire treasure (to lure would-be thieves to them so they can fight them) and an excuse to kill. They have no understanding of mercy, kindness, love, peace or anything that doesn't revolve around killing... and they have no capacity to learn to understand such concepts. To live is to kill. To kill is to live. There is nothing else to Archons. They are elemental Terminators.
- 4th edition also changed Slaadi from Chaotic Neutral to this, on the justification that they are so Chaotic Stupid they are Omnicidal Maniacs — they want to tear apart the very rules that hold reality together, they revere Chaos that much.
- Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 provide some of the most brutally straightforward, Obviously, Card Carryingly, Ax Crazily, and otherwise gleefully and horrendously evil examples of the alignment in all of fiction.
- The Orks of WH40K are perhaps a purer version of this trope. They live for slaughtering their enemies in a giant Waaaagh!
- Chaos. The name says it all.
- Tzeentch appears to be the most orderly (relatively speaking) of the Chaos Gods. Except that all of his plans are designed to be mutually contradictory and he makes sure that, ultimately, he can never achieve victory, due to the mutually inclusive goals that he would cease to exist if he ever won and his absolute addiction to scheming. He's probably more Chaotic Evil than any of them... with the possible exception of Khorne, who cares not from where the blood flows, only that it does, and whose followers wage ceaseless, pitiless war for its own sake throughout the cosmos. He has no churches or temples in his honour — the only place to honour and worship him is on the battlefield, and the battlefield must have no limits or end.
- Chaos Space Marine Legions vary from Lawful Evil to Chaotic Evil. Several of the more disciplined ones are almost Visionary Villains wanting to carry out the legacy of Horus, uniting humanity under Chaos. Some of the others... not so much. You need only look at the eloquent and sophistication philosophy expounded by Kharn The Betrayer, mentioned just up there ^. Although he's a pretty fun guy regardless. And, not surprisingly, the World Eaters are the purest examples of this alignment amongst the Chaos Space Marine chapters, which is the legion Khârn is part of.
- The Dark Eldar have partially moved away from this direction in fifth edition. They still have elements of this, but it is mostly restricted to the lower castes and criminals of their society. Indeed, in the retool the Kabals tend to fulfill the Lawful Evil side of the spectrum more, enforcing strict but cruel laws upon their people, as befitting of a race of absolute evil. As to this, there is a huge rivalry between the kabals and the lower castes of society, but they do tend to (begrudgingly) work together to commit raids, with many of the criminals and gangs working as cruel mercenaries for the Kabals alongside their actual soldiers.
- The Skaven of Warhammer Fantasy. Giant anthropomorphic ratmen of Chaos whose only raison d'etre is wanton destruction.
- In Magic: The Gathering, many pairings of Red, which is heavily associated with chaos, and Black, which is overwhelmingly associated with evil, gives us this trope. Every demon costs black, red, or both.
- At least partial exception, Innistrad vampires (associated with both red and black mana) generally avert this alignment for the most part, with Stromkirk vampires embracing a Noble Demon artistic approach (both black and red traits) in contrast to some of the other bloodlines that are a lot more bloodcrazed. As to this, it stands to show that red and black combos does not nessecarily mean Chaotic Evil.
- Still, it is an iconic villain combo in Magic: The Gathering; the very first canon villain, Mishra, was Black/Red.
- The Cult of Rakdos (the Black/Red followers of the Black/Red demon Rakdos) are evil enough torture their slaves for fun and chaotic enough to torture themselves at the same time, also for fun.
- Black, not always evil and definetly not the evil colour in MTG, is not necessary for this. The Innistrad werewolves were Red/Green, and were very much chaotic and malevolent, especially the likes of Tovolar and Shaharra, and the also Red/Green Gruul from Ravnica (the same set as the Rakdos) are this when not being Chaotic Neutral. The Nobilis of War from Shadowmoor was also Chaotic Evil, and he was Red/White.
- The planeswalker Garruk Wildspeaker, initially Chaotic Good, slips into a pure Type 3 Chaotic Evil after being cursed by the Chain Veil. He considers Planeswalkers his prey, especially Liliana Vess, the one who cursed him.
