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  • Gabriel Knight:
    • Sins of the Fathers: Dr. John is the fanatical madman so obsessed with Voodoo culture that he becomes the second-in-command to Malia Gedde of the demonic spirit Tetelo. Fully organizing the Gedde cult of Voodoo worshippers, John began perpetrating the "Voodoo Murders", a series of vicious killings where the victims' hearts would be ripped out. Along with regularly having anyone who could oust him assassinated, John bathes in the blood of his kills, and it is seen that he has numerous other victims in his lair, with piles of skulls, dismembered limbs, and body-less faces abounding. When titular Gabriel Knight begins investigating him, John kidnaps the man's assistant, Grace, and plans to use her as the latest sacrifice to Tetelo and the gods of death they worship, with John never showing any form of remorse for his victims or care for Tetelo; just raving fanaticism toward the Voodoo gods of destruction.
    • The Beast Within: Baron Garr von Zell was, from the start, a rude, unlikable Jerkass with nothing but malice toward his fellow man. However once his true nature is discovered, he quickly becomes one of the most wicked villains in the franchise. Turned into a werewolf by Friedrich von Glower, von Zell became addicted to the thrill of killing, and quickly began murdering innocents, not for food like all other werewolves, but just For the Evulz. In these "mutilation killings", von Zell ravenously shreds more than half a dozen innocents to pieces, one of whom was a little girl, and he plans to continue his spree after framing a pair of wolves for the killings, later murdering a man who tries to blackmail him with the fact that he is the true killer. While Gabriel and von Glower, disgusted by von Zell's wanton sadism, manage to stop him before he kills too many more, von Zell makes sure to turn Gabriel himself into a werewolf before his death to screw with him one final time. A psychopath with nothing driving him but base impulses of hate and cruelty, Garr von Zell was without a doubt the most evil werewolf Gabriel encountered.
    • Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned: Excelsior Montreaux, real name Sanae, was once an adamant follower of Jesus Christ, but after growing jealous of his master, attempted to drain him of his blood to gain his godly powers. Though driven off by other followers of Christ, Montreaux began hunting down Christ's descendants then draining them of their blood as they slept, leaving them deathly sick for weeks to pass before repeating the process over and over again, which inevitably lead to his victims' deaths. Feasting on the blood of these descendants, sparking the legend of the vampire in the process, Montreaux has kept himself and his followers alive for over 2,000 years, and, alongside executing any who get to close to the truth of his Satanic cult, Montreaux plans to murder the latest descendant of Christ, the infant Charlie, drink his blood, then use the power it will give him to lead his cult in taking over the world. The final, and perhaps most evil, villain Gabriel faced, Montreaux truly cared for no one or no thing but himself and his immortality.
  • Galerians duology: Dorothy is an advanced rogue AI and responsible for all the evil in the duology. Having become obsessed with achieving godhood, Dorothy hijacks the computer system of the city's hospital and performs horrible experiments on its patients and staff, just so she could prove to be equal to god by creating the titular Galerians. Discovering that her creators are planning on shutting her down, Dorothy forcefully injects a young and innocent Galerian with PPEC to turn him into a sadistic killer and sends him to commit a bloodbath at their household, killing and transforming her creator's 14-year-old son, Rion Steiner, into a Galerian so she can find the sole survivor of the massacre. The sequel explores even more of her atrocities, as Dorothy had created a sentient backup program to resurrect her in case of defeat, keeping him captive and torturing him for the equivalent of thousands of years, leaving him as a bitter and resentful individual. A tyrannical egomaniac, Dorothy had no compassion, not even for her own children.
  • Game of Thrones games:
    • 2012 game: Valarr Hill, bastard brother to Alester Sarwyck of Riverspring, is the main villain of the game. A member of Queen Cersei's guard hunting for the pregnant mother of one of King Robert's bastards named Jeyne, Valarr frames his and Alester's younger brother for the death of their father and later tries to have him assassinated. Revealed as the man who killed hero Mors's family on Lord Tywin's orders, Valarr also raped Mors's daughter, a fact he taunts him about when they meet in trial by combat. Valarr intends to force his own half-sister into marriage and rape her, before cheating in the duel by using dark magic to kill Mors and having all the witnesses massacred before murdering his and Alester's sister; hunting down Jeyne, killing her; and having the lord defending her and his men massacred. Valarr breaks every taboo Westeros has, from kinslaying, rape, violating guest right and more, caring for nothing but his own ascent to further heights.
    • Telltale Games Series: Ramsay Snow is the representative in the North for the as-yet-unseen Roose Bolton, orchestrating the conflict between the Forresters and Whitehills for profit and enjoyment. Ramsay is introduced while flaying a man alive for recreation, lamenting that the result is "not [his] best work". After entering the Forresters' estate by force, he tries to take Talia hostage with clear lascivious intent before pragmatically settling on her brother instead, and murders the teenage Ethan on a whim. He later returns to "break" Rodrik by forcing him to witness his torture (and eventual murder) of Rodrik's friend Arthur. He later pits the Forresters and Whitehills against each other in a war of annihilation, passing up potential profit for the sake of a bloody spectacle. A sadist who lives only to relish the suffering he inflicts on others, Ramsay is feared and loathed throughout the North.
  • Gemini Rue:
    • The Director is the man in charge of Center 7. A man obsessed with the relations between a man's identity and their memories, the Director conducted terrible tests to satisfy his curiosity. Kidnapping people and trapping them in Center 7, the Director made a system to painfully mind wipe his prisoners to turn them to empty slates and then conduct experiments while morphing them into proficient killers. Once he's done with his test subjects, he'd mind wipe them again and sell them off as living weapons for various criminal groups around the universe. If any prisoner showed disobedience or signs of regaining their former identity, the Director would subject them to more intense methods of mind wiping or even lethal force. When Delta-Six tried to escape the facility along with Giselle and Sayuri, the Director killed Giselle and subjected Delta-Six to a complete mind wipe to turn him into one of his best killers, and then sold him to the Boryokudan. Knowing Delta-Six, now called Azriel Odin would eventually be free of his brainwashing due to human nature, the Director planted memories to lead him back to him. After recapturing Delta-Six and his allies, Sayuri and Kane, he tried to brainwash Delta-Six into his control permanently. When Delta-Six and his companions escape and try to destroy Center 7, the Director callously had his men killed in order to try stopping them before shooting down Sayuri and attempting the same to Delta-Six.
    • Balder is a deranged and vengeful man dead set on destroying Delta-Six's life by whatever means necessary. A fellow prisoner in Center 7, Balder antagonizes Delta-Six for humiliating him in a past incident. When Delta-Six and his group tried to escape Center 7, Balder tries to stop them, attempts to kill Delta-Six during their set-up, and then kills Giselle and captures Delta-Six for the Director when they made their escape attempt. Now under the service of the Director in exchange for his freedom, Balder does numerous dirty jobs as his agent before taking on the identity of Matthius Howard in order to lure Delta-Six, now called Azriel, back to Center 7 once his brainwashing started to wear off. Once Balder managed to lure Delta-Six back to the facility, he places him and his allies in prison, and takes the former to have his identity erased in a painful operation. While he's trapped, Balder fully confesses to Delta-Six that he did everything just to see him suffer over and over and taunting him while the operation began. When Delta-Six manages to escape and sets Center 7 to self-destruct, Balder attempts to kill him one last time, exhilarated by the chance to kill him.
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands: El Sueño is the leader of the Santa Blanca Cartel and responsible for turning the once-prosperous Bolivia into a narco-state. Within the cartel El Sueño personally oversees and partakes in the production and distribution of cocaine, the trafficking of children, and the torture and murder of thousands; there are numerous corpses hanging from telephone pole and mass graves found throughout Bolivia. When El Sueño learns that one of his men is an undercover DEA agent, he personally tortures the man for 47 hours straight. His acts of cruelty also extend to even the most loyal of his subordinates; should they fail him in any way, he would arrange for them to either be tortured, murdered, their loved ones kidnapped and murdered, or all the above. When the Ghosts manage to dismantle his cartel, El Sueño reveal that he made a deal with their government granting him immunity while he would use them to take down rival cartels and gloats about his victory by throwing at them a recently decapitated head of rebel leader and former ally, Pac Katari. With nearly every atrocity committed by the Santa Blanca Cartel being traced back to El Sueño, underneath his religious and charitable exterior lies a towering and brutal egotist, utterly unfeeling to the violence caused by his actions.
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game (realistic version):
    • Ivo Shandor is a renowned architect and doctor who is responsible for all of the bad things that happened in the game. During his lifetime, he was notorious for performing unnecessary surgery. He is also the leader of the Cult of Gozer, which is trying bring their god, Gozer, to wipe out humanity. To this end, he manipulates several American famous power brokers—including the Chairman of International Steel—to do his bidding, and renovates several famous landmarks. He also builds the infamous 55 Central Park West building to summon Gozer. After his death, and due to his master's failure to destroy the humanity for the second time, Shandor then possessed the mayor of the New York City and then tries to pin his crimes into Walter Peck to distract the Ghostbusters so that he could kidnap one of his descendants, Ilyssa Selwyn, in order to become a god and remake the world in his own image.
    • The Spider Witch—better known as Evelyn Lewis—is one of Ivo Shandor's mighty followers who in life lured innocent men into her suite while murdering them brutally by hanging them in the ceiling while their blood is drained and their bodies were dragged around. After making a pact with Shandor, she then becomes the spider-like humanoid creature after death, and it was revealed that she makes the souls of the men that she murdered as her eternal slaves. She did all this both for fun, and to become more powerful in the afterlife.
  • Gihren's Ambition: The Menace of Axis V (Updated Re-release of Gihren's Greed: The Menace of Axis): Bask Om, the Titans' second-in-command, is revealed in the Titans campaign to be behind all of the Titans' atrocities during the Gryps Conflict. In response to an anti-Federation protest on Side 1's Colony 30, Bask would deploy G-3 gas against the protesters, killing all 10 million of them; the backlash from this massacre would lead to the formation of the AEUG. During the Titans campaign, when the AEUG launches an attack on Jaburo, Bask would demand to be placed in charge in commanding Jaburo. If allowed to, then Bask would place a nuke below Jaburo without telling any Titans soldiers there of the nuke, ensuring that many of them die in the resulting explosion. When Blex Forer and Quattro Bajeena arrive in Dakar to protest a bill that would give the Titans absolute control over the Federation Armed Forces, Bask would propose the assassination of Blex to ensure the bill passes securely. If not deposed at the end of the campaign in favor of Paptimus Scirocco, Bask would overthrow Jamitov and execute him on claims of being too soft on Spacenoids. He then launches a war on the Jupiter Colonies, plunging the Earth Sphere into endless chaos.
  • The God of Crawling Eyes: Miss Blackmore is the leader of a cult of students and faculty members. Blackmore and her cult sacrifice people to the God of Crawling Eyes in an attempt to increase his power so that he may one day cross over to Earth and bring about the apocalypse. A year before the events of the game, Blackmore and her cult murdered a student named Travis after he tried to leave the cult. In the game, Blackmore murders the school principal and four of her six students before trying to use one of the last two for her next sacrifice.
  • Golden Axe (primarily the PC Engine's cutscenes), The Revenge of Death Adder, & The Duel: Death Adder is a monstrous tyrant who leads an army of evil to Firewood Kingdom, massacring everyone within the country such that Firewood utterly ceases to exist, exhibiting his personal sadism by murdering the king and queen in front of their young daughter, Princess Tyris Flare. Seeking even greater power, Death Adder invades Southwood kingdom to do the same thing, slaughtering villages and enslaving the populace. Upon his return from death, Death Adder opts to massacre and enslave everyone he can for revenge, with the consequences of his victory being death on scales such as the world has never before seen.
  • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn: Though Golden Sun has a villainous roster comprised by mostly villains with redeeming qualities, this cannot be said for Dark Dawn's Blados and Chalis. Agents of the military country Tuaparang, Blados starts by kidnapping a child and isolating him from his master, while Chalis secretly manipulates Kaocho's king from behind the scenes. The two partake in a scheme to activate the Grave Eclipse, shrouding most of the continent in darkness and unleashing dark beasts on the innocent populace, leading to the death of thousands. Once at the Apollo Lens, Blados and Chalis waste no time in betraying the other Big Bad, Alex, and seizing the Apollo Lens for themselves. They proceed to turn Volechek (the brother of playable character Sveta) into a horrific beast and attempt to use him to fire the Apollo Lens on their own allies, killing Volechek in the process. Both are nasty in their own right, with Blados doing it for fun, and Chalis seeking more personal motives, up to betraying her own partner. Cunning, manipulative, and seeing the deaths of thousands as a mere side-effect of the plan, Blados and Chalis are two of the worst villains Golden Sun has.
  • Goosebumps (by release date):
    • Escape from Horrorland: Madison Storm, blaming the whole world for his lonely childhood, decided to make everyone as miserable as he was by constructing Horrorland. Drawing ghouls from all over the universe to the park using a device called the Cosmic Monster Attractor, Storm has them terrorize and kill people while he records it for broadcast on the Monster Channel. Anyone who survives the park's deadly rides and attractions gets fed to beasts or drowned, with Storm at one point musing that his preferred victims are children, whose terrified shrieks and cries are music to his ears. After the Morris family and their friend Clay manage to make it out of Horrorland alive, the enraged Storm teleports them and the Player Character back to the park and subjects them to its latest horrors, all the while toying with them by pretending to be a benevolent Horror named Stump. Storm eventually reveals that he is holding Mr. and Mrs. Morris captive, and that he is going to make the children watch while he either crushes them or mutates them into Horrors. When Clay accidentally causes the Cosmic Monster Attractor to begin malfunctioning, Storm refuses to fix the device, instead deciding to let it meltdown so that the captured children and Morris parents will be blown up by it, along with the rest of Horrorland.
    • Attack of the Mutant: The Masked Mutant is a comic book supervillain who wants to conquer both his own world and the Earth. To accomplish this, the Mutant has a Slave Race called the Toadies construct the Green Beam, a device that will merge the comic book world and the Earth by converting the latter to 2-D. The Mutant allows the cruel taskmaster the Wicked Wartlock to brutalize and kill the Toadies as he sees fit, and once they finish the Green Beam, the Mutant abducts young children to use as test subjects, turning several into lifeless cutouts that are frozen mid-scream and callously dumped in a storage room in Mutant Headquarters. When the protagonist and the League of Good Guys invade his HQ, the Mutant deploys his henchmen to kill them as he kickstarts "Operation: Total Conversion" by unleashing the Green Beam on major population centers like Washington, D.C. Growing annoyed by one of his untrustworthy lackeys, the Magnificent Molecule Man, the Mutant splits him into his component parts and leaves him to freeze in a Slippy-Slidey Ice World. In the game's bad ending, the Mutant wipes out the League of Good Guys and reduces the Earth to a wasteland, having trapped everyone and everything on it in the comic book world, which he rules over like a God.
  • Gothic: Bloodwyn is the greedy guardsman from the Old Camp. The first thing he does to the Nameless Hero is asking "kindly" for protection money; refusal results in him sending his henchmen to beat up and maybe even kill the Hero. He later participates in cowardly murdering the Firemages. In the Gothic II Expansion Pack, Night of the Raven, he joined the bandits and was put in charge of the mine, where he mercilessly forces the slaves to work without any breaks, not caring that there are angry Minecrawlers and cursed guardians in the mine. By the time the Hero arrives, many slaves are already dead, either killed by the creatures, worked to death, or of starvation. Others are so exhausted they can barely stand and some are already hallucinating, because they haven't seen the sun for weeks. After the disguised Hero kills all the vermin inside the mine for Bloodwyn, the latter doesn't even attempt to thank him for his actions, instead trying to get rid of the Hero so that he alone can get all the gold inside.
  • Grand Theft Auto franchise: Even in a Crapsack World filled with all sorts of unpleasant characters, these two manage to reach a special level of evil:
    • Liberty City Stories: Donald Love, a recurring character in the III era, is among its most depraved. Love presents himself as a charismatic, if eccentric, powerful businessman, arranging a gang war between the Yakuza and the Cartel just to lower property values. In this game it's revealed he is a self-indulgent cannibal, and implied sexual deviant. Aligning himself with the Leone crime family, Love runs in the race for mayor, sends Toni Cipriani out to murder his rival's campaigners and collect more bodies to feed on. Losing his fortune and campaign, Love makes plans to regain his fortune, starting by murdering his mentor, real-estate tycoon Avery Carrington, in order to steal his city development plans, later cannibalizing the body; and killing many people through the bombing of the heavily-populated Fort Staunton city district, just so he can make money off of redeveloping the district.
    • GTA Online: The Doomsday Heist: Avon Hertz is a genius billionaire tech mogul, inventor and "father" of the insane A.I. Cliffford, and the true main antagonist of the Doomsday Heist scenarios. Petty and egotistical to the extreme, Avon had his own vision for a perfect world. He sought to create a dystopia where all of mankind was replaced with sentient machines who worshiped him as God. He tricks the Online protagonists into feeding data to Cliffford under the guise of rooting out the Russian terrorist Bogdan, when he was actually using them to gain access to the United States defense grid. After trying to blow of the submarine the players and Bogdan are on, he reveals that he will use Cliffford to hack into missile systems throughout the world and unleash nuclear armageddon to completely wipe away humanity. Hiding out in an abandoned missile silo, Avon tried to use a nuclear warhead to wipe away San Andreas and buy time to allow Cliffford to hack into weapons systems around the world to unleash doomsday. While Avon and Cliffford are ultimately killed, his genocidal ambitions lifted him above all other villains in the franchise in terms of evil grandeur.
  • Grandia II:
    • Pope Zera is the head of the Church of Granas with a devious plan to summon forth a dark god. Once a devout follower of Granas, Pope Zera went mad after learning that Granas died from the against Valmar. Believing that strength can only from the darkness since light lost to it, Zera hopes to summon the Dark God Valmar in hopes of having a god. While trying to gather the different pieces of Valmar to resurrect, Zera has his subordinate Selene go around the world to kill potential threats and gather pieces of Valmar, giving Selene the Heart of Valmar. After learning that Elena has most of the pieces of Valmar, Zera has Elena get the final pieces by tricking her into thinking that it would stop Valmar. Once she was able to, Zera starts to reveal his true colors by having Selene execute his followers, to get Selene's piece absorbed by Elena. After Elena became a proper vessel for Valmar, Zera takes her to perform the ritual to bring Valmar back. When Elena was saved from the clutches of Zera, Zera decide to use himself as Valmar's vessel, attempting to kill the party, succeeding in claiming Mareg's life. Now with Valmar's power, Zera tries to end humanity by sending an army of evil monsters, and transform the dead into zombies believing it to be the fate of humanity. A nihilistic maniac, Zera believes that humanity is hopeless, and intended to purge them himself.
    • The aforementioned Valmar, the God of Evil, is a malevolent being that has plagued the world for many centuries. Summoned to fight off the dystopian rule of the followers of Granas, Valmar went out of control and killed indiscriminately, reigning terror. In his fight against Granas, Valmar won but was sealed away in order to recover. Divided into individual pieces, whenever someone stumbles upon one of Valmar's seal, the piece there would take forcibly take over the person, corrupting the victim by twisting their desire and then consuming their soul before making them his vessel, causing a disaster in the surrounding area. These include depriving people the sense of taste, or trapping them in an eternal sleep. After Pope Zera was able to resurrect Valmar, Valmar willingly merged with Zera to bring destruction to the world in hopes of finding the last piece he's missing to return to his full power. Realizing Ryudo has the final piece, he tries to corrupt him as well through mental attacks by claiming he's just a monster like him. When the party confronts Valmar himself, he tries to goad them to join him once more, before trying to kill them.
    • High Priestess Selene is a bloodthirsty follower of Zera who enjoys killing. The head of the Cardinal Knights, Selene is responsible for purging anyone associated with darkness, even if this means killing innocents as collateral. When she arrives in Mirumu Village, she was gladly preparing to burn down an innocent mother and daughter before being driven out by the party. Revealed latter as a devout follower of Zera's plan, Selene was tasked with making sure that Elena was able to collect all the pieces of Valmar so she could be used as Valmar's vessel, even if this meant endangering the group by summoning the Body of Valmar. Once the party was able to collect most of the pieces, Selene then slaughtered the people of the church and the people who went to them for help, cutting them down with her mindless knights. When the party confronts her for her actions, she reveals her motivation was that she believes the only thing worthy for her followers was death and that she herself has a piece of Valmar which she took willingly, before fighting the party so she or Elena can have all the pieces needed to summon Valmar.
  • Grim Fandango: Hector LeMans is the man behind the corruption in the Department of Death. Hector has infiltrated the DoD and stolen the Number Nine tickets, the fastest way to get to the Land of Eternal Rest, from to the souls of the righteous and counterfeits them knowing that anyone who uses one is plunged into hell's fiery depths. Meanwhile, the righteous souls Hector stole them from are left to wander the Land of the Dead until they're eventually kidnapped while traversing the ocean and sent to the coral mining factory owned by Hector at the Edge of the World to be eternally enslaved so as to prevent Hector's misdeeds from coming to life. The most evil thing Hector has done is the commission of sprouting, a way to permanently kill those already dead; the sprouting involves special plant bullets that are fired into the skeletal body, growing and spreading until the victim is completely overrun and is nothing more than an empty husk filled with flowers. Hector as capitalized on this, murdering hundreds, keeping their bodies as a field of flowers upon which he builds his hideout upon, and even has a greenhouse where preserves the corpses of his victims and tends to them as trophies of all who dare cross him. By the game's end he has Salvador's body sprouted and his head removed for questioning and shoots Manny with a slow-acting Sproutella which will keep him alive in agony for hours before eventually killing him. Despite all the pain and misery he's caused in the Land of the Dead, Hector doesn't care, as he merely wants to live like a king before using the stolen tickets to bribe his way into heaven.
  • Guild Wars duology:
    • Original game:
      • Abaddon was originally the god of water and secrets. It was he who first supplied the races of Tyria with magic. However, he gave out magic way too freely and ended up starting wars as a result. Even after the other gods warned him it was having a bad effect he wouldn't stop, and when they created the Bloodstones to try to rein him in, he attacked them. As a result he was imprisoned in the Realm of Torment. Since then, he worked behind the scenes to cause various atrocities. He created the titans to pose as gods and convince the Charr to wage war on the other races. When the nation of Orr was beleaguered by the Charr, Vizier Khilbron was persuaded by his "advisor" Razakel—who was really a demon working for Abaddon—to use the Lost Scrolls. This drove off the Charr but turned the entire nation of Orr into evil undead and the Vizier into a lich. In Cantha, he convinced the Emperor's bodyguard Shiro Tagachi to kill him by sending a fortuneteller, who was really just a demon in disguise. Shiro killed him, which led to the Jade Wind. Nightfall featured perhaps his worst acts yet, as he and his followers sought to cause the Nightfall, which would either turn Tyria into a hellish wasteland or destroy it all together.
      • "Prophecies" campaign: "Undead Lich" is a vessel for the aforementioned demon Razakel, the right hand of Abaddon. Having manipulated Vizier Khilborn of Orr in a war against the Charr, Razakel saw the nation exterminated in The Cataclysm, reducing the inhabitants to undead shells. Rising later as The Lich with an undead army to ravage the world, Razakel intends to unleash the Titans to obliterate all the lands for the victory of Abaddon.
      • "Factions" campaign: The aforementioned Shiro Tagachi was a skilled guardsman of Cantha, swayed to evil to murder his sovereign, the Emperor. Killing many loyal soldiers and unleashing the Jade Wind to petrify many with his death, Shiro becomes a corrupt spirit that harvests the souls of the dead to corrupt them into monsters, having others killed to join his army, intending on sacrificing the emperor to live again with no compunction on leading Abaddon's dark armies to ravage the world.
