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  • Ice Cream Man: Rickard, or Rick, is an otherworldly being posing as an ice cream man. Murdering his uncle before arriving on earth, Rick spreads suffering and death as he traverses the world, luring in innocents to die or go insane and ruin their lives for centuries, even trapping people in the world of television to be killed horrifically for his amusement. Trying to murder a little girl before attempting to murder his good-hearted cousin Caleb, Rick continues his evil for centuries before killing the last of humanity and taking his ship to find a new universe to torment.
  • Impaler, by William Harms et al.: The Great Beast is a monstrous creature of darkness that appeared during the reign of Vlad the Impaler, having his armies and countless more innocents slaughtered by its shadow vampires. Reappearing centuries after its initial defeat, the Beast disperses its shadow vampires into New York, having them brutally massacre innocents by increasingly large numbers until the entire city is nothing more than an abattoir of torn-apart corpses. Doing the same to Boston and Philadelphia, the Beast intends to send its ravenous creatures across the entire country and eventually to butcher everything on the planet.
  • Indiana Jones:
    • Further Adventures of Indiana Jones's issue #19 ("Dragon By The Tail!"): General Makimura is a Japanese mystic who attempts to capture a living dragon to unleash it off the coast of California, allowing it to ravage most of the USA and countless lives with it before he and his men take over the rest. Inevitably—and to his apathy—Makimura's recklessness cause the dragon to be freed and destroy his men and whatever else is in its path, nearly killing numerous children before being stopped by Indy.
    • Thunder in the Orient, by Dan Barry et al.: General Masashi Kyojo, a wicked Japanese soldier with ambitions of conquering Asia, introduces himself double-crossing and murdering a treasure hunter who imparts vital information to him. In pursuit of the fabled Covenant of Buddha, Kyojo spares no expense: killing his own Giant Mook on a whim; forcing three of his own soldiers to commit hara-kiri for their failure; and even gleefully having a village airbombed. Kyojo sneers to Indiana Jones that today his head will roll, and tomorrow the West will follow him.
  • InSEXts, by Marguerite Bennett et al.: The Hag is an ancient monster who savors human suffering more than anything. In Victorian times, the Hag contracts with Lalita "Lady" Bertram's cruel husband to help her run a brothel where women are forced into slavery so the Hag can preside over their pain. Murdering women and girls on the streets of London, the Hag also frequently commands her slaves to hurt each other while having sex for her amusement. When heroines Lady and her lover Mariah manage to track the Hag down, she dominates the mind of Lady's former sister-in-law to have her kill Lady's infant son and announces her intention to massacre everyone in the brothel to escape, before trying to Mind Rape Lady and her friends with visions of their worst fear. Flashbacks demonstrate that the Hag has been murdering and torturing for a long time, having chosen of her own volition to become a monster long ago.
  • Invincible: Grand Regent Thragg, ruler of the Viltrumite empire, continues the brutal traditions of only the strong surviving, conquest and genocide throughout the galaxy. Ordering the deaths of countless billions, Thragg leads his people against the heroic half-Viltrumite Markus "Mark" Grayson—aka Invincible—resulting in the loss of their homeworld. Opting to lurk on earth to breed a new army of Viltrumites with the survivors, Thragg learns his Arch-Enemy, Mark's father Nolan, is the true heir of the empire. Thragg attempts to murder him, only to be defeated and exiled where he travels to a short lived species' world, taking it over and forcibly breeding thousands upon thousands of disposable half-Viltrumites who initially age quickly. Initiating a new war, Thragg attempts to wipe out entire worlds to establish the New Viltrumite Empire, using his own children as Cannon Fodder that he can send to literally break upon their enemy, dying pointlessly by the hundreds before attempting to destroy earth and his old Viltrumite followers now defending it. A cruel tyrant obsessed with his ideals of strength at the expense of all else, Thragg remained Mark's most personal foe and the author of endless misery.
  • The Invisibles:
    • Orlando is a demonic assassin from the dark realms of Mictlan dispatched to deal with King Mob and his allies. Not satisfied with targeting the Invisibles, Orlando is a savage sadist who skins innocent people to wear them, before murdering their entire families. Orlando goes on a killing spree, torturing and killing innocent people, children included, before trying to torture Jack Frost after cutting off his finger. When he returns later, Orlando tries to assist the Archons, all-powerful demons of absolute order, and goes on another killing spree, even preparing to slaughter a group of children as a sacrifice.
    • Colonel Friday is an influential US Air Force officer who moonlights as a member of the Outer Church, a secret society that schemes to bring the Archons to Earth. In charge of the Church's operations in the United States, Friday masterminds numerous schemes to eradicate all except absolute conformity in humans, in accordance with his masters' dogma. He participates in an attempted genocide of the LGBT community by means of germ warfare, even Withholding the Cure for AIDS from the population in his base; has experimented to create misshapen, agonized human-animal hybrids; invented a psychological torture machine that projects its victims' worst fear; and has imprisoned and tortured mysterious godlike being who pain causes disasters among humanity. Friday is also entirely aware of exactly what his masters attempt to do to humanity, and gleefully aids them nonetheless.
  • Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast: The Beast, servant of the Unmaker, rules over a hellish underworld powered as an engine of eternal suffering, with countless souls in all manner of agonies stretched out to infinity to fuel his power. The Beast stirs corruption and chaos among humanity, to steer them all to their ultimate damnation, attempting to corrupt the mad spirit of humanity's freedom, Eddie, then trying to a tree for all eternity after having cut his soul in four. Even after Eddie breaks out, the Beast takes glee in attempting to cut down his own friend and join him to bring mankind to destruction.
  • The Iron Saint, by Jason Rubin et al.: "Sweet" Joe Petunia is "number three" in the criminal syndicate after Big Daddy and Michael Irons. When he was sent along with Michael Irons to collect the debt from John Chase, for some casino owner, who was working for Big Daddy, he unexpectedly turns on Irons and kills John Chase, his wife, their two little children and that casino owner. Taking the money for himself, Joe decided to lie to Big Daddy, by telling him that John Chase didn't come with the money and Irons went nuts and start killing everyone until Joe stopped him, then he left the mortally wounded Irons to die. When Irons managed to survive, Joe put a price on his head, and during their final battle he kills many of Irons's allies and randomly murders two of his henchmen, so that he alone could kill Irons.
  • Irredeemable: The Plutonian was once a superhero who only saved lives for the adoration it brought him. However, his inability to handle any form of criticism led to him snapping and becoming the most evil being the world had ever known. Starting his evil campaign by painfully lobotomizing his teenage sidekick, Plutonian later massacred the population of Sky City, numbering in the millions, to keep a mistake he made from going public. After hunting down his former teammates and brutally murdering them and their entire families, children and babies included, Plutonian annihilates the country of Singapore solely because an ambassador from said country lied to him. Seemingly locked away forever on an alien planet, Plutonian rejects an alien's attempts to redeem him and leads a breakout with a group of psychotic criminals. Returning to Earth, Plutonian carves his own insignia into the U.S.A., killing thousands of people; slaughters entire cities; and uses dozens of superheroes as ammo to fling into space. After trying to murder the last remaining superheroes, Plutonian is fully willing to let the entire Earth perish due to radiation poisoning just to spite his nemesis, Qubit, only saving the planet because his own life is on the line. Though having many possible excuses and sympathetic moments throughout the story, it is slowly revealed that Plutonian was ultimately nothing more than a childish sociopath who would kill innumerable innocents just because he wasn't universally loved by all, while caring for no one but himself.
  • Jack the Ripper, by Francois Debois & Jean-Charles Poupard: Jean-Martin Charcot is the ultimate Man Behind the Man to Jack the Ripper himself, alongside all his other crimes in the story. As a famous neuroscientist and master of hypnotism, Charcot's evil started when a group of his students accidentally hypnotized a woman into killing her own sister. Taking advantage of the hypnotic trance they used, Charcot and his students begin hypnotizing their various patients into bringing out their psychopathic killer sides, leading to some becoming Serial Killers while others massacre their entire families, children included, before killing themselves. When Inspector Abberline begins investigating him, Charcot hypnotizes the man into killing his own girlfriend before going on to become a Serial Killer, and Charcot shows absolutely no concern over one of his former students becoming Jack the Ripper while the others die one by one. Though using scientific discovery as an excuse for his truly wicked actions, Charcot was ultimately an attention-seeking lunatic willing to kill all in his way in his path to fame.
  • Jeremiah Harm, by Keith Giffen, Alan Grant, et al.: Dak Moira, an educated, vicious Mad Artist, is the Arch-Enemy of Jeremiah Harm and the most dangerous criminal in the universe. Staging a breakout of the penal colony he's imprisoned in alongside his cohorts Ayamo Skyver and Brune S'maze, Dak destroys the prison, killing thousands, before making his way to the Bronx. Seeking the Basal Shard underneath the city, Dak has Brune enshroud half of the Bronx in a noxious cloud meant to slowly suffocate everyone to death to clear the way, and sends Ayamo to start cannibalizing random people in the street to deter Harm once he learns he's in pursuit. Casually murdering people on his own and ordering dozens of innocent people horribly dissolved alive by Brune once a cashier misinterprets his orders, Dak eventually reveals his goal to simply obliterate the entire universe as an act of cosmic murder-suicide, simply to create what he feels is the perfect artistic masterpiece of murder. Decapitating Ayamo to use her blood to gain entrance to the Basal Chamber, Dak happily announces his intention to torture Harm's human friends to death before killing everything else. A self-styled artisan with thousands of bodies to his name and desiring countless trillions more to follow suit, Dak's posh facade merely guises a blood-hungry sociopath who commits murder simply for fun.
  • Jimmy's Bastards, by Garth Ennis, Russ Braun, et al.: The leader of the titular 200 bastards, known as "Junior", devises a scheme to get back at their super secret agent father James "Jimmy" Regent. Junior has his sisters secretly seduce Jimmy, who is unaware of their true identities, and later reveals to him he's slept with dozens of his own daughters. To lure Jimmy closer, Junior also has many of his own brothers killed in suicide attacks, and when Jimmy returns to save his heroic child Nancy, Junior reveals he's implanted bombs in the chests of all his siblings, detonating several to prove a point and forcing them to either die or sacrifice themselves against Jimmy himself, intending on killing them regardless for a crack at Jimmy himself, before sadistically beating Jimmy down, driven only by his utter hatred of having to be connected to him.
  • Jindai, written by Joe Brushi: The evil Oni Taku, conjured by the feudal warlord Lord Shinzen to avenge a military defeat at the hands of rival samurai, quickly becomes far too much for Shinzen to handle. Taku drives Shinzen to guilt and eventual insanity by forcing Shinzen to sacrifice his own daughter's soul for Taku's aid, before possessing Shinzen himself and rising up an army of the dead. Taku has his black army sweep over Japan, slaughtering villages full of innocent people and outposts full of soldiers who can scarcely even fight back against the hordes. Taku intends to have Yamamoto's largest city razed to the ground and every soul within massacred except for Yamamoto's young heir, who Taku intends to possess next to solidify his conquest of humanity and reduce Japan to a hellscape of demon carnage.
  • Jinnrise, by Sohaib Awan, Tom Taylor, et al.: The Kibr is the tyrannical overlord of the Kibrani, an alien race currently invading the Earth. A stout believer in Might Makes Right, the Kibr is convinced of the idea that he deserves to lord over all beings that he deems worthy of living, and to this end, uses the Kibrani empire to enslave and wipe out entire species across the universe, claiming billions of lives throughout the cosmos, regardless how defenseless or pacifistic the race may be. Once arriving on Earth, the Kibr orders entire cities obliterated, all while manipulating his top agent Lahasad Brim into serving him by proclaiming his son died on the battlefield to motivate him. In reality, the Kibr himself murdered Lahasad Brim's son with his bare hands just to keep Brim under his thumb, alongside promising a man the release of his family should he assist the Kibrani, despite the fact that the Kibr has already killed said family. His master plan being to use the powers of the ancient magical race of Jinn to destroy or subjugate everything that isn't the Kibrani, the Kibr tries to murder Yunus's aunt and uncle just to torture the boy, and gleefully reveals to Lahasad Brim his hand in the murder of his son while mocking his compassion for said son. His goals being nothing but a lust for battle and conquest, the Kibr would have encompassed the entire universe in death as long as it meant establishing himself as the most powerful being to ever live.
  • John Flood, by Justin Jordan, Jorge Coelho, & Tamra Bonvillain: Randall Tate is a sociopath sponsored by the government to commit any and all crimes he wishes, something he takes full advantage of every chance he gets. Opening the comic up by slaughtering a camping party before snapping a young man's neck to steal his home, Tate is sent after the titular John Flood when Flood makes connections to Tate's murders, which amount in the thousands and include men, women, children, and even babies. While hunting down Flood, Tate butchers a man and keeps his remains in his freezer, before shooting up several restaurants and lighting numerous buildings on fire to distract the police from his coming massacre of the local police station. When finally confronting Flood, Tate gleefully reveals he has no loves ones, no home, and no motive for his crimes. He just likes killing and has made his entire way of life revolve around how many innocents he can kill at any given time.
  • John Wick: "Calamity" is a half-feral assassin who, in stark contrast to other assassins employed by the Continental, relishes in deliberately targeting innocent lives for pleasure. Calamity blew up an entire village and slaughtered dozens for the sake of attempting to kill a young John Wick, and is freed from custody years later where she proceeds to murder the people who break her out and escapes to old habits. Calamity fires upon populated buildings to lure John out while cackling, taking innocents hostage and only hesitating on murdering her own gang members for fun simply because "it would be over too soon" that way.
  • John Woo's Seven Brothers, by John Woo, Garth Ennis, & Jeevan Kang: The Son of Hell is a malevolent sorcerer who attempts to Take Over the World through the enslavement of the Dragon Lines, uncaring of the havoc this could wreak upon the world. The Son of Hell establishes his cruelty by condemning the souls of the tens of thousands men making up China's fleet to never-ending torment and nearly obliterates the world in his mad bid to enslave the Dragon Lines, only stopped by his abused apprentice Fong. Awakening centuries later, the Son of Hell brutally slaughters an expedition team and eats the brain of a billionaire CEO, walking into his skin to assume his identity and using the man's resources to resume his conquest. When he's confronted by Fong's descendants, the Son of Hell orders them all murdered in public and, upon being confronted by their coordinator Rachel, the Son of Hell callously states he seeks to abolish mankind of all choice—and clean up as much of humanity itself he deems necessary in this process.
  • Jurassic Park: Redemption, written by Bob Schreck:
    • Peter Ludlow, surviving his encounter with a baby T-Rex, becomes maniacally obsessed with spiting the entire Hammond family, specifically his nephew-in-law Tim Murphy. Secretly endorsing Tim's efforts to construct a new Jurassic Park in the middle of Texas, Ludlow works with Lewis Dodgson in ensuring carnivores populate the park before having Dodgson murder Dr. Henry Wu to silence him. Eventually revealing himself to Tim, Ludlow gleefully reveals his intent to unleash the entire populace of the new Jurassic Park onto Texas to slaughter as many innocents in their path as possible, uncaring of the immense body count that will result so long as Tim is framed for the crime. So deep is Ludlow's hate for the Hammond lineage that Ludlow hopes for Tim to stay alive for years just so he'll suffer guilt for his hand in the coming massacre, and Ludlow even goes so low as to inform Tim that his sister Lex will be one of the victims of Ludlow's scheme.
    • Lewis Dodgson, unscrupulous corporate executive, is now working with the returned Peter Ludlow to absolutely annihilate the legacy of John Hammond and ruin Ingen. Torturing the dinosaurs under his care, Dodgson gleefully participates in the murder of Dr. Wu by allowing a predator to rip him apart, plotting to unleash more dinosaurs to wipe out vast swaths of Texas so he can profit through his own corporation.
  • Jurassic Strike Force 5: Master Zalex is an evil alien overlord who desires to rule the entire galaxy. After landing on planet Earth, Zalex captures several dinosaurs and forces the Nodes aliens to turn them into super soldiers, threatening to destroy their planet if they don't help him. Millions of years later, after Zalex and his Reptilian dinosaurs are awakened, Zalex kills all the scientists who mistakenly wake him up, shortly before he and the Reptilians invade a submarine base and slaughter most of the soldiers in the vicinity. He later forces the survivors to assist him in his schemes, and nearly kills the Strike Force dinosaurs when they confront him. Zalex gets the dinosaurs to surrender by kidnapping Saral and threatening to kill her in front of them. Once captured, Zalex tries to convert the Strike Force into mindless slaves with a serum, and even sends his Reptilians to try and kill Tyler. When the serum is destroyed, Zalex tries to kill the Strike Force again by blowing up the submarine base, and he later invades Washington, D.C., where he and his Reptilians start destroying the city and killing anyone who opposes him. After the President refuses to submit to Zalex's demands, Zalex tries to blow up the city with a nuclear warhead. A violent warlord who craves absolute domination, Zalex cares about nothing but ruling over species lesser than him, and will kill anyone who opposes him or is deemed useless.
  • Justice, Inc.: The Avenger, by Christopher Sequeira, Mark Waid, et al.: Travis Engel is a wealthy industrialist who owns a chemical company, but happily betrays America for Nazi Germany solely for the money. Inventing a gas that causes invisibility, Engel tries to perfect it when it renders the subject partially invisible, drives them insane and kills them in hours. Engel proceeds to use it on multiple innocent people before capturing the hero Richard Benson's friends and using it on one named Nellie solely so her Love Interest can watch her die. Engel then proceeds to attempt to drop the gas on American soldiers to kill them and allow German boats to raze the US coast, allowing for a brutal German invasion as long as Engel himself profits.
  • Key of Z, written by Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert: Yankee Lavoe is the selfish ruler of the Bronx after the Zombie Apocalypse. Seeking to become ruler of New York, Lavoe murders the leader of New York, Atwater, and blows up his apartment, which also kills hero Nick Ewing's wife and son. Finding a map to an armory after torturing Nick, Lavoe imprisons Nick and sets out to wage war against the entire city. Caught in a gang war with Jackson Met, Lavoe shoots one of his men to bait some zombies and tries to kill Nick and Eddie for making a getaway.
  • KGB, by Valérie Mangin & Malo Kerfriden: Von Ausch is a German scientist who participated in The Holocaust, experimenting on multiple woman from concentration camps and their children, whom he imbued with demonic power. After being captured by the USSR, Von Ausch easily changes sides and trains his children as Soviet spies, abandoning them to work in The Space Race. Actually the demon Beelzebub, and previously Rasputin, he plans to kill the Soviet leadership by causing an explosion during the launch of the first space rocket but is stopped by Ava Kirova, secretly Lucifer herself, and Dimitri, his own creation. When Lucifer forces him to return to Hell, it is revealed that Beelzebub killed Lucifer's lieutenant and took control of Hell. When the Soviets invade Hell to search for him, Beelzebub sends his servants to kill Soviet soldiers in extremely painful ways before being defeated. A sadistic, manipulative demon whose pride for his children is merely his own ego, Beelzebub returns to confront Lucifer another time and ultimately ends up allying with his former enemy, ready to cause even more destruction and pain for his own entertainment.
  • Killing Pickman, by Jason Becker, Jon Rea, & Matt Talbot: "Richard Pickman" is a strange, sadistic man who has warped himself into a Humanoid Abomination through his service to the demonic "Mother". Empty of anything but a wicked desire to kill, Richard Pickman has murdered countless children, raping them and crucifying them before torturing them to death, all to feed their souls to Mother. Even imprisoned, Pickman wastes no time in using his influence to drive dozens of people to suicide and murderous violence, even making an officer murder his pregnant wife before killing himself. Pickman later uses these powers to compel five prisoners sent to kill him to rip each other apart before biting out the throat of the last, and twists the minds of five more officers before sending them upon the nearby precinct to massacre everyone they come across. Pickman, at the end of the story, homes in on the infant child of one of the detectives that has been periodically interrogated him, intent on fulfilling a promise to tear the baby's heart out as an offering for his goddess.
  • Kill Shakespeare: King Richard III is the psychopathic main antagonist of the comic, behind much of the evil. Once gaining sapience after being created by Shakespeare, Richard slaughtered his entire royal family and took the throne for himself, and uses his position to brutally tax and starve his subjects while allowing his soldiers free reign to rape and murder as they please. With no tolerance for failure or resistance, Richard carves the eyes out of one of his troops for failing guard duty, has an entire village of a group of rebels burned and every male child executed, and buries one of his foes alive. In the end, Richard leads a final assault against the rebel forces known as the Prodigals, ordering Lady Macbeth to annihilate the enemy forces, uncaring that his own troops will be caught in the blast, and plans to murder Shakespeare and take his magic quill for himself, using it to rewrite reality and make himself a god.
  • Kill the Minotaur, by Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, et al.: The fanatical King Minos, viewing the Minotaur as an object of worship and his new son, wages war on Athena to force a tribute every year to feed young men and women to the beast, named Asterion, in preparation for the day when Asterion emerges from his labyrinth to wreak havoc on the world. Minos tortures his daughter Ariadne in preparation to one day be raped by Asterion and bear "godly" children. Murdering his adviser Daedalus for plotting to stop him, Minos also murders a boy he deems too sickly for sacrifice before sending Theseus and his friends to the Labyrinth. Upon Ariadne stealing into the Labyrinth to help Theseus, Minos simply decides to allow Asterion to violate his wife Pasiphae instead.
  • King Tiger, by Randy Stradley, Doug Wheatley, & Rain Beredo: Tiger's evil father, the Evil Sorcerer known only as "Dragon", mated with an eldritch horror named Canthastius to produce many half-demon children, of which Tiger was the one success. Having twenty people taken as sacrifices, the final three being the thugs he'd hired to kidnap the other 17, Dragon burns them alive to summon the demon who bore his progeny, unleashing it upon an innocent city with the intent to have it consume the world so he may build a new order from its ashes, intending on sacrificing Tiger himself to fully power Canthastius.
  • Kismet: Man of Fate: Herr Schering is a Gestapo agent sent to retaliate against the assassination of Colonel Freydrich. He goes about this retaliation by ordering a massacre of the surrounding area, planning to take out over 7,000 innocents by the time he finished. He gets to 700 in one day before being captured by Kismet. He is then taken to the headquarters of La Résistance, which he tries to escape by threatening to blow up the base with his men still inside.
  • Klaus:
    • Krampus, freed from his entrapment within Grimsvig's mines by Lord Magnus, quickly proves a far greater threat than the wicked Baron. Seeking to consume "wicked children", Krampus incinerates everyone in sight as he relentlessly searches for the village's youth. Even after Jonas selflessly offers himself in exchange for Krampus sparing the others, the demon continues to hound the other children, and blasts Lord Magnus into a charred skeleton when he gets in his way. Krampus's ultimate ambition is to scour the world, hunting all children he has deemed greedy and self-centered. Though claiming to be punishing the wicked, Krampus's wanton sadism and indiscriminate targeting reveals him for the self-righteous bully he truly is.
    • Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville: Klaus's Evil Doppelgänger hails from another place in the multiverse. A sadistic monster who powers his machines with the dreams and imaginations of children, the wicked Klaus kidnaps numerous children to turn them into shells of themselves in collaboration with the Pola Cola corporation. The doppelgänger bargains with the captive children, planning for more to be taken while their families are brainwashed into being soldiers for Pola Cola to start a massacre worldwide to stain the name of Klaus forever.
