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But, now, you need to know who Saki, The Shredder, really is. He serves no great purpose, he fights no great evil. He is great evil. Any endeavor he undertakes, he does for his own selfish gain.

Cartoons have always been home to supervillains whose whole lives seemed to be dedicated to committing evil acts, without any redeeming qualities to speak of other than humor. And then there are some who took it even further. Much further.

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Other examples:

Animated Series
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: The Big Bad is The Queen of the Crown, an evil sorceress who starts off by ambushing Kirwin, and putting a heavy bounty on humans for every two-bit thug in the galaxy. We find out that she's mashing the humans down for Life Energy to power constructs through which she can see, hear, and administer her Empire. It's not only an exceedingly painful process, but the poor bastard is fully awake and aware of what's happened. We also see that she slaughtered millions on the planet of Tortuna, leaving a few, domed cities behind in a lot of wasteland. She also was hunting humans because the last race she used to power Slaverlords has been hunted to near-extinction and she needed replacements. If that wasn't bad enough, she enslaves an entire planet, making the inhabitants work in concentration camp conditions to build a massive hyperspace cannon she uses to blow a chunk out of Earth's moon, threatening to do worse to Earth unless they gave her 5000 humans in tribute. On a personal level, she uses the only psychocrystal she's made from a human (Zach's wife) to commit Mind Rape nightly on both of them.
  • Alfred J. Kwak: The Evil Spirit Of Darkness from the two-parter "The Strange Bottle" and "Flying Carpet" is an evil genie who terrorized the land long ago for fun, causing droughts, floods, storms, plagues, and fires, destroying cities and killing many people. After The Almighty One sealed the spirit inside a bottle, the spirit vowed that when it was freed, it would kill whoever freed it to spite the god who punished it previously, before returning to its homeland to terrorize the people once more. When Dolf and Alfred free the spirit, it tries to eat Alfred despite the fact that he is a child.
  • Animalia: The Creeper; before he arrived, all characters in the show had at least once displayed a softer side, and the worst you could get was greedy yet harmless tiger who besides having some jerk moments wasn't evil. The Creeper, on the other hand, has no redeeming qualities, and is actually willingly to damage the Code and Animalia for his personal ambitions. His schemes included trying to start a war on Animalia, kidnap a child, and trick the protagonist and Livingstone in falling to their death when Livingstone offered to forgive him for his fault. He steals precious possessions from everybody just because he enjoys doing so. As if it wasn't enough, he is also an Omnicidal Maniac wannabe...
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Fire Lord Ozai is a genocidal, child-abusing fascist dictator who has dedicated weeks at a time and large portions of his national army to hunting down and killing a twelve-year-old and his friends. He forced Ursa into marrying him, and tried to kill her old lover out of spite. He obtained the throne when he manipulated Ursa into murdering his father to usurp the throne from his grieving older brother Iroh. He then thanked her with banishment from the Fire Nation and threatened to hunt them down and kill the children if she took them with her. He abused his son Zuko out of spite when Ursa claimed that Zuko was not his son even though he knew it was a lie, burned his face for speaking out of turn, and tried to shot him with lightning when he decides to join Aang. He manipulated his loyal daughter Azula into becoming his perfect little villain to the point where she snaps from the pressure, only to later discard her to a completely meaningless position. Finally, his reaction to news of rebellions in the Earth Kingdom is to try to incinerate the continent. Even after his downfall he stills tries to manipulate his son Zuko into being a tyrant like himself. He doesn't regret any of those moments and feels no remorse for the consequences.
  • Cadillacs and Dinosaurs: In this Animated Adaptation of Xenozoic Tales, Hammer Terhune, who works for Governor Scharnhorst, one of the leaders of the City in the Sea (New York City, After the End), tries to discredit Jack Tenrec's philosophy of promoting a balance between humans and nature. To do this, Hammer uses a sonic transmitter to torment a T-Rex and have it attack nearby settlements. Hammer also tries to discredit Tenrec by trying to cause a bunch of Triceratops to stampede and kill people in a mining town. Unhappy with taking orders from Scharnhorst, Hammer hijacks a killer satellite and plans to use it to destroy the City in the Sea, so that he can take over. Later Hammer discovers a boy who can control dinosaurs and wants to use him in his poaching business. To test the boy's skills, Hammer throws him a pit with a hungry raptor and sees if he can control it. In his final appearance, Hammer uses some stolen dynamite to try to flush out some dinosaurs, but this causes a wildfire instead. The wildfire is heading towards some gas wells Scharnhorst recently constructed and if the fire reaches the wells, it will cause an explosion that will devastate the jungle, resulting in mass starvation for the City in the Sea. Scharnhorst orders Hammer to work with Tenrec to fix this problem, by helping Tenrec use nitroglycerin to create a barrier between the fire and the wells. However, Hammer intents to kill Tenrec instead and steal the nitroglycerin for himself, not caring that his actions have endangered millions of lives.
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Verminous Skumm is a disgusting rat-thing whose actions are almost always portrayed in a much worse light than those of the other eco-villains. "Mind Pollution" had him peddling mind-affecting drugs to teenagers (one of whom was Linka's cousin, who died as an indirect consequence of his intoxication) just for the joy of ruining their lives and those of their friends and families. "A Formula for Hate" had him harassing a kid who's HIV positive and spread lies about AIDS just because the kid's an easy target. Another episode has him trying to force toxic food down the captured Planeteers' mouths to kill them in a needlessly and horrifically painful way. "If It's Doomsday, This Must Be Belfast" has him planting a Nuclear Bomb in Jerusalem's Temple Mount, baiting an Israeli or a Palestinian to set it off (as well as bringing nukes into The Troubles and apartheid South Africa). Overall, while the other villains are obsessed with environmental destruction for their own benefits, Skumm is a sadist who delights in hurting others for laughs.
