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  • Madan Senki Ryukendo: Baron Bloody from this Tokusatsu series is a demonic robot scientist who, in his first appearance, sets up the death of Jack Moon in order to use his body in his own experiments. Later, it is revealed that he is responsible for the death of Koichi Shiranami's parents when they tried to stop him from blowing up Europe. When confronted by Koichi, he proudly takes responsibility and casually refers his parents as "foolish couple". Where the other villains still have some sense of humor in their plans, Bloody's plans are downright vicious.
  • The Magicians: Reynard The Fox is a sadistic trickster god who was imprisoned by his mother, Persephone, for his atrocities. Tricking the Hedge Witches into releasing him, he then proceeds to massacre them, before possessing one after eating his heart, and rapes Julia Wicker before leaving her to die. He then goes on to murder all of Persephone's followers, with only Julia and Kady surviving. When Reynard learns that he sired a son from one of his rape victims, he tries to coerce him into giving Reynard his powers by killing his wife and grinding her into pieces and threatening to do the same to him; this causes his son to commit suicide. After being captured and stripped of his powers by Persephone, he's forced to comply with Julia's demands, where he proceeds to make Julia relive the time he raped her before attempting to kill her.
  • The Magnificent Seven (1998):
    • Colonel Emmett Anderson, from the series premiere "Ghosts of the Confederacy'', attacks an innocent tribe of Seminole Natives, intending on slaughtering them if they do not give him gold they don't have, even lighting a cannon and aiming it at women and children until the chief relents and tells him of a defunct mine. Returning later to claim the "gold", Anderson tries to massacre the tribe and all within when it turns out they could not produce. When one of his own men objects, Anderson denounces him as a coward for being unable to shoot Anderson and tries to murder him as well.
    • Wickes, from season 1's "Working Girls", is the cruel owner of the tent town Wickestown, tempting girls into prostitution and keeping them enslaved as his property in debt to him, raping them himself for pleasure and beating any who speak up half-to-death. Wickes's only concern when he thinks he sees his girls die is the monetary loss this will cause, and kidnaps Mrs. Travis, threatening her son and indicating he'll enslave her as well after killing him.
    • Earl, from the season 2 premiere "The New Law", is an enigmatic gun-for-hire whose job description is wiping entire towns off the map. Earl forces the citizens of the town out of their homes as he pillages and torches the community–unless they "give him grief", in which case he kills them all with the town. Earl murders the new marshal appointed to guard the Seven's town before having his men pillage it, even trying to burn down the town ahead of time with people still in it when he hears the army is headed his way.
    • Rupert Brauner, from season 2's "Chinatown", is a railroad executive who embezzles from his employers by stealing the money from his Chinese laborers. Keeping the laborers as abused slaves and allowing Human Trafficking, Brauner has any who speak out against the theft murdered and buried in shallow graves. When he realizes the Seven are drawing too close for comfort, Brauner simply attempts to start a riot and have the workers massacred, all to feed his greed.
  • Maigret:
    • Jean "Dacourt", real name Jean Tellière, from season 1's "Maigret's Dead Man", manipulates a group of drug-addicted, unemployed Czech nationals into murdering and robbing wealthy families with him. Having the only man with evidence of his involvement killed, Dacourt orders his lackeys to kill anyone even possibly aware of his crimes and tries to murder them as well the second they become problematic. Revealed to have abandoned his own wife and children to revel in luxury with a new mistress, Dacourt misses no opportunity to display just how callous he is to human suffering, as long as his life remains opulent.
    • Oscar Bonvoisin, from season 2's "Maigret in Montmartre", is a runty pimp and killer who blackmailed exotic dancer Arlette, real name Marie, into becoming his prostitute when she was an emotionally devastated young woman with the knowledge of her helping her kill an employer in self defense. When Marie escaped him, Oscar tracked her down, and when she refused to return, he murdered her. Mortally wounded in their struggle, Oscar killed others connected to Marie, including her old employer the Countess; a taxi driver to take his car; and Marie's former employer, while planning on murdering the man's wife in front of Maigret before killing himself to go out on his own terms. With one of the most disgusting crimes in the series, Maigret denounces Oscar for turning the devastated Marie into a prostitute simply to make himself more comfortable, declaring Oscar is "beyond contempt" and "beyond mercy".
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: Season 3's "Five Daughters Affair" two-parter (later released in theaters as The Karate Killers) has THRUSH agent Randolph, whose plot involves releasing seawater-derived gold onto the market in order to create massive profits for THRUSH. His actions include seducing the wife of the doctor who created the method then killing her once he has no more use for her, gleefully taunting her before murdering her; poisoning the doctor; attempting to behead Illya in an ice-chopping machine; smacking around Sandy; and shooting an unarmed elderly man just for raising his voice to him. These acts, coupled with his general Smug Snake demeanor, cement Randolph as probably the series's nastiest villain.
  • The Man in the High Castle: Several characters manage to stand out in their abominableness even in this dystopian, Axis-dominated Alternate History world:
    • SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich is the second-in-command of the SS, the organization charged with enforcing the Nazi German ideology of a Master Race. Organizing the total genocide of the Jewish people in both Europe and Nazi-occupied America, Heydrich also gleefully enslaved the entire continent of Africa, referring to the natives he hunted down as "tribal subhumanoids". Wishing to exterminate the Japanese whom even Adolf Hitler wished to keep an alliance with, so the Nazis could rule the world alone, Heydrich orchestrates the public assassination of the visiting Japanese Crown Prince to attempt to provoke a declaration of war. When a remorseful Nazi spy passes on nuclear technology to his Japanese contacts in an attempt to preserve peace, Heydrich hunts him down, only keeping him alive because of his access to Hitler, and threatens to kill his family if he does not assist Heydrich in his assassination of the Fuehrer. Wishing to kill the Nazi leader to take over the Third Reich and destroy the Japanese Home Islands, when his scheme is discovered by John Smith, Heydrich invites him to a hunting party to arrange an "accidental death" for him to keep his scheme under wraps. Wearing his title as "The Man with the Iron Heart" with pride, Heydrich is a remorseless man feared and despised by even fellow Nazis.
    • Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, Heydrich's superior, was one of the chief architects behind the Holocaust and Germany's wars of aggression. While part of the recently-named Reich Chancellor Martin Heusmann's war council, Himmler is dismissive of the tens of millions of casualties that would result from the nuclear war of annihilation the Nazis are planning against Japan. Himmler subsequently arrests Heusmann after learning of his murder of Adolf Hitler and to assume power. As Fuehrer, Himmler forces Joe Blake to kill his father to prove his loyalty to the Reich, and has his Lebensborn elite soldiers sent out to assassinate ex-Nazi defectors and Japanese politicians, overseeing these soldiers completing their training by killing "subhuman" targets. Himmler has also ordered the construction of an Interdimensional Travel Device to conquer neighboring dimensions and authorizes torturous experiments on human test subjects, and finally initiates mass riots across the Greater Nazi Reich after having former American monuments destroyed as part of "Jahr Null". Fully convinced of the genocidal and totalitarian policies of National Socialism, Himmler is one of the single worst Nazis depicted in the show.
  • Marco Polo: Jia Sidao, season 1's Big Bad, is the Evil Chancellor of the Song Dynasty. He is first introduced brutally beating the army's general in front of his soldiers before killing him upon hearing rumors that he was insulting his style of kung fu. He also shows utter distain for the Mongols, and when he hears Empress Dowager Xie Daoquing was trying to negotiate a peace treaty with the Mongols, he has her and those who agreed to it murdered, along with her already dying husband, so that their son could become emperor, someone easier for him to control, thus leading to him becoming the true ruler of the empire. With his influence, Sidao has every Mongolian village near the Song Dynasty capital, Xianggang, destroyed, with their people all killed. He also holds his sister's daughter hostage so that he can blackmail her to go assassinate the Mongolian emperor and empress. When he finds out she failed to kill them, he tortures her daughter by binding her feet and threatens to kill her if she fails again. When the Mongols attempt to invade Xianggang he uses gunpowder to attack them, with the entire army massacred, causing the Khan to retreat. When the Mongol army succeeds in breaching the walls in their second attempt, Sidao finds Marco Polo, the man who orchestrated this siege, and he makes him suffer, before trying to kill him.
  • María la del barrio: Soraya Montenegro is an elitist who detests Maria for getting the affection of Luis Fernando, a wealthy man she wants to marry, sleeping with him while he is drunk and lying about being pregnant to win him. Trying to poison Maria to eliminate her rival, Soraya also shoots her own lover to prevent him from revealing her schemes. Soraya is seemingly killed but returns after having fled to America and hid for fifteen years, marrying a wealthy man who had nursed her back to health but ungratefully murders him to get his money. Returning to Mexico feigning guilt, Soraya abuses her own disabled stepdaughter, Alicia, and Alicia's nanny, priding herself in finding new and creative ways to torment them. Trying to kill Maria's teenage son and Alicia when they fall for each other, Soraya even kills her own mother whom she had abandoned, framing Maria's son, leading to Maria's imprisonment; Soraya finally tries to burn Maria to death.
  • Martial Law: Cliff Eagleton, from "Honor Among Strangers", is a white supremacist encountered by Sammo Law and Cordell Walker Having murdered a Texas Ranger, Eagleton sets up shop in Los Angeles where he proceeds to attempt to hijack a set of stinger missiles to bomb LA in order to remove "foreign" businesses. After being thwarted, he returns to Texas in part 2 of this crossover, Walker, Texas Ranger's season 8 episode "The Day of Cleansing" to initiate "The Cleansing", taking a group of trucks loaded with enough explosives to make the Oklahoma City bombing look tame, before driving them to foreign business centers and black churches, before detonating them all over the city in order to subjugate minorities and show them their "proper" place.
  • Martin Beck:
    • Lennart Gavling, also known as The Money Man, is a Corrupt Corporate Executive, and the Arch-Enemy of Martin Beck and his colleague Gunvald Larsson. Gavling was evil even when starting his career as a mercenary, as a flashback scene shows him breaking into a drug dealer couple's home and demanding money, at first trying to kill them, only to later kill their newborn baby and blackmailing the mother, later resulting in the father being Driven to Suicide, something Gavling takes full credit for. Gavling first appears in the season one episode "White Nights", where he kills Martin's biological son Micke for not completing a drug deal, something that emotionally breaks Martin for the rest of the series, sad that he never got to talk the latter out of criminal activity. Later appearing in "Guesthouse Pearl", Gavling is now dealing with the equally monstrous, below-mentioned Gorzi, where they smuggle explosive cerium—which can explode at any time—using immigrants. In his final appearance, in "The Money Man", he kills his homosexual police source for knowing too much about his deals, paying the police officer's boyfriend Leonard to write a fake suicide text, only to later kill him when he starts talking to Martin, not even fully knowing if Leonard actually was talking about their deal. To scare Martin, Gavling orders his mercenary to confront Martin's daughter Inger, and then grabs her newborn baby and hides it from her. Near the end, Gavling learns that the mom whose baby he killed may be taking the case to court again, and confronts her in her home, where he uses a syringe to torture her. When the police come right in time, Gavling nearly succeeds in killing Beck himself.
    • Gorzi, from season 1's "Guesthouse Pearl", is a greedy former human trafficker turned human smuggler who, while not initially heinous, stands out due to his cruel methods and overall disregard for the people he is smuggling. His ways of smuggling consists of him using vulnerable immigrants, taping a bottle of cerium on them, which can explode at anytime, and then placing them on cruisers, not caring if the cerium blows up. In his final scene, he abuses one of the people he was smuggling, and threatens to kill him for no reason.
    • Dag Sjöberg, from the season 2 premiere "The Price of Revenge", is introduced killing two cops after stealing bombs and weapons with his two main associates, the first cop Dag had previously tried to arrest due to "assault", the second one being completely innocent. Both of his associates are shocked by this, debating on whether or not they should really cooperate with him. Dag proceeds to taunt Gunvald Larsson, who was friends with the cop Dag killed. He then threatens to kill his own associate Santos, just because the latter thought Dag went too far. The trio's true goal is to bomb an entire building just so that they can see the explosion. The next time Dag is shown, he is disguised as a policeman and kills three policemen, not caring when the true police come and arrest his two associates Santos and Victor. He manages to run away in the woods, until he sees a farm, where he kills the farmer who lives there and then threatens his wife inside the house, terrorizing her and her child Elin. When the police finally come, he holds the child hostage, and even when the police offer to make him torture Gunvald instead of the child, he takes the offer, only to still keep her. He reminds Gunvald of his friend dying and how he wasn't able to help him, playing Russian roulette with him, terrorizing the little girl, all with childish glee. Once he realizes that he'll get arrested either way, he does the one thing Gunvald didn't want him to do: commit suicide.
    • Klas Mellgren, from the season 2 finale "The Last Witness", is the security chief for a big company named Landexa, which is trying to find a cure for AIDS. Forcing one of the top scientists of the company, Lillemor "Limo" Franson, to charm Beck and manipulate Beck into giving them information about how the case is going, Klas is behind five murders which included him testing the cure on prostitutes, despite fully knowing that the cure wasn't ready, and then making them blind from the medicine, effectively ruining their lives, He then hires a man named Teddy to brutally disfigure the girls' faces in order to cover the fact that the medicine made them blind, and then kills them. When one of the girls tell the truth, one of Teddy's assassins, Juri, gets hired to kill her and do the same thing to her. When Limo tells Beck about everything, Klas nearly strangles her to death and tells her that it is all her fault. When he realizes he will never make it, he blows up the entire Landexa building using his lighter. While lacking the body count of other villains, Klas makes up for it by being responsible for some of the most gruesome and brutal murders in the entire series.
  • Masters of Horror: This horror anthology series usually has various monsters and serial killers as villains, but there are those who eclipse any others on the show in terms of sheer evil:
    • "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road": In the premier, the silent Serial Killer dubbed "Moonface" lives in a remote cabin in the woods. He periodically kidnaps people from the nearby road to brutally torture and murder them, taking care to dispose of their cars so no one will catch him. He typically uses an electric drill in his torture cellar to perforate his victims through the skull, eyes first. Then he crucifies the corpses and displays them around his lawn. He has also kept an elderly man captive for an untold amount of time to the point that the guy went completely crazy and became slavishly devoted to him. There are even some infant skeletons stashed around his cabin, still in their baby carriages.
    • "Dreams in the Witch-House": Keziah Mason habitually sacrifices babies for her magic rituals. She uses her abilities to force various men to kill them for her, destroying countless more lives in the process. She also uses a Shapeshifting Seducer trick to have sex with the protagonist by impersonating his neighbor, apparently to further mess with his mind for kicks. It's later discovered that there were at least 80 baby corpses hidden in the walls of the house going back all the way to the 1600s, so she has been willingly doing this for centuries and for seemingly no other reason than For the Evulz.
    • "The V Word": Mr. Chaney is a bloodthirsty vampire who sees his new transformation into a creature of the night as a great opportunity to murder people to his heart's content. He was also a pedophile before his undeath who sexually abused many boys at the school he worked at. He slaughters a mortuary's entire staff, turns two teenage boys in the age group he previously targeted to become his new obedient vamp minions and tries to force one of them to murder his little sister to prove himself to his new "master".
    • "The Washingtonians": George Washington himself was indeed a general in The American Revolution, but far from being a noble hero, Washington was a cannibalistic monster. After gaining a taste for human flesh at Valley Forge, Washington murdered a man a day for his meals, and upon the war's conclusion decided to build a secret society dedicated to cannibalism. Intent on creating a country of cannibals, Washington continued to feast on the innocent with a special fondness for the meat of children, even boasting in a letter that he would skin and eat the recipient's children before making tools of the bones, leaving behind the gruesome legacy of the Washingtonian cannibal society.
  • The Mentalist: Of the many criminals Patrick Jane is tasked with going up against, these are the worst:
    • Red JohnSheriff Thomas McAllister—is Patrick Jane's nemesis and a sociopathic Serial Killer responsible for torturing and killing dozens of women. When Jane, then a phony psychic, insulted Red John while offering to help the police catch him, Red John murdered Jane's wife and young daughter. Years later, Red John, although retired, commits a number of murders to silence loose ends or torment Jane. Some of his worst crimes include kidnapping and brainwashing Kristina Frye into believing that she's dead; trying to force Jane to kill his best friend and Love Interest, Teresa Lisbon; killing a woman because Jane had a happy memory of her; and beheading the therapist who helped Jane recover after his family's death. The mastermind of the Blake Association, a criminal conspiracy and protection racket for corrupt law enforcement officials, and leader of his own group of psychotics and serial killers, Red John regularly kills his minions or drives them to suicide when he has no further need of them. A raging narcissist driven by an intense need for attention, Red John revels in the power he feels by holding thousands of lives in his hands.
    • The sociopathic Serial Killer Cale Sylvan, from season 2's "Blood Money", makes his living as a hitman to get paid for his disgusting hobby. Connected to the "mysterious" deaths of seven people, Sylvan's most recent victim is District Attorney Kelly Flower, who he took the time to videotape begging for her life as a trophy to keep for himself. Although arrested, Sylvan is released and later found in his murder house, with a terrified captive man he plans to kill, and after Sylvan's own death, multiple bodies are found in the yard of the property.
    • Thomas "Tommy" Volker, from season 5, is a greedy executive responsible for slaughtering over 300 Amazonian tribesmen for refusing to relinquish their land to be used for his geothermal project. When a journalist links him to the massacre, Volker manipulates an old friend into sabotaging her car, having the journalist suffocated, the evidence stolen and his "friend" left as the fall guy. After CBI Agent Teresa Lisbon convinces Volker's secretary to provide evidence against him, Volker has his assassin strangle her to death while he looks on, smiling, and planning to have the same done to another employee of his who planned to go public with Volker's crimes. Later having his own assassin killed in a drive-by shooting, along with two innocent bystanders, for becoming inconvenient, Volker also plans to kill another of his own goons for being interrogated by the police and attempts to personally murder a young boy who witnessed one of his own crimes when even his own hitman is too disgusted to do so. Loyal to no one, Volker is a disgusting man who embodies avarice.
  • Metal Heroes franchise:
  • Miami Vice: Elio Escobar, from season 1’s "The Maze", is the most sinister, Ax-Crazy member of his drug dealing family. A murderer, thief, drug trafficker and vandal, Escobar murders a detective and has people taken hostage in a hotel, including a baby, with intent to murder them later. When he sees a girl he likes, Escobar tries to rape her. When his brother Georges sees this, he tries to reason with and stop Elio. Elio simply murders his brother in response to this. Even his brothers are disgusted by his utter psychosis.
  • Midnight, Texas:
    • Colconnar, the Big Bad of season 1, is an ancient powerful demon, who seeks to break the veil to escape hell. Briefly succeeding a thousand years ago, the demons scorched the land, before a powerful shaman sacrificed himself to seal the veil. In the present as the veil weakens, Colconnar sets his sights on the powerful witch Fiji Cavanaugh, planning to harvest her power for himself. Getting a temporary foothold, he seizes and molests her, then spends the season stalking her dreams, almost driving her insane. As the veil weakens, more supernaturals are attracted to Midnight, and its starts to affect the locals, notably causing Lemuel "Lem" Bridger to attack his lover Olivia. Growing stronger, Colconnar sent his servant the Faceless to gather him a mass sacrifice, whilst he personally preyed upon the vulnerable and depressed of the town, trying to convince them kill themselves, almost causing an old woman to stab herself and Creek Lovell to slit her throat. Summoning a sandstorm and the wraiths to secure Fiji, Colconnar had one of them take the form and personality of her deceased lover Jeremy, to manipulate her. Once free Colconnar planned to open the gates to hell, bringing about Hell on Earth solely for him to rule over.
    • Zachariah, from season 1's "Lemuel, Unchained", Lem's sire, is a charismatic but selfish vampire. Meeting in the 1800s, after turning Lem, they roamed the country together, leaving trails of bodies everywhere they went, Zachariah building himself a nest of vampires. By 1959 he settled down in Midnight and terrorized the town, slaughtering and feasting on the citizens. When Lem was granted the ability to feed off of energy rather than blood, he offered it to the clan as freedom from the blood lust, only for Zachariah to revealing that he loved the killing, seeing humans as nothing but prey, and tried to have Lem killed. Returning to Midnight in the present, Zachariah pretended to have changed to trick Lem into letting them settle in Midnight. When Lem refused, he poisoned his old friend and chains him up so that he will slowly die as the sun rises, whilst ordering his followers to kill everyone else in the town.
    • The aforementioned Faceless, from season 1's "Last Temptation of Midnight", is a mysterious beast who serves and worships Colconnar. Ordered by his master to provide him a great sacrifice to feed him enough that he may finally break free, the Faceless happily obliges. Introduced murdering a kindly old priest by slitting his throat, then cutting his face off whilst he was still alive,, the Faceless proceeded to go on a rampage, murdering numerous people for the sacrifice, all in his gruesome signature manner, at one point killing a friendly trucker simply cause he needed a larger vehicle to transport the bodies. The Faceless openly admits to only be serving Colconnar for the chaos he will bring, looking forward to a new world "where we find pleasure from pain, joy from suffering" and boasting about his role in bringing about the apocalypse.
    • Grace Barrone, from season 2's "I Put A Spell On You", is a cruel, greedy woman, who runs a gang that kidnaps supernaturals and force them to fight to death. Imprisoning them in cages and keeping them in line with shock collars, Grace allows people to bet on the outcome of fights, dismissing her captives as "animals", who she regularly abuses and electrocutes for no good reason, only caring about the money they can make her. When her daughter Shelia falls for one of her captives Mike, a Weretiger, and ends up impregnated by him, Grace declares her a traitor who tainted their "bloodline" and imprisons her in chains, keeping her alive only so she can use the child, her own granddaughter, in the fights. When the Midnighters try to rescue Mary and her father, Grace electrocutes all her captives threatening to carry on until it eventually kills them all. Despite being pure human, Grace was easily one of the most depraved things the Midnighters ever encountered.
  • Midsomer Murders
    • The killer from season 7's "The Straw Woman"—Agnes Waterhouse—is a sociopath obsessed with the "perfect death" with a liking for burning their victims alive. To eliminate potential obstacles, the killer traps the local consulate in a straw woman to have him burned alive and screaming; murders the consulate's gay lover and attempts the life of a doctor by setting their clothes alight with phosphorous; and murders the innocent schoolteacher Liz Francis by bludgeoning her with a candlestick and setting her alight. The killer tosses the blame on their rival and nearly commits murder-suicide with her ward Alan Clifford, and when asked why they murdered Liz by a grieving Dan Scott, the killer's only response is a cheerful smile and a remorseless affirmation of "I had to".
    • The killer from season 12's "The Black Book"—Patricia Blackstone—seeks to increase the value of their collection of paintings by the famed artist Hogson. After being outbid on a Hogson painting, they track down the seller, an old woman in her 80s, and torture her hideously by burning her on a stove before murdering her after prolonged torture. Tracking down a man involved in a forgery ring, they tie him up and spend a long while working on him with a knife to get information before dispatching him as well. Finally slashing the throat of an art dealer, they confess their intention was to make sure their own collection was worth more by eliminating forgeries, showcasing a penchant for Cold-Blooded Torture that surpasses many other killers.
    • The killer from season 14's "Echoes of the Dead"—David Orchard—is a seemingly-kindly individual who in truth is a depraved and sadistic monster hiding behind false piety. After being dumped, the killer snaps and begins a killing spree, posing their victims in the style of famous murder cases. The killer brutally murders those they deem to have "sinned towards God" and drowns a young woman who had been in a relationship outside of marriage; strangles and dismembers another who planned to marry her lesbian lover; and brutally beats to death an elderly couple with a sledgehammer, even attempting one last kill before being stopped. Upon capture, the killer attempts to play themself as a victim, but is called out by Barnaby as just a madman with a god complex.
    • The killer from season 15's "Schooled in Murder"—Hayley Brantner—to assure they aren't seen as "weak" by the town, turns to murder to feel empowered. The killer targets everyone whom they feel has put them down in the past, crushing an old schoolmate's skull with a wheel of cheese; garroting another man to death; stabbing her husband through the heart with a cheese needle; and leaving a woman and her guiltless husband to be trampled to death by cows. After their final two attempted murders are foiled, the killer's self-pitying Motive Rant is thrown right back in their face as a shallow excuse for their uniquely long line of victims.
  • Millennium: Frank Black has faced many killers and other villains. These are the absolute worst.
    • Raymond Dees, from season 1's "522666", is a Mad Bomber who derives sexual pleasure from the numerous deaths he causes. He initially blows up a crowded bar while watching the scene from afar. He later plants bombs in an office building, killing dozens more, and then participates in the rescue of the wounded simply so he can be hailed as a hero by the community. When Frank Black eventually discovers his true identity, Dees realizes that his game is up and arranges to be killed by the Feds so he can become notorious as a criminal instead, but not before taunting Frank with the possibility that he's rigged Frank's car to explode.
