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  • Daemon: The Major brutally kills Roy Merritt, cuts off/out Loki's fingers, tongue, and eyes, orders his mooks to throw Sebeck and Laney into a wood-chipper, and saves teenage girls from brothels... so that he can get them Darknet accounts and then behead them to steal their Darknet identity, keeping their heads chemically alive to spoof the biometrics. Oh, and he came up with the real "Operation Exorcist" plan to expunge Daemon from civilization: Alpha Strikes. Invade Darknet communities with full military force, then send in mercenaries who proceed to destroy every piece of technology present and execute every man, woman and child.
  • Daniel X has fought many vile villains from The List of Alien Outlaws on Earth, but these are the worst:
    • Zeboul, known near-exclusively as "Number 1"/The Prayer, is the ultimate villain behind every bad occurrence in the franchise. Number 1 is an ancient God of Evil who uses his influence to drive entire civilizations into evil, and is responsible for the depravity of such men as Adolf Hitler and Charles Manson. Behind every major member on "The List," from setting up special shoots for Number 5's TV butcher shows to enabling Number 6 to wipe out Daniel's homeworld, Number 1 solidified himself as Daniel's Arch-Enemy by murdering the boy's parents and trying to kill him when he was a toddler. Harnessing his power from the evil others do, Number 1 becomes so tired of the Milky Way galaxy's innate goodness that he attempts to wipe out its billions of lifeforms just to "tip the scales" back in the favor of evil-doers. Number 1 was an utterly sadistic monster of an alien, hell-bent on destroying everything good in the universe just to satisfy his love for all things evil.
    • The Dangerous Days Of Daniel X: Ergent Seth, Number 6 on The List, is a powerful criminal who plans on eventually killing off the human race. In the meantime, Seth abducts dozens of kids at a time and uses them as slaves and drug-runners. Learning Daniel, an Alien Hunter, is on the prowl, Seth begins tormenting him in an attempt to make him leave, then disguises himself as a teenage girl and seduces him to learn how dangerous he is. Deciding Daniel can't stop him, Seth lethally wounds and captures him, then takes him to Daniel's home world, where Seth taunts him about the fact that he has wiped out most of the population. Finding an underground city full of surviving citizens, Seth begins slaughtering them before Daniel challenges him to a duel. Accepting the challenge, Seth orders his child slaves to observe the fight, just so they would be in his crosshairs if he needed leverage. A genocidal child-slaver, Ergent Seth showed that the top 10 villains on The List were far more dangerous and evil than Daniel first believed.
    • Watch The Skies: Number Five on The List, also his only known name, is an "entertainment" director. Showing up on planets with lesser tech than his, Five would mind-control isolated towns into performing entertaining acts, kill them in sadistic ways, then sell footage of these acts to illegal alien networks. Arriving on Earth, Five murders dozens of people through vaporization and Psychic-Assisted Suicide, including his own henchmen for unintentional insults, filming all the way. When his master plan, to use clones of himself to increase his filming to a galaxy-wide scale, is thwarted by Daniel X, Five holds his girlfriend hostage and tries to kill Daniel. Surviving his near-death at Daniel's hands, Five plans on infecting all technology on Earth and cause worldwide chaos, while also calling in reinforcements to help conquer the planet. Committing his atrocities for cheap entertainment, Number Five was an egomaniacal and sadistic monster who treated everyone as props for his "show."
    • Demons and Druids: Phosphorius Beta, Number 3 on The List, has used time portals to hold civilizations throughout history in a grip of fear, wiping out thousands in the process. Terrorizing London, England in the present as an " arsonist", Beta regularly burns down entire blocks, engulfing oil refineries, schools, and day cares. Amassing a small army by turning them into extensions of himself, Beta uses them to collect as much organic material as possible, then ships it off to his home world, where it is used as "fast food". While trying to kill Daniel X and his friends, Beta reveals he plans to burn down London, then move on to the rest of the world until all that's left is a husk. A sadistic pyromaniac, Beta shows that his spot on The List was rightfully earned.
  • The Dark One, by Guy N. Smith: Marcel Hart, a Satanist teenager, is a vicious child who causes deaths for his own amusement, murdering multiple people via magically induced "accidents" to sacrifice them to Satan. When his own parents have issues with him, Marcel kills them as well, in addition to a young woman he was sleeping with via a rather public murder. Staying with his parents' friends, the Gorlays, Marcel plots to sacrifice them to his master as well, children included.
  • The Darkglass Mountain Trilogy: Eleanon, leader of the Lealfast, is a Jerkass with Chronic Backstabbing Disorder that takes his whole species along with him. He treats women, especially his sister, like garbage, and forces his sister to act as sexual bait. As the speaker for the Lealfast, instead of working for what is best for them, he deliberately alienates any allies that extend a welcoming hand to the Lealfast so he can retain control over them. In order to meet an Eldritch Abomination and secure a deal with him, he lets thousands of his own people get massacred in battle, then blames it on Axis. He then makes a deal with said Eldritch Abomination which enslaves the Lealfast to it forever. When he finds a woman, Ravenna, under a curse to not be noticed, he claims he can lift the curse, then instead modifies it so she becomes invisible to everyone but himself, forcing her to become his spy.
  • A Dark Lure: The Watt Lake Killer, Eugene George, is a horrific Serial Killer obsessed with Hunting the Most Dangerous Game. After kidnapping a woman, The Killer would torture and rape her for months before releasing her into the woods as part of a "chase," and, when he got tired of hunting her, The Killer would murder, gut, and cannabilize his victim. When one of the women, Sarah Baker, escaped, The Killer framed his mentally retarded brother for the crimes, getting him life in prison. The Killer is later arrested after murdering a State Trooper, with no one aware he is The Watt Lake Killer. When he is released 12 years later, The Killer tracks down Sarah and begins tormenting her, killing an innocent woman in the process. After capturing her, The Killer molests and tries to rape Sarah, kills one of her friends when he interferes, then tries to strangle Sarah to death before meeting his end. Viewing his victims as "prey," The Watt Lake Killer was a hunter, a rapist, and, most of all, a psychopath.
  • Darkhurst series, by Gail Z. Martin:
    • Scourge: Lord Mayor Ellor Machison is a participant in a conspiracy to hold the "Balance" for his own benefit. Unleashing monsters on his own city that kill countless innocents before having the monsters purged, Machison ruthless hunts down those who hunt monsters without his permission, personally torturing them to death or madness. Machison is also a sexual sadist, routinely raping women and murdering them in bed. In order to get an edge over his rival Merchant Princes, Machison has one killed, as well as his youngest daughter, to send a message to the others. When he realizes the ghosts of his victims want revenge on him, Machison has a Blood Witch in his service sacrifice people to guard him with magic, completely guilt-free of the many lives he's destroyed for his own power.
    • Vengeance: Adder Shadowsworn and his partner Argus Nightshade are Blood Witches who help to maintain the Balance by using the Cull: by murdering others, they use the resulting death to summon monsters on an innocent population, killing people to feed the Balance and strengthen their wealthy patrons. Having their own agendas, Nightshade is also a depraved monster in his spare time, keeping a garden decorated with his victims—some still alive in a state between life and death. Deciding to harness the power of the horrific Eldritch Abomination, He Who Watches, Shadowsworn puts together a huge Human Sacrifice, with the two, along with a third Blood Witch named Wraithwind, attempting to bind He Who Watches, not caring that they will be annihilating entire kingdoms with the powers they unleash.
  • Darkness Series:
    • Swemmel, the half-mad king of Unkerlant, is probably the single most tyrannical ruler in the story. Seizing power after the Twinkings War, Swemmel's first act as king was to have his twin brother and rival Kyot boiled alive in a cauldron, before launching a massive purge of the nobility. Ruling through fear alone, Swemmel cut a deal with King Mezentio of Algarve to divide Forthweg between them, then invaded neutral Zuwayza while the rest of the continent was distracted by the war against Algarve. When the Algarvians double-crossed Swemmel and invaded Unkerlant, Swemmel sacrificed his own peasants in magical rituals in order to buy time, declaring that so long as he had one subject left at the end of the war and Mezentio had none, he would be the victor. When the war begins to swing in his direction, Swemmel proves himself as bad a winner as he is a loser, enslaving Algarvian prisoners, executing Grelzan prisoners, and boiling "King" Rainero of Grelz the same way he did Kyot. A paranoid megalomaniac, Swemmel finds himself the most powerful man on the continent at the end of the war, and is contemplating starting a new one against his erstwhile allies Lagoas and Kusammo.
    • The unnamed interrogator is a low-level government functionary and professional torturer in Jelgava. Initially an employee of King Donalitu of Jelgava, the interrogator goes over to the Algarvians when they conquer the country, and takes a special interest in would-be loyalist rebel Talsu. Arresting Talsu, the interrogator tries to torture him into giving up names of fellow "traitors", traitors whom he knows do not actually exist. When Talsu refuses, the interrogator instead tortures his wife, until each of them gives up names to save the other. Talsu is released, but strong-armed into helping the interrogator uncover more "traitors" under pain of being arrested again. When the war ends and King Donalitu returns, the interrogator turns his cloak again and arrests Talsu for conspiring with the Algarvians to prevent Donalitu's return, denouncing his unwilling accomplice as the vilest of traitors. Responsible for the execution of dozens of innocent people and making Talsu's life a living hell, the interrogator abused anyone who came into his power, while dismissing his own treachery as the acts of a Consummate Professional.
  • The Dark Sea Annals:
    • Morlan is the Big Bad of the series and the evil brother of King Aravel. He is either directly or indirectly responsible for virtually every evil that takes place in the series. He doesn't seem to start out as this, being the Token Evil Teammate of the Council, but he soon drops right off into this territory. He tricks his brother and his allies into beginning an all-out war with the Gorracks by sending his troops disguised as Gorracks into villages and slaughtering the innocent villagers. He regularly takes part in Black Magic, approves of and assists in Cythraul's ceremonies, and makes a pact with Satan himself. He also killed his father and later his brother.
    • Cythraul, Morlan’s stone-cold, sadistic Torture Technician and right-hand man (or rather, elf), is a cold-blooded killer with absolutely no remorse or mercy in his heart. He is a pure sadist, taking great pleasure in watching others suffer, which mostly takes place in his dreaded Bone Chapel; a temple that is filled with the carefully arranged bones, skulls, and corpses of his victims. He treats his torture of others like an art, knowing every detail in the anatomy of all the races and exploiting them in the most painful way possible. He has no problem with performing his “experiments” on children. He is also a skilled assassin, and tries to kill Abbagael and the baby Telwyn via a poisoned razor on his ring. He even mentally regrets having to kill the baby quickly. This is all just from the first book; he gets even worse in the next.
    • Quevara, the Red Queen, is a viciously seductive, Omnicidal Maniac with a fetish for all things red; namely blood and fire. During her reign, she was The Dreaded, and was infamous for slaughtering her subjects just For the Evulz. This included using them as living torches to light her throne room, (often lighting the children on fire first, and forcing their parents to watch before it was their turn.) and butchering her subjects just to see the streams turn red with their blood. When she was merged with the great dragon Raudrim, she took on part of his savage, greedy nature and became bent on destroying and massacring everything in her path.
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone: The world of Eretz features this monstrous pair of Seraphim brothers:
    • Emperor Joram leads the Seraphim on genocidal purges of the Chimaera, alongside his younger brother, Jael, enslaving the survivors of their attacks to suffer as their empire grows. Within his empire itself, Joram forces women to become his concubines, mistreating them to the point they have attempted suicide to escape him; he also slaughters his own guards for perceived disrespect. Horrifically raising his own children to become front line soldiers for his armies, Joram shrugs aside their deaths when they are killed for the "glory" of his empire. When he lays siege to the Chimaera capital of Loramendi, Joram sacrifices hundreds of his own troops to weaken the enemy's defenses, then invading the city to massacre the thousands within, both soldier and innocent civilian alike. After winning his bloody conquest, Joram intends to further expand his tyranny, next laying eyes on a peaceful group of seraphim, ever-hungry for more power.
    • The aforementioned Jael leads his brother's elite forces "The Dominion" and is the one who murdered Akiva's mother. His unit feared even among Joram's empire for their brutality, Jael leads them on purges of Chimaera villages, and relishes the chance to murder unarmed women and children personally, as well as torturing prisoners, in one notable case force-feeding the ashes of Ziri's comrades to him. A being of voracious lust, Jael rapes both civilian women and his own female soldiers. Seizing the throne with Joram's death, Jael kills his own nephew and all the guards present for his coup, leaving only his niece, Liraz, alive to become his Sex Slave. Discovering the human Earth, Jael intends to present himself as a messianic figure, then manipulate them into eliminating his enemy races, by manipulating the humans into giving him dangerous weapons to annihilate his enemies. When confronted by Akiva, Jael uses his own men as human shields, caring for nothing but his own selfish conquest.
  • Dead Space: Martyr: In this Tie-In Novel that serves as a prequel to the games, Craig Markoff is a high-ranking military officer who is obsessed with unearthing the Marker. After Michael Altman leaked video footage of two DredgerCorp employees killing themselves, Markoff broke into Altman's house and threatened to kill him if he didn't divulge everything he knew about the Marker. Once Markoff got the answers he wanted, he forced Altman, his girlfriend Ada, and several of Altman's coworkers to work at a floating facility dedicated to retrieving the Marker. Several of Markoff's employees kill themselves or lose their minds due to the Marker's influence on them, but he ignores all the suicides and keeps pressuring them to get the Marker. When Altman escapes the facility and goes public about what Markoff is doing, Markoff confronts Altman again and forces him to return, threatening Ada if he doesn't comply. He punishes Altman by having Krax torture him with knives. When Necromorphs attack the facility, Markoff leaves everyone inside to die while he safely records video footage of how the Necromorphs and the Marker operate. Markoff captures Altman again after he sinks the facility, and he, Krax, and Stevens all gloat how Altman's efforts were futile. He later reveals that Krax murdered Ada, shortly before he and Stevens explain how Altman will become the founder of the Church of Unitology, and that Markoff had Krax killed when he deemed him " expendable". Markoff then has Altman killed by forcing him to fight a Necromorph-enhanced Krax using nothing but a spoon, and continues his research on the Necromorphs and Markers. Even for a series with an already bleak tone, Markoff stands out as a man who wants nothing but power, and considers everyone to be either a weapon to use to his advantage or expendable.
  • Deadlands novels:
    • Ghostwalkers, by Jonathan Maberry: Aleksandar Deray is a necromancer who uses his forces to harrow settlements, killing many people and raising them as fodder for his zombie armies. Enslaving others as Harrowed, infecting them with Manitou and keeping them as slaves via Ghost Rock, Deray sacrifices others for power and intends on building an army to conquer America. Having one Harrowed, Lucky Bob, attempt to kill his own daughter Jenny, Deray is later revealed to be running a prison camp, and has the prisoners massacred to test out his iron giant Samson. Leading an attack on the city Paradise Falls, Deray attempts to slaughter everyone there before running rampant through America, building his own empire on bloodshed and ashes.
    • Thunder Moon Rising, by Jeffrey Mariotte: Jasper Montclair is a wealthy man turned Black Magic practitioner who holds the skull of the deceased Shaman Thunder Moon. Raising a group of monstrous, inhuman creatures, Montclair sends them on killing sprees, murdering civilians and entire families to feed the power of the skull of Thunder Moon. Advancing in strength, Montclair kills more people, intending on sacrificing a little girl named Little Wing to harvest her power and send his beasts to massacre entire population centers, all to reshape the land as he sees fit.
  • Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Dr. Victor Frankenstein himself (now known as Victor Helios), the Big Bad of the first trilogy, is a chillingly evil mad scientist obsessed with creating a new "Master Race" to replace humanity. Having abused and abandoned his first creation Deucalion, Frankenstein creates new and improved models that see him as their father and their God, also creating wives for himself only to inevitably grow bored with them or enraged at a minor defect before murdering and replacing them. Indulging in pointless cruelties, such as eating baby mice he boils alive just to experience the height of sensation, Frankenstein plots to wipe out all normal human beings and replace them with his own "improved" race to reign over them as a god forever.
  • Death Comes as the End, by Agatha Christie: The killer in this historical Murder Mystery is Yahmose, the quiet, self-contained eldest son of ka-priest Imhotep. After killing Imhotep’s new concubine, Nefret, in a rage, the killer discovers that he enjoys the power that committing murder gives to him, and he proceeds to murder, in rabid succession, his wife Satipy, his brothers Sobek and Ipy, a slave boy who acted as his accomplice, his grandmother Esa, and the cleaning woman Henet, and tries to kill his sister Renisenb, before being stopped. Maddened by bloodlust, the killer was a threat to anyone he thought more worthy than himself, and anybody under his power.
