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  • Halo: Broken Circle: The power-hungry Prophet of Exquisite Devotion, born I'ra Be'Ar, regularly bullies lower ranking Prophets and harbors extreme contempt for their allies the Sangheili. Not only does he happily go along with the Prophet of Truth's plans to exterminate the Sangheili, but he tortures several captive Councilors to death for no apparent reason other than because he can, using gravity torture that's described in sickening detail. When Zo Resken refuses to participate in the executions, Exquisite Devotion orders his fellow Prophet to be tortured to death as well.
  • The Handyman, by Bentley Little: Frank Watkins is a jovial and creepy practitioner of Vietnamese black magic who uses his nightmarish abilities to torment the unfortunate innocents who hire him to repair their homes. Having learned to communicate with and manipulate the spirits of the dead from a Vietnamese teacher who he promptly murdered, Frank seeks to expand his ever-growing collection of trapped spirits, and carries this out by cursing the homes of those who desire his handyman services, leading to the ruination and deaths of all those who lived in the homes. Frank has ruined the lives of countless people, and despite at times recruiting partners or servants, he always kills or tortures them to death when they outlive their usefulness. Keeping hundreds of souls trapped in eternal torment inside his house, where he has decorated entire rooms with the body parts of his victims and delves into rape, cannibalism, and all forms of torment, Frank ultimately schemes to raise the Dark Wife to its full power then bask in the apocalyptic chaos she brings upon the entire planet.
  • From the Hannibal Lecter series, the mind of Thomas Harris has given us a pair of beasts who overshadow even notorious Serial Killer Hannibal Lecter.
    • Hannibal: Mason Verger is a warped pedophile that had the misfortune to conflict with Hannibal and ended up disfigured and crippled in a wheelchair for it. Seeking revenge, Verger kills and schemes so he can capture Hannibal and feed him to specially trained wild pigs. Now impotent, Verger obtains satisfaction by torturing and abusing children and drinks martinis made from their tears. Verger also uses his own sister as a servant, having kept her in line with a serious of violent rapes earlier in life.
    • Hannibal Rising: Vladis Grutas is a vicious war criminal that escaped justice in World War II. A member of the collaborating Lithuanian militias, Grutas led the sack of a small town and personally executed Jewish prisoners. He executed one Rabbi by sawing his head off. During the winter, Grutas and his men took refuge in a small building with a young Hannibal and his baby sister Mischa inside. Grutas, to stave off hunger, decapitated Mischa with an axe and had her cooked and fed to the others. In the present, Grutas is a mob boss who uses murder and prostitution to further profits. When he and Hannibal fight to the end, Grutas takes pleasure in mocking Hannibal how he also fed him his own sister in the winter years ago.
  • Hard to Be a God: Don Reba is a thoroughly despicable Smug Snake of a minister, who personifies everything wrong about humanity. He framed the former Prime Minister for treachery and tortured him to death, along with the whole cabinet; he declares everybody literate (and not noble) enemy of the state; he starts wars for petty revenge; he stages a Coup d'Etat, and when it succeeds, he kills his co-conspirators; finally, he tries to kidnap The Hero's Love Interest, which backfires horribly, leading to the Downer Ending.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Lord Voldemort, born Tom Marvolo Riddle, is a sociopath who refuses to accept love. Obsessed with becoming all-powerful and immortal, Voldemort murdered people to rip his own soul apart and create Horcruxes, even knowing how dangerous that can be. Of those murdered were his Muggle father and grandparents, whose deaths he framed his maternal uncle for. Beginning his career proper as a Hogwarts pupil, he opened the Chamber of Secrets to let a monster loose on Hogwarts to murder all Muggle-born students, while amassing a cult of loyal "friends" to do his bidding. Deeming Muggles and Muggle-born Wizards lesser than "pure-bloods", Voldemort waged a genocidal war against them, despite being a half-blood himself. Learning of a prophecy that foretold his defeat, Voldemort murders the Title Character's parents before trying to kill baby Harry himself. Upon his return he resumes his genocide, eventually turning Magical Britain into a fascist state while trying to kill Harry no matter how many innocents or allies had to die first, even murdering the seemingly loyal Severus Snape the second be believes doing so would grant him greater power. Subverting any possible tragic childhood, it was Voldemort's unyielding choice to pursue power and hurt anyone who got in the way that defined him, set him as Harry's opposite and earned him his place as the most feared and hated Wizard for a thousand years.
    • Bellatrix Lestrange is a psychopathic Death Eater who seems to be motivated primarily by her desire to inflict as much pain on as many people as possible in the name of Voldemort's cause. Bellatrix, gleeful cruelty incarnate, has a special fondness for torturing people with the Cruciatus curse, and tortured Neville Longbottom's parents to the point where they exist in near-comas, and will never recognize their own son again. She is also an accomplished arsonist, burning down multiple residences basically just for the sake of it. She's the cause of death for half of her non-Death-Eater family members, including Sirius Black and Nymphadora Tonks, as well as Dobby, and delights in the torment these deaths cause.
    • Dolores Jane Umbridge is a domineering and abusive matron figure and a bureaucrat whose pettiness and personal failings cause catastrophic harm to those under her control, all while maintaining a kind, grandmotherly veneer. In Order of the Phoenix, she becomes a teacher at Hogwarts and forces students who speak up against the Ministry of Magic—or who just displease her—to use the Blood Quill, which uses the writer's blood as ink and can result in permanent scarring. At one point she threatens to use the illegal Cruciatus curse, which has been shown to cause unimaginable pain, and reveals that she sent the two Dementors after Harry and his cousin. In Deathly Hallows, she willingly supports the Death Eater-controlled Ministry, and holds hastily rushed and sadistic trials against Muggle-borns, where she accuses them of stealing magic and gleefully sentences them to the Potter-verse's worst fate, the soul-stealing Dementor's Kiss.
    • Fenrir Greyback is a savage werewolf who enthusiastically supports Voldemort's regime for the chance to indulge his violent nature. Unlike many other werewolves, Fenrir relishes in turning others—such as Remus Lupin—and ruining their lives. Fenrir especially has a disturbing fondness for attacking children. In addition, Fenrir is a cannibal in both human and wolf form, and expresses a desire to eat Harry in Half-Blood Prince after savagely mauling Bill Weasley and leaving him for dead. Fenrir even states he participates in the attack to get his claws on as many children as he can. In Deathly Hallows, Fenrir serves Voldemort's regime by helping in rounding up the "unclean" wizards or those who will not submit and expresses a desire to eat Hermione after Bellatrix is finished torturing her.
  • The Hate U Give: King is the leader of the King Lords, the criminal gang responsible for the majority of drug distribution, murders, and other criminal activity occurring in the poverty-ridden neighborhood of Garden Heights. King would coerce gang member Maverick into serving three years in prison for his crimes by ordering his goons to shoot Maverick's daughter Starr, killing Starr's friend. He would also force his wife and daughters to prostitute themselves to his clients and gang members, where a scuffle between them results in a shootout at his party; Starr and Khalil would leave said party, leading to the latter getting killed by a cop. Only concerned with how much unwanted attention Khalil's death would bring to his territory, King tries to keep Starr quiet about the incident, by attempting to kill Starr and her family, setting a store on fire with Starr and her friends inside. Using fear to control people and murdering those that he can't, King represents the worst stereotypes of black people.
  • The Haunted Forest Tour, by James A. Moore & Jeff Strand: Pestilence, the outer-dimensional being responsible for the growth of the titular Haunted Forest to begin with, is a Faux Affably Evil sadist of a demon who arranges the events of the plot in order to invade Earth's dimension and conquer it. Making a deal with the corrupt Bob Booth to provide sixty sacrifices to him to gain enough power to fully break into Earth, Pestilence forces the forest into the town of Cromay, decimating it and killing over 230 people, before having Booth organize the “Haunted Forest Tour” to draw in tourists for him and his kind to slaughter and empower themselves. Kidnapping the protagonist of the book, Christopher Brummit, Pestilence merrily tortures him whilst revealing his plot and later tempts Christopher's own mother into sacrificing herself to it as the final sacrifice, brutally tearing her head off in front of her own son before using the power gained to extend the Forest's reach and allow the demons within to eventually massacre all humanity. Pestilence admits to himself that his ideal vision is a world where humanity is tortured and ravaged by the monsters of his realm at their leisure, where he can bask under the mangled remains of his victims in a sea of blood.
  • The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray:
    • Thatch is a powerful Wych who intends to possess Alaizabel. A ruthless monster who would consume her hosts, Thatch is a devout worshiper of the Glau Meska, or Deep Ones. Unleashing the Wych-Kin upon London to slaughter countless people, Thatch directs the murders of the Fraternity and intends on summoning her masters to devour humanity utterly.
    • Dr. Mammon Pyke is the founder and leader of the Fraternity. Having a lot of innocents slaughtered while disguising his murders as the work of known Serial Killer Stitch-Face, Pyke was the one who summoned Thatch into Alaizabel, intending on wiping Alaizabel out. Seeking to give humanity something to fear again, Pyke helps to bring the Wych-Kin down on humanity and intends on summoning the Glau Meska to do as much damage as they can.
  • Hawks of Outremer, by Robert E. Howard: Would-be sultan Nureddin El Ghor is a ruthless sheik out to create his own kingdom. Betraying Saladin, Nureddin kills numerous other lords to steal their forces and murders the good-hearted knight Geoffrey before massacring his entire castle Ali-El-Yar, with flayed corpses hanging from it before burning the rest. Having one of the few survivors, a young knight named Michael, tortured, Nureddin is incensed when Michael's lover, a slave girl named Yulala, helps him escape, and plans to have her tortured and killed before staking Michael out in the desert to die under the sun. When hero Cormac FitzGeoffrey arrives, Nureddin happily attempts to subject him to the same.
  • The Healing Wars series, by Janice Hardy: The Duke of Baseer, real name Verraad, killed his father and brothers and usurped control over Baseer. He used his newfound power to wage war on the surrounding nations, torching the city of Sorille to kill his nephew Jeatar and crippling Geveg, stripping the city of its pynvium to forge new weapons from. In the present, the Duke has "Takers" note  abducted and undergo torturous experiments in the hopes of them producing unique abilities, while others are converted into agony-stricken "Undying" to serve in his army, children not excluded. He also constructs a powerful pynvium device capable of wiping out entire masses of people, the device powered by using Takers as batteries, keeping them in immense physical and mental pain. When the populace in Geveg rebels, the Duke has his army attack the city, first trying to firebomb the city, before attempting to use the device to slaughter everyone in its path, ally and enemy alike.
  • Heart-Shaped Box: Craddock McDermott was an occultist and hypnotist in life who got a thrill out of tormenting prisoners in the Vietnam War, in one instance forcing an officer to cut off his own fingers. Upon his return to the US, Craddock began to sexually abuse his stepdaughters, utilizing hypnosis to make them more willing should they refuse. When one of the girls, Anna, escaped and became the lover of former rockstar Judas "Jude" Coyne, she eventually returned after breaking up with Jude and refused to be Craddock's Sex Slave any longer. Craddock convinced her sister Jessica to help murder Anna and make it look like a suicide while also convincing Jessica to allow Craddock to molest Jessica's own daughter Reese. When dying, Craddock blamed Jude for taking away what belonged to him and had Jessica trick Jude into purchasing Craddock's ghost by way of a cursed suit. Craddock proceeds to kill Jude's assistant Danny and attempts to murder him and his girlfriend Georgia. At the end, he even possesses Jude's abusive father to torment him, revealing a monstrous sadism and sick cruelty beneath the surface of a seemingly polite, kindly old man.
  • Hell Hollow, by Ronald Kelly: Doctor Augustus Leech was a traveling medicine man who roamed the South in the early 1900s. Secretly a wicked devil worshipper, Leech used his miracle potions to kill people wherever he went, wiping out entire communities and prolonging their agony to make it easier for his infernal master to claim their souls. Upon his revival into a new body ninety years later, Leech offers his elixir to the bored teenagers of the town of Harmony, plunging them into their darkest nightmares that will eventually kill them as Leech attempts to poison the town's water supply to subject every man, woman and child to a horrible death and eventual damnation.
  • Hell House: Emeric Belasco, The Roaring Giant, was a short man who wished to be "bigger" by sawing off his legs and replacing them with lengthy prosthetics. Becoming an occultist, Belasco turned his house into a den of depravity and horror, eventually murdering his guests during a particularly horrific evening to channel their energy and allow himself to become a powerful ghost. Haunting what is now known as Hell House, Belasco murders or drives those who set foot in his home insane, possessing others and using them to rape and murder their companions. Belasco rapes a spiritualist, also forcing her to experience acts she finds deplorable while forcing her to enjoy them, before murdering her and leaving her corpse in a profane position for her companions to find, before trying to murder them all as well.
  • Hells Bounty, by Joe R. Lansdale: Zelzarda is a demonic scourge reviled even by Satan for his intended design on the world. Betraying Satan for his own ends—those being to unleash the Old Gods on the world—Zelzarda takes physical form by tricking the thuggish Trumbo Quill into accepting his offer to revive his dead wife at the cost of his soul—only to decay Quill's wife in front of his eyes and possess the man. Massacring several people through the town of Falling Rock as a test drive, Zelzarda resurrects the town's dead as his personal army and has them either turn or devour nearly everyone else in Falling Rock, slaughtering both his own ghoul minions and escapees from the carnage with equal relish. Zelzarda's ultimate goal is to let the Old Ones reduce all reality to an eternal chaos he will preside over, comfortable with sentencing every existing soul to a torture worse than even those in Hell itself purely for the sake of power.
  • Hell's Gate: Acting Commander of Five Hundred Neshok, an Arcanan Intelligence officer who gleefully uses his position and the excuse of "ensuring the security of the expeditionary force" to justify brutally beating and torturing Sharonian prisoners and killing other prisoners in cold blood. In one case, he kills two Sharonian prisoners to single out a Voice among them (the latter of which he kills just because he lied to Neshok) and, though he knows that Voices cannot transmit through portals and verifies this with a lie-detecting spell, then shoots the Voice in question.
  • Hellblazer novels (John Constantine Hellblazer) by John Shirley:
    • War Lord: Dyzigi, actually the demon G'Broag'Fram, fosters much of the conflict of the Servants of Transfiguration in his bid to cause a global war. Keeping the owner of the body he possesses in constant torment within him, Dyzigi orders wide bloodshed and terrorism as one of the heads of the SOT, and furthermore captures and abominates Josef Mengele into a psychic abomination he keeps in a jar, feeding it with severed heads. Dyzigi initially captures a young woman named Mercury for her psychic powers, tormenting her with apocalyptic visions—before deciding to have her killed when she becomes a liability, allowing his compatriot to rape her beforehand before tracking her down when she escapes and massacring an entire camp of Sudanese soldiers. Dyzigi's ultimate goal is to kickstart a third World War and devastate the planet, killing billions, all for the prospect of a subrealm as a reward from his master Nergal.
    • Subterranean: Iain Culley, a centuries-old sorcerer known as the Gloomlord, captured and tortured a powerful elemental known as Lord Stone to master an underground kingdom. Keeping humans enslaved below ground, used as labor and eventual food when their use runs out, Culley intends on expanding the kingdom. Starting by sinking the village Tonsell-By-The-Sea, Culley reveals he powers his kingdom and fuels his eternal youth by locking victims in devices that leech off their power and vitality, keeping them alive and in horrible pain. Not content with this kingdom, Culley intends to develop a plague to poison the earth's oceans, killing countless millions while forcing everyone else underground to be his slaves.
  • Heralds of Valdemar:
    • Ma'ar/Mornelithe Falconsbane started as being a Well-Intentioned Extremist, but quickly became the Big Bad, and the final showdown between him and the Big Good Urtho caused the Cataclysm, which was so powerful that it actually echoed through time. Though defeated, he didn't actually die, as he had set up a Grand Theft Me so that he could take over the body of any his descendants once they started showing signs of magical ability, most often when they tried to call up fire. Falconsbane kept doing this over the centuries until finally the main characters in the Mage Winds trilogy figured out what was going on and destroyed him.
    • Ancar kills his father in order to take the throne of Hardorn, tortures Queen's Own Talia (who was there as part of a diplomatic mission to see if a marriage could be set up between Ancar and Princess Elspeth) more for kicks than to get information out of her, and then has his mages mind-control the conscripted troops so that they'll fight. He then drains his land to further power his spells, and kills off even his distant cousins to prevent anyone from overthrowing him.
    • Master Pieters puts children as young as four and five to work in a mine. He forces them to sleep in a basement, feeds them so little that they supplemented their diet by stealing the pig slop whenever they could, and is known to beat the children to a bloody pulp with a mallet in front of the rest of the child workers should he deem it 'necessary' for control of them.
    • Hadanelith, a minor villain who appears in The White Gryphon, possesses the Gifts of Empathy and Mindhealing, but uses them to serve his own sadistic desires rather than to aid people. When first discovered, he is found to have been using his gifts to warp the minds of women until they live only to serve him in slavery, sexually and otherwise. He is exiled from the city of White Gryphon under the relatively loose laws and customs of their society. Rather than die in the wilderness, he makes his way south to the Haighlei kingdoms and is recruited by the Evil Chancellor to assassinate high ranking members of their society in order to frame the delegation from White Gryphon. In doing so, he is permitted to indulge his sadistic fantasies and accordingly tortures his victims before killing them.
  • Hercule Poirot:
    • The ABC Murders: Franklin Clarke. Wishing to inherit his brother's wealth, but aware that he would be the obvious suspect, ABC hits upon the fact that his brother has an alliterative name, and lives in a town that begins with the same letter. With that in mind, he proceeds to kill Anna Ascher in Andover, Betty Barnard in Bexhill, and Sir Carmichael Clarke in Churston, creating the illusion that a Serial Killer is on the loose, in an effort to hide his murder-for-profit. He also picks out a patsy in epileptic Alexander Bonaparte Cust, and preys on his insecurities, convincing Cust that he has been committing the murders during his blackouts. Committing one last murder in Doncaster, ABC slips the knife into Cust's pocket, and then calls the police, intending that Cust either hang, or end up in a mental ward, while he walks away with the money.
    • Curtain: Mr. X (aka Stephen Norton) is a different sort of monster from most murder mystery villains. Deliberately modeling himself on Iago, Mr. X is a social predator who toys with people's fears, nudging them towards committing murder, while technically never breaking the law himself. Over the course of the novel, he convinces three different people, including Hercule Poirot's Watson, Captain Hastings, to commit murder, with Poirot only barely averting each at the last moment. When confronted by Poirot, X gloats that he will continue on this way forever, and that there is nothing the law can do to touch him, prompting Poirot to commit his only ever vigilante execution.
  • Hero Factory Secret Mission #1: The Doom Box, by Greg Farshtey: Core Hunter was originally an hero with an good friendship with Preston Stormer until he decided to leave Hero Factory under the belief it had nothing for him and that no one cared for his future. Starting off as a small-time criminal, he would eventually become obsessed with Hero Cores, and began to hunt down heroes to rip out their cores, killing them in the process, which he would gladly show off to the other heroes. Core Hunter would eventually decide to seek out the Doom Box in the hopes of threatening to use it to become the ruler of the galaxy, during which he leaves Jimi Stringer to die after he had helped him fend off an space creature. Eventually escaping capture during the breakout, he would briefly stay in Makuhero City to kill any heroes he could find and take their cores, before eventually deciding to retrieve the Doom Box fragments he stole, during of which he kills Geb when he attempts to help the heroes. After the Doom Box was reformed and Arctur teleports him to the place the box was forged so it can be activated, Core Hunter attempts to kill Stormer, but ends up killing Arctur instead, but he doesn't care and proceeds to activate the Doom Box to absorb its power, uncaring if the universe is destroyed in the process. An ruthless, power hungry criminal with an thirst for power, Core Hunter serves as one of Hero Factory's most dangerous foes.
