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* ''[[Literature/DontBeAHero Don't Be a Hero]]'': [[WellIntentionedExtremist Morgan Shepherd]], better known as Quanta, adored superheroes as a youth and, upon superheroes being defamed and derided by society, makes a plan to bring back the world's reliance on and love for them. Assembling a team of villains he recruits through both charisma and bribery, Quanta stages prison breaks, hijacks a television station, and even allows his own capture only to then escape as part of his scheme. Quanta's final plan is to become a global threat, [[ZeroApprovalGambit reviled by humankind]] simply so that only superheroes can take him down and bring back the "age of the hero," even as he [[EvenEvilHasStandards shows disgust]] at some of his partners' sexually perverted and sadistic personalities. Pulling off his scheme with excellence and all while suffering from a crippling brain tumor that is [[YourDaysAreNumbered slowly killing him]], Quanta sets the stage for heroes to return and, noting that he's grown attached to being a villain, hopes to serve as a threat for the heroes to fight for years to come.

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* ''[[Literature/DontBeAHero Don't Be a Hero]]'': Hero]]'', by Chris Strange: [[WellIntentionedExtremist Morgan Shepherd]], better known as Quanta, adored superheroes as a youth and, upon superheroes being defamed and derided by society, makes a plan to bring back the world's reliance on and love for them. Assembling a team of villains he recruits through both charisma and bribery, Quanta stages prison breaks, hijacks a television station, and even allows his own capture only to then escape as part of his scheme. Quanta's final plan is to become a global threat, [[ZeroApprovalGambit reviled by humankind]] simply so that only superheroes can take him down and bring back the "age of the hero," even as he [[EvenEvilHasStandards shows disgust]] at some of his partners' sexually perverted and sadistic personalities. Pulling off his scheme with excellence and all while suffering from a crippling brain tumor that is [[YourDaysAreNumbered slowly killing him]], Quanta sets the stage for heroes to return and, noting that he's grown attached to being a villain, hopes to serve as a threat for the heroes to fight for years to come.



* ''[[Literature/EisenheimTheIllusionist Eisenheim the Illusionist]]'': In this short story upon which ''Film/TheIllusionist'' was based, the title character, born Eduard Abramowitz, moves to Vienna where he entertains audiences with inexplicable tricks, even possibly causing the disappearance of a rival StageMagician for aggressing him. Returning after a year's absence, Eisenheim entertains with illusions of immaterial people and when the police move to arrest him out of fear for his power, vanishes himself, leaving no trace to explain his illusion technique, thus immortalizing his work.

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* ''[[Literature/EisenheimTheIllusionist Eisenheim the Illusionist]]'': Illusionist]]'', by Steven Millhauser: In this short story upon which ''Film/TheIllusionist'' was based, the title character, born Eduard Abramowitz, moves to Vienna where he entertains audiences with inexplicable tricks, even possibly causing the disappearance of a rival StageMagician for aggressing him. Returning after a year's absence, Eisenheim entertains with illusions of immaterial people and when the police move to arrest him out of fear for his power, vanishes himself, leaving no trace to explain his illusion technique, thus immortalizing his work.



* ''Literature/TheEvilQueen'': Everly Morrow, after a torrent of ill and abuses from others as well as love for her sister, [[ThenLetMeBeEvil decides to embrace her title as the legendary "Evil Queen"]]. Everly takes over the kingdom of Sevhun as its new queen after killing her husband who forced her into marriage and exiles the deceased king's daughter, Princess Farrah, later foiling Farrah's attempts to usurp her and runs circles around her. After being captured, Everly bonds with Farrah's brother Roth and plots to escape, all the while using her AdorableEvilMinions to spy on things for her plans. Eventually escaping using said minions to cut off the fingers off one of her jailers, Everly manages to outwit Farrah and has her sealed forever into a glass coffin where she'll end up having to experience her crimes over and over again. Everly ends the book as the only antagonist on top, having left the others in the dust and now gains tremendous powers as well as both a marriage to Roth and control of the kingdom.

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* ''Literature/TheEvilQueen'': ''Literature/TheEvilQueen'', by Gena Showalter: Everly Morrow, after a torrent of ill and abuses from others as well as love for her sister, [[ThenLetMeBeEvil decides to embrace her title as the legendary "Evil Queen"]]. Everly takes over the kingdom of Sevhun as its new queen after killing her husband who forced her into marriage and exiles the deceased king's daughter, Princess Farrah, later foiling Farrah's attempts to usurp her and runs circles around her. After being captured, Everly bonds with Farrah's brother Roth and plots to escape, all the while using her AdorableEvilMinions to spy on things for her plans. Eventually escaping using said minions to cut off the fingers off one of her jailers, Everly manages to outwit Farrah and has her sealed forever into a glass coffin where she'll end up having to experience her crimes over and over again. Everly ends the book as the only antagonist on top, having left the others in the dust and now gains tremendous powers as well as both a marriage to Roth and control of the kingdom.



* ''[[Literature/HowToBeAVillainEvilLaughsSecretLairsMasterPlansAndMore How to Be a Villain: Evil Laughs, Secret Lairs, Master Plans, and More!!!]]'' & ''[[Literature/TheVillainsGuideToBetterLiving The Villain's Guide to Better Living]]': [[NoNameGiven The unnamed author]] of these villainous guidebooks is a slick, witty mastermind of diabolical proportions whose singular goal is to make the reader a successful evildoer. [[AffablyEvil Unfailingly supportive and polite]] to the reader, the author encourages equal opportunities for all in villainous careers while promoting [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes healthy romantic and platonic relationships alike]]. The author has a bevy of wicked schemes and manipulative tactics for dealing with any number of hero, sidekick, or animal companions that could thwart the reader's rise to infamy, for which the author often suggests dealing with in the [[NoNonsenseNemesis bluntest, least dramatic ways possible]] to ensure slim chances of survival for such a heroic foe. Completely committed to the lifestyle of evil and an advocate for both self-acceptance and enlightenment, the author stands as a devilishly charming supervillain defined by [[GenreSavvy genre savviness]].

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* ''[[Literature/HowToBeAVillainEvilLaughsSecretLairsMasterPlansAndMore How to Be a Villain: Evil Laughs, Secret Lairs, Master Plans, and More!!!]]'' & ''[[Literature/TheVillainsGuideToBetterLiving The Villain's Guide to Better Living]]': Living]]'', by Neil Zawacki: Living]]: [[NoNameGiven The unnamed author]] of these villainous guidebooks is a slick, witty mastermind of diabolical proportions whose singular goal is to make the reader a successful evildoer. [[AffablyEvil Unfailingly supportive and polite]] to the reader, the author encourages equal opportunities for all in villainous careers while promoting [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes healthy romantic and platonic relationships alike]]. The author has a bevy of wicked schemes and manipulative tactics for dealing with any number of hero, sidekick, or animal companions that could thwart the reader's rise to infamy, for which the author often suggests dealing with in the [[NoNonsenseNemesis bluntest, least dramatic ways possible]] to ensure slim chances of survival for such a heroic foe. Completely committed to the lifestyle of evil and an advocate for both self-acceptance and enlightenment, the author stands as a devilishly charming supervillain defined by [[GenreSavvy genre savviness]].



* ''[[Literature/TheMonsterOfElendhaven The Monster of Elendhaven]]'': [[VillainProtagonist Florian Leickenbloom]] saw his entire family die due to the cruel actions of the [[WretchedHive city of Elendhaven]] during a plague and concocted a scheme to take his ultimate revenge. Becoming an accountant to the city's elite, Florian carefully manipulates them into bleeding the city dry all while playing as a naive and innocent victim. Florian, with the help of his [[UnholyMatrimony assistant/lover Johann]], helps in the creation of a new plague to destroy the city for its ills, even skillfully deducing when a mage hunter is onto him and with his dying breath, Florian transfers his magic to Johann allowing his beloved to be able to live and be free.

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* ''[[Literature/TheMonsterOfElendhaven The Monster of Elendhaven]]'': Elendhaven]]'', by Jennifer Giesbrecht: [[VillainProtagonist Florian Leickenbloom]] saw his entire family die due to the cruel actions of the [[WretchedHive city of Elendhaven]] during a plague and concocted a scheme to take his ultimate revenge. Becoming an accountant to the city's elite, Florian carefully manipulates them into bleeding the city dry all while playing as a naive and innocent victim. Florian, with the help of his [[UnholyMatrimony assistant/lover Johann]], helps in the creation of a new plague to destroy the city for its ills, even skillfully deducing when a mage hunter is onto him and with his dying breath, Florian transfers his magic to Johann allowing his beloved to be able to live and be free.



