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  • 10 Rillington Place: Seemingly mild-mannered John Christie is in truth a depraved Serial Killer. Based upon the crimes of his real-life counterpart, Christie opens the film drugging, sexually assaulting and strangling a woman to death. When the Evans family moves in and needs help with an abortion, Christie pretends to assist them, only to assault and murder the wife Beryl, before manipulating the hapless husband Tim into taking blame while also murdering Tim's baby daughter Geraldine. Framing Tim, Christie acts as a witness against him at trial to ensure Tim hangs for the crime. Christie later murders his own wife when she suspects him and then another woman before finally being arrested with a body count that numbers at least eight women before the Evans family.
  • 24: Jack Bauer has faced numerous terrorists and other enemies. These are the worst:
    • Nina Myers, from the first 3 seasons, is a self-serving terrorist driven solely by her greed. After infiltrating CTU, Nina gave the Drazen family information that helped them conduct multiple assassination attempts against Senator David Palmer, and also nearly got Jack's family killed. Once Nina is compromised, she tries to flee the country, killing a few CTU agents and Jack's wife, Teri, in the process. Years after Teri's murder, Nina's schemes continued, as she helped a terrorist cell smuggle a nuclear bomb into the United States; attempted to buy a bio-weapon so she could sell it to one of her employers; tricked Jack into launching a computer virus into CTU that nearly crashed all of their servers; murdered countless innocents who stood in her way; and nearly killed Jack's daughter, Kim. Even after she's finally subdued by Jack in season 3, Nina tries to convince him that she still has valuable information, when all she was trying to do was buy herself more time so she could grab her weapon and kill Jack.
    • Abu Fayed, from season 6, stands out as having one of the highest body counts on the show. He is responsible for orchestrating dozens of suicide bombings across America, as well as torturing Jack Bauer and selling out his former partner, Hamri Al-Assad, after Assad betrayed him and his cause. After Fayed convinces the government to release one hundred prisoners, Fayed uses one of the prisoners to arm a nuclear bomb, which is later detonated, killing at least 12,000 civilians in the Los Angeles area. He later captures and tortures Morris O'Brian with a drill until Morris breaks and creates a triggering device for the nukes, one of which Fayed activates. With the help of Dmitri Gredenko, he conspires to set off the remaining nukes across America. After his plans fail and Fayed is captured, Fayed escapes and attempts to set off the final two nukes in downtown Los Angeles.
    • Phillip Bauer, Jack's father, first appearing in season 6, is the true mastermind behind the conspiracy in season 5. Allied with his son, Graem, Phillip conspired to have President David Palmer assassinated, and his death led to dozens of other innocents being killed and nearly began World War III. After the aforementioned Abu Fayed sets off a nuclear bomb and Phillip's company is implicated, Phillip is more concerned about covering up his own mess as opposed to stopping Fayed and securing the nukes. When Graem reveals to Jack that he was involved in Palmer's assassination, Phillip murders him, and later kidnaps his grandson and tries to kill Jack. Later on, after Phillip is exposed, he teams up with Cheng Zhi, assisting Cheng in sending mercenaries to attack CTU, kidnapping his grandson again, and smuggling Russian technology into China, not caring that it'll inevitably start a war. While Phillip acts as though he cares about his country, he's really just a sociopath who will do anything to preserve his "legacy", even if it means murdering members of his family.
    • General Benjamin Juma, from the film Redemption and season 7, is ruler of the fictional African nation Sangala. Prior to the events of Redemption, Juma engineered a coup that placed him in a position to kill thousands of Sangalans in a brutal genocide. When deposed, Juma was contacted by an American conspiracy, which offered to return Juma to power in return for being allowed to use Sangalans to develop bio-weapons. Juma had the weapons tested on a civilian village, which he then had firebombed to conceal the evidence. When preparing to launch a vicious assault on Sangala's capital, Juma conscripted child soldiers and had them brainwashed. In season 7, Juma sends his right-hand man Colonel Iké Dubaku to the US for a series of terrorist attacks and murders and then has Dubaku killed when he is captured, to make sure Dubaku won't reveal anything. Juma personally leads a paramilitary strike that captures the White House where he takes and kills hostages to show how serious he is. When he realizes his plans are foiled, Juma orders the hostages murdered and attempts to get to the President to murder her himself.
    • Alan Wilson is the leader of a cabal organization in season 7, as well as being one of the two masterminds behind the events of season 5, alongside Phillip Bauer. Longing to dismantle the American government, Wilson had Jonas Hodges develop a bioweapon so he and his organization could launch terrorist attacks within several American cities simultaneously, which would've led to the deaths of millions. He would then offload the blame on various foreign countries, and once the government fell, he and his various private military firms would take over and police America. After Hodges botched his plans, Wilson tries to have him killed to keep him from talking. He later convinces his organization to launch an attack on a subway station once he realizes he still has some of the bioweapon left. Even after the attack fails, Wilson decides to harvest Jack Bauer's blood and organs so he could extract the pathogen from his body and restart his schemes months later.
    • Cheng Zhi is one of Jack's biggest enemies. Originally the head of security of the Chinese consulate in season 4, Cheng subjected Jack to horrible torture after capturing him at the end of season 5. Originally a loyal soldier for China, Cheng began to think only of himself and his own advancement. Cheng subjected Jack's former girlfriend Audrey Raines to a near-lobotomy in season 6, which left her damaged for a long time after. After being thought dead, Cheng resurfaces in Live Another Day, having been the one responsible for Margot Al-Harazi getting the override key for attack drones. Manipulating events—and eventually having Audrey killed—Cheng tried to launch a nuclear missile to begin World War III between China and America where millions would die out of petty vengeance for China abandoning him for his criminal actions.
  • 90210: Douglas Atherton is a wanted rapist from England. He comes to America, renames himself Miles Cannon, and becomes a teacher to find new victims. At the end of season 2 he raped Naomi Clark, even telling her that because she lied about him sexually harassing her earlier, no one would believe her about her rape. After he is found out, he flees his apartment, only to confront Naomi later on and threaten her with a knife.
  • The Adventures of Superboy:
    • Judd Faust, from season 1's "Bringing Down the House", is a famous musician studying for a masters degree at Schuster University. Although he seems nice at first, he has a lot of sinister hobbies in his spare time. Faust wants to force a amusement park owner to sell to him (simply because he wants something he know he can't have), and to do this he sends his henchman Charles to bomb a baseball game being played at the amusement park. After Superboy foils that scheme, Faust sends Charles to kidnap the park owner, cover him with alcohol and put him in a roller coaster track so that he gets run over. Meanwhile Faust has started to date Lana Lang, and one night takes her to see his special collection. Faust takes her to his basement which is filled with ghoulish torture devices; Faust plans to torture Lana on the rack and record the screams for his personal enjoyment, having done this to 3 other women already. Faust is so vile, Superboy briefly considers killing him.
    • Deville, from season 3's "Carnival", is an ageless demon all but explicitly stated to be Satan himself. He set up a traveling carnival to study human nature and tempt others into acts of sin on its grounds, taking the souls of all those who fall to his wiles and locking them in a box in howling agony for all eternity. Seeking to possess the soul of Clark Kent himself, Deville tries to tempt him into betraying his morals to claim his soul, eventually trying to force Clark to resort to murder on the threat of raping Lana right in front of him, in the form of a despicable Serial Rapist Clark had apprehended earlier.
    • Adam Verrell, from the season 4 premiere "A Change of Heart", is a respected philanthropist who is beloved by the public of Capitol City for his charitable deeds. Verrell donates a series of TV screens to Capitol City that have uplifting messages on them. However, Verrell is secretly a nihilist who believes that humanity is collection of moral degenerates and plans to prove this by destroying Capitol City. The TV screens are actually mind-control devices designed to drive people insane. A priest looks at one of Verrell's screens and flies into a rage, pushing 2 strollers with babies in them into traffic (they are saved by Superboy). Later at a public event, the a screen causes the mayor to go into a rage and take a gun from a cop and start firing on the crowd. After Superboy disarms the mayor, the screen causes the crowd to riot. Meanwhile, Verrell is dating Lana Lang and puts a drug in her wine that makes her appear dead, and frames Superboy for her death. Verrell takes Lana to his basement lair and puts her in a cage, threatening to electrocute her if she gets out of line. Verrell then kidnaps a Mad Scientist named Tommy Puck who was recently released from prison and forces him to increase the power of his mind-control machine so that he can affect the entire city at once. Later, Verrell wants Puck to further increase the machine's power, so that people will actively try to murder each other.
  • The Adventures of Superman: Lou Cranek, from season 1's "The Mind Machine", is a major crime boss being investigated by a Senate subcommittee for his illegal activities. Cranek kidnaps a scientist named Edward Stanton and steals a device Stanton invented that would use hypnosis to help mental patients. Cranek, who wants Stanton to use the machine as a Mind-Control Device, forces Stanton by knife point to force his former accountant to change his testimony in front of the committee. The accountant then goes insane, hijacks a bus with school children on it and nearly drives it over a cliff. Superman saves the children, but the accountant dies, the machine having destroyed his mind. Cranek uses the machine to silence and kill 2 other witnesses. When confronted with these deaths by Stanton, Cranek states he does not care and will use the machine himself when Stanton refuses to. Cranek plans to kill Stanton after he no longer needs him and plans to use the machine to silence the final witness against him, Lois Lane.
  • Airwolf: Charles Henry Moffett, from the series premiere, is the genius inventor of the attack helicopter Airwolf but also a brutal sociopath. Turning on the US, Moffett massacres a room full of personnel and later sells his services to Libya, using the Airwolf for terrorist attacks where he even wipes out an entire US battleship. Discovering a dancing girl is a spy for the agency called The Firm, Moffett tortures her in the desert where she eventually dies of thirst and exposure. Even after his death, in season 2's "Moffett's Ghost", it is revealed Moffett planned for the possibility and programmed the Airwolf to go berserk and fly itself to destroy everything it could if he did not enter a specific code to stop it, referring to it as his last jest upon an insane world.
  • Alcatraz
    • Kit Nelson is a savage child-killer who is despised by all the other hardened inmates in Alcatraz. He murdered his younger brother when they were both kids by strangling him to death. Then he placed a flower on his brother's bed, adopting this method for all his subsequent murders. He breaks into young boys' bedrooms at night to abduct them at knifepoint, threatening to kill their families if they don't comply. He forces them to take part in his late brother's favorite hobbies for a few days, before strangling them to death with murderous glee. Afterwards he drops off the boys' bodies back in the place he abducted them from.
    • Paxton Petty plants mines in public places and enjoys watching people get blown to pieces. During The Korean War, he planted mines in the local children's playgrounds to eliminate potential Child Soldiers, for which he was arrested and sent to a military prison. After escaping Alcatraz, he starts to plant more mines around San Francisco—including in elementary schoolyards—to kill as many random civilians as possible. He traps Agent Hauser on one of these mines, but modifies the bomb in such a way that the bomb disposal expert who rescues Hauser would inevitably be killed during the dismantling procedure no matter what they did.
  • Alien Nation:
    • Koulak, a sadistic Overseer guard from the episode "The Game", is infamous for having created a special "game." Since salt is corrosive to the skin of his species, Koulak designs a device that randomly fires out steam, water or salt water, forcing "players" to press buttons that blast them, with none knowing what will hit them until it's too late. Reveling in his authority, Koulak frequently taunted the series's hero, George, then known as Stangya, with the knowledge his turn would come to join the game, even selecting George's brother to play, resulting in his death. Upon the arrival on earth, Koulak becomes a crime boss who continues his game in illegal underground betting rings, forcing those who owe him money to play, or just abducting others off the streets. In a series focusing on tolerance and equality, Koulak stands apart as the darkest the Overlords had to offer.
    • Body and Soul: In this Made-for-TV Movie, Chorboke, The Keeper Of Hell or The Dark One, was a Mad Scientist who is sadistic, even by the standards of the Overseers. Seeking to create the "perfect slave", Chorboke killed thousands on his operating tables. After the Day of Descent, Chorboke was thought dead, but participated in a secret government program and escaped after murdering the head of the program and using plastic surgery to steal his identity. Continuing his surgeries, Chorboke murders any connection to him and attempts to test Tectonese weapons to sell them to the highest bidder, not caring that these could be magnitudes deadlier than the atomic bomb. When he and George end up in mortal combat, Chorboke sneers that his one regret is he was never able to subject George to his table like so many other innocent victims.
  • American Gothic (1995): Sheriff Lucas Buck is a devilish, corrupt lawman in the town of Trinity who kicks the plot off by raping a woman, later murdering her after she gives birth to his son, and then murders her daughter, framing and killing her husband before trying to claim the boy Caleb for himself to raise in his image. A charming, charismatic man, Lucas is responsible for frequent disappearances of "outsiders", in one instance keeping a pesky reporter tied up and tortured until the man dies, and shows no hesitation in utterly destroying the lives of those who defy him on what he wants. In one such instance, a man who refuses Lucas's request to employ his sixteen-year-old daughter is steadily driven insane and tricked into murdering his own wife while a radio host who tries to blackmail Lucas finds his career and life utterly destroyed. Lucas attempts to corrupt Caleb, murdering people on seeming whims or to achieve long-reaching goals, and even tries to trick the ghost of Caleb's sister into killing a baby so she can return to life and destroy Caleb's faith in her.
  • American Horror Story franchise:
    • Asylum:
      • The Devil itself is called up in a failed exorcism and possesses an innocent young nun, driving her to uninhibited and lewd behavior and trapping her in perpetual agony. The Devil proceeds to murder an inmate For the Evulz, as well as a concentration camp survivor who might expose the resident doctor as a Nazi war criminal, and unleashes Spree Killer Leigh Emerson on Sister Jude. When Jude is stripped of her position, the Devil tortures her to the point where her reflexes are severely impaired and later rapes the Monsignor solely to debase him and mock his vows of celibacy.
      • The friendly-seeming Dr. Oliver Thredson is the true identity of the original Bloody Face. To deal with his own Parental Abandonment, Bloody Face kidnaps women whose skin he thinks feel like his mother, killing and skinning those whose skin fails his macabre test to make masks or furniture. As Dr. Thredson, he is tasked with evaluating a man accused of the Bloody Face murders, which he takes advantage of by convincing the man to confess. Tricking Lana Winters into trusting him, Bloody Face lures her from the insane asylum to his house, where he reveals he has murdered and kept her girlfriend's corpse on ice. Tormenting Lana, Bloody Face tries to get her to become intimate with the corpse and then rapes her when she tries to flee. Willing to kill Lana even after she has become pregnant with his child, Bloody Face smugly states his intent to get away with his crimes using the insanity defense.
    • Freak Show: Both halves of the Big-Bad Ensemble are equally nasty:
      • Dandy Mott is a spoiled heir who exhibited signs of sociopathy even in childhood, and is heavily implied to have caused another boy's disappearance. As an adult, he has become bored with his lavish lifestyle. This is alleviated when he meets Twisty, a Serial Killer who has kidnapped several young children, whom Dandy is shown gleefully tormenting psychologically. Dandy later becomes a killer himself, after being introduced to "the sweet language of murder". Two of his many victims are another childhood friend and his own mother, the latter of whom he turns into a giant Dead Woman Puppet after bathing in her blood. While he asserts that he identifies with the freaks, he talks down to them and uses the term "freak" to insult them, even after correcting his Dragon for doing the same thing. After they get fed up with his mistreatment, they walk out on their contracts, so Dandy calmly strolls around their campgrounds and shoots them dead as he sees them. Despite his claims of being in love with the Tattler twins, he treats them like possessions rather than human beings, and it's quite obvious that whatever "love" he feels for them is purely narcissistic. Though he presents himself as a cultured aristocrat, Dandy is ultimately just an overgrown child who never quite grew out of the mentality that everyone and everything exists solely to entertain him and bend to his will.
      • Stanley wants to kill the freaks just so he can make money off selling their bodies to a museum. Posing as a talent scout to lure Maggie into becoming his apprentice, Stanley attempts to manipulate her into killing Jimmy for him, admitting he would kill her too if her body could be sold. Constantly dreaming of killing the freaks and the money he will make off the freaks' bodies, Stanley tries to poison Bette and Dot with cupcakes, and when he sees Dell at a gay bar, blackmails Dell into killing Ma Petite for him, taunting him about the guilt he feels. When Jimmy gets arrested, Stanley convinces Jimmy to let him saw off one of his deformed hands and sell it to get Jimmy a lawyer, only for Stanley to cut off both his hands and keep all the money from selling them to himself, leaving Jimmy imprisoned. When Maggie tells the freaks of Stanley's intention, the latter, greedy and self-serving to the end, cowardly tries to save his own life, outing Elsa as Ethel's murderer to try and redirect their hatred.
    • Hotel: James Patrick March, the deceased first owner of the Hotel Cortez, is a wealthy Serial Killer who murdered countless people in life and continues to do so as a ghost. When he learned that his wife was still interested in her former lover, he had the man sealed up behind a wall in an abandoned wing of the hotel and left him there to die. He has also served as an Evil Mentor to some of history's most prolific serial killers, and is responsible for corrupting John Lowe into becoming the Ten Commandments Killer. This is part of a project of his in order to "kill God", purely to spite a particularly defiant religious man he killed while alive. March is completely self-centered in his desire for the Countess, arranging her death so that she will be forced to spend eternity trapped in the hotel with him. Finally, March controls the Addiction Demon, a strange rapist creature with a drill for a penis whom March uses to threaten others into following his orders. A sadistic, brutal savage who hides his true nature beneath a veneer of class and aristocracy, March is the only member of a morally ambiguous cast without a single redeeming quality.
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Even in this Nightmare Fuel-filled series, these two stand out:
    • The Keeper, from season 4's "The Tale of the Closet Keepers", is an alien administrator of an intergalactic zoo, whose only apparent motives are greed and sadism. To show off "biodiversity" in his zoo, he takes to having children abducted from all over the world and keeps them in line through torture. He does this using a device that will emit a sound that paralyzes its victim with agony and drives them insane, which he demonstrates on one of his henchmen. When he abducts Stacy and her friend Billy, he states that he kills children he finds deficient or clever, as he plans to do when he learns Stacy is deaf. When Stacy leads an escape and topples his operations, the Keeper takes Billy at gunpoint mockingly stating that she wouldn't dare hurt her friend when she threatens to use his torture device against him.
    • "Margot", from season 5's "The Tale of the Night Shift", is a teenage girl who gets a job as a nurse at a hospital working on the night shift. We find out that "Margot" is actually a sadistic, ancient vampire who spends his time feeding on the hospital's staff and patients, one of whom is a young boy in a wheel chair, and attempting to turn them into his vampire slaves. When confronted by the episode's protagonist Amanda and her friend Colin, the vampire compares a hospital to a candy shop for him. When Amanda's recently turned friend Felix tries to help Amanda, the vampire attacks him too. During the climax of the episode, the vampire chases Amanda to the roof of the hospital and lifts her up, planning to drop her off and lick up what's left, all while relishing Amanda's screams, before deciding the old-fashioned way is a better way to kill.
  • Argentina Tierra De Amor Y Venganza: Samuel Trauman runs a brothel filled with women forced into prostitution. These women are found by his agent Alfreda in European countries ravaged by wars, and brought under the pretense that they would get married to a rich landlord in Argentina. Once in the country, they are unpersoned, renamed to make it difficult to track them, and kept as prisoners inside the brothel, never allowed to leave. Trauman stays in business thanks to a network of Corrupt Politicians, Dirty Cops and trigger-happy bodyguards. When criticized, he argues that he is providing a public service, and that he is a benefactor who rescued those women from poverty and gave them a job. Trauman has an absolute contempt for everyone, including his wife and his Ignored Enamored Underling Madame Ivonne. As Aldo Ferretti managed to freed Raquel, one of his prostitutes, Trauman seduced Aldo's sister Ana to kidnap and sell her newborn baby first and try to force her into the prostitution network. Despite being a Jew, Trauman is a Persona Non Grata among the Jewish community and longs to be accepted in it; but when a rabbi gave him a chance to talk things he could not find a single sin to repent.
  • Ash vs. Evil Dead: Baal, Big Bad of season 2 and the Greater-Scope Villain of the entire franchise as a whole, was the demon responsible for the Deadites as their creator and father. Intending to allow evil to dominate earth and enslave or slaughter humanity, Baal has his children turn on their mother and sends them to attack and slaughter humans. Baal then infiltrates the town of Elk Grove by skinning and impersonating multiple people before capturing Ash and subjecting him to mental torture where he traps him in a fantasy, making Ash believe that the entirety of the past 30 years have been an elaborate delusion, intending to use Ash to murder his own friends to destroy a threat to Baal. Upon being sent to the past, Baal has his ex-wife Ruby murdered by her still-evil 1982 incarnation and attempts to kill Ash in a duel, mocking Ash for ever thinking he would have intentions of honoring the deal should Ash win. Responsible for the loss of countless lives thanks to the Necronomicon and the actions of the Deadites, Baal stands apart from the other Deadites for his ambition and cruelty.
  • Assault On Dome 4 (1997 Sci-Fi Channel movie): Alex Windham is a charismatic terrorist with a poisonous intellect. Blowing up the warden and massacring the guards of the prison he's sent to before breaking out its prisoners to use as his muscle—and cheerfully quipping on how he flushed out all of the women he took aboard into space—Windham arrives and takes over the interplanetary colony of Dome 4, executing the local officer and forcing the forty workers to engineer deadly bombs for him. Windham's ultimate intention is to force Earth to sign off the small planet of Stella 9 to him to lord over their simple populace as a god, threatening to start bombing entire continents on Earth should his demands not be met. Along the way, Windham executes a would-be escapee; gives his henchmen full right to slaughter any rebellious hostages; murders the best friend of his adversary Chase Moran before threatening the same with Chase's wife Lily, whom he attempts to rape; and finally tries to have the entirety of Dome 4 and everyone on it blown up. Seamlessly combining a superficial display of elegance with a terrifying streak of anger and an ego the size of a planet, Windham is willing to expend the lives of millions purely to slake his raging God complex.
  • Attack of the Gryphon (2007 Syfy Channel Original Movie): The Sorcerer Armand manipulates the King of Lockland to allow him to awaken the Gryphon before using it to kill soldiers from their enemy nation of Delphi and turning it back upon Lockland in a coup. Later inflaming tensions by brutally murdering an investigator and using a message to cause a civil war, Armand uses the Gryphon to ravage villages that resist him, killing many, many innocents. Planning on using the Grpyhon to kill all the soldiers of both nations, Armand intends to become immortal and usurp both kingdoms to rule forever with the Princess of Lockland as his unwilling bride.
  • Babylon 5:
    • Jha'Dur, known as Deathwalker, from season 1's episode of the same name, is a Dilgar war criminal and the worst example her species had to offer. Known for performing gruesome experiments upon innocents, Jha'Dur finds herself upon Babylon 5, and when cornered, she unveils a grand scheme to offer immortality to the other planets' governments. Earth accepts her offer and Deathwalker reveals to Commander Jeffrey Sinclair that immortality would require cannibalism, forcing civilizations to fall upon and destroy each other. The sheer delight she took in watching others suffer was nearly unmatched in the series.
    • Lord Antono Refa, from seasons 2 and 3, is a Centauri nobleman and politician defined by his limitless ambition and utter willingness to murder millions of innocents for his own advancement. While he claims he wants to "return the Centauri to Glory", in reality he only cares about himself and plans on claiming the Imperial Throne. Refa sabotages his own people's military and economy to undermine his Emperor, Turhan, and stages the assassination of Turhan's loyal prime minister to remove resistance for Refa's candidate for emperor, the psychopathic Cartagia. Refa consolidates his own power by framing and executing political opponents for treason, disgracing their families, and exploiting the law to steal their property, such as what he attempted to do to a war hero who asked too many questions. Personally overseeing the Centauri's war against the Narns, Refa uses illegal mass drivers to bombard the Narn home world, targeted civilian centers, created death camps and initiated genetic cleansing programs. Throwing his lot in with the Shadows, Refa exploits the alliance by waging war against other alien worlds. Refa served as a dark shadow of Londo Mollari, showing what he would be if he cast aside all scruples in the pursuit of power.
