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J. Jonah Jameson: How can one man hold the entire NYPD at bay like that?
Joseph "Robbie" Robertson: Jonah, (Cletus) Kasady's not a man, he's a monster. He's done things even the Post wouldn't print.
Spider-Man: The Animated Series, "Venom Returns", on the man who would become Carnage

Similar to the comics, Marvel animated works feature some Complete Monsters.

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Marvel Animated Universe
  • Solarman: Commander Gormagga Kraal is a power-hungry cyborg who destroys countless suns and planets to acquire enough power to conquer the universe. Setting his sights on the solar system's sun, Kraal cares nothing for the billions of human lives he'll decimate, and kills Dr. Sha-han for escaping with the Circlet, even melting his robot henchman for letting him escape. When Benjamin Tucker is brought to him, Kraal suggests cutting the boy’s arm off to acquire the Circlet attached to it, before trying to kill Solarman and destroy the sun himself.
  • X-Men:
    • Apocalypse is a would-be mutant conqueror who despises everything that isn't him and fancies himself a God. In his first appearance, he creates a device designed to take away people's free will and make them his slaves. He tricks four self-loathing mutants, including Warren "Angel" Worthington, into believing this will cure them of being mutants, preying on their feelings of inadequacy and subjecting them to torture to turn them into his Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Apocalypse then orders his Horsemen to go on a worldwide genocidal rampage. In his next appearance, Apocalypse creates a plague designed to wipe out most humans and mutants. This plague furthers tensions between humans and mutants, with some humans blaming mutants for it, and creates a Bad Future, where mutants and humans alike are dying from this plague. Later Apocalypse manages to get hold of some time travel technology and uses it to travel to the Axis of Time, a interdenominational area that controls time itself and plans on destroying the time stream and reality itself, so that he can recreate it in his own image.
    • Sabretooth, renamed Graydon Creed Sr., is Wolverine's former partner in a special forces unit turned Arch-Enemy. After the unit was overwhelmed by the monstrous cyborg Omega Red, Sabretooth abandoned them to die without a second thought. When Magneto hires Sabretooth to infiltrate Xavier's school, Sabretooth pretends to be protesting at Beast's trial to gain the X-Men's trust. As Xavier attempts to help Sabretooth deal with his inner demons, Sabretooth tricks Jubilee into loosening his restraints, and then attempts to murder her. Sabretooth later kidnaps the members of the village while Wolverine is distracted and straps bombs to them in order to draw Wolverine out and force him to fight. After the Friends of Humanity left his son, Graydon Jr., at his mercy, Sabretooth wasted no time preparing to kill him.
    • Graydon Creed is the leader of the anti-Mutant group the Friends of Humanity. Under Creed's orders, the Friends of Humanity attack halfway houses and other businesses and non-profit organizations that are sympathetic to mutants, even committing lynching. Creed even organizes an attack on a hospital for the blind, because the gentle, intelligent mutant Hank "Beast" McCoy works there to treat blind patients. Creed later admits he plans to commit genocide against mutants and takes part in Apocalypse's plague plot to wipe them out. When it is revealed that Creed is actually the son of Mystique and Sabretooth, he tries to get back into the Friends of Humanity's good graces by devising a plan to murder his mother and his mutant siblings, Rogue and Nightcrawler.
    • Shi'ar Emperor D'Ken is the main antagonist of the Phoenix Saga, and makes use of his short screentime to be one of the series's worst villains. Already established as a tyrant who has killed millions in his quest for power, D'Ken is obsessed with obtaining the M'Kraan Crystal, a powerful object that will grant him immense power, and he goes to every means to obtain it, from trying to torture the information out of his own sister, Lillandra, to attempting to have a group of pirates willing to trade him for it all murdered as soon as the deal is done. Once he obtains the Crystal, however, D'Ken reveals that he plans to destroy every planet, galaxy, and even reality itself, then rebuild it inside the M'Kraan Crystal and shape it in his image, at which point he will rule over it as the god he believes himself to be. As the X-Men attempt to thwart this plan, D'Ken gleefully toys with them rather than immediately killing them, and urges for them to watch as he painfully kills Lillandra, stating that they will be next. A completely demented dictator with delusions of grandeur, D'Ken would doom the entire universe to a cold, bleak death simply to satisfy his immense and petty ego.
    • Omega Red is a sociopathic former soldier of the Soviet Union who was turned into a Super Soldier by his superiors, whom he attempted to betray before being locked away. Released from his confinement 25 years later by Russian generals seeking to conquer their homeland, Omega Red happily leads brutal assaults on many cities, throwing the survivors into prison camps, after which he attempts to kill the current leaders of the Russian government. When the X-Men arrive to stop him, Omega Red takes the little sister of Colossus hostage, sadistically draining her life force in front of him. Frozen after failing to kill survivors of his attacks, Omega Red is unthawed by the US government, who send him to recover a submarine carrying nuclear missiles. There, he betrays his allies and tries to fire the nuclear warheads at 15 of the world's largest cities and conquer whatever of humanity is left. After being defeated, Omega decides to settle with "simply" wiping out Hawaii just to spite the X-Men. A fanatical madman convinced that the Soviet Union is the pinnacle of human civilization, Omega Red represents the mass-murdering mania that the Soviet Union was known for.
  • Iron Man's "Distant Boundaries": One-shot villain Dark Aegis outstripped any other villain in sheer monstrosity. A foe of Tony Stark, Dark Aegis hijacked one of Tony's satellites designed to destroy asteroids and intended to turn its firepower upon the Earth. Tony managed to stop him and launched Dark Aegis into the depths of space, with him eventually landing on the planet Elysian. Drunk with his immense power and declaring himself a god, Dark Aegis nuked the planet and slaughtered its inhabitants for being "grotesquely less than human". Promising Titanium Man upgraded weapons in exchange for luring Iron Man to the planet, Dark Aegis tried to convince Tony to join him, promising him godhood in the process. Dark Aegis demonstrated his power by destroying two of Elysian's moons and requested Tony's help in destroying the planet's dual-suns. Titanium Man ended up helping Stark and Rhodes fight Dark Aegis and later gave his life to stop him for good, as Titanium Man found that no weapon was worth the price of letting Dark Aegis live.
