Abarat: Mater Motley (successfully) brings about the end of all that is good by making a pact with beings whose whole purpose is to destroy. She releases untold millions of evil insects, and then burns the world with a massive deathship. She burned down her own house rendering her son blind and killing all but one of her 20 or so grandchildren. It turns out all of these acts were just For the Evulz and she's just that horrific of a person. Her abuse of Christopher Carrion for all his life, such as sewing his lips shut for mentioning the word love, is what turned him into a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.
The Acts of Caine: Berne distinguishes himself from other assassins, like Cain, in being a stone cold psychopath, torturer and rapist. We first see his insanity manifest when he kills a nonhuman prostitute for absolutely no reason, and he relentlessly hounds Caine and his allies with murder on his mind. Berne kills any of Caine's allies that he can and, at one point, tries to rape a captive man as an interrogation tactic. At the end of the day, Berne's only goal is to kill whom he can and get away with it. He especially wants a fight with Caine to satisfy his bloodlust.
The Adversary Cycle: Rasalom is an ancient Evil Sorcerer who embraced a role as the champion of darkness in forgotten eons. Defeated by his Arch-Enemy Glaeken, Rasalom was sealed into an old keep in Europe until World War II. Posing as a vampire, Rasalom convinced a Jewish teacher to aid him in guise of being a Noble Demon fighting the Nazis. To gain power, Rasalom murdered the German soldiers and revived them as enslaved undead until Glaeken returns to destroy him. Surviving by binding his soul to an unborn baby decades later, Rasalom emerges to take the world itself: plunging the world into eternal night before driving human beings to insanity and murder while unleashing monsters that kill indiscriminately on the populace. Rasalom only spares the now elderly Glaeken's apartment solely because he wants Glaeken to see the world he loved burn before Rasalom kills him slow. He's also angry one of the humans nearly accidentally caused his host-mother to miscarry and plans a similar fate for him. Even in the dark world of the Repairman Jack and Adversary Cycle books, Rasalom stands unique as the greatest monster the saga has to offer.
Agent Pendergast: Diogenes Pendergast in the Dance of Death and Book of the Dead is a massive monster, and considering what happened to him as a child doesn't excuse his horrific actions. Through the course of two books he kills numerous close friends of his brother while taunting him about it and doing it to set him up for life in prison, enacts the same procedure that drove him insane on some unlucky souls as a test run before enacting the real thing on thousands of people at once, drugs up one of the oldest friends of Pendergast and D'Agosta after failing to kill her once so she's left in a death-like state and he can return to properly kill her whenever he wants, and tries to completely shatter the mental state of his brother's ward in order to get her to commit suicide simply For the Evulz. The fact that even before his proper introduction in the books his mere mention is enough to completely unnerve his usually very calm brother truly speaks volumes of how dangerous this man is.
Scorpia: Julia Rothman plans to make outrageous demands to Britain that will never be met, kill a high school of children when they are not met, and make the same demand to America with the same consequence knowing that they will meet them, and ultimately cause a war to erupt between the two countries. To demonstrate the weapon and show that she is not bluffing; she kills a completely separate group of high school football players without giving them a chance to be saved. She also manipulates Alex into joining Scorpia by getting him to think his father worked for them and was killed by MI6 when it was the other way around. She was planning to betray and kill Alex in the end.
Snakehead: Major Winston Yu takes part in SCORPIA's plans to kill the members of a conference against poverty. His plan involves causing a tsunami and kill millions of people to make the deaths look like an accident, overshadow the deaths of the conference members with the deaths of millions, and to drum up sales for his Snakehead gang. When Yu captures Alex, he decides to have him slowly killed on a hospital bed as he removes his organs one by one; one organ a day until all that is left of him is a husk. This seems to be his preferred method of execution, since he has people killed in the same hospital, in the same way on a regular basis. Yu is so bad that his henchmen commit suicide before he can punish them for failure.
The Algebraist: The Archimandrite Luseferous is a brutal dictator, who rules by fear and intimidation. Fond of torture, one of his past times is thinking up new ways to harm those in his non-existent mercies psychologically and physically. He's set apart from other Culture villains by his willingness to commit base genocide, as he's obliterated cities full of people on little else but a whim.
Crayak is a Sufficiently Advanced Alien who acts as the series' Satan equivalent. A nearly omnipotent Social Darwinist, Crayak seeks to create a universe ruled by one species and one species alone. To that end, Crayak engineered the Howlers, a race of psychopathic child soldiers who think that killing is a game, and used them to gruesomely exterminate countless species, including the pacifistic Pemalites and Graffen's Children. In order to ensure that the Howler's Hive Mind is never contaminated by memories of defeat, Crayak obliterates any Howler's who fail him; he also destroys any Howlers who realize that their victims are people too. Not content with having created one of the most feared races in the galaxy, Crayak also lends his godlike might to other vicious species, secretly backing the Yeerks and other would-be galactic conquerors; he plans, for example, to have the Yeerks enslave humanity, only to then be wiped out by the Howlers. In a series filled with shades of grey, Crayak was as close to pure, unadulterated evil, as one was likely to get.
While she might not have operated on the same scale as Visser Three or Crayak, there were few antagonists in the series who could match Subvisser Fifty-one—better known by her host's name of "Taylor"—when it came to sheer visceral cruelty. A case study in why one does not allow an already Ax-CrazyYeerk to infest a mentally ill girl, "Taylor" combines her host's anger with her own Yeerk ruthlessness to deadly effect, acting as Visser Three's Torture Technician. Capturing Tobias she subjects him to brutal torture, using a device that tampers with the pain/pleasure centers of the brain, forcing him to relive the worst moments of his life, or inserting agony into even the fondest memories. When his friends try to rescue him, she runs off with him and starts torturing him physically even as she makes her mistake, stopping only when Rachel finally frees him. Returning months later, the demoted subvisser reveals she has severed her mental link with her host, regaining much of her sanity, but none of her morality. Manipulating the Animorphs into helping her with a plot to kill Visser Three, "Taylor" relentlessly taunts Tobias about her treatment of him, trying to provoke him into a fight so that she'll have an excuse to hurt him some more. She then reveals that her actual plan is to blow a gas main near the Yeerk Pool, killing thousands of her fellow Yeerks; she will then pin the blame on the Yeerk Peace Faction. An insecure bully possessed of a raging inferiority complex, "Taylor" is the postergirl for everything wrong with the Yeerk military, and shows just how banal even the sickest individual can be.
The Anubis Gates: Horrabin is a servant of the Master and a chillingly evil Monster Clown who rules over the beggars and outcasts of London. Horrabin disfigures them so they'll bring in extra revenue from the begging. Those he mutilates too much, his "mistakes," he locks in his sewer lair. These include his own father who he routinely torments and threatens to visit worse cruelties on. Horrabin uses his network to murder those who cross him or that he sees as a potential problem. Throughout the whole novel, Horrabin is a sadist and a fiend who is evil on a level none of his compatriots can match.
Artemis Fowl: Debuting in The Arctic Incident, the second of the series, Opal Koboi is a sociopathic pixie. When she got her position at the head of her company, she drove the previous owner, her own father, to insanity. Along with Briar Cudgeon, she organized the Goblin rebellion, taking advantage of the violent nature of the Goblins and planning to betray them to take over. When Holly and Artemis beat her, she plotted her revenge, and unleashed a complex gambit in the fourth book The Opal Deception. She escaped from prison using a clone duplicate (cloning is considered one of the most immoral things to faeries, as one creates new life which dies easily and cannot think for itself) had Julius Root killed, framing Holly, and then she attacked and Mind Raped a very prominent humanitarian, and had him send a probe down into the earth, to reveal the Faerie people. Doing so she expected to cause a war between the two races, and seize power. In, The Last Guardian the eighth and Final Book, her past self-came to break her out of prison, and Present!Opal hypnotizes two other pixies to hold her past self hostage and kill her, while she pleads for her to stop. Having killed her past self, all things she has made or influenced in her tech-corp. explode. Communications go down, cars explode, cell-phones and various guns explode, and the humans have their planes go down in mid air, and global communications stop. She then manipulates a number of Faerie ghosts who have been trapped on earth and want to be released. She has unleashed chaos and a global scale, and wishes to kill off all the Humans and take power.
Asian Saga: Most of the books heavily feature a Gray and Gray Morality, and the majority of the antagonists are well rounded and semi-sympathetic, but Gorth from Tai-Pan is one of the exceptions, being a brutal sexual sadist who, unlike his father, has no sense of honour whatsoever. Gorth enjoys hurting or assaulting others and clearly enjoys their pain. In order to hurt his enemy of the Struan family, he tries arranging for his son to be drugged and bedded by a prostitute with syphilis which was completely incurable in those days and a very, very horrible way to go.
Azincourt: Sir Martin is a corrupt priest and member of a clan of abusive backwoods hicks. He abuses his position as priest, telling women that the Bible requires them to get naked in front of him, then rapes them, and if their husbands complain, murders them. He tries to kill the main character, Nick Hook, and when Nick hits back, runs to the local lord to whine about how Nick struck a priest. He later frames Nick's handicapped brother for stealing so that King Henry will hang him, and makes repeated attempts to get Nick in trouble with the rest of the army for "living in sin with a Frenchwoman"; what he's really upset about is that he wanted to rape Nick's eventual wife himself and Nick got in the way. Finally, when the fighting at Agincourt is at its heaviest, Sir Martin decides the battle is lost, and sneaks off to rape Nick's wife while everyone else is busy, leaving his cousins, brothers, and bastard sons (he's got a few) to what he believes is their certain death.
The Beast House: Roy is a sadist, pedophile and murderer who molested his daughter and tortured his wife before going to prison. After his release, Roy sets about hunting down his ex and his daughter with full intention of revenge. On the way, he murders an innocent couple and kidnaps their young daughter, using her as a sex toy on the way for his personal satisfaction.
Garcia, the latest recruit of the Believers, is a Serial Killer with a habit of kidnapping prostitutes, murdering them, and then using their bones for art projects - including the twisted sculpture of the Black Angel itself. It's also implied that before coming to America, he did even worse.
Brightwell is the immortal second-in-command of the Believers, who assists Garcia in the worst of his exploits while also going about much of the Black Angel's dirty work across the centuries: murder, torture, brutal assaults upon defenseless monks and a host of other offenses. For good measure, he has a nasty habit of consuming the souls of his victims and adding them to "the great chorus within..."
Blood Meridian: Judge Holden is one of the most famous and memorable villains in American Literature. Our first introduction to him is him casually ruining a man's life by claiming him guilty of a crime several towns over, before confessing he had never met the man before and just destroyed his life for giggles. Holden acts as a corrupting force to the Glanton Gang throughout the novel, subtly pushing them to commit more and more atrocities on the undeserving. Holden's savagery and cruelty utterly outstrip the rest of his contemporaries and the lives he takes are often done so with more terrible violence then the others. Holden thinks nothing of murdering children and they tend to go missing from areas he visits after he is seen tempting them with sweets. The true nature of Holden is left ambiguous, but regardless he is a creature who desires nothing less than permanent violence and closes the novel with a murder implied to be too horrible to show even in the story's depressingly bleak world.
The Huntress: Bored with her usual game and finding humans too fragile to keep up the entertainment, she's taken up grafting the heads of human beings onto animal bodies - through a technique she learned from three surgeons she happened to abduct and torture. Because adults don't adjust well to the shock, the recipients of this treatment are children, who generally spend the last tortured minutes of their lives running through a dark forest in an unfamiliar body before being shot dead, partially eaten, and having their preserved remains hung from a wall.
The Book That is not Written: Valentine Day is an assassin who never actually spends any of the money he's paid to kill but rather takes the job because he knows his employers will cover up his actions, leaving him free to kill repeatedly. To make it worse, at book's end, given a choice between forcing the main character's loved one to die in a fire and saving himself and therefore giving her the opportunity to escape, he chooses to remain and burn to death with her. He finds an agonizing end more bearable than the thought of letting someone live. The worst part is that, while his employers, The Last Gate, are pretty horrendous, they're doing what they do out of misguided hope for a better world. Valentine isn't driven by love, hate, revenge, or anything human. Protagonist Eduardo sums it up best:
He doesn't feel. Not pain, not emotion, not the barest stirrings of empathy. The eyes are the window to the soul, they say, and having looked into his, I can state he doesn't have one. His desire to kill cannot even be called a desire. It is simply the only thing he does. It is as natural to him as breathing.
Bridge of Birds: The Duke of Ch'in is introduced as a tyrant who only cares about money, power, and obtaining immortality. To do so he tricked three gullible handmaidens into giving the feathers of the Princess of Birds' crown to him (thus rendering her unable to meet her lover in Heaven) and then murdered them so that they couldn't ask for them back. The Duke then drowned a city just to be able to hide his Soul Jar there, and cursed the three aforementioned handmaidens to guard his Soul Jar, essentially binding them to protect their murderer's heart for eternity. Ten Ox declares that the Duke "must have the coldest heart in the world!"
Nightlife: The Villain Protagonist Darkling is, in Cal's words, "a nightmare for hire and the Last of His Kind." A mercenary banshee who is in it for money and kicks in equal measure, Darkling's a casual killer who sees murder as a way to relieve boredom. Signing on with the Auphe's plan to travel back in time and exterminate humanity in its infancy, Darkling bodyjacks protagonist Caliban "Cal" Leandros, and takes him on a road trip to Hell. He tries to kill Cal's brother Niko's girlfriend, Promise, hires a pair of werewolves to kill Cal's girlfriend Georgina, then kills the surviving werewolf when they fail. He feeds a captured mugger to Boggle in order to bribe him into attacking Niko, then tries to gun Niko down himself, burns down the shop of a fence who tried to rip him off, and is captured while trying to trigger the apocalypse. Unlike the Auphe, who are doing it to ensure the survival of their species, Darkling is in it for the thrill and the cash alone, and he remains a greedy, swaggering egomaniac to the end.
Moonshine: Hobgoblin, better known by all and sundry as Hob, is the oldest living puck, and may be the first of his kind. He's also a sociopathic conman and killer who gloats openly about being "the reason there's no honour among thieves." Orchestrating the events from behind the scenes, Hob arranges for the kidnapping of Georgina, and the werewolf cub, Slay, in order to ensure that Niko, Cal, and Slay's father Flay, will go along with his plans, which involve using a gypsy crown to mentally enslave everyone he comes across. When his agent, Caleb, outlives his utility Hob pins him to the floor with Spanish poniards, cuts out his heart and rams it between his teeth. He then kidnaps Niko and plans to drain him of all his blood in order to activate the crown, while using Georgina's psychic powers as source of energy. When Cal interferes, Hob makes a very deliberate attempt at cutting him to pieces, bragging that: "I can do this as long as it takes. Piece by piece, strip by strip, I'll have you down to dripping bones, and when I'm done draining your gifted girl, I'll beat her to death with what's left of you."
Madhouse: Sawney Beane, the main antagonist, is a Redcap Serial Killer resurrected after several hundred years dead. He quickly sets out on a killing spree, leaving his underground lair littered with the bodies of his victims. He assembles an army of revenants and impresses his own personality on them, leaving them mirror images of his own psychopathic mental state, and fills the sewers with corpses, including those of a pregnant woman and a little girl. When Niko and Cal try to stop him, Sawney skins their Boggle ally alive, boasting that her hide is filled with a mother's love and will keep him warm on cold nights. He has a particular interest in Cal whom he tries to devour alive because of his Auphe heritage. "Abide in me traveler. Special boy with with special taste. The taste of madness. The taste of me."
The Cancer Cowboy Rides: Buddy Carson. In spite of his ability to pass on his terminal cancers to anyone he touches with bare skin, you might be tempted to believe that the Black Worm is controlling him. The story eventually makes it clear that while the Worm can prod and poke him down certain courses of action, it can't control him - and in the same sentence, it's revealed that Carson enjoys infecting others. In fact, not content with infecting a family with his disease, he stays in the house to watch them die in agony. Even his name adds more weight to his character - it's a cruel joke, Carson being short for Carcinogenic.
Arunis is an immortal, sociopathic, manipulative sorcerer who set most of the immediate plot (including the coming world war between superpower empires and the retrieval of an extremely dangerous Artifact of Doom) in motion to further his own ends. Those ends turn out to be arranging the destruction of the world as an offering to the Night Gods, so that they will be impressed enough to elevate him to godhood himself. In pursuit of this goal, he kills, tortures, and Mind Rapes his way across two continents, including sacrificing his own (few) loyal minions for short-term advantage, all without the slightest whiff of remorse. His in-universe reputation is well earned. He even manages to make trouble post-mortem, with his ghost mind raping one man to the point of destroying his personality while trying to possess him. Guy was an Asshole Victim, but still.
Macadra is Arunis's rival, on-and-off co-conspirator, his peer in age, power, and wickedness, and his sister. She wants the same Artifact of Doom he does, though she intends to conquer the world rather than destroy it. Her handiwork is mostly plainly visible in the fate of the Empire of Bali Adro, whose throne she subverted centuries ago, in the process turning it from a prosperous, enlightened society to a totalitarian hellhole (much to the horror of the time-displaced Bali Adrans traveling with the protagonists). Like her brother, she's The Dreaded and a Bad Boss, and she drives her soldiers so hard in pursuit of the heroes across the last book that they end up deserting in droves as soon as they have the opportunity. After Arunis dies at the end of the third book, she takes over as the most visible threat to the Chathrand and the world in the fourth and final volume.
The Sleepwalker: Hassam Bin Hassam has habit of selling shoddy parts to airlines, which results in the deaths of nearly 350 people from a large plane crash, for which he had absolutely zero remorse. He would regularly beat his wife, son, and housekeeper. He abused his son for enjoying Western culture, despite enjoying it himself, and kills his own wife when confronted about his plan. When he finds bugs in his house, he brutally waterboards his housekeeper in the toilet and shoots her in the thigh so she can not get help. When cornered, Hassam holds his own son hostage at knife-point and threatens to kill him if he is not allowed to go free.
