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  • 7th Son: John Alpha kills his innocent clones and commits a cruel Mind Rape on his own mother. In order to drive up oil prices and make more money, he arranges for the nuking of Saudi Arabia. Alpha conscripts the homeless and less fortunate into an army as cannon fodder and tries to establish his own 4th Reich to reign over the world.
  • 30 Days of Night: Immortal Remains:
    • Bork Dela is a vicious, vampiric Serial Killer dubbed "the Headsman", who goes on a killing spree in Savannah, Georgia. He kills men and women alike—often in their own homes—leaving behind very little if any blood behind in the process, and always beheading his victims. While investigating the series of murders, Dane discovers a woman whom Dela had raped. It's revealed that prior to his turning, Dela was said to have been the one who introduced Hitler to the occult, and may have had a hand in his death. He had also been Vicente's bodyguard before Eben killed him. When Dane confronts him, he calls Dela out for his Fantastic Racism, and Dela retorts that Dane's sympathies for humans are like celebrating having once been apes. Later in the book, it's revealed that he has been supplying the rogue vampire Elder Enok, with blood. Ax-Crazy and bloodthirsty even by vampire standards, he cares nothing for the Masquerade enforced by the Elders, and his evil deeds cannot be even remotely justified by Transhuman Treachery or a need to survive.
    • Introduced towards the end of the same book, the aforementioned Enok is a dreaded rogue Elder who turned both Vicente and Lilith—whom is shown to be still very-much "alive", yet dismembered and incapacitated, and in Enok's captivity—thus being somewhat responsible for both the destruction of Barrow and the slaughter in Los Angeles, respectively. He dwells in a human slaughterhouse where people are rounded up, shot in the head, and their blood is drained into buckets to be fed upon like free samples, and plans to overthrow humans as the dominant species and reduce them to cattle, presumably to be farmed for their blood and slain in slaughterhouses like this across the globe. When Dane and Eben confront him, he sentences Dane, whom he considers a Category Traitor, to be killed by a horde of ravenous vampires while he tries to fight Eben—a Worthy Opponent in his eyes, to contrast with Dane—into submission, or kill him if he refuses. Malevolent and horrifically ambitious, Enok is by far—at least prior to Eben's Face–Heel Turn in the comic—the most terrible vampire in the series, Elder or not.
  • 1901, by Robert Conroy: Kaiser Wilhelm II, the inept-yet-lethal ruler of Imperial Germany, envies the British Empire's prestige. Desiring an overseas empire of his own, the Kaiser launches an invasion of New England, sparking a war with the United States that kills thousands. During the course of the war, the Kaiser orders German immigrants to America killed in mass executions, denouncing them as traitors; has New York City occupied and looted; destroys several important landmarks and has thousands of foreign vessels forcibly commandeered to help supply his army. Posing the demeanor of a sulking child, Kaiser Wilhelm II was so consumed by his insecurities he would risk anything, even war, to alleviate them.
  • Abarat: Mater Motley (successfully) brings about the end of all that is good by making a pact with beings whose whole purpose is to destroy. She releases untold millions of evil insects, and then burns the world with a massive deathship. She burned down her own house rendering her son blind and killing all but one of her 20 or so grandchildren. It turns out all of these acts were just For the Evulz and she's just that horrific of a person. Her abuse of Christopher Carrion for all his life, such as sewing his lips shut for mentioning the word love, is what turned him into a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.
  • Act of Love, by Joe R. Lansdale: The Houston Hacker, real name Phillip Barlowe is a depraved necrophiliac and cannibalistic serial killer who begins murdering young women in Houston, taking parts of them to cannibalize as well. After three such deaths, the Hacker is enraged the cops are hunting him and targets the hero Marv Hanson's teenage daughter, running her off the road and killing her boyfriend. He proceeds to use his civilian guise to convince Hanson his partner Joe Clarke is the Hacker, but does the same to Clarke as well, while murdering a reporter who got too close to the truth. along with the reporter's family. When Hanson is distracted, the Hacker takes the opportunity to attack Hanson's home, killing Clarke and the other cops there before planning to rape and kill Hanson's wife after he attempts to crucify her to the wall.
  • The Acts of Caine: Berne distinguishes himself from other assassins, like Caine, by being a stone cold psychopath, torturer and rapist. We first see his insanity manifest when he kills a nonhuman prostitute for absolutely no reason, and he relentlessly hounds Caine and his allies with murder on his mind. Berne kills any of Caine's allies that he can and, at one point, tries to rape a captive man as an interrogation tactic. At the end of the day, Berne's only goal is to kill whom he can and get away with it. He especially wants a fight with Caine to satisfy his bloodlust.
  • The Adversary Cycle: Rasalom is an ancient Evil Sorcerer who embraced a role as the champion of darkness in forgotten eons. Defeated by his Arch-Enemy Glaeken, Rasalom was sealed into an old keep in Europe until World War II. Posing as a vampire, Rasalom convinced a Jewish teacher to aid him in guise of being a Noble Demon fighting the Nazis. To gain power, Rasalom murdered the German soldiers and revived them as enslaved undead until Glaeken returns to destroy him. Surviving by binding his soul to an unborn baby decades later, Rasalom emerges to take the world itself: plunging the world into eternal night before driving human beings to insanity and murder while unleashing monsters that kill indiscriminately on the populace. Rasalom only spares the now elderly Glaeken's apartment solely because he wants Glaeken to see the world he loved burn before Rasalom kills him slow. He's also angry one of the humans nearly accidentally caused his host-mother to miscarry and plans a similar fate for him. Even in the dark world of the Repairman Jack and Adversary Cycle books, Rasalom stands unique as the greatest monster the saga has to offer.
  • Aeon 14: Stavros, from the Rika's Marauders novel Rika Redeemed, is the dictator of a relatively small empire in the Praesepe Cluster called the Politica. He drove the Oranians off their homeworld onto another location deeper in the system, turning their home in exile into a Vichy Earth in direct imitation of the ancient Romans and Nazis, something he says he's done elsewhere. He has also technologically and psychologically enslaved almost his entire military, including many combat cyborgs known as "mechs". In the book proper, when Silva, the mother of his heir by a one-night stand who was later turned into a mech, attempted to retrieve her daughter Amy, whom he beats, he captured her and enslaved her as Amy's bodyguard/pet, using her compliance chip to force her never to reveal that she is Amy's mother while encouraging Amy to address her as "Meat", a Fantastic Slur for mechs. When Rika, Silva's former subordinate, goes undercover in The Politica as a defector from her mercenary company, Stavros insists on installing a compliance chip in her as well. Rika is immune, but in order to maintain her cover is forced to play along with Stavros using the chip to make her perform a sexual act on him. Leslie, one of Rika's teammates, is captured during the mission and chipped as well. When Rika finally initiates the plan to liberate the mechs and kill Stavros, he resorts to using his own daughter Amy as a Human Shield. While other villains in the franchise have significantly higher body counts, few approach Stavros for sheer personal vileness.
  • After Midnight, by Richard Laymon: Steve, a Serial Rapist and Serial Killer, travels the US with his ally Milo, the two raping and killing as they go. Tiring of Milo always taking "first dibs" on the women, Steve sets him up to be killed by the novel's heroine Alice, and decides upon her as his next victim. Stalking Alice and murdering those in the vicinity, Steve eventually assaults and attempts to rape her, revealing he has another women held hostage. Steve reveals his intent to rape both of them and then force them to fight to the death for the "honor" of being his Sex Slave as he goes on a new rape and murder spree.
  • Airman: Sir Hugo Bonvilain is the Marshall of the Little Saltees who conspired to overthrow the king. A power-hungry megalomaniac, concerned about no one about himself, Bonvilain has killed, deceived, and manipulated his way to power. His first act was to assassinate both King Nick and Vigny, while making it appear they killed each other. However, when his ruse is discovered by Conor Broekhart, Bonvilain has Conor take the fall for Bonvilain's crimes and thrown in prison. Pulling a double deception, Bonvilain has Conor believe his family thinks of him as a criminal, while his family believes Conor to be dead and the boy in prison was the traitor who led to his death. While Conor spends the next few years in prison, Bonvilain takes the King's daughter under his wing as a "puppet queen". After his hold over Queen Isabella and Conor's family wanes, Bonvilain plans to murder this generation of the royal family and her followers too, aiming to poison them, while he partakes in a Self-Poisoning Gambit to stave off suspicion.
  • Alex Cross has faced many revolting criminals, but these stand out as the worst:
    • Kyle Craig, or The Mastermind, is a former FBI special agent and Alex Cross's Arch-Enemy. A violent individual since childhood, Kyle was responsible for multiple killings even before joining the FBI, including that of his own brother. As the Mastermind, Kyle perpetrates a series of bank robberies followed by murders in Roses Are Red, making sure to dispose of his accomplices, and raping the women he had hired post-mortem. While his partners at the FBI are busy investigating the murderous robbers, Kyle rapes and kills a woman in a home invasion, and then sets his eyes on Alex's girlfriend, committing the same crime with her and mutilating the body afterwards. Kyle calls Alex to inform him about the horrendous death of his girlfriend, just so he could hear his reaction. Realizing in Violets Are Blue that he has been exposed, Kyle attempts to kill Alex's partner and later a woman he had saved from another killer, but is arrested and sent to death row. Assuming the identity of his attorney in Double Cross, Kyle escapes and kills his mother, using her money to travel around the world and murder more people, including the judge who had sentenced him to death. Failing to kill Alex, Kyle returns years later in Cross Fire, this time posing as a FBI agent he had killed who had been assigned to work with Alex. Seeking to hurt Alex's loved ones, Kyle attempts to take his family hostage, and commits suicide upon defeat, dying in confusion to why Alex did not kill him. A merciless Serial Killer with an obsession for female bodies and being Alex's shadow, Kyle was one of the worst criminals Alex had to face in his career.
    • Gary Soneji, real name Gary Murphy, is one of Alex Cross's earliest and most personal foes. First appearing in Along Came a Spider, Soneji is a depraved killer who claims to have killed over 200 people, and starts the book by brutally murdering two black families, mutilating the women and even killing an infant. Longing to become the most infamous criminal mastermind in modern history, Soneji duplicates the Lindbergh baby case by abducting two private school children, fully intending on burying them alive while he disappears without a trace. Killing the FBI agent in charge of the case as well as a schoolteacher, Soneji has a breakdown after his plan goes awry, and takes a McDonald's restaurant hostage, killing an innocent man and a cop. Upon his capture, Soneji quickly plans his escape, and once he's free he attempts to murder Alex Cross's family for revenge. Returning once again in Cat and Mouse, Soneji, feeling he has nothing to lose due to contracting AIDS in prison, decides that the whole world deserves to be punished for his misfortunes, and goes on a cross-country killing spree, slaughtering innocent men, women, children, cops, and even his own wife; he leaves his young daughter alive, but tied up in his house's cellar to slowly die of starvation. When confronted by Cross yet again, Soneji takes a bus full of innocent people hostage with a bomb, and abducts a baby to ward off the cops before attempting to beat Cross to death for "ruining his life". A relentless and utterly unstable murderer who longs to top other killers in sheer brutality, Gary Soneji would stop at no limits to feed his pathological need for attention.
    • Geoffrey Shafer, known by law enforcement as the Weasel, is one of Cross's most personal enemies. A diplomatic staff member moonlighting as a Serial Killer, Shafer is playing a "game" with a few other men that he meet at the MI-6, who style themselves after The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, with Shafer playing the role of Death. He is introduced in Pop Goes the Weasel, when he finds a prostitute and brutally kills her. He then puts on blackface, goes out in a cab, picks up a woman and murders her. He later goes out again, finds a man, and kills him too. Shafer stalks George Bayer, who plays Famine in the "game", murders the women he solicited, and leaves the bodies in a compromising position. Realizing the police are on to him he goes south to Maryland and kills a mother and her teenage daughter. Shafer then targets DC Detective and Cross's love interest Patsy Hampton and brutally kills her. Cross arrests him, but evidence being inadmissible due to diplomatic immunity means he gets acquitted. Shafer then kidnaps Cross's fiancée Christine. He murders the other players of the "game". After a fight with Cross he apparently dies, but resurfaces in Europe and kill his wife. He reappears in London Bridges living in Brazil. Here he continues his murderous hobbies until The Wolf uses a streetwalker to draw him out, kidnap him, and get Shafer to work for him. Shafer bombs an army base, and then meets a sniper and has her kill the CIA Director. He later goes out and kill another prostitute. After that he goes and confronts his sister-in-law and children. He threatens them, asks them for a kiss, and when they refuse he only refrains from killing them because he states that he "does not have permission" to kill them.
    • Cross Country: Abidemi "The Tiger" Sowande is a nihilistic African warlord driven by his own amoral belief in committing atrocities For the Evulz. The leader of a large group of savage Child Soldiers, and an attack dog for corrupt members of the CIA, Tiger grabs Alex's attention by dismembering his ex-girlfriend and her entire family, children included. Having perpetrated countless gut-wrenching crimes with his minions, Tiger rapes and murders Alex's friend in front of him, but not before massacring her entire family for fun.
  • Alex Rider:
    • Scorpia: Julia Rothman is a executive board member of SCORPIA, who plans to make outrageous demands to Britain that will never be met, kill a high school of children when they are not met, and make the same demand to America with the same consequence knowing that they will meet them, and ultimately cause a war to erupt between the two countries. To demonstrate the weapon and show that she is not bluffing; she kills a completely separate group of high school football players without giving them a chance to be saved. She also manipulates Alex into joining Scorpia by getting him to think his father worked for them and was killed by MI-6 when it was the other way around. She was planning to betray and kill Alex in the end. In the Prequel Russian Roulette she executes an assassin for failure.
    • Snakehead: Major Winston Yu is another board member, as well as the leader of a ruthless Snakehead gang. He takes part in SCORPIA's plans to kill the members of a conference against poverty. His plan involves causing a tsunami and kill millions of people to make the deaths look like an accident, overshadow the deaths of the conference members with the deaths of millions, and to drum up sales for his Snakehead gang. When Yu captures Alex, he decides to have him slowly killed on a hospital bed as he removes his organs one by one; one organ a day until all that is left of him is a husk. This seems to be his preferred method of execution, since he has people killed in the same hospital, in the same way on a regular basis. Yu is so bad that his henchmen commit suicide before he can punish them for failure.
    • Scorpia Rising: Abdul-Aziz Al-Rahim, better known as just Razim, is another agent of SCORPIA, and is affiliated with them purely to slake his sadistic curiosities. A cold, unfeeling sociopath since his history of violence in his youth, Razim sold out his own parents and sister to Saddam Hussein before joining SCORPIA. Come his involvement in Operation Horseman, Razim plans to blackmail Britain into handing over the Elgin Marbles, or else defame the country by revealing the contents of the Horseman file, ultimately to assassinate the Prime Minister of England and throw the country into a war. Fascinated by pain, Razim routinely tortures countless innocents to death in perverse "experiments", in an attempt to create a measurement for pain, initially claiming it for the sake of science but likely simply to amuse himself more than anything. When Razim captures Alex, Razim forces him to watch his mentor and guardian Jack Starbright blown up—in truth handing her off to the Grimaldi twins but keeping the emotional stab to Alex all the same, while casually adding the boy's emotional pain was so great, he may have to create a second measurement. From there on, Razim tries to have the US Secretary of State assassinated, framing Alex so that he'll be shot dead. Lacking the scale of previous antagonists but trumping all of them in sheer, frightening sadism, Razim makes his mark even in the dark world of Alex Rider as Alex's most personal foe.