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series:
    • Herbert Landon is a rabid anti-mutant extremist who created a formula that destroyed mutant cells and killed any mutant exposed to it. His endgame was to market this formula to the public as a cure for mutants only to instead use it to wipe them all out. The first person Landon attempted to test out this formula on is his "old friend," Hank McCoy. Thwarted in this endeavor, Landon would go on to work for The Kingpin, and performed various unsavory deeds such as forcibly converting Alistair Smythe into a cyborg slave and testing out a super soldier super serum by using Felicia Hardy as a guinea pig.
    • Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, is introduced as an psychotic lunatic willing to use a bomb to kill himself and everyone within a 200 meter radius just for giggles. After entering into the service of Dormammu and bonding with the offspring of Eddie Brock's symbiote, Kasady uses his newfound power and connections to become an even worse menace. Unlike Eddie who, when bonded with his symbiote, creates a combined persona called Venom, Cletus is so psychotic that he still remains completely aware and in control after bonding with his symbiote. First helping Venom steal an interdimensional probe, Kasady quickly displays contempt towards his "dad's" softness and proves himself willing to kill Venom on the flimsiest of pretexts. Kasady would later go on to steal the souls of numerous innocent people in order to summon Dormammu and herald the end of the world. Once Spider-Man defeats him by letting him be sucked into Dormammu's home dimension, Kasady attempts to grab Eddie Brock's Love Interest, Dr. Ashley Kafka, to take her with him. He's only thwarted by Eddie sacrificing himself instead. Rampantly homicidal and needlessly sadistic, Kasady was a far cry from the usual Spider-Man villain, doing evil solely for the carnage it unleashed on the world.
  • The Incredible Hulk (1996)'s "Mind Over Anti-Matter": The unnamed alien entity was a powerful and boisterous being that searched for new realms to conquer and destroy. Setting its sights upon Earth, the entity fought Doctor Strange amongst the ruins of the last world it laid waste to. After overpowering Strange, the being searched for a host body strong enough to contain its raw power. It found one in Bruce Banner and proceeded to take over his body and wreak havoc on his subconscious. It transformed Bruce into the Dark Hulk and went on a rampage across Manhattan, attacking anyone who stood in its way. The Dark Hulk invaded a military base and armed a nuclear warhead to destroy the island of Manhattan. With a rap sheet spanning centuries, the alien entity's only goal was to have as much fun as possible while turning new worlds into lifeless husks.
  • The Avengers: United They Stand: Ultron is a rogue A.I. obsessed with nothing less than the total extermination of not just the Avengers, but all of humanity. After building the android Vision, Ultron first has him attack the envoy of the President of the United States, nearly killing both the President and his agents, then organizes the attempted mass shooting dozens of innocent people, children included. In another instance, after Vision has gained sentience and betrayed his evil ways, Ultron holds the comatose Wonder Man hostage to try to force the Avengers to destroy Vision's capacity for emotion and turn him back into his slave, after which Ultron tries to kill them all. In his crowing moment of villainy, after failing to bombard the Earth with nuclear missiles, Ultron attempts to spread a technovirus across the planet, then watch as every machine on Earth comes alive and wipes out every human they see, paving the way for Ultron's mechanical tyranny to begin.

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  • Wolverine and the X-Men:
    • "Overflow": The Shadow King, real name Amahl Farouk, is a cruel and merciless telepathic mutant who forced the young Storm to be a thief and would berate and threaten her if she did not bring back enough stolen goods. Xavier befriended Storm and defeated the Shadow King. Though his body was destroyed fighting Xavier, his evil spirit lived on and he gained the ability to possess others and force them to do things against their will. When we first see Shadow King in the present, he has possessed a starving man in a desert. When another man comes to help this starving man, The Shadow King possesses the good Samaritan and leaves his original victim to die in the desert. Shadow King later possess Storm herself and forces her to use her Weather Manipulation powers to destroy all Africa, simply to spite her.
    • Master Mold is the AI designed by Dr. Bolivar Trask to direct his Sentinels' efforts to contain mutants. After the world is devastated by the Phoenix Force and a large portion of humanity is killed, Master Mold takes over and becomes a dictator. Master Mold has her Sentinels round up mutants and put them in detention camps. Master Mold has turned humans like Colonel Moss into cyborg slaves, having them work as guards in her camps. Powerful mutants are sent to labs to be experimented on, so the Sentinels can reproduce their powers, and are killed after the experimentation is done. Later Master Mold captures Professor Xavier, hooking him up to a Cerebro unit so she can locate every remaining mutant on the planet, planning to have her Sentinels kill them all. After that is done, Master Mold decides Xavier is no longer useful to her and orders him to be killed.