    • Emperor Cartagia, from season 4, is the psychopathic ruler of the Centauri Republic, a madman whose murderous and mercurial moods leave his courtiers living in perpetual terror. Those who disagree with, criticize or even annoy him with things as mundane as a constant cough, are decapitated, their heads kept in a secret room for Cartagia to converse with at his leisure. When a jester makes a joke at Cartagia's expense, he at first pretends to be unoffended, only to then kill him. After G'Kar is captured, Cartagia becomes obsessed with breaking him by making him scream, so he has him tortured for hours straight by his best torturer, then, when that fails to elicit a response, Cartagia tortures him personally. He only refrains from cutting off G'Kar's hands because he passed out and it wouldn't be fun without a reaction. Later, he has one of G'Kar's eyes plucked out because he didn't like the way G'Kar was looking at him. He then takes G'Kar to the Narn home world for a public trial and vivisection to crush the enslaved Narns' spirits. Cartagia's ultimate plan is to use his alliance with the Shadows to provoke their nemeses, the Vorlons, into destroying Centauri Prime. While the Centauri believe their emperors become gods upon death, Cartagia wants to become a god while alive, planning to be off world while his home world dies. Cartagia sees no problem with the eradication of his species since he thinks their lives would be meaningless without him, and wants Centauri Prime to burn as an inauguration pyre to mark his ascension into godhood.
    • President (William) Morgan Clark is the former Vice President and eventual dictator of Earth. Taking office after arranging his predecessor's assassination, Clark quickly establishes himself as a xenophobic fascist who justifies his naked power grabs by claiming they're done to protect Earth from alien sabotage. He creates the Nightwatch, turns news outlets into his propaganda machines, and conducts torture on political enemies so they confess to crimes they're innocent of. Upon enacting martial law, Mars refused to obey President Clark's decree. In retaliation, he bombed their civilian centers. When Babylon 5 secedes from Earth until President Clark is removed for his crimes, Clark wages war against Sheridan and the station. One of his most notable atrocities is slaughtering 10,000 refugees fleeing the war just to send a message. Clark also has no loyalty to his troops, trying to kill some in a False Flag Operation to turn public opinion against Babylon 5. When the war turns against him and his capture is imminent, President Clark opts to commit suicide, but not before enacting SCORCHED EARTH. With a final act of spite, Clark turned Earth's own defense grid against it to destroy the entire planet rather than allow anyone else to rule it.
  • Bad Guys:
    • The nameless killer in the first two episodes is a brutal psychopath who opens the series murdering a cop who tries to stop him. With his goal being to have the highest body count in the history of Korean serial killers, the killer kills 22 innocents, starting by bludgeoning them to death before graduating to using a knife. Due to his sloppiness, however, he leaves survivors: a young woman he scarred after murdering her sister and a woman and her young daughter. When the titular squad of "bad guys" are used by the police to hunt him down, the serial killer attempts to murder one of them and proceeds to try to hunt down and kill the past survivors, mocking one's pleas for mercy and saying he's going to kill her regardless.
    • Hwang Gyeong-soon, a former pimp turned human trafficker, is a cruel woman who runs a massive smuggling operation, where women are kidnapped and sold into sex slavery, or simply have their organs harvested while they're still alive. Hwang also has people indebted to her, and takes various organs when they cannot pay her back. In one such instance, she cruelly taunts a child whose father is about to have his eyes removed, and when the "bad guys" invade her headquarters, she orders them killed as brutally as possible. The scope and scale of her operations disgust even hardened mobsters and hitmen such as Woong-chul and Tae-soo, the former of whom angrily comments that no matter how much one loves money, some lines should never be crossed the way Hwang does.
  • Banshee: Banshee, PA, is inhabited by many unsavory characters, with these the worst.
    • The unnamed albino prisoner from season 1's flashbacks was hired to torment the man who would become known as "Lucas Hood" first by viciously beating the latter, then attempting to make Hood his Sex Slave for the remainder of his 15-year prison sentence. Dreaded by fellow inmates, "the Albino" has at least one forced partner, whom he brags was a straight man coerced into a relationship with him to assert dominance and is implied to have an entire unwilling harem. Enraged when Hood maims his boyfriend's face, making him less "pretty", the Albino angrily tries to orally rape Hood before cutting his throat.
    • Calvin Bunker, Kurt Bunker's brother, is the leader of the Aryan Brotherhood in Banshee, where he proceeds to burn off his brother's tattoos off with a blowtorch when he denounces his allegiance to them in season 3's finale. Appearing in season 4, Calvin has a trespasser's head caught in a vice, where he proceeds to tighten the vice's grip, crushing his head and killing him. When his father-in-law, Randall Watts, arrives and takes over leadership, Calvin would bisect one of his own men on Watts's orders before killing Watts and present his head to Kai Proctor; He would also rape his own wife after bragging that he killed Watts, her father. When his brother, Kurt, tries to protect Calvin's wife and son safe from him, Calvin beats his work boss to death out of rage, before attempting to kill Kurt and his own wife and son.
    • The unnamed black ops soldier, from season 4, purchases Job from a human auction site where he would proceed to torture Job for twenty months. The torture methods include blinding his eyes with burning lights; spraying a naked Job with a fire hose; and leaving him dangling on a noose for days, the last of which cause Job's suicide, which the soldier prevents only so he can torture him more. When Job's allies try to buy Job from him, the soldier, implied to have many more victims, tries to have them killed with Job and steal their money
    • Declan Bode, also from season 4, is a sadistic Serial Killer who has killed numerous women in Banshee. He would bring these women to his home where would cut them while they are still alive and they would painfully die from their wounds. He also leads a satanic cult, manipulating many people to join his cause; He also molested his female followers since they were children and persuades one to immolate herself in the Banshee sheriff's department. Kidnapping FBI agent Veronica Dawson, Sheriff Brock Lotus, and "Lucas Hood", Bode would leave the latter two at the mercy of his followers while he proceeds to make Dawson his next victim.
  • Bates Motel:
    • Season 1’s Big Bad, Jake Abernathy, AKA Joe Fioretti, the boss of a Sex Slave trade, operates his business out of several towns and supplies some of his subordinates with girls as a special compensation. When he learns that the operation in White Falls is compromised, Abernathy begins to stalk Norma Bates and threaten her to get the money he believes she has. When he is confronted by Sheriff Romero, Abernathy attempts to establish a new partnership with him to continue the slavery business and keep it going in White Falls.
    • Zach Shelby seems at first like a charming, likable guy who wants to help Norma Bates and her family out. It is soon revealed Shelby is a deadly, violent man who participates (along with Keith Summers, who is killed early on) in the sex slave operation under the direction of Jake Abernathy and just helped out the family so he could sleep with Norma. Shelby keeps an Asian sex slave named Jiao locked in terrible conditions in his basement where he regularly rapes her, and when he discovers the Bates family have helped her escaped, he attempts to murder them all. When he sees Jiao again, he tries to murder her as well, presumably succeeding, before he forces Norma, Norman and Dylan Bates into the motel so that he can kill them.
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003):
    • (John) Cavil, aka Number One, is the de facto leader of the Cylons and the first model of the Significant Eight made by the Final Five, the progenitors of the race. He proves to be a hateful being angered by his creators' decision to give him a human body. He kills his brother Daniel out of jealousy, wiping out the line. He wipes the minds of his five parents and reprograms his siblings to forget about them. Then he puts the Final Five on human worlds to witness the genocide he initiates against the Twelve Colonies and hunts down the surviving humans to spite his parents and to make them realize they should love him as the "prince of the universe" he fancies himself as. Despite professing to want revenge for the humans' enslavement of the Centurions, he promptly does the same thing. He uses a Scarpia Ultimatum to rape his mother and tortures and mutilates his father. During his time in the human fleet Cavil also killed a young orphan boy just because they were becoming friends, and at the end of the series tries to dissect little Hera Agathon to uncover the secret to Cylon procreation. He permanently boxes the Threes over the other Cylons' objections. When half of his brethren break with him over his enslavement of the Centurions and Raiders, he promptly wipes out the Sixes, Twos, and Eights, leaving only a handful alive. While John claims he wants to be a robot more than anything, he willfully succumbs to the lowest human instincts he so hates: vengeance, lust, and sadism.
    • Phelan, the ex-military mercenary turned crime lord from season 2’s "Black Market," runs the titular market and garrotes anyone who threatens his supremacy. When Apollo investigates the death of one of Phelan's competitors, the man pays him a visit, abducting the Hooker with a Heart of Gold Apollo had been seeing regularly and taking her daughter, warning Apollo that "I hear any more talk about Fisk I'm gonna send your whore back to you piece by piece, and then I'm gonna start on the little girl." As if that's not enough, in his headquarters he keeps a bunch of children locked in a cell. When Apollo confronts him and asks about that, he claims that some people are "demanding". When Apollo demands the kid back, Phelan replies, "Sorry, the little girl's been paid for. No refunds."
  • Beast Master:
    • King Zad is the Big Bad for the first two seasons. The barbarian king of the violent Terrons, Zad is the man who destroyed The Beastmaster Dar's home city and killed his father King Eldar. Zad routinely has innocent villages massacred with the women taken for entertainment and other survivors forced to fight monsters and wild animals for Zad's amusement. Taking Dar's lover Kyra as a slave, Zad psychologically torments her while lusting after her, intending to break her and make her submit to him "willingly" for the pleasure of taking away Dar's beloved. Zad also kills his men on a constant basis for petty or imagined reasons with his other crimes including trying to kill the final unicorns, trying to murder children who may one day grow up to oppose him and even murders his own sister when she betrays him for her own power. Revealed as a servant of the demonic lord Balcifer, Zad plans to assist Balcifer in his conquest of the world and the extermination of everything besides Zad's own territories so Zad can reign over the last remnants of humanity.
    • The aforementioned Balcifer, Lord of Darkness, contacted King Zad years ago and convinced him to become his agent on Earth, and gave him his first task: The genocide of the entire Sula Tribe to eradicate the only bloodline that could actually harm him. At the start of season 3, Balcifer casually kills the Ancient One and returns to check on Zad's progress, with it being revealed that all the crimes of the Terrons were at Balcifer's bequest. In the finale, Balcifer arrives in person, promptly devours an innocent woman's soul. Balcifer tries to corrupt Dar to become his new Dragon, seeing as he finds Zad to have outlived his usefulness. Balcifer then reveals his attempt to cover the world in darkness and exterminate all that lives save for himself.
  • Being Human (UK):
    • William Herrick, John Mitchell's sire, is a truly nasty piece of work. Initially hiding under a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire facade, Mitchell learns the truth when he sees that Herrick has kept a larder for the vampires consisting of homeless people and teenage runaways where they are fed on relentlessly with no time to recover. When Mitchell protests, Herrick puts him firmly in the "minus" column and decides to kill him and everyone he loves. Later, Herrick casually slaughters a police station after he is resurrected and regains his memory. Before this, he stabs his pregnant nurse in the back, having considered sparing her but opting not to as he doesn't wish anyone to think he's gone soft. Even before he became a vampire, Herrick was a piece of work and was turned by his sire Hettie while trying to sell her to a brothel. Hettie looks ten.
    • Alfie Kirby is the ghost of a Serial Killer whose favored method of killing was to seduce women by pretending to be great with kids and then murder the families once they trusted him. He turns the housemates against each other through manipulation and shatters Annie the ghost her into pieces, before performing a celebratory Happy Dance and immediately trying to kill a baby.
    • Mr. Snow is the de facto leader of The Old Ones, the ruling class of vampires. Snow is so ancient he claims to have looked upon "Pharaohs and the son of the carpenter". First introduced when he forces a ship's crew to feed him a luckless young man with the chilling message "someone or everyone", Snow planned to launch a full war to enslave humanity and in the timeline where he isn't stopped, personally drained the British Prime Minister on live TV. Snow would preside over a regime where humans were enslaved and drained, all with nothing more than cheery good humor.
  • Birds of Prey:
    • Detective Claude Morton, from Prey for the Hunter, is a transfer cop from Bludhaven's PD who in actuality is a Serial Killer of Metas. Morton copies his victim's mutative powers before turning them against his victims and horribly killing them, racking up a sizable victim count of criminals and innocents alike. When he's ousted by Huntress, Morton derides his partner as a "disappointment" for refusing to shoot Huntress and reveals that not only is he a Meta as well, but he's seeking to commit genocide on his own kind simply so he can live in a world free of "freaks".
    • Malcolm, from Gladiatrix, is the misogynistic owner of the titular illegal fighting club. To keep his club running, Malcolm has Metahuman woman kidnapped and uses a drug to give them uncontrollable rage to make them fight to the death for the amusement of both him and his customers. Any fighters who don't strike the killing blow on their opponent are tortured to death for disobeying him. A Control Freak of the highest order, Malcolm also uses electric shock collars which inflict horrific pain to keep his fighters docile and under his control.
  • Bitten:
    • Malcolm Danvers is a vicious and power-hungry werewolf and Jeremy's abusive father. When Jeremy became alpha, Malcolm left the pack rather than be ruled by his son, and reemerged after his assumed death, as the orchestrator behind the mutt uprising, using Santos and other proxies into recruiting psychopaths, killers and rapists in a bid to destroy his son's pack, resulting in the murders of several innocent people and Jeremy's pack members. Malcolm also stalks Elena and has her former pedophile stalker Victor Olson turned and has him show up at an art gallery to torment her. After the battle between the mutts and the pack ends with all the mutts being killed, Malcolm shows no regard nor care for their deaths, letting them kill Santos. Malcolm confronts Jeremy about his true intentions on continuing this war, taking Elena for himself; kidnaps Logan's pregnant girlfriend Rachel; and leaves the decapitated head of Elena's boyfriend Phillip for her to find. He claims his reasoning for the latter is to punish Elena for wanting to have a human life, going as far as to tell her that she should be grateful. Finding himself stalked by Alister, Malcolm goes on the run, leaving his followers to die, and killing a kind old man who gave him a ride. It's also revealed that he tried to kill Clayton as a child, being the werewolf who bit him, and killed Clayton's mother that same night, resulting in his father committing suicide.
    • Thomas LeBlanc is a deranged misogynistic Serial Killer and Serial Rapist, who kept a scrapbook of his previous exploits complete with parts of his victims. When recruited into the mutts, he takes part in an ambush in which he stabs Jeremy with a poisoned blade that nearly kills him before Elena breaks LeBlanc's wrist while interrogating him for the antidote. Forming a petty vendetta towards Elena, LeBlanc attempts to murder her, managing to shoot and wound her while playing a cat and mouse game and callously killing a woman he mistook for Elena. Later when Amber demands to be turned into a werewolf, LeBlanc bites her and watches with amusement as she goes through a slow and painful botched transformation; while seemingly kills her, it's later revealed she's reduced to a vegetative state Later he has fun chasing down and trying to kill Logan's pregnant girlfriend, and when the time comes to attack Stonehaven, defies orders to keep Elena alive, intending her to be the first in a new scrapbook he's planning. A deviant who admits to having no morals, openly disdains and disrespects even his own allies, his habits and attitude crosses enough lines that one of his bosses, Henry Marsten decides to help Elena kill him when he's decides that he's had enough of LeBlanc.
    • Clara Sullivan was once a rebellious young witch, and spiteful from her youth. While she had a moment of humanity in her past where she delivered and rescued a newborn baby from death, despite knowing the prophecies as a child growing up to be the Destroyer, she would later use this act later in life for more nefarious purposes. Having her magic stripped away as punishment for using it to kill people, Clara would later track this child Alister down and reveal his destiny to him, planning to bring about the Undoing—an event that would kill every witch on the planet—out of revenge. With Clara acting as Alister's hidden partner and mentor, Alister embraces his destiny, gaining a cult and army, entailing mass murder, torture, experimentation and brainwashing on numerous people at his hands. Clara has Alister seduce women to find a body for Clara to possess, if not destroying the souls of the victims, trapping them in their own subconscious. Clara wants the body of 12-year-old Savannah in order to survive the Undoing as a conduit and take Savannah's powers for her own. When the time of the Undoing comes and an attempt to kill Alister starts to prevent it, Clara and Alister track down his mother Ruth to kill her, and when Savannah breaks free and tries to escape, Clara chases her down, gloating to her how she'll use her powers to cause havoc and promising to kill Savannah's friends in the pack.
    • Roman Navikev is the arrogant, ruthless and supremely influential alpha of the Russian werewolves, later revealed to be Elena's grandfather. Roman runs his pack like the mob, using intimidation and bribery, and is violently abusive and indifferent to his son Konstantine. It's quickly revealed that he murdered his daughter Natalya after discovering her relationship with Sasha, promising to kill Sasha's family. Despite claiming to love his daughter or feeling remorse, he spitefully refuses to take responsibility for her murder, never actually knew her and it's suggested he killed her because he was jealous of her and Sasha's relationship. Having discovered the existence of witches, he calls on witch hunts in Russia to add to his pack's power, and kill those who won't join. When he learns of Sasha's whereabouts, and his connection to Elena. After a parlay meeting goes awry, Roman attempts to kill Sasha on the spot, stabbing former Sheriff Karen and starts a war with Jeremy's pack. Roman sets loose the Albino twins in his stead, leading to multiple unnecessary innocent deaths, culminating in Katya's murder. When Jeremy is captured, Roman plans on framing Jeremy for a coup to justify killing him, forcing him to watch as Elena and Sasha are both tortured; despite promising to let them go, he orders Elena's torture to continue in an attempt to force Sasha to kill her.
  • Black:
    • Wang Yong-choon is a former hitman and sadistic Serial Killer who killed his wife for insurance money. Roped into the far-reaching conspiracy with the promise of a lofty payout, Wang killed many people for the conspiracy and murdered the father of Detective Ha-ram when he saved a child from Wang. After escaping a mental hospital, Wang begins taking revenge, torturing the hospital director to death and killing whoever else catches his fancy, even trying to revenge himself on Congressman Kim by locking him in a burning building with children, not caring if they all burn.
    • The aforementioned Congressman Kim Woo-shik is one of the masterminds of the conspiracy. Involved in a prostitution ring, Kim raped a teenage girl on camera, unaware he was being filmed. Having numerous people murdered to recover the tape and hide his crime, Kim personally murdered his blackmailer's boyfriend to keep the secret and in the present continues his crimes by eliminating even people close to him if they pose a danger in order to keep his political career alive.
  • Black Lightning:
    • Season 1: The racist, revolting Martin Proctor is the man in charge of the Freeland operations of the sinister ASA. On his own, he restarts a vaccine program with a high mortality rate due to how it can potentially enslave innocent African-Americans and create superpowered pawns. Repackaging it into a drug and circulating it throughout the city to target teenagers with an epidemic of death following, those who develop superpowers are taken for experimentation. When Proctor goes up against his rival Gambi, he has a subordinate force Gambi's surrender by holding a large crowd at gunpoint and is flatly disappointed he can't massacre them when Gambi surrenders. Proctor proceeds to betray and try to kill his ally, crime lord Tobias Whale, while also framing hero Jefferson Pierce as a drug user, not caring if his men kill anyone in the way. When his plans fail, Proctor shores up his losses and intends to take the surviving teens to perform hideous experiments on them to his heart's content, even trying to blackmail Jefferson into giving him a genetic sample by threatening to kill his family. A twisted, racist madman who cares nothing for the damage he does, Proctor is only too glad to condemn thousands of innocent young black men to death, justifying himself with the worst racist rhetoric.
    • "The Perdi" & "The Sange": The Looker is a metahuman who lords over South Freeland, and an Arc Villain in season 2. Having been exposed to the ASA vaccine 30 years prior, she developed the powers to emanate a mysterious metallic substance known as the Element, which she uses to enslave the white population of South Freeland to join her Hive Mind as Sange. Despite her self-serving belief that she "saved" the town from a drug epidemic, one of her slaves counters that her assimilation is far worse than the drugs; she counters by cruelly murdering him. With the town under her control, the black population—the Perdi—is forced to hide out in the woods, lest the Sange lynch them and hang them from trees. When Anaya, a Perdi, has twin babies with Deacon, a Sange, Looker stops at nothing to capture these babies to be part of her control. Cruel, racist, and self-centered, Looker desired to maintain total dominance over South Freeland, by the most violent means imaginable.
  • The Blacklist contains the most dangerous criminals to ever appear on the face of the earth, but there are still a few that manage to stand out above the rest:
    • Floriana Campo, from season 1's "The Freelancer (No. 145)", is one of the worst, despite not even being on the list. She acts as a human rights activist by day, fighting against the Everhardt Cartel, but by night actually runs said cartel, which is one of the largest slave trading cartels in the world. As the leader of the cartel, she has hundreds if not thousands of men, women, and children kidnapped, has her insignia branded on their back, and sells them to her wealthy clients either as sex slaves or as manual labor. Through these methods, she has ruined the lives of many, just so she could make her own life luxurious. When her husband gets too close to discovering the truth, she murders him in cold blood. She has proven to be so vile, even Reddington despises her.
    • Owen Mallory, formerly Michael Shaw, from season 1's "The Cyprus Agency (No. 64)", is No. 64 on the list. He runs a supposed adoption agency called the Cyprus Agency. Initially believing that the Agency kidnaps children just to sell them towards the wealthy, when FBI task force led by Elizabeth Keen delves into the agency's darkest secrets they find out the truth is far worse. Instead of kidnapping children, the agency kidnaps women all over the world regardless of age and puts them into comas, where Owen himself would rape them so they can produce children, even injecting sedatives to prolong the comas and the process. He has done this to many women, and if some of the women die he simply has his employees dispose of them. He also isn't very good to his employees either, as such when he has his employee kidnap a college girl and said employee makes a mistake, Mallory callously shoots him. When Elizabeth finally catches him she sees how many women he kept in comas and raped, which is in the dozens, and those are just the women still alive. When she asks him why he did all this, he says that as a child in the adoption system he felt that he wasn't perfect, and by kidnapping all these women to rape, they could make his children, thus "ensuring his legacy" and making it so he won't feel that way anymore.
  • Black Mirror:
    • Matthew "Matt" Trent, from White Christmas, is a superficially charming sociopath whose actions have caused suffering for many. His day job involves creating digital yet fully sentient copies of people he calls "cookies", traps them in small devices and enslaves them for his clients. When one "cookie" resists, Matt forces her to experience nearly seven months of complete isolation inside the device, driving her mad and begging for work while heavily implying he's done this many times before. Matt also runs an online group where they watch people have sex, but when his client gets murdered, Matt's only concern was to destroy any evidence linking his involvement in said murder. Making a deal with the police to avoid prison time, he creates a "cookie" of Joe Potter and psychologically torments him continuously until he confesses to a murder. When a broken Joe tearfully admits that he murdered his ex-girlfriend's father, leading to the death of an innocent girl, Matt's only response is to callously cheer before leaving him to the police's mercy.
    • Arquette, from Men Against Fire, is an ardent supporter of the MASS system and its goal of exterminating the Roaches—including innocent children—by changing their appearance into grotesque mutants so soldiers would not hesitate to pull the trigger, despite acknowledging that they are civilians. A military psychologist who uses his position to direct genocidal attacks against the Roaches, Arquette is xenophobic enough to claim that the eugenics program is completely justified since the Roaches have "shit in their DNA". When Stripe begins to discover the truth behind the MASS system, Arquette imprisons him and gives him the Sadistic Choice to either have his memories erased and continue massacring Roaches or stay locked up and have his MASS system configured to replay the footage of him killing Roaches with their appearances intact in an eternal loop.