Brigands M.C: Ralph "The Fuhrer" Donnington is a Neo-Nazi in charge of the South Devon Chapter of the title biker gang. He is introduced trying to assault and possibly kill his son Martin for spitting on a member's patch, only stopping when the member appeases him by having Martin fight the much more skilled Dante Scott. The Fuhrer later threatens to kill Dante's father when he disagrees with his plans to have the clubhouse torn down for new facilities. When Dante's parents kill one of his thugs, he retaliates by killing them and there older two children, and the younger two only live when Dante escapes though the window with the baby accidentally injuring her in the process. To eliminate Dante as a witness he sends a gang member to try to bomb the foster home that Dante was staying at. When The Fuhrer finds an undercover cop in his group he takes him to a field to execute him, until the cop tells him that he doesn't want a murder of a officer on his hands. When protagonist James Adams gets a job as a server for the clubhouse, The Fuhrer threatens to kill him for delivering tepid food as a sick joke, and admits he does this with every new server.
From the Aramov series: Leonid Aramov is a member of an international crime clan that coordinates deals between cartels and criminal organizations, and plans to usurp leadership from his mother Irena. In his introduction in People's Republic he forces a family member Ingrid to transfer her accounts to him by torturing her stepdaughter Ning in front of her, then kills Ingrid; sends hitmen after his nephew Ethan to remove competition for leadership, who kill Ethan's mother Galenka and his friend Yannis. In Guardian Angel Leonid kidnaps Ethan as a bargaining chip to get the Aramov accounts under his control, suggests cutting out Ethan's lower jaw and sending it to Irena as proof, takes him to a poacher's ranch where he is mistreated and tries to overdose Irena on painkillers to take complete control of the clan. After being exiled from the clan in Black Friday, Leonid moved to Mexico planning to sell weapons to the local cartels; has his informant in the clan try to kill the current leader, his brother Josef. In addition, Leonid was also a brutal Domestic Abuser who regularly beat, raped, and mentally tortured his prospective wife Tamara, threatened to kill their children should she try to leave him. Leonid ultimately had little to no regard for his family, and only cared about being in control of it.
The Child Thief: Yuri Grigorovich is a former soldier turned Serial Killer who is loathed by all who are familiar with his work, including the novel's other villains. Missing the thrill of hunting other men, Yuri kidnaps children from their villages, then stalks and picks off the hunting parties that come after them, before killing and mutilating the children. At the start of the novel, huntsman Luka finds Yuri's most recent victim, mortally wounded by Yuri, dragging the bodies of his two children on a sleigh. During the chaos that ensues, Yuri kidnaps Luka's niece Dariya, and makes off with her. He kills Dariya's father when he gives chase, shooting him in the gut and leaving him to die painfully. He slices a strip from Dariya's thigh, smokes and salts it, and plans to eat it later, kills Luka's son Petro with another shot to the gut, and tricks Luka into killing an innocent conscript who was trying to get home to his wife and child. Fatally wounded by Luka, Yuri uses his last breath to gloat about how good Dariya would have tasted had he gotten the chance to eat her.
Lord Foul is one of the most horrifically evil Dark Lords in fantasy, and proud of it. He's called "the Despiser" for a reason, namely that he holds every living thing that's not himself in purest contempt, and is perfectly willing to annihilate physical reality purely so he can escape from it. While he's waiting to accomplish that, he gets his jollies by causing smaller-scale apocalypses (the one in the Second Chronicles purely to screw with Covenant's head), driving people so far past the Despair Event Horizon that they become agents of their own destruction, and giving magnificent monologues about how much you suck compared to him. All of this without the slightest shred of remorse, by the way, and Word of God notes that while he's essentially the Anthropomorphic Personification of evil, don't think it absolves him of moral responsibility for his crimes- at least theoretically, Foul always had the option to choose to stop being the Despiser, but doing so never entered his head. Rather, after every defeat, he just examines what he did wrong so he can be even more evil next time around.
Foul's Co-Dragons, the three Ravers, are just as bad. They were originally three human brothers whose evil was so great it survived past the destruction of their physical bodies as incorporeal demons with a thing for possessing people. In addition to being willing accomplices in all of Foul's crimes (because they think that when he breaks free of the Land, they can ride his metaphysical coattails into godhood themselves), and sharing his gleeful, psychotic sadism, each Raver has racked up a number of atrocities of his own. Moksha Jehannum Fleshharrower and Samadhi Sheol Satansfist both did stints as Foul's head general, massacring countless innocents (and their own troops) and Samadhi (as Gibbon na'Mhoram) was the head of a Path of Inspiration that sacrificed countless lives while lying to the people of the Land that it would help reverse the After the End conditions of the Sunbane (when in fact it was just making it worse), while Moksha stalked Covenant over much of the Second Chronicles infecting him with venom in order to force him to use his ring at full power whether he wanted to or not (which could well have destroyed the world, which was the plan). Turiya Herem Kinslaughterer doesn't show up as often as his brothers, but commits probably the single most appalling atrocity in the Chronicles - singlehandedly committing the genocide of the Giants of Seareach while they refused to fight back.
Howard DeVore is at first the security chief of the T'ang, which stands in opposition to the Chung Kuo civilization. DeVore manipulates the two civilizations into war with the aim of wiping out as many humans as possible and eventually replacing them with his own chosen artificial race, "The Inheritors." Though thwarted, DeVore returns again and again to craft new wars, using people as pawns all the while. Eventually, DeVore is revealed as an inhuman being whose only desire is to utterly exterminate humanity and enjoys nothing as much as the suffering of others.
Wang Yu-Lai is a member of the Chinese version of the KGB/Gestapo, which uses Cold-Blooded Torture without any hesitation. Wang is very sad that he doesn't get to commit wholesale genocide against the population of the conquered territories (basically kill anyone, who isn't Chinese) and likes to rape prisoners and forces their husbands or lovers to watch. He also enjoys executing prisoners.
Circle of Magic has several monsters in it, particularly in The Circle Opens books
In Magic Steps, we have Alzena and Nurhar who murder members of a rival merchant family, the Rokats, getting away with it because they have addicted a child mage to a Fantastic Drug so he will be utterly dependent on them. Upon attacking the family, the two make certain they kill the baby first, before killing the little girl, then their rival, then his wife in case she might be pregnant again. Alzena specifically saved Rokat until after he had seen his children die. It made it more fun.
Kord is a brutal and sadistic thug who turned his steadholt into a Wretched Hive. Practicing slavery in a region where it's illegal, Kord sees his slaves as animals and prefers them, particularly the females, broken, so that he can prove his power over them. In a bid to assert his dominance over Isana, he forces her to watch his men gang rape Odianna. When that doesn't work, he reveals his preferred method of breaking slaves: the discipline collar. These devices force slaves to feel intense pleasure or agonizing pain based on whether or not they obey their masters. After showing off the collar on Odianna, he tells Isana that the next night he'll rape Odianna, using the collar to make her like it, then do the same to Isana. Violent and short-tempered, not even Kord's flesh and blood is spared from his wrath. Disgusted with his son, Aric's, natural kindness, Kord physically abuses him, forces him to assist Kord in his crimes, and threatens him with death should Aric refuse.
High Lord Kalarus is a despicable despot who built his realm upon slavery and maintains it by keeping his subjects perpetually impoverished. Cruel and power-hungry, in his quest to conquer all of Alera, Kalarus commits one atrocity after another. He keeps his top intelligence agent in line by regularly having her raped and holding her child, Masha, captive, despite the fact that Masha is probably his granddaughter. Kalarus built up his army by attaching discipline collars to children, then conditioned them with the collars for all their lives, ensuring that they would be a mindlessly loyal killing machines once they reached adulthood. When he decided to launch all out war on Alera, Kalarus had his legions slaughter most of the female Citizens in the Realm, and personally carried out attacks on orphanages to draw out defenders. Crippled and defeated in war, Kalarus retreated to his realm and rigged up a Taking You with Me scenario in the case his lands were conquered. He began provoking the great, volcano-dwelling fury, Kalus, and then bound the fury's wrath to his life. His plan was that if he died, the volcano would erupt and kill millions upon millions of people within the region. Unable to disarm the fury, Gaius Sextus is forced to set it off to minimize the damage, killing everyone within Kalarus's realm.
Invidia Aquitaine is a Machiavellian plotter that desires to obtain as much power as she possibly can. When she found out that Princeps Septimus was marrying a commoner instead of her, she arranged for his assassination, triggering the entire conflict of the series. Devoid of empathy, Invidia has a habit of betraying anyone if it suits her needs. In order to oust a beloved military officer from his command, she orders her pawn, Senator Arnos, to have a town filled with innocent people executed for the crime of peacefully complying with a more powerful, nonhostile enemy force. She ordered this believing that the commander would refuse, allowing her to label him a traitor and have him removed, thus eliminating him as a potential political threat. Afterwards, the civilians were going to be executed anyway to "set an example." Invidia later joined the Vord in order to save her own life, and voluntarily aided them in their mission to exterminate all non-Vord life on the planet. Hundreds of millions died due to her efforts and, when offerred the chance at redemption by teaming up with the remaining High Lords, Invidia threw it away by attempting to kill her allies the literal second it looked like the Vord Queen had been killed. She did this in order to seize complete control over the wasteland she had helped create.
The Hour of the Dragon: Valerius, after usurping Conan's throne via the help of an evil wizard, realizes that once his allies have no more use for him, he'll be disposed of and replaced by a different king. He then decides to ruin the kingdom out of spite. He heavily taxes his subjects, and those who cannot pay are sold into slavery. He allows his soldiers to brutalize the common people and spends all of the kingdom's money on debauchery. Oh, and he sentences the Countess Albiona to death by beheading when she refuses to become his lover.
A Witch Shall Be Born has Constantius The Falcon and his queen Salome. Constantius was selected for his "utter lack of characteristics men call good" by Salome the Witch to overthrow her good hearted twin sister Taramis, queen of Shem. After Salome frees Constantius from the dungeons, the two quickly replace Taramis, with Constantius raping and brutalizing the queen for his amusement. Salome's only response is to gleefully tell Constantius to "tame her as he will." Under the ruling hand of the duo, Taramis's kingdom becomes depraved and dissolute. Constantius's soldiers abuse and violate the people at will with any who resist facing death or slavery. When only Conan realizes that "Taramis" is an imposter, Constantius captures him and crucifies him in the desert, leaving him in agony and to be devoured by the vultures while still alive (it doesn't work). Salome takes every chance to abuse her captive sister, presenting her with the head of her faithful friend and councilor, and allowing the guards to violate her multiple times. Salome also has a demonic being named Thaug that she uses as a guard dog that she and Constantius round up people as food for. At the end, they even try to feed Taramis to it before unleashing Thaug on the populace when all is lost.
Conan the Liberator: King Numedides, who Conan slew to gain the throne of Aquilonia, was a madman who bathed in the blood of virgins to gain immortality (at the advice of the equally evil sorcerer, Thulandra Thuu.) Conan only came to oppose the king when Numedides had him tossed in prison for being a bit too popular. He also had a dancer who Conan fancied skinned and had his men toss a scrap of her flesh into Conan's cell to taunt him.
Coraline: The Other Mother invites children into her world by making them live a fun life they've always wanted. Then she sucks their life out and steals their souls, though not before she tricks them into letting them sew buttons on their eyes. She also cheerfully disfigures and tortures the beings she creates to capture children, just because they try to resist her.
Corum: Earl Glandyth-a-Krae is the archenemy of Prince Corum and leader of the Denledhyssi. We first meet Glandyth when he is having several of his human prisoners tortured to death. We subsequently discover that he has been responsible for committing genocide against the Vadhagh, with Corum's family among his victims—his father and uncle cut down by Glandyth, his sisters and cousin gang-raped by Glandyth's men while he looked on. Capturing Corum, Glandyth puts out his eye and severs his hand, planning to leave him with no hands, no eyes, no tongue, no feet, and no genitals. Corum is saved by The Brown Man of Laahr, whom Glandyth subsequently captures and murders, and taken to Moidel's Mount; Glandyth unites the local Pony Tribes and tries to kill everyone there. He later participates in his king, Lyr-a-Brode's invasion of Lywm-an-Esh, sacrificing prisoners in order to summon up the army of his gods, The Dog and The Horned Bear, and planning to use Corum's body as a vessel for the soul of Arioch, The Knight of the Swords. When Corum manages to resurrect the Vadhagh, Glandyth, now acting on his own, makes a Deal with the Devil with Mabelrode the Faceless, The King of the Swords, inflicting the Vadhagh with a disease that causes them to go mad and slay one another; he intends to use Mabelrode's power to Take Over the World. A mass murderer, a rapist, a xenophobe, and a cheerful participant in genocide, Glandyth-a-Krae is finally killed while trying to cheat his way to victory in a Duel to the Death with Corum.
Cthulhu Mythos: Nyarlathotep differs from most of H.P. Lovecraft's gods. While Lovecraft describes other Outer Gods and Great Old Ones as mindless or unfathomable, Nyarlathotep is a sadist who is fully aware of humanity's existence, and enjoys exercising his power over them. He kills or drives people to madness while disguised as the Haunter in the Dark, drives societies to ruin in the form of the Black Man or the Black Pharoah, and generally treats all life as part of some giant cat-and-mouse game.
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Daemon: The Major brutally kills Roy Merritt, cuts off/out Loki's fingers, tongue, and eyes, orders his mooks to throw Sebeck and Laney into a wood-chipper, and saves teenage girls from brothels... so that he can get them Darknet accounts and then behead them to steal their Darknet identity, keeping their heads chemically alive to spoof the biometrics. Oh, and he came up with the real "Operation Exorcist" plan to expunge Daemon from civilization: Alpha Strikes. Invade Darknet communities with full military force, then send in mercenaries who proceed to destroy every piece of technology present and execute every man, woman and child.
Morlan is the Big Bad of the series and the evil brother of King Aravel. He is either directly or indirectly responsible for virtually every evil that takes place in the series. He doesn't seem to start out as this, being the Token Evil Teammate of the Council, but he soon drops right off into this territory. He tricks his brother and his allies into beginning an all-out war with the Gorracks by sending his troops disguised as Gorracks into villages and slaughtering the innocent villagers. He regularly takes part in Black Magic, approves of and assists in Cythraul's ceremonies, and makes a pact with Satan himself. He also killed his father and later his brother.
Cythraul, Morlan’s stone-cold, sadistic Torture Technician and right-hand man (or rather, elf), is a cold-blooded killer with absolutely no remorse or mercy in his heart. He is a pure sadist, taking great pleasure in watching others suffer, which mostly takes place in his dreaded Bone Chapel; a temple that is filled with the carefully arranged bones, skulls, and corpses of his victims. He treats his torture of others like an art, knowing every detail in the anatomy of all the races and exploiting them in the most painful way possible. He has no problem with performing his “experiments” on children. He is also a skilled assassin, and tries to kill Abbagael and the baby Telwyn via a poisoned razor on his ring. He even mentally regrets having to kill the baby quickly. This is all just from the first book; he gets evenworse in the next.
Quevara, the Red Queen, is a viciously seductive, Omnicidal Maniac with a fetish for all things red; namely blood and fire. During her reign, she was The Dreaded, and was infamous for slaughtering her subjects just For the Evulz. This included using them as living torches to light her throne room, (often lighting the children on fire first, and forcing their parents to watch before it was their turn.) and butchering her subjects just to see the streams turn red with their blood. When she was merged with the great dragon Raudrim, she took on part of his savage, greedy nature and became bent on destroying and massacring everything in her path.
Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Dr. Victor Helios, aka Frankenstein (yes, that one). Plans to knock off humanity and replace them with a New Race of his design, emotionally stunted and beholden only to him. He specifically patterns his plans after Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. He regularly abuses and kills off his creations when they displease him (or just For the Evulz) and denigrates everything most people consider part of being human. He made his own wife, genetically tailoring her to his 'standards', including allowing her (unique among his creations) to feel shame so that, when he sexually abuses her, he can have the full satisfaction of dominating her in every way possible. All of Victor's creations have a remarkable rate of recovery and are nigh immortal, which means that he can slap his wife around, breaking her bones and bruising and cutting her, and she'll be fully recovered in a few hours, in time to be socially presentable at a dinner party. Oh, and saying 'her' here is a bit misleading: each time the wife proves "flawed" in some way Victor kills her off and builds a new one, "improving" on the model; he views wife number four's ability to feel pity as such a flaw.
Deathstalker: The woman from whom the Uber-Espers derived. She was such a Complete Monster that, broken into four parts, her spirit manifested as four different Eldritch Abominations that proceeded to wreak unspeakable horrors on humanity. Their most horrible crimes are, in fact, those they commit through their possessed thralls, everything from turning the noble Paragons in sadistic, cannibalistic, and wantonly murderous puppets to causing a stadium of people to rape, brutalize, and mutilate one another, including the children. This was all while she had four minds directing her power in different directions.