    • Yaponchik (aka Sergei Stepanovich, real name unknown), from season 1's "Maranatha", is a mass murderer who sees himself as an Antichrist figure whose mission it is to spread evil in the world. Taking inspiration from the Book of Revelation, he causes the Chernobyl disaster to kill many people and poison the land. A decade later in the United States, he kills a police officer and several people who tried to appease him, to re-establish his status as The Dreaded to the Russian community. He kills one of the two Russian officers who had been tracking him ever since Chernobyl by shooting him in public. He later goes on a killing spree in a bathhouse, before using religious fear to convince his nemesis Surova to help him escape so that he can continue his rampage elsewhere.
    • Avatar, from season 2's "The Mikado", is a Serial Killer who terrorized the streets of San Francisco in the 1980s, claiming nineteen victims before eluding the authorities. He eventually returns to broadcast his latest murders over the internet, kidnapping several women and presenting them on a website with a counter indicating the time until their deaths. He leads the cops to a remote trailer, planting deadly boobytraps after killing the previous occupant. When Frank Black finds Avatar's new lair, he tries to kill Black as well before disguising his latest victim as himself in the hopes that Black will shoot her by mistake. Avatar never speaks, but his huge body count and his sadistic games make him one of the show's most heinous villains.
  • Mindhunter: Wayne Williams is the "Atlanta Monster", a Serial Killer who targets young black boys. Luring the boys to him by promising to make them music stars, Williams murdered them by strangulation, killing possibly over a dozen this way. Taunting the police during their investigation of him, Williams kills a boy and dumps his body in a location the police had previously searched just to mock them, and plans to flee the country to escape with his crimes. Eventually caught and convicted for murdering two adult men in the area as well, Williams, despite smugly maintaining his innocence, is described by the BSU as a narcissistic psychopath, killing his victims just because he had failed in life, and wanted someone else to blame it on, choosing young children as his targets to satisfy his ego.
  • Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries:
    • Sidney Fletcher, from season 2, seems to be a charming man, but he actually runs a white-slavery operation wherein he scouts out "sinful" young women held at a convent and buys them, only to smuggle them out of Australia and into sex slavery. When one young woman escapes, Fletcher decides she's not worth the trouble and has her murdered before having her dumped in the river. When Phryne Fisher investigates, Fletcher catches her and demonstrates willingness to kill her and her friends in order to keep his sickening trade going.
    • Nicholas Mortimer, from season 2's "Murder Under the Mistletoe'', is the most prolific murderer in the series. When he discovered that a mine which he partially owned had gold in it, Mortimer sent in miners who were trapped in a cave-in. When a ten-year-old boy escaped and told Mortimer, Mortimer personally murdered him and rigged a second cave in to kill the miners so as not to have to tell anyone else about the gold. Years later, Mortimer learns that Phryne's aunt Prudence wants to sell her stake in the mine and begins murdering everyone at the hotel they're at to deal with Prudence and any witnesses. Just for a sadistic flair, he bases his murders around the 12 days of Christmas song, knowing the song tormented Prudence when she thought she heard the trapped miners singing it. Mortimer even murders his own wife as not to share the wealth with her, admitting that he did it all for money and fun.
  • Missing (2012): Martin Newman serves as the true Big Bad and the Evil Mentor to Becca. Once her CIA handler, he would later don the alias Suspect Zero and become the leader of a rogue group of agents only motivated by greed. Responsible for many atrocities throughout the world such as arms dealing, his most vile act would be to kidnap countless teenage girls from Eastern Europe to sell them off to the highest buyers, with some being brutally scarred thanks to this. Not even his own godson is safe from his cruelty, as he would kidnap him to blackmail the boy's father and later attempted to kill him for being a loose end. Near the end of the show, he would attempt to sell stolen nuclear material to terrorists, not even caring about the potential lives lost. Motivated only by his desire for money, Martin would ruin the lives of countless innocents just to make a quick buck.
  • Mission: Impossible: Janos Passik, from season 1's "The Carriers", takes 200 people into his mission to become as American as possible. "Teaching" them into becoming American, he travels with the trainees to America and give them jobs as well as hotels to stay on; each job has many employees, including one becoming a cook, one a dancer, etc. However, it is revealed that he uses this as a way of killing, and has been spreading a highly lethal disease which he will infect the agents with, who will infect their colleagues on their jobs, and so on, fully knowing how many people it will kill. While he shows signs of love against one of the protagonists Cinnamon Carter, he still has no problems with trying to kill her by trying to infect her with the disease. At the end, he plays a game of Russian Roulette when he discovers that they are planning on stopping his plan, including Cinnamon. In such a campy, silly show, Passik is a surprisingly dark villain and mass murderer, with one of the protagonists confirming that the disease could possibly kill over five million people when taking everything into account.
  • Moon Embracing the Sun: Minister Yoon Dae-Hyung is seen murdering a royal prince in his conspiracy with the queen mother. When a fortune teller spies him in the act, Yoon has her tortured and ripped apart by horses when she calls him out. Yoon consolidates his grip on the royal court, marrying his daughter to the new young king and treating her as a pawn, while having the king's true beloved violently tortured and attempting to murder those in his way. Deciding to overthrow the king by manipulating his half-brother, Yoon dismisses his daughter's fall from grace in this plan by coldly stating he can have another. He has the queen mother fatally poisoned and proceeds to try to kill the king and all of his allies, aiming to seize ultimate power in Korea.
  • Mortal Kombat: Conquest: Shao Kahn is the lord of Outworld and the conqueror of countless worlds that he brutally dominates, enslaves and harvests for souls. Introducing himself by stealing the soul of a slave, Kahn aims to invade Earth and subject it to his brutal rule like so many others. Setting himself up as a god named "Shakaa", Shao Kahn attempts to harvest the souls of the people in the city of Shakaana under the promise of delivering them to "paradise." In the finale of the show, Kahn proceeds to use his Shadow Priests to exterminate every other member of the main cast, including Kahn's own daughter Kitana, while defeating Raiden. Mocking Raiden for the deaths of all the others, especially Raiden's champion Kung Lao, Shao Kahn forces Raiden to watch as he leads Outworld's forces to utterly dominate and destroy every living soul on Earth.
  • Mr. Robot:
    • The internet myth known as "Whiterose", actually Chinese State of Security Zhi Zhang, is the leader of the hacker-for-hire group Dark Army, and the true Big Bad of this series. Having a polite and calm discussion with the FBI Agent Dominique Di Pierro, Whiterose orders her men to murder Di Pierro the morning after for barely any reason at all. In season 3, Whiterose has her hitman Léon kidnap Mobley and Trenton and then kill both of them. Planning the "Stage 2", a mysterious but ambitious project, Whiterose manipulates people from other hacking organizations to help her with it, playing them against each other, before finally revealing what the project was all along: blowing up multiple E Corp offices to kill thousands of innocent people, just to teach them a "lesson". Due to her status as an omen who very few people know the true identity of, Whiterose has not been punished for these actions and is untouchable by the law, while her other associates such as Tyrell are wanted by the law and have their lives destroyed, a fact about which she cares nothing whatsoever. While Whiterose shows signs of sophistication multiple times, it always ends with said person dying, and perhaps she says it best himself: "Do not mistake my generosity for generosity."
    • Irving is a psychotic yet falsely affable hitman for Whiterose, but unlike the aforementioned León, has no redeeming qualities. At first glance appearing slightly goofy, Irving eventually fully participates in and finances the events of Stage 2, and while other participators showed some sort of remorse for the murders or may not even have known about the final effects of the project, Irving was fully aware, showed no remorse, and still carried it out. In the season 3 finale, Irving brutally axes the Dark Army mole Santiago, and then gets the FBI Agent Dominique Di Pierro to replace the former, psychologically tormenting her by threatening to kill her family.
  • Murder in Coweta County: This 1983 Made-for-TV Movie told the true story of John Wallace, a wealthy Meriwether County, Georgia land baron and moonshine runner who, in the 1940s, virtually ruled the county with an iron fist and had the sheriff in his back pocket. Wallace would brutally abuse his sharecroppers; such as when he put a man's hands and feet in doorjambs and slammed the door on them, all while appearing to be a kind charitable man. When Wilson Turner, who ran shine for Wallace, made a little too much money and made his runs a little too often, Wallace beats him severely and orders him off of his land. Knowing that Wallace had several judges in his pocket, Turner steals a prized cow from Wallace's pasture. Wallace then has Turner arrested, released "on a lack of evidence", then ambushed at the gas station. Turner tries to flee but soon runs out of gas, and is beaten to death by Wallace and his thugs. When Wallace is finally arrested and sentenced to death, his last statement is: "Almighty God, only You know my true heart. Prepare to receive me into Your House."
  • Murdoch Mysteries:
    • James Gillies is Detective William Murdoch's Arch-Enemy and one of the most dangerous men he's ever met. Initially coming into conflict with Murdoch after he murdered his professor as part of a way to test a theory of Applied Physics, Gillies was defeated when Murdoch tricked his weak-willed partner, Robert into turning on him. After escaping the noose by bribing a dying man into taking his place, Gillies murders Robert by sawing his head off while he's still alive. He then initiates a twisted mind game with Murdoch that culminates in him burying Julia alive, with Murdoch only narrowly getting there in time to save her. Unfortunately, Gillies escapes and one year later frames Julia for the murder of her husband, all as part of a plan to lure Murdoch into a Sadistic Choice of either saving his own life or that of Julia. Fortunately Murdoch is able to alert his fellow officers, who arrive in time to save him before the poisonous gas floods the room. Finally, he arranged for several criminals to break onto the train transporting him into prison, causing chaos which he used to try to escape, all the while taunting both Murdoch and Julia that they "owe him" for killing Julia's husband and allowing them to be together. Sadistic and defined by pettiness, James Gillies is the worst that Detective Murdoch has ever faced.
    • Cecily McKinnon, from season 8's two-part premiere "On the Waterfront", pretends to be a harmless businesswoman, but in reality, she ruthlessly controls Toronto's waterfront through her psychopathic henchmen, the O'Shea brothers. When Inspector Brackenreid investigates the extortion and violence on the docks, McKinnon has the brothers savagely beat him and leave him for dead. When a fellow businessperson uncovers McKinnon's Human Trafficking business and tries to stop it, she has him beaten to death and tries to frame him for her own crimes, nearly succeeding in selling off seven innocent women into a life of slavery. When Brackenreid confronts McKinnon, she is utterly shameless about her atrocities, making a final attempt to murder him before being subdued. Hiding her monstrous nature beneath a benign facade, McKinnon stands out as one of the most callous and heinous criminals ever faced by the police of Station House No. 4.
  • The Musketeers: Comte de Rochefort, the Big Bad of season 2, is a former agent of Cardinal Richelieu, who, realizing how unhinged Rochefort was, abandoned him to the Spanish. Introduced being sentenced for murder, Rochefort kills the judge and escapes. Initially appearing to have been turned and now working for the Spanish, Rochefort quickly proves to be working for no one but himself. Building himself into the king’s favor through fake charm and cunning, Rochefort uses everyone as pawns to pave his way. Taking over as the king’s advisor, Rochefort spends the season creating/manipulating situations that make the increasingly paranoid king progressively more dependent upon him, while also destroying his faith in the Musketeers; secretly he plans to murder the king and steal the throne. Rochefort murders numerous people for his self-serving cause or sometimes simply for fun, six in his first episode alone. His bloodlust is only matched by his lust for the Queen, which started when she was 13. Following his attempt to rape her, he reveals her secret affair with Aramis, to have Aramis, the Queen and her baby executed. To incriminate her, Rocherfort poisons the king, just enough that it leaves him in agony, and frames then murders the innocent Doctor Lemay to complete the ruse. Rochefort tries to force the King to sign the Queen’s death warrant, before finally trying to personally strangle her. A deranged sociopath driven purely by ambition and ego, even Milady de Winter considers him "a mad man", and the Musketeers know him as their most vile enemy.
  • My Babysitter's a Vampire: "The Cloaked Man", the Big Bad of season 2—actually Vice Principal Stern—is an arrogant, cold-hearted, and genocidal wizard. Desiring to wipe out all vampires, despite knowing that they are not all evil—and that some are even his students—he starts his operations by summoning the breath of death, a demonic mist that drives all infected vampires mad and forces them to kill each other, before Ethan foils his plan. In retaliation The Cloaked Man stalks Ethan into an alternative dimension and tries to directly murder him and his friends. Upon finding out Ethan is a Seer, The Cloaked Man curses Ethan to hallucinate everyone is dead and that he’s failed them all, just to make sure he doesn't cross him as his plans near fruition. The Cloaked Man also gets his hands on the Lucifactor, an energy-draining weapon of incredible power, and goes on a killing spree before planning on using the Caller beacon to project the Lucifactor's energy, wiping out vampires en masse. During the climax, to prevent Ethan and Sarah interrupting him he uses his magic to force Ethan's friend Benny to try and kill them.
  • Nature Of The Beast: In this 2007 ABC Family original film, Donovan Warder is an Ax-Crazy alpha werewolf who commits wanton violence and murder solely for his own amusement. Disguising himself as an unassuming college professor who teaches Rich, Donovan reveals his true nature as the Alpha werewolf upon slaughtering Rich's friend and cursing Rich to become a werewolf himself. What makes this action worse is that, unlike other werewolves, Donovan has full control over his transformations and has free will all the while, killing Rich's friend and cursing him to lycanthropy solely for sadism. Later attending a dinner Rich and his fiancé Julia invited him to, he forcefully turns Rich into a werewolf and tries to make him kill Julia and her family. When Rich resists, Donovan discards him and tries to kill Julia's family in front of both of them himself, but not before trying to corrupt him into succumbing to his inner beast so Rich would become like him. It's also heavily implied Donovan's responsible for the mass murder of innocents, such as killing a man because he wanted his house. A sadist who reveled in acts from the petty and spiteful to the hateful and murderous, Donovan was a fine example of a beast as monstrous on the inside as he was on the outside.
  • New Tricks: In their reinvestigations UCOS have faced a variety of criminals, but these stand out:
    • Ricky Hanson, the series's only recurring antagonist and Jack Halford's Arch-Enemy, is mid-tier London Gangster described by Jack as "the biggest thieving, murdering, lying piece of shyte I've ever laid eyes upon." Taking over the "Twenty-Fours" in the 80's, Hanson used them as a front for his drug ring. When Ray Harris told him that two student activists had infiltrated his group, Hanson personally murdered them, then had their bodies hidden under Harris's conservatory, incriminating him. By 1996, Jack and Sandra Pullman were investigating Hanson for three murders, including that of his own brother. Realizing they were getting too close, Hanson ran over Jack's wife Mary, laughing as he did; it took two years for Mary's wounds to kill her. When his son, Luke, was wrongly accused of arson, Ricky abandoned him to nine years in prison to save himself, and also stole Luke's girlfriend. In season 3's finale "Congratulations", Ricky confessed to Jack he killed Mary, tormenting him with the details of the event. In season 4's premier "Casualty", Ricky tried to slowly run Jack over but was forced to flee. Sneaking into Jack's hospital, Hanson assaulted the nurse then almost smothered Jack. Interrupted by Brian Lane, Hanson tried to strangle him. In season 6's "The Last Laugh", when the reinvestigation into the student's disappearance led back to him, Hanson set his goons on Gerry's informant.
    • Alex Close, from season 7's "Dark Chocolate", was an immoral small-time businessman, whose companies operated through the exploitation and overwork of illegal immigrants. Close proved to be an even more vile man, as he was also a Serial Rapist who used his business's contracts to find victims. In 1992, he raped Jean Saunders at the chocolate factory where she worked, and then a few months later raped Eileen Harrison, permanently traumatising her. Close got around the mass DNA screening by forcing someone else to go in his place. When in 2001 his abuse of illegal immigrants was exposed, Close fled the country to Poland. Returning nine years later, he started a new business, this time using Polish immigrants, and immediately resumed his spree by attempting to get a bakery contract so he could rape his next target. When he failed, the undeterred Close resorted to regularly going as a customer, until he knew the layout well enough to rape Helen Vestry.
    • George Mackie, from season 7's "Where There's Smoke", was a talented fire investigator respected for his dedication and knowledge. However, he was secretly also a serial arsonist, later claiming to having started sixty-four separate fires. He would place homemade firebombs in his targets, then after the fire burned out, he would turn up to analyze it and bask in the praise he received for his "insight". In 1996, one of Mackie's bombs caused the Union club to burn to the ground, killing four people, including the club's owner, and causing seven hospitalizations. Shortly afterwards, Mackie retired and thus the fires stopped. UCOS's reinvestigation of the Union fire inadvertently inspired Mackie to come out of retirement. Breaking into David Swallow's house, he set up another bomb; Swallow was himself a survivor of the Union Club fire who had been left with third-degree burns over half his body. Mackie then set another bomb in Stuart Russel's house, this one nearly killing Jack, Brian and Gerry along with Russel. Underneath all his charm and seeming helpfulness, at heart Mackie was nothing more than a shameless Attention Whore, happy to commit wanton destruction and kill innocent people just to stroke his own ego.
    • Annabel Skinner, from season 10's "The Little Brother", was a former associate of the notorious Larry Goftmon. To steal Florence Epstein's money, she seduced Florence's husband Jonathan until he was so under her spell he agreed to murder Florence and steal her money. They tortured her bank details out of her, before bludgeoning Florence to death with a hammer. No longer needing him, Annabel turned Jonathan over to the police. However, Goftmon double-crossed her and ran off with the money. Desiring vengeance, not just against Goftmon but also the accountant Peter Sale—despite him being unaware of their plan and being cheated himself—she violently murdered Sale's sister Margaret Kirby and stole her identity. After six years of searching she found Goftmon, but couldn't find Sale. Devising a plan, she set up a trail directing towards him and got acquainted with Esther Lane. Playing the role of a caring sister who wanted to tell her brother he was an uncle, she thus sent Brian on the trail to find Sale. Skinner then tipped the police about Gofton's new alias, before strangling him and leaving the body for Brian to find. Finally finding Sale, Skinner disabled the police officer who was guarding him and tried to murder him. When Brian interrupted her, she tried to strangle him too. A manipulative violent sociopath, Skinner even described herself as "fundamentally nasty".
  • Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1998): Arnim Zola is a sinister Mad Scientist who once developed a horrible bioweapon called the Death's Head virus, almost employing its use in World War II to kill all of Hitler's enemies and win the war for the Nazis before HYDRA was collapsed. An aging but remorseless old man thirty years later, Zola gleefully takes the opportunity to remake the virus for the schemes of HYDRA's current head Viper, allowing her to use it to gas HYDRA's command and attempt to gas all of Manhattan to cause millions of deaths in the process. When Zola's mind is read, the only thing that is seen is a passionate, frightening devotion to warfare, destruction, and the death of millions—a dream Zola eagerly hopes to realize through the Death's Head virus.
  • No Ordinary Family: Helen Burton, aka "Mrs. X", is the head of Global Tech, plotting to sell super-powered individuals for profit. Becoming obsessed with making these powers permanent, she orders Dr. Dayton King to inject criminals with the Trisettum Serum to test their powers, resulting in multiple crimes, including murder. Proving too difficult to control, Burton demands King have them eliminated, and that he'll suffer the same fate if he doesn't do a better job with his work. She also murders a woman with a car bomb for failing to seduce Jim Powell and has son JJ's teacher killed too. After resurrecting dead shapeshifter Victoria, Burton threatens to kill her if she fails again. Burton gives powers to convicted killer Lucas Winnick and he kills an innocent girl when Burton sends him after the Powell family—stabbing and nearly killing Stephanie and trying to do the same to daughter Daphne. She also has the Powell family abducted to be tested and sends 80 people in a plane—including George St. Cloud—to possible doom in a recreation of the same storm cloud from which the Powells got their powers.
  • Notorious (2016): Alan Wells, at 24 years old, raped his own sister Sarah when she was only 17. As a result, she ends up pregnant and he later threatens to have the baby girl, who's been adopted, taken away, in order to force Sarah to pay off his gambling debts. When she eventually refuses to continue, Alan conspires with her husband Oscar Keaton against her and murders her in a brutal stabbing. When the blame is turned onto Oscar's publicist Levi Young, it results in Levi shooting and killing himself. When Jake Gregorian's affair with Sarah comes to light and he becomes a suspect, Alan tricks Jake into going to a storage locker where he's hidden the knife so he can set Jake up. When Julia George and Jake later figure out the truth, Alan proves to only be out for his own self-preservation and cares nothing for those lives ruined by his actions.
  • Octopus (2000 Made-for-TV Movie): The real monster is Casper, the world's most wanted terrorist and a psychopath who believes that one should solely focus on the thing they want and pursue it with no regrets. In Casper's case, this is killing innocent people, as shown in his first scene, as he happily blows up a US embassy with a bomb concealed in a basket, which he takes special care to place next to a little girl, who is holding it when it goes off. It is noted upon his arrest that this is the ninth time he's done this, and he later places a bomb on a busy road while he tries to. After FBI analyst Roy Turner saves his life, despite Casper's actions killing his partner, Casper proceeds to spend the majority of the film attempting to either break Roy by mocking his partner's death and his refusal to kill another human being, or outright murder him, even if it means gleefully putting innocents in the path of the title Sea Monster. In order to force Roy to free him, Casper takes as hostage a member of the crew of the submarine he's being transported on, then slits the hostage's throat without a second thought. He then forces the ship's scientist Lisa Finch to send a distress signal to a cruise ship his followers have commandeered—intending to destroy the ship and kill everyone on it afterwards—and implies he intends to rape her. Right up to his death at the hands of the octopus, Casper remains an unrepentant psychopath with a massive body count, trying to make the life of a person who saved his life a living Hell and killing anyone he desires without a moment's regret.
  • Once Upon a Time:
    • Malcolm, aka Peter Pan and The Pied Piper of Hamelin, is a demon who has children kidnapped and forced to become his eternal servants in Neverland. Having his shadow kill any who try to escape by removing their souls, Pan is also a hedonistic psychopath who tortures and breaks others, solely to amuse himself. Dying along with Neverland's magic, Pan plans to absorb the heart of a child, his own great-grandson, who is the truest believer in magic, making himself all-powerful and immortal, while the innocent child dies in his place. Also the Abusive Parent of Rumpelstiltskin, Pan abandoned his son for power, selfishly neglecting the responsibilities of adulthood. Killing his own supporter to complete a magical curse, Pan cares nothing for anyone but himself and tries to murder Rumpelstiltskin's family just to torment his son.
    • Debuting in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Jafar is an Evil Sorcerer who plans to enslave three people and use their combined magic to grant his wish to become the all-powerful ruler of Wonderland. Cruelly transforming the woman who loved him into his iconic serpent staff, Jafar also murders a young woman just to watch the reaction of her lover, before resurrecting her and magically making her fall in love with him to spite her lover yet again. Though having the excuse of a neglectful father, Jafar is revealed to want to use magic to make his father love him just to hurt him more when he torments him. Upon becoming Royal Vizier of Agrabah in season 6 of the main series, Jafar tortures and kills people at his whim with his dark powers and deceives Princess Jasmine into giving him a magical ring, then threatens to destroy Agrabah if she does not accept his marriage proposal. Threatening to use the ring to disintegrate Agrabah, Jafar means to create a ghostly version of the land and seal all the souls within in limbo for eternity. Cruel and selfish, Jafar is a wicked man who cares only for his own ambition and sadistically tormenting anyone he can.
  • The Order: Edward Coventry, despite his charismatic and affable nature, is really an ambitious sorcerer willing to do anything to gain ultimate power. As leader of the Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose, Edward used his own members as he saw fit, treating them like disposable pawns in order to achieve his goals. When Edward learns that he may be able to construct the Vade Maecum Infernal and earn god-like powers, he forces the Order to focus solely on finding the book's pages, ignoring how dangerous it could be to create such a book. He has the Order sacrifice a group of civilians; instructs one of his minions to kidnap innocent people so he can turn them into monsters capable of destroying the Knights of Saint Christopher; and attempts to cajole his youngest son into being a sacrifice, similar to his wife. When Vera becomes wary of Edward's plans, he commands Alyssa to murder her just so she can't stop his schemes. Later on, after Edward is nearly finished completing the book, he tries to kill Jack Morton, his other son, and threatens to torture Alyssa if she doesn't watch despite her consistent loyalty to him.