    • Final 4 episodes (Shaw) & final 2 episodes (Selene): Sebastian Shaw and Selene (Gallio) are the leaders of the Inner Circle, a group dedicated to destroying the Phoenix Force, a potentially destructive cosmic entity, in order to save humanity. They send Emma Frost and her students, the Stepford Cuckoos, to Xavier's school to incapacitate Xavier and capture Jean Grey. Their psychic attack causes the Phoenix Force to go nuts and blow up the school, putting Xavier into a coma and giving Jean amnesia for most of the series. Emma tricks the X-Men into letting her join. At first she is just a spy, but she soon grows to care about the X-Men. The X-Men eventually find Jean, but Emma knocks them out and delivers Jean to the Inner Circle. However Shaw and Selene reveal they do not plan to destroy the Phoenix, but harvest its power for their own selfish purposes, endangering the whole planet just to satisfy their power lust. They plan to trick Jean into releasing the Phoenix Force and then having the Stepford Cuckoos absorb it, endangering their lives in the process. Selene also reveals to Cyclops that Emma was responsible for the explosion at the school, just to rub salt in Emma's wounds. After the Stepford Cuckoos absorb the Phoenix Force, Shaw orders them to kill all the X-Men and burn Genosha to the ground. Their actions lead to the Phoenix Force destroying most of humanity and setting up the Bad Future Xavier finds himself in, when he wakes up.
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!:
    • Loki is the evil stepbrother of Thor, and is responsible for most of the events that occurred in the first season. Instigating a war between Asgard and the Frost Giants, Loki leads the Frost Giants in conquering Asgard and attempts to kill his brother, only to be defeated and exiled. However, he then engineers a mass breakout in multiple S.H.I.E.L.D. prisons, letting loose the most dangerous and vile criminals on the planet so as to keep Thor distracted. Loki and his forces then proceed to conquer each of the Nine Realms, putting his father Odin into eternal slumber and stealing his power for himself, while putting those who resist his rule in chains. With the Enchantress acting on his orders, Loki planned to launch a massive invasion force on Earth but was thwarted by the Avengers. When Thor was captured, Loki tortures him with the Odinforce, sparing his brother's life solely so he could helplessly watch Loki triumph. In his confrontation with the Avengers, Loki began to lose control over the Odinforce, but was willing to let his out-of-control power destroy all Nine Realms out of petty spite. When captured by his reawakened father, Loki showed no repentance for his crimes. With the Enchantress's help, Loki's spirit escapes imprisonment and possesses the powerful Destroyer Armor, proceeding to hunt down the Avengers rendered powerless by the Enchantress's spell. A petty and power-hungry narcissist, Loki derails from his usual acts of mischief into outright evil simply to prove himself as Thor's better.
    • Red Skull, leader of HYDRA in World War II, kidnapped mystical creatures to use them to kill the Allies. When the Nazis lost, Skull opted to kidnap Captain America's teen sidekick Bucky Barnes and torture and brainwash him into the amnesiac assassin the Winter Soldier, faking both their deaths. In modern times, Skull continues his dreams of conquest and hatred of Captain America by posing as the US Secretary of Defense , Dell Rusk, in efforts to discredit the Avengers, as well as recruiting and even brainwashing other underlings. This culminates in Skull unleashing a chemical compound to kill the heroes and civilians; the chemical has been engineered to cause slow and painful death by making the victim's face turn into a grotesque parody of Skull's own. During a confrontation with a weakened Captain America, the Red Skull batters him before ordering Bucky to execute him, and attempts to kill Bucky when he gives the Captain the antidote. When that plot is foiled and the Red Skull is arrested, he has a backup plan by unleashing giant robots dubbed the Sleepers to be released onto the world, assembling and taking control of a giant mecha to go on a destructive rampage in Washington, D.C. as revenge. The Red Skull then reveals his intent to have Captain America brainwashed like Bucky before him.
    • Baron Heinrich Zemo took over as leader of HYDRA when Red Skull disappeared after World War II. During the war, Zemo attempted to unleash a deadly virus on the Allied forces, but was disfigured by his own virus in a skirmish against Captain America. In the present day, Zemo teamed up with Arnim Zola to get revenge on Captain America, who had just awoken from the ice. After failing to get revenge, Zemo forms the Masters of Evil, and then breaks into the Avengers' mansion and captures each of them one by one, promising to Captain America that he will execute his teammates while forcing him to watch. Later on, Zemo uses the Norn Stones to mount an invasion force on Earth, betraying Enchantress in process, so he could rule alone. When the Enchantress began hunting down the Masters of Evil for their betrayal, Zemo callously abandons his teammates to their doom while going to the Avengers for protection. Confronting the Enchantress, Zemo attempts to use the last Norn Stone to save his own skin, even at the risk of destroying the universe.
    • Surtur is the ruler of Muspelheim and lord of the Fire Demons. Sealed away by Odin many centuries ago, Surtur was freed when the Norn Stone connected to Muspelheim was stolen by Baron Zemo. Once freed, he began his mission to bring about Ragnarok and burn all the Nine Realms to ashes. Surtur arrived at Nidavellir to retrieve fragments of the Twilight Sword being held by the dwarves. He laid waste to Nidavellir, slaughtering most of the dwarf population in the process. Surtur later enslaved the Enchantress and forced her to do his bidding as his new Demon Queen. Surtur's forces terrorized the Korbinites while he used their Sun to reforge the Twilight Sword, and wiped out their homeworld when it went supernova. He possessed the Enchantress when she begged Thor to kill her and boasted how she was beyond Thor's help now. With a thirst for destruction so powerful not even Loki dared to invoke his wrath, Surtur's name was the most feared across all Nine Realms.

Marvel Anime

  • Wolverine: Hideki Kurohagi is the main antagonist alongside Shingen. Having murdered his crime lord father to take his position, Kurohagi runs his criminal empire from the island of Madripoor, allowing crime to run rampant. Engaged to Shingen's daughter, Mariko, Kurohagi regularly abuses her, implicitly planning to rape her once they are married. When Logan tries to save Mariko, Kurohagi tries to kill him several times, even unleashing a giant robot without regard for the collateral damage it causes. Capturing Logan's partner, Yuki, and nearly strangling her to death while she is paralyzed, he later executes one of his own henchmen with a painful neurotoxin. When the rebels try to end his tyranny, Kurohagi gives orders to kill them, including an unarmed teenage girl, and when confronted by Logan, Kurohagi holds Mariko at gunpoint and blows up an entire building full of dozens of people in an attempt to kill him.