  • Class of the Titans: The Titan Cronus, when released from his prison in Tartarus (where he was imprisoned for being an evil tyrant and for trying to kill his kids), wastes no time in seeking to resume his dominance over the world and all in it. With nothing but hatred for his children and the other Gods, Cronus is utterly brutal and merciless in his tactics, which include torturing and trying to kill his own children while throwing the world into chaos and disarray. Cronus eventually gets tired of the human heroes resisting him and makes it a point to attempt to exterminate the entire human race in retribution. At other points, Cronus releases the savage werewolf Lycaon from imprisonment to eat "whomever he may please" and tries to get his mother Gaea to kill Zeus for him. Sophisticated, suave, seemingly polite and never at loss for a vicious plan, Cronus repeatedly proved how nothing would stand in his goals of domination and destruction.
  • Danny Phantom: The Made-for-TV Movie The Ultimate Enemy has the Bad Future version of Danny Phantom, otherwise known as Dark Danny or Dan Phantom, who was born of a fusion between the ghost halves of Danny and his nemesis, Vlad Masters. The first thing Dark Danny does upon his conception is brutally murder his human half, before embarking on a campaign of random destruction for his own amusement. In the future, Dark Danny has conquered the world and turned it into an apocalyptic wasteland in the process. Realizing that other parties have been meddling in the time stream, Dark Danny decides to personally ensure his rebirth by making sure the catalyst that caused his transformation happens. Since he was created following the deaths of everyone he loved, Dark Danny attempts to murder his parents, his sister, and his two best friends. Dark Danny stood out as being one of the darkest and most chilling villains in the series, even turning series Big Bad Vlad Masters into The Atoner for his role in Dark Danny's creation.
  • Delta State: Of all the Rifters that appeared in this series, Sven Ragnar is easily the worst. Sven is a super Rifter, in charge of the Rifter invasion of the human world, and is opposed by Broody and his proteges: Martin, Phillip, Claire and Luna. In his first appearance, Sven kills one his Rifter minions for lounging around in a hotel room instead of performing her appointed tasks. Later he kills a psychic that could detect Rifters, fearing she is a threat to his invasion plans. In another scheme, Sven uses his shapeshifting powers to impersonate a hospital administrator, who is pushing a new microchip that would be implanted in the human brain, claiming it had medical benefits, but which in reality this chip simply allows Rifters to take over human minds more quickly. 20% of the patients who received this chip would have been taken over by Rifters, while the rest would die. Sven also kills Martin's father to prevent Martin from discovering his past. Sven decides to torment Phillip, mocking him over the fact that his mother abandoned him. Sven's sister Marie falls in love with Phillip and saves him from Sven's wrath, so Sven kills her. Broody eventually revels that he himself is a Rifter and has been training his students to fight Rifters so they can be powerful enough to kill him, before his Rifter energy overwhelms him and causes him to explode. Sven does everything in his power to stop Broody's students from preventing this disaster.
  • Exosquad:
    • General Draconis. From his death camps on Venus, starving the populace, to being personally responsible for Nara's parents deaths. Genocide, betrayal, nothing is too much for him. He even betrayed Phaeton when he was relatively sane, and was about to kill Thrax, an honorable Neosapien Warrior who wouldn't kill civilians.note  Draconis is so bad that even Phaeton, who is based on Hitler, doesn't seem as bad at first. Phaeton eventually surpasses Draconis' evil after going insane from Automutation Syndrome.
    • Phaeton, the ruler of Neo-Sapien empire, uses words like "equality" and pretends to care about the well being and future of the Neo-Sapiens, but his actions prove this is nothing more than manipulative rhetoric. Before the series start, Phaeton sold out the Neo-Sapien rebellion to save his own skin, and rises to power by initiating genocide on humanity, establishing death camps and killing any who resist-and those who don't. His tactics include forcible starvation, forced labor or just nasty executions. Not even his men are exempt. Phaeton is very keen on executing them for minor failures and cloning them. Phaeton's ego and hypocrisy are manifest in how he sends so many of his loyal men to their own deaths on suicidal missions and at the end, even his most loyal aide Livia deserts him for his plans that would have wiped out his own race to secure his own victory. If Phaeton ever held noble ideals, they're gone by the time he enacts his plan at the start of the series and he grows increasingly evil and degrades physically and mentally. He is nothing more than a murderous, power hungry coward by the end and one who would see the galaxy burn for the sake of his own power and advancement.
    • Dr. Albrecht Ketzer turned a village of natives in the Amazon and himself into half-plant monstrosities, turned Medusa into a half-plant/half-Neo-Sapien freak, and injected Nara Burns with the same serum. He viewed her only as an experiment, and wanted to kill all the humans AND Neo-Sapiens in the nearby city.
  • Ghostbusters:
    • The Real Ghostbusters: The Grundel is an evil spirit who enjoys corrupting children. He has minor Compelling Voice powers: If a child has history of bad actions and is getting into trouble all the time, the Grundel can often convince the child to invite him in, after which the Grundel will convince the child to commit more bad actions. The more bad actions the child commits, the more the child falls under the Grundel's influence, eventually turning into a Grundel themself and looking for more kids to corrupt. In season 3's "The Grundel," he convinced a child named Alec to tamper with the Ghostbusters' proton packs during a school assembly, endangering all the other children present. The Grundel also manages to convince Alec to bring his brother Lee to him so he can corrupt Lee as well, despite Alec's initial protests. When Peter Venkman tries to save Alec and Lee, who are hanging off a ledge at a dangerous abandoned warehouse that the Grundel had lured them to, the Grundel tries to prevent this, stating "If I can't have them, neither can you!"
