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

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

The {{Trope Namer|s}} comes from a RealLife disorder called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadistic_personality_disorder sadistic]] [[https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sideways-view/201612/sadistic-personality-disorder personality disorder.]] The word sadism itself originates from the Creator/MarquisDeSade, who was the author (and practitioner) of some rather sadistic works.[[note]]Though [=DeSade=]'s best known sadistic works are really more about the cruelty and unfairness of life.[[/note]] The specific disorder was removed from the referenced Diagnosis and Statistics Manual after the 3rd edition (or rather, demoted to the "Other" section), partly due to fears of legal abuse (ie. the disorder being misused as a valid InsanityDefence), partly because the criteria was deemed flawed due to lack of research in the area.

Modern psychology has a much broader understanding of the term than listed above. In general, a sadist is anyone who seeks not only to harm another person, but to control or dominate them; others seek {{revenge}} (even preemptive revenge) against their victims for perceived slights, real or imagined, sometimes targeting innocent people as substitutes for the true subject of their wrath (e.g. AbusiveParents); some are emotional vampires who like to experience terror by instilling it in others (kind of an inverse or twisted empathy); some take out their personal inadequacies, stresses, or self-loathing on others; and still others wish merely to feed their own ego -- having power over another "[[InsaneTrollLogic proves]]" they are better than them; and some [[ForTheEvulz merely wish to see others suffer.]] While not all sadists do things ForTheEvulz and some are rather opportunistic and pragmatic, ForTheEvulz is reserved for the most obsessed of sadists.

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

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

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

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

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

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* Rio Miyaichi from ''Manga/AnaSatsujin'' clearly enjoys her killings and frequently uses her main character boyfriend as an unwilling pawn in luring in victims, often at the expense of his own health and safety.
* Russia from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' [[PerpetualSmiler almost always]] [[StepfordSmiler wears a smile]] despite being flat out cruel.
* In ''Anime/BlackButler'' Sebastian and Grell fit well into this trope.
** Grell's favorite color is red, and he delights in painting the world red with blood. His line of work as a reaper effectively involves him hacking up people with a chainsaw every night. With paperwork in between. [[spoiler: He is also actually UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper]].
** Sebastian isn't sadistic 24/7. He can be somewhat caring when it comes to Ciel, but he drops straight into sadism whenever he fights Grell: "You have a lovely screaming voice."
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': As he gets in the habit of killing, [[VillainProtagonist Light]] starts to ''really'' enjoy it and often smiles and laughs as he slaughters people by the score. He also appears to get off on being a ManipulativeBastard, and can't resist the urge to [[EvilGloating gloat]] to his enemies that he's literally signed their death warrant, or take cruel pleasure in [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness discarding and betraying his own allies, even girlfriends]]. Some of his deaths are needlessly nasty as well (eg. said girlfriend was forced by the Death Note to ''set herself on fire'') and on several occasions he takes a moment to watch his victims die; for example, when he writes Naomi Misora's name in the Death Note, he reveals himself as Kira to her just because he wanted to see the look on her face before she died. And of course, like many sadists, he absolutely believes that his victims [[NeverMyFault had it coming, and that he himself is blameless]].
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** Frieza enjoys slowly tearing apart his enemies and having them die in despair rather than outright killing them, as shown when he [[ColdBloodedTorture impales Krillin with his horns, shoots up Piccolo, brutally beat Vegeta to near death, and tears Goku apart with only half of his full power]]. When he is almost killed by the Spirit Bomb, he slowly picks off Goku's friends in front of him to rub in how helpless he is. This, however, [[{{Understatement}} backfires]].
** Cell is also this to even greater degrees. While Frieza is satisfied with the physical suffering of his victims, Cell prefers to add the psychological element to his cruelty, terrorizing and destroying any chance for hope his opponent has, before killing them. Of course, Frieza is capable of the same — he often feigns diplomacy merely for the fun of watching his victims' horror when he betrays them. On top of that, Cell freely admits that the extent of his plan after winning the Cell Games is to hunt down every last human being on the planet one by one, and savor their fear and despair before he kills them.
** Kid Buu is a very sadistic OmnicidalManiac. His only purpose in life is to kill until there is nothing left and he loves violence given how he brutally beats Vegeta and his good counterpart until they can't even move anymore. Interestingly however, he doesn't seem to take much if any pleasure in the pain of others as he never really takes his time killing his enemies or watch their pain inactively. Even when he beats Vegeta and Fat Buu mercilessly, he isn't enjoying their pain so much as just the act of pummeling them both repeatedly.
*** His Super Buu form is on par in terms of sadism and is even ''worse'' than Frieza or Cell. He specializes in killing his victims in extremely gruesome ways. He killed a man by liquefying his own body, forcibly going down the guy's throat, and making him explode from the inside out. He also turned Chi-Chi into an egg and steps on her in front of her family and friends. Super Buu even adds psychological torture to his list, such as his fight Gohan which is one long breaking speech.
** Nappa. He absolutely enjoys dominating his foes, as seen when he fought the Z-Fighters. In fact, he seems to have a sadistic joy with each act of destruction he performs, such as his grin when he blew up East City.
** Vegeta, especially in the earlier seasons where he could be just as bad as Frieza, often killing people with a PsychoticSmirk on his face. He massacred an entire Namekian village with a huge grin on his face and laughed when it's revealed that they weren't wished back by Shenron [[LiteralGenie because of the way the wish was worded]]. Before then, in his Great Ape form, he ruthlessly crushed every bone in Goku's body while laughing his head off. [[HeelFaceTurn He does get over it once he settles down on Earth]] and tends to kill people for pragmatic reasons instead of joy.
** Future Androids 17 and 18 ''definitely'' qualify. They spent decades slowly torturing the people of Earth with running them over with cars, shooting them while they're running, and promising to spare them only to kill them anyway. That's not even getting started on how they treated beating Gohan and Trunks to near death like it is a game.
** King Piccolo. Once he took over the world, he set all the criminals free and abolished all laws, just so he could enjoy watching humanity tear itself apart. He then had a lottery where he would destroy one section of the world for the next 36 years, all so he could enjoy the terror on people's faces during their final moments.
** Piccolo started out as this, taking more than a little joy in breaking Goku's legs and trying to saw off his arm. He grins in delight when he's about to make the killing blow against Goku and Raditz. His training with Gohan was also brutal and he did seem to enjoy the boy's pain at first. He largely gets over it after he becomes more good, although he still likes inflicting pain on those that get him mad or [[PapaWolf hurt Gohan]].
** Broly. This may stem from his general insanity. As with others such as Frieza, Cell, Buu, etc., this leads to his downfall — though he is shown as clearly capable of killing the Z-warriors in one fell swoop, he chooses to torture them instead, granting them the time to pull off a [[MiracleRally miraculous comeback.]]
** ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes Gohan]]'' becomes this when Cell's sadism triggers [[SuperPoweredEvilSide his Super Saiyan 2 transformation]], deciding to torture Cell instead of just killing him. He manages to snap out of it, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero but only after his sadism results in]] [[HeroicSacrifice the death of his father]] [[TakingYouWithMe and the almost-destruction]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom of the Earth]] thanks to Cell [[RageQuit refusing to accept that he could ever be beaten and mocked like this]].
** The same happened to Goku when he first transformed into a Super Saiyan. He could have killed Frieza within minutes, but purposely dragged out the fight to cause Frieza as much pain as possible. He also wanted to fight Frieza at his full power not only for fun, but to show Frieza that he ''never'' had a chance. To add extra misery to Frieza, Goku chose to spare his life not out of mercy, [[CruelMercy but because he wanted him to live with the shame of being defeated by a monkey]] and only finishing Frieza off when he made it clear [[InTheBack he wouldn't accept that]]. Also as a child, Goku did take small delight in causing pain to those who hurt him or his friends, something King Piccolo notes in the dub.
