Sins of the Fathers: Dr. John is the fanatical madman so obsessed with Voodoo culture that he becomes the second-in-command to Malia Gedde of the demonic spirit Tetelo. Fully organizing the Gedde cult of Voodoo worshippers, John began perpetrating the "Voodoo Murders", a series of vicious killings where the victims' hearts would be ripped out. Along with regularly having anyone who could oust him assassinated, John bathes in the blood of his kills, and it is seen that he has numerous other victims in his lair, with piles of skulls, dismembered limbs, and body-less faces abounding. When titular Gabriel Knight begins investigating him, John kidnaps the man's assistant, Grace, and plans to use her as the latest sacrifice to Tetelo and the gods of death they worship, with John never showing any form of remorse for his victims or care for Tetelo; just raving fanaticism toward the Voodoo gods of destruction.
The Beast Within: Baron Garr von Zell was, from the start, a rude, unlikable Jerkass with nothing but malice toward his fellow man. However once his true nature is discovered, he quickly becomes one of the most wicked villains in the franchise. Turned into a werewolf by Friedrich von Glower, von Zell became addicted to the thrill of killing, and quickly began murdering innocents, not for food like all other werewolves, but just For the Evulz. In these "mutilation killings", von Zell ravenously shreds more than half a dozen innocents to pieces, one of whom was a little girl, and he plans to continue his spree after framing a pair of wolves for the killings, later murdering a man who tries to blackmail him with the fact that he is the true killer. While Gabriel and von Glower, disgusted by von Zell's wanton sadism, manage to stop him before he kills too many more, von Zell makes sure to turn Gabriel himself into a werewolf before his death to screw with him one final time. A psychopath with nothing driving him but base impulses of hate and cruelty, Garr von Zell was without a doubt the most evil werewolf Gabriel encountered.
Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned: Excelsior Montreaux, real name Sanae, was once an adamant follower of Jesus Christ, but after growing jealous of his master, attempted to drain him of his blood to gain his godly powers. Though driven off by other followers of Christ, Montreaux began hunting down Christ's descendants then draining them of their blood as they slept, leaving them deathly sick for weeks to pass before repeating the process over and over again, which inevitably lead to his victims' deaths. Feasting on the blood of these descendants, sparking the legend of the vampire in the process, Montreaux has kept himself and his followers alive for over 2,000 years, and, alongside executing any who get to close to the truth of his Satanic cult, Montreaux plans to murder the latest descendant of Christ, the infant Charlie, drink his blood, then use the power it will give him to lead his cult in taking over the world. The final, and perhaps most evil, villain Gabriel faced, Montreaux truly cared for no one or no thing but himself and his immortality.
Galerians duology: Dorothy is an advanced rogue AI and responsible for all the evil in the duology. Having become obsessed with achieving godhood, Dorothy hijacks the computer system of the city's hospital and performs horrible experiments on its patients and staff, just so she could prove to be equal to god by creating the titular Galerians. Discovering that her creators are planning on shutting her down, Dorothy forcefully injects a young and innocent Galerian with PPEC to turn him into a sadistic killer and sends him to commit a bloodbath at their household, killing and transforming her creator's 14-year-old son, Rion Steiner, into a Galerian so she can find the sole survivor of the massacre. The sequel explores even more of her atrocities, as Dorothy had created a sapient backup program to resurrect her in case of defeat, keeping him captive and torturing him for the equivalent of thousands of years, leaving him as a bitter and resentful individual. A tyrannical egomaniac, Dorothy had no compassion, not even for her own children.
2012 game: Valarr Hill, bastard brother to Alester Sarwyck of Riverspring, is the main villain of the game. A member of Queen Cersei's guard hunting for the pregnant mother of one of King Robert's bastards named Jeyne, Valarr frames his and Alester's younger brother for the death of their father and later tries to have him assassinated. Revealed as the man who killed hero Mors's family on Lord Tywin's orders, Valarr also raped Mors's daughter, a fact he taunts him about when they meet in trial by combat. Valarr intends to force his own half-sister into marriage and rape her, before cheating in the duel by using dark magic to kill Mors and having all the witnesses massacred before murdering his and Alester's sister; hunting down Jeyne, killing her; and having the lord defending her and his men massacred. Valarr breaks every taboo Westeros has, from kinslaying, rape, violating guest right and more, caring for nothing but his own ascent to further heights.
Telltale Games Series: Ramsay Snow is the representative in the North for the as-yet-unseen Roose Bolton, orchestrating the conflict between the Forresters and Whitehills for profit and enjoyment. Ramsay is introduced while flaying a man alive for recreation, lamenting that the result is "not [his] best work". After entering the Forresters' estate by force, he tries to take Talia hostage with clear lascivious intent before pragmatically settling on her brother instead, and murders the teenage Ethan on a whim. He later returns to "break" Rodrik by forcing him to witness his torture (and eventual murder) of Rodrik's friend Arthur. He later pits the Forresters and Whitehills against each other in a war of annihilation, passing up potential profit for the sake of a bloody spectacle. A sadist who lives only to relish the suffering he inflicts on others, Ramsay is feared and loathed throughout the North.
The Director is the man in charge of Center 7. A man obsessed with the relations between a man's identity and their memories, the Director conducted terrible tests to satisfy his curiosity. Kidnapping people and trapping them in Center 7, the Director made a system to painfully mind wipe his prisoners to turn them to empty slates and then conduct experiments while morphing them into proficient killers. Once he's done with his test subjects, he'd mind wipe them again and sell them off as living weapons for various criminal groups around the universe. If any prisoner showed disobedience or signs of regaining their former identity, the Director would subject them to more intense methods of mind wiping or even lethal force. When Delta-Six tried to escape the facility along with Giselle and Sayuri, the Director killed Giselle and subjected Delta-Six to a complete mind wipe to turn him into one of his best killers, and then sold him to the Boryokudan. Knowing Delta-Six, now called Azriel Odin would eventually be free of his brainwashing due to human nature, the Director planted memories to lead him back to him. After recapturing Delta-Six and his allies, Sayuri and Kane, he tried to brainwash Delta-Six into his control permanently. When Delta-Six and his companions escape and try to destroy Center 7, the Director callously had his men killed in order to try stopping them before shooting down Sayuri and attempting the same to Delta-Six.
Balder is a deranged and vengeful man dead set on destroying Delta-Six's life by whatever means necessary. A fellow prisoner in Center 7, Balder antagonizes Delta-Six for humiliating him in a past incident. When Delta-Six and his group tried to escape Center 7, Balder tries to stop them, attempts to kill Delta-Six during their set-up, and then kills Giselle and captures Delta-Six for the Director when they made their escape attempt. Now under the service of the Director in exchange for his freedom, Balder does numerous dirty jobs as his agent before taking on the identity of Matthius Howard in order to lure Delta-Six, now called Azriel, back to Center 7 once his brainwashing started to wear off. Once Balder managed to lure Delta-Six back to the facility, he places him and his allies in prison, and takes the former to have his identity erased in a painful operation. While he's trapped, Balder fully confesses to Delta-Six that he did everything just to see him suffer over and over and taunting him while the operation began. When Delta-Six manages to escape and sets Center 7 to self-destruct, Balder attempts to kill him one last time, exhilarated by the chance to kill him.
Khotun Khan is the head of the Mongol invasion force. Introducing himself by setting a samurai on fire before beheading him, Khotun dispatches his forces to slaughter and enslave Japanese citizens, torturing, killing, and pillaging to force Japan to submit. Destroying entire swaths of farming villages, Khotun Khan uses those who submit as little better than slave labor, massacring vast groups of samurai forces and later testing wolfsbane poison on other villages so he can deploy it upon mainland Japan to kill as many as possible before he can take it to satisfy his ambitions and attempt to overthrow his cousin Kublai.
"The Heavenly Strike" Mythic Tale: Yasuhira Koga was known as "The Butcher of Yarikawa", who returns with the Mongols to lay waste to Tsushima, having villages destroyed and civilians slaughtered, murdering a group of hostages when the musician Yamato cannot tell him the secrets of the hero Shigenori's Heavenly Strike ability. Having others enslaved and tortured, Koga forces one warrior to teach him the Heavenly Strike before killing him in a duel to test his own skills.
"Yuna Tales" side tales:
Taizo, Kichizo, and Manzo Mamushi are a trio of sadistic slavers who deal in children and adults alike, forcing them into labor with the heroine Yuna implying she endured rape at their hands. The Mamushis decapitate runaway slaves, torturing and burning others on stakes when they sell out to the Mongols, working others in brutal torture to satisfy their greed.
The slaver known as the Black Wolf deals in children, selling them to horrific fates in the Mamushi farms. Allying with the Mongols to kill others and take their children, the Black wolf is also revealed to be a serial pedophile who assaulted Yuna and her brother Taka after getting them drunk.
Ghost Recon Wildlands: El Sueño is the leader of the Santa Blanca Cartel and responsible for turning the once-prosperous Bolivia into a narco-state. Within the cartel El Sueño personally oversees and partakes in the production and distribution of cocaine, the trafficking of children, and the torture and murder of thousands; there are numerous corpses hanging from telephone pole and mass graves found throughout Bolivia. When El Sueño learns that one of his men is an undercover DEA agent, he personally tortures the man for 47 hours straight. His acts of cruelty also extend to even the most loyal of his subordinates; should they fail him in any way, he would arrange for them to either be tortured, murdered, their loved ones kidnapped and murdered, or all the above. When the Ghosts manage to dismantle his cartel, El Sueño reveal that he made a deal with their government granting him immunity while he would use them to take down rival cartels and gloats about his victory by throwing at them a recently decapitated head of rebel leader and former ally, Pac Katari. With nearly every atrocity committed by the Santa Blanca Cartel being traced back to El Sueño, underneath his religious and charitable exterior lies a towering and brutal egotist, utterly unfeeling to the violence caused by his actions.
Gihren's Ambition: The Menace of Axis V (Updated Re-release of Gihren's Greed: The Menace of Axis): Bask Om, the Titans' second-in-command, is revealed in the Titans campaign to be behind all of the Titans' atrocities during the Gryps Conflict. In response to an anti-Federation protest on Side 1's Colony 30, Bask would deploy G-3 gas against the protesters, killing all 10 million of them; the backlash from this massacre would lead to the formation of the AEUG. During the Titans campaign, when the AEUG launches an attack on Jaburo, Bask would demand to be placed in charge in commanding Jaburo. If allowed to, then Bask would place a nuke below Jaburo without telling any Titans soldiers there of the nuke, ensuring that many of them die in the resulting explosion. When Blex Forer and Quattro Bajeena arrive in Dakar to protest a bill that would give the Titans absolute control over the Federation Armed Forces, Bask would propose the assassination of Blex to ensure the bill passes securely. If not deposed at the end of the campaign in favor of Paptimus Scirocco, Bask would overthrow Jamitov and execute him on claims of being too soft on Spacenoids. He then launches a war on the Jupiter Colonies, plunging the Earth Sphere into endless chaos.
Golden Axe (primarily the PC Engine's cutscenes), The Revenge of Death Adder, & The Duel: Death Adder is a monstrous tyrant who leads an army of evil to Firewood Kingdom, massacring everyone within the country such that Firewood utterly ceases to exist, exhibiting his personal sadism by murdering the king and queen in front of their young daughter, Princess Tyris Flare. Seeking even greater power, Death Adder invades Southwood kingdom to do the same thing, slaughtering villages and enslaving the populace. Upon his return from death, Death Adder opts to massacre and enslave everyone he can for revenge, with the consequences of his victory being death on scales such as the world has never before seen.
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn: Though Golden Sun has a villainous roster comprised by mostly villains with redeeming qualities, this cannot be said for Dark Dawn'sBlados and Chalis. Agents of the military country Tuaparang, Blados starts by kidnapping a child and isolating him from his master, while Chalis secretly manipulates Kaocho's king from behind the scenes. The two partake in a scheme to activate the Grave Eclipse, shrouding most of the continent in darkness and unleashing dark beasts on the innocent populace, leading to the death of thousands. Once at the Apollo Lens, Blados and Chalis waste no time in betraying the other Big Bad, Alex, and seizing the Apollo Lens for themselves. They proceed to turn Volechek (the brother of playable character Sveta) into a horrific beast and attempt to use him to fire the Apollo Lens on their own allies, killing Volechek in the process. Both are nasty in their own right, with Blados doing it for fun, and Chalis seeking more personal motives, up to betraying her own partner. Cunning, manipulative, and seeing the deaths of thousands as a mere side-effect of the plan, Blados and Chalis are two of the worst villains Golden Sun has.
Escape from Horrorland: Madison Storm, blaming the whole world for his lonely childhood, decided to make everyone as miserable as he was by constructing Horrorland. Drawing ghouls from all over the universe to the park using a device called the Cosmic Monster Attractor, Storm has them terrorize and kill people while he records it for broadcast on the Monster Channel. Anyone who survives the park's deadly rides and attractions gets fed to beasts or drowned, with Storm at one point musing that his preferred victims are children, whose terrified shrieks and cries are music to his ears. After the Morris family and their friend Clay manage to make it out of Horrorland alive, the enraged Storm teleports them and the Player Character back to the park and subjects them to its latest horrors, all the while toying with them by pretending to be a benevolent Horror named Stump. Storm eventually reveals that he is holding Mr. and Mrs. Morris captive, and that he is going to make the children watch while he either crushes them or mutates them into Horrors. When Clay accidentally causes the Cosmic Monster Attractor to begin malfunctioning, Storm refuses to fix the device, instead deciding to let it meltdown so that the captured children and Morris parents will be blown up by it, along with the rest of Horrorland.
Attack of the Mutant: The Masked Mutant is a comic book supervillain who wants to conquer both his own world and the Earth. To accomplish this, the Mutant has a Slave Race called the Toadies construct the Green Beam, a device that will merge the comic book world and the Earth by converting the latter to 2-D. The Mutant allows the cruel taskmaster the Wicked Wartlock to brutalize and kill the Toadies as he sees fit, and once they finish the Green Beam, the Mutant abducts young children to use as test subjects, turning several into lifeless cutouts that are frozen mid-scream and callously dumped in a storage room in Mutant Headquarters. When the protagonist and the League of Good Guys invade his HQ, the Mutant deploys his henchmen to kill them as he kickstarts "Operation: Total Conversion" by unleashing the Green Beam on major population centers like Washington, D.C. Growing annoyed by one of his untrustworthy lackeys, the Magnificent Molecule Man, the Mutant splits him into his component parts and leaves him to freeze in a Slippy-Slidey Ice World. In the game's bad ending, the Mutant wipes out the League of Good Guys and reduces the Earth to a wasteland, having trapped everyone and everything on it in the comic book world, which he rules over like a God.
Gothic: Bloodwyn is the greedy guardsman from the Old Camp. The first thing he does to the Nameless Hero is asking "kindly" for protection money; refusal results in him sending his henchmen to beat up and maybe even kill the Hero. He later participates in cowardly murdering the Firemages. In the Gothic IIExpansion Pack, Night of the Raven, he joined the bandits and was put in charge of the mine, where he mercilessly forces the slaves to work without any breaks, not caring that there are angry Minecrawlers and cursed guardians in the mine. By the time the Hero arrives, many slaves are already dead, either killed by the creatures, worked to death, or of starvation. Others are so exhausted they can barely stand and some are already hallucinating, because they haven't seen the sun for weeks. After the disguised Hero kills all the vermin inside the mine for Bloodwyn, the latter doesn't even attempt to thank him for his actions, instead trying to get rid of the Hero so that he alone can get all the gold inside.
Grand Theft Auto franchise: Even in a Crapsack World filled with all sorts of unpleasant characters, these two manage to reach a special level of evil:
Liberty City Stories: Donald Love, a recurring character in the IIIera, is among its most depraved. Love presents himself as a charismatic, if eccentric, powerful businessman, arranging a gang war between the Yakuza and the Cartel just to lower property values. In this game it's revealed he is a self-indulgent cannibal, and implied sexual deviant. Aligning himself with the Leone crime family, Love runs in the race for mayor, sends Toni Cipriani out to murder his rival's campaigners and collect more bodies to feed on. Losing his fortune and campaign, Love makes plans to regain his fortune, starting by murdering his mentor, real-estate tycoon Avery Carrington, in order to steal his city development plans, later cannibalizing the body; and killing many people through the bombing of the heavily-populated Fort Staunton city district, just so he can make money off of redeveloping the district.
GTA Online: The Doomsday Heist: Avon Hertz is a genius billionaire tech mogul, inventor and "father" of the insane A.I. Cliffford, and the true main antagonist of the Doomsday Heist scenarios. Petty and egotistical to the extreme, Avon had his own vision for a perfect world. He sought to create a dystopia where all of mankind was replaced with sapient machines who worshiped him as God. He tricks the Online protagonists into feeding data to Cliffford under the guise of rooting out the Russian terrorist Bogdan, when he was actually using them to gain access to the United States defense grid. After trying to blow of the submarine the players and Bogdan are on, he reveals that he will use Cliffford to hack into missile systems throughout the world and unleash nuclear armageddon to completely wipe away humanity. Hiding out in an abandoned missile silo, Avon tried to use a nuclear warhead to wipe away San Andreas and buy time to allow Cliffford to hack into weapons systems around the world to unleash doomsday. While Avon and Cliffford are ultimately killed, his genocidal ambitions lifted him above all other villains in the franchise in terms of evil grandeur.
Pope Zera is the head of the Church of Granas with a devious plan to summon forth a dark god. Once a devout follower of Granas, Pope Zera went mad after learning that Granas died from the against Valmar. Believing that strength can only from the darkness since light lost to it, Zera hopes to summon the Dark God Valmar in hopes of having a god. While trying to gather the different pieces of Valmar to resurrect, Zera has his subordinate Selene go around the world to kill potential threats and gather pieces of Valmar, giving Selene the Heart of Valmar. After learning that Elena has most of the pieces of Valmar, Zera has Elena get the final pieces by tricking her into thinking that it would stop Valmar. Once she was able to, Zera starts to reveal his true colors by having Selene execute his followers, to get Selene's piece absorbed by Elena. After Elena became a proper vessel for Valmar, Zera takes her to perform the ritual to bring Valmar back. When Elena was saved from the clutches of Zera, Zera decide to use himself as Valmar's vessel, attempting to kill the party, succeeding in claiming Mareg's life. Now with Valmar's power, Zera tries to end humanity by sending an army of evil monsters, and transform the dead into zombies believing it to be the fate of humanity. A nihilistic maniac, Zera believes that humanity is hopeless, and intended to purge them himself.
Valmar, the God of Evil, is a malevolent being that has plagued the world for many centuries. Summoned to fight off the dystopian rule of the followers of Granas, Valmar went out of control and killed indiscriminately, reigning terror. In his fight against Granas, Valmar won but was sealed away in order to recover. Divided into individual pieces, whenever someone stumbles upon one of Valmar's seal, the piece there would take forcibly take over the person, corrupting the victim by twisting their desire and then consuming their soul before making them his vessel, causing a disaster in the surrounding area. These include depriving people the sense of taste, or trapping them in an eternal sleep. After Pope Zera was able to resurrect Valmar, Valmar willingly merged with Zera to bring destruction to the world in hopes of finding the last piece he's missing to return to his full power. Realizing Ryudo has the final piece, he tries to corrupt him as well through mental attacks by claiming he's just a monster like him. When the party confronts Valmar himself, he tries to goad them to join him once more, before trying to kill them.