  • KRISHNA: A Journey Within, by Abhishek Singh: King Kamsa, upon learning his sister Devaki's eighth child may destroy him, abandons all pretense of love or goodness and sets about tyrannizing, murdering and torturing his people. Locking Devaki and her husband in his dungeons, Kamsa returns to murder their babies in front of them, with only Krishna as their eighth child surviving. Enjoying the murder of innocent life, Kamsa savors hunting and plots to kill Krishna himself to keep control of his empire.
  • Lady Death (Avatar Press):
    • Sagos is the strongest warlock in existence, and an ambitious sadist who murdered and possessed the father of Hope, the future Lady Death, for his own nefarious purposes. Sagos uses his host to gather dozens of peasants and sacrifice their souls to the Necro-Wraiths, eventually escaping to the Blacklands while taking Hope's mother and leaving Hope herself to burn at the stake. Sagos wages cruel war on the Blacklands, slaughtering entire cities and raising millions of dead as zombie warriors, intent on exterminating all life in the Blacklands in tribute to the Necro-Wraiths for his own sub-realm to rule. Sagos massacres the city of Aberffraw and gloats to its princess Satasha that he's butchered her entire family, attempts to destroy the city of Perinthia to complete his genocide of the Blacklands, and tortures Hope's mother, gloating how he's gotten used to her body's "pleasure" through the body of her husband while smugly mocking the transformed Hope herself about what he's done.
    • Apocalypse: Satyricon is an all-powerful demon who serves as Queen Tormina's senior advisor. Having almost destroyed the entire Underrealm in the past, he was defeated by Wargoth and banished from the land. Seeking to rule the Underrealm, he manipulates Tormina to enact complete genocide against demon-kind so that no one can stop him, having multiple demons and babies sacrificed to grant him power. He also decides to unleash the direknights, who proceed to turn multiple humans into zombies, sending them off to kill every human within Tormina's kingdom. Arriving at Tormina’s throne room, he kills Valora in front of Tormina, and later kills Tormina while fighting Lady Death.
  • Lady Killer, by Joelle Jones et al.: Irving is an elderly assassin who assists heroine Josie Schuller in defeating and escaping from the brutal assassin leader Stenholm. Upon confronting Stenholm himself, Irving tortures him to death before fleeing. Later teaming up with Josie to go into the assassination business as partners, Irving is revealed to an escaped criminal from Nazi Germany whose real name is Dr. Reinhardt. In Germany, Reinhardt would take payment from men, women and children seeking to flee the country before murdering them by injecting them with what he said was vaccines, but was actually cyanide. He would store the corpses in his basement while he robbed their belongings. A revolted Josie attempts to break their partnership, only for Irving to murder her husband's boss to show he's not playing around. When Josie reiterates her desire for him to leave, Irving attempts to attack her home to kill her and her husband and children if they get caught in his path.
  • Lady Rawhide/Lady Zorro: Outlaw Blood, written by Shannon Eric Denton: The head slaver is a repugnant piece of work who goes from town to town capturing droves of women to sell as enslaved prostitutes in brothels, letting his men have a go at them to "keep warm" in the winter conditions, not even sparing children from the business. Cages full of women are seen ready for transport when Lady Rawhide and Lady Zorro come to bust his operation, and upon capturing the two of them, the head slaver threatens to have Lady Zorro "broken in" by him and his men.
  • Lament of the Lost Moors:
    • First Cycle: Mage Bedlam is The Usurper king of Eruin Duela. After breaking a pact of peace, he warred with and killed his half-Brother Wulf the White Wolf and cursed the battlefield. His secret alter ego Lord Blackmore marries Wulf's widow with the promise of keeping her and Wulf's daughter Sioban safe. He repeatedly wounds and rapes his wife, and attempts to kill her by setting fire to the bedroom. He also had an entire clan decimated out of rivalry and keeps their skulls in a chest. Realizing that the young Sioban is the one destined to dethrone him, he tries several times to kill her. When one of his men dares to criticizes him, he forces him to eat a magical bud that sprouts in him. Finally, he launches his army on his castle with the intentions of massacring the inhabitants, and when his niece Sioban rejects his offer to marry him, he once again tries to dispose of her.
    • Second Cycle:
      • Moriganes: Aube is the Wicked Witch who terrorizes the population of the moors of Glen Sarrick. She first set up a trap for the Warriors of Mercy by placing a giant snake around the body of a knight she just killed. The knights also find out that she killed a couple and their child in their home. She is next seen throwing a large amount of human bones off a cliff. She later enters a church, burns the hand of a priest and collapses the building on the bystanders. When the witch hunter Monk tries to bait her, she sends another snake to kill him. Seeing the knights coming to the Dylfel castle, she gleefully plans to make chalk out of their bones. It is soon revealed that she was assisting her mistress the Morigane Diane de Hartwick in the murder of Eryk of Dylfel.
      • Sill Valt: The Lady with the stoat fur coat disappointed with her crippled daughter Guinea pledged allegiance to the Moriganes in exchange for a magical armor that would give her strength and endurance so she can pretend Guinea is a strong man then forced her to serve the Moriganes. Luring men by the dozen to her castle, she picks one and leaves the others at the door where they cry and are tormented by the demonic guard Perrock nights and days until they starve. She then spends several nights with her lovers until she kills them. When the knight Sill Valt comes to her castle to confront the Guinea Lord, she uses her charms on him and requests her daughter to prepare a coffin for him. She forces herself on him for two nights then gives him a poisonous bite for defying her order not to look at her. When Guinea stands against her mother to save Sill Valt, she furiously attacks her and mortally wounds her.
  • Lanfeust de Troy and related series:
    • Thanos was once the most brilliant student of the city of Eckmul, but succumbed to a hunger for power and cruelty. Becoming a pirate in service to the brutal Baron Averroes, his men would attack ships, slaughter and rob those aboard and rape the women they found. When he captured Lanfeust himself, Thanos tortured him by slicing him open and cutting his eyes out. It is soon revealed that Thanos is Baron Averroes and intends to sack the city of Or-Azur, with the threat that there will soon be no virgins left in the city. When he conquers Eckmul, Thanos kills those who he thinks can oppose his rule, and forces the heroine Cixi to kill Thanos's own brother by using her magic to boil his blood in his body. Forcing the sages to serve him, Thanos threatens their families should they resist, and when hunting a vigilante opposing him, Thanos allows his pet monsters to eat a random man in the crowd as a point. When he finally faces Lanfeust for the fate of Eckmul, Thanos brags the reason he will win is because he is simply the most evil. In the second series, after joining Prince Delhu in his conspiracy, he coldly murders the only woman who ever loved him, abducts Lanfeust and Cixi's son Glin, manipulates him and drugs him with a substance that causes him murderous urges before killing Prince Delhu to become the sole ruler of the Galaxy. In Cixi of Troy, we learn that during his tyranny on Troy, he threw a pirate crew into an arena to be fed to an Hydra, allowed Duke Kraniol to experiment on captives—one of them being a child—and planned to kill all the sages to become even more powerful. He also repeatedly abused his mistress Cixi and when she got pregnant with his child, he accelerated the development of the fetus, not caring that Cixi would die in the process.
    • Odyssey: Lylth the Eternal is an alien who travels from world to world devouring souls and leaving dead planets behind her. Upon her arrival on Troy, she brainwashes the population of Eckmul under her control. Feeding of the energy of youth to get stronger, Lylth murders countless of children in her temple and coldly kills a father trying to save his child. Attempting to open the Stargate, she sacrifices two sages and seriously considers killing hundreds more when it fails. At one point, she compels one of her minions to strangle another for their late arrival. She then commissions the sages with the creation of a spell that would multiply and accelerate the gestation of children, hoping to get hundred per day. Lylth also attempts to drains the powers of, thus killing, the Magohamoth—the source of all magic—and uses Lanfeust as a Human Shield when cornered. Even defeated and rejuvenated to a child, Lylth merges with the Banshees and sends them all over Troy to annihilate all life.
  • The Last Siege, by Landry Q. Walker, Justin Greenwood, et al.: The evil king Istvan betrays and murders the family that took him in, having the old duke killed before his children, before killing them and their mother. Going on to raise an army, Istvan rampages across Europe, killing all who stand against him, often by having unscrupulous traitors open paths for his army, whereupon Istvan slaughters the nobility to add the armies to his own. Coming upon the heir to Lord Aedon, whom he had assassinated, the 11 year old Lady Cathryn, Istvan attempts to kill her along with her protector, his old friend Tomislav. Even threatening to have young Cathryn flayed before Tomislav's eyes, Istvan sacrifices countless soldiers of his own army for victory, caring for nothing save his victory and power.
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen:
    • Hawley Griffin, aka The Invisible Man, is a cowardly and even more depraved incarnation of the literary character. Recruited by England, Griffin has been using his powers to sexually assault the students at an all-girls boarding school, having impregnated three and caught in the midst of trying to force himself on a fourth. Joining the team out of a promise for payment and pardon for his crimes, Griffin continues to prove his despicableness by beating an innocent constable to death at one point to steal his clothes and abandoning his team to die at another. When the Martians arrive to destroy the Earth, Griffin happily sells out his race so he can rule alongside the invaders, giving away the locations of human artillery positions and the hiding places of his own teammates
    • "Jimmy" Bond is a ruthless thug and Serial Rapist who refuses to take no for an answer, introduced trying to seduce and then rape a disguised Mina Murray. Jimmy is revealed to be a traitor who murdered industrialist Knight and later kills Knight's best friend, Bulldog Drummond, before making it clear he plans to seduce Knight's daughter Emma in her grief. Later becoming "M" in his old age, Jimmy has friends of Mina's tortured and killed to obtain access to the pool of Ker and immortality, murdering his handler as a young man and murdering and torturing his way to get to his foes. Jimmy even fires nukes at micro-nations, trying to obliterate the Blazing World and the mystical races there before trying to sneak aboard the League's ship to murder Emma one final time.
  • Les Légendaires: Anathos is an Omnicidal Maniac with absolutely no code of honor. Imprisoned in the Bearer by his kind for destroying the original planet of Alysia, Anathos seeks to free himself by manipulating the elf Shimy into receiving his mark so that he could use her as his host. When the Legendaries prevent him from using Shimy, he takes possession of Danael before crushing and savagely crippling the protagonists and mocking Jadina about her relationship with the now-"deceased" Danael. After killing Elysio, Darkhell and the Guardian who tried to stop him, he leads a rampage with his Hellions across the world to annihilate humanity by wiping out the major cities, sicking the Vulturs on the survivors and creating a plague to exterminate people he wouldn't bother killing himself. He orders his Hellions to physically and mentally torture Tenebris for information, and when his Dark Mistress Dark Jadina begs him forgiveness for failing to kill the original Jadina, he blows her head off just after pretending to forgive her. Humiliated by the Legendaries, he attempts one last time to destroy Alysia before Kalandre stops him.
  • The Legend of Luther Strode: Jack the Ripper himself is a superpowered Serial Killer who was released from the box in which he was bound in order to fight Luther. After being freed, he quickly disembowels a young crime boss and takes the first opportunity to kill the man who unbound him. Traveling to a crowded mall, Jack then utterly butchers hundreds of the innocent civilians shopping there. When Luther and his girlfriend Petra find the grisly scene, they discover that Jack hadn't actually killed anyone, but mutilated them and made sculptures from their bodies while leaving them alive with their pain. When Petra leads the survivors out of the mall after he tries to get her to inadvertently shoot them, Jack becomes enraged, wanting have more "fun" with them. Believing Luther to be at his mercy, Jack then taunts him with how he plans to kill Petra in front of him. Desiring nothing but to see the world "drown in blood", Jack stands out even in a comic filled with crazed blood knights.
  • Locke & Key: The demon possessing Lucas "Dodge" Caravaggio is the mastermind behind all the suffering in the story. Developing human-like emotions after taking over Dodge's body, the demon positively revels in its wickedness: turning an emotionally unstable teenager into a killer; mentally tormenting and then killing a woman; and causing a recovering alcoholic to relapse to strain the man's relationship with his daughter. Silencing any who become aware of its existence, including children, the demon switches to the body of a young boy, leaving his soul trapped and alone. Having humans captured with its minions by the hundreds and killing any who resist, the demon intends to bring more of its race to Earth and completely enslave humanity.
  • The Lone Ranger (Dynamite Comics): Butch Cavendish is a Corrupt Politician and businessman who masterminds the deaths of the Texas Ranger group that includes the brother and father of John Reid. Later having the families of the victims eliminated to cover his tracks, Cavendish ends up ruined by the Ranger and builds himself back up to seek revenge, killing tons of innocent people along the way, and framing the Lone Ranger himself. Upon finding John's sister in law Linda and nephew Dan Jr., Cavendish orders Linda raped and killed in front of Dan, and later tortures one of John's good friends by pouring a pot of boiling stew over him before trying to kill John and his best friend Tonto.
  • The Lone Warrior: The Dictator's Shadow, the head Nazi spymaster in the United States, is introduced ordering Herr Kampf to infiltrate a mock battle exercise as one side to massacre the other. Escaping capture when this operation is busted by the Lone Warrior, the Shadow later tries to acquire a machine that can permanently shut down any motor, torturing its inventor to get it. After testing the machine on a fleet of airplanes, killing almost everybody aboard, the Shadow has his Torture Technician burn his captive's skin off before he leads a land invasion of Washington, D.C., crashing many more planes in the process. After the Warrior stops that, the Shadow purchases a race of giants from The Gestapo to use as Slave Mooks in an assassination campaign against the American military high command. When the Lone Warrior tries to stop the murders, the Shadow has the giants drive the generals out of a meeting so he can gun them down himself before leaving the giants to be slaughtered while he tries to escape.
  • The Losers: Captain William Roque is the second-in-command of the titular unit of CIA commandos. Jaded and selfish, Roque eagerly accepts a $250,000 bribe from the shadowy power-broker Max to betray his comrades and become his right-hand man in his plot to create his own nuclear rogue state to destroy the Middle East. Roque reveals his true colors when he frames the other members of the team for a drug-smuggling scheme actually perpetrated by Max, even shooting the agent he called to arrest them to ensure they will be killed in retaliation. He then methodically kills every witness to Max's scheme and hijacks weapons-grade plutonium from French transport ships, again making sure to Leave No Witnesses. Using the plutonium to manufacture over fifty nuclear bombs for Max's plot in the Ghost Town of Pripyat, Ukraine, Roque captures the Losers' pilot Pooch and attempts to dismember him with a pair of pliers before the hacker Jensen manages to turn the tables on him.
  • The Lost Boys: The Lost Girl, by Tim Seeley et al.: In this comic, taking place shortly after the first film, Agnes Underwood is a seemingly-sweet old lady in Santa Carla, but is in fact the head vampire behind the Blood Belles and the secret mastermind of their operations. Agnes recruits the Blood Bells by preying on the needs of lost and lonely girls before turning them into vampires. With Agnes operating behind the scenes, the Blood Belles kill off the hunters of Santa Carla, including Grandpa Emerson, abduct and turn multiple children, and plot to awaken ancient vampires (Tlahuelpuchi) to conquer the world and bring about the age of vampires. Agnes also had Star placed in Santa Carla to infiltrate the Lost Boys to make a power play of her own. What makes Agnes worse is that all these things are a mere means to a petty and selfish end: for centuries Agnes sought the pure blood of the mother vampires to restore her youth. Agnes also takes Lucy Emerson and Laddie hostage under the threat of death, as well as kills and turns the residents and orderlies as a local retirement home. Besides having no loyalty to the Tlahuelpuchi, Agnes dismisses the deaths of the Blood Belles by simply saying she can make more, and tries to force Star to test the pure blood to see if it will kill her or make her lose her humanity, calling it a win-win scenario.
  • Madame Mirage: Abraham Coyle is the leader of the corrupt company Aggressive Solutions Int., or ASI. Finding out about the Ellison Project, a cloaking device which was developed by the sisters Angela and Harper Temple, he decided to order their deaths and take their technology away from them. As the mysterious Madame Mirage started hunting him down, he repeatedly tried to have her killed, while also testing his new technology, developed from the Ellison Project, by ordering his henchman to sneak a bomb into populated place and blow it up, resulting in at least 15 deaths. During the final battle with Madame Mirage—revealed to be the Harper Temple, who survived the murder attempt—Coyle reveals that he plans to use his new technology to murder the leadership of all major governments around the world and take control himself.
  • The Mad Hatter: Frank Faro is a criminal resurrected in a gorilla's body after his execution. Commemorating his awakening by killing the scientist who did the procedure, Faro then kills a guy for his suit and fashions a disguise, taking on the alias "the Gargoyle." He then gets his old gang back together and goes on a robbery and murder spree against the judge and jury who put him away. When the gang get sick of his murders due to the increased police presence they cause, the Gargoyle kills them all and burns their headquarters down. He then tries to kill another juror and her son.
  • Magnus Robot Fighter (2010 Dark Horse Comics Reboot): Timur is the head of the Metal Mob, a criminal empire, and has bribed the entire police department to let him commit his myriad crimes. Among these crimes is Human Trafficking; when foiled, Timur orders his partners to destroy all evidence. Timur also runs a gladiator show, where humans are brutally slaughtered on live television. Yet another operation of his involves rich people paying to hunt down frightened Q-bots for fun. Caring only about lining his pockets with cash, Timur is willing to have both humans and the sapient Q-robs slaughtered for profit, even though he's a Q-rob himself.
  • Malignant Man, by James Wan,‎ Michael Alan Nelson, & Piotr Kowalski: The enigmatic Mr. Cancio, better known under the apt moniker of "Mr. Cancer", is a powerful CEO who desires nothing but power through the alien parasites known as the Malignants. Feeding off the potential power of Malignant host Alan during the initial experiments set up to infuse sick orphan children with the Malignants, Cancer drives a young Alan into using his powers to accidentally massacre a number of other orphans in a panic to break him in order use him as a pawn when he grows up. When Alan is grown, Cancer sends his men to massacre their way through a hospital and later a military base to intercept Alan's progress, and later spitefully murders the kindly Dr. Ezra and all the orphans he's gathered in an attempt to revive the early projects to dissuade Alan. Cancer's ultimate goal is to breed an army of Malignant super humans to Take Over the World and crush any resistance, laughing that Alan lacks the "vision" he has when beating him down. A cold, cruel man, Mr. Cancer is appropriately cancerous in personality and goals, with no illusions about all the horrific acts he orchestrates in the pursuit of advancement.
  • Mars Attacks Red Sonja, written by John Layman: Xi'Zeer, a Martian scientist opposed to his people's peaceful ways, fakes an attack on his people and leads an expedition to the Hyborean Age, where he begins to slaughter humans en masse, deposing the royals of one nation after massacring their people. Subjecting others to ghastly experiments, even his own people for opposing his insane ambitions, Xi'Zeer creates Green Sonja, a Martian version of the heroine to serve as his queen, and intends to graft Sonja herself to numerous other bodies to fight and die in pain forever as punishment for defying him.
  • The Mask:
    • The Hunt for Green October: Axel is a Neo-Nazi gang leader who hunts for the Mask to have the world ruled by the "Master Race", slaughtering an Amazonian tribe in an attempt to retrieve it. Tipped off that the Mask is in America, Axel retrieves weapons from an Arms Dealer only to have the man brutally killed, and later tortures two men and threatens the 10-year-old daughter of one to force them to give him the Mask. When the daughter turns out to be the Mask holder, Axel has no compunction trying to kill her, and when beaten, blows himself up to take everyone with him, including his own men.
    • Southern Discomfort: Former Haitian general and war criminal, Papa Croc, and the Voodoo-practitioner hitman Ogoun, are the joint rulers of a brutal criminal empire, using their magic to violently keep their underlings in check. Kidnapping young women to steal their souls with Voodoo, the duo use the women as slaves before having them killed off in Snuff Films to finance their operation, and magically kill a detective hired to trail them painfully. When the woman's brother confronts them, Ogoun uses Voodoo to sadistically torture him with fatal injuries, enjoying it as the Mask keeps him alive through the torment.
    • Official Movie Adaptation: Dorian Tyrell is a ruthless gangster who's planning to betray his boss "the Swede" and Take Over the City in his place. After the Mask foiled his bank heist, Dorian becomes determined to take revenge on him and steal his Mask for himself. When the reporter Peggy Brandt helps him obtain the Mask, Dorian repays her by brutally hurling her into a printing press, while cracking jokes about her death. With the powers of the Mask in his possession, Dorian attempts to blow up his boss's club with many hostages in it, including his kidnapped girlfriend Tina Carlyle. Lacking the few redeeming qualities of his movie counterpart, Dorian stands out as a surprisingly threatening villain in an otherwise comedic story.
  • The Masked Marvel: An unnamed thug is hired by crime boss Blackjack Grady to don a costume identical to that of the the Masked Marvel and frame the latter for whatever crime the former chooses. The criminal proceeds to go on a spree of violent robberies, killing six men in three months. When Grady sends the thug to rob a train, he decides to stop it by blowing up a bridge with populated cars on it. He then blasts his way through the remaining cars to get to his prize. After successfully pulling that off, the thug gets more daring, culminating in daily robberies and murders before the Marvel stops him.
  • Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly: The Fae known as Hopcross Jilly is a Serial Killer who preys on children. As Fae are not allowed to touch the "good" children on pain of death, Jilly abuses the loophole to the point of sheer irrelevance: Targeting children on the basis of any moral transgression, Jilly kills a pair of boys who were skipping school and later murders two girl scouts who simply didn't ask for permission before going to her house to offer her cookies. Upon eating the fingers and toes of her victims, Jilly buries them alive. After seemingly befriending Mercy's stepdaughter Jessie, Jilly later attempts to murder her when her behavior makes Jessie uncomfortable after murdering several other kids as well.
  • The Mice Templar: Even for a series that thrives off Grey-and-Gray Morality, there are still a few villains who stand out for being incredibly vicious:
    • Captain Tosk is the leader of King Icarus's Rat Guard army. With thousands of rats at his disposal, Tosk leads his army from village to village, where he and his rats slaughter anyone in sight and round up all the survivors so they can be used for slaves in Icarus's palace. During Tosk's raid at Cricket's Glen, he fights and kills exiled Templar Master Deishun and personally cuts off Leito's arm before transporting the survivors to Icarus's palace. After the slaves are freed by Karic and Cassius, and Tosk is reassigned to Dealrach Ard-Vale, Tosk goes against his superiors' orders and leaves the city, longing to raze more villages. When he captures another group of slaves, Tosk has some of the mice run through a nursery of baby rats, both so he can watch as they're Devoured by the Horde, and also so he can indoctrinate a new generation of rats into hating mice. Upon discovering that one of his lieutenants betrayed him and tried to free a group of mice, Tosk orders the mice to club the lieutenant to death instead of giving the lieutenant a merciful execution. Even after the mice comply with Tosk's demands, he forces the mice to run through the nursery, telling them that they can now "run free." A vicious Blood Knight who craves violence, Tosk cares about nothing but killing as many mice as possible, even if it means defying orders or murdering his fellow soldiers.