** Zamasu of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' shows this to various degrees, [[spoiler: in all his incarnations. Goku Black murdered Goku himself and then his family purely for the sake of being cruel after stealing the former's body, and then he and Future Zamasu reveal this to Goku after impaling him with a LaserBlade just to [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown rub salt in the wound]]. Also, the Present Zamasu who was killed by Beerus was positively ''delighted'' to discover the chaos Black and Future Zamasu had inflicted upon the future Earth, happy that his dream of a mortal-free universe was becoming a reality.]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' Izaya genuinely screws with people simply because he enjoys it and likes seeing their reactions -- except for [[ArchEnemy Shizuo]]. He ''hates'' Shizuo.
* ''Manga/FairyTail''
** Pre-HeelFaceTurn Jellal and Laxus took great pride in dominating others with their incredible powers. [[spoiler:Though only Laxus [[FaceRealization balked at actually killing someone]], while Jellal was too deep in his [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashing]] to care, as shown when he tried to murder his former LoveInterest, killed another childhood friend in the crossfire, and then ''laughed'' about it]].
** [[PsychoForHire Zancrow]] loves torturing others for a cheap laugh, be it his opponents or [[BadBoss his own men]].
** Everyone in the Tartarus Guild who isn't [[TokenGoodTeammate Silver]], [[PragmaticVillainy Torafuzar]], or [[ArcVillain Mard Geer]] is a power-hungry monster that wants to slowly kill all humans in order to take pleasure in their rule over Earth. Special mention should go to [[MadBomber Jackal]], who loves presenting a SadisticChoice to a helpless wizard, and [[TortureTechnician Kyoka]], who submitted Erza to ColdBloodedTorture while enhancing her pain receptors. This last one actually provokes Mard Geer into [[LaserGuidedKarma torturing Kyoka]], but not out of any [[EvenEvilHasStandards decency]]; rather, he's disgusted by the fact that Kyoka could find ''any'' pleasure, and from it a twisted liking, out of a [[HumansAreInsects race that is so pathetic they might as well be weeds on the roadside]].
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' features many villains who enjoy inflicting torment and cruelty on the innocent. As Kenshiro despises such villains, they are often subjected to just as cruel ends.
* In ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'' Envy delights in giving pain to others, taking every possible opportunity to KickTheDog and [[EvilGloating gloat about the atrocities he commits]] to anyone who'll pay attention.
** In the first ''Anime/FullMetalAlchemist'' anime, Envy is characterized in much the same way, hurting other people because of his DaddyIssues.
* Okita Sougo from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''. Loves to see everyone, allies or enemies, in distress, but especially [[SitcomArchnemesis Hijikata]]. [[BunnyearsLawyer He's pretty dependable though when the times need for it.]]
* The YakuzaPrincess Mikako from ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty''.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Suigetsu enjoys cutting off the limbs of his opponents before cutting of their heads.
** Sakon in the CreepyTwins duo of the Sound Five also counts, since he always likes to prolong fights.
** Hidan is the most obvious example. He intentionally strikes non vital areas of his opponent so that he can make them die a "[[BlatantLies good death]]". Though he does feel the need to join a ReligionOfEvil before acting on his sadistic impulses, so at least he feels his sadism needs some "higher" purpose.
** Orochimaru is a power-hungry psychopath but he clearly likes making people suffer along the way. He also seems to enjoy making a mockery of other peoples' beliefs and values, for example by how much his horrific actions freak other people out, as well as manipulating others to fight and die for him; in addition, his stated reason for trying to start another global war was "peace is boring". He also once lost the use of arms because he dragged a fight out for too long- because he was trying to make his opponent, his mentor the Third Hokage, psychologically suffer before losing.
** He once tells Kabuto, his underling, that he is even crueller than he is. Kabuto is a MadDoctor who earned Oro's praise because he was able to keep their human experiments [[AndIMustScream alive for longer]], and later [[spoiler: forces the zombies of various famous ninja to fight their friends and family as a form of psychological warfare.]]
** Gaara the Sand ninja is introduced as a psychotic sadist- he believes he ''must'' kill people to [[AxCrazy feed the chaos inside of himself]], driven as he is by a combination of DemonicPossession, lifelong insomnia and a horrifically traumatic childhood. He once killed three ninja in battle, and then tried to find ''more'' people to kill because it wasn't enough. He also kept his older brother and sister in line by threatening to kill them if they didn't do what he said. He got better though.
* Enter Vincent Nightray from ''Manga/PandoraHearts''. If he isn't molesting his stuffed animals with scissors, he's stalking his hot older brother or kidnapping women.
* Ryouko Mendou from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', a rich and bored girl who found that causing trouble and watching people squirm was the best form of entertainment. She uses underhanded mischief and devilish practical jokes as a primary source of pleasure.
* Dark Marik from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' is a pretty clear case of what used to be Sadistic Personality Disorder. He's a psychological and physical sadist, who rigs up his duels so that they will cause the maximum amount of emotional and physical trauma to the victims, gloating about it the entire time. The Spirit of the Millenium Ring is of a similar mindset, though he's not near as blatant about it as Dark Marik is.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Almost all the primary villains have this, but some stand out more than others:
** Kuro, captain of the Black Cat Pirates, who went into great detail about why he despised working under Kaya and says how he was looking forward to the day he kills her. [[UngratefulBastard This is despite treating Kuro like a friend and father figure for three years]].
** Arlong who laughs at Nami's misery after he breaks his promise to her. He then brags to his crew about he would keep Nami under his control for the rest of his life.
** Crocodile who goes out of his way to cause pain and misery to other for [[ForTheEvulz no particular reason other than to be cruel]]. He causes Vivi great emotional distress by causing a Civil War that nearly destroyed her country, sending sandstorms just to torture some old man in another town, creating {{Hope Spot}}s just to drive home how helpless everyone is. It is strongly hinted that he does this because his own dream of becoming Pirate King was crushed by people like Whitebeard, so he wants everyone to be as miserable as him.
** Rob Lucci. He enjoys making people bleed and licking their blood. He actually ''bites'' Luffy in his leopard form.
** His boss, Spandam is ''even'' worse. While Lucci has no problem making people who can fight back suffer, Spandam mercilessly beats and brutalizes Robin and Franky, both mentally and physically, when they couldn't fight back, [[EvenEvilHasStandards disgusting even Lucci]].
** Doflamingo who enjoys torturing people in much the same way as Crocodile. After he forcibly takes over a country, he has people fight until they're maimed in gladiator battles and turn others into toys to serve as his slaves. He also delights using his powers to control people's bodies and make them attack their own love ones and allies.
*** Diamante, Doflamingo's [[TheDragon right-hand man]], is an [[{{Jerkass}} utterly inhuman dick]] who, like his boss, revels in both physical and mental torment. He drags out his battle with [[TheWoobie Rebecca]] ''far'' longer than he needs to, given the vast difference in power between them. He not only reveals to Rebecca that [[spoiler: he was the one who killed her mother, Scarlet]] - he ''[[RelativeButton gloats]]'' about it, and never stops doing so once he brings it up. [[spoiler: He pulls the same card against [[PapaWolf Rebecca's father]] [[HandicappedBadass Kyros]], which only serves to make [[LaserGuidedKarma Diamante's defeat at his hands]] that much quicker.]]
** Kid, one of the Supernova. He is known for his sadism. He crucified pirates for daring to try to leave the New World.
** Law zigzags. He is known for being overly cruel and do enjoy causing pain, but he does so for mostly pragmatic reasons. The only person he truly enjoys torturing is Doflamingo and his family, but that's purely for personal reasons.