* ''[[Literature/AWomansWork A Woman's Work]]'': Queen Arrabel eschews both needless violence and senseless honour, ruling instead with brilliant logic, having one enemy shot to death when he demands single combat and building a hospital and schools [[BreadAndCircuses to keep her populace loyal and happy]]. Immediately deducing the nature of an assassination attempt, Arrabel moves to crush the king backing it, first sending disguised bards to sway swathes of his people from him, before marching on his lands to conquer it with tactical advantage.
* ''[[Literature/XMenTheLegacyQuest X-Men: The Legacy Quest]]'': Sebastian Shaw, Black King of the Hellfire Club, uses and manipulates the X-Men throughout the trilogy. Attempting to gain a cure for the Legacy Virus, Shaw lures the X-men into his trap and betrays them as convenient to suit his own ends, though he teams up with them to defeat the monstrous Selene when she sees to turn New York into a hellish dystopia, only to reveal that he was secretly in league with Magneto and helped him to gain the cure the entire time. He promptly betrays Magneto again in service of his master plan and ends the series with everything he desired, free from any retribution and savoring his victory with the trilogy closing out on the words "The Black King had won."

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* ''[[Literature/AWomansWork A Woman's Work]]'': Work]]'', by Creator/TanyaHuff: Queen Arrabel eschews both needless violence and senseless honour, ruling instead with brilliant logic, having one enemy shot to death when he demands single combat and building a hospital and schools [[BreadAndCircuses to keep her populace loyal and happy]]. Immediately deducing the nature of an assassination attempt, Arrabel moves to crush the king backing it, first sending disguised bards to sway swathes of his people from him, before marching on his lands to conquer it with tactical advantage.
* ''[[Literature/XMenTheLegacyQuest X-Men: The Legacy Quest]]'': Quest]]'', by Steve Lyons: Sebastian Shaw, Black King of the Hellfire Club, uses and manipulates the X-Men throughout the trilogy. Attempting to gain a cure for the Legacy Virus, Shaw lures the X-men into his trap and betrays them as convenient to suit his own ends, though he teams up with them to defeat the monstrous Selene when she sees to turn New York into a hellish dystopia, only to reveal that he was secretly in league with Magneto and helped him to gain the cure the entire time. He promptly betrays Magneto again in service of his master plan and ends the series with everything he desired, free from any retribution and savoring his victory with the trilogy closing out on the words "The Black King had won."


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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Lord Havelock Vetinari turned Ankh-Morpork from a broken down, weak city run by a cut-throat, utterly insane monarchy into the most powerful city in the entire Disc, run by a highly efficient government that headed by himself, dominating through cultural and economic might rather than force of arms. Vetinari also happens to be a genius who is the one man who [[VetinariJobSecurity keeps the city in line, knowing without him, it would collapse into chaps, so that none may challenge or remove him.]] Well aware of how terible the world can be, Vetinari utilizes trickery and manipulation to better it and will happily manipulate other heroes to deal with threats to his city. While Vetinari does not believe a perfect world is even possible, he will scheme, lie, cheat and manipulate all to improve what he can, and is never not in control of events as they unfold.
* ''Don't be a Hero'', by Chris Strange: [[WellIntentionedExtremist Morgan Shepherd]], better known as Quanta, adored superheroes as a youth and, upon superheroes being defamed and derided by society, makes a plan to bring back the world's reliance on and love for them. Assembling a team of villains he recruits through both charisma and bribery, Quanta stages prison breaks, hijacks a television station, and even allows his own capture only to then escape as part of his scheme. Quanta's final plan is to become a global threat, [[ZeroApprovalGambit reviled by humankind]] simply so that only superheroes can take him down and bring back the "age of the hero," even as he [[EvenEvilHasStandards shows disgust]] at some of his partners' sexually perverted and sadistic personalities. Pulling off his scheme with excellence and all while suffering from a crippling brain tumor that is [[YourDaysAreNumbered slowly killing him]], Quanta sets the stage for heroes to return and, noting that he's grown attached to being a villain, hopes to serve as a threat for the heroes to fight for years to come.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Lord Havelock Vetinari turned Ankh-Morpork from a broken down, weak city run by a cut-throat, utterly insane monarchy into the most powerful city in the entire Disc, run by a highly efficient government that headed by himself, dominating through cultural and economic might rather than force of arms. Vetinari also happens to be a genius who is the one man who [[VetinariJobSecurity keeps the city in line, knowing without him, it would collapse into chaps, so that none may challenge or remove him.]] Well aware of how terible terrible the world can be, Vetinari utilizes trickery and manipulation to better it and will happily manipulate other heroes to deal with threats to his city. While Vetinari does not believe a perfect world is even possible, he will scheme, lie, cheat and manipulate all to improve what he can, and is never not in control of events as they unfold.
* ''Don't be ''[[Literature/DontBeAHero Don't Be a Hero'', by Chris Strange: Hero]]'': [[WellIntentionedExtremist Morgan Shepherd]], better known as Quanta, adored superheroes as a youth and, upon superheroes being defamed and derided by society, makes a plan to bring back the world's reliance on and love for them. Assembling a team of villains he recruits through both charisma and bribery, Quanta stages prison breaks, hijacks a television station, and even allows his own capture only to then escape as part of his scheme. Quanta's final plan is to become a global threat, [[ZeroApprovalGambit reviled by humankind]] simply so that only superheroes can take him down and bring back the "age of the hero," even as he [[EvenEvilHasStandards shows disgust]] at some of his partners' sexually perverted and sadistic personalities. Pulling off his scheme with excellence and all while suffering from a crippling brain tumor that is [[YourDaysAreNumbered slowly killing him]], Quanta sets the stage for heroes to return and, noting that he's grown attached to being a villain, hopes to serve as a threat for the heroes to fight for years to come.



** The nameless [[OurDragonsAreDifferent red dragon]] narrator from ''The Best'' disguises himself as a human to find the best adventurers who have a chance of destroying him. Luring them into a treasure hunt, the dragon brings them to his lair, only to ambush them and wipe them out completely while they barely have a chance to fight back so the dragon may simply enjoy [[DragonHoard his treasure]] without fear of pesky dragon slayers, distinguishing himself via incredible charm and wit in the narrative.

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** ''Literature/TheBest'': The nameless [[OurDragonsAreDifferent red dragon]] narrator from ''The Best'' disguises himself as a human to find the best adventurers who have a chance of destroying him. Luring them into a treasure hunt, the dragon brings them to his lair, only to ambush them and wipe them out completely while they barely have a chance to fight back so the dragon may simply enjoy [[DragonHoard his treasure]] without fear of pesky dragon slayers, distinguishing himself via incredible charm and wit in the narrative.



* ''Eisenheim the Illusionist'', by Steven Millhauser: In this short story upon which ''Film/TheIllusionist'' was based, the title character, born Eduard Abramowitz, moves to Vienna where he entertains audiences with inexplicable tricks, even possibly causing the disappearance of a rival StageMagician for aggressing him. Returning after a year's absence, Eisenheim entertains with illusions of immaterial people and when the police move to arrest him out of fear for his power, vanishes himself, leaving no trace to explain his illusion technique, thus immortalizing his work.

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* ''Eisenheim ''[[Literature/EisenheimTheIllusionist Eisenheim the Illusionist'', by Steven Millhauser: Illusionist]]'': In this short story upon which ''Film/TheIllusionist'' was based, the title character, born Eduard Abramowitz, moves to Vienna where he entertains audiences with inexplicable tricks, even possibly causing the disappearance of a rival StageMagician for aggressing him. Returning after a year's absence, Eisenheim entertains with illusions of immaterial people and when the police move to arrest him out of fear for his power, vanishes himself, leaving no trace to explain his illusion technique, thus immortalizing his work.



* ''The Evil Queen'', by Gena Showalter: Everly Morrow, after a torrent of ill and abuses from others as well as love for her sister, [[ThenLetMeBeEvil decides to embrace her title as the legendary "Evil Queen"]]. Everly takes over the kingdom of Sevhun as its new queen after killing her husband who forced her into marriage and exiles the deceased king's daughter, Princess Farrah, later foiling Farrah's attempts to usurp her and runs circles around her. After being captured, Everly bonds with Farrah's brother Roth and plots to escape, all the while using her AdorableEvilMinions to spy on things for her plans. Eventually escaping using said minions to cut off the fingers off one of her jailers, Everly manages to outwit Farrah and has her sealed forever into a glass coffin where she'll end up having to experience her crimes over and over again. Everly ends the book as the only antagonist on top, having left the others in the dust and now gains tremendous powers as well as both a marriage to Roth and control of the kingdom.

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* ''The Evil Queen'', by Gena Showalter: ''Literature/TheEvilQueen'': Everly Morrow, after a torrent of ill and abuses from others as well as love for her sister, [[ThenLetMeBeEvil decides to embrace her title as the legendary "Evil Queen"]]. Everly takes over the kingdom of Sevhun as its new queen after killing her husband who forced her into marriage and exiles the deceased king's daughter, Princess Farrah, later foiling Farrah's attempts to usurp her and runs circles around her. After being captured, Everly bonds with Farrah's brother Roth and plots to escape, all the while using her AdorableEvilMinions to spy on things for her plans. Eventually escaping using said minions to cut off the fingers off one of her jailers, Everly manages to outwit Farrah and has her sealed forever into a glass coffin where she'll end up having to experience her crimes over and over again. Everly ends the book as the only antagonist on top, having left the others in the dust and now gains tremendous powers as well as both a marriage to Roth and control of the kingdom.