  • The Debt To Pleasure, by John Lancaster: Rodney "Tarquin" Winot is the manipulative, smug, and twisted narrator of the novel, using the guise of a "cookbook" to in truth educate the readers on his philosophy in life. Having grown up a rather monstrous child, Tarquin tormented his older brother Bartholomew at every turn, framed one of his nannies for theft leading to her suicide, and directly engineered the deaths of two of his house servants. Once an adult, Tarquin's vile ways only increased, as he murders his parents with an explosion, sends one of his neighbors into the shooting range of some hunters, and poisons his own brother, all while performing needlessly petty acts such as kneeing a child in the face for annoying him. Tarquin ultimately gets away with his crimes by poisoning two journalists investigating him, and gleefully proclaims his ideology that destruction and murder are the "natural beauty" of humankind, singing praises to tyrants and mass murderers for their understanding of "artistic vision".
  • Deepgate Codex: Scar Night brings us Ulcis, the god of chains. After rebelling against his mother, Ayen, and being flung to earth, Ulcis takes up residence in a seemingly bottomless abyss. Using his Herald, Callis, as his representative, Ulcis gathers an army of followers and orders them to construct the city of Deepgate atop of his abyss, promising salvation and a chance at reclaiming Heaven from Ayen to all those who die in his service. This results in the creation of a culture of people who dedicate their lives to waiting to die, creating a high suicide rate, and a total lack of anything approaching an appreciation for life. This is not the bad part. The bad part is that Ulcis is lying. He has no interest in reclaiming Heaven (he'd much rather Take Over the World) and he and his undead horde of angels instead devour the souls sent to him. That's without getting into his treatment of his daughter. Having found an attractive corpse, Ulcis reanimated her, raped her, and then impregnated her, keeping her alive so that he might enjoy her suffering. When his daughter's birth resulted in the woman dying again and being released from her agony Ulcis tried to hang the child from one of the city's foundation chains. When the girl chewed through the rope, Ulcis recaptured her, abused her, and had her gangraped by his undead, gloating that there was no point in taking her soul because by the end, there wasn't one left. When he encounters his daughter again (her having since become an amnesiac Serial Killer), he gloatingly informs her of what happened to her, forces her to recall it, than indicates that all of his soldiers remember her and would love to do it again. "They remember you. My little Rebecca. My little carnival freak."
  • The Demon Princes: The titular Demon Princes are a group of vicious space pirates who together massacred a colony world and sold the survivors into slavery. Three of them are the nastiest of the bunch.
    • Attel Malagate, known as "The Woe," is a Smug Snake member of the normally peaceful alien race the Star Kings. Malagate plans to despoil a peaceful planet and establish his own dominion over it, murdering anyone who tries to stop him. Malagate remains hidden for most of the novel, his two Co-Dragons committing murder and mayhem for him as he schemes to conquer his home planet and rise above humanity and his own people
    • Kokor Hekkus, a Serial Killer known as "The Killing Machine," kills sentient beings to harvest substances from their bodies that prolong his life. Hekkus has been at it for over a century and has no compunction kidnapping and doing his harvesting from children. Hekkus has remained on his planet for years in order to enact wars, conquests and atrocities for his own amusement, causing every misfortune that befalls the world solely for a love of the chaos with which he surrounds himself.
    • Viole Falushe, ruler of the Palace of Love, runs a self-centered cult around himself and his "beauty," having the most beautiful people of his world taken to serve him for their whole lives. Falushe experiments with women in forced breeding programs to create a clone of the woman he once desired most, and force her to love him. The forced breeding program is what made the original woman commit suicide.
  • Demons, by John Shirley: Dale Winderson is a Corrupt Corporate Executive who preys on the insecurities of the young man Stephen. Having once raped a woman and tricked Stephen's father into taking the fall for it, Winderson plans to use Stephen's gifts to unlock the secrets of the Black Pearl to call demons to the world, offering the entire town Ash Valley to be massacred by the demons. Winderson intends to ascend to near-godhood by offering the entire world to the demons, not caring what they will do to so many innocents as long as he profits.
  • Department 19:
    • Dracula, previously known as Vlad Tepes, is the Overarching Villain of the series, the first vampire ever to exist, and, despite his Faux Affably Evil manner, puts all other vampires to shame with his monstrousness. After being resurrected, he devours hundreds, procured for him by Valeri Rusmanov, to regain his full power. He later kidnaps Blacklight Director Henry Seward and subjects him to brutal torture, including ripping out and eating his left eye in Zero Hour, in which he also kills numerous Operators, including Acting Director Cal Holmwood. He is also responsible for turning thousands of violently unstable inmates into powerful vampires, resulting in numerous deaths across the world. After vampires are revealed to the world, he secretly funds anti-vampire attacks to destabilize the UK, as well as to distract Blacklight and possibly the other supernatural departments; this leads to the deaths of several vampires. Once at full power, his first move against humanity is having vampires attack trains and planes, killing tens of thousands. He then seizes the city of Carcassonne in France, taking over 100 hostages, and gives its inhabitants two days to leave. At the deadline, he gives orders to "Burn it down. Burn it all down." This leads to the deaths of thousands more. His ultimate goal is to Take Over the World, which will result in countless deaths, vampires becoming the dominant species, and even the slightest dissent being punishable by Cruel and Unusual Death.
    • The Rising:
      • Dante Valeriano, the Vampire King of Paris, claims to have been turned by the aforementioned Valeri Rusmanov centuries ago. In truth, Dante is a former peasant named Pierre Depuis who is far younger than he claims. Despite this, Dante runs Paris brutally, painfully killing any vampire who dares object to his rule. On a nightly basis, Dante has humans abducted and brought to his personal theater where they are tortured, murdered and eviscerated on stage with their blood drawn for the thirst of the vampires in attendance. When Frankenstein betrays Dante and rescues a girl who had recognized him from his human life, Dante is left a shattered shell of himself, feeding upon multiple humans to regain power and continuing the horrible "performances" at his theater until he finally captures an amnesiac Frankenstein, fully intending to torture him slowly to death in retribution. While not having the body count of Dracula, Dante's unique brand of sadism, with far fewer resources, stands out.
      • The Mad Scientist Professor Richard Talbot, real name Christopher Reynolds, is the head of Department 19’s Lazarus Project, which aims to reverse vampirism. However, he is in fact trying to find a way to eliminate vampires' weaknesses, a goal which involves brutal torture of vampires. Before escaping, he is in the middle of killing the vampires who are being studied; a young vampire would have been the next victim. He kills the 23 other members of Lazarus with sarin, and was about to kill a teenage member before being shot. We learn that he had done this before, torturing vampires and killing his staff. He is also The Mole for Valeri Rusmanov, and is thus responsible for the kidnapping of Department 19's Director Henry Seward, and the 68 members of Department 19 who are killed—including Kate's boyfriend Shaun Turner—when Valeri leads an attack on Department 19's headquarters. While not having the body count of Dracula or the Rusmanovs, he qualifies as one of the worst humans in the series, despite his seeming-politeness.
    • Battle Lines: General Garcia Rejon uses every bit of his limited page time to stand out. Previously a Mexican general, Rejon became head of the Desert drug cartel by having its previous leader—-and every person tangentially connected to him—-murdered. Rejon was eventually broken out of the Supermax prison he was sent to and turned into a vampire by Dracula's forces. Rejon immediately regains control by having 68 high-level members of the Desert cartel brutally tortured to death. When the heroes launch an assault on Rejon's compound, unwittingly killing a woman, Rejon forces a group of scantily-clad young women—whom he's also heavily implied to have coerced into sex for jobs—to fight them off, armed only with knives and machetes.
  • Deptford Mice series:
    • Jupiter is a powerful sorcerer and the Big Bad for the original trilogy. Born as a deformed kitten named Leech, he grew envious of his older brother and hated him for possessing magical powers he longed to have. After he lets his brother die in a fire, he gains control of his body and later becomes a malicious god-like entity. With hundreds of rats at his disposal, Jupiter forced his army to dig underground so he could unleash the Plague onto the world, and allowed his rats to slaughter dozens of innocents. When his plans to unleash the Plague fail and his spirit is trapped in limbo, he cajoles Madame Akkikuyu to try and resurrect him, and even convinces her to bring a corn dolly to life, which later went on and murdered two Fennywolder mouselets. Once his spirit was released, Jupiter quickly took control of a power station and started to freeze the city. After gaining more power, he brainwashes Morgan into bringing his horde of rats to the station so he can kill them all and use their spirits as his new soldiers. He then attacks Audrey Brown's friends and family, killing several of them all while he attempts to destroy the sun and start a new ice age. A savage, bloodthirsty cat who demanded to be worshipped by all, Jupiter only cared about killing his brother and destroying the world, no matter how many innocent lives were lost or how many loved ones he chose to neglect.
    • Deptford Histories:
      • Lady Morwenna, from The Oaken Throne, is the traitorous handmaiden for the Starwife and the High Priestess for the Hobbers. After years of planning, Morwenna betrays and kills the Starwife before ordering Rohgar and his legion of bats to destroy Greenreach; anyone who survived was fed to her pet toads. Seeking the Silver Acorn, Morwenna also has the bats bomb Ysabelle's hometown of Coll Regalis, before ordering the Hobbers to hunt her and her friends down and kill anyone who gets in their way. After the Hobbers and bats fail, Morwenna finds Ysabelle herself while posing as a good Samaritan, and later steals the Acorn from her and tries to feed her to her toads. With the Acorn in her possession, she wastes no time betraying and killing Rohgar, and once Hobb is resurrected, she immediately tries to use him to kill Ysabelle. A cunning squirrel who enjoyed hearing her victims scream, Morwenna stands out as being one of the few villains in the series who resurrected a demon and nearly used him to Take Over the World.
      • Wendel Maculatum, also from The Oaken Throne, is a traitor in disguise and the High Priest for the Hobbers. Posing as a comical jester, he traveled alongside Ysabelle and her group in hopes of acquiring the Silver Acorn. After separating from her group, he and his Hobbers kidnap or kill her and her friends before he uses the Acorn and the blood of three dead squirrels to summon Hobb. He and his Hobbers constantly stalk and taunt Ysabelle's group as they travel through the woods, even going as far as throwing a mouse's head at them just to scare them. When his true identity is discovered by Tysle Symkin, the former immediately murders the latter and flays his corpse, leaving it for Ysabelle's friends to find. His Hobbers later attack and destroy a stronghold full of warriors; while fleeing with Ysabelle's group, he finally reveals his identity and gloats how Ysabelle and her friends are doomed, and nonchalantly taunts Giraldus over Tysle's death. Even after Wendel dies, he reappears as a ghost just to kill Vesper out of spite and to fulfill a curse he placed on him earlier.
      • Thomas: The unnamed High Priest of Sarpedon is the leader of the Scale, which longs to resurrect the serpent god Sarpedon, also known as Suruth Scarophion and Gorscarrigern. Seeking nine fragments of a jade egg, the high priest and his vast Scale army scourged the world and killed anyone in their path. After running into the Calliope, he capsizes the ship and kills hundreds onboard before heading to the Temple of the Twelve Maidens and massacring everyone in and around the temple, leaving their defiled corpses to be found later. After acquiring the seventh fragment, the high priest and his army head to Hara, where he attacks the city and slaughters thousands in hopes of finding another fragment. Once the high priest steals the last two fragments from Thomas, Woodget, and Simoon, he takes them all to the Black Temple so he can resurrect Sarpedon and offer them to the god as a sacrifice. When Thomas and his friends greatly damage the high priest's army, he chases after Thomas's crew using a statue possessed by Sarpedon's spirit, longing to kill them out of spite.
  • Destroyermen: Captain Hisashi Kurokawa of the Imperial Japanese ship Amagi is a brutal sadist and madman. Allying with the monstrous Grik, Kurokawa kills thousands when his ship destroys the Neracca home in an attempt to get at the USS Walker. Torturing his own crew at the drop of a hat, Kurokawa also gives one tenth of them to be devoured by the Grik in exchange for his own life after a defeat, before managing to climb the ranks by offering the Grik Japanese military technology. Conducting horrible experiments on the Grik, Kurokawa frequently orders their suicides for his own failures and consistently tries to kill both his enemies and innocent people. When he captures his Arch-Enemy Matthew Reddy's pregnant wife, Kurokawa tries to compel her assistance by threatening to have her comrades raped and later orders all prisoners besides her executed. Treacherous to the end, Kurokawa dies scheming how he will ally with Reddy before betraying him after Reddy thinks he is trustworthy.
  • The Devil Rides Out: Mr. Mocata is a ruthless Satanist who runs a cult where innocents are sacrificed to the Devil and nobody ever gets to leave. When cultists Simon and Tanith attempt to escape, taking refuge with the friends of the heroic Duc d'Richlieu, Richlieu and Mocata engage in a battle for the souls of those involved. Mocata uses horrible mental torture on Tanith to make her try to murder everyone in the mansion and uses horrible illusions to torment Richlieu's friends to kill them as well before kidnapping their ten-year-old daughter to sacrifice her to Satan.
  • Dexter: Martin Henker, or Doctor Danco, from Dearly Devoted Dexter, is a disturbingly cruel man from Doakes's past. Discovering his psychopathic tendencies in medical school, Henker enlisted in the military and participated in the El Salvador civil war solely to torture prisoners. Betrayed by his unit, Henker returned to the U.S. to hunt his former colleagues, kidnapping them to play a twisted game of "Hangman". Henker would not only inject them with brain damage-inducing chemicals, he would first cut off their tongue and remove a limb for every wrong answer, which would always happen since his victims are unable to communicate, placing a mirror in front of his victims so they could see everything. Forcing a man to watch him dismembering Doakes, Henker tried to make Dexter his next victim before his death at the hands of Deborah.
  • Diablo: Legacy of Blood, by Richard Knaak: General Augustus Malevolyn shows what kind of man he is by handing a loyal soldier to his witch and mistress Galelona to be horribly sacrificed to demons. Hunting down the armor of his ancestor Bartuc, Warlord of Blood, Malevolyn eventually makes a pact with the demon Xazax, who shows him a ritual to bind demons to his soldiers. Sacrificing the souls of his entire army, Malevolyn has them slaughter a patrol from Lut Gholein before having the city attacked. Despite promising them peace should he get what he wants, Malevolyn reveals he intends on having Lut Gholein massacred to the last human being before moving on with a demonic army to subjugate or slaughter all before him.
  • Diamond Brothers series: While a very comedic and funny series, there are still some monstrous and serious villains to contrast:
    • South by Southeast: The assassin Charon, in truth Tim Diamond's girlfriend Charlotte Van Dam, is a deadly killer hired to kill an MI6 Russian Double Agent named Kusenov as a statement, as her employers know the hit is impossible. Instead, Charon lures Kusenov to England, killing several in the way before murdering an MI6 agent with ice skates. Charon rigs a bomb in an auction house where Kusenov wishes to buy a painting, intending to kill everyone in the room. Having been thwarted, Charon decides to spitefully murder Tim and his little brother Nick before establishing a permanent group of assassins to continue to profit from death and murder.
    • I Know What You Did Last Wednesday: The killer is Johnny Nadler, a former school friend of Tim's and a bitter loser who, following ten years after graduation of always coming in second, irrationally blames their former friends for their own failures and thus decided to murder them all. The killer starts off by murdering their best friend Rory McDougle by cutting him into multiple pieces, then lures the other seven to Rory's private island, which they had rigged with remote control traps, and began picking them off using methods that represented the school subject they had surpassed the killer in methods including poison, impaling and being crushed to death. Upon failing to make their final intended victim, Tim, fall to his death upon the jagged sea needles, the killer confronts Tim and Nick at gunpoint and admitted to have enjoyed their killing spree, before trying to murder them both.
  • The Diaries of the Family Dracul:
    • Prince Vlad Tsepesh, formerly Vlad III, is the vampiric head of the Tsepesh household. During his time as ruler of Wallachia, Vlad earned the name "Dracula" note  for his various acts of torture and sadism towards his subjects. Desiring immortality, Vlad made a pact with the Dark Lord to become a vampire, and has feasted upon hundreds of victims throughout the centuries, with infants comprising much of his prey. As per his bargain with the Dark Lord, Vlad offers up the souls of his family's firstborn son of each generation, binding them to him from infancy via a blood ritual. He has no tolerance for disloyalty among his family; he proved this by killing his "brother" Petru's wife and eldest son, Stefan as punishment for his unwillingness to serve him. Following Petru's death, Vlad attempts to corrupt his son Arkady to be his servant and terrorizes his pregnant wife Mary. He even violates his covenant with his family to never transform his own kin into vampires by transforming Arkady and his sister Zsuzsanna into vampires. He later abducts Mary's son Stefan and attempts to perform the blood ritual on him, only to kill him in a rage upon learning he is not Arkady's biological son, following this by killing Arkady himself. Over two decades later, Vlad moves to London to expand his array of victims. There, he turns Lucy into a vampire and kills her mother, corrupts, then later kills, Renfield, and performs a blood ritual with Mina Harker. Vlad's ultimate ambition is to achieve godhood through the use of a special manuscript, thus giving him dominion over all evil in the world.