  • Alex Van Helsing series, by Jason Henderson: The Icemaker, true identity Lord Byron, is a vicious vampire clan lord, and is bad even by their standards. Formerly a narcissistic poet who abused his lover Claire Clairmont and abandoned their young daughter Allegra to die, Byron became a high-ranking member of the vampire organization, the Scholomance, and seeks to bring about humanity's downfall and allow the undead to claim the earth. Noted for his excessive bloodlust and slaughtering entire communities, the Icemaker's ultimate ambition is to revive Claire to rule as his queen, motivated primarily by obsession rather than true love. It is later revealed that the psychopathic vampire Elle is his daughter, and that Icemaker had her kidnapped from her foster father Polidori and converted into a vampire, traumatizing her so much that she repressed all memories of her childhood. When this is revealed to Elle, Icemaker immediately abandons her once more, leaving her a broken wreck.
  • Alex Verus:
    • Vitus Aubuchon, an old mage and the heir of the Aubuchon family, has survived centuries by using dark magic to harvest the blood of victims to preserve his own life. Vitus has preyed primarily on children, abducting them into his ancestral home and cutting their throats to get to their blood before storing their bones like trophies. In the present, Vitus has realized the magic is no longer working for him as it once did, and instead switches to abducting magic apprentices for their blood with one such disappearance prompting the attention of Alex and his friends. When they make their way into Vitus's home, Vitus promptly attempts to slaughter everyone inside.
    • Vihaela is the true leader of the White Rose organization, a series of mage-run brothels. Vihaela has women and children abducted to serve as prostitutes with many of them having their minds forcibly altered to make them more docile. Others who resemble celebrities are physically altered and then mentally forced to service any fantasy of the client. Vihaela also runs the brothels on a "points" system, with whoever fails a task or displeases a client obtaining a point. At the end of the month, the one with the most points is sent to Vihaela's laboratory and never returns. Upon being discovered, Vihaela promptly betrays her associates and sacrifices an innocent woman made to look like her in order to escape.
  • The Algebraist, by Iain Banks: The Archimandrite Luseferous is a gleeful sadist with a love for hurting others and lust to be feared and hated above all else. Having risen through the ranks of the military after sentencing his own father to death, Luseferous founded the "Starveling Cult", a militaristic group of barbarians who Rape, Pillage, and Burn entire planets at their leisure, all as part of Luseferous's quest for galactic domination. In his downtime, Luseferous enjoys perfecting styles of torture, such as keeping one of his foes' heads around as a sentient punching bag, killing an assassin by making his teeth grow until they pierce his brain, and raping entire harems of women, taking sick pleasure from their utter loathing of him. While invading the Ulubis system, Luseferous displays his utter joy over a huge body count by first blowing up an entire city, then later destroying the life supports systems of a Habitat, leading 80,000 people to be sucked into the vacuum of space. Once arriving at Ulubis's capital planet, Luseferous first reveals that, for every second it doesn't surrender, he will fire a man, woman, or even child prisoner of his into space to die, then follows it up by unveiling hundreds of Ulubis children he kidnapped from a field trip, promising to start executing them randomly until he gets what he wants. When reinforcements arrive to drive Luseferous away, he orders all the children slaughtered and the remaining 20,000 prisoners dumped into space, before attempting to flee the entire war effort, leaving behind orders to firebomb billions of innocents just as a last spiteful move. Luseferous was an irredeemable beast, with nary a likable or sympathetic quality about him, just horrific cruelty.
  • Altered Carbon: Reileen Kawahawa is a "Methuselah", or "Meth"—a long-living human in an age when people can achieve mental immortality through the storing of their memories. Starting her career as a young gang member in Fission City who forced people to drink contaminated water or see their families tortured, Kawahara eventually rose to the top by torture and murder. Running a virtual prostitution ring, Kawahawa has people indulge their sick fantasies before allowing them to do the same to a living woman, making certain they are women who will die permanently. When one of her fellow Meths, wealthy businessman Laurens Bancroft, refuses to assist her, Kawahara has him drugged so he will murder the next prostitute he's with to put him under Kawahara's thumb. To force the hero, Takeshi Kovacs, to assist her in framing a former associate of hers for the crime, Kawahara threatens to put Kovacs's girlfriend into virtual torture and later decides to try to do the same to Kovacs himself for all eternity.
  • American Psycho: Patrick Bateman is a despicable and narcissistic psychopath who moonlights as a horrific mass murderer while keeping up his public image as a stock broker. Bateman's career of torture and murder having started for no discernible reason, his most frequent act of depravity is luring women to his apartment, then brutally raping and butchering them in the most horrifying ways he can imagine. Be it nailing them to the floor, lopping their heads off, or bisecting them with a chainsaw, Bateman indulges in every act of sick cruelty he can muster, and even delves into cannibalizing his victims. Bateman's evil is so petty and unpredictable that he disembowels vagrants after giving them pep talks, takes an axe to one of his associates for, among other slights, having a better business card than him, and tortures defenseless animals. One of his crowning moments of vileness comes when Bateman slashes a child's throat, then pretends to be a doctor trying to save him, just to see how it feels, quickly deciding it isn't as fulfilling as killing someone who has lived a full life and thus loses more when he ends them. After going on a slaughter spree throughout his city, gunning down everyone he sees, Bateman comes to the conclusion that he is completely and totally wicked with no capability of care or compassion for others. Though the idea that some of his crimes were imagined by him is implied, Bateman's character is nevertheless pure evil. Driven by his sadism and pathological desire to be important, Patrick Bateman fully earns the various terms he is referred to as: an inhuman, a ghoul, and a monster.
  • Angelmaker: Shem Shem Tsiem, or the Opium Khan, was born a Prince during the twentieth century and quickly moved to have all his family members he could hunt down with a claim to the throne drugged and burned alive. Choking his surviving nephew to death to seal his claim to the kingdom, Shem Shem Tsiem commits so many atrocities against his people that they flee in terror to the surrounding woods, and forcibly focuses all agricultural production on producing opium to avariciously conquer the world market. To stroke his own ego, Shem Shem Tsiem tortures an archbishop into insanity, leaving him reduced to a barking animal to proclaim his divinity. To spite his own mother and her love of elephants, Shem Shem Tsiem sadistically creates a worldwide poaching ring to have them killed for sport, much to her torment, later cutting out her tongue and decapitating her to put her head on a spike. Under the alias "Brother Sheamus", Shem Shem Tsiem takes over Edie Bannister's former organization, the Ruskinites, and savagely corrupts them, creating minions by brainwashing and destroying the minds of countless people, including young orphans. Ultimately dreaming of turning the whole world into a mass of lobotomized, obedient slaves and extensions of himself, Shem Shem Tsiem uploads his mind into Vaughn Parry to live forever as an unquestioned God. Facing off against Edie in present day, Shem Shem Tsiem has her ally, Joe Spork, sent to an asylum in the hopes of breaking him for information and than turning him one of his mindless minions. An utter monster embodying the most narcissistic of god complexes, Shem Shem Tsiem cements his position as Edie's Arch-Enemy.
  • Animal Farm: Napoleon seems like a benevolent revolutionist at first, trying to make Old Major's dream a reality, but it quickly becomes clear that he is just a selfish, power-hungry tyrant, who cares not one bit about his fellow animals. He starts by rationing food exclusively for him and the other pigs, and secretly forms his own private squadron of attack dogs, by abducting all the newborn puppies from their parents and raising them to be fully obedient to him. Later he backstabs his ally Snowball—explicitly having the dogs kill him in the 1954 Animated Adaptation—and frames him for every wrong happening on the farm, while continuing to manipulate everyone into worshiping him and mercilessly sentencing everyone to death who shows the tiniest sign of resistance. Merely in order to buy himself more alcohol, he sells the completely loyal, and extremely hard-working, horse Boxer to the knacker after he got sick. He justifies his actions by having Squealer constantly alter the law, and the past, to fit them. After a few years and a whole lot of more horrendous crimes, the other animals can barely tell him and the other pigs apart from the humans, whose reign they so desperately tried to escape.
  • Animorphs: In a series full of shades of grey and with a theme of War Is Hell, a select few stand out as truly monstrous and evil individuals.
    • Esplin 9466 (the greater), better known to the cast as Visser Three. The only Andalite-Controller in existence, Visser Three is the sole Yeerk with the power to morph. In his first appearance in the series, he morphs into a horrific monster and eats Prince Elfangor alive, firmly establishing his characterisation for the rest of the series. A low-functioning sociopath with a Hair-Trigger Temper, Visser Three takes every opportunity he can to kill people, by personally decapitating his subordinates and their hosts left, right, and centre. He repeatedly eats those he dislikes, and outrages other Yeerks when he morphs a Yeerkbane, one of their few natural predators, and uses it to devour subordinates who have failed him. As the commander of the invasion of Earth, Visser Three cares nothing for casualties and is willing to write off thousands of his own Yeerks rather than negotiate. He is the worst boss in the series, and no matter how awful things got, always gave the Animorphs the most nightmares.
    • Crayak is an alien and member of The Highest Powers who acts as the series' God of Evil. A nearly omnipotent Social Darwinist, Crayak seeks to create a universe ruled by one species and one species alone. To that end, Crayak engineered the Howlers, a race of psychopathic child soldiers who think that killing is a game, and used them to gruesomely exterminate countless species, including the pacifistic Pemalites and Graffen's Children. In order to ensure that the Howlers' Hive Mind is never contaminated by memories of defeat, Crayak obliterates any Howlers who fail him; he also destroys any Howlers who realise that their victims are people too. Not content with having created one of the most feared races in the galaxy, Crayak also lends his godlike might to other vicious species, secretly backing the Yeerks and other would-be galactic conquerors; he plans, for example, to have the Yeerks enslave humanity, only to then be wiped out by the Howlers. In a series filled with shades of grey, Crayak was as close to pure, unadulterated evil as one was likely to get.
    • Subvisser Fifty-one, also known by her host's name, "Taylor", is a cruel Yeerk. Infesting the mentally ill girl, Taylor becomes an angry monster who serves as Visser Three's Torture Technician. Using a device that tampers with the pain and pleasure centers of the brain, Taylor captures Tobias and makes him relive the worst moments of his life and inserts agony to the recollections of his best memories. Returning months later after Tobias is rescued, Taylor reveals she severed her mental link with her host, regaining her sanity but not an ounce of morality. Taylor manipulates the Animorphs into helping her kill Visser Three, taunting Tobias about the suffering she put him through, hoping to provoking him into attacking her so she has an excuse to hurt him more. Revealing that her actual plan is to kill thousands of her fellow Yeerks, Taylor intends to pin the blame of her attack on the Yeerk Peace Faction.
  • Anna Dressed in Blood & Girl of Nightmares: The Obeahman is a voodoo ghost/demon hybrid who takes large chunks out of his victims. His first known victim is Cas Lowood's father, who was killed when Cas was only seven years old, leaving the latter traumatized and suffering nightmares. Ten years later, the Obeahman returns, killing three more victims. He had been following the Lowoods since murdering Cas's father, eventually killing their cat Tybalt as well. As Cas and his friends fight him, Anna pulls off a Heroic Sacrifice by opening a portal to Hell and dragging the Obeahman down with her. A year later, Cas discovers that, while both are in hell, the Obeahman has been torturing Anna the whole time. When Cas and another girl, Jestine, make their way to a part of Hell, they find that the Obeahman had transformed into a spider-like creature that had linked Anna to it, sewing Anna's eyes and mouth shut before harvesting her. While fighting the creature, Cas recognized other nearby ghosts—some innocent—and realizes that the Obeahman had been haunting his athame, and has been feeding off these spirits.
  • The Anubis Gates: Horrabin is a servant of the Master and a chillingly evil Monster Clown who rules over the beggars and outcasts of London. Horrabin disfigures them so they'll bring in extra revenue from the begging. Those he mutilates too much, his "mistakes," he locks in his sewer lair. These include his own father who he routinely torments and threatens to visit worse cruelties on. Horrabin uses his network to murder those who cross him or that he sees as a potential problem. Throughout the whole novel, Horrabin is a sadist and a fiend who is evil on a level none of his compatriots can match.
  • Armageddon Force: Dr. Edgar Malbarn, an utterly psychotic sadist, runs the Carvina Cooperation, an organization which takes wounded soldiers off of battlefields and conducts fiendish, torturous experiments on them. Malbarn, using only enough anesthesia to prevent Carvina victim Jon Heck from passing out, replaces Jon's blown-off arms with mechanical ones. Much to Jon's disgust, Malbarn plans to make Jon head of Malbarn's brainwashed army, which will spread chaos throughout the world. All the while, Malbarn taunts Jon, and lashes out when he gets angry, torturing him even beyond the experiments. Once Jon is rescued, both he and fellow Carvina victim Yui Shinozaki are haunted by nightmares of Malbarn, which continue even after Jon kills Malbarn.
  • Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl and Holly Short have faced various deadly foes with these being the worst:
    • Opal Koboi is a genius pixie who desires to become "empress of the world". Opal before the series became head of her father's company by driving him insane and having him and her mother locked in an insane asylum. Organizing the Goblin rebellion alongside Briar Cudgeon, Opal took advantage of their violent nature to cause an uprising, while all along planning to betray them. To escape prison after being arrested, Opal creates a clone, not caring it will die easily and cannot think for itself, allowing her to manipulate it. Killing Holly's mentor, Julius Root, by having a bomb strapped to him and then cruelly tricking Holly into detonating it, Opal then frames her for it and Mind Rapes a kind-hearted humanitarian, forcing him to send a probe into the Earth and reveal the Faerie people, hoping to cause a war behind humans and Faeries. Opal is also revealed to have experimented on and killed endangered animals to make herself more powerful. In the final book, Opal murders her own past version of herself when the past version of her was trying to free the present Opal from prison, which causes all products produced by her company to explode, with planes crashing and global communications cutting off. Finally, Opal manipulates the ghosts of dead Faeries to Kill All Humans and take over the surface world. A thoroughly childish woman dedicated to getting whatever she wants regardless of innocent lives lost, Opal is Artemis's greatest and most evil enemy.
    • Lost Colony: The demon Leon Abbot, real name N'Zall, was a bellicose proponent of demonkind's war with mankind even when it meant certain extinction for their race. Sabotaging a ritual by the demonic warlocks to save their people to kill the warlocks, Abbot returns to the demons, pretending to be a savior while brainwashing the masses into thinking they were resuming their war with humanity, with Abbot instead using it as a ruse to keep them under his control. Savagely torturing any who show opposition to his power, Abbot remains apathetic even when Artemis and his allies reveal that Abbot's methods will lead to the destruction of his dimension. Causing the extinction of his people before time is reversed, Abbot again tries to kill the heroes even after being brought back to life, endlessly bitter and power-hungry.