** Blackbeard. This guy enjoyed telling Luffy in detail about how he defeated his brother and how he's on death row because he tried to protect him. He also mocks Whitebeard for his inability to save [[spoiler: Ace]]. To really show how sadistic he is, he laughs like a manic as he and his crew are shooting Whitebeard to death.
* Quattro from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', a borderline sociopath who takes great pleasure in torturing Nanoha's six-year-old adoptive daughter Vivio, an act for which [[MamaBear Nanoha]] [[DungeonBypass more than makes her pay]].
* Ross/[[spoiler:Shion]] from Senyuu does this to the main character [[ButtMonkey Alba]] pretty much every chance he gets, like in episode one, after being asked to fight in the next battle, instead of attacking the enemy, he punches Alba in the back. In episode two, he even explicitly states he likes seeing people suffer. He does it to other characters as well, but not as often.
* {{LightNovel/Slayers}}: [[CreepyChild Hellmaster Phibrizzo]] is a very sadistic manipulator. [[spoiler:He revels in his victims’ suffering and despair, as evidenced when he kills all of Lina Inverse’s friends one by one.]]

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* {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} is a sadist on a tyrannical scale. He has built a galaxy-spanning empire as well as a ReligionOfEvil entirely on the concept of spreading misery and suffering and his self-proclaimed right to control, dominate and enslave all life in the universe. All of his underlings are absolutely terrified of him and he often has them tortured or killed for the most trivial offences -- or for no offence at all. One of those, Desaad, is actually the God of Sadism, though of the depraved spineless bully variety rather than the relentless force of evil his master embodies.
* ComicBook/TheJoker is typically characterised this way as well. His original Golden Age incarnation was out simply to kill people and terrorize the city, and many later versions are if anything worse. Sometimes subverted however in that he's not out to just hurt others for [[ForTheEvulz its own sake]], but when [[ItAmusedMe it's funny to do so]]. For instance, in ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'' he got annoyed when one of his minions killed Superman (who had been turned into a dog) because he didn't see any humor in it. In a ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' crossover he also teamed up with the [[OmnicidalManiac Dark Judges]], but quickly got bored with doing NOTHING other than kill people.
* UsefulNotes/{{The Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}} {{Superman}} villain Mongul is a psychological sadist of the first degree, who in the Superman story ''ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything'' locked Superman into a [[LotusEaterMachine mental delusion]] that he can only escape by throwing away the things he cares about most. Superman was [[UnstoppableRage less than happy with Mongul]] upon finally coming out.
* Malekith the Accursed from ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'', demonstrates a penchant for torture and dismemberment that few can rival.
* ComicBook/NormanOsborn has built his entire supervillain career around the torment of [[SpiderMan one man]], usually by targeting said man's [[RevengeByProxy friends and family]]. He is a misogynistic ControlFreak who was finally caught after it was discovered he was murdering his employees and nosy female reporters ForTheEvulz in his spare time, and his Green Goblin persona is an AxCrazy MadBomber whether or not it is Osborn himself [[SplitPersonality who is running the show.]] And he bullied and dominated the life of his only son Harry, in the delusional belief that this would make him more of a man.
* Another Spidey villain sadist is ComicBook/{{Carnage}}, whose mission in life is to go on ultraviolent killing sprees. He thinks the world is dull and uninteresting but can be made more colourful by spraying the streets red with blood. He is also a StrawNihilist who thinks the very idea that "murder is wrong" is just TheMan keeping you down, and that cowardice and weakness are the only reasons everyone else isn't killing too.
* The ComicBook/RedSkull sees ColdBloodedTorture as "recreation", frequently murders his subordinates for [[BadBoss no reason whatsoever]], trains himself by [[KingpinInHisGym fighting his underlings]] to the death without telling them it is "to the death", and seeks WorldDomination and [[AGodAmI godlike power]] mainly because he wants to [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans terrorise as many people as possible.]] He joined the Nazi Party because he wanted a quasi-legal reason [[TheBully to assault and kill people]], and has expressed empathy for both his abusive, drunken father and his EvilMentor UsefulFacts/AdolfHitler- specifically, for their psychological need to have victims, be it family for his dad or [[FinalSolution the Jews]] for Hitler, and is himself guilty of numerous war crimes and acts of terrorism. His backstory suggests he is driven by a monomaniacal desire to take revenge on the entire world for his [[FreudianExcuse crappy life]]. He suffers the odd bout of depression, but can be cheered up by reminding him of [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk all the atrocities]] he has commited in his life. And then there is [[DomesticAbuser his treatment of Mother Night...]] The Red Skull's entire motivation for villainy is recreating the sheer bliss he felt when he murdered a Jewish girl who rejected his creepy advances back when he was a bitter angry teenager. ''He's so [[AxCrazy twisted]] that torturing and killing people are the only things that make him happy''.
* The Marquis of Death. ''Just dear God''. He makes it a habit of torturing the heroes of a universe right before destroying it. He even outright states that he only does it [[ForTheEvulz for the fun of it]].
* Comicbook/{{X 23}}'s former handler, Kimura. Despite being a victim of emotional and physical abuse herself (and in fact having a childhood which in some ways paralleled Laura's), she joined the Facility both for the means to exact revenge on her tormentors ''and'' to put herself into a position where ''she'' could torment others. She was one of X-23's chief abusers, and routinely tortured her for the slightest of infractions; notably, after the mission where Zander Rice (who could justify an entry of his own) left her to die, Kimura actually punished her for ''surviving'' entirely because she was told X had been killed and her return to base meant it was a lie. She has pursued Laura relentlessly since her escape, and is gleefully willing to murder and torture her loved ones for no other reason than to punish her it, even when Laura offers to return to spare them.
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* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'': Hopper is a ruthless tyrant who delights in the fear he instills in the ants, and was fully prepared to publically execute their queen to keep them compliant. He even admits to his minions that they don't even need the food the ants provide, implying his actions are motivated purely by sadism.
* Thrax from ''Film/OsmosisJones''. [[spoiler:He revels in the pain he causes and enjoys to see his victims' suffering.]]
* Rattlesnake Jake from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}''. He constantly terrorizes his victims. In his first appearance, Jake strangles Beans and licks her face, and strangles her again in another scene, looking like he's enjoying it way too much.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', we have [[spoiler:Turbo, known as King Candy.]] "I should thank you...but it'd be more fun to kill you!"
* Lotso Huggin-Bear from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' is so embittered that his owner lost and replaced him that he snapped, took over the Sunnyside daycare centre, and turned it into a toy prison where he rules with an iron fist. While his principal aim is to ensure that he and his cronies get to live the good life and have run of the place, he clearly takes pleasure in deceiving new toys and bullying those under his power and gets especially mean when the idea of owners actually loving their toys is brought up [[spoiler: and nearly laughs as he leaves Woody and the others to ''burn to death'', saying "Where's your kid now, Sheriff?"]]. Even his underlings seem more than a little scared of him.
* Lord Business from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' is so sadistic, it's a wonder how they managed to put him in a kids' film. He kills a man in cold blood by decapitating him, he psychologically and physically tortures his lieutenant Good Cop Bad Cop to turn him into his puppet for his masterplan and he crushes Emmet's self-esteem brutally in the climax when [[spoiler: Vitruvius claims the prophecy was made up just before he dies]] before leaving him and the Master Builders to die in the Think Tank, which he sets to self-destruct. Oh, and let's not forget that after using Bad Cop for his own goals, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he abandons him to the same fate]].
* ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'':
** [[EvilPuppeteer Stromboli]]. He forces Pinocchio to perform onstage in order to make money.
** [[KarmaHoudini The Coachman]]. He takes great pleasure in turning innocent (such as "The Stupid Little Boys") into donkeys, enjoying their pain with whipping them, and also selling them into slavery.