** The original 'Prime' Chayne Summers, The Black Queen of Heaven and Hell, is the brilliant manipulator who comes up with the Heaven Cycle to begin with. Chayne manipulates ten-thousand worlds through their rebirth and eventual destruction while forcing Heaven and Hell alike to dance to her tune to eventually craft a world where Alice "Mint" Witzenberg will use their godly powers for Chayne's benefit. Finally achieving one on the final cycle, Chayne tricks Mint into crafting her perfect Nirvana before taking her daughter Aria, leaving the world to its destruction while she enjoys her perfect paradise with all she once held dear. Finally electing to annihilate reality if she cannot have Aria, Chayne eventually recognizes her shortcomings and uses her last moments to reflect upon the perfect world where she chose to live out her days in peace, accepting Aria's loss and working to better the world, departing at peace with herself at last.

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** The original 'Prime' "Prime" Chayne Summers, The Black Queen of Heaven and Hell, is the brilliant manipulator who comes up with the Heaven Cycle to begin with. Chayne manipulates ten-thousand worlds through their rebirth and eventual destruction while forcing Heaven and Hell alike to dance to her tune to eventually craft a world where Alice "Mint" Witzenberg will use their godly powers for Chayne's benefit. Finally achieving one on the final cycle, Chayne tricks Mint into crafting her perfect Nirvana before taking her daughter Aria, leaving the world to its destruction while she enjoys her perfect paradise with all she once held dear. Finally electing to annihilate reality if she cannot have Aria, Chayne eventually recognizes her shortcomings and uses her last moments to reflect upon the perfect world where she chose to live out her days in peace, accepting Aria's loss and working to better the world, departing at peace with herself at last.



* "Literature/HopOMyThumb": Literature/TomThumb was the youngest of seven boys, but he compensated for this with his brain. Learning that his parents were intending on abandoning him and his brothers in the forests, Tom gathers small pebbles to create a pathway home. When they were captured by a voracious ogre, Tom switches gold crowns with bonnets, tricking the ogre into killing his own daughters. When the ogre chased after them for vengeance, Tom takes the opportunity to steal his seven-league-boots and returns to the house to manipulate the ogre's wife into giving him all of the ogre's possessions under the claim that her husband was being held captive. Tom later joins an unnamed court, getting appointed with militaristic tasks, before returning home.

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* "Literature/HopOMyThumb": ''Literature/HopOMyThumb'': Literature/TomThumb was the youngest of seven boys, but he compensated for this with his brain. Learning that his parents were intending on abandoning him and his brothers in the forests, Tom gathers small pebbles to create a pathway home. When they were captured by a voracious ogre, Tom switches gold crowns with bonnets, tricking the ogre into killing his own daughters. When the ogre chased after them for vengeance, Tom takes the opportunity to steal his seven-league-boots and returns to the house to manipulate the ogre's wife into giving him all of the ogre's possessions under the claim that her husband was being held captive. Tom later joins an unnamed court, getting appointed with militaristic tasks, before returning home.



* ''How to be a Villain'' & ''The Villain's Guide to Better Living'', by Neil Zawacki: [[NoNameGiven The unnamed author]] of these villainous guidebooks is a slick, witty mastermind of diabolical proportions whose singular goal is to make the reader a successful evildoer. [[AffablyEvil Unfailingly supportive and polite]] to the reader, the author encourages equal opportunities for all in villainous careers while promoting [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes healthy romantic and platonic relationships alike]]. The author has a bevy of wicked schemes and manipulative tactics for dealing with any number of hero, sidekick, or animal companions that could thwart the reader's rise to infamy, for which the author often suggests dealing with in the [[NoNonsenseNemesis bluntest, least dramatic ways possible]] to ensure slim chances of survival for such a heroic foe. Completely committed to the lifestyle of evil and an advocate for both self-acceptance and enlightenment, the author stands as a devilishly charming supervillain defined by [[GenreSavvy genre savviness]].

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* ''How ''[[Literature/HowToBeAVillainEvilLaughsSecretLairsMasterPlansAndMore How to be Be a Villain'' Villain: Evil Laughs, Secret Lairs, Master Plans, and More!!!]]'' & ''The ''[[Literature/TheVillainsGuideToBetterLiving The Villain's Guide to Better Living'', by Neil Zawacki: Living]]': [[NoNameGiven The unnamed author]] of these villainous guidebooks is a slick, witty mastermind of diabolical proportions whose singular goal is to make the reader a successful evildoer. [[AffablyEvil Unfailingly supportive and polite]] to the reader, the author encourages equal opportunities for all in villainous careers while promoting [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes healthy romantic and platonic relationships alike]]. The author has a bevy of wicked schemes and manipulative tactics for dealing with any number of hero, sidekick, or animal companions that could thwart the reader's rise to infamy, for which the author often suggests dealing with in the [[NoNonsenseNemesis bluntest, least dramatic ways possible]] to ensure slim chances of survival for such a heroic foe. Completely committed to the lifestyle of evil and an advocate for both self-acceptance and enlightenment, the author stands as a devilishly charming supervillain defined by [[GenreSavvy genre savviness]].



* ''The Monster of Elendhaven'', by Jennifer Giesbrecht: [[VillainProtagonist Florian Leickenbloom]] saw his entire family die due to the cruel actions of the [[WretchedHive city of Elendhaven]] during a plague and concocted a scheme to take his ultimate revenge. Becoming an accountant to the city's elite, Florian carefully manipulates them into bleeding the city dry all while playing as a naive and innocent victim. Florian, with the help of his [[UnholyMatrimony assistant/lover Johann]], helps in the creation of a new plague to destroy the city for its ills, even skillfully deducing when a mage hunter is onto him and with his dying breath, Florian transfers his magic to Johann allowing his beloved to be able to live and be free.

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* ''The ''[[Literature/TheMonsterOfElendhaven The Monster of Elendhaven'', by Jennifer Giesbrecht: Elendhaven]]'': [[VillainProtagonist Florian Leickenbloom]] saw his entire family die due to the cruel actions of the [[WretchedHive city of Elendhaven]] during a plague and concocted a scheme to take his ultimate revenge. Becoming an accountant to the city's elite, Florian carefully manipulates them into bleeding the city dry all while playing as a naive and innocent victim. Florian, with the help of his [[UnholyMatrimony assistant/lover Johann]], helps in the creation of a new plague to destroy the city for its ills, even skillfully deducing when a mage hunter is onto him and with his dying breath, Florian transfers his magic to Johann allowing his beloved to be able to live and be free.



* ''Parallel Worlds'' anthology: [[VisionaryVillain John Metclaf]], from "The Tragedy of John Metclaf", by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, is an assassin magician known for [[ProfessionalKiller pulling off skilled hits]] for the organization known as Management. Feeling guilt over his crimes over the years, Metclaf eventually swaps places with a version of himself from an alternate world to avoid capture and decides to use this second chance to [[TheAtoner atone]], leaving his alternate version to die at the hands of his captors in his place. Metclaf rises as a star and helps make several life changing advancements to the world and when Management attempts to bring him back, shuts them down and makes himself look the hero, all to his adoring public eye.

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* ''Parallel Worlds'' ''Literature/ParallelWorlds'' anthology: "[[Literature/TheTragedyOfJohnMetcalf The Tragedy of John Metcalf]]", by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne: [[VisionaryVillain John Metclaf]], from "The Tragedy of John Metclaf", by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, Metclaf]] is an assassin magician known for [[ProfessionalKiller pulling off skilled hits]] for the organization known as Management. Feeling guilt over his crimes over the years, Metclaf eventually swaps places with a version of himself from an alternate world to avoid capture and decides to use this second chance to [[TheAtoner atone]], leaving his alternate version to die at the hands of his captors in his place. Metclaf rises as a star and helps make several life changing advancements to the world and when Management attempts to bring him back, shuts them down and makes himself look the hero, all to his adoring public eye.



** ''Salamandastron'': Ferahgo the Assassin, the charming, blue-eyed weasel warlord of the Corpsemakers, is one of the craftiest threats to ever attack Salamandastron. Known and feared for his disarming blue eyes and charming temperament, Ferahgo put these to good use to manipulate and slay the parents of future Badger Lords Urthwyte and Urthstripe, claiming the lands of the southwest for himself. Ferahgo attacks Salamandastron seasons later when Urthstripe rules, employing trickery and poison in his attempted assaults while remaining deftly ahead of his treacherous minions, tricking two who try and slay him while he's grievously wounded into taking out a decoy before he kills them. Unique among other ''Redwall'' villains for even having slightly more positive traits, Ferahgo genuinely loves his son Klitch and tolerates his ineffectual attempts at betrayal, and dies in a MutualKill with a Bloodwrath-consumed Urthstripe, fearlessly facing the badger to the end in comparison to countless other vermin [[DirtyCoward who die running]].
** ''Marlfox'': Mokkan, the last of the titular Marlfoxes standing, is the eldest and cleverest of his ruthless siblings. Masterminding their raids on Redwall abbey to steal the tapestry of Martin the Warrior, Mokkan promptly doublecrosses his siblings, stealing some of their boats and destroying the rest after sending them to fight redwall Abbey, as well as rooting out and murdering a spy his sister sends after him. Having realized that once their mother dies, infighting will begin, Mokkan intends on getting a head start in placing himself close to the throne. Mokkan arrives at Castle Marl to find his sister Lantur has murdered their mother and is crowning herself queen. Mokkan swiftly outwits and murders her, making himself king, where he even promises that he will promote any slave to his personal guard or demote a guard to a slave based solely on merit. Even among the clever Marlfoxes, Mokkan distinguishes himself as one of the cleverest villains to grace a Redwall novel.
** ''Taggerung'': Vallug Bowbeast and Eefera are members of the Juskarath sent with the new chieftain Gruven to hunt down the Taggerung, Tagg, after he is framed for their leader Sawney Rath's murder. Far smarter and deadlier then Gruven, the two humiliate him and abandon the rest to die so they may kill Tagg and claim the title of chief for themselves, each plotting to do away with the other when the time comes. The two proceed to hunt Tagg to Redwall abbey, blackmailing the abbey to give them the Taggerung while capturing Gruven and his team, making it appear as if the abbey is besieged by a horde while keeping minimal danger to themselves, with Vallug even mortally wounding the powerful Cregga Rose-Eyes, the badger matriarch of Redwall. Two of the most ruthless, yes effective vermin around, Eefera and Vallug demonstrate rare skill and resourcefulness for villains, putting Redwall under more threat as a duo than entire armies have achieved.