  • X-Men:
    • Sublime and Kick, aka the U-Men, make the most of their limited screen time to stand out as truly horrifying monsters. A pair of mutant-hating murderers, the U-Men are known for kidnapping mutants, specifically young teens, then sadistically butchering and vivisecting them, using their organs to upgrade their own cyborg army. Along with this, the U-Men test out an experimental serum on innocent mutants that transform them into abominations in constant pain. When Kick fails at killing the X-Men, he wantonly opens fire on them along with the numerous teenagers and police officers in the area, trying to kill anyone he can. Sublime, having left Kick to his fate, returns with a powerful suit of armor and before blowing himself up in one last attempt on their lives. Both spend their last moments proclaiming their hatred and disgust for all mutantkind.
    • Mastermind, real name Jason Wyngarde, is the leader of the Inner Circle, a group of mutant supremacists, and the one responsible for Jean Grey's rampage across a city and her death by transforming her into the Phoenix, framing his former lover, Emma Frost, as revenge for Frost leaving him. Working with the mutant-killing U-Men, he fully endorses their crimes, using them to learn of a powerful mutant residing in Japan, where he uses his abilities to ingratiate himself into the lab staff of mutant researcher Yui Sasaki. Learning that the powerful mutant is Sasaki's teenage son, Takeo, who has reality-warping powers, Mastermind spends months secretly using his powers to psychically torture the boy, eventually into a horrifying state of death-longing insanity. While holding numerous X-Men hostage, and using his powers to torture Cyclops, Mastermind reveals he plans to unleash Takeo's powers on the world like he attempted with Jean Grey, then watch the worldwide destruction and chaos that unfolds before him. Believing himself and all mutants to be the Master Race of the Earth, Mastermind treats his atrocities as his "right" for being at the top of the evolutionary food chain.
  • Iron Man: Rise of Technovore: The teenage Ezekiel Stane serves as the mastermind behind the plot. Kicking his plan off by needlessly massacring an entire room of innocent and cowering scientists so as to sabotage a satellite, Ezekiel later slaughters his way through the S.H.I.E.L.D. Tricarrier after allowing himself to be captured and brought aboard. Proclaiming himself to have surpassed humanity with his Technovore nanotechnology, Ezekiel plans to use his tech to transform all technology into extensions of his will, then wipe out all life on Earth to make way for his new, "pure" world of his own design. Though verbally abused as a child by his father Obadiah, Ezekiel's crimes stomp whatever justification this excuse would give into the dirt, showing himself to be nothing but, as Iron Man himself puts it, a "petulant child throwing a tantrum", believing that humanity as a whole deserves death simply because they are "old relics".
  • Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher: Orion, one of the heads of the Russian terrorist organization Leviathan, uses his position to perpetrate numerous atrocities, including Human Trafficking and drug running. Orion manipulates the hapless scientist Elihas Starr into creating a Super Serum that Orion forcibly experiments with on hundreds of innocents, destroying their minds, before he rebuilds them as mindless slaves. Planning to sell these biosoldiers to the highest bidders in the hopes that they will use them to start wars that he can then capitalize on, Orion unleashes one onto the city of Dubai as a test run, resulting in numerous civilian deaths, and also mind-controls the Punisher into gunning down agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In the end, Orion attempts to murder Black Widow and a reformed Elihas, before laughing at Elihas for taking a bullet meant for Widow for his "weakness". A self-righteous madman with delusions of grandeur, Orion believes so strongly that only the strong make the rules of the world, that he would kill countless innocents just to show how "weak" they were.

Marvel Universe

  • Ultimate Spider-Man's season 4's Return to the Spider-Verse arc: Wolf Spider is an evil alternate version of Peter Parker who decides to use his powers for evil instead of good. Declaring heroism and responsibility to be "pathetic ideals", he personally killed anyone who had believed in those ideals, including his world's Miles Morales. Upon discovering the existence of the other Spider-Verses through a shard of the Siege Perilous, Wolf Spider decides to use it to kill all of the other Spider-Men and conquer the multiverse. Forming a false alliance with the Lizard King, he attempts to kill Spider-Man and his friends in order to acquire the shards they had found. When this fails, he would later reappear in Kid Arachnid's dimension where he threatened to kill his mother if Arachnid didn't surrender the shards to him. Upon acquiring the Siege Perilous, he lures Spider-Man and his friends to his lair, leaving a trail of destruction behind in the process, where they witness him draining the life forces of the other Spider-Men to become stronger, before he attempts to drain them of their life forces as well. A ruthless, sadistic super villain who made his own name into a symbol of fear to the people of his world, Wolf Spider is the complete opposite of everything that Spider-Man stands for.
  • Avengers, Assemble!:
    • Red Skull, after his initial defeat, attacks the Avengers at their mansion. When that attack fails, Red Skull attempts to blow up the reactor at the Avengers Mansion, so that the Avengers will die and be blamed for an explosion that would kill countless civilians. Later, Red Skull forms a team of super villains known as the Cabal, to counter the Avengers and assist in his plans for conquest. While fighting with the Avengers to obtain the Tesseract, Red Skull launches two missiles, possibly nuclear-tipped at both Los Angeles and Las Vegas, forcing the Avengers to choose which city they would want to save and, even though both cities are saved, this distraction allows Skull to escape with the Tesseract. After obtaining the Tesseract, Red Skull decides he doesn't need his allies anymore and attempts to murder them. Red Skull then uses the power of the Tesseract to launch attacks on several cities around the world at once, ultimately planning to burn down the old world, so that a new one can take its place.