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* In the film version of ''Film/BattleRoyale'' Kiriyama actually [[spoiler:joined The Program to kill students he doesn't even know, and shoots at them with a [[SlasherSmile smile]].]]
* Mr. Blonde from ''Film/ReservoirDogs''.
--> "I don't give a good fuck what you know, or don't know, but I'm gonna torture you anyway, regardless. Not to get information. It's amusing, to me, to torture a cop. You can say anything you want, but I've heard it all before. All you can do is pray for a quick death... which you ain't gonna get."
* Creator/SergioLeone's villains Ramon and Esteban Rojo from ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'', El Indio from ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'', Angel Eyes from ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', Frank from ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'', and Gunther Reza from ''Film/DuckYouSucker'' all enjoy hurting other people; for Indio and Frank in particular it is their whole ''raison d'etre''.
* [[BigBad Freddy Krueger]] from ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' was a sadistic child killer before his death at the hands of the parents of Elm Street, and became even worse afterward, trapping his victims in horrible dreams that [[NeverSleepAgain kill them for real]].
* The Scorpio Killer from ''Film/DirtyHarry'' is completely AxCrazy and very sadistic as well, his worst act being kidnapping and burying a teenage girl alive.
* O-Dog and A-Wax from ''Film/MenaceIISociety''.
* Alex [=DeLarge=] from ''Film/AClockworkOrange''. He tortures, rapes, and assaults innocent random people for his own amusement (or, as he said, "for a bit of the old ultra-violence").
* Red Grant of ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''. His SPECTRE file describes him as a homicidal paranoiac, which comes into view when cornering Film/JamesBond, where, instead of just of going with the fake murder/suicide, Grant plans to humiliate and torture Bond.
-->"The first [bullet] won't kill you. Not the second. Not even the third. Not until you crawl over here and ''kiss my foot!''"
** Xenia Onatopp from ''Film/{{Goldeneye}}'', whether it be crushing her victims to death during sex or gleefully machine gunning a bunch of computer programmers.
** ''Film/{{Spectre}}'': Whether by doing ColdBloodedTorture on 007 in an effort to weaken his morale, or by kidnapping the BondGirl just to rattle Bond, Franz Oberhauser/[[spoiler:Ernst Stavro Blofeld]] does have a knack for sadistic activities on his foster brother. [[spoiler:And while all versions of Blofeld were psychopaths in general, [[AdaptationalVillainy Franz Oberhauser is the darkest and most sadistic incarnation of SPECTRE's nefarious leader]], as he has a terrible knack for sadistic cruelty, and [[AdaptationalVillainy the SPECTRE he heads now has no campiness to them anymore]] -- it's now a straight-edge criminal organization that's dabbling in slavery, terrorism, political instability, and has even made a foray into compromising several of the world's major intelligence agencies.]]
* In ''Film/TheCrowCityOfAngels'', crime lord Judah Earl admits point blank to one of his goons he executes (because the guy objected that [[PragmaticVillainy the bad quality of their drugs was cutting into their profits]] since it killed too many customers) that hurting people is his only enjoyment.
-->'''Judah:''' Weren't you listening before, Basset? I said we all have our pleasures. Mine is the pain of others.
* Tommy De Vito from ''Film/GoodFellas'' is constantly seen using sadistic violence to threaten others, and shows no apparent mercy for his victims. He also seems to be very familiar with utilizing fear and humiliation, [[spoiler:especially when he kills Spider]].
* Nathan from ''Film/ExMachina''. He programs his creations to desire freedom so that they would suffer in captivity. And it's visually implied that he enjoys their psychological pain as evidenced by his smug and satisfied expression when one of his creations go mad from isolation.
* The Indominus Rex from ''Film/JurassicWorld''. She doesn't strictly kill for pleasure, she hunts for it. This is most chillingly brought to light upon discovering she left one of her suffering victims still alive to expire in an excruciating slowness.
* [[BigBad Palpatine/Darth Sidious]] from ''Franchise/StarWars''. This was best demonstrated with him using Force Lightning to torture both Mace Windu and Luke Skywalker, when he could have just killed them.
* The BigBad of ''Film/{{Shotgun}}'' is a traditional sexual sadist who enjoys beating prostitutes.
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* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Keifer Porter was this kind of person. Most of his abuse was emotional abuse of his adult wives, he threw tantrums, played them out against each other by making them jealous, and locked himself up in his room for days when things weren't done as he wanted it. Ren suspects that he hurt her on purpose when he first had penetrative sex with her. (She was a virgin and had nothing to compare him to) By far his worst offense was torturing teenage Trini, after giving her a TapOnTheHead and tying her to his bed.
* The CrapsackWorld of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' provides numerous examples, including:
** The BloodKnight Gregor Clegane, who as a child held his younger brother Sandor's face in a fire for playing with his discarded toy, and who leads a band of [[PsychoForHire Psychos For Hire]] in a campaign of RapePillageAndBurn against the hapless peasantry.
** Sadism runs InTheBlood of the ObviouslyEvil House Bolton, who have a history of [[FlayingAlive flaying their enemies alive]], and continue to practice it in secret despite it being outlawed by their overlords. Ramsay Snow, after capturing Theon Greyjoy, engages in psychological and physical abuse. He flays Theon's fingers and toes and possibly castrates reducing him from a proud handsome man to a [[TheIgor broken wreck]], terrified of and submissive to Ramsay. Ramsay's behavior is atrocious enough that his father Roose berates him for it -- not because he's appalled by what his son is doing, mind you, but [[PragmaticVillainy because it's bad for PR]].
** TheCaligula Joffrey Baratheon takes delight in his absolute power over his subjects, and particularly enjoys ordering executions, mutilations and forced duels to the death.
*** Joffrey appears to be a pure sadist. Unlike the other examples on this list, he is never even hinted to actually have sex with or rape his victims. Remember, this is a teenage boy with near total power who was engaged to two if the most beautiful girls in the Seven Kingdoms, and yet may very well have [[spoiler:died]] a virgin. It seems Joffrey gets off on pain and nothing else.
*** Joffery groped Sansa during her wedding to [[spoiler: Tyrion Lannister]] and tried to rape her, or it was implied that he would do something like that to Sansa, by spontaneously kick starting the usual "undressing of the bride by the king" ceremony. He was plenty sadistic but it can't be said that he wasn't without a libido. It's just that it took the backseat to the lust of making himself feel powerful and others absolutely miserable.
** And Joffrey is often compared to Aerys II, who did such lovely things as lighting people on fire and setting up ''Franchise/{{Saw}}''-like traps for the people who ''weren't'' on fire. At one point, one of his bodyguards reminisces that Aerys would get sexually aroused from seeing people burned alive, and one time clawed his own pregnant wife so fiercely while having sex with her that she had to be evacuated from the capital, covered in scratch-marks.
** [[ObviouslyEvil Euron Greyjoy]] crosses this line with gusto, and likes manipulating people before torturing them for that extra evil touch.
* ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'': IT, the BrainInAJar that rules over the world of Camazotz, refers to itself as "The Happiest Sadist".
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward's father is suspected to be a sadist, who beat his children just for fun, though he certainly also had a nasty temper. There is also [[spoiler: Bastilla, Kariarn's slave]], who plainly "likes to hurt people".
* Morgoth, the BigBad of ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'', ''Literature/UnfinishedTales'', and ''Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth'', has sadism among his many unpleasant qualities. While torturing captives can get him useful information, he often just does it for fun even when it has no practical purpose, and takes great joy in his victims' agony.
