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Later, we see him firsthand casually ordering the death of people who say something against his high tributes and dismissing the complains of his peasants, because he doesn't see them as anything more than animals.
During the second Arena Fight of Hulk and his Warbound, he screws the rules and tries to nuke them (together with the whole audience), which only fails because Hulk contains the blast. He even attempts to make them kill one of their Warbound-members via Mind Rape.
After the heroes confront him with his crimes, Miek using chemming to force him to relive them, he doesn't even care one bit, rolls his eyes, and smugly proclaims: "Yes. I killed them. As is my Right. As is my Duty. As is my Pleasure."
Plus, Caeira's flashback of him as a child. In the comic, he saves her life but immediately enslaves her. In the animated film, she offers her loyalty willingly but the kid Red King turns out to have been still just as villainous when he reveals he ordered the Spike attack on Caiera's village specifically so he could capture her.