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"Y'see, deep down, in my most secret heart of hearts, I'm still a totally depraved sonuvabitch whose main goal in life is to watch you die. Slowly and painfully. Just like your kid."

"I will take you to a hell without exit or end. And there I will murder your souls! And make you crawl and beg! And die! Die! Die for Darkseid!"
Darkseid, Final Crisis, spoken through the mouths of one billion slaves
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A list of Complete Monsters in the DC Universe and associated continuities.

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Pre-Crisis Only
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  • Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld: Dark Opal is the Big Bad of the first series. Overthrowing the House of Amethyst, massacring their men and killing the ruling family, Dark Opal seeks to extend his rule over all he can. Obsessed with having an heir, he forces women to bear his children, but when the results are malformed creatures, he exiles them to the Abyss to languish forever. When his children return to stop his evil, Dark Opal savagely murders them all himself. Caring nothing for his allies, he forces his right-hand man Sardonyx to sign a deal with creatures known as Emissaries of Varn with the knowledge Sardonyx will be taken to eternal torment should the contract fall through as Dark Opal can't be bothered to save him. Gleefully attempting to massacre his enemies, Dark Opal also tortures the kind old Lord Topaz to death before raising him as a twisted monster to trick Prince Topaz into marrying a woman of Dark Opal's choice for political gain. Obsessed with his own power and thinking nothing of destroying whatever is in his way, Dark Opal remains Amethyst's most monstrous foe.
  • Arak: Son of Thunder: The Black Pope, from the March and April 1982 issues, is the sinister leader of the subterranean armies descended from the Pope. Seeking to conquer Rome and assume the papacy, the Black Pope has Pope Hadrian kidnapped, preparing to murder him along with Arak and Valda in the arenas where people fight for his amusement. The Black Pope also has women kidnapped and turned into sex slaves and breeding stock in huge numbers, gloating about his intent to invade the surface with those bred for it.
  • Doom Patrol: Captain Zahl, who later became a foe of the Teen Titans, was a Nazi U-Boat commander turned criminal mercenary who never gave up on imposing the Third Reich's vision on the world. After a confrontation with Niles "The Chief" Caulder left him down an arm and confined to a back and neck brace, Zahl took on a behind-the-scenes role, transforming Otto Von Furth into the always-burning Plasmus, and manipulating the unstable Madame Rouge into betraying the Doom Patrol and Brotherhood of Evil both, resulting in the demise of both teams. Hunted across the world by surviving Doom Patrol members and associates Gar Logan, Robotman, and Mento, Zahl battled the New Teen Titans when he and his army joined Madame Rouge's attempted conquest of Zandia. Under Zahl's direction his men massacred thousands of Zandia's expat inhabitants, and captured the Titans, subjecting them to the horrors of his Devolving Pit.
  • Green Lantern/Green Arrow:
    • Slapper Soams, from issue #1's "Journey to Desolation!", is the owner of a small town called Desolation. Soams lives like a king while the town lives in poverty, with the town's people having to work at Soams's mine. Soams has hired Nazis to beat up the miners or any townspeople who displease him. When a mine worker named Johnny writes a protest song against Soams, Soams has him convinced in a rigged trial and sentences him to be hanged. Soams secretly hires a worker named Jacob to stir up a rebellion among the workers, planning to have his Nazi paramilitary forces kill a third of the workers, in order to scare the rest into complete obedience.
    • Joshua, from issue #2's "A Kind of Loving, A Way of Death", is an evil cult leader with Mind Control powers, based on Charles Manson. After finding Black Canary injured at the side of the road, Joshua gives her medical attention, then brainwashes her into being his puppet. Joshua has kidnapped several people, mind-controlling them and forcing them to live on his compound. Joshua is a violent racist who wants to kill every nonwhite person in the US and orders his death cult to kill everyone at a Native reservation. After being defeated, Joshua orders Black Canary to kill Green Arrow.
  • Justice League of America:
    • The bloodthirsty Commander Benn Blanx, from issue #71 ("... And So, My World Ends") and in a flashback in issue #144 ("The Origin of the Justice League—Minus One!"), is the Evil Counterpart and Arch-Enemy of J'onn J'onnz. Blanx restarts a war between two races of Martians and exiles J'onn, whom he later tracks to Earth to kill, murdering countless humans in the process. Becoming the planet's dictator, Blanx uses the powerful Blue Flame to set all of Mars ablaze, leaving the civilization in ruins and leading to J'onn returning to find his people on the verge of extinction. When J'onn demands an explanation for Blanx's cruelty, Blanx reveals a mining corporation offered to purchase the planet from Blanx, but he had to be "the last living Martian".
    • The evil star-like being Aquarius, from issues #73 and #74 ("Star Light, Star Bright—Death Star I See Tonight!" & "Where Death Fears to Tread!"), swept through existence, sowing chaos and destruction until his people judged and exiled him. Coming to Earth, Aquarius sways people to chaos and murder until he faces the Justice League, trying to annihilate the Earth before he wipes out existence. At last, Aquarius simply wipes out the entire universe before seeking another to destroy, even trying to use the Justice League to kill their counterparts on another world, all for his own amusement.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes: Silver Age foe The Controller wasn't one to let morality get in the way of his plans for universal conquest. Abandoning his highly advanced race, The Controller decided to use his superweapon, the Sun-Eater, to obliterate every inhabited system in the Milky Way, starting with Earth's sun, Sol. When Ferro Lad's Heroic Sacrifice destroyed the Sun-Eater, The Controller attempted to brainwash the Legion into becoming his new army, then sought to murder them all when that plan failed. Convinced of his own innate superiority, and willing to wipe out an inhabited galaxy just to send the a message, The Controller would let nothing stand in his path of becoming the universe's Dimension Lord.
  • The Phantom Stranger: Tala, the Queen of Darkness, is a hellish being who acts as the Phantom Stranger's Evil Counterpart by corrupting and ruining mortals, driving them to murder, mayhem and securing their deaths for her own amusement. Later trying to initiate nuclear war and seeing an underground civilization wiped out, Tala later uses the Dark Circle to attempt to conquer the world, summoning the Four Horsemen to completely exterminate it when that fails.
  • The Spectre:
    • "The Gasmen and...the Spectre" note : Field Marshall Offel is a terrorist playing the part of a psychotic Insane Admiral initiating "Operation Green Cloud". Offel has a car show gassed to the last man, woman and child, murdering fifty to sixty people and gleefully threatening more attacks of similar caliber should he not be paid ten billion dollars, which Offel means to fund his bloody "World Revolution".
    • "The Human Bombs and... the Spectre" note : The nameless Mad Scientist behind the "human bomb" plot is a hypnotist who has his thugs round up a group of innocents to place in captivity. Once apprehended, he hypnotizes said thugs to throw themselves to his ravenous barracudas and then brainwashes his hostages to collect money or else detonate as suicide bombers with massive collateral damage. Upon being tracked by the Spectre, he tries to have all his hostages explode and to feed the Spectre to his hungry alligators, to whom he regularly feeds human flesh.
  • Swamp Thing: The Bogeyman, from the January 1986 issue, is a Serial Killer with a body count that numbers over 160. With a penchant for memorizing the eyes of his victims at the moment of death, the Bogeyman stalks his victims and throttles them to death after toying with them. With his first victims from his youth, he continues to kill well into adulthood, luring a man into the swamps and murdering him while always remembering the eyes from which number victim they were.
  • Teen Titans: Trigon the Terrible, the Archnemesis Dad of Raven, is an interdimensional demonic overlord who reigns over an empire where countless souls are kept in horrible bondage. Slaughtering the very cult responsible for his birth, including his mother, Trigon would go on to brutally conquer his entire dimension. Trigon has sired many children across the centuries, destroying any who dare to oppose him. Seeking to expand his dominion to Earth, Trigon took the form of a handsome man and impregnated a woman named Arella, revealing his true form and taunting her afterwards. After his daughter Raven's birth, Trigon would make numerous attempts to subjugate her to his will. When she refused to join him, Trigon destroyed her home world, Azarath, before corrupting Raven's soul and launching a campaign of destruction on Earth, forcing Raven to do battle with her own friends. During his invasion of Earth, Trigon reduced the island of New York to a graveyard, fusing the bodies of four million inhabitants together as part of an ever-growing spire of writhing, tormented souls. Trigon ultimately intended to merge Earth with his own dimension, happily condemning billions of lives to annihilation. Willing to exterminate entire worlds to make an example, and with trillions of deaths to his name, Trigon is the most terrifying and wicked foe the Teen Titans have ever faced.
  • The Warlord: Deimos was a slaver and warlord with a plot to take over all Skartaris. Keeping many in bondage, Deimos relied on technology to pass as magic, later attempting to wipe out New Atlantis with his weapons. Stealing the baby son of his Arch-Enemy Travis Morgan, Deimos artificially aged a clone he believed was the boy to a man with the mind of a child to have father and son kill one another. Returning in Convergence, Deimos takes the chance to gleefully try to murder all heroes while harnessing Brainiac's power, intent on tearing down reality to erase it and rebuild it in his own image.

Crisis on Infinite Earths

  • The Anti-Monitor is a being of the Anti-Matter universe. Seeking to dominate existence, the Anti-Monitor strengthens his universe by wiping out all others, annihilating thousands of universes and all their inhabitants from existence. With only 5 universes remaining, the Anti-Matter uses Psycho Pirate to crush the minds of countless beings to force them to turn on one another, before trying to exterminate the final universes. Defeated by the Heroic Sacrifice of Barry Allen, the Anti-Monitor drains the lives of millions of worlds in the Anti-Matter universe, killing all there. Causing the universes to merge into a single one, the Anti-Monitor unleashes his forces to wipe out humanity and earth, intending on rebuilding everything in his own twisted image.
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Post-Crisis (May Also Include Pre-Crisis)