  • The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga: Thrane, aka Hemlock—"like the poison"—is a vicious vampire warlord whose body count exceeds the other villains. One of the oldest of his kind in the world, Thrane was a barbarian warrior in life and never outgrew that attitude in undeath; he believes that vampires, being stronger than humans, have the right to rule over them, and that Thrane himself should rule the vampires. In a setting where many vampires try to live in some degree of harmony with the living, Thrane openly flouts such ideas by keeping pens of human slaves he feeds on like livestock, and even "favored" mortal minions get treated like dirt at his whim. Vampires who disagree with him are treated no better; at one point Thrane casually decapitates a potentially ally for daring to ask what benefit he might get from their alliance. Adding to his crimes, many characters believe that Thrane was responsible for the Great Fire, a catastrophe near the beginning of the series that destroyed most magic and caused the near-total collapse of civilization on at least three continents, and in the aftermath he further provoked the chaos by backing various brutal warlords; all in the name of tearing down human rule to place vampires on top, and himself as ruler of vampires. In the end, the other vampire elders and human heroes unearth a forbidden weapon capable of slaying a vampire elder and all his brood for the sole purpose of putting Thrane down for good.
  • Ash Princess trilogy, by Laura Sebastian: Kaiser Corbinian, ruler of the Kalovaxians, invades the kingdom of Astrea where he kills the Queen and keeps her daughter Theodosia as a slave and trophy to humiliate her. Running his regime on ethnic cleansing, torture and execution, Corbinian forces Theodosia to watch would-be rebels tortured and executed, including her own father, while threatening a little girl with the most agonizing poison alive. Murdering his own wife to marry Theo himself, it is revealed Corbinian slaughtered her family and people on their wedding day, forcing her to bear him his son Soren. Corbinian is an abusive Serial Rapist, with the women he takes a fancy to eventually looking like they've had the life drained from them after so long with him. Representing the worst of the Kalovaxians, Corbinian is a sadistic bully out for his own glory, with no care if even his own son dies in the process.
  • Asian Saga: Most of the books heavily feature a Gray and Gray Morality, and the majority of the antagonists are well rounded and semi-sympathetic, but Gorth from Tai-Pan is one of the exceptions, being a brutal sexual sadist who, unlike his father, has no sense of honour whatsoever. Gorth enjoys hurting or assaulting others and clearly enjoys their pain. In order to hurt his enemy of the Struan family, he tries arranging for his son to be drugged and bedded by a prostitute with syphilis which was completely incurable in those days and a very, very horrible way to go.
  • Ask the Bones anthology: In the title story, the man with cruel eyes is a Serial Killer who targets boys. He takes them in as servants, forces them to kill and skin a bull, takes them to the mountains, wraps them in the bull's skin, waits for a giant bird to grab them, tells them to give him rubies, and then leaves them to die. He attempts this with Yusef, but Yusef escapes. Not recognizing him through his bruised face, the cruel-eyed man takes him in again and tries to repeat his usual process. He is outraged when Yusef asks him to show him how to lie on the skin, and tries to attack him.
  • Assassin's Creed: Forsaken:
    • Reginald Birch is also the Greater-Scope Villain of the Kenway Saga. Initially a friend to Edward Kenway, when the latter's daughter, Jennifer Scott, exposes Birch to her father as not only a Templar of the British Rite but also their Grand Master, he sends mercenaries to the Kenway manor to murder Edward Kenway, and kidnap Jennifer to be sold as a Sex Slave to Turkish slavers, all while framing a innocent servant for the crime. He then takes in Edward's son Haytham, only so he could manipulate him into becoming a killer as well as a Knight Templar fanatic. From there he has Haytham kill many people, including the opposing Assassins. He even has a fellow Templar tortured and castrated when he got in the way of his plans. He also has Haytham uncover technology from the First Civilization, knowing full well the kind of destruction that they bring, all so he could use them to rule the world, even sending the below-mentioned Edward Braddock to help him. When Haytham finds where Jennifer is being captive as well as Birch being the true culprit behind his father's murder, Birch tries to have Haytham killed along with Jennifer. In his last moments Birch tries to pass himself off as well-intentioned, but Haytham can see right through him as nothing more than a self-deluded madman only using the Templar ideology as an excuse to claim more power for himself.
    • General Edward Braddock, known as "The Bulldog", is a fellow Templar. Presented as an ally of Haytham, it was revealed that he helped the aforementioned Reginald Birch cover up the Kenway mansion raid while pretending to investigate it. He later took part in the siege of Bergen op Zoom against the French Army, and when he was retreating a man asked if he and his family could come with him. When the man calls him craven when Braddock doesn't allow this, Braddock has him and his family killed, children included. When Birch assigns him and Haytham to various parts of the world to uncover First Civilization technology, the former only questions Reginald's obsession when it meant his own life and position might be at stake; it doesn't detract from his cruelty during their search, as he continued to kill numerous people, not just his enemies, but also his allies and the innocent, much to Haytham's shock. During the Seven Years' War, Braddock oversees the annihilation of many French camps, and when one of them tries to offer a truce, he ignores it has order his men to kill them all, causing needless deaths on both sides of the field. He also has destroyed many uninvolved Native American tribes, solely to fuel his sadism. When he believes one of his men to be insubordinate, he kills him, something he has done many times before. When one of the tribes, with the help of Haytham, ambushes him and his men, he leaves them for dead, while trying to escape.
  • Asshole Yakuza Boyfriend: Kawada is regarded as monstrous even amongst his fellow Yakuza, and almost all of the other villains in the book eventually turn on him, usually out of disgust. In addition to being an admitted and proud sadist and murderer, he's also the mastermind behind both a dog-fighting operation and a human trafficking operation. He has a penchant for disgusting and elaborate punishments, and is adept at psychologically manipulating his victims with threats of rape or the needlessly cruel murder of their loved ones; for example, he threatens to road-haul Rose's ex-boyfriend and leave the remains in her bed while she sleeps. He also considers women to be "meat," and treats them as such, up to and including preparing to eat Mina.
  • Azincourt: Sir Martin is a corrupt priest and member of a clan of abusive backwoods hicks. He abuses his position as priest, telling women that the Bible requires them to get naked in front of him, then rapes them, and if their husbands complain, murders them. He tries to kill the main character, Nick Hook, and when Nick hits back, runs to the local lord to whine about how Nick struck a priest. He later frames Nick's handicapped brother for stealing so that King Henry will hang him, and makes repeated attempts to get Nick in trouble with the rest of the army for "living in sin with a Frenchwoman"; what he's really upset about is that he wanted to rape Nick's eventual wife himself and Nick got in the way. Finally, when the fighting at Agincourt is at its heaviest, Sir Martin decides the battle is lost, and sneaks off to rape Nick's wife while everyone else is busy, leaving his cousins, brothers, and bastard sons (he's got a few) to what he believes is their certain death.

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  • Baal, by Robert R. McCammon: Jeffrey Harper Raines is a Creepy Child who takes the name Baal. Revealed to be the demon Baal himself who possessed his "mother" after having her raped and impregnated, Baal engineers the death of her husband at her own hands to "protect" him, and later runs the orphanages he's sent to as a tyrant, resulting in massive amounts of deaths of children and staff. As an adult, Baal reigns over a number of cults, causing violence, sexual depravity and deaths before engineering an assassination attempt on himself via a Jewish man, fomenting violence against Jews. Baal is revealed to be the ancient demon who, along with his master Satan, turned the demons against God and set himself up as a God to ancient civilizations where he commanded horrific atrocities. After the Jewish tribes destroyed his kingdom, Baal maintained a grudge ever since and desires to plunge the world into bloodshed and slaughter while also exterminating every Jew alive, before releasing Satan again to rule the world forever, with humanity suffering for all eternity or giving into their darkest impulses.
  • Balthazar: John Redgrave is a cruel and ancient vampire known for bringing out the worst in his followers. In the seventeenth century, when the title character discovers Redgrave's obsession with his young sister, Charity, Redgrave takes revenge on the family by killing them all except the siblings, then torturing Balthazar for days before turning him into a vampire. Forcing Balthazar to choose between turning either his Love Interest or Charity into a vampire, Redgrave murders Balthazar's beloved in response to him reluctantly vampirising his sister and forces Charity to become his lover while molding her into a vicious monster. After tormenting Balthazar throughout the ages, Redgrave discovers a psychic girl in the modern day whose blood makes vampires relive their most ecstatic memories and plans to constantly drain her blood to create an army of euphorically inebriated vampires for himself. Sending hundreds of vampires to attack her town, Redgrave Mind Rapes Balthazar with visions of his past pain when he tries to stop him.
  • The Barrow, by Mark Smylie: Seemingly Lovable Rogue Gilgwyr and Leigh are both members of The Nameless Cults that worship the dark Forbidden Gods. Manipulating the novel's main character Stjepan and their companions into locating the titular Barrow and entering it, Leigh and Gilgwyr proceed to kill almost everyone in the adventuring party while leaving the corpses for flesh eating Ghuls. Gilgwyr personally leaves two to be eaten alive. The motivation of the the two is to resurrect the monstrous, cannibalistic tyrant Azharad, buried deep in the barrow, so that he can proceed to raze the world. Leigh is driven by revenge against the mages who ejected him from their fellowship, as well as greed, while Gilgwyr is simply enjoying himself. The two also ritualistically torture and murder women, including the handmaiden of Azharad's chosen bride, before intending to offer Stjepan's flesh and soul for Azharad's appetites. Leigh tricks Gilgwyr and instead makes him Azharad's meal before going on with the ritual while ranting about the power he will obtain.
  • Battle Royale: Kinpatsu Sakamochi is the sadistic director of the Survival Program, and a Professional Butt-Kisser and Psycho Supporter of the Government. Willing to hurt anybody that stands in his way, he murders Mr. Hayashida, Class 3-B's teacher, for protesting the Survival Program. To show that he means business, he displays his corpse to the class. During the briefing on the Program, he casually tells the students that some of their parents died trying to stop him. When Yoshitoki Kuninobu asks what happened to he and Shuya's caretaker at the orphanage, he brags about raping her, which sets off Yoshitoki and prompts Sakamochi to kill him. To really twist the knife, he reveals that he was lying about raping the caretaker just to piss Yoshitoki off and give him an excuse to kill somebody. He later then throws a knife at another student just for whispering, and shoots Noriko in the leg for protesting his actions. He takes joy in dashing the hopes of the students competing, such as when Megumi tried to call her parents, only for Sakamochi to intercept the call and taunt her. Throughout the game, he'd make snarky comments at the expense of the dead students. At the end of the book, he reveals that he has children of his own, but would gladly sacrifice them in the Program to boost his own reputation. He even made sure to brainwash his kids into accepting that fate. He then learns that Shogo managed to disable Shuya and Noriko's collars, leading him to fatally shoot Shogo before meeting his own demise.
  • Battlecry: Patrick Campbell, better known as Atropos, presents as a heroic, daring hero for the tabloids. In truth, Patrick violently abuses his teammates and keeps most of the money for himself, while loathing all ideals of heroism. When heroine Jill flees with others, Patrick tries to hunt them down, trying to rape another heroine named Ember. Finally succumbing to pure villainy, Patrick tries to draw them out by attacking a high school, killing hundreds of innocents, slaughtering multiple people in the walls and keeps the rest hostage. Deciding he's happy being the villain, Patrick burns the school, killing hundreds there, before trying to murder his old teammates.
  • Behind Closed Doors, by B. A. Paris: Jack Angel is a fear-loving sadist who wants nothing more than a perfect slave to torment. Having taken advantage of his father's abusive nature to abuse his mother, Angel eventually beat his mother to death and framed his father for the crime. Becoming a defense attorney for battered women solely to soak in their pain and terror, Angel eventually romances Grace Harrington to get access to her challenged teenage sister Millie. After turning Grace into his abused wife who he tortures and starves at every turn, Angel reveals his plans to fake Millie's death and lock her in a horrifying room for the rest of her life so he can bask in her agony until he gets bored of her, and he "tests" this room out by throwing Grace's dog inside and leaving him to starve. In the end, Angel plans to murder Grace and Millie's parents, then keep the sisters as his slaves to torment to his content, taking sick glee in the fact that he'll be able to enjoy both of their pain as he forces one to watch the other be tortured.
  • The Belgariad:
    • Magician's Gambit: Ctuchik is High Priest of the Grolims, and chief disciple of Torak, ruling Cthol Murgos in Torak's stead after the god was left comatose. Completely uninterested in awakening Torak, Ctuchik nevertheless keeps Grolim rituals of Human Sacrifice going for five hundred years, sacrificing untold thousands of slaves to a god he does not even worship in order to cement his control over the priesthood. Pursuing his own agenda, Ctuchik aims to Take Over the World in order to satiate his lust for power, and maintains a private torture chamber for his own amusement.
    • The Malloreon:
  • Belisarius Series: Venandakatra the Vile is the first cousin of the Emperor of the Malwa and a depraved hedonistic sadist, hated even among the other Malwa. Venandakatra's tactics involve throwing his soldiers at the enemy until the enemy runs out of defenses before he runs out of men, and when he takes a city he subjects it to horrific massacres, with women taken as spoils and civilians massacred in huge numbers, often by his favorite execution method, impalement on short stakes. When he and Belisarius conquer one city, Venandakatra has a rebel leader with his family brought to Belisarius for rape and torture; Belisarius has them killed swiftly to spare them the fate. Venandakatra is also a pedophile who brutalizes little girls he inducts into his harem, requiring frequent replacements when he kills them, disgusting even the Malwa spymaster Nanda Lal. When he is placed in charge of a section of the empire, Venandakatra's excesses eventually drive it into open revolt. When his chief holding is under siege, Venandakatra has a commander who contradicts him blasted out of a cannon and forces his slaves to carry him to his palace, threatening to impale him should even one of them stumble. When they delay in getting him to safety, he orders them impaled on the spot, only to find out his troops have deserted him, leaving him to the mercies of his greatest enemy.
  • Beware! by Richard Laymon:
    • Laveda is a tyrannical cult leader with mystic powers who seduces and brainwashes people into joining her cult. Laveda regularly performs sacrifices of followers and captives, drinking their blood for the power. Desiring to spread her influence, Laveda has influential public figures and innocent people in her way assassinated, eventually planning to kill the President and throw the US into chaos to allow her cult to spread through all aspects of society. When one of her followers is taken to a de-programming specialist, Laveda has the doctor murdered and sets on the trail of the heroes who have taken her former assassin captive. Planning to kill them all regardless of giving up said assassin, Laveda tortures the novel's heroine with a chain whip, relishing and even getting aroused by the pain she's causing.
    • Sam Hoffman, formerly Laveda's chief assassin, was a thug who raped his teacher and became a rapist and Serial Killer. Recruited by Laveda, Hoffman was turned invisible and began murdering high profile targets for her. Finally splitting from the group after killing and raping—in that order—one of Laveda's favorite women, Hoffman returned to his hometown, killed his parents and raped a previous object of his lust named Lacey. Hoffman follows her to a hotel where he kills multiple people before being taken hostage by the heroes and reveals he knows about Laveda. Biding his time while pretending to cooperate, Hoffman escapes and rapes Lacey again, also assaulting another woman in the group before being subdued and meeting his end at Laveda's hands—not because she cared about the woman she killed, but only because he betrayed her—as the house the two are in is incinerated.
  • BioShock: Rapture: The novel-exclusive Pat Cavendish is a constable for Rapture who uses his position to abuse and bully anyone he wants. Cavendish routinely brutalizes and tortures prisoners of Rapture, regardless of their level of guilt, and is the most trigger-happy constable in the city, always wearing a grin while gunning down suspects. Seeking to line his pockets with extra cash, Cavendish begins kidnapping citizens and handing them off to Sander Cohen to be nightmarishly murdered, and also kidnaps young girls to sell them to Dr. Yi Suchong to be experimented on. When sent to capture Bill McDonagh for execution, Cavendish gleefully plans to take in the man's wife and daughter as well just because he can, and attempts to gun down one of his fellow constables when the man tries to show mercy to Bill's family.
