One of the main themes of The Witcher
series is that humans can be the biggest monsters
. Only few of them reach the highest level
- Azar Javed, the leader of Salamandra, leads the despicable organization that uses rape, murder, torture and treason to further their agenda, even kidnap children to experiment on them, mutating them and sometimes even just discarding them if they die during experiments (such as Raymond's son). He also murders Raymond and takes his place in order to get to Geralt, tricks Shani into giving the prisoner a poisoned drug and turns the mortally wounded White Rayla into a freakish mutant and sics her on Geralt.
- The Reverend, the spiritual leader of Vizima's Outskirts seems to be a fair, if slightly rude priest at first glance, but is actually a Knight Templar psychopath. He has his own pregnant daughter thrown out of the village for refusing to follow the psycho-cult religion he does, forcing her to become a prostitute just to get by, and tricks his own people into believing that the innocent, kindly mage Abigail is responsible for the recent rise in monster attacks, forming them into a howling lynch mob. He does this merely out of petty spite and prejudice. If Geralt (rightfully) prevents the lynching, even after saving the village from the monsters, the Reverend will try to have him killed, again purely out of petty spite. He doesn't fight Geralt himself first, but manipulates dozens of innocent villagers to attack, willing to sacrifice the lives of his own village just because Geralt hasn't let him murder an innocent woman.
- The Witcher 2 continues the trend of corrupt village hicks being utter bastards with Bernard Loredo, who can be best described as a greedy and selfish bastard with zero sense of empathy. The description is spot-on, given that the guy imprisoned, beat and raped an elven woman, who was so broken by these tortures that she killed herself as soon as she gave birth. It also turns out that he was willing to sell Flotsam, the town he was dictating over, to the kingdom of Kaedwen, an act which would render him a traitor to the country.