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  • Aquaman:
    • Black Manta, real name David, makes his living as a brutal pirate, often in the employ of others, and is obsessed with destroying Aquaman at all costs. To this end, Manta killed Aquaman's infant son by trapping him in a chamber that suffocated the boy, despite Arthur's best efforts to save him. Manta continues to torment his nemesis by targeting and murdering those he can. Not even Manta's own family is exempt from his cruelty: his own son, the new Aqualad, was the target of Manta's wrath when Manta attempted to murder him with zealous hatred, for no other reason than rejecting the path Manta wanted for him. In Brightest Day, Manta tries to go straight, opening up a fish market, but when the customers rejoice that Aquaman is alive, Manta murders them with a knife, before burning down his own house and resuming his quest for vengeance. Manta is a vicious, hateful murderer who would poison the entire ocean just for the chance to hurt his nemesis.
    • Prime Minister Hagen, "the Heinous", is the leader of a caste of sorcerous Atlanteans who came to power during the rule of Gamemnae who weasels his way into control of all Atlantis. Hagen exiles Aquaman to die upon the Traitor's Reef, drugging his wife Empress Mera into catatonia to use her as a figurehead ruler and purging any part of the populace that didn't agree to his xenophobic rule, even ordering Dolphin and her infant son murdered solely due to their connection to Aquaman. Hagen dabbles in dark sorcery to mutate sea life into twisted abominations—-even fusing some of them with falsely-accused convicts—-planning to use an army of them to spill up from the ocean and eradicate all surface life.
  • Darkseid: Born Prince Uxas, he is one of the New Gods, is the ultimate God of Evil in the DC Universe, and is the Trope Codifier for Dystopia Justifies the Means. As Evil Overlord of Apokolips, Darkseid subjects its denizens to hellish conditions with the overwhelming majority of the population ill-treated slaves. His Elite fare no better as Darkseid is all too willing to subject them to hideous tortures or obliteration should they fail him. Darkseid detests all that is good in the universe and seeks to extend his influence everywhere he can. While he once loved someone, his mother, Heggra, wanting to make him evil killed Suli, helping turn Darkseid into the Galactic Conqueror we know him as (but not before he had Heggra poisoned). During Final Crisis, Darkseid is dying, and so wants to destroy the multiverse and all life in it as a final gesture. He kills his son Orion to gain dominion over Earth. Once there, he enslaved the minds of everyone he could touch, turning them into savage parodies of themselves, intending to as he said "murder their souls and take them to hell without end." His ultimate motive is to use the Anti-Life Equation to rob everybody of free will and turn them all into mindless zombies who worship him as a god while he tortures them eternally, all for fun. Just as bloodthirsty and monstrous as any of those who serve him, Darkseid combines urbane sophistication, limitless cruelty and insatiable drive for power, and is the one single villain that all the heroes despise and fear.
  • DC One Million: Solaris the Sun Tyrant is one half of the Big Bad Duumvirate, alongside Vandal Savage. To topple the Superman dynasty, Solaris has attempted to pull planets from their orbits at the cost of all life on them; scorch the entire surface of Earth; bombard Earth with sentient asteroids; and release a powerful wave of radiation to give the entire population cancer. Reprogrammed to become good, Solaris returns to villainy in the 853rd century out of jealousy towards Superman, convincing its caretaker to travel back in time and release a virus which makes all machines on Earth go haywire and drive humans insane. The same virus used to do the aforementioned crimes also interferes with the guidance system of Savage's rocket, causing it to detonate over Montevideo, Uruguay and killing over one million people. In the past, when it is built to stop the virus, Solaris attempts to destroy the entire planet after gaining sentience. Back in the 853rd century, Solaris makes a final attempt to destroy Superman, slaughtering thousands of superhumans in its insane attempt to best its rival. A spiteful monster obsessed with besting Superman, Solaris may be an artificial intelligence, but it is its bitterness that makes it utterly inhuman.
  • Doctor Destiny: Real name John Dee, under his frail persona lies a sadistic mind rapist. Preferring to fight by targeting heroes in their dreams, Dee was also a vicious murderer. Starting off as a foe of the Justice League of America, his most infamous deeds come from Neil Gaiman's "Master of Dreams" storyline from The Sandman. After escaping an asylum, Dee wins a kind woman's sympathy and later murders her before taking up refuge in a diner and using his new toy, a ruby belonging to Dream of the Endless. Dee uses the ruby to have a child's television show host demonstrate how to slit one's wrists, and causes people all over the world to become Driven to Madness. He then, over the course of hours, tortures the minds of the 6 people in the diner. He forces them to worship him, have sex with one another, abuse one another and horrifically mutilate themselves, subjecting them to horrific pain, mental torture and humiliation, occasionally returning their minds to them so they can comprehend what he is doing simply because he can. Dee makes them worship him before having them kill themselves, even trying to destroy Dream so he may make himself master of the world and repeat the process over and over.
  • El Diablo (Vol. 2, written by Brian Azzarello): Elmer Huskey was once a petty thief and crook, but, upon realizing that the beloved sheriff Moses Stone is his exact lookalike, murders Stone by burning him alive and stealing his identity, enjoying the freedom and power masquerading as a sheriff brings him. Any time someone comes close to discovering his true identity, Huskey coldly murders them, from town drunks to an entire bar of people who simply overhear the implication, and even his own partners and teammates. Murdering well over a dozen people, even his own brother, to keep his true identity a secret, Huskey's crimes catch up to him when he attempts to beat a mentally-challenged man to death with a shovel, all of his actions firmly showing exactly why El Diablo chose Huskey as his latest target to punish for misdeeds.
  • Eclipso: This demon was once the Wrath of God, turning to evil and causing biblical atrocities such as The Great Flood. Possessing a man named Bruce Gordon as his first host, Eclipso tries to wipe out the world completely. Later returning by taking numerous host bodies, Eclipso becomes the ruler of a South American nation, spreading poison disguised as drugs and slaughtering countless innocents, massacring most of the children and cooking one child as a main course to taunt Bruce Gordon. After countless deaths, Eclipso is stopped, but always returns until Rise of Eclipso, where he seeks to wipe out the world and eventually sever the links of existence to kill even God and leave a void where only he exists, gloating how he would never be happier.
  • Final Crisis: Libra, real name Justin Ballantine, became obsessed with balance and founded the Injustice Gang seeking to become a God. Instead, he ended up dispersed over the cosmos, eventually reforming on Apokolips and pledging allegiance to the aforementioned Darkseid. Taking on the Anti-Life equation, Libra comes to Earth to seduce its villains to his side, even murdering the Martian Manhunter. Enslaving countless minds and warping them into agony and evil, Libra prepares the way for Darkseid to return where every living thing in the multiverse will submit, become his mindless slaves or be exterminated and their souls plunged into an eternity of suffering. Libra even attempts to kill the baby son of Weather Wizard to force him to join up and indicates he intends to make sex slaves of the female super heroines, promising Lex Luthor he can be "first in line" with Supergirl. The insane prophet of the God of Evil himself, Libra devotes himself utterly to darkness, never looking back in his pursuit of wickedness.
  • The Flash:
    • The most infamous criminal in the history of Gorilla City, Grodd was driven into exile after killing the city's benevolent leaders and ruthlessly plundered the mind of his friend Solovar to discover the secrets of mind control. Combining a ruthless brilliance with a gorilla's power, Grodd established himself as a feared player of the underworld. He would brutally murder anyone who stood in his way or just dispose of humans for the enjoyment, considering them far inferior to himself. Grodd's mental prowess is such that he enjoys dominating and twisting the minds of others to feral savagery or into sycophants for his ego. In battle, he is also highly sadistic - for example, crippling Hunter Zolomon, who recalled with terror how Grodd treated him like a toy he could break. To date, Grodd has made no fewer than eighteen attempts to completely wipe out all of humanity to purge what he sees as a lesser race.
    • Eobard Thawne, aka Professor Zoom and the Reverse Flash, is the Arch-Enemy of Barry Allen and the one who killed his mother. Duplicating Barry's powers out of an obsession with him, Eobard attempted to replace him in life, and when rejected by the latter's wife, spitefully killed her, later forcing the pacifistic Barry to kill Eobard himself to save his then-fiancé from suffering the same fate. Resurrected, Eobard begins using his time travel powers to commit a litany of crimes, including pettily murdering his own brother and parents, as well as a rival and every single man who dated a woman he was interested in, even going back to her childhood to traumatize her for spurning him. Eobard, in another of his evil deeds, attempted to murder the children of Wally West in front of their mother and murders Johnny Quick. Trying to force the also-resurrected Barry into becoming the villainous Black Flash, Eobard continues carelessly shifting the time stream for no other purpose than to make Barry suffer, causing untold damage and agony in doing so, and torments Barry during the events of Flashpoint, even stating now that he is free from the effects of timeline changes he will murder Barry in the womb. A vile, selfish man who will never admit to being at fault, Eobard is Barry Allen's worst nightmare come to life.
    • David Hersch, aka the Cicada, murdered his wife in the late 1800s, and seeks to erase his own sin in a selfish attempt to run from his past. Touched by the lightning just as the Flash was, the Cicada founds a cult dedicated to the Flash, using his followers to go on large scaling sprees that see the people the Flash saved murdered and their life forces harvested. After many such deaths, the Cicada lures Flash in to take his power, murdering a follower for his life force and revives his wife, killing and draining the lives of the hundreds of followers he has amassed. When his wife rejects him for murdering her, the Cicada callously murders her again before trying to kill Flash and his police allies.
  • Green Arrow has faced these 2 Arc Villains:
    • "Hunters Moon": Al Muncy/Muncie is the heir to a bootlegging fortune. A sadist with a penchant for children, Muncie stalked the streets of Seattle to kidnap multiple children, hold them captive and torture them for days on end until death. Only his last victim, young Annie, survived. Eighteen years later, Muncie manages to gain a new trial with Annie as the only witness. Muncie proceeds to torture Annie mentally with letters and by stalking her, before trying to murder her. When he is discovered, Muncie attempts to murder the police lieutenant hunting him after taking the man's daughter hostage and revealing he never intends to let her live anyways.
    • "Quiver": Stanley Dover Sr., aka the Star City Slayer, was the secret main villain. We first meet Stanley Sr. when Green Arrow rescues him from a mugger. Stanley Sr. comes off as a kindly old man and even becomes Green Arrow's assistant. However Stanley Sr. has a secret, he has been a Satanist since the 1950s. His wife left him when he suggested they sacrifice their first born infant to a demon to gain immortality. No longer married, Stanley Sr. traveled the world and studied the occult. Decades later he returned to America and moved to Star City. His daughter Shelia now grown up, made contact with him. Wanting to remain respected by the community, Stanley Sr. pretended to be a loving father. Shelia would often have Stanley Sr. baby sit her infant son, Stanley Dover Jr. One day, while baby sitting Stanley Jr., Stanley Sr. attempted to summon the Beast With No Name and bind it to him. However the Beast bonded with Stanley Jr. instead. Years later, when Stanley Jr. was a teenager, Stanley Sr. found that the Beast had bonded to his grandson. So Stanley Sr. kidnapped his grandson and began to torture and starve him to force the Beast out. Stanley Sr. began to murder children and feed their blood to his grandson. Stanley Sr. eventually revealed his true colors to Green Arrow, planning on transferring his soul into Green Arrow's body to further his power mad quest. Stanley Sr. also plans to rape Mia Dearden, a former teenage prostitute Green Arrow had recently rescued.
  • Green Lantern:
