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"Don't shed a tear for your birth creature, my darling simulacrum. Your mother was a degenerate criminal, nothing more than raw genetic stock for your glorious technological future!"
"Before all was, I was. Before time was, I waited. I fed on the screaming souls of the universes. I drank the spoiled milk of dead stars. I am the emptiness outside all understanding. I am Shuma-Gorath."
Shuma-Gorath, Mighty Avengers (Vol. 2 issue #2)
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  • Belasco submitted himself to dark gods and once warred with Dante Alighieri by kidnapping Dante's beloved Beatrice. Fleeing to the lost land of Pangaea and raping Beatrice so she would give birth to a new race of demons, Beatrice was torn apart by the act and died while Belasco was stopped. Upon achieving his freedom, Belasco intends on raping Ka-Zar's love Shanna for a new breed of demons before latching on to the X-Men, especially young Illyana Rasputin. In hell, Belasco torments her physically and mentally to give in to corruption, trying to kill everyone she has loved to make her a vessel of darkness so he may unleash his dark masters on the world to kill and damn all of humanity; his methods include using Punisher foe Reverend Samuel Smith as a pawn, as well as seizing control of the monstrous N'Garai to loose them on the world to feast at will. When he faces the New Mutants, hunting for Illyana again, Belasco tortures and kills them, before healing and reviving them to do it again, threatening to bring the entirety of Earth into Limbo and burn it clean until he finds Illyana.
  • Brother Royal is the leader of the Brotherhood of Badoon, an alien race who deprivations make the atrocities of other alien conquerors like the Kree and the Shi'ar seem tame. Brother Royal has massacred entire planets and countless billions of lives, sparing only those he makes slaves who experience nothing but living death. Throughout his many appearances, Brother Royal has attempted to destroy humanity numerous times; takes over the planet Polemachus, reducing its every city to a charnel pit and taking the surviving women for the pleasure of the ruling Badoon; attempted to screw the Guardians of the Galaxy on a deal that would ensure the genocide of most of humanity come the 31st century; and turns an entire planet into a concentration camp where millions of the Badoon slaves work themselves to death.
  • Hate-Monger is in fact Adolf Hitler himself, whose mind survived World War II thanks to the technologies of Arnim Zola. Responsible for all the horrific Nazi crimes, the Hate-Monger incites violent riots against immigrants and racial minorities; he uses his hate rays to turn people against one another, intending on spreading them globally so worldwide pogroms tear the people apart until only the "haters" are left to rule over. The Hate-Monger attempts to rain nuclear death on the world so only the "Master Race" can survive, and later tries to blow up New York as a message against a hub of diversity, gleeful about creating a new Holocaust, as he puts it. Even when allied with his former protege, the Red Skull, the Hate-Monger tries to betray him and gain cosmic power to enact his horrible will upon the world.
  • Hydra (Red Skull can be found here):
    • Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, the Arch-Enemy of Nick Fury and frequent enemy of Captain America, Iron Man, and The Avengers, has the dubious honor of being both a Nazi war criminal and an international terrorist as the leader of Hydra. A German noble who subscribed to racial superiority, Strucker achieved a high rank in the Death's Head—at one point The Dragon to Red Skull himself—and earned a personal enmity with Nick Fury himself. In a crowning moment of monstrosity on World War II, Strucker found a race of benevolent, empathic aliens that crashed near the small German town of Gruenstadt. To cover his tracks, Strucker killed the entire population of the town and planned to manipulate the aliens into providing him their technology. As head of Hydra, Strucker ordered countless terrorist attacks throughout the globe that claimed the lives of many, many innocent people, all the while secretly controlling S.H.I.E.L.D. through Life Model Decoys and playing his enemies to get many agents killed while Hydra continued its plans unabated. Strucker's ultimate goals are global domination and genocide of all "lower races", and he made many attempts at both. When informed his son Andreas had been murdered by Norman Osborn, Strucker's only response was that he owed Osborn a favor. He also killed his eldest son with the Death Spore Virus, which is just as awful as it sounds: it has bonded to Strucker's body and allows him to kill personally through his body.
    • The Gorgon, born Tomi Shishido, was a Child Prodigy of dizzying ability who, at a young age, founded the mutant supremacist group called the Dawn of White Light that launched multiple, brutal terrorist attacks across Japan that claimed many innocent lives. when he was eighteen, he joined the Hand, slaughtering his own family to show he had no ties elsewhere. Shishido, now called the Gorgon for his mutant ability to turn humans to stone with a look, captured Wolverine and brainwashed him into a killing machine that claimed many innocent lives, and the lives of heroes such as Northstar. When deprogrammed, Wolverine killed the Gorgon, who was later resurrected. The Gorgon quickly took a leadership role in Hydra, eventually ousting Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, and revealed a disturbing habit of turning innocent women into stone as decorations for his chambers.
  • Kulan Gath is one of Marvel's preeminent evil sorcerers, and perhaps the most tenacious and evil among them all, Kulan Gath began as a slave who murdered his namesake to steal his identity. Kulan Gath's endless thirst for power has had him fight against Red Sonja, Conan, and the Avengers, with his schemes repeatedly resulting in mass casualties by Kulan Gath unleashing demonic and eldritch monstrosities on civilian populations. Among his many crimes, Kulan Gath transformed Manhattan into a likeness of the savage Lost Land; cannibalizes countless other people for their knowledge and power; has his followers sacrifice countless people to bring the monstrous Marrow God on the world; and finally, after killing and taking the power of Shuma-Gorath, Kulan Gath manages to take over the world and institute a nightmarish regime of mass death and Human Sacrifice.
  • Moses Magnum became fascinated by weaponry from a young age, when he betrayed his homeland of Ethiopia to the Italian fascists in World War II. Becoming a powerful Arms Dealer, Magnum begins abducting innocents, women and children included, into death camps in South America to test a painful, Deadly Gas that literally melts the victims. Resurfacing later, Magnum intends to drill into the Earth to power his company's weaponry, not caring that it will rip open the world's fault lines on an apocalyptic level. Seemingly killed, Magnum is saved by Apocalypse and gifted seismic powers, which he demonstrates by wiping out a Japanese city, and threatens to destroy the country if he is not made its ruler—a threat he promptly tries to carry out. After repeated failures, Magnum loses the favor of Apocalypse and resorts to trying to exterminate the entire eastern seaboard of the united States, killing hundreds of millions, solely to get back in Apocalypse's good graces.
  • The Maker, a version of Reed "Mister Fantastic" Richards, debuting in Ultimate Marvel, is a sociopathic, vindictive megalomaniac with a pathological desire to "save" humanity, regardless of how depraved or insane the methods might be. Though starting out as a seemingly-heroic figure, Reed slowly gives into his true personality of a homicidal creep seeking ultimate rule over reality. Kicking his villainy off by vaporizing his parents and child sisters, Reed later recuperates from initiating a failed alien invasion of Earth by creating the City and the Children of Tomorrow. Using his new "evolved" humanity as his personal soldiers and puppets while claiming benevolence, Reed has them begin absorbing entire cities before annihilating all of Washington, D.C. Slaughtering the entirety of Asgard and attempting the same on Tian, Reed eventually teams up with Kang to rewrite reality and take over time and space, all while planning to turn on Kang and change reality to his own wishes. After revealing his seeming redemption was faked, Reed destroys over sixty alternate Earths before trying once more to rewrite reality in his image, and now haunts Earth-616 with schemes of zombifying thousands of people. With a penchant for vivisection and torturous experimentation, Reed constantly boasts claims of good intentions, when, in reality, he is nothing but a petty child seeking adoration and power over all life.
  • Mephisto is Ghost Rider's boss, and far more. Mephisto powers his realm and his person by the souls he imprisons, often by making a pact with the victims. Mephisto doesn't play fair and is fond of ruining the wish by playing off Exact Words. Mephisto has been known to cure a loved one's terminal illness, only to have the beneficiary killed the next day. Not making a deal is no guarantee of safety and Mephisto has been known to torment, torture and kill those he can. In one instance, he captured the brother of an enemy of Thor to force the Thunder God to enter his domain. Mephisto had already fed his hostage to his realm's fires and contented himself with crushing Thor's spirit before sending him back to Earth. During The Infinity Gauntlet crisis, Mephisto chose to encourage Thanos to destroy more and more, while plotting to seize ultimate power himself. During the attack of the Serpent, Mephisto wandered into a bar, and when the man asked to be immortal, Mephisto ground him into nothing and used his blood to write letters: words are immortal, after all. In the Top Cow Productions crossover "Devil's Reign", Mephisto travels to another universe, by tricking Silver Surfer into opening a portal, and begins corrupting this world with various sins, killing and devouring the souls of thousands, making himself more powerful. Using natural disasters and cataclysms, Mephisto attempted to trick millions of people into giving him their souls, pretending to be their savior. When his true form was revealed, he simply ordered his army of demons to massacre everyone in sight. Finally, Mephisto is also a hideously abusive father to his "son" and creation Blackheart: mentally and physically torturing the younger demon until Blackheart snapped and became as dangerous as his father.
  • Mister X has been enraptured by death ever since he was a child, where his sociopathic fascination culminated in him cooking his puppy alive and murdering his loving, wealthy parents. A minor telepath and a killer-for-hire, Mister X's self-proclaimed "murder avant-garde" has claimed hundreds of victims, from entire buildings full of random innocents, to fellow martial artists and superpowered beings whom Mister X killed after learning everything he could from them. Obsessing over Wolverine after losing a fight to him, Mister X began killing random people he dressed up as Wolverine to slake his frustration, then goaded Wolverine into a second fight by means of mailing the decapitated head of a kindergarten teacher to him and then threatening to burn her entire class alive. Mister X's treachery and penchant for death stood out even on Norman Osborn's Thunderbolts, where he more than once attempted to betray and kill his own teammates at the slimmest of provocation. On one occasion Mister X even left one of his victims a maimed and paralyzed shell of himself but refused to kill him, simply because it would be crueler to leave him alive.
  • Count Luchino Nefaria is a European noble who seeks power for nothing less than the ability to do whatever he wants. Placing a group of snooping teenagers in a Death Trap in his original appearance, Nefaria would go on to threaten to suffocate Washington, D.C. and nearly launch America's entire nuclear arsenal worldwide just for quick cash. Beaten time and again by superheroes, Nefaria empowers himself with super abilities, immediately murders the scientists who assisted him, and goes on a rampage in which he seeks to annihilate entire cities. Nefaria would later subject the entire Savage Land's populace to horrible experiments to turn them into living batteries, then use his knowledge gained to develop an ionic bomb he hoped to use to kill millions, mutate millions more, and leave the surviving population of Earth as puppets to his whims. Happy to murder even his own daughter if she presents a threat, Nefaria eventually began a stint as a crime boss in which he vaporized his own minions, slaughtered a police station, and murdered the superhero Echo. Threatening hundreds even in minor appearances, Nefaria represented some of the worst villainy The Avengers ever faced, and used every available resource he had to empower himself and crush those in his way.
  • Nitro, real name Robert Hunter, was an electrical engineer before a genetic alteration was carried out on him, giving him the ability to explode and reform himself at will. Taking the name Nitro, he became a hired thug for other super villains. He would often kill innocent bystanders on his missions, and, when he was hired to kidnap Dakota North, he attempted to rape her, which horrified another villain who quickly kicked him out of a moving vehicle. During Civil War, he used his newly-upgraded exploding ability to cause the Stamford catastrophe, blowing up an entire suburb and killing The New Warriors and the supervillains he was allied with at the time, along with over 600 civilians, including 60 children; this was a major impetus for the Super-human Registration Act. When Wolverine and a group of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents tried to apprehend him, he murdered all of the agents and left Wolverine severely injured, only stopping because he did not know about his healing factor and had assumed he was dead. When he was finally captured by Atlantian guards, he murdered his interrogators in a failed attempt to escape.
  • The Purple Man, real name Zebediah Killgrave, originally a foe of Daredevil, is perhaps the epitome of hedonistic selfishness in the Marvel Universe. A former spy given the power of Compelling Voice, Killgrave began simply doing whatever he wanted whenever he wanted to, which normally manifests in forcing people to commit suicide, turning heroes into his slaves, or raping young women by the dozens. Not restricted to tormenting one person at a time, Killgrave once ordered an entire city's population to throw themselves off any building they could find, and later forced a restaurant's patrons to stop breathing so he could eat in peace, resulting in their deaths. Having fathered many children with various women he's raped, Killgrave shows zero care for the children except as extensions of his power, willing to murder their mothers and turn the kids into living batteries to amplify his abilities. In what is his perhaps his most infamous atrocity, Killgrave turned budding hero Jessica Jones into his slave for months, forcing her to watch him rape women and order entire streets of people to slaughter each other while altering her mind to feel lust for him above all else. A despicable, pathetic coward hiding behind a veneer of godhood and entitlement, the Purple Man has no care or feelings towards anyone except as puppets for his sick amusement.
  • The Scarecrow, real name Ebenezer Laughton, is a longstanding enemy of Ghost Rider, as well as a frequent foe of Captain America. Originally trained as a contortionist, Laughton found a life of crime more exciting. Sinking further into madness and depravity, the Scarecrow began to target children for murder, the younger the better. He once gruesomely murdered a mother and her baby with his pitchfork. Afterwards, the Scarecrow attempted a "masterpiece" by creating a building out of human beings, stitching his victims together. Some were lucky enough to be already dead, but others weren't. When Ghost Rider confronted him, the Scarecrow attempted to blackmail him into avoiding a fight by stabbing the walls of the building, murdering the still-living victims and threatening to kill more if Ghost Rider didn't surrender and let Scarecrow torture him to death.
  • Set is a Elder God and one of the first murderers in creation. Devouring his brother god Hyppus, Set became a demon, setting other Elder Gods against one another before fleeing the vengeance of his sister Gaea. Taking an interest in Earth, Set continually attempts genocide upon mammals so his chosen Serpent Men can dominate existence. Set promotes mass slaughter and sacrifice, repeatedly attempting to arrive in the world to devour all that live save his chosen, with his rites being to try to impregnate heroines with his spawn to gain access to the world.
  • Shuma-Gorath is an Eldritch Abomination from outside of the Earth dimension who fully understands good and evil, gleefully embracing evil. Having consumed entire realms and devoured the souls of countless innocents, Shuma-Gorath once spread his worship to Earth where he demanded blood sacrifice and wars to amuse and feed himself. Eventually banished by Conan the Cimmerian, Shuma-Gorath returns against Doctor Strange where he has his servants spread destruction and evil across the world, taking the mind of Strange's master, the Ancient One, to gain a foothold in the world. When thwarted, Shuma-Gorath later creates a facsimile of Earth and damages it to reflect the same damage to Earth itself, risking the lives of billions for fun. Later revealed as one of the Many-Angled Ones, Shuma-Gorath was responsible for the Cancerverse when, in a pact with that world's Captain Marvel, he and his brethren killed Death and converted the entire multiverse into twisted deathless abominations to worship him, seeking to spread his malevolent influence to Earth and consume it as well.
  • Thulsa Doom is a skull-headed fiend and dark sorcerer that has been plaguing the world since before Atlantis sunk. Concerned only with personal power and revenge at all times, Thulsa Doom makes enemies with Kull the Conqueror upon attempting to break the will of his people by defeating their king in front of him. Seemingly destroyed, Thulsa Doom returns time and time again while murdering whomever got in his way before eventually ousting Kull from his throne. As King of Valusia, Thulsa Doom's tyranny leads to widespread torture, execution, and suffering, with soldiers once loyal to Kull forced to try and slay him as Thulsa Doom threatened to murder their families, all while Doom secretly manipulated the denizens of an ancient, immortal city to fulfill a prophecy and trap Kull in their walls for all time, forever ripped from the reprieve of death. Defeated and then destroyed after Thulsa Doom killed and impersonated King Felnar to goad Kull into one last battle, Thulsa Doom is resurrected centuries later as a tenuous ally of Conan—with a previous project of his, a young boy Thulsa Doom cursed to become an immortal cat for centuries after tricking him into killing his own master, factoring into the apocalypse—before betraying Conan and attempting to steal his life to fuel his immortality. Thulsa Doom's final scheme, as nothing more than a detached skull, has him rallying the Serpent-Men under his command and conducting grisly Human Sacrifice to return to full power before Thulsa Doom attempts to lead the Serpent-Men to conquer and destroy all humanity to reign supreme over the world. Endlessly persistent, endlessly vile, and with a streak of evil lasting centuries, Thulsa Doom remained one of the greatest and most affecting foes of both Kull and Conan up to his final death.
  • Ultron, shortly after his activation, gained a malignant intelligence, came to the conclusion that morality was irrelevant and humanity was flawed, and sought to Kill All Humans and replace them with androids like himself. When any of his creations, like The Vision, reject him due to his monstrosity, Ultron wastes no time in trying to destroy them, and, when his surrogate son, Victor Mancha, tries to turn on him, Ultron mind-controls him into killing his friends, then murders his mother in front of him. Slaughtering the nation of Slorenia in Ultron Unlimited, Ultron uses the thousands of corpses to make a model of his own face large enough to see from space. Later taking over the Phalanx in Annihilation: Conquest, Ultron conquers the Kree Empire, murdering and torturing any who resist him, then plans to use his armada to destroy the Earth, just to spite his "father", Hank Pym. Returning in Rage of Ultron, Ultron conquers and assimilates the planet of Titan, uses it to lead an assualt on Earth, then tries to release billions of spores throughout the universe, which will transform all they infect into machines under Ultron's control. Following this, during which time he fuses with and corrupts Hank Pym, Ultron goes on a galaxy-wide massacre, slaughtering billions of innocents throughout the cosmos, leaving many species at near-extinction, then blaming the Earth for said massacres, knowing the surviving aliens will soon declare war on the Earth because of this. In numerous alternate timelines, such as in Age of Ultron, Ultron succeeds in taking over the world and killing off the human race, with his plans only being thwarted by the use of time travel. A fully self-aware being, Ultron uses many excuses to try to justify his actions, but all of Ultron's claims are consistently proven false by his needlessly sadistic and egomaniacal personality. The strongest creation of Hank Pym, the Arch-Enemy of The Avengers, and the slayer of thousands of innocents, Ultron is one of the most wicked villains the Marvel Universe has to offer.
  • Zodiac is a knowingly evil lover of chaos and wickedness who makes it his life's mission to cause as much random destruction as possible. Appearing in Dark Reign: Zodiac, Zodiac tortures over 100 people to death to send a message to Norman Osborn, then viciously beats the Human Torch to near-death before bombing the hospital he is transported to, killing almost everyone inside. Later unleashing a giant robot onto a city that kills hundreds more, Zodiac uses the chaos to pull off even more murderous schemes. Decorating his hideout in severed heads and manipulating his partners into servitude even while he endangers their lives with zero concern, Zodiac ends up using the teen supervillain gang the Young Masters to declare war on the old guard of supervillains, leading to terrorist attacks across the world—notably Latveria—that end countless lives. Believing himself to be a harbinger of a new, better evil to plague the world, Zodiac plans to change the entire game of heroes and villains, downright gleeful over the lives that will be lost.