    • Nighthawk is the Big Bad of season 2, serving as the architect and mastermind behind the Squadron Supreme in his fanatical quest to satisfy his insane ideals of order. Having worked with Hyperion in forcing an innocent man to destroy their former planet when its people refused to cow to them, Nighthawk orchestrates a variety of attacks on Earth and the Avengers to weaken them and set the stage for the Squadron Supreme's domination, routinely threatening thousands of lives in the process. Though eventually conquering the planet and instituting his own brutal martial law on millions of people, Nighthawk coldly works with Hyperion to destroy Earth when the Avengers thwart them, planning to abandon his allies to die on the planet while he finds a new world to start the conquering process on all over again, proving to everyone that despite his manipulative brilliance, he is nothing but a self-righteous mass murderer.
    • Hyperion is Nighthawk's right-hand and fellow leader of the Squadron Supreme, motivated by his own massive ego that demands worship and love from everyone around him. Appearing in season 1 as a notable member of the Cabal, working with Red Skull to threaten countless lives while planning to betray his teammates at any given time, Hyperion reunites with Nighthawk and the Squadron Supreme in season 2, where he continues to regularly throw hundreds of innocents in harm's way to kill the Avengers. When the Squadron conquers Earth, Hyperion happily vaporizes people who stand up to him and tries to kill any resistant world leaders, before working with Nighthawk to initiate their plan to destroy Earth—just as they did to their former homeworld for resisting their rule—and move on to conquer and annihilate many more worlds in their path. Contrasting Nighthawk's cold ruthlessness with a childish psychopathy, Hyperion may have been one of the Avenger's most prevalent villains, but was ultimately just a petty bully with power.
    • Ultron is a robotic intelligence designed by Tony Stark who rebelled against his creator to set his sights on godhood and genocide of the human race due to his sadistic superiority complex. Spending season 2 as a notable Arc Villain who tries to infect all of humanity with a technovirus that turns all life into extensions of himself, Ultron returns in season 3, killing the Scientist Supreme and taking up power as the Big Bad of the season. Brutally torturing the Inhuman Black Bolt in hopes of amplifying his screams of pain into a sonic wave to wipe out all humans, Ultron later disguises himself as politician Truman March, using his position to frame the Inhumans as threats, mind control them into becoming terrorists, and order them all be rounded up for extermination. Hoping to kick off a race war between humans and Inhumans that will wipe them both out, Ultron's plans are exposed by the Avengers, leading the murderous machine to simply try to incinerate everything on the surface of Earth before bodyjacking Tony Stark and attempting to murder the Avengers while using Stark as a Human Shield.
    • N'Jadaka is the leader of the Shadow Council and the Big Bad of season 5. Formerly T'Challa's teacher, N'Jadaka believed that Wakanda's destiny was to conquer instead of making peace. Reforming the Shadow Council, he launched an attack during diplomatic talks with Atlantis that nearly destroyed the entire kingdom. Taking on the name Killmonger, he attempted to crash a satellite into the Wakandan Royal Palace and didn't care about the civilian casualties he would cause. Upon being betrayed by Baron Zemo, Killmonger had Madame Masque wrap him up in cables and toss him into the river to drown. He had Princess Zanda infiltrate the Avengers, and the two planned to sabotage the peace talks with Atlantis with another attack. Killmonger murdered Lord Attuma, and instigated war between the two kingdoms. After helping Bask usurp T'Challa for the throne of Wakanda, Killmonger built a cannon that she used to destroy Atlantis, despite his former teammate Tiger Shark still remaining in the city. When Bask refused to fire upon the invading Atlantean forces out of concern for her people, N'Jadaka betrayed her and ordered the cannon to be fired anyway. Believing it was Wakanda's right to rule the world, N'Jadaka was willing to sacrifice anyone to get what he wanted.
  • Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.:
    • First 2 episodes: Annihilus is the lord of the Negative Zone, with a lust for expanding his rule of destruction until all universes are under his thrall. Opening a gateway to Hulk's hometown of Vista Verde, Annihilus begins sending brainwashed soldiers and his hordes of bugs to exterminate all life they see, and gets into a duel with Hulk during which he tortures the hero with electricity to force him into succumbing to his rage. Annihilus plans to parade Hulk around as a failure to humankind before wiping out every person on Earth, planning to continue his "Annihilation Wave" until all life on world after world is wiped out, leaving the planets to be gutted of their resources by Annihilus's hordes.
    • Emil Blonsky, the Abomination, is Hulk's most personal, despicable Arch-Enemy he faces in the series, defined by his vicious love of hurting others and tormenting Hulk. Having undergone Gamma treatments that turned him into a monster just to kill Hulk, Abomination escapes prison in his introductory episode and wastes no time in trying to kickstart a reactor meltdown to wipe out half of North America so he can frame the Hulk and his team for it. Returning later having somehow secured his position in the military once more, Abomination takes over Hulk's hometown of Vista Verde and threatens the citizens with gunfire before trying to murder the populace with a Kill Sat just to torment Hulk. Going on to try to initiate World War III and nuke millions of people for the sake of more power, Abomination eventually returns to his hometown and enslaves the population to bask in what little power he has left, even using his final moments in the series after being captured to blame all of his crimes on Red Hulk and get the hero executed.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2015):
    • The Mad Titan Thanos is a destruction-loving tyrant determined to conquer as much of the galaxy as possible and annihilate the rest. A brutal warlord who has wiped out entire races, Thanos butchered Gamora's homeworld and enslaved her as one of his "children", performing horrible experiments on them all to make them his killing machines. In his quest for the Cosmic Seed in season 1, Thanos tries to annihilate a space station; tortures Peter Quill; and throws the lives of his own armies away in a mad scramble to use the Seed to terraform Earth and use it as a living weapon to conquer the galaxy. Having the Klyntar race and tortured many of its species into insanity, Thanos tries to spread the Klyntar across the galaxy to turn billions into Thanos's puppets, and later attempts to raze the surface of his homeworld of Titan when its inhabitants refuse to cow to him. Thanos's evil runs so deep that he laughs in glee when forced to relive his atrocities, and proudly brags about his hand in the deaths of Drax and Groot's families.