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** ''Salamandastron'': ''Literature/{{Salamandastron}}'': Ferahgo the Assassin, the charming, blue-eyed weasel warlord of the Corpsemakers, is one of the craftiest threats to ever attack Salamandastron. Known and feared for his disarming blue eyes and charming temperament, Ferahgo put these to good use to manipulate and slay the parents of future Badger Lords Urthwyte and Urthstripe, claiming the lands of the southwest for himself. Ferahgo attacks Salamandastron seasons later when Urthstripe rules, employing trickery and poison in his attempted assaults while remaining deftly ahead of his treacherous minions, tricking two who try and slay him while he's grievously wounded into taking out a decoy before he kills them. Unique among other ''Redwall'' villains for even having slightly more positive traits, Ferahgo genuinely loves his son Klitch and tolerates his ineffectual attempts at betrayal, and dies in a MutualKill with a Bloodwrath-consumed Urthstripe, fearlessly facing the badger to the end in comparison to countless other vermin [[DirtyCoward who die running]].
** ''Marlfox'': ''Literature/{{Marlfox}}'': Mokkan, the last of the titular Marlfoxes standing, is the eldest and cleverest of his ruthless siblings. Masterminding their raids on Redwall abbey to steal the tapestry of Martin the Warrior, Mokkan promptly doublecrosses his siblings, stealing some of their boats and destroying the rest after sending them to fight redwall Abbey, as well as rooting out and murdering a spy his sister sends after him. Having realized that once their mother dies, infighting will begin, Mokkan intends on getting a head start in placing himself close to the throne. Mokkan arrives at Castle Marl to find his sister Lantur has murdered their mother and is crowning herself queen. Mokkan swiftly outwits and murders her, making himself king, where he even promises that he will promote any slave to his personal guard or demote a guard to a slave based solely on merit. Even among the clever Marlfoxes, Mokkan distinguishes himself as one of the cleverest villains to grace a Redwall novel.
** ''Taggerung'': ''Literature/{{Taggerung}}'': Vallug Bowbeast and Eefera are members of the Juskarath sent with the new chieftain Gruven to hunt down the Taggerung, Tagg, after he is framed for their leader Sawney Rath's murder. Far smarter and deadlier then Gruven, the two humiliate him and abandon the rest to die so they may kill Tagg and claim the title of chief for themselves, each plotting to do away with the other when the time comes. The two proceed to hunt Tagg to Redwall abbey, blackmailing the abbey to give them the Taggerung while capturing Gruven and his team, making it appear as if the abbey is besieged by a horde while keeping minimal danger to themselves, with Vallug even mortally wounding the powerful Cregga Rose-Eyes, the badger matriarch of Redwall. Two of the most ruthless, yes effective vermin around, Eefera and Vallug demonstrate rare skill and resourcefulness for villains, putting Redwall under more threat as a duo than entire armies have achieved.



* ''Sexton Blake'' (by Hal Meredeth): Blake's most memorable enemy, Zenith the Albino, is an elegant exiled nobleman who finds his [[ThrillSeeker thrills in danger and villainy]]. Creating new devices to assist his thievery, Zeno returns time and again to challenge Blake for the sheer joy of engaging his nemesis while nobody else can come close to besting him. At one point, Zenith even prints a fake declaration of war in the newspapers to massively short the stock market after causing a panic, to line his pockets. Zenith also possesses a curious code of honor, sometimes allying against brutal criminals and thugs while always keeping an [[VillainRespect incredible respect]] for Blake himself.

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* ''Sexton Blake'' (by ''Literature/SextonBlake'', by Hal Meredeth): Meredeth: Blake's most memorable enemy, Zenith the Albino, is an elegant exiled nobleman who finds his [[ThrillSeeker thrills in danger and villainy]]. Creating new devices to assist his thievery, Zeno returns time and again to challenge Blake for the sheer joy of engaging his nemesis while nobody else can come close to besting him. At one point, Zenith even prints a fake declaration of war in the newspapers to massively short the stock market after causing a panic, to line his pockets. Zenith also possesses a curious code of honor, sometimes allying against brutal criminals and thugs while always keeping an [[VillainRespect incredible respect]] for Blake himself.



* ''A Woman's Work'', by Creator/TanyaHuff: Queen Arrabel eschews both needless violence and senseless honour, ruling instead with brilliant logic, having one enemy shot to death when he demands single combat and building a hospital and schools [[BreadAndCircuses to keep her populace loyal and happy]]. Immediately deducing the nature of an assassination attempt, Arrabel moves to crush the king backing it, first sending disguised bards to sway swathes of his people from him, before marching on his lands to conquer it with tactical advantage.
* ''X-Men: The Legacy Quest'' trilogy, by Steve Lyons: Sebastian Shaw, Black King of the Hellfire Club, uses and manipulates the X-Men throughout the trilogy. Attempting to gain a cure for the Legacy Virus, Shaw lures the X-men into his trap and betrays them as convenient to suit his own ends, though he teams up with them to defeat the monstrous Selene when she sees to turn New York into a hellish dystopia, only to reveal that he was secretly in league with Magneto and helped him to gain the cure the entire time. He promptly betrays Magneto again in service of his master plan and ends the series with everything he desired, free from any retribution and savoring his victory with the trilogy closing out on the words "The Black King had won."

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* ''A ''[[Literature/AWomansWork A Woman's Work'', by Creator/TanyaHuff: Work]]'': Queen Arrabel eschews both needless violence and senseless honour, ruling instead with brilliant logic, having one enemy shot to death when he demands single combat and building a hospital and schools [[BreadAndCircuses to keep her populace loyal and happy]]. Immediately deducing the nature of an assassination attempt, Arrabel moves to crush the king backing it, first sending disguised bards to sway swathes of his people from him, before marching on his lands to conquer it with tactical advantage.
* ''X-Men: ''[[Literature/XMenTheLegacyQuest X-Men: The Legacy Quest'' trilogy, by Steve Lyons: Quest]]'': Sebastian Shaw, Black King of the Hellfire Club, uses and manipulates the X-Men throughout the trilogy. Attempting to gain a cure for the Legacy Virus, Shaw lures the X-men into his trap and betrays them as convenient to suit his own ends, though he teams up with them to defeat the monstrous Selene when she sees to turn New York into a hellish dystopia, only to reveal that he was secretly in league with Magneto and helped him to gain the cure the entire time. He promptly betrays Magneto again in service of his master plan and ends the series with everything he desired, free from any retribution and savoring his victory with the trilogy closing out on the words "The Black King had won."


* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': [[MoleInCharge Plutarch Havensbee]] is a commander of the Second Rebellion who infiltrated the Capitol and climbed through the ranks to become Gamemaker for the 75th Hungers Games and President Cornelius Snow's [[TheDragon right-hand man]]. Plutarch would pitch his idea to have previous winners compete again to Snow, where Plutarch would orchestrate their escape and recruit them to his rebellion. Plutarch also persuaded Snow to commit more crimes at a faster rate while Plutarch created propaganda against Snow to unite all the districts against the tyrant. After successfully invading the Capitol and arresting Snow, Plutarch gives [[TheHeroine Katniss Everdeen]] subtle hints that [[SmugSnake Alma Coin]] was behind the bombing that killed her sister Prim, leading to Katniss killing Coin. After defending Katniss for Coin's murder and with both Snow and Coin dead, Plutarch is given the power to chose the next president, with Plutarch making sure that whoever he picks will rule the recently liberated-Panem the way Plutarch sees fit.