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  • Adventures into Terror issue #4's "Torture Room": Siegfried Mauller is a despicable Nazi who leads a concentration camp in unleashing as many inhumanities upon his prisoners as he can imagine. Mauller subjects his victims to systematic bone breaking, whipping, and branding, and also indulges in more unique torments like draining the blood of prisoners one drop at a time until death or driving them insane with Water Torture. With even Flaying Alive implied to be under Mauller's belt, the greatest representation of Mauller's cruelty is when he orders a prisoner's fingernails be ripped out, simply because he stared in Mauller's direction.
  • Alpha Flight Vol. 2 issues #10 & 11: Baron Zebek, determined to restart the villainy of Baron Karza, commits a bloody conquest of the Antica region so as to enslave the population. Forcing the Antica to be used as slave labor and participate in brutal Gladiator Games, Zebek's most wicked act is to recreate Karza's vile Body Banks, subjecting the Antica to being torn apart piece by piece to use their bodies as merchandise to be sold to the highest bidder. Intending to eventually wipe out all Antica, Zebek then intends to spread his reign to other worlds, and, when beaten, spitefully tries to set off a bomb that will engulf Antica and many more billions of lives in nuclear fire.
  • Annihilation:
    • Annihilus is the Big Bad of this Universe-Wide Crisis Crossover, and becomes far more depraved than any of his previous appearances. No longer content with ruling the Negative Zone, Annihilus leads an army of insect monsters out into the galaxy in what is aptly termed The Annihilation Wave. Consuming whole star systems and devouring entire worlds, then using what's left of the population as fuel for his army, Annihilus wipes out numerous races and leaves the Skrulls near-extinct with his genocidal campaign. Annihilus implants numerous innocents with body-controlling bugs that painfully force them to do his bidding and when one of his armadas encounters resistance while invading a world, Annihilus massacres the entire fleet for taking too long to destroy the planet. Capturing Galactus and many of his Heralds after brutally murdering the hero Quasar, Annihilus uses them as superweapons, which leaves them in a near-death state of constant agony, then reveals he plans to use them to wipe out all life in the universe and reign over the void that's left. Harboring hatred and disgust for everything in the universe that isn't himself, Annihilus is the worst being the Negative Zone has to offer.
    • Super-Skrull: Admiral Salo is the captain of the Harvester of Sorrow, and one of the cruelest members of the omnicidal Annihilation Wave, boasting a record of hundreds of populated planets just to his ship's name. Salo is introduced vaporizing a Skrull planet, refusing to let his own men escape the vicinity of the blast, and attempting to continue on the planet of Zaragz'na. Despite the best efforts of Kl'rt, the Super-Skrull, Salo uses a mole to capture the Super-Skrull so Salo can make him watch the destruction of Zaragz'na—a planet Salo knows the Super-Skrull's beloved son is on.
  • Apache Skies, by John Ostrander, Leonardo Manco, et al.: Colonel Richard Trask is an arrogant and greedy gun-for-hire with a propensity for cruelty. When first hired by William Tyler to get revenge for his son's death in the town of Sagoro, Trask guns down the town's sheriff, then sets the town itself ablaze, ordering the citizens to walk through the scorching hot desert to the nearest town, well over fifty miles away, knowing they won't make it and will die. After learning that the Rawhide Kid was behind Billy's murder and is currently on board a train filled with Indian schoolchildren, Trask giddily decides to not only murder Rawhide, but also kill and scalp the near dozen Indian children as well, hoping to sell their scalps to Tyler for an extra profit. In the midst of his hunt for the kids, Trask executes one of his own men for his hesitance in their plans. Having none of the more caring qualities of his boss, Trask stands out as the prime example of evil in the Old West.
  • The Avengers Vol. 1 issues #121-123: Monsieur Khruul was an unusually cruel human foe of the Avengers who, in flashback, burned an entire village to the ground for the purpose of killing his sister and the foreign family she had made for herself; his niece was the future Mantis. Khruul tortured his former ally the Swordsman and massacred a temple full of priests to find a mystical power, an eldritch horror which ultimately killed him.
  • Black Panther:
    • Ulysses Klaw, inheriting the malice and ambition of his Nazi war criminal father, came to Wakanda to steal its Vibranium. Killing hundreds, including King T'Chaka, Klaw was driven off by the young T'challa before killing him as well. Returning to rule or destroy Wakanda and its people constantly, Klaw uses his mastery of sound to torture others on the regular, eventually becoming a being of living sound. Klaw helps kick off a war with Wakanda and tries to launch superweapons through the world to bring an "end of days" out of spite for T'challa. Later turning a woman named Joya into a twisted cyborg to harness his sound powers, Klaw intends his masterpiece to be "The Scream", a blast of sonic power over the world to destroy the minds of humanity so Klaw can rule them, with Klaw vowing to T'challa's sister Zuri that he will hunt down and kill everyone she loves as the price of defying him.
    • Reverend Doctor Michael Ibn al-Hajj Achebe, while allegedly having had his wife cheat on him and the rebel leader she ran off with having burned his farm to the ground, goes far beyond any reasonable actions. He started off by allegedly murdering everyone who'd ever met his wife—up to and including a merchant who once sold her shoes. Next, he went around starting race wars for fun. That was before he made a deal with Mephisto to try and destroy Panther just because, murdered a child as a diversionary tactic, and started a race riot in Washington, D.C. while trying to manipulate Panther into accidentally killing his own ex-girlfriend. Since then, he's mostly limited himself to starving animals to death, torture, and just generally doing whatever will cause the most harm, taking sheer glee in his actions.
  • Black Widow (Marvel Knights Vol. 2 can be found below):
    • "Spinning Doomsday's Web", by D. G. Chichester et al.: In this team-up with The Punisher, Peter "Doc" Malum was a US government scientist who invented a weapon system, the Pluto Project, where jets with supersonic engines can deliver H-bombs to any target on the planet at the speed of sound. Malum, however, was secretly a Serial Killer who murdered people in his spare time. When the government finds out, Project Pluto is mothballed and Malum goes on the lam. Years later, Malum is captured by the FBI, but his gang breaks him free, with Malum brutally murdering several FBI agents. When Black Widow tries to stop Malum, Malum beats her up and spits on her to humiliate her. Malum plans to create his own version of Project Pluto, murdering government officials while stealing the parts he needs. When Malum's assistant Cassady states that he thought they are just going to use Project Pluto to blackmail the world, Malum murders him, intending to use Project Pluto to devastate the world, just for kicks.
    • "No Restraints Play" arc, by the Soska Sisters:
      • "Fun Dad", real identity Tech Ed, is the master of No Restraints Play, a website that targets poor children. The children are kidnapped, then taken to the streaming site where Fun Dad has donors bid on directing the torture sessions with the children. The children are then abused, tortured and eventually murdered on live camera. Seeking to cover his traps, Fun Dad tries to blow up a penthouse, killing the goodhearted businessman known as the Prince of Madripoor, before attempting to bomb and kill the children Natasha rescued from his sick dungeons, remaining as one of the most horrific enemies Natasha has ever faced, even with her black history.
      • Vlad Dorchik is the chief torturer of No Restraints Play, who signs on for money and kicks. A brute of a man, Vlad is the one who carries out the torture sessions, happily carving up and murdering children with one surviving victim found by Natasha who had her limbs removed by Vlad. When he takes Natasha, Vlad attempts to torture her to death, starting with waterboarding.
  • Cage Vol. 1 (1992-1993): Hardcore is hired by crime boss Cruz Bushmaster to find a way to give him Luke Cage's powers. To learn more about Luke, Hardcore hires Nitro to kidnap Luke's friend Dakota North, even knowing that Nitro will kill several people in process. Hardcore later kidnaps the scientist who gave Luke Cage his powers, and is forcing him to work in his lab in Colorado that is run like a concentration camp, where Hardcore will kidnap people with no family and experiment on them. These experiments either kill the test subjects immediately, or give the subjects them powers but kills them later. Hardcore reveals that, to distract Luke, he allowed one of his test subjects, a man named Steele, to escape with samples of the Power Man formula, which Steele is planning on using to poison the water supply in Colorado, to force the world to work on a cure. Luke stops Steele, but Hardcore blows up the lab, killing everyone left inside. Later, Hardcore kidnaps Luke again and threatens to kill several of Luke's loved ones if Luke doesn't agree to a dangerous experiment that will give Cruz his powers.
  • Captain Britain: Kaptain Briton, real name Byron Bra-Dhok, from Earth-794, is Brian Braddock's worst Evil Counterpart. The consort of the equally-sadistic despot Opul Lun Sat-Yr-Nin, ruler of an alternate Earth called the Empire of New Briton, Byron abandoned his nation in boredom to explore other worlds, ending up on Earth-616. Byron promptly left Brian to be captured and taken back to his own world, while Byron settled down and attempted to rape Brian's sister Betsy Braddock. Betsy's attempt to peer into Byron's head exposed his legacy of horrors from the Empire of New Briton, murder and torture against lives uncounted that prompted Betsy to overwhelm Byron's mind and kill him.
  • Captain Marvel:
    • Vol. 4 issues #17-18: Walker, or He Who Walks Beyond Life and Death Like a Colossus, was a death god of a distant galaxy who, seeking to impress Mistress Death, murdered every soul in his galaxy and entrapped them within him, in horrible torment. When Death was repulsed and turned from Walker, he decided to murder her out of spite, hunting her to Earth where he attempts to get her attention by killing people close to the current host of death, even resorting to Cold-Blooded Torture to draw her out. When Death refuses to show herself at first, Walker reveals he will happily take the Earth apart "molecule by molecule", willing to annihilate everything in his path solely for being spurned by the object of his obsession.
    • Vol. 5 issues #9-12—"Coven" arc: Karl Coven is a sick, sadistic Serial Killer who tortured 17 people to death—men, women and children, entire families at a time—for the purpose of Satanic rituals. Coven gloats to Rick Jones, who witnessed Coven skin an entire family alive, that he knew Rick was watching and that he enjoyed displaying every second of the carnage. When Coven ends up supernaturally revived at his trial and he's let go on a technicality, he begins trying to kill people again, including a random alien whose neck he snaps and the wife of a cop whom he'd killed years ago.
  • Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways: The unnamed wardennote  of the "Cube" is a government-licensed Torture Technician who admits, since a child, he's always had an obsession with playing private, sadistic games. Now able to exert his childhood fantasies over a classified superhuman prison facility, the warden subjects many hundreds of prisoners to paranoia agents and torture for his own glorification. When some of the Young Avengers and the Runaways fall into his hands, the warden is positively gleeful that their unique physiology means he'll be able to effectively torture them for days. The warden's prize accomplishment is what he does to Noh-Varr; after cutting him off from the Kree hivemind, the warden "stomped around in his head" until Noh-Varr becomes a conditioned killer, still somewhat aware of what the warden is forcing him to do.
  • Combat Kelly and his Deadly Dozen's issues #8-9: Dr. Max Sweikert is a deluded genius who brushes aside conscience and morality for the sake of his own sadistic, scientific curiosity. Working with the Nazis, Sweikert takes advantage of his prisoners to perform horrific surgeries on them without any sort of anesthetic, enjoying the sound of their screams and how many are left dead under his knife. Cheerfully bragging that his victims aren't even human, just "inferiors", Sweikert cripples Laurie for life by severing her Achilles tendons then fakes surrender to try to murder Kelly himself, disappointed he won't get to take the man apart after making him listen to Laurie's screams of pain.
  • Captain Britain: A Crooked World: James "Mad Jim" Jaspers from Earth-616, a "reality cancer" who begins damning reality to complete destruction just by existing, is one of the most powerful mutants to ever live, and is even worse than his Earth-238 counterpart. Winning power by attacking superhumans, Jaspers institutes death squads and concentration camps for anyone even slightly metahuman, planning to plunge the world into bloodshed and butchery while he indulges his sadistic insanity. Giving in to the joy of his mad powers, Jaspers attempts to consume all the multiverse itself as long as he is able to enjoy himself.
  • Deadpool: Francis Fanny, aka Ajax and later Abyss Man, is the supervillain behind Wade Wilson's transformation into Deadpool. As "twisted as a corkscrew", Francis begins as the muscle responsible for handling "rejects" of the Weapon X program, assisting Dr. Emrys Killebrew in performing grotesque experiments and lobotomies on the unfortunate subjects, including Wade himself. Francis grows to quickly despise Wade's defiance and forces him to watch as he lobotomizes Wade's only friend in the facility, Worm, as an exceptionally cruel means of cajoling Wade into performing a Mercy Kill on Worm. Taking the name Ajax after his first defeat, Francis carves a path of torture and slaughter across those who had escaped the Weapon X project, finishing off with the now-reformed Dr. Killebrew. Fueled by nothing but a psychotic hatred of the one man he couldn't break, Francis is one of the few foes of the Merc with a Mouth played with complete pathos.
  • The Defenders Vol. 1 issues #79-83: Ytitnedion the Buzzard-King is the cruel ruler of the Tunnelworld, and the chief servant of the eldritch Unnameable. Standing out in contrast to the Unnameable's other servants for having deliberately forsaken his own identity to its control, Ytitnedion rules the Tunnelworld in an everlasting tyranny. Those who vaguely dissent are brought to the dungeons so Ytitnedion can experiment upon and torture them, keeping them in constant states of agony for his depraved amusement. The greatest example of Ytitnedion's sadism is the existence of the Winged Ones, an entire race of sapient beings that Ytitnedion created for the purpose of being tormented slaves, ornamented with useless, flightless wings that do nothing but remind the Winged Ones of the freedom they will never have.
  • Doctor Strange: Dormammu note , Strange's Arch-Enemy, is the ruler of the Dark Dimension, where he established a dictatorship with his sister Umar, who he has attempted to destroy on more than one occasion. After Strange bested him once, Dormammu has never stopped brooding on that slight and has endlessly attempted to destroy Strange and everything he loves. The obliteration of Earth and its people have been attempted by Dormammu, but those who survive his conquests have it far worse. The Dark Dimension is run like his personal hell, the denizens enslaved and tormented constantly, with only a small resistance against him. To oppose Dormammu is to risk the endless torture of your soul should you fall into his hands alive. He remains one of the few of Strange's many otherworldly foes to have earned the sorcerer's hatred.
  • Dracula Lives! Vol. 1:
    • Issue #4's "This Blood is Mine!": Elizabeth Báthory was already a vile, vain noblewoman who kidnapped fair maidens from across the land to torture them for pleasure. When a peasant she's flogging to death bleeds on her, Báthory discovers her virginal blood contains healing properties, and so sets about capturing hundreds of maidens to torture them to death, bathing in their blood to refresh herself. When Dracula himself confronts her after he's depleted so much of his usual stock, Báthory tricks him into an alliance before sealing him in a coffin with garlic, intending to leave him there forever.
    • Issue #7's "Assault of the She-Pirate!": Hellyn deVill is an exceptionally evil pirate who seeks to plunder Castle Dracula. Hellyn is a witch who uses magic to deceive a gang of lustful brigands into obeying her every whim, and, for fun, has them murder and rape their way through an entire village en route to Castle Dracula, leaving it in smoldering ruins behind them.
  • Epic Illustrated's issue #10's "Marada the She-Wolf": Simyon Karashnur and the demon he serves, Y'Garon, are the equally-vile rulers of ancient Damascus and the arch-enemies of Marada. The citizens Simyon rules over live in routine torture of the screams coming from his tower, where he routinely tortures people to death. Among his many tributes to Y'Garon, Simyon offered Marada as a consort to Y'Garon, resulting in her agonizing rape; the two later kidnap Marada's innocent friend, and Y'Garon promises to defile Marada once more before forcing her to watch as he moves onto her friend.
  • The Eternals: Ghaur, debuting in Vol. 2, is the Priestlord of the Deviants and their de facto ruler. A powerful Deviant who loathes the Eternals, Ghaur attempts to harvest the power of the Celestials to ravage the world and annihilate all Eternals. Defeated, Ghaur abandons the Deviants to embrace the faith of Set and attempts to destroy all Atlantis as a sacrifice for Set, offering heroines for Set to violate and manifest through to consume the world. To hide the fact he has a human-seeming daughter, Ghaur is willing to start a war with Wakanda, killing millions just to ensure the girl dies in the process.