    • Countess Elisabeth of Bathory, Vlad's cousin, is a power-hungry vampire who can match even the Impaler in brutality. Noted to have tortured and murdered over 650 maidens in her lifetime and bathed in their blood, Elisabeth made a pact with the Dark Lord for immortality, and has continued her killing spree in undeath. Having acquired the special manuscript by destroying its previous owner, Elisabeth uses it to increase her own power, hoping to achieve godhood through its use. Summoned by Vlad to restore his fading power, Elisabeth seduces Zsuzsanna, luring her into a seemingly loving relationship while in truth planning to sacrifice her to the Dark Lord as part of their bargain. While in Vlad's castle, Elisabeth mesmerizes and violates Jonathan Harker, joins Zsuzsanna and Dunya in feeding on an infant, sacrifices Dunya's soul to summon the Dark Lord, and turns three children into vampires. Arriving in London, Elisabeth kidnaps a young girl and tortures her to death, an act that horrifies Zsuzsanna to the point of leaving her. Following Vlad's death, Elisabeth kills Quincey Morris before assaulting Zsuzsanna to force her to help her locate the remaining key of the manuscript, promising that once she's achieved godhood, she will keep Zsuzsanna as her tortured slave for all eternity.
  • The Diary of a Madman: The judge was considered an irreproachable defender of justice until after his death, when a notary discovered his secret journal revealing his true nature as an unconvicted Serial Killer. After disserting about how killing is the law of nature and life is meaningless, the judge decided to act upon his urges. He cut the throat his servant's goldfinch, strangled a boy, mocked the distress of the parents and murdered a fisherman with a spade. When the fisherman's nephew was convicted of the murder, the judge himself sentenced him to death. Watching the innocent man guillotined with great pleasure, he wished he could have bathed in his blood.
  • Dick Tracy: The Secret Files anthology: The Fat Man, from "Not a Creature Was Stirring", by Max Allan Collins, pretends to be a charity Santa to track down rich families so he can rob them. However, the Fat Man has another vice: Not content with robbery, he is also a Serial Killer of children who loves targeting the kids of well-off families so he can hurt them, throttling the children with his bare hands. When his latest victim is saved by Tracy, the Fat Man later attempts to target Tracy and Tess's own child, and tries to kill Tracy himself.
  • Digital Devil Story: Loki is the Big Bad of the first book and the catalyst for the trilogy as a whole. A demon summoned by Akemi Nakajima to get revenge on two students, Loki orders Nakajima to procure female sacrifices as compensation, including Nakajima's teacher Ohara, whom he impregnates. Initially following the terms of the deal, Loki has a teacher murdered against Nakajima's wishes. Lusting after Yumiko Shirasagi, Loki demands her as a sacrifice and betrays Nakajima when he refuses. He then manipulates the brainwashed Ohara into summoning him into the real world, and goes on a killing spree by devouring countless students and other innocent civilians. He attempts to rape Yumiko, and was only thwarted by the goddess Izanami's intervention, but nonetheless manages to fatally wound Yumiko in the process. In pursuit of the protagonists, Loki murders the loyal Cerberus and Yomotsu-Shikome, and tries to rape Izanami as well. A demon solely driven by his wanton lust for rape and blood, Loki sets the standards for future Shin Megami Tensei villains..
  • Dinner at Deviant's Palace: Sevatividam is a universe-traveling energy being with a lust for draining planets' populations, particularly those populated with sentient life, of their life forces. During his travels, Sevatividam has drained countless species of their minds and lives, with his strategy always involving hypnotizing the planet's population into worshiping him, then using them as his slaves and cattle to use and dispose of as he wishes. When arriving on Earth, Sevatividam, taking the name Norton Jaybush, first started a Renaissance that he planned to use to nurse despair in their people to make them taste better, and later creates his cult of Jaybirds, psychotic fanatics who will follow Sevatividam's orders, even if it entails their death. When any of Sevatividam's cultists break his strict code, Sevatividam sentences them to his horrifying Holy City prison, where they are radioactively poisoned, drained dry of their blood to use in drugs, and locked them in suits of armor known as trash men, where their decaying limbs are replaced with pieces of trash. In the end, Sevatividam tries to manipulate Gregorio Rivas into joining him, and illustrates his power by ordering an entire room of his cultists to kill themselves before using Sivas's love interests as hostages to force him into servitude. A gleeful psychopath with a sweet tooth for innocents' lives, Sevatividam was obsessed solely with himself and his personal pleasure.
  • The Dinosaur Lords: Bishop Tavares is a corrupt Papal Legate who, in the world of Paradise, is one of the leaders of the nation of Nuevaropa's army dedicated to purging "heretics" and sinners. Invading the city of Terra Ropa, Tavares whips his men into a bloodthirsty frenzy before unleashing them on the populace, having the Duke killed, his wife raped and murdered and the city put to the sword. Tavares leads his army against anyone he deems "impure", slaughtering innocent people left and right with rape and torture common. Tavares even has multiple people left hanging in trees, flayed alive and still breathing. When the Gray Angel Raguel arrives to destroy humanity, Tavares, believing himself to be "pure" and free from sin, attempts to ally with Raguel to allow him to massacre as much of humanity as he wants.
  • The Disappearance, by Bentley Little: "Father" is the patriarch of the Homesteaders, a backwards society of cultists who worship Father as a priest of God, when in reality, Father is nothing but a power-hungry madman wanting only to satisfy his sickening lusts. To found the Homesteaders, Father raped several women until they gave him children, and, while using the sons as extra labor and recruiters for his cult, Father raped his daughters, using them as breeders to give him even more children, who he would then repeat the process on. Taking in "converts" to his cause by kidnapping, torturing, and brainwashing innocents, Father keeps all of the Homesteaders under his thumb with threats of torture and exile, all the while raping any and all women he wishes. After the young Joan escapes his cult once learning of his intention to rape her, Father tracks down Joan and her parents, brutally murdering the latter and forcing Joan to be locked in a room with their corpses, while murdering several of Joan's friends who attempt to save her. Father then tries once more to rape Joan, proclaiming that, as punishment for her fleeing him, he will use her as his personal Sex Slave until he tires of her and disposes of her.
  • Discworld is a long-running fantasy series which runs on the Theory of Narrative Causality. Among its villains are these, who put the others to shame:
    • Sourcery: Ipslore the Red is the eighth son of an eighth son and a wizard formerly under the Unseen University, before being thrown out for breaking the rule against marrying or fathering children. Though starting the prologue with the redeeming quality of loving his wife, he is still shown to regard his eighth son Coin, a Sourcerer—a wizard who can use magic without having to learn spells and can allow other wizards to do the same—as merely a tool for revenge and exploits Death by threatening to indirectly kill the boy should Death remove him from Coin's staff. Over the next ten years, Ipslore molds Coin into an obedient killing servant through Electric Torture and by making him dependent on his staff to prolong his revenge, in the process abandoning the love of his wife and losing his sole redeeming trait. In the main story, Ipslore has Coin murder several wizards to bring the Unseen University into line, including a wizard who was kind to the young child, then lets the university loose against the city by turning Lord Vetinari into a lizard—also threatening his pet terrier—and letting the wizards terrorize the helpless population of Ankh-Morpork. Under Ipslore's rule, anyone who attempts to interfere is killed regardless of their inability to stop Coin, a fate that almost befalls Rincewind. Eventually letting his hubris overtake him, Ipslore has Coin freeze the Discworld pantheon, with no care about causing The End of the World as We Know It from the Ice Giants arising or the Things from the Dungeon Dimensions exploiting reality's collapse.
    • Wyrd Sisters: Lady Felmet participated in the overthrow and murder of King Verence I for her husband Leonal to gain the throne for her own benefit and power. Once she inherits her position, she encourages a brutal suppression of peasants and witches alike while using the Fool to spread a propaganda campaign. Revealing herself as a sadist who loves Cold-Blooded Torture, Lady Felmet personally engages in inventive torture with captives. When Granny Weatherwax removes the mental walls she put up and shows her all the evil in her own mind, she shrugs it off, being fully aware how evil she is and not caring.
    • Hogfather: Jonathan Teatime is a sadistic assassin feared even amongst hardened criminals. Implied to have killed his own parents, Teatime has a penchant for excessive slaughter. In one instance, Teatime nailed his target's pet dog to the ceiling for barking too much and killed his servants because he didn't want them to barge in on him. After the Auditors hire Teatime to kill the Hogfather, Teatime abducts a tooth fairy to use her magic to make all the children in Discworld stop believing in the Hogfather in order to kill him, causing a void in Ankh-Morpork's magic that wreaks havoc in the process. Teatime, unlike other members of the Assassins' Guild, shows no regard for the lives of civilians or his own men, in one instance killing a stagecoach driver out of boredom while chatting with him and in another instance having a locksmith working for him dropped down a long spiral staircase to a painful death when he's no longer useful. When Death and Susan foil his assassination attempt, Teatime tails them to the nursery Susan works at in an attempt to kill Death.
    • The Fifth Elephant: Wolfgang Von Uberwald is a sadistic werewolf. Before the book starts, he murders his little sister, Elsa, because she isn't a bimorphic werewolf and, as such, is "impure". He takes the werewolf tradition of hunting humans through a forest, and adds the cruel twist of giving them the illusion that they've escaped before ripping them to shreds. He doesn't care about all the political power he and his family can gain through the civil unrest; he just likes being sadistic.
    • Night Watch: Captain Findthee Swing, the leader of the Unmentionables, is the reason his time period is so corrupt. Swing is a Tautological Templar who uses people's measurement arbitrarily to decide whether someone is good or bad in his eye. He sees himself and his supporters, such as the psychotic Carcer Dun, as good and his enemies and victims, like hero Sam Vimes, as evil. When Vimes enters Swing's base, Vimes sees people who have been physically and mentally tortured, one of them is so broken that he does not resist when Vimes kills him without hesitation. Vimes finds Swing about to torture a man tied to a chair, before he comes in to fight Swing to the death.
  • The Divine Comedy: Dis/Satan was once "the highest of all creatures", above every angel and man gifted by the Highest Joy with immortality, invincibility, super intelligence, and perfect happiness. However, Dis came to love his superiority to the lower angels and only that superiority, making the supremacy of his Father unbearable. In acting on this pride, he convinced his fellow angels and the first humans to rebel against the Love known as God. With his rebellion, the Devil introduced all the evil, suffering, and death that would ever be into the world while condemning any who followed him to Inferno, a realm where beings built for eternal Paradise have been corrupted into murderers drowning in the fiery blood of their victims and cannibals biting into the corpses of their children. With his angelic intelligence, Dis knew all of this would happen if he carried out his "arrogant rape", yet brought all of the tortures and crimes described in Inferno into existence without any remorse.
  • Don't Be a Hero, by Chris Strange: Doll Face is a horrifying and childish psychopath with a desire only to hurt others. Having grown up bullied, Doll Face first used his terrible powers to seek vengeance on his tormentors; however, he quickly grew a taste for blood and power, and began using his powers on innocents worldwide. Be it forcing children to eat their own faces or turning others into his personal killing machines, Doll Face racks up a body count in the hundreds, and though seemingly killed after turning a school into a slaughterhouse where children cannibalized and murdered each other, Doll Face in truth was locked away by the government. Freed from his confinement by Quantra, Doll Face gleefully assists his new boss in brutally torturing and mentally destroying the young superpowered teen Sam, hoping to turn the boy into a walking weapon who will kill countless people. After Quantra is beaten, Doll Face takes matters into his own hands, skinning dozens of his own men alive then using them as meat puppets to hold back any heroes while he himself finishes driving Sam insane. Taking an unholy glee in his actions that disgust even Quantra himself, Doll Face was a truly repulsive monster who got his kicks from hurting defenseless people.
  • Dracula: Count Dracula himself is the Trope Codifier for the modern vampire. A hideous, blood-sucking monster, Dracula commits a number of crimes over the course of the novel, including keeping Jonathan Harker prisoner and trying to drive him insane; kidnapping a baby to feed to his fellow vampires, before sending wolves to kill the mother when she demands her baby back; driving his own servant, Renfield, to madness; sending a wolf after Lucy Westenra and her mother to gain entry to her house before draining her blood and turning her into a vampire (killing Lucy's mother through sheer fear at the wolf's appearance in the process); and turning Wilhelmina "Mina" Harker into a vampire to uncover his enemies' plans against him. Dracula ultimately plans to move to England so that he can feast on the people of London to his heart's content. Overall, the vampire Count is an undead abomination devoid of humanity and worthy of no sympathy.
  • Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne: King Meghren is the tyrannical cousin (and rumored incestuous lover) of the Orlesian Emperor, exiled for offending said cousin to rule Ferelden in his stead. Despising Ferelden and its people, viewing them as "uncultured dogs", Meghren vents his hatred out by tormenting his people, mostly through torture parties or mass executions and vehemently refusing to make any sort of appeal to them. Notable examples include intimidating a young noble over a birthday present just to get a kick out of his fear, and at another point beating a servant boy to an inch of his life. Despite all this, he expects the people of Ferelden to cater to him and is offended when they ask anything of him, or rebel against him. When a rebellion by Queen Moria rises against him, Meghren has her decapitated with her head impaled on a spike—a frequent punishment of his—and resolves to hunt down and eventually kill her son Maric. This war results in high casualties on both sides, with Meghren frequently asking for Orlesian support, only to carelessly send his men to their deaths. When he believes Maric has been killed, only to learn of his survival, as the majority of Ferelden rise or turn against him, he flies into a rage, ordering the mass execution of anyone and everyone who sympathizes with the rebels.
  • The DragonCrown War Cycle, by Michael A. Stackpole: Chytrine, Empress of the arctic realm of Aurolan, has a heart as cold as the tundra over which she rules. She mercilessly drives her subjects to war with blatantly false propaganda, uncaring if they die so long as they advance her goals in doing so, and the conquered territories her forces occupy are treated so brutally that their populations can be reduced to a tenth of what they were in a matter of years; a century of her rule can turn a once-prosperous nation into a wasteland. Chytrine is utterly without empathy or loyalty; when her adopted daughter Isaura turns against her, she coldly declares that she has no daughter and attempts to kill her, and though she gets a good portion of her power through her worship of the Oromise, she secretly fantasizes about overthrowing and enslaving them as well. Though she herself is half-dragon and is allied with several full-blooded dragons, she plans to betray her kin by re-forging the titular Dragon Crown, giving her the power to dominate most of their race. Her vilest deed may be how she gets her Quirky Miniboss Squad; Chytrine has a fondness for using Fallen Heroes as her lieutenants, tricking them into swearing allegiance to her in moments of weakness and then forcibly remaking them into undead warriors in a process that is supposed to be unspeakably agonizing and twists their personalities to be more in line with her desires, leaving just enough of their original selves to be horrified by what's been done to them. The nations of the south lived in fear of Chytrine for generations, for very good reason.
  • Dragon Prince:
    • High Prince Rolestra is a petty, cruel Evil Prince with a very high level of depravity. After murdering his father at the tender age of eight, he ascends to Princemarch's throne and used his position to play other princes against each other for his own amusement, nearly causing several wars. When his request for a Sunrunner was refused he trapped and addicted one to drugs, then slowly cut off the Sunrunner's supply of drugs when he ceased to be useful. He then attempted to use these drugs to enslave and rape another Sunrunner, Sioned, and when he fails burns his mistress Palila alive and banishes two of his children, one being a newborn. When we next hear about him he has cornered the market on the only medicine to a plague and only supplies it when enough of his rivals have died of it. When he enters a war with his greatest rival left alive, Rohan, he salts a battlefield after losing a battle out of spite.
    • Princess Ianthe, Rolestra's daughter, is a cruel and heartless woman, and just as vile as her father. She causes several of the events that lead to Palila being burned alive and her sisters being exiled simply because she didn't like them. She then concocts a plan with her father to kidnap, drug, and rape Rohan to make her son heir to the Desert. When his wife, Sioned, comes to rescue him she locks her in a lightless room and has her guards rape her for a month straight. When she finally lets them go, she releases them into the desert with only a little water and no food.
    • Mireva, a sorceress from the mountains, is a bitter and power-hungry woman. Prior to the events of the story, she introduced drugs to Palila that kickstarted several of Rolestra's villainous acts. She helps Ianthe's sons escape the fire she dies in and trains them into her tools to try to conquer the world with. While orchestrating these plots, she enslaves a princess with a mirror, forcing her to raise an army to try to invade Princemarch, which would cause the death of hundreds of people, if not more. She kidnaps a princess named Ruala with latent sorcerer powers to use as a power source and tries to blackmail another prince to do the same to him. As part of this plot she also impersonates a princess and rapes Rohan's son Pol, then has one of Ianthe's sons nearly rape the princess disguised as Pol. She also threatened to murder two children due to wanting revenge on a Sunrunner.
