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->''[The game has] a sense of timeless nostalgia... there's innocence to it as well, Cosmic Horror not withstanding.''
-->-- '''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''' on ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}''

Okay, so you have a villain who is legitimately intimidating and frightening. Maybe they try to destroy all positive emotions, or maybe they turn people into twisted shambling abominations, or maybe they're plotting genocide. Point is, they're a creepy villain. The irony is that they're stuck in a SugarBowl.

As one could tell, this trope is about villains in normally lighthearted fiction that are so disturbing, so terrifying, that they clash harshly with the tone of the work. Because of this type of villain's ability to alter the mood of the story they're in, this trope overlaps with KnightOfCerebus, or even CompleteMonster. In fact, vile villains in general are exaggerated [[KnightOfCerebus Knights of Cerebus]], since the contrast with the rest of the setting leads to an even stronger contrast with the mood, while a KnightOfCerebus isn't necessarily in a saccharine show at all and may even be right at home in a darker realm, if he is the crowning example of its darkness. If a series has a lot of villains like this, then it's taking a ride on the CerebusRollercoaster. [[TropesAreTools Done well]], it provides a powerful contrast. Many family-friendly and SliceOfLife shows have episodes that choose to take a turn down Nightmare Road by presenting disturbing imagery, creepy characters and dark situations as [[AllJustADream a figment of some character's imagination or nightmares]]. This doesn't count, however, as the characters aren't real in that universe either; they merely represent the fears and the anxieties of some individuals. They do show, though, that even these worlds aren't perfect, since such concepts exist.

A violation of [[{{Consistency}} Genre Consistency]]. Compare and contrast the CrapsaccharineWorld, where it's not just the villain, but the ''entire world'' that is rotten to the core albeit sparkly and sweet on the surface. Also compare WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids. A major cause of SugarApocalypse and SurpriseCreepy.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/MonColleKnights'' is cheerful and wacky and the enemies usually are the TerribleTrio. When they're not, there's Reda, with his bloodstained wings and a fondness for driving people to suicide and [[ChestBurster subjecting things to splooshy transformations]]. The English GagDub toned him down and edited some scenes.
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' franchise is usually seen as innocent and child-friendly, and this especially applies to the main [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime]], with a goofy and incompetent TerribleTrio composing of two delinquents and a talking Meowth as the primary antagonists most of the time, but it still has:
** The coldhearted DiabolicalMastermind Giovanni (who albeit gets a massive case of BadassDecay later on, with the exception of in the Unova saga), and the psychic Gym Leader with a split personality Sabrina, in the Kanto Saga.
** The intimidating Mewtwo in ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'', who, while eventually redeemed, has a body count, mind-controlled people, and planned to commit total human and trained pokemon genocide leaving only his clones remaining.
** The merciless Pokémon Hunter J, the OmnicidalManiac Cyrus and his evil organization Team Galactic, and the abusive JerkAss trainer Paul in the Sinnoh Saga.
** The Iron Masked Marauder, Grings Kodai, and Alva in the [[Anime/Pokemon4Ever 4th movie]], [[Anime/PokemonZoroarkMasterOfIllusions 13th movie]], and [[Anime/PokemonVolcanionAndTheMechanicalMarvel 19th movie]] respectively.
** As of ''Black and White'', the usually goofy, incompetent TerribleTrio [[TookALevelInBadass isn't so goofy and incompetent anymore]], and the ''Episode N'' arc has [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Ghetsis]] (albeit toned down from his game incarnation), [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 Colress]], and Team Plasma. Whenever they show up, expect the mood to drop dramatically and the battles to get more intense.
** Team Flare in the ''XYZ'' arc of the anime are this as well; largely eschewing the campier aspects of their game counterparts in favor of a darker rendition [[spoiler: more in line with that of BigBad Lysandre, who is portrayed more or less accurately. They are even the first villain team in the anime to devastate a major city on screen]].
** ''Anime/PokemonOrigins'' (because it's a faithful retelling of the ''Pokemon Red and Blue'' games) plays this trope straight with Team Rocket, despite the already somewhat harsher tone of the special, in a stark contrast to their [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain depiction]] in the anime. Just like the games, they actually kill Pokémon, and they're shown conducting horrible experiments on them, too. Giovanni's reasoning for doing all this? [[KickTheDog Because a Pokemon-based society is a business, and Pokemon are tools for business.]]
** The race of Unown, which are a borderline EldritchAbomination. In [[Anime/{{Pokemon3}} the third movie]] they absorb a person alive, infest a lonely girl and let her do quite scary things, like freezing the entire city in crystal as well as kidnapping and brainwashing the hero's mother into thinking she's ''her'' MissingMom.
** ''Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker'', otherwise the [[TastesLikeDiabetes fluffiest]] pokemon movie made, has an EldritchAbomination that absorbs any lifeforms nearby to sustain itself and looks like Groudon.
** ''Manga/PhantomThiefPokemon7'' starts out as a cute story about a PhantomThief boy and his Lucario. That is until we learn about an especially aggressive Team Galactic. We find out his twin sister who was kidnapped years ago has been brainwashed and is one of the strongest Galactic grunts. As she doesn't remember him she has no issues beating ''him'' and his Pokemon to a pulp. [[spoiler:She gets better though.]]
** ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' is about a WildChild named Hareta, who has more than a few [[{{expy}} resemblances]] to [[Manga/DragonBall Goku]], going on a journey. It's all fun and games except for Team Galactic, who is presented just as intimidating as they are in the games and then some. [[spoiler:It doesn't help that his best friend Mitsumi is an ex-Galactic member (and a [[TykeBomb ferociously strong]] one at that) who is blackmailed into rejoining and gives his Pokemon a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown]].
* The {{Big Bad}}s of the ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' franchise are usually like this. One of them is an entity that existed before everything and wants to plunge everything into nothingness, another is a life-hating EldritchAbomination that turns every planet he visits into sand dunes, yet another is a monster born out of humanity's collective negative emotions, etc etc... This is a series that is (supposedly) for little girls in elementary schoolyears.
* ''Anime/SwordArtOnline'''s second arc features the characters in Alfheim Online, which is full of cute elves who are trying to rescue the princess from an evil villain, until the princess discovers that he has been experimenting on 300 people in real life, he sexually assaults her, tortures Kirito when he comes to save her, and attempts to kill him in the real world was a knife.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' is an adorable series about a cute high school girl who befriends a lot of pretty boys and the hijinks that ensue. Then we are introduced to Akito, who we learn has been committing various forms of physical and psychological abuse on various family members, and has no problem with doing the same to any "outsiders" who look like they're butting in. Later, [[spoiler:Akito actually becomes ''sympathetic'' when her mother, Ren, is revealed to be even ''worse''.]]
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' is known for its campiness and can also be kinda cheesy at times. The main threat is a vile EldritchAbomination known as the Dark Gundam (AKA Devil Gundam in Japan) that can take control of people and animals via metallic cell replication that covers the victim's body over time. Not to mention it can [[BodyHorror mutate its own body into grotesque forms]] and [[LovecraftianSuperpower grabs people with creepy tentacles that sprout out of it.]] Its master plan is to [[WellIntentionedExtremist rid the world of humanity all to save the planet.]]
* Although it's about UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' manages to be pretty goofy while focusing on the general incompetence of the nations. While there is fighting, it's portrayed as comical punches and cartoonish damage. In the movie ''Paint it, White!'', we are introduced to invading aliens called the Pictonians. The Pictonians quickly conquer nearly all of Earth, transform most of humanity into their species, and abduct them as slaves. Everything the nations do to fight them fails, [[spoiler:and they very nearly lose at the end, when all of them but Italy are turned into Pictonians. While screaming.]]
* Despite ''Anime/TenchiMuyoGXP'' being a lighthearted adventure comedy, [[SpacePirate Tarant Shunk]] still tries to behave as a real and scary {{Ruthless Modern Pirate|s}}, though it [[ButtMonkey doesn't help him much]]. Kagato from the original OVA and ''Tenchi Universe'' was no slouch himself.
** Kain from the first movie (''Tenchi Muyo In Love'') was significantly darker than most other villains of the franchise, being an OmnicidalManiac EldritchAbomination LivingShadow whose presence [[KnightOfCerebus sucked out all of the regular wacky hijinks]] the franchise is usually known for.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
** Most villains were dealt with comically, and only a few were shown to pose a serious threat to Goku and his friends. Then came Tao Pai Pai, a PsychoForHire who cares only about profit and ruthlessly and remorselessly wipes out anyone who gets in his way with his bare hands. After he murders Upa's father and defeats Goku in battle, he laughs at Upa and tells him that he's lucky that he's still alive, meaning that he has absolutely no problem killing children. When he returns to Karin's Tower to look for the one Dragon Ball he neglected to find, he grabs Upa and throws him against the tower (fortunately, he was saved by Goku). One time he forced a tailor to overwork on making an outfit for him in about three days... which he rewarded by killing him. After his defeat, he was rebuilt into an AxCrazy cyborg who wanted nothing more than the deaths of both Goku and Tenshinhan.
** King Piccolo and his children. King Piccolo's arrival [[KnightOfCerebus marked the series's complete shift to a much more serious tone]], which carried over into the SequelSeries ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' starts off fairly lighthearted, then we meet Devimon, a cunning, devil-like monster with the power to brainwash friendly and peaceful Digimon into rampaging, savaging berserkers.
** Myotismon is even worse. A sinister, Vampiric Digimon with a sadistic streak a mile wide. Myotismon treats his underlings awfully, having taking Gatomon in when she was young and abusing her until she was a killing machine. When his henchmen fail him, he eagerly destroys them. When two harmless minions couldn't bring themselves to harm children, Myotismon declared them useless and killed them immediately. When he invaded Tokyo, he proceeded to destroy much of it and held a number of children captive to identify the final child connected with Gatomon. Not only that, but he figured that if it took too much time, he'd simply kill them all. Myotismon also proceeded to attack multiple young women and drain their blood. Any minions he hadn't already killed were cannibalized to fuel his Mega transformation. Myotismon's spirit survived to return as the final villain of the next season as [=MaloMyotismon=]. Using Oikawa's sadness and despair to make him a pawn, he proceeded to consume him from within and upon manifesting anew, Myotismon repaid his perfectly loyal ally Arukenimon by sadistically torturing her to death and brutally killing Mummymon when he tried to avenge her.
** Machinedramon is a cold-hearted, brutal and gigantic Killer Robot who speaks, though rarely, with a growling, hateful and metallic voice and mostly acts like a lifeless machine, unless when he's on a murder rampage, which is when his true sociopathic nature is shown, ordering a massive bombing over his own territory and telling the hero's 8-year-old sister he's going to kill her as painfully as he can. It makes him one of the scariest villains in the show, and if that wasn't bad enough the Wonderswan games reveal he survives his fight with Wargreymon and becomes Milleniummon.
** Puppetmon has shades of this despite being LaughablyEvil. He's a dark version of Pinocchio who thinks he can make friends by killing and enslaving everyone around him, and uses a revolver to "play" a cruel version of hide-and-seek with T.K. and kills his minions, Mushroomon and Blossomon, with it because he thought they lied. Some countries edited the scenes with Puppetmon killing Mushroomon and Blossomon and holding the gun during the TV run of the series. It's a living puppet pointing a gun at an eight-year-old child!
** And then there's Piedmon, a MonsterClown who enjoys to toy with his opponents and sadistically inflict pain and fear upon them before finishing them off, which culminates in him transforming the kids and their Digimon into keychains one by one in a series of sequences that seem to come straight out of a horror movie.
* ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'': [[BigBad Croix Meridies]] is entirely responsible for the second cour being DarkerAndEdgier than the first by a long stretch and episode 21 doesn't help matters. She wants [[BigGood Chariot]] to [[ForTheEvulz suffer all for no reason]] other than [[EvilIsPetty Croix not]] [[DrivenByEnvy having the Shiny Rod]] and seeks to destroy "her last dream" by messing with Akko's quest for the words. She even attempts to make [[TheHero Akko]] mistrust Ursula and later has her machines attack Akko, while she's trying to prevent Chariot from helping her.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Parodied in Steph Cherrywell's ''ComicBook/WidgeyQButterfluff'', with Lord Meanskull and his Hench-Witches.
* ''ComicBook/LesLegendaires'' is a seemingly kid-friendly comic book, involving a world where everyone has been turned into children following a magical accident. The characters are typically comical (though [[LetsGetDangerous they do have moments]] of badass), and the universe even more. But let's have a look at the main villains:
** [[ArchEnemy Darkhell]] is a homicidal, megalomaniac, cruel EvilSorcerer (and formerly SorcerousOverlord) who made insane experiments, was TheDreaded for years in his world and causes a large amount of death each time he shows up. While he was scary already as an [[EvilOldFolks adult]], [[EnfantTerrible having turned back to childhood only makes him more disturbing]].
** [[ManipulativeBastard Skroa]] is a bird-like demonic sorcerer that used to be Darkhell's rival and frequently uses the protagonists as pawn for his plans. He's shown slaughtering a group of armed human beings of his own. He once ''cut his own arm off'' as a part of his plan.
** Anathos is the comic's version of {{Satan}}, being an OmnicidalManiac GodOfEvil that succeeded in destroying the world a long time ago and almost succeeded a second time. He came back by [[DemonicPossession reincarnating in one of the protagonists]] and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown literally crushed the remaining heroes in their first fight]], leaving them scarred for life.
** [[TheChessmaster Abyss]] is introduced as a [[BitchInSheepsClothing seemingly extremely nice person]] in his first appearance, [[TheReveal only to be revealed later]] as a {{Yandere}} [[IncestSubtext who seems to have a thing for his foster sister]], to the point of forcing her to join his side by [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashing her]] through PuppeteerParasite.
* Just like in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the TV show]], ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' has some surprisingly creepy villains. The return of Chrysalis, Queen of the Changelings, has her implied to have [[KickTheDog brutally killed a cute, loving kitten-like creature]], [[HarmfulToMinors right in front of the Cutie Mark Crusaders]], and presents exactly what happens when a country is taken over by Changelings. "Disgusting" [[SicklyGreenGlow doesn't even begin]] [[CoveredInGunge to describe it]]. Ironically, this same arc also sees Chrysalis used for comedy pretty often (due to her interactions with the aforementioned CMC), while in the show she was played completely straight at all times. Another arc presents a MirrorUniverse, presenting the heroes and the normally kind princesses as taunting and vengeful antagonists.
* ''ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'' is a light-hearted series by Marvel standards, yet the BigBad is [[spoiler:Old Loki, a version of the main character from a BadFuture, trying to force young Loki to become him, like it or not.]] Worth noting that that series gets a GutPunch thanks to ''Comicbook/{{AXIS}}'' and then [[CerebusSyndrome takes a nose first dive into darkness]].
* This can happen by RoguesGalleryTransplant. Characters like [[{{Satan}} Mephisto]], [[DreamWeaver Nightmare]] and [[EldritchAbomination Shuma-Gorath]] in Marvel are all really dark villains, but they also moved from antagonizing characters like ComicBook/GhostRider and ComicBook/DoctorStrange, where they aren't out of place, and are now general threats to the entire Franchise/MarvelUniverse. Which means sometimes they can show up in much lighter series, while retaining all their usual qualities (though Mephisto and Nightmare can ramp up BlackComedy a bit to fit better). Case in point, Mephisto showed up in the abovementioned ''Loki: Agent of Asgard'' (how it went could be described as OutGambitted with liberal doses of YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame and {{Incredibly Lame Pun}}s), Nightmare was an antagonist in a pretty comedic ComicBook/FantasticFour story and a one-shot issue of Comicbook/TheUnbeatableSquirrelGirl (an all-ages comic), and Shuma-Gorath fought the ComicBook/MightyAvengers in a straight superhero adventure.
* There is ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' comic "Serpent Teen". The Moray are a race similar to merpeople however they were long thought to be a myth, and they thought merpeople were too. The king and princess capture Ariel and force her to be their pet. Aquata, Ariel's oldest sister and the heir to the throne, tries to rescue Ariel but is captured and almost fed to a sea-serpent. In the end Triton has to come and threaten to destroy the kingdom if they don't free his daughters.
* The “Ghoul’s Out for Summer” arc of the ‘’ScaryGodmother’’ comic had two. One is Tinkeree, Scary Godmother’s mentally ill and down-on-her-luck school friend who kidnaps and drugs SG in order to steal her identity. The other is The Master, an insane vampire who uses LaserGuidedAmnesia to enslave, starve, mutilate and kill a bunch of teenage vampires, until Orson and Hannah stop him.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'' is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic that strongly goes for OriginalFlavour with the original series. The BigBad, [[KnightOfCerebus Checker Monarch]] is based off real life {{Sociopath}}s. This was intentional on the part of the writer to emulate how the TV series has disproportionately dark major villains.
* ''Blog/{{Moonstuck}}'' is a story about a pony on the moon meeting lots of friends and going on silly adventures [[MST3KMantra that you shouldn't take seriously]]. Its villains are a [[RegentForLife usurping, tyrannical regent]] who fully intended to ''[[WouldHurtAChild kill]]'' Woona and her friends, Woona's EnemyWithout that delivers multiple {{Curb Stomp Battle}}s and vicious [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speeches]], and [[spoiler:Discord]], who is just as nasty as his canon self with ''none'' of the comedy, often falling into full-blown EldritchAbomination territory.