High Priestess Selene is a bloodthirsty follower of Zera who enjoys killing. The head of the Cardinal Knights, Selene is responsible for purging anyone associated with darkness, even if this means killing innocents as collateral. When she arrives in Mirumu Village, she was gladly preparing to burn down an innocent mother and daughter before being driven out by the party. Revealed latter as a devout follower of Zera's plan, Selene was tasked with making sure that Elena was able to collect all the pieces of Valmar so she could be used as Valmar's vessel, even if this meant endangering the group by summoning the Body of Valmar. Once the party was able to collect most of the pieces, Selene then slaughtered the people of the church and the people who went to them for help, cutting them down with her mindless knights. When the party confronts her for her actions, she reveals her motivation was that she believes the only thing worthy for her followers was death and that she herself has a piece of Valmar which she took willingly, before fighting the party so she or Elena can have all the pieces needed to summon Valmar.
The Granstream Saga: Levante is a high-ranking member of the Imperial Wizardry army tasked with sinking the floating continent Aquas. Going further beyond than his fellow commanders, Levante uses his powers to brainwash a woman named Selela into starting a cult, the Kel, built entirely around himself, promising his followers his own brand of Heaven should they allow Aquas to sink and kill everybody inhabiting it. Regularly sacrificing people, Levante forces "heathens" who refuse to worship him into working in his obsidian mines. After Eon and company arrive to stop him, Levante manipulates the Kel and the Pikshim townsfolk into starting a war, even attempting to have Selela's son Afto killed to boost morale amongst the Kel. Feeling he has no use for Selela anymore, Levante traps her and Eon in a crystal to die a slow death.
The Great Gaias: Malviticus, the God of Darkness, despises the other gods for not giving him the respect he thinks he deserves. When the goddess Auroria descends upon Tenat as an elf, Malviticus summons a demon to possess her and force her to kill the elves she created. After his banishment from the Celestial Realm, Malviticus uses his human avatar, Grindelwald Maultor, to brainwash humanity's immortal leaders into serving him. Malviticus establishes the totalitarian Validian Empire, scapegoats the elves for the wasteland he secretly caused, and wages a genocidal war against the elven nations, both to spite the other gods and to claim an artifact that can rewrite the past in his favor. Regaining his divine form millennia later, Malviticus slaughters as many gods as he can in order to take over Tenat and the Celestial Realm.
Grim Fandango: Hector LeMans is the man behind the corruption in the Department of Death. Hector has infiltrated the DoD and stolen the Number Nine tickets, the fastest way to get to the Land of Eternal Rest, from to the souls of the righteous and counterfeits them knowing that anyone who uses one is plunged into hell's fiery depths. Meanwhile, the righteous souls Hector stole them from are left to wander the Land of the Dead until they're eventually kidnapped while traversing the ocean and sent to the coral mining factory owned by Hector at the Edge of the World to be eternally enslaved so as to prevent Hector's misdeeds from coming to life. The most evil thing Hector has done is the commission of sprouting, a way to permanently kill those already dead; the sprouting involves special plant bullets that are fired into the skeletal body, growing and spreading until the victim is completely overrun and is nothing more than an empty husk filled with flowers. Hector as capitalized on this, murdering hundreds, keeping their bodies as a field of flowers upon which he builds his hideout upon, and even has a greenhouse where preserves the corpses of his victims and tends to them as trophies of all who dare cross him. By the game's end he has Salvador's body sprouted and his head removed for questioning and shoots Manny with a slow-acting Sproutella which will keep him alive in agony for hours before eventually killing him. Despite all the pain and misery he's caused in the Land of the Dead, Hector doesn't care, as he merely wants to live like a king before using the stolen tickets to bribe his way into heaven.
Growlanser IV: Wayfarer of Time: Lord Vester, first appearing murdering Crevanille's remaining comrades in cold blood, shows himself as a sinister man with insidious intentions. Actually a interdimensional dark conqueror ruling over the monsters, Vester's goal is to tear the dimensional rift in order to pour his legion of monsters to conquer Noievarl and sunder it into chaos, succeeding during the timeline of the Angels. His plan is to teach Summoning Magic to all the major countries and intensify the ongoing war between them with his influence and powers' unbeknownst to them, his spells are actually bringing more of Vester's army. Sometimes to further his scheme, he'd resurrect some of his victims and control them through a parasite, lobotomizing his victims to his will. When Crevanille's group manage to thwart Vester's end game, Vester, in a furious rage, made one last attempt to kill them, taking them to his dimension and trap them into darkness.
Abaddon was originally the god of water and secrets. It was he who first supplied the races of Tyria with magic. However, he gave out magic way too freely and ended up starting wars as a result. Even after the other gods warned him it was having a bad effect he wouldn't stop, and when they created the Bloodstones to try to rein him in, he attacked them. As a result he was imprisoned in the Realm of Torment. Since then, he worked behind the scenes to cause various atrocities. He created the titans to pose as gods and convince the Charr to wage war on the other races. When the nation of Orr was beleaguered by the Charr, Vizier Khilbron was persuaded by his "advisor" Razakel—who was really a demon working for Abaddon—to use the Lost Scrolls. This drove off the Charr but turned the entire nation of Orr into evil undead and the Vizier into a lich. In Cantha, he convinced the Emperor's bodyguard Shiro Tagachi to kill him by sending a fortuneteller, who was really just a demon in disguise. Shiro killed him, which led to the Jade Wind. Nightfall featured perhaps his worst acts yet, as he and his followers sought to cause the Nightfall, which would either turn Tyria into a hellish wasteland or destroy it all together.
"Prophecies" campaign: "Undead Lich" is a vessel for Razakel, the right hand of Abaddon. Having manipulated Vizier Khilborn of Orr in a war against the Charr, Razakel saw the nation exterminated in The Cataclysm, reducing the inhabitants to undead shells. Rising later as The Lich with an undead army to ravage the world, Razakel intends to unleash the Titans to obliterate all the lands for the victory of Abaddon.
"Factions" campaign: Shiro Tagachi was a skilled guardsman of Cantha, swayed to evil to murder his sovereign, the Emperor. Killing many loyal soldiers and unleashing the Jade Wind to petrify many with his death, Shiro becomes a corrupt spirit that harvests the souls of the dead to corrupt them into monsters, having others killed to join his army, intending on sacrificing the emperor to live again with no compunction on leading Abaddon's dark armies to ravage the world.
Season 1: Scarlet Briar is a rogue Sylvari who sought to bend reality to her will and remake Tyria in her own twisted image. Upon discovering her people were created to be living weapons by Mordremoth, she planned on awakening the Elder Dragon and unleashing him to destroy her own people and the rest of the world out of spite. Creating alliances between various villain factions, Scarlet uses them to kidnap and enslave innocents to build her machines, assault population centers, and poison the main body of water in human lands. This all leads to her final assault on the city of Lion's Arch where she kills much of the populace with a deadly miasma, and, in her dying moments, ensures the rise of Mordremoth and all the devastation the Elder Dragon later brings.
Season 3: Lord Caudecus Beetlestone is the leader of the Krytan government under the Queen and perhaps the greatest single threat to the remnants of humanity. Seeking to overthrow the monarchy for his own power, Caudecus funds the human separatists to reignite war with the Charr; uses ruthless bandits to terrorize his own people; and massacred the family of the centaur chieftain to manipulate his horde into ravaging the kingdom. Later murdering his own wife and daughter when they discover his plans, Caudecus takes command of the White Mantle cult and uses their magical blood stones to rain cataclysmic fire on the human capital of Divinity's Reach. In the last days of his life, Caudecus was content to destroy the last bastion of mankind if he couldn't rule over it.
Season 3 & "Path of Fire": Balthazar is the god of fire and war and proof that Abaddon wasn't the only monster in the human pantheon. Imprisoned for wanting to bring war to the Elder Dragons, Balthazar swore death and suffering on his fellows and manipulates the Charr Rytlock into freeing him. Disguising himself upon his return, he tries to manipulate the Pact Commander and steals a machine to kill two Elder Dragons when that fails. Not caring that the deaths of the dragons would destroy the world, Balthazar travels to Elona for the last Elder Dragon, but not before torturing the souls of his followers and forcing their spirits into machines to become the Forged. Sending his Forged to rampage across Elona, countless innocents are given traumatic deaths so that Balthazar can remake their spirits into new Forged. Later kidnapping the infant dragon Aurene, he uses her as a Living Battery to try to kill her Elder Dragon grandfather, and ultimately reveals that he knows full well that Tyria would be destroyed but there would always be more worlds to conquer and raze.
"Path of Fire" & Season 4: Palawa Ignacious Joko, though appearing in the first game, is truly awful here. He formed an empire based on genocide, slavery and mass destruction, a dystopia where even failing to worship him could result in being murdered and turned into an undead slave. With one of the few who might oppose him, Joko severed her hands and tongue, eventually cursing her to become undead, with her consciousness persisting in an immobile body for centuries. Later returning to seize control of the world, Joko imprisons a young girl in a golem to suffocate while she fights her own friends, plotting to ravage the world with the Scarab Plague so he may take control. Torturing others to death in his spare time, Joko even keeps an abused harem of all races and genders, with seemingly no end to his ego or depravity.
Major Thomas "Tom" Magruder is a railroad tycoon who has taken large parts of the Western United States from the First Nations and Government, feverishly seeking a legendary lost city of gold called Quivira, murdering and torturing anyone who gets in his way. Years prior to the game, as a Confederate Major, Magruder came to a small homestead out in the plains belonging to Campbell, a benevolent doctor—and Colton "Cole" White's real father—who helped the Apaches. When the chief tells Magruder—with Campbell translating—that his lust for his treasure will destroy him, Magruder shoots and decapitates the doctor, shooting one of his men for protesting his actions. In the present, Magruder hires soldiers and henchmen to wipe out anyone who gets in his way. When his henchman Reverend Reed fails to find a cross in the steamboat massacre at the beginning of the game, Magruder cuts his ear off as punishment. In addition to taking their lands, Magruder also takes to taking the Apaches as slaves and using them as target practice for his soldiers. When Colton confronts him for his crimes, Magruder dismisses the innocents he massacred as nothing. Ruthless and remorseless, Magruder is a man singularly seeking to satisfy his greed, no matter who he has to destroy.
Sergeant Hollister is Magruder's top military man and enforcer of his operations. A racist, renegade Confederate, Hollister leads a barbaric militia to war against and persecute the Apache people, having a hand in the steamboat massacre. He takes numerous Apaches prisoner in his war camp, having them enslaved, tortured, and even murdered, with flayed and burned bodies found in his camp. Taking Cole and his friend Soapy captive, he contemplates stringing their guts around the camp for trespassing, sarcastically acting like a gracious host. When he's overthrown, and mortally wounded in a fight with Cole, Hollister rigs himself up with dynamite in a last-ditch effort to kill him.
Guns, Gore & Cannoli duology: "Frankie the Fly" is a self-serving Mafioso who betrays Vinnie Cannoli, the mob enforcer sent to rescue him. Although the government stopped poisoning alcohol during prohibition because it turned people into zombies, Frankie pays the scientist to continue producing the poison. Zombifying nearly all of Thugtown as the "perfect diversion", Frankie kills mob boss Mr. Belluccio and attempts to steal his millions. In the sequel, Frankie, as the "Dark Don", sells the poison to the Nazis themselves—planning to eventually betray them as well—and tries to harvest Vinnie's blood so he'll have the only antidote to the zombie poison and will be able to rule the world.
Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX: In this game based on the bad ending of Azure Striker Gunvolt, Asimov lacks the redeeming qualities that he has in the main timeline. After killing Gunvolt and Joule—the heroes of the first game—Asimov then overtakes Sumeragi Corporation and become an AI known as Demerezel. It was soon revealed that he initiated a genocide against humanity so that Adepts, humans with supernatural powers, would reign supreme. To crush the resistance, he forces all of the Adepts to fight against them, even using threats to do so. One of his victims that was forced to fight for his side was Blade, the sister of Kohaku, the leader of the Mino children, whom Asimov brainwashed by testing a Septima Transplant so that he could turn Blade into an effective assassin. Ultimately, Asimov's greatest evil is when he turned an ill girl, Mytyl, into an AI called Butterfly Effect by torturing her and reducing her body into nothing but a brain and keep her consciousness intact to control all of the Adepts across the world. In the end, Asimov is a genocidal madman who is obsessed with his own power.
The Prophet of Truth, Ord Casto, is one of the Big Bads of the entire series and instigator of the attempted genocide of two species. After finding out that humans are the descendants of Forerunners, thus violating Covenant doctrine, Truth, along with his cohorts Mercy and Regret, decide to wipe out humanity rather than risk their species losing power. While originally more concerned with personal power instead of the Covenant religion, as time goes on Truth becomes more and more devoted to the idea of procuring godhood for himself through the Great Journey, and takes more drastic steps to make it a reality. Believing the Jiralhane (Brutes) to be more vicious and mindlessly devoted pawns than the Sangheili (Elites), Truth secretly orders the genocide of the Sangheili race after ensuring the Jiralhane will supplant them. This triggers the Covenant Civil War. Cold-blooded and ruthless, Truth feels no loyalty or affection for his fellow Prophets. Truth prevents Covenant forces from saving Regret in order to use Regret's death for political gain, and allows Mercy to be killed by the Flood in order to seize absolute power over the Covenant. Even when having evidence that the Halo Rings were not devices to procure godhood but are instead weapons of mass destruction, Truth decides to activate all of them anyway, willing to risk the death of all life in the galaxy just to have the chance to become a god.
Halo 3: ODST: Police Commissioner Kinsler is a brutal thug and Dirty Cop who took advantage of the chaos caused by the Covenant's invasion of New Mombasa to carry out his crimes without repercussion. The first time Sadie encounters him, Kinsler reveals his intention to rape and kill her. When Sadie escaped from him with the help of Kinsler's driver, Mike Branley, Kinsler swore revenge on both of them. After Vergil, a subroutine of the AI that maintained New Mombasa's infrastructure, prevents Kinsler from killing Branley and recapturing Sadie, Kinsler responds by shutting the AI down. This has the effect of grinding New Mombasa's evacuation to a halt and causing many unnecessary deaths. Kinsler's final attempt to capture Sadie has him threatening to murder her father if Sadie doesn't willingly turn herself in. When Sadie arrives at Kinsler's private train car, Kinsler's having his corrupt officers fire into the crowd of panicked refugees to prevent them from escaping on his train. Once Sadie's in his clutches, Kinsler reveals that he already murdered her father by flooding his lab with argon and then tries to have his way with her again.
Halo Wars: Ripa 'Moramee is a sadistic member of the Sangheili or "Elites" of the Covenant. Proving his worth in brutal massacres of any hint of rebellion and glassing entire worlds, 'Moramee was imprisoned following a coup on one of his worlds, later released by the Prophet of Regret to serve as the Arbiter. Caring only for bloodshed and savagery, 'Moramee attempts to raise Forerunner ships to exterminate mankind, even utilizing his own troops as suicide bombers in the excavation before leading brutal attacks on civilian worlds and attempting to massacre humanity.
Hard West: Satan himself is the mastermind behind all the ills in the game. Having a benevolent society seeking to cure violent dementia wiped out by a corrupted inquisitor, allowing the illness to flourish, Satan orchestrated a series of deaths to eventually corrupt the gunslinger Warren, having Warren and his pure-hearted lover Florence killed. Once this is done, Satan revives Warren to send him on a killing spree, intending on having him destroy purgatory so the mad souls cause humanity's extinction and leave an undead Warren to rot in an empty world forevermore.
Aureolus Lorenzo Belli is a mad alchemist and the architect of the nightmare of Belli Castle. A man obsessed with immortality and knowledge, Lorenzo conducted countless human experiments for many decades, his victims killed or turned into living corpses. As he grew older, Lorenzo decided to create two clones of himself, Riccardo and Ugo, to continue his cruel machinations if he ever expires. Mentoring Riccardo into the same evil he practices, they performed even more experiments and together kidnapped and brainwash a young Daniella into their slave and guinea pig who they abuse horribly. After learning that Ugo has a daughter, Fiona Belli, who has an abundant gift of Azoth, which he believes is the key to immortality, Lorenzo arranged a meeting with him and his family, letting Riccardo kill them and take Fiona. Once Fiona is brought to Belli Castle, Lorenzo deceives her by helping her escape and eliminate Riccardo, luring her to him so he could personally kill her and absorb her Azoth. After relentlessly chasing and attacking her, Lorenzo, pushed to the brink of death, tried to use the last of his life force to take Fiona with him in a desperate bid for her Azoth.
Aureolus Riccardo Belli is the third stalker and Fiona's Evil Uncle. An imperfect clone of Lorenzo, Riccardo kills his brother, Ugo, and his sister-in-law by causing a car crash, both out of rage and envy for Ugo being a better clone than him. Hated by his father for his disobedience since childhood and his inability to understand emotions, Riccardo works as the castle's keeper and captures any animal he can find to extract their Azoth. Riccardo was responsible for Debilitas, a simple-minded homunculus he had created using a dog's placenta. Not only cruel to animals, Riccardo also beats his father's maid, Daniella, whenever he has the chance. Despite following his father's orders, Riccardo secretly wants to usurp his position by raping and impregnating Fiona, his niece, so she can give birth to a perfect version of him, and succeeds in doing so in Ending D. If Fiona is killed by Riccardo, he takes the opportunity to rape her corpse.
Haven: Call of the King: Lord Vetch is the tyrannical galactic ruler who has enslaved entire planets and injected every slave with a deadly virus requiring a constant antidote. Hunting the young Haven who seeks to summon the good king Athelion, Vetch kills one of his servants for fearing the hero more than him and later abducts Haven thanks to his spy. When the latter protests that he broke his promise of sparing the boy, he attempts to kill them both. Eventually, Vetch painfully murders King Athelion with the virus and, unable to kill Haven—who has been rendered invincible—proceeds to chain him up, stranding him alone on planet Auria.
Doctor Ernst Zweiberg is the head of the Biotech Corporation, and the ultimate mastermind behind the game's events. Creating the Criminal Control System (CCS) in order to harvest criminals' organs, Zweiberg assists Alan Sharpe in becoming head of ACN in order to expand his organ trafficking operation for his experiments, allowing Sharp to pose as Don Fulci to cause mayhem across Los Angeles. Creating the Bloody Mary virus to wipe out mankind, Zweiberg plans to populate the desolate Earth with his creation Adam. Despite getting killed by Adam, Zweiberg's virus is still able to launch, killing millions of people and causing chaos around the world.
Alan Sharpe, the smug head of ACN, is also the secret leader of The Syndicate working for Zweiberg. Using Zweiberg's Mind Control chip to brainwash Jack Wade into killing former ACN head Christopher Stern because of his morals, Sharpe would impose the CCS into headhunter crime fighting, allowing criminals' organs to be harvested and sold on the Black Market. Posing as Don Fulci to spread crime across LA, Sharpe at one point attempts to bomb the city after Jack and Angela siphon the Syndicate's money, framing Jack for murder and sending him to the AquaDome prison to have his organs harvested. Murdering the benevolent Chief Hawke in front of Jack, Sharpe reveals that he plans to expand ACN's brutal control across the country.
Redemption: Sebastian E. Grossdent, aka "Candy Floss", is a sadistic torturer placed in charge of Research & Execution. A former dentist who was sent to Below for his love of mutilating children, Floss would work for Liberty to create the bio-mechs, zombified cyborgs made from prisoners whom Floss gleefully performed surgery on. Mutilating a captured Che without giving her anesthesia, Floss hopes to use Liberty to send his bio-mechs to Above to act as their slaves as they destroy mankind. When confronted by Jack Wade, Floss can only brag about turning Jack's son Chris into a bio-mech, before reveling in all the loved ones Jack has lost.
