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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!"
"You think I do this [kill people] for money?! I've been gettin' paid for high-end jobs since... forever. Have you ever seen me spend any of it? Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if I have more money than you, at this point. No, Norman... I stopped doing this for money a long time ago. I do it because it's fun."
Bullseye, Deadpool Vol. 2 #12

Marvel Comics features many malevolent mayhem-makers.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Belasco: He 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.
  • Black Panther: 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:
    • "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.
  • Bullseye, by Ed Brisson et al.: Teodor Zarco is a Columbian drug lord who lords over the Black Knife Cartel with a sadistic, iron fist. Teodor gained infamy when he captured a squad of federal agents investigating his activities and tortured to death everyone who has ever known them in front of the agents one by one. Planning to expand the Black Knife to America, Teodor is introduced torturing a man to death as slowly as he can, and later is seen getting ready to butcher dozens of his minions who were stealing some of his drugs, planning to cut them all up and ship them to their mothers in little baggies. Upon being investigated by more federal agents, Teodor captures them all and plans to feed them to his pet tiger, before betraying and trying to kill his American partner just for irritating him. Even in a comic featuring the world's greatest assassin Bullseye, Teodor stands out with his sadistically vile actions for a mere drug lord.
  • 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 America:
    • Red Skull, real name Johann Schmidt, is Cap's Arch-Enemy, and a Bastard Understudy to Adolf Hitler himself. Once a bitter, psychotic street kid, this eventual Diabolical Mastermind began as a petty criminal with a violent streak. After having his romantic advances rejected by a Jewish girl who'd been nice to him otherwise, Schmidt flew into a rage, killed her, and finding he liked murder, set out to commit it again. Convincing a friend to try and assassinate Hitler, Schmidt stepped in and saved Der Fuhrer's life. He then donned a Skull-shaped mask and took on the role of a grateful Hitler's spymaster. Trapped in suspended animation by Cap, Schmidt awakened in the modern era and resumed his old ways. Firmly convinced that Dystopia Justifies the Means and that everyone needs somebody to bully, Schmidt has committed every crime in the proverbial book, from the petty to the grandiose. He made several attempts at taking over the world through the use of the Cosmic Cube, killing thousands of people every time; attempted to transplant Adolf Hitler's brain into Captain America's body; tried to bodyjack Cap himself on several occasions; and fought The Kingpin for control of the New York drug trade. He has manipulated the Scarlet Witch as part of a plan to exterminate the world's mutant population; used his Dust of Death to gruesomely kill any subordinate who fails him or looks at him funny; and has been the mover and shaker behind countless Neo-Nazi movements, fascist governments, and terrorist cells, most notably Hydra and AIM. In an alternate future, he spent his time triggering natural disasters, then showing up to inform people that he would not be saving them. When his daughter, Sin, was born, Schmidt planned to kill her for the crime of being a girl; he continuously abuses her. While in a relationship with Mother Night, he brutalized her constantly. With an end goal of reducing society to its most primitive, dog-eat-dog levels, Schmidt is universally despised in both the superhero and supervillain communities.
    • Baron Heinrich Zemo was a Nazi Nobleman who joined the Nazi party after Germany lost World War I. During World War II, Heinrich committed several war crimes, such as strangling a Polish Freedom Fighter named Citizen V to death, and testing a Death Ray on a concentration camp inmate. He also captured and flayed the original Human Torch, recreating the Torch's power to help the Nazis win the war and used the Torch's powers to incinerate one of his own Nazi minions, just for kicks. Zemo also built a death ray, and when Nick Fury and his Howling Commandos tried to capture it, Zemo rigged it to explode, destroying a nearby German town. Zemo was once a loving father and husband, but a fight with Captain America left him disfigured and consumed with hatred for Captain America, and started beating his son and wife. Zemo even tried to shoot through his son Helmut to kill Captain America at one point, and was willing to kill his wife when she opposed him. Near the end of the war, Zemo tried to steal an experimental plane in England and rigged it to explode, seemingly killing Bucky Barnes and trapping Cap in suspended animation. After the war, Zemo fled to South America, hired a band of mercs and enslaved a remote South American native tribe. One day when the tribe rebelled, Zemo violently put down the rebellion and had all the ringleaders of the rebellion killed. When Captain America returned in modern times, Zemo enacted several revenge schemes, including creating Wonder Man in order to infiltrate the Avengers and stating that his powers will destroy him if Zemo doesn't give him an injection every week. He also kidnapped Cap's young friend Rick Jones and stuck him in a trap designed so that Captain America would kill him if he tried to free him.