  • Hero of Darkness note  series, by Andy Peloquin: The Hunter of Voramis has faced many terrible people, creatures, and demons. These are the worst of the lot:
    • Darkblade Assassin note  : The Demon of Voramis is one of the many Abiarazi demons serving Sage and Warmaster, and the most sadistic. Eons ago, he fought alongside Kharna, where he slaughtered countless humans before going into hiding after Kharna's banishment. Using his shapeshifting abilities, he transforms himself into various figures, such as the corrupt Lord Jahel, and The First. As The First, he leads The Bloody Hand, a cult which murders, tortures, and engages in human sex trafficking, ruling Voramis from underground. As Jahel, he commands the Heresiarchs and the Dark Heresy, a group who tortures and spies on innocents, allowing The Bloody Hand to not face any punishment. Seeing the Hunter as the key to bringing back Kharna, he disguises himself as Lord Cyrannius to trick him into killing Brother Securus, who was keeping Kharna at bay. After kidnapping and torturing Hunter, he has him arrested by the Heresiarchs, where he allows him to escape, but not before ordering his men to kill every innocent person Hunter loves. He later kidnaps Farida, a child whom Hunter cherishes, and tortures her to death in order to lure an angry Hunter to him. Capturing Hunter, he offers him to join him in his human slaughtering spree, but when he refuses, he attempts to use his soul to summon Kharna. Once Hunter escapes, The Demon uses fellow Abiarazi Thane to kill him, not caring when he's killed by Hunter. When Celcia attempts to protect The Demon from Hunter, he describes her as a pawn in his game before trying to kill her. Willing to use the death of his kind to further his goals, The Demon remains Hunter’s most personal enemy.
    • Darkblade Outcast note  : Lord Toramin, aka The Demon of Malandria, is the leader of the Order of Midas, and an Abiarazi servant to Sage and Warmaster, alongside Garanis. Once a servant to the lowest ranking Abiarazi commander, Toramin, under the task of freeing Kharna, chooses to establish a base in Malandria. Gathering a group of merchants desiring to make their city better, Toramin promises them money and power in exchange for their services, forming the Order of Midas and spreading fear across Malandria. He later leads a purge where he kills all the Cleric Illusionists in town who aren't noble to him, stealing their souls while claiming that their religious orders were a threat to his power. Putting the city's homeless population in a single alleyway, he has Garanis search for the perfect sacrifice victim from the alley, claiming to be "cleansing the town of filth". Other kidnapped victims are placed in a maze with a flamethrower robot that will kill them, with the prize at the end being poisonous traps and the sacrifice room; Toramin does all this because he feels frightened souls will bring Kharna back faster. Kidnapping Bardin, he has him ready to be sacrificed until Hunter interferes, where Toramin threatens Bardin's life unless Hunter joins him. Once Hunter agrees, Toramin kills one of his men while promising the others that he'll kill them all, seeing them as useless. When Hunter goes against his plans, he kills Bardin in retaliation, and tries to absorb Hunter's soul to free Kharna.
    • Darkblade Protector note  shows that sometimes Humans Are the Real Monsters:
      • Il Seytani—which is Turkish for "The Diabolical"—is the infamous bandit king of the Sah’raa Advent. Commanding a camp of operations, Seytani has his thieves plunder traveling caravans, where they kill the adults, steal weapons for money, and kidnap the children to be whipped and sold into slavery. After Hunter's caravan is targeted by the thieves, he searches for Hailen after he and the caravan's children are taken away. Once Hunter arrives, Seytani forces him to become his assassin, threatening to kill Hailen if he doesn't comply. Seytani tasks Hunter to kill al-Malek, the king of Al Hani, in four days. Without the king, Seytani can roam the desert unchecked without any law enforcement to stop him. Not trusting Hunter to complete his task, he sends Younis to spy on him, planning on having him kill Hunter when he's finished. When Hunter returns to save Hailen, Seytani sends his fighters to kill Hunter, ducking out of the battle so that he can hold Hailen hostage in exchange for Hunter's life, all while bragging about how he had already sold the caravan children to slavery. With his final breath, Seytani poisons Hunter with his iron dagger, knowing that Hunter will have to kill Hailen in order to cure himself. Cruelly malicious, Il Seytani proved to be one of the worst humans Hunter encountered.
      • Captain Al-Zahar, while initially appearing to be a strict henchman to the Abiarazi Queen Asalah, is later revealed to be far worse. Enraged that King al-Malek brought peace to Al Hani, Al-Zahar participates in Asalah's attempt to assassinate al-Malek and have her usurp the throne, where she plans to start a war between the remaining kingdoms to bring about Kharna. Al-Zahar hopes to participate in the war, where he'll lead his armies into battle and kill till his heart's content. To hide the fact that he's working with a demon, Al-Zahar kills his own royal guards without a twinge of guilt, smashes the back of Saima's head before jamming a knife down the back of her skull once Asalah has no need for her, and tries to kill Hunter once he refuses to cooperate with Asalah. A vicious soldier wearing a mask of heroism, Al-Zahar was willing to plunge his land into chaos and destruction just to have fun killing people.
  • Hideaway, by Dean Koontz: Jeremy Nyebern, AKA Vassago, is a youth who murdered his mother and sister before taking a possible trip to hell. Believing himself to be a demonic prince, he turns to murdering men and women alike, preserving their corpses in an amusement park he uses as a hideout. When Hatch Harrison, is psychically connected to Vassago, Vassago learns of Hatch's wife and daughter and attempts to murder them as well, planning on dismembering and torturing Hatch's young daughter for fun.
  • Hindsight, by Ronald Kelly: Bully Hanson is a violent man who initiates the murder of three teenagers for satisfaction and the little money the boys have. Upon being convicted thanks to the psychic connection of Cindy Ann, the little sister of one of his victims, Bully eventually escapes prison by murdering two deputies before returning to murder Cindy Ann and the rest of her family, children included. After death, Cindy Ann's psychic powers reveal to her an even more horrible truth in visions she witnesses firsthand from the victims: Bully was a depraved Serial Killer who would abduct, rape, torture and murder dozens upon dozens of innocent teenagers, the youngest being twelve years old, before murdering his own partner when he tired of him.
  • His Dark Materials: Metatron was once a human named Enoch that turned into an angel by The Authority to act as his regent. Despite his fanatical demeanor, having attempted to kill his own brother Baruch for being gay, he is revealed to be extremely power-hungry, as he turns on The Authority and traps him in a crystal. Under his stewardship the already fanatical institution of the church was prompted to commit several atrocities across the multiverse, ranging from mass Mind Rape of children to the genocide of both human groups and non-human species. Metatron became increasingly convinced that Lyra was the new Eve, so he planned on inquisitions across the Multiverse. Killing Baruch for once and for all, he marched his troops against Lord Asriel's rebel forces in a flat-out apocalyptic battle.
  • His Fair Assassin: Count Alain D'Albret, we find out in Dark Triumph, murdered every single one of his wives, and also planned to brutally rape Anne and then force the marriage once he captured her at Nantes, and murdered his own newborn granddaughter within minutes of her birth, right in front of his own daughter, while she begged and screamed for someone to stop him. When his wife Alise did try to interfere, he struck her down so viciously that she ended up dying from the blow to the head. Then he snapped the child's neck, dropped the baby on the floor like trash, left both corpses lying there, and calmly walked out of the room. He taunts Sybella about making her his next wife once he finds out that she's not truly his daughter. Wen Julian interferes, Alain tells Julian that Julian would be forgiven for everything if he produced heirs with Death's blood in their veins — in other words, if he raped Sybella repeatedly into pregnancy.
  • Honor Harrington: Most of Honor Harrington's enemies have been fairly complex adversaries with understandable or even altruistic goals. Not so in the case of these two from Honor Among Enemies:
    • Andre Warnecke is the former dictator of the Chalice Cluster. Taking control of the Cluster during a revolution, Warnecke promised reform, but delivered oppression so severe that three million people died. After being run out of the system, he turned to piracy, robbing and stealing from merchant ships in order to finance a return to Chalice. Coming upon the pacifistic world of Sidemore, Warnecke took power, executed all senior officials, and placed nuclear warheads in all major cities in order to ensure the population's loyalty. When Honor and the HMAMC Wayfarer arrived on Sidemore to bring him to justice, Warnecke detonated one of his nukes to show that he wasn't bluffing, then offered to exchange the lives of Sidemore's urban population for his own personal safety.
    • At first, Power Tech 2nd Class Randy Steilman seems to be a simple bully with a large disciplinary record, until he brutally beats his crewmate Aubrey Wanderman to near-death because he didn't get a chance to beat him earlier. He then decides to desert the military by sabotaging the ship he is on and escaping in the confusion, but is caught attempting to injure a crewman just because that crewman was a harder worker than him. As a result, Steilman is demoted, and takes out his rage by sabotaging Petty Officer Ginger Lewis's spacesuit, hospitalizing and nearly killing her. Cruel and sadistic, Randy managed to be one of the most personal villains in the Honorverse while lacking the resources of other villains.
  • "Hope Chest" by Garth Nix: The Master is the demonic leader of the Servants of the State, a Nazi-like hate group that slowly amasses more and more members due to the Master's mind controlling abilities. Having his growing army perpetrate brutal assaults, rapes, and murders against minorities and vagrants across the country in his name, the Master seeks to spread his influence worldwide until his hateful rhetoric is forced upon every person alive, with his motive being nothing more than a love for causing pain and controlling others. When confronted by Alice May, the Master forces the girl to fight her own brainwashed sister to torment her, and spends his final moments mocking Alice May that he forced her sister to have sex with him, gleefully offering Alice May a place at his side to share the experience.
  • House of the Scorpion: El Patrón, the original Matteo Alacrán, is the most powerful and evil drug lord of them all. El Patrón rules over the country of Opium and punishes anyone who tries to illegally cross his borders by capturing them and implanting computer chips in their brains, turning them into eejits. These eejits are essentially human robots, programmed to do certain tasks all while their thoughts and emotions are repressed by the computer chip. Even El Patrón's security team and certain staff members have been implanted with chips, turning them into high-functioning eejits bound to El Patrón's will. The most common usage of "dumb" eejits is for manual labor in the fields used to create his drugs. Due to the harsh conditions and poor care, they tend to have a low life expectancy, leading to hundreds of thousands of bodies being buried beneath the poppies. El Patrón, like many drug lords, keeps himself alive to nearly one hundred and fifty-years old by harvesting organs from clones. Unlike most drug lords, however, El Patrón doesn't destroy his clones brains, instead he raises them like they were his own children, only to harvest and kill them without hesitation when the time comes. El Patrón cares for no one but himself and sees everyone around him as his possessions, such as the dead siblings he only valued because they were his. In the end, after his death, he still manages to murder everyone close to him by poisoning the wine they drank at his funeral. He also put his country into lockdown with deadly force fields only to be dismissed by his DNA, leaving them to starve as a "fitting tribute" to take with him into the afterlife, just like the kings of old.
  • The House With a Clock in Its Walls: Selenna Izard is a cruel old witch who helped construct the titular clock with her late, despised husband Isaac. The clock itself is a powerful artifact with the power to end the world when stopped at a certain time. When freed from her tomb, Selenna pursues the young hero Lewis Barnavelt, murders one of her own men to create a Hand of Glory and attempts to murder Lewis's protectors to get to him for the clock. Selenna then tries to threaten Lewis into giving up the clock by threatening to torture his uncle and the good witch Florence, intending on using the clock to end the world out of sheer spite.
  • The Humanx Commonwealth:
    • Conda Challis, during his appearance as the notional villain of Orphan Star, displays a truly legendary capacity for depravity. Among other things, he attempts to recruit Flinx to create memory-plays in the Janus Jewels, and the "scenes" he wants to see turn the stomach of even a hardened Street Urchin like Flinx. He loves torture as well, but the best example is what he plans to do with his "adopted daughter", Mahnahmi — raise her to maturity and then use her as a sex slave. It turns out that he was being telepathically manipulated by her much of the time, simply to keep him functional as a human being rather than descending into a vile pit of vice, which triggers his Villainous Breakdown when he discovers the fact.
    • Lord Dominic Estes Rose, a major villain in Bloodhype, is a drug dealer who trades in substances other dealers won't even touch, like the titular bloodhype. Like Challis, he enjoys torture, and responds to news of the escape of a set of captives by crushing some songbirds in a cage. He then attempts to blackmail the AAnn on Repler by threatening to release his stash of bloodhype in their compound, horribly killing all of them, and manages to provoke the AAnn commander into declaring him the most disgusting being he's ever seen. His hubris reaches its pinnacle when he attempts to sell humanity out to the Vom in exchange for his survival, and promptly dies.
  • The Hunger Games: President Coriolanus Snow, as the overseer of the corrupt Capitol government that created and runs the child-murdering spectacle of the title, commits an insane number of atrocities all in the name of keeping his power. In the first book Snow tortures Seneca Crane because Katniss and Peeta, without his interference at all, figured out how to survive The Hunger Games together and beat the system. In the second book, Catching Fire, he has the Quarter Quell's rules changed to having two previous Hunger Games winners from each district to compete, simply out of spite. He has Katniss's friends tortured or murdered to break her confidence, even forcing her to watch Cinna's beating before the Quarter Quell. Katniss and Peeta got off lucky however as most other Hunger Games winners, Finnick Odair included, were forced by Snow to prostitute themselves out to other Capitol residents. In the final book Mockingjay, Snow firebombs Katniss's home in District 12 and later tries to frame President Coin. He authorizes the painful brainwashing of multiple citizens, one of whom, Peeta, has had his mental faculties destroyed for months, which will affect the way he processes events for life. Possibly his most heinous action occurs during the war between District 13 and the Capitol, where he offers innocent Capitol children shelter in his home only to use them as human shields to protect himself.
  • Hurog:
    • High King Jakoven Tallven is a vicious tyrant who locks his brother Kellen in a hellish asylum, only not killing him because of a prophecy's warning. Jakoven proceeds to expand the Five Kingdoms, killing all in his path, while taking young boys as hostages and sex slaves for his own pleasure. Having the hero Ward tortured, Jakoven also sends Ward's Love Interest Tisala to be tortured and raped by his men, before intending on bleeding Ward to use a superweapon, which he and his right-hand-man Jade Eyes test on an innocent village, intending on wiping out all before him until he stands supreme.
    • Dragon Blood: The aforementioned Jade Eyes is a wicked mage and Jakoven's partner in evil. Capturing Ward, Jade Eyes has him locked in the aforementioned asylum and has him drugged, viciously tortured and sexually assaulted. Jakoven and Jade Eyes later kidnap a young cousin of Ward's and have him drugged with clear intent to molest him, as well as bled to empower their superweapon. After his master's defeat, Jade Eyes reveals he intends to revive the dragons used to create said superweapon to build an empire for himself, despite them intending to destroy the Five Kingdoms upon revival, callous to the carnage created as long as he rules.
  • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream: AM, the evil master computer, has already killed all but 5 members of humanity by the time the story opens. AM keeps the survivors mutated and twisted so he may torture them helplessly as he desires. AM forces them to wander, changing the environment so they can never get used to it and subjects them to hideously twisted torments. When one of them finally rescues the others by killing them, AM transforms him into a sentient blob, not even leaving him a mouth to scream with.
  • I Hunt Killers:
    • Ugly J, aka Janice Dent, is revealed to be the Bigger Bad by the end of the trilogy. She reveals to Jasper that she was the one who taught Billy Dent everything he knew as a killer. During the second book, she, with the help of Billy, tricked Connie, Jasper's girlfriend, to partake in a scavenger hunt that led her to their clutches so that they could torture her into convincing Jasper to give in to his heritage. In captivity, she pulled a Wounded Gazelle Gambit by pretending to be one of Billy's victims in order to get her on her side and subtly tried convincing her that escape was pointless. After Jasper's grandmother was sent to the hospital because of the events of the second book, she disguised herself as a nurse so that she could kill her through a forced drug overdose, something Billy objected to. She tells Jasper that she had planned on killing him when he was just a newborn and would use the insanity plea if she ever got caught, but she only grudgingly backed down because Billy convinced her that creating a legacy was better. What really makes Jasper snap was when she reveals that she regularly raped him as a child and had him practicing stabbing on her, which was often a source of PTSD flashbacks for Jasper. She even thought about having him kill Billy so that she could intentionally give him an Oedipus Complex. During The Reveal, she would repeatedly claim that she loves him, but that proves to be a lie when she attempts to kill Jasper because he refused to live up to her legacy. She stands as one of the worst mothers in literature, and even worse than the trilogy's Big Bad, Billy.
    • The Hat-Dog Killer, or more specifically, Duncan Hershey, the Hat Killer, was part of a duo of Serial Killers that committed a series of murders in New York City, with one carving a hat on his victim's corpse, and another carving a dog, as part of a game set up by Billy Dent. During the killing spree, he started raping his female victims, which disgusted Oliver Belsamo, the Dog Killer, when he was forced to start raping as part of the Game's rules. When Jasper Dent (Billy's son) and Agent Morales had him cornered, Jasper got shot in the leg while Morales got knocked out. Jasper warns Hershey that killing an FBI agent will cause trouble for his killing spree, but he ignores his warning and kills the unconscious Morales in front of him. He then kills Belsamo so he can be the sole winner of Billy's game. Finally, he locks a wounded Jasper in a storage unit so he could bleed to death. We're at first made to believe he was a Loony Fan like the Impressionist (the killer from the first book), but he believes that he is a better killer than Billy. While the Impressionist and Belsamo were pretty bad, they had a set of rules that they obeyed unless it's an emergency like in the former's case. Hershey, on the other hand, doesn't care about that. All he cares about is his reward and showing up Billy. In the third book, he planned on killing his wife and his child, and would have done it if Billy didn't show up to kill him for breaking the rules.
  • Illium & Olympos: The advanced human who has taken the identity of Zeus overthrew his parents by banishing them to a hellish dimension of infinite pain. Taking over Mars with the other "Gods", Zeus keeps them in line via brutality and threats, deciding to recreate the Trojan War on an alternate world, subjecting countless innocents to death and destruction for fun. When he feels the game is insufficiently entertaining, Zeus simply drops a powerful bomb on the city of Troy to kill thousands. When Hera attempts to stop Zeus, he simply murders her himself and decides to simply exterminate all humanity and start over with creations of his own before moving on to other dimensions and timelines until he is the only god and all that exists submits to him or dies, even banishing his own son Achilles to the same dimension as his parents when he defies his mad father.
  • InCryptid: The Price-Healy family and their allies have faced several evil villains in their quest to protect cryptids and humanity alike. Though the worst often prove that Humans Are the Real Monsters:
    • Discount Armageddon: "Evil Santa" is an unnamed cult leader in worship of the last male dragon which lives under New York City. Believing that he will be rewarded with riches and power should he worship said dragon, "Evil Santa" kidnaps dozens of single Cryptid woman and has them ritualistically murdered through Virgin Sacrifice. To create his minions to help with this, "Evil Santa" uses the mutative qualities of dragon blood to transform several hapless tourists into the mindless lizard-like "Servitors", a process which thoroughly breaks their minds. Kidnapping heroine Verity Price and her friends, "Evil Santa" intends to sacrifice them as well to gain the glory and riches he desires.
    • Chaos Choreography: Anders Clarke and Clint Goldfein are a contestant and judge respectively in the reality dancing show Dance or Die who, secretly, are the masterminds of a murderous snake cult. The two act as serial killers, butchering every pair of contestants who lose on the show until eight people have been killed. In the climax, the duo reveal their master plan to use the sacrifice to unleash a monstrous snake demon to kill Dance or Die's massive audience and all the other contestants and judges as they watch gleefully, Anders in particularly sneering that his father will die in petty retribution for being ignored by him and Clint gloating he simply wants to become a king among men through the power of the serpent he's summoned.