  • Dragonriders of Pern:
    • Lord Holder Fax managed to gain control of seven Holds through various means, mostly conquest. One Hold, however, he "won" by marrying into the leadership...and then doing his level best to kill his Lady wife via childbirth. He also had zero problems with killing every man, woman, and child even suspected of having Ruathan blood in his bid to gain supremacy over that Hold. It's also heavily implied that he if not outright raped, then stole and coerced every half-pretty female in his jurisdiction that he could get his hands on.
    • Lord Holder Chalkin had a jail area that was more or less like a freezer, with small "cells" cut into rock, all of them cold and damp, into which he threw anyone that pissed him off in the slightest. A servant spilled a container of sugar and got two weeks in one of these cramped, cold cells. People were frequently kept in the cells until they died of the cold and damp, and their bodies were thrown into a lime pit, rather than given whatever passed for a normal burial. He was also heavily "tithing" his peoples' produce, whether it was food or textiles or what have you, to the point of forcing his people to starve and work themselves to death in an effort to please him while he wallowed in an excess of supplies of all kinds.
  • Dragons of Requiem series:
    • Dawn of Dragons trilogy:
      • King Raem Seran sees all Vir Requis as diseased creatures who must be purged from the world by any means necessary. Ashamed of being a Vir Requis himself, Raem has multiple Vir Requis executed in public. After discovering his son, Sena, is a Vir Requis too, he immediately tries to kill him, only stopping because Issari, his daughter, begs him not to. Fed up with the sheer amount of Vir Requis in his kingdom, Raem summons a demon named Angel and has her army seek out and slaughter any Vir Requis they find as they rape many of the women in Eteer. He also allows a witch to extract blood from Issari in exchange for information regarding his exiled daughter, Laira; Raem later hires Zerra Blacksmith to kill Laira and the remaining Vir Requis in the north. Once his initial plans fail, and Raem discovers that Issari is a Vir Requis after she tries to kill him, Raem allows Angel and her demons to feast upon the innocents in Eteer so they'll grow stronger and will assist him in hunting Issari and the other Vir Requis. As they hunt, Raem lets his demons feast upon any villagers they find before confronting the Vir Requis army and killing dozens in the ensuing battle. Raem later contacts the Widejaw tribe and turns them all into sphinxes before ordering them to destroy Requiem and kill any Vir Requis they find. Frustrated over his own "disease," Raem spends his free time executing many innocents in the Abyss, before ordering Angel's demon army to eradicate all life on earth.
      • The aforementioned, ironically-named Angel is Queen of the Abyss, and a fallen deity. Upon being summoned by Raem, she immediately tries to drag him to the Abyss so she can torture him, only stopping because Raem holds all control over what she does. While Raem only wants Angel to kill all the Vir Requis in Eteer, she begs him to allow her and her demons to rape hundreds of women in the city too, which Raem agrees to. Angel and her demon army Rape, Pillage, and Burn as they please while Angel keeps begging Raem to let her army feed on human flesh as well—an offer Raem later agrees to in order to strengthen her army. As Angel's demons continue to wreak havoc upon the neighboring communities, Angel stays in Eteer to ensure her demons keep raping and impregnating as many women as possible. When Issari and many other Eteerian soldiers capture her, Issari tries to take control over Angel, only for her and the hundreds of pregnant women to give birth to half-demons who proceed to slaughter even more innocents. Angel continues to rape and kill indiscriminately while her army massacres villages and cities around the country. During the final confrontation between Angel and the Vir Requis, she starts mind raping some of the characters by making them believe that their fallen loved ones are being tortured in the Abyss. While Raem was driven out of shame and the need to purge the world of Vir Requis, Angel only cares about causing as much death and destruction as possible to satisfy her lust and hunger.
    • Song of Dragons trilogy: Dies Irae is responsible for nearly driving the Vir Requis into extinction. Shunned by his father for the inability to shift into a dragon, unlike his brother Benedictus, Irae takes out his frustration by raping and possibly impregnating his brother's fiancée, Lacrimosa. Upon finding out that Benedictus will take the throne, he kills his father and declares war on the Vir Requis. As he hunts them, he kidnaps Lacrimosa and Benedictus' daughter, Gloriae, and trains her to hate and kill the Vir Requis as well. When Irae discovers that there are still four Vir Requis left in the world, he sends his armies to hunt them all down, not caring how many innocents are caught in the crossfire. After he's defeated by Benedictus, and Gloriae releases the nightshades, Irae banishes Gloriae from his kingdom. While mad that the nightshades harmed his kingdom, he later takes control of them, allowing them to terrorize the world and suck the souls out of thousands of people. Irae also takes his frustrations out on his own soldiers, going as far as having 300 of his men beheaded because they failed to kill any Vir Requis. Irae faces Benedictus and Lacrimosa a second time, and he succeeds in killing his brother before escaping and creating an army of mimics. Not content with using dead body parts, Irae builds a camp where he kidnaps thousands of individuals and harvests their body parts while they're still alive, and even hacks off Agnus Dei's hand. Irae sends his army to finish off the remaining Vir Requis once and for all, and during the battle, he kills Lacrimosa even after she confesses that she's pregnant. A racist Evil Overlord driven by his hatred of the Vir Requis, Dies Irae stands out as being one of the worst villains in the franchise.
    • The Dragon War trilogy: Emperor Frey Cadigus is the vicious, tyrannical ruler of Requiem. Viewing the Vir Requis as weak, Frey staged a coup where he murdered everyone in the Aeternum family and overtook the throne. Afterwards, he spent several years recruiting thousands for his army; after they're put through Training from Hell, he sent his forces out to exterminate all the surrounding nations, leading to the deaths of millions. When the Resistance is formed, Frey has all his soldiers hunt down and destroy the organization, going as far as imprisoning or publicly executing anyone allied with them and opposing his empire. Once Frey discovers that Rune Brewer, the sole survivor of the Aeternum family, is still alive, he sends his troops out to hunt him down. When the Resistance retakes Lynport, Frey and his troops fly down to the city and destroy it, killing anyone in their path. Frey also lures Rune out of hiding by killing several hostages, two at a time. Frey keeps Rune alive, but only so he can torture him and convert him to his empire. During the final battle between the Resistance and Frey's troops, Frey subdues his own daughter, Kaelyn, and ties her and Rune to a chair. He then points a gun at both of them and tries to make Valien choose which person he should kill. Although Frey claims that he cares about Requiem, he uses his power to imprison, torture, and kill anyone in his way, even those who pose no threat to him.
    • Requiem for Dragons trilogy: High Priestess Beatrix Deus is the new Requiem ruler and the leader of the Cured Temple. As ruler, Beatrix routinely sought out any Vir Requis who could shift into dragons and exposed them to tillvine in hopes of ridding the Vir Requis race of their transforming power. Anyone who refused to be "cleansed" with the tillvine was either murdered or imprisoned and tortured, resulting in thousands of casualties. After Beatrix hears that Eliana, the stepsister of Cade Baker, has the power to turn into a dragon, she sends her daughter Mercy to expose her to tillvine, only to discover that Cade is a Vir Requis too. When Mercy fails to find Cade, she burns down his village and murders his stepparents. Once Beatrix realizes that there are other Vir Requis who oppose her rule, she tells Mercy to hunt them down by any means necessary, and later imprisons her own son Gemini to be tortured to death after he inadvertently allows two Vir Requis to escape. She later orders Mercy to murder thousands of infants when her supply of tillvine runs low and declares war on the Horde, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands. Due to Mercy's repeated failures, Beatrix summons an army of bonedrakes to sniff out the Vir Requis and finish them off. In the final battle, when she's confronted by her former lover, Korvin, who tries to persuade her to surrender peacefully; Beatrix responds by subduing Korvin and orders her guards to hang him from her Temple's balcony. While Beatrix acts like she cares about the Vir Requis, she's really a hypocritical, abusive mother obsessed with "curing" the Vir Requis of their "disease," even if it means taking innocent lives.
  • Dragon Tears, by Dean Koontz: Bryan Dracman, AKA "Tick Tock", is a Serial Killer who can create golems and stop time. A killer from an early age, Dracman collects the eyes of his victims as trophies and mentally tortures his invalid mother by mocking her with the knowledge of what he does so much that she literally prays for someone to kill her son. Dracman often tells a victim they'll be dead in a set amount of time, then freezes time and sends a golem to stalk them, or hunts them down himself, murdering them and collecting their eyes. Living only for his twisted desires and game, Dracman will relentlessly hound any victim he's chosen until he takes their lives and takes their eyes to preserve as a reminder of his victory.
  • Dragonvein, by Brian Anderson: The Eternal Emperor Shinzan was once a being of pure energy known as Shin'Zan, traveling through space and consuming worlds. Learning the inner workings of mortals, Shinzan eventually came to the world of Lumnia where he took a new mortal body and then took the entire world, obliterating a continent with his magic power and killing all in his path while taking the body of his greatest enemy Praxis Dragonvein, whose son survived. In one notable instance, Shinzan methodically walked through a dwarf kingdom, killing every resident horribly simply for defying him. A Serial Rapist, Shinzan has women taken and brought to him where he forces them to serve him to break them, regularly forcing them to service his guards until their minds break or he sends them back to homes that will no longer accept them.. When he seems to grow fond of one concubine, Shinzan later murders her in a fit of rage with no remorse, tortures Praxis's son, the series's hero Ethan, and intends to liberate himself from mortal flesh by destroying all life on Lumnia.
  • Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland: The true power behind Summerland, Preacher Snyder, is a bigoted pastor hiding behind shallow piousness. A former slaveholder himself, Snyder exploits cheap labor from the colored populace of Summerland with any infractions he can think of ruthlessly punished by his son, the town's sheriff, with torture and abuse wide under his rule. Beyond this, Snyder throws away the lives of countless of Summerland's colored populace by forcing them to patrol the walls fending off encroaching shambles, utterly uncaring about the massive death tolls and always justifying himself and his cruel rule by claiming to only serve God's chosen order. Lecherous, sexist, racist, and a proud hypocrite above all else, Snyder ignores that his sanctimony will eventually doom the entire town and everyone in it to the hordes outside.
  • The Dresden Files: Harry Dresden has had to face some pretty nasty villains over his long career. These are the worst:
    • Blood Rites: Lord Raith, aka the White King, is one of the cruelest White Court vampires, as well as one of Harry's most personal enemies. A brutal authoritarian, Raith murders his sons to avoid them becoming a threat to his power, and rapes and feeds off his daughters, reducing them to sex slaves. Feeding off of the feeling of lust from his victims to sustain his power, Raith only stops this when he kills Margret Le Fey Dresden—Harry's mother—and she uses her death curse to prevent him from continuing. When Raith's servant Arturo begins operating independently of Raith's porn monopoly, Raith furiously responds by slaughtering Arturo's innocent employees, only stopping to hunt Harry to lift Margert's death curse. Attacking Harry and his half-brother and Raith's own son, Thomas, Raith tries to kill them both to vanquish any threat to his power while trying to rape his own daughter, Inari, and turn her into yet another mentally-broken slave for himself.
    • Dead Beat & Ghost Story: Capiocorpus, aka the Corpsetaker, is a former student and Bastard Understudy of the evil necromancer Heinrich Kemmler. Prolonging her own life by stealing the bodies of others before torturing her victims to death, the Corpsetaker also delights in causing mental anguish, bringing devastation and destruction to the minds of the people she tortures. Along with the other heirs of Kemmler, the Corpsetaker plans to consume the souls of thousands in a ritual as a bid to become a god. Killed by Harry, the Corpsetaker returns as the malevolent "Grey Ghost" and enslaves other spirits to help her return to life. Torturing the ectomancer Mortimer Linderquist, the Corpsetaker has his mind fed to the evil Wraiths—a painful process that destroys the sanity of the victim and something she relishes in doing—hoping to break him and use him to control the spirit population of the city she is in. Allying with the Fomor, the Corpsetaker plans to crush the resistance to them in Chicago and allow them to run amok and cause mass death and destruction while she tries to return to life. Devouring the souls of dozens of spirits, the Corpsetaker attempts to regain corporeal form and tries to steal the body of one of Harry's friends to continue her immortal life of cruelty. Defined by a lifelong path of sadism, the Corpsetaker showed time and again why she was one of Harry's most vicious enemies.
    • Turn Coat: "Shagnasty" is a Skin Walker or Naagloshii sent by the Black Council to disrupt the investigation into the titular traitor, and delights in causing pain in his victims, torturing them with sadistic glee. Attacking the Raith mansion, he massacres several of the personnel there and maims and cripples several others, even breaking off and eating the fingers of Lara Raith's sisters just for fun. Capturing Thomas, he has him tortured by having him hung up and than ripping strips of skin off him, piece by piece. When Thomas's vampiric Healing ability is about to give out, "Shagnasty" than gives him a random, innocent woman—as young as 16-—and, since by this point, Thomas has completely lost control of his Horror Hunger, he winds up raping them to death. "Shagnasty" than repeats the process over a dozen times simply to satisfy his sadistic whims, proving himself one of Harry's most sadistic and deadly foes.
    • Changes: Kukulcan, aka the Red King, is the founder of the Red Court vampires, and the creator of a system of slavery and oppression that spans thousands of years. The Red King presides over a court that enslaves mortals as Cannon Fodder, slaves and food, with a special emphasis placed on feeding upon children, as well as Human Sacrifice to his own glory. When war begins between the wizard White Council and the Red Court, the Red King shows that he had already been prepared for a protracted and brutal war by launching violent attacks, including poison gas, with civilians being collateral damage at best, and food for his soldiers at worst. Playing the part of a blood-addicted junkie, the Red King manipulates his courtiers, pitting them against his enemies and one another, and shows no compunction in sending his own daughter to her death when she opposes him. The misery of the Red King's actions makes South America into a living hell for civilians and those who dare to oppose the vampires, and is so horrible a formerly loyal servant is driven to Knight Templar levels to destroy the Red Court at any cost. One of the most ancient, powerful and evil vampires in existence, the Red King is finally brought down by a sacrificial spell he intended for Harry Dresden's entire family line—one he was going to initiate by sacrificing Harry's 8-year-old daughter personally on the altar.
  • The Drowned Cities: Lieutenant Sayle is Colonel Glenn Stern's right-hand man, and acts as The Heavy for most of the book. The oldest soldier in Stern's service, Sayle acts as a recruiter, press-ganging children into becoming soldier boys for the United Patriotic Front, burning their rank into their faces with acid, and convincing them that the outside world has nothing to offer them. A particularly cold-blooded sadist, Sayle started the UPF's practice of mutilating prisoners by cutting off their hands and feet and leaving them for their comrades to find, and put out of their misery. The practice eventually spread to other child armies, like Taylor's Wolves and the Army of God—which Sayle intended because it means that his own boys will be less likely to surrender. Sayle treats civilians with an even more deliberate brutality, endorsing, encouraging, and participating in his boys' practice of Rape, Pillage, and Burn; he's particularly vicious towards women, informing the heroine, Mahlia, (while neck lifting her) that "maybe I'll just stand here and watch you kick. I like it when a pretty girl kicks." During the climax, Sayle even manages to violate the soldier boys' tenuous moral code, when he has one of his own boys (Mahlia's former friend Mouse) mutilated in order to try and break Mahlia, a fact that shocks and disgusts his Number Two, Sergeant Ocho. What makes Sayle especially bad is that he doesn't buy into Colonel Stern's Well-Intentioned Extremist rhetoric, nor is he a drugged-up PTSDing child, like most of his boys. Ocho notes that Sayle is Straight Edge Evil because "what got him high wasn't any booze or drug or girl. It was the hurting. Sayle liked people hurt."
  • Dune: Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is a monstrous figure whose only concern is his own advancement and the glory of House Harkonnen. Initially lower than the Noble Atreides household, Harkonnen engineers its downfall, leading Duke Leto to a failed Heroic Sacrifice to try to kill the Baron. When his wife and children flee to the desert world of Dune, Harkonne assists in trying to crush the Rebellion in an essential genocide of the Fremen people. Revealing his two nephews, brutish Rabban and intelligent, reserved Feyd-Rautha, Harkonnen plans to assign Rabban to brutalize the Fremen and then later have him removed by Feyd to cultivate the Fremen's goodwill with him. When Feyd tries to assassinate Harkonnen, Harkonnen, in amusement, forces him to kill every woman in the pleasure quarter, chiding him "there will always be more women, Feyd." At one point, a character comments Feyd might have become a great hero, if only someone who wasn’t such a monster had raised him.
  • Dust City:
    • The Nimbus brothers, Karl and Ludwig, are the CEOs of Nimbus Thaumaturgical, a company dedicated to producing fairy dust. In the past, the brothers eradicated the fairy population in order to mine the leftover dust the fairies produced, seeking to be the only purveyors of the magic. When the dust began to run out, the brothers resorted to using the corpses of the fairies to create a new brand of fairy dust, testing it out on various animalia, with the dust either horrifically mutating or devolving them to their primitive forms. To maintain their privileged position, the brothers scheme to infect the entire animalia population in Dust City with the corrupted fairy dust, regressing them to their primitive stage so they can be used as labor and food for the hominid population.
