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"This one's mine. Cook her while I have the little one for an appetizer. You know, because I'm a meaner!"

"One-Eyes win again! I shall gnaw the Golden City to the bone, and I shall spit it out! No one is left alive to warn them! One-Eyes, One-Eyes, the day of death has come to the Golden Land! And I shall conquer the Golden City! I shall trample and break them, and not show pity! No man escapes the Mighty One Eye!
Mighty One Eye, whilst standing Atop a Mountain of Corpses, The Thief and the Cobbler (original workprint/Recobbled Cut)
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Cartoons have always been home to supervillains whose whole lives seemed to be dedicated to committing evil acts, without any redeeming qualities to speak of other than humor. And then there are some who took it even further. Much further.

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  • Action Man (2000): Dr. X is the mastermind behind all the evil in the series, committing all his crimes in the name of evolving humanity into perfection for him to control. Before initiating his more monstrous actions, X, requiring a new body for himself, kidnaps a young man named Brendan Caine, subjects him to torturous experiments that turn him into a Super Soldier, then transplants his own mind into Caine's body. X then becomes free to spread his influence worldwide, and immediately forms his Council of Doom, after which he begins various attempts to "test" humanity to determine which of them is most suitable to become part of his "Neo Humanity". These so-called tests range from trying to start a nuclear holocaust and flash freezing the entire planet, to infecting millions with a virus he hopes will lead to them ripping each other apart, leaving only the survivors for him to horrifically transform into his personal super soldiers. Showing numerous times that any well-intentioned claims are utter hypocrisy, not only does X regularly attempt to kill hundreds of innocents out of nothing but spite toward his Arch-Enemy, Action Man, but X's plans to "improve" humanity always amount to simply replicating his own mind onto everyone else. In the finale of the series, X finally loses whatever sense of reason he had when he decides to drag an asteroid to crash into the Earth and wipe out everything, including his own Council of Doom, then just rebuild humanity from scratch with himself as the base reference. A complete and total psychopath unable to comprehend the fact that imperfections are what makes humanity special, Dr. X was so convinced of his own godlike infallibility that he failed to realize just how maniacal and petty his goals were.
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: The Queen of the Crown is an evil sorceress who starts off by ambushing Kirwin, and putting a heavy bounty on humans for every two-bit thug in the galaxy. She is mashing the humans down to power Slaver Lords, artificial creatures through which she can see, hear, and administer her Empire; this is not only an exceedingly painful process, but leaves the victim fully awake and aware of what's happened. The Queen also slaughtered millions on the planet of Tortuna, leaving a few domed cities behind in a lot of wasteland. She was hunting humans because the last race she used to power Slaver Lords has been hunted to near-extinction and she needed replacements. If that wasn't bad enough, she enslaves an entire planet, making the inhabitants work in concentration camp conditions to build a massive hyperspace cannon she uses to blow a chunk out of Earth's moon, threatening to do worse to Earth unless they gave her 5,000 humans in tribute. On a personal level, she uses the only psychocrystal she's made from a human—Zach's wife—to commit Mind Rape nightly on both of them.
  • Alfred J. Kwak: The Evil Spirit Of Darkness from the two-parter "The Strange Bottle" and "Flying Carpet" is an evil genie who terrorized the land long ago for fun, causing droughts, floods, storms, plagues, and fires, destroying cities and killing many people. After The Almighty One sealed the spirit inside a bottle, the spirit vowed that when it was freed, it would kill whoever freed it to spite the god who punished it previously, before returning to its homeland to terrorize the people once more. When Dolf and Alfred free the spirit, it tries to eat Alfred despite the fact that he is a child.
  • Angel Wars: Morg was once a heroic angel, but betrayed his kind to ally with the satanic Dragon for power. Failing to kill his best friend Michael and deliver a powerful Foundation Stone to the Dragon, Morg was imprisoned for ages before escaping by nearly driving a man insane and feasting on his negative energy. Morg immediately murders his former partner Graven upon escape and steals back the Foundation Stone, using it to nearly wipe out a moon colony of humans and following it up by trying to destroy all life on Earth. After merging with the Foundation Stone, Morg begins devouring everything and everyone in sight, primarily his own minions, and then reveals his goal to ensure that nothing in the universe is "higher" than himself by devouring all life in existence.
  • Animalia: Wooster Q. Weasel—better known as the Creeper—is the former king of Animalia and a Wicked Weasel extraordinaire, brings an unprecedented darkness to a series that had otherwise been very lighthearted. Having become drunk on his own power during his tenure as king and exiled for the safety of Animalia as a whole, the Creeper resolves to take back the power of the Core regardless of the consequences to Animalia. A refined manipulator, the Creeper attempts to start a war in Animalia through Tyrannicus, and after this fails, moves on to tricking his old friend King Livingstone and his young friend by pretending to undergo an epiphany, only to backstab the two and try and have them blown away to their deaths into the Winds of No Return purely out of spite. The series finale sees the Creeper at his nastiest: Upon taking the power of the Core and resuming control of Animalia, the Creeper brainwashes and captures all resistance and ultimately strives to use the knowledge contained within the Corespore to travel to and subject other worlds entirely— at the consequence of killing off everyone in Animalia.
  • The Animals of Farthing Wood: The blue fox Scarface, from season 2, is a ruthless bully who begins killing the Farthing animals when he can get away with it. After having a litter of children with his mate, Lady Blue, Scarface becomes incensed by his rival Fox's children and murders Fox's young daughter Dreamer. When he has an excuse, Scarface rallies his other foxes and kills one of the Farthing rabbits, hunting the Farthing animals down and intending to massacre them one and all. When defeated by Fox, he returns to kill another of the rabbits, showing his lack of honor and refusal to ever stop. Even his son Ranger admits upon attempting to broker peace that his father would murder him should he know of the talks. Vicious, cruel and without any remorse or care for others, Scarface embodies the sheer savagery of the wild, even in a place of peace such as White Deer Park.
  • Archie's Weird Mysteries:
    • "Mega-Mall of Horrors": Calvin Gianni Avericci was an insatiably greedy shopaholic who made a Deal with the Devil, getting all that he could ever want in exchange for becoming a demonic servant of the Underworld, charged with providing it with a steady stream of young, innocent souls. Traveling from town to town, Avericci sets "Mallhalla" up overnight, lures teenagers into it using hypnotic music, and gives them credit cards that they can use in the mall's various stores, which are all stocked with whatever their hearts desire. Once a card's credit limit is reached, Avericci has its owner "pay up" by turning them into an immobile—yet fully aware—mannequin, which he places on display in Mallhalla for days or even weeks before sending it to Hell. Avericci's music lures all of the young people away from local businesses, causing them to go under, and erases everyone's memories of the abducted teenagers, making it seem like they never even existed. Within weeks of arriving in Riverdale, Avericci manages to turn every one of its teenagers into mannequins, except for Jughead Jones, who he decides to simply kill when Jughead proves able to resist the temptations offered by Mallhalla.
    • Time-Travel Trilogy: Vinnie Wells was just a two-bit thug until he got a hold of the Chrono Field Generator, a time machine which he tried to use to rob the Riverdale Bank. After being thwarted by Archie Andrews, Vinnie teams-up with his future self, and together the two torment Archie by repeatedly altering history before creating a timeline where Archie is a pariah and Young Vinnie is God-Emperor of Earth. Old Vinnie then tries to stop Archie from being born, but instead accidentally erases his own past self before becoming lost in the time stream while fighting Archie. Eventually escaping back to present day Riverdale, Vinnie decides to simply destroy the town and kill everyone in it using a time-displaced Tyrannosaurus rex. When the beast corners Archie, Vinnie taunts the teen by describing how happy it makes him that Archie's last thoughts before dying will be of how he failed to prevent his family, friends and beloved Riverdale from meeting the same grisly fate.
  • Avatar Universe:
    • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Fire Lord Ozai is a genocidal, child-abusing fascist dictator who has dedicated weeks at a time and large portions of his national army to hunting down and killing a twelve-year-old and his friends. He forced Ursa into marrying him, and tried to kill her old lover out of spite. He obtained the throne when he manipulated Ursa into murdering his father to usurp the throne from his grieving older brother Iroh. He then thanked her with banishment from the Fire Nation and threatened to hunt them down and kill the children if she took them with her. He abused his son Zuko out of spite when Ursa claimed that Zuko was not his son even though he knew it was a lie, burned his face for speaking out of turn, and tried to shoot him with lightning when he decides to join Aang. He manipulated his loyal daughter Azula into becoming his perfect little villain to the point where she snaps from the pressure, only to later discard her to a completely meaningless position. Finally, his reaction to news of rebellions in the Earth Kingdom is to try to incinerate the continent. Even after his downfall he stills tries to manipulate his son Zuko into being a tyrant like himself. He doesn't regret any of those moments and feels no remorse for the consequences.
    • The Legend of Korra: Unalaq is Korra's Evil Uncle, the leader of the Northern Water Tribe, and one of the primary villains of Book 2. Years ago, Unalaq, jealous of his older brother, Tonraq, had him exiled from his home tribe after framing him as responsible for the destruction the Dark Spirits inflicted on their tribe. Later trying to have Avatar Korra, a child at the time, kidnapped, Unalaq abandoned his partners to their fates when the plan failed. When the Dark Spirits return, Unalaq takes control of the Southern Water Tribe from Tonraq and has anyone who may oppose him disposed of, triggering a war between the water tribes. Later attempting to open a spirit portal, Unalaq tries to leave his son to die when he is injured, and, realizing only the Avatar can open the portals, threatens to destroy the soul of Jinora, a little girl, to force Korra to assist him, then tries to condemn Jinora to the Fog of Lost Souls and to murder Korra even after she opened the portal. Revealing his true colors, Unalaq assaults the Southern Water Tribe; beats down Tonraq, sparing his life solely so he can see Unalaq win; then frees Vaatu, the spirit of darkness and chaos, with whom he has been partnered with the entire season, fuses with him into a Dark Avatar, and tears the spirit of light and order, Raava, out of Korra and attempts to obliterate her. Unalaq then attacks Republic City and announces his plans to rule over humanity after destroying all world order. A sociopath with a god complex, Unalaq stands out as the most monstrous villain in this series.
  • Blake and Mortimer: In this Animated Adaptation of the comic, Colonel Olrik is even more fiendish than in the comics. A mercenary willing to work for the highest bidder, Olrik is first introduced working as a military adviser for an empire and leads bombing runs against several major cities, devastating them and killing thousands in the process. Olrik wants to steal Professor Mortimer's new invention the Swordfish plane, betray the Empire and rule the world himself. After that scheme is foiled, Olrik returns, leads a military coup that turns a democratic country into a dictatorship and joins forces with a rogue general in Atlantis, trying to encourage a military coup there as well that would leave hundreds dead, just to plunder Atlantis's resources. Olrik later shows up and commissions a Mad Scientist to build a machine that controls the weather. Olrik uses this machine to cause disasters across Europe, until he unveils his master plan to blanket Western Europe in a toxic fog, killing everyone, so that a foreign power can successfully invade. Much later Olrik is seemingly killed after trying to using alchemy to gain immortality, but he is merely banished to an alternate world, where he takes over and rules as a dictator. Wanting revenge for being banished from the Earth, Olrik plans to use a powerful moon medallion in a ritual that would destroy the Earth.
  • Bob Morane:
    • Doctor Joseph-Athanase Xhatan weaponized sunlight and seeks world domination by mass murder. In "Operation Wolf", Xhatan steals a device from a benevolent professor and attempts to use it to turn water into radioactive material. Returning in "The Mysterious Dr. Xhatan", he enslaves tribesman and make them unable to breathe outside the atmosphere of his lair. After abducting heiress Jane Sotesby for a ransom, he reveals that he engineered the death of her parents and that he plans to use a diamond to power his laser light cannon enough to destroy all capitals of the world. In "Xhatan, Master of Light", Xhatan throws Bob and Bill in a Drowning Pit, locks Sophia in a machine which slowly drains her life; and creates an artificial sun to blow up the planet, all in order to fulfill a prophecy that will grant him godhood.
    • Prince Zelgung, from "The Towers of Crystal", angered over losing the throne of Mu to his sister Taima, proceeds to destroy his own civilization by launching a nuke on the city, causing the population to die from the blast or painfully succumb from the radiation. Despite himself and his loyalists getting caught by those radiations, Zelgung displays no remorse and repeatedly attempts to slaughter the survivors lead by Taima. When they leave the continent on a time traveling ship, he tries to launch a missile at it.
    • Emperor Hang and his chancellor Golo, from "The Angels of Ananke", are tyrannical leaders of the city of angels, with any man who trespasses on their territory ending up enslaved. When Bob defeats the champion Korto in combat, Hang forces the hero to train his army, threatening his friends Bill and Sophia if he refuses. Golo at one point threatens a group of slaves who tries to take a break, while Hang tries to have Korto executed for his failure and gets rid of a servant for spilling wine. It's finally revealed that Hang and Golo regularly abduct humans and angels and hook them in pods that drain their mental energy to power the anti-gravity field. When Bob and Korto discover their scheme, they put the latter in the battery and attempt to have the former publicly executed.
  • Cadillacs and Dinosaurs:
    • In this Animated Adaptation of Xenozoic Tales, Hammer Terhune, who works for Governor Scharnhorst, one of the leaders of the City in the Sea (New York City, After the End), tries to discredit Jack Tenrec's philosophy of promoting a balance between humans and nature. To do this, Hammer uses a sonic transmitter to torment a T-Rex and have it attack nearby settlements. Hammer also tries to discredit Tenrec by trying to cause a bunch of Triceratops to stampede and kill people in a mining town. Unhappy with taking orders from Scharnhorst, Hammer hijacks a killer satellite and plans to use it to destroy the City in the Sea, so that he can take over. Later Hammer discovers a boy who can control dinosaurs and wants to use him in his poaching business. To test the boy's skills, Hammer throws him a pit with a hungry raptor and sees if he can control it. In his final appearance, Hammer uses some stolen dynamite to try to flush out some dinosaurs, but this causes a wildfire instead. The wildfire is heading towards some gas wells Scharnhorst recently constructed and if the fire reaches the wells, it will cause an explosion that will devastate the jungle, resulting in mass starvation for the City in the Sea. Scharnhorst orders Hammer to work with Tenrec to fix this problem, by helping Tenrec use nitroglycerin to create a barrier between the fire and the wells. However, Hammer intents to kill Tenrec instead and steal the nitroglycerin for himself, not caring that his actions have endangered millions of lives.
    • In the episode "Duel", Jack Tenrac meets his old friend and rival, Sean Russel. Russel sabotages Tenrac's car and steals a helicopter engine from him. He uses his new helicopter to go to the home of the Grith, a race of peaceful sentiment lizard creatures who communicate through telepathy, and steals the life stone, a gem they need to survive. Russel uses the stone to summon several dinosaurs to a valley. Russel captures Tenrac and says he invited the aforementioned Hammer Terhune and his brothers to come and slaughter both the dinosaurs and the Grith, planning to sell their meat and bones on the black market. Tenrac lectures Russel about selling out the Grith to make a profit and Russel seems to briefly feel guilty over it, but quickly decides he cares far more about money then his old beliefs and continues with his genocidal scheme.