    • Arnim Zola was a Nazi biochemist in his human years. To escape mortality, Zola used his cybernetic brilliance to digitize himself and survive inside robotic shells to continue his experiments. One of his worst acts was to create the monstrous Hate-Monger, and afterwards he continued to complete multiple experiments for the Red Skull, his usual employer and master. It is later shown that Zola was a monster just waiting to cut loose. When he and Captain America were lost in Dimension Z, Zola becomes its dictator, and its God. He inflicts horrible experiments among the people, overwriting their minds to be loyal to him alone, and turns others into horrible mutants that he sics on those who don't accept his rule. Even his own children there are nothing but pawns, his affection to them fake to manipulate them, and he is more than willing to kill them if they do not conform to his wishes. Zola, to end his long war with Captain America, created a way to get back to Earth, with a bomb that would kill countless innocents before Zola sent his mutants, with the intent of overwriting the minds of the people of earth and mutating others, a process that would kill billions.
    • Doctor Deirdre Wentworth, alias Superia, is a misandrist determined to create a female dominated world ruled by her. Abducting 10,000 female super villains, Superia attempts to sterilize every other woman on Earth, making only her minions capable of producing following generations. Although this plan of her's was thwarted, Superia goes on to manipulate and brainwash Cathy Webster into becoming the unstable man-hating super woman, Free Spirit, under her command. After seemingly be killed by the Red Skull, Superia gifts her younger self knowledge of the future and uses a Cosmic Cube, removing the frozen Captain America from several timelines, leading to the whole multiverse being destabilized and threatening reality. Inserting herself in the Avengers while posing as a superhero called Broad Stripe, Superia causes their disbanding and replaces them with her own minions, the AmeriCommand. Eliminating anyone who stands against her, Superia turns America into a police state; has any superhumans not loyal to her imprisoned and tortured; keeps Tony Stark's disembodied brain in a jar; traps the Fantastic Four in the Negative Zone except for Susan Storm, whom she is implied to have caused a miscarriage. When confronted by Captain America for her evil deeds, Superia refuses to admit any guilt and has the gall to tell him he could destabilize reality by merging with another version of himself, even as he does it to undo the damage she caused to the multiverse.
  • Captain Mar-Vell's May & June 2001 issues: 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.
  • 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.
  • Daredevil has fought several abhorrent monsters, but a few have gone the extra mile.
    • Lawrence "Larry" Cranston, who resents Matt Murdock for having done better in law school than he did, assumed the identity of Mister Fear after the deaths of the first two holders. Cranston, as Mister Fear III, then tries to ruin Matt's life, using fear gas to induce panic attacks in his victims. Cranston later triggered a prison riot with his fear gas and escaped, leaving numerous people dead. He also freed Charles Burroughs and supervillain Molten Man, and caused them to both go on rampages, while framing Karen Page, Matt's then-Love Interest, for murder to boot; he later executed Burroughs for "going off script". Cranston later provided Lily Lucca with a perfume that permanently altered her body chemistry, causing the men around her to go insane and kill each other, promising to fix her if she aided him, despite there being no cure. He then used his fear gas to drive reformed supervillain Melvin Potter/Gladiator into a psychotic break, leading to the deaths of dozens after a rampage through Chinatown. While all this is going on, Cranston takes the place of Milla Donovan—Matt's wife's psychiatrist—and drives her into a paranoid breakdown, leaving her institutionalized. Cranston discovered that he can use his fear gas, which he now secretes from his pores, to force women to sleep with him.