  • Black & Orange, by Benjamin Kane Ethridge: Chaplain Cloth is the mysterious, not-quite-human head of the Church of Midnight, having established annual sacrifice of those who bear the "Heart of the Harvest" unfailingly for thousands of years, all in a bid to fuse the real world and the Old Domain to unite the Churches of the two worlds. Cloth regularly possesses people in the real world to burn out their minds so he may take over their bodies, overseeing his minions as they butcher the Nomads who try and stop his affairs, eventually chasing after his intended sacrifices—quadruplet infants who all bear the Heart—when they elude him, driving a bar full of people to kill themselves and cruelly killing one of the lead Nomads himself.
  • The Black Angel:
    • Garcia, the latest recruit of the Believers, is a Serial Killer with a habit of kidnapping prostitutes, murdering them, and then using their bones for art projects - including the twisted sculpture of the Black Angel itself. It's also implied that before coming to America, he did even worse.
    • Brightwell is the immortal second-in-command of the Believers, who assists Garcia in the worst of his exploits while also going about much of the Black Angel's dirty work across the centuries: murder, torture, brutal assaults upon defenseless monks and a host of other offenses. For good measure, he has a nasty habit of consuming the souls of his victims and adding them to "the great chorus within..."
  • Black Blade: Victor Draconi is the sadistic head of the Draconi family and heroine Lila Sterling's Arch-Enemy. As a teenager, Victor attempted to lead the Draconi to annihilate the city's ruling families before being stopped by Lila's mother, Serena. Becoming a vicious murderer and torturer, Victor kills his enemies to take their abilities as his own and other the years tortures to death both of Lila's parents. His own family fairing no better, Victor keeps his wife and daughter around for their powers and regularly threatens and abuses them, with his wife beaten and starved. Attempting to take over the city by bloodbath with the power of the titular Black Blades, Victor responds to being foiled by massacring members of the Sinclair family before taking their matriarch hostage to torture. When Lila herself is captured by him, he has her electrically tortured before attempting to feed her to the same venomous snakes he used to kill her father as a dark form of irony for himself.
  • The Black Company:
    • The Dominator is the true Big Bad of The Books of the North. Once a powerful sorcerer, the Dominator began to crave the power to bring destruction to all he saw fit, and kicked off his tyrannical rule by slaughtering his own hometown. Upon establishing the Domination by forcing ten evil wizards into his servitude as his "Taken," the Dominator turned the lands into a horrific era where entire kingdoms were raped, pillaged and burned at the Dominator's whim. Though locked away in the Barrowlands for his crimes, and later left to rot in them when his wife, the Lady, and Taken escape, the Dominator reaches out and begins corrupting the rebel forces against the Lady's growing empire, and kickstarts a bloody slaughter of a war that ends with a quarter of a million people dead. After failing to use the life-devouring Black Castle to aid his escape, the Dominator attempts to spread dozens of the stones that build the Castle throughout the world to kill countless people and enable his freedom. When finally blasting his way out of confinement, the Dominator butchers all in his path on his way to the Lady, planning to murder her for leaving him in the Barrowlands before restarting his horrific Domination and plunging the world into a hellish nightmare of agony and death for all.
    • The Taken known as the Limper is a vicious Evil Sorcerer and the evilest of the Taken, with malice and sadism matching even the Dominator himself. Ruling his domain in the Lady's empire via brutality, cruelty and regularly allowing massacres or rapes with his forces, the Limper secretly betrays the Lady to work with the rebels and, when convenient for him, massacres the rebels, only to attempt to betray the Lady again to allow the Dominator to free himself and make the world into a twisted hellhole. Returning in the fifth novel, The Silver Spike, the Limper leads a hellish army on a march throughout the country, razing whole cities to the ground and annihilating their populaces save the few he enslaves, with no sign of stopping until he has crushed the world under his heel. One of the single most monstrous foes the Black Company has ever encountered, the Limper also remains perhaps their most personal and sadistic enemy.
    • Longshadow is the leader of the Shadowmasters, leading his forces across the Glittering Plane to conquer the world of Hsien, whereupon he enacted a horrific dystopia that saw Hsien ruined and countless innocents over the world dead or tortured. Enslaving the demons known as Shadows before arriving on Homeworld, Longshadow conquers the south where countless others are killed and enslaved in a nightmarish rule. Intending on betraying his own forces, Longshadow plans to release the Shadows to consume his enemies, even his own forces, to ravage the world until he is left to reign over the ashes, with all knowledge belonging to him and him alone.
    • Kina the Destroyer is an ancient goddess hellbent on bringing about the "Year of the Skulls", an apocalyptic event where she hopes to reign death and destruction onto all of the 16 worlds. Orchestrating her various Deceiver cults in a wide array of atrocities, from cannibalism to mass murder on the daily, Kina's cults have killed thousands over the years, with Kina herself even approving of and endorsing the betrayal and murders of her own cult members. Regularly employing Mind Rape to turn people to her cause, Kina possesses the body of Lady's infant daughter Booboo and brainwashes her for decades, convincing her that Kina is her actual mother, yet having no care for the young girl except as a tool. Though her cult believes she will bring everlasting peace to much of the world, Kina in actuality plans to kill everything she can upon her revival, with visions of her planned future showing nothing but wastelands of corpses and bones that Kina dances throughout, adorned in infant skulls. After beaten by Croaker, Kina gets one final revenge by taking full control of Booboo and trying to murder her mother, forcing Croaker to either kill his daughter or let his beloved wife Lady die.
  • Black Jewels: Hekatah SaDiablo, the Big Bad of the original trilogy, is one of the Demon-Dead who gleefully kills others for their blood, children included. Once the wife of High Lord Saetan, Hekatah attempted to manipulate him by using their newborn child as a bargaining chip, eventually having her baby killed and dismembered before later starting a war and initiating purges of the Blood across the lands. In the modern day, Hekatah assists Dorothea of Hayll with her tyranny, having many raped, killed or slaughtered as she kills many people to start a new war, dedicated only to her power at the expense of all others.
  • Black Onyx Chronicles, by Victor Methos:
    • Black Onyx: Sebastian Valdez, better known as "El Sacerdote" (the Priest) is a Man of Wealth and Taste with a predisposition for torture and murder, and a Mexican drug lord who burned his own parents alive at the age of twelve and eventually killed his own mentor to seize his cartel after years of serving as the man's attack dog. Introduced cheerfully throwing a DEA officer into the clutches of his ravenous crocodiles to be devoured—and tossing in one of his own concubines to die in his place after fishing the man out once his superior begs for his life—Sacerdote ruthlessly exterminates any and all opposition to his operations, murdering the family of one man after he turns to the DEA. Sacerdote's long-term goal is to flood America with his own weapons and eventually destroy the nation through a war of his own design, casually ordering one of his own men to kill his second-in-command Miguel once he's horrified by the prospect of it—moments after saying he'd never kill Miguel himself. Once learning of the powerful Black Onyx suits, Sacerdote tortures an associate of a man who knows their location to get him to talk and plans to utilize the suits instead in his goal of destroying America.
    • Black Onyx Reloaded: Atlantis is a savage queen who once ruled the entire Earth with an iron fist, killing all who stood against her. Once revived from her self-induced slumber thousands of years later, Atlantis immediately begins exploring her surroundings, slaughtering hundreds of innocents for nothing but a show of force. As she gathers several of her elite guard from their slumbers, Atlantis leads an assault on an entire city, massacring all in her path and ordering her troops to leave no man, woman, or child alive in the city, after which she plans on going on a worldwide murder spree, killing off nearly all of humanity in an attempt to restore her former kingdom to its original glory, with her as power supreme.
  • Blackbeard's Pirates vs. The Evil Mummies, by James Black: Sakhmet is a former Egyptian queen who has become the ruler of the evil mummies. Feeding on the souls of her victims, Sakhmet kills many people to join her legions, massacres the crew of a Turkish ship when they hold her sarcophagus, and later targets Blackbeard's own crew. After killing many more people, Sakhmet possesses and kills Blackbeard's sister Mary before announcing her intentions of unleashing her armies on the world to reap and devour the souls of countless innocents until she reigns over what's left.
  • Blacklands by Belinda Bauer: Arnold Avery is a sadistic child killer with a penchant for rape and torture. Having grown up a vicious bully to all around him, torturing animals and fellow children alike, Avery continues this malicious streak into adulthood, eventually kidnapping, raping, and murdering a child who reminded him of a victim who ratted him out in middle school. Discovering how enjoyable this was, Avery began routinely raping and murdering children, racking up 9 victims before he was caught. Taking time to send letters to his victims' families to mock them over their plight, Avery soon arranges a prison riot to escape from prison so as to track down the nephew of a child he once killed. Once tracking down the boy, Avery gleefully attempts to rape and murder him, hoping for nothing more than to continue his spree afterwards.
  • Blindness: The King of Ward 3 is shown to be the most savage of the barbaric society formed from the people afflicted by the blinding White Sickness. Assuming control over the asylum in which the afflicted are quarantined, the King molds Ward 3 into a gang, then rations all the food to himself and his gang, taking the valuables of the other Wards with promises of food in return (which he dispenses sparsely). Threatening death to all who challenge him, the King forces the starving Wards to give his gang the women of the asylum if they want food. The brutal mass-rape that ensues leads to the death of one of the women raped, but the King doesn’t care, and allows the rapes to continue.
  • Blood Meridian: Judge Holden is one of the most famous and memorable villains in American Literature. Our first introduction to him is him casually ruining a man's life by claiming him guilty of a crime several towns over, before confessing he had never met the man before and just destroyed his life for giggles. Holden acts as a corrupting force to the Glanton Gang throughout the novel, subtly pushing them to commit more and more atrocities on the undeserving. Holden's savagery and cruelty utterly outstrip the rest of his contemporaries and the lives he takes are often done so with more terrible violence then the others. Holden thinks nothing of murdering children and they tend to go missing from areas he visits after he is seen tempting them with sweets. The true nature of Holden is left ambiguous, but regardless he is a creature who desires nothing less than permanent violence and closes the novel with a murder implied to be too horrible to show even in the story's depressingly bleak world.
  • Blood Of Eden series: Sarren is the most evil and savage monster in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by vampires. He delights in targeting innocents and cold-bloodedly torturing his enemies to death or brainwash them to kill their loved ones for him. The methods he uses to indoctrinate his pawns include turning them into vampires, then starving them and setting them on women and children. After his vampire sire Kanin and Malachai Crosse try to experiment on him to find a cure for the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity, he tracks down and kills every single scientist who worked on it, along with their families. When he arrives in Eden to get the cure, he unleashes mindless mutants called Rabids on the island's population, killing hundreds of people. Ultimately, he wants to use a modified version of the Red Lung virus to wipe out both humans and vampires completely.
  • The Blood War Trilogy:
    • General Vorrul is the brutal warleader of the Grol, dedicated to his own glory and advancement. Vorrul obtains powerful weapons known as O'hra, giving the Grol access to magic for the first time. Vorrul obliterates human cities he comes across, massacring everyone within the last man, women and child who are used for meat, with Vorrul himself happily devouring a dozen human infants as a victory feast. Leading his men to the prized city of Lathah, Vorrul manages to overcome the city where he massacres all left in the walls and attempts to hunt down and murder the survivors, particularly his nemesis, the O'hra wielding human Arrin.
    • Sultae, the secret master of Vorrul, is a powerful Sha'Ree who has grown to believe that any other race beyond the Sha'Ree are an affront to the world. Massacring Sha'Ree for disagreeing and happily torturing others for information, Sultae arms the Grol and other violent races with O'hra, intending to have them wipe out any peaceful race before turning them against each other to complete the genocides. Capturing another Sha'Ree, Sultae tries to force him into being her mate via torture and mental manipulation, intending to stop at nothing to complete her annihilation of all she deems below her.
  • Blood Work: After being rejected from the LAPD for antisocial behavior, Daniel Crimmins, obsessed with being a "somebody", and proving his superiority, became the "Code Killer." Crimmins murdered numerous people in his rampage, sending taunting messages to the police about their inability to stop him. When Terry McCaleb, Crimmins's appointed "nemesis," experiences a heart failure, Crimmins, refusing to let him die so simply, begins killing organ donors with McCaleb's blood type, knowing this will get him a heart transplant faster. When Crimmins's plan to frame McCaleb for the crimes fails, Crimmins kidnaps Graciela, McCaleb's Love Interest, and her young nephew, planning to starve them to death by burying them alive, just to torture McCaleb. Even when dying, Crimmins refuses to take the blame for his crimes or reveal the hostages' location to McCaleb. While implied to have an Inferiority Superiority Complex, Daniel Crimmins was ultimately a sadistic and homicidal lunatic who cared about his own "legacy" more than anything else.
  • Blue World, by Robert R. McCammon: The cowboy Travis, from the title story, is a psychopath who murders women he grows obsessed with. After watching a pornographic film called Super Slick, Travis hunts down and drowns one of the actresses, before finding the second working in a sex club. Travis proceeds to murder her, as well as many others in the club before escaping as the third, Debra Rocks, real name Debbie Stoner, becomes involved with a kind young priest named John Lancaster. Travis murders a man Debbie spent the night with out of simple jealousy and catches a private detective watching Debbie for John. Travis proceeds to horribly torture and murder him before trying to kill John and finally Debbie by drowning her as well.
  • Bluebeard: The titular Bluebeard seems to be at first a rich gentleman who wins the heart of a young maiden. In truth, Bluebeard is a Serial Killer who selects his victims by seducing them into marriage before cutting open their throats and hanging their bodies in his mansion. When the young maiden's curiosity leads her to find the one forbidden room in Bluebeard's mansion filled with the bodies of his previous victims, Bluebeard attempts to slaughter her as well in a fit of rage. With little motivation to couple his spree-killing aside from occasionally being depicted as greedy, the original incarnation of Bluebeard defined, and still stands as the most infamously brutal incarnation of, one of the most terrifying modern serial killer tropes.
  • The Bone Clocks: Immaculée Constantin was the second member of the Anchorites, a group that drank people’s souls, particularly children and the mentally disabled, to fuel their immortality. After being rejected by a 7-year-old Holly Sykes, Constantin bore a grudge. Corrupting Hugo Lamb, Holly’s one-time lover, Constantin directs him to perform unsavory crimes, such as torturing Crispin Hershey for information on Esther Little, Constantin laughing in the distance. Right before the final battle, Constantin mocks Holly on her age, makes a crude joke about her relationship with Hugo, threatens to murder her family so Holly will “howl with regret” and pulls other petty jabs. When she reveals to Sadaqat that they lied about letting him join the Anchorites—with casual racism to boot—she gleefully murders him. Complicit in the deaths of hundreds to fuel her lust for immortality and with a sadistic streak she takes pride in, Constantin was the face and the worst of the Anchorites.