    • Ayria, from Green Lantern Corps Quarterly #7's one-shot "Triumph of the Will", is a vicious, corrupt Green Lantern who uses his powers to oppress the residents of Aegri Somnia. Ayria has his forces brutally slaughter their way through the rebelling yellows on Aegri Somnia 2, resulting in millions of casualties on both sides, before establishing a holocaust and sending the yellows who remain into labor camps where they slowly and agonizingly perish by the millions to fuel Ayria's power battery. A paranoid despot unable to take any form of perceived challenge to his rule, Ayria viciously tortures to death several members of his staff—including his own brother—for reasons as varied as apparent treachery to as petty to having no faith in his rule, and ultimately orders every single remaining yellow to be sent to the camps and executed after torturing one who swallows his ring—ultimately resulting in Ayria's downfall when the ring resonates with the dead yellow's will to resurrect the billions Ayria has killed to tear him to bloody shreds. An unrelenting dictator, Ayria proves even the ostensibly righteous Green Lanterns aren't immune to pure evil in their ranks.
    • Mongul II is a case of Overlord Jr. at its worst, and has dedicated his life to aping and surpassing his equally unpleasant father, Mongul I. During his first appearance in Green Lantern, Mongul II used the Black Mercy plants to trap Hal Jordan and Oliver Queen in a fantasy world; he subsequently murdered his sister, Mongal, and kept her corpse as a trophy. When Mongul II really comes into his own, however, is after gaining a Sinestro Corps Ring (by murdering its owner). Taking control of the Black Mercy homeworld, Mongul II uses his ring to alter the genetics of the Black Mercies so that they will trap their victims in their worst nightmares, instead of their ideal fantasies. He coerces the benevolent Mother Mercy into aiding him by threatening to make her eat her own children if she does not. Defeated by the Green Lanterns, Mongul II escapes from prison, seizes control of the Sinestro Corps by killing anybody who disagrees with him (or even annoys him in the slightest), rips out Arkillo's tongue, and overruns the planet Daxam, slaughtering or enslaving the population. Beaten off by Sodam Yat and Arisia, Mongul II later arrives on Korugar, and is in the process of having the citizenry strung up along the streets when his reign is finally halted by the return of Sinestro.
    • Blackest Night: Nekron, Lord of the Unliving and the face of all death within the DCU, is an entity that eventually proves himself to be far too sadistic a being to simply be a cosmic force doing its job. The force behind the necromantic Black Lanterns, Nekron implicitly influences William Hand into killing himself and his entire family to become his tether into the living world in his bid to enact the "Blackest Night," a state of eternal death imposed upon all creation. Nekron reveals the constant death and resurrection within the universe is a matter of his influence, making those who die and revive sleeper agents—keeping them aware and conscious in their own bodies—and eventually simply turning them all into Black Lanterns, twisting them into horrible, undead mockeries of the people they once were. Through the Black Lanterns, Nekron unleashes a wave of death across everything in his path, turning more and more into Black Lanterns and intent on never stopping until all is silent.
  • Hawkman: Onimar Synn is the strongest of the Seven Devils who plagued the history of Thanagar and one of the planet's greatest and most powerful entities. A Soul Eating demon who nourishes himself on suffering, Synn resurrects countless years after his first defeat and takes over Thanagar, slaughtering its high council and devouring the souls of its populace by the thousands to fuel his undead army, whilst executing thousands more by dropping them from the point of the flying city he takes over. Once more revived by his depraved priest in time for the Rann-Thanagar War, Synn exploits the conflict to devour the dead and dying of Thanagar's populace, impeding the efforts of Kyle Rayner and Adam Strange to stop him by trying to suffocate hundreds of innocents reserved in storage to slake his appetite, before mounting an assault on Rann to devour its populace as well, slaughtering them by the masses and ultimately striving to use their technology to go on and consume every living soul in the universe.
  • Hitman (1993):
    • Tom Dawson, father of Tommy Monaghan, is a simple Irish businessman who made a name for himself via a series of land deals. Also a vicious egomaniac, Dawson was the frequent client of the local prostitute named Katie. The first time they met, Dawson informed her he knew her trick to shame her hypocritical clients who persecuted her: naming her children after them. Dawson warned her never to try that with him. When Katie became pregnant, and Dawson heard she was considering to name the baby ”Tommy,” he burned down her house with her infant daughter and two young twin sons still inside. Katie was forced to leave her daughter Frances at an orphanage to save her life and fled to America where Dawson found her and butchered her with a knife. Assuming the baby died in the cold, Dawson went back to Ireland until 30 years later when Frances found Tommy and brought him to her old home. Dawson attempted to have Tommy killed and brutally murdered Frances the same way as he had her mother. When Tommy confronted Dawson, Dawson showed no remorse, snarling that Tommy had no right to call him his father and that he and Katie were nothing but gutter trash preying on “respectable men” like himself. After Tommy said that Katie had simply recognized Dawson as a bully and coward and stood up to him the one way she knew how, Dawson's only response was "to hell with her," finally prompting Tommy to shoot him.
    • Mr. Truman, an unassuming, mild-mannered little CIA agent who is out to destroy metahumans (if he can't control them), makes his career on blackmail and murder, but it's not until the final arc where he shows the darkness inside himself. Truman has human beings injected with a special metahuman formula to create a personal army of metahumans but while the formula works, it steals the minds from its subjects. Tommy becomes aware of this when he rescues a young woman who had been a witness Truman had tried to silence by unleashing one of the monsters on her without care for collateral damage. When he realizes the creatures still retain their human minds and are locked in a corner of their heads, incapable of stopping their actions, Truman orders them to be set loose on one another with the resulting carnage filmed for his amusement.
  • Jonah Hex: William "Sawbones" Zimmerman was a brief but memorable foe of Jonah Hex. A former doctor during the Civil War, Zimmerman made a name for himself via horrible experiments and live dissections of prisoners of war, with his apprentices and himself also carrying out the same vivisections on blacks. After the war, Sawbones takes to kidnapping and murdering innocent young women without even the pretense it is for anything but enjoyment. When Hex falls into his hands, the doctor attempts to torture him to death as well, revealing he has a group of like-minded fellows he's trained that he intends to spread into the country, killing those they can via horrible means all in the name of twisted "science."
  • Justice League of America:
    • Despero is one of the oldest enemies of the Justice League. Having murdered his father to take control of his world, Despero never recovered his pride after the League defeated him. Rebuilding himself into a savage beast, Despero invaded Earth, taking joy in slaughtering the humans he could while attempting to wipe out every living thing, returning multiple times to try again. Resuming his role as a Galactic Conqueror, Despero has conquered dozens of worlds and destroyed many others, with billions of dead to his name, even attempting to trick other aliens into annihilating Earth out of sheer spite against the heroes he so loathes.
    • Felix Faust is one of the most power-hungry sorcerers alive. Kicking off his career by selling his infant son's soul for his own ability, Faust committed many acts of cruel murder and torture to fuel his black magic. When he finally realized he could no longer bargain with his own tainted soul, Faust resorted to harvesting the soul of an innocent little girl to trade to demons. Faust offered his assistance to Black Adam to help resurrect Black Adam's wife Isis, but deceived Adam into thinking Isis's revival had failed, while Faust kept a paralyzed Isis to serve as his personal sex toy.
    • JLA: Earth-2: Brainiac's Antimatter Universe counterpart, an organic syntellect who was captured by Ultraman and forced to be his slave, schemed to not only escape his bonds, but to upgrade himself into an "Nth Level Intelligence". In order to do this, he swapped a plane in the Antimatter Universe for one in the Matter Universe, killing all the passengers on both in the process, and triggering a war between the Justice League and the Crime Syndicate. While the teams were busy fighting, Brainiac set in motion a plan to merge the Matter and Antimatter Universes, a move that would have resulted in the annihilation of all reality, plotting to use the energy from the resultant explosion to complete his upgrade and become a god. Willing to destroy all life in order to better himself, Antimatter Brainiac was every bit as vile as his Matter Universe twin.
  • Justice Society of America: Delores Winters, or "Endless Winter", starts out as a vain actress and a victim of Ultra-Humanite's body-swapping scheme before becoming even worse than him in her attempt to regain her beauty. Winters swapped her body with her own estranged daughter and left her to die, before instituting a horrific organ trade ring where metas are kidnapped and forced to fight each other, with the losers having their superhuman body parts ripped out and auctioned off while the metas are thrown away like trash. Winters even has Icemaiden flayed while she's still alive to take her alabaster skin, leaving Icemaiden alive and paralyzed for the rest of her foreseeable life.
  • Kobra: Jeffrey Franklin Burr is the leader of Kobra, their Naja-Naja. A terrorist who has claimed countless innocent lives, Kobra seeks to enact Kali Yuga, or the Age of Chaos, by mass destruction, at one point even trying to destroy Keystone City as well as many others. Announcing his plans by blowing up a plane full of civilians, Kobra later attempts to hijack an array of satellites and wipe out every major city in the world, blackmailing his way out of justice via 500 suicide bombers.
  • Krona:
    • Also known as Entropy, this frequent foe of Green Lantern is a self-styled scientist and a rogue Maltusian hell-bent on imposing his ideal of "order" on reality. Inadvertently responsible for the creation of the multiverse and evil itself through his experiments—most prominently the omnicidal Anti-Monitor upon the creation of the antimatter universe—Krona's covert experimentation on the Manhunters, the soldiers of the Guardians of the Universe, resulted in them going haywire and decimating countless lives through Sector 666, leaving only five people alive. Eventually banished and reduced to primeval energy, Krona assumed the name of Entropy and, still intent on continuing his experiments, took service under Nekron, intending to release him into the living universe. Later brought back into the universe through the efforts of Maltusian Controllers, Krona enslaved and then obliterated them, attempting to wage war on the consciousness of the universe, even destroying Earth to this cause—and attempting to destroy its soul in a fit of existential pique when it challenged his conceptions of the universe. By the time of Brightest Day, Krona enslaves Parallax and the emotional entities to force his will upon all creation, taking over the Green Lantern Corps and destroying thousands of lives to his cause. Possessed of such a god complex that he is willing to destroy entire universes, Krona's only true desire to slake his unending thirst for knowledge, and remains one of the greatest threats in the DCU.
    • JLA/Avengers: Krona is a former Oan scientist and callous egomaniac who desires to learn the secrets of the universe, and later goes on to destroy countless universes to discover their creation. Arriving in the Marvel Universe, he makes a bet with the Grandmaster, to put the heroes from their universes against each other to collect a dozen cosmic items. When Krona loses, he reacts by fatally torturing the Grandmaster, before summoning Galactus and killing him in a fit of rage. Using Galactus's corpse as a new base of operations, Krona learns of the sentience of the two worlds—Eternity and Kismet—trapping the two beings together to learn their secrets. When Metron calls out Krona for caring about conquest as opposed to knowledge, Krona eventually admits to this. Hoping to recreate Galactus's origins with himself in his stead, Krona plans on forcing the Marvel and DC Universes together to destroy them both and start a new Big Bang.