    • August-September 1975 issues & Daredevil/Spider-Man: Copperhead started off as Lawrence Chesney, son of a man who modeled for the cover of a pulp magazine called Copperhead. Lawrence's father felt the publishers cheated, so after his death Lawrence took the mantle of the Copperhead character and enacted his revenge. Copperhead began killing criminals and killed a cop who tried to stop him, but quickly establishes himself as a creepy Serial Killer, who puts pennies on the eyes of the victims he just killed. After Copperhead killed one of the publishers for revenge, he was stopped from killing the other publisher by Daredevil, and died while fighting him. Copperhead went to hell after he died and made a Deal with the Devil, returning to Earth as an undead lich. At this point, Copperhead, who lost any of his Knight Templar qualities or possible love for his father, and was fueled by a burning hatred of Daredevil, gathered other B-list Daredevil villains (Owl, Gladiator II, and Stilt-Man), and began a violent turf war with The Kingpin, which cost the lives of many people. Copperhead used those deaths as sacrifices to the Devil, gathering power from those deaths and using it transform part of New York into a version of Hell. Copperhead plans to sacrifice Dardevil and Spider-Man to open a portal to Hell and cause the downfall of mankind. Copperhead also torments his allies with nightmarish illusions, intending to do the same the rest of the world.
    • Besides The Kingpin, Daredevil's Arch-Enemy is Bullseye. One of the world's most talented, famous and feared assassins, Bullseye has revealed he rarely spends the money from his assassinations, preferring to kill because of the fun involved. Bullseye led a string of murders and assassinations that culminated in the death of his nemesis Daredevil's lover Elektra. Consumed with hatred after being defeated by Daredevil, Bullseye made it a mission to murder any of Daredevil's friends or loved ones, including his later girlfriend Karen Page. After Bullseye was killed by Daredevil and revived, he was rendered a paralyzed invalid in a metal case. In retaliation, Bullseye recruited several killers to his cause and began a systematic campaign to drive Matt insane by threatening the lives of his friends, lovers, ex-wife and anyone he held dear, proving that even being a cripple does nothing to stop his evil or his willingness and ability to destroy whatever Matt loves. When recruited by Norman Osborn, Bullseye took advantage of his position on the Dark Avengers to torment and kill innocents on a whim. Even when not on the job, Bullseye takes great glee in random acts of cruelty, from slaughtering an intersection of people—using mainly paper clips—to alleviate boredom, to starting a gang war that will lead to countless deaths just to bask in the suffering of others. Combining sadism with twisted narcissism and Lack of Empathy for anyone, Bullseye sets the standards of evil for hitmen in the Marvel-verse and serves as an inspiration to many of its killers and monsters.
    • April 1985's "The Sight Stealer": "The Cossack" is a former Russian intelligence agent who betrayed his masters and went freelance. He got his hands on an East German defector's weapon which causes blindness. After testing this weapon, he tries to kill Black Widow—who was blinded by the weapon—by tossing her out her window. She is saved by Daredevil, and tells him the Cossack's backstory. The Cossack demands $15 million in gems, and when the Mayor of New York refuses, the former plans to amplify the device, blinding airline pilots and air traffic control and causing "many crashes. Many deaths." He is about to activate the device before Daredevil manages to stop him.
    • December 2012-February 2013 issues: Coyote started off as a small time unnamed criminal, who volunteered for an experiment that would duplicate the powers of the Spot, a D-list teleporting Spider-Man villain. This experiment involved putting Spot into a contraption that causes him pain, in order to power the machine that gives Coyote his powers. Coyote uses his new powers to become a professional criminal contractor. He assassinates a drug lord by teleporting the blood out of his body. He is hired by a Middle Eastern warlord to open up a weapons supply route, which he does by teleporting a moving truck through a blocked off tunnel, killing several of the warlord's men in the process, just for kicks. Bullseye hires Coyote to mess with Daredevil, so Coyote plays mind games with Daredevil and tries to drive him insane, by teleporting his dead father's skull into his desk drawer. Daredevil soon discovers Coyote's most depraved scheme: Coyote manages to use his powers to remove people's heads without killing them, leaving their bodies intact and able to perform tasks. Coyote kidnaps several people and removes their heads, sending out these headless bodies to be slaves. The male bodies are sent off to perform manual labor, while the female bodies are sent out to be sex slaves. This process causes extreme pain to Coyote's victims. When Daredevil manages to free the slaves and Spot, Coyote's former victims want to get revenge and try to kill Coyote.