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers has these two Knights of Cerebus, who are motivated more by sadistic enjoyment than mere greed:
    • Zarm, the Spirit of War and Destruction, is arguably the strongest and most deadly adversary of Gaia and the Planeteers. A former Spirit of the Earth exiled by Gaia, Zarm dedicates himself to bringing ruin and destruction in all forms to Gaia and all she protects out of vengeful spite, having consumed at least one planet to the tides of destruction and constantly attempting to do the same to Earth. Zarm attempts to initiate all-out nuclear war on Earth; painfully reverts Gaia to a withered old lady incapable of stopping the Earth from dying and taking over the Earth for a ten-year-period of time where the Earth has become desiccated and ruined; coins a strategy he calls "Scorched Earth" by convincing world leaders to obliterate their own land and people (and claims to have been "a part of every important tyrant in history"); and nearly dooms the Planeteers' efforts to stop an alternate timeline where the Eco-Villains' descendants rule the planet by smugly ordering a young girl Ma-Ti saves murdered. A sadist drunk on his own capacity for destruction, Zarm is one of the single greatest sources of human misery within the show.
    • The appropriately-named Verminous Skumm is a humanoid rat-man who, despite being far less powerful than the aforementioned Zarm, manages to be just as evil. Taking a sick pleasure in the polluted and festering, Skumm's schemes vary from willingly endangering and trying to destroy entire cities, and include deliberately trying to destroy an entire city with a cloud of acid rain and flooding Venice with oversized, carnivorous rats; peddling mind-altering drugs and even murdering Linka's cousin Boris through them; attempting to bait two sides of the Arab–Israeli Conflict into using a nuclear bomb in Jerusalem Mount, as well as bringing nukes into The Troubles and apartheid South Africa; and attempting to flood the entire world with his "Rat Rot" chemical to turn everyone into his mutated rat slaves. Skumm's end goal is to destroy the civilized world and enslave what remains to his mutated Rat Men followers to rule over them all as a king. Happily admitting "I'm ignorance; I'm fear; I'm hate" and taking delight in everything from ruining the life of a single person—a teenager with AIDS—for giggles, to the attempted annihilation of millions of lives, Skumm stands out as the darkest of the recurring Eco-Villains due to his propensity to target people rather than the environment.
  • Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos: The Claw is the leader of VULTURE, a cabinet of terrorists willing to wreak vast destruction under the Claw's firm eye in their goal of world domination. The Claw, throughout the series, hijacks an undersea lab to use its powers to try and wipe out coastal cities; tries to seize a NATO memory core to disable their defenses; coldly orders Norris's young friend Too Much murdered; attempts to seize a powerful laser robot to use it to attack and devastate Tokyo and orders a train full of people transporting it spitefully destroyed; and steals a shuttle to try and extort billions of dollars out of all the world's major powers lest he use a Kill Sat to obliterate all of the capital cities of each powerful country around the world. Throughout the series, the Claw regularly tortures and murders his own minions with aplomb and is happy to claim as many civilian lives as it takes to further his own nefarious agenda.
  • Class of the Titans: The Titan Cronus, when released from his prison in Tartarus (where he was imprisoned for being an evil tyrant and for trying to kill his kids), wastes no time in seeking to resume his dominance over the world and all in it. With nothing but hatred for his children and the other Gods, Cronus is utterly brutal and merciless in his tactics, which include torturing and trying to kill his own children while throwing the world into chaos and disarray. Cronus eventually gets tired of the human heroes resisting him and makes it a point to attempt to exterminate the entire human race in retribution. At other points, Cronus releases the savage werewolf Lycaon from imprisonment to eat "whomever he may please" and tries to get his mother Gaea to kill Zeus for him. Sophisticated, suave, seemingly polite and never at loss for a vicious plan, Cronus repeatedly proved how nothing would stand in his goals of domination and destruction.
  • Code Lyoko: XANA is a rogue multi-agent program living on the virtual world Lyoko that evolved to the point of achieving sapience. Gaining a desire to rule over and/or destroy humanity, XANA tries to kill its creator, Franz Hopper, as well as his daughter Aelita. Trapped inside the supercomputer for a decade, once revived, XANA regularly launches many vicious schemes upon the real world, not caring about the sheer amounts of potential casualties that would result from the attacks. XANA shifts strategies to absorbing Aelita's memory to gain the power to leave the supercomputer and into the network, the success of which nearly killing Aelita in the process. Using the internet to access supercomputers across the world, XANA gradually builds a robot army to rule over humanity. In the mean time, XANA tries and almost succeeds in destroying Lyoko, taking William as a slave. When Lyoko is revived, XANA decides to lure out and kill Franz Hopper by using Aelita as bait and plans on keeping the latter as its eternal prisoner. In the one episode where it appears before the heroes, XANA shows sadistic enjoyment in trying to kill them.
  • Danny Phantom: The Ultimate Enemy: Dark Danny note  was once the otherwise-noble Danny Phantom in his timeline. He was born of a fusion between the ghost halves of Danny and his Arch-Enemy, Vlad Masters. The first thing Dark Danny does upon his conception is brutally murder his human half, before embarking on a campaign of random destruction for his own amusement. In the future, Dark Danny has conquered the world and turned it into an apocalyptic wasteland in the process. Realizing that other parties have been meddling in the time stream, Dark Danny decides to personally ensure his rebirth by making sure the catalyst that caused his transformation comes to pass. Since he was created following the deaths of everyone he loved, Dark Danny attempts to murder his parents, his sister, and his two best friends. Dark Danny stood out as being the darkest and most chilling villain in the series, even making the show's previous main villain Vlad Masters want to help and atone for his hand in his creation.
  • Delta State: Of all the Rifters that appeared in this series, Sven Ragnar is easily the worst. Sven is a super Rifter, in charge of the Rifter invasion of the human world, and is opposed by Broody and his proteges: Martin, Phillip, Claire and Luna. In his first appearance, Sven kills one his Rifter minions for lounging around in a hotel room instead of performing her appointed tasks. Later he kills a psychic that could detect Rifters, fearing she is a threat to his invasion plans. In another scheme, Sven uses his shapeshifting powers to impersonate a hospital administrator, who is pushing a new microchip that would be implanted in the human brain, claiming it had medical benefits, but which in reality this chip simply allows Rifters to take over human minds more quickly. 20% of the patients who received this chip would have been taken over by Rifters, while the rest would die. Sven also kills Martin's father to prevent Martin from discovering his past. Sven decides to torment Phillip, mocking him over the fact that his mother abandoned him. Sven's sister Marie falls in love with Phillip and saves him from Sven's wrath, so Sven kills her. Broody eventually revels that he himself is a Rifter and has been training his students to fight Rifters so they can be powerful enough to kill him, before his Rifter energy overwhelms him and causes him to explode. Sven does everything in his power to stop Broody's students from preventing this disaster.
  • Dinofroz: Neceron is the lord of all dragons and the Big Bad of season 1. Desiring more power, Neceron broke the treaty between dinosaurs and dragons and declared war on the dinosaurs. He then spent several years ordering his dragon armies to eradicate his foes and kidnap humans to use as slave labor. When the Dinofroz arrive and start interfering with Neceron's plans, Neceron repeatedly tries to destroy them all, even going as far as nearly drowning the residents in a village just to lure them out of hiding. After one of his generals tries to start a rebellion, Neceron and his army simply kill all of the rebels without hesitation. Upon finding out that the Dinofroz are merely four young boys, Neceron and his dragons kidnap three of them, and he threatens to kill them all one by one if they don't surrender. He later drains all of the power from his three loyal generals and leaves them for dead before going after Tom Carter in his Dinofroz form. Once Neceron begins to lose the fight, he tries to make Tom submit by threatening to murder his father right in front of him.
  • Double Dragon: The Shadow Master is the leader of the Shadow Warriors, and the uncle of the Double Dragons, Billy and Jimmy Lee. Shortly after the brothers were born, the Shadow Master trapped their mother in the Abyss and abducted Jimmy, raising him to be his second-in-command, Shadow Boss. Despite promising his sister that he would never harm Jimmy, the Shadow Master callously orders him killed when Jimmy fails him, which spurs Jimmy into joining forces with the heroic Billy. Ruling the criminal underworld of Metro City with an iron fist, the Shadow Master has flooded the city's streets with drugs and weapons, enslaved most of its marginalized mutant population, and terrorized its citizens with illusions of their greatest fears and a massive beast called the Shadowmonster. The Shadow Master's other plots include hacking all of the world's banks; consuming minds to increase his own intellect; and starting a race war between mutants and humans by framing the mutants for the abduction of a little blind girl, who he then tries to kill. Any minion who displeases the Shadow Master is magically added to the Shadow Mural, a tapestry which is covered in dozens of victims, all of them frozen mid-scream.
  • Exo Squad:
    • Phaeton, the ruler of the Neosapien empire, uses words like "equality" and pretends to care about the well-being and future of the Neosapiens, but his actions prove this is nothing more than manipulative rhetoric. Before the series started, Phaeton sold out the Neosapien rebellion to save his own skin, and rises to power by initiating genocide on humanity, establishing death camps and killing any who resist—and those who don't. His tactics include forcible starvation, forced labor or just nasty executions. Not even his men are exempt, as Phaeton is very keen on executing them for minor failures and cloning them. Phaeton's ego and hypocrisy are manifest in how he sends so many of his loyal men to their own deaths on suicidal missions and, at the end, even his most loyal aide Livia deserts him for his plans that would have wiped out his own race to secure his own victory. If Phaeton ever held noble ideals, they're gone by the time he enacts his plan at the start of the series and he grows increasingly evil as he degrades physically and mentally. He is nothing more than a murderous, power-hungry, genocidal, cowardly fascist by the end, and one who would see the galaxy burn for the sake of his own power and advancement.
    • General Draconis is the Neosapien Governor in charge of Venus. Cruel even by the brutal standards the aforementioned Phaeton has set for their species, Draconis doesn't even have Phaeton's pretense of trying to help the Neosapien people. Everything Draconis does is for his own advancement. Draconis enacts a scorched earth campaign on Venus, creating a planet-wide famine that wipes out the majority of the civilian population, with the few survivors sent to toil in forced labor camps. Draconis's treatment of his own race is little better, even murdering two Neo Megas assigned to him as advisors because he felt their "suggestions" undermined his absolute authority. As a contingency if Venus fell out of his control, Draconis rigged a hydrogen bomb to the city of Vesta, intending to spite his enemies by murdering thousands of human civilians. Draconis assigned a noble soldier named Thrax to detonate the bomb in order to "redeem" himself for showing mercy to an Exo Squad member. Except Draconis lied about there being a timer for the bomb, and once Thrax activated it, he and Draconis's remaining Neosapien soldiers would've died in the resulting blast. Draconis's lust for power was so great, he plotted to betray Phaeton and usurp control of the Neosapien Empire for himself. He eventually seized his chance by leaving what he thought was Phaeton to die in an exploding ship.
    • Dr. Albrecht Ketzer proves that Terrans can be just as evil as the Neosapiens. It is revealed that he turned an entire village of natives in the Amazon—as well as himself—into half-plant monstrosities, a rather horrific process. Later injecting Nara Burns with the same DNA formula he used on himself, he withholds the antidote unless the exotroopers attack a nearby Neosapien command station; while this may seem like a good cause, in reality this was for his own purposes. When the heroes point out that there were still Terrans in that area, and an attack would lead to Neosapien retaliation, Ketzer dismisses these concerns. Even worse, when the squad relents and attacks, Ketzer reveals that there is no antidote. Injecting Medusa with the same formula, Ketzer later reappears to kidnap Nara again and finish his "work" on her.
  • Final Space: The Lord Commander is a tyrannical overlord bent on harnessing the powers of Specimen E35-1—otherwise known as Mooncake—in hopes of prolonging his life. The Lord Commander establishes his viciousness by physically contorting the body of a man he was interrogating and tops this by ordering his minions to eat the remains. The Lord Commander would continually demonstrate his madness throughout the series whether by ordering his lieutenants to kill their firstborn children as a display of loyalty; massacring an entire crew in order to retrieve Mooncake; manipulating a portion of the Infinity Guard to his cause; or overseeing the construction of a laser designed to expand a breach to space-time. Becoming fierce enemies with the Galaxy One after maiming Gary Goodspeed, the Lord Commander lures the team to a prison planet. He then tries to force a possessed Little Cato to murder his own father culminating in Avocato performing a Heroic Sacrifice when the Lord Commander plants a sticky bomb on Little Cato's back.. Believing himself to be a harbinger for the Titans, the Lord Commander traps Mooncake in a laser machine which painfully forces him to create a portal to Final Space. A psychotic despot with a god complex, the Lord Commander would risk the destruction of the universe itself in his pursuit of power.
  • Ghostbusters:
    • The Grundel is an evil spirit who enjoys corrupting children. The more bad actions the child commits, the more the child falls under the Grundel's influence, eventually turning into a Grundel themself. First appearing in the The Real Ghostbusters season 3 episode "The Grundel", he convinced a child named Alec to tamper with the Ghostbusters' proton packs during a school assembly, endangering all the other children present. The Grundel also manages to convince Alec to bring his brother Lee to him so he can corrupt Lee as well, despite Alec's initial protests. When Peter Venkman tries to save Alec and Lee, the Grundel tries to prevent this, stating "If I can't have them, neither can you!" He returns in the Extreme Ghostbusters episode "Grundelesque," taking place 10 years later. It is revealed that he has a connection to one of the new Ghostbusters, Kylie. The Grundel tried to corrupt Kylie as a child, but when she successfully resisted, he corrupted her friend Jack instead. The Grundel places Jack in a cocoon for 10 years, so that he will become another Grundel. When Kylie confronts the original Grundel about this new Grundel, the Grundel taunts Kylie about their past history and the fate of her former childhood friend. The Grundel later escapes from the containment unit and tries to corrupt Roland's brother Casey. While the Grundel knows his powers only work on children, he thinks it would be fun to murder Kylie anyway.
    • Extreme Ghostbusters:
      • The ectoplasmic being known only as "Piper", from "The Pied Piper of Manhattan," initially seems a savior to New York City when introduced, as his pipe has the ability to repel ghosts even the Ghostbusters are powerless against. Piper soon reveals his true colors, however: he is the one responsible for the sudden plague of ghosts, and when the Mayor attempts to pay him according to contract, Piper reveals he wants more. After his requests for a statue of himself down 5th Avenue and an office in city hall are denied, Piper uses his flute to hypnotize the children of the city and tries to force them to drown themselves, gloating the mayor will "rue the day he refused to pay the Piper." When the Ghostbusters intervene, Piper has no compunction using the kids as human shields in the ensuing fight.
      • Surt, from "Slimer's Sacrifice", is a godlike ghost who seeks to bring about the apocalypse. His minion Fenris prepares his coming by turning three humans into his vanguards. When Slimer ends up in the containment unit, Surt demands to know how Slimer got in there and hints that he is going to torture the information out of him. When Surt senses Eduardo's presence, he allows him to rescue Slimer and waits for him to open the exit to the containment unit so he can follow them. When Eduardo realizes Surt's plan and destroys the remote that will open the exit, Surt activates a spell he placed on Slimer to make him cut Eduardo's oxygen tank, before releasing Slimer from his control so he can realize that he just doomed his friend and be left to watch him suffocate and die, with Surt promising to return and torture Slimer after Eduardo dies.