Deepgate Codex: Scar Night brings us Ulcis, the god of chains. After rebelling against his mother, Ayen, and being flung to earth, Ulcis takes up residence in a seemingly bottomless abyss. Using his Herald, Callis, as his representative, Ulcis gathers an army of followers and orders them to construct the city of Deepgate atop of his abyss, promising salvation and a chance at reclaiming Heaven from Ayen to all those who die in his service. This results in the creation of a culture of people who dedicate their lives to waiting to die, creating a high suicide rate, and a total lack of anything approaching an appreciation for life. This is not the bad part. The bad part is that Ulcis is lying. He has no interest in reclaiming Heaven (he'd much rather Take Over the World) and he and his undead horde of angels instead devour the souls sent to him. That's without getting into his treatment of his daughter. Having found an attractive corpse, Ulcis reanimated her, raped her, and then impregnated her, keeping her alive so that he might enjoy her suffering. When his daughter's birth resulted in the woman dying again and being released from her agony Ulcis tried to hang the child from one of the city's foundation chains. When the girl chewed through the rope, Ulcis recaptured her, abused her, and had her gangraped by his undead, gloating that there was no point in taking her soul because by the end, there wasn't one left. When he encounters his daughter again (her having since become an amnesiac Serial Killer), he gloatingly informs her of what happened to her, forces her to recall it, than indicates that all of his soldiers remember her and would love to do it again. "They remember you. My little Rebecca. My little carnival freak."
The Demon Princes: The titular Demon Princes are a group of vicious space pirates who together massacred a colony world and sold the survivors into slavery. Three of them are the nastiest of the bunch.
Attel Malagate, known as "The Woe," is a Smug Snake member of the normally peaceful alien race the Star Kings. Malagate plans to despoil a peaceful planet and establish his own dominion over it, murdering anyone who tries to stop him. Malagate remains hidden for most of the novel, his two Co-Dragons committing murder and mayhem for him as he schemes to conquer his home planet and rise above humanity and his own people
Kokor Hekkus, a Serial Killer known as "The Killing Machine," kills sentient beings to harvest substances from their bodies that prolong his life. Hekkus has been at it for over a century and has no compunction kidnapping and doing his harvesting from children. Hekkus has remained on his planet for years in order to enact wars, conquests and atrocities for his own amusement, causing every misfortune that befalls the world solely for a love of the chaos with which he surrounds himself.
Viole Falushe, ruler of the Palace of Love, runs a self-centered cult around himself and his "beauty," having the most beautiful people of his world taken to serve him for their whole lives. Falushe experiments with women in forced breeding programs to create a clone of the woman he once desired most, and force her to love him. The forced breeding program is what made the original woman commit suicide.
The original Dracula, the eponymous vampire of Dracula, is a monster, completely that is. He keeps Jonathan Harker in his castle, trying to drive him mad in the process, turns Renfield insane, kidnaps a baby to feed to the other vampires and then sends the wolves to kill the baby's mother, drains Lucy of her blood, attacks her and her mother as a wolf, resulting in Lucy herself as a vampire, and turns Mina into a vampire in order to know what the gang is doing to get him. He is accorded no sympathy, and portrayed as the undead abomination that he is.
Lord Holder Fax is something of a Magnificent Bastard as well, as he managed to gain control of seven Holds through various means, mostly conquest. One Hold, however, he "won" by marrying into the leadership...and then doing his level best to kill his Lady wife via childbirth. He also had zero problems with killing every man, woman, and child even suspected of having Ruathan blood in his bid to gain supremacy over that Hold. It's also heavily implied that he if not outright raped, then stole and coerced every half-pretty female in his jurisdiction that he could get his hands on.
Lord Holder Chalkin had a jail area that was more or less like a freezer, with small "cells" cut into rock, all of them cold and damp, into which he threw anyone that pissed him off in the slightest. A servant spilled a container of sugar and got two weeks in one of these cramped, cold cells. People were frequently kept in the cells until they died of the cold and damp, and their bodies were thrown into a lime pit, rather than given whatever passed for a normal burial. He was also heavily "tithing" his peoples' produce, whether it was food or textiles or what have you, to the point of forcing his people to starve and work themselves to death in an effort to please him while he wallowed in an excess of supplies of all kinds.
The Drowned Cities: LieutenantSayle is Colonel Glenn Stern's right-hand man, and acts as The Heavy for most of the book. The oldest soldier in Stern's service, Sayle acts as a recruiter, press-ganging children into becoming soldier boys for the United Patriotic Front, burning their rank into their faces with acid, and convincing them that the outside world has nothing to offer them. A particularly cold-blooded sadist, Sayle started the UPF's practice of mutilating prisoners by cutting off their hands and feet and leaving them for their comrades to find, and put out of their misery. The practice eventually spread to other child armies, like Taylor's Wolves and the Army of God—which Sayle intended because it means that his own boys will be less likely to surrender. Sayle treats civilians with an even more deliberate brutality, endorsing, encouraging, and participating in his boys' practice of Rape, Pillage, and Burn; he's particularly vicious towards women, informing the heroine, Mahlia, (while neck lifting her) that "maybe I'll just stand here and watch you kick. I like it when a pretty girl kicks." During the climax, Sayle even manages to violate the soldier boys' tenuous moral code, when he has one of his own boys (Mahlia's former friend Mouse) mutilated in order to try and break Mahlia, a fact that shocks and disgusts his Number Two, Sergeant Ocho. What makes Sayle especially bad is that he doesn't buy into Colonel Stern's Well-Intentioned Extremist rhetoric, nor is he a drugged-up PTSDing child, like most of his boys. Ocho notes that Sayle is Straight Edge Evil because "what got him high wasn't any booze or drug or girl. It was the hurting. Sayle liked people hurt."
Dune: Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is a monstrous figure whose only concern is his own advancement and the glory of House Harkonnen. Initially lower than the Noble Atreides household, Harkonnen engineers its downfall, leading Duke Leto to a failed Heroic Sacrifice to try to kill the Baron. When his wife and children flee to the desert world of Dune, Harkonne assists in trying to crush the Rebellion in an essential genocide of the Fremen people. Revealing his two nephews, brutish Rabban and intelligent, reserved Feyd-Rautha, Harkonnen plans to assign Rabban to brutalize the Fremen and then later have him removed by Feyd to cultivate the Fremen's goodwill with him. When Feyd tries to assassinate Harkonnen, Harkonnen, in amusement, forces him to kill every woman in the pleasure quarter, chiding him "there will always be more women, Feyd." At one point, a character comments Feyd might have become a great hero, if only someone who wasn’t such a monster had raised him.
Counselors and Kings trilogy: The necromancer Akhlaur combines the worst traits of a Mad Scientist, Evil Overlord, and an Evil Sorcerer, performing grotesque experiments on living captives (often though not always elves) so that he can puzzle out the secrets of life and death and acquire their power. He treats servants and captives alike with the same bored disdain, since he views all other people as being equally worthless. Oh, and he forcibly turned his former best friend into an undead horror under his complete control and together, they tried to murder his other former friend to steal his kingdom.
Matron Yvonnel Baenre, the de facto ruler of the Drow nation Menzoberranzan, is also the most evil Drow yet seen. Yvonnel Baenre keeps the city in its dark, chaotic state while destroying Drow houses she judges have outlived their usefulness. Her own children live in fear of her, and when dealing with her most hatred rivals, the Oblodras, Baenre annihilates their House, sending every inhabitant, even the slaves, to the Abyss to be tortured eternally. Baenre's ultimate goal is to conquer the dwarven kingdom Mithrill Hall, and for this end, she has enslaved the soul of its first king for two thousand years. She also utilizes her Illithid ally to forcibly and painfully mentally torture and devour the minds of those she wishes to interrogate while allowing her children and house to torture those who catch their eye. when she assaults Mithril Hall, her goal is nothing less than the deaths or enslavement of all in her path.
Vendes Baenre, one of Yvonnel's daughters, is just as fiendish as her mother and more monstrous than almost any other Drow. Known and feared for her sadism and penchant for Cold-Blooded Torture, Vendes delights in getting her hands on any possible victim without regards for their crimes. Vendes ruthlessly tortures Drizzt Do'Urden and reveals her reputation in Menzoberranzan is well deserved. Vendes is also known for torturing luckless male drow and turning them into agonized statues to adorn the paths of the drow academies as a reminder to what happens to those who forget their place.
Herzgo Alegni, unlike most of the relatively few rapists in the Forgotten Realms setting, likes preying on kids. At one point, he and his warband raided a village, killing all the men and taking possession of the women. Alegni took a woman hostage to force her 10-year-old daughter, Dahlia, to let him rape her. When he was finished, he had his men hold Dahlia upside down to make her more likely to get pregnant before he broke the mother's neck for fun. This is how we're introduced to the scumbag. He also uses a powerful magical sword to enslave Artemis Entreri (a former villain who had undergone a Heel-Face Turn and just wanted to be left alone) as his personal assassin, and used the sword to stab pain directly into Entreri's soul whenever he was pissed or just plain bored. He also commits murder for the pettiest of reasons, like, say, somebody naming a bridge after somebody else besides him, even though he had nothing to do with the bridge's construction.
The Elenium: Azash, a horrible Eldritch Abomination who manipulates his followers into performing rituals that involve human sacrifice, torture, cannibalism, necrophilia, engaging in sexual perversions until they collapse dead from exhaustion, and the like. He plots to extend his worship over the continent. To that end backs a conspiracy to poison the Queen of Elenia, tries to subvert the Elene Church by placing a heretic on the throne, has a mercenary army under Martel destroy much of the Holy City of Chyrellos, and uses The Seeker, a child-eating insectoid freak as his Mouth of Sauron. He uses his final moments to kill his Dragon, Emperor Otha, and Evil Genius, PrimateAnniasjust because they failed him.
Hel gets this treatment, being portrayed as a malevolent sadist who lives to torture those who end up in her domain. She castrates her servants, and they are the lucky ones. Everyone else who comes to Hel is buried up to their chin in rock, and has their head used as a cobblestone, until the skin is worn away and their skulls are crushed.
Ka Anor is the one being that the setting's myriad Jerkass Gods fear. The god of the insectoid alien Hetwan, Ka Anor invaded Everworld with his army of mind slaved soldiers, intent on conquering the pocket universe and devouring all of its gods. During the siege of Olympus he offers Zeus the chance to escape with five chosen gods, if he will sacrifice the rest of his pantheon to Ka Anor's appetite; it is later revealed that Ka Anor had no intention of holding up his end of the bargain. His Hetwan legions violate every conceivable rule of warfare, even by ancient terms, using acid and fire as their main weapons. Ka Anor's single most horrific act, however, has to be his cannibalization of Olympian cupbearer Ganymede. Having captured the young god, Ka Anor takes the form of a swarm of insects, and strips him down to the bone, keeping him alive to the very last second, as the heroes watch in horror.
False Memory: Dr. Mark Ahriman uses his status as a psychiatrist to mind rape his patients and use them however he sees fit. Some he sends to commit homicide and/or settle his personal vendettas, some he drives to creative suicide for his own entertainment and some he uses for other things. While most of his patients wind up "cured" (read: stripped of the phobia he himself planted in the first place), there's always a chance he'll decide they're more fun to destroy. If the patient is a pretty woman, she's probably screwed, in many ways. He gets away with it for twenty years before anyone properly catches him.
Fantômas: Fantômas, the Villain Protagonist, is a terrifying sociopath and Master of Disguise who holds all of Paris in terror as he could be anyone in the city and you'd never know it before he slit your throat. Through the first novel, his activities are so extensive it is unclear if "Fantômas" refers to a criminal network acting together, but by the end of the third, novel it is clear there is only one Fantômas. Known as the "Man of a Thousand Faces" and the "Lord of Terror," Fantômas commits murder after murder, for personal power, wealth or simply his own amusement. Not even his own children are safe as Fantômas uses his son and daughter as pawns in his schemes and kills his own son's girlfriend to twist him to Fantômas's purpose. Fantômas routinely frames the innocent to face the guillotine for his crimes, and puts special emphasis in mentally tormenting the Hero Antagonist Inspector Juve. Fantômas also loves committing murder in elaborate ways: from strangling, stabbing and poisoning to more elaborate death traps such as chambers filling with sand, or even unleashing plague-infested rats on an ocean liner. Alan Moore once summed up Fantômas well in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: "The Count had once been human. Fantômas was a thing. He had always been a thing."
The Lesser Mao is Mao Zedong's successor as dictator of the Chinese People's Republic. He manages to be even worse than his predecessor, turning all of China into a horrifying hybrid of post-Cold WarNorth Korea and Khmer Rouge-era Cambodia, with totalitarianism ramped up to eleven and the country turned into a giant death camp and killing field. When the military rebels against him for his regime's excesses, he destroys the rebel-controlled city of Kwangsi with a nuclear missile. Later, he creates a virulent strain of influenza that kills the better part of a million people worldwide, none more so than in China itself. This creates the worst health year since the Spanish Flu.
Fevre Dream: Damon Julian is an ancient and powerful vampire who enjoys preying on the young and beautiful. Most vampires are slaves to the Red Thirst and don't enjoy killing humans to satisfy themselves, but Julian is so old he no longer feels the hunger at all. All his murders are committed because he enjoys it. Julian delights in tormenting and toying with his victims and keeps his human servant loyal with promises to make him a vampire—a joke for Julian's amusement as vampires must be born instead of turned. Julian has said servant, who has been nothing but loyal and effective in keeping Julian alive and concealed, drink human blood and eat human flesh with false promises. When he learns another vampire named Joshua has created a serum to save vampires from the thirst, Julian steals control of the vampires from him and crushes a baby's skull in front of Joshua just to prove a point about how he can do anything he wants.
The First Law: Bayaz at first appears to be a kindly, if grumpy, old wizard-mentor archetype. The truth is far more sinister. Bayaz has been the secret puppet master of The Union for centuries, sending countless men to pointless death against his Rival Turned Evil Khalul, who betrayed his and Bayaz's master and killed his own daughter, who was Bayaz's lover. While Khalul is a threat with his incredible magic power and legion of Eaters, those who have gained sinister powers upon eating human flesh, Bayaz manages to be far worse. He sadistically dominates the new king when the young man tries to stand up to him, revealing him as nothing but an expendable Son of a Whore. His whole plan of setting up a puppet king in the first place was so that he could crush any dissenting opinions and increase his autocratic hold on the Union, and achieving the end involved numerous evil acts including ordering the murders of social reformers and sabotaging efforts at making peace with Gurkhul. When Bayaz uses the magical equivalent of a WMD that wipes out a huge faction of his own men, Bayaz's only response is a satisfied grin and to say "It works, " not caring the slightest about the massive civilian casualties. Making things even worse, every justification Bayaz uses to justify his means of fighting Khalul turn out to be a lie. Bayaz was the traitor and killed his own lover and Khalul fell to darkness to bring Bayaz to justice. In fact, even Bayaz's professed abhorrence of Eaters turns out to be a lie, as Bayaz made his loyal sidekick Yoru Sulfur an Eater and over the course of the series, Sulfur eats two people alive to facilitate Bayaz's schemes. Bayaz is driven by ego and spite, wanting nothing more than to crush Khalul for daring to oppose him, and enforcing an oppressive regime based about satisfying his own megalomania.
Fragment: The evil scientist Thatcher Redmond originally comes across as just a Smug Snake with a nihilistic worldview, but only pages after we meet him, we find out that he killed his love child to avoid paying child support. He drips with contempt for humanity, and when faced with the incredibly deadly Henders life forms, he sees the opportunity to advance his plans. He leaves his fellow scientists to die on Henders' Island, does everything he can to eliminate the intelligent and gentle Hendropods, and indisputably crosses the Moral Event Horizon when he releases five Henders Rats onto the ship with the intention of unleashing them on an unprepared humanity. The guy's as close to an Omnicidal Maniac as a normal human villain can get.
Frankenstein: The Shadow of Frankenstein: This tie-in novel to the Universal "Frankenstein" films features Jack the Ripper. During his original killing spree, he used his victims' wombs in a potion to grant him immortality. Initially he felt remorse over his first murder, but he immediately embraced his enjoyment of killing (as otherwise the spell wouldn’t work). About half a century later, the effects of the potion are wearing off, so Jack continues killing and mutilating several prostitutes. Jack meets the Monster, who had befriended some of the women. As the Monster desperately tries to save Jack's dying victim, Jack taunts him. Discovering the Monster's near-indestructible body, he kidnaps Dr. Frankenstein's wife Elizabeth and holds her hostage to force Frankenstein to create him a new body like that, so he can live forever. He also stabs a man who tries to expose him, cuts off the foot of Frankenstein's best friend and leaves it as a "souvenir" to give Frankenstein a ransom note written in blood. Out of any character in the Frankenstein series, Jack the Ripper truly is a monster.
Fusion Fire: Dru Polar is one of the top-level leaders of the Shuhr. Polar is in charge of training up the teenage "potential adults", and all of them live in terror of him and his mercurial moods, as upsetting him—no matter how trivial the reason—will lead to their death, most likely as an involuntary test subject. He is also determined to increase his already off-the-charts Psychic Powers. In trying to reach this goal, he experiments on live people, subjecting them to a painful process without anesthetic or sedatives, a process that has killed every subject he's tried it on before he could actually test his theory. The Shuhr culture is ruthless, cutthroat, and revels in the pain of others, but even the other high-ranked Shuhr, ostensibly his peers, regard him as cruelty-obsessed and tread cautiously around him in order to avoid attracting his ire.
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Gaunt's Ghosts: Lijah Cuu establishes himself as a frightening, brutal soldier with a mean streak a few light-years wide to begin with. In The Guns of Tanith his true nature is solidified, when he rapes and kills a civilian woman and then murders Bragg for reporting him. He commits another unscrupulous act of violence in Sabbat Martyr, where he kills Colm Corbec while trying to kill Saint Sabbat. Though he is under the influence of Pater Sin's psykers at the time, that needs something to latch on to, like already-presenthomicidal desires. In Straight Silver, he almost beats Larkin (a relatively old man) to death for defending an innocent old lady and later attempts to kill Larkin in revenge while the latter lies defenseless in the middle of a seizure, only to end up murdering Sehra Muril, a fellow Ghost who just caught him red-handed. Cuu's actions naturally and effortlessly reinforce his nature as an absolute, unrelenting bastard.