** Sauron as well, though for slightly different reasons- several thousand years of being thwarted and forced to run away from fights- and on more than one occasion, the physical death of his body-, along with general decay of his powers, has left him extremely embittered and completely intolerant of anyone who defies his will. Case in point, his torture of Thorin's father- he tried to get him on side with a WeCanRuleTogether bargain, but one refusal from the dwarf was enough for Sauron to flip and torture him for days on end out of spite. By the time of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' he wants to dominate the world and destroy all opposition simply because that's all he's got left.
* As a child, Peter Wiggin from ''Literature/EndersGame'' flayed squirrels alive and subjected his brother to cruel games. His genius qualified him for Battle School, but he was rejected as too dangerous. As he grew up, his moral compass largely overcame his sadistic tendencies, and he used his intelligence for good.
** Achilles de Flandres in ''Literature/EndersShadow'' is his inverse. He doesn't take pleasure in the method of death, favors efficiency over pain, doesn't even need to witness it, and only goes out of his way to kill someone if they have shamed him in some way. Yet he is more evil than Peter.
* The VillainProtagonist libertines written by the Creator/MarquisDeSade were all about enjoying themselves, very frequently at other people's expense -- and their treatment of others, particularly those they hated, was beyond cruel. There's a reason this guy is the inspiration for the word "sadism".
* From ''Literature/ThatHideousStrength'', Miss Hardcastle a.k.a. The Fairy. She uses cigarette burns to interrogate a prisoner--then she gets so carried away with the torture that she neglects to get any actual information from the prisoner.
* Drake Merwin from the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series is one of these. A vicious psychopath who serves both a [[TheSociopath sociopath]] and a GodOfEvil purely for the chance to hurt as many people as possible. There is rarely anything he does in the series that is not for the pleasure of harming another human being. His psychological profile at the Coates Academy even diagnosed him as a sadist. [[DeadpanSnarker Diana]] drew a smiley face next to it.
%% * Christian from ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''. However, his behavior is meant to be [[DesignatedHero seen as romantic]], even though he rapes the main character.
* Bellatrix Lestrange from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is one, considering her aptitude for torture.
** Dolores Umbridge show clear signs of being one in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' when she uses a blood quill on two students and is willing and eager to use an unforgivable curse on Harry and Hermione to force them to answer her questions. This aspect of her nature is wholly confirmed in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'' where she relishes her new power to hand muggle-borns over to the dementors.
* [[RoyalBrat Venandakatra]] from ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' is also known as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Vile One]] (a name given to him by [[EvenEvilHasStandards the psychotically evil Malwa regime]]), and fully lives up to it. Anyone who crosses him in [[DisproportionateRetribution even the slightest way]] ends up on the wrong end of [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice a short stake]], even [[BadBoss minions who failed at impossible tasks]]. He also gets a kick out of [[WouldHurtAChild beating up kids]], among [[PaedoHunt far worse things]]. Venandakatra is so gratuitously evil and pointlessly, [[StupidEvil self-sabotagingly cruel]] that the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName racist, fascist-lite Malwa regime]] that considers [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil gang-rapes]] and mass murders of captured civilians [[KickTheDog standard military policy]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards thinks he's beyond the pale]].
* Ivarr Ragnarson of ''Literature/TheLastLightOfTheSun'' is a SerialKiller and TortureTechnician whose dream in life is to successfully [[CruelAndUnusualDeath blood-eagle]] somebody while keeping them alive. Since blood-eagleing involves cutting open the victim's ribs and removing their lungs while they are still alive, this means all his victims are in for a long, drawn out, and thoroughly agonizing death, which Ivarr enjoys every moment of.
* ''Literature/{{Department 19}}'' has two examples. Alexandru Rusmanov is a cruel brute who revels in death and pain, inflicting it on his own minions when they fail him. Dracula is even worse, thinking up nauseating tortures and using them [[DisproportionateRetribution any time he has any kind of excuse]], and it's made clear that he greatly enjoys this.
** Hell, the narration of ''Literature/{{Department 19}}'' describes Alexandru's SlasherSmile as a "smile of utter malice, of pure sadism"!
* Most of '[[QuirkyMinibossSquad the Forsaken]] of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' have cruel or spiteful streaks, particularly towards those who defy them, but Semirhage takes the cake. Also known as "the Lady of Pain", she was once a world-renowned healer who defected to the Shadow after the fact that she went out of her way to cause her patients pain came to light. She became [[GodOfEvil the Dark One's]] favorite torturer, and even her fellow Forsaken - TheDreaded one and all - tend to be wary of her cruelty.
* Mollyl from ''{{Literature/Kane}}'' story "The Cold Light" is one. He likes causing pain to people and the fact that he comes from famously degenerate island of Pellin does not help, either. He joins Lord Gaethaa (aka [[KnightTemplar the Crusader]]) simply because it gives him a lot of possibilities to inflict pain. When Gaethaa's men rape Kane's lover Rehhaile and his second-in-command Alidore later checks on her, seeing bruises and welts on her body, he reflects that she isn't really badly messed up, compared to other women with whom Mollyl played.
* Achilles Desjardins from ''[[Literature/RiftersTrilogy Rifters]]''. He controls his urges very well, with help of sofisticated technology, but when it fails, all hell breaks loose.
* Duke d'Angouleme from ''Literature/MaledictionTrilogy'' is a very powerful troll and the main enemy of [[TheProtagonist troll prince Tristan]] and his human wife Cecile. He uses pain and terror as a tool to intimidate his enemies but he also thoroughly enjoys it. And then he gets to look after Tristan's younger brother Roland, very powerful but also [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity raving mad]] and it goes from bad to worse.
* Roderick Whittle, aka UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper, from Creator/RichardLaymon's ''Literature/{{Savage}}''.
* George Mellis in the Creator/SidneySheldon novel ''Master Of The Game'' is this of the sexual variety. His first scene is of him beating and sodomizing Eve Blackwell, who was perfectly eager to have sex with him before discovering his true nature--there are frequent descriptions of him going to bars and picking up [[DepravedBisexual women or men]] and leaving them broken and battered. He also mentions a realistic consequence to his needs--he doesn't like having sex with masochists. In fact, he does his best to avoid them, because they enjoy the pain he inflicts, which decreases his pleasure.
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* Toby Meres from ''Series/{{Callan}}'' takes great pleasure out of 'interrogating' members of [[SpySpeak The Opposition]], is the only assassin in The Section who volunteers to visit the interrogation department, and generally enjoys seeing even his co-workers in pain (emotional or physical) and is inclined to try to see how much he can get away with in regards to increasing it.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Angelus absolutely ''thrives'' on causing pain to others, with virtually everything he does being geared towards destroying someone physically, mentally, and/or emotionally. He slowly drove Drusilla insane by slaughtering everyone she loved, and turned her into a vampire so her torment would continue for eternity. At the end of ''Buffy'' season 2, when he's captured Giles in order to [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique torture him for information]], he freely admits that he hopes Giles ''won't'' give up the information he needs willingly because he doesn't want to be deprived of the opportunity to torture him.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Even the established torture-happy monsters like Gregor Clegane, who had people killed via terrified rats gnawing through their chests for the hell of it, don't hold a candle to just how utterly sadistic and cruel Ramsay can be with those who fall into his hands.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' is a show about sex crimes, and sadists show up from time to time. Whenever the VillainOfTheWeek is a SerialKiller, there is a good chance of him being one. Interestingly, the ''victim'' from the {{Pilot}} was one.