    • Ghost Roads: Bobby Cross was a movie star known as "Diamond Bobby" who wished to be young and beautiful forever. Through his deal with the crossroads, Bobby drives eternally to outrun mortality, but takes advantage of the deal to empower himself by arranging crashes and accidents, or simply murdering people himself to create ghosts, including heroine Rose Marshall. Bobby then takes their souls to use as fuel for his car, using them up into nothing. Seducing Rose's great grand-niece Bethany, Bobby murders her when she fails against Rose and even convinces a follower to kill herself for him, solely for amusement and spite. A sadistic sociopath, Bobby uses and abuses all around him, dispatching them when they stop being of use, all so he will never have to face his own mortality.
  • In Death:
    • Richard Troy, father of the heroine Eve, stands out as depraved even in the massive sea of murderers and psychotics. A depraved pedophile, Troy began to rape Eve when she was a child. This permanently traumatized her and prevented her from forming relationships until well into adulthood. Not content with this, Troy planned to make her into a prostitute he could sell to other child molesters.
    • Patrick Roarke, father of Eve's beloved Roarke, manipulated the naive Siobhan Brody to father a child and then murdered her when she realized his true nature and tried to flee with their son. Patrick later beat that child, Roarke Jr, half to death for fun. He also betrays a squad of cops on his trail to a group of criminals, resulting in their slaughter.
  • Intensity, by Dean Koontz: Edgler Foreman Winston Vess is a "homicide adventurer" who kills for the "intensity" he gets during murder. Vess , who started killing animals at a young age, takes time to deconstruct the notion he has a Freudian Excuse as, at the age of 9, he murdered his parents who had never mistreated him; murdered his grandmother for the insurance money; and his adopted family as well for the same reason. Vess is introduced breaking into the home of Laura Templeton, the friend of of heroine Chyna Shepherd. He proceeds to murders Laura's family, before raping and murdering Laura. Chyna follows him to a gas station where he murders the clerks after bragging he has a young girl hostage in his basement. He subdues Chyna when he becomes aware of her and chains her in his basement with the young girl Ariel, offering to spare Chyna if she tortures Ariel with him. Vess, who killed over 20 people and likes to say that "God fears me", thinks of other human beings only in terms of how much he can hurt them.
  • Invasion America series, by Vaughn Heppner: Jian Hong, Agricultural Minister of Greater China, stages an attack on an American oil rig to gain favor with the Chairman and discredit his rival. After convincing the Chairman to invade Alaska, leading to the deaths of thousands, Jian assassinates him to take power. Using his network to install a puppet government in Mexico, leading to the nation being stripped of food, he goes on to launch an invasion of America, triggering a third World War. Objective-minded, Jian sacrifices over two million of his own soldiers to destroy an American tank plant. To keep America isolated, Jian increases tensions between them and Germany by staging a nuclear terrorist attack. Shipping missiles to Mexico, Jian has them launched at America, killing one million people. Upon being invaded by a joint force of American and Russian soldiers, Jian forcibly drafts civilians as frontline troops. When the Australians revolt against his tyranny, Jian punishes their uprising with a genocide, killing seven million of them. Even as his own country is torn apart by the war with America, Jian stubbornly refuses to surrender his power, murdering almost his entire government for failing to find him a solution for the war he brought on.
  • Irene, by Pierre Lemaitre note : The "Novelist" (Philippe Buisson de Chevesne) copies murders from various crime novels such as American Psycho and The Black Dahlia. The aftermath of these long and drawn out murders, which also include a rape or two, are graphically described. There are six victims, all female, plus at least two or three people killed as collateral damage, before the killer attempts his masterpiece: using his own novel, he kidnaps Irene, the 8-months-pregnant wife of Parisian detective Commandant Camille Verhoeven, who has to rush to save her. Sadly, by the time he gets there, Irene has been killed and the newborn has been ripped out in an impromptu C-section and has been crucified. In the end, the killer writes to Camille that, in his words, all he wanted was fame for a new novel he's writing.
  • Island, by Richard Laymon: Wesley Duncan Beaverton III seduces and marries the daughter of a wealthy family to get close to his wife Thelma's sisters and mother. Obsessed with keeping women as slaves, Wesley lures the family out on a boating trip and murders his father-in-law. It is revealed Wesley found another family on the island and murdered the father and mother, keeping the teenage daughters Alice and Erin as his sex slaves who he regularly rapes and tortures. Sending Thelma to try to murder his brother-in-law Rupert, Wesley captures and abuses the other women in the group and kills Thelma's sister Kimberly when she tries to stop him from murdering Rupert. As ever in Laymon's novels, Wesley demonstrates that the scariest monster of all is a human being with a penchant for sadism and domination.
  • Jack Ryan series:
    • Without Remorse is a revenge fantasy about drug dealers, set during the Vietnam War. The protagonist, an ex Navy SEAL named John Kelly, runs afoul of a drug ring run by a man named Henry Tucker. Tucker smuggles high-grade heroin into the Baltimore area inside the bodies of American soldiers killed in Vietnam. He distributes the drugs via a stable of prostitutes that he controls using drugs, rape, and torture. When one of his girls escapes and befriends Kelly, he has her kidnapped, then rapes her, tortures her, and mutilates her corpse, forcing the other girls to watch, before dumping it in a public fountain. As Kelly tracks him down while murdering his people, he grows increasingly desperate, going so far as to kill his own associates out of paranoia, then attempts to kill his remaining girls when they prove to be a security risk. In the end, he is shot down like a dog without pity, and the police admit that Kelly did something that they themselves might have done were they not bound by the law.
    • Patriot Games: Sean Miller is the leader of an Irish terrorist group. The book begins with Miller leading an attack on the British Royal family. After being stopped, Miller goes after The Hero and CIA analyst Jack Ryan and his whole family, causing the car with Ryan's daughter Sally and pregnant wife Cathy to crash. With other various acts of terrorism to his name, one incident from Miller sticks out. When in prison, a guard saves him from Prison Rape from other inmates. During his escape, Miller has the guard at his mercy and chooses to shoot him in a way to paralyze him for life, viewing it worse than killing the man and declaring gratitude is a "disease of dogs," quoting Josef Stalin.
  • Jade Green: Charles, Judith's creepy forty-year-old cousin, is revealed to be a Dirty Old Man early on, but is far worse. After Jade Green rejected his advances towards her, he chopped off her hand when she tried to defend herself, resulting in her bleeding to death. After Judith likewise rejects his advantages in favor of the miller's son Zeke, he decides to murder her as well, though not before raping her. He also set the cellar of those who offered him shelter on fire to collect the money in Uncle Geoffrey's will after he planned to give a percentage of his money to Judith once he passed away.
  • Jennifer Government: John Nike is a stand-out Corrupt Corporate Executive even by the standards of the corporatist Dystopia in the novel. As the Vice-President of Marketing for Nike, he arranges to increase their latest product's revenue by increasing its notoriety by killing every person who buys it, including children. When agent Jennifer Government catches on to his scheme through the inevitable chain of subcontractors that expose his plot, he orders Jennifer's 8-year old daughter Kate—revealed to be his own child from a previous relation he had with Jennifer—kidnapped and threatens to kill her if Jennifer tries to arrest him. He ultimately tries to hire a paramilitarized NRA to kill the President so he can give his own unscrupulous Mega-Corp complete power to control and process humanity as he sees fit. John Nike's greed has no limits and he is willing to see his entire society reduced to an unending nightmare out of selfishness and cruelty.
  • Jinx High: Fay Harper is a centuries-old sorceress out to empower herself and live as a cruel hedonist. Making pacts with demons, Fay regularly sacrifices innocents to them, feeding them to her "allies" in great numbers for power or fun. Achieving a method of immortality, Fay marries wealthy, handsome men and disposes of all her relations, including her husbands in "accidents" once she has a daughter. When this is achieved, Fay swaps bodies with her daughters and often murders them, with her current daughter trapped in her old body of Rowena, imprisoned in a mental hospital where Fay regularly returns to poison her. Killing people for fun and power, Fay plots to cause a violent orgy with her powers at a school dance, and when caught by Diana, Fay calls forth enough power to try to wipe Tulsa off the map in the ensuing fight.
  • Joe Golem And The Drowning City: Dr. Cocteau appears to be a kindly old grandfather. In truth, he is a depraved Mad Scientist who conducted torturous experiments to create mindless, semi-human slaves. Cocteau intends on using the half-human, half-elder god Felix Orlov to summon Felix's father to Earth so Cocteau can ascend to godhood. Knowing full well that all of the universe and perhaps even the afterlife will be destroyed, Cocteau simply does not care and activates the eldritch artifact, the Pentanjalum, which destroys huge swaths of New York, killing countless innocents before trying to murder everyone in his way, his brief stint at affability giving way to horrific greed and cruelty.
  • Joe Hunter series, by Matt Hilton: The Serial Killer known as Tubal Cain is dubbed "the Harvestman" for his habit of killing people and taking bones as trophies. Murdering an old man and his wife, Tubal Cain is robbed by hero Joe Hilton's brother John by chance, and later recoups himself by murdering an innocent couple. Upon learning John is expecting a deal with a great deal of money involved, Cain holds off while killing other innocents before trying to murder John. Surviving his fight with Joe, Cain seeks revenge by kidnapping John's ex-wife Jenny and her children, intending to murder them, and even carves off her finger, intending to slowly kill her to achieve his retribution.
  • John Dies at the End: The evil bio-computer Korrok is a sadist with the personality of a wicked teenager. Korrok runs his world as a brutal dictatorship, with people tortured endlessly for fun as Korrok routinely devours the populations of worlds and holds them in torment, having people fed to him just for the enjoyment of the sacrifice. Korrok attempts to take over other universes and exterminate or enslave the populations, utilizing parasites infecting people to painfully spread them across his target worlds.
  • Johnny Dixon: Wrath of the Grinning Ghost: The titular Grinning Ghost, Nyarlat-Hotep, is a cunning, eldritch spirit walking among humanity who sunk Atlantis to bask in the fear and agony of a million dying souls and cut through swathes of human lives as the demon pirate Damon Boudron before being seemingly killed. Bringing himself back to life through the horrible sacrifice of twelve people, Nyarlat-Hotep kidnaps the soul of Johnny's father and tortures him into insanity, luring Johnny himself to do even worse to him in front of his father's eyes unless he submits. Nyarlat-Hotep attempts to regain physical form and eradicate the entire human race, as prelude to ruling the realm of spirits as a tyrant forevermore.
  • Journey to the West: Liu Hong stands out as an utterly selfish and despicable man even when compared to the various demons and sorcerers Xuanzang and his disciples would later face. Beginning as a simple boatman, when Liu Hong lays eyes upon Lady Yin, he immediately wants her for himself. To that end, he kills her husband Guangrui and their horse boy, dumping both bodies into the river. He then forces Lady Yin to consent to his demands at knife point and proceeds to steal Guangrui's identity, taking over an important position Guangrui was supposed to receive, living a life of wealth and leisure. When Lady Yin gives birth to Guangrui's child, Xuanzang, Liu Hong planned to drown him but Lady Yin convinced him not to, allowing her to get her child to safety. After Xuanzang returns and claims justice for his parents, his mother would kill herself over guilt for consenting to Liu Hong, even though her own father told her she was not at fault. Never referred to anything other than a bandit, Liu Hong's crimes are treated with disgust and outrage by all who know of his deeds.
  • The Jungle Book novelization The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack, by Scott Peterson & Joshua Pruett: Shere Khan is even worse than in the film. Having killed Mowgli's father when Mowgli was a baby, Khan wants to kill Mowgli as well as an act of revenge for having been burned by his father. When the wolves try to send Mowgli to the man village, Khan murders their leader and Mowgli's adoptive father, Akela. He threatens to kill the wolf pups if Raksha displeases him. When a jackal provides Khan with useful information, Khan kills him just for asking for scraps of food in return. When Mowgli returns, Khan nearly kills Baloo and Bagheera to get to him, and taunts him about having killed both of his fathers.

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  • The Kane Chronicles: Setne, son of Pharaoh Ramses the Great, was a murderer and blasphemer who escaped oblivion to return to Earth and sow chaos, being responsible for massive amounts of destruction, including The French Revolution and World War I. While initially assisting the Kane siblings against Apophis, Setne betrays them to instead try to seize control of the great serpent, intending on feeding it many souls in the afterlife, his father included, before unleashing Apophis to destroy most of the world whereupon he will proceed to rule the rest. Upon failing in this, Setne later returns to attempt to devour the gods of every pantheon to make himself the supreme one god who will dominate the world entire.
  • Kate Daniels: Neig the Undying, also known as Neamadh and Nemed, is an ancient dragon who ruled the British Isles in the distant past when magic was last power. In Magic Triumphs, he makes his return, horrifically murdering the inhabitants of several towns to feed on their bones and increase his power, along with anyone who might possibly get in his way as he seeks to re-establish his rule. He uses his venom to corrupt human victims into psychotic yeddimmur, and even those of his minions who remain human still tend to be ensorcelled to burn themselves alive once they've delivered his messages as a show of power. A being who enslaves and tortures gods for his own amusement, Neig desires nothing less than complete domination of the world—and in the end, he'd likely end up destroying it out of malice and boredom. Even Roland fears to face him, firmly cementing his stature as the most monstrously terrifying and apocalyptic villain across the entire series.
  • Kenzie and Gennaro Series:
    • A Drink Before the War: Marion Socia was a two-bit pimp just years ago before he took over Dorchester's drug trade. Using drugs to brainwash kids into being his soldiers, Socia showed no remorse in putting a hit out on his own son Roland when the boy broke from Socia to form his own gang. Socia has his own wife murdered when she steals valuable photos from him: namely photos that show Socia pimping out Roland (then preteen, if not prepubescent) to a local politician. When the gang war goes badly, Socia attempts to get the photos so that he can blackmail Roland. When the heroes Angie and Patrick are against Socia, the police have them listen to a video of Socia viciously torturing a boy who got brave enough to wear a wire by cutting him and taking out his eye. Despite coming from the poorest, most brutal part of Dorchester, Socia has no excuse for his actions. At his heart, he is nothing but a monster feeding on the misery of others.''
    • Darkness, Take My Hand: Gerry Glynn is an egomaniacal Serial Killer with a god complex, who discovered how much he loved killing after murdering his wife for pointlessly blaming her for their son's death by brain aneurysm. Realizing how much he enjoyed the experience, Glynn cast off all love and human morality he may have once possessed while believing that killing was more fun if he targeted the undeserving. Glynn tortured, crucified, blinded and mutilated his victims over the years while training other killers in his work, forming a twisted parody of the Holy Trinity with Glynn as the "father" who sent his disciples to kill innocents, as well as to target Patrick and Angie when they were on the case. When exposed, Glynn attempted to force Patrick to confront him publicly by holding a young mother and a newborn baby at gunpoint with a bomb strapped to himself, fully willing to kill them if things did not go his way.
  • Keys to the Kingdom: Superior Saturday, in a world with many sympathetic villains, is an out-and-out monster. Her method of disciplining her immortal subordinates is to turn them inside out and turn their blood into glass, essentially making them an organ jar for all eternity unless someone saves them. Being behind most schemes since the beginning of the series, she releases a mind control virus; attempts to nuke a town; throws the Piper into Nothing to be dissolved, and blames his brother. Driven by Envy at feeling that she should have been favored during the creation of the Universe, Superior Saturday commits multiple unbelievably heinous acts to be the woman in charge.
  • The King Beyond The Gate, by David Gemmell: Emperor Ceska, the mad ruler of the Drenai people in this second book of the Drenai series, is a ruthless tyrant. Using a cult of chaos priests, Ceska mutates humans by fusing them with animals to create The Joinings, and enslaves them mentally to serve as an army. Ceska taxes and brutalizes the populace, answering any hint of defiance by massacring people, including entire villages. When a rebellion arises, Ceska attempts to have everyone in the vicinity, man, woman or child, killed so that the lands will run with, in his words, "oceans of blood". A bloated, insane, cowardly tyrant, Ceska is remembered as the greatest shame of the once proud Drenai history.
  • King Solomon's Mines:
    • King Twala One-Eye is the ruler of the Kakuana people. A brutal tyrant, Twala rose to power by murdering his brother and sentencing his sister-in-law and her baby to the desert to die. Twala accuses others of treason to have them killed, using Gagool's witch hunts as pretext to execute them, with one hundred victims executed as a demonstration. Twala also has Human Sacrifice practiced, gleefully murdering as he will, and has killed so many that the blood is said to flow like rivers in spring.
    • The aforementioned witch Gagool helped Twala's brutal takeover and keeps him in power by having countless innocents executing, claiming them as "witches" or treasonous to see them murdered on trumped up charges to maintain her own power base. Gagool also practices Human Sacrifice on young maidens, and when Twala falls, she seeks to kill the adventuring party by trapping them in the mines, even trying to murder the brave young woman Foulata when she tries to save them.
  • Kingdom Rattus: King Marrow I assumed control of Vinjia by faking his wife's death and torturing her into becoming a mindless Sex Slave who rapes her own sister for his amusement. He proceeds to kidnap the mother of his child and threaten her with "Cleopatra's Fate" as well as actively conspires to kill his own son despite the fact that he can't hold the throne without an heir. He thinks nothing of committing genocide, he manipulates the other tribes to his own ends, sends his most hardened assassins on a suicide mission to get back at an old mistress, introduces crack cocaine to his own tribe and abandons his subjects in a time of crisis to pursue a relatively minor act of revenge. It might feel surreal when you learn that the author based him on George Bailey from It's a Wonderful Life.
  • Kingdom Tales trilogy, by David & Karen Mains: The Enchanter is a fire wizard obsessed with his own greatness. Inciting a revolt in the Enchanted City, he drives out the King and takes power for himself, ruling as a heinous dictator, causing the city to sink into a state of decay and pollution. Jealous of the sun’s light, he forces people to be active during the night only. He often takes beautiful young girls as his brides, who give birth to his demonic children, his mere gaze leaving some children malformed and outcasts, while driving others insane, burning their very souls, his current bride being rendered catatonic. The Enchanter declares all orphans to belong to him, having them rounded up and sent to the Orphan Keeper, who puts them to work in hazardous, life threatening conditions, many of them dying. Anyone who opposes the Enchanter is sentenced to death at the Burning Place in a mock trial, with the Enchanter watching every single one. The Enchanter indulges in petty cruelty by giving insulting names to those he hurts. When the Taxi Cab Company begins undermining his regime under the leadership of the King, he begins a merciless campaign to destroy them, launching an attack on their headquarters which results in the King being captured and Big Operator executed. The Enchanter then burns the King himself after a mock trial, dancing and laughing in triumph. Even after the King returns and liberates Enchanted City, the Enchanter tries to subvert the King’s efforts to revitalize the Enchanted city, leading the populace astray and giving children nightmares.
  • Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone: Robert Dare is the ambitious younger brother of King William Dare of Crotheny and one of the key players in the series's Big-Bad Ensemble. Extremely self-centered, Robert murdered his twin sister Lesbeth—the only person he felt any affection for—in a fit of jealousy because she got engaged without telling him, and later took part in a conspiracy to murder his brother and nieces to clear his way to the throne. Killed himself by the dying William, Robert was brought back to an undead state by a curse and picked up where he left off, usurping his sister-in-law Muriele and attempting to rape her, and having a composer brutally tortured for writing an opera that criticized him. When that same composer tried to kill Robert using cursed music that Robert's undead nature left him immune to, he stole the composition so he could use it as a weapon himself. When Robert's youngest niece Anne arrived at the head of an army to reclaim her throne, he tried to kill her under a flag of truce and then fled north to Crotheny's traditional rival, Hansa, where he manipulated the aging king into declaring a holy war against Anne, with full intention of betraying Hansa too. When Muriele came north to negotiate peace, Robert killed her using his stolen music.