Godzilla vs. The Space Monster: Scott Ciencin's novel saw King Ghidorah in fine form. Arriving on Earth in the midst of a planet killing asteroid, King Ghidorah aimed to reduce humanity to the Stone Age, on behalf of the Space Hunter Nebula D aliens, who feared humankind might someday catch up with them technologically. Freed early on from The Entity who provided his programming, King Ghidorah continued his rampage nonetheless, burning Monster Island and Infant Island to the ground, attacking cities, and cackling like a loon the entire time. Hated by Godzilla because of the joy he takes in violence, King Ghidorah again earned his title as the King of Terror.
Gone: Drake Merwin, a 14-year-old, full-blown sociopath. The first book builds him up as he waxes almost poetic on the subject of guns and his love of using them on people and gleefully volunteers to hunt, torture, and kill other kids. When he captures a daycare of little kids and infants, he is fully ready to feed them to coyotes if they resist. In the second book Hunger, Drake beats Sam within an inch of his life with his mutated "whip-hand" while grinning the whole time, suggests using razor wires to shred a girl with super-speed abilities to bits and comes close to killing the main villain's love interest by hurling her almost casually into a rock. In the fifth book, Fear, Drake subsequently teams up with Penny, a girl who can cause hallucinations. They slavedrive the pregnant Diana across a desert while causing her to hallucinate things like the baby being a bug and eating its way out. When Diana finally gives birth, Drake and Penny do it again. It says a lot about Drake that he makes friends with the force of pure darkness and has dreams so twisted and revolting that the dream-reader, Orsay, is paralyzed with fear being in the same room with him. Stephen King himself named him on a list of "Most Terrifying Book Villains".
The villainous dummy Slappy. Whenever a person finds him and reads a piece of paper that has the spell to bring him to life, Slappy always tries to turn the person's family against them by framing them. He would also try to make the family his slaves, which normally involves preteen girls. In one book in particular, the protagonist in the book throws a birthday party in the basement, and Slappy sprung to life and grabbed the birthday boy by the neck. He then threatened to kill everyone in the basement if he didn't receive a bride. The doll, Mary Ellen, offers herself as his wife, but he turns her down and he was referring that the protagonist, who is a preteen girl, be his bride. When she refused, he punches her, and states that it was only a love tap. In the book Slappy's Nightmare, Slappy’s ventriloquist forces him to be good or face certain death. When Slappy felt that Georgia was on to him, he pondered on whether or not to kill her and her family in order to avoid being caught. Slappy then ups this in the Goosebumps Horrorland book entitled Slappy New Year in which he tried to cut a boy's head off with garden shears.
The Big Bad of Goosebumps Horrorland, the Menace. When he was completely alive, kids died on his rides but he didn't care, due to his experiments in fear. The park was so scary that it somehow ended up in an alternate universe. Later, he found out Horrorland was made on his park, so he got contact with a horror to invite guests there so he get them to panic park, and make them bring the fear meter up so he can PP back to the normal world. It's implied he's done this before...but the previous kids got so scared they died and he simply doesn't care. He even got several other Goosebumps villains to follow him, including Slappy, and King Tutten-Ra from another GBH book.
Mr. Toggle from Piano Lessons Can Be Murder is a self-described brilliant robotician who runs a piano school that Jerry is sent to by his parents. When Dr. Shreek was trying to get Jerry's, our protagonist's, hands, Mr. Toggle comes and rescues the boy. However, Mr. Toggle turns out to be the one who wants Jerry's hands. Despite his status as a famed robotician, he couldn't make robotic hands properly. Therefore, he lures young children to his piano school, cuts their hands off and uses them for his experiments in hopes of creating beautiful music. When Jerry tries to leave the school, the ghost girl confronts him again, and she reveals that her hands were also taken from her. The vengeful spirits of the deceased children that Toggle killed then take him into the forests and he is never heard from again.
Hard to Be a God: Don Reba is a thoroughly despicable Smug Snake of a minister, who personifies everything wrong about humanity. He framed the former Prime Minister for treachery and tortured him to death, along with the whole cabinet; he declares everybody literate (and not noble) enemy of the state; he starts wars for petty revenge; he stages a Coup d'Etat, and when it succeeds, he kills his co-conspirators; finally, he tries to kidnap The Hero's Love Interest, which backfires horribly, leading to the Downer Ending.
Hell's Gate: Acting Commander of Five Hundred Neshok, an Arcanan Intelligence officer who gleefully uses his position and the excuse of "ensuring the security of the expeditionary force" to justify brutally beating and torturing Sharonian prisoners and killing other prisoners in cold blood. In one case, he kills two Sharonian prisoners to single out a Voice among them (the latter of which he kills just because he lied to Neshok) and, though he knows that Voices cannot transmit through portals and verifies this with a lie-detecting spell, then shoots the Voice in question.
Ma'ar/Mornelithe Falconsbane started as being a Well-Intentioned Extremist, but quickly became the Big Bad, and the final showdown between him and the Big Good Urtho caused the Cataclysm, which was so powerful that it actually echoed through time. Though defeated, he didn't actually die, as he had set up a Grand Theft Me so that he could take over the body of any his descendants once they started showing signs of magical ability, most often when they tried to call up fire. Falconsbane kept doing this over the centuries until finally the main characters in the Mage Winds trilogy figured out what was going on and destroyed him.
Ancar kills his father in order to take the throne of Hardorn, tortures Queen's Own Talia (who was there as part of a diplomatic mission to see if a marriage could be set up between Ancar and Princess Elspeth) more for kicks than to get information out of her, and then has his mages mind-control the conscripted troops so that they'll fight. He then drains his land to further power his spells, and kills off even his distant cousins to prevent anyone from overthrowing him.
Hadanelith, a minor villain who appears in The White Gryphon, possesses the Gifts of Empathy and Mindhealing, but uses them to serve his own sadistic desires rather than to aid people. When first discovered, he is found to have been using his gifts to warp the minds of women until they live only to serve him in slavery, sexually and otherwise. He is exiled from the city of White Gryphon under the relatively loose laws and customs of their society. Rather than die in the wilderness, he makes his way south to the Haighlei kingdoms and is recruited by the Evil Chancellor to assassinate high ranking members of their society in order to frame the delegation from White Gryphon. In doing so, he is permitted to indulge his sadistic fantasies and accordingly tortures his victims before killing them.
The ABC Murders: Franklin Clarke. Wishing to inherit his brother's wealth, but aware that he would be the obvious suspect, ABC hits upon the fact that his brother has an alliterative name, and lives in a town that begins with the same letter. With that in mind, he proceeds to kill Anna Ascher in Andover, Betty Barnard in Bexhill, and Sir Carmichael Clarke in Churston, creating the illusion that a Serial Killer is on the loose, in an effort to hide his murder-for-profit. He also picks out a patsy in epileptic Alexander Bonaparte Cust, and preys on his insecurities, convincing Cust that he has been committing the murders during his blackouts. Committing one last murder in Doncaster, ABC slips the knife into Cust's pocket, and then calls the police, intending that Cust either hang, or end up in a mental ward, while he walks away with the money.
Curtain: Mr. X (aka Stephen Norton) is a different sort of monster from most murder mystery villains. Deliberately modeling himself on Iago, Mr. X is a social predator who toys with people's fears, nudging them towards committing murder, while technically never breaking the law himself. Over the course of the novel, he convinces three different people, including Hercule Poirot's Watson, Captain Hastings, to commit murder, with Poirot only barely averting each at the last moment. When confronted by Poirot, X gloats that he will continue on this way forever, and that there is nothing the law can do to touch him, prompting Poirot to commit his only ever vigilante execution.
His Fair Assassin: D'Albret. In the second book, not only do we receive confirmation that he did, in fact, murder every single one of his wives, but he also planned to brutally rape Anne and then force the marriage once he captured her at Nantes — and, the absolute crowner, he murdered his own newborn granddaughter within minutes of her birth. Right in front of his own daughter. While she begged and screamed for someone to stop him. When his wife Alise did try to interfere, he struck her down so viciously that she ended up dying from the blow to the head. Then he snapped the child's neck, dropped the baby on the floor like trash, left both corpses lying there, and calmly walked out of the room. Oh, and he taunts Sybella about making her his next wife once he finds out that she's not truly his daughter. Even worse is when Julian interferes. He tells Julian that Julian would be forgiven for everything if he produced heirs with Death's blood in their veins — in other words, if he raped Sybella repeatedly into pregnancy.
Honor Harrington: Most enemies have been complex adversaries with understandable or even altruistic goals. Not so in the case of Andre Warnecke, former dictator of the Chalice Cluster. Taking control of the Cluster during a revolution, Warnecke promised reform, but delivered oppression so severe that three million people died. After being run out of the system, he turned to piracy, robbing and stealing from merchant ships in order to finance a return to Chalice. Coming upon the pacifistic world of Sidemore, Warnecke took power, executed all senior officials, and placed nuclear warheads in all major cities in order to ensure the population's loyalty. When Honor and the HMAMC Wayfarer arrived on Sidemore to bring him to justice, Warnecke detonated one of his nukes to show that he wasn't bluffing, then offered to exchange the lives of Sidemore's urban population for his own personal safety.
"The House of Horror" (a novelette in the Jules de Grandin series by Seabury Quinn): Dr. John Biersfield is the runaway winner from Quinn's works. When his son, crippled in an accident, is Driven to Suicide by his fiancee deciding to break off the engagement due to being unable to cope with his injuries, Dr. Marston proceeds to kidnap and surgically mutilate her (by removing the bones from her arms and legs, among other things) and keep her in a basement in his house. This Disproportionate Retribution would be bad enough, but he then goes on to kidnap and mutilate thirteen other girls who did nothing but have the misfortune to resemble the fiancee. A fourteenth girl is saved (and de Grandin offers to perform the surgery to correct the damage done to her face), but the others can only be mercy killed. Interestingly, he's one of Jules de Grandin's few non-supernatural adversaries.
House of the Scorpion: El Patrón (the original Matteo Alacrán) is the most powerful and evil drug lord of them all. El Patrón rules over the country of Opium and punishes anyone who tries to illegally cross his borders by capturing them and implanting computer chips in their brains, turning them into eejits. These eejits are essentially human robots, programmed to do certain tasks all while their thoughts and emotions are repressed by the computer chip. Even El Patrón's security team and certain staff members have been implanted with chips, turning them into high-functioning eejits bound to El Patrón's will. The most common usage of "dumb" eejits is for manual labor in the fields used to create his drugs. Due to the harsh conditions and poor care, they tend to have a low life expectancy, leading to hundreds of thousands of bodies being buried beneath the poppies. El Patrón, like many drug lords, keeps himself alive by harvesting organs from clones. Unlike most drug lords, however, El Patrón doesn't destroy his clones brains, instead he raises them like they were his own children. He pretends to care about them and their future, lavishing them with gifts, all because he sees them as extensions of himself and views their happy childhoods as stand-ins for the one he never got. When the time comes, he harvests and kills them without hesitation, all to extend his nearly one hundred and fifty-year-old life. El Patrón cares for no one but himself and sees everyone around him as his possessions. The dead siblings he pretends to mourn he only valued, not for who they were, but because they were his. In the end, after his death, he still manages to murder everyone close to him, his entire family, his friends, and most of his staff, by poisoning the wine they drank at his funeral. He also coded the deadly force fields surrounding his country to only be dismissed by his DNA. Meaning that when he died and the country went into lockdown, nobody could leave and no supplies could get in. His ultimate reason for this was to murder his entire country just to have a "fitting tribute" to take with him into the afterlife, just like the kings of old.
Conda Challis, during his appearance as the notional villain of Orphan Star, displays a truly legendary capacity for depravity. Among other things, he attempts to recruit Flinx to create memory-plays in the Janus Jewels, and the "scenes" he wants to see turn the stomach of even a hardened Street Urchin like Flinx. He loves torture as well, but the best example is what he plans to do with his "adopted daughter", Mahnahmi — raise her to maturity and then use her as a sex slave. It turns out that he was being telepathically manipulated by her much of the time, simply to keep him functional as a human being rather than descending into a vile pit of vice, which triggers his Villainous Breakdown when he discovers the fact.
Lord Dominic Estes Rose, a major villain in Bloodhype, is a drug dealer who trades in substances other dealers won't even touch, like the titular bloodhype. Like Challis, he enjoys torture, and responds to news of the escape of a set of captives by crushing some songbirds in a cage. He then attempts to blackmail the AAnn on Repler by threatening to release his stash of bloodhype in their compound, horribly killing all of them, and manages to provoke the AAnn commander into declaring him the most disgusting being he's ever seen. His hubris reaches its pinnacle when he attempts to sell humanity out to the Vom in exchange for his survival, and promptly dies.
The Hunger Games: President Snow, as the overseer of the corrupt Capitol government that created and runs the child-murdering spectacle of the title, commits an insane number of atrocities all in the name of keeping his power. A consummate liar, Snow, at various points in the trilogy, authorizes the painful brainwashing of multiple citizens (including Peeta, something that destroys his mental faculties for months-and, implicitly, will affect the way he processes events for life, according to the epilogue), firebombs Katniss' home in District 12 (and later tries to plant guilt for the act on President Coin), and tortures Seneca Crane because Katniss and Peeta, without his interference at all, figured out how to survive The Hunger Games together and beat the system. Katniss and the others of District 12 are convinced that the Quarter Quell's rules are changed (to force two previous Hunger Games winners from each district to compete) out of pure spite, and most of his various tortures/murders inflicted against Katniss' friends are motivated similarly (he forces Katniss to watch Cinna's beating before the Quarter Quell). Katniss and Peeta, in being sentenced to surely die in the Quarter Quell, probably got off lucky - most other Hunger Games winners, Finnick Odair included, were forced by Snow to prostitute themselves out to other Capitol residents. His most heinous action does not occur until the war between District 13 and the Capitol, where he uses innocent Capitol children as Human Shields to protect himself.
Billy Dent. The fact that he killed victims in the triple digits For the Evulz is impressive for most monsters. It was heavily implied that as a child, he used to kill pets and mutilate his sister's dolls. He attempted to train the protagonist and his son, Jazz, to be a killer like him, causing him to have PTSD flashes when he got older. To get him started, he skinned his dog in front of him and tried talking him into killing a group of bullies after he got in trouble for beating them up. Jazz believes that he's responsible for the disappearance of his mother until the Wham Episode at the end of book 2 proved us wrong. When Jazz confronted him about it, he mentally tortured Jazz by making him think he was responsible. At the end of the first book, we're made to believe that his request to move his grandmother's bird bath was a Pet the Dog moment, but was really just a signal for his followers to break him out. In the sequel, he sends Jazz's girlfriend, Connie, a series of clues to lead her to him. Of course, since that was a cliffhanger, readers are kept in the dark until the next book to know what he does next.
The Hat-Dog Killer, or more specifically, Duncan Hershey, the Hat Killer: He started raping his female victims, which disgusted Oliver Belsamo, the Dog Killer, when he was forced to start raping as part of the Game's rules. When Jasper and Morales had him cornered, Jasper got shot in the arm while Morales got knocked out. When Jasper warned him that killing an FBI Agent will cause trouble for his killing spree, he ignores his warning and kills the unconscious Morales in front of him. He then kills Belsamo so he can be the soul winner of Billy's game. Finally, he locks a shot Jasper in a storage unit so he could bleed to death. We're at first made to believe he was a Loony Fan like the Impressionist, but he believes that he is a better killer than Billy. While the Impressionist and Belsamo were pretty bad, they had a set of rules that they obeyed unless it's an emergency like in the former's case. Hershey, on the other hand, doesn't care about that. All he cares about is his reward and showing up Billy.
Richard Troy, father of the heroine Eve, stands out as depraved even in the massive sea of murderers and psychotics. A depraved pedophile, Troy began to rape Eve when she was a child. This permanently traumatized her and prevented her from forming relationships until well into adulthood. Not content with this, Troy planned to make her into a prostitute he could sell to other child molesters.
Patrick Roarke, father of Eve's beloved Roarke, manipulated the naive Siobhan Brody to father a child and then murdered her when she realized his true nature and tried to flee with their son. Patrick later beat that child, Roarke Jr, half to death for fun. He also betrays a squad of cops on his trail to a group of criminals, resulting in their slaughter.
Intensity: Edgler Foreman Vess is a 'homicide adventurer' who kills for the 'intensity' he gets during murder. Vess takes time to deconstruct the notion he has a Freudian Excuse as he murdered his parents who had never mistreated him, murdered his grandmother for the insurance money, and his adopted family as well for the same reason. Vess is introduced breaking into the home of the heroine Chyna's friend Lauren, where he murders Lauren's family, rapes her and then murders her as well, Chyna tailing him to a gas station where he murders the clerks after bragging he has a young girl hostage in his basement. He subdues Chyna when he becomes aware of her and chains her in his basement with the young girl Ariel, offering to spare Chyna if she tortures Ariel with him. Vess suffers from god complex where he believes himself the supreme being in his own fantasies and only thinks of other human beings in terms of how much he can hurt them
Without Remorse is a revenge fantasy about drug dealers, set during the Vietnam War. The protagonist, an ex Navy SEAL named John Kelly, runs afoul of a drug ring run by a man named Henry Tucker. Tucker smuggles high-grade heroin into the Baltimore area inside the bodies of American soldiers killed in Vietnam. He distributes the drugs via a stable of prostitutes that he controls using drugs, rape, and torture. When one of his girls escapes and befriends Kelly, he has her kidnapped, then rapes her, tortures her, and mutilates her corpse, forcing the other girls to watch, before dumping it in a public fountain. As Kelly tracks him down while murdering his people, he grows increasingly desperate, going so far as to kill his own associates out of paranoia, then attempts to kill his remaining girls when they prove to be a security risk. In the end, he is shot down like a dog without pity, and the police admit that Kelly did something that they themselves might have done were they not bound by the law.