    • Extreme Ghostbusters:
      • The ectoplasmic being known only as "Piper," from "The Pied Piper of Manhattan," initially seems a savior to New York City when introduced, as his pipe has the ability to repel ghosts even the Ghostbusters are powerless against. Piper soon reveals his true colors, however: he is the one responsible for the sudden plague of ghosts, and when the Mayor attempts to pay him according to contract, Piper reveals he wants more. After his requests for a statue of himself down 5th Avenue and an office in city hall are denied, Piper uses his flute to hypnotize the children of the city and tries to force them to drown themselves, gloating the mayor will "rue the day he refused to pay the Piper." When the Ghostbusters intervene, Piper has no compunction using the kids as human shields in the ensuing fight.
      • The Grundel from The Real Ghostbusters returns in "Grundelesque," 10 years after he was captured by the original Ghostbusters. It is revealed that he has a connection to one of the new Ghostbusters, Kylie. The Grundel tried to corrupt Kylie as a child, but she was too strong willed, so he corrupted her friend Jack instead. Deciding that Kylie's influence will mean that Jack will not be a keeper, the Grundel places Jack in a cocoon for 10 years, so that he will become another Grundel, thus managing to steal ten years of Jack's life. When Kylie confronts the original Grundel about this new Grundel, the Grundel taunts Kylie about their past history and the fate of her former childhood friend. The Grundel later escapes from the containment unit and tries to corrupt Roland's brother Casey. When Kylie manages to confront the Grundel, Kylie says she is not afraid of him, because his powers only work on children. The Grundel knows this, but thinks it would be fun to murder Kylie anyway.
  • The Legend of Korra: Unalaq is Korra's Evil Uncle, the leader of the Northern Water Tribe, and one of the primary villains of Book 2. Years ago, Unalaq, jealous of his older brother, Tonraq, had him exiled from his home tribe after framing him as responsible for the destruction the Dark Spirits inflicted on their tribe. Later trying to have Avatar Korra, a child at the time, kidnapped, Unalaq abandoned his partners to their fates when the plan failed. When the Dark Spirits return, Unalaq takes control of the Southern Water Tribe from Tonraq and has anyone who may oppose him disposed of, triggering a war between the water tribes. Later attempting to open a spirit portal, Unalaq tries to leave his son to die when he is injured, and, realizing only the Avatar can open the portals, threatens to destroy the soul of Jinora, a little girl, to force Korra to assist him, then tries to condemn Jinora to the Fog of Lost Souls and to murder Korra even after she opened the portal. Revealing his true colors, Unalaq assaults the Southern Water Tribe; beats down Tonraq, sparing his life solely so he can see Unalaq win; then frees Vaatu, the spirit of darkness and chaos, with whom he has been partnered with the entire season, fuses with him into a Dark Avatar, and tears the spirit of light and order, Raava, out of Korra and attempts to obliterate her. Unalaq then attacks Republic City and announces his plans to rule over humanity after destroying all world order. A sociopath with a god complex, Unalaq stands out as the most monstrous villain in this sequel series to Avatar.
  • The Legend of Prince Valiant:
    • Baron Frederick von Holsing from season 2's "The Walls of Tyranny" manages to outdo even recurring villains with his greed and lack of regard for human life. Von Holsing is a noble in the kingdom of Kengary, which has been at war with a neighboring nation for as long as anyone can remember. When King Ian, Frederick's uncle, makes inroads to initiate a lasting peace, Frederick murders him to frame their enemies and keep the war going. It is revealed that Frederick intends to prolong the war indefinitely so he can take men, women and children as slaves to work to death in his private mines for his personal profit. When Valiant uncovers the plot, Frederick attempts to murder his friends, send Valiant to his mines and kidnap Valiant's female comrade Rowanne with the threat of making her his. Vain, selfish and greedy, Frederick von Holsing stands as the worst representative of nobility in all the series.
    • Sage Advisor Selena from season 2's "The Sage" and "The Rings of Truth" is the Treacherous Advisor to King Michael of the North. She engineers a civil war, which causes the deaths of several hundred people, to arrange a better puppet figurehead to become king. She also conspires to murder an infant, frames Rowanne for a crime which makes her leave Camelot in disgrace, and turns an invention of peace into a war weapon in an attempt to frame Merlin for a crime. Vain, with no loyalties to anyone but herself, Selena surpassed the Mordred in terms of monstrosity.
  • Max Steel 2013:
    • Miles Dredd is Max Steel's Arch-Enemy, and one of the most monstrous villains in the series. Having assisted scientist Jim McGrath in harnessing the power of TURBO Energy, Dredd betrayed and seemingly murdered his partner, though at a price: Dredd now craved TURBO Energy as a power source for himself. Creating the corporation THI, which specialized in black market arms dealings and chemical weapons, Dredd began relentlessly pursuing any form of TURBO he could find, and, when he learns Max Steel produces an unlimited supply of it, Dredd becomes obsessed with the boy, regularly trying to painfully drain him of his life energy. Believing Max to be a high school student, Dredd has an occupied high school set aflame to test his theory, and, when Max confronts him later, Dredd targets a school bus full of young teens during the battle. Dredd tries numerous methods throughout the series to destroy the highly-populated city of Copper Canyon, from draining the life force of the citizens, to launching a nuke at the city. Revealed to have made a deal with Makino to assist him in annihilating the human race, Dredd plans to betray his master, take over his armada, and conquer everything in his path once the Earth is destroyed.
    • The aforementioned Makino is the most powerful and deadliest villain Max Steel has ever faced and The Man Behind the Man to Dredd. Creating the Ultra-Link species, Makino began absorbing entire worlds into himself, destroying the planets and all their inhabitants in the process. Makino uses Jim McGrath as a living battery to power his super weapon, the Alpha-Link. Having made a deal with Dredd, which involves Dredd assisting him in destroying the Earth, Makino immediately betrays his partner at his earliest convenience and tries to murder him. Capturing Steel, a former Ultra-Link, Makino tortures Steel to learn why he rebelled against him. While fighting Max Steel, Makino takes sick pleasure in beating him down and taunting him about the Earth's imminent destruction, and, when his plans are foiled, Makino makes one last attempt to murder Max and his long-lost father.