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  • Fantastic Four:
    • 2001 Annual and Vol. 3 issues #46-49: Abraxas is one of the oldest and most powerful beings in the multiverse, opposing Eternity's order and stability with chaos and destruction. Freed by the death of Galactus, Abraxas runs rampant through the multiverse, slaughtering at will and murdering the children of Reed and Sue Richards with great relish on multiple realities, as well as murdering alternate versions of Galactus and announcing his coming by throwing the decapitated head of the Devourer into civilian populations. Gleefully trying to wipe out life on Earth, Abraxas reveals he is after the Ultimate Nullifer so he can end the entire Multiverse and kill every being who exists and has ever existed, plotting destruction on scales most villains would never even dream of.
    • "The Master(s) of Doom" arc: The Marquis of Death, originally one version of the brain-damaged Clyde Wyncham on an alternate Earth, discovered his love of slaughter after murdering dozens of heroes and villains when his mind was fully returned to him, and became dedicated to killing as many things as possible. First massacring every single one of the 7 billion people on his own Earth, the Marquis spent the next billion years traveling to various Earths then slowly exterminating all life on each and every one, always drawing out the deaths of heroes and forcing them into sadistic choices for his own sick amusement. Through this, the Marquis annihilates millions of universes and amasses an unfathomable body count before finally showing up on the 616 Earth, where he annihilates all of Latveria before viciously executing his loyal servant Doctor Doom for going too slow in destroying 616's heroes. The Marquis goes on to torment the Fantastic Four with the millions of versions of their loves ones he has murdered, then tries to manipulate Mr. Fantastic into compromising his morality for the life of his universe, after which he attempts to simply kill this Earth as well then continue his dimension-wide omnicide spree.
  • Force Works issues #15-16 & Century: Distant Sons: The Broker is a nasty interdimensional slave trader who controls his charges with horrific, brain-eating parasites. When the Broker got a hold of the artificial superhero Century, the Broker rewrote his mind and sold him to the planet-scouring Scatter, who exploited Century to feed upon countless worlds as he mindlessly followed a parallel version of the Phoenix across the universe. The Broker is totally remorseless over the planets he's had wasted for profit, and the Broker's own servant stabs him in the gut after learning that his own world was consumed by the Scatter.
  • The Frankenstein Monster issue #6—"--In Search of the Last Frankenstein!": Colonel Blackstone, a German soldier with dreams of conquest, took over Castle Frankenstein when he found a soul-sucking Giant Spider within its depths. Blackstone has common criminals subjected to this horrifying fate to use the soulless husks as cheap, mindless labor and as soldiers. Blackstone has created an army of hundreds by the time the Monster finds him, and he has no hesitation attempting to personally dispose of his second-in-command when he finds out.
  • Gunhawks Vol. 1 issues #3-7: Captain Warren Worth is a Union cavalry commander who hides a racist monster behind his veneer of equality and helpfulness. Reviling Native Americans as an entire race, Worth leads his men across the States for the express purpose of finding small Cheyenne tribes and slaughtering them down to the wailing children, Worth smugly proclaiming that his many victims aren't even human as he burns their villages and runs down mothers and their babies. Sparing a select few survivors of his rampages purely to put on mock trials and have them hanged, Worth spitefully frames Reno Jones for a shooting just to satisfy his bigoted hatred of the man, hoping to exterminate Reno so that no one will stand in his way for further slaughter of defenseless tribes.
  • Hellstorm: Prince of Lies issue # 15—"Cigarette Dawn": The Bailiff, chief servant of Inanna, the demoness of creativity and inspiration, decides to "inspire" a writer named Jack Wintergarden after the latter buys a manor cursed by Inanna. When Wintergarden invites all his family and their friends, the Bailiff comes to the mansion to torture them all to death for nothing but his own pleasure. The Bailiff makes Jack watch as his daughters burn in a brazen bull and keeps the other guests in other stages of madness and constant agony, sizzling out their eyes with acid and hanging them by their necks with chained collars.
  • The Incredible Hulk franchise:
    • The Incredible Hulk:
      • Brian Banner, Bruce Banner's father, regularly beat him and Brian's wife, Rebecca, eventually killing Rebecca when she tried to leave him and forcing Bruce to lie in court that Brian hadn't done anything to hurt either of them. Arrested after drunkenly bragging about having gotten away with murder at a bar, Brian returned to murder Bruce years later after his release, blaming his own slip up on Bruce. After being killed and resurrected by the Chaos King, Brian, transformed into the Devil Hulk, would try to kill his resurrected wife a second time along with his son Bruce, now known as the Hulk, and grandson, Skaar. During the events of Immortal Hulk, Brian aids the One Below All in his attempt to enter the physical plane so he can completely destroy the Marvel Multiverse, planning to use his own son Bruce as a host to allow the One Below All entryway.
      • Issues #351 ("Total Recall") & 352 ("Fervor"): Grand Inquisitor Risuli is a cruel tyrant native to the Microverse who conquered his home world K'ai and turned into a mass-torturing theocracy that worshipped the Hulk. When the Hulk again came down to K'ai, Risuli decides to have him murdered so he can continue ruling through his false dogma, systematically torturing dozens of rebels along the way and merely sighing "how disappointing" when one appears to croak.
      • The Maestro is a future version of the Hulk. Ninety years after the world is devastated by nuclear war, the Hulk has changed his name to the Maestro and builds a city state called Dystopia out of the wreckage of New Year City. The Maestro rules as a dictator, taking whatever he wants from his subjects and hoarding almost all the food and resources for himself. When Maestro sees a woman he fancies, he forces her to become his slave. The outside of his palace is littered with corpses of those who have defied or displeased the Maestro. The Maestro has his Secret Police patrol the streets, killing anyone who would oppose him. After the Maestro's forces have captured one of Rick Jones's rebels, the Maestro subjects the rebel to a machine which forcibly scans a person's mind, which puts him in a vegetative state. When Rick Jones uses Dr. Doom's Time Machine to bring the Hulk to the future to defeat the Maestro, the Maestro takes one of his slave girls hostage to force Hulk to surrender to him, before paralyzing the Hulk by breaking his neck and forcing one of his slave girls to perform sexual acts on him without the Hulk's permission. The Maestro even murders an elderly Rick Jones, the man who was once his best friend, for opposing him. The Maestro also tells the Hulk he prefers his harem of slaves to his former wife Betty Ross, because his slaves don't talk back to him or have opinions of their own.
      • Hulk/Wolverine: Six Hours, written by Bruce Jones: "Shredder" is an Ambiguously Human hitman introduced torturing his latest client to death when he's brought on to dispose of two drug dealers named Sid and Whitie. Shredder sets about murdering everybody in his path, connected to his targets or not, with disturbingly casual satisfaction. He carves an old couple to pieces; disembowels a friendly fisherman; kills not only Sid and Whitie but their harmless drop agent as well; and throws a twelve-year-old boy rendered inert by coral snake venom into a lake.
      • Planet Hulk: The "Red King", real name Angmo-Asan, seemingly saved Caeira's life in a flashback from the slaughter of her village before enslaving her in the comic and revealing himself in the cartoon to be the architect of the attack in the first place to take her as a slave. In his gladiatorial match against the Hulk, the Red King begins by slaughtering a group of the arena's survivors. Ordering the deaths of any who question the tributes he receives, the Red King dismisses the complaints of peasants, whom he compares to animals. In his rematch against the Hulk, the Red King tries to destroy the arena with a nuke, uncaring for the audience within the blast radius. When confronted about his atrocities, the Red King smugly proclaims killing to be his right, duty and pleasure. Finally defeated, the Red King tries to destroy the planet he is on as a final act of spite.
    • She-Hulk Ceremony (1989): Carlton Beatrice is the CEO of Carlton Industries who tries to purchase Apache sacred land, Keewazi Reservation, for business purposes. Learning about the Apache people's religious ceremony, Beatrice masters the art of soul stealing. Learning that he lacks the beneficient energy produced by women, he killed an Apache woman who tried to stop him. Learning that the mystic basket that could expand his powers was in the possession of She-Hulk, Beatrice attempts to persuade her, and when his assistant hurts She-Hulk with his spirits, Beatrice punishes him by ripping his soul apart—not because of any standards, but because he needed She-Hulk to give the basket to him to harness its power. To this end, he ripped out her fiancé's soul and used it as a bargain to retrieve the basket. After retrieving the basket, Beatrice performs a ritual to consume all of the souls in Earth to gain more power.
  • Iron Man franchise:
    • Iron Man:
      • Wong-Chu started off as Iron Man's first major villain, but later became something worse. In the original version of Iron Man's origin, Wong-Chu was an Asian warlord who ran a P.O.W. Camp. After Tony Stark was injured while visiting a war zone, Wong-Chu captured him and brought him to his camp, so that Stark could make weapons for him. Stark instead made the Iron Man armor, not before Wong-Chu's men killed Yinsen, the kindly scientist who helped Stark create the armor. Wong-Chu was about to order his men to kill all the prisoners in the camp, but he was seemingly killed during a battle with Iron Man. Wong-Chu managed to survive and reappeared in in 2000's "The Sons of Yinsen" storyline. Deciding to become a drug lord, he opened a more brutal camp in a remote Asian jungle and kidnapped villagers to work as slaves and produce narcotics for him. The Sons of Yinsen, a group that revered the original Yinsen, informed Stark of Wong-Chu's camp. Iron Man and his allies attack the camp, discovering that Wong-Chu also uses children as slaves. When Iron Man and his allies confront Wong-Chu, Wong-Chu is sitting on a throne made of human skulls. Wong-Chu threatens to murder two dozen slaves if Iron Man and his allies don't surrender. When they do surrender, Wong-Chu executes them anyway, then tortures Stark and his allies, before planning to execute them, taking them to a pit filled with thousands of corpses of murdered slaves.
      • Basil Sandhurst, better known as "the Controller", is a recurring foe of Iron Man's with a penchant for mentally tormenting countless innocents. Left crippled by a lab accident caused by his own malicious ego, Basil reacted by blaming the world and turning his own brother and hundreds of innocents into living batteries as he became the Controller. The Controller seeks to enslave the minds of millions over the years, happy to leave his victims as zombified puppets for him to leech off of, and engages in copious amounts of Mind Rape, Psychic-Assisted Suicide, and enforced Gladiator Games for his own amusement, his victims often aware of their fates but unable to stop the suffering. After a scheme in which he threatened to have dozens of mothers kill their own children fails, the Controller returns for his grandest scheme yet, using VR eScape to transform swathes of people who believe they're in a video game into mass murderers and suicide bombers, with countless innocents dying in the bloody conflicts that the Controller masterminds through eScape in his quest to see every mind in the world under his control.
      • Obadiah Stane, aka Iron Monger I, after seeing his father shoot himself during a game of Russian Roulette, reached two conclusions: that life was a game you had to win at, no matter the cost, and that his father was a weakling who left too much to chance. During a childhood chess match, when paired against a boy who was his equal or better, Stane slit the boy's pet dog's throat to make sure his mind wasn't on the game. Becoming a Corrupt Corporate Executive, Stane defeated Tony Stark in a corporate buyout, and engineered his psychological breakdown, reducing Tony to living on the streets as a homeless, alcoholic vagrant. When Tony returned as Iron Man, Stane wasted no time in kidnapping his friends and loved ones, going so far as to try and brainwash one of Tony's former girlfriends into becoming his lover, not out of interest, but to drive in the fact that he had won; he then set off a bomb at the Circuit Dome to kill Tony with no compunction about collateral damage. When Tony arrived to confront him, Stane revealed he'd set up a chamber with Tony's loved ones subject to receiving electric shocks should he take a step to free them, intending to force Tony to starve to death in the room. When Tony beat Stane's game, Stane played his last trump card: Tony would surrender or Stane would use his own suit to crush a baby's skull. Once beaten, Stane opted to hurt Tony and deny him victory the only way he could: suicide.
      • Vol. 3 (The Invincible Iron Man) issue #50 ("Tin Man"): General Milos Radanovich is a genocidal Russian war criminal who stokes a race war between Christians and Muslims within Siberia after the fall of the Iron Curtain. A raving sadist who has innocent people massacred entire streets at a time, Radanovich once crushed the hands of a man for playing music, then forced the man and his young daughter to watch as his wife was raped and tortured to death. Meeting the aforementioned daughter years later as a grown rebel, Radanovich boasts that with a hundred women like her, he could breed the imaginary, perfect Russian race of his dreams.
    • War Machine (1994-1996 run):
      • The Advisor is a demonic entity seeking to plunge the world into endless conflict for both his amusement and to feed off the misery and death of millions. The Advisor manipulates political and national hotspots into conflict in order to destroy each other while sabotaging any attempt at peace. The Advisor helps Eda Arul establish a dictatorship within Imaya in order to create strife within the country only to hope it fails in order to make it a war zone for him to exploit: He would later murder peace activist Vincent Cetewayo for offering peace, which he deems as a threat to his plans. Later returning to San Revilla, the Advisor organized a Civil War within the country while getting the heroes so he could see the "self-immolation of a country", planning to repeat the process onto several other countries and later to the rest of the world. When foiled, the Advisor furiously planned kill everyone who got involved for daring to foil his plan.
      • Issues #1-4: Eda Arul was originally a prison guard before becoming the dictator of the African country of Imaya after usurping its former president, and would go on to oppress the people within his country for 15 years. Eda Arul would have those he deemed as traitors decapitated, having their heads displayed as "trophies" while also allowing his soldiers to massacre entire villages. In his first appearance, Eda Arul forces a crowd to applaud him while threatening to shoot them. He would later capture a peace activist named Vincent Cetewayo, whom he would later assault and order tortured. After learning Cetewayo escaped, Eda Arul orders his men to burn down every village they come across, leaving no one alive, while constantly threatening to kill them should they fail him. After being usurped from power by rebels with the help of War Machine, Eda Arul attempts to murder Sheva Josephs rather than accepting arrest.
  • JLA/Avengers: Krona is a former Oan scientist and callous egomaniac who desires to learn the secrets of the universe, and later goes on to destroy countless universes to discover their creation. Arriving in the Marvel Universe, he makes a bet with the Grandmaster, to put the heroes from their universes against each other to collect a dozen cosmic items. When Krona loses, he reacts by fatally torturing the Grandmaster, before summoning Galactus and killing him in a fit of rage. Using Galactus's corpse as a new base of operations, Krona learns of the sapience of the two worlds—Eternity and Kismet—trapping the two beings together to learn their secrets. When Metron calls out Krona for caring about conquest as opposed to knowledge, Krona eventually admits to this. Hoping to recreate Galactus's origins with himself in his stead, Krona plans on forcing the Marvel and DC Universes together to destroy them both and start a new Big Bang.
  • Journey into Mystery Vol. 2's issues #4-5: The Haunter in the Dark, the wicked Outer God Nyarlathotep, awakens after being released by one hapless seeker. Tormenting those in his path to drive them to madness, Nyarlathotep kills several, including the one who awakened him after driving the man incurably insane. Revealed to have demanded violent blood sacrifice in great numbers, Nyarlathotep possesses a doctor who has access to weapon systems, intending to use said systems to wipe out humanity, and kills the one man who knows the truth.
  • Kid ColtWild Western issue #23's "The Renegades": Spider Mantee is a vicious thug and consummate backstabber who teams up with a corrupt Apache named Black Lance, using him to slaughter a hunting party so he can steal their furs. When Black Lance demands payment, Mantee instead ties him up to slowly die in the desert. Totally without loyalty, Mantee slaughters all of his men to avoid sharing his ill-gotten gains after another massacre, and when desperation forces Mantee and Black Lance to team back up again, Mantee only waits until Black Lance has cozied up to him again before betraying him once more and killing him. Mantee has about half-a-dozen separate massacres on his hands by the time Kid Colt kills him, and was planning on even more death by causing a war between the Whites and the Apache so he could reap the benefits of the slaughter.
  • Man-Thing:
    • Giant-Size Man-Thing issue #3 & Man-Thing Vol. 1 issues #21-22: Klonus and Mortak are, respectively, an Evil Sorcerer and brutal warlord from another dimension. Seeking godhood, the two usurp the throne of Katharta, murdering its king and slaughtering its defenders and people while giving the women of the kingdom to Mortak's soldiers for their vile pleasure. Seeking to sacrifice Prince Korrek, the two are defeated, only to return as servants of the demon Thog in an attempt to drive the entire cosmos to madness.
    • Giant-Size Man-Thing issue #5's "There's a Party in 6G!": Ehrthold is a lesser demon whose name, derisive among his kind, means something horrifically wicked for the humans he preys upon: "Devourer of Babes". Ehrthold rewards those who summon him with delights only should they brutally murder infants for him to feed upon, and when one cult botches the summoning when Man-Thing intervenes, Ehrthold has no issue leaving their leader to burn to death and killing those in his way.
    • Marvel Comics Presents Vol. 1's "Elements of Terror" storyline:
      • General Selbert is the corrupt head of Project Glamor. In an attempt to duplicate the Super Soldier Serum, or "The Juice", Selbert runs every corrupt dealing he can, financing misery and death all over to reap profits and craft Project Glamor, where a supposed Satanic cult kidnaps victims to be used as fodder for nightmarish experiments that see their flesh warped and the victims in unbelievable agony before they succumb to death. Frustrated with a lack of progress, Selbert has Dr. Railsback made into an experiment himself before attempting to murder any who might expose the program.
      • Dr. Laurence Railsback, the chief scientist of Project Glamor, is the man in charge of carrying out all its atrocities. Having abductees brought to him, Railsback injects them with his serum to deform their bodies, leaving them in horrendous agony before expiring. With no remorse, Railsback just continues moving on to the next victims until Selbert has him "replaced", prompting the mutated Railsback to go on a brutal spree to murder the general.
  • Marvel Comics Presents Vol. 1 issue #157's "Jury of Your Peers": Number 16 is an especially sadistic Hydra member who captures dozens of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and horrifically tortures every single one of them for answers to questions he hasn't asked. Nick Fury assumes it's to attain information, but Number 16 admits it's only because he wants to hear them scream.
  • Marvel Knights Vol. 2 (2002):
    • The Brothers Grace, Marco and Polo, are the leaders of one of the worst international crime syndicates in the world, with only one of their many heinous crimes being to worsen a famine to profit off of the starvation of thousands. With their army of Shockers, who they've brainwashed in specialized camps to be suicidally loyal, the Brothers arrive in New York and begin killing anyone even remotely in their way, massacring the current underworld leaders, blowing up apartments across the city, killing witnesses and their families, and Marco intending to take Sgt. Helen Kim as a Sex Slave for him to produce more Shockers. Soon enough, the Brothers turn their plans towards each other, with Polo scheming behind his brother's back to engineer thousands of deaths with Mr. Tune before Marco attempts to kill him for his "betrayal".
    • Mr. Tune, real name Augustus Tuneski, is a psychotic Serial Killer who twists his victims' corpses into demented works of "art". Having spent World War II fighting for the Nazis on a bicycle made of his victims' bones, all at the age of 10, Mr. Tune reemerges with the Brothers, commanding their Shockers and leading their various massacres. Unafraid to make moves against the Brothers when it suits him, Mr. Tune kills various civilians, twisting their bodies into horrific sculptures; tortures the Punisher by slowly breaking his hand; and kills a victim's cat to force them to cooperate. Later on, when Polo gives him the means, Mr. Tune begins his "masterpiece" and confronts the Punisher in a fight to the death, armed with a Dead Man's Switch that will kill thousands of people should the Punisher kill him.
  • Marvel Mystery Comics Vol. 1 (Examples featuring Namor can be found below):
    • Issue #28:
      • "The Poison Pill Suicides": Izan is a ruthless weapons smuggler who earns the attention of the Human Torch after Izan has a crowd bombed during Mardi Gras parade to silence one man who found out his schemes. Izan is a murderously cruel Bad Boss who forces all his failed minions to kill themselves, lest he strap a glass dome to their head and fill it up with water for the pleasure of seeing them slowly drown. When Izan's entire gang elects to commit suicide on his order when they're rounded up, Izan refuses to join them despite his earlier promise, laughing that they would throw away their lives for him.
      • "The Horror of the Haunted Cathedral": Nazi General Henchel, after fleeing from his superiors to escape death for his recent blunders, found a cursed parchment which transforms him and his men into livid and murderous zombies. Henchel names himself "Fuehrer of the Zombies", promising his men the death of millions of Americans, and to warm up he and his army slaughter an entire town and a military division.
    • Issue #34's "The Curse of Professor Torture": The insidious Professor Torture makes good on his chosen sobriquet by kidnapping the sons of wealthy couples and putting them through excruciating torture, taunting their parents with pictures and ransom notes. More often than not the Professor simply tortures his victims to death, ripping their arms off, mutilating them, boiling them in oil and—as he attempts to do to the Angel—subjecting them to the Iron Maiden.
    • Issue #52's "Tyrants Must Die": Colonel Von Kluk is a sexist pig of a Nazi who is trying to steal away massive food supplies from France, uncaring if the countryfolk suffer and starve. When the Human Torch interferes in his business, Von Kluk threatens to kill every single female in the entirety of France, and though the Torch thwarts this scheme, Von Kluk resorts to kidnapping hundreds of young children and threatening them. After torturing a French rebellion ally, Von Kluk uses the hostage children to force the Torch into surrendering himself, promising to spare the kids, but as soon as the Torch complies, Von Kluk orders the children be slaughtered anyway.
  • Maverick: Ivan Pushkin "the Terrible" is Russia's Kingpin, with a reputation that makes the latter look like a "kitten". A monstrously cruel mobster who has failing minions and rivals alike tossed into a dungeon called the "Cooler" to slowly die, Ivan makes enemies with Maverick and tries a variety of ways to break him, from Mind Rape to the Cooler. Later on, Ivan tries to steal a cache of weaponized anthrax from AIM—framing HYDRA in the process so the two organizations will go to war with each other—so he can kill millions with the terrible disease. Ivan also tortures his mistress into feeble obedience, crushing her hands for a minor infraction and threatening to shoot her young son.
  • Micronauts: Baron Karza is the monstrous dictator who has terrorized the Microverse for thousands of years, and is the Arch-Enemy of the Micronauts. After a failed attempt to usurp control of Homeworld left him for dead, Karza murdered the entire monastery that saved his life, then used their technological secrets to massacre the Homeworld royal family and take control of their empire. As supreme leader of the Microverse, Karza instituted the dreadful "Body Banks" to turn millions of innocents into raw materials for harvesting to keep Karza and his followers alive for centuries, and took part in routine genocide against any planets that resisted his tyranny. Karza forced thousands of women into impregnation machines that drove them insane as they constantly churned out infants for Karza to brainwash into loyal slaves. Karza's pettiness even saw him trick a young woman into crippling herself for her sweetheart, only to ruin both their lives and make her sacrifice for naught, just for his own amusement. The most recurring thorn in the Micronauts' side who executed his own forces on the regular, butchered the billions of Homeworld inhabitants to transform them into abominable monstrosities, and reacted to defeat by trying to doom the entire Microverse to save his own skin, Baron Karza happily embraced his status as just a man out to be as evil as possible, even rejecting an offer of godhood when it would require he become benevolent.
  • Ms. Marvel (2014): The Inventor is a clone of Thomas Edison mixed up with the DNA of a cockatiel and the soul of a consummate Child Hater. The Inventor goes about convincing dozens of disaffected teenagers that they're worth absolutely nothing to society except in terms of raw material and convinces them to surrender themselves to become "voluntary" human batteries for his invention. The Inventor intends to implement this scheme as a global industry, and attacks not only Ms. Marvel but those close to her, including her closest friend and a school full of innocent kids.
  • Mystery Men: The General is a corrupt military official operating in Depression-Era America. He is the leader of a group of corrupt industrialists called the Board, who control the economy and are drawing out the Depression for their own economic benefit. The General is allied with Nox—based on the Greek Goddess Nyx—who demands sacrifices in exchange for power. The General sacrifices a Broadway actress and tries to frame his son for the crime. The General is also a pedophile, wanting to sleep with an underage prostitute. The General slaughters an entire town to help Nox regain her power. To gain ultimate power, Nox and the General devise an a plan to kidnap several children and sacrifice them on the Summer solstice. When one of the Board members opposes this plan, the General kills him.