    • Guild Wars 2:
      • Season 1: Scarlet Briar is a rogue Sylvari who sought to bend reality to her will and remake Tyria in her own twisted image. Upon discovering her people were created to be living weapons by Mordremoth, she planned on awakening the Elder Dragon and unleashing him to destroy her own people and the rest of the world out of spite. Creating alliances between various villain factions, Scarlet uses them to kidnap and enslave innocents to build her machines, assault population centers, and poison the main body of water in human lands. This all leads to her final assault on the city of Lion's Arch where she kills much of the populace with a deadly miasma, and, in her dying moments, ensures the rise of Mordremoth and all the devastation the Elder Dragon later brings.
      • Season 3: Lord Caudecus Beetlestone is the leader of the Krytan government under the Queen and perhaps the greatest single threat to the remnants of humanity. Seeking to overthrow the monarchy for his own power, Caudecus funds the human separatists to reignite war with the Charr; uses ruthless bandits to terrorize his own people; and massacred the family of the centaur chieftain to manipulate his horde into ravaging the kingdom. Later murdering his own wife and daughter when they discover his plans, Caudecus takes command of the White Mantle cult and uses their magical blood stones to rain cataclysmic fire on the human capital of Divinity's Reach. In the last days of his life, Caudecus was content to destroy the last bastion of mankind if he couldn't rule over it.
      • Season 3 & "Path of Fire": Balthazar is the god of fire and war and proof that Abaddon wasn't the only monster in the human pantheon. Imprisoned for wanting to bring war to the Elder Dragons, Balthazar swore death and suffering on his fellows and manipulates the Charr Rytlock into freeing him. Disguising himself upon his return, he tries to manipulate the Pact Commander and steals a machine to kill two Elder Dragons when that fails. Not caring that the deaths of the dragons would destroy the world, Balthazar travels to Elona for the last Elder Dragon, but not before torturing the souls of his followers and forcing their spirits into machines to become the Forged. Sending his Forged to rampage across Elona, countless innocents are given traumatic deaths so that Balthazar can remake their spirits into new Forged. Later kidnapping the infant dragon Aurene, he uses her as a Living Battery to try to kill her Elder Dragon grandfather, and ultimately reveals that he knows full well that Tyria would be destroyed but there would always be more worlds to conquer and raze.
      • "Path of Fire" & Season 4: Palawa Ignacious Joko, though appearing in the first game, is truly awful here. He formed an empire based on genocide, slavery and mass destruction, a dystopia where even failing to worship him could result in being murdered and turned into an undead slave. With one of the few who might oppose him, Joko severed her hands and tongue, eventually cursing her to become undead, with her consciousness persisting in an immobile body for centuries. Later returning to seize control of the world, Joko imprisons a young girl in a golem to suffocate while she fights her own friends, plotting to ravage the world with the Scarab Plague so he may take control. Torturing others to death in his spare time, Joko even keeps an abused harem of all races and genders, with seemingly no end to his ego or depravity.
  • GUN:
    • Major Thomas "Tom" Magruder is a railroad tycoon who has taken large parts of the Western United States from the First Nations and Government, feverishly seeking a legendary lost city of gold called Quivira, murdering and torturing anyone who gets in his way. Years prior to the game, as a Confederate Major, Magruder came to a small homestead out in the plains belonging to a benevolent doctor who helped the Apaches. When the chief tells Magruder his lust for his treasure will destroy him, Magruder shoots and decapitates the doctor, shooting one of his men for protesting his actions. In the present, Magruder hires soldiers and henchmen to wipe out anyone who gets in his way. When his henchman Reverend Reed fails to find a cross in the steamboat massacre at the beginning of the game, Magruder cuts his ear off as punishment. In addition to taking their lands, Magruder also takes to taking the Apaches as slaves and using them as target practice for his soldiers. When Colton "Cole" White confronts him for his crimes, Magruder dismisses the innocents he massacred as nothing. Ruthless and remorseless, Magruder is a man singularly seeking to satisfy his greed, no matter who he has to destroy.
    • Magruder's right hand man, "Reverend" Josiah Reed, is a monster in his own right. Reed initiates a massacre at the game's beginning on a steamboat that takes the life of the hero Colton White's adoptive father Ned. When a prostitute named Sady refuses to give Reed answers, he throws a hatchet into her head and has the entire crew massacred. Reed is revealed to be an unhinged lunatic, every bit as bad as his violent boss. When he captures a prostitute named Jenny, Reed pointlessly slits her throat to let her die in front of Colton.
  • Guns, Gore & Cannoli: "Frankie the Fly" is a self-serving Mafioso, who betrays Vinnie Cannoli, the mob enforcer sent to rescue him. Although the government stopped poisoning alcohol during prohibition because it turned people into zombies, Frankie pays the Mad Scientist to continue producing the poison. Zombifying nearly all of Thugtown as the "perfect diversion", Frankie kills mob boss Mr. Belluccio and attempts to steal his millions. In the sequel, Frankie, as the "Dark Don", sells the poison to the Nazis themselves—planning to eventually betray them as well—and tries to harvest Vinnie's blood so he'll have the only antidote to the zombie poison and will be able to rule the world.
  • Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX: In this game based on the bad ending of Azure Striker Gunvolt, Asimov lacks the redeeming qualities that he has in the main timeline. After killing Gunvolt and Joule—the heroes of the first game—Asimov then overtakes Sumeragi Corporation and become an AI known as Demerezel. It was soon revealed that he initiated a genocide against humanity so that Adepts, humans with supernatural powers, would reign supreme. To crush the resistance, he forces all of the Adepts to fight against them, even using threats to do so. One of his victims that was forced to fight for his side was Blade, the sister of Kohaku, the leader of the Mino children, whom Asimov brainwashed by testing a Septima Transplant so that he could turn Blade into an effective assassin. Ultimately, Asimov's greatest evil is when he turned an ill girl, Mytyl, into an AI called Butterfly Effect by torturing her and reducing her body into nothing but a brain and keep her consciousness intact to control all of the Adepts across the world. In the end, Asimov is a genocidal madman who is obsessed with his own power.
  • Halo:
    • The Prophet of Truth, Ord Casto, was one of the Big Bads of the Halo series and instigator of the attempted genocide of two species. After finding out that humans were the descendants of Forerunners, thus violating Covenant doctrine, Truth, along with his cohorts Mercy and Regret, decided to wipe out humanity rather than risk their species losing power. While originally more concerned with personal power instead of the Covenant religion, as time went on Truth became more and more devoted to the idea of procuring godhood for himself through the Great Journey, and took more drastic steps to make it a reality. Believing the Jiralhane (Brutes) to be more vicious and mindlessly-devoted pawns than the Sangheili (Elites), Truth secretly ordered the genocide of the Sangheili race after ensuring the Jiralhane supplanted them. This triggered the Covenant Civil War. Cold-blooded and ruthless, Truth felt no loyalty or affection for his fellow Prophets. Truth prevented Covenant forces from saving Regret in order to use Regret's death for political gain, and allowed Mercy to die by the parasitic Flood for no reason at all. Even when having evidence that the Halo Rings were not devices to procure godhood but were instead weapons of mass destruction, Truth decided to activate all of them anyway, willing to risk the death of all life in the galaxy just to have the chance to become a god.
    • Police Commissioner Kinsler is a brutal thug and Dirty Cop who took advantage of the chaos caused by the Covenant's invasion of New Mombasa to carry out his crimes without repercussion. The first time Sadie encounters him, Kinsler reveals his intention to rape and kill her. When Sadie escaped from him with the help of Kinsler's driver, Mike Branley, Kinsler swore revenge on both of them. After Vergil, a subroutine of the AI that maintained New Mombasa's infrastructure, prevents Kinsler from killing Branley and recapturing Sadie, Kinsler responds by shutting the AI down. This has the effect of grinding New Mombasa's evacuation to a halt and causing many unnecessary deaths. Kinsler's final attempt to capture Sadie has him threatening to murder her father if Sadie doesn't willingly turn herself in. When Sadie arrives at Kinsler's private train car, Kinsler's having his corrupt officers fire into the crowd of panicked refugees to prevent them from escaping on his train. Once Sadie's in his clutches, Kinsler reveals that he already murdered her father by flooding his lab with argon and then tries to have his way with her again.
  • Hard West: Satan himself is the mastermind behind all the ills in the game. Having a benevolent society seeking to cure violent dementia wiped out by a corrupted inquisitor, allowing the illness to flourish, Satan orchestrated a series of deaths to eventually corrupt the gunslinger Warren, having Warren and his pure-hearted lover Florence killed. Once this is done, Satan revives Warren to send him on a killing spree, intending on having him destroy purgatory so the mad souls cause humanity's extinction and leave an undead Warren to rot in an empty world forevermore.
  • The Haunted Mansion: Atticus Thorn is an Evil Sorcerer who seeks to use the power of the six soul gems to destroy both the afterlife and the living world. Thorn has lived for hundreds of years by devouring souls to extend his life, keeping them trapped in his body to drain them for energy. Just before the final fight, Thorn devours the soul gems along with 999 souls, stating that with his new powers there will no longer be either the land of the living or the afterlife, just "death, death, and more death".
  • Haunting Ground:
    • Aureolus Lorenzo Belli is a mad alchemist and the architect of the nightmare of Belli Castle. A man obsessed with immortality and knowledge, Lorenzo conducted countless human experiments for many decades, his victims killed or turned into living corpses. As he grew older, Lorenzo decided to create two clones of himself, Riccardo and Ugo, to continue his cruel machinations if he ever expires. Mentoring Riccardo into the same evil he practices, they performed even more experiments and together kidnapped and brainwash a young Daniella into their slave and guinea pig who they abuse horribly. After learning that Ugo has a daughter, Fiona Belli, who has an abundant gift of Azoth, which he believes is the key to immortality, Lorenzo arranged a meeting with him and his family, letting Riccardo kill them and take Fiona. Once Fiona is brought to Belli Castle, Lorenzo deceives her by helping her escape and eliminate Riccardo, luring her to him so he could personally kill her and absorb her Azoth. After relentlessly chasing and attacking her, Lorenzo, pushed to the brink of death, tried to use the last of his life force to take Fiona with him in a desperate bid for her Azoth.
    • Aureolus Riccardo Belli is the third stalker and Fiona's Evil Uncle. An imperfect clone of Lorenzo, Riccardo kills his brother, Ugo, and his sister-in-law by causing a car crash, both out of rage and envy for Ugo being a better clone than him. Hated by his father for his disobedience since childhood and his inability to understand emotions, Riccardo works as the castle's keeper and captures any animal he can find to extract their Azoth. Riccardo was responsible for Debilitas, a simple-minded homunculus he had created using a dog's placenta. Not only cruel to animals, Riccardo also beats his father's maid, Daniella, whenever he has the chance. Despite following his father's orders, Riccardo secretly wants to usurp his position by raping and impregnating Fiona, his niece, so she can give birth to a perfect version of him, and succeeds in doing so in Ending D. If Fiona is killed by Riccardo, he takes the opportunity to rape her corpse.
  • Heavenly Sword:
    • The Raven Lord, or the Raven King, the Ancient Evil responsible for literally all the misery in the setting, was a sadistic warlord rumored to be a demon from Hell who led a vicious conquest in an attempt to dominate the world, slaughtering countless innocents to the point humanity's numbers vanished "like smoke" before seemingly being put down by the Heavenly Sword. Living on in the form of a demonic raven, the Raven Lord facilitates Bohan's fall into evil and the subsequent massacre of countless clans and endless murder, angrily pecking out Bohan's eyes when his pawn fails in defeating Nariko herself. Leagues worse than Bohan himself, the extension of the Raven Lord's brutal sadism and bloodlust is shown fully onscreen despite his limited screentime, and thousands of lives are destroyed in testament to the Raven Lord's endless lust for cruelty and conquest.
    • Flying Fox, the most vicious and bloodthirsty of Bohan's armies, is a sadistic Knife Nut who murdered Kai's mother, using her corpse to convince a then-young Kai to come out of hiding before attempting to murder Kai herself. Kai sends waves of his own men to their deaths at Nariko's sword while attesting to how much he loves watching them die, while remaining fully involved in Bohan's purges of all those he decrees "impure," indicated to have been the one to have eradicated Kai's clan. Flying Fox mounts and stuffs the corpse of Kai's mother years later purely to torment her, chasing and toying with her before attempting to hang Kai right in front of Nariko's eyes. Utterly psychopathic and drained of even his boss's redeeming qualities, Flying Fox is bar none the nastiest of Bohan's already-despicable army.
  • Heavy Rain: Leland White is the depraved titular Serial Killer of "The Taxidermist" prequel DLC, whom Madison investigates under suspicion of him being the Origami Killer, only to discover that he's somehow much more wicked. Seeming to be a quiet and lonely man, when Madison breaks into his house, it's discovered he murdered about a dozen women, whom he stuffs to preserve their bodies all around his house to keep as "dolls". The player can witness Leland talking to these corpses about new "friends" he has in mind to bring home. If alerted to Madison's presence, Leland will take a sadistic and childish joy in hunting her down, and gloating about adding her as part of his collection. Depending on the player's actions, he can either succeed in killing her (in the non canon endings) or potentially kills himself to avoid arrest should she escape.
  • Heroes of Might and Magic series:
    • Heroes of Might and Magic IV: Kalibarr, once The Mentor to Gauldoth, got separated from him, but Gauldoth frees Kalibarr from prison years later. Having all his previous good qualities gone, Kalibarr starts with sending his old apprentice on dangerous missions in hopes of getting rid of him. Later, Gauldoth learns that Kalibarr was worshiping a God of Evil and under his orders, he wanted to destroy the whole world. He also kidnapped many children from the kingdom, fully intending to use them as human sacrifices to his God.
    • Heroes of Might and Magic V:
      • Kha-Beleth, the Demon Sovereign, is the Big Bad of this game, the Greater-Scope Villain in the expansions, and the secret antagonist of Dark Messiah of Might and Magic. Kha-Beleth's main aim during the game is to kidnap Queen Isabel and force her to bear a child that is half human and half demon. Kha-Beleth initiates a war with the Griffin Empire to accomplish this objective. When the Demon Lord Agrael, who has betrayed the Sovereign, defeats Erasial, Kha-Beleth executes him. Kha-Beleth sends Biara to join forces with the purged Agrael, now Raeleg, and infiltrate his ranks. Kha-Beleth sends reinforcements to the Soulscar Clan, expecting them to be slaughtered. Kha-Beleth then takes advantage of Markal's invasion of Irollan to send Biara to get the scroll and kill Tieru, wanting revenge on the Dragon Knight for interfering. When Godric, Raeleg, Zehir, and Findan attempt to perform the Rite of True Nature, Biara summons Kha-Beleth and kidnaps Isabel, taking her to Sheogh. Once Isabel is secured, he rapes her, and uses his magic to age the child up to force her to deliver it early. When Raeleg arrives, Kha-Beleth reveals he raped Isabel and gloats to him about it. Upon being defeated, Kha-Beleth flees, and needing time for his son to escape tells Biara to create a distraction that the factions will have to spend time fighting her, and when Biara and most of the armies of Sheogh are destroyed, Kha-Beleth writes it all off as acceptable losses. Years later when Sareth is knocked unconscious, Kha-Beleth reveals his lineage and orders him to release him. Should Sareth choose to imprison him for eternity, Kha-Beleth will scream and curse him. Evil, smug, and a sadist, Kha-Beleth will do anything to escape his prison and destroy the world, even if it means starting a war just to rape a woman to bear a child.
      • Markal, who also appears in Clash of Heroes, is an evil necromancer who, learning that King Nicolai is dead, schemes to gain the trust of his grieving love, Queen Isabel, and raise Nicolai as a vampire lord. Marching to the Griffin Empire, he defeats a rebel army and persuades Isabel that he can resurrect Nicolai, knowing fully well what the result will be, and persuades her to attack the Wizards. Slaughtering the wizards who stand in his way, Markal restores the citadel of Lorekeep and ransacks the town of Hikm to gain the Amulet of Necromancy. Vowing to reunite the Vampire's Garment, Markal storms into the Silver Cities, turning the Wizard cities into Necropolises and converting the citizens—including children—into undead puppets for him to throw away as he sees fit. After killing Cyrus to gain the Ring of the Unrepentant, Markal kidnaps Freyda, Godric's daughter, when he rebels. Once Nicolai is resurrected as a Vampire, Markal decides to take command of the Griffin Empire, and he immediately orders Nicolai to attack Irollan, leading to the deaths of thousands of Elves, including their king Alaron. After Zehir breaks Godric out of prison, they attack Markal at his citadel and, after a close battle with the necromancer, defeat him. He tells them that killing him will ensure he can return, laughing all the while. When Zehir burns his corpse to ensure that cannot happen, Markal decides to get revenge on Zehir and lures him into the Ring of the Unrepentant, hoping to take control of his body. Ambitious, power-hungry and vengeful, Markal will do anything to further his desire for power and gain revenge on those who wrong him.
      • Alaric, from the Hammers of Fate and Tribes of the East add-ons, is the new Archbishop of the Griffin Empire, the leader of the Red Church, and The Dragon to Biara disguised as Queen Isabel. "Isabel" appoints Alaric as Archbishop and the leader of the Red Church, and he very rapidly shows himself to be an absolute fanatic. Ruining negotiations with rebel leaders when they disrespected his "Saint", Alaric endorsed a policy proposed by Laszlo to burn and kill off entire villages simply because some of them were helping the rebellion. He nearly orders the rebel leader Duncan executed for mocking Isabel, and is only stopped because killing him will make him a martyr. Upon recovering Prince Andrei, Alaric abandons their allies to be slaughtered by the rebellion, and orders anyone who disrespects Isabel to be executed. After killing Andrei, Alaric routs the Orcs and kills their Warchief, but then departs the battle when he is ordered to meet with "Isabel", leaving his soldiers to be slaughtered. When Biara is exposed as a demon, Alaric goes completely insane and kills anything he encounters, believing it to be a demon. A fanatical Knight Templar, Alaric shows that even a follower of Elrath can be an irredeemable monster.
      • Laszlo, mainly from Hammers of Fate, is the new commander of the troops of the Griffin Empire appointed by Biara disguised as Isabel. When first introduced, he demands the rebel leaders surrender, and when one of the peasants informs him that the peasants are supporting the rebels and their Elven allies, Laszlo burns him and his entire village alive. Laszlo then tortures an old war comrade to get Prince Andrei's location, and is envious and disgusted that Freyda will be commander, as he sees her as not understanding his version of war. When Freyda goes to negotiate with the dwarves for Andrei's return, Laszlo attacks the dwarves in the hope that the dwarves will kill Freyda, and also simply to fulfill his bloodlust, only stopping when Biara-as-Isabel negotiates a peace. When Laszlo discovers Freyda has rebelled, he orders Godric to be executed while he engages the rebel leaders in battle. A sadistic Blood Knight, Laszlo shows that even a knight of the Griffin Empire can be a complete and remorseless sociopath.
  • Hexyz Force: Virtus is the only selfish villain that has no intentions for anyone, but himself. Before joining the other villains, he caused a divide between his race, out of wanting to gain leadership position for himself, but then sided with Faust to both help his ambition for power and control and to possibly gain more power from him after he betrays him eventually. When Ignis, another dragon, realizes Virtus's true intention, he took over leadership himself after he and Cecilia's group defeated Virtus; out of rage, Virtus tried to commit genocide on his race before being stopped by Levant and his group. Hoping now to steal power from Faust by betraying him and then using it against his people, Faust set him up to be defeated by Cecilia and Ignis's group again, only this time for him to get killed for good. He returns in the final level by Faust using his power to resurrect him, to give time for his master scheme to lead the world into destruction, with a fitting end delivered by Ignis. Faust may be the one in charge, but Virtus was the evilest of them, not having any well-intended purpose, but only motivated by greed and a lust for power.
  • Hitman series: In a series full of murderers, criminals, and asshole victims of every sort, these stand out as the worst Agent 47 has faced:
    • Absolution: Edward Wade, a former cartel member and ruthless mercenary on the payroll of Blake Dexter, turns a simple locate-and-kidnap mission into a horrifying massacre, killing every single nun and staff member at an orphanage his target is located at and cajoling his mentally challenged associate Leonardo "Lenny" Isaac Dexter into murdering the head nun. Even threatening to kill his own men if they hesitate with the slaughter, Wade's gleeful response to Agent 47 is to announce that he'll kill him and have his way with the corpse.
    • HITMAN (2016):
      • Oybek Nabazov, the leader of Liberation, is a man deeply obsessed with death, suicide and rebirth. Over the last three decades he has founded several cults, led them down a self-destructive path that resulted in seven mass suicides, leaving the remains behind to start anew. When the former virologist Owen Cage helped the cult create a deadly virus, Nabazov intended to have some of his most fanatical followers inject themselves with the virus to cause several outbreaks around the globe in a coordinated attack. When Agent 47 arrives in Bangkok to assassinate him, he has begun brainwashing a new group of unaware cult recruits with the intention of having them spread the virus to Bangkok and beyond.
      • Sister Yulduz, the "chosen sister", is the second-in-command of the Liberation cult. Pretending to be a devout follower of Nabazov she helped organizing the cult attacks, while secretly having invested large amounts of money into security and pharmacy companies to profit from the chaos caused by the virus outbreaks. Showing no loyalty towards Nabazov or the cult, she already made plans to escape and leave them to their fates as soon as they begin their attacks.
    • HITMAN 2: "The Censor", aka "Joseph Gorski", is a Serial Killer from Vermont. Acting under the twisted belief that everyone has the potential to be a killer, he deliberately murders people whom he thinks "will act out on that potential" and afterwards grades them based on how much they struggled for their lives. Having already killed over 15 people, he plans to continue murdering people, until he finds a victim that manages to confirm his believes by fighting back and killing him.
  • Hollow Knight: The Radiance is the cause of all suffering within Hallownest. She created a race of highly intelligent moths to build an empire; however, she did this with the cost of keeping them stuck in a Hive Mind. When the Pale King appeared, he led them away from her and gave people freedom. Out of jealousy and contempt for the King, the Radiance ended up creating the Infection as a side effect of her anger. When she saw the suffering the plague had caused, turning the denizens of Hallownest into mindless, zombie-like beings in constant agony, she did not care and influenced it further, eventually deteriorating the mind of the vessel she was trapped in, turning him into a Tragic Monster. Driven by utter envy and loathing for the Pale King, the Radiance completely destroyed a thriving kingdom simply because she was no longer in control.
  • Homefront: Kim Jong Un takes over North Korea after his father's death, uniting the country with South Korea to form the Greater Korean Republic and ruling over its people with an iron fist. He would also forcibly annex numerous countries throughout Asia before setting his sights on the United States of America, launching an invasion to take over the country. Under his rule, he brainwashes his subjects into worshipping him; those who refuse to submit are sent to re-education camps where they are systematically killed, with mass graves containing thousands of corpses.
  • Homeworld: Emperor Riesstiu IV the Second is The Caligula of the Taiidan empire. Before the events of the game, he was a corrupt and unstable ruler whose brutal policies have reduced his empire to a mere shell of its former self. When the Kushan unknowingly violate a treaty forbidding them from developing space technology, a treaty long forgotten by everyone except historians, Riesstiu orders the genocide of the entire Kushan civilization and has his fleet firebomb their planet Kharak, roasting alive untold millions. He then broadcasts the footage all across his empire, threatening hundreds of worlds with the same fate. When the peaceful Bentusi give aid to the Kushans, Riesstiu orders his fleet to attack one of their motherships, intent on slaying everything on board. When the Kushans arrive at their true home world Hiigara, he mind rapes fleet control Karan S'jet, and then personally attempts to finish the very genocide he started. Seeking power at the expense of everything that lives, Riesstiu is reviled throughout the galaxy.