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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': [[MoleInCharge Plutarch Havensbee]] is a commander of the Second Rebellion who infiltrated the Capitol and climbed through the ranks to become Gamemaker for the 75th Hungers Games and President Cornelius Coriolanus Snow's [[TheDragon right-hand man]]. Plutarch would pitch his idea to have previous winners compete again to Snow, where Plutarch would orchestrate their escape and recruit them to his rebellion. Plutarch also persuaded Snow to commit more crimes at a faster rate while Plutarch created propaganda against Snow to unite all the districts against the tyrant. After successfully invading the Capitol and arresting Snow, Plutarch gives [[TheHeroine Katniss Everdeen]] subtle hints that [[SmugSnake Alma Coin]] was behind the bombing that killed her sister Prim, leading to Katniss killing Coin. After defending Katniss for Coin's murder and with both Snow and Coin dead, Plutarch is given the power to chose the next president, with Plutarch making sure that whoever he picks will rule the recently liberated-Panem the way Plutarch sees fit.

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* ''Literature/AngelsOfMusic'': [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera The Phantom]], aka Erik, is the leader of the Opera Ghost Agency, a Film/CharliesAngels-esqe detective agency which Erik uses to profit off. A quiet, calculating schemer, Erik constantly devises new ingenious and ruthless plans in order to succeed which include: secretly hypnotizing his Angels without their knowledge to act on his signal to disable Caglistro; setting up a mole to infiltrate the murderous Red Circle and expose them before butchering the Red Circle for their crimes; and destroying [[Film/CitizenKane Charles Foster Kane]]'s plan to fund a war between Europe and America that would mean his beloved Opera house would be demolished. Equal parts cold manipulator and complex mastermind, Erik is genuinely protective of his Angels to the point that he sacrifices himself to save one and ends up taking himself and his nemesis Caglistro to an [[NeverFoundTheBody apparent watery doom]].


* ''Literature/SixOfCrows'': VillainProtagonist Kaz Brekker is a gangster, conman, bank robber, blackmailer, and all around criminal prodigy who uses his extensive knowledge of Ketterdam's secrets to shame richer and more respected men and women into helping him with his schemes. Whether its bluffing gunmen into backing down with fictitious threats against their families, arranging breakouts from the two most heavily guarded prisons in Ketterdam and Fjerda respectively, or running a con on the entire government of Ketterdam that drags in King Nikolai of Ravka as coconspirator, Kaz proves to [[TheDon Pekka Rollins]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Jan Van Eck]], and all his other competitors that he is the true kingpin of Ketterdam.

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* ''Literature/SixOfCrows'': VillainProtagonist [[VillainProtagonist Kaz Brekker Brekker]] is a gangster, conman, {{conman}}, bank robber, blackmailer, {{blackmail}}er, and all around criminal prodigy who uses his extensive knowledge of Ketterdam's secrets to shame richer and more respected men and women into helping him with his schemes. Whether its Kaz's plots range bluffing gunmen into backing down with fictitious threats against their families, to arranging breakouts from the two most heavily guarded prisons in Ketterdam and Fjerda respectively, or and running a con on the entire government of Ketterdam that drags in King Nikolai of Ravka as coconspirator, coconspirator. Utterly unscrupulous, Kaz proves to [[TheDon Pekka Rollins]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Jan Van Eck]], and all his other competitors that he is the true kingpin of Ketterdam.


* ''Literature/OverHighSeas'': [[{{Necromancer}} Sebastian Hawkins]], also known as [[spoiler:Henry Avery]], is a former pirate longing to control the seas. After uncovering an artifact known as the Leash, Hawkins gained control over a sea monster known as the Cthonis. Using the beast's power, Hawkins sank Captain Samuel Bellamy's ship, killing everyone onboard. Upon learning that he needs two other pieces of the Leash to fully control the Cthonis, Hawkins teamed up with Benjamin Hornigold and the British Royal Navy, using his allies to seek out the pirates who also had one of the Leash components. After tracking down Hardestadt Delac's crew and allies, Hawkins repeatedly attacked them using the Cthonis, undead pirates, and members of the Royal Navy, kidnapping or killing various pirates in the process. When Hawkins fails to convince Hardestadt to join him, he resumes hunting down the pirates, trapping them whilst in Panama and acquiring the second piece of the Leash from them. Armed with both pieces of the Leash, Hawkins has Alijah Marsh conjure up the Deep Ones to help him finish off the pirates and acquire the final piece of the Leash.


** ''Literature/BatmanNightwalker'': [[TeenGenius Madeleine Wallace]], a young member of a group of [[BombThrowingAnarchists left-wing anarchists]] called the "Nightwalkers", is accused of robbing and murdering several wealthy people in Gotham City and is being held in Arkham Asylum, when in reality her brother Cameron killed those people and Madeleine is taking the rap for him. Bruce Wayne is forced to work at Arkham for community service and Madeleine decides to talk to him. Bruce tries to get information from Madeleine and she convinces him to scramble the security cameras so they can talk alone. Madeleine tells Bruce [[ConsummateLiar convincing lies and half-truths]] to make herself appear sympathetic and tells Bruce of a minor Nightwalker safehouse to gain his trust. Madeleine uses origami to send messages to other Nightwalkers and uses the security back door Bruce created to escape. Madeleine hacks into Bruce's less secure bank accounts to steal his money and gives it to the poor. Madeleine and Cameron take control of [=WayneTech=] drones and use them to hold a Wayne gala hostage to force Bruce to give them access to the rest of the accounts. Madeleine [[EvenEvilHasStandards opposes]] her brother when he tries to murder Bruce and Madeleine seemingly is killed by Cameron, only to have [[FakingTheDead faked her death]] and escaped.



** ''Franchise/{{Superman}}: Dawnbreaker'', by Matt de la Peña: [[{{ComicBook/LexLuthor}} Lex Luthor]] is a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive rich young man]] visiting Smallville from Metropolis for mysterious reasons. Lex convinces young people in town (including a young Clark Kent and Lana Lang) to investigate the disappearance of Mexican immigrants in town, thinking that the powerful Mankins Corporation is responsible. After being caught flat-footed the first time he investigated a Mankins facility, he is better prepared the second time, having satellites spy on another Mankins facility, bringing a dart gun to take out guards, equipment to climb the facility's walls and camera equipment to capture footage of the Mankins Corporation's crimes. After Clark defeats the Mankins Corporation, revealing their crimes and leading to their major officials getting arrested, Clark discovers that Lex's company, Luthor Corp, bought up the Mankins Corporation's assets, with Clark unwittingly having helped Lex take down a powerful rival and [[CallForward setting up a more powerful enemy]] he will have to deal with in the future.

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** ''Franchise/{{Superman}}: Dawnbreaker'', by Matt de la Peña: [[{{ComicBook/LexLuthor}} Lex Luthor]] is a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive rich young man]] visiting Smallville from Metropolis for mysterious reasons. Lex convinces young people in town (including a young Clark Kent and Lana Lang) to investigate the disappearance of Mexican immigrants in town, thinking that the powerful Mankins Corporation is responsible. After being caught flat-footed the first time he investigated a Mankins facility, he is better prepared the second time, having satellites spy on another Mankins facility, bringing a dart gun to take out guards, equipment to climb the facility's walls and camera equipment to capture footage of the Mankins Corporation's crimes. After Clark defeats the Mankins Corporation, revealing their crimes and leading to their major officials getting arrested, Clark discovers that Lex's company, Luthor Corp, bought up the Mankins Corporation's assets, with Clark unwittingly having helped Lex take down a powerful rival and [[CallForward setting up a more powerful enemy]] he will have to deal with in the future.


* ''Literature/CatwomanSoulstealer'': Selina Kyle, aka ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, rose up from illegal street fighter to pay for her sister's medical bills to become a skilled member of the league of Assassins in two years. After discovering a way to use Lazarus pit formula to cure her dying sister, Selina leaves the league and heads back to Gotham City where she starts a crime spree in order to recruit both a skilled biochemist to help her complete it in ComicBook/PoisonIvy and a way to contact ComicBook/TheJoker and make a deal with him in ComicBook/HarleyQuinn. Starting a massive, flashy crime spree to take control of the criminal underworld and outwitting [[ComicBook/{{Batwing}} Luke Fox]]'s attempts to evade her, Selina lets herself get captured eventually, knowing she'll be transferred to Arkham Asylum due to the infamy shes gained and uses Joker and his army to defeat The League of Assassins members who've come for her, by promising it to him, only to backstab him and hand him over to the police. Selina is a cunning, seductive figure who genuinely grows to care for Harley, Ivy and Luke and ends the book succeeding with her plans to save her sister, heading off for her next heist.


