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"[Xykon] seems funny and charming, but believe me, when you see for yourself the depths to which he'll sink—you will never sleep well again."

"I ripped off my own living flesh so that I wouldn't have to admit weakness. You're strictly little league compared to that. That right there? That's the difference between bonafide true Evil with a capital "E" and your whiny "evil, but for a good cause," crap. One gets to be the butch, and one gets to be the bitch—bitch."
Xykon, to Redcloak, The Order of the Stick, Start of Darkness

Just because Web Comics are online, doesn't mean they lack utterly despicable villains.

  • Breakfast of the Gods: Count Chocula is the mastermind of the entire plot, making his move once King Vitaman goes into a deep slumber to power the force field that protects Cerealia. Determined to locate Vitaman's resting place, Chocula kidnaps and brutally tortures several mascots, from Buzz Bee to the Rice Krispies, and, once they reveal they know nothing, has them continuously tortured or outright killed for fun. After manipulating Ayummayumma into getting his entire tribe slaughtered in a suicide mission, Chocula ruthlessly executes Cap'n Crunch, allowing his friends to live following the ordeal just to let them suffer more. Once coming under the assault of Tony the Tiger and many other mascots, Chocula not only reveals he has kept Sonny and Fruit Brute as his tortured prisoners to be used as attack dogs, but also that he has made an alliance with the Sogmaster and his army of Soggies. Chocula hopes to use the Sogmaster to destroy Cerealia's force field, thus allowing Chocula free reign to slaughter and feast upon each and every mascot in the land. Count Chocula was a heartless monster whose sole desire was to turn Cerealia into a buffet for himself to gorge on, sacrificing the lives of countless innocents simply to satisfy his sweet tooth.
  • Drowtales:
    • Snadhya'rune of the Sharen is steadily revealed as the closest thing the series has to a Big Bad. Snadhya masterminds the rise of the Nidraa'chal, a terrorist faction that specifically makes a focus on targeting civilians, in order to throw the city of Chel into chaos. Snadhya also masterminds the murder of her mother in order to seize more power, using her daughter Kalki as the Nidraa'chal's proxy leader to keep herself out of the spotlight. Snadhya is also a sexual predator at Orthobbae, the school she runs and also where she recruited many of the Nidraa'chal's members by seduction, including her longtime lover Mel'arnach. Snadhya uses Mel as a tool and sends Mel back to her controlling and brutal mother Quain'tana Val'Sarghress ,who breaks Mel's arms and holds her captive for 15 years. When Snadhya has several Sarghress captives, she toys with them before sadistically executing them to show off her new airship. Then when Kalki defies an order from Snadhya for the second time, Snadhya coldly informs her that she has run out of chances and has her killed by her summons without any emotion whatsoever.
    • Sene'Kha Vloz'Vress was the Drow responsible for turning the Vloz'Vress from a quirky Ragtag Band of Misfits into a far more sinister organization via manipulation of its super powerful, but child-minded ruler Kharla. Sene'Kha uses Kharla to kill her opposition or turn them into living dolls while using the Vloz'Vress as an expendable force. Sene'Kha even has them bind demons to themselves as practical suicide bombs and when finally captured, it is revealed she had planned to annihilate the vast majority of the City of Chel and rule over the remainder.
  • El Goonish Shive: Damien, the Ax-Crazy Big Bad of the "Painted Black" arc, was created as an attempt to fulfill a prophecy about one who would unite Human/Alien hybrids known as seyunolus; he took this to mean that he was a God with an Omniscient Morality License who was meant to kill humanity. When some of the people who created him questioned his plan to obtain a group of four seyunolus, Damien decided that they were heretics and killed them. He then went to the company who created the four previously mentioned seyunolus and slaughtered all of their other employees, deliberately killing people in front of the seyunolus to make them fear him. Damien planned to slowly grow the Seyunolu into an army to eliminate humanity, using the sole female seyunolu Grace as breeding stock. When Grace escaped from his nest, Damien sent Hedge out to recapture her, threatening him with death if he didn't return with something; when Hedge returns with a transformed Elliot instead, Damien hits Hedge for not returning with a female seyunolu and keeps Elliot tied up and refuses to provide him with food until he reveals information about where he came from. Finally, when Damien was wounded by Grace after he attempted to kill her friends, thus providing possible evidence of his mortality, Damien decides to self-destruct in order to defeat Grace, deciding that either he was a God and his body was irrelevant, or he was a mortal and life wasn't worth living.