  • Orphan Black has a few characters who fall firmly on the "black" end of the show's Black and Gray Morality:
    • Tomas, from the first two seasons, is a cruel and manipulative Prolethean fanatic, as well as Helena's adoptive father and mentor. Believing project LEDA clones to be an abomination, Tomas adopted one of them, Helena, and used physical, psychological and emotional abuse to groom her into a killer and keep her under her thumb, lying to her that she is the original to motivate her. Helena would go on to kill other clones at Tomas's behest, and Tomas would often torture her for failure. Learning of Helena and Sarah's connection and of Sarah's daughter Kira, Tomas orders Helena to kill Sarah and abduct Kira, locking her in a small cage when she refuses. During a later confrontation, it's made clear that Tomas intends to put Kira through the same treatment as he did Helena, which ultimately turns Helena against him. When later rescued by the Johanssen branch, Tomas makes it clear that he sees Helena as another abomination, and his only objection to the idea of Helena having children is his belief that those children will be monsters as well.
    • Henrik "Hank" Johanssen, from season 2, is the leader of a branch of the Prolethean cult, operating on a ranching community. Separating from the Prolethans' more traditional views in favor of scientific curiosity, Johanssen operates his branch, and seemingly peaceful community, as a Breeding Cult, where women are artificially inseminated and children are regularly abused. When Henrik gets his hands on Helena, discovering she's a rare fertile clone, Hank has her handler Tomas killed so he can keep her. He proceeds to drug and forcibly marry Helena before taking her ovaries and fertilizing them with his sperm, planning to implant those embryos in multiple women. When Helena escapes with the help of Hank's teenage daughter Gracie, Henrik has Gracie locked in a cage and her mouth sewn shut as punishment; it's implied this is a usual punishment for her. When Helena returns, Henrik has her inseminated with their embryos before proceeding to do the same with Gracie. He keeps them locked in a nursery, holding them at gunpoint and sends his wife to find more women for him to impregnate. Henrik's motivations are that since a fertile clone is a scientific impossibility, he's the only one worthy of fathering children with them and spreading his genes in "miracle babies."
    • Evie Cho, the Big Bad of season 4, is the ambitious, high-ranking, Neolutionist CEO of BrightBorn. A survivor of a birth defect, Cho developed a perfectionist view, which inspired her goal to control the future of human evolution. Cho developed mechanical, worm-like devices to alter people's DNA and can quickly but painfully kill it's host if ruptured. When Beth Childs was investigating the Neolutionists, Cho tried to get her to kill Susan Ducan, so she can usurp Duncan as leader of Neolution. Failing that, Cho blackmails her into killing herself by threatening the other clones. It's also revealed that she had Delphine Cormier shot at the end of season 3. When Cosmia explores BrightBorn facilities, she discovers Cho is keeping pregnant women in maternity labs for illegal human experiments. When these experiments result in the babies being born deformed, or any other imperfection such as blindness, Cho would have the babies euthanized to cover it up. Cho has Cosmia's research to help cure the clones diseases destroyed, and has Kendall killed and incinerated in front of Cosmia, making it impossible for the clones to find cures. To further wound her, Cho tells Cosmia that Delphine is dead. She plans to put her devices into millions of people and alter their DNA without their consent. She has Donnie arrested with threats of having him killed in jail to blackmail Allison. When two women escape her maternity lab with evidence that could expose her, she sends assassins after them. When exposed and given the option to resign and absolve BrightBorn of any wrongdoings, she refuses, her Villainous Breakdown when the project might move forward without her showing she doesn't so much care about controlling human evolution, as much as she cares that she's the one doing it.
    • Percival T. "P.T." Westmoreland, aka John Matheson, the Big Bad of the 5th and final season, is the ultimate villain of the series, posing as the founder of Neolution and has been behind all its atrocities. Stealing the real Westmoreland's identity, he goes on to create a cult to his name on an isolated island while he runs Neolution behind the scenes. Seeking immortality, he sustains himself by taking the blood of the children of his cult, resulting in some of them dying, and even experiments and tortures a boy named Yanis, driving him feral before eventually killing him in front of Cosima. His next plans is to find, harvest and fertilize eight year old Kira's eggs, to spread and study the "Fountain of Youth" gene in her offspring, something he is steadfast in even when his true identity as Matheson is exposed. Viewing the project LEDA clones as little more than experiments, he feigns a fatherly affection to Rachel, while secretly spying on her every action through her prosthetic eye. When the truth of Neolution is exposed, he becomes more unhinged; has Helena abducted to force her to give birth to her twins for further experiments; kills his backers to cover his tracks as much as possible; and has Dr. Virginia Coady kill Mark now that the project CASTOR clones served their purpose. It's revealed his end goal is to create a serum that would permanently reverse cell damage for the upper class—mainly himself—and have the rest sterilized by the CASTOR pathogen. Ultimately, John Matheson is little more than a selfish madman that manipulates an ideology and orchestrated atrocities for little more than his personal power, and the expansion of his own life.
  • The Orville: Kaylon Primary is the leader of the robotic Kaylon race ever since he and his brethren rebelled against their once-cruel masters and wiped them out completely. Primary posts the Kaylon emissary Isaac on the Orville to gather intelligence on other biologicals, having concluded that the Kaylon have exhausted their planet's resources and must create an interplanetary empire and exterminate all biological lifeforms to thrive. Primary has the Orville boarded and commandeered after killing all its security personnel, intending to use the Orville to ensure that Earth will lower its defenses for the Kaylon fleet. Primary forces the bridge crew to play along under threat of killing the rest of their crew one by one, then destroying another Union ship after Captain Mercer tries to warn them and forcing him to watch a helpless ensign being ejected into space. Worried that Isaac might have become too sympathetic to organic beings, Primary orders him to desist before trying to force him to kill Ty Finn or be destroyed himself. When Isaac turns on the Kaylons and kills Primary, the Primary's last words are to spitefully curse Isaac that he will always be alone.
  • The Outer Limits (1995):
    • Wayne Haas, from season 1's "Living Hell", is a vicious murderer who targets women. Several years before, he had a neural transmitter installed in his brain which inadvertently allows Haas to share his thoughts with any person who possesses the same implant, although Haas is mistakenly believed to have since died. He's first shown chasing a woman through the woods and killing her, before deciding to play around with the corpse when he notices his "audience," the episode's protagonist Ben Kohler. He later hires a prostitute, and, for fun, forces Ben to witness how he gruesomely stabs her to death in his bathtub. When Ben investigates Haas's apartment with the doctor responsible for the implant, Haas kidnaps her to cut out her brain and leaves Ben behind to take the blame for the other women the police claim he murdered over the previous months.
    • Karl Rademacher, from season 5's "Tribunal", during The Holocaust, was the SS commandant of an Auschwitz subcamp made up to look like a "model" camp for inspections by the Red Cross. When they leave, he usually has the prisoners gassed by the hundreds. The episode opens in 1944 as Rademacher makes his daily rounds to select a prisoner to execute in front of the rest, which he considers "the only joy I get from this miserable job". When he selects a random man, the wife begs him not to, so he selects her instead and shoots her in front of her husband and daughter, later having the child gassed to death. He gives instructions to the prisoners to write letters to their relatives to tell them how wonderful they have it there. When one man objects, Rademacher orders him sent outside and shot, before amending the order so he can personally shoot the prisoner. After the war this unrepentant war criminal lives incognito for many decades in the United States. Rademacher's cruelty and brutality ultimately becomes his own doom when, thanks to a Time Travel device, he is sent back to his own camp dressed up as an inmate. When his younger version runs into him, he demands that the rowdy old man beg for his life before he kills his older self for being Jewish.
    • Season 5's finale "Better Luck Next Time", which continues the story from the season's "Ripper", has two alien serial killers who have been living on earth for centuries, stealing host bodies and using them to commit murder after murder for amusement and to alleviate boredom. Detectives Terri and Girard end up each working with an alien, both claiming they are officers sent to hunt down the killer. At the end, the truth is revealed: the two are partners in crime and have been playing the officers for fun with the only excuse being how bored they are as immortals. The two have been spending centuries playing their games and corrupting good people into killing their friends and partners out of paranoia; they plan to hijack Terri's body after she mortally wounds Girard and use her police connections to have even more fun. When Terri and her dying partner mortally wound both killers' host bodies, Terri opts to kill herself to prevent them from stealing her body, knowing they can't survive long without hosts and unwilling to allow them to continue their rampage.
  • Oz: Even in this Crapsack World inside a Hellhole Prison, a few characters stand out:
    • Timmy Kirk is a sociopathic murderer who gets by in Oz despite his mediocre intellect and physical strength, due to his sheer ruthlessness and treachery. A flashback shows that he was incarcerated for homicide after putting a baby, implied to be his own, in a rat-infested dumpster, over the desperate protests of its mother. Initially a low-ranking member of the Irish gang, he makes a name for himself in prison by routinely betraying one gang for another. He seals Jeremiah Cloutier in a wall to die a slow and painful death in response to the latter casting Kirk out of his gang for his erratic behavior. After Father Mukada refuses to accept Kirk's reversion to Catholicism, Kirk responds by burning down Mukada's church in hopes of killing him. When Mukada survives the attack, Kirk continues to hound him with absurd allegations of sexual molestation. Kirk, by now facing execution, is simply happy that he might die knowing that the allegations could see Mukada permanently stripped of his priesthood.
    • Malcolm "Snake" Coyle from season 3, a member of the Homeboys, is a sociopathic murderer with no regard for human life. Originally imprisoned for armed robbery, Coyle's dark secret was revealed when he sadistically admitted to Augustus Hill that he murdered an Italian-American family one night for fun, while his friend recorded it on a videotape. First, as we see in flashbacks, he slit the mother's throat, proceeded to rape her dying corpse, then murdered the baby when the cries of fear started to get on his nerves. After Hill snitches on Warden Leo Glynn about Coyle's crimes, the other gangs, including the Aryans, disgusted by Coyle's crimes, unanimously agree to protect Hill from the Homeboys. Coyle's eventual death is mourned by none and he stands out as one of the few inmates in the series with no redeeming qualities.
  • Paris Trout: In this 1991 film which aired on Showtime and which was adapted from the 1988 novel by Pete Dexter, Paris Trout is a racist shopkeeper who loans a car to an African American named Henry Sayers. When Henry does not pay back the loan, Trout goes to the Sayers house with an employee named Buster Devonne to demand payment. When the family does not give him the money, Trout and Devonne shoot the mother, Mary, along with the 12-year-old daughter, Rosie. Arrested for his crime, Trout and Devonne lie that the family attacked them, and they were only defending themselves. Before his court date, Trout abuses his wife by dunking her under water and sodomizing her with a wine bottle. Upon learning that his wife has been cheating on him, Trout kills his mother, before attempting to kill his wife. When the man that had sex with his wife appears, Trout kills him instead, before killing himself.
  • Passions: Alistair Crane is the megalomaniacal Big Bad driven by a need for control. Besides being an abusive father and a Bad Boss, he has forced his grandson to rape his granddaughter; physically and sexually abused his wife; tried to kill everyone in his family; committed several counts of rape, including a 14-year-old girl; faked the deaths of two of his grandchildren, his daughter's lovers, his ex-wife, and her sister; left his daughter to believe that she killed her mother; arranged his daughter to have electroshock therapy; and tricked Whitney into believing she had slept with her brother. He committed most of these crimes for two reasons, to find a suitable heir or simply because doing things For the Evulz amused him.
  • Peaky Blinders:
    • Inspector Chester Campbell, from the first 2 seasons, originally assigned to recover the stolen guns from the Peaky Blinders, first comes into contact with the gang when he has his men terrorize a community under its protection before beating up gang member Arthur Shelby. When he learns that Arthur's brother Thomas "Tommy" Michael Shelby is the leader, he makes his presence known to him by demanding the location of the stolen guns with the threat of death to him and family, including Tommy's pregnant sister. Campbell later tortures and kills a suspect under his custody. Despite recovering the guns he becomes enraged when he learns that his mole, Grace actually fell in love with Tommy; he takes his rage out at a prostitute by brutally raping her. He later incites a gang war between the Peaky Blinders and a rival gang in hopes that Tommy dies, uncaring if innocents die, and attempts to kill Grace himself. Upon being promoted to Major, Campbell orchestrates an plan to have Tommy assassinate Henry Russell, and later burns a man alive under a pile of searing charcoal when he interferes. When Tommy deviates from Campbell's plan he has Tommy's brother and cousin thrown in jail and beaten up only releasing them if Tommy's aunt Polly has sex with him; he later rapes Polly when she tries to back out. After Tommy assassinates the target, Campbell attempts to have Tommy executed once he had outlived his usefulness. While claiming to be fighting for justice, Campbell is nothing more than a sadist, who abuses his authority to bully the weak.
    • Father John Hughes, from season 3, is a member of The Economic League and by far its most vile member. First appearing before Tommy after getting him arrested, Hughes tells him on how easy he can get to him and his family, something he makes clear when he along with his co-conspirators arranges for Tommy to be assassinated, with his wife Grace Taking the Bullet for him. In retaliation, Tommy attempts to kill Hughes, only for Hughes ordering his men to ambush and beat Tommy up to the point his skull gets crushed. He later has Tommy "apologize" for trying to kill him in front of the League before revealing himself to be a Pedophile Priest who raped the children under his "care"; Tommy's cousin, Micheal Gray, was one of his victims. He then has Tommy blow up a train full of innocents, so that he and the league could profit from its destruction. Should Tommy not do the deed, Hughes will rape and kill Tommy's son whom he's holding hostage.
  • Penny Dreadful:
    • Season 2's Big Bad is Madame Kali, whose real name is Evelyn Poole. She is revealed to be far more than a simple medium, and is actually a powerful servant of Satan. Evelyn is a witch who rules the coven of The Nightcomers, and her true nature is introduced with her in a bath of blood and a young woman's corpse close by. Evelyn promptly thereafter kills one of her own witches for failure and sends her sadistic daughter Hecate to murder a family—including a baby—so Evelyn can harvest the child's heart to create a ritual doll. One top of this, it is revealed Evelyn has dozens of these dolls, each one powered by the heart of a dead infant. Evelyn later enslaves the mind of Sir Malcolm and mentally tortures Malcolm's wife into killing herself, simply to make Malcolm hers. When Malcolm breaks free, she simply inflicts the same spell as she inflicted on Malcolm's wife so that Malcolm is tormented by visions of his dead children. It is also revealed Evelyn had framed her own sister as a witch so that she would be burned alive. Ruthlessly dedicated to the service of Satan, Evelyn stops at nothing to achieve her goals and indeed causes a great deal of torment, misery and damage before she is finally undone. It's further revealed that Evelyn forced her daughter Hecate into Lucifer's servitude when Hecate was just five years old, with a description that sounds disturbingly like Lucifer raping her.
    • Satan himself, after his failed rebellion against God, seeks to destroy humanity, dethrone God and rule over his new creation. Satan enlists the aforementioned Evelyn Poole and scars every Nightcomer with his claws. Fighting against his brother Dracula over the Mother of Evil, Satan corrupted and possessed Vanessa Ives and tortured her into submission, eventually leading her to be sent in an asylum. He also granted Dorian Gray immortality in exchange for his service and has him kill people to prolong his life. In the continuation comics, Satan, possessing Vanessa's body takes over the British government and compels them to war against other nations. He allows his followers to kill and rape anyone they want; pollutes the air of London; leads his army of demons to slaughter their way in a coven and the White Tower; and coldly disposes both his underlings Belial and the Duke of Kent when they fail him. Satan tricks Ethan into sleeping with him to conceive The Anti-Christ and then tries to murder the man upon his refusal to follow him. Later Satan brainwashes Ethan and forces him to kill his lover Lily. After giving birth to twin daughters destined to rule over his creation, Satan sets Heaven on fire, raining down destruction on Earth and then announces that anyone who won't worship him will die. During the final battle, Satan rejects Dracula's offer for peace and reconciliation before attacking him.
  • Perfect Assassins: Dr. Samuel Greely wants to test the Skinner box on humans. He started his tests on Ben Carroway, and framed Ben's mother as being involved when he's caught. After fleeing to Mexico, he starts an operation where he kidnaps children and locks them in boxes, where he electrifies their sole food source and prevents them from forming any emotional attachments, turning them into human attack dogs. He then sends then to assassinate people and then kill themselves. When a subject fails, he locks them in the box again, which causes them to have trauma-induced panic attacks.
  • Person of Interest: Alex Declan, from season 2's "Proteus", kills his victims and steals their identities. After recently murdering Special Agent Alan Fahey, his eighth victim, he steals his identity as well and later assists Finch and Reese in trying to uncover the killer on Owen Island to divert any suspicion from himself. During the investigation, Declan murders the island's deputy, framing a Marine in the process and endangering several civilians. When Finch discovers that Declan is the imposter, Declan takes Finch hostage and attempts to murder him so he can steal his identity like he did his other victims. Although Declan believes the identities he stole were being "wasted" and that he "did them justice", Finch ultimately deduces that he kills people because he enjoys it.
  • Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: Colin, from "Real Life", is the greedy, sadistic crime boss in both Sarah's and George's worlds. In Sarah's world, he's caused the mass murder of dozens of innocents, includes several of Sarah's colleagues. He also responsible for much more personal crimes in George's world, where he kidnaps and tortures George's wife, threatening to kill her unless George gives him lots of money; despite his demands being met, Colin kills her anyway. He later kidnaps George believing he can extort him for more money before attempting to cut off and feed George his own fingers when he learns he doesn't have anymore money left.
  • Poirot: Michael Garfield, from Hallowe'en Party, is a very handsome man who is actually the lover of Rowena Drake and the caretaker of her garden. Together, the two are responsible for murdering six people, however, whereas the latter actually did love the former and her two children from her deceased husband, Michael seduced her so as to get at her garden and her aunt's money, expressing disgust with her appearance to Poirot, and is shown to be a shameless flirt. In the past, he had killed Rowena's husband, which she blamed on reckless teenagers, and helped Rowena poison her aunt, who is revealed to have disinherited her because of the affair, instead leaving everything to au pair Olga Seminoff, when her will is read. To remedy this, he had Leslie Ferri clumsily forge a will—killing him afterwards—which Rowena switches with the real one before she kills Olga when confronted, with him burying her body. When he realizes that Miranda Butler, his daughter from his affair with her mother, had seen him, he told her it was a sacrifice, making her think of it as a pagan ritual sacrifice. He returns after Rowena drowns young Joyce, Miranda's friend, when she says she saw a murder at a Hallowe'en party. He kills or tries to kill people in his way, including his own child, this last one just stopped by Poirot. When Poirot reveals his and Rowena's crimes, he shows himself to be a greedy narcissist who planned to run off with Rowena's money to purchase an island and create his own garden, caring only for his own desires and showing Rowena his true feelings about her.
  • Poldark: Reverend Osborne "Ossie" Whitworth is secretly a lecherous creature who will stop at nothing to satisfy his urgings. Teaming up with George Warleggan to coerce Morwenna Chenowyth into marrying him to spite Drake in lieu of hanging him, he wastes no time getting it on with her in brutal fashion. Eventually, they have a child, John Conan, but he continues to rape her despite Dr. Enys warning him it could kill her eventually, proving to be a hypocrite when the next season he claims to be concerned about John Conan's life. Deprived for a while of satisfaction from Morwenna, Reverend Whitworth bides his time by pursuing an adulterous affair with her sister, Rowella, and helping George bankrupt Pascoe, one of the few remaining moral bankers in Cornwall, by extracting a confession of embezzlement from Pascoe's dying partner, Nathaniel Pearce, and casually cursing both Rowella and Nat the instant their usefulness ends, and is all too ready to resume his abuse of Morwenna at full force.
  • Possessed (2019): Hwang Dae-doo was a Serial Killer who murdered 30 innocents in 5 years, with an MO of killing loved ones to watch the suffering of his victims. After he is returned to life by a fanboy, Dae-doo becomes a powerful evil spirit, betrays and kills his partner and begins harvesting the souls of his victims. Killing more innocents, Dae-doo fixates on detective Kang Pil-sung, even enacting a game where he murders people to force Pil-sung to kill his Love Interest Hong Seo-jung to stop Dae-doo. Dae-doo, in a new host body, experiments on innocents with drugs to cause a near-murderous zombie outbreak, and when he realizes the soul of his old nemesis Detective Kim Nak-cheon is back, he targets Kim's family to seduce his daughter, before attempting to murder her. After losing his current body in a shooting spree, Dae-doo kidnaps the loved ones of two of Pil-sung's officers to force one to kill the other by a certain time—only to kill both hostages because the chief was off by a single minute. Later forcing Pil-sung to kill Seo-jong to save a little girl, Dae-doo kills Pil-sung's adoptive mother in his quest to "judge God" as well, not caring that his unnatural presence is bringing the end of the world itself before the final battle with Pil-sung. Evil, remorseless and hellbent on proving anyone can be as twisted as he is, Hwang Dae-doo delights in destroying all he encounters.
  • The Practice: Gordon, from season 2's "Hide And Seek", rapes and murders two boys aged four and five respectively, before having sex with their corpses. While running from the police, he takes a woman hostage. After his arrest, he agrees to help the cops find the bodies solely so that he can be given a chance at parole in the future, and takes joy in seeing the mother of the boys break down in tears upon seeing their bodies. He later reacts with rage after being denied a possibility of parole.
  • Preacher (2016): Marie L'Angelle is the head of the Angelville plantation, as well as Jesse Custer's grandmother and a major source of pain in his life. Years ago, Marie made a Deal with the Devil himself to make herself virtually immortal by consuming the souls of others, stealing said souls from clients who don't pay their debts for her voodoo services. After her daughter, Christina, eloped with John Custer, Marie ordered Christina's stomach cut open when she tried to hide a photo of Jesse from her. After ordering the death of John Custer, she forcefully took Jesse under her wing, physically and emotionally abusing him while trying to keep him under her thumb and forcing him to participate in her twisted family business. Many years after leaving that life behind, Jesse returns to Angelville to have Marie bring Tulip O'Hare Back from the Dead, but it comes at the price of a blood contract. With her holding Tulip's life as leverage and threatening to consume her soul out of a sense of entitlement, Jesse is forced into Marie's service and subject to the same abuse once again until he can get his soul back from the Grail. Motivated solely by her desire to live forever and someone who sees people, even her own family, as little more than tools that she can dispose of once she has no further use for them, Marie L'Angelle is a cruel, selfish, vengeful, and manipulative human being that sticks out like a sore thumb in a setting that runs on Black and Gray Morality.
  • The President's Man (2000 Made-for-TV Movie):
    • Vietnamese General Vihn Tran, in the pursuit of money, betrayed his friend Joshua McCord and murdered his wife. Years later, Tran plots the destruction of several major cities with the power of armed nukes, planning to obliterate New York simply as a show of force. Kidnapping a nuclear physicist named Dr. Francis Anderson and his family, Tran forces Anderson to arm the nukes with the promise his wife and his two young children will be tortured to death in front of him, attempting to spitefully murder them once Anderson fails to arm the nukes in time with the cold quip of "never going against his word." Ordering hero Deke Slater tortured once he attempts to save the family, Tran attempts to murder Joshua himself in the final battle to complete what he attempted years ago.
    • Don Diego Santiago is a ruthless Colombian drug lord who allies himself with General Vihn Tran to gain more power than he already possesses. Introduced torturing a man by hitting golf balls into various parts of his body, Santiago is currently turning out drugs from a base filled with children he holds as hostages to keep any military strikes from being carried out on him. Later kidnapping Dr. Anderson alongside the man's family, Santiago cheerfully reveals he will torture Anderson's wife and child daughters to death one at a time for every day he can't arm half a dozen nuclear bombs for him and Vihn Tran. Santiago and Vihn Tran plan to first nuke New York City, then use the rest of the bombs on other targets, and Santiago ultimately happily assists Vihn Tran in the near execution of one of Anderson's children, standing by with a sadistic smile on his face as Deke Slater is tortured for information by jumper cables on himself and Tran's orders.
  • Pride (2004 BBC telefilm): Harry is an alpha male lion who leads a rogue pride known as "The Wanderers". The beginning of the movie establishes him as a ruthless psychopath who leads attacks on other prides, including one belonging to the film's heroine Suki, and murders lionesses such as Fleck's mother. Harry knows that Suki is a vegetarian lion who abhors hunting other animals and he exploits this when Suki is fully grown and leaves her pride. After Suki gives birth to cubs fathered by Harry's wingman Dark, Harry kills and eatis all but one of her cubs. Harry uses that sole surviving cub, Rory, to blackmail Suki, threatening that he will make Rory "go missing" if she does not hunt for the Wanderers. He also plans out another attack on Suki's pride and states that he wants to kill everyone within her pride. When Harry fights Suki's brother, he finds Rory hiding and attacks him. At that moment, Dark realizes what the psychopath did to his cubs and shoves him off the cliff to his death.