    • Skinner is a crime boss responsible for distributing fairy dust on the black market and running people off of their property through the threat of violence. Years prior, Skinner sent Henry's father, George, to intimidate Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother into giving up her land, but tricked him into taking the corrupted fairy dust, which caused him to revert into his bestial stage and brutally murder the two. In the present, Skinner aids the Nimbus brothers in their plans, abducting animalia for use in their experiments. When Doc begins to uncover their plans, Skinner murders him and frames it as a suicide. When Henry and Matt, one of Skinner's dust runners, enter his house to free Fiona, Skinner turns Matt into a golden statue—a fate he has dealt upon countless other unfortunate people, including Henry's friend Jack.
  • Dying Is My Business and its sequels, by Nicholas Kaufmann, have some deeply unpleasant villains:
    • Reve Azrael is the queen of New York's undead, and desires a world void of all life, with only herself reigning over billions of corpses. Manipulating Trent into helping her, Reve Azrael subsequently covers her tracks by burning her Co-Dragons alive, while plotting to take control of gargoyle king Stryge and use his power to level New York. Foiled in this attempt, Reve Azrael forces Trent's friend Calliope to disembowel herself, psychologically torments both her and Gabrielle by puppeting the bodies of those close to them, and finally hijacks Erickson Arkwright's plan to summon Behemoth, taking control of the demon herself and rampaging into New York. Loathing all life because she cannot control it, Reve Azrael would slaughter every living thing on earth just to secure her own power.
    • Erickson Arkwright was a member of a doomsday cult that tried to force Nahash-Dred to end the world for them. When Nahash-Dred refused, destroying the cult, Arkwright survived and took on a new identity. Murdering his stepson and his wife when they came too close to realizing the truth about him, Arkwright brainwashed his stepdaughter into serving as his assassin, spy, and lover, actions which led to her suicide when Trent successfully got through to her. Summoning the demon lord Behemoth and sending him to attack New York, Arkwright aimed to force Nahash-Dred to reveal himself so that he might take control of the demon and force him to end the world he had grown to love.

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  • Edge Of Dark Water, by Joe R. Lansdale: Skunk, a savage Serial Killer more animal than man who lives out in the Texan wilderness, carves a near-legendary name for himself through the trove of people he's managed to kill in his career as a bounty hunter. Once a disturbed youth named Absalom who killed his dog purely to make it suffer, Skunk ultimately murders his own mother after she tries to kill him in a fit of fright and escapes into the woods, selling his services as a brutal murderer-for-hire who tortures his victims to death, severs their hands to bring back as proof and eventual trophies, and strings up the bones of his victims. Employed by a man named Cletus to fetch a valuable case of money tied to dead girl May, Skunk ruthlessly pursues the money, torturing the local constable Sy and the uncle of protagonist Sue to death before attempting to kill Sue and her friends himself.
  • The Elder Scrolls: The Infernal City & Lord of Souls:
    • Vuhon, better known as Lord Umbriel, was a Dunmer scientist who invented the Ingenium to keep the floating meteorite known as the Ministry of Truth above Vivec City, using the souls of living beings as fuel. Vuhon, jealous over having his affections spurned years ago, tried to use his rival Sul's beloved as fuel for the Ingenium, and refused to own up to any of the subsequent destruction when Morrowind was devastated as the Ministry of Truth fell from their confrontation, torturing Sul for years when they were trapped in Oblivion. Finally escaping upon making a pledge with the Daedric entity Umbra, Vuhon became lord of the flying city of Umbriel, burning countless more souls to fuel the Ingenium that let the city fly and allowing countless Umbrielians known as "skraws" to live short, agonized lives as slaves tending to the city's sump. Vuhon destroys the city of Lilmoth upon being summoned into Tamriel and has his undead armies raze their way across the country, willing to annihilate the Imperial City if they give him trouble and saying all the lives spent to power Umbriel are worth it to emancipate himself from Oblivion and rule Umbriel forever.
    • Minister Hierem is a backstabbing, influential noble in the Imperial Empire and the second-most powerful man in the nation. Seeking even more power, Hierem attempts to overthrow the Emperor and kill any and all rivals, trying to have Prince Attrebus Mede assassinated alongside over fifty of his own men and later torturing Attrebus with Mind Rape, a violation severe enough to leave Attrebus near broken despair. Hierem orchestrates Umbriel's passage into Tamriel by ensuring the city comes through and destroys Lilmoth, actively undermining efforts to stop its path of slaughter while intending to betray Vuhon and become a god by siphoning off all the souls Vuhon has collected for himself.
  • The Elemental Trilogy: The Bane, originally Pyrrhos Plouton, is the Lord High Commander of Atlantis and the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. Afflicted with a deadly illness in his past, the Bane resorted to using taboo sacrificial magic to save himself at the expense of his close friend, a fate he would later inflict on his entire family. Conquering the mage world, the Bane spends centuries regularly sacrificing young elemental mages to prolong his life, in addition to bodyjacking people who closely resemble him when his original body falls out of use. When Iolanthe Seabourne's status as an elemental mage is revealed, the Bane becomes hellbent on capturing and sacrificing her by any means necessary. In his pursuit, the Bane wipes out hundreds of his own soldiers to prevent his use of sacrificial magic being revealed to the public; orders thousands of civilians in the Kalahari Realm put to death as a warning to the Domain; and tortures Prince Titus while inhabiting his father's body, stopping at nothing to extend his life beyond humanely possible.
  • The Elenium: Azash, the Big Bad of this trilogy, is a horrible, sadistic Eldritch Abomination who manipulates his followers into performing rituals that involve Human Sacrifice, torture, cannibalism, necrophilia, engaging in sexual perversions until they collapse dead from exhaustion, and the like. He plots to extend his worship over the continent, and to that end backs a conspiracy to poison the Queen of Elenia, tries to subvert the Elene Church by placing one of his agents on the throne, has a mercenary army under Martel destroy much of the Holy City of Chyrellos, and uses The Seeker, a child-eating insectoid freak, as his Mouth of Sauron. He uses his final moments to kill his other Dragon, Emperor Otha, and Evil Genius, Primate Annias, just because they failed him.
  • The Elric Saga: Jagreen Lern is the ruthless Theocrat of Pan Tang. Becoming the champion of the forces of Chaos, Jagreen Lern takes to murdering the friends of Elric while also running his domains with brutality, Human Sacrifice and turning countless people into living, tormented statues. Jagreen Lern proceeds to lead an army across the lands, massacring those he comes across and conducting human sacrifice and torture. Torturing Elric when he is captured, Jagreen Lern later mutates Elric's wife into a twisted abomination Elric is forced to euthanize. Jagreen Lern later leads the forces of Chaos to dominate the world, stopping at nothing to harm Elric himself.
  • An Ember in the Ashes series: Commandant Keris Veturia of Blackcliff military academy is infamous for her cruelty and inhumanity. Using a cold-blooded exterior to mask her raging insanity, the Commandant delights in committing torture and murder for the flimsiest of reasons. Introduced as she is whipping a boy to death for deserting, a not-uncommon situation, she keeps a wall of her office completely covered with dozens of wanted posters from those she's captured and had killed, a grim "paper cemetery" that serves as a trophies of the lives she's taken. The Commandant treats her slaves horribly, disfiguring them within the first few weeks of service, torturing them or their loved ones for the slightest mistakes, and has a track record of driving them to suicide with her abuse. After the Commandant caught one member of the resistance, she killed everyone the woman loved, savaged her face, forced her to swallow hot coals, then enslaved her as her cook. When Cook tried to assassinate her with poisoned food, the Commandant responded by driving a hot poker through the eye of a five-year-old slave that Cook saw as a surrogate daughter. Conspiring with the Nightbringer, the Commandant places a psychopathic rapist on the throne as her puppet, whom she plans on killing and usurping, manipulates the local Scholar resistance into killing the old emperor, then uses their rebellion as an excuse to commit genocide on the Scholars. The only moment of compassion she's ever admitted to was when Elias was born, and a fleeting moment of maternal instinct caused her to abandon him with a tribal woman instead of killing him as she planned. She almost immediately regretted this and turned around to murder him, only to find the tribe was already gone. She's regretted that single moment of compassion ever since, and has worked to undo her mistake by repeatedly trying to kill her son in the present day. The Commandant is defined as someone who's forged herself into a monster by tirelessly working to weed out any goodness within her in pursuit of absolute power.
  • Emma Kane/Jacob Thorne series, by Todd Travis:
    • Creatures of Appetite: The IcemanJeff Gilday—is a twisted psychopath who, after being rejected by his long-time crush, Barb Mullens, in favor of his best friend, decided to murder Barb's young daughter, Darcy. To avoid suspicion for the crime, The Iceman decided to mask Darcy's death as just one of numerous killings, and, to this end, began kidnapping young girls between 5 and 12 years old, at which point he would sadistically murder and eat them. After butchering 20 girls, 9 of whose body parts he left in an area highly-populated by children, just to terrify the kids, The Iceman kidnaps Darcy, and, when dropping off one of his victims' bodies, opens fire on numerous police officers. Framing an innocent man for his crimes, The Iceman forces him to eat body parts of one of the children to further incriminate the man, then shoots him in the head to make it look like a suicide. Capturing Emma Kane after murdering her current date, The Iceman tries to force her to watch as he kills and eats Darcy, at which point he plans to do the same to her. When Kane's partner shows up, The Iceman tries to murder an officer, leaving him crippled for life in the process, then makes one last attempt to escape by using Darcy as a human shield. When questioned by Kane as to why he ate the children, The Iceman simply replied, "They taste good."
    • Trophies:
      • Lawrence and Bradley Beale are a father and son duo of socialite serial rapists. Lawrence, having witnessed the Bosnian rape camps and viewed them as an achievement, sets up a horrific island he dubs "Heaven", where he and Bradley bring dozens of women over the years to be raped and turned into subservient slaves to be sold into sexual slavery before being murdered once they outlive their usage. Lawrence murdered Bradley's mother—his own wife—to keep her "taint" from infecting the boy, much to Bradley's approval, and while Bradley prefers torturing, raping, and "breaking" women, his father routinely murders women while he rapes them, taking sick glee in seeing the light go out of their eyes as he ends them.
      • Maynard "the Caretaker" is the head of security of "Heaven," spending his free time keeping an eye on the dozens of women there and torturing them with their shock collars if they step out of line. Responsible for raping and beating the women when they first are brought to Heaven to make sure they learn their place, Maynard is also the head of "Hell", a nightmarish torture chamber where he takes women who have been too disobedient and either maims, brands, or, on most occasions, tortures them to death. Maynard spends his final moments as Caretaker continuing his sadistic streak as he tries to torture Emma Kane's best friends to death out of spite towards the woman.
  • Empire from the Ashes: Anu, from Mutineers' Moon, was once the Chief Engineer of the space station Dahak. He led a mutiny against the captain, and made sure the ensuing fight caused as much bloodshed as possible. Later trapped on Earth thanks to Dahak's automated defenses, Anu put thousands of his army into stasis, then used their bodies as vessels for him and his most loyal followers when their bodies wore out. Anu then began instigating many of history's biggest wars and atrocities, with people like Adolf Hitler himself having acted on Anu's orders. After Colin and an army of rebels start thwarting Anu's plans, Anu begins ordering the destruction of random cities on the off chance any rebel bases are located in them. When the rebels lead an assault on Anu's HQ, Anu activates automated weaponry, targeting friend and foe alike, and, when beaten, tries to detonate all of his bases' reactors around the globe, which would result in countless amounts of death and destruction across the world. Psychopathic, narcissistic, and bloodthirsty, Anu stood out as the most wicked villain in the series.
  • Enderverse: The Shadow Saga & Children of the Fleet: Achilles de Flandres, Bean's Arch-Enemy, is a megalomaniac obsessed with conquering the world. Becoming a Serial Killer in his teens, Achilles murders anyone he thinks has seen him as weak, which includes a surgeon who repaired his malformed leg. Recruited by Battle School largely due to his natural charisma, Achilles is expelled and institutionalized just two days later after Bean exposes his crimes, only to be freed shortly afterward by agents of the New Warsaw Pact. Achilles then begins manipulating various powerful nations into a series of brutal wars, intent on gaining enough influence over the eventual victor that he can effectively rule himself, and caring nothing for the resultant death and destruction. He also tries to have the School destroyed along with its students, simply out of revenge for expelling him. Driven by hatred both for Bean and for his friend and later wife Petra—whom he was attracted to, which made him feel weak—he murders an old friend of Bean's out of sheer spite, and sabotages the couple's efforts to have children just so he can crush their hopes utterly before killing them both.
  • Entombed, by Guy N. Smith: Eli Lealan is the head of a Satanist sect that practices Human Sacrifice. Lealan kills multiple people with his coven, enslaving and tormenting their souls while even brutally murdering children in the sacrifices. Lealan intends to free and summon Satan himself to set him upon the world, even betraying a loyal follower as a sacrifice by having her hanged in pain and terror while relishing it all the while.
  • Eon: Dragoneye Reborn & Eona: The Last Dragoneye: The evil High Lord Sethon is the brutal second son of the emperor who eventually launches a coup to slaughter all the Dragoneye mages; kills an infant heir to the throne—his own nephew—in front of said nephew's mother; and has the palace inhabitants raped and murdered. A savage tyrant, Sethon has countless people oppressed and killed, while attempting to start new wars with neighboring nations. In his own time, Sethon is a Serial Killer of both male and female prostitutes, and when he captures Eona, he shows no hesitation in having her tortured before trying to execute her.
  • Et je prendrai tout ce qu'il y a à prendre (And I Will Take Everything There is to Take), by Céline Lapertot: Charlotte's unnamed father, obsessed with controlling his wife Mathilde and his child Charlotte, is introduced by beating his wife, all because he had a bad day. When his 7-year old daughter is slightly angry at him for frightening her friend, he responds by punching her and sending her to her new bedroom, the cave, for 10 years. Adopting a loving façade to keep controlling his family and hide the abuse from anybody else, he doesn't hesitate to threaten his daughter into keeping the abuse a secret from his own parents, all the while still keeping his loving façade. When Charlotte's grades worsens, he beats her with his belt and destroys her favorite book in a rage. When social services visits his house, he blames Charlotte and forces her to watch as, with a smile, he destroys her old bedroom and several things she held dear inside. When a 16-year old Charlotte dates a guy named Guy, he stalked her and later attempted to rape her, thinking his control over her is slipping.
  • Everland: Queen Katherina is the warmongering ruler of Germany obsessed with world domination. Having poisoned her husband, the former king of Germany, Katherina proceeded to wage war against the surrounding nations, slaughtering millions of people, earning her the name the Bloodred Queen. Creating the deadly Horologia virus from a poisoned apple, Katherina unleashed the virus on England's population, wiping out most of its adult population and leaving those eighteen and under to suffer a long, painful demise from its effects. Even her children aren't exempt from her cruelty, as she gouged out her son Hook's eye on his thirteenth birthday and physically abused her stepson Jack. She also performed ghastly experiments on countless animals, transforming them into half-machine monstrosities that terrorize the kingdom. When she learns that several of her prisoners have escaped, Katherina brutally kills one of them, deeming him useless. Upon her defeat, Katherina fatally wounds her son as a final act of spite.
  • Everworld
    • Ka Anor is the one being that the setting's myriad Jerkass Gods fear. The god of the insectoid alien Hetwan, Ka Anor invaded Everworld with his army of mind slaved soldiers, intent on conquering the pocket universe and devouring all of its gods. A huge sadist, his single most horrific act has to be his cannibalization of Olympian cupbearer Ganymede. Having captured the young god, Ka Anor takes the form of a swarm of insects, and strips him down to the bone, keeping him alive to the very last second, as the heroes watch in horror. During the siege of Olympus he offers Zeus the chance to escape with five chosen gods, if he will sacrifice the rest of his pantheon to Ka Anor's appetite; it is later revealed that Ka Anor had no intention of holding up his end of the bargain. His Hetwan legions violate every conceivable rule of warfare, even by ancient terms, using acid and fire as their main weapons. Ka Anor shows that even in a Crapsack World, there are some who rise above the rest in monstrosity.
    • Hel is depicted here as far worse than her Norse Mythology counterpart. A Two-Faced monster, her cruelty extends to her servants, who are kidnapped from elsewhere and castrated when they are made to serve her. This pales though compared to what she does to those who end up in her domain. Those who are unfortunate to come to her hell domain are buried up to their chin in rock, and has their head used as a cobblestone, until the skin is worn away and their skulls are crushed. Ax-Crazy to the extreme, she lives to torture people and even among the variety of gods and monsters in the series, she is by far one of the worst.
