"As the hordes of Cluny the Scourge have moved southwards over the past six years, I have gathered intelligence of other incidents: a farmhouse set alight, later that same year... piglets, an entire litter of them eaten alive by rats... sickness and disease spread through livestock herds by Cluny's army."Over the course of its twenty-two books, Redwall has had several of these.
—Brother Methuselah about Cluny the Scourge, the first book
- Redwall: Cluny the Scourge is the series's original CM and the template for all that follow. A feared warlord, Cluny hopes to conquer all of Mossflower, and turn Redwall Abbey into his new base of operations. Ruthless and despicable, he treats his soldiers as the expendable vermin they are, conscripting otherwise peaceful rats, ferrets, stoats, and weasels into his horde, and punishing dissent with death. He shows absolutely no remorse at the deaths of his lieutenants Skullface, Shadow, Redtooth, Cheesethief, and Darkclaw, promotes dissension within the ranks, and is happy to sacrifice all of them to his ego. He takes a doormouse family hostage in order to gain access to the Abbey, fatally wounds Abbot Mortimer after taking the residents captive, and then orders the massacre of everyone living at Redwall before being stopped by Matthias. Regarded as a satanic figure by the superstitious, and a madbeast by everyone else, he set the standards for evil in the Redwall 'verse.
- Mossflower: Queen Tsarmina Greeneyes begins by murdering her father and framing her good-at-heart brother for it, sentencing him to life imprisonment in the dungeons of her Castle Kotir. Tsarmina then becomes a ruthless tyrant, exacting her power over her rebel "subjects", the woodlanders, by sending a giant, mindless, and bloodcrazed rat-monster-thing to attack the woodlanders and slaughter them. Like Cluny and many other villains after her, she treats her mooks horribly, forcing her lame advisor to hobble ahead of marching troops in the hot sun after one of his plans doesn't work out. She extracts so much taxation from her kingdom that she impoverishes it, doesn't give her starving soldiers a second thought, and when provided with a means for escape from an attack by the woodlanders by her one genuinely loyal general, she leaves him to die because it will make her own getaway easier.
- Mattimeo gives us Slagar the Cruel, who most definitely Would Hurt a Child. Formerly a wannabe thief and accidental murderer named Chickenhoud, Slagar reinvented himself as a kidnapper, slaver, and mass murderer. Capturing the children of the Abbeydwellers, and several others, Slagar plans to sell them into slavery in the nightmarish Kingdom of Malkariss, where they will be worked to death by a tyrant. Along the way, Slagar proves himself the worst boss in the series when he runs Hairbelly through for complaining, hurls Wedgeback off a cliff for letting some slaves escape, wrongly executes Vitch (who he had previously tried to sell into slavery) for talking to Matthias, and in his most impressive act of treachery, convinces his entire gang to slaughter one another, so that he can keep the profits for himself. Completely untrustworthy, and intent on one day betraying Malkariss as well, Slagar is as underhanded and manipulative as Redwall's villains get.
- Outcast of Redwall: Swartt Sixclaw, aka The Pitiless One, began his career in monsterdom as a particularly vicious teenager. Capturing the young badger who would become Sunflash the Mace, Swartt proceeded to beat and torment him for several seasons. When Sunflash broke free and maimed Swartt's trademark sixclawed paw, Swartt vowed to have his revenge upon him. Poisoning Bowfleg, Warlord of the Eastern Flats, Swartt assumed control of his horde, and went on a seasons long rampage across the countryside, searching for Sunflash; when he encountered a band of foxes led by a vixen named Shang Damsontongue, he poisoned her as well, and assimilated her band into his own. Those who defy him die horrible deaths—he forced one rat to forcefeed a crow to his captain, choking him to death, than had the rat executed for murdering an officer; the fox, Balefur, who challenged Swartt's authority was left to die in an adders' den alongside two of his closest friends. Even the death of the vixen, Nightshade, his closest advisor and long-time companion fails to get any reaction out of Swartt. And that's without getting into his treatment of his family. Swartt essentially ignores the death of his wife, Bluefen, and abandons his son Veil by the side of the road when the going gets tough. During the finale he and Veil are reunited, and Swartt proceeds to belittle and mock his son, before killing him while trying to murder one of his friends. Sadistic, treacherous, and driven solely by the need to assuage his wounded pride, Swartt is about as selfish as even a ferret can get.
- The Legend of Luke: In the beginning of Luke's tale, Vilu Daskar and his crew slaughter Luke's tribe "for fun", Vilu personally cutting down his wife, Sayna. When he spies Luke and his crew following him on a ship, rather than ram the Goreleech into his enemy's much smaller vessel like Akkla suggests, he says he'll wait until the mice work and sweat to fix the ship anew...then he'll swoop in and sink it, taking the survivors as slaves. When he gets new slaves on his ship, Vilu finds the sickest and weakest by making them pull the log; those who can't are "given" their freedom and forced to walk the plank. (As one slave - whose father couldn't haul the log - says, "If'n the big fishes don't get 'em, the sea does.") His crew is treated little better: when some pirates are found guilty of theft, Vilu has them savagely beaten and hung from sunrise to sunset with sea water poured into their wounds. And it turns out he had been even worse than we knew. One of the pirates recalled a past incident when Vilu dealt with four hedgehogs who hid some sacks of grain. Vilu promised to set them free if they reveal where their harvest is hidden, and when they did so, he had the four creatures sewed up in those same sacks, along with heavy rocks, then tossed overboard, saying, "You leave my ship alive, free to go where you will!" The fact he does all of this with a general casualness and utter disregard for life, despite his Victorian manner and eloquence, puts him at the top of the bottom. All you need to know about Vilu can be summed up in one line: "I do my best to be the worst."
- Lord Brocktree: Tsarmina's uncle, the truly vile Ungatt Trunn, believes the path of conquest is his destiny and wholeheartedly embraces it with no regard for friend, foe or family alike, abandoning his homeland because inheriting the throne from his ailing father would wound his considerable ego. Trunn is notable for his so far unique supremacist philosophy as well. His Blue Hordes are considered the 'master race' and members of the "lesser orders" are to be enslaved or wiped out. He conquers Salamandastron, resulting in the deaths of many heroes, including its old badger lord, and brutally treats the survivors as slaves. His own men are terrified of him, and his personal seer only works for him because Trunn slaughtered his family long ago, something Trunn mocks him over again and again. One of the worst things Trunn does is his decision when supplies run low in the conquered mountain. He simply proposes eating the hostages they have. It's worth noting that despite his claims of superiority in everything, Trunn is wholly without honor. After being challenged to a one on one duel by Lord Brocktree, Trunn accepts, then instructs his men to murder the Badger Lord if Trunn loses the advantage.
- Rakkety Tam: Gulo the Savage is a wolverine warlord who murders his father and then becomes obsessed with killing his brother so that he can get the MacGuffin. Following his brother across the sea to Mossflower, he wreaks havoc in the land, butchering anyone he comes across. And eating them, as both he and his entire horde are cannibals. His list of victims include several hares that were on their way to deliver a gift to Redwall Abbey, a tribe of river rats, and more than twenty squirrels who were doing a parade. And as a present for their friends and family, he leaves their mangled heads behind. Some of these victims were eaten alive, too. Gulo is a completely insane and sadistic brute who lives to kill and enjoys every bit of it.