    • Robert Daly, from USS Callister, is a sociopathic inventor who has created a special mod of the online game Infinity. By taking the DNA of his co-workers, Daly can create fully sentient digital clones in the game, which he uses to torture and mistreat to relieve all his frustrations. Endlessly abusing and humiliating them, Daly refuses to grant them any relief, at one point sealing one woman's mouth to suffocate her and painfully transforming another into a monster when he wishes to make a point. Constantly putting them through endless pain and abuse, when one, Walton refused to play along, Daly got the DNA of his young son and threw the boy's clone out of the airlock with the threat he'd revive him and torture him worse if Walton didn't knuckle under. When the crew tries to escape, Daly vows to torture them even worse than before, starting with Walton's son, threatening how his punishment will be "biblical".
    • Rolo Haynes, from Black Museum, is the owner of the titular museum and a manipulative sociopath who deliberately tricks people into participating in dangerous experiments. In the first of three stories, Haynes manipulates Peter Dawson into irreversibly installing a neurological implant that allows him to feel the physical sensations. Haynes's implant makes Dawson addicted to self-afflicted pain after a near-death experience and ultimately drives him to brutally kill a homeless man. In the second story, Haynes convinces Jack to transfer the consciousness of his comatose wife Carrie, a procedure that strips Jack of his privacy and Carrie of her agency. When their relationship becomes untenable, Haynes initially offers to permanent delete Carrie-thus killing her—without guilt before deciding to move her consciousness into a stuffed monkey. After being fired from TCKR System, Haynes opens the Black Museum and tricks Clayton Leigh, a prisoner convicted for a murder he did not commit, into forfeiting his post-death consciousness by lying that he could help his family. Believing "the day he got the chair was a great day for justice", he moved Clayton's consciousness into the Black Museum. There, he turns Clayton into a sadistic exhibit where guests and white supremacists could force Clayton to relive his execution. He entices his guests to this exhibit with souvenir copies of Clayton's mind reliving his execution, and laughs over the souvenirs being "fun-size".
    • Catherine Ortiz, from Rachel Jack and Ashley Too, is the wicked aunt of the pop star Ashley O who has been exploiting her niece all her life, abusing her whenever Ashley doesn't listen to her demands and drugging her to keep her more docile. Catherine would also develop millions of robotic dolls dubbed Ashley Too, all of whom are sapient copies of Ashley whom Catherine has trapped inside the dolls, giving the fully aware copies only 4 percent of all functions. Upon learning that Ashley is not taking Catherine's drugs, she drugs Ashley's food, deliberately putting Ashley in a coma and keeping her in that vegetative state as she forcibly probes her mind for music while destroying all the sentient Ashley Toos that were recalled. Creating the holographic Ashley Eternal after continuously exploiting Ashley's comatose state for six months, Catherine orders her own niece to be killed, believing her to be of no use to her.
  • Black Sails: Edward "Ned" Low, captain of the Fancy, outdoes any other pirate in series for evil and cruelty. In the opening scenes of season 2, Low waylays a ship called the Good Fortune that peacefully surrenders, but upon finding a valuable hostage on the ship, Low has the crew massacred and personally shoots the captain dead as the man pleads he has a family. Low sets up shop at Nassau and tries to intimidate the head of business Eleanor Guthrie with a speech of how his crew knows Low is a monster. He later fantasizes about raping Eleanor to within an inch of her life. When his quartermaster, Meeks, tries to ally with Eleanor, Low tortures and beheads him in full view of Eleanor's entire bar, then kills her bodyguard when the man tries to make him leave. Low makes clear he will eventually come for Eleanor and confesses he is a man driven solely by cruelty and instinct that he often surrenders to.
  • Blake's 7:
  • Blindspot:
    • Maxwell Tate, from season 1's "Rules in Defiance", is a rich and powerful man, who for at least seven years ran a forced prostitution ring. He has his agents in immigration select young women who are being deported back to Mexico then has his thugs abduct them. Taking them to a building he owns Tate throws elaborate parties for the rich and powerful where the women are repeatedly raped and abused for the guest's pleasure. When one woman, Paloma Diaz, was killed by a guest, Tate forced her friend Camila to dispose of the body, then had a false case built to frame Paloma's boyfriend Ronnie Vargas for abusing, raping and murdering her, guaranteeing Vargas would be executed. When Vargas tried to prove his innocence, Tate had Vargas's sister's home burned to the ground as a warning, almost killing her and her three children. When Tate discovers Tasha Zapata has infiltrated his organization, to cover up what he has been doing he simply has all the women, including Tasha, rounded into the basement where he kept them, then sets the building on fire, dismissing it as "I can't risk leaving any evidence".
    • Marjory Ellis, from season 2's "Draw O Caesar, Erase A Coward", is an auction house manager, who secretly set up, along with Mark Gelman, and masterminds a Human Trafficking operation. Supported and supplied by the Estevez Cartel, they smuggled dozens of kidnapped Mexican citizens into America. Upon arrival the Mexicans are imprisoned in a warehouse, chained to camp beds. The ones who prove to be matches have their organs harvested for Doctor Katz's black market transplants to his rich patients, with Marjory selling the rest to the Ukrainian Mafia. She manipulated Gelman into believing she loved him so he would stay loyal, then abandoned him following his arrest. Learning that the FBI have starting to investigate, Marjory tried to tie up all her loose ends, personally murdering Doctor Katz, then taking her last batch of a dozen victims, plus Kurt Weller and Roman Bridger who she kidnapped, to the Ukrainians for one final sale, before escaping. The worst member of the operation, Marjory possessed no regrets and was driven solely by the pursuit of wealth.
    • Iris Bikelmyer, from season 4's "Careless Whisper", is an auxiliary police officer who, after becoming unsatisfied making models out of dead rats, moonlights as a Serial Killer, dubbed "The New York Ripper". Over several years, she murdered 35 people in Long Island, becoming the deadliest serial killer in the state's history, with her MO ranging from slit wrists and drowning to torture and ritualistic killing. After each death she would carefully pose the bodies, make a strategic cut with a scalpel and set up the crime scene so CSU would find nothing out of place; for years no one connected the deaths. Realizing that true crime author Winston Pear was onto her, Iris broke into his home and bludgeoned him to death with his typewriter. Then from his notebook she tracked down his editor Frankie, slowly killing her whilst sewing her lips shut. Believing Jane Doe was the last persons he needed to eliminate; Iris kidnapped her planning to torture her to death. Sadistic and arrogant, when called out for crimes Iris claimed that her "subjects" should be honored that she chose to immortalize them.
  • Bloodsuckers (2005 TV film): Muco, leader of the Vorhees vampire clan, organizes attacks on human colonies to massacre every human being found there to feed the Voorhes' desire for blood and slaughter. Upon the death of his brother, Muco targets the vampire hunter Captain Churchill, freely admitting his only objection is that while he hated his brother, his death at a human's hands offends Muco's pride as a vampire. Having Churchill killed and turned, Muco launches more attacks on humans with massive casualties, and when he captures Churchill's former team he opts to have Churchill's former protege killed at his vampire mentor's hands. When Muco's environmentalist human partner objects, Muco shoots her and has her torn apart by his men, gleefully stating he intends to learn all he can from humanity before he exterminates them.
  • Blue Bloods:
    • Richard Reed, from season 1's "Re-Do", a vicious Serial Killer and rapist of women, is a misogynistic sadist who thinks all women are his to use and abuse. He later has his conviction overturned because a lab tech screwed up the protocols. With help from his fan club, he terrorized his surviving victim into silence and decided to let one of his fanboys have her. Even his own kin are not safe as Richard beats his sister and ties her up for saying something she "shouldn't have." Later he slits a janitor's throat and attempts to perform his usual MO on Erin Reagan, the ADA who convicted him, before she is saved by Frank. Void of any redeeming qualities or mitigating factors, he stands as one of the very worst the Reagan family went against.
    • The Phantom, real name Donald Washington, from season 2's "The Life We Chose", is a cold-blooded crack dealer and murderer. In the beginning of the episode he ruthlessly shoots detective Cruz and kills Detective Gates, who pleads that he has three kids and to which the Phantom replies "Too bad for them". This shocks even his own cohort who was only planning on robbing them. The Phantom would later kill his cohort when he didn't need him anymore. He later goes after other members of Task Force Apache, the police sting that sold him out planning on killing all of them to keep his drug dealing business running smoothly. Greedy and wishing to make his vile business run smoothly, he cares for no one but himself and is an utter psychopath.
    • Uri Denko, from season 2's "Working Girls", is a ruthless Arms Dealer who Erin is prosecuting. A cold-blooded sadist who has no problem executing a man's wife in front of him in their living room over a business dispute. He would later threaten the man's children in a courtroom outburst to scare him into not testifying but still has him killed anyway after the threats scare him into running. He then puts out a hit on the surviving witness and hounds her mercilessly even going so far as going after her grandmother back in Russia as well. A sociopath of the highest order, he would step on anyone who gets in his way.
    • Santana, from season 3's final two episodes The Bitter End and This Way Out, is a vicious gang leader of the Los Lordes gang. He and his gang are responsible for turning the Bitterman projects into a hellhole and hounding the residents, making them scared for their lives to the point that one young mother commits suicide with her son to get away from him. After her death and Detective Danny Reagan's attempts to take them down, he declares war on the police department and arranges for ambushes, one of which kills Jamie's partner and friend Vinny. He later takes advantage of a mentally-impaired man by having him shoot Mayor Poole by having him think it would be a harmless prank. The shooting would leave Poole paralyzed and in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. After his girlfriend is arrested with his drugs, he panics and puts out a failed hit on her in prison. Santana shows that under his calm and collected demeanor is someone who cares only about himself and would step on anyone who gets in his way.
    • Thomas Wilder's killing fields are discovered early in season 6, where Danny Reagan finds the corpses of three women who have been beaten, raped and murdered. Hunting down clues, it is revealed Wilder has raped and murdered at least 18 women, with only one survivor who still suffers from what he has done to her. Later murdering her as well, Wilder continues killing in his spare time and even murders his own mother. Latching on to Danny Reagan, Wilder kidnaps his niece Nicky to kill her, too, and when Danny saves her, Wilder tricks Danny into shooting him unarmed just so his death will haunt Danny further.
  • Blue Heelers:
    • Vincent Platt, from season 3’s "Spider Man" and "Day of Reckoning", is introduced getting his kicks watching police divers fish out the body of a little girl who was kidnapped, raped and murdered, one of his victims, which disgusts Wayne. The police bring him in, but they can't get any evidence out of him so they cut him loose. He immediately kidnaps another girl, and when he's brought in he refuses to help, cries about his rights, then tries to bait Nick into attacking him by describing techniques on kidnapping little children and how sexually appealing they are. When that doesn't work, he tries to assault him. Nick then brings in the photo of Platt's victim, trying to appeal to some form of decency. Platt steals the photo, taunts Nick about the victim, declares he doesn't have a conscience, and brags that the police "will never find the little bitch.” Nick is so infuriated he tries to kill Platt, before becoming disgusted at what he might have done, but it gives Platt the idea to bash himself and make it look like Nick did it; this fatally backfires
    • Ashley Barker, from season 12’s "Childs Play”, and her boyfriend Luke Knight find young adults to have sex with, by force if they are not willing, then brag about it and Ashley videotapes it and posts it on the Internet. When Luke had picked out a girl, he genuinely liked her. Ashley reacts by using a pair of scissors to stab the girl. She then got Luke to slash her throat but he couldn't, so after he stabbed the victim until he got tired Ashley kept stabbing her even though she was well past dead before she and Luke made another girl Beth stab her as well. When caught, Ashley and Luke both mock the victim's mother.
  • Boardwalk Empire: While other gangsters have shown shades of ruthlessness and callousness, Giuseppe Colombano "Gyp" Rosetti from season 3 is an absolute lunatic of a mob boss who eclipses Nucky Thompson and any other gangster on the show for sheer, senseless and brutal violence. Introduced beating a man to death after the man fixed his car but made an offhand comment Rosetti interpreted as condescending, Rosetti soon all but declares war on Nucky and sadistically burns a man to death later after dousing him in gasoline. In an attempt on his life, Rosetti uses the waitress he was sleeping with as a Human Shield and soon beats a priest to rob his church. In a botched assassination attempt on Nucky, Rosetti bombs a restaurant on the Atlantic City boardwalk which Nucky frequents. Dozens of people are killed along with Nucky's mistress, which Rosetti taunts him with over the phone. When one of his men makes a comment indicating he knows more about nautical terms than Rosetti, Rosetti buries him up to his neck in the sand for the tide, but shows “mercy” when his bodyguard begs him to, as the buried man is said bodyguard's own cousin, by taking the shovel, walking to the man and then smashing his skull in with it.
  • Bodyguard (UK 2018): Nadia Ali is a Middle Eastern Terrorist who led the train bombing operation, in an attempt to kill the hundreds of passengers aboard. Upon being caught by David Budd, she pretends to be a unwilling participant, while pinning her crime on her subordinate posing as her husband. Upon being recruited to Luke Aiken's conspiracy, Nadia would create a bomb for Aiken, that would later be used to kill Home Secretary Julia Montague and countless others caught in the blast radius. In return, Aiken would give Nadia more resources for her to create more bombs; she decides to test one out by having Aiken's men send her bomb to an elementary school that David's children attend, which ends up killing the police force sent to intercept it. Nadia would then spread false information about David, and later has Aiken strap a bomb vest onto David to frame him for all the bomb attacks.
  • Bones:
    • The Gravedigger, aka Heather Taffet, is a dark cross between a Serial Killer and a serial kidnapper. Their modus operandi is to sneak up on victims, knock them out with a custom-made stun gun, and bury them in a hidden container with 24 hours of air; either the ransom is paid, or the victims die. The Gravedigger's introduced by doing this on Dr. Brennan—not because Brennan is a threat, but just because. The Gravedigger also traps Dr. Hodgins at the same time, cutting the available air to around 12 hours, just because he witnessed the kidnapping. When reappearing, The Gravedigger then tries to similarly bury Booth alive to destroy evidence, plus tries to kill Brennan and Booth again. They also kill a private investigator with a stun gun because The Gravedigger thinks that there's a chance that said investigator might find them in the future. Several of the other victims are also sought, with the cruel circumstances behind them all played up. In the end, The Gravedigger admits to just enjoying killing people and the effects that Buried Alive has on victims; the ransom money was immaterial.
    • Christopher Pelant, from seasons 7 to 9, is a genius hacker and a brutal Serial Killer. His first murders his guidance counselor after forging a recommendation for him to go to Stanford. In his adult life he was under house arrest for hacking The Pentagon; he later escapes and retaliates against the government with a new killing spree. Always one step ahead of the Jeffersonian team, Pelant is not afraid of using brutal tactics against them, and proudly takes responsibility for his actions. Pelant would later frame Brennan for the murder of a friend and pulls strings to keep her friends from interfering. In a later appearance, he forces Hodgins to forfeit all his money or else he'll destroy a girls'school in Afghanistan with a military drone. He also cripples and later kills FBI agent Flynn, and brainwashes a girl into killing three FBI agents. When he develops an intellectual infatuation with Brennan, he coerces Booth into calling off their wedding, and not to tell her why, or else he'll continue to kill innocent people. When finally cornered in his hiding spot, Pelant takes to holding Brennan at gunpoint in a last desperate attempt to win. Intellectual, egotistical, controlling and vindictive, Pelant proves to be a dangerous enemy to the Jeffersonian team with his love for playing people like pawns, and killing those in his way.
  • Bosch: David Harris, aka Raynard Waits, is a psychopath who views himself and his crimes as his monument. After getting caught carrying a corpse in his van, he lies to the LAPD about being responsible for the death of Arthur Delacroix. When he is taken to an abandoned factory, he steals Detective Moore's gun and badge before he kills Detective Escobar and a truck driver and escapes to downtown L.A. Waits hides in his adoptive mother's house and goes on to spend the holidays murdering male prostitutes and constructing a catacomb filled with the skulls and bones of his victims. After his mother asks him to refill her medications, Waits smothers her with a pillow before leaving her corpse to rot on her bed. He also psychologically attacks Bosch, from waving to a security camera after brutally killing a cashier to mocking the death of Bosch's mother by murdering a woman, dressing her as a prostitute, and dumping her in a garbage bin. Determined to reach his endgame of Suicide by Cop, Waits forcibly takes a new mother to his catacomb, leaving her abandoned infant with a card reading "Raynard Waits wishes you a 'Happy New Year!'"
  • Brimstone: Hasdrabul Skaras, from "Slayer", was a ruthless Carthaginian warrior who delighted in Rape, Pillage, and Burn. After escaping from Hell, Skaras tries to form an alliance with Detective Ezekiel "Zeke" Stone, but when Zeke rebukes him, Skaras responds by going on a killing spree, during which he specifically targets the widows of police officers, using the victims' own blood to deface the scene of every murder with the Latin phrase "Vae victis" ("woe to the conquered"). During one confrontation with Zeke, Skaras threatens his wife, forces him to shoot a policeman, and leaves him to take the fall for all of the homicides. When Zeke manages to save one widow from him, Skaras kills the woman's elderly mother, and afterward viciously assaults Zeke's friend Father Horn.
  • Broken Trail: Ed "Big Ears" Bywaters is a soft-spoken ex-convict notorious as a horse thief and murderous Bounty Hunter. Ed introduces himself by forcing himself onto Nola Johns, a favored prostitute of Ed's whom he has periodically used and abused to brutal extents over a course of years, and proves his violent streak when he coldly murders a former accomplice of his he suspected of ratting him out. When local brothel keeper Kate Becker employs Ed to investigate a Chinese virgin trade gone awry, Ed takes his time stalking Prent Ritter and his company after they acquire the Chinese girls. At the end of the film, Ed guns down Heck, takes Prent's companions at gunpoint, and prepares to castrate and torture Prent to death in full witness of the captives, gloating that "he'll know what to do" with Nola and the young Chinese girls once he's through with Prent.
  • Burn Notice:
    • Simon Escher was a Psycho for Hire for Anson's organization who had been betrayed by them. When he got out of jail in seasons 3 and 4, Simon embarked on a one man terrorism and murder spree, killing anyone in his way to get to Management, innocent or not. Simon's first appearance has him in a TV store, having shot the employee on duty dead and hacked all the Television in the store to show his grisly crimes, which includes bombings and shootings, and he forces Michael to help him by threatening to bomb a tourist hotel. The CIA later recruit him in the season 7 finale and brings him in on an op to bring down a terrorist network. After eliminating both the extraction team and most of the enemy's men, he tortures the one prisoner they had and kills him in cold blood.
    • Anson Fullerton, from seasons 5 and 6, is the leader of the Organization that burned Michael, which he founded with the old man known only as “Management.” He resurfaced after Max and Michael began researching evidence of more agents, killing the former and framing the latter. With the cover-up foiled, he then orchestrated a plot to gain leverage on Michael: tricking Michael's girlfriend Fiona into thinking she killed two innocent people and recording her confession to blackmail Michael into continuing to work for him and later disposes of a useless asset by blowing the man up in front of his family. Anson eliminates and manipulates more people, even revealing he was the one behind the death of Michael's father. His ultimate moment was trying to bomb a plane to kill one passenger. Anson thinks of everyone as an asset, and there's only one response a ruthless man like him has to one he deems useless.

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  • Captain America (1979): Lou Brackett is an immoral industrialist and, in truth, mad-dog killer who kept his best friend Haden working on a neutron bomb against his will for months by keeping his wife hostage. When Haden is murdered by his men without disclosing where the film reel keeping the last blueprints of the bomb is, Brackett furiously has his men look all over for the reel while disposing of any loose ends like Steve Rogers, whose transformation into Captain America he facilitates through repeated attempts on his life. Brackett kidnaps Rogers' friend and Haden's daughter and threatens to murder them to keep everyone off his tail, planning to use the bomb to murder the entire population of Phoenix to cover his theft of gold depository worth a billion dollars, wiring the bomb to go off if his heart stops to kill everyone in Phoenix anyways in the event of his death.
  • Cast a Deadly Spell:
    • Amos Hackshaw is a wealthy Evil Sorcerer who plans to summon the Outer Gods so he can sell out his world for them to turn into "a world of the unburied dead" in exchange for godhood. To do this, he focuses decades of his life, including marriage and having a child, to making sure he has the perfect circumstances for the ceremony. Using the masquerade of being an overprotective dad to keep his daughter a suitable virgin sacrifice, he then goes about acquiring the Necronomicon. After the book is stolen to prevent the Apocalypse, he simultaneously hires private eye Phil Lovecraft and mob boss Harry Bordon, the latter of whom he promised lordship over the post-apocalyptic world, to retrieve it. Creating a gargoyle servant to tail Lovecraft, he ends up using the creature to eliminate the book's thief and a few other loose ends. After Borden captures Lovecraft, Hackshaw decides that he should be forced to watch as he offers his daughter in sacrifice to Yog-Sothoth.
    • Harry Bordon, the ex-partner of detective Lovecraft and a mobster and co-conspirator of the aforementioned Evil Sorcerer, introduces himself having his own right-hand-man, Tugwell, cut apart a man named Locksteader who brings him a phony copy of the Necronomicon apart by means of a whirlwind of paper. Bordon has Tugwell pursue and murder Lovecraft once he becomes an obstacle, regardless of the collateral damage, and simply has his zombie bodyguard drown Tugwell once it's revealed Tugwell murdered Locksteader before he could impart vital information. Bordon gloatingly reveals in the climax he's sold out the entire world to Hackshaw, willingly dooming the entire human race to a horrible extinction at the hands of the Old Ones to rule over the remainder as an immortal.
  • Castle:
    • The final Big Bad, LokSat, real name Mason Wood, is the Overarching Villain of the whole series. The silent partner to Senator William Bracken, LokSat provided him with hitmen to carry out political assassinations and covered up their crimes. Murdering Kate Beckett's former team for investigating his crimes, LokSat is ruthless about saving himself from facing justice for his crimes. Fearing for his own safety when Bracken is questioned by the heroes, LokSat has him eliminated and murders a woman to frame her for the crime, making it look like a suicide to close the case on him. Also a drug lord alongside the aforementioned Senator and Vulcan Simmons, LokSat greedily continues the operations at the expense of societal misery even after the passing of his partners. When his coerced pawn Caleb Brown is persuaded to turn against him, LokSat has an innocent man burned to death to fake Caleb being killed, only sparing him for further use. In a final bid to save himself from the police, LokSat has Richard Castle tortured to try and get him to reveal the names of the others tailing him, intending to murder anyone who would stop him. A monster who thinks himself above the law, LokSat is a greedy criminal who shows himself to be the most threatening force ever faced by the protagonists.
    • Scott Dunn, from season 2's two-parter "Tick, Tick, Tick...Boom!", is responsible for the deaths of a string of prostitutes, caused the Driven to Suicide suicide of a man who he framed and murdered a businessman to live off his identity. Calling Beckett to mock her each time he commits a murder, Dunn even sneaks a corpse into her apartment. Sneaking a bomb into Beckett's apartment, Dunn is enraged when she manages to survive, murdering an innocent woman to vent his anger. Taking an FBI agent hostage when his identity is revealed, Dunn tries to lure the team into a building he plans to then blow up, killing them all.
    • The masked Serial Killer, Dr. Van Holtzman, from season 7's finale "Hollander's Woods", has spent over 30 years abducting young women, cruelly carving their faces before slitting their throats. Almost murdering an eleven-year-old Castle for seeing him disposing of a body, Holtzman only lets him live to avoid drawing attention to his crimes. When Castle and Beckett investigate his crimes years later, Holtzman tries to frame one of his mentally ill medical patients for his own murders. Confronting Castle in the barnhouse where he killed his victims, Holtzman expresses nothing but pride in his crimes, intending to kill Castle and Beckett painfully before resuming his spree of murders.