  • The Expanse: Marco Inaros, from Nemesis Games and Babylon's Ashes, is the leader of the Free Navy. When he was younger, Marco tricked his girlfriend, Naomi, into helping him sabotage ships' magnetic bottles, allowing him to destroy any ship he wants without any sign of foul play. When Naomi protested this, Marco forbade her from seeing their son, Filip. When Naomi left him, Marco raised Filip to believe that Naomi was a weak-willed coward who abandoned him out of spite. Marco uses Filip to help carry out an asteroid bombardment of Earth that kills 15 billion people. While Marco claims to be fighting for his fellow Belters, he nearly destroys a large chunk of Tycho Station just to kill Holden for dating Naomi, and cripples Ceres Station through looting just to slow down his enemies. Marco justifies his crimes against the Belters by claiming that they weren't "true Belters", but it quickly becomes apparent that Marco defines true Belters as only those who are personally loyal to him.
  • The Face, by Dean Koontz: Vladimir "Corky" Laputa is a Serial Killer and anarchist dedicated to overthrowing society and committing as much chaos as he possibly can. As a member of a ring of like-minded anarchists, Corky masterminds a scheme to kidnap a famous actor's son, slowly torture and starve him to death in a small chamber, and broadcast it to the world so they can see the boy's suffering. Corky regularly murders vagabonds and drifters, murders his co-conspirators to cover his tracks and locks a professor in the chambers he intends to use for the child before poisoning him fatally.
  • The Facts of Life and Death, by Belinda Bauer: John Trick is a misogynistic Serial Killer who terrorizes the city of Limeburn as the ET Killer. His hatred of women beginning when his mother spent too much time dating men who could provide for them, the Killer grew to view her as nothing but a filthy whore, a mindset he then attributed to all women. Once losing his job, he begins killing women to make himself feel powerful simply because he's too lazy to find another job, meaning his wife Alison is the provider for his family, which makes him feel weak. The killer's method of murder is particularly vicious, as he forces the women he targets to strip then call their mothers on video chat, who he then forces to watch as he suffocates their daughters, cackling in glee at their pain. Even in his seemingly kind persona as ten-year-old Ruby's father, he is drilling his misogynistic mindset into the girl, causing her to despise women and even herself when she begins puberty. In the end, he flies into a rage when he discovers Ruby is not his biological daughter, and attempts to torture and kill her in front of Alison, murder Alison herself, then move on to her parents and continue his spree, with him practicing for Ruby's death by attempting to kill an infant in front of its mother.
  • The Fade, by Demitria Lunetta: James "Jim" Pratt is Shannon's seemingly loving boyfriend, but is in truth a depraved Serial Killer. Having a lifelong lust for his sister Kaitlyn, Jim attempts to force himself on her, only for her to rightfully reject him out of disgust. Jim then murders her by having her Bound and Gagged and then walling her up alive. Jim then set about turning his obsessions to her three best friends, killing them too when they wouldn't live up to his expectations, being proud of how much effort it took to perform. Gaining an obsession with Shannon due to her possessing the looks of his sister and the other girls, he ingratiates himself into her life as her boyfriend, all the while planning to off her should she not live up to his impossible expectations. After Shannon's father finds out about his murders, he brutalizes him while planning to kill both him and Shannon after she rejects him. While he makes excuses and tries to blame his victims, ultimately Jim is just a self-entitled pervert who will never accept what a monster he really is.
  • The Faithful and the Fallen series, by John Gwynne:
    • Calidus is the high captain of the Kadoshim, fallen angels who serve the dark lord Asroth. The first of the Kadoshim to assume human flesh, Calidus takes the form of a wise old man who secretly manipulates events in the human world to remain chaotic and brutal while also manipulating a young man named Nathair to become Asroth's champion, "The Black Sun." Continuously pushing Nathair to worse deeds, including murdering his own father, Calidus intends to pave the way for the other Kadoshim and Asroth to annihilate all humanity. Forcibly installing a multitude of Kadoshim into human hosts while they're alive and tormented, Calidus directs them to massacre human settlements and villages while also encouraging cannibalism as fuel for their new bodies. Calidus murders the mother of the hero Corban and later desecrates her grave just for kicks. While he hides his true nature behind a mask of civility and wisdom, Calidus is a ruthless, savage being utterly dedicated to the annihilation of humanity and his own advancement alongside Asroth.
    • Lykos, Calidus's closest human servant, serves Asroth's plans despite being one of the few to know what Asroth truly is. With Calidus's help, Lykos rose to become king of the brutal Vin-Thalun pirate culture, his people. Promoting violent raids and a dog-eat-dog society, Lykos makes advancements into Nathair's own kingdom when he is away and sets up illegal fighting pits where people are forced to fight to the death for Lykos's amusement, with one of the few survivors being the warrior Maquin. Lykos then magically enslaves Nathair's mother Queen Fidele and rapes her while also using her as a puppet to set up legal fighting pits and ruling through her as a tyrant while she is aware of everything. After Maquin rescues Fidele, Lykos develops a disturbing fixation on her and continuously tries to recover her, resulting in her death when she kills herself to save Maquin from suicide at Lykos's order when he holds her hostage. Lykos shows no compunction cheating at his fights if he's actually in danger, and when he finally faces Maquin in a duel to the death, continuously mocks him about Fidele's death, standing apart as the most vile human being in the series, considered barbaric even among his own allies.
  • False Memory: Dr. Mark Ahriman uses his status as a psychiatrist to mind rape his patients and use them however he sees fit. Some he sends to commit homicide and/or settle his personal vendettas, some he drives to creative suicide for his own entertainment and some he uses for other things. While most of his patients wind up "cured" (read: stripped of the phobia he himself planted in the first place), there's always a chance he'll decide they're more fun to destroy. If the patient is a pretty woman, she's probably screwed, in many ways. He gets away with it for twenty years before anyone properly catches him.
  • Fantômas: Fantômas, the Villain Protagonist, is a terrifying sociopath and Master of Disguise who holds all of Paris in terror as he could be anyone in the city and you'd never know it before he slit your throat. Through the first novel, his activities are so extensive it is unclear if "Fantômas" refers to a criminal network acting together, but by the end of the third, novel it is clear there is only one Fantômas. Known as the "Man of a Thousand Faces" and the "Lord of Terror," Fantômas commits murder after murder, for personal power, wealth or simply his own amusement. Not even his own children are safe as Fantômas uses his son and daughter as pawns in his schemes and kills his own son's girlfriend to twist him to Fantômas's purpose. Fantômas routinely frames the innocent to face the guillotine for his crimes, and puts special emphasis in mentally tormenting the Hero Antagonist Inspector Juve. Fantômas also loves committing murder in elaborate ways: from strangling, stabbing and poisoning to more elaborate death traps such as chambers filling with sand, or even unleashing plague-infested rats on an ocean liner. Alan Moore once summed up Fantômas well in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: "The Count had once been human. Fantômas was a thing. He had always been a thing."
  • Fault Lines trilogy, by Tim Powers:
    • Last Call: Georges Leon is a sociopathic card player who will stop at nothing to gain immortality. Originally devising a way to body jack his own children, Leon successfully turned his eldest into a soulless puppet before attempting the same on his 5-year-old son Scott, planning to make even more children and do the same to them afterwards. When his wife shoots him in the groin and saves Scott, Leon creates a new method to steal others' souls and bodies by tricking them out of people during card games. Though he has to wait decades before collecting the souls, Leon also curses those who owe him with bad luck that leads to the ruination of their lives and the deaths of those around them. Along with murdering his way into becoming the "Fisher King" crime lord, Leon routinely orders the executions of any who would stand in his way, even the infant children of his targets to make sure they don't grow up to seek revenge. Leon ultimately plans to continuously steal the bodies of hapless card players and prolong his own life as long as possible, having zero true care or concern for anyone but himself, bar keeping loyal servants around to inflate his own ego.
    • Expiration Date: Sherman Oaks is one of the two main antagonists of the novel, and handily the more evil. A ghost hunter who both inhales the ghosts for himself and captures them to sell on the black market, Oaks has devoured thousands of ghosts over his centuries of immorally prolonged life, viewing each one as a tasty meal for him to consume. Not content with average ghosts, Oaks murders the artistically talented and inhales their ghosts, wanders military hospitals to steal the ghosts of dying soldiers, and drains newborns of their "ghost shells", parts of their psyche that break off for a few seconds due to the stress of birth, leaving the children with a large chunk of their personality missing as they grow up. In the present, Oaks catches wind of a powerful ghost, and, after brutally torturing and murdering a man and woman for information regarding it, begins tracking their son, Kootie, who now possesses the ghost, planning to kill the child then inhale the ghost all for himself, selling off his thousands of captured ghosts to fund his expedition. At the end of his rope due to withdrawal from not having inhaled a ghost recently, Oaks tries to kill everyone he can in the end, showing nothing but sadism and a sick curiosity for power all the way to his death.
  • FBI Profiler Series, by Lisa Gardner:
    • The Perfect Husband: Jim Beckett, a brutal Serial Killer with an intense hatred of women, marries a young woman, whom he enjoys mentally abusing and occasionally raping. In his spare time, Beckett rapes, tortures and murders women, desecrating the bodies afterwards; in one case, he inserted a tree branch into one of his victims. Beckett even brags that upon the death of one, he went to visit her dying father in the hospital and told the man exactly what he'd done to his daughter. After he escapes from prison, Beckett kills several police officers and rapes and murders his fangirl accomplice. He later tortures a policeman to death with a knife and sets about trying to find his former wife who got him caught so he can slowly torture her to death as well.
    • The Third Victim: Richard Mann, real name Henry Hawkins, is an egomaniac who gets off on holding power over others. His crime, which he has done at least twice before, is to manipulate a troubled child until the child is utterly dependent upon him. He then has the child commit a school shooting, resulting in two deaths while Mann himself murders a teacher who will be mistaken for a victim of the rampage, where Mann can simply abandon his erstwhile apprentice. Mann threatens the shooter and his sister if they say anything. When the heroine, Rainie, gets too close, Mann sends the murdered teacher's father a sex tape of her and the principal so he'll kill the principal and Mann can take his time killing Rainie and then kill everyone else who knows about him before skipping town to continue his game.
  • Felix Castor series: In this urban fantasy series, Felix has fought a variety of nasty demons, monsters and human beings. Here are the worst of the lot:
    • The Devil You Know: Lukasz Damjohn, originally from the Balkans, established himself in England as a pimp and a slaver who has girls lured over from Eastern Europe and summarily enslaved, with "high earners" sent to high-class brothels while the others go to horrible ones where they can be brutalized and wasted, while addicted to drugs to ensure their dependence. Their "training" includes mental breaking, along with rape and occasional physical violence. When a girl is accidentally killed by a recruiter, Damjohn attempts to have Felix destroy the girl's ghost and send her to oblivion. He also has his personal exorcist summon up a succubus to devour Felix body and then his soul. When Felix gets too close to the truth, Damjohn has the dead girl's sister kidnapped to lure Felix out, sparing her only because he intends for her to make him money until she's too "wasted" to work any more.
    • Vicious Circle: Anton Fanke is the head of a Satanist church in America and desires Hell on Earth. Fanke's lover and right-hand woman seduced an exorcist, getting herself pregnant in an occult ritual so Fanke could raise the little girl as a sacrifice to the demon Asmodeus, also allowing Asmodeus access to the world to bring about destruction and ruin. Fanke managed to sacrifice the child, but when her father interfered, Asmodeus could not devour her soul and Felix unknowingly bound Asmodeus into a mortal host at the same time. Years later, Fanke has several people killed before murdering his old rival and pinning the blame on Felix, before preparing to finish the sacrifice by having Asmodeus eat the soul of the girl he murdered.
    • Asmodeus himself (who also appears in later books), once freed from the asylum he was locked in while in the body of Felix's best friend, slaughters everyone in the near vicinity, and proceeds to hunt down everyone close or formerly close to his host body, whereupon he mutilates them before murdering them; he even travels to Macedonia to personally slaughter his host's father on death row while telling said host to "count down to zero" so he'll see everyone he loves killed. Asmodeus plants wards to steadily weaken the self control of Felix's succubus ally Juliet (which could put any man around her in mortal danger) and kidnaps Juliet's human wife with promises to rape and torture her to make Juliet angry enough to attempt to devour Asmdoeus, allowing Asmodeus to free himself while his host is eaten. During one of his murders Asmodeus even kills a nearby homeless man just for his shoes. He also uses Exact Words to torment Felix during an exorcism, preventing him from saving the mortal host. While angry at being bound to the mortal host, Asmodeus had previously been evil and sadistic, even to other demons; he worked with the aforementioned Fanke to bring about Hell on Earth.
  • Ferals: Gideon Marshall, known better as the Spinning Man, is a sinister spider feral who seeks to take over the city of Blackstone by any means necessary. Instigating a war between the ferals in an event known as the Black Summer, the Spinning Man murdered his childhood friend Elizabeth Carmichael and her husband, and would've killed their five-year-old son Caw had the crows not taken him to safety. The Spinning Man's evil persisted even in death, as he attempted to torture Caw and Lydia when they entered the Land of the Dead to force them to return him to life. Seemingly destroyed by Caw's crows, the Spinning Man returns to the mortal realm by possessing Caw's friend Selina. Now going by the name the White Widow, the Spinning Man engineers a new crime wave, while simultaneously tormenting Caw via personal attacks, turning his allies against him and murdering one of Caw's crow companions, all the while draining Selina of her life force so that he may return in physical form. Eventually luring Caw back to his old home, the Spinning Man fully drains Selina of her life force, killing her before Caw's eyes, before promptly murdering Caw himself.
  • Fevre Dream: Damon Julian is an ancient and powerful vampire who enjoys preying on the young and beautiful. Most vampires are slaves to the Red Thirst and don't enjoy killing humans to satisfy themselves, but Julian is so old he no longer feels the hunger at all. All his murders are committed because he enjoys it. Julian delights in tormenting and toying with his victims and keeps his human servant loyal with promises to make him a vampire—a joke for Julian's amusement as vampires must be born instead of turned. Julian has said servant, who has been nothing but loyal and effective in keeping Julian alive and concealed, drink human blood and eat human flesh with false promises. When he learns another vampire named Joshua has created a serum to save vampires from the thirst, Julian steals control of the vampires from him and crushes a baby's skull in front of Joshua just to prove a point about how he can do anything he wants.
  • Final Girls, by Mira Grant: Marline is a sociopathic hitwoman who is sent to find Dr. Jennifer Webb's technology and retrieve it. Marline is known for killing people brutally and unnecessarily on her jobs, and when she invades Jennifer's lab, she proceeds to massacre all of the technicians there, before torturing Jennifer mentally via the latter's own technology to induce a heart attack. After this fails, she attempts to murder Jennifer and torture her more.
  • Fine Dark Line, by Joe R. Lansdale: Mr. Chapman is the father of Stanley's best friend Richard and a fundamentalist with an obsession over "penance" who hideously abuses and tortures his family, having molded his wife into a masochistic doormat who willingly takes the abuse. Above this, Chapman is secretly a Serial Killer who employs brutal labor of minorities on his farm before slaughtering them and framing their deaths as unrelated disappearances, even being implied to murder his treasured dog to cover for himself before he attempts to kill both Stanley and Richard for unearthing the bodies.
  • The Fionavar Tapestry:
    • Rakoth Maugrim, the Unraveler, is a deity from outside of Fionavar who loathes the world he had no part in making. Long ago, Maugrim arrived in Fionavar and began corrupting what he could with the intention of annihilating the world entirely. After freeing himself, Maugrim captures the heroine Jennifer and, vowing to take everything from her, rapes her, while taking the forms of her father and lovers to destroy all happiness she may have. Aware his rape has gotten her pregnant with his son, thus binding him to Fionavar, Maugrim gives Jennifer to a servant of his to rape and torture for a night as long as he kills her at the end of it. When Jennifer is saved, Maugrim later inflicts a brutal winter on Fionavar, killing many by freezing and starvation, while using his forces to ravage the land. When he meets his son Darien, Maugrim is gleeful about a chance to murder him, vowing to not only to kill him but to unmake him utterly as to regain his invulnerability.
    • Metran, First Mage to the High King of Brennin, at first seems to be a harmless, senile old man. Revealed as a servant of the aforementioned Rakoth Maugrim, assisting his master in returning from imprisonment, Metran arranges the massacre of heroine Jennifer's soldiers to deliver her to Maugrim to be raped and murdered. In the second book of the trilogy, Metran obtains the Cauldron of Kath Meigol, powering it by draining the lives of hundreds of minions, resurrecting them and killing them again to create a killing frost over the lands that dooms many people to die via cold and starvation. Another land suffers a killing rain from Metran's powers, poisoning and killing almost everyone within its borders. When finally killed, Metran is attempting to shift the death rain over to the High Kingdom to wipe it off the map, driven only by his greed, hunger for power and hatred towards Fionavar.
