Kit Nelson is a child serial killer despised by all the other hardened inmates in Alcatraz. He murdered his brother when he was an 11-year old boy by strangling him to death. He would later use his brother's death as a motif for all his subsequent murders. His pattern consisted of breaking into a young boy's bedroom at night and abduct the kid at knifepoint by threatening to kill his siblings or parents if he didn't comply, leaving a flower behind in his place. Then he would force them to take part in his late brother's favorite hobbies for a few days, and strangle them to death in a bomb shelter with murderous glee. He drops off the boys' bodies back where he abducted them, their bedrooms. He's one of the only criminals in the show to be killed instead of captured by Agent Hauser.
Paxton Petty is a Mad Bomber who plants mines in public places to enjoy watching people get blown apart. During the Korean War he planted mines in the local children's playgrounds to eliminate potential Child Soldiers, for which he was sent to a military prison. After getting out he starts to plant more mines around San Francisco to kill as many random civilians as possible, including in elementary school yards. He traps Hauser on one of the mines, but modified the bomb such that the bomb disposal professional would inevitably be killed during the dismantling procedure no matter what they did.
Michael Cambias on All My Children, a cut above the typical Soap Opera villain. Coming to Pine Valley with a goal of taking over all the major corporations based there, he used spies and a seduction of Kendall (using an alias), exploiting her hatred of Erica Kane, with a goal of stealing top secret formulas and documents, One of his spies, Lena, is also his lover, with orders to seduce Erica's daughter, Bianca; Lena winds up falling for her, but is forced to continue working for Michael due to threats against her mother. Kendall, meanwhile, finds out about the affair between him and Lena, deciding to become a double agent; when Michael catches her in his office, he attempts to rape her, but Erica stops him. After double-crossing him by pretending to leave her company, Michael tries to rape Erica, but Kendall returns the favor in stopping him. When he's thwarted from that, he goes and rapes Bianca—getting back at all three women in one fell swoop, as Bianca is simultaneously Kendall's sister, Erica's daughter, and Lena's girlfriend. After he is acquitted of all charges due to Bianca burning all evidence, she turns around and puts a bullet in him.
The Devil itself is called up in a failed exorcism and possesses an innocent young nun, driving her to uninhibited and lewd behavior as a start. The Devil begins murdering other inmates and sowing the seeds of chaos around the Briarcliff Asylum, solely For the Evulz. When it learns that the resident doctor is really a Nazi war criminal escapee, it's actually excited and murders a concentration camp survivor who might expose him. The Devil later confronts the Monsignor about his rather unpriestly ambition and to top it off, rapes him despite his vows of celibacy, solely to debase him.
The Serial Killer Bloody Face, AKA Dr. Thredson is a killer of women who takes their skin and teeth and later frames an innocent man for his crimes. After killing the lesbian lover of the heroine Lana, Bloody Face keeps the corpse on ice to 'help' with Lana's therapy, luring her into his home so he can hold her hostage and rapes her multiple times before trying to kill her. After her escape, she ends back in Briarcliff where he attempts to assert his hold over her again and eliminate her there. When he learns she's pregnant, he seems to relent, but when threatened he decides to murder her again without a trace of remorse and even gloats to her before the attempt how he'll never see a day in prison with the insanity defense.
Leigh Emerson, another Serial Killer murdered multiple families on Christmas while dressed as Santa Claus, children included. When the Devil frees him in Briar Cliff, he shows utter eagerness in resuming his rampages and attempts to Rape Sister Jude. He manages to successfully pin the incident on her and presents himself as wanting redemption and convinces the Monsignor to baptize him, only to nearly drown him and crucify him before leaving to resume his murders outside the asylum.
Apart from Angelus, Angel also features an episode in which Angel and his gang tries to exorcise a demon from a young boy that had been causing the child to start fires and attempt to murder his own sister...the twist comes when after being ejected from the boy, the demon reveals that it was trapped inside the child's body and the boy was so twisted, cruel, and malevolent that the otherworldly monster was actually afraid of him. Angel barely manages to get to the boy's home to stop him from succeeding in burning his sister alive.
Among Angel's villains of the week, it's hard to top Billy Blim for clearly falling into this category. While appearing to be a normal young man, he was actually a demon filled with an extreme power of misogyny and had the power to turn any man he touched or who came in contact with his bodily fluids into someone extremely savage and brutal toward anyone female. And he had no real reason to be doing this; rather, he appeared to do it only for his own sheer amusement. The fact that it was actually the normally very cold and amoral Lilah who took him out says volumes as to how horrible he was.
The Count, a sadistic drug peddler who seeks to push a new drug on the street known as 'Vertigo.' To perfect Vertigo, the Count kidnaps people to be his test subjects. He then injects them with Vertigo to cause them excruciating agony before offering them a gun with one shot: they can either shoot themselves to spare themselves the pain, or shoot him for revenge. The suicide rate, after nearly thirty victims, is one hundred percent. The Count views this as making Vertigo even better, comparing it to a wine ripened with age, and plans to flood the streets with Vertigo as a whole. He later attempts to inject it into Oliver during their fight.
Barton Mathis, best known as The Dollmaker, is an Ax-CrazySerial Killer who enjoys targeting young women. After kidnapping them, the Dollmaker murders the girls and preserves the corpses by injecting them with chemicals. The Dollmaker has a particular grudge against Quentin Lance, the cop who put him away the first time. After his escape from prison, Mathis calls up Lance and forces him to listen as he kills a girl before he attempts to do the same to Lance's daughter Laurel.
Jha'Dur, known as Deathwalker, is a Dilgar war criminal and the worst example her species had to offer. Known for performing gruesome experiments upon innocents, Jha'Dur finds herself upon Babylon 5 and when cornered, she unveils a grand scheme: to offer immortality to the other planets' governments. Earth accepts her offer and Deathwalker reveals the secret of immortality to Commander Jeffrey Sinclair: it would require cannibalism, forcing civilizations to fall upon and destroy eachother. The sheer delight she took in watching others suffer was nearly unmatched in the series
Lord Refa, who started off as an Smug Snake who wanted to 'return the Centauri to Glory', but he's the one who started Londo off on his Start of Darkness, making him ask Morden, the Shadows' servant, for favors. He's the one who began the entire Narn/Centauri War and authorized the illegal weapons the Mass-Drivers used against the Narn Homeworld, killing hundreds of millions. Refa's only loyalties were to himself and his own ambitions and he thinks nothing of condemning countless innocents to death
Cartagia, the mad Emperor of the Centauri, was a psychotic despot who let his whims dictate Centauri society. He authorizes the ethnic cleansing of Narn and when the Narn leader G'Kar falls into his clutches, Cartagia has him viciously tortured simply for fun, before opting to attempt to sacrifice his own race simply because he feels he's a God and can do whatever he likes.
The drug smuggler (possibly named Arkie Ragan) in Bangkok Hilton. Using various aliases, he seduces young women and uses them to smuggle heroin overseas. When Kat gets arrested in Thailand, he abandons her with no apparent remorse about the fact that she will be sentenced to death and proceeds onto his next run.
Brother Cavil. Made worse by the fact that he was introduced as an Affably Evil, Deadpan Snarker type. That was before we find out that he's the mastermind behind the human genocide, as well as a majority of the other bad things on the show. All because he was unhappy with the body he was made in. We later find out that Cavil murdered a young orphan boy just because they were becoming friends. And if you forget the genocide, using a Scarpia Ultimatum to rape his own mother after having his father tortured and mutilated probably would qualify him for this page on its own.
Helena Cain is a ruthless Admiral dedicated to wiping out the Cylonsat all costs. She cannibalizes a refugee fleet for parts (including their FTL drives) and leaves them at the mercy of the Cylons (and we know how the Cylons deal with civilians). While doing that, she conscripts any able-bodied man in the fleet, shooting their families if they refuse to join her. Then she comes to the Galactica fleet and decides to take the fight to the Cylons, despite none of the other ships except Galactica being combat-capable. She also shot her Executive Officer in the head when he refused to order what looked like a suicide mission, right in front of the crew. And let's not forget Admiral Cain's standard procedure for interrogating female Cylon prisoners: violent rape, by the official Cylon Interrogator, as well as any crew member who feels like it.
Phelan, the ex-military mercenary turned crime lord from "Black Market", counts too. He runs the titular market and garrotes anyone who threatens his supremacy. When Apollo investigates the death of one of Phelan's competitors, the man pays him a visit, abducting the Hooker with a Heart of Gold Apollo had been seeing regularly and taking her daughter, warning Apollo that "I hear any more talk about Fisk I'm gonna send your whore back to you piece by piece, and then I'm gonna start on the little girl." As if that's not enough, in his headquarters he keeps a bunch of children locked in a cell. When Apollo confronts him and asks about that, he claims that some people are "demanding". When Apollo demands the kid back, Phelan replies "Sorry, the little girl's been paid for. No refunds."
William Herrick, John Mitchell's sire, is a truly nasty piece of work. Initially hiding under a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire facade, Mitchell learns the truth when he sees that Herrick has kept a larder for the vampires consisting of homeless people and teenage runaways where they are fed on relentlessly with no time to recover. When Mitchell protests, Herrick puts him firmly in the 'minus' column and decides to kill him and everyone he loves. Later, Herrick casually slaughters an entire police station save one woman...then kills her as well because he doesn't want anyone to think he's gone soft. Even before he became a vampire, Herrick was a piece of work and was turned by his sire Hettie while trying to sell her to a brothel. Hettie looks ten.
Kirby is the ghost of a serial killer whose favoured method of killing was to seduce women by pretending to be great with kids and then murder the families once they trusted him. He turns the housemates against each other through manipulation an shatters Annie the ghost her into pieces, before performing a celebratory Happy Dance and immediately attempting to murder a baby.
Finally, we have Mr. Snow, the de facto leader of The Old Ones, the ruling class of vampires. Snow is so ancient he claims to have looked upon 'pharaohs and the son of the carpenter.' First introduced when he forces a ship's crew to feed him a luckless young man with the chilling tonight "Someone Or Everyone," Snow planned to launch a full war to enslave humanity and in the timeline where he isn't stopped, personally drained the British Prime Minister on live TV. Snow would preside over a regime where humans were enslaved and drained, all with nothing more than cheery good humor.
Mr. Cannon on Beverly Hills 90210. Already a wanted rapist from England, he comes to America and rapes Naomi. He then tries to drug and do the same thing to Silver. After he runs away to avoid arrest, he sneaks into Naomi's place and threatens to kill her and Silver if she does not say that they lied.
An example from Blake's 7 (which is not lacking in Complete Monsters) is Raiker from the very second episode. He's a sadomasochistic dictator to the prisoners and keeps a keen eye on female convicts who can pass muster to be his sex slaves (the latter of which get dumped out of the ship when they reach the prison planet...or en route, at any rate). Unsurprisingly, Blake (the protagonist) and the other prisoners rebel and succeed in taking over the ship's computer. Raiker deals with this by executing the prisoners recaptured during the revolt. Blake surrenders to stop this and Raiker responds by executing two more prisoners For the Evulz. Even his fellow crewmates are appalled by him. Raiker's comeuppance when he gets sucked out into space at the end of the episode just isn't satisfying enough.