    • "Dark Art" & "Mayor Fisk" arcs: Muse is a deranged Serial Killer obsessed with sharing his "vision" of beauty with the whole world. First kidnapping over 100 innocent people, Muse exsanguinates them for days, leaving them near death, and uses said blood in his art. Later, after murdering close to a dozen Inhumans and posing their bodies, Muse kidnaps 4 people and plans to torture them to death, then captures Daredevil's sidekick, Blindspot, whose eyes he gouges out as a sick play on the young teen's name. Muse decorates his lair in the butchered corpses of his countless victims during his time as a serial killer, and when caught, tries to kill his 100 blood-drained captives. Escaping from prison and slaughtering a dozen guards in the process, Muse tries to kill two innocent woman who just wanted a picture with him, and then massacres a group of police officers to decorate one of his murals. When confronted by Blindspot—who Muse tries to mutilate once more, this time by ripping out his tongue—over his motives, Muse just brags that killing makes him better, stronger, and more powerful than everyone else, before committing suicide just because he felt he wasn't the "star" anymore.
  • 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!'s 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.

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  • Fantastic Four:
    • 2001 Annual and October 2001-January 2002 issues: 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 by Mark Millar, Bryan Hitch, et al.: 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.
  • Ghost Rider:
    • Ebenezer Laughton, known as the Scarecrow, is a longstanding enemy of Ghost Rider. 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 as murder targets, 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.
    • Deathwatch is one of the Trans-Lords, an extradimensional being who arrives on Earth to dominate and feed off human suffering. As "Steven Lords", he wages a gang war against The Kingpin, killing many people in the process while also trying to steal a group of canisters with a nerve agent. Deathwatch has the vampire assassin Blackout murder police officers and their families, killing others along the way before tracking down the biker gang with the canisters, killing one young woman's friend in front of her before revealing he intends to unleash the agent on the Tri-State Area, killing half the population instantly and subjecting the other to agonizing and lingering death which will spread through the country. Deathwatch later blows up an apartment building to kill Ghost Rider, killing hundreds of innocents and even his own men, before revealing his supposedly philanthropic homeless shelters are places for him to torture and feed upon the less fortunate.
    • The vampiric Blackout makes his living as an enthusiastic hitman who hunts down and murders cops for Deathwatch, slaughtering their families and killing most who cross his path. When he gets his hands on the canisters, Blackout plots to unleash the biotoxin himself to cause a nuclear war and reign over the night, before his face is scarred by Ghost Rider. Upon learning Ghost Rider's identity as Danny Ketch, Blackout begins murdering all close to him, even his comatose sister Barbara in her hospital bed, later trying to help his grandmother, the demonic Lilith, try to raze humanity. A Serial Killer in his spare time, Blackout targets children and teens, including a troubled teenage girl named Alicia whose death is enough to spur Ghost Rider to finally use lethal force against the killer.
    • Midnight Sons Unlimited's first issue's "Eyes of the Beholder": Clarisse Van Ripper is a deeply psychotic Serial Killer who primarily preys on children. As a young woman, Clarisse welcomed a bunch of children to her home to play, but decided that she needed some entertainment back, so to this end Clarisse decided to go around the house and kill every child she came across. While chasing one child who saw her kill another, she is paralyzed and put in a wheelchair but manages to escape justice anyway. Forty years later, a demon comes and gives her demonic powers, which she instantly abuses to kill a random couple and then kill a bunch of other children. When Ghost Rider investigates, Clarisse becomes worried that he might steal her powers, so she sends a demon to kill him. Although the comic has multiple vicious cult leaders and serial killers, Clarisse stands out by being the only one who primarily targets children.
