Follow TV Tropes

Following

Monster / Literature R to Z

Go To

    open/close all folders 

    R - S 
  • Raven duology, by Patricia Briggs:
    • Willon the Shadowed one is the true Big Bad who sows the land with discord, chaos and death to eventually harness the powers of the Stalker. Killing countless through the purges he conducts via agents like Telleridge, Willon also gains power via magic plagues, such as one he used on Tier's village that even killed Tier's young daughter. Not satisfied, Willon later wipes out an entire city while trying to overthrow Emperor Phoran and have him and all close to him killed, uncaring of the damage the Stalker's power will have on the world and countless innocents.
    • Raven's Shadow: The aforementioned Telleridge is the power-hungry leader of the wizard group the Masters of the Path. Under the machinations of Willon, Telleridge happily leads the kidnapping, torture and sacrifice of the order bearers in order to gain their powers through their deaths, and upon kidnapping Tier, Telleridge has him mentally and physically tortured. Telleridge also uses his daughter Myrceria as a way to gain the trust of his victims, and after she sides with Tier, Telleridge heartlessly has her tortured to death out of petty spite.
    • Raven's Strike: Ielian is the treacherous guard of Emperor Phoran. Betraying his kingdom to Willon, heedless of the death it will bring, Ielian reveals his only true purpose is being a sadistic Serial Killer who is paid in victims by his master. After betraying Phoran and killing his fellows, Ielian even slits another guard's throat just to savor the death, trying to have his old comrades tortured and murdered so he may live with as much depravity as he desires.
  • Raven: Swordmistress of Chaos series, by Richard Kirk: Karl ir Donwayne is a ruthless slaver and Raven's arch-nemesis. Having been her master from a young age, Donwayne had Raven's mother raped and killed by his men before raping the young Raven himself. Donwayne is shown to relish in slavery, being a Serial Rapist of female slaves, keeping locks of their hair as trophies to mark his conquests. After being defeated by Raven, Donwayne returns as an undead monster, trying to kill her friends and even threatening to kill Raven and make her his undead Sex Slave for eternity.
  • Rawhead Rex: The titular character from this Clive Barker short story is a monster from the days before Christianity, released from the earth in a small English village. Rawhead promptly dispatches the man who dug him out and sets about trying to regain his kingdom. The first thing he does is to murder a farmer, eat the man's little daughter alive and also kills the man's pregnant wife before attacking a police car, castrating the survivor of the crash and then burning him alive. Rawhead corrupts the local verger and hideously mutilates the reverend out of contempt for his "weak" religion. At the story's climax, Rawhead attempts to burn down all of Zeal in his fury. Unlike many literal monsters, Rawhead is a sentient being that amounts to a brutish bully who loves carnage, pain and especially eating children.
  • Realm of the Elderlings: The Pale Lady is The Man Behind the Man for almost every bad thing that's happened in the Farseer Trilogy, as she purchased the skill scrolls from Regal and learned the art of Forging from them. As The Tawny Man trilogy showed, she relished in the psychological aspects of forging; she loved unleashing mindless Forged ones against their own families and kinsmen. In addition, she would ransom the dead bodies of Out Islanders she'd captured to their families, with the threat that if they didn't pay she'd return them as Forged. She was behind the war between The Six Duchies and the Out Islands, using the Out Island warlord Kebal Rawbread as her Heavy. It was implied that she may have had her hands in the Jamaillian slave trade. She was a recreational Torture Technician as well. When Kebal Rawbread failed her, she chained him to a frozen throne in her ice palace, used magic to keep him alive through what would have been lethal frostbite, and fed him body parts of other Out Islanders she'd forged. Forging was a process that could be done very slowly over the course of weeks. And she tortured The Fool over the course of days for no reason other than the joy of it. Her sole motivation was the complete collapse of civilization.
  • Rebel Genius: Ugalino, the Big Bad of the first book in the trilogy, was once Pietro's student until he made a Tulpa, a Golem-like creature with destructive capabilities. Rather than learn humility from being expelled, Ugalino used his Tulpa, which he named "Zanobius," to be a living weapon. He tries to paint himself as meaning well, but he used Zanobius to murder countless people, including Ozo's wife and daughter, regardless of whether or not it furthers his goals. He ripped his Genius Ciro's gem out of his head so that he could use its magic capabilities without needing to perform an act of art, which is shown to physically and psychologically damage Geniuses. When getting information out of Duke Oberta on the Creator's Compass, he repays him by having Zanobius slaughter almost everybody in his castle. With the information Oberta gave him, he went to Baldasarre's villa and he threatens Baldasarre's wife, prompting Enzio to tell him, and he then abducts Enzio so that he could lead them to the Compass. When the first location turned out to be an illusion, he uses Enzio as a sacrifice for a ritual that could lead him to the true location. Zanobius, who had developed a bond with Enzio during his captivity, stops Ugalino, only for him to be subjected to Mind Rape. When Ugalino catches up to Giacomo, he orders Zanobius to kill him and his friends, but Zanobius tries to rebel again, causing Ugalino—not for the first time—to give him Laser-Guided Amnesia. With Zanobius loyal to him again, he threatens to kill Aaminah if Giacomo didn't give him the Compass, and only lets them live because he found out Giacomo was a Tulpa and hoped to use him as a weapon. With the Compass in his possession, he uses it to assassinate Nerezza, not caring who gets killed in the crossfire.
  • The Rebel Worlds (Flandry, #3): Imperial Governor Aaron Snelund gets a title and position by becoming the Emperor's lover, before manipulating the drunken Emperor into posting him to some far-off sector, where Snelund swiftly becomes a terrible ruler, instituting an illegal slave trade. In one instance he punishes one alien village for not obeying him swiftly enough by impaling the village's children and forcing their parents to watch for the three days it takes them to die. Snelund later kidnaps the beloved wife of the Imperial admiral of his sector so he can rape and torture her.
  • Red Dwarf series:
    • Backwards gives us Djuhn'Keep. Being one of a series of androids dedicated to hunting down the remains of the human race (AKA Dave Lister) and torturing them to death, he's already vile. But out of all of them, Djuhn masterminded the creation of the Death Wheel and the Hub of Pain torture chamber at it's very centre, stocking it with every single form of weapon that could be used to torture their captives with. It gets even worse, when Djuhn, needing spare parts, infects one of the other agonoids with a paralyzing computer virus and dismantles him while he's still conscious. Then, just to make sure that he'd have the privilege of torturing Lister and the other Dwarfers, he gathers all the other agonoids in the Hub of Pain and increases the gravity until most of them are crushed to death. The survivors are forced into the spokes of the Death Wheel and whittled down by the death traps, while Djuhn listens from the control room, "conducting the symphony of screams and death rattles as if it were the sweetest of sweet music." Then, when it seems that some of them have escaped alive, he ejects them into space and goes after Lister...
    • Last Human gives us The Alternate Lister. Apart from being an unfeeling sociopath with no regard for life or property, he also murders his "friends" aboard Starbug simply because he didn't want them getting hold of the coordinates of the DNA-Altering machine, even lasering Kryten's head off and jamming a Cuban cigar between the lips as a joke. Then, when the protagonist version of Lister rescues him from Cyberia, he repays this act of kindness by knocking his rescuer unconscious and forcing him to take his place at the prison. As a final atrocity, he even goes as far as shooting Protagonist Lister in the balls with a rad pistol to try and motivate Kochanski into having sex with him.
  • The Red Queen's War: Edris Dean is a servant of The Lady Blue and masterminds a series of cruel attacks to create the "Unborn", murdering pregnant women to damn the souls of their unborn children to hell, where they will become powerful undead beings to be unleashed on the world, the fate that befalls the wife and unborn baby of the Viking hero Snorri. It is also revealed that when the hero Jalan was young, Edris Dean nearly killed him and murdered his pregnant mother to turn his unborn sister into the strongest Unborn ever seen. Torturing and murdering a friend of Jalan's to obtain the Liar's Key that can help reshape the world, Edris later enslaves the soul of Jalan's sister to get her to kill her brother to help tear a hole through reality which could kill countless people in the cities. Ostensibly on board with the Lady Blue's plan to usher in the apocalypse to become gods, Edris Dean murders the men she assigned to him to turn them into undead slaves, trying to kill Jalan to hijack the plan and become the new god of all creation.
  • Red Sonja: Against the Prince of Hell, by David C. Smith & Richard L. Tierney: Du-jum, worshipper of the evil vulture god Urmu, takes over the city of Thesrad and proceeds to have the population tortured and massacred on a whim. He proceeds to hunt for Prince Omeron, torturing to death any loyalists he encounters with dark sorcery, before instituting bloody Human Sacrifice to appease Urmu. After killing countless innocents, Du-jum attempts to tunnel into hell itself to unleash the demonic legions under his control to slaughter as they will and bring the world under his power, even attempting to murder his own daughter when she stands against him.
  • Reef Of Death: The main villain of this violent children’s novel by Paul Zindel is Dr. Ecenbarger, a greedy scientist. She commands a tanker she has parked off the coast of the titular reef where she is drilling and hording all the environment's natural resources while the local Aborigine people starve and grow ill. Having discovered many undiscovered species in the reef, Ecenbarger uses them as monstrously as possible. In the depths of the reef lives a massive carnivorous fish that Ecenbarger drives insane with a sonic signal to devour anyone in the vicinity, which is the fate of a luckless diver in the prologue. When PC teams up with the man's sister Maruul, Ecenbarger unleashes the fish on them, which kills PC's uncle Cliff. When she has them aboard the tanker, Ecenbarger has a guard executed for failure by having a spider-crab eat his brain. It is revealed that Ecenbarger is excavating the treasure of Maruul's people, a fire opal wall, with intent to destroy it and sell the pieces despite the damage it will have on the natives.
  • The Reign Of Evil: The God of Chaos, better known as King Dosleum, is a tyrannical, sadistic God of Evil that waged war on the nations of Nidavia in hopes of conquering them. He beheaded the kind King Arnstil and sent his soldiers to find the king's heirs—Hawk, Falcon, and their infant brother, Eagle—and kidnap their foster parents. After attacking the city of Noltreydelm, his soldiers manage to capture Hawk, who King Dosleum proceeds to torture, murders his foster parents in front of him, and then imprisons him. Eventually, King Dosleum attempts to groom Hawk, promising him a piece of land in exchange for his servitude, and displays pleasure at when Hawk tells him that he intends to keep a prisoner as his personal concubine. After attacking Fairence twice more, he sends a legion of monsters to kill his own men, thus revealing his intention to rule Nidavia with no human life. Once the heroes confront him, he siphons the life force from his own Dusk Riders to fuel a spell to kill the heroes, and manages to impale an already-wounded Matt.
  • The Resort, by Bentley Little: Jedidiah Harrison is a purely black-hearted sadist with a love for anything that causes others agony. Jedidiah founded the Reata resort hotel solely to turn it into a slaughterhouse of death and agony for countless innocents that he would brutally torture and murder by the dozens, bribing numerous wealthy individuals into assisting him in his crimes in exchange for allowing them to use his Fountain of Youth. After a freak accident destroys much of the Fountain, Jedidiah spends decades preparing a new ceremony that will allow him to restore the Fountain to its former glory, murdering any who might stand in his way in the process. Once the ceremony is ready, Jedidiah turns a nearby, fully-occupied hotel into a hellish Eldritch Location, turning many of the residents into insane savages who rape and murder all they see, while Jedidiah himself hangs, decapitates, and butchers employees and residents alike, children included. With his final ritual being to sacrifice a child to the Fountain to restore its immortality properties, Jedidiah plans to then spend eternity continuing his sadistic ways, causing pain and torment to all he can for nothing but gleeful cruelty.
  • The Resurrectionist, by Wrath James White: Dale McCarthy is a childish, self-righteous psychopath with the ability to revive those recently killed from death, and exploits these abilities to indulge in his own twisted desires. After being exposed to violence while witnessing his father violently rape his mother, Dale, starting as a teenager, began using his abilities to first kill small animals, then his own grandmother, over and over again, bringing them back to life each time. Though attempting to keep his mother, the only one aware of his abilities, alive and as his tormented caretaker, Dale moved on to other victims after his mother killed herself permanently. Dale proceeded to go on a horrific killing spree across the country, always targeting one specific woman for a short amount of time to torture, rape, and kill as many times as he wants before going to another victim. Once confronting the only woman he deems worthy of his "love", Sarah, Dale commits truly horrifying atrocities against her, from raping her and her husband in front of each other to flaying her alive, all things he has done on countless others. In the end, Dale brutally murders two police officers standing in his way, and, once beaten, causes all those he has ever revived to drop dead, seemingly for good this time. Dale McCarthy was a spoiled, disgusting, and despicable lunatic who justified his wicked acts as not truly evil, seeing as he always revived his victims, and constantly blamed others for his pathetic state in life.
  • Return of the Living Dead (John Russo's 1978 novel): Flack, a sadistic psychopath and former convict, uses the Zombie Apocalypse as an excuse to indulge himself. Taking refuge in the Miller house with his partners, Flack rapes the young woman Sue Ellen, and reveals he intends to use the Miller sisters as "zombie bait." Flack and his partner John Carter shoot a police officer, leaving his partner tied up so when Flack's victim reanimates, he'll devour his former friend. Upon fleeing, Flack throws a young man named Billy to the zombies and storms a mansion, killing the guards inside and taking the family hostage. Flack then throws them, mother, father and a ten-year-old to the zombies, gleefully watching as the zombies tear them apart while keeping the Miller sisters to rape at his and Carter's leisure.
  • The Riftwar Cycle:
    • The Riftwar Saga: Murmandamus is the Big Bad of Silverthorn and A Darkness at Sethanon. A Pantathian serpent-priest who plans to bring the long-banished Valheru back into the world, Murmandamus disguises himself as the reincarnation of the moredhel's (dark elves) greatest leader, uniting the mountain, forest, and hill clans in a campaign of genocide against their human and eledhel enemies. He sends assassins after the Prince of Krondor, which gets numerous people caught in the crossfire. He steals the souls of his human servants in a ritual that involves sacrificing a nine-year-old girl. He creates the Black Slayers, soulless moredhel, bound in service to him forevermore. He murders a seer who gave him the information he wanted, and massacres hundreds of slaves when he realizes that his campaign isn't going to start when he wants it to. In A Darkness at Sethanon, he destroys the cities of Armengar and Sethanon, lines his headquarters at Sar-Sargoth with a thousand human heads on pikes, kills hundreds of his own men in a fit of rage, tramples his right-hand serpent-priest, Cathos, to death, consumes the souls of all those who have died aiding him, and in the end, tries to activate the Lifestone, an Artifact of Doom that will slay all life on Midkemia from bacteria to humanity, in order to loose the Valheru. Believing that he will attain demigodhood when the Valheru return, Murmandamus dies laughing about how "I am a thing of death, Lord of the West. I am ever the servant of Darkness."
    • The Riftwar Legacy: Bear, the Big Bad of Krondor: Tear of the Gods, is a vicious mercenary pirate initially employed as muscle by the sorcerer Leso Varen, aka Sidi, to gain the Tear of the Gods, quickly becoming something far more uncontrollable and ambitious. With the power of a dark amulet making him impervious to all forms of harm, Bear forces a pirate crew led by Knute to join him under the threat of death—making good on his threats by tortuously murdering two men for slights—and massacres the Ishapian ship carrying the Tear. Once he loses the Tear and is further betrayed by Knute, Bear resurfaces and comes down on Krondor in a vicious fury. Bear slaughters his way into a tavern, pleasuring himself with Sir William's fiancée before murdering her, kills his way into the city jail and vengefully cuts Knute apart, and indiscriminately murders his way out of Krondor and through the sewers, lining dozens of bodies behind him and setting a populated orphanage on fire purely as a diversion. Once he's finally tracked down by William and a score of Krondorian soldiers, Bear gleefully tosses his own men to die in his stead even despite his own invulnerability before single-handedly ripping apart the Krondorian guard and attempting to slay all those who stand before him and the Tear, proclaiming he'll be nothing more than a god. A barbarian too much even for the sinister Leso Varen, Bear is little more than animalistic wrath and savage fury on legs.
  • The Rising and City of the Dead, by Brian Keene, takes place in a bleak and miserable setting, but still manages to have two of these:
    • Ob is the King of the Sissquim, the race of demonic zombies that serve as the antagonists of the series. Distinguishing himself from the mindless hatred of his followers through his persistence, sadism, and hounding of the protagonists on their journey across America, Ob aims to exterminate all of humanity, paving the way for something even worse. Angered by Jim's constant success at staying alive, Ob makes it his personal mission to end Jim's life, even as he arms his zombies with stolen human weaponry so that they can more efficiently wipe out all human and animal life on earth. He takes great pleasure in his task, gloating as he uses a fake "all clear symbol" to lure hundreds to their deaths, mining each corpse he possesses for memories that he can use to hurt those his host cared about and taunt new victims with, and sharing information about his world in order to drive people to despair. Towards the end, he smashes the last remaining human stronghold with heavy artillery, and laughs in Jim's face during their final confrontation, noting that it is his pleasure to end Jim's journey.
    • Colonel Schow is proof that some humans can be every bit as vile as Ob and his ilk. Taking command of a unit of the Pennsylvania National Guard, Schow teaches them to Rape, Pillage, and Burn with the best of the undead. He forces the women and teenage girls that he rescues into service as brigade whores, under the pretext of keeping up morale. Those who refuse, along with the men who are too unfit for physical duty, end up as zombie bait. The men who he does deem fit enough become slave labour for his construction projects, working in hellish conditions for no reward beyond the dubious safety that Schow and his men provide. Over the course of the novel Schow has deserters crucified and/or used for target practice, a would-be assassin castrated-by-zombie-jaws, Token Good Teammate Skip beaten and then fed to zombies for trying to escape, Frankie gangraped, and a harmless homeless man shot down simply for being found in Frankie's company. Towards the end, he throws a handicapped man out of his Hummer while driving at top speed, so that he can make good his own escape. Enjoying the situation far more than he should, and unconcerned about the very people he is supposed to be protecting, Schow is an affront to the rest of humanity.
  • River Of Stars, by Guy Gavriel Kay: Bai'ji is an Altai warlord, and third-in-command after his brother, Wan'yen, and kaghan Yan'po. Generally regarded as his brother's Evil Genius, Bai'ji helps Wan'yen betray and murder the Xiaolu Emperor and his First Minister, burying them both up to their necks and then having them eaten alive by ants; he keeps their skulls to drink wine from. Bai'ji then persuades Wan'yen and Yan'po to invade Kitai, to the south, destroying the Twelfth Dynasty, and reducing city after city to rubble. When Wan'yen sends him after escaping prisoners, Bai'ji objects, because he was getting ready to rape a number of Kitai women in front of their husbands. At the time of his death in the swamps of southern Kitai, Bai'ji was plotting to avenge this "insult" by murdering both Wan'yen and Yan'po. A sadist with imperial ambitions, Bai'ji left the world a better place by leaving it.
  • Road to Perdition: In the novelization by Max Allan Collins, Harlen Maguire is a death-loving hitman who spends his free time photographing murders, many of which he himself perpetrates. Introduced killing a wounded man in a street alley, Maguire is then hired to track down Michael O'Sullivan and his son, Michael Jr., happily hoping to murder them both and add them to his massive "gallery of death". Slaughtering an entire cafe, murdering one of his own partners, and killing an innocent couple along the way, Maguire mortally wounds O'Sullivan and attempts to photograph his dying moments before moving onto Michael Jr., even after the contract on the duo has been called off.
  • Röd måne ("Red Moon"): Ylva Svensdotter wants her own brother to die in war so she can claim the right to his wife's farm. When he does die, she feigns sadness over it. She accuses her sister-in-law and her two maids of witchcraft after and since this is the 17th century, they're sentenced to death. Ylva also gladly planned for her brother's six year old daughter Indra to die as well, but Indra was rescued. When her daughter Maja lost her ability to speak from the shock of being flogged, Ylva actually accuses her of being a witch as well and has her sent to a family where she is raped and abused for many years. And when Indra returned to claim her mother's farm, Ylva accuses her niece of witchcraft. At this point, Ylva even loses the support of her husband, who had only obeyed her until then.
  • Room: "Old Nick"—the otherwise-unnamed man who garners his appropriate title from a title of Satan—kidnaps and locks away a young woman in the titular “Room,” using the woman as a means of pleasure by raping her almost every night on end for seven years. Old Nick accidentally impregnates Ma and forces her to give birth right in front of him without the use of painkillers or any medical equipment whatsoever, leading to the baby's death. Once Ma gives birth to Jack, the young narrator of the novel, Nick keeps them both as his prisoners with threats to leave them both to starve to death if they ever try and escape, acting good on his threats by cutting the power and heat to the Room once Jack obliviously wanders outside.
  • RWBY: After The Fall has a pair of Human Traffickers:
    • Carmine Esclados is a corrupt Huntress who, along with her partner Bertilak Celadon, traffics people with powerful or useful Semblances for money. She acts as a bodyguard to the elderly Edward Caspian and his young grandson August, intent on kidnapping Edward due to his Semblance. She feigns friendship and kindness to her targets and their community, but takes advantage of Grimm attacks and natural disasters to try and get Edward away from the rest of the group. When Bertilak informs her that August is the true target, she kidnaps him and uses her telekinetic Semblance to send a massive sandstorm at the fleeing survivors to distract them and cover her tracks. When Edward and Team CFVY come to stop her, she stabs Fox in the legs and tries to suffocate everyone, including August and Bertilak, in the sand.