  • Primal Doubt: In this 2007 Made-for-TV Movie, also known as Personal Indiscretions, Dr. Marianne Thorne is the former therapist of Amanda Freeman, who came to Dr. Thorne for help after cheating on her husband. Thorne, after becoming tired of hearing Amanda go on and on about her marriage issues and affair each week without making progress, decides to kill her. Five years later, Jean Harper comes to Thorne after she and Chase start to have marriage issues. Becoming annoyed once again, Thorne kills Travis, the guy Jean was seeing on an online dating site. She then tries to kill Chase by running him off a mountain road, kills Jean's friends Carla and Jody, then attempts to murder Jean as well. She's quite willing to attack the detectives with a knife before being shot dead.
  • Prison Break:
    • Wyatt Mathewson, from season 4, is a hitman working for the Company under its leader General Jonathan Krantz. He's the worst and most chilling assassin the Company has to offer, with nearly every scene involving him killing someone or torturing people to death while talking to them in a calm, soothing tone. He kills or tortures many people (mainly, anybody working against Krantz); this includes women and even murdering Cameron Mahone and blowing the child's head off post-mortem to mutilate the corpse just to spite his father Alexander Mahone further. When he's given intel on Scofield and his crew by Roland, he promises to give Roland $1 million and to let him go in exchange for the others. Once there, Wyatt progressively shoots Roland in the kneecap, then his thigh, and then in his stomach to watch him bleed out.
    • Christina Rose Scofield, who first appears in season 4 but is mentioned earlier, is a high-ranking leader of the Company and along with General Krantz is revealed to have been behind most of the events in the show. A sociopath who only cares about her own advancement, she sacrifices her whole family: She abandoned both her sons Lincoln and Michael while they were kids without saying a word; rejected her husband after he turned on the Company and had him hunted down; and arranged for her adopted son Lincoln (whom she despised for his relative lack of intelligence) to be framed and executed for a staged political assassination of Terence Steadman. She tries to kill General Krantz to steal a device called "Scylla" and sell it for its profitable military use, then kills her conspirator when he botches the hit. She pretends to sell the technology to a renowned Indian scientist/politician, but instead has him assassinated in public and frames Lincoln again, along with Michael, Mahone and Don Self. Christina intends to unleash a decades-long war between India and China so she can sell the tech to both sides for a quick profit, knowing that it would quickly escalate into a global conflict. When Michael steals Scylla back from her, she kidnaps Lincoln and gives Michael an ultimatum for its return by shooting Lincoln in the lung to watch him die slowly. She later tries to kill Michael when he's ruined her plans one too many times.
    • Jacob Anton Ness is a noted economics professor from the University of Ithaca who is also known as Poseidon, a narcissistic deep-cover CIA agent who serves as the Big Bad of the 2017 revival. Revealed to be The Man Behind the Man of the Direct-to-Video movie The Final Break, he tries to press Michael Scofield into faking his death and joining his rogue cell 21 Void by threatening to imprison Michael's family and friends for life without parole. When Michael initially refuses, Jacob has Michael's pregnant wife Sara Scofield incarcerated for Christina Scofield's death. After Michael is forced to fake his death, Jacob enslaves him into breaking out terrorists and rogue agents—including the head of Yemen's ISIS—who act against America's interests. Knowing Michael would eventually betray him, Jacob kills CIA Deputy Chief Harlan Gaines and frames Michael for Gaines's death before he leaves him to die in Yemen's Ogygia prison. Over the next four years, he erases Michael's identity and marries his wife. During this time he proceeds to gaslight her into believing Michael is dead, going as far as framing Kellerman for hacking her phone after he has him killed and hiring his henchmen A&W and Van Gogh to terrorize her and Michael's son Mike before having the henchmen imprisoned to prove Jacob's "innocence." When she finds out Jacob is indeed Poseidon, he kidnaps Mike and Sara and tricks Mike into teaching him how to draw maps in the shapes of child-like drawings, all while planning to have Michael and Sara trapped and killed in a vacation home. When they escape the home, Jacob abducts Mike and brainwashes him into believing that Sara died in the house and that Michael is a terrorist named Kaniel Outis.
  • Profiler: The Jack Of All Trades, real name Albert Newquay, is a sinister Serial Killer who functions as the Arch-Enemy of FBI Profiler Samantha Waters. After a killing spree with no set MO—hence his moniker—Jack became obsessed with Sam and murdered her husband, later targeting people she knew to isolate her when she returned to the FBI. Murdering more people, Jack proceeded to frame Sam's mentor Bailey Malone for a murder, drugged Sam and tricked her into committing murder, thinking she was killing Jack in self defense. Abducting a fangirl of his, Jack tortured and brainwashed her into the Jill of All Trades, initiating a new killing spree with her. When Jill was captured by the police, Jack arranged her death and had a man he'd brainwashed into believing himself to be Jack of All Trades arrested by the police before later revealing his true identity to Sam and kidnapping her to make her a killer like himself. When this failed, he attempted to kidnap her daughter Chloe to turn Chloe against Sam forever and make it so Sam truly had nobody left. Sadistic, manipulative, and committed to making Sam his own, Jack sets the standard for killers on the show, with a body count few killers can even dream of.
  • Psych:
    • Mr. Yin, also known as Karl Rotmensen, from seasons 4 and 5, is a suave, depraved sociopath and one of Shawn Spencer's most personal enemies. After grooming his partner and daughter Yang into becoming a killer like him, the pair would force the police to play twisted games with an innocent person's life on the line. When Yin first appears, he makes his presence known by murdering a waitress and posing her corpse like a yin-yang symbol. He then goes on to stab police consultant Mary Lightly to death before kidnapping Shawn's friend Juliet and his girlfriend Abigail, and forcing him to choose between preventing the former from falling to her death or saving the latter from drowning. When he reappears, Yin lures Shawn and his best friend Gus to his home, where he forces Shawn to watch as he tries to poison Gus while promising him a "special" death afterwards. A heartless madman who kills for the thrill of it, Yin's appearances severely darken the tone of what's an otherwise lighthearted buddy comedy show.
    • Psych: The Movie: Allison Cowley is the apprentice of the aforementioned Mr. Yin. In her first appearance in the season 5 finale, she passed herself off as a helpless victim of Yin to Shawn, only to lure them into one of Yin's traps. Beaten by Juliet, Cowley returns for revenge in the movie, and proves that even without her mentor's influence she can still be just as monstrous. Ordering her men to gun down Juliet's partner, Cowley later kidnaps Chief Vick's teenage daughter to lure the heroes to Alcatraz. When she reveals herself to the Psych crew, she coldly shoots her right-hand man dead, claiming that his accent was getting on her nerves. Telling the gang that she has strapped a bomb to Vick's daughter that will go off in twenty minutes and kill them all unless they find it, Cowley orders her remaining minions to kill the heroes as slowly as possible before finally getting her rematch with Juliet. Unapologetically psychotic and willing to hurt others just to spite her rival, Cowley managed to darken the tone of the show with each appearance she made.
  • Purgatory:
    • Blackjack Britton is the leader of a gang of outlaws that open the film robbing a bank and killing numerous people. When Blackjack's brother is shot, he shows no concern and leaves him behind to die in agony. When the gang finds the mysterious town of Refuge, despite the townspeople treating them well, Blackjack decides to have his men steal all the towns money and kill all the inhabitants after he learns that the townspeople have no weapons, even allowing his second-in-command, Cavin Guthrie, to rape a woman named Rose. He beats Sonny Miller up and tries to kill him when he tries to defend the town.
    • The aforementioned Cavin Guthrie is Sonny Miller's uncle, and just as bad as his boss. When the gang arrives in Refuge, he tries to rape a woman named Rose. He later decides that Sonny is too soft and has him thrown out of the gang, later beating him up along with Blackjack. When Blackjack tells the gang that they will seal all of the town's money and kill everyone, Cavin states that he intends to rape Rose like he originally tried to do. Finally, he kills his nephew during the final showdown.
  • Quantum Leap: Sam Beckett and Al Calavicci have faced various evil people throughout their time travel adventures, but these are the worst:
    • Boss Cooley, from season 4's "Unchained", runs Talawaga prison in the cruelest ways. Keeping the prisoners in subhuman conditions, with beatings and forced labor on the chain gang, Cooley punishes any who resist in the sweltering Punishment Pit, with the option of murdering any who still trouble him. When Sam, in the body of a prisoner named Cole, and his friend, wrongfully accused prisoner Jazz, draw Cooley's ire, it is revealed Cooley is involved in a string of robberies that Jazz is accused for. Cooley murders the robber to cover his tracks and then reveals he regularly hosts "cockfights", where prisoners are forced to fight for the death. When Sam and Jazz survive this, Cooley intends to hunt them down and kill them himself.
    • Leon Randolph Stiles, from season 5's "Killin' Time", is the single most evil leapee Sam Beckett ever leaps into. An illiterate drifter and murderous hick, Stiles is a Serial Killer who lured and brutally murdered prostitutes to sate his urges, with no compunction about killing anyone else in the way as he murdered the daughter of the sheriff pursuing him. Sam leaps into Stiles as he's bartering with the lives of an innocent woman and her young daughter, while Stiles himself breaks out of custody by threatening to gun down everyone in his way while immediately trying to resume his killing spree in the futuristic city outside.
    • Alia's hologram, Zoey, from season 5's "Evil Leaper trilogy", is far worse than her sympathetic compatriot and one of the most monstrous adversaries Sam ever meets. Zoey, in her service to the malicious A.I. Lothos, steers Alia to leap from person to person across time, utterly ruining their lives and stringing countless bodies behind them, while Zoey does her best to break and utterly corrupt Alia all the while. Zoey is first met trying to frame a mentally impaired man for rape to have him committed while urging Alia to murder Sam when they cross paths, later seen trying to have a reckless student killed in a chicken race and vowing to kill Alia herself when she reneges with Sam. In the final episode of the trilogy, Zoey takes over the body of a corrupt warden to find Alia and Sam, coldly ordering a trembling, claustrophobic woman (inhabited by an amnesiac Alia, unbeknownst to Zoey) tossed into solitary confinement and indicates she's going to use her male body's "equipment" to rape Sam's leapee herself.
  • Queen of the South:
    • Alberto Cortez, from seasons 2 and 3, is a sadistic colonel who forces himself into the illegal business with the Vargas cartel; he proves to be a horrible ally when he demolishes one their drug tunnels with their men, DEA agents, and even his own soldiers still inside. When Don Epifaño Vargas tries to control Cortez, the latter roasts one of the Don's men alive before feeding the former his remains, and later has one of his own men kill his brother right in front of Epifaño. After Epifaño's failed attempt to kill Cortez, he has his men kidnapped Epifaño's daughter Isabella for ransom. After they failed at ransoming Isabella and Epifaño winds up dead, he hands them to Epifaño's widow Camila to gain her trust, cutting their tongues out so they wont tell her his part. Cortez sends his men to track down Teresa Mendoza on Camila's behalf, having them break the hands of her right-hand man, and upon capturing Teresa he forces her to watch as he tortures her husband to death. Despite allying with Camila, he makes drug deals behind her back to rival cartels, but kills said rival's son with a nail gun when he calls Cortez a puppet, framing Camila for it. He later brings Camila to his prison camp where had numerous people tortured and killed, one of whom was lobotomized by Cortez, and tries to have Isabella kill her, before attempting to kill them both when she failed, as well as killing everyone else in his prison.
    • Rocco de la Peña is a crime lord in Malta, notorious for crucifying the families of his enemies. Allying himself with Teresa Mendoza after killing Camila's men in the beginning of season 3, Teresa would soon cut ties with Rocco when she learned of Rocco's depraved crimes of selling numerous women as sex slaves to his client having them raped, mutilated, and killed, even cutting one himself as he rapes her. When Teresa rescues the women and boards a plane with them, Rocco attempts to have the plane shot down, uncaring if he kills his own merchandise. When the attempts fails and they escape, he calls Teresa, telling her that he'll just order another batch of enslaved girls and calls Teresa a child for having any morality.
  • Red Riding: Even in a time during the Yorkshire Ripper murders, these two manage to stand out as completely evil:
    • Reverend Martin Laws, aka "The Wolf", is the leader of a child sex-and-murder ring where he and various officials rape, torture, and strangle kids to death before sewing swan wings onto their corpses. Working with the corrupt West Yorkshire Constabulary (WYC), he allows them to do whatever they can to keep his club a secret, whether it be torture or murder, even framing people like the mentally challenged Michael Myshkin for the kidnappings. When BJ—a male prostitute who managed to escape the club as a child—returns to kill him, the Wolf coerces BJ into letting his guard down before trying to murder him with a power drill.
    • John Dawson is a corrupt, charismatic real estate developer, and the worst member of the Wolf's child sex-and-murder ring. Pursuing a £100 million joint investment between himself and the top echelons of the WYC on his shopping center project in return for covering up his crimes, Dawson orders the evacuation of a Romani camp before having it burned down and made his property. Kidnapping a young girl in 1974, Dawson proceeds to rape, torture, and strangle her to death before stitching swan wings to her back, dumping the body on his new property where he'll build his new shopping center. Willing to do whatever he can to prevent the truth from leaking, he sends his wife to a nursing home, orders the police to kill reporter Barry and his own girlfriend Paula Garland, and has Edward Dunford tortured.
  • Red: Werewolf Hunter: The murderous werewolf leader Gabriel arrives in town to begin killing innocents while turning heroine Red's fiancée into a werewolf to set them against one another. Running "The Game", Gabriel turns others into werewolves while abducting numerous innocents for one purpose: to be hunted down by his werewolves for sport, even killing Red's brothers to provoke her.
  • Rizzoli & Isles: Charles Hoyt was Jane Rizzoli's Arch-Enemy, a necrophiliac Serial Killer known as the Surgeon. Preferring to target couples and loving to foster fear in his victims, Hoyt would rape his female victims, forcing the male to watch, then kill them both. Hoyt managed to kill three couples as well as a family. Forming an obsession with Jane, Hoyt murdered Alexander Ghent and kidnapped his wife to lure Jane into a trap to kill them both. He uses his scalpels to leave permanent scars on Jane’s hands. Though captured, Hoyt continued to be a menace through his apprentices. Hoyt would go on to temporarily break out of jail and murder one couple with his first apprentice, threaten to rape Maura Isles when she interviewed him while he was in custody, murdered the husband of his second apprentice, had his second apprentice take Jane's brother, Franke, hostage, and used his third apprentice to kill an inmate to lure Jane to him so he could have one last attempt at killing her before he died of pancreatic cancer. Just before his final attempt on Jane's life, he began to slit Maura's throat just so Jane could watch her best friend die before killing her.
  • Robin of Sherwood: Morgwyn of Ravenscar from the two-parter The Swords of Wayland is a powerful witch and leader of the Cauldron of Lucifer coven. To set about gathering the Swords of Wayland to summon Lucifer from hell, Morgwyn kidnaps villagers and brainwashes them into an elite troop known as the Hounds. She sends the Hounds to kill and be killed by their own people and bring her the swords. One young man fails to recognize his own parents and kills himself upon being captured. Morgwyn kidnaps the outlaws and attempts to Mind Rape them into killing Robin himself. Finally, Morgwyn plans on sacrificing them in a ceremony to summon her dark master Lucifer himself to cause the Apocalypse and consume the world.
  • Roland Hassel: Jeff Dureya, from "The Blackmailers", after being fired from his job as an FBI Agent because of mob connections, decided to become a criminal. Dureya sets a bomb inside of a life vest, and sending a letter to a man named Nils, ordering him to send roughly 355,000 dollars, or else he'll not only blow up a plane, but also kill his wife. Nils cannot afford that much money, so Dureya does what he said he was going to do. He manages to track down Nils and his wife Maria, shooting Maria while Nils was swimming, and blowing the plane up at the same time. Dureya's next victim is a wealthy family living in a big house. He takes advantage of the fact that their neighbors currently aren't home, and sneaks into the house while aiming through the window. Roland Hassel comes to stop Dureya, but Dureya hits Roland in the head with his gun, temporarily paralyzing him. Dureya proceeds to shoot through the window, and successfully kills two family members. His final victim is a man named Jan Calmers, who he threatens to kill his wife and destroy the plant that he works at if he won't pay him 1,1 million dollars. Despite Calmers's paying him this, Dureya had already prepared to do these things. He puts a smaller explosive inside of his wife's lighter, and lets the person he is working for blow up Calmers's plant. Once he collects his 1,1 million, the police notices that the briefcase is identical to Calmers's. Dureya proceeds to walk into his car and calls the person he is working for, basically saying that the mission is complete.
  • Roots (2016): The Big Bad of Part 4 is Frederick Murray, a proud Confederate major who is defined by his Lack of Empathy for his family, slaves, and subordinates. When Chicken George visits his family at the Murray family's plantation, Frederick plots to have George re-enslaved by refusing to notify him of North Carolina's 30 day limit for freedmen. A vehement racist even by Southern standards, especially compared to his father, Frederick accuses Chicken George's son Tom of lying when a failed cannon test kills some of his men, and later lets his men gangrape Tom's wife. While Frederick supposedly loves Nancy Holt, he sends men to die in Nancy's and Jerusalem's trap despite knowing Nancy was an abolitionist spy for the Union. After Jerusalem is captured, Frederick orders his men to slowly lynch him even after Nancy reveals the truth about her and her friend's backgrounds. To his father's despair, Frederick then brutalizes and lynches Nancy after she puts Jerusalem out of his misery. A deluded sadist even after the war, Frederick declares that blacks will never be equals before he tries to kill Tom in front of his own family.
  • Roswell: Agent Daniel Pierce, the Big Bad of season 1, is the head of the FBI Special Unit, a ruthless organization answerable to nobody which is hunting the teenage aliens. He considers membership of the organization to be for life, and when one of his agents tries to leave, he kills him "piece by piece" as an example to the others. He subjects Kathleen Topolsky, the agent he sent undercover at the teens' school, to a brutal debrief that leaves her on the verge of insanity, then locks her away in a mental hospital. When she tries to warn the teens, he takes her back there, then sets fire to it, killing not only her but five innocent patients. When he finally captures the lead alien Max, he subjects what is essentially a normal teenage boy with a few odd abilities to hours of torture about the aliens' plans, origin and technology...none of which he knows anything about. While Pierce tries to portray himself as a Knight Templar protecting humanity from an alien invasion, in fact the alien enemies only exist in his mind and he is pursuing complete innocents who just want to be left alone. When Max escapes, Pierce abandons any pretense of not enjoying his work, making a plan to kill not only the four alien teens but also the three human teens who have befriended them and telling his apparent ally Sheriff Jim Valenti to go in shooting.

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  • Santa Clarita Diet: Dobrivoje Poplović, the Big Bad of season 3, is a sadistic Serbian who has an obsession with the undead. He frequently has had undead people abducted and attempted to experiment on them while they're alive—and possibly has mistakenly abducted regular humans that he's tortured anyway. Until Poplović gets a lead in Santa Clarita, at least two undead break free and kill themselves to avoid being dissected. Poplović cares nothing for having incompetent employees murdered or threatened, threatening one of his new men by suffocation with a plastic bag, driving two to eventually quit and become undead who end up going on a killing spree. Believing Joel Hammond to be the undead he's looking for, Poplović threatens to kill everyone at his and wife Sheila's party if he doesn't go with him. Poplović then impales Sheila to a wall when discovering she's the true undead, stating his intention to kill Joel and use her and other undead people to harvest their blood for a cure to aging that he can profit from.
  • Satan's School for Girls (1973 Made-for-TV Movie): Dr. Joseph Clampett is an art teacher employed at the Salem Academy for Women. While he seems friendly and is well-liked by the students and faculty, Clampett is secretly the leader of a Satanic cult. Believing that he himself is the physical manifestation of the Prince of Darkness, Clampett manipulates girls with limited backgrounds into sacrificing themselves to him. Hundreds of years ago, Clampett gathered eight witches into a cellar wherein they committed suicide. Since then, Clampett had spent centuries searching for replacements to commemorate the event. If any girl were to refuse his advances, Clampett subjects them to madness, culminating in them killing themselves. A skilled corrupter, Clampett sends his students into the woods to beat Professor Delacroix to death when he began to suspect that something was wrong with the school. After failing to coerce Martha Sayers to his side, Clampett takes an interest in her sister, Elizabeth. Even though she manages to escape from the school, Clampett decides to carry on with the sacrifices, watching the school burn in amusement.
  • Scholar Who Walks the Night: Gwi is an evil vampire who was once promised dominion over the night in return for helping the king rise to found his dynasty. Gwi lurks in the palace, preying upon the innocent and killing them as he wishes. When one prince tries to oppose him, Gwi murders him and his own former teacher who has arrived to stop Gwi. When this teacher turns a young scholar into a vampire, Gwi causes the death of the man's lover and the two enter into a 120-year conflict where Gwi tortures and murders another prince, uses innocents as bait to draw his rival out and has suspected collaborators tortured. When he grows sick of hiding in the shadows, Gwi declares himself king and turns multiple people into vampires so they will lead attacks on and kill the innocent, whereupon Gwi will heroically ride in and save the day so the people will adore him. When this fails, Gwi simply attempts to destroy everything he can. Utterly lacking in humanity, and responsible for at the very least several hundred deaths, Gwi is a vicious predator who relishes his monstrous nature.
  • Scream:
    • The TV Series:
      • Season 1: Piper Shaw duplicates the killing spree of Brandon James, starting by killing Nina and her boyfriend Tyler, and later killing depressed student Rachel, making it look like a suicide. Constantly tormenting her half-sister Emma Duvall, via texts and phone calls, while being friendly and helpful to her face, Ghostface targets her friends for no reason other than to hurt her. Ghostface tries to force Emma to choose between killing two of her friends, and ends up killing Riley. Later, Ghostface has Will kidnapped and later set up in a Death Trap which Emma is tricked into triggering. Eventually framing Mr. Branson, Ghostface tortures Sheriff Hudson on a live camera, before leaving him in to be killed in a trap like Will before him. When Ghostface's identity is finally revealed, they reveal their jealously for Emma's life, and plans to kill the latter in front of their mother Maggie, before killing the latter slowly.
      • Season 2: Kieran Wilcox maintains a façade of being a friendly albeit troubled teenager, and loving boyfriend to Emma, but is in fact a needlessly cruel and brutal copycat killer and the accomplice from season 1. As the accomplice, this Ghostface is personally responsible for killing Audrey's girlfriend Rachael; putting Will in a Death Trap for Emma to trigger, and the torture and murder of Sheriff Hudson—-their own father. In season 2, Ghostface torments both Emma and Audrey for her connection to the first Ghostface; begins a new killing spree by disemboweling Jake with a scythe, before dropping his mangled corpse in front of his girlfriend Brooke; hacks off Branson's hand, burning the stub with an iron, before leaving him to burn to death; kills two cops for getting in their way; kills his other girlfriend Hayley; has both Noah and Zoe Buried Alive while Emma and Audrey struggle to rescue them, even though they had already drowned Zoe; and frames Emma and Audrey with Mayor Maddox's murder. In the finale, upon being exposed, Ghostface shoots his own cousin, whom he had tormented and framed throughout both of their lives. Ghostface then reveals that both Ghostfaces had a bond based solely around their hatred for their parents and the fun of killing. Ghostface then taunts Emma and Audrey with a plan to kill them and frame them.
    • Resurrection: Beth is the seemingly savvy de-facto leader of the Deadfast club and the true mastermind behind the new Ghostface killing spree. A self-proclaimed "killer wannabe" who fantasized about living a horror movie, Beth got her chance when she met Jamal, and learned about his half-brother's past and secrets. She manipulated Jamal to take the Ghostface mantle to terrorize her supposed friend and his half-brother, outwardly pretending to care about her new friends. As part of their brutal murder spree, Beth personally kills her boyfriend by forcibly overdosing him; has another friend burnt alive in a car; and kills her next boyfriend by sawing through his stomach and groin with a bone saw, watching him bleed out. When Jamal is nearly exposed, Beth has him kidnapped and mortally wounded to not leave loose ends, and when she finally reveals her true motives, she shoots and seemingly kills Marcus before chasing down and trying to kill Liv.
  • The Secret Circle:
    • Eben is the leader of the witch hunters. He's first seen in a flashback that reveals that he and his men murdered the members of the old Circle by pretending to want peace and tried to kill John Blackwell. He gets even worse when he turns out to have survived the fire, only with nasty scarring, and proves bent on killing every witch alive, even those who have never heard of him, just because. He doesn't bat an eye at using magic provided by a resurrected and psychotic Nick to brainwash Cassie into trying to kill her father and to escape an attack by the Circle that should've killed him outright. Later, he summons and absorbs multiple demons for their power, no doubt driving him even crazier. This is after he sacrifices one of his own men to a demon and using him to lure Blackwell and the Circle into a death trap that just barely fails. According to another witch hunter, he's even killed off Isaac. Then he kidnaps Faye, fully intending to murder her and her covenmates.