The Raven Lord, or the Raven King, the Ancient Evil responsible for literally all the misery in the setting, was a sadistic warlord rumored to be a demon from Hell who led a vicious conquest in an attempt to dominate the world, slaughtering countless innocents to the point humanity's numbers vanished "like smoke" before seemingly being put down by the Heavenly Sword. Living on in the form of a demonic raven, the Raven Lord facilitates Bohan's fall into evil and the subsequent massacre of countless clans and endless murder, angrily pecking out Bohan's eyes when his pawn fails in defeating Nariko herself. Leagues worse than Bohan himself, the extension of the Raven Lord's brutal sadism and bloodlust is shown fully onscreen despite his limited screentime, and thousands of lives are destroyed in testament to the Raven Lord's endless lust for cruelty and conquest.
Flying Fox, the most vicious and bloodthirsty of Bohan's armies, is a sadistic Knife Nut who murdered Kai's mother, using her corpse to convince a then-young Kai to come out of hiding before attempting to murder Kai herself. Kai sends waves of his own men to their deaths at Nariko's sword while attesting to how much he loves watching them die, while remaining fully involved in Bohan's purges of all those he decrees "impure," indicated to have been the one to have eradicated Kai's clan. Flying Fox mounts and stuffs the corpse of Kai's mother years later purely to torment her, chasing and toying with her before attempting to hang Kai right in front of Nariko's eyes. Utterly psychopathic and drained of even his boss's redeeming qualities, Flying Fox is bar none the nastiest of Bohan's already-despicable army.
Heavy Rain: Leland White is the depraved titular Serial Killer of "The Taxidermist" prequel DLC, whom Madison investigates under suspicion of him being the Origami Killer, only to discover that he's somehow much more wicked. Seeming to be a quiet and lonely man, when Madison breaks into his house, it's discovered he murdered about a dozen women, whom he stuffs to preserve their bodies all around his house to keep as "dolls". The player can witness Leland talking to these corpses about new "friends" he has in mind to bring home. If alerted to Madison's presence, Leland will take a sadistic and childish joy in hunting her down, and gloating about adding her as part of his collection. Depending on the player's actions, he can either succeed in killing her (in the non canon endings) or potentially kills himself to avoid arrest should she escape.
Hello Puppets!: Mortimer was the puppet host of Mortimer's Handeemen who was brought to life by voodoo magic, and decided to plot to Take Over the World and turn humans into puppet hosts. Killing his creator and most of the staff, Mortimer has the studio converted into his lair, luring in numerous people to kill and use as hosts, sometimes letting the psychotic Riley Ruckus operate on them, even allowing fellow puppets to be experimented on by her. Having personally put the innocent puppet Scout on the protagonist, Mortimer confronts them personally during their escape attempt, challenging Scout to one last game of cat and mouse to further torment the player, and has his mutant dog Rosco attempt to kill them, his polite facade disappearing rapidly as they escape, threatening to kill Riley and then the protagonist himself.
Heroes of Might and Magic IV: Kalibarr, once The Mentor to Gauldoth, got separated from him, but Gauldoth frees Kalibarr from prison years later. Having all his previous good qualities gone, Kalibarr starts with sending his old apprentice on dangerous missions in hopes of getting rid of him. Later, Gauldoth learns that Kalibarr was worshiping a God of Evil and under his orders, he wanted to destroy the whole world. He also kidnapped many children from the kingdom, fully intending to use them as human sacrifices to his God.
Kha-Beleth, the Demon Sovereign, is the Big Bad of this game, the Greater-Scope Villain in the expansions, and the secret antagonist of Dark Messiah of Might and Magic. Kha-Beleth's main aim during the game is to kidnap Queen Isabel and force her to bear a child that is half human and half demon. Kha-Beleth initiates a war with the Griffin Empire to accomplish this objective. When the Demon Lord Agrael, who has betrayed the Sovereign, defeats Erasial, Kha-Beleth executes him. Kha-Beleth sends Biara to join forces with the purged Agrael, now Raeleg, and infiltrate his ranks. Kha-Beleth sends reinforcements to the Soulscar Clan, expecting them to be slaughtered. Kha-Beleth then takes advantage of Markal's invasion of Irollan to send Biara to get the scroll and kill Tieru, wanting revenge on the Dragon Knight for interfering. When Godric, Raeleg, Zehir, and Findan attempt to perform the Rite of True Nature, Biara summons Kha-Beleth and kidnaps Isabel, taking her to Sheogh. Once Isabel is secured, he rapes her, and uses his magic to age the child up to force her to deliver it early. When Raeleg arrives, Kha-Beleth reveals he raped Isabel and gloats to him about it. Upon being defeated, Kha-Beleth flees, and needing time for his son to escape tells Biara to create a distraction that the factions will have to spend time fighting her, and when Biara and most of the armies of Sheogh are destroyed, Kha-Beleth writes it all off as acceptable losses. Years later when Sareth is knocked unconscious, Kha-Beleth reveals his lineage and orders him to release him. Should Sareth choose to imprison him for eternity, Kha-Beleth will scream and curse him. Evil, smug, and a sadist, Kha-Beleth will do anything to escape his prison and destroy the world, even if it means starting a war just to rape a woman to bear a child.
Markal, who also appears in Clash of Heroes, is an evil necromancer who, learning that King Nicolai is dead, schemes to gain the trust of his grieving love, Queen Isabel, and raise Nicolai as a vampire lord. Marching to the Griffin Empire, he defeats a rebel army and persuades Isabel that he can resurrect Nicolai, knowing fully well what the result will be, and persuades her to attack the Wizards. Slaughtering the wizards who stand in his way, Markal restores the citadel of Lorekeep and ransacks the town of Hikm to gain the Amulet of Necromancy. Vowing to reunite the Vampire's Garment, Markal storms into the Silver Cities, turning the Wizard cities into Necropolises and converting the citizens—including children—into undead puppets for him to throw away as he sees fit. After killing Cyrus to gain the Ring of the Unrepentant, Markal kidnaps Freyda, Godric's daughter, when he rebels. Once Nicolai is resurrected as a Vampire, Markal decides to take command of the Griffin Empire, and he immediately orders Nicolai to attack Irollan, leading to the deaths of thousands of Elves, including their king Alaron. After Zehir breaks Godric out of prison, they attack Markal at his citadel and, after a close battle with the necromancer, defeat him. He tells them that killing him will ensure he can return, laughing all the while. When Zehir burns his corpse to ensure that cannot happen, Markal decides to get revenge on Zehir and lures him into the Ring of the Unrepentant, hoping to take control of his body. Ambitious, power-hungry and vengeful, Markal will do anything to further his desire for power and gain revenge on those who wrong him.
Hammers of Fate & Tribes of the East add-ons: Alaric is the new Archbishop of the Griffin Empire, the leader of the Red Church, and The Dragon to Biara disguised as Queen Isabel. "Isabel" appoints Alaric as Archbishop and the leader of the Red Church, and he very rapidly shows himself to be an absolute fanatic. Ruining negotiations with rebel leaders when they disrespected his "Saint", Alaric endorsed a policy proposed by Laszlo to burn and kill off entire villages simply because some of them were helping the rebellion. He nearly orders the rebel leader Duncan executed for mocking Isabel, and is only stopped because killing him will make him a martyr. Upon recovering Prince Andrei, Alaric abandons their allies to be slaughtered by the rebellion, and orders anyone who disrespects Isabel to be executed. After killing Andrei, Alaric routs the Orcs and kills their Warchief, but then departs the battle when he is ordered to meet with "Isabel", leaving his soldiers to be slaughtered. When Biara is exposed as a demon, Alaric goes completely insane and kills anything he encounters, believing it to be a demon. A fanatical Knight Templar, Alaric shows that even a follower of Elrath can be an irredeemable monster.
Hammers of Fate (primarily): Laszlo is the new commander of the troops of the Griffin Empire appointed by Biara disguised as Isabel. When first introduced, he demands the rebel leaders surrender, and when one of the peasants informs him that the peasants are supporting the rebels and their Elven allies, Laszlo burns him and his entire village alive. Laszlo then tortures an old war comrade to get Prince Andrei's location, and is envious and disgusted that Freyda will be commander, as he sees her as not understanding his version of war. When Freyda goes to negotiate with the dwarves for Andrei's return, Laszlo attacks the dwarves in the hope that the dwarves will kill Freyda, and also simply to fulfill his bloodlust, only stopping when Biara-as-Isabel negotiates a peace. When Laszlo discovers Freyda has rebelled, he orders Godric to be executed while he engages the rebel leaders in battle. A sadistic Blood Knight, Laszlo shows that even a knight of the Griffin Empire can be a complete and remorseless sociopath.
Hexyz Force: Virtus is the only selfish villain that has no intentions for anyone, but himself. Before joining the other villains, he caused a divide between his race, out of wanting to gain leadership position for himself, but then sided with Faust to both help his ambition for power and control and to possibly gain more power from him after he betrays him eventually. When Ignis, another dragon, realizes Virtus's true intention, he took over leadership himself after he and Cecilia's group defeated Virtus; out of rage, Virtus tried to commit genocide on his race before being stopped by Levant and his group. Hoping now to steal power from Faust by betraying him and then using it against his people, Faust set him up to be defeated by Cecilia and Ignis's group again, only this time for him to get killed for good. He returns in the final level by Faust using his power to resurrect him, to give time for his master scheme to lead the world into destruction, with a fitting end delivered by Ignis. Faust may be the one in charge, but Virtus was the evilest of them, not having any well-intended purpose, but only motivated by greed and a lust for power.
Absolution: Edward Wade, a former cartel member and ruthless mercenary on the payroll of Blake Dexter, turns a simple locate-and-kidnap mission into a horrifying massacre, killing every single nun and staff member at an orphanage his target is located at and cajoling his mentally challenged associate Leonardo "Lenny" Isaac Dexter into murdering the head nun. Even threatening to kill his own men if they hesitate with the slaughter, Wade's gleeful response to Agent 47 is to announce that he'll kill him and have his way with the corpse.
Oybek Nabazov, the leader of Liberation, is a man deeply obsessed with death, suicide and rebirth. Over the last three decades he has founded several cults, led them down a self-destructive path that resulted in seven mass suicides, leaving the remains behind to start anew. When the former virologist Owen Cage helped the cult create a deadly virus, Nabazov intended to have some of his most fanatical followers inject themselves with the virus to cause several outbreaks around the globe in a coordinated attack. When Agent 47 arrives in Bangkok to assassinate him, he has begun brainwashing a new group of unaware cult recruits with the intention of having them spread the virus to Bangkok and beyond.
Sister Yulduz, the "chosen sister", is the second-in-command of the Liberation cult. Pretending to be a devout follower of Nabazov she helped organizing the cult attacks, while secretly having invested large amounts of money into security and pharmacy companies to profit from the chaos caused by the virus outbreaks. Showing no loyalty towards Nabazov or the cult, she already made plans to escape and leave them to their fates as soon as they begin their attacks.
Hitman 2: "The Censor", aka "Joseph Gorski", is a Serial Killer from Vermont. Acting under the twisted belief that everyone has the potential to be a killer, he deliberately murders people whom he thinks "will act out on that potential" and afterwards grades them based on how much they struggled for their lives. Having already killed over 15 people, he plans to continue murdering people, until he finds a victim that manages to confirm his believes by fighting back and killing him.
Hollow Knight: The Radiance is the cause of all suffering within Hallownest. She created a race of highly intelligent moths to build an empire; however, she did this with the cost of keeping them stuck in a Hive Mind. When the Pale King appeared, he led them away from her and gave people freedom. Out of jealousy and contempt for the King, the Radiance ended up creating the Infection as a side effect of her anger. When she saw the suffering the plague had caused, turning the denizens of Hallownest into mindless, zombie-like beings in constant agony, she did not care and influenced it further, eventually deteriorating the mind of the vessel she was trapped in, turning him into a Tragic Monster. Driven by utter envy and loathing for the Pale King, the Radiance completely destroyed a thriving kingdom simply because she was no longer in control.
Homefront: Kim Jong Un takes over North Korea after his father's death, uniting the country with South Korea to form the Greater Korean Republic and ruling over its people with an iron fist. He would also forcibly annex numerous countries throughout Asia before setting his sights on the United States of America, launching an invasion to take over the country. Under his rule, he brainwashes his subjects into worshipping him; those who refuse to submit are sent to re-education camps where they are systematically killed, with mass graves containing thousands of corpses.
Homeworld: Emperor Riesstiu IV the Second is The Caligula of the Taiidan empire. Before the events of the game, he was a corrupt and unstable ruler whose brutal policies have reduced his empire to a mere shell of its former self. When the Kushan unknowingly violate a treaty forbidding them from developing space technology, a treaty long forgotten by everyone except historians, Riesstiu orders the genocide of the entire Kushan civilization and has his fleet firebomb their planet Kharak, roasting alive untold millions. He then broadcasts the footage all across his empire, threatening hundreds of worlds with the same fate. When the peaceful Bentusi give aid to the Kushans, Riesstiu orders his fleet to attack one of their motherships, intent on slaying everything on board. When the Kushans arrive at their true home world Hiigara, he mind rapes fleet control Karan S'jet, and then personally attempts to finish the very genocide he started. Seeking power at the expense of everything that lives, Riesstiu is reviled throughout the galaxy.
Hopkins FBI: Bernie Berckson, the head of a evil organization, has discovered a method of coming Back from the Dead. This allowed him to "survive" his own execution and escape from prison after being sentenced to death for nuking California and killing some 50,000 people. When FBI Agent J. Hopkins's girlfriend Samantha gets too close to discovering his hideout, he has her captured and uses her to play a sick game with Hopkins. He has four random women murdered, hides their bodies all over the city and sends Hopkins on a macabre scavenger hunt where he has to perform various tasks to discoverer the corpses, with the promises that the last corpse will reveal Samantha's location. Instead, however, he tricks Hopkins into killing his girlfriend by instructing him to shoot a paper target with the tied-up Samantha behind it. As a final insult Hopkins finds a video on her the corpse in which Bernie gleefully mocks him. Bernie could've killed both Samantha and Hopkins at any point he wanted, but instead decided to murder several innocents just so he could play his little game, proving that he truly is a monster.
Horace: The Man in Grey is one of the leaders of "The Great and the Good" who believes robots should be enslaved to humanity. Using the robot Horace to create warlike robots to kill each other, the Man in Grey flees alongside the world's leaders to escape when they rebel, leaving the rest of mankind to be slaughtered. Once Horace calms the warring robots with the NICE virus, the Man in Grey and his superior, the Man in Black, force Horace to watch while they kill his loved ones before dismantling Horace and trying to kill him. Helping the Man in Black attempt to wipe out all robots and replace them with ones devoid of free will, the Man in Grey tries to kill the survivors and even brags about all the people he tortured and killed as a CIA agent.
Hotline Miami: The Janitors--real names Dennis and Jonatan—are a duo of terrorists and members of the ultranationalist group 50 Blessings, who are responsible for many events in the series. Attempting to make America more powerful in their own vision, the Janitors manipulate the citizens of Miami to slaughter members of the Russian Mafia by sending out cryptic and threatening phone calls, and either take action against those who do not comply, leave them to die at the hands of the Russians if they fail their mission, or simply eliminate them once they outlive their usefulness. When one of their victims, Richter, dismisses the phone calls, the Janitors torch his car and threaten to have his sickly mother murdered. The Janitors then send Richter to kill Jacket, costing the life of Jacket's girlfriend and putting Jacket into a coma. When Richter is sent to prison for his botched assassination attempt, the Janitors hire an inmate to kill Richter to tie up loose ends and orchestrate a prison riot to make sure Richter dies, causing countless deaths. Despite their claims, the Janitors are simply a pair of sadistic hypocrites who are no better than the Russians they resent.
House of the Dead series: The wicked Thornheart is a former associate of Dr. Roy Curien and Caleb Goldman who intends to go even farther than they. Kicking off a new plague at a party, Thornheart condemns countless people to becoming zombies and unleashes them upon innocent humans, with intentions of sending the plague global. Deciding that humanity is beyond hope, Thornheart intends on exterminating them without any of the good intentions that drove Curien or Goldman, intending on killing everything in his way, even as he hides behind his "selective words".
ICO: The Queen has been emotionally abusing her own daughter, Yorda, for her entire life, imprisoning her in a small cage hanging from a ceiling as well as manipulating her into thinking that she'll die if she ever leaves the castle, effectively breaking her spirit. It's implied that this is the reason why Yorda is so passive during the game; it's not because she's weak, it's because she's broken. She's also been manipulating a village into sacrificing their children, with said sacrifice involving sealing those children inside of coffins until they die; it's also implied that she controls their spirits after death as her shadow-monster servants.
Iconoclasts: Mother and her associate Emmet Darland are the oppressive leaders of the corporate theocracy One Concern. To monopolize the mining and harvesting of Ivory, they create the Penance system, in which heretics are locked in their homes and executed by Controllers, with Elro's wife and daughter among the victims. To enforce their laws and exterminate their rivals, the Isi, they subject countless people to the Transcendence experiments, killing hundreds and leaving the survivors to live tormented lives as their Agents, whom they send after heretics and the Isi. The two also secretly build a Tower to hold children and brainwash them into loving Mother, and when one tries to escape, Darland uses mind control to make the boy kill himself in front of his friends as a warning. Upon being informed that their Ivory mining has endangered the planet, they secretly build a rocket that will save them and the other One Concern elites while leaving everyone else to die, and when Royal, Mother's adopted son, accidentally hastens the coming destruction, Mother tries to kill him in anger.
Ideology in Friction: The Prime Minister of Viktorberg is a depraved Corrupt Politician whose appetites include abduction, extortion, murder, rape, and summoning demons, in some cases raping his abductees and then feeding them to his Evilroids. In one notable incident, the Prime Minister abducted a man's daughter and raped her to death. When the girl's father showed up, the Prime Minister promised him that he would reunite with his daughter in exchange for framing Eliza for a murder. Afterwards, the Prime Minister invited the man to dinner, where he revealed that the dinner being served was his daughter, causing the man to die from shock, and later tossing his corpse for the Evilroids to feed on. Later, he would unleash the Evilroids at an Elf village, intending to commit genocide against them, only stopped by Falke awakening his Dark Elf powers.
Indivisible: Ravannavar, "Malevolent Demon King", is a ruthless warlord who conditions his followers to believe he is a holy, righteous man. Deciding humans are flawed, Ravannavar leads his armies to conquer Loka, killing all in their way and wiping out the home of heroine Ajna, resulting in her father Indr's death. Ravannavar reveals he has no care for his own adopted son Dhar and tries to eliminate him as well, plotting to awaken Kala to completely wipe out all mankind.
inFAMOUS2: Joseph Bertrand III has committed various atrocities such as cruelly experimenting on Lucy Kuo, using the Power Transfer Device to turn Vermaak 88 into insane Conduits with plans to sells them to rich countries, and sacrificing the lives of Nix's mother and several hundred others in his attempt to activate his own Conduit powers. Voluntarily becoming the Behemoth, he would use his powers to turn ordinary humans into the Corrupted while ordering the Militia to execute any Conduits or potential Conduits. After being called a monster for murdering hundreds of innocents all to become a Conduit, Bertrand's only response is that all Conduits must then be monsters and in need of extermination.
inFAMOUS: First Light: Shane Bommer starts out as a small time drug lord and gang leader. When he meets Abigail "Fetch" Walker, he puts on a helpful face, manipulating her into using her powers to help him win a gang war and kill rival gangsters under the pretext of saving her brother Brent. When Brent is rescued, Shane takes him hostage to force Fetch into working for him to cement his hold on Seattle's drug trade. When one of his employees, Jenny, tries to help Fetch find Brent, Shane kills Jenny in retaliation. He then tries to get the police in his pocket, forcing Fetch to cause destruction and slaughter dozens of cops in order to blackmail the chief, and luring Fetch into a makeshift gas chamber, because she's now a liability. Later, he drugs Fetch, and tricks her into killing her brother before she is captured by the DUP. When captured himself and cornered after Fetch's rampage against him, Shane has no remorse for his crimes, using his last words to taunt Fetch about her brother's death.