    • The aforementioned Bertilak Celadon is a xenophobic and corrupt Huntsman who aids his partner Carmine in their trafficking gig, while also posing as a bodyguard for Edward and August. Even before his true nature is revealed, he assaults a waitress for being a Faunus and mocks Team CFVY over the Fall of Beacon. Taking advantage of a Grimm attack, Bertilak kidnaps Edward, only to learn that August is the true target and informing Carmine. When the blind Fox comes to save Edward, Bertilak ambushes him and beats him to near-death while mocking him and torturing him with his heat manipulation Semblance. When Yatsuhashi and August convince him that Carmine tried to double-cross him, Bertilak immediately tries to murder her for revenge.
  • Sabriel: After Kerrigor aka Prince Rogirek became one of the Greater Dead, he tricked his half-brother into helping him murder their mother and their sisters in order for Kerrigor to use their blood to shatter the Charter Stones protecting the kingdom from the dead. Defeated and driven deep into death, Kerrigor's actions nevertheless destroyed The Old Kingdom, allowing all manner of The Undead free access to the world over the next several hundred years, while he waited for the chance to break free. Kidnapping the infant Sabriel, Kerrigor took her deep into death as part of a plot to blackmail her father, The Abhorsen, into freeing him. Years later, he traps The Abhorsen himself in Death and breaks free into the world of the living. He then tries to capture Sabriel and his revived half-brother as part of a plan to shatter the remaining Charter Stones. When this fails after The Abhorsen's heroic sacrifice, Kerrigor re-emerges from Death and leads a massive army of undead across the wall and into a girl's school, killing soldiers and students alike, before devouring Sabriel's Friendly Enemy, Mogget, alive and finally forcing Sabriel herself into a mutual kill. Obsessed with power and staying alive no matter what the cost to others, Kerrigor is the worst that the realm of the Dead has to offer.
  • Safehold: Vicar Zhaspahr Clyntahn is the Grand Inquisitor of the Church of God Awaiting, as well as the Big Bad for the series so far. In A Mighty Fortress, his response, to learning of a group of reformers within the Temple itself, is to have them, their families, their aides, and their families arrested, subjected to Cold-Blooded Torture, and executed, this eclipsing a delcaration of Holy War that had been stewing in the background since By Schism Rent Asunder. In How Firm a Foundation, he launches the Sword of Scheuler, an operation which instigates a civil war in the Republic of Siddarmark that kills hundreds of thousands in both the initial attack and the aftermath, which features a winter full of starvation as well as atrocities and counter-atrocities committed by and against Temple Loyalists, vis-à-vis those who remained loyal to Siddarmark's Lord Protector. His penchant for the torture and painful death of his enemies has resulted in multiple instances where armies aligned with the church Leave No Survivors out of a sense of mercy, as to spare any would be to leave prisoners of Clyntahn's wrath.
  • The Saga of Darren Shan
    • Desmond Tiny is a sadistic time traveler (and Darren's father) who is revealed to have manipulated almost all the terrible events in history just for his own personal pleasure. He brags about the way he likes to drink the blood of children, claiming "it's so sweet", and on another occasion claims he is excited to witness a volcano that will kill thousands. He pitted Darren and Steve against one another, insisting that the vampires only have three chances to kill Steve before he overthrows the Vampires. Whichever boy won-Darren or Steve-would become the Lord of Shadows, kill all of their friends, and became the ruler of the world. When Darren decides to Screw Destiny and let both himself and Steve die, Mr. Tiny instead creates dragons which results in the Post-Apocalyptic world as seen in The Lake of Souls. His motivation is he looked into the future and saw that things were going to be too peaceful for his liking, so he set the stage for a lot of chaos to amuse him.
    • The Vampenze Lord, aka Steve "Leopard" Leonard, is an unstable tyrant who starts up a war with the vampires to get back at Mr. Crepsley for turning Darren into a vampire and not him. Among his actions are seducing the hero's sister in order to get her pregnant; using his own son as a bargaining chip against Darren; and snapping the neck of Evra's eight-year-old son just for his own sick joy. Even the other Vampenze dislike him and only serve him because they have to.
  • The Saga of the Noble Dead is set in a borderline-Crapsack World, so it has a couple of these:
    • Warlord Darmouth is a paranoid and psychotic tyrant who runs his lands with fear and intimidation. People are killed on a routine basis if he gets the wrong idea about them. He keeps his followers in line with blackmail, emotional manipulation and fear to keep them too weak to resist. Trying to leave his service results in swift death for all involved, even their families.
    • Obviously Evil Ubad, a Necromancer who worships the Eldritch Abomination Big Bad Il'Samar, manipulated a vampire ally of his into raping a human woman to father a dhampyr on her. The result was said ally's death as his energy was drained and Ubad gaining the dhampyr he badly wanted. The reason was so he would have a champion to lead an army of the dead to purge the world of life. Unlike Il'Samar's other followers, Ubad is simply in it to see how far he can push the bounds of his own powers as far as he can go until the world burns.
  • Savage: Roderick Whittle's manner is a mere Mask of Sanity, hiding the fact that he is in fact the infamous Jack the Ripper. We are first introduced to Whittle when 15-year-old Trevor Bentley, trying to escape some robbers, spies him killing a prostitute and mutilating the body. Trevor manages to escape, but ends up on the same boat as Whittle, bound for the United States. Whittle attacks and kills a few more people, and plans to continue his spree in the US, making it seem the work of "savages". Eventually, Whittle also kills some more people, including a teenager; Trevor's Love Interest—-later mocking Trevor about how he used her corpse, unbeknownst to him, as a shield against Trevor's bullets; a posse of men sent to capture or kill him and placing their corpses in macabre positions; and numerous women. He finally tries to kill Trevor and his new love interest, but not before revealing that he has become a sheriff's deputy named "John Carver". With over 20 brutal murders to his name, as well as a taste for torture and possibly even cannibalism, Roderick Whittle is easily one of the most psychotic and sadistic versions of Jack the Ripper ever put into fiction.
  • Scarecrow (Shane Michael Schofield) series, by Matthew Reilly:
    • Area 7: US Air Force Lieutenant General Charles Samson Russell, call-sign "Caesar", is secretly the head of the elite 7th Special Operations Squadron soldiers at Area 7, a secret base, as well as a top member of the Brotherhood, a secret racist society in the US Air Force. Putting into motion a plan he had been working on for 15 years, when the US President visits Area 7, Caesar activates a transmitter attached to the President's heart. If the President's heart stops, or if he fails to match his palm print to the nuclear football every 90 minutes, over a dozen bombs located in the airports of a dozen US cities—including Washington, DC; Los Angeles; New York City; and Chicago—will go off. Willing to give the President a "final chance", Caesar has 50 7th Squadron soldiers face off against the President's Secret Service detail, which, unbeknownst to Caesar, also includes US Marine captain Shane Michael Schofield, call-sign "Scarecrow", and several of his troops. After much action, the President explains how Caesar was supposedly put to death for a treasonous plot, tells about the Brotherhood, and explains how the cities that would be destroyed would all be Northern cities, as "Caesar wants an America without the North". In addition, Caesar would have the Sinovirus, a Chinese bioweapon, as well as the vaccine, which was the main purpose of Area 7. It is later revealed, even when the Sinovirus is no longer an issue, that Caesar also had a transmitter attached to his own heart, and is planning to die, which would set off the bombs.
    • Scarecrow: Jonathan James Killian III is the head of defense contractor Axon Corp., as well as part of Majestic-12, a cabal of billionaire industrialists who dominate global political and economic policy, and plot to fake several nuclear attacks in order to escalate The War on Terror into a second Cold War, as well as to create more business for themselves. Fascinated by anarchy and its results, Killian plans to make the targets think they were struck by their most hated enemies; this included China and Taiwan, and India and Pakistan. Even after the other members deny permission, he secretly changes the missiles being constructed to carry out his plan, to be capped off with a supposed Israeli weapon, with an American nuclear warhead, to strike Mecca on the start of Ramadan, which would spark worldwide vengeance by Muslims against American citizens and tip the balance into global anarchy. He also makes a habit of trapping people—including another Majestic-12 member—in a Shark Pool equipped with a guillotine, to see who will kill themselves or each other to spare themselves pain, and after capturing Scarecrow's love interest Libby Gant, he has her beheaded to make Scarecrow want vengeance and distract him from stopping the plot, which nearly drives him to suicide instead. Even after Scarecrow comes back, helps stop the attacks and confronts Killian, Killian gloats that he will have won even if Scarecrow kills him.
  • The Scarlet Gospels: The Hell Priest, better known as "Pinhead," is the result of Clive Barker wishing to strip the character of any redeeming qualities. The Hell Priest systematically exterminates the world's magicians or tortures them mentally, physically and sexually to death or until they are broken, mutilated slaves. This achieved, he exterminates the Cenobite Order of the Gash in order to lead a resurgent Hell under Lucifer's banner. When it turns out Lucifer himself despises these plans and has no intention of trying to dominate the rest of creation, the Hell Priest steals his armor and attempts to kill Lucifer himself to unite Hell under his own power and subject everything that lives to the worst tortures he can devise.
  • The Schwarzschild Radius, by Gustavo Florentin: "The Webmaster", Hector Brazos, is a sadistic torturer and killer for hire, whose signature style is recording his victims' deaths. Originally an assassin for the Mexican Cartel, the Webmaster slaughtered dozens of people, including entire families, inflicting horrific acts of torture, rape, and murder on every one of them, children included. Wanting to earn his money easier, the Webmaster turned his child pornography website into a hub for individuals worldwide to bid on the torture young teenage girls the Webmaster had kidnapped would endure for the following weeks. This torture included everything from electrocution and bone breaking, to being raped by either the Webmaster or his trained dogs, and, when the girls eventually wore out, the Webmaster would hold a final bid for the excrutiating way each girl would die. When any of his partners try to turn on him, the Webmaster wastes no time in torturing and slowly killing them. After failing to sadistically torture 3 teenage girls, the Webmaster kills one, along with an innocent homeless man, opens fire on police officers before setting a bomb off on top of them, and tries to rape and murder two of his only surviving victims. Caring for money above all else, the Webmaster would commit any and all depraved actions to make a quick buck, and would enjoy every minute of it.
  • Scythe: Scythe Goddard, aka "The Master of Mass Gleanings", is a charming yet sadistic Scythe introduced gleefully gleaning an airplane full of people, going on to do the same to hundreds more with his junior Scythes. When Scythe Faraday takes in two apprentices, Rowan and Citra, he manipulates the Scythedom so that one will have to glean the other when ordained. When Faraday gleans himself to try to save the two, Goddard attempts to take in both of them, intending to pit them against each other for his own amusement. Goddard forces High Blade Xenocrates to work for him by threatening to glean his illegitimate daughter Esme. Abusing Rowan as his own apprentice, Goddard has Citra framed for Faraday's murder, trying to ensure that Rowan will glean her. Attacking a Tone Cult cloister, Goddard happily gleans all he finds, including children; mocks Scythe Volta's suicide; and calls Rowan a coward for refusing to kill the remaining survivor for him.
  • Second Apocalypse: Iskiak, better known by the name of "Aurang", prince of the Inchoroi and bad even by their standards, was one of the final Inchoroi after their wars with the inhuman Cûnoroi, or "Nonmen". Desiring to escape his own damnation, Aurang participated in the annihilation of entire worlds before the Inchoroi arrived on Earwa. At the end of the war with the Nonmen, Aurang assisted in giving them immortality, but also introduced a plague to kill every female of their species, leaving the Nonmen to look forward to nothing but eventual madness and extinction. Later forming the Consult, Aurang initiates the Apocalypse by unleashing the No-God. As the Horde-General of the Consult, Aurang takes the field, committing countless atrocities and massacring entire cities with his and his people's own creations the Sranc, beings so filled with lust and rage they can only interact with other species by killing and raping them to death. Aurang is also a Serial Rapist, boasting of this to Kellhus, and manipulates the Holy War to help bring about the deaths of all but a fraction of beings on Earwa to not only keep himself from hellfire, but to continue the monstrosity that damned him to begin with.
  • Secrets Not Meant To Be Kept: Martha Plunkett is the head of Treehouse, a reputable preschool which is, in fact, a toddler sex ring. For nearly twenty years, Plunkett has molested and exploited preschoolers for child pornography, both directly and by having her staff do the same. To terrorize the children into silence, she assigns the children live rabbits to care for, then kills the rabbits right in front of them.
  • Seize the Night: New Tales of Vampiric Terror: Claudio Mendoza, from "Direct Report", by Leigh Perry, is a vampiric Serial Rapist who preys on potential employees. After presumably killing his previous manager, Claudio kidnaps and infects a woman, Taylor, locking her in a room for six months, where she is drugged, starved, chained to a bed and raped daily by him and a variety of fetishists, having done this to countless of his "children" before. After Taylor escapes, Claudio congratulates her for regaining her senses so soon and threatens to leave her exposed to the sun until she is destroyed.
  • Senseless and Merciless, by Mary Burton: The Other, aka Josiah Cross, hailed from the wealthy Cross family and was known for his sporadic acts of violence before his serial killings. The last night at university, he battered and raped protagonist Eva Rayburn. When Micah died, the Other took his name and avoided jail time but continued his violence by targeting people for serial killings. Knowing from the start that his mother was behind a series of murders, he chose not to inform the police, enabling her to kill many people. The Other got into a partnership with James Dixon where his partner would beat and rape women he abducted and The Other would prolong his victim's misery by mocking them until he kills them and watch them die in front of him for his own pleasure. He would dissolve his victim's bodies in chemicals to keep their bones as trophies and use their femur bones to create chess pieces. Having done this to at least six women, he intended to do more to get police and media attention and managed to kill two more women. When James slipped up in their partnership again, the Other brutally murdered him and then killed James's partner and tried to pin the murders on them. Blaming and harboring spite towards Eva for his own perceived problems, he attempted to murder her half-sister, Angela, to emotionally hurt her.
  • The Sentinel & The Guardian, by Jeffrey Konvitz: Charles Chazen appears a friendly, eccentric old fellow who is, in truth, Satan himself. When the new potential guardian to the gates of Hell, Alison, arrives at the apartment that rests over the gateway, Chazen attempts to kill those she loves and torture her mentally until she breaks and kills herself. When Alison takes her place as the new Sentinel, Chazen sets his sights on the next Sentinel, Father McBride, starting a web of murder and destruction to break him. Tricking McBride into suicide and damnation, Chazen prepares to lead the legions of Hell and the damned into the world to bring about the apocalypse, gloating about his intent to dethrone God and take over all creation.
  • Serafina and the Black Cloak, by Robert Beatty: The Man in the Black Cloak, Montgomery Thorne, is the terrifying apparition stalking the grand Biltmore Estate. Originally a rich man who lost his fortune, the Man gained the ability to devour the souls, along with the talents and knowledge, of anyone he wanted by using a mysterious black cloak. When the Man consumes someone's soul, they are left trapped in his cloak in constant horror and agony, and the Man has no compunctions regarding who he devours, be they adult or child, and will outright murder anyone who gets his way. After he begins rapidly aging due to his use of the cloak, the Man begins devouring the souls of as many children as he can to preserve his life force, and, when Serafina tries to steal his cloak to save his victims, the Man sadistically tries to suffocate her for irritating him. A greedy sociopath who would harm anyone and everyone to become wealthy and powerful once again, the Man in the Black stood out in this children's novel as a truly dark and twisted man.
  • Shade's Children: Silver Sun is a member of the extradimensional Overlords, and is bad even compared to her evil companions. Silver Sun sets up the transfer for the Overlords' invasion to start with, exterminating ninety-percent of humanity with all survivors under the age of fourteen herded away. Silver Sun and the other Overlords then set up a horrific regime where teenagers are pumped full of sterilizing drugs and horribly conditioned before being carted en masse to the Meat Factory, where they're chopped up and converted into Creatures whose sole purpose is to kill—retaining a vestige of their humanity and remaining fully aware the entire time—and females are raped for years on end to produce more fodder for the Creatures before being killed too. Once Silver Sun is finally confronted, she personally tortures two of the young heroes herself while boasting of her responsibility of setting the entire system up to begin with—and cheerfully notes "it's what you're there for" when confronted on why she did so.
  • Shadowdance Trilogy: Leon Connington, the head of the Connington family, made much of his vast fortune running a prison to hold anyone the Trifect wants to disappear. In a world of Black and Gray Morality and depraved villains, Connington stands out for personally heading much of the vicious torture of these victims and for being a Serial Rapist, torturing and raping Melody Gemcroft for years and convincing the Gemcroft family she was long dead to continue assaulting her. He also threatened to do the same to Alyssa Gemcroft. In addition, he dressed up and raped Stephen Connington, his heir, driving him insane and making him into the Widow, a butcher and Serial Killer. Utterly unrepentant of these crimes, he is directly responsible for the creation of many of the villains in the second half of the series.
  • Shadow Man, by Cody McFadyen:
    • Jack Jr.- Peter Hillstead—believes himself to be a descendant of Jack the Ripper, and seeks to immortalize himself in history even more so than his ancestor. Trained to torture and kill at a young age by his Serial Killer father, Jack Jr. gleefully assisted his dad in his crimes. After murdering his father, partially because he believed him to be an inadequade descendant of the Ripper, compared to himself, Jack Jr began raping and killing over the years. Regularly manipulating people into murdering others for him, Jack Jr. wastes no time in betraying and killing his acolytes when he grows tired of them, and he used one of them to ensure the deaths of FBI agent Smoky Barrett's husband and young daughter. Declaring Barrett his nemesis, Jack Jr. spent hours torturing and raping Barrett's childhood friend while forcing her 10 year-old daughter, Bonnie, to watch. Jack Jr. then tied Bonnie to the eviscerated corpse of her mother and left her there for 3 days, the resulting trauma causing the girl to become mute. Next, Jack Jr. begins specifically torturing members of Barrett's task force, with methods such as digging up and defiling the corpse of one agent's sister, and chopping off the legs of another agent's dog. When his identity is revealed, Jack Jr. kidnaps one of Barrett's friends, tortures her, then tries to slash Bonnie's throat open while using her as a Human Shield. Though manipulated by his father into killing, Jack Jr. chose to continue his spree even after his father was removed from the picture and his mother tried to redeem him. Happily embracing his dark side while simultaneously preaching his victims are nothing but cattle, Jack Jr. embodied and evolved the legacy of The Ripper.
    • Keith Hillstead is the aforementioned father of Jack Jr., and is the one responsible for starting his path of destruction. As a young man, Keith believed himself to be a descendant of Jack the Ripper, and murdered his parents for trying to hide it from him. After seducing a young woman into becoming his wife, Keith spent weeks torturing and raping her until she gave birth to a son, who he then began to teach how to torture and kill. Claiming close to 100 victims over the years, Keith photographed the tortures, rapes, and deaths of his victims and kept them in an album. When his wife attempted to murder him, Keith violently raped and pummelled her, before trying to slit her throat. With a polite and calm exterior masking his true depravity, Keith Hillstead stood out as monstrous even with his limited appearances.
  • The Shadow of the Wind: Francisco Javier Fumero, the corrupt chief of police in Barcelona, relishes the power his position brings him. As a boy, Fumero tortured small animals as an outlet for his sadism, and when he discovered Julian Carax, the one boy to treat him kindly, and Penelope, who Fumero lusted after, were together, he attempted to murder Julian and devoted his life to destroying him and Penelope alike. Fumero sent his men to kill Julian and personally murdered a woman who loved Julian for helping him. In the years that passed, Fumero terrorized the populace of Barcelona as a uniformed thug, torturing those who caught his ire. One luckless man named Fermin was held and beaten before Fumero tortured him with a blowtorch. When the young hero of the novel, Daniel Siempre, closes in on the buried story of Julian Carax, Fumero wastes no time in attempting to kill him and all who know the truth as well. Cruel, sadistic, violent and insatiably power-hungry, Fumero represents how far a once almost pitiable boy can fall.
  • The Shahnameh: Zahhak, after delving into evil with the wicked Ahriman, becomes the worst tyrant the world has ever seen after murdering his own father. Conducting horrific massacres and bathing in the blood of his victims, Zahhak has two men a day sacrificed to feed their brains to the snakes growing from his shoulders. Upon learning of the hero Fereydun destined to defeat him to avenge his father, Zahhak massacres those close to him, even the cow who functioned as his wet nurse. Zahhak, after being driven back by Fereydun, flees to India where he proceeds to kill thousands of innocents. The pinnacle of mortal evil in the Shahnameh, Zahhak stands as a testament of wickedness even centuries later.
  • Shannara series:
    • The Heritage of Shannara: Most of the Shadowen are bad, but their leader, Rimmer Dall, is in a class of his own. From his position as The Federation's First Seeker, Dall enforces the state's xenophobic, expansionist policies, enslaving the Dwarves, suppressing resistance, and arresting magic-users, whom he drains of their magics and then, should they survive, throws into The Pit. When Quickening gives the Dwarves hope by healing the Meade Gardens, he sends Pe Ell to assassinate her. When the Elves return to the Four Lands, Dall dispatches the Creepers to wage a war of extermination against them. He personally tries to murder Walker Boh and Cogline, then sends the Four Horsemen after them, resulting in Cogline's death. He plays a long psychological game with Par and Coll Ohmsford, aimed at shattering Par's mind and making him susceptible to a Grand Theft Me. Dall’s crowning achievement, however, was the construction of Southwatch, a living tower that drained the life from the world itself, and would have, if left unchecked, resulted in the Four Lands becoming an apocalyptic wasteland, inhabited by nothing save a few, maddened Shadowen. Concerned only with his personal power and desire to feed on the strongest magics available, Rimmer Dall wreaked more devastation on the Four Lands than any villain before or since, inflicting damage that has taken centuries to even begin recovering from.