  • Mighty Max had some surprisingly dark storylines for a kids' series and some terrifying villains:
    • Skullmaster was always a terrifying villain whenever he appeared. Skullmaster overthrew his previous master and took control of his subterranean kingdom from where he plots world domination. Skullmaster is a sadist, reveling in physical and psychological torture, and engages in both short term brutality and long term gambits. One of his most vile acts was vowing to save an ancient civilization from sinking beneath the sea, lying about it and trapping their souls as his slaves before in present day, sending them after Max's head "attached to the body or not." Responsible for the deaths of multiple heroes throughout the story, Skullmaster even attempted to blackmail Max for his mentor and friend Virgil's life by surrendering his magical cap. When Max turned it over, Skullmaster brutally killed Virgil anyways.
    • Spike from season 1's "Norman's Conquest" was a psychotic Blood Knight who definitely Would Hurt a Child. Ten Thousand years in the past, Spike led a pack of barbarians to attack a peaceful village when the heroic Norman was just a boy. Refusing offers of peace, Spike brutally attacked and killed Norman's unarmed father before attempting to kill Norman himself. Things went wrong and Spike was buried under the snow for the next 10,000 years, but not before gleefully saying he'd find the boy, kill him and eat his heart. In the present, Spike is no less savage and continues his battle with the now adult Norman until he is defeated. Spike is so evil that Norman feels fine killing him after Spike has already been defeated, and nobody bothers to complain.
    • Professor MacDougal from season 1's "Werewolves of Dunngeglen," the first fully human villain to qualify, discovered the existence of werewolves, along with the fact they were peaceful guardians of Scotland. She captured the pack and hooked them up in a rather unpleasant situation where their blood was painfully extracted into a formula for her. After drinking it, MacDougal would achieve the ability to transform herself and used it solely to kill innocent people, becoming the scourge of the highlands. When Max, a ten year old, stumbled upon her lair, Macdougal locks him inside and takes her formula so she can kill him, gleefully referring to him as "Breakfast."
  • Ōban Star-Racers: Canaletto is a scheming, self-concerned ex-god who orchestrates the ruinous events in Eva's life to assure his own return to godhood. Formerly the Avatar, Canaletto embarked on an omnicidal, planet-destroying crusade to wipe out all life in the galaxy and restart it according to his flawless designs, before being sealed away by the next Avatar Satis. Canaletto patiently and seamlessly manipulates events in his favor for the next 10,000 years, using Eva as his pawn by causing the accident that killed Eva's mother and fractured the relationship between her and her father, ruining Rick's racing career and murdering his own servant after Rick learns of it, and personally killing Sul to place Eva as the lead of the Oban Cycle. Once he eventually frees himself, Canaletto reduces Oban to a life-deprived desert, before trying to claim the powers of the Avatar. Though Canaletto claims himself as "the Lord of Purity," his definitions of "pure" are twisted, a fact which Satis calls Canaletto out on before Canaletto tortures him to death in fury before moving on to restart his omnicidal agenda. A callous, selfish, and arrogant demon of a deity, Canaletto remorselessly ruins the lives of everyone he manipulates to further his own ascension and spares no pity to the many who ultimately die at his hands.
  • The Pirates of Dark Water: The Dark Dweller is the being behind the titular "Dark Water," a menacing oily substance that devours whatever it touches and is spreading all throughout the world. By proxy, the Dweller is responsible for countless deaths of places that the Dark Water has devoured. The Dark Dweller is focused on domination and destruction who plans to unleash its Dark Water throughout the world, focused only on consuming and controlling what it can.
  • Reboot: Megabyte, an order-obsessed virus, becomes one after season 2. While in previous seasons Megabyte had a personal code of honor and was affable enough to give Enzo a birthday present, after a forced Fusion Dance, he loses those qualities, as shown when he uses an Eldritch Abomination's invasion as a way to trap Bob in an Eldritch Location. With Bob out of the way, Megabyte turns his attention on capturing Mainframe, with the end goal of infecting the Supercomputer and the entire Net. To that end, he lets his sister Hexadecimal get crushed with the side of a game cube, then has her rebuilt with a shock collar so she is forced to power his death ray. He makes it incredibly difficult for Enzo to continue beating game cubes, dooming thousands of binomes to A Fate Worse Than Death and causing untold destruction for the sake of driving the kid into a Heroic BSOD. When he gets into the Central Office, he decapitates Phong and tortures his severed head not only for information, but for his own sadistic amusement. His minions, Hack and Slash, are terrified of him, and he often breaks Herr Doctor's fingers as punishment. Even after being defeated, he's caused so much damage Mainframe can't recover and the heroes are forced to deliberately cause a crash for a chance at rebirth. Later, he returns to Mainframe and impersonates Bob, turning everyone against Glitch-Bob before proposing to Dot and almost marrying her for no reason other than to amuse himself. He is willing to hurt anyone and everyone for his own petty amusement.
  • Silverwing: In this Animated Adaptation of the book series, Goth is a giant cannibal bat from South America. Captured by humans, he sent to lab in a North American city for study. After escaping the lab, he begins to kill owls and birds, which General Brutus blames on the Silverwing bats, causing him to persecute them. Goth kills an Owl trying to kill Shade, a Silverwing bat. Goth pretends to be Shade's friend, saying he will protect Shade's colony, but he really plans on eating them all instead. Shade discovers Goth's true nature, when Shade discovers the corpse of a Brightwing bat Goth had eaten. Later Goth and his brother in law Throbb eat a coven of bats and took the metal bands they were wearing as trophies. When Shade and Goth are trapped in a mine, Shade suggests they work together to escape, but makes Goth promise to allow him and his friends to live, a promise Goth instantly reneges on when he is out of danger. Near the end of the series, Goth teams up with the Wolves to take over the forest and goes on a killing spree against the Owls to fulfill his part of this deal.