Dick Reed, the Serial Killer/rapist in "Re-Do", is a thoroughly misogynist Smug Snake ("She lies. They all lie," regarding the victim who escaped and got him caught) who gets his conviction overturned because a lab tech screwed up the protocols. He shows zero remorse and no redeemable qualities and finally attempts to perform his usual MO on Erin Reagan, the ADA who convicted him. This backfires fatally. Toby Leonard Moore's performance is so good that it's also the show's first major dose of Nightmare Fuel.
Yuri Denko, an arms dealer whom Erin prosecutes in "Working Girls", is a cold-blooded sadist who has no problem executing a man's wife in front of him in their living room over a business dispute. He then threatens the man's children in a courtroom outburst to scare him into not testifying, then has him killed after the threats scare him into running. He puts out a hit on the surviving witness, hounding her mercilessly, and went after her grandma back in Russia, too (the FSB got there first and protected her).
Vincent Platt from the season three episodes "Spider Man" and "Day of Reckoning" is introduced getting his kicks watching police divers fish out the body of a little girl who was kidnapped, raped and murdered, one of his victims, which disgusts Wayne. The police bring him in, but they can't get any evidence out of him so they cut him loose. He immediately kidnaps another girl, and when he's brought in he refuses to help, cries about his rights, then tries to bait Nick into attacking him by describing techniques on kidnapping little children and how sexually appealing they are. When that doesn't work he tries to assault him. Nick then brings in the photo of Platt's victim, trying to appeal to some form of decency. Platt steals the photo, taunts Nick about the victim, declares he doesn't have a conscience, end of story and brags the police "will never find the little bitch," his words. Nick is so infuriated he tries to kill Platt, before becoming disgusted at what he might have done, but it gives Platt the idea to bash himself and make it look like Nick did it, only to be Hoist by His Own Petard and kills himself.
Ashley Barker in the episode "Childs Play". She and her boyfriend Luke Knight find young adults to have sex with, by force if they are not willing, then brag about it, and Ashley video tapes it and posts it on the Internet. When Luke had picked out a girl he genuinely liked her. Ashley reacts by using a pair of scissors to stab the girl. She then got Luke to slash her throat but he couldn't, so after he stabbed the victim until he got tired Ashley kept stabbing her even though she was well past dead before she and Luke made Beth stab her as well. When Ashley and Luke are caught, they both mock the victim's mother.
Howard Epps. It's not known exactly how many women he murdered, but we know of six. He manipulated Bones and her True Companions into stopping his execution, and then escaped prison by starting a fire and killing a fire-fighter, dressing in the man's uniform, and walking out, only to continue his twisted little mind games with Bones. He shows up in her apartment, tries to kill her, and jumps from the balcony, killing himself by letting go of Booth's hand.
The Gravedigger, simply because of the way he (or she, as it would turn out) dispatches victims: burying them alive. And we learn that the motive amounts to "because I can".
The Salamanca twins, Leonel and Marco, are ruthless enforcers for the cartel. We get a hint of how vicious they can be when they decapitate an informant for the DEA named Tortuga and for a touch of black comedy put his head on a tortoise rigged with a bomb to catch the Federales. After arriving in America after the death of their cousin Tuco, the two slaughter every immigrant they arrived with, then kill an old woman to take her house as a base, and the police officer who comes to investigate. The two later stalk and attempt to murder DEA agent Hank Schrader, treating everything with nothing more than emotionless, single-minded ruthlessness.
Jack Welker, leader of the Aryan Brotherhood, is just as nasty as any of the Mexican Cartel. Jack starts off using his prison connections to arrange the murders of ten prisoners Walter White is afraid will turn State's witness. Jack later kills DEA agents Hank Schraeder and Steve Gomez with his gang and steals the money Walt had buried for his own after personally executing Hank. Jack keeps Walt's old partner Jessie Pinkman enslaved and chained in the meth lab to cook for the Nazis under threat of murdering his loved ones. A threat that turns out not to be idle when Jessie attempts to escape. After Jessie is forced to witness the murder of his beloved Andrea, Jack informs him her son will be next if Jessie tries anything again. Even when Walt returns, Jack decides to kill him rather than bother with any other step and only stops to parade Jessie's poor treatment in front of him.
Described by one of the most ancient, powerful and evil vampires as 'The most vicious creature he'd ever met, ' Angelus set the standards for evil in the Buffyverse. For centuries, Angelus was the scourge of Europe with countless murders, rapes and torture to his name. Angelus kicked off a career in evil with the murders of his own family. Refusing to kill a longstanding nemesis vampire hunter, Angelus contented himself by murdering the man's wife and baby son, turning his young daughter into a vampire to force her own father to destroy her. His self-admitted masterpiece was seducing a pious, tormented girl with psychic powers, murdering her family and driving her to a convent before slaughtering everyone in the walls and turning her into a vampire to preserve his insane, broken work of art forever. When his soul is lost again, Angel delights in psychologically tormenting his former beloved Buffy's friends and family out of disgust for the human feeling Buffy gave him. The ultimate culmination of this was his brutal murder of Jenny Calendar, leaving the corpse for her lover Giles to find in a parody of a romantic rendezvous. Angelus's evil extended to his hope of awakening a demon to suck all of humanity into a hell dimension for eternal torture, solely for the fun involved.
Season 7's last five episodes introduced Caleb, the only villain in the series to rival Angelus in depravity. A defrocked priest turned Serial Killer of young women, Caleb uses the trust that people have in him to get closer to his victims, before torturing and killing them. In his first appearance he guts one of the Potential Slayers and leaves her at the side of the road, as a message for Buffy. He then kills another one of the girls during a battle, mangles the arm of another, and puts out Xander's eye, all while cracking bad jokes the entire time. He also coordinates the actions of the Bringers, organising the bombing of the Watcher Council's headquarters (resulting in most of their deaths), arranging the assaults on numerous Potentials, and trying to have Faith killed while she was in prison. A misogynistic sadist, who believes that all women are whores and deserve what he does to them, Caleb is The First Evil's right-hand man, and lives for the oncoming apocalypse, seeing the end of the world as a way to dispose of all those who do not share his mad religious convictions; he also gets a real kick out reenacting his murders with the shapeshifting First. Perhaps the most frightening thing about Caleb, however, is that he is entirely human, with nary a supernatural excuse, nor a Freudian Excuse, in sight.
Anson Fullerton is the leader of the Organization that burned Michael which he founded with the old man known only as 'Management.' He resurfaced after Max and Michael began researching evidence of more agents, killing the former and framing the latter. With the cover-up foiled, he then orchestrated a plot to gain leverage on Michael: tricking Michael's girlfriend Fiona into thinking she killed two innocent people and recording her confession to blackmail Michael into continuing to work for him and later disposes of a useless asset by blowing the man up in front of his family. Anson eliminates and manipulates more people, even revealing he was the one behind Michael's father's death. His ultimate moment was attempting to bomb a plane to kill one person on board. Anson thinks of everyone as an asset, and there's only one response a ruthless man like him has to one he deems useless.
Simon Escher was a Psycho for Hire for Anson's organization who had been betrayed by them. When he got out of jail, Simon embarked on a one man terrorism and murder spree, killing anyone in his way to get to Management, innocent or not. Simon's first appearance has him in a TV store, having shot the employee on duty dead and hacked all the Television in the store to show his grisly crimes, which includes bombings and shootings, and he forces Michael to help him by threatening to bomb a tourist hotel. He is later recruited by the CIA and brought in on an op to bring down a terrorist network. After eliminating both the extraction team and most of the enemy's men, he tortures the one prisoner they had and kills him in cold blood.
Choujinki Metalder has God Neros, whose plan for conquering the Earth involves such things as mass starvation and genocide. He's also shown to be very unrepentant about his tactics and will stop at absolutley nothing in order to achieve them. One of these actions involves him organizing the murder of one of his friends from World War II, solely because he wanted Metalder to not be used for evil. His demise is truly deserving when in the finale, Metalder chops off his head and he dies painfully.
Several of the killers in City Homicide, beginning in the pilot with Dr Sean Macready, a psychiatrist who kills over a dozen children by starting fires, each time making them look like electrical accidents. His motive each time is to punish his adulterous female patients, five of which later killed themselves, something he probably caused through his sessions with them. The one point of sympathy he gets is that his own children were killed in a fire when his wife was away with her own lover, but then it's implied that he started that fire as well. He is killed at the end of the episode when he unsuccessfully attempts to pull one of his victims into the fire, after the other two had escaped.
The following episode has Brett Semple, the teenage illegitimate son of an armed robber who gets involved with his father's gang after he goes missing, and then proves himself to be far worse: he kills a bank teller in cold blood during a heist, and later shoots at the police when they come for him, with his own mother in the room. The ironic part is that Brett's father kept out of his life specifically to avoid tainting him and bringing him down that path.
Frances Deerborne, who murders her husband's rich family, down to his younger siblings and the housekeeper, to ensure that he receives his inheritance. It is suggested that she intends to kill him later and Make It Look Like an Accident.
Daniel Worthington, a misogynistic serial rapist who specifically targets strong women who he can't dominate in any other way. Worse, he drugs his wife and daughter during a movie night so that he can leave to commit his rapes, while ensuring they'll provide an alibi for him. The only reason he fails to get away with it is because Claudia baits him during her interrogation of him, and he forgoes his overseas trip to target her.
Philip Stroh is a truly Amoral Attorney who defends sex offenders, but who also happens to be a serial rapist who used one of his clients as a stalking horse. He is notably one of the few criminals that Major Crimes hasn't nailed, managing to beat Brenda at her own game. For Brenda, he's That One Case.
Roger Stimple, a child molester who loves to rape and kill prepubescent black girls. You feel NO sympathy when Sgt. Gabriel beats the everlasting shit out of him.
The manager of the Summerview rest home, Mr. Wayley, had been killing old people without loved ones just so he can get a bonus. He not only expressed nothing but contempt for his victims (his "Who cares" speech), he even has the gall to try to bribe the police to drop the charges and let the witness investigating him stay at Summerview free of charge.
Josh Freely from season 1's "Fly Away" was the first and worst in what would become a long line of secondary villains more despicable than the actual killer. A social worker working with emotionally-ustable parents, he is in reality a brutal pedophile who uses his position to find new victims. Freely piles emotional abuse onto the parents, making them feel as though they're worthless, so they surrender their kids to him, and if that doesn't work he's more than happy to fudge his own records so his superiors order the children removed. His abuse eventually reaches the point that one such mother murders her daughter rather than let Freely take her.
The season 1 finale, "Lovers' Lane," brings us Jim Larkin, a slovenly glutton and serial rapist. Too lazy to even abduct victims himself, he instead badgers his abused and weak-willed son to do so for him, usually unattractive teenage girls he pretends to befriend. His assaults are absolutely brutal, reaching the point at which he murders one of his victims simply for calling him "disgusting."
Roger Mulvaney, of season 3's "A Perfect Day," is without question the worst Domestic Abuser in the series. A Dirty Cop who ruthlessly beats his wife and two daughters, he eventually, once she decides to leave him for another man, resolves that if he can't have them, nobody could, kidnapping the three of them and making his wife watch as he throws one of the girls from a tall bridge.
Rayanne Leland from season 5's "Spiders" is a sugary-sweet stay-at-home mom who also happens to run a Neo-Nazi coven out of her basement. When her son Truitt murders a Hispanic woman, Truitt's girlfriend, Tamyra, turns to Rayanne for help, only to find to her horror that Rayanne wholeheartedly supports her son's actions, and calmly tells Tamyra that all Hispanics should be exterminated, her warm, loving smile never leaving her face. When Tamyra threatens to go to the police, Rayanne browbeats the most insecure and sympathetic member of the coven, Elliot, into murdering her.