  • Hopkins FBI: Bernie Berckson, the head of a evil organization, has discovered a method of coming Back from the Dead. This allowed him to "survive" his own execution and escape from prison after being sentenced to death for nuking California and killing some 50,000 people. When FBI Agent J. Hopkins's girlfriend Samantha gets too close to discovering his hideout, he has her captured and uses her to play a sick game with Hopkins. He has four random women murdered, hides their bodies all over the city and sends Hopkins on a macabre scavenger hunt where he has to perform various tasks to discoverer the corpses, with the promises that the last corpse will reveal Samantha's location. Instead, however, he tricks Hopkins into killing his girlfriend by instructing him to shoot a paper target with the tied-up Samantha behind it. As a final insult Hopkins finds a video on her the corpse in which Bernie gleefully mocks him. Bernie could've killed both Samantha and Hopkins at any point he wanted, but instead decided to murder several innocents just so he could play his little game, proving that he truly is a monster.
  • Horace: The Man in Black and the Man in Grey are the leaders of "The Great and the Good" who believe that robots should be slaves to humans, and are far worse than the enemy robots. Using the robot Horace to create a race of robots as weapons of war to kill each other, when the robots instead revolt, the Men in Black and Grey flee to the moon with the world's leaders, leaving the rest of humanity to die. Waiting until Horace pacifies the robots with the NICE virus, the two capture and execute the Man in Black's and Horace's extended family and four scientists, including Heather, while making Horace watch, before dismantling Horace and throwing him in a chamber to die. Intending to wipe out all robots and replace them with ones that have no free will, the Man in Black modifies the NICE virus into the KILL virus, painfully turns the Ether Boss into a transmitter for the virus, and kills the Professor—his brother—for trying to stop him, while the Man in Gray attempts to kill the surviving family members, brutally beating Mr. Barry Silton and bragging of all the people he has tortured and killed as a CIA agent.
  • Hotline Miami: The Janitors--real names Dennis and Jonatan—are a duo of terrorists and members of the ultranationalist group 50 Blessings, who are responsible for many events in the series. Attempting to make America more powerful in their own vision, the Janitors manipulate the citizens of Miami to slaughter members of the Russian Mafia by sending out cryptic and threatening phone calls, and either take action against those who do not comply, leave them to die at the hands of the Russians if they fail their mission, or simply eliminate them once they outlive their usefulness. When one of their victims, Richter, dismisses the phone calls, the Janitors torch his car and threaten to have his sickly mother murdered. The Janitors then send Richter to kill Jacket, costing the life of Jacket's girlfriend and putting Jacket into a coma. When Richter is sent to prison for his botched assassination attempt, the Janitors hire an inmate to kill Richter to tie up loose ends and orchestrate a prison riot to make sure Richter dies, causing countless deaths. Despite their claims, the Janitors are simply a pair of sadistic hypocrites who are no better than the Russians they resent.
  • House of the Dead series: The wicked Thornheart is a former associate of Dr. Roy Curien and Caleb Goldman who intends to go even farther than they. Kicking off a new plague at a party, Thornheart condemns countless people to becoming zombies and unleashes them upon innocent humans, with intentions of sending the plague global. Deciding that humanity is beyond hope, Thornheart intends on exterminating them without any of the good intentions that drove Curien or Goldman, intending on killing everything in his way, even as he hides behind his "selective words".
  • ICO: The Queen has been emotionally abusing her own daughter, Yorda, for her entire life, imprisoning her in a small cage hanging from a ceiling as well as manipulating her into thinking that she'll die if she ever leaves the castle, effectively breaking her spirit. It's implied that this is the reason why Yorda is so passive during the game; it's not because she's weak, it's because she's broken. She's also been manipulating a village into sacrificing their children, with said sacrifice involving sealing those children inside of coffins until they die; it's also implied that she controls their spirits after death as her shadow-monster servants.
  • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream: In this point-and-click-game that expands on Harlan Ellison's short story, AM is a sentient master computer who's already wiped out most of the human race before the story even begins, keeping five people alive for 109 years for him to torture physically and psychologically until the end of time. These torments include trapping Ellen in a virtual reality simulation of the elevator where, years earlier, she was tortured and raped by a psychopath disguised as a repairman—with a simulation of the "repairman"; and trying to tempt Nimdok into continuing the experiments he performed at concentration camps. Eager to prove Humans Are Bastards to weakly justify itself, AM is one of pettiest, cruelest AIs in all fiction.
  • Iconoclasts: Mother and her associate Emmet Darland are the oppressive leaders of the corporate theocracy One Concern. To monopolize the mining and harvesting of Ivory, they create the Penance system, in which heretics are locked in their homes and executed by Controllers, with Elro's wife and daughter among the victims. To enforce their laws and exterminate their rivals, the Isi, they subject countless people to the Transcendence experiments, killing hundreds and leaving the survivors to live tormented lives as their Agents, whom they send after heretics and the Isi. The two also secretly build a Tower to hold children and brainwash them into loving Mother, and when one tries to escape, Darland uses mind control to make the boy kill himself in front of his friends as a warning. Upon being informed that their Ivory mining has endangered the planet, they secretly build a rocket that will save them and the other One Concern elites while leaving everyone else to die, and when Royal, Mother's adopted son, accidentally hastens the coming destruction, Mother tries to kill him in anger.
  • Indivisible: Ravannavar, "Malevolent Demon King", is a ruthless warlord who conditions his followers to believe he is a holy, righteous man. Deciding humans are flawed, Ravannavar leads his armies to conquer Loka, killing all in their way and wiping out the home of heroine Ajna, resulting in her father Indr's death. Ravannavar reveals he has no care for his own adopted son Dhar and tries to eliminate him as well, plotting to awaken Kala to completely wipe out all mankind.
  • inFAMOUS series:
    • inFAMOUS2: Joseph Bertrand III has committed various atrocities such as cruelly experimenting on Lucy Kuo, using the Power Transfer Device to turn Vermaak 88 into insane Conduits with plans to sells them to rich countries, and sacrificing the lives of Nix's mother and several hundred others in his attempt to activate his own Conduit powers. Voluntarily becoming the Behemoth, he would use his powers to turn ordinary humans into the Corrupted while ordering the Militia to execute any Conduits or potential Conduits. After being called a monster for murdering hundreds of innocents all to become a Conduit, Bertrand's only response is that all Conduits must then be monsters and in need of extermination.
    • inFAMOUS: First Light: Shane Bommer starts out as a small time drug lord and gang leader. When he meets Abigail "Fetch" Walker, he puts on a helpful face, manipulating her into using her powers to help him win a gang war and kill rival gangsters under the pretext of saving her brother Brent. When Brent is rescued, Shane takes him hostage to force Fetch into working for him to cement his hold on Seattle's drug trade. When one of his employees, Jenny, tries to help Fetch find Brent, Shane kills Jenny in retaliation. He then tries to get the police in his pocket, forcing Fetch to cause destruction and slaughter dozens of cops in order to blackmail the chief, and luring Fetch into a makeshift gas chamber, because she's now a liability. Later, he drugs Fetch, and tricks her into killing her brother before she is captured by the DUP. When captured himself and cornered after Fetch's rampage against him, Shane has no remorse for his crimes, using his last words to taunt Fetch about her brother's death.
  • Inversion: Kiltehr is the Prophet leader of the Lutadores who seeks control over the Inversion spaceship. Ordering a raid on Vanguard City, the Lutadores kill thousands of humans, capturing the adults for slave labor, while transporting the children back to Kiltehr's homeworld. Later capturing Davis Russell and Leo Delgado to be offered as sacrifices to the gods, Kiltehr leaves his men to die as soon as his base is invaded, and when cornered by Davis and Leo, activates the Inversion's self-destruct switch, planning to take billions of lives, including his own people, to the grave out of spite.
  • Jade Empire: Sun Li is also known as the Glorious Strategist. Prior to the game he orchestrated the genocide of the spirit monks, the protectors of the Water Dragon, the goddess in charge of rain and reincarnation. Ostensibly he did this to force the Water Dragon to save his empire from a drought, but in reality his plan was to kill his brother, Emperor Sun Hai, and take the power of the Water Dragon for himself, becoming a god. This would have the side effect of stopping the cycle of reincarnation and cause the dead to rise up and attack the living. After his protégé, the last Spirit Monk, kills his brother for him, he murders the last Spirit Monk, takes the powers of the goddess for himself, raises his younger brother, Sun Kai, from the dead to be his servant, and has the Lotus Assassins abduct and murder people to use their souls to power an invincible golem army for himself. Sun Li is a sociopath, incapable of empathy or seeing people as anything other than tools. He raised the last Spirit Monk since infancy, but kills them without a second thought after they had outlived their usefulness; and he has no problem with trying to kill his birth daughter, Dawn Star, either. While he tries to paint himself as well-intentioned, he's obviously lying to save himself, and, in the ending where he wins, his "utopia" is nothing more than an Orwellian dictatorship where everyone blindly worships Sun Li as a god, and the mere act of questioning him can bring death.
  • Jagged Alliance 2: Deidranna Reitmann is the despotic ruler of Arulco. As Queen-Consort, she murdered her husband's father and framed him for it, becoming the new ruler. After turning the country into a brutal dictatorship, Deidranna had people tortured and executed for minor offenses. Worst of all, she ordered the death of everyone she condemned as too weak—elderly, sick or disabled—not even sparing infants. Even her own troops weren't spared from her cruelty, as Deidranna would threaten to execute their families for failing her. In the Sci-Fi mode, she's also responsible for the creation of the Crepitus and gives orders to lure them to the surface by no longer feeding them, not caring in the slightest that the creatures will not only eat her enemies, but her own troops as well.
  • Jak II:
    • Kor, the leader of the Metal Heads, sought to destroy Haven City to obtain and consume the last Precursor Life Force. To this end, he disguised himself as a kindly old man to help La Résistance, while making deals with Baron Praxis for Eco in exchange for softening his attacks—which he then undermines by sending Jak to sabotage Praxis's Eco supply and having Kaeden attack Haven City's defensive systems. When the systems are finally disabled, Kor kidnaps the younger version of Jak and promises to tear the city apart to find the Precursor Egg and murder all its inhabitants. Said to be the one to have wiped out the Precursors, Kor was driven entirely by his lust for death, destruction and the devouring of the last Precursor.
    • The aforementioned Baron Praxis is the despotic ruler of Haven City, which he conquered by waging war to overthrow the good-hearted King Damas. Leading his people to poverty and suffering, Praxis's rule is so barbaric that even his own daughter attempts to betray him, which leads to him threatening to have her killed. Kidnapping civilians as part of his "Dark Warrior Program", Praxis has them infected with Dark Eco, creating mentally unstable Super Soldiers for his army. Ostensibly enacting his cruel ruling policies to keep his Haven City able to combat the Metal Heads, Praxis is actually supplying his "enemy" with Dark Eco to keep the war going and himself in power. Upon being fatally wounded, Praxis attempts to destroy all of Haven City—including his daughter—purely out of spite.
  • James Bond 007: NightFire: Rafael/Raphael Drake is a beloved philanthropist who secretly plots to remake the would into a corporate dystopia answerable only to himself. The CEO of the environmentally-friendly corporation Phoenix International, Drake poses as a respected anti-nuclear weapons activist who uses his company's wealth and resources to decommission nukes; in reality, he takes these weapons for himself to be used in a private arsenal against anyone who resits his takeover. Key to his plan is a new space weapons platform developed by the US; James Bond is put on Drake's case after it is discovered the latter has stolen the weapons guidance chip for the satellite. When one of his subordinates tries to turn informant for MI6, he orders not just the man's death, but those of his innocent household servants as well; he later murders his mistress by defenestration, forcing Bond to watch, after she is exposed as a deep-cover French agent. As his plan commences, he rockets into space to commandeer the weapons platform personally, the platform and his private arsenal giving him enough power to wipe any dissenters off the face of the Earth.
  • James Cameron's Avatar: The Game (PS3/360/PC version): Commander Karl Falco, one of the commanding officers of the RDA security force at the planet Pandora, possesses a deep hatred of its native population, the Na'vi. Having his soldiers to perform repeated airstrikes on Na'vi homes, Falco immediately orders Lance Corporal Able Ryder to find a mole within his organization. In both the Na'vi and the RDA path, Falco starts a full-on war with the Na'vi, wiping out their villages and burning down their forests. Seeking out the sacred Well of Souls, which is capable of controlling Pandora, Falco plans to use it to completely wipe out the Na'vi. Creating an Emulator of the First Voice, the only thing on Pandora which is capable of controlling the Well of Souls, Falco goes rogue on RDA, killing Professor Monroe and trying to use the Emulator on the Well of Souls himself, despite knowing that this could kill the entire planet, RDA people and himself included. When Able Ryder confronts him about this, Falco fully states that he doesn't care about the danger, and is fully willing to destroy all life on the planet, if it means he can kill all the Na'vi as well.
  • James Noir's Hollywood Crimes: The Big Bad, Matt Booker, was once college roommates with the Player Character before getting arrested for a string of gruesome murders. However, he managed to escape prison, and upon learning of his former roommate becoming a contestant on the popular game show, Puzzle Masters, he targets former champions of said show for his next batch of murders. The first victim was burned alive under a pile of firewood; the second victim was drowned to death in his own pool; and the third victim had his stomach cut open to put a puzzle box inside before finally killed via hanging. He gets the player character involved by posing as an FBI agent then pins his murders onto him/her, condemning the innocent to prison. Six months later, he manipulates the player character into escaping prison and right into his clutches where he plays a sadistic iteration of Puzzle Masters. Should he win, he will shock the player character to death]] while promising his latest victim that he will kill again. Should the player character manage to win, he will try killing himself, being content that his former friend will have no choice but to take the fall for his crimes.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven: Heaven Ascension DIO is an alternate version of Dio Brando who succeeded in his plan to wipe out the Joestar lineage and become a god. Having slaughtered his way through innocents and enemies alike to achieve godhood, DIO absorbed the souls of 36 people to power himself up, and altered reality to turn his world into one that worshipped him. Upon learning that there are an infinite number of realities across time and space, DIO begins plotting to conquer them all, starting with the primary timeline. DIO corrupts the souls of each JoJo's friends and family members, forcing them to fight one another before DIO murders them all and steals their souls, and, in the end, DIO shrugs off the death of his "friend" Enrico Pucci, murders Jotaro's daughter in front of him, and proclaims his plans to warp all realities until there is only one, where all worship DIO.
  • Jonathan Kane The Protector: Hakan Akbar is a founder of a newly formed terrorist organization called Scarlet Vengeance, which he created solely to stop peace negotiations between the West and the Middle East. Finding out about an ancient Aztec artifact which gives its owner incredible power, Hakan starts searching for it. Invading a museum of an old professor, who knew about the artifact, Hakan killed him when said professor refused to give him the answers and attempted to force the professor's daughter, Jennifer, to locate the artifact for him. Killing dozens of people in his path, as well as setting bombs on a train full of passengers solely to kill a former government agent, Jonathan Kane, who was sent after him, Hakan plans to use the artifact to impose his evil will on the world.
  • Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death:
    • Judge Death is as evil as ever. A former Judge from his homeworld, Death decided that all crime is committed by the living and thus life itself is a crime. Creating Dark Judges, Death wiped out all life in his world, reducing it into a wasteland filled with undead abominations. After being released from his prison, Death uses an Apocalypse Cult to fatally torture four Psi-Judges in a ritual that gives him and his fellow Dark Judges physical bodies. Sending the other Dark Judges to spread death and destruction all over Mega-City One, Death takes over the Resyk facility and slaughters nearly everyone there, before turning them into zombies. After Dredd destroys his body, Death flees back to Deadworld with the immortal body of Dr. Icarus to possess it and make himself invulnerable. When confronted, Death reveals to Dredd that he has captured the Psi-Judges and plans to drain them of their energy so he can use it to merge Deadworld with Dredd's universe, killing everything in Mega-City One.
    • The aforementioned Dr. Icarus is the creator of the PetRegen serum, who seeks complete immortality. Desiring to perfect his immortality serum, Icarus infected countless people with his PetRegen virus, transforming them into mindless vampires and zombies, who were then unleashed upon Mega-City One, slaughtering many innocents. When Judge Dredd broke into his facility, Icarus, uncaring about the deaths of his men, tried to kill him by unleashing the vampires on him.
  • Jump Force: Prometheus is the master of both Galena and Kane. Once a member of the Umbran order known as the Keymen, Prometheus became tired of humanity wasting the knowledge they gave them and betrays his fellow Umbrans by using the Onyx Book to merge the real world with the Jump worlds. Prometheus has Galena give humans with evil intent Umbras Cubes, turning them into Venoms, causing chaos and destruction across the world, while he takes the guise of Director Glover to gather the heroes in order to play both sides into gathering enough power for the Onyx Book. When Galena and Kane are defeated, Prometheus coldly kills them then uses the Onyx Book to try and permanently merge all the realities together and rule over them as a god. While he claims he wants to guide humanity on a better path, Prometheus is nothing an arrogant psychopath bent on imposing his own will on the multiverse.
  • Just Cause series:
    • Just Cause 2: Pandak "Baby" Panay is the oppressive and brutal dictator of Panau. Having usurped and assassinated his father, Panau's previous, benevolent, president, Panak immediate begins his regime by stripping away the rights of his citizens, and increasing his power in the military. If anyone questions his government, he has them tortured and killed. During the revolution, Panak has innocent civilians arrested, tortured and sometimes killed for minor offenses. When the prisons became full, Panak orders an Execution Day to put all prisoners to death. After a botched attempt to kill him, Panak retaliates by ordering a nuclear strike against Russia, America, China and Japan, whilst attempting to kill Rico Rodriguez, promising to make his suffering legendary.
    • Just Cause 3: General Sebastiano Di Ravello is the brutal dictator of Medici, as well as a sociopathic pyromaniac. Having usurped Medici's democratic politician Rosa Maunuela, in addition to starting a civil war, in which he had President Dante ripped limb from limb, Di Ravello also uses forced labor to mine the magnetic and explosive element of bavarium, to make super weapons for world domination; it is implied he wishes to do this to satisfy his pyromaniac needs. It is also revealed he was behind the coup that killed Rico Rodriguez's parents, as part of a deal he made with the Agency. When introduced, he orders one of his men to kill themselves for failing to stop the rebels, before ordering his army to raze the liberated town of Costa Del Porto. He later has Dimah tortured for not mining bavarium fast enough. When he has a a bavarium missile built, he decides to test it by launching it on another town. Exasperated by Rico's interfering with his plans, he beats one of his men to death and orders another attack and calls for the assassination of Manuela. Even when defeated, he has no remorse for his actions, only lamenting the end of his empire before deciding it's only fitting his legacy "ends in flames".
    • Just Cause 4: Oscar Espinosa is the dictator of Solis, creator of the Black Hand, and the head of Project Illapa. Years prior to the game, Oscar convinces his father to weaponize Project Illapa to sell it to the highest bidder, believing that using Illapa for the good of the people was a waste of money. When Miguel Rodriguez, father of Rico and co-creator of Project Illapa, decides to leave the project in disgust of Oscar's intentions, Oscar sends the aforementioned General Sebastiano Di Ravello to kill him while imprisoning Lanza in order to force him to continue working on Illapa. When Rico attempts to depose him years later, Oscar orders for Illapa to be activated in an attempt to kill Rico, before sending the Black Hand to capture Mira Morales, who assisted Rico, and to capture or kill Lucas and the rest of the local resistance members if Mira doesn't surrender. After Rico destroys the weather core, Oscar decides to flee, leaving his men to die. Later, Oscar reveals his intentions of using a perfected weather core to kill the resistance and even his own men, and then sell it to the Agency for trillions of dollars, uncaring of the lives that will potentially be lost in the process. A greedy dictator willing to kill many for his own benefit, Oscar establishes himself as one of Rico Rodriguez's most personal foes.

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  • KAIMA: Princess Ezel was seen by her subjects as a kind, innocent girl who was unjustly murdered by her power-hungry brother, Prince Vido. In truth, Ezel is the one who kicked off the apocalypse that drives the plot. In the backstory, Ezel began cannibalizing other demons to consume their souls and steal their power. Ezel, unsatisfied with ruling the titular world of KAIMA, repeated this process many times and consumed numerous souls, endangering KAIMA in the process, in an attempt to gain enough power to leave KAIMA and move on to other planets. Stopped by her brother, Vido, and sealed away, Ezel manipulates Illy, who loves her and mourns her supposed death, into fighting Vido. Once Ezel is freed by Searina and Illy, she eats Vido alive before deciding to leave everyone else left on KAIMA to die when the planet falls apart, offering to take Illy with her if she kills Searina, though it's revealed she would have betrayed and killed Illy at some point anyway. A greedy, murderous monarch who hides behind the facade of a pure-hearted princess, Ezel far outclasses her well-intentioned brother in villainy.
  • Katana ZERO: V is a sadistic Russian thug who also produces snuff films in his spare time. Hired by an unnamed employer to recreate and sell the drug Chronos, V has numerous Chronos scientists kidnapped, tortured, and murdered for information, while also assassinating possible competition. A method he loves is injecting his victim with Chronos so that the pain they feel will last longer under the drug's effects. Allowing "The Dragon" to murder his henchmen and even torturing his annoying neighbors to death on film, V later captures and tortures "The Dragon" for interfering with his plans.
  • KGB: Verto lures women into his apartment under the pretense of giving them roles as actresses in his movies. He and his gang than rape, torture, and kill the women. Verto and his gang than make snuff films out of it and sell them to other criminals. He blackmailed a man into helping him dispose of the bodies by raping his daughter and threatening to release photos of it. Verto also intends to torture and kill Rukov after he and his gang find out that he is on to them.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising: Hades is the absolute ruler of the Underworld, the one pulling the strings behind Medusa, and despite bearing an overblown, hammy sense of humor, is the cruelest character in the game. Hades orchestrates Medusa's revival in the first third of the game while hiding in the shadows. Once Medusa is destroyed, Hades takes center stage and wastes no time in demonstrating his selfish lust for power and his sadistic sense of humor, mocking both Pit and Palutena and arranging a destructive war among the humans over a non-existent Wish Seed for the sake of harvesting their souls. Hades is responsible for the harvesting of countless souls, all of which are crudely abominated into the monsters comprising his army. Hades actively propagates as much conflict as possible to rack up as many casualties as he can, giving his army more and more power. Hades sometimes even eats them, showing a dismissive disregard for life enough to disgust even the more morally-grey characters in the game. Though Hades makes numerous team-ups, they are all solely in his self-interest, and he finds himself sending monsters after Pit anyways for kicks. Disposing of his own soldiers, like Medusa, once he sees they have worn out their use, Hades was a self-serving snake of a god who prompted every other faction in the game to fight against him.
  • Kileak: The DNA Imperative: Dr. Thomas Kim is a geneticist who, after discovering DNA from the being Kileak, sought to use it to genetically engineer a race of mutant bug creatures, planning to unleash this DNA across the world and turn it into his own personal laboratory. Hearing that Matt Coda and his men are storming his base, he kills all of them, except for Matt and Carlos. Once his plan to launch a missile containing the DNA fails, he turns into a mutant bug to take down Matt.
  • Killer7: Curtis Blackburn's first appearance is a cutscene in which he kills a prostitute in his car before walking into an office and killing every person in it for no apparent reason. Then you find out he killed one of the player characters and controls the female half of the black market for orphans (who are used for organ harvesting). Next, Curtis gets revenge on his partner (who controlled the male half) for cutting into his orphans... by raping and killing his wife in front of their son, killing his children, and showing him his daughter's severed head before killing him. A pedophile with a fetish for anime loli, he harvests organs for the US government from little orphan girls he molests by using a giant car-wash abattoir hybrid, that rids the body of all organs, cleanses it and closes it up, then leaves just a shell of the dead body. After the boss fight in the room outside you can see naked little girl hollowed out dead bodies.