    • The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara:
      • The Morgawr is the Big Bad of the trilogy. He's a half man, half lizard freak who slaughters Grianne and Bek Ohmsfords' family, kidnaps Grianne, tells her Bek is dead, and convinces her that Walker, the Druid, and his Arch-Enemy is behind it, then raises her to be as bad as himself. He's also a magic-draining leech who feeds on the souls, minds, and magics of his victims and turns people into People Puppets by pulling their brains out through the back of their heads and eating them, leaving them with their skills, but no free will. In the opening pages of Morgawr he drains two-hundred fifty men onscreen, scarring witness Sen Dunsidan for life, and driving the latter's Torture Technician to suicide. He later does the same to the crew of Grianne's ship, Black Moclips after she betrays him, before hunting her down and trying to kill her because he considers her life his property to dispose of how he wishes. Completely comfortable with his evil, The Morgawr takes pride in having brought Grianne down to his level, and finds her desire to better herself completely laughable.
      • Cree Bega is The Dragon to The Morgawr. A Smug Snake of a Mwellret with a penchant for murder, Cold-Blooded Torture, Kick the Dog, and Fantastic Racism, Cree Bega is contemptuous of all the little peoplessss, and develops an unhealthy obsession with Ahren Elessedil, making it his personal mission to transform him into The Woobie. He forces Ahren to watch The Morgawr feed on the crew of Black Moclips for no other reason than traumatising him, and upon Ahren's escape, is given custody of his crush, Ryer Ord Star. He and his Mwellrets proceed to strip her, beat her, break all of her fingers, slash the soles of her feet, defile her until she faints, and then after she wakes up, tie her to a yardarm, lash her with a rawhide whip, and leave her to bake in the sun, leading to her suicide. During his final confrontation with Ahren, Cree Bega stabs Elven Hunter Kian In the Back, and then gloats to Ahren about what he did to Ryer Ord Star ("She took ssso long to die little Elvesss. Ssso long it ssseemed it would take forever."), before trying to kill him. The cumulative effect of all the trauma that Cree Bega puts Ahren through is an eventual psychological implosion that leaves him utterly shellshocked and broken into the next series.
    • The Defenders of Shannara: Mischa is the secondary antagonist of The High Druid's Blade. A sadistic old witch, Mischa is an ally of Arcannen, for whom she works as a Torture Technician. She uses her illusions to torment Chrysallin Leah for weeks on end, convincing her that she has been permanently disfigured and crippled by torturers working for Aphenglow Elessedil. She then pretends to befriend Chrysallin and helps her to "escape" before having her illusory Aphenglow track them down, faking her own death to further ruin Chrys's psyche, and convince her that Aphenglow is her enemy. When Grehling helps Chrys escape for real, Mischa goes after them, intending to dissect Grehling, and shatter Chrys's mind.
  • Shardik: Child slave-dealer Genshed specifically deals in unwanted and deformed children so he can gain a greater profit and use methods that are more barbaric. Instead of grown-up overseers, he grooms the cruelest of the boys to be his overseers, replacing them only when they kill or damage too many of the slaves (or learn too much). He prides himself on being able to drive children mad without even touching them, though he isn't above physical abuse — chains through the ears, knife blades under the nails or across the eyes, a device called a "flytrap" that keeps the mouth open. He castrates the boys and it's implied that the children in his possession (mostly young ones, under fourteen) are sold as sex slaves of one kind or another. When he learns one boy will be used for begging, he cuts off the boy's hands to make him more valuable, then charges the new owner for the job. The only regret he ever shows is at the loss of a profit.
  • Shelter In Place, by Nora Roberts: Patricia Jane Hobart is a vengeful psychopath bent on taking her anger out on the world in the most destructive ways she can. As a teenager, she planned a mass shooting at a mall in her home town of Rockpoint, Maine, and convinced her brother and two of his friends to carry it out, leaving over ninety people dead and hundreds injured. Offended by the attention survivors of the massacre received, she began hunting them down and murdering them, along with killing her own mother and grandparents simply because she didn't like them. After failing to kill shooting survivor and police officer Reed Quartermaine, she goes on the run, continuing to kill survivors in increasingly cruel ways while mailing Quartermaine locks of their hair to taunt and threaten him. While a fugitive, she abducts a reporter famous for her coverage of the mall shooting and has her record a manifesto showing off Patricia's "genius", murdering her at the end of it despite promising she would not. By the end of the novel, Patricia's spiteful narcissism has ended over a hundred lives and devastated countless more.
  • The Shining Girls, by Lauren Beukes: Harper Curtis is a former drifter who uncovers the time traveling House. Using it to become a Serial Killer, Harper seeks out the "shining girls", those with potential in the world, so he may murder them throughout history. Hunting down many young women, Harper gruesomely murders them, with only heroine Kirby escaping him. Curtis revels in the pain he causes, killing one woman as she begs for the sake of her children and another who dedicates her life to helping others as a social worker, even murdering his occasional lover Etta when he's bored with her. A complete nothing of a man, Curtis attempts to find fulfillment in his existence by stealing the lives of those better than him.
  • A Shiny Can of Whup-Ass (from the After The Burn collection), by Ronald Kelly: Rott, the singular most evil human to ever walk the post-apocalyptic hellscape of the post-Burn world, is the most prolific Serial Killer in American history, with a legacy of indiscriminate rape, torture, and cannibalism against potentially over 600 victims—most perpetrated whilst they were still alive. After the Burn, Rott escapes from death row and takes advantage of the chaos to rile up a gang of murderous thugs and return to his hometown of Watkins Glen to savage his way through the town. Rott savagely executes his own men one after another for things as minor as "laughing without my permission"; cuts apart and eats the entire stock of the local pet shop after coldly murdering its elderly owner; murders and cannibalizes random people across the town; and attempts to have his goons gang-rape a young woman and torture her to death for thrills. Eventually, Rott proposes he and his gang go from door-to-door and slaughter their way through town, intending to turn the church into a whorehouse and keep the women of Watkins Glen as sex slaves; and round up the children of the town with implied intention of raping and torturing the lot of them for fun. Reviled even by his own father and appropriately referred to as the "new Satan", Rott lives by one twisted creed: "If it feels right, do it. That's what I always did."
  • Shutter, by Courtney Alameda: Luca, real name Vlad the Impaler, is the ghost of the vampire king, Count Dracula himself. After his death in the original novel, Luca gained an undying hatred against the Helsing, Stoker, Seward and Harker families for stopping him. To this end, Luca has had female members of those families who find his mirrors killed and tortured before turning them into his vampiric brides. Murdering the brothers and mother of the heroine Micheline Helsing, he has her mother's spirit captured and tortures her until she breaks, brainwashing her into thinking that her daughter was responsible. Together the two start a torture and murder spree across the city, brutally killing dozens before turning their corpses into puppet soldiers, and even ripping the eyes out of the youngest member of the Stoker family, permanently blinding her. Luca intends to release all the various Necros monsters that the families have captured on the city, killing thousands, in order to spite the families. Near the end of the novel, he tries to force Micheline to be one of his brides before boasting how he will return to life and begin his brutal conquest of the world anew.
  • The Silmarillion:
    • Melkor, later known as Morgoth Bauglir, began life as one of the Valar, but his spite and arrogance precipitated his steady downfall into evil. Beginning by destroying the great lamps of Valinor and creating the pits of Utumno, Morgoth takes as many races as he can and personally enacts hideous, unspeakable tortures upon them until all that remains are grotesque perversions that he can use as his servants. Following his first defeat, Morgoth repays mercy with treachery, destroying the world trees, killing the king of the Noldor elves and stealing their treasures, leading to the deaths of thousands of elves when they pursue him, before setting up his base of operations in Middle-Earth. He delights in corrupting men into darkness, manufacturing and playing off corruption in their hearts to set them against each other and their allies. His "crowning achievement" is tricking and beguiling the first men into swearing an oath of eternal fealty to him, meant to enslave the race forever in body and spirit; mortality is considered a gift for Man, as normally souls of Men leave Arda and Morgoth's grasp. Morgoth launches brutal campaigns of slavery and genocide, including the destruction of Gondolin, the most beautiful and proud elven city, whose citizens are saved solely by the heroism of the city's warriors. He also tries to rape the elven princess Luthien out of nothing more than cruel lust. At one point, he condemns a man to horrible torture and then enacts a curse to see his children grow, suffer horribly and be rejected by both life and death, solely because the man dared to defy him.
    • Morgoth's Bastard Understudy Sauron is a demonstration of how those who were once noble can fall to great evil. Sauron was once noble Maiar who was swayed to Morgoth's side. Over time, Sauron's noble intentions for the world were replaced with vanity and lust for power. In the First Age, Sauron convinced a man to betray his comrades, showing him a vision of his beloved wife...once the man did what Sauron asked, Sauron revealed she was already dead and had his hapless pawn tortured to death as he had promised to reunite them. Upon capturing the hero Beren and his companions, Sauron placed them in his dungeons where he allowed his werewolves to slowly pick the group off, one by one, to torment the survivors. After the defeat of his master, Sauron fled to Numenor, assuming the fair form of Annatar, the Bringer of Gifts and seduced Numenor towards darkness and evil until it was a Morgoth-worshipping theocracy that practiced human sacrifice. This was an act so unholy, Eru Illuvatar, the equivalent of God, stepped in to destroy Numenor. Even then, Sauron was not done, and tricked the other races with the Rings of Power, forging his master ring to enslave all that lived. In the Third age, he embarked on a genocidal war for conquest, seeking only to feed his lust for domination and megalomania.
  • The Silver Kiss: The vampire Christopher is a centuries-old monster who resembles an innocent child. Orchestrating the death of his sire and mentor, Christopher murdered his own mother when she rejected him before turning his brother Simon. Fleeing a vengeful Simon, Christopher leaves a trail of murder and bloodshed behind him, relishing in the fear and agony of his victims. Christopher plays an innocent child to lure people into trusting him before killing them, sometimes torturing them first. Resuming his activities in America, Christopher creates a string of corpses as Simon tracks him. When Simon finally corners him with his love interest Zoe, Christopher decides to murder Zoe before he escapes, just to give his brother more pain.
  • The Sinister Mr. Corpse, by Jeff Strand: Richard Brant, the seemingly avuncular head of Project Second Chance, is in truth a cold, remorseless man solely dedicated to profit. Resurrecting the unfortunate Stanley Dabernath from death to make the man a wealthy celebrity, Brant tortures Stanley behind locked doors to force his compliance and cheerfully threatens to murder him should he ever stop being useful. Passing off his revival of Stanley as the act of unexplained science, Brant in reality routinely kidnaps young virgins, has their families slaughtered, and the virgin flayed and tortuously bled out over a course of three days to inject their blood into Stanley. Once Stanley discovers this, Brant decides to cut his losses and stirs up a mob to cannibalize Stanley whilst watching with a manic grin on his face.
  • Sins of Empire, by Brian McClellan: Fidel Jes, grandmaster of Landfall, makes it a point to kill several men a day before his morning coffee in duels he provokes. Dedicated to stamping out any hint of resistance from the Palo people, Jes regularly conducts torture and executions and has killed so many in his duels that the stones themselves are stained from all the blood Jes has spilled. A war criminal as well, Jes had a war hero named "Mad" Ben Styke imprisoned for refusing Jes's orders to kill a group of children in war. When Styke manages to confront Jes again, Jes defeats him and orders Ben healed just so Jes can enjoy torturing him again and again. When he is ordered to locate an artifact called the Godstone, Jes takes Landfall's army, but lies to them, claiming reinforcements are coming to defend Landfall from an incoming invasion when Jes knows the city will be helpless and brutally sacked.
  • Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom:
    • Jan Van Eck is a seemingly-respectable merchant who turns out to be an egotistical sociopath obsessed with his own glory and reputation. Callously disowning his son Wylan for his dyslexia that has made him illiterate, Van Eck divorces his wife, throws her into an asylum and tells Wylan she's dead so he can steal all her assets. When his new wife is pregnant, Van Eck tries to have Wylan murdered. After enlisting Kaz Brekker for a job and learning Kaz has Wylan hostage, Van Eck later attempts to betray Kaz and have Wylan murdered via having his ship sunk. It turns out Van Eck is behind a scheme to cheat his fellow merchants and distribute jurda parem to enslave the Grisha, or those with magic, subjecting them to addiction or death, all as long as he profits from the chaos he inflicts.
    • Heleen Van Houden, or Tante Heleen, the cruel owner of the brothel the Menagerie, buys teenage girls from foreign nations and cruelly trains them to be Sex Slave prostitutes. From Injeh Ghafa's backstory, we see this involves horrific abuse, both physical and psychological with Heleen repeatedly having her whipped and beaten, even having a girl who kept some money from a client cruelly murdered in front of the other girls as a lesson. Even after being freed by Kaz, Inej is intensely scarred by her time at the Menagerie, and Heleen gleefully taunts her of it when they meet, even trying to have Inej killed later. Utterly reprehensible and dedicated to making a fortune from the sexual enslavement of countless young women, Tante Heleen is one of the worst that Ketterdam has to offer.
  • Skeleton Man & Return of Skeleton Man, by Joseph Bruchac: The titular Skeleton Man is a selfish, cannibalistic figure who stands out in this book series for children. Originally an organic lazy uncle, he grew to love the taste of human flesh and proceeded to eat all the skin off his body until he was nothing but a skeleton; ate his brother and sister when they arrived home; and gave chase to his young niece. Years later, he kidnaps Molly's mother and father and, posing as her great-uncle, attempts to fatten Molly and eat her. When Molly uncovers his identity, he chases after her and, when dangling off a cliff, attempts to take her with him. Returning a year later, he follows Molly and her family to the Hudson Valley, where he kidnaps Molly to once again try and eat her.
  • Skin Medicine, by Tim Curran: James Lee Cobb distinguishes himself as a brutal killer who rapes and slaughters his way through the old West before he awakens the Wendigo by cannibalizing his own comrades. Seeking to learn the power of Spirit Medicine from the old shaman Spirit Moon, Cobb is instead sealed away, but returns and regains his strength by becoming a vicious Serial Killer of prostitutes, eventually closing in on Spirit Moon and massacring his entire tribe. Turning others into monsters like him, Cobb leads the slaughter of an entire town before taking over a second town called Deliverance where he boasts he has devoured all the souls there, intending on sweeping over the West in a flesh-eating tide of bloodshed and slaughter.
  • The Skin Trade: In this werewolf novella by George R. R. Martin, Jonathan Harmon is an elderly alpha werewolf whose only son cannot shapeshift. Harmon attempted to awaken his transformation by kidnapping six children and forcing his son to eat their flesh. In reality, Harmon continued this because he enjoyed the hunt. When one police officer got too close, Harmon tore him apart, threatening his partner that it would be his children to die next if he did not cover it up. When the officer's daughter Randi Wade and the kind werewolf Willie Flambeaux get too close, Harmon tries to kill both and threatens to return for Randi later. Prideful, ruthless and utterly concerned for all life, werewolf or human alike, Harmon is a perfect example of the worst the lycanthropes have to offer.
  • Skinjumper: Alex Snowdin, despite lacking the supernatural powers of his partner Terry, manages to stand out as the most evil man in the story. As a child, Alex accidentally killed his brother's dog, and, to avoid trouble for it, arranged to sacrifice another dog to bring his back to life. When this failed, it succeeded only in giving Alex's friend Terry the ability to jump into the bodies of others, while Alex spent his time growing up assaulting and abusing others. Once teaming back up with Terry years later, Alex immediately murders rival drug slingers before raping one's girlfriend, leading Terry to accidentally jump into the girl's body, after which Alex makes numerous attempts to rape Terry to sate his lust. After brutally murdering two more men, Alex betrays Terry, holds him and a woman at gunpoint, then boasts his plans to kill a nearby child for fun after torturing the duo to death in an insane attempt to replicate the ritual that gave Terry his powers.
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Nefarian Serpine was The Dragon of an evil wizard who started a war to revive Eldritch Abominations, and he killed the protagonist's family, and then tortured him to death. However, after the guy somehow manages to come back to life and leads his side of the war to victory, Serpine double-crosses his old friends by becoming The Mole and selling everyone out to get his own ass out of the fire. This, just so, many years later, he can get his hands on a super-powerful MacGuffin to start everything from scratch and kill everyone who even looks at him funny. It doesn't help that he only uses said MacGuffin on really powerful people because it kills them very fast and painlessly, while he prefers to kill everyone else in the most slow and painful way possible.
  • Sleeping Beauty (link): The Ogress Queen Mother is left to look after her daughter-in-law and grandchildren when her son, the prince, is called away to war. For no apparent reason, she decides to cannibalize them, starting with her four-year-old granddaughter, Dawn, ordering her chief steward to kill and cook her. The Steward hides Dawn away and kills and cooks an animal instead, repeating the process with the three-year-old grandson, Day, and the princess. When the queen realizes the trick, she gathers the princess and her children along with the steward and his wife and servant girl, deciding to drop all six into a vat full of snakes and poisonous toads.
  • Sleeping Murder: Dr. James Kennedy, obsessed with his half-sister Helen, was furious when she opted to marry the father of young Gwenda Reed, and eventually murdered her, which a young Gwenda saw. Covering his crime by murdering Gwenda's nanny and drugging Gwenda's father, Kennedy framed him for murder, gaslighting him and hiding the body as to make him appear insane and have him sent to an asylum where he died. In the present, Kennedy murders the former maid when he fears she will implicate him and tries to poison Gwenda's household as well. Finally uncovered, he attempts to throttle Gwenda before Miss Marple herself intervenes.
  • "Snow, Glass, Apples", by Neil Gaiman: "Snow White" is the unnamed, vampiric princess who is opposed by the supposedly "wicked" stepmother. Showing her inhuman nature by feeding on her new stepmother's blood, Snow begins draining her own father over years, sexually and physically abusing him until he dies a wasted skeleton of a man. When the new queen attempts to have Snow killed, Snow enslaves the dwarves in the forest and begins hunting travelers, killing many for their blood. While being temporarily defeated by a poison apple, Snow returns later to usurp control of the kingdom from her stepmother, having the queen cooked alive as the main course at Snow's wedding, free to terrorize the kingdom how she desires.
  • Sold, by Patricia McCormick: Mumtaz is the repulsive madam in charge of the brothel known as the Happiness House. Ruling her brothel through fear and intimidation, Mumtaz has grown rich by forcing her child prostitutes to lay with her customers, and traps them in a never-ending cycle of debt so they can never leave. When the thirteen-year-old Lakshmi refuses to service a customer, Mumtaz starves and beats her for days on end before losing her patience and drugging her into complying. When one of her older prostitutes named Pushpa grows too sick to work, Mumtaz doesn't care in the slightest and forces her to continue servicing customers on threat of throwing her and her children out on the street, a threat she eventually makes good on. When Mumtaz really wants to punish someone, she "will smear chilies on a stick and put it inside the girl". Motivated solely by greed, Mumtaz embodies every rotten aspect of the horror that is sex trafficking.
  • Solomon Kane:
    • "Red Shadows": The vicious bandit Le Loup ("The Wolf") is a scourge on the French countryside where he rapes and murders at will. Attracting the attention of Solomon Kane when he slaughters an entire village and keeps the women to gang-rape before killing them as well, Le Loup pursues one wounded girl, catching and raping her before leaving her for dead when Kane finds her. Sacrificing his men to Kane when he needed to escape, Le Loup flees to Africa where he allies with a ruthless chieftain named Songa and assists him in oppressing his own people, complete with blood sacrifices, before attempting to have Kane killed at last.
    • "The Moon of Skulls": Queen Nakari, "The Vampire Queen of Negari", is the worst member of "a people with whom blood is cheaper than water." A tyrannical, wantonly violent Dark Messiah whose ultimate goal is to conquer the entire world, Nakari overthrew the legitimate ruler and made herself Queen, before torturing or killing the priests, leaving her the only one who knew how to perform the ceremonies, thus assuring her dominion. Nakari turned their already-brutal religion into one where they only worshiped the god of death, with Nakari personally sacrificing a kidnapped virgin each full moon. During her reign she became known and feared throughout much of Africa for her cruelty, regularly sending her warriors to raid and attack the nearby tribes. Nakari first appears having one of her loyal followers brutally executed simply for following her orders to kill anyone who arrives in her domain without any tributes, taking obvious pleasure out of watching the man die. Such executions occur so often that the floor of her throne room is covered with bloodstains. Nakari also enjoys horribly abusing her slave Marylin Taferal, having her hung by her arms naked then whipped until unconsciousness for even the slightest disobedience, all the while waiting until Marylin is old enough to be sacrificed.
  • The Sound of his Horn, by Sarban: In a twisted dystopian future where the Nazis won World War II, Count Hans von Hackelnberg is the Reich's Master Forester and a cruel sadist who reigns over a vast forest. Obsessed with hunting, von Hackelnberg has women released in bird costumes to be captured, raped and abused by his guests, while having other women turned into feral crosses between leopard and human. Others are released onto his hunting grounds so von Hackelnberg can hunt them down personally for sport, which he relishes in, calling out his victories on his hunting horn.
  • Speak: Andy Evans is a senior at Merryweather High School who has a reputation for sleeping around. Upon meeting a drunken Melinda Sordino at an end of the summer party, he rapes her; this results in a spiral of events which culminate in Melinda becoming traumatized to the point of nearly becoming mute. Since then, Andy made a habit out of psychologically tormenting Melinda out of sadism. Fearing that Rachel might become his next victim, Melinda attempted to warn her about Andy's true intentions, but she doesn't believe her. It's also revealed that Andy had a prolific history of sexually assaulting female students; this is shown by the multiple entries that were written on the wall in the restroom. Enraged that Melinda had ruined his reputation, Andy confronts her in the janitor's closet, and he attempts to rape her again out of spite. Egotistical and sadistic, Evans would stop at nothing to get what he wants.