  • Godzilla: The Series: Cameron Winter takes control of Godzilla and makes him destroy properties so he can collect insurance money, even making Godzilla attack a military base and endanger the lives of 500 soldiers. Defeated by H.E.A.T., Cameron returns for revenge and creates a giant monster called the Chameleon to have it attack humans and frame Godzilla for the attacks, before having the Chameleon defeat and kill Godzilla so Cameron can be seen as a hero for creating the thing that kills Godzilla. Foiled again, Cameron breaks three men out of prison and equips them with battle mechs to kill Godzilla, ordering them to also attack H.E.A.T. and the military when they get in the way. Though the hunters are defeated, Cameron denies any connection with them and claims they stole his mechs and attacked Godzilla on their own.

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  • Hero Factory: Savage Planet: The Witch Doctor was originally an instructor named Aldous Witch, who had an secret desire to possess an Quaza Core. When he was exiled for attempting to install an Quaza Core into his body, Witch travels to Quatros in order to illegally mine for Quaza. Upon creating the Skull Staff, he would use it to transform into the Witch Doctor, before using it to painfully enslave the animals of the jungle and force them to mine for Quaza, which causes the planet to slowly start breaking apart and dissolve, which will kill all life on it, to Witch Doctor's utter lack of concern. Sending an fake distress signal so he can steal an ship to escape the planet with the Quaza, he has two Fangz brutally attack Rocka when he arrived on the planet, severely wounding him in the process. When an Raw-Jaw attempts to convince Witch Doctor not to mine for any more Quaza, he painfully brainwashes the Raw-Jaw into submission. When the Alpha 1 team tries to stop him, he sends the animals to kill them while preparing to leave the planet with the Quaza, leaving everyone to die, and then build an powerful army to take revenge on Hero Factory for exiling him. An selfish, cruel tyrant with an complete Lack of Empathy towards the animals he enslaves, Witch Doctor would gladly destroy an entire planet full of life in order to become more powerful.
  • Highlander: The Animated Series: Lord Kortan, refusing to take the pledge the other Immortals took After the End, declared himself the de facto winner of the Game, and decreed that he was now entitled to all of the world's knowledge and power. After killing Connor MacLeod—the only Immortal willing to break the oath to challenge him—Kortan conquered and enslaved most of the planet, ruling unopposed for 700 years. When Quentin MacLeod's immortality activated after Kortan's slavers murdered him and his mother, Kortan set out to slay this new Highlander through any means necessary. Kortan's worst acts included firing an atomic bomb at Quentin's homeland; feeding dissidents to mutant ants; lobotomizing people to make disposable "human keys" to his armory; regularly executing his own followers for failure and outliving their usefulness; deploying them as suicide bombers against a city; and inciting hatred of Quentin by founding a cult in his name, one that enslaved kidnapped children after staging their sacrifice. In the final episode, Kortan destroyed whole towns with salvaged missiles, and threatened further bombardments unless Quentin confronted him at midnight. Even though the deadline was met, Kortan ordered that more rockets be launched anyway, laughing, "Why stop at MacLeod when we can crush them all?"
  • Huntik: Secrets & Seekers: The Betrayer, originally one of the sorcerers and seekers who helped found the Huntik Foundation, turned upon his fellows to summon the Lovecraftians monstrosities known as the Nullifers to destroy the world. The Casterwill family fought back and destroyed the Betrayer, but his spirit endured, forming the Bloodspiral Brotherhood to work at his revival. The Betrayer eventually had the Casterwill family "purged" with any who served as obstacles treated the same way. Upon his revival, the Betrayer revealed that he had double-crossed the Bloodspiral Brotherhood and they would not be spared from destruction either. The Betrayer proceeds to summon a comet the destroy everyone present and summon the Nullifers, plotting to destroy everything that lives on Earth to satisfy his lust for chaos.
  • Inhumanoids:
    • Metlar is the tyrannical leader of the Inhumanoids. The former slave of Sslither, Metlar overthrows and imprisons his former master before waging a genocidal war against the Mutores to Take Over the World. Awakened from his seal eons later, Metlar launches an all-out attack on Earth with his fellow Inhumanoids, razing a Soviet weapons department to a smoldering heap and stealing several cluster missiles while having his servants attack and destroy all they can. Metlar's ultimate goal is to use the missiles to obliterate the crust of the Earth and drown the entire world in fire, killing everything—his own loyal servants not excluded—so he can rule over the ashes that remain. Throughout the rest of the series, Metlar brutalizes and threatens to torture his own minions for every slight and attempts to destroy everything he can get his fiery talons on.
    • D'Compose, Metlar's terrifying second-in-command, is a hulking, undead monstrosity who pulled an entire city underground to turn it into his personal domain, killing everyone who lived there and reducing the city's knights into his undead slaves, cursed to wander the ruins of the town forevermore. Able to painfully transform anyone he touches into his undead slaves, D'Compose demonstrates his powers on the noble scientist Sandra Shore and tries to use her to kill her own friends, eagerly decomposing anyone he can whilst aiding Metlar in his conquest. D'Compose's vilest actions come when he has Blackthorne Shore amass countless disaffected teenagers into a cult in his name, reducing them all to his decomposed slaves and having them attack the nearby city, proclaiming his intention to shroud the world in darkness and turn all that lives into the undead.
    • The aforementioned Blackthorne Shore is a wealthy industrialist who came across the secrets of the Inhumanoids. Blackthorne attempts to free them to use them to take control of the world, allowing them to first wreak death and destruction at their whim. When his own sister Sandra is turned into an undead monster by D'Compose, Blackthorne acts horrified—but then abandons the heroes to die when they try to save her so he can take control of Metlar, settling for allying with him to present him with a way to destroy most of the world so Blackthorne can rule over the remainder. After being foiled, Blackthorne eventually starts a cult with D'Compose, convincing numerous young men and women to submit themselves to the evil Inhumanoid to be changed into his undead slaves. Blackthorne continues to try to control the Inhumanoids and kill the heroes in his quest to dominate the world, fully admitting that he himself is an utterly evil, monstrous human being as wicked as any Inhumanoid.
  • Invasion America: The Dragit is the military commander of Tyrosh and the Evil Uncle of the emperor Cale-Oosha. When he makes an attempt to overthrow Cale, Cale manages to escape, ending up on earth where he fathers a son named David. Upon learning of them, the Dragit attempts to murder the baby and his mother. Installing a secret base on the moon, the Dragit reveals his plan to use a weapon to have asteroids bombard America, causing countless deaths, until the country gives in whereupon the Dragit will continue the process with every nation on earth, killing millions until the human race gives in. When David is captured in the finale, the Dragit opts to personally attempt to murder his great-nephew, his rhetoric about saving Tyrosh a front for his own cruelty and lust for power.
  • Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors:
    • Saw Boss leads the Mind Monsters, who were created by Jayce's father, Audric, initially for a peaceful purpose before rebelling against him in order to conquer the galaxy. A bellicose commander, Saw Boss orders the invasion of many planets destroying several of their ecosystems; institutes mass enslavement; causes the starvation of worlds' worth of people; creates horrific plant creatures in order to enrage a warlord and steal his weapons after he and his armies are defeated; and manipulates the population of another into a civil war for his own gain. As resistance groups rise up against him, Saw Boss infects their water supply in order to weaken them. His thirst for power knowing no limits, Saw Boss even used slave labor, capturing innocent scientists to build a weapon to allow him to conquer other universes and, when stopped sabotaged a satellite to make it crash into a planet out of spite. In order to get the ultimate weapon Jayce possessed and get rid of him and his companions, Saw Boss manipulates several people to do his bidding while betraying them once they're no further use to him. He even creates a black hole by crashing three planets; destabilizing another inhabited planet; and crystallizing another one, including its population, all just to get what he wants.
    • Vantu is a slimy magician who betrayed his own race by stealing the Liberty Stone that protects his race for years, before allying himself with Saw Boss in order to defeat the Lightning League. Disguising himself as the former leader of his race, he tricks one of the Lightning League members, turning him into stone, and after Jayce saved him, Vantu went into the nearby village and petrified most of the population with his Liberty Stone. Returning in the next episodes, he aids Saw Boss by causing much mayhem, with his worst act his attempt to drain the core of a certain planet in order to boost his magical power—with no intention of sharing with Saw Boss—which would result in the annihilation of all life in the planet. In his final appearance, he made a magic generator that resulted in the fabric of the universe getting torn apart so that he could give Saw Boss more power.
  • Kong: The Animated Series: Chiros the Destroyer was once an Atlantean shaman named Shikala who sought to perform a ritual to help him master all the powers of the universe. Transformed into a powerful entity by the ritual, he decided to use his new power to Kill All Humans and rule over what remained of the planet afterward. Having been imprisoned by the Primal Stones, Chiros has his minions try and retrieve the stones to free him. In the finale, Chiros is freed with the stones and drains Professor Ramone De La Porta's life force to restore his power. He plans to imprison Kong the same way he was imprisoned, and keep him trapped there forever, where Kong will be kept alive for thousands of years but unable to leave.
  • Kulipari: An Army of Frogs:
    • Lord Marmoo, the brutal Evil Overlord of the scorpions, believes that the weak have no right to survive. Longing to destroy the fertile Amphibilands, Marmoo teams up with the Spider Queen Jarrah and leads the armies into battle, killing the Turtle King Sergu. Upon his initial defeat, Jarrah makes Marmoo stronger than before, whereupon he repays her by murdering her. Drunk on his newfound might, Marmoo attacks another village to raze it to the ground and kills the chief of the frogs himself. Returning to the spiders, Marmoo kills many of them by collapsing their fortress, not even caring his own men and brother Pigo are within. Forcing the surviving spiders into service, Marmoo attacks the Amphibilands, killing many frogs and even sneering that the only scorpions to die are those too weak to survive. Upon his victory, Marmoo banishes the frogs into the desert with no supplies, condemning them to slow death by heat and starvation. Not even his men are immune to his cruelty, as any scorpion injured in the fight, including Pigo, is given the choice of leaving or being eaten alive. Ambitious, brutal, cruel and egotistical a monster as they come, Marmoo believes only in power, domination and revenge with nothing to stand in his way.
    • Dream Walker: Lord Darkan, the ruler of Cardigal, is a vicious lizard who relishes in dominating those in and around his city. With an army of lizards and spiders at his command, Darkan and his forces seek out strong warriors around the world, kidnapping and imprisoning them before forcing them to fight in the Kingdom of Fighters tournaments. Those who refuse to fight are either killed or cajoled into fighting after Darkan threatens to murder their families. When Darkan learns that Koa is a Dream Walker with extraordinary power, he and his army storm Koa's village and force his father to deliver Koa into his custody. After Koa initially refuses to join the Kingdom of Fighters tournament and threatens to kill Darkan, Darkan convinces him to fight by smugly telling Koa that should anything happen to him, his soldiers will slaughter all of the prisoners in Cardigal as well as Koa's entire village.
  • The Legend of Calamity Jane:
    • Bill Doolin is a dirty little bandit out to make a big score. Disguising himself and his men as Comanche, he rides into one town, shooting it up and beating the sheriff to near-death in order to frame the peaceful tribe to provoke a war between them and the US military so he can steal a supply of gold. Later freed from jail, Doolin steals a train carrying explosives so he can use them for his scores, heedless of the lives lost, and when Jane faces him, Doolin even tries to kill her beloved horse just to hurt her more before he kills her.
    • Mr. Filbert, from "Troubled Waters", is an arrogant, racist bureaucrat in the pocket of his greedy higher-ups. He proves himself far worse than most disposable bureaucrats by muscling onto Apache territory while trying to use outdated legal tactics to force them off. When intimidation fails, Filbert forces Sheriff O'Rourke to push them off and shoot any who resist, eventually revealing his plans to murder their leader to spur them into war and massacre them all to the last, even trying to burn Jane and O'Rourke to death for getting in his way.
  • The Legend of Prince Valiant:
    • Baron Frederick von Holsing from season 2's "The Walls of Tyranny" manages to outdo even recurring villains with his greed and lack of regard for human life. Von Holsing is a noble in the kingdom of Kengary, which has been at war with a neighboring nation for as long as anyone can remember. When King Ian, Frederick's uncle, makes inroads to initiate a lasting peace, Frederick murders him to frame their enemies and keep the war going. It is revealed that Frederick intends to prolong the war indefinitely so he can take men, women and children as slaves to work to death in his private mines for his personal profit. When Valiant uncovers the plot, Frederick attempts to murder his friends, send Valiant to his mines and kidnap Valiant's female comrade Rowanne with the threat of making her his. Vain, selfish and greedy, Frederick von Holsing stands as the worst representative of nobility in all the series.
    • Sage Advisor Selena from season 2's "The Sage" and "The Rings of Truth" is the Treacherous Advisor to King Michael of the North. She engineers a civil war, which causes the deaths of several hundred people, to arrange a better puppet figurehead to become king. She also conspires to murder an infant, frames Rowanne for a crime which makes her leave Camelot in disgrace, and turns an invention of peace into a war weapon in an attempt to frame Merlin for a crime. Vain, with no loyalties to anyone but herself, Selena surpassed the Mordred in terms of monstrosity.
  • Legend Quest:
    • Quetzalcoatl is the reincarnation of a long line of other Quetzalcoatls. The others were arguably well-intentioned, and would destroy humanity every 10,000 years and remake it at the cost of his own life with the intention of bettering humanity. This one's methods, however, were deemed too cruel, and he was locked away. The current Quetzalcoatl, feeling "bitter" and "betrayed" by serving a race of "ants", spent the last 10,000 years plotting to Kill All Humanspermanently—and remake the world in his own image. First, he spread the legend that destroying the Esfera egg using the Celestial Point would destroy him, in an attempt to have the new Quetzalcoatl killed so his existence won't be averted. He enslaved the witches and unleashed his Horrorosos on Puebla, turning it into a Zombie Apocalypse. He also opens a portal into the mortal realm in an attempt to destroy the world. When Leo and his crew thwart him, he pulls the town into his dimension and enslaves everyone in it (sans Marcella, Godofredo and Rosa), turning them into beasts under his command. He also tortures Marcella, threatening to take her soul out in front of Leo. Eventually pulling the entire world into his dimension he goes to war with the Brotherhood, killing a large number of them. He kills Nu Gui, and rips Leo's soul out of his body and takes control of his lifeless body in an attempt to destroy the Esfera.
    • Medusa, from "Ghost Of Medusa", is a Gorgon from Pompeii who lived in the cave of Mount Vesuvius, and had the unique ability to turn anyone who gazed into her eyes into stone. She had used this power to turn several humans into stone, until one day a man named Perseus turned her into stone and killed her. Upon becoming a ghost, she gained the power to turn other ghosts into stone. She had turned many warriors who tried to defeat her into stone. She eventually made a deal with the Mayor that if they provide her a sacrifice every year she will spare the town. After being disturbed by an unwitting Leo, she reneges and turns the ghost of the townsfolk into stone, where they will crumble into dust once the sun rises. When Leo and Teodora stumble into her cave they find the skull of someone Medusa slayed; she also tries to kill them by lowering them into a pool of lava.