John Smith from season 5's "The Road" is the most horrific Serial Killer seen on the show. Disturbed since childhood, he described the sight of watching a woman drown while doing nothing to save her as the most beautiful thing he'd ever seen, and dedicated his adult life to replicating that "beauty." Abducting women who were perfectly happy with their lives, Smith brought them to special cellars where he sealed them off, watching as they went insane from isolation before finally leaving them there to starve.
Daniel Patterson from season 5's "Slipping" is the ultimate gaslighter. Insanely jealous of his wife's skill at poetry, he hatched a plan to both steal her work for his own and get rid of her. With the aid of his slavishly-devoted housekeeper, he did everything in his power to drive his wife insane and ultimately to suicide, maintaining a facade of a caring husband all the while. When he failed to break her, he murdered her himself. To prevent his stepdaughter from knowing the truth he sent her to a notoriously harsh boarding school, believing his story that her mother committed suicide for 45 years.
Mandy and Cameron Klinefeld from season 4's "Assume Nothing" put the "unholy" back in Unholy Matrimony. A married couple united by a shared sexual fetish for rape and murder, the pair operate by abducting other husbands and wives, sexually torturing the women while making the men watch, with the ultimate goal of forcing them to Mercy Kill the women they love. They promise the husbands they can go free if they do this, but of course, they're lying.
Season 12 Arc Villain Laura Gabriel is a ruthless arms smuggler and Big Bad Friend to Catherine Willows. Playing a meek and submissive wife to her sleazy private military firm head husband Mark, she uses this false personality to deflect blame off her and onto him as she funnels his company's weapons to The Mafia and The Cartels. When the investigation starts getting too close to the truth, she hires employees of the company to murder her own lawyer and all of his staff; following this, she kills the assassins and burns their bodies beyond recognition in order to fake her own death and that of her right-hand man. She intended for an enraged Catherine to summarily execute her husband, and also placed a contract on Catherine herself to clean up the last remaining loose end, not caring for her old friend in the slightest.
Jerry Boorman of Damages is a complete sociopath of a CIA agent who will ruin lives for the purpose of saving his ass, as far as the vile things he has done as part of the "War On Terror" and even murdered his own girlfriend and kidnapped a child to cover for himself. His most notable moment of cruelty comes when he is torturing an innocent Muslim-American into taking the fall for a murder attempt he carried out, at which point he admits to the man he is torturing, that he doesn't give a damn about America and only cares about himself.
In Deadwood, Francis Wolcott and George Hearst were the Complete Monsters who squared off with Magnificent Bastard Al Swearengen. Wolcott was a sexual sadist who enjoyed murdering prostitutes and Hearst, well, let's just say that his lack of ethics and decency made Swearengen look like a moral paragon. The series ends with Hearst winning the conflict big time, riding out of town with everything he wanted and with Swearengen forced to go beyond the Moral Event Horizon by killing an innocent prostitute to save Trixie from Hearst's retribution. Something of a Foregone Conclusion, since the character is based on a successful businessman and US Senator from US history.
By the end of season 3, Gloria Hodge, has really come across as this. Seriously, here's a woman so insanely determined that her son will marry Alma, a woman he doesn't love, that she's not only completely willing to murder any other woman who gets close to him, but also quite ready to frame other, innocent people for the crimes and emotionally blackmail her vulnerable son into becoming an accomplice in the murder of a woman he loved. She continues her mad efforts to force her son back into this miserable marriage for so long, even after Alma herself has told him to give it up, that you have to wonder just who she's trying to please. And this is all before you find out that she infiltrated Bree's house and gained her trust solely for the sake of polishing her off too. And that's before you find out that, when Orson was a teenager, she murdered her husband, set it up to look like a suicide, and allowed the young Orson to blame himself for this. In the end, the viewer can only cheer when she ends up with locked-in syndrome and Orson takes the opportunity to taunt her.
Patrick Logan from season 6, an environmental terrorist who probably has devolved into Terrorist Without A Cause and is hellbent on destroying Angie and Nick's lives. He kills in cold blood the neighbor who tells him where Angie is hiding, and later threatens Angie into making a bomb that he plans to blow up into her house to kill her son Danny. Too bad for him that Angie put the bomb in the detonator...
Barbara Orlofsky. After being left by her husband, despite being offered help from Mary Alice, she keeps on drinking and mistreating her son Eddie, just because she thinks he has ruined her life. She humiliates him and laughs at every attempt he does to improve his own life, even when there's people trying to encourage him. Her influence is so bad that she grows Eddie into a serial killer (the Fairview Strangler), who escapes this trope for being a Tragic Villain. And then she becomes his last victim.
Jordan Chase from season 5 of might just be one of the worst monsters in the whole show thus far. He directs a group of men to capture women to torture and rape for months before disposing of them in barrels. All the while, Jordan looks on, occasionally holding his watch to the women's ears and whispering, "Tick tick tick. That's the sound of your life running out." Watching the video footage they took of what they did to the women was enough to make Debra root for the people who were tracking them down and killing them (despite it being her job to catch the killers). Dexter himself admits that they sicken him. The tapes themselves, which the viewers listen to, are pure horror. When Dexter and Lumen (the last victim who managed to get away) finally have Jordan at their mercy, he taunts Lumen about what he did to her, mocking her for being so "pathetic" and "helpless". When Lumen plunges her dagger into Jordan's chest, the only thing unsatisfactory about it all is how quick his death was. Unlike the Ice Truck Killer, Miguel and Trinity, none of these bastards are presented with a Freudian Excuse, making their actions all the more horrific.
George King, aka the Skinner, is another major villain whose actions are horrific and who has no known Freudian Excuse to balance out his crimes. In pursuit of a drug dealer who owes him money, the Skinner finds anyone who might have information about said drug dealer's whereabouts and questions them while cutting off their skin. One of his victims was an innocent boywho was confirmed to have died from the skinning process. When Dexter confronts the Skinner, he confirms that, despite the reasons the Skinner makes up for performing his grisly crimes (which are by no means a justification anyway), his only real reason is simply because he likes it.
Dollhouse has several villains almost approaching this, but two stand out in particular. First is Hearn, who repeatedly rapes Sierra while she's in a childlike state in which she's been conditioned to trust him. He is then sent to kill Paul Ballard's neighbor, Mellie, which he appears to enjoy. He gets his in the end. Then there's Nolan Kinnard, who, when his various Dollhouse-assisted attempts at seducing Priya Tsetsang fail, has her kidnapped, drugged to appear schizophrenic, and committed to a mental hospital. He then volunteers her to the Dollhouse as an active and books her for repeated engagements in which she is in love with him. A throwaway shot of his drawer of Polaroids of Sierra is a Crowning Moment of Squick, no mean feat in a series whose entire premise is designed to make you squirm.
Elementary has its version of Moriarty, aka Irene Adler. A self-described "Assassin Pimp", Moriarty both arranges murders at the behest of others, and to fullfill a private agenda. In "M" Moriarty sends Sebastien Moran to kill two people by suspending them from their ankles and draining all of their blood, then betrays Moran to Holmes in the hopes that Holmes will kill him. In "A Landmark Story" Moriarty has Daniel Gottlieb shock a man to death by hacking his pacemaker, drop an airconditioner on another, and use killer bees against a woman with a severe allergy; by threatening Moran's sister, Moriarty is able to force Moran to commit suicide. Moriarty also has Isaac Procter kill a man who served as a Body Double, then sends assassins after Procter in "The Woman", before killing him personally. Outed in "Heroine", Moriarty kidnaps the daughter of a Greek shipping tycoon, in order to force said tycoon to murder two Macedonian nationals, all to prevent Macedonia from joining the EU, and make a killing by investing in Macedonian currency. Couple this with the fact that she is responsible for causing Holme's breakdown in the first place and that her crush on Holmes is more about viewing him as a piece of artwork than anything else, and there is no reason to consider Moriarty anything other than the very worst that Elementary has to offer.
Captain Selto Durka. A Peacekeeper captain legendary among the ranks for "getting results", he spends a good deal of his appearances torturing people; not only did he torture Rygel for years long before the story began, but during his second episode, he also left the comm channel open so the rest of the crew would hear him burning Aeryn's face off. Oh, and then there was that attempt to abort Moya's child just so she would be capable of Starbursting to safety.
Natira, who was Scorpius' girlfriend until he dumped her for being to evil for his standards. She clearly gets off on torture and mass-murder: when an unwanted shipment of slaves ends up in her hands, she has all but one of them executed for her own amusement. Then she takes aside Rorf and Crichton for a little game of "I love your lying eyes".
Kaarvok is a cannibalisticMad Scientist with a hand-held cloning machine on standby. He's willing to do anything to ensure that he has more food...or family; he's forgotten that there's a difference. This includes cloning his victims (before killing one in front of the other), keeping Rovhu's traumatized Pilot alive so his regenerating limbs can be harvested for meat, and forcing members of Moya's crew to breed with his degenerate clone army just so he'd have something tastier than clone-brains to look forward to.
Commandant Grayza, who spent her second episode date-raping John Crichton before going on to sell out entire sections of inhabited space to the atrocity-prone Scarran Imperium. And when she screws up, she's not prepared to go down unless she takes everyone aboard her command carrier with her - men, women, and children.
Tauza from "Incubator"? Not only was she in charge of a hybridization project that had at least ninety Sebacean women raped, but she also abused the surviving offspring, Scorpius, to an unbelievable extent - all in an attempt to purge him of "Sebacean impurities": torturing him with heat lamps, beating him savagely for using the word "please", and forcing him to watch a recording of his mother being raped.
Duane Mellor of the short-lived anthology Fear Itself managed to establish himself as more monstrous than a Wendigo of the same show. A Cajun Serial Killer and Eater, Mellor was arrested for torturing, murdering and eating vast amounts of innocent people, often keeping them alive for days so he could cut pieces off and eat them. Once captured, Mellor waits until the graveyard shift before using a voodoo ritual, devouring the souls of several officers with their hearts to take their forms and play a sadistic game of cat and mouse with the young female rookie cop on duty, solely because "I particularly like it when my prey is frightened." When his patience is exhausted, he simply goes for the kill. The only thing close to a standard Mellor showed was his disdain for being called a serial killer: He was An ''Eater'', big difference.
Despite his initial appearance as an avuncular old man, Adelai Niska from Firefly is quickly revealed to be the most vicious character in the series. A sadist with a love of personally conducting Cold-Blooded Torture on his victims, Niska is proud of his feared reputation amongst the criminal community and is obsessed with ensuring the horror stories surrounding him are all true. When he first meets the crew of Serenity, Niska shows off the mutilated corpse of his wife's nephew to solidify his reputation in their eyes and to show them what price they'll pay should they fail him. After commissioning the crew to steal important cargo from an Alliance train, the crew is horrified to realize that what they've stolen is the medicine needed to treat an entire city full of sick settlers. In his next appearance, Niska is seen carving up another failed employee, before getting his hands on Mal and Wash, whom he also proceeds to torture for hours. Eventually Zoe, Mal's first mate and Wash's wife, offers to buy Niska's captives off of him, but Niska tells her that with the money she has, she can only afford one of them and tries to force her into a Sadistic Choice. When Zoe ruins his fun by immediately picking her husband, he responds by saying there is enough money for some of Captain Reynolds. He then cuts off Mal's ear and gives it to her. Niska spends the remainder of the episode torturing Mal to death, only to use advanced technology to bring him back to life so Niska can have the pleasure of torturing Mal to death for days.