  • Spellfall: Hawk, The Big Bad, may not be responsible for that many deaths, but he "compensates" for this with sheer ruthlessness. Some of his actions include: driving his wife to suicide by killing her bonded animal, forcefully "bonding" with other Wizards which means placing them under Mind Control, threatening to both of those to his son, forcing the wizards under his control to commit atrocities, including kidnapping other victims for "bonding" one of these is the heroine, a 12 year old girl, forcing them to kill the heroine's mother, intending to "bond" with the heroine, gleefully exclaiming that, after that, she "won't be so shy", after she demands privacy for changing clothes, intending to slaughter the Tree of OQ, possibly killing hundreds of wizards, making their ancestors ( including the heroine's mother) Deader Than Dead and depriving the survivors of their home and living, just so he can get some mana, casually leaving a Muggle (the heroine's stepbrother) to his death, and when his plan fails, he tries to kill the heroine, along with his son. His ultimate punishment is quite fitting, though.
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles: Mulgarath is an arrogant, cunning Ogre who was directly or indirectly responsible for nearly all problems that befell the Spiderwick and Grace families. Desiring Arthur Spiderwick's field guide to conquer mankind and the other fairies, Mulgarath had Arthur's daughter, Lucinda Spiderwick, kidnapped, then tortured and later crippled when she couldn't give it to him. In preparation for his plans, Mulgarath built himself an army held together by intimidation, including press-ganged goblins; acquired several dragons; and played on the dwarves' love of metal and craftsmanship to convince them to build weapons for his army and to swear their eternal allegiance to him. Mulgarath rewarded this service by massacring all the dwarves the moment they gave him the weapons. Upon learning that Jared Grace had found the guide, Mulgarath turned his attention upon the Grace siblings, happy to kidnap and kill the children to gain the guide, his plots climaxing in him destroying their family home and kidnapping their mother. Ambitious and vain as he was, Mulgarath was also a sadistic beast, as inside his palace the Grace siblings found multiple fairies he had imprisoned in honey and left to struggle futilely as they slowly drowned.
  • A Splendid Chaos by John Shirley: Harmon Fiskle was an arrogant professor who preached Social Darwinism on Earth. When mutated by "The Current" on the alien world of Fool's Hope, he names himself Emperor Harmony and uses the mutants to brutally subjugate the humans there, killing many of them in the process. Torturing and murdering those who do not accept his rule, Harmony proceeds to decorate his new throne room with hanged bodies, having a resistance leader raped and throws her into a cage that slowly impales her while her lover is made to lay underneath the cage so the blood falls all over her. Harmony reveals his intent to harvest portions of humanity for food, enslaving the minds of most of the rest and is seen entertaining himself by having people randomly thrown through a device that can launch them anywhere, finding it amusing when they teleport hundreds of feet into the air or become fused with nearby stone. Intending to exterminate all alien races on Fool's Hope, Harmony shows the utter depravity an unfettered ego can achieve.
  • StarCraft:
    • "Hybrid" & Uprising: In this short story and eBook respectively, Sarah Kerrigan's hated instructor, Lieutenant Rumm, forced the young girl to use her exceptional psionic powers by injecting a kitten with a tumor-causing chemical, and gave her the option of destroying the kitten's tumor or euthanizing it. When she wasn't willing to fall to his demands, Rumm threatened to shoot the kitten himself. When this didn't work, Rumm decided not to shoot and left the kitten to die slowly and painfully. Taking more drastic measures, he brought in her father, who had become brain-damaged as a result of Kerrigan's accidentally unleashing her psionic powers, in an adjacent cell to hers and threatened to inject him with the same chemical if she didn't use her psionic powers. When she still refused, threatening to use the power to kill herself and her father, Rumm forced her to be neural resocialized—a form of brainwashing technology used to enforce obedience and shape new memories—turning her into a loyal puppet of the Terran Confederacy. Even after the Mind Rape, he continued to mentally torture her for over a year.
    • StarCraft II: Devils' Due: In this novel, Ezekiel Daun, while a relatively minor character, is utterly monstrous. Daun is a Bounty Hunter and mercenary who, unless his clients specify otherwise, will torture his victims to draw out their death, and makes it theatrical by terrifying them and using psychological warfare before he moves in for the kill. He also records all his deaths as holograms, both to watch in his spare time for the memories and to show his future victims to terrify them even more.
  • Stardoc: Joseph Grey Veil deliberately took advantage of Terran xenophobia to get anti-alien laws passed. He also endeavored to pass anti-cloning laws solely for his own gain. His intent was to do whatever he wanted to innocent clones. Veil engages in a series of rapes with as many clones as he can, and deliberately infects them with syphilis just so he can see the results of the disease on the Designer Babies he fathers.
  • The Star of the Guardians: Abdiel is the leader of the Order of the Black Lightning, a rogue faction of mind-rapists. He uses his abilities to build an army of mindless followers by promising them exquisite pleasures, but actually uses his followers as toys to torment for kicks. Abdiel is revealed to have orchestrated the old revolution against the monarchy, murdering the whole royal family to seize power before his gamble was exposed and his Order destroyed. In revenge, he proceeds to hunt down and wipe out every member of the Blood Royal genetic line. Later, he tries to sell a doomsday device that could destroy all life to a rival empire for profit. When his enemies finally put him down for good, he ensures that his final blow will drive his slayer Maigrey insane, forcing her soulmate Sagan to kill her to spare her the pain.
  • Stephanie Plum series: Benito Ramirez is a violent boxer who absolutely loves to torture, rape, and mutilate women both because he can, and because he likes to make a point that he's so powerful that he can do whatever he wants, to whomever he wants, whenever he wants. In the first book, One For The Money, he stalks Stephanie, even, at one point, calling her in the middle of the night and leaving a taunting voicemail that's being recorded as he assaults a pleading, screaming woman. Later, he rapes and brutalizes Lula, a prostitute whom Stephanie had spoken to about Ramirez earlier that day, and leaves her bloody, unconscious, naked body tied up on Stephanie's balcony. In the fifth book, High Five, he goes on parole claiming to having reformed, only to resume stalking Stephanie and trying to break into her apartment.
  • Stinger by Robert R. McCammon: The titular "Stinger" is an alien Bounty Hunter in service to the House of Fists who follow a twisted creed that anything that isn't one of them should die. Chasing a freedom fighter to earth, Stinger lands in the town of Inferno and entraps it in a force field, while he kills humans he encounters to learn more about them and recycle their biological material into his personal drones. Stinger tells the people to surrender his quarry or he will annihilate the town, and when he captures several humans, Stinger decides he has a better idea: to take them back to the House of Fists so the House will bring their wrath on earth. Stinger constantly shows he is alien only in appearance: his true nature is a scheming, amoral sociopath willing to facilitate genocide for a quick payday.
  • Stones of Power (Sipstrassi) series:
    • Lion of Macedon & Dark Prince: The Demon God Kadmilos manipulates events so he may possess the body of the young future-king Alexander. Trapped in Alexander's body, Kadmilos's influence traumatizes the boy by causing his touch to kill people and creatures around him. As Alexander grows, Kadmilos's influence steadily becomes stronger: he arranges the murder of Alexander's father King Philip, and while Alexander is proud to fight in war and conquer, Kadmilos takes pleasure only in senseless murder. Arranging brutal massacres as he attempts to seize control of Alexander, Kadmilos steadily eliminates those in his way and promises Alexander that when he is done, Alexander will be remembered with hatred and terror once the demon turns the empires of man into blood and ash.
    • Last Sword of Power: Wotan, AKA Molech, is one of a group of humans who found the mysterious stones of power that elevated them to practical godhood, Molech differed from his fellow deities in cruelty and depravity. Demanding sacrifices of children, infants and innocents during his time as God of the Canaanites, Molech viewed suffering and torture as the sweetest of pleasures. Having survived to Roman-era Britain, Molech sets about on a brutal war of conquest as Wotan, subjecting civilians to brutal conquest, as his armies torture, rape, and kill. Wotan defeats the king Uther and then enslaves his soul, intending to torment it for as long as gives him pleasure. In the final battle, Wotan attempts to weaken the fabric between the worlds in order to allow hordes of demons to come through and devastate humanity.
    • Jon Shannow Trilogy: Sarento, the Big Bad of the trilogy. initially wanted to restore the earth of the past in the post-apocalyptic setting, but willingly became corrupted and eventually absorbed the power Bloodstone, giving him a hunger for human souls. Forming armies known as Devourers, Sarento leads genocidal crusades against humanity, massacring so many people humanity faces extinction. Eventually devouring his own followers, Sarento goes after the last survivors and eventually comes against one of the final cities on earth, while revealing that devouring souls leaves them trapped in agony within him, something Sarento gleefully laughs about. Sarento only deigns to spare the cities when hero Jon Shannow uses a spell to send Sarento and himself to the Earth's past, with millions more people to devour. Sarento gleefully accepts, mocking Shannow how he'll feast on everyone he can, before it's revealed Shannow had chosen to send them to the first testing site of the atomic bomb.
  • The Store, by Bentley Little: Newman King is the sociopathic CEO of the wicked Store company. King establishes Stores in small towns with no major competition, having the Store built using the blood and corpses of animals and humans alike. Once a Store is built, King has any competition bought out or run out of business, murdering any store owners who stand against him. Once blackmailing the local mayor into granting the Store power over the law, King has the city council slaughtered and institutes a Police State onto the town, rounding up any vagrants or rebels against the Store, then brutally torturing and brainwashing them into becoming the horrifying Night Managers, zombie-like slaves who serve King. King also uses the Store to sell everything from drugs to child pornography to snuff films, all manufactured by the Store itself. When Bill Davis attempts to subvert King's evil, King manipulates Bill into sleeping with a woman, hiding the fact that it is Bill's own daughter Sam, then uses the recording of the event to blackmail Bill. King then proclaims he's going to turn Sam into a prostitute to be used and abused, and King ultimately plans to expand the Store's reach until he alone controls the entire world.
  • The Strain: The Master is one of the seven original vampires. While his six brothers are content to rest in their homes and avoid conflict with the world at large, The Master has been a sadistic tyrant, ever since ancient times. Crossing from Europe on plane, he kills and turns every passenger so when they revive, he sends them to feed on their loved ones, slowly building a vampire army. When the time is right, the Master initiates through his minions multiple nuclear explosions by destroying silos to kill the six other ancients, and blots out the sun, establishing a vampire kingdom where humans are cattle for his kind, locked in camps and used for blood. The Master shows a penchant for murder and torture for his own amusement as well, even keeping a minion he turned back in the second World War from the Nazi ranks to torment his Arch-Enemy, a vampire hunting concentration camp survivor.
  • Strange the Dreamer & Muse of Nightmares: Skathis, god of beasts, was a smith who used the gifts of others to become a powerful god and leader of the Mesarthim. Taking over the city of Weep, Skathis torments it with his fellow Mesarthim, abducting countless young men and women to rape and magically convert into sex slaves, letting one man be taken by Skathis's own consort to rape and mentally dominate while Skathis violates his wife. When the children inevitably result, Skathis decides to profit by selling them as slaves and weapons to other worlds, caring for nothing but his own pleasures and dominions.
  • Such A Pretty Girl, by Laura Wiess: Charles Shale is a horrible excuse for a father and a serial pedophile responsible for the heroine Meredith's plight throughout the novel. Having begun molesting and raping his own daughter Meredith as she grew up after he tricks her into watching himself and his wife have sex, Charles's abuse reached its peak when he raped her to the point of bleeding when she was 12. Following this, 5 other children reveal that Charles has done much the same to them, always forcing them to beg for him to stop while he does it, with one in particular attempting to kill himself because of the molesting. Years later, once released from prison for his crimes, Charles immediately begins picking out new victims to restart his spree, and decides to kick it off by violently raping Meredith once more to show his "love" for her. A disturbingly realistic depiction of a child predator, Charles Shale was defined by his horrifying, disturbed nature of sexual lust.
  • "Sucker of Souls", from SNAFU: Survival of the Fittest, by Kirsten Cross: Vlad Dracula himself is a terrifying, monstrous vampire who, when awakened from his prison, promptly slaughters a young research assistant and tries to kill the rest of the group he arrived with. In the past, Dracula massacred and impaled countless innocents, feasted upon children, and stores the souls of his victims in the cave to suffer forever as long as he lives. Plotting on killing or turning the rest of the group in the caverns, Dracula intends on raising a new army and running rampant through the world.
  • The Summoning, by Bentley Little: The Cup Hu Gurngsi is an ancient, evil vampire that has grown tired of living in the shadows, and schemes to bring death and suffering across the planet to satisfy its sadism. Invading the town of Rio Verde and corrupting its townsfolk into fanatics willing to torture their own children to death, the Cup Hu Gurngsi devours dozens of townsfolk as it increases its power and influence, eventually decorating its lair with butchered infants, gutted women and countless murals to the Cup Hu Gurngsi's vile centuries of atrocities. The Cup Hu Gurngsi plans to Take Over the World and turn all of the Earth into its feeding ground to torture and devour humanity for all eternity, and uses its final moments to brag that it had Rich Carter's wife and daughter raped before it killed them just to mock the man.
  • Sun, Moon, and Talia: This short story from the fairy tale book The Pentamerone has the nameless queen. When she had realized that her husband has cheated on her with another woman named Talia, she ordered her secretary to bring the children to her. She then gives her royal cook the job of cooking the children into several dishes, and then to serve said dishes to her husband. When it seemed like her husband was eating his own children, she continually mocked him for his mistake, and was blissfully unaware of the fact that her royal cook had cooked the King two lambs instead of the two children. The Queen later gives her guards the task of bringing the young woman to her palace, and so, Talia is brought before her. She condemned Talia to to burn in a huge bonfire that she had set up for her, and she then asked her to remove her clothing because she thought they were too valuable to be burned with such a lowly woman.
  • Sundered Lands:
    • Grinder Prickleback is an ambitious hedgehog who desires the Six Crowns of the Badgers of Power. Jealous over the Badger Lords refusing to share their magical powers, Grinder tried to create a spell that would control their minds so he could acquire their power. He inadvertently ended up blowing up the entire world, killing millions in the process and turning the Sundered Lands into thousands of floating islands, while the Badger Lords dispelled their power into six separate crowns. When Grinder, now donning the name Herald "Percy" Pursuivant, comes across Trundle and Esmeralda on their journey to find the crowns, he helps them on their quest solely so he can take the crowns from them and use their power to Take Over the World. After all six crowns are found and taken to the altar that will unleash their power, Grinder immediately betrays Trundle and Esmeralda, threatening to kill them if they don't surrender the crowns to him.
    • Captain Grizzletusk is the leader of a group of corsairs who plunder and murder at their own leisure. After being contacted by Millie Rose Thorne, the two conspire to work together to retrieve the aforementioned six crowns and relish in their power. Grizzletusk and his crew constantly chase after Trundle and Esmeralda, going from island to island robbing and/or killing anyone in their path. He also attempts to attack and pillage the island of Swallowhaven just to needlessly fuel his greed, slaughtering dozens of soldiers in the process. When the heroes acquire all the crowns and head to Sunsett to unleash their power, Grizzletusk forces his crew to keep pursuing them, not caring as his crew is gradually slain from various booby-traps. When Razorback tries to convince what's left of the crew to cut their losses and run, Grizzletusk simply threatens to kill him if he tries to leave.
  • The Survivor's Club: David Price is the personal nemesis of Detective Roan Griffin. An imprisoned pedophile and serial child killer, David cuts a deal with wannabe rapist Ron Viggio, giving Viggio a way to rape women with impunity, as long as his first victim is Meg Pesaturo, a girl that David seduced and impregnated when she was thirteen. Using the method that Price worked out, Viggio rapes Meg, Carol Rosen, and Trisha Hayes, killing the latter when her latex allergy kicks in, and assaults and tries to rape Trisha's sister, Jillian Hayes. When things become too difficult, Price arranges for Viggio to frame a man named Eddie Como, then hires an assassin to kill Como on the steps of the courthouse (drawing Griffin onto the case), and has Viggio blow up the assassin's car to cover their tracks. Price then claims to know the identity of the "College Hill Rapist", saying he will reveal it in exchange for a visit with Molly, his daughter by Meg. When this doesn't get him the attention he wants, Price has Viggio rape and kill Sylvia Blaire and kidnap Meg. Price is given his trip, and proceeds to break out of the transport van, killing three police officers in the process. He takes Meg to his old house, intending to kill her and bury her in the basement alongside his other victims; when the police try to interfere, he shoots Griffin's friend Detective Waters, and finally dies trying to knife Griffin. A pathological narcissist obsessed with being the centre of attention, David Price is about as low as even a paedophile can get.
  • Swan Song: The Man With the Scarlet Eye, who may be The Devil, has been wandering the earth in different guises, arranging and committing a multitude of massacres and other evil deeds. When he helps to arrange nuclear war, he ends up massacring a group of other survivors in his pursuit for the woman known as Sister and an item she carries to lead to the girl Swan. When he discovers Swan's power to bring life back to the dead earth, the Man with the Scarlet Eye brings the information to a militia known as the Army of Excellence, leading to attacks on settlements and more death. It is revealed the Man with the Scarlet Eye is attempting to help the now insane former President of the US trigger a doomsday device to wipe out the world and the remainder of humanity while he watches, enjoys the show and then dances on their graves.
  • Sweeney Todd himself counts, from the original penny dreadful stories that began with The String Of Pearls. While later given sympathetic qualities in the retelling of the legends, the original Sweeney Todd was a monster whose only motivation was cruelty and greed. Sweeney would lure customers into his barbershop and proceed to drop them down a tunnel to break their skulls or necks, before 'polishing them off' with his straight razor if they still lived. Coming up with another plan to make more money, he and his partner Mrs. Lovett cooked the bodies into meat pies to sell with a hefty profit. Hundreds of corpses are seen in the preparation room, and Sweeney keeps a kidnap victim to work the furnace to keep the meat coming, with full knowledge that he'll eventually join the pies when Sweeney decides he's been there too long.
  • The Switch: Hubert Spencer is the evil father of the main protagonist. When the Ambarayans refused to sell him their moonfruit so he could profit off of it, he had them wiped out and ordered his men to Leave No Survivors. Later, to test his product, he created a Fake Charity for homeless children so he could take them off the streets and experiment on them with no remorse. Later he attempts to murder one in cold blood, with his son next to the child, and laughs coldly during the event.
  • Swordbird: Lord Turnatt the Tyrant is a ruthless hawk warlord who sets his sights on the Stonerun Forest and the denizens within. After acquiring a dark tome entitled the Book of Heresy, Turnatt follows its teachings to build Fortress Glooming, enslaving a good score of innocent woodbirds and forcing them to build his fortress. He comes into conflict with the Big Good Swordbird, who burns off his eye as punishment for his actions. Refusing to give up, Turnatt gives up all but one slave and goes into hiding. After some time, Turnatt reemerges and resumes his work on Fortress Glooming, manipulating two tribes into war to steal their eggs. After he's revealed as the egg thief, Turnatt has his soldiers attack a live theater performance and fire upon it with burning arrows. In the final battle, Turnatt happily flies into the fray of battle himself to kill his enemies and upon being confronted by Swordbird once more, feigns mercy to ambush his summoner Aska, with the intent to kill. Turnatt also abuses his soldiers, threatening to turn his general into a scapegoat for a minor reason and brutally murdering his one of his own soldiers for sneezing. Possibly his vilest trait is his reason behind stealing the tribe's eggs; he's been eating them daily for what's implied to be years as to prolong his own life. Turnatt acted as a perfect contrast to Nancy Yi Fan's themes about peace and freedom.
  • Sword of Truth: Darken Rahl is an Evil Overlord and Evil Sorcerer who has made a deal for power with the demonic being, The Keeper of the Underworld. Darken keeps the people enslaved, banning fire and launching brutal extermination campaigns on the orders that have resisted him. Rahl also continues the order of Mord-Sith: girls raised to be vicious torturers who have their mothers murdered in front of them and are forced to torture their fathers to death. He also sexually abuses the Mord-Sith and especially enjoys tormenting a lesbian couple amongst them. A Serial Rapist as well, Rahl forces himself upon many women, and if ones with him consensually are repulsed at the scars under his clothing, he tortures them to death. Viewing children without the gift of magic as worthless, he has any ungifted offspring disposed of, while also sacrificing other children to the Keeper for power. Rahl's ultimate goal is to plunge the world into The Keeper's domain, where all that lives will suffer eternally.
  • Swords and Fire series, by Melissa Caruso: Prince Ruven is the son of the Wolf Lord of Vaskandar and an ambitious, cruel mage in his own right who grows into the role of The Heavy and eventually the Big Bad. As a skinwitch, Ruven wields a form of magic that can only be mastered by those with a profound Lackof Empathy and happily uses it to dominate and literally torture those under his authority. Though most Vaskandrian mages care little for the lives of muggles, Ruven treats his fellow mages as equally worthless, manipulating and tossing aside those who serve him and using a combination of potions and his skinwitch powers to enslave foreign mages against their will. Driven to expand his power at all costs, Ruven seeks war with the Serene Republic to the south, planning to weaponize a volcano in such a way as to cause staggering civilian casualties and gleefully forcing the entire population of his domain to act as human shields to protect his scheme. Vaskandrian culture allows its witch-lords near unlimited power within their own domains; Ruven is a sterling example of the extent to which that power can be abused.