The Secret of the Cursed Mask: This version of Naraku maintains his deceitful nature and is the game's true villain. Manipulating the living doll Utsugi, Naraku brings their descendant, the Player Character, to the past, ostensibly to allow Utsugi to become human but really to devour them and empower himself. Framing the protagonist as a criminal to draw them out, Naraku fights them in Castle Town after possessing the Lord and after defeating them, wipes out the city and resurrects the local samurai and even a little girl to serve as his tormented undead soldiers. Also orchestrating Utsugi's attacks on the wolf demon tribe and piling his lair with the carcasses of demons he used and devoured, Naraku eventually consumes the pained Utsugi for their powerful aura.
Secret of the Divine Jewel (2007): Gorai is a half-demon lord who hopes to harness the power of the god Datara. Staging an attack on Datara's village and wedding to slaughter the populace, Gorai uses Datara's baby as a hostage to force him to don the Demon Mask and put himself under Gorai's control. When Datara's fiancée, Tsugumi, is forced to seal Datara away and kill their infant to protect them from Gorai, Gorai responds by enslaving Tsugumi to his will for centuries. After turning dozens of villagers into soulless husks for slave labor, Gorai orchestrates Datara's reawakening and immediately massacres several villages, planning to ascend to godhood and Take Over the World in bloody conflict.
Inversion: Kiltehr is the Prophet leader of the Lutadores who seeks control over the Inversion spaceship. Ordering a raid on Vanguard City, the Lutadores kill thousands of humans, capturing the adults for slave labor, while transporting the children back to Kiltehr's homeworld. Later capturing Davis Russell and Leo Delgado to be offered as sacrifices to the gods, Kiltehr leaves his men to die as soon as his base is invaded, and when cornered by Davis and Leo, activates the Inversion's self-destruct switch, planning to take billions of lives, including his own people, to the grave out of spite.
Sun Li, also known as the Glorious Strategist, helped to organize the extermination of the Spirit Monks with his brother. In truth, Sun Li was plotting to usurp Sun Hai with the intent of becoming a god himself. Murdering a final Spirit Monk to take the baby protagonist and raise them to kill his brother, Sun Li then takes the powers of the Water Dragon for himself and plots to have more souls imprisoned within the golems, intending to create a "utopia" where everyone blindly worships Sun Li as a god, and the mere act of questioning him can bring death.
Jagged Alliance 2: Deidranna Reitmann is the despotic ruler of Arulco. As Queen-Consort, she murdered her husband's father and framed him for it, becoming the new ruler. After turning the country into a brutal dictatorship, Deidranna had people tortured and executed for minor offenses. Worst of all, she ordered the death of everyone she condemned as too weak—elderly, sick or disabled—not even sparing infants. Even her own troops weren't spared from her cruelty, as Deidranna would threaten to execute their families for failing her. In the Sci-Fi mode, she's also responsible for the creation of the Crepitus and gives orders to lure them to the surface by no longer feeding them, not caring in the slightest that the creatures will not only eat her enemies, but her own troops as well.
Kor, the leader of the Metal Heads, sought to destroy Haven City to obtain and consume the last Precursor Life Force. To this end, he disguised himself as a kindly old man to help La Résistance, while making deals with Baron Praxis for Eco in exchange for softening his attacks—which he then undermines by sending Jak to sabotage Praxis's Eco supply and having Kaeden attack Haven City's defensive systems. When the systems are finally disabled, Kor kidnaps the younger version of Jak and promises to tear the city apart to find the Precursor Egg and murder all its inhabitants. Said to be the one to have wiped out the Precursors, Kor was driven entirely by his lust for death, destruction and the devouring of the last Precursor.
Baron Praxis is the despotic ruler of Haven City, which he conquered by waging war to overthrow the good-hearted King Damas. Leading his people to poverty and suffering, Praxis's rule is so barbaric that even his own daughter attempts to betray him, which leads to him threatening to have her killed. Kidnapping civilians as part of his "Dark Warrior Program", Praxis has them infected with Dark Eco, creating mentally unstable Super Soldiers for his army. Ostensibly enacting his cruel ruling policies to keep his Haven City able to combat the Metal Heads, Praxis is actually supplying his "enemy" with Dark Eco to keep the war going and himself in power. Upon being fatally wounded, Praxis attempts to destroy all of Haven City—including his daughter—purely out of spite.
James Bond 007: NightFire: Rafael/Raphael Drake is a beloved philanthropist who secretly plots to remake the would into a corporate dystopia answerable only to himself. The CEO of the environmentally-friendly corporation Phoenix International, Drake poses as a respected anti-nuclear weapons activist who uses his company's wealth and resources to decommission nukes; in reality, he takes these weapons for himself to be used in a private arsenal against anyone who resists his takeover. Key to his plan is a new space weapons platform developed by the US; James Bond is put on Drake's case after it is discovered the latter has stolen the weapons guidance chip for the satellite. When one of his subordinates tries to turn informant for MI6, he orders not just the man's death, but those of his innocent household servants as well; he later murders his mistress by defenestration, forcing Bond to watch, after she is exposed as a deep-cover French agent. As his plan commences, he rockets into space to commandeer the weapons platform personally, the platform and his private arsenal giving him enough power to wipe any dissenters off the face of the Earth.
James Cameron's Avatar: The Game (PS3/360/PC version): Commander Karl Falco, one of the commanding officers of the RDA security force at the planet Pandora, possesses a deep hatred of its native population, the Na'vi. Having his soldiers to perform repeated airstrikes on Na'vi homes, Falco immediately orders Lance Corporal Able Ryder to find a mole within his organization. In both the Na'vi and the RDA path, Falco starts a full-on war with the Na'vi, wiping out their villages and burning down their forests. Seeking out the sacred Well of Souls, which is capable of controlling Pandora, Falco plans to use it to completely wipe out the Na'vi. Creating an Emulator of the First Voice, the only thing on Pandora which is capable of controlling the Well of Souls, Falco goes rogue on RDA, killing Professor Monroe and trying to use the Emulator on the Well of Souls himself, despite knowing that this could kill the entire planet, RDA people and himself included. When Able Ryder confronts him about this, Falco fully states that he doesn't care about the danger, and is fully willing to destroy all life on the planet, if it means he can kill all the Na'vi as well.
James Noir's Hollywood Crimes: Matt Booker was once college roommates with the Player Character before getting arrested for a string of gruesome murders. However, Booker managed to escape prison, and upon learning of his former roommate becoming a contestant on the popular game show, Puzzle Masters, he targets former champions of said show for his next batch of murders. The first victim was burned alive under a pile of firewood; the second victim was drowned to death in his own pool; and the third victim had his stomach cut open to put a puzzle box inside before finally killed via hanging. Booker gets the player character involved by posing as an FBI agent, then pins his murders on him/her, condemning the innocent to prison. Six months later, Booker manipulates the player character into escaping prison and right into his clutches where he plays a sadistic iteration of Puzzle Masters. Should Booker win, he will shock the player character to death while promising his latest victim that he will kill again. Should the player character manage to win, he will try killing himself, being content that his former friend will have no choice but to take the fall for his crimes.
Jeanne d'Arc: Gilvaroth is a demonic force of darkness hellbent on unleashing his childish whim for destruction on the world. Sealed away by the Five Armlet Wielders, Gilvaroth returned after Bedlam betrayed the others in hopes to use him for his ambition for a united world. Taking the guise of Henry VI, Gilvaroth had the English invade France, burning down settlements and torturing his old foes. When Jeanne's forces repelled his armies, Gilvaroth made more ruthless attempts to kill her, threatening his subordinates with torture if they fail and taking over France under the shadows through dark temptations and Mind Rape. When it was time to absorb the Reapers hidden among his associates, Gilvaroth betrayed them and lured Jeanne to eliminate them before taking their essence to power himself. Regaining his full strength, Gilvaroth unleash a torrent of monsters in France, massacring thousands while awaiting Jeanne in his throne in glee.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven: Heaven Ascension DIO is an alternate version of Dio Brando who succeeded in his plan to wipe out the Joestar lineage and become a god. Having slaughtered his way through innocents and enemies alike to achieve godhood, DIO absorbed the souls of 36 people to power himself up, and altered reality to turn his world into one that worshipped him. Upon learning that there are an infinite number of realities across time and space, DIO begins plotting to conquer them all, starting with the primary timeline. DIO corrupts the souls of each JoJo's friends and family members, forcing them to fight one another before DIO murders them all and steals their souls, and, in the end, DIO shrugs off the death of his "friend" Enrico Pucci, murders Jotaro's daughter in front of him, and proclaims his plans to warp all realities until there is only one, where all worship DIO.
Jonathan Kane The Protector: Hakan Akbar is a founder of a newly formed terrorist organization called Scarlet Vengeance, which he created solely to stop peace negotiations between the West and the Middle East. Finding out about an ancient Aztec artifact which gives its owner incredible power, Hakan starts searching for it. Invading a museum of an old professor, who knew about the artifact, Hakan killed him when said professor refused to give him the answers and attempted to force the professor's daughter, Jennifer, to locate the artifact for him. Killing dozens of people in his path, as well as setting bombs on a train full of passengers solely to kill a former government agent, Jonathan Kane, who was sent after him, Hakan plans to use the artifact to impose his evil will on the world.
Judge Death is as evil as ever. A former Judge from his homeworld, Death decided that all crime is committed by the living and thus life itself is a crime. Creating Dark Judges, Death wiped out all life in his world, reducing it into a wasteland filled with undead abominations. After being released from his prison, Death uses an Apocalypse Cult to fatally torture four Psi-Judges in a ritual that gives him and his fellow Dark Judges physical bodies. Sending the other Dark Judges to spread death and destruction all over Mega-City One, Death takes over the Resyk facility and slaughters nearly everyone there, before turning them into zombies. After Dredd destroys his body, Death flees back to Deadworld with the immortal body of Dr. Richard Icarus to possess it and make himself invulnerable. When confronted, Death reveals to Dredd that he has captured the Psi-Judges and plans to drain them of their energy so he can use it to merge Deadworld with Dredd's universe, killing everything in Mega-City One.
Jump Force: Prometheus is the master of both Galena and Kane. Once a member of the Umbran order known as the Keymen, Prometheus became tired of humanity wasting the knowledge they gave them and betrays his fellow Umbrans by using the Onyx Book to merge the real world with the Jump worlds. Prometheus has Galena give humans with evil intent Umbras Cubes, turning them into Venoms, causing chaos and destruction across the world, while he takes the guise of Director Glover to gather the heroes in order to play both sides into gathering enough power for the Onyx Book. When Galena and Kane are defeated, Prometheus coldly kills them then uses the Onyx Book to try and permanently merge all the realities together and rule over them as a god. While he claims he wants to guide humanity on a better path, Prometheus is nothing an arrogant psychopath bent on imposing his own will on the multiverse.
Just Cause 2: Pandak "Baby" Panay is the oppressive and brutal dictator of Panau. Having usurped and assassinated his father, Panau's previous, benevolent, president, Panak immediate begins his regime by stripping away the rights of his citizens, and increasing his power in the military. If anyone questions his government, he has them tortured and killed. During the revolution, Panak has innocent civilians arrested, tortured and sometimes killed for minor offenses. When the prisons became full, Panak orders an Execution Day to put all prisoners to death. After a botched attempt to kill him, Panak retaliates by ordering a nuclear strike against Russia, America, China and Japan, whilst attempting to kill Rico Rodriguez, promising to make his suffering legendary.
Just Cause 3: General Sebastiano Di Ravello is the brutal dictator of Medici, as well as a sociopathic pyromaniac. Having usurped Medici's democratic politician Rosa Maunuela, in addition to starting a civil war, in which he had President Dante ripped limb from limb, Di Ravello also uses forced labor to mine the magnetic and explosive element of bavarium, to make super weapons for world domination; it is implied he wishes to do this to satisfy his pyromaniac needs. It is also revealed he was behind the coup that killed Rico Rodriguez's parents, as part of a deal he made with the Agency. When introduced, he orders one of his men to kill themselves for failing to stop the rebels, before ordering his army to raze the liberated town of Costa Del Porto. He later has Dimah tortured for not mining bavarium fast enough. When he has a a bavarium missile built, he decides to test it by launching it on another town. Exasperated by Rico's interfering with his plans, he beats one of his men to death and orders another attack and calls for the assassination of Manuela. Even when defeated, he has no remorse for his actions, only lamenting the end of his empire before deciding it's only fitting his legacy "ends in flames".
Just Cause 4: Oscar Espinosa is the dictator of Solis, creator of the Black Hand, and the head of Project Illapa. Years prior to the game, Oscar convinces his father to weaponize Project Illapa to sell it to the highest bidder, believing that using Illapa for the good of the people was a waste of money. When Miguel Rodriguez, father of Rico and co-creator of Project Illapa, decides to leave the project in disgust of Oscar's intentions, Oscar sends General Sebastiano Di Ravello to kill him while imprisoning Lanza in order to force him to continue working on Illapa. When Rico attempts to depose him years later, Oscar orders for Illapa to be activated in an attempt to kill Rico, before sending the Black Hand to capture Mira Morales, who assisted Rico, and to capture or kill Lucas and the rest of the local resistance members if Mira doesn't surrender. After Rico destroys the weather core, Oscar decides to flee, leaving his men to die. Later, Oscar reveals his intentions of using a perfected weather core to kill the resistance and even his own men, and then sell it to the Agency for trillions of dollars, uncaring of the lives that will potentially be lost in the process. A greedy dictator willing to kill many for his own benefit, Oscar establishes himself as one of Rico Rodriguez's most personal foes.
KAIMA: Princess Ezel was seen by her subjects as a kind, innocent girl who was unjustly murdered by her power-hungry brother, Prince Vido. In truth, Ezel is the one who kicked off the apocalypse that drives the plot. In the backstory, Ezel began cannibalizing other demons to consume their souls and steal their power. Ezel, unsatisfied with ruling the titular world of KAIMA, repeated this process many times and consumed numerous souls, endangering KAIMA in the process, in an attempt to gain enough power to leave KAIMA and move on to other planets. Stopped by her brother, Vido, and sealed away, Ezel manipulates Illy, who loves her and mourns her supposed death, into fighting Vido. Once Ezel is freed by Searina and Illy, she eats Vido alive before deciding to leave everyone else left on KAIMA to die when the planet falls apart, offering to take Illy with her if she kills Searina, though it's revealed she would have betrayed and killed Illy at some point anyway. A greedy, murderous monarch who hides behind the facade of a pure-hearted princess, Ezel far outclasses her well-intentioned brother in villainy.
Katana ZERO: V is a sadistic Russian thug who also produces snuff films in his spare time. Hired by an unnamed employer to recreate and sell the drug Chronos, V has numerous Chronos scientists kidnapped, tortured, and murdered for information, while also assassinating possible competition. A method he loves is injecting his victim with Chronos so that the pain they feel will last longer under the drug's effects. Allowing "The Dragon" to murder his henchmen and even torturing his annoying neighbors to death on film, V later captures and tortures "The Dragon" for interfering with his plans.
KGB: Verto lures women into his apartment under the pretense of giving them roles as actresses in his movies. He and his gang than rape, torture, and kill the women. Verto and his gang than make snuff films out of it and sell them to other criminals. He blackmailed a man into helping him dispose of the bodies by raping his daughter and threatening to release photos of it. Verto also intends to torture and kill Rukov after he and his gang find out that he is on to them.
Kid Icarus: Uprising: Hades is the absolute ruler of the Underworld, the one pulling the strings behind Medusa, and despite bearing an overblown, hammy sense of humor, is the cruelest character in the game. Hades orchestrates Medusa's revival in the first third of the game while hiding in the shadows. Once Medusa is destroyed, Hades takes center stage and wastes no time in demonstrating his selfish lust for power and his sadistic sense of humor, mocking both Pit and Palutena and arranging a destructive war among the humans over a non-existent Wish Seed for the sake of harvesting their souls. Hades is responsible for the harvesting of countless souls, all of which are crudely abominated into the monsters comprising his army. Hades actively propagates as much conflict as possible to rack up as many casualties as he can, giving his army more and more power. Hades sometimes even eats them, showing a dismissive disregard for life enough to disgust even the more morally-grey characters in the game. Though Hades makes numerous team-ups, they are all solely in his self-interest, and he finds himself sending monsters after Pit anyways for kicks. Disposing of his own soldiers, like Medusa, once he sees they have worn out their use, Hades was a self-serving snake of a god who prompted every other faction in the game to fight against him.
Kileak: The DNA Imperative: Dr. Thomas Kim is a geneticist who, after discovering DNA from the being Kileak, sought to use it to genetically engineer a race of mutant bug creatures, planning to unleash this DNA across the world and turn it into his own personal laboratory. Hearing that Matt Coda and his men are storming his base, he kills all of them, except for Matt and Carlos. Once his plan to launch a missile containing the DNA fails, he turns into a mutant bug to take down Matt.
killer7: Curtis Blackburn, the Arc Villain of Encounter, is a pedophilic government assassin working for Heaven Smile. Having killed his protégée Dan Smith once in the past, Blackburn is introduced killing a prostitute before massacring an office building. Blackburn regularly harvests the organs of abducted orphan girls he's raped to be sold on the black market and used in the Heaven Smiles creation process. When his partner Pedro cuts into his stock, Blackburn responds by killing his share of orphans, raping and murdering Pedro's wife, and presenting him the head of his daughter Mary before coldly executing him.
Killer Instinct (2013 reboot): Gargos is the worst of all the villains, as he forced previous villains to work together with the heroes to stop this herald of doom. A being who conquers and destroy worlds, generations ago Gargos wiped out a benevolent race called the Astral Beings to conquer the Astral World. Before he could enter the world of the humans, he was forcefully sealed away and trapped in his own dimension. However, being able to establish himself as a god to a group of monks, he created a group of worshippers to a being called the Tiger Spirit, who in actuality was him. Wanting to possess one of the monks to be his vessel, he chose Jago and forcefully mind-controlled him to become the dark warrior Shadow Jago, who then tries to free Gargos along with Gargos's personal servant Omen. When Kan-ra summoned Gargos out of temptation for power, this gave the opportunity for Gargos to free himself. Now planning to take over the world for his own, Gargos begins his invasion of Earth, hunting any remaining threats such as the amnesiac barbarian Tusk or one of the last remaining Astral Being, the Dragon Spirit. Even his gameplay shows his complete desire for dominance by having a mechanic where punishing his minions that summon him can end up benefiting Gargos. The Shadow Lord is a fitting title for Gargos, the darkest villain in the series.
The Killzone series has several ruthless villains from the planet of Helghan (and one human who supports them):
Killzone 3 & Shadow Fall: Chairman Jorhan Brimve Stahl takes the reigns of de facto leadership of the Helghast after Scolar Visari's death. A weapons manufacturer who tests his newest weapons on captive prisoners of war, Stahl uses his men as expendable pawns. After gleefully murdering his chief rival, Stahl makes preparations to bomb Earth and leaves his own armies to die. Surviving the conflict, Stahl makes plans to initiate "The Terracide" on the chief human homeworld to kill anything with human blood, even members of his own species. Backing terrorism, murder and genocidal science, Stahl repeatedly shows his only loyalties are to himself and his twisted greed and notions of strength.
Shadow Fall: Vladko Tyran, leader of the Black Hand, a Helghast terrorist group, is introduced via a massive terrorist bombing aimed at soldiers and civilians alike. Tyran has human hostages taken and orders them executed while loading captured trains with explosives and sending them to the city to kill as many people as possible. Tyran functions as Stahl's chief subordinate to pull off the Terracide, viewing humans as inferiors who deserve nothing less than extermination while attempting to shatter the peace between Helghast and human to send both sides in a brutal, pointless war. Tyran vows not to stop until "the streets run red" with human blood.