    • The Vodnik, from "Vodnik", was a human tinkerer who intended to use his inventions to help others, however growing fed up with the impurities of his fellow adults, he turned himself into a frog monster, and became a collector of souls. He would kidnap any children who went by a lakes or even the smallest puddles, pull them underwater, suck their souls out and put them in cups or jars. He has been doing this for decades, possibly centuries, and has acquired a collection large enough to fit three whole shelves, each with over 20 souls. When Alebrije goes in search of the Grimsword Root, the Vodnik kidnaps him and sucks his soul out, and attempts to do the same to Leo. Despite his claims of wanting to save children from corruption, The Vodnik was every bit as corrupted as the worst adults himself.
  • Love, Death & Robots: The Governor, from "Good Hunting", is a vile politician with a penchant for machines. Unable to become aroused by regular human beings, the Governor decided to drug and capture Yan. Afterwards, he had several surgeons operate on Yan, cutting her body to pieces all while she was still conscious. Once all of Yan's flesh was gone, the Governor had his surgeons turn her into an android, and promptly used Yan as his personal Sex Slave.
  • Martin Mystery: In a series filled with supernatural beings and monsters that have some semblance of redeeming traits, the ghostly Gatekeeper, from season 2's "They Came from the Gateway", is wholly bereft of them. Keeper of the gateway to the underworld and longing to take over the human world, the Gatekeeper violently turns the head of the Center, M.O.M., into his slave and proxy while sending out monsters to kill her young agent. Hungering to “feast on the bones” of anyone who opposes him, the Gatekeeper's ultimate goal is to swarm the entire world with monsters from the underworld and rein in the bloody slaughter of mankind, even managing to unleash his monsters on several populated cities throughout the planet to wreak wanton havoc before he's ultimately stopped.
  • Max Steel franchise:
    • Max Steel:
      • John Dread is the leader of DREAD, a terrorist cell that engages in mass death and destruction in the name of world domination. Dread runs his organization with icy ruthlessness, and regularly places thousands of innocents in harm's way, with notable instances involving trying to flash-freeze an entire city; hoping to blackout Paris and all of its life support systems; attempting to destroy the United Nations headquarters; and disabling a satellite and leaving it to crash into an entire city, all in order to further his plans. Though at first seeming rather professional about his crimes, Dread decides It's Personal with Max Steel when, after failing to dissect the teen alive, his own face is scarred by Max, leading Dread to kidnap the boy's best friend while promising to exchange him for a vial of powerful nanoprobes, at which point he tries to kill the boy anyway just to torture Max. As a final attempted atrocity, Dread tries to obliterate the Swiss city of Geneva, killing its entire population plus the gathered world leaders, then blame the deaths on N-Tek, the spy organization made to thwart Dread's crimes. With no empathy, remorse, or limitations to his ambition and greed, John Dread personified the very worst of the various terrorists Max Steel encountered throughout his missions.
      • The appropriately-named Psycho is an ever-grinning lunatic who is Max's most personal and hated enemy. Psycho first met his nemesis when he splashed deadly nanoprobes all over the boy, hoping for them to excruciatingly kill him, unknowing that it would create his worst enemy, whom he would later go on to attempt to dissect, freeze to death, and drop a satellite onto the hometown of. Serving as John Dread's right-hand man for most of the series, Psycho gleefully commits any and all orders given him, the higher the body count the better, and often goes beyond what his orders entail so as to inflict as much pain and death as possible, such as trying to murder two innocent teens for merely stumbling nearby his base, or by trying to annihilate a small village with an erupting volcano he is only supposed to be mining. His loyalty to Dread being simply a pragmatic partnership, Psycho often enacts his own schemes, normally involving acquiring plagues or nuclear missiles in order to destroy any city he wants then hold others for ransom while attempting to kill anyone in his way, an entire cruise ship of innocents being just one instance of this. His own accomplices fare no better than his enemies, as Psycho tries to silence a captured compatriot, abuses his minions, and brutally murders his partner, Bio-Constrictor, even after the latter assists Psycho in attempting to transform all of humanity into monstrous creatures under his control. Nigh-invulnerable and always seeking to one-up Max Steel, Psycho lives up to his namesake as a truly psychopathic madman who proudly embraces his atrocities as if they were ends unto themselves.
    • Max Steel (2013):
      • Miles Dredd, the Arch-Enemy of Maxwell "Max" McGrath, is a sociopath defined by his opportunistic and selfish personality. Once a scientist who worked alongside Max's father, Jim McGrath, Dredd sabotaged one of their TURBO energy experiments, leading to Jim's seeming death and Dredd being afflicted with a sick hunger for TURBO energy as his life energy. After founding THI Industries, a technology corporation he uses as cover for his terrorist activities, Dredd becomes obsessed with Max when he learns the young teen outputs massive amounts of TURBO energy, and during the series, regularly tries to drain the boy of this energy, always nearly killing him while making disturbing euphemisms about the "rush" it gives him. With mass casualties always being a factor in his plans, including setting an occupied high school aflame, trying to nuke numerous cities, and attempting to drain the life force of an entire city's population, Dredd has no problem targeting young teenagers either, as he threatens a school bus filled with them, sets an occupied high school aflame, and regularly tries to murder any, namely Max's best friends, that he runs across. Though always an evil lunatic, Dredd graduates to a truly monstrous individual when he destroys Earth's planetary defense grid, paving the way for the planet-destroying overlord Makino to annihilate Earth, in exchange for granting Dredd a high position in his army, at which point Dredd plans to betray Makino and conquer the universe with his army. Even after this master plan fails, Dredd continues to stoop to new levels of depravity when he creates an abominable creature named Morphos, emotionally abuses him into attacking his enemies, then kills him when he becomes too independent, ruthlessly blowing him up and referring to him as a "nothing." Caring for no one but himself, and willing to sacrifice even the entire planet in his schemes, Miles Dredd was the most recurring, and most personal, foe Max faced.
      • The aforementioned Makino is the Man Behind the Man to both the Ultralinks and Miles Dredd, and earns his place as Earth's greatest threat. An artificial intelligence created to "absorb and expand", Makino pushed his programming to his limits when, after possessing his creator, began "absorbing" entire planets into his ultimate weapon, the Alphalink, effectively annihilating them in the process, a process he has repeated countless times. An utter Blood Knight who displays far more sadism than remotely necessary, Makino abuses his Ultralink "children", uses Jim McGrath as a power source, keeping him in constant agony, and brutally beats down his foes with a gleeful grin on his face. After capturing Steel, the only Ultralink to turn against him, Makino happily tortures him before attempting to kill him, Max, and his long-lost father once his Alphalink is destroyed. Makino returns in the film Wrath of Makino, where he possesses Max, uses his insecurities and inner thoughts to torment his friends and family, and reveals he plans to destroy the entire Earth, not to absorb it, but simply out of spite for being humiliated. Though at first seeming to perhaps only be taking his programming to the extreme, Makino displays the most needlessly sadistic personality in the series, and shows in the end that he is fully capable of ignoring his programming when, rather than attempt to absorb the Earth as usual, he tries to wipe it out in a petulant rage.
      • Professor Mortum, the main villain of the films Team Turbo and Team Turbo: Fusion-Tek, sticks out among franchise villains as a truly horrifying monster. Originally a genius scientist with a great fear of death, Mortum became obsessed with immortality, and to this end, sought to obtain the Connect-Tek, a powerful N-Tek device that would grant Mortum godlike powers. Capturing hundreds of N-Tek agents, Mortum tortures them all with electricity for information on the Connect-Tek, after which he sics many of Max's other enemies onto his hometown of Copper Canyon, ordering them to destroy everything in sight in their quest to locate him the Connect-Tek. After failing to properly handle the Connect-Tek once getting his hands on it, Mortum is killed, at which point the Connect-Tek replaces his mind, turning Mortum into a whole new brand of monster. Now a techno zombie due to the Connect-Tek, Mortum still retains his original personality, and quickly begins draining the minds of dozens of his own lackeys, transforming them into mindless techno zombies that he uses to infect an entire city, draining all of their minds, after which he tries to inflict the same fate on his own nephew. After numerous soldiers are killed in their attempts to stop him, Mortum captures, tortures, and dissects Max's best friend, the sentient robot Steel, before using his powers to infect all of humanity with his techno virus, transforming the Earth into a barren wasteland, after which he reveals his plans to absorb all of humanity's minds into himself, becoming a god and eliminating the "disorder" of human empathy. Quickly graduating from a particularly wicked villain to a full-blown genocidal lunatic between his appearances in the films, Professor Mortum, despite his sometimes amusing personality, is easily one of the franchise's most nightmarish and terrifying villain.
      • Turbo-Charged & Turbo-Warriors: Dr. Prometheus Halifax, known almost solely as Terrorax, is a high-ranking member of the cult known as Nexus, whose goal is ultimate dominion over the world. After stealing the powers of Max Steel and transforming it into "Terror Energy", Terrorax reveals to the Nexus High Command his plan to wipe out all technology across the globe except that of Nexus, plunging humankind into an extinction-level event where only those who swear fealty to Nexus will survive. Though thwarted for a time, Terrorax devises a new plan to use Terror Energy as a weapon of mass destruction, travelling to cities and destroying them one by one until the world surrenders to his demands, and, when in his final fuel with Max Steel, Terrorax reveals his dream of bringing mass death and chaos to the entire planet before betraying his Nexus masters, wanting nothing more than to rule over the ashes of humanity as a god.
  • Men in Black:
    • Alpha was once the top agent for the Men in Black; however, after getting his hands on an alien device known as the Cosmic Integrator, he began his path of evil that leads him to become the monster he is in the present. Originally offering his partner, Agent Kay, a team up to use the Cosmic Integrator for immoral schemes, Alpha coldly gunned down his pupil when he refused Alpha's offer. Alpha went on to butcher aliens across the galaxy, ripping off or tearing out parts of their bodies that he would then fuse to his own biology via the Cosmic Integrator, with his most targeted part being the heads of aliens, attaching them to his torso while they stay conscious of their current state but unable to do anything of consequence to help themselves. Throughout the series, Alpha regularly mutilates aliens, nearly kills Agent Kay and his partner Jay in various sadistic ways, and murdered at least one human to steal his body parts. Trying numerous times to subjugate the Earth by way of mass murder, from using a Kill Sat to trying to flood half the planet, Alpha ultimately allies with the psychopathic Vangus to lead a full-scale assault on Earth, laying siege to numerous cities and causing countless amounts of destruction, all in his quest for total domination of first his own planet, then the galaxy. A sociopath with a lust for power above all else, Alpha was an arrogant, manipulative genius who used his intelligence for nothing but his own gain.
    • The aforementioned Vangus is the leader of the Ixion Federation, a race of planet-plundering aliens who value oil as an extremely valuable commodity and go from planet to planet draining them dry of their oil. Vangus sets his eyes on Earth and strikes up a deal with the traitorous MIB agent Alpha to invade Earth and steal it of its oil, leaving what remains of the Earth itself for Alpha to dictate. Vangus grows tired of waiting after Alpha postpones the invasion and, after a failed attempt to scout out oil fields which leads to his capture, Vangus breaks out in the series finale and teams up with Alpha to invade the Earth. Vangus sets his forces to obliterate both the UN and the Washington Monument before leading his forces in an all-out invasion on Earth, ravaging cities all across the world. Out of sheer impatience with the continued resistance, Vangus ultimately attempts to detonate a bomb to wipe out all life on Earth to make the planet's oil ooze to the crust, callously betraying Alpha and setting a torpedo en route to Earth with the assurance he'll come back and clean up whatever's left after the attack.
  • Mighty Max had some surprisingly dark storylines for a kids' series and some terrifying villains:
    • Skullmaster overthrew his previous master and took control of his subterranean kingdom from where he plots world domination. Skullmaster is a sadist, reveling in physical and psychological torture, and engages in both short-term brutality and long-term gambits. One of his most vile acts was vowing to save an ancient civilization from sinking beneath the sea, lying about it and trapping their souls as his slaves, in the present sending them after Max's head, "attached to the body or not." Responsible for the deaths of multiple heroes throughout the story, Skullmaster even attempted to blackmail Max for his mentor and friend Virgil's life by surrendering his magical cap. When Max turned it over, Skullmaster brutally killed Virgil, killing Warmonger soon after.
    • Spike from season 1's "Norman's Conquest" was a psychotic Blood Knight who definitely Would Hurt a Child. Ten Thousand years in the past, Spike led a pack of barbarians to attack a peaceful village when the heroic Norman was just a boy. Refusing offers of peace, Spike brutally attacked and killed Norman's unarmed father before attempting to kill Norman himself. Things went wrong and Spike was buried under the snow for the next 10,000 years, but not before gleefully saying he'd find the boy, kill him and eat his heart. In the present, Spike is no less savage and continues his battle with the now adult Norman until he is defeated. Spike is so evil that Norman feels fine killing him after Spike has already been defeated, and nobody bothers to complain.
    • Professor MacDougal from season 1's "Werewolves of Dunngeglen," the first fully human villain to qualify, discovered the existence of werewolves, along with the fact they were peaceful guardians of Scotland. She captured the pack and hooked them up in a rather unpleasant situation where their blood was painfully extracted into a formula for her. After drinking it, MacDougal would achieve the ability to transform herself and used it solely to kill innocent people, becoming the scourge of the highlands. When Max, a ten year old, stumbled upon her lair, Macdougal locks him inside and takes her formula so she can kill him, gleefully referring to him as "Breakfast."
  • Mighty Orbots: The massive bio-computer Umbra is the leader of SHADOW, an intergalactic terrorist organization dedicated to universal conquest and the dissolution of the United Planets. Umbra's schemes include attempting to ravage the Earth with monsters and an asteroid; framing the Orbots for terrorist attacks in order to get them thrown into a Hellhole Prison secretly run by SHADOW; bombing and nearly overtaking the United Planets headquarters; and enslaving a peaceful race of primitives whose planet he spitefully tries to blow up when they are freed from his control by the Orbots. When a minion successfully completes his assigned mission, Umbra informs him that he is abandoning him to die due to no longer having any use for him, and when a scientist later complains that Umbra is treating him more like a servant than a partner, Umbra responds by infecting the doctor with his own deadly plague. In the series finale, Umbra wipes out an entire solar system with a weapon called the Sun Smasher, which he threatens to use on the Milky Way unless he is declared overlord of Earth. When the Orbots launch a desperate direct assault against him, Umbra captures them and tortures them with nightmarish illusions while smugly informing them that soon everyone they know and love will be either under his control or obliterated.
  • Monster Force:
    • Count Dracul(a) himself is the Big Bad of this series, having enslaved countless to his vampiric curse in his constant efforts to pursue power and see Dr. Reed and his Monster Force exterminated. Dracula tries various schemes throughout the series, from trying to trap a member of the Monster Force in his lycanthropic form, to have him kill his own friends, to trying to trick a large group of vampires into performing a ceremony that would allow Dracula to take their power and become a god, killing all of them in the process. In his nastiest appearance, Dracula murders the real Abraham Stoker to take his appearance to trick Reed, forcing him to listen as the rest of Monster Force is seemingly killed—only to reveal he's intending to make them his vampire slaves to have Reed die at their hands, admitting the whole plot was solely to make Reed suffer. An elegantly vicious creature of the night all the while, Dracula consciously rejects his own humanity to see all before him destroyed in the finale.