Patriot Games: Sean Miller is the leader of an Irish terrorist group. The book begins with Miller leading an attack on the British Royal family. After being stopped, Miller goes after The Hero and CIA analyst Jack Ryan and his whole family, causing the car with Ryan's daughter Sally and pregnant wife Cathy to crash. With other various acts of terrorism to his name, one incident from Miller sticks out. When in prison, a guard saves him from Prison Rape from other inmates. During his escape, Miller has the guard at his mercy and chooses to shoot him in a way to paralyze him for life, viewing it worse than killing the man and declaring gratitude is a "disease of dogs," quoting Josef Stalin.
Jade Green: Charles, Judith's creepy forty-year-old cousin, is rapidly revealed to be a Dirty Old Man even before it becomes apparent that he is the villain...but as it is gradually revealed, he crossed the Moral Event Horizon three years before the book even began. After the Title Character (as well as the ghost that is haunting the household of the book) rejected his advances towards her, he proceeded to murder her and chop off her hand when she tried to defend herself. After Judith likewise rejects his advantages in favor of the miller's son Zeke, he decides to murder her as well, though not before raping her. He also set the cellar of those who offered him shelter (as he is unemployed and an alcoholic) on fire to collect the money in Uncle Geoffrey's will after he planned to give a percentage of his money to Judith once he passed away.
Jennifer Government: John Nike is a stand-out Corrupt Corporate Executive even by the standards of the corporatist Dystopia in the novel. As the Vice-President of Marketing for Nike, he arranges to increase their latest product's revenue by increasing its notoriety by killing every person who buys it, including children. When agent Jennifer Government catches on to his scheme through the inevitable chain of subcontractors that expose his plot, he orders Jennifer's 8-year old daughter Kate—revealed to be his own child from a previous relation he had with Jennifer—kidnapped and threatens to kill her if Jennifer tries to arrest him. He ultimately tries to hire a paramilitarized NRA to kill the President so he can give his own unscrupulous Mega Corp. complete power to control and process humanity as he sees fit. John Nike's greed has no limits and he is willing to see his entire society reduced to an unending nightmare out of selfishness and cruelty.
Brian Keene's duology The Rising and City of the Dead takes place in a bleak and miserable setting, but still manages to have two of these:
Ob is the King of the Sissquim, the race of demoniczombies that serve as the antagonists of the series. Distinguishing himself from the mindless hatred of his followers through his persistence, sadism, and hounding of the protagonists on their journey across America, Ob aims to exterminate all of humanity, paving the way for something even worse. Angered by Jim's constant success at staying alive, Ob makes it his personal mission to end Jim's life, even as he arms his zombies with stolen human weaponry so that they can more efficiently wipe out all human and animal life on earth. He takes great pleasure in his task, gloating as he uses a fake "all clear symbol" to lure hundreds to their deaths, mining each corpse he possesses for memories that he can use to hurt those his host cared about and taunt new victims with, and sharing information about his world in order to drive people to despair. Towards the end, he smashes the last remaining human stronghold with heavy artillery, and laughs in Jim's face during their final confrontation, noting that it is his pleasure to end Jim's journey.
Colonel Schow is proof that some humans can be every bit as vile as Ob and his ilk. Taking command of a unit of the Pennsylvania National Guard, Schow teaches them to Rape, Pillage, and Burn with the best of the undead. He forces the women and teenage girls that he rescues into service as brigade whores, under the pretext of keeping up morale. Those who refuse, along with the men who are too unfit for physical duty, end up as zombie bait. The men who he does deem fit enough become slave labour for his construction projects, working in hellish conditions for no reward beyond the dubious safety that Schow and his men provide. Over the course of the novel Schow has deserters crucified and/or used for target practice, a would-be assassin castrated-by-zombie-jaws, Token Good Teammate Skip beaten and then fed to zombies for trying to escape, Frankie gangraped, and a harmless homeless man shot down simply for being found in Frankie's company. Towards the end, he throws a handicapped man out of his Hummer while driving at top speed, so that he can make good his own escape. Enjoying the situation far more than he should, and unconcerned about the very people he is supposed to be protecting, Schow is an affront to the rest of humanity.
Keys to the Kingdom: The antagonists are largely cursed, have sympathetic reasons or both, but Superior Saturday is an out-and-out monster. Her method of disciplining subordinates is to turn them inside out and turn their blood into glass, essentially making them an organ jar. Since her subordinates are immortal, this is a Fate Worse than Death for however long it's in effect. She's practically the Big Bad herself, being behind most schemes since the beginning of the series, including releasing a mind control virus, attempting to nuke a town, throwing a man into Nothing to be dissolved and blaming his brother, and more. What do all of her schemes focus on, you ask? She wants to be the woman in charge. She wants the Incomparable Gardens. She should have been favored during the creation of the Universe, not Sunday. That's it. It speaks volumes that her supervisor kills her and no one views it as his own Moral Event Horizon moment—especially because said supervisor is the man she tossed into oblivion.
Jordan Krall's King Scratch: Fred lets Jim and Peggy take a ride with him, and then mentions he could rape the unconscious Peggy and attacks Jim, trying to strangle him. The corpses of infants with bite marks on them are found in his trunk after the fact.
Kingdom Rattus: King Marrow I assumed control of Vinjia by faking his wife's death and torturing her into becoming a mindless Sex Slave who rapes her own sister for his amusement. He proceeds to kidnap the mother of his child and threaten her with "Cleopatra's Fate" as well as actively conspires to kill his own son despite the fact that he can't hold the throne without an heir. He thinks nothing of committing genocide, he manipulates the other tribes to his own ends, sends his most hardened assassins on a suicide mission to get back at an old mistress, introduces crack cocaine to his own tribe and abandons his subjects in a time of crisis to pursue a relatively minor act of revenge. It might feel surreal when you learn that the author based him on George Bailey from It's a Wonderful Life.
The Kite Runner: Assef rapes Amir's servant, Hassan, because he wouldn't give him a kite, and then goes on to become a member of the Taliban, where he takes small children from orphanages to become sex slaves, one of them the orphaned son of Hassan. As a cherry on top, he actually admiresAdolf Hitler. By that point, he's already shown himself to be a nasty villain in many respects.
Kushiel's Legacy: The Mahrkagir practices sexual torture, mutilation and degradation of all kinds and is just overall a master at tormenting people psychologically as well as physically, with a priesthood to back him up as well. The Mahrkagir violently oppresses the population of his home nation and is a cruel sadist on every level. Imriel as a child was his captive, and recounts a time when the Mahrkagir bargained with him to spare a girl Imriel was fond of, if Imriel would swallow his piss. Imriel tried and failed, so the Mahrkagir raped the woman and slit her throat at the end. When Phedre, the heroine, infiltrates his harem to help bring him down, the Mahrkagir brutalizes her nightly and uses a spiked iron rod on her for sex, relishing every moment of pain. Only her unique gifts as an Anguisette (a being who derives intense pleasure from pain) allows her survival.
L.A. Confidential: Lieutenant Dudley Smith is a media-lionized "hero cop", who's an absolute black hole of greed, corruption and sadism with absolutely no qualms whatsoever about having his own men framed or killed in service to his driving ambition, which happens to involve taking over the city's vice rackets and installing himself as kingpin. (Incidentally being personally responsible for the Sleepy Lagoon murder — turns out, he really didn't approve of his niece dating a Mexican boy.) The crowning horror, though, is how charming he is; there's just something extra terrifying about a man who can make you laugh as he orders multiple homicides.
Legends of the Red Sun: Chancellor Urtica is the Evil Chancellor of the empire in Villjamur and a leader of a Religion of Evil where he engages in human sacrifice. To obtain control of the empire, Urtica engineers a mass slaughter of refugees at Villjamur's gate and blames it on the young Empress, ordering her arrest and execution. Ascending to control of Villjamur, Urtica engages in a way to keep the people satisfied and well fed: by collaborating with an insane killer to have people murdered and made into meat for the unknowing populace.
Living Dead Girl: Ray, the pedophile villain of the novel, kidnapped the heroine Alice when she was ten, and five years hence has raped her daily and starved her. Ray had another "Alice" before this one, but when she outgrew her child body, he murdered her. Ray keeps control of Alice by threatening to murder her parents should she try to escape, and makes Alice try to find him a new girl to continue the cycle.
Lonesome Dove: Blue Duck is a half-breed Indian who prowls the wilderness outside the towns. Feared by all who know him, Blue Duck is a slaver who kidnaps those he can and sells them for a tidy sum, especially women. Blue Duck kidnaps the Hooker with a Heart of Gold Lori and allows his companions to rape her on a daily basis, splitting her between his Indian and cowboy followers. When one of his men is gut shot, Blue Duck refuses to let any other put the henchman out of his misery and allows his Indian followers to castrate and scalp him, with barely concealed amusement. Blue Duck murders several other people, including a luckless child who crosses his path and after his initial escape, he is found in a jail later sentenced to hang. Unwilling to die like that, Blue Duck seizes a guard and throws the two of them out of the window, unwilling to die without taking someone with him.
Lord Peter Wimsey: Mary Whittaker from the story Unnatural Death. She cold-bloodedly kills her doting great-aunt; sacks, hunts down and kills her innocent maidservant; seduces and kills a trusting village girl; tries to drug and kill both Lord Peter and an unsuspecting solicitor; bludgeons and tries to kill Miss Climpson (who was collecting for charity at the time); and tries to have her distant cousin, a devoted clergyman, hanged for her crimes. Her only motive was securing an inheritance that she would almost certainly have received anyway.
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Magic Kingdom of Landover: Ben Holiday has had many bitter enemies, but none so vicious or persistent as the witchNightshade. Part human, part fairy, and all vindictive bitch, Nightshade marked her first appearance by damning Ben's friends to Hell in Magic Kingdom for Sale/Sold, an experience which nearly killed them all. She made two more attempts on his life in The Black Unicorn and Wizard At Large, and after an enchantment forced her to care about him in Tangle Box, responded by trying to murder his wife and kidnap his newborn daughter. It's in Witches' Brew, however, where Nightshade truly comes into her own. She tries to kill Questor Thews, Abernathy, and the Gnome, Poggwydd, and succeeds in kidnapping Ben's daughter Mistaya. Convincing Mistaya that they are friends, she forces the girl to create a series of monsters which she looses on Ben, intending that he should either be killed, or driven mad by his constant transformations into The Paladin. When this plan too fails, Nightshade gives Mistaya a poisoned brooch and sends her to hug her father, intending that Ben should die at his daughter's hands. Concerned only with her own pride, Nightshade was willing to cross any line if it meant making Ben suffer.
Malazan Book of the Fallen has a dark world, with its enormous scope giving rise to many dark deeds, but none stand out as much as Bidithal. An elderly member of the rebellious army the Whirlwind and its most powerful High Mage, Bidithal gets away with his atrocities due to his power and high position. He has a disturbing taste for little girls that he rapes and performs female circumcision on. In his darkest act, Bidithal captures the adopted daughter of the Whirlwind's leader, Felisin the Younger, and rapes her. He tells her he will "drink all the pleasure from your precious body, leaving naught but bitterness, naught but dead places within." Even the barbarian Anti-Hero Karsa Orlong finds Bidithal an utter blot on humanity as a whole and relishes a chance to force Bidithal to choke on his pleasure.
Masters of Rome: Quintus Servilius Caepio starts by stealing a fortune in gold that legally belonged to Rome, having several hundred Roman troops murdered by bandits to conceal the identity of the thief. Then he causes the worst military disaster in Roman history because, coming from an immensely aristocratic background, he considers himself above working with the lowborn consul appointed to fight a massive barbarian invasion. Caepio survives the battle by stealing a boat and abandoning his army to their deaths.
Trunchbull: I broke your arm once, I can do it again, Jenny.
Meg: Michael Maren was nasty in The Trench, but his actions in Primal Waters are downright horrifying. He makes a fake competition all to lure the hero Jonas in so he can use his pet Megalodon Scarface to take his revenge for Jonas getting famous from the Megalodons, fully knowing that hundreds of people will likely be killed in the process. He has absolutely no remorse about this, nor does he give a darn when that shark eats his Dragon. He fully plans to involve Jonas's innocent family as well and has zero remorse in causing the deaths of hundreds in return for revenge, money and fame.
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn: Pryrates is an Evil Sorcerer whose only established motivation is the thirst for knowledge — all knowledge, no matter how dark or forbidden. He first shows up as a junior member of the League of the Scroll, a group devoted to preserving ancient knowledge against the possible return of the Storm King. When Cadrach, a fellow member, unearths du Svardenvyrd, a forbidden book containing a prophecy of the Storm King's return, Pryrates tortures and Mind Rapes him for its secrets. He then ensnares King Elias in a web of deception, posing as a trusted adviser who can help him communicate with the spirit of his dead wife, but instead leading him into selling his soul to the Storm King for the promise of immortality. He provokes Elias to war with any who threaten this goal, including his own brother, whom he captures and attempts to sacrifice. To further his plot, and out of personal pride, he personally murders the Lector of the church of Usires Aedon (equivalent to the Pope). His quest for power is not stopped until he finds out that betraying the Storm King is not a good idea. And if this weren't enough, his Establishing Character Moment is crushing a puppy to death beneath his boot while the hero is watching, just because he can.
Michael Vey: The Big Bad of the series is Manipulative BastardDr. C. James Hatch. First, he would buy the students’ loyalty with expensive gifts and then guilt trip them into meeting his demands. If that doesn't work, he threatens their loved ones to get what he wants. The biggest example was when he held a student’s brother captive to get him to get him to down planes with his powers. He murdered the family of a boy named Zeus and convinced him that he did it to get him to work for him. He punishes rebellious servants called Glows by having one follower, Nichelle, torture them with her powers. When Michael refused to work for him, even after torturing him, he sends Zeus to execute him and his friends. In the second book, he punishes lower-ranked workers that failed him by feeding them to electric rats until they're nothing but bones. In the third book, after overthrowing the Elgen Executives, he has Chairman Schema make a Sadistic Choice by either having him or one of his workers be hung upside down. One of the executives offers to go in his place and dies from having the blood rush to her head.
The first book, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, has Martin Vanger who is the likable CEO of a family corporation. He is troubled since his sister vanished long ago. He also comes across as a nice guy and saves the protagonist's life in the movie. In the end, however, Martin reveals his true colors: he is a serial killer, who has been torturing, raping and murdering hundreds of women since he was a teenager. His chilling explanation is: "This is every man's innermost dream. I take what I want."
From the same book, Martin's father, Gottfried, is an anti-Semitic racist Nazi, itself a horrid way to make a first impression. Gottfried rapes his own daughter and kills at least 7 women in parodies of Old Testament (specifically, Leviticus) punishments. He is also the one responsible for raising Martin into an individual like himself.
The other two books, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, feature Zalachenko, a Russian agent who took refuge in Sweden. Because of his high importance to the government, Zalachenko was allowed to do anything he wanted. His favorite activity was abusing his wife. He would often torture or beat her in front of their daughter. The last time, he beat her so bad he left her with severe brain damage, which resulted in his daughter, who we find out is Lisbeth, burning Zala alive in retribution. Surviving with hideous wounds, Zala became the leader of a powerful human trafficking ring where girls were forced into prostitution. Having many, many women sold into sex slavery or killed when their value diminished, Zala also had multiple murders committed by his nightmarishly powerful son, and when he found out his daughter's location, he spared no expense to murder anyone in his path to torture her to death himself.
Mistborn: The Original Trilogy: Lord Straff Venture is introduced in The Final Empire as a brutal noble ready to commit all manner of evil things he thinks will help cement his power. He is utterly okay with systematically abusing his children to force them to conform to his standards, even trying having one assassinated. In The Well of Ascension, he allows an army of monsters, known for their ruthlessness and utter lack of mercy, to attack an enemy city lowering its defenses. He later decides to allow the city to be destroyed, concluding he only cares about the Atium rumoured to be hidden in the city. We also learn of his habit of siring illegitimate children to use as assassins.
Mithgar: Baron Bela Stoke is the main villain of the novel The Eye of the Hunter, and in a series chock-full of sadistic Evil Sorcerers, he stands out from the crowd. A sickening fusion of evil aristocrat, necromancer, Mad Scientist, and Torture Technician, Stoke's standard MO is to move into a region whose people are unfamiliar with him and begin abducting the locals so he can perform horrific, Mengele-esque experiments on them until they die (with the addition of potions that both increase painful sensations and keep victims alive longer than naturally possible) and then uses their corpses in his necromantic rites. He keeps this up for centuries, leaving a swath of gruesome murders behind him while racking up a body count at least in the hundreds (possibly into the thousands). In the process, a group of heroes (mostly friends or relatives of his victims) assembles for the sole purpose of hunting this guy down and ridding the world of him, regardless of how many years or decades it may take, because killing Stoke is something that needs doing just that much. At the end of the novel, he reanimates the corpses of his victims into a legion of undead warriors he intends to use to conquer the world, apparently For the Evulz, and indicates that he'd murder his own father (and mentor) Ydral if he felt it necessary to protect the secret of this working.
The Monk: Ambrosio, the eponymous character, is an epitome of a Sinister Minister character type and the story is about him falling from grace after being tempted to sin. The first scene showing him preaching to the audience hints at his prideful nature. After breaking his vow of chastity Ambrosio jumps to committing kidnapping, Black Magic, rape, murder and incest before selling his own soul to Satan, the only supernatural element left unambiguous in the whole story.