  • Skeleton Warriors: The suitably-named Baron Dark was an ambitious nobleman who hungered to steal the Lightstar Crystal powering the lands of Luminaire. Dark arranged for the king's shuttle to crash in hostile territory, and manipulated his younger son Joshua into going for the Lightstar Crystal himself before attempting to steal it. Its energies made the Baron's evil manifest fully as he became the first Skeleton Warrior, an immortal living dead creature who transformed all his forces into the same. The Baron attacked Luminaire's civilians and upon discovering he could only turn evil people into Skeletons, Dark furiously ordered the rest of the population murdered, only relenting when one of his men reminded him they'd need slaves. Dark would force a population's compliance by starving them and withholding medicine to force them to do his bidding, attempted to wipe out the ape-like Semigons to steal their refinery, and once he gained the Lightstar Crystal himself, Dark attempted to remake the world into a hellish landscape where only his chosen Skeleton Warriors would survive.
  • Sonic SatAM: Dr. Julian Robotnik is the absolute ruler of a roboticized Mobius, and is a far more chilling incarnation than the normally-bumbling character of Robotnik. A ruthless, ambitious backstabber with a series of treacherous moves to his count in the name of self-interest, Robotnik's first betrayal was his sealing of the wizard Naugus in the Void. Later becoming known to the King of Mobius, Robotnik became instrumental in the King's own military victories before deciding to take over Mobius himself. Staging a coup d'état and overthrowing the King from Mobotropolis, Robotnik stole the technologies of the Roboticizer from Charles Hedgehog, and used it to forcefully convert almost all of Mobius into a polluted dystopia. Reducing all of Mobius's inhabitants to his robotic slaveswhich they morally object to and fight against—Robotnik made fierce enemies with Charles's son Sonic and the rest of the Freedom Fighters. Robotnik would demonstrate his psychopathic nature again and again, attempting to kill, torture, or otherwise roboticize the Freedom Fighters, happily willing to jeopardize the ecosystem in doing so. Robotnik also coldly abuses his own minions, his diminutive, weak-willed nephew Snively among them, and condemns them all to die for the sake of his own life in the finale. An emotion-deficient fear-monger with nary a comedic quirk to his name, Robotnik proved one of the most vicious incarnations of Robotnik seen in the franchise.
  • Spawn: The Animated Series: Jason Wynn stands out in an already very dark show. Wynn is the director of the NSC. He is the one who ordered the death of Al Simmons by having him burned alive. He uses his position to protect child killer Billy Kincaid from the police by killing anyone who discovers Kincaid's brutal crimes. He is covering up Kincaid's crimes in order to extort favors from Kincaid's father, a corrupt senator. When visiting crime boss Tony Twist, Wynn has two prostitutes that were with Tony killed, so no one besides Tony would know he was there. Wynn is also using his position to steal weapons from the US Department of Defense and is selling them to various terrorists and dictators across the globe. When one of Wynn's employees, Terry Fitzgerald, discovers Wynn's crimes, Wynn frames him these crimes, putting Terry's life in a tailspin. Wynn later orders a hit squad to kill Terry's wife Wanda and his daughter Cyan. Wynn also orders Chief Banks to shoot police officer Twitch Williams, when Twitch gets close to uncovering Wynn's crimes. After Terry reveals Wynn's crimes to the world, Wynn becomes a free agent and seeks the mask of Genghis Khan, which will give him the powers of Hell. We learn that Wynn had one his former subordinates, Major Forsberg, thrown into a cell and starved, when he tried to leave Wynn's services. Wynn threatens to kill Forsberg's family unless he tells him where to find the mask. When Terry tries to kill Wynn in revenge, Wynn has him dragged to an opium den and forcible drugged, because Wynn thinks Terry slowly rotting away in this den is more of a fitting punishment then a quick death. Wynn later uses a knife to try and slowly torture Terry, while gloating about how he will sell his wife into forced prostitution.
  • The Story Keepers: While the series itself is fairly religious in nature, and teaches that you should forgive those that had harmed you, it is Nihilus's unwillingness to live up to his mistakes which makes him a monster. He was the centurion to Big Bad Nero, and he was noted as being very ruthless as one. Throughout the series he attempted to purge Rome of the Christians by force. One of his plans involved him building a catapult and sending flaming debris into the tunnels in which they were hiding in. When he realized that one of his fellow centurions was a Christian, he vowed that he would stop at nothing to see him killed for his treachery. Later on, he tried to convince the children that the baker Ben was a liar and he promised to take them to their parents. When they refused his offer, he sets their home on fire with them still inside of it. He then tries to publicly crucify Ben and murders his student when he stopped him from doing so.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
  • ThunderCats (2011): Mumm-Ra once commanded a number of races he kept enslaved using explosive collars that he placed around their necks. In his quest to rule the universe, Mumm-Ra, as we see in flashbacks ordered the destruction of a star system in a highly-inhabited solar system, killing billions in the process, simply so he could use the remains of the star to forge the Sword of Plun-Darr. Defeated and sealed inside a coffin, Mumm-Ra is freed by Grune, and soon attacks Thundera with his army, killing Lion-O's father Claudus and enslaving most of the Thundercats. After taking over Thundera, Mumm-Ra proceeds to torture Jaga for information. In "Between Brothers," Mumm-Ra tries to trick Lion-O and Panthro into killing each other. In the two-part series finale, "What Lies Above," Mumm-Ra threatens to destroy the Thunderkits when they interfere with his plans, and tries to collapse an entire city to kill his enemies.