  • King Rat: The Pied Piper of Hamelin is reimagined as a terrifying Humanoid Abomination and a psychopathic narcissist who forced a holocaust onto the sapient rats of Hamelin, drowning millions and deposing King Rat of his position. Utterly enraged that Saul, the hybrid son of King Rat, is able to resist his songs through which he controls his victims, the Piper hunts him down relentlessly while casually slaughtering countless people in horrifying, brutal ways, including tying Saul's friend into the path of an oncoming train and brutally murdering a homeless woman Saul befriends simply to hurt him. Enslaving Saul's other friend to use the music of Drum & Bass to control all he can, the Piper is revealed at the end to have spirited away the hundreds of children of Hamelin into his domain into eternal torment, merely to get back at the rulers of Hamelin for refusing to pay him. A demented, strutting sadist aptly described as the "spirit of narcissism", the Piper is a creature of horrifying dominance and rage under his transparent human veneer.
  • Kingsbridge series, by Ken Follett:
    • The Pillars of the Earth: William Hamleigh begins as an arrogant, boorish young aristocrat with some sketchy ideas about a woman's consent whose nastiness is shown when he threatens Tom Builder's life in an argument over wages Tom is fairly owed. After his fiancée Aliena breaks their engagement, William takes advantage of her father being deposed as Earl of Shiring to rape her, murdering her faithful steward and forcing her younger brother to watch before allowing his groom to rape her as well. William later discovers he is now impotent unless he commits violence, as seen when he beats and rapes a prostitute. William soon becomes Earl and becomes a scourge to the people: brutalizing and raping when he isn't given his "proper due." He fixates on Aliena, doing everything he can to ruin her life further and attacks the town of Kingsbridge, burning and killing, causing the death of Tom Builder personally. When he finally gets married, William finds himself impotent on the wedding night, and beats his wife bloody when she gives him a reassuring smile over it.
    • Column of Fire: Pierre Aumande is a ruthless social climber who comes to power by assisting the French Catholic church in rooting out and killing Protestants. Using his fiancée Sylvie, a Protestant herself, Pierre has hundreds or thousands of innocents captured, killed and burned alive, before finally going after Sylvie years later and attempting to murder her, succeeding in killing her friend Isabelle. When forced to marry a woman named Odette by the Cardinal, Pierre mistreats her horribly, even attempting to give her illegitimate child to an orphanage just to hurt her, and later murders her when he has the chance. When his power grows, Pierre has a marchioness named Louise's husband killed and takes her as a mistress, where he rapes and abuses her endlessly in revenge for her once rebuking him 25 years ago, even forcing her to serve his guests in the nude to humiliate her. Pierre conspires to assist in an invasion of England and even plots against the French king, stopping at nothing to climb ever higher while leaving his conscience far behind.
  • The Kite Runner: Assef begins life as a brass knuckle-brandishing sociopath and a racist bully with a virulent hatred of the Hazaras. Possessed of an admiration for Adolf Hitler himself and considering him a visionary, Assef is already known as an ear-eating savage around his area and shows his true colors by raping Hassan alongside his friends after the boy humiliates him. Assef graduates from bully to a member of the Taliban who introduces himself stoning a blindfolded man to death and taking orphans to be sold into sexual slavery, among them the now-deceased Hassan's son Sohrab as his personal Sex Slave. Assef is no less adamant about his mission to massacre the Hazaras, and proudly accepts the term "ethnic cleansing" as one he likes. Assef views himself as taking out "garbage" around Afghanistan, but when everything is clear, Assef is little more than a domineering, depraved, remorseless bully from youth to adulthood.
  • Kraken: Goss is a loudmouthed Psycho for Hire who has plagued the Earth for centuries, using his living puppet Subby to house his heart and grant himself immortality. Goss has committed countless brutal murders over the ages, reveling in the pain and misery he causes and using truly unique methods of torture and killing such as folding a man into a work of origami and using nothing but his finger to crack another's teeth and impale his throat. Working for the Tattoo in the present, Goss terrorizes and threatens anyone he comes into contact with, goes on a mass torture and killing spree to track down a target, and kills Wati with sadistic joy. Goss is so utterly depraved that he makes the world itself a more violent, terrible place, and when he finally meets his end, the souls of millions of people feel an unexplained joy all at once across time and space.
  • Kringle: Morgo is the rapacious King of the Goblins who seeks to summon the ancient beast Grunding in order to take over the world. Having murdered Kringle's father in the past, he is haunted by a prophecy that a child will rid the world of goblins, and thus has hundreds of children abducted and made into slaves, feeding off of their fear. Having his underlings pillage human settlements of their belongings, he builds a massive War Dragon for Grunding to possess, trapping the captured children within it, and has Elvenwald, home of the elves, destroyed. Even when defeated, he vows to return every Long Night to haunt the world's children until he has finally claimed the Earth.
  • Kushiel's Legacy: The Mahrkagir practices sexual torture, mutilation and degradation of all kinds and is just overall a master at tormenting people psychologically as well as physically, with a priesthood to back him up as well. The Mahrkagir violently oppresses the population of his home nation and is a cruel sadist on every level. Imriel as a child was his captive, and recounts a time when the Mahrkagir bargained with him to spare a girl Imriel was fond of, if Imriel would swallow his piss. Imriel tried and failed, so the Mahrkagir raped the woman and slit her throat at the end. When Phedre, the heroine, infiltrates his harem to help bring him down, the Mahrkagir brutalizes her nightly and uses a spiked iron rod on her for sex, relishing every moment of pain. Only her unique gifts as an Anguisette (a being who derives intense pleasure from pain) allows her survival.
  • L.A. Quartet: Captain Dudley Liam Smith is a seemingly jovial, friendly police captain who hides a truly dark and monstrous corrupt nature under his smile. Having been personally responsible for the infamous Sleepy Lagoon murder out of racism, Dudley is also heavily involved in crime, clandestinely manipulating and dealing with multiple crime families as he runs a personal squad where he has many people murdered for profit or to cover loose ends even if he has to allow brutal killers to remain at large and committing their crimes. Not even other cops are safe, with Dudley murdering his old lackey Buzz Meeks as a loose end. When the cop Daniel Upshaw stumbles upon evidence of Dudley's murders, Dudley delights in torturing him psychologically by threatening to reveal Upshaw's homosexuality until Upshaw breaks and kills himself. In one brutal gang execution, Dudley would commit his most infamous crime and personally strangle the Herrick family's two-day-old baby to death. With a body count most serial killers can only dream of, and a complete lack of conscience mixed with insatiable greed and cruelty, Dudley proves time to be the worst monster in LA, endlessly shielding himself with his badge and connections.
  • Labyrinth Lost: Xara is a bruja who is known as the Devourer, the Mother of Wretched Beasts, Destroyer of Los Lagos, and Enemy to all the Gods. After being banished to Los Lagos for crimes against humanity, she ingratiates herself and charms the population before making her move, firebombing the land and killing thousands as a result. Having taken over the dimension of Los Lagos, Xara inflicts bloody purges on the population and has the survivors hunted down by her shadow monsters and chained up, tortured and brainwashed into her willing servants. For centuries, Xara's policy of draining the lifeforce of the souls within the tree of life leaves them husks in order to keep herself young and beautiful, which has started to kill Los Lagos. To rejuvenate herself, Xara preys on vulnerable individuals from other realms and charms them into bringing her brujas and brujos whose hearts she eats to absorb their powers. Manipulating the troubled Nova, she tries to convince him to send Alejandra "Alex" Mortiz to her realm only for the spell to instead send Alex's extended family instead with Xara planning to drain them dry to feed herself and permanently scarring Alex's older sister during the struggle. Xara forces Alex to give up her powers by threatening to use a potion to melt the organs of Alex's Love Interest Rishi if she doesn't. Ultimately, Xara intends to use Alex's powers to free herself from this realm and spread her endless hunger and evil to Earth, caring for only her own selfish desires above all else.
  • The Lake, by Richard Laymon: Candyman is obsessed with photographing dark-haired women and later murdering them gruesomely, keeping the photos, of which he has enough to fill an entire scrapbook. His true identity is Mace Harrison, birth name Jess Payne, and the Evil Uncle of the novel's heroine Deana. Seducing her mother Leigh, who had Deana after a brief fling with Mace's brother Charlie, Mace grows abusive and cruel to her before revealing his true identity. Capturing Deana, he assaults her and plans to violate and kill her later along with her mother, as well as his own long-lost sister Tania. At the end, Mace tries to kill all of them, devoted to ridding the world of "whores," defined by his misogynistic sadism.
  • The Land Before Time: The Illustrated Story: In this novelization by Jim Razzi, Sharptooth is given the personally of a Serial Killer in a Tyrannosaurus Rex's skin. Preying on the herds that try to make it to the Great Valley, Sharptooth is known for killing more for pleasure than for food and kills the young Longneck Littlefoot's mother when she tries to save her son from him. After Littlefoot accidentally damages Sharptooth's eye and the young Threehorn Cera headbutts him when he is unconscious, Sharptooth's ego is so bruised that he ends up relentlessly stalking them and their friends despite their lack of value as food to him just to murder the children out of spite. When he realizes he has found the entry to the Great Valley, Sharptooth plans on going on a killing spree to satisfy his bloodlust as soon as he has finished with the children.
  • The Last American Vampire:
    • Thomas Crowley was a vampire and a doctor who accompanied the English colonists to Roanoke. Crowley would poison several colonists before draining them dry over a series of days. When discovered as a vampire, Crowley butchered every man, woman and child in Roanoke save young Henry Sturges, whom he turned into a vampire out of whimsy and a little girl named Virginia who Crowley planned to raise and take as a lover when she was of age. Surviving until the 1800s, Crowley continues killing victims at random, before becoming Jack the Ripper and massacring innocent women, publicly leaving them out for Henry as a "challenge".
    • Virginia Dare herself, the first English child born in the Roanoke colony, grows to adulthood and becomes Henry's wife, before convincing him to turn her. Becoming a vampire supremacist known as A. Grander VIII—who doesn't even care about Roanoke but just wants power—Virginia kills peace envoys of the vampire order by using special masks that makes the sun burn through magnifying lens placed over their eyes, and personally assassinates Adam Plantagenet, the Order's leader who believes in human and vampire coexistence. Masterminding a series of attacks from anarchists to create new wars—including, among other acts, the Russian Revolution—Virginia attempts to engineer enough chaos and bloodshed for vampires to take over and dominate the world while overthrowing America, even lending her aid to Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
  • Last Legionary series: The Deathwing operatives that Keill Randor faces in his quest for vengeance are a bad lot, but even then the following stand out:
    • Galactic Warlord: Lord Thr'un of Irruq-hoa is an aristocrat from one of the altered worlds, and the man tasked with annihilating the Legions of Moros. A Faux Affably Evil, buff, giant of a man, Lord Thr'un seeded Moros's atmosphere with radiation capsules, resulting in the death of every man, woman, child, and animal on the planet and rendering the world uninhabitable. He then began masquerading as a surviving Legionary in the hopes of luring any genuine survivors into a trap. When Keill was captured by Thr'un's men, Thr'un—on his own accord—had him tortured via jangler, a weapon that attacks the nerves; when Keill refused to talk, Thr’un ordered him jangled to death, the idea being that his convulsions would become so bad that he would snap his own spine. Little more than a thug beneath his polished veneer, Thr'un was perhaps the most ruthless agent in the Warlord's employ.
    • Deathwing Over Veynaa: Quern was a psychic Deathwing agent, and one of their top scientists to boot. Infiltrating a revolution in the Veynaa system, Quern turned a peaceful movement into a violent one, and, deploying the same radiation weapon used on Moros, killed two hundred Veynaan colonists to make political points for a cause he did not believe in. Confronted by Keill, Quern revealed he was the inventor of the weapon, and the only Deathwing member who knew how to use it, before trying to fire it into Veynaa's atmosphere while Keill watched. Little more than a brooding ego, Quern was prepared to murder millions to prove his own brilliance.
    • Day of the Starwind and Planet of the Warlord: Altern, alias The One, is field leader of the Deathwing, and right-hand man to the Warlord itself. A crippled dwarf in a golden exoskeleton, Altern gave the order for the genocide on Moros, and handed Quern his instructions for the slaughter on Veynaa. Determined to produce an army of slaves for his master, The One first encountered Keill on Rilyn, where Altern was cloning famous Legionaries for use as Slave Mooks and sending them to a neighbouring world to commit murders; he also tried to mind-wipe Keill and use him to train said Legionaries. Bested by Keill, The One fled Rilyn, leaving the clones to die in a hurricane. Capturing Keill when the Last Legionary infiltrated the Warlord’s homeworld, Altern had him brainwashed and slaved to the Arachnis computer, using him to train Deathwing agents, with the intent of slowly killing him afterwards. Responsible for almost all the atrocities committed in the Warlord’s name, The One proved himself Keill Randor’s worst enemy.
  • The Last Light of the Sun: Ivarr Ragnarson is the grandson of the great Erling raider Sigur Volganson and the last of his line. Deformed in body and mind, Ivarr is a sadistic psychopath whose dearest goal in life is to find a way to blood-eagle—cracking open the ribs and extracting the lungs—a victim while keeping them alive the entire time. During a raid on Brynn ap Hwyll's farmhouse, Ivarr allows his brother and his henchmen to die fighting, then while hiding tries to kill Brynn. During his escape he shoots one of his own men with a poisoned arrow, and takes the time to blood-eagle two peasants. He later hires an army of mercenaries, tells them that there is plunder to be had in Anglcyn lands, and essentially sacrifices sixty of them so that he can steer the survivors towards Brynn's house again and finish what he started. Escaping, Ivarr captures another peasant boy and slices off his nose and ears before torturing him to death. Making his way back to his ships, Ivarr is slain by the surviving mercenaries as he plots to assassinate their leader and another member of the crew.
  • The Last Move, by Mary Burton: Raymond Drexler Jr. is a despicable Serial Killer with a vicious method of torture and murder. Drexler kidnaps young women and teenagers, seals them in coffins, then keeps them there at all times except to feed them just enough food to keep them alive and to brutally rape them. If any of the women do not fit in their coffins initially, Drexler breaks their bones to force them in. After weeks of this torment, Drexler finally kills the women when he gets bored of them by burying them alive. When his graveyard is discovered by Agent Kate Hayden, Drexler goes on the run, stabbing a man to death for his car, and plans to take revenge on Kate by targeting her and her mother. Teaming up with fellow killer William Bauldry, Drexler kidnaps a young teenage girl, uses her as a hostage to lure Kate to them, then attempts to bury both the girl and Kate alive after raping them.
  • Last to Die, by Arlene Hunt: Caleb Switch is a sadistic hunter and Serial Killer obsessed with Hunting the Most Dangerous Game. A sociopath since childhood, Caleb murdered his abusive father on a hunting trip in the woods. In adulthood, Caleb spent his time in the forests, hunting and killing woodland animals for sport. When he made advances upon a hitchhiking woman, causing her to attempt to flee, Caleb panicked and killed her to prevent her from calling the authorities. Finding he enjoyed the thrill of hunting human beings, Caleb soon switched from hunting animals to humans. Kidnapping an unsuspecting victim, Caleb would set them loose into the woods and hunt them down, killing them with his crossbow. Stealing the identity of one of his victims, Caleb moves into the man's apartment, where he continues his killing spree. After learning of Jessie Conway's heroic foiling of a high school shooting, Caleb is quick to select her as a potential target. Forced to flee his residence after murdering a street hustler, Caleb arrives at Jessie's town and, upon finding her location, abducts her, but not before killing her pet dog. He then releases Jessie into the woods and spends the rest of the novel attempting to hunt her down and kill her, relishing his attempts to murder her.
  • The Last Vampire: Sita/Alisa Perne, the title character, has faced numerous evildoers during her five thousand year life; these villains are the absolute worst:
    • Black Blood: Eddie Fender is a former morgue worker who steals the body of the wounded first vampire Yaksha to become a vampire himself. Keeping Yaksha alive in horrible agony, Eddie begins turning others into monsters before going on a savage killing spree of countless people that is likened to a new black plague sweeping through LA. Eddie is not merely satisfied with drinking blood, but instead eats the flesh of his many victims, gleefully tearing them apart when he finds them, even snapping the neck of his own mother when she becomes a liability to him. A complete sadist, Eddie relishes the fear and pain of those he kills and intends on sweeping over the world to annihilate all humanity, with a chosen few becoming a part of his new vampire empire.
    • Creatures Of Forever: Landulf of Capa is a practitioner of the Satanic arts who rules Crusades-era southern Italy with an iron fist and wishes to shift the balance of power towards evil. Once a member of the Vatican, Landulf was cast out for invoking Satan's spirit and, angered at being stripped of his position, terrorized all of southern Europe, invading with evil creatures and spreading chaos. Ripping the eyes out of his victims' skulls and pulling the bones out of his slaves to eat while they are still alive, Landulf also regularly kidnaps young women to crucify, enjoying every moment of their pain and suffering. Opening the gates of Europe to the opposing Arab army, Landulf delights at the idea of watching the western world go ablaze with war as millions are killed. Planning to time travel to corrupt the titular last vampire, Landulf's scheme would result in the decimation of the entire section of the galaxy holding Earth.
    • Thirst sub-series:
      • Tarana/Lucifer, "The Light Bearer", believes himself greater than God and, after being cast out for his failed rebellion, seeks to doom humanity to prove his superiority. Corrupting the peaceful Telar race into worshipping him, Tarana has them regularly commit sacrifice in his name and commit various atrocities throughout human history, including The Holocaust. Capturing Sita with Heinrich Himmler during the Holocaust, Tarana painfully tortured her for information via burning, allowing her supernatural healing ability to constantly close the wound and draw out the pain. Growing bored of the Telar, Tarana finds replacement servants through IIC, a company that used the "Array", psychics who could take control of a person and force them commit horrific acts provided a sacrifice was provided. Using their horrible powers and the company, Tarana is able to secretly conquer much of the world and releases a computer program to turn people into mindless zombies under his command. Turning his former servants in the Telar and IIC against each other, Tarana simply sits back to enjoy the bloodshed and is enraged at Sita defeating both groups. As his ultimate plan to send humanity to ruin, Tarana makes plans to discover time machines so he can go back to World War II and make the Nazis win, uncaring for the utter dystopia he would leave humanity under as long as he gets to feel he won over the God he despises.
      • Thirst No. 5: The Sacred Veil: Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler, known as "The Beast", one of the most powerful men in the Third Reich, is far more monstrous than almost any vampire. A consummate sadist who murdered his own parents, Himmler helps carry out The Holocaust while starving, beating, torturing and murdering millions of innocents in the camps, while personally administering Auschwitz as he has multitudes of innocent Jews sent to the gas chambers. Himmler wishes to bring about the reign of Tarana, torturing Sita to help make it possible, and when she refuses to break, he tortures other prisoners. Himmler seeks to craft a world where the Nazis win to exterminate all beneath them, driven by nothing but his cold and cruel sense of superiority.
  • Laura Caxton series: Justinia Malvern was a sociopath as a human who arranged her own uncle's death—after accusing him of molesting her—when he wouldn't give her candy. Upon becoming a vampire, Justinia became a sadistic murderer, killing humans for sport while torturing her maker to death and killing his predecessors as well. When her body failed her, Justinia used her powers to seduce wealthy men, sway them into doing her bidding and having sons to continue the line, before murdering them. When the remainder of the vampires were destroyed, Justinia was held for twenty years by the state of Pennsylvania. Forming a mutual enmity with state trooper Laura Caxton, Justinia tricks her mentor and Justinia's former arch-nemesis Jameson Arkeley into letting Justinia turn him to fight other vampires, but corrupts Arkeley into a monster. Later taking over a woman's prison, Justinia massacres the population or turns others into vampires before escaping, pursued by Laura. Jusitnia proceeds to try to kill everyone Laura ever loves, massacring humans by the dozens to regain her old strength. Even the prospect of her own species' extinction doesn't trouble Justinia, as she views herself as the most powerful, ruthless and devious vampire to have ever lived.