* ''[[Fanfic/AFutureOfFriendshipAHistoryOfHate A Future of Friendship, A History of Hate]]'' is yet another ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' example. It maintains the OriginalFlavour of the show very well, but [[BigBad Ruinate]] is a rather horrifying EldritchAbomination who intends to turn Equestria into a CrapsackWorld before [[OmnicidalManiac destroying it]], and even manages to temporarily [[spoiler: ''[[EmptyShell destroy Twilight Sparkle's soul]]'']]. Also, his [[CoDragons heralds]], who know perfectly well his final goal and serve him anyway, are willing to do terrible things in his name.
* ''Fanfic/MagnaClades'', a ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' fanfic, gives us [[BigBad Zoisite]], an EvilChancellor who is willing to exterminate humans because he thinks of them as [[FantasticRacism dirty animals]]. At one point, he even ''[[spoiler: rapes Connie]]!''
* The BigBad from the crossover story, ''FanFic/TheBridge''. True, [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} one half]] of said crossover is far from a sugar bowl, but isn't so mature that it's not safe for kids. So what is the villain for a crossover between {{Kaiju}} and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equines?]] A demonic, RealityWarping, EldritchAbomination who's an OmnicidalManiac with millions of kills under his belt. Considering it's [[spoiler: Bagan]], this should be expected.
* [[BigBad Siegmund Schnee]], Weiss' grandfather from ''Fanfic/WeissReacts''- a CardCarryingVillain who outright attempts to ''kill'' Weiss and her team- and that's not even going into what he ''did'' in the backstory. Keep in mind that the Reactsverse tends to be SliceOfLife oriented, and that up until then, the villains had PokeThePoodle evil and acted like [[{{Jerkass}} jerks]] at best.
* Both versions of ''FanFic/BattleFantasiaProject'', by virtue of being crossovers between series which ''abound'' with these. The above-mentioned villains from ''Franchise/PrettyCure''? They're in the story, and ''they're '''not''' the most evil guys around here''.
* Pom Pom's Eleven features the main ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' characters trying to get back at Homeschool Winner for stealing from them. Since it's Homestar Runner we're speaking of, one would expect them to be as comedic as ever and Homeschool Winner to be an IneffectualSympatheticVillain. Though the Homestar Runner characters are as comedic as ever, Homeschool Winner turns out to be a legitimate and rather cunning threat to the cast. For starters, he was responsible for their website closing down as he had secretly been embezzling from their website for years, and he had also stolen precious possessions from the cast when they were forced to sell them to pay off their debts. If that wasn't enough, he also turns out to have tricked Marzipan into breaking up with Homestar. And when his crimes have been revealed, he proceeds to stab Homestar Runner in the chest with a knife.
* Vasile, a particularly murderous kind of poltergeist, serves as the ArcVillain for the third story of the [[Fanfic/{{Cinderjuice}} Contractually Obligated Chaos]] series. He takes both his villainy and his political status very seriously, and is targeted by the heroes because he's killed ''children''. Unfortunately for him, this is a ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' fanfic, which means he has to put up with an awful lot of nonsense - both from his surroundings in general and that character in particular.
* [[FanFic/BloomingMoonChronicles One Wish For Nothing]] is one of the more light-hearted stories in ''Songs of Lost Children'', even being the only story in the 99 Worlds Verse to have a comedy tag. However, its main antagonist, [[spoiler: Stronghold Halfdragon]], is one of the most dangerous and vengeful villains in the entire series.
* ''Franchise/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' fanartist Kosperry often reimagines the the story in a Creator/DonBluth style, and in true Don Bluth fashion, this trope is in full effect. While the main four (Freddy, Bonnie, Chica and Foxy) are depicted as good guys and Mangle is portrayed as an IneffectualSympatheticVillain, the same can't be said about Purple Man and Springtrap, who are portrayed as being every bit as vicious and evil as they are in canon.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/WereBackADinosaursStory'' is a cutesy film about dinosaurs being sent to our time to make children happy. Nothing scary about that at all. Well, except for the creepy old MadScientist Professor Screweyes, who runs a CircusOfFear, has children sign a contract in their own blood, and is eaten by birds at the end of the film.
* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:
** The {{Evil Queen}} (Grimhilde) from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''. While most of the film is very cutesy and whimsical, she takes her pursuit to preserve her narcissistic self image to dark extremes. She ordered her Huntsman to assassinate Snow White and bring her heart as proof of the deed. When he failed, she took matters into her own hands, becoming a [[SeniorCreep frightening looking hag]] who conducted a poisonous apple that would've put her into a deep sleep. Her response was that [[BuriedAlive her caretakers, the dwarfs would've buried her alive, not knowing the truth]].
** Maleficent from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''. The story was very lighthearted till she [[MoodWhiplash showed up and sentenced baby Aurora to death]] [[EvilIsPetty for a petty reason]], though it is more likely for [[ForTheEvulz the hell of it]]. All the heroes could do was stall for time, which only worked because her minions [[SurroundedByIdiots thought babies stayed the same age]], but once she sends her raven, Aurora is soon ensnared by her powers and is put into a deep sleep by a spindle created by Maleficent. She captures the one prince that could undo the spell and have him wait for a hundred years so Aurora would go mad from the sight of an aged and broken man, implying that even with the counter-curse to her death sentence, she could twist it to something worse. And since she is easily a RealityWarper who was so beyond the heroes in power, that the fairies had to cheat along the way in order to even do her in. She also [[OneWingedAngel turns into a scary dragon with power to match]] that almost manages to defeat the prince, "almost" meaning the fairies had to intervene in order to land a deathblow.
** The Disney version of Claude Frollo from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is essentially a medieval stand-in for Hitler. The movie was already more adult than is normally thought of for Disney, but it was still shocking. His VillainSong is basically the limit of the most child-friendly way for him to proclaim his sexual lust for the heroine, and then being torn between wanting to ''rape her or burn her at the stake for forcing him to have these perverse thoughts!'' He is one of the most realistic Disney villains ever produced, and he doesn't have an iota of comedic qualities, many seeing him as the darkest villain the company has ever made.
** ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' gives us Dr. Facilier, a voodoo witch doctor willing to sacrifice all of New Orleans to pay off his debts to dark voodoo entities. Although he gets in on the light, jazzy theme of the movie with a cool VillainSong, it's still clear that he's selfish, relentless and bad to the bone. That he [[spoiler:murders the comic relief in cold blood on screen]] cements this. And then [[spoiler: there's his FamilyUnfriendlyDeath...]]
** ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'':
*** The Coachman runs an [[AmusementParkOfDoom amusement park that magically turns young boys who use the attractions into donkeys]]. The ones that lose their voices are then sold to salt mines and circuses, and the ones who ''can'' still talk... well, they're put in cages, and we don't know what happens to them after that. It seems that none of them are ever human or see their homes again, though. [[KarmaHoudini And he gets away with it, too!]] Which is unique, considering [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin every other villain falls to the hero.]]
*** Though the Coachman is far worse, Stromboli is pretty bad too. Both his and the Coachman's actions can be NightmareFuel.
** ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' is a very lighthearted movie, featuring talking cats and dogs. However, the storyline is a loose SettingUpdate of ''Literature/OliverTwist'', and its human villain Sykes -- the counterpart of the novel's Bill Sykes -- is a LoanShark played utterly straight. There's nothing [[EvilIsCool cool]], [[LaughablyEvil funny]], [[AntiVillain sympathetic]], or even [[EvilIsHammy hammy]] about him. He's just a cold-blooded thug who wants his money ''now'' and doesn't care what he has to do to get it.
** ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' is the story of a girl who goes into the army to save her father's life. While the movie is comedic much of time (and has a non-threatening dragon voiced by Eddie Murphy and a cute little cricket), the BigBad Shan-yu is implied to kill vast numbers of innocent civilians. The aftermath of his handiwork makes a MoodWhiplash from a song about getting a girl to seeing the most straightforward example of WarIsHell in a Disney movie. The scene with the destroyed village also has a subtle implication that the InfantImmortality was averted with the [[EmpathyDollShot appearance of a doll without its owner]]. Further, of the Disney villains listed here, he's the one whose sidekicks are ''also'' scary, mostly competent, and definitely not wisecracking parrots.
** Professor Ratigan of ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' spends most of the film as the epitome of the FauxAffablyEvil, EvilIsHammy villain (this is helped by being voiced by Creator/VincentPrice, who is very obviously ''really'' enjoying himself), so it's easy to forget that he kidnaps frightened children and has no qualms about threatening them or getting them killed -- a throwaway line in his VillainSong refers to "those widows and orphans you drowned". Then his temper gets pushed that little bit too far; cue VillainousBreakdown and vicious NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
** ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' has Cruella [=DeVil=] -- for all her campy vampiness, her basic goal is still to kill and skin a bunch of puppies to make them into fur coats.
** Scar, from ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Simply put, he gets the honor of committing the first onscreen murder in a Disney film.
** Ursula from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. Even her appearance is pure NightmareFuel.
** Jafar from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' is an example, despite being less menacing than other villains.
** ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' has the WalkingSpoiler that is [[spoiler:King Candy/Turbo]]. He becomes even more vile during his VillainousBreakdown in the climax, and more vile ''still'' after [[spoiler:[[OneWingedAngel getting assimilated by a Cybug]].]] The worst part of all this? [[spoiler: He's ruling over a saccharine world, making him a villain who seems saccharine at first but just gets viler and viler!]]
** ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has Gaston. While he starts out as a fairly comedic foil for Belle, as the movie goes on, he turns into one of the most realistic depictions of a possessive abuser ever shown in a kids' movie. By the time he's having Belle's father committed under false pretenses, leading a mob bent on murder to the castle, and stabbing the Beast immediately after the Beast saves his life, he's become one of Disney's most menacing villains.
** ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' starts off as a cute dog[=/=]fox bonding story, and ends in a fight with an utterly terrifying bear.
** ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'', during the "Ichabod" story. Everything is comedy and laughs, until the ''very'' scary Headless Horseman shows up.
** Yokai from ''Disney/BigHero6'', is surprisingly dark and menacing for a film that's otherwise so lighthearted and adventurous, commanding an army of little robots that can construct anything and he isn't afraid to use them to cause all manner of destruction and family-unfriendly scenarios. [[spoiler:Long before he is finally revealed to be Professor Callaghan, he decides MurderIsTheBestSolution to deal with the titular team (who at that point of the film are just a bunch of powerless "[[ThoseMeddlingKids meddling kids]]") and when he finally unmasks himself and gives his MotiveRant to Krei, he's three-quarters of the way of unleashing a plan that will probably destroy all of San Fransokyo because, in his words, "you [Krei] took everything from me ([[PapaWolf his daughter]]), so I will take '''[[DisproportionateRetribution everything]]''' from you". And even when in his introductory scene he acknowledges that Tadashi is one of his best students (if not '''the''' best student), he doesn't care about the fact that the fire he used to steal the microbots and fake his death also killed Tadashi (which drives Hiro into murderous rage).]]
** ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' has [[spoiler:Hans]], one of the most chilling depictions of a [[TheSociopath sociopath]] in any Disney movie.
** ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' is a film chock-full of deaths and a surprising amount of danger that is played quite seriously given the understandably hazardous nature of the main cast's expedition to the supposedly lost city of Atlantis. That being said, it's easy to get swept up in the lighthearted moments, the quirky characters, and sense of exploration and discovery the movie gives off, especially since it seems to actually lack any kind of real villain. That is, until we find out [[spoiler: [[EvilAllAlong Commander Rourke]]]] is a FauxAffablyEvil, [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] SoftSpokenSadist who openly admits they are OnlyInItForTheMoney and absolutely nothing else. When Milo, TheHero and TokenGoodTeammate of the expedition confronts them about how stealing the Atlantians life-force crystal and selling it for money will finally destroy what little remains of the Atlantean Civilization (in addition to ''killing them all'') the villain [[LackOfEmpathy apathetically]] states that, in that case, [[OmnicidalManiac they could easily get away with]] ''[[EvilIsPetty tripling]]'' [[OmnicidalManiac the price.]] They then proceed to [[KickTheDog murder the Atlantean king]], [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder betray]] TheDragon, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness and leave everyone to die when they don't side with them]], because even though the rest of the cast are amoral mercenaries, even they turn against the villain [[EvenEvilHasStandards when they finally grasp the full extent of just what they are]]. And just to ''really'' drive it home, [[spoiler: Rourke]] seems [[EvilCannotComprehendGood genuinely incredulous]] as to why the others would willingly pass up the opportunity to wipe out an entire race of people just for '''[[StupidEvil slightly]]''' more money than they already would have got for finding Atlantis in the first place.
** The PinkElephants in ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' -- already [[SurrealHorror quite creepy to begin with]], but not exactly evil -- become this via AdaptationalVillainy in the Spanish dub, in which the song during their DisneyAcidSequence is titled "Souls of Terror" and calls them Satan's relatives.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' is a lighthearted series where the main conflict is usually within the heroes as opposed to external. Villains tend to be either ObliviouslyEvil or relatively harmless. Until ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', that is, where we meet [[spoiler:Lotso, a sadistic teddy bear overlord of a day care center who subjects new toys to being broken by toddlers, tortures, brainwashes, imprisons, and attempts to murder the heroes, and when they save him, he [[UngratefulBastard repays them]] by ''leaving them to die in an incinerator'']].
* Hopper in ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' 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.
* [[spoiler:Charles Muntz]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', though Carl's childhood hero at one point, is a delusional and sociopathic murderer who kills anyone who he even ''thinks'' [[spoiler:threatens his discovery]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}'' takes place in the vibrant, party-filled, music-laden Land of the Dead, which is populated with fondly remembered skeletons and colorful alebrijes. At first, the only real conflict seems to stem from Miguel’s dead family [[SternChase chasing him through the Land of the Dead]] as he searches for his great-great-grandfather so he doesn’t have to [[SadisticChoice choose between staying alive or being a musician]]. (ItMakesSenseInContext.) [[spoiler:Until we discover the actions that [[TheVillainMakesThePlot set up and drive the entire film’s plot]]. [[BrokenPedestal Ernesto de la Cruz]] murdered his homesick songwriter [[AmbitionIsEvil simply to get famous off the songs he wrote]]. The songwriter’s widow, unaware of what happened to her husband, believed he had abandoned her and their daughter and banished music from her family, unwittingly putting the [[FreudianSlip love of her life]] on the bleeding edge of the FinalDeath and [[FailedASpotCheck insulating her family from any evidence of the real reason her husband never returned home]]. By the time all the dots were connected, it’s almost too late to save Miguel from dying[=/=]being murdered or Héctor from dying the FinalDeath.]]
* ''Anime/LittleNemoAdventuresInSlumberland'' has the Nightmare King suddenly show up in a world that was just plain SugarBowl till then, ruling over a section of Slumberland known as [[{{Mordor}} Nightmareland]], the place where nightmares come from.
* ''Film/OsmosisJones'': For the most part, this is a lighthearted parody of SaltAndPepper cop movies with copious amounts of ToiletHumour for the kids all [[FantasticVoyagePlot set inside the human body]]. Enter [[OmnicidalManiac Thrax]]. He's portrayed as a mix between a supervillain and an international terrorist who travels between human hosts (which in the context of the movie are self-sufficient city/nations for countless micro-organisms) and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroys them]], for no other reason than fame (if he can kill a human in less than 48 hours he'll get a chapter in every major medical text). Also, the [[TouchOfDeath slightest touch from his claw]] is enough to kill other microbes in a spectacular and horrible fashion, [[KillItWithFire burning them from the inside out until they finally explode]]. Then, just to ratchet up the NightmareFuel even further, at one point he counts out his previous victims; the one he's most proud of is [[WouldHurtAChild "a child who didn't wash her hands like she was told."]] It says something when the inspiration of the villain comes from "Literature/TheMasqueOfTheRedDeath".
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' has Lord Shen, an evil peacock tyrant who is bent on destroying kung fu with heavy artillery, terrorized many innocent pigs and bunnies with his army of wolves, and almost pushed the entire panda species (which includes Po) to the point of extinction. All of this is enough to make Tai Lung, the snow leopard villain of the first ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' film look like a scaredy cat. When Shen's right hand and the leader of the wolves objects to him [[BadBoss opening fire on his own soldiers to get at the heroes]], Shen responds with a [[YouHaveFailedMe dagger]] [[BackStab to his back]], making it the first time in a [[Creator/DreamWorksAnimation DreamWorks]] movie a villain actually offs someone onscreen. And then there's [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3 Kai The Collector]]...