Richard Steig, from the pilot episode. He releases a flesh-melting toxin aboard a crowded airplane as a demonstration to potential buyers; worse still, the toxin arrived on the airplane through the insulin pen of his unsuspecting twin brother, who was chosen as a victim simply to show just how dedicated Steig was.
David Esterbrook from "The Cure" definitely qualifies as well. He's a pharmaceutical executive running a program turning young women suffering from a rare disease into radiation-emitting bioweapons and tested it out on a cafe of innocent people.
The unreformed Nazi in "The Bishop Revival" who develops a toxin specifically to target and kill Holocaust survivors and their descendants. He tests his toxin on a bunch of random people in a coffee shop just to see if it'll kill everyone with the genetic traits that he picked. In the end he tries to disrupt an international peace conference with a massacre just for the hell of it.
Gregor Clegane. Within two minutes of being introduced, he's already murdered someone and been given a backstory in which he held his brother's face in a fire for playing with his toy. After this, and the incident following his joust with Ser Loras, we don't even need to be shown his sacking of the village to know exactly how brutal it would have been with the survivor's description of his crimes including mass rape, burning children alive, and slaughtering anyone he and his men saw. Further details of his attacks were later fleshed out in Season 3, including his attack on Mummers Ford where girls as young as 7 were raped and babies ripped in two while their mothers were forced to watch by him and his men. Also it is revealed here that he personally murdered the children of house Targaryen during the sack of Kings Landing.
Joffrey is a dyed-in-the-wool sadist who seems to take pleasure only in fear and suffering. A brief list of his crimes include executing Eddard Stark out of spite, tormenting Sansa mercilessly, slaughtering Robert's bastard children, forcing one prostitute to beat another (one possibly to death), and killing Ros personally. At his uncle's wedding he's threatening to rape Sansa as his men hold her down and seems positively aroused by the prospect of her trying to resist him.
Craster. The man fully embraces the absence of laws Beyond the Wall and freely acts as horrible as humanly possible. He brainwashes, enslaves, and rapes his daughters so that they can produce new daughters for him to brainwash, enslave, and rape. If they bear him sons, he gives them up to the White Walkers. Worst of all, his usefulness to the Night's Watch means that they have to accept whatever he does or lose a critical ally.
Ramsay Snow. Roose Bolton's bastard son. He burned Winterfell to the ground, butchered everyone within and flayed the surrendering Ironborn alive. And that's just what he did off screen. He spends most of season three sadistically torturing Theon Greyjoy both physically and mentally for no reason other than his personal amusement (and perhaps for some manner of sexual depravity), until the man is left nothing but a broken shell stripped of almost everything, including his name. Said torture involves him killing his own men to gain Theon's trust, finger removal and eventual castration of his helpless victim. At some point, he also states that he is going to enjoy hunting down Bran and Rickon, who are on the run.
Walder Frey. While he's somewhat repugnant in his first appearance, he seems to be a fairly competent ruler and willing to help the heroes, for a price. His next appearance even has him come across as a Cool Old Guy, forgiving Robb's slight against him. Then comes The RedWedding, which opens with Robb's pregnant wife being stabbed repeatedly in the stomach, Robb, Catelyn, and the Stark Bannermen being murdered in a massive violation of guest right, laughing and eating the whole time. To top it off, when his wife is held hostage, he simply tells the hostage taker to kill her, she's expendable. To drive the point home, he begins the next episode by recounting the Red Wedding with glee, showing no remorse and celebrating the power his betrayal has brought him.
Garo brings us the evil, power-hungry Barago. Barago was once a member of the Makai Knights, an order of powerful beings who defend humanity from the horrors in the dark. Nearly every horrible thing in series can be traced back to Barago. He made the innocent heroine of the series into a vessel for a demonic being known as Messiah, which would allow Messiah to consume both the girl and then the world (for nothing more than his personal gain). He murdered series hero Kouga's father, and The Lancer Rei's entire family to manipulate them further in the future. To prove he has no attachment to humanity or human beings, Barago cuts down a mirage of his own mother to prove that his family means less to him than power. Barago is willing to allow humanity be devoured for his own gain, and carelessly uses and discards whoever is in his way. When one hero begs Barago to remember why he once joined the order of the Makai Knights, Barago's only response is to coldly say he can't even remember.
Tousei Kaneshiro from GARO The One Who Shines In The Darkness is a completely normal human who's just an evil monster. as a child, he turned his own mother into a monster and thought it was amazing. He later turned Sonshi, a noble defender of humanity and Makai Knight, into his own minion and forced him to eat a woman he had been sworn to protect, laughing all the while. Sonshi turned other good-hearted people into monsters that became his servants, using them to found Vol City, where he used his crippled father as a Puppet King and ruled from behind the scenes, allowing the Horrors to devour the innocent. He even forced the Makai Priestess Hakana to produce many Madou Horror seed against her own will. Upon stepping out of the shadows, he has the entire Kaneshiro family, even the children. murdered and has Sonshi eat his own father. Using the fact he's a normal human as a shield, Tousei gleefully taunts the heroes about his atrocities and even molests a woman he turned into one of his special Mado Horrors in front of them. Upon encountering him, even a horror comments it has never seen a human with such a black soul.
The Good Wife had a rare non-murderous example of a Complete Monster in TV talk show host Duke Roscoe. A Glenn Beck-esque political shock jock, he accused a woman whose child had been kidnapped of murdering her, hounded her until she committed suicide, then mocked her grieving husband to his face while continuing to insist that the dead woman was a murderer. When the network was sued for libel, he threatened to quit if they settled, and went on the attack against the opposing attorneys. And then CONTINUED to attempt to defame them after the child he accused the woman of murdering was found alive, kidnapped by strangers. This story was Ripped from the Headlines based on an incident with Nancy Grace.
Gramps, a 1995 made-for-TV movie also starring Griffith in the title role, a grandfather named Jack MacGruder whose outwardly sweet side is a cover for a bloodthirsty sociopath who nearly succeeds in destroying his family ...all to get at and rape his "precious" 7-year-old grandson, Matthew. Why? About 40 years earlier, Jack was the autocratic head of his household and constantly came up with new ways to beat his poor wife when she stepped even a millimeter out of line; finally, the wife is able to build a backbone and leave, taking her 7-year-old son, Clark, with her (the wife wins the divorce, cleaning out Jack, who got no visitation rights to see his son). In the present, Clark tracks down his father and — hoping he's changed and gotten his anger issues under control — invites him to stay. Jack charms everyone with his guitar picking, but eventually, this sinister pedophile licks his chops as he unleashes his pent-up anger on innocent people: he breaks the housekeeper's legs with a baseball bat, smashes a fire extinguisher over the head of a police officer, runs down a teenaged girl with his car (and also does the same to his daughter-in-law), and kills his daughter-in-law's father after he gathers evidence to refute Jack's claim that the daughter-in-law was cheating on him. In the end, Jack died as he lived: kidnapping Matthew and one of his female classmates. There is one final confrontation along a river, and he threatens to throw the tykes over the edge of a waterfall if Clark does not pay a $1 million ransom. Clark agrees, but throws the money in the river to the girl. When Jack tries to go after the girl, she lets him have the money and begins throwing out bills into the river; the greedy Jack begins collecting the bills...until he is caught in the current and unable to avoid going over the edge of the waterfall. Clark rescues Matthew and the little girl as Jack is crushed to death on the rocks below.
The TV series of Highlander had quite a few evil immortals:
Early villain Felicia Martins appears at first to be a Damsel in Distress, a young Immortal on run from the run from the brutal, obsessed Claude Deveraux. It is revealed that Martins is far older than she claims and Deveraux is hunting her because Martins murdered his wife and their adopted baby daughter. This is her MO: she ingratiates herself into the lives of her victims and murders everything they love, making it so they're off their game and she can easily take their heads. She attempts to murder hero Duncan Macleod's loved ones after she takes Deveraux's head and is last seen vowing to return and murder who Duncan loves after he spares her
Kalas, the Big Bad of the third season is an ancient Immortal who was previously a monk who helped his teacher run a sanctuary on holy ground for Immortals. Kalas, however, used the sanctuary to murder Immortals by ambushing them as they left. After Macleod exposed him and his teacher banished him forever, Kalas vowed revenge. He later attempted to murder a young singer after only suspecting Macleod was involved with her in the 1920s, and when he returned in the 90s, he systematically laid out a web to destroy everyone close to Macleod after murdering his old teacher, Brother Paul. Kalas shows no hesitation in torturing and murdering innocent people, destroying the live of anyone remotely associated with Macleod. At the end, he is willing to reveal the secrets of Immortals at large to world and throw everything into chaos if Macleod doesn't offer his head.
Kern of the episode Line Of Fire is described by his watcher as an 'animal,' who rapes, kills and steals as he will. Kern in the past was a scout for American forces who loves killing Native Americans. He earned Macleod's enmity when he helped slaughter the Sioux village Macleod was living with and presented Duncan with the scalps he had taken. Kern has no remorse in taking an innocent young woman and baby hostage to gain and advantage and happily describes the crimes he has committed over the centuries when confronted.
Ernst Daimler is the only Immortal seen who's a former Nazi. A firm believer in fascism, Daimler sought to help 'purge' all lower races in World War 2 and ordered the slaughter of hundreds of innocent people, as well as wounded prisoners, until he was stopped by a young boy who stabbed him in the back. Thinking he was dead, the boy and his cousin wrapped Daimler in chains and threw him into the Seine where he remained for decades. In the present, Daimler leads a white supremacist movement and finds the little boy who stabbed him, now a kindly old priest. Daimler gleefully guns him down after terrifying him off holy ground, and then attempts to murder a pregnant woman who tried to stop him before Macleod intervenes and takes Daimler's head.
Kronos, an Immortal whose legacy of death dates to the Bronze Age. Kronos was the leader of the Four Horsemen, a band of Immortals who led armies to Rape, Pillage, and Burn across continents. Kronos was the most sadistic of all of them, slaughtering the innocent and raping who he desired, including a slave girl for no other reason than his sworn brother Methos had taken a liking to her. In the present, Kronos recruits Methos, now The Atoner, back into a scheme to reunite the Horsemen and create a plague to destroy all of humanity, viewing himself as the end of time itself.
Morgan Walker is unique amongst other Highlander villains in that he's been a slaver for centuries. While Walker once dealt in the Atlantic Slave Trade, in modern times he uses his job as a modeling agent to capture young women for the sex trade. In prior years, Walker had an attachment to a slave named Charlotte, but after he suspected she had an affair, he killed her throwing her out of a high window and displays no remorse for her death. When hunting Methos, the immortal she had the affair with, Walker also kidnaps the daughter of Methos's good friend with full intention to kill or sell her should her father not betray Methos.
Johnny Cooper of Home and Away, probably the most evil of the show's villains. He and his group of surfers survive solely on the proceeds of armed robberies, and worse, he coerces his brother Rocco into helping them despite the latter's desire to go straight. When Rocco betrays him and puts him in jail, he has him killed by another member of the gang and then torments Rocco's foster brother after he is falsely convicted of his murder. A year later, he breaks out and attempts to kill Sally because she turned Rocco against him, while holding her brother hostage during the confrontation. Finally, he blackmails Sam into hiding him, possibly raping her offscreen at one point. And unlike villains like Sarah Lewis and Eve Jacobsen, there is never any suggestion of Johnny having a Freudian Excuse.