- Every willing member of the Rapine Storm in Cthulhu Tech. As has been said before, the Lovecraftian horrors in that force are nowhere near as bad as the actual humans, and they seem to have no goals besides killing, maiming, raping and burning their way across the world.
- The Wyrm in the original Werewolf: The Apocalypse. Its goal, depending on one's interpretation, is either to destroy the entire universe or trap it forever in an unending state of suffering.
- Subverted in that it is only trying to break free from imprisonment by the insane Weaver, and the horrors that serve it fitting more into the mold due to some of the stuff they do For the Evulz. In essence, the Wyrm is True Neutral; its purpose is to act as the balancing deity between the order of the Weaver and chaos of the Wyld by bringing a blessed ending to their creations.
- The Sabbat is the pinnacle of Chaotic Evil in Vampire: The Masquerade, killing and breaking things for shits and giggles. The only thing that enforces a hierarchy and prevents members from tearing each other apart is the Vaulderie, a rite in which pack members drink each other's blood, which establishes a bond akin to the blood bond.
- Exceptions exist within the sect, however, particularily amongst those in the sect who choose to follow the Path of Honorable Accord, who are Lawful Evil instead. Interestingly, in a sect that is particularily devoted to chaos and mayhem, this path aactually happens to be one of the most popular paths to follow.
- The Ebon Dragon of Exalted (when he's not being Neutral Evil). Exalted uses a Virtue system to depict the internal integrity and morality of characters. Compassion denotes the character's ability to feel for others and empathy, Conviction for determination to ideals and visions, Temperance for self-control and discipline, and Valor for courage and bravery. The Ebon Dragon, a titan who created the world, has the lowest rating possible for a sentient being in all Virtues. He does not care for anything, possesses no ideals, refuses to control himself and can not stand up against danger. His only motivation is to cause suffering. This miserable thing has cosmic powers.
- His similarly supra-divine sister, Adorjan, is also Chaotic Evil, but of a completely different variety-she's actually a bizarre mix of Type 5 and Ax-Crazy (she's bloody insane and acts like it, but she'll happily explain the reason she kills people is to free them of all attachments-which is why she kills what she loves and spares what she hates).
- In Paranoia some of the secret societies (most notably PURGE and the Death Leopards) are based on wanton destruction either for its own sake and/or out of rage at the setting's overly restrictive dystopian society.
- Shakespeare did it
- Aaron the Moor from Titus Andronicus.
- Also, Iago from Othello.
- Don John, in Much Ado About Nothing plots to destroy the love of Hero and Claudio for no reason at all.
- Arguably Don Johnis also Stupid Evil and / or Chaotic Stupid as he clearly hasn't thought any of his plans out and he seems to get caught out more than once. Without his Hypercompetent Sidekick Boraccio providing the brains behind his schemes he'd get nowhere.
- Stanley from A Streetcar Named Desire turns out to be clearly evil after he rapes Blanche and later has her sent off to a mental institution. His great emphasis on personal freedom and his random, brutal behavior lands him into Chaotic Evil territory.
- The dummy (and The Barbed Wheel) in Ruby Quest is probably this.
- Tez On Toast of KateModern. His earlier personas are slightly more open to debate, but from mid-season 2 onwards, he is a drug-crazed homicidal lunatic who switches motives in the blink of an eye, and takes great pleasure out of killing and torturing.
- Flippy's evil side from Happy Tree Friends. When he sees something that reminds him of war, he turns evil and kills everyone around him.
- Satan from The Salvation War is remarkably Ax-Crazy even for his usual image. So is Yahwee
- A few of the Enemies from A-GENTS. Kilk is a Type 1 Chaotic Evil Combat Sadomasochist up to his ears in Evil Feels Good. Grin, on the other hand, is definitely a type 4 Psycho for Hire with a real fondness for tentacle rape. And then there's Alice... most everyone is very, very happy that she's dead.