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  • Namor:
    • Marvel Mystery Comics Vol. 1:
      • Issue #41's "Metal Monsters": Admiral von Roeder is a high-ranking Nazi dispatched by the Führer himself to find and destroy Namor the Sub-Mariner. After quite literally crushing the information he wants out of a young boy whose corpse he cruelly throws away like garbage, von Roeder decides to wipe out not just Namor but everyone associated with him, invading Namor's undersea city in a giant mech and commanding his army to attack and kill everyone.
      • Issue #84's "Case of the Vanishing Venuses": Sari Tartar is a disfigured film director intent on punishing all those she finds attractive, out of both envy and pure spiteful sadism. Under the illusion of making a new film, Sari lures dozens of people into her clutches to enslave and torture them, using a whip to personally beat her captives to near-death on a regular basis. When Namor and his partners try to save her victims, Sari captures and subjects the heroic trio to torture before trying to kill them all.
    • The Lemurian tyrant Naga has a reign defined by torture, despotism and mass murder. Having killed and tortured any against him for centuries, Naga loses the source of his eternal youth, the Serpent Crown, and desperately sends his loyal Questors to recover it. Upon regaining his power, Naga returns to torturing and killing his subjects, even subjecting his most loyal to agonizing death for the hell of it and killing the sister of his loyal enforcer Karthon to disguise her corpse as Namor's lover just to hurt him. Upon challenging Namor, Naga makes clear his intent to raze the surface world ostensibly in Set's name, but in truth for his own glory and amusement.
    • Annual #1 (June 1991): The Keeper of the Flame, ruler of El Dorado, is the cruelest of the Doradian lineage to have inherited the title of Keeper of the Flame. The "flame" he keeps is that of the fiery extermination chambers into which he rounds up the pacifistic, servile Moloids, 200 each hour. When he's confronted by Namor, the Keeper tortures him, gloating that he's annihilated nearly every Moloid and that he, like any human being, pursues and inflicts pain merely for its own sake.
    • Vol. 2—"Revolution"; issues #3-5: Zoran is a ruthless Atlantean militant who, disillusioned with the peace that Atlantis has struck with the surface world, attempts to wage war to conquer both land and sea. Zoran and his zealous loyalists slaughter many of their own Atlanteans, while Zoran masterminds terrorist attacks on the surface, having an entire town massacred and later trying to suffocate thousands more people in Seattle. Zoran's primary architect in these attacks is Namor's estranged son, Kamar, whose mind Zoran has been poisoning with lies for decades.
  • Nightstalkers issues #12-13: The Serial Killer who would become known as "Short Circuit" murdered fourteen children in tribute to his demonic mother, Lilith, before his trial and execution. When the switch was pulled on the electric chair, Short Circuit tapped into his demonic power and proceeded to turn the entire prison into a charnel house. All for the sake of a power trip, Short Circuit dunked his victims in and out of interdimensional portals to let them endure the horrors on the other side; by the time the Nightstalkers arrive, the prison is swamped with an ocean of corpses, and those left are so mad they've raked out their own eyes.
  • Night Raven: Yi Yang was introduced as a drug lord with the stylings of a Dragon Lady and a propensity for killing her own minions before Alan Moore reinvented her as an immortal bored with her own longevity. To avenge her prior defeat at his hands, and to give herself some stimulation during her immortality, Yi Yang infected Night Raven with a disease that not only caused him maddening, constant agony, but made him into a fellow immortal so he could bear that agony forever. Not satisfied destroying her nemesis, Yi Yang subjected him to a variety of spiteful mind games, from presenting him with a—fake—cure that she lied would cause the death of millions should he take it, to trying to bury him alive in cement or freeze him alive knowing he would never know respite. Yi Yang also has a habit of preying on lovers she tends to traumatize or offhandedly kill when they outlive their usefulness; one of her cruelest schemes involved manipulating an albino prostitute named Chinese White to use her to lure Night Raven into her clutches, only to abandon her to the cement when she was finished using her. When a man attempted to save Chinese White and saved Yi Yang instead, Yi Yang repaid him by shooting him dead with a wicked grin.
  • Power Pack: Douglas Carmody was a slovenly businessman who blames the Power Pack for his misfortunes, trying to murder the kids as a result. Going into metahuman trafficking, Carmody styles himself as the Bogeyman to target and sell mutant children as slaves and weapons, dreaming of exterminating all of them for money, even trying to give some to demons. When turned into a demon himself, Carmody goes on a killing spree, trying to kill the Power Pack's parents in front of them, handing the world to demons just for a chance at revenge. Returning one last time against Luke Cage as a disembodied spirit, Carmody begins possessing people to go on further killing sprees, trying for Luke Cage's body to start new horrific slaughters.
  • Rom Spaceknight: Hybrid is the aptly-named son of a reformed Dire Wraith and a human woman. Born James Marks, he had been secretly trained by other Dire Wraiths in their dark arts, excelling but becoming cold and power-hungry to the point the Wraiths realized they made something even they feared. At age 15, he renounces his humanity and takes the name "Hybrid", using wraith magic to age his mother to death and murder his own father during his first battle with Rom. He decides to conquer Earth by having humans and wraiths breed a new race like himself, with him as leader taking any mates he fancies. Pretending to be a helpless child to the X-Men, he tricks them into fighting Rom, before attacking both sides and attempting his plan with Kitty before dissolving. Able to reconstruct, he allied himself with the female members of the Brotherhood of Mutants before they realize he planned on raping them. He would continue reconstructing during Rom's adventures on Earth, which saw him commit actions like attempting to rape Brandy and brutally assaulting Torpedo, leaving him for dead. Many years later, he is rescued by the students of Avengers Academy from Purifiers, murdering the attackers to keep his identity a secret. He takes over the academy, planning to feed of the superhumans, only sparing the females to breed with. An attempted rapist with world conquering ambitions, Hybrid is among the worst Rom has ever faced.
  • Savage Avengers: Johan Richter, the Priest of Sickles, is Kulan Gath's most evil and zealous servant. A World War II pilot whose capacity for evil was so great that Kulan Gath made Johan his servant on the spot, the Priest sacrifices countless people in Kulan Gath's name, filling up an enormous bowl of blood with which he uses to bring the monstrous Marrow God down on Earth in Kulan Gath's name. Kulan Gath's perfect servant, the Priest traffics in countless women; distributes a drug that leads to those who take it being possessed by Shuma-Gorath; murders his own minions; and finally helps to bring about the reign of Kulan Gath on the Earth, personally slaughtering hundreds of innocents with glee.
  • Savage Land:
    • Shanna the She-Devil Vol. 1 issue #2—"The Sahara Connection": El Montano ("The Mountain Man") is a slaver who regularly has droves of innocents from the Fulani tribe kidnapped and trafficked as slaves, with anyone who resists gunned down. El Montano is also a vile drug dealer who seeks to buy thousands of slaves with the huge score of heroin he plans to sell.
    • Savage Tales Vol. 1 issue #9:
      • "Beneath the Palace of Pain": Queen Omell, supposedly the noble ruler of Palandor deposed by her evil brother Sann, is anything but what she claims. Omell is actually a tyrant who allows her citizens to languish and die under horrible, widespread starvation, with any who dare to so much as beg for food struck down by her sadistic guards. Upon manipulating Ka-Zar into returning her to the throne, Omell tries to kill both Ka-Zar and her own brother Sann by feeding them to a monstrous beast, only pausing first to kick one of her own followers to the beast for fun.
      • "The Golden Blood-Beasts of Daka-Jur!": Raga-Shahnote , High Priest of Daka-Jur, is a human-sacrificing zealot responsible for the death of thousands who seeks the destruction of the entire world so as to be reborn into a new one for his taking. Raga-Shah seduced a woman named Sarapha Singh for the purpose of becoming a sacrifice, ordering her brother killed and over a dozen innocent people slaughtered alongside him. Raga-Shah bests Shanna the first time and returns in an attempt to torture her to death, promising to make her death a "spectacle." Any claims he makes of being a Necessary Evil die next to his sadism and self-admitted "fascination with torment", admitting he can't wait to think about the terrifying last minutes of every human on Earth.
  • Sleepwalker: Cobweb is a demon that invades the minds of humans and drives them insane with his lies, all while plotting to invade and enslave the Earth, framing Sleepwalker in the process. Cobweb turned people against Sleepwalker, while corrupting their minds, all the while using invading forces to wreak havoc and devour innocents' minds. Cobweb planned to have Sleepwalker's host, Rick Sheridan, cross the Despair Event Horizon and betray Sleepwalker, which would allow Cobweb to turn Rick into a portal to Earth and wreak destruction there. Since the denizens of the Mindscape don't need to devour people's minds to survive, Cobweb stands out as a monster amongst his own species.
  • Star Masters (includes Cosmic Powers Unlimited): Lord Votan, the "Purifier" who leads the Axi-Tun people, is on a campaign of serial genocide to cleanse the galaxy of all life not of his Axi-Tun people. Votan has wiped out countless billions by killing off entire races one after another, whether by having his generals drop meteorites on their planets, having them rounded up and fed to his horrifying Cauldron of Conversion, or killing them with an agonizing plague that Votan hopes to expose the cosmos to. Votan is also the architect of a terrible massacre that claims three-million lives from the peaceful interplanetary coalition the Charter, all so Votan can simultaneously frame Earth for the slaughter so it will be destroyed in reprisal, and so he can deal a deadly blow to the Charter for their peaceful ideals. Above everything, Votan is a hypocrite, genetically augmenting his so-called "pure" body to give himself a Compelling Voice strong enough to mind-control his entire species. When his hated brother Landar exposes him for the monster he is, Votan throws his own planet into a Civil War and risks the destruction of his entire species rather than surrender his crown.
  • Super Soldiers, from Marvel UK: Childs was a cold-blooded soldier who illegally executed Argentine P.O.W.s before hitting a land mine before he could be court-martialed. Coming back as a Super Soldier, Childs was responsible for gunning down an innocent bystander before going on to massacre a village as well as murdering most of hero Major Joseph Hauer's teammates. In the present, Childs assassinates a scientist while shooting his own allies to kill his targets. Childs gleefully disobeyed his boss, Sir Marcus Grantby-Fox, and went off to attack a monastery of Buddhist monks where he has them killed by the dozens while threatening and murdering a pilot. In his final confrontation with Hauer, Childs shoots one of his companions in front of him out of nothing more than spite.
  • The Thanos Imperative: Lord Mar-Vell of the Marvel Cancerverse is the Evil Counterpart of the heroic Captain Mar-Vell. In this universe, when Mar-Vell got cancer, he performed an arcane ritual that killed Death itself and brought the Many Angled Ones their universe. When the Nova Corps tried to stop him from doing so, he killed all of them and proceeded to let the Many Angled Ones enslave every living being in the universe, turning them into hideous parodies. Mar-Vell's main goal is to unleash the Many Angled Ones upon many universes by killing the Avatar of Death, Thanos, destroying Death for good and leaving everything that exists as the slaves to him and his dark masters. To do this, he manipulates Adam Warlock's evil counterpart the Magus into detonating multiple inhabited worlds to open the gap between the universes and kills him when he learns the Magus hasn't located the Avatar of Death. In his search, he captures a number of heroes suspected to be the Avatar of Death and tortures them for the location of Thanos when he learns that they aren't. Having left all of his nobility behind, Lord Mar-Vell stands as a shockingly monstrous villain who will torture and kill to gain what he desires and overthrow the universe's natural order.
  • The Mighty Thor frabchise:
    • The Mighty Thor:
      • Surtur, the Fire Giant, is the lord of Muspelheim and a horrific monster who seeks to burn the universe down to rule it as he will. Seeking to cause Ragnarok, Surtur has Malekith use the Cask of Endless Winter to freeze Earth so he may reach Asgard, and attempt to burn it to ash with the rest of the Nine Realms following. Upon his return on Earth, Surtur destroys a village and condemns many humans to be his endlessly burning dolls of fire. Upon his later return, Surtur pulls off a scheme that will allow him to burn every realm, gloating viciously about the conflagration that will consume humanity.
      • Malekith the Accursed is the cruel ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. Serving as the harbinger of Surtur, Malekith hunts for the Casket of Ancient Winters, murdering any who get in his way. He unleashes the Casket of Ancient Winters to plunge Earth into a frozen wasteland to let Surtur burn every realm with no care if his fellow Dark Elves are caught in the blaze as long as he profits from it. Malekith in his spare time also hunts down good-hearted, virtuous people and devours their souls, as the souls of the virtuous are a delicacy for him. Freed from imprisonment in Hel, Malekith brutally seizes control of the Dark Elves once more, butchering any Dark Elf who wouldn't join him and calling for his followers to "burn the old, flay the young and bring me the eyes of those who will not see." He has Dark Elf children work as slaves in his mines while having his starving people eat one another, partly so he could focus on feeding his armies and partly out of amusement. Malekith then forms a coalition of Asgard's enemies called the Dark Council and enacts a bloody and destructive campaign across all Nine Realms before finally setting his sights on Midgard, killing countless more, including Valkyrie. Living only for war and wanton cruelty, Malekith is feared and hated across the Nine Realms even by his own people.
      • Vol. 1 issues #137-145 & 474: Mogul of the Mystic Mountains is a sorcerous warlord and ruler of Zanadu who makes a habit of executing and enslaving all in his path. Invading Hogun the Grim's land and slaughtering thousands of his people, Mogul keeps the rest as slaves, while goading Hogun to come and retrieve them. Fearing that Thor and his warriors will bring down his reign of terror, Mogul forces the thief Alibar to become his warrior prince and lead Satan's Forty Horsemen to slaughter all in their path, while attempting to unleash a spotted plague throughout Zanadu to spite Hogun. Eventually released from captivity by his sister Shezada, Mogul now plans to claim Asgard as his own in his first step to conquering the entire universe, hoping to destroy all of Asgard in the process.
      • Annual Vol. 1 issue #18's "Forged in Fire": Skulveig is the father-by-rape of a Thor rogue named Hrinmeer, aka the Flame. In the far past Skulveig massacred a city of elves and made Hrinmeer's mother his Sex Slave, relishing that his very touch was like fire to her. Skulveig subsequently raised his bastard offspring under decades of emotional abuse, until Hrinmeer finally embraced the violence he was raised by and slew Skulveig as his first of many victims.
    • Vikings: Harald Jaekelsson is a sadistic, psychotic villain who embodies the worst stereotypes of Vikings. In 1003 AD, Harald leads his men to rape and slaughter all inhabitants of a village before setting sail for the new world. Cursed by a wise man to sail for a thousand years, Harald and his men arrive at New York as nigh-invincible zombies. Setting about to slaughter, pillage and rape all they find, Harald and his comrades turn New York into a near death camp, with Harald selecting the seat of his new throne built of human bones at the Empire State Building. When he faces Thor, Harald tries to humiliate the God and taunts him to go die a coward's death before casting him into the Hudson River. Despite only having a brief appearance, Harald marks himself as one of the most truly vile beings the God of Thunder has ever faced.
    • Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill: Asteroth is a demon accidentally broken free in a violent clash between Bill and Stardust, one of Galactus's Heralds. Asteroth immediately proves herself worse than even Galactus himeslf, ravaging dozens of planets and their populations to drain the life from them and attempting to annihilate every possible facet of reality, up to the megaverses, to reduce existence to an "orgy of chaos". Even struck down, Asteroth reclaims her form in an especially cruel way; devouring the souls of Bill's fallen people, the Korbinites, and gloating that to strike her down now would be to erase Bill's people forever.
  • Uncanny Tales Vol. 1 issue #21's "The Torturer": Don Pedro is a Spanish conquistador who earns his title "the Torturer" by inflicting agony after agony upon the native Aztec population. He whips them; stretches them out on the rack; drowns them; and threatens to rip them apart, sometimes to extents his victims die. When approached by a village whose population greets him with food and gifts, Don Pedro tortures his way through them and buries their harmless old chief alive.
  • Warlock and the Infinity Watch: Count Abyss was once a human scientist named Milos who voluntarily threw away his own soul to become the champion of a malevolent Eldritch Abomination named Zalkor, and proved he had no conscience to begin with by slaughtering his fellow researchers beforehand. With nigh-omnipotent power and an ego unconstrained by anything, Count Abyss decided to take over the universe, subjecting galaxy after galaxy to a campaign of genocide, torture, and slavery. Those he doesn't wipe out are subject to worse fates; the population of Egolix-7 were permanently reduced to deformed monsters, save for their teenage princess Maya, whom Abyss made his consort. Abyss later tortures Maya with a Love Potion he uses to have her fall for Adam Warlock, falsely promising her an antidote before revealing the truth and forcing her to torment Adam, gloating that she might take comfort that it was a "false love" breaking her heart. Seeking a soul again, Count Abyss stole the Soul Gem and ripped out the souls of hundreds of thousands, permanently tainting them with his evil and corruption.
  • Werewolf by Night:
    • Vol. 1:
      • Issues #27-30 & 39-41: Dr. Glitternight was once a cosmic being from without reality who devoured another of their order. In a battle that destroyed countless worlds, Glitternight was bested and banished to Earth in human form. Glitternight consumes souls, subjecting them to hellish torture within himself to remold them into demons, which he intends to do to all of humanity.
      • Issues #34-37: Belaric Marcosa was a shockingly dark villain for even a 70s Bronze Age Marvel horror series. In life, Marcosa lured victims to his manor to use dark sorcery to drive them into "lewd depravity" before he sucked their lives and souls out before having them murder one another for his amusement. He then kept their souls trapped in his manor. After his death, Marcosa had more victims lured to the manor so he could torture them as well, playing dark mind games and driving his victims to distrust and murder one another before revealing himself and attempting to add their souls to his collection.
    • Moon Knight Vol. 1 issues #29-30: Schuyler "Morning Star" Belial is the dark leader of a Satanic cult he leads in the hopes of bringing about Hell on Earth. Upon learning of Jack Russell, Belial seeks to capture and force Russell into his werewolf form against the man's will, with Belial's cultists killing an elderly railyard worker for merely witnessing them. Belial eventually traps both Russell and Moon Knight, planning to sacrifice the latter before infecting himself and his followers with Russell's werewolf curse, then running rampant across the planet and until the world is an apocalyptic nightmare fit for Satan himself to use as a kingdom.
    • Ghost Rider Vol. 3 issue #55 ("Skin Games"): Morphine is a sadistic one-shot foe of Dan Ketch and a friend of Calvin Zabo, aka Mr. Hyde. A former killer-for-hire who got bored of the rote ways he usually killed his marks, Morphine founded a club he called "Skin & Bones" with fellow minded sadists so he could use it as a hub to torture random hobos to death in every way imaginable, all for the sake of providing some live entertainment to his sick, wealthy audience.
  • Wolfpack issue #10—"Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know": Christian, a small-time gangster already put away for rape and cop-killing, becomes far nastier when he decides to form a gang of his own. Too incompetent to amass anything but a small following of crack-addicted street children, Christian uses the kids for petty theft and drug-dealing. A casual murderer who sees it fit to fatally stab a boy for insulting his coat, Christian cuts out the tongue of one of the boys when he speaks up against Christian and fatally shoots a member of the Wolfpack when he tries to save the kid from bleeding out. Christian's sociopathic idiocy ends up causing the fiery death of his entire gang and numerous innocent bystanders, to his total lack of regard.
  • Young Allies Vol. 1 issue #14's "The Monster of the Maniac Murders": Dr. Wilton Wilkes is a traitor to his country and a genius doctor who invents a ray that can make people go homicidally insane. Using this ray to turn test subjects into raving beasts that kill those in their path, Wilkes has a man kill a general and unleashes the machine on an entire town, intending to give it to the Japanese Army to utilize against the US.
  • Young Avengers Vol. 2: "Mother" is an interdimensional parasite that consumes her victims by drawing them in with the image of their deceased loved ones, particularly their parents. Mother assumes the form of the deceased mother of Hulkling, using her influence to assimilate the Avengers and thousands across New York to devour the Young Avengers before she's repelled as part of Loki's plots. In anger out of having been deceived, Mother decides to annihilate Earth and its entire reality as a warning to the rest of the multiverse, twisting Hulkling into a "throne" while he's alive and conscious and sending dark counterparts of the Young Avengers to destroy all they find.