  • Fire Bringer: Sgorr is a psychotic and sadistic deer who loves nothing but power and pointless killings. Once a member of the Herne's Herd, Sgorr one day became fascinated by violence after having observed the human world. Wanting to commit an evil act himself, he kidnapped a human infant, then brutally killing him and eating his heart. He admitted that he believed that by killing him he would be stronger then humans. After having been banished by the Herd, Sgorr teams up with Drail, the leader of a rival herd, becoming the chief of the Draila, an infamous military unit. When he finds out that Rannoch, the newborn son of his longtime rival Brechin, carries a prophecy who could lead to Drail's downfall, Sgorr sends the Draila to kill him. While Rannoch menages to escape, Brechin is killed while his mate Eloin is forced to become part of Sgorr's private harem. After having discovered that Drail is more interested in ruling, Sgorr, who prefers conquest and bloodshed, kills him by pushing him off a cliff, before ordering all of Drail's sons to be killed as well. Under his commands, the herd starts conquering other herds by force and killing anyone who tries to oppose. His last act of evil is trying to kill the now grown up Rannoch by crushing him with a boulder.
  • The First Law: Bayaz at first appear to be a kindly, if grumpy, old wizard-mentor archetype. The truth is far more sinister. Bayaz has been the secret puppet master of The Union for centuries, sending countless men to pointless death against his Rival Turned Evil Khalul, who betrayed his and Bayaz's master and murdered his own daughter, who was Bayaz's lover. While Khalul is a threat with his incredible magic power and legion of Eaters, those who have gained sinister powers upon eating human flesh, Bayaz manages to be far worse. He sadistically dominates the new king when the young man tries to stand up to him, revealing him as nothing more than an expendable Son of a Whore, and when Bayaz uses the magical equivalent of a WMD that wipes out a huge faction of his own men, Bayaz's only response is a satisfied grin and to say "It works", not caring that another of his brother's disciples was caught in it. Bayaz even sabotages any attempt at peace that would save countless lives, just so he can keep waging war on Khalul. It is then revealed that Bayaz was the traitor and murdered his own lover, and Khalul fell to darkness to bring Bayaz to justice. It's further implied Bayaz might even be a cannibal himself and has no compunction using the Eaters for his own benefit.
  • The First Victim, by J.B. Lynn: The "Baby Doll Strangler"-—actually the father-son duo of Oliver and Billy O'Neill-—are perverse serial killers who kidnap teenage girls to torture and rape them, before strangling them to death and leaving their bodies with lollipops jammed in their orifices. Billy, in actuality the cousin of Bailey O'Neill, seeks the latter's childhood crush Emily Wright, with Oliver kidnapping Emily and keeping her captive to molest her at his whim. After Emily escapes, Billy lures Emily back by engineering an accident that almost kills her father, as Oliver and he murder, rape and kidnap girls, even murdering Bailey's comatose sister—-a previous victim of their attacks—-and even murdering their own mother/grandmother.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes, The Twisted Ones, and The Fourth Closet: Dave/William Afton was the co-founder of both Fredbear's Family Diner and Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. Unable to deal with the stress in his life, he turned to the life of a Serial Killer to relieve it. Starting off by murdering the child of his business partner Henry, Afton later lured five kids backstage, killed them, and stuffed their bodies inside the animatronics, causing them to become possessed by their spirits. He then modifies the animatronics to lure children away from their parents in the hope of being able to kill even more children. While working as a security guard at a mall, he notices an android based off Henry's daughter Charlotte along with her six friends, and decides to try and kill them For the Evulz. He kidnaps Charlotte's friend Carlton and places him in a springlock suit, gleefully telling him that if he makes one wrong move, the suit will slowly crush him to death and his spirit will be unable to pass on. He later kills an officer and takes Charlotte hostage when the group tries to escape. Returning as Springtrap, Afton sends out animatronics to kill Charlotte and her friends out of revenge for causing his death. It's also revealed that he reduced the animatronics to their endoskeletons and mashed them together, keeping all of the souls in excruciating agony.
  • Flesh and Silver, by Stephen L. Burns: Brother Fist is the dictator of Ananke. Having taken over the moon and constructed its religion around himself, Fist subjects the populace to oppression, slavery, sickness and death to keep power, but also for the sick thrill of watching them suffer. Enslaving the Bergmann Surgeon Marchey to save his life when he is dying of cancer, the ruthless Fist gleefully remarks how any cure is only for himself and will be withheld from anyone beneath them. The worst deed of Fist's is his right-hand woman Scylla, real name Angel, whose mind he warped and reshaped until she was his loyal bodyguard and killer, which Fist proved by having her flay her own mother alive.
  • Flickers, by Arthur Slade: Absalom Cecil is a mysterious, wealthy film producer in the Silent Age of Hollywood seeking to make the world's first sound film for his own nefarious purposes. Responsible for sacrificing a part of himself to bring the hornet-like zebûbs into the world, Cecil uses them to murder an upstart farmer after initial attempts to retrieve his two infant children Isabelle and Beatrice fail, fully intending on murdering the latter in the process and only sparing her to use as a tool once she inadvertently survives. Raising the children under subtle emotional abuse and torturing them when they get out of line, Cecil sets up an orphanage for the pure purpose of picking children to feed himself—even comparing it to a slaughterhouse—and only relents when he's found out, murdering the orphan who gets too much detail and massacring all of the orphans himself before using his servants as an alternative food source. Callously murdering any other threats to his plot, be it with his own hands or through the zebûbs, Cecil ultimately reveals he's a Humanoid Abomination from outside reality who seeks to let the rest of his kind into the world with the implied intention of devouring all humanity, attempting to force Beatrice to watch as Isabelle is devoured before her eyes by his eldritch "twin." Unflinchingly ruthless in pursuing his goal and willing to raise two children for years at a time purely to use them as tools, Cecil is an unfeeling monster barely able to pass as a human being.
  • Floor Four: The Mangler, Henry David Coleman, was once a vicious Serial Killer with the gruesome deaths of 8 people on his hands. However, after dying in a hospital as the result of a shootout, The Mangler's spirit continued to haunt the building, harming and killing as many people as possible. When a group of teenagers throw a party in the now-abandoned building, The Mangler murders one of the kids along with Jack, the only man capable of keeping The Mangler's spirit inside the hospital. Haunting a young boy named Brandon for months afterward, The Mangler ultimately killed the boy's nanny, kidnapped him, Mind Raped him, then tried to force him to become his puppet, resulting in the death of another boy. Regaining enough of his power, The Mangler kills numerous other people, including a child, then plans to continue psychologically tormenting Brandon into insanity. The Mangler is the result of a homicidal lunatic gaining ethereal form, and all the powers it entails.
  • The Forgotten Legion: The fugitivarius Scaevola is a political opportunist and cruel thug introduced attempting to capture a renegade slave given sanctuary by Decimus Brutus's mistress, the former prostitute Fabiola. After being repulsed, Scaevola begins murdering her subordinates and eventually invades her home when she is away, killing and selling her slaves, murdering her soldiers and torturing the original runaway slave to death to get information. Upon locating Fabiola, Scaevola tries to rape her before being driven off, and even castrates a boy just for annoying him. Later allying himself with Marc Antony, Scaevola takes to murdering supporters of the Republican faction in Rome's civil war, and when Fabiola takes over her old brothel, Scaevola orders a blockade of it to prevent her from getting any business before stalking Fabiola and stabbing a friend of hers in the Temple of Orcus, an unthinkable crime in Roman society. Finally, Scaevola invades the brothel to kill everyone inside, with intent of having the prostitutes raped by his men so he can rape Fabiola himself and torture her to death.
  • Forty Words for Sorrows: Eric Fraser, with the help of his girlfriend and partner-in-crime Edie Soames, kidnaps, tortures and outright murders teenagers. His first victim was the thirteen-year-old Katie Pine, whom he ditched in a mine shaft after he fatally tortured her. His second victim, Todd Curry was filmed on a videotape that showed Eric hitting Todd in the head with a hammer until Todd's death. His third and final murder was Billy La Belle, who was Buried Alive. One day, when eighteen-year-old Keith London visits town, he meets up with the seemingly-nice couple Eric and Edie, who invite him to their home, where Eric drugs him and ties him up, planning to find a place where he can film his death. One night, when a burglar called Woody, breaks into their house and tries to free Keith, Eric arrives and shoots Woody dead. Eric only pretends to love the low-self-esteem Edie and even describes her as nothing more than a "reptile pet" to help him with his murderous schemes. When Keith tries to break loose and holds Edie hostage, Eric has no qualms with knocking her down with a crowbar in order to catch Keith and kill him.
  • Fox Craft: The Mage, real name Keeveny, is a former Elder Fox who fell into darkness and treachery. Seeking to gain ultimate power by unleashing the White Fox, uncaring to the untold amounts of destruction this will wreak, the Mage uses his mastery over the foxcraft ability of pleaching—weaving two minds together—to strip entire masses of foxes of their free will, converting them into his unwilling slave army known as Taken. Having personally massacred Siffrin's entire skulk in the past, the Mage sends the Taken to terrorize the land, converting more foxes into his army and killing those who resist or are of no use, all the while decaying the Wildlands by draining it of its life force, or maa. He tricks Haiki into betraying Isla and her friends by offering to release his family, who in truth are already dead, nearly resulting in all their deaths. It is later revealed that he has been abducting young foxes with exceptional maa, planning to use them to unleash the White Fox upon the world.
  • Fragment: Thatcher Redmond originally comes across as just a Smug Snake with a nihilistic worldview, but only pages after we meet him, we find out that he killed his love child to avoid paying child support. He drips with contempt for humanity, and when faced with the incredibly deadly Henders life forms, he sees the opportunity to advance his plans. He leaves his fellow scientists to die on Henders' Island, does everything he can to eliminate the intelligent and gentle Hendropods, and releases five Henders Rats onto the ship with the intention of unleashing them on an unprepared humanity.
  • Frankenstein: The Shadow of Frankenstein: This tie-in novel to the Universal "Frankenstein" films features Jack the Ripper. During his original killing spree, he used his victims' wombs in a potion to grant him immortality. Initially he felt remorse over his first murder, but he immediately embraced his enjoyment of killing (as otherwise the spell wouldn’t work). About half a century later, the effects of the potion are wearing off, so Jack continues killing and mutilating several prostitutes. Jack meets the Monster, who had befriended some of the women. As the Monster desperately tries to save Jack's dying victim, Jack taunts him. Discovering the Monster's near-indestructible body, he kidnaps Dr. Frankenstein's wife Elizabeth and holds her hostage to force Frankenstein to create him a new body like that, so he can live forever. He also stabs a man who tries to expose him, cuts off the foot of Frankenstein's best friend and leaves it as a "souvenir" to give Frankenstein a ransom note written in blood. Out of any character in the Frankenstein series, Jack the Ripper truly is a monster.
  • Frankenstorm, by Ray Garton: Ramsey von Pohle, aka Ram, was once an aggressive bully to Andy Rodriguez but grew up to become a cop and a bigoted, ruthless psychopath. When Ram found out that his wife had cheated on him with another man, he murdered her and took out his anger on his children by murdering them. In the present, he came of as a kind person who wanted to help Andy get his son, Donny, back from his drug-using, ex-wife, Jodi. When they arrived at her house to get him back, Ram took the opportunity to kill everyone at the party, including Jodi, calling them trash that can never be reformed. While talking with Andy, he admits and alludes to having killed many people in the past, including his high school teacher, grandfather, and high school coach for petty and unknown reasons. After arriving at a house to deal with a situation and finding the house itself destroyed by the hurricane, Ram ignored the screams from the children and others who needed his help, leaving them out there in the hurricane. When he reunited with Andy and Donny, he murdered the cop that picked him up from the house, and when things started to not go his way when Andy and Donny tried to get away from him, he killed a man, another cop, and nearly killed them both. Having been responsible for many murders and feeling no remorse, Ram reveals himself as a truly vile individual.
  • Friday the 13th: The Jason Strain, by Christa Faust: Caleb Carson is a Corrupt Corporate Executive whose pride and joy is Xtreme Elimination 2, a reality show in which Condemned Contestants are pitted against each other and "special guest" Jason Voorhees in the jungles of South America. After Jason is kidnapped from the "set" and unintentionally given the ability to spread a zombie plague by a group of scientists, Carson becomes psychotically obsessed with salvaging his series, going as far as having his mercenaries massacre the facility that had developed a cure for the virus so that he can abduct Jason and the other remaining competitors from it and start over in America, not caring that Jason was still highly contagious and could potentially end all life on the planet if not given the vaccine. Carson afterward reveals that he had framed "star contestant" Butch Malone for the double homicide that landed him on death row, knowing that the only way he could get Malone to agree to compete on Xtreme Elimination 2 was by ruining his life and leaving him with no other option, with the worst part being that Butch never had a chance of winning anyway and was set up from the start to die a "dramatic" death in the final round of the game.
  • Fusion Fire: Dru Polar is one of the top-level leaders of the Shuhr. Polar is in charge of training up the teenage "potential adults", and all of them live in terror of him and his mercurial moods, as upsetting him—no matter how trivial the reason—will lead to their death, most likely as an involuntary test subject. He is also determined to increase his already off-the-charts Psychic Powers. In trying to reach this goal, he experiments on live people, subjecting them to a painful process without anesthetic or sedatives, a process that has killed every subject he's tried it on before he could actually test his theory. The Shuhr culture is ruthless, cutthroat, and revels in the pain of others, but even the other high-ranked Shuhr, ostensibly his peers, regard him as cruelty-obsessed and tread cautiously around him in order to avoid attracting his ire.
  • Geek Love: Arturo "Arty" Binewski is a horrific Big Brother Bully who murders many of his infant siblings. Failing in his attempts on his psychic brother Chick, Arty later tries paying a group of teenagers to murder Chick, before tricking Chick into becoming a surgeon for his cult, using Chick's abilities to mutilate cultists, maiming them into limbless beings like Arty. Catching his younger conjoined twin sisters sleeping with another man, Arty arranges them being raped by one of his underlings, resulting in them becoming pregnant, before ordering one of them lobotomized along with many members of his own cult. Discovering his other sister's pregnancy, Arty beats her and tries to have her child cannibalized.
  • Gentleman Bastard series: The Falconer of Karthain became the leader of the magical supremacist wing of the Order of the Bondsmagi to spite his mother, and is the worst person that even that faction has to offer. A petty sadist who sees himself as part of a Superior Species, Falconer persuades the rest of the Bondsmagi to accept Capa Raza's black contract, then offers to carry out the contract himself, murdering seven of Capa Barsavi's garristas, his daughter Nazca, and finally Barsavi himself for Raza, and torturing Locke Lamora into assisting with Raza's plot. Following Barsavi's death, Falconer murders Locke's friends Calo and Galdo, and his apprentice, Bug, and hypnotizes Dona Vorchenza into allowing statues full of Wraithstone to placed at Duke Nicovante's ball, all as part of Capa Raza's plot to "gentle" the nobility of Camorr. Captured and crippled by Locke and Jean after his final attempt at murdering them goes awry, Falconer survives, and makes a comeback, murdering the nurse-attendant who had kept him alive, and then having his mother, Archedama Patience, eaten alive by crows.
  • The Girl from the Well duology:
    • The Girl From The Well: The Smiling Man, real name Quintilian Densmore, is a Serial Killer and the worst of the monsters that Okiku hunts down. Once arrested for attempting to rape a minor, Quintilian learned from the experience that he should simply murder his victims. Abducting, torturing and raping children, Quintilian eventually murders them, with a body count in the dozens. Upon being drawn in by the "beauty" of 15-year-old Tarquin, or "Tark", Quintilian abducts him and his cousin, intending on torturing the former to death before keeping Tark to use, abuse and eventually dispose of as well.
    • The Suffering: The Kannushi of Aito, the wicked Hiroshi Mikage, is a former Onmyoji who seeks to harness the power of the Hellgate. Convincing the villagers that sacrifices are necessary to suppress the power, Mikage has young women tortured and murdered to offer them to the Hellgate after making them suffer more by killing those they loved, with his own daughter being the final intended victim. In the present, Mikage lures Tark and Okiku to the village, intending on killing Tark to make Okiku suffer more before offering her to complete the ritual and seize ultimate power.
  • The Gods of Mars: In this second novel in the John Carter of Mars series, the Big Bad, Issus, ancient ruler of the First Born Black Martians, has manipulated the Martian religion into a cult surrounding her. Making the First Born into a violent force that routinely kill and enslave others, Issus lures victims to her domain in the Valley of Dor where they are killed or made into her slaves. Many are forced to fight in the arenas to die for her entertainment while the women are made into her handmaidens who only last a year before she kills and eats them. Throwing John Carter and friends into the arena, Issus has a slave revolt massacred when John gets them to rise up against her. Out of spite, Issus later locks John's beloved princess Dejah Thoris and two other women who love him into a chamber that will seal off, leaving them nothing to eat but one another. With no care for her own people, Issus stands as among the worst Barsoom has to offer.