    • Boris the Torturer, the Torture Technician of King Icarus's empire, thrives off experimenting in his "craft." When first introduced, he's interrogating a prisoner by burning her with heated tongs while he's nonchalantly talking to Captain Tosk. When Boris isn't torturing or experimenting on prisoners, he's choosing them to be sacrificed for the Druid priests, where the victims are impaled very slowly with a Templar blade. When Leito and the other mice from Cricket's Glen try to escape their dungeon, Boris orders his guards to recapture them and spare as many as possible so they can be used for future sacrifices or torture. Boris tries to find the ringleader behind their attempted escape so he can punish him accordingly, but ends up choosing Harad instead of Leito; Boris punishes Harad by gouging out his only eye. During the Samhain festival, Boris picks twelve prisoners to be Eaten Alive by a Serpent God—including Karic's entire family—but spares Leito for the sake of his own amusement.
    • Pilot the Tall is a fallen Templar who betrayed his Templar brethren and pledged allegiance to King Icarus. Working under Tosk's command, Pilot spent twelve seasons finding exiled Templars so Tosk and Icarus's army could hunt them down and kill them. He's also responsible for the destruction of Cricket's Glen and Master Deishun's demise. After being rescued by Karic and learning about his encounter with the Fish Gods, he agrees to take him to the Great Ash Tree—not for the sake of helping him fulfill his prophecy, but to use Karic as a trump card to prolong his life. When his plans fail, he goes back to King Icarus to try and get back in his inner circle, only to be denied and thrown into his dungeon. He later escapes Icarus's palace with Leito and Harad, where he brainwashes Leito into hating Karic and murders Harad once he grows suspicious of him. At the final battle, he and Leito meet with a small group of mice and sneak back into Icarus's palace through a secret tunnel. When bats storm the tunnel, he convinces Leito to leave the other mice to die, and later orders Leito to attack Karic once they finally confront each other. When Leito discovers that he was deceived, he tries to flee, only to run into Cassius. Even after he is beaten by Cassius and is on the floor pleading for mercy, he waits until Cassius turns his back before he stabs and nearly kills him. Manipulative, cowardly, and only concerned about his own survival, he stands out as a creature with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
  • The Mighty: Alpha One is a seemingly benevolent superhero who is actually far worse. An alien banished from his home world due to his desire to wipe out 10% of the population who were, in his mind, "vagrants", Alpha landed on Earth where he massacred hundreds of soldiers to test his new powers. Becoming a superhero to gain the trust of humanity, Alpha arranges accidents that kill innocents by the hundreds, notably sinking the Titanic, then kidnapping innocent survivors of said accidents and performing lethal experiments on them. Having thousands of victims over the centuries, Alpha allies with his new partner, Gabriel Cole, and continues his plans while making Cole his "friend" as they stop terrorists from detonating a nuke that Alpha himself had them construct. When Cole finds out the truth, Alpha reveals that he seeks to create humans with superpowers like himself, and that after failing to impregnate dozens of unwilling women, Alpha decided to perform experiments on people. Once perfecting the experiments, Alpha plans to make the powered individuals his "Master Race", then use them to purge humanity of its free will while keeping his master race under his thumb with threats of death to any who oppose him.
  • Mighty Samson (Dark Horse Comics, by Jim Shooter et al.): Sunder is the consort of Queen Terra and commander of the Jerz army, ascending to his position by murdering his superior officer. Regularly taking masses of the N'Yark tribe as slave labor, Sunder was maimed by an infant Samson while trying to kill the newborn, to which he took revenge years later by killing his mother. Following his defeat by Samson and subsequent exile by Terra, Sunder acquires a Dreadnought that he uses to conquer the N'Yark and force them into slavery before marching to storm Terra's kingdom as well.
  • Miracleman: Kid Miracleman (Jonathan Bates), as re-envisioned by Alan Moore and John Totleben, is both so powerful and so psychotic that his alter ego, the young and innocent Johnny Bates, resists uttering his transformation word. When Johnny finally does so to stop the boys in his group home from raping him, Kid Miracleman tears apart his assailants and momentarily considers sparing the one nurse who'd been kind to him. Then he reconsiders, lest people say he's "going soft", and punches the top half of her head into a fine red mist. He then rampages through London, massacring tens of thousands and desecrating their corpses by draping their flayed skins from clothes lines, creating a chessboard with breasts as pieces, and making a rain of severed hands and feet. During his destructive rampage, he prefers to mutilate the children in his path rather than kill them outright.
  • Modern Warfare 2: Ghost: In this comic book prequel miniseries, Manuel "El Gordo" Roba is the leader of the Zaragoza Drug Cartel. A target of the United States due to his drug smuggling and Human Trafficking activities, SAS operator Simon Riley was sent alongside a US squad to kill him. The entire squad was betrayed by their leader Vernon to Roba, who subjcted them to brutal brainwashing, torturing them under drug-induced insomnia, and forcing them to fight each other to break their minds, once hanging Riley from a tree with hooks because he displayed resistance. Months later, Roba kills Vernon, one of his former brainwashed victims, and buries Riley alive with his corpse. After Riley escapes, Roba sent his successfully brainwashed soldiers to the UK to take care of him, murdering his family, his shrink and his superior officer before pinning all the murders on Riley to completely ruin his life.
  • Monster & Madman, by Steve Niles, Damien Worm, et al.: Dr. John Moore, a seemingly friendly scientist who takes Frankenstein's Monster in to study, is actually Jack the Ripper. Moore gruesomely murders eleven prostitutes across Whitechapel to use their dismembered bodies in his experiments while pretending to be the Monster's friend. Moore creates a "bride" for the Monster after figuring out the secret to undeath by sewing all the butchered women together, and the resulting abomination is forced to constantly relive the last moments of every single woman Moore slew to create her. When the Monster finally turns against him to protect the "bride", Moore decides to dissect them both with a sick smile on his face, even justifying himself by saying the women were whores he was in his right to purge.
  • Monster War:
    • Edward Hyde, upon being separated from Jekyll, becomes his own being. Falling in to worship the Old Ones, Hyde helps to feed Magdalena and others to Dracula, experimenting on others to craft new monstrosities from them. Letting his vampires prey on other victims, Hyde intends on twisting humanity into monstrous shells while unleashing the Old Ones to consume the world in a symphony of bloodshed and madness.
    • Dracula is an equally willing partner in Edward Hyde's plot to make all of humanity consume itself. Dracula spreads his vampiric curse to others in the hopes of furthering Hyde's plagues, trying to excruciatingly enslave Magdalena to his curse. At one point, Dracula slaughters over two dozen people in a brothel, all for thrills.
  • Monster World, by Philip Kim, Steve Niles, et al.: "John Price" is the enigmatic leader of the Order of Zevetine, a secretive cult that has used its powers to enslave monsters for their own purposes. Having wandered the Earth for centuries bringing mayhem and ruin to whatever is in his way, Price is given the sinister epitaph "Böser Geist"—"ghoul" or "fiend" in German—by soldiers in World War I for slaughtering soldiers on both sides with his monsters, in one case massacring a field of 1,000 soldiers for seemingly no other reason than his own amusement. In the 1930s, Price gives his aid to a floundering movie company by lending them his monsters to use in their films—but transforms the head of the company into a werewolf to force him to slaughter innocent people in tribute to the wicked cult, with any other loose ends disposed of through his monsters.
  • Morning Glories: In a story full of twists and revelations, the following duo are the worse that the Morning Glories Academy has seen:
    • Reginald Gribbs is Georgina Daramount's right hand and the muscle of the school. Loyal to the Morning Glories Academy, Gribbs works with Daramount to bring children to the school, being willing to use physical threats to force their families to comply. When a woman refused to separate from her children, Gribbs violently beat her before Daramount burned her house with the woman inside. In the present, Gribbs is introduced allowing a rebellious student to be gruesomely killed by a mysterious being, seeing this as a good signal. Later, when Daramount subjects the teenage protagonists to a potentially fatal Secret Test of Character, Gribbs opposes this, due to his desire to simply kill them. Realizing that Casey believes that the Academy wouldn't physically hurt her, Gribbs proves her wrong by calling his favorite student and personally strangling him in front of her. Keeping his former friend Abraham captive, Gribbs regularly beats him and tries to force his biological son Ike to kill him by strangling a girl that he believed was Ike's girlfriend in front of him. A man that enjoys using violence, Mr. Gribbs is an Evil Teacher even by the standards of the Morning Glories Academy.
    • Ian Simon, while initially introduced as merely an arrogant nerd with an inferiority complex, ultimately ends up being far worse. Furious at his lack of success and that his crush Ikiko loved their classmate Fortunato, Ian helps in acts that would endanger reality while intending to use a machine to rewrite reality, ultimately causing a situation that endangers at least hundreds of students. Jealous of an injured Fortunato, Ian sends one of his clones to brutally beat him to death, insulting his faith and promising to erase him from existence. When Ikiko is shocked for his actions, Ian tries to calm her before another of his clones strangles her. Apathetic at having killed his supposed love, Ian continues his experiment, uncaring of anything but his own wishes.
  • Murena: The cruel gladiator Massam shows what kind of person he is when he rapes and kills one of his fellow gladiators, then threatens Numidian Balba that he will eat him. Seeing the latter as a Worthy Opponent, Massam deliberately provokes him by killing a man Balba decided to spare, fighting his young and inexperienced friend Proyas and killing him against the will of the host of the game. As a henchman for Emperor Nero, he orders a fat histrion to be fed to his panthera, throws a young male prostitute into a fireplace, smothers a man in his own feces after telling the information he wanted, murders the old pontiff and with the Emperor rapes the Vestal Virgin Rubria. After the burning of Rome, Massam plans to sell Lucius Murena who caused the fire and takes satisfaction in building his fortune on ruins. In his final confrontation with Balba, upon being defeated he unleashes his panthera, who mortally wounds the Numidian fighter. Without limit to his gratuitous cruelty, Massam stands out in a morally grey setting with many unsympathetic characters.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW) ("Cosmos" arc): Cosmos is an alien invader and the Spirit of Malice. Upon her arrival, she was the true entity that threw Equestria into chaos and disharmony rather than Discord. This included turning an orphanage full of children into a literal towering inferno and nearly killing them all among other horrible things. When her boyfriend, Discord, objected to this, she would begin abusing him out of spite and ultimately goes on a rampage that threatens to destroy the fabric of reality and the planet along with it. In the present, she possesses several innocent ponies to use as her hosts and as weapons against their loved ones before finally merging them into her new body. All the while, she set about turning Equestria into a nightmarish hellscape and its inhabitants into things all sorts of random creatures, some of which could be fatal, all the while they are completely aware. When finally confronted by Discord, Cosmos reveals she never loved him at all, seeing him more as a possession she's entitled to than a person.
  • Mysterius the Unfathomable, by Jeff Parker & Tom Fowler: Vinton Dulac is a Satanist cult leader seeking the power of immortality and godhood, committing suicide in the 60s and reviving himself as an immortal sorcerer through the orgy rites of his followers. Resurfacing in the 70s under the name of James Jones and establishing a mass suicide of over 1,000 people to further empower himself, Dulac sends his forces to capture Mysterius the sorcerer in revenge for having been laughed off decades ago, killing many along the way. Finally revealing himself as Arian Rhode, Dulac uses an army of dozens of innocents he's transformed into draugr minions to massacre a group of hippies around a wicker man he intends to use to complete his ascension, burning alive every sorcerer and magician in the world who could even potentially compromise his plans to ascend to godhood, throw away even his loyal cult, and rewrite all reality according to his will.
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  • Nailbiter: Garth "Morty" Diggins, better known as The Master, is the secret mastermind of the evil behind the town of Buckaroo, Oregon. Having come to Buckaroo decades ago, The Master experimented with killers to discover what turns a person into one. Having discovered a "Serial Killer gene", the Master took those who tested positive and mentally tortured them to activate the latent gene within them, resulting in over a dozen becoming serial killers known collectively as the Buckaroo Butchers. When Agent Finch and Sheriff Sharon Crane begin investigating the disappearance of an FBI agent who got too close to the truth, the Master reveals he tortured and mutilated said agent before turning an FBI agent into a killer to have her finish the job. Murdering many others who get too close to the truth, even creating a new serial killer to murder anyone who flees Buckaroo, the Master finally decides to start over elsewhere by trying to burn the entire town of Buckaroo to ash with its inhabitants, being more vile than any serial killer himself.
  • Nameless: The Entity is an ancient being from a group of celestials known as the Outsiders, who, after a war with the heroic Titans, was locked away inside an asteroid called Marduk. Stuck in Its prison, the Entity reached out with Its mind and influenced all of humanity with evil thoughts over the millions of years it has existed, and as such, is the root of nearly all evil throughout the course of human history. When the Entity gains a foothold onto the Earth by invading the mind of a man called "Nameless", the Entity forces him to massacre over a dozen people, then uses him to pull Itself closer to Earth over many years, slowly increasing Its influence over humanity and forcing them to commit more and more atrocities. When Nameless attempts to have the Entity purged from his mind, the Entity subjects both him and the exorcist to absolutely horrifying amounts of mental torture while turning most of humanity into ravenous killers who rape and kill anyone they come across. The Entity's master plan is to crash Marduk into the Earth, then open a dimensional gateway to allow the rest of Its species to enter this galaxy, at which point they will plunge what's left of humanity into a living Hell. Loving Its position as "God" of the galaxy, the Entity was described as a psychopathic and sadistic monster, and made no attempts to disprove those claims.
  • Nazi Zombies, by Joe Wight & Ben Dunn: General Hans Richter, head of the Totenkorps division in World War II, is a cold psychopath reviled even by his fellow Nazis. Richter's undead forces slaughter hundreds of Allied forces while he works on plans to unleash the virus all over the world and turn the entire world into a graveyard over which he will rule. Along the way, Richter murders the doctor who devised the virus in the first place, and forces hundreds of prisoners to toil away at his base before murdering and zombifying all of them, and even plans to destroy Germany's own capital to assure his rise to ultimate power.
  • Neil Gaiman's Teknophage: Mr. Henry Phage is a sophisticated, sadistic, and megalomaniacal dinosaur with a sweet tooth for souls. Having been born an evolution called a "Teknophage" to his Tyrannosaurus Rex parents, Phage soon gained sapience and the ability to not only devour the souls of his kills, but also travel through time and space with his telekinetic abilities. Using these and his godlike intelligence, Phage began cultivating civilization on various worlds, bringing their native species to great achievements through his influence, only to tear it all down and turn the worlds into hellholes of tyranny. Under Phage's rule, innocents are tortured and taken apart both physically and psychologically, turned into food for unsuspecting citizens, worked to death as slaves, and chemically dissolved, with their souls being turned into Phage's obedient soldiers. Phage himself indulges in eating people then leaving them alive to be slowly digested inside him, slaughtering his own henchmen for the pettiest of slights, and ultimately plans to traverse the universe and turn it all into his own buffet of meat and souls. The devourer of thousands of worlds, the slayer of billions of innocents, and a master of manipulation and charm, Henry Phage was truly a monster both inside and out.
  • Nemesis: The title character is a wealthy sociopath who paid to become a supervillain. Nemesis travels around the world, slaughtering innocents and targeting honest police chiefs for fun. Choosing inspector Blake Morrow as his next target, Nemesis terrorizes the United States: crashing a plane into Washington; gassing the Pentagon to kidnap the President; and blowing up a prison that detains him after letting himself get caught. To further torment Blake, Nemesis outs the former's son as gay, inseminates his daughter with his son's sperm and triggers her womb to collapse if an abortion is attempted. Confronted by Blake, Nemesis reveals he's strapped bombs to both the President and Blake's wife and ecstatically tries to force the inspector to choose who will die.
  • Netherworld, written by Bryan Edward Hill & Rob Levin:
    • Cyrus Kane is a powerful demon who took control over Purgatory, transforming it into a corrupt city where crime is common and many people live in poverty. Cutting off the access to Heaven and Hell, Kane left many souls trapped there, unable to redeem themselves and forced to suffer his eternal rule. Learning about the key to Heaven and Earth in the form of the teenage girl Madeline, Kane has his men hunt her down, while ordering the destruction of the Men in White, leading to the death of at least a dozen people. Getting his hands on Madeline, Kane proudly announces his intention on razing both Heaven and Hell with his armies and transforming all realms into his kingdom, with all the souls damned by his will.
    • Seth is the vilest servant of Kane and his second-in-command. In life committing a robbery and a shootout, leading to the death of the teenage Madeline and the suicide of Ray Parker, after his death he became a main enforcer of Kane's rule and advocate for his plans to take over all the realms. Organizing the destruction of the Men In White by having one demon blow himself up in their base, Seth immediately killed the leader of his henchmen for not capturing the girl first. Capturing Madeline, before he sadistically impaled her arms and killed Ray with his knives, Seth delivered the girl to Kane, leading to his near-victory. Completely apathetic to the deaths of his men, when the resurrected Ray attacked Kane's base, Seth doesn't lose his chance to mock Ray by reminding him of their encounter when they were alive.
  • Nevsky: Hero of the People, by Ben McCool, Mario Guevara, et al.: Hermann von Bolk, Grand Master of the Teutonic Order, is a savage fanatic who ravages Russia, killing many civilians, including the infamous Massacre of Pskov where he has his men slaughter hundreds of men, women and children. Von Bolk even has infants taken from their mothers and burned alive before crucifying many of his victims as the punishment for being "unbelievers" in his eyes. Intending on ravaging Novgorod, von Bolk leads his men to the Battle of the Ice, not content to stop until all of Russia burns before him.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street:
    • Nightmares on Elm Street: Freddy Krueger returns once again in this Interquel to continue his never-ending killing spree. Gleefully haunting the dreams of Springwood for over twenty tears and setting his eyes on Nancy Thompson's old roommate, Cybil, Freddy brutally murders her friend and husband, revealing his intentions to mask the latter's death as a tragic accident that would subsequently "drive Cybil to commit suicide". Planning on using the young Jacob's psychic powers as a bridge to "have a hot time in the old town tonight", Freddy tries to manipulate him with the memories of his father, one of his many victims. Committing a series of murders by proxy to claim more souls with the help of his unstable girlfriend, Devonne, Freddy orders her to kill Jacob's mother and anyone with her, leading to Devonne shooting up Mercy Hospital before Freddy eventually betrays his lover and leaves her to die.
    • Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: Freddy Krueger is the same sadistic child-murdering monster he is in the films, and more. Following the events of the film, Freddy continues his spree of evil by once again manipulating Jason Voorhees into finding the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis to grant him reality-warping powers before sending the Deadites against Jason when he turns against him. He takes things further in The Nightmare Warriors, where upon his return, Freddy takes control of the Deadite army, placing Jason as general. At Freddy's behest, Jason and the Deadites leave death and destruction throughout Washington, where Freddy takes control of the White House where he reveals his plan for "No Child Left Alive" and the carnage he plans on spreading across the world. Revealing himself to be in an incestuous relationship with his daughter Kathryn, possibly due to brainwashing, when she fights with Jason, Freddy admits he plans to kill her when they are finished. Freddy possesses Stephanie to seduce and abduct Jacob, before encouraging Stephanie to kill as a Voorhees. Upon Jason's death, Freddy absorbs his soul as well before boasting himself as a "Dream God". Now desiring power and domination in addition to his bloodlust, Freddy takes his evil from the films to a more grandiose level.
  • Nightmare World, by Dirk Manning:
    • Lucifer himself is the architect of the misery in the Myth Arc spreading through every story in the anthology. Lucifer has long sewn corruption among men, trafficking souls and turning good men to sin; at one point, Lucifer appeared before a priest desperate to remove the criminals terrorizing in town, and tricked the priest into making a deal with him to remove them–-which Lucifer accomplished by having the entire town desecrated, criminals and all. Lucifer eventually kickstarts Armageddon itself, having countless millions around the world slaughtered by demons in his attempt to take over all creation, and in the aftermath, seduces the survivors into pledging themselves to him, murdering those who fail to serve him and at one point killing a room full of people simply to illustrate a point to a pawn of his. Charismatic but utterly wicked, Lucifer's evil is a shadow cast upon the entire comic, his influence spreading from story to story and his presence always felt lurking in the background.
    • Tales of Mr. Rhee: Jack Faust is a jumped-up Satanist who, in the aftermath of Armageddon, decides to dabble in demon-summoning to control the creatures he summoned. Faust used the bodies of innocents as hosts for his experiments, and when they left his victims with their minds destroyed, turned to using pregnant women, leading to the agonizing death of both woman and fetus in the ensuing attempts. Faust becomes viciously intent on killing Mr. Rhee when he almost kills Faust, to the point of making a deal with the demon Radobus and using his power to burn an apartment complex full of screaming people to gain Rhee's attention. Faust's evil even extends to murdering the parents of his old assistant and sending him, in excruciating pain from a curse slowly burning him away, to send Rhee a message–-without even properly telling what the message was.
  • Night Moves (IDW):
    • Ashmedai is a demon who consumes souls to make himself more powerful. Previously, Ashmedai had abducted several people and left them catatonic, subsequently having decapitated several "Anti-Davidians" and piled their heads in a heap, leaving them for Chris Dundee and Detective Alexis Rohm to discover. Possessing a local businessman who had captured Dundee, Rohm, and Rohm's partner, Lucretius Jackson, Ashmedai switches to Jackson's body when his host is killed. As "Jackson", Ashmedai builds the Babylon Casino in order to continue consuming souls. When Dundee, Rohm, and a surviving priest venture out to find a dagger that will defeat him, Ashmedai kills the military personnel holding them at gunpoint before interrogating the party about the whereabouts of an artifact, attempting to kill them when the artifact is revealed to be destroyed. Forty years later, using his surviving abductees as disposable manpower, Ashmedai attempts to possess Dundee, but is thwarted due to Dundee poisoning himself.
    • Tom "Tomcat" O'Reily is a Loan Shark who will do anything for his own personal gain. Initially killing an acquaintance of Dundee, Tomcat captures Dundee, Rohm, and Jackson on behalf of a local businessman. Scarred by Dundee in the ensuing altercation, Tomcat disappears, eventually resurfacing as Jackson's security chief. When confronted by Dundee, Tomcat taunts Dundee about his inability to do anything to him, exploiting his new position as a police officer. In the aftermath of Dundee's confrontation with Ashmedai, Tomcat has a lackey kill and replace Ashmedai's previous host, puts Ashmedai's subsequent host into a coma, and begins his takeover of the Vegas mob. To this end, Tomcat has the Babylon Casino incinerated, having any escapees shot, while also attempting to massacre any of Ashmedai's followers. In the final confrontation with Dundee and Rohm, Tomcat tries to have Dundee's face disfigured.
  • Night Trap, by Cullen Bunn et al.: James "Jimmy" Auger, aka the Trapper, is the leader of the Auger Clan, a band of murderous psychopaths. Wanted by the authorities for committing over a dozen grisly murders, Jimmy and his family lure in a group of college students to his cabin in the woods before subjecting them to a series of death traps that leave all but two of them dead. Set ablaze by one of his would-be victims, Jimmy nonetheless near-fatally skewers her companion, a survivor of one of his previous massacres, and spends his final moments swearing to continue his killings.
  • Nocturnals: Black Planet, by Dan Brereton: The sinister Mr. Fane was once a resident of the same blackened planet as Doc Horror before betraying his own planet to instead side with the parasitic Crim who take it over, attempting to seize Horror's teleporter technology for their uses. When Horror flees to Earth, Fane pursues and takes up a position at Nark K's Monster Shop, performing grotesque experimentation on the hybrids within and mutilating any who rise up. Enslaving people to the Crim's influence at his own whim, the "traitor-bureaucrat" stops at nothing in his rigorous attempt to tortuously slaughter Horror and everyone around him, including his young daughter, to prepare the way for Crim to invade and devour Earth.