Marvel 2099 (Earth-928)

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  • Kron Stone is the 2099 incarnation of Venom, the son of the equally-sociopathic Alchemax executive Tyler Stone, and a monster who plays a role in the origins of both the 2099 Punisher and the 2099 Spider-Man. Twisted since he was a kid, Kron was guilty of attempted murder in his youth, and graduated to slaughtering entire families at a time, even the kids, punishing random innocents to vent frustration about his own unhappy childhood. When put down by the Punisher, Jake Gallows—whose entire family Kron considered cheaper than one of his suits—Kron barely survived and bonded to the Venom symbiote, killing a random bum to disguise the corpse as his own. Taking the mantle of Venom, Kron attacked a hospital and attempted to kill his comatose father, killing dozens of innocents in the process, and takes the life of Miguel O'Hara's ex-lover Dana after forcing Miguel into a Sadistic Choice involving Dana's life and his other girlfriend, Xina. Both Jake and Miguel reject Kron's attempt to foist all the blame for his evil on his troubled childhood, and beneath his excuses Kron is a savage who kills because he loves it.
  • Ravage 2099: Dethstryk—real name Graeme Striker, the last President of the United States—is by 2099 the wicked tyrant of the island of Hellrock. A Card-Carrying Villain who "only finds humor and solace in unimaginable perversity", Dethstryk has thousands of people exiled from the mainland and dumped aboard Hellrock to endure agonizing transformation; the few who survive become tortured travesties of themselves known as Mutroids, whose lease on life is only as long as Dethstryk's Hair-Trigger Temper. Throughout the story, Dethstryk threatens to rape Ravage's love interest Tiana and turn her over to the pleasure of his Mutroids; has innocent humans, even children, enslaved for torture and degradation; regularly murders his own minions, often dozens at a time, for the pettiest of reasons; and mind-rapes a contestant to his title named Soul-Dark with the sheer power of his evil until Soul-Dark is nothing but a vegetable. Dethstryk's ultimate plan is to reduce all of Earth into a "Hellworld", killing off all humanity except for a small pocket to forever serve him as agonized Mutroids, and he slays even his own henchwoman and former First Lady, Seeress, for rebelling against his insane evil.
  • The Punisher 2099 & Ravage 2099: Darryl "Fearmaster" King, when not ordering the demolition of inhabited neighborhoods and overseeing experimentation on the downtrodden as a part of his day job as a senior executive of Alchemax Corporation, Fearmaster acts as the head of the Cyber-Nostra, and uses his transformative powers on innocent women, disfiguring some and turning others into decorative statues for his amusement. While he also used his abilities to revitalize those who attended his church, he had the rejuvenations be only temporary so that his congregation would become addicted to them and give him anything in exchange for them, including sex. Fearmaster's contempt for everyone around him also extended to his own allies; when the criminals that the Punisher had locked in his basement begged Fearmaster to let them out, the latter ignored them, and referred to the prospect of them all starving to death as a "bonus".
  • Spider-Man 2099 & World of Tomorrow: Vulture 2099 is one of the vilest of villains Spidey had to face in the 2099 era. After saving Spider-Man from members of the Public Eye, Vulture offers Spider-Man membership in his gang, the Freakers. However Spider-Man soon discovers that the Vulture is a cannibal. Vulture killed the Public Eye officers chasing Spider-Man and cooked them up for dinner. Disgusted, Spider-Man refuses to join the Vulture's gang and Vulture attacks him. While Spider-Man is fighting Vulture, Spider-Man discovers Vulture's meat locker, containing several corpses on meat hooks that Vulture intended to eat later. After his initial defeat Vulture later returned and convinced a group of Thorites, a group that worships Thor to have a Spiderite, a group that worships Spider-Man burned alive. In his last appearance, Vulture discovers that Spider-Man is Miguel O'Hara and attempts to murder one of his friends. After Spider-Man foils Vulture, he sets off several bombs at the Alchemax building—Miguel is a high-level employee at Alchemax—intending to destroy it and not caring how many civilians are in the building.
  • X-Men 2099: Brimstone Love is a mutant with a demonic appearance and a personality to match. He runs a group called the Theatre of Pain, which kidnaps people, tortures them, and sells the torture footage to rich people for a profit. Brimstone claims to be an artist, but is really driven by sadism and greed. Brimstone enslaves a mutant named La Lunática, using a Shock Collar to control her, and forces her to Mind Rape the Theatre of Pain's prisoners. Brimstone kidnaps some of the X-Men and has La Lunática torture them. During a fight with the X-Men, La Lunática manages to get free of her collar and escapes the Theatre. Brimstone tries to recapture her, put quickly becomes interested in the X-Men's leader, Xi'an, who is dealing with a Split Personality. When Xi'an's evil personality takes over, Brimstone convinces him to join the Theatre of Pain, and mentally tortures Xi'an in an attempt to destroy his good side. Brimstone and the now-evil Xi'an quickly devise a scheme to take the Theatre of Pain to new heights. Brimstone and Xi'an have of one of the X-Men's foes, Master Zhao, hooked to a giant machine, which uses Zhao's Psychic Powers to torture over a thousand people at once.
  • Doom 2099 (primarily): John Anthony Herod is easily the worst of all the corporate leaders in this universe. After Doctor Doom conquers America and limits the power of the corporations, the corporate leaders turn to John Herod to kill Doom and return them to the old the status quo. Herod comes up with a counter offer: He will kill Doom for them, but only if they make him their leader. Herod also wants to strip mine the Earth and have all the corporate leaders relocate to Mars within 5 years, leaving the Earth an empty barren husk. When even the other corporate leaders balk at this plan, Herod threatens to kill them if they do not go along. Herod then launches a devastating campaign against Doom and his government. He attacks the White House and destroys Doom's floating city, Libera Cielo. However, Herod truly crosses the line when he kills everyone in Latveria with chemical weapons and sends a video tape of the Latverians dying to Doom, just to rub salt in Doom's wounds. Once Herod takes power, he takes measures to kill most of the remaining superheroes.

Marvel Noir (Earth-90214)

    Examples 
  • Daredevil Noir: Eliza—seemingly just Matt's innocent client caught in agang war between Orville Halloran and Wilson Fisk—turns out to be an ice-cold sociopath and this continuity's iteration of Bullseye. A Serial Killer already wanted for the slayings of numerous cops, Eliza is the moll of the Kingpin himself, helping him to play his rival Orville along before she personally dispatches Orville with a fork to the brain. Eliza massacres dozens of people along the way, including a bar full of people she leaves to expire in slow, gurgling agony, as well as her own minions whom she slays simply for getting in her way. When Matt, heartbroken, demands the truth from Eliza, she icily confesses she never cared about him and attempts to murder him as well.
  • Luke Cage Noir: Randall Banticoff is the apparent grieving widower of his wealthy wife Daisy, but in truth is a selfish scumbag who holds a prejudice against his own race. A light-skinned Black man who has reinvented himself to pretend to be White so as to infiltrate the upper echelons of socialites, Banticoff seduced and married Daisy for her fortune, only to then viciously strangle her to death when she became pregnant, having the fetus carved out of her to ensure his true heritage is never discovered. Using Daisy's wealth to finance his own criminal enterprise that he runs via his musclemen Willis Stryker and Tombstone, Banticoff oversees murder and prostitution on the regular, and—in his quest to frame Luke Cage for Daisy's slaying—lets his lover be tortured and mutilated and his young son be taken hostage. When caught, Banticoff shows no remorse for his crimes, instead sneering racial slurs at Cage and his entire race as he is killed, but not before striking a lethal blow on Cage himself.
  • Punisher Noir: Dutch Schultz is the cruelest mobster in New York City. Holding much of the city under his foot through his brutal protection rackets, anyone who can't pay Dutch is murdered, which happens to war veteran Frank Castle Sr. when he refuses to knuckle under Dutch's pressure. Dutch later plans to assassinate a public official in broad daylight, appalling even his fellow mobsters with his idiotic malice. A terrifyingly savage Bad Boss besides, Dutch hacks off the fingers of his own men for any reason he can think of, keeping them by the literal dozen in a cigar box on his desk. When he's informed one poor mook has lost so many fingers he can no longer perform even basic functions, Dutch invites the crippled man in and promptly shoots him dead.
  • Spider-Man Noir: Eyes Without a Face:
    • Otto Octavius, aka Doctor Octopus, stands in stark contrast to his occasionally-noble 616 counterpart. Born a cripple in South Africa, Otto grew up jealous of the healthy, able-bodied Africans that he grew up around, which developed into a violent hatred for the black race in general. Wishing to gain the approval of Heinrich Himmler and the Nazi party, Otto has innocent black people kidnapped off the streets and performs horrifying, inhumane experiments on them. These experiments result in his victims, such as Peter's friend Robbie Robertson, being reduced to drooling, mindless vegetables that are meant to be used for slave labor. And Otto isn't above casual murder, as shown by him brutally stabbing his ally Crime Master to death when he tried to have Otto's victims burnt to cover their tracks, viewing his actions as wasting his research.
    • In the power vacuum left behind in the wake of Norman Osborn's death, the enigmatic Crime Master handily takes his place as New York's most fearsome criminal. Far crueler and more brutal than Norman was, Crime Master, real name Sammy, is introduced by having his hulking lackey Sandman kill a mobster who insulted him by crushing his head like a grape. A violent psychopath of the highest order, Crime Master is quick to make an example of people who cross him, such as cutting out the tongue of a stool pigeon who snitched on him and dumping his body on the streets, filling a movie theater with the corpses of his rivals, and torturing his girlfriend Felicia Hardy with a shard of glass for affiliating with Spider-Man. Crime Master also assists Otto Octavius in his heinous experiments by supplying him with innocent black victims he kidnaps off the streets, and when the feds start to close in on them, he heartlessly tries to have them all burnt alive, referring to them as "livestock".
  • Iron Man Noir: Commander Baron Strucker is the devout Nazi behind the "Z.E.M.O." project, entailing the kidnapping, experimentation on, and brainwashing of many innocent scientists to transform them into his sociopathic adherents. Having transformed Howard Stark into his latest "Zemo", Strucker uses him to hunt down the legendary Trident, in the process of which Strucker executes Tony Stark's close friend Virgil, tries to murder Captain Namor's entire crew, and has Pepper Potts kidnapped and tortured for fun. Intending to use the Trident and a brand-new robot army to help the Nazis conquer the world, Strucker takes a twisted pleasure in tormenting Tony about Howard's fate, and promises to transform Tony into the latest "Zemo" while simultaneously extending his lifespan so he will suffer as Zemo all the longer.

Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610)

    Examples 
  • Ultimate Fantastic Four's "God War" & "Four Cubed" arcs: This version of Thanos retains the goals of his 616 counterpart, but none of the redeeming qualities. Ruler of the Endless Resurgence, he is a horrific tyrant—as well as a horrendously Abusive Parent—who runs his empire with an iron fist. Having come into contact with the Cosmic Cube, or Tesseract, long ago, Thanos tested it by killing countless innocents or leaving them literally frozen but eternally alive and aware. Thanos also allows himself to experience death at times, using the souls of many innocents to revive himself. Heading to Earth, Thanos intends on wiping out all he sees until he finds Reed and when he has the Tesseract and ultimate power, he plots on a universal-scale Mind Rape until every living thing is his slave, trapped in a deathless hell while death itself exists only for the tyrannical Thanos.
  • The Ultimates:
    • 2002 (original) series' issues #10-13: The Chitauri general known as "Herr Kleiser" is an alien who seeks the enslavement or destruction of humankind. Having worked with the Nazis during World War II, fully endorsing their concentration camps and war crimes and even trying to work with them in bombing London to oblivion, Kleiser goes into hiding only to return decades later, wiping out tens of thousands of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to eliminate opposition. After attempting to poison the water supplies of the world and dumb down humanity, Kleiser is given the order by his Chitauri superiors to destroy Earth, and happily prepares to activate a bomb to wipe out the entire solar system Earth resides in, remarking it's only a shame because he wanted time to molest and murder Janet van Dyne. Though only one member of the Chitauri, Kleiser is shown to be the absolute worst his race has to offer.
    • 2006 Annual: Armin Zola is just as twisted as his Earth-616 counterpart. A scientist working for the Nazis in World War II, Zola experiments on concentration camp inmates, in order to create Super Soldiers for the Third Reich. Zola's experiments usually result in death, with the grounds of his castle littered with mutilated corpses, some corpses even stuck on pikes, and the castle acts as a de facto camp with more inmates imprisoned so Zola can experiment on them later. Captain America confronts Zola and defeats him, with Captain America thinking him dead; the US government saves Zola's life, so he can make weapons for them. Zola eventually dies, but the US government uses his brainwaves to create an AI so that Zola can continue to make weapons for them. One day a white supremacist named Thomas Jenks, leader of a gang called the Marauders, attacks the facility holding the Zola AI, freeing it, thinking Zola will help his cause. Zola repays Jenks by turning him into a 12-foot mindless hulking monster called ''SeigSoldat-X'' and using his body to host Zola's AI program. Zola has the Marauders kidnap minorities across the US, so he can experiment on them, resulting in several more gruesome murders.
  • Ultimate X-Men's "The Most Dangerous Game" arc & Ultimate Spider-Man's "Deadpool" arc: Mojo Adams is a corrupt TV producer with a love for money and hatred for mutants. On Krakoa Island, Mojo hosts Hunt for Justice, a television program where criminal mutants are hunted down and killed for sport. Mojo arranges for all sorts of mutants to be thrown onto the island, regardless of their innocence or guilt, dragging out their deaths for better ratings. Mojo hopes to spread Hunt for Justice worldwide, and when the X-Men interfere with these plans, he captures and drives spikes through Angel's wings to torture him, and later tries to murder all of the X-Men while forcing Charles Xavier to watch, after which he plans to lobotomize him on live television.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man's "Deadpool" arc: Sgt. Wadey Wilson, better known as Deadpool, is a mutant-hating supremacist who seeks nothing less than the genocide of all mutantkind. Taking a job on Mojo's Hunt for Justice simply for the chance to kill mutants over the weeks, Deadpool eventually captures the X-Men, as well as Spider-Man, on the flimsiest of charges and begins hunting them all down, extending the hunt just to torment his prey. Deadpool cares nothing for his fellow mutant hunters the Reavers, callously insulting and even murdering them if it suits his needs, and Deadpool reveals that he would prefer to systematically murder every mutant in the world in their sleep, but he is starring on Hunt for Justice so as to inspire other countries to follow his lead and eventually murder mutants like the "animals" they are. A far cry from his comedic, antiheroic mainstream counterpart, this Deadpool was a hate-filled lunatic who massacred countless mutants and wanted to wipe out the whole race just out of bigotry.
  • Ultimate X-Men:
    • Nathaniel "(Mister) Sinister" Essex is a former Oscorp scientist turned street thug who is contacted by Apocalypse, and decides to ally with the godly mutant for power and glory. Gleefully murdering 10 innocent mutants to resurrect Apocalypse, often specifically targeting children and females because he likes the "sounds they make when they bleed", Sinister surrenders himself to Apocalypse's essence, fully aware of the mass murder Apocalypse has planned. Though seemingly reforming after Apocalypse's defeat, Sinister was merely biding his time, as he soon after begins planning to revive Apocalypse once more, notably strolling through a mental hospital and killing every living person inside by rapidly decomposing their bodies.
    • Apocalypse himself is an ancient mutant entity who contacts Nathaniel Essex to be his herald and resurrect him. Apocalypse has Sinister murder 10 innocent mutants, leading to the deaths of several mutant children, and when Sinister seems to fail him, Apocalypse orders him to kill himself. Eventually resurrected by Sinister, Apocalypse, in his titular arc, lays waste to the city around him, killing many people in his path and taking control of the X-Men's bodies and forcing them to fight and kill each other. In the future where Apocalypse wins, he has wiped out most life on Earth, reducing the planet to a barren wasteland that he lords over. In his latest scheme to get resurrected, Apocalypse has Sinister hunt down and capture Alex Summers, leading Sinister to wipe out an entire mental hospital in Apocalypse's name.
    • "Sentinels" arc: Andrea and Andreas Von Strucker, debuting in the "Cry Wolf" arc, are mutant twins who run a company called Fenris; Stryfe is a mutant in their employ. Stryfe has the power to influence the emotions of others, making them angry, and the Von Strucker twins want to use that to restart the war between humans and mutants so that they can sell Sentinels to the government. Stryfe forms a group called the Mutant Liberation Front that claims to fight for mutant rights, but Stryfe and the Von Strucker twins are using it to raise tensions between humans and mutants. Mutant Liberation Front protests are attacked by the Von Struckers' Sentinels, who kill many of the protesters, and Stryfe flees as soon as the Sentinels appear. When the X-Men confront Stryfe and the Von Strucker twins, they activate a fail-safe that will cause the Sentinels to go out and kill any mutants they find.
  • Ultimate Iron Man: Loni Stane is the true villain behind Obadiah Stane and Dolores. A sociopathic woman who uses everyone around her as stepping stones to more power, Loni orchestrates the murder of her own husband Zebediah, having him vertically ripped in half slowly out of sadism, and frames her former husband Howard Stark for it, who she then tries to have poisoned. Making a move to become an Arms Dealer, Loni plans to blow up an entire city with a nuclear weapon, killing her own son Obadiah in the process to eliminate suspicion from herself, and executes the terrorist she hired to help with this, Dolores. Later leaving Obadiah to die from poison gas while mocking him, Loni executes the teenage girl Nifara as well as her own henchmen to eliminate witnesses of her crimes, and then plans to murder Tony Stark while forcing his father Howard to watch, with Loni taking despicable joy from the pain she causes the whole while.

What If? series

    Vol. 1 
  • Issue #18: Dormammu, power-hungry as ever, orders his minion Baron Mordo to heal Doctor Strange's hands to make him indebted to Dormammu. Strange stays arrogant, but eventually loses his medical license due to malpractice, after which Mordo convinces Strange to become a servant of Dormammu. However, eventually Dormammu grows bored with Mordo and orders Strange to kill him. Dormammu is angered by Strange freeing his sister Umar, whom he imprisoned for being a threat to his ambitions. Dr. Strange and Dormammu confront the Ancient One and cabal of wizards he gathered to oppose Dormammu, killing most of them in the process. Strange and Dormammu then confront Eternity, the living embodiment of the universe itself. However, Dormammu betrays Strange and traps him a magic crystal, saying he needs a human lens to focus his attacks on Eternity, willing to kill Strange to attack Eternity. After Eternity is dead, Dormammu plans to use his power to remake the universe into a new Dark Dimension and then plunge the universe into chaos, so he can rule it with an iron first.
  • Issue #22: Mephisto remains one of Doom's most personal foes. Mephisto has tricked Dr. Doom's mother Cynthia into selling her soul to him and Dr. Doom frees her soul from Mephisto's realm. Mephisto is angered that Doom freed one of the souls he has imprisoned and later teleports Doom to his realm. Mephisto states he plans to harvest all the souls in Latveria for revenge unless Doom gives him a soul in exchange. Mephisto forces Doom to choose between giving him either his soul or the soul of his beloved wife Valeria, in exchange for the souls of the people of Latveria.
  • Issue #26: Red Skull is once again Captain America's main rival, who wants to rule his own country after Captain America is elected President of the US. Red Skull kills Jacinto Morez, a rebel fighting a dictatorship in the South American country of San Pedro, and takes his place. The fake Morez asks Captain America for aid in his fight against the San Pedro government and Captain America provides him with solar weapons. After overthrowing the government, the fake Morez invites Captain America to San Pedro. Red Skull drops the guise and reveals his true identity to Captain America and captures him. Red Skull has taken the solar weapons Captain America gave him and used them to build an orbital death ray, which he will use to destroy several major American cities, starting with Washington D.C.
  • Issue #44: In a world where Captain America wasn't awakened from his frozen slumber in time, Red Skull was able to invade America and slaughter millions of people with his Nazi armies. Upon establishing the Fourth Reich, Skull subjects millions of people to horrific concentration camps and uses dozens of mutants and superheroes as experimental material to be taken apart and mutated, with their families being wiped out as well. When the rest of the world tries to temper Red Skull's conquest under threat of nuclear war, Red Skull gleefully kick-starts the war himself, using nuclear weapons to wipe out countless people across the Eastern countries of the world and leaving Russia and many other counties radiated wastelands. Upon learning that his old foe Captain America has returned, Red Skull forces a mind-controlled Hulk to slaughter Cap's forces, and ultimately guns down Spider-Man himself before dying.

    Vol. 2 
  • Issue #6: S'ym is a power-mad demon that wants to rule the multiverse. With the help of Madelyne Pryor, S'ym kills most of the X-Men and sacrifices Pryor's infant son to create a permanent gateway between Limbo and Earth. S'ym's demon hordes overrun the Earth, enslaving humanity and devouring those too weak to work. S'ym transforms Wolverine into a demonic monstrosity, even giving Wolverine a baby to devour, simply for his own amusement. S'ym also plans to use a machine being built by Dr. Doom and Reed Richards to open portals to other realities so that he can conquer them as well, wanting to extend his nightmarish rule to other worlds. S'ym manages to kill several other heroes who are trying to resist his rule and even kills Madelyne Pryor, not wanting to share power with her.
  • Issue #8: Justin Hammer, as usual, is a ruthless tycoon and rival of Tony Stark. When Stark discovers that Hammer has stolen specs for his Iron Man technology, Stark hires Scott Lang to recover these specs. Hammer discovers Lang and threatens to kill his young daughter Cassandra if he doesn't reveal who hired him. Hammer then uses the specs to create a device to control the Iron Man armor. Hammer discovers Iron Man is Tony Stark and forces him to reveal several security secrets about the Avengers and SHIELD. Hammer sells this information to the enemies of Avengers and SHIELD, resulting in several terrorist attacks against SHIELD and Avengers compounds. Hammer then has Iron Man destroy Stark Enterprises HQ, attempting to kill everyone in the building and putting Jim Rhodes into a coma. Eventually, Hammer decides to force Stark to kill himself.
  • Issue #22: Mephisto, lord of Hell and ruler of evil, uses his demons to plague the world with vice, sin, and murder. Initiating countless crimes and deaths across the world, Mephisto captures the Fantastic Four to blackmail the Silver Surfer into becoming his prisoner for all time under threat of torturing them forever, murdering Johnny Storm over a simple dispute over signing a contract before revealing he intends to plunge the world into evil regardless to claim more damned souls.
  • Issue #25: The demonic Set comes to Earth via the "Brides", seven heroines brainwashed and implanted with Set's spawn. Set slaughters most of the heroes and annihilates the lost city of Lemuria, killing even his own followers and turning most of the world into brainwashed serpent people so he may rule. Killing almost every hero sent against him, it is revealed that his offspring devour the Brides when birthed, with most of the world still lost upon Set's defeat.
  • Issue #28: Red Skull, having been defeated while overseeing Nazi concentration camps, concocts one of his most diabolical schemes ever, as he changes his appearance to that of Steve Rogers, then wipes out Cap's entire army unit. Disguised as Cap, Red Skull uses his status as a war hero to propel himself to the presidency, where he instantly begins stirring up racial conflict until he manages to institute a police state. Throwing all who don't serve him or fit into his view of a "perfect" human being into concentration camps to be brutally tortured and murdered, Red Skull guns down one of his own advisors for suggesting caution with their plan, and ultimately hopes to expand his new regime until the entire world is that of a pure, Aryan race.
  • Issues #55 & 56: Ael-Dan, far worse than in canon, takes over the Kree Empire and kills his partner Dar-Ben. Ael-Dan forces Captain America to watch as he destroys Earth, before scheduling him for execution the next day. Ael-Dan has Sersi and Hercules tortured, the former being forcibly and painfully aged to an old woman and the latter getting his eyes taken out as a means of "testing his invulnerability". Ael-Dan's Kree scientists planned to torture Crystal too before she was killed. After a few years, Ael-Dan has wiped out thousands of races as the Kree aimed to conquer the universe.
  • Issue #10: The Carnage symbiote takes over the body of the Silver Surfer and battles The Avengers. Carnage takes easily defeats the Avengers and begins to use his powers to alter the world; though Carnage's stunts seem harmless at first, the Avengers realize Carnage will cause hundreds of millions of deaths when he turns vicious. When the Avengers attack Carnage again, Carnage gets annoyed and destroys several New York neighbors and mocks the Avengers for their failure to stop him from taking so many lives. When Firestar is about to kill Carnage, Carnage begs for mercy, trying to use the Silver Surfer as a hostage.
  • Issue #113: Dread Lord Dormammu, as vile as ever, breaks the monotony of ruling the Dark Dimension as a tyrant by attempting to invade and conquer Earth to feed off of its mystical energies. Dormammu exploits the desire of Doctor Strange—who, in this universe, never received the powers of the Sorcerer Supreme—to have his hands again, convincing him to sell out mankind in exchange for the use of his hands, "gifting" Strange his powers back by attaching a parasite to him that slowly and fatally drains away his life. Planning to simply leave Earth to be ravaged by the Mindless Ones once he's done with it, Dormammu is just as much a monster as he is in canon.