  • The Book of Lost Things
    • The Crooked Man a being whose method of staying alive for centuries is utterly repulsive. He talks a child in our world into sacrificing someone they hate to him, usually a younger brother or sister. He feeds upon their heart and their life for as long as they would have lived, while the corrupted child is crowned king or queen of a world built out of their own nightmares. For good measure, the child is tormented by the reality of what they've done and will eventually discover that all his or her attempts to atone for this crime by ruling justly will come to nothing, because they have no power of their own. Eventually, the king or queen will grow old, the victim's life force will begin to fade, and the Crooked Man goes looking for another child that's prepared to have their unwanted siblings horribly murdered.
    • The Huntress is a sadist fond of Hunting the Most Dangerous Game. Bored with her usual routine and finding humans too fragile to keep up the entertainment, she's taken up grafting the heads of human beings onto animal bodies through a technique she learned from three surgeons she happened to abduct and torture. Because adults don't adjust well to the shock, the recipients of this treatment are children, who generally spend the last tortured minutes of their lives running through a dark forest in an unfamiliar body before being shot dead, partially eaten, and having their preserved remains hung from a wall.
  • Book of a Thousand Days: Lord Khasar is a brutal conqueror who, after giving his soul away to the desert shamans, became a bloodthirsty werewolf. Khasar, to fuel his ambition, starts a bloody war across the Eight Realms and terrorizes the teenage Lady Saren, trying to turn her into his bride. Khasar takes over cities by killing the inhabitants in killing sprees to drive the hysteria up before he later sweeps in. After Saren rejects him, he has her entire kingdom burnt to the ground, killing hundreds, to flush her out. Finally, he threatens to execute over two hundred weak hostages should she not become his bride, showing his cruelty as endless.
  • Book of Swords: Vilkata, the Dark King, takes the reins of chief villain at the end of the first trilogy. A warlord in possession of the Mindsword, which induces worship of the wielder, Vilkata also deals with demons and sacrifices people to them for his own power, occasionally torturing the unfortunate victims slowly to death. After his initial defeat, Vilkata spends fourteen years wallowing in self pity before he hears of the Mindsword's recovery. Vilkata repays the village that had sheltered him by raping, murdering and possibly partially cannibalizing a young woman before attempting to rebuild his demon army and kill all those in his path, while using the Mindsword to make everyone bow to him.
  • The Book of the Dun Cow: Cockatrice is a monstrous servant of the dark being Wyrm. The son of the rooster Senex, Cockatrice swiftly murders his father when he ages and takes over his territory, raping the hens there to breed monstrous basilisks as children. Cockatrice then sends out the serpents to massacre every other animal they can, destroying every animal in Senex's own territory, even Toad, who was truly loyal to him. Cockatrice takes to leading his army of Basilisks personally against the hero rooster Chanticleer, killing Chanticleer's own children with his serpents and aiming to destroy every living thing on the planet to allow Wyrm's domination over it.
  • The Bottoms, by Joe R. Lansdale: Cecil, the Serial Killer who plagues the Bottoms, is a seemingly-normal, affable member of society with a predilection to raping, torturing and killing young women. When the first victim is discovered, it is initially ignored by the town at large because the victim is black, which allows Cecil to prey on more women until he finally murders a white women, framing a black man for the crime and seeing him lynched. Cecil is finally caught when he attempts to kidnap and rape the hero's pre-teen sister, interrupted from assaulting her and trying to excuse himself by blaming the girl for being too much a woman to resist.
  • The Braided Path: Lord Weaver Kakre is a sinister member of the magic-using Weavers who, after Weaving, is drawn to immediately skin a hapless victim. Unlike many Weavers, Kakre glories in his mania and prides himself on how quick he can skin a living victim alive. Kakre manipulates the Emperor with visions and terrible dreams to drive him mad and trick him into thinking his wife is unfaithful so she is beaten into a miscarriage, provoking a war between her family and the throne. When Kakre and the Emperor come to blows, Kakre kills him painfully and unleashes a swarm of monsters on the city to exacerbate the situation. It is revealed that Kakre's ultimate goal with the Weavers is to annihilate everything that lives in in the world to make it a grim reflection of the god he and the Weavers worship.
  • Bridge of Birds: The Duke of Ch'in is introduced as a tyrant who only cares about money, power, and obtaining immortality. To do so he tricked three gullible handmaidens into giving the feathers of the Princess of Birds' crown to him (thus rendering her unable to meet her lover in Heaven) and then murdered them so that they couldn't ask for them back. The Duke then drowned a city just to be able to hide his Soul Jar there, and cursed the three aforementioned handmaidens to guard his Soul Jar, essentially binding them to protect their murderer's heart for eternity. Ten Ox declares that the Duke "must have the coldest heart in the world!"
  • A Brightness Long Ago, by Guy Gavriel Kay: Uberto of Mylasia, also known as "The Beast", is a vicious duke well known for his sickening appetites. On a near-nightly basis, Uberto has children brought to him, boys or girls, and proceeds to violently rape them, with hundreds of victims. Uberto is also a sadist, sometimes murdering his partners, and when the heroine Adria allows herself to be brought to him to assassinate him, Uberto begins by cutting at her with a knife, something he does to all his victims, so he may take pleasure from their pain.
  • Britannia's Fist trilogy, by Peter G. Tsouras: James R. "Big Jim" Smoke is the chief agent of the Copperhead movement in Indiana, hated and feared throughout the Midwest. A man seething with hatred, Big Jim helped to arm and free thousands of Confederate POW to aid in a brief but bloody Copperhead uprising to take the Midwest into the Confederacy. Following its failure, Big Jim flees and joins Lafayette Baker's Secret Service, becoming Abraham Lincoln's bodyguard, plotting with John Wilkes Booth to have Lincoln kidnapped. Later, during the joint British-Confederate attack on Washington DC, Big Jim coldly attempts to kill Lincoln and his family as they comfort one another. Brutally and sadistically killing several men throughout the series and smiling as he did, Big Jim, shown to be a competent, ruthless and hateful thug, is the one character that is never portrayed sympathetically once in a series full of morally complex characters.
  • Brotherband: Zavac is the vicious captain of the Raven, a Magyran pirate vicious even by the standards of his people, with around 200 slaughtered, plundered and robbed by him and his crew. Debuting by massacring a Skandian fleet and leaving a man and his young nephew to drown after he promises to save the boy, Zavac steals the Andomal, a precious treasure of the Skandians, and afterwards slaughters an unarmed, peaceful ship of traders, gruesomely torturing its captain to death. Finding the traders with a cache of emeralds, Zavac heads to the source city, Limmat, razing and massacring his way through the city and enslaving the populace to drain their emerald mine dry. When the city is liberated with him, Zavac abandons his close allies to die.
  • Brown Girl in the Ring: Rudolph "Rudy" Shelton is the ruler of the streets of Toronto. A monstrous gangster, Rudy is a devotee of the loa who misuses the power to keep himself young and strong. After his wife Gros-Jeanne left him due to his abusive tendencies, Rudy murdered her lover Dunston and enslaved his soul, imprisoning it in pain and torment. Rudy keeps others as living zombies, wearing them out and replacing them, even flaying one alive as she is completely conscious to prove a point to his posse member Tony who he sends to obtain a heart for a transplant of the province's premier. Rudy is revealed to have turned his own daughter into a malevolent spirit known as a duppy which murders others and enslaves souls to keep Rudy strong, feeding it with the sacrifice of children. After he discovers heroine Ti-Jeanne is his granddaughter, Rudy attempts to carve her soul apart to make a new duppy, treating his atrocities with savage glee mixed with indifference to any life besides his own.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Book of Fours, by Nancy Holder: Cecile Lafitte is a voodoo priestess who serves the horrific demon known as the Gatherer, harvesting souls to give to him. Tormenting and experimenting on countless souls to make them into zombies, Cecile uses her descendants to return to life. In one case, upon returning to life, Cecile seduces plantation owner Duvalier, making him her servant, and has him burn his own family alive. In the present day, she aims to find and destroy Slayers to offer her master their special souls. Cecile destroys the Watcher of the previous Slayer Kendra before coming to Sunnydale, unleashing the Gatherer with the knowledge it will devour the world and all existence, keeping every soul it takes in unending torment within.
  • The Butterfly Garden: In this Crime Novel by Dot Hutchison, Avery is the son of the Gardener, but unlike his father, is portrayed as a vicious monster with no morality or empathy whatsoever. Kidnapping teenage girls along with his father, Avery regularly rapes the captive girls, along with torturing and brutalizing them for his own sick pleasure. When Avery first confronts Inara, he rapes her after revealing he has just tortured a girl to death, and later painfully brands Inara to force her to always remember him. Slowly becoming outraged at the fact that all of the captive girls like his younger, kinder, brother, Desmond, more than they like him, Avery eventually kidnaps, rapes, and nearly murders a 12 year old girl, something that disgusts even his father. After Desmond informs the police of their crimes, Avery gleefully helps his father assault Des, and then tries to gun them both down for protecting girls from him. Even when he has lost after failing to once again rape Inara, Avery snaps an innocent girl's neck for no discernible reason as a final wicked act. Even when compared to the Gardener, Avery sticks out as a more brutal, more sadistic, and most of all, more evil monster than his father.
  • BZRK: Lystra Ellen Alice Reid, aka Lear, is the enigmatic founder and leader of the titular BZRK, and is the most morally reprehensible of the main antagonists in the series. Lear wishes to drive the world insane, simply For the Evulz. At a young age, she murdered her mother, and at the age of 9 got sent to a foster family, who she murdered in a car "accident" 7 years later. Two years later, she started tattooing all of her victims to her body with tortured expressions on their faces, covering up around half of her flesh. She starts buying out failing medical companies in order to get DNA samples from random people for her plan, getting at least 29,000 samples by the time the series starts. In the third book, she starts putting her plan in motion and begins instilling fear into the world by driving various renowned and well-known figures, such as the Pope and the Prince of England, insane, as well as a majority of attendants at big events such as movie premiers, and forcing Bug Man to help her by threatening him with madness. She brainwashes Plath into giving the command to blow up the Armstrong Twins hideout, the Tulip, and killing hundreds of innocents. Then she starts mass-producing biots and driving people mad, starting with 15 major cities so they can cause mass pandemonium, then military bases that hold nukes so they can fire them off en masse. Utterly remorseless and psychotic, treating everything she does as a game, by the end of the series she has, either directly or indirectly, killed around 210 million people.
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  • The Call, by Peadar O'Guilin: Conor Geary is a bully at the academy where teens are trained to survive their Call—a day in the Gray Lands of the Sidhe where they will be hunted. Viewing himself as the "king" of his group, Conor becomes obsessed with the heroine Nessa and attempts to rape her. After being driven off, a humiliated Conor plans to kill her before he is Called. Savagely fighting off the Sidhe, Conor makes a pact with their leader Dagda: to, as a King, revoke the treaty banishing the Sidhe and allow them to overrun humanity, subjecting their ancient enemies to torture and death as long as Conor gets to rule the remnants. In return for selling out his people, Conor requests only to murder Nessa himself, and murders several of his supposed friends as school when the barriers weaken. Finally, Conor attempts to kill Nessa, demanding that she kiss him first to show him her submission to him.
  • Cal Leandros:
    • Nightlife: The Villain Protagonist Darkling is, in Cal's words, "a nightmare for hire and the Last of His Kind." A mercenary banshee who is in it for money and kicks in equal measure, Darkling's a casual killer who sees murder as a way to relieve boredom. Signing on with the Auphe's plan to travel back in time and exterminate humanity in its infancy, Darkling bodyjacks protagonist Caliban "Cal" Leandros, and takes him on a road trip to Hell. He tries to kill Cal's brother Niko's girlfriend, Promise, hires a pair of werewolves to kill Cal's girlfriend Georgina, then kills the surviving werewolf when they fail. He feeds a captured mugger to Boggle in order to bribe him into attacking Niko, then tries to gun Niko down himself, burns down the shop of a fence who tried to rip him off, and is captured while trying to trigger the apocalypse. Unlike the Auphe, who are doing it to ensure the survival of their species, Darkling is in it for the thrill and the cash alone, and he remains a greedy, swaggering egomaniac to the end.
    • Moonshine: Hobgoblin, better known by all and sundry as Hob, is the oldest living puck, and may be the first of his kind. He's also a sociopathic conman and killer who gloats openly about being "the reason there's no honour among thieves." Orchestrating the events from behind the scenes, Hob arranges for the kidnapping of Georgina, and the werewolf cub, Slay, in order to ensure that Niko, Cal, and Slay's father Flay, will go along with his plans, which involve using a gypsy crown to mentally enslave everyone he comes across. When his agent, Caleb, outlives his utility Hob pins him to the floor with Spanish poniards, cuts out his heart and rams it between his teeth. He then kidnaps Niko and plans to drain him of all his blood in order to activate the crown, while using Georgina's psychic powers as source of energy. When Cal interferes, Hob makes a very deliberate attempt at cutting him to pieces, bragging that: "I can do this as long as it takes. Piece by piece, strip by strip, I'll have you down to dripping bones, and when I'm done draining your gifted girl, I'll beat her to death with what's left of you."
    • Madhouse: Sawney Beane, the main antagonist, is a Redcap Serial Killer resurrected after several hundred years dead. He quickly sets out on a killing spree, leaving his underground lair littered with the bodies of his victims. He assembles an army of revenants and impresses his own personality on them, leaving them mirror images of his own psychopathic mental state, and fills the sewers with corpses, including those of a pregnant woman and a little girl. When Niko and Cal try to stop him, Sawney skins their Boggle ally alive, boasting that her hide is filled with a mother's love and will keep him warm on cold nights. He has a particular interest in Cal whom he tries to devour alive because of his Auphe heritage. "Abide in me traveler. Special boy with with special taste. The taste of madness. The taste of me."
  • Call for Corpse Brides—A Brother Henry Story, by Wayne Rogers: Seemingly a respected pillar of the community, Martin Thoben is a callous marijuana dealer and white slave trader who uses marijuana to get women high and helpless before abducting them and faking their deaths. Once he has done so, he instead ships them out of the country into sex slavery, having done this to many unfortunate women while plotting to expand his operation throughout the Five Points to take even more, even trying to murder anyone else who uncovers his horrible business.
  • The Cancer Cowboy Rides, by John Connolly : Buddy Carson bases his name on "carcinogen" as a twisted joke. A vicious killer who spreads cancer with his touch, Carson travels the country, spreading the disease subtly at times and virulently at others. Killing an entire family, Carson murders several other people before picking up a waitress and infecting her during sex to watch her rot up close. Carson continues his travels and murders as he is hunted, even killing police officers while spreading about like a virus himself.
  • The Cellar: Roy Hayes is a psychopathic rapist who was sentenced to prison for raping his own daughter and regularly beating and raping his wife, Donna. After being released, Roy wastes no time in butchering an innocent couple, then kidnapping their child daughter, Joni, using her as his personal Sex Slave while traveling to get revenge on his family for locking him away. Unable to locate Donna, Roy tortures the woman's sister to get information on her whereabouts, promising to let her and her husband go once she tells him; he proceeds to kill her husband after raping and murdering her even after she told him what he wanted. Murdering another couple to steal their car, Roy tracks down Donna and takes up residence in a teen girl's suite, raping her then trying to kill her along with Joni for defying him. In the end, Roy plans to rape and kill both his wife and daughter, and dies begging for the mercy he never sought to give. Despite appearing in such a dark setting with actual beasts and monsters, Roy still made his mark as the most evil figure throughout the story.