  • Cerberus: In this 2005 Syfy Channel Original Movie, Marcus Cutter is a renegade American soldier dishonorably discharged for a slew of war crimes—among them air-bombing a village and cutting a child in half—who sells out his own country to aspiring Korean terrorist Kul Jae Sung to retrieve the legendary Sword of Mars. Complicit in Sung's plans to nuke America and kill millions so long as he receives the money he's been promised, Marcus takes the brother of Professor Samantha Gaines hostage to force her to transcribe the inscriptions leading him to the Sword, and after Samantha gains access to the tomb under the guidance of Marcus's fellow soldier Jake, Marcus ambushes them, murders one of Jake's friends in front of him out of spite, and condemns Jake's party to die in the cave. The resultant robbery of the sword unleashes the titular Cerberus on a nearby village, to which Marcus remains apathetic. Marcus takes residence in the village, raping a woman who catches his eye and killing anyone who challenges him —villagers and his own men alike—before betraying Sung, decapitating him, and intending to extort billions out of America with the nukes. Once it's revealed the Sword has made him invincible, Marcus goes on a killing spree with the Sword and declares himself utterly invincible. Marcus begins and ends as a power-thirsty psychopath interested only in his own ends.
  • Channel Zero (both from the first season):
    • Frances Booth at first seems to be a kind school teacher, but reveals herself to be, as she put it, "as sharp as a razor blade". Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life, she found one when the creator of Candle Cove cured her epilepsy with psychic powers. Developing a fanatic devotion for said Creator, she's willing to do anything to assist. She covered the serial murders of four children and gave them permission to kill her own son Jacob. After the Creator's death, she makes a new body by collecting human teeth. Twenty-eight years after the Iron Hill murders, she brainwashes her students into killing people through Candle Cove. She personnaly kills her former student Daphne Bells and sheriff's deputy Simon Grove by slashing their throats with a pirate hook and sends the children to stab to death Tim Hazel and Jessica Yolen. Upon being caught, she sends the children after Sheriff Amy Welsh and Gary Yolen and later attempts to murder Marla Painter for no reason.
    • The aforementioned Creator of Candle Cove, Eddie Painter, as a child, made the puppet show to brainwash children and killed them to grow stronger. In 1988, the Creator compelled four kids into killing themselves after forcing them to remove their teeth, then trapped their souls in the realm of Candle Cove. Growing jealous of Jessica spending time with his brother Mike, the Creator ordered him to "take her to Candle Cove". When he refused, he threatened to kill him with his pirate hook. Thinking Eddie was acting under mind control, Mike had to kill his twin brother in order to stop the murders. Twenty-eight years later, the Creator forces child psychologist Mike Painter to return by compelling him to carve a message on his arm. They broadcast Candle Cove again to brainwash children, abduct a girl to take her teeth, compel the same girl to stab her brother and with the assistance of Mrs. Booth mind-control children to commit murders. It is then revealed that Eddie plans to take over Mike's body and trap his soul forever in Candle Cove with the company of the Skin-Taker. In order to gain his compliance, the Creator abducts Mike's daughter Lily and torments her in in his realm of Candle Cove. Even after Mike succeeds in ruining his plan of return, Eddie still tries to brainwash Lily.
  • Charlie's Angels (2011 reboot): Nestor Rodrigo, aka Pajaro, from the pilot "Angel with a Broken Wing", is a tycoon who gained his fortune through decades of Sex Slave trading. In flashbacks, it's revealed that he lead a death squad assault on the orphanage that future Angels Eve French and Gloria Martinez were at as little girls, to abduct all the girls and have the boys and nuns shot dead. The episode opens with Gloria, along with Angels Kate Prince and Abby Sampson, rescuing a 16-year-old runaway whom Pajaro had had abducted to be sold. After that, he has Gloria killed with a car bomb both out of spite and when she finds out who he is; he tried to kill Kate, Eve and Abby by having Eve's boat shot up. When his assistant, who keeps track of all his business transactions, is abducted by the Angels and John Bosley, he tasers, beats and chokes Eve to find out where she is, and when that fails, he orders her to be shot. Later, when trying to escape, Pajaro tries to shoot at Eve and Abby in a car. Standing out as horrible in a show that didn't last long, Pajaro is undoubtedly rotten to the core.
  • Cheo Yong:
    • The Man in Black, from the 2-part premiere "Ghost-Seeing Detective", is a cruel head of a Human Trafficking ring that specializes in the organ trade. Having countless innocents abducted via a taxi cab, he has their organs harvested by a doctor he blackmails at a local hospital. When a young woman discovers the truth, the Man in Black murders her by snapping her neck, and then when an order comes in for her eyes, he decides to use her young son instead, before trying to harvest the organs of a detective who gets too close. Sentencing countless innocents to be murdered for his trade, the Man in Black sets the stage for some of the worst Cheo-yong has to face.
    • Reverend Moon Doo-hyun, appearing part 2 of season 1's finale "Man Abandoned by God", is the head of a religious congregation who is secretly a corrupt monster. Extorting, terrorizing and manipulating his followers, Moon also rapes some of the female congregation, including the fiancee of a young man named Han-tae, escaping justice due to few being willing to accuse him. Deciding to cover his tracks, Moon has Han-tae murdered, and later kills his pregnant fiancee as well, which is the start of Han-tae becoming a murderous ghost. As a monstrous sexual predator, Moon stands as an example of the evil hiding under a veneer of righteousness.
    • Lee Cheol-gyu, appearing in part 2 of season 2's premiere "Venus", is a veterinarian obsessed with perfection. Seeking to create the perfect woman, he begins kidnapping beautiful women, murdering them and draining them of blood before dissecting their bodies to create the perfect female replica, using an assortment of body parts to create a preserved mannequin. Murdering multiple women and kidnapping a new victim, Cheol-gyu also murders a courier who gets too close to the truth before being forced to flee by Cheo-yong. Opting to hunt down his latest victim's twin sister instead, Cheol-gyu intends on using her head to crown his "perfect" masterpiece.
    • Chairman Yang Eu-mok, from season 2's "Weathercock", is the director of a major pharmaceuticals company who, along with the group's regional director, uses orphans as test subjects for volatile chemicals throughout Korea, Somalia and Russia. After experimenting on the children, they routinely have the children murdered, in one instance trapping them in the orphanage and burning it down. In the present, they attempt to eliminate a new batch of kids and have their orphanage director murdered, being some of the few villains to drive the normally relaxed Cheo-yong to sheer explosive fury.
    • Chong Nam-ho, from season 2's "Memories of Murder", murders women by snapping their necks after throttling them. Going on a spree of murders in the late 1990s, he targeted and murdered a kindly nursing home assistant who had been caring for the lead detective's aged mother, prompting said detective to abduct and murder Chong. Returning by later possessing a hapless camper, Nam-ho resumes his activities, claiming new victims and carving a number into the roof of their mouths, ending up going for nearly twenty victims before he is caught, planning to continue his spree as long as he can now that he is a ghost who answers to nobody.
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina:
    • Satan himself, the Dark Lord, is an arrogant and sadistic Fallen Angel aiming to bring hell to earth. Creating the system the witches live under, Satan sways countless witches into damnation while also enacting a system of murder and mayhem that consumes endless lives. Seeking to corrupt Sabrina after fathering her while possessing her father Edward Spellman, Satan sends Madam Satan, aka Lilith, to wreck the town, risking many lives in the process. When Lilith grows too independent, Satan murders her Love Interest and forces her to eat him, revealing he intends to force Sabrina into marriage to claim her and use her as a bridge between worlds to enact a pure Hell on Earth.
    • Mr. Bartel, from "A Midwinter's Tale", is one of the single most terrifying demons in the series. Bartel poses as a friendly Santa so he can lure in "beautiful" children, like Susie (later Theo) Putnam. Once Bartel has them, he has them dipped in hot wax and uses dark magic to preserve them forever in "beauty" while they are terrifyingly alive and conscious, with one statue still able to shed tears. Bartel has a massive collection of such statues, bragging how he makes them himself while intending on having Susie/Theo join them.
  • Circle of Fear (originally titled Ghost Story): Robert Cameron's dark half, from "Alter-Ego", is the sociopathic and highly manipulative imaginary double of a young boy who becomes real. Originally imagined by Robert as a chess partner while he's stuck at home with a broken leg, the double quickly gains independence and starts going to school in Robert's place. Deciding that he dislikes Robert's teacher, he begins to antagonize her, but always makes sure to arrange things to make it look like she's antagonizing him instead. Intentionally making her paranoid, he causes her to lash out at him, getting her fired. He then shows up at her house and causes her to trip and fall onto her gardening shears, killing her. His presence causes the real Robert to become weaker, and he ultimately intends to sap his life energy and replace him. He brags that no one, not even the boy's parents, will realize what has happened. Additionally, he kills several of Robert's pets seemingly for no other reason than to torment him.
  • Citizen X: Andrei Chikatilo is a Serial Rapist and Serial Killer who takes full advantage of the broken Soviet system in order to get away with murder. A failure as a husband, father, and employee, Chikatilo finds success as the USSR's most prolific serial criminal after being fired from his teaching job for molesting a teenage girl. Lurking at train stations, Chikatilo convinces the very old, the very young, and the mentally handicapped to accompany him into the woods, where he alternately rapes and murders or murders and rapes them, typically bludgeoning the victims unconscious and then stabbing them dozens of times. Escaping justice due to his Communist Party connections and the incompetency of the state investigators, Chikatilo kills 52 people before being arrested for the final time.
  • City Homicide:
    • Dr. Sean McCready, from season 1's "In the Hands of Giants", is a psychiatrist who kills over a dozen children by starting fires, each time making them look like electrical accidents. His motive each time is to punish his adulterous female patients, five of which later killed themselves, something he probably caused through his sessions with them. The one point of sympathy he gets is that his own children were killed in a fire when his wife was away with her own lover, but then it turns out that he started that fire as well. He dies at the end of the episode when he unsuccessfully attempts to pull one of his victims into the fire, after the other two had escaped.
    • Frances Deerborne, from season 1's "Family Planning", murders her husband John's rich family, from his parents down to his younger sister, his kid brother, and the housekeeper, to ensure that he receives his inheritance. She also hired a man to rob them first, pretending to be in love with him, and killed him afterward. It is suggested that she intends to kill John later and Make It Look Like an Accident.
    • Daniel Worthington, from season 4's "Flight Risk", is a misogynistic Serial Rapist who specifically targets strong women who he can't dominate in any other way. Worse, he drugs his wife and daughter during a movie night so that he can leave to commit his rapes, while ensuring that they'll provide an alibi for him. The only reason he fails to get away with it is because Claudia baits him during her interrogation of him, and he forgoes his overseas trip to target her.
  • The Closer & Major Crimes: Phillip Stroh is the most personal, depraved, and recurring foe the Major Crimes division ever faced. When first encountering the team, Stroh is using his position as a defense attorney to draw attention away from the fact that he is a Serial Rapist who has raped over 6 women, having killed his latest target. After ditching his client to take the fall, Stroh returns after being ousted as a Serial Killer who has raped and murdered five women by strangling them to death with a chain, and though trying to stab the teenaged Rusty and his Arch-Enemy Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson to death, Stroh is captured. Though locked in prison, Stroh's evil continues as he uses two men he assisted in becoming serial killers to kill specific targets for him, including his own minions, and attempt to broker a deal for a better life in prison for himself. Escaping confinement by murdering several innocent people, Stroh goes on a bloody rampage while tracking down his mother to acquire her fortune, butchering numerous people from his childhood including his step-parents and first girlfriend. Stroh is revealed to have been truly wicked since birth, as he tortured his step-sister, tried to burn his family alive, and raped and murdered three young girls while only a teenager. In the end, Stroh leaves a teenaged girl to slowly be strangled to death so he may escape, and uses his final moments to plead for mercy, only to try to strike down his enemies in return for their mercy.
  • Conan the Adventurer: Hissah Zul is a Sorcerous Overlord who conquered most of the known lands in a bloody campaign that claimed the lives of Conan's parents, among countless others. Those who Zul does not enslave or wipe out are made to pay him heavy tributes, and live in fear of him as a God-like being who decides "when we live, and when we die". Upon learning that Conan is destined to slay him, Zul gives his soldiers free reign to raze towns in search of him, which results in the death of Conan's love, Tamira. Zul goes on to have an Amazon who is pregnant with Conan's child assassinated, and engenders hatred of the barbarian among the people by having mercenaries massacre villages with the aid of evil knockoffs of Conan. Not even Zul's own kin and men are safe from his cruelty; he blinded his own brother before murdering him and trapping his soul in a swamp; expresses no regret after discovering that a subordinate that he had poisoned was his own illegitimate son; and executes his own servants at the slightest provocation, at one point snarling "Who cares about that?" when it is pointed out that one of his strategies could result in the deaths of many of them. Through it all, Zul repeatedly expresses jealousy over Conan's successes and triumphs, seeing himself as a great man who should be divinely ordained to possess all that the world has to offer.
  • Copper pulls no punches in showing the gritty, brutal days of Civil War era New York and this is reflected in some of the city's most vile residents.
    • Winfred "Winnie" Haverford, a pedophile and murderer from the first 2 episodes, kills a 10-year-old girl in the pilot and rapes her corpse, an act that disgusts even the hardened Anti-Hero Kevin Corcoran. Winnie tries to track down the girl's sister, the witness to his crime, with intent of raping and murdering her to. He also visits a brothel to indulge his tastes in little girls. When his own wife discovers what he's done, she happily sells him out to Corcoran.
    • The Faux Affably Evil counterfeiter Philomen Keating, a ruthless gangster who despises centralized government and who appears in "I Defy Thee to Forget" and "A Morning Song", takes over a crowded police station full of cops and civilians. He proceeds to torture them physically and psychologically while having fun the entire time. Keating enjoys stripping them of humanity by injuring the police captain and saying anyone can save him, but they'll be injured in turn. When nobody steps up, he cheerfully mocks them on what they really are. He kills more innocent people, and at one point has a captive tenor sing a funeral dirge before slitting his throat in the middle of it just to see what it sounds like. When cornered by the police, Keating takes a little girl hostage with clear intent to kill her whether or not he's granted safe passage out.
    • Corrupt Politician and Corrupt Corporate Executive all in one, Brendan Donovan is the Tammany Hall Ward Boss for the Five Points who plans to create an aqueduct in New York. Cultivating a veneer of respectability, Donovan uses extortion and bribery to steal the lands of others, resorting to outright torture and murder if they refuse. We discover a variety of nasty and brutal beatings, tortures and murders Donovan is responsible for before we learn his plan: to level the Five Points heedless of the fate of its inhabitants, solely so he can profit from his new aqueduct.
  • Coroner (Canadian series):
    • Dylan Lee and Randal "Storm" Jefferies, from "Scattered" and "Quick or Dead", are a pair of psychopaths unified by an obsession with death. Dylan is an intelligent, handsome, falsely charming sociopath who strangled his own mother Olivia, then trapped her still half-alive in a freezer to slowly freeze to death. Storm, meanwhile, is his creepy, quiet accomplice, possessing an unhealthy fascination with pain and strength. When a computer expert was unable to regain his novel The God Abyss, detailing his rampage fantasies, Dylan murdered him. The same night, upon being caught stealing computer equipment, Storm shot Professor Gideon through the head, then he and Dylan dismembered his body and dumped it in the woods. Realizing the police were on to them, Dylan and Storm decided to fully embrace their fantasies and become spree killers. Going on a rampage with machetes that started with them murdering Storm's parents, they proceeded to kill an electrician for being in their way, nearly killed Ross Cooper in an attempt to regain the manuscript and then a mechanic, all the while Dylan secretly planned to kill Storm and Dylan' girlfriend Amanda, to climax his fantasy with himself as the only survivor.
    • Gerald Henry Jones, from season 1's final two episodes "The Suburbs" and "Bridges", was a wealthy Bay Street banker who moonlighted as a serial killer that preyed upon the homeless. Growing up homeless, Jones hated his father for failing to provide for his family, seeing him as a deadbeat. At fifteen, Jones murdered his father, stabbing him to death with a chisel, then changed his name and enrolled in high school. For the next 23 years, Jones would murder roughly one homeless person a year in the same manner, carving his kill count in Roman numerals into their rib, slaughtering people all over Ontario, including five people in Tent City, Toronto, climaxing with him murdering Floyd Shipman. Imprisoned for Shipman's death, after twelve years Jones was released following Dr. Peterson's cases being reopened. Jones broke into Peterson's home, and stabbed him to death for causing his imprisonment, making Peterson his 24th victim. Stalking the investigation into him, when Jenny finding his father’s body, Jones murdered Scully, a forensic investigator, stealing his suit to break into the Coroner's office and waited until everyone else had left before trying to kill Jenny.
  • Cracked (series): Reginald "Reg" Slater, from "Ghost Dance", is a racist trucker who kills First Nations women, slowly bleeding his victims to death before dumping their bodies along the highway. Murdering Ellen Owens at the start of the episode, Reg returns to her sister Kaya Grey's truck stop to sexually harass Kaya, and ensure that she is maintaining his collection of photograph decorated mugs; unknown to Kaya, each photo depicts one of his victims. Snapping a photo of Kaya—and thus announcing his intent to kill her at a later date—Reg subsequently runs Lucy Mack and her children off the road, kidnapping Lucy and murdering her the same way he did Ellen. Linked to ten murders, and planning far more, Reg's killing spree is finally halted when Kaya Grey and Lazarus Keefe take the law into their own hands and put him out of action.
  • Crossing Lines: "Desperation & Desperados" has Gian Carlo. Chief of security for Mafia boss Nicolo Conti, Gian Carlo is assigned to rescue Conti's kidnapped daughter, Angela, after brothers Antonio and Paulo raid Conti's drug stash and capture her. After executing the warehouse guard, Gian Carlo tracks the brothers to a marketplace and opens fire; when Paulo and Antonio manage to make their escape, Gian Carlo instructs his men to kill the witnesses, slaughtering twenty-five people—including two children—in an effort to keep it quiet. He follows the brothers to Slovenia and kills another nine people at a gas station, before cornering them at a hospital where he murders Paulo, two hospital workers and two police officers who try to stop him. He subsequently runs Angela and Antonio off the road, fatally wounding Antonio in the process, shoots one of his men when he objects to the idea of hurting Angela, tries to kill Angela herself while ranting about how she doesn't appreciate what he's done for her, and then dies in a shootout with the police. Leaving a trail of human wreckage—including forty-two dead—throughout Italy and Slovenia, Gian Carlo did more damage in an afternoon than most gangsters do in their entire lives.
  • Cutie Honey: THE LIVE: Chief Shirakawa, from "Second Girl!", is the seemingly-kind, recently hired director of the Kanto Girls Rehabilitation Center, but is soon revealed to be a sociopathic bioweapon from Panther Claw. Setting up a series of rules for the girls to follow, he punishes those who break them by kidnapping them and having his Co-Dragons, Tomohiro and Zuimaru electrocute them to death, making the corpses look like dead runaways, something he has done to Hitomi. When warden Kitou tries to escape with Mami, Shirakawa catches them and electrocutes Mami to death while keeping Kitou barely alive. After capturing Miki, he proceeds to electrocute Kitou to death at her request before attempting to do the same to Miki. When Sayo searches for Miki, Shirakawa grabs her and orders Zuimaru to electrocute her. When Miki transforms into Sister Miki and kills Zuimaru, Shirakawa runs away, later attempting to murder Miki when she's busy killing Tomohiro.
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: Emperor skekSo is the greedy, depraved ruler of the Skeksis. Upon discovering the Dark Crystal can extract the essence of Gelflings, skekSo, to prolong his life, plans on a mass draining of Gelflings, purging his own palace guard and plotting to attack the Gelfling clans to harvest as many as possible. Abandoning all pretense of benevolence, skekSo is fit to have his own Skeksis tortured and mistreated for failure, having the scientist skekTek's eye eaten by a Peeper Beetle at one point. Making a deal with the Arathim to crush the Gelflings, skekSo plots to abandon them to their deaths when their purpose is served and eventually leads his troops to smash the Gelfling resistance, bent on massacring them and harvesting the survivors. By the time of the first film, skekSo is responsible for the genocide of the Gelfling race, willing to condemn countless beings to stave off his own death.
  • Dead of Summer: Amy Hughes, a counselor at Camp Stillwater, is actually a remorseless psychopath. As a child, they murdered their parents and brother by purposefully closing a fire place flue, allowing the carbon monoxide to suffocate them to death. Becoming enamored by Malphas, they manipulate their friend Margot Tate into accompanying them to a party, and personally drops the latter to her death in order to acquire her position. With their goal being to resurrect Malphas by becoming his vessel, they conspire against the counselors, killing them in gruesome fashion and using their corpses to create a pentagram. Examples of these murders include decapitation, drowning, and a bear trap to the head. Allowing Malphas to re-enter into then after he was exorcised, they hack the owner of the camp, Deb Carpenter, and Margot's friend to death when she was trying to warn the former. Realizing they couldn't leave the camp due to Holyoke implanting a fragment of his soul into Jessie Tyler, they reanimate the corpses of the slain counselors, and sends them to kill her. In their rampage, they also kill a few police officers that were called to investigate and mimics one of their voices as a ploy to lure Jessie out from hiding. Despite a tragic backstory, Amy proves to be a manipulative sadist who successfully hid their sinister designs with a smile.
  • Dead Set: Patrick Goad, the producer of Big Brother, started off as a Jerkass, but during the zombie outbreak, he becomes something much worse. He abandons his staff and shoves a disabled person to the hoards of zombies, all to save himself. After forcing himself into the Big Brother house, he decides to grind the dead houseguests into bait for zombies, much to the survivors' disgust. After being tied up for threatening to endanger the survivors, Patrick manipulates Joplin into freeing him, and hold the others survivors hostage, even killing one himself. This led to Joplin opening the gates, unleashing the zombie hoards and killing the remaining survivors, including Patrick.
  • Deadly Class: Chester "Fuckface" Wilson is an aspiring Serial Killer. After he murdered his father, he was sent to Sunset Boy's Home, where he often tormented Marcus Lopez Arguello. After Marcus detonated a bomb that disfigured his face, Wilson used the ensuing confusion to murder the residents and staff of Sunset Boy's Home. When Marcus is painted as the most likely suspect, Chester vows to hunt him down as vengeance for stealing his attention. He sets up base in Shabnam's house, where he holds Shabnam's parents and Dwight as slaves for him and his family to torture, as well as a few dogs for him to have sex with. When he begins his killing spree proper, he videotapes a random person he killed, and then kills a woman who witnessed what he did. He follows Marcus and the gang to Las Vegas and takes Chico's severed head to use as leverage to lure Marcus out.
  • Deadwood: Season 3's Big Bad, George Hearst, slaughtered the Cornish workers in his employ for unionizing, cut off Al Swearnegen's finger as a show of power, and attempted to have Captain Turner kill Dan Dority in a public street fight that is long and drawn out, both to emotionally torture Al and demonstrate that Hearst holds all the power in town. He also hires an army of Pinkertons to terrorize the town, sending Odell Marchbanks on a dangerous quest to find gold which ends up getting him killed. He has the head Pinkerton Barret savagely beat Merrick in response to posting a notice about the poor working conditions of Hearst's employ. Hearst then orders the death of heroic prospector Ellsworth to force Ellsworth's wife to sell the land Hearst wants to him. To demonstrate his power, he also forces Al to murder his favorite prostitute for trying to assassinate Hearst. It's implied he may know Al killed a lookalike girl, but simply doesn't care, more than happy he broke Al completely.
  • Defiance is a world of Grey and Gray Morality, where heroes and villains alike have flaws and redeeming qualities in equal measure. The same cannot be said for the third season's two successive Big Bads.