    Others, by publication date 
  • "..Captain America Fought in the Civil War?": Colonel Buck "Bucky" Barnes is the seemingly kind commander of the Union regiment known as the "Redlegs", however his seemingly noble appearance is quickly shown to nothing but a mask. In truth, Barnes is a cruel sociopath who uses his position to organize the massacre of every man, woman, and child in defenseless towns in Confederacy territory, while claiming that said towns are Confederate hideouts, so as to loot all the money and treasure the townsfolk possess. When a lone soldier, Steve Rogers, refuses to kill three children on Barnes's orders, Barnes wastes no time in trying to kill the man, and, later learning that Rogers has taken up residence at a nearby Union base, Barnes orders everyone in the base slaughtered after his face is turned by magic into a white skull of death to represent his true personality. Even after his defeat, Barnes later escapes and reforms the Ku Klux Klan into a white supremacist terrorist group that, even decades later, continues Barnes's mass murdering agenda, regularly targeting highly-populated public buildings and dueling with any heroes in their way. Barnes, later known as White Skull, was a twisted composition of the canon Marvel characters James "Bucky" Barnes and the Red Skull, and obviously took far more personality cues from the latter, as evidenced by his homicidal greed and sadism.
  • "The Devil Who Dares": The Giant Shogun is the massive, hedonistic boss of the Yakuza who simultaneously runs Japan through manipulating the Emperor. The Shogun regularly orders assassinations, forces innocents into slavery, and often blackmails warriors into doing his bidding, notably blinding Masahiro, the infant son of Old Devil, to force him into servitude in exchange for the cure for the blindness. Forcing Old Devil to massacre an entire ship of Americans so as to allow one of his spies to steal weapons plans, the Shogun snaps his spy's neck when he fails, has the man's wife murdered, then begins transforming their child daughter Elektra into his personal killing machine, tormenting and raping her along the way. Years after murdering Old Devil, taunting him about the fact that there was never a cure for Masahiro's blindness, the Shogun poisons his Dragon Stick to prevent any power struggles, murders one of his own men to steal his horse when he comes under attack, and leaves the Emperor of Japan to die to cover his escape.
  • "Public Enemy Number One": Scarface, real name Dog Logan, is a powerful mob boss in Chicago who holds a grudge against his half-brother, James "Logan" Howlett, for unknown reasons. Finding out that James had a child with a woman, he tracked them down in the barn of a small town and set the barn on fire, burning the woman and her infant child—his own nephew—to death, along with everyone else who was still inside. When James confronted him over this, Scarface openly admitted that he enjoyed thinking about how he burned everyone at that barn.
  • Annihilation: Annihilus continues his genocidal conquest of the universe into Earth, using his forces to destroy countless lives on Earth in the midst of the Civil War, engaging in a fierce war with the planet's heroes while slaughtering all he can. With the genocide of countless races already on his hands and the planned obliteration of everything but his native Negative Zone soon to follow, Annihilus bargains with The Inhumans to make his conquest of Earth under the promise of sparing them, completely intending on backstabbing and killing them all later.
  • House of M: Red Skull takes advantage of Scarlet Witch wiping out all superpowers to begin exterminating the now-weakened superhero population of the world. Upon murdering Reed Richards after failing to torture his wife and children in front of him, Red Skull orders his armies to wipe out all life in New York City to power up the Cosmic Cube with the life force of millions of innocents. Even when confronted by several non-powered heroes, Skull simply giddily orders his men to kill everything in sight—even each other—and proceeds to massacre hundreds of people on both sides of the conflict, laughing that once the Cosmic Cube is powered up he will use it to alter reality to one where he reigns supreme.
  • Secret Invasion: In this alternate timeline where the Skrulls' takeover of Earth was successful, Norman Osborn, who was one of the many humans who converted themselves into Skrulls, has become the royal consort to Queen Veranke. Osborn secretly pushes the Kree hero Marvel Boy into launching a Suicide Attack on a conversion temple, then uses the event to generate sympathy for the Skrulls and convince Veranke to invade Wakanda, which has been harboring the rebel Avengers. Infiltrating Wakanda himself and impersonating Tony Stark, Osborn creates large amounts of a deadly Skrull virus and has Thor spread it through the atmosphere under the pretense of it being a vaccine, killing billions of Skrulls and human converts. When his identity is revealed, Osborn gloats to the Avengers that he did what they never could and stopped the Skrull invasion, and declares himself the true hero just to spite them further.
  • Age of Ultron: As in canon, Ultron is a genocidal and psychopathic machine obsessed with nothing less than the total annihilation of all organic life. Created by Hank Pym to be a protector of the Earth, Ultron quickly grew a god complex and proceeded to slaughter every man, woman, and child on Earth within a month, after which he drew out any rebels' defeats, taking sick glee in watching their hope slowly die and seeing them turn on one another. After successfully killing every living thing on the planet, Ultron allows his "father" Hank Pym to live, solely so that for the decades to come, he can brutally torture him, wipe his memory of the torture, then start all over again to slowly break his human spirit, all because he "can". Later learning of the multiverse, Ultron organizes full-scale wars on 4 alternate dimensions nearby, massacring everything in his path on 4 separate Earths. Ultron's final plan is to continue spreading his influence across every reality, hoping to eventually kill every living thing in the multiverse, uncaring that this plan could very well destroy reality itself. Continuing his streak of misanthropy and sadism displayed in many of his incarnations, this Ultron sticks out as one of his most depraved variations yet.
  • InfinityDark Reign: With the powers of the Infinity Gauntlet, Norman Osborn himself quickly highlights the disaster bred by merging a raging, narcissistic ego with the power to warp reality. Osborn quickly uses his powers to slaughter the Avengers and all the world's heroes, sparing an especially cruel fate for his arch-nemesis Peter Parker by forcing him to relive the moment where he killed Gwen Stacy for all time, while brainwashing the rest of the world to worship him. Although initially suggested Osborn does all of this to finally gain the approval of his father, Osborn voids any potential redemption he could take out of this by mind-washing and then vaporizing his own father in a paranoid fury, only concerned with slaking his own ego and making people love him on the basis of his monstrous accomplishments.

Other Continuities

    # - L 
  • 5 Ronin (Earth-11542): The Daimyo is the brutal tyrant lording over a portion of Japan, using his men to enforce brutal taxes and laws that leave all under his rule suffering. Ordering all Rōnin to be exterminated across the land and enabling mass prostitution rings to flourish for his own perverted tastes, the Daimyo regularly sacks land from farmers and citizens for his own purposes, letting his men freely terrorize and rape anyone they choose, which leads to many people committing suicide after the Daimyo has ruined their lives or dignity. In his most personal act of wickedness, the Daimyo betrayed his close ally Watari to enemy forces, leading the man and his entire army into an ambush where they were all slaughtered just so the Daimyo would have no rivals to his power.
  • Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies (Earth-21261): An alternate version of Ultron serves as the main antagonist of this tie-in to Secret Wars (2015). Having come from an Earth where he successfully massacred the world's superheroes, then slowly exterminated all life on the planet, Ultron is pulled to Battleworld by Doctor Doom to sustain the planet's form. Growing tired of ruling over just his own world, Ultron makes an alliance with the Marvel Zombies to invade and slaughter the city of Salvation, then lower the Shield protecting the rest of Battleworld from the likes of Ultron and the Zombies. Ultron then plans to set the Zombies free to devour half of Battleworld while Ultron annihilates organics on the other half, leaving the planet a split apart boneyard devoid of all life but Ultron and the Zombies.
  • Amalgam Universe (Earth-9602): Green Skull is a sociopathic billionaire who combines the ambition of Lex Luthor with the psychopathic ruthlessness of Red Skull. A war profiteer who initially attempted to prolong World War II for his own gain, Green Skull cut his losses at the end of the war, marrying and then later murdering Lois Lane when she attempted to steer Skull's daughter Selina away from his path of corruption, trying shortly after to have Washington and its populace blown up by his creation to plunge America into chaos and take over. Transformed due to the effects of Green K(ryptonite) while also becoming immortal, Green Skull has no compunction about who he has to crush to get his way, torturing Jimmy Olsen to near-death and having Bruce Wayne's parents murdered after founding HYDRA, even setting up a scheme that could potentially annihilate the entire planet in the event of his seeming death.
  • Anita Blake: The Laughing Corpse (Earth-97534): Senora Dominga Salvador is a powerful voodoo priestess who has been taking souls and forcing them back into their dead bodies to stop the process of rotting, but at the cost of leaving the souls painfully aware of their situation. To prove her theory, she explains to Anita how she returned the soul to a zombie, then took it out to leave it to rot, then put it back into the body to see if it will stop decaying. Not only does she use these zombies to make money in a prostitution ring, she also plans to sell her knowledge to the highest bidder.
  • The Avengers: United They Stand's issue #2—"Hail and Farewell" (Earth-730834): Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, the withered old monster running Hydra, plans to eradicate all humanity save for those in Hydra to make way for his ideal race of "homo hydra" in its place. Strucker is a megalomaniacal Social Darwinist who applies his insane standards of perfection even on his own men, killing a defector with his Satan Claw and deliberately inviting the Avengers into his base to weed out any Hydra mooks too weak to make it in his new world.
  • Deadpool:
    • Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again (Earth-TRN664): The Red Skull is the head of the villain conspiracy. Brainwashing Deadpool with several trigger phrases, Red Skull sends him out to murder every hero he can, while Deadpool is unaware of what he is truly doing. Deadpool proceeds to brutally and painfully slaughter heroes, from adults to children, until Gwenpool, before dying after fighting Deadpool, uses a trigger phrase to return him to sanity. Red Skull proceeds to murder Taskmaster when he decides not to fight Deadpool, and then states he deliberately used other villains to try to stop Deadpool, knowing the latter would kill them and thus they couldn't one day oppose his rule.
    • MAX's issue #3—"An Alternate History of Love in America" (Earth-TRN133): Baron Helmut Zemo, unlike his usual depictions, is a disgusting racist bigot. Convinced of his racist beliefs from an early age, after his parents died, Zemo went to live with his grandparents, who were secretly Nazi war criminals. His grandfather murdered a different minority on the anniversary of Hitler's death, a ghoulish hobby Zemo picked in his adult years, eventually having a cabin with a wall of human heads and various furniture pieces made of human skin. After dropping out of college, Zemo moved to Wyoming and started a compound where only white people could live, eventually gathering 2,000 people to his compound. Eventually, Zemo decided to use sarin gas to kill most of the people in the compound, so he can play the victim and try to start a race war.
    • Pulp (Earth-10310): General Stryfe is a seemingly Reasonable Authority Figure who recruits Deadpool to recover a stolen nuclear weapon. It turns out Stryfe himself masterminded the theft of the nuclear weapon and plans to use it to start World War III, nuking New York City so that the US will declare war on the USSR. Stryfe wants to turn the US into a military dictatorship and use US military might to dominate the world after the war ends. Stryfe was also the one responsible for torturing Deadpool and driving him insane. Stryfe did this in an attempt to create soldiers who would only be loyal to him and succeeded with another soldier, Cable, turning him into his personal mind-controlled slave.
  • Deathlok (Earth-7484): Dr. Harlan Ryker, later known as Hellinger, was the Mad Scientist who transformed an unwilling Luther Manning into the cybernetic Deathlok, an action Luther has never forgiven Harlan for. Harlan shares his brother Simon's Control Freak tendencies and desire to conquer the world, but unlike Simon, Harlan is a raving misanthrope who would sooner clear the Earth of all humanity to replace it with his "Homo Ascendant". Harlan manipulates Deathlok into going on a suicide mission against Simon, hoping to blow up a bomb that will take both Deathlok and Simon out at once. When this fails, Harlan captures Deathlok's teammates and tries to forcibly convert them into "Homo Ascendant", while simultaneously attempting to detonate plutonium bombs worldwide to destroy all life on Earth but himself.
  • The Eternal (2003 Marvel MAX miniseries) (Earth-30826): Kurassus is the deranged second-in-command of the Eternal army, and sticks out as vile even when competing with The Celestials. A sexual sadist who happily follows the Celestials' plans in wiping out entire planets of species, Kurassus takes numerous females of whatever species he is currently annihilating to rape and brutally torture to death, invoking revulsion from most of the other Eternals. Expressing nothing but disgust and hatred for every species that isn't himself, Kurassus begins brutally murdering any of the Eternals who try to make their lovers have equal intelligence as themselves, in one notable case killing one Eternal's lover in front of him just to torment him. After nearly being killed by the leader of the Eternals, Ikaeden, Kurassus unleashes dozens of abominable aliens to slaughter any Eternals loyal to Ikaeden, while Kurassus himself severely damages the frontal lobe of Ikaeden's lover, Jeska, reducing her to a superstitious wreck terrified of all Eternals. Even when beaten by Ikaeden, Kurassus continues to taunt him about his lover's condition, and dies while cursing him and the rest of his kind for all eternity. Serving as an Expy of Satan himself, Kurassus's sadistic and warmongering personality made him the worst of the Eternals by a considerable margin.
  • Fury (MAX) (Earth-200111): Colonel Rudi Gagarin is a former Russian Special Forces officer and trainer who has known, and fought with, Nick Fury for several decades. Desiring nothing but war, Gagarin manipulates General Makawao of Napoleon Island into starting a war with the United States. Later on, Makawao agrees to go on TV and admit the whole scheme in exchange for Fury and his three S.H.I.E.L.D. agents finding his daughters; Gagarin shoots and kills Makawao live on TV before he can admit anything. The US does indeed launch airstrikes against Napoleon Island, resulting in the deaths of nearly 1,000 people, about twice as many injuries, and the devastation of the island. In addition, unlike Fury, who hates that the 3 agents got killed, Gagarin has the hideously-deformed Fuckface rape a soldier who has failed him and snap the soldier's neck, threatening that this will be the fate of any others who let him down.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy:
    • Marvel Preview (Earth-791):
      • Issue #11: Prince Gareth, the great-uncle of Peter Quill and uncle to Emperor Jason, is a power-hungry traitor whose attempts to murder the young heir resulted in the death of Jason's human wife Meredith. Gareth finances his intended coup on his nephew in cooperation with the vile ruler of planet Cinnabar, Kyras Shakati, willingly endorsing Shakati's planet-destroying slavery operation solely so he can profit. When Gareth finally attempts to assassinate Jason and the now-grown Peter Quill—Star-Lord—after having tortured the latter's friends for days, Gareth makes a point of gloating that none of the countless lives he's wasted have meant a thing to him in his personal pursuit of power.
      • Issue #11: Kyras Shakati is a slave merchant who has built his empire on the "rape and murder of a hundred worlds". Working in conjunction with Prince Gareth, Shakati is the one who dispatched the assassin to murder Meredith and young Peter with full knowledge Gareth was attempting a coup. Shakati's business leaves entire planets as dead husks and countless millions dead; when he arrives on a planet, he systematically eradicates anyone over the age of 17 before herding the children to live out the rest of their lives as slaves. Shakati's mind is so full of evil that only an instant's contact sends Star-Lord's psychic ally Kip reeling with pain and revulsion.
      • Issue #18's "Less Than Human": Quan-Zarr, ruler of planet Redstone, took over the planet in a fiery genocide after he was ousted from his last position of galactic power. Only sparing a few of the natives, Quan-Zarr subjected them to grotesque eugenics experiments and forced them to breed with each other to produce Beastmen he could keep in in zoos for his entertainment. When his son helped the Beastmen escape, Quan-Zarr had him murdered.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 (Earth-691):
      • Taserface begins as simply an arrogant blowhard and a Starter Villain for the Guardians, an agent of the Starks who develops a vicious, fanatical hatred toward the Guardians after one defeat too many. Taserface renames himself "Overkill" after being converted into a cyborg and, pledging to have the heads of anyone with a Guardian star, subjects the Guardians to a brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. In his ultimate moment of spite, Taserface attempted to self-destruct in his final battle with Hollywood and take dozens of inhabited star systems to the grave with him, content to die knowing that Hollywood would fail to save trillions of innocent people.
      • Rancor, great-great-great granddaughter of Wolverine, inherited the throne of humanity's new home Haven II in the 31st century, clawing out her own father's heart at sixteen and enslaving the entire population of the planet. Rancor exercised random, sadistic cruelty beyond any other foe the Guardians had faced, massacring a crowd of thousands after they tried to rebel against her cruel rule, killing innocents at random, and eventually attempting to annihilate all of Haven II alongside its population out of sheer spite. Rancor tenuously allied with Doctor Doom afterwards, and not long after she did so she decided to kill Doom and eat his heart in front of a televised audience in response to an earlier slight. Rancor even has a planet full of six billion people annihilated solely to frame the Guardians. Guilty of everything from scalping her own cousin in response to an offhand insult to working thousands to death, Rancor's final appearance saw her enslave a new population and rape Talon in order to produce an heir to mold in her image, ensuring that her psychotic legacy will continue indefinitely.
  • Killraven's Amazing Adventures Vol. 2 issues #27-31 (Earth-691):
    • Atalon the Fear Master is the administrator of the Death-Birth facility. Willingly selling out to the Martian regime, Atalon keeps countless slaves imprisoned where he forces them to breed, all so he may have the babies butchered and served to the tables of the Martian overlords, gloating frequently at his power over his slaves. Atalon intends to have one of the "Eves" slaughtered with her child by the evil Sacrificer, and when they escape, Atalon intends on hunting down and butchering them all, more concerned with the injury to his ego than anything else.
    • Sacrificer is a major figure at the Death-Birth facility. A twisted "artist" who views the slaughter and mutilation of others as his calling, the Sacrificer butchers countless children to feed the Martians and slaughters any in his path in the process. Wishing nothing more than to hurt and twist the flesh of others, the Sacrificer throws himself into the pursuit of Killraven and his comrades to torture them all as much as he wants.