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' is a cute musical film about talking electrical appliances, but then we meet the Junkyard Magnet, who puts alive cars (and even tries to do the same with a human and the main character) in a ConveyorBeltOfDoom that takes them to the trash compactor.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie'': While [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants the series]] is lighthearted with an IneffectualSympatheticVillain, TheMovie introduces Dennis, a somewhat [[LaughablyEvil comedic]] but still surprisingly terrifying hitman hired to kill [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick using sharp spiked boots. Meanwhile, [[HarmlessVillain Plankton]] turns out to be NotSoHarmlessVillain, framing Mr. Krabs for stealing Neptune's crown and getting him frozen, coming back in anticipation of seeing Mr. Krabs get [[KillItWithFire burned to death]], and proceeds to brainwash and enslave all of Bikini Bottom. And there's the [[HumansAreCthulhu cyclops diver]], who captures sea creatures and ''painfully kills them using the heat of a bright lamp'', then sells the dried-out remains as knick-knacks. (Whether or not he knows the fish are sapient and screaming is left as an exercise to the viewer. Though he does laugh evilly when Spongebob and Patrick are running around their fishbowl in a panic, so whether he knows they're sentient or not, he's obviously enjoying what he does in a sadistic way.)
*** [[WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobMovieSpongeOutOfWater The sequel]] has Burger Beard, despite being more LaughablyEvil than the other examples, he steals a [[ArtifactOfDoom reality-warping book]] and uses it to steal the Krabby Patty Secret Formula and turn Bikini Bottom into a post-apocalyptic hellhole (with no care for its residents), [[OnlyInItForTheMoney for no other reason than to open his own resteraunt, using the Krabby Patty recipe to guarantee success.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' has Miss Hattie and [[spoiler:Mr. Perkins]]. Although BigBadWannabe Vector ended up getting some punishment of some sort, these two [[KarmaHoudini manage to get away.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' gives us a sweet mother-daughter bonding story...with a villain, Mor'du, that happens to be a red-eyed, twelve-foot-tall bear with a taste for human flesh. As well as plenty of scenes that could have come right out of a horror movies, such as [[spoiler: Mor'du watching a young Merida in the forest, Merida going into a castle and having Mor'du sneak up behind her after she's learned his gruesome origin story, and the end fight, where absolutely nothing hurts him except a bear of similar size and a multiton rock]].
* ''WesternAnimation/Madagascar3EuropesMostWanted'' follows a parade of colorful animals, some escaped form the New York zoo, others part of a circus. The villain, Chantelle [=DuBois=], ostensibly an animal control officer, is out to ''murder'' the protagonist by [[ImplacableMan any means]] [[TheUnfettered necessary]]. Even after the escaped lion in question is safely contained in the zoo, she ''still'' tries to kill him (and an innocent sea lion!) and steal his corpse so she can add it to her collection of trophies.
* ''WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest'' takes place in a forest filled with fairies and wildlife and copious amounts of [[SceneryPorn scenery porn.]] The main villain is [[Creator/TimCurry Hexxus]], the spirit of destruction who first takes the form of a smoke monster and later looks like [[OneWingedAngel a demon straight from hell.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' starts off looking basically like a funny, cute WishFulfillment story about a lonely young boy who befriends a giant alien robot while dodging a bumbling, ineffectual government agent... until said agent locks him in a shed, threatens to take him away from his mother if he doesn't tell him what he wants to know, chloroforms him and finally tries to nuke his hometown.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ice Age}}'':
** The first movie is one of the forerunners of the family-friendly CGI comedies. Its villain is Soto, a sabertooth tiger who wants to ''murder a human baby.''
** [[WesternAnimation/IceAge4ContinentalDrift The fourth movie]] has Captain Gutt, an evil pirate ape with jagged sharp claws for um...[[MeaningfulName gutting]] his victims. He has sick twisted sense of humor. And he holds a grudge against Manny, a grudge ''so powerful'' that Gutt [[MoralEventHorizon eventually resorts to trying to]] [[spoiler:kill Manny's family just to get back at him.]]
-->'''Manny''': Alright, let them go!\\
'''Gutt''' (''[[EvilLaugh chuckles darkly]]''): I don't think so. You destroyed ''everything I had''! I'm just ''returning the favor.''
* ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' is an animated adventure film focusing on a team of SantaClaus, The Sandman, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy, and Jack Frost that protects children. The villain is Pitch, the living embodiment of childrens' nightmares, who commands an army of monstrous shadows [[spoiler: and murders one of the core team members in cold blood (he gets better) and in the finale is willing to kill an innocent child in order to boost his power.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' is an animated fantasy film about the titular heroine who wishes her busy parents would pay more attention to her and is, for the most part, pretty lighthearted. The main villain is the Other Mother, AKA the Beldam, a villainous creature who lures [[WouldHurtAChild children]] to the Other World with false gifts and love to feed on their LifeForce. She assumes a more monstrous form as her plan unravels and it's heavily implied that Coraline is the latest in a long line of victims and possibly the first to escape her clutches.
* ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'' is a goofy FantasticComedy that plays a lot like a deconstruction of zombie movies, with the zombies being pathetic and harmless, but this doesn't stop the Witch from being terrifying, especially when she starts edging into RealityWarper territory. However, [[spoiler:the zombies themselves are the {{Predecessor Villain}}s who set the plot in motion by ''[[WouldHurtAChild murdering a child]]'']]. The comedy levels drain rapidly after TheReveal.
* Lord Business from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie''. Where to begin with this guy? First off; His {{Evil Plan}} is essentially to freeze the entire Lego universe in order to achieve "absolute perfection". Second; There's his treatment of his lackey, Good Cop Bad Cop, which includes [[spoiler:erasing his Good Cop personality and forcing him to demonstrate his superweapon, the Kragle, on his parents, all while sporting a {{Psychotic Smirk}}, as well as abandoning him in the think tank along with the heroes when [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he no longer needs him]].]] And third; [[spoiler: He kills [[BigGood Vitruvius]] on-screen by ''decapitating'' him.]] Makes you wonder how this guy got into a ''kids' movie''.
** [[spoiler: Probably because it turns out that he was based upon the child who created the whole world's father, who has a HeelRealization when he realizes his son views him as the bad guy, and promptly undergoes a HeelFaceTurn that extends to Lord Business as well]].
* Dark Heart from the second ''WesternAnimation/{{Care Bears|Movie II A New Generation}}'' movie is far creepier than he has any business being. A Lucifer-like corrupter who turns children into sadists that [[ThereAreNoAdults wreck a summer camp]]. He apparently is motivated only by evil, and captures the souls of the Care Bears in a giant ruby chandelier.
** Dark Heart had nothing on the Spirit of the Book from the first movie, which wanted the whole world to stop caring and manipulated [[TheWoobie Nicholas]] into doing her work for her. She always appears as just a face in a book, turns green and always uses creepy OminousLatinChanting, and is never PlayedForLaughs. [[AdultFear Not to mention the fact that there are people like her in Real Life who will use manipulation to get young people to do their bidding]]. She even ''attacked'' WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic for trying to fast-forward through her scenes.
* ''Franchise/{{Barbie}}'':
** ''WesternAnimation/BarbiePrincessCharmSchool'' has Dame Devin, who is one of the few antagonists to actually murder someone. [[spoiler:In her case it was her sister-in-law.]]
* ''[[WesternAnimation/KatyLaOruga Katy the Caterpillar]]'' is a sweet little cartoon about a caterpillar exploring the world and meeting wacky characters. Its sequel, ''Katy Meets the Aliens'', focuses on her children doing the same thing--except it throws in a sinister alien who can [[VoluntaryShapeshifting turn into anything it sees]], and zaps the cute little animals away to a prison where it will drain their energy.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'' is a wacky, hammy, screwball comedy with two antagonists who are two different flavors of this trope. Tzekel-Khan is about as light-hearted and comedic as the rest of the film, but is a murderer, a traitor, and is into human sacrifice. Then there's Cortes, who isn't particularly active but seems like he came from a completely different movie, as he has the terrifying ability to kill all of the comedy in every scene he appears in.
* [[BigBad The Emperor of the Night]] from PinocchioAndTheEmperorOfTheNight is the cruel ruler of a nightmarish dimension, who gains power by trapping souls in his domain, while weakening the Blue Fairy enough so that he can destroy her. Working through his vile human henchman, [[TheDragon Puppetino]], they lure and tempt numerous victims into signing away their freedoms, and [[AndIMustScream turn them into lifeless puppets for all eternity]]; one of the countless puppets trapped in the empire of the night includes a woman holding her baby. The Emperor soon targets Pinocchio as his next victim, and has Puppetino lure Pinocchio with [[WouldHurtAChild a little girl]] they captured and turned into a puppet. Using magic from his master, Puppetino then transforms Pinocchio into a lifeless puppet, but not before torturing Pinocchio for his amusement. When Pinocchio is freed by the Blue Fairy, the Emperor manipulates Pinocchio and his friends into entering his domain. He uses Gepetto as his hostage, in order to coerce Pinocchio into signing away his freedom willingly, so that the Blue Fairy cannot save him. Pinocchio submits as long as his friends and father go free, until the Emperor orders Puppetino to take them all into the dungeon anyway. Once Pinocchio fights back, [[BadBoss the Emperor smites Puppetino]] for his cowardice, and threatens to harm Gepetto if Pinocchio does not obey.
* While ''WesternAnimation/SausageParty'' is ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids not]]'' a children's movie, it's still (for the most part) a goofy, light-hearted comedy, albeit one with heavy doses of adult humor. However, the BigBad, Douche, is an unstable monster who wants revenge on Frank and Brenda for (unintentionally) ruining his chance to be used. He starts off [[AlasPoorVillain somewhat sympathetic at first]]. However, moments later, he [[spoiler: sadistically sucks the juice out of a wounded juice box in a very [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil sexual manner]].]] He also goes on killing and drinking the liquids of various drinks to strengthen him up and even murders foods via [[spoiler:controlling the manager of the store through a ''[[{{Squick}} very]]'' grotesque ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''-esque way. He later then nonchalantly and gleefully takes a bite out of Frank, making him scream in pain.]] He's a truly ruthless character in this otherwise light-hearted (in its own way, at least) film.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' is a lighthearted ActorRoleConfusion comedy with endearingly innocent aliens and the cast of a ''Star Trek'' {{Expy}}... and the villain Sarris is a sadistic, genocidal maniac, not above murdering underlings who fail him, who takes a specific glee in forcing Jason to BreakTheCutie. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And he looks creepy, too]].
* The 1939 film version of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', unlike the book, portrays the Land of Oz as a SugarBowl, but the Wicked Witch of the West is at least as mean as her literary counterpart.
* And in ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'', there is Evanora, [[spoiler:The Wicked Witch of the East, who manipulates her formerly good sister Theodora, turning her into the Wicked Witch of the West.]]
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' is generally pretty lighthearted and fun... that is, with the exception of Ronan the Accuser. Disgusted with the Kree for signing a peace treaty with Xandar to end the war that resulted in the loss of his father and grandfather, Ronan immediately separates himself from the rest of the Kree and doubles his efforts to find what Thanos had requested of him so that he will annihilate Xandar; once he realizes that that item is actually an Infinity Stone, he immediately ceases their partnership and vows to come after Thanos once he's done scouring Xandar clean of life. He's a genocidal maniac and brutal zealot who thinks that wiping out an entire planet as retribution for two deaths is a totally acceptable course of action, and his incredible cruelty towards enemy combatants and callousness when confronted with his actions further hammers home how truly loathsome the guy is.
** It's masked by a GoryDiscretionShot so that it's not immediately obvious, but watch carefully: Ronan's introduction is him [[spoiler:literally bathing in the blood of a captured and executed Xandarian like some kind of perverse baptism]].
* The sequel ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' follows suit by amping up the comedy and featuring one of the most vile villains in the MCU to date with [[spoiler:Ego the Living Planet, for killing thousands and thousands of his own children, murdered the woman he loved by giving her cancer because she was distracting him from his master plan: to assimilate and absorb all planets in the universe and turn them into an extension of himself. Ego manages to top Ronan the Accuser from the first movie in terms of power and scope, not to mention the very personal nature of his vileness. Ronan was just a one-dimensional genocidal terrorist, whereas Ego is a predatory, grandstanding narcissist and pathological liar who actively grooms his targets for the task of signing a universal death warrant. Ronan's ideology was undeniably worse, but Ego's sheer callousness and selfishness will strike beyond the pale for ''anyone'' who has ever been victimized by an abusive family member, s/o, friend, or authority figure.]]
* For the most part ''Film/ThoroughlyModernMillie'' is a happy-go-lucky musical in the vein of ''Film/SinginInTheRain''. "For the most part" means "except for the parts with Mrs. Meers, a woman who kidnaps people and sells them into a human trafficking ring."
* ''Film/{{Paddington}}'' introduced a CruellaToAnimals villain who wanted to kill Paddington and stuff him, leading to a [[http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/nov/10/kids-films-villains-paddington newspaper article]] complaining in general about why film versions of gentle kids' stories always seem to introduce a murderous villain to [[BigDamnMovie make the story "bigger"]].
* ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'' is for the most part lighthearted - but the Child Catcher more than makes up for that lightheartedness. Seriously, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast his name kind of says it all]].
* ''Film/RomancingTheStone'': Ira and Ralph, even if they kidnapped Joan's sister and [[spoiler:just appear to be]] the BigBadEnsemble of the movie, are pretty much ThoseTwoBadGuys in threat level (Ira, even if a DirtyCoward and a drug dealer, is also a man of his word and lets Joan and her sister go the moment he has the stone, as he promised). Zolo, however, is a homicidal psychopath that uses the country's SecretPolice as his private army and Ira and Ralph both repudiate and ''are afraid'' of him.
* The 1995 Australian kid's film ''Napoleon'' is mostly about a cute puppy's adventures in the Australian outback...except when it's about an insane feral cat trying to murder him.
* Judge Doom from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''. The film initially seems like a classical family movie until we meet him. We discover that not only is he responsible for all the bad things that happen in the movie, [[spoiler: but he's also the same psychopathic murderous toon who killed Eddie Valiant's brother long ago and he was planning the genocide of his own species to profit him]].
* ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' is probably the campiest, most lighthearted film in the Film/JamesBond franchise. And yet, its BigBad, Hugo Drax is possibly the most diabolical villain in the franchise. As a cold, snobbish, understated executive, Drax wishes to exterminate the human race, except for those he considers "superior beings". To this end, Drax captures men and women whom he sees as physically perfect, planning to keep these people in his giant space station while he covers the earth in a rare toxin that will kill every human being on earth.

* ''Literature/CharlieAndTheGreatGlassElevator'', by Creator/RoaldDahl, has the sudden intrusion of a HordeOfAlienLocusts into an outer space sequence that until then is mostly whimsical.
* ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' is one of the biggest examples of [[DefangedHorrors "kid-friendly horror"]] out there, and as such most of the antagonists tend to have [[MonsterSobStory sad backstories]], [[LaughablyEvil goofy quirks]] or are generally watered down. A few, however, manage to be even more disturbing reading into the series as an adult.
** Mr. Toggle from ''Piano Lessons can Be Murder'' initially appears to be an eccentric, goofy janitor who helps out [[TheHero Jerry]] when he can't find his way around his new school. Come the third act, we discover he's been luring people to the piano school with the robotic Dr. Shreek as a teacher, before murdering them and turning their hands into piano-playing machines. He "never" stops acting [[FauxAffablyEvil polite and friendly]], though, and claims he just feels music sounds so much better without human mistakes. Finally, it's all but implied that he gets DraggedOffToHell by the [[KarmicDeath angry ghosts of his victims.]]
** The titular Mutant of ''Attack Of The Mutant'' is a comic supervillain brought to life, and most of his book is a parody of 90s superheroes. Near the end, though, we actually meet him in person. It turns out he's been [[ParanoiaFuel posing as Skipper's friend]] and manipulating the boy into finding his lair. He reveals that he transformed Skipper into a [[ToonTransformation comic book character like himself]], and is always seeking out new "heroes" [[BloodKnight that he can fight to the death in his comic stories.]] The Mutant also [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness melts his henchman alive]] and makes it clear he intends to [[WouldHurtAChild do the same to Skipper]].
* ''Literature/{{Redwall}}''; it seems like a happy fluffy world full of cuddly talking animals. Then you meet the villains, who made this the first book series to get its own [[Monster/{{Redwall}} Complete Monster page.]]
* Tove Jansson's ''Literature/TheMoomins'' take place in Moominvalley which is, at least at a very quick glance, somewhat of a saccharine world in the early novels and some of the adaptations. Then we are introduced to the [[WalkingWasteland Groke]]. The revelation in later stories that she's a TorturedAbomination rather than consciously evil may make her less, or even more, horrifying depending on your taste.
* As stated above in Fims - Live Action, from Creator/JRRTolkien, his works about Middle Earth, from the POV of hobbits, everything related to the DarkLord can be seen like this. Let's remember that hobbits are a peaceful people, mostly farmers, cattle breeders, small merchants and like that who love simple life and food above all else. Sauron's forces are totally the opposite, specially the [[NightmareFuel Nazgûl]] in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Also the dragon Smaug from ''Literature/TheHobbit''.
* ''Literature/GorgoTheOgre'' is, overall, a child-friendly story, but the King of the Black Ogres is really a despicable, childish sociopath willing to kill his subjects on the slightest whim, even when they're doing the right thing, and tries to disintegrate the protagonist with a series of magical stones. Not to mention his horrible appearence.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Even though ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' is not exactly a cheerful show (it's actually quite cynical), Joey "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Crazy Joe]]" Devola still adds a surprising dash of darkness to it.