  • Cellars, by John Shirley: Simon Maguss, the secret leader of the Order of Ahriman, poses as the rich head of Visions magazine and the employer of protagonist Carl Lanyard whilst organizing depraved, ritualistic murder—including of children—throughout Manhattan to appease the sinister "Head Underneath". Playing the strings of every single character through the book, Maguss has rivals and threats to his organization systematically killed in various horrible ways before using Lanyard to wipe out most of the cult and its apparent head Minder, intending to start anew with what remains of the Head Underneath. Smugly laughing off Lanyard's speech against him and his affairs and escaping whilst Lanyard kills his equally-depraved son, Maguss is last seen sobbing crocodile tears as the police arrest the "madman" who killed his son, all while preparing to resume his conduct all over again.
  • The Changeover: The enigmatic Mr. Carmody Braque is an uncanny, grinning man followed by the smell of peppermint who, in actuality, is a wicked lemure who gluts himself on the life energy of innocents. Braque cheerfully reminisces on the countless men, women and children he's withered away through the use of his enchanted stamps, favoring happy people who "embrace the world" and even proclaims his enjoyment for a baby "withering at its mother's breast". Braque stamps the brother of the protagonist Laura Chant and slowly sucks away his vitality, gloating to Laura that her brother will spend his last days trapped in the dark with Braque as his only company.
  • The Chathrand Voyages has mostly morally ambiguous conflict between decent people trying to do the right thing, extremely ruthless people trying to do the right thing, and bad people who are driven by deep-seated personal trauma. That said, there are two characters, brother and sister Evil Sorcerers, whom everyone else agrees are completely evil:
    • Arunis is an immortal, sociopathic, manipulative sorcerer who set most of the immediate plot (including the coming world war between superpower empires and the retrieval of an extremely dangerous Artifact of Doom) in motion to further his own ends. Those ends turn out to be arranging the destruction of the world as an offering to the Night Gods, so that they will be impressed enough to elevate him to godhood himself. In pursuit of this goal, he kills, tortures, and Mind Rapes his way across two continents, including sacrificing his own (few) loyal minions for short-term advantage, all without the slightest whiff of remorse. His in-universe reputation is well earned. He even manages to make trouble post-mortem, with his ghost mind raping one man to the point of destroying his personality while trying to possess him. Guy was an Asshole Victim, but still.
    • Macadra is Arunis's rival, on-and-off co-conspirator, his peer in age, power, and wickedness, and his sister. She wants the same Artifact of Doom he does, though she intends to conquer the world rather than destroy it. Her handiwork is mostly plainly visible in the fate of the Empire of Bali Adro, whose throne she subverted centuries ago, in the process turning it from a prosperous, enlightened society to a totalitarian hellhole (much to the horror of the time-displaced Bali Adrans traveling with the protagonists). Like her brother, she's The Dreaded and a Bad Boss, and she drives her soldiers so hard in pursuit of the heroes across the last book that they end up deserting in droves as soon as they have the opportunity. After Arunis dies at the end of the third book, she takes over as the most visible threat to the Chathrand and the world in the fourth and final volume.
  • Cherry Hill, by James A. Moore: Alexander "Alex" Granger, an inmate at the Cherry Hill sanitarium, was a nightmarish cannibalistic killer while he was free, pledging himself to a dark entity known as the Dead God and committing twisted murders in its name while keeping the heads of his victims as trophies of a sort. Finally captured when he was nineteen years old, Alex is forcefully lobotomized by the Cherry Hill staff after his repeated violent fits. Even as a vegetable, Alex continues to affect the world around him, willingly giving his body to host the soul-devouring Dead God itself while introducing it to the concept of godhood and launching its rampage through Cherry Hill in the first place, ultimately regaining lucidity purely to gloat that when the Dead God comes, humanity will suffer as a result.
  • CHERUB Series: While many villains in the series have loved ones and/or are well-intentioned, these are neither:
    • The Fall: Abby is the leader of a Human Trafficking ring and, along with her henchman Keith, stand out as some of the most depraved villains in the series. Abby has girls—as young as 11—kidnapped from Eastern Europe and either sold in the UK as sex slaves for willing buyers or forced into prostitution with them severely punished if they attempt escape. After one of her victims escapes, Abby sends Keith to recapture her, and Keith ends up kidnapping Lauren Adams as well. Keith will also rape woman captured by the ring, and later attempts to rape the 12-year-old Lauren out of lust.
    • The Sleepwalker: Hassam Bin Hassam sells shoddy and faulty parts to airlines, leading to dozens of planes carrying hundreds being in danger, and the deaths of nearly 350 people from a large plane crash, something for which he had absolutely zero remorse. He would regularly beat his wife, son, and housekeeper. He abused his son for enjoying Western culture, despite enjoying it himself, and kills his own wife when confronted about his plan to cover up his involvement in the plane crash. When he finds bugs in his house, he brutally waterboards his housekeeper in the toilet and shoots her in the thigh so she can not get help. When cornered, Hassam holds his own son hostage at knife-point and threatens to kill him if he is not allowed to go free.
    • Brigands M.C: Ralph "The Führer" Donnington is a Neo-Nazi in charge of the South Devon Chapter of the titular biker gang. He is introduced trying to assault and possibly kill his son Martin for spitting on a member's patch, only stopping when the member appeases him by having Martin fight the much more skilled Dante Scott. The Führer later threatens to kill Dante's father when he disagrees with his plans to have the clubhouse torn down for new facilities. When Dante's parents kill one of his thugs, he retaliates by killing them and their two older children, and the younger two only live when Dante escapes though the window with the baby, accidentally injuring said baby in the process. To eliminate Dante as a witness he sends a gang member to try to bomb the foster home that Dante was staying at. When the Führer finds an undercover cop in his group he takes him to a field to execute him, until the cop tells him that he doesn't want a murder of a officer on his hands. Instead, the Führer has him cruelly dumped outside the house that Dante's family was murdered to mock him for failing to get justice for them. When protagonist James Adams gets a job as a server for the clubhouse, the Führer threatens to kill him for delivering tepid food as a sick joke, and admits he does this with every new server.
    • Aramov series: Leonid Aramov is a member of an international crime clan that coordinates deals between cartels and criminal organizations, and plans to usurp leadership from his mother Irena. In his introduction in People's Republic, he forces family member Ingrid to transfer her accounts to him by torturing her stepdaughter Ning in front of her, then killing Ingrid; sends hitmen after his nephew Ethan to remove competition for leadership, with said hitmen killing Ethan's mother Galenka and his friend Yannis. In Guardian Angel, Leonid kidnaps Ethan as a bargaining chip to get the Aramov accounts under his control; suggests cutting out Ethan's lower jaw and sending it to Irena as proof; takes him to a poacher's ranch where he is mistreated; and tries to overdose Irena on painkillers to take complete control of the clan. After being exiled from the clan in Black Friday, Leonid moved to Mexico planning to sell weapons to the local cartels, and has his informant in the clan try to kill the current leader, his brother Josef. In addition, Leonid was also a brutal domestic abuser who regularly beat, raped, and mentally tortured his prospective wife Tamara, and threatened to kill their children should she try to leave him. Leonid ultimately had little to no regard for his family, and only cared about being in control of it.
  • Chicagoland Vampires: Caroline Merit, as the protector of House Cadogen, has faced several supernatural threats, but a few stand out from the crowd:
    • Some Girls Bite; Friday Night Bites; & Hard Bitten: Celina Desaulniers, the head of House Navarre, started off by murdering her lover in a spiteful act after he rejected her. Celina began a murder spree as an excuse to kill Merit—leading to her siring after an attack—after Merit's father earned her scorn, while framing the deaths on the other vampire houses in order to prop hers up and gain humanity's trust, with an eventual end goal of using this to initiate a bloody war between vampires and humans. Later taking advantage of a supernatural summit, she plans to use said summit to sow tensions and restart an ancient war between vampires and shapeshifters regardless of the death this would cause. Eventually desperate, Celina allies with the corrupt Mayor Seth Tate and helps distribute the drug "V" to vampires all across Chicago starting murder sprees while getting the attention she’s always desired as its distributor. Even Celina's last moments have her temporarily kill Merit's lover Ethan Sullivan as a way to spite her, cementing herself as Merit's most personal enemy.
    • Hard Bitten & Biting Cold: Dominic is an angel of justice better known as the aforementioned Mayor Seth Tate, the identity he stole from his noble twin brother by possessing him. In the name of his warped "justice", Dominic annihilated entire cities in his heyday, before eventually being forcibly bound to his brother Seth by a fairy queen Dominic had seduced and used. As the Mayor of Chicago in Seth's place, Dominic spreads the vampire drug V on the streets to drive them into murderous frenzies, all to "purge" the city of those he sees as contamination. Dominic even deals with the aforementioned murderous vampire Celina and turns the drug on her to experiment in Mind Control. Finding out how to regain his true form after mind-raping a witch, Dominic engages on his crusade to exterminate the "pestilence" of humanity, murdering several cops and even old minions of his, before attempting to level parts of the city to kill everyone he deems impure, viciously attempting to murder his own brother Seth when he stands in the way.
    • Dark Debt: Julian Burrows is a vile vampire hired by the circle to take the guise of Ethan's sire Belthasor to torment him. Julian is a monstrous rapist who hunts and rapes a woman for the fun of it, even shocking other members of the circle. After being empowered by the below mentioned Sorcha Reid with the ability to violate the minds of his victims, Julian begins a rampage across Chicago, forcing his victims to feel as if they were being sexually assaulted. After being found, Julian, nothing more a slave to his lustful whims, reveals he intends to rape Merit out of lust.
    • Dark Debt; Midnight Marked; & Blade Bound: Sorcha Reed is the wife of Adrien Reed, an alchemist who runs the Circle with him who torments Ethan by transforming the savage Julian Burrows into the image of the vampire who sired him and letting Julian do as he may, and intends to use her powers to enslave the supernatural population of Chicago under her thrall. When she and Adrien are defeated, Sorcha proceeds to kill her own husband and starts to freeze over Chicago, announcing that unless Ethan and Merit are turned over, she'll freeze the entire city to death. When confronted, Sorcha kills one of their sorcerer allies, and uses the magic she's been building to summon a monstrous magical construct with which she intends to wreak havoc.
  • Child 44, by Tom Rob Smith: Vasili Ilyich Nikitin is a slimy, power-hungry operative of the MGB during the height of the Soviet Union, having taken his position for no reason other than for the opportunity to hurt others. Getting his start in the Union by getting his own brother thrown in prison for decades for insulting Stalin while drunk, Vasili actively assists the Union in locking up innocent in horrific prisons for minor offenses. Teaming up with Leo Demidov, Vasili tries to undermine the man at every turn before impulsively torturing and executing two farmers, trying to kill their children as well, for being "traitors" to the Union. Once learning that they were seemingly innocent of this perceived crime, Vasili rounds up other people and threatens them to admit to being guilty to cover his tracks. Growing to hate Leo due to his noble nature, Vasili frames the man's wife for treason, gets him demoted, ruins the lives of his parents, and ultimately subjects the man to a torturous drug, all with almost sexual glee. Threatening men's entire families to get them to assist him throughout the story, Vasili, upon learning that Leo and his wife Raisa evaded an assassination ordered by Vasili, executes one of Leo's friends before tracking the couple down, giving his men orders to head into the housing complex they are in and kill everyone in sight if they try to escape again.
  • Child of God: Lester Ballard is a necrophiliac Serial Killer who roams Frog Mountain in search of victims. The first crime he commits is attacking a woman and ripping off her dress, for which he's sentenced to a few nights in jail for rape. Sometime after his release, he finds the corpse of a young woman and has sex with it, then takes it back to his house to further indulge in his newfound lust. He seeks shelter in the winter with a young woman and her child, and shoots her to death for rejecting his sexual advances, before burning down the house with the child inside. Later on, he murders a couple in their car, and then a man who's out cleaning his septic tank; It's also stated that he had killed several other men and women within this time frame. Hospitalized when he loses his arm when he failed to kill one of his victims, he tells the nurse that he wishes his victim had died. When a mob of hunters take a one-armed Ballard from the hospital and force him to lead them to the bodies of his victims, he escapes them and returns to the hospital to avoid being killed.
  • The Child Thief by Dan Smith: Yuri Grigorovich is a former soldier turned Serial Killer who is loathed by all who are familiar with his work, including the novel's other villains. Missing the thrill of hunting other men, Yuri kidnaps children from their villages, then stalks and picks off the hunting parties that come after them, before killing and mutilating the children. At the start of the novel, huntsman Luka finds Yuri's most recent victim, mortally wounded by Yuri, dragging the bodies of his two children on a sleigh. During the chaos that ensues, Yuri kidnaps Luka's niece Dariya, and makes off with her. He kills Dariya's father when he gives chase, shooting him in the gut and leaving him to die painfully. He slices a strip from Dariya's thigh, smokes and salts it, and plans to eat it later, kills Luka's son Petro with another shot to the gut, and tricks Luka into killing an innocent conscript who was trying to get home to his wife and child. Fatally wounded by Luka, Yuri uses his last breath to gloat about how good Dariya would have tasted had he gotten the chance to eat her.
  • Cholito and the Gods of Chavin, by Oscar Colchado Lucio: Huallallo is the god of the Huancas. Attracted by the maiden Wandy, who rejected him, Huallallo becomes a bird to poison the food of her boyfriend, the god Huantar, just as he did with his own brother to steal his lands. After Cholito manages to save Huantar and Huallallo is sealed by a rival god, Huallallo manages to use his remaining influence to threaten to free the giant snakes from the the lakes of Ganchiscocha and Yanachocha if Wandy isn't offered as a Human Sacrifice to him. Unwilling to fulfill his part of the deal, Huallallo was fine with allowing the snakes to devour all humans, stopped only thanks to the intervention of a even stronger deity.
  • The Chronicles Of King Rolens Kin:
    • Warlord Palatyne is a vicious overlord who took over of several holdings by force and seeks to Take Over the World. Cunning and manipulative, he tries to arrange for first Pirola, and then Isolt, to marry him. Whenever he can't get what he wants fast enough he always resorts to force and murder, such as by murdering Rolencia's king under a flag of truce and ordering his entire line murdered when he cannot marry Piro, and then by trying to rape Isolt when her father delays the wedding. He is also very petty, keeping Byren in an animal cage to be mocked and shamed by the populace.
    • Cobalt is the son of the former king's bastard and desires the crown for himself. To that end, he betrays his family by making an alliance with the aforementioned Warlord Palatyne to take over Rolencia. To gain the King's trust, he plays a Wounded Gazelle Gambit by claiming raiders killed his wife on the way to Rolencia. In truth, he had her murdered to make a sob story for himself. He divides the royal family and blackmails Orrade into becoming his spy by threatening to reveal he's gay. He also tries to threaten Queen Myrella into becoming his lover by threatening her daughter. Once he is king he threatens another innocent girl into pretending to be Princess Piro to legitimize his claim to the throne, and murders her sister once she escapes, taking great glee in the girl's death.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Jadis, the White Witch, was born on Charn. Fighting with her sister over her world, she employed the Deplorable Word, killing all life aside from herself. Putting herself into a slumber out of boredom, she is found by Digory Kirke and Polly Plummer, the former who she seduces and both of whom she threatens to physically harm, forcing them to take her to London. Finding herself powerless, she decides to commit petty crimes like theft until she is dragged into the nascent Narnia. There, she eats a silver apple, restoring her powers, and seduces Digory again, first with promises of power and then with the ability to save his dying mother. When this fails, she mocks him and leaves to the north, where she spends centuries amassing magical power and creating a tradition of evil witches that would plague Narnia much later down the line. She then marched south and wiped out human beings from Narnia and forbid any from coming there. Installing an Endless Winter, Jadis formed a totalitarian government where dissenters would either be turned into stone or killed outright. When coming across Edmund Pevensie, Jadis seduced him with Turkish Delight as means to rat out his siblings; when he does, she takes him prisoner and even attempts to kill him once she learns Aslan has returned. When Edmund is saved, Jadis appeals to an ancient law stating that traitors are her property, prompting Aslan to sacrifice his own life. Jadis responds by setting up an extremely painful and humiliating execution, immediately reneging on her deal.