  • Legends of the Red Sun: Chancellor Urtica is the Evil Chancellor of the empire in Villjamur and a leader of a Religion of Evil where he engages in human sacrifice. To obtain control of the empire, Urtica engineers a mass slaughter of refugees at Villjamur's gate and blames it on the young Empress, ordering her arrest and execution. Ascending to control of Villjamur, Urtica engages in a way to keep the people satisfied and well fed: by collaborating with an insane killer to have people murdered and made into meat for the unknowing populace.
  • Level 26: Dark Origins: This digital novel, by CSI creator Anthony Zuiker, features Sqweegel, real name unknown, the most prolific Serial Killer in history within the CSI world. Sqweegel is known for incredible preparation and his seeming randomness. Once he locks in on a victim, Sqweegel proceeds to murder them, often after torturing and raping them, with gender being irrelevant to his tastes. Sqweegel initiates the book's plot by sending in a homemade snuff film to the authorities, and proceeds to kidnap three teenagers who tried to illegally tried to buy beer before raping them with himself, a mop handle and a baseball bat. He burns six priests alive and attempts to torture the widows of 9/11 firefighters to death. His true enemy is the investigator Steven Dark, whose foster family was murdered by Sqweegel once Dark came close to catching him years ago. To “punish” Dark for cheating on his wife Sibby, Sqweegel had raped Sibby, possibly conceiving a child which Sqweegel plans to kill, along with raping and killing Sibby. With a body count numbering in the high hundreds and the belief he is an instrument of divine retribution, Sqweegel remains the most terrifying enemy of Dark's career, and is the only known serial killer to receive the classification Level 26 to designate a monster that was previously beyond human comprehension.
  • Life with Father, by Bentley Little: The titular Father is a repulsive recluse obsessed with recycling everything he can to become a "self-sufficient" entity never needing to leave his home. To this end, Father forces his two daughters into absolutely dreadful conditions, with no toilets, clean water, or normal, healthy food provided to them. Father regularly rapes and impregnates his eldest teen daughter, keeping the resulting infants as "pets" that he keeps locked in a pen. In his prime moment of depravity, Father cooks up and one of the babies, forcing his daughters to do the same, and proclaims that henceforth, he will rape his daughters until they have children, which they shall then eat as sustenance. When his eldest daughter screams at him for his evil, Father brutally beats her bloody, then prepares to begin raping his youngest daughter before being murdered.
  • The Light at the End, by John Skipp & Craig Spector: Rudy Pasko note  is a two-bit punk. When turned into a vampire, Rudy goes on a killing spree, publicly leaving victims all over New York City, even painting pictures from their blood. When annoyed by two teens talking in a theater, Rudy murders them and leaves the corpses to be discovered before also tormenting the people who knew him in life and killing several of those out to hunt him. When they invade his apartment, it is revealed Rudy has been turning several of his victims into thralls and has even murdered several children.
  • Lightning: Arthur Haines is a man who deeply resents his wife for not using any contraceptives. With two children he considers "mistakes", and a third on the way, Haines begins targeting pro-life women, ambushing and raping them in hopes of getting them pregnant so that they will be forced to undergo abortions. Haines stalks them, learning their routines and then visits them again and again, raping them multiple times so they are never able to feel safe, with at least nine to ten different victims, his last being the police officer Eileen who he mistakes for a victim he was already targeting. With zero remorse, Haines stands as one of the single most vile criminals ever encountered by the 87th.
  • Little Boy Lost, by J.D. Stafford: Judge Daniel Bryce is a New Orleans judge who uses his position to mask his true identity as a Serial Killer. Deciding long ago that the streets needing to be cleaned up, Bryce uses arrest records to find teenage black boys with petty crimes on their rap sheets, targeting them before they grow up to become "thugs" who cost taxpayers millions every year. Bryce pretends to arrest the boys, only to quickly and coldly execute them and dump their bodies in his grave sites, which, when uncovered by police, reveal over a dozen boys all killed by Bryce. When Justin Glass and his partner Nikolas investigate the killings, Bryce decides they have learned too much and tries to kill them both, boasting the entire time that he's the only one smart enough to realize that those boys he killed deserved to die, and is called out for the truthfully egotistical Knight Templar he is, choosing who to kill based on nothing more than his own self-righteousness.
  • Living Dead Girl: Ray, the pedophile villain of the novel, kidnapped the heroine Alice when she was ten, and five years hence has raped her daily and starved her. Ray had another "Alice" before this one, but when she outgrew her child body, he murdered her. Ray keeps control of Alice by threatening to murder her parents should she try to escape, and makes Alice try to find him a new girl to continue the cycle.
  • Lonesome Dove: Blue Duck is a half-breed Indian who prowls the wilderness outside the towns. Feared by all who know him, Blue Duck is a slaver who kidnaps those he can and sells them for a tidy sum, especially women. Blue Duck kidnaps the Hooker with a Heart of Gold Lori and allows his companions to rape her on a daily basis, splitting her between his Indian and cowboy followers. When one of his men is gut shot, Blue Duck refuses to let any other put the henchman out of his misery and allows his Indian followers to castrate and scalp him, with barely concealed amusement. Blue Duck murders several other people, including a luckless child who crosses his path and after his initial escape, he is found in a jail later sentenced to hang. Unwilling to die like that, Blue Duck seizes a guard and throws the two of them out of the window, unwilling to die without taking someone with him.
  • Lord Peter Wimsey: Mary Whittaker from the story Unnatural Death. She cold-bloodedly kills her doting great-aunt; sacks, hunts down and kills her innocent maidservant; seduces and kills a trusting village girl; tries to drug and kill both Lord Peter and an unsuspecting solicitor; bludgeons and tries to kill Miss Climpson (who was collecting for charity at the time); and tries to have her distant cousin, a devoted clergyman, hanged for her crimes. Her only motive was securing an inheritance that she would almost certainly have received anyway.
  • "Lost Hearts" by M. R. James (link): Mr. Abney is a seemingly avuncular and kindly caretaker who takes in his orphaned 11-year-old cousin Stephen. Stephen soon notices the ghosts of a little Gypsy girl and a young Italian boy prowling the grounds, and it is revealed Abney himself is an occultist who wishes to achieve great power. To this end, Abney takes in children and once they hit a certain age, he cuts out and consumes their hearts which also condemns them to fate as lonely specters. Stephen is his next intended victim, and Abney uses his own journals to gloat over how ridiculous the concept that human justice can apply to him is, seeing nothing wrong with sacrificing children for his own benefit.
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  • The Macht trilogy, by Paul Kearney: Sertorius works for Karnos, the antagonist of the second book, Corvus. While Karnos is an honorable man, he opts to kidnap the family of the main character Rictus as leverage before Rictus and his master Corvus can conquer Karnos's territory. Sertorius unnecessarily butchers everyone in the household besides the family and leads the gang rape and murder of an attractive slave. On the march back to Karnos's city, Sertorius leads the rape of Rictus's wife Aise, which later leads to her suicide when she believes Rictus is dead. Once he believes the city is lost, Sertorius attacks Karnos's home to kill his more moral comrades, rape Karnos's wife and Rictus's daughters. When Rictus arrives to stop him, Sertorius attempts to mock his dead wife in the last moments of life before Rictus forces his sword through Sertorius's mouth.
  • The Magician King: Raynard The Fox is a hulking mass of muscle, red fur and sharp teeth, summoned by a sect of magicians who believe they are calling upon a benevolent goddess. When summoned, Raynard promptly proceeds to take the "sacrifices" he sees as his. Setting upon the magicians, Raynard kills many of them horribly and painful, mortally wounding one and sneering over the young man's dying attempt to offer himself to let the final two live. When one promises her life in exchange for the other's, Raynard chooses to interpret it in a dark way: he promptly brutally rapes her in front of her friend and tears her humanity out when finished.
  • Magic Kingdom of Landover:
    • Former Court Wizard Meeks, half-brother of Questor Thews, is responsible, directly or indirectly, for every terrible thing that has happened in Landover since the death of the old king. Having persuaded Prince Michel Ard Rhi to abandon the throne, Meeks auctioned off the crown to the highest bidder, disposing of those who backed out and tried to reclaim their money, while Landover, bereft of the kingship disintegrated into anarchy, the country falling apart and the magic that sustained the land dying. When Ben Holiday managed to get the kingdom back in working order, Meeks returned to Landover, with the intent of deposing Ben, undoing the repairs that had been made, and reclaiming his books of magic—books whose power depended on the continued enslavement of the souls of the unicorns trapped within. Willing to consort with demons, slaughter innocent nymphs, and otherwise do everything in his power to ruin Landover, Meeks violated his oaths to the crown and country in every way possible.
    • Ben Holiday has had many bitter enemies, but none so vicious or persistent as the witch Nightshade. Part human, part fairy, and all vindictive bitch, Nightshade marked her first appearance by damning Ben's friends to Hell in Magic Kingdom for Sale/Sold, an experience which nearly killed them all. She made two more attempts on his life in The Black Unicorn and Wizard At Large, and after an enchantment forced her to care about him in Tangle Box, responded by trying to murder his wife and kidnap his newborn daughter. It's in Witches' Brew, however, where Nightshade truly comes into her own. She tries to kill Questor Thews, Abernathy, and the Gnome, Poggwydd, and succeeds in kidnapping Ben's daughter Mistaya. Convincing Mistaya that they are friends, she forces the girl to create a series of monsters which she looses on Ben, intending that he should either be killed, or driven mad by his constant transformations into The Paladin. When this plan too fails, Nightshade gives Mistaya a poisoned brooch and sends her to hug her father, intending that Ben should die at his daughter's hands. Concerned only with her own pride, Nightshade was willing to cross any line if it meant making Ben suffer.
  • The Magnificent 12 series, by Michael Grant: The Pale Queen is a primeval horror who terrorized and oppressed humanity since they evolved, and personally killed off the species of humans incapable of walking upright in order to spur the evolution of a species better suited to serving and worshiping her. The Pale Queen ruled as a tyrannical god, devouring thousands of human sacrifices throughout her reign. The Pale Queen eventually launched an assault on ancient Europe with her monstrous, man-eating armies, enslaving, killing, and expelling thousands of people before she was imprisoned for three thousand years by the first Magnificent 12. She proves no less evil in the present day, and sends agents to kill the new Magnificent 12 before they can reunite. Among them is her daughter Ereskigal, who lives in fear of being eaten for failure. Once free, the Pale Queen launches an assault on San Francisco, sending waves of monsters to attack combatants and civilians alike before personally killing numerous people and harming millions more with a Brown Note attack. When she is confronted by the complete Magnificent 12, she immediately flees and begins laying waste to San Francisco, causing terrible destruction before she is finally stopped.
  • The Mailman, by Bentley Little: The Mailman, "John Smith", is a mysterious entity hell-bent on tearing the small town of Willis apart for his own amusement. Taking over as Willis's mailman after the former committed suicide, the Mailman begins withholding citizens' bills to get their power shut off, sending them hateful messages pretending to be their neighbors, and decapitating their pet dogs, possibly an infant as well. The Mailman ultimately uses his psychic abilities plus the malicious correspondence to drive several people completely insane, leading them to kill themselves, or go on vicious murder sprees. In the end, the Mailman torments and traumatizes the entire town, taking sick glee in the pain and agony he causes while murdering any who stand in his way.
  • Malazan Book of the Fallen has a dark world, with its enormous scope giving rise to many dark deeds, but none stand out as much as Bidithal. An elderly member of the rebellious army the Whirlwind and its most powerful High Mage, Bidithal gets away with his atrocities due to his power and high position. He has a disturbing taste for little girls that he rapes and performs female circumcision on. In his darkest act, Bidithal captures the adopted daughter of the Whirlwind's leader, Felisin the Younger, and rapes her. He tells her he will "drink all the pleasure from your precious body, leaving naught but bitterness, naught but dead places within." Even the barbarian Anti-Hero Karsa Orlong finds Bidithal an utter blot on humanity as a whole and relishes a chance to force Bidithal to choke on his pleasure.
  • The Man with the Iron Heart: Reinhard Heydrich survives his assassination attempt in Czechoslovakia, returns to Germany and assumes control of a growing insurgency. In addition to his past crimes under the Nazi regime, in helping to craft The Holocaust and multiple war crimes, Heydrich turns to masterminding a series of bombings that kill Soviet general Ivan Konev and George S. Patton. Initiating more terrorist attacks that kill numerous soldiers with collateral damage, Heydrich later manages to export bombings to western countries, even having famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower attacked. Later uncovering a source of radium, Heydrich switches to using dirty bombs to do more damage and intends to craft nukes to be launched at Moscow and Washington, D.C. to wipe them off the map.
  • Masks of Aygrima: The Autarch is the despotic ruler of Aygrima and the creator of the masks. He is introduced destroying a village for harboring his enemy, the Lady of Pain and Fire. As Autarch, he makes most crimes punishable by execution, to the point where the masks allow his soldiers to know if people have traitorous thoughts, with treason having the criminal's entire family killed. Shortly before the series, he altered the masks to change people's personalities to be more submissive to his rule. Citizens who fail their maskings are sentenced to work in a slave mine in the mountains. His desire for immortality makes him sap magic from his subjects, personally showing up at the maskings of several gifted for this purpose, causing their maskings to fail. He has a group of young gifted follow him around so he can sap their magic, leaving them sickly and weak. When the Unmasked Army attacks the capital city he uses his masks to force all of the younger citizens to fight them, causing many to die. At the end of the series, it's revealed that his ultimate plan is to continuously possess people's bodies to live forever, leaving the original person's mind fully aware but unable to do anything.
  • Masques, by Patricia Briggs: Geoffrey ae'Magi, Master of Illusion, is the charismatic, seemingly charming and kind ruler of Reth. Rising to power via murder and assassination, Geoffrey subsumes the minds of countless citizens into adoring him while frequently sacrificing countless people to fuel his magic power via their deaths. Experimenting on more to create twisted, beast-like monsters, one of his victims was his own son Cain who barely escaped. Geoffrey plans to spread his dominion further, while also being a rapist who keeps women as his abused concubines until he tires of them, with intent to conquer all he can and sacrifice countless innocents just to empower himself.
  • Mass Effect: Ascension: Unscrupulous Qurian Golo'mek "Golo" vas Usela was exiled from the migrant fleet for trying to sell the Collectors two dozen young Quarians. Living on Omega and desiring revenge, Golo will happily betray or kill whoever he has to, seeking revenge against the Quarian Migrant Fleet for its actions. Jumping at the chance to get the Fleet's codes to Cerberus, Golo brutalizes a captive Quarian, attempts to sell biotics to the Collectors and then tries to deliver the Migrant Fleet to Cerberus to be spied on or destroyed at their leisure, even killing other members of a Quarian vessel and savagely beating Kahlee Sanders before even Cerberus Operative Paul Grayson has enough of Golo's evil and treachery.
  • Masters of Rome: Quintus Servilius Caepio starts by stealing a fortune in gold that legally belonged to Rome, having several hundred Roman troops murdered by bandits to conceal the identity of the thief. Then he causes the worst military disaster in Roman history because, coming from an immensely aristocratic background, he considers himself above working with the lowborn consul appointed to fight a massive barbarian invasion. Caepio survives the battle by stealing a boat and abandoning his army to their deaths.
  • Matilda: Agatha Trunchbull is the headmistress of Crunchem Hall Primary School who rules the school with an iron fist. Shying away from illegal caning, the Trunchbull opts for more torturous methods easily dismissed by parents as wild stories. A Child Hater extraordinaire, the Trunchbull subjects the children to near-fatal punishments, her favorite being "the Chokey"—a refurnished cupboard laced with broken glass and nails. Out of greed, the Trunchbull possibly murdered her brother-in-law for the inheritance, and violently abused her niece, Jennifer Honey, breaking her arm in a spur of rage. Unrepentant, the Trunchbull threatens to break Miss Honey's arm again when she stands up to her. A psychotic disciplinarian who prides herself with never having a childhood, the Trunchbull set the standard for sadist teachers everywhere.
  • "Max Hensig", by Algernon Blackwood: Max Hensig is a cruel and sadistic Serial Killer. A doctor from Germany, Hensig murders his wife and enjoys the publicity that follows, gloating that he will be found not guilty to the reporter Williams, who is highly disturbed by Hensig. After his acquittal, Hensig proceeds to stalk and terrorize Williams, where it is revealed Hensig is a killer with a multitude of bodies behind him, thanks to being such a genius bacteriologist that his murders are passed off as normal illness. Hensig enjoys murder for its own sake, eventually cornering Williams to infect him with Black Typhus in retribution for trying to convict him.
  • Me and My Little Brain: Cal Roberts is the murderous head of a gang of cattle rustlers infamous for never leaving a witness at the scene of his crimes. After a killing spree that ended in his arrest due to accidentally leaving a man alive, he vowed to break out of prison and murder the judge, prosecutor, and foreman of the jury who oversaw his trial. After he and his men break out of prison and kill two guards in the process, Cal and his posse descend upon Adenville so he can make good on his threats. After his attempt to murder the judge through hanging fails and his attempt on the district attorney's life ends in a shootout that kills his posse, he hides in the barn belonging to protagonist J.D. Fitzgerald's father and takes his adopted four-year-old son Frankie hostage. Since J.D. and Frankie's father was the jury's foreman and his final target, he opts to make him suffer as opposed to killing him by planning to ride around town while holding Frankie at gunpoint so he can prove that he got one over on the men who bought him to justice. And despite promising leave Frankie unharmed, he truthfully planned on murdering the boy and ditching his corpse on his way to the Mexican border.
  • Meg: Michael Maren was nasty in The Trench, but his actions in Primal Waters are downright horrifying. He makes a fake competition all to lure the hero Jonas in so he can use his pet Megalodon Scarface to take his revenge for Jonas getting famous from the Megalodons, fully knowing that hundreds of people will likely be killed in the process. He has absolutely no remorse about this, nor does he give a darn when that shark eats his Dragon. He fully plans to involve Jonas's innocent family as well and has zero remorse in causing the deaths of hundreds in return for revenge, money and fame.
  • Memory, Sorrow and Thorn: Pryrates is an Evil Sorcerer whose only established motivation is the thirst for knowledge — all knowledge, no matter how dark or forbidden. He first shows up as a junior member of the League of the Scroll, a group devoted to preserving ancient knowledge against the possible return of the Storm King. When Cadrach, a fellow member, unearths du Svardenvyrd, a forbidden book containing a prophecy of the Storm King's return, Pryrates tortures and Mind Rapes him for its secrets. He then ensnares King Elias in a web of deception, posing as a trusted adviser who can help him communicate with the spirit of his dead wife, but instead leading him into selling his soul to the Storm King for the promise of immortality. He provokes Elias to war with any who threaten this goal, including his own brother, whom he captures and attempts to sacrifice. To further his plot, and out of personal pride, he personally murders the Lector of the church of Usires Aedon (equivalent to the Pope). His quest for power is not stopped until he finds out that betraying the Storm King is not a good idea. And if this weren't enough, his Establishing Character Moment is crushing a puppy to death beneath his boot while the hero is watching, just because he can.
  • Mercy Thompson: Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson lives in a dark, Unmasqued World of the supernatural. That said, of the various monsters and evils that inhabit it, these are the worst:
    • Blood Bound: Cory Littleton is a psychopathic vampire and practitioner of the dark arts. Even before becoming a vampire, Littleton was already a murderer and discovered a way to symbiotically bond to a demon, allowing him to wreak the death and mayhem he desires. Littleton is a fan of violating the minds of his victims by making them experience his murders and will also torture people to death just for giggles. After being unleashed, Littelton spreads a Hate Plague across the Tri-Cities which causes people to fight each other and increases anger levels, resulting in the deaths of dozens of innocents. Littleton fully intends to continue his killing spree for eternity to satisfy his love of inflicting pain.
    • Frost Burned: The wicked William Frost, the most deadly vampire that Mercy has faced, is a master vampire out to usurp control from other Seethes. With his MO being to foster rebellions, kill humans and take over by killing the Masters, Frost is also a powerful necromancer who keeps his victims' souls bound in horrific pain and torment. When he requires a boost, Frost simply devours their unwilling souls to empower himself. Intending on forming a vampire army, Frost intends to purge humanity and reign over what remains himself.