* Charles Augustus Magnussen from ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. Sherlock describes him as "a shark", as well as the worst person he had ever met, and says that he "picks on people who are different". He is a media baron who is secretly the "King of Blackmailers"; digging up dirt on people -- usually people in positions of power or influence -- seems to be his very ''raison d`etre''. But he doesn't use this information just to gain advantages for himself or his newspapers; he uses it, along with his ''own'' position of power, to bully and humiliate people in [[PsychopathicManchild extremely cruel and childish ways]], such as forcefully ''licking'' a government minister (i.e.. sexual assault) after threatening to paint her husband as a child molester (her husband had earlier committed suicide over this threat -- he cheated on her with a 15 year old girl, but he thought she was of legal age -- so Magnussen going after the man's ''wife'' afterwards is beyond low), to ''pissing'' in Sherlock's fireplace, to ''having Watson thrown in a bonfire'' (claiming afterwards that he had a man there ready to save him if Sherlock didn't) and watching it on his television over and over and over again... all for no other reason than he ''can''. He also admits at the end that he is willing to publicly humiliate and ruin people in his newspapers regardless of whether he can actually prove anything he says.
* Many killers from ''{{Series/Hannibal}}'', but explicitly the man himself when somebody tries to copy his crimes and both Will and the [=FBI=] realize the key difference between the two killers- the copycat didn't ''torture'' his victims to death. Its strongly implied in the novels that this is how Lecter kills but it is made crystal clear here. Beyond that, of course, is that he is the TropeNamer of HannibalLecture for a reason, and in his particularly twisted pathology seems to regard psychological torture, CriminalMindGames, exercising and abusing power over others, and pitting people against each other as acts of ''love''. He likens himself to [[AGodAmI God]] and thinks that he is AboveGoodAndEvil, and believes that both he and God are cruel to those they love because that is [[WhatYouAreInTheDark simply their nature]].
* Many of the killers on ''Series/{{Luther}}''. The most notable example is VillainProtagonist Alice Morgan, whom Luther diagnoses as a malignant narcissist, a particularly nasty condition that combines narcissistic, antisocial, and sadistic behaviour into one vicious package.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'':
** Dickie Bennett, BigBadWannabe of Season 2 is a cowardly drug dealer who wants respect, and will inflict as much pain as he can on anybody who doesn't give it to him. His EstablishingCharacterMoment has him forcing a man to put his leg in a bear-trap because the man dared to grow weed without his permission. He later captures protagonist Raylan Givens, strings him up from a tree, and tries to beat him to death, gloating the entire time.
** Robert Quarles, BigBad of Season 3 is a SerialKiller and SerialRapist of male prostitutes (as well as a Detroit gangster). He kidnaps boys off the street, tortures and molests them, and then kills them, all as part of a hideous ritual that he can't seem to stop doing. Most of it stems from the utterly horrifying abuse he suffered at the hands of his own father.
* It's a family comedy, but Reese from ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' has been shown to have no empathy and enjoy bullying others, especially his brothers. In one particular episode, he makes the neighborhood kids, whom he's bullied horribly for years, think that they're finally getting to beat him up, when in fact Reese had kidnapped a kid of about the same size as a stand in.
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* Many lyrics from DeathMetal songs have a quite sadistic quality to them.
* In the HipHop, several GangstaRap and {{Horrorcore}} songs (especially in the Horrorcore) tell stories of people quite sadistic.
* ''Music/TheBeatles''''s song ''Maxwell's Silver Hammer'' is about Maxwell Edison, an AxCrazy kid (and pretty sadistic) that uses the title hammer to murder a girl, his teacher, and the judge who took his case, in front of a full courtroom.
* DoomMetal band Saint Vitus, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LreyhwviA8Y The Sadist.]]
* The subject person in Music/AdamAndTheAnts' "Whip in my Valise", whose activities include pulling the wings off flies, killing grandmothers and good old punishment.
-->Your sadistic suits my masochistic
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* Only the most vile of ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'''s wide cast of villains are Sadists, including Michelle Glados, [[SoftSpokenSadist Carolyne Provencal]], Zed Provhezor, the Brickspider Bot v1.0, and [[spoiler:the Darkitect]], for they are the ones who actually enjoy watching the suffering of others.
* Hida Tsuneo from ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' was the Crab Clan Champion and Right Hand of the Emperor during the reign of [[TheEmperor Hantei XVI]]. He was also unquestionably brutal, was personally involved in killing or torturing the Emperor's political enemies, and seemed to draw particular joy from hurting those who were physically weaker than himself. His defining moment probably came right before his death, when he was ordered by the Emperor to kill the Emperor's mother- and did so by ''crushing her head with his bare hands.''
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* Orin Scrivello in ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' enjoyed torturing animals as a child. Naturally, he chose [[DepravedDentist dentistry]] as his career.
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* Yuuki Terumi of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' ''loves'' mind raping others, and {{troll}}s them as they get defeated. And that's not even mentioning the great enjoyment he appears to take in physically hurting his opponents in battle, either. In fact, [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration his entire playstyle revolves around inflicting as much pain to his opponents in the most brutal and humiliating ways possible.]] It's suggested by another character in-story that he gets off on ruining people's lives and Terumi doesn't deny it.
-->'''Terumi:''' Make sure you do your part, and [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming scream for me!]]
* The ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series is full of sadists, obviously being a CrapsackWorld:
** Catalina. She loves to cause misfortune or suffering to others, including sexual, and this is evident when she tortures C.J. for sexual pleasure.
** Tenpenny and Pulaski from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''.
** Ray Bulgarin and Dimitri Rascalov from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''.
** Heavily implied in protagonists like [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Tommy Vercetti]] (he always has to make a slaughter butchering their victims with chainsaws), [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony Luis Lopez]] and [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV Trevor Phillips]].
* AM from ''Videogame/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream'' is a supercomputer with amazing god-like powers who has held the last 5 living humans captive in his dungeon, keeping them alive for eternity while making them endure endless ColdBloodedTorture to entertain the eons of endless time he has in his new rule over Earth. Approximately, 90% of his dialogue is also KickTheDog moments and he actually says all he feels is hate.
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'': Kerrigan the "Queen of Blades", and leader of the Zerg loves playing mind games with the other factions, and pitting them against each other, usually by feigning innocence to gain their trust. In ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' this attitude of hers returns, when she tries to weaken Zeratul's mind by making him believe the Protoss will be doomed to extinction no matter what he does, [[spoiler:although it's eventually revealed she doesn't actually believe any of this as she was actually under the influence of [[EldritchAbomination Amon the Fallen Xel'Naga]]]].
** This trope is played absolutely straight with Highlord Alarak. Alarak adores combat and has no qualms about letting people around him die, nor violently torching or killing innocent individuals. He threatens to outright destroy the entirety of the capital of Korhal simply due to a single human faction attacking one of his outposts. He outright kills one of his own soldiers when he is low on health in order to avoid death, and actively heals from the deaths of his enemies. Furthermore, he literally has an ability called "Sadism" in HeroesOfTheStorm which increases the damage dealt to enemy heroes by 100% (which can be decreased if certain abilities are chosen). It can also be increased by choosing the ability that causes it to increase every time an ally dies.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'': Alice, a CuteAndPsycho antagonist, is mentioned to be a Sadist. She's also seen kicking around her subordinates, and laughing at their pain.
* [[PetalPower Yuuka Kazami]] from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. So much that she received the [[FanNickname nickname "Ultimate Sadistic Creature" from the fans]], and spawned the [[MemeticMolester "Everyone is M for Yuuka" meme]].
** In her first appearance in ''Lotus Land Story'', she playfully threatened to reduce you to a mist of atoms.
** In her second appearance in ''Mystic Square'', her motive for wrecking through Makai and beating people up is basically because [[ItAmusedMe she's bored and wants to play]]. She also uttered her infamous "Genocide is just a game" line. Her tendency to add [[SayItWithHearts "<3"]] at the end of every sentence doesn't help.