  • Tailchaser's Song: Grizraz Hearteater became jealous of his older and younger brother and grew to hate cats in general. Hearteater summoned a Hellhound to kill as many cats as he could, and also ended up killing one of his brothers. Ever since then, Hearteater has hid underground in Vastnir to avoid being detected and also to avoid the light. Hearteater hates Meercat Allmother and wants to destroy all of Her creations. Over the centuries he's become an Animalistic Abomination and has been rearing monstrous minions to slaughter cats and kidnap slaves while he waits to start the apocalypse. Hearteater sits upon a throne of various tortured and dead animals, where all he does all day is eat the cats that his servants bring him. At the end of the novel, Hearteater decides to show his true power by turning his mound of animals into a deformed, vaguely hellhound-like monster only called "the Fikos" ("terrifying badness"), which slaughters multitudes of cats on both sides.

    T - Z 
  • Take You Apart, by T.J. Spade: Andrew "Drew" Stephens, real name Robert Fobray, is a maniacal Serial Killer obsessed with playing a game of wits with his perceived Arch-Enemy, Caleb Everett. A perfect example of a psychopath since childhood, during which he tortured animals to death and creepily mimicked others in an attempt to "get" human interactions, Drew grew up to meet Caleb Everett, a psychic police detective who could peer into the minds of killers as they murdered others, and immediately develops a fixation on Caleb and besting his inhuman detective abilities. Drew kicks the novel off by kidnapping, torturing, and murdering a young woman, before sending Caleb her mutilated body parts to taunt him, after which he brutally rapes and beats a prostitute to near death. Realizing this didn't get Caleb's "full" attention, Drew tortures then disembowels one of Caleb's closest friends, also Drew's own girlfriend, then attempts to beat another of Caleb's best friends to death. In the end, after killing a homeless man to send a message and attempting the same on a young teen, Drew kidnaps Caleb's Love Interest, planning to kill Caleb then torture and rape the girl to death as his final victory. Drew Stephens is a classic psychopath with no ability to comprehend human emotions or interactions, having to instead adapt various personalities he runs into throughout his life, earning him the moniker of a "chameleon killer".
  • Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms: One Good Knight brings us Queen Cassiopeia, who conspires with her adviser, Solon, to summon storms to wrack the coast of her country, sinking dozens of ships and drowning hundreds of sailors so that she can claim the salvage for the crown. When her citizenry become dissatisfied with her rule, Cassiopeia has Solon mind control the (otherwise harmless) dragon Adamant, forcing him to ravage the countryside, so that she may set up a lottery and feed the daughters of her political enemies to the dragon. After her own daughter, Andromeda, begins to suspect that someone is controlling the storms, Cassiopeia arranges (in a move that revolts even Solon) to have her sacrificed to the dragon, and take advantage of the public wave of sympathy that will follow. Totally convinced that the common folk should just put up with her capricious rule, Cassiopeia is plotting to have Solon assassinated when he finally makes his own move against her, ending her role in the story.
  • The Tamuli: This sequel trilogy of The Elenium reveals Zalasta, Sephrenia's childhood friend, to be an Evil Sorcerer and traitor par excellence. Having arranged for the massacre of his and Sephrenia's hometown when they were children (resulting in the slaughter of his own family), Zalsta went onto become Styricum's most powerful magician and an integral, behind-the-scenes player in Azash's scheme to Take Over the World. Years later, he joins forces with Cyrgon to instigate revolution in the Tamul Empire, and persuades the Elene peasantry to commit genocide against the Styrics—his own people—in order to harm Sephrenia's goddess, Aprhael. Eventually betraying Cyrgon in order to serve Klæl, Zalasta is responsible for not only tens of thousands of deaths, but for endangering the very existence of the world; when everything falls apart, he makes two final attempts on the lives of Sephrenia and her lover Vanion. Driven by lust for Sephrenia, and loathing of Aphrael, Zalasta is guilty of every crime from high treason to "consorting with ye powers of darkness," and is content to damn the entire world, so long as he gains possession of the woman he wants.
  • The Tapestry: Astaroth is an ancient and powerful demon (actually a "spore" created by entities called the Starving Gods) who wants the Book of Thoth so he can rule the world with it. Despite how he masks himself, he's really a demon supremacist, punishing David Menlo for summoning demons by biting his hand off. His plan for world conquest involves bringing governments around the world close to collapse before descending on Rowan with his army to seize the Book, leveraging the lives of Max's friends to get it. Upon getting it, he uses its power over truenames to expunge all post-medieval human knowledge from existence and memory, killing the vast majority of the human race. He then sets up demons as the Earth's rulers under him, instituting a vicious regime where a single person being literate mandates mass slaughter. When he loses the demons' loyalty, he loses use for them, and after consistently failing to create fully functional life, he flips out when Rowan gears up to stop him and reveals his true motives: he just wants to play God, and cares no more for demons than for humans. To this end, he attempts to summon the Starving Gods in the hopes that they will devour the universe and give him scraps to live out his fantasies with. A narcissistic psychopath caring only about his fantasies of power, Astaroth exhibits unparalleled evil even amongst demons.
  • Tentyrian Legacy: Stavros is the leader of the Dark Coven. Once one of the rulers of the Tentyrians, Stavros looked down upon humanity, viewing them as inferior to Tentyrians and wishing to rule them. Stavros had two of the other rulers assassinated and helped spark a fire which killed dozens, and later threatened to burn down the various covens of the other rulers while threatening to harm their children should they not relinquish control to him—but intending to kill them anyway even if they comply. After the people rebel, Stavros's forces enact a purge which leads to the near-genocide of the Tentyrians. Stavros and the Dark Coven than begin a campaign of terror throughout the world, playing humanity against each other from the shadows and causing conflicts to become far worse and than reaping the profits afterwards. Stavros also uses his blood to transform humans into bloodthirsty monsters that serve him, raising an army in the thousands. Planning on culling humanity, Stavros attempts to corrupt Arianna—one of the last Tentyrians—to his side, and even fatally tortured one of her friends to find information on her whereabouts, intending to rule supreme for all of eternity.
  • Teratologist: In this horror novel by Wrath James White and Edward Lee, John Farringworth is a depraved narcissist obsessed with his own perfection. Having always gotten what he wanted in life, Farringworth's ego takes a hit when a pair of beings he dubs the "Angels" refuse to have anything to do with him, leading him to devise a plan to force them to love him by taking the knowledge from God. Attempting to convince God to confront him, Farringworth begins kidnapping mentally and physically deformed people he dubs "freaks", injecting them with a drug that drives them into a sex-crazed insanity, then does the same to religious leaders before recording them doing depraved sexual acts with the freaks. Along with leaking the videos of the relations online, Farringworth often disposes of his victims when through with them, at times raping some of them himself. When, rather than God, the Devil confronts Farringworth, Farringworth demands the devil give him the power to bring hell on earth to destroy all innocence and goodness in the world in order to become the "perfect evil". An egomaniac turned psychopathic monster, Farringworth was so wicked that the devil himself sang his praises.
  • A Terrible Vengeance: The Evil Sorcerer is the incestuous father of Katerina. Arriving after she has married the Cossack Danilo and has a baby son named Ivan, the Sorcerer is revealed to have murdered her mother, plotting to make Katerina his and his alone. To this end, he engineers a massive battle between the Poles and Cossacks, murdering Danilo in the confusion, before magically killing his baby grandson. When Katerina attempts to avenge them, the Sorcerer kills her as well, later murdering a holy man when the man refuses to absolve him for his vile crimes. It is revealed his hatred of goodness is so great that the Sorcerer plots to sell out the East to the Roman Catholic Church, all to see the Orthodox church burn and its adherents slaughtered.
  • The Terror: Shipman Cornelius Hickey is a ruthless, ratlike man with a penchant for manipulating others. Murdering his rival Irving, Hickey frames the local Esquimax people, resulting in their massacre. Leading a mutiny against Captain Crozier, Hickey slaughters all who oppose him and tortures the ship's doctor Goodsir, so he cuts them up for Hickey and others to cannibalize. Mocking Crozier by killing his second-in-command and presenting Crozier with the man's right arm, Hickey attempts to murder Crozier and keep Goodsir in line via increased torture until the man kills himself to escape. Hickey ends up being so vile that even the monstrous, soul devouring Tuunbaq on the arctic ice finds his soul too unclean to devour.
  • The Terror of Living, by Urban Waite: Grady Fisher is a sadistic hitman obsessed with knives and their usage for hurting others. Known and feared throughout the criminal underworld as a loose cannon who can and will rack up an extra body count on even the most minor of assignments, Grady's first recorded instance of this extra cruelty is seen when, after being hired to scare his boss's rival out of town, he befriends the man, gets him drunk, then butchers him while he is using the bathroom. When hired to transport two drug mules to their Vietnamese bosses, Grady decides to simply murder the two teenage girls, then dig the drugs out of their corpses, kicking things off by torturing then dismembering the first one, then trying to blow the other one's head off with a rifle. Grady later begins tracking down Phil Hunt to recover drugs he stole, and in the process, burns Hunt's home down, tracks down and kidnaps his wife, and forces the man to listen as he guns down his prized horses one by one. After his employers turn on him because of his insanity, Grady tracks them down and slaughters them all, brutally murdering two cops in the process, and, once capturing Hunt and his wife, forces them to lead him to the drugs lest he butcher them and sell their organs to make up for his losses. In the midst of it all, Grady tries to murder someone for their car, terrifies a cashier for fun, and callously guns down any innocents who he gets annoyed with. Grady Fisher is ultimately a lunatic who uses his job to facilitate evermore pain and misery to those around him, with profits always second.
  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles: Alec d'Uberville is a sexual predator who constantly lusts after Tess from the moment he meets her. Alec makes multiple attempts to force himself onto Tess and eventually rapes her. Becoming a preacher years later, Alec abandons his duties upon meeting Tess again, showing no remorse for raping her. When Tess suffers through massive hardships, Alec emotionally manipulates the poor girl into becoming his mistress.
  • Tess Winnett series, by Leslie Wolfe:
    • The Watson Girl: The Chameleon—Bradley Welsh—is a monstrous Serial Killer who developed his taste for sadism after raping a college student. Fully embracing his depraved nature after murdering his business partner's family, three children included, to cover up a business mistake, the Chameleon goes on to murder entire families, always framing it to look like the active killer the Family Man was the perpetrator. When the Family Man is finally arrested, the Chameleon begins experimenting in various ways of killing to decide which way he enjoys best, until he finally settles for kidnapping women and spending days raping and mutilating her until she dies. Not restricted to killing solely to get his kicks, the Chameleon beats a man to death with a crowbar for cutting him off in a parking lot and slashes the throat of an elderly woman after she sees him kill her granddaughter. A chilling maniac who believes that he has surpassed humankind and can do whatever he pleases, the Chameleon treated each and every one of his murders as nothing but a tasty meal for him to consume, then promptly shrug off until his next kill.
    • Glimpse of Death: Michael Walden is a pathetic coward who manipulates the mentally-deranged Derek Henderson into becoming his partner in crime. Kidnapping women and raping them for nearly a week, Walden then brutally beats and rapes one woman while forcing the other to watch before having Derek strangle his current victim to death, laughing at the horror of the woman being forced to watch. Racking up nearly two dozen women who he rapes for days then has Derek kill, Walden begins tries to commit murder himself, failing only due to his own cowardice and instead just maiming the women in gruesome ways. In the end, Walden breaks down into a crying heap when he is caught, trying to pin everything on Derek and proclaiming that the women deserved it for "rejecting him".
    • Taker of Lives: The titular "Taker of Lives", Althea Swain, is a vindictive and petty narcissist who blames women around her for ruining her career goals by being more beautiful and attractive than herself. Yearning to break these women down and show the world how useless they are, the Taker starts her spree by drugging a young model, taking pictures of her naked body and posting them all over the web, the ensuring taunts and cruelty from the Taker regarding the photos making the model commit suicide. Drugging and photographing several more women and leaking the illicit photos to ruin their lives, uncaring that the father of one her victims dies from a heart attack in the process, the Taker eventually upgrades her crimes to murder, beginning to livestream herself killing beautiful young women in increasingly brutal ways. The Taker plans to make her newest victim a young teenager and torture her live on the web before killing her, and when caught brags that she had many more victims planned, and all for the most insanely petty of reasons.
  • There's Someone Inside Your House, by Stephanie Perkins: The Osborne Slayer, real name David Thurston Ware, is a teenage high school student who grew bored with his small town and turned to murder to make a name for himself. Planning to make himself infamous as a killer, the Slayer targets his fellow students who are talented enough that they will eventually leave the town and has them brutally murdered. The Slayer intentionally traps them in order to drive up their fear before he mutilates them in a macabre parody of their dreams. Eventually murdering his best friend as well, the Slayer plans to kill heroine Makini Young as well before continuing his murder spree and handing himself over to the police to allow him to live in infamy.
  • They Thirst: In this vampire novel by Robert R. McCammon, Prince Conrad Vulkan is a vampire who is eternally seventeen and has a giant chip on his shoulder. Arriving in the US, Vulkan turns and corrupts people and sends them to turn and corrupt others. For his meals, Vulkan uses a mentally disturbed serial killer named Roach to commit murder and also bring him living vicitms. When his vampire hordes are numerous enough, Vulkan has them sweep through entire buildings, killing and turning until Vulkan has an army six hundred thousand strong, with the old and infirm simply being "discarded." Caring nothing for his servants, Vulkan brutally murders one after he decides the man is too old to be of any further use to him. Utterly lacking in morality or restraint, Vulkan is described as a "Black as sin Peter Pan": a spoiled brat who has never grown up and wishes to make America his perfect, eternal kingdom with humans extinct or kept as cattle in order to feed his ego.
  • The Thief of Always: Mr. Hood runs a magic house where children can be young forever and gain anything they want. Naturally, it's nothing more than an elaborate spider's web. Hood lures children in under these promises before draining them of life and soul, imprisoning them in the lake forever to prolong his own life. Calling himself the Vampire King, Hood delights in what he does to children and tries to seduce the young heroes to his side. When one of his minions tries to take his place after he believes Hood is dead, Hood seizes him and rips his head clean of.
  • The Thin Executioner: Qasr Bint is a cannibalistic, sadistic, religiously fanatic cult leader who believes he alone is the most pure person in the world and that everyone else must mutilate themselves until they die to earn the favor of the gods, and pursues his quest of conversion with a perverse lust and religious fervor. He forces the members of his cult to mutilate themselves, kills them, and eats them if the food supplies are low. He also has entire tribes wiped out if he finds them "irredeemable."
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: Lord Abbot Enomoto has his monks impregnate the nuns at Mount Shiranui Shrine and then has them and Abbess Izu take their babies away and murder them, keeping up the illusion they're alive via letters. If that wasn't enough, he deceives the nuns into thinking that they will be released from the shrine after 20 years of service. Instead, his master monks give them a drug that kills them on the way down the mountain and they end up buried in numbered graves, all to eliminate loose ends so that Enomoto can use the blood of the babies in a tonic to perpetuate his life and youth.
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns: Rasheed is nasty, violent-tempered, smug and thoroughly heartless, spending the book ruining the lives of the protagonists in a myriad of ways. Marrying a 15-year-old before promptly raping her and tricking a 14-year-old into marrying him immediately after her family dies by paying a man to tell her that her surviving love interest is dead are without counting what Rasheed does to his own family. His nature also comes forth in beating the tar out of his wives on a daily basis, completely neglecting his daughter in favor of his son, forcing one of his wives to eat pebbles because he thought her rice was undercooked, shoving a gun into the mouth of one of his wives and finally trying to strangle her to death. When his wives try to run away, he tells the younger that if she ever tries it again, he will kill his other wife (her only friend) and her daughter in front of her. She knows he's not joking, because he's just put them all in sensory deprivation rooms in the blistering heat with no water for three days. What little sympathy the author tries to create for him by letting us know his first son died is quickly dashed away when it's implied that Rasheed's own drunken neglect probably caused it.
  • The Three Musketeers: The mysterious, murderous Milady de Winter is one of the top agents of the visionary Cardinal Richelieu in his campaign to strengthen France and free it of foreign influence, but shares none of her employer's lofty ideals. Instead, she uses her position, resources, and quasi-supernatural beauty and charisma to indulge her limitless appetites for money, power, and indiscriminate, disproportionate revenge on anyone who gets on her bad side. Ever since her humble origins as a larcenous nun, she's targeted and seduced any sufficiently-useful man she comes across, destroying those who reject her and either killing or abandoning anyone unlucky enough to become her thrall as soon as they're no longer valuable. Her steadily-escalating battle with d'Artagnan brings out all her worst excesses, as she first tries to enlist him to kill her brother-in-law for his inheritance and a young noble for apparently turning her advances down, then, after he humiliates her, repeatedly attempts to kill him with zero regard for collateral damage, endangering and killing several innocents along the way, and finally murders his Love Interest as Revenge by Proxy whilst pretending to be her dearest friend.
  • Threshold: Nzame is an Eldritch Abomination from beyond our world. Finding a way into our world, he turns the portal into an Eldritch Location and murders several people working on this portal in increasingly horrific ways. He uses this portal in the form of a pyramid to breach into the human world and mind rapes the population of Threshold into worshiping him. Once they do, he transforms them into stone golems in constant pain. When the protagonists rise to oppose him, he attacks them through their dreams, threatening bodily harm to them and their loved ones. He pays special focus to the heroine, Tirzah, threatening to possess her unborn child and leave her husband trapped in an Eldritch Location. Twisted and cruel, Nzame does not care for anything but himself and power.
  • Tigana: Alberico of Barbiador is a powerful sorcerer and brutal tyrant, unlike the more powerful Brandin. Seeking to dominate all in his path, Alberico responds to an assassination attempt by crucifying his attackers' families, children included, to giant "death wheels", cutting off their hands and stuffing them in their mouths while leaving them to perish of exposure. When feeling slighted by poets, Alberico selects 20 poets at random to give the same treatment to, while frequently having his men commit atrocious war crimes during conquest. When war is provoked between him and Brandin, Alberico marches his forces, burning and slaughtering as he goes. Despised by all, Brandin comments that Alberico is wholly devoid of any human passion, simply wanting for the sake of ambition and nothing more.
  • Timeline-191: Commander Roger Kimball is initially nothing more than a sleazy, misogynistic Confederate submarine captain who views women as conquests and non-whites as subhumans. Following the Confederacy's defeat in the Great War, however, an enraged Kimball vents his spite by ordering his submarine, the CSS Bonefish to fire on the USS Ericson, killing everyone on board, and making himself into the worst war criminal of the conflict, a title that he revels in. Unemployed after the war, Kimball becomes a Freedom Party thug, assaulting members of the opposing Radical Liberal Party, scheming to have his former Executive Officer, Tom Brearly, assassinated, and finally trying to rape his ex-girlfriend, Anne Colleton, when she leaves him. At the time of his death he is plotting to avenge himself on Anne by tracking her down and strangling her, cementing himself as the irredeemable bottom-feeder he always claimed not to be.
  • Titan A.E. novelization, by Steve Perry & Dal Perry:
    • Queen Susquehana is the absolute monarch of the Drej and a genocidal nightmare of an alien. Leading the Drej in genocidal campaigns against entire planets, Susquehana's ultimate goal is to spread the light of the Drej all across the galaxy and exterminate all non-Drej life throughout. Learning that the technology of the Titan still exists even after Earth's destruction, Susquehana sends waves of Drej to find and eradicate the technology whilst destroying all those who seek it, eventually making it a point to spitefully obliterate every surviving human colony herself and drive out all those remaining into the deep edge of space to perish. Susquehana also slaughters several of her own kind, some of them upstart assassins—but others killed purely due to Susquehana's own paranoid fits. An Absolute Xenophobe obsessed with establishing her cruel legacy among her species and sinking to depths unreached even by the previous Queens of the Drej, Susquehana perfectly embodies the reasons why the Drej are feared and reviled by every denizen of the galaxy.
    • Preed, a slimy Akrennian barely tolerated even by the others onboard the Valkyrie, makes a name for himself as a backstabbing snake as his true colors unfold throughout the novel. Contacted by Susquehana with the promise of a monetary reward for finding the Titan, Preed and his compatriot Joseph Korso betray the other members of the Valkyrie to the Drej. Preed quickly establishes himself as the viler of the two between him and Korso, nearly shooting his way through an entire crowd of innocent colonists to get to Cale and Akima and displaying open, sadistic relish at the prospect of doing so. Once at the Titan itself, Preed turns his gun against Korso and reveals his intention to simply murder all of his former allies and sell out the Titan to the Drej, dooming any chance humanity has to repopulate—and then kicking back and watching as the Drej massacre everything in their path, comfortable with the death of almost all sapient life in the galaxy so long as he gets to stay alive.
  • Titus Crow series: Ithaqua, the White Silence, the Wind-Walker, is a powerful Great Old One, and one of the most malicious of his kind. Ithaqua lurks in the snows and the wind, devouring those he comes across. Others are taken to his world of Boreas to serve him eternally, where Ithaqua demands loyalty and blood sacrifices. Many women fare worse, as Ithaqua is a Serial Rapist in his quest to create a half-human child to help him unlock the prisons of the Old Ones to destroy all that lives. On Boreas, Ithaqua is a brutal tyrant, regularly massacring his enemies and torturing captives with sadistic relish, including his own followers. When he believed he had bred a perfect eventual mate to bear a child, Ithaqua callously murdered her entire village and clan with no further need of them. Despite his alien nature, Ithaqua's lust and need for dominance are all too understandable for those who oppose the evil of the Great Old Ones.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird: Robert E. Lee "Bob" Ewell personifies all that was wrong with Dixie in the 1930s. For starters, he's a terrible, neglectful father, to the point where the sheriff actually turns a blind eye to him hunting out of season out of pity for the little Ewells. He gets Tom Robinson, a disabled black man, arrested for supposedly raping and beating his daughter Mayella. Atticus Finch, the defense lawyer, shows that Tom was physically incapable of committing the crime, and that it was Bob who caught Mayella making advances on an unwilling Tom ,and beat her himself, with it being implied at one point that Bob himself has been sexually abusing Mayella. Since the book takes place in the Deep South several decades before the Civil Rights movement, the all-white jury sentences Tom to death anyway. Even though Tom Robinson is dead, Bob tries to get revenge on those who opposed him at the trial, culminating in trying to kill Atticus's children on their way home from a school play.