  • Everyday Heroes: Wrecking Paul, from strips 88-134, originally appears to be The Big Guy for the organization Jane works for—and is actually the president of said company—until we find out that he is a Serial Killer of women. He specifically chooses locations where women will be present, either as the targets of the missions or as security guards. In addition, he always uses female sidekicks so that, if his regular target isn't available, he can turn on his own teammate; this is why Jane was able to get a job, as the last teammate had been killed. Goldie is also supposedly killed by Paul, who tries to kill Jane before being stopped.
  • Evon: Legune The Alchemist is the Resident Mad Scientist for The Cabal. The first thing we see him do is create a couple of homuncului to track down the title character, slaughtering a team of Cabal mercenaries sent by another Cabal member to do the same thing. The second thing we see Legune do is have Evon stripped naked and Strapped to an Operating Table, where he proceeds to violate Evon in the process of "procuring" biological samples from her. Then he decides that won't do and attempts to rape her outright, only being stopped by his patron, Maximus, but only because said rape might interfere with Maximus's own plans for her. We then see that Legune used those samples he took to create a clone of Evon. A clone which is physically and magically stronger than Evon, but since she lacks Evon's Super Empowering factor, she's deemed useless to The Cabal and turned over to Legune to do what he will with her. "What he will" turns out to be forcing her to give him oral sex while taunting her with imminent destruction if he doesn't please him.
  • Goblins: Dellyn Goblinslayer, ranger and captain of Brassmoon city's Elite Guard, is a highly sadistic Torture Technician and Fantastic Racist whose hobby was capturing live monsters, then vivisecting them in order to learn their weaknesses. One of Dellyn's preferred tortures was using knives specially designed to cause certain monsters the most excruciating pain imaginable in order to permanently mutilate them by carving insults into their skin. Other tortures included amputating limbs and, in one instance, flaying the skin off of a monster's back so that her spine was clearly visible. Planning on having his Elite Guards supplant Brassmoon's current guard to increase his political power, and mistakenly believing that a goblin army was ready to attack the city, Dellyn arranged a public execution for the goblin Fumbles, whose mind had already been shattered by Dellyn's tortures, in order to lure the other goblins out of hiding. Once they did so, Dellyn planned on his guards annihilating the "invading forces" so that the citizens of the city would back his political play. When one of his men told him that a lot of innocent bystanders would surely be caught in the crossfire, Dellyn was happy, noting that this would only make the rest of the citizens more grateful for having him around by showing them what's at risk. Dellyn also had a Yuan-Ti slave named Kin, who he abducted then raped and beat on a nightly basis, repeatedly reducing her to her last hitpoint before reviving her with healing potions. Ultimately Dellyn was nothing more than a petty sadist whose greatest desire was to be worshiped as a heroic savior by the very people he'd sacrifice without a second thought.
  • Homestuck:
    • Doc Scratch serves as The Dragon to Lord English. In his bid to summon the latter into existence, he launches a complex Gambit Roulette spanning two universes. He abusively raises a troll girl as a Handmaid and forces her to manipulate troll history to turn the race from peaceful to hateful and aggressive; manipulates Vriska into killing Aradia and paralyzing Tavros in order to kick-start the events that would lead to his creation; and sets up the destruction of the entire troll race using an Eldritch Abomination. In the present day, he tricks Rose into creating the Green Sun, the power source of both himself and Bec Noir, using the Tumor, a bomb created from the destruction of two universes, one of which was directly facilitated by him and the other being the result of a Stable Time Loop with the Green Sun's creation. He intending on Rose dying in it and tried to get rid of the others by informing them of a way to essentially reboot their universe that would have wiped them from existence.