  • Dr. Arthur Light was a man with one singular passion: his absolute love of rape. A supervillain with powers over energy, Light had been considered a joke for a time. It was revealed in Identity Crisis that the reason for this was because Zatanna had given him a magic lobotomy, because Light had snuck aboard the League's satellite and found the Elongated Man's wife Sue Dibny there alone, and took the chance to violently rape her. After he regains his mind, Light returns to his favorite habits. He also stole the powers from the heroic Dr. Light, Kimiyo Hoshi, comparing his violation of her to a rape in of itself. Becoming steadily more sadistic and depraved, Light enjoyed hurting every superhero he could and threatened to rape their loved ones as he had Sue Dibny. When the Spectre, the spirit of God's vengeance itself, visited Light to punish him in Final Crisis, he was in the midst of preparing to rape a group of girls he'd dressed as heroines from the Teen Titans to satisfy his hatred of and lust for them.
  • Lucifer: Fenris is the Nordic Beast of the Apocalypse and the self-proclaimed ruler of "everything that ravels, rapes, and rends". Following God's abdication of His throne, leading to the slow unraveling of the universe, Fenris decided to take a personal interest in speeding up the process. Murdering several other Norse gods whom he'd previous claimed he'd made peace with, Fenris takes control of a mentally ill man and tries to force him to murder his wife and son among the roots of Yggdrasil, which would render the destruction of the universe inevitable. When this plan fails, Fenris murders his accomplice, the African trickster god Abonsam, and uses his blood to take control of Lucifer and kill his brother Michael, watering the tree with his blood. In the final arc, Fenris joins Lilith's alliance of past villains, eviscerates the Archangel Uriel, kills the noble human Hell-Lord Christopher Rudd, and destroys God's throne, which would have immediately destroyed the entire cosmos had God's granddaughter, Elaine Belloc, not agreed to succeed him.
  • Major Force: Clifford Zmeck, the Evil Counterpart of Nathaniel Adam and a Rogues Gallery Transplant to Kyle Rayner, is living proof that power in the hands of the wrong people breeds utter catastrophe. A psychopath guilty of rape and murder long before earning his moniker of Major Force, Zmeck was launched forward decades into the future after being infused with alien metals and was enlisted by the government as an operative. Dubbed "Major Force," time and time again he demonstrated that he had absolutely no qualms with abusing his own powers, brutally strangling the girlfriend of Rayner to death and leaving her remains in Kyle's fridge to taunt him. Soon after this, Force apparently killed Green Lantern Arisia Rrab out of petty revenge by savagely crushing her skull—leaving Guy Gardner a taunting note about how she died slowly—before moving on to tear Gardner's heart out and incinerate his own employer, solely so he could enjoy his new freedom. Though seemingly killed by Gardner, Force would regenerate and resurface, responding to Power Girl severing his hands by unleashing a wave of atomic energy that nearly obliterated Tokyo and playing a sadistic mind game with Kyle by apparently murdering his grandmother in an identical way to how he killed his girlfriend—before revealing he'd simply used a prop to mess with Kyle. Unpredictable to the point where he ripped off one of his nominal teammates' arms and beat him to death with it, and completely willing to murder both innocents and his own allies for any given reason he could think of, Force's own summation of himself as "Hell on Earth" is an appropriate title for such a wantonly cruel madman.
  • Manhunter: Walter "Walt" Pratt was the illegitimate son of the Justice Society heroes Phantom Lady and Iron Munroe. Growing up in a series of foster homes, Walt gained a streak of violent misogyny that manifested in brutally killing women later in life. Abusing and eventually murdering his own wife, Walt was sent to prison for the majority of his daughter Kate's life. When Kate was an adult with a young son, Walt returned to her life, revealing he was dying of bone cancer. Seeking to extend his life, Walt tried to kidnap his own grandson Ramsey to harvest his bone marrow to save his own life while paying the two supervillains he hired to do the transplant with Kate's ex-husband Peter, allowing the villains to torture him to death on camera. When he learned Ramsey was not a match, he tried to blackmail Kate to sacrifice herself in the transplant by threatening to beat Peter to death using Ramsey. When he realized there was no further way to survive, Walt proceeded to attempt to kill both Kate and Ramsey, just to ensure his whole bloodline would be extinct.
  • Martian Manhunter: J'onn's own twin brother, Ma'alefa'ak J'onzz—or Malefic—had his natural psychic powers stripped by his own people by abusing his telepathic powers, using them to cruelly Mind Rape J'onzz's wife. Out of petty spite, Malefic engineered a fatal psychic plague among his people, causing whatever Martian that used their psychic powers to horribly burn and die as a result and singlehandedly destroying almost his entire race as a result. Pursuing his brother J'onn to Earth in a single-minded crusade to end his brother's life and complete his genocide, Malefic tried various times to destroy his brother and all those close to him, murdering the partner of his human identity, Karen Smith, and trying to mentally drive his own brother to suicide through a remnant of himself before his final death.
  • Peter "Mort" Mortimer, aka Scavenger and later Barracuda, stands out as one of the most horrifying minor villains in the DC universe. Originally appearing as a dangerous, if corny, villain of Aquaman, his list of crimes included attempting to poison an entire ocean and kill numerous people, among them a child. Mort seemingly took a turn for the better when he made a Heel–Face Turn to save children's lives, but this didn't last very long, as Mort was later revealed to be a despicable child rapist who rapes young boys, records then sells the acts, and will often rip the children's hearts out for fun. When confronted by an enraged Hawkman and Aquaman, the latter of whom thought Mort was a "friend", Mort shows nothing but smug glee at his crimes, with him brushing them off as nothing more than him having "urges" he needed to satisfy.
  • The wicked demon Neron, introduced in Underworld Unleashed, bargains for the souls of countless beings, regularly twisting and perverting the wish to corrupt his victims, claiming their souls for eternal agony. Seeking to corrupt the finest souls, Neron deals with multiple supervillains to have them cause death and destruction on grand scales so he may take advantage of the chaos, also attempting to sway the superheroes into mass murder so he may claim them as well. Aiding the rogue angel Asmodel, Neron shifts the moon to cause massive disasters, while later helping Asmodel try to rip down heaven piece by piece along with creation itself, only to later betray the angel and take him for eternal torture. Neron amuses himself with cruel mind games, even offering a "get out of hell free" card to the villains all so he can delight in them murdering anyone in their way to obtain it and commit atrocities all the while.
  • The Outsiders: Mr. Tanner, from the Wanted arc, manages to occupy a special field of depravity despite being a normal human with no superhuman powers. Mr. Tanner runs an international slavery ring, with a focus on young children; countless children are abducted from across the globe to be painfully branded and serve as abused sex slaves for years on end at the hands of Tanner and his buyers. Having perpetuated the ring of pedophilic rape and torture for years, Tanner catches the eye of one of his previous victims—Grace Chou, who suffered under his abuses for three years and is now a fully-grown superhuman—and goads her into coming back into his grasp by arranging the murder of an innocent man and kidnapping the young daughter of Arsenal to be turned into a sex slave. Tanner's atrocities are a dark reminder of similar incidents happening every day in real life, and despite being an incredibly minor villain in the long run, Tanner still stands out as one of the most realistically depraved characters in the DC universe.
  • Sandman Mystery Theatre: "The Face" is a Master of Disguise who glories in his work, with a massive body count. Hired to assassinate a Tong mob boss who knows the Face's employer has Asian ancestry in the racist World War II-era, the Face begins murdering Tong members and leaving their heads around, hoping to provoke a Mob War, even killing a 15-year-old prostitute who is the sister of one member. In his spare time, the Face also rapes and abuses prostitutes, mocking them for their lack of recourse and often "tearing them up" below to leave them unable to work. The Face returns to kill others, plaguing the Sandman constantly. In the modern era, the Face accepts a job to bankrupt a wealthy man for an investor to profit, attempting to crash a blimp into Opal City to devastate it and kill countless people.
  • Secret Six:
    • Junior, real name Alex Merkel, daughter of the first Ragdoll, is a crime boss so depraved and ruthless that even Intergang gives her a wide berth. Famed for her cruelty and monstrousness, Junior routinely offers her victim a choice of dying horribly or letting Junior kill their families. When most choose the second choice, Junior records it, along with the victim's horrible death, and sends it to the families. Having obtained a card that is literally a pass out of hell, Junior kills and tortures countless people, raping men and women alike. When the card is stolen, Junior attempts to have her sins absolved by a priest, only to painfully kill the man when he refuses. Junior captures Bane of the Secret Six, who has the card, and tortures him with scissors and bricks to gain the location of the others. At the end, Junior loses control and attempts to slaughter every villain present when they see her mutilated true appearance, even her own brother Peter/Ragdoll II. Junior knows what a depraved monster she truly is and commits countless evil deeds because she loves it and feels she can get away with anything due to the card in her possession.
    • Mr. Smyth from the the "Depths" arc is a man with a radical plan to "better" the world: Bring back the institution of slavery, as it is what "great nations" are built upon. Smyth takes in the slaves and forces them to work in horrible conditions, leading to their deaths from overwork, cave-ins or gas. When a slave named Maria refuses to work any more, Smyth has his assistant begin slaughtering innocent slaves en masse until a broken Maria promises to keep working. Smyth later tricks Deadshot into murdering Maria by offering her "freedom" if she can run to safety before telling Deadshot she is an escaping dangerous prisoner. Smyth also keeps Amazons as slaves with the intent to force them into servitude or death as well, and shows no concern over anything but the restoration of the institution of slavery.
  • Shadowpact: Dr. Gotham was a warlock whose evil permeated into the city whose name he would adopt, poisoning it. Upon awakening, Gotham resumes worship of the monstrous Sun King and sacrifices his loyal minion Streega to him via giving her a deadly dose of cancer. Attempting to wipe out Chicago against Shadowpact, Gotham later has multiple women sacrificed to the Sun King, killing his clone and son when they break from one another before giving a multitude of souls to his master to consume the world.
  • Shazam!: Mister Mind is a two-inch long parasitic worm from Venus. As his race's advance scout on Earth, Mister Mind took control of Captain Marvel's cousin, Sinclair Batson, mutating him into a monster. When Captain Marvel and Mary Marvel foiled Mind's plans, the worm vowed revenge, and bodyjacking Sarge Steel of the Department of Metahuman Affairs, set in motion a plan for a nuclear holocaust. Incubating his larvae in sores within Sinclair's body, Mind took mental control of his offspring after they were born and had them in turn infest nuclear technicians, army officers, and politicians, while he himself used Sarge Steel's authority to obliterate Fairfield, Captain Marvel and Mary Marvel's hometown. Defeated before he could end humanity, Mind broke out again during the events of 52, and after mutating into his adult form of the Hyperfly, tried to devour the totality of space/time, plotting to end the multiverse.
  • The Spectre: Richard Redditch, a seemingly-average man who in actuality is a Serial Killer who collects ears from his victims, becomes far worse after illicit experimentation to activate his meta-gene turns his soul into electrical energy. Able to channel himself into any electrical device anywhere, Redditch glories in his new power with a series of murders, brainwashing other people to mutilate and murder other innocent people for him in his mission to "be heard". Unsatisfied, Redditch figuratively and literally destroys all conscience holding him back and drags the souls of one million people into his own private digital world to become power batteries and slaves for him, intending to initiate a nuclear holocaust on the world above to drag all of humanity into the same fate to become his tortured, mindlessly-worshipping playthings for all eternity.
  • Starman:
    • The first Ragdoll, Peter Merkel, was once just a two-bit thief whose gimmick was being triple jointed. Tired of being a joke, he decided to reinvent himself as a mass-murdering cult leader. Gathering together the lost, the homeless, the addicts together to fuel his growing ego, Merkel decided to revenge himself upon the world and directed multiple murders, making the streets of Opal City run red with blood, with Merkel indiscriminately targeting the innocent, intending to target the innocent families of his enemies. Merkel took advantage of his hold over his cult to take sexual advantage of the women, and hideously abused the resulting children. His son, Peter Merkel Jr., was hideously scarred by his attempts to surgically alter his body to be like his father, and he went so far as to have himself castrated since they "got in the way", only to be rejected by his father anyway. His daughter Alex—eventually the supervillain Junior—suffered worse. Having desired a little girl, Merkel subjected her to horrible sexual, mental, and physical abuse. Merkel became despised until his death by the rest of the supervillain community for his treachery and depravity and stands as a unique icon of a former Harmless Villain becoming a genuine terror.
    • Grand Guignol arc: Simon Culp is the nemesis of Richard Swift, The Shade. Consumed with wishing to hurt the Shade for little reason, Culp, already having murdered 20 people, found himself in the Shade's body, occasionally stealing control from him. Going on killing sprees, trying to end the world, and committing other crimes, Culp initiates a process called "The Rite", where he contains Opal City in a shadow dome, unleashing other villains to kill and wreak havoc with intention of killing Opal and all who live within to take away the city The Shade loves the most.
  • Swamp Thing: Anton Arcane, Mad Scientist-turned-Evil Sorcerer, as presented in Alan Moore's run, is one of Swamp Thing's most recurring and vile enemies. Originally trying and failing to steal Swamp Thing's body for his own use, Arcane survives his near-demise by becoming a monstrous spirit. Orchestrating several problems Swamp Thing had to face, notably unleashing the demonic Monkey King to prey on innocent children and slaughter their families, Arcane returns to a physical form by stealing the body of his niece, Abby's, husband. Arcane proceeds to rape and murder Abigail then curse her soul to an eternity of torment in Hell simply to hear her scream, before beginning his master plan. Reviving numerous murderers and serial killers and unleashing them across America, Arcane causes a wave of violence and hate to begin emanating across the country, causing family members to kill each other, babies to be suffocated, and his revived killers to target playgrounds of children, all while planning to take his anarchy on a global scale and bring about his own apocalypse. Arcane spends his last moments gleefully mocking Swamp Thing about how much he enjoys his crimes, and, even when banished to Hell, Arcane can only laugh as he recalls how he reduced to his own brother to a tortured monstrosity that even now causes Abigail great pain. A sadistically twisted monster of a man who cares only for immortality and causing pain to others, Anton Arcane is inarguably Swamp Thing's most hated foe, and for good reason.
  • Vandal Savage: Born Vandar Adg, he was a caveman who received super intellect and immortality from a meteorite, after which he used his endless life to become the biggest monster he could. Over the millennia, he has been one of the most vicious and depraved men in history and one of the most efficient, best manipulators in the DCU, with billions of bodies to his name. Vandal has spent his time as The Man Behind the Man to many conquerors, organizing conquests and massacres. Vandal has also fathered legions of monsters, but with the exception of one child, he considers the rest pathetic and treats their lives or deaths as not worthy of his attention. His treatment toward his sole legitimate child, Scandal, was no better: On her birthday, he forced her to run a gauntlet of men beating her, and if she failed, he swore he'd murder her mother. Despite Scandal being a lesbian, Vandal wants a male heir—and has no compunction having Scandal raped by other supervillains to get it. Vandal's crimes have also including introducing a new drug in the stead of heroin that burns out its users to death very quickly; cannibalism—which he might well have invented as a concept; attempting to pull an asteroid down to Earth; murdering Golden Age superheroes with their families after founding a Neo-Nazi group called The Fourth Reich; and planning to nuke Washington, D.C. (thanks to Solaris, Montevideo, Uruguay was nuked instead, killing over a million people).
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Edgar Cizko, better known as the infamous Doctor Psycho, is the epitome of a Depraved Dwarf and a raging misogynist with a long and memorable rap sheet. Psycho introduced himself by psychically torturing a guidance counselor who confronts him over subtly manipulating the minds of a school's students and attempting to murder her and her unborn baby in the process. After this incident, Psycho would go on to wreak swaths of death and mayhem with his powers, often teaming up with others, racking up a count of driving and attempting to drive people to suicide on numerous occasions, molesting and raping women he fancies, going on a psychotic rampage after being called "normal" and, in possibly his worst moment, hypnotizing an entire crowd of people into partially cannibalizing each other. Psycho, aroused by this, allowed the people to live as an act of sheer torture, even condemning them to feel his own sexual pleasure as their own. A man whose diminutive, nonthreatening stature is vastly disproportionate to his evil, Psycho is one of Diana's most shamelessly wicked rogues.
    • Doctor Poison II has only had a few appearances, but has made up for that with the sheer ugliness of the crimes she commits. The granddaughter of a Japanese war criminal, the original Doctor Poison, she has continued her grandmother's research, creating new toxins and diseases with which to infect the world. Kidnapping a man named Richard Agoras, Doctor Poison subjected him to lengthy torture and experimentation, ultimately using the Pandora Virus to mutate him into a hideous monster, and unleashing him on Wonder Woman. When captured following this incident, Doctor Poison released the Pandora Virus into the atmosphere, endangering millions of lives. Escaping custody, Poison joined Queen Clea's new Villainy Incorporated, and helped to overrun the Pocket Dimension of Skartaris, requesting that any prisoners they took be turned over to her for further use in her experiments. Using drugs and prolonged torture, Poison transformed her victims into living zombies, and forced them to battle their friends and relatives when Skartaris rose up against Clea's despotic regime. When Trinity betrayed Clea and attempted to eliminate all sentient life in Skartaris, Poison tried to prevent Wonder Woman from stopping Trinity, hoping to see the dimension destroyed by Trinity's new virus; she later willingly loaned her talents to the collective responsible for producing the monster Genocide. Obsessed with producing the perfect toxic agents and little else, and making her appearance as horrible as possible in order to maximize fear in her victims, Doctor Poison II is as bad as a Mad Scientist can get.
    • Sebastien Ballesteros, aka Cheetah III, quickly proved himself the worst person to ever hold the title. An Argentine robber baron who made his fortune collaborating with the National Reorganization Process, Ballesteros decided real power trumped riches and stole the power of the Cheetah from Barbara Minerva, leaving her for dead. Kidnapping Diana's foster sister, Vanessa Kapatelis, Ballesteros psychologically and surgically modified her into becoming the Silver Swan, then unleashed her on Cassie Sandsmark's school, leaving dozens of students injured or dead. He subsequently forced Vanessa to join in his and Circe's plot to murder half of New York, and personally captured Superman so that Circe could brainwash him into believing that he was Doomsday and turn him loose on Diana. After this plan failed, Ballesteros retreated to his base in Buenos Aires, where he plotted to slaughter protestors with his Cheetah powers, and burned down much of the city in battle with the returned Barbara Minerva. Escaping with his life, but not the whole of his fortune, Ballesteros again kidnapped Vanessa, who had been briefly freed by Wonder Woman, and put her through another round of torture, surgery, and psychological conditioning, before selling her to Veronica Cale for ten million dollars. Murdered by Minerva shortly afterwards, Ballesteros left behind a legacy of misery and shattered lives.
    • Astarte, the renegade Amazon, swiftly proved herself the nastiest villain of Gail Simone's run. After usurping command of the nomadic intergalactic army known as The Citizenry, Astarte transformed what had been a largely pacific collective into a rampaging horde that destroyed and cannibalized the populaces of entire planets, kidnapped, genetically modified and raped men for reproductive purposes, and indoctrinated stolen girls into becoming loyal slave-soldiers for Astarte's wars. Having put her daughter, Theana, through Training from Hell—forcing her to murder one hundred other children or starve—Astarte kept her caged like an animal, only turning her loose when Wonder Woman threatened her invasion of Earth. When Diana started getting through to Theana, Astarte ordered her daughter executed.
  • Xombi: Roland Finch, from the 2011 revival note , is a seemingly-charming man only out for self-advancement. Perpetually pursued by various enemies he's made in his long history of deceit, Finch seduces a woman named Annie Palmer, integrating himself with the Ninth Stronghold. Finch subtly tears the entire civilization apart through his manipulations before murdering the twin rulers of the Stronghold and massacring the survivors himself, casting Palmer down to Earth to live her remaining days alone. Intending to completely wipe out the twenty other Strongholds to enjoy the luxury of the Stronghold alone, Finch manipulates Palmer's desire to go home and continues using her as a pawn, having her slaughter a prison and release a prisoner he's infused with the embodiment of rage itself, fully intending on awakening the entity and having it kill Palmer once he's done with using her. Never shown denying how self-absorbed he is and instead opting to revel in it, Finch is little more than a cruel, manipulative snake of a man willing to use and abuse people as he sees fit.
  • Young Justice: William "Billy" Hayes, better known as Harm from this initially light-hearted comic series, was a teenage supervillain who was also a complete sociopath. Adopted by loving parents, Harm initially terrified his adoptive younger sister Greta and her fears were proven right when Harm murdered her in her bathtub to seal a demonic pact and give himself super powers. His goal was to become the world's greatest murderer and he decided to hunt down and destroy all the kid heroes before moving on to the big leagues. He captured Red Tornado and reprogrammed him as a suicide bomber against Pope John Paul II to make a name for himself in the supervillain community. When his father, realizing what he was, killed Harm with a gunshot to the back, Harm's spirit later returned. He possessed his father and used his body to enact more evil deeds, none more enjoyable to him than screwing with Greta, now the ghostly heroine Secret, by making her think her father never truly loved her. When defeated, Harm, for sheer spite, forced his father to throw himself into one of the fire-pits of Apokolips while Harm possessed him to kill them both.
  • Zatanna:
    • Eldon Peck was formerly a disgruntled mystic and cultist who condemned thirteen children to eternal agony to gain supernatural powers, transforming him into the sinister Brother Night. A Serial Rapist who used his compelling powers to force women to sleep with him, Night plots to take over the criminal underworlds of both the magical and mundane worlds, gathering the crime lords of San Francisco in one place before having them gruesomely murdered in a variety of creative ways. To stop Zatanna from foiling his schemes, Night targets the innocent after his attempt to condemn Zatanna to an eternal nightmare fails, trying to damn Zatanna's crew in the same manner he cursed the children and forcing Zatanna to fight the enslaved spirit of her own father. After his return to villainy following his apparent defeat, Night drives the prisoners and guards of the prison infirmary he's in to fanatical madness and suicide, magically stripping away the flesh of the remaining prisoners and using their bones as a ladder to make his grand escape. Appropriately described by Zatanna as a narcissistic, power-mad maniac, Night's quest to destroy Zatanna and everyone she loved cements him as the magician's cruelest and most tenacious foe.
    • Benjamin Raymond, from the October-December 2010 issues, is the supposed son of the wealthy Vegas casino owner Sonny Raymond, and in truth an avaricious man who made a deal with the demon of greed, Mammon, slowing his aging to a near-standstill. To keep this up, Raymond sacrifices innocent souls to the eternal torment of Hell for decades, trading off employees of his casino and even marrying women solely to offer them to Mammon literal seconds after the ceremony. When Zatanna investigates this, Benjamin reveals he's kept the shambling, undead bodies of his victims as his own servants, with enough corpses left behind to give Benjamin an army, using them to overpower Zatanna, brainwash her, and try and sacrifice her as well.