  • North 40: Dyan abominates her home county with a magical tome out of spite. Mutating many of the townsfolk into horrific monstrosities, Dyan laughs as they tear each other apart. When her actions end up summoning a destructive god, Dyan delights as it slaughters all in its path. Enraged by Robert enacting a barrier, restricting her powers to the county, Dyan tries to get him to dismantle it and when he refuses, sends a girl through it, cursing her to die unless she brings back more victims.
  • Nosferatu, by Olivier Peru & Stefano Martino:
    • Emperor Caligula is a twisted tyrant and the former employer of Nosferatu. Running a debauched empire, Caligula brutally represses all point of rebellion and forces the wives of the nobles to participate as "entertainment" for himself or his men, raping them at will. Taking the wife of Lucius Vladicus who Nosferatu loves, Caligula rapes her and brags about giving her to the "the filthiest" of Rome as he has done to many others.
    • The nameless vampire pack leader in the modern day is a savage predator who targets families. Ripping the women and children apart, he takes a single child as a hostage with a promise to turn them when they are of age unless the fathers offer themselves as the true killer and takes the fall. It turns out this is a lie and the pack leader has the children tortured slowly for weeks before being consumed as well.
  • NVRLND, by Stephanie Salyers, Dylan Mulick, Leila Leiz, et al.: "Captain" James Hook is a tattoo artist who uses his parlor to lure underage girls into getting high on his black magic drug called "Pixie Dust," which he uses to get them in bed with him before sending them off with more of the stuff, with its hallucinatory properties eventually coercing the girls into leaping to their deaths. Killing many teenage girls with his drug, Hook, scheming to steal Peter Pan's powerful shadow and use its power for himself, leads an assault on Peter's nightclub Neverland, brutalizing many of the patrons before flinging Wendy Darling off a roof in an attempt to kill both her and Peter. After being humiliated by Police Chief Lily, Hook attacks the woman's daughter, Tiger Lily, at her birthday party, kidnapping the young girl to use as a hostage against the Police Chief.
  • Nyarlathotep, by Hernán Rodríguez: Nyarlathotep is shown in flashbacks meeting with men who didn't believe in his abilities, and were subjected to a Fate Worse than Death. In the present day, he is arriving at the protagonist's city, where the citizens wish to meet with him. In the end, they are all corrupted, and those afflicted by Nyarlathotep are compelled to travel to their deaths—and beyond—with the last page showing the city a desolate ruin.
  • Nyarlathotep, by Rotomago & Julien Noirel: An adaptation of the short prose story "Nyarlathotep" by Lovecraft himself, Nyarlathotep arrives in one ordinary city to bring it to ruin. Infesting it with eldritch nightmares, Nyarlathotep leeches from the brains of all around, bringing them to insanity and madness before enslaving more and sending many of them to be destroyed by his own creatures. Driving the rest into the wastes after seeing what he has made of their world, Nyarlathotep seemingly brings about the end of the world and goes about to torment as he sees fit.
  • Oink Heavens Butcher, by John Mueller: Cardinal Bacaar is the man responsible for the existence of the swine-men and the wretched conditions of the city of Heaven. Bacaar runs Heaven as a hellish dystopia overshadowed by religious rhetoric, raising the swine-men to embrace their existence as slaves living squalid lives of misery in slaughterhouses, while having any who so much as talk up tortured or hunted down by his Angels and executed. Bacaar is also responsible for the Birthing Factory, a grotesque place where women are captured and turned into breeding stock, hooked up to machines that constantly inseminate them to give birth to the pig-men, fully aware of everything until they wear out and die. Even when the Birthing Factory's destruction brings the flames upon the rest of Heaven, Bacaar holds himself above his own guilt and dismisses the destruction of his city as an act of divine "providence" upon them.
  • Onyx, by Chris Ryall, Gabriel Rodriguez, et al.: The alien spore is a being of malicious intelligence that wiped out Onyx's race, the Pelmosians, including Onyx's husbands and wife, boasting about murdering her mate before her later. Leaving multiple worlds devoid of life, the spore, freely embracing the mantle of death incarnate, arrives on Earth and sets about assimilating life there, bragging how it will lure Onyx there, force her to see another world die and then kill her itself.
  • Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies: Mezz and Altimira are a pair of evil spirits summoned by the young woman Sophie to bestow talents upon herself, and though Mezz and Altimira at first seem to benevolently comply, their true monstrous nature soon becomes apparent. To fulfill their end of the pact with Sophie, Mezz and Altimira trick citizens of the surrounding town into performing on a grand haunted stage that Mezz and Altimira use to drain their life and curse their victims' souls to be trapped inside the spirits' theater for eternity, then grant the talents of their victims to Sophie while using their life forces to empower themselves. Wiping out the entire population of the town and piling the dozens of corpses underneath their stage, Mezz and Altimira force a horrified Sophie to lure more victims to them, planning to eventually gain so much power that they are able to spread their powers across the Unknown and devour the life of all they see fit, and the two spirits try to kill Sophie as well as her new friends Wirt and Greg to accomplish this depraved goal.
  • Oxymoron, created by Tyler James & Cesar Feliciano: The titular Oxymoron is a supervillain who is obsessed with correcting people he sees as contradictory. These include Asshole Victims such as corrupt politicians, but are more often than not innocent civilians, including children. In "The Loveliest Nightmare", Oxy starts his reign of terror by forcing the mayor of the city of Swanstown to commit suicide under threat of his family being killed, after which he blows up a whole squadron of police officers who attempt to investigate the mayor's house. He then manipulates a movie theater full of civilians to shoot each other in order to kill a senator, sends explosives to the loved ones of a crime boss and straps said crime boss to a wrecking ball before ramming it into the police commissioner's office. When Detective Clarke refuses to kill the man responsible for her partner’s death, the Oxymoron murders her boyfriend and kidnaps her boyfriend's son Kyle, who he later kills in front of her. After months of spreading fear and chaos throughout Swanstown with his crimes, which include setting off a landmine in a diner, Oxy tries to force Clarke’s new partner to kill herself, and later attempts to kill Clarke in the same spot where he buried Kyle's body.
  • Painkiller Jane vs. The Darkness: Stripper, by Garth Ennis et al.: "The Stripper" is a sadistic Serial Killer who loves to kill her victims by removing their skin while they are still alive. Having already managed to kill this way around a dozen of people, including her parents, the Stripper finds herself a new victim in lowly conman Terrence J. Flannery. Initially saving him from a mob of angry ninjas, she drives him to her house. As Jackie Estacado and Jane managed to track down Terrence in her house, they find him alive with most of his skin removed. The Stripper attacks them, intending to skin them alive as well.
  • Pandemica, written by Jonathan Maberry: Karl Galton is the leader of Ark. Believing that other races are slowing the advancement of the Aryans, Karl hires teams of scientists to develop bioweapons that can specifically target those groups. Karl has subjects, even babies, experimented on to develop these weapons and occasionally sells them to other terrorist organizations, inflaming numerous race wars around the globe. He eventually unleashes these diseases throughout the United States to kill or mutate thousands, even Caucasian citizens that he supposedly wants to help. After his organization develops a new bioweapon called Bloodhound, Galton has it released as well to speed up his ethnic cleansing campaign, decimating much of the United States and throwing it into anarchy.
  • Pat Patriot: America's Joan of Arc: Fritz Haubner is a Nazi saboteur tasked with blowing up the set of an American war film. To do so, he enlists film star Walter Mills to get him on set. On the night of the bombing, Mills learns that Pat Patriot is taking some Boy Scouts on a tour of the set. Haubner, not caring who dies so long as he becomes a national hero, orders the attack carried out anyways. Mills tries to stop the bombing, and Haubner shoots him near-fatally for his trouble.
  • Penny Dreadful (includes the TV series): Satan himself, after his failed rebellion against God, seeks to destroy humanity, dethrone God, and rule over his new creation. Satan enlists Evelyn Poole and scars every Nightcomer with his claws. Fighting against his brother Dracula over the Mother of Evil, Satan corrupted and possessed Vanessa Ives and tortured her into submission, eventually leading her to be sent in an asylum. He also granted Dorian Gray immortality in exchange for his service and has him kill people to prolong his life. In the continuation comics, Satan, possessing Vanessa's body, takes over the British government and compels them to war against other nations. He allows his followers to kill and rape anyone they want; pollutes the air of London; leads his army of demons to slaughter their way in a coven and the White Tower; and coldly disposes both of his underlings, Belial and the Duke of Kent, when they fail him. Satan tricks Ethan into sleeping with him to conceive The Anti-Christ and then tries to murder the man upon his refusal to follow him. Later Satan brainwashes Ethan and forces him to kill his lover Lily. After giving birth to twin daughters destined to rule over his creation, Satan sets Heaven on fire, raining down destruction on Earth and then announces that anyone who won't worship him will die. During the final battle, Satan rejects Dracula's offer for peace and reconciliation before attacking him.
  • The Phantom: In the short-lived DC Comics series from 1989-1990, by Mark Verheiden & Luke McDonnell, this darker take on the Phantom had quite few nasty villains:
    • Issue #3 ("Pirates"): Adix is a modern day pirate who uses an armed ship to board civilian boats off the coast of Bangalla. Adix would kidnap the rich male and female passengers aboard these ships and would order his crew to kill everyone else on board. Adix would then take his hostages to his ship and keep them in his hold, where he would torture the male hostages for information and would rape the female hostages. In contrast with romanticized pirates, Adix is a repulsive psychopath with no code of honor.
    • Issue #10 ("Blind"): Ansah is an enterprising criminal who learns of an African village struck by a disease that causes blindness. Ansah bribes a doctor who was taking care of this village to give him information on them and then he and his gang kidnap everyone in the village, including the women and the children. Ansah then enslaves the villagers, forcing them to work in a giant rice field. After the villagers gather enough rice for him to bring to market, Ansah plans to kill the villagers. After the Phantom thwarts that scheme, Ansah takes a villager hostage. After this cowardly act, Phantom asks Ansah what kind of man he is, Ansah justifies himself by saying the strong have the right to victimize the weak.
    • Issue #11 ("Famine"): Black marketeer Lancombe is a wealthy, corrupt resident of Khagana who helps to fund a civil war in the country. Making his money by stealing food supplies and international aid, Lancombe sells them to the highest bidder at the rebels, while knowing the country is undergoing a horrific famine that hits children the hardest and condemns thousands to a slow, wasting and agonizing death. Lancombe is shown to care not one bit about the suffering he inflicts, gleefully prolonging the famine to feed his own insatiable greed.
  • Pitt, by Dale Keown: Urgral Thul, despite appearing in one single issue, establishes himself as the most evil villain in the story by far. A demonic necromancer motivated by killing everything he can, Thul is first seen having slaughtered an entire planet, something he boasts to have done many times before, and murdering the lone survivor after forcing him to write about his planet's destruction. Once arriving on Earth, Thul gleefully tries to murder the Pitt while revealing that he devours the souls of all his victims and leaves them in constant agony because he enjoys the sounds of their screams, and proclaims his plans to move on after wiping out the Earth to continue his Universe-wide genocide spree.
  • Planet of the Apes franchise:
    • Planet of the Apes: The Human War, written by Ian Edginton: Minister Shiva, the granddaughter of General Thade, seeks the near-annihilation of humanity and all their ape supporters at any cost. Willing to pointlessly sacrifice the lives of her soldiers in battle, Shiva's sadism extends to having a prisoner ape tortured to death and his body crucified to lure his brother into a trap. Committing treason by trespassing into Calima, Shiva reveals her true goals to use the unfamiliar technology to undo and remake ape society in her own image, regardless of how many lives are lost in the process.
    • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes prequel comic, by Michael Moreci et al.: Pope is a brutal chimpanzee and the commander of Caesar's ape soldiers. Believing that Caesar's rule has made the ape society weak, Pope desires to wrest power from the Ape King through any means necessary. Subjugating a tribe of primal apes by killing their alpha, Pope forces them to undergo vicious training to mold them into loyal soldiers with which to use to conquer Caesar's colony. Demonstrating his cruelty by having a dissenting ape tortured and fed to a polar bear, Pope proceeds to have dozens of humans and apes alike rounded up and caged with the intention of using them as slave fodder. When confronted about his inhumane treatment towards his fellow apes, Pope casually decries them as not apes, but mere "dumb animals".
  • Preacher: As Jesse Custer learns religion is not the answer he's looking for, these three show how dark its purposes can be manipulated for:
    • God himself is a callous narcissist, responsible for the state of the world: having created Earth to see if mankind would love him, despite knowing the suffering they would go through. This horrified the angels, a full half of whom broke out in rebellion against God, causing him to start a bloody war and cast the surviving rebels out of Heaven. Engineering the death of a man's family to lead to him becoming the Saint of Killers, God used him to replace the disillusioned Angel of Death. Enchanting a demon and angel to mate, God persecuted the angel father while secretly hoping for the birth of Genesis, just to see if a being more powerful than himself would choose to love him. Threatening Jesse to abandon his search for him, God tries to manipulate him into loving him and tries to damn Jesse for not worshipping him.
    • Marie L'Angelle, Jesse's zealous grandmother, views herself as an agent of God. Seeing her daughter Christina as nothing but a way to breed a strong male preacher, when Christina runs away and gives birth to Jesse, Marie forces the family to stay on her estate, under her abusive control. Having Christina's husband murdered and eventually trying the same with Christina herself, Marie locks Jesse in an airtight coffin under a lake for weeks at a time, hoping to break him and make him accept God. Capturing Jesse years later, Marie has her servants kill Jesse's girlfriend Tulip and once again tries to break him into worshipping her and her religion.
    • Jody, Marie's enforcer, is a sadistic bully of a man. Murdering Jesse's father in front of him, Jody sneers when the young boy bursts into tears. Nailing Jesse's dog's head to a post for humping his leg, Jody savagely beats Jesse for attacking him, making him beg while twisting his arm so much the bone snaps out. When he recaptures Jesse and Tulip for Marie, Jody happily shoots and kills Tulip. In a rematch with Jesse, Jody tries to make Jesse suffer as much as possible, and when fatally wounded by Jesse, he feels nothing but pride as his abuses turned Jesse into a killer.
    • "Naked City" arc (issues 5-7): Simon "Si" Coltrane is the Reaver Cleaver, a Serial Killer plaguing New York city. He is introduced having flayed a man's face off and showing it to him before nailing it back on upside down. Coltrane sends a victim's scrotum to his widow, before attempting to frame his friend Cassidy for his own crimes, at which point it is revealed that Coltrane has a victim's head in his fridge and a secret room in his apartment, filled with bloody butcher's tools and the still-living victim he flayed, who is begging Cassidy to kill him. Coltrane then attempts to murder Tulip and Jesse, stabbing Tulip through the hand and confessing to her that he has no reason to do what he does, other than finding it amusing.
  • The Precinct, by Frank J. Barbiere, Cristhian Zamora, et al.: The Arch Duke of the Alchemy Academy intends to bring back alchemy as an everyday part of the Big City's steampunk-based life, all for the sake of his own pursuit to power. The Arch Duke commissions horrific mechanical monstrosities that rampage on the streets killing whoever they find in order to place pressure on the Big City's senate to use alchemy as a state solution, and when they refuse to cow the Arch Duke has the entire senate killed by his machines. The Arch Duke betrays and murders his own ally the Magistrate; comforts the Magistrate's disciple Josephine Winters before cruelly mind-controlling her; makes his mechanical insects to horribly burrow through the throat of a police constable; and ultimately unleashes his swarms on the entire city, trying to annihilate anyone who refuses to bow to him.
  • Pride & Joy, by Garth Ennis & John Higgins: Stein is a nihilistic Psycho for Hire infamous for his brutality. Employed in the past as a hitman for crime boss Daddy Delaney, Stein establishes his brutality by forcing protagonist Jimmy Kalvangh to watch as he tortures a man to death with a knife, later striking a deal with Jimmy and his associates to overthrow Delaney himself. After he's double-crossed, Stein breaks out two decades later to pursue revenge against Jimmy and his entire family, tormenting him by leaving the corpse of an eviscerated man in his daughter's bedroom and mowing down a cop with Jimmy's own guns. Castrating Jimmy's friend Lenny and later killing both Lenny and his brother, Stein badly wounds Jimmy and leaves him to bleed out with the promise he'll be killing Jimmy's teenage son Michael next.
  • Puppet Master (Action Labs):
    • Anapa is the son of the demon god Sutekh whose ambitions reach past those of his father. He manipulates the puppets into murdering the descendants of the psychics locking him out of the human world, promising to return them to human form, only to go back on his deal and return to the world through the body of one of these descendants. After a failed attempt at world domination and attempting to murder the young Anthony Gallagher, he unites the previous arc villains and goes on a killing spree, later acquiring the puppets and ordering Neil Gallagher to once again establish himself as their master. At the end, Anapa possesses Anthony and uses his magic to spread his influence across the world through bloodshed in his name, destroying several of the puppets as they try to stop him.
    • Neil Gallagher is shown to be far worse than he was in the first film. He begins his quest for immortality by ordering the puppets under his control to massacre a sorority house so he can use their bodies as test subjects. Unsatisfied with the carnage they left in their wake, he heads to the Bodega Bay Inn to acquire more test subjects, killing the hotel owner's parents and at some point raping a woman in the elevator. During his stay at the hotel, he later sends visions to his psychic colleagues of them being killed, then lures them there and fakes his death before having them murdered. Much later, he seeks out his son Anthony, shooting himself and murdering the coroner when he wakes up, then reunites with Anapa and his servants, briefly killing one of them with an axe. When he finally meets up with Anthony, he reveals that he intended him to be the vessel for Anapa before handing him over to be possessed, stabbing Andre Toulon and threatening to kill Anthony's Love Interest.
  • Rachel Rising: Malus, the demon and Fallen Angel who evil itself was named for, has haunted humanity for centuries, driving them to evil and murder. Possessing the young girl Zoe, Malus has her murder those around her before Lilith comes to contact him and Malus decides to craft The Antichrist to destroy humanity. Threatening to beget the antichrist by raping Zoe, Malus takes new bodies, frequently slaughtering those around him to corrupt Zoe into murder. Finally siring multiple children with other bodies and presiding over a series of nightmarish murders, Malus attempts to initiate Armageddon and drown the world in blood.
  • Random Acts of Violence, by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, & Giancarlo Caracuzzo: The unnamed Serial Killer is a deranged fan of the Slasherman comic book who decides to take the eponymous character's preaching to heart and engage in a killing spree of his own. Initially started by mutilating and dismembering eight woman around the country side while the comic's creators, Todd and Ezra, go on a nationwide tour, the killer then goes off to brutally murder several more people—including children—leaving their body parts and smoking cars behind him, as well as three more people he deposits in a comic book shop. The killer eventually decides to hurt the artists themselves by attacking and brutally killing Todd's girlfriend, then kidnapping Todd himself and forcing him to witness footage of the killer dismembering the girlfriend. The killer then instructs Todd to illustrate what he's seen and publish it, with the threat of skinning him alive and chopping him into pieces. A psychotic madman who considers death and violence to be unironic forms of art, the killer manages to stand out as truly depraved despite the lack of information about him.
  • Raptors: Don Miguel y Certa is the ruler of the new vampires. Bringing his allies from the shadows, y Certa proposed a new pact to dominate the world and evolve the vampire race. When a vampire nobleman named Don Molina objected, y Certa had him and his entire household annihilated, save his twin children who escaped. Centuries later, y Certa presides in New York where vampires dominate the world, reducing the human species and murder is regularly conducted to keep control. Y Certa is also a vicious predator himself, known as "The Devourer" for his predilection of feeding on children, who he hunts relentlessly. Y Certa has preyed on them so much that the numbers of children in New York have sharply dropped, and many refuse to go out alone for fear of being caught and brought to him. Even when the vampire kingdom is collapsing, y Certa attempts to hunt down and eat two children, with numerous bones of his past victims shown. Even in the dark world of Raptors, Miguel y Certa stands apart as the most depraved creature in any bloodline.
  • RASL: Salvador "Sal" Crow, aka "The Lizard-Faced Man", is an agent for The Compound, a government research facility. Upon learning of the existence of countless parallel universes, Sal became convinced that they were abominations, and their inhabitants sub-human. Seeking Nikola Tesla's journals in order to complete the production of a missile defense grid that would have the unintended effect of draining the alternate universes of their lifeblood and eventually lead to their destruction, he targeted the scientist-turned-interdimensional art thief RASL. Sal murdered RASL's lover and threatened to travel from universe-to-universe, killing everyone he cared about again and again. When the Compound ran a test of the array, it resulted in the brutal deaths of everything in a four-mile radius, something that Sal kept secret to avoid halting the testing. When his boss attempted to have him arrested, he killed her along with her security. Finally, he opened fire in a bar in an attempt to kill RASL, killed a sheriff to take his car, and repeatedly shot the Creepy Child that had been following RASL throughout the story.
  • Rat Queens: Voon is the brother of Braga. Before Braga's transition, Voon attempted to murder her and killed Braga's lover. Later becoming a "flesher" orc who can reshape the bodies of others, Voon forms an orc warband and leads them to massacre innocents all throughout the forests, while having innocents abducted to horrifically experiment on them, killing most and breaking the minds of others with torture, even children. Attempting to hunt down Braga, Voon attempts to torture and murder the Rat Queens, tortuously reshaping their flesh while intending on sparking a war to salve his wounded ego.
  • Realm of the Damned: Tenebris Deos ("Dark Gods"), by Alec Worley & Pye Parr: Balaur Petrova, otherwise known as The Dragon for his unique ability to breathe fire, was the most bloodthirsty vampire who ever lived. Sired somewhere in the Carpathians in the 15th century, Balaur was renowned for his constant warfare and orgies of murder across Europe nothing giving him more joy than the weight of his sword, blood flowing through his hands, and women screaming as he burned their children before them. Whenever he got bored from the lulls between fighting, he massacred his allies instead. His vampire brethren eventually turned on him for his slaying of other vampires by sending his sister Athena to destroy him. A part of Balaur survived, however, and was used to revive him by a group of cultists centuries later, most of whom he immediately slaughters before making the last one his slave. Desiring revenge on his sister and determining that the world must burn, he proceeds to track down all the other alpha monsters to take from them their powers by ripping out their hearts and eating them. After gathering all of them, he initiates the apocalypse by turning huge numbers of humans and vampires alike into mindless werewolves so they will slaughter everyone around them. Finally confronting Athena, he promises to rip off her skin so he can clothe himself in it, even letting her use her Healing Factor so he can kill her as many times as possible.
  • Reborn: Lord Golgotha is the evil, despotic ruler of the Dark Lands, and a steadfast opponent to the pure denizens of Adystria and all that is good. Having his forces scourge Adystria to kidnap their denizens, Golgotha horribly bleeds them out by the thousands to power a machine through which he intends to launch an attack on Earth to engage in a campaign of wholesale slaughter with his army of the worst of humanity reincarnated, reveling in the potential horrors that he and his forces will inflict on the world. When Bonnie Black comes to fight him, Golgotha has her ex-husband kidnapped and his village decimated, and reveals that he was the sniper who murdered him and 27 others originally for fun, his only regret from his old life being that he didn't kill enough people.