    • Blaze's August-October 1994 issues: Ice Box Bob was a murderous hick with a preference for runaway children in life, who became unable to truly die after being stabbed with a magical nail file that kept his soul rooted to a deathless Pocket Dimension. The pregnant woman who stabbed him, Mary, killed herself after Bob murdered her three-year-old son in revenge, causing the disembodied soul of Mary's pregnant child to grow up with a lust for revenge. His only desire to return to the living world to begin his murder spree all over again, Ice Box Bob possesses a harmless storekeeper and uses his body to start torturing dozens of innocent people to death, turning the storekeeper's basement into an abattoir-maze where the gurgling, flayed bodies of Bob's victims are nailed, still living, to the walls. After Johnny Blaze thwarts him, Bob homes in on Blaze's two young children instead.
    • Zadkiel is a truly monstrous excuse for an angel. The lord of the Black Host, Zadkiel was also the angel in charge of the Spirits of Vengeance and began to desire to use them to overthrow both God and humanity. Zadkiel subtly influenced the lives of Johnny Blaze and Dan Ketch, destroying those close to them to make them vulnerable to the Ghost Rider spirits. Zadkiel, as The Man Behind the Man, negotiated multiple deals with demons and other monsters on earth, allowing them to prey upon those they wished, while directing his other minions to murder multiple innocents in addition to those who could prove problematic—and everyone close to them as well. Even death brought no respite as Zadkiel showed a penchant for annihilating the souls of his defeated enemies. While manipulating Danny Ketch, Zadkiel showed no remorse slaughtering and torturing his angelic brethren until he finally had the powers of the Riders and banished Ketch and Blaze to earth to die in the apocalypse he would create. Zadkiel succeeded in conquering heaven and began to achieve omnipotence with his final goal to become the new God and then commence genocide on all of humanity and all other beings who didn't worship him.
    • All-New Ghost Rider: Elias "Eli" Morrow was a Mafia hitman who was killed by his own boss, who found out that Eli was also a Satanic Serial Killer. Using dark magic, Eli managed to came back as a spirit, merging with his nephew, protagonist Roberto "Robbie" Reyes, immediately working to corrupt him until Eli can take control over Robbie's body; this included, among other acts, manipulating the boy into accidentally killing an innocent person. Once Eli takes over, he acts abusive towards Robbie's younger brother, Gabriel "Gabe" Reyes, creating a rift between the two brothers. After trying to murder Robbie's teacher, Eli then goes on a killing spree to avenge his own death. After Robbie takes his body back, Eli tries pushing him more and more to kill somebody, which would allow him to take over again. Failing, Eli manipulates Gabe into jumping from a building, allowing Eli to form a similar connection with Gabe as he did with Robbie transforming Gabe into a monster who almost kill Robbie. Eli also claims to be responsible for Gabe's condition, having tried to kill her by pushing her down the stairs when she was pregnant. Once Robbie bonds with Eli permanently, Eli has to resort to hunting and killing the worst people to feed Eli's thirst for blood and to keep the spirit away from hurting Gabe and others he cares about.
  • The Gorgon: 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.
  • Hate-Monger: The true identity of this villain 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
      • First 4 issues: 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's "The Haunter of the Dark" & "The Shadow from the Steeple": 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.
  • Moses Magnum: He 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: This 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: This Demon Lord 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.
  • Micronauts: The original incarnation of Baron Karza is the truly monstrous dictator who has terrorized the Microverse for 1,000 years, and is the Arch-Enemy of the Micronauts. After a failed coup against the Homeworld royal family, Karza butchered the very monastery that saved him from his exile, using their secrets to return to Homeworld and institute his own tyrannical rule. Karza's first act after massacring the royal family was to create the Body Banks, a pit of machine horrors that he uses to butcher innocents, harvest their organs and body parts, then use said harvested parts to make himself and his followers nigh immortal, using the downtrodden of Homeworld and prisoners of war as subjects for the horrifying Banks. Taking sick glee in mass murder and genocide, Karza razes entire planets, sacrifices millions of people at a time to his Body Banks, and boils an entire race of sea people alive. To keep his forces ever-growing, Karza locks hundreds of women in impregnation machines, forcing them to give birth to thousands of babies Karza raises into his soldiers, the process driving the women insane. Though seemingly dying numerous times, often after trying to take countless innocents down with him, Karza always returns to continue his atrocities, and, in his final bout, Karza butchers the entire population of Homeworld, turning them into agony-stricken monstrosities solely to torment the Micronauts, and later attempts to doom the entire Microverse in one final attempt to save his own skin. Karza's crimes not limited to wide-scale, he also notably ruins the life of a young prince by framing him for attempted murder of his love, then by tricking his best friend into sacrificing her own legs to save the prince's love, all for his own amusement. A self-proclaimed "artist of atrocities" whose only desire in life is to be the most wicked being he can, Baron Karza was a shockingly vile villain for Marvel Comics in the era he originated from.