New 52

    Examples 
  • Anti-Monitor: Real name Mobius, he was a murderous monster even before he bonded with the Anti-Life Equation. Since then, Mobius has annihilated entire universes, destroying Universe 3's Krypton and earth, forcing the Crime Syndicate to flee. Upon becoming away of the Prime Earth, and seeking a way to remove the Anti-Life equation, Mobius reveals himself as a sadistic monstrosity whose only concern is the lack of personal satisfaction from destroying things from a distance. Instead, Mobius simply wants to annihilate everything he can up close to enjoy the bloodshed, pain and suffering. Killing Ultraman painfully, Mobius intends to wiping out all of Earth before moving on to the rest of existence, starting with the Justice League.
  • Darkseid, born as a mud farmer named Uxas, orchestrated the war between the Old Gods and used it to steal power from them, transforming into a New God and destroying his home planet as the first act of his new status. Later on, he created his own world Apokolips, which he ruled over as an Evil Overlord, killing anyone for the slightest disobedience. He destroyed countless worlds in the Multiverse while chasing after Kaiyo, who he wanted to kill for daring to disobey his order. He orders simultaneous invasions on Prime Earth and Earth-2, killing millions in the process, including Earth-2 versions of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. After his attack on Prime Earth failed, he directed his attention solely on Earth-2, conquering it and using it as a Living Battery for Apokolips. Later on, Darkseid takes over Lena Luthor's mind, using her to send Superman and Lex Luthor to Apokolips, where he orders Desaad to release prisoners from slave camps and promises freedom to anyone who kills Superman, hoping that Superman will break if forced to kill innocent slaves. After being transformed to a child, Darkseid uses his daughter Grail to kill Greek Gods to restore his power. Planning to take back his throne on Apokolips, he organized an attack on the Amazon island Themyscira and turned many Amazons in to a new breed of parademons, before being stopped by Wonder Woman.
  • DC Universe Presents: Tobias Whale and Nebiros are a crime lord and a demon, respectively, with Whale summoning Nebiros by sacrificing the soul of one minion. Bargaining with Nebiros, the two flood the streets with deadly drugs that kill the users and reap many souls for Nebiros to take as his own. Seeking to lure in Black Lightning, Whale kidnaps his father to set a trap with Nebiros before trying to kill the man, while Nebiros gleefully attempts to tear Blue Devil apart and reclaim his power before they corner the market in drugs and souls alike.
  • The Flash: Gorilla Grodd is the tyrannical ruler of Gorilla City and one of Barry Allen's most monstrous foes. Taking control of Gorilla City by killing his father and consuming his brain, Grodd tries to exact this same fate upon the Flash in the hopes of gaining his powers, intending to use them to conquer the Earth. Seemingly defeated by the Flash, Grodd viciously re-takes control over Gorilla City, killing all the Elder gorillas except for one, whom he straps to a torturous mental device to allow him and his army to invade Central City. Trapped in the Speed Force by the Flash, Grodd later returns, empowered by the Speed Force's energy. Upon discovering that the apes have made peace with the humans, Grodd impales their new leader, Solovar, and slaughters dozens of humans and gorillas alike until they submit to his will. Grodd promptly sets up a brutal dictatorship, reducing the human population to slaves and killing anyone who even mildly questions his orders. Eventually growing bored of his victory, Grodd destroys Central City, reducing it to a burning wasteland. A merciless despot willing to kill both human and ape alike to serve his goals, Grodd was as much a savage beast inside as he was on the outside.
  • Justice League United: Byth Rok runs a cult where he has the parts and DNA of sentients harvested to create the boy known as Ultra. Cruelly manipulating Ultra to turn him into the monstrous Infinitus, Byth has him strike out against all he trusted before intending on using Infinitus to wipe out all existence. Plotting to destroy Ultra's mind, Byth intends to use Infinitus to erase reality and give him its power so he may recreate everything as its god.
  • Mongul is the sociopathic ruler of the weaponized moon, Warworld, and one of the most wicked villains in the New 52 continuity. Having become a firm believer in "survival of the fittest" after witnessing an animal brawl end in blood and death as a child, Mongul immediately murdered his baby brother, followed by his own parents when they tried to get him counseling. In the present, as the cruel leader of the aforementioned hellish Warworld, Mongul uses it to attack dozens of planets across the galaxy, massacring the populations of millions then subjecting many of them to And I Must Scream fates with his Black Mercy plant, while using any survivors as soldiers, slaves, or raw material to be harvested. Along with this, Mongul runs Gladiator Games where any losers will have their entire races exterminated. When any enemy leaders specifically ask him to surrender before they are fully aware of his power, Mongul personally rips their heads off, mounts them on pikes, then displays them as trophies, of which he has hundreds. Later, after failing to turn all of Earth into a Hive Mind of chaos under his control, Mongul coldly kills his son, Jochi, for failing to live up to his reputation, and eventually lays a trap for the Sinestro Corps, hoping to massacre them and force any survivors into his thrall, all while taunting the helpless Sinestro about the torture he intends to inflict on him and his people. Disgusted with everything weaker than himself and angered by anything stronger, this version of Mongul is just as bad as any of his previous incarnations.
  • Mother Panic: Gala is a Mad Artist who hires herself out for "commissions". Introduced painting a canvas by slashing a man's throat, she is ultimately behind a rash of kidnappings in Gotham, having taken nearly a dozen children to be abused and chained up in a sick "Heavenly" exhibit for whatever purposes her sexually depraved employer likes. When the children are nearly rescued, she tries to burn them all alive out of spite, before continuing her butchering ways, next seen using a man's intestines for another exhibit. She is revealed to have been a backer and associate of the vile child experimentation group "Gather House", having used their torture and brainwashing to turn a child into her puppet, who she trains in her Serial Killer ways.
  • The New 52: Future's End & Batman Beyond: Brother Eye is an A.I. created by Batman and Mister Terrific, originally designed to protect humanity but having undergone a sudden Face–Heel Turn. Despising flesh and seeking to exploit psychological warfare, Brother Eye decided to assimilate everyone, turning superheroes into grotesque embodiments of Body Horror either by turning them into cyborg monsters or by sewing them to fleshy servants like Frankenstein. Upon learning of Batman's plot with Terry McGinnis, Brother Eye decides to sew Batman with the Joker to create a cyborg monster that it sends back in time. In the past it is revealed that Brother Eye manipulated Cadmus by holding King Faraday's family hostage and making a deal with Fifty Sue—whose later rejection prompts it to spite her by revealing her file in order to psychologically break her—taking advantage of the discrimination against Earth-2 heroes by subjecting them to inhumane experiments and embedding them with implants that spread over them like cancer. Brother Eye always takes its time to taunt people, culminating in The Reveal that all of the plot was meaningless as Tim Drake goes forward in time to find a hologram of a perfect future, which quickly dissipates as Brother Eye mocks him, disguised as his Love Interest. All too casual to subject everyone to torture from children to Superman himself and revealing in its sadism, this incarnation of Brother Eye is one of the most pointlessly cruel villains in DC's recent years.
  • Swamp Thing: Anton Arcane's new incarnation is a being of boundless cruelty. In his pursuit of immortality, Arcane took over the elemental force of The Rot, the natural force of death and decay, and subsumed it to his will. Arcane extends the Rot to devour all that lives and trap the world in deathless limbo he can rule. Arcane even forced his own nephew to be the Rot's avatar, devouring his mind from within. In Arcane's battles with Swamp Thing, Alec Holland saw a future where Arcane gruesomely tortured and beheaded Abigail and saw lobotomized clones Arcane had made of her as Cannon Fodder.
  • Teen Titans: Trigon is a being born of celestial blasphemy who willingly absorbed the collected evils of a hundred galaxies contained within the Heart of Darkness to become a supremely powerful demonic overlord. To spread his evil, Trigon would pull women from various universes into his realm, rape them, and send them back to their universes to give birth to his demonic spawn, often leading to the women's death. Through these means, Trigon brings about the ruination of countless worlds as his brood destroy everything in their path. Conceiving a daughter, Raven, with a human woman named Arella, Trigon intends to corrupt her into becoming his heir by having her cut a swathe of terror throughout his realm; aside from her, Trigon disregards his other offspring, considering them disappointments. Attacking New York City, Trigon and his sons wreak havoc, and even possesses the Teen Titans into turning on each other, all as part of a ploy to ingratiate Raven into the Titans and allow her to conquer Earth in his name.
  • Ultraman: This member of the Crime Syndicate, and Superman's Evil Counterpart, real name Kal-Il, took control of the world after murdering his adoptive parents, slaughtering countless humans to enact his Social Darwinist philosophy until the world was destroyed by the Anti-Monitor. Fleeing to earth, Ultraman begins taking it over, sparking bloody riots and mass destruction while he intends on killing countless humans to set up a world where only the strong survive, before torturing Jimmy Olsen and attempting to take Lois Lane apart piece by piece. Ultraman orders entire cities leveled with no regard to the casualties and repeatedly shows himself to be just as vile as Superman is heroic.

DC Rebirth

  • Aquaman: Corum Rath is an Atlantean terrorist who leads the Deluge. Imprisoned for attempting to sink huge swaths of the US, Rather is later freed, overthrowing Arthur Curry to become Atlantis's new monarch. Ruling as a mad tyrant, Rath steadily grows more and more unhinged, even trying to have the 9th district of Atlantis burnt and purged to kill all the mutant sea-touched innocents there. Finally succumbing entirely to lust for power, Rath unleashes the Abyssal Dark, a demon long sealed below Atlantis and embraces its power, carrying out its suggestion to attempt to sink Atlantis itself and kill all its inhabitants, sacrificing his humanity in his lust for power.
  • The Curse of Brimstone: The Salesman is the demonic representation of the "Home Office". Theorized to be a refugee from the Dark Multiverse, the Salesman travels to poor, forgotten rural towns and offers an outcast there special powers, making them a member of his entourage, like his vicious "Hound", a woman with ice powers. Upon arriving in York Falls, the Salesman has the Hound murder a local officer and proceeds to offer the young hero Joseph "Joe" Chamberlain his power, revealing too late the catch: Every being he empowers will have their newfound power run out of control and annihilate the town, with the Salesman planning on having Joe incinerate York Falls so the Salesman can claim the land for the Home Office. Revealing in flashbacks he has wiped out many other towns, the Salesman attempts to murder Joe's father to force him to unlock his power as well.

DC Comics Bombshells

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  • General Anton Arkayn is a Soviet general who uses Supergirl and Stargirl as his pawns in his quest for power. Throwing people by the hundreds into concentration camps for the most petty of reasons, Arkayn has Supergirl and Stargirl lead assaults on enemy troops with orders to kill even surrendering soldiers, threatening the lives of everyone in the girls' village if they resist. After trying to have Supergirl and Stargirl annihilate an entire concentration camp of his prisoners when he decides to clean house, Arkayn responds to their refusal by invading their home village and taking their parents at gunpoint, promising to execute them unless the girls allow Arkayn to dissect them alive and use their biology to create a Super Soldier army and take over the world.
  • Faora Hu-Ul is a Kryptonian revolutionary who lends her DNA to the birth of Kara Starikov. After being thwarted in taking her daughter from her other mothers, Faora spitefully has Krypton annihilated and goes to Earth to sow wars, devastation and mass death across the planet to make Kara lose faith in the world, including assisting the Nazis. When Kara refuses to join her, Faora tries to murder her and harvest her DNA, eventually changing herself into Doomsday to slaughter any in the world who stand between her and her "New Krypton".
  • Edel Nacht, or Brother Night, is a high ranking Nazi officer who worships the demons known as the Tenebrae. Sacrificing dozens, even his own men, to provide the Tenebrae a host while attempting to round up innocents for extermination camps, Edel Nacht sees himself ruling a new and "perfect" empire. To this end, he fuses the Tenebrae into one great Titan he controls, plotting to slaughter everyone in London, and then moving on to annihilate the rest of the world until the Nazis reign over the ashes.
  • The Joker's Daughter is an Evil Sorceress who forces others to be her students so she may leech off their power. Constantly abusing and trying to control Zatanna, the Joker's Daughter later seduces Killer Frost to her side and has her wipe out a village to give her Raven. Assisting the Nazis in their schemes while she harnesses the power of the dreaded King Beneath the Dark, the Joker's Daughter tries to murder her "daughters" if they grow too independent and steal the power of the chaos god, The Joker. Attempting to ravage and remake the world, she opts to finally try to kill her former students once they have grown useless to her.
  • Dr. Hugo Strange is a eugenicist obsessed with creating a "Master Race" of perfect individuals with whom he can replace humanity. Traveling the world and coercing men and women who fit his criteria into becoming his lab rats, Strange responds to any resistance by either murdering or ruining the lives of his intended targets, children included in his cruelty. Though failing in an attempt to turn Gotham City into a testing ground, Strange takes political prisoners from the Soviets and performs horrific experiments on them that turn them into howling monstrosities, who he later uses to massacre his enemies. Strange intends to commit genocide against the human race once his "perfect" army is completed, and even when his life is spared by Harley Quinn and Ivy, Strange repays them by trying to gun them down with a smile on his face.

Elseworlds

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  • The Golden Age: The Big Bad Duumvirate, Adolf Hitler and the Ultra-Humanite, aim to Take Over the World. During World War II, the Ultra-Humanite performed inhumane experiments on German prisoners to perfect his process to take over bodies, killing all the scientists who helped him, before placing his mind inside superhero Tex Thompson. Becoming an American senator, the Ultra-Humanite places Hitler's brain inside another superhero, Dynaman, and the duo begin plotting to take over America and launch a war on all Communist countries. When exposed at a press conference, Hitler attacks, killing many civilians in his rampage, while ranting he will use his newfound power to conquer the planet with force.
  • JLA: Shogun of Steel, by Ben Raab, Justiniano, et al.: Brainiac, the titular "Shogun of Steel", was an advanced machine designed by Jor-El on Krypton that gained sentience and turned on its creator, destroying Krypton and all its inhabitants. Arriving on Earth in a 14th-century war-torn Japan, Brainiac slaughters Japan's armies and seizes power, going under the title "Lord Zunou". Under Zunou's reign, villages are regularly razed and innocents are slaughtered to squash rebellions. When a captured rebel is brought before him, Zunou mind rapes him for information and follows this up by ordering a village raided to find Hoshi, the only other survivor of Krypton. Later luring the rebels into a trap, Zunou incinerates several of them before attacking Hoshi with a Kryptonite blade. As he prepares to deal the killing blow, Zunou taunts Hoshi with the knowledge of his plans to destroy the rest of the Earth after his death.
  • JLA: The Nail: Darkseid still retains his monstrous nature in this alternate universe as the despot ruler of Apokolips. Driven by paranoia due to the incident involving the Boom Tube that resulted in his Parademons getting eliminated and reduced 17% of Apokolips's mass during his attempt to invade the Earth, Darkseid declares an all-out war against New Genesis because he found them to be cowards who used dirty tactics. In addition, he also tortures the agents of New Genesis, Big Barda and Mr. Miracle, because they were trespassing during the Boom Tube incident. After Big Barda calls out Darkseid and his minions on how weak they are, Darkseid then activates the Omega Doom weapon that could destroy the universe, then brutally murders all of his loyal followers, whom he saw as nothing but traitors, in order to power up his new suit.
  • Justice Riders, by Chuck Dixon & J.H. Williams III: Maxwell Lord is a greedy robber baron with a sinister scheme. Wiping out Sheriff Diana Prince's hometown, Paradise, along with everyone in it, Lord goes on to massacre at least another five towns in the way of him laying his railroad to California. When Diana confronts Lord for destroying Paradise, he reveals he believes profit justifies any action he takes, even toying with the idea of conquering California and wiping out the population to replace them with his robotic minions.
  • Wonder Woman: Amazonia, by William Messner-Loebs et al.: King Jack Planters is a seemingly-noble American who takes the throne after a mysterious explosion decimates the entirety of the Royal Family. In truth the notorious Jack the Ripper who rigged the explosion himself after his initial killings, Jack keeps the sole survivor as a paralyzed trophy and plunges his nation into a brutal war with France whilst keeping the women of the country as lower-class citizens. A raving misogynist in his meantime, Jack invents a drug to erase men's "femininity" to reduce them to bloodthirsty beasts and spreads the drug among his inner circle to have them hunt down and butcher captured women for sport, hoping to raise his son as an equally-bloodthirsty heir and laughing that he slaughtered his own wife alongside a hundred others for the purpose of establishing a "Ripper's world" among the land he rules over. Even when Diana herself saves his life from an earlier attack, Jack smugly brushes the matter off by revealing the attempted assassin was a friend of Jack's before he murdered his daughter in a fit of cruel lust, later trying to make Diana herself as the centerpiece of his latest hunt while kidnapping her children to grow up under cruel experimentation.