  • Red Team: Although the titular team themselves consist of ruthless vigilantes who hunt down criminals even worse than they are, no one character in the story is as singularly vile as the corrupt officer Sgt. Paul O'Dwyer. Contrasting Red Team's good intentions purely to pursue profit, O'Dwyer and his team make a habit of intercepting minor drug rings to brutally massacre everyone on the premises— both criminals and bystanders— before taking everything they find on the premises. Busting Red Team's failed attempt to thwart their murderous operations, O'Dwyer guns down two members of Red Team into bloody mush and smugly glories over his superior position whilst standing over their bodies. Standing as a perfect representation of what would happen if Red Team's morals were to ever degrade, O'Dwyer is one of the most unabashedly vile examples of a Dirty Cop put to the page.
  • Resident Evil Vol. 2, by Ricardo Sanchez et al: Neuermann Giesel is a T-Virus-enhanced clone of Arms Dealer, Fritz Giesel, created by Fritz to help him run Giesel Industries. Fritz places Neu in charge of developing black market Bio Organic Weapons, which Neu creates by painfully transforming the residents of numerous Übelandian towns into monsters whose abilities he showcases to a Uradorian warlord by having the creatures massacre various villages along the border of Übelandia and Urador. Neu also arranges for viral specimens to be exposed to cosmic radiation, which results in deadly outbreaks on both a space station and in Grezbekistan. When the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance begins investigating Giesel Industries, Neu has his "pet" monstrosities slaughter several members of the BSAA team sent to search the Giesel Estate, whose domestic staff Neu abandons to die in the carnage while he escapes to his BOW factory in Urador. Neu tries to starve the pursuing BSAA agents of reinforcements and supplies by overrunning all nearby towns and BSAA bases with zombies, and when the agents try to blow up his factory, they discover that Neu has designed it with a Dead Man's Switch that will cause pockets of BOWs that are hidden throughout the major population centers of Übelandia to activate and rampage, dooming the country and potentially all of South America. After the agents manage to thwart the switch and destroy the factory, Neu makes one final attempt to kill them by mutating into a Tyrant.
  • Revenger, by Charles Forsman
    • Mr. Groan, the head of Hotel Neptune, uses his business as a front for an underage prostitution ring. Abducting children from all over the city, Groan has the children repeatedly raped by his perverted clients, raping some of the children himself on occasion before tossing them out onto the streets once he's done with them. Brutally murdering the father of one of the abducted children once he tries to attack Groan, Groan is ultimately revealed as a Russian robot—which spurs him to spitefully self-destruct and obliterate the entire town in the process.
    • Revenger is Trapped: KJ is the leader of a group of backwoods hillbillies who tortured his own mother into insanity when her fortune-telling predicted his freestyle way of life would eventually be collapsed. KJ spends his time trapping stragglers in the woods and dumping them into a pit, where he and his family hunt, murder, and eat them, keeping a mound of hundreds of skulls as perverse trophies. When Revenger finds his operation, KJ attempts to brutally murder her too, realizing she was the one his mother foretold.
  • Reyn: Brother M'Thall is a prominent figure of the Venn race who holds a grudge against humanity. After M'Thall and the Venn invade Fate with the intent of stealing from the humans, M'Thall is blindsided by the humans' resistance when they start fighting off the Venn. Desperate, he set off a bomb that triggered the Great Cataclysm and nearly wiped out all of humanity. When M'Thall and the Venn wake up after hibernating for hundreds of years, M'Thall uses his forces to enslave most of the humans or convince them to work alongside him. When Reyn appears and causes trouble for the Venn right when M'Thall is nearly finished building a weapon that will destroy all of Fate for good, he sends his forces after him and sorceress Seph, hell-bent on killing both of them and anyone who gets in his way. He later kidnaps Seph and holds her hostage as bait, where he spends his time explaining how he wiped out almost all of humanity and rules over the humans now. Even after Reyn willingly gives M'Thall a component that will help him finish the weapon, M'Thall refuses to give up Seph, and instead tries to kill Reyn.
  • Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons, by Patrick Rothfuss, Jim Zub, et al.: Sebastian and Lucy are a duo of sorcerers who have been kidnapping babies and stealing shards to start a ritual to "cleanse" the world. Posing as innocent farmers whose child was kidnapped, they trick the Smiths into attacking a village of innocent ogres. They then use the chaos as a distraction to kidnap an ogre baby and steal a shard to complete the ritual. The duo then attempts to sacrifice six babies of various races to bring down the sun in an attempt to end all life in the world.
  • Rise of the Magi, by Marc Silvestri et al.: Commander Gore is a high-ranking guard of the orb that contains all magic in the universe. Desiring more than being just a guard, Gore sells out the magical essence of that orb to the Trolls. As guards caught him at the scene of the crime, Gore orders his monster minions to massacre them. When Asa Stonethrow came in possession of stolen magical essence and fled to Earth, Gore orders his minions to chase him there, where his monsters end up killing police officers who tried to arrest them. Gore's crimes resulted in a flying castle, where the orb was guarded, to start falling apart, killing dozens of people. Later on, Gore started selling weapons from Earth, like guns, to the Trolls, as they prepare to wage war on his people.
  • Road to Perdition: Connor Looney is well known as a bloodthirsty paranoiac who serves as a hitman for his father. After initiating an unnecessary bloodbath, Connor becomes obsessed with Michael O'Sullivan's young son having been a witness, and later heads to the O'Sullivan home after setting Michael himself up for death, murdering Michael's wife and younger son. Connor is later revealed as a pedophile who frequents and beats child prostitutes, showing a disdain for any moral standard. Upon growing sick of his protection, Connor murders an ally of Michael's and kidnaps the man's wife, intending to murder her when Michael is lured out.
  • Robotech/Voltron, by Tommy Yune, Bill Spangler, & Elmer Damaso: King Zarkon is the despotic ruler of Planet Doom who believes that it is his "holy destiny" to conquer or destroy all those who would oppose the Drule Empire. Zarkon sends his unknowing consort, an Arusian named Lora, and their son, Prince Lotor, on a diplomatic mission to Arus that turns out to be a cover for assassins to murder King Alfor and raze the Castle of Lions. Zarkon proceeds to take over Arus, and in his first public address to its people, he declares that they are now all his slaves and that he will kill ten of them a day until they find the missing Princess Allura. When Lora opposes this course of action, calling it needlessly cruel and liable to accomplish nothing other than making the Arusians hate him even more, Zarkon casually snaps her neck in front of Lotor, who is coldly ordered to dispose of his mother's body by Zarkon. After the Voltron Force disappears into the Robotech Universe, Zarkon lays siege to the now-defenseless Arus, reducing it to smoldering ruins to be annexed by the Drule Empire.
  • Rose, by Meredith Finch & Ig Guara: Queen Drucilla, having buried any spark of goodness or heart within herself, takes over the kingdom of Ttereve by killing her father and keeping her brother imprisoned. Drucilla criminalizes magic for all but herself, having entire villages massacred if someone within shows talent. Drucilla even enslaves soldiers by holding their families hostage, killing a man with his daughter just to prove the price of failure, and ordering the men killed when the children are rescued. Corrupting and enslaving the Khat guardians, Drucilla attempts to find the last of them, Thorne, so she may make herself the bride of the demon lord Balor, allowing Balor to devastate the world so she can rule what is left.
  • Rover Red Charlie, by Garth Ennis & Michael Dipascale: The brutish Hermann is a former fighting dog who, in the wake of humanity's extinction, decides to kidnap a human child and start torturing him for days on end into submission. Dubbing the child "shit-boy" once he finally breaks from Hermann's tortures, Hermann continues torturing and starving the child for days on end out of nothing more than pleasure. Once the child dies, Hermann furiously targets Rover, Red, and Charlie, resolving to murder Red and turn Charlie and Rover into his new slaves in retribution. Even when confronted on his abusive past, Hermann points out he liked being a fighting dog and had no qualms with doing what his owners wanted, viciously attempting to murder everything in his way in the final battle.
  • Samurai: Heaven and Earth, by Ron Marz, Luke Ross, et al.: Warlord Hsiao is the Arch-Enemy of Lord Tokudaiji. Starting the comic by attacking Tokudaiji's lands, Hsiao slaughters Tokudaiji's armies, save for the hero Shiro, and attacks Tokudaiji's castle. Hsiao has everyone in the walls butchered, leaving Tokudaiji's headless corpse to mock his enemy, and taking Shiro's lover Yoshiko to be a Sex Slave before selling her to slave traders for being too willful. A Serial Rapist who keeps a harem of women he's taken, Hsiao also removes the tongues of his women should they displease him.
  • "Santa's Claws": Nomadic vampire "Count" Alfonse arrives in a little Rumanian village before preying on its inhabitants. After murdering multitudes of innocents, Alfonse is revealed to have hypnotized the innkeeper to lure in more victims until the authorities become too suspicious for this to be viable. On Christmas, Alfonse decides to prey upon the children by disguising himself as Santa, attempting to sneak down chimneys to kill every child he can.
  • Satan's Hollow: Burdaine and Jacob are a pair of Satan-worshipping cultists who engage in Human Sacrifice to gain power from their infernal benefactors. Burdaine, when he was still human, orchestrated the kidnapping and sacrificial murder of numerous people, including the massacre of Sandra's whole family, personally stabbing her baby brother through the chest with a ceremonial dagger. After botching the ritual due to Sandra's father sacrificing his own life to allow her to escape, he is transformed into a Living Shadow known as the "Shadow Man" by the Devil as punishment. Together with his new partner-in-crime in the present, the Shadow Man sacrifices more people as part of the new ritual in order to satisfy all the members of Satan's court and open the portal to Hell, including a young boy who was already traumatized from a previous encounter at the Hollow. He possesses Sandra's husband John in the process and frames him for the kidnappings immediately after sending his soul to Hell to be tortured by demons. Along with the promise of having Sandra herself become their personal Sex Slave, Burdaine and Jacob were fully prepared to plunge the whole world into Hell for their own gain.
  • Savage Dragon:
    • Emperor Kurr, Dragon's former identity, was the "Chosen One" of the Krylans. As their brutal ruler, Kurr maintained control by violence and savagery, raping his consorts and tearing apart any he slept with. Upon locating Earth as a new home, Kurr attempted to exterminate all mankind before being betrayed and overthrown. Kurr later resurfaces and exterminates all humanity, gleefully attempting to murder his own children.
    • Johnny Lee Raeburn started as a janitor in an unassuming town who violently tortured 28 children to death, before being sent into space for NASA's Seeker program where he assimilates an alien probe and gains its powers. Giving himself the moniker of "Deathwatch", Raeburn returns to Earth as a cybernetic supervillain able to feast on the minds of his victims and make them experience the terror of those he's killed, making them die in absolute fear. Deathwatch slaughters several people connected to the trial that convicted him as a child killer before single-handedly massacring his entire hometown and killing his mother, even mentally torturing Donatello into brain death before he's foiled. Hitting his stride upon his return in Savage Dragon, Deathwatch convinces the Servant Race of the Kalyptan people into ultimately kickstarting a war that devastated Kalyptus and almost completely eradicated the Kalyptans, the Krylans, and the Tyruss in one fell swoop. Nothing less than gleeful at what his manipulations have wrought, Deathwatch intends to butcher all life on Earth next out of nothing more than petty spite. From a simple hick serial killer to one of the greatest mass murderers in the universe, Raeburn is one of the most evil beings to have ever fought the Dragon and his allies.
  • Scalped: Mr. Brass of the Hmong gangsters is a short, mild-mannered man with one arm who's also a terrifying sadist. When introduced, Mr. Brass informs a prisoner he never asks a question twice and has him "pick a number", one through ten. The man selects a number which turns out to be the body part Brass removes. Brass proceeds to remove his eye before even asking a question. Brass spends his time torturing his way through the residents of the reservation, largely for his own pleasure. How Brass satisfies his "peculiarities"—he has a penchant for raping and murdering teen prostitutes, male and female—disgusts even the ruthless mob boss Lincoln Red Crow. In the gritty, dark Black-and-Gray Morality world that is Scalped's Rez, Brass is the worst the world has to offer.
  • Scars, by Warren Ellis & Jacen Burrows: John Wakefield is a seemingly-unassuming schoolteacher who turns out to be a petty psychopath who enacts a disturbingly out-of-proportion revenge against the teenage girl who spurned him. After he's humiliated, Wakefield abducts an 11-year-old student who bears a coincidental resemblance to said teenage girl and proceeds to torture, mutilate, and savagely rape her daily for three months on end, finally cutting apart the girl while she's still alive and mailing her dismembered remains to a children's charity. This horrifies even hardened homicide cop John Cain, who decides to execute Wakefield himself after Wakefield defiantly screams Cain can't legally touch him.
  • Scary Godmother: The Master is shockingly vile for such a lighthearted series. The Master is a vampire who runs a "Summer Ghoul" camp which he advertises as a place to teach young vampires to hunt. But in actuality, it is a place for him to get slaves where he forces the children to hunt for him while he continues to be lazy. The Master also hypnotizes the carrier animals used to deliver messages from the families of the students, making the carriers lie that everything is going fine. A student caught him doing this, so the Master tossed him outside to slowly burn to death in the sunlight. When his sister begged the Taster to save her, he mutilated her by pushing her face into the sunlight. When a new student arrives at the camp named Orson, the Master plans to eat his human friend Hanna and Orson himself.
  • Scream!:
    • "The Dracula File": Dracula himself comes to England after killing sprees in Eastern Europe, murdering countless innocents in Britain. After sweeping the streets and killing those he encounters, Dracula also turns several victims into his slaves, even turning one into a vampire to sacrifice to cover his escape against the vampire hunter Stakis. In the past, Dracula was hunted by a vampire killer named Quinn whose wife Dracula had taken, whereupon Dracula attempted to elude his pursuers and murder the innocent women of the village. A savage beast with a thin veneer of charm, Dracula repeatedly shows why he is the lord of darkness.
    • "Spiders Can't Scream": Cordwell is a greedy mercenary who murders the kindly professor in charge of the expedition by shoving him into a poisonous spider's web. Stumbling upon the old civilization of spider worshipers, Cordwell has them massacred by killing his own partners and attempting to enslave the surviving natives to transport his ill-gotten loot for him.
  • Sea of Red, by Rick Remender et al.: The evil vampire Jameson intends to use the blood of Judas to create new vampires and the blood of Jesus Christ to Take Over the World. Jameson once betrayed Lesser Blackthroat, the vampire pirate, to kill many people, while also sending assassins after the captain. In modern day, Jameson has Blackthroat's wife Adora murdered and turns many people into vampires, setting them on human cities to create a massive, worldwide panic with a multitude of horrible vampire massacres. Jameson then has his former killer Marco assassinate Blackthroat so he can gain access to the Grail and dominate the world himself.
  • Serenity:
    • "The Train Job", "Ariel", & Serenity: Those Left Behind comic: The Blue Gloves/"Hands of Blue" are a duo of independent contractors hired by the Alliance to capture the Tam siblings. The Blue Gloves hunt the Serenity across the 'Verse, killing anyone in their way as they go, and employ a variety of schemes to capture the two, notably allying with Dobson in an attempt to kill the entire crew. The most evil aspect of them, however, is their use of a sonic device that painfully kills their targets by rupturing their insides until they melt, which they use to kill an entire Alliance building, systematically checking all of the bodies and murdering any who still cling to life to ensure none survive the massacre, just because a couple of the guards had interacted with the Tams, and the Blue Gloves seek to keep all information possible to themselves.
    • Jubal Early debuts in "Objects in Space" as an aloof yet sadistic Bounty Hunter seeking to turn in the Tam siblings for the reward on their heads. Incapacitating the crew of the Serenity and threatening to rape and torture Kaylee to keep some in line, Early is seemingly beaten after he is revealed to be a Psycho for Hire who only has his job because he enjoys hurting others. Returning in the comic book Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, Early kills an entire staff of security guards just for prohibiting him entry to a meeting, and later bombs a smuggler ship in another attempt to capture the crew of the Serenity, killing a dozen innocent people in the process. Despite his claims that he follows a code and is only doing his job for the money, Early is actually nothing but a cruel bully who views killing people as a "passion".
  • Severed: The nameless Salesman who often goes by Mr. Fisher and who has been on the road for countless centuries hunting down children in order to devour them and their dreams. Posing as a kindly salesman to take them under his wing, he lures them into traps where he reveals his sharp teeth and devours them alive. When he encounters the young hero Jack, the Salesman murders the real Mr. Fisher to steal his identity and takes Jack on a game of cat and mouse, murdering and eating his friend Samantha. When he catches Jack at the end, the Salesman gloats over all the evil he's done over the years and how many dreams he's devoured before chopping off Jack's arm, planning to eat him and force Jack's mother to partake.
  • The Shadow (Dynamite Comics revival):
    • The Fire of Creation arc, by Garth Ennis, Aaron Campbell, eta al.: Taro Kondo, a war criminal who took part in atrocities at the Rape of Nanking, develops a niche for himself as a spymaster and criminal overseas while his brother is dispatched by the Shadow in the US. Dismissing his brother without a thought, Kondo leads an expedition to secure uranium for the Japanese empire while providing young girls to his superior to rape at his leisure and leading his men to massacre an entire village as a diversion. When he has the ship the Shadow and his allies are on sunk, Kondo promptly orders any survivors to be gunned down and later betrays and murders his own allies. Faking the uranium's potency to force his superior to commit seppuku in failure, Kondo briefly taunts him with the truth before beheading him and promises to pay a "visit" to the man's daughters himself before he sells the uranium to the highest bidder.
    • The Shadow/Batman, by Steve Orlando, Giovanni Timpano, et al.: Shiwan Khan, the Shadow's Arch-Enemy, is a descendant of Genghis Khan and a cunning psychic who is the most evil student to emerge from Shamba-La. One of the leaders of the Silent Seven alongside Ra's Al-Ghul, Shiwan Khan assists in "culling" the human population and keeping a control over the numbers to dominate the world. Lacking his partner's well-intentioned goals, Shiwan resurrects others as slaves, mentally torturing Batman and the Shadow, physically torturing the latter as well before even reviving one of his friends and killing him in front of the Shadow. Happily destroying all in his path, Shiwan Khan is a man who sees the evil lurking in the hearts of men, only to enjoy it in his quest to rule it.
  • The Shadow of a Terrible Thing, by Eduardo Mello, Massimo Rosi, et al.: Dr. Evans starts off as a particular ambitious human scientist who is obsessed with studying the alien Keplerian's biology. However, after gaining a direct link to the Keplerian's Hive Mind leadership, Evans strikes a deal with the genocidal race and betrays humanity in exchange for ultimate power and knowledge. Orchestrating a massacre of the HRD, the last line of defense again the Keplerians, Evans giddily takes part in the slaughter himself before rounding up hundreds of survivors. When later beaten, Evans smugly reveals that he handed over hundreds of innocents to the Keplerians to be used as living breeding stock for their monstrous forces, and gloats that the Keplerians will soon wipe out a of humanity, something Evans is all too happy to take part in as long as he comes out on top.
  • Shaft: Imitation of Life, by David F. Walker, Dietrich Smith, et al.: Lou Peraino, or "Lollipop Lou", is a vile mobster running a pornography operation, happily dealing in the most extreme territories people can think of—even snuff—so long as he's paid. Lou has no issue addicting young men and women to drugs to force them to become "stars" for his films, and when he's tracked down by Shaft, Lou is about to use a Blaxploitation actor gang-raped by a bunch of men dressed in Klansmen suits.
  • Shazam (Fawcett Comics): Captain Nazi, real name Albrecht Krieger, embodies all the villainy the Nazis had to offer the superheroes of America. Tasked by Adolf Hitler himself to sow chaos in America, Nazi introduced himself to his archenemies by derailing trains and tipping over Ferris wheels, then using a little boy as a hostage before trying to kill him anyway. So full of gleeful sadism as to murder an elderly man and cripple his grandson—who would later become Captain Marvel Jr.—after the duo had rescued him from drowning, Nazi would bomb air raid shelters, poison thousands of American troops, and even kill his fellow Nazis in his goals to wipe out entire American cities and kill millions. Nazi would even attempt to drown a group of children to prevent them from buying War Stamps, then try to burn other kids alive so they couldn't do volunteer work for the military. A ravenously cruel and vicious brute, Captain Nazi was perhaps Captain Marvel Jr.'s most personal enemy, and one of Marvel himself's most hated.
  • Sheena, Queen of the Jungle: Dark Rising, by Steven E. de Souza, Todd Livingston, et al.: Nazi Captain Heinrich Bronner is a cybernetic leftover from World War II who went into hiding for centuries to prepare his new assault on the world, having Lieutenant Ostheim act as a proxy in the real world and enslaving a nearby tribe for the purpose of forcibly breeding cannibalistic warriors out of them. Bronner viciously attempts to torture Sheena and her friends when they discover his operation, and Bronner eventually reveals his admit to destroy all the world's most major cities and establish a Fourth Reich over the ashes that remain, even coldly executing Ostheim for his weakness when he tries to propose extorting money from the cities instead.
  • Shinku, by Ron Marz and Lee Moder: Asano is the vampire leader of the Yagyu clan. Slaughtering the Tadataka clan in a battle, Asano beheaded their leader Shigen and spent the next centuries killing the clan's descendants. Ruling modern day Tokyo from the shadows, Asano allows vampires to run around killing people, has women brought to him to feast on, and couldn't care less if his own vampires bite the dust. When his hitman Sakura fails to kill Shinku, Asano decides to do it himself, kidnapping Shinku's partner Quinn in order to lure her to her death. Feeling like the Yagyu clan has grown soft, Asano plans to kill Shinku in front of his vampire brethren in order to rid them of their main problem and rise as vicious warriors once again.
  • Sin City: Due to the general morality, the villains are usually really bad. These are the absolute worst that the Crapsack World setting has to offer:
    • "The Hard Goodbye", with a short cameo in "That Yellow Bastard": Kevin, also appearing in the first film, is a young, emotionless Serial Killer who acts as a hitman for Cardinal Patrick Henry Roark. In the meantime, Kevin murders and eats prostitutes, piece by piece, keeping the women alive as long as possible and making them watch. He cuts of and eats the left hand of Marv's parole officer Lucille, and throws her in the basement of the farmhouse, where there are several heads of Kevin's previous victims.
    • "That Yellow Bastard": Ethan Roark, Jr., a primary villain from the first film, is the son of a US Senator with the appearance of a handsome young playboy. In reality, he is a sadistic pedophile with a penchant for raping and murdering preteen girls and who Loves the Sound of Screaming. These horrible crimes are covered up by his corrupt Senator father—brother of the Cardinal—which means that no one on the police force is willing to take him down until John Hartigan saves his latest victim, Nancy Callahan, and goes through eight long years of prison for it because of the vengeful Senator dad. Near the end, it's revealed that Roark Junior is impotent unless he hears little girls scream in pain and that there were hundreds of victims.
    • The Colonel, also known as The Salesman, is one of the top enforcers in Herr Wallenquist's Basin City Mob. He runs a clandestine division of contract killers and occasionally performs the hits himself. He mentors new trainees to shed all redeeming traits so they can become remorseless killing machines, inducing one of them into murdering the only man she ever loved before assigning her the codename "Blue Eyes". His largest operation is the "Human Resources" division, a massive kidnapping, sex slave-trading, brainwashing, organ harvesting and industrial-strength porn production operation. He kills off one of his own henchmen through Eye Scream on the off chance that the hero Wallace might track the minion down, after previously having the man's male lover stabbed to death with over a dozen knives. He has an alliance with a Dirty Cop named Leibowitz, but when Leibowitz's loyalty might falter, he orders his son's arm broken as a warning and threatens to kill his whole family. The Colonel is a sociopath who displays no character traits other than hinting at a wish to direct the bodies of the people around him, to see their "full potential" realized.