Animated Films

  • Animal Farm: In this 1954 Animated Adaptation of George Orwell’s 1945 novel, Napoleon was the leader of the pigs and the ruthless dictator of the titular farm. After the animals rebelled against Jones, Napoleon took several puppies under his wing, and made them into his personal attack dogs. When Snowball was planning on developing a windmill for the farm, Napoleon sent the dogs to assassinate him. He promptly took over after the deed was done, declared Snowball a traitor to the farm, and set up several trials for the animals in which he forced them into admitting (read lying) that they were working for Snowball, after which they were publicly executed. He ultimately crossed the line when he sent Boxer, who was most likely the most devoted member of the cause, to the slaughterhouse after he had injured himself working. The animals eventually couldn't differentiate between him and the humans towards the end of the cartoon.
  • Antz: General Mandible is a megalomaniac ant soldier who views worker ants as inferior vermin and soldiers as superior. He manipulates the Queen into rejecting peace negotiations with a hostile colony of Termites and sends all the soldiers loyal to her on a suicide mission to attack the Termites and secure his power. Both sides are destroyed in the fight except for a single ant named Z, which irritates him to no end. He engineers a new dig for the miners so they will hit a water source that will drown every ant in the colony including the Queen, except for his small faction of army loyalists who will be blindly obedient to him. He tortures Z's best friend Weaver to find Princess Bala after Z took her away, threatens to kill Weaver's girlfriend if he doesn't comply, then orders Z killed seconds after he promised not to do so and arranges Weaver's death as well. To start his new ideal colony he plans to force Princess Bala to marry him after he has killed her mother and everyone else.
  • Astro Boy: In this Animated Adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's manga, President Stone, at first seeming to be nothing more than an impulsive and childish leader, is slowly revealed to be far more wicked. Stone commissions Doctors Tenma and Elefun to build him a super robot, known as The Peacekeeper, and plans to use it to wage war with the harmless Surface-Dwellers. Despite the scientists' pleas, Stone uploads a highly dangerous power source into The Peacekeeper, resulting in the death of Tenma's son, an accident Stone barely acknowledges. Learning Tenma rebuilt his son as a robot and used another highly effective power source to give him life, Stone tries to capture or kill the boy to extract the power source, causing copious amounts of destruction to the city in the process. After detaining the child, now known as "Astro," Stone strong-arms Tenma into removing his power core, which would kill the boy. When Tenma refuses, leading to Astro escaping, Stone orders both Tenma and Elefun arrested and plans to have them executed. Stone then reactivates and takes control of The Peacekeeper, starts destroying the city looking for Astro, and prepares to crush several of Astro's friends, all children, trying to draw him out. Doing everything in the hopes that he would be re-elected, Stone was power-hungry, delusional, and sociopathic for an ultimately petty reason.
  • Balto: At first, Steele was your typical run of the mill jerk jock who had it out for the titular character, bullying him. He was extremely egotistical and would always boast about his accomplishments to his peers. Once Balto was placed on his team, however, it is there that he graduated from a standard jerkass to pure evil. He deliberately tried to sabotage his own team by making them lose their way back to the village. This ultimately proved that he didn't care about the possibility that the children might die because of him, and that he only went on with it so that he could spite Balto. Steele later returned to the village and attempted to invoke sympathy from his peers by saying that all his teammates died in a blizzard. It is only after Balto returned successful that the crowd saw Steele as a remorseless monster and ultimately left him. Prideful, cruel, and selfish, Steele ultimately represents all that traits that Balto despises.
  • Barnyard: Dag is the sadistic leader of a pack of coyotes. Unlike the other coyotes who kill for food, he seems to enjoy killing his victim more than eating them. This is shown when he shows a group of chickens his chain which has severed chicken legs on it. When faced with Otis's father Ben, he murders him and then shames Otis by telling him that his father would've survived had he been there for him. He then makes a compromise with Otis that stated that he and his pack of coyotes could get a couple of animals every night, and if Otis didn't comply, Dag and his coyotes would personally slaughter everything in the farm that Otis held dear, including possibly the farmer. This deal was just a trick to keep Otis busy while he and his pack kidnap the hens as well as the chick Maddy. He then tries to spitefully eat the latter just because she called him a "meaner." Murderous and needlessly cruel, Dag is seemingly out of place in an otherwise lighthearted film.
  • The Boxtrolls: Archibald Snatcher is a self-styled Boxtroll exterminator, the primary villain of the plot, and, while initially appearing to be eccentric and goofy, reveals himself as something far more unhinged as the story runs its course. A Social Climber who envies the lifestyles of higher society (the elite "White Hats") Snatcher drives forth a campaign to eliminate every Boxtroll in Cheesebridge to motivate the White Hats into letting him join higher society. Ten years prior to the main plot, Snatcher is shown attempting to extort something out of the father of the-then infant Eggs by threatening the baby's life; when Eggs's father refuses to cooperate with his demands, Snatcher apparently kills him with a wrench (in actuality keeping the man under locks until he was driven to insanity). Snatcher, as the plot continues, obliterates the Boxtrolls' home and gleefully attempts to crush them en masse while forcing Eggs to watch, and shortly after dresses the boy as a Boxtroll and then attempts to burn him alive in his attempt to endear himself to the White Hats. Shown at various times as a self-concerned megalomaniac who would willingly try to kill children to further his goals, Snatcher really stands out in such a lighthearted movie.
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury: Antonia Chillingsworth is the commander of the mercenary vessel the Kublai Khan. She's obsessed with the art of killing and death, collecting dozens of notorious fighters as part of her private collection of living statues. In this state they are almost completely frozen while conscious the whole time and trapped in an inescapable nightmare for what seems like centuries. She callously sacrifices her crew members to see Riddick's skill at killing; her only concern is that they were overpaid. Before adding Riddick to her collection she throws him and his friends in a fighting pit with people-eating monsters for her own amusement. She's horrible enough to disgust even Riddick, otherwise a knife-happy Noble Demon.