    • The Dark Town, from "Dark City", is a living and malevolent entity that takes the shape of a town to lure in prey, while it sadistically relishes in their fear as it drains their lives and souls, the fate that befalls two luckless travelers in the opening. The Dark Town has been traveling for centuries, depopulating entire towns that it lures into its borders before devouring them, vanishing to repeat the cycle anew before trapping the Monster Force themselves.
  • My Little Pony: The G1 TV works had some surprisingly dark villains, including these two Bad Bosses:
  • The Mysterious Cities of Gold:
    • Conquistador Francisco Pizarro is the conqueror of the Incan Empire and a cruel, greedy man out for his own enrichment. Seeking the Cities of Gold, Pizarro tries to have entire villages razed and to kill or enslave young Esteban and his friends. Taking over the Incas, Pizarro forces them into slavery and massacres a great deal of them, wiping out their empire to establish control. Ostensibly loyal to the Spanish crown, Pizarro's only true loyalty is to himself and his insatiable greed.
    • King Menator is the cruel ruler of the Olmecs, an underground race seeking immortality. Tyrannizing many of the local tribes, Menator kills and harvests countless innocents for their skin cells to rejuvenate himself and the Olmecs, trying to have Esteban and his friends subject to the same fate and ordering an entire village massacred when they escape into its borders. Menator seeks the Cities of Gold for its priceless technology, using his flying weapon to vaporize many of the Mayans—-whom he regards as utterly inferior-—when they rise up against him, and even horribly beating the young Tao against a cliff side with the threat of killing him if he's not allowed access to the Cities of Gold. Though preaching everything he does is for the benefit of his race, Menator only intends to preserve those "worthy" while dismissing the lives of the rest and even his own loyal soldiers, intent only on taking what he can and killing everyone else in his way.

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  • The New Adventures of Ocean Girl: Galiel is an alien sorcerer whose obsession with obtaining eternal life and ultimate power led him to steal one of the four magic crystals that sustain the planet Oceana. Using the crystal's power, Galiel spent the proceeding 2,000 years conquering and plundering worlds like Bandor, whose emperor he executed in front of the man's son, Prince Jobah. When his crystal's energy begins to wane, Galiel is reduced to a decrepit state, so he returns to Oceana to get the other three gems, opposed by the planet's prophesied chosen one, Princess Neri. In his quest to obtain the crystals, Galiel terrorizes the Oceanans with natural disasters, attempts to bomb the royal palace, and repeatedly possesses King Nemon to try and turn everyone against Neri. He also frequently tortures his two minions, Elgar and Moza, and is eventually revealed to be the one who destroyed the latter's home world, only sparing the infant Moza so that he could be raised to serve him. When Elgar takes one of the crystals for herself, Galiel seduces her into giving it to him, and uses it to rejuvenate himself before abandoning Elgar and setting off to get the remaining two crystals while laying waste to all of Oceana.
  • Ōban Star-Racers: Canaletto is a scheming, self-concerned ex-god who orchestrates the ruinous events in Eva's life to assure his own return to godhood. Formerly the Avatar, Canaletto embarked on an omnicidal, planet-destroying crusade to wipe out all life in the galaxy and restart it according to his flawless designs, before being sealed away by the next Avatar Satis. Canaletto patiently and seamlessly manipulates events in his favor for the next 10,000 years, using Eva as his pawn by causing the accident that killed Eva's mother and fractured the relationship between her and her father, ruining Rick's racing career and murdering his own servant after Rick learns of it, and personally killing Sul to place Eva as the lead of the Oban Cycle. Once he eventually frees himself, Canaletto reduces Oban to a life-deprived desert, before trying to claim the powers of the Avatar. Though Canaletto claims himself as "the Lord of Purity," his definitions of "pure" are twisted, a fact which Satis calls Canaletto out on before Canaletto tortures him to death in fury before moving on to restart his omnicidal agenda. A callous, selfish, and arrogant demon of a deity, Canaletto remorselessly ruins the lives of everyone he manipulates to further his own ascension and spares no pity to the many who ultimately die at his hands.
  • The Pirates of Dark Water: The Dark Dweller is the being behind the titular "Dark Water," a menacing oily substance that devours whatever it touches and is spreading all throughout the world. By proxy, the Dweller is responsible for countless deaths of places that the Dark Water has devoured. The Dark Dweller is focused on domination and destruction who plans to unleash its Dark Water throughout the world, focused only on consuming and controlling what it can.
  • Prisoner Zero: General Vykar, the brutal, superficially charming, main antagonist of this Australian series, is a ruthless Imperium officer, renowned for his habit of casually destroying planets or just killing their entire populations. In the first two episodes, he has the neutral world of Arcadia enslaved, bombarded, and then destroyed, all because of his injured pride over the fact he lost control of the Rogue, an ancient starship. Imprisoning an entire planet's population, Vykar uses the people as Bioweave capacitors, granting himself superhuman abilities. After being deprived of this, he proceeded to commit atrocity after atrocity to further for his goal of ultimate power, uncaring how many innocents died because of his actions. In the series finale he betrays the Imperium, slaughters multiple ships of their fleet—killing his own loyal soldiers—and attempts to gain ultimate power by draining the life of everyone in the galaxy who was connected to the Bioweave. Vykar is so bad that one of the plans for dealing with Vykar at this point involved sacrificing an entire planet's population to get him away from his latest superweapon.
  • Rambo: The Force of Freedom: General Warhawk, the leader of S.A.V.A.G.E. (Specialist-Administrators of Vengeance, Anarchy and Global Extortion), is a power-hungry despot bent on world domination. He tries to blow up the Boulder Dam as a diversion to rob Las Vegas; demands to be paid one million dollars and blows up the shipping on the Suez Canal when his demands are not met; tries to start a war between two neighboring countries by stealing a white rhino; seizes control of the Warton Missile Complex and launches an attack from the missile base to all of North America when his demands aren't met; along with his troops hijacks a supertanker, planning to cause an ecological disaster unless his demands for a warship are met; and sends Mad Dog to hijack a space shuttle called Xenon with plans to blow up satellites unless his demands are met. Not even children are safe from his wrath, as he has tried to have young peace activists killed.
  • Reboot: Megabyte, an order-obsessed virus, becomes one after season 2. While in previous seasons Megabyte had a personal code of honor and was affable enough to give Enzo a birthday present, after a forced Fusion Dance, he loses those qualities, as shown when he uses an Eldritch Abomination's invasion as a way to trap Bob in an Eldritch Location. With Bob out of the way, Megabyte turns his attention on capturing Mainframe, with the end goal of infecting the Supercomputer and the entire Net. To that end, he lets his sister Hexadecimal get crushed with the side of a game cube, then has her rebuilt with a shock collar so she is forced to power his death ray. He makes it incredibly difficult for Enzo to continue beating game cubes, dooming thousands of binomes to A Fate Worse Than Death and causing untold destruction for the sake of driving the kid into a Heroic BSoD. When he gets into the Central Office, he decapitates Phong and tortures his severed head not only for information, but for his own sadistic amusement. His minions, Hack and Slash, are terrified of him, and he often breaks Herr Doctor's fingers as punishment. Even after being defeated, he's caused so much damage Mainframe can't recover and the heroes are forced to deliberately cause a crash for a chance at rebirth. Later, he returns to Mainframe and impersonates Bob, turning everyone against Glitch-Bob before proposing to Dot and almost marrying her for no reason other than to amuse himself. He is willing to hurt anyone and everyone for his own petty amusement.
  • Redwall: Cluny the Scourge, from the first season, adapts all the nastiest parts of his book counterpart's villainy and goes beyond that. A searat warlord with a propensity for abusing his own men who vies to take over Redwall Abbey, Cluny is established to have massacred the hero Matthias's peasant village in the past, attempting personally to slaughter the young mouse. In the present, Cluny tries every scheme he can to take over Redwall, from trying to starve everybeast within to death and having an unfortunate mouse who tries to deliver food to the abbey executed, to taking various hostages and trying to see them all slaughtered to goad out the heroes—even managing to capture Cornflower, torturing her for her impudence against him. Setting up his own traitorous minion to die in an assassination attempt against his life and regularly imploring the rest of his band to slaughter innocents with aplomb, Cluny finally attempts to take over Redwall by ordering the massacre of everybeast within.
  • Ring Raiders: Scorch—real name Stanley Smith—is the leader of the evil pilot organization, "Skull Squadron". During his college years, Scorch challenges another pilot, Victor Vector, to see who's the best of them all, using underhanded tactics to do so, even so far as to murder him. Disgraced after the fight, Scorch kidnaps several scientists in order to make him stronger, and after he forms the "Skull Squadron", he causes destruction across the world. Scorch hatched several nasty plans to Take Over the World, such as attempting to cause a chain reaction of explosive volcanoes that would wipe out several major cities across the world; stealing a Kill Sat; and confiscating a plane that contains a pollen in order to unleash a plague if the world didn't surrender to him. In addition, he kidnaps a Ring Raider pilot in order to challenge Vector, threatening him by sending her to the Jurassic period.
  • RoboCop: Alpha Commando: Mr. Brink is the leader of DARC (Directorate for Anarchy, Revenge, and Chaos), a terrorist organization that serves as the primary threat of the series. In the three part pilot, Justice Reborn, he instructs DARC to assassinate the premiere of Naugmenastan to cause a war so they can sell weapons to the country, eventually deciding to bomb the room the premiere is in and kill everyone. His organization continues to commit atrocities throughout the series, including converting Francesca Alliata into a cyborg slave to make her bomb a city; attempting to nuke all of the world's capitals; and trying to destroy a plane filled with the Goodwill ambassadors from the Asian Alliance nations, which would cause the Asian Alliance to declare war on the world, allowing DARC to sell weapons to the highest bidders. In the Family Reunion two part episode, Brink sends robots to take over New Detroit, and kidnaps Robocop's family, threatening to kill them if he tries to stop him. Though Brink himself is not seen again, his organization continues to perform evil actions, such as trying to destroy the world's landmarks with a laser, and supplying a corrupt gentleman with a detonator that will allow him to destroy a ship.
  • Rollbots: Vertex, a vicious spiderbot who desires to tear down Flip City's defense grid and Safety Net so as to lead a full-scale genocide against all Rollbots, enacts various atrocities in an attempt to see his plans fulfilled. These atrocities include setting apartment complexes aflame; bombing a race track and its audience; or trying to freeze every Rollbot in an endless time loop. Having zero care for his minions who he regularly abuses, Vertex murders one of them to ensure that important knowledge is kept to himself, and later butchers a rival crime lord to secure his position of power. In the end, Vertex is revealed to have wiped out Spin's entire tribe in a destructive campaign against the Rollbots, and drags Captain Pounder down with him to his death.
  • Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends: Many antagonists in this series are well-intentioned, tinted in gray, or otherwise redeem themselves. However, many are still irredeemably vile:
    • The Aeseri twins, Odin and Loki, from "Devil Inside," are rampaging psychopaths released from the Alliance's maximum security containment unit to commit wanton havoc. Shooting down every Alliance operative that pursues them, Loki is captured and contents himself with playing sadistic mind games with Nick Logan, utilizing illusions and later attacking his way through the Alliance to commandeer one of their airships. Odin, meanwhile, makes his way to Iceland, attacking a submarine and a town in Iceland before making his way into the mountains. Once the two reunite, they reveal their ultimate plan: release and control the Frost Giant and cause an apocalyptic Ragnarok for no other reason than to thrill themselves, with Loki gleefully stating he can't wait until the two reach a populated city.
    • Lord Hanek is the vampiric leader of Intracom, a powerful family of vampires disguised as a worldwide organization. Hanek is behind several of Intracom's malevolent affairs, such as burning down vast sections of the rainforest to biting and turning several innocent people into vampoid slaves. Hanek demonstrates his vileness by attempting to have the Tree of Light destroyed, which would in the process completely wipe out the Banshee Sisterhood, and turns an innocent woman into his vampoid concubine to hurt one of the Alliance's agents. Hanek truly comes into his own in his last appearance in season 2's "Showdown": to power his teleporter technology, Hanek attempts to utilize the Banshee as living generators, in the process tortuously draining the life from them and eventually killing them. Hanek endangers the life of main character Nick Logan to lure Sh'lainn and the Sisterhood into his clutches, tricks the escaped Minotauri Kahn Mort into downing a helicopter filled with his own men into a hospital, and finally forces Nick into a Sadistic Choice involving the lives of Sh'lainn and his stepfather Nathan. Always possessed of a callous sophistication in whatever situation he's in, Hanek stands miles above the other major alien antagonists in terms of depravity.
    • The Shadoen agent Wraith is the one responsible for nearly all the misery within the story. Stationed in Earth back in 1946 to divide the alien races and allow the Shadoen to invade and conquer the planet, Wraith butchers the real James Rinaker and assumes his identity, bombing a Conduit safehouse and killing several innocent aliens to pin the blame on the Alliance's co-leader Walter Logan before trapping Walter himself in eternal stasis to take over the Alliance. As Rinaker, Wraith traps hundreds of innocent aliens in the Alliance's prison and has little compunction in arranging torture, bombings, and heavily destructive missions with little care as to who or what gets caught in the way, whilst simultaneously sabotaging several of the Alliance's missions and endangering several more lives. After his initial attempt to pin his crimes on Nick Logan, Wraith personally murders Ms. Smith-Heisen once she gets too close to the truth without an ounce of emotion on his face before discarding his disguise, rigging the entire Alliance bunker to explode and take out half of New Mexico, and savagely murdering Trueblood with his own claws. Rejoining the Shadoen fleet and still unsatisfied with how he's being treated, Wraith tricks the Shadoen high command into being nuked by the human army and spearheads the invasion himself, ultimately resolving to blow up the moon and kill off most of humanity to conquer what remains, with his only stated regret being the loss of "breeding stock" this will incur. A traitorous, manipulative sociopath even by the standards of the world-destroying Shadoen, Wraith is the most dangerous—and vile—alien to grace the series.
  • Sectaurs: The evil General Spidrax, lord of the Dark Domain, seeks the powerful Hyve of the Ancients to destroy Shining Realm and all within it. In his conquest, Spidrax opens the series by razing a village; traffics in slaves while gleefully planning to work two of his Arch-Enemy Dargon's friends to death when he captures them; has a corrupt magistrate try and feed the heroes to a monster which nearly destroys another village; and abuses his own men and allies, cowing murderous bandits to his command and tossing another ally who fulfills his demands to the letter to his intended death with a mocking "good job".