* An in-universe example appears on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' with the ShowWithinAShow ''The Adventures of Flotter'', a series of fantasy holonovels for children. One of the title adventures involves a character called the Ogre of Fire, who shows-up, ''vaporizes the main character in front of the child's eyes'', and then torches the setting to the ground.
* Yogoshimacritein - The true BigBad in ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''. Not only is he more evil than his son, but he's also a ''very'' BadBoss, [[spoiler: killing off his two minions once they double-cross him to help the Go-Ongers]]. He also has access to a device that ''deletes'' people from existence.
* ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' is a LighterAndSofter High School version of ''Franchise/KamenRider''. The monsters, known as Zodiarts, are actually fellow students--many of them having lots of psychological issues--alongside the teachers who actively are giving them the means to become evil. It has the ''most'' amount of monsters out of all the Kamen Rider Series with a total of at ''least'' eight that are trying to kill teenagers.
* ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' is a surreal children's show that runs on pure silly camp. Then in the season finale Space Monster M shows up [[spoiler:murders superheroes before the team's eyes, devastates a city, and vows to destroy the earth.]]
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' has Grandma Ida. While she is PlayedForLaughs, there's no denying that she's probably the most evil character on the show.
* ''Series/OnceUponATimeInWonderland'' is notably LighterAndSofter than the series it spun off from. The BigBad, however, is Jafar, bastard son of the Sultan of Agrabah, EvilSorceror, and all-around monster. Every episode has him doing something despicable: torture, murder, attempted murder, manipulation, and turning his lover into his serpent staff. He also has a particularly dark backstory that features his equally horrible father attempting to drown him when he was a child among other things.
* ''Series/KickinIt'''s Sensei Ty started out this way; in ThePilot he ordered a student to break Jack's leg. Let me restate that - ''he ordered a teenage martial artist to break another, younger one's leg in tournament play''. He's gotten broader and sillier since.
* ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' has the Hood, who regularly causes disasters that could potentially kill hundreds or thousands of people, just to force International Rescue into action so that he can try to copy their technology.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' tried this with Lord Zedd, contrasting the ineffectual WickedWitch Rita Repulsa with a ''seriously'' villainous and terrifying boss. MoralGuardians complained that he was [[ButNotTooEvil too evil]], and he was repeatedly toned down and softened through various devices until his villain family had become a comedy sketch act.
** Later villains are even darker than Zedd.
* The 1960s ''Batman'' TV series had Mr. Freeze. Unlike all the other villains, who merely wanted to rob banks and [[HarmlessVillain play pranks]] and the like, Freeze only wanted to ''kill Batman out of revenge'' - in his first appearance, anyway.
* ''Series/BigBadBeetleborgs'' had Shadowborg, who appeared in the much more lighthearted first season of the show. Whereas most of the Magnavores were LaughablyEvil {{Harmless Villain}}s, Shadowborg is powerful, frighteningly competent, and has little to no humor except for sarcasm and deadpan one-liners mocking the heroes. He not only curbstomps the Borgs in his first appearance without even trying and served as an ImplacableMan for most of his arc, his attack on the town is portrayed as dead serious as opposed to the more petty crimes his fellows committed, with him actively trying to hurt innocent people, resulting in Heather being hospitalized with a broken leg. Until [[KnightOfCerebus Nukus]] showed up, Shadowborg was the most serious villain the show got.

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* It may be a bit inaccurate to call WWE "saccharine," but when most of the bad guys are just cowardly {{Smug Snake}}s and brutish {{Jerk Jock}}s, it definitely made Wrestling/TheWyattFamily - a cult of deranged hillbillies lead by a madman who may be possessed by The Devil (or something [[EldritchAbomination even worse]]) - stand out.
* [[LighterAndSofter After switching to a PG rating]], the Wrestling/{{WWE}} has had a strict [[BloodlessCarnage "No Blood" policy]]. Someone probably ''tried'' to give Wrestling/BrockLesnar the memo, but the guy most likely [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat the messenger into a bloody pulp.]]
* Surprisingly, Wrestling/EddieGuerrero. In 2005, he [[CerebusSyndrome went from]] being a vaguely comedic character to a monster determined to take Wrestling/ReyMysterio's son away from him, not to mention beating Rey to a bloody pulp and ripping off his mask - all because [[TheGreenEyedMonster he was envious of Mysterio's success]].
* Wrestling/{{Edge}} was also always generally funny, but that ended when in 2008 he cheated on his wife - ''on their wedding day'' - and was forced to face Wrestling/TheUndertaker in Hell in a Cell in retaliation. He suffered a VillainousBreakdown, leading to him dropping Wrestling/MickFoley through a table from a great height and stalking and jumping various members of his family and laying black roses on their unconscious bodies before launching a sneak attack on the rest in the ring and announcing he was going to [[TakingYouWithMe drag them all down to hell with him]].

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* ''[[InvertedTrope Inverted]]'' in ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'', for which the premise is to take the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'', a setting rivaled only by ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' when it comes to being a CrapsackWorld... and throw cute, idealistic {{Magical Girl}}s as the protagonists. Debatably however, you could also say the trope is being played straight if you put aside the other supernatural templates of the setting, since while the Princesses are straight good guys, their ''villains'' are as vile and nightmarish as what you'd find in the other gamelines...
* The [[LighterAndSofter Lighter and Softer]] parody of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', [[https://1d4chan.org/wiki/Setting:Brighthammer_40,000/1st_edition Brighthammer 40k]] transforms the [[BlackAndGrayMorality ordinarily grim and gritty factions]] into nicer and and genuinely heroic people, with the exception of the Tau who are presented as a brutal fascist empire utilizing mind control, genocide, and cannibalistic troops. This is in contrast to the canon Tau who were the closest thing in the [[CrapsackWorld 40k galaxy]] that are [[TokenGoodTeammate good guy factions]] (and at the same time exaggerating some of their [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans questionable]] [[HeelFaceBrainwashing tactics]]).

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* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' is a SugarBowl with some really nasty major villains.
** The most common recurring villain, Dark Matter, is an EldritchAbomination who appears in a multitude of disturbing forms. These include the basic cycloptic dark ball with yellow dots on its back, or a cloaked knight appearing as the first form of ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2''[='=]s TrueFinalBoss, Miracle Matter, a 20 sided die that appears as the FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'', and Zero from ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3'', the boss of Dark Matter who cuts its own iris and bleeds as an attack, and later it rips its own iris out. It is reincarnated as 02 in ''VideoGame/{{Kirby 64|TheCrystalShards}}'' as the TrueFinalBoss, a creepy angel thing with a blood-dripping eye.
** From ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' there is Marx, first appearing to be a cute jester-like creature balancing on a ball, he manipulates the Sun and Moon to fight and sends Kirby to stop them as part of a plan to wish for ultimate power. He is killed, but his grotesque soul appears as a BonusBoss that terrifyingly screams when you defeat it.
** ''VideoGame/KirbyMassAttack'' has Necrodeus, the monster that split Kirby into ten pieces, and the Skull Gang, his minions. It doesn't help that his name translates to "Death/Corpse God".
** ''VideoGame/KirbyCanvasCurse'' has the lesser-known Drawcia Soul; the soul of a painting that came to life. Not only does it look and act like an EldritchAbomination, but it has a high-pitched, warped and rather disturbing scream to go with its appearance. It also started the trend of [[OneWingedAngel "Soul"]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity transformations]].
** While most villains are just generic "smother the world in darkness", Sectonia from ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' outright states her intentions are to [[AndIMustScream fuel her ascension to godhood by feeding on Pop Star and its inhabitants for eternity.]]
** In ''VideoGame/KirbyAndTheRainbowCurse'', the true big bad, Dark Crafter, is a paint-themed expy of Dark Matter, having possessed Elline's best friend Claycia to do his bidding. The plot is kicked off by him draining all of Popstar of its color through Claycia, only for Elline to escape and revive Kirby and Bandanna Waddle Dee to help her save both Popstar and her best friend.
** Notably, the main villains of ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot'' aren't supernatural forces of evil, but a MegaCorp called the Haltmann Works Company, led by the CorruptCorporateExecutive Max Profitt Haltmann. Their goals is to mechanize Pop Star's inhabitants and to claim the planet's resources for their own. [[spoiler:However, their villainy is [[EvilerThanThou trumped]] by the company's super computer Star Dream, which goes rogue and seeks to [[OmnicidalManiac wipe out all organic life in the universe]].]]
** From ''VideoGame/KirbyStarAllies'', we have the main villain, Hyness. Where to begin? For one, his entire demeanor can change between [[DissonantSerenity eerily stilted and slow]] and a full-on MotorMouth rant at the drop of a hat. He's abusive to his underlings, punching one of them out of his way for no reason, then [[spoiler:draining their life to replenish his own, using their unconscious bodies as weapons and even ''outright sacrificing them'' when they [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived their usefulness]].]] The worst thing about him is his ultimate goal: [[spoiler:resurrecting his dark god, [[GodOfEvil Void Termina]], to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy the entire universe]], in a [[SerialEscalation serious upgrade from Star Dream's villainy as noted above]].]]
** Perhaps the best way to illustrate this extreme juxtaposition of absolutely monstrous antagonists to the otherwise light and sugary setting and characters are the opening lines of the first and last cutscenes in ''VideoGame/KirbySqueakSquad''.
--->'''First Cutscene:''' Early afternoon in Dreamland... It's so peaceful even the clouds are drowsy. And now it's Kirby's favorite time of the day - snack time. Today's yummy snack is a sweet, fluffy slice of strawberry shortcake!
--->'''Last Cutscene:''' The treasure chest was the prison of '''Dark Nebula''', ruler of the underworld.
* ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' combines this with MoodWhiplash, in the final fight, in what had started as a funny and lighthearted game, with Giygas, a horrible EldritchAbomination with more than a few similarities to [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Azathoth]] that you cannot defeat in the normal manner and whose attacks are so powerful [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm your mind cannot comprehend them]], [[spoiler:but the fourth wall doesn't protect him from you]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' has [[spoiler:Porky Minch]], who commits an array of disgustingly horrible acts,[[note]] Such as: killing [[spoiler:your mother]], killing [[spoiler: your brother]], [[spoiler: resurrecting said brother and brainwashing him to be a right-hand-man]], sending said right-hand-man to kill you, burning down the forest you used to play in, taking over your perfectly peaceful village, corrupting all the people you care about into selfish, pleasure-obsessed jerks, violently torturing a huge population of animals, and [[UpToEleven aspiring to kill everybody in the world]] [[OmnicidalManiac other than himself]]. Please note that "you" are a perfectly innocent 12-year-old boy.[[/note]] ultimately because ''he was bored''. [[spoiler: Being influenced by Giygas will do that.]]
* [[spoiler:Real Overlord Zenon]] in ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories''. [[spoiler:She]]'s made even more horrifying in the infamous worst ending. [[spoiler:And yet, thanks to the magic of {{reincarnation}}, she's also the hero's love interest.]]
* ''VideoGame/NiGHTSIntoDreams'' has a relatively cutesy and bright-colored aesthetic to it (much like Kirby, but to a lesser extent), but the bosses, in addition to being [[ThatOneBoss (arguably) the most difficult parts of the game]] are {{Eldritch Abomination}}s that look like something out of a Tim Burton movie.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** All the ''Mario'' villains appearing in the [=RPGs=]. You've got the weapon-crazed Smithy in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', the sinister X-Naut leader Grodus (who wants to enslave the world) and the demonic, utterly merciless [[spoiler:Shadow Queen he is seeking to free]] in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', the [[StrawNihilist nihilistic]] Count Bleck and the [[spoiler:AxCrazy MonsterClown Dimentio]] in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', the super-creepy Cackletta in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', the [[AlienInvasion invading]] Shroobs (who sadistically sucked the life out of innocent Toads for fuel, destroyed Toad Town and had no qualms in hurting the baby Mario Bros.) in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'', the force of pure evil that's the Dark Star in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'', [[spoiler:none other than Bowser himself]] in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'' and ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPaperJam''... That's a fair amount of disturbing villains in the otherwise quite light-hearted series.
** ArchEnemy Bowser sometimes counts [[BewareTheSillyOnes underneath all the]] [[LargeHam ham]]. He is ''Great Demon King Koopa'' after all, and can cause major damage when he's actually trying. He tries on [[ResetButton two separate occasions]] to remake the universe in his own image, which is exactly what [[spoiler:Dimentio]] wanted to do, but old Bowser did it by stealing from a powerful cosmic caretaker of baby stars with nothing but his [[CoolAirship Airship fleet]] and [[BadassArmy his army]]. Dry Bowser is him resurrected as [[DemBones a huge demonic skeleton]]. And there's [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Giga Bowser...]]
** ''VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon'' shows that after his defeat, King Boo is willing to do anything to make Luigi and Gadd suffer as much as possible, even [[spoiler:attempting to destroy the fabric of the universe.]]
** ''VideoGame/MarioPlusRabbidsKingdomBattle'' has [[spoiler:the EldritchAbomination, [[GreaterScopeVillain Megabug]]. It's an OmnicidalManiac and is the [[TheChessmaster cause of everything to go wrong in the world]] and uses DemonicPossession on Bowser.]]
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' is a pretty cheery-looking game with {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}s, a QuirkyMinibossSquad with a memorable {{Catchphrase}} and a main character who's BadassAdorable incarnate. And you're facing a MadScientist who is irredeemably evil. It gets even creepier when you enter the BrutalBonusLevel. [[spoiler:Ballos is not only creepy, but his story is really depressing. He destroys the kingdom because he went insane from torture.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** The main games have [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Yakuza (Japanese version)/Mafia (International versions) stand-ins]] [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver involved in Pokémon trafficking and murder]], [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire eco-terrorists that nearly end the world]], [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl emotion-hating and omnicidal Cyrus]], [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite notorious childbreaker and manipulator Ghetsis]], [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY genocidal lunatic Lysandre]], and [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon last but not least]] [[spoiler: BrainwashedAndCrazy EvilMatriarch Lusamine]].
** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' have Team Plasma and the aforementioned Ghetsis freezing part of the continent using the power of Kyurem. Oh yeah, he's also completely lost his mind and attempts to freeze [[PlayerCharacter a young teenager]] alive, with ''giant icicles'' no less, using said OlympusMons.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' deserves special elaboration, because it is ''significantly'' upbeat and happy, even for this franchise, and yet it also contains [[spoiler:the lovely Lusamine]], who is a BitchInSheepsClothing, and one of the worst villains the series has ever had, even without the possibility of [[spoiler:her obsession with the Ultra Beasts]] leading to the destruction of [[spoiler:at least one alternate universe]], and their lack of giving a damn. [[spoiler:She [[HumanPopsicle freezes]] the Pokemon she loves so they'll stay the same and be on display for her forever. She also abused both of her children (micromanaging every aspect of their lives and declaring [[IHaveNoSon she had no children]] when they ran away with the Pokemon she'd been performing cruel experiments on)]]. Granted, [[spoiler:she's decidedly more heroic in Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon, viewing her actions with Type: Null and Cosmog as a case of NecessaryEvil in order to defeat Necromza]] and is shown to [[spoiler:actually care for her children in this version (to the point where she fights you to show that they do not need to worry about her dying in Ultra Space).]]
*** Speaking of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, [[spoiler:All of the aforementioned villains listed at the start of this section, except for Lusamine, appear in the post-game. The kicker is that they've come from worlds [[TheBadGuyWins where your player character was never there to stop their plans.]] And while you stop them and send most of them back, Giovanni and Team Rainbow Rocket are still free to go after other worlds.]]
** The spinoff and side games have it worse, especially standing out due to a lack of an objective outside of defeating them: There's [[VideoGame/PokemonRanger murderous misanthrope Purple Eyes]] for one, but worst of all is [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum the atrocious cabinet]] [[VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness of mind-rapists known as Cipher]], who at points almost reach ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' villain levels of harsh; not only in terms of pure evil alone for the latter, but in how willing to not sugarcoat the whole thing the game is. Special mention goes to [[MadScientist Ein]] and [[AxCrazy Ardos]].
** [[spoiler:Darkrai]], the main villain of the ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers'' games. Prior to the game's events, he steals artifacts responsible for the balance of the universe as an attempt to destroy both space and time and in the process, he makes one of the gods evil and crazy, then he wipes the hero(ine)'s memory clean and turns him/her into a Pokémon. Later, when this doesn't work, he decides that the easiest way to get rid of his aforementioned archnemesis is to make him/her commit suicide!
** [[spoiler:Dusknoir]], a lesser antagonist of the ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers'' games, does his best to be as terrifying as possible as well. Not only does he [[spoiler:kidnap the protagonists and attempt to execute them by having a horde of Sableye rip them to shreds]], but the Special Episode "In the Future of Darkness" shows him attempting to [[spoiler:rip out Grovyle's soul, possess his lifeless body, and travel back in time to kill the unwitting hero.]] He later has a {{Heel Face Turn}}, but his actions are still incredibly dark for such a light-hearted game.