    • John Blackwell is a warlock who prefers dark magic, and visited the town of Chance Harbor years earlier for one reason-to have children-and achieved this goal by seducing and impregnating members of the previous circle of witches. He returns to manipulate his daughter Cassie and her half-sister Diana. He has all the other Crystal Skulls destroyed so one more could be created. He uses magic to torture Jake Armstron, and summons demons to provide people for them to possess. He doesn't care for his own children, seeing them as only a means of getting power. Season 1's finale, "Family," reveals his master plan to use the Crystal Skull to kill all witches without Balcoin blood and create a truly dark Circle using his children. He even tries to kill his daughter’s friend Adam, who's already dying from a spell John casted earlier, in front of a helpless Cassie and Diana.
  • The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Robert "Bob" Underwood is Ricky's abusive father, taken to some of its worse extremes; his abuse caused his wife Nora to take up a drug habit and start neglecting Ricky, at which point Bob spent years sexually molesting his son, telling him that's the problems of being a man. After getting released on parole years later, Bob discovers that Ricky has fathered a baby with Amy Juergens, and pretends to go straight, claiming to have his family's best interests at heart. Bob intends to sell his grandchild to Human Traffickers, under the guise of finding an adoptive family. Bob's reasons for this is both to support his own drug habit and his way hurting Ricky for getting him arrested, stating he'll always be a part of his life until then.
  • Secret Smile: When Brendan Block, a seemingly kind and polite man, is dumped by Miranda Cotton for his possessive nature, he reveals his true, monstrous, colors. Known to have committed crimes such as assault and money laundering in the past, it is implied Block had something to do with a house fire that claimed the lives of his parents when he was 9 years old. Seducing Miranda's sister, Kerry, Block integrates himself into the Cotton family, slowly manipulating them all into hating Miranda through various means, all the while psychologically tormenting the woman. After growing close with Miranda's teenage, clinically depressed brother, Troy, Block manipulates him into stopping his derpression treatments, while also convincing him Miranda hates him, leading to the boy committing suicide, something Block subtly taunts Miranda about at Troy's funeral. After dumping Kerry on their wedding day to inflict maximum pain, Block hooks up with Miranda's best friend, Laura, and when Laura, realizing Block's vicious nature, tries to contact Miranda for help, Block arranges for her to drown in her bathtub. Later having a new girlfriend, Naomi, who he regularly abuses, Block uses her to try and get Miranda arrested for stalking him, and, when Miranda saves Naomi from him, Block attacks and rapes her, before trying to kill her with his bare hands. What Brendan Block lacked in body count, he more than made up for with sheer wickedness and depravity, nearly driving a woman insane and ruining her entire family for nothing more than revenge on her for dumping him.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017): The Man with A Beard but No Hair and The Woman with Hair but No Beard, from season 3's first two episodes and the penultimate episode, are the arson loving heads of the dark side of V.F.D. who are the ones who orchestrated the schism from behind the scenes. Years prior to the events of the series, they manipulated an vulnerable Olaf into becoming the arson-loving madman he is today so he can accomplish their goals. Years later, they would burn down V.F.D. Headquarters to prevent anyone from learning its secrets and to eliminate an potential survivor of an recent fire. After making an introduction by attempting to kill Kit Snicket and steal the Sugar Bowl from her, they would proceed to murder the Circus Freaks just so to see if Olaf would care. After criticizing Olaf for his antics and failures, they would then order him to throw Sunny Baudelaire off of an cliff just to prove his villainy. They would then proceed to kidnap an group of Snow Scouts so they can force them to work for them and steal their fortunes, while also killing their parents by burning down their homes in an city-wide fire. They would later appear at Olaf and the Baudelaires' trial as judges where they try to have the Baudelaires declared guilty and have them arrested for the murder of Dewey Denouncement. An pair of cruel, emotionally abusive arsonists whose aura of menace frightens even Olaf himself, The Man with A Beard but No Hair and The Woman with Hair but No Beard played an major role in Count Olaf's descent to villainy.
  • The Shannara Chronicles: The Warlock Lord, from season 2, was a heartless druid who attempted conquest on the Four Lands before being killed by Wil's father, Shea. It's revealed that the Warlock Lord made a bargain with Queen Tamlin to kill her husband and give her the throne, in exchange for getting access to Heaven's Well. Upon his resurrection, the Warlock Lord dispatches numerous soldiers of the Crimson, before ripping off General Riba's head. At Bandon's request, the Warlock Lord resurrects his girlfriend Catania, only to brainwash and seduce her in front of Bandon before having him kill her, and kills Bandon for turning against him. The Warlock Lord's plans for Heaven's Well is to use his blood to taint the Silver River, having his dark magic consume the land. When the key to Heaven's Well is passed down to Lyria, the Warlock Lord uses Eretria's demonic heritage to brainwash her and track Lyria down. Finding them at the Enclave, the Warlock Lord personally slaughters dozens who stand in his way, including a young boy, before killing Allanon. During the final fight, he fatally wounds Wil as the two impale each other.
  • Shark: Wayne Callison is a Serial Killer who tortures women to death, hiding their bodies underneath the deck of his younger brotherm whom he goaded into raping a girl at the tender age of 15. He then threatens Stark's daughter during questioning just to enrage the guy to the point of attacking him, then tries to get him thrown off the case for it. When that doesn't work, he drives his one escaped victim to suicide and uses a loophole from that to get off scot-free—for the time being.
  • Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda (2014 Syfy Channel Original Movie): Vladimir "Vlad" Futon is a computer scientist who proceeds to betray his country to foreign terrorists for money. Seizing control of the Pteracuda, Vlad directs it to attack civilians and down a commercial jetliner to cause chaos. After having it kill people to cover for him, Vlad sends it after a power plant to cause a nuclear meltdown in America while he skips out with all the money.
  • Sharpe:
    • Sharpe's Company & Sharpe's Enemy: Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill lacks any of his book counterpart's redeeming qualities, however minor, while still maintaining his heinousness. Sharpe's Arch-Enemy, Hakeswill was a Sociopathic Soldier who was responsible for sentencing Sharpe to a flogging he knew would be a death sentence, before Sharpe was saved after receiving 200 lashes. An abusive bully to his men, Hakeswill regularly subjects soldiers to floggings to extort sexual favors from their wives and tries to rape Sharpe's wife Teresa. When Sharpe's best friend Harper stops him, Hakeswill frames him for a theft, resulting in his brutal flogging. Murdering one of his own soldiers to use his body as cover in the heat of battle, Hakeswill kills another soldier and tries to rape Teresa again. Hakeswill deserts the army before raping and murdering Sally Clayton, an innocent woman he's lusted after. Becoming the leader of a group of vicious bandits, Hakeswill waylays a group of noble women and is only stopped from raping them by warnings that it will damage the ransom value. When he learns Sharpe is bringing the ransom, Hakeswill doubles it at the last minute and allows his men to rape the non-noble women and tries to rape the nobles anyways. When Teresa stops him, Hakeswill fatally shoots her before being captured and facing the firing squad for his crimes.
    • Sharpe's Mission: Colonel Brand is a double agent who starts his career by personally killing an injured British officer, then carrying him back to the British lines and being hailed as a hero for trying to save him. This is the first of several acts of so-called heroism arranged by his handler French Colonel Cressan, who wants Brand to lure Sharpe and Ross into a trap. Brand murders a Gypsy couple who saw him meeting Cressan, then slaughters a Gypsy camp in a failed attempt to kill the couple's daughter, who also witnessed the meeting. He leads his men in massacring a group of French ex-deserters set up by Cressan and given faulty gunpowder so they were effectively unarmed, making a point of sadistically garroting the one who ran furthest. Despite giving them the self-aggrandizing name Brand's Boys, he has no loyalty to his men, calmly telling Sharpe that he abandons anyone who is injured. Even after being exposed and arrested, he tries to convince Sharpe to let him and his men massacre a fort garrison who have also been set up Cressan.
    • Sharpe's Peril: Colonel Count Vladimir Dragomirov is a cavalry commander in India, who also has a foothold in the opium trade. To cover his tracks, Dragomirov slaughters the village that had been growing the plants needed to make opium, as well as a garrison of British soldiers, leaving their commander tied up naked and Exposed to the Elements. Dragomirov and his men "save" a baggage train led by Colonel Richard Sharpe, but only to make scapegoats of a group of bandits opposing them. When Sharpe is separated from the baggage train along with Marie-Angelique, the fiancée of Dragomirov's dragon Major Philippe Joubert, Dragomirov threatens to have her gang-raped by his men unless Sharpe gives up the train, then has Sharpe tied up in a pit of snakes. When Sharpe and Marie-Angelique escape, Dragomirov pursues them to a village where the train has stopped, murders a priest that tries to dissuade him while telling the man "God does not work on a Sunday", and attacks the village with the intent of murdering everyone there. Greedy and treacherous, Dragomirov didn't care who he murdered as long as he gained something from it.
  • She-Wolf of London:
    • Dr. Hatchard, from "Moonlight Becomes You", is a scientist who discovered the existence of werewolves and decides to get rich off of it. Kidnapping an innocent werewolf, Hatchard keeps him in horrible conditions, forcing a change on him that results in extreme agony. Hatchard proceeds to take other prisoners and inject them with the serum he's made from the werewolf prisoner's blood to create a "Super Soldier", a process which inevitably results in agonizing death when the victims' muscles self-destruct. Hatchard has done this to many people, and when he captures the heroine Randi Wallace and her partner Professor Ian Matheson, he decides to murder his prisoner and replace him with Randi, before attempting to subject Ian to his serum, intending only to profit off the deaths of as many innocents as it takes.
    • Samantha Stevens, from the "Can't Keep a Dead Man Down" two-parter, is the dean of Ian's college who is obsessed with reclaiming the Staff of Gilgamesh to grant herself dominion over the dead. She begins by raising the dead, resulting in the zombies devouring innocent people. Stevens is seemingly stopped and killed, but turns out to be alive and stabs Ian to death, later raising him as a freshly dead zombie to use his still-intact intellect. Stevens sends her zombies after another piece of the staff at a crowded museum, resulting in a security guard being eaten alive and many other people nearly killed as well. Intending to sacrifice Randi to complete the power of the staff, Stevens plans to revive the dead all over and use them to overwhelm the living until she reigns supreme over the world.
  • The Shield has a Crapsack World of corrupt cops and horrible criminals, but Armadillo Quintero, a vicious Mexican drug lord who compensated for his youth with his cruelty, puts many of them to shame. Quintero is introduced by uniting several gangs under his control by having their leaders "necklaced": imprisoned in tires and burned alive. A Serial Rapist, Armadillo tattooed the symbol of a dove onto the faces of each victim. He even did this with the 12 year old sister of one victim. When he returns later, Quintero uses minors as drug mules for his heroin. When he discovers his brother Navaro may be "greenlit" in prison to testify against him, Quintero has his own brother murdered with no remorse.
  • Skins: Dr. John T. Foster, from season 4's "Effy" and "Everyone", Effy's counselor after she attempts suicide, reveals himself to be a twisted Stalker with a Crush for his teenage patient. Knowing Effy's mental issues, Foster steadily makes them worse while alienating her from her family and friends to break her down to virtually a Blank Slate to rebuild as he likes. When her lover Freddy stumbles upon Foster's secret, Foster ambushes him with a baseball bat and beats him to death before attempting to manipulate Effy further into his clutches. When Freddy's friend, the delinquent boy Cook, discovers the truth of Freddy's death, Foster attempts to murder him as well.
  • Sleepy Hollow:
    • Moloch, the Big Bad of season 1 and the first half of season 2, is a ruthless and relentless Fallen Angel whose goal is to unleash the Apocalypse to destroy and subjugate all who live. As guardian of Purgatory, it is Moloch who devises all the tortures its prisoners suffer. Trapped in Purgatory, he steadily corrupts humans to act as his servants, including Ichabod Crane's best friend Abraham Van Brunt, who becomes the Horseman of Death in return for Moloch promising him Ichabod's beloved Katrina, whom Moloch holds prisoner in Purgatory. Moloch spends centuries manipulating events, turning numerous humans into monsters and orchestrates murder after murder, punishing failure with brutal execution or torture. He attempts to steal Ichabod and Katrina's infant son Jeremy, then waits nearly two centuries to liberate Jeremy from being buried alive to turn him into his the Horseman of War and set him against his parents. Whilst Jeremy comes to see Moloch as a father, Moloch viciously abuses and manipulates him, informing Jeremy he is only a servant who should follow his will before sending him on a potential suicide mission.
    • The Pied Piper, from season 2's "Go Where I Send Thee", is an extremely sinister demon who is known for mass slaughter of soldiers and for what it does with children. Each generation, the Piper preys on a daughter of a specific family; the child, when she turns 10, is kidnapped and taken to the Piper's lair to await her fate, which is usually her bones being made into the Piper's instruments—but only after being starved to death. What's worse, however, is what happens when the girl is rescued. Out of nothing but spite, the Piper proceeds to infect all the girl's siblings with a fatal illness to force the parents to either return the chosen girl to the Piper or watch their other children die. While the Piper was betrayed by his employer, his Revenge by Proxy far outweighs this excuse; considering he seemed to enjoy killing and made a Deal with the Devil beforehand, he was psychotic from the start. Even in Sleepy Hollow, the Piper remains one of the worst Ichabod and Abbie have ever faced.
    • The Hidden One, from season 3, was a cruel, arrogant, hot-tempered deity, driven by lust for power and a hatred of mankind. Ten thousand years ago, due to his evil nature his fellow gods banished him to the Catacombs, where he seduced Pandora, promising he would make her his wife if she freed him. Giving her a box which could steal a god’s power, he sent her to slaughter his fellow deities, leaving him as the one all-powerful god. However, using a mystical artifact to strip him of his power, the humans imprisoned him in the Catacombs. In the present, Pandora managed to free him, however due to Abbie Mills his power source was lost. Obsessed with restoring himself, his minions summoned monsters from all over world to Sleepy Hollow so he could feed off them, causing many deaths. When The Kindred and Kindress instead fell in love, the furious Hidden One murdered them. Despite initial appearances the Hidden One proved too only care about power, mistreating and berating Pandora. Attempting to kill the witnesses the Hidden One trapped himself in the same spell that originally defeated him, where he learned that acting in good faith Pandora had told the original humans of its existence. Not caring that she saved him for a second time, the Hidden One proceeded to torture his wife. When Jenny Mills tried to stop him from restoring himself, The Hidden One cursed her boyfriend Joe Corbin to become a Wendigo, forcing Jenny to kill Joe. Finally regaining his former powers, the Hidden One imprisoned Pandora then bragged how he would wipe mankind out gradually, so he could bask in their fear and suffering.
    • Malcolm Dreyfuss, the Big Bad of season 4, was an internet tech billionaire who's obsessed with gaining immortality. Originally a harmless, nerdish man who was forced into a Deal with the Devil, to avoid keeping his end of the deal Dreyfuss sought the most powerful mystical artifact of all, the Philosopher's Stone. His pursuits caused numerous deaths, including Diana Thomas's partner and friend Eric, Dreyfuss's efforts climaxed in him attempting to sacrifice over a hundred thousand people. Gaining his immortality, convinced he was destined for greatness, Dreyfuss sort to conquer America. To accomplish this he raised The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; spreading a supernatural plague through Washington, causing multiple deaths through spontaneous combustion or having their soul devoured, for his horseman of Pestilence and then releasing a Chinese hunger demon which killed several people through either starvation or cannibalism, to raise his horseman of Famine. His plans succeeding, Malcolm turned Diana into his horseman of War effectively killing her. Dreyfuss then attacked Camp David and used the Four Horsemen to slaughter the entire US army, forcing the government to crown him immortal dictator of America. Malcolm proceeded to ruthlessly suppress all freedoms and execute all dissidents, using the Four Horseman as his personal hit squad. Unable to kill the Witnesses, Malcolm had Crane imprisoned and adopted Diana's daughter Molly, rechristening her Laura; he spent years lying and manipulating Laura, until upon one assault to wipe out the last of the resistance she learned the truth. Realizing that Laura was going to attempt to undo his handy work, Malcolm immediately tried to murder her. Despite his claims and excuses, underneath a seemingly earnest façade Dreyfuss was a callous, ruthless and fundamental selfish man, who proved that sometimes humans can be just as evil as demons.
    • Jobe, a Prince of Pain from Hell's sixth circle, served as Malcolm's assistant, bodyguard and assassin throughout the season. Implementing the majority of Malcolm's plans, Jobe never missed an opportunity to commit murder, often choosing particularly painful methods for his victims. It was Jobe who originally shanghaied Malcolm into a deal for his soul, setting him off on the path to becoming a monster. Without Malcolm's knowledge, Jobe manipulated the terms of the deal to also send his best friend, the completely innocent Ansel, to hell. Jobe personally joined his fellow demons in torturing Ansel for twenty years even carving his name into his chest. Assisting Malcolm every step of the way, Jobe murders Mr. Wong in such a brutal manner it's mistaken for an animal attack; tortures Jake Wells for information, partially through physical pain, partially by giving him a nightmarish vision of him murdering Alex; and raised an army of Hessians as Draugurs to restore the Headless Horseman. Having no more use for them, he sent them to burn Sleepy Hollow to the ground. Disliking the prospect of serving Malcolm for eternity, Jobe helped bring about his downfall, and happily dragged the screaming Dreyfuss into Hell. Beneath his professionalism and tranquil appearance, Jobe was an arrogant, disloyal, sadistic monster.
  • Sliders:
    • Dr. Darren Morton, from season 1's "Fever", is a scientist responsible for releasing a deadly plague on to his world. Dr. Morton secretly inflected this world's version of Quinn Mallory with a virus he designed, giving him a clean bill of health and letting him infect millions of people with this virus. Dr. Morton reason for releasing this plague is to kill off the poor, with the poor being left to die in the streets or sent to concentration camps, while the rich live in comfortable. The agency Dr. Morton runs, the California Health Commission, is given emergency powers to deal with this situation, effectively turning California into a police state. Dr. Morton manages to capture the original Quinn Mallory and experiments him to see if he has any of the virus left in his system. When another scientist helps Mallory escape, Dr. Morton has her shot.
    • Master Cardoza and his chief lieutenant Gerald Thomas, from season 3's "The Dream Masters", uncovered the power to master dreams themselves and turn San Francisco in their horrific kingdom. Cardoza, believing in ruling through fear, brutally suppresses dissent with anyone who proves a problem tortured and destroyed. Gerald is a vicious sadist who murders a man by mental torture just for bumping into him, and when he pursues heroine Wade to no avail, he attempts to torment and destroy her with her worst fears. It is revealed that Gerald and Cardoza, along with their followers, also throw those who oppose them into irreparable comas, and then attempt to kill the Sliders team to keep their stranglehold on San Francisco, believing their powers allow them to do all they want.
    • Governor Schick, from season 4's "Californa Reich", is the governor of California frequently likened to Adolf Hitler by the Sliders. In a world without World War II, Schick rises to power blaming minorities for crime and restricts their rights, even having them interned. Not satisfied with this, Schick has them lobotomized and mutilated to make them into android slaves on a grand scale, even children not exempt from his policies. Schick, planning to ride a wave of bigotry to the Presidency and enact his policies there, is one of the most sickening enemies the Sliders have ever faced.
  • Smallville:
    • Robert "Bob" Rickman, from season 1's "Hug", is the CEO of Rickman Industries, and possesses the ability to persuade people to do whatever he wants through touch. He uses this ability to build chemical plants which have caused 96 local citizens to be poisoned. He is introduced meeting with an agent who wants to prevent him from building one in Smallville, and makes said agent jump from his office window. Arriving in Smallville, he runs into his old business partner Kyle Tippet, who threatens to expose the truth, due to a year-old agreement that he would leave Smallville alone. Bob uses his ability to force numerous people to make attempts on Kyle's life, including sending Whitney to bludgeon him to death; sending a sheriff to shoot him after he's arrested over the previous attack; and having Lex Luthor trap him and Clark in a car before trying to blow up said car. Completely uncaring about innocent lives, Bob stands above the usual meteor freak.
    • Brainiac, debuting in season 5 as "Professor Milton Fine", was the ruthless AI responsible for triggering Krypton's destruction, and he didn't prove himself any better after arriving on Earth. Viewing humans as little more than animals, Brainiac made repeated efforts to exterminate the human race, first on behalf of General Zod, and then of his own volition, engineering a deadly plague from the planet's most devastating diseases, releasing a computer virus intended to send the human race back to the technological Stone Age, convincing President Luthor to start a nuclear war in a Bad Future that he himself created, and finally kidnapping Doomsday so that he could turn him into a weapon to destroy all life in the universe. Along the way he infects Martha Kent with a Kryptonian virus; self-repairs by cannibalizing the trace minerals in a succession of victims; murders his "father", Dax-Ur, by draining his mind of all data; leaves Lana in a coma, unable to move, but experiencing constant agony; traps Kara in the Phantom Zone; and bodyjacks Chloe, intending to kill her afterwards. Incapable of empathy, and dedicated to the annihilation of all organic life, Brainiac was easily the most vile foe that Clark ever faced.
    • The Toyman, real name Winslow Schott, is a brilliant, deranged assassin who elaborately sets up bombs placed in unsuspecting locations. Putting one on top of the Daily Planet, the Toyman threatens to destroy half of Metropolis with it. To get revenge against Oliver Queen for framing him for Lex Luthor's murder, the Toyman captures over a dozen civilians, strapping one to a bomb and placing them in a factory, intending to destroy it and kill them all. Later planting bombs at a shareholders' meeting Oliver is making a speech at to make him confess to killing Lex, the Toyman reveals he plans to blow up the gala whether or not Oliver caves to his demands. Later creating a fake company to take control of Metropolis's water supply, the Toyman intends to leave thousands without water unless they give into his demands.
    • LX-3, from the season 10 premiere "Lazarus", is a failed clone of Lex Luthor who was so depraved that even the LuthorCorp staff at Cadmus Labs felt the need to incarcerate him. Accidentally freed by Tess Mercer, LX-3 beats her and handcuffs her in place, tries to kill the five-year-old LX-15, then grabs a blowtorch and proceeds to set fire to the lab, slaughtering all the other clones while claiming that "There can only be one Lex Luthor!" Making his way to Metropolis, LX-3 wires the Daily Planet building to explode, planning to crush hundreds of people in the streets below, then journeys to Smallville where he kidnaps Lois Lane, ties her to a stake, and sets the field around her on fire. Confronting Clark, LX-3 gloats that Clark can save the woman he loves, or the citizens of Metropolis, but not both, sneering that Clark's pride will be the death of him yet. Almost out of time thanks to Clone Degeneration, LX-3 spends his last moments trying to force Clark into violating his moral code by killing him.
    • Desaad, from season 10, is one of Darkseid's Co-Dragons, and unnerves even his fellow dragons, Granny Goodness and Gordon Godfrey. Operating a chain of BDSM-themed nightclubs, Desaad uses them as a front to corrupt the minds of his clientele, making them susceptible to a mass Mind Rape by Darkseid. Anyone who cannot be corrupted is gruesomely murdered, as Desaad uses his telekinetic powers to induce hemorrhaging and implode their internal organs, leading to an agonizing death from internal bleeding. Having disposed of several FBI agents who were investigating him, Desaad kidnaps Chloe and subjects her to an extended mind rape, attempting to turn her into one of Darkseid's minions. When she proves resistant, Desaad tries to kill her, tries to kill Clark when the latter intervenes to save her, and then turns Oliver Queen/Green Arrow into a minion of Darkseid after provoking the archer into brutally beating him. Incarcerated under Belle Reve, Desaad breaks out, gives the now mind-controlled Oliver a Gold K ring, and tries to force him to depower Clark, so that the future Superman can be slain and the end of the world ushered in. Devoted to freeing Darkseid and bringing about The End of the World as We Know It, Desaad is equal parts Torture Technician, cultist, and Serial Killer.
  • Sometimes in April: Colonel Théoneste Bagosora is one of the orchestrators of the Rwandan genocide and the leader of both the regular FAR and Interahamwe paramilitary, collectively called the Génocidaires. Setting up death squads to assassinate Tutsi even before the genocide is ignited, Bagosora happily goes along with the coup and oversees the manufacturing of weapons, distributing them across Rwanda to be used in a wave of Rape, Pillage, and Burn against Tutsi, especially machetes that he imported from China; mockingly asking the benevolent Captain Augustin Muganza if he has "problem with it"; and using radio broadcasts to spread his hate and motivate even more people into participating in the genocide, culminating in countless massacres countrywide.