  • Chronicles of the Kencyrath: Gerridon, in the distant backstory, was the greatest leader of the people, Highlord of the Kencyrath and Master of Knorth, but he would go down in history as their greatest traitor. Desiring immortality—in a Martyrdom Culture—and bitter that the absent Three-Faced God wouldn't grant it to him, he sold the souls of his race to their ancient enemy, Perimal Darkling, in exchange for eternal life and manipulated his twin sister Jamethiel Dream-Weaver into reaping them for him. This betrayal would not only destroy two-thirds of the Kencyrath, but leave scars in their collective psyche that would linger for millennia. When Gerridon's immortality began to fail him he sought out various means of sustaining it, including attempting to create a child of his or Jamethiel's blood to take over as Dream-Weaver—by rape if necessary—and taking command of an ancient religious sect and whipping them into a fanatical fervor in which they brutally tortured hundreds of Kencyr prisoners of war, including Gerridon's own nephew, in an attempt to force them to convert. Driven solely by his selfish desire for immortality, Gerridon will sacrifice anyone and anything—including his own blood-kin—to save himself and prolong his life. Not not only did he betray his people and his god, but he plans to do the same to his "master" Perimal Darkling, if he can find a way to maintain his immortality outside of its control; his pride rankles at the thought of being subordinate to anyone or anything. As his niece Lady Jamethiel Priest's-bane of Knorth (Jame) observes, there is nothing Gerridon won't do to keep on living and to avoid paying the karmic price for his long-ago betrayal, and his remains a unique and infamous position in the long annals of the Kencyrath's history.
  • Chronicles of the Necromancer:
    • Jared Drayke, the evil elder half-brother of hero Martris "Tris" Drayke, is introduced when Tris stops him from raping a servant. Later making a dark pact with the Vayash-Moru mage Foor Arontala, Jared launches a coup against his own family, killing his father and destroying his soul, as well as Tris's mother and Jared's own younger half-sister. Becoming a vicious tyrant, Jared has his men slaughter entire villages for insufficient payment of taxes, while leading purges of magic users in the kingdom. Jared has members of the Sisterhood of mages slaughtered and tortured, while also butchering the other Vayash-Moru. Having others abducted, tortured and slowly impaled, Jared also becomes a Serial Rapist who abducts, tortures and rapes women regularly before murdering them. When he finally confronts Tris, Jared boasts that he will take Tris's beloved, Jared's former arranged fiancée, and rape her endlessly, killing the first child she has to remove any issue with paternity.
    • The aforementioned Foor Arontala assists Jared with everything listed above, torturing members of the Sisterhood and also leading purges of his own race, the Vayash-Moru. In addition, Arontala enslaves the souls of his victims, holding them in agony, while regularly using the spirit of Tris's dead sister to torment him. Holding the trapped spirit of the evil mage the Obsidian King, Arontala feeds it the captive souls while intending to revive him at a certain time and become his new host, bringing a wave of death and destruction to the world, claiming that if the Obsidian King does annihilate everything, Arontala will simply rebuild it in his own image.
    • Malesh is a particularly vicious Vayash-Moru who savors the hunt. While at first he has to limit himself to vile criminals due to treaties and laws, Malesh is fond of tormenting them and draws out their fear at death. Deciding that it's time for vampires to reign over humans, Malesh brutally slaughters the population of multiple villages while attempting to provoke a battle with the goddess The Dark Lady's chosen Vahanian. Malesh attempts to turn his lover Carina and promises that if Vahanian delays in challenging Malesh—while knowing that to kill Malesh might doom Carina, as a Vayash-Moru fledgling's life is linked to its makers—then Malesh will continue butchering villages. Intending to spark a war between humanity and vampires and make oceans of blood flow, Malesh attempts to flee Vahanian by using a child as a Human Shield, only to reveal he had already drained the child to the point of being impossible to save anyways. Even his own maker is horrified at Malesh's actions, at which point Malesh declares him a weakling before intending to create a slaughter so great that Malesh believes he will be raised to serve as the consort of the Dark Lady and reign over a new kingdom of undeath and destruction.
  • Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne:
    • The Emperor's Blades: Sami Yurl and Balendin Ainoa, a pair of sadistic cadets with the Annur military, are both involved with a plot to overthrow the royal family. Torturing a prostitute to death, they use her hatred and fear of them to fuel Balendin's magic, allowing him to collapse a pub on the Emperor's son, Valyn, endangering dozens of others in the process. When Valyn survives, the two of the lure his friend Ha Lin out to a secluded place and beat her to a pulp, using her emotions to power another assassination attempt on Valyn, for which they frame cadet Annick. During their graduation trials, they take the opportunity to capture Ha Lin and torture her to death, and following graduation, try to assassinate Valyn and his brother. Upon capturing Valyn's squad, the first thing that Balendin brags about is how he will have them handed over to Sami to be raped; Sami himself meets his end at the hands of Valyn while trying to cut him to pieces.
    • While Yurl is killed, Balendin reappears in the other two books, branching off from the conspiracy to overthrow the ruling dynasty and impressing the Urghal people with his penchant for cruelty and causing pain. With his powers relying on drawing emotions toward himself, Balendin begins taking prisoners and torturing them viciously to draw out their hate and fear, further strengthening him. Becoming the de facto leader of a massive army of Urghal warriors, Balendin leads them to slaughter all in their path, taking hundreds upon hundreds of prisoners while he personally tortures and skins them alive in front of horrified city walls to draw out more and more power for himself, revealing his only loyalties are his complete devotion to his own ego and hunger for power.
  • The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant:
    • Lord Foul the Despiser is Thomas Covenant's ultimate enemy. An ancient being who revels in being pure evil, Foul aims to completely annihilate the magical land, sending out terrifying armies to crush and destroy all that live while recruiting the monstrous Ravers to his side, facilitating and ordering countless atrocities including the genocide of the Seareach giants and having Sheol Satansfist establish a dark cult that runs on blood sacrifices. After the death of Thomas's daughter, Foul corrupts her soul to his side, using her against Thomas as a twisted parody of herself, and later corrupts Thomas's son Roger into an agent to use against his father. Not satisfied with simply destroying life, Foul aims to completely annihilate all hope from the universe, learning from each of his defeats to return with new schemes that inevitably cost countless lives.
    • Foul's Co-Dragons, the three Ravers, are just as bad. They were originally three human brothers whose evil was so great it survived past the destruction of their physical bodies as incorporeal demons with a thing for possessing people. In addition to being willing accomplices in all of Foul's crimes note , and sharing his gleeful, psychotic sadism, each Raver has racked up a number of atrocities of his own. Moksha Jehannum Fleshharrower and Samadhi Sheol Satansfist both did stints as Foul's head general, massacring countless innocents—and their own troops. Individually, Samadhi, as Gibbon na'Mhoram, was the head of a Path of Inspiration that sacrificed countless lives while lying to the people of the Land that it would help reverse the After the End conditions of the Sunbane, when in fact it was just making it worse; Moksha stalked Covenant over much of the Second Chronicles infecting him with venom in order to force him to use his ring at full power whether he wanted to or not, which would have destroyed the world, which was the plan. Turiya Herem Kinslaughterer doesn't show up as often as his brothers, but commits one of the single most appalling atrocities in the Chronicles: single-handedly committing genocide of the Giants of Seareach while they refused to fight back.
  • The Chrysalids: Joseph Strorm is the father of David Strorm. A fanatical fundamentalist, we first see Joseph's evil when he beats and whips David for an innocent childhood remark about needing a third hand. He then brutally whips David to get him to give up the location of his friend Sophie Wender so he can sterilize her. Upon Sophie's capture, he proceeds to smugly gloat about it in front of David, who is only 10 years old, just to hurt him. When it is discovered that David and his little sister Petra are telepathic, and therefore blasphemies, he personally leads a posse to kill his own children and torture them, even though he had previously tried to spoil Petra. A horrible fundamentalist who unnerves even the Inspector, whose job is to deal with blasphemies, Joseph represents the worst of human intolerance, seeing purity as more important than even his own children.
  • Chung Kuo:
    • Howard DeVore is at first the security chief of the T'ang, which stands in opposition to the Chung Kuo civilization. DeVore manipulates the two civilizations into war with the aim of wiping out as many humans as possible and eventually replacing them with his own chosen artificial race, "The Inheritors." Though thwarted, DeVore returns again and again to craft new wars, using people as pawns all the while. Eventually, DeVore is revealed as an inhuman being whose only desire is to utterly exterminate humanity and enjoys nothing as much as the suffering of others.
    • Wang Yu-Lai is a member of the Chinese version of the KGB/Gestapo, which uses Cold-Blooded Torture without any hesitation. Wang is very sad that he doesn't get to commit wholesale genocide against the population of the conquered territories (basically kill anyone, who isn't Chinese) and likes to rape prisoners and forces their husbands or lovers to watch. He also enjoys executing prisoners.
  • Circle of Magic has several monsters in it, particularly in The Circle Opens books
    • In Street Magic, Lady Zenadia seems at first to be retired and a Cool Old Lady, but is in reality an utterly bored and cruel sadist with no regard for the lives of others. Recruiting a teenaged street gang, she has them engage in deadly street wars for her amusement. Any members who displease her, she strangles and buries in her garden for good fertilizer.
    • In Magic Steps, we have Alzena and Nurhar who murder members of a rival merchant family, the Rokats, getting away with it because they have addicted a child mage to a Fantastic Drug so he will be utterly dependent on them. Upon attacking the family, the two make certain they kill the baby first, before killing the little girl, then their rival, then his wife in case she might be pregnant again. Alzena specifically saved Rokat until after he had seen his children die. It made it more fun.
  • C.J. Townsend series, by Jilliane Hoffman:
    • Retribution: Dr. Gregory Chambers is a seemingly kind psychologist who, in truth, is the sadistic creator of a worldwide snuff club that he contributes to by kidnapping, raping and torturing women to death. Upon realizing that his most prominent patient, attorney C.J. Townsend, has trauma thanks to the Serial Rapist William Bantling, Chambers decides to play a "game" by vivisecting several women and killing them by tearing out their hearts, then framing Bantling for the "Cupid" crimes, eager to see if Townsend ignores the law and seeks her own justice against Bantling. Once his little game ends, Chambers kidnaps Townsend, planning to torture her to death and continue his murder spree, bragging that he'll help Bantling escape prison just to allow him to torment more women.
    • Retribution & Last Witness: Chris Masterson is the sadistic partner of Dr. Chambers, and is known by his snuff club members as the "Cop Killer" thanks to his public mask of a law enforcement officer. Assisting Chambers in the Cupid murders—entailing the rape, vivisection, and murder of many women—Masterson frames William Bantling for the crimes. After Chambers's death, Masterson, in a panic to cover up his atrocities, begins murdering a variety of police officers and lawyers who could incriminate him, often by slashing their throats and ripping their tongues our while they're alive to frame it as gang murders. Once seemingly ensuring his safety, Masterson takes C.J. Townsend hostage, hoping to "finish what Chambers started" by torturing her to death, and, when finally captured, Masterson gleefully brags that he'll rat out all of his snuff club partners just to escape justice.
  • Code Lyoko Chronicles (Alternate Continuity): Hannibal "The Magician" Mago, born Mark James Hollenback, was a soldier from a poor background who became the founder of a terrorist organization, Green Phoenix. He kidnapped Anthéa Hopper to force her husband Waldo Schaeffer to restart working on Project Carthage. When this failed, he brainwashed Anthéa for 20 years, abusing her in the meantime. Introduced shooting a horse on a racetrack so that he can win a bet, Mago has his henchman kidnap Jérémie to force him to work for him, or he will kill Anthéa. He has no empathy for his men, merely lamenting that they lost their usefulness when they became insane upon virtualization. When X.A.N.A. offers to help Mago in exchange for helping X.A.N.A. become human, Mago accepts, while having no intention of keeping his promise, planning to keep X.A.N.A. as his weapon to Take Over the World, uncaring about the innocent lives lost in the process, and even planning to send France into chaos should it refuse to submit. He has X.A.N.A. attack Kadic Academy, so that he could retrieve taken a file containing part of Waldo's Code Down. Despite his friendly demeanor, Mago stood out as a perfect foil to X.A.N.A., who obtained the humanity Mago had long lost.
  • Codex Alera:
    • Kord is a brutal and sadistic thug who turned his steadholt into a Wretched Hive. Practicing slavery in a region where it's illegal, Kord sees his slaves as animals and prefers them, particularly the females, broken, so that he can prove his power over them. In a bid to assert his dominance over Isana, he forces her to watch his men gang rape Odianna. When that doesn't work, he reveals his preferred method of breaking slaves: the discipline collar. These devices force slaves to feel intense pleasure or agonizing pain based on whether or not they obey their masters. After showing off the collar on Odianna, he tells Isana that the next night he'll rape Odianna, using the collar to make her like it, then do the same to Isana. Violent and short-tempered, not even Kord's flesh and blood is spared from his wrath. Disgusted with his son, Aric's, natural kindness, Kord physically abuses him, forces him to assist Kord in his crimes, and threatens him with death should Aric refuse.
    • High Lord Kalarus is a despicable despot who built his realm upon slavery and maintains it by keeping his subjects perpetually impoverished. Cruel and power-hungry, in his quest to conquer all of Alera, Kalarus commits one atrocity after another. He keeps his top intelligence agent in line by regularly having her raped and holding her child, Masha, captive, despite the fact that Masha is probably his granddaughter. Kalarus built up his army by attaching discipline collars to children, then conditioned them with the collars for all their lives, ensuring that they would be a mindlessly loyal killing machines once they reached adulthood. When he decided to launch all out war on Alera, Kalarus had his legions slaughter most of the female Citizens in the Realm, and personally carried out attacks on orphanages to draw out defenders. Crippled and defeated in war, Kalarus retreated to his realm and rigged up a Taking You with Me scenario in the case his lands were conquered. He began provoking the great, volcano-dwelling fury, Kalus, and then bound the fury's wrath to his life. His plan was that if he died, the volcano would erupt and kill millions upon millions of people within the region. Unable to disarm the fury, Gaius Sextus is forced to set it off to minimize the damage, killing everyone within Kalarus's realm.