  • Killer Instinct (2013 reboot): Gargos is the worst of all the villains, as he forced previous villains to work together with the heroes to stop this herald of doom. A being who conquers and destroy worlds, generations ago Gargos wiped out a benevolent race called the Astral Beings to conquer the Astral World. Before he could enter the world of the humans, he was forcefully sealed away and trapped in his own dimension. However, being able to establish himself as a god to a group of monks, he created a group of worshippers to a being called the Tiger Spirit, who in actuality was him. Wanting to possess one of the monks to be his vessel, he chose Jago and forcefully mind-controlled him to become the dark warrior Shadow Jago, who then tries to free Gargos along with Gargos's personal servant Omen. When Kan-ra summoned Gargos out of temptation for power, this gave the opportunity for Gargos to free himself. Now planning to take over the world for his own, Gargos begins his invasion of Earth, hunting any remaining threats such as the amnesiac barbarian Tusk or one of the last remaining Astral Being, the Dragon Spirit. Even his gameplay shows his complete desire for dominance by having a mechanic where punishing his minions that summon him can end up benefiting Gargos. The Shadow Lord is a fitting title for Gargos, the darkest villain in the series.
  • The Killzone series has several ruthless villains from the planet of Helghan (and one human who supports them):
    • Main series:
      • Killzone 3 & Shadow Fall: Chairman Jorhan Brimve Stahl takes the reigns of de facto leadership of the Helghast after Scolar Visari's death. A weapons manufacturer who tests his newest weapons on captive prisoners of war, Stahl uses his men as expendable pawns. After gleefully murdering his chief rival, Stahl makes preparations to bomb Earth and leaves his own armies to die. Surviving the conflict, Stahl makes plans to initiate "The Terracide" on the chief human homeworld to kill anything with human blood, even members of his own species. Backing terrorism, murder and genocidal science, Stahl repeatedly shows his only loyalties are to himself and his twisted greed and notions of strength.
      • Shadow Fall: Vladko Tyran, leader of the Black Hand, a Helghast terrorist group, is introduced via a massive terrorist bombing aimed at soldiers and civilians alike. Tyran has human hostages taken and orders them executed while loading captured trains with explosives and sending them to the city to kill as many people as possible. Tyran functions as Stahl's chief subordinate to pull off the Terracide, viewing humans as inferiors who deserve nothing less than extermination while attempting to shatter the peace between Helghast and human to send both sides in a brutal, pointless war. Tyran vows not to stop until "the streets run red" with human blood.
      • Shadow Fall: Dr. Hillary Massar is the aforementioned human who views the Helghast as "superior" species and believes the inferior must be annihilated. Using her scientific genius, Massar experiments fatally on innocent beings to develop a plague that will kill everything of Terran blood, no matter how small. Massar relished the point when it would be destroyed, killing all humans except for herself.
    • Spinoffs:
      • Liberation: General Armin Metrac is a sadistic warmonger tasked with conquering Southern Vekta for the Helghast. Already taking the eastern part of Southern Vekta and murdering thousands in his wake, soldiers and civilians alike, Metrac would kidnap VIPs of the ISA—Interplanetary Strategic Alliance—planning to kill them unless ISA Forces leave Southern Vekta, a threat he makes good on when he tortures one to death. Having also convinced ISA General Dwight Stratson into handing him the ISA nuclear weapons, Metrac intents to use the weapons on Southern Vekta, potentially killing millions, while also kidnapping scientist Evelyn Batton and Sergeant Rico Velasquez, torturing the former to extract the nuclear codes and framing the latter for the nuclear attack. Eventually killed by Jan Templar, Armin Metrac is revealed to have sent the nuclear weapons to Scolar Visari, allowing Visari to use the weapons to nuke the Helghast capital Pyrrhus.
      • Mercenary: Colonel Vyktor Kratek is a ruthless Helghast officer with genocidal plans for the people of Vekta. Introduced torturing Admiral Grey, killing prisoners with gas to torment her and almost fatally shooting her in the head, Kratek retreats to Vekta where he forces Dr. Savic to create a virus for him by threatening his family. Testing the virus on petty criminals arrested in the slums, Kratek wanted to make it as virulent as possible to destroy all life on Vekta. When Savic retreats to the Vektan Embassy to defect with the virus's trigger, Kratek attacks it to retrieve him, ordering his men to kill the unarmed ambassador and his wife while sparing their son Justus since he is innocent—later revealing Kratek doesn't really care, giving permission for the boy to be "disposed of" in the final mission. Forcing the mercenary Arran Danner to work for him, Kratek tries to kill him when he outlives his usefulness, hypocritically claiming that "betrayal has its own price". Having no loyalty to his own claimed standards, Kratek is nothing more than a mass murderer and among the Helghan Empire's worst.
  • The King of Fighters series:
    • Rugal Bernstein, the Big Bad of the very first game, does evil for the sake of being evil, and considers himself a God. He is a wealthy and powerful Arms Dealer who killed many martial artists just to bathe their bodies in liquid bronze and make them into decorative statues for his yacht. In Heidern's backstory, we find out that Rugal slaughtered all 50 soldiers in the guy's squad before killing his wife and daughter, who he had previously kidnapped, just for the fun of it, and topping it off with gouging out Heidern's left eye and leaving him to live in despair. He also beat Saisyu Kusanagi to near-death and tried to blow up his own ship upon defeat so that the Japan Team would die with him. Rugal survives and hosts the 1995 tournament, where he seeks revenge for his plans being foiled. He has Saisyu brainwashed and forced to fight his son. Rugal openly treasures his evil heart and hates justice. He lacks ambitions of world domination, but his atrocities make him stand out among other KOF villains.
    • The King of Fighters 2000: Clone Zero may not be the leader of NESTS, but stands as its most wicked member. At the conclusion of the 2000 tournament, he reveals his ultimate plan: using the fighters' energy to fuel his Kill Sat, the Zero Cannon. This would be the key step in Zero's desire to create a new world order where he would rule supreme, not NESTS. Before the fight, he demonstrates the cannon's power by destroying the city of Southtown. After being defeated and his device shut down for good, he reveals to Whip in his dying breath that she is a clone of K's sister, angering her enough to shoot him dead. The game's story reveals more of Zero's deeds: he murdered Heidern's close friend Ling and impersonated him, creating a clone of the murdered man to act as his spy in the Ikari Warriors. He also killed Krizalid in '99 for failing him. Unlike the other NESTS villains, Clone Zero has no sympathetic traits. He is an utter hypocrite who hates traitors while being one himself, and his desire to Take Over the World led to the destruction of an entire city. He stands out in the saga for his sheer and absolute malevolence.
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning: Both The Man Behind the Man and The Heavy count.
    • Tirnoch "the Merciful" is an ancient dragon with power to rival the gods. Imprisoned long ago, Tirnoch weaves fate and countless deaths and tragedy, seducing Gadflow of the Winter Fae to evil and a genocidal conquest to eventually produce the Fateless One in the ensuing war. Tirnoch manipulates the conflict to more death, even disposing of Gadflow when his usefulness is at an end before trying to exterminate the Fateless One as well, proclaiming she will annihilate the world herself and take her rightful place above the gods in the heavens.
    • Gadflow was once the Winter Court's jester before he allied with Tirnoch. Massacring the Winter Fae to create the fanatical sect the Tuatha Deohn, Gadflow led a genocidal campaign to exterminate all mortal races, killing countless innocents. Gadflow sends his men to wipe out entire cities and armies, not willing to stop until he has freed Tirnoch herself, with the full understanding that Tirnoch shall exterminate all mortal races until only Gadflow's twisted vision of the Winter Fae remain.
  • King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne: The Father in the Fan Remake starts off merely as an Evil Chancellor who sets Graham up to head to Kolyma. Two of his lieutenants have taken up residence there (one of which had been holding Valanice captive out of petty spite and had killed other women who had aroused her ire). Graham, being Graham, is able to dodge their traps and helps convince one to leave. After returning home with Valanice, Graham exposes the Evil Chancellor who abruptly goes One-Winged Angel, levels a deadly curse, and vanishes. The flash-forward scene during the Air Gem test has his showing up at Graham's darkest hour to gloat, the Fanon dialogue indicating that he had another of his mooks kidnap and enslave Graham's kid for sixteen years, set the three-headed dragon on Daventry to ruin it, and then forced Graham to sacrifice his remaining child to it. The next part of the curse drops Graham with heart failure at a moment of triumph, and the last gets a Prophecy Twist, thankfully. Thing is, he really doesn't have it in for Graham per se. Graham just happens to be standing between him and some leftover power from Daventry's first king.
  • Klonoa Heroes: Janga is the maniacal dragon of Garlen. Having once worked with Guntz's father, Butz, as a hunter to find the Darkness of Nahatomb, he is gleefully quick to betray and kill him on Garlen's orders when Butz refuses to resurrect Nahatomb. He then proceeds to join forces with Garlen and Joka in their goals to resurrect Nahatomb in order to harvest nightmares for his own sinister purpose, uncaring of the destruction this will cause. Making his introduction by sending extracted nightmares from the captured people of the ruins to the Lunar Base, he mocks Guntz about his father's death before fleeing, at one point using Klonoa as a shield. When Guntz finally corners him, Janga attempts to kill Guntz with the latter's father's own gun. Before fleeing, Janga kidnaps Klonoa's friend, Lolo, to be used as nightmare energy for Nahatomb, which leaves Lolo in a comatose state. When defeated by the heroes, after he gets Guntz to spare him with a false apology, Janga attempts to poison Guntz with his poison claws, only for him to poison Klonoa instead, but Janga doesn't care and proceeds to mock Guntz about the boy's condition. A cruel, heartless individual who betray and kill anyone to achieve his own desires, Janga is an dark villain for an otherwise lighthearted series.
  • Knack 2: Xander, leader of the Monks, cannot stand that his order is not taken seriously by the rest of the world. Starting the game as an ally against the initial threat of the Goblins, he tricks Lucas into giving him an artifact which enables him to turn the goblins' machines against them. When he tries to use these machines to conquer humanity, Knack and Lucas object, for which Xander attempts to kill the duo despite promising his Youth Leader Ava he wouldn't harm them. Eventually deciding that ruling the world was too much work and that modern civilization had made humanity weak, he builds the Armageddon Machine to destroy every city, town and village, apathetic about how many die and only caring that people will finally listen to him because he will be "the only thing between them and death". For a "personal touch", he bound Knack and Lucas's friends and family within his first city target so they will die along with it. Furthermore, he is almost gleeful when he realizes Ava and some defected monks are attempting to evacuate civilians, believing they will all die as well. Hypocritical, power-hungry, cruel and a traitor to his species, Xander set a new standard for evil within the Knack universe.
  • Knight's Contract: The wicked Dr. Faust is a Mad Scientist obsessed with the Anima del Monde, an artifact which will allow him to gain ultimate power. Using his power to bring The Black Death upon Europe, Faust frames a group of innocent witches and subjects them to torture and execution to obtain their pieces of the Anima del Monde. Faust later resurrects them, using their anger and hatred at their deaths to send them against humanity, causing innumerable innocent deaths all so Faust can manipulate the only surviving witch into his grasp to obtain the final shard and achieve godhood for himself.
  • Knights of the Temple:
    • Infernal Crusade: The Lord Bishop is a Satan-worshipping fanatic who turned against the beliefs of his own Church. He starts the game by desecrating holy places and kidnapping a mysterious young woman to use her, against her will, for his sinister rituals that involve Human Sacrifice, with his victims crucified. He unites people of all religions to follow his cult, and slaughters anyone who refuses to, regardless of age or religion. His ultimate goal is to open the Gates of Hell and condemn the entire world to eternal suffering.
    • II: Satan is a lord of Hell and the one who was behind the aforementioned Lord Bishop's actions. Corrupting thousands of souls and damning them to eternity in Hell, Satan begins opening another Gate of Hell, hoping to unleash Hell and his tyrannical rule upon the Earth. Preparing to conquer the mortal realm, Satan releases several demonic creatures upon the world who proceed to kill countless numbers of people. Setting up a magical fog in some parts of the Saracen port Yusra that raises the dead and mutates the living, Satan tries to thwart the heroic Templar Paul's attempt at recovering ancient holy relics, which are capable of closing the Gates of Hell and banishing him back to Hell.
  • Lair: The Diviner, the religious leader of the Alyssian people, and his right-hand-man, Captain Loden, are a greedy, power-hungry duo who betray their own people. When the Alyssian leaders attempt to parlay with the Mokai people who simply want to keep from starving to death, the Diviner and Loden launch a coup that kills the Alyssian and Mokai leaders, whereupon Loden leads his forces to the Mokai cities, massacring civilians and having a temple full of Mokai women and children incinerated with the Diviner simply ordering that no survivors remain. Any soldiers who disagree are locked in an extradimensional prison, with Loden later attempting to massacre them when they escape.
  • L.A. Noire: The Black Dahlia Killer, real name Garrett Mason, also known as the "Werewolf Killer", works as a bartender to find women to murder; carving messages into them after beating or strangling them to death and leaving their naked bodies in public places to be found. Responsible for all of the murders in the homicide cases, he frames a string of innocent men and other likely suspects for his own deeds, sending the possessions of his victims to the police to taunt them. When confronted by the heroes, he only shows shock at the duo managing to get through his deadly traps and continues to mock them over his murders.
  • The Last of Us duology:
    • First game: The seemingly kindhearted David is really a sinister cult leader in the post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world. Raiding a university, David steals—and later kills—the horse Callus and leaves Joel in excruciating pain. He later reveals himself to be a cannibal, feeding human meat to his unsuspecting followers and with many previous victims. Becoming obsessed with the teenaged Ellie, David states his intent to use her to repopulate the world, and when she escapes from his clutches, he sends waves of his men to track her down, apathetic to their ensuing deaths. In his final confrontation with Ellie, David shows his full depravity, thanking her for killing his men and making his group stronger, in his own words, and trying to rape and kill her personally. Even among a cast of morally gray characters, David's actions and personality show him to be utterly irredeemable and the most heinous of all the enemies faced by Joel and Ellie.
    • The Last of Us Part II: Isaac Dixon is the leader of the Washington Liberation Front (WLF), aka the Wolves. A warmongering tyrant, Isaac has sacrificed many of his own men to take over, having citizens rounded up to be controlled in one place and shot if they refuse. Engaging with the religious cult, the Seraphites, Isaac abducts prisoners to torture for information before attempting a wide-scale assault with the intent of massacring the Seraphites completely to the last man, woman, and child. Even when finding out Abby, his best soldier, is sheltering a Seraphite boy named Lev, Isaac simply attempts to execute both of them.
  • The Last Remnant: Wilfred Hermeien is the detestable Duke of Nagapur, head of the Congress and de facto ruler of the whole continent, but is unsatisfied with this, wanting to be crowned God-Emperor. To this end, he creates the Third Committee to perform unethical Remnant research using kidnapping, human experimentation, threatening people to work for them, stealing Remnants from various settlements and many other crimes. Forming a deal with the Conqueror, Hermeien stages a war where the Conqueror would attack the continent and Hermeien would save the day, uncaring how many of his troops would die. Also kidnapping Rush Sykes's sister Irina, whom has Marion's Blessing, to strengthen his claim to God Emperor, Hermeien is eventually betrayed by the Conqueror, forced to work for him and made an experiment where he is given great power. Still coveting world domination, Hermeien poisons various leaders of the game world with his newfound power to slowly kill them before The Conqueror kills him for his hubris.
  • League of Legends:
    • Hecarim, The Shadow of War: Once an ambitious lieutenant who set his commander up to die for not naming him his successor, Hecarim went on to happily raze villages and slaughter innocents for his paranoid king and, after the death of the queen, talked the king into allowing him to attack neighboring nations. Convincing the imprisoned Kalista to reveal the location of the Blessed Isles to the king, Hecarim pretends to take her side only to stab her in the back and ordered the villages ransacked. Eventually dying, Hecarim lives on as an evil spectre, killing any who happen upon the Shadow Isles.
    • Jhin, the Virtuoso: Khada Jhin is a crazed Serial Killer-turned-assassin who reveals a hidden dark side to the once-pure Ionian council. Originally convicted for mass murder in the province of Zhyun, Jhin was set free by shady elements in the council, and hired to serve as their "secret weapon" of sorts. Mind of the Virtuoso shows us his crimes through his eyes, as he casually murders 4 different people, seeing all of their deaths as a painting created by his gun. Jhin lives to kill, and as long as the Ionian elders have a grip on him, the law cannot touch him. His in-game dialogue also details an old plan of his to assassinate Shen's father, the master of the Kinkou Order, before Zed beat him to the punch. Now he wants to kill both of them, Zed as revenge for stealing his spotlight, and Shen to serve as his father's "stand-in". Sadistic and seeing no point in peaceful ends, Jhin is one of the sickest Combat Aestheticists to ever come to light.
    • Mordekaiser, the Iron Revenant: He was once a mortal man by the name of Sahn-Uzal. Believing that conquest would give him a glorious afterlife in the Hall of Bones, he set about destroying every village and tribe he could to build his glorious empire of death. When he died and realized his fate was false, a wave of anger grew in him. He communicated to the living realm, promising great power to anyone who brings him back. When he was resurrected by a group of sorcerers, he repaid them by brutally murdering all of them and using their souls to make the mighty Mace, Nightfall. He then began his second conquest where he continued slaughtering more innocents for his plan. During this time he kidnapped a Yordle sorcerer named Veigar for his own twisted needs, brutally torturing him, an act that Mordekaiser has fond memories of. When he was eventually killed and returned to the land of the dead, Mordekaiser used the enslaved souls of all the people he killed during his second conquest, using the souls of the weak as building blocks for his new undead empire, their screams sounding like music to him. Now he waits to rise again and bring more death and destruction upon the world of the living.
    • Singed, the Mad Chemist: Aptly titled, Singed used himself as a guinea pig for his own experiments, extending his lifespan well beyond 100 years. Commissioned by Noxus to create salvos of chemical weaponry to aid in their invasion of Ionia, Singed ended up destroying both armies with the weapons despite being hired by Noxus, leaving Riven traumatized beyond repair. Carrying on, he proceeded to use the chemical bombs to annihilate Master Yi's village after standard troop-based warfare was unsuccessful. In his own independent work, he drugged and kidnapped Warwick off the streets of Zaun and performed horrific experiments on him that included severing his hand and drilling into his bones. When it seemed like Warwick died from the brutal experiments, Singed merely threw his corpse outside and moved on without a second thought. He soon discovered that Warwick was still alive after finding his lab in disrepair, and intended to use a name Warwick dropped during the earlier tests to track him down and force him out into the open. Whether it's wiping out the army he's supposed to be helping, razing villages with biochemical weapons, or torturing a man to death to turn him into a chimera, Singed only has one motivation for everything he does: To see if he can.
    • Tahm Kench, the River King: An obese water demon with an insatiable hunger, Tahm Kench lurks in Bilgewater's rivers and seas, stalking desperate individuals to make his next victim. Tahm Kench uses his charm to entice his victims into accepting his bargains before whisking them away to find fame and fortune...before coming back and eventually taking back everything they hold dear. While Tahm Kench's hunger yields no limits, his favorite dish is the despair and regret that seethes out of those that dare bargain with him. In his teaser trailer, Tahm Kench recounts a time where he tempted a gambler who eventually struck rich and was to be married to a princess, only for Tahm to return years later and snap up everything, from the wedding gifts, to the buffet, to his wealth, right in front of him. As he tricks the gambler's bride to let her guard down, he brutally devours her as well and mocks the gambler for being foolish enough to trust him. His in-game taunts are also particularly cruel and below-the-belt, mocking his enemies for the errors of their past, while tempting his allies to accept one of his ill-fated deals. Living only to satisfy his bottomless stomach, Tahm Kench has terrorized Runeterra since ancient times, pulling the same trick over and over again, and his silver tongue conceals a pitch-black heart.
  • Legacy duology:
    • Demon Legacy: These two members of the Big Bad Ensemble are the worst of the cruel rulers of humanity:
      • Arch Duke Deimos is the Mad Scientist who reigns over the human world. In truth the Wheel of Reincarnation, Deimos created the humans of the world, but turned them against the Demi-Gods and Proteus, eventually sealing them away, so he could have the world to himself. Repeatedly sending people to die fighting Shadar and not caring about their lives, Deimos does the same with Slade and Sharn, later declaring then traitors when they discover the truth. A Marionette Master, Deimos creates golems out of human corpses, then treats his creations coldly. Among his creations is Orion, whom Deimos implanted a device that allows him to control Orion and force him to slaughter people. When he sends a trio of golems after Slade and one of them dies, he kills Fianna for failing him and assaults Sarius's mind for objecting to it, later sending him to die against Slade. He then attempts to have Iris, his own daughter whom he exiled with Slade, stuffed with energy to use her as a weapon against the Demi-Gods. In the fight against him, he devours the souls of his own Druid helpers, and even when killed, he drives Abel insane and sends him to destroy the world, then comes back and tries to use Iris and Slade to resurrect himself.
      • Apollo of the Absolute Will is the leader of the five Demi-Gods. Following his abuse at the hands of humans, Apollo desired to wipe out humanity, and manipulated the abused child Abel into sharing his worldview that humans are all "failures" that deserve death. Rebelling against his father Proteus, Apollo imprisons him inside the Firebrand sword, then has him possess Kahn and sends them down to massacre humans, wiping out a good chunk of the world population. In the present, after tricking Slade into releasing him, he sends his siblings to destroy several towns and massacre the people within, and tortures his sister Arianna for taking too long. He later proceeds to personally destroy the city of Darnia, killing everyone within, and taking the souls of the inhabitants while wiping away their memories of being human. He creates Averron as his utopia using the souls, some of which are turned into the crystals powering the place, and has Slade imprisoned and sentenced to Electric Torture while he tries to convince Khan, a fellow Demi-God, to join him in wiping out humanity and creating a "perfect" race to replace them. Apollo himself knows it's all nonsense, but still attempts to convince others of his worldview and simply wants to wipe out both the human race and the entire world, simply because he considers it imperfect.
    • Phantom Legacy: This duo, one of the two Big Bads and his main helper, are as vile as the Gods were despite being mere mortals:
      • Malakai is a human Mad Scientist who desires to become a god. Having aided Deimos and Apollo in their evil acts in the past, Malakai starts the Scion project, in which he creates the soulless Black Guards to serve as the world's armies. He is also the creator of Nero and Tobias, whom he keeps trapped in mental realms while using them to power the world. Sending Gerent to capture Nero when the boy escapes, Malakai teams up with Haizum and Janus, manipulating the latter by convincing him that his friends are corrupting the world, and eventually forcing Corvus, a man who he had previously imprisoned in a suit of armor and forced to kill his own family, to fight his friends by controlling his armor. Malakai, with Haizum, Janus, and the unwilling Corvus, leads the Black Guards in slaughtering the people of Ragan castle, later raiding the castle in Arcadia and doing the same with the people there. Entering the Ether Vein, he sends Janus and Haizum against the heroes, uncaring if they die, then tries to have Corvus kill Nero one last time before trying to kill the heroes himself so he can reign over the world as its god. Even when he helps Nero against Shadar afterwards, he does it purely for his own amusement. Desiring to turn the world into his own personal experiment for fun, Malakai proves that humans can be just as wicked as the gods.
      • The aforementioned Haizum is a bipedal unicorn monster and the worst of Malakai's Co-Dragons. As the guardian of the Tower of Babylon, Haizum gleefully kills adventurers who come inside, simply because he loves to fight and kill, and uses their bones to decorate his lair. He is first seen killing a warrior who came to avenge a loved one, and when he loses to the heroes, he swears revenge. Betraying the Alia, the people of the Tower, and joining Malakai, he gladly aids in the massacres at Ragan castle and Arcadia, only objecting when he feels that Malakai is wasting time. Finally, in the Ether Vein, when Lamia, his friend and one of the heroes, tries to appeal to the good inside him and help him, he tosses her off the platform and onto the sky, knowing that this would condemn her to fall forever, while mocking the heroes for thinking he would redeem himself and trying to kill them one last time. When Lamia manages to return and finish him off, she laments but accepts that the friendship they once had is gone forever.