Due to its morally ambiguous nature and realistic tendencies, Homicide: Life on the Street didn't have many of these, preferring to keep their villains as pathetic figures. But a few do stand out. The most prominent is Luther Mahoney, a Drug kingpin who has complete control over the Heroin deals in Baltimore. He escapes justice time and again and just loves rubbing his wealth and Karma Houdini status in the face of the Detectives. He's also very smart, making himself a pillar of his community that no one wants to think anything bad about. His crimes include murdering rival dealers and anyone who stands in his way, intimidating witnesses, and ordering murders. It's mentioned at one point that he is responsible for dozens of murders.
"The Even Chance": Midshipman Jack Simpson ruthlessly torments his fellow midshipmen, both physically and psychologically. He is a sadistic bully who takes great pleasure in his evil games. He claims that he knows the guys' secrets and what gnaws their souls, and uses it as blackmail. He keeps beating themmercilessly. His abuse of Archie Kennedy is the worst as he is the one most terrified of him, and Simpson's mere presence gives him stress-induced Convulsive Seizures. Simpson is able to manipulate the situation and is never held responsible, and the others get punished instead. Later he attempts to murder his shipmates in the middle of a raid by setting one adrift in a boat and shooting the other. When he's challenged to the Duel to the Death, he cheats and claims it was a misfire. Finally, when his life is spared, he's unable to deal with Cruel Mercy and tries to stab his opponent In the Back.
"The Frogs and the Lobsters": Colonel Marquis Moncoutant is one of the leaders of French Royalist troops who set on a mission to restore the monarchy in France during the French Revolution with the help of the British Navy. However, he doesn't care much about the cause and not at all about his soldiers. The fate of other aristocrats doesn't concern him either, but he's very proud that he's Blue Blood and he believes that common people are impossible to improve, comparing them to animals. He killed a mayor and nearly shot a child for singing Marseillaise upon his arrival to his village, and later he keeps gleefully killing off villagers with his personal guillotine one after another for no bigger offence than selling old bread. He never shows any remorse for his evil deeds.
Emperor Caligula is presented as this in I, Claudius. Not only does he poison his own father and assist in the murders of others, but when he inherits the throne of Rome, he turns the whole empire into a realm of terror and debauchery, having people murdered on insane whims (including his 12-year-old cousin and co-heir Gemellus for having a persistent cough), and forcing their wives to participate in twisted orgies against their will. He also cuts open his sister Drusilla to devour her unborn child. His child, no less.
The Nazis in the Spanish series El Internado, being, well, Nazis and all that.
Karl Fleischer(Don Joaquin) was a Nazi officer during WWII, began racial purity experiments at the orphanage near the end of WWII and held out hope for the Third Reich after Hitler's suicide. When Jacinta threatens to go to the police to denounce him for kidnapping children, reporting them dead to their parents and the state, and handing the children over to adoptive parents, he tries to kill her. If you felt bad for him after his death at the end of season 4, you'll feel a lot better when you find out he's a Nazi.
Jacques Noiret kills Cayetano and made it look like he had overdosed, bought his son Ivan from a drug addict for 2 million euros and murders his wife when she finds out and tries to make amends to the biological mother.
JAG's Serial killer Charles "Charlie" Lynch in "Goodbyes". In "Nobody's Child" he had offscreen brutally stamped to death a young girl. Harmon Rabb confronts him on a decommissioned navy ship in Philadelphia where he'd taken the twin sister of the killed girl.
Rabb: Charlie, there's something I need to know. Why did you kill Annie?
Lynch: I told her not to get on that school bus.
Rabb: She just wanted to be with kids her own age.
From Jonathan Creek: Alan Kallarnak. Granted, the man had a motive: as a fundamentalist Christian, he was furious that his ex-wife had an abortion. But what he does afterwards leads another character to claim that his "soul rightfully belongs in Hell". After discovering that his ex-wife had a child out of wedlock in her teenage years (one that she's befriended, but neglected to tell of his maternity), he approaches the now-grown son and convinces him to murder his own mother (without informing him that she is his mother; the son was actually in love with her and - being a bit mentally disturbed - couldn't understand why she didn't reciprocate). The son dutifully carries out the murder, and the woman dies reaching out for him. The scene in which she breaks down in front of her ex-husband, sobbing about how her own son wants to kill her, contains a moment in which the killer smiles to himself as he comes up with his plan, cementing his position as a Complete Monster. Upon learning this, neither Jonathan nor Carla are particularly inclined to turn his murderers over to the police once they determine who they are.
Juukou B-Fighter brought us Emperor Gaohm. While at first his actions are that of a standard Toku Big Bad, he becomes worse when it is revealed in one episode he is kidnapping children. The only reason for it? to make them do slave labor. All he did was brush it off as nothing. In the final episodes he's shown to be pushed far past the Moral Event Horizon, when he gives Hidra and armband that is actully a bomb. Along with costing his other servants their lives, treating them like nothing more than cannon fodder in his final plan to kill everything on Earth because he was stopped by the B-Fighters. There's also his track record of Slavery and Genocide of other worlds/dimensions before he set course for Earth.
The League of Gentlemen is full of undesirables, but Papa Lazarou takes the cake as the worst of all. His actions include but are not limited to capturing women and locking them in a cage to have water sprayed at them by his dwarf minions and stitching people up inside his circus animals.
Quite every villain in Legend of the Seeker, which is based on Sword of Truth, the book series. Darken Rahl commits mass infanticide, murders for kicks and for ink, horribly tortures people to gain magical powers, etc. He has his own sister beat violently and lies to her so she will betray her other brother and bring him the tools to take free will from every living thing in the world. He also unleashes a plague on his own people (killing hundreds of them, including a meek looking boy we are shown) for the sole reason of trying to turn people against Richard, and when all of this fails to win him victory, he kills a kitten with his BARE HANDS . Bonus points come from the fact that all of the above happens in one episode. Nicholas Rahl from the Bad Future is even more evil. He is shown to kill both of his parents and later enslaved the whole of humanity. Princess Violet manages to become a Complete Monster despite being a child, as she already orders beheadings, keeps a "playmate" who she regularly slaps and punishes for no reason other than her own enjoyment, enjoys torturing prisoners, and makes plans to have women she does not like gang-raped by the castle guard. Her mother, Queen Milena, is even more horrible as she executes anyone who annoys or upsets her! It is clear that she is the reason for why Violet is who she is.
Leverage: Anne Hannity is the most heinous villain yet featured on the show. She wanted to kill off the world's wheat market with a super-plague, so her own plague-resistant super-wheat would make her and, by extension, her company infinity billion dollars. She was going to starve the WHOLE PLANET in the name of Capitalism. She also threatens Archie Leach's family to make him help her, and attempts to murder the entire Leverage team when they find her out, asking them how they would like to be killed ("Mister Voorhees is flexible.") On a show where most villains are interested in stealing patents and building strip malls she, and her Dragon, cold-blooded Security Cheif Voorhees really stand out. Parker's mentor and Master Thief Archie even called the woman the trope.
Archie: This virus would wipe out all the normal wheat... Nate: Causing famine and making her super-wheat the only option. Archie: She would have to be a monster. Nate: Yes, she would.
Andrew Jenkins, a serial rapist who kidnapped, tortured, blinded, and raped 12 women, and then let them go explicitly because he wanted them to live on to think about him every day.
His copycat is almost as bad, first seeking out and marrying one of the victims to "be close to what he did to [her]" and then starting his own crime spree himself.
Martin Walker, the titular psychopath in the aptly-named episode "Beat the Devil", a psychology student who gains Lightmans' notice when he is aroused by pictures of women being tortured; Cal correctly surmises that he has probably already killed people, and it turns out that he is, in fact, a Serial Killer, whose M.O. was water boarding young girls repeatedly, then killing them after forcing them to dig their own graves. The water boarding thing is part of his pathology - he does it because, when he was a boy, his sister drowned in their swimming pool; he didn't murder her, but he saw her drowning and decided to not raise the alarm. The reason?
I wanted her bike.
Zach from the series finale screws over his supposed friends for money. He doesn't care who he hurts in the course of getting ahead.
LOST has Psycho for Hire Martin Keamy and Anthony Cooper, the con man who ruined the lives of two survivors (Sawyer, due to taking all the money of his parents and leading them to death; and his own son, John Locke, making him lose a kidney, his girlfriend, and the ability to walk).
Madan Senki Ryukendo has Baron Bloody, a demonic robot scientist. In his first appearance, he sets up the death of Noble Demon Jack Moon to use his body in his own experiments. Later, it is revealed that he is responsible for the death of the Sixth Ranger's parents...who tried to stop him from blowing up Europe. When confronted by said Sixth Ranger, he proudly takes responsibility and casually refers his parents as 'foolish couple'. Where the other villains still have some sense of humor in their plans, Bloody's plans are downright vicious. Luckily, he's no Karma Houdini, since his death involves screaming in fear, having an axe shoved into his mouth, and releasing a painful scream when he falls down to his death.
We have from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. THRUSH agent Randolph of the Five Daughters Affair two-parter. His plot – releasing seawater-derived gold onto the market to create massive profits for THRUSH – isn’t monstrous in and of itself, but his methods, which include: seducing Dr. Simon True’s wife, killing her husband with poison, gleefully taunting her before murdering her, attempting to behead Illya in an ice-chopping machine, smacking around Sandy and shooting an unarmed elderly man just for raising his voice to him, coupled with his general Smug Snake demeanor, cement him as probably the series’ nastiest villain.
Red John is the Big Bad of The Mentalist and nemesis of Patrick Jane. A sociopathic Serial Killer, Red John's sexual perversions and sadism led him to torturing and murdering women. Early in his career, Patrick Jane, then a phony psychic, said he would use his "powers" to help the police catch Red John. Unfortunately Jane made the mistake of insulting Red John on the air, which caused the killer to murder Jane's wife and young daughter. Years later, Red John is mostly "retired" from serial killing, but he still kills many, either to silence loose ends or to play mind games with Jane. Some of Red John's most notable crimes include murdering a teenage girl and kidnapping her twin sister to lure Jane into a trap; having Sam Bosco's entire CBI team killed; kidnapping Kristina Frye and brainwashing her into believing she's dead, all because she empathized with him on television; having Madeline Hightower's cousin tortured to death to get information on where she was hiding, then later sending a mole to murder her and her kids; trying to get Jane to murder his best friend and Love Interest, Teresa Lisbon; murdering a woman because Jane had a happy memory of her as a child; and decapitating the therapist who helped Jane recover from his psychological breakdown following his family's death. Red John is also the mastermind of the Blake Association, a criminal conspiracy and protection racket for corrupt law enforcement officials and controls them from behind the scenes. In addition, Red John has his own devoted followers, usually comprised of psychotics and killers, that help him in his crimes or vice versa. However, their lives mean nothing to him, and he either kills them when they outlive their usefulness or drives them to suicide in order to protect himself. Overall, Red John is a raging narcissist with a massive ego and a god complex. He is driven by an intense need for attention and gets off on the power he has by holding thousands of lives in his hands.
Elio Escobar from the episode "The Maze" in Miami Vice. Of all his brothers, he stands out as the craziest, evil and sadistic of his own band. He has been charged with drug trafficking, robbery, vandalism and murder. Not only murder a detective, he also has hostage homeless in an old hotel, including children and a baby. Then, Elio tries to rape a homeless girl named Gabriella For the Evulz until her brother Georges intervened, and what does do? Elio kills him. Even his own brothers are disgusted by their actions.