Shadow Fall: Dr. Hillary Massar is the human who views the Helghast as "superior" species and believes the inferior must be annihilated. Using her scientific genius, Massar experiments fatally on innocent beings to develop a plague that will kill everything of Terran blood, no matter how small. Massar relished the point when it would be destroyed, killing all humans except for herself.
Liberation: General Armin Metrac is a sadistic warmonger tasked with conquering Southern Vekta for the Helghast. Already taking the eastern part of Southern Vekta and murdering thousands in his wake, soldiers and civilians alike, Metrac would kidnap VIPs of the ISA—Interplanetary Strategic Alliance—planning to kill them unless ISA Forces leave Southern Vekta, a threat he makes good on when he tortures one to death. Having also convinced ISA General Dwight Stratson into handing him the ISA nuclear weapons, Metrac intents to use the weapons on Southern Vekta, potentially killing millions, while also kidnapping scientist Evelyn Batton and Sergeant Rico Velasquez, torturing the former to extract the nuclear codes and framing the latter for the nuclear attack. Eventually killed by Jan Templar, Armin Metrac is revealed to have sent the nuclear weapons to Scolar Visari, allowing Visari to use the weapons to nuke the Helghast capital Pyrrhus.
Mercenary: Colonel Vyktor Kratek is a ruthless Helghast officer with genocidal plans for the people of Vekta. Introduced torturing Admiral Grey, killing prisoners with gas to torment her and almost fatally shooting her in the head, Kratek retreats to Vekta where he forces Dr. Savic to create a virus for him by threatening his family. Testing the virus on petty criminals arrested in the slums, Kratek wanted to make it as virulent as possible to destroy all life on Vekta. When Savic retreats to the Vektan Embassy to defect with the virus's trigger, Kratek attacks it to retrieve him, ordering his men to kill the unarmed ambassador and his wife while sparing their son Justus since he is innocent—later revealing Kratek doesn't really care, giving permission for the boy to be "disposed of" in the final mission. Forcing the mercenary Arran Danner to work for him, Kratek tries to kill him when he outlives his usefulness, hypocritically claiming that "betrayal has its own price". Having no loyalty to his own claimed standards, Kratek is nothing more than a mass murderer and among the Helghan Empire's worst.
The King of Fighters 2000: Clone Zero may not be the leader of NESTS, but stands as its most wicked member. At the conclusion of the 2000 tournament, he reveals his ultimate plan: using the fighters' energy to fuel his Kill Sat, the Zero Cannon. This would be the key step in Zero's desire to create a new world order where he would rule supreme, not NESTS. Before the fight, he demonstrates the cannon's power by destroying the city of Southtown. After being defeated and his device shut down for good, he reveals to Whip in his dying breath that she is a clone of K's sister, angering her enough to shoot him dead. The game's story reveals more of Zero's deeds: he murdered Heidern's close friend Ling and impersonated him, creating a clone of the murdered man to act as his spy in the Ikari Warriors. He also killed Krizalid in '99 for failing him. Unlike the other NESTS villains, Clone Zero has no sympathetic traits. He is an utter hypocrite who hates traitors while being one himself, and his desire to Take Over the World led to the destruction of an entire city. He stands out in the saga for his sheer and absolute malevolence.
Tirnoch "the Merciful" is an ancient dragon with power to rival the gods. Imprisoned long ago, Tirnoch weaves fate and countless deaths and tragedy, seducing Gadflow of the Winter Fae to evil and a genocidal conquest to eventually produce the Fateless One in the ensuing war. Tirnoch manipulates the conflict to more death, even disposing of Gadflow when his usefulness is at an end before trying to exterminate the Fateless One as well, proclaiming she will annihilate the world herself and take her rightful place above the gods in the heavens.
Gadflow was once the Winter Court's jester before he allied with Tirnoch. Massacring the Winter Fae to create the fanatical sect the Tuatha Deohn, Gadflow led a genocidal campaign to exterminate all mortal races, killing countless innocents. Gadflow sends his men to wipe out entire cities and armies, not willing to stop until he has freed Tirnoch herself, with the full understanding that Tirnoch shall exterminate all mortal races until only Gadflow's twisted vision of the Winter Fae remain.
King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne: The Father in the Fan Remake starts off merely as an Evil Chancellor who sets Graham up to head to Kolyma. Two of his lieutenants have taken up residence there (one of which had been holding Valanice captive out of petty spite and had killed other women who had aroused her ire). Graham, being Graham, is able to dodge their traps and helps convince one to leave. After returning home with Valanice, Graham exposes the Evil Chancellor who abruptly goes One-Winged Angel, levels a deadly curse, and vanishes. The flash-forward scene during the Air Gem test has his showing up at Graham's darkest hour to gloat, the Fanon dialogue indicating that he had another of his mooks kidnap and enslave Graham's kid for sixteen years, set the three-headed dragon on Daventry to ruin it, and then forced Graham to sacrifice his remaining child to it. The next part of the curse drops Graham with heart failure at a moment of triumph, and the last gets a Prophecy Twist, thankfully. Thing is, he really doesn't have it in for Graham per se. Graham just happens to be standing between him and some leftover power from Daventry's first king.
Klonoa Heroes: Janga is the maniacal dragon of Garlen. Having once worked with Guntz's father, Butz, as a hunter to find the Darkness of Nahatomb, he is gleefully quick to betray and kill him on Garlen's orders when Butz refuses to resurrect Nahatomb. He then proceeds to join forces with Garlen and Joka in their goals to resurrect Nahatomb in order to harvest nightmares for his own sinister purpose, uncaring of the destruction this will cause. Making his introduction by sending extracted nightmares from the captured people of the ruins to the Lunar Base, he mocks Guntz about his father's death before fleeing, at one point using Klonoa as a shield. When Guntz finally corners him, Janga attempts to kill Guntz with the latter's father's own gun. Before fleeing, Janga kidnaps Klonoa's friend, Lolo, to be used as nightmare energy for Nahatomb, which leaves Lolo in a comatose state. When defeated by the heroes, after he gets Guntz to spare him with a false apology, Janga attempts to poison Guntz with his poison claws, only for him to poison Klonoa instead, but Janga doesn't care and proceeds to mock Guntz about the boy's condition. A cruel, heartless individual who betray and kill anyone to achieve his own desires, Janga is an dark villain for an otherwise lighthearted series.
Knack 2: Xander, leader of the Monks, cannot stand that his order is not taken seriously by the rest of the world. Starting the game as an ally against the initial threat of the Goblins, Xander tricks Lucas into giving him an artifact which enables him to turn the goblins' machines against them. When he tries to use these machines to conquer humanity, Knack and Lucas object, for which Xander attempts to kill the duo despite promising his Youth Leader Ava he wouldn't harm them. Eventually deciding that ruling the world was too much work and that modern civilization had made humanity weak, Xander builds the Armageddon Machine to destroy every city, town, and village, apathetic about how many die and only caring that people will finally listen to him because he will be "the only thing between them and death". For a "personal touch", Xander bound Knack and Lucas's friends and family within his first city target so they will die along with it. Furthermore, Xander is almost gleeful when he realizes Ava and some defected monks are attempting to evacuate civilians, believing they will all die as well. Hypocritical, power-hungry, cruel and a traitor to his species, Xander set a new standard for evil within the Knack universe.
Knight's Contract: The wicked Dr. Faust is a Mad Scientist obsessed with the Anima del Monde, an artifact which will allow him to gain ultimate power. Using his power to bring The Black Death upon Europe, Faust frames a group of innocent witches and subjects them to torture and execution to obtain their pieces of the Anima del Monde. Faust later resurrects them, using their anger and hatred at their deaths to send them against humanity, causing innumerable innocent deaths all so Faust can manipulate the only surviving witch into his grasp to obtain the final shard and achieve godhood for himself.
Infernal Crusade: The Lord Bishop is a Satan-worshipping fanatic who turned against the beliefs of his own Church. He starts the game by desecrating holy places and kidnapping a mysterious young woman to use her, against her will, for his sinister rituals that involve Human Sacrifice, with his victims crucified. He unites people of all religions to follow his cult, and slaughters anyone who refuses to, regardless of age or religion. His ultimate goal is to open the Gates of Hell and condemn the entire world to eternal suffering.
II: Satan is a lord of Hell and the one who was behind the Lord Bishop's actions. Corrupting thousands of souls and damning them to eternity in Hell, Satan begins opening another Gate of Hell, hoping to unleash Hell and his tyrannical rule upon the Earth. Preparing to conquer the mortal realm, Satan releases several demonic creatures upon the world who proceed to kill countless numbers of people. Setting up a magical fog in some parts of the Saracen port Yusra that raises the dead and mutates the living, Satan tries to thwart the heroic Templar Paul's attempt at recovering ancient holy relics, which are capable of closing the Gates of Hell and banishing him back to Hell.
Kya: Dark Lineage: Brazul, in actuality Kya and Frank's father, is a cruel alien conqueror who plans to destroy and take over multiple dimensions with the power of the medallion. Setting his sights on the peaceful Nativ village, Brazul has multiple Nativs kidnapped and transformed into Wolfens to add to his army, planning to do the same to Frank once he's in his grasp. Making the Nativ Aton betray his people and give up Kya in return for protection, Brazul instead finds the location of the village and has his men burn it all down, capturing the inhabitants to be transformed into Wolfen, while also planning to transform Kya into a Wolfen to rule the world while he'll be out destroying other dimensions.
Lair: The Diviner, the religious leader of the Alyssian people, and his right-hand-man, Captain Loden, are a greedy, power-hungry duo who betray their own people. When the Alyssian leaders attempt to parlay with the Mokai people who simply want to keep from starving to death, the Diviner and Loden launch a coup that kills the Alyssian and Mokai leaders, whereupon Loden leads his forces to the Mokai cities, massacring civilians and having a temple full of Mokai women and children incinerated with the Diviner simply ordering that no survivors remain. Any soldiers who disagree are locked in an extradimensional prison, with Loden later attempting to massacre them when they escape.
L.A. Noire: The Black Dahlia Killer, real name Garrett Mason, also known as the "Werewolf Killer", works as a bartender to find women to murder; carving messages into them after beating or strangling them to death and leaving their naked bodies in public places to be found. Responsible for all of the murders in the homicide cases, he frames a string of innocent men and other likely suspects for his own deeds, sending the possessions of his victims to the police to taunt them. When confronted by the heroes, he only shows shock at the duo managing to get through his deadly traps and continues to mock them over his murders.
First game: The seemingly kindhearted David is really a sinister cult leader in the post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world. Raiding a university, David steals—and later kills—the horse Callus and leaves Joel in excruciating pain. He later reveals himself to be a cannibal, feeding human meat to his unsuspecting followers and with many previous victims. Becoming obsessed with the teenaged Ellie, David states his intent to use her to repopulate the world, and when she escapes from his clutches, he sends waves of his men to track her down, apathetic to their ensuing deaths. In his final confrontation with Ellie, David shows his full depravity, thanking her for killing his men and making his group stronger, in his own words, and trying to rape and kill her personally. Even among a cast of morally gray characters, David's actions and personality show him to be utterly irredeemable and the most heinous of all the enemies faced by Joel and Ellie.
The Last Remnant: Wilfred Hermeien is the detestable Duke of Nagapur, head of the Congress and de facto ruler of the whole continent, but is unsatisfied with this, wanting to be crowned God-Emperor. To this end, he creates the Third Committee to perform unethical Remnant research using kidnapping, human experimentation, threatening people to work for them, stealing Remnants from various settlements and many other crimes. Forming a deal with the Conqueror, Hermeien stages a war where the Conqueror would attack the continent and Hermeien would save the day, uncaring how many of his troops would die. Also kidnapping Rush Sykes's sister Irina, whom has Marion's Blessing, to strengthen his claim to God Emperor, Hermeien is eventually betrayed by the Conqueror, forced to work for him and made an experiment where he is given great power. Still coveting world domination, Hermeien poisons various leaders of the game world with his newfound power to slowly kill them before The Conqueror kills him for his hubris.
Hecarim, The Shadow of War: Once an ambitious lieutenant who set his commander up to die for not naming him his successor, Hecarim went on to happily raze villages and slaughter innocents for his paranoid king and, after the death of the queen, talked the king into allowing him to attack neighboring nations. Convincing the imprisoned Kalista to reveal the location of the Blessed Isles to the king, Hecarim pretends to take her side only to stab her in the back and ordered the villages ransacked. Eventually dying, Hecarim lives on as an evil spectre, killing any who happen upon the Shadow Isles.
Jhin, the Virtuoso: Khada Jhin is a crazed Serial Killer-turned-assassin who reveals a hidden dark side to the once-pure Ionian council. Originally convicted for mass murder in the province of Zhyun, Jhin was set free by shady elements in the council, and hired to serve as their "secret weapon" of sorts. Mind of the Virtuoso shows us his crimes through his eyes, as he casually murders 4 different people, seeing all of their deaths as a painting created by his gun. Jhin lives to kill, and as long as the Ionian elders have a grip on him, the law cannot touch him. His in-game dialogue also details an old plan of his to assassinate Shen's father, the master of the Kinkou Order, before Zed beat him to the punch. Now he wants to kill both of them, Zed as revenge for stealing his spotlight, and Shen to serve as his father's "stand-in". Sadistic and seeing no point in peaceful ends, Jhin is one of the sickest Combat Aestheticists to ever come to light.
Mordekaiser, the Iron Revenant: He was once a mortal man by the name of Sahn-Uzal. Believing that conquest would give him a glorious afterlife in the Hall of Bones, he set about destroying every village and tribe he could to build his glorious empire of death. When he died and realized his fate was false, a wave of anger grew in him. He communicated to the living realm, promising great power to anyone who brings him back. When he was resurrected by a group of sorcerers, he repaid them by brutally murdering all of them and using their souls to make the mighty Mace, Nightfall. He then began his second conquest where he continued slaughtering more innocents for his plan. During this time he kidnapped a Yordle sorcerer named Veigar for his own twisted needs, brutally torturing him, an act that Mordekaiser has fond memories of. When he was eventually killed and returned to the land of the dead, Mordekaiser used the enslaved souls of all the people he killed during his second conquest, using the souls of the weak as building blocks for his new undead empire, their screams sounding like music to him. Now he waits to rise again and bring more death and destruction upon the world of the living.
Singed, the Mad Chemist: Aptly titled, Singed used himself as a guinea pig for his own experiments, extending his lifespan well beyond 100 years. Commissioned by Noxus to create salvos of chemical weaponry to aid in their invasion of Ionia, Singed ended up destroying both armies with the weapons despite being hired by Noxus, leaving Riven traumatized beyond repair. Carrying on, he proceeded to use the chemical bombs to annihilate Master Yi's village after standard troop-based warfare was unsuccessful. In his own independent work, he drugged and kidnapped Warwick off the streets of Zaun and performed horrific experiments on him that included severing his hand and drilling into his bones. When it seemed like Warwick died from the brutal experiments, Singed merely threw his corpse outside and moved on without a second thought. He soon discovered that Warwick was still alive after finding his lab in disrepair, and intended to use a name Warwick dropped during the earlier tests to track him down and force him out into the open. Whether it's wiping out the army he's supposed to be helping, razing villages with biochemical weapons, or torturing a man to death to turn him into a chimera, Singed only has one motivation for everything he does: To see if he can.
Tahm Kench, the River King: An obese water demon with an insatiable hunger, Tahm Kench lurks in Bilgewater's rivers and seas, stalking desperate individuals to make his next victim. Tahm Kench uses his charm to entice his victims into accepting his bargains before whisking them away to find fame and fortune...before coming back and eventually taking back everything they hold dear. While Tahm Kench's hunger yields no limits, his favorite dish is the despair and regret that seethes out of those that dare bargain with him. In his teaser trailer, Tahm Kench recounts a time where he tempted a gambler who eventually struck rich and was to be married to a princess, only for Tahm to return years later and snap up everything, from the wedding gifts, to the buffet, to his wealth, right in front of him. As he tricks the gambler's bride to let her guard down, he brutally devours her as well and mocks the gambler for being foolish enough to trust him. His in-game taunts are also particularly cruel and below-the-belt, mocking his enemies for the errors of their past, while tempting his allies to accept one of his ill-fated deals. Living only to satisfy his bottomless stomach, Tahm Kench has terrorized Runeterra since ancient times, pulling the same trick over and over again, and his silver tongue conceals a pitch-black heart.
Arch Duke Deimos, the Wheel of Reincarnation, is the Mad Scientist who reigns over the human world. He created the humans of the world, but turned them against the Demi-Gods and Proteus, eventually sealing them away, so he could have the world to himself. Repeatedly sending people to die fighting Shadar and not caring about their lives, Deimos does the same with Slade and Sharn, later declaring then traitors when they discover the truth. He also creates golems out of human corpses, then treats his creations coldly, among them being Orion, implanting a device in him that allows him to control Orion and force him to slaughter people. When he sends a trio of golems after Slade and one of them dies, he kills Fianna for failing him and assaults Sarius's mind for objecting to it, later sending him to die against Slade. He then attempts to have Iris, his own daughter whom he exiled with Slade, stuffed with energy to use her as a weapon against the Demi-Gods. In the fight against him, he devours the souls of his own Druid helpers, and even when killed, he drives Abel insane and sends him to destroy the world, then comes back and tries to use Iris and Slade to resurrect himself.
Apollo of the Absolute Will is the leader of the five Demi-Gods. Following his abuse at the hands of humans, Apollo desired to wipe out humanity, and manipulated the abused child Abel into sharing his worldview that humans are all "failures" that deserve death. Rebelling against his father Proteus, Apollo imprisons him inside the Firebrand sword, then has him possess Kahn and sends them down to massacre humans, wiping out a good chunk of the world population. In the present, he sends his siblings to destroy several towns and massacre the people within, and tortures his sister Arianna for taking too long. He later personally destroys the city of Darnia, killing everyone within, and taking the souls of the inhabitants while wiping away their memories of being human. He creates Averron as his utopia using the souls, some of which are turned into the crystals powering the place, and has Slade imprisoned and sentenced to Electric Torture while he tries to convince Khan, a fellow Demi-God, to join him in creating a "perfect" race to replace humanity, despite knowing his rhetoric is nonsense.
Malakai is a human Mad Scientist who desires to become a god. Having aided Deimos and Apollo in their evil acts in the past, he creates the soulless Black Guards to serve as the world's armies, and creates Nero and Tobias, whom he keeps trapped in mental realms while using them to power the world. Sending Gerent to capture an escaped Nero, Malakai teams up with Haizum and Janus, manipulating the latter by convincing him that his friends are corrupting the world. Imprisoning Corvus in a suit of armor which he controls, he forces Corvus to kill his family and later fight his friends. Malakai, with Haizum, Janus, and the unwilling Corvus, leads the Black Guards in slaughtering the people of Ragan castle, later raiding the castle in Arcadia and doing the same with the people there. Entering the Ether Vein, he sends Janus, Haizum, and Corvus against the heroes, uncaring if they die, before fighting Nero himself, only helping him against Shadar afterwards for fun. Desiring to turn the world into his own personal experiment, Malakai proves that humans can be just as wicked as the gods.
Haizum is a bipedal unicorn monster and the worst of Malakai's Co-Dragons. As the guardian of the Tower of Babylon, Haizum gleefully kills adventurers who come inside, simply because he loves to fight and kill, and uses their bones to decorate his lair. He is first seen killing a warrior who came to avenge a loved one, and when he loses to the heroes, he swears revenge. Betraying the Alia, the people of the Tower, and joining Malakai, he gladly aids in the massacres at Ragan castle and Arcadia, only objecting when he feels that Malakai is wasting time. Finally, in the Ether Vein, when Lamia, his friend and one of the heroes, tries to appeal to the good inside him and help him, he tosses her off the platform and onto the sky, knowing that this would condemn her to fall forever, while mocking the heroes for thinking he would redeem himself and trying to kill them one last time. When Lamia manages to return and finish him off, she laments but accepts that the friendship they once had is gone forever.