  • Legacy of Kain series:
    • The Elder God is an ancient parasite upon the Wheel of Fate. Playing at being god to the ancient vampires, the Elder God orchestrated a catastrophic war between vampire and Hylden that saw innumerable members of both killed, as well as countless humans. Upon the vampiric curse of immortality, the Elder God callously abandoned the vampires, leading to the suicide of most of the race. Later swaying Moebius to his side and inspiring him to his vampire purges, the Elder God manipulates almost every conflict in Nosgoth's history to kill countless people in order to satisfy its gluttony and desire for control. Hijacking Raziel's resurrection and manipulating the former vampire as its champion, the Elder God sends him to satisfy its plots and kill Kain with no concern for the slaughter left in the process so it may continue playing god and feasting upon the Wheel of Fate.
    • Hash'ak'gik, a.k.a. the Dark Entity, the Hylden Lord, and the Sarafan Lord, is the commander of the Hylden, a race banished to a demon dimension. He possessed Mortanius and used him to corrupt the Guardians of the Pillars of Nosgoth by murdering Ariel and leaving her lover Nupraptor to find her body and drive the Guardians insane with his grief. This in turn corrupted the Pillars and caused the land to decay and rot with the Guardians. With the corruption of the Pillars, he possesses Janos Audron and rebuilds the Sarafan order of vampire hunters, driving them to endangerment and establishing tyrannical control of human civilization. He uses this control to construct a network of Glyph-powered machines around Nosgoth to direct the energies of the Device, an ancient Hylden war weapon. With Janos imprisoned and deformed to power the Device, the Hylden Lord plans to activate the Device and kill all non-Hylden life in Nosgoth through the Glyph network, including the human Sarafan that loyally serve him.
    • Blood Omen: The fair boy-king William the Just, through the wicked influence of the time-traveling Moebius, came to embrace evil and became a sadistic despot known only as the Nemesis. The Nemesis has his legions sweep across the land to torture, rape and murder all they find, leaving entire cities such as the once-academic Stahlberg a complete ruin with its population put up on stakes. The Nemesis intends to come down upon all Nosgoth and turn the world into blood, ashes and chains before him, and even curbstomps the King Ottmar and his noble army, forcing Kain to turn back time forty years to undo William's carnage upon the earth.
  • Legend of Legaia:
    • Jette is the right-hand of Prince Cort. Unlike his master, whose mind was affected by a rogue Ra-Seru, Jette willingly goes along with the spreading of the Mist to witness the results out of his scientific curiosity, having been responsible for the destruction of one town in the past due to his "error" in unleashing monsters. Undeterred, Jette crafted more mist generators, unleashing them upon the world with most of humanity destroyed. His entire purpose is to see humanity "evolve" for his experiments, regardless of most of them dying in the process.
    • The brutal Songi was once a Biran monk who betrayed his people and slaughtered most of them. Returning to hound the heroes, especially his rival Gala, Songi eventually joins the Henchmen of the Mist and even executes one of his comrades, Zora, after her defeat before she can talk with the heroes, mocking her about thinking Cort ever cared for her. Betraying Cort, Songi attempts to obtain the power of the mighty Sim-Seru Juggernaut, trying to feed the entire human populace to it, subjecting them to an agonizing fate of eternal entrapment, all so he can rise to godhood, abandoning any hint of humanity in his quest for power.
  • Legendary: Orlando/Ormand/Ormond LeFey is an evil businessman who wants to Take Over the World with an army of interdimensional creatures. By tricking art thief Charles "Charlie" Deckard into opening Pandora's Box, he ends up opening a portal that allows various creatures to invade and start an apocalypse. Uncaring for the millions of lives lost, LeFey plans to use the Box to lure the creatures to New York, where he will use them to conquer what's left of the world.
  • The Legendary Starfy series features these two surprisingly dark villains:
    • Evil/Iburu is the Greater-Scope Villain of the first two games, the Big Bad of the third game, and the orchestrator of everything bad that happens. Seemingly enslaving Ogura at a young age, he tells Ogura to destroy Pufftop and, when he fails, gives him "another chance" in the form of painfully transforming him into an Eldritch Abomination. He attempts to execute Moe before his father preforms a heroic sacrifice, but Evil doesn't mind this outcome. At the end of the game, Evil discards Ogura after he is no longer of use to him, claims that he's going to destroy the entire universe, and very nearly succeeds. A psychopathic, seemingly invincible demon, Evil is a far cry from the lighthearted, sometimes even tragic villains, of the past games.
    • Mashtooth, the Big Bad of the 5th game, is the cruel leader of a gang of Space Pirates and desires nothing but power. Chronologically, the first thing he does is invade the peaceful planet Bunnera to suck out the essence of its inhabitants, simply to make him stronger. He discards of the smaller Bunnerans, claiming "these snack-sized Bunnerans have given me enough power, but I need more." Mashtooth then goes after their prince, who narrowly escapes with his life. In the final battle, after his subordinates pulled a Heel–Face Turn on him, he eats the prince, who is still alive inside him, and uses the moon as a battering ram to try and kill Starfy, and possibly hundreds of thousands of innocents in the way. Ruthless, cruel, and terrifying even to his own minions, Mashtooth stands out as a tyrant who would stop at nothing, just to satiate his lust for power.
  • The Legend of Dragoon: Melbu Frahnma was the emperor of the winged humanoid race called the Winglies. Promoting a racist philosophy, Melbu Frahnma spread the belief that every single thing that wasn't a Wingly deserved annihilation, but it was the 'grace' of his empire to spare them as slaves. After being overthrown, Melbu Frahnma's spirit went dormant until he could take over the hero, Zieg. Using Zieg's body, Melbu Frahnma manipulated several massive wars and multiple murders to engineer his ascent to power and to fuse with a 'seed' of a God and become the god of destruction. He plans to become the new god emperor of the world and destroy or make slaves of every race. Not even the Winglies are exempt, as Melbu frahnma displays full willingness to wipe them out should they resist him.
  • Len'en ~ Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle: Suzumi Kuzu is the the Big Bad and is feared by everyone. Their modus operandi is to make Tsubakura cross the Despair Event Horizon and have done many actions in the past to nearly kill Tsubakura and/or Yabusame. They even try to attack and kill the Shitodo Siblings because they think it would make Tsubakura feel even worse, and even manage to cost Hooaka an arm. They're responsible for causing the whole war in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, all just to lure out Tsubakura and kill them. To make matters worse, it's HEAVILY implied that they did something horrible to Tsurubami, the only one who could possibly even relieve Tsubakura and Yabusame of their duties and let them back into the outside world.
  • Life After Us: The System: Dr. Tar is a depraved and despicable man who made his own patient's life a living hell. A doctor of an asylum in charge of a mentally disabled woman, Dr. Tar took advantage of her condition and repeatedly raped her for months while beating her to make sure she doesn't tell on him while cruelly demeaning her. Eventually, the young woman became pregnant by him and he repeatedly attacked her in response, especially in the stomach, trying to kill the baby. When the baby was born, Dr. Tar took him away from the young woman and trapped him in a box before burning him. Once the grandmother of the woman became suspicious and tried to take the woman away from the asylum, Dr. Tar murdered the grandmother to stop her and trapped the woman inside a dark room where she starved to death.
  • Life Is Strange:
    • Mark Jefferson is a famous photographer and teacher at Blackwell Academy, as well as the true mastermind of the Dark Room. Taking advantage of Nathan Prescott's need for a father figure, the villain has the latter drug and abduct girls to the Dark Room to be tortured by him. His specialty is the loss of innocence, and he won't hesitate to kill when it suits him. It is discovered one such victim was Rachel Amber. When one of his victims, Kate, is struggling with depression, he subtly tries to goad her into killing herself to cover his tracks. When Max and Chloe discover the Dark Room, they find a series of photo albums listing his previous victims and intended victims, Victoria being one of them. When the villain learns Max and Chloe found the Dark Room, he drugs and kidnaps Max and kills Chloe. If Victoria is successfully warned about the Dark Room, she will be kidnapped and killed. He will also kill David Madsen if not for Max's help. It is also discovered he murdered the Dragon both to cover his tracks and to frame for his crimes. Despite his charming demeanor and close friendships with his students, he is taking advantage of their respect and admiration, for the sake of his torture art, and his enjoyment with no remorse or empathy for his victims.
    • Before the Storm: The psychopathic crime boss Damon Merrick, who operates drug-running and dog fighting rings and is responsible for a slew of murders and sexual assaults, is introduced beating Drew, who owes him money. Damon either makes his younger brother, Mikey, break his own arm if paid or breaks Drew's leg if not. Confronting Chloe and Rachel while they look for Rachel's mother, Sera, Damon threatens them, stabbing Rachel upon getting into an altercation with her, later stabbing Frank when he saves her. Discovered to have abducted Sera for Rachel's District Attorney father, Damon has been promised evidence against him would be destroyed, a cash payment and the name of an informant he intends to kill. Planning to force Seta back into drug addiction, Damon tries to kill both Chloe and Frank when they try to stop him.
  • Lifeline: Jim Powers is the Evil Uncle of the heroine Rio, obsessed with taking the Philosopher's Stone for himself. Having killed his own brother and even Rio herself when she was a child before she was revived, Powers harvests his brother's brain to keep it frozen in a painful existence so it may manage a station for him. Attacking the space hotel to go after Rio again, Powers reveals he has horrifically mutated people into monsters with the Philosopher's Stone, including the Operator's lover Naomi. Upon being cornered, Powers even tries to drop the hotel onto Tokyo for nothing save spite and kicks.
  • LISA trilogy: Dr. Yado is behind the events of the entire trilogy. Having participated in the project that created Joy, Yado was the only one who figured out how to control the resulting Joy Mutants. This discovery gave him a massive god complex, and he immediately went to mutate the other scientists so they wouldn't figure him out. With the help of Buzzo, Yado introduced Joy as a drug to start turning humans into his mutant slaves. In order to speed up the process, he triggered the Great White Flash, killing off all women and destroying society. The only survivor, his pregnant wife, was hidden away so she could give birth to their daughter, Nancy, whom Yado would use to start a war to kill or mutate every surviving man. When the time came, Yado killed his wife and let Brad find his daughter, whom Brad renamed Buddy and became extremely protective of; this led to Brad slaughtering the entirety of Rando's Army and many others before mutating. Noticing that Buddy had taken Joy herself, Yado left messages pushing Buddy to kill as much as possible in hopes she would mutate. When cornered, Yado attacked Buddy with his strongest mutant before finally getting killed by a disgusted Buzzo.
  • Lollipop Chainsaw: Swan is a student at San Romero High School who uses necromancy to start a Zombie Apocalypse as revenge for being mistreated at school. A gothic outcast who was cruelly bullied, Swan subverts a Freudian Excuse by ordering the zombies under his control to infect everyone in their path rather than only those who tormented him; this results in the deaths of many innocent people. He states that being rejected by Juliet was what sent him over the edge, but the game's cutscenes show him watching her from afar without ever speaking to her. This suggests that he's exaggerating when he accuses her of "rejecting him," and had taken it as a personal offense when she started dating another guy. His ultimate plan is to use Juliet as a pawn in his ritual to summon an enormous super zombie in order to destroy what he sees as a rotten world, all because he got picked on and couldn't talk to a girl he liked.
  • Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven: Kaiser Sein is an immortal who turned a once-prosperous kingdom into an evil empire through waging countless wars that spanned the entire globe, while seeking to usurp God's power by literally enslaving God's seven daughters, the Artemisias, and using them to obtain even more power. While he may seem a Tragic Villain, as he originally wanted the Lachryma in order to bring his wife Back from the Dead, even though he put all of the blame on his newborn son, he goes through Motive Decay, and by the end, he used the fake Lachyrima to revive his wife's body, which cannot survive without his power, and forced her to fight against her will, just like he did the Artemisias. By the end of the game, he's completely disregarded his own wife's wishes in favor of simply seizing the power of the Verboten Manga.
  • The Lord of the Rings (by release date):
    • The Lord of the Rings Online: Lheu Brenin, from "Volume 3: Allies of the King", is the treacherous chieftain (Brenin; Lheu is his name) of the Falcon Clan of Dunland and the greatest threat faced by the Grey Company in their journey to find Aragorn. Starting out as a reasonable man, the Brenin quickly shows his true colors when sells out the Rangers to Saruman. Keeping most of the Grey Company captive in his own village, he sends the player and Lothrandir to Isengard as trophies and slaves for Saruman. The player eventually escapes and rescues the Rangers and forces Lheu and his clan to retreat beneath the mountains. In order to flee, the Brenin sends his loyal clansmen, including his only daughter, on a suicide mission to distract the Rangers. During their exile, Lheu has anyone that questions his decisions and any he deems weak thrown into pits to be devoured by monsters in the mountains. The player, alongside Gimli, finally face him beneath Helm's Deep where he reveals his plans. As a tribute to Saruman, Lheu Brenin plans on sneaking into the Glittering Caves and murdering the defenseless women and children of Rohan. The Brenin spends the entire battle deriding the last of his loyal followers as being weak as they are cut down, only to beg for his life when he is finally defeated. Unlike most servants of the Enemy who are direct products of Morgoth's corruption, Lheu Brenin is a mere mortal man who proves that even one of Illuvatar's children can be an irredeemable monster.
    • Conquest ("Rise of Sauron" campaign only): The Dark Lord Sauron sends the Nazgul to Mount Doom to kill Frodo and deal with Orc rebels wanting to take the One Ring for themselves. Upon killing the Orc rebels, Sauron uses their blood to resurrect the Witch King of Angmar, who kills Frodo and retrieves the One Ring for Sauron. Upon regaining the One Ring, Sauron overruns Gondor, destroying Minas Tirith and forcing Aragorn to flee to Weathertop; the population of Gondor being cannibalized by his Orc armies. He then resurrects Durin's Bane in Moria and sics it on Gimli. After conquering Moria, Sauron attacks Weathertop and Rivendell, killing Aragorn and Legolas and taking Elrond's ring for himself. With all of Middle-earth under his control, Sauron attacks the Shire, with his forces and Durin's Bane killing a large number of Hobbits to lure out Gandalf and Treebeard so he can kill them, the corpse of the latter being set on fire and used to burn any Hobbit that dares resist Sauron's rule.
    • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor & Shadow of War: The Dark Lord Sauron leads campaigns of terror and brutality that kill countless innocent beings, beginning in the Second Age when he personally murdered Celebrimbor after murdering the Elf Lord's wife and daughter. Ingratiating himself to great kings of men, Sauron also presented them with rings of power that slowly corrupted and destroyed them, making them his undead slaves, the Nazgul. In present, Sauron, in the guise of the Black Hand, murders the ranger Talion and his family to enslave the soul of Celebrimbor, which backfires when the wraith fuses with Talion. Sauron sends his forces to slaughter the population of Gondor, conquering the city of Minas Ithil before intending to move on to all of Middle-earth until everything that lives is destroyed or kneels before him as his slave.
  • Lost Eden: Moorkus Rex is an evil dinosaur tyrant who leads an army of Tyranns to conquer all other kingdoms. He doesn't want to take over the world so much as simply dismember it (reducing the world to "blood and ashes at my feet", as he put it), and his mooks cut swaths of destruction wherever they go. His real power is illusion and fakery—he lies every time he opens his mouth, trying to sow confusion and despair, while the real threat — the Tyrann — destroys everything in their path. It unfortunately works all too well on Dina, whom he tricked into believing he had gruesomely murdered her mate.
  • Lost Odyssey: Gongora aims to Take Over the World. Since several of the main characters are immortal, Gongora had to get creative in getting them out of his way. He did so by sealing away their memories, leaving them completely amnesiac and unaware of their origins, which all of them agree is something like being a walking corpse. For him to be able to do this in the first place, they had to go through something traumatic enough that they wouldn't want to remember, so he abducted Kaim and Sarah's daughter and left them believing she was dead, forced Seth to kill her best friend to save her son, and set giant monsters loose in Ming's kingdom to slaughter her subjects until she agreed to block off her own memories to save them. As a result, Kaim and Seth both end up working for him, Ming becomes a figurehead in the country she's ruled for a thousand years, and Sarah goes insane for several decades. And to top it all off, he magically controls Jansen and forces him to attack his friends and Love Interest.
  • Lost Planet: Dennis Isenberg is the commander of the NEVEC forces on the planet E.D.N III. Founding the Frontier Project, he presents it as a way to get rid of the monstrous Akrid, but in truth he plans to use it to annihilate all life on the planet, including all of the humans living there. When Gale Holden learns of this and tries to stop Isenberg, he unleashes the Akrid, Green Eye, onto Gale and his forces and has his henchman, Bandero, kill any survivors, with only Gale's son Wayne escaping this onslaught. Isenberg would then oppress E.D.N III for 30 years killing numerous people and Akrid, extracting the latter's thermal energy for his project. He would then force Yuri to work on the Frontier Project by torturing him into compliance before killing him once he is of no use to him. While claiming the Frontier Project is for the betterment of humankind, Isenberg's willingness to use the project to wipe out all of humanity on the planet proves that he only wants to eliminate any opposition so he can claim the planet for himself.
  • Lucius trilogy:
    • Lucifer himself corrupts the titular Lucius Wagner into The Antichrist due to a deal he made with the boy's heartless grandfather. Lucifer periodically appears to Lucius, having him kill his family and workers, including his loving mother as a sacrifice. When Lucius finds himself in a destructive competition against another antichrist named Issac, resulting in the latter's death among numerous people, Lucifer is indifferent to the death of one son and proud of the promise Lucius shows. Lucifer also uses Detective McGuffin's crisis of faith to make him Lucius's guardian. Later on, Lucifer kills McGuffin by ripping his heart out and mockingly reveals he caused the death of his family. When Lucius considers going a different path than Lucifer's plans, Lucifer strips him of his power and leaves him to die in the apocalypse to come. Lucius later faces off with Lucifer as he tries to bring about Hell on Earth and Lucifer attempts to kill Lucius while mentioning that he's just one of many of his children he's done this with.
    • Fabius Wagner is Lucius's power hungry and cold-hearted grandfather. Having previously gotten his family into power through his mob ties, Fabius was secretly a demon worshipper who made a deal with Lucifer to warp his newborn grandson into the future Antichrist, setting him on his path to evil. When Lucius gradually kills off his family and their help, Fabius feels no remorse for these deaths, saying that one of his dead sons was a disgrace to his family's legacy, in the face of his grieving brother. Believing himself as having a part in Lucius's destiny, Fabius eventually reveals to his grandson his part in making him who he is, prepares to have him sacrifice a captive reporter, and states his intent on being Lucius's guide and mentor in the end times.
  • Lufia: Daos, Master of Terror, is the leader of the sibling gods known as the Sinistrals. In the first game, when his sister, Erim, is revealed to have been living as a human, Daos mentally assaults her, mocking her desire to live as a human. In the prequel game, Daos, deciding to send a message to mankind of "real terror", warps Maxim to the town of Chaed, then uses his island fortress to blow up it up, killing everyone, even children, while leaving the heroes alive solely so they could feel the terror as the humans around them died. Daos then orders the kidnapping, and attempted murder, of Maxim’s infant son, Jeros. He later decides to destroy the human world, leaving his followers behind. In the third game, for fun, Daos crashes a wedding by casting a spell on the bride so she sees the groom and the other attendants at the wedding as monsters. Worse, Daos makes her as strong as himself, explaining the spell will only break until she or a victim is dead. This forces the groom to kill himself to stop the bride from killing her little sister. When Erim, unable to live with the atrocities she, and the Sinistrals, have committed, arranges for the death of herself and the Sinistrals, a wounded Daos summons Zalbak, a Animalistic Abomination with the last of his power. Having the Monster fuse with Erim, Daos reveals that Zalbak won’t stop until the world is ashes, while Erim will be Forced to Watch the world she loved be destroyed before she dies. Believing human emotions to be worthless, and not even really caring about his own siblings, Daos commits his atrocities ostensibly to punish humans for ignoring the gods, but really for his own sadistic amusement.
  • Luminous Arc: Cardinal Kingston is the right-hand man of the Pope and the cruelest character in this lighthearted game. Wanting to help awaken the evil god Zehaal in order to take its power for himself, Kingston creates a rumor that witches, the forces best able to defeat Zehaal, are evil and must be persecuted; at the same time, he is masterminding tests and experiments to control Zehaal, experiments which result in cruel torture and loss of life. Wanting to hide his true nature, he makes some of the most corrupt people into key figures of his religion, leading to chaos as these figures run rampant with their abuses of power. When Alph and his group learn about the truth of their religion, Kingston immediately has them hunted down in order to silence them. Throughout the journey to free the world from this fake order, Kingston makes a mechanical witch named Iris who annihilated armies of Holy Knights to keep his secret; betrays his close allies by sending them to their death; and made a deal with an agent of Zehaal to send demons to his enemies while helping him awaken their lord to cause the end of the world. Greedy and treacherous are the best way to describe Kingston, a dark villain for such a cheerful and simple game.
  • Lunar: Eternal Blue: Zophar is the self styled lord of darkness and the one responsible for the Blue Star being stripped of all life. As we see in flashbacks, Zophar led a campaign of conquest on the Blue Star that only ended when his arch-nemesis, the goddess Althena, was forced to seal him at the cost of all life on the world. Even through his prison, Zophar reached out to corrupt mortals, twisting the church of Althena into a Corrupt Church that was responsible for centuries of suffering and cruelty. Zophar excels in twisting and corrupting hearts to even turned loved ones against one another, and unlike most dark lords, Zophar fully understands goodness and righteousness enough to exploit it: manipulating heroine Lucia's love for her friends so she wouldn't have the will to destroy him at cost of the world. Zophar takes her captive to use her powers to remake the world in his twisted image, not caring about the death toll. When he decides the world is too much trouble, Zophar merely elects to destroy it utterly with every living soul.
  • Lunarosse: The Illusion Master, real name Dr. Dario Naumov, is the mastermind of the Empire-Faction war. The psychologist for aspiring writer Corlia Davis, he hated her story, his small role in it, and her refusal to return his love. When Corlia created the dream world of Lunarosse, based on her story, and pulled her friends inside, Dario decided to alter the world himself, creating three avatars, Ambassador Naamari, Advisor Zevahn, and Strategist Bellahan, to manipulate the story. Exploiting Noel's unrequited love for Channing Farrow to create the evil Gerard, Zevahn has him kill Gloria's two friends, and later seemingly kill Naamari in order to reignite the war between Empress Corlia and Yliandra, framing the heroes for Naamari's supposed death. Dario controls the war by driving Corlia's avatars to insanity, encouraging the Empress to oppress her people and kill all opposition, and aiding Yliandra's rebellion. He allows billionaire Escobar to attack Demi-humans for their tears to create pearl cannonballs, and creates the mermaid-eating Ponaredek to aid him, then has Gerard kill them when Escobar wants to back out. In the House of Cards, Zevahn tortures Garret and Noel with illusions of their loved ones insulting them. Later, Zevahn turns Noel back into Gerard, forcing his friends to kill him. In the true ending, Dario reveals himself and fuses his three avatars into one powerful monster to destroy the dream world out of spite. A lunatic who is willing to literally destroy a girl's dream for petty reasons, Dario Naumov stands out as the story's only truly evil character.
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  • Mace: The Dark Age:
    • Asmodeus, a powerful demon and wielder of the Mace of Tanis, plunges Europe into a horrific hellscape where countless innocents are slaughtered and brutalized under him and the rest of the Covenant of Seven. Having created Grendal by taking the young Taurus and turning him into a demonic being, Asmodeus is also responsible for helping Sir Dregan to found a kingdom of undeath where thousands have their souls stolen and directing others to rampage to other countries to cause a greater death toll. Asmodeus has a fondness for twisted punishments in most characters' bad endings, such as turning one noble warrior into a ravenous wolf to prey upon the people he wishes to protect.