Alternate Continuities (Crossovers & Non-Canon)

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  • Amalgam Universe: Green Skull is a sociopathic billionaire who combines the ambition of Lex Luthor with the psychopathic ruthlessness of Red Skull. A war profiteer who initially attempted to prolong World War II for his own gain, Green Skull cut his losses at the end of the war, marrying and then later murdering Lois Lane when she attempted to steer Skull's daughter Selina away from his path of corruption, trying shortly after to have Washington and its populace blown up by his creation to plunge America into chaos and take over. Transformed due to the effects of Green K(ryptonite) while also becoming immortal, Green Skull has no compunction about who he has to crush to get his way, torturing Jimmy Olsen to near-death and having Bruce Wayne's parents murdered after founding HYDRA, even setting up a scheme that could potentially annihilate the entire planet in the event of his seeming death.
  • Before Watchmen: Unlike the original comic, which deals with the moral ambiguity of so-called masked heroes, here we get to see exactly what they faced:
    • Minutemen: Rolf Müller is a sadistic child Serial Killer, possibly having targeted and molested Hooded Justice when he was a boy. Joining the Nazis for the opportunity to torture children to death in an orphanage, Müller was eventually discharged by the Nazis for being too revolting even by their standards, continuing his usual operations under the guise of a circus strongman afterward.
    • Nite Owl: Reverend Taylor Dean is a preacher who strangled a hooker he was sleeping with after she tried to blackmail him, at which point he realized he enjoyed killing. Choosing to target prostitutes as they are "sinners" against God, Dean kills well over 30 hookers, male and female, young and old, and creates a massive shrine of more than 20 of their corpses to be burned as a sacrifice to God. Hoping to burn Rorschach alive in the process, Dean hopes that his "offering" will result in God blessing him and the city to get rid of more sin, and plans to continue killing people he decides are sinners over and over, repeating the process as he believes he is blessed by God and can't be stopped, and when Twilight Lady tries to take him down, Dean attempts to strangle her to death while shooting off sexually violent remarks.
    • Rorschach: "The Bard" is a Serial Killer who kidnaps women, mutilates their bodies by "writing" on them with a knife, and then dumps their corpses for the world to see. Killing many women this way and increasing the speed and intensity of his murders, the Bard lures his long-time waitress and friend Nancy into a dark alley, where he brutally assaults and mutilates her before slashing her throat and leaving her to die. The Bard gets off nearly scot-free with his killings after being acquitted by a jury, with every indication he hopes to continue his spree before Rorschach murders the madman in revenge for Nancy.
    • Silk Spectre: The Chairman is an amoral music producer who peddles an altered version of LSD to eager teenage consumers to make them more vulnerable to corporate suggestion. The Chairman is apathetic about the rash of overdoses and near-deaths the drug causes, and the moment his operation is in danger, the Chairman opts to have everyone even tangentially connected to it murdered, from witnesses to his own security and staff.
  • Freedom Fighters (2018): Adolf Hitler III is the pinnacle of the global Reich's evil, with a passion for cruelty eclipsing both his deceased grandfather and his paranoid father. "Addie" is a Torture Technician unrivaled in his craft, spending his time finding new and innovative ways to torture people to death in his underground mountain sanctum, introduced in the middle of carving up a man suspended by sharp hooks. When two of his soldiers fire off a shot that kills an endangered bald eagle, Addie tortures the two of them on an arbitrary suspicion they may be spies. When the carcass of the eagle is brought to him and verifies the soldiers' story, Addie offhandedly remarks to ensure the surviving soldier be killed anyway. Addie even demonstrates his talents on the Human Bomb, gleeful at the challenge the Human Bomb's unique physiology poses to him and trying to break him by torturing Doll Woman in front of him. Disgusted by his father's lack of a spine, Addie takes over the Reich himself by slashing his father's throat and unhesitatingly attempts to nuke everything within 500 miles merely to be free of the Freedom Fighters. A vile bully who couldn't even care less about the Reich itself, Addie attempts in the end to skip off to Argentina and spend the rest of his days torturing villagers to death to slake his boredom.
  • Just Imagine... Stan Lee Creating the DC Universe:
    • The Thief of Souls, known primarily by his identity Reverend Dominic Darrk, is the demonic and manipulative mastermind behind all the evil in the series, seeking to pave the way for his master, Crisis, to invade Earth. After possessing a man, banishing his wife to Dreamland, then corrupting their son into a sociopath like himself, the Thief sets up his Church of Eternal Empowerment, a cult that recruits its members through kidnapping, brainwashing, or threats of death. Along with regularly ordering assassinations and executing his own minions for the slightest of failures, the Thief unleashes monsters to rampage across entire cities more than once, and later releases a virus called the "Sleeping Death", which plunges its victims into neverending sleep while the Thief steals their souls to offer up to Crisis. In the end, even when beaten, the Thief happily taunts the heroes about the coming of his master, and the joy he will take in the knowledge that they will all spend an eternity of agony at Crisis' hands.
    • Crisis himself is the force behind the Thief of Souls, and the most evil being the JLA encounter. Coming to Earth after attempting to devour thousands of innocents' souls, Crisis plans to turn the entirety of the universe into his personal playground by fusing the Dreamworld with Earth, then plunging every living thing in the universe into eternal pain and suffering. After brutally tormenting the heroes with their worst fears, Crisis manipulates his descendants Robin and Melana to betray their team, at which point Crisis hopes to eternally imprison them in a gemstone while he rampages across the universe, bringing death and destruction across the cosmos simply because he can.
    • Armando Guitez is the Big Bad of the Wonder Woman story, and manages to stick out even among other far more powerful villains as a truly reprehensible monster. Using his wealth, Guitez begins tearing apart Mexican ruins looking for ancient and powerful runes, and threatens any nearby farmers off their land with death, ordering one beaten to death and shooting another in the head just for voicing their compaints against him. After murdering Judge Mendoza for displaying disgust at his crimes, Guitez plans to rape the man's daughter Maria before murdering her would-be rescuer, Steve Trevor. Guitez, finding the ancient runes he has been searching for, absorbs the power of the demons residing within them, travels to Los Angeles, crashes the plane he's on into a populated street, then goes on a massacre throughout the city for fun as he searches for other runes to make himself ever more powerful. Guitez's evil ran so deep, that even one of the demons he absorbed proclaimed his shock at Guitez's sheer black soul.
  • Justice League/Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Brainiac and Lord Zedd team up to collect Angel Grove. After finding himself on the DC Earth, Zedd convinces Brainiac to allow him to enlarge some of his collection as a distraction while Brainiac takes the Zords and Coins. The two then leave the groups stranded on the DC Earth as they escape to the dimension to take Angel Grove. The Rangers and the Justice League arrive in time to see them collecting Angel Grove and planning to destroy the Earth. When a group infiltrates Brainiac's ship, Brainiac forces Cyborg to attack his friends. The group eventually find a room full of other captured cities. Taking Alpha 5 prisoner, Brainiac tries to turn him to his side, before trying to kill Superman with Kryptonite. Meanwhile Zedd leads a group of Monsters in helping Brainiac and shrinks Zordon, so he can force Zordon to watch as he destroys the world he swore to protect.
  • Justice: Brainiac, the ultimate mastermind behind the Legion of Doom and the architect of most of the disasters in the story, is an advanced android created by the Computer Tyrants of Colu. When the Computer Tyrants were destroyed by the people they had oppressed, Brainiac decides to create his own version of Colu on Earth, by killing most of humanity and turning the rest into copies of himself. To do this, Brainiac meets with Captain Marvel villain Doctor Sivana, who has been developing tiny robot worms that control the minds of others. Brainiac takes his research and uses it to drive Doctor Sivana insane. Brainiac forms his own Legion of Doom, mind-controlling most of the members, except for Lex Luthor who has a force field that protects him from Brainiac's devices. Brainiac has Black Manta kidnap Aquaman, with Brainiac wanting to learn more about his telepathy by cutting open his brain. Brainiac has the various Legion of Doom members pretend to have turned good and wanting to help humanity, with several of them creating cities for the sick and needy, that will provided technology that will cure their illnesses and provided them with a good standard of life. Brainiac's micro worms have also let him take control of Earth's nuclear stockpile, with Brainiac planning to nuke most of the world to destroy humanity. When the Justice League reveal to Luthor that Brainiac has betrayed him, Luthor sabotages his plans and forces him to retreat to his ship. Brainiac, unhappy about losing, decides to set off the nukes anyway and destroy humanity.
  • Legends of the Dead Earth:
    • "Silent Running" (The Flash Annual 1996): Tristan Mallory is the younger brother of the heroic Bryan Mallory. When his father returns from a seemingly deadly mission, Tristan is angry when said father chooses his non-religious brother for a holy mission. Accompanying his brother to the quest, Tristan takes advantage of his brother's powers even after Bryan saved him. A believer on a religion based on The Flash's deeds, Tristan puts his brother into a machine that kept him in complete isolation for 300 years and turns himself on the highest authority of his society. Seeing himself as the pillar of society, Tristan uses the machine to create a suitable environment while he also draining the Life Energy of his own people, shortening their natural lifespan to 50 and using loyal acolytes to maintain his power and youth. When Bryan is freed by a former follower, Tristan sends followers to capture him, before starting to drain the life energy of the millions of inhabitants of his city to fight Bryan to put him back in the machine and keep ruling a society dependent on himself.
    • "The Never-Ending Battle" (Superman: The Man of Steel Annual 1996): Lex Luthor is The Emperor who ordered the destruction of Kaleb's home planet Hydros and the genocide of its people. A survivor from the eventual destruction of planet Earth, Luthor created an empire from ashes and launched wars of conquest throughout the universe, which he describes as "glorious". Keeping himself alive through centuries using multiple clones, Luthor's empire has a policy of annihilating the native population of planets with species similar to Kryptonians. Once Kaleb confronts him personally, Luthor reveals that the champions of the tournaments to become his personal guard are killed, with their genes used to improve his biologically engineered guards before trying to kill Kaleb with radiation that emulates Kryptonite for the Hydrosians. A decrepit and senile old man with massive power, Luthor's ambition, paranoia and grudges killed countless innocents.
  • The Multiversity: Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors from the Counter-World! #1: Vandal Savage from Earth-40—heavily implied to be Cain himself—is a psychotic immortal who has been conquering for centuries and instituting Rape, Pillage, and Burn as a system of oppressive government. Every 100,000 years, Earth-20 and Earth-40 occupy the same space. Vandal—after biting out the throat of a scientist who can't satisfactorily explain this phenomenon—decides to conquer these other worlds. After Vandal and his Society successfully conquer Earth-20, they face the Society of Super-Heroes. Immortal Man manages to kill Vandal—to the latter's delight, as spilling an immortal's blood summons Niczhuotan, the destroyer of worlds.
  • Tangent Comics: Secret Six: Dr. Aquadus, the Tangent Universe's version of Aquaman, was a Soviet scientist and chief director of Svitavy Collective who developed the Red Tornado, a lethal chemical weapon later employed in the Czech War in the bombing of a populated town— leading to countless agonizing deaths in the process. After a haywire experiment transfers Aquadus's consciousness into the nearby lakeside, Aquadus decides to use his new form and powers for his own ends, engineering destructive experiments in the Pacific Ocean that kill thousands of Sea Devils through the seismic activity. When finally confronted by the Secret Six, Aquadus reveals his intention to blow up the moon and utterly flood the Earth, plunging it into a "new age" of his own mad design.
  • Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil, by Jeff Smith: Mister Mind is just as evil as ever. Liberated due to Billy Batson's irresponsibility, Mister Mind proceeds to plot the extinction of humanity. Sending a special machine known as the Destroyer to Earth, Mister Mind calls all the insects to the world to help him. Mister Mind works with Dr. Sivanna, who kidnaps Mary Batson to force Billy Batson to come without his powers. When Billy tries to climb the Destroyer, Mister Mind orders the insects to cover him, intending to drown Billy to get rid of Captain Marvel, with the kid surviving only due to the kindness of the bugs. Once Mister Mind realizes that Sivanna is no longer useful, he asks him to "Kindly throw yourself off" before trying to force Billy to pilot the Destroyer.
  • Star Trek/Green Lantern: Spectrum War, by Mike Johnson, Angel Hernandez, et al.: Nekron, Lord of Death, returns after his defeat during Blackest Night and kills Kyle Raynor before wiping out the entire DC Universe, barring a few surviving Lanterns. Nekron torments Ganthet with his impending defeat and how much pain he's inflicted on him causing Ganthet to transfer the surviving Lanterns to the Star Trek Kelvin timeline. Chasing them to this universe, Nekron revives the corpses of the dead of Vulcan into an undead army and uses Spock's mother as one of his corpse puppets to torment him psychologically. Ultimately, Nekron intends to spread his influence across the entire Star Trek universe and leave it just a graveyard of corpses.
  • Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes, written by Chris Roberson: Vandar of Stone is a combination of the immortals Vandal Savage and Flint in an combined Star Trek/DC Universe timeline, inheriting all Savage's cruelty and none of Flint's positive qualities. Vandar, as a caveman, manages to capture the god being Q and uses the power of the Q to rewrite history, enslaving humanity and becoming dictator of Earth. Vandar then decides to conquer the universe, sending out of his troops to conquer other planets. We see his forces violently conquer alien species like the Durlans and the Xudarians and trick the Klingons and Khunds into going to war with each other. Later, Vandar captures several members of the Enterprise crew and the Legion of Superheroes, planning to torture them to death using the Agony Booths.
  • Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Teen Titans: The Judas Contract: In this dark retelling, Tara Markov, also known as Terra, spurred on by a conversation with Nightwing, becomes an absolute monster. After killing Deathstroke in an attempt to get out from under his shadow, Tara forces his butler to inject her with the serum that gave Deathstroke his power under the threat of killing everything Deathstroke loved. With the Serum drastically improving her powers, Tara renames herself Gaia, killing the Teen Titans by blowing up Titans Tower with a geyser of lava and jettisoning the survivors into space. When chasing down Nightwing, she forces him out of hiding by killing civilians and taunting him about killing his friends before murdering him and Wally West. When Superman attempts to stop her, she retaliates by flooding the city with lava, using the distraction to kill him with a storm of kryptonite shards. Tara then destabilizes the planet's core, killing billions in an attempt to hold the planet hostage in exchange for the superheroes keeping her alive and allowing her to do whatever she wants. Finishing with killing Changeling, the one who attempted to bond with her, Tara Markov proved to be nothing more than a sociopathic traitor who cared only about being feared by everyone.
  • The Uncanny X-Men and The New Teen Titans, by Chris Claremont et al.: Darkseid himself, seeking to expand his cosmic empire, seeks the power of Jean Grey for his own ends. Having Deathstroke and Ravok the Ravager act as proxies down on Earth, Darkseid eventually rallies up both the X-Men and the Teen Titans-–coldly vaporizing Ravok for failure with his Omega Beams right after—and uses their memories to painfully reawaken Jean Grey as the Dark Phoenix. With her power, Darkseid seeks to turn Earth into a second Apokolips, destroying most life on it, before repeating the process with every planet in the universe until he rules all.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Earth One: Hercules is a savage misogynist who is responsible for the trauma of the Amazons, as well as Diana's father. Attacking the Amazons and stripping them of power and agency, Hercules rapes Hyppolyta, attempting to force her to be his personal Sex Slave while giving the remainder of the Amazons to his men to suffer the same, boasting that their children will live and die by his grace.
    • Wonder Woman/Conan, written by Gail Simone:
      • The Corvidae sisters, Lila and Anive, are ancient immortals bored with most of existence. Finding joy in gambling, the duo set up friends, brothers or even nations to war against one another while they enjoy the duels. Helping to manage slave pits where fights to the death happen frequently, the duo attempt to set Conan and Diana to a deathmatch. When they refuse, the two decide to annihilate the city of Shamar and kill every last man, woman and child, even trying to have the slaves murdered before the heroes as an act of sheer spite.
      • The sadistic slaver Dellos is the chief minion of the Corvidae who forces slaves into duels to the death for the sake of bloodsport. A vicious murderer even outside the Corvidae's order, Dellos savagely abuses his slaves, forcing Conan and Wonder Woman to duel when he realizes Conan has mistaken Wonder Woman for his lost love. On the Corvidae's initiative, Dellos attempts to massacre every slave at the end, young and old.

