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Frank Cotton shows that humans are often the worst of all.

"They didn't tell you, did they? They've changed the rules of the fairy tale. Now I'm no longer just the wicked stepmother. Now I'm the evil queen. So come on!"
Julia Cotton, to her stepdaughter Kirsty, after killing the latter's Love Interest, Hellbound: Hellraiser II

Cenobites often operate on Blue and Orange Morality. The following characters, however, Cenobites or not, are pure evil.

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Hellraiser & Hellbound: Hellraiser II
  • Frank Cotton is a cruel hedonist, who was taken by the Cenobites in his search for ultimate pleasure. After escaping, he manipulates Julia Cotton in to helping him murder several innocent people in order to complete his return to normal world. After murdering his brother and disguising himself in his skin, he tries to rape his own niece Kristy. When he killed Julia by accident, he just tossed her aside to continue his hunt for Kristy. When he's taken by the Cenobites again, Frank languishes in a private hell and sends Kirsty letters begging for help, pretending to be her father so she'll come to save him, solely so he can keep her as a Sex Slave.
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  • Julia Cotton is Kirsty's Wicked Stepmother who helped Frank accomplish his murders and was trying to help him rape her own adopted daughter Kristy. After she is revived, she gleefully drains people at a mental hospital of their life while relishing in their pain and suffering to restore herself. She feeds her rescuer Dr. Channard to her master to turn him into a Cenobite and tries to kill her stepdaughter and an innocent, mentally handicapped girl. When she encounters Frank again, she murders him by ripping his heart out.
  • In Hellbound, Dr. Philip Channard is a psychiatrist and head of the Channard Institute with an obsession with the occult, specifically Hell. Using his facility as the front for his studies, he has his patients solve the Lament Configuration, and observes them being taken by the Cenobites. When he gets his hands on the mattress Julia Cotton died on, Channard takes his patients to be sacrificed to complete Julia's resurrection. In return, Julia takes Channard to Hell where Leviathan looks into his mind, revealing that he would dissect animals as a child. Channard is turned into an abnormally chaotic Cenobite, at which point he drops his affable facade and revels in his sadistic side, proceeding to slaughter every living thing that crosses his path, including the other Cenobites when they stand against him. It's also discovered that Hell is beginning to cross over with Earth due to Channard giving his patients their own puzzle boxes.

Hellraiser: Deader

  • Winter LeMarchand is the mysterious, white-dressed leader of the Deaders. A descendant of Philip LeMarchand, Winter viewed himself as the rightful owner of the Lament Configuration, admiring the philosophy preached by the Cenobites. Incapable of opening the box on his own, Winter began attracting emotionally-vulnerable people to his cult with his nihilistic attitude and convincing them to commit suicide, reviving them with necromancy to be turned into his slaves. When a Deader loses faith in Winter, he punishes them by making their body rot while they are still conscious. Wanting to overthrow the Cenobites, Winter gets Amy Klein killed and makes her solve the Lament Configuration for him, intending on becoming the new ruler of Hell.