The Most Dangerous Game: General Zaroff is a Social DarwinistSerial Killer hiding behind a veneer of civilization. Bored with being a Great White Hunter, he has taken up residence on a hidden island, in which he maroons sailors so that he can hunt them for his amusement. While Zaroff prides himself on being a sportsman and gentleman and prefers a challenge, he has no qualms about "hunting" the weak, nor does he really play fair in the slightest. Anyone he captures who isn't interested in "playing" is turned over to his servant, a former knouter for the Tsar, until they are willing, and while he initially starts on an even footing with his prey, he ultimately uses a pack of vicious hounds against more elusive prey. Cementing the Morton's Fork nature of the game for his victims, Zaroff is non-committal as to whether he would actually let any survivors go unless they were willing to keep quiet about his crimes.
Murder on the Ballarat Train: The worst member of the child slavery gang is the man, who rapes the kids to help break them, considering it all part of his compensation for leaving his previous legitimate job.
Murder in the Dark: The sociopathic killer-for-hire (and Self-Made Orphan, as it turns out) who trades under the name "the Joker". A Master of Disguise who sent a coral snake to warn someone to stay away from the scene of his next job, then locked a little girl into a disused outbuilding to die slowly of starvation.
The Naked and the Dead: Staff Sergeant Sam Croft is the Commander of a Recon Platoon, which he rules with an iron fist, during World War II. Croft comes across as a simple martinet jerk before the audience is first introduced to his sadistic side. In one scene, he gives a Japanese prisoner some cigarettes and chocolate and thus the illusion of being spared. Right after he kills the guy despite having just learnt the soldier has a wife and kid back home. From there on it's made increasingly clear that Croft is a cold-blooded killing machine with love of combat andkilling. His first kill was not even in the war, but when he was serving in the Texas National Guard, during which he killed a man in a riot just to see what it was like. When newly ensigned Lt. Hearn is assigned to the platoon, Croft resents being placed at second-in-command. Later, after he crushes an injured bird to death to spite a soldier, Hearn forces him to apologize. Croft experiences this as humiliating. He retaliates by misleading Hearn into thinking the path ahead is clear, thus getting Hearn killed by a machine gun. Later, Croft quells a mutiny in his usual manner: He threatens to shoot those responsible.
First are "Messires Croup and Vandemar," the resident monsters for hire of the London Below. Croup himself sums the duo up best when he cheerily remarks, "we have no redeeming features." Croup and Vandemar seem one beast split into two bodies, Croup as the brains and Vandemar as the brawn, but both are wildly sadistic and cruel. A man who fails to perform his tasks is set upon by Croup and hacked to pieces (and impliedly devoured by him). The two murder heroine Door's family and when her ally, the Marquis, tries to negotiate with them, they capture him and torture him for nothing more than entertainment. They give him a head start though...with Vandemar stalking after him, gleefully counting down the time to savor the hunt even more
The angel Islington is a being drunk on its own glory and vanity. Islington was originally tasked with watching over Atlantis. When pressed on how Atlantis really sank, Islington's normally beautiful, serene features are replaced by a mask of fury as it shrieks that they deserved it. Islington is the one who commissioned Croup and Vandemar to murder Door's family and manipulated Door to him so she could open the gates of heaven, allowing Islington to conquer its kin and exact revenge out of nothing more than spite for its exile.
Hu Gibbet is widely considered the second best assassin in the land, but informing him he's second best will result in your own drawn out execution. Unlike the cold, business-like Durzo Bint, Hu Gibbet is a sadistic monster that derives pleasure from his work, and while the former makes every effort to avoid collateral damage, Hu Gibbet goes out of his way to butcher everyone in the vicinity on his jobs. At one point, Hu Gibbet kills one hero, Logan's, family and household and gruesomely strings up the corpses for everyone's viewing pleasure. His apprentice, Vi, fairs no better under him and has been the subject of verbal, physical and sexual abuse for her tenure as his student
Roth, once known as Rat, is another. The son and Bastard Understudy of God King Garoth Ursuul, Rat was a sexual sadist who had raped children of both genders since he was young. In the present, Roth betrays his home kingdom to his father's soldiers, leading to many deaths, and is fond of killing peasants so he can eat them.
Finally, God King Garoth Ursuul presides over a legacy of rape, torture, murder and slavery. Garoth attempts to rape or force the submission of any woman he comes across and makes those hes tired of into furniture. Under his reign, widespread war crimes are common, and people are killed or raped at the drop of a hat. Garoth's reasoning? It Amused Me.
Oliver Twist: Bill Sikes is one of the most vicious characters that Charles Dickens ever created. Sikes beats his dog, abuses his girlfriend Nancy, and uses Oliver, a young boy to further his criminal career, threatening to shoot him if he gives him away. His worst act is killing Nancy in cold blood when he thinks she betrayed him. He smashes her face with his pistol and when she begs for mercy, he beats her to death with a club, and keeps beating her when she's already dead. He later threatens to kill Charley Bates when he's on the run for Nancy's murder and he leaves Oliver for dead in a ditch. Other criminals fear Sikes and his violent temper and none of the other villains come close to matching him in being an utter bastard.
Otherland: Johnny Wulgaru, alias Johnny Dark, alias John More Dread, alias (John) Dread, is a rapist, Serial Killer, Psycho for HireMisanthrope Supreme who was raised by his drug-addled prostitute mother for the precise purpose of being a weapon against the society she wanted revenge on. The Big Bad, Corrupt Corporate Executive Felix Jongleur, views him as an attack dog: vicious, but useful when directed appropriately. However, he severely underestimates Dread's cunning and ambition, and when he sees the opportunity, Dread uses his Technopath psychic power to wrest control of the Otherland operating system away from his boss. He then launches an orgy of virtual destruction, indulging his sadistic tendencies by, among other things, torturing, raping, and killing the people of Dodge City. When the thrill of godlike power subsides, he then plans to use the resources of Jongleur's empire to wreak havoc in the real world. Meanwhile, the police team investigating Dread's trail of real world murders interviews a psychologist who describes him as one of the purest examples of a sociopathic personality that he'd ever seen — no empathy, no remorse, only a fierce intelligence and the skill to manipulate others.
Överenskommelser has more than its fair share of sociopaths and domestic abusers, but Carl-Jan Rosenschiöld distinguishes himself from the rest as a sadist who loves to hurt women for pleasure. Having already gone through two wives, Rosenschiöld turns his attention to marrying Beatrice, a girl who is over forty years younger than Rosenschiöld, solely because he wants a virgin. On their wedding night, he rapes and nearly kills Beatrice after he discovers that she lost her virginity before their marriage. What makes this vile act cement his status as a monster is that Beatrice never made a promise to stay a virgin until they got married. Moreover, she never even heard about the promise her cousin made to Rosenschiöld that she would remain a virgin until their marriage. He expresses no remorse for his crimes whatsoever as he spends his remaining couple of days in a brothel overindulging in aphrodisiac drugs and sexually abusing their women.
The Pendragon Adventure: Saint Dane is a master manipulator who kills huge numbers of people, seems to enjoy it, and has been personally responsible for multiple parallel universes ("territories") plunging into mayhem and possibly evil. He tried to give nukes to Nazi Germany. His goal is a complete Crapsack World, and he intends to destroy even that, along with the afterlife, to replace it with his own version where he is God.
The fairy tale book, The Pentamerone, has the nameless queen from the short story Sun, Moon, and Talia. When she had realized that her husband has cheated on her with another woman named Talia, she ordered her secretary to bring the children to her. She then gives her royal cook the job of cooking the children into several dishes, and then to serve said dishes to her husband. When it seemed like her husband was eating his own children, she continually mocked him for his mistake, and was blissfully unaware of the fact that her royal cook had cooked the King two lambs instead of the two children. The Queen later gives her guards the task of bringing the young woman to her palace, and so, Talia is brought before her. She condemned Talia to to burn in a huge bonfire that she had set up for her, and she then asked her to remove her clothing because she thought they were too valuable to be burned with such a lowly woman.
Peter And Max, a novel of the Fables series: Max Piper is always a dark one, with extreme jealousy toward his brother Peter. Howeber, when Peter receives their father's flute Frost, Max becomes nigh on insane...he carelessly kills innocents when the Adversary invades, and later on actually uses a spell to sterilize every other Fable. He also has no qualms stealing children for the whole Pied Piper incident and later brags to his brother that he "used them to pay off debts." He smugly adds that the kids didn't die happy...
The Pillars of the Earth: William Hamleigh begins as an arrogant, boorish young aristocrat with some sketchy ideas about a woman's consent whose nastiness is shown when he threatens Tom Builder's life in an argument over wages Tom is fairly owed. After his fiancee Aliena breaks their engagement, William takes advantage of her father being deposed as Earl of Shiring to rape her, murdering her faithful steward and forcing her younger brother to watch before allowing his groom to rape her as well. William later discovers he is now impotent unless he commits violence, as seen when he beats and rapes a prostitute. William soon becomes Earl and becomes a scourge to the people: brutalizing and raping when he isn't given his "proper due." He fixates on Aliena, doing everything he can to ruin her life further and attacks the town of Kingsbridge, burning and killing, causing the death of Tom Builder personally. When he finally gets married, William finds himself impotent on the wedding night, and beats his wife bloody when she gives him a reassuring smile over it.
Colton Banes is an assassin for Nightrise hired to track down Jamie and Scott, two of "The Five". When Jamie escapes, Colton kills "Uncle Don", the stage manager they were staying, and his wife to pin the rap on Jamie. When he and his partner Kyle Hovey report to Susan Mortlake, she has Colton strangle Kyle. Colton does this immediately and without remorse, stating the he always hated Kyle. When Jamie tries to scan him to find Scott's location, he sees not only the after mentioned crimes, but also sees memories of a girl locked in a battered trailer with puncture wounds. When Jamie tries to go to prison under an alias, he is caught and one the guards reports him to Colton. Colton tells the guard to turn off the Air Conditioning in the cell, which the guard does reluctantly. During the raid on the prison, Colton shoots Jamie in the back.
Pretty Little Liars: Alison kills her twin sister in a fit of rage for simply switching places with her, kills Ian because of his relationship with Courtney, and later on kills Jenna simply because she knew the secret. Besides that, Alison pretends to be Ian in an IM conservation, stalks the girls as the second A, repeatedly blackmails them, and feeds them false information. She then tries to have someone else framed for her misdeeds. In the last book, when she appears, she manipulates Emily's feelings for her, pretends to be friends with Hanna, tries to steal Aria's boyfriend, and then attempts to kill the girls of the book. She also sends Hanna fake tickets and has her sent to a mental institution. Alison even stated in her letter that she was glad that she had killed Jenna. Talk about being a good friend...
Backwards gives us Djuhn'Keep. Being one of a series of androids dedicated to hunting down the remains of the human race (AKA Dave Lister) and torturing them to death, he's already vile. But out of all of them, Djuhn masterminded the creation of the Death Wheel and the Hub of Pain torture chamber at it's very centre, stocking it with every single form of weapon that could be used to torture their captives with. It gets even worse, when Djuhn, needing spare parts, infects one of the other agonoids with a paralyzing computer virus and dismantles him while he's still conscious. Then, just to make sure that he'd have the privilege of torturing Lister and the other Dwarfers, he gathers all the other agonoids in the Hub of Pain and increases the gravity until most of them are crushed to death. The survivors are forced into the spokes of the Death Wheel and whittled down by the death traps, while Djuhn listens from the control room, "conducting the symphony of screams and death rattles as if it were the sweetest of sweet music." Then, when it seems that some of them have escaped alive, he ejects them into spaceand goes after Lister...
Last Human gives us The Alternate Lister. Apart from being an unfeeling sociopath with no regard for life or property, he also murders his "friends" aboard Starbug simply because he didn't want them getting hold of the coordinates of the DNA-Altering machine, even lasering Kryten's head off and jamming a Cuban cigar between the lips as a joke. Then, when the protagonist version of Lister rescues him from Cyberia, he repays this act of kindness by knocking his rescuer unconscious and forcing him to take his place at the prison. As a final atrocity, he even goes as far as shooting Protagonist Lister in the balls with a rad pistol to try and motivate Kochanski into having sex with him.
Röd måne ("Red Moon"): Ylva Svensdotter wants her own brother to die in war so she can claim the right to his wife's farm. When he does die, she feigns sadness over it. She accuses her sister-in-law and her two maids of witchcraft after and since this is the 17th century, they're sentenced to death. Ylva also gladly planned for her brother's six year old daughter Indra to die as well, but Indra was rescued. When her daughter Maja lost her ability to speak from the shock of being flogged, Ylva actually accuses her of being a witch as well and has her sent to a family where she is raped and abused for many years. And when Indra returned to claim her mother's farm, Ylva accuses her niece of witchcraft. At this point, Ylva even loses the support of her husband, who had only obeyed her until then.
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Sabriel: After Kerrigor aka Prince Rogirek became one of the Greater Dead, he tricked his half-brother into helping him murder their mother and their sisters in order for Kerrigor to use their blood to shatter the Charter Stones protecting the kingdom from the dead. Defeated and driven deep into death, Kerrigor's actions nevertheless destroyed The Old Kingdom, allowing all manner of The Undead free access to the world over the next several hundred years, while he waited for the chance to break free. Kidnapping the infant Sabriel, Kerrigor took her deep into death as part of a plot to blackmail her father, The Abhorsen, into freeing him. Years later, he traps The Abhorsen himself in Death and breaks free into the world of the living. He then tries to capture Sabriel and his revived half-brother as part of a plan to shatter the remaining Charter Stones. When this fails after The Abhorsen's Heroic Sacrifice, Kerrigor re-emerges from Death and leads a massive army of undead across the wall and into a girl's school, killing soldiers and students alike, before devouring Sabriel's Friendly Enemy, Mogget, alive and finally forcing Sabriel herself into a Mutual Kill. Obsessed with power and staying alive no matter what the cost to others, Kerrigor is the worst that the realm of the Dead has to offer.
Safehold: Vicar Zhaspahr Clyntahn is Grand Inquisitor of a Corrupt Church, which tells you all you need to know. However in the fourth book, he not only executes every vicar in the Church who even thought about opposing him, but their families as well, including children as young as twelve. This act is monstrous enough that a declaration of Holy War that had been hanging over the plot since the second book is rendered an afterthought.
The Vampenze Lord aka Steve "Leopard" Leonard is an unstable tyrant who starts up a war with the vampires to get back at Mr. Crepsley for turning Darren into a vampire and not him. Probably his worst actions are seducing the hero's sister in order to get her pregnant and use his son as a bargaining chip against Darren and snapping the neck of Evra's son just for his own sick joy. There is a reason the other Vampenze dislike and only serve him since they have to.
Mr. Tiny is a sadistic time traveler who is revealed to have manipulated almost all the terrible events in history just for his own personal pleasure. He brags about the way he likes to drink the blood of children claiming, "it's so sweet", and on another occasion, claims he is excited to witness a volcano that will kill thousands. The worst part is the way he pitted Darren and Steve against one another, insisting that the vampires only have three chances to kill Steve before he overthrows the Vampires. Whichever boy won - Darren or Steve - would become the Lord of Shadows, kill all of their friends, and became the ruler of the world. When Darren decides to Screw Destiny and let both himself and Steve die, Mr. Tiny instead creates dragons which results in the Post-Apocalyptic world as seen in The Lake of Souls. His motive is that he looked into the future and saw that things were going to be too peaceful for his liking, so he set the stage for a lot of chaos to amuse him.
Warlord Darmouth is a paranoid and psychotic tyrant who runs his lands with fear and intimidation. People are killed on a routine basis if he gets the wrong idea about them. He keeps his followers in line with blackmail, emotional manipulation and fear to keep them too weak to resist. Trying to leave his service results in swift death for all involved, even their families.
Obviously EvilUbad, a Necromancer who worships the Eldritch AbominationBig Bad Il'Samar, manipulated a vampire ally of his into raping a human woman to father a dhampyr on her. The result was said ally's death as his energy was drained and Ubad gaining the dhampyr he badly wanted. The reason was so he would have a champion to lead an army of the dead to purge the world of life. Unlike Il'Samar's other followers, Ubad is simply in it to see how far he can push the bounds of his own powers as far as he can go until the world burns.
Second Apocalypse: Aurang and Aurax are the twin princes of the alien race, the Inchoroi. After crash-landing during the height of the mystical Cunuroi civilization, a war broke out between the species. Aurang and Aurax were the only survivors of the Inchoroi and engineered a plague that killed every female member of the Cunuroi and made the males immortal so they'd suffer forever. They also helped create the Sranc, hideous creatures whose existence is simply pain and lust so that the only way they interact with other beings are killing and raping them. To prevent their own damnation for their sins, the two plan to fill Hell with so many souls, the door will be shut permanently. For this end, Aurang and Aurax mastermind hundreds of horrible murders, engineer genocidal wars for their own ends, and created a being called the No-God that killed every baby to be born for a decade. Aurang and Aurax are also sexual sadists who are fond of rape as an interrogation method. Aurax in particular enjoys raping a victim's wife in front of him before giving her and said victim's family to the Sranc long after it is clear none of them have the answers Aurax wants.
7th Son: John Alpha kills his innocent clones and commits a cruel Mind Rape on his own mother. In order to drive up oil prices and make more money, he arranges for the nuking of Saudi Arabia. Alpha conscripts the homeless and less fortunate into an army as cannon fodder and tries to establish his own 4th Reich to reign over the world.
The Shadow of the Wind: Francisco Javier Fumero, the corrupt chief of police in Barcelona, relishes the power his position brings him. As a boy, Fumero tortured small animals as an outlet for his sadism, and when he discovered Julian Carax, the one boy to treat him kindly, and Penelope, who Fumero lusted after, were together, he attempted to murder Julian and devoted his life to destroying him and Penelope alike. Fumero sent his men to kill Julian and personally murdered a woman who loved Julian for helping him. In the years that passed, Fumero terrorized the populace of Barcelona as a uniformed thug, torturing those who caught his ire. One luckless man named Fermin was held and beaten before Fumero tortured him with a blowtorch. When the young hero of the novel, Daniel Siempre, closes in on the buried story of Julian Carax, Fumero wastes no time in attempting to kill him and all who know the truth as well. Cruel, sadistic, violent and insatiably power-hungry, Fumero represents how far a once almost pitiable boy can fall.