Murder In Coweta County: A 1983 made-for-TV movie that told the true story of John Wallace, a wealthy Meriwether County, Georgia land baron, and moonshine runner who, in the 1940s, virtually ruled the county with an iron fist and had the sheriff in his back pocket. Wallace would brutally abuse his sharecroppers, such as the time he put a man's hands and feet in door jambs and slammed the door on them, all while appearing to be a kind charitable man. When Wilson Turner, who ran shine for Wallace, made a little too much money and made his runs a little too often, Wallace beats him severely and orders him off of his land. Knowing that Wallace had several judges in his pocket, Turner steals a prized cow from Wallace's pasture. Wallace then has Turner arrested, released "on a lack of evidence", then ambushed at the gas station. Turner tries to flee but soon runs out of gas, and is beaten to death by Wallace and his thugs. When Wallace is finally arrested and sentenced to death, his last statement is: "Almighty God, only You know my true heart. Prepare to receive me into Your House."
Special mention must go to two men who forced a young boy to try to suicide bomb a high school. Their reason? A petty vendetta over something the boy's mother did 18 years ago.
Ari. After breaking into NCIS, shooting and wounding Gerald and Gibbs in the process, he later kills Kate and tries to kill Abby and Jenny because Gibbs reminds him of his dad. He casually manipulates innocents (giving a doll with a guided missile tracking signal inside it to a little girl)/sacrifices his mooks (who, given their affiliations, aren't terribly sympathetic either) just so he can get close enough to the team to hurt them directly. It is worth noting that (as foreshadowed when Ducky wonders what could create such a person) Ari does have a fairly elaborate Freudian Excuse, if being manipulated and groomed specifically to become a mole by his father from birth even falls under that category. There have been more than a few worse criminals on the show, but Ari is mainly set apart in how he got to the NCIS team itself.
Kyle Boone from the episode "Mind Games"; he kidnaps and tortures women (and cuts off their tongues)! Think that's bad enough? He also snaps pictures of their suffering and keeps them in a journal (though he said he doesn’t need that; they will always be in his memories). His first victim was his own mother!
Eli David, director of Mossad and Ari's father. He deliberately made Ari into a Complete Monster just so that he would have a mole inside Hamas. It is strongly hinted that he ordered the missile strike that "accidentally" killed Ari's mother and dozens of injured civilians in order to "toughen him up." Gave nearly the same treatment to his daughter Ziva, including ordering her to kill her half-brother Ari after Ari went rogue. Eli later abandoned her to die, and when Ziva finally stepped out of Eli's control, he attempted to frame her for a murder committed by another of his agents. He's basically Fire Lord Ozai as head of an intelligence agency rather than a nation.
NCIS: Los Angeles has recently gained one as well in Season 3 in the form of "the Chameleon." To elaborate, this is the guy who often runs several cartels from behind the scenes, and the closest thing to an MO that he has is that he acts as the driver. He gained a wound on his mouth via G. Callen, who at the time believed him to merely be the driver. He then proceeds to kill a lot of people by incinerating them alive inside their cars, often covering himself by using various dialects. Afterwards, he plays a dangerous game of "hide and seek" where he forces people to act as him to lure them to dead ends, which often results in their deaths in the process. Oh, and he also kidnapped and killed a Russian police officer so he could pose as him and infiltrate the NCIS headquarters to "aid" them in finding him. His final appearance was his most monstrous depiction: He arranged to have Agent Roarke join up with a family of illegal Arms Dealers (and arranged for a fake exchange with some dealers he hired without informing them of the packages) with the intention of setting him up to be caught and for NCIS to get involved. Turns out, the family did fall for the trick against his expectations, so he sent anonymous tips to both the dealers and the NCIS agents revealing that he was an agent, and that his cover was compromised, respectively. After the NCIS team killed most of the family at the area (and arresting the accountant) to rescue him, he then sniped Roarke across the jaw, forcing him into ER before he died from a heart attack, and he kills the Red Herring sniper member of the family in order to leave a message to Callen, and he later kills Agent Hunter via Car Bomb in front of NCIS before he lets himself get arrested. He also arranged for Hunter to leak a video to NCIS via password about what he wants, and even the password while also making it seem as though he didn't want her to get it in order to lure Callen's team into a death trap while Callen kept watch over him (which they only survived after Callen deduced his plan), and he forces them into a Sadistic Choice to release him in exchange for an American agent who was caught in Iran and had valuable information of security weaknesses in the United States, and killing his allies at some point earlier (and it is also strongly implied near the end that the Iranians were going to be informed by the Chameleon anyways about the security weaknesses even if the prisoner exchange went off without a hitch). Even when he died, he ended up having Cullen's life potentially stigmatized anyways via a breaking news report when Cullen decided midway through the prisoner exchange that he simply cannot let the Chameleon live after the atrocities he committed, even if it meant disobeying his superiors and getting himself arrested by the LAPD.
Nikita: Percy, the head of Division, at first seemed like an Affably Evil character who was Only in It for the Money, working for Corrupt Corporate Executives and criminal organizations just as easily as for the government. However, as the series progressed, we've seen just how far he'll sink to achieve his goals, including murdering the loved ones of his own agents to keep them loyal. Perhaps the most shocking example of this was the recent revelation that the terrorist who killed Michael's family was, in fact, a Division agent who did so on Percy's orders so that Kazim Tariq could be Percy's mole in al-Qa'ida. When Kazim accidentally killed Michael's family instead, Percy recruited Michael with the promise of getting even.
Amanda is also a Complete Monster and a Manipulative Bitch who constantly and ruthlessly tricks people into doing what she wants and earning their loyalty (or at least their fear; she's quite Machiavellian). But more to the point, she's the resident Torture Technician and is quite skilled at her job, using everything from electrocutions to breaking bones to threatening lobotomies in order to get information out of her victims — and it's quite clear she enjoys doing it. It's notable that she's the one person Nikita is afraid of.
Alastair Crane. Just Alastair Crane of Passions. His list of crimes seems completely endless. He has forced his grandson to rape his granddaughter, attempted to murder everyone in his family, committed several counts of rape, faked the deaths of two of his grandchildren, his daughter's lovers, his ex-wife, and her sister, leaving his daughter to believe that she killed her mother, tricked Whitney into believing she had slept with her brother, and he committed most of these crimes for two reasons, to find a suitable heir or simply because it amused him.
Prison Break: Wyatt Mathewson, the season four Dragon who murdered Alex Mahone's innocent son, is arguably the worst (or at least scariest) character in the series in terms of sheer cruelty and pitilessness, despite being just an executive agent and assassin.
And Christina Scofield. What a bitch.
Psych: While a comedy/drama, it has a few notable monsters:
Mr. Yang - taunted Shawn over the course of a day in his first introduction, culminating in the kidnapping of his mother and strapping her to a bomb while threatening to blow her up if Shawn didn't have a heart to heart chat with the psycho. Yang does have a pretty good Freudian excuse, though, thanks to Yin.
Yin - created elaborate games, again for the purpose of taunting/tormenting Shawn to the extent of kidnapping Shawn's then girlfriend Abigail as well as Shawn's ongoing love interest, Juliet, and forcing him to choose which would survive. He also murdered a recurring character and acquaintance of Shawn's while Shawn and Gus watched helplessly. He later kidnapped both Shawn and Gus and prepared to murder Gus with a poison injection while explaining to Shawn that he had something special planned for "him".
Rollins - along with his partner Garth Longmore, aka McQuarry, shot and kidnapped Shawn, locked him in a car trunk, threatened him repeatedly with death through the night, and took him away in a truck with intents of disposing him.
Charles Hoyt of Rizzoli & Isles. He's a unrepentant sociopathic serial killer who tortured and killed many people. In particular, he preys on Jane and threatens to rape Maura. Also, much of his behavior is uncomfortably reminiscent of rape.
Just as bad is his associate in "Remember Me". When asked what he got out of killing people, he simply said "it was fun"
The Secret Circle has Eben, leader of thewitch hunters. He's bad enough when we first see him in a flashback that reveals he and his men murdered the members of the old Circle by pretending to want peace and tried to kill John Blackwell, but he gets even worse when he turns out to have survived the fire, only with nasty scarring, and proves hell-bent on killing every witch alive, even those who have never heard of him, for absolutely no good reason. He doesn't bat an eye at using magic provided by a resurrectedandpsychotic Nick to brainwash Cassie into trying to murder her father and to survive an attack by the Circle that should've killed him outright. Later, he summons and absorbs multiple demons for their power, no doubt driving him even Ax Crazier — and that's after sacrificing one of his own men to a demon and using him to lure Blackwell and the Circle into a death trap that just barely fails. Oh, and according to another witch hunter, he's even killed off Isaac, who was downright sane compared to him — and then he kidnaps Faye, fully intending to murder her and her covenmates. Fortunately, Jake gives him a swift, satisfying Karmic Death in "Family" after Charles has taken the demons out of him.
Wayne Callison of Shark probably qualifies, what with the whole torturing women to death, hiding their bodies underneath his younger brother's (whom he goaded into raping a girl at the tender age of 15) deck. He then threatens Stark's daughter during questioning just to enrage the guyto the point of attacking him, then tries to get him thrown off the case for it. When that doesn't work, he drives his one escaped victim to suicide and uses a loophole from that to become a temporary Karma Houdini. And that was just in his first episode.
Sherlock's Jim Moriarty, the world's first consulting criminal, is also the most vile person Sherlock's ever come across. His whole M.O. can be boiled down to him wanting Sherlock to notice him... on the occasions he isn't just incredibly bored with life. As a Foil to Sherlock, he also has the insane genius to pull off such complicated plots as stealing the crown jewels, opening the vault in the Bank of England, and releasing thousands from prison - and then, at his own trial, threatening the jurors via television to let him go free. He has no respect for human life, either, as one of his plans involved kidnapping two children, doing something unknown to make one of them terrified of Sherlock, and then poisoning them with mercury during the ordeal. He's strapped children, senior citizens, and Watson to bombs, murdered said senior citizen (and eleven others) for trying to describe her insane kidnapper to Sherlock. The worst part of his crimes is that the world believes Sherlock is the worse monster, as Moriarty framed Sherlock as a complete fraud of an investigator, pawned off most of his crimes onto Sherlock, and then shot himself to ensure that no one would ever know... and to force Sherlock to kill himself.
Several villains in The Shield, especially the minor ones who only last one or two episodes. The doctor who bought a seven-year old girl, kept her in a cage, and repeatedly raped her definitely fits this trope, as does the old sadist who sexually abused his foster daughters and force-fed Drano to the youngest one. But several villains are so despicable that they earn a "special" place in the viewers' hearts:
Armadillo Quintero, easily the most sickening villain on the show. A young Mexican drug lord, Armadillo is a calm and easy-going guy who likes to stay at home with a book. And a child to rape. After crossing the border, he united two rival Latino gangs under his own command by "necklacking" their leaders with car tires, then drenching them in petrol and burning them alive. But his Moral Event Horizon comes after this — a man he murdered had a cute twelve-year old sister who refused to keep quiet like her family told her. Instead, the little girl went by herself to the police and testified against Armadillo. Later, the cops took in Armadillo for questioning, and when he sat alone in the cell for six hours, he found the girl's lost comb and began laughing eerily to himself. He is released for lack of proof, and the same night, the little girl is nowhere to be found. When she finally comes limping home in a daze, Armadillo has brutally raped her and tattooed his gang sign — a dove — onto her face.
