A page for utterly depraved characters from forms of media that do not lend themselves to the creation of a separate page.
Lottie, the 14-year-old title character and narrator of Nick Cave's "Curse of Milhaven" (on Murder Ballads) is such a sadistic, prolific, and senseless killer that her actions are mistaken for some sort of curse upon the town. She is completely unrepentant, and only says that she's "been trying hard lately" before snapping and adding, "fuck it, I'm a monster, I admit it." When she finally gets caught, she makes it clear how much she really enjoyed killing:
They ask me if I feel remorse and I answer, "Why of course!
There is so much more I could have done if they had let me!"
The titular boy from Warren Zevon's darkly humorous "Excitable Boy" is obviously insane from the start of the song, but as it goes on his actions become more psychotic until he rapes and kills his date to the Junior Prom. Then, after getting released from an asylum after 10 years, he digs up her grave and makes a cage out of her bones.
The eponymous character of The Decemberists' "The Rake's Song" relates how he murders his three children after their mother died in childbirth because he wants a new life, including beating his son to death and burning the body for daring to fight back, and concludes by saying that he doesn't regret it at all.
The main character of Creature Feature's "Such Horrible Things" talks of all the things he's done while stating outright that he should be killed gruesomely for having done it all. The way he muses about one incident with sinister chuckle says he enjoyed every moment. The scariest part is what he did when he was 14. At first, he says that nothing happened, but then he remembers "that one time" and chuckles. Cue a series of screams and about 50 seconds without any narration.
Frank Zappa's "The Torture Never Stops" is an excuse for an extended guitar solo mixed with sounds of a woman gasping, moaning, and crying out. The lyrics, however, concern the Evil Prince and his stinking, fly-covered Dungeon of Despair, full of nameless prisoners whose crimes, if any, are unknown. As the Prince eats "a steaming pig", his "carving style is well-rehearsed". His only line is, "all men be cursed!" His servants are terrified: "Disagree? No one durst!" As he eats, the torture never stops. ("The Torture! The Torture!") Probably best not to ask about the "iron sausage".
The unnamed priest from the "Angels" music video by Within Temptation. He lures the main character into his house after her companion seemingly abandons her on the side of the road. Bait the Dog ensues as he is established as a nice guy. The woman goes to his back room and discovers newspaper clippings of a bunch of other women. It is then revealed that he is not a priest, but rather a Serial Killer who dresses up as trustworthy people (such as a doctor, a clown, and a priest) and lures women into his home to kill them. The killer then chloroforms the woman and takes her out into the desert to kill her by burying her alive next to the at least 16 graves of the other women he killed. Just when it looks like it's the end for her, she, her companion, and several other band members reveal themselves as angels (hence the title) and the souls of the women he killed come back to kill him. He is never given any reason for why he likes to bury women alive, leaving us to assume that he does it For the Evulz. Throughout the video, his eyes are shown to glow an unnatural red.
Akron, the Big Bad from the Concept Album series The Emerald Sword Saga by Rhapsody of Fire is a ruthless warlord and champion of the Dark God Kron. Akron begins by destroying the city of Ancelot and capturing its princess Airin. He lures The Warrior of Ice into giving him the famed Emerald Sword by threatening to execute all his prisoners, but has already killed them all. Akron has princess Airin raped to death by his demons in front of the men who love her, before having her beloved Arwald tortured and executed by being thrown into an acid pool. Akron's armies run rampant, destroying everything they encounter and slaughtering all they can. After a long campaign, when the Warrior of Ice is captured, Akron has him tortured and then decides to execute him by having him fed to the ravenous water snakes in the swamps. Akron is so horrible, even his noble Dragon Dargor finally turns on him to help destroy him after witnesses his horrible excesses.
Mythology & Religion
Greco-Roman myth is replete with examples of mortals who tried to outsmart the gods and paid for it. Yet none of them found as disgusting a method, or deserved their resultant punishment, as these people did:
Tantalus, a Greek king who was a favourite guest and host of Zeus', proved that familiarity breeds contempt. Deciding that the gods were fools rather then omniscient beings, Tantalus set out to show that they could not even tell what they were being served for dinner, let alone comprehend the secrets of the cosmos. Murdering his own son, Pelops, Tantalus had him boiled, and served to the gods as the main course at dinner. By tricking the Olympians into eating their host's child, he sought to demonstrate that the gods were utter imbeciles. Instead, he proved that he was a relentlessly vile person and that even Olympian godshave standards. When his ploy was uncovered, Zeus both resurrected Pelops and trapped Tantalus in an Ironic Hell, cementing cannibalism, the slaying of one's own children, and the mistreatment of guestsnote see xenia, the Ancient Greek code on how to treat guests as major taboos in Greek culture.