** The villains of ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'' plan to use an EldritchAbomination to destroy the world. Why? [[spoiler: They are essentially a suicide cult who have grown tired of the CrapsaccharineWorld / CrapsackWorld the Pokémon universe has become.]] [[DarkerAndEdgier Darkest Pokémon game ever.]]
** ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon'' has the main villain who's responsible for [[TakenForGranite what's effectively murder]] [[HeroKiller of almost every Legendary Pokémon]], [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything right down to giving out written warnings to the public that they will turn Entei into stone]]. [[spoiler: Dark Matter also mind-controls the Player Character's foster dad Nuzleaf into adopting and feigning love towards them for its plans who then petrifies them and almost the rest of the Expedition Society. After that, Nuzleaf and Yveltal petrified almost everyone in the world before Dark Matter tries to throw the lifeless husk of a planet into the sun.]]
* ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'':
** The series takes place in a dreamlike environment with mostly cute characters... but occasionally has genuinely creepy enemies. The Dark Passage level from the [[VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon1998 first game]] is rife with these as is Haunted Towers.
** The Metropolis level from ''VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage'' is a rather jarring break in an otherwise cutesy game, with its psychotic cows in space suits who stare angrily and shoot you, as well as exploding pigs who come flying at you out of nowhere (and they will always hit you unless you kill them first). The robotic sharks in water levels are horrifying, especially when you try to go in there without a submarine (you are killed instantly). And also there are levels where plants can eat you. There are quite a few bosses who are pretty unnerving as well.
** The Sorceress in ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'', who steals all the baby dragon eggs because [[spoiler:she wants to kill them and use their wings for an immortality spell. Yikes! No wonder her [[TheDragon Dragon]] did a HeelFaceTurn after she found out!]] The most disturbing part is that she didn't ''need'' to [[spoiler:kill the hatchlings, she just didn't want them squirming about while she cut them off.]] Scorch, the 3rd boss, is pretty damn creepy as well, being solely created for the purpose of ''brutally murdering the heroes''. Granted the manner the Sorceress reveals her evil plan [[LaughablyEvil fails to]] [[ChewingTheScenery be that]] [[PsychopathicManchild terrifying at all...]]
-->'''The Sorceress:''' What did you think I was going to do with all those dragons? Open a zoo?\\
''(mook in the background giggles quietly)''
* ''VideoGame/ToontownOnline'' is a video game filled with goofy cartoon characters that enjoy tossing pies, riding trolleys, fishing, and playing with their doodles. Likewise, their homeland of Toontown happens to be bright and colorful as well. Unfortunately, the main villains of the game (the Cogs) wish to take over and transform Toontown into a land full of colorless skyscrapers. It's best reflected in the Cog [=HQs=], in particular Bossbot HQ, which has surprisingly eerie music.
* ''VideoGame/WarioLand 3'' has enemies and bosses typical of the series... and then there's [[MonsterClown Rudy the Clown]], who turns this UpToEleven via InterfaceScrew and sudden subversion of a core game mechanic. Not only is he a powerful [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/thumb/b/b3/Rtc.PNG/300px-Rtc.PNG demon]] (blood-red teeth and EvilLaugh not shown) [[spoiler:who becomes even more disturbing when he TurnsRed]], but he's the only thing in the game that can actually ''kill'' Wario, and '''the game auto-saves if he does'''. [[spoiler:Fortunately, all this does is let you skip the cutscene before the fight next time, and most consider him an AnticlimaxBoss once you know how to dodge his lethal attack.]]
* [=LeChuck=] from the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series can be truly threatening sometimes. And even when he's more humorous, his entire concept of being a demon zombie pirate is incredibly vile. To drive the point home, he slaughtered a ship's entire crew before the [[OffscreenVillainy start of the first game]], tortures Guybrush with a voodoo doll in the second game [[note]](and that's ''after'' trapping him in a [[RubeGoldbergHatesYourGuts Rube Goldberg Death Trap]] with HollywoodAcid)[[/note]], becomes a demon in the third game and, again, slaughters several dozens of pirates, and to top it all off in Tales of Monkey Island he [[spoiler: stabs [[TheHeroDies Guybrush]]. He ''kills'' the protagonist of the game!]].
* Rez the evil cyborg overlord from the ''VideoGame/{{Gex}}'' series. In addition to being incredibly creepy looking was downright NightmareFuel when you read between the lines. Judging from the fact that he has sentences like "NO HOPE" "30 DAYS IN THE COOLER FOR TALKING" "YOUR WORK IS THE REASON YOU LIVE" and "EMOTIONS ARE CRIMINAL" written throughout his lair it was heavily implied that he was using slave labor. Not to mention the sweatshop vibe the place gives off.
* Lord Arktivus Brevon from ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'' is an [[GalacticConqueror alien warlord]] who's as vile as they come, in what would otherwise be a lighthearted romp in the style of the early ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' games. You don't have to go further to learn of this than the game's opening sequence, in which he breaks into a palace with his army and [[spoiler:beheads its king ''on-screen and in front of his son'', who he promptly and painfully brainwashes to serve him]]. Whenever he shows up, expect things to get serious, and fast.
* ''VideoGame/HarmoKnight'' is a downloadable RhythmGame from the Nintendo [=eShop=] that is on par with ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' in terms of cuteness. The game features an AdorablyPrecociousChild as the hero, a [[CivilizedAnimal talking bunny]] as his sidekick, and a PluckyGirl archer and a {{Badbutt}} Viking with a pet monkey as tritagonists. Then you have its BigBad Gargan, a HumanoidAbomination who's the leader of a race of [[PlanetaryParasite Planetary Parasites]] called the Noizoids who intend to take over Melodia. At first he seems like your average GenericDoomsdayVillain, kidnapping the princess and whatnot. But later in the game its revealed he's ''[[CerebusSyndrome slowly turning her into a Noizoid]]''. And by the time you meet him on the final level, he's ''nearly succeeded''.
* While most of the villains in ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' are lovable, quirky, and outright [[LaughablyEvil hilarious]], [[spoiler:[[EverybodyHatesHades Hades]] and The [[ChaosIsEvil Chaos Kin]]]] manage to be a cut above the rest in terms of sheer evil.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' has Eggman's grandfather, Gerald Robotnik, who wants to destroy the world. Seems like pretty typical supervillain stuff, but what makes him this trope is his [[KnightOfCerebus surprisingly tragic]] backstory and motive, namely [[spoiler: getting revenge on the world for the death of his granddaughter, Maria, which he blames both the people of Earth and himself for.]] The clincher is a pair of scenes, one of a speech of his before his execution and another where the main characters come across his diary that outlines his guilt-ridden slip into insanity, exacerbated by the good writing and how his actor nails the voice of a man with nothing left to live for.
** ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' has [[BigBad Mephiles The Dark]], who {{manipulat|iveBastard}}es the entire cast so he can eventually fuse with Solaris and [[OmnicidalManiac destroy the time and space continuum]]. He also ends up killing the main protagonist and then [[KickTheDog laughing at Elise crying afterwards]] [[{{Sadist}} sadistically]]. The reason why Mephiles is as bad as he is? [[ForTheEvulz None.]]
** ''VideoGame/SonicForces'' has [[TheDragon Infinite]], who was personally responsible for one of the series' darkest moments by effortlessly defeating Sonic, clearing the way for Eggman to TakeOverTheWorld within mere days. He's also one of the few villains in the series to be shown murdering someone onscreen; in this case, he killed the Avatar's teammates and gave CruelMercy to the Avatar with the intent of traumitizing them. Infinite was also responsible for one of the Resistance's biggest defeats, as a simple activation of his powers caused 80% of the Resistance to be defeated during the siege of Metropolis.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is a very quirky RPG in the vein of ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', with a myriad of goofy and likable characters, and even includes talking down enemies from fighting as a major gameplay mechanic. And then there's three villains who provide the greatest amount of NightmareFuel in the game:[[spoiler: Flowey, a sadistic FoulFlower who pulls plenty of {{Nightmare Face}}s and constantly taunts the player and revels in their misery before stealing Asgore's six human souls and transforming into an EldritchAbomination intent on torturing and killing the player over and over again. The second is the First Child, a CreepyChild responsible for nearly every single bad thing that happened in the game's backstory, and possibly even the one who corrupted Flowey into the monster that he is now. The third and final villain is ''you'', the player. Or to be more specific, you if you decide to go for the Genocide route and turn the entire game into pure tragic NightmareFuel as you systematically murder every single monster in the Underground, egged on by Flowey and heavily aided by the First Child. At the end of the massacre, Flowey dies and the First Child destroys the world.]]
* While ''VideoGame/MercenaryKings'' is a little too {{Gorn}}y to be saccharine, the game is still written like a mix between an 80's action movie and a Saturday morning cartoon like ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe'', with characters spouting goofy G-rated one-liners at each other and the story not being taken particularly seriously. [[spoiler: Then Dr. Neil, the man the main characters have been tasked with rescuing, reveals himself to be EvilAllAlong after the death of Commander Baron, and with his depraved cloning experiments (along with being at least partially responsible for turning the last three members of the Kings into the BrainwashedAndCrazy Prime Soldiers,) turns out to be a far creepier villain than Baron could ever hope to be.]]
* The Japanese Nintendo 3DS downloadable game ''Cororoke no Mori Poitto'' is a very saccharine game, having [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter cute Mononoke]] and a pleasant setting. The villains, however, are Mononoke that represent disasters (Pollution, wildfires, floods, pests, and paranoia) and the final one is a [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination demonic eye void-like entity that is the king of all disasters]]]].
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' starts off on a tropical island with three friends and the trailers promise allying with Disney people. While things go south a bit quickly, it's a Saturday Morning Cartoon style where you team up to rescue friends, meet Fanservice, and just a lot of hope. In fact there is a lot of emphasis on friendship, Disney worlds, princesses, sunny places, gorgeous designs... and [[BigBad Xehanort]]. Who has been trying to destroy the universe for YEARS, is the master of the XanatosGambit, has a multitude of different alter-egos, and as of [=KH3D=], the cast of heroes is looking at his plans and are trying desperately to think of a way to stop him. This cast includes Disney Wizard Extrordanaire Yen Sid, the Three Good Fairies, Donald Duck, Goofy, and MICKEY MOUSE.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is a game that usually ends with [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu even the game's bad guys becoming friendly and nice and befriending the protagonists]], that is when the bosses are even villains to begin with(the 12th and 13th installment, for example have no bad guys), but there are some genuinely evil characters.
** Junko, the GreaterScopeVillain of ''Urban Legend in Limbo'' and ''Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom''. She attempts to cause a genocide against the Lunarians by filling the Moon with impurity, making a Lunarian Goddess attempt to purify Gensokyo for the Lunarians to escape there(which would cause death of humans ans yokai alike), she has no problem in letting these people be killed as long as she gets her revenge. The extra stage shows her and Hecatia attempting to attack the Lunarians that tried to escape the moon. She does give up when you show up, but just because she knows you will beat her anyway.
** Utsuho Reiuji's plan was to set the world ablaze and assimilate it as a part of hell. Sure, she decided to do this mostly because she had gone [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity crazy with power]] at the time, and she's actually ''a lot'' more stupid than she is malevolent, but the fact still remains that the world was almost destroyed because a Hell Raven ate a god, gained its power and then didn't spare a second to consider the possibility that people on the surface might not want their world to turn into a literal hellscape but instead decided that if you get unfathomable power, you're obliged to try to TakeOverTheWorld.
** Saigyou Ayakashi, the Cherry Tree of ''Perfect Cherry Blossom''. It turns out to be an evil spirit that {{Mind Rape}}s people with its otherworldly beauty into languishing under its branches until they fall asleep, whereupon it consumes their souls.
* Can't get any viler than having [[{{Satan}} Old Scratch]] serve as the main villain of ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}''. The game itself is a lighthearted GenreThrowback to [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1930s cartoons]] with an anthropomorphic cup and mug serving as the protagonists that provides AnAesop on the dangers of gambling. Then there's the Devil himself, who has no qualms with forcing two innocent people to do his dirty work for him in collecting [[MagicallyBindingContract the Soul Contracts]] from the inhabitants who lost the gambles against him and also [[spoiler:killing said protagonists if they back out of his deal, or turning them into his demonic servants if they agree to join him]]. Fittingly, he's the only boss who's HaveANiceDeath screen is ''not'' PlayedForLaughs. (While every other boss gets some kind of pun related to their attacks The Devil's is simply "''All who oppose me will be destroyed!''")
* ''VideoGame/MoshiMonsters'': The main setting is mainly a wacky SugarBowl, with little creatures running around, but there are a group of villains: the Criminal League Of Naughty Critters, or [[FunWithAcronyms C.L.O.N.C.]] for short. Though not all C.L.O.N.C. members are scary enough to fit this trope, a few of them are. These include their leader, who once hatched an EvilPlan to kill the entire planet's population, Dr. Strangeglove who likes to turn little animals into a ServantRace of AlwaysChaoticEvil creatures called Glumps, and Sweet Tooth who, despite their obsession with candy and clownlike appearance is still pretty creepy with their frequent use of mind control.
* The Hero mode of the two ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' games has its dark elements, but nothing significantly nasty even with [[spoiler:DJ Octavio brainwashing Callie and forcing her to fight her sister and the new agent investigating her disappearance]]. While the Octo Expansion ventures into darker territory, it still remains somewhat funky... until the very end. [[spoiler:Putting the 'ancient' in 'ancient evil', Commander Tartar is an AI left over from the anthropocene originally programmed to observe the evolution of life beyond humanity and pass on the old world's wisdom to its inheritors, but it went rogue after witnessing the old conflicts between the new world's inhabitants, including the Great Turf War, and judged them as unworthy for the very flaws its programmers possessed. But what makes it this is the repulsive extent to which it executes its new directives: forming a shell company called Kamabo Corporation to capture and extract the memories of its test subjects, testing their combat prowess in a multitude of sadistic examinations, and ultimately imprisoning and blending the successful subjects (failures like Iso Padre are left to wander the Deepsea Metro forever). But rather than accept that No. 10008 successfully escaped the trap (albeit with help), it deigns to use an ancient superweapon it repurposed to annihilate the new world and rebuild it in its own image... and if you fail to disable the superweapon, ''it does just that''.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* While ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'' is an over-the-top horror comedy with a plethora of likeable and fun characters, there are a few villains that stand out from the crowd. One of them includes {{J|erkass}}ay, [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters an absolutely monstrous and loathesome human patient]] the protagonist encounters in the maze of planks outside the titular hospital's surgical ward. He even treats her like dirt when they first meet and is an AbsoluteXenophobe who won't hesitate to violently murder non-humans and even some friendly staff members of the Hospital and bury them in the walls, [[RetGone never to be remembered by anything again.]] And it's revealed he's done the same to dozens, if not hundreds of fellow patients! His actions are played much more seriously than most of the antagonists in this comic, adding even further to his KnightOfCerebus status.
** There's also the equally ominous and even more mysterious Parliament of the Old Flesh, [[AssimilationPlot who intends to condense all of existence into one single intelligence]], the way it once was and where they originated from.
* The entire point of ''Webcomic/HelloCthulhu''.
* ''Webcomic/SurvivorFanCharacters'' included a fan character from ''{{Franchise/Barbie}}'' in its ninth season, a cheerful girl with blonde hair, InnocentBlueEyes, and a [[PinkMeansFeminine frilly pink dress]]... who turns out to use her [[BitchInSheepsClothing "sweet, innocent girl" façade]] to get away with [[MoralEventHorizon morally reprehensible acts]] such as [[FalseRapeAccusation falsely accusing her loving boyfriend of rape]] [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness to get him voted out]] and ''laughing'' when being called out on it, and deliberately breaking a player's leg in a challenge to get him medically evacuated and being ''disappointed'' when his leg didn't even get infected.
* Like other ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' examples on this page, ''Webcomic/StarMares'' villains are almost as bad (if a trifle less overtly deadly) as their ''Film/StarWars'' equivalents - [[spoiler: with the added bonus of most of them being familiar fallen heroes.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Most ''Website/{{Neopets}}'' villains are LaughablyEvil, but [[BigBad plot villains]] tend to be [[KnightOfCerebus really EVIL]].
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses:
** Much of the time, ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'' has the same tone as the rest of the site; definitely not for children and sometimes resorting to RefugeInAudacity, but still comical and not taking danger very seriously. However, this doesn't hold true when Malachite -- an apparent complete sociopath who murders multiple innocent people just for using technology -- is on screen. While most of the site's villains are [[PlayedForLaughs Played For]] [[BlackComedy Dark Comedy]], Malachite is almost always PlayedForDrama.
** The RoguesGallery of ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' has several baddies more serious than others on the site. These include Linkara's EvilCounterpart Mechakara, the grim warrior Lord Vyce, and a [[TheMultiverse worlds]]-[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIT destroying]] EldritchAbomination know only as The Entity. Mechakara also appears in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'', where he is the only villain in the film who never behaves comically.