Antwon Mitchell from the fourth season takes the cake as the prime villain on the show, because he is a Magnificent Bastard as well as a Large Ham. But what cemented him on this page, besides replacing crack cocaine with heroin on the streets, was his murder of a thirteen-year old Woobie. After forcing the girl's mother to overdose on heroin, his thugs capture her and hold her in front of two cops. After taunting the weeping girl, Antwon takes their weapons — to incriminate the cops and bind them to him forever — and empties his whole magazine into her head.
Sean, the serial killer from Season 1, is definitely one. Aside from raping and murdering a twelve year old, he has over twenty further bodies to his credit. He thinks of himself as smarter than the police and thinks he is special. Then Dutch completely rips him apart with one glorious line: "If you're so special, how come a lowly civil servant like me just caught you?"
Vic himself is kept out of this territory for much of the series because he mainly goes after other Complete Monsters such as the above mentioned characters, though he has plenty of Kick the Dog moments to his credit, such as his murder of Terry Crowley, which was the crossing of the Moral Event Horizon for a lot of fans. But his behavior near the end of the series definitely qualifies, particularly when he becomes an informant in the last season and lets Ronnie take the full heat for his crimes, showing him for what he truly is: a violent and unrepentant bully who only looks out for himself. His Humiliation Conga in the final episode is very, very much deserved.
Dr. Foster from Skins, Series 4, who attempts to Mind Rape Effy and murders Freddie and tries to do the same to Cook. Even his "excuse" is just further evidence that he's a twisted, sick bastard: he's infatuated with Effy, his teenage patient.
Brainiac has no emotions and is fond of skewering people through the head and draining the info from their brains. Despite being nearly equal to Clark in power, he prefers to perform complex manipulations to make others do his dirty work for him (including infecting Mrs. Kent with a deadly disease just to trick Clark into releasing General Zod from the Phantom Zone), putting Lana in a coma to force Clark and Kara to help him, giving Clark's secret to Lex, bodyjacking Chloe and using her as part of a plot to brainwash Doomsday, and trying on three separate occasions to Kill All Humans via deadly viruses. In the Wonderful Life episode, without Clark to stop him, Brainiac triggers a nuclear holocaust, saying the world is now perfect for Zod, Zod's consort Supergirl, and himself to rule. And that's not getting into his cannibalism of the silicon in peoples' bodies when he needs to rebuild himself, or his condescending personality, or the fact that Bizarro, Lex, and the various other villains who appear are all disgusted by him. He eventually Heel Face Turns, but since this is due to being reprogrammed and not because of a moral choice on his part, it doesn't count.
Desaad is Darkseid's Number Two, and unlike his underwhelming master is determined to live up to his reputation, unnerving even his Co-Dragons, Granny Goodness and Gordon Godfrey. Operating a chain of BDSM-themed nightclubs, Desaad uses them as a front to corrupt the minds of his clientele, making them susceptible to a mass Mind Rape by Darkseid. Anyone who cannot be corrupted is gruesomely murdered, as Desaad uses his telekenetic powers to induce hemorraging and implode their internal organs, leading to an agonising death from internal bleeding. Having disposed of several FBI agents who were investigating him, Desaad kidnaps Chloe and subjects her to an extended Mind Rape, attempting to turn her into one of Darkseid's minions. When she proves resistant, Desaad tries to kill her, tries to kill Clark when the latter intervenes to save her, and then turns Oliver Queen/Green Arrow into a minion of Darkseid after provoking the archer into brutally beating him. Incarcerated under Belle Reve, Desaad breaks out, gives the now mind controlled Oliver a Gold K ring, and tries to force him to depower Clark, so that the future Superman can be slain and the end of the world ushered in. Devoted to freeing Darkseid and bringing about The End of the World as We Know It, Desaad is equal parts Torture Technician, cultist, and Serial Killer.
Jimmy O'Phelan from is a member of the True IRA, an Irish terrorist organization and criminal syndicate involved in gun running with the gangs in California, chiefly the motorcycle gang SAMCRO. O'Phelan ran current SAMCRO member Chibs out of the IRA years before, then married his wife Fiona and adopted his daughter Kerrianne. When he tries to mend the business relation with SAMCRO he meets with Chibs again, gloats that he took what was his, and threatens to dump Fiona and marry Kerrianne next because he says her mother has become too old. Enraged, Chibs gives him up to the authorities, and O'Phelan flees back to Ireland. He withholds information about Jax's kidnapped baby son Abel to maintain the good dealings with SAMCRO. He goes rogue when the IRA intends to demote him for his failure in the States, and he plans to destroy SoA's Belfast chapter to take over the IRA himself. He tries to have SAMCRO killed in an explosion in which many Belfast members die, and Fiona and Kerrianne have to be put under IRA protection because he poses a threat to their safety. He kills an IRA member trying to take them back, and tortures and executes another one to find Abel. He murders the adoptive family Abel was placed with. He takes Abel hostage to ensure his escape to the States, then exchanges him for another hostage whom he later kills. He tries to escape to South America through the Russian mob, but is double crossed and given up to SAMCRO, who kill him. Unlike the other gang members in the show he has no real loved ones or shows remorse for any of his crimes, and there seems to be no point behind his actions beyond power, cruelty, and trying to save his own hide.
SPOILER for season 6, episode 7: Alice Noon. In her sole episode it's revealed that when Venus was ten and confused she was part of having Venus constantly drugged and raped, and from there it grew into a lucrative child porn ring. Alice later kidnaps Venus' son, drugs him, and is going to have him raped. When SAMCRO track him down to the studio they are sickened by portraits of the children that Alice had taken to be raped, the videos on the computers and a video camera aimed at a crib. When Alice arrives she threatens that Venus is a freak and Venus' son is going to kill himself over it, until Jax blows her brains all over the wall. Venus is left a wreck over the emotional torture, and even the Corrupt Cop says he would have killed Alice if Jax hadn't.
Livia Soprano stands out even in a world of brutal gangsters. Livia derives little pleasure save to hurt and makes others miserable, even telling Tony's wife he'd get bored with her on their wedding day. Livia psychologically tortures Tony as much as she can and even has a hit put out on him in revenge for trying to put her in a nursing home. Her abuse of Tony has been there for years. She even tried to stick him in the eyes with a fork when he was a child.
Richie Aprile sticks out as the most crazy and evil gangster in a world of crazy and evil gangsters. Impulsive, violent, greedy and callous, Richie at one point paralyzes a man with a car solely for perceiving disrespect. He's such a loose cannon, Tony has to stop him from murdering gamblers at their casino for no reason. He also beats his fiancee for nothing more than saying she'd accept his son for being gay, which culminates in her snapping and murdering him herself.
Tullius in Gods of the Arena. While Batiatus is mostly Affably Evil and still shows some redeeming qualities (not to mention that in the prequel he is slower to Kick the Dog than in Blood and Sand), Tullius is no more than a greedy, sadistic, smug, power-drunken aristocrat. He first orders Batiatus to get a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown for refusing to sell Gannicus to him, after Batiatus had been nothing but respectful to him. He manipulates Titus into crashing his own son's plans. At the orgy he challenges Gannicus to a swordfight that Gannicus, as a slave, cannot win, and has the balls to mock him for it. However he takes a running leap over the Moral Event Horizon and confirms his status as a dog-kicking juggernaut in Episode 4 when Gaia, in order to help Lucretia, offers herself to him. At first he accepts and has sex with her... then he cheerfully kills her, just to make clear that, as an aristocrat, he can do whatever he wants.
Cossutius is the worst example of unchecked Roman excess. A Smug Snake artistocrat, he extorts a favor from the House of Batiatus by requesting a 'show' from a virgin slave girl. He selects the girl Diona as he knows he can hurt her more and forces her to lose her virginity to a brutish, dirty, filthy gladiator, mocking Diona all the while as an 'example' of how ugliness and beauty co-exist before anally raping her during her ordeal. Cossutius later shows sheer glee at Diona's execution and at a Roman party is the first to gleefully torture a bound Gladiator for nothing more than entertainment.
Some of the villains from the BBC's Spooks are just a big void of warm and fuzzy feelings. Interestingly, the two very worst monsters in the series are complete opposites; one is the white supremacist who murders one of the main cast by shoving her head into a deep fat frier and the other is the Muslim cleric who turns ten year old boys into suicide bombers. Next to these two, a lot of the other villains in the series can come across as kind of cartoonish.
Anubis, by far the most evil and dangerous of the Goa'uld System Lords. He was banished by the other Goa'uld for actions they considered unspeakable even by their evil standards. (Bear in mind that this is a race of megalomaniacal Puppeteer Parasites who think nothing of torturing their dethroned rivals to death, then bringing them back to life and repeatedly doing it again.) He tricked Oma Desala, a wise higher-dimensional being, into helping him ascend so that he could become an immortal Energy Being, making sure to rub it into her face how she is unable to stop his evil acts. His subsequent plans after his return include repeatedly annihilating entire civilizations and replacing the Jaffa warriors with mindless super soldiers. After his stable form is destroyed he starts possessing random people to hold him until their bodies completely decay after a few days. His ultimate plan before he finally got taken out was to wipe out all life in the galaxy with an Ancient superweapon — all of it, mind you, including his own race and his entire army — so he could use the Ancient knowledge he retained to entirely recreate a galaxy's worth of races that would unquestionably worship him as a god.
Horrifically, Repli-Carter might count as the extremely rare cross between one of these and a Magnificent Bastard...she betrays both Fifth and Carter in very short order, manipulating Carter into feeling sympathetic because Carter believes Fifth was cruel to Repli-Carter. Turns out, she was merely using Carter's torture experience as grounds to manipulate her. Then, she killed Fifth, not out of vengeance or emotion, but to fuel her ambition to consume the galaxy. When real Carter showed signs of sympathy, Repli-Carter coldly and calmly, with a strangely static and uncaring version of the mannerism's real Carter would use when comforting someone, told her that Fifth wasn't worth any empathy because he was weak. She then set about wiping out the Milky Way, with her army devouring God knows how many people, ships, and planets. Eventually, she captured and attempted to torture one of Carter's best friends. Despite claiming that the real Carter's emotions and memories weren't meaningless to her, and having 'given her word' that she wouldn't invade earth or kill Daniel Jackson, she promptly did both. So, in short: in the few months she existed she killed her fellow replicator and creator, Fifth; psychologically manipulated and tortured her human progenitor, Samantha Carter; committed galactic genocide; captured and killed one of her progenitor's very best friends and attempted to conquer their home planet; and all this in the image of a beloved galactic heroine, with just a little more ambition and a little less sentiment.
Data's brother Lore is a thoroughly unsympathetic android who kills his creator, reprograms his brother to follow his every command, and threatens to set teenage Wesley on fire. He summoned the Crystalline Entity to his creator's colony when the other colonists petitioned Noong to deactivate him out of fear that he would turn on them, and since then, he's been on quest to wipe out all organic life from the universe. If he ever shows affection, it's just to manipulate Data into collaborating. He also tried to make the Borg an even greater threat to The Federation than they already were. Given everything else we saw of his true nature, it's obvious that he mostly did it for his own sick amusement.