  • The Sixth Gun: Griselda the Grey Witch is a powerful and ancient sorceress who serves the Great Wyrms. After dedicating herself to their service, Griselda began to search for the Six weapons to remake reality, razing entire cities and slaughtering countless people in the process. In the latest rebirth of the world, Griselda raped multiple slaves in an attempt to produce a son to serve as her antichrist, later unleashing her forces on a town, transforming many people into her monstrous servants and having dozens killed as a sacrifice to the seal of reality, intending on wiping out the world to rebuild it in tribute to the Great Wyrms.
  • Skylanders (IDW Publishing): Malefor is the self-crowned Undead Dragon King in the Underworld of Skylands and is one of the Skylanders' more sinister foes. Corrupting many inhabitants of Skylands to do his bidding, Malefor would have his minions kidnap Cynder before she was hatched so he can corrupt her into one of his minions and have her spread fear, terror, and destruction throughout Skylands. When Spyro manages to free Cynder from his control, Malefor would then attempt to capture and torture Hex in an attempt to learn about the secrets of her powers and use them for his own ends, leading to Hex seemingly destroying him, though not before she is transformed into one of the undead. Seeking revenge for his defeat, Malefor forces Calliope to assist him in reviving him with the powers of Spyro, Cynder, and Hex, rendering them weak and helpless, falsely promising her to help her find her family if she does while threatening to kill her if she dares to disobey him. Upon his revival, he traps Spyro, Cynder, Hex, and Wallop in the Cadaverous Crypts, only sparing them so they can watch as Malefor destroys everything and everyone they ever knew and love in revenge for his defeat, starting with the Skylanders Academy, which is full of young students, all the while absorbing the powers from the other Skylanders as well. An arrogant, malevolent dragon with no comedic aspects whatsoever, Malefor is easily one of the Skylands' most dangerous villains.
  • Society: Party Animal, by Colin Barr et al.: Dr. Carroon is Society's "sexual disease expert", a grinning member of the incestuous mutant upper-class who uses his trade to pass along countless horrible sexual diseases to the lower-class through his clinic to keep Society "clean" after their constant shunts. Introduced ordering some "vintage syphilis" passed along to clients, Carroon gleefully probes Billy Whitney, while mockingly remarking "you have been faithful to Clarissa", before doubling around to Billy's friend who sold Billy out in the hopes of a compromise and horribly killing him in front of Billy's eyes.
  • Son of Merlin, by Robert Place Napton, Zid, et al.: Morgana le/la Fay, Merlin's evil cousin, is a cruel sorceress turned CEO of La Fey Industries. Seeking to claim Merlin's diary and the Stone of Giramphiel, Morgana plans to use their powers to awaken the Keres, demons that, once unleashed, will devour all of humanity and plunge the world into an eternal darkness. Murdering Merlin for his diary, Morgana sends her Black Knights to slay Merlin's son Simon for the diary, snapping one's neck for failing to kill him. Using Simon to help her unleash the Keres upon the Earth in return for his safety, Morgana still kills him anyway, knowing that he'll just betray her.
  • Space Ghost (2005 miniseries, by Joe Kelly & Ariel Olivetti):
    • Quartermaster Temple, the man responsible for ruining the life of Thaddeus Bach—aka Space Ghost—is a corrupt space cop with a streak of viciousness that matches the literal alien horrors. Temple introduces his corruption murdering an amiable weapons dealer and passing it off as justice, and when Bach tries to expose him, Temple has Bach's pregnant wife brutally murdered, recording the whole process of tearing the unborn baby from her womb and leaving Bach for dead after rubbing his face in this atrocity. When the Zorathians attack the colony planet Meridian, Temple first tries to escape while shooting innocent civilians who get in his way, then elects to sell out the entire planet to the Zorathians. To cover up his crimes, Temple is ultimately willing to plunge the Zorathians' mothership into Meridian to kill not only the Zorathians, but every innocent life on the planet.
    • Zorak is portrayed here as far worse than his other incarnations. A monstrous conqueror terrorizing the galaxy, Zorak sends his scouts out to prowl for populated planets and murder entire cities to test their defenses, after which Zorak sics his entire army onto his selected planet to enslave, torture, and devour the entire populace, with even children not exempt from these horrors. Keeping himself alive over the years by bodyjacking his own soldiers when his current vessel expires, Zorak uses the corpses of entire planets to breed new generations of Zorathians to repeat his slaughter campaign unendingly, hoping to leave nothing alive in the universe but himself and his race. A sadist who takes deep joy from his atrocities, Zorak goes so far as to betray and try to murder Temple after an alliance with him, then mock Space Ghost over the death of his family at Temple's hands.
  • The Spider: Although many of Richard Wentworth's adversaries in the Dynamite Comics revival written by David Liss lack anything resembling redeeming characteristics, many of them go above and beyond:
    • Anput is an Egyptian terrorist who attacks New York City to strike terror among the populace. Stealing a toxin from Wentworth Industries and reformatting it into a gas capable of turning people into zombies, Anput starts indiscriminately bombing populated areas with the gas, converting many people—children included—into mindless, shambling zombies that tear apart anything they come across. Anput tops herself by gassing Citi Field and reducing tens of thousands to the undead, and later attacks Richard's friend and love interest Nita for the sole purpose of hurting him. Although Anput espouses that she's out to purify the city of wrongdoers like the Spider himself, any and all pretense of good intentions quickly evaporates when Anput's true goal is revealed to be to gas Wall Street and make a solid profit out of the fallout, uncaring about the thousands she's poisoned as a mere distraction and the gigantic blow to the economy she plans on causing so long as she can get rich from it.
    • Lazarus is a particularly depraved small-time criminal and one-shot rogue of the Spider with an especially disturbed MO. An unassuming, chubby man who lives in a small, underground apartment by day, Lazarus indulges in his compulsions by regularly purchasing tetrodotoxin and using it to poison the elderly multiple times a week, resulting in them being paralyzed and Buried Alive—whereupon Lazarus masturbates to their screams to be let out. Once he's cut off from his selection of usual victims, Lazarus poisons the police commissioner in vengeful frustration and decides to start targeting younger women to bury alive in his own apartment, noting with a special glee that his first victim has a husband and family and treating the whole affair as nothing more than a casual hobby of his.
    • The Lawgiver, real name Joe Hilt, is a self-righteous Knight Templar and a disillusioned former cop who decides to start murdering New York's law enforcement for a chance to spite the Spider. Teaming up with the Fly, a villainous anarchist, the Lawgiver slaughters many of the city's cops before eventually resorting to collapsing a six-story building to murder a bar full of officers--and over 100 innocent civilians with him. The Lawgiver's master stroke is to kidnap the police commissioner, Kirkpatrick, before bombing the ensuing meet held by the city's police department and government to take out both the law enforcement and governance in one fell swing, planning to hand off New York to the Fly to turn it into a cesspool of chaos and rampant crime. The Lawgiver is a narcissist driven by spite, anger, and a craving to hurt Richard Wentworth, and proves to be little more than a pathetic, groveling snake once the cards are turned against him. Even in a world of terrorists, murderers, and more, the contemptuous nobody of a detective still manages to become one of the evilest people to ever combat the Spider.
  • The Spirit: The Corpse Makers: Mark Hooper, head of Central City's Energy Department, seeks to mine the unsafe Crimson Coal mineral for a massive profit. Injecting chemicals into the homeless and derelicts to fake their deaths, Hooper has them turned into brainwashed slaves so they may work for free, with the deadly gasses placing them at risk of death, which Hooper disregards callously. Consumed by Greed and targeting the most vulnerable, Hooper is one of the Spirit's most vile enemies.
  • Spirou and Fantasio: In this series, most villains are Played for Laughs or have redeeming qualities. That doesn't apply to the following characters:
    • Zantafio, Fantasio's greedy cousin, is considered to be the true Big Bad of the series despite his rare appearances. Losing all his redeeming qualities in his second appearance, he became the dictator of Palombia and planned to start a War for Fun and Profit with another country. After being foiled by Spirou and Fantasio, he later commits robberies and frames Fantasio for it out of spite, and later attempted to kill Spirou and Fantasio multiple times. With no loyalty to anyone, he betrayed his partner-in-crime during the operation; later betrayed Zorglub when working for him; disowned and attempted to kill his own uncle after learning that he knew about the existence of a Fountain of Youth; and manipulated villagers into leading him to said fountain, planning to get rid of them once they're no longer useful. Not above hurting animals, he sold the Marsupilami when he was broke, and attempted to kill Spip when he took his uncle's diary.
    • Who Will Stop Cyanide?: Cyanure—French for Cyanide—is a gynoid created by Caténaire so that he doesn't feel lonely anymore. Pulling cruel pranks on the villagers for no reason, Cyanure was shut down by Caténaire. When accidentally reactivated by Spirou and Fantasio, she attacked them before fleeing. Restarting her cruel pranks and causing bodily harm, she went further and attacked Caténaire, almost killing him and leaving him for dead. After stealing a rifle, she attempted to kill Spirou and Fantasio, and tried to do the same to her "brother" Télésphore. Capturing Fantasio, she used him as a hostage, threatening to freeze him to death if Spirou attacks her. She also revealed that she took over an entire factory, mass-producing robots for her plans of world domination and the mass enslavement of humanity. Cyanure later starts mass brainwashing of the village during the night. When Spirou, Fantasio, the factory's CEO and the children of the village opposed her, she had no problem attacking them, trying to kill Spirou by activating a crusher, and one of her robots trying to kill a child with a chainsaw. Lacking inside the beauty she has on the outside, Cyanure is one of the comic's most notorious villains despite appearing only once.
  • The Squidder, by Ben Templesmith:
    • The Dark Father is the unfathomably old Eldritch Abomination who is the leader of the Squid Hive Mind. A ravenous parasite of a cosmic horror, the Dark Father has spent eons devouring countless universes by draining them of all life and energy, and leads the Squids into Earth's universe to initiate the wholesale genocide of mankind and the domination of Earth. The Dark Father responds to resistance by unleashing a plague onto humanity that reduces all it infects to hideously mutated likenesses of the Squids called Cuttlemen. Once the war ends, billions have died and humanity has been reduced to a few starving populations, during which the Dark Father oversees countless female children taken from their villages— leaving no other survivors—and forcefully converted into Squid-human hybrids to serve as acolytes. The Dark Father bides his time by playing with humans like toys, molding their flesh and fusing their living bodies together into abominated structures comprised of dozens of conscious humans. The Dark Father ultimately seeks to draw the rest of his form into Earth to finish destroying the universe before moving onto others. A stoic, despotic monster who threatens all subordinates who fail him with unmaking, the Dark Father roundly proves himself to be less a god and more a rapacious parasite of an Eldritch Abomination.
    • The Queen Unit 59B, or the Squid Queen, is just as nasty as the Dark Father. Initially a willing servant of the Dark Father who participated in the genocide of mankind, the Queen comes to savor her independence from the Dark Father's mind and eventually resolves to overthrow him, organizing attacks outside of his permission and hunting down a renegade Squid acolyte named Seph after she abandons her temple. The Queen breaks into a temple with full intent to butcher everyone there and boasts to Jack, the last of the Squidders once meant to stop the Squids, how she helped to completely wipe out the Squidders and how "good" they were at dying. After the Dark Father attempts to kill her for her failures, the Queen abruptly betrays him and leaves him to die with full intent to usurp him and lead the Squid to devour all reality, intending to consume trillions upon trillions of universes until all that's left is one organism with herself as its supreme nexus. Brutally murdering the Mother Superior and vowing to destroy Earth to this cause, the Queen proves that individuality from the Dark Father's control mixed in with her own ambitions breeds true evil.
  • Stained, by David Baron, Yusuf Idris, & Simon Bowland: Berkshire is a despicable, warthog-masked trafficker who was initiated into the "family business" by raping a young woman, which kickstarted his sadistic nature. Now one of the most feared crime bosses in the world, Berkshire regularly buys kidnapped girls from slave auctions, spends time torturing and raping them all into obedient slaves, then sells them himself at a marked-up price. When his latest batch of trafficked girls—mostly teenagers—is tampered with by Emma London, Berkshire murders one of his own employees for breaking the bad news, and orders Emma murdered and his "property" retrieved. After lopping the hand off of one of the girls to keep the others in line, Berkshire mocks Emma that he's going to keep one of them as his personal slave and put her through the pain the rest of her life, before promising that even if all the girls escape him, he'll hunt down and kill them all.
  • StarCraft:
    • Frontline:
      • Dr. Stanley Burgess is a sadistic Terran Dominion scientist who personally oversaw the neural resocialization of Jin-ho Lim, a Terran of Asian ethnicity who opposed the Terran Dominion but was conscripted into the Dominion Marine Corps. After the operation, Stanley ordered the now-docile Lim to kill his wife and fellow Terran Dominion opposer, Anna, and he complied by shooting her in the face without a moment's hesitation. He also was responsible for the creation of the Terran/Protoss Gestalts by implanting the organs of captured Protoss into Terrans controlled by neural conditioning and neural inhibitors. His project came to an end after one of his subjects, Gestalt Zero, was freed from his neural inhibitors by a dying Protoss and stabbed him to death, ironically echoing one of his previous comments: "I should warn you...this is probably going to hurt."
      • Volume 4's "Voice in the Darkness": "The Voice in the Darkness" is one of the many names given to an Ancient Evil entity responsible for the annihilation of countless civilizations throughout the universe. After being defeated by the Xel'Naga, it was imprisoned on a barren planet. When a group of researchers releases it, the Voice immediately shows its gratitude by slaughtering half of them and converting the other half into loyal minions. The conversion is a process, where the Voice brainwashes its victims, leaving them conscious to an extent, and feeds on them by slowly draining their psionic energy over a long period of time until they eventually die, with the Voice having inflicted this fate on many creatures. After a group of Protoss arrives, the Voice tries to convert them as well, successfully brainwashing Xy'tal and forcing him to try to kill Azimar. When Xy'tal resists its control, the Voice punishes him by engulfing his body in flames after which it attempts to massacre the entire band of Protoss. It is also strongly suggested that the Voice plans to resume its genocidal activities upon release until all beings have either been converted or killed.
    • Scavengers & Survivors: "The Prisoner" is a Protoss murderer and heretic who was left trapped in her cell when the prison ship carrying her was damaged and the crew vanished. Unwittingly set free by a Terran salvage team, the Prisoner murdered them as well as the Dominion soldiers that arrived to arrest them, only sparing one of them, Caleb, because she needed a pilot. The Prisoner forced Caleb to infiltrate an Umojan colony to locate an experimental weapons lab, cowing him into declaring his life belongs to her. When Caleb does not find the lab quick enough for her, the Prisoner begins to murder his co-workers and used one of them to warn Caleb his time was running out. When she finally got her hands on the weapons she wanted, the Prisoner, angered by the Terran "arrogance" in designing the weapons, had Caleb send the knowledge to the Tal'darim, knowing they will retaliate by destroying the colony. Vicious, brutal, and tormenting and killing others just for her enjoyment, the Prisoner is one of the most singularly vile Protoss in the franchise.
  • Stardust the Super Wizard: Several villains go the extra mile to truly earn Stardust's creative brand of justice:
    • The Super Fiend of the Lost Planet, proclaiming his intentions to destroy all civilization in the solar system, uses his weaponry to set the entire planet of Mars ablaze, horribly killing its entire populace. From there, the Fiend attempts to swing the remains of Mars into Earth to annihilate it as well, necessitating Stardust marooning him on the remains of Mars surrounded by the millions he's killed.
    • Moloka, leader of a band of Space Pirates, attempts to seize control of the sun to dominate the solar system. Using his arsenal to utterly annihilate entire planets, Moloka tests out one of his superweapons by annihilating a planetoid and attempting to continue on to Neptune, only Stardust saving the populations of the planets he targets. Moloka even attempts to annihilate Earth when Stardust pretends to be his ally, gleefully taking Stardust's "advice" while monologuing he'll betray Stardust the first chance he gets.
    • "Gyp" Clipp, leader of the Gyp Clipp Gang, devises a scheme to chain himself and his cohorts to the surface of the Earth while using an anti-gravity device to cause the rest of Earth's population to float away into space, nearly having half-a-million people suffocate in the vacuum. Unsatisfied, Gyp murders his own minions to have all of Earth's wealth for himself.
  • Steampunk, by Joe Kelly et al.: Lord Mortimer Absinthe is the tyrannical ruler of the Absinthian Empire in an alternate 1800s Europe. Once a disturbed Mad Scientist infamous for conducting grotesque experiments on animals-—one of which, his pet dog, he mutilated and experimented when he was only 5 years old—-the fisherman Cole Blaquesmith turned to Absinthe in a moment of desperation to cure his beloved Fiona. After Cole had retrieved knowledge from the future for Absinthe in return for curing Fiona, Absinthe spitefully lets Fiona die and tears out Cole's heart. Over a period of years with the knowledge he's cultivated, Absinthe orchestrates a murderous takeover of Europe and sets up a despotic regime where the lower-class are forced underground into incredible squalor and the tiniest hint of rebellion is killed. Absinthe perpetrates a bloody, genocidal war against France leading to colossal loss of life, sets up free slave labor in the Chasm Community—with promises to kill any slave that stops providing him labor—and in his crowning moment of evil murders a prisoner in front of one of the Vatican's agents and prepares to hand off millions of London's own populace to be killed in the Consecration Engine via having radium injected into their brains. When Cole returns from slumber in Absinthe's reign, Absinthe takes a perverse glee in mocking him about Fiona's death and hands him to his agent Nixon to be tortured, ordering Nixon to be killed when Nixon betrays him. Regularly perpetrating murder, torture, massacres, and cruel experiments in his free time, Absinthe's sardonic sense of humor and tendency for flamboyancy is only outweighed by his limitless capacity for sadism and cruelty towards everyone who does—and doesn't—oppose him.
  • The Steel Fist: Heydrich is a Nazi spy tasked with destroying American munitions plants. To do so, he sets up shop as a clock-maker and gets a contract to fix the city's punch-clocks. He then rigs the clocks to explode when a time-card is punched in, blowing up the factory and killing everybody inside. After having taken out four plants this way, the Steel Fist shows up to stop him. Heydrich locks the Steel Fist in a room to wallow in his failure to stop the explosions until he's killed.
  • Stitched: Emad Homayoun, the first Arc Villain, is a human trafficker who deals with the cult creating the titular Stitched. Homayoun is more than compliant with the process for creating the Stitched— pouring a black liquid into a man's orifices and then sewing all of them closed, in the process trapping the man's conscious soul in a state of undeath while the body becomes a mindless shell— and uses the Stitched as shock soldiers to regularly massacre entire villages. The survivors are kept captive by Homayoun's traffickers, the women and children sold to become sex slaves and the men to be converted into more Stitched. Any who Homayoun has no use for or are perceived as obstacles—such as a lame child and members of the Taliban—are brutally killed. Homayoun personally disembowels one of the heroes, Twiggy, casually noting that he'd rape her as well if he weren't in such a hurry. Ultimately, it is made plainly clear that Homayoun is just as much a monster as the undead Stitched he utilizes.
  • Streets of Glory, by Garth Ennis, Mike Wolfer, & Greg Waller : Red Crow is an Apache warrior, well known for his love of, and talent for, torture. The hero, Colonel Joe Dunn, recalls Red Crow's vicious rampages in flashbacks that reveal the man carving the guts out of his victims with a huge Slasher Smile. When he resurfaces at the end of the 19th century, Red Crow announces himself by abducting a man, chopping off his fingers, cutting off his manhood and stuffing it in his mouth before sewing his lips shut and letting him wander back into town. when Dunn and his team set off after Red Crow, Red Crow gleefully scalps a member of their party before slaughtering every other man besides Dunn and his young protege, avoiding killing them immediately so he can torture them to death later. When mortally wounded, Red Crow refuses to subject himself to any human laws and opts to hurl himself off a cliff, laughing the whole way down.
  • Subspecies 1991 prequel comic: Radu is a demonic vampire who allies with the enemies of the Vladislas family, happily killing his own peasants and having them torn apart by his demonic subspecies For the Evulz. Murdering an innocent Romani man and seeking to rape his daughter before she is rescued by Radu's good-hearted younger half-brother Stefan, Radu launches an attack on Kronescu, intending on massacring everyone in the area and the castle before draining his loyal commander of blood just to have the strength to fight Stefan at an advantage. Radu later has the woman Stefan loves, Mariah, savaged fatally by his Subspecies, relishing in his vampiric nature and mocking Stefan for thinking he can be a moral figure.
  • Super-American:
    • Tyrannus is an agent of an unnamed European dictatorship sent to destroy America from within. He raises an army to kidnap the President and force Congress to vote him in as absolute dictator on pain of death. As Super-American puts a stop to these plans, Tyrannus orders a Maryland town flooded. In order to pull off a successful escape, Tyrannus orders New York City destroyed by his army. Later, he's seen assisting his boss, Vultro, in ensuring his country can successfully invade the US. To prevent Super-American from interfering, Tyrannus orders a bombing raid on a munitions factory his nemesis is in, not caring that many of his men are in the same place. After that fails, Tyrannus tries to escape, killing a scientist he was working with in the process.
    • Herr Largo is a Nazi agent in America tasked with stopping Super-American's meddling. Capturing one of his allies, Largo tortures him into giving up Super-American's home base, leaving the young man begging for death in his cell. He then invades the base, killing several soldiers and Super-American's scientist ally in the process. Knocking Super-American out with a special gas, Largo contacts the German army and orders a land invasion of New York City, massacring soldier and civilian alike. Donning Super-American's power suit, Largo flies into the fray, personally downing 23 airplanes.
  • Superior:
    • Ormon is a monkey demon obsessed with moving his way up in the ranks of Hell, and seeks to accomplish this by stealing a human's soul. Targeting Simon, a boy with multiple sclerosis, Ormon grants him the incredible powers of his favorite superhero, Superior, then snatches them away from him after one week, knowing that he will despair over his weak body. Promising to return the powers to Simon if he will sell his soul to him, Ormon grants the psychopathic bully Sharpie superpowers and leads him on a rampage through a highly-populated city, leading to the slaughter of hundreds of innocents. When Simon exchanges his soul for his powers, Ormon uses said soul to power himself up, at which point he first plans to set off a nuclear reaction to wipe out millions of people, then march on the Earth along with Sharpie and turn the world into a graveyard. During his duel with Simon, Ormon deliberately incinerates dozens of innocents during their fight just to torment the boy. Even when beaten, Ormon happily taunts Simon about how he sold his soul to him. Though first wanting to avoid the lower realms of Hell, Ormon slowly devolved into an genocidal lunatic who sought the complete destruction of all human life for his own amusement.
    • Sharpie was once a particularly vicious bully who brutalized younger children and taunted Simon about his condition. However, once granted the powers of Abraxas, the fictional superhero Superior's archnemesis, Sharpie becomes a truly depraved monster. First using his powers to brutally torture and murder his own parents, Sharpie next flings a yacht into a skyscraper, killing hundreds of people, then begins wantonly massacring innocents by the dozen while cackling like a madman in order to draw Simon out on Ormon's behest. When Simon shows up with his powers returned, Sharpie sadistically beats him while threatening to hunt down and kill the boy's mother. Along with Ormon, Sharpie plans to personally murder every human being on the planet, and happily tries to murder numerous people, including a baby, to act as a distraction while Ormon sets off a nuclear explosion to kill the surrounding millions of innocents. A psychopath who committed his crimes for absolutely no reason other than to indulge his own sadistic lusts, Sharpie greatly contrasted Ormon's manipulative, cunning personality with his own childish and petty one.