  • Shadow Raiders: The Beast Generals, the malevolent servitors of the world-devouring Beast Planet who help their master The Beast scourge entire solar systems and destroy all worlds within them, each qualify in their own right:
    • Lamprey is a master of deceit and subterfuge who weakens worlds from the inside out through complex gambits, occasionally pausing to murder people who cross her path for little other reason than to amuse herself. Lamprey introduces herself tricking Emperor Femur into installing a device meant to drain all the life from Planet Bone. After this, Lamprey possesses Tekla and tries to use her to destroy the Alliance from the inside out, contenting herself with subjecting her to horrific Mind Rape of her planet's destruction and trying to slowly kill her from the inside once this fails. After this fails, Lamprey murders a resident of Planet Fire and pins it on Jade's hands, intending for her to be horribly executed by being dipped into a fall of lava. Lamprey's final crimes in the series stem purely from petty spite: Seeking revenge against Tekla, Lamprey has her Beast drones attack a bar with the intent to kill everyone inside, personally disintegrates Captain Blaze once he gets in her way, and furiously attempts to kill everyone who stands between her and Tekla before her own demise.
    • Blokk is a brutish warrior who firmly believes in the power of absolute force over everything else, preferring to overrun worlds through his armada to destroy all they see whilst basking in the carnage. Blokk's repeated attempts to attack the planets in the Cluster result in numerous deaths and the successful destruction of Planet Jungle. Blokk personally attempts to trick Cryos into killing his own daughter whilst leaving his planet vulnerable, and grows more and more vicious after his repeated punishments at the hand of the Beast. In the finale of the series, Blokk takes over Planet Rock by force by besting and killing Lord Mantle, while promising to give the Alliance members he's captured—two children among them—a slow death at the Beast's hands. Once he's left stranded on Rock, Blokk slaughters his way to Rock's World Engine, personally executes Feldspar, and sets the entire planet on a collision course with the nearest star out of sheer spite.
  • Silverwing: In this Animated Adaptation of the book series, Goth is a giant cannibal bat from South America. Captured by humans, he sent to lab in a North American city for study. After escaping the lab, he begins to kill owls and birds, which General Brutus blames on the Silverwing bats, causing him to persecute them. Goth kills an Owl trying to kill Shade, a Silverwing bat. Goth pretends to be Shade's friend, saying he will protect Shade's colony, but he really plans on eating them all instead. Shade discovers Goth's true nature, when Shade discovers the corpse of a Brightwing bat Goth had eaten. Later Goth and his brother in law Throbb eat a coven of bats and took the metal bands they were wearing as trophies. When Shade and Goth are trapped in a mine, Shade suggests they work together to escape, but makes Goth promise to allow him and his friends to live, a promise Goth instantly reneges on when he is out of danger. Near the end of the series, Goth teams up with the Wolves to take over the forest and goes on a killing spree against the Owls to fulfill his part of this deal.
  • Skeleton Warriors: The suitably-named Baron Dark was an ambitious nobleman who hungered to steal the Lightstar Crystal powering the lands of Luminaire. Dark arranged for the king's shuttle to crash in hostile territory, and manipulated his younger son Joshua into going for the Lightstar Crystal himself before attempting to steal it. Its energies made the Baron's evil manifest fully as he became the first Skeleton Warrior, an immortal living dead creature who transformed all his forces into the same. The Baron attacked Luminaire's civilians and upon discovering he could only turn evil people into Skeletons, Dark furiously ordered the rest of the population murdered, only relenting when one of his men reminded him they'd need slaves. Dark would force a population's compliance by starving them and withholding medicine to force them to do his bidding, attempted to wipe out the ape-like Semigons to steal their refinery, and once he gained the Lightstar Crystal himself, Dark attempted to remake the world into a hellish landscape where only his chosen Skeleton Warriors would survive.
  • Sonic Sat AM: Dr. Julian Robotnik is the absolute ruler of a roboticized Mobius, and is a far more chilling incarnation than usual. A ruthless, ambitious backstabber with a series of treacherous moves to his count in the name of self-interest, Robotnik's first betrayal was his sealing of the wizard Naugus in the Void. Later becoming known to the King of Mobius, Robotnik became instrumental in the King's own military victories before deciding to take over Mobius himself. Staging a coup d'état and overthrowing the King from Mobotropolis, Robotnik stole the technologies of the Roboticizer from Charles Hedgehog, and used it to forcefully convert almost all of Mobius into a polluted dystopia. Reducing all of Mobius's inhabitants to his robotic slaves—which they morally object to and fight against—Robotnik made fierce enemies with Charles's son, Sonic, and the rest of the Freedom Fighters. Robotnik would demonstrate his psychopathic nature again and again, attempting to kill, torture, or otherwise roboticize the Freedom Fighters, happily willing to jeopardize the ecosystem in doing so. Robotnik also coldly abuses his own minions, his diminutive, weak-willed nephew Snively among them, and condemns them all to die for the sake of his own life in the finale. An emotion-deficient fear-monger with nary a comedic quirk to his name, Robotnik proved one of the most vicious incarnations of Robotnik seen in the franchise.
  • Spawn: Jason Wynn is the director of the NSC, who ordered the death of Al Simmons by having him burned alive. In exchange for favors from a corrupt senator, he covers up the crimes of said senator's son, child killer Billy Kincaid. Using his position to steal weapons from the US Department of Defense, Wynn sells them to various terrorists and dictators across the globe. When one of Wynn's employees, Terry Fitzgerald, discovers Wynn's crimes, Wynn frames him for them and later orders a hit squad to kill Terry's wife Wanda and his daughter Cyan. Wynn later has his former subordinate, Major Forsberg, thrown into a cell and starved when he tried to leave Wynn's services. Seeking the mask of Genghis Khan, which will give him the powers of Hell, Wynn tries to get answers from Forsberg by threatening to kill his family. When Terry tries to kill Wynn in revenge, Wynn has him dragged to an opium den and forcibly drugged, to make his death as slow as possible, while gloating about how he will sell his wife into forced prostitution.
  • Spicy City: Corbin, from the series finale "Raven's Revenge", is the CEO of AlternaCeuticals, the company that created Raven. A psychopathic eugenicist, Corbin wants to wipe out all those he's deemed genetically inferior and aberrant, and plans on doing it with a virus that he tests on Raven and carnival freaks. When symptoms begin to manifest in the carriers, Corbin has the crowded carnival bombed under the pretense of containing an outbreak before instructing his men to Leave No Witnesses as they move in to capture Raven. When confronted, Corbin implies that he was responsible for the death of Raven's mother, and rants about how he is going to eliminate all of the "mutants and freaks" with his plague, which he also intends to profit off of thanks to his "good fiscal policy" of Withholding the Cure to diseases in favor of overpriced treatments that are developed as slowly as possible.
  • Stargate Infinity: Commander Da'kyll of the Tlak'kahn Empire is the ruthless, bloodthirsty leader of the Warrior caste, known for his habit of turning his adversaries into living trophies in suspended animation while he works on finding a way to break their spirits and turn them into mindless servants. After orchestrating the massacre of Major Gus Bonner's old team, Da'kyll has him framed as a traitor to Stargate Command, and relentlessly pursues him and his new squad across the universe, intent on capturing Bonner's mysterious alien ally Draga, who Da'kyll is convinced is one of the Ancients. Da'kyll at one point takes a village hostage, and threatens to destroy it unless Bonner surrenders to him; when Bonner does give himself up, Da'kyll orders that the village be razed anyway before deciding that it would be more fun to let its inhabitants die slow deaths from an illness that is ravaging them. When the Mardan, one of the Tlak'kahns' Slave Races, help him capture the Stargate crew, Da'kyll destroys the team's cure for a plague that the Mardan are suffering from while noting that if the Mardan manage to survive the sickness on their own, they will have proven worthy enough to be used as Cannon Fodder. Da'kyll threatens soldiers who fail him with torture, murders his professional rivals, and frequently flouts the authority of the Nax'kan Council, who he intends to overthrow using the knowledge and power of the Ancients.
  • The Story Keepers: While the series teaches that you should forgive your persecutors, the villainous Nihilus stands against this, with his unwillingness to live up to his mistakes and accept forgiveness that makes him a monster. The centurion to Nero, he attempted to purge Rome of the Christians by force throughout the series, including him building a catapult and sending flaming debris into the tunnels that persecuted Christians were hiding in. Upon learning that a fellow centurion was a Christian, he tried to have him killed for treachery. He later set fire to homes of children with them still inside, all because they didn't submit to his emotional manipulation of them. He also arranges a public crucifixion for Ben and murders his student when he stops him from carrying it out. In the end, Nihilus had one single defining trait: his utter lack of a conscience.
  • Swat KATS:
    • Dark Kat is one of the Swat Kats' most recurring, and wicked, villains. A complete madman obsessed with the death of the Swat Kats and the destruction of Megakat City, Dark Kat is introduced trying to use a nuclear weapon to annihilate Megakat City and its thousands of residents, attempting to force Lieutenant Feral to watch the carnage as it unfolds. Later attempting to turn the Swat Kats into ground meat while using their jet to frame them for opening fire on civilians and blowing up entire buildings, Dark Kat follows this up by convincing Razer he severely wounded innocents to throw him off his game while Dark Kat uses a robotic arachnid to attack and hopefully tear Megakat City to shreds. In his arguably worst outing, Dark Kat makes an alliance with the below-mentioned Dr. Viper, using him to rebuild the Metallikats then install chips in them that allow Dark Kat to torture them at his leisure. Using the Metallikats and Viper, Dark Kat lures the Swat Kats, Feral, and assistant mayor Callie Briggs into a trap to kill them all, ordering the Metallikats to kill Viper when he outlives his usefulness, and ultimately attempts to blow up the entire base as a last ditch effort to kill the Swat Kats, their friends, and all of Dark Kat's own allies in one fell swoop.
    • Dr. Viper was once Elrod Purvis, a greedy scientist whose plan to sell the Viper Mutagen to the highest bidder ended with his supposed death and subsequent mutation into the evil Viper. In his schemes to destroy Megakat City and replace it with a festering "Megaswamp City", Viper regularly attempts to mutate and murder all he can through his chemical weapons and monsters; painfully transforms one-shot villain Morbulus into a mindless bacteria creature that he sets loose on Megakat City, leading to dozens of deaths, including that of Viper's former colleague Zyme; attempts to drown the entire city in toxic spores; teams up with the aforementioned Dark Kat; and finally floods the city with mutative chemicals in a bid to mutate everyone within the city. Regularly murdering innocents in his attempted conquest and seeing beauty only in the fetid and festering, Dr. Viper was about as remorselessly evil as his sinister appearance would suggest.
    • Mutilor, from "When Strikes Mutilor", is a brutal mercenary who takes over a ship from a peaceful race called the Aquians and attacks Earth, planning to drain every drop of water from the world to sell it off, saying that if earth dies as a result, then that's just business. When the heroic SWAT Kats interfere, Mutilor tries to torture them to death with electricity, and when the ship is taken, Mutilor attempts to destroy it out of spite so that it crashes into Earth and causes a devastating catastrophe that could easily kill every cat on the planet.
  • Time Jam: Valerian & Laureline: Raymond de Tancarville is a tyrant who steals away the Earth itself and keeps humanity trapped in Medieval Stasis to rule unchallenged, enforcing his rule with robots that have been shown to blast the populace indiscriminately at sign of challenge. To rule the galaxy, Raymond created the Vlagos race and, upon finding a telepath to guide them, murdered her parents and mind-wiped her into believing her own ruler was responsible, in order to have her turn on her people and lead the Vlagos to dominate and destroy countless worlds. To fulfill his ambition, Raymond also tries to murder Valerian and force Laureline to marry him, gloating he'll have her mind rewired to make her a willing, submissive and obedient wife.
  • Totally Spies!: Helga Von Guggen is a greedy fashion designer who makes "seamless" fur coats by kidnapping innocent people, injecting them with a serum that turns them into Petting Zoo People, then skinning them alive in what appears to be a giant industrial crusher. She makes her debut having already done this to a boat with two hundred people on board, bragging about one of her coats, claiming that it's "genuine lawyer." She later designs a line of apparel that crushes people who wear them, with heavy implications that it manages to kill an innocent shopper off-screen in the opening minutes of the episode it was introduced.
  • Trollhunters: Morgana, also known as Argante, Baba Yaga and the Pale Lady, is the true Big Bad of the series. An evil sorceress who helped Gunmar the Black rise to power to destroy humanity, Morgana was imprisoned by Merlin, but corrupted the once-noble troll warrior Angor Rot, using him as an assassin to kill trolls and Merlin's trollhunters. Possessing Claire Nunez to kill her friends, Morgana is later released and asserts her control over Gunmar's forces, the Gum-Gums. Killing most of Gunmar's followers to empower her spell to create an Eternal Night, Morgana launches an invasion of Arcadia Bay with clear instructions for Gunmar to massacre and devour most of the humans within before spreading out to conquer the rest of the world, with most of said world being destroyed to fuel Morgana's limitless ambition.
  • The Twins of Destiny: The Empress Dowager of China is a wicked tyrant who lives in lavish luxury while her oppressed, poverty-stricken people starve and are terrorized by her soldiers and eunuchs. When two children who were prophesied to bring about her downfall are born, the Empress orders them killed, has their doctor imprisoned and tortured, and turns their fathers into inanimate—but still awarestatues, because death would be "too easy", as a punishment for the "defiant act" of bringing her would-be usurpers into the world. After learning that the children were secretly smuggled to France, the Empress gives her eunuchs free reign to destroy anything that gets in their way in their mission to slay the twins. When the twins make it to China, the Empress deploys her armies against them, and allows the soldiers to raze villages and summarily execute people in an attempt to flush the children and their allies out. The Empress regularly threatened her servants with death and mutilation, had planned on murdering her Evil Sorcerer on the unfounded suspicion that he was disloyal, and foregoes executing her incompetent head eunuch in favor of demoting him, because the eunuch spending the rest of his life haunted by his disgrace is a far crueler and more amusing punishment than death.
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender: Commander Sendak, ever a ruthless Galra commander, truly came into his own after the death of his sovereign Zarkon. After Prince Lotor takes the throne, Sendak becomes the leader of his own splinter faction, the Fires of Purification. He leads an attack on a Galra shield base to expose an entire colony to lethal radiation out of pure spite for being passed over for the throne. Later locating Earth, Sendak kills the soldiers sent against him and begins bombing and razing cities until the world surrenders to him, whereupon the citizens are enslaved and forced into work camps to create new weapons. Obsessed with finding Voltron and punishing the Lions' Paladins, Sendak makes a deal to spare Earth in exchange for the Lions, only to double back on it, and forcing the Paladins and the treacherous Admiral Sanda to watch as he intends to exterminate Earth and the billions who live there. When Voltron finally arrives to oppose him, Sendak ruthlessly kills entire ships full of his own men to get at the Paladins, and refuses to let any of his own crew get to safety, consumed with his own ambition and spite and taking the worst excesses of Galra to their natural conclusion.
  • Wild West COW Boys Of Moo Mesa: Skull Duggery, despite only appearing in the episodes "The Legend of Skull Duggery" and "Skull Duggery Rides Again", is one of the vilest villains to appear in the show. Skull Duggery was originally a old miner, by the name of Tom Duggery, who staked a silver claim and was too greedy to share it with anyone. He died in a cave in, but his ghost continued to haunt the mine. Marshall Moo's Kid Sidekick, Cody Calf, and 2 other kids go to the mine to look for the silver. Skull Duggery catches them, traps them in a mine shaft and fills it with water, attempting to drown the children. Marshall Moo saves the kids and causes another cave in, sealing Skull Duggery in his mine. However Skull Duggery escapes a year later. Obsessed with revenge against Marshall Moo, Skull Duggery recruits 2 other ghosts to help him. Skull Duggery plans to use a magic spell that rapidly ages everything, people and buildings alike, to destroy Cowtown.