  • Mystery Men: The Golden Age: 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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  • Count Luchino Nefaria: This European noble 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: 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 note . 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.
  • 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.
  • The Purple Man: 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.
  • 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.
  • She-Hulk's "Ceremony" (October & November 1989 issues): 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.
  • Shuma-Gorath: This Eldritch Abomination from outside of the Earth dimension 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.
  • 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.
  • Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, the Arch-Enemy of Nick Fury and the 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 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. In addition, he was once The Dragon to Red Skull.
  • 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.
  • Thor's stories:
    • The Mighty Thor:
      • The Fire Giant, Surtur, 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.
    • Thor: 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.
  • Thulsa Doom: This skull-headed fiend and dark sorcerer has been plaguing the world since before Atlantis sunk. Concerned only with personal power and revenge at all times, 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, Doom returns time and time again while murdering whomever got in his way before eventually ousting Kull from his throne. As King of Valusia, Doom's tyranny leads to widespread torture, execution, and suffering, with soldiers once loyal to Kull forced to try and slay him as 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 Doom killed and impersonated King Felnar to goad Kull into one last battle, Doom is resurrected centuries later as a tenuous ally of Conan—with a previous project of his, a young boy 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. 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 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, 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 he 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.
  • Werewolf by Night:
    • Vol. 1, 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's March-April 1983 issues: 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.
  • Young Avengers: "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.
  • Zodiac: This knowingly evil lover of chaos and wickedness makes it his life's mission to cause as much random destruction in life as possible. Appearing in Dark Reign: Zodiac, Zodiac tortures over a hundred 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.

Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610)

  • 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.
    • Second 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-Mens "The Most Dangerous Game" arc & Ultimate Spider-Mans "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

  • ...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.
  • ...Annihilation: In an alternate telling in the Annihilation story arc, 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.
  • ...The Avengers Battled the Carnage Cosmic? (or, "The Greatest Sacrifice"): 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.
  • ...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.
  • ...Captain America Had Led An Army of Super Soldiers in World War II?: 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, Captain America, 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.
  • ...Captain America Were Elected President?: 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.
  • ...Captain America Were Revived Today?: 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.
  • ...Daredevil Lived in Feudal Japan?: The Giant Shogun, an adaptation of the canon character The Kingpin, 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 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 his son, 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. When confronted by a now-grown Elektra and Masahiro, the Shogun orders them both be incapacitated by a marksman, wanting to draw their deaths out painfully in public later as a show of what happens to those who defy him. A sadistic, greedy scumbag who cares for no one but himself, the Giant Shogun was nowhere close to his counterpart the Kingpin in nobility, honor, or grace, substituting these for depravity and malice tenfold.
  • ...Dr. Doom Had Become a Hero: In this reality where Doctor Doom became a hero instead of a villain, 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.
  • ...Dr. Strange Were a Disciple of Dormammu?: 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.
  • ...House of M: Red Skull takes advantage of Scarlet Witch wiping out all super powers 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.
  • ...Infinity—Dark 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.
  • ...Tony Stark Was the Sorcerer Supreme?: As vile as ever, Dread Lord Dormammu 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.
  • ...The X-Men Lost Inferno?: Similar to his canon counterpart, 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.
  • Public Enemy Number One (featuring Wolverine): 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.

Other Continuities

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  • 5 Ronin, written by Peter Milligan: 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: 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: 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: 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.