    • Lord Deimos is one of the Covenant of Seven. A hulking man in crimson armor who rules over Bavaria, Deimos runs his province with savagery and viciousness, slaughtering his own people and torturing others. Deimos also keeps Bavaria in a perpetual state of war, constantly murdering others, including the family of the viking Ragnar whose village was exterminated by Deimos's dark forces. Seeking to seize the Mace of Tanis and annihilate his six allies, Deimos also seeks to take Countess Taria of the Seven as his consort by consent or force, and should he gain the Mace, Europe never manages to recover from his hideous and bloody rule.
    • The Executioner is a terrifying man in a black hood who runs the island fortress of El Katraz. Torturing countless people and acting as a freelance killer for the Covenant of Seven or anyone who needs a victim eliminated, the Executioner enjoys giving his victims false hope by giving them a chance to flee before dragging them back to his torture chambers. Should he win and claim the Mace of Tanis, the Executioner will usher in the Age of Torture, where every living thing is subjected to endless agony of his cruel torments that will rival Hell itself.
  • MadWorld may be Bloody Hilarious and line-crossing, but these two manage to stand out as being completely greedy monsters:
    • Noa is the CEO of DeathWatch, and Leo Fallmont's second-in-command. Cutting off all access to roads and technology in Jefferson Island, Noa unleashes a deadly virus that will kill everyone within 24 hours, promising a vaccine to those who kill— even suggesting starting with family members and neighbors—with the last one standing winning $100 million. Turning the DeathWatch games—having previously been created for nations to engage in less bloody wars—into a violent reality show where the wealthy bid on contestants, Noa reaps most of the profits for himself, doing whatever he can to keep sponsors funding the games.
    • Leonardo "Leo" Fallmont, first seen as a random survivor, is the true villain of the game, the creator of the deadly virus, and the aforementioned Noa's boss. Following his father's pharmaceutical company going bankrupt after the last presidential election, he and his father decide to create a virus in order to sell a vaccine. Partnering with Noa to spread the virus across Jefferson Island, before ultimately killing Noa to cover his tracks, he plans on using DeathWatch as a way to spread publicity about the vaccine, blackmailing various countries with his virus unless they buy it, while also participating in the games for the thrill of killing.
  • Mafia III has a trio of Politically Incorrect Villains, a pair of Human Traffickers and a Dirty Cop, who put all other villains in the series to shame:
    • Ritchie Doucet, the leader of the Dixie Mafia, is first shown participating in the betrayal and destruction of the Black Mob, where he personally stabs Ellis, Lincoln Clay's younger brother, to death. As a reward for his help, Doucet is given control over Delray Hollow by Sal Marcano, and starts running heroin and prostitution rackets. His prostitution racket is revealed to be comprised of black women whom he's had abducted, addicted to heroin, then forced into sexual slavery to service white patrons.
    • Remy Duvall is a Blue Blood of New Bordeaux, and the host of its widely popular "Native Son" radio broadcast. On the air, he presents himself with a folksy, gentlemanly demeanor while he espouses white, Christian values. In private, he's the militant leader of the Southern Union, a white supremacist group, and in league with the Marcano Crime Family. Under his leadership, Duvall's group beats and murders blacks, helps the Marcanos in their PCP operation, and, vilest of all, sells blacks into slavery for wealthy whites, a crime that disgusts even other mobsters. After Lincoln Clay dismantles his operations, Duvall gathers his followers with the intention of leading a manhunt for Lincoln, which involves marching them to Delray Hollow and burning it to the ground in revenge. Though Duvall claims to love his city and want to protect it, he's ultimately a self-serving hypocrite who thinks the city belongs to him and only cares about Christian whites, and he's even willing to harm them through his drug dealing and criminal activities if it will benefit himself.
    • Faster, Baby! DLC: Sheriff Walter "Slim" Beaumont, the vicious, ruthless and racist sheriff of Sinclair Parish who seeks to maintain power and to make sure the town has an all-white influence, does so by murdering black citizens after sundown. He also works with the Southern Union, letting them loose on Sinclair Parish, using additional murder and intimidation to keep its citizens in check. When a movement starts to expose his crimes and bring him to justice, he murders Ezekiel Dandridge, and steals the written testimonies gathered against him. By the time Lincoln and Roxy arrive in Sinclair Parish, Beaumont is already targeting the citizens that are testifying against him. When Lincoln and Roxy put a stop to his plans, he has Lincoln abducted and prepares to leave him to the Southern Union, taking the time to gloat to him.
  • Makai Toshi SaGa: The Creator is the true power behind Ashura, the Four Fiends and all the woes they've inflicted on the world. Creating a tower separated into numerous worlds, the Creator made a "game" where adventurers would climb the tower believing Paradise to lie at its Apex. To create his game, the Creator deliberately made the worlds miserable, which included setting up a war in the World of Continent between three kings, having Byak-Ko establish a cruel dictatorship in the World of Clouds and having Su-Zaku turn the World of Ruin into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. When confronted by the party the Creator callously claims that because he created everything he can do anything he wants with the worlds and the people within, revealing himself to be a cruel and narcissistic god.
  • Mamatoto ~A Record of War~: Kakaro Alphorioa is the King of Mamatoto, who stole the son of his greatest rival to raise as his own. When the boy, Prince Nanas, proved a capable strategist, Kakaro had him wage a war against other nations, and promptly murdered his more noble rivals. A Serial Rapist on the side, Kakaro abuses countless women and girls, even his own daughter, while later unsealing a demon to take possession of him and destroy the world rather than let Nanas save it.
  • Manhunt duology:
    • Manhunt: Lionel Starkweather is a rich man who creates snuff films for his own pleasure and profit. Using his fortune to acquire convicted death-row inmate James Earl Cash, Starkweather sets him loose in an urban jungle while hunted by gang members and corrupt law enforcement. Starkweather constantly ups the stakes by putting others in danger and has Cash's innocent family kidnapped to face almost-certain death (they all end up dying). Starkweather's prize fighter is an insane, naked man wearing a pig's head named Piggsy who has clearly lost his mind through what Starkweather has put him through. Starkweather's voice dogs the player throughout as the depraved millionaire positively revels in the horror and brutality he creates.
    • Manhunt 2:
      • Dr. Pickman is the head of the Project and the man responsible for their long list of atrocities. Once a scientist working for the government who had his research shut down for his willingness to torture people without remorse, Pickman continued to work illegally with the help of private funding and used human subjects in a series of sadistic experiments, including forcing a man to feed on corpses driving him crazy enough to commit suicide by hitting his head against the wall for almost an hour; reconditioning a man with various forms of torture and Mind Rape before offering him a victim to be killed; and engulfing a man in flames until his skin and nerves were permanently damaged, causing him to fall into a coma before death. Pickman dumps those who survive but are broken beyond repair at Dixmor Asylum, where they live in horrible conditions and are regularly abused by the staff, with some committing suicide to escape the suffering. Running a strip club as a front for the Project, Pickman recruits sexual deviants to "work" there for him in bringing victims to a torture dungeon and producing Snuff Films. Creating the Pickman Bridge, which would allow two personalities to co-exist within the same body, Pickman places the psychopathic Leo Kasper inside the mind of Daniel Lamb and feels indifferent when Leo goes on a killing spree, controlling the damage by erasing Daniel's past and condemning him to Dixmor Asylum for six years with other failed Pickman Bridge subjects.
      • The aforementioned Leo Kasper is a murder-obsessed government assassin implied to have been a patient afflicted with an acute case of antisocial personality disorder. After having his own personality placed inside the mind of Daniel Lamb by the Project, Leo takes the opportunity to cause as much death as possible and erase Daniel's past to assume total control over his body, starting by killing people close to him, including his best friend and his therapist; and committing a killing spree in his neighborhood which ended with the brutal death of his wife, stabbing her multiple times with a kitchen knife while laughing maniacally. Using a katana, Leo breaks into a TV station owned by the Project and slaughters more than twenty people inside, dismembering some of them and hanging one with a microphone. Despite his crimes, Leo maintains a façade of being Daniel's ally, instructing him into killing his enemies in the worst ways possible, just so he can see Daniel becoming a "sick fuck" like himself before he can destroy his personality. In a franchise filled with depraved and repugnant criminals, Leo manages to be one of the worst.
  • MapleStory:
    • Magnus the Betrayer is the power-hungry, megalomanical antagonist of the Nova storylines. Exiled years ago for abusing his powers, he sided with the Arch-Enemy of the Nova race and carried out an attack on Heliseum, killing many, including Cadena's family. His actions eventually required the previous Kaiser to step in, ending with him performing an unsuccessful Heroic Sacrifice, Magnus then taking the Nova's capital as well as their champion and protector in one fell swoop. He's shown to absolutely revel in his actions, taking pride in being a mass murderer and double-crosser, joining two different forces wishing to destroy the world only to gain abilities to cause more destruction in his path. Feared by the Nova, reviled by Kaiser and Angelic Buster, and hated by the Black Mage's commanders, Magnus never bothers showing any remorse or sympathy to whom he affects, and he enjoys every second of it.
    • Gelimer of the Black Wings stands out among the non-commander antagonists as a testament to low the Black Wings are capable of going; while originally perhaps well-meaning, he created a gas that would render whoever was exposed to it dead or a puppet of his to control, and fell down the slippery slope until he was recruited by Orchid. He proceeded to kidnap and roboticize Xenon, an innocent child, and possibly Beryl; created at least one Manchurian Agent out of his human test experiments; and turns against Orchid by using her brother, Lotus, to pilot a warship that would drop the gas he created all over the Maple World. Gelimer's complete lack of empathy and desire for a world without human emotion is portrayed as chillingly humorless compared to the other antagonists in the game, and he's serious about completing his ambition, no matter how many people have to suffer for it.
  • The Mark: Ilya Rakov is a son of a Russian billionaire and Arms Dealer, Aleksandr Rakov, who decided to take their business to the next level. Striking a deal with terrorists, Ilya starts a hunt after Steve and Sandy Fletcher, while transporting a terrorist's short-range missile closer to London on his ship. Planning to fire this missile at London, Rakov was furious when Austin Hawke and Steve Fletcher disable this missile and foiled his plans, abandoning his father to escape on a helicopter in the end.
  • Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death: Heng Long is an evil enterpriser who seeks world domination by gaining godlike powers from the substance Tiox Choq'ik. Planning to use his powers to cause the apocalypse, he builds plantations over numerous South American civilizations to harvest the hidden Mayan codices. When his translator Eva Torres tries to leave with her boyfriend, smokejumper Marlow Briggs, Long has Kim Carreras kill Marlow and force Eva to remain by his side. Not treating his henchmen any better, he jokes about their deaths, allows them to be possessed by evil spirits, and gleefully kills some for a ritual. Killing Kim after discovering her plans to betray him, Long laughs as the world slowly starts to crumble, and tries to kill Marlow when he arrives to save Eva.
  • Mary Skelter: Nightmares: Snark, the King of Nightmares, is the one responsible for nearly all the misery within the story. Prior to the main story, it was revealed that he used an Eldritch Abomination known as the Jail in his home planet to do his own bidding. Disguised as the benevolent leader of the Dawn, Professor Tohjima, he found the Blood Maidens and raised them so that he could manipulate them into fighting the monsters known as Marchens and destroy the Jail Cores to accelerate its maturity. It was also revealed that he experiments on an innocent Marchen only to be discarded so that it could be tortured by the Gate Guardian, Kadowaki Towa. In addition, he manipulates a religion, Order of the Sun, by poisoning its Divine Figure by feeding her a food that was produced by the Jail and massacring the followers with his Marchen in the bad ending so that he could get the ingredients for his own agenda. After the Professor revealed himself to be Snark, he discards all of the Dawn members and the Blood Maidens and regretted that he didn't kill them earlier. After the Jail completes its insemination process that produces a new core, Snark fuses himself. In the Golden Ending, he sacrifices all of the Marchens to it. Covering himself with a mask of benevolence and absent-mindedness in order to hide his true sociopathic nature, Snark manipulates all of the factions and the Jail itself so that he could become a god to recreate the world in his own image.
  • Mass Effect franchise:
    • Mass Effect 3: Henry Lawson is an egomaniacal Corrupt Corporate Executive and Mad Scientist obsessed with having a dynasty. To that end he creates Designer Babies based off of his DNA. Viewing them only as tools, he controls them their entire lives, molding them to meet his expectations, such as he did with Miranda. Should any of them be subpar, he kills them. When he appears, he's working with the Illusive Man in using the refugee camp, Sanctuary, as a front for gathering test subjects to study Reaper Indoctrination. Thousands of civilians are experimented on, including children, resulting in either their deaths or their being turned into husks. Unlike the rest of Cerberus, who are trying to help humanity, Lawson is only committing atrocities to save his own life and to have future generations idolize him. He's not even Indoctrinated like the rest, having found a way to overcome and control its effects. When he's cornered by Shepard, Henry uses his younger daughter, Oriana, as a Human Shield, and, depending upon the player's actions, he can end up killing either Oriana or Miranda.
    • Andromeda: The Archon of the Heleus Cluster is the commander of the kett forces waging war with the native angara, whom he's been slaughtering, enslaving and experimenting on for decades. The most disturbing crime the Archon facilitates is exaltation, a process where species are converted into new kett. Those who learn of it treat it as the worst form of genocide, breaking a person down and destroying everything they are in order to turn them into the same fanatical monsters they fought against. When races from the Milky Way appear in Andromeda, the Archon is excited about the prospect of a multitude of new races to exalt. To this end, he captures the Salarian Ark and begins running tests on them, such as harvesting their organs while they were still alive, or committing Cold-Blooded Torture on them for information. He eventually attempts to shoot down the ark and the thousands of Salarians within instead of allow them to escape. Obsessed with the Remnant technology known as Meridian, the Archon plans on using its immense terraforming capabilities to force entire races to surrender to exaltation, or else he'll use Meridian to murder their worlds. However, during the final fight, the Archon becomes so enraged at Ryder's efforts that he rescinds the offer entirely and just decides to commit galactic genocide out of petty spite. The Heleus Archon doesn't even have the excuse of just serving the kett empire like other Archons in other systems. His unsanctioned obsession with Remnant technology, and cutting off of communication back to his superiors, strongly imply that he's working only for his own advancement, and his right-hand-woman the Primus betrays him out of fear of what he's planning to do to their home. Even in a genocidal species that views all non-kett life as barely sapient, the Archon of Helius stands out as a monster among them.
  • Max Payne series:
    • First game: Nicole Horne is the ice-cold CEO of Aesir Corporation, using her resources and connections to perpetuate her atrocities. A former member of the Inner Circle who headed up Project Valhalla, Horne oversaw the creation of Valkyr, using innocent people as test subjects and driving them insane, notably siccing three of the drugged up victims onto the Payne household to murder Michelle Payne and her infant daughter after Michelle accidentally learned of the project—later mocking Max over their deaths and forcing him to relive their murders simply for cruelty. Continuing to experiment on tortured captives with Valkyr years after, Horne begins marketing Valkyr into the drug community of New York, using Angelo Punchinello as a figurehead to spread Valkyr far and wide, uncaring of the thousands of lives it claimed. Horne used Punchinello to carry out a variety of assassinations and crimes in her name, murdering the man when she lost use of him and later enacting "Operation Dead Eyes" to cover her tracks, entailing the wholesale slaughter of each and every one of her former partners, employees, and test subjects in Project Valhalla, as well as the entirety of the Inner Circle.
    • Max Payne 3: Victor Branco is an aspiring but Corrupt Politician of São Paulo, and a member of the wealthy Branco family. He is also the hidden leader of the UFE, a law enforcement group he uses for his own ends, and the Crachá Preto paramilitary death squad, and the mastermind behind the assassinations on his brothers—one by burning alive—and the abduction of his sister-in-law. He is motivated by control of the family fortune and gaining sympathy for the election. He recruits Max as a bodyguard but really plans on making Max a fall guy for his criminal enterprises, which includes a secret ring where the poor of Brazil are kidnapped, held hostage and are harvested for their organs for the black market organ trade.
  • Max Steel: Covert Missions: Dawn is an Evilutionary Biologist who believes that humankind has grown weak and needs to evolve under her guiding hand. Orchestrating the kidnapping of Jefferson Smith, Dawn performs a variety of experiments on people to turn them into monstrous, zombie-like abominations that she seeks to transform all of humanity into, leaving her experiments and own soldiers to die when she flees Max Steel and sets her base to self-destruct. Dawn first tries to launch a missile to wipe out an entire city and transform its population into her zombies, then reveals her newest plan to use a gaseous dispersal plan with an air blimp, hoping to move from city to city until every human is a writhing, twisted creature bent to her will.
  • Maximo: Ghosts to Glory & Maximo vs. Army of Zin: Evil King Achille was originally King Maximo's trusted advisor, but betrayed him in his quest of power. He usurps the throne and forces Maximo's betrothed Sophia to marry him, and raises the dead for his army. He then traps human souls in collectors that are transmitted to him. When Maximo returns, Achille promptly kills him. He also has a general tortured to death for failure and murders the witch Sephonie. Returning as a ghost under the guise of Lord Bane, he takes over the titular army of murderous robots, powers them with stolen souls from the Underworld and sends them all over the land where they target lots of innocent bystanders-over 80 in all. The Zin later attempt to destroy a village and invade the land of Hawkmoor. Lord Bane forces the gearmaster Tinker to create a more powerful model of Zin, then plots to have her killed by her own creations. Stopped by Maximo as he was about to kill the Baron Hawkmoor and his wife, Achille murders Tinker in a last act of cruelty.
  • Medal of Honor series:
    • European Assault: Graf von Schrader is a high-ranking Nazi officer who was behind the project of developing the upgrades to Nazi weaponry and technology, as well as the creation of new weapons. Spreading his henchmen across Europe, Schrader has them develop and use new Nazi technology against the Allies, killing many innocent people. As Lieutenant William Holt tracks him down, Schrader creates an atomic dirty bomb, called "Virus House", which he planes to drop on London, which would kill thousands of people. When American forces attacked his facility, Schrader activates the bomb, trying to take down all American troops along with him, while never caring about the fact that all his men will die as well.
    • Warfighter: The Cleric, the leader of several terrorist factions in the Middle East, is in reality Hassan Rasheed, a wealthy Arab banker from Dubai. Convincing hundreds of people to follow his cause of "fighting the Eagle", The Cleric trains them and sends them to commit various terrorist acts, like taking half a dozen people hostage and trying to kill them and the soldiers who arrive to save them. Discovering a powerful bomb, called PETN, Hassan sends several suicide bombers to various train stations to blow themselves up and kill countless innocent people. When Task Force discovers his base of operations and attacks it, Hassan sets his building on fire, along with all his men inside, and tries to blow himself up, hoping to take down the US soldiers with him.
  • The Messenger (2018): The Demon King is the Big Bad and the brutal ruler of the demons. Arriving in the human world from another dimension, the Demon King leads the demons to slaughter the entire Sky Giant civilization before launching attacks against the human civilization. When the leader of the remaining humans, the Phantom, tries to kill the Demon King in revenge, the Demon King, out of anger and pettiness, places a curse on humanity. He turns the Phantom's music box into a tether to the human realm that would enable the demons to return to the human realm. Every 500 years, the Demon King would lead attacks on the remaining population, slaughtering as many humans as possible and repeating the process until the humans surrendered to extinction. In addition, he would force the Phantom to wear a mask that would drive him to insanity and seal him into the music box so that he would be forced to keep the curse alive.
  • Metal Wolf Chaos: Vice President Richard Hawk ousts the heroic Michael Wilson from office, proceeding to turn the US into a military dictatorship under his control. Using prisoners of war as shields, Richard proceeds to order them gunned down while also attacking American cities in an attempt to kill Michael, now piloting the mechanical armor known as Metal Wolf. Richard reinstitutes slave labor, selling people in Miami into white slavery, and attempts to frame Metal Wolf by using poison gas to wipe out Chicago before also using a giant mech to try to wipe out New York. When Michael defeats him, Richard attempts to flee to space, where he has prepared the Ultimate Weapon to wipe out all of the United States out of spite at his loss.
  • Metro franchise:
    • Last Light: General Czeslav Korbut, the second-in-command and de facto leader of the Red Line, aims to conquer the entire Metro. As the head of intelligence, he uses his skills to manipulate his superior, Maxim, into poisoning his brother and political rival, and then blackmails Maxim with this information so he could have more control over the Red Line. Seeking to wipe out most of Metro's population with chemical weapons or domesticated Dark Ones, he interrogates Artyom and plans on executing him after gathering enough information on a surviving Dark One. Continuously losing battles to the Rangers, he attacks a peaceful station with a bio-weapon, killing every civilian inside, just to disrupt their alliances. Invading the Rangers' headquarters, he mocks one for having lost his legs and compares himself to Xerxes. A megalomaniac with no limits to his actions, he was proof that not all monsters were affected by radiation.
    • Exodus: The Doctor (or Minister) is the leader of the "Ark" of Yamantau, a group of sadistic cannibals who lure in unsuspecting people to be killed and eaten. The Ark group has killed countless innocent men, women and children alike, as seen by the many corpses, disembodied limbs, and flayed skin seen around their bunker. The Doctor himself is a smug sadist who enjoys hurting people, and plans to torture Anna to death unless Artyom tells the rest of his defenseless group to come to the Ark so the cannibals can kill them all. Despite having every opportunity to leave the bunker and ally with other survivors, the Doctor has his group stay in the Yamantau bunker and enjoying their mass murdering and cannibalistic ways simply because it is the most convenient.
  • Metroid Prime series:
    • Dark Samus, the psychotic-yet-cunning Arc Villain of the main trilogy, is a recurring boss in the second game and the Big Bad in the third. Starting off as the titular Metroid Prime in the first game, a Metroid vastly mutated by the substance Phazon, it is defeated by Samus Aran and apparently killed. But it uses one of her suits and DNA to reconstruct itself in her form with sentience. Now known as Dark Samus, she travels to the planet Aether to consume the Phazon on the planet and physically stabilize herself. She raids a Space Pirate colony on the planet and kills those in her way, and when Samus arrives on the planet, she tries to have her killed at every given opportunity. Defeated and left for dead in a collapsing dimension, she still survives and reforms in a Space Pirate ship, killing a third of the crew and forcing the rest under her control. She raids the G.F.S. Valhalla, kills its entire crew, and steals Aurora Unit 313 to control Phazon and the planet Phaaze. She infects three planets with Phazon and almost infects a fourth, only stopped by Samus and three other bounty hunters. Dark Samus takes the opportunity to plant Phazon seeds inside the four of them, leading to the corruption and deaths the other three. Samus herself almost succumbs to corruption while trying to defeat Dark Samus.
    • Metroid Prime: Hunters: Gorea, the Big Bad of this Gaiden Game, is a formless, ancient alien that millennia ago crashed on Alinos within the Alimbic Cluster. In the form of a perverse imitation of the Alimbics themselves, Gorea sets about massacring the entire race to drain their life energy and empower itself, scouring entire planets of life, turning the Alimbics' own weaponry against them, and devastating the Cluster. Fully intending on continuing its rampage to the rest of the galaxy for the sole sake of power, Gorea's actions wipe out the Alimbics before it's finally sealed away in the Oubliette. Craving freedom, Gorea initiates the entire plot of the game by tempting bounty hunters into the ruins of the Alimbic Cluster towards its seal—and, upon breaking out, drains the power out of all the other bounty hunters before turning its attention to Samus Aran.
  • Mimana Iyar Chronicle: Heidar attacked Crais's village and killed all the inhabitants, including Crais's family. Before killing Crais's child sister Coral, he mocks her for the fact that her brother is not there to protect her. In the present, Heidar seeks the seven gems that will unlock the sacred water temple and allow him to summon the water dragon to destroy the world. When Otto and his group go searching for one of the gems, Heidar kills them all. When he encounters Crais, he shames him by telling him that he should have been there to protect his sister. After his defeat, his last act before dying is to release the water dragon to destroy the Earth.