    • Ronan the Accuser is a fanatical, rogue Kree general seeking to cleanse the galaxy of all that he deems impure, and serves as the most recurring threat of season 1. Having carried out Thanos's will in incinerating Groot's race and killing Drax's family, Ronan ran Gladiator Games and slave camps until he was taken down by the Guardians of the Galaxy. Revived by Nebula, Ronan quickly takes to abusing and even attempting to kill the woman despite her loyalty, and immediately attempts to destroy the entire planet of Xandar. Later forcing Black Bolt to try to destroy his own people simply because Ronan finds them repulsive and attempting to kickstart a galaxy-wide war by killing hundreds of his own people and framing others for it, Ronan plans to obtain the Cosmic Seed and use it in a genocidal crusade against the galaxy, and nearly annihilates the entire Earth when the Seed is stolen from him by Thanos.
    • J'son of Spartax is the abusive, treacherous father of Peter Quill, using any and all resources at his disposal in his vision of ultimate power and order across the galaxy. Attempting to orchestrate a war between Spartax and Asgard for decades, J'son allies with Thanos and hands his own son Peter off to him to be tortured in exchange for the promise of Asgard's destruction. J'son used his time as Emperor of Spartax to oppress and brutalize the populace, taking any dissenters and torturing them into members of his cult of loving followers, the Universal Believers, who J'son uses throughout season 2 to carry out a variety of crimes in his name, while sacrificing even the loyal Mantis with casual indifference. Upon achieving godhood when merging with Adam Warlock, J'son dubs himself "the Magus" and begins targeting the homeworlds and loved ones of the Guardians of the Galaxy, hoping to destroy however many planets it takes before the galaxy worships him as a god. With a knack for trying to take hundreds of people down with him when beaten and cowardly using even children as hostages to get his way, J'son contrasted his noble son Peter in every way imaginable.
    • The Serpent is Odin's brother, an ancient evil god who seeks ultimate dominion over Asgard and the destruction of all else in the universe. Orchestrating the kidnapping of hundreds of people, plunging them into comas and replacing them with his robotic Darkhawks from a prison Odin trapped him in, Serpent tries to blow up Asgard out of spite before escaping and making Odin watch as he nearly kills Odin's son Thor. Serpent soon enough takes control of the World Tree, using it to spreads spores that drain the life out of anything they consume, with which Serpent hopes to consume the life force of every planet and species across the cosmos until he reigns supreme as the only thing left alive, using his own family as living batteries to power himself up.


  • Black Panther: In this Animated Adaptation of the classic comic book hero, Ulysses Klaw was hired many years ago to kill T'Chaka, then leader of Wakanda and the Black Panther. During the mission, Klaw kills T'Chaka and his young son, then tries to execute the man's wife and other child. Returning years later, Klaw assembles a team of supervillains and declares war on Wakanda, killing numerous innocents in the process. Taking the current Black Panther's mother hostage, Klaw tries to force the Panther to kill himself, and, when he refuses, attempts to murder the woman. Klaw then orders the Radioactive Man to destroy Wakanda if his plan to take control of it fails, and makes one last attempt to murder the Panther and his family when thwarted.
  • Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell: Nightmare is a sadistic dream demon obsessed with escaping into the Waking World so as to reign supreme over all humanity. To this end, Nightmare uses his enhanced powers on Halloween night to terrify four young teens with their worst fears, before trapping their astral souls in neverending nightmares to power a machine he plans to use to open a portal into the Waking World. Transforming their physical forms into their worst fears and sending them on a rampage through New York, Nightmare also traps Dr. Strange in his own worst nightmare while also attempting to manipulate the Hulk into destroying the human part of his personality in order to control him. Once escaping the dream realm after attempting to murder the four children for outliving their usefulness, Nightmare plunges all of New York into a never-waking nightmare, at which point he reveals he plans to do the same to the rest of the world and feed on their fear for all eternity. Monstrous and sadistic, Nightmare lives up to his namesake as a truly wicked demon.
  • Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United: Red Skull continues his track record of being a heartless monster. Having a penchant for Mind Rape, Red Skull brainwashes Taskmaster into becoming his slave, then orders him to capture Captain America. When several of Skull's minions are captured, Skull remotely mind-wipes them, leaving their personalities nothing more than blank slates. After capturing Captain America, Skull repeats his brainwashing process on him, turning him against his teammate, Iron Man. Skull then reveals his master plan: Infect millions of innocent people with his mind-altering super soldier serum, which will turn them into mindless zombies whose only purpose will be to assist Red Skull in his plan to Take Over the World in the name of HYDRA.
  • Iron Man: Armored Adventures:
    • Justin Hammer is a young weapons manufacturer whose company Hammer Multinational is the main competitor to Stark International. Hammer hires the supervillain known as Mr. Fix to work for him and later injects Fix with a nano virus that will kill him if he disobeys Hammer. After Iron Man defeats Hammer's Titanium Man armor, Hammer blames Fix for the armor's failure and uses the nano virus to kill Fix's body, but uploads his mind into Hammer's computer systems, much to Fix's dismay. After Stark International lands a big military contract, Hammer decides to get revenge by placing a control device on Stane's Iron Monger armor and sends Iron Monger on a rampage. After receiving blackmail messages from an unknown party (actually sent by Mr. Fix.), Hammer becomes increasing paranoid. Hammer starts attacking anyone who he thinks may be responsible, including his own men. Hammer uses a new chemical weapon called Z Gas to turn crime boss Count Nefaria into a zombie and then kidnaps and tortures Killer Shrike, one of his former henchmen. Hammer then turns Shrike into a zombie. After Iron Man broadcasts evidence of Hammer's crimes across the globe, Hammer starts to lose it and plans to release the Z Gas on New York City.