  • Xcalibur:
    • Kwodahn is the demonic mastermind of all evil in the story. Originally a Shogi Monk who turned evil to gain power, Kwodahn began bargaining with potential villains and evildoers to fully back their plans in exchange for their souls. Allying himself with the depraved Prince Bragan, Kwodahn uses every trick up his sleeve to ensure Bragan's rise to power and the elimination of all his foes. Kwodahn's crimes range from granting Bragan armies of demons he uses to slaughter opposing armies, to unleashing a soul-devouring demon onto a province, to later trying to turn an entire city into statue-like zombies. His evil not limited to mass murder and corruption, Kwodahn once sought the sword of Excalibur, and, when the noble Prince Erwann refused his request, Kwodahn first tried to kidnap the man's infant daughter, before settling for murdering his wife for rejecting him. When Bragan is beaten and all their plans ousted, Kwodahn murders Bragan then tries to corrupt and turn the young Arthus into becoming his new servant, before finally flying into a rage and unleashing his forces onto the entire kingdom with orders to kill every living thing they come across.
    • Prince Bragan is the brutal, sociopathic Regent of the kingdom who rose to power thanks to allying with the aforementioned Kwodahn. Murdering his own brother, King Erwann, to ascend to Regent, Bragan immediately begins manipulating his child nephew Arthus into becoming nothing more than a figurehead, while Bragan rules the kingdom with an iron fist. Driving villages to starvation, massacring entire temples, and torturing his foes being regular atrocities of Bragan's, he also frames Prince Edwin and his daughter, Djana, for murdering King Edwin, and constantly tries to execute Djana and her friends in various cruel methods, along with many attempts at slaughtering entire villages they have taken up residence in. Once failing to poison Arthus and claim the throne for himself, Bragan eventually hands Arthus to Kwodahn to with as he pleases, before trying to strike down his partner for ditching him in exchange for Arthus.
  • Xyber 9 New Dawn: Machestro is the Evil Overlord of the Machina, and the orchestrator of all evil in the series. As the Man Behind the Man to King Renard, Machestro supplies him with all the resources and technology he needs to keep his war with the heroic Queen Tatania going, resulting in Terrana's current wasteland state, and even supplies him with a city-destroying rail gun to destroy as much of Tatania's kingdom as possible. Causing droughts, famines, and overall chaos throughout Tatania's forces with his plans, Machestro uses the ancient Hunter Claw robots to lay waste to entire cities and set crops aflame out of spite. Seeking to claim the Xyber 9 so as to blanket Terrana in never-ending darkness, then lead a full scale annihilation of the human race, Machestro tricks the Machina as a whole into believing that they are unable to live in sunlight to keep them under his thrall. In the end, Machestro tries to use the Eye of Darkness to cause an unending night, either unaware or uncaring about the fact that it will result in the deaths of all living things, himself included. Machestro was a sociopathic warmonger obsessed with total domination, and would doom the entire planet due to nothing but his own arrogance.
  • Zorro: Generation Z: Admiral Rodriguez, from "The Rival", is a corrupt Navy officer who was forced into early retirement by automation-induced downsizing. Becoming obsessed with proving that he was still a force to be reckoned with, Rodriguez sets out to get revenge for his dismissal by orchestrating a series of deadly attacks against Pablo Grande. After his men steal tons of munitions, Rodriguez has the ammo loaded onto a galleon, which will be rammed into the city's naval base. Once the base is blown up and hundreds are dead, Rodriguez will deliver his coup de grâce using hijacked satellite missiles that will annihilate all of Pablo Grande, killing thousands more. When a subordinate suggests that they evacuate the rigged galleon early due to the presence of Zorro and the Scarlet Whip, Rodriguez reveals that the escape submarine only holds one, and that it had been his plan all along to abandon his crew—which included his own nephew—to die in the terrorist attacks.

Animated Films

    Examples 
  • Adventures in Zambezia: Budzo is a ravenous monitor lizard, with a taste for bird eggs. In the past, he tore off Chief Sekhuru's wing and killed Amaya, Tendai's wife and Kai's mother, while trying to devour an egg, causing Tendai to abandon Zambezia in grief. Losing his claw in the battle, he vows revenge upon Zambezia. When he returns, he aligns with the Marabos, convincing them to kidnap the Weavers before he captures Tendai, using him as a hostage to force the Weavers to build him a bridge. Once it is completed, he turns on the Marabos and leaves them to be devoured by his lizard army while he storms Zambezia, intent on taking over as a tyrant and devouring their eggs. Arrogant and malicious, Budzo displays nothing but sadistic glee at his crimes, causally dismissing them without a second thought, and is treated with fear and contempt by every other character.
  • The Amazing Adventures of the Living Corpse: Dr. Brainchild is a Mad Scientist seeking to resurrect the dead. To test out his serum, he drops it in random cemeteries. When the ensuing zombies kill people, Brainchild takes any kids who survive to a secret boarding school until they're ready to be trained in the Creature-Hunter Organization he made to gather info, not caring how many of them get killed in the process. Brainchild eventually realizes that his zombies aren't as intelligent because they aren't fresh enough, so he kills his top assistant to test his theory, eventually having all of his soldiers purged to make an army of the dead.
  • An American Tail: Warren T. Cat, the greedy leader of the Mott Street Maulers, holds the downtrodden mice of New York in a chokehold, forcing them to pay him off under the guise of "Warren T. Rat" while secretly having his cats pick off a mouse every once and a while to keep them terrified and under control. When Warren stumbles upon the innocent orphan Fievel Mousekewitz in his introductory scene, Warren manipulates him into his clutches and then tosses him to the hold of a cruel sweatshop for a quick fifty cents, sneering "you don't need a family anymore—you got a job!" When the mice finally stand up to Warren's manipulations, Warren simply decides to cut his losses and tries to burn them all alive with a sick laugh.
  • Antz: General Mandible is a megalomaniac ant soldier who views worker ants as inferior vermin and soldiers as superior. He manipulates the Queen into rejecting peace negotiations with a hostile colony of Termites and sends all the soldiers loyal to her on a suicide mission to attack the Termites and secure his power. Both sides are destroyed in the fight except for a single ant named Z, which irritates him to no end. He engineers a new dig for the miners so they will hit a water source that will drown every ant in the colony including the Queen, except for his small faction of army loyalists who will be blindly obedient to him. He tortures Z's best friend Weaver to find Princess Bala after Z took her away, threatens to kill Weaver's girlfriend if he doesn't comply, then orders Z killed seconds after he promised not to do so and arranges Weaver's death as well. To start his new ideal colony he plans to force Princess Bala to marry him after he has killed her mother and everyone else.
  • Astro Boy: In this Animated Adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's manga, President Stone, at first seeming to be nothing more than an impulsive and childish leader, is slowly revealed to be far more wicked. Stone commissions Doctors Tenma and Elefun to build him a super robot, known as The Peacekeeper, and plans to use it to wage war with the harmless Surface-Dwellers. Despite the scientists' pleas, Stone uploads a highly dangerous power source into The Peacekeeper, resulting in the death of Tenma's son, an accident Stone barely acknowledges. Learning Tenma rebuilt his son as a robot and used another highly effective power source to give him life, Stone tries to capture or kill the boy to extract the power source, causing copious amounts of destruction to the city in the process. After detaining the child, now known as "Astro," Stone strong-arms Tenma into removing his power core, which would kill the boy. When Tenma refuses, leading to Astro escaping, Stone orders both Tenma and Elefun arrested and plans to have them executed. Stone then reactivates and takes control of The Peacekeeper, starts destroying the city looking for Astro, and prepares to crush several of Astro's friends, all children, trying to draw him out. Doing everything in the hopes that he would be re-elected, Stone was power-hungry, delusional, and sociopathic for an ultimately petty reason.
  • Balto: Seemingly just a Jerk Jock, Steele graduates to pure evil thanks to jealousy at Balto being placed on his sleigh team. Angrily trying to sabotage their efforts to get medicine delivered to sick children, Steele spitefully tries to make them lose their way on the path to the village, uncaring for the lives of the dogs or kids. Returning to the village on his own, Steele claims his teammates died in a blizzard while he was unable to save them, caring nothing for anything save his own glory.
  • Barnyard: Dag is the sadistic leader of a pack of coyotes. Unlike the other coyotes who kill for food, he seems to enjoy killing his victim more than eating them. This is shown when he shows a group of chickens his chain which has severed chicken legs on it. When faced with Otis's father Ben, he murders him and then shames Otis by telling him that his father would've survived had he been there for him. He then makes a compromise with Otis that stated that he and his pack of coyotes could get a couple of animals every night, and if Otis didn't comply, Dag and his coyotes would personally slaughter everything in the farm that Otis held dear, including possibly the farmer. This deal was just a trick to keep Otis busy while he and his pack kidnap the hens as well as the chick Maddy. He then tries to spitefully eat the latter just because she called him a "meaner." Murderous and needlessly cruel, Dag is seemingly out of place in an otherwise lighthearted film.
  • The Boxtrolls: Archibald Snatcher is a self-styled Boxtroll exterminator, the primary villain of the plot, and, while initially appearing to be eccentric and goofy, reveals himself as something far more unhinged as the story runs its course. A Social Climber who envies the lifestyles of higher society (the elite "White Hats") Snatcher drives forth a campaign to eliminate every Boxtroll in Cheesebridge to motivate the White Hats into letting him join higher society. Ten years prior to the main plot, Snatcher is shown attempting to extort something out of the father of the-then infant Eggs by threatening the baby's life; when Eggs's father refuses to cooperate with his demands, Snatcher apparently kills him with a wrench (in actuality keeping the man under locks until he was driven to insanity). Snatcher, as the plot continues, obliterates the Boxtrolls' home and gleefully attempts to crush them en masse while forcing Eggs to watch, and shortly after dresses the boy as a Boxtroll and then attempts to burn him alive in his attempt to endear himself to the White Hats. Shown at various times as a self-concerned megalomaniac who would willingly try to kill children to further his goals, Snatcher really stands out in such a lighthearted movie.
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury: Antonia Chillingsworth is the commander of the mercenary vessel the Kublai Khan. She's obsessed with the art of killing and death, collecting dozens of notorious fighters as part of her private collection of living statues. In this state they are almost completely frozen while conscious the whole time and trapped in an inescapable nightmare for what seems like centuries. She callously sacrifices her crew members to see Riddick's skill at killing; her only concern is that they were overpaid. Before adding Riddick to her collection she throws him and his friends in a fighting pit with people-eating monsters for her own amusement. She's horrible enough to disgust even Riddick, otherwise a knife-happy Noble Demon.
  • The Condor: Corrupt company partner Nigel Harrington and his mercenary, Taipan, are a despicable, greedy duo who kidnap the homeless and use Nigel's company chips to mentally enslave them. Giving them enhanced abilities, Nigel and Taipan have them commit crimes to test the chip, not caring that the chips burn their hearts out and kill them. Wishing for stronger test subjects, Nigel has Taipan kidnap skateboard enthusiasts, repeating the enslavement process on them. Upon his scheme being discovered by his business partners, Nigel has his mind-controlled pawns kill them to cover his secret. Luring his partners' son, Tony Valdez, to the scene of the crime, Nigel has him beaten and crippled; Taipan going on to manipulate Tony's cousin into setting Tony's house on fire. Attempting to sell their technology to terrorists, they do not care how it is used, as long as they profit. Having no loyalty to one another, Taipan kills Nigel to keep all the money herself.
  • Delgo: Empress Sedessa is the genocidal monarch of the Ando wastelands, and a vengeful exile of the Nohrin royal family. During her time among the Nohrin, Sedessa conceived a brutal war among the Lockni people after the Nohrin were denied land, ordering massacres of entire villages with orders to "leave no survivors", despite King Zahn's wish to parley with the Lockni, as Sedessa viewed them as savages despite their peaceful nature. After King Zahn strips Sedessa of her royal rank, Sedessa gets revenge by attempting to poison him and the Queen in their sleep, succeeding in murdering the Queen, resulting in her exile and the removal of her wings. Fifteen years later, Sedessa moves to restart the war between the Lockni and the Nohrin, seeking to wipe out the Lockni and seize the Nohrin kingdom herself. Throughout the plot, Sedessa shows gratification in harming whomever she can, taking pleasure in attempting to sever the wings of Zahn's young daughter Kyla and cruelly mocking her about her dead mother. She shows no compunction in disposing of those who have no use to her, like the ruling members of the Ando (whom she kills even in spite of the fact they saved her upon her exile) and attempts to stab Delgo the moment he turns his back after saving her life, having no remorse for her actions during her fifteen years of exile. Even her own loyal commander Raius is implied to be disposable to her, and Sedessa ultimately dies a vain, selfish outcast whose brutal campaign cost countless lives.
  • Dragons: Fire & Ice: The immortal wizard Xenoz was once the ambassador between the peaceful Dragons and the war-mongering human kingdoms of Draigar and Norvagen. However, his lust for power drove him to murder the Dragon Queen and steal her Ice Crystal. When the Dragon King Thoron attempted to murder him for this betrayal, Xenoz was scarred by Thoron's fire, and as such, developed a seething hatred for all of Dragon kind, and sought to annihilate the entire species through any means possible. Using his position, Xenoz ensures the war between Draigar and Norvagen continues for centuries to follow, framing each kingdom for the deaths of the other's Dragons, when in reality, Xenoz himself was hunting down and murdering them one by one, then feeding their remains to his army of monstrous Vorgans. After painfully tearing the power of an amazing Dragon crystal out of Prince Dev and Princess Kyra, Xenoz kicks his own second-in-command to his death, before opening a portal to Dragon World, where he plans to unleash the power of all his magic at once in hopes of wiping out all Dragons. Defined by his disproportionate hatred and lust for power, Xenoz cared for nothing and no one but himself and his own pride, and would kill anyone who jeopardized either of them.
  • Fire and Ice: The film’s Big Bad is the evil Nekron, a sorcerer and the ruler of the lands of ice. He begins the film by magically expanding the glaciers of his realm to literally crush those who stand in his way while slaughtering their villages with the glaciers and the spears of his sub-human followers. Seeking to force the King of the only resisting kingdom Jarol to submit, Nekron's mother Julianna kidnaps Jarol's daughter and has her brought to Nekron. Nekron angrily informs Julianna, who had expected Nekron to breed with her, that if his mother brings him any more "little sluts," he'll kill her himself. When Teegra's brother tries to rescue her, Nekron, while sneering "pigs you are, and like pigs you shall die," uses his magic to force the prince to kill his comrades, before the prince commits suicide. When Larn infiltrates his sanctum, Nekron gets utter delight from beating the warrior down himself and even has him taken away to be healed and rested so Nekron can enjoy crushing him again.