The Elder God is an ancient parasite upon the Wheel of Fate. Playing at being god to the ancient vampires, the Elder God orchestrated a catastrophic war between vampire and Hylden that saw innumerable members of both killed, as well as countless humans. Upon the vampiric curse of immortality, the Elder God callously abandoned the vampires, leading to the suicide of most of the race. Later swaying Moebius to his side and inspiring him to his vampire purges, the Elder God manipulates almost every conflict in Nosgoth's history to kill countless people in order to satisfy its gluttony and desire for control. Hijacking Raziel's resurrection and manipulating the former vampire as its champion, the Elder God sends him to satisfy its plots and kill Kain with no concern for the slaughter left in the process so it may continue playing god and feasting upon the Wheel of Fate.
Hash'ak'gik, aka the Dark Entity, the Hylden Lord, and the Sarafan Lord, is the commander of the Hylden, a race banished to a demon dimension. He possessed Mortanius and used him to corrupt the Guardians of the Pillars of Nosgoth by murdering Ariel and leaving her lover Nupraptor to find her body and drive the Guardians insane with his grief. This in turn corrupted the Pillars and caused the land to decay and rot with the Guardians. With the corruption of the Pillars, he possesses Janos Audron and rebuilds the Sarafan order of vampire hunters, driving them to endangerment and establishing tyrannical control of human civilization. He uses this control to construct a network of Glyph-powered machines around Nosgoth to direct the energies of the Device, an ancient Hylden war weapon. With Janos imprisoned and deformed to power the Device, the Hylden Lord plans to activate the Device and kill all non-Hylden life in Nosgoth through the Glyph network, including the human Sarafan that loyally serve him.
Blood Omen: The fair boy-king William the Just, through the wicked influence of the time-traveling Moebius, came to embrace evil and became a sadistic despot known only as the Nemesis. The Nemesis has his legions sweep across the land to torture, rape and murder all they find, leaving entire cities such as the once-academic Stahlberg a complete ruin with its population put up on stakes. The Nemesis intends to come down upon all Nosgoth and turn the world into blood, ashes and chains before him, and even curbstomps the King Ottmar and his noble army, forcing Kain to turn back time forty years to undo William's carnage upon the earth.
Jette is the right-hand of Prince Cort. Unlike his master, whose mind was affected by a rogue Ra-Seru, Jette willingly goes along with the spreading of the Mist to witness the results out of his scientific curiosity, having been responsible for the destruction of one town in the past due to his "error" in unleashing monsters. Undeterred, Jette crafted more mist generators, unleashing them upon the world with most of humanity destroyed. His entire purpose is to see humanity "evolve" for his experiments, regardless of most of them dying in the process.
The brutal Songi was once a Biran monk who betrayed his people and slaughtered most of them. Returning to hound the heroes, especially his rival Gala, Songi eventually joins the Henchmen of the Mist and even executes one of his comrades, Zora, after her defeat before she can talk with the heroes, mocking her about thinking Cort ever cared for her. Betraying Cort, Songi attempts to obtain the power of the mighty Sim-Seru Juggernaut, trying to feed the entire human populace to it, subjecting them to an agonizing fate of eternal entrapment, all so he can rise to godhood, abandoning any hint of humanity in his quest for power.
Evil/Iburu is the Greater-Scope Villain of the first two games, the Big Bad of the third game, and the orchestrator of everything bad that happens. Seemingly enslaving Ogura at a young age, he tells Ogura to destroy Pufftop and, when he fails, gives him "another chance" in the form of painfully transforming him into an Eldritch Abomination. He attempts to execute Moe before his father performs a Heroic Sacrifice, but Evil doesn't mind this outcome. At the end of the game, Evil discards Ogura after he is no longer of use to him, claims that he's going to destroy the entire universe, and very nearly succeeds. A psychopathic, seemingly invincible demon, Evil is a far cry from the lighthearted, sometimes even tragic, villains of the previous games.
Mashtooth, the Big Bad of the 5th game, is the cruel leader of a gang of Space Pirates and desires nothing but power. Chronologically, the first thing he does is invade the peaceful planet Bunnera to suck out the essence of its inhabitants, simply to make him stronger. He discards of the smaller Bunnerans, claiming "these snack-sized Bunnerans have given me enough power, but I need more." Mashtooth then goes after their prince, who narrowly escapes with his life. In the final battle, after his subordinates pulled a HeelFace Turn on him, he eats the prince, who is still alive inside him, and uses the moon as a battering ram to try and kill Starfy, and possibly hundreds of thousands of innocents in the way. Ruthless, cruel, and terrifying even to his own minions, Mashtooth stands out as a tyrant who would stop at nothing, just to satiate his lust for power.
The Legend of Dragoon: Melbu Frahnma was the emperor of the winged humanoid race called the Winglies. Promoting a racist philosophy, Melbu Frahnma spread the belief that every single thing that wasn't a Wingly deserved annihilation, but it was the 'grace' of his empire to spare them as slaves. After being overthrown, Melbu Frahnma's spirit went dormant until he could take over the hero, Zieg. Using Zieg's body, Melbu Frahnma manipulated several massive wars and multiple murders to engineer his ascent to power and to fuse with a 'seed' of a God and become the god of destruction. He plans to become the new god emperor of the world and destroy or make slaves of every race. Not even the Winglies are exempt, as Melbu frahnma displays full willingness to wipe them out should they resist him.
Len'en ~ Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle: Suzumi Kuzu is the the Big Bad and is feared by everyone. Their modus operandi is to make Tsubakura cross the Despair Event Horizon and have done many actions in the past to nearly kill Tsubakura and/or Yabusame. They even try to attack and kill the Shitodo Siblings because they think it would make Tsubakura feel even worse, and even manage to cost Hooaka an arm. They're responsible for causing the whole war in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, all just to lure out Tsubakura and kill them. To make matters worse, it's HEAVILY implied that they did something horrible to Tsurubami, the only one who could possibly even relieve Tsubakura and Yabusame of their duties and let them back into the outside world.
Life After Us: The System: Dr. Tar is a depraved and despicable man who made his own patient's life a living hell. A doctor of an asylum in charge of a mentally disabled woman, Dr. Tar took advantage of her condition and repeatedly raped her for months while beating her to make sure she doesn't tell on him while cruelly demeaning her. Eventually, the young woman became pregnant by him and he repeatedly attacked her in response, especially in the stomach, trying to kill the baby. When the baby was born, Dr. Tar took him away from the young woman and trapped him in a box before burning him. Once the grandmother of the woman became suspicious and tried to take the woman away from the asylum, Dr. Tar murdered the grandmother to stop her and trapped the woman inside a dark room where she starved to death.
Mark Jefferson is a famous photographer and teacher at Blackwell Academy, as well as the true mastermind of the Dark Room. Taking advantage of Nathan Prescott's need for a father figure, Jefferson has the latter drug and abduct girls to the Dark Room to be tortured by him. Jefferson's specialty is the loss of innocence, and he won't hesitate to kill when it suits him; it is discovered one such victim was Rachel Amber. When one of Jefferson's victims, Kate Marsh, is struggling with depression, he subtly tries to goad her into killing herself to cover his tracks. When Max Caulfield and Chloe Price discover the Dark Room, they find a series of photo albums listing his previous victims and intended victims, Victoria Chase being one of them. When Jefferson learns Max and Chloe found the Dark Room, he drugs and kidnaps Max and kills Chloe. If Victoria is successfully warned about the Dark Room, she will be kidnapped and killed. Jefferson will also kill David Madsen if not for Max's help. It is also discovered he murdered Nathan to both cover his tracks and provide a scapegoat for his crimes. Despite his charming demeanor and close friendships with his students, Jefferson is taking advantage of their respect and admiration for the sake of his torture art and his own sick enjoyment, with no remorse or empathy for his victims.
Before the Storm: The psychopathic crime boss Damon Merrick, who operates drug-running and dog fighting rings and is responsible for a slew of murders and sexual assaults, is introduced beating Drew, who owes him money. Damon either makes his younger brother, Mikey, break his own arm if paid or breaks Drew's leg if not. Confronting Chloe and Rachel while they look for Rachel's mother, Sera, Damon threatens them, stabbing Rachel upon getting into an altercation with her, later stabbing Frank when he saves her. Discovered to have abducted Sera for Rachel's District Attorney father, Damon has been promised evidence against him would be destroyed, a cash payment and the name of an informant he intends to kill. Planning to force Seta back into drug addiction, Damon tries to kill both Chloe and Frank when they try to stop him.
Lifeline: Jim Powers is the Evil Uncle of the heroine Rio, obsessed with taking the Philosopher's Stone for himself. Having killed his own brother and even Rio herself when she was a child before she was revived, Powers harvests his brother's brain to keep it frozen in a painful existence so it may manage a station for him. Attacking the space hotel to go after Rio again, Powers reveals he has horrifically mutated people into monsters with the Philosopher's Stone, including the Operator's lover Naomi. Upon being cornered, Powers even tries to drop the hotel onto Tokyo for nothing save spite and kicks.
LISA trilogy: Dr. Yado is behind the events of the entire trilogy. Having participated in the project that created Joy, Yado was the only one who figured out how to control the resulting Joy Mutants. This discovery gave him a massive god complex, and he immediately went to mutate the other scientists so they wouldn't figure him out. With the help of Buzzo, Yado introduced Joy as a drug to start turning humans into his mutant slaves. In order to speed up the process, he triggered the Great White Flash, killing off all women and destroying society. The only survivor, his pregnant wife, was hidden away so she could give birth to their daughter, Nancy, whom Yado would use to start a war to kill or mutate every surviving man. When the time came, Yado killed his wife and let Brad find his daughter, whom Brad renamed Buddy and became extremely protective of; this led to Brad slaughtering the entirety of Rando's Army and many others before mutating. Noticing that Buddy had taken Joy herself, Yado left messages pushing Buddy to kill as much as possible in hopes she would mutate. When cornered, Yado attacked Buddy with his strongest mutant before finally getting killed by a disgusted Buzzo.
Lost Eden: Moorkus Rex is an evil dinosaur tyrant who leads an army of Tyranns to conquer all other kingdoms. He doesn't want to Take Over the World so much as simply dismember it (reducing the world to "blood and ashes at my feet", as he put it), and his mooks cut swaths of destruction wherever they go. His real power is illusion and fakery—he lies every time he opens his mouth, trying to sow confusion and despair, while the real threat — the Tyrann — destroys everything in their path. It unfortunately works all too well on Dina, whom he tricked into believing he had gruesomely murdered her mate.
Lost Odyssey: Gongora aims to Take Over the World. Since several of the main characters are immortal, Gongora had to get creative in getting them out of his way. He did so by sealing away their memories, leaving them completely amnesiac and unaware of their origins, which all of them agree is something like being a walking corpse. For him to be able to do this in the first place, they had to go through something traumatic enough that they wouldn't want to remember, so he abducted Kaim and Sarah's daughter and left them believing she was dead, forced Seth to kill her best friend to save her son, and set giant monsters loose in Ming's kingdom to slaughter her subjects until she agreed to block off her own memories to save them. As a result, Kaim and Seth both end up working for him, Ming becomes a figurehead in the country she's ruled for a thousand years, and Sarah goes insane for several decades. And to top it all off, he magically controls Jansen and forces him to attack his friends and Love Interest.
Lost Planet: Dennis Isenberg is the commander of the NEVEC forces on the planet E.D.N III. Founding the Frontier Project, he presents it as a way to get rid of the monstrous Akrid, but in truth he plans to use it to annihilate all life on the planet, including all of the humans living there. When Gale Holden learns of this and tries to stop Isenberg, he unleashes the Akrid, Green Eye, onto Gale and his forces and has his henchman, Bandero, kill any survivors, with only Gale's son Wayne escaping this onslaught. Isenberg would then oppress E.D.N III for 30 years killing numerous people and Akrid, extracting the latter's thermal energy for his project. He would then force Yuri to work on the Frontier Project by torturing him into compliance before killing him once he is of no use to him. While claiming the Frontier Project is for the betterment of humankind, Isenberg's willingness to use the project to wipe out all of humanity on the planet proves that he only wants to eliminate any opposition so he can claim the planet for himself.
Lucifer himself corrupts the titular Lucius Wagner into The Antichrist due to a deal he made with the boy's heartless grandfather. Lucifer periodically appears to Lucius, having him kill his family and workers, including his loving mother as a sacrifice. When Lucius finds himself in a destructive competition against another antichrist named Issac, resulting in the latter's death among numerous people, Lucifer is indifferent to the death of one son and proud of the promise Lucius shows. Lucifer also uses Detective McGuffin's crisis of faith to make him Lucius's guardian. Later on, Lucifer kills McGuffin by ripping his heart out and mockingly reveals he caused the death of his family. When Lucius considers going a different path than Lucifer's plans, Lucifer strips him of his power and leaves him to die in the apocalypse to come. Lucius later faces off with Lucifer as he tries to bring about Hell on Earth and Lucifer attempts to kill Lucius while mentioning that he's just one of many of his children he's done this with.
Fabius Wagner is Lucius's power hungry and cold-hearted grandfather. Having previously gotten his family into power through his mob ties, Fabius was secretly a demon worshipper who made a deal with Lucifer to warp his newborn grandson into the future Antichrist, setting him on his path to evil. When Lucius gradually kills off his family and their help, Fabius feels no remorse for these deaths, saying that one of his dead sons was a disgrace to his family's legacy, in the face of his grieving brother. Believing himself as having a part in Lucius's destiny, Fabius eventually reveals to his grandson his part in making him who he is, prepares to have him sacrifice a captive reporter, and states his intent on being Lucius's guide and mentor in the end times.
Lufia: Daos, Master of Terror, is the leader of the sibling gods known as the Sinistrals. In the first game, when his sister, Erim, is revealed to have been living as a human, Daos mentally assaults her, mocking her desire to live as a human. In the prequel game, Daos, deciding to send a message to mankind of "real terror", warps Maxim to the town of Chaed, then uses his island fortress to blow up it up, killing everyone, even children, while leaving the heroes alive solely so they could feel the terror as the humans around them died. Daos then orders the kidnapping, and attempted murder, of Maxims infant son, Jeros. He later decides to destroy the human world, leaving his followers behind. In the third game, for fun, Daos crashes a wedding by casting a spell on the bride so she sees the groom and the other attendants at the wedding as monsters. Worse, Daos makes her as strong as himself, explaining the spell will only break until she or a victim is dead. This forces the groom to kill himself to stop the bride from killing her little sister. When Erim, unable to live with the atrocities she, and the Sinistrals, have committed, arranges for the death of herself and the Sinistrals, a wounded Daos summons Zalbak, a Animalistic Abomination with the last of his power. Having the Monster fuse with Erim, Daos reveals that Zalbak wont stop until the world is ashes, while Erim will be Forced to Watch the world she loved be destroyed before she dies. Believing human emotions to be worthless, and not even really caring about his own siblings, Daos commits his atrocities ostensibly to punish humans for ignoring the gods, but really for his own sadistic amusement.
Luminous Arc: Cardinal Kingston is the right-hand man of the Pope and the cruelest character in this lighthearted game. Wanting to help awaken the evil god Zehaal in order to take its power for himself, Kingston creates a rumor that witches, the forces best able to defeat Zehaal, are evil and must be persecuted; at the same time, he is masterminding tests and experiments to control Zehaal, experiments which result in cruel torture and loss of life. Wanting to hide his true nature, he makes some of the most corrupt people into key figures of his religion, leading to chaos as these figures run rampant with their abuses of power. When Alph and his group learn about the truth of their religion, Kingston immediately has them hunted down in order to silence them. Throughout the journey to free the world from this fake order, Kingston makes a mechanical witch named Iris who annihilated armies of Holy Knights to keep his secret; betrays his close allies by sending them to their death; and made a deal with an agent of Zehaal to send demons to his enemies while helping him awaken their lord to cause the end of the world. Greedy and treacherous are the best way to describe Kingston, a dark villain for such a cheerful and simple game.
Lunar: Eternal Blue: Zophar is the self styled lord of darkness and the one responsible for the Blue Star being stripped of all life. As we see in flashbacks, Zophar led a campaign of conquest on the Blue Star that only ended when his arch-nemesis, the goddess Althena, was forced to seal him at the cost of all life on the world. Even through his prison, Zophar reached out to corrupt mortals, twisting the church of Althena into a Corrupt Church that was responsible for centuries of suffering and cruelty. Zophar excels in twisting and corrupting hearts to even turned loved ones against one another, and unlike most dark lords, Zophar fully understands goodness and righteousness enough to exploit it: manipulating heroine Lucia's love for her friends so she wouldn't have the will to destroy him at cost of the world. Zophar takes her captive to use her powers to remake the world in his twisted image, not caring about the death toll. When he decides the world is too much trouble, Zophar merely elects to destroy it utterly with every living soul.
Lunarosse: The "Illusion Master", Dr. Dario Naumov, masterminds the Empire-Faction war within his patient Corlia Davis's Lunarosse world based on her book for rejecting his advances. Through his avatars, Dario sews discord, causing wars and catastrophe for the cast based on Corlia's friends, manipulating them to insanity and bringing about a draconian rule. Allowing for attacks on peaceful native races of Lunarossa, Dario also forces friends of Corlia to fight to the death, and in the true ending attempts to empower himself and destroy the dream world out of spite.
Luxaren Allure: Evil Overlord Darkloft attempts to sell the world to the demons of Aothuth in exchange for power and immortality. In order to fuel the ritual to unseal the demons, Darkloft summons monsters to ravage the isles of Luxaren and kill those who oppose her ambitions. After being reduced to a suit of armor, Darkloft eventually possesses Aurelie, forces her host to restart her genocidal war, and attempts to completely break her host by targeting the latter's Love Interest, heroine Karuna. After the heroes mortally wound her, Darkloft manages to open the gate to Aothuth, confident that the demons will create Hell on Earth.
Asmodeus, a powerful demon and wielder of the Mace of Tanis, plunges Europe into a horrific hellscape where countless innocents are slaughtered and brutalized under him and the rest of the Covenant of Seven. Having created Grendal by taking the young Taurus and turning him into a demonic being, Asmodeus is also responsible for helping Sir Dregan to found a kingdom of undeath where thousands have their souls stolen and directing others to rampage to other countries to cause a greater death toll. Asmodeus has a fondness for twisted punishments in most characters' bad endings, such as turning one noble warrior into a ravenous wolf to prey upon the people he wishes to protect.
Lord Deimos is one of the Covenant of Seven. A hulking man in crimson armor who rules over Bavaria, Deimos runs his province with savagery and viciousness, slaughtering his own people and torturing others. Deimos also keeps Bavaria in a perpetual state of war, constantly murdering others, including the family of the viking Ragnar whose village was exterminated by Deimos's dark forces. Seeking to seize the Mace of Tanis and annihilate his six allies, Deimos also seeks to take Countess Taria of the Seven as his consort by consent or force, and should he gain the Mace, Europe never manages to recover from his hideous and bloody rule.
The Executioner is a terrifying man in a black hood who runs the island fortress of El Katraz. Torturing countless people and acting as a freelance killer for the Covenant of Seven or anyone who needs a victim eliminated, the Executioner enjoys giving his victims false hope by giving them a chance to flee before dragging them back to his torture chambers. Should he win and claim the Mace of Tanis, the Executioner will usher in the Age of Torture, where every living thing is subjected to endless agony of his cruel torments that will rival Hell itself.