    • Fire Touched: The Widow Queen otherwise known as Neuth the Black Queen, is one of the Gray Lords. A powerful fae who glories in enslaving men to her via seduction, the Widow Queen lures them and all around them to ruin to feed her power. and also for food. Manipulating the broken Aiden into bringing her an artifact to enhance her power, the Widow Queen intends on taking over the fae and wiping out humanity, while also making humanity fall on itself and wipe each other out while she benefits.
    • Alpha and Omega offshoot series:
      • Fair Game: Travis Heuter and his nephew, CNTRP agent Les Heuter are a pair of far-right serial killers targeting fae and werewolves, but will in truth target anyone they consider "trash". The two abduct women, rape and torture them, before hunting them for sport, and have been doing so for a long, long time, their victims even including children. During the course of the novel, they abduct Lizzie Beuclaire, daughter of the Gray Lord Alistair, and rape and maim her, intending on murdering her like their other victims, even kidnapping heroine Anna with intent on doing the same to her. Depraved and without any loyalty to one another, Les promptly murders his uncle to claim he was a victim in the affair, spending his entire trial for murder completely amused and unremorseful.
      • Dead Heat: The Doll Collector is an ancient and evil fae who preys on children, and is feared even by other fae. The Doll Collector's MO is to kidnap young girls and dress them up as dolls, keeping them in statis while draining them of life. After A Year and a Day when their life is worn out, the Doll Collector kills them and adds their rotting corpses to her collection; she has done this for centuries. After being de-powered by the Gray Lords, she goes into hiding, only to restart her killing spree after being unleashed in Salt Lake City. Targeting the local Alpha's five-year-old great-great-granddaughter Mackie, the Doll Collector mind-controls Mackie's mother into trying to kill both her and her children but is stopped. After her collection is found, the Doll Collector, in desperation, murders Mackie's mother and kidnaps her to rebuild it, and in the final battle kills Mackie's father, proving herself a monster even to her final breath.
  • Mess Hall: In this short story by Richard Laymon, the Reaper, a sadistic and misogynistic Serial Killer stalking the Portland area, introduces himself to the heroine Jean by blasting her boyfriend's head off with a shotgun. A violent, manipulative psychopath, the Reaper abducts young women, taking them to his private "mess hall" in his wilderness before torturing them to death at his leisure, and intends to make Jean his latest victim. Before this, he tends to play cruel mind games with them to let it set in how hopeless their situation is. The Reaper's handiwork is witnessed further in the undead bodies of his previous victims who come calling for payback, with all of them having been tortured and violently mutilated.
  • Michael Vey: Dr. Charles James Hatch, after learning about the electric children, which he calls "Glows," saw their potential to regain his position as Elgen CEO and more. He killed Zeus's family and made him think he did it to mold him into a ruthless killer. He held Tanner's brother hostage so that he could use his power to take down airborne planes to extort world leaders. After spending a good portion of the first book earning Taylor's trust, he shows his true colors when he orders her to use her power on a motocross biker while he's doing a dangerous stunt. He is very fond of the Sadistic Choice, like when he made Michael choose between killing Wade or seeing his mother again and making a lover of Chairman Schema's hang upside down until blood rushed to her head in his place. He takes Bad Boss to the extreme, as he has multiple underlings that failed him sent to the Rat Bowl, whether they be faceless mooks, close friends like Welch, or even his own Glows. After his invasion of Tuvalu is a success, he has the country's Prime Minister locked in a monkey cage and has his tongue removed to further mock him, which he later intends to do to Quentin after he saved Welch behind his back. At one point, he plans to eat Michael as a victory meal. He offers Taylor as a Sex Slave in exchange for him betraying the resistance. He successfully captures the Electroclan and forces them to watch people get eaten by the Electric Rats. With the help of Zara, he learns the location of the resistance and kills everyone but Sharon Vey, whom he uses as leverage against Carl Vey so that he could humiliate him one last time.
  • Midnight, by Dean Koontz: Thomas Shaddack is a brilliant computer scientist who is experimenting for ways to remove human restraint and morality. Having murdered his family to "free" himself at a young age, Shaddack's experiments result in people being turned into feral, bestial monsters that murder anyone who gets too close to Shaddack's experiments. Shaddack's ultimate plan is to use this process on all of humanity to indulge every twisted desire he's ever had, and even leaves a Dead Man's Switch to kill all his victims should Shaddack's own heart ever stop.
  • Midnight Mass, by F. Paul Wilson:
    • Father Alberto Palmeri, the Evil Counterpart to Father Joe, is a former Pedophile Priest turned vampire. Before the events of the book, he molested numerous children—with increasing frequency towards the end of his human life— at St. Anthony's Church, and managed to get away with it because an altar boy had fingered Joe as the molester. When the plague of vampirism that had been ravaging the world hit New Jersey, his first course of action was to hide in the nuns' convent. After being found by a group of cowboys and turned by a Prime vampire named Gregor, he took up the role of Sinister Minister in a desecrated St. Anthony's, performing gruesome rituals that involve the sacrifice of humans to his undead congregation. During the assault on the purified St. Anthony's, he attempts to turn Joe, dangling his friend, the rabbi, Zev, over the church balcony and just above a wooden stake, threatening to drop him if he refuses.
    • Franco is the Vampire Monarch of New York. He oversees the blood ranches, where human women as young as fifteen are rounded up by cowboys who earned enough "brownie points" for "stud time", which involves the rape and impregnation of the women in order to replenish the vampires' depleted blood source for future generations. After his meeting with Joe, he feeds him to a mindless feral vampire named Jason Devlin who he keeps as a pet in the hopes of Joe being left with even less sapience than Devlin. This plan backfires when Joe's wounds are cauterized by the sun when Lacey and Carole go out to the beach to bury him, but he's left fighting to retain his humanity for the remainder of the novel.
    • James Barrett is a high-ranking cowboy and The Renfield to Franco. Where most other cowboys are horny, ignorant corrupt hicks who want to become vampires at worst and desperate punch clock villains trying to protect their families at best, Barrett is a cannibalistic Corrupt Corporate Executive who treats Franco's empire like a business. When he first sees Joe naked, he examines the flesh on his body with the hopes of getting to cook and eat it. At the climax of the book, when it looks like Joe is about to throw Franco out into the sun, Barrett comes out holding Sister Carole at knifepoint, bargaining to let her live if Joe lets go of Franco.
  • The Millennium Trilogy:
    • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Martin Vanger is a polite, charming CEO who uses his position in society to cover up the fact that he is a Serial Killer and rapist of women, kidnapping them and spending days raping and torturing them before ending their lives. Martin has been committing his atrocities for decades, and his victim count handily reaches into the hundreds. Even worse is the reveal that Martin was raised to be a killer by his equally repulsive father, Gottfried, and though potentially tragic, it is made explicitly clear that Martin just enjoys raping and killing, made all the more obvious by turning his own sister into his personal sex and torture slave after his father is out of the picture. Martin tries to subject Mikael Blomkvist to the same torments of his previous victims in the end, and simply excuses his crimes by proclaiming it is his hobby and he is living a "complete life".
    • The Girl Who Played with Fire & The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: Alexander "Zala" Zalachenko is a Russian agent who took refuge in Sweden. Because of his high importance to the government, Zalachenko was allowed to do anything he wanted. His favorite activity was abusing his wife. He would often torture or beat her in front of their daughter. The last time, he beat her so bad he left her with severe brain damage, which resulted in his daughter, who we find out is Lisbeth, burning Zala alive in retribution. Surviving with hideous wounds, Zala became the leader of a powerful human trafficking ring where girls were forced into prostitution. Having many, many women sold into sex slavery or killed when their value diminished, Zala also had multiple murders committed by his nightmarishly powerful son, and when he found out his daughter's location, he spared no expense to murder anyone in his path to torture her to death himself.
  • Les Misérables: Monsieur Thénardier is a greedy innkeeper who accepts guardianship of little Cosette from her mother, Fantine, while beating the poor girl and using her to extort money from Fantine, resulting in Fantine prostituting herself and eventually falling sick and dying. After losing his inn, Thénardier prostitutes his own daughters and even has one, Azelma, mutilate her hand to make her a more effective and sympathetic beggar. Not above murder, Thénardier happily tries to kill both Jean Valjean and Javert at different points, even threatening to torture the former with a hot poker. Even when driven from France by Marius Pontmercy, Thénardier simply sets up shop in America as a slave trader to further profit from human misery. Be he a con artist, grave robber, or attempted murderer, there is no low Thénardier will not sink to for the sake of profit.
  • The Missing, by Jane Casey: Michael Shepherd wears the mask of an upstanding member of his community, but is truthfully a cruel, homicidal man who abused his wife and daughter for years until, when his 12-year-old daughter Jenny revealed she was pregnant, Michael responded by drowning the girl and dumping her naked body in the woods. Covering up his crime and attempting to pin it on a variety of townsfolk, Michael, when ousted by his wife, murders her in cold blood before trying to execute the two defenseless witnesses, successfully shooting one in the back with a crossbow before planning to kill the other with his bare hands.
  • Mistborn: The Original Trilogy: Lord Straff Venture is introduced in The Final Empire as a brutal noble ready to commit all manner of atrocities to cement his power. He systematically abuses his children to force them to conform to his standards, even trying to have his son Elend assassinated. He sires illegitimate children to use as loyal assassins and spies, and discards his mistresses when they get too old—too old being late teens. In The Well of Ascension, he allows an army of monsters, known for their ruthlessness and utter lack of mercy, to attack an enemy city, regardless of collateral damage. He later decides to allow the city's destruction, concluding he only cares about the Atium rumored to be hidden in the city. Caring for nothing but his own power and advancement, and seeing others as nothing but tools to use or obstacles to be destroyed, Venture stands out as one of the only humans in The Cosmere completely devoid of sympathy.
  • Mithgar:
    • The Iron Tower: Modru is Gyphon's right-hand man and, as Gyphon is mostly inactive, is Gyphon's most active agent in Mithgar, nearly bringing the world to ruin during the War of the Ban. Five thousand years later, Modru instigated the Winter War as part of a plot to free Gyphon, sending Vulgs to raid the Boskydells, and a horde of his Spaunen to raze Challerain Keep. Controlling his armies by projecting his will through brain-damaged mind slaves and executing any minions who defy him, Modru spread warfare to every corner of Mithgar, from the Boskydells—where his Ghuls torch dozens of towns and butcher numerous families, including those of protagonists Tuck and Merrilee—to the far south, and makes it clear to the captive Princess Laurelain that in the event of his victory, he will exterminate the Warrows, enslave the Elves and Dwarves, and burn her father and all his subjects in a single great funeral pyre. When Elven Lord Vanidor tries to rescue Laurelain, Modru has him racked to death, forcing Laurelain to watch. When Tuck attempts to free her, Modru beats him near to death with an iron bar. In the end, Modru attempts to sacrifice Laurelain to ensure Gyphon's return, gloating that while he could have used anyone's blood to feed his master, it amused him to use that of "a royal damosel".
    • The Eye of the Hunter: Baron Bela Stoke is a sickening fusion of evil aristocrat, necromancer, Mad Scientist, and Torture Technician. His standard MO is to move into a region whose people are unfamiliar with him and begin abducting the locals so he can perform horrific, Mengele-esque experiments on them until they die—with the addition of potions that both increase painful sensations and keep victims alive longer than naturally possible—and then uses their corpses in his necromantic rites. He keeps this up for centuries, leaving a swath of gruesome murders behind him while racking up a body count at least in the hundreds, possibly into the thousands. At the end of the novel, he reanimates the corpses of his victims into a legion of undead warriors he intends to use to conquer the world, apparently just for fun, and indicates that he'd murder his own father—and mentor—Ydral if he felt it necessary.
    • Silver Wolf, Black Falcon:
      • Ydral is the chief servant of the evil Gyphon after Modru's death. With a legacy of evil going back millennia, Ydral is a vicious half-fiend who murdered the best friend of hero Aravan, and fathered the evil Baron Bela Stoke via the rape of Bela's mother. Ydral taught Bela all about torture and murder before abandoning him, later resurfacing to mentor Kutsen Yong of the Golden Horde and driving him to horrific atrocities while conducting blood sacrifices on titanic levels, all while torturing his victims to death. Ydral later abandons Kutsen Yong after killing countless innocents to dedicate temples to Gyphon, trying to summon Gyphon with blood sacrifices to devastate the world, all so Ydral can rule over what's left.
      • The aforementioned Kutsen Yong leads the Golden Horde on a campaign of violent slaughter, massacring entire lands and cities and establishing brutal rules that result in countless innocents of all ages executed. Seeking to become the mortal regent of Gyphon, Kutsne Yong has countless innocents sacrificed and delivered to Ydral while taking possession of the dragonstone to force dragons to raze entire cities. When he learns of Mithgar and its high king, Kutsen Yong's ego demands he ride to destroy Mithgar in a titanic war, Kutsen Yong willing to stop at nothing to dominate the world and bring for Gyphon to make him the supreme king of all he dreams.
  • Modern Faerie Tales: Of all the wicked fae to inhabit this universe, these are the worst:
    • The original trilogy: Mabry(n), from Valiant, a spy of the Unseelie Court (Night Fae Court), uses her position to frame loyal members of her own court and watch them be executed to amuse herself, then uses her magical harp to replay monologues of their deaths to enjoy time and again. While sent to spy on the Seelie Court (Bright Fae Court), Mabry tricks Ravus into killing his friend after the latter catches on to her status as a spy, leading to Ravus's banishment from the Seelie Court along with Mabry. Gaining a petty obsession with getting back at Ravus for the banishment despite being the one who actually caused it, she kills dozens of innocent faeries with poison and frames Ravus for it. Mabry then critically wounds him. Plotting to aid in starting a civil war, when Mabry is confronted by Valerie Russell, she boasts of planning to kill her best friend and using his bones to craft a new accursed harp.
    • The Darkest Part of the Forest: The Alderking is the father of Severin, and an evil fae who murdered Severin's mother and horrifically abused Severin himself, alongside his "sister" Sorrel whom the Alderking kidnapped from the Court of the East upon his exile. The Alderking had Severin murder Sorrel's own human husband, which drove Sorrel into such a wrath she was twisted into a monster called Sorrow, which the Alderking then enslaved using a ring forged from the bones of his former "daughter's" murdered husband. Now aspiring to conquer the Court again, the Alderking appoints the human child Hazel Evans as his soldier for seven years of her life, using her to try and lock away Severin in a glass casket for eternity and attempting to massacre Hazel's home village of Fairfold in revenge for her defiance, reveling in the litany of cruelties he and his servants will visit on every human and fae in Fairfold alike.
  • The Monarchies of God: Aruan, an ancient sorcerer and werewolf who made a kingdom of the mysterious western continent, desires to subjugate all of the kingdoms of the world into his slaves or to obliterate them if he cannot control them. Fomenting a holy war amongst he Ramusian kingdoms by causing a schism in the church, Aruan also uses his werewolf agents to murder many people while corrupting others into his agents. In the final book, Aruan steps from the shadows, having entire cities slaughtered by his lycanthropes if they resist him in his quest to reign as the supreme being.
  • The Monk: Ambrosio, the eponymous character, is an epitome of a Sinister Minister character type and the story is about him falling from grace after being tempted to sin. The first scene showing him preaching to the audience hints at his prideful nature. After breaking his vow of chastity Ambrosio jumps to committing kidnapping, Black Magic, rape, murder and incest before selling his own soul to Satan, the only supernatural element left unambiguous in the whole story.
  • More Bones: Much like its predecessor, Ask the Bones, this anthology has a couple of characters who go the extra mile in their depravity.
    • The cruel baron, from "The Haunted Bell", is a tyrant who heavily taxes his peasants. He has a suit of armor made for him and goes to war, but when he returns, he beats the peasants, demands rent for his time away, and burns the huts of those who cannot pay. He is hanged when some peasants sneak into his stronghold and overpower his guards, but his evil continues after death, when he kidnaps more children and maidens and burns more huts. When he is being made into a bell, he attacks the blacksmith tasked to the job.
    • Lord Hatto, from "The Peasants' Revenge", is a Villainous Glutton who starves his peasants and refuses to give them food during a famine. When a group of them come begging for wheat, he locks them in an empty granary and sets fire to it in an attempt to kill them all, only for a bolt of lightning to turn them all into mice. Even then, he feels no remorse, only wishing he'd been kinder to cats so they'd devour the mice.
  • The Most Dangerous Game: General Zaroff is an Egomaniac Hunter hiding behind a veneer of civilization. Bored, he has taken up residence on a hidden island, in which he maroons sailors so that he can hunt them for his amusement. While Zaroff prides himself on being a sportsman and gentleman and prefers a challenge, he has no qualms about "hunting" the weak, nor does he really play fair in the slightest. Anyone he captures who isn't interested in "playing" is turned over to his servant, a former knouter for the Tsar, until they are willing, and while he initially starts on an even footing with his prey, he ultimately uses a pack of vicious hounds against more elusive prey. Cementing the unwinnable nature of the game for his victims, Zaroff is non-committal as to whether he would actually let any survivors go unless they were willing to keep quiet about his crimes.
  • Mouseheart: Felina is the queen of the feral cats who terrorize the subway tunnels of Brooklyn, forcing Emperor Titus of Atlantia to regularly supply her with rodents to butcher for fun in exchange for her leaving his kingdom alone; when Titus's wife Conselyea discovered the truth and attempted to reason with the feral queen, Felina murdered her. When the truth behind the peace accord is revealed and Titus is dethroned, Felina declares open season on every rodent in the tunnels, devastating Atlantia and abducting Prince Zucker to use as a hostage and personal plaything. When the rodents, led by Hopper, counterattack and drive off the ferals, Felina attempts to crush Zucker to death out of spite before devouring Titus when he intervenes. It's later revealed that before moving into the tunnels, Felina caused the death of Ace's mother by tricking her into taking her place on death row at the animal shelter, keeping her collar as a souvenir.
  • Mythos Academy: The Reapers of Chaos are a vile group but none so much as their leaders:
    • The Norse God Loki, the God of Chaos, was imprisoned for murdering fellow god Baldur, before manipulating his wife into freeing him, then forming the "Reapers of Chaos" in an attempt to slaughter the other gods and prey on humanity, killing hundreds of thousands of innocents as a result. Defeated and imprisoned again by the goddess Nike, Loki guides the Reapers over the centuries to commit murders and sacrifices to loosen his chains. When freed again, Loki tries to regain his full power by trying to murder hundreds of Academy students to absorb their strength and allow him to take over Logan Quinn's body, which would destroy the latter's soul in the process. Fighting Gwendolyn "Gwen" Frost with the body of her Love Interest, Loki torments them by keeping Logan aware but unable to do anything as he attacks her. Driven off, Loki later tries to force Gwen into giving him an artifact to start the apocalypse, before flying into a rage when she foils him, assaulting the Academy with his forces. In his final battle with Gwen, Loki attempts to take control of her body, boasting all the while of how he will use her as a vessel to murder everyone she cares about.
    • Agrona Quinn leads the Reapers of Chaos in their slew of human sacrifices to revive Loki and bring about his age of chaos. In her quest, Agrona secretly ordered the family of Logan Quinn and the Spartan leader murdered, and called for the assassination of Gwen's mother. When Loki is freed, Agrona seeks to help him kill hundreds at the Academy to let him take over Logan's body and has Gwen framed as Loki's champion in an attempt to discredit and have her executed. Using poison, Agrona tries to kill several students, as well as Gwen's mentor, Nikademes, allowing Agrona access to a mystical artifact to revive Loki. Agrona eventually threatens and kidnaps Gwen's elderly grandmother in order to gain a way to revive her master and eventually helps Loki lay a murderous siege to the academy by leading his forces.