    • The aforementioned Lord English, Lord of Time and leader of the Felt, is an invincible, time-manipulating monstrosity summoned at the end of the universe, and is the one greatest threat in the story. Initially Caliborn, a condescending cherub, he becomes much worse after he completes his game of Sburb and has his soul merged with Gamzee's and Arquius's. Right after being summoned through the death of his servant Doc Scratch, English immediately sets out wreaking havoc. Using his powers of virtual omnipotence, English massacred the Horrorterrors, murdered Andrew Hussie out of spite from when he was still Caliborn, and obliterated a dream bubble, annihilating the hundreds of failed timeline souls within and causing horrible damage to the fabric of reality. Ultimately, everything English does is a result of his limitless desire to hurt his sister beyond repair, as well as hurt everything else, and English is ultimately the one character feared and dreaded by everyone else.
  • Jack (David Hopkins): Doctor Rigor Thalmus is a child molester and child murderer who attempts to frame his subordinate, using his own cancer research and his subordinate's in-bed-with-cancer wife as leverage. He also serves as a very dark deconstruction and subversion of a Bunny-Ears Lawyer; he believes that he's entitled to the horrible things he does precisely because he's working on cures for cancer. He doesn't have any sympathetic moments or Freudian Excuse for anything he has ever done; the only reason he committed these horrible acts is because he gets off on them.
  • Judecca: Lilith, often known as "Lily", is one of the damned souls populating the isle of Judecca. Lily gets her kicks by sleeping with men on a regular basis, before using her magic to transform them into animals and butchering them for a stew. The main character, Sharky, shares his room with a rabbit named Dickerson, one of Lily's few victims to escape her. When she encounters Sharky himself, Lily overpowers and rapes him before wiping his mind of the encounter as non-consensual. When she encounters him later, Lily uses a potion on him that she had fed another luckless soul; this potion makes centipedes sprout from the victim's insides until death.
  • Kagerou: James Valentine Beethoven, known almost exclusively as "Red", is one of the entities residing in Kano Jurgen's mind, and by far the most evil character both inside and out of his head. In life, Red was a sadistic Serial Rapist and Serial Killer who kidnapped, raped, and tortured young women for hours before brutally murdering them, notably doing so to an old school crush of his simply because she spelled his name wrong once. In another notable case, Red kept one of his victims locked up for half a year, subjecting her to daily rape, torture, and mutilation, before finally beating her to death in a rage. Though killed by one of his attempted victims, Red lived on by jumping into the young man Kano's mind, and began trying to take control of the mentally unstable man to continue his spree. In his final scheme, Red subjected Kano to brutal Mind Rape in an attempt to destroy his psyche, tried to rape the only girl who would help Kano, and finally tried to goad Kano into killing him to corrupt him into becoming a killer. Darkening nearly every scene he featured in, Red was a classic psychopath, acting only on whatever whims occurred to him at the time, disregarding any and all consequences for his vicious actions.
  • Liquid Mercury (plot for earlier comics here): Angela Khyrie is a sadistic scientist whose funding was cut after it was discovered that she tortured her test animals and wanted to work on humans. Enraged with her boss, Monica Mason, Angela creates a goo substance that can transform humans into liquid metal androids. Angela uses the goo to transform Monica's fiancé Ryan into a female android assassin, sending her to kill a team of 44 mercenaries sent to neutralize Angela. Angela reveals to Monica what she did to Ryan before transforming her as well and making her kill her own father so Angela can take over the corporation. Angela briefly considers transforming another woman, only stopping due to the fact that any more disappearances might draw attention to her.
  • Mindmistress: Les Kidman is a pedophile and Serial Killer who rapes and kills little girls to suit his depraved appetites. After murdering three children, he's hired by his wealthy employer Cromwell Lyons, a friend of Kidman's late father, to kill his mentally handicapped granddaughter Lorelei, whom he considers a weak link in his family dynasty. Kidman stabs Lorelei's dog to death, but is thankfully stopped just in time by Lorelei's father from harming her. When Kidman is released from prison 20 years later, he immediately returns to his old ways. When the superheroine Mindmistress arrives to stop him after he kills his latest victim, he tries to beat her to death with a crowbar.