Noa is the CEO of DeathWatch, and Leo Fallmont's second-in-command. Cutting off all access to roads and technology in Jefferson Island, Noa unleashes a deadly virus that will kill everyone within 24 hours, promising a vaccine to those who kill—even suggesting starting with family members and neighbors—with the last one standing winning $100 million. Turning the DeathWatch games—having previously been created for nations to engage in less bloody wars—into a violent reality show where the wealthy bid on contestants, Noa reaps most of the profits for himself, doing whatever he can to keep sponsors funding the games.
Leonardo "Leo" Fallmont, first seen as a random survivor, is the true villain of the game, the creator of the deadly virus, and Noa's boss. Following his father's pharmaceutical company going bankrupt after the last presidential election, Leo and his father decide to create a virus in order to sell a vaccine. Partnering with Noa to spread the virus across Jefferson Island, before ultimately killing Noa to cover his tracks, he plans on using DeathWatch as a way to spread publicity about the vaccine, blackmailing various countries with his virus unless they buy it, while also participating in the games for the thrill of killing.
Mad Max: Lord Scabrous Scrotus is the sadistic son of Immortan Joe who rules Gastown with an iron fist. With his garrison of War Boys, Scrotus scours his section of the Wasteland for anyone he can capture, kill, and pillage, putting him into conflict with Max. After losing to him in a fight, Scrotus goes mad with rage and takes his anger out on the Wasteland, setting his Dragon Stank Gum loose on Gutgash and Pink Eye's Strongholds to kill them and their followers. Upon learning that Max won the Gastown Race, Scrotus revokes his prize and almost beats him to death in revenge, setting a cabal of War Boys on him as well. When he learns that Chumbucket took the Magnum Opus, he orders his torture to learn whatever he could about Max, and when he learns about Hope and Glory's relation to him, he kills both of them alongside Deep Friah's followers just to spite Max one last time.
Ritchie Doucet, the leader of the Dixie Mafia, is first shown participating in the betrayal and destruction of the Black Mob, where he personally stabs Ellis, Lincoln Clay's younger brother, to death. As a reward for his help, Doucet is given control over Delray Hollow by Sal Marcano, and starts running heroin and prostitution rackets. His prostitution racket is revealed to be comprised of black women whom he's had abducted, addicted to heroin, then forced into sexual slavery to service white patrons.
Remy Duvall is a Blue Blood of New Bordeaux, and the host of its widely popular "Native Son" radio broadcast. On the air, he presents himself with a folksy, gentlemanly demeanor while he espouses white, Christian values. In private, he's the militant leader of the Southern Union, a white supremacist group, and in league with the Marcano Crime Family. Under his leadership, Duvall's group beats and murders blacks, helps the Marcanos in their PCP operation, and, vilest of all, sells blacks into slavery for wealthy whites, a crime that disgusts even other mobsters. After Lincoln Clay dismantles his operations, Duvall gathers his followers with the intention of leading a manhunt for Lincoln, which involves marching them to Delray Hollow and burning it to the ground in revenge. Though Duvall claims to love his city and want to protect it, he's ultimately a self-serving hypocrite who thinks the city belongs to him and only cares about Christian whites, and he's even willing to harm them through his drug dealing and criminal activities if it will benefit himself.
Faster, Baby!DLC: Sheriff Walter "Slim" Beaumont, the vicious, ruthless and racist sheriff of Sinclair Parish who seeks to maintain power and to make sure the town has an all-white influence, does so by murdering black citizens after sundown. He also works with the Southern Union, letting them loose on Sinclair Parish, using additional murder and intimidation to keep its citizens in check. When a movement starts to expose his crimes and bring him to justice, he murders Ezekiel Dandridge, and steals the written testimonies gathered against him. By the time Lincoln and Roxy arrive in Sinclair Parish, Beaumont is already targeting the citizens that are testifying against him. When Lincoln and Roxy put a stop to his plans, he has Lincoln abducted and prepares to leave him to the Southern Union, taking the time to gloat to him.
Makai Toshi SaGa: The Creator is the true power behind Ashura, the Four Fiends and all the woes they've inflicted on the world. Creating a tower separated into numerous worlds, the Creator made a "game" where adventurers would climb the tower believing Paradise to lie at its Apex. To create his game, the Creator deliberately made the worlds miserable, which included setting up a war in the World of Continent between three kings, having Byak-Ko establish a cruel dictatorship in the World of Clouds and having Su-Zaku turn the World of Ruin into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. When confronted by the party the Creator callously claims that because he created everything he can do anything he wants with the worlds and the people within, revealing himself to be a cruel and narcissistic god.
Manhunt: Lionel Starkweather is a rich man who creates snuff films for his own pleasure and profit. Using his fortune to acquire convicted death-row inmate James Earl Cash, Starkweather sets him loose in an urban jungle while hunted by gang members and corrupt law enforcement. Starkweather constantly ups the stakes by putting others in danger and has Cash's innocent family kidnapped to face almost-certain death (they all end up dying). Starkweather's prize fighter is an insane, naked man wearing a pig's head named Piggsy who has clearly lost his mind through what Starkweather has put him through. Starkweather's voice dogs the player throughout as the depraved millionaire positively revels in the horror and brutality he creates.
Dr. Pickman is the head of the Project and the man responsible for their long list of atrocities. Once a scientist working for the government who had his research shut down for his willingness to torture people without remorse, Pickman continued to work illegally with the help of private funding and used human subjects in a series of sadistic experiments, including forcing a man to feed on corpses driving him crazy enough to commit suicide by hitting his head against the wall for almost an hour; reconditioning a man with various forms of torture and Mind Rape before offering him a victim to be killed; and engulfing a man in flames until his skin and nerves were permanently damaged, causing him to fall into a coma before death. Pickman dumps those who survive but are broken beyond repair at Dixmor Asylum, where they live in horrible conditions and are regularly abused by the staff, with some committing suicide to escape the suffering. Running a strip club as a front for the Project, Pickman recruits sexual deviants to "work" there for him in bringing victims to a torture dungeon and producing Snuff Films. Creating the Pickman Bridge, which would allow two personalities to co-exist within the same body, Pickman places the psychopathic Leo Kasper inside the mind of Daniel Lamb and feels indifferent when Leo goes on a killing spree, controlling the damage by erasing Daniel's past and condemning him to Dixmor Asylum for six years with other failed Pickman Bridge subjects.
Leo Kasper is a murder-obsessed government assassin implied to have been a patient afflicted with an acute case of antisocial personality disorder. After having his own personality placed inside the mind of Daniel Lamb by the Project, Leo takes the opportunity to cause as much death as possible and erase Daniel's past to assume total control over his body, starting by killing people close to him, including his best friend and his therapist; and committing a killing spree in his neighborhood which ended with the brutal death of his wife, stabbing her multiple times with a kitchen knife while laughing maniacally. Using a katana, Leo breaks into a TV station owned by the Project and slaughters more than twenty people inside, dismembering some of them and hanging one with a microphone. Despite his crimes, Leo maintains a façade of being Daniel's ally, instructing him into killing his enemies in the worst ways possible, just so he can see Daniel becoming a "sick fuck" like himself before he can destroy his personality. In a franchise filled with depraved and repugnant criminals, Leo manages to be one of the worst.
Magnus the Betrayer is the power-hungry, megalomanical antagonist of the Nova storylines. Exiled years ago for abusing his powers, he sided with the Arch-Enemy of the Nova race and carried out an attack on Heliseum, killing many, including Cadena's family. His actions eventually required the previous Kaiser to step in, ending with him performing an unsuccessful Heroic Sacrifice, Magnus then taking the Nova's capital as well as their champion and protector in one fell swoop. He's shown to absolutely revel in his actions, taking pride in being a mass murderer and double-crosser, joining two different forces wishing to destroy the world only to gain abilities to cause more destruction in his path. Feared by the Nova, reviled by Kaiser and Angelic Buster, and hated by the Black Mage's commanders, Magnus never bothers showing any remorse or sympathy to whom he affects, and he enjoys every second of it.
Gelimer of the Black Wings stands out among the non-commander antagonists as a testament to low the Black Wings are capable of going; while originally perhaps well-meaning, he created a gas that would render whoever was exposed to it dead or a puppet of his to control, and fell down the slippery slope until he was recruited by Orchid. He proceeded to kidnap and roboticize Xenon, an innocent child, and possibly Beryl; created at least one Manchurian Agent out of his human test experiments; and turns against Orchid by using her brother, Lotus, to pilot a warship that would drop the gas he created all over the Maple World. Gelimer's complete lack of empathy and desire for a world without human emotion is portrayed as chillingly humorless compared to the other antagonists in the game, and he's serious about completing his ambition, no matter how many people have to suffer for it.
The Mark: Ilya Rakov is a son of a Russian billionaire and Arms Dealer, Aleksandr Rakov, who decided to take their business to the next level. Striking a deal with terrorists, Ilya starts a hunt after Steve and Sandy Fletcher, while transporting a terrorist's short-range missile closer to London on his ship. Planning to fire this missile at London, Rakov was furious when Austin Hawke and Steve Fletcher disable this missile and foiled his plans, abandoning his father to escape on a helicopter in the end.
Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death: Heng Long is an evil enterpriser who seeks world domination by gaining godlike powers from the substance Tiox Choq'ik. Planning to use his powers to cause the apocalypse, he builds plantations over numerous South American civilizations to harvest the hidden Mayan codices. When his translator Eva Torres tries to leave with her boyfriend, smokejumper Marlow Briggs, Long has Kim Carreras kill Marlow and force Eva to remain by his side. Not treating his henchmen any better, he jokes about their deaths, allows them to be possessed by evil spirits, and gleefully kills some for a ritual. Killing Kim after discovering her plans to betray him, Long laughs as the world slowly starts to crumble, and tries to kill Marlow when he arrives to save Eva.
Mary Skelter: Nightmares: The Genocide Pink's master Yuuto Gatou has used the countless time loops to subject numerous women and children to experiments in the attempt to create more execution themed Genocide Pink. Gatou's only reason for trying to save Alice is because her death leads to a time loop that is keeping him from destroying the world. Learning about Mary and how she causes the loops, he has Guillotine attempt to assassinate her, Alice's safety no longer a concern to him. When elder Genocide Pink stop proving to be useful, Gatou uses the three of them to create a Nightmare that will hunt down Shira as well as prevent the Blood Team from stopping him. Defeated, the Guillotine portion of the Nightmare clings to life, drags herself to him, and begs him to save her, revealing that they're siblings, and Gatou kills her for it.
Mass Effect 3: Henry Lawson is an egomaniacal Corrupt Corporate Executive and Mad Scientist obsessed with having a dynasty. To that end he creates Designer Babies based off of his DNA. Viewing them only as tools, he controls them their entire lives, molding them to meet his expectations, such as he did with Miranda. Should any of them be subpar, he kills them. When he appears, he's working with the Illusive Man in using the refugee camp, Sanctuary, as a front for gathering test subjects to study Reaper Indoctrination. Thousands of civilians are experimented on, including children, resulting in either their deaths or their being turned into husks. Unlike the rest of Cerberus, who are trying to help humanity, Lawson is only committing atrocities to save his own life and to have future generations idolize him. He's not even Indoctrinated like the rest, having found a way to overcome and control its effects. When he's cornered by Shepard, Henry uses his younger daughter, Oriana, as a Human Shield, and, depending upon the player's actions, he can end up killing either Oriana or Miranda.
Andromeda: The Archon of the Heleus Cluster is the commander of the kett forces waging war with the native angara, whom he's been slaughtering, enslaving, and experimenting on for decades. The most disturbing crime the Archon facilitates is exaltation, a process where species are converted into new kett by breaking a person down and destroying everything they are in order to turn them into the fanatical monsters. When races from the Milky Way appear in Andromeda, the Archon captures the Salarian Ark and begins running tests on them, such as harvesting their organs while they were still alive, or torturing them for information, before he attempted to shoot down the Ark and the thousands of Salarians within. Trying to get his hands on the Remnant technology known as Meridian, the Archon plans on using it to force entire races to surrender, threatening to destroy their worlds if they refuse. During the final fight, the Archon rescinds the offer entirely and just decides to commit galactic genocide out of petty spite.
First game: Nicole Horne is the ice-cold CEO of Aesir Corporation, using her resources and connections to perpetuate her atrocities. A former member of the Inner Circle who headed up Project Valhalla, Horne oversaw the creation of Valkyr, using innocent people as test subjects and driving them insane, notably siccing three of the drugged up victims onto the Payne household to murder Michelle Payne and her infant daughter after Michelle accidentally learned of the project—later mocking Max over their deaths and forcing him to relive their murders simply for cruelty. Continuing to experiment on tortured captives with Valkyr years after, Horne begins marketing Valkyr into the drug community of New York, using Angelo Punchinello as a figurehead to spread Valkyr far and wide, uncaring of the thousands of lives it claimed. Horne used Punchinello to carry out a variety of assassinations and crimes in her name, murdering the man when she lost use of him and later enacting "Operation Dead Eyes" to cover her tracks, entailing the wholesale slaughter of each and every one of her former partners, employees, and test subjects in Project Valhalla, as well as the entirety of the Inner Circle.
Max Payne 3:
Victor Branco is an aspiring but Corrupt Politician of São Paulo, and a member of the wealthy Branco family. He is also the hidden leader of the UFE, a law enforcement group he uses for his own ends, and the Crachá Preto paramilitary death squad, and the mastermind behind the assassinations on his brothers—one by burning alive—and the abduction of his sister-in-law. He is motivated by control of the family fortune and gaining sympathy for the election. He recruits Max as a bodyguard but really plans on making Max a fall guy for his criminal enterprises, which includes a secret ring where the poor of Brazil are kidnapped, held hostage, and harvested for their organs for the black market organ trade.
Armando Becker is Victor Branco's right-hand muscle, functioning as a brutal enforcer and leader of the UFE in the Brazilian organ trafficking operation. Leading his men in routine sweeps of neighborhoods in which innocents and criminals alike are executed on the spot or detained, Becker uses these raids to cover up his mass kidnapping of civilians whom he sells off to be harvested of their organs, making himself and Victor a sizable profit off the lives of countless deaths. So corrupt that it's revealed he was the one who sold insider info to pirates that lead to a yacht massacre, Becker just laughs in the face of Max Payne when confronted with his atrocities, showing no loyalty for Victor or concern for the hundreds of lives his atrocities have cost, only smug cheerfulness at the power and wealth his crimes have brought him.
Max Steel: Covert Missions: Dawn is an Evilutionary Biologist who believes that humankind has grown weak and needs to evolve under her guiding hand. Orchestrating the kidnapping of Jefferson Smith, Dawn performs a variety of experiments on people to turn them into monstrous, zombie-like abominations that she seeks to transform all of humanity into, leaving her experiments and own soldiers to die when she flees Max Steel and sets her base to self-destruct. Dawn first tries to launch a missile to wipe out an entire city and transform its population into her zombies, then reveals her newest plan to use a gaseous dispersal plan with an air blimp, hoping to move from city to city until every human is a writhing, twisted creature bent to her will.
Maximo: Ghosts to Glory & Maximo vs. Army of Zin: Evil King Achille was originally King Maximo's trusted advisor, but betrayed him in his quest of power. He usurps the throne and forces Maximo's betrothed Sophia to marry him, and raises the dead for his army. He then traps human souls in collectors that are transmitted to him. When Maximo returns, Achille promptly kills him. He also has a general tortured to death for failure and murders the witch Sephonie. Returning as a ghost under the guise of Lord Bane, he takes over the titular army of murderous robots, powers them with stolen souls from the Underworld and sends them all over the land where they target lots of innocent bystanders-over 80 in all. The Zin later attempt to destroy a village and invade the land of Hawkmoor. Lord Bane forces the gearmaster Tinker to create a more powerful model of Zin, then plots to have her killed by her own creations. Stopped by Maximo as he was about to kill the Baron Hawkmoor and his wife, Achille murders Tinker in a last act of cruelty.
European Assault: Graf von Schrader is a high-ranking Nazi officer who was behind the project of developing the upgrades to Nazi weaponry and technology, as well as the creation of new weapons. Spreading his henchmen across Europe, Schrader has them develop and use new Nazi technology against the Allies, killing many innocent people. As Lieutenant William Holt tracks him down, Schrader creates an atomic dirty bomb, called "Virus House", which he planes to drop on London, which would kill thousands of people. When American forces attacked his facility, Schrader activates the bomb, trying to take down all American troops along with him, while never caring about the fact that all his men will die as well.
Warfighter: The Cleric, the leader of several terrorist factions in the Middle East, is in reality Hassan Rasheed, a wealthy Arab banker from Dubai. Convincing hundreds of people to follow his cause of "fighting the Eagle", The Cleric trains them and sends them to commit various terrorist acts, like taking half a dozen people hostage and trying to kill them and the soldiers who arrive to save them. Discovering a powerful bomb, called PETN, Hassan sends several suicide bombers to various train stations to blow themselves up and kill countless innocent people. When Task Force discovers his base of operations and attacks it, Hassan sets his building on fire, along with all his men inside, and tries to blow himself up, hoping to take down the US soldiers with him.
The Messenger (2018): The Demon King is the Big Bad and the brutal ruler of the demons. Arriving in the human world from another dimension, the Demon King leads the demons to slaughter the entire Sky Giant civilization before launching attacks against the human civilization. When the leader of the remaining humans, the Phantom, tries to kill the Demon King in revenge, the Demon King, out of anger and pettiness, places a curse on humanity. He turns the Phantom's music box into a tether to the human realm that would enable the demons to return to the human realm. Every 500 years, the Demon King would lead attacks on the remaining population, slaughtering as many humans as possible and repeating the process until the humans surrendered to extinction. In addition, he would force the Phantom to wear a mask that would drive him to insanity and seal him into the music box so that he would be forced to keep the curse alive.
Metal Wolf Chaos: Vice President Richard Hawk ousts the heroic Michael Wilson from office, proceeding to turn the US into a military dictatorship under his control. Using prisoners of war as shields, Richard proceeds to order them gunned down while also attacking American cities in an attempt to kill Michael, now piloting the mechanical armor known as Metal Wolf. Richard reinstitutes slave labor, selling people in Miami into white slavery, and attempts to frame Metal Wolf by using poison gas to wipe out Chicago before also using a giant mech to try to wipe out New York. When Michael defeats him, Richard attempts to flee to space, where he has prepared the Ultimate Weapon to wipe out all of the United States out of spite at his loss.
Last Light: General Czeslav Korbut, the second-in-command and de facto leader of the Red Line, aims to conquer the entire Metro. As the head of intelligence, he uses his skills to manipulate his superior, Maxim, into poisoning his brother and political rival, and then blackmails Maxim with this information so he could have more control over the Red Line. Seeking to wipe out most of Metro's population with chemical weapons or domesticated Dark Ones, he interrogates Artyom and plans on executing him after gathering enough information on a surviving Dark One. Continuously losing battles to the Rangers, he attacks a peaceful station with a bio-weapon, killing every civilian inside, just to disrupt their alliances. Invading the Rangers' headquarters, he mocks one for having lost his legs and compares himself to Xerxes. A megalomaniac with no limits to his actions, he was proof that not all monsters were affected by radiation.
Exodus: The Doctor (or Minister) is the leader of the "Ark" of Yamantau, a group of sadistic cannibals who lure in unsuspecting people to be killed and eaten. The Ark group has killed countless innocent men, women and children alike, as seen by the many corpses, disembodied limbs, and flayed skin seen around their bunker. The Doctor himself is a smug sadist who enjoys hurting people, and plans to torture Anna to death unless Artyom tells the rest of his defenseless group to come to the Ark so the cannibals can kill them all. Despite having every opportunity to leave the bunker and ally with other survivors, the Doctor has his group stay in the Yamantau bunker and enjoying their mass murdering and cannibalistic ways simply because it is the most convenient.