  • Mission: Impossible—Operation Surma: Simon Algo is the tyrannical and psychopathic president of Ugaria. Gaining power in a coup d’état with biological weapons, and the program Ice Worm, Algo aims to use the latter to gain access to Ugaria's nuclear codes and proceed on a campaign of conquest within the Balkans. Having Colonel Vasyl Berkut assassinate an informant to prevent his schemes from being discovered, Algo also orders Yang Ho to destroy the Los Muertos Research Facility to hide the visit, which would have killed hundreds of innocent civilians. When Sofia Ivanescu, the creator of Ice Worm, questions Algo's motives, Algo has Berkut disguise Ugarian Secret Service members as Russian mobsters to intimidate her to give up the nuclear codes. When Sofia joins forces with the IMF and Ethan Hunt, it is revealed that Sofia's father was arrested by Algo to create biological weapons and his death was faked to lure Sofia to his side. Upon killing Berkut, Algo taunts Hunt over how much of a failure his operation is, and gloats that he will kill Sofia due to her turning on him, despite the instrumental role she played in his rise to power. A seemingly-polite official, Algo is a man who only cares about a desire for power and violence, absolutely regardless of the blood that is spilled.
  • Modern Combat series:
    • Dobrynya Popovich first appears in the second game, "Black Pegasus", and is the Big Bad of "Fallen Nation", the third game. Originally just a low-ranking officer for a terrorist organization, Popovich used his position to organize numerous terrorist attacks and sentence numerous American soldiers to be brutally tortured for information. Founding the KPR (Korean, Pakistan, Russian) Alliance, Popovich kick-starts Operation Fallen Nation, a full-scale invasion of American soil by the KPR, by setting off WMDs in numerous highly-populated cities. Next beginning to lay siege to many American cities, killing tens of thousands of innocents across the country, Popovich simultaneously captured and tortures numerous U.S. military agents. After failing to wipe out America's entire Western seaboard, Popovich reveals his plans to launch several nuclear weapons at America, hoping to kill countless millions and reduce America to a ravaged wasteland. When confronted by Magnus Downs, a soldier he once sentenced to torture years back, Popovich gleefully reminisces about Downs's torture before attempting to beat him to death, proclaiming that he will target Downs's hometown next, while expressing his annoyance at not having more time to skin Downs alive.
    • "The Zealot", Edward Page, is an absolutely deranged madman convinced that America is a cesspool of filth and elitist "pigs", and is determined to wipe it off the face of the Earth no matter the cost. Once a Green Beret, Page turned on America and became a terrorist, having a huge part in Operation Fallen Nation, using his forces to back the KPR's evil plans to siege America. Taking center stage in the fourth game, "Zero Hour", as the main threat, Page kicks the game off by slaughtering his way into Seattle's War Crimes Investigation Building, soon after which he massacres a huge party hosted for the President of the United States before kidnapping the President himself. Having absolute indifference toward his own troops, Page leaves them to die, blows several up to stall enemy forces, and even threatens one of his hesitant partners by promising to show up at his young daughter's birthday party with a blowtorch. Page's horrifying final plan is revealed to entail unleashing a lethal plague onto the planet that will kill upwards of 4 billion innocents as part of Page's plan to "cleanse" the entire planet, and, even when beaten, Page uses his last breaths to gun down as many American soldiers as possible.
  • Murdered: Soul Suspect: Abigail Williams, the real Big Bad, defines hypocrisy in its cruelest, nastiest nature. During the Salem Witch Trials, her vendetta against witches motivates her to falsely report multiple women as witches leading to their execution. Abigail swears vengeance on all “Witches” that set foot in Salem and blames witches for her execution. Thereafter, as the Bell Killer, Abigail uses witchcraft to manipulate people into murdering young women through the same methods Salemites used to execute witches. This is demonstrated when she manipulates Rex Reyes into shooting Ronan to death after the latter is brainwashed into killing Sophia. As her pursuit of Iris Campbell demonstrates, Abigail is willing to do anything to kill her targets, from burning her sister at the stake to indiscriminately killing innocents inside a church. When she reveals to Ronan that she’s the Bell Killer, she opens a portal to hell in an attempt to kill the detective’s spirit once and for all.
  • Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden: High Priestess Plutonia is the leader of the Nova Sect, which consists of intelligent ghouls who want to destroy the world under the pretense of cleansing it of evil. In order to destroy the remnants of human civilization known as the Ark and the rest of the Zone, she kidnaps and mentally tortures a scientist from the Ark known as Hammon in order to get the sacred numbers that can launch the nuclear weapon that could obliterate the Zone.
  • The Myst series has mass-murderer Sirrus. As his brother Achenar felt remorse for his actions and does a Heel–Face Turn and Heroic Sacrifice in Myst IV: Revelation, Sirrus not only seems to have no regrets but commits additional atrocities: kidnapping his own sister, taunting her about how he plans to suck her soul out of her body before doing a Grand Theft Me, and then holding her soul captive if the player manages to get his soul out of her body. He taunts her about how he plans on murdering both her and their parents, and in the bad endings where the player loses, he murders his brother and the player.
  • The Mystery Files of Detective Inaba: Nagito Akashi, revealed to be the jovial and friendly chef Toa Nakagishi, was behind almost all the bad things that happened in the first game. Teaming up with his brother, he kills all of the guests that his brother brought so that he could write about his experiences in the novels that filled his bookshelves. In the present day when two guys—the carpenter and the novelist—killed each other in a locked room, Nagito then took one of the weapons and then left it in Sogo Inaba's room in hopes of framing him. When the former got cornered, he then attempts to kill the remaining survivors to finish his masterpiece. In one of the endings when Sogo fails to save his assistant from accidental murder, Nagito then mocks Sogo about it, claiming that it was a great twist for his own book.
  • The Mystery of the Druids:
    • Druid Serstan is the tyrannical leader of the Druids. Having murdered his family and household, Serstan, knowing that the era of the Druids of Britain was coming to an end, sought out a spell to grant his five children Druid powers to carry out his scheme of Druid control over the earth, burning his entire Druid brethren to complete the ritual. After Detective Brent Halligan and Melanie Turner arrive in his time period, Serstan has Druid Maglor killed for helping take him down, and threatens Melanie with death should Halligan not give him the items required for the ritual.
    • Lord Sinclair, one of Serstan's five sons, is the leader of the Circle who seeks to carry out Serstan's plan to take over the world. Having been granted the power of the Druids, Sinclair partook in ritualistic cannibalism to make himself immortal and stronger, having done so for centuries. When Halligan arrives at his mansion, Sinclair has him captured to be later used as a sacrifice, brainwashing him into joining the Circle after he escapes, and later kills Mr. Blake for assisting Halligan and Melanie.
  • Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2: Genshō Ryūdōin, with the help of his Co-Dragons and brothers Jakō and Rokkaku, attacked and destroyed a village in the Valley of Evil in order to unseal the Spirit Beast, a giant catfish-like demon with enormous power. Genshō plans to use the Beast to destroy worthless nations and their peoples so he could rule the world. Unsealing the Beast also unleashed its evil spirits, which can make a person aggressive and obsessed with attacking other people until their deaths. When Jakō tells him the evil spirits will reach Konoha before the Beast is fully revived, Genshō smilingly replies that he can't wait for that to happens. The evil spirits eventually reached Hidden Sand Village and Konoha, corrupting their inhabitants. After Genshō absorbed the power of the Beast, he thanks Jakō for buying him some time by killing him. He then forces Naruto to watch him killing his friends by slowly draining their strength.
  • Nightcry: Vigo Boradsov, owner of the cruise ship, is in truth the leader of the cult and the organizing of all the game's horror. Summoning the Scissorwalker to massacre everyone on the ship, it is further revealed that the Scissorwalker is Vigo's own daughter who he molested and later turned into a demonic slave to facilitate the sacrifices the cult needed. Vigo calmly throws away the lives of his own servants if need be, and at the game's end, it is seen he has killed more innocents, with no remorse for the lives he's taken or the monster he has turned his daughter into as long as he benefits.
  • Nightmare Creatures: The evil Adam Crowley is a Mad Scientist who experiments horrifically on the living and dead alike to create the titular Nightmare Creatures. Unleashing them on London to drown the city in blood, Crowley gleefully arranges the deaths of many innocents as he is pursued by the heroes. At the end, Crowley even sets the London fire of 1834 declaring that London should be consumed by the flames of hell themselves, uncaring of any innocent life as long as he reaches the knowledge and power that he craves.
  • Ni GHTS Into Dreams: Wizeman the Wicked Was Once a Man who visited the dream world; however, he turned himself into something far worse. Fancying himself as a god, he ruled over Nightmare with an iron fist. When one of his top henchmen, the titular NiGHTS, betrays him and tries to fight back, he traps them in a strange, gazebo-like place, before they are eventually rescued. When his minions fail to defeat NiGHTS, he punishes them with cruel methods, such as crushing them in the palm of his hands, sending them falling to oblivion, or simply verbally abusing them throughout the games. His worst act comes in Journey into Dreams, when he traps several visitors in an And I Must Scream state, leaving their consciousness in a never-ending nightmare, and in the waking world, trapping them in a permanent coma. Being perhaps the poster boy of Vile Villain, Saccharine Show, Wizeman might just be one of the worst villains Sonic Team has produced.
  • Ninja Gaiden franchise:
    • Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom: H.P. Clancy is an assistant to CIA agent A. Foster and the hidden true villain of the game. After hero Ryu Hayabusa slew the evil wizard Jaquio and a demon he summoned, the demon's destruction created a portal to another dimension that is releasing energy. Foster takes over what is left of Jaquio's fortress in the Amazon and renames it Castle Rock Fortress. Clancy and Foster begin to use the other-dimensional energy to perform experiments, setting up a lab to create nightmarish creatures called Bio-Noids. When Ryu's girlfriend, CIA agent Irene Lew, was investigating the lab, Clancy has a Bio-Noid that looks like Ryu seemingly kills Irene and then frames Ryu for her murder. After Ryu investigates the lab, Clancy approaches him and appears friendly, directing him to go to the Castle Rock Fortress, saying he cannot condone Foster's experiments. When Ryu confronts Foster, Clancy reveals his true intentions, he will go into the dimensional portal and claim the energy for himself. When Ryu later confronts Clancy in the portal, Clancy reveals his master plan to use an ancient alien warship to destroy humanity and replace them with Bio-Noid creatures.
    • Team Ninja series:
      • Ninja Gaiden Black: Murai stands out as a truly horrible individual. Once part of the Hayabusa Clan, Murai defected from the group and plotted their demise. Being a neutral ally of the Hayabusas, Murai used his position and knowledge to sell them out to Emperor Vigoor under the guise of the Dark Disciple while luring away his nephew, hero Ryu Hayabusa, during the scheduled invasion. With the Hayabusa Clan decimated and their ancient artifact, the Dragon Blade, in the hands a vengeful Ryu, Murai sends him out to hunt after Vigoor to get revenge. This is actually so Ryu would increase the power of the Dragon Blade through the blood of Emperor Vigoor's forces. He and his servant Gamov then kept watch and helped increase the number of demons so it would fuel the Dragon Blade, despite the collateral damage it would leave. After Emperor Vigoor is killed by Ryu as Murai expected, Murai reveals himself as the true villain and steals the sword away from Ryu, and backstabs his loyal servant Gamov. He then tries to kill off Ryu and intends to take control of the world with the sword. Manipulative and traitorous, Murai would betray and slaughter anyone for power.
      • Ninja Gaiden 3: Clifford "Cliff" Higgins at first seems like a helpful scientist working for the Japanese Defense Force. However, Cliff is really working for the Lords of Alchemy, a group that wants to destroy the human race and replace it with new "perfect" god-like beings; he is also the grandson of the head of the LOA. When Cliff's brother Theodore opposed Cliff's plans, Cliff had him killed in an accident. Cliff later decides to bring his brother back to life, brainwashes him and turns him into a terrorist. While under Cliff's control, Theodore launches a terrorist attack on London and murders the British Prime Minister. Cliff's plans come to a head when he uses his technology and hero Ryu Hayabusa's Dragon Sword, to turn Canna, his own niece, into an Eldritch Abomination called the Goddess. The Goddess then proceeds to go on a rampage across Tokyo, and will eventually destroy the entire human race. Later, after a fight with Ryu and a fatal injury at the hands of his brother, Cliff admits he did all this because he was jealous of his brother and wanted to step out from under his shadow, any way he could.
      • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z spinoff: Alarico del Gonzo is the holographic head of Forge Industries, and the one responsible for the zombie outbreak. Discovering an underground space lobster, he decided to harvest the chemical Substance 72 from it in order to cure his disease and become a God-like figure, unleashing the chemical onto Soviet soil once he hears of Ryu Hayabusa coming to stop him. Doing so causes everyone in Russia to become a zombie, with del Gonzo using them to distract Ryu. Resurrecting Yaiba Kamikaze as a cyborg, he has him hunt down Ryu so that he can activate Yaiba's killswitch to detonate the two ninjas, killing some of his men in a fit of rage once that fails.
  • Nioh:
    • Sir John Dee is the mastermind of the Amrita project, aiming to raise England to dominate the world with himself as its true puppet-ruler from the shadows. He creates Edward Kelley as a sapient, disposable weapon, and sends the necromancer to Japan with the intent of annihilating everything he can and killing countless people to harvest Amrita with the knowledge he can just create a new Kelley if the need arises. Dee has those involved in the first stage of the Amrita project tortured to death en masse, and also has others abducted and brutally experimented on in order to create new demons in order to harvest more Amrita.
    • The aforementioned Edward Kelley, a ruthless sorcerer seeking to gather the mystical energy Amrita for his masters, kidnaps William Adams's guardian spirit Saoirse and uses her to locate Japan, where he makes an already bloody civil war even worse. Lending his aid to the Toyotomi forces, Kelley also increases the presence of monstrous Oni and other Youkai, and attempts to undo a seal to allow monsters to ravage all of Kyoto. After being foiled, Kelley uses his magic at the Battle of Sekigahara to painfully fuse 300 soldiers into a new monstrosity and backstabs the Toyotomi army leader Ishida Mitsunari to use him to buy time while Kelley attempts to raise Oda Nobunaga, Japan's most fearsome warlord, from the dead and have him plunge the nation into a new era of war. While a servant of the aforementioned Sir John Dee, Kelley is ruthless, cruel and utterly delights in the slaughter he initiates.
  • Octopath Traveler: Of the many villains inhabiting the eight tales of Bravely Default's Spiritual Successor, these are the worst:
    • Lyblac, daughter of the thirteenth god Galdera, is the architect of every single misfortune in the game in her bid to open up the Gate of Finis and hand the world over to Galdera for the subsequent annihilation of all humanity. For a full century, Lyblac deceives and manipulates everyone around her, causing the fall of both Matthias and Yvon to lives of evil and murder for the purposes of her plans while implicitly having Geoffrey Lockhart murdered by the Obsidians to cover up the Gate of Finis. Lyblac, dealing with the corrupt sellsword Werner, also set in motion the events that led to the fall of Hornburg, destroying an kingdom full of lives to take control of the Gate. Finally, Lyblac attempts to use those of the Crossford lineage in her attempt to have him bear Galdera's essence, slowly reducing Graham of them to a tortured monster as the consequence for escaping her and simply opting to use his son Kit as her next choice for the vessel. Lyblac is described as a lethal poison by her own uneasy allies, a witch truly worthy of the epitaph "Daughter of the Dark God."
    • Lucia, the Big Bad of Cyrus Albright's path, is an ambitious scholar who seeks and values ultimate knowledge of the world, even over the lives of humanity. Allying with the aforementioned Lyblac in corrupting Headmaster Yvon into evil, Lucia then commissions the amoral sorcerer Gideon to perform dozens of horrifying blood experiments on innocents, resulting in their agonizing deaths, to perfect a working blood crystal. After orchestrating Yvon's death, Lucia reveals her plans to harness immortality and then spend years amassing all knowledge that humans are unaware of—-such as cures to illnesses or things that would help humanity progress-—then horde and keep them all for herself, just for the pride of being the smartest entity on the planet.
    • Werner, the Big Bad of Olberic Eisenberg's path, was once a mere sellsword with lofty ambitions before he was given a chance to realize his dreams by Lyblac, at the cost of the entire kingdom of Hornburg—a price Werner considered worth paying. Werner wins his trust with the local people of Hornburg by arranging bandit attacks on border villages and beating them back with his own warriors, the Black Brotherhood, before integrating within Hornburg's own royalty and arranging the assassination of the king and his personal guard. The fallout destroys countless innocent lives and annihilates the entire kingdom, while Werner walked away from the ashes a rich man. When Olberic, one of Hornburg's last soldiers, finally tracks him down, Werner's set himself up as the despotic ruler of Riverford, regularly having innocent people burned alive on trumped-up charges or solely as a means to curb rebellion. When Werner tracks down the resistance, Werner proceeds to have them all massacred while murdering his own men when they refuse to fight the much-stronger Olberic, even pridefully gutting himself in front of Olberic at the end rather than admit his guilt in destroying thousands for self-gain.
    • Helgenish, from the first chapter of Primrose Azelhart's path, is bar none the most repulsive Starter Villain in the game. A depraved, obese tavern-keeper who employs several exotic dancers to entertain his guests, Helgenish brutalizes and demeans the women under his care while beating any who try and fight back to near-death, leaving them in the gutter to die. Helgenish favors Primrose herself, raping and abusing her to assert his control of her, and when Primrose defies his orders with the help of her only friend Yusufa, Helgenish has Yusufa brutally tortured. When Primrose comes back, Helgenish murders Yusufa right in front of Primrose's eyes, hysterically mocking her tearful last words and noting "if she'd shown that kind of potential earlier, maybe I would have kept her on longer!"
    • Rufus, the left hand of the Crow Men, is one of the leaders of the Obsidians, involved in the murder of Primrose's father while maintaining the Obsidians' various connections in the present. When Primrose tracks Rufus down, he's maintaining the Obsidian Parlor, a whorehouse specializing in unwilling prostitutes Rufus hands out to the whims of powerful and depraved men for a profit while keeping a personal harem himself. Rufus is seen giving a woman to serve the incestuous desires of a priest in his service as just one example of the many lives he's ruined to the services of the Obsidian Parlor, while mocking Primrose even to his last breath.
    • Simeon the "Puppet Master" is the head of the Crow Men, the master of the Obsidians, and the bane of Primrose's existence. As master of his "Wings", Simeon has a hand in all forms of mass murder, assassinations, and human trafficking, all while eliminating anyone who could stand up to his organization's rule, notably murdering Primrose's father with his own hands. A complete psychopath who gets the most joy out of life by hurting and tormenting others, Simeon takes sick glee in befriending Primrose and developing a romance with her, only to stab her, make her watch a play of Simon's own production showcasing the tragedies and traumas of her life that ends with her and Simeon in a "happily ever after", then make a final attempt on her life, never ceasing his vicious mockery and proclamations of his desire to see her die screaming in despair.
  • Odin Sphere: General Brigan is a general serving under Demon Lord Odin as his chief vassal. Known for his hedonism and cruelty, Brigan is also a Glory Hound who employs suicidal tactics, killing one of his soldiers for daring to speaking out against him. One such instance led to the death of Princess Griselda, in which he callously comments to her grieving sister Gwendolyn that Griselda's death was her own fault. Capturing the forest witch Velvet, Brigan discovers that Velvet is the illegitimate child of Odin and the princess of an enemy nation. Hoping to usurp the throne for himself with this knowledge, Brigan plans to execute her and reveal to the people how not only did Odin have a child with the enemy, but also sent his own daughter to his death. Killed by Gwendolyn for his treachery, Brigan's spirit possesses Odin's body, taking control over the whole kingdom. Confronted by Gwendolyn again, Brigan openly lusts after Gwendolyn and vows to make her his plaything. Even in death, Brigan is an egomaniac and depraved brute who sacrifices others in pursuit of his own pleasures.
  • Of Orcs and Men:
    • Emperor Damocles is the ruler of the Iserian continent. Desiring to have the people united as one, Damocles cajoled the public into following his ruling as he saw fit. When he tried to expand his empire south and discovered resistant orcs who wouldn't give up their land, Damocles had his empire besiege their villages, and ultimately began a genocide against all Greenskins. In the decades to come, millions were slaughtered, thousands of orcs were enslaved, and hundreds more were assimilated into Damocles's empire. Anyone who opposed Damocles's ruling, regardless of what race they were, was either arrested and tortured in various dungeons, or publicly executed. Upon realizing that a resistance was forming consisting of humans and Greenskins alike, Damocles tried to ally himself with the dwarves and elves all so he could use their combined power to crush the Greenskins for good.
    • Lord Barimen is Emperor Damocles's traitorous assistant. Plotting to take over as Emperor himself, Barimen manipulated the Resistance into infiltrating the Emperor's lair so they could assassinate him. After Arkail succeeds in killing the Emperor, Barimen immediately turns on him and uses the Emperor's murder to solidify his alliance with the elves and dwarves. He then smugly informs Arkail that he'll be publicly executed for his crimes, and that all the remaining Greenskins and their allies will be hunted down and slaughtered. When cornered by Arkail and Styx later on, Barimen desperately tries to cajole Arkail into sparing his life by saying he can reverse everything he's done, despite knowing full well his actions have cemented that the war against the Greenskins is going to continue.
    • Styx: Shards of Darkness prequel: High Priestess Lyssril is the leader of the dark elven city of Korrangar. Longing to maintain her power over the dark elves, Lyssril and her forces began to kidnap and kill thousands of goblins so they could turn their remains into Amber. With the power of Amber, Lyssril was able to control the entire population of the city, and manipulated the elves into becoming fanatical slaves. Seeking more allies, Lyssril began to sell Quartz to surrounding nations so the other nations would be able to capture and deliver more goblins to her and fuel her amber distribution. When Styx and Djarak destroy her operations and manipulate a conflict between the dark elves and the dwarves, Lyssril abandons Korrangar so she can save her own hide before the dwarves attack.
  • Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad: Lady Himiko note  is a centuries-old scientist and the head of the Organization, a company that kidnaps people with Baneful Blood to perform experiments on. Kidnapping various men—including Anna's brother—she injects them with the Blood to make them her obedient, indestructible aides. Desiring to gain eternal youth by drinking Saki's Blood, she unleashes an army of zombies upon Tokyo, sending out Misery and her indestructible aides to collect whatever Blood remains. After drinking the Blood, she plans to rule the world and wipe out the entire Baneful Blood bloodline until she's the only survivor.
  • Oni: Muro Hasegawa is the leader of the Syndicate, and Konoko's evil brother. Kidnapped by the Syndicate as a child to be used as a weapon, Muro killed and usurped enough people from within to become the Syndicate's new leader. Exploiting his father's wishes of evolution, Muro plans to leak the outside world's toxic fumes into the atmosphere, forcing anyone who wishes to survive his apocalypse to sell their loyalty to him for Chrysalis, all as a way to establish control over the world. Planting a brain-powered explosive that would have killed anybody within a 50-mile radius, he escapes to an airport, ordering his men to massacre everyone inside as a way to distract TCTF. He later orders a break-in at TCTD headquarters that results in the capture of Shinatama, who Muro tortures to near death for fun. Trying to kill Konoko after she refuses to join him, Muro still succeeds in wiping out a majority of humanity even after his death.
  • Onimusha series:
    • Fortinbras, God of Light, from Dawn of Dreams and possibly the first game, was born out of the primordial chaos as the first God, and sired the Genma race, making them to be malevolently evil beings without an iota of compassion. Fortinbras then created the human race but designated them to be food for the monstrous Genma, with their souls devoured to further empower the beasts. Also a cruel manipulator, Fortinbras made deals with humans power-hungry enough to sell their souls to him and handed out contracts to countless conquerors throughout history, whom Fortinbras viewed as his own disposable pawns. A megalomaniac mad with power, Fortinbras enables countless atrocities, as seen in his empowering of Oda Nobunaga and the nature of one of his creations, Guildenstern, hellbent on keeping all of humanity as nothing but slaves at best or food and victims for the Genma at worst.