  • The Goblin Wars, by Kersten Hamilton: Fear Doirich, the Dark Man, is the god of the goblins. Having created goblin-kind by cobbling together creatures from different worlds, Doirich led them in invading Ireland and, upon being driven into Mag Mell by the Fire Bolg and Milesians, sealed the gateway, forcing the Fire Bolg to travel aimlessly without a home. Seeking vengeance against Amergin, the Milesian responsible for his imprisonment, Doirich kidnapped, tortured, and killed him and his Highborn lover Maeve, sparing their daughters Aileen and Roisin with the intent of forcibly breeding a new race bent to his foul will. As per a blood covenant with a cruel rich man seeking vengeance against a traveler, Cumhaill, for running away with his daughter, Doirich cursed the lovers and their ancestors to be hunted by goblins for all eternity. Having Aileen killed, Doirich thus seeks to subjugate her daughter Teagan and kill Teagan's young brother Aiden, having his goblins torment and kill their loved ones along the way.
  • God of War novelization, by Matthew Stover and Robert E. Vardeman:
    • Ares is an insane, sadistic deity who kickstarts the entire plot with his ambition. Turning the warrior Kratos into his corrupted weapon, Ares uses Kratos to pave a path of blood and death across Greece, killing untold thousands in horrific massacres before tricking Kratos into murdering his own family to destroy the last of his humanity. After Kratos betrays him and allies with Athena, Ares—who enjoys spending his free time killing hundreds of humans at a time for fun—wages war on the city of Athens, killing entire forest populations on his way to destroy Athens. Setting Athens aflame as he sends his hordes to kill everyone inside the city, children included, Ares personally slaughters countless fleeing civilians before being confronted by a vengeful Kratos, who Ares proceeds to Mind Rape with images of his dead family. Upon obtaining Pandora's Box, Ares boasts his plans to use it on Olympus itself, hoping to kill his father Zeus and sister Athena before subjugating all of existence under his mad boot.
    • Medusa is far worse than her video game counterpart. The queen of the Gorgons who is supplying Ares with Gorgon forces to help with his slaughter of Athens, Medusa keeps tortured slaves under her thrall, many of whom she blinds and has sex with. Medusa's vile nature is fully revealed as it is seen she regularly has her servants cook human infants for her to devour as a meal, and when a disgusted Kratos tries to kill her for this crime that horrifies even him, Medusa ends up murdering one of her own slaves in a blind anger.
  • Godzilla vs. The Space Monster: Scott Ciencin's novel saw King Ghidorah in fine form. Arriving on Earth in the midst of a planet killing asteroid, King Ghidorah aimed to reduce humanity to the Stone Age, on behalf of the Space Hunter Nebula D aliens, who feared humankind might someday catch up with them technologically. Freed early on from The Entity who provided his programming, King Ghidorah continued his rampage nonetheless, burning Monster Island and Infant Island to the ground, attacking cities, and cackling like a loon the entire time. Hated by Godzilla because of the joy he takes in violence, King Ghidorah again earned his title as the King of Terror.
  • Gone:
    • Drake Merwin is a monstrous fourteen-year-old who managed to earn the hatred and fear of everyone in the FAYZ. A psychopath even before the series began, he was sent to Coates Academy for shooting a boy with an air rifle, and was diagnosed by staff as a sadist. A few days after all the adults disappeared, Drake essentially became a Psycho for Hire, first serving Caine Soren in his efforts to take over Perdido Beach, then switching his allegiance over to the Gaiaphage after it helped regrow his amputated arm into a whip-like weapon. Drake's many crimes include preparing to feed a daycare full of little kids and infants to mutant coyotes if they resisted him; threatening to cause a nuclear meltdown if Sam didn't allow Drake to torture him; commanding an army of mutant bugs to massacre Perdido Beach; and whipping and slave-driving a pregnant girl across a desert. Drake was also a virulent misogynist, who victim-blamed his mother for her abuse at his stepfather's hands, insults every girl who crosses his path, and expresses an intent to torture, rape and murder Astrid, Diana, and even the Gaiaphage after it stole a female body as its host. Drake's goal wasn't power, it was pain. He admitted that he tortured and murdered his fellow children because he enjoyed it, because it made him feel powerful, and he believed that despite all the diagnoses psychiatrists had tried to give him, the word that best summed him up was "evil".
    • Villain: Dillon Poe is a FAYZ survivor and a would-be comedian who grew envious of the fact that he never got powers. He sees an opportunity when he buys a sample of the meteorite the Gaiaphage came from off the black market and gives himself the power of a Compelling Voice. After ending up in a drunk tank, he uses his power to make an inmate he got into a fight with bite his own tongue off and then makes the guards escort him out of jail. He later goes to a casino and uses a microphone to make the patrons attack each other to entertain both himself and the Dark Watchers. After seeing the potential for conquest his power gives him, his opening act is starting a violent riot in Las Vegas, which he starts by controlling the attendees of a basketball game, gathers a few more after posting a YouTube video, and attempts to use national television when all social media is cut off. He takes a group of cheerleaders to be his personal bodyguards and harem, the latter of which disgusts one of his slaves enough to nearly break control. With Las Vegas now a war zone under his control, the military intervenes, but he manages to control the commanding officer to order a missile assault on the city. To ensure his own safety, he drenches the streets of Vegas in gasoline and has a sparky windup toy active to set his slaves on fire if anybody attacks him, which works after Peaks intervenes. His actions lead to the confirmed deaths of 409 people and thousands more left unaccounted for, all just so he can get a good laugh.
  • The Good Demon, by Jimmy Cajoleas: Gasper, The One Wish Man presents himself as a kindly, eccentric old man, but is in truth a depraved monster who desires power above all else. Charming people with promises of fulfilling their dreams, Gasper will take them for all they're worth, including their lives and souls. To keep his powers strong, Gasper has for centuries sent a demon to befriend children with the promise that he'll make them bond to their friend "forever". In reality, Gasper cuts them open and has a legion of a thousand demons sent into them so that he can draw power from controlling them. This process drives the child insane, causing them to self-mutilate themselves over months, possibly years, ripping out pieces of their skin until they die from the agony, at which point Gasper binds their souls to him and starts again. When the heroine Clare's cousin Cléa attempts to save his latest victim, Gasper has her murdered and added to his soul collection. Gasper says "Power is its own reward" and he would step on anyone to get more of it.
  • Gormenghast: Steerpike is a vicious sociopath who was once a kitchen boy but rose to become of the most powerful figures in Gormenghast. Steerpike sets fire to Earl Sepulchrave Groan's beloved library, resulting in the Earl's insanity and eventual suicide, setting himself up as a hero who rescued everyone else within. Steerpike burns the master of ritual, Barquentine, to death to steal his position and steadily either discredits or murders those who stand in his path while also seducing Fuchsia Groan, plotting to dispose of her as well. Steerpike kills Sepulchrave's twin sisters by sealing them in a room and leaving them to starve, murdering the former servant Flay when he and Young Earl Titus catch Steerpike gloating to the corpses years later. Escaping into the castle, Steerpike decides to destroy everyone he can if he cannot rule the castle. Described as having forsaken any conscience he might once had possessed, Steerpike will lie, cheat and murder, stopping at nothing to claim power he feels should be his.
  • Graceling: King Leck, though at first seeming to be a kind and noble ruler, is quickly revealed to be the most monstrous character in the story. Blessed with the Grace of Compelling Voice at birth, Leck abused and tortured everyone around him, from small animals to his own father before murdering the man. Eventually taking control of the kingdom of Monsea after murdering all of the current royalty, Leck uses his ability to kidnap, torture, and experiment on hundreds of women and little girls, raping and mutilating each of them for weeks on end before reviving them solely to do it all over again, even forcing his own horrified servants to do it while he watches. Regularly abusing and raping his wife before murdering her, Leck attempts to raise his own daughter to be his "perfect heir" by torturing and possibly even raping her. Sadistic beyond belief and viewing his various atrocities as "art" that should be honored, King Leck was the worst this fantasy series had to offer, horrifying and repulsing all those who knew his true nature.
  • The Graveyard Book: "The man" Jack Frost is the most dangerous and wicked assassin of the Jacks of All Trades, and is the main antagonist of the novel. First seen after murdering an innocent child and her parents, Frost tries to stab a baby to death in order to prevent him from growing up to become a threat to his organization, and, when the toddler escapes, Frost nearly murders an innocent man while in his pursuit of the child. Years later, Frost returns to kill the boy, now a teen named Nobody "Bod" Owens, and, after sending his fellow Jacks after the boy, knowing they will most likely fail and die, Frost kidnaps Bod's best friend, Scarlett, and tries to kill both her and Bod for "pride in his work", at which point Frost plans to use the Sleer to remake his organization in his image and make himself all-powerful. Sociopathic and cruel, Jack Frost is a dark villain to match this dark novel.
  • The Great And Secret Show & Everville, by Clive Barker: Kissoon is a treacherous member of the Shoal, a secret society dedicating to protecting reality and the dream sea, The Quiddity. Murdering and torturing his fellow members, Kissoon allied himself with the Iad Uroboros, a monstrous race from beyond reality, and plots to deliver reality to them to consume. Manipulating massive amounts of torture and death to take a body to escape his prison, Kissoon attempts to summon the Iad Uroboros with the belief they will exalt him for his treachery against mankind. Consumed with sadism and a lust for power, Kissoon's cruelty even shows him gleefully murdering his own mother when he encounters her in the past.
  • Greatcoats series, by Sebastien de Castell:
    • Patriana, Duchess of Hervor, is a ruthless aristocrat who led the nobility into a brutal and bloody war to overthrow King Paelis for daring to attempt to reduce the privileges of nobility in favor of increasing the rights of the common people. Years later, Patriana schemes to gain more power by placing her daughter on the throne. When the hero, and former member of the Greatcoat order, Falcio val Mond, falls into Patriana's hands, Patriana reveals her penchant for cruel torture to "create monsters" as a general practice while also revealing she has turned a creature called a Fey Horse into a killing machine by torturing its children to death in front of it. To break Falcio further, she attempts to feed a young girl Falcio is protecting to the creature. It is later revealed Patriana's "daughter" is a fake and her true daughter is the girl's maidservant Trin. Upon revealing this, Patriana ruthlessly abuses the girl she's raised as her own for eighteen years, planning to control the throne no matter who she has to destroy.
    • Shuran is the Knight Commander of Aramor, sworn to protect Duke Isault and his family. Betraying his oath, Shuran murders Isault, his wife and children, as well as a former Greatcoat he frames for the crime. Secretly arming peasants to revolt against the nobility, Shuran then has his knights massacre them while plotting to foster discontent and civil war across the realm to seize more power for himself and eventually exterminate the entirety of the old aristocracy. Revealing himself as the son of the former Saint of Swords Caveil, Shuran desires to take the title from his father's killer, the Greatcoat Kest, to satisfy his own ego. To win, Shuran gleefully cheats, even deciding to torture Kest's friends and rape a thirteen-year-old girl to make sure Kest can't fight him with a clear head.
  • The Green Ember series: Morbin Blackhawk is the leader of the Lords of Prey and is responsible for the horrid state the country of Natalia is in. After slaying King Jupiter Goodson, Morbin teamed up with Redeye Garlackson, and together they razed the Great Wood, killing or kidnapping countless innocent rabbits. Those who weren't corrupted by Morbin were forced to become his slaves and servants, where they're constantly abused for showing even hints of defiance. Morbin and the Lords of Prey also occasionally take some of the child slaves away from their families so Morbin and the other birds can eat them. During his crusade to find the Green Ember, Morbin sends Redeye and his wolves around Natalia to look for it, where they burn down various settlements and kill anyone in their way. Eager to crush the rabbits' resistance, Morbin uses traitorous rabbits and his hordes of wolves and birds to attack the resistance, culminating in the death of Prince Smalls and hundreds of other rabbits. As the resistance continues to fend off Morbin's forces and interfere with his plans, he and the Lords of Prey order their subordinates to kill all of the child slaves solely as a show of force against the other slaves.
  • Griffin Ranger: Deverall is the Evilutionary Biologist commissioned by the Big Bad Duumvirate of Whitehead and Russell to create and release a genocidal plague to kill Whitehead's arch-enemies, the griffins, and their Servant Race, the hanz. To facilitate this, Whitehead kidnapped and sent over to his lab members of 5 of the 6 sentient races, including his own. The griffins, especially, were subject to Cold-Blooded Torture: They were forced to rape one another to produce eggs to incubate the virus, and those that were too young, insane, or infertile were black-tagged and repeatedly infected with strains of the plague until they died. When ordered by Whitehead to terminate the griffins, he instead keeps half alive to use in his own private zoo—and puts the other half to death offscreen with his plague, including Aera's "adopted" griffin child Voll. In the end, Vaniss's War Flock busts in, frees the last five survivors, and incapacitates Deverall (with a Heroic Sacrifice of one of the captives), but they are unable to rescue the black-tags in time. She brings the building down on both Deverall and the black-tags with explosives, destroying the plague, but none of the last survivors leave that chamber of horrors without lifelong scars.
  • The Grim Company trilogy, by Luke Scull: The brutal barbarian chieftain Krazka One-Eye, later known as the Butcher King, is known as the best fighter and the most evil man of the northern clans. When the warrior known as the Sword of the North disobeyed their leader, the Shaman, Krazka brutally raped his wife and sent her to be burned alive as punishment. In the present, Krazka attacks a chieftain who has stopped paying tribute due to famine, humiliates him in a fight after killing his wife as "motivation", and sends him back to be burned alive before he has every civilian in the walls massacred. Allying with a demon called the Herald, Krazka allows demons to be called forth to slaughter all in their path, with his forces becoming infamous for war crimes. Overthrowing the king of the north, Krazka tortures him and keeps him alive as a trophy while buying the Herald's cooperation via gathering children to be sacrificed to its hunger, caring for nothing but his own power and domination. Keeping the sorceresses of the north enslaved and subjected to torture and rape, Krazka even forces them to burn down areas with his own men, reasoning they'll still kill more of the enemy; while also taking to regularly raping women and even boys, murdering them during the night and discarding them after. Relishing in his title, "the Butcher King," Krazka is obsessed with making himself a legend, and relishes the pain he inflicts upon others.
  • Grimms' Fairy Tales:
    • "Hansel and Gretel" (KMH 15): The Wicked Witch is the archetype for the evil witch in the woods. Described as wicked and godless, she lays a trap with her edible house for children, whereupon she captures them, kills them, butchers and cooks them for her feasts. Upon capturing Hansel and Gretel, she attempts to fatten up Hansel, before growing tired of his seeming inability to gain weight. Intending on burning Gretel alive before eating her brother, the witch proves to be one of the most terrifying and evil monsters in any of the Grimm brothers' stories.
    • "The Robber Bridegroom" (KMH 040): The Robber Bridegroom himself appears to be a charming suitor seeking the hand of the heroine in marriage. In truth, the Bridegroom is the head of a group of bandits and a cannibalistic Serial Killer who tricks the women into coming to his home whereupon they are murdered and carved up for food. When the heroine visits and hides, she witnesses a young captive dragged in and killed by her fiancé and his men, realizing the fate that would await her, with the Robber Bridegroom being a dark reminder that evil may hide beneath kind and trusted faces.
    • "The Juniper Tree" (KMH 047): The evil stepmother, upon marrying the husband, grew to resent her stepson, knowing that he would inherit the family's wealth when he got older. Forming a plan, she convinces her stepson into looking into a chest for an apple, only to then decapitate him by slamming the lid onto his neck. The stepmother uses a bandage to reattach her stepson's head, and she manipulates her daughter, Marlinchen (or Marlene in some versions), into thinking that she killed her own brother. She then takes the body, cooks it into a stew, and she serves it to her unsuspecting husband. The story repeatedly makes it clear that the stepmother cared only for herself, and that she committed these actions out of greed, as well as a genuine hatred for her stepson.
  • The Grisha Trilogy: Alina would desperately like to believe that the Darkling—also known as Aleksander Morozova—has redeeming qualities and a reason for what he does, but in truth, he's just playing to what she wants to hear. A narcissist, stalker, and abuser, Darkling exploits the emotional, psychological, and sexual vulnerabilities of Alina and the other Grisha, while blaming others for his own failings and for the violence he inflicts upon them. He sexually harasses and stalks Alina; blinds his mother for warning Alina about him; mutilates Genya for helping Alina escape; threatens to torture Mal and Alina in front of one another to ensure their cooperation; hunts down and kills Alina's only maternal figure; and erases an entire town from the map in a demonstration of his power. Aiming to destroy all nations besides Ravka, Darkling reveals that his goal is not to empower the Grisha, as he had claimed, but to rule the world in his own name with Alina as his enslaved, mentally-broken bride.
  • Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids: Prince Egor, from "The Black Knight", is an evil knight known for his evil deeds in battle. When he hears that its king is dead, he invades the country of Ruritania, steals the crown, and subjects its people to endless misery. He steals all the wealth and possessions, forces everyone to worship him, kills all the animals and burns all the crops, leaving his subjects with nothing to eat and beheads anyone who speaks out against him. Not even children are safe, as they are put in service of the Black Knight.
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