    • General Rahm Tak, formerly of the Votanis Collective, is a brutal military commander also known as "The Beast". Despising humans, Rahm, after going rogue, sets out to destroy Defiance and slaughter it's human population as part of a genocidal crusade to create a purely Votan world. Slaughtering humans as he goes, Rahm keeps the heads of his victims on display in his camp, wipes out the McCawley family, and forces Datak and Stahma Tarr to act as his spies in Defiance by holding their son hostage. When Rahm's wife offers him clemency on behalf of the VC, Rahm murders her, drags her body through his camp, and sends her head back to his former superiors. Upon reaching Defiance, Rahm has his men slaughter hostages at the NeedWant and go on a killing spree throughout the town while his lieutenant infiltrates Defiance's militia to destroy it from within. Beneath a gregarious facade, sense of humor, and fondness for human culture, Rahm is a deranged madman, feared and despised by those who know him and who manages to darken an already grim series.
    • Eksu Tsuroz Kindzi is a particular vicious and sadistic Omec. Starting as a subordinate to her father T'evgin, Kindzi's first appearance has her try to eat an unconscious Nolan, and she later murders a curious child who poked her with a stick by stabbing the stick through his eye. After T'evgin takes in a wounded Stahma, Kindzi terrorizes her, even revealing the Omec's plans in the hope of forcing T'evgin to kill her. After cloning Doc Yewll, Kindzi hunts and slaughters the clones, moving on to citizens of Defiance when this grows boring, later using Omec technology to enslave the real Yewll. Disgusted by T'evgin's Heel–Face Turn, Kindzi mutinies against and ultimately murders her father, planning to conquer Earth and use its populace as slaves and food for the Omec. Kindzi then leads her followers in devouring innocent people, and tries to eat Stahma's baby grandson in front of her out of spite toward the Tarr family. Equally brutal to her own people, Kindzi goes on to kill one of her lieutenants for questioning her and forcing other Omec to eat his corpse, a taboo in their culture. Rejecting any notion of peace or compromise and considering all other races as nothing but cattle for the Omec to enslave or devour at will, Kindzi is nothing less than a savage animal, a monster even by the standards of her own people.
  • The Deliberate Stranger: In this 1986 TV Mini Series, Ted Bundy is a seemingly nice, handsome man who is really a manipulative Serial Killer. In Seattle, Bundy grabs a woman off the street and kills her. Bundy later goes to the beach, lures a woman to his car, kidnaps another woman at the beach and kills them. Bundy goes to Salt Lake City to pursue a law degree and picks a female hitchhiker and murders her. Bundy also stalks a high school student and kills her. Bundy then goes to a ski lodge in Colorado and ends up kidnapping and killing a random woman. Bundy pretends to be a cop and tries to lure another woman into his car, where he tries to murder her, but she escapes. The police eventually capture Bundy and build a case against him. Bundy escapes from prison and escapes to Florida. There Bundy goes on a killing spree, going to a Sorority and murdering four women there. Bundy also kidnaps and murders a 12-year-old girl, before he is soon recaptured and put on Death Row.
  • Designated Survivor: Garrett Detwiler and Wouter Momberg, both from season 3, are a pharmaceutical CEO and South African biochemist, respectively. Detwiler and Phil Brunton hire Momberg, a war criminal, to synthesize a biotoxin specifically for the purpose of infecting minorities and creating a mass sterilization so that the white demographic will be significantly higher in future elections. Detwiler also has a drug approved for one of his companies that he knows increases dependency so he can also have another sold that stops it. They have Aryans work on the toxin, and a scientist is fatally wounded and then burned alive when infected. In order to test the biotoxin, an OBGYN clinic that takes all minorities is targeted among others. Momberg then murders the Aryans and fatally poisons now CIA Agent Hannah Wells to cover their tracks, gleefully taunting her as she lays dying, and then later murders a scientist who catches onto him. When caught, he releases instructions for creating the toxin online and threatens FBI with the toxin, claiming infection is fatal.
  • Dexter:
    • Alex Timmons, from both the web series "Early Cuts" and season 1's "Return to Sender", was a war criminal who inspired Dexter to collect his victims' blood and one of the worst killers he ever encountered. Developing a fondness for killing in his youth, Timmons joined the Marine Corps and got the position of sniper, seeing this as the perfect way to kill innocent people without having to be afraid of punishment. In the Gulf War, Timmons killed three civilian children; grinning after witnessing a mother holding the corpse of a boy he shot. Unable to stop killing even after being discharged, Timmons would wander around playgrounds to find more victims, killing four more people before his ultimate demise.
    • George Washington King (born Jorge Orozco), aka The Skinner, from season 3, was known as "The Blade" while a Torture Technician in Nicaragua. While in pursuit of a drug dealer who owes him money, he finds anyone who might have information about said drug dealer's whereabouts and questions them while cutting off their skin. One of his victims was an innocent boy confirmed to have died from the skinning process. When Dexter confronts the Skinner, he confirms that, despite the reasons the Skinner makes up for performing his grisly crimes, his only real reason is simply because he likes it.
    • Season 5's Big Bad, Jordan Chase (born Eugene Greer), has the front of a handsome motivational speaker but in truth is a depraved Control Freak who directs his friends to capture young women to torture and rape for months on end before disposing of them in barrels full of formaldehyde. All the while, Jordan looks on, occasionally holding his watch to the women's ears and whispering, "Tick tick tick. That's the sound of your life running out," to taunt them. Watching the video footage they took of what they did to the women was enough to make Debra root for the people who were tracking them down and killing them (despite it being her job to catch the killers) and Dexter himself admits that they sicken him. While the tapes themselves aren't shown, what is heard from them is horrific. When Dexter and Lumen (the last victim who managed to get away) finally have Jordan at their mercy, he can't resist but get one last taunt out on Lumen about what he did to her, mocking her for being so "pathetic" and "helpless".
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: The Mage, Kellum, is a conqueror of many lands, recently setting his sights on the world of Wendimoor. Manipulating a feud between two powerful families, the Trosts and the Dengdamors, the Mage seeks to weaken them before annihilating both with his armies. To make the conflict bloodier, the Mage sells real world guns to the Dengdamors and blames his own kidnapping of a Dengdamor prince on the Trosts. In the real world, the Mage corrupts mentally unstable Suzie Borden into becoming his apprentice, herself going on to cause many deaths. Realizing he is destined to be defeated in Wendimoor, the Mage abandons his conquest, deciding instead to satisfy his sadism by tormenting people in the real world. Confronted by Farah and Tina, the Mage uses magic to make them shoot and wound each other. To save himself from the prophecy, the Mage tries to have the local sheriff drive a car full of explosives into the magical portal to Wendimoor. A cowardly tyrant, the Mage concerned himself only with securing power, satisfying his sadism and his own safety.
  • The Dirty Dozen: Deadly Mission: SS Colonel Krieger is a ruthless Nazi in late World War II who kidnaps several scientists and their families, forcing them to develop a lethal nerve gas he has horribly tested on innocents. Intending to use the virus against Nazi Germany's enemies with the potential to cause millions of deaths to assure the victory of the Nazi regime, Krieger viciously cracks down on any threats to his objective, callously having the French resistance leader and his aide gunned down the moment they step into his territory, having a half-dozen hostages hanged to dissuade further threats, and furiously trying to murder the new dozen led by Major Wright alongside every single hostage when they escape.
  • Dollhouse:
    • From the first episode, "Ghost", there's the unnamed, pedophilic kidnapper whom is a serial rapist and killer of little girls. When twelve-year-old Davina Crestejo is abducted by him and his cohorts, the doll, Echo, is implanted with the artificially constructed personality of a hostage negotiator named Eleanor Penn, and sent by the Dollhouse to negotiate Davina's release. The personality of Ms. Penn was constructed partially from the memories of a little girl who was kidnapped as a child herself. When the time comes for the kidnappers to collect the ransom, however, Ms. Penn has a nervous breakdown upon seeing the face of one of the kidnappers and recognizing him as the same man who kidnapped her as a child. She then reveals this kidnapper's modus operandi. Kidnapping little girls, he ransoms them to their parents, then, after the money arrives, murders his partners and keeps the girls as his Sex Slaves, killing them when they grow too old for his tastes. When Echo informs his fellow kidnappers about what their partner's planning for Davina, they are so disgusted that they immediately try to kill him before allowing Echo to leave with Davina.
    • Joe Hearn is The Handler for the doll Sierra, and at first seems nothing more than a callous Jerkass who doesn't care when the dolls under his care die. He proves himself to be far more evil, however, when it's revealed that he's been taking advantage of the blind trust dolls are implanted with towards their handlers and, while Sierra is in her neutral child-like state, has repeatedly forced her to have sex with him. His crimes close to being discovered, he tries to convince his superiors that the doll, Victor, is the true perpetrator and argues to have him sent to the Attic. When Hearn himself is revealed to be the culprit, his boss Adelle DeWitt issues him an ultimatum, either be sent to the Attic himself, or rape and murder Paul Ballard's girlfriend Mellie to deter him from investigating the Dollhouse. Hearn chooses the latter, and sets to the task with apparent glee. However, it turns out to be a set-up planned by DeWitt who was so repulsed by Hearn's actions that she had arranged it so Hearn would be killed by Mellie, who is a doll herself.
    • Nolan Kinnard was one of the corrupt corporate executives behind the Dollhouse program, and a psychotic Yandere who formed a disturbing obsession with a young artist named Priya Tsetsang. When his increasingly expensive attempts to seduce her fail, he tries, and fails, to flat-out rape her instead. In retribution for Priya's rejection, he arranges for her to be abducted, imprisoned in his hospital and regularly pumped her full of drugs which stopped her brain from producing adequate amounts of serotonin and dopamine. This caused Priya to suffer from visual and aural hallucinations, making her seem to the outside world like a paranoid schizophrenic. He then convinces the Dollhouse to take Priya on as an "altruistic" charity case, turning her into the doll Sierra, and, once they do, Kinnard frequently hires her out, having her imprinted with a personality that was hopelessly in love with him. He then uses this imprint to rape her over and over again, taking a picture of her after each engagement as a trophy of what he's done to her. When DeWitt and Topher Brink discover the truth behind Priya's transformation into the doll, Sierra, they are horrified and try to keep her away from Kinnard, only for him to use his pull with the Dollhouse to order her permanently imprinted with the love-struck personality to keep as his Sex Slave for the rest of her life. When Sierra is "delivered" to him, however, she reveals that she is imprinted with her original personality, slaps him across the face and tells him how much she hates him. In retribution, Kinnard beats her and comes after her with a knife, only stopping when Priya kills him in self-defense.
  • Dracula 3000: Infinite Darkness (2004 TV Movie): Count Orlok, a vampire from the planet of Transylvania, boards a space vessel with the intention of going to Earth to feast on and terrorize humanity, slowly killing the crew of the vessel through plague and insanity. When a salvage crew comes to investigate the ship fifty years later, Orlok traps them on the vessel, picking them off one by one and turning them into his vampiric servants, even killing the descendant of the Van Helsing family leading the crew.
  • The Dresden Files: Caleb, from "Walls", is a former thief and killer who possesses the Hand of Glory. Corrupting those who use the Hand, Caleb makes them degrade morally while also rotting them from the inside to empower his spirit. Murdering a young woman who tries to contact Harry Dresden, Caleb later kills another member of the thief group using the Hand, and then one of the last members before trying to corrupt and kill the final one. Manifesting, Caleb reveals his intention to murder Harry and the last boy before going on a theft and murder spree to celebrate his revival.
  • Due South: Francis Bolt is a criminal mastermind and precision expert. In season 2's All the Queen's Horses, he has his brother Randal hijack a train carrying some Mounties to a horse show in the US. Under his brother's direction, Randal demands a ransom, but plans to crash the train into another train carrying spent fuel rods, nuking Chicago in the process. After his brother is captured, Francis himself appears in the episode Red, White or Blue. Francis devises a plan to free his brother, working with his cousins, capturing Benton Fraser and Ray Vecchio in the process. Francis takes over the court his brother was being tried in, kidnaps the judge and jury, rigs them with explosives and uses them as hostages. Francis leaves Fraser and Vecchio in the court strapped to bombs that will explode if their heart rate gets too high. Francis is also using this rescue operation as a cover for a different crime, stealing some bonds that will be used as evidence in a different case. Francis and Randal knock out their cousins, hoping they will die in the explosion, so they would not have to share the bonds with them.
  • Dupla Identidade (also known as Merciless): Eduardo Borges, or simply Edu, is a Serial Killer fascinated by the idea that lives don't matter, allowing him to kill everyone he wants without having to feel remorse. Originally an US citizen named Brian, he committed a series of killings in Florida that claimed the lives of four women. Escaping to Rio de Janeiro, Brian adopted a new name and became the right-hand man of a Corrupt Politician to better cover his tracks. Now as Edu, he continued to murder other people both for pleasure and to prove his nihilistic philosophy. His crimes included abducting a girl and sexually torturing her in his home; luring a crime enthusiast to the scene of one of his previous murders and killing her there; hanging a colleague upside down and leaving her body to be found by the police; and pushing a man from the top of a building. Edu's homicidal behavior culminated in a killing spree that ended the lives of three women in one single night: breaking a cat's neck in front of the owner; strangling her to death alongside another woman; and forcing a third woman to play a game of "live or die", smashing her head with a rock when she loses.
  • Early Edition:
    • The unnamed terrorist duo, from season 3's "Blowing Up Is Hard To Do", are the representatives of an anti-governmental militia called the Brotherhood who try and blow up a newscaster with a car bomb when he refuses to read out their manifesto on air. Undeterred by the foiled plot, the terrorist duo up their scheme by attempting to blow up the Chicago Sun Times building and all the innocent people there, with one of them gleefully musing on how tame the 1861 Chicago Fire will seem in comparison to the devastation, being willing to murder anyone who impedes them.
    • Detective Savales, from the season 4 two-parter "Fatal Edition", is a seemingly good cop who is actually deeply corrupt. Savales is actually a hitman who has murdered 6 people in the last 2 years, making the deaths look like accidents so his clients can collect on life insurance policies and give him a cut. Savales uses blackmail to force the police coroner to help cover up these murders. When a reporter investigates this murder-for-hire scheme, Savales murders him and frames Gary Hobson for his crimes. Savales also tries to murder the informant the reporter used to research this story. When Armstrong and Brigatti, two other cops on the force, start to uncover Savales's corrupt dealings, Savales plans to murder them and frame Gary for their deaths.
  • Escape from Sobibór: Sergeant Gustav Wagner is the cold-hearted Nazi deputy commander of the Sobibor extermination camp. Exerting complete control over the prisoners through violence, he personally executes a new prisoner who offends and slaps another officer. He takes away a baby that was sneaked past the extermination selection to be killed, right in front of the baby's mother Naomi, and shoots both Naomi and her baby on the spot when Naomi resists. When an escape attempt occurs, he had the 13 captured prisoners each select another prisoner to be executed with them, or else he would select another 50 to be executed. All remaining prisoners were then forced to watch the execution of the 26 men by machine gun, since Wagner said that anyone that isn't watching would be executed as well. A symbol of the Nazis' wanton cruelty, Wagner's actions became a motivation for the prisoners to rise up and escape from the hellish camp.
  • The Exorcist:
    • Season 1: The demon known as the Salesman—later revealed to be Pazuzupossesses Casey Rance, the daughter of his former host Regan Macneil, and decides to manipulate her by playing with her insecurities and torment her by inflicting her horrific nightmares. He’s soon revealed to have caused the car accident that killed Katherine’s girlfriend Julia. The Salesman destabilizes Father Thomas Ortega and Father Marcus Kane, the priests tasked for the exorcism, and successfully frames Marcus for the abduction Casey before killing two paramedics. He forces Angela to give up herself to him by threatening the life of her daughter. On top of this, it is revealed that he raped Regan when she was twelve. After repossessing Regan, he kills her mother Chris by snapping the latter's neck; encourages the Friars of Ascensions to pursue their plan of murdering the Pope; slaughters the convent of Mother Bernadette and her sisters, then takes great pleasure in torturing Angela’s husband and daughters and inflicting Father Tomas with an illusion designed to goad him into suicide. Realizing that Angela survived the supposed "integration", he attempts to breaks her down by letting her hear the screams of her loved ones. In his last moments, he tries to kill Angela by snapping her spine. Believing God favored humans more that he and fellow fallen angels, his plan in the long run is to take the world back.
    • Season 2: The Big Bad is a particularly vicious demon haunting Nachburn Island who targets families and coerces parents into murdering their own children over the centuries. After approaching his latest victim, foster guardian Andrew Kim, as a little girl named Grace then under the appearance of his deceased wife, the demon attempts to drop a blind boy into a well and compel a teenager to strangle his foster sister. Taking possession of Andy, he forces his host to relive the suicide of his wife and mind rapes him with horrific visions. He then stabs a woman to death, put exorcist Thomas in a trance and slaughters a couple of farmers. After abducting the four teenagers and social services representative Rose Cooper, the demon plots to execute them all one by one, starting by drowning Rose in the well.
  • The Expanse:
    • The warmongering UN Admiral Augusto Nguyen seeks to use protomolecule hybrid super soldiers to wipe out Mars and its seven billion inhabitants. When Admiral Souther attempts to relieve Nguyen of command for his acts of treason, Nguyen kills Souther and many of his crewmates. When a few UN ships refuse to obey Nguyen's orders, Nguyen destroys one of the ships to set an example. Nguyen fires on this ship himself after his bridge crew refuses to fire on their fellow soldiers. When a damaged hybrid-carrying pod crashes into Nguyen's ship, Nguyen is mortally wounded. He uses his last moments to mock Alex and Naomi for trying to stop him, making it clear that he is motivated purely out of racism against Martians.
    • Dr. Lawrence Strickland appears to be a kindly pediatrician who treats children with a rare spinal condition. In reality, he is a scientist studying the protomolecule for the Protogen Corporation. Strickland discovered that children with the spinal condition he specializes in treating can be transformed using the protomolecule into controllable super soldiers called hybrids. Strickland kidnaps his patients, many of whom trust him like a father, infects them with the protomolecule, and turns them into hybrids to be sold to fight in wars. When Katoa, one of Strickland's protomolecule-infected patients, brutally murders a nurse on orders from the protomolecule, Strickland is fascinated and accelerates the protomolecule's infection of Katoa to interrogate him, only stopping when the protomolecule completely overwrites Katoa's mind. When the crew of the Rocinante come to stop Protogen, Strickland sends the now fully-hybridized Katoa against them as a distraction, leading to Katoa's death. In a last ditch effort to save himself, Strickland murders his remaining nurse and tries to pass himself off as another of Protogen's prisoners.
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  • Faerie Tale Theatre: Much like her literary counterpart, the Wicked Witch sets up a gingerbread to lure in innocent children, whereupon she captures them, fattens them up and eats them before using their carved out hearts to bake more gingerbread, stating that it's what she likes to do, so it is what she's going to do. Upon capturing Hansel and Gretel, she promptly cooks and eats a boy imprisoned with Hansel, planning on eating him and his sister for her coming feast day.
  • Fargo:
    • Season 1: Lorne Malvo, the mysterious Big Bad of this season, is a hitman who, in his spare time, enjoys toying with hapless human beings and seeing how he can break them or turn them into murderers and monsters like himself for his own amusement. The downtrodden Lester Nygaard is only his latest corrupted victim, among dozens of others, all of whom he keeps recordings of in the moment they became killers, recordings which he regularly listens to when he is bored. Lorne is a sadistic, ruthless and efficient killer who has murdered countless people throughout his career, and racks up a body count that numbers in the dozens, including the slaughter of an entire building of people, to setting his partner up to be disturbingly killed in a faked Suicide by Cop when he outlives his usefulness. In one notable instance of Lorne's unpredictability and wicked nature, he disguises himself as a normal man to get close to an assassination target, and, after becoming engaged to a woman who loves him as part of his cover, Lorne murders his mark, the man's wife, and even his own fiancée with nothing more than wry amusement after Lester recognizes him. Combining utter heartlessness with dry humor and a fascination with the dark side of human nature, it's no surprise Lorne is frequently likened to a hungry predator.
    • Season 3: V.M. Varga, the enigmatic Big Bad of this season, is a supposed middle-manager representing the Narwhal company. In reality, Varga's the head of a criminal enterprise who threatens his way into Emmit Stussy's company. To send a message to his unwilling business partner, Varga murders Emmit's lawyer, Irv, for merely trying to Google Varga. Anti-Semitic to the point of considering Jews "half-animals", Varga takes every opportunity to harass Emmit's Jewish best friend and business partner, Sy, which culminates in poisoning him, causing Sy's subsequent coma and brain damage. Whenever blood needs spilling, Varga unleashes Yuri and Meemo, and is apathetic to the excessive collateral damage they leave in their wake. One instance has an assassination attempt on a single woman leading to them derailing a prison bus and murdering numerous prisoners, police, and innocent bystanders for getting in their way. When Emmit confesses to accidentally killing his brother, Ray before Varga's done using him, Varga orders his men to murder anyone in the area with the last name Stussy in a convoluted plot to make Ray's death look like the work of a serial killer. Varga, a man defined by his insatiable greed, believes that the lives of the wealthy have inherently more value than poor ones, and is compelled to consume everything in his wake regardless of those he kills in the process.
  • Farscape:
    • Selto Durka from the first two seasons is a captain of the ironically named Peacekeepers who is well-known for being a master of torturing people and enjoying Cold-Blooded Torture far more than is healthy. He had kept and tortured Rygel for years before the story begins and years later, his presence utterly terrifies Rygel beyond reason. Durka enjoys torturing nearly everyone he sees, and when he captures Aeryn, he leaves a comm channel open so the rest of her crew can hear him about to torture her and burn her face off. Even worse, he tried to forcibly abort the living and sentient spaceship Moya's child so she'd be capable of going faster to take him to safety.
    • Kaarvok, from season 3's "Eat Me", is a cannibalistic Mad Scientist with a hand-held cloning machine on standby. He's willing to do anything to ensure that he has more food...or family; he's forgotten that there's a difference. This includes cloning his victims, before killing one in front of the other; keeping Rovhu's traumatized Pilot alive so his regenerating limbs can be harvested for meat, and forcing members of Moya's crew to breed with his degenerate clone army just so he'd have something tastier than clone-brains to look forward to.
    • Tauza, from season 3's "Incubator", is a Scarran noble who oversees their breeding program, where the humanoid Sebacean women are kidnapped, (any families or loved ones with them are killed) and forcibly raped by Scarran soldiers. Tauza subjected 90 Sebacean women to this, with none surviving. One woman had a child, later named Scorpius. Tauza sought to purge the young half-breed of all "Sebacan weakness" by torturing him physically and mentally. Tauza lied to Scorpius, claiming he had a Scarran mother who had been raped by a Sebacean, but she later revealed the truth when Scorpius sought to rebel, showing him a video of his mother's violation to hurt him. Cruel, arrogant, racist and vicious, Tauza embodied the worst of Scarran culture, and under her hand for all his formative years, it's no wonder Scorpius developed a genocidal hatred of the Scarrans.
  • Fear Itself was a short-lived anthology series that brought us these two Serial Killers:
    • Duane Mellor, from "Eater", is a Cajun murderer and "Eater" who was arrested for torturing, murdering and eating vast amounts of innocent people, often keeping them alive for days so he could cut pieces off and eat them. Once captured, Mellor waits until the graveyard shift before using a voodoo ritual, devouring the souls of several officers with their hearts to take their forms and play a sadistic game of cat and mouse with the young female rookie cop on duty, solely because he enjoyed frightening his targets. When his patience is exhausted, Mellor simply goes for the kill.
    • Forest J. Caldwell, aka the Beast Killer, from "Something with Bite", is a man obsessed with werewolves and becoming one, and stands in stark contrast with the benevolent werewolves seen in this episode. Donning a makeshift werewolf outfit, he goes around killing multiple people across the city in a manner which is mistaken as animal attacks; this is all to attract the attention of real werewolves and fulfill his dream of becoming one. In one instance, he mauls Kayla, a friend of such a werewolf named Wilbur, but is unable to kill her when he's scared off by police. When Wilbur confronts him, Caldwell questions if he's upset about Kayla, stating he intends to finish her off at the hospital.