  • Survivors' Club, written by Lauren Beukes & Dale Halvorsen:
    • Mr. Empty is a mysterious being who attaches himself to young Harvey Lisker. Taking the form of the father Harvey craves, Mr. Empty murders his mother's boyfriend and then anyone else who troubles Harvey. As he grows stronger, Mr. Empty's murders need less and less justification, butchering anyone around for the sheer fun of it while feeding on Harvey and even massacring a park full of innocents for kicks. Directing Harvey to murder others and attempting to target the "Survivors' Club" of those who have outlived supernatural threats, Mr. Empty stands as one of the most vicious monsters in the comic.
    • "Lady Bone" is a monster who lays her eggs inside men, who are painfully killed when her larvae hatch and burst out of their chests. When Teo found her nest as a child, he saw dozens of men that she had laid her eggs in, and Lady Bone proceeded to lay her eggs inside him as well. In the present day, she attempts to forcibly mate with Teo before being fatally poisoned.
  • Sweet Tooth: Haggarty is a lone survivor of the plague who showed up at a dam where the self-sustaining community Project Evergreen was located. At first seeming kind and helpful, he waited until a large group left to scavenge and killed almost everyone who stayed behind. After killing the community's leader, he took the man's wife and daughter for his own and locked everyone else out to fend for themselves. When Jeppard's group arrives at the dam, Haggarty had taken on the identity of the friendly, handicapped Walter Fish. He convinces them that the remaining members of Project Evergreen are violent scavengers, leading to Jeppard's group killing some of them. When most of the men leave, Haggarty ties up everyone but the teenager Becky, telling her that whenever she disobeys him, he'll kill one of her friends. When the others manage to escape, Haggarty tries to kill them all.

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  • Tarzan: In the crossover with Red Sonja, written by Gail Simone, Eson Duul is a former Cimmerian who stole a sword of Sorrow after massacring its keeper's household. Obsessed with his own glory, Duul uses it to hunt heroes and legends across multitudes of worlds and times, slaughtering them and all they care about on grand scales. Not content with this, Duul hunts entire species to extinction, obsessed with never being outdone. Targeting Tarzan, Duul hunts down Tarzan's young grandson to murder him and slaughters all in his path, intending to enslave Tarzan's daughter-in-law. When Sonja and Tarzan hunt him to a lost world, Duul seeks to rally the primordial beings there to flood the surface and slaughter everything in their path so that Duul may reign supreme.
  • Ten Grand, by J. Michael Straczynski, Ben Templesmith, et al.: Brother James Samaritan, the man responsible for the death of Joe Fitzgerald and his beloved Laura, was a former Templar in life who lived life with a legacy of torture and execution behind him. Left for dead by the God whose name he had used to justify his atrocities, James pledged himself to Hell upon death's door and spent the rest of his immortal existence reaping souls for Hell. James plans nothing less than a total invasion of Heaven, holding Laura's soul in thrall in exchange for Joe's loyalty, with the threat of having Laura's soul consumed by demons—a process, James notes, which can take hundreds of years.
  • The Third Testament, by Alex Alice & Xavier Dorison:
    • Duke Sayn is the 13 centuries old Evil Twin of Jesus Christ himself. Loathing human existence and seeing it as pointless, Sayn seeks to cause the apocalypse to consume mankind by having the last descendant of the Apostles, Conrad of Marburg, open the Third Testament. To do this, he frames Marburg for heresy, has his wife murdered and later has a group of monks massacred for uncovering directions to the Third Testament, crucifying the father of heroine Élisabeth d'Elsenor so she will seek out Marburg. Sayn shows no compunction in brutal torture or murder, killing many innocents including the wife and young children of Conrad's friend when the Templars take hostage to force him to help imprison Conrad. Sayn has Conrad freed to seek the Third Testament, intending on bringing the world to annihilation and restore himself as he feels he deserves.
    • Uther the Purple, Bishop of Stornswall, matches his liege in evil and faithfully serves him on his mission to bring about the end times. Uther personally massacres a monastery of nuns and slaughters Élisabeth's father, while furiously pursuing Conrad and butchering everyone who gets in his way. Even on his own time, Uther is vile, coldly torturing and murdering numerous people who get in the way of Sayn or himself with a specialty for drawing out their agony, and mutilates his own servants in Stornswall to permanently deny them any sort of a life outside of his walls.
  • Thorgal:
    • The Three Elders of Aran: The Benevolent Ones are the greedy and immortal trio who took over the land of Aran and turned the population into zombies, forcing them to extract the gold deposits in the surrounding mountains for generations. Every hundred years, the old men abduct and brainwash an innocent woman, then organize a perilous tournament where the survivor would be promised the hand of the lady and the throne of the land. In actuality, it's a scheme to send the winner back in time and retrieve from their younger selves a flask of the Water of the Night of Time that prolongs their life for another century. Once the winner returns to the present, he's promptly eliminated. Having pulled the plan for thousand years by the time they abduct Aaricia, the Benevolent Ones scoff at Thorgal's morals when he finds out the truth.
    • The Guardian of the Keys: Volsung of Nichor, in contrast to the many complex and sympathetic villains, is a thuggish coward and all-around scumbag. After Thorgal tried to save him, to no avail due to his own greed, Volsung is revived by the evil deity Nidhogg. Given Thorgal's form, Volsung seduces a deity in love with Thorgal, in order to sleep with her and steal her magic belt. Volsung murders Thorgal and takes over his life, attempting to ruin his enemy's good name. Volsung gleefully murders the village chief, rapes his wife, tries to kill even more people while trying to eventually rape Thorgal's own wife and murder Thorgal's baby daughter out of nothing but spite and cruelty.
    • The Kingdom Beneath the Sand: Contarch Sargon is an Atlantean supremacist who want to conquer the world and subdue humanity. Sargon usurped and murdered Alcyor, the previous leader of his colony, by casting him in a perilous labyrinth because Alcyor wanted to live in peace with the Earthlings. Sargon also condemns his opponents and Alcyor's teenage son Tiago to the same fate. Holding Thorgal's wife and their young children hostage, Sargon attempts to coerce the hero into helping him to pose his men as gods so they can manipulate the Vikings into fighting for them. Eventually, Sargon sentences Thorgal, his family and the rebel Chrysios to die in the maze, only sparing the young Ileniya because he wants her to bear him children.
  • ThunderCats franchise:
    • Dogs of War, by John Layman et al.: Doberlord is the evil leader of the Dogs of War and makes it his mission to rule the entire universe. Going from planet to planet, Doberlord makes a judgment about whether the planet's population is strong enough to become his slaves, or weak and should be destroyed. Doberlord repeated this process and enslaved several planets, and destroyed and committed genocide on others. Coming to New Thundera, Doberlord decides that the ThunderCats are worthy to become his slaves and, after razing the kingdom, threatens that if they don't surrender he will destroy their world. The incident causes Lion-O to form an uneasy alliance with his archenemy Mumm-Ra. Doberlord later defeats the ThunderCats and the Mutants and imprisons them in his dungeons and orders Lion-O tortured. When the Berbils, a race of small cyborg bears, surrender to him, Doberlord declares them worthless and sics his lizard men slaves to slaughter them all, knowing that the lizard men will be forever tormented by this action.
    • He-Man/ThunderCats:
      • Mumm-Ra is an evil servant of the Ancient Spirits of Evil who aided their attack on Eternia, leading many monsters to attack the great city of Eternos and personally impaling Prince Adam, sadistically mocking him. Joining forces with Skeletor, Mumm-Ra helped him enslave his former masters, making them spread death and destruction around the planet, openly sharing Skeletor's plan to conquer the world and transform it into a horrific place, where the opposition will be brutally executed and the rest of the population enslaved. Transforming with Skeletor into the powerful Mumm-Ator and trying to take over the multiverse, Mumm-Ra wanted to help Skeletor to create this future for the whole multiverse.
      • Skeletor is a vile warlock and the most relentless enemy of He-Man. Discovering the existence of another universe, Skeletor has made a contact with the Ancient Spirits of Evil, having them bring their world closer to Eternia, causing a cataclysm that destroyed part of the great city of Eternos, before he captured their agent Mumm-Ra and transformed him into a liquid, which he drank, despite Mumm-Ra still being alive and sapient. Later bringing Mumm-Ra back to his original form, Skeletor joined forces with him, enslaving the Ancient Spirits of Evil and having them spread chaos and destruction all over Eternia, killing thousands. Desiring to transform Eternia into a horrific place, where all those who oppose him will die and the rest of the population will be enslaved, Skeletor transformed himself and Mumm-Ra into Mumm-Ator, before he tried to take over the multiverse. Failing at that and being banished, Skeletor starts pretending to serve Darkseid and the brutal version of Superman, using them to get his way into Castle Grayskull again, while assisting Superman in upholding his tyrannical regime and revealing to Darkseid that the answer to Anti-Life Equation was always in Castle Grayskull, leading to Darkseid attacking Eternia, slaughtering thousands and brainwashing thousands more.
  • Time Bomb, by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Paul Gulacy, et al.: Gerhard Metzger is a Nazi scientist who seeks to avert Nazi Germany's defeat in World War II by any means necessary. Changing his name to David Page after Nazi Germany's fall, Metzger constructed the Time Bomb for the purpose of returning to the past during the final months of the war, hoping to ensure Nazi Germany's victory by deploying their ultimate superweapon, the Omega Bomb. When released, the bomb will wipe out all of humanity in a matter of days, leaving only the Nazis safely hidden underground to survive to reclaim the Earth. Metzger coldly uses prisoners as test subjects for the bomb's effects, and disregards even his own allies who won't make it to the underground shelter in time, dismissing them as merely a small price to pay for "the greater good".
  • Tintin: Roberto Rastapopoulos is Tintin's Arch-Enemy. Debuting as a seemingly benign film producer, Rastapopoulos is in reality the ringleader of an international drug cartel that utilizes a poison to drive his enemies, interlopers, and any disloyal minions insane. When his operations in Cairo and India crumble, Rastapopoulos kidnaps the Maharajah's son and attempts to crush the boy and Tintin with a boulder, only to apparently fall to his death. Revealing to have survived in China, Rastapopoulos orders the execution of Tintin and Mr. Wang's family, to be beheaded by Mr. Wang's own drugged son. He later returns as the ringleader of a slave trafficking ring, abducting Muslims under the pretense of granting them safe passage, only to later sell them off. Discovering Tintin's interference, Rastapopoulos shows no regard for the lives of innocents in his attempts on Tintin's life; he arranges for a bomb to be planted in Tintin's passenger plane, and later orders a submarine to torpedo the slave ship Tintin had commandeered. In his final appearance, Rastapopoulos attempts to rebuild his fortune by stealing Lazlo Carreidas's own using a truth serum. But when accidentally injected with said serum, he gleefully reveals his plan to have most of his minions killed off once he claims Carreidas's fortune. Driven by Greed, Rastapopoulos truly lives up to his self-proclaimed moniker as "devil incarnate".
  • Top 10:
    • Craig Wallace, aka Atoman, is the seemingly heroic leader of the Seven Sentinels. In truth, all their heroic exploits are faked. Atoman uses this as a cover for the Sentinels' true purposes: child molestation. Sexually abusing their sidekicks, Atoman has children groomed or raped to become sex slaves to the Seven, indulging in his taste for superpowered children and teens himself on a frequent basis.
    • M'rggla Qualtz is the so-called "Vigilante from Venus" who in actuality is a monstrous alien horror who partakes in the usual proclivities of the Sentinels with horrible aplomb. Qualtz is also the elusive "Libra Killer", responsible for the gruesome deaths of ten prostitutes in Neonopolis, devouring their pineal glands and keeping their heads as trophies. When captured, Qualtz uses her Psychic Powers to literally Mind Rape one of the officers to goad her into violence, clearly relishing her victim's violation.
  • Total Recall (1990): In the DC Comics adaptation of this classic action flick, by Elliot S! Maggin & Tom Lyle, Chief Administrator Vilos Cohaagen lacks his film counterpart's Villainous Friendship with Carl Hauser, while still retaining all the evil. As leader of the Mars colonization efforts, Cohaagen brutally overprices the sell of oxygen to the citizens of the colonies, uncaring that many of them are slowly dying from being unable to pay Cohaagen's prices, and, upon discovering a likely way to provide infinite oxygen across the planet, Cohaagen covers it up to retain his power over the inhabitants. When rebel forces continuously try to oust his treachery, Cohaagen devises a plan with his partner Carl Hauser to mind-wipe the latter, turning him into an ideal rebel fighter, then using this new personality, Douglas Quaid, to lead Cohaagen to the rebels. Once succeeding in this, slaughtering the entire rebel group, Cohaagen attempts to revert Quaid back to Hauser, laughing all the way about asphyxiating the entirety of Venusville for fun. Cohaagen ultimately showed his lack of care for Hauser when, after Quaid escapes the attempted reversion of his mind, Cohaagen callously orders him be killed, and spends his last moments using Melina as a hostage in an attempt to murder Quaid, securing his rule over Mars once and for all.
  • Tracker, by Jonathan Lincoln, et al.: "Herod" is a sadistic werewolf Serial Killer with a sick love for murdering large crowds of people, leaving behind bible pages on the corpses. Having killed for 60 years and amassed a body count in the triple digits, Herod prefers traveling around the world and having others blamed for his murders, while also killing other werewolves and drinking their blood to continue living every 2-3 years. Seeking Charles Langdon, he kills his mother and decapitates him, sending the head to Special Agent Alex when he's on his tail after getting bitten by Herod. After Alex prevented him from killing the child werewolf Jack, Herod kills some police officers protecting his girlfriend Tory and kidnaps her, threatening her life should Alex not hand Jack over.
  • Transmetropolitan: Senator Gary "The Smiler" Callahan is a sadistic politician who desires ultimate power for no reason other than to hurt others. On his campaign trail for President, Callahan first shows his cruelty when he has his political advisor shot dead to gain sympathy for his cause. Once elected President, Callahan begins running The City into the ground even more than it already was, orchestrating the release of vicious criminals so as to gun down the ensuing protesters, having all the prostitutes he ever slept with and those who associated with them hunted down and executed to cover up his illicit acts, and ordering several people sniped to lower the City's awareness of an incoming storm, hoping it would wipe out more evidence of his crimes. As Spider Jerusalem begins taking apart his cabinet and ruining his reputation, Callahan slowly becomes more unhinged and desperate for ratings, having his wife and kids killed in an accident to gain sympathy and instituting Martial Law across the City, setting an entire complex aflame and endangering dozens in the process. In perhaps his most despicable act, Callahan gives his troops the order to use lethal force on a group of young college protesters, leading to dozens of protesters being mowed down. Described by Spider as a man who believes in nothing but his own power, Gary Callahan was a self-described "James Bond villain" who simply hated every last person on the planet that wasn't himself, and stood out even in this Crapsack World as an absolute evil.
  • Trese: Talagbusao is a sadistic War God out to cause as much chaos and murder as possible. After fathering twin boys, Basilio and Crispin, with a human woman before being sealed away, Talagbusao anticipates the bloodshed they will cause to free him, whereupon he murders his former lover and tries to eat the hearts of his children to become stronger and bring new nightmares to the world. Defeated, he later returns to attack the now-adult twins, Alexandra Trese's bodyguards, by causing a string of suicide bombings to lure in his prey.
  • The Trigan Empire:
    • King Zorth of the Lokans is a wicked tyrant who seeks to conquer and annihilate all across the world. Attacking the Vorg people, Zorth has civilians slaughtered before moving to wipe out the entire country of Cato. His forces repulsed, a furious Zorth orders one-tenth of the survivors executed before renewing his attacks to kill until the rest submit. Upon the founding of the Trigan empire, Zorth learns a moon will crash into Loka. Executing the astronomers for the bad news, Zorth sends "refugees" to Emperor Trigo, only to launch an attack from within to slaughter numerous Trigan soldiers and civilians. One of the Trigan Empire's most depraved foes, Zorth routinely has innocents and even his own massacred to satisfy his cruelty and need for dominance.
    • Klud is one of Trigo's two brothers and utterly nothing like either of them. A conniving snake envious of Trigo, Klud demonstrates his initial nastiness by refusing to give aide to hundreds of people left homeless by Zorth with full knowledge they will die otherwise, attempting to personally execute the one man who stands up. When Trigo stops this, Klud promptly tries to murder Trigo with a poisoned knife in revenge. Even after Trigo spares Klud's life for his treachery, Klud still sells out his own people to Zorth and personally leads a fleet to rain down hellfire upon his own people until they submit as broken slaves of the Lokan Empire, and dies shortly after having ordered his other brother Brag burned alive in response to Brag's trickery.
  • Turok (Dynamite Comics):
    • 2014 run: Lord Fitzwalter is a crusader in the new world, attacking the Manhattan village and slaughtering or enslaving those he finds. Resorting to torture to find non-existent gold, Fitzwalter executes the chief to make a point by throwing him off the top of the fort, and unleashed a T. rex on the woods to kill the others, without care if it eats his captive daughter. Later, to ward off the beast, he intends to throw a native child to it.
    • 2017 run: Imperator Licendor Vex is the cruel ruler of the Varanid Empire that rules the Lost Valley, having set himself up as a god by having every single believer of the Seventy-Seven gods massacred. With torture and murder rampant in his regime, Vex intends to produce an heir through the use of thirteen breeding slaves, intending to regain his libido by butchering and eating several young children to use their flesh to replenish himself.
  • Typhon: Menar is a career criminal. After inventing the Tidal Annihilator, a machine that can generate destructive tidal waves, Menar moves to a Supervillain Lair under the sea, forcing his daughter to come with him. He then proceeds to destroy multiple ships, killing everybody aboard and stealing the cargo. After wiping one boat out for a $100,000,000 shipment of gold, Typhon and his lieutenant go to investigate. After Menar captures our heroes, he leaves them in a Death Trap to suffocate.
  • Über is a dark Alternate History Deconstruction of Stupid Jetpack Hitler where the Nazis have used alien technology to create super soldiers (the titular Übers). While no side is truly good, the following characters manage to stand out:
    • Adolf Hitler himself shows his true colors by murdering the officer behind the Über project by letting Markus melt him, all because the man didn't tell Hitler until the project was ready. Besides ordering horrible, inhumane experiments, death camps and war crimes, Hitler prolongs World War II by trying to make sure "everyone else loses," having his forces intentionally target civilians as he endlessly sends his own troops into the meat grinders, believing that he alone is Germany.
    • Joseph Goebbels shows that far from being a mere Propaganda Machine, he possesses a greater capacity for evil than anyone thought. After the death of Hitler, Goebbels has an empowered human modify his face via plastic surgery to resemble the Führer, first having dozens, if not hundreds, of luckless souls serve as the guinea pigs so she can reluctantly "hone" her sculpting ability. Upon his ascension, Goebbels announces the war effort will be ramped up and the only option the enemies of the Reich face are capitulation or immolation. This culminated in Goebbels invading the United States, unleashing two battleship-class Übers upon East Coast, leading to catastrophic deaths and the complete annihilation of Washington, D.C.
    • Among the Nazi Übers themselves, Markus "Siegfried" Jung is the worst—and one of the most powerful. A sadistic psychopath fully devoted to the Nazi regime, Markus, while a child, once murdered a Jewish man for fun, growing up into a savage war criminal who targets civilians in his attacks. When the Red Army is defeated at Berlin, Markus executes thousands upon thousands of prisoners before resuming his place on the front lines where he leads his men to more war crimes. Markus initially spearheads the invasion into America, attacking Washington, D.C. by annihilating the White House and recrafting it into a gigantic swastika. Markus proceeds to lay waste to all in his path in America, killing soldiers and civilians alike. Vile enough that even when dying agonizingly, his fellow Über Siegmund coldly leaves him to his fate, Markus misses no chance to show why he is Hitler's favorite soldier.
  • The Umbrella Academy:
    • Dr. Terminal, debuting in Apocalypse Suite, is a cannibalistic scientist out to satiate his massive appetite. Having been diagnosed with Einstein Syndrome, Terminal made a device that would help prevent the disease from spreading. Terminal, wanting to keep the disease happy, became a cannibal who ate the doctors who diagnosed him, and even ate a young Rumor's arm, claiming that little girls taste better. Defeated by the Academy, Terminal programmed his robots to destroy a crowded carnival should the Academy reform, an act that ends up killing countless people, including children. Sent to Sir Reginald's Hotel Oblivion, following a containment breach, Terminal eats a scientist and tries to devour the entire city, bragging about how his hunger is never-ending.
    • Apocalypse Suite: The Conductor is the leader of the Orchestra Verdammten, a cult set out to destroy the world. Having written a song that would make a comet crash into the Earth, the Conductor has his followers attempt to perform the song themselves, murdering those who fail to do so. Manipulating Vanya into joining his cult, he painfully brainwashes and transforms her into the deadly White Violin, a weapon who's unleashed and ends up killing Dr. Phineas Pogo while trying to continue the Conductor's plans of annihilating Earth.
    • Dallas: Hazel and Cha-Cha are a pair of psychopathic assassins who use their occupation to murder people for sadistic kicks. Sent by Temp Alternalis to kill rogue agent Number Five, the two torture the diner owner to death by cutting off all his limbs—all for a pie recipe—while abusing his waitress. Kidnapping Five's brother, Klaus Hargreeves, the two torture him for Five's whereabouts and kills Klaus when he contacts Spaceboy for help; they later knockout Spaceboy, believing to have killed him. The two then decide to celebrate their victory by activating a nuclear bomb, hoping to destroy the world.
  • Unholy Grail, by Cullen Bunn: The demon who takes the true Merlin's name and skin intends to amuse himself by driving England into ruins. Locating the infant future King Arthur, Merlin massacres those who know of him and slowly corrupts the boy into a supposedly-noble king who brutally unites the land via bloody conquest and massive bloodshed. Upon his marriage to Guinevere, Merlin engineers her kidnapping, murdering his pawn there, and tricks Guinevere into adultery with the heroic and noble Lancelot, creating a homunculus known as Morgana from Guinevere's lusts. Merlin then attempts to have Guinevere burned alive—not telling Morgana this will kill her as well after she'd seduced King Arthur. When Guinevere is pregnant, Merlin uses his magic to murder her child to give Morgana's, Mordred, life, and later manipulates Mordred into taking over as a tyrant for the sheer amusement of watching Arthur's civil war against his own son, mocking Guinevere for his actions even as he kills her and Morgana. A depraved creature seeking only to alleviate boredom, Merlin endlessly seeks to corrupt those around him to entertain himself with the ensuing chaos.
  • Unnatural: The Albino is an ancient wolf spirit. Once a remorseless and sadistic killer who slaughtered countless innocents, the Albino was placated with bridal sacrifices whom it would murder on their wedding night. Becoming obsessed with a new bride, the pig Bes, the Albino's life ended up manifested within Bes's reincarnation Leslie. Returning to drive her to madness and resume its killing rampages, the Albino gleefully describes itself in the worst terms and completely refuses to change its ways.