  • Delgo: Empress Sedessa is the genocidal monarch of the Ando wastelands, and a vengeful exile of the Nohrin royal family. During her time among the Nohrin, Sedessa conceived a brutal war among the Lockni people after the Nohrin were denied land, ordering massacres of entire villages with orders to "leave no survivors", despite King Zahn's wish to parley with the Lockni, as Sedessa viewed them as savages despite their peaceful nature. After King Zahn strips Sedessa of her royal rank, Sedessa gets revenge by attempting to poison him and the Queen in their sleep, succeeding in murdering the Queen, resulting in her exile and the removal of her wings. Fifteen years later, Sedessa moves to restart the war between the Lockni and the Nohrin, seeking to wipe out the Lockni and seize the Nohrin kingdom herself. Throughout the plot, Sedessa shows gratification in harming whomever she can, taking pleasure in attempting to sever the wings of Zahn's young daughter Kyla and cruelly mocking her about her dead mother. She shows no compunction in disposing of those who have no use to her, like the ruling members of the Ando (whom she kills even in spite of the fact they saved her upon her exile) and attempts to stab Delgo the moment he turns his back after saving her life, having no remorse for her actions during her fifteen years of exile. Even her own loyal commander Raius is implied to be disposable to her, and Sedessa ultimately dies a vain, selfish outcast whose brutal campaign cost countless lives.
  • Fire and Ice: The film’s Big Bad is the evil Nekron, a sorcerer and the ruler of the lands of ice. He begins the film by magically expanding the glaciers of his realm to literally crush those who stand in his way while slaughtering their villages with the glaciers and the spears of his sub-human followers. Seeking to force the King of the only resisting kingdom Jarol to submit, Nekron's mother Julianna kidnaps Jarol's daughter and has her brought to Nekron. Nekron angrily informs Julianna, who had expected Nekron to breed with her, that if his mother brings him any more "little sluts," he'll kill her himself. When Teegra's brother tries to rescue her, Nekron, while sneering "pigs you are, and like pigs you shall die," uses his magic to force the prince to kill his comrades, before the prince commits suicide. When Larn infiltrates his sanctum, Nekron gets utter delight from beating the warrior down himself and even has him taken away to be healed and rested so Nekron can enjoy crushing him again.
  • The Flight Before Christmas: Black Wolf is the alpha of a bloodthirsty pack of wolves who open up the movie attempting to kill and eat the young Niko. Black Wolf, stressing over the lack of food, attacks a completely harmless poodle who strays into his territory; the poodle accidentally gives Black Wolf the idea to kill and eat Santa Claus and his reindeer. Black Wolf then gets the idea to pose as Santa's reindeer in the process so he and his pack could sneak into the houses of humans. The plan was to slaughter every child in the world to curb his hunger. Black Wolf tracks the reindeer down, proclaims himself the new Santa Claus, and prepares to eat the reindeer. Interrupted by Niko, Black Wolf attempts to murder him too out of frustration, going as far to pursue him on top of a flying sleigh miles in the air. Even as he fell to his inevitable Karmic Disney Villain Death, Black Wolf dragged Niko's best friend Julius down with him, stating his joy that at least he wouldn't die hungry; he would have killed Julius if not for Niko saving him.
  • The Flight of Dragons: Bryagh is the dark sorcerer Ommadon's literal dragon, and stands out as the only wholly evil dragon in the setting. Seven years prior to the plot, Sir Orrin Neville-Smythe came across Bryagh devouring an entire nest of dragon eggs, and was only stopped from slaughtering the last one by Orrin confronting him. Orrin grimly injures Bryagh, leaving the dragon to wallow in his own hate for seven years before returning to aid his dark master in his ultimate goal of destroying humanity. Throughout the plot, Bryagh is shown to be a vicious Sadist in the skin of a dragon, described as having blood on his mind and relishing the prospect of having his legions "attack, demolish, devour, burn, and grind" his enemies, happily serving Ommadon so long as he gets his kicks out of killing people. He's initially tasked with capturing Peter alive and bringing him to Ommadon; however, upon being pursued by Gorbash, Bryagh drops Peter to his intended death for little reason other than to spite the heroes. In the climax, Bryagh ambushes the Five-Man Band and proceeds to kill Giles and Aragh, and tops it off by killing the archer Danielle, who was Sir Orrin's love interest. Bryagh only pauses his assault to sadistically laugh about this in Orrin's face while he mourns, before both off themselves in a Mutual Kill.
  • Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron: Erzsebet Ondrushko is an evil countess based on the infamous Elizabeth Bathory. Consumed by her vanity and wishing to stay young and beautiful forever, Ondrushko sold her soul to Hecate, the Greek Goddess of Witches. In exchange for her soul, Hecate transforms Ondrushko into a vampire and gave her the power to rejuvenate her body if she bathes in the blood of young women. Ondrushko is said to have murdered over a thousand people in her quest to remain young. Through a series of flashbacks, we see Ondrushko take over a dress shop (by murdering the shop owner and her infant child) to lure in and kidnap a young girl named Anna. Anna's fiance gathers a rescue party, including a young Professor Broom, to rescue her. They go to Ondrushko's castle, which is filled with torture devices and the bodies of young women and find Anna drained of blood, and so they kill her to prevent her from becoming a vampire as well. Ondrushko kills most of the rescue party, but Bloom manages to kill her. Though her body died, her evil spirit remained. Sixty years later, the BPRD is sent to investigate a supposed haunted mansion, which is in fact haunted by the souls of Ondrushko's many victims. Ondrushko's minions resurrect her and she bathes in the blood in the mansion's owner to rejuvenate herself.