  • Firefly:
    • Adelai Niska is a Soft-Spoken Sadist proud of his feared reputation amongst the criminal community, and is obsessed with ensuring the horror stories surrounding him are all true. When he first meets the crew of Serenity in "The Train Job", Niska shows off the mutilated corpse of his wife's nephew to solidify his reputation in their eyes and to show them what price they'll pay should they fail him in stealing a shipment of medicine intended for sick settlers. In his next appearance, in "War Stories," Niska carves up another failed employee, before getting his hands on Mal and Wash, whom he proceeds to torture for hours. Eventually Zoe, Mal's first mate and Wash's wife, offers to buy Niska's captives off of him, but Niska tells her that with the money she has, she can only afford one of them and tries to force her into a Sadistic Choice. When Zoe ruins his fun by immediately picking her husband, he responds by saying there is enough money for some of Captain Reynolds. He then cuts off Mal's ear and gives it to her. Niska then starts torturing Mal to death, only to use advanced technology to bring him back to life so Niska can have the pleasure of torturing Mal to death for days.
    • The Blue Gloves/"Hands of Blue", from "The Train Job", "Ariel", and the Serenity: Those Left Behind comic, are a duo of independent contractors hired by the Alliance to capture the Tam siblings. The Blue Gloves hunt the Serenity across the 'Verse, killing anyone in their way as they go, and employ a variety of schemes to capture the two, notably allying with Dobson in an attempt to kill the entire crew. The most evil aspect of them, however, is their use of a sonic device that painfully kills their targets by rupturing their insides until they melt, which they use to kill an entire Alliance building, systematically checking all of the bodies and murdering any who still cling to life to ensure none survive the massacre, just because a couple of the guards had interacted with the Tams, and the Blue Gloves seek to keep all information possible to themselves.
    • Jubal Early debuts in "Objects in Space" as an aloof yet sadistic Bounty Hunter seeking to turn in the Tam siblings for the reward on their heads. Incapacitating the crew of the Serenity and threatening to rape and torture Kaylee to keep some in line, Early is seemingly beaten after he is revealed to be a Psycho for Hire who only has his job because he enjoys hurting others. Returning in the comic book Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, Early kills an entire staff of security guards just for prohibiting him entry to a meeting, and later bombs a smuggler ship in another attempt to capture the crew of the Serenity, killing a dozen innocent people in the process. Despite his claims that he follows a code and is only doing his job for the money, Early is actually nothing but a cruel bully who views killing people as a "passion".
  • First Wave:
    • The monstrous Mabus, ruler of the Gua, has guided them on conquests that inevitably become genocides, exterminating all life on multiple planets. When he arrives on Earth, Mabus kills any ranking officer who dares to defy his orders while attempting to push for the Second Wave to kill millions of human civilians. Mabus, when his husk is destroyed, begins bodyjacking other humans, painfully obliterating their minds when he burns them out, eventually taking over the heroine Jordan and hunting down and wiping out entire resistance cells. He then even rapes the hero Cade Foster in Jordan's body to conceive a child that will be his perfect host. Mabus attempts to bring about an invasion, intending on killing every human being alive, obsessed with his own power and glory and caring for nothing else—not even the other Gua.
    • Cain is Mabus's second-in-command and second only to his leader in depravity among the Gua. Serving as the sympathetic Gua Joshua's replacement, Cain kidnaps Cade to subject him to horrible mental torture to plumb the Book of Nostradamus from his mind, apathetic to his survival through the process. Cain murders several people along the way, from using a cop as a human bomb to murdering one of his own minions to pay for another's failure, and later tortures a man to death in order to find the location of resistance base Raven Nation. Cain's attempt to slaughter Raven Nation fails, but he gets away with murdering one of their leaders in the process out of spite. Cain's ultimate goal is to launch the Second Wave, which would kill 19 million initially and millions later, remaining suavely sadistic the whole while he's onscreen.
    • Dr. Reid, from season 1's "Blind Witness", is a twisted Gua scientist who believes humans are nothing but livestock. Running a hospital, Reid takes the human patients and performs agonizing experiments on them that either kill them or result in Reid having them disposed of when he's finished. Reid grafts new parts to them, or carves them up to find out what makes them tick, before attempting to murder his only success, a former blind woman, along with Cade himself.
    • Logan Bishop, from season 3's "Unearthed", poses as one of the heads of an archaeological dig to find the legendary Hammer of Thor, in actuality a Gua artifact. Working directly on orders from Mabus, Bishop murders the leader of the dig once his use wears out by snapping his neck and tries to torture the location of other agents out of Eddie. Bishop's true goal is to use the Hammer of Thor to annihilate all life on Earth, even sadistically mocking the heroes that they'll be at the forefront of the slaughter he'll unleash.
  • The Five: Even in this world of Black and Gray Morality, these two manage to stand out:
    • Jakob Marosi is a Serial Killer and Serial Rapist who preys on children. In the past, he filmed children that he would stalk, rape and murder on the tapes "Track", "Pain", and "Kill" respectively. He has done this to five children while intending to make Jesse Wells his sixth victim before his biological father saved Jesse. Locked up in the present day, he offers the police to show them where he "buried" Jesse, only to trick them into discovering an unidentified girl he had killed.
    • Jay Newman is a record producer who’s revealed to have kidnapped numerous women and imprison them for five years just so that he could rape them continuously. His first victim was Britnay Shearer, who he forces to lure in five more women for him. When Britnay and Gemma escape from Jay's imprisonment, he takes his rage out on Selena Callaway by beating her to death before putting his three remaining Sex Slaves behind his sound booth.
  • The Following: Professor Joseph "Joe" Carroll is a megalomaniacal Serial Killer and Ryan Hardy's Arch-Enemy. After escaping prison, Joe hunts down one of his survivors and brutally murders her, first by cutting out her eyes. It's then revealed that Joe is the leader of a cult where he trained dozens to become killers like him. While he pretends to be a kind and genuine cult leader, he sees every one of his members as expendable pawns; even his son is viewed as a "trump card" so he can raise him to be a killer, and he has no problem with killing his ex-wife after she rejects him and tries to kill him. When Joe's cult is dismantled, he resurfaces and teams up with Lily Gray, another cult leader, before abandoning her and her followers to be arrested or killed once things go awry. Joe comes across yet another cult, kills the leaders, and starts training the members to become killers too, which leads to a series of spree killings. When Kingston Tanner calls out Joe on television, his response is to have his son, Preston, kidnapped, force Preston to murder an innocent woman, take a church hostage, and then kidnap Kingston and force him and Preston to kill each other. Joe watches as Kingston kills himself to save his son, and then he murders Preston anyway. After Joe is arrested, he attempts to escape one last time; Joe murders a few prison guards and takes some VIPs hostage before demanding he speak to Ryan Hardy. Once together, Joe threatens to kill the VIPs until Ryan confesses that he gains satisfaction from killing people, just like Joe. A manipulative chessmaster, Ax-Crazy yet Wicked Cultured, Joe Carroll believes that people are just pawns or disposable characters he can use to fuel his desire to kill.
  • Forever Knight:
    • Jack the Ripper himself, from season 2's "Bad Blood", was a surgeon-barber so evil his blood actually made the ancient vampire and Nick Knight's maker Lucien LaCroix sick. Upon becoming a vampire, Jack goes on a killing spree in Whitechapel before moving on from England. Jack spends the next centuries stalking the world, committing a string of horrific serial murders wherever he goes. Finally arriving in Toronto, Jack begins slaughtering innocent people again, ending his spree with the young police officer Bridget Hellman, who he drains before finally being destroyed by Nick and the vampire hunter Liam O'Neal. Easily the most savage and violent vampire on the show, and evil even before becoming a vampire, Jack demonstrates the most savage extremes of the nature of vampires in contrast to the repentant Nick.
    • The masked Serial Killer known only as "Dragon", from season 2's "The Fire Inside", is a businessman during the day who despises the homeless as "parasites" who scrounge for the money that "hard-working" men like him earn, and views himself as as an "exterminator" in wiping them out. Introducing himself by luring a homeless man over with loose change, Dragon proceeds to burn him alive, revealing he has been murdering the innocent homeless of Toronto and has tracked a small community of them to the sewers below the city. When Nick and his partner Don Schanke go to save them, Dragon burns a woman doing her laundry to death before attempting to kill every homeless person he finds, children included. When he encounters Nick, Dragon takes a homeless man hostage and attempts to burn him alive, too, mocking Nick for caring about "trash" and claiming only he can solve the "problem." In a world of murdering vampires, Dragon stands as a stark reminder that humans can sometimes be worse than nearly any supernatural monster.
  • Freddy's Nightmares: Freddy Krueger is once again portrayed as a sadistic monster. In life, he molested and murdered more than a dozen children, with victims as young as four and six. After his death, he returns as a demon to continue killing by murdering people in their dreams. Freddy murders his arresting officer, and proceeds to target his daughters, killing one and framing the other for her own sister's murder. In one episode, he tricks a sleepwalking man into killing his own wife and daughter, while another suggests that he murdered nearly half of his former class from school, which had 300 students. Freddy also appeared in segments in which he would interact with people to torment them. In one instance, he offered a girl the ability to change the past so that she could prevent her mother's death, but then revealed that now her father was dead instead, and promptly took away the ability. Evil as always, Freddy proved just as monstrous on the small screen as on the big screen.
  • Friday the 13th: The Series:
    • Uncle Lewis Vendredi made a pact with the Devil himself to spread evil throughout the world. Responsible for the events of the series, Lewis locates and acquired multiple old items before he would personally curse them and distribute them, often in ways that showed a sadistic edge and made it so they would always result in death and chaos to gain hell more souls. When Lewis realized his pact with Satan was resulting in his immortal body aging too much, he tried to break the deal, resulting in his own death at Satan's hands. Returning as a ghost, Lewis attempts to return to life and murder his family members who are trying to regain the cursed objects so they can do no more harm. Eventually, Lewis tries to get back in Satan's good graces by opening the very gates of hell and allowing Satan access to Earth to consume or torture all of mankind.
    • Winston Knight, from season 1's "Double Exposure'', is an ambitious news anchor who uses a cursed camera to make a duplicate of himself that he must destroy within five hours by destroying the negative print. Winston, to boost his ratings, sends his duplicate out to murder women with a machete so he can cover the murders and portray himself as a hero, killing at least ten innocents with no sign of stopping. When the hero Ryan's girlfriend Cathy catches Knight with his duplicate, Knight makes her a victim as well. Realizing Knight is guilty, Ryan snatches the negative print, meaning Knight risks death if the five hours lapse. When the group offers a trade, Knight attacks their friend and mentor Jack and creates a double of him, intending to have the double murder Ryan and his cousin Micki so he can frame Jack as the murderer and continue his own rise into stardom.
    • Horst Mueller and Oberst Rausch (alias Karl Steiner), from season 2's "The Butcher", are a pair of Nazi war criminals. During the war, Rausch, known as "The Butcher", was an infamous torturer and murderer who met his death at the hands of Jack Marshak. Mueller, using the occult, revived Rausch and despite being imprisoned as a war criminal, directs Rausch to murder the former members of Jack's squad using his signature barbed wire as a strangulation device. Promoting fascist and bigoted ideals as a radio host, Rausch mentally torments Jack and the other survivors while he prepares to murder them. When confronted, Mueller declares their ultimate objective is for Rausch to enter politics and eventually bring about a rebirth of the Nazi regime, both believing they are the Master Race, destined to rise anew.
    • Asteroth, from the two-part season 3 premier "The Prophecies", is a Fallen Angel and priest of Satan who is devoted to freeing his lord and master. Attempting to fulfill dark prophecies, Asteroth aims to kill a pure-hearted nun, first by infecting the minds of other nuns to drive them homicidal before they die, then driving the animals of the village murderously insane. When this fails, Asteroth brainwashes Ryan and has him murder the nun, before having him abduct a crippled girl with unshakeable faith in god so Asteroth can sacrifice her to Satan and have his master manifest in her body as The Antichrist. When he confronts Jack on his motivations, Asteroth gleefully reveals his future vision of the world, showing Jack images of mass destruction, death and oppression on a global scale. Intending to end the entire world, Asteroth is without doubt one of the cruelest monsters ever faced by Ryan and Micki.
    • Alex Dent, from season 3's "Mightier Than the Sword", is a Serial Killer posing as a true crime author. Dent uses his magic pen to turn unwitting victims into serial killers, targeting whoever Dent chooses. He disposes of them by bringing them to justice for crimes they can't remember committing. Dent is introduced using this power on Clint Fletcher, whom he used to kidnap and murder 18 women. Dent sadistically reveals to Fletcher that he is about to be executed for Dent's own crimes, and enjoys watching him die. At a writers' talk, Dent taunts Clint's enraged brother Jerry just to revel in his own emotional cruelty. Dent then uses his pen on the priest who oversaw Fletcher's execution and uses him to tie up loose ends. He murders Jerry and a detective who grew suspicious of him, before leaving the priest amnesiac and ruining his life. He captures Micki and has her target his ex-wife Marion, who is attempting to blackmail him. He plans on making her death the worst he's ever done purely for her slight against him, and comes along to watch her murder personally. When Marion fights back, Dent throws her down the stairs to try and cripple her, so that she will be paralyzed and conscious as she is carved up.
  • Fringe: Most villains have sympathetic motivations to their actions, with most having redeeming qualities. Nevertheless, with its initial Monster of the Week format, there have been exceptions:
    • Richard Steig, from "Pilot", is a former employee of Massive Dynamic who was asked to steal research into airborne viral contagions, research that had been conducted by the scientists Walter Bishop and William Bell decades earlier. Stieg was able to manufacture a flesh-melting contagion that causes the infected individual's skin to decompose in a matter of seconds. The contagion was then smuggled onto Flight 627 in his twin brother Morgan Steig's insulin pen. He chose Morgan to show his "commitment" for potential buyers for the toxin. Everyone on the plane died when the toxin made them crystalize.
    • David Esterbrook, from season 1's "The Cure", was the head of the pharmaceutical research division of the company INtREPUS. Esterbrook, to make money, created a program that would forcibly abduct and turn young women who suffered from a rare disease into unknowing radiation suicide bombers. He tested this on a cafe full of innocent people, causing their brains to boil and burst. After the first test, Esterbrook simply opted to repeat the process, showing no remorse or hesitation when confronted by Special Agent Olivia Dunham.
    • The artificially youthful Nazi Mad Scientist Alfred Hoffman, from season 2's "The Bishop Revival", was an unrepentant sociopath who survived the war and went into hiding. Decades later, Hoffman resurfaces with his greatest creation: a toxin he engineers to target specific genetic strains. He first tests it on a Holocaust survivor and her family at a wedding. He later tests it on a cafe to confirm its effectiveness and the fact he can use it to kill anyone not part of his "Master Race". Before Walter Bishop turns the toxin on Hoffman himself, Hoffman is about to deliver it at a human rights conference to kill everyone there.
    • Reverend Marcus and Wyatt Toomy, from season 3's "The Abducted", are responsible for the string of child kidnappings in the parallel universe. Wyatt, "The Candyman", would kidnap these children and along with Marcus would extract the hormones from their spines where Wyatt would use the hormones to make himself young while Marcus would use them to promote his cult, the Astoria Church, fueling his god complex; the kidnapped children would become disfigured and ill, even dying as a result of the duo's torturous experiments, with Phillip Broyles's son, Christopher, ending up blind. When Olivia Dunham kills Wyatt and rescues his latest victim, Marcus attempts to kill Christopher, only to be killed by Phillip himself.
  • From Dusk Till Dawn: Amaru, Queen of Xibalba, who once enslaved the entire vampiric Culebra race, takes the chance to jump into the dying body of Kate Fuller when her seal is weakened. Slaughtering the remaining Culebra Lords save one survivor, Amaru proceeds to torture and kill multiple culebras and humans, even murdering the human lover of Kisa (aka Santanico Pandemonium) just to hurt her out of belief that Santanico has no right to call herself a queen. Amaru spends the remainder of the season sending horrible demons after her enemies that cause incredible amounts of pain and suffering, and tries to kill Kate's loved ones to force her to watch as a prisoner in her own body. Causing several more massacres, Amaru regains her own original body, her influence driving an entire nearby town mad with the inhabitants of a hospital slaughtering one another. Amaru soon reveals her intent is to drag the entire human and Culebra races into hell so she can torture their souls forever in revenge for her sealing.
  • From The Heart (Mula Sa Puso): This Filipino series brings up Selina Pereira-Matias, the evil aunt of the heroine Via. Desiring the wealth of her deceased brother, Selina is responsible for a horrific acid attack on Via's mother that leaves her hideously scarred. When she hires a woman to pretend to be Via's mother, Selina later has this woman abducted, tortured, raped and murdered. Selina even sends a henchman to rape a woman simply for arguing with her over a custard. Selina later has her men plant a bomb on a bus full of people in the belief Via is on it, laughing hysterically at the result of the innocent passengers dying. Sadistic and evil, Selina would be remembered as one of the most monstrous villains in Filipino TV history.
  • Frontier:
    • Lord Archibald Benton is the governor of the Hudson Bay Company and seeks to dominate the fur trade. To this end, he arrests his predecessor on trumped-up charges and has him murdered before ruling the local town like a tyrant, antagonizing the local Cree peoples. Benton initiates a string of murders and torture to set the Lakewalker Cree against the French-Canadians in a war to wipe out or weaken them so he can take control of the trade. Upon capturing his arch-nemesis Declan Harp, whose family he tortured and killed, and is later revealed to have sold Harp's son into slavery, Benton tortures him, mocking him the whole while before attempting to have him executed. When his own superiors send soldiers to deal with him, Benton sequesters and attempts to starve them to death, showing his only allegiances are to his own ambition.
    • Patrick O'Reilly is a snake who plays both sides of the conflict with the Hudson Bay Company and those who rebel against it. However, O'Reilly has found a lucrative business on the side: By kidnapping Native American women, O'Reilly has them starved, abused and tormented into converting to Christianity so he can sell them as wives, which was done to O'Reilly's own bride. Those who prove too troublesome are sold into brothels to be used as sex slaves, which triggers the sheer fury of the Cree warrior woman Sokanon to the point she refuses to lend her aid in the assault on Lord Benton unless her allies will consent to allow her to murder O'Reilly first.
  • Future Man: Dr. Stuart "Stu" Gavin Camillo was a scientist working for Elias Kronish, and responsible for creating the Bad Future in season 2. Upon Kronish's death, Stu takes over in creating the cure for all diseases, where he gives it to the worst of humanity, knowing that their abuse of it will lead to global war resulting in massive loss of life and resources while he uploads his consciousness to an artificial intelligence to become immortal and rule over what remains. He would also conduct horrific experiments on 4,891 people, forcibly uploading their conciseness into his mainframe, leading to their deaths. In the year 2162, he would trick the people on The Mons into giving up their physical bodies and free will and uploading their consciousness into his mainframe, dubbed Mankind's Automated Reality Systems (M.A.R.S.), on the pretense that they'll be traveling to the planet Mars; those that refuse to go along this plan will be murdered by his army of robots. When he learns that Josh Futterman is attempting to invade M.A.R.S., he plans to trap him there, so that he can torture Josh for all of eternity. While Stu claims to be saving the human race, he's nothing more than a childish megalomaniac who just wants complete control over it and when his plans are exposed he orders his robotic army to exterminate all of humanity, including his own daughter Ty-Anne and his Lust Object Tiger.
  • G-Saviour: General Garneaux is the Big Bad. While appearing to be a man trying to save his people, he is later revealed to be the opposite. Desiring a special serum that will save CONSENT from starvation, he plans on destroying it in order to implement a policy of selective starvation, all for the sake of power; he orders Lt. Col. Jack Halle to kill the Illuminati when they break into a Hydrogen rig to steal the serum. Heading to Gaia to acquire the serum from Mark and Cynthia, he starts a war between CONSENT and Gaia as a distraction, using Mark’s fiancée Mimi as a spy.
  • Gap-dong/Gab-dong: Gap-dong himself, in truth police chief Cha Do-hyeok, is responsible for a wave of serial murders that saw multiple women throttled to death after being assaulted. Gap-dong helped to blame a mentally handicapped man for the crime, resulting in his suicide. In present, Gap-dong inspires new killers, seeking to have his copycats blamed so he can continue murdering without the burden of the Gap-dong name, and when caught intends on escaping via the statute limitations while mentally torturing the only victim who escaped him after he forced her and two other women to play rock-paper-scissors to determine who would live. He then attempts to have the witnesses against him murdered, and is so egotistical, he has one of his erstwhile protégés killed for daring to say he surpassed him.
  • GARO:
    • The evil, power-hungry Barago was once a member of the Makai Knights, an order of powerful beings who defend humanity from the horrors in the dark. Nearly every horrible thing in the series can be traced back to Barago. He made the innocent heroine of the series into a vessel for a demonic being known as Messiah, which would allow Messiah to consume both the girl and then the world, for nothing more than his personal gain. He murdered series hero Kouga's father, and The Lancer Rei's family to manipulate them further in the future. To prove he has no attachment to humanity or human beings, Barago cuts down a mirage of his own mother to prove that his family means less to him than power. Barago is willing to allow humanity be devoured for his own gain, and carelessly uses and discards whoever is in his way. When one hero begs Barago to remember why he once joined the order of the Makai Knights, Barago's only response is to coldly say he can't even remember.
    • GARO The One Who Shines In The Darkness: This spinoff has Tousei Kaneshiro, a completely normal human who's just an evil monster. As a child, he turned his own mother into a monster and thought it was amazing. He later turned Sonshi, a noble defender of humanity and Makai Knight, into his own minion and forced him to eat a woman he had been sworn to protect, laughing all the while. Sonshi turned other good-hearted people into monsters that became his servants, using them to found Vol City, where he used his crippled father as a Puppet King and ruled from behind the scenes, allowing the Horrors to devour the innocent. He even forced the Makai Priestess Hakana to produce many Madou Horror seed against her own will. Upon stepping out of the shadows, he has the Kaneshiro family, even the children, killed and has Sonshi eat his own father. Using the fact he's a normal human as a shield, Tousei gleefully taunts the heroes about his atrocities and molests a woman he turned into one of his special Mado Horrors in front of them. Upon encountering him, even a horror comments it has never seen a human with such a black soul.
  • The Gifted: Benedict Ryan is the most recognized anti-mutant TV news host in America, and is secretly the leader of the Purifiers, an anti-mutant hate militia. He would have the Purifiers persecute mutants all over the country, having them tortured and killed while using his show to praise their atrocities and persuade the public to commit similar acts of violence towards mutants. Collaborating with Reeva Payge in orchestrating a war between humanity and mutants, he would use the intelligence given to by Reeva about Morlock's sanctuary to lead the massacre their killing numerous mutants, children included, while he would give Reeva intel about highly-populated human areas, leading to high casualties on that front as well.
  • Gotham:
    • Dr. Francis Dulmacher, aka the Dollmaker, from season 1, is a respected, soft-spoken surgeon who works with rich clients, and is the mastermind of a human trafficking ring, which he uses to harvest organs for his experiments. He often sends his thugs to abduct people, then takes them to his facility on a private island where said thugs keep them hostage. Early in the season, he sends two of his lackeys to abduct street children to such a fate, using charity as a lure. When his plan is exposed and the children are sent into protective care, he tries to have his lackeys hijack the convoy. Later on in the season, crime boss Fish Mooney finds herself in Dulmacher's clutches, with him intending to take her eye; later he shows what happens to those who fail or cross him, as he shows her his former lackeys disassembled and reassembled with female parts.