  • The Flight Before Christmas: Black Wolf is the alpha of a bloodthirsty pack of wolves who open up the movie attempting to kill and eat the young Niko. Black Wolf, stressing over the lack of food, attacks a completely harmless poodle who strays into his territory; the poodle accidentally gives Black Wolf the idea to kill and eat Santa Claus and his reindeer. Black Wolf then gets the idea to pose as Santa's reindeer in the process so he and his pack could sneak into the houses of humans. The plan was to slaughter every child in the world to curb his hunger. Black Wolf tracks the reindeer down, proclaims himself the new Santa Claus, and prepares to eat the reindeer. Interrupted by Niko, Black Wolf attempts to murder him too out of frustration, going as far to pursue him on top of a flying sleigh miles in the air. Even as he fell to his inevitable Karmic Disney Villain Death, Black Wolf dragged Niko's best friend Julius down with him, stating his joy that at least he wouldn't die hungry; he would have killed Julius if not for Niko saving him.
  • The Flight of Dragons:
    • Ommadon the Red Wizard, furious with his three brothers' decision to create the Last Realm of Magic, decides to see them die as his dark magic reigns. Onmadon eloquently describes his plan to destroy humanity, to infest them with greed and spite and make them turn against each other, driving humanity lower into their worst excesses until they all perish in nuclear war. Ommadon sends monsters and spells to destroy Carolinus's chosen heroes through madness, despair, and even the slaughter of the innocent, eventually opting to simply have his devil dragon Bryagh massacre them all with no relent. Omnadon gleefully makes himself the host to the sum total of the world's evil to finally cow and destroy the scientist Peter Dickinson after all else who can stand against him have been slaughtered, believing that he himself is nothing less than the world.
    • The aforementioned Bryagh is Ommadon's crimson steed and a bloodthirsty sadist in the skin of a dragon with a mind for violence. Bryagh cultivated a rivalry with Sir Orrin that lasts into the present day when Orrin came afoul of Bryagh devouring a nest full of the eggs of his own kind, resurfacing years later to aid Ommadon in destroying humanity itself and even trying to spitefully drop Peter Dickson to his death against Ommadon's orders. Bryagh relishes the prospect of having his legions "attack, demolish, devour, burn, and grind" his enemies, slaughtering the heroes one after another in the final battle and even pausing his assault solely to sadistically laugh in Orrin's face as he mourns his fallen love Danielle, dying soon after in a Mutual Kill with the knight.
  • Gisaku: Gorkan is the demonic mastermind of all the evil in the story. A devil who rules over his dimension of demons with an iron fist, Gorkan arrives on Earth and immediately massacres several samurai who try to stop him, before attempting to unleash his armies of demons onto the planet to plunge the world into a living Hell. Though thwarted in this, Gorkan escaped and spent centuries building himself a criminal empire that he used to hide his evil activities, notably mutating a lynx into a half-human hybrid after making a deal with him to save his race, leaving him an outcast by both humans and his fellow lynxes. In the present, Gorkan is an absolutely dreadful excuse for an employer, brutally melting, crushing, and snapping in two his own minions for the smallest slights, from failure to simply stating the fact of a temporary setback. In the end, Gorkan tries once more to unleash his demonic forces onto Earth, and takes the time to viciously twist one of his soldiers into a ball when the man slightly annoys him.
  • Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron: Erzsebet Ondrushko is an evil countess based on the infamous Elizabeth Báthory. Consumed by her vanity and wishing to stay young and beautiful forever, Ondrushko sold her soul to Hecate, the Greek Goddess of Witches. In return, Hecate transformed Ondrushko into a vampire and gave her the power to rejuvenate her body if she bathes in the blood of young women; she is said to have murdered over a thousand people in her quest to remain young. Through a series of flashbacks, we see Ondrushko take over a dress shop, by murdering the shop owner and her infant child, to lure in and kidnap a young girl named Anna. Anna's fiancé gathers a rescue party, including a young Professor Broom, which goes to Ondrushko's castle, which is filled with torture devices and the bodies of young women. Finding Anna drained of blood, they kill her to prevent her from becoming a vampire as well. Ondrushko kills most of the rescue party, but Bloom manages to kill her. Though her body died, her evil spirit remained. Sixty years later, the BPRD is sent to investigate a supposed haunted mansion, which is in fact haunted by the souls of Ondrushko's many victims. Ondrushko's minions resurrect her and she bathes in the blood in the mansion's owner to rejuvenate herself.
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2: Drago Bludvist is an unfeeling madman who seeks to take over Berk. Having lost his village and family to dragons when he was younger, Drago subverts a Freudian Excuse by becoming exactly like the ones who he sought revenge against and using fear to dominate anyone in his path. Prior to the plot, Drago came to a chieftain's meeting and offered to drive away the dragons if they would kneel to him. When they declined, Drago responds by burning them alive and leaving no survivors but Stoick, Hiccup's father. In the current, Drago raises a dragon army, led by a Bewilderbeast he abused into loyalty, and attempts to execute his right hand man for failing him, as well as the other dragon riders he brought with him. Drago enslaves the dragons living under Valka's care and kills their Alpha to assert his power. Drago even hypnotizes the loyal Toothless to fire on his own master, Hiccup, and simply scoffs when Stoick takes the blast. He then proceeds to raze Berk with his new-found army, taking no prisoners. Power hungry beyond salvation, Drago ended up putting even the first movie's Big Bad to shame.
  • Lady Death: The Motion Picture: Lucifer is the Lord of Hell who comes to Earth in human form under the name of Mathias. Establishing himself as a tyrant at 15th century Sweden, Mathias forces his villagers—including a young boy—to join his army under the pretense on fighting for God. He then confines his daughter, Hope, to his castle after her lover, Niccolo, refuses to join Mathias's army. It was revealed that the innocent villagers—including Niccolo—were kidnapped and murdered by Mathias so that he could damn their souls to Hell. When an angry mob storms his castle, Mathias reveals his true form and kills most of the angry mob while leaving his daughter to be burned at the stake. After Hope's soul descends to Hell, Lucifer initially offers Hope to join his side while keeping his wife and Niccolo's tormented souls alive in containment, and after Hope refuses, he then kicks her out of the window. During the final battle, Lucifer then sends the frail and weak Niccolo to fight against his daughter.
  • Osmosis Jones: Thrax is a deadly virus who is obsessed with infamy and making his name known in the medical books. To this end, Thrax infiltrates human after human and slowly kills them through an agonizing fever—one of his victims a little girl who "didn't like to wash her hands"—which comes with the consequence of killing both the human and every living organism inside of them. Upon invading the body of Francis "Frank" DiTorre, Thrax introduces himself by burning a cell unfortunate enough to cross him from the inside out whilst humming, and cuts clean through a local crime boss to cow his flunkies into serving him. Thrax sets about murdering whomever comes in his way and burns his own flunkies to death after they suggest incubating, ultimately nearly succeeding in dooming Frank and gloating to hero Osmosis Jones that he intends on breaking his record on Frank's young daughter Shane.
  • Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night: The Emperor of the Night is the cruel ruler of a nightmarish dimension, who gains power by trapping souls in his domain, while weakening the Blue Fairy enough so that he can destroy her. Working through his vile human henchman, Puppetino, they lure and tempt numerous victims into signing away their freedoms, and turn them into lifeless puppets for all eternity; one of the countless puppets trapped in the empire of the night includes a woman holding her baby. The Emperor soon targets Pinocchio as his next victim, and has Puppetino lure Pinocchio with a little girl they captured and turned into a puppet. Using magic from his master, Puppetino then transforms Pinocchio into a lifeless puppet, but not before torturing Pinocchio for his amusement. When Pinocchio is freed by the Blue Fairy, the Emperor manipulates Pinocchio and his friends into entering his domain. He uses Gepetto as his hostage, in order to coerce Pinocchio into signing away his freedom willingly, so that the Blue Fairy cannot save him. Pinocchio submits as long as his friends and father go free, until the Emperor orders Puppetino to take them all into the dungeon anyway. Once Pinocchio fights back, the Emperor smites Puppetino for his cowardice, and threatens to harm Gepetto if Pinocchio does not obey.
  • Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer: The Dark Princess is the most petty and vile enemy that Rainbow Brite ever encountered. Motivated solely by greed, the Dark Princess enslaved innocent races to tow the diamond planet Spectra out of its foundation to her castle. Despite having been informed that this may cause entire universe to be starved of light and freeze, ensuring trillions of deaths, the Dark Princess still continues with her plan. When she was foiled, she attempts to ram her ship into Spectra and shatter it out of spite.
  • Ratchet & Clank (2016): Dr. Nefarious is a much darker character than in the original series. Starting off as Drek's engineer, Nefarious built the Deplanetizer that allowed Drek to destroy planets and use their land masses to build his new world. After the pair destroy Novalis and five other planets, Nefarious betrays Drek and takes over his operation, intending to destroy Umbris, a volatile planet which could set off a chain reaction and destroy the entire solar system. When he hears that Ratchet and Clank are thwarting the attempt to destroy Umbris, Nefarious goes to stop them himself and ensure Umbris's destruction, despite knowing he'd die too.
  • Rock & Rule: The aging, utterly self-absorbed rock singer Mok Swagger intends to use the powers of an otherworldly demon to destroy his loyal fans for the crime of not loving him enough. Mok forces the female lead Angel to sing the song through which he intends to summon the demon by torturing her bandmates, threatening to kill them before her and smirking when he sees the torture leaves them as drooling vegetables. His first attempt to summon the demon foiled, Mok finally uses Angel's voice to summon the horrible demon onto a packed crowd at his own concert, gleefully watching it devour his fans and apathetic even when the demon kills one of his loyal minions.
  • Ronal the Barbarian: Volcazar is an Evil Overlord obsessed with raising the dark god Zaal from his exile. Leading an assault on the Barbarian village, he personally murders Gundar and shows an awful treatment of his own troops, even throttling his Dragon for a minor failure. As he uses the blood of the Barbarians to resurrect Zaal, he forces Zandra to fight for him, abusing her the entire time, before taking on the powers of Zaal and killing many defenseless Barbarians. He plans to wipe out the entire Barbarian clan, then move onto spread darkness and terror throughout the lands, promising that all life will submit to him or die by his hand.
  • The Secret of NIMH: Jenner, in contrast to his noble brethren amongst the rats of NIMH, desires nothing but power. When Mrs. Brisby comes to the rats for help moving her family and house to be safe from a farmer's plow, Jenner sabotages the moving so the wise and kind leader of the rats, Nicodemus, is crushed to death, while the Brisby house is sinking in mud with Jenner not caring about the impending deaths of the kids trapped inside. When he sees Nicodemus bequeathed it to her, Jenner attempts to murder Mrs. Brisby for a special stone. Jenner, like all the rats, owes his very life to Mrs. Brisby's deceased husband and the father of her kids, but displays zero remorse or gratitude to Jonathan's memory. After his henchman Sullivan finally has enough with Jenner's lunacy, Jenner slashes Sullivan's throat and attempts to kill his rival Justin, declaring his only philosophy in life: take what you can when you can.
  • Starchaser: The Legend of Orin: Zygon is a smug, domineering galactic conqueror with a God complex who seeks to rule humanity. Formerly a rogue android known as Nexus, his first attempt to take over humanity was stopped by guardians known as the Ka-Khan, and his army was destroyed. Forced to hide, Zygon bides his time and establishes a slave mine on the planet Zinia, forcing human slaves (who are forced to work regardless of age or physical condition) into such harsh conditions they often die. The blade the Ka-Khan used to defeat him is found by an old slave, who's killed to keep it a secret. Once Orin finds out about the blade and decides to escape, Zygon fatally strangles his girlfriend Elan. After Orin escapes, Zygon places a massive bounty on his head and has his Mecha-Mooks attack him at every turn. He captures Dagg and has him painfully tortured by shooting a laser into his forehead, overseeing it with a sadistic grin. After he has the heroes within his grasp, Zygon leads his ships to obliterate the human's opposing fleet and take over the planet by force. Once he's been revealed as Nexus, Zygon takes Aviana (the new love interest) hostage, threatening her life. Once Orin surrenders, Zygon attempts to strike him down with his own blade. Cocky and arrogant, Zygon was as remorselessly cruel as an evil overlord could be.
  • The Tale of Despereaux: In The Film of the Book, Boticelli Remorso is the cruel leader of the lower rat world. Believing the only true meaning of life is other people's suffering, he forces innocent mice, such as the protagonist, Despereaux, into incredibly one-sided gladiator-like games in a Colosseum, pitting them against a gigantic (to them) cat where the only outcome is being eaten and dying in front of a crowd of bloodthirsty rats. He despises Princess Pea for no apparent reason, and as such orders his hundreds of rats to eat her, trample her and cause her great pain. A detail throughout the movie that adds to Boticelli's status as a monster is the skulls and bones littered throughout Ratworld; it is made clear this is his and his subordinate's doing. Throughout all of these events, Boticelli is happy with it, because, as mentioned, he loves other people's suffering.
  • The Thief and the Cobbler: The Recobbled Cut: Mighty One-Eye, from the original workprint and this version of the film, is a brutal warlord who introduces himself in the aftermath of a complete massacre of an army he and his army have defeated, forming a mountain of hundreds of corpses upon which One Eye announces his intent to bring the Golden City and all within to destruction. Regularly making a habit of abusing his personal harem and using them as living furniture, One Eye spitefully orders the treacherous wizard Zigzag thrown to his pet alligators even after Zigzag provides him with the means to invade the Golden City. One Eye is implied to make a regular habit out of mass slaughter and seeks to annihilate the Golden City purely as a show of his bloodthirsty might.
  • War of the Birds: Fagin, the Big Bad of this 1990 Danish animated film, is a murderous vulture responsible for terrorizing the residents of a forest he frequents. Fagin opens the film attacking and killing, for kicks, the parents of Oliver as they defend their nest, swiftly obliterating their nest in the process and destroying all but one of their seven eggs. Fagin's periodic assaults on the forest have claimed numerous lives, among them the parents of Oliver's eventual companion Olivia and the mother of the mice Frederick and Inglof. Fagin spends the rest of the movie attempting to brutally kill Oliver and his companions first for fun and later out of spite, coldly dismissing Oliver's anger at him over the murder of his parents and wrathfully killing Oliver's adoptive mother Betty after she rips out his eye. In addition to his thrill-killing, Fagin keeps a nameless dove as his personal slave, physically abusing her and traumatizing her into a stuttering wreck of a bird.
  • Wizards: Blackwolf is an Evil Sorcerer who fancies himself to be the next Adolf Hitler. Millions of years after the world is devastated by a nuclear war, Blackwolf and his brother Avatar are born in the kingdom of Montagar. After their mother dies, Blackwolf is overjoyed, seeing this as his chance to seize power. Avatar defeats Blackwolf in battle and banishes him. Blackwolf moves to the kingdom of Scortch, a radioactive waste land filled with mutants and takes over. Blackwolf sends out assassins to search the land and kill anyone who practices magic. Blackwolf also assassinates all the leaders of the free states so he can be a better position to strike. Blackwolf's mutant army is at first undisciplined and unmotivated and does not win battles. However, Blackwolf eventually finds a projector and some old Nazi propaganda films, which he uses to inspire his troops and bring fear and confusion to his enemies, so now Blackwolf's troops often slaughter the opposing side. Blackwolf's troops seize a village and end up killing all the prisoners they captured, as well as blowing up a church. Blackwolf claims mutants are a Master Race and wants to fight for their interests, but when he discovers his son will be a mutant, he plans on killing him.
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