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2: Drago Bludvist is an unfeeling madman who seeks to take over Berk. Having lost his village and family to dragons when he was younger, Drago subverts a Freudian Excuse by becoming exactly like the ones who he sought revenge against and using fear to dominate anyone in his path. Prior to the plot, Drago came to a chieftain's meeting and offered to drive away the dragons if they would kneel to him. When they declined, Drago responds by burning them alive and leaving no survivors but Stoick, Hiccup's father. In the current, Drago raises a dragon army, led by a Bewilderbeast he abused into loyalty, and attempts to execute his right hand man for failing him, as well as the other dragon riders he brought with him. Drago enslaves the dragons living under Valka's care and kills their Alpha to assert his power. Drago even hypnotizes the loyal Toothless to fire on his own master, Hiccup, and simply scoffs when Stoick takes the blast. He then proceeds to raze Berk with his new-found army, taking no prisoners. Power hungry beyond salvation, Drago ended up putting even the first movie's Big Bad to shame.
  • My Little Pony TV Specials: Tirek is a surprisingly vile creature from a show that's supposed to be a little girl's show. A demon of a centaur, Tirek was the ruler of the Midnight Castle, and planned to send Dream Valley into a state of eternal chaos. To do so, he used a sack containing magical spells in it to essentially torture and transform young ponies into his hideous, winged dragons which he could then use to pull his Chariot of Darkness. He's also amazingly violent. This is shown whenever his henchman Scorpan failed him. He would threaten to have Spike's head cut off if he ever screwed up again, which makes it even more disturbing in that Spike was a child, and therefore it meant that he had no limits to who he had to hurt in order to get his way.
  • Osmosis Jones: Thrax is a sinister virus obsessed with fame and breaking records in the medical books. To this end, Thrax infiltrates humans and sees how fast he can murder them. Upon arriving in the human Frank, in whose body most of the film takes place, Thrax sets about gruesomely murdering whoever crosses his path, while making Frank sicker and sicker. This has the benefit of killing not only Frank, but every being living within him. Thrax even threatens the White-Blood Cell hero, Osmosis Jones, that after Frank is dead, Thrax will gladly go and break his new record on Frank's young daughter.
  • Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer: Out of the roster of harmless villains in Rainbow Brite's Rogues Gallery, none reached the petty, selfish extremes the Dark Princess exemplified. Motivated solely by greed, the Dark Princess was willing to enslave innocent races to tow the diamond planet Spectra out of its foundation to her castle. However, all light in the universe needs to pass through Spectra, or else the entire universe would be starved of light and freeze, ensuring trillions of deaths. Despite knowing she'd die too, the Dark Princess still goes on with it, and when she's foiled, she attempts to ram her ship into Spectra and shatter it out of spite. When she returned, she enslaved a peaceful race of sprites and attempted to turn Rainbow Brite into a crystal. The Dark Princess stood out in the Sugar Bowl that was Rainbow Brite's universe as a figure of unparalleled selfishness and avarice.
  • The Secret Of NIMH: Jenner is a nasty, murderous piece of work. In contrast to his noble brethren amongst the rats of NIMH, Jenner desires nothing but power. When The Hero Mrs. Brisby comes to the rats for help moving her family and house to be safe from a farmer's plow, Jenner sabotages the moving so the wise and kind leader of the rats, Nicodemus is crushed to death, while the Brisby house (and the four Brisby children inside) are trapped and sinking in mud with Jenner not caring about the impending deaths of the kids. When he sees Nicodemus bequeathed a special stone to Mrs. Brisby, Jenner attempts to murder her for it. What makes it even worse is Jenner, like all the rats, owes his very life to Mrs. Brisby's deceased husband and the father of her kids and displays zero remorse or gratitude to Jonathan's memory. After his henchman Sullivan finally has enough with Jenner's lunacy, Jenner slashes his throat and attempts to kill his rival Justin, declaring his only philosophy in life: take what you can when you can.
  • Starchaser: The Legend of Orin: Zygon is a smug, domineering galactic conqueror with a God complex who seeks to rule humanity. Formerly a rogue android known as Nexus, his first attempt to take over humanity was stopped by guardians known as the Ka-Khan, and his army was destroyed. Forced to hide, Zygon bides his time and establishes a slave mine on the planet Zinia, forcing human slaves (who are forced to work regardless of age or physical condition) into such harsh conditions they often die. The blade the Ka-Khan used to defeat him is found by an old slave, who's killed to keep it a secret. Once Orin finds out about the blade and decides to escape, Zygon fatally strangles his girlfriend Elan. After Orin escapes, Zygon places a massive bounty on his head and has his Mecha-Mooks attack him at every turn. He captures Dagg and has him painfully tortured by shooting a laser into his forehead, overseeing it with a sadistic grin. After he has the heroes within his grasp, Zygon leads his ships to obliterate the human's opposing fleet and take over the planet by force. Once he's been revealed as Nexus, Zygon takes Aviana (the new love interest) hostage, threatening her life. Once Orin surrenders, Zygon attempts to strike him down with his own blade. Cocky and arrogant, Zygon was as remorselessly cruel as an evil overlord could be.
  • Wizards: Blackwolf is an Evil Sorcerer who fancies himself to be the next Adolf Hitler. Millions of years after the world is devastated by a nuclear war, Blackwolf and his brother Avatar are born in the kingdom of Montagar. After their mother dies, Blackwolf is overjoyed, seeing this as his chance to seize power. Avatar defeats Blackwolf in battle and banishes him. Blackwolf moves to the kingdom of Scortch, a radioactive waste land filled with mutants and takes over. Blackwolf sends out assassins to search the land and kill anyone who practices magic. Blackwolf also assassinates all the leaders of the free states so he can be a better position to strike. Blackwolf's mutant army is at first undisciplined and unmotivated and does not win battles. However, Blackwolf eventually finds a projector and some old Nazi propaganda films, which he uses to inspire his troops and bring fear and confusion to his enemies, so now Blackwolf's troops often slaughter the opposing side. Blackwolf's troops seize a village and end up killing all the prisoners they captured, as well as blowing up a church. Blackwolf claims mutants are a Master Race and wants to fight for their interests, but when he discovers his son will be a mutant, he plans on killing him.

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