* ''AudioPlay/RefletsDAcide'' is a fantasy AffectionateParody of HeroicFantasy, with heroes arguing with each others led by a LovableCoward for a mission they don't clearly know themselves what it consist into. Most characters are either comically incompetent or {{Deadpan Snarker}}s. Then you get [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Alia-Aenor]] and [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Belial]]. The former is a FauxAffablyEvil BitchInSheepsClothing who enjoys killing people [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill with a mass-murder necromantic spell]]; the latter is a KnightOfCerebus and a Demonlord with ''no'' comical quirk, AbusiveParent tendencies and tendencies to pull a YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness.
* WebSite/{{Cracked}} presents: [[http://www.cracked.com/article_17129_7-badass-cartoon-villains-who-lost-retarded-heroes.html 7 Badass Cartoon Villains Who Lost to Retarded Heroes.]] It must be added though that the list gives more emphasis on the sugar-ness of their nemeses rather than of the settings.
* While ''Series/FlandersCompany'', being a show about a [[WeirdTradeUnion Company providing]] [[VillainProtagonist supervillains]], tends to have some amount of violence, it's usually played as black comedy, and the first antagonists (introduced in season 2) were more comical than serious... until the finale, where [[PsychoElectro Carla Burnelle]] almost annihilates the protagonists. Then come season 3, and we get [[KnightOfCerebus Aegis]], a group of [[GodModeSue overpowered]] {{Knight Templar}}s who want to wipe out supervillains from Earth (despite supervillains being harmless {{Punch Clock Villain}}s in this universe). They actually killed 75 of them, and it was not played for laughs.
* The Creepypasta ''CandleCove'' is partially based on this trope - it describes a low-budget pirate-themed puppet show for children, featuring a talking ship and a live-action little girl as the main character, yet features villains such as the Skin-Taker, an evil skeleton who does [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly]] [[FlayingAlive that]]. It's also hinted that there are even darker forces in play.
* ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'':
** While the series has always had vile villains (Adolf Hitler was in the second episode, after all), most of the time their atrocities are brought up in a way that CrossesTheLineTwice. Jack the Ripper, however, never plays his crimes for anything other than pure horror. There is never even a hint of BlackComedy in his verses.
** To a lesser extent, his opponent, Hannibal Lecter. While Lecter gets more LaughablyEvil moments than Jack, he's still played more for horror than villains in the rest of the series.
** Before either of them, the S2 finale gave us UsefulNotes/JosephStalin. Like Lecter, his verses still had some amount of BlackComedy, but his crimes were far more played for horror in contrast to earlier villains.
* ''WebVideo/TheLizzieBennetDiaries'' is mostly a fun, lighthearted romantic comedy set in a WorldOfSnark. George Wickham is a JerkJock who [[spoiler:previously took advantage of Gigi Darcy for her money, and then proceeds to emotionally abuse Lydia and isolate her from her family, before attempting to sell a sex tape of them without her knowledge or consent. He's stopped, but [[KarmaHoudini he never gets punished for it, either]].]] Oh, and he's heavily implied to be an out-and-out ''[[TheSociopath sociopath]]''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold has Starro, a giant space starfish of unknown origin complete with a menacing voice, tiny minions that latch onto your face and turn you into a slave, and [[NightmareFuel one cold, unblinking eye]]. As a bonus, he feeds on the life force of the inhabitants of each planet he invades. Any planet he can't enslave or devour, he destroys.
* ''Franchise/CareBears'', of all franchises, tends to have this in spades, what with Professor Coldheart, the Spirit in the Book, Dark Heart, No-Heart and others all dedicated to the removal of any ability to feel emotion. Appropriately, Professor Coldheart has the (relatively) lightest/softest/most saccharine look, but the resemblance of his tactics to those often used by pedophiles could be said to make him simultaneously the creepiest.
* ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'':
** ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' episode "Cleanliness Is Next to Impossible": a creature named Crud (voiced by Jim Cummings using his Robotnik voice from the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' SATAM show) imprisons Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger and then tries to force Christopher Robin to help him make the rest of the world dirty by saying "If you don't, YOU'LL NEVER SEE YOUR FRIENDS AGAIN!". Granted, by normal standards this [[LargeHam hammy]] cartoon blob is not much worse or creepier than [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain most]] [[WesternAnimation/TheDisneyAfternoon Disney Afternoon]] [[LaughablyEvil villains]], but he's much more so then you'd expect from one of Disney's [[LighterAndSofter lightest and softest]] universes.
** Prior to ''New Adventures'', the inclusion of ''any villains period'' [[WhiteAndGreyMorality was completely new to the franchise, which usually]] [[NoAntagonist didn't have any antagonists]] (par maybe Rabbit, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold which still isn't saying much]]). For example this was the first depiction to show [[RealAfterAll real Heffalumps and Woozles]]. Granted they were all comical and almost as hapless as Pooh himself, but were still a big change from the usually laid-back stories of Creator/AAMilne's creation.
* The G1 ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' continuity has a lot of villains who came close to enacting a SugarApocalypse.
** [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials The initial specials]] have Tirek, a demon-centaur who wanted to turn the ponies into an army of demonic dragons with his "Rainbow of Darkness", and Catrina, a [[CatFolk catwoman]] sorceress who plotted to enslave the ponies into gathering ingredients for her FantasticDrug of choice, "witchweed potion".
** [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie The movie]] has The Smooze, an all-consuming BlobMonster unleashed by a {{Card Carrying Villain}}ess and her bumbling daughters.
** [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends The series proper]] has:
*** Squirk, a tyrannical sea monster who wanted to reclaim part of his undersea kingdom by flooding Dream Valley.
*** Crunch the Rock Dog, a huge dog made out of stone that hates all things soft, has the power to turn anything he touches to stone and turn normal rocks into sharp-toothed monsters to stalk his prey. The way he and his rock minions chased after the Bushwoolies, turning them to stone one by one, seems right out of a horror movie.
*** Grogar the demon ram sorcerer, who captured unicorns by intercepting their teleporting powers, and wanted to banish the main characters to another dimension. He [[BadBoss also threatens to do the same to his mooks]].
*** King Charlatan, a penguin monarch who wanted to freeze the entire world so that [[TheSocialDarwinist only the strongest and most worthy would survive]]. He and his soldiers also had a Nazi vibe, referring to creatures unable to survive the cold as "impure".
*** Lavan, a lava demon who unbalances the magic of Pony Land and tries to kill the Princess Ponies and the Ice Orcs on more than one occasion ([[spoiler:and like Tirek, is himself [[KilledOffForReal killed]] for it]]).
*** Arabus, a cloud monster that eats shadows. The characters were forced to send for the Flutter Ponies to stop him.
* The G4 ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' continues the franchise's tradition of cute ponies being menaced by terrifying villains.
** Discord [[BewareTheSillyOnes seems harmless enough]], right? Sure, [[OoCIsSeriousBusiness Celestia is on edge]], but [[FauxAffablyEvil he's a pleasant fellow]] and [[TheTrickster loves playing games]]. He's also a RealityWarper with a passion for [[DespairEventHorizon psychological torture]], [[CorruptTheCutie corrupting]] Twilight's friends into a twisted mirror of their true selves and driving Twilight herself to the brink of the DespairEventHorizon. He celebrates his victory by turning Equestria into a WorldOfChaos where the ponies are reduced to playthings for his amusement. He's such a nasty piece of work that [[spoiler:his HeelFaceTurn]] a season and a half later came as a genuine shock, and even then it took a temporary [[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn, being betrayed just like he betrayed everyone, and Twilight being willing to help him despite what he'd done for it to fully stick.]]
** "Hearth's Warming Eve" introduces the Windigos, evil spirits who [[EmotionEater feed off of hatred]] and cause deadly blizzards. They drove the original ponies from their homelands, and nearly destroyed Equestria. Moreover, it's implied that they freeze people in a state of hatred [[AndIMustScream but keep them alive so that they can have a continuous food supply]].
** [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Chrysalis]] in "A Canterlot Wedding", whose ''modus operandi'' is to replace and impersonate individuals, [[EmotionEater draining their loved ones]] to increase her own power and put them under MindControl, before leading her minions in a full scale invasion so they can feed as well and drain everyone. It's implied that Equestria isn't the first land she's done this to, and she's even worse in [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW the IDW comics]].
** "The Crystal Empire" has [[SorcerousOverlord King Sombra]], an evil unicorn who used [[BlackMagic dark magic]] to [[SlaveRace enslave the ponies of the Crystal Empire]] and make it vanish for a thousand years when Celestia and Luna defeated him and [[SealedEvilInACan sealed him away]]. He is never played for comedy at any point, is [[TheDreaded so feared]] that the crystal ponies imply that part of their LaserGuidedAmnesia is them intentionally repressing the events of Sombra's rule, and comes within inches of killing a main character -- [[WouldHurtAChild a child no less]] -- [[spoiler:before being KilledOffForReal himself, in a first for the show]].
*** Made even worse with the tie-in ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic'' issue focusing on him, which reveals [[spoiler: he's an AnimalisticAbomination -- a living embodiment of malevolent shadows that was created to disguise itself as a pony to set its progenitor force/race free from under the Crystal Empire. Perhaps worse is that he's also a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds; he spent his entire life believing he really ''was'' a pony, and only embraced his origins when it seemed hopeless that he could ever be anything but what he was destined to be.]]
*** The show reveals what Sombra would do if he had succeeded in recapturing the Crystal Empire in the episode "The Cutie Re-Mark", in which he creates mind controlling armor to militarize the entire empire and pitch war against Equestria. In the time of his return to when this episode takes place, he would have conquered half of Equestria, which is shown to have gone through an industrial revolution to fight Sombra.
** Season 4's two part finale brings in a G4 revamp of Tirek, the TropeCodifier and the very first of these to appear in the franchise. He escaped from Tartarus, the InUniverse Hell-equivalent and prison for Equestria's absolute worst monsters -- to put things in perspective, [[MadGod Discord]] was merely petrified and kept in Celestia's garden. He has powerful [[PlayingWithFire fire magic]] and he is capable of [[ManaDrain leeching the magic out of ponies]], which includes erasing their cutie mark. He's so terrible that Princess Celestia and Princess Luna feel the only hope they have of bringing him in and re-imprisoning him is to [[GodzillaThreshold send Discord to capture him]]. [[spoiler: That decision backfires spectacularly when [[WeCanRuleTogether Discord is tricked into siding with Tirek]] instead. And then he [[NoHonorAmongThieves turns on Discord]] and steals ''his'' magic too when he has [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no more need of him]].]]
** [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks The second film]] has the [[TerribleTrio Dazzlings]], who were originally Equestrian [[EnthrallingSiren sirens]] that were banished to the human world. Ironically, the defeat of Sunset Shimmer by the Humane Six at the end of the first film was what allowed them to rediscover Equestrian magic. Like the Windigos and Changelings, they are {{Emotion Eater}}s who feed on the [[HatePlague hatred]] incited in CHS's students by their MagicMusic. Once they absorb enough to regain their power, they transform into anthro-pony-siren {{Dark Magical Girl}}s who can summon frightening avatars of their original forms. They are implied to have been even more powerful back in Equestria.
** "The Cutie Map" had Starlight Glimmer, a dictator who steals ponies' Cutie Marks and talents and then brainwashes them into believing that only by stamping out individuality and making sure all are "equal" can ponies be friends. Notably, her methods have been compared to those of real-life cults, and her VillainSong was based on World War II propaganda music. Much like Discord above, she was such an evil and realistic villain that [[spoiler: her HeelFaceTurn]] in her second appearance came as a ''genuine'' shock, particularly after she spent the majority of that second appearance [[spoiler:using time travel to prevent Twilight and her friends from ever meeting, and drags Twilight herself along [[ForcedToWatch so she can see it happen.]] They wind up doing this several times, each creating a worse timeline than the last; while Starlight didn't intend this part or even know about it at first, being shown that what she's done will result in [[SugarApocalypse Equestria being reduced to a barren wasteland]] does disturbingly little to dissuade her from this course of action.]]
** "Do Princesses Dream Of Magic Sheep" has the Tantabus, [[EldritchAbomination a formless (at first) nightmare entity]] [[spoiler: created by Luna to punish herself for her actions as Nightmare Moon]]. Since it gains strength from inflicting anguish onto sleeping ponies, it eventually becomes strong enough to flee from Luna's dreams, needing only for a sleeping pony to dream of some pony else to enter another dream... and did we mention that all it needs to do to turn something into a horror tailor-mad to terrify you is touch it? And then it gains enough strength to tear open a portal which would let it enter the real world, which would let it turn it into an eternal, waking nightmare. Worst part? Unlike the rest of the show's villains, it's implied it might not even be an intelligent being, merely a force of nature, like an earthquake or a hurricane, meaning you can't reason with it, threaten it, or trick it, only fight it. If you can.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'' has the Storm King, a [[LaughablyEvil comical]] yet ruthless and insane dictator who has conquered much of the world outside of Equestria -- the Hippogriffs turned themselves into Seaponies and fled to Seaquestria to evade conquer -- and has set his sights on the magic of the Alicorn Princesses to give him the power to control weather and live up to his name. His [[TheDragon field commander]], Tempest Shadow, an embittered unicorn with a broken horn, appears as the [[TheHeavy more direct and serious threat]], having effortlessly disabled three of the four princesses by [[TakenForGranite petrifying]] them with [[{{Magitek}} Obsidian Orbs]], and actively on the hunt for the escaped Twilight Sparkle with her friends, but then, [[spoiler: we learn that [[TragicVillain as a filly, she lost her horn after an Ursa Minor attack, and was shunned by her friends due to her unstable magic sparks]], [[CynicismCatalyst making her believe that friendship is meaningless.]] And then, at TheClimax of the film, after the Storm King creates a huge tornado that engulfs all of Canterlot, Tempest asks him to restore her horn to fulfill his end of the bargain, but he [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness reveals that he only used her and attempts to kill her]], but Twilight [[SaveTheVillain saves her]], leading to her HeelFaceTurn in [[HeroicSacrifice risking her life to defeat the Storm King once and for all.]]]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'':
** Father is a shadowy figure with control over fire, who brainwashed five children into thinking they were his/being evil. He is always beaten by the skin of everyone else's teeth and you've got a very threatening villain for such a harmless show.
** Once Father went through massive VillainDecay, TheMovie gave us Grandfather, Father's father ([[spoiler:and Numbuh Zero's]]), who possesses many of Father's abilities as well as the ability to turn all the people in the world into undead senior citizens.
* While a few of them do play nice, most of the diesel engines in ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' are very vocal about their desire to overtake the steam engines and aren't above trying to hurry that day along. At least twice, they've tried to smelt down [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath other engines]] [[KarmaHoudini and escaped any consequences]].
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** The unnamed DrillSergeantNasty in "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted", especially in contrast to the usual IneffectualSympatheticVillain. He spends the entire episode coldly and sadistically pounding out any creativity and happiness from the duo to the point they essentially become mindless drones. He even [[spoiler:dies in the end]]. He's also [[spoiler:a literal nightmare]], so the show can get away with this.
** The crossover with Marvel presented ComicBook/RedSkull. His evil plan was to destroy the Tri-State Area, and he modified one of Doofenshmirtz's inventions to drain matter and living energy from other superheroes.
** The bald mad scientist Aloyse Von Roddenstein, especially in the special "Phineas and Ferb Save Summer". He started out as a childish rival to the show's Big Bad Heinz Doofenshmirtz during the series, but it wasn't until the "Save Summer" special, that he finally reveals his true maniacal plan to take over the Earth by sending it into a new Ice Age based on one of Doofenshmirtz's successful schemes, something that even Doofenshmirtz is horrified to learn about.
** TheMovie gives us an AlternateDimension version of Doofenshmirtz who is far more successful--and ''far'' more cruel--than the Doof we know. He has successfully taken over his Tri-State Area for his family and turned it into a totalitarian dystopia where everyone lives in fear. Plus he's [[spoiler:[[BodyHorror turned his old enemy Perry the Platypus into a mind-controlled cybernetic "platyborg"]]--a condition which turns out to be permanent, even after the brainwashing is lifted--[[WouldHurtAChild and has no qualms about doing the same to Phineas]].]]
*** The episode sequel gives us an AlternateDimension version of Doofenshmirtz's ex-wife Charlene, who is still married to the alternate Doof and is just as cruel and intelligent as him. [[spoiler:As it turns out, she had used her husband's technology to turn 25 more animal agents into cyborgs to help enforce her family's rule over their Tri-State Area]]. She even helped staged a fake divorce with the alternate Doof to satisfy their family's safety and finances in case their reign would be overthrown.