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** ''Literature/CatwomanSoulstealer'': Selina Kyle, aka ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, rose up from illegal street fighter to pay for her sister's medical bills to become a skilled member of the league of Assassins in two years. After discovering a way to use Lazarus pit formula to cure her dying sister, Selina leaves the league and heads back to Gotham City where she starts a crime spree in order to recruit both a skilled biochemist to help her complete it in ComicBook/PoisonIvy and a way to contact ComicBook/TheJoker and make a deal with him in ComicBook/HarleyQuinn. Starting a massive, flashy crime spree to take control of the criminal underworld and outwitting [[ComicBook/{{Batwing}} Luke Fox]]'s attempts to arrest her, Selina lets herself get captured eventually, knowing she'll be transferred to Arkham Asylum due to the infamy shes gained and uses Joker and his army to defeat The League of Assassins members who've come for her, by promising it to him, only to backstab him and hand him over to the police. Selina is a cunning, seductive figure who genuinely grows to care for Harley, Ivy and Luke and ends the book succeeding with her plans to save her sister, heading off for her next heist.
** ''Franchise/{{Superman}}: Dawnbreaker'', by Matt de la Peña: [[{{ComicBook/LexLuthor}} Lex Luthor]] is a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive rich young man]] visiting Smallville from Metropolis for mysterious reasons. Lex convinces young people in town (including a young Clark Kent and Lana Lang) to investigate the disappearance of Mexican immigrants in town, thinking that the powerful Mankins Corporation is responsible. After being caught flat-footed the first time he investigated a Mankins facility, he is better prepared the second time, having satellites spy on another Mankins facility, bringing a dart gun to take out guards, equipment to climb the facility's walls and camera equipment to capture footage of the Mankins Corporation's crimes. After Clark defeats the Mankins Corporation, revealing their crimes and leading to their major officials getting arrested, Clark discovers that Lex's company, Luthor Corp, bought up the Mankins Corporation's assets, with Clark unwittingly having helped Lex take down a powerful rival and [[CallForward setting up a more powerful enemy]] he will have to deal with in the future.


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* ''Eisenheim the Illusionist'', by Steven Millhauser: In this short story upon which ''Film/TheIllusionist'' was based, the title character, born Eduard Abramowitz, moves to Vienna where he entertains audiences with inexplicable tricks, even possibly causing the disappearance of a rival StageMagician for aggressing him. Returning after a year's absence, Eisenheim entertains with illusions of immaterial people and when the police move to arrest him out of fear for his power, vanishes himself, leaving no trace to explain his illusion technique, thus immortalizing his work.


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* ''Literature/OverHighSeas'': [[{{Necromancer}} Sebastian Hawkins]], also known as [[spoiler:Henry Avery]], is a former pirate longing to control the seas. After uncovering an artifact known as the Leash, Hawkins gained control over a sea monster known as the Cthonis. Using the beast's power, Hawkins sank Captain Samuel Bellamy's ship, killing everyone onboard. Upon learning that he needs two other pieces of the Leash to fully control the Cthonis, Hawkins teamed up with Benjamin Hornigold and the British Royal Navy, using his allies to seek out the pirates who also had one of the Leash components. After tracking down Hardestadt Delac's crew and allies, Hawkins repeatedly attacked them using the Cthonis, undead pirates, and members of the Royal Navy, kidnapping or killing various pirates in the process. When Hawkins fails to convince Hardestadt to join him, he resumes hunting down the pirates, trapping them whilst in Panama and acquiring the second piece of the Leash from them. Armed with both pieces of the Leash, Hawkins has Alijah Marsh conjure up the Deep Ones to help him finish off the pirates and acquire the final piece of the Leash.


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* ''Untold Tales of Franchise/SpiderMan'' anthology: "The Ballad of Fancy Dan", by Ken Grobe and Steven A. Roman: [[TheDon Wilson Fisk]] AKA [[{{ComicBook/TheKingpin}} the Kingpin]] is as a clever and dangerous as ever. Seeking to expand his criminal empire, he convinces an Atlantic City crime boss named Martin Severino to kidnap Rudy Loyola, the adopted son of Severino's criminal rival, Joe Loyola. Kingpin then informs Spider-Man and [=''Fancy''=] Dan Brito (who is Rudy's biological father) of Rudy's whereabouts, with Spider-Man and Fancy Dan busting up Severino's operation, having Severino arrested by the FBI. With Severino arrested and Joe Loyola deciding to retire from crime, the Kingpin is able to take control of Atlantic City's underworld, with Spider-Man being [[ManipulativeBastard tricked]] into doing the Kingpin's dirty work for him.


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* ''Literature/TheVillainsSeries'': [[VillainProtagonist Victor Vale]] is an eerily polite, cunning genius who started off as normal university student who upon attempting to gain pain-based powers ended up killing his best friend and went to prison for it. A patient plotter, Victor seeks revenge against his other friend Eli Cardale who sent him to prison and for ten years planned his perfect escape. Upon discovering Eli has become a VillainWithGoodPublicity who hunts other powered beings with religious fervor, Victor destroys Eli's safeguards and then tricks Eli into killing him in front of the police, sending Eli to prison for life and totally ruining his life in the process and later uses his adoptive daughter Sydney to resurrect him. Victor upon becoming sick, later starts a Serial killing spree in order to cure himself and uses his expert skills to fend off the various other villains of the series. A true mastermind always with a new scheme when issues arise, Victor balances his evil with a genuine love for others and the desire in the end to atone for what hes done.


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* ''A Woman's Work'', by Creator/TanyaHuff: Queen Arrabel eschews both needless violence and senseless honour, ruling instead with brilliant logic, having one enemy shot to death when he demands single combat and building a hospital and schools [[BreadAndCircuses to keep her populace loyal and happy]]. Immediately deducing the nature of an assassination attempt, Arrabel moves to crush the king backing it, first sending disguised bards to sway swathes of his people from him, before marching on his lands to conquer it with tactical advantage.


* ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'': Doctor Impossible is a supervillain famed for his intellect and a frequent near-conqueror of the Earth who learns from the mistakes of his past as he is beaten by Earth's most powerful heroes, the Champions. Breaking out of prison, Impossible creates a device to take control of the planet's weather and force the world governments to submit to his whims, defeating each of the Champions as they come to apprehend him, including the mighty [=CoreFire=]. Stopped only by the sudden intervention of his ex-girlfriend, Impossible nevertheless remains undaunted and finishes the book with plotting yet another daring plan to escape and resume scheming for WorldDomination.

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* ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'': Doctor Impossible Impossible, born Johnathan, is a supervillain famed for his intellect and a frequent near-conqueror of the Earth who learns from the mistakes of his past as he is beaten by Earth's most powerful heroes, the Champions. Breaking out of prison, Impossible creates a device to take control of the planet's weather and force the world governments to submit to his whims, defeating each of the Champions as they come to apprehend him, including the mighty [=CoreFire=]. Stopped only by the sudden intervention of his ex-girlfriend, Impossible nevertheless remains undaunted and finishes the book with plotting yet another daring plan to escape and resume scheming for WorldDomination.


* ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'': TheGrinch is a grumpy, cynical creature that hates Christmas, especially all the noise Whos make during the holiday, so much so that he decides to steal it from the entire town of Whoville. After the Grinch steals all the gifts and decorations from the Whos, he finds out that they are able to celebrate Christmas even without them, which makes him realize what the true meaning of Christmas is. The Grinch's heart metaphorically grows by three sizes and he returns all the gifts and decorations, even joining in on the Christmas feast.

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* ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'': TheGrinch is a grumpy, cynical bitter creature that hates Christmas, especially Christmas—especially all the noise the Whos make during the holiday, so make—so much so that he decides to [[HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas steal it it]] from the entire town of Whoville. After [[BadSanta crafting a Santa Claus disguise for himself]] and a reindeer disguise for his dog Max, he enters the Whos' houses one by one while they are asleep and steals their gifts, food, and decorations. When the young Cindy-Lou Who catches the Grinch steals stealing her family's Christmas tree, he quickly makes up a lie to fool her. After stealing all the gifts and decorations of Christmas from the Whos, he finds out that [[TrueMeaningOfChristmas they are able to celebrate can still enjoy Christmas even without them, them]], which makes him realize what [[HeelRealization see the true meaning error of Christmas is. The Grinch's heart metaphorically grows by three sizes his ways]] and he returns all return the stolen gifts and decorations, even joining in on the Christmas feast.decorations.



* ''Literature/{{Moriarty}}'': Professor James Moriarty turned to a life of crime after being appalled at the stupidity and lack of organization of London's criminal underworld, amassing many followers. When American crime lord Clarence Devereux tried to take over his organization, turning Moriarty's followers against him, Moriarty [[spoiler: faked his death at the Reichenback Falls and adopted the identity of American detective Fredrick Chase in order to gain Scotland Yard's assistance]]. In the novel proper, Moriarty, [[spoiler: as Chase]], manages to lead Athelney Jones and the rest of Scotland Yard to Devereux without Jones even realizing it, and when Devereux is finally caught, Moriarty [[spoiler: reveals his true identity, kills Jones, and escapes with Devereux. At a wide-open park, Moriarty reveals to Devereux that he intends on taking over America's criminal underworld since England's is no longer a possibility]]. Combining an intellect to match Holmes' with a healthy dose of ruthlessness, Moriarty shows why he is labeled as the "Napoleon of crime".



* ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' works, by publication date:
** ''Literature/AStudyInEmerald'': "Rache" is the murderer of [[AssholeVictim Prince Franz Drago]], a revolutionary seeking to tear down the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]]. Rache [[LuredIntoATrap lures the Prince into a trap]] by promising him a girl to feed upon, whereupon Drago is led to Rache's partner to be murdered. When the detective of the story tracks Rache down under the alias Sherry Varnet, Rache easily deduces his true identity and eludes capture, throwing the country into uproar while he simply hides in the rookery of St. Giles where the police don't dare tread. While ruthless, Rache is dedicated to the defeat of the Old Ones, being in actuality [[spoiler:the detective Franchise/SherlockHolmes as an anarchist]] in this dark world.
** ''Literature/{{Moriarty}}'': [[DiabolicalMastermind Professor James Moriarty]] turned to a life of crime after [[DoWrongRight being appalled at the stupidity and lack of organization of London's criminal underworld]], amassing many followers. When American crime lord [[MisterBig Clarence Devereux]] tried to take over his organization, turning Moriarty's followers against him, Moriarty [[spoiler: [[FakingTheDead faked his death]] at the Reichenback Falls and adopted the identity of American detective Fredrick Chase in order to gain Scotland Yard's assistance]]. In the novel proper, Moriarty, [[spoiler: as Chase]], manages to lead Athelney Jones and the rest of Scotland Yard to Devereux without Jones even realizing it, and when Devereux is finally caught, Moriarty [[spoiler: reveals his true identity, kills Jones, and escapes with Devereux. At a wide-open park, Moriarty reveals to Devereux that he intends on taking over America's criminal underworld since England's is no longer a possibility]]. Combining an intellect to match Holmes' with a healthy dose of ruthlessness, Moriarty shows why he is labeled as the "[[RedBaron Napoleon of crime]]".
** ''Literature/SherlockHolmesAndDoctorWasNot'': In "Curtain Call" by J. Scherpenhuizen, [[Theatre/DoctorFaustus Dr. Johann Faustus]] returns from Hell, acting as {{Satan}}'s emissary on Earth and aids Literature/SherlockHolmes in taking down James Moriarty to consolidate his own criminal empire. Taking the alias [[Film/DrMabuseTheGambler Dr. Hieronymus Mabuse]] after killing him, he hypnotizes a man into believing he committed the murder and later manipulates him into killing Moriarty and himself. Revealing to Holmes his true nature, "Mabuse" sees he escapes karmic punishment while being the true mastermind behind the Great Detective's victory.



* ''Literature/AStudyInEmerald'': "Rache" is the murderer of prince Franz Drago, a revolutionary seeking to tear down the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]]. Rache lures the prince into a trap by promising him a girl to feed upon, whereupon Drago is led to Rache's partner to be murdered. When the detective of the story tracks Rache down under the alias Sherry Varnet, Rache easily deduces his true identity and eludes capture, throwing the country into uproar while he simply hides in the rookery of St. Giles where the police don't dare tread. While ruthless, Rache is dedicated to the defeat of the Old Ones, being in actuality [[spoiler:the detective Franchise/SherlockHolmes as an anarchist]] in this dark world.


* ''Literature/AStudyInEmerald'': 'Rache' is the murderer of prince Franz Drago, a revolutionary seeking to tear down the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]]. Rache lures the prince into a trap by promising him a girl to feed upon, whereupon Drago is led to Rache's partner to be murdered. When the detective of the story tracks Rache down under the alias Sherry Varnet, Rache easily deduces his true identity and eludes capture, throwing the country into uproar while he simply hides in the rookery of St. Giles where the police don't dare tread. While ruthless, Rache is dedicated to the defeat of the Old Ones, being in actuality [[spoiler:the detective Franchise/SherlockHolmes as an anarchist]] in this dark world.

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* ''Literature/AStudyInEmerald'': 'Rache' "Rache" is the murderer of prince Franz Drago, a revolutionary seeking to tear down the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]]. Rache lures the prince into a trap by promising him a girl to feed upon, whereupon Drago is led to Rache's partner to be murdered. When the detective of the story tracks Rache down under the alias Sherry Varnet, Rache easily deduces his true identity and eludes capture, throwing the country into uproar while he simply hides in the rookery of St. Giles where the police don't dare tread. While ruthless, Rache is dedicated to the defeat of the Old Ones, being in actuality [[spoiler:the detective Franchise/SherlockHolmes as an anarchist]] in this dark world.


* ''Literature/TheFolkOfTheAir'': The cunning, charismatic [[ColonelKilgore General Madoc]] is the high general of Elfahme who desires to expand and rule Elfahme and adopted the heroine Jude Duarte and her sister and raised them as his own after killing their parents. Allying with Prince Balekin Greenbriar, Madoc skillfully pulls a coup while making Balekin think that he'll be his easily fooled puppet. Instead, Madoc turns the tables on him and plans to use his adopted son who is secretly one of Eldred's descendants as a PuppetKing allowing him to become the ruler of Elfhame instead. After being foiled by Jude, Madoc changes tactics and uses Jude's twin sister to trick Jude's lover King Cardan into freeing him from his vows to the crown so he can begin his attempted takeover. Madoc later manipulates the poisoning of the Queen of the Undersea to ensure her daughter will now be forced to side with him in his war against Cardan, pushing him to the edge of total victory. Madoc skillfully mixes wit with cunning intelligence while possessing many admirable traits like love for all of his children even Jude and even steps down gracefully into exile when she shows that the people of Elfhame side with her.

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* ''Literature/TheFolkOfTheAir'': The cunning, charismatic [[ColonelKilgore General Madoc]] is the high general of Elfahme who desires to expand and rule Elfahme and adopted the heroine Jude Duarte and her sister and [[RaisedByRival raised them as his own after killing their parents.parents]]. Allying with Prince Balekin Greenbriar, Madoc skillfully pulls a coup while making Balekin think that he'll be his easily fooled puppet. Instead, Madoc turns the tables on him and plans to use his adopted son who is secretly one of Eldred's descendants as a PuppetKing allowing him to become the ruler of Elfhame instead. After being foiled by Jude, Madoc changes tactics and uses Jude's twin sister to trick Jude's lover King Cardan into freeing him from his vows to the crown so he can begin his attempted takeover. Madoc later manipulates the poisoning of the Queen of the Undersea to ensure her daughter will now be forced to side with him in his war against Cardan, pushing him to the edge of total victory. Madoc skillfully mixes wit with cunning intelligence while possessing many admirable traits like love for all of his children even Jude and even steps down gracefully into exile when she shows that the people of Elfhame side with her.


* ''Don't Be a Hero'', by Chris Strange: Morgan "Quanta" Shepherd is a man with the power to control light. Inspired by superheroes, Shepherd ends up revolted at the world's ingratitude towards them. Fashioning himself into the supervillain Quanta, he orchestrates mass breakouts of supervillains, fashioning himself into a charismatic leader for them as he orchestrates brutal attacks and experiments with the purpose of forcing the world to realize the necessity for superheroes again. Attempting to turn the young boy Sam into a living, superpowered weapon, Quanta pulls off a major plan in a matter of days, creating a near catastrophic tragedy, all the inspire the return of heroes to stop villains like him with near perfect success.

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* ''Don't Be be a Hero'', by Chris Strange: [[WellIntentionedExtremist Morgan "Quanta" Shepherd is Shepherd]], better known as Quanta, adored superheroes as a man with the power youth and, upon superheroes being defamed and derided by society, makes a plan to control light. Inspired by superheroes, Shepherd ends up revolted at bring back the world's ingratitude towards reliance on and love for them. Fashioning himself into the supervillain Quanta, Assembling a team of villains he orchestrates mass breakouts of supervillains, fashioning himself into a charismatic leader for them as he orchestrates brutal attacks recruits through both charisma and experiments with the purpose bribery, Quanta stages prison breaks, hijacks a television station, and even allows his own capture only to then escape as part of forcing the world his scheme. Quanta's final plan is to realize the necessity for become a global threat, [[ZeroApprovalGambit reviled by humankind]] simply so that only superheroes again. Attempting to turn can take him down and bring back the young boy Sam into "age of the hero," even as he [[EvenEvilHasStandards shows disgust]] at some of his partners' sexually perverted and sadistic personalities. Pulling off his scheme with excellence and all while suffering from a living, superpowered weapon, crippling brain tumor that is [[YourDaysAreNumbered slowly killing him]], Quanta pulls off a major plan in a matter of days, creating a near catastrophic tragedy, all sets the inspire the return of stage for heroes to stop villains like him with near perfect success.return and, noting that he's grown attached to being a villain, hopes to serve as a threat for the heroes to fight for years to come.


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* ''How to be a Villain'' & ''The Villain's Guide to Better Living'', by Neil Zawacki: [[NoNameGiven The unnamed author]] of these villainous guidebooks is a slick, witty mastermind of diabolical proportions whose singular goal is to make the reader a successful evildoer. [[AffablyEvil Unfailingly supportive and polite]] to the reader, the author encourages equal opportunities for all in villainous careers while promoting [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes healthy romantic and platonic relationships alike]]. The author has a bevy of wicked schemes and manipulative tactics for dealing with any number of hero, sidekick, or animal companions that could thwart the reader's rise to infamy, for which the author often suggests dealing with in the [[NoNonsenseNemesis bluntest, least dramatic ways possible]] to ensure slim chances of survival for such a heroic foe. Completely committed to the lifestyle of evil and an advocate for both self-acceptance and enlightenment, the author stands as a devilishly charming supervillain defined by [[GenreSavvy genre savviness]].