** In the Windows era, she reappears in ''Phantasmagoria of Flower View'', where she's supposedly has calmed down a lot. She still threatened everyone who met her, or accepted other character's accusations of being the culprit of the incident, [[SureLetsGoWithThat even when she's really not]], just so she has a reason to beat them up. When [[TheJudge Eiki Shiki]] confronted her about this, she said it was just 'daily teasing'.
** In [[{{Fanon}} fanworks]], she's often portrayed as downright AxCrazy.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'' introduces us to Larxene, a member of Organization XIII (and the only female member discounting Xion). She has many KickTheDog moments she enjoys, and Demyx even fears her, calling her a [[{{WitchWithACapitalB}} witch]].
* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'' features Courtney Gears, an EvilDiva who works for Dr. Nefarious, and sings peppy songs about hate and genocide. Her pre-boss cutscene has her claim that using the [[spoiler:Biobliterator prototype that turns organic life forms into robots]] "doesn't hurt... much". Most of her BossBantering spells sadism.
* The MetalGearSolid franchise provides us with two. The first being Revolver Ocelot, who is outright referred to as one in the first game, and takes great joy in torturing Snake, and [[spoiler:tortured Donald Anderson to death]]. If the player forfeits during the torture sequence, he promises to kill Meryl, for no other reason than to be cruel.
** But worse than him, ''by far'' is Colonel Volgin, from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''. Unlike Ocelot, who serves higher (if extremely convoluted) purposes, Volgin's sole motivation for anything he does is to cause other people as much pain and suffering as humanly possible, which is why there's no small reason why he's one of the only MGS villains to not get the DracoInLeatherPants treatment. Within minutes of being introduced, he nukes his own country [[ItAmusedMe just because he can]], knowing full well it could spark a war, and during the game, he abuses EVA, both physically and sexually, he beats a suspected informant to death with his bare hands, beats Sokolov [[spoiler: also to death]], and tortures Snake/Big Boss as well, expressing enthusiastic enjoyment when he sees Snake losing bladder control due to the pain. He is also stated to be personally responsible for hundreds of murders, most of them again, by beating people to death with his bare hands.
*** Revolver Ocelot actually credits Volgin with introducing him to the joy of sadism, stating that witnessing one of his 'interrogations' made him realize that the true quality of a man is only revealed when he's in pain. Appropriately, many of his torture sessions are framed as endurance tests for the victims.
* From the ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' series, we have [[AxCrazy Juri]] [[BloodKnight Han]]. She loves to have fun, but unfortunately her fun involves beating her opponents within an inch of their lives. [[DepravedBisexual It doesn't matter if they're a guy or girl]] as long as she gets to torture them. It gets to where she literally [[OrgasmicCombat gets off]] [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence on the pain she inflicts]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'':
** [[MusicalAssassin Lord Raptor]] is an AxCrazy, mass-murdering zombie who thrives off the deaths of countless people.
** [[PsychoForHire BB Hood]] outright states that she will never give up killing until every last living creature on Earth is dead.
* Don Morello from ''VideoGame/MafiaTheCityOfLostHeaven'', who is introduced beating an innocent person who accidentally rammed into his car to death. The next cutscene he is in shows him torturing a dockworker who went on strike.
* Dr Vile/Weil of [[VideoGame/MegaManZero the Zero series]] is a huge sadist. He admits that during the Elf Wars he personally enjoyed the mass slaughter and devestation brought by his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Omega, and in the present [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming enjoys watching "pigs squeal."]] In Zero 4 [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans he makes life in Neo Arcadia horrible]] and takes glee in the idea of destroying nature. While he does have a reason for this (mainly make humanity suffer [[FateWorseThanDeath for what they did to him]]), it's made all to clear from [[LaughingMad his attitude]] he's enjoying this. Combined with [[ItsAllAboutMe his narcissistic personality]] and [[OmnicidalManiac desire for destruction]], this makes Dr Weil [[KnightOfCerebus one the most horrifying villains in Mega Man history.]]
* Ramsay Snow lives up to his gruesome characterization in ''VideoGame/TelltalesGameOfThrones'' by purposely escalating a war between two feuding families so he could amuse himself by watching the two duke it out in a battle to the death. Either way, [[XanatosGambit he's the only one to benefit]] both for his sadistic appetite and [[PragmaticVillainy business wise]].
* The titular mask from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. Everything it does, from threatening to [[ColonyDrop drop the moon onto Termina]] to ruining the everyday lives of its people, is all because it finds the pain and misery it causes ''hilarious''.
* The MadScientist Relmyna Verenim in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'''s ''Shivering Isles'' expansion has a nigh-religious devotion to pain, though for all her musings on its purifying power, she only ever inflicts it on other people.
--> ''"I became sheltered within a tapestry of tranquility, woven from the screams of the Breton's anguish..."''
* [[TheCaligula Luca Blight]] from ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' is a bloodthirsty sadist and a [[AxCrazy completely insane]] [[EvilPrince prince]] of Highland. He takes glee in making [[LovestheSoundofScreaming the scared woman acting like "pig"]] and [[PuttheLaughterinSlaughter slaughters her to the ground]] at [[KillItwithFire the burned Ryube village]]. [[spoiler: Unlike the other [[TragicVillain sympathetic villains]], he has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.]]
* Erol of ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' series is a treacherous and egotistical sadist. [[spoiler: He hopes to have Keira's heart and eventually kill Jak.]]
* For the example with [[ManipulativeBastard Mephiles the Dark]] from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', he made it his sole mission to cause pain to Elise throughout [[Franchise/SonictheHedgehog the entire course of the game]], and even broke out into a [[EvilLaugh maniacal laughter]] after [[HeroKiller ending Sonic's life]].
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* [[spoiler:Kirei Kotomine]] of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' confesses that he is capable of feeling joy only in witnessing the suffering of others. His abuse is mostly psychological and he prefers to guide events so that others inflict suffering on themselves. At the same time, [[spoiler:[[ReluctantPsycho he still has a conscience and so knows taking pleasure in others' suffering is evil]]]].
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* Mechakkara from ''WebOriginal/AtopTheFourthWall'' usually sports a sadistic grin on his face when he's harming Linkara.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Mercury Black enjoys hurting people and watching them suffer. He's entirely happy to taunt and terrify Ruby, and when he sees Ruby crying over Penny's destruction he has an immensely cruel and satisfied grin. later, when Vale is being overrun by Grimm after Cinder's plan comes to fruition, Mercury records the resulting chaos, all with a SlasherSmile on his face, in direct contrast to his partner Emerald, who [[EvenEvilHasStandards somewhat regrets it]].
*** [[EvenEvilHasStandards However, even he draws the line]] [[NoodleIncident at whatever Salem did to make those Grimm spawning pools]]. Her followers? Range from "seemingly stable after watching her do horrible things" to "Joker-level sadism".
** Cinder Fall also seems to enjoy the pain of others. When she infiltrates the CCT, she defeats the guards with a smile on her face and assesses her network access in amusement while standing over their bodies. She describes watching the Grimm slaughtering Vale citizens as "wonderful", and when she stole the first half of Amber's power, she drew out the pain of Amber's last conscious moments with needless theatrics that gave Amber the chance to see what was going to happen to her and beg for her life in horror. When she kills Pyrrha, she doesn't simply shoot her through the heart, her arrow also burns Pyrrha from the inside out — while Pyrrha is still alive. After Ruby disfigures her, she motivates herself to grow stronger by burning alive illusions of of a begging Ruby that created by Emerald.
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* Mryorg the ogre in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', who, as the result of one too many journeys into hell, has been stripped of his ability to get satisfaction from anything except inflicting suffering on others.