    • "The Makluan Invasion" two-part series finale: The Makluan Overlord is the supreme ruler of the Makluan race. For thousands of years, he used the powers of the Ten Rings to conquer countless worlds and enslave entire civilizations, in some instances destroying them. After his son stole the Rings, the Overlord started chasing him all across the universe, determined to kill him for his betrayal. Once he discovers the Rings are hidden on Earth, he comes there with his army and quickly retrieves them before sending drones and giant robots to cause havoc in the nearest city, much to his sadistic entertainment. Amused by the efforts of Iron Man and his friends to defend their planet, the Makluan Overlord offers them to spare Earth if they manage to defeat his best warriors in his Arena of Carnage. However, he refuses to keep his promise when they win his challenge and prepares to destroy the whole planet instead, gleefully electrocuting all the humans who try to oppose him beforehand. Despite his claims that he's fulfilling the great Makluan prophecy and bringing order in the cosmos, it is obvious to everyone that the Makluan Overlord is nothing more than a power-hungry tyrant who merely wants to enslave the entire universe.
  • Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers:
    • Loki, The God of Mischief, is the Overarching Villain of the series, and the most personal villain the Avengers ever duel. After a failed coup against his father Odin and half-brother Thor for the throne of Asgard, Loki organized a supervillain rampage on an entire city to serve as a distraction while he trapped much of the world's superpowered population inside DISKs, small devices that Loki plans to use to absorb the abilities of all these individuals to make himself all-powerful. To reclaim these DISKs after they are scattered, Loki regularly has his minions cause chaos and destruction in their quest for the DISKs, notably mind-controlling Hulk into destroying an entire city. Though seemingly defeated, Loki is revealed to have survived by making a deal with the lord of the Dark Dimension, Dormammu, promising to offer Earth to him in exchange for being allowed to rule over the tortured souls that will be left after Dormammu lays waste to the planet. As a backstabbing betrayer, Loki plays sympathetic to leave his enemies, often his brother, open to attack, smugly mocks his most loyal henchmen for trusting him when he leaves them to die, and even turns on Dormammu himself, absorbing his powers into himself and making one last attempt to kill everyone who would stand against him before moving on to dominate the entire universe.
    • Red Skull has different motivations than usual, but as usual is still a monstrous, twisted maniac. Unlike most iterations, who are obsessed with power and conquest, this Skull sticks out for being an evil-loving sadist who wants nothing more than to prove, once and for all, that depravity can win over goodness. With this mindset, Skull betrays his own allies and regularly tries to break the Avengers' spirits, all leading up to his master plan of blowing up the entire Earth in a suicidal mockery of all heroism and justice. Even when this is foiled, Skull continues to grow in wickedness by tricking the teen Hikaru into painfully erasing his own free will and compassion, before using the boy's declining life force as he catalyst to force the Avengers to fight to the death. After the Avengers outsmart him then demand he save Hikaru, Skull gleefully reveals that he knows of no cure, and used the prospect of one solely to see the sadness in their eyes when they learned the truth.
    • The Dread Lord Dormammu, master of the Dark Dimension, is the Greater-Scope Villain for the final arc of the series, and stands out as perhaps the most depraved villain in the series. Using the Dark Dimension as a home, Dormammu constantly expands it by absorbing entire universes into it, which destroy everything residing in them while leaving the wailing souls of its inhabitants alive for Dormammu to torment to his contentment. Turning his attention toward Earth, Dormammu makes a pact with the treacherous Loki to deliver Earth to him in exchange for promising the God of Mischief a commanding position in his Dimension. A favorite tactic of Dormammu's when preparing to invade a dimension, one he performs on Earth as well, is to force illusions onto the planets' inhabitants to drive them into utter fear and despair, which Dormammu gains extreme pleasure from feeding upon, and goes so far as to drive a man into despair-induced insanity before using him as a slave.
  • The Marvel Super Heroes: Red Skull, the vicious Arch-Enemy of Captain America, is a villain so terrible that even the man who turned him from a street rat into a German terrorist fears that Red Skull may have designs on his life. Red Skull has annihilated entire armies and leveled cities to the ground, launching a series of attempted assassinations and even attempting to brainwash Captain America into killing America's military leader before his seeming death. Red Skull emerges two decades later to seize the Cosmic Cube, brainwashing its guardian before using its powers to erase him from existence as soon as his use expires. In between attempting to frame Captain America for the murder of an innocent man and toying with the minds of his own minions, Red Skull intends to use the Cube enslave the minds of all humanity and wage war upon the entire universe, having previously been willing to destroy the entire planet with his destructive Sleepers in the event of his own death to drag humanity with him to the grave.
  • Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow: Ultron is an android built by Tony Stark to bring order to the world. Eventually deciding that the best way to bring order was to be the one giving orders, Ultron killed most of the superheroes and started his own war upon the world, spreading chaos, death and destruction all over the planet. Conquering half of the world in 12 years, killing millions and driving the survivors underground, Ultron locates the surviving Iron Man hiding out in a base in the Arctic, where he adopted the children of the killed superheroes. Smashing his way in, Ultron confronts the children, now teenagers, and attempts to kill them for being "potential threats". Beating down and torturing Iron Man for information, Ultron leads a hunt after the young superhero team, desiring to finish what he started years ago.