    • Jerome Valeska is a psychopath introduced being placed in Arkham Asylum for murdering his own mother, laughing at his crime when interrogated. Recruited along with other inmates by Theo Galavan to form the Maniax, Jerome functions as their leader, committing crimes such as taking hostages and throwing them off a rooftop; attempting to set fire to a bus full of cheerleaders; shooting up the Gotham City Police Department, personally killing their Commissioner; killing his own father; and taking those in attendance at a children's charity hostage, killing the deputy mayor of Gotham. Tormenting the thirteen-year-old Bruce Wayne, Jerome slowly begins slitting his throat, trying to kill him. After being killed and resurrected, Jerome encourages his followers to spread death and chaos as he announces his return and straps his own follower, Dwight, to a bomb, detonating it and killing him. As the chaos spreads through the city, Jerome again goes after Bruce, making it entertaining for himself by taking Bruce to a twisted carnival he's set up, tormenting Bruce before trying to kill him yet again. Taking over Arkham along with other criminals, Jerome has Jonathan Crane produce an insanity-inducing Psycho Serum, then chooses to kill himself to deny Commissioner Gordon arresting him. Sending a package of his Venom to his twin brother, Jerome ensures his nefarious legacy lives on in the creation of Gotham's most infamous criminal.
    • Dr. Hugo Strange is a former associate of Thomas Wayne in the Pinewood Farms project, meant to cure disease but abused by Strange to perform horrifying experiments on patients. When Wayne discovered Strange's deeds and shut the project down, he allied himself with the Court of Owls, having Wayne and his wife gunned down in front of their young son, Bruce. Becoming head of Arkham Asylum, Strange continues his torturous experiments on his patients, driving many insane or transforming them into monsters. Discovering how to bring the dead back to life, Strange resurrects Gotham's deceased criminals, who return as raving lunatics and go on to kill numerous innocents while Strange happily accommodates them to commit their crimes. When persistently investigated by Bruce and Commissioner James Gordon, Strange viciously tortures them before trying to kill them, along with Selina Kyle, the latter merely for having annoyed him. Ordered by the Court to detonate a nuclear device to destroy evidence of his experiments, Strange agrees, apathetic that this may potentially take out much of Gotham City. Strange later returns to create a Hate Plague, planning to unleash it on Gotham to drive the population into a killing frenzy. Playing both Gotham police and the Court as it suited him, Strange proved a narcissistic scientist who cared only for performing his depraved experiments.
    • Lazlo Valentin, AKA Professor Pyg, from season 4, is a sadistic hitman known for copying the MO of multiple serial killers. He arrives in Gotham and makes himself known to the GCPD by killing many of its cops in various brutal ways, which include slashing some with a cleaver; having one blown up by a grenade; and having many get shot by a machine gun. He later kills six homeless people, bakes them into meat pies, and forces the Gotham socialites to eat said pies. Upon being caught and sent to Arkham Asylum, he viciously kills an inmate for interrupting his music leisure, and kills multiple staff while escaping the Asylum. He then kills crime boss Carmine Falcone on Sofia Falcone's behest, and attempts to kill Commissioner James Gordon himself before Sofia shoots him.
    • Jeremiah Valeska is the aforementioned Jerome's seemingly orderly twin brother and a powerful but suspicious businessman. According to Jerome, Jeremiah is just as bad as he is and plans to make him his heir; when seemingly Driven to Madness by a special gas, Jeremiah states it did nothing but alter his appearance, and that he intends to usurp Jerome's legacy to gratify his own ego; Jeremiah starts off with a plan to detonate powerful bombs all over Gotham, before incinerating his new followers after he fails, and has his lover Ecco shoot herself to prove her loyalty. Jeremiah later teams up with Ra's Al-Ghul to destroy all the bridges out of Gotham and turn the city into a lawless despot. Obsessed with Bruce Wayne, Jeremiah does anything to become the center of his world, including shooting Selina Kyle; torturing a decoy of Alfred to self-mutilate; attempting to recreate the night of the Wayne murders with brainwashed victims, before trying to use Jim and Leslie as a substitute; and attempting to unleash chemicals onto the city to ruin it beyond repair. Emerging ten years later, Jeremiah eventually kills Ecco, stating they'll be others like her, before kidnapping and trying to drop Jim Gordon's young daughter into a vat of chemicals.
  • Gramps (1995 Made-for-TV Movie): Jack MacGruder is a grandfather whose outwardly sweet side is a cover for a bloodthirsty sociopath who nearly succeeds in destroying his family, all to get at and rape his "precious" 7-year-old grandson, Matthew. About 40 years earlier, Jack was the autocratic head of his household and constantly came up with new ways to beat his wife when she stepped even a millimeter out of line. Finally, the wife works up enough courage to leave, taking her 7-year-old son, Clark, with her and divorcing Jack, who got no visitation rights to see his son. In the present, Clark tracks down his father and, hoping he's changed and gotten his anger issues under control, invites him to stay. Jack charms everyone with his guitar picking, but eventually, he unleashes his pent-up anger on innocent people. He breaks the housekeeper's legs with a baseball bat, smashes a fire extinguisher over the head of a police officer, runs down a teenaged girl with his car (and also does the same to his daughter-in-law), and kills his daughter-in-law's father after he gathers evidence to refute Jack's claim that the daughter-in-law was cheating on him. In the end, Jack kidnaps Matthew and one of his female classmates and threatens to throw them over the edge of a waterfall if Clark does not pay a $1 million ransom.
  • Greyzone: Al-Shishani, real name Rami Wahid, is one of the world's most dangerous terrorists and the cold, no-nonsense leader of the terrorist cell Iyad Adi Kassa] works for, though stands in stark contrast to the sympathetic, well-intentioned Iyad as a cruel man. In the present, Shishani has Iyad hold the drone inventor Victoria Rahbeck hostage and use her technological knowledge to help them create a drone, under the threat of killing her son Oskar. In his very first physical appearance, Shishani stabs a Muslim priest who worked for their organization for being an informant to the police. When Victoria tries copying a drone despite not having the authority to do so, her colleague and friend Linda comes and tries stopping her, leading Shishani to order one of his operatives to strangle and kill Linda. When the police investigate a room the terrorists recently were in, Shishani has a bomb planted in a backpack which explodes, killing dozens of officers in the process. In the final episode, Shishani changes the coordinates of their terrorist attack from the original target—a conference which was supposed to be full of Asshole Victims but which ended up being empty—to rigshospitalet, the biggest hospital in Denmark; just because. When Iyad betrays the group after the cruel change of plans and decides to spare Victoria and Oskar after Shishani orders them executed, Shishani coldly shoots him.
  • The Gu Family Book: In this Korean Drama, the ambitious nobleman Jo Kwan Woong destroys a man who was his friend and sends the man’s daughter to be turned into a state gisaeng, or prostitute. He then attempts to rape her himself, stating that defiling her would be no fun if she didn't struggle, before discovering she has escaped. In retribution, he executes her brother and later engineers her betrayal of her Kumiho husband Wol-Ryung. 20 years later, Kwan Woong has a number of people in high level positions purged and murdered, and conducts a series of further murders, even killing the goodhearted Lord Park, brainwashing Park's son that it was his foster brother and raping Park's daughter. When Wol-Ryung returns as an amnesiac demon, it says a lot that Kwan Woong comes off as the worse of the two by manipulating him for his own purposes. Even at the end, Kwan Woong confesses his actions were all to alleviate the tedium of life, with no remorse for his evil deeds.

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  • Hanna: Jerome Sawyer is the CIA operative in charge of the agency's program code named UTRAX, experimenting and brainwashing dozens of girls since they were infants. When Erik Heller rescues a baby Hanna from the UTRAX program, he orders his subordinate, Marissa Wiegler, to kill all the babies under her care. Learning of Erik and Hanna’s whereabouts 15 years later, he allows Erik to capture Marissa so he can ambush Erik, uncaring if she and her men get killed, and later tortures Erik by exposing him to freezing temperatures for days. When Erik escapes and reunites with Hanna, Sawyer has his soldiers shoot up a motel that they were staying at, killing the innocent people inside, while ordering Marissa to be executed. When Erik and Hanna arrive at the UTRAX facility to save the girls, Sawyer orders the destruction of the facility while attempting to kill the two and any who deviate from his control.
  • Harlots: Lord Harcourt Fitzwilliam, Marquess of Blayne, is the leader of the Spartans, a rape and murder sex cult. Through the Spartans, Harcourt has young women, especially virgins, provided so he may know the thrill of raping and murdering them. Terrorizing his lonely sister Isabella, Harcourt had raped her at a young age, glorying how he "broke" her, while financially controlling her in the present day. Harcourt abuses and hurts all around him, forcing a failed Spartan to kill himself to keep himself safe, and after suffering a loss against the heroines, he demands the normally unscrupulous brothel keeper Lydia Quigley give him a new victim to rape and murder. Harcourt even has his own daughter with Isabella seduced by a servant to ruin her, just to hurt Isabella more. Finally, Harcourt attempts to rape and murder Lucy Wells, being a living near-embodiment of misogynist sadism.
  • Harper's Island: John Wakefield is a legendary killer from Harper Island's past who was thought to be dead, only to resurface and continue killing. The former lover of Sarah Mills, he was abusive to her, leading Sarah to ask for help from Sheriff Charlie Mills, who had Wakefield arrested on false charges. Let out of prison for good behavior, Wakefield returned to the island, where he killed 6 people, including Sarah, only to be shot by Charlie and fall off a cliff. Surviving, Wakefield went into hiding, and met up with his illegitimate son Henry Dunn years later, to train him as a killer. At the start of the series, the father and son duo plan to lure out Henry's friends and family, including Charlie and his daughter Abbie, into Harper's Island, where both of them would kill everyone. Lurking in the shadows, Wakefield secretly killed many of the victims, and set up a warning to manipulate and scare the group. He would mutilate many of the bodies, subject his victims to painful deaths like burning alive and sawing in half, and was willing to try attacking children. By the end of the series, he and his son manage to kill the majority of the cast, and left Harper's Island desolated before John gets betrayed by Henry. John Wakefield's action made him a legend, an infamous serial killer single-handily responsible for Harper's Island's infamously dark and bloodstained past.
  • The Haunting Hour: The titular ghost of the season 1 finale Scary Mary, based on the Urban Legend of Bloody Mary, was superficially vain in life, burning to death because she was too busy looking at herself in a mirror. Taking a vicious streak as a ghost, Mary takes to stalking young beautiful girls before dragging them to her realm to imprison her until they become her slaves. There Mary would remove their faces and frequently wear them to see if a boy has called upon her, reacting in a violent rage when none does. When she gets her hands on a girl named Hannah, her friends try searching for her before her friend Eric learns the means to enter Mary's realm. Upon doing so, Mary forcibly takes Hannah's face, and locks her in a trunk posing as Hannah when Eric comes to rescue her. When Eric see's through her, and manages to rescue Hannah, Mary mocks Eric by saying Hannah has no face as her rage burns the farm house around them. Even as Eric and Hannah successfully escape, the episode's ending shows Mary is still stalking Eric.
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys:
    • Darphus, from season 1's "The Gauntlet" and "Unchained Heart" (as well as an Alternate Continuity in Part 2 of season 4's "Armageddon Now), is the former second in command of Xena before her Heel–Face Turn. Darphus earns Xena's disfavor by sacking innocent villages and slaughtering women and children for fun. When Xena objects, Darphus stages a coup on her after trying to force her to murder a baby. When Xena survives the gauntlet to leave the army, Darphus tries to have her killed anyways. After being killed by Xena, Darphus is revived by Ares and carries on a brutal campaign of slaughter where he also has care of Ares's monstrous pet. Darphus feeds innocent victims to said monster and shows no hesitation in killing his own men as well just for displeasing him.
    • Mayhem, from season 4's "Prodigal Sister", is the leader of a renegade band of Amazons that routinely terrorizes the countryside in Greece and massacres entire villages, except for the little girls she turns into her weapons. Most Amazons who did raids would go for minimal loss of life, and are appalled by Mayhem's actions. She personally blinds Ruun—just after killing his parents and kidnapping his sister who she turns into a mindless killing machine—who's only five years old. Fast forward years later, when most of the renegade Amazons have rejoined the Amazonian Nation, Mayhem still leads raids which Rape, Pillage, and Burn entire villages for fun. When confronted by Hercules, she laughs off that her actions will lead to an Amazon Civil War which will be crushed by the outside world. And finally, when confronted on what she did to Ruun and his sister Siri after she is beaten by Hercules she flat out says "So what, I turned her into the greatest Amazonian Warrior!"
  • Horatio Hornblower:
    • "The Even Chance": Midshipman Jack Simpson ruthlessly torments his fellow midshipmen, both physically and psychologically. He is a sadistic bully who takes great pleasure in his evil games. He claims that he knows the guys' secrets and what gnaws their souls, and uses it as blackmail. He keeps beating them mercilessly. His abuse of Archie Kennedy is the worst as he is the one most terrified of him, and Simpson's mere presence gives him stress-induced Convulsive Seizures. Simpson is able to manipulate the situation and is never held responsible, and the others are punished instead. Later he tries to kill his shipmates in the middle of a raid by setting one adrift in a boat and shooting the other. When challenged to the Duel to the Death, he cheats and claims it was a misfire. Finally, when his life is spared, he's unable to deal with Cruel Mercy and tries to stab his opponent In the Back.
    • "The Frogs and the Lobsters": Colonel Marquis Moncoutant is one of the leaders of French Royalist troops who set on a mission to restore the monarchy in France during the French Revolution with the help of the British Navy. However, he doesn't care much about the cause and not at all about his soldiers. The fate of other aristocrats doesn't concern him either, but he's very proud that he's Blue Blood and he believes that common people are impossible to improve, comparing them to animals. He killed a mayor and nearly shot a child for singing Marseillaise upon his arrival to his village, and later he keeps gleefully killing off villagers with his personal guillotine one after another for no bigger offence than selling old bread. He never shows any remorse for his evil deeds.
  • House of Cards (US): Francis J. "Frank" Underwood is a scheming, charming, and monstrous politician who seeks ultimate power and legacy. After feeling betrayed by President Garrett Walker, Frank begins a brutal campaign to institute himself as President, leading Frank to ruin countless people's lives and personally murder Zoe Barnes and Peter Russo, the latter after destroying his sobriety and utterly breaking his spirit. Upon becoming President, Frank's crimes only worsen as he goes to any lengths to secure power and wipe out his enemies, bombing civilian-populated villages to kill a single terrorist, allowing an innocent man be killed on live video, and faking bomb threats all being par for the course. To further drive fear into America's soul and convince the people they need him as their leader, Frank organizes cyber attacks that lead to numerous horrible riots and accidents, and sits idly by as sarin gas is deployed against countless innocents, simply to use the gas attacks as a Pretext for War. Frank considers compassion and love a weakness, and slowly but surely forgets about, ditches, or outright murders those who he considers "friends", culminating in him planning to coldly murder his wife Claire if she even thinks about betraying him. Frank Underwood is a vile, depraved man who uses manipulation and facades to convince hapless victims that he is a good man, only to always pull the rug out from under them and reveal who he truly is: A self-serving sociopath with delusions of grandeur.
  • Human Trafficking: In this 2005 Mini Series, Sergei Karpovich is the head of an extensive human trafficking ring where women are lured with promises of modeling or meeting Western husbands, before being they are kidnapped, raped and forced to prostitute themselves, and only have a life expectancy of about four years. For other ventures, Karpovich has children kidnapped to serve in child brothels. When one girl escapes due to a guard napping, a furious Karpovich fatally stabs the man in the throat with a pen, and when an ICE raid rescues a number of women, Karpovich has one murdered due to having used her as an accountant. If the women have any families, Karpovich uses their safety as leverage, including children. Representing the evils of human trafficking, Karpvoich's only interest is his own profit.
  • The Incredible Hulk: Michael Sutton, from season 3's "The Snare", became bored with hunting animals, and so decided to start Hunting the Most Dangerous Game. He finds whatever men he can and invites them over to his own island, only to drug them to sleep and put them through deadly obstacles as he hunts them down, succeeding at least 5 times, and seeing it all as a "game"; he intends to do the same to David Banner. It's implied that the reason he's so successful is because he doesn't play fair, a fact David calls him out on, insisting that a real hunter plays fair and that all Sutton cares about is winning. When Sutton discovers David's inner beast, he becomes obsessed with it and tortures David with the intent of bringing it out and killing it, only to kill himself by accident. At the end of the episode, it turns out even in death Sutton can't stand losing, as it's revealed he Booby Trapped David's escape boat in preparation for the hero's victory. Ruthless, psychotic, and a cheater at his own game, Michael Sutton was unlike any other villain on the show, who were motivated by either tragedy or simple financial gain.
  • In My Daughter's Name (1992 Made-for-TV Movie): Peter Lipton rapes and kills the teenaged Carly Elias. In court, it is revealed that Lipton had previously raped another girl named Barbra Samp. After Carly's mother, Laura, begins stalking Lipton after he's released from psychiatric evaluation, Lipton confronts Laura outside her home, and implies that he wants to rape her other daughter, Lissa. Lipton tries to lure in a girl he meets at the mall to rape, before he is stopped and shot dead by Lauren.
  • In the Spider's Web (2007): Dr. Lecorpus lives in rural India and runs an organ smuggling ring in caves with venomous spiders. Lecorpus lures in or abducts innocents, giving them to the spiders to injecting venom within them to produce agonizing effects, along with keeping their organs from spoiling while Lecorpus cuts them out while still alive in most cases to extract said organs to sell. With no care for anyone or anything, Lecorpus happily kills all he can get away with solely to profit.
  • Irresistible Force (also known as Power Cop) (1993 TV Movie): James Barron is a smarmy, white supremacist terrorist who kidnaps a mall full of innocents and powerful politicians, executing those who resist, threatening to murder them one after another if he isn't provided with millions of dollars and a private army of Death Row criminals. Barron also kidnaps the son of one of his old allies to force his hand, intending on killing both of them after they fill out their use. Promising to let the hostages go when he's done, Barron instead plans to employ a canister of lethal nerve gas to kill any and all loose ends, and half of Los Angeles with them.
  • iZombie:
    • Vaughn Du Clark is the Big Bad of Season 2, despite coming across as an absent-minded goofball. He is indirectly behind the zombie outbreak because the unsafe chemicals in his company's energy drink is one of the causes of zombieism. Vaughn does not care that the zombies remain sentient, he only cares about how this news will affect his profit. He coerces Major, who can sense zombies, into acting as his hitman in eliminating them by threatening Major's Love Interest, Olivia "Liv" Moore. Incapable of taking any criticism, Vaughn frequently scours the internet for negative comments about his company and has the posters killed. When a zombie breaks free in his lab, Vaughn flees the scene, abandoning his own daughter to get infected. When he discovers that Major has been hiding the zombies he hunted down instead of killing them, Vaughn locates them and kidnaps them all, keeping them in his lab to test cures for zombieism. All the tests fail and the zombies are turned into mindless, ravenous beasts. Vaughn laughs at Liv when she discovers that one of the mindless zombies was her boyfriend and watches with glee as she's forced to kill her lover. Even as his company is overrun by zombies and hundreds of his employees are killed, Vaughn can only think of what this means for his publicity and finances.
    • Dolly Durkins is the Big Bad of Season 5. Despite coming across as a seemingly nice, albeit anti-zombie activist, Dolly is secretly the bigoted leader of a terrorist organization. Dolly has one of her cronies post a fake video of a woman getting mauled by zombies online just to cause more tension between humans and zombies, before sending the man to kill Fillmore Graves soldiers in a suicide bombing. She later pollutes the processing plant distributing brain tubes so hundreds of zombies develop Alzheimer's disease, thus causing various Fillmore Graves soldiers to be rendered inoperable. Later on, Dolly orders her men to kidnap Sloane Mills, General Mills's daughter, before starving her and her boyfriend, and releasing them as feral zombies to attack innocents during an annual pie festival before they're put down. After being contacted by Mills and given assault weapons, Dolly uses said weapons to massacre humans and zombies alike at a memorial, and later goes on a killing spree with her cohorts gunning down any Fillmore Graves employee they can find. While she claims to care about humanity, Dolly had several human beings endangered or killed during her quest to eradicate all zombies.
  • Jack Hunter (2008-2009 miniseries): Albert Littman is Jack Hunter's sadistic former colleague-turned-rival, and a psychotic treasure hunter driven solely by greed. Introduced murdering his entire crew of hired hands on the mere suspicion that one of them is a traitor, Littman is hired to find the legendary Star of Heaven, and carries out numerous atrocities in his search for the artifact, including having Jack Hunter's mentor shot dead; massacring a cult dedicated to protecting the Star; shooting his lover/partner in the back; and torturing and killing an antiquities dealer and his son. In his supreme act of villainy, Littman turns on his employer to use the Star of Heaven to vaporize him and his crew, as well as numerous NSA agents, laughing with sadistic glee that he is invincible. An unpredictable psychopath who can barely conceal his depravity behind a veil of sophistication, Albert Littman earns Jack Hunter's undying hatred and dread.
  • Jason and the Argonauts (2000 Hallmark Made-for-TV Movie): Pelias, like his mythological counterpart, is the brother of King Aeson of Iolcus and an uncle of the titular protagonist, but is much more evil than in the myth or in the 1963 film. He and his soldiers invade Iolcus and terrorize civillians. In his Establishing Character Moment, he gives a hug to his brother only to stab him with the knife saying; "My destiny is to rule!" He attempts to murder the baby Jason, only for the latter to be saved by a bodyguard. Couple years later, Pelias sends an adult Jason on a dangerous mission to find the Golden Fleece, hoping that Jason never succeeds, and threatens to kill Jason's mom whom he earlier forced to marry him. Near the end of the film, when his son, Acastus, brings Pelias the Golden Fleece, Pelias fakes gratitude and murders his own son, taking the Golden Fleece. Seconds later he holds Medea hostage. In his final act of malice, Pelias lies to Jason that he has been overcome with madness by the Fleece while giving him a hug, but secretly he was just trying to kill Jason in the same way he killed King Aeson earlier.
  • Justiça: Oswaldo, the Big Bad in Rose's story, is the most repugnant criminal to be introduced in the show. Starting as a teenager, Oswaldo was a prolific Serial Rapist who used his job as painter as a front to find victims, and forced them to imagine that they were liking the situation. Raping Rose's best friend, Débora, Oswaldo would proceed to rape another woman to the point she had to be sent to the hospital with multiple injuries around her body. Capturing Débora again, Oswaldo coldly remarks that she must have missed him, and asks her if she "wants more". At the mercy of Rose's thuggish friends, Oswaldo begs to be escorted to the police, and confesses that the first thing he will do upon getting out of prison is rape Débora again.
  • Justified: Fletcher "The Icepick" Nix, from season 3's premiere "The Gunfighter", is a sadistic assassin in the employ of Dixie Mafia boss Emmett Arnett, and the evilest one-shot villain in the series. Robbing the wealthy Delmar Coates, Nix establishes himself early on as an evil man by ordering a pizza, and once the deliveryman is there, Nix uses both of them as hostages. Nix decides to play a sadistic game with them, placing two guns at his table and giving them a "chance" to survive by killing each other, until it's revealed that there is an icepick at the table which impales Coates; Nix later murders the pizza deliveryman as well. Being prevented from a meeting with his boss, Nix, instead of escaping justice, decides to kidnap Rayland Given's wife and do the same thing to them.
  • The Killing:
    • The Pied Piper, real name James Skinner, Arc Villain of season 3, poses as an innocuous family man while moonlighting as a Serial Rapist and Serial Killer of dozens upon dozens of young girls. When spotted in the act by a young boy, the Piper makes plans to kill him but ends up murdering the child's mother and framing his father for the deed. Killing Bullet for discovering his identity, the Piper is eventually cornered by Sarah Linden and tries to goad her into murdering him by boasting the girls he killed were "garbage" undeserving of being seen as human beings. With his claim of not harming children shattered by his vast number of young female victims, the Piper is a hypocritical, misogynistic psychopath with an ego so large none of his deplorable crimes elicit any measure of human emotion from him.