  • The Unwritten: Pullman, the most visible member of the Ancient Conspiracy, is a sadistic murderer who kills multiple people with relish; this includes a little girl he smothered to death with a pillow. At times he goes out of his way to kill when he has absolutely no reason to execute the victims. Pullman admits his hatred for storytellers and goes out of his way to make such targets deaths as painful as possible. Seven thousand years old, Pullman has had time to wrack up an impressive count of misdeeds, including when he was travelling with Gilgamesh himself, and raped or killed a woman that he sneered he 'used as cattle ought to be' when confronted. Pullman is ultimately revealed as attempting to slay the Leviathan, the creature behind all stories, in order to achieve his own death, as his own story as Cain, the first murderer, will not allow him to die. however, he has no intention of dying alone, and when he's dealt with deathblow by the heroes, he gloats to hero Tom at 'dragging his bitch' with him, having murdered Tom's girlfriend before receiving the final blow.
  • Usagi Yojimbo
    • Lord Hikiji, the ultimate Big Bad of the series, schemes to be Shogun. Having murdered Usagi's father and master Lord Mifune, Hikiji launches brutal attacks on his enemies to kill and conquer all they possess. Preferring to operate from the shadows, Hikiji often resorts to dark schemes to foment chaos and murder in order to give himself an edge. He frequently disposes of his operatives while treating them as disposable pawns. Hikiji shows how truly monstrous he is in the coda to the saga Senso when a group of aliens crash on the world. Initially thought to have been killed, Hikiji later reveals that he has joined the aliens as an ally and is leading an attack on his own province to slaughter his own people in order to demonstrate his power to the entire planet. No longer content with just Japan, Hikiji believes he is destined to rule the entire planet, no matter who he has to slaughter.
    • Katsushige no Kyogoku was a vain and petty artist who, bitter over his inability to achieve anything but mediocrity, sold his soul to the kami for the power to best his rivals. Granted demonic strength but cursed into the form of a paint set, Katsushige's soul possesses whomever is unfortunate enough to take the set, wearing them until their deaths. Katsushige can only produce ink for his set through an especially vile process: the murder of children to use their blood to produce paint, leading to droves of children vanishing throughout the region, all so Katsushige can slake his narcissistic desire to be recognized.
    • Noriko, known as the Blood Princess, has had homicidal tendencies since childhood, where she would always beat her cousin Tomoe in spars to inflict as much pain as she could. In the present day, Noriko runs a mine, using slaves that have been press-ganged into service and worked to the point of death. Should any slave falter, Noriko promptly beheads the nearest one to serve as a morale-booster for the others. When she captures Tomoe, Noriko delights in treating her as a slave and when Tomoe refuses to perform the labor, Noriko furiously cuts down a random slave woman. When Tomoe immediately obeys to stop more death, Noriko sneers at her for caring about those of low birth. To conceal the mines, Noriko plans to blow it up, with every slave inside after all its resources are gone. She also reveals that she and Tomoe are actually ''sisters'' and when their father refused to acknowledge Noriko as his daughter, she murdered him, just as she had the man who raised her for for being weak. She reveals this while savagely beating Tomoe, taunting her that it's Tomoe's fault that he died.
    • General Fujii was the head of a gang that took over a village. They reduced the workers to slaves, and ordered them to farm and cultivate for long hours. They would continue to do this until the tax collector came, at which point they would just kill all the villagers and go to another town. When Usagi infiltrates them, he's discovered and tortured, with Fujii taking his swords. When the peasants revolt, the slaughter their way through them, and Fujii abandons most of his men to die or face the police. He and his loyal Dragon take over another gang and launch raids on a village, where he almost murders the elderly headsman for refusing them. When the heroes attack the gang to take him down, he abandons his Dragon to run.
  • Vagrant Queen, by Magdelene Visaggio et al.: Lazaro Ori is a high-ranking member of the Republic who sold out the nobility and monarchy to the revolution, resulting in their slaughter and Lazaro personally murdering his own father. A brutal thug of a commander, Lazaro happily kills those in his way in hunting the renegade queen. In truth, Lazaro is a power-hungry monster who wants the magic stone of the royal family, the Bezoar, which allows for Mind Control. Upon finding the Bezoar, Lazaro tries to take control, having one officer torn apart by his mind-controlled slaves as he seeks to make himself into the undisputed ruler and tyrant.
  • The Vampire Diaries: Circus of Souls non-canon comic: The Ringmaster leads a mysterious circus into Mystic Falls, abducting and brainwashing multiple people into joining him as his audience and workers, starting the comic off by having a family abducted through a mystical gem he got his hands on. After the Mystic Falls gang look into his operations, the Ringmaster has Damon abducted and tortured to be part of his show, before successfully brainwashing hundreds of people, and keeping them captive by threatening them with a ring of fire. After brainwashing Damon, when his friends come to his rescue, the Ringmaster gets Stefan in the middle of the show to have Damon fight his brother to the death by giving him hallucinations. When foiled and beaten, the Ringmaster sets the carnival ablaze to leave his captives to die while he attempts to escape.
  • Vampirella:
    • Von Kreist, fascinated by the carnage he saw during World War I, made a Deal with the Devil in return for immortality, though he found his body began to decay as time went on. Giving his services to any vampire clan that would provide him with a fresh supply of victims, Von Kreist aided the vampires' efforts to reduce mankind to cattle. Taking the daughters of a Mafia boss hostage, Von Kreist forces him to choose which will live, only to shoot the one he chose; before ordering her to kill her father, turning the dead sister into a vampire and killing the living girl when she shows hesitance to do so. Also a horrific Serial Killer and rapist, a victim of Von Kreist is found with her eyes and mouth stitched shut and her arms and legs stitched together. His long list of victims includes children, as he crashed a damaged plane into a playground and casually threw a little girl off a bridge. Believed to be destroyed, Von Kreist is later resurrected into the body of one of Vampirella's close friends by his own descendant, which he uses to attempt to kill his grandson and then offer the life of his new body to forge an alliance with Dracula. A normal human aside from his immortality, Von Kreist was a monster who walked the Earth in the skin of a man, spreading suffering wherever he went.
    • Vampirella/Witchblade: The Feast, written by Justin Gray: Rod Sterling is the unofficial head of the J. Holmes Modeling Agency, who discovered a Magical Camera which allowed him to steal the souls of innocent women to keep himself immortal and young. Having J. Holmes himself find and prepare the women for him by promising them a model career, Rod hires some people to track down the vampire for him and cut them apart, so he could make the "Eternal Slender" product from their meat and feed it to unsuspecting women, before he steals their souls and turn them into his undead slaves. Making a deal with other vampires, Rod feeds them his zombified models, so he could have them hunt down and harvested as well.
    • Dark Shadows/Vampirella, by Marc Andreyko et al.:
      • Elizabeth Báthory, when human, killed countless girls to bathe in their blood. After rising as a vampire, Báthory slaughters numerous innocents as "festivities", and when she meets Jack the Ripper, she kills his latest victim and makes him her pet. In modern day, Báthory allows Jack to function as a serial killer while bringing her young women. Turning others into vampires, Báthory kills her victims, attempting to force Vampirella and Barnabas Collins to kill one another before celebrating by trying to have her hostages torn apart for fun.
      • Jack the Ripper himself is a misogynist psychopath who slaughtered women in Whitechapel. Now serving Báthory, Jack brings her victims while operating as a Serial Killer through the ages. Garnering the name "The Big Apple Butcher" for his latest, Jack targets multiple innocents and relishes in their suffering, even trying to murder Vampirella and her friends to satisfy his lust for murder.
  • Vampire State Building, by Ange, Patrick Renault, Charlie Adlard, et al.: U'tlun'ta, the vampire god, awakens in the Empire State Building, calling his followers to it. Everyone in the building is gruesomely massacred for food or to raise as an undead slave, with survivors being herded in to be killed or fed to U'tlun'ta himself as he builds a literal throne of the dead. Having a SWAT team slaughtered when they try to break in, the vampire god opts to send his followers out with instructions to "drown the world in blood", meaning to wipe out or convert humanity entirely.
  • Van Helsing: From Beneath the Rue Morgue: Dr. Moreau himself establishes a zoo of tortured chimeras under the streets of Paris, half-man and half-animal who suffer as Moreau experiments on them. One of his beasts breaks out, murdering two women to Moreau's utter apathy—only for it to be revealed the monster bears the heart of a man Moreau personally murdered, trapping his humanity in a broken, bestial shell who ended up lashing against his own family in his agonized existence. Moreau eventually drowns his entire laboratory to fend off Gabriel van Helsing, musing he'll simply start again in the South Seas away from civilization.
  • The Walking Dead: When the protagonists first encounter Thomas Richards, he merely comes across as a nerdy, polite and ultimately harmless inmate imprisoned for tax evasion. This makes it all the more shocking when he's revealed to be a homicidal lunatic who was really imprisoned for dismembering his wife. For no reason at all besides his own enjoyment, he decapitated two little girls, Hershel Greene's twin daughters, Rachel and Susie. Then, taking advantage of the confusion surrounding his murders, he attempted to decapitate Andrea as well. While he failed in his attempt he ended up scarring her in the process. Eventually captured, when the community looks like they're going to execute him, Thomas is rescued by a woman he had befriended earlier named Patricia. Believing that he is insane, not evil, and in need of psychological help, Patricia plans on the two of them escaping together. In thanks, Thomas immediately tries to strangle her to death. Though a minor antagonist in the grand scheme of things, Thomas acted as a dark harbinger of what was to come by showing how much worse humans could be than zombies.
  • Wayward: Nurarihyon, lord of the Yokai, seeks to blend the future and the past to create a world where he and the Yokai rule. Keeping the mystical Weavers as slaves while having any inconveniences in the past exterminated by the Yokai, Nurarihyon becomes aware of the new "breed" of empowered beings in the present before torturing and murdering heroine Rori Lane's mother. Eventually torturing a murderer to turn him into an Oni, Nurarihyon unleashes him upon his enemies with no need for thousands of casualties as Tokyo itself risks being bulldozed. Believing the "future starts with fire", Nurarihyon is willing to destroy anyone and anything to secure his position as the master of the future.
  • Weapon of God, by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, & Giancarlo Caracuzzo: Apollyon is a Fallen Angel and the chief agent of Lucifer, embarking on a crusade to wipe out the whole of humanity to supposedly bring about Earth's renewal. To accomplish this, Apollyon sets about committing horrific massacres and wreaking giant swaths of destruction with the purpose of murdering as many people as possible through them, killing 100,000 people in Las Vegas alone and later causing a catastrophic explosion in Manhattan to kill even more people. Manipulating those who are weak at heart to carry out his bidding and wreak further havoc, Apollyon responds to the notice that a flight he's on is slightly delayed by crashing the plane into a children's amusement park, leaving no survivors. Apollyon's final plan is the planned bombing of another amusement park filled with hundreds of children and adults alike, shooting three of his minions dead after they object to this and gleefully ranting to protagonist Mr. Weapon about how he considers humans to be less than ants. Any benevolent intentions Apollyon could use to justify himself are thoroughly undermined by Apollyon's clear sadism and unbelievable pettiness, and it is nakedly clear Apollyon is nothing more than a proud, mass-murdering monster at heart.
  • Weird War Tales: In the December 1977 issue, Adolf Hitler, with his Third Reich crumbling, designs a plan to jump into the future to set up his bloodthirsty reign anew. Introduced gunning down a supposed spy on his grounds, Hitler furthermore tricks his wife Eva Braun into biting a cyanide capsule after lying that they'll die together, and has all of his own loyal scientists massacred to ensure his cryogenic pod is never discovered. Finally waking up over a thousand years in the future, Hitler ends up executed by his own future self in the same manner he had executed the "spy"-—forever trapped to jump forward in time to escape justice only to die, over and over and over.
  • Welcome to Hoxford: Gordon Baker is the warden of the titular asylum, and is in actuality the leader of a savage pack of werewolves. Deposing his own father as alpha and keeping him locked in a dark room while keeping up the appearance he's still subordinate, every month Baker and his pack slaughter and consume all the patients at Hoxford at their own merriment, repeating the process with every batch that comes in. Baker spitefully locks an otherwise innocent psychiatrist named Jessica Ainley within Hoxford during the night of the hunt after she refuses to leave and soon after sets about gruesomely slaughtering everyone he can find. Baker personally captures a cannibal named Gravy and psychotic protagonist Ray, delightfully noting the irony of a cannibal being consumed and instructing Ray himself to devour a still-living Gravy once he expresses kinship with the werewolves with an air of amusement.
  • White Claw, by Serge Le Tendre & Olivier TaDuc: Suo-The-Red is a warmonger from the nation of the Wolf. Seeking to expand his territory, Suo assassinates his own father and frames the Monkey nation, which he proceeds to invade and massacre. Suo begins a gruesome conquest all over the land, massacring the towns he encounters to forge his own empire. When the heroine White Claw is captured, Suo even tries to force her to fight her own brother for fun and kills him when he cannot kill his sister, snarling only that White Claw now "owes him a lieutenant".
  • The Wicked + The Divine: Ananke and her younger half, Minerva, murdered the original "gods", including her sister Persephone, while plotting the Recurrence, where 12 young men and women become new deities, all to use a ritual to harvest their strength and keep herself immortal. Using murder to trick the others and keep them in line, Ananke frequently kills the incarnation of her sister, Persephone, and shows no hesitation in murdering the deities to harvest their lifeforce. Using the myth of "The Great Darkness", she has Baal Hammon sacrifice children, only for it to be revealed the Great Darkness is a hoax she made up to control him. Plotting to have Baal sacrifice 20,000 innocents at a concert for the energy, Ananke intends to keep her life going forever no matter the cost.
  • Will Eisner's Wonder Man: General Attilla is the dictator of Tatonia. When a rebellion crops up, he redirects the majority of his nation's food supply to the military and orders refugees massacred to put it down. Bombing a Red Cross hospital, Attilla's goons hold a couple wealthy socialites volunteering there for ransom, despite never intending to release them. After Wonder Man thwarts the general's plans, he plots to start another war to regain control.
  • Wolf Moon, by Cullen Bunn et al.:
    • The Wolf itself is a Skin Walker; the spirit of an Evil Sorcerer who hijacks the bodies of innocents, and on the full moon changes into a savage bipedal wolf so it may go on killing sprees and kill for pleasure. The Wolf slaughters multiple innocents, leaving a bloody trail that goes back centuries, and those who it takes over are left shattered and traumatized with many of them having killed their families or loved ones during the change. During the course of the comic, the Wolf causes a massacre in Kentucky, escaping attempts to kill it while wracking up a greater body count along the way.
    • Farris is a former host of the Wolf. Seeking to recapture the power it gave him in addition to curing his disease, Farris hunts down other former hosts, torturing and murdering them to harvest their organs. Killing a hunter who attempts to destroy the Wolf, Farris later kidnaps its current host, a teenage girl, and kills her father when he comes to rescue her. Performing a ritual to take the Wolf back and heal himself, Farris intends on unleashing the beast within to kill for sport, savoring the idea of becoming a predator again.
  • The Wraith: Joe Carrol is the son of a wealthy man trying to get his dad's inheritance. Taking advantage of Dad's fear of the dead rising to kill him, Joe pays off a magician to teach him how to puppeteer a corpse so he can gaslight the man into signing everything to him. On the day of his plan, he has the magician killed to cover up his method, ordering two other people investigating the crime to be killed. He then carries out his plan, laughing when his father dies of fright.
  • XIII (includes XIII Mystery):
    • Calvin Wax, aka Number II, is the true founder of "The Conspiracy of the XX" and the one responsible for the events of the story. A racist advisor to the President of the US, William Sheridan, Calvin was shocked when William, growing weary of his extreme views, choose to replace him. Deciding to assassinate William, Calvin convinced his brother, Walter Sheridan, to join him and become Number I, as he created a plan of installing a fascist government in the US, where anyone who isn't white is either subjugated or executed. Killing his partners, who knew that Walter has become the Number I, Calvin has the titular Number XIII assassinate William, afterwards ordering him to be executed as well. When the XIII impersonator started to go on his trail and Walter wanted to quit their scheme, Calvin captured the current president, Walter, fake XIII and his friends and gleefully revealed to them his scheme of using SPADS soldiers to take over all strategic points of the US to declare Martial Law across the country and then cause World War III to wipe out entire cities, before he left all his captured enemies to die in the explosion.
    • Colonel Juan Peralta is the main enforcer of the tyrannical government of Ortiz in a third world country. Oppressing the population and slaughtering the resistance, Peralta in reality simply uses Ortiz to get as much money as possible. Peralta controls a large prison complex in Roca Negra, where he regularly tortures his prisoners and has them endure inhumane conditions. After Ortiz was killed and his regime overthrown, Peralta leads his loyalists in attacking the large city of Puerto Pilar, planning to wipe out everyone in it and take over the country, installing himself as the next dictator.
    • Frank Giordino is the sleazy head of national security, who regularly engages in criminal activities to get himself more fame and power. In the past, Giordino assisted the head of FBI to frame the Black Panthers for murder, solely to justify their arrest, which led to multiple Black people being brutally killed, Frank also—inadvertently but without remorse—killed his own sister, later on blackmailing her son, his own nephew, Jason Fly, into working for him, fully ready to have him killed should he refuse. When his attempt to save the President ended up killing him instead, Frank decided to kill Jason Fly and his friends to stop them from talking, not caring when one of these attempts nearly killed his assistant and lover Jessie. In his most heinous attempt to cover his tracks, Frank sent a black ops team to blow up a dam in the foreign territory Jason Fly was in, which would have destroyed the whole valley and everyone in it.
  • Yellowjacket: R. Krause is a Mad Scientist working to create limb regeneration to make lots of money. To do this, he experimented on his patients with crab DNA, killing all of them. His medical license stripped away, Krause fled before he could be arrested. Years later, the good doctor paid off the head of a veterans' hospital to let him experiment on a few patients, killing five before Yellowjacket stops him in the middle of an experiment on a fisherman he kidnapped.
  • Yoko Tsuno: Karpan is a member of a Vinean colony on Earth. Driven by his hatred of Earthlings, he attempts several times to kill Yoko, Vic, and Pol, from the second they met (The Curious Trio). Seemingly redeemed at the end of the book, he became worse in his next appearance, deliberately making sure an accident linked to the colony's activities would happen, which would lead to Martinique being wiped out and killing thousands, so that he could set up a base of operations before taking over the world. When Yoko and her friends attempt to stop him, Karpan cut off the air from a chamber and vented toxic gas to kill Yoko and her friends, even if it means killing his own workers who are in the same room (Vulcan's Forge). A threat even after his death, Karpan turned a young half-Vinean half-human hybrid into a Tyke Bomb with a pre-programmed mission to activate a program to end all life on Earth, allowing the Vineans to take over (Khany's Secret). Selfish, power-hungry and willing to harm both Earthlings and Vineans, Karpan proved to be one of Yoko's nastiest foes.
  • Youngblood:
    • Darkthorn(n) is the alien lord of planet D'khay, as well as of Earth in the future of 2043. Reducing both planets to dead wastelands, Darkthorn decided to conquer the Earth in the past, so that he could use its resources to return D'khay to its former glory and continue conquering the universe. To strengthen his rule on both planets, Darkthorn created an army of androids called the Disciples and used them to create religion in their name, killing millions and brainwashing many people through propaganda and false teaching to believe the Disciples to be Holy Creatures, with Darkthorn himself as God. Finding out about the ancient weapon called the Tear of God, Darkthorn tried to capture it by invading a haven of fallen angels, slaughtering countless numbers of them before he was forced to flee. Later Darkthorn used his cults on Earth, as well as his own minions, to power up his portal device the Crush Tunnel through the death and suffering of thousands. To speed up the process, Darkthorn sacrificed countless numbers of his own minions to the machine.
    • Lord Chapel is an extremely powerful demonic entity, created from fragments of Bruce "Chapel" Stinson's soul. After hearing a prophecy of him conquering the universe and causing chaos and destruction until the chosen hero the Newborn defeated him, Lord Chapel decided to prevent this by sending his minion Crypt to Earth to kill all heroes who might pose a danger to him, as well as the mother of Newborn, who was pregnant with him at the time. Meanwhile, he started a war in Hell to overthrow Lucifer himself, causing the deaths of millions of demons and forcing the terrified Lucifer to flee to Earth. After Crypt seemingly accomplished his goal, Lord Chapel arrived on Earth, intending to merge it with Hell, only to be defeated by Lucifer and the resurrected Newborn, who sacrificed himself to banish Lord Chapel. Although trapped, Lord Chapel started to communicate with Bruce Stinson through visions and nightmares, manipulating him to release Lord Chapel from Limbo, upon which he started causing catastrophic events all throughout the Earth, like derailing a train and setting a whole city on fire, killing hundreds. Even though he was defeated once again, Lord Chapel managed to take control of Bruce Stinson's son, so that he could enter Earth through Bruce Stinson's dead body. Upon arriving, Lord Chapel unleashes horrors of Hell upon the Earth and started Armageddon.
    • Chapel (1995 miniseries): Colonel Black is a former ally of United States, who helped them with their operations in Nicaragua in exchange for weapons and equipment. Eventually, he developed an interest in Voodoo magic and started acting on his own accord. Deciding to make a nearby village the start of his own experiments with Voodoo magic, Black organized the brutal murder and mass torture of hundreds of people, with even children not being spared. As Chapel and his team were send by the US government to eliminate Black, the latter taunts them along the way, completely indifferent to them slaughtering his own soldiers. When they arrived at his hideout, Black raised his undead zombies, created from his experiments, and orders them to attack Chapel's team, resulting in nearly all of them being brutally killed.
  • Zendra, by Stuart Moore, Luis Royo, et al.: Abathor is a military commander of the Jakkarans. A hulking brute, Abathor willingly spearheads multiple genocides, including butchering most of humanity while keeping any survivors locked in prison ships to abuse or kill when it suits him. Hunting for a secret he desires to reign over his own people, Abathor encounters one of the last humans Hallie, slaughtering his own crew to keep the secret. Hunting Hallie down to her world of Zendra, Abathor violates every taboo the Jakkarans have to slaughter his own people, and even in defeat plots to give his life to kill every living thing in Zendra and make the planet uninhabitable for ages.
  • ZombieWorld (Champion of the Worms & Tree of Death):
    • Azzul Gotha is a monstrous necromancer who was imprisoned for worshipping evil worm gods. Released thousands of years later, Azzul sets out to end all human life, capturing heroine Rebecca Dean to make her his bride and rule over an empire of death. To distract Major Damson, he turns Rebecca's father into a giant monster and escapes to the cemetery, where he manipulates two cops to murder him and kickstart the Zombie Apocalypse, which proceeds to decimate much of the Earth's population. Summoned by Alice to London, Azzul creates the Tree of Death, a series of underground tunnels that would summon the demonic Qlipoth to Earth, sacrificing several humans to summon some Qlipoth. Kidnapping Rebecca, he creates an apparition of her to have her spy on Damson, and tries to use her to unlock the Tree's power.
    • Tree of Death: Alice is a gothic Satan worshipper who views Azzul as the messiah of death. Sent to a mental institute for sacrificing humans to the Dark Lord, Alice escapes the hospital with the criminal Paul, sacrificing him to zombies in order to summon Azzul and cast aside her humanity. Serving as Azzul's second-in-command, Alice assists her master in his plan to summon the Qlipoth to dominate the world. Jealous of Azzul's affection for Rebecca, Alice tries to slowly kill Rebecca so that she can become Azzul's bride and rule over the zombie world.

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