  • The Order of the Stick: Xykon, the evil Big Bad, is funny, charming, easily bored, and utterly evil. His ultimate plan is to unleash the Snarl so he can control it and use it against his enemies, uncaring that the monster is what everyone believes to be an evil, god-murdering abomination which has the power to destroy the world. Xykon seeks to capture the gates that would allow him to command the Snarl, and has been going to any measure to do so. He sacked Azure City to claim their gate, and made the entire Sapphire Guard kill each other with a Symbol of Insanity. He even admits that he could have just used fire and lightning from above, but wanted to go "that extra mile". His full monstrousness is revealed in the prequel comic Start of Darkness. As a young boy, well before he became a lich, his dog dies, but in a deliberate subversion of a Freudian Excuse, he accidentally raises it as a zombie and exults as it kills and eats a bird. As a teenager, he keeps his zombified grandmother in his closet, kills and zombifies a man who offers to train him as a sorcerer, then kills and zombifies his own parents for letting the man in. As a would-be Evil Overlord, he chooses actions solely on the basis of their potential to amuse him versus the effort required. When Redcloak and his brother Right-Eye started working with Xykon, Right-Eye tried to assassinate Xykon for his evil and callousness with the lives of his goblin underlings. Xykon allowed Redcloak to kill Right-Eye just to permanently bind Redcloak to Xykon's service, accuses him of being a wimp because of his principled stance, and then forced him to raise his brother as a zombie. He also trapped the souls of two mages in a gem in order to make them suffer forever.
  • Peter Is the Wolf: Gus is a truly nasty piece of work who acts out of a belief that the only value in anyone is in strength, and that the strong can and should take anything they want from anyone they can take it from. In his case, that includes killing his wife, then beating, molesting and raping his daughter for years, keeping her in his house as a Sex Slave. He initially tried to keep her existence secret from the rest of the pack, and she had never left the house until they found out about her just before she should have been entering high school. Additionally, he has repeatedly tried to take over leadership of the pack, plans on taking Werewolf!Sarah as his new wife, and sold out his own kind by siccing The Men in Black on Peter, partly out of hatred for the existence of a runt and partly out of a desire to remove an object of his daughter's affection. Some time before the start of the comic, the pack held a vote on if he should be killed for their own safety. He only survived by two votes, both of which have later mentioned they wish they had voted differently, and the only reason they haven't held another vote is to keep unwanted attention away from the pack.
  • Penny and Aggie: Cyndi Kristoffer is a manipulative sociopath who almost gets off on driving people to suicide. In a really creepy and incriminating file on her laptop, she documented how fun and easy it is to dig a hole into someone's psyche and widen it. She brags about nearly driving Michelle into starving herself to death and she had plans to destroy Daphne and Sara's relationship in the hopes of getting one or both of them to commit suicide. In the same strip this was all revealed, she successfully goaded Charlotte into slitting her own throat by using her Mommy Issues against her. Seeing someone bleed out in front of her thanks to her words puts a grin on Cyndi's face. Even more damning is that both her biggest "success" so far AND her next intended victim, who she merely considers "practice"—Meg—are erstwhile members of her own clique from the "Popsicle War" arc.
  • Sidekicks:
    • Metheos, once the hero Dunkelheit, succumbed to greed and lust for power. Using one of the Pranas, the three items that govern superpowers, Metheos stole the body of his partner Guardian and began to recruit budding supervillains to his side by stealing superpowers and distributing them. Not even loyal minions were safe, as Metheos would happily steal from them and "redistribute", leaving loyal followers to die if a more convenient recruit arose. After stealing the body of Guardian's son, Metheos backstabs Guardian's former sidekick Camilla when she tries to protect him and attempts to annihilate multiple helpless sidekicks to force Metheos's own former sidekick to sacrifice his life. Awakening from a four-year coma, Metheos recharges his powers by draining the lives from thousands upon thousands of innocent people and initiates what he terms Project M.A.S.S.A.C.R.E: herding people from a city so he can drain their lives, filling up dozens of enormous mass graves, before having his men slaughter any survivors for laughs. Not satisfied with simply restoring his powers, Metheos intends to reach a level of power greater than any other by draining the life from hundreds of millions of innocent people, consumed with his hunger for power and believing all that exists should bow before him.