    • Invidia Aquitaine is a Machiavellian plotter that desires to obtain as much power as she possibly can. When she found out that Princeps Septimus was marrying a commoner instead of her, she arranged for his assassination, triggering the entire conflict of the series. Devoid of empathy, Invidia has a habit of betraying anyone if it suits her needs. In order to oust a beloved military officer from his command, she orders her pawn, Senator Arnos, to have a town filled with innocent people executed for the crime of peacefully complying with a more powerful, nonhostile enemy force. She ordered this believing that the commander would refuse, allowing her to label him a traitor and have him removed, thus eliminating him as a potential political threat. Afterwards, the civilians were going to be executed anyway to "set an example." Invidia later joined the Vord in order to save her own life, and voluntarily aided them in their mission to exterminate all non-Vord life on the planet. Hundreds of millions died due to her efforts and, when offerred the chance at redemption by teaming up with the remaining High Lords, Invidia threw it away by attempting to kill her allies the literal second it looked like the Vord Queen had been killed. She did this in order to seize complete control over the wasteland she had helped create.
  • The Cold Moons: Kronos desires to be leader of his large group of Cilgywn forest badgers, but only because he likes ruling over others. Kronos makes friends easily and is liked by many, but it's all an act as he needs support to get to the top of the council. Kronos also has a god complex, and he convinced his brother Zoilos that he'd one day be a god. Kronos weeds out any badger that gets in his way of his goal. He is involved with the deaths of over four badgers, with two being leaders, but he tries to make the deaths seem accidental: He "accidentally" trips Buckwheat into a river, has both Dandelion and an entire family of foxes killed while making it was a skirmish, and then has a boulder crush the current leader Eldon—while there were cubs around. Kronos ends up splitting the badgers into two groups, but he keeps his deserters in line by force. Those who try to escape are captured and tortured to death by Kronos and Zoilos. Oftentimes, even those that just behave in ways that Kronos dislikes are tortured and killed by his underling Vulcan.
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown: Lucien Moreau turned Gavriel into a vampire on a whim, as he did to his sister out of a twisted obsession, the horrific transformation causing her to commit suicide. Brought to trial by the vampire council for turning humans, Lucien manipulates Gavriel into taking the fall for him, nearly leading to his death, had the Spider not chosen to spare the latter, instead appointing him to destroy new vampires to stop their kind from spreading. Spitefully creating more new vampires, Lucien chooses victims who resemble Gavriel's deceased siblings, delighting in the torment destroying them causes him. Behind a massive spread of vampirism, Lucien's actions force vampires to live in the walled-in, titular "Coldtowns", apart from humanity to avoid all the death and destruction. Becoming the ruler of his own Coldtown, Lucien lures in innocent teenagers as a seemingly-friendly figure, throwing lavish parties to ensnare them before draining them of blood in his dungeons and in his parties and finally killing them after months of torment. When Gavriel tracks him down for revenge, Lucien feigns regret, promises him "vengeance" against the spider and murders his own loyal right-hand woman to fake friendship. Tricked by Gavriel, Lucien despicably tries to make his escape by taking Gavriel's Love Interest hostage, trying to save his own miserable life after his plan to rule over all vampires is shattered.
  • Colony Of The Lost, by Derek Cavignano: The demonic Trell is a being from the Land of Demons driven by perpetual lust for power and a thirst to kill for the sake of it. Slaughtering thousands across countless worlds and keeping their souls bonded for all time in its amulet, Trell sets its sights on Earth by slaughtering the vast majority of a native colony before it was stopped. Centuries later, Trell awakens again, turning various people into its unwilling thralls and having them corral several children for the purposes of viciously murdering them and empowering itself. Trell viciously slaughters countless people in its way—often making its thralls butcher their own loved ones and raping a mother to death after making her murder her own six-year-old child—Trell rapes and impregnates the mother of the nine-year-old Sarah Connelly with a monster meant to agonizingly eat its way out of her before attempting to make her murder her own child. Vying to decimate the entire town and all within before continuing on to whatever else it can manage, Trell's sole reaction to its child being killed is to simply gloat that it will rape Sarah next, with the gloating assertion that she'll enjoy it the whole while. A being with a vicious fondness for killing people in the most sadistic ways it can manage and likening it the whole while to a "game," Trell is a ravenous monster who ultimately kills more for the fun of it than anything else.
  • The Color Purple: Alphonso, better known as "Pa", is Celie's stepfather. Having taken advantage of Celie's mother's mental deterioration to marry her and gain access to her mother, Alphonso savagely mistreats Celie, regularly beating her for real or imagined reasons. Worse still, he also regularly rapes her, resulting in two pregnancies by the time she is 14, with him simply selling the children. Tiring of Celie, Alphonso sells her in marriage to a widowed man, even citing the damage he's done to her as a selling point, before continuing to mistreat others as he will, even a new teenage wife later.
  • Col Sec Trilogy: Lamprey is a former Crusher turned gangster who was exiled to Klydor alongside the protagonists. Repeatedly trying to assert dominance over the group, Lamprey was driven out after he murdered several of the forest aliens for being ugly—thus starting a war—and tried to kill Cord. Returning to stalk and harass the group, Lamprey nearly beat Jeko to death and tried to kidnap Samella, who led him into the woods after making her getaway. Encountering the aliens again, Lamprey killed four dozen of them before they overwhelmed him and brought him down. A clear demonstration of what happens when a petty sadist is given elite combat-training, Lamprey was the only exile who actually deserved to dumped off on Klydor.
  • The Consultant, by Bentley Little: Regus Patoff, the titular Consultant, is the manipulative, arrogant, and cruel mastermind of BFG Associates, whose ultimate goal is to create a company able to be run by a single person. To this end, Regus hires himself out as a consultant to large businesses, then slowly and methodically makes the business more productive and profitable, while simultaneously eliminating the employees one by one, be it by forcing them to quit with unreasonable rules, or by murdering them and framing it as tragic accidents. To further along the process, Regus organizes mass shootings of employees, framing other employees for the killings; arranges company-wide vacations that turn into wretched survivalist training; and stalks and torments workers' families, threatening their lives at every turn. Having performed this same ritual over and over again on numerous companies, Regus's latest scheme, his target this time being the company CompWare, ends with him driving several workers into insane frenzies and having them slaughter their co-workers, but not before Regus rapes and murders a secretary who stood up to him, and traps the wife of CompWare's CEO inside a snow globe for all time.
  • Conviction, by Richard North Patterson: Eddie Fleet, though initially coming across as nothing more than a petty criminal and domestic abuser, is revealed to be something far worse. Fifteen years ago, he raped and murdered 9-year-old Thuy Sen, and than sold both his accomplice, Payton, and the accomplice's innocent and mentally-handicapped half-brother, Rennell up the river to save himself. Afterwards he continued his practices of hurting women and children, three of whom he abused to get revenge on Payton for trying to kill him for his betrayal. When Theresa Paget learns the truth from Payton and tries to expose him, Eddie becomes enraged and threatens to hurt her and her daughter, failing to act on his threats only for fear of getting caught. After going on the run following Theresa cornering him in his deposition, Eddie proceeds to beat and rape another woman, who shoots him in the mouth while he's asleep. Sadly, the innocent Rennell is still put to death. Narcissistic, selfish, and cruel, Eddie Fleet showed that even the pettiest of criminals could be among the worst of humanity.
  • The Copper Cat trilogy, by Jen Williams: The dragon goddess Y'Ruen was a monstrous being imprisoned a thousand years ago by the mages. During her imprisonment, Y'Ruen devoured her fellow gods, and upon being released, she combines her blood with that of a human knight to create the Brood Sisters, half-human warriors who form an army. Y'Ruen burns down an entire city and has her army sweep all over the nearby lands, slaughtering everything in their path to the last child. When she learns some of her children have begun naming themselves, Y'Ruen takes the only one she can find, tortures her and murders her in front of the army as a lesson on independence. When the armies of the human kingdoms come against her, Y'Ruen happily incinerates her own children just to get at the enemy, willing to stop at nothing to destroy all in her path.
  • Coraline: The Beldam, or the Other Mother, from both the book and movie, is a wicked temptress who lures children into her otherworldly lair with the promise of a better life. The Other Mother spoils them and subtly draws them more and more into the world, eventually convincing them to sew buttons onto their eyes to stay in her realm forever. Once they do, however, she murders them and locks away their souls so as to replenish her energy. She has repeated the process with three children (in the movie, this includes the sister of the owner of the apartment the gateway between worlds is in), and tries to do the same to the titular Coraline. Upon her defiance, the Other Mother kidnaps her parents and forces her into a horrifying game of finding the dead children's eyes. She also casually disfigures her own servants when they resist her, turning the Other Father into an abominated slug. The Other Mother also claims she killed her own mother, as well. Once Coraline wins the eyes, the Other Mother still attempts to catch her, and sends her severed hand into the real world to pursue Coraline once she escapes her clutches. In the film, she also forces the Other Father into attacking his "daughter," and she murders the Other Wybie after he had helped Coraline escape. The Other Mother is one of the most twisted villains in children's literature and stands as a prime example of being careful what you wish for.
  • Corum: Earl Glandyth-a-Krae is the archenemy of Prince Corum and leader of the Denledhyssi. We first meet Glandyth when he is having several of his human prisoners tortured to death. We subsequently discover that he has been responsible for committing genocide against the Vadhagh, with Corum's family among his victims—his father and uncle cut down by Glandyth, his sisters and cousin gang-raped by Glandyth's men while he looked on. Capturing Corum, Glandyth puts out his eye and severs his hand, planning to leave him with no hands, no eyes, no tongue, no feet, and no genitals. Corum is saved by The Brown Man of Laahr, whom Glandyth subsequently captures and murders, and taken to Moidel's Mount; Glandyth unites the local Pony Tribes and tries to kill everyone there. He later participates in his king, Lyr-a-Brode's invasion of Lywm-an-Esh, sacrificing prisoners in order to summon up the army of his gods, The Dog and The Horned Bear, and planning to use Corum's body as a vessel for the soul of Arioch, The Knight of the Swords. When Corum manages to resurrect the Vadhagh, Glandyth, now acting on his own, makes a Deal with the Devil with Mabelrode the Faceless, The King of the Swords, inflicting the Vadhagh with a disease that causes them to go mad and slay one another; he intends to use Mabelrode's power to Take Over the World. A mass murderer, a rapist, a xenophobe, and a cheerful participant in genocide, Glandyth-a-Krae is finally killed while trying to cheat his way to victory in a Duel to the Death with Corum.
  • The Crescent Moon Kingdoms: Throne of the Crescent Moon gives us Orshado, ghul-of-ghuls. Having sold his soul to the Traitorous Angel, Orshado aims to gain absolute mastery over the world, unleashing ghuls in the streets to prey upon innocent people, and sending Mouw Awa (who actually seems to be devoted to his "blessed friend" Orshado, who doesn't seem to return the favor) to devour the souls of an entire Badawi tribe. Capturing a palace guardsman and torturing him into madness, Orshado cuts off the man's head and animates it as his Mouth of Sauron, then works his magic through the guardsman so that he might transform every guard in the palace into a ghul servant, slaved to his will. Aiming to become the Traitorous Angel's Regent-on-Earth, Orshado hopes to achieve ultimate power, and drown the world in blood.
  • The Cthulhu Mythos: Although the shared universe of H. P. Lovecraft and his contemporaries generally eschew conventional morality, many characters still go the extra mile to stand out in the bleak universe:
    • Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos and the dreaded voice and soul of the Outer Gods, is a malignant sadist of a god with an all too human-like personality. A devious trickster by nature who enjoys playing sadistic games with mankind for its own amusement, Nyarlathotep wanders the Earth in a thousand avatars, stringing the night with the screams of those plagued by the horrid nightmares he induces wherever he walks. On record, Nyarlathotep ruins entire societies in the form of the Black Pharaoh, possesses and murders men as the Haunter in the Dark, and personally attempts to spirit Randolph Carter away into the throne room of great Azathoth itself. Nyarlathotep seduces men into worshiping his many avatars and orchestrates madness by the masses wherever he goes, differing from his fellow Outer Gods by virtue of being a wholly evil entity hindered by none of his brethren's eldritch mindsets and possessed of nothing more than a lust for reaping the chaos that defines it.
    • The Temple: Lieutenant-Commander Karl Heinrich, Graf von Altberg-Ehrenstein, commanding officer of the U-29 during World War I, is introduced sinking the lifeboats from a freighter he's torpedoed, making it clear he's done this many, many times before. When the supernatural begins to interfere with the crew of his ship, causing them to experience feelings of guilt and remorse over the lives they've taken, Heinrich has those effected scourged, before escalating to shooting anyone who objects or mutinies. Killing almost the whole of his crew, and aiding his executive officer in committing suicide, Heinrich dies alone on the ocean floor, a victim of his own evil as much as the supernatural.
    • The Case of Charles Dexter Ward: Joseph Curwen is a wicked necromancer and slave trader in the 1600s, routinely buying and murdering slaves for his dark rituals. Finally hunted down and destroyed, Curwen uses magic to ensure one of his descendants will resurrect him. Upon Charles Dexter Ward doing so, Curwen attempts to revive his old practices, including conjuring the spirits of humanity's wisest figures and torturing them for knowledge in dark rites. When Ward finally objects to the bloodshed Curwen propagates, Curwen murders him and takes his place, thrown in an asylum when he can't properly pass as his descendant due to his antiquated mindset. It is further revealed Curwen is allied to a horror from beyond, where his plans could lead to the utter annihilation of all life in creation.
    • The Thing on the Doorstep: Ephraim Waite, the father of Asenath Waite, was a man affiliated with various dark covens and powers in life who sought immortality regardless of the suffering he inflicted upon others. Consulting dark tomes for a way to live forever, Ephraim finally found a way to expand his own life by body-swapping with his own daughter and damning her to insanity and slow death within his own old body as he took hers. Seeking a male body with strong intellect and weak will to him to weaken and possess, Ephraim slowly seduced Edward Pickman Derby while slowly driving him further and further into madness. When Derby killed Asenath in a desperate bid to stop Ephraim, Ephraim ultimately swapped bodies with him and condemned him to horrific undeath within the rotting corpse of Asenath. Unstopped, Ephraim's dark practices would destroy the peace and comfort of the world as he unleashed untold horror on humanity, jumping from body to body and damning countless more innocents to death for all time.
    • Y'golonac, the Defiler, is the god of depravity and a Great Old One reviled even by the priests of Cthulhu for its unspeakable perversions. Gathering cults of those with carnal hearts, Y'golonac has his followers engage in whatever grotesque fantasies they can imagine in tribute to it, hoping to eventually break out of its walled prison and walk free among men before wiping out all humanity with the other Great Old Ones. A sadist fully able to understand and manipulate humans, Y'golonac possesses people at its own merriment and gruesomely devours all those who do not pledge themselves to serving it. Debuting In Ramsey Campbell's 1969 Cold Print, Y'golonac possesses a bookseller in lower Brinchester and drives a man to insanity to draw in more victims for it to subvert or eat—children among them—and ultimately closes the story by devouring the protagonist himself.
  • The Culture series:
  • The Curse of Chalion: Dondo dy Jironal is the evil younger brother of Martou, is a spoiled, corrupt nobleman, who has no compunction using his position to take advantage of those beneath him or to avenge slights against him. Dondo was responsible for the hero Cazaril being sold into brutal slavery, an experience that left him broken and despondent, while also taking advantage of his position to sexually abuse women. Having at one point convinced Chalion's impotent ruler to allow Dondo to try to get a child from his wife, Dondo raped her and humiliated her for a full year before she threatened suicide over the affair. When he manages to convince the ruler to betroth Dondo to his sister, Dondo gleefully describes to her how he plans to rape and abuse her all he wants.

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