  • Captain America: Red Skull is just as monstrous in other continuities:
    • Batman & Captain America: Red Skull, here a high-ranking member of the Nazi regime, allies himself with The Joker in his latest plot for expanding the Third Reich. Having the Joker murder several innocents to assist in his own theft of an atomic bomb dubbed "Fat Boy," Red Skull casually poisons one of his own soldiers for questioning his orders, and later has the Joker slaughter a path into a military base. Betraying the Joker at this juncture, Red Skull boasts his plans to parade the Joker's broken body around as a trophy, and reveals his true master plan to drop Fat Boy onto Washington, D.C., then use the ensuing millions of casualties to pave the way for the Nazis to invade America. Even when his original plan is thwarted, Red Skull still attempts to drop Fat Boy miles out of Washington, gleefully proclaiming that the fallout will still kill countless innocents.
    • Cap Lives arc, by Dave Gibbons et al. note : In 1964, Captain America awakens to a United States where the Nazis won World War II and, once Adolf Hitler died, Red Skull became the leader of the Nazis (Herr Reichsfuehrer), and is thus dictator of the US. Skull shows Cap several television clips, including how the Nazis nuked Detroit and then killed "non-Aryan races and other deviants". Skull offers Cap a deal: Pledge allegiance to the new Reich (so the people will follow his example), and he can get anything—including "boys in costumes"; otherwise, Skull and the Nazis will use him for breeding purposes and medical experiments, before hanging him in Times Square. Cap escapes, and when one of Skull's soldiers isn't able to recapture him, Skull orders said colonel to shoot himself. Later on, there is the planned execution of a spy in Times Square. Cap saves the spy, but has to surrender, otherwise Skull will have his snipers kill hundreds of innocent people; the spy and a couple of Cap's allies seemingly escape, but Skull had wired the spy with explosives, which he then detonates, killing all three. Skull's ultimate plan is to use a Time Machine to conquer the entire world, across all time periods.
  • Daredevil (Earth-7642):
    • Batman/Daredevil: King of New York, by Alan Grant, Eduardo Barreto, et al.: In this crossover, The Scarecrow has been running guns for The Kingpin, from Gotham City to New York, but has his own agenda in mind. He hires Catwoman to gather information on Kingpin, seeming making plans to usurp Kingpin's position as New York's reigning crime lord. Daredevil and Batman team up to stop one of Scarecrow's trucks that was supposed to be delivering guns, but find it is full of bombs instead, with Scarecrow intending to kill Batman and Daredevil, along with the men driving the van. Scarecrow arrives in New York and uses his fear gas to force some of Kingpin's men to work for him. Scarecrow then begins a reign of terror having his men shoot up a restaurant, blow up a jewelry store, set fire to a night club and murder people in gangland killings. However, Daredevil and Batman soon discover Scarecrow's real plan: From the Statue of Liberty, Scarecrow plans to spread his fear gas across New York, leading to untold death and suffering.
    • The Magdalena/Daredevil: The Devil in Longhand, written by Phil Hester: The unnamed demon is an ancient being who, after being captured and tortured by a group of monks, decided to make himself more powerful. Setting up a scheme to steal the innocence of children, he kidnapped a dozen of young descendants of the men who tortured him. Turning the children into statues, he made an armor for himself out of their souls and desired to bind them to himself for eternity. When Magdalena and Daredevil tracked him down he used children's souls as a Human Shield and orders his enslaved children to kill them.
  • Deadpool
    • Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again: 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 "An Alternate History of Love in America": 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: 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.
  • The Eternal (2003 Marvel MAX miniseries): 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): 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.
  • Killraven's Amazing Adventures Volume 2, issues 27-31:
    • 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: 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 2099: John 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 Zombies: Henry "Hank" Pym, aka Giant Man from Earth-2149, is the Overarching 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".
  • Powerless: 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.
    • "Sir Sigmoid's Arcardia" crossover between Ectokid and Saint Sinner (issue #5 for each): 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.
  • "Supremeverse" (Earth-31916):
    • Supreme Power Vol. 1 issues 12-15 & Squadron Supreme's September-November 2006 issues: 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: Whiteface, real name Steven Binst, the Big Bad of this Spinoff, 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's June & July 2006 issues, written by J. Michael Straczynski: 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: 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":
    • 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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