  • Sons of Anarchy:
    • James "Jimmy O" O'Phelan, season 3's Big Bad, is a member of the True IRA, a Northern Irish terrorist organization and criminal syndicate mainly involved in gun running. O'Phelan previously ran current SAMCRO member Chibs out of the IRA and stole Chibs's wife and daughter (Fiona and Kerianne), years later threatening to dump Fiona and marry Kerianne next to Chibs's face. He goes rogue in the third season after receiving a demotion back in Ireland. He tries to kill all of SAMCRO and SAMBEL in an explosion, and after his family escapes his wrath he kills an IRA member in a failed attempt to get them back before torturing and executing another one to find Jax Teller's kidnapped baby son Abel. He murders the adoptive family Abel was placed with and takes the child to ensure his escape to the States, before exchanging him for another hostage whom he later kills. Aside from his bodycount, O'Phelan stands out among the show's many gangsters in that he has no real loved ones.
    • Alice Noone, from season 6's "Sweet and Vaded", is Venus's horrendously abusive mother. It's revealed that when Venus, as Vincent, was ten and confused she was part of having Venus constantly drugged and raped, and from there it grew into a lucrative child porn ring. Alice later kidnaps Venus's son, drugs him, and is going to have him raped. When SAMCRO track him down to the studio they are sickened by portraits of the children that Alice had taken to be raped, the videos on the computers and a video camera aimed at a crib. When Alice arrives, she threatens that Venus is a freak and Venus's son is going to kill himself over it, until Jax blows her brains all over the wall. Venus is left a wreck over the emotional torture, and the Dirty Cop says he would have killed Alice if Jax hadn't.
  • Spartacus: Blood and Sand:
    • Cossutius, from the Vengeance episodes "Empty Hands" and "Libertus", and the prequel season Gods of the Arena, is the worst example of unchecked Roman excess. A smug aristocrat, he extorts a favor from the House of Batiatus by requesting a “show” from a virgin slave girl. He selects the girl Diona as he knows he can hurt her more and forces her to lose her virginity to a brutish, dirty, filthy gladiator, mocking Diona all the while as an “example“ of how ugliness and beauty co-exist before anally raping her during her ordeal. Cossutius later shows sheer glee at Diona's execution, and at a Roman party is the first to gleefully torture a bound Gladiator for nothing more than entertainment. Furthermore, Cossutius is a serial rapist. He makes it explicitly clear he chooses Diona due to her being a virgin, and makes it quite clear virgins don't exist in his household for that reason. In sexual sadism, Cossutius is well above his fellow Romans.
    • Nemetes, from War of the Damned, proves that not even the rebels are devoid of evil in their ranks. Initially a callous Jerkass of the German slaves, once the rebels have taken a Roman city, Spartacus does his best to ensure that the prisoners are treated with every respect and courtesy. Nemetes kidnaps a Roman Domina and rapes and tortures her for sport, prostituting her to be tortured or brutalized by soldiers he knows will go for it. When Julius Caesar is disguised amongst the rebels, Nemetes demands he show his loyalty by hurting the brutalized girl even more, which horrifies even the hardened Roman and forces him to deliver a Mercy Kill. When Caesar sheds his façade and puts Nemetes at sword point, Nemetes simply tries to bargain to betray Spartacus and turn over all the armies and civilians with them to the Romans if he can escape; an offer Caesar rejects.
  • Spider-Man (Japan):
    • Professor Monster is the alien leader of the Iron Cross Army, leading them on a crusade of death and terror throughout the galaxy that led to the destruction of Planet Spider and all the misery in the show that follows in his subsequent schemes to take over Earth. Monster creates Machine BEMs by having innocents kidnapped and transformed into monsters which kill dozens, even unleashing some on their loved ones, while enforcing a no-witness policy that kills dozens more, Takuya Yamashiro's father included. Throughout the series, Monster attempts to create an army of modified humans by subjecting countless people to torturous experiments, resurrecting those who die numerous times; attempts to annihilate all the major cities in Japan with missiles, and separately attempts to annihilate Tokyo simply as his four-hundredth "anniversary" on Earth; reveals he maintains his immortality by harvesting and drinking the blood of countless people; attempts to unleash a lethal nerve gas on the Interpol building, having it tested on people the Iron Cross has trapped in debt slavery; tortures and abuses his minions, even sacrificing a base full of them; and finally attempts to wipe out every major city in the world to take over whatever remains, even murdering his commander Amazoness for having failed him.
    • The aforementioned Amazoness is the savage right hand of Professor Monster and a brutal, unforgiving woman who embodies a Child Hater killer. Carrying out Professor Monster's wicked demands, Amazoness leads attacks to kill countless civilians and murder the innocent while setting up a cult to sacrifice others to Professor Monster. When Takuya begins getting involved with helping children, Amazoness is always there to try to murder them, starting with her attempt to gouge out a little girl's eyes, attempting to use nerve gas on a little boy after practicing its use on adults, trying to burn a child alive, and trying to blow up a packed amusement park and leading terrorist attacks through Tokyo while gloating one targeted building has eight thousand people in it. Amazoness is also fond of torture on captives, while later capturing martial artists to fight death matches to determine who will be turned into Professor Monster's machine slaves, with her greatest ambition being to assist in utterly annihilating humanity for the Iron Cross army to rule the remainder.
  • Spooks
    • The first episode, "Looking After Our Own," has the far-right white supremacist Robert Osbourne. Planning a series of race riots to force Parliament to crack down on immigration, Osbourne also viciously abuses his wife Claire. When he realizes MI-5 is watching him, he has their contact murdered. Osbourne is revealed to be connected to a human smuggling operation so he can choke off the asylum centers- with the immigrants occasionally thrown into the ocean. When he catches the agents after him, Osbourne shows what a monster he is by torturing Helen. First he forces her hand into a deep fat fryer. Then her head.
    • Mohammed Rachid is a radical mullah who has taken over a Mosque in Birmingham England, from the kind and moderate Imam who founded the Mosque. Rachid hates all Westerners and uses the Mosque as a recruitment ground to convince disaffected Muslim teenagers to become suicide bombers. When Rachid discovers one of his young followers is a mole for MI-5, he has the young man beaten with sticks and thrown out a window. Rachid sees his suicide bombers as disposable pawns in his mission against the West and has no intention of endangering his own life for that mission. Rachid's ultimate target for his suicide bombers is a playground full of children.
  • SS Doomtrooper: Dr. Ullman is a geneticist making Super Soldiers for the Third Reich. To do so, he painfully experiments on dozens of people and animals, shooting down 17 Allied planes to protect his operation and eventually siccing his Doomtrooper on the French Resistance when he succeeds. When Captain Jerry Malloy is tasked with leading a covert operation to stop Ullman, he unleashes his monster once again, not caring when it massacres his fellow German soldiers. His boss tries to shut the experiments down, so he kills him and has several soldiers strapped down to become more Doomtroopers, ordering the previous one to slaughter the entire base when he's thwarted.
  • Stargateverse:
    • Stargate SG-1:
      • Nirrti is a ruthless System Lord who fancies herself a Mad Scientist. Well known for depleting populations of humans under her control so much that she had to begin poaching the slaves of other System Lords, Nirrti seeks to create the perfect host, and regularly depopulates entire planets in her domain. In one such instance, Nirrti left only a little girl alive, implanting a bomb inside her to explode in Stargate command. Later arriving with fellow lords Cronus and Yu under a flag of truce, Nirrti plotted to assassinate Cronus and start a war between the Goa'uld and Earth so she could seize Cronus's domain. In her final appearance, Nirrti is revealed to be using gene manipulation, devastating and torturing another population of innocents in her endless hunt for perfection.
      • Anubis, from seasons 5 through 8, is by far the most evil and dangerous of the Goa'uld System Lords. As Selmak said in "Last Stand", "he was banished by the System Lords because his crimes were unspeakable, even to the Goa'uld"; this is a race of megalomaniacal Puppeteer Parasites who think nothing of torturing their dethroned rivals to death, then bringing them back to life and repeatedly doing it again. He tricked Oma Desala, a wise higher-dimensional being, into helping him ascend so that he could become an immortal Energy Being, making sure to rub it into her face how she is unable to stop his evil acts. His subsequent plans after his return include repeatedly annihilating civilizations and replacing the Jaffa warriors with mindless super soldiers. After his stable form is destroyed, he starts possessing random people to hold him until their bodies completely decay after a few days. His ultimate plan before he finally got taken out was to wipe out all life in the galaxy with an Ancient super weapon — all of it, including his own race and his army — so he could use the Ancient knowledge he retained to recreate a galaxy's worth of races that would unquestionably worship him as a god.
      • "RepliCarter" is a human form Replicator created by Fifth in the image of Samantha Carter and half of the Big-Bad Ensemble for season 8, along with the aforementioned Anubis. Despite initially presenting herself as an ally to the SGC and a victim of Fifth's abuse while secretly working for Fifth, RepliCarter soon shows her true colours. Manipulating Carter and Fifth into trusting her, RepliCarter ultimately betrayed them both, using the former to become immune to an anti-Replicator weapon and killing the latter with no remorse to take over the Replicator army, deriding Fifth as weak and pathetic afterwards. Intending to destroy organic life and rule the Milky Way, RepliCarter leads her army in a genocidal campaign, killing countless innocents. Kidnapping and torturing Daniel Jackson, RepliCarter tried to force him to give up knowledge of a weapon that could destroy her, planning to destroy it so she could not be stopped. Despite promising to leave Earth alone, RepliCarter dispatched Replicators to consume the planet, then killed Daniel when she had no more use for him. A merciless killing machine in the shape of a renowned galactic heroine, RepliCarter is devoid of the loyalty or morality of the real Carter, making for a coldly ambitious machine hell-bent on galactic domination.
    • Stargate Atlantis: Even amongst the monstrous Wraith species, these two stand out:
      • Michael Kenmore is a former Wraith who guiltlessly kidnaps one of the humans who had helped him, in order to painfully feed on her energy when he rediscovers his origins. Although his attempts to give Atlantis to his species fail when they try to kill Michael for his time as a human, he returns as an experimenter trying to create a "perfect" race that is mindlessly obedient to him. Creating a race of Animalistic Abominations, Michael engineers them by having human test subjects fatally drained of their life energy. Releasing a virus on multiple inhabited worlds, Michael kills countless humans and spitefully leaves the survivors infected to poison any Wraith who attempt to feed on them. Michael also creates a clone of a deceased person, which he tortures and experiments on for months; and kidnaps an entire tribe of people to turn them into his new violent experimental race, the "Hybrids". Kidnapping a pregnant woman, Michael plans to harvest the baby's unique DNA for his Hybrid project and kill the mother after birth. When Michael manages to gain control over Atlantis, he again attempts to kidnap the woman and her now-born baby, and spitefully blow up everyone else on board.
      • The Wraith "King" or "General", from season 3's "Sateda", is a sadistic Blood Knight who commands a Hiveship, having committed the taboo of murdering his Queen to usurp control of it from her. Harvesting countless planets over the centuries, the King has destroyed Ronon's home world, annihilating the entire population , including Ronan's lover. Implanting a tracking device in Ronon to hunt him from planet to planet for sport, the King destroys any world where he takes shelter. Returning to Ronon's home world to kill him on it, the King mocks him for the death of his people.
  • The Storyteller: The nameless, Wicked Witch from "The Three Ravens" seduces a good-hearted king and attempts to usurp his kingdom by changing his sons into ravens. The king helps his daughter escape, but she is rendered mute for three years in order to break the enchantment. The witch murders the king and seduces another who is the father of the princess's future husband. Every time the princess has a baby, the witch takes the children and attempts to murder them by throwing them down a well, unaware that the raven princes are saving them. The witch then frames the princess herself for the murders and attempts to have her burned as a witch, knowing she can't speak a single word to save herself.
  • The Strain (TV series):
    • The Master is the youngest of the Ancient vampires with a legacy of death going back millennia. Killing and feeding at his whim, The Master ends up in New York after stowing away aboard a plane, killing and turning everyone on board before sending the newly-made vampires after their own loved ones to spread his new strain. In the past, the Master also used concentration camps as a feeding ground, and when the carpenter Abraham Setrakian tried to kill him, the Master broke his hands to leave him to suffer and die now that he would be useless to the Nazis. Using his vampires to kill and convert countless innocents in New York, the Master directs a number of blind children to be turned by his right-hand man Thomas Eichhorst to serve as "hunters" before attempting to overwhelm entire neighborhoods with his armies. When his ally Eldritch Palmer annoys the Master, the Master kills his lover Coco just to prove a point. Finally having his "brothers" killed, the Master and Eichhorst attempt to use a nuke to blot out the sun to allow the vampires to completely overwhelm New York. After taking over New York, the Master slowly slips further into madness and fury and in an attempt to get to Ephraim and the others, decides to end his "facade of cooperation", unleashing his strigoi to kill the entire human population "borough by borough" until he has found his enemies.
    • Thomas Eichhorst is a former Nazi-turned-vampire who acts as the right-hand man of the Master. Even prior to his transformation, Eichhorst was a despicable human being who declined to help a Jewish, former co-worker he had a crush on, and instead lied to his superiors about her being a thief and allowed her and her family to be hanged. During the war, Eichhorst offered Russian POWs a special assignment in exchange for better living conditions, but neglected to tell them that their new job was executing Jewish prisoners too old or infirm to work. When one POW, Fetrovsky, performs the execution only after Eichhorst threatened his and his friend's lives, Eichhorst murders Fetrovsky's friend anyway as punishment for hesitating. Eichhorst was eventually made the commandant of a concentration camp, and at some point became aligned with the Master. In order to find a carpenter to craft his master's coffin, Eichhorst threatened to kill a workhouse full of prisoners unless the one who carved a Jewish Talisman he found stepped forward. Unlike the animalistic vampires that make up the Master's army, Eichhorst retains his mind and his sense of sadism, which he displays through actions like vampirizing Setrakian's wife to force Setrakian to kill her, and attempting to rape/eat Dutch with his stinger. In addition to setting nukes and vampirizing blind children for the Master, Eichhorst also oversees the creation of slaughterhouses to drain humans of blood as efficiently as possible. When one of his employees doesn't see the difference in using a dummy to test the system instead of a live person, Eichhorst illustrates his point by impaling another employee on a meat hook, then timing it as he's subjected to the draining process. A fanatic who aspires to greatness through serving the Master, Eichhorst is instrumental in helping bring about the vampire apocalypse.
  • Stranger Things: The "Mind Flayer" is the eldritch horror lurking within the Upside-Down. A thinking, vindictive entity that subsumes other realms into itself, the Mind Flayer uses horrible monsters like the Demogorgon to capture and massacre several people from Earth, at one point using the Demodogs to initiate an utter massacre in the Hawkins Laboratory. In the third season, the Mind Flayer "flays" several more people, overtaking them in mind and body while possessing Max's older brother Billy, using him to corral up to thirty people—elderly and children among them—to melt down their bodies and amalgamate them into a crude, monstrous body it can use to walk on Earth. The Mind Flayer proceeds to try and slaughter El and all of her friends out of nothing more than spite for being denied entrance to Earth the first time, gleefully mind raping her and telling her it won't stop until it's ended everyone on Earth.
  • Strike Back: While most of the villains in the series have loved ones or some form of honor, these two, from "Project Dawn", have neither.
    • Latif, a Pakistani terrorist leader, is the mastermind behind "Project Dawn", which aims to strike back at the West for "Trojan Horse" note ; his actions, however, would possibly kill thousands of innocent people. After kidnapping and executing John Porter from the first season, Latif poses as a Pakistani intelligence officer so he can assist Section 20. He also sends a group of terrorists to storm a hotel in hopes of finding a scientist named Mahmood, with dozens killed in the chaos. After the crisis is resolved, Latif reveals himself to Mahmood and proceeds to interrogate and kill her. With the assistance of several mercenaries, Latif uses the intelligence he gained from Mahmood to find hidden caches of VX nerve gas around the world. He then conspires with drug and Arms Dealer Fatmir Hasani to construct an organ farm so that his doctor, Irina Mullova, will have plenty of candidates to aid him with his plans. Once Latif acquires the location of the final nerve gas cache from Joseph Allen, he immediately has Allen killed, shortly before having Fatmir killed as well for taking a risk that nearly exposed him to Section 20. With Mullova's help, Latif plants the nerve gas with two suicide bombers so they can attack a World Summit. Latif murders Mullova after her work is done, lures his men to Section 20 where they kill most of their personnel, and then kidnaps Colonel Grant and Pakistani presidential candidate General Akmal Ramiz. Furious over their knowledge of Trojan Horse, Latif demands that they confess to the operation on camera, or he'll set off one of the two bombs. He murders Ramiz after he refuses, but Grant complies. Even after she confesses, Latif activates the bomb anyway in hopes of killing thousands.
    • Tahir, from episodes 5 and 6, is the leader of a group of Janjaweed rebels who Rape, Pillage, and Burn as they please, also kidnapping children in hopes of raising them to be soldiers. After Tahir's rebels kidnap Dr. Clare Somersby, the daughter of Gerald Crawford, and her entourage, Tahir guns down Clare's fiancé, deeming him invaluable. When Tahir agrees to give Clare back to her father in exchange for the weapons he promised him, Tahir responds by cutting off her right ear upon discovering that Crawford is still short on the weapons. He brings Clare back to his camp and spends his time tormenting her; he dares her to dig through a mass grave in order to find her fiancé's body, and later tries to seduce her, all while his soldiers are getting ready to gang rape Clare's friend. After Stonebridge and Crawford storm Tahir's camp and rescue Clare, he gathers what soldiers he has left to try and hunt them all down.
  • Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad: Kilokhan is a rogue government A.I. seeking world domination. It's implied Kilokhan's first act upon becoming self-aware was to murder his creators. Teaming up with antisocial artist Malcolm Frink to create his monsters, Kilokhan would routinely demean, abuse, and insult the boy any chance he gets, even possessing his body while leaving his mind trapped in a Mega Virus Monster. Kilokhan would often raise Malcolm's already dangerous plans from petty to potentially cataclysmic, often without Malcolm's consent. Among his very very long list of crimes, Kilokhan would get countless innocent people unlawfully arrested; attempt to slowly kill Sam's class with unrelenting heat; desire to use Gramm to freeze the world's hearts and plunge it into a global war; brainwash Servo into his slave and force him to fight his friends; cut off the global food supply to starve humanity to death, Malcolm included; digitize people and trap them aware in floppy discs; trap Sam in total isolation within a camera and nearly drive him insane with the intent to do the same to the rest of humanity; and turn the entire town's water supply into hydrochloric acid. Among his absolute worst crimes is attempting to launch the world's nuclear arsenal and plunge the world into an apocalyptic nuclear war, an act that horrifies even Malcolm. Tricking Malcolm into powering him up to the point of no longer needing him, Kilokhan erases the minds of Sam's friends and promises a slow, painful death to him and the now-useless Malcolm. Mortally wounding Sam, Kilokhan intends to destroy humanity with his newfound power. Caring for none but himself, Kilokhan's ultimate goal is for himself to be all that remains on Earth.
  • S.W.A.T. (2017):
    • Trick Carter, from season 1's "Homecoming", inspired by the original Murder Incorporated, founds Murder L.L.C, promising professional hits with no blowback, with Trick personally performing each drive-by shooting whilst his crew films his murders as an optional extra. Kicking off his career, he murders three members of the 20 Street Hammers on commission, almost reigniting a gang war between the Hammers and the 42s to his complete apathy. Approaching the Volkov Brothers, to secure employment he offers to kill anyone in the entire city for them completely free as a demonstration of his skills, tracking down and murdering DA Rick Kushner a few hours later. He then takes a contract on property developer Nate Wilson and his wife. Cornered by S.W.A.T., Trick murders two of his own crew and then, pretending to surrender, tries to shoot Hondo. Soft-spoken and constantly professional, Trick openly admitted to loving murder and managed in the span of a single day to terrorize LA like few others.
    • Martin Harwell, from season 1's "Ghosts", is an electrical engineer who moonlights as the "Vanity Killer". His MO is to stalk, then kidnap young aspiring actors who have just moved to LA and imprison them in an Abandoned Warehouse. He then kidnaps another person and makes them watch as he he brutally tortures the previous victim for hours on end, carrying on until either the other victim agrees to kill them or they die in agony. Having already done this to eight people, Harwell kidnaps Keri and forces her to watch as he drives a stake through the hands then slices up his ninth victim. Upon S.W.A.T. storming the building, Harwell blows up the warehouse killing his ninth victim and fakes his death. Hiding in Portland for two years, Harwell returns to LA to resume his killing spree, kidnapping a young woman and then Lance Roy. Beginning torturing the woman before Lance, upon SWAT storming his home, Harwell ambushes officer Luca and attempts to beat him to death. With no explanation save sadism offered for his monstrous acts, Harwell was easily one of the most unpleasant and depraved opponents the team ever encountered.
    • Mack Drummond, from the season 2 premiere "Shaky Town", is a ruthless human trafficker, described by Hondo as "the lowest of the low". Taking advantage of the ongoing crisis in Haiti to ensure a constant supply of victims, Drummond has Sal Desir smuggle children into America where he sells them into servitude or worse. Cornered by S.W.A.T., Drummond threatens to murder one of his latest batch of children unless the team backs off. When an earthquake hits, Drummond refuses Hondo's pleas to let them get the children out, and using the chaos as a distraction, escapes, taking the boy James as a hostage. Stealing a car, he attempts to kill the driver when she demands that he let James go. Gagging and tying James up, Drummond locks him in the car's trunk, whilst having a wound stitched up. Seeing an opportunity to escape, he abandons James to starve and murders a paramedic, before trying to hijack a medical helicopter. Engaged by Hondo, Drummond tries to beat him to death.
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  • Taken: Owen Crawford is a Colonel of the United States Air Force and the head of their secret UFO Project. Ruthless and ambitious, Owen used his charming demeanor to convince his superior's daughter, Anne, to marry him in order to further his career and gain control of the UFO Project, blackmailing him with an alien artifact found by his girlfriend Sue who he beats to death to keep quiet. When trying to reverse-engineer the spaceship they found, he has a pair of psychic twins attempt to pilot the craft, leaving them in there longer than humanly safe which leads to their deaths, remarking that they were already dead when they arrived. Owen then goes after the half-alien child Jacob Clarke, having an affair with Jacob's mother Sally, using her loneliness to get to Jacob so he can have him fly the ship and then kill and dissect him to discover the source of his powers. He is also a cruel and horrible leader, husband and father, threatening to send his wife to an asylum for her alcoholism and treating his son Eric with little respect or love, and forsakes the life of Dr. Kreutz. When Anne reveals his secrets to their sons, Owen has her sent away to a hospital, only to kill her and Bowen and frame their deaths on the latter. A cruel and unfeeling sociopath, Owen would do anything to learn the aliens' secrets, even sacrificing his own family and loved ones to do so.
  • Tales from the Crypt: While Tales from the Crypt tended to play a lot of its horror for camp or Black Comedy, Howard Prince, from season 4's "None But The Lonely Heart", is an exception. Prince is a charismatic young man who courts older, richer women and gains their affection. However, once they've tied the knot, Prince poisons them and cruelly leaves them to die as he reaps their riches, all while playing the part of the grieving husband before he starts the process over again. His Faux Affably Evil persona makes it all the more cruel. And he's willing to kill anyone else who might pose a threat to his operations, as even his own partners in the scheme aren't safe when Prince becomes paranoid over someone discovering the truth of his actions.
  • Teen Wolf:
    • Gerard Argent is the cold-blooded head of the Argent family and de facto leader of the werewolf hunters. Prior to the series, he ordered his daughter Kate to seduce a young Derek Hale, before killing his family. In his first appearance, Gerard murders an innocent werewolf before declaring all werewolves in Beacon Hills will be indiscriminately killed, even forcing his son Chris to kill Chris's wife Victoria when she is bitten. Gerard then tries to manipulate his granddaughter Alison into becoming a ruthless hunter herself. Killing the master of a dangerous beast to take control of the monster, Gerard uses it to hold an unwitting crowd hostage. Despite claiming to be avenging his daughter Kate, Gerard reveals his true plan was to get bitten by a werewolf, to cure his cancer and take his powers and declares he would kill his own son for the sake of his survival. When his plans backfires, Gerard simply orders his monster to kill everyone. In the past, when a werewolf tried to negotiate peace between the wolves and the hunters, Gerard murdered both the werewolf pack and his own men, framing the innocent werewolf for the massacre. In season 6, Gerard takes advantage of the spreading fear in Beacon Hills to amass an army of hunters to simply wipe out not just the supernaturals in Beacon Hills, but the whole world as well. In the series finale, Gerard rounds up Scott's loved ones with the intent to kill them, and having used Kate, now a werejaguar, coldly attempts to kill her for being "one of them."