  • To Reign in Hell: Abdiel is a manipulative, smug, and cowardly angel whose fear of death at the hands of the Fourth Wave drives him to commit his atrocities. Using his power of Mind Control, Abdiel controls various messengers to make Yaweh and Satan slowly hate each other, igniting a war between their factions, and sets himself up as Yaweh's second-in-command in the process. Attempting to make tensions worse, Abdiel accidentally kills the innocent angel Ariel, then cuts down Raziel for accusing him of the crime, and uses these murders to frame Satan even more as a dangerous traitor, before ordering the full-scale massacre of Satan's defenseless forces under the illusion of a truce. To ensure his own safety, Abdiel constructs the Plan, an event that will sacrifice one thousand angels to protect the rest from any threat by the Fourth Wave, and uses his position of power and various crimes to make sure he is as far away from the Plan when it takes place. In his crowning moment of cowardice and evil, Abdiel, once his crimes are discovered, decides to kick-start the Fourth Wave himself to cover his tracks, fully aware and knowing of the countless lives it can claim, yet completely uncaring, simply laughing that he'll be remembered through history for his acts.
  • Tortall Universe:
    • Song of the Lioness: Duke Roger of Conté, Alanna's Arch-Enemy and the Big Bad, was originally heir of his cousin King Roald before the birth of Prince Jon bumped him down the line of succession, and he stops at nothing to get his place back. He creates a Mystical Plague that kills many in the city of Corus before it reaches its intended target, the royal family, who were deliberately targeted last so that the palace Healers were too weak to save Jon's life. When this fails, Roger's second attempt on his cousin's life involves goading Jon into getting himself killed by exploring a cursed city. Alanna foils this too, so Roger sends multiple Animal Assassins after her, tries to drown her, turns her friend Alex against her so that he tries to kill her while sparring, and helps create a war with Tusaine so he can pull a Uriah Gambit on both of them. After the war is ended without his intended results, Roger casts a wasting sickness on his lawful aunt, the Queen Lianne, using a wax doll of the Queen, being periodically run under a stream of running water that slowly drains her life force; this wrecks her already-poor health enough that she dies little over a year after the spell has been ended. When Alanna uncovers this plot and finally exposes him, she kills him, but that doesn't end it. When Roger returns he has become a full-blown Omnicidal Maniac, who gives up regaining the throne in favor of destroying Tortall with an earthquake out of spite. Not even his own followers, except Alex, are told, most thinking that they're participating in a standard usurper plot and not realizing that he cares nothing for them either.
    • Protector of the Small:
      • Vinson of Genlith was already a bully in Joren's gang, but we learn in Page that he's also a sexual predator, attempting to rape Lalasa. In Squire, the Chamber of the Ordeal forces him to confess to raping two commoner women and beating a third by inflicting on him the injuries he inflicted on them; the text describes numerous ugly cuts and bruises occurring on his body. Even then, he doesn't have any remorse and tries to blame them for somehow inciting him to attack.
      • Blayce the Gallan from Lady Knight is a small, cruel man with a magical aptitude in Necromancy. Booted from the City of the Gods by his superiors out of disgust for the way he used his talent, he turned to Tortall's northerly neighbor, Scanra, and swore himself to the newly crowned King Maggur. Offering his services in exchange for land and wealth, he hires a band of mercenaries to both protect himself and enforce his rule over the village overlooked by the keep Maggur gave him. Revelling in the power his position has given him, he goes a step further by having the villagers' children forcibly taken from their families, and flayed and tied to a wall until death claims them if they try to rescue them. When the children are brought to him, he has them bathed, touching them inappropriately, promises they will be given luxury and kindness under him only to have their souls sucked out of their bodies, entrapping them within monstrous mechanical devices that he provides to the Scanran militia. When Blayce runs out of children in his own backwater village, he resorts to having the Tortallan refugees sheltered under Keladry of Mindelan captured, intending to use their children to continue powering his devices. Blayce's monstrosity is highlighted in the disgust the villagers have for him, knowing that he specifically uses minors not out of pragmatism, but out of the enjoyment it gives him to manipulate their innocent naivety and the pedophilic undertones in his physical intimacy with the children. A remorseless, cowardly and sociopathic murderer, Blayce and the men he employs repulse Kel so much that she leaves their corpses to be desecrated by Stormwings, even when most enemies she'd faced had been given proper funeral rites.
    • Daughter of the Lioness: Imajane Rittevon is an example of The Caligula being a genetic trait. Anyone she deems rebellious, even former friends or longtime aides, is subject to being nailed to a post on the docks as an example. Hundreds of raka in the countryside are killed by stretching an already awful law beyond its limit, and city raka who gather even under innocent circumstances are violently dispersed. When Duke Nomru politely suggests being mildly less horrible, she throws him in prison. Finally, she and Rubinyan have Dunevon and Elsren assassinated to make themselves the sole monarchs and do so in a cruel, sloppy way that endangers others. Though her husband Rubinyan is her accomplice for many of these actions, and even has the nerve to pretend sympathy over it, he at least tries to restrain her more impolitic cruelties and might have had some genuine friendship for the Balitangs in the past.
    • Provost's Dog:
      • Ammon Lofts (known as "Crookshank"), one of the two serial killers from Terrier, is already a slumlord who forced at least one debtor to sell his wife into slavery, driving her to suicide. He's rich, but when he discovers fire opals under the city, he lures in jobless poor folk to mine them in secret, then kills them all and starts over when each mine is spent. He does this several times over the course of the book, killing seven to ten people each time. When his great-grandson Rolond is kidnaped by the Shadow Snake, he refuses to pay a ransom of opals out of pride and greed, resulting in him being killed, and continues when the same is threatened to his grandson Herrun. When Beka tries talking some sense into him, he threatens to have her raped and murdered.
      • Mistress Deirdry Noll, the other serial killer from Terrier, uses the legend of the "Shadow Snake" to go after poor Lower City families by abducting their children to extort their valuables, usually the only slightly valuable thing they own, such as a family heirloom or a bauble saved up for. If not paid, the Snake will kill the child, and if the family has others, she'll take them until she gets what she wants. She kills Crookshank's great-grandson in part because she has a grudge against the child's mother. When she is finally unmasked and apprehended, she has no remorse and justifies her actions with "I deserve nice things more than they do and that bitch made the success of my business more difficult." While she's being arrested, she shows herself as an abusive parent.
  • Towards Zero: Nevile Strange is a psychopath who feels that anyone who has ever wronged him must die. When his wife Audrey leaves him for another man out of fear, he decides that she has to die, and die humiliated at that, first killing her new husband and making it seem like an accident. With that in mind, he bludgeons his adoptive mother, Lady Tressilian, to death, and lays two overlapping sets of false clues, so that it will look as though Audrey not only committed the murder, but also tried to frame him for the murder. He arranged for the death of lawyer Arthur Treves, who remembered him from a case he committed as a child when he deliberately killed another child with a bow and arrow and might have been able to expose him. His intent is that Audrey be destroyed socially and then hanged; when he's exposed, he screams that he does not care, and starts ranting about how much he wants Audrey to be hanged.
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon: In the novelization by Peter David, Sentinel Prime loses all of his film counterpart's redeeming features, turning the somewhat-sympathetic Well-Intentioned Extremist into a psychopathic Knight Templar. Having made a deal with Megatron eons ago to betray his allies the Autobots, Sentinel Prime fulfills this deal in the present after pretending to assist the Autobots, showing his true colors by ruthlessly executing three of his "brothers." Sentinel Prime steals the Pillars from the military group NEST by threatening its director, Charlotte Mearing, stating that if she doesn't give him the Pillars, he will force her to watch as he slaughters every man, woman, and child he can until she does. Lying to humanity to get them to force the Autobots to leave Earth in exchange for Sentinel Prime's offer of peace, Sentinel Prime goes back on his word, orchestrating a full-scale invasion of Earth by the Decepticons and personally overseeing the blood-soaked conflict in Chicago. Sentinel Prime ultimately plans to transport as many humans to Cybertron as possible, then torture and abuse them into reconstructing Cybertron, leaving the rest of humankind to be destroyed alongside the Earth by Cybertron's gravitational field. In the end, Sentinel Prime treats the deaths of Autobot and Decepticon alike with cold satisfaction, proclaiming that he will be the only god left on Cybertron when the dust settles, proving once and for all that, despite his claims of wanting the best for his people, Sentinel Prime truly only cares for himself and his supposed claim to godhood.
  • Tricky Business: Tark is a low-level driver of a drug boat. Tired of this, he decides to rob his bosses in a major drug deal. In the middle of a tropical storm, he has three of his associates beat up and knock out two guards of the boat. He mutilates and castrates one guard, and decides to force the other guard to swallow his own blood with his hands tied behind his back. When he gets to the drop-off point of the deal, he murders everybody crewing the operation. He then proceeds to betray and kill each and every one of his associates and even tries to kill some innocent people who get in the way. Motivated simply by greed, no one in the novel outshines Tark when it comes to sadism or disloyalty.
  • Twelve Gauge, by Ronald Kelly: Richard McFarland was a man who grew bored with life one day and walked into a church in Cedar Bluff, Tennessee where he proceeded to massacre twelve people, the youngest being a four-month-old baby. Before he was executed, Richard learned to astral project, and escaped his body to slowly corrupt his living son Sonny. Manipulating Sonny into "finishing the job", Richard leads him to murder multiple innocent people in order to hunt down and slaughter the survivors of the church massacre. Having Sonny abduct and murder two college girls as "practice", Richard keeps him in line through vicious physical and mental abuse while trying to force Sonny to simply die, taking down as many innocent people possible at the end.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin: Simon Legree is a chilling reminder of the evils of slavery in human form. Legree is brutal to his slaves, working them to death because he considers it a financial boon to himself. It's also made clear he'd do it solely for fun. Legree endeavors to break their spirits and make them despair as he breaks their bodies and minds. Legree is a torturer, rapist and murderer whose only frustration is the good-hearted slave Tom will simply refuse to break, spurring Legree on to greater cruelties to force his submission.
  • The Underland Chronicles: These two are responsible for Pearlpelt/the Bane being so bad:
    • Twirltongue is the true mastermind behind the Bane, and a vicious, manipulative xenophobe. Taking advantage of the Bane at a young age, Twirltongue uses her persuasion abilities to convince the unstable Bane that he will one day lead the Gnawers, with her as his adviser. Once setting the Bane up as king of an army of Gnawers, Twirltongue continues her manipulation and advising of the Bane, convincing him that every species that isn't a rat deserves to die, and to this end, the Bane's forces proceed to round up thousands of adult and children mice alike, then either force them to jump to their deaths by the hundreds, or shove them into horrific chambers and gas them by the thousands with volcanic ash. Twirltongue then has the Bane lead a full-scale war on Regalia, hoping to slaughter every man, woman, and child inside, then reign supreme over all other species of Underland.
    • Snare, despite his limited appearances, sticks out as the nastiest Gnawer in the story alongside Twirltongue. Once a general in the wicked King Gorger's army, thus facilitating the numerous atrocities committed by Gorger, Snare later gave birth to a litter of mice with his wife, Goldshard. Realizing that one of his newborn mice pups, Pearlpelt, is the legendary "Bane", a being prophesied to one day take over all of Underland, Snare promptly murders the rest of his litter to ensure Pearlpelt doesn't have to share his mother's milk with them. Snare takes to beating Pearlpelt and driving his hateful rhetoric into the baby, fully hoping to one day use his son to wage war on Regalia and ride the coattails to victory, and, when Goldshard finally has enough and tries to escape with Pearlpelt, Snare attempts to murder her in a blind rage. Though dead before Pearlpelt became the monstrous Bane, Snare fully facilitated his son's transformation into a psychotic monster, and would only laugh at the destruction he went on to inflict.
  • Undertaker's Moon, by Ronald Kelly: "Squire" Crom McManus was a squire in ancient Ireland who embraced a Deal with the Devil himself to become the Arget Behir, the Silver Beast. A vicious werewolf who spread his curse, roaming the land and slaughtering or turning all who crossed his path, Crom would attack an abbey near Kells, killing all but a single priest in one bloody night. After centuries of murder, Crom realized his survival depended on a low profile and turned innocents to help him conceal himself, eventually destroying them. After converting the O'Shea family and moving to Old Hickory, Tennessee, Crom eventually decides he's through lying low and decides to move to the city where he can feed on the homeless and runaway children. When he tries to flee when the O'Sheas are destroyed, Crom runs into a woman he was briefly dating as a diversion and decides to rape and murder her on the spot, gleeful to embrace the Beast once more.
  • Unsub by Meg Gardiner: The vicious Titus Rhone, nicknamed "the Prophet" by the public, bases his murders around Dante's Inferno. Having killed a woman in his 20s for being a "tease", Rhone suffocates a professor of Eastern religions; stabs a woman with multiple marriages; feeds a couple to attack dogs; tortures and drowns other victims; and burns an atheist couple alive, all for the sadistic thrill he gets. Returning later for a new killing spree after laying low, Rhone kills multiple innocents, even twisting two victims' heads 180 degrees with his bare hands while they scream in agony. Rhone then targets the heroes with more torture and murder, even attempting to detonate bombs to collapse San Francisco's infrastructure and kill hundreds of thousands while educating a new disciple to carry on his gruesome work after he is gone.
  • Until They Bring The Streetcars Back, by Stanley Gordon West: Otto Lutterman is the abusive father of Gretchen. He routinely beats her, and is later revealed to beat the rest of his daughters, as well. At one point Cal Gant breaks into his house and finds the corpse of an infant in his refrigerator, and Lutterman chases him with a knife. When Cal successfully frames Lutterman for bootlegging, he testifies at his trial, and Otto's wife reveals that the child was his, and that he had raped Gretchen. Otto then flies into a rage and tries to strangle Cal.
  • Utopia 58:
    • LE905, also known as Ellie, is actually the Father, the person behind Isonomia's horrific state of condition. After the previous Father died, Ellie took up his mantle, keeping herself disguised so that the country's culture and ideology would survive, and the White Army would be able to hunt down Zionites and other scapegoats Ellie created for the country. Posing as an innocent civilian, Ellie befriended Kay and several other rebels who defected, all so she could gain their trust and build up their hope, only to crush it later on. While working alongside the rebels, she secretly led the White Army to them, thus causing the deaths of many rebels along with soldiers from the White Army—many of whom she personally killed. After faking her death, Ellie allows EQL61 and his soldiers kill off the rest of Kay's allies, before Kay himself is captured. While Kay's imprisoned, Ellie visits Kay in person and reveals who she truly is, all so she can gloat about how everything he did was futile, and that she'll be free to continue leading Isonomia with no one left to stop her.
    • The aforementioned EQL61, also known as the White General, is a prominent member within the Isonomian White Army renowned for slaughtering hundreds of thousands, as well as personally torturing Kay for eight years in a reeducation camp. In his debut, EQL61 buries several Zionite prisoners up to their necks in sand, and watches as thousands of Isonomians stone them all to death. After learning that his wife, Ellie, was "stolen" by Kay, EQL61 crucifies hundreds of innocent men, women, and children, leaving a note on all of their bodies for Kay to return Ellie back to him, or else he'll kill more innocents. When EQL61 learns of Kay's location, he and his battalion of soldiers hunt down Kay and his rebels, where they massacre most of them with no hesitation. Once EQL61 finally captures Kay, he keeps him alive just to torture him in his prison cell, before watching as he and his remaining allies are publicly executed several days later.
  • The Vampire Chronicles: Queen Akasha was the first vampire ever made and also the most evil, being a selfish, nihilistic predator with a desire to dominate everyone else. She orders the massacre of Maharet and Mekare's village down to the last woman and child all so that she could obtain their spirit-summoning powers for herself, has them publicly raped and humiliated before her court, and finally sentences them to be mutilated and burned because she unfairly blamed them for the accident that turned her and her husband King Enkil into the Mother and Father. It is worse in modern times, as she plans to execute almost every human male in the world in order to set up a paradise over which she will rule over as a goddess, flying around the globe and hypnotizing hundreds of women at a time into committing these murders while she watches. She massacres most of the vampires in the world and threatens to do the same to the lone survivors if they refuse to join her New World Order. She even drains her husband to death to take his powers and have Lestat as her new mate. Among the actions of countless morally gray characters that appear within The Chronicles, her crimes are a stark contrast that make it all the more apparent.
  • The Vampire Files: We learn about Helen Tielli posthumously. She repeatedly tries to give her children up for adoption after her husband's death so she'd be free to party. When state authorities refused to take them, she brings her kids to an isolated area for a picnic. She takes her six-year-old son into the woods, cuts his throat and sets him on fire. Not quite dead, he screams in agony as she watches him burning. Helen then slits the throat of her three-year-old daughter and walks away, leaving them both for dead. Arrested soon afterward, the only time she says a word to the police is to ask how long her questioning would take, so she could go home and get dressed up for a date. Though her brother-in-law has been more than willing to adopt both kids, she wouldn't let him, because she can't stomach him being gay.
  • The Vampyre: Lord Ruthven of the original aristocratic vampire is a sexual and psychological predator who befriends Aubrey and uses him as bait to draw in women. He murders Aubrey's Love Interest Ianthe, and then fakes his own death, making Aubrey swear to tell no one of it. When Aubrey returns home, he finds Ruthven engaged to his sister, whom he plans to kill. Aubrey finally violates his oath, leading to his death; the warning comes too late, and the servants find Aubrey's sister the day after the wedding, drained of blood.
  • Velocity, by Dean Koontz: Steve Zillis and his accomplice Valis are a team of serial killers known as "The Freak", who send Billy Wiles a letter detailing a Sadistic Choice: if the victim goes to the police, they'll kill someone, but if the victim does not they'll kill someone else; the two proceed to kill a friend of his. Their second victim is tortured to death and the third is shot, while along the way, they torture Billy by jabbing a fishhook through his scalp. At the end, Billy finally catches on to them when his wife in a coma is the final intended victim.
  • Very Bad Deaths: Allen is a wealthy hyper-sadist who considers himself an artist and a scientist, specializing in human pain. With an encyclopedic knowledge of the most horrendous and painful ways to kill a man, Allen carves a legacy of torture, rape, and murder of the most twisted kinds over years, leaving at least 150 victims behind him. Allen considers it a test to keep his victims as alive as long as he can—his personal record being twenty-two days—and devises a variety of drugs ranging from those that promote fear and panic to those that amplify pain far beyond the usual, planning to continue murdering until he's able to catalog an entire book on the ways he's killed people. Allen's intended masterpiece is his intended fate for a happy family of four in Heron Island, BC: Allen intends to torture each member of the family to death over a course of days one at a time, the children included, before rendering the wife permanently aphasic and paraplegic, sending her off to an institute and visiting her regularly to continually remind her of what he did to her. Allen captures the protagonist, Russell Walker, and puts him through a round of torture to extract information from him, planning to visit as much of a month of torture on his associate Nika, and responds to the information that Russell's friend Zandor is psychic by gleefully sending unspeakably horrible mental images towards him and planning to keep him as his own pet, forcing him to bear the agony of every victim Allen murders for the rest of his life. A "one-in-a-billion freak" and a madman more vile than any other serial killer or sociopath the world has ever seen, Allen cheerfully admits he's a sociopath and revels in every minute in the marathons of agony he orchestrates.
  • The Voice of the Mountain: Ruel Harpe is the descendant of Micajah Harpe. An egotist who dwells on top of Cry Mountain, Ruel forms a group of witches that he manipulates while also seeking to corrupt the hero John to his side. Ruel reveals that he intends to find the Gospel of Judas and, seeing most of humanity as nothing but parasites, will use it to kill almost every human being on the planet, sparing only a million people per continent while he builds Cry Mountain into a temple where he will be worshipped by them. When John finally refuses, Ruel shows no remorse in attempting to murder him as well.
  • Volle: Dereath implicitly caused the downfall of the preceding Lord Fardew and he discredited and displaced anyone else who could have taken the job. He also unrepentantly engineered two deaths and framed Volle and Streak for the murders. When confronted over the deaths he ridicules Volle for clinging to the past, with regards to Volle's first love, Xiller, in the first book and confesses that he was planning to kill his accomplice as well. What's more, the only reason he targeted Volle in the first place was that Volle rejected his sexual advances.
  • Vorkosigan Saga:
    • Baron Ryoval stands out as one of the worst villains of the series, and is viewed as a monster even on the Wretched Hive of an Outlaw Town planet in which he lives. Ryoval started his evil early in life, murdering his father and then proceeding (with the exception of two siblings who escaped) to either murder the rest of his siblings or else subjecting them to torture/body modification before condemning them to a Fate Worse than Death in brothels he runs catering to sadism and sexual perversion. Ryoval is obsessed with torture and sadism both as his primary business and as a hobby, and employees a large staff of Torture Technicians, who like the rest of his staff, don't like the work, but are too afraid of what he would do to them if caught to flee. Ryoval is actually 70 years old, but looks like a young man because like some other particularly depraved people on his planet, he has had clones of himself produced (who are normal, sapient individuals) and then when they've reached a certain age, he had their brain ripped out and his implanted. He has this "procedure" done several times.