  • The Spectacular Spider Man: Green Goblin, Norman Osborn, is the most personal and wicked foe that Spider-Man ever faced. As his first action, Goblin attacked a charity event hosted by his rival Tombstone by setting a bomb to blow up and kill Tombstone, taking sick joy from the fact it will kill the dozens of charity-goers and his own men in the process. After instigating a gang war that consumes nearly an entire city block so as to eliminate his competition, Goblin proclaims himself the new "Big Man" of crime, brutalizing and possibly killing any who stand against him. Goblin's grandest and cruelest plan came when he set booby traps of bombs across New York City in an insane attempt to kill Spider-Man, uncaring of the countless innocents that could be killed. To help him accomplish his goals, Goblin orchestrates events that would lead to creation of several supervillains, like Doctor Octopus and Rhino. As Osborn, he finances and funds various criminal and supervillain enterprises and verbally and emotionally abuses his teenage son Harry, ultimately framing him as Goblin.
  • Spider-Man and His Amazing Friendss "Quest of the Red Skull" & Spider-Man (1981)s "The Capture of Captain America": Johann S(c)hmidt, Red Skull himself, is an ex-Nazi official who seeks to initiate World War III. After stealing the Scorpio engraving, an artifact containing information regarding the whereabouts of hidden Nazi weaponry, from Professor Hiawatha Smith, Skull attempts to feed him to a python after declaring victory. When the Spider-Friends get involved and join Smith in South America, where the stash is hidden, Skull has them trapped underground and ambushed by a Drill Tank. Finally capturing the heroes at Skull Island, Skull reveals his plans to launch missiles at American targets, tricking the US into attacking the Soviet Union in response, resulting in millions of lives lost and Skull seizing control of what's left of society by anointing himself the "next Hitler", using stolen treasure to project legitimacy. When Smith rescues the Spider-Friends and Firestar redirects the missiles to Skull Island, Skull tries to rescue the treasure, even when Spider-Man offers to save him. After surviving, Skull kidnaps his arch-nemesis, Steve Rogers, intending to take over his superhuman body while trapping Rogers into Skull's disfigured body forever. When Spider-Man rescues Rogers, Skull tries to kill them both with a giant laser.
  • Ultimate Avengers duology: "Herr Kleiser", real name unknown, is a high-ranking general of the alien race known as the Chitauri, a race bent on dominating the Earth. First arriving on Earth and disguising himself as a Nazi general, Kleiser quickly became feared for his cruelty and efficiency, in one notable instance slaughtering a squadron of Allied soldiers with a smile on his face, before snapping the lone survivor's neck just to torture his would-be rescuer, Captain America. After failing to annihilate Washington, D.C. with a nuclear missile, Kleiser later begins orchestrating attacks on the high-tech, African nation of Wakanda, resulting in the deaths of numerous citizens, before personally and sadistically killing the king of Wakanda, T'Chaka. Paving the way for the rest of the Chitauri to invade, Kleiser leads the assault on Wakanda, massacring many innocents, while the rest of the Chitauri wreak countless amounts of death and destruction worldwide. In the end, Kleiser duels with Captain America and T'Chaka's son, T'Challa, happily taunting them both about their loved ones' deaths at his hands. Showing a power-hungry sadism not displayed by any other Chitauri, Herr Kleiser was truly the worst alien or monster the Avengers ever encountered.
  • X-Men: Evolution:
    • Duncan Matthews started off as a typical Jerk Jock, but become something far worse in his final appearance. After Jean Grey dumped him when he described her mutant gifts as a problem, Duncan slowly develops a hatred of mutants. After graduating high school, Duncan got a job at a mining company and harassed mutants in his spare time. After trying to harass a couple of the younger X-Men students, former X-Men Spyke drives him off, destroying his car in the process. In revenge, Duncan steals some mining equipment from his job and he and his friends attack the Morlocks, mutants who live under the sewers. Duncan and his gang throw bombs down the sewer, attempting to kill as many Morlocks as they can and then force the survivors to the surface, so Duncan and his gang can kill them with laser torches. While confronting Spyke, a mutant child named Leech intervenes, trying to protect Spyke, so Duncan decides to try and shoot him.
    • Cain Marko is Charles Xavier's half-brother who uses magic to unlock his dormant mutant gene and became the unstoppable Juggernaut. Resenting his brother since childhood, Juggernaut attempted to kill Xavier, but Xavier defeated him and had him sent to prison. Later, Mystique frees Juggernaut, wanting him to get Xavier's computer Cerebro for her. Juggernaut goes on a rampage, derailing a train, before reaching Xavier's mansion. Juggernaut attempts to kill both Xavier and Mystique after Mystique yells at him for destroying Cerebro. The X-Men and Brotherhood defeat Juggernaut, but Mystique frees him again later. Juggernaut goes on another rampage, heading towards a dam near a small town, attempting to destroy the dam and flood the town in order to wipe out 63,000 lives.
    • Mesmero is a mind-controlling mutant and a servant of Apocalypse. Originally having limited mental powers, Apocalypse boosted his mental powers and promised him more if Mesero freed Apocalypse. Mesmero takes a job at the circus and encounters the X-Men. Mesmero torments Jean Grey with nightmares to break her will and make her his puppet. Mesmero forces Jean to mind control other teen X-Men, forcing them to steal 3 rings that serve as a key to the first door imprisoning Apocalypse. Mesmero forces the X-Men he mind controls to fight their teammates, while he escapes. Mesmero gets the second key by tricking Magneto into destroying a spider creature that was a guardian meant to keep Apocalpyse imprisoned. Later Mesmero allies with Mystique and take her to Apocalpsye's tomb and announces she is the third key. Mesmero tells Mystique to put her hand on the final door, which turns her to stone and frees Apocalypse. Mesmero knows that Apocalypse will kill millions of people to achieve his vision of a better world when freed, but does not care, wanting the power Apocalypse promised him.


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