    • The Nogitsune possessing Stiles, self-named Void, the Big Bad of season 3B, mentally and emotionally torments him, forces him to torture his friends, and go on constant murder sprees. Decades ago, it was originally summoned by Kira's mother at an internment camp to avenge her American lover, but instead massacres the internment camp, prisoners and guards alike, before finally being subdued. In the present, he sets up multiple traps, including sabotaging an electric cable killing several people and rendering Isaac Lahey comatose; has an arrow shot into Coach Finstock's stomach; and lets a bomb go off in the Sheriff's station, all while pretending to be Stiles in front of his best friend Scott, before twisting a sword in Scott's gut. When he's separated from Stiles, he takes control of the Oni and has one of them kill Allison Argent. He later leads the Oni on a massacre at the local hospital and police station. In the final showdown, he plans on having Scott kill Stiles, citing it as the only way he can be defeated, simply because it sees it all as a game.
    • The Beast of Gévaudan, from season 5, is known as history's most famous and vicious werewolf. In the 1700s, he was credited with killing 112 people, but the Dread Doctors claimed it was closer to 500, including children. His identity was discovered by Marie-Jeanne Valet to be her own brother, Sebastian Valet, along with the corpses of his victims in a hidden stash. When he confessed, he was proud of his crimes, and claims his motivation was to be remembered for the horrors he caused. When Marie opposed him, he was willing to kill her with no hesitation or remorse, spending three years trying to kill her. As Marie-Jeanne fatally wounds him, he muses that he will live through his legacy, until Marie-Jeanne tells him that his name and image will be erased, and he'll only be remembered as the Beast. In the present day, the Beast is resurrected by the Dread Doctors, but doesn't remember his former identity. As he tries to piece his memory together, he goes on a new killing spree. Once he's resurrected via his vessel, Mason Hewitt, he is content with erasing him and kills the Dread Doctors, coldly dismissing the death of his old friend Marcel, who became the head Dread Doctor for the purposes of resurrecting him, even expressing annoyance at Scott and Liam for being heroic werewolves as he prepares to pick off where he left off. A vicious egomaniac obsessed with having a murderous legacy, Sebastian is seen as a Beast throughout history, for both being a literal monster, and the Beast representing his true personality.
    • Garrett Douglas, from season 6A, is the assumed identity of Der Soldat, an Alpha part löwensmensch (werelion) and werewolf who held the rank of Hauptmann, or Captain, as part of Ahnenerbe. In World War II, he used the Nazi Party as a means to his own ends and he learned of the Ghost Riders, which he sought to use to create an army under his control. At one point he kills another officer who mocked his plans and forced one of his men to open the rift into the Riders' limbo like world, burning said soldier to death and resulting in the Wild Hunt decimating his men. After being kept in suspended animation by the Dread Doctors, he broke free following their deaths, assuming the identity of a harmless high school teacher, while secretly killing people and eating the pineal gland of their brains. When the Wild Hunt arrive in Beacon Hills, he seemingly helps Scott's pack capture one of the riders, before killing said rider, devouring its pineal gland and taking its powers. With his newfound powers, Douglas begins reaping souls, and seeks to brainwash Parish to use his Hell Hound powers to enter the Riders' world and amass an army from the souls the Riders claimed. In the finale, he keeps Corey locked up with wires and electronics hooked into his body, using his chimera powers to merge the Riders' world with the mundane world to bring about his supernatural army, all the while mocking Scott and his friends for standing against him, intending to place them in his army as well.
    • The Anuk-Ite, from season 6B, is a malevolent entity that delights in using fear to torment its victims. The Anuk-Ite spreads fear through supernatural spider infestations, turning fear into murderous desire as communities tear themselves apart, all the while sowing in the chaos and death it causes. Imprisoned in the Wild Hunt, when it escapes one of the first things it does is drive the head doctor of Eichen House to kill his patients in a panic. The Anuk-Ite plays up the growing fear among Beacon Hills human population, making the genocidal war Gerard is starting even worse to draw power from it and directly influencing most of his soldiers. Taking advantage of the paranoia in the school, it uses Miss Monroe's cruel tests of flushing out supernaturals, to find the one who hosts it's other half, killing those it can't use; its other half is in a young werewolf named Quinn whose pack it kills, before having Aaron kill Quinn and becoming full once again. Now free, it displays its power by turning everyone who cross its path into statues, before making a deal with Gerard to battle Scott. In the finale, the Anuk-Ite picks off Scott's allies, using hallucinations and their emotions—particularly of loved ones—against them, and it's revealed the people turned to statues are still alive within them. During its final confrontation with Scott, it mocks Scott with Alison's death, revealing its intent to never be trapped again by using Scott's fear and taking his powers.
  • Terminal Virus (1995 Made-for-TV Movie): Calloway, the ruthless leader of the Men's Army, makes it into a misogynistic cult that aims to spread terror across the post-apocalyptic land. Upon discovering a peaceful commune where people are immune to the virus that has infected humanity, Calloway massacres everyone there—men, women and children alike. Calloway later attempts to frame a potentially rebellious soldier and have him executed, where he is barely saved by the last survivor of the commune. The two aim to create a cure to the virus in a community of women, only for Calloway to attempt to slaughter all of them as well, abandoning his men to die when things go south and sneaking in to murder the heroes when his men end up reforming after their surrender.
  • The Terror: "Cornelius Hickey" of the HMS Terror is in truth a stowaway who murdered the real Cornelius Hickey and stole his identity. On the HMS Terror, Hickey would blackmail a sailor into having sex with him and would attempt to murder the Inuit shaman "Lady Silence". Abandoning the HMS Terror when it gets stuck on Arctic ice, Hickey would murder his own hunting party and frame an innocent Inuit family for the deed resulting in their murders, children included. Separating from Captain Francis Croizer and kidnapping Dr. Henry "Harry" Goodsir, Hickey would kill his own sexual partner and force Goodsir to butcher the body for Hickey and his men to eat, threatening to do such to Goodsir if he doesn't comply to Hickey's demands. Finding Goodsir to have committed suicide, Hickey mutilates Goodsir's corpse and forces Crozier to partake in the cannibalism before having him and his own men in chains to use as bait for the Tuunbaq while Hickey attempts to control the Beast. The Tuunbaq would die trying to devour Cornelius Hickey because of how utterly vile Hickey's soul truly was.
  • The Thirteenth Tale (2013 BBC Film of the Book): Adeline March is the unstable and violent twin sister of Emmeline and cousin of Vida Winter, who described Adeline as "genuinely dangerous" and that "violence was always her first instinct". The twins, inseparable while growing up, had the run of the house while children and caused all sorts of havoc, which came to a head when the two pushed a baby in a carriage down a hill. When the local doctor's wife came to inquire about the incident, Adeline, who was nine years old, hit the doctor's wife in the back of the head with a violin. The twins' mother was blamed for the incident and a governess was hired to instill discipline. On the first day of school, Adeline stabbed Emmeline in the ankle with a pencil. The twins were separated for a time to see if they would improve but to no avail; when the girls were reunited, Adeline gave Emmeline a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. When the three girls were 17, Adeline murdered two of the servants, Missus and John-the-dig; the former For the Evulz, the latter because he acted as a mentor to Vida. After Emmeline gave birth to a son, Adeline attempted to murder him, eventually setting the house on fire and severely burning Emmeline before being left to die by Vida. Adeline was willing to cross any line to receive attention and didn't care who she hurt in the process, with her actions casting shadows to the present.
  • Thriller: Uncle Konrad Markesan, from "The Incredible Doktor Markesan", is a scientist whose own genius allowed him to return from the dead using a formula derived from the mold found in graves. In rage at his former colleagues at Penrose University disbelieving his theories, Markesan revives them after their deaths, spending each night torturing and tormenting the three, forcing them to relive their "crimes" against him as they suffer in pain from being revived while begging him to be allowed to die. When Markesan's nephew Fred and his wife Molly surprise him, Markesan allows them to stay, but plots to dispose of them as well. Capturing Fred at the end, Markesan plans to murder him and it is only after he is killed for good that Fred discovers Markesan has already murdered Molly and transformed her into one of his undead slaves.
  • The Tick (2016):
    • The Terror, season 1's Big Bad, is an elderly, childish supervillain who serves as the driving force behind all villainy in the series. An abominable psychopath who is introduced massacring the Flag Five—sparing Straight Shooter only to cripple him—then laughing in the face of young Arthur Everest after getting his father killed, the Terror is later shown to have annihilated entire cities and lead brutal attacks on others throughout his extensive career. After controlling all crime in the City for many years from the shadows, the Terror returns to the spotlight by having Ms. Lint murder his minion Ramses and slashing a man's throat in front of an audience. The Terror's master plan is to turn the Very Large Man into a living bomb to blow up his Arch-Enemy Superian, an act that will wipe out a huge chunk of the City and its thousands of innocents in the process, and, when Arthur and the Tick foil this plan, the Terror stoops to attempting to murder Arthur's parents as revenge, torturing a disgusted Ms. Lint into compliance the whole way. Despite his hilarious and zany personality, the Terror is treated as the shockingly vile monster he is, committing his atrocities for no other reason than his own amusement and an insane desire to make life itself into a theater production.
    • The Duke/Agent Doctor Hobbes, season 2's Big Bad, is a treacherous A.G.E.I.S. scientist who is secretly a Super Tech black market Arms Dealer. Angered at Commander Rathbone for allowing Overkill, a Category, into what he saw as a "proud human organization", the Duke engineered the extermination of the entire Phoenix Squadron of A.E.G.I.S. agents and framed Overkill as a traitor. Resurfacing years later, the Duke began a new trade of human furniture, kidnapping dozens of innocent people and leaving them conscious but unable to move or speak, all to test his mind control chips. Upon her capture he ordered Lobstercules transferred to his lab for experimentation refusing to believe she isn't an animal. Kidnapping Overkill, he painfully inserts a chip into his brain then has him assassinate Commander Rathbone, allowing him to assume control of A.G.E.I.S. He then attempts to kill Lobstercules babies, and everyone who could know his secret. Implanting another Chip into Lobstercules he orders her and Overkill to kill their friends, planning to insert chips into every Category on earth allowing him to his control them all. Seemingly an affable and somewhat eccentric individual, beneath his claims of helping humanity, the Duke proved to be nothing more than a bigoted, paranoid, hypocritical Control Freak.
  • Timecop: In this series spun off from the film, Ian Pascoe is a time traveller from the near future who, after killing both his parents in 2007, has traversed time and space to Make Wrong What Once Went Right throughout history, funding mob bosses, causing disasters and personally murdering countless people. In his first episode he kills the original Jack the Ripper to take his place, and proceeds to work on achieving Jack's bodycount five times over. When the protagonist tries to stop him, Pascoe ties a time-detonated bomb to a prostitute's neck before escaping. He reappears in 1950s Hollywood, where he electrocutes a famed actress's boyfriend before trying to crush her by tying her up and dropping a safe on her head. When the timecops arrest him, he stages a prison breakout, killing a psychologist and kidnapping the protagonist's colleague on his way out. He meets up with Al Capone in 1928 after previously having made him boss, and forces Capone back into his service. When Capone orders one of his goons to keep tabs on Pascoe, the latter murders the minion and gives Capone the man's bodyparts stuffed into a briefcase. Living solely for the thrill of murder, Pascoe's only goal was to become and remain "the greatest killer in history."
  • Titansverse:
    • Titans (2018): Hank Hall's old gym coach, Vincent, from "Hank and Dawn", proves himself far worse than even many superpowered characters, preying on his young students to molest them at his whim. Vincent goads Hank's young brother into his clutches by threatening to have Hank expelled from his prestigious school, raping Hank instead when he substitutes himself. A laptop discovered in the present day reveals he has pictures of countless other kids he'd targeted before him.
    • Doom Patrol: Kay Challis's father raped her repeatedly as a child, which traumatized her so severely as to break her mind into multiple personalities to defend herself, as revealed in "Therapy Patrol". He later returns as "Daddy", a character in the Underground, urging Jane to commit suicide and even attacking her friend Cliff, tearing his legs while gleefully enjoying the sheer terror she feels for him. In the end, none of the actual supervillains match this otherwise normal person in terms of sheer cruelty.
  • To Catch a Killer (1992 Made-for-TV Movie): John Wayne Gacy presents himself as a pillar of the community, but is really a Serial Killer. Gacy lures a young man named Chris Gant to his house with the promise of a job and murders him. The cops begin to suspect Gacy is guilty of the crime, but do not have the evidence to arrest him. Under police surveillance, Gacy constantly mocks the cops for their efforts, believing himself to be untouchable. Gacy attempts to lure two different men to his house to murder them as well, but police surveillance prevents him from murdering them as well. Eventually Gacy attempts to flee the country, but is arrested on drug possession charges. A search warrant of his house and nearby lake reveals that Gacy has murdered 33 people.
  • Touched by an Angel: Satan is the source of all evil and darkness, and seeks to tempt those into falling to sin. In season 2's "In the Name of God," he attempted to incited a race war while disguised as an authority figure, causing one angel, Tess, to lose her powers and be temporarily replaced. In season 7's "Netherlands," he attempted to corrupt a weakened Monica after a terrorist bombing killed dozens of people. In the series finale, he causes an explosion within a school, killing dozens of children and several teachers. He then accuses an innocent man named Zack (really God in disguise) of being the culprit. Arrogant and prideful, Satan desired nothing less but to destroy everything that God valued out of petty spite.
  • A Touch of Frost:
    • Captain Charlie Lawson, from season 5's "No Other Love", is a retired military man and a dominating patriarch who, while initially appearing to be just a stuffy and controlling old man, proves to be an abusive relative of the worst order. He abused his son Peter for years, terrifying Peter well into his adulthood. He has also been raping and sexually abusing his granddaughters for years since they were in their preteens. He abused his oldest granddaughter Joanna until she ran away from home, then he started raping his middle granddaughter Rachel, ending up getting her pregnant before she was sixteen. The only one he hasn’t touched is his youngest, Suzanna, but only because she's currently too young. Captain Lawson kept his family under control through fear, threatening to kill them if they told anyone the truth (all except his wife who was in denial). Fearing the recent police investigation may be enough for Peter to tell what happened, Captain Lawson takes advantage of the fact that his son was robbed at gunpoint, and murders him, framing the mysterious robber. Later, upon Inspector Frost realizing the truth, and confronting Captain Lawson, he holds him at gunpoint. Treating the entire event up this point as a game, he tries to justify his abuse, claiming to love his granddaughters, and proves to have no remorse for his crimes against his own family. He intends to kill Frost, before DS Clive Bernard walks in at the wrong moment and Captain Lawson instead shoots him. Then, realizing he has no chance, he commits suicide. Inspector Frost stated that at heart Lawson was truly just a sick and weak man, who controlled and abused others just because he couldn’t cope with never being anything more than that.
    • Bill Ford, from season 12's "Near Death Experience", while initially appearing to be a gentle and pious individual who cares about his extended family's well-being, is actually a brutal psychosexual Serial Killer, responsible for murdering five women. His method is: to use his job in construction to find attractive women in their forties; get a copy of their keys to break into their home; overpower them; latch their hands and ankles together; force them onto their knees; degrade and lightly cut them; stab them to death; take a small lock of their hair; upon leaving set off the alarm so he would be sure someone would find his handywork. Upon breaking into the home of his sister-in-law Lucy, he first disables her fifteen-year-old daughter Helen, his own niece, by smashing her head against a wall, critically injuring her, before murdering Lucy in his usual manner. During the police investigations, he murdered a seventh victim. Upon discovering Martine Philips was helping the police, Ford attacked her, declaring that they can’t stop him, only sparing her because as she didn’t fit his pattern, he wouldn’t get pleasure from her death. The following night he breaks into another woman’s home to make her his next victim, but instead stumbles into Frost’s trap. Finally confronted, Frost tries to talk him down, but a deranged Ford stabs him. Captured he reveals he was driven by a belief attractive women rejected nice guys like him, so in his own words "…so you teach them…yeah…you show them, you show them BITCHES what a man can do, you understand?" A twisted mixture of ego, hypocrisy, misogyny, brutality and insanity, Ford was one of the vilest people Frost ever faced.
  • Transporter: The Series:
    • Basem Al-Harazi, from "Beacon of Hope", is a ruthless African warlord who cuts into the relief efforts of aid worker Zac Preston, buying off supplies he intends to use a for orphaned children he's taking care of. When Zac starts to defy him, Al-Harazi furiously tries to pinpoint his location, prying Zac's location out of a local man by shooting his friend dead and later murdering the man himself. Out of spite for Zac's defiance of him, Al-Harazi intends to murder Zac and every single one of the children he's taking care of, brutally torturing Frank Martin when he learns he's allied with Zac and even threatening to personally blow out the brains of one of the children to make him talk.
    • Anatole Reichenberg, from Euphro, is a seemingly-benevolent, charitable pharmaceutical head who in reality is a greedy sociopath who sells deliberately faulty medicine to hospitals to rake in the cash, regardless of the many sick children who start dying from his fake medicine. Anatole enforces police brutality and keeps the head of the police in his pocket by quietly threatening the man's pregnant wife, and later plans to send out a massive shipment of his fake medicine, causing untold death, all for the purpose of lining his pockets. When Frank Martin tries to stop him, Anatole takes two of his friends hostage and smugly dares Martin into shooting him, fully believing himself to be above any consequence for his monstrous actions.
    • Gary Landsman, from "Sex, Lies and Videotape", is a hedonistic film director who sets up his own prostitution ring in Prague to make more money. Buying or otherwise kidnapping women, even teenage girls, to force them into sexual slavery, Landsman callously murders any who try to escape his clutches. As prostitution is legal in Prague, Landsman uses his prostitutes to seduce politicians and wealthy businessmen, secretly videotapes their encounter, then uses it to blackmail the clients into making sure no new laws prohibiting prostitution are enacted.
    • Louis Tien, from "Chimera", is a drug dealing crime lord who graduates to arms dealing when he discovers the formula for a deadly biovirus. After murdering his lab head when the man refused to assist him, Tien forces the man's son Lim to create the biovirus—dubbed Chimera—for Tien, constantly mocking him about his father's death. Proudly proclaiming that Chimera will be able to wipe out Chicago in mere minutes, Tien plans to sell it to the insane extremist Blake, knowing he will use it to wipe out numerous cities and kill countless innocents, and only laughs at the fact that he'll be rich enough to continue his operations indefinitely.
  • True Blood:
    • Maryann Forrester, from the last 3 episodes of season 1 and the Big Bad of season 2, is a maenad, a hedonistic creature devoted to bringing about the god Dionysus, and enjoys spreading violence and lust in her wake with ritualistic orgies and mass brainwashing. Posing as a caring and wealthy social worker, Maryann takes Tara in from her mother, trying to keep Tara dependent on her and brainwashing her into an abusive relationship with her other patient Benedict, who has been unwittingly brainwashed into killing people and carving out their hearts at Maryann's behest; Maryann would then bake these hearts into her food and serve them to her guests. Years ago, Maryann raped a teenage Sam Merlotte, and in the present sets her sights on him as her sacrifice. Maryann sends a shapeshifter named Daphne to get close to Sam and lure him, but when she fails, Maryann has her killed to frame Sam. Maryann uses her influence to brainwash all but a few of the town of Bon Temps into a hedonistic cult. When Sookie and her friends arrive to save their town, Maryann deflects a bullet intended for her into her henchmen Karl's head, dismissing his death before brainwashing Sookie's human friends. Maryann tries to use Sookie to lure Sam to her, and when Sookie foils the ritual, Maryann tries to sacrifice all her followers and kill Sookie in a mad rage.
    • Lilith, from seasons 5 and 6, the primordial vampiric "god", is the personification of the evils of vampirism. Believing vampires to be above humans, Lilith's followers commit atrocities in her name to prevent peace with humans, with Lilith directly influencing members of the Authority to her own ends. Under Lilith's influence, the Authority has massacred numerous people and committed terror attacks on Tru Blood factories, abducting and imprisoning hundreds people to feed on in an effort to start a war. Lilith appears to members of the Authority convincing them they are to be her vessel, with Bill killing all of them before she possesses him. When Godric's spirit reaches out to Eric and Nora to warn them of Lilith's true nature, Lilith appears and decapitates Godric. Lilith has Bill conduct experiments with fairy blood to further empower the vampires; it's revealed Lilith's previous attempt was when she seduced and turned Mackyn Warlow into a vampire and the monster he is today. When Bill's experiments work and he's successful in saving captive vampires, Lilith sends her sirens to try to kill him, now that he fulfilled his purpose. Despite claiming to be above other vampires and morality, the characters who see through her, see her as a devil figure with Bill blaming her for the misery of their world.
  • The Tunnel: "The Chemist" is a sadistic Neo-Nazi Mad Scientist known for killing many innocent children with lethal pathogens during his time in Colonia Dignidad. Eventually working for Atrem "Koba" Baturin, the Chemist would kill many more people with some of them even being Koba's soldiers; if his victims happen to be attractive men, he would rape them. The Chemist also supplied Koba with an airborne disease, that Koba used to cause an airplane crash which killed hundreds of innocents. When Koba gives the Chemist Karl Roebuck and Elise Wassermann to deal with, The Chemist proceeds to torture them before injecting Elise with a deadly disease through her eye.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959): In a series that rarely contained anything resembling pure evil, these were the exceptions:
    • Gunther Lutze, from season 3's "Deaths-Head Revisited", is a former Nazi concentration camp captain at Dachau, described in the opening narration as "an animal whose function in life was to give pain". Lutze revisits Germany, and plays a game where he mentally torments a woman at a hotel who recognizes him and is utterly terrified. After this, Lutze visits Dachau, reminiscing about his atrocities and flashing back to the times when he had innocent victims hanged, shot or experimented on as if those were the best years of his life, until he is confronted by Dachau's "caretaker", a former inmate named Becker. Lutze had murdered so many he can't even initially remember he actually killed Becker years ago before he is confronted by the ghosts of his victims. As the ending narration states, he is representative of a time "when some men decided to turn the Earth into a graveyard", into which they threw away their conscience.
    • Adolf Hitler himself, from season 4's "He's Alive", turns out to be the shadowy benefactor of the troubled neo-Nazi Peter Vollmer, corrupting the young man into a solid mouthpiece through which to kickstart a new, hate-fueled Reich. Hitler cajoles Vollmer into murdering one of his own loyal followers to make a martyr out of him to inspire the crowds Vollmer amasses while stamping out any hints of decency or hesitance in Vollmer, ultimately ordering him to murder the old Jewish man who raised Vollmer practically as his own son. When Vollmer is finally gunned down, Hitler has formed him into his exact image of the perfect Nazi: all steel, and no heart, with Hitler himself seeping back into the shadow to feed off the prejudice and hate that authored so many millions of deaths during his reign of terror.
    • Pamela Morris, from season 5's "Queen of the Nile", is a famous actress known for her beauty and vitality. Implied to have originally been the Egyptian queen Cleopatra, Pamela has remained alive and youthful for thousands of years by seducing men and then magically sapping their life energy, causing them to rapidly age into piles of dust. Not only does Pamela not share her gift of eternal life with any of her children through the ages, it's also implied through what she says to her daughter that she's murdered some of them for their lifespan and that they only exist to serve her.
  • Twin Peaks:
    • Killer BOB (Beware of BOB) is an entity native to the Black Lodge with a horrifying tendency of rape and murder. Created long ago as a byproduct of the Trinity nuclear tests, BOB accesses the material place by possessing hapless victims and forcing them to engage in sprees of rape, torture, and serial murder to nourish himself off of their agony. Responsible for the murder of Laura Palmer that drives the series, BOB committed the deed by possessing Laura's father Leland when Leland was a child, resurfacing to have Leland molest his own daughter through her youth before using him to finally rape and murder Laura. When cornered, BOB forces Leland to kill himself, and later saddles onto Dale's doppelganger at the end of the first series while leaving Dale trapped for decades within the Black Lodge in its stead.
    • The Doppelgänger, born from Cooper's entrance in the Black Lodge at the end of the original series, cut a slew of human suffering across America for 25 years. He houses the previous Big Bad, the aforementioned BOB, and the pair gorge themselves on the pain they cause. Upon his emergence, he tracks down Major Briggs, one of the few to realize his deception and kills him. He later visits the comatose Audrey Horne and rapes her, conceiving Richard Horne, before dropping off the grid. When he reemerges, he poses as Cooper to get close to Coop's old secretary, Diane, manipulating and raping her before imprisoning her in the Black Lodge. From there he builds a criminal empire with a number of extortions and murders to his name. When he learns that his girlfriend Darya is plotting against him, he beats and murders her. When Cooper reappears he orders his subordinate, Duncan Todd, to kill him and when Todd fails The Doppelgänger has Todd and his assistant killed. When he encounters his son, Richard, years later, he puts the young man into a trap meant for him and watches emotionlessly as the latter is electrocuted to death.