Wildstorm Universe

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  • For the Wildstorm universe in general, TAO is the most vile the world has to offer. TAO was created as the Tactical Augmented Organism, growing at an amazing rate into a man. The problem was, TAO grew with a sense of cold superiority and disdain for all others. He masterminded several wars between superheroes, resulting in many casualties, in an early attempt to end the world. Using his powerful hypnotic suggestion abilities, he forced the strongest heroes into being his sex slaves to prevent them from stopping him. After these plans fail, TAO reinvents himself as the ruler of a crime syndicate where he distinguishes himself with cold professionalism combined with violent sadism. As the hero of Sleeper describes it, TAO won't pull out your guts. He'll make you do it to yourself, and enjoy it all the while.
  • Lord Helspont of the Daemonites is one of the most powerful and wicked of his kind. Stationed on Earth centuries ago, Helspont possessed the body of an Acuran and, in the 1970s, convinced a man named Slaughterhouse Smith into helping him unleash a total nuclear holocaust among the planet to decimate humanity, having him slaughter a military base to procure the nukes— before aiming the first at New York City and trying to force Smith to watch as his only friends and family were blown from the earth. From there onward, Helspont made numerous attempts to eradicate all life on the planet or otherwise subject them, attempting to draw in his race through the "Reunification" to use all life as body suits for the Daemonites, and attempting to rewrite history itself to the Daemonites' advantage. A steadfast enemy of the Wild Cats, and especially of the Kherubim Mr. Majestic, Helspont's attempt to kill them, in the skin of CEO James Wyvern, had him fuse his soldiers into one horrible abomination to be loosed on his enemies, and attempted to have the Youngbloods and the WildC.A.T.S. wipe each other out to make his own goals easier. Even when forced to ally with Mr. Majestic upon the invasion of Javen and his Kheran minions, Helspont still betrayed Majestic and tried to steal the power of the ancient Planet Shaper Javen sought to reshape the planet in his own image and wipe out all life, turning down Majestic's offer of mutual peace out of sheer hatred. Driven by undying, genocidal spite towards the Kherubim and the human life he sees as inferior, and with countless acts of murder and torture on his hands, Helspont remained one of the most persevering and deadly foes within the WildStorm universe for very good reason.
  • Kaizen Gamorra, patriarch of Clan Gamorra after killing his brothers and absolute dictator of the rogue Asian nation Gamorra, is a cruel sadist even by the standards of WildStorm's Rogues Gallery. Deposed as the ruler of his nation for decades and replaced with the imposter John Colt, Kaizen takes over Gamorra again once Colt is deposed and quickly proves himself miles worse than his predecessor, having a plane full of 233 innocent people bombed with no survivors and allowing the Gen-Factor stored on the plane to spill into the nearby town to kill most of its populace through nightmarish mutation. Gleefully boasting that his very nation and philosophies are founded on terrorism for its own sake, Kaizen uses his army of cloned superhumans in an attempt to slaughter millions of people across the world's most major cities to transfix the planet with fear. Violently oppressing his own people when not actively attempting to attack the rest of the world, marrying wives he soon discards by countless numbers and having the nation's Mechajin population brutally exploited as slaves of every sort, Kaizen's reaction to the coming end of the world is to bring his estranged daughter to his side through manipulation and turn Gamorra into a floating, impenetrable superweapon. When the apocalypse hits, Kaizen has his superhuman soldiers massacre the survivors by the hundreds, intending to plunder the remains of Earth for resources before using the Bleed to attack, crush, and conquer every other parallel Earth. A tyrant who devotes himself to the spread of terror and suffering for nothing more than his own amusement, Kaizen boils down his philosophies to being a wolf in a world of sheep, a terrorist only too gleeful to slaughter millions of people and keep all else cowed in perpetual fear of what he can do to them.
  • The Authority: Regis Slzfi, from the September-December 1999 issues, the vicious, warmongering leader of Sliding Albion, is one of the most singularly vile foes to grace the Authority's pitch-black Rogues Gallery. Upon being appointed to save his species, the Blues, from sterility and extinction, Regis opts first to use massively populated countries such as China as rape camps, butchering the males to use the females as breeding fodder. Regis eventually takes his efforts to Earth, attempting to massacre an entire city-—his own son Lorenzo included-—in violent protest of Lorenzo's wedding to Jenny Sparks, and eventually deigns to turn all of Earth into a rape camp. His evil not strictly grandiose, Regis once even tricks a man into slaughtering a party full of people, crushing the man's head before waltzing off to eat the man's children, all because of an offhanded insult the man had made.
  • Planetary: Randall Dowling is the leader of The Four, an evil analogue of The Fantastic Four. Having made contact with another world, Dowling plans to assist it in conquering Earth in exchange for power. For decades, he has kept Earth's technology at its current level by withholding or suppressing discoveries that could eradicate disease—including the cure for cancer—and save countless lives. in addition, Dowling locates children with budding technological skill able to advance humanity. He has their families killed in "accidents", before tormenting and brainwashing the kids into using their talents to stifle humanity's growth, with bombs planted in them in case anyone tries to rescue them. Using the Red Scare as a threat, Dowling also creates "City Zero", where suspected "spies" are rounded up and subjected to inhuman experiments, kept alive in horrible agony for Dowling's purposes. To store his experiments and weapons, Dowling also wiped out all life on a planet, just to ensure it was freed for storage. Treating his fellow members of the Four as disposable as well, Dowling's only care is for his own ego, advancement and power, no matter how many worlds he sacrifices.

Alternative Title(s): DC And Vertigo, DC Comics, The DCU, DC Vertigo

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