Shardik: Child slave-dealer Genshed specifically deals in unwanted and deformed children so he can gain a greater profit and use methods that are more barbaric. Instead of grown-up overseers, he grooms the cruelest of the boys to be his overseers, replacing them only when they kill or damage too many of the slaves (or learn too much). He prides himself on being able to drive children mad without even touching them, though he isn't above physical abuse — chains through the ears, knife blades under the nails or across the eyes, a device called a "flytrap" that keeps the mouth open. He castrates the boys and it's implied that the children in his possession (mostly young ones, under fourteen) are sold as sex slaves of one kind or another. When he learns one boy will be used for begging, he cuts off the boy's hands to make him more valuable, then charges the new owner for the job. The only regret he ever shows is at the loss of a profit.
Hannibal: Mason Verger is a warped pedophile that had the misfortune to conflict with Hannibal and ended up disfigured and crippled in a wheelchair for it. Seeking revenge, Verger kills and schemes so he can capture Hannibal and feed him to specially trained wild pigs. Now impotent, Verger obtains satisfaction by torturing and abusing children and drinks martinis made from their tears. Verger also uses his own sister as a servant, having kept her in line with a serious of violent rapes earlier in life.
Hannibal Rising: Vladis Grutas is a vicious war criminal that escaped justice in World War 2. A member of the collaborating Lithuanian militias, Grutas led the sack of a small town and personally executed Jewish prisoners. He executed one Rabbi by sawing his head off. During the winter, Grutas and his men took refuge in a small building with a young Hannibal and his baby sister Mischa inside. Grutas, to stave off hunger, decapitated Mischa with an axe and had her cooked and fed to the others. In the present, Grutas is a mob boss who uses murder and prostitution to further profits. When he and Hannibal fight to the end, Grutas takes pleasure in mocking Hannibal how he also fed him his own sister in the winter years ago.
Melkor, later known as Morgoth Bauglir, begins life as one of the Valar, but his spite and arrogance precipitates his steady downfall into evil. Melkor begins by destroying the great lamps of Valinor and creating the pits of Utumno, where he takes as many races as he can and personally enacts hideous, unspeakable tortures upon them until all that remains are grotesque perversions that he can use as his servants, ruined terrible forms of life. After his first defeat, Morgoth repays mercy with treachery. He proceeds to destroy the world trees, betrays and kills the king of the Noldor elves and steals their treasures from petty greed, leading to the deaths of many thousands of elves when they pursue him. Once he sets up his base of operations in Middle-Earth, Morgoth gets back to his old business. He delights in corrupting men into darkness, manufacturing and playing off corruption in their hearts to set them against each other and their allies. His "crowning achievement" is tricking and beguiling the first men into swearing an oath of eternal fealty to him, meant to enslave the race forever in body and spirit, which is the reason why mortality is considered a gift for Man (souls of Men leave Arda and Morgoth's grasp). Morgoth launches brutal campaigns of slavery and genocide, with just one of the examples being the destruction of Gondolin, the most beautiful and proud elven city, with full orders to exterminate civilians, who are saved solely by the heroism of the city's warriors. Regions cease to exist with their inhabitants enslaved, wiped out or taken for horrible deaths. Morgoth also tries to rape the elven princess Luthien out of nothing more than cruel lust. Morgoth ends with no redeeming features whatsoever. An evil god, genocidal conqueror, brutal overlord, corrupter, Morgoth fits it all. At one point, he condemns a man to horrible torture and then enacts a curse to see his children grow, suffer horribly and be rejected by both life and death, solely because the man dared to defy him. There is no act too evil or petty for Morgoth. He commits atrocities on the petty personal and the grand, worldly scale alike.
Morgoth's Bastard Understudy Sauron is a demonstration of how those who were once noble can fall to great evil. Sauron was once noble Maiar who was swayed to Morgoth's side. Over time, Sauron's noble intentions for the world were replaced with vanity and lust for power. In the First Age, Sauron convinced a man to betray his comrades, showing him a vision of his beloved wife...once the man did what Sauron asked, Sauron revealed she was already dead and had his hapless pawn tortured to death as he had promised to reunite them. Upon capturing the hero Beren and his companions, Sauron placed them in his dungeons where he allowed his werewolves to slowly pick the group off, one by one, to torment the survivors. After the defeat of his master, Sauron fled to Numenor, assuming the fair form of Annatar, the Bringer of Gifts and seduced Numenor towards darkness and evil until it was a Morgoth-worshipping theocracy that practiced human sacrifice. This was an act so unholy, Eru Illuvatar, the equivalent of God, stepped in to destroy Numenor. Even then, Sauron was not done, and tricked the other races with the Rings of Power, forging his master ring to enslave all that lived. In the Third age, he embarked on a genocidal war for conquest, seeking only to feed his lust for domination and megalomania.
Skulduggery Pleasant: Nefarian Serpine was The Dragon of an evil wizard who started a war to revive Eldritch Abominations, and he killed the protagonist's family, and then tortured him to death. However, after the guy somehow manages to come back to life and leads his side of the war to victory, Serpine double-crosses his old friends by becoming The Mole and selling everyone out to get his own ass out of the fire. This, just so, many years later, he can get his hands on a super-powerful MacGuffin to start everything from scratch and kill everyone who even looks at him funny. It doesn't help that he only uses said MacGuffin on really powerful people because it kills them very fast and painlessly, while he prefers to kill everyone else in the most slow and painful way possible.
Spellfall: Hawk, The Big Bad, may not be responsible for that many deaths, but he "compensates" for this with sheer ruthlessness. Some of his actions include: driving his wife to suicide by killing her bonded animal, forcefully "bonding" with other Wizards which means placing them under Mind Control, threatening to both of those to his son, forcing the wizards under his control to commit atrocities, including kidnapping other victims for "bonding" one of these is the heroine, a 12 year old girl, forcing them to kill the heroine's mother, intending to "bond" with the heroine, gleefully exclaiming that, after that, she "won't be so shy", after she demands privacy for changing clothes, intending to slaughter the Tree of OQ, possibly killing hundreds of wizards, making their ancestors ( including the heroine's mother) Deader than Dead and depriving the survivors of their home and living, just so he can get some mana, casually leaving a Muggle (the heroine's stepbrother) to his death, and when his plan fails, he tries to kill the heroine, along with his son. His ultimate punishmentis quite fitting, though.
Stardoc: Joseph Grey Veil deliberately took advantage of Terran xenophobia to get anti-alien laws passed. He also endeavored to pass anti-cloning laws solely for his own gain. His intent was to do whatever he wanted to innocent clones. Veil engages in a series of rapes with as many clones as he can, and deliberately infects them with syphilis just so he can see the results of the disease on the Designer Babies he fathers.
Star Trek: Federation: Colonel Adrik Thorsen of the Optimum Movement starts as a Himmler clone and only gets worse. His Establishing Character Moment is a one-sided massacre of civilians and New United Nations peacekeepers aboard a space station in order to steal a ship for a trip to the outer solar system; he then kills his own foot soldiers so he can take all the credit. After a Time Skip, he's the public face of the Optimum in Britain and is orchestrating mass executions of civilian demonstrators and anyone who doesn't match up to the Optimum's idea of what humans should look like. He captures and tortures Zefram Cochrane and a pair of Resistance operatives in pursuit of a superweapon, the so-called warp bomb, that according to a lengthy lecture by Cochrane on warp physics is actually impossible. After Cochrane and the Resistance nearly kill him in their escape, Thorsen is rebuilt with nanotech and becomes obsessed with payback. After another Time Skip, he has Cochrane's wife and students murdered. After Time Skip #3 manipulates the Klingons and the Orion Syndicate into kidnapping Cochrane and taking a starliner full of civilians hostage (Kirk's crew rescues them, but not before they space one of the hostages), and orders a cruiser to fly into a black hole after Cochrane's shuttle. Time Skip #4, and he hijacks the Enterprise-D and sends her into the same black hole to get Cochrane.
Stephanie Plum: Benito Ramirez is a violent boxer who absolutely loves to torture, rape, and mutilate women just because he can and because he likes to make a point of them that he's so powerful that he can do it to whomever he wants, whenever he wants. In the first book, he stalks Stephanie, even, at one point, calling her in the middle of the night and leaving a voicemail that's being recorded as he assaults a pleading, screaming woman and taunts them both. Later, he rapes and absolutely brutalizes a prostitute, whom Stephanie had spoken to about Ramirez earlier that day and leaves her bloody, unconscious, naked body tied up on Stephanie's balcony. In the fifth book, he tries to break into Stephanie's apartment.
The Strain: The Master, one of the seven original vampires. While his six brothers are content to rest in their homes and avoid conflict with the world at large, the Master is a sadistic tyrant, ever since ancient times. Crossing from Europe on plane, he kills and turns every passenger so when they revive, he sends them to feed on their loved ones, slowly building a vampire army. When the time is right, the Master initiates through his minions multiple nuclear explosions by destroying silos to kill the six other ancients, and blots out the sun, establishing a vampire kingdom where humans are cattle for his kind locked in camps and used for blood. The Master shows a penchant for murder and torture for his own amusement as well, even keeping a minion he turned back in the second World War from the Nazi ranks to torment his Arch-Enemy, a vampire hunting concentration camp survivor.
The Survivor's Club: David Price is the personal nemesis of Detective Roan Griffin. An imprisoned pedophile and serial child killer, David cuts a deal with wannabe rapist Ron Viggio, giving Viggio a way to rape women with impunity, as long as his first victim is Meg Pesaturo, a girl that David seduced and impregnated when she was thirteen. Using the method that Price worked out, Viggio rapes Meg, Carol Rosen, and Trisha Hayes, killing the latter when her latex allergy kicks in, and assaults and tries to rape Trisha's sister, Jillian Hayes. When things become too difficult, Price arranges for Viggio to frame a man named Eddie Como, then hires an assassin to kill Como on the steps of the courthouse (drawing Griffin onto the case), and has Viggio blow up the assassin's car to cover their tracks. Price then claims to know the identity of the "College Hill Rapist", saying he will reveal it in exchange for a visit with Molly, his daughter by Meg. When this doesn't get him the attention he wants, Price has Viggio rape and kill Sylvia Blaire and kidnap Meg. Price is given his trip, and proceeds to break out of the transport van, killing three police officers in the process. He takes Meg to his old house, intending to kill her and bury her in the basement alongside his other victims; when the police try to interfere, he shoots Griffin's friend Detective Waters, and finally dies trying to knife Griffin. A pathological narcissist obsessed with being the centre of attention, David Price is about as low as even a paedophile can get.
Sweeney Todd himself counts, from the original Penny Dreadful stories that began with The String Of Pearls. While later given sympathetic qualities in the retelling of the legends, the original Sweeney Todd was a monster whose only motivation was cruelty and greed. Sweeney would lure customers into his barbershop and proceed to drop them down a tunnel to break their skulls or necks, before 'polishing them off' with his straight razor if they still lived. Coming up with another plan to make more money, he and his partner Mrs. Lovett cooked the bodies into meat pies to sell with a hefty profit. Hundreds of corpses are seen in the preparation room, and Sweeney keeps a kidnap victim to work the furnace to keep the meat coming, with full knowledge that he'll eventually join the pies when Sweeney decides he's been there too long.
Sword of Truth: Darken Rahl is an Evil Overlord and Evil Sorcerer who has made a deal for power with the demonic being, The Keeper of the Underworld. Darken keeps the people enslaved, banning fire and launching brutal extermination campaigns on the orders that have resisted him. Rahl also continues the order of Mord-Sith: girls raised to be vicious torturers who have their mothers murdered in front of them and are forced to torture their fathers to death. He also sexually abuses the Mord-Sith and especially enjoys tormenting a lesbian couple amongst them. A Serial Rapist as well, Rahl forces himself upon many women, and if ones with him consensually are repulsed at the scars under his clothing, he tortures them to death. Viewing children without the gift of magic as worthless, he has any ungifted offspring disposed of, while also sacrificing other children to the Keeper for power. Rahl's ultimate goal is to plunge the world into The Keeper's domain, where all that lives will suffer eternally.
The Thief of Always: Mr. Hood runs a magic house where children can be young forever and gain anything they want. Naturally, it's nothing more than an elaborate spider's web. Hood lures children in under these promises before draining them of life and soul, imprisoning them in the lake forever to prolong his own life. Calling himself the Vampire King, Hood delights in what he does to children and tries to seduce the young heroes to his side. When one of his minions tries to take his place after he believes Hood is dead, Hood seizes him and rips his head clean of.
The Thin Executioner: Qasr Bint is a sadistic cult leader, who believes he alone is the most pure person in the world, and that others must experience pain to earn the favour of the gods. He forces the members of his cult mutilate themselves, he kills them, and eats them if the food supplies are low. He also has tribes wiped out if he finds them "irredeemable".
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: Lord Abbot Enomoto. Not only does he have his monks impregnate the nuns at Mount Shiranui Shrine, he has them and Abbess Izu take their babies away, kill them, and has the monks deceive the nuns by writing 'letters' from their deceased children. If that wasn't enough, he deceives the nuns into thinking that they will be released from the shrine after 20 years of service. Instead, his master monks give them a drug that kills them on the way down the mountain and they end up buried in numbered graves. Then he drinks the babies' blood as a tonic so he can remain immortal.
A Thousand Splendid Suns: Rasheed is nasty, violent-tempered, smug and thoroughly heartless, spending the book ruining the lives of the protagonists in a myriad of ways. Marrying a 15-year-old before promptly raping her and tricking a 14-year-old into marrying him immediately after her family dies by paying a man to tell her that her surviving love interest is dead are without counting what Rasheed does to his own family. His nature also comes forth in beating the tar out of his wives on a daily basis, completely neglecting his daughter in favor of his son, forcing one of his wives to eat pebbles because he thought her rice was undercooked, shoving a gun into the mouth of one of his wives and finally trying to strangle her to death. When his wives try to run away, he tells the younger that if she ever tries it again, he will kill his other wife (her only friend) and her daughter in front of her. She knows he's not joking, because he's just put them all in sensory deprivation rooms in the blistering heat with no water for three days. What little sympathy the author tries to create for him by letting us know his first son died is quickly dashed away when it's implied that Rasheed's own drunken neglect probably caused it.
The Three Musketeers: The mysterious, murderous Milady de Winter is one of is one of the top agents of the Visionary VillainCardinal Richelieu in his campaign to strengthen France and free it of foreign influence, but shares none of her employer's lofty ideals. Instead, she uses her position, resources, and quasi-supernatural beauty and charisma to indulge her limitless appetites for money, power, and indiscriminate, disproportionate revenge on anyone who gets on her bad side. Ever since her humble origins as a larcenous nun, she's targeted and seduced any sufficiently-useful man she comes across, destroying those who reject her and either killing or abandoning anyone unlucky enough to become her thrall as soon as they're no longer valuable. Her steadily-escalating battle with d'Artagnan brings out all her worst excesses, as she first tries to enlist him to kill her brother-in-law for his inheritance and a young noble for apparently turning her advances down, then, after he humiliates her, repeatedly attempts to kill him with zero regard for collateral damage, endangering and killing several innocents along the way, and finally murders his Love Interest as Revenge by Proxy whilst pretending to be her dearest friend.
To Kill a Mockingbird: Robert E. Lee "Bob" Ewell personifies all that was wrong with the era. He gets Tom Robinson, a disabled black man, arrested for supposedly raping and beating his daughter Mayella. Atticus, the defense lawyer, shows that Tom was physically incapable of committing the crime and that Bob caught Mayella making advances on an unwilling Tom and beat her himself. Since the book takes place in the Deep South several decades before the Civil Rights movement, the all-white jury sentences Tom to death anyway. Ewell still also tries to take revenge on Tom Robinson's widow, a poor woman with many children to feed and a job that doesn't pay well. He yells obscenities at her as she walks past his house on the way to work. When her boss finds out and threatens to have him arrested for it, Ewell then begins to stalk her as she goes to work. When her boss again confronts him, Ewell claims that he couldn't be arrested because he never actually touched her. It's also implied at one point that Bob himself has been sexually abusing Mayella]]. Even though Tom Robinson is dead, Bob stays angry with Atticus for digging up the truth. As revenge, he tries to kill Atticus's children on their way home from a school play.
Duke Roger, Alanna's Arch-Nemesis from the first quartet was originally heir of his cousin King Roald before the birth of Prince Jon bumped him out of line and he stops at nothing to get his place back. He creates a Mystical Plague that kills many in the city of Corus before it reaches its intended target, the royal family. When Alanna cures Jon, Roger goads Jon into getting himself killed by exploring a cursed city. Alanna foils this too, so Roger sends multiple Animal Assassins after her, tries to drown her, turns her friend Alex against her so that he tries to kill her while sparring, and helps create a war with Tusaine so he can pull a Uriah Gambit on both of them. Then he gives the Queen a wasting illness. When Alanna uncovers this she kills him in a duel, but that doesn't end it. He returns as an Omnicidal Maniac who gives up regaining the throne in favor of destroying Tortall with an earthquake—not that he tells his own followers this, who still think they're participating in a standard usurper plot and don't realize he cares nothing for them either.
Vinson of Genlith was already a bully in Joren's gang, but we learn in Page that he's also a sexual predator, attempting to rape Lalasa. In Squire, the Chamber of the Ordeal forces him to confess to raping two commoner women and beating a third by inflicting on him the injuries he inflicted on them—the text describes numerous ugly cuts and bruises occurring on his body, so we know just what he did to them. Even then, he doesn't have any actual remorse and tries to blame them for somehow inciting him to attack.