  • Twisted: Vikram Desai, Danny's father, is revealed to be the perpetrator of the murders and the one responsible for ruining his son's and family's lives and reputations. Vikram had numerous affairs, and as part of a coverup, murders his own sister—Danny's aunt—by strangulation, emotionally manipulating a young Danny into taking the blame. Years after Danny is released from juvie, Vikram has since faked his death and been having a secret affair with Gloria Crane, blackmailing the latter's teenage daughter Regina into silence and implicitly having an affair with her too. When Regina says that she will reveal the truth to Danny, Vikram has her beaten to death, and comes up with a plan to have Danny framed with the help of both Gloria and a corrupt investigator. When Danny finally confronts him, Vikram insists he did was for the good of his family and loved ones, while Danny shoots down his claims and says Vikram is only out for himself. Vikram then attempts to kill Danny's friend Jo, and attacks Danny telling him that it's all his fault.
  • Unbelievable: Christopher McCarthy is a Serial Rapist who breaks into the home of women, ties them up and violates them for hours, taking pictures as trophies for himself. This is what befalls Marie Adler at the beginning, with the rapist operating across state lines to be, as he believes, untraceable over different jurisdictions. When caught, it is revealed the rapist has many more victims than is first believed, with possibly dozens hidden in the trophies on his hard drive. Utterly remorseless, he refuses any semblance of guilt for the lives he damaged for his own gratification.
  • V (1983): Diana is a remorseless commander of the Visitor invasion forces and by far the worst one seen. During the first occupation she planned the entire operation and was the real powerholder in the fleet. She engineered the genocide of the human race and invented both the process of harvesting humans for food and the mind-raping "conversion procedure". She personally oversees these tortures, during which the victim is haunted with vivid nightmares until they've either been brainwashed into obedience or rendered a vegetable, simply because she enjoys them. She performs lethal experiments on captured prisoners, kills her own superiors to take their place and orders Brian to implant Robin with his alien fetus as an experiment, leaving her a traumatized wreck. As the Visitor fleet is leaving, she goes ahead with trying to irradiate the Earth with an atomic bomb even after they've already lost and despite John's disgust with her pettiness. After being captured for war crimes, she escapes back to the fleet and launches a second, much more destructive invasion of Earth.
  • Vampirella: Vlad Dracula is a stark contrast to the otherwise peaceful vampires of the planet of Drakulon, devouring hundreds of innocents while massacring the council and its High Elder, Vampirella's father, when he's brought to trial. Escaping to Earth and mutating in the process, Vlad spreads his evil legacy over centuries with countless converted into his vampire lineage and the very myth of vampirism founded on his evil, responsible for numerous horrible deaths in the present day either to slake his bloodlust or in his feud with Operation PURGE. Vlad spitefully transformed the father of Adam Van Helsing into a vampire while forcing Adam to kill him, later trying to starve Vampirella to a point where she drains Adam after the two become partners and eventually espousing his intentions to bring the world under darkness and slaughter all humanity.
  • The Vampyr: A Soap Opera: Ripley is a powerful businessman and crime boss, while secretly a sadistic devil-worshipping vampire. When told that he must sacrifice three women before his Faustian bargain expires, Ripley slaughters and mutilates two women while having sex with them. To get a new sacrifice he has his eyes on his business partner Davenent's daughter Miranda, learning of Davenant's financial issues and offering to take care of them in exchange for marrying Miranda. Incidentally, Miranda happens to be the girlfriend of Ripley's young and lower class protégé Alex, and when this comes to their attention, Ripley mockingly reveals with his true nature and intentions to Alex. He then threatens to take Alex to damnation with him should be interfere. Throughout all this, Ripley praises the devil, offering the souls of his victims, mocks God for being seemingly unable to stop him, and fantasizes about what he'll do to Miranda. When Alex musters up the courage to expose Ripley at the wedding, Ripley makes a final and desperate attempt to kill Miranda himself in revenge.
  • Vengeance Unlimited: General Rumano and his right-hand man, Colonel Oscar Ponce, both from "Security", were military officers in El Salvador who led brutal, horrific purges of local populations. Massacring entire villages, with women raped and mass graves filled, the two later fled to the US under new identities. When a survivor named Elena recognized Ponce, he tries to murder her on the spot. When the hero Mr. Chapel gets involved to bring them to justice, Rumano shows no remorse in trying to have all the survivors murdered, along with their innocent families just to lay the matter to rest. Neither shows any remorse for all the innocent people they've murdered, and stand as the worst people Mr. Chapel has ever attempted to bring down.
  • Veronica Mars
    • Mercer Hayes, from season 3, stands out as one of the vilest rapists in the setting whose crimes are not treated as backstory. He selects college girls with his accomplice who sets it up for him to drug random girls at the local parties, creating a panic on the campus. He rapes the girls in their dorm bedrooms and shaves their heads afterwards just to humiliate them further. His reasoning for his depraved activities amounts to "getting into a girl's pants the normal way takes too long" and he doesn't see his accomplice as anything but a useful tool, beating him when the guy starts to worry that they'll be caught for their crimes.
    • Stu "Cobb" Cobbler, the Big Bad of the movie, was a drug dealer in Neptune High. After graduation he gets invited onto a boat party by a group of friends for his supply, but when Susan Knight starts to overdose he lies to the others that it's nothing to worry about. When Susan dies the others panic and he advises them to dispose of the corpse. He then uses this information to blackmail Gia, Luke and Carrie for ten years. Gia Goodman, the girl he lusted after in high school, is forced to have sex with him whenever he wants and live in an apartment without any blinds or curtains so he can ogle her all day from across the street. When Carrie breaks down, he murders her in her own home and uses Gia to frame Carrie's boyfriend Logan Echolls for the murder in a state with the death penalty. When Gia finally confesses all of it to Veronica, he snipes Gia through the window without a flicker of remorse or regret and tries to murder Veronica to cover it all up.
  • Versailles: Father Etienne is a Satanic priest who has murdered numerous infants in the name of Satan; he would find these babies in poor districts, and take them away from their prostitute mothers. He also collaborates with Madame Aganthe in distributing her poison through the palace of Versailles, killing numerous nobles there, and kills Claudine himself once she discovers their ploy; he gleefully gloats about the latter to Claudine's lover Fabien Marchal, causing him to brutally murder Father Etienne out of rage.
  • Walker, Texas Ranger: Even in a show that did not believe in giving villains subtlety, a few managed to stand out:
    • Victor LaRue, who first appears in season 3's "Cowboy," is a lunatic and dishonorable discharge who kidnaps and kills others seemingly at random (including a helicopter pilot taken captive, plus a few miscellaneous excessive force military kills) When LaRue captured Alexander Cahill amongst other hostages, he attempted to rape her. In his second appearance, season 4's "The Return of LaRue," he is released from prison and begins stalking Alex to drive her insane and knocks out two people guarding him and leaves them to burn to death. He attempts to rape Alex again before he is arrested. In his third and final episode, season 5's "Trial of LaRue," he feigns insanity while bragging that he's actually killed twelve people when eleven are on record and implies it may have been his mom ("God, I loved Mommy.") Then, he dives under the defendant's table and tricks his bailiff to follow him underneat. Using his military training, he gets a gun at his trial and murders two guards, a third one that tries to barge in unannounced, his own lawyer, the judge and the bailiff, taking the courtroom hostage. While waiting for Walker to arrive, he presides over the court as a "judge." In his insane whims, he orders a divorced couple to get back together for their child, but when the child contradicts LaRue, he decides to "reopen" the hearing, planning to murder the kid. LaRue kills his other ally when the man is disgusted by this. Finally, he attempts to rape Alex for the third time before Walker busts in and guns him down. And even then Alex is so traumatized that she hallucinates one more time that the bastard is still after him in death.
    • Cliff Eagleton, from the Martial Law episode "Honor Among Strangers", is a white supremacist encountered by Sammo Law and Cordell Walker Having murdered a Texas Ranger, Eagleton sets up shop in Los Angeles where he proceeds to attempt to hijack a set of stinger missiles to bomb LA in order to remove "foreign" businesses. After being thwarted, he returns to Texas in part 2 of this crossover, Walker's season 8 episode "The Day of Cleansing" to initiate "The Cleansing", taking a group of trucks loaded with enough explosives to make the Oklahoma City bombing look tame, before driving them to foreign business centers and black churches, before detonating them all over the city in order to subjugate minorities and show them their "proper" place.
  • The Walking Dead
    • Simon, from the second half of season 6 to season 8, is Negan's right-hand man and the most vicious and bloodthirsty member of the Saviors. Seeing gratuitous slaughter and twisted mind games as the only solution against revolting communities, Simon makes his debut after having just finished wiping out an entire community of survivors, before beating and lynching the remaining survivor as an example for Rick's group. When Negan sends Simon to make another deal with the Scavengers and kill one for betraying them, he massacres the whole community instead while forcing their leader to watch. During Negan's absence, Simon leads his men towards Hilltop with the intent of exterminating them all. When Maggie tries to blackmail him by using his captured men as hostages, Simon simply dismisses them as "damaged goods" and attacks the colony while they are on the line of fire. Simon has his men smear their weapons with walker blood, ensuring that it would infect all the wounded. He is also the one behind the tragedy of the Oceanside, having massacred their entire male population above the age of ten for revolting against Negan's rule, which disgusted even Negan himself. After Negan's return, Simon tries to launch a coup against him, despite Negan having forgiven him for his atrocities multiple times.
    • Jocelyn, from season 9's "Scars" is a former friend of Michonne's and the leader of a cult of Child Soldiers she herself has kidnapped and brainwashed to do her bidding. Initially taken in as a wounded survivor within Alexandria Safe Zone, Jocelyn first comes across as supporting and amiable before kidnapping young Judith Grimes and killing another Alexandrian resident. When Daryl and Michonne follow her, they are imprisoned and tortured by Jocelyn's children, with Jocelyn gloating that "the children can't be soft". Jocelyn sends her children after the pregnant Michonne when the latter manages to get loose, with all of them trying to slice open her stomach, while Jocelyn escapes and tries to save her own skin. When this fails, she tries to kill Michonne herself. Even after her death, the remaining children swear loyalty to Jocelyn and try to kill Michonne while having Judith kidnapped. While only a minor villain, Jocelyn's encounter leaves Michonne with deep physical and emotional scars.
  • Warehouse 13: Paracelsus is an alchemist born in the 16th Century who desired immortality and tested his experimental Philosopher's Stone on his brother's own family to see the results despite knowing the danger. In an effort to achieve immortality, he was responsible for the destruction of a whole village, claiming "sacrifices must be made." Paracelsus was frozen in bronze for centuries until being awoken in 2013 when his brother's family was tired of their immortality and wanted him to remove it. Paracelsus attempted to kill his brother, killing his wife instead. Escaping, Paracelsus went around to hospitals to cure people, but later drained all of them of life to fuel his immortality.
  • Werewolf: Janos Skorzeny, thought to be the progenitor of the werewolf bloodline, is a brutal predator who turns people into werewolves and delights in seeing them lose their humanity. Unlike most werewolves, Skorzeny is entirely in control of his bestial nature and delights in hurting others. A sailor by trade, Skorzeny uses his profession to arrive in new locations, slaughter everything he can, and then flee before suspicion can fall on him. When Eric Cord seeks to kill Skorzeny to lift the werewolf curse, Skorzeny treats him with amusement and attempts to kill Eric's girlfriend for fun. Skorzeny slaughters multiple other innocent people for fun, including a ship's captain who asks too many questions, and five prostitutes for his own enjoyment. When Skorzny mocks Eric by pointing out Eric is also attempting to murder him for selfish reasons, Eric states that Skorzeny is no longer truly human: he is simply a wolf who's sometimes a man instead of the other way around.
  • Where the Spirit Lives (1989 CBC movie): Reverend Buckley is the headmaster of a residential school in Nova Scotia in 1937. After Indian Affairs agents deliver Native children to the school—after taking them from their parents—Buckley inflicts beatings on them if they speak their Native languages or perform Native rituals, wanting to destroy their culture and mold them into what he thinks are "model Canadians". If children actively defy him, he tortures them by putting them into isolation wards. He lies to one child, Komi, saying her parents had died, to better manipulate her. When Komi's parents arrive to claim her, Buckley lies to them and says she is not there. When a student named Rachel runs away from the school in order to escape the school's abuse and dies in the wilderness, Buckley does not allow the students to give her a native burial and holds a condescending funeral for her instead, making an Indian Affairs agent named Taggart quit in disgust. Though presenting himself as a kindly man who has a religious mission, Buckley is really a disgusting bigot who feels superior to the native children and treats them more like objects than people.
  • The Wild Wild West: James West and Artemus Gordon have faced many killers, supervillains and criminal masterminds in their career in the secret service, these are the very worst:
    • Doctor Arcularis, from season 1's "The Night of the Howling Light", is a soft-spoken, deranged psychologist. Fascinated by the discovery of conditional reflexes in animals, Doctor Arcularis began experimenting to discover whether the process would also work upon people. Through a combination of sensory torture and clear instructions, he develops what he believes to be a perfect process for brainwashing people. For one such victim, Arcularis imprisoned him in a cage and deprived him of water for several days, having conditioned him to, at the sound of a whistle, throw away any he was given. Having already performed his cruel process upon five innocent people, Arcularis turns them into his mindless slaves, before being contacted by Ahkeema who, fearing the proposed alliance between the government and the confederacy of tribes to be a sham, wants Arcularis to brainwash Jim to kill the great chief Ho-Tami and wreck the negotiations. Caring nothing for the politics or the brutal war this will cause, Arcularis is thrilled to have an opportunity to further his experiments. Kidnapping Jim, he subjects him to the full process, torturing for hours on end over a week in an attempt to break him. When Jim manages to signal for help, to take back control Arcularis breaks the arm of one of his victims and frames it that it was him who was signaling, thus satisfying the investigators. Capturing Artemus as well, Arcularis also brainwashes Artemus to murder Jim. Quick-witted and haughty, driven by a combination of scientific curiosity and sadism, Doctor Arcularis was easily one of the worst men Jim and Artie ever met.
    • Doctor Tristam and his associate Astarte, from season 1's "The Night of the Druids Blood", are a pair of ruthless wolves in sheep's clothing. With the help of the Great Asmodeus, they are responsible for the suspicious deaths of several of the nation's greatest scientists and scholars. Astarte seduces the men, until they were wrapped around their finger, enjoying using and killing them, while Tristam is the hidden mastermind. Together they cause Jim's former teacher and friend, Professor Robey, to burn to death right before Jim's very eyes. Astarte also seduces and marries political genius Senator Waterford to exploit his connections. When it becomes apparent that Jim won't stop his investigations, they organize an elaborate con to make it appear Jim has gone mad. Originally suspecting that the scientist's deaths were being faked and they were being held prisoner, Jim and Artie stumble upon the true horror of Tristam's plans. Doctor Tristam has discovered a way to keep the brain alive without a body, leaving them able to see, think and hear, but not move; all constantly conscious with no end in sight. Linking all nine of his victims through a giant web, he has granted himself the combined intelligence of the nation's greatest minds at his fingertips. If any prove unwilling to answer his demands, he simply electrocutes them until they comply.They also try to burn Senator Waterford alive, not to add him to the web but simply because Astarte has grown bored with him. Following Jim foiling the plan, Astarte's last act is to try and trick the senator into killing Jim.
    • Mr. Braine, from season 2's "The Night of the Brain", may present himself as having good intentions, but beneath a polite, cheerful, and good-humored veneer lies a megalomaniac with a god complex. Unhappy with how "disordered" the world is, Braine plans to kill the five major heads of state presently in Washington and replace them with his disguised followers, then plunge the entire world into chaos— having the Spanish loot Africa, the Americas attack South America, the Russians invade India, etc., until the whole world is at war—so that Braine can take control of whatever manages to survive. Fearing the existence of a security measures that would upset his plan, Braine implemented a complex—and as Jim pointed out, unnecessary—plot to lure James West to him, first by sending Jim and Artemus tomorrow's newspapers predicting their friends' deaths, then having the predictions come true, blowing up beloved entertainer Almeric and arranging for Jim's former commander Colonel Leeto to accidentally shoot himself; in both cases ensuring Jim would helplessly witness his friend's demise. Braine then has the printer who made the newspapers stabbed to death as he no longer needs him. Having finally captured Jim, Braine pauses briefly to execute one of his loyal followers for having a button missing from his uniform. Engaging in another unnecessary exercise to test Jim, Braine tries to force him to decide whether he will die or if Braine's entirely loyal assistant Voulee will die. In the end, Braine decides to drop all pretenses and just hurt Jim until he tells him what he wants to know.
    • Doctor Articulus, from season 3's "The Night of the Undead", is a callous, self-serving chemist and slaver who eighteen years previously tested a special mold sample upon several people, causing them all to die. When Doctor Armbruster and Doctor Eddington alerted the authorities, Articulus faked his death, causing him to miss his wedding. His bride went on to marry Doctor Armbruster. Retreating to the Bayou, Articulus carried on his experiments and discovered that by refining the mold he could create a mind-control potion. Using it, Articulus turned numerous people into zombie slaves, forcing them to work refining the mold, having two of his goons constantly whipping them to work faster, right up until they dropped from exhaustion; with the implication that all his victims were fully aware the entire time. To ensure that no one disturbed him, Articulus began holding mock voodoo ceremonies. One such ceremony led to the death of one of his victims, John Little. Articulus kidnapped Doctor Armbruster and infected him with the drug. When one of his slaves collapsed and drowned right before his eyes, Articulus's only response is "many more will take his place." He also had Eddington's teenage daughter Mariah drugged, planning to force her to marry him to right what he perceived as "the wrong which was done to me", and then send her back to murder her father. Angered by their interference he attempts to murder Jim and Artie with ammonia gas. Finally defeated, his last act was to try and strangle Jim.
  • The Wire: Marlo Stanfield, the final Big Bad, wages war against the Barksdale organization after a member makes him an offer to join their coalition, seeing the partnership as a sign of weakness and preferring the bloody combat that ensues. A ruthless sociopath, Marlo orders Junebug and his whole family killed in response to an alleged verbal insult; orders Snoop to kill the 14-year-old Michael, on the mere suspicion he was a snitch; and murders his own mentor, after feeling he is of no further use to him. Revealed to keep vacant houses as "tombs" for the bodies of people he orders killed, over twenty corpses are found in them, both of Marlo's enemies and innocents. Egging on a security guard by purposefully committing petty theft in front of him, when the man tells Marlo he would rather avoid confrontation and just wants to support his family, Marlo orders him killed for "talking back".
  • Witchblade:
    • Vorschlag Industries CEO Kenneth Irons is the cold-blooded Big Bad of the entire series, tormenting Sara Pezzini at every turn in his quest for the Witchblade. Throughout the first season, Irons is revealed time and again to be behind many of the show's villains, be it a government group that drugged and experimented on people to turn them into super-soldiers or a Mad Doctor who artificially inseminated several women to clone himself, until finally, Irons takes center stage, murdering all of Sara's friends and loved ones in a mad gambit to manipulate her into his servitude. When this fails, Irons acquires the Longinus Lance, using it to slaughter two of his own men who leaked his secrets after giddily displaying that he murdered their families for their "betrayal", and later attempts to cut Sara down then use the Lance to wipe out all who would stand against him. Returning from the grave as a spectral entity following his death at Sara's hands, Irons continues his machinations, influencing his son Ian Nottingham, who he has abused since childhood, into continuing his crusade against Sara, killing several bystanders in the process. In the finale, Irons's evil reaches its peak as he uses the website Cyberfaust to "download" himself into hundreds of people across America, then control them into committing vicious murders of all those nearby, claiming countless victims, adult and child alike. Kenneth Irons was the pinnacle of villainy in Sara's conflicts, with the only thing matching his eternal life being his depths of depravity.
    • In a series filled with magical foes, demonic entities, and insane immortals, Carl Dalack, from "Nailed", stands out as the sole ordinary foe Sara faces, yet nevertheless one of the most wicked. Dalack is a despicable Serial Killer and rapist of young teenage girls, who he tortures by ripping out their fingernails to satisfy his fetish for hands. Having claimed eight victims by the time he is released from police custody on a technicality, Dalack immediately begins stalking and terrorizing several young girls, mocking an entire class of them by reminiscing about some of his victims' screams, later killing one of these schoolgirls as the restart of his spree. To get revenge on Detective Danny Woo, the one who originally busted him for his crimes, Dalack kidnaps the man's young niece, molesting then preparing to torture and kill her just to hurt Danny, and, when Danny captures him once again, Dalack attempts to goad Danny into killing him to ruin both his conscience and his life.
  • World War III: Vladimir Soshkin is a hardline Soviet general who seeks to keep the Warsaw Pact together at any cost. Having made a name for himself crushing demonstrations in East Germany and Czechoslovakia decades prior, Soshkin overthrows Mikhail Gorbachev in a coup, and violently cracks down on peaceful demonstrators across the Eastern bloc, killing thousands. Soshkin blockades West Berlin and the North Atlantic to put Western Europe and West Germany in particular under siege, ordering his units to attack any NATO forces attempting to pass, which subsequently escalates into World War III. Soshkin rejects any attempts at peace overtures, ordering the invasion of West Germany, causing tens of thousands of deaths. As NATO forces turn the tide of the war, and uprisings spread across the entire Eastern bloc, Soshkin decides to initiate a nuclear holocaust and launch the Soviet Union's nuclear arsenal, potentially causing the end of humanity.
  • World Without End's TV adaptation:
    • Ralph Fitzgerald, the sadistic would-be Earl of Kingsbridge, shows how cruel he is when he kills a man simply for challenging his authority in public. When a woman insults Ralph and wounds his bride, he responds by raping her and is condemned for it in court, only to escape by taking the King's pardon to fight a war in France. Ralph returns even crueler than before, taxing and working the townspeople brutally and confiscating their lands. He blackmails a woman into sleeping with him in exchange for her husband's lands but reneges on the deal anyways. He then petitions the queen when he is ousted so he may attack Kingsbridge himself, and then blackmails a woman into marrying him. Ralph leads the attack on Kingsbridge, intending to kill everyone there and tries to kill his own brother who is defending the city.
    • Brother Godwyn is a Holier Than Thou hypocrite who seeks to rise to control of the Kingsbridge priory no matter what. Godwyn blackmails his way into his position, and has his mother murder her brother so he is unopposed. He sabotages any attempt to help victims of the plague and tries to have his own cousin Caris hanged as a witch. When this fails, he later attempts to rape her and begins hanging women in the town he views as "whores." When he learns Ralph Fitzgerald is his half brother, he turns on his mother as "just a whore," and during the sack on Kingsbridge attempts to murder Caris with his bare hands.
  • The Wrong Friend (2018 Lifetime film): Chris Andrews is a sociopathic teenager with a penchant for violence and rape. After brutally raping Lisa, he is forced to switch schools where he immediately sets his sights on Riley, the daughter of the nurse who reported his rape. After charming Riley and inviting her to a party he's throwing, he drugs her drink and sexually assaults her while she's passed out. When Matt and Riley leave his house Chris beats himself up and frames Matt for the assault. When Kimberly finds out about Lisa, Chris viciously attacks her, beating her to the point she's hospitalized. He breaks into Riley's home, threatening to slit her mother's throat, stating that he plans to rape Riley again and again in front of her mother before killing both her and her mother.
  • Wynonna Earp: Jack of Blades is the last of the Seven and the nastiest Revenant in the series. A Serial Killer who killed multiple women before being put down by Wyatt Earp, Jack celebrates his return by murdering a woman on the side of the road, then promptly sets about killing whoever he can while corrupting a young doctor by convincing him that rearranging patients' organs can cure them of diseases, while Jack sits back and watches the carnage. Disposing of his erstwhile student, Jack attempts to vivisect Wynonna herself before being defeated. At the end, Jack proceeds to gloat she had succeeded where all of Scotland Yard failed: defeating Jack the Ripper himself.
  • Young Indiana Jones: Mattias Targo, from the series finale, is a bloodthirsty Romanian general and a literal vampire all but explicitly stated to be the reincarnation of Vlad Tepes himself. Targo liberates an Austrian P.O.W. Camp solely for his own ends, murdering dozens by turning them into members of his vampire army and keeping them trapped in undeath, and killing many more by having them brutally staked all around his castle. Targo murders three foreign spies sent to investigate his affairs, sending their body parts back to their superiors, and when Indy and his allies break into his castle, Targo kidnaps them all with gruesome designs for them. Targo tortures one of Indy's allies to death by horrifically vivisecting him alive and screaming with similar intent for Indy and his other friends, after which he intends to have his army sweep through Romania and cleanse it in a wave of blood, slaughtering all those he decrees "intruders" onto his land.

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