Following in Tantalus' bad, bad example is Lycaon, tyrant of Arcadia, and the first werewolf. Appearing in several compendiums of myth from the time period, the most infamous version of Lycaon's story appears in Ovid's Metamorphoses. A cruel, bloodthirsty ruler, Lycaon was angered when his citizens celebrated Jove's (Zeus) visit to his city. Determined to prove that Jove was not really a god, and was therefore unworthy of their worship, Lycaon offered Jove a room for the night, plotting to murder him in his sleep. He also, like Tantalus before him, sought to test Jove's divinity, by serving the god human flesh at dinner. Butchering a hostagenote in some earlier versions of the story, it is his own son or infant grandson, Lycaon roasted his flesh, ate some of it himself, and placed it on the table before Jove, who reacted in outrage and disgust, cursing him with lycanthropy. Watching the newly lupine tyrant slaughter a herd of sheep, Jove noted that Lycaon's nature had not changed; it was simply that he was now as savage on the outside as he had always been on the inside.
Egyptian Myth has Apep, more widely known in the West by his Greek name, Apophis, was the Egyptian God of Evil, and was associated with darkness, chaos, and destruction. Residing in the Underworld, Apophis took the form of a colossal snake, and every night, would attempt to devour the sun god Ra, as he made his way through the land of the dead, hoping to leave the world without light or life. During the day, while Ra was in the sky, Apophis would feed on those dead souls who were not properly protected against him, leading to their complete obliteration. His motives for doing so were that, as a primordial being associated with the dark, he hated the fact that there was a sun, or life on earth, and aimed to go back to the way things used to be. He was also the leader of armies of demons, and sought to subvert mortal confederates into aiding his nihilistic agenda. Reviled by all the other deities, including Set (who eventually took on the role of God of Evil), and universally loathed in Egypt, Apophis was the only god to have the distinction of never being prayed to. Instead, entire temples and ceremonies were set up to pray against him.
Judeo-Christian Myth has Haman from the Book of Esther. He was a treacherous advisor offended by one Jew's refusal to bow to him, using this as justification for plotting the genocide of the Jewish people. Various Judaic traditions elaborate on this, noting Haman had a picture of an idol embroidered onto his robes so that he could force Jews bowing to him to violate the taboo against kneeling to idols. The very trees from which he hoped to build his gallows recoiled from his unclean presence, and unlike some Biblical antagonists, he's not an agent of divine retribution, just a self-important bastard who can't accept being disrespected. Even Haman's wife tells to his face that he has gone over the line, and that his obsession with killing the Jews would soon become self-destructive; he ignores her and goes ahead with his plans. His name has become a watchword for anti-Semitism and he is viewed in rabbinical tradition as an archetypal evil figure.
From Zoroastrian Myth we have Angra Mainyu, alias Ahriman, is the Evil Twin of creator god Ahura Mazda, and the antithesis of everything good and just. Declaring that "it is not that I cannot make anything good, but that I will not," Angra Mainyu sought to prevent Ahura Mazda from creating life in the first place, by slaying the primal bull (his first creation). He seduced the daevas (demons) away from Ahura Mazda, transforming them into spiteful beings living only to spread fear and hatred. When Ahura Mazda created sixteen lands, Angra Mainyu responded with sixteen scourges, including old age, disease, war, vice, and death. He created the monster Aži Dahāka, destined to slay one-third of the earth's population, and turned him loose in the world. He made two separate attempts at destroying the Earth's water supply and leaving all creation to die of dehydration. He made Jeh, the primal whore, so that women would suffer from menstruation, birth pangs, and mistrust from men. He tried to coerce Zoroaster into coming over to his side, and then set the daevas upon him when he would not. Responsible for the very existence of evil, Angra Mainyu works to seduce men and women away from Ahura Mazda, so they might join his campaign for control of reality. Hating everything good and just, and angry that he is not the one who created everything, Angra Mainyu's ultimate goal is the annihilation of the universe.
Ox Baker may well have originated the notion of the "monster" heel (think Brock Lesnar) during his career, which stretched from the sixties into the eighties. Billed as a Psycho for Hire and Hero Killer, with the Catch Phrase "Hurting people is fun," Ox more than lived up to his reputation as an unfeeling brute. During a tag team match, Ox used his Heart Punch to fatally injure Alberto Torres, who died three days later of a ruptured appendix. Whether this was intentional or not, Ox firmly established his monster credentials not only by being completely unapologetic—and in fact, constantly boasting about killing Torres—but by continuing to use the Heart Punch (now known as the Hurt Punch) as his Finishing Move, this time with intent to kill. This resulted in another death, this time of Ray Gunkel, who died in the ring of a heart attack after receiving Ox's Heart Punch. While his performer Douglas A. Bakernote who was incredibly torn up about the deaths, and was cleared of all wrong-doing would go on to portray faces, the Ox Baker persona never experienced a Heel-Face Turn, and would spend the rest of his career boasting about how any match against him just might be somebody's last.