** The FauxAffablyEvil Mittington Random in "The Klimpaloon Ultimatum" only appears in one episode but he definitely qualifies as this due to his intentions to experiment on the titular Klimpaloon to make a perfect new brand of old fashioned swimwear. This wouldn't be too bad for the show, if the episode didn't show off his deformed failed attempts and mention how his experiments will ultimately kill the cryptid. Also not helping were his claims that he'll rip Klimpaloon apart stitch by stitch if he has to.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' sometimes has this trope. The show itself is usually lighthearted, and most of the one-shot villains are comical (with a couple of notable exceptions)- but lets take a look at some of the {{Big Bad}}s. [[MagnificentBastard Slade]] is a creepily emotionless diabolical mastermind who runs on blackmail, MindRape, {{Hannibal Lecture}}s and FoeYay, and delivers {{No Holds Barred Beatdown}}s to several characters in surprisingly vivid fashion. Then there's Trigon, who's {{Satan}} and wants to use the show's main [[TheWoobie Woobie]], who's also his daughter, to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt- and he actually succeeds in causing HellOnEarth for two episodes. Fun times. Both villains (as well as Brother Blood) were toned down a lot for the cartoon. For much of the '80s, the ''Teen Titans'' was one of DC's darkest books. The fact that they were able to make it a kids' show is a feat for the ages.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is more [[CrapsaccharineWorld crapsaccharine]] than saccharine (though the characters inside don't seem to care), but some villains are a cut above the rest:
** Hunson Abadeer is the [[YourSoulIsMine soul-sucking]] [[HumanoidAbomination Lord of Evil]], who rules [[EldritchLocation the Nightosphere]] (which is a ChaoticEvil Hell) and has a OneWingedAngel form Lovecraft would have been proud of. He does [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes genuinely love]] [[MoralityPet his daughter Marceline]], but the way he expresses his love is [[BlueAndOrangeMorality twisted at best]].
** The Lich [[OmnicidalManiac seeks to eradicate all life]], [[WalkingWasteland kills things simply by being near them]], looks like a half-rotten corpse, his [[spoiler:possession of Bubblegum]] is straight out of ''Film/TheExorcist'', he [[spoiler:kills [[BigGood Billy]]]] and uses him as LivingBodysuit, [[spoiler:kills Prismo]], is a master of manipulation and MindRape, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and he's voiced by]] Creator/RonPerlman. He's the only villain in the entire series that is played dead seriously (pun intended), and he is all the more terrifying for it. It's implied he's the embodiment of the first bomb of the Mushroom War, making him the avatar of the apocalypse. [[spoiler: And it turns out he's merely [[TheDragon a disciple]] of someone ''FAR'', '''FAR''' worse.]]
** The Fight King, who tricked friend warriors into fighting his Gladiator Ghosts, and then eventually forced them to fight and kill each other for his own [[ForTheEvulz amusement]]. Just like The Lich, he is a completely serious villain without any comical trait.
** [[CuteIsEvil Me-Mow]] threatens to kill Jake if he doesn't assassinate Wildberry Princess for her, and at one point injects him with half the poison. Once she's discovered she tries to [[EyeScream blind Finn with a knife]].
** [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters The Destiny Gang]] are a [[RapePillageAndBurn band of marauding thugs]] that terrorise and plunder a village, burn it down purely out of spite, then set Finn's house on fire while his family are still inside (including his infant sibling). The two-part episode in which they appear features The Lich and finally confirms that Ooo is set AfterTheEnd, and they are still one of the darkest things about the episode.
** Ricardio is not only a blood covered giant organ with a scary looking face and hideous biomechanical limbs, he's also the closest thing to a rapist they could get away with having in a kid's show.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' is notable for making the Decepticons far more dangerous than in other versions of the franchise, given the lighthearted tone of the rest of the show.
** [[BigBad Megatron]] takes the cake, as the mere mention of his name can cause a collective OhCrap from the Autobots.
** Shockwave murdered [[spoiler:Blurr]] [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath in an incredibly horrifying manner]], and Wasp is in a continuity where his insanity isn't played for laughs and is completely terrifying for it.
** Lockdown is a freelance assassin Transformer who's caused Ratchet to have war flashbacks. His whole body is a SwissArmyWeapon whose left arm and leg don't match his right. Why? He butchers other Transformers for their parts to increase his power, or just to keep as trophies.
** Prometheus Black/Meltdown is a rare human example in the series. While the other human villains are deliberately used as filler and to exemplify the Decepticons as a greater threat, Meltdown manages to be genuinely depraved and terrifying. Case in point -- in his second appearance, he was experimenting on humans to try and create human transformers (he'd already done at least two adult humans, one of them his former lawyer, and was planning to use 8-year-old Sari Sumdac as his next test subject).
* The ''WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts'' have WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor, who is [[ExactlyWhatitSaysOnTheTin an evil doctor]] bent on cutting up [[WesternAnimation/PlutoThePup Mickey's dog Pluto]] as part of a lab experiment. Later, he actually threatens to cut open WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse himself! Fortunately, he only exists in one of Mickey's nightmares.
* Zordrak of ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone''. A gargantuan [[EvilSoundsDeep bellowing]] EldritchAbomination with a serious HairTriggerTemper that frequently [[BadBoss abuses or even exterminates]] his SlaveMooks the Urpneys for the slightest irritance. While also managing to be [[TheComicallySerious rather funny]], he's a pretty creepy guy, even when not compared to the cutesy residents of [[SugarBowl the Land Of Dreams]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin'' has Quellor, the [[BigBad Supreme Opressor]] of [[InitialismTitle M. A. V. O.]], the Monsters And Villains Organization, who gives off a very ominous vibe.
* ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'':
** While [[BigBad The Night Master]] still retains comedic features, he is a really dangerous and intimidating villain compared to the {{Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain}}s. He was responsible for the Woo-Foo extinguish, killing all the Woo-Foo's knights, Master Yo being the only survivor.
** Nightmooster, a future-alternative [[TheChewToy Ultimoose]]'s version. It has the honor of [[MoralEventHorizon having killed Yang's sister on screen!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'':
** Gargamel, sometimes, only other times he was too LaughablyEvil or too much of an IneffectualSympatheticVillain.
** Nemesis, a warlock who was introduced late in the series, had the goal of gaining immortality by stealing the Smurfs' Long Life Stone, and an accident in the past had made his face so hideous that most people [[BrownNote couldn't bear to look at him]]. His skills in black magic were greater than Gargamel could ever fathom.
** Gargamel's godfather Lord Balthazar, a far more competant wizard. The show's NeverSayDie policy was severly compromised in his first appearance, when he used a gun (he didn't refer to it as such, but it was clearly a blunderbuss of some sort) against the Smurfs, killing their pet duck. (He later got better, due to SwissArmyTears.) Balthazar [[VillainDecay mellowed a great deal]] in future episodes where he really didn't really care about the Smurfs at all, but his plots to predict the future often made him a dangerous threat.
** The WickedWitch Chlorhydris, who was so full of hate that she wanted to make the entire world feel the same way, eradicating everyone's ability to feel happiness and love. While such goals are not uncommon for villains in a series like this, Chlorhydris did some downright sadistic things in pursuit of it, like kidnapping the wood elf Laconia and using her wand to kill the flowing plants in the forest - not caring in the least that doing so was causing Laconia to die an agonizingly slow death as she felt their pain. (Unlike most villains in the series, Chlorhydris was given a backstory; apparently, she was once in love with a wizard who left her at the altar, and apparently, the heartbreak was enough for her to want to deny all of creation what she had once had.)
* Some of the oldest ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts had villains that made even Yosemite Sam look timid:
** The 1949 Porky Pig cartoon "Bye, Bye Bluebeard" had a SerialKiller (that's right, a ''serial killer'') named Bluebeard who would likely have given most of today's children nightmares. (Forget the fact that he was hideous, stood 6' 11 tall, actually had a long, blue beard, and the most nightmarish EvilLaugh in ''Looney Tunes'' history, he nearly decapitated poor Porky using a homemade guillotine; Porky was saved when a mouse (who Porky had been chasing earlier, who decides to ''flip a coin'' to decide what to do) tricks Bluebeard into eating some bombs disguised as popovers, causing the villain to explode.
** Even some of the more recent (relatively speaking) shorts had some darker villains, like the [[CardCarryingVillain Evil Scientist]] from "Water Water Every Hare". While his trained monster Rudolph was more LaughablyEvil, he himself was true NightmareFuel, his attempt to kill Bugs using an axe being a scene that likely startles anyone who sees the cartoon for the first time.
* Dr. Blowhole in ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar''. In his debut episode he planned on flooding the world, just because of all the embarassment humans put him through when he was a circus dolphin. And in his second appearance, he intentionally meant to drown Skipper when he gave him amnesia. And that, after his first appearance, some of the other episodes went through DarkerAndEdgier territories.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' is a SadistShow, but everything that happens to the Eds up until is played for laughs and could be considered lighthearted enough. The end of [[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddysBigPictureShow The Big Picture Show]] however introduces [[spoiler:Eddy's brother, who manages to genuinely harm both his own brother and Edd, and he's been abusing the former for years. What all the typical bullies in the show witness him doing is horrific enough for them to redeem themselves and accept the Eds as their friends once and for all.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'' is a fairly light hearted and optimistic show, and most of the villains are either misunderstood (if dragons) or redeemable (if human). It also has Dagur the Deranged, the one villain who is presented without any redeeming features whatsoever. In his earlier appearances, he's a LaughingMad AxeCrazy BloodKnight with ChronicBackStabbingDisorder who repeatedly heavily implies that he killed his pacifistic father, Oswald the Agreeable, as well as being enough of a badass to hold his own against Alvin (who, in turn can match Stoick the Vast in combat) for a while. As of ''Race to the Edge'', he's [[TookALevelInBadass toughened]] [[PrisonsAreGymnasiums up]], swapping the last of his DirtyCoward tendencies for even greater psychosis (he's mentioned to have destroyed Heather's village, killing her [[spoiler: adopted]] parents) and a [[BeardOfEvil fairly]] [[BeardOfBarbarism impressive]] [[BadassBeard beard]]. Oh, and he's got a serious FoeYay thing for Hiccup. Comparisons with the Joker have been made, and with good reason. [[spoiler:Until his HeelFaceTurn revealed much of that was exaggerated, anyway.]]
* [[BigBad XANA]] from ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''. The show takes place in a boarding school that appears to be a rather light-hearted, comical setting, with a ridiculous gym teacher, a LovableAlphaBitch and characters making jokes, but [[MoodWhiplash as soon as XANA starts acting]], we suddenly get stuff such as [[AttackOfTheKillerWhatever Killer Wasps/Rats/Birds invasions]], [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Giant Destructive Teddy Bears]], place where [[EverythingTryingToKillYou Everything Is Trying to Kill You]], ZombieApocalypse, cataclysms, DemonicPossession, and the list goes on. And just in case this wasn't scary enough, [[NothingIsScarier XANA itself never appears in person]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' normally only has [[HarmlessVillain Swiper]], but some of the {{Big Bad}}s in the double-length specials qualify -- especially the Witch from "Dora's Fairy Tale Adventure", who put Boots in a never ending sleep ForTheEvulz and was genuinely evil.
* Meatman from the ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' episode of the same name is much more intimidating and terrifying than you'd expect from a show like this.
-->'''Lazlo''': Please, Meatman! I'm sorry I called you stinky, smelly, and stupid!\\
'''Meatman''': But that's how I like my dinner. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Stinky... smelly... and STUPID!]]
* ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'', especially [[WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} the original series]], is goofy with a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] feeling to it, yet even some of its one-shot villains are outright disturbing. (With the exception of ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Alien Force]]'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'', which both have creepy sinister villains but [[DarkerAndEdgier are already dark to begin with]].)
** [[BigBad Vilgax]] is a GalacticConqueror stated to be [[TheDreaded the most feared being in the Universe]], who wants get the Omnitrix so he can use it to create an army of invincible shapeshifting drones. He is explicitly stated to have blown up at least one inhabited planet according to flashbacks almost exterminating the species in the process, and WordOfGod implied it wasn't the only one. When first meeting with Ben, he delivers him a very brutal NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, kidnaps him by taking his relatives hostage, and tries to ''cut his arm off'' just so he can take the Omnitrix from it.
*** When Vilgax appears in the LighterAndSofter [[WesternAnimation/Ben102016 reboot series]], he fills this trope even more. While up to that point the reboot has been much more light-hearted and funny than the previous series, much like WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo and WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016, Vilgax's character has scarcely changed at all. He's still a ruthless, power-hungry conqueror, and the tone of the series makes him stand out even more.
** Zombozo is a MonsterClown HumanoidAbomination with a really creepy design, prone for [[SlasherSmile Slasher Smiles]], who fuels his power by [[EmotionEater harvesting happiness (Fear in Omniverse) from people]]. Prolonged drain can result in people being reduced to weak, barely alive husks, and he apparently enjoys [[WouldHurtAChild abducting children to drain them more later]]. When Ben confronts him, he proceeds to disturb and psychologically torture the kid thanks to [[MasterOfIllusion weird illusions]] involving a huge deal of AlienGeometry. And that guy is a ''minor'' villain.
** Ghostfreak[=/=]Sz'Skayr initially is introduced as one of Ben's ten original form in the Omnitrix, and one that disturbs him so much he is reluctant to use it. Then it turns out [[GeneticMemory his memory is still contained inside the Omnitrix along with his DNA]], allowing him to [[EnemyWithout resurrect from Ben's transformation]], and he just happens to be a maniac who wants to [[GrandTheftMe take Ben's body and use it to his own ends]]. His schemes involves, amongst other things, covering the world with Darkness while mutating the entire population into hideous monsters. And [[ResurrectiveImmortality as long as the Omnitrix contains his DNA, he can always come back from the grave]].
** Khyber the Huntsman, who was TheHeavy in season 1 of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', is a Film/{{Predator}}-esque EgomaniacHunter who likes to hunt various species in the Galaxy and collect their bodyparts as trophies. He doesn't care if the species he hunts are sentient, and judging by what we see in his ship's TrophyRoom, he ''did'' slay several sentient aliens before coming for Ben, making him a SerialKiller as well. Oh, and he owns the Nemetrix, an Omnitrix EvilKnockoff allowing his hound to shapeshift into all kind of feral alien predators.
** Malware, the true BigBad of season 1 and [[TheManBehindTheMan Khyber's boss]], is a [[AxCrazy psychopathic]] [[MechanicalLifeForm Galvanic Mechamorph]] born with a malfunction forcing him to sustain himself by [[IAmAHumanitarian cannibalizing people of his own species]] in exchange of the ability to [[CannibalismSuperpower copy technology by consuming it]]. His onscreen actions include [[WouldHurtAChild trying to crash a school bus just to distract Ben]], [[spoiler:mentally scarring Ben as a child by destroying one of his alien forms]], and in the finale [[spoiler:[[WhereIWasBornAndRazed blowing up his own homeworld]]]]. He especially stands out as this trope amongst Ben 10 villains, because, despite being in the most goofy and light-hearted entry in the franchise, his viciousness and cruelty rivals some of ''Alien Force's'' and ''Ultimate Alien's'' [[BigBad Big Bads]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'':
** Miss Doombringer, unlike Crocker, desires to find Fairies not to prove to everyone that they exist or to conquer the world; she's just AxCrazy and wants to tear the wings off of Fairies to mount on her wall!
** The Destructinator from the episode "Wishology". An OmnicidalManiac dedicated to the destruction of other worlds and willing to kill a 10 year old boy. He is so atrocious he was the first and only character in the series to be KilledOffForReal.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'':
** Trip Larson from the Halloween episode "Pigmalion". Not only does he try and transform Luanne into his ideal woman, he tries to kill her with a pork processing machine.
** Luanne's mom Leanne is an alcoholic, self-absorbed criminal who neglects Luanne and physically abuses her husband and later Bill. Her foibles are ''not'' played for laughs.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' is DarkerAndEdgier than previous Scooby Doo series, but is still child-friendly, making the truly nasty villains all the more shocking:
** The Freak of Crystal Cove blackmailed the original mystery gang into leaving town and took the baby of one of them hostage, raising it for 18 years and threatening to harm him if they ever came back. Professor Pericles [[spoiler:murdered Ed Machine, and the Gang's friend Cassidy Williams]], and later experiments with genes to create a mutant army of cattle that cause wide property damage and killed at least 29 people. He later puts mutated cobra venom into his former master's spine so he can induce terrible pain when he disobeys him.
** The Entity that the MythArc leads up to is an EldritchAbomination played 100% straight, complete with a LeakingCanOfEvil that twists and corrupts the lives of everyone in Crystal Cove for centuries. In the GrandFinale, "Come Undone", [[spoiler:it's released and proceeds to eat the entire town, threatening to devour galaxies once it's powerful enough, and is only stopped by a literal CosmicRetcon.]]
* Similiar, ''WesternAnimation/TheThirteenGhostsOfScoobyDoo'' has titular 13 Ghosts (sometimes called demons). While some of them are goofy, few are quite nasty. Maldor the Malevolent, first ghost they fought, was a menacing dark sorcerer, attempted to kill the gang with magic, imprisoned and threatened a wizard to get magic wand that would let him conquer the world and trapped Daphne in magic sleep Scooby barely managed to break. Time Slime was outright sadistic, even for ghosts' standards, and managed to terrify Scooby so much he got HeroicBSOD and only broke from it when Vincent showed him vision of the future in which Time Slime turned world into a post-apocalyptic wasteland, corrupted Flim Flam and Scrappy and drove Shaggy and Daphne insane. Nekara is a FemmeFatale, who makes wizards fall in love with her and then drains their magic powers and almost did that to Vincent. Rankor actually looks like classic demon and, in order to prove himself worthy of joining a group of ghosts trying to destroy the world, turned Vincent into stone, attempted to kill the gang and then some plane passengers.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' had a few of these. One Film/JamesBond-inspired episode had Fred and Barney the victims of MistakenIdentity and wind up kidnapped by a MadScientist named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dr. Sinister]]. One example of how evil the villain was: in one scene, he ordered a henchman to throw another guy in "the bottomless pit", Fred and Barney being able to do nothing but watch, terrified, as the guy was dragged away, begging for his life. Fred eventually had the nerve to ask who the guy was, to which Dr. Sinister replied, "Oh, just a former assistant."