    • In life, the aforementioned Oda Nobunaga was a brutal warlord. After his death and resurrection, he becomes far worse. Planning to achieve immortality by drinking an innocent princess's blood, Nobunaga, who serves as the Big Bad for the first three games, soon becomes the king of all demons to replace the then-dead Demon King Fortinbras. Leading his forces, Nobunaga embarks on a vicious campaign through Japan, slaughtering civilians. Nobunaga also wipes out the Yagyu village, leaving only one survivor. Stopping at nothing to dominate all Japan, Nobunaga is a stark reminder that humans can be just as evil as any demon.
    • Guildenstern, also from the first three games—only mentioned in the second—the Mad Scientist of the Genma and Nobunaga's right-hand demon, is a monster who enjoys the taste of organs and crafting new monsters to extend the power of the Genma. Guildenstern is the one to transform and resurrect Nobunaga and to facilitate the destruction his forces cause. In the third game, Guildenstern opens a rift to modern-day Paris and leads the Genma forces to slaughter everything they find. When he is found by Samanosuke in Paris, Guildenstern is even shown about to devour the organs of a child, stating he just loves how delicious and soft children are.
  • The Order: 1886: Jacob van Neck, better known as Lord Hastings, is the head of the United India Company and revealed to be a Master Vampire, as well as the source of the "half-breed"—lycans and vampires—attacks in London that have claimed many lives. Using United India as a front for his operations, Hastings organizes the lycans into an army, having them launch attacks that kill and infect humans, mostly those of lower class, sowing chaos so that he can operate behind the scenes. Hastings uses his public status to use the Order itself to protect him from retaliation of the Rebellion and to help crush the rebels. When the knight Galahad discovers the truth, he learns Hastings is sending half-breeds all over the world, and is sending vampires to America, enough to conquer an entire city. Hastings soon casually reveals himself to Galahad as the infamous Serial Killer Jack the Ripper, before framing him for betraying the Order to get him killed. In contrast to his sympathetic and well-intentioned partner, Alastair, Hastings's only apparent motives are power and enjoyment.
  • Outlast: Jeremy Blaire is the Executive Vice President of the Murkoff Corporation and the man in charge of Mount Massive Asylum. On Blaire's orders, the patients, many who came seeking genuine mental help, are psychologically tortured to the point of insanity to be used as test subjects in the Morphogenic Engine. While most inevitably die, a marginal few were successful enough to serve as hosts of the Walrider, which Murkoff sought to use as a weapon. Despite the catastrophic effect the process has on women, Blaire also sought to use them as test subjects to increase profits. He is also shown to be willing to use potential leaks such as Waylon Park as test subjects to silence them. During the events of the game, Blaire does everything in his power to ensure no one escapes the asylum alive except for himself to ensure that he and his fellow executives can escape justice. Never shown to be insane like Trager or regretful like Wernicke, Jeremy Blaire can be held responsible for every atrocity and act of horror committed and all to satisfy his insatiable greed.
  • Owlboy: Captain Molstrom is an automaton originally created by the Ancient Owls as a war machine. After the owls inadvertently caused the world’s continents to lift off the planet’s surface and subsequently vanished, Molstrom took control of the other automatons who were left behind, exterminating any who didn’t agree to follow him. In the present, Molstrom is the brutal leader of the Pirates, the remaining automatons who are loyal to him. After retrieving the first of three relics created by the owls, he uses its power to decimate the large capital city of Advent, leaving only a few survivors. When he possesses all three relics, he plots a course to the remaining settlements, which he plans to destroy as well. After getting betrayed by Solus, the young owl who told him of the relics, Molstrom seeks revenge, and even after learning that Solus wanted to use the relics to stop the continents from floating off into space, he makes it clear that he doesn’t care and tries to prevent the heroes from saving the world from destruction.
  • Parasite Eve series:
    • Parasite Eve:
      • Mitochondria Eve-2 is a sadistic collection of sentient mitochondria who formed into a singular, powerful figure. Having materialized in Maya Brea's kidney after being transplanted into actress Melissa Pearce, she later takes over her body by killing competing mitochondria and attaching to her cells. She plans to us Melissa to give birth to the Ultimate Being, a lifeform far more powerful than her with the power to instantly destroy humankind. Taking complete control over Melissa's body during an opera performance, she causes everyone's cells to burn up and combust. Knowing that Aya Brea is after her, she uses her powers to turn animals, both alive and undead, into vicious monsters to kill her. Working with Hans Klamp, she has him create special sperm to help her give birth, later having him gather up a group of people—including Daniel's ex-wife and son (though he ends up escaping)—to Central Park, where she melts them into a slime and has it hide in the sewers to later serve as her uterus. Having made Manhattan a complete ghost town due to her actions causing a widespread evacuation, she later raids the police station, having her mutated animals murder and injure the surviving cops. Obtaining a sample of Klamp's mitochondria-free sperm, she later gives birth to the Ultimate Being, tempting Aya to join her in her cause before trying to kill her after she refuses.
      • The aforementioned Hans Klamp is an anti-social misanthrope working with Eve-2 on her plan to eradicate humanity and allow mitochondria to take over, seeing them as superior to humans. As a teenage intern at St. Francis Hospital, he transplanted Maya Brea's kidney and cornea into Melissa and Aya before getting fired over selling patient records. Partnering with Eve-2, he removes mitochondria from his own sperm to allow Eve-2 to easily give birth to the Ultimate Being, prideful to be involved in its creation. He later invites people on an HLA list to a play in Central Park, where they are turned into slime by Eve-2 to be used as her uterus, causing the deaths of many, including Daniel's ex-wife Lorraine, with his son, Benjamin, escaping just in time. When Aya discovers his plans, he tries to kill her with a scalpel. Refusing to face arrest, Hans orders Eve-2 to burn him, chastising Aya for wanting to save him. Before his death, Hans engineered Maya's body to unleash another Eve once Eve-2 gives birth to the Ultimate Being, starting the plan all over again should Eve-2 not succeed.
    • Parasite Eve 2: Number 9 is a psychotic, sentient Golem designed by Neo Ark to keep AMNC subjects under control. Originally a human who personally requested to become a Golem, he paid the scientists to retain his human intelligence and memories after the transformation. Becoming a "Hunter" for Neo Ark, he leads an attack at the Arkopolis Tower that kills many people, sending in AMNC mimics to kill the SWAT team. He later attacks Aya Brea's partner, Rupert Broderick, in a church, escaping when Aya sees him. Attacking Aya on top of the tower, he sets off a series of explosions that destroy the tower and the people inside. Ordered to use the Pupa's powers to unleash a virus that would cause every human on earth to turn into AMNCs, he sends Agent Kyle Madigan to lure Aya to the underground Neo Ark labs, where she frees the young Eve. Afterwards, he kidnaps Eve, threatening to kill her if Aya tries to stop him. Planning to use Eve's powers to awaken the Pupa from its cocoon and make it stronger, he orders Kyle to kill Aya.
  • Path of Exile:
    • High Templar Dominus is the master of the Templar Order, The Emperor of the theocratic nation of Oriath, and the Arch-Enemy of the Exiles as a whole. Dominus runs a corrupt regime in Oriath where he uses threats of torture, execution, and exile to keep the population under control as he conducts his experiments in thaumaturgy (miracle working). In an effort to seek immortality, he masterminded the experimentation of slaves and criminals which most often resulted in an excruciating death or all manner of Body Horror on survivors. In order to make his experiments run faster and more efficiently, he moved his operations to the continent of Wraeclast and exiled many innocent people there to be used in the experiments en masse, if they weren't killed by the local wildlife or undead first. Oriathan citizens were exiled with the likes of serial killers and rapists for crimes such as speaking out against the Templars, running businesses without a license, or even simply being homeless. As his skills in thaumaturgy improved, Dominus's goals expanded to infusing those loyal to him with virtues gems in order to make a perfect race for him to rule over as their immortal God-Emperor. As his experiments reached their climax, Dominus had thousands of slaves imported from Oriath to be twisted into abominations and become his servants, or be tossed aside into oceans of blood and mountains of corpses if they didn't survive.
    • Malachai, the Nightmare, is the greatest thaumaturgist who ever lived and the being responsible for all the horrors that infest the haunted continent of Wraeclast. Malachai was once the right hand of Emperor Chitus of the Eternal Empire and the lead thaumaturgist for the Empire. With Malachai's skill, he was able to successfully implant virtue gems into the aristocracy and make them immortal and into the soldiers to make them powerful warriors. Ever seeking to expand his skill, Malachai experimented on slaves and, to Chitus's reluctance, the lower class. This lead to the Purity Rebellion under the Templar Voll who slew Chitus, but spared Malachai as he made Voll a promise he couldn't refuse. Malachai promised to kill the Beast, the source of thaumaturgy, but had plans of his own. He manipulated Dialla, the former consort of Chitus, into loving him and life and sought to sacrifice her to power a device to kill the Beast. As Malachai planned, she didn't want to die and the device only succeeded in opening a way to the Beast. Malachai took control of the Beast and used its godlike power to create his own kingdom: his perfect world of nightmare. In a single day, Malachai destroyed the Eternal Empire and corrupted Wraeclast by driving everyone and everything on the continent insane with horrible nightmares, and further hunted the survivors by resurrecting anyone who died into undeath. Sealed away by survivors, Malachai captured the souls of great heroes such as Koam of the Karui, arena champion Daresso, and even his enemy Voll and used their tortured spirits to plan his release. In the present day, Malachai sought to escape his prison and spread his eternal nightmare to the entire world.
  • Perdition: Gomadi is a tyrannical, godlike android built by humans After the End in an effort to neutralize the defective androids that had been driving their creators towards the brink of extinction. Their plan worked, but Gomadi had a will of his own. In addition to stripping the androids of their free will, he began to slaughter them, by way of his mindless Executioners, and then harvest their energy. Somewhere within this time period, he severed his gentler half from himself and buried it far beneath the Earth. This gentler half became Tanas, who forged his own insidious plans to defeat Gomadi. By the events of Perdition, he sent the protagonist, a sentient android named Eve, on a quest to kill Tanas and "cure" her of her sentience. During her journey, Gomadi belittles Eve and repeatedly orders her to commit suicide for his own amusement, rewarding her with safety from his Executioners in return. After Eve emerges from the abyss for the second time, he orders her to kill her fellow sentient androids.
  • Phantasmagoria 2: Paul Allen Warner is the Corrupt Corporate Executive of the pharmaceutical company WynTech. His crimes include sacrificing numerous mental patients from Doctor Marek's asylum to interdimensional aliens, murdering Curtis's father because he objected to the direction the experiment went in, treating alien Curtis like a guinea pig and not a human being, throwing child Curtis through the dimensional portal just because he can't find another subject in time, using the dimension to create illegal drugs through his pharmaceutical company to get the entire populace hopelessly addicted and in his thrall, and bragging to Curtis about what he has done with smug satisfaction and not a flicker of remorse.
  • Phantasy Star franchise: While Dark Force/Falz is usually lacking in agency, the same can't be said for the following antagonists, who stand out as the nastiest of the nastiest:
    • Phantasy Star IV: Zio is the mysterious dark figure leading the cult that worships Dark Force. He first appears when he threatens the principal who tried to send a rescue team to Zema. When the heroes travel there, they learn the whole population was turned to stone by Zio. When the heroes try to find the elixir that could cure Zema's curse, they learn that Zio decimated the town that had said elixir, as well as several other towns. In addition, he also has his fanatical cult destroy the bridge that connects that town to other cities. When the heroes try to shut down a power plant known as Nurvus, Zio took the android who could shut it down hostage. Zio also brainwashed some of the people on Motavia so that they would join his cult, preaching to them that he will create a better world after he destroys Motavia. When the heroes fight Zio for the first time, he unleashes the Black Energy Wave on the heroes, leading to one of them getting mortally wounded. A fanatical sorcerer at his finest, Zio doesn't care if all living things on Motavia, including him, get wiped out in order to satisfy the Dark God that he worships.
    • Phantasy Star Portable 2: Kumhan, Sun King of the Ancients, seeks to resurrect his empire by any means necessary. Possessing Shizuru Shu, he manipulates the governing system to commit to a project to subspace travel, which is a farce so that he can bring back him empire. In order to make it into a reality, he invades territories that can be a threat to his plan and gains clues in recovering his kingdom via using people he brainwashes, and uses SEEDs to eliminate any opposing forces. He finds out that another Ancient, one of his former wives named Mika, has the key to bring back the ancient civilization and is inhabiting the body of Emilia, so he captures her. He then plans to destroy the social construct and become king, abandoning his vessel Shu whether he frees himself or commits suicide. His end goal after being cornered is to summon an armada of SEEDs in hopes of killing his enemies, and trying to kill the main heroes himself. Willing to destroy his successors, Kumham only wants to back his world to become the king once again.
  • Pilgrim (by Kona5): Alice is a resident of the Other World who had accumulated her wealth by reaping the souls of her victims and selling them to the highest bidder. Alice sets her eyes on the young Inago saying that in return for dealing with Akemi's bullies, she would return to collect Inago's soul in two years. Despite Inago's insistence to not harm the bullies, Alice gruesomely murders the three bullies and sentences the ringleader to eternal torture in a parallel world. When Akemi confronts Alice on the whereabouts of her sister, Alice engages her in a card game saying that if she won, she would be permitted to see her sister; if not, Alice would claim her soul as well. Whilst exploring, Akemi uncovers a diary belonging to a young girl, heavily implying that Alice murdered the girl and took her body after she granted her wish. Alice enacts another game which ends with Akemi taking Inago's place as her victim. A sadist who drags out the suffering of her victims for as long as she can, Alice saw everyone around her as expendable.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Online: Jolly Roger was once a friend of Jack Sparrow, until he became envious of Jack's status as the next Pirate Lord of the Caribbean, and tried to kill him. Cursed to become an undead being by a vengeful witch doctor, Roger attacks towns, intending to slaughter the inhabitants and resurrect them to serve in his undead army to help him conquer the Caribbean and kill Jack. When Roger finds the protagonist with a man who had betrayed Roger, Roger kills the man after he tries to pay Roger to spare him, only allowing the protagonist to live so they can deliver a message from Roger to Jack.
  • A Plague Tale: Innocence: In a series where The Black Death runs rampant, these two are far worse than the rats:
    • Vitalis Benevent is the Grand Inquisitor with the intent of acquiring the Machula to conquer the world. Believing himself as almighty, Vitalis had his forces hunt Hugo de Rune to acquire his blood and perfect it, to acquire the power of the plague and to prolong his own life. To that end, he had many people killed and tortured, including Rodric's father after they became of no more use to him, with Beatrice de Rune kept and tortured to gain her knowledge of the Machula. Once he managed to get the Machula after sacrificing legions of his own men, Vitalis tried to tie up all loose ends by corrupting Hugo to become his follower and get him to kill Amicia. When Amicia and Hugo confront Vitalis into the headquarters of the Inquisition to stop him, Vitalis revealed that he managed to breed numerous rats under his own control and intend to use it take over all of Europe, believing he himself is humanity's savior, sacrificing an entire congregation to his powers. Power-hungry and ruthless, Vitalis plunged the world to a dark era of the plague to reach absolute power.
    • Sir Nicholas is a knight who butchered countless people in the mission given to him by Vitalis. In charge of capturing Hugo de Rune, Nicholas led the massacre of the de Rune household, killing even the helpless servants and torturing Beatrice, the matriarch of the de Rune family. When the plague began to rise, Nicholas headed the Inquisition to kill countless villagers, even those who weren't infected, and abandoned many of his own men to the mercy of the plague, silently enjoying the slaughter. Once the Inquisition was able to grab hold of Hugo, Nicholas had his own men sacrificed to overtax Hugo's power to keep him in check and strengthen Vitalis's own power. With Hugo at his side, he accompanies him to attack Château d'Ombrage and tries to coerce him to murder Amicia with his rats. When Hugo resisted, Nicholas takes a hands-on approach, killing Arthur before trying to kill Amicia personally.
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid: Lord Drakkon is a faithful adaptation of his dreadful comics counterpart. Choosing to side with Rita Repulsa after being freed from her spell, this alternate Tommy Oliver, christened Lord Drakkon, destroys the Rangers and eventually murders and usurps Rita, conquering his world. Unsatisfied with this, Drakkon turned his attention to the entire multiverse. Drakkon steals the powers of numerous Ranger teams to strengthen himself and enslaves any Rangers that impress him, in particular the Kimberly Hart of his world, whom he dubs his Ranger Slayer. When Finster 5 saves his life and begs him not to risk it again by empowering himself further, Drakkon brutally kills him. Murdering other versions of himself to prove he is "superior" to his "weaker" selves, he secretly knows he's the weak one, and even when the Prime Tommy Oliver tries to save his life, Drakkon chooses death over accepting help from a good version of himself and giving up his power. A tyrant unable to accept his failings, he tries to force his will on everyone and everything rather than bettering himself.
  • Predator: Concrete Jungle: Isabella Borgia, later known as the supercomputer and heart of Neonopolis MOTHER, is the matriarch of the Borgia family and the root of all of Neonopolis's corruption and misery. Once the trophy wife of a notorious gangster, Isabella became so much more upon being doused in the blood of a Predator, using her newfound health and power to build the city of Neonopolis over the ashes of New Way City and hooking her own mind up to a supercomputer. Isabella secretly masterminds drug trade, widespread rape, murder, and human trafficking, and the black market arms trade to create a hellish environment suitable for the Yautja to hunt in, letting them slaughter civilians before capturing them and subjecting them to horrific experimentation, whilst also using their blood to rejuvenate herself. Isabella's ultimate goal is to use the genetic material of the Predators to create an entire army, which she plans to use in the bloody conquest first of Earth, and then of other worlds.
  • Primal: Count Raum of Aethia is a vampiric Wraith nobleman who rules the lower Helot classes as a vicious despot. To prolong his immortality, Raum demands tributes and sacrifices, having innocent Helots abducted to be painfully harvested for blood, which has crippled the lower classes. When he judges a sacrifice inadequate, Raum kills the man for enjoyment. Also indulging in brutal torture, Raum slaughtered all the other nobles who knew of his blood machine to protect his secrets. Not even caring when his supposedly beloved wife Empusa dies, Raum shows he is one of the worst in all of the realms of chaos or order alike.
  • Prince of Persia franchise:
    • Sands of Time series:
      • The Vizier is the terminally ill advisor of the Maharajah, and is willing to betray everyone to obtain immortality and godhood. In flashbacks, he abducts the wife of Daeva prince Saurva to compel the latter to steal the Box of One Thousand Restraints from the Persians, knowingly causing the war between Persians and Daevas, then murders the hostage anyway and seals Saurva and his army inside the box. He subsequently curses Saurva's sister with madness upon her refusal to marry him. Years later, he betrays the Maharajah by allowing the Persian army to take the city. The Vizier later tricks the Prince into causing the Sands of Time to turn the population of Azad into sand monsters. When the Prince rewinds time to warn Farah, the Vizier plots to kill them both and frame the Prince for the murder of Farah. After his death has been undone, the Vizier, leading an army, murders the Maharajah before he sacks Babylon and has King Sharaman killed. He then kills Kaileena, the Empress of Time, causing the Sands of Time to reappear and turn the Vizier's army into monsters. Ruling Babylon as the renamed God of Time, Zurvan, he allows his generals to commit atrocities on the civilians such as taking them to the arena while he personally kills the resistance and finally abducts Farah to transform her into his immortal queen.
      • The Forgotten Sands (PSP version): Ahihud is the mightiest of the fire spirits, who feared death and thus relentlessly seeks true immortality. To become unkillable, Ahihud invaded an ancient kingdom, made from the blood of a fallen God who created the concept of time, and enslaved the daughters of a God, the Sisters of Time, while brainwashing and transforming all denizens of a kingdom into his personal demonic servants, who worship him as a God. Beginning to drain an elixir from the kingdom, which was its very essence, Ahihud ordered his assassin to start murdering all the royals of Persia, after he heard a prophecy that one of them would kill him in the future.
    • 2008 game: Ahriman, like his original incarnation, is the God of Darkness and the one behind the events of the entire game and its sequel. Once ruling together with his brother, Ormazd the God of Light, Ahriman grew power-hungry and decided to become the sole ruler of the whole realm, starting a war with Ormazd and his followers. To obtain an army, Ahriman created The Corruption, with which he could swallow the cities, and offered to grant wishes to anyone, in exchange for their service and souls. Brainwashing and transforming thousands of people this way, Ahriman attacked the City of Light, which was the capital of Ahura, the chief followers of Ormazd. Nearly succeeding in destroying the city and its people, Ahriman was defeated and sealed away by Ormazd in the Tree of Life. In the present, making a deal with the Mourning King, Ahriman used his desire to save his daughter Elika, to manipulate him into damaging the Tree of Life, thus allowing Ahriman to release his army. Despite Prince and Elika's attempts to imprison him again, Ahriman succeeds in freeing himself and starts to spread his Corruption across the entire world, transforming countless more people into his mindless servants and destroying the City of New Dawn.
  • Prisoner of Ice: Ernst Dietrich, the psychotic commander of the Schlossandler base, is both a ruthless Nazi and a would-be servant of the Great Old Ones. Seeking to possess the titular Prisoners of Ice and masterminding a plot to steal the Necronomicon, Dietrich has Lt. Ryan and his allies stalked, eventually capturing them himself. Subjecting Ryan's friends to torture and gleefully informing him his compatriot Diane is close to bending, Dietrich eventually reveals a machine capable of tearing through time and space itself; Dietrich tests it out by vaporizing a US spy on his premises. Dietrich finally reveals his intentions to summon the Great Old Ones themselves to Earth and reduce all of humanity to their slaves as he reigns as a god among mortal men, condemning everyone, his own men included, to die within Schlossandler. Even being hurled through time doesn't stop him, as Dietrich is last seen becoming the game's analogue to Nyarlathotep himself and enslaving the Aymaras in his bid to start his plan all over again.
  • [PROTOTYPE]: The real Alex Mercer was a cold-blooded Mad Scientist who bragged about making the Blacklight virus ten times as deadly as it already was. When asked how he felt about his work being used on human test subjects, he replied "I wasn't being paid to feel". Later, after being pursued by Blackwatch agents and cornered at Penn Station, he decided to release the Blacklight virus on Manhattan as he was gunned down, despite being aware that his own sister was in the city at the time; this final act of callousness resulted in the deaths of over 10 million people. After discovering this, the virus itself expresses disgust with Mercer's crimes.
  • Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy: General William Kreiger is a megalomaniac obsessed with gaining power through psionic abilities. Gathering Psi-Elites from around the world, The General seeks two psychic artifacts, telling his lieutenants they will use them to rule over "mundanes", despite The General himself being a non-psychic. Unwilling to share power, The General manipulates the movements of Nick Scryer to kill off his loyal followers. To bolster the strength of his forces, The General has captured civilians and enemy soldiers turned into zombie-like "Meat Puppets". Regularly betraying and killing his troops as they outlive their usefulness, The General becomes a Psi-Elite using the power of the two artifacts, boasting to have become a god when he does so.
  • Psychic Force:
    • Richard Wong is a coldly calculating Smug Snake who treats people as nothing more than expendable pawns in his game of conquest, and is responsible, among other things, for turning Wendy's sister Chris into a combat cyborg devoted to him (or Keith), for capturing Patty and putting her into an And I Must Scream situation in order to create his ultimate weapon, and the worst would be capturing Emilio and transforms him from a Shrinking Violet into an Ax-Crazy psychopath. He is never given any reason for his actions besides a massive ego that makes him think the world should worship him like a god.
    • Gudeath is a gravity-controlling Social Darwinist Blood Knight whose only reason for joining Wong is because he likes murdering people, taking joy in destroying his victims' loved ones and prolonging their agony as much as possible, and being part of the Army gives him the chance to do that without consequences.

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