Jake "The Snake" Roberts helped create the archetype of the sadistic Evil Genius heel during his infamous feud with Randy "Macho Man" Savage in 1991. Crashing Savage's wedding, he gave Savage a gift box that turned out to contain a cobra. He subsequently goaded Savage into a premature match and then loosed a king cobra on him; in another match, he attacked Savage's wifenote Randy Poffo and Elizabeth Hulette had been married since December 1984 in Real Life. They got "married" in the storyline at SummerSlam 91. and forced her to humiliate herself for his entertainment before he would leave Savage alone. This was not the first time Roberts had behaved in this manner; he had previously offered to help the Ultimate Warrior in a feud with The Undertaker, only to not only turn on him, but also have yet another poisonous snake attack himnote The python had no venom; the cobra was devenomized.. With a character that was built on Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, and a penchant for tricks that could easily have turned lethal, Jake The Snake set a standard that few heels, however cruel, have ever matched, and prompted the Undertaker, at the height of his villainy, to decide that Jake was too bad even for his standards.
Mad Padraic, the titular character from The Lieutenant of Inishmore. He starts off with cutting the nipples off a man who "sells drugs to children" (he deals marijuana to university students), because he wouldn't stick to selling to Protestants. When the cat he left with his father dies completely without warning, only external circumstances stop him from blowing his father's head off. He states a preference for blowing up chip shops over Army barracks because Army barracks are guarded. Then he gets worse.
The worst in Global Guardians PBEM Universe by far is The Blood Red King (the Anthropomorphic Personification of Terror), who, on a lark, once invaded the maternity ward of a Belgian hospital and suffocated all the babies whose name began with an "odd-numbered" letter (A = 1, C = 3, and so on). He once forced a crusading televangelist to rape, strangle, and dismember his own teenage daughter during a live television broadcast because he didn't like the man's hair.
Atop the Fourth Wallsurprisingly has Mechakara, a robot from an alternate dimension where Linkara's Robot Buddy Pollo turned evil, killed him, and robots overthrew humanity. His plans solely revolve around sending our protagonist into a mental breakdown; and, when that fails, he captures him and plans to kill him slowly, simply because his death went too fast the first time around. While that would normally make him just another killer robot, what shoots him over the top is how, after getting the magic MacGuffin that he came for, he decides instead to destroy all organic life in the multiverse. He's a cold heartless monster and the fact that he's returned is a signal he'll only get worse from here. It gets particularly bad in the Silent Hill Dead/Alive videos, where Mechakara slowly Mind Rapes Linkara into thinking he's the (actually long dead) man who tortured his daughter to create Linkara's Magic Gun.
Malachite from Suburban Knights wanted to destroy all of the world's current technology and killed anyone who disagrees with him and/or gets in his way. He cannot even pass off as a Well-Intentioned Extremist, as towards the end of the series, he picked up his cell phone, and it had been demonstrated that he didn't think that science is bad, but that he only hated it because he was defeated by its champion, so he swore a violent revenge as a result.
Deathlist, a psychopathic, Nigh Invulnerable cyborg who gets off on widespread carnage and considers the world to owe him a debt of pain. The most horrific thing he's done so far was to kidnap a mutant superheroine, jam a power-neutralizing device into her skull, then hack off her arms and legs and give her to his troops as a sex toy. Then, when she died after more than a month of torture and rape, he impaled her corpse on a pole with a thank-you message to one of her former teammates carved into her chest. Not even his Freudian Excuse (namely, that his parents tried to kill him by crushing him in a garbage compactor) nets him any sympathy after that.
Hekate, a wizardess supervillain-in-training, whose rap sheet includes using a spell to enslave two of her classmates for a year, during which they were repeatedly raped and otherwise abused while being completely aware of what was happening but powerless to stop it, as well as the fact that the athamé she used in the spell was empowered by the ritual sacrifice of two young children. Not only that, but during a magical battle with Fey (after trying and failing to ensnare her in the same enslavement spell mentioned earlier), she summons a trio of iron elementals using the promise of dozens of future sacrifices. To top all that off, she used her athamé to stab Jade in the heart beforehand, just to torment Fey.