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has many villains that, while powerful and dangerous, have many AffablyEvil moments and still have standards, such as not fighting or harming humans during Christmas. "The Ultimate Enemy" features [[spoiler: [[BadFuture Danny's future self]], Dark Danny]]. His attempts to act nice are [[FauxAffablyEvil obviously fake]], and all of the destruction and death he's responsible for is played seriously.
* Megabyte and Hexadecimal from ''WesternAnimation/{{Reboot}}'' are incredibly serious characters that are stuck in a show that at least started much more lighthearted. They're capable of levity, including [[GoKartingWithBowser Megabyte getting into a guitar duel with Bob at Enzo's birthday]], but Megabyte's MagnificentBastard personality and Hexadecimal's SplitPersonality almost always pushed the heroes to their limits in between the more comical "game survival" episodes. The show later [[CerebusSyndrome became much more serious]] and the two were simply allowed to do real damage instead of just be intimidating.
* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' is a ComingOfAgeStory based around SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers and is mostly a practitioner of RousseauWasRight, filled with people who underneath their problems genuinely want to help and make things better. The Beast is the reason for the "mostly" disclaimer; a [[LivingShadow shadow creature]] who stalks TheLostWoods and [[TheDreaded all in The Unknown fear]], he turns lost people into Edelwood trees, preying on those struck with grief or despair, and targets children in particular. In the end [[spoiler:he is implied to be KilledOffForReal, albeit offscreen]], and [[KickTheSonOfABitch it is very much deserved]].
* ''WesternAnimation/RosePetalPlace'', a 1980s toy franchise in the ''Strawberry Shortcake'' mold, yielded two animated specials--and the antagonist, the spider woman Nastina, lives up to her name and tries to kill the heroines at least five times over the course of the specials, interrupting a musical number to try and crush them with a birdbath, trying to flood the garden by breaking a dam, locking Rose Petal in a room with no light so she'll die, trying to catapult a heavy rock onto everyone, and trying to run everyone over with a lawn mower.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is a ComingOfAgeStory where the main threats for the first season are the occasional mindless monster, and as much time is spent interacting with the wacky townspeople as it is fighting monsters. Even the show's first major threat, Lapis Lazuli, is [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds a confused and traumatized being]] who Steven is able to reason with and calm down. This changes with the introduction of the Homeworld Gems, which reveals that the rest of the Gems are [[spoiler:a planet of ScaryDogmaticAliens which attempted to conquer the Earth thousands of years ago, leading to a war which lead to hundreds of casualties. In the current, Homeworld is responsible for forced fusion experiments of shattered gems - analogous to necrophilic rape within the show's context - and the production of a tortured superweapon made out of ''millions'' of these gem shards.]] It's telling that the show's darkest moments are all a direct result of Homeworld's atrocities. Some specific examples:
** Jasper is a ruthless, [[SocialDarwinist Darwinian]] BloodKnight who marks as the show's first major KnightOfCerebus and introduction to Homeworld beyond Peridot. Notable as the first Gem Steven immediately knew he couldn't reason with, Jasper introduces herself by casually ordering Peridot to use their ship's cannon to vaporize the heroes, brutally destabilizing Garnet and headbutting Steven into unconsciousness. In all her appearances thus far, Jasper's been consistently treated as an intimidating and domineering threat to everyone and everything around her.
** Jasper is later topped by a figure who is ironically at the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of appearance. Aquamarine is tiny, cute and child-like, with an adorable British accent. She is also a completely [[{{Sadist}} sadistic]] [[TheSociopath sociopath]], who enjoys inflicting pain and misery on others. How vile she is gets shown clearly when she has several of Steven's friends hostage, then wonders aloud if Homeworld's instructions to collect humans specified if they were needed ''alive''.
** The BigBadDuumvirate, the Diamond Authority, stand out as the biggest example of this. Though we've only seen two of them, Blue Diamond and Yellow Diamond, it's clear they're the worst of Gemkind. Beyond being responsible for overseering Homeworld's atrocities, on their own record, they are ''incredibly'' petty and willing to murder anyone they perceive as insulting them. [[spoiler:Yellow Diamond in particular is engineering the Cluster - the aforementioned superweapon - not out of any pragmatic purpose, but instead to obliterate Earth out of vengeful spite.]] It makes one fear what [[GreaterScopeVillain White Diamond is like...]]
*** [[spoiler:Averted ''hard'' with Pink Diamond, who if anything is the BigGood.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has major villains from the start, but both season one BigBad [[TheFakeCutie Lil' Gideon]] and recurring threat [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Bill Cipher]] are within the usual tone of the series. That is not the case for the two villains in [[WhamEpisode "Northwest Mansion Mystery"]]. [[spoiler:The Lumberjack's Ghost is an AxCrazy vengeful spirit who is willing to condemn an entire party of innocents to a horrible fate as payback for a hundred-years-old betrayal]]. The true villain of the episode, and the most unambiguously evil character on the show so far, is [[BlueBlood Preston Northwest]], an [[AbusiveParents abusive parent]] to his daughter Pacifica, and willing to condemn hundreds of people, including most of his closest friends, to a terrifying living death to save his own skin. He even states that his family plans to [[RefugeInAudacity survive by eating their butler]].
** As of the final arc of the series [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination Bill Cipher]] certainly qualifies. While his initial appearance had him more of a twisted games master with BlueAndOrangeMorality, once he gains the power he needs, he turns into a villain straight out of the work of Creator/CliveBarker, turning the entire town into a twisted hellscape, engaging in casual use of BodyHorror and TakenForGranite, and taking great glee in setting horrific monsters upon the innocent townspeople. He's easily evolved into the darkest and most dangerous villain the show has ever seen. ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' has an InUniverse example in the episode "Who're You Calling Two-Dimensional": Winchester Wolf, was a cartoon villain and nemesis for Dopey Dog, both characters created by cartoonist Walt Fleishman (a homage to Creator/WaltDisney and Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer). Evil, black suit, brooches and belt buckles shaped like skulls here and there, a cape, godlike powers and voiced by ''Creator/FrankWelker''.
* Pretty much every villain in ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' due to the show being sweeter than most of its Nickeloden ilk. These ones stand out in particular.
** Skrawl, a malformed zoner, who loathed Rudy for the mistaken belief that he was directly responsible for making him the misshapen being he is (It was really a bunch of kids messing with the drawing that made Skrawl whatever he is). Almost any episode with Skrawl in it is not PlayedForLaughs with his deeds including imprisoning Rudy and various innocents to throw into the ocean, convincing Penny to join him as future co-ruler of [=ChalkZone=], creating a gigantic sentient brain to mind control everyone in [=ChalkZone=], and teaming up with the robot zoner Craniac to create a robot doppelganger of Rudy to destroy magic chalk.
** Terri O'Bouffant and Vinnie Raton. The former was a news reporter and the latter was a businessman, but both intended on proving [=ChalkZone=] existed for the sole purpose of making millions of a world made of chalk with Terri going as far as to stalk Rudy and Penny (10-year old children!) to collect evidence. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Vinnie was shocked.]]
** The Quicksand Man. This one-time villain was a demonic being who mysteriously appeared in [=NightZone=]. He created magical sand that put people to sleep and sucked them into a sand-filled world where they were harassed by their worst nightmares. Not a funny character at all.
** The Red Chalk was a piece of magical red chalk like the white one Rudy had. Unlike Rudy's chalk, anything it drew became evil. A chicken would become a fire-breathing monster, a baseball bat would become animate and attack bystanders, a garbage truck would launch living garbage at people, etc. The worst part was that the moment it was used, it could not be removed from the hand in any way unless the bearer exited [=ChalkZone=] where its power would become useless, though it still had enough self-awareness to move itself into a place where an unsuspecting person would find it and become its next wielder.
** WordOfGod has stated that if the show had lasted longer, it would have introduced a team-up between Skrawl and a human who had transformed into a zoner from spending too long in [=ChalkZone=]. It was apparently intended to be [[CerberusSyndrome a story arc for the show]], and considering [[FridgeHorror how much time Rudy has spent in ChalkZone]], a WhamEpisode would not have been out of place for the story.
* The obscure cartoon ''WesternAnimation/PiggsburgPigs'' is a slightly surprising inclusion to this last. As the name suggests the show's about a town of anthromorphic pigs right out of your standard Saturday morning fare. It does have [[HarmlessVillain a pair of bumbling wolves]] who are always trying and failing to eat the protagonists, but every episode ends up being about the Forbidden Zone on the edge of town. Which is crawling with evil undead and mad scientists who like to whip up evil monsters in their gothic castles....
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' during the during the "Purpleberry Pond" segment in the episode "Saturday Morning Fun Pit".
* ''WesternAnimation/SheriffCalliesWildWest'' has at least three examples:
** In "The Train Bandits", the titular villains have no problem with sending the train's passenger cars towards a broken bridge, spelling certain doom for the passengers.
** All of the villains in the book ''The Cat Who Tamed the West'' are this - one of them even steals Callie's horse, Sparky.
** In "Boots or Consequences," Mean [=McGee=], who states that he steals whatever he wants, whenever he wants, and doesn't "give a baked bean" if it makes someone cry.
* The Creator/DiCEntertainment AnimatedAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/SylvanianFamilies'' into a WesternAnimation series delves into this. While the original toyline and Japanese [=OVAs=] were pure TastesLikeDiabetes and SugarBowl, the [=DiC=] cartoon added very hostile and frightening villains Gatorpossum and Packbat.
* Lord Dominator from season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' is, according to WordOfGod, deliberately this, evoking the storytelling conventions of more serious, story-oriented animated shows such as ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. She's a sadistic planetary destroyer who takes pleasure in destruction, is the first villain in the show to actually [[KilledOffForReal kill off a character for real]], and succeeds in destroying every single planet in the entire galaxy [[spoiler:except for one.]] All her evil actions are played with uncommon seriousness, and she easily curb stomps every other villain in the galaxy, save Hater. And had the show continued, we would have seen someone ''even worse'' than her show up.
--> [[http://suspendersofdisbelief.tumblr.com/post/124634892706/on-the-subject-of-wandering-over-yonder What if Wander’s weird little galaxy was our weird little show?]] And what if Dominator represented all the extremely perilous, high-stakes, big mystery storytelling that some of our favorite shows have? Heck, she’s even forcing our silly Cartoon guys into a season long serialized arc! Does zany Cartoon silliness even have a right to exist in the face of unspeakable odds?
* ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'''s most famous adversary, the Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak, qualifies as this in the first of the 1980s specials, ''The World of Strawberry Shortcake''. When his Berry Birds fail to plunder her strawberry patch, he masquerades as a friendly old peddler and sells the kids a watering can that never runs dry to give her as a birthday present. The trick is that he's the only one who knows how to stop its flow. Strawberryland ends up completely flooded in a SugarApocalypse. The poor kids end up harvesting all the strawberries and transporting them to the Pieman's castle in exchange for his making the waters recede (leaving a muddy wallow behind). To make matters worse, the kids lose track of the baby of the group, Apple Dumplin', in the process and she ends up in the palace as well. At this point the {{Narrator}}, Mr. Sun, pulls a DeusExMachina and offers to grant Strawberry a wish, which she uses to summon an army of living trees -- which bring the castle down, forcing the Pieman to surrender. The kids actually induce a HeelFaceTurn in him once he's returned the berries and the baby, but he reverts to his old ways by the time of the next special, whereupon he's more of a HarmlessVillain with extremely petty, childish motives and any real damage his plans pose to others is often an unintended side effect of his plotting.
* One episode of [[WesternAnimation/LittleLulu The Little Lulu Show]] had a guy who [[AdultFear hypnotized girls and used them as mannequins]]. He even does the same to Lulu.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' has Toffee. A Lizard Man totally at odds with the series around him. He's a planner, a manipulator, someone who has been fighting Star's family for several generations. However, thanks to his intelligence, he's able to do all sorts of things to get things his way. In his last appearance in season 1, he gets Star's wand destroyed after threatening Marco's life. And while he seems to die...[[spoiler: he survives in a piece of Star's Wand.]] And when [[spoiler: he returns in season 2, it pulls a GrandTheftMe on Ludo's body]] and then causes the defeat of the Magic High Commission, 4 of the most powerful magic users in all dimensions. Crafty, ruthless and ultimately as strong in body as in mind, Toffee is the most vile thing in Star Vs, and easily her greatest threat.
* Not even ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'' isn't safe from this trope either, as showcased in ''WesternAnimation/AMatterOfLoafAndDeath''. [[spoiler: Piella Bakewell seems to be a sweet natured woman whom Wallace falls in love with, but is actually a ruthless serial killer who has already killed 12 people by the time the short starts, and plans on killing Wallace next, all because she dropped by a baking company when she got too fat to ride their hot air balloon. The short opens with her ''killing someone'' onscreen, presented from her own POV.]]
* The 2017 ''Westernanimation/BobTheBuilder'' Movie Called "The Mega Machines" had a villain named named Conrad who [[spoiler:Started a flood so he could ruin Bob's good name]] and '''threatens to scrap his machines if they don't do his bidding''' .
* The 2012 version of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' is considered the LighterAndSofter version of the 2003 version as there is plenty of humor around. However, there are some villains in this show that make it actually seem like it could be the darkest in the series:
** [[BigBad The Shredder]] himself is definitely. In far, FAR contrast to his 1987 version, the 2012 Shredder is much more evil, stronger, and dangerous than even his 2003 version. Shredder as had many people painfully mutated in order to serve his cause, forced his own daughter Karai [[spoiler: who is not his real daughter actually]]) to have a worm planted in her head [[BrainwashedAndCrazy forcing her to fight by his side]], and don't even get us started on the lengths he will take in order to get back at [[ArchEnemy Splinter]]. One of his plan even involved having Splinter's four sons turned into snakes and brutally kill him! Oh yeah! [[spoiler: Shredder has actually KILLED Splinter before they all got sucked into the black hole even saying it was WorthIt as he finally killed his rival.]] And then there is when he is mutated into the [[SuperMode Super Shredder]] where Shredder completely loses the last bit of sanity he had and was hell bent on killing anyone and everyone! [[spoiler: He actually manages to kill Splinter for good this time in a rather [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath brutally fashion!]]]] It's very easy to say that Shredder is definitely the most evil villain of the show.
** [[KnightofCerebus The Rat King]] for sure counts as one considering, next to Shredder/Super Shredder, he is the scariest villain in the entire show. Unlike most other villains who are comedic and have their [[ButtMonkey moments]] (even Shredder has some TheComicallySerious moments), the Rat King has NO [[PlayedForLaughs comedic moments]] whatsoever! The Rat King's methods include taking over New York with his army of rats and killing off every human. You know you're scary and a threat if even [[BigGood Splinter]] is scared shitless of you! [[spoiler: As revealed in season 4, the Rat King actually died from his fight with Splinter. However, despite being dead, there are hallucinations of him that STILL frighten Splinter! That's right! Even dead, the Rat King still makes Splinter tremble in fear of him!]] His appearance is similar to a Grim Reaper doesn't help in the slightest.
** The Triceratons considering what their plans are. Even though they are against the Kraang and are trying to stop them, the Triceratons are [[EvilvsEvil no saints themselves]]. They are willing to destroy entire planets just to stop the Kraang from spreading ([[spoiler: including Earth]]). [[VillainHasaPoint Even though they are in the right that the Kraang must be stopped before they spread to other planets]], the Triceratons [[spoiler: still had many innocent people killed when Earth was sucked into a black hole making the Triceratons have the highest kill count of any villain ever!]]. It doesn't help they threatened to destroyed the entire solar system as well...
** If you think Shredder and the Rat King are threatening and scary villains, then behold [[BigRedDevil Kavaxas]]! Kavaxes is an extremely powerful being known as a Demodragon that served as the BigBad for the first arc of season 5. Like with the Rat King, Kavaxes is NEVER played for laughs and all of his actions seen are extremely evil. [[spoiler: Like stealing the souls of people and killing them ON SCREEN!]] It doesn't help he's pretty much [[InvincibleVillain unkillable]] since he is a being from a different relm and his supernatural powers makes him immune to pretty much anything the heroes can throw at him. Kavaxes' only weakness is an artifact known as the [[ArtifactofDoom Seal of the Ancients]] that whoever is in possession of it, Kavaxes will obey whoever as the seal to no objection. This was how [[TheHeavy Tiger Claw]] was able to keep him under control. However, [[spoiler: when the seal got broken, Kavaxes proceeded to release the full potential of his powers and [[TheEndoftheWorldasWeKnowIt attempted to take over the ENTIRE planet!]]]]