Imajane Rittevon is an example of The Caligula being a genetic trait. Anyone she deems rebellious, even former friends or longtime aides, is subject to being nailed to a post on the docks as an Example. Hundreds of raka in the countryside are killed by stretching an already awful law beyond its limit, and city raka who gather even under innocent circumstances are violently dispersed. When Duke Nomru politely suggests being mildly less horrible, she throws him in prison. Finally, she and Rubinyan have Dunevon and Elsren assassinated to make themselves the sole monarchs and do so in a cruel, sloppy way that endangers others. Though her husband Rubinyan shares in most of these (including the last one) and have the nerve to pretend sympathy over it, he at least tries to restrain her more impolitic cruelties and might have had some genuine friendship for the Balitangs in the past.
Crookshank, one of the two Serial Killers from Terrier, is already a slumlord who forced at least one debtor to sell his wife into slavery, driving her to suicide. He's rich, but when he discovers fire opals under the city he lures in jobless poor folk to mine them in secret, then kills them all and starts over when each mine is spent. He does this several times over the course of the book, killing seven to ten people each time. His great-grandson Rolond is killed by the Shadow Snake when Crookshank refuses to pay a ransom of opals. When the Snake takes his grandson Herrun, Crookshank continues to refuse out of pride and greed—when Beka tries talking some sense into him, he threatens to have her raped and murdered.
The "Shadow Snake," the other Serial Killer from Terrier, goes after poor Lower City families by abducting their children to extort their valuables—usually a family heirloom or a bauble saved up for, the only slightly valuable thing they own. If not paid, the Snake willkill the child, and if the family has others, she'll take them until she gets what she wants. She kills Crookshank's great-grandson in part because she has a grudge against the child's mother. When she is finally unmasked and apprehended, she has no remorse and justifies her actions with "I deserve nice things more than they do and that bitch made the success of my business more difficult." And while she's being arrested, she also shows herself as an abusive parent.
Towards Zero: Neville Strange is a psychopath who feels that anyone who has ever wronged him must die. When his wife Audrey leaves him for another mannote, Neville decides that she has to die, and die humiliated at that. With that in mind, he bludgeons his adoptive mother, Lady Tressilian to death, and lays two overlapping sets of false clues, so that it will look as though Audrey not only killed Lady Tressilian, but also tried to frame Neville for the murder. He also arranges for the death of lawyer Arthur Treves, who remembered Neville from a case he committed as a child, and might have been able to expose him. Neville's intent is that Audrey be destroyed socially and then hanged; when he exposed he screams that he does not care, and that Audrey "has to be hanged! I do so want her to be hanged!"
Uncle Tom's Cabin: Simon Legree is a chilling reminder of the evils of slavery in human form. Legree is brutal to his slaves, working them to death because he considers it a financial boon to himself. It's also made clear he'd do it solely for fun. Legree endeavors to break their spirits and make them despair as he breaks their bodies and minds. Legree is a torturer, rapist and murderer whose only frustration is the good-hearted slave Tom will simply refuse to break, spurring Legree on to greater cruelties to force his submission.
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The Vampire Chronicles: Queen Akasha was the first vampire ever made and also the most evil, being a selfish, nihilistic predator with a desire to dominate everyone else. She orders the massacre of Maharet and Mekare's village down to the last woman and child all so that she could obtain their spirit-summoning powers for herself, has them publicly raped and humiliated before her court, and finally sentences them to be mutilated and burned because she unfairly blamed them for the accident that turned her and her husband King Enkil into the Mother and Father. It is worse in modern times, as she plans to execute almost every human male in the world in order to set up a paradise over which she will rule over as a goddess, flying around the globe and hypnotizing hundreds of women at a time into committing these murders while she watches. She massacres most of the vampires in the world and threatens to do the same to the lone survivors if they refuse to join her New World Order. She even drains her husband to death to take his powers and have Lestat as her new mate. Among the actions of countless morally gray characters that appear within The Chronicles, her crimes are a stark contrast that make it all the more apparent.
The Vampire Files: We learn about Helen Tielli posthumously. She repeatedly tries to give her children up for adoption after her husband's death so she'd be free to party. When state authorities refused to take them, she brings her kids to an isolated area for a picnic. She takes her six-year-old son into the woods, cuts his throat and sets him on fire. Not quite dead, he screams in agony as she watches him burning. Helen then slits the throat of her three-year-old daughter and walks away, leaving them both for dead. Arrested soon afterward, the only time she says a word to the police is to ask how long her questioning would take, so she could go home and get dressed up for a date. Though her brother-in-law has been more than willing to adopt both kids, she wouldn't let him, because she can't stomach him being gay.
The Vampyre: Lord Ruthven of the original aristocratic vampire is a sexual and psychological predator who befriendsAubrey and uses him as bait to draw in women. He murders Aubrey's Love Interest Ianthe, and then fakes his own death, making Aubrey swear to tell no one of it. When Aubrey returns home, he finds Ruthven engaged to his sister, whom he plans to kill. Aubrey finally violates his oath, leading to his death; the warning comes too late, and the servants find Aubrey's sister the day after the wedding, drained of blood.
Volle: Dereath implicitly caused the downfall of the preceding Lord Fardew and he discredited and displaced anyone else who could have taken the job. He also unrepentantly engineered two deaths and framed Volle and Streak for the murders. When confronted over the deaths he ridicules Volle for clinging to the past, with regards to Volle's first love, Xiller, in the first book and confesses that he was planning to kill his accomplice as well. What's more, the only reason he targeted Volle in the first place was that Volle rejected his sexual advances.
Baron Ryoval stands out as one of the worst villains of the series, and is viewed as a monster even on the Wretched Hive of an Outlaw Town planet in which he lives. Ryoval started his evil early in life, murdering his father and then proceeding (with the exception of two siblings who escaped) to either murder the rest of his siblings or else subjecting them to torture/body modification before condemning them to a Fate Worse than Death in brothels he runs catering to sadism and sexual perversion. Ryoval is obsessed with torture and sadism both as his primary business and as a hobby, and employees a large staff of Torture Technicians, who like the rest of his staff, don't like the work, but are too afraid of what he would do to them if caught to flee. Ryoval is actually 70 years old, but looks like a young man because like some other particularly depraved people on his planet, he has had clones of himself produced (who are normal, sapient individuals) and then when they've reached a certain age, he had their brain ripped out and his implanted. He has this "procedure" done several times.
Ges Vorrutyer gets about twenty pages of screen time, and is still a memorable skin-crawler. His creepy obsession with tormenting and torturing his ex-boyfriend Aral takes him from "academically interested in watching a psychologically destroyed Bothari raping Cordelia Naismith on his say-so" to "willing and eager to do the deed himself" in a way that leaves even the normally very calm and balanced Cordelia absolutely terrified. Oh, and guess who broke Bothari in the first place? According to Aral, Ges did it twice: once before Bothari arrived at the Leper Colony, and again after only a few scant months when Bothari was reassigned.
Vortex: Big BadKarl Adriaan Vorster, a member of a Neo-Nazi Afrikaner movement, arranges the death of the moderate Haymans government in South Africa, and reinstates full apartheid, arresting and killing those who oppose it. He then tries to re-conquer Namibia, taking South Africa into a war with Cuba and Angola in the process. When the war turns against him, Vorster uses a nuclear bomb on an advancing Cuban brigade, and then plans to nuke Maputo (capital of Mozambique) and Bulawayo (second largest city in Zimbabwe). When the Cubans start basing their headquarters inside of South African cities and towns, Vorster orders that they too be subject to nuclear attack. American intervention takes this option out of his hands, so Vorster instead tries to ruin South Africa and the world's economy by contaminating the nation's mines with radioactive dust as part of a last, mad bid to take everyone down with him. Hateful of anyone who isn't an Afrikaner, and responsible for thousands of deaths, Vorster personifies all the worst aspects of The Apartheid Era.
The Morgawr is The Big Bad of the trilogy. He's a half man, half lizard freak who slaughters Grianne and Bek Ohmsfords' family, kidnaps Grianne, tells her Bek is dead, and convinces her that Walker, the Druid, and his Arch-Enemy is behind it, then raises her to be as bad as himself. He's also a magic-draining leech who feeds on the souls, minds, and magics of his victims and turns people into People Puppets by pulling their brains out through the back of their heads and eating them, leaving them with their skills, but no free will. In the opening pages of Morgawr he drains two-hundred fifty men onscreen, scarring witness Sen Dunsidan for life, and driving the latter's Torture Technicianto suicide. He later does the same to the crew of Grianne's ship, Black Moclips after she betrays him, before hunting her down and trying to kill her because he considers her life his property to dispose of how he wishes. Completely comfortable with his evil, The Morgawr takes pride in having brought Grianne down to his level, and finds her desire to better herself completely laughable.
Warchild Series: Falcone takes explicitly evil piracy of the book's setting, preying on innocent merchant ships just trying to get from point A to point B, to another level. He slaughters everyone on the ships he boards before blowing the ships to pieces, the only survivors the children he captures to then sell as slaves. Some of them he keeps for himself and abuses in every way your mind can possibly think up. Even after his death, flashbacks show him reveling in his atrocities. This is in a series, where everyone is a little edgy.
Gundleus is one of the first villains of the series. Initially a lord sworn to King Uther, Gundleus is also wicked and ambitious and has no intent of honoring his vows to serve his dead king's infant son Mordred. After the death of Uther, Gundleus approaches the baby with its young mother and then murders her after demanding she kiss his sword for protection, before stabbing the infant as well (unknown to him, the infant Mordred was swapped out with a decoy). He then proceeds to rape Merlin's disciple Nimue in retribution for her attitude towards him and rips out one of her eyes for spite. Even his affection for his lowborn lover proves to be a farce as he abandons her when he gets a better betrothal offer.
King Dwirnach of Ireland is a vicious tyrant aiming to conquer and kill. What sets Dwirnach apart from the other warlords of the series is his love of Cold-Blooded Torture as a hobby. Dwirnach prefers to take his enemies alive, so he can spend his time slowly flaying them. He even keeps the skins as perverse trophies and threatens to both rape and flay the hero Derfel's lover Princess Ceinwyn solely to satisfy his lust for pain.
King Mark of Cornwall is well known for marrying much younger women and killing them later when he's tired of them. When one of his betrothed, the young Isolde, escapes Mark with his nephew Tristan, Mark hunts them to Arthur's lands and demands satisfaction. Unable to break the peace Arthur is forced to compromise his morals by allowing Mark's "justice," allowing Tristan to engage in a fight he cannot win against Mark's champion who reluctantly kills the valiant knight. With Isolde back in his clutches, Mark immediately has her burned alive on the beach by where her beloved died before returning to Cornwall with smug satisfaction to continue his practices.
Scourge is probably the worst, being a mass-murderer who wears the teeth of his victims as trophies and reinforces his claws with sharpened dog's teeth, and leads a massive gang of stray cats calling themselves BloodClan, who, as a group, also have a reputation for extreme violence. Scourge leaves his Clan's kits to fend for themselves; they either advance to the position of warriors, or die in the streets of starvation and predation. Scourge's viciousness is best demonstrated when uses his reinforced claws to injure Tigerstar, the original Big Bad, so terribly that he dies thrashing and gurgling in agony nine times in a row, all the while watching as if the moment was as mundane as grooming his fur. Scourge also ordered Barley's brothers to kill their own sister, Violet, in cold blood just because Barley and Violet were taking care of each other. Barley offered to take his sister's place, but Scourge thought that it would be more sadistic if Barley watched Violet die.
Don't feel too bad for Tigerstar though. A power-hungry traitor who killed his Clan's previous deputy in the hopes of gaining his position, Tigerstar (then Tigerclaw) took his place and began plotting against his leader, Bluestar, planning to murder her as well. Driven out of his Clan when his treachery is exposed, he first leads a band of rogues who prey on all the Clans, before becoming chief of Shadowclan. Taking control of Riverclan, Tigerstar sets up a Naziesque regime, killing halfblood cats, running Windclan out of their home, and plotting to bring the forest under his domination. To that end, he invites Scourge into their territory in his worst and final mistake.
Brokenstar is the books' first big bad when, early on, it is shown he sends kits under 6 months old against full grown warriors, tries to kidnap kits from other Clans when his own all die from his harsh training, and forces a Clan out of their territory. When he is blinded by ThunderClan and given shelter as their prisoner, he still plots with Tigerclaw to kill Bluestar and take over the clan, even though the same clan protected him from WindClan and ShadowClan when they tried to kill him. His own mother, Yellowfang, eventually kills him for the safety of The Clan.
Wheel of Time: Ishamael (aka Elan Morin Tedronai, Ba'alzamon and Moridin) is scholar and philosopher who determined that The Dark One was destined to triumph over good at the end of time. With that in mind, he signed on with The Dark One's forces, setting himself up as The Antichrist and Evil Counterpart to his former friend, Lews Therin, whom he eventually drove to suicide. Sealed in Shayol Ghul, Ishamael managed to free his spirit, and eventually his body. He makes the life of Lews Therin's reincarnation a living hell while in his Ba'alzamon identity, tormenting him with nightmares and doing everything in his power to make him miserable, while sending his troops to lay waste to the world. Following his apparent death, he is resurrected in a new identity (Moridin), and takes over leadership of The Dark One's armies, brutally punishing the rest of The Forsaken when they fail. Unlike the rest of The Forsaken, who think they will rule the world when the war is over, Ishamael believes that The Dark One is an Omnicidal Maniac, and is cool with that. In fact, it's why he agreed to work for him in the first place—he's a Death Seeker and looks forward to The End of the World as We Know It, viewing it as the chance for a murder/suicide on a cosmic scale. Driven by delusions of godhood, and the occasional belief that he is The Dark One, even the other Forsaken give Ishamael a wide berth.
Leo Bonhart was a bounty hunter originally tasked with killing or capturing a young girl named Ciri on behalf of two different patrons, but when he found her, instead of doing either, Bonhart decided to take Ciri for himself. Before that though, Bonhart enjoyed himself by slaughtering the Rats, a criminal group Ciri was staying with who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor. Murdering them and cutting their heads off, Bonhart saved Ciri's lover, Mistle, for last, forcing Ciri to watch as Mistle died slowly and painfully before he cut off her head as well. Once Ciri was in his clutches, Bonhart beat her, drugged her with fisstech, and forced her to kill people in fights to the death at the Claremont arena. Bonhart would later kill Neratin Ceka when he tried to help Ciri escape from Bonhart, Rience and Skellen at the village of Unicorn. Deciding to hunt Ciri down for Vilgefortz, Bonhart first asked if he could watch Vilgefortz's planned vivisection of Ciri as part of his payment. Bonhart eventually participated in the defense of Stygga Castle, where he once again tried to kill Ciri and succeeded in killing her ally, Cahir. Bonhart relished fighting and killing more than anything in the world, tried to rape a prisoner at one point, expressed a desire to rape Ciri either before or after impaling her on his sword and feeling her slowly die, and was so evil that a psychic found the sensation of scanning his mind akin to sticking her head into a freshly opened grave.
The Witches: The Grand High Witch is the witches' leader, and easily the most vile and cruel witch that we see. At her meeting with her followers, she wastes no time berating the witches of England for only getting rid of one child a week. She has a plan to get rid of all of the children in England. When one witch gives a shocked exclamation of how impossible that is, the Grand High Witch incinerates her- a practice she makes a habit of at every single meeting she ever attends to keep the other witches on their toes. Her plan is simple: utilize a potion to turn every child in England into mice, and watch their own parents kill them. If a grown up is caught up in it, she says it's too bad for them as well. Amongst a Child Hater race, the Grand High Witch utterly outstrips the other witches in evil and cruelty, and everyone who meets her, from the young hero, to his retired witch hunter grandmother, to her fellow witches, are absolutely terrified by her.
A Deepness in the Sky: Tomas Nau leads The Emergents. As part of their defeat of the rival Qeng Ho, Nau rapes and kills their fleet commander in front of her daughter. Following that Nau has the daughter mind-wiped and charms her into falling for him. Because the mind-wipe is imperfect, every so often Qiwi remembers what happened, tries to kill Nau, who then has her scrubbed and starts the process again. This continues for decades.
A Fire Upon The Deep: Flenser got his name from his first steps as an Evilutionary Biologist — vivisection. Later, after becoming a ruler, he went far, far beyond that, among other things essentially turning Mind Rape of his subjects into a semi-industrial process. Flenser is a heartless sociopath, who demands absolute loyalty from his underlings, but has none to them. To him, everyone is a tool, although he can hide that well until the time comes. He murders followers and discards even his trusted bodyguards without a second thought. His own second-in-command (who, as revealed later, was essentially his offspring as well) hated him more than anything in the world, but too mentally scarred to resist. His striving to take over the world seems almost not worth mentioning compared to his other aspects. The book gives many glimpses into Flenser's mind and about the only non-horrible thing there is his ability to enjoy the beauty of nature.
The Children of the Sky: Vendacious upholds the tradition of horrifically evil villains and maybe even surpasses his predecessors, if not in scale and inventiveness of evil deeds, then in sheer sadism and pettiness. This guy adopts most of the old Flenser's methods, such as manipulation, treachery, absolute ruthlessness, and totalitarian control through physical and mental torture. And uses them to pit the two greatest centers of civilization in the world against each other, when neither side has any real reason for conflict. Any justification for this, or grand goal behind this? Vendacious thinks that justifications are for the weak - he recognizes, that his actions are meant to stroke his own ego and enjoy the feeling of power, and is perversely proud of that. He deliberately makes his own underlings' lives hell, just to see with how much tyranny he can get away with.