Kivas Fajo, the villain from "The Most Toys". A Collector of the Strange who wants to add Data, the only known android in the galaxy, to his collection. To do this, he poisons the water supply of an inhabited planet so he can capture him. He treats people and sentient beings like property. Then he talks very matter-of-factly about how he'd like to try out a particularly cruel Death Ray called a Varon-T Disruptor — illegal in The Federation because of how slowly and painfully it destroys the body from the inside out. He later does use it on his girlfriend, who is really more of a broken, codependent slave. As far as Star Trek's villains of the week go, he's one of the worst.
MANY villains on Supernatural come very close to this trope. After all, they are, for the most part, monsters, and that's what they do. As a result, it takes a special kind of evil to actually qualify. Fortunately (or unfortunately, as the case may be), several of the Big Bads and their flunkies are able to provide just that kind of evil. Here are the assorted bastards:
Alistair is Hell's Grand Inquisitor, and is responsible for supervising the torture of newly arrived souls. When Dean arrives in Hell, Alistair tortures him for thirty years, offering to stop if Dean will accept his offer and torment other souls on Alistair's behalf. When Dean accepts, one of the seals imprisoning Lucifer is broken, a fact that Alistair frequently taunts Dean about during their subsequent encounters. During the hunt for Anna Milton, Alistair captures Ruby and begins cutting pieces away from her with her own knife, before trying to overpower and murder Castiel. He murders several Reapers later in the series, and does his best to kill Sam and Dean and banish Castiel, before being finally put out of commish. An utterly sadistic bully, Alistair is rivaled only by Lilith when it comes to being the worst demon in the series.
Lilith. Possibly the Queen Bitch of all of Supernatural. Just for starters, she enjoys possessing little girls and tormenting their families on her days off, convincing them their child has gone mad and then killing them one by one. "Grandpa, you made me mad." She spends the entire season tormenting Sam and Dean, doing her best to break them and force them to open the final seal imprisoning Lucifer to bring about the end of the world. She's creepy. She's sadistic. And, oh yeah, she Eats Babies. Cannot repeat that often enough. She eats freaking babies. Not for power or anything, but to Kick the Dog. A truly heinous, vile piece of scum.
In a little bit of irony, one of the show's worst examples of a Complete Monster isn't a demon at all but an ANGEL. Smug Snake angel Zachariah is a completely amoral member of the Celestial Bureaucracy who views humans as completely disposable and loves to "persuade" people into serving him by torturing their friends and family to death in front of them. He's as sadistic as Alastair, but he thinks he's one of the good guys. You can't even really call him a Well-Intentioned Extremist - his intentions are anything but benign. His ultimate goal? The 'cleansing' of the world...and he doesn't even seem to care about a greater good. Only his own self advancement.
Arguably The leader of the Leviathans, Dick Roman. He wants to turn the entire world into a slaughterhouse by making humans into a stupid, easily controlled and never-ending food source. He also shot Bobby in the head, killing him, although Bobby came back as a ghost. He also has no problem eating other Leviathans or forcing them to eat themselves when they fail. Also, his entire plan is hidden from the public by means of tainting fast food sources and making it look like the slaughterhouses being built are really hospitals, which will cure cancer among other things. To top that off, he also hates humans and demons in a manner similar to Lucifer and comes off as a cross between Faux Affably Evil and a Smug Snake.
The 456 from Torchwood: Children of Earth, while being Starfish Aliens, are very definitely examples of this trope. After taking control of all the world's children in order to communicate, it turns out that they use human children in some nasty symbiotic way in order to get high and are bargaining to take 10% of the world's children to use as drugs or else they Kill All Humans. This is a protection racket, and they would almost certainly have been back for more later. One child is seen hooked up to one of them and it's shown that he's been a human reefer for over 40 years. It's really twisted and nasty.
Also, in Children of Earth, Prime Minister Green calmly allows 10% of the world's children to be sold as NARCOTICS, orders the man who's been most loyal to him to give up his own children, just to make the cover story he's created realistic - which leads Frobisher to shoot his family and himself to spare them the horror. And after all the horror and pain, Green's first thought is "How do I blame the Americans for this?". The knowledge that he's certainly going to be put in prison, if not "Disappeared" by UNIT or executed for treason, is highly comforting. Granted, there's a whole Punch Clock Villain ensemble that's going to avoid the punishment meted out to the more visible Green.
Oswald Danes from Torchwood: Miracle Day, a convicted child rapist and killer whose defense in court was "she should have run faster." After surviving his execution due to becoming immortal (along with everyone else on Earth), he starts playing the media for forgiveness and seems well on his way to becoming a Dark Messiah. On top of that, throughout the season, it's implied that he does have some guilt over what he did and wants to die — then the finale shows that these Death Seeker qualities actually make him more of a monster, not less. Why? Because he seems to believe that when he dies, he'll be able to torture his previous victim forever in Hell — in fact, his last words are to yell out that he's coming for her and that she should start running.
While most of The Twilight Zone lacked anything resembling pure evil, Gunther Lutze from "Death's Head Revisited" was the exception. A former Nazi Concentration Camp Captain at Dachau, the opening narration describe Lutze as existing only to give pain; an animal strutting in a black uniform, walking the earth without a heart. Lutze revisits Germany, and plays a game where he mentally torments a woman at a hotel who recognizes him and is utterly terrified. After this, Lutze visits Dachau, reminiscing about his atrocities and flashing back to the times when he had innocent victims hanged, shot or experimented on as if those were the best years of his life, until he is confronted by Dachau's 'caretaker,' a former inmate named Becker. Lutze had murdered so many he can't even initially remember he actually killed Becker years ago before he is confronted by the ghosts of his victims. While The Twilight Zone often had Smug Snake villains to receive a comeuppance, Lutze was the most singularly vile. As the ending narration by Rod Serling states, he is representative of a time when a group of men tried to turn earth into a graveyard, and into it they threw away their compassion and humanity.
Diana from the original V is a remorseless commander of the Visitor invasion forces. During the first occupation she planned the entire operation and was the real powerholder in the fleet. She engineered the genocide of the human race and invented both the process of harvesting humans for food and the mind-raping "conversion procedure". She oversees these tortures herself simply because she enjoys them, during which the victim is haunted with vivid nightmares until they've either been brainwashed into obedience or rendered a vegetable. She performs lethal experiments on captured prisoners, kills her own superiors to take their place, and orders Brian to implant Robin with his alien fetus as an experiment, leaving her a traumatized wreck. As the Visitor fleet is leaving, she goes ahead with trying to irradiate the Earth with an atomic bomb even after they've already lost and despite John's disgust with her pettiness. After being captured for war crimes, she escapes back to the fleet and launches a second, much more destructive invasion of Earth.
Veronica Mars has a few but none worse than Mercer Hayes. While he never kills anyone, he drugs and rapes several girls, simply because he doesn't want to seduce anyone because "it takes too long". And then, to add insult to injury, he shaved their heads for no reason whatsoever. He also runs an illegal casino in his dorm
Johnny Blade from "The Lost Boys" organizes the heist and kills a cop. Then he gives a gun to one of his accomplices and the same accomplice hides it in his friend's house. After learning this, Johnny Blade threatens an innocent young teenager Jesse (the friend of his accomplice and Carlos' nephew) to remain silent about his crimes or else he will kill his mother and later forces him to take all the guilt fdr his crimes or else he will kill his mother, whom he kidnapped, but Blade planned to order his lawyer and his accomplices in the prison to kill him, even after he took all the guilt, and planned to make Jesse's mother to commit suicide. This was so evil that a few of his henchmen looked like they were disgusted by it.
Reccuring villain Victor La Rue is also incredibly nasty. He attempted to rape Alex and in the episode "The Trial of La Rue". He takes the courtroom hostage, kills the judge, and taunts Alex and his actions range from death threats for a sandwich, televising his crimes, terrorizing a divorced couple at a custody hearing, and killing people at random, and the worst of it is when he said that he would kill an innocent little girl.
Luis Guerro, abusive father of Juan Guerro from the episode "Golden Boy". He beats his own wife, because she didn't make him dinner, even though she left a note that she did and brutally beats Juan repeatedly, because he was protecting her, giving him a lot of injuries in his face. He doesn't care about his own son and wife but cares about himself, and his irresponsible driving is one of the reasons why he and his wife later died in a car crash. His abusive treatment is also the reason why Juan tries so hard to study and provide his mother with a better life. What makes him worse is that he is just a minor character, yet manages to be more despicable than the drug dealers, who were the main villains in that episode.
In Warehouse 13, Artie's evil split personality, the Big Bad of Season 4, spends most of the season releasing the most dangerous artifacts back into the world, and near the end starts targeting the loved ones of the Warehouse agents. Then, his first act upon revealing himself is killing Leena, before attempting to force the agents to undo the use of the astrolabe by trying to release an artifact-powered plague that could potentially kill half the planet.
Marlo Stanfield from The Wire has the distinction of being the only completely unsympathetic and irredeemable character in the entire show. Introduced as an up-and-coming drug lord, Marlo runs his territory with ruthlessness and unrelenting brutality. When Stringer Bell, the Number Two in the Barksdale organization, approached him with an offer to join the Co-op, a coalition of drug lords who teamed up to share their product to increase their profit and end the violence between their factions to deter police attention, Marlo refuses, taking the offer as a sign of weakness. Marlo and the Barksdale wage a bloody gang war with each other, which claims many lives, until Marlo eventually ends up in control of West Baltimore's best territory. Among Marlo's crimes are having his lieutenants torture, and eventually kill, Blind Butchie to get at his friend Omar Little, having Junebug and his family killed because there was hearsay Junebug called Marlo a "dick-sucker," ordering Snoop to kill his fourteen-year-old soldier, Michael on the suspicion the kid talked to the cops, and murdering his mentor, Proposition Joe, when he learns everything he could from him. Marlo then usurps Joe's drug connections and disbands the Co-op, becoming the biggest drug kingpin in Baltimore. By far the most horrifying reveal about Marlo is the discovery of his tombs, where it's revealed that he's been having his soldiers, Chris and Snoop, murder people then preserve their bodies with quicklime and seal them up in vacant houses. Over twenty people were found in this manner, and they weren't just rival criminals either. One of his most pointlessly cruel acts was after he deliberately egged on a security guard in a convenience store by stealing something in front of him. When the guard caught up with Marlo, he told him he had a family to support, and basically asked for nothing other than to be treated like a human being. Marlo responded by having him killed for "talking back" and hiding his body with the others. In a crime series where even the most despicable criminals were humanized and sympathetic to some degree, Marlo Stanfield was nothing more than a power-hungry sociopath whose mere presence managed to darken an already pessimistic show known for its Grey and Gray Morality.
Two episodes of Without a Trace had Emil Dornvald, a mercenary working for an African dictator. The missing person of the week is in love with a rebel opposing said dictator and knew where he and his friends were holed up. So Dornvald cold-bloodedly murders the pregnant teenager she's been mentoring and is very fond of, sends her a picture on the girl's phone, and offers to stop killing her loved ones if she just tells him where the men are.
Another episode had a conman preying on families who had adopted children from Africa; he'd claim to be the kid's birth father and guilt the parents into surrendering the kids to him, whereupon he'd take them and sell them on the black market. He also manipulated a Sudanese war orphan into helping him by claiming that he was only stealing the children to get them back to their birth parents, the young man having lost his own mother to militants. When the orphan finds out he's been had, he brutally stabs the guy to death and the FBI quite understandably decide to look the other way.