    • Iblis is Metheos's most powerful servant, and easily his most evil. Once a sidekick-in-training named Olivia, Iblis was a sadistic person even then. However, when Iblis failed her final exam due to her cruel nature, she quickly became something far worse. Developing a seething hatred towards fellow student Lamia for becoming a sidekick, ignoring the fact that during their training together, Lamia attempted to help her win, Iblis releases the psychopathic Pluton in an attempt to kill as many students as possible, her "best friend" Judy included, to leave her as the sole candidate for sidekick status. Failing at this, Iblis becomes Metheos's second-in-command, and immediately begins murdering innocents by the dozen to test out her new powers and to assist Metheos in his plans to wipe out every superhero in the world. When Metheos is plunged into a coma, Iblis revives him, having happily murdered her own minions and countless more innocents along the way, and has a key role in Project M.A.S.S.A.C.R.E., having supervillains round up thousands of innocents, then sacrifices them all to Metheos to restore his power, after which she and Metheos begin slaughtering millions of people at a time to steal their life force, gleefully having their minions massacre any survivors for fun. While dueling with the hero Limpid, Iblis Mind Rapes Limpid's sidekick before trying to force hundreds of people to kill themselves as distractions, eventually fleeing without a second thought when Metheos is defeated. Though sadistic, egomaniacal, and power hungry, Iblis' worst quality is no doubt her pettiness, enabling the wholesale slaughter of tens of millions of people solely as a revenge scheme on Lamia for completely pathetic reasons.
    • Dr. Max is a sociopathic robotics expert obsessed with creating the ultimate machine. To this end, Max manipulates a powerful businessman, Mr. Ellison, to fund his creations, whom he regularly uses to murder weak superheroes and sidekicks, and brutally murders Ellison in front of the man's daughter when he outlives his usefulness. Using his powerful robots for various purposes, from massacring his entire lab staff, to ordering them to lay waste to a highly-populated city as a test run, Max eventually implants his mind in a robot body, and uses his new strength to sadistically duel with numerous heroes, drawing out their pain for his own entertainment. After trying to murder an innocent woman, Max plans to absorb the comatose superhero Darkslug's cells into his own body, hoping to make himself the most powerful being in existence and finish his research. Though a minor villain when compared to the likes of Metheos or Iblis, Dr. Max stands out as a truly depraved lunatic who is willing to wipe out hundreds of people and kill any of his partners for minor reasons, all to quench his obsession with perfecting his research.
    • The aforementioned Pluton is a psychopathic brute who stands out as a particularly vile Starter Villain. A mass murderer who slaughtered close to 5,000 people in a cheerful rampage, notably strangling a little girl to death after brutally murdering her father, all with a sick grin on his face, Pluton earned his reputation as a Hero Killer when he killed off 4 superheroes and 5 sidekicks sent to detain him. After being freed from his later imprisonment, Pluton carves through everything in his way, including the person who rescued him, and giddily brutalizes a group of sidekicks who attempt to stop him, speaking for the first time solely to reveal how much pleasure he's getting from hurting them. Even when nearly beaten, Pluton tries to sadistically murder a sidekick in front of Darkslug just to torture him. Utterly demented with no reason for his crimes beyond twisted enjoyment, Pluton set the standard for all later villains to measure up to in sheer, unadulterated wickedness.
  • Unsounded: Arctrit Ramora, known almost exclusively as Starfish, is the leader of the Red Berry Boys, a criminal gang that kidnaps people, vivisects them, and replaces their organs with First Silver, which they then smuggle across the country. The procedure leaves their victims alive, but in a constant state of agony, the Silver feeding off their pain and gradually turning them into a gigantic monstrosity. Since Starfish is paid by the body, not by the amount of Silver in each body, he targets children for the procedure to stretch out his supply and weasel extra money out of his employers. Starfish has no empathy for anyone, including his own men. When one of them is grievously injured and begs for help, Starfish simply smiles and caves in the man's skull. After Quigley outlives his usefulness, Starfish goes back on his promise to release his child captives, tries to have Quigley drowned while forcing the man's son, Matty, to watch, and states Matty will undergo the procedure as well. Starfish is also a child molester, and, after knifing a prostitute who interferes, attempts to kidnap the seemingly ageless child protagonist, Sette, as a Sex Slave for himself.