    • Ges Vorrutyer gets about twenty pages of screen time, and is still a memorable skin-crawler. His creepy obsession with tormenting and torturing his ex-boyfriend Aral takes him from "academically interested in watching a psychologically destroyed Bothari raping Cordelia Naismith on his say-so" to "willing and eager to do the deed himself" in a way that leaves even the normally very calm and balanced Cordelia absolutely terrified. According to Aral, Ges broke Bothari in the first place, and did it twice: once before Bothari arrived at the Leper Colony, and again after only a few scant months when Bothari was reassigned.
  • Vortex: Big Bad Karl Adriaan Vorster, a member of a Neo-Nazi Afrikaner movement, arranges the death of the moderate Haymans government in South Africa, and reinstates full apartheid, arresting and killing those who oppose it. He then tries to re-conquer Namibia, taking South Africa into a war with Cuba and Angola in the process. When the war turns against him, Vorster uses a nuclear bomb on an advancing Cuban brigade, and then plans to nuke Maputo (capital of Mozambique) and Bulawayo (second largest city in Zimbabwe). When the Cubans start basing their headquarters inside of South African cities and towns, Vorster orders that they too be subject to nuclear attack. American intervention takes this option out of his hands, so Vorster instead tries to ruin South Africa and the world's economy by contaminating the nation's mines with radioactive dust as part of a last, mad bid to take everyone down with him. Hateful of anyone who isn't an Afrikaner, and responsible for thousands of deaths, Vorster personifies all the worst aspects of The Apartheid Era.
  • W.A.R.P. series, by Eoin Colfer:
    • Albert Garrick, the Forever Man, is a ruthless Victorian era assassin who murdered Jack the Ripper out of jealousy. Having killed his wife for possible infidelity, Garrick later becomes an assassin, using his magician abilities to escape capture and kill hundreds, at one point killing a time traveling FBI agent and adopting his son Riley, who he raises in his own image with psychological torment and beatings. Upon finding the modern day, Garrick proves happy to slaughter whoever stands in his way to go after Riley and Riley's friend, Chevron "Chevie" Savano. Defeated, Garrick is deposited in the past where he becomes a Witchfinder, using his talents to frame innocent women as witches where he has them tortured and burnt in rigged tests, making a point to target those he knows are innocent. Uncaring his actions might eventually destroy most of humanity with a torn timestream, Garrick intends to murder Riley while capturing Chevie and attempting to have her burnt as well.
    • The Hangman's Revolution: Colonel Clayton Box is a former FBI agent who killed his best friend as a young boy just to see if he could. Taking advantage of the timestream to go back and establish the Boxite Empire, Box uses brainwashing, murder and torture, creating a force that tears apart the world, killing millions and torturing and "reeducating" many others. When Riley and Chevie try to stop him, Box intends on forcing the world to submit by gaining access to a set of ballistic missiles, intending on leveling major European cities with no heed of civilian casualties.
  • The Walking, by Bentley Little: Isabella is a monstrous, ancient witch whose sick sadism drives Wolf Canyon, and nearly the entire world, into complete destruction. Having kept herself alive for centuries by feeding on the life force of innocent witches and magic users, Isabella shows up in Wolf Canyon to seduce the town's leader, then become his second-in-command, slowly instituting her own depraved law where ordinary humans are slaughtered alongside any witches who defy her. Spending her free time torturing children and stabbing infants to death in front of their mothers, Isabella cursed the town of Wolf Canyon to be swept away by a flood and all its inhabitants drowned when they finally turn on her and seal her away in a cave. Finally escaping from her entombment in the present by murdering and feasting on the life forces of several dozen people, Isabella reveals her new plan to use all her magical powers to create an apocalypse across the world, annihilating all life she can for no other reason than her own enjoyment and as a petty "revenge" for being sealed away. A profound psychopath whose only joy in life was hurting others, Isabella is easily the worst witch in the entire story.
  • Waltz Of Shadows, by Joe R. Lansdale ("Lost Lansdale" series): The killers known as Snake and Fat Boy are a pair of ruthless thugs who introduce themselves by murdering a group of thrill seekers after horrifically torturing them. When one of the group escapes to his uncle, the duo murder the escapee and menace his uncle and family as well, sexually assaulting his wife and attempting to burn his children alive. It is revealed that Fat Boy and Snake also run a child pornography ring where they have kids murdered after participating, with Snake even keeping photos of the children as trophies on his wall.
  • Warchild Series: Falcone takes explicitly evil piracy of the book's setting, preying on innocent merchant ships just trying to get from point A to point B, to another level. He slaughters everyone on the ships he boards before blowing the ships to pieces, the only survivors the children he captures to then sell as slaves. Some of them he keeps for himself and abuses in every way your mind can possibly think up. Even after his death, flashbacks show him reveling in his atrocities. This is in a series, where everyone is a little edgy.
  • The Wardstone Chronicles:
    • Elizabeth of the Bones, commonly known as Bony Lizzie, is a sadistic child-killing witch who harvests bones for rituals. Posing as Alice Deane's aunt, she's actually her mother, having conceived with the Fiend. She once had a brain-eating familiar, and Lizzie didn't interfere when it targeted her daughter. She first plots to free her dreaded grandmother Mother Malkin by tricking Tom into giving her blood cakes and abducting a little boy as a meal. She inflicts Tom with nightmarish hallucinations, before she tries to take his thumb bones. After taking over the isle of Mona, she murders a miller who challenged her authority, trapping his soul in limbo, sentences John Gregory, Adriana and Commander Stanton to be fed to the Buggane, drinks the blood of a yeoman and leads raiding parties slaughtering entire families. When Alice ruins her plans of world domination, she attempts to take her life then successfully kills Adriana and her fiancé. The flashback of the twelfth book reveals that she killed a Spook before torturing his soul and attempted to kill thirteen children for a ritual, while in the present day, her ghost ambushes Alice and Thorne to be interrogated and tortured by the daemon Beelzebub. In The Dark Assassin, Lizzie treacherously delivers the witch assassin Grimalkin and Thorne to another daemon.
    • The aforementioned Fiend is the master of the dark and main antagonist of the series who tries to bring the world to a new age of darkness. Having control of practitioners of the dark, he sentences his enemies as well as people who make deals with him to eternal torments. Fathering many children with witches, he kills those who are neither humans nor witches, as he killed Grimalkin’s baby son, earning her hatred. He prevents Bill Arkwright’s ghost parents from reaching the light, condemning them to haunt their mill. When the witches release him from his plane, his mere presence on earth causes many wars. He murders and takes the appearance of the bargeman Matthew Guilbert in order to lure Tom and his master into a trap. After failing to convert Thomas Ward to his cause, he challenges him to face his daughter Morwena with the threat of killing his friends if he refuses or gets killed. He later tricks Tom into selling his soul and when his other daughter Alice prevents him from claiming it, he curses her to share her friend’s fate. He submits her to unspeakable torture and allows Tom to hear her cries. When Grimalkin takes one of his eyes, he threatens his followers with eternal damnation. Finally, he sends the Vampire God Siscoi against Tom and sends his agents to murder Tom’s brother James out of spite.
  • The Warlord Chronicles set out to provide a grim version of the King Arthur legend and introduces several monstrous figures in it:
    • Gundleus is one of the first villains of the series. Initially a lord sworn to King Uther, Gundleus is also wicked and ambitious and has no intent of honoring his vows to serve his dead king's infant son Mordred. After the death of Uther, Gundleus approaches the baby with its young mother and then murders her after demanding she kiss his sword for protection, before stabbing the infant as well (unknown to him, the infant Mordred was swapped out with a decoy). He then proceeds to rape Merlin's disciple Nimue in retribution for her attitude towards him and rips out one of her eyes for spite. Even his affection for his lowborn lover proves to be a farce as he abandons her when he gets a better betrothal offer.
    • King Dwirnach of Ireland is a vicious tyrant aiming to conquer and kill. What sets Dwirnach apart from the other warlords of the series is his love of Cold-Blooded Torture as a hobby. Dwirnach prefers to take his enemies alive, so he can spend his time slowly flaying them. He even keeps the skins as perverse trophies and threatens to both rape and flay the hero Derfel's lover Princess Ceinwyn solely to satisfy his lust for pain.
    • King Mark of Cornwall is well known for marrying much younger women and killing them later when he's tired of them. When one of his betrothed, the young Isolde, escapes Mark with his nephew Tristan, Mark hunts them to Arthur's lands and demands satisfaction. Unable to break the peace Arthur is forced to compromise his morals by allowing Mark's "justice," allowing Tristan to engage in a fight he cannot win against Mark's champion who reluctantly kills the valiant knight. With Isolde back in his clutches, Mark immediately has her burned alive on the beach by where her beloved died before returning to Cornwall with smug satisfaction to continue his practices.
  • The War of the Flowers: Nidrus Hellebore, Lord of House Hellebore and the shadow dictator of the Faerie lands, maintains power by murder, torture, labor camps and treachery. Having usurped power from King Oberon and Queen Titania, Hellebore keeps them in an induced coma to leech off their energies and keep the kingdom functioning. With human belief in the supernatural waning, Hellebore uses numerous faeries in power plants to drain them of their magic. Ready to cement his rule, Hellebore unleashes dragons he had secretly kept to annihilate a rival house, resulting in massive casualties. When his co-conspirator's daughter Poppy allies with the hero of the novel, a changeling named Theo, Hellebore has her arrested and tortured, and reveals that his ultimate plan involves sacrificing Theo's soul to be devoured. He also offers a blood sacrifice of one of his own men, and when he hears the goblin race is rebelling against his rule, he furiously orders the slaughter of an entire generation. Wanting nothing more than to rule as a brutal autocrat, Hellebore considers no crime, no matter how heinous, too great to achieve his selfish goals.
  • Warrior Cats: This duo from The Prophecies Begin
    • Brokenstar is established as the books' first Big Bad when, early on, it is shown that he sends kits under 6 months old against full grown warriors, tries to kidnap kits from other Clans when his own all die from his harsh training, and forces a Clan out of their territory. When he is blinded by ThunderClan and given shelter as their prisoner, he still plots with Tigerclaw to kill Bluestar and take over the clan, even though the same clan protected him from WindClan and ShadowClan when they tried to kill him. His own mother, Yellowfang, eventually kills him for the safety of The Clan.
    • The final villain of the original series, Scourge, proves to be even worse than Tigerstar/Tigerclaw. A former kittypet-turned-rogue leading a gang of stray cats calling themselves "BloodClan," Scourge decorates his collar with the teeth of those he's killed and reinforces his claws with the claws of dogs, promoting a survival-of-the-fittest philosophy within BloodClan's ranks and leaving any cats who can't fend for themselves—kits included—to die. Tigerstar invites BloodClan into the territory of the forest in the interest of an alliance; Scourge is quick to backstab Tigerstar by cutting him open, calmly watching him bleed out and die an agonizing death nine times in a row. Scourge declares the forest his and attempts to drive out the other Clans under the threat of total war, and ultimately leads BloodClan into battle against the other Clans with the intent to wipe everyone else out and take complete control of the forest. In Secrets of the Clans, Scourge orders Barley's brothers to murder Violet in cold blood, denying Barley a chance to take his sister's place due to his desire for a more sadistic punishment. Scourge's diminutive stature belied a murderous feline interested solely in power.
  • The Wayfarer Redemption:
    • Artor, The Plow God and the God of the Acharites, was once a Sufficiently Advanced Alien who saw the Land of Tencendor and decided he wanted it for himself. To that end, he imprisoned the Star Gods and led the humans, whom he called Acharites, into a racist war against the Icarii and the Avar. When the Acharites won the war he proceeded to have them cut nearly all of the Avar's forests down to reduce the power of a competing goddess, the Mother. When a prophecy threatens the destruction of his people, he does nothing, not seeing it as his problem and blaming rival gods when naturally his people's belief in him begins to fade. He shows no care at all for the well-being of his worshippers, enjoying torturing one to give him power, stepping on another, and brainwashing a village to perform blood sacrifices in his name before he is killed.
    • WolfStar SunSoar, Ninth Talon of the Icarii, may present himself as well-intentioned, but is actually one of the most monstrous characters in the entire series. After getting his wife to murder the previous Talon so he could take the throne of the Icarii, he began experimenting on the Star Gate and started throwing children with magical potential through the gate, including his niece, pregnant wife and unborn child, before he is killed. However, he returns Back from the Dead through the Star Gate, writes a prophecy that will result in the deaths of thousands of people, and sets out to ensure this prophecy can come true. To that end he tricks the last remaining of the Charonite race into dying in a horrific way, trains the Anti-Christ in dark magic, and mind rapes a teenager into making a Deal with the Devil, among other crimes. In the second series he rapes an impregnates his granddaughter and assists in having her grandmother's soul possess her body, and when she regains control of her body he manipulates her into a relationship with him.
    • Sheol, the Demon of Despair, is one of the six Timekeeper demons and The Dragon of the group. While the body of her boss, Qeteb, remains incomplete, she is in charge. In the past she along with her fellow Demons destroyed hundreds if not thousands of worlds, including the Earth. When her and her fellow demons first break through the Star Gate into the land of Tencendor she demands the honor of sowing madness through the land first. Under her influence, thousands of people lose their minds, including a woman who strangles her toddler with a clothesline and then kills herself in despair. Leading the demons, Sheol then proceeds to rebuild her boss's body, fouling the five sacred lakes of Tencendor in the process. When she and her Demons capture WolfStar trying to use their magic against them, Sheol orders each of her fellow demons to rape him repeatedly for their amusement. When her trial happens, she is offered the choice to repent or choose to be evil, and she freely chooses evil and torments Faraday, the one giving her the test.
    • The aforementioned Qeteb, the Midday Demon, is the boss of the Timekeeper Demons. In the past he and the other demons ended life on thousands of worlds, including the Earth. When he is reformed in Tencendor after sustaining mortal wounds that destroyed his body, he immediately drives every creature and being not under magical protection insane. He is a Bad Boss, frequently beating his own demons and grabbing Sheol by the hair and throwing her into a wall minutes after his resurrection. He repeatedly rapes a soulless woman and later has one of his demons possess her, and taunts Faraday about raping and dismembering her. His ultimate goal is the cessation of the Star Dance, which would end all life in the universe.
  • Welkin Weasels:
    • Grand Inquisitor Torca Marda, from Castle Storm, is an elegantly vicious stoat who once vied for the throne of Welkin in rivalry to his cousin Prince Poynt, outdoing even his cousin in evil by advocating weasel genocide throughout Welkin and founding a corrupt religion that enforced mass torture and execution for all perceived heresy. No less dull in his technique as a Torture Technician after being banished, Torca Marda takes residence in Stormtown where he continues to torture animals for pleasure and imposes the new religion across the entire town. Seeing the potential to assassinate Poynt and take the throne after he gets back into his good graces by handing him Sylver and his outlaw band, Torca Marda murders Sylver's second-in-command Icham by sabotaging a fair tournament and tries to hinder the heroes' efforts to stop a man-eating dragonfly from devouring all of Stormtown, eagerly throwing away dozens of lives in his attempt to either execute or capture Sylver and his friends.
    • Flaggatis is a relentless stoat who longs to take over all of Welkin. After amassing a colossal horde of rats, Flaggatis and his minions roam around Welkin pillaging surrounding nations and laying siege to Castle Rayn. Flaggatis repeatedly torments Prince Poynt and his entourage with his magic spells while his rats continue to ransack the country and kill Lord Ragnar in the ensuing chaos. When his plans fail, Flaggatis attempts to kill Sylver and his gang out at sea, not caring about the sheer amount of rats he loses during his voyage. Centuries after his alleged death, Flaggatis reappears in Welkin as a vampire named Count Flistagga. With several vampire voles at his disposal, he sends multiple groups of voles to Welkin in hopes of turning everyone into a vampire; Flistagga himself turns or kills several innocent civilians, including Mayor Poynt's sister, Sybil, and a young child in the streets. Fueled by his hatred, Flaggatis devoted his entire life to causing as much turmoil in Welkin as possible.
  • Wereworld:
    • Prince Lucas the werelion is Drew's half-brother and everything Drew is not. An apprentice Necromancer, he began to lose his sanity after he murdered Lord Broghan in front of his cousin, and former fiancée, Lady Gretchen, under Opal's instructions. He goes downhill the moment he murders his father Leopold under the other Catlords' orders. His interest in Black Magic leads him to work with the Wylderman Darkheart to create the Wyld Wolves, who slaughter the Sturmlands' army, an act that disgusts the other Werelords. He then murders Duke Henrik to "save" Lord Onyx after he honorably accepted his defeat at his Combat by Champion. When he finds out that Gretchen's in the Dalelands he leads his Wyld Wolves in a bloody campaign to get her, killing several innocents in the process. He later kills Lord Milo in front of Trent, partially eating him. When his grandfather Leon punishes him for killing his father and tries to get him to regain some honor, he murders his grandfather as well. When he arrives to Icegarden to kill Hector for killing his mother, Vincent of Redmire retorts that he's only here to settle a petty grudge towards Hector for always being smarter than him.
    • The aforementioned Vincent the wereboar, initially the scheming twin brother of Baron Hector who inadvertently causes his father's death and ends up dead in an attempt to murder Hector for the throne of the Dalelands, ends up becoming far more evil than even his brother could have predicted upon becoming a vile. Haunting Hector and driving him to gradual madness, Hector turns his once-noble brother into a murderer and a torturer of innocents, eagerly convincing him to slaughter his former allies and all the witnesses to this—including, in one case, a harmless cabin boy— ultimately precipitating Hector's betrayal of the Wolf's Council and sell-out of the Dalelands to the evil Prince Lucas. Upon devouring the spirit of Hector's old mentor and seizing Icegarden, Vincent becomes far more proactive in his brother's schemes, eagerly torturing Duchess Freya for weeks on end in order to wrestle the Wyrmstaff out of her and accidentally influencing his murder of Queen Amelie, of which Vincent cruelly taunts Hector about. Eventually, tired of his brother's unused potential, Vincent overtakes and fully possesses Hector himself, keeping his brother's mind aware and helpless as he slaughters and resurrects even his own allies, keeping their souls tortuously bound to their dead bodies for his own advantage. Rechristened Lord Blackhand, Vincent starts resurrecting the dead by the thousands to slaughter all in their wake, decorating Icegarden's walls with the bodies of those he's slaughtered and driving his legions in a crusade to destroy whatever cannot be dominated. Vincent goes from a smug, would-be warlord to a corrupter, a literal monster, and an eventual tyrant who becomes a greater threat than even than Prince Lucas himself, and eventually dies as one of the greatest threats to have ever scourged the Seven Realms.
    • Vala the wereserpent, from the first two books and the fourth book, is the self-proclaimed goddess of the cannibalistic Wyldermen, who offer her human and werecreature alike. Defeated by Drew, she plotted her revenge against him and those he cares about. First she killed and impersonated the crone Baba Korga, pretending to be an ally of Whitley and using her to enter Five Oaks unnoticed. During her "friendly talk" with Whitley, she revealed her biggest atrocity: During the journey, she devoured innocent Romari children when no one was watching. She then explains her intentions of turning the Dyrewood into her realm, where she and the Wyldermen can kill and eat with impunity. She also mentioned her plan of using Whitley as bait to attract Drew, and in an act of "mercy", she promises to kill Whitley quickly after she had dispatched Drew. Prideful, petty, and convinced that she had the right to kill and devour whenever she wanted, she saw humans as nothing but food and other Therianthropes as weaklings.
    • Deadeye the wereshark, the captain of the Hellhound in the employ of Lord Ghul in the 5th book Storm of Sharks, makes a name for himself on the White Sea as a practitioner of brutal violence and rampant cannibalism. Attacking the smuggler ship Lucky Shot upon learning of the presence of werelords on it, Deadeye slaughters many of the crew himself and eats its captain alive before taking those who remain as his prisoners and slaves. Holding a special affinity for the werelord Whitley, Deadeye subjects Whitley to his perverted attentions whilst keeping her collared, informing Whitley's intention to make her his bride in between subtle hints of violence. Upon being attacked by the Maelstrom, Deadeye snaps and starts massacring both enemy soldiers and his own men, brutally tearing apart Captain Ransome's young friend Hob shortly before his own death.
  • Wetbones, by John Shirley:
    • Ephram Pixie is a chuckling little fat man and a rogue of the Akishra cult, a group of twisted hedonists who use the power of the Akishra to sate their twisted impulses. Unwilling to be fettered by the Akishra, Ephram severed his ties with the cult, pledges himself to a being known as the "Nameless Spirit", and instead uses his powers to control the minds of his victims and murder them in a variety of horrific ways, even having the Spirit itself occasionally tear his victims apart itself. Coming across a young woman named Constance, Ephram is captivated by her innocence and puts her under his thrall, keeping Constance as his Sex Slave and tool while forcing her to have sex with people against her will before having Constance hack them apart in a bid to completely destroy her purity. Even without the resources of the cult, Ephram is a jovial psychopath dedicated only to the satisfaction of his personal desires and fashions himself the "master of his own destiny", intent on murdering and raping at his own will forever with no one and nothing to stop him.