- Found is implied to be this by Az. It's safe to assume that he's a much better person now, seeing as his old self is spoken of so negatively.
- Several supervillains in the Whateley Universe, including The Necromancer, and Don Sebastiano. Don Sebastiano has a couple helpless mindslaves... so he mistreats and violates them for fun.
- Adventure Time:
- The Lich is a supernatural undead force created from nuclear transmissions whose sole goal is the end of all life. It doesn't get more chaotic evil than that.
- The character known only as the "Magic Man" uses his magic powers almost exclusively to harass people for his own amusement. He was exiled from his home planet for such crimes as turning all of the water on the planet into hair, fusing people's bodies together and making people's shadows come to life and attack them. He also uses his powers to set up Family Unfriendly Aesops; In his first appearance on the show, when Finn gives him some food thinking him to be a beggar, he turns Finn into a giant disembodied foot "...Until you learn to appreciate what a jerk I am."
- Marceline's father, Hunson Abadeer is a demon who attacks people without provocation and also rules over a hell-like dimension called the Nightosphere which is "sustained by chaos" When Marceline is tricked into temporarily taking over his position we see that part of the duties of the ruler of the Nightosphere apparently involve arbitrarily bestowing either "Pleasure, pain, or weird punishment" on anybody who comes to him with an issue.
- Girkek the Planet-Killer from Megas XLR.
Girkek: My only remorse is that I can't destroy your planets again!
- Trigon of Teen Titans, a demon lord who destroyed the world just to watch it burn (he does rule over lesser demons, but this seems to amount to making them grovel and fight for his entertainment). His daughter, Raven, could also be said to be Chaotic Evil by nature, but she's Lawful Good by nurture, and struggles with herself continually over this.
- Also Brother Blood, who started out Lawful Evil, suddenly devolved into this once he created a giant tidal wave to destroy a city just...because.
- Some of the more vicious or just wanton Disney Villains fit Chaotic Evil:
- A rare example of a sympathetic Big Bad with this alignment would be Wakfu's Nox. Poor Nox. Poor insane, deluded, omnicidal Nox.
- Rampage in Beast Wars is an Ax-Crazy murderer that killed a colony For the Evulz and won't willingly work with anyone, only siding with Megatron because the Decepticon captured half of his Spark and uses it to torture the insane monster into submission.
- Galvatron from Transformers. He is essentially Megatron's evil spiced with the added flavor of damaged sanity chips caused by a crash-landing and a prolonged plasma bath after the events of Transformers: The Movie. He's prone to shooting his own troops just for the heck of it and is as much a detriment to his own plans as the Autobots due to his psychosis. It reached the point where an episode had his loyal second-in-command sending him to a sentient Therapy Planet by force in hopes of curing him. Not only did it fail, but when the planet interfaced with him in an attempt to lobotomize him, he drove it insane with his madness before killing it and razing its entire civilization back to the stone age.
- Vicky from The Fairly Oddparents, the Psycho for Hire, Straw Nihilist, and evil incarnate.
- Kevin 11 from the original Ben 10 series and again in the first season of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.
- Chris McLean, the host of the Total Drama series.
- Also, Scott from Total Drama Revenge of the Island.
- In Futurama, the Villain Protagonist Bender is Chaotic and Evil. Even the Robot Devil agrees that there are no robots worse than him. He is the Chaotic form of Chaotic Evil, prefering personal freedom above all things, and is the team's Token Evil Teammate.
Fry: "You mean Bender is the evil Bender? I'm shocked. Shocked! Well, not that shocked."
- He cares about Fry deeply. However this is in the way that somebody would care about a dear pet. He's been a jerk to Fry repeatedly.
Morgan: "He was a bad robot."
Fry: "No, he was a bad friend!"
- Unlike most examples, though, he does have some limits to how far he'll go and is capable of at least a small amount of empathy. Usually if Fry (or another member of the Planet Express) is about to die, he'll save them. And when he adopted a group of orphans (with the intention of using them to get money from the government) he did grudgingly feed them and keep them out of harm's way.