  • The Naked and the Dead: Staff Sergeant Sam Croft is the Commander of a Recon Platoon, which he rules with an iron fist, during World War II. Croft comes across as a simple martinet jerk before the audience is first introduced to his sadistic side. In one scene, he gives a Japanese prisoner some cigarettes and chocolate and thus the illusion of being spared. Right after he kills the guy despite having just learnt the soldier has a wife and kid back home. From there on it's made increasingly clear that Croft is a cold-blooded killing machine with love of combat and killing. His first kill was not even in the war, but when he was serving in the Texas National Guard, during which he killed a man in a riot just to see what it was like. When newly ensigned Lt. Hearn is assigned to the platoon, Croft resents being placed at second-in-command. Later, after he crushes an injured bird to death to spite a soldier, Hearn forces him to apologize. Croft experiences this as humiliating. He retaliates by misleading Hearn into thinking the path ahead is clear, thus getting Hearn killed by a machine gun. Later, Croft quells a mutiny in his usual manner: He threatens to shoot those responsible.
  • Nation: First Mate Cox is described as a man who lives to hurt others. Frequently shooting things just to kill something, Cox murders an old man in a canoe just because he can, later attempting a mutiny to wipe out any crew not loyal to him. Later taking over a cannibal tribe by killing its king, Cox attempts to massacre the other people on Nation before facing young Mau in a Duel to the Death, trying to feed him to the nearby sharks.
  • The Navigator Kings, by Garry Kilworth: The elderly Kahuna Ragnu is originally the priest of the king Tutapu, assisting Tutapu in betraying his good-hearted brother Tangiia to rise to power. Upon Tutapu's defeat, Ragnu is consumed with the need for revenge for his humiliation. Sacrificing countless innocents and enslaving their souls, Ragnu uses dark magic to haunt his enemies, attempting to have them damned by the gods, or have an entire expedition swallowed by storms. Murdering his own men at times just to keep them on their toes, Ragnu eventually simply leads his forces on an assault to wipe out all of Tangiia's people, just to feed his desire for revenge.
  • The Neighbor, by Lisa Gardner: Judge Maxwell Black, a respected judge, is attempting to recover his granddaughter from his son-in-law Jason, the prime suspect in the disappearance of Black's daughter Sandy. It is revealed that Black has killed two men who may have been Sandra's lovers, but worse, Black had murdered his own wife when she had abused Sandra; this was solely because Black had grown tired of his wife, and Sandra was old enough to "replace" her, so Black didn't want her to damage Sandra and ruin her for Black's appetites. After years of raping his daughter—who had an abortion at 16—, Black murdered the other men to frame Jason, and later attempts to kill Jason as well, when it is revealed Sandra is alive and had planned to trap her father with Jason. It is revealed Black intends to take his four-year-old granddaughter to serve as a new replacement for Sandra, the knowledge of which leads Sandra to shoot her father dead on the spot.
  • Nemesis Saga: General Lance Gordon, the Big Bad of the first three novels, is the man to discover the husk of the kaiju later named the Nemesis. He initiates testing on it while having those he thinks he can't trust killed. When he implants himself with pieces of the Nemesis, Gordon's body changes to reflect his bestial nature. Mentally controlling newborn kaiju, Gordon sends them to attack human areas, with one notable attack being on the Sydney Opera House, while the Kaiju wreak havoc and devastation to devour all the humans they can. Gordon then sends them to attack Washington, D.C. and Fort Bragg, intending to annihilate the US's military and government and eventually have the Kaiju destroy human civilization so he may rebuild the world in his twisted image.
  • Neuropath: Neil Cassidy, an obsessive, charismatic neuroscientist playing God with the minds of others, willingly destroyed his own personhood to better demonstrate the fundamentals of the Argument, a complex, nihilistic philosophy ruling everything as a mental construct. After graduating from college by the side of his best friends Thomas Bible, Neil was covertly enrolled in the NSA, where he performed immoral mental experiments on prisoners before going rogue to utilize that knowledge on civilians. Neil demonstrates a sick obsession for Thomas and conducts a horrific mind game with him at the center to realign his thinking back to the Argument. Along the way, Neil uses his power over people's brains to have a porn star cut herself to death with broken glass after rewiring her brain to masochistic tendencies; has a business magnate cannibalize a young girl and forces him to enjoy the experience; steals billionaire Theodoros Gyges's ability to recognize faces and drives him insane, resulting in Gyges becoming a Serial Killer; and torments a televangelist with alternating sensations of divine relief and hellish damnation. This culminates in Neil murdering Thomas's—and possibly his own—four-year-old son Frankie and subjecting both Thomas and his ex-wife Nora to horrific mental and emotional torture that ultimately leaves Thomas broken as a person, all to demonstrate his twisted obsession with both Thomas and his long-abandoned philosophies. Suave, cool-headed, and utterly remorseless, Neil Cassidy took Mind Rape to an art form and left a trail of destroyed lives in his wake.
  • Neverwhere:
    • First are "Messires Croup and Vandemar," the resident monsters for hire of the London Below. Croup himself sums the duo up best when he cheerily remarks, "we have no redeeming features." Croup and Vandemar seem one beast split into two bodies, Croup as the brains and Vandemar as the brawn, but both are wildly sadistic and cruel. A man who fails to perform his tasks is set upon by Croup and hacked to pieces (and impliedly devoured by him). The two murder heroine Door's family and when her ally, the Marquis, tries to negotiate with them, they capture him and torture him for nothing more than entertainment. They give him a head start though...with Vandemar stalking after him, gleefully counting down the time to savor the hunt even more
    • The angel Islington is a being drunk on its own glory and vanity. Islington was originally tasked with watching over Atlantis. When pressed on how Atlantis really sank, Islington's normally beautiful, serene features are replaced by a mask of fury as it shrieks that they deserved it. Islington is the one who commissioned Croup and Vandemar to murder Door's family and manipulated Door to him so she could open the gates of heaven, allowing Islington to conquer its kin and exact revenge out of nothing more than spite for its exile.
  • The Night Angel Trilogy:
    • Hu Gibbet is widely considered the second best assassin in the land, but informing him he's second best will result in your own drawn out execution. Unlike the cold, business-like Durzo Bint, Gibbet is a sadistic monster who derives pleasure from his work, and while the former makes every effort to avoid collateral damage, Gibbet goes out of his way to butcher everyone in the vicinity on his jobs. He slaughters Logan's entire family and household and gruesomely strings up the corpses for everyone's viewing pleasure. His apprentice, Vi, fairs no better under him and has been the subject of verbal, physical and sexual abuse for her entire tenure as his student
    • Roth, once known as Rat, is another. The son and Bastard Understudy of God King Garoth Ursuul, Rat was a sexual sadist who had raped children of both genders since he was young. In the present, Roth betrays his home kingdom to his father's soldiers, leading to many deaths, and is fond of killing peasants so he can eat them.
    • Finally, God King Garoth Ursuul presides over a legacy of rape, torture, murder and slavery. Garoth attempts to rape or force the submission of any woman he comes across and makes those hes tired of into furniture. Under his reign, widespread war crimes are common, and people are killed or raped at the drop of a hat, all of this For the Evulz.
  • Night Chill, by Jeff Gunhus: Nate Huckley is a gleefully homicidal lunatic who schemes along with Dr. Mansfield to harness immortality from the Source. To this end, Huckley began leading his group to kidnap, torture, and brutally murder teenage and younger girls, then feed them to the Source to gain its potent serum that grants temporary regenerative abilities. Spending the past 200 years commiting these murders, Huckley amasses a body count measuring in the hundreds, and is happily continuing his spree in the present while using his powerful psychic abilities to feed off of his victims' terror. After failing to kidnap 6 year old Sarah Tremont, Huckley is plunged into a coma from which he reaches out with his psychic powers, using them to torment then murder various patients throughout the hospital he is residing in, before awakening from his sleep and kidnapping Sarah and her mother, Lauren. Ordering Lauren to be raped by his subordinate, Huckley tries to butcher Sarah, then uses his last minute alive to gun her down when she seems to be assisting the Source in resisting Huckley's orders. A sadist who sought immortality solely to allow himself to keep killing and become a god, Nate Huckley stands out as a wicked beast who makes the other members of his group, even Dr. Mansfield, seem tame in comparison.
  • Night Life: Victor Barna is the owner of a real estate agency in Los Angeles that he uses to cover his dark second life as a vampire and a sex trafficker. Forcing a porn director into selling his assets by feeding on his girlfriend in front of him, he used these assets to provide cover for himself and his fellow vampires, permitting them to rape, feed, and murder for blood as they please. He owns a hotel, where many of his captives are held prisoner to be starved and tortured, with some forced to star in underground porn films. When he catches wind of the heroes' investigation, he orders Casey Owen, Karen Moffett, and Burgess' wife, Denise, abducted and forced to star in his films to erode their willpower before allowing Casey to be killed and Denise released to her husband, utterly traumatized.
  • Night of the Werewolf, by Guy N. Smith: Angus Broon is a savage werewolf who relishes his power over his village. Slaughtering livestock and people alike, Angus kidnaps a woman named Ingrid to become his werewolf bride, though he later uses her as a Human Shield when things are tough. Angus happily murders all in his path when he finds out werewolf hunters are coming for him. The beastly Angus goes on a killing spree in the village to satiate his village and kill his pursuers.
  • The Night's Dawn Trilogy: Quinn Dexter is a Satanic cult leader who considers himself something of a God and likes nothing more than to inflict as much pain and spread as much suffering as possible. Through his sect he regularly performs human sacrifices to feed off the psychic energies derived from the victims' agonies of being tortured, raped and murdered. After he is possessed by an escaped soul from the Beyond, his will proves so strong that he regains control of his body and sets out to turn as many planets as possible into unlivable Hellworlds. He drops a meteorite on the Nyvan colony to wipe out all life on it, makes it it his mission to destroy every shred of human decency, and will devour the souls of all those he considers too weak to share the new Hell with him.
  • No Country for Old Men: Anton Chigurh is a hired assassin defined by his nihilistic personal code. Compared to the Bubonic Plague by his former associate Carson Wells, Chigurh is an emotionless killer with no regard for human life, occasionally deciding his victims' fates with a coin toss. Introduced by strangling a police officer to death with handcuffs, Chigurh proceeds to murder an innocent man to steal his car, repeating this crime later in the film. Employed to recover $2 million lost in a drug deal gone bad, Chigurh murders two of his employer's men and relentlessly hunts for Llewelyn Moss to retrieve the money. Along the way, Chigurh murders several Mexican criminals who are also pursuing Moss, shooting one of them as he surrenders, and later kills a hotel clerk and a random motorist who get caught in a gunfight between Chigurh and Moss. Chigurh later kills Wells and the man who hired them both, intending to keep the money for himself, and promises to kill Moss's wife Carla Jean unless Moss surrenders the money, making it clear that he intends to kill Moss regardless; Wells had previously commented that even if Moss gave up the money, Chigurh would kill him anyway for "inconveniencing him". After Moss is killed, Chigurh murders Carla Jean, attempting to justify this senselessly cruel act by claiming to be keeping his promise. A chilling psychopath devoid of humanity, Chigurh is presented as an unstoppable force of evil, a monster without empathy or remorse.
  • Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp: In this novel which Die Hard was based on, Anton "Little Tony The Red" Gruber is a terrorist known for targeting industrialists and executing them. Taking over Klaxon Oil's building in LA, Gruber executes several of the executives and holds 75 hostages there, with only Joe Leland stalling his plans. Gruber eventually guns a hostage down trying to get at Joe, while revealing his true plan is to escape and detonate his explosives to wipe out the hostages, the building and everything and everyone half a mile all around in downtown LA.
  • October Daye:
    • An Artificial Night: Blind Michael, the leader of The Wild Hunt, has his followers kidnap children and painfully transform them into his thralls. Reducing fae children to riders and humans into steeds for his army, Blind Michael's abuse of said children is so severe that many break under the pressure and die as a result, with him than using the magic from their bones to fortify the powers within his land. Blind Michael kidnaps the nieces and nephews of October "Toby" Daye to force them to participate in his latest Hunt, trapping the consciousness of one niece and intending to make Toby his bride. When his plan is foiled, Blind Michael goes into a rage and takes it out on his current wife, Acacia, who he also regularly abuses, scarring her with his knife and stating his intent to keep his current thralls under his draconian enslavement for eternity.
    • Late Eclipses: The assassin Oleander de Merelands is wanted for countless deaths over multiple kingdoms, including the murder of former good-hearted king Gilead. Seeking revenge on Amandine for a previous slight, Oleander nearly kills her infant daughter. Years later she conspires with her pawn, Rayeslene, to have Toby take the fall for her misdeeds, gleeful that she would be executed for it. Oleander has a friend of Toby killed to frame her for it and later poisons the entire court of cats, killing many, including infants, while hoping Toby would take the fall for her crimes. Boasting her killings will make her famous even after her death, Oleander makes one final attempt on Toby's life before being stopped.
  • Ogre's Lament: The Story of Don Luis, by Stuart G. Yates: Manfred Kepel is a former soldier driven by his greed. After helping fellow soldiers massacre monks in a monastery, Manfred and the others looted the monastery of its riches. Not content with his share, Manfred went looking for the rest of the riches, and eventually discovered the location in Riodelgado. Posing as baker Señor Garcia, Manfred blackmailed the village's mayor into helping him find the treasure or else he'd murder all the children in the village. In order to satisfy his bloodlust and to prevent others from finding the treasure, Manfred occasionally kidnapped and murdered villagers, including children, and had the mayor lay all of the blame on a monster that doesn't exist. He later killed Luis Sanchez's father to steal his treasure, along with other individuals who nearly exposed Manfred's secret to Luis. After most of the soldiers who knew about the treasure are killed, Manfred threatens to kidnap Luis's mother and sister and recover the information from them, before attempting to kill Luis and the mayor when Luis discovers his true identity.
  • Oliver Twist: Bill Sikes beats his dog; abuses his girlfriend Nancy; and uses Oliver Twist, a young boy, to further his criminal career, threatening to shoot him if he gives him away. His worst act is killing Nancy in cold blood when he thinks she betrayed him. He smashes her face with his pistol and when she begs for mercy, he beats her to death with a club, and keeps beating her when she's already dead. He also tries to drown his dog to avoid being identified by the police. He later threatens to kill Charley Bates when he's on the run for Nancy's murder and he leaves Oliver for dead in a ditch. Other criminals fear Sikes and his violent temper, and none of the other villains come close to matching him in being an utter bastard.
  • On Stranger Tides: In this classic pirate novel, Leo Friend stands out as the most depraved pirate around, surpassing even the Big Bad, Blackbeard, in brutality and evil. As a child, Friend poisoned a magic user to learn his secrets before killing him—despite promising to provide the antidote—then used his new powers to torture animals and poison candy that he left near school grounds. In the culmination of heinous childhood acts, Friend tried to rape his own mother in a sick attempt to show his gratitude for her recognizing his greatness, ending with said mother's death. Becoming a pirate later in life, Friend perpetrated numerous atrocities, from luring a crew of innocents into a raid where he personally killed many of their number, to sending one of his own crews to die as a distraction before gunning down a man who tries to save them. Friend later betrays his partners, kidnaps one's daughter, Beth, then tries to rape her while casting an illusion to make her resemble his mother, and he fully plans on tormenting Beth into becoming his broken slave. Having garnered immense power by his final duel, Friend raises a crew of undead pirates to assist him in his planned conquest of all he sees after massacring an entire ship of pirates. Showing his truly despicable colors more and more as the story went on, what Friend lacked in manners, charm, and sympathy, he replaced with a sickening god complex with which he proclaimed all of his crimes to be simply his divine right to commit.
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Ratched, the "Big Nurse", is the cruel head of the state hospital the story takes place in, using her connections to her superiors to allow herself free reign over the hospital. Ratched subjects her dozens of patients to horrific conditions and abuse, employing brutal lackeys and methods to keep patients in line and under her thumb, uncaring of the countless patients who commit suicide or self-mutilation due to her rule. Believing that her patients have to be perfectly-functioning before allowing them to leave, Ratched often resorts to electroshock treatments and even lobotomies to destroy her patients' minds. When her rule is challenged over and over again by Randle McMurphy, Ratched increases her abuse of the patients to the point that one of McMurphy's friends kills himself. Though Ratched's control over the patients is broken, she spitefully has McMurphy lobotomized in a last-ditch effort to terrorize the patients into falling back in line.
  • The One Who Eats Monsters: Mr. Saxby is the worst of the nightmarish Asuras, with his evil exceeding even his cabal leader, Ghorm. A seemingly mild-mannered, average little man in his human guise, Saxby assists in sowing chaos and evil, having people killed and arranging other atrocities and even terrorist activities. A particular fan of experimenting on human beings, Saxby takes others and subjects them to ghastly procedures to slake his curiosity, even stitching numerous human beings together into a horrific, agonized creature to go after the heroine Ryn with only vague promises he may spare it of its suffering. Having homeless people and drifters abducted to kill or to serve as food for dogs, Saxby later tries to target Ryn's lover Naomi before trying to kill Ryn herself.
  • Only Kids are Afraid of the Dark, by George R. R. Martin: Prince/Lord Saagael, the Soul-Destroyer, was once a demonic being who ruled over the mortal realm with an iron fist, starting pointless wars and forcing men to give their daughters to be sacrificed in his name. Breaking free from his containment, Saagael's first action upon returning is to turn a man into a still-living but mindless and soulless Empty Shell. Choosing to spare Dr. Weird solely so he could watch the devastation of the mortal realm, Saagael gives him visions of his many atrocities before preparing to consume the soul of a young girl.
  • Orcs: Queen Jennesta, the main villain of the series, is a half-human, half-Nyadd sorceress who rules the religion of the Manifold Path with an iron fist in her drive to recover the ancient artifacts her father Sephraim had created. Under Jennesta's reign, war crimes including mass slaughter are common, and Jennesta herself, a Serial Rapist of men and women alike, has a fondness for using unicorn horns to violate women. She also eats the hearts to replenish her magic power. Jennesta executes subordinates for increasingly petty reasons and murders her own sister Adpar, ruler of the Nyadds, which throws the Nyadds into civil war. When she encounters her parents and surviving sibling, she simply looks forward to murdering them as well, and even "rewards" one of her own spies who had wished his youth restored to him by forcibly aging him into a skeleton. While professing devotion to the polytheistic Manifold Path, Jennesta's only real loyalty was to her own power, cruelty and lust.
  • Otherland: Johnny Wulgaru, alias Johnny Dark, alias John More Dread, alias (John) Dread, is a rapist, Serial Killer, Psycho for Hire Misanthrope Supreme who was raised by his drug-addled prostitute mother for the precise purpose of being a weapon against the society she wanted revenge on. The Big Bad, Corrupt Corporate Executive Felix Jongleur, views him as an attack dog: vicious, but useful when directed appropriately. However, he severely underestimates Dread's cunning and ambition, and when he sees the opportunity, Dread uses his Technopath psychic power to wrest control of the Otherland operating system away from his boss. He then launches an orgy of virtual destruction, indulging his sadistic tendencies by, among other things, torturing, raping, and killing the people of Dodge City. When the thrill of godlike power subsides, he then plans to use the resources of Jongleur's empire to wreak havoc in the real world. Meanwhile, the police team investigating Dread's trail of real world murders interviews a psychologist who describes him as one of the purest examples of a sociopathic personality that he'd ever seen — no empathy, no remorse, only a fierce intelligence and the skill to manipulate others.
  • Out are the Lights, by Richard Laymon: Otto Schreck note , a sadistic film "star," participates in a conspiracy to create a group of real snuff films. In various roles, Schreck hunts down his terrified "co-stars" and dispatches them in a variety of ways: biting into one woman's neck as a vampire, utilizing an axe as an axe-murderer, amputating limbs as a mad scientist and torturing them as an Inquisitor. Unlike the others, Schreck is in it entirely for the carnage and when one of the others asks to watch him at work and is sickened by it, Schreck forces her to watch him torture and kill a helpless victim under threat of death. When the heroine of the novel is captured at the end, Schreck's ideas for the film involve skinning her alive, barely able to contain himself at the thought of further bloodshed.