    • Samuel Denver, known better as the "More Man", is an enigmatic producer from Malibu who secretly runs the Akishra cult and all of the atrocities that happen through it. Luring in droves of victims for the purpose of the cult's rituals, Denver forcefully infests them with the Akishra worms and rewires their brains to associate agony with pleasure through them, before forcing them to engage in twisted rituals of rape, torture, murder, and debauchery to feed off of their pleasure. Already responsible for countless acts of unwilling mutilation and violation through the victims of the cult, Denver personally decorates the ranch from which he bases his operations with furniture made from the bodies of his victims; forces a couple to have violent sex until they simply collapse of exhaustion; kidnaps the friend of one of his victims before having him tortured to death and stitching his face into bedding; summoning the Akishra Magnus—the "Nameless Spirit" Ephram worshiped—and watching as it tears the traitorous Pixie apart; and finally revealing his ultimate intention to bring the Akishra all the way into physical reality and spread them all across the world.
  • Whale Talk: Rich Marshall, a boorish alumnus of Cutter High School and a racist thug with a knack for hunting animals purely for the pleasure of killing them, reveals himself to be far more twisted than he lets on at first glance. An ex-jock already notable for promoting prejudiced, abusive viewpoints through CHS through the alumni group Wolverines Too and nearly shooting T.J. in order to score a deer, Rich's true depravity comes to light in terms of his family situation; having manipulated his weak-willed wife Alicia into marrying him upon the paralysis of her old lover, Rich regularly beats and undermines Alicia while subjecting his biracial, five-year-old illegitimate child Heidi to even worse tortures. Rich brutalizes her for minor infractions, psychologically abuses her, and convinces her to scrape her skin off with a Brillo pad to win his love, resulting in Heidi mutilating herself in a desperate attempt to appeal to Rich. Once Alicia and Heidi file a restraining order against Rich, Rich turns to drunken threats and assaults before trying to murder Heidi himself in the midst of a public basketball game, murdering T.J.'s father instead. A psychopathic hillbilly with an "IQ three points lower than his belt size", Rich is an avid depiction of the worst of humanity made flesh.
  • The Wheel of Time: Ishamael (aka Elan Morin Tedronai, Ba'alzamon and Moridin) is scholar and philosopher who determined that The Dark One was destined to triumph over good at the end of time. With that in mind, he signed on with The Dark One's forces, setting himself up as The Antichrist and Evil Counterpart to his former friend, Lews Therin, whom he eventually drove to suicide. Sealed in Shayol Ghul, Ishamael managed to free his spirit, and eventually his body. He makes the life of Lews Therin's reincarnation a living hell while in his Ba'alzamon identity, tormenting him with nightmares and doing everything in his power to make him miserable, while sending his troops to lay waste to the world. Following his apparent death, he is resurrected in a new identity (Moridin), and takes over leadership of The Dark One's armies, brutally punishing the rest of The Forsaken when they fail. Unlike the rest of The Forsaken, who think they will rule the world when the war is over, Ishamael believes that The Dark One is an Omnicidal Maniac, and is cool with that. In fact, it's why he agreed to work for him in the first place—he's a Death Seeker and looks forward to The End of the World as We Know It, viewing it as the chance for a murder/suicide on a cosmic scale. Driven by delusions of godhood, and the occasional belief that he is The Dark One, even the other Forsaken give Ishamael a wide berth.
  • Whistling in the Dark, by Lesley Kagan: Bobby Brophy is a playground counselor who, underneath his charming facade, is actually a disturbed child molester and murderer. Having kidnapped, raped, and murdered the niece of a local police officer the previous summer, Bobby returns to the neighborhood and quickly returns to his old habits. Abducting a third grader, Bobby molests the girl before strangling her to death, leaving her naked body outside for the authorities to discover. Setting his sights on his latest victim, Sally O'Malley, Bobby makes numerous attempts to kidnap her, barely failing each time. When Sally and her friend, Mary Lane, search Bobby's cabin and find evidence to incriminate him, Bobby captures her and drags her off to the lagoon where he murdered his previous victims, threatening to kill Sally's younger sister, Troo, if she does not cooperate. Once they reach the lagoon, Bobby immediately attempts to molest Sally, taunting her during the act and boasting that he will send her to join her deceased father in death.
  • White Is the Coldest Colour and When Evil Calls Your Name: In these Crime Novels by John Nicholl, Dr. David Galbraith is a sociopathic pedophile who targets young boys, starting as young as 3 or 4 years old. A child psychologist, Galbraith uses his profession to lure the children to his home, where he tortures and molests them for days on end, films the ordeals, then manipulates the kids into keeping quiet. Galbraith is also the leader of a pedophile ring, and regularly calls meetings which involve each member bringing a few kids for them to take turns molesting. At each meeting's end, Galbraith guts a small animal in front of the children, swearing he'll do the same to them if they incriminate him. After accidentally murdering one of his victims, Galbraith psychologically tears down his accomplice in the crime until he commits suicide. Years ago, Galbraith targetted a young woman named Cynthia as a "test subject" for his psychological research, and, after murdering the woman's then-current fiancee, subjected her to horrific psychological torment, turning her into his abused slave. When Cynthia had two children from Galbraith raping her, Galbraith was furious that the kids were female, and thereby not his "type" to molest, and began physically abusing them and their mother as a result. Having over a hundred victims, Galbraith kidnaps his latest target, Anthony, from his home after trying to bludgeon the boy's mother to death, and plans to record himself torturing Anthony to death then send the recording to his family. When Cynthia finally stands up to him in an attempt to save Anthony, Galbraith assaults her, then tries to kill the boy, at which point he plans to torture his wife to death for defying him. Homicidal and sadistic, Dr. David Galbraith was a monstrous and repulsive pedophile of the highest order of depravity.
  • Widdershins' Adventures
    • The Apostle (Claude), from Thief's Covenant, is a follower of Cevora, and seeks every opportunity to increase his god's, and his own, power. Summoning a demon, The Apostle orders it to massacre the followers of Olgun, a god who The Apostle plans to use to make Cevora stronger. When a teenage girl named Widdershins survives this incident, The Apostle ensures she is framed for the killings. After assassins fail him, The Apostle painfully uses them as sacrifices to summon another demon who he sends to kill Widdershins. Killing a prominent noble and the Archbishop, knowing it could cause riots, The Apostle frames Shins for the crime, forces her to bring him to anymore Olgun worshippers, then orders his demon to kill any potential worshippers in the area before making one last attempt to cut Shins down.
    • Iruoch, the main bad guy from False Covenant, stands out as monstrous even among his fellow Faeries. Attracted to the fear the city of Davillon was experiencing, Iruoch began killing and eating anyone he came across. Having a sweet tooth for children, Iruoch finds a small group of kids, eats most of them, then kills the rest before repeating the process on an even larger group of noble children. Iruoch later kills a thief who he had strong-armed into helping him, then attacks Widdershins and her friends, murdering numerous bystanders in the scuffle. Before being beaten, Iruoch murders Shins' Love Interest, Julian Bouniard, and happily taunts her about it afterwards.
  • Wild Cards: The Astronomer was an old man with powers based on ritualistic magic, having willingly erased all the memories of his own life and starting a search for power which would lead him to the cult of the Egyptian Freemasons where he would become a high ranking member. Using his position to kidnap several women and use them as human sacrifices in depraved sexual rituals to empower himself, the Astronomer unwillingly gained the attention of heroic Aces that raided the Freemason temple. Leaving the cult leader to die in the raid to take the leadership himself, the Astronomer plans his revenge against the heroic Aces. He carries this out on the 40th anniversary of the Wild Card Day—where his servants injured and killed other Aces—in a murder spree while he personally dismembers Kid Dinosaur in front of his father and the general public. An Ace whose powers are literally based on his own depravity, the Astronomer was the first Big Bad of the series and one of its more monstrous.
  • The Wild Ones: Sixclaw is Titus's brutal mercenary who enjoys killing for sport. After torturing and eating an innocent woodpecker, Sixclaw leads the attack on Kit's home, where he kills Kit's parents and nearly Kit himself. Upon finding out that Kit has arrived in Ankle Snap City, he assaults a few animals inside the local bakery, before nearly killing Kit again, along with his uncle, Rik, and his best friend, Eeni. Later, after the city's religious leader, Martyn, is taken hostage, Sixclaw assaults some of Martyn's acolytes and forces them to print out an eviction notice for the residents of the city, or else he'll kill Martyn. During the battle between Titus's forces and the Wild Ones, Sixclaw nearly eats Martyn, drops Eeni into the sewer hoping Gayle will eat her, and physically beats up Kit once more, taunting him about the death of his parents. Once Titus gives him the order to kill Kit and massacre the whole town, Sixclaw is more than happy to comply.
  • Wings of Fire: Princess Blister is an ambitious, sociopathic dragon who is largely responsible for starting the War of SandWing Succession. When Blister's mother, Queen Oasis, goes to hunt the scavengers who stole some of her treasure, Blister refused to send her backup, thus leading to her death. She later hid all of Oasis's treasure, pinning the blame on scavengers, and started arguing with her sisters, Burn and Blaze, over who would be the next SandWing queen. After Blister began to amass an army in secret, Burn and Blaze gathered their own forces and fought each other, resulting in a war that led to the deaths of thousands. During the war, Blister frequently manipulated other dragons into fighting her battles or assassinating her foes, wasting no time betraying or even killing her allies the moment she deemed them useless. She even tried to have the five Dragonets of Destiny murdered simply because they hindered her plans and refused to select her to be the next queen. When the Dragonets try to force Burn, Blister, and Blaze to have a peaceful meeting with each other to end the war, Blister kills Burn, and attempts to kill Blaze minutes later.
  • Witch & Wizard: The One Who Is The One, deciding all life was meant to cow before him after being shunned for his affinity of magic, established the New Order, became its brutal dictator, and quickly turned his new kingdom into a hellish realm for all the inhabitants, executing anyone who practices any form of magic or art to kick off his reign; this despite using magic and owning works of art himself. Massacring and vivisecting men, women, and children by the hundreds for both experimentation and fun, The One simultaneously bombs and unleashes plagues onto civilian populations to wipe out any rebels against him. His own minions and son Pearce faring no better, The One sadistically executes those who fail him, has no concern for them getting caught in the crossfire of his plans, and abuses and eventually turns the latter into a vessel for his own soul. As the Arch-Enemy of the Allgood siblings, The One tortures and murders their friends and parents in front of them and torments them throughout the series. When his plan to "purge" the world of those unwilling to worship him fails, The One attempts to unleash the undead souls of his victims onto humanity to wipe it out then rule over the ashes that remain. A psychopath who hated everything that he wasn't in full control of, The One is one of the most wicked young adult fiction villains to have ever been conceived.
  • Witch Hunt, by L.R. Deney: Karl Dunkelstein is the would-be ruler of the ascendant Fourth Reich. Devoting himself to the Black Sun, Karl initiates a kidnapping of "undesirables", people of color, gays, and lesbians, etc. and has them subjected to mistreatment and torture to prepare for a mass sacrifice. Intending on murdering them in ritualized pain, Karl prepares to bring about the dawn of a new Nazi regime where he will exterminate all who stand in his way.
  • The Witches: The Grand High Witch is the ruler of the child-hating witches, and the most malevolent of them all. A vicious demon with a propensity for abusing and murdering her own underlings, the Grand High Witch has spent decades teaching her followers ways to dispose of as many children as possible. Unsatisfied with her followers' progress, the Grand High Witch schemes to wipe out every child in England by utilizing a potion to transform them into mice, then watch as they are killed by their own oblivious parents and teachers. Demonstrating this on one hapless boy, the Grand High Witch follows this up by kidnapping the main character and inflicting upon him the same fate. With a cruelty unmatched by her underlings, the Grand High Witch instills terror in everyone who knows of her, friend and foe alike.
  • Witchlight: Azhdeha is an ancient dragon who tried to destroy the world with his fellows before being sealed off. Returning, Azhdeha plots to kill Illiana, the child of wild magic and condemn the world to death and rebirth. To this end, Azhdeha brings the shapeshifters under his control, has the witch matriarch killed and disguises himself to kill the heroes, while having shapeshifters initiate uprisings across the nation to kill many, many people, not caring who throws their lives away in pursuit of his goal.
  • Without Warning, by David Rosenbelt: The Predictor of the capsule killings, real name Randall Dempsey, was once a journalist accidentally left behind by Jake Robbins in Afghanistan during The War on Terror. The Predictor escaped from the Taliban but harbored hatred for Jake as a war hero and devised a plan to ruin Jake's life. The Predictor set a fire to a building in a low-income part of town, killing 11 people, and went on to kill Jake's ex-wife, Jenny, framing a man he had killed in prison to cover his tracks. He created a cryptic message on a capsule he buried alongside a man he murdered. When the capsule was dug up, the Predictor starts his killing spree by murdering people connected to Jake, working alongside the media to try and pin the murders on Jake. The Predictor abducts Katie, Jake's friend, and continues his killings until he murders the mayor. When Jake finds Katie, the Predictor holds them at gunpoint and gloats about his plan to fly a plane containing C3 explosives into a nuclear plant to spread waste across a nearby river to kill millions and frame Jake. Before initiating his final plan, he suffocated an elderly man to death to cover up loose ends. The Predictor only cared about making Jake into an infamous person, despite cementing himself as a monstrous individual.
  • Wolf Creek prequel novels have, besides Mick Taylor himself, these two:
    • Wolf Creek: Origin: Jerry "The Fiddler" is one of four serial killers that Mick Taylor investigates while attempting to reclaim his knife. Jerry is an obese pedophile who rapes and kills children. Jerry lives in an abandoned mine that he has booby-trapped to kill intruders (we see the skeleton of one of his adult victims). When Mick enters Jerry's home, he sees Jerry raping a little girl, and finds trophies and corpses of three of his past victims, and also sees Jerry kill a dog. After Mick murders a touring couple, Jerry and the other killers decide to kill Mick out of revenge for allowing the bodies to be discovered, which brought police into the area and made it more likely for the killings of the other killers to be discovered. When the killers attack Mick’s home, Jerry tries to rape Mick's girlfriend Rose (who Mick had tied up to use as rape bait to lure the killers into a trap). Just before Mick kills Jerry, he tells Mick that he should have killed the two truckers who discovered the couples bodies, stating "You never let anyone go."
    • Wolf Creek: Desolation Game: Sergeant Atkin, Mick's superior during his time in the Vietnam War, trained Mick, helping him go from an "amateur" to a "professional" killer. Atkin cut a deal with the elder of a starving village, so they would get scraps of food in exchange for letting Atkin rape their women. Atkin introduced Mick to this practice and let him join in. Mick and Atkin were both sadistic, often torturing the women. One of Mick's rape victims ended up dying, but this did not stop Mick and Atkin. One night, two men stumble upon them during their rape session. Mick and Atkin shot the two men dead thinking they were enemy soldiers, showing no remorse when they learned they weren't. Atkin taught Mick the "head on a stick" technique, severing the spine of a terrified soldier cowering in his pajamas. Atkin let Mick stab the already paralyzed man in the back again, and saw off his head and mount it on a spike. When Mick and Atkin returned to the village, the elder scolded them for killing the two men earlier and wacked Atkin with her cane. Atkin snapped the cane, stabbed her in the throat with it, and raped and killed all the women he and Mick could. Atkin later tried to kill Mick out of fear that he would talk about what they did despite their Villainous Friendship.
  • Wolf Hunt, by Jeff Strand & Frank Walls: Ivan is a psychopathic werewolf who establishes himself as a cold-blooded monster by slitting a single mother's throat just to taunt the novel's main character George. When he flees from George, Ivan stops by a bar and massacres almost everyone inside, including the police who come to investigate. Ivan then hitches a ride with a man named Dale, mocking him relentlessly and offering to abduct the woman Dale has a crush on so Dale can rape her, only to butcher Dale when he refuses. Ivan continues slaughtering people who cross his path for fun, only complaining when he's forced to shoot them, considering it less enjoyable. When he kidnaps the novel's heroine Michele, Ivan bites her to infect her with lycanthropy and throws George into a cage with her so she'll rip him apart when he transforms. When this fails, Ivan tries to go on another killing spree before offering to go away should George and his friend Lou give him a huge amount of money, albeit intending on murdering them anyways before moving on to kill everything and everyone in the near vicinity.
  • The Wolf Road, by Beth Lewis: Kreagar "Trapper" Hallet, the adoptive father of the heroine Elka, teaches her to survive in the wilderness of British Columbia. In truth, Kreagar is a violent Serial Killer who targets women and children before butchering them and eating them, keeping their scalps as grisly trophies. Elka, now seen as his accomplice, attempts to escape with Kreagar hounding her through the novel. When she comes upon civilization again, we discover Kreagar continues to be active in his "hunts"' of murdering children and is targeting the son of the love interest of Elka's best friend Penelope before kidnapping the boy and murdering him as well. It is revealed Kreagar fed his victims to Elka as well and even had her shoot a little boy herself, something she had repressed from the trauma, in an attempt to turn her into a twisted reflection of himself. A man who lives by no code save the savage law of the wild he invents, Kreagar informs the hunter Lyons that it was Elka who murdered her son instead of him, dooming her to a life on the run, as a last act to deny her any comfort of civilization ever again.
  • The Woman: In this novel, which was later made into a film, Chris Cleek, the patriarch of the Cleek family, is an extreme misogynyst and Domestic Abuser. Upon encountering the titular woman in the woods, he kidnaps and imprisons her within a fruit cellar, under the guise of civilizing her. In reality, he intends on dominating her, whether it be through several types of torture, such as using a high pressure power washer to bathe her, or by raping her. It's revealed later on in the novel that Cleek had raped his daughter, Peggy, each night, which culminates in her being pregnant with his child. When Miss Raton, Peggy's teacher, confronts him on this, he knocks her out, and feeds her to his dogs; the scene also reveals that Cleek had a daughter, who suffered from anophthalmia (no eyes), imprisoned in the barn, thus causing her to revert to an animalistic state. Misogynistic and depraved, Cleek didn't care who he had to hurt to make his fantasies a reality.
  • Yellowjacket Summer, by Robert R. McCammon: Toby is a psychotic teenager with the unusual gift of speaking the language of yellowjackets. Using them, Toby murders everyone in a small town save for a few he keeps as slaves while intending on enslaving the people who stop in the town. The only survivors are those Toby keeps to cook for him or a girl that he takes a fancy to, who he regularly abuses and beats. Upon the heroine Carla learning what Toby is, he attempts to murder her and her two young children before killing the other survivors of the town as well.
  • "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper'', by Robert Bloch: Psychiatrist John Carmody and Englishman Sir Guy Hollis are on the trail of the elusive Jack the Ripper. It is revealed Jack has claimed dozens of victims over the years, mutilating them horribly as he did the women in London. It is further seen that Jack is not a mortal killer: instead, his murders are done to appease dark gods to grant him immortality and power, and there is no sign he will stop anytime soon. Hollis reveals that he and his father had tracked the Ripper together, but the Ripper had gotten to Hollis's father first and murdered him. Upon realizing the depth of Hollis's conviction, Carmody reveals his true identity as the Ripper and ends the story about to murder Hollis.
  • The Zombie Room, by R.D. Ronald: Dyson Steiger is the leader of the Club, an organization of Human Traffickers responsible for forcing hundreds of girls and young women into sexual slavery. Steiger has the girls stripped of their identities through intense psychological damaging in order to make them more compliant. He's also responsible for the deaths of Tatiana's family and her deafness by ordering a bombing in the area they were in. He later orders a shipment of explosive weapons brought to Garden Heights for the purpose of conducting a wave of terror throughout the city to boost the influence of those under his thumb.
  • Zones of Thought
    • A Fire Upon The Deep: Flenser got his name from his first steps as an Evilutionary Biologist — vivisection. Later, after becoming a ruler, he went far, far beyond that, among other things essentially turning Mind Rape of his subjects into a semi-industrial process. Flenser is a heartless sociopath, who demands absolute loyalty from his underlings, but has none to them. To him, everyone is a tool, although he can hide that well until the time comes. He murders followers and discards even his trusted bodyguards without a second thought. His own second-in-command (who, as revealed later, was essentially his offspring as well) hated him more than anything in the world, but too mentally scarred to resist. His striving to take over the world seems almost not worth mentioning compared to his other aspects. The book gives many glimpses into Flenser's mind and about the only non-horrible thing there is his ability to enjoy the beauty of nature.
    • A Deepness in the Sky: Tomas Nau leads The Emergents. As part of their defeat of the rival Qeng Ho, Nau rapes and kills their fleet commander in front of her daughter. Following that Nau has the daughter mind-wiped and charms her into falling for him. Because the mind-wipe is imperfect, every so often Qiwi remembers what happened, tries to kill Nau, who then has her scrubbed and starts the process again. This continues for decades.
    • The Children of the Sky: Vendacious upholds the tradition of horrifically evil villains and maybe even surpasses his predecessors, if not in scale and inventiveness of evil deeds, then in sheer sadism and pettiness. This guy adopts most of the old Flenser's methods, such as manipulation, treachery, absolute ruthlessness, and totalitarian control through physical and mental torture. And uses them to pit the two greatest centers of civilization in the world against each other, when neither side has any real reason for conflict. Vendacious thinks that justifications are for the weak; he recognizes that his actions are meant to stroke his own ego and enjoy the feeling of power, and is perversely proud of that. He deliberately makes his own underlings' lives hell, just to see with how much tyranny he can get away with.
  • Zoo City: Odysseus "Odi" Huron is a record producer who turns out to be animalled to a huge white crocodile. Huron sexually abuses starlets under his control, which drives Songwezu of twin pop sensation iJusi to flee. To free himself of his animal, Huron has his assassin partners kill a succession of innocents, disguising them as serial killings so he can take their animals for the ritual of muti. Having Songwezu's twin brother murder her, Huron binds his crocodile to him and then kills him as well. It is later revealed he has been feeding other victims to his crocodile, with dozens of bones located in its lair.
Advertisement:

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report