Comic Books

Clive Barker's Hellraiser
  • Arturo Velez, from issue #2's "The Vault", is a corrupt South American prison warden who enjoys abusing his power over life and death. After using his skills to assume the role of "Jefe of La Enfermidad", Velez turned the prison into a "strictly-modeled version of Hell, created on Earth, by one man", ruling the prison with an iron fist. When an inmate solved the Lament Configuration to escape from his torments, Velez forced captured revolutionaries to solve the box for him, executing them if they refused. Having been warned by his right-hand man to stop ordering unnecessary executions because the "mounting death rate" was attracting international forces, Velez beat and threatened him for not providing the right people. Torturing a revolutionary for days, Velez bludgeoned the man to death when he discovered that a substitute was coming to take over his position.
  • Edward Leverett, from issue #4's "Cenobite!", is a psychopath who believes that order is unnatural, giving him an excuse to commit crimes to satisfy his love for chaos. Growing up in a boarding school, Edward took pleasure in bullying another boy that he had been tasked to look after. Joining the army, Edward punished a deserter by pouring bleach on him and scrubbing his body with a wire brush. Recruited to be the leader of a battalion, Edward ignored a soldier in need of medical assistance and led his men to their death, resulting in a dishonorable discharge and a prison sentence of three years. Believing the Lament Configuration to be a portal to a world of pure chaos, Edward murdered his own wife shortly after solving it, just to prove that he wasn't "hooked on order".
  • The Stalker, from issue #14's "Later", written by Vincent Cecolini & C.J. Henderson, is a monstrous human wanting to become a Cenobite. Targeting women with anxiety issues, the Stalker would savagely beat and stalk them for a long period of time, doing this to numerous women for years and confessing that his actions made him happy because he could play women "like violins". Filling his room with pictures of women, the Stalker was responsible for the mental breakdown and suicide of most of his victims, claiming to be "providing a multitude of fodder souls" for the Leviathan. After solving the Lament Configuration, the Cenobites judged him unfit and agreed that he did not understand their philosophy at all, enjoying committing his crimes simply because he liked to be feared.

Clive Barker's Book of the Damned

  • Philip LeMarchand, the Architect of the Damned, is the remorseless, sociopathic creator of the Lament Configuration. A famous designer and an occultist, Philip gladly supported the Cenobites by becoming a prolific Serial Killer, constructing his boxes with human fat and bones, killing fourteen people just to make his first box; by the ninth box, Philip had already murdered thirty-seven people, and proceeded to kill countless more, including children. Fully knowing how the Lament Configuration worked, Philip sold them across Europe, causing multiple unsolved disappearances, with his own apprentice being among the first to go missing. Slowly losing his career because of infamy, Philip made a self-portrait with human fat, another portrait for his Cenobite accomplice, and solved one of his own boxes to better serve the Leviathan in Hell.

Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth comic book adaptation, by Peter Atkins et al.

  • Pinhead Unbound is given a different origin than that of the film, a demon that has existed well before it possessed Eliot Spencer and served as the black pope of Hell. After he and Eliot were separated, Pinhead was bound in a statue before being awakened and feeding on a woman seduced by JP Monroe. Offering Monroe a place at his right hand in rebelling against Leviathan and ruling his own Hell he'd make on Earth, Pinhead later tempts Monroe's ex-girlfriend into sacrificing him. Upon his freedom, Pinhead slaughters his way through Monroe's nightclub and turns some of his victims into his new army to cause murder and torment to those who cross them. Pinhead torments a priest for his faith, mockingly declaring himself "the way", and sets his sights on Joey Summerskill. He briefly tricks Joey with a vision of her father before stating his intent and attempt to personally torture Joey forever before he is forcibly rebonded to Spencer.


The Scarlet Gospels
  • The Hell Priest, better known as "Pinhead", is the result of Clive Barker wishing to strip the character of any redeeming qualities. The Hell Priest systematically exterminates the world's magicians or tortures them mentally, physically and sexually to death or until they are broken, mutilated slaves. This achieved, he exterminates the Cenobite Order of the Gash in order to lead a resurgent Hell under Lucifer's banner. When it turns out Lucifer himself despises these plans and has no intention of trying to dominate the rest of creation, the Hell Priest steals his armor and attempts to kill Lucifer himself to unite Hell under his own power and subject everything that lives to the worst tortures he can devise.

Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell, by Paul Kane

  • Professor James Moriarty, having escaped to Hell itself, has contrived to become the new Engineer, the keeper of the Lament Configuration. Plotting a coup, Moriarty has many souls smuggled to him, torturing them physically and psychologically to twist them into Pseudo-Cenobites to serve him and expand Hell's dominion. Intending on capturing Sherlock Holmes, Moriarty horrifically tortures him to break him for good, showing him all his failures amidst the agony, all to satiate his ego and power.


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