  • The Outcast Chronicles, by Rowena Corey Danielss: Baron Eskarnor is a greedy, warmongering man who seeks to usurp the throne of the brutal King Charald. Cornering Queen Jaraile, Eskarnor rapes her, mocking her after the fact, and later abducts her after murdering multiple people about her. Seeking to murder the king and Jaraile's young son, Eskarnor slits a 4-year-old's throat when his attempt to blackmail the prince's protectors fails. Willing to start a civil war, Eskarnor kills those who cross his path and regularly rapes Jaraile, even using his final moments to taunt her when she is at last able to pronounce judgement upon him.
  • Outer Dark, by Cormac McCarthy: The mysterious trio of terrifying and elusive strangers scourge the Appalachian countryside, killing people at will. Slaughtering their way from one end of the community to the next, the three fixate on Culla, framing him for murder and killing those who come into contact with him, even forcing Culla to partake in cannibalism. By the end of the novel, having killed many people, the trio even torture and murder a tinker who rescued the baby of Culla and his sister Rinthy before torturing the baby, murdering and cannibalizing it as well.
  • The Outlaw Varjak Paw: Sally Bones is a violent gang leader in the city. Not content with ruling only a portion of the city, Bones and her cats start taking over other districts, including neutral grounds. She also unfairly enforces laws that restrict the other cats' hunting capabilities; those who disobey her laws are taken prisoner, or have their tail and ears cut off. After Varjak and his friends cause trouble for Bones's gang, she sends her cats to come looking for him, and they end up taking Jess hostage when no one gives up Varjak. When Varjak and his gang, later known as the Free Cats, rescue Jess and incapacitate more of Bones' gang, she ambushes the Free Cats, kicks Razor out of her gang for failing her too many times, and orders her cats to cut off all of the Free Cats' ears and tails, which sparks a huge fight. Some of the Free Cats are killed during the skirmish, and Bones's gang kidnaps Holly and holds her hostage. Once Varjak and the Free Cats finally confront Bones, she offers Varjak the opportunity to join her gang in exchange for Holly's life, or else all of his friends will die. Sally Bones is such a loathsome cat in the city that many of her own, frequently abused minions fear her, and some cats outright turn against her.
  • Överenskommelser: Carl-Jan Rosenschiöld is a sadist who derives pleasure from harming women. Having already gone through two wives, the first of which he murdered and the second he drove to suicide, Rosenschiöld sets his sights on marrying Beatrice, a girl who is over forty years younger than him, solely because he wants a virgin to be his wife. On their wedding night, he rapes and nearly kills Beatrice after he discovers that she lost her virginity prior to their marriage, even though Beatrice had never made a promise to stay a virgin until they got married. He expresses no remorse for his crimes whatsoever, as he spends his remaining days in a brothel, overindulging in aphrodisiac drugs and sexually abusing their women.
  • Paradise Sky, by Joe R. Lansdale: Samuel Ruggert is a racist psychopath who leads the slaughter of hero Nat Love's family simply because Nat might have looked at his wife's rear. Becoming a violent bandit in the post-Civil War West, Ruggert terrorizes the black, Native and Mexican populations with rape, murder and torment in his quest to hunt down Nat to "avenge" the slight against a wife he didn't even care about to begin with. When he finds Nat, Ruggert has two of his female companions gang-raped with one murdered before he has Nat tortured, escaping to become a murderous bandit before Nat finally tracks him down.
  • The Pearl Saga, by Eric Van Lustbader: Shima Neddhu from "The Ring Of Five Dragons" is a truly cruel and hateful bastard. Taken in as an acolyte of Mother, he turns the seven other male acolytes and his lover against her to steal the Pearl, convincing the others that Mother is using their faith to rule over them all. He has the poor woman bound and gagged and leads his cohorts down into a hiding place that holds the Pearl, despite Mother warning them that they will die if they do so. When a monster promptly kills two of the cohorts, Neddhu then orders the others to keep moving, and when they refuse he decides to send his mentally and physically handicapped, very young daughter into the cavern holding the Pearl. When she comes back with the Pearl and tells him he is not worthy, he kills the girl, kills his lover for trying to protect the girl, and throws Mother at the monster currently chasing him. Using the Pearl, he learns that a powerful alien race, The V'ornn, is coming to Kundala, and so plans with his surviving conspirators to trick the V'ornn and use them for their own purposes. The V'ornn end up enslaving the planet and all but destroying the Kundalan culture. He pins the blame for his murders on the Rappa, a more animal-like race, simply because he looks down on them as beasts, leading to centuries of persecution and demonization by the Kundalans onto the poor creatures. Unlike a large portion of the villains, Neddhu's a human being motivated less by racism and more by attaining personal power, despite claiming otherwise. His actions were so terrible that male Kundalans can no longer have a high level of power in most Kundalan societies.
  • The Pendragon Adventure: The shapeshifter, Saint Dane, manipulates catastrophes across parallel universes, called "territories", ensuring they result in the worst possible outcome. Manipulating the oppressed people of a territory, Saint Dane causes a catastrophic war to destroy their planet; on another planet, creates a poison to kill the plants in the hopes of creating mass famine; on Earth, gives nukes to the Nazis to help them win World War II; on a jungle planet, tries to use his poison again in the hopes the natives will hunt each other to extinction; on a desert planet, inflames tensions, trying to lead to one tribe being wiped out; and on yet another planet, crushes a rebellion against tyranny, ensuring the people would continue to suffer in the dystopia. Using the Cult of Ravinia to conquer various worlds, Saint Dane has those he deems too weak killed or banished, while trying to become a God.
  • Perdido Street Station: Even in the hellish setting of New Crobuzon, this duo manages to stand out:
    • Mr. Motley is a powerful crime lord in New Crobuzon whose name befits his grotesque, multi-faced appearance. Mr. Motley regularly presides over assassinations, murders, and torture, with a knack for awful retribution to those who slight him-—noted to send letters to those whose loved ones he holds ransom, having almost always killed them before he can be paid back. Obsessed with his own image, Motley commissions the Khepri artist Lin to create a statue in his exact likeness, and when he finds out Lin's lover Isaac is responsible for the escape of Motley's slake-moths, Motley kidnaps Lin and tortures her for weeks, possibly even raping her, and sending Lin's severed head-legs in an enclosed envelope to Isaac. Not even Motley's cheerful farce masks the fact Motley is one of the most vicious characters even in New Crobuzon.
    • Mayor Bentham Rudgutter is the corrupt head of New Crobuzon, who inflicts horrific punishments on those he deems criminals, having them "Remade" into twisted forms, while also having them tortured or murdered in huge numbers. Secretly the Eyespy Killer, Rudgutter murders people for their eyes to replace his own pair, and during the Slake Moth outbreak, shows no compunction in having many people rounded up and killed, continuing these activities well after, even for rebel leader Jack Half-A-Prayer, with no amount of bloodshed too high to keep his hold on power.
  • Peter & Max: A Fables novel: Max Piper is consumed by his desire for power and his unbelievable narcissism. When the Homelands are invaded by the Adversary's forces, Max murders other survivors for supplies. Hungering for revenge against his brother Peter for inheriting the family flute Frost, Max goes out of his way to torment him, in one case crippling Peter's wife Bo Peep to hurt Peter. Max travels across the land while spreading chaos and destruction, even casting a spell to sterilize the entire Fable race. In his most famous act, Max steals the children of towns that refuse to pay him for his services and uses them to pay off bargains to dark powers he has made, adding "the little brats didn't die happy."
  • The Phoenix Files: Noah Shackleton is a charismatic Corrupt Corporate Executive who created the town of Phoenix so he could wipe out the rest of the world with the Synthetic Plague "Tabitha", which boils the skin clean off of its victims. In his first appearance, he uses it to kill Reeve and threatens to paralyze Luke, Jordan and Peter from the waist down if they interfere with him again, while also attaching cameras to them so he can track them 24/7. Shackleton had no reason for doing any of this; it was purely For the Evulz, and for that flimsy reason he would attempt to kill millions if not billions of innocents.
  • The Pilo Family Circus: The Matter Manipulatoris, a flesh sculpting "artist" that lives in the Circus funhouse, not meant to be a likeable or funny villain. He "disciplines" poor old Winston by merging a hot coal with the flesh of his stomach and is responsible for the creation of the Freaks including the one, who's constantly melting. It's implied that some people ended up even worse off than that - recycled into living wallpaper and organic furniture for his studio.
  • Pine Deep Trilogy, by Jonathan Maberry: Ubel Griswold is an ancient werewolf who was killed by a blues player called The Bone Man after being outed as a serial killing, child-eating werewolf in the town of Pine Deep. His soul surviving, trapped in his grave, Griswold manipulates several followers into helping to bring about his return, creating a horde of vampires by slaughtering all in their path and killing many innocents for food and to join the ranks of the undead. Griswold has one of his chief servants detonate bombs in sensitive places in Pine Deep, killing many innocents. When briefly allowed access to a body in the past, Griswold raped a woman to have her give birth to a dhampyr he could later manipulate, trying to have the boy murdered to empower Griswold. Massacring his own vampire followers to use their flesh and blood to gain a new body, Griswold rises again, proclaiming the beginning of the Red Wave, a tide of undead monsters to sweep across the world and begin the subjugation and extermination of all that lives to feed his hunger for power and death.
  • The Pluto Pact, by Guy N. Smith: Balzur is an Evil Sorcerer who practices Human Sacrifice, tormenting countless innocents and sacrificing children in horrible pain to the dark god Pluto. Vowing to return, and doing so years later in the guise of a pharmaceutical executive named Dyne, Balzur continues his gruesome activities before attempting to set off a nuclear apocalypse, intent on making all humanity his sacrifice to his master Pluto.
  • The Poppy War: Dr. Eymichi Shiro is a doctor working for the Federation of Mugen, and is driven entirely by his lust for scientific advancement. A Mad Scientist who murdered countless Speerlies to understand their power, Shiro also experiments on the Nikara people, carving and vivisecting them apart while they are still alive to understand the root of their shamanistic abilities. For Speerlies, Shiro takes advantage of an opium dependence, torturing them with withdrawal symptoms, to better control them. Shiro has also refined a plague, plotting to deploy it on Nikara populations to end the war quickly.
  • Population Zero, by Wrath James White: Todd Hammerstein is a despicable misanthrope who hates each and every human on Earth, and seeks to cull the population by means of sterilization. Blackmailing a variety of women into getting abortions in exchange for their needed welfare, Todd graduates in his evil by performing a forced vasectomy on a man who has fathered a variety of children, then decapitating him. Later vivisecting a woman and ripping her fetus out of her, Todd continues his insane quest by bludgeoning his pregnant ex-girlfriend with a hammer to make her miscarry, and marches into a house for homeless pregnant women, where he proceeds to murder the owner, beat many of the women, and mutilate them all by crudely and sadistically inducing miscarriages. Despite various crises of conscience and even a shred of guilt, Todd shrugs it all off and continues his descent into depravity until his "humanity is destroyed", solidified as he poisons the water supply for millions of women with an experimental chemical that induces miscarriages and sterilizes all those who consume it.
  • Portraits of the Dead, by John Nicholl: Mark Goddard, a university professor, is in truth a sadistic Serial Killer and torturer who derives pleasure from the pain and suffering of others. He first developed his fascination with death at age twelve when he came upon a cat caught in a poacher's snare and, taking joy from the animal's suffering, crushed its head with a rock, an act he declared the best moment of his young life. From that day forward, he spent his childhood and adolescence experimenting on animals, devising increasingly brutal methods of torture and execution, before finally committing his first human murder at age nineteen when he poisoned his girlfriend to death. He then made a habit of killing once a year on average afterwards, before developing a chamber in his house for which to capture and entrap his victims, so he could extend their suffering as long as he wanted without fear of interference. Abducting his latest victim, his student Emma Jones, he subjects her to physical and psychological torture for weeks on end, seeking to mold her into his "soulmate", or kill her if she fails to meet his standards. When detective Clive Rankin proves a liability, he kills him and attempts to make it look like a suicide. A psychopath who admits to having no empathy for others, Goddard only lives to pleasure himself at the expense of others.
  • The Powder Mage Trilogy: Duke Nikslaus is an arrogant Privileged, a mage, who despises Powder Mages and serves the king of Kez. In the past, when the Powder Mage Tamas's wife, also a Powder Mage, was assisting their fellow Powder Mages escape Kez, Nikslaus murdered her and presented her head to Tamas. Insulting Tamas later when he launches his coup against the corrupt nobility, Nikslaus manipulates him into striking out at Nikslaus so Kez can declare war on Tamas's own nation of Adro and brutally annex it. In the second book, Nikslaus proceeds to attack a neutral nation with his men disguised as Adro soldiers to win them to Kez's side. Nikslaus's army occupies a town with men, women and children brutally executed and Nikslaus planning to immolate the entire city while having his army slaughter any survivors. While trying to paint himself as a soldier Just Following Orders, Nikslaus takes perverse delight in his work, viewing it as a fitting way to exercise his own supposed brilliance, even being petty enough to hire a young noble to seduce Tamas's son's fiancee to publicly humiliate the family.
  • The Power of Five:
    • Susan Mortlake, who appears is the third book, Nightrise, is one of the Chief Executives of Nightrise, and is Colton Banes and Kyle Hovey's direct superior. When they and report back to Susan Mortlake that Jamie escaped them, she concludes that one of them has to die and has Colton strangle Kyle. She then takes Scott Tyler to a Hellhole Prison where she and Colton torture him into helping them assassinate a Senator, analyzing his cries of pain like a symphony. She has him mind control the senator's bodyguard into killing him, so that the death will not be linked back to Nightrise.
    • Colton Banes, also from Nightrise, is an assassin for Nightrise hired to track down Jamie and Scott, two of "The Five". When Jamie escapes Colton kills "Uncle Don", the stage manager they were staying, and his wife to pin the rap on Jamie. When he and his partner Kyle Hovey report back to Susan Mortlake, she has Colton strangle Kyle. Colton does this immediately and without remorse, stating the he always hated Kyle. When Jamie tries to scan him to find Scott's location, he sees not only the after mentioned crimes, but also sees memories of a girl locked in a battered trailer with puncture wounds. When Jamie tries to go to prison under an alias, he is caught and one the guards reports him to Colton. Colton tells the guard to turn off the Air Conditioning in the cell, which the guard does reluctantly. During the raid on the prison Colton shoots Jamie in the back.
    • The fifth and final book Oblivion gives us the new chairman of Nightrise. The chairman is introduced by holding a press conference with ten thousand members of Nightrise, and says that they will be taken away to have their limbs cut off and replaced with weapons for the battle with the five. When one member refuses, the chairman has him shot dead before sending guards in to beat everyone up and take them away by force. The chairman orders his second-in-command, Jonas Mortlake (Susan’s son), to make Scott do a Face–Heel Turn so that without him, the five will never be united, telling Jonas that if he fails, he will suffer the same fate as the other members of Nightrise. When Matt and Richard are captured, the chairman has Matt crucified and tortured by having his skin flayed and his bones broken. The chairman tries to kill Richard in front of Matt, stating that Matt will be forced to watch his best friend die, and will than continue to be tortured forever.
  • The President Is Missing, by Bill Clinton & James Patterson: Suliman Cindoruk, the head of the Sons of Jihad, is in truth in his business more for money than ideology. Suliman assists in terrorist attacks while arranging assassinations to cover his trail. When President Jonathan Lincoln Duncan goes missing, it is revealed Suliman intends to upload a virus to destroy the US's internet and power grid, completely sending the planet to the dark ages and also helping to poison the water supply, with massive amounts of casualties inevitable in the fallout.
  • President's Vampire: Zachary Barrows and Nathaniel Cade have faced some nasty villains in their quest to protect the United States with these the worst:
    • Dr. Johann Konrad Dippel is an Evilutionary Biologist and the Arch-Enemy of Nathaniel Cade. With centuries of wicked and painful experimentation on humans, Konrad also harvests people for spare parts to keep himself eternally young, which is showcased when he mutilates a young prostitute he frequents and tricks her into surrendering to death so he may use her life for his. When her pimp comes by, Konrad infects him with an agonizing flu strain he perfected, also intending on unleashing a Zombie Apocalypse on the USA, killing countless people, even betraying his co-conspirator Helen Holt by infecting her with an agent to leave her permanently paralyzed and never aging. Escaping, Konrad begins selling his services to terrorist groups to utilize his strains and agents to kill more people for the highest bidder.
    • The aforementioned Helen Holt is a born sociopath, one of the worst that the Shadow Company has to offer and the nemesis of Zachary Burrows. A vain monster, Helen allies with the vile Konrad and helps in his attempt to attack the United States with a zombie army in return for eternal life and beauty. After Zachary and Cade insult her, she plots her terrible revenge on them due to the perceived slight. Allying with the ancient Serial Killer monster known as the Bogeyman, she helps it in a murder spree that kills countless people in brutal mutilations and horrific murders. Her ultimate goal is to have it murder the U.S. President's daughter and young son as the ultimate way to get back at Cade by seeing him fail at his life's work.
    • The President's Vampire (second book): Colonel Graves, real name Peter Sinclair, is a high-ranking member of the Shadow Company and the man who had President Kennedy assassinated. Finagling a pardon, Graves also subjects many people to horrific experimentation with the Snakehead virus to mutate many others into reptilian monsters which he feeds with innocents and others, kidnapping many people to experiment on, from terrorists to college kids who just wore the wrong shirt. Graves intends to start "doomsday" by unleashing them on the population of the heartland, even taking children and making them into brain-dead incubators for the virus.
  • Pretty Little Liars: Alison DiLaurentis is the series's wicked Overarching Villain. Even as a child, she would abuse her twin sister Courtney and even helped get her commited to an insane asylum by lying to her parents that Courtney wanted to kill her. She later murdered Courtney in a fit of rage for simply switching places with her by having her Buried Alive, kills Ian because of his relationship with Courtney, and later on kills Jenna simply because she knew the secret. Besides that, Alison pretends to be Ian in an IM conservation, stalks the girls as the second A, repeatedly blackmails them, and feeds them false information. She then tries to have someone else framed for her misdeeds. In one of her appearnces, she manipulates Emily's feelings for her, and then attempts to kill the girls of the book by having them burnt alive. She also sends Hanna fake tickets and has her sent to a mental institution. Finally, she fakes her own death and leaks a fake trial of evidence to the police which implicates the girls for her "murder", fully intending to have them spend the rest of their lives in prison, just to get her revenge.
  • Pure Hate, by Wrath James White: Malcolm Davis is a terrifying, dark-skinned giant with platinum fangs who never managed to get over his former best friend and his girlfriend cheating on him in high school. Becoming a Serial Killer to "practice" his revenge, Malcolm started on gay men, before killing couples and graduating to entire families. Finally attacking his old friend Reed, Malcolm kills his young children before raping, mutilating and murdering Reed's wife, leaving Reed alive to suffer. Malcolm goes on a killing spree of those in his way, killing cops, security guards and anyone who recognizes him before abducting and raping his ex-girlfriend, before allowing his accomplice to do the same, later killing her as well. When he and Reed encounter each other one last time, Reed attempts to talk sense into Malcolm before Malcolm firmly rejects all attempts and blows Reed's head off before being gunned down himself.
  • A Quiet Belief In Angels, by R. J. Ellory: The Serial Killer who plagues Augusta Falls, in truth Sheriff Haynes Dearing, begins raping and murdering little girls, reaching a total of eight before framing the innocent German resident Gunther Kruger, setting fire to Kruger's house and killing his young daughter Ellie. The killer continues murdering victims, eventually murdering Kruger or pushing him to suicide and framing him of the crimes. Upon the novel's hero Joseph Vaughn moving to New York, the killer murders Joseph's wife and frames him for the crime before continuing to murder women and children under the radar, eventually reaching 32 known victims.

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