    • Though a minor villain, Goldie, from the 2nd through 4th episodes of season 3, establishes his pronounced depravity and wickedness by beating and raping the teenage Bullet for breaking into his apartment. Caught by the cops, it is discovered Goldie is both a distributor of child pornography and a Serial Rapist of underage girls himself, before he manages to humiliate the police and weasel his way out of the punishment he deserves.
  • Kingdom Hospital: Ebenezer Gottreich is the head of a mill which uses the slave labor of men, women and children; his brother Klaus is a sadistic and insane doctor at a hospital, where he performs torturous experiments on his patients. After the Civil War, Ebenezer's mill was a collapsing business, with the slave labor having revolted, and so he planned to save money by burning down his mill, and killing his employees. In the fire, hundreds of his employees are killed, mostly the children. Later, he has the survivors "treated" at his brother's hospital. When Ebenezer discovers one of the children, Mary, survived the fire, and witnessed his scheme, he has Klaus take her in. Klaus would later kill Mary in a lobotomy experiment, despite her insisting she never saw anything and promising not to tell anyone.
  • Knight Rider: Charles Zurich, from season 4's "Sky Knight", ex-agent and leader of the New Dawn movement, is a Faux Affably Evil extremist vying for the release of 197 "political prisoners" under the threat of murdering a plane full of innocent people. Zurich's seemingly good intentions are a farce, as he secretly intends to use these prisoners—all of them merely cutthroat murderers—-as his own private army to wage wars upon and take over any small country he wants. Gleefully attempting to execute Michael Knight's love interest with the intent to hurt him, Zurich finally just tries to wipe out all the hostages with a nuclear doomsday device, even leaving his own men to die the second they hesitate.
  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker:
    • Jack the Ripper from "The Ripper" is a Serial Killer who is at first believed to be a Ripper copycat, but is soon revealed to be something far more sinister. First seen butchering numerous women, mostly hookers and strippers, throughout Milwaukee and Chicago, the Ripper cannibalized his third victim in Chicago, carving out her kidneys to eat. Sending taunting letters of his crimes to the press, the Ripper arranges a meeting with a young reporter while claiming he won't kill anyone the night they would meet, however he kills her anyway. After escaping police custody and brutalizing many officers and innocents who try to restrain him, the Ripper is revealed to be the actual Jack the Ripper, having spent the past decades traveling the world and always murdering 5 women in each location he terrorizes, having killed over 70 women over the years. Jack the Ripper was a mysterious figure whose crimes were never given justification beyond sheer sadism and hatred.
    • Robert Palmer from "The Devil's Platform" is a senator obsessed with gaining as much personal power as possible, and to this end, made a deal with the Prince of Darkness for supernatural abilities. Using these abilities, of which he pays for by regularly sacrificing animals and "higher forms of life", Palmer kills off all of his political opponents, with their wives and friends being casualties as well. When Palmer's campaign manager plans to reveal his crimes to the public, Palmer sends the elevator his manager is on plummeting to the ground, killing him and the numerous other innocents onboard. A secretary, aware of Palmer's part in the elevator crash, tries to blackmail him into paying her to keep quiet about it, and Palmer responds by trying to maul her in his hellhound form; when she survives and is sent to the hospital, Palmer pursues and kills her in her weakened state. After murdering another of his opponents in a car crash, Palmer tries to manipulate Carl Kolchak into signing his soul over to Palmer, and wastes no time in trying to butcher Kolchak when he refuses. Smug and power hungry, Robert Palmer stood out even to Kolchak as one of the most wicked villains he ever faced.
    • Helen of Troy from "The Youth Killer" has the longest Historical Rapsheet in the series. A beautiful demigoddess who made a deal with the powerful goddess Hecate for eternal life, Helen is required to drain the life out of physically perfect individuals on a regular basis to retain her youth, a process that inevitably kills her victims, something she takes pleasure from. Having lived for hundreds of years, Helen uses a computer dating service in the present to find victims, and drains the life out of three of them throughout the episode, nearly getting Kolchak killed when he tries to interfere. Defined by her callousness and lust for beauty, Helen of Troy was the most beautiful, and most self-centered, foe Kolchak ever faced.
  • Krypton: Brainiac, known as the Collector of Worlds, is an android who travels through the galaxy to abduct cities and shrink them for his collection, often resulting in the destruction of their planet. While he publicly claims to bring immortality for the people he takes, in actuality they are put into a paralyzed stasis while remaining conscious forever. Having already inflicted this fate to countless cities and setting sight on Kandor from planet Krypton, Brainiac sends a sentry that possesses and kills an innocent woman before infecting the dictator of Kandor, whom Brainiac remotely controls. After defeating a coup, he brainwashes the rebels into his loyal guards and forces chief magistrate Daron-Vex to execute his co-conspirators, including Daron's own daughter Nyssa. To replenish his forces, Brainiac regularly feeds on the birth facility, draining embryos as batteries. He then slaughters any opposition with his psychic powers and turns a little girl into a living bomb he sends upon her friend Seg-El. Defeated and cast away into the Phantom Zone, Brainiac drags Seg along in his doom.
  • Kung Fu Killer (2008 Made-for-TV Movie): The wicked Khan is a cruel warlord in China who rules with an iron fist and enslaves the peasants to farm poppies for his opium trade which he uses to keep others enslaved to him via addictions. In the film's opening, Khan has a peaceful temple of martial artist monks slaughtered with their grandmaster, resulting in only the hero Crane as the survivor. Keeping scientists enslaved and addicted, Khan has them create a poison gas for him to help conquer China, first testing the gas on helpless prisoners. Once satisfied with the results, he intends to spread it across China to assist his conquest.
  • Las Vegas: On a show whose antagonists are composed mostly of gambling cheaters, thieves, or con artists, Vince Peterson from the end of season 4 and the season 5 premiere stands out as the most depraved villain to appear. He's a billionaire gambler who travels around the world to have a good time. It turns out that this includes kidnapping, raping, and killing women. He uses his money to get away with his crimes, cheery that it allows him to do whatever he wants. He asks Sam Marquez to marry him and sweetens the deal by agreeing to buy the Montecito... before drugging her, tying her up, stuffing her into a trunk case and taking her with him onboard his private plane. He takes way too much pleasure in letting Sam know that she isn't even close to the first woman he's done this to and looks forward to his victim pissing herself in fear because it will turn him on more. He further beats Sam up with his belt and prepares to rape her before she manages to kill him by throwing him off the plane. Sam spends the rest of the season trying to cope with the trauma.
  • The Last Kingdom: Sverri, from season 2, is an Icelandic slaver notorious for working and torturing his slaves to death. Having his slaves row to Iceland for days without food, Sverri forces them to fight over an apple he's already taken a bite out of. After recapturing Uhtred and Halig after their failed escape attempt, Sverri has the latter bound to the prow of his ship and forces Uhtred and the other slaves to row the roaring seas, slowly killing Halig.
  • Legend Heroes: Sima Yi is an Manipulative observer angel who helps to facilitate the Dream Battle, while secretly desiring to enter the battle himself so he can claim the Imperial Seal, kill his fellow Angels, and become ruler of the human world. In pursuit of this goal, Sima Yi backed the experiments of Zhang Jue, which involved forcing humans to become Dark Warlords, and disposes of him when he is no longer of use. Sima Yi then corrupts his Warlord Cao Cao so he can possess him to enter the Dream Battle and attempts to kill his surrogate younger sister Diaochan when Cao Cao begins to resist his control. After being driven out of Cao Cao's body, Sima Yi attempts to destroy the world out of spite for not being able to rule it. A cruel and treacherous Angel, had Sima Yi become ruler of the world, he admits he would have replaced the Dream Battle with a massacre every 300 years.
  • Legend of the Seeker:
    • Darken Rahl, The Big Bad of season 1 and The Dragon to The Keeper in season 2, orders a mass infanticide, kills any he deems a threat, and tortures innocent peasants to keep his dark power. Rahl is also especially fond of blood sacrifices, using the blood as ink to pen notices and spells. Rahl also unleashes a plague on his own people in an attempt to blame Richard and cause the people to turn against him. Throughout the series, Rahl is shown as nothing more than pure, unadulterated evil.
    • Nicholas Rahl, Darken's son in season 1’s "Reckoning" , was born of a Mother Confessor (Confessors have magical powers). Most male Confessors get easily corrupted by their powers, and Nicholas starts off by Confessing his playmate and forcing him to cut off his own fingers, because the latter refused to play with the same toys and games as Nicholas. When Nicholas's mother, Kahlan, noticed what her son was becoming and pointed it out, Darken decided to execute Kahlan and Nicholas stopped her, saying "Father, let me do it!" After executing his own mother, Nicholas proceeded to murder his dad when the two were standing in front of Kahlan's tomb. After that, he ordered his father's former servants (all of whom he all Confessed) to destroy the land and kill anyone who refused to be Confessed—aka mind controlled—by him. 50 years later, Richard Cypher arrives and sees the misery that Nicholas caused and nearly all the world being either killed or confessed by Nicholas, except a few peasants who were hiding and told Richard that Nicholas was even worse than his father.
  • Lethal Weapon (2016): Gideon Lyon is a cold-blooded CIA agent turned attack dog for cartel leader Tito Flores. Described as Flores's most brutal enforcer, Lyon pursues Flores's mistress Maria and her infant son into Los Angeles, killing an informant in the process. Cornering Martin Riggs, his partner Roger Murtaugh, DEA Agent Palmer, Maria, and her baby in a motel, Lyon attempts to kill them all with a rocket before murdering two responding officers. Upon his arrest, Lyon is revealed to be linked to the death of Riggs's wife Miranda, and when interrogated by Riggs, Lyon boasts that once Flores commissioned the hit, he deliberately waited for Miranda to go into labor before ordering the car crash that killed her, just to hurt Riggs. Escaping, Lyon kidnaps Riggs and Murtaugh, torturing Murtaugh with a defibrillator and bragging that after the crash, he personally suffocated the still-alive Miranda to death. A psychopath who simply enjoys hurting others, Gideon Lyon significantly darkens the tone of this action-comedy series.
  • Leverage:
    • Dr. Anne Hannity, from season 3's "The Inside Job", wanted to kill off the world's wheat market with a super-plague, willing to starve the whole planet, so that her own plague-resistant super-wheat would make her and, by extension, her company money. She also threatens Archie Leach's family to make him help her, and tries to kill the Leverage team when they find her out, asking them how they would like to be killed ("Mister Voorhees is flexible.") On a show where most villains are interested in stealing patents and building strip malls she, and her Dragon, cold-blooded Security Chief Voorhees, really stand out.
    • Darren Hoffman, from season 3's "The Double Blind Job", is the new CEO of a drug company. He plans on increasing profit by releasing a drug known as HT-1 under the new name Vioplex. HT-1 is known to cause things like liver failure and death in many of the drug trial participants, so Hoffman added some chemical delays to Vioplex, which will result in people dying in months maybe years after taking it rather than weeks. He kills one doctor who he couldn't bribe to keep quiet about the drugs being the same and wiped the records of a group of people who also died from HT-1 from the internet. When confronted by Sophie, under the guise of an FDA agent, about the seriousness of the fines assessed for bad drugs, Hoffman laughs it off as those fines are typically around 15% of the drug's profit yield.
  • Lexx: His Divine Shadow is the one survivor of the Insect Civilization possessing human bodies, and starts the series by annihilating the Brunnen-G species and taking over the Light Universe. Running a nightmarish regime where executions and harvesting of people for their meat is commonplace, His Divine Shadow commissions the creation of the Lexx, a planet destroying superweapon with intent to annihilate everything outside of his domain. Upon his seeming death, His Shadow initiates the Cleansing where every living being in his domain is killed and their meat sent to feed his true form, Giga Shadow. Returning to life, His Divine Shadow proclaims he will annihilate humanity and create a new insect empire, obsessed with his own glory and magnificence.
  • The Librarians 2014: In a world of adventure and magic where All Myths Are True, some figures stand out as true monsters:
    • Mr. McGuire, from season 1's "...and the Fables of Doom", is a seemingly-kindly old librarian who discovers a magic book that can give strength to the user. Using it to drain the life of a little girl and more innocents, he begins unleashing fairy tales on the local town to terrorize them, all while continuing his "stories" to the child. McGuire reveals he intends to kill everyone in the town via harvesting their lives, gloating that he has given so much to the town and now they can give him their lives in turn.
    • Katie Bender, from season 1's "...and the Heart of Darkness", is the true master of the House of Repose. Once a member of the monstrous Serial Killer Bender family, Katie stumbled upon the wish-granting house and enslaved it, using it to travel time and space to lure in men, women and children so she can sadistically toy with and eventually murder them. Luring in the Librarians via playing an innocent child, Katie soon reveals her own monstrous nature, revealing the grand total of her victims makes her the most prolific murderer in history.
    • Dorian Gray himself, from season 2's "...and the Image of Image", is the hedonistic owner of Club Effigy. Having bound his soul into a painting to achieve immortality, Dorian lures in innocents to the club so he may trick them into painfully absorbing his own sins from the painting to destroy them, all while he remains young and beautiful. Dorian seduces and tempts people into the club, exposing them to his magic, while also keeping the young woman Eve magically bound to him. Despite his claims of victimhood, Dorian is a vicious, hedonistic sociopath willing to destroy and damn countless innocents so as to not lose an eternity of enjoyment.
  • Lie to Me:
    • Andrew Jenkins, from season 1's "Blinded", is a Serial Rapist whose crime spree involved raping 12 women. When he was done, Jenkins would focus their gaze on him before he blinded them so he would be the last thing they ever saw. Knowing a copycat of his is out there and kidnapping a woman to blind and rape, Jenkins enjoys playing a twisted game with hero Cal Lightman as Lightman tries to save the woman. With a reach extending outside prison, Jenkins has a guard pass letters to his copycat by threatening the man's life and promises Lightman his copycat's next victim will be someone Lightman loves.
    • From the same episode comes Jenkins's copycat, Paul Russell, who is also a Serial Rapist who collaborates with Jenkins to gain as many rape victims as possible. Not content with just raping and blinding women, he married one of his victims later so he could always be close to one of his "masterpieces." Eventually, he also murdered one of his victims in his quest to become more famous than his mentor as a rapist psychopath.
    • Martin Walker, from season 2's "Beat The Devil", is a Serial Killer and torturer. At first, he gains Lightman's notice when seeing photos of women being tortured arouses him. It comes out Walker is a vicious murderer who gets his kicks by waterboarding young women. He then forces them to dig their own graves before murdering and burying them in them. The waterboarding is related to how he allowed his sister to drown as a child, allowing her to drown merely because he wanted her bike.
  • Life: Roman Nevikov is a ruthless Russian mobster and human trafficker. Responsible for kidnapping countless woman to force them into prostitution, his first appearance involved him tossing one out a high story building to her death after she wanted to leave. Later returning, he places surveillance on the FBI building and has the people who helped him with that killed off. Finally, after escaping from prison, he tortures to death Jack Reese and kills off some of the FBI agents who work for him to cover his tracks. Through his cruelty, Nevikov earned his place as the Arch-Enemy of Detective Charlie Crews.
  • Line of Duty: Teenage criminal Ryan Pilkington, who initially appears to be a drug courier for Tommy Hunter, proves himself to be an absolutely vicious piece of work when he has drug dealer Wesley tortured to death for his failures. Kidnapping DCI Tony Gates, Ryan forces him to assist with Tommy's plans in exchange for not being framed for the murder of his girlfriend, Jacquelyn Laverty; he subsequently breaks into the home of a mentally handicapped man, robs him, and hides Laverty's body in his fridge. Coercing Gates into helping him kidnap DS Steve Arnott, Ryan tries to sever Arnott's fingers with a set of bolt cutters, before ordering his execution. Guilty of everything from harassing an old man to torturing his victims to death, Ryan is living proof that not all children are innocent.
  • Lois & Clark: Lighthearted as this show is, it still packs in numerous nasty villains:
    • Tempus, one of the most recurring villains of the show, is a witty criminal mastermind who originates from a utopian future created by Lois and Clark. Considering this future tedious and longing to tear it down and replace it with a hellish dystopia, Tempus tries various schemes to make this happen, attempting to murder an infant Superman with Kryptonite and leaving Lois stranded in a time period where she'll have no legal rights in his first appearance, and trying to frame Superman as a hostile alien invader before trying to leave a building full of people to blow up with a bomb he's activated in his second. In Tempus's last appearance, Tempus traps Superman outside of time and mindwashes America into voting him in as President; personally murders or disposes of various loose ends who might compromise him; tosses his bodyguard to his death for a cheap laugh; and ultimately tries to trigger a global nuclear war to annihilate the entire planet while gleefully attesting he simply wants to murder billions for the fun of it now. Even Tempus's snarky demeanor fails to mask the utter lunatic he truly is, and he stands above even Lex Luthor as Superman's most vile enemy.
    • Thaddeus Roarke, from season 1's "Honeymoon in Metropolis", is a tycoon who runs a company called Apocalypse Consulting. After losing a military contract to Lex Luthor to develop a coastal defense system for the Navy, Roarke plans to sabotage Luthor's system so that the Navy will pick his system. Roarke is working with a Congressman Ian Harrington who works on the House Subcommittee on Defense and is giving Roarke information about Luthor's system. Roarke eventually reveals his scheme to Harrington, that he plans to cause a massive disruption in Luthor's system that will result in it creating a giant tidal wave which will destroy Metropolis and several cities on the coast, which horrifies Harrington. When Roarke discovers Lois Lane and Clark Kent have been spying on him, he tries to kill them by putting a bomb in their hotel room.
    • "Anonymous", from season 3's "A Chip Off The Old Clark", is a mercenary who works for the highest bidder. Anonymous is hired by terrorists to destroy an ongoing peace process between two countries, Tanzor and Fostonia. Anonymous learns of a young boy named Jesse who has some of Superman's powers and kidnaps him. Anonymous hires a hacker to hack into Tanzor's nuclear defense system and then shoots the hacker so he does not have to pay him. Anonymous has Jesse kidnap the President of the Tanzor and uses truth serum to force him to reveal Tanzor's nuclear launch codes, planning to launch a nuke at Fostonia's capital city. Lois Lane arrives and tries to trick Anonymous into surrendering by pretending to have a gun, but Anonymous tricks Jesse into pressing the launch button. Discovering that Jesse has lost his powers, Anonymous decides he is no longer useful and tries to use poison gas to kill Lois, the President and Jesse.
    • Steve Law, from season 3's "Super Mann", is a Nazi who awakens from suspended animation in present-day Metropolis to help lead the world into the Fourth Reich. Establishing himself as the nastiest of his three compatriots, Law tries to have a Western sympathizer in his inner circle murdered when he tries to renege and unflinchingly executes his own associate when he tries to abandon the mission as well. Law spearheads the mission to crush the world himself by threatening to detonate bombs in Metropolis, Washington, and LA if America's government doesn't surrender, trying to detonate the bombs as soon as he's able and even dismissing all of his own men who will be caught up in the explosions as "martyrs to the cause".
    • Professor Jefferson Cole, from season 4's "The People vs. Lois Lane" and "Dead Lois Walking", is a narcissistic, brilliant mind expelled from S.T.A.R. laboratories after he attempted to sell weapons technology to those who would misuse it. Breaking out of jail years later and possessed of a vendetta toward the people who locked him away, especially Lois Lane, Cole frames Lois for murder by rigging a gun to go off in her hands and kill his own henchmen, later using his illusory technology to further discredit Lois until she's sentenced to death. Cole murders one of his own minions who tries to clear Lois's name in remorse and reveals his trump card is to rain down hybrid-Kryptonite on Metropolis to horribly kill its entire populace, all out of petty spite for the city having "shunned his genius".
  • Lore: Peter Stump, from "The Beast Within", is a cannibalistic serial killer in 1589 Bedburg, Germany who has already preyed upon 18 women and children. He would kidnap these victims from the woods and take them to his hideout, where he would then proceed to chop them up while they're still alive and eat the severed heads and limbs, keeping the bones as trophies. He also took advantage of the werewolf hysteria of that time by leading the villagers to wild goose chases in search of a werewolf as way detract their suspicions away from him while he would continue to claim more lives. When he notices Greta Hetfelderz and recognized her as one of his victims who managed to escape his clutches six years ago, he proceeds to kidnap her and take her to his hideout where he attempts of chop off her left arm he scarred back then. Ultimately, the savagery of Peter Stump would later become one of the greatest inspirations behind the infamous werewolf folklore.
  • Lost:
  • Lost Girl: Dr. Isaac Taft, from season 3, proves Humans Are the Real Monsters in a show full of vicious Fae. Desiring to become a powerful Fae himself, Taft has multiple Fae kidnapped and subjected to hideous and torturous experiments before dumping their corpses into a mass grave. One of the few survivors is left mentally scarred and nearly insane. Taft captures the succubus heroine Bo's ex-boyfriend Dyson and has him experimented on as well, planning to blackmail Bo's current lover Lauren into experimenting on Dyson to transport his essence into Taft. Interested only in his own advancement, Taft believed that with billions of dollars, he could do anything he desired.
  • Lost Tapes: Charles Weatherly, from Poltergeist, was a sadistic man who murdered his wife and children before turning the knife on himself. After his death, Charles began haunting his home as a poltergeist. When the Golden family moved in, Charles began haunting their son, Troy. After an incident in which Charles pushed a bookcase on top of Troy's older sister, a paranormal investigation team was called in. When the team witnessed a sleeping Troy's stuffed panda being turned into a knife, they moved the family out of the house and began their investigation. During the investigation, Charles possessed one of the investigators, demanding they leave before killing her. When the leader of the investigators, Jeremy, made it clear they weren't going to leave, he killed the other member of the team and placed his body like a statue. When Jeremy concedes after the deaths of his followers, Charles leads him to Troy's room where he stabs him to death.
  • Luther:
    • Terry Lynch, from the second episode, is an ex-military officer who was thrown in prison for murdering a police officer in a scuffle. Upon being denied parole, Lynch gives his abused son Owen plans and schemes to act out in a quest for both freedom and revenge. Having Owen begin systematically murdering police officers around the city, including sniping and bombing them, Lynch ultimately gets more than a dozen officers killed and injured. Lynch hopes to get a reduced sentence in exchange for stopping his son, revealing Owen has been instructed to continue killing until Lynch says stop, and when confronted by the possibility of Owen dying, Lynch simply laughs and reveals he doesn't care about his son, only his freedom.
    • Cameron Pell, from season 2's first two episodes, is a failed artist who admires the likes of Jack the Ripper and Spring-heeled Jack for the fear and infamy they've amassed over the centuries. Wanting that same fame for himself, Pell dons a mask and begins murdering innocent people by strangling them and slashing their throats open. After failing to kill DCI John Luther, Pell kidnaps the man's partner, DS Justin Ripley, and subjects him to brutal torture that he broadcasts to the entire police station. Pell's master plan is to murder over a dozen schoolchildren, dissolve their bodies, and ship the corpses out of the country, leaving the parents of the children forever in agony at never knowing what happened to their kids, and cementing Pell into London's most monstrous of villains.
    • William Carney, from season 3's second episode, is a particularly vicious Serial Killer and sexually violent criminal who killed many women several years ago, starting with middle-class wives before moving onto prostitutes. After failing to kill two teenage girls and a mother, Carney was arrested and locked away. In the present, Carney manipulates Paul Ellis, the son of one of his victims, into carrying on his murders, sending the disturbed man after victims who got away from Carney in the past, resulting in many more brutal deaths. When confronted about his crimes, Carney can only laugh and reveals his crimes were committed just because he enjoyed them, and he attempts to make his final victim one of his own nurses simply because he hated being seen as "weak" by her.

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