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  • Marvel 1602 (Earth-311): Count Otto "The Handsome" von Doom is the narcissistic ruler of Latveria, and the ancestor of Victor Von Doom, but lacking any of the latter's positive qualities. Obsessed with his self-aggrandizement, Otto believes that his supposed genius and handsome face entitle him to world domination. Using the birthing pens he inherited from his father, Otto breeds up armies of brainwashed vulture flier assassins and craven dwarfed servants to do his bidding, keeps the crew of the Fantastick imprisoned in specially made prison cells, sends killers after Sir Nicholas Fury and Virginia Dare, and has Queen Elizabeth I murdered lest her agents beat his to the Templar treasure he covets. In Fantastick Four, he murders his lover, Natasha, plots to sell Susan and Jonathan Storm to Numenor of Bensaylum and his cousin as sex slaves—after hypnotizing them into killing Richard Reed and Benjamin Grimm—and finally betrays Numenor, murdering him and sinking the city of Bensaylum beneath the waves. Utterly vain and innately treacherous, Count Otto and his ego left a trail of ruined lives in their wake.
  • Marvel Mangaverse (Earth-2301):
    • New Dawn & Eternity Twilight: Baron Strucker, the head of Hydra, doubles as the loyal servant of the outer god Dormammu. Strucker's first attempt in handing Dormammu the Earth on a silver platter ended up cutting power across the globe, leading to an event known as the Blackout War that cost thousands of lives. After the planet recovers, Strucker plays the part of an ally to Namor the Sub-Mariner and manipulates him into spurring a brutal attack on humanity, and spitefully murders their mutual ally Attuma when Namor's back is turned. When Strucker is finally successful in summoning Dormammu, he eagerly sacrifices all of Hydra's minions to whet the dark god's bloodthirst.
    • X-Men: Phoenix – Legacy of Fire: Ma'Lethu Ko Rann, the evil Shadow King, is an Ancient Evil who plunged the primordial world into civil wars and mass death to feast on the agony. When he was banished by Clan Pyre, the Shadow King returns through a deal with demonic beings, having them slaughter most of Clan Pyre on his behalf—including the mother of the protagonists—wearing her skull and mocking her daughters with the gruesome visage.
  • Marvel Zombies (Earth-2149): Henry "Hank" Pym, aka Giant Man, is the Greater-Scope Villain of the entire metaseries and a former superhero who got much worse during the Hunger Virus outbreak. After being infected, Pym kidnaps Black Panther to use him as a personal food supply and confesses to him that even if he would become human once again, he would still eat human flesh. When Wasp finds out about this and is angry with him, he bites her head off without hesitation. After Magneto destroys a portal to other dimensions, Pym, along with the other zombies, devours him in a rage. When the Silver Surfer arrives on Earth, Pym devours him and proudly reveals this to the arriving Galactus, angering him. Having devoured Galactus, he, along with several other zombies, uses the received cosmic power to kill all other zombies on the planet, seize Galactus's ship and travel on it across the universe. Forty years later, having successfully devoured all life in the universe, they return to Earth to repair the destroyed portal in order to devour sapient beings from other universes. Teletransported to Earth-91126, Pym devours Uatu, studies his technologies, and successfully turns the planet's population into zombies. Later, he betrays The Sentry and tries to use his powers to activate the portal. Selfish, merciless, and sadistic, Pym never tried to redeem himself, although he had such an opportunity, and would destroy his allies when they outlived their usefulness to make the multiverse his personal "All-you-can-eat-buffet".
  • New Avengers/Transformers, written by Stuart Moore (Earth-7642): Megatron is the tyrannical leader of the Decepticons who seeks to triumph over the Autobots, regardless of the cost. Desiring energon to fuel his war effort, Megatron serially manipulates planetary populations into warring and wiping each other out for the Decepticons to strip their worlds of energon, killing billions. Planning to restart this process on Earth, Megatron tries to start a nuclear war between the countries of Latveria and Symkaria, as well as kidnapping and physically tormenting Spider-Man to siphon his superpowers for his own minions. When the Avengers and Autobots work together to stop his plan, Megatron tries killing them personally, even spitefully trying to kill Iron Man in front of Optimus Prime.
  • Powerless (Earth-40081): Wilson Fisk is a mob boss feared by everyone in New York, with only Matt Murdock brave enough to stand up to him. Fisk has framed Frank Castle for his murder of his ex-partner Leland Owlsley, who killed Frank's family, and tries to get Murdock off the case by planting a hood to force Frank's confession and sending Matt's girlfriend, Karen Page, to the hospital. When Matt is undeterred and calls him to the witness stand, Fisk kills Karen, kidnaps his friend Foggy, robs Matt's apartment, and has him dropped in the middle of nowhere to die. When Matt returns and makes a breakthrough on the case thanks to William Watts, who Fisk tried to have assassinated, Fisk takes revenge by taunting Matt over his past drug abuse and how he got Karen addicted, before killing him with his bare hands. Fisk then delivers Matt's funeral eulogy, mockingly citing his past of abuse and thanking the attorneys who got him off the hook, before he's killed by a vengeful Frank Castle to end his reign of terror.
  • The Razorline imprint (Earth-45828), by Clive Barker, produced several nasty villains that threatened the Decamundi in its short run:
    • Ectokid: Ice Augustine is a lunatic killer operating for the Expurgatorious whose job description largely consists of maiming and torturing everything in his path—a job Ice takes pride in. Murdering the father of protagonist Dex Mungo under Expurgatorious order years before the main plot, Ice is later dispatched to find Dex himself, leaving a vast trail of victims and Dex's own friends tortured to death behind him. Ice later takes Dex's ailing mother hostage and demeans her, threatening to take her apart in front of Dex's eyes unless he surrenders and later gunning her down even after Dex gives up. Even in death, Ice's spirit continues to work towards the Expurgatorious's goal of the annihilation of all those who would oppose them, coercing Dex's father into coming back into their service by threatening Dex's life.
    • Hokum & Hex: Lord Felon Bale, one of the most powerful villainous forces in the Decamundi, is also the leader of a fanatical religion demanding constant worship, sacrifice, and the excision of all free will from his subjects. Bale has taken over countless planets in the name of spreading his "holy mercy" as far as it will go, while having his Blood Reapers murder innumerable "infidels" all across the cosmos to use their deaths to fuel the Sun-flower, creating ever more worlds for him to conquer. Bale sends his forces to conquer Earth and defeat the champion of Earth's god, Godkin Straith, heedless of civilian casualties, and even twists a Serial Killer into his monstrous emissary to purge all threats to him—including Bale's own son who reneged on his religion years ago—with an entire hospital full of sickly patients murdered in tribute to Bale's name.
    • Ectokid/Saint Sinner crossover "Sir Sigmoid's Arcardia": Sir Sigmoid is a voracious demon native to the Ectosphere that subsists on the souls of children. Sigmoid hosts a travelling carnival to lure the souls of children to his various attractions while mind-controlling any others who suit his fancy to come into his clutches, taking parts of the children's souls as payment for his services and eating them piece by piece until the children are devoured and kept trapped inside him for all eternity. Not content with simply taking apart and consuming the spirits of children, Sigmoid desires to be alive and tries to take the life of Dex Mungo to invade the real world by using Phillip Fetter's life as leverage, later twisting one of his consumed spirits to seduce Fetter after the two escape his clutches.
  • Sectaurs: General Spidrax is the nastiest, most ambitious minion of Empress Devora. The ruler of the Dark Domain's evil armies, Spidrax introduces himself putting an entire village to the sword after claiming their residents to be heretics, giving his armies an excuse to invade the Shining Realm. Barely loyal to his own Empress, Spidrax dreams of giving himself godlike power and turning the world into an unending nightmare through the power of the Hyves, and spares no expense in obtaining them. At one point, Spidrax enslaves a group of peaceful nomads known as the Hadj to labor in finding the Hyves for him, while expressing disappointment they surrendered against his initial massacre so early. A wicked boss as well, Spidrax sometimes murders his own minions—and their mounts—for things as minor as offhanded comments.
  • Silver Surfer Vol. 1 issue #6's "Worlds Without End!" (Earth-6966): Rakkhal the Overlord is an intergalactic despot from the future whose vast powers are matched only by his savage cruelty. Born an indestructible mutant, from childhood the Overlord terrorized his home planet before finally reducing it to smoldering rubble. Declaring it his destiny to rule the universe, the Overlord fashioned himself an army of slaves from survivors and invaded the universe. His brutal conquests reduced all worlds into "charred orbiting cinders" and wiping out all life across the universe, save for a small portion he kept as his slaves who he regularly killed at the slightest whim, with them existing only to toil and starve in the service to him.
  • Strikeforce: Morituri (Earth-1287):
    • The Stark Fist is the original leader of the Va'Shakk, aka "the Horde", and has lead his armies on a galactic conquest that has destroyed hundreds of worlds. Attacking Earth by decimating a variety of its major cities and enslaving countless millions, the Stark Fist engages in acts of terrorizing the world's populace, such as ejecting hundreds of innocents into space to break the spirits of those who witness the atrocities. When confronted by the Strikeforce, the Stark Fist sadistically shows off his collection of disembodied heads that he uses as trophies before trying to kill them all, then annihilate the entire Earth out of spite.
    • The Gentle Inquirer is not only the Va'Shakk's Evil Chancellor, but their most insidious member as well. As sadistic as he is intelligent, the Inquirer directly spearheads most of the race's terror plots against humanity, from razing entire cities; to raining "healer plants" onto crowds to horribly seal up all their orifices and suffocate them to death; to grafting the still-living, perpetually-screaming heads of humans, even children, onto attack robots. When his hated rival Thundercrush earns the throne ahead of him after Stark Fist's death, the Inquirer manipulates him into a wasteful nuclear attack that all at once undermines Thundercrush and kills hundreds of Morituri. When the Inquirer finally gains the throne, he implants all of his thousands of human captives with bombs, then releases them in the streets, hoping to either detonate the bombs and mass-murder the loved ones of his prisoners or divide humanity with that same threat always hanging over their heads. Heartless to a point where he revolts even fellow Va'Shakk, the Inquirer readily admits he'd be just at home torturing his own race as much as humanity.
    • Issues #21-23: The brutal commander Wek-Kuu introduces himself tormenting a group of human hostages and ripping the head off of a child with his bare hands just to show his contempt for humanity. Attempting to slaughter as many innocent humans as possible, Wek-Kuu redirects meteors to strike at the world and kill thousands, with Salt Lake City nearly wiped out by the time he is through.
  • "Supremeverse" (Earth-31916):
    • Michael Redstone is a heinous Serial Killer who, after being granted superpowers, becomes one of the most evil villains the Squadron Supreme face. Even as a regular human being, Redstone's killing career began after he tortured his CO in the military for 5 hours before murdering her, just for being a woman. Following this up by becoming a murderer of prostitutes, Redstone is later experimented on by the government, who grant him superpowers. Using these powers, Redstone continues his spree, murdering several more women by ripping their limbs off and keeping them as trophies. When confronted by the hero Hyperion, Redstone flees while murdering everyone in his way, notably using a child as ammo to fling at Hyperion. After making a deal with the government, Redstone becomes a U.S. operative who is dropped into foreign countries with orders to kill as many people as possible to destabilize said countries, and, in his final appearance, Redstone holds Los Angeles hostage with a nuclear bomb, orders Hyperion to allow himself to be beaten to death lest the city be destroyed, and takes time during their duel to brutally murder innocents in various ways just to torment Hyperion. With no professed reason for his crimes beyond a love of killing, Michael Redstone was handily the most personal foe Hyperion ever faced.
    • Supreme Power: Nighthawk spinoff: Whiteface, real name Steven Binst, is the most depraved man Nighthawk has ever fought against. Once a pharmacist who sought to "fill a hole of unhappiness" in his life, Whiteface developed a lethal drug that he planned to spread throughout Chicago, hoping that a massive bodycount would be enough to make him feel happy in life. Testing the compound on a poor woman and her family, he kills the entire household—including two children and a baby. Years later, having awaken from a catatonic state brought on by being assaulted, maimed, and possibly raped in prison for his deplorable crimes, Whiteface escapes confinement, kills and takes the outfit of a clown, then replaces a shipment of cocaine with his lethal drug, resulting in over 3,800 deaths of men, women, and children alike in just three days. Later poisoning the guests at a child's birthday party, resulting in numerous children's deaths, Whiteface then murders a crippled woman, a nurse, another man for his outfit, and kidnaps a baby. Traveling to a local water plant, brutally murdering 3 police officers along the way, Whiteface gleefully flings the kidnapped baby into the water processing unit, hoping for him to drown while he makes his escape from a recently-arrived Nighthawk. A sadist who believed mass murder would bring joy into his life, Whiteface, despite his lack of superpowers, stood out even among the likes of Redstone as a truly disgusting lunatic.
    • Squadron Supreme 2006 series' issues #2-3: John M'Butu is a metahuman general in Uganda who leads brutal purges of civilian populations, with rape and murder all too common. Allying with foreign interests to keep a civil war going, M'Butu initiates a genocide of rival tribes to strengthen himself and uses his Compelling Voice to control others, boasting he can use it to rape women or force men to die for him in the process.
  • Ultron Forever (Earth-14831): All-Father Ultron dubbed himself the "Ultimate Ultron" centuries ago when he slaughtered all of Earth's heroes in a bloodbath before going on to conquer the whole planet. Having trapped all of Asgard in a mirror dimension and turned the god Loki into a suffering nanovirus to achieve All-Father status, Ultron subjected billions of humans to horrible mind alterations that left him mostly mindless "bio-slaves" who Ultron forces to maintain their own control centers out of sick amusement for the "puppets maintaining their strings". Turning several innocents into transformed superhumans he dubs his Avengers, Ultron leaves them just enough consciousness to realize their lack of control and subjugation, all while Ultron spreads his influence through the universe and plans to turn all the multiverse into one Ultron singularity.
  • "The Wastelands" (Earth-21923):
    • Sinister is revealed to be the mastermind behind the plan that created the dark future of the timeline, in which civil society was destroyed and replaced with supervillain-controlled fiefdoms, killing millions in the process. Sinister came up with the plan to unite the supervillains, kill all the superheroes and take over the world, and presented this plan to Red Skull. When Old Man Logan traveled to the past, trying to stop this dark future from taking place, Sinister, in the form of Miss Sinister, learns of the future. Wanting to ensure the Old Man Logan future comes to pass, Miss Sinister recruits Mysterio, hoping to use him to trick the superhero community into killing each other and takes her plans to Red Skull's daughter Sin, working with her to ensure this plan succeeds and helps Sin kill everyone who could stand in their way. After Logan defeats Miss Sinister in the past, Logan goes back to the future, where Sinister has once again taken the form of Mr. Sinister. Mr. Sinister has created a hit squad of Sabretooth clones to do his bidding. Mr. Sinister sends these clones to kill anyone who prevents him from capturing Logan and Bruce Banner Jr.—Hulk's preteen son—massacring a gang of cannibals and Forge's encampment of refugees. Mr. Sinister wants to experiment on Logan and Bruce, so he can create an army of Super Soldiers to conquer the world.
    • Old Man Logan (2016)'s "Days of Anger" & "King of Nothing" arcs: The Maestro, a corrupt version of The Incredible Hulk from an alternate future, stands out as a particularly vile villain. Maestro arrives on Earth and takes over Hulk's brood of inbred children after Logan killed this world's version of Hulk. Maestro has the Hulk Gang take over a military base in the Yukon territories, killing all the guards there. Maestro also has one of the Hulk Gang, Billy Bob, killed for his incompetence. Maestro uses the base's resources to create several nuclear bombs. Maestro plans to use the Hulk Gang as suicide bombers and have them blow up several major cities, destroying most of humanity. Maestro promises the Hulk Gang they will survive the blasts, but that is a lie, they will die along with most of humanity so that Maestro can rule over a post-nuclear-holocaust world. After Maestro's genocidal scheme is foiled and he is confronted by Logan and Hawkeye, Maestro attempts to set off a nuke, to take out everyone in the area, out of spite. After that defeat, the Maestro reappears later, having conquered a small Northern Canadian town, where Maestro kills anyone who opposes him and turns the women of the town into his sex slaves.
    • Old Man Hawkeye: Baron Helmut Zemo is presented as a far crueler villain than his 616 counterpart. Zemo was enraged that Hawkeye took away the Thunderbolts from him, so in the lead up to the supervillain take over, Zemo strong-arms the Thunderbolts into betraying the Avengers. When the Avengers are ambushed by supervillains, the Thunderbolts turn against the Avengers and help the villains kill them. Zemo personally kills Black Widow in front of Hawkeye and only spares him because he thinks Hawkeye is worthless. In the future, Zemo is running a Super Soldier program at the Weapon X facility for Red Skull, experimenting on people. His test subjects often become deformed and beg for death after Zemo is done with them. Eventually, Zemo succeeds and creates a new Captain Hydra, Zemo has him test out his abilities by having him kill several of Zemo's guards. Zemo also plans to kill all the scientists at the Weapon X facility, so no one can recreate his research.
    • Old Man Quill: Galactus serves as the dark god of the Church of Universal Truth, which is led by his zealous servant, the Matriarch. Galactus stole the power cosmic from the Silver Surfer, putting him into a coma in the process. Galactus than uses the power cosmic to create a machine to mind control people, mentally enslaving people to fill the Church's ranks. Matriarch retains her free will and leads the Church's forces, attempting to subdue planets and lead Galactus to them so that he can devour them. The Matriarch attacks Peter Quill, providing a distraction so Galactus can devour the planet Spartax, killing everyone on it, including Quill's family. The Matriarch and the Church launch an attack on New Xander, home of the Nova Corps. When the Nova Corps seemingly defeats the Church, the Matriarch summons Galactus, so that he can devour that planet as well. When the Matriarch discovers most of Earth's heroes have been killed in the supervillain uprising, she informs Galactus, who is delighted to have a chance to devour Earth without interference.
  • Zoids (UK comic, from Spider-Man and Zoids): Silverman, one of the survivors of the crashed spaceship Celeste who land on the deadly planet Zoidstar, was actually a treacherous android who engineered the crash and the resultant death of most onboard. Silverman mercilessly gunned down the one survivor who clued into his Robotic Reveal in time before he was seemingly destroyed by Heller. In actuality, Silverman used scrapped technology to rebuild himself in time for the Black Zoid arc, where Silverman, consumed by The Power of Hate, went on a killing spree. Silverman pledged to not only destroy everything on Zoidstar but specifically Heller, promising to make Heller watch as Silverman murdered his friends and family first.

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