** Gentleman Johnnie Marcone is constantly putting himself in a position where it's absolutely necessary for people who hate him to cooperate with him, whether because he's the lesser of several evils or simply the only option. Even before getting involved with the supernatural, Marcone [[DiabolicalMastermind brought all of Chicago's organized crime under his control]]. Upon getting involved in the supernatural, Marcone never fails to come out on top, repeatedly outmaneuvering and helping to defeat forces far more powerful and older than he is. Marcone even becomes the first mortal signatory to the supernatural Accords. Fully aware of his limitations as a man, Marcone is insanely prepared for supernatural threats and takes measures accordingly, frequently destroying threats that come for him. Marcone is also driven by a desire to [[EvenEvilHasStandards protect innocent bystanders from harm]], his iron will defined by a little girl who was once shot by a bullet intended for him. A complex, ruthless man, Marcone frequently shows why he is one of Harry Dresden's [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor great allies and enemies often at the same time]].
** The White Court vampire Lara Raith, having been sexually enslaved by her own father, the White King, overcomes his control and cripples him into an empty shell that she uses as a puppet while she remains [[TheWomanBehindTheMan the true power behind the throne]]. Lara then proceeds to manipulate the rival families of the White Court into attacking female magic users too weak for the White Council to notice, betting on the fact that Harry Dresden will get involved and wipe out all of the challengers for leadership of the White Court. Lara is a [[ConsummateLiar consummate manipulator]], frequently employing the aid of people who have reason to detest her and getting them to work towards her purposes. Lara is also secretly a fighter in the Oblivion War, seeking to exterminate ancient beings far too deadly to coexist with humanity. Despite freely acknowledging herself as a monster, Lara [[MoralSociopathy has a conscience]], even if she will happily play her family, friends, allies and enemies to secure her goals and remain in power.
** Martin, a seemingly innocuous member of the Fellowship of St. Giles, is a former spy for the Red Court in the resistance against them. Seeing all the horror and evil committed by his former masters shattered Martin's loyalty, making him a triple agent out to destroy them whatever the cost. Sabotaging a duel between Duke Paolo Ortega and Harry Dresden to keep a war between the Red Court and the White Council of Wizards ongoing, Martin later leaks information of his comrade Susan's daughter with Harry for the plans of Paolo's widow Arianna Ortega, letting her set up a sacrifice to wipe out an entire bloodline with its youngest member. Martin then manipulates a betrayal of the heroes to trick Susan into killing him, turning her into a full vampire so Harry is forced to sacrifice her, the youngest Red Court member, to exterminate the entire bloodline in order to save his daughter, dying with full satisfaction at his plans achieved.

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** Gentleman Johnnie Marcone [[TheDon "Gentleman" Johnny Marcone]] is constantly putting himself in a position where it's absolutely necessary for people who hate him to cooperate with him, whether because he's the lesser of several evils or simply the only option. Even before getting involved with the supernatural, Marcone [[DiabolicalMastermind brought all of Chicago's organized crime under his control]]. Upon getting When he does get involved in with the supernatural, Marcone never fails to come out on top, repeatedly outmaneuvering and helping to defeat forces far more powerful and older than he is. Marcone even becomes the first mortal signatory to the supernatural Accords. Fully aware of his limitations as a man, Marcone is [[CrazyPrepared insanely prepared for supernatural threats threats]] and takes measures accordingly, frequently destroying threats that come for him. Marcone is also driven by a desire to [[EvenEvilHasStandards protect innocent bystanders from harm]], his iron will defined by a little girl who was once shot by a bullet intended for him. A complex, ruthless man, Marcone frequently shows why he is one of Harry Dresden's [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor [[FriendlyEnemy great allies and enemies often at the same time]].
** The White Court vampire [[FemmeFatale Lara Raith, Raith]], having been sexually enslaved by her own father, the White King, overcomes his control and cripples him into an empty shell EmptyShell that she uses as a puppet while she remains [[TheWomanBehindTheMan the true power behind the throne]]. Lara then proceeds to manipulate the rival families of the White Court into attacking female magic users too weak for the White Council to notice, betting on the fact that Harry Dresden will get involved and wipe out all of the challengers for leadership of the White Court. Lara is a [[ConsummateLiar consummate manipulator]], frequently employing the aid of people who have reason to detest her and getting them to work towards her purposes. Lara is also secretly a fighter in the Oblivion War, seeking to exterminate ancient beings far too deadly to coexist with humanity. Despite freely acknowledging herself as a monster, Lara [[MoralSociopathy has a conscience]], even if she will happily play her family, friends, allies and enemies to secure her goals and remain in power.
** Martin, [[KnightTemplar Martin]], a seemingly innocuous member of the Fellowship of St. Giles, is a former spy for the Red Court in the resistance against them. Seeing all the horror and evil committed by his former masters shattered Martin's loyalty, making him a triple agent out to destroy them whatever the cost. Sabotaging a duel between Duke Paolo Ortega and Harry Dresden to keep a war between the Red Court and the White Council of Wizards ongoing, Martin later leaks information of his comrade Susan's daughter with Harry for the plans of Paolo's widow Arianna Ortega, letting her set up a sacrifice to wipe out an entire bloodline with its youngest member. Martin then manipulates a betrayal of the heroes to trick Susan into killing him, turning her into a full vampire so Harry is forced to sacrifice her, the youngest Red Court member, to exterminate the entire bloodline in order to save his daughter, dying with full satisfaction at his plans achieved.achieved.
** [[ProfessionalKiller Goodman Grey]] is a SkinWalker-human hybrid who acts as a hitman and has dedicated himself to ridding the world of far worse evils. A ConsummateProfessional with keen skills and [[IndyPloy the ability to change tactics on a dime]], Grey helps Harry outwit and play Nicodemus "Nick" Acherlone, with Nick not realizing that Grey was on Harry's side the entire time that Nick had "hired" Grey. As the head of Monster LLC, Grey hunts down other criminals and brings brutal vengeance onto them for the price of a dollar, planning [[ThePerfectCrime perfect hits]] and being able to think of new ways to succeed when obstacles pop up, even pulling one over on Macrone in the short story, "Monsters". A self-proclaimed "professional monster", Grey cuts his own way as a charismatic individual fully dedicated to his goals.

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* ''Literature/AngelMage'': [[TheVamp Liliath]] was a nun driven to despair when her attempts to summon her angel-lover Phalinel into a human host resulted in many deaths and lead the survivors from the destruction before entering a sleep for hundreds of years until she is able to revive her beloved. Manipulating control of a group called "The Resenters" who are descendants of the Survivors of Ystara for her plans as well as to kill those in her way, Liliath takes the name "Milady" and outwits and kills those within the group who seek to undermine her power. Seducing the Queen with a show of skill and charm, Liliath begins her ritual to revive Phalinel with all the cards in her hand, only stopped by being turned into an angel herself, still getting everything she wanted.


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* ''Literature/CatwomanSoulstealer'': Selina Kyle, aka ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, rose up from illegal street fighter to pay for her sister's medical bills to become a skilled member of the league of Assassins in two years. After discovering a way to use Lazarus pit formula to cure her dying sister, Selina leaves the league and heads back to Gotham City where she starts a crime spree in order to recruit both a skilled biochemist to help her complete it in ComicBook/PoisonIvy and a way to contact ComicBook/TheJoker and make a deal with him in ComicBook/HarleyQuinn. Starting a massive, flashy crime spree to take control of the criminal underworld and outwitting [[ComicBook/{{Batwing}} Luke Fox]]'s attempts to evade her, Selina lets herself get captured eventually, knowing she'll be transferred to Arkham Asylum due to the infamy shes gained and uses Joker and his army to defeat The League of Assassins members who've come for her, by promising it to him, only to backstab him and hand him over to the police. Selina is a cunning, seductive figure who genuinely grows to care for Harley, Ivy and Luke and ends the book succeeding with her plans to save her sister, heading off for her next heist.


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* ''The Evil Queen'', by Gena Showalter: Everly Morrow, after a torrent of ill and abuses from others as well as love for her sister, [[ThenLetMeBeEvil decides to embrace her title as the legendary "Evil Queen"]]. Everly takes over the kingdom of Sevhun as its new queen after killing her husband who forced her into marriage and exiles the deceased king's daughter, Princess Farrah, later foiling Farrah's attempts to usurp her and runs circles around her. After being captured, Everly bonds with Farrah's brother Roth and plots to escape, all the while using her AdorableEvilMinions to spy on things for her plans. Eventually escaping using said minions to cut off the fingers off one of her jailers, Everly manages to outwit Farrah and has her sealed forever into a glass coffin where she'll end up having to experience her crimes over and over again. Everly ends the book as the only antagonist on top, having left the others in the dust and now gains tremendous powers as well as both a marriage to Roth and control of the kingdom.


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* ''Parallel Worlds'' anthology: [[VisionaryVillain John Metclaf]], from "The Tragedy of John Metclaf", by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, is an assassin magician known for [[ProfessionalKiller pulling off skilled hits]] for the organization known as Management. Feeling guilt over his crimes over the years, Metclaf eventually swaps places with a version of himself from an alternate world to avoid capture and decides to use this second chance to [[TheAtoner atone]], leaving his alternate version to die at the hands of his captors in his place. Metclaf rises as a star and helps make several life changing advancements to the world and when Management attempts to bring him back, shuts them down and makes himself look the hero, all to his adoring public eye.

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