- Psycho for Hire Zim from Invader Zim. He would be Lawful Evil (or at least Neutral Evil) if he didn't prove to be a Ax-Crazy from time to time, and at one point horribly crippled Dib with a temporal replacement device and GIR's rubber pigs. This is depending on the plot whether Zim is Chaotic Evil, Neutral Evil or Lawful Evil - there's a thin line between stupid and incompetent lawful evil, genuine chaotic evil, and regular neutral evil.
- The Weavils on Jimmy Two-Shoes. Whether it's one of them or a group, they generally just do whatever profits them at the moment while being jerkasses about it.
- NegaDuck, the Ax-Crazy alternate universe version of Darkwing Duck.
- Hexadecimal of ReBoot places more value on chaotic than evil. She once reversed her own Medusa Bug when it's end result was a boring motionless world. She shifts to Chaotic Neutral when Bob fixes her face.
- Big Bad Demona from Gargoyles. None of her evil plans don't actually benefit her or improve her life in any way: they are entirely focused on the extermination of the people she hates.
- The Witch's Ghost/Sarah Ravencroft from Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost, who wanted to destroy the world and one of the only ones as an actual supernatural ghost who had the ability to do so. Her Neutral Evil descendant Ben Ravencroft wanted to summon her so they could take over the world together, but she wanted to destroy it instead.
- The Boondocks has Colonel H. Stinkmeaner, the series Evil Incarnate, who hates everything and everyone For the Evulz, will start an atrocity with anyone For the Evulz (it's even shown that its the sole motivation behind his very breathing), and had to be sent back from Hell itself after his death at Granddad's hands because death cannot stop a nigga moment, but peace and/or jailtime will.
- Twin Masters, the baddies from the second season of Hero 108. They seek nothing more than to let chaos reign supreme, and wipe out every living thing in Hidden Kingdom.
- ChalkZone gives us Mr. Wilter, an Ax-Crazy Man Child who hates cartoons and any of his students' antics. He's also a Sadist Teacher, which dosn't really help.
- The lineup of Dethklok in Metalocalypse are card-carrying evil, and insanely chaotic.
- Master Shake from Aqua Teen Hunger Force consistently exhibits erratic, destructive, and often violent behavior. His turnoffs are friendship, manners, and people.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- Nightmare Moon is Chaotic Evil Type 5; her goal is to bring about The Night That Never Ends, which would incidentally kill everyone in Equestria, regardless of identity or relevance to her personal goals. In addition, she wants to be respected and awed, and doesn't care if she has to rule by love or by fear to get that respect.
- Discord is the spirit of chaos and disharmony — basically the Anthropomorphic Personification of Chaotic Evil. He uses his Reality Warper powers not only to turn the world into an insane place where the laws of physics are driven into exile, but together with his cunning also to torment others and psychologically break them For the Evulz. He thinks it's all very funny. He's Chaotic Neutral as of "Keep Calm and Flutter On", though.
- "The Great and Powerful" Trixie is normally just a show-off and a bully, but when she dons an Artifact of Doom to match Twilight Sparkle's ability in magic, its corrupting influence temporarily causes her to become the nutty tyrant of Ponyville, assaulting others with magic if they don't follow her weird random demands.
"But wouldn't it be faster if [the cart] had some wheels?"
"The Great and Powerful Trixie doesn't trust wheels. Now, pull faster!"
- SheZap, from SheZow values nothing more than chaos plain and simple.
- Hama from Avatar: The Last Airbender (type 5)
- Vaatu of The Legend of Korra is literally the spirit of Chaos.
- The Red Lotus from season 3 is this as well, Zaheer particularly. They are a society dedicated to wiping out world order and the Avatar, and seem to be a combination of Types 1 and 3.
"The natural order is disorder."
- Zaheer, himself, seems to see himself as more Chaotic Neutral or Chaotic Good so he may be more of a type 5 as he uses what he sees as more extreme methods of attaining balance via disorder and chaos to get rid of the governments that he sees have corrupted the world.
Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It's fair.