** Dellyn Goblin-Slayer enjoyed the ColdBloodedTorture he inflicted on monsters, both the physical and the emotional. He also couldn't fully enjoy [[RapeIsASpecialKindOFEvil raping Kin]] unless he'd beaten her to near death at the same time.
* Jae of ''Webcomic/{{Magience}}'' enjoys other people's pain.
-->'''Jae:''' Memories of your screams will be my lullaby for the next decade, at least.
* Adria and Quixoto from ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate''. She kept Zerlocke chained and repeatedly gave him mortal wounds for a human lifetime, his preferred prey is human children and he likes to mentally torment his prey and let them try to escape him before eating them.
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* Pretty Pink Ponytails in ''Literature/AngelOfDeath'' loves nothing more than a nice, long session of ColdBloodedTorture in the form of a childish game in her special "playroom."
* [[spoiler: Gray Boy]] in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' is this, greatly enjoying using his time-looping powers to subject people to eternal torture.
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** Stewie Griffin in the earlier seasons.
** Even Brian has sadistic tendencies. He frequently kills and terrorizes squirrels for pure sadism. [[EvenEvilHasStandards This is a act that even shocks Stewie.]]
** [[BigBad Carter]] is even ''worse''. Although not an inventor nor showing a particularly murderous streak, he is often gleefully sadistic, particularly towards Peter, and is shown to keep a Rancor in a pit below his house in "Peterotica". Worse, he torments orphans ForTheEvulz.
** Jeff Fecalman from "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS10E3ScreamsOfSilenceTheStoryOfBrendaQ Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q.]]" ''definitely'' qualifies as well. Unlike Peter and the other reoccurring [[{{Jerkass}} jerks]] of the show, he is known as one of the most evil villains of the show and has no redeeming qualities.
*** Ditto with Mike Pulaski from "A Fistful of Meg".
* Bender from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has his moments. He has no qualms when he has the opportunity to hurt someone, and is very implied to enjoy doing that.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' episodes "[[Recap/MrBogusS2E1ComputerIntruder Computer Intruder]]" and "[[Recap/MrBogusS2E5BadLuckBogus Bad Luck Bogus]]" featured a [[{{Gonk}} huge and hideous]] EvilKnockoff of the eponymous character who delighted in torturing Bogus.
* Sideshow Bob from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* Eric Cartman from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is the biggest one. He's a sociopathic EnfantTerrible who is frequently shown to have a horrific sense of humor at the expense of others. He laughs at several of Kenny's deaths, delights in torturing Kyle relentlessly (and revels in the idea of actually killing him) and is revealed at one point to have bullied a classmate to the point of being DrivenToSuicide. And probably, one of the most sadistic moments in the entire series was in the ending of "Scott Tenorman Must Die".
-->'''Mr Mackey:''' Well, what did you use to think was funny?
-->'''Cartman:''' You know, all the usual stuff. Dirty jokes, funny movies, seeing someone die...
* In TMNT a mobster named Don Turtelli is presented as a sadist, who like to interrogate people by [[TickleTorture tickling their feet with a feather]] (which is presented as ColdBloodedTorture in the show), unlike other villains who just put heroes in dangerous situations, especially since he clearly enjoys making his victims suffer. This is presented in one episode where Turtelli is torturing two kids, Rat King, who is dangerous villain was disgust with Tortellis method, he said, "I can't stand to watch...''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** Plankton. Even in one episode is seen in a dream, he is destroying Bikini Bottom, even tried to crush Gary with a sadistic glee. And this is is evident even in the movie, where he feels a great excitement and joy when Mr. Krabs will be executed.
** The Bikini Bottom people has sadistic tendencies in later seasons. This is evident in episodes like "No Hat For Pat" and "Spongicus".
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is a complete AxCrazy, PsychoForHire, but also, very sadistic.
** The Almighty Tallests as well.
* Stevearino (Steve's evil clone) from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' is a good example. He sadistically tortures and kills cats for fun.
** Barry, when is not medicated.
* [[spoiler: Eddy's Brother]] from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddysBigPictureShow''. [[spoiler: He had no qualms over beating his little brother and Edd. Unlike Kevin and Sarah, he has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.]]
* Ren Hoek from ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''. There have been several episodes where it is implied that he loves to inflict pain physical and psychological of others and ''even himself''.
* WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries: Several villains, with TheJoker and the Scarecrow being the obvious examples, the latter especially since his crimes are almost entirely based around spreading terror and driving people insane with fear. There is also the one-shot villain Lock-Up, a cruel and power-mad guard at Arkham who thinks that criminals deserve to be tortured and clearly enjoys doing it- and when stopped, expands his definition of "criminals" to those who got him fired or condemned his actions, as well as Gordon, the Mayor, and Batman because he thinks they are too "soft" on criminals. He is so scary the other Bat-rogues tried to escape Arkham solely to get away from him.
** Pamela Isley, alias Poison Ivy: all her crimes imply Pamela enjoying the suffering of others. She is a ControlFreak and while most of her crimes fall into WellIntentionedExtremist territory, although at the same time she just enjoys taking revenge on behalf of mother nature. Like Lock-Up, she is a good example of a sadist who truly thinks that their victims had it coming.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerPuffGirls''.
** Mojo Jojo has his moments.
** Him as well. He enjoys torturing his victims psychologically.
** Dick Hardly. [[spoiler: He attempted to kill The Powerpuff Girls to make even more knockoffs of them and forced Professor Utonium to stay with him and make more Chemical X.]]
* [[BigBad Katz]] from ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' is a very sadistic villain, to the point of being frightening.
* Vicky the Babysitter from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. Her main hobby? Torturing, tormenting and presumedly trying to kill children ForTheEvulz, though she also tries to profit from this by hiring out her services to gullible people who [[VillainWithGoodPublicity think she is good at her job]]. She also bullies her little sister and even her own parents.
** Crocker (a SadistTeacher) as well, especially in the earlier seasons.
** A OneShotCharacter named Miss Doombringer is ''even worse'' than Crocker.
** Wanda himself is this in "A Bad Case Of Diary-Uh!", at the point of being an AxCrazy.
** Francis, TheBully.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' has the host of the show, Chris [=McLean=]. This man throws teenagers in the most perverse, screwed-up challenges ever just for kicks and ratings. By the time of the fourth season, the original cast is so sick of him that many have sworn to never be on the show again in any capacity, barring the demos and other schticks their contracts required for the new cast of contestants/victims. DJ ''freaked'' when he was back in Camp Wawanakwa for a challenge in the fourth season, and he was the ''judge''. The ''only'' reason a fifth "All-Stars" season happened is because of their contracts, with many explicitly stating that they hated Chris. There's a reason the writers have stated that Chris is the series' BiggerBad.
* Mrs. Robinson from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' is a monstrous old lady who feasts off of the suffering of others. Her most prominent episode ''The Wicked'' outright shows the audience and characters that she amuses herself by poisoning animals, framing others for her crimes, kicking people when they're down, fooling others into letting their guard down before harming them, robbing people, vandalizing property, assaulting children, carjacking, disrupting the peace, attempting murder on a daily basis, making life a living Hell for all those around her, and drinking the tears of young children she bullies. The moment she truly crosses the MoralEventHorizon is when she purposely allows Darwin to ''choke to death'' while smiling and waving goodbye as she shuts her door on him. Even her own {{jerkass}} husband [[EvenEvilHasStandards is terrified of her cruelty]] and goes into a monologue about how she loves committing horrible things ForTheEvulz. She has no reason to act so cruel, but she just loves to make everyone suffer out of pure joy.
* A bad habit of Queen Chrysalis of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', who's highly intelligent but easily distracted by an opportunity to cause pain and suffering.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': [[spoiler:In "Alone At Sea", Lapis admits to enjoying taking out all her frustrations and anger on Jasper while holding her down.]]
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