* CompleteMonster: Randall Dowling is a twisted MadScientist and leader of The Four, an evil analogue of ComicBook/TheFantasticFour. Having made contact with another world, Dowling plans to assist it in conquering earth in exchange for power. Keeping Earth's technology at its current level by withholding or suppressing discoveries that could eradicate disease and save countless lives, in order to prevent humanity's advancement, Dowling [[WouldHurtAChild locates children]] with budding technological skill able to advance humanity. He has their families killed in "[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident accidents]]", before [[MindRape tormenting]] and brainwashing the kids into using their talents to stifle humanity's growth, with bombs planted in them in case anyone tries to rescue them. Using the Red Scare as a threat, Dowling also creates "City Zero", where suspected "spies" are rounded up and [[TestedOnHumans subjected to inhuman experiments]], [[AndIMustScream kept alive in horrible agony]] for Dowling's purposes. To store his experiments and weapons, Dowling also wiped out all life on a planet, just to insure it was freed for storage. Treating his fellow members of the Four as disposable as well, Dowling's only care is [[ItsAllAboutMe for his own ego, advancement and power]], no matter how many worlds he sacrifices.
* InferredHolocaust: If one considers the series to be in continuity with the post-Ellis Authority. It also goes against the surprisingly definite HappyEnding in ''Planetary'', so it's safe to say nobody really [[FanonDiscontinuity worries about it]].
* MagnificentBastard: Elijah Snow.
* NightmareFuel: City Zero, a secret [[WhatTheHellHero American]] concentration camp that did [[TestedOnHumans human experimentation]] on [[UnPerson select]] political dissidents.