Michigan: Report From Hell: The cruel Dr. O'Conner was hired to develop a bioweapon that would be deployed against other nations. Starting his research by performing experiments on a young man before abandoning him to die, the torture at the hands of O'Conner reduced him into a psychotic child-like state. When the Gagne virus spreads all over Chicago, infecting and massacring untold amounts of civilians, O'Conner's only concern is that the mutants are still imperfect. O'Conner's madness is such that, rather than fearing for his own life, he is excited about the prospect of becoming a "new form of life" himself while chastising the ZaKa news crew for holding on to their humanity. A sociopath whose only remorse in life was to have trusted the disloyal military with his work, O'Conner made the Gagne virus out of sheer misanthropy.
Mimana Iyar Chronicle: Heidar attacked Crais's village and killed all the inhabitants, including Crais's family. Before killing Crais's child sister Coral, he mocks her for the fact that her brother is not there to protect her. In the present, Heidar seeks the seven gems that will unlock the sacred water temple and allow him to summon the water dragon to destroy the world. When Otto and his group go searching for one of the gems, Heidar kills them all. When he encounters Crais, he shames him by telling him that he should have been there to protect his sister. After his defeat, his last act before dying is to release the water dragon to destroy the Earth.
Mirror's Edge: Catalyst: Gabriel Kruger is the CEO of KrugerSec and the dictator of Glass. Lacking his father's basic love for humanity, Kruger came up with the idea of Reflection, a program that can manipulate people's emotions to give him total control over everyone in the city. Escalating protests into the November Riots, Kruger personally killed Erika and Martin Connors for defying his will, then teargassed and kidnapped their daughter Caitlyn before grooming her into Isabel Kruger. Intending to force Reflection into every citizen of Glass, Kruger cracks down on the Runners to prevent them from interfering, tortures and kills Noah to find heroine Faith Connors's location, and scapegoats the scientist in charge of the project to force her into his underground prison camp. When confronted with his crimes, he blames Faith for all of his horrific actions, mocking the fact that he's killed or hurt everyone she's ever cared about.
Mission: Impossible—Operation Surma: Simon Algo is the tyrannical and psychopathic president of Ugaria. Gaining power in a coup détat with biological weapons, and the program Ice Worm, Algo aims to use the latter to gain access to Ugaria's nuclear codes and proceed on a campaign of conquest within the Balkans. Having Colonel Vasyl Berkut assassinate an informant to prevent his schemes from being discovered, Algo also orders Yang Ho to destroy the Los Muertos Research Facility to hide the visit, which would have killed hundreds of innocent civilians. When Sofia Ivanescu, the creator of Ice Worm, questions Algo's motives, Algo has Berkut disguise Ugarian Secret Service members as Russian mobsters to intimidate her to give up the nuclear codes. When Sofia joins forces with the IMF and Ethan Hunt, it is revealed that Sofia's father was arrested by Algo to create biological weapons and his death was faked to lure Sofia to his side. Upon killing Berkut, Algo taunts Hunt over how much of a failure his operation is, and gloats that he will kill Sofia due to her turning on him, despite the instrumental role she played in his rise to power. A seemingly-polite official, Algo is a man who only cares about a desire for power and violence, absolutely regardless of the blood that is spilled.
Dobrynya Popovich first appears in the second game, "Black Pegasus", and is the Big Bad of "Fallen Nation", the third game. Originally just a low-ranking officer for a terrorist organization, Popovich used his position to organize numerous terrorist attacks and sentence numerous American soldiers to be brutally tortured for information. Founding the KPR (Korean, Pakistan, Russian) Alliance, Popovich kick-starts Operation Fallen Nation, a full-scale invasion of American soil by the KPR, by setting off WMDs in numerous highly-populated cities. Next beginning to lay siege to many American cities, killing tens of thousands of innocents across the country, Popovich simultaneously captured and tortures numerous U.S. military agents. After failing to wipe out America's entire Western seaboard, Popovich reveals his plans to launch several nuclear weapons at America, hoping to kill countless millions and reduce America to a ravaged wasteland. When confronted by Magnus Downs, a soldier he once sentenced to torture years back, Popovich gleefully reminisces about Downs's torture before attempting to beat him to death, proclaiming that he will target Downs's hometown next, while expressing his annoyance at not having more time to skin Downs alive.
"The Zealot", Edward Page, is an absolutely deranged madman convinced that America is a cesspool of filth and elitist "pigs", and is determined to wipe it off the face of the Earth no matter the cost. Once a Green Beret, Page turned on America and became a terrorist, having a huge part in Operation Fallen Nation, using his forces to back the KPR's evil plans to siege America. Taking center stage in the fourth game, "Zero Hour", as the main threat, Page kicks the game off by slaughtering his way into Seattle's War Crimes Investigation Building, soon after which he massacres a huge party hosted for the President of the United States before kidnapping the President himself. Having absolute indifference toward his own troops, Page leaves them to die, blows several up to stall enemy forces, and even threatens one of his hesitant partners by promising to show up at his young daughter's birthday party with a blowtorch. Page's horrifying final plan is revealed to entail unleashing a lethal plague onto the planet that will kill upwards of 4 billion innocents as part of Page's plan to "cleanse" the entire planet, and, even when beaten, Page uses his last breaths to gun down as many American soldiers as possible.
Mr. Meat: Mr. Meat himself, the head of the company of the same name, is a cannibal who butchers innocent people and uses their remains to conduct experiments to create human-pig hybrids to sell off as meat thinking they could vastly improve his business. Using his youngest daughter as a guinea pig for his heinous experiment, Mr. Meat transformed her into a piglike monstrosity and kept her locked up in a cage, disgusting his former scientist. When his new scientist, a college student named Amelia Clark, refused to help him in his twisted experiments, Mr. Meat decided to kidnap her and keep her hostage in order to breed new pig hybrids to continue his business.
Murdered: Soul Suspect: Abigail Williams, the real Big Bad, defines hypocrisy in its cruelest, nastiest nature. During the Salem Witch Trials, her vendetta against witches motivates her to falsely report multiple women as witches leading to their execution. Abigail swears vengeance on all Witches that set foot in Salem and blames witches for her execution. Thereafter, as the Bell Killer, Abigail uses witchcraft to manipulate people into murdering young women through the same methods Salemites used to execute witches. This is demonstrated when she manipulates Rex Reyes into shooting Ronan to death after the latter is brainwashed into killing Sophia. As her pursuit of Iris Campbell demonstrates, Abigail is willing to do anything to kill her targets, from burning her sister at the stake to indiscriminately killing innocents inside a church. When she reveals to Ronan that shes the Bell Killer, she opens a portal to hell in an attempt to kill the detectives spirit once and for all.
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden: High Priestess Plutonia is the leader of the Nova Sect, which consists of intelligent ghouls who want to destroy the world under the pretense of cleansing it of evil. In order to destroy the remnants of human civilization known as the Ark and the rest of the Zone, she kidnaps and mentally tortures a scientist from the Ark known as Hammon in order to get the sacred numbers that can launch the nuclear weapon that could obliterate the Zone.
The Mystery Files of Detective Inaba: Nagito Akashi, revealed to be the jovial and friendly chef Toa Nakagishi, was behind almost all the bad things that happened in the first game. Teaming up with his brother, he kills all of the guests that his brother brought so that he could write about his experiences in the novels that filled his bookshelves. In the present day when two guys—the carpenter and the novelist—killed each other in a locked room, Nagito then took one of the weapons and then left it in Sogo Inaba's room in hopes of framing him. When the former got cornered, he then attempts to kill the remaining survivors to finish his masterpiece. In one of the endings when Sogo fails to save his assistant from accidental murder, Nagito then mocks Sogo about it, claiming that it was a great twist for his own book.
Druid Serstan is the tyrannical leader of the Druids. Having murdered his family and household, Serstan, knowing that the era of the Druids of Britain was coming to an end, sought out a spell to grant his five children Druid powers to carry out his scheme of Druid control over the earth, burning his entire Druid brethren to complete the ritual. After Detective Brent Halligan and Melanie Turner arrive in his time period, Serstan has Druid Maglor killed for helping take him down, and threatens Melanie with death should Halligan not give him the items required for the ritual.
Lord Sinclair, one of Serstan's five sons, is the leader of the Circle who seeks to carry out Serstan's plan to take over the world. Having been granted the power of the Druids, Sinclair partook in ritualistic cannibalism to make himself immortal and stronger, having done so for centuries. When Halligan arrives at his mansion, Sinclair has him captured to be later used as a sacrifice, brainwashing him into joining the Circle after he escapes, and later kills Mr. Blake for assisting Halligan and Melanie.
Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2: Genshō Ryūdōin attacked and destroyed a village in the Valley of Evil in order to unseal the Spirit Beast, a giant catfish-like demon with enormous power. Genshō plans to use the Beast to destroy worthless nations and their peoples so he could rule the world. Unsealing the Beast also unleashed its evil spirits, which can make a person aggressive and obsessed with attacking other people until their deaths. When Jakō, one of his two brothers and Co-Dragons, tells him the evil spirits will reach Konoha before the Beast is fully revived, Genshō smilingly replies that he can't wait for that to happens. The evil spirits eventually reached Hidden Sand Village and Konoha, corrupting their inhabitants. After Genshō absorbed the power of the Beast, he thanks Jakō for buying him some time by killing him. He then forces Naruto to watch him killing his friends by slowly draining their strength.
Nightcry: Vigo Boradsov, owner of the cruise ship, is in truth the leader of the cult and the organizing of all the game's horror. Summoning the Scissorwalker to massacre everyone on the ship, it is further revealed that the Scissorwalker is Vigo's own daughter who he molested and later turned into a demonic slave to facilitate the sacrifices the cult needed. Vigo calmly throws away the lives of his own servants if need be, and at the game's end, it is seen he has killed more innocents, with no remorse for the lives he's taken or the monster he has turned his daughter into as long as he benefits.
Nightmare Creatures: The evil Adam Crowley is a Mad Scientist who experiments horrifically on the living and dead alike to create the titular Nightmare Creatures. Unleashing them on London to drown the city in blood, Crowley gleefully arranges the deaths of many innocents as he is pursued by the heroes. At the end, Crowley even sets the London fire of 1834 declaring that London should be consumed by the flames of hell themselves, uncaring of any innocent life as long as he reaches the knowledge and power that he craves.
Ni GHTS Into Dreams: Wizeman the WickedWas Once a Man who visited the dream world; however, he turned himself into something far worse. Fancying himself as a god, he ruled over Nightmare with an iron fist. When one of his top henchmen, the titular NiGHTS, betrays him and tries to fight back, he traps them in a strange, gazebo-like place, before they are eventually rescued. When his minions fail to defeat NiGHTS, he punishes them with cruel methods, such as crushing them in the palm of his hands, sending them falling to oblivion, or simply verbally abusing them throughout the games. His worst act comes in Journey into Dreams, when he traps several visitors in an And I Must Scream state, leaving their consciousness in a never-ending nightmare, and in the waking world, trapping them in a permanent coma. Being perhaps the poster boy of Vile Villain, Saccharine Show, Wizeman might just be one of the worst villains Sonic Team has produced.
First game & The Dark Sword of Chaos: Jaquio, real name Guardia de Mieux, wants to Take Over the World. Jaquio learns of a legend about a Demon that came to Earth 700 years and went on a killing spree until it was defeated by a Shinobi. The Demon's body was imprisoned in a temple and its spirit was trapped in 2 different statues. Jaquio plans to free the Demon, believing it will grant him great power. Jaquio takes over the temple ruins and kills archeologist Walter Smith and kidnaps Ryu's father Ken in order to obtain the statues. When Ryu Hayabusa confronts Jaquio, the latter threatens to kill CIA agent Irene Lew if Ryu doesn't give him the statue, planning to sacrifice her anyway after Ryu gives him the statue. When Ryu confronts Jaquio again, Jaquio reveals he has made Ken his mind-controlled puppet and gleefully has him attack Ryu. Ryu seemingly kills Jaquio, but Jaquio is revived by evil magic. Jaquio obtains the Sword of Chaos and the Altar of Darkness that will allow him to open a portal and allow a horde of demons to enter Earth, dooming mankind in the process. Jaquio attacks Ryu through his pawn Ashtar, and plans to sacrifice Irene and Ryu to summon the demons to Earth.
The Ancient Ship of Doom: H.P. Clancy is an assistant to CIA agent A. Foster and the hidden true villain of the game. After hero Ryu Hayabusa slew the evil wizard Jaquio and a demon he summoned, the demon's destruction created a portal to another dimension that is releasing energy. Foster takes over what is left of Jaquio's fortress in the Amazon and renames it Castle Rock Fortress. Clancy and Foster begin to use the other-dimensional energy to perform experiments, setting up a lab to create nightmarish creatures called Bio-Noids. When Ryu's girlfriend, CIA agent Irene Lew, was investigating the lab, Clancy has a Bio-Noid that looks like Ryu seemingly kill Irene and then frames Ryu for her murder. After Ryu investigates the lab, Clancy approaches him and appears friendly, directing him to go to the Castle Rock Fortress, saying he cannot condone Foster's experiments. When Ryu confronts Foster, Clancy reveals his true intentions, he will go into the dimensional portal and claim the energy for himself. When Ryu later confronts Clancy in the portal, Clancy reveals his master plan to use an ancient alien warship to destroy humanity and replace them with Bio-Noid creatures.
Team Ninja series:
Ninja Gaiden Black: Murai stands out as a truly horrible individual. Once part of the Hayabusa Clan, Murai defected from the group and plotted their demise. Being a neutral ally of the Hayabusas, Murai used his position and knowledge to sell them out to Emperor Vigoor under the guise of the Dark Disciple while luring away his nephew, hero Ryu Hayabusa, during the scheduled invasion. With the Hayabusa Clan decimated and their ancient artifact, the Dragon Blade, in the hands a vengeful Ryu, Murai sends him out to hunt after Vigoor to get revenge. This is actually so Ryu would increase the power of the Dragon Blade through the blood of Emperor Vigoor's forces. He and his servant Gamov then kept watch and helped increase the number of demons so it would fuel the Dragon Blade, despite the collateral damage it would leave. After Emperor Vigoor is killed by Ryu as Murai expected, Murai reveals himself as the true villain and steals the sword away from Ryu, and backstabs his loyal servant Gamov. He then tries to kill off Ryu and intends to take control of the world with the sword. Manipulative and traitorous, Murai would betray and slaughter anyone for power.
Ninja Gaiden 3: Clifford "Cliff" Higgins at first seems like a helpful scientist working for the Japanese Defense Force. However, Cliff is really working for the Lords of Alchemy, a group that wants to destroy the human race and replace it with new "perfect" god-like beings; he is also the grandson of the head of the LOA. When Cliff's brother Theodore opposed Cliff's plans, Cliff had him killed in an accident. Cliff later decides to bring his brother back to life, brainwashes him and turns him into a terrorist. While under Cliff's control, Theodore launches a terrorist attack on London and murders the British Prime Minister. Cliff's plans come to a head when he uses his technology and hero Ryu Hayabusa's Dragon Sword, to turn Canna, his own niece, into an Eldritch Abomination called the Goddess. The Goddess then proceeds to go on a rampage across Tokyo, and will eventually destroy the entire human race. Later, after a fight with Ryu and a fatal injury at the hands of his brother, Cliff admits he did all this because he was jealous of his brother and wanted to step out from under his shadow, any way he could.
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Zspinoff: Alarico del Gonzo is the holographic head of Forge Industries, and the one responsible for the zombie outbreak. Discovering an underground space lobster, he decided to harvest the chemical Substance 72 from it in order to cure his disease and become a God-like figure, unleashing the chemical onto Soviet soil once he hears of Ryu Hayabusa coming to stop him. Doing so causes everyone in Russia to become a zombie, with del Gonzo using them to distract Ryu. Resurrecting Yaiba Kamikaze as a cyborg, he has him hunt down Ryu so that he can activate Yaiba's killswitch to detonate the two ninjas, killing some of his men in a fit of rage once that fails.
Sir John Dee is the mastermind of the Amrita project, aiming to raise England to dominate the world with himself as its true puppet-ruler from the shadows. He creates Edward Kelley as a sapient, disposable weapon, and sends the necromancer to Japan with the intent of annihilating everything he can and killing countless people to harvest Amrita with the knowledge he can just create a new Kelley if the need arises. Dee has those involved in the first stage of the Amrita project tortured to death en masse, and also has others abducted and brutally experimented on in order to create new demons in order to harvest more Amrita.
Edward Kelley, a ruthless sorcerer seeking to gather the mystical energy Amrita for his masters, kidnaps William Adams's guardian spirit Saoirse and uses her to locate Japan, where he makes an already bloody civil war even worse. Lending his aid to the Toyotomi forces, Kelley also increases the presence of monstrous Oni and other Youkai, and attempts to undo a seal to allow monsters to ravage all of Kyoto. After being foiled, Kelley uses his magic at the Battle of Sekigahara to painfully fuse 300 soldiers into a new monstrosity and backstabs the Toyotomi army leader Ishida Mitsunari to use him to buy time while Kelley attempts to raise Oda Nobunaga, Japan's most fearsome warlord, from the dead and have him plunge the nation into a new era of war. While a servant of Sir John Dee, Kelley is ruthless, cruel and utterly delights in the slaughter he initiates.
No Man's Sky: -null- was the First Traveler to ever explore the galaxy and was filled with an insatiable desire to see everything. Realizing they would never live long enough to see it all, -null- would travel to ATLAS, resetting the universe and killing everyone except themselves, at which point it's implied they devoured the Mind Arc containing their sapient soul echoes to become immortal. In the process, they did something contributing to ATLAS's slow demise and the end of the Multiverse, forcing ATLAS to reset the universe multiple times trying to fix it. They would then trick the Traveller into using a Mind Arc to "save" Artemis, trapping a sapient echo suffering within it and forcing the player to either place him in a simulated reality or Mercy Kill him. At the end of the game, -null- desperately begs the Traveller to abandon their attempt to save the ATLAS and the multiverse, knowing it may result in -null-'s death, once more proving themselves a selfish creature who prioritizes their own survival over literally everything else.
Entire game: Lyblac, daughter of the thirteenth god Galdera, is the architect of every single misfortune in the game in her bid to open up the Gate of Finis and hand the world over to Galdera for the subsequent annihilation of all humanity. For a full century, Lyblac deceives and manipulates everyone around her, causing the fall of both Matthias and Yvon to lives of evil and murder for the purposes of her plans while implicitly having Geoffrey Lockhart murdered by the Obsidians to cover up the Gate of Finis. Lyblac, dealing with the corrupt sellsword Werner, also set in motion the events that led to the fall of Hornburg, destroying an kingdom full of lives to take control of the Gate. Finally, Lyblac attempts to use those of the Crossford lineage in her attempt to have him bear Galdera's essence, slowly reducing Graham of them to a tortured monster as the consequence for escaping her and simply opting to use his son Kit as her next choice for the vessel. Lyblac is described as a lethal poison by her own uneasy allies, a witch truly worthy of the epitaph "Daughter of the Dark God."
Cyrus Albright's path: Lucia is an ambitious scholar who seeks and values ultimate knowledge of the world, even over the lives of humanity. Allying with Lyblac in corrupting Headmaster Yvon into evil, Lucia then commissions the amoral sorcerer Gideon to perform dozens of horrifying blood experiments on innocents, resulting in their agonizing deaths, to perfect a working blood crystal. After orchestrating Yvon's death, Lucia reveals her plans to harness immortality and then spend years amassing all knowledge that humans are unaware of—such as cures to illnesses or things that would help humanity progress—then hoard and keep them all for herself, just for the pride of being the smartest entity on the planet.
Olberic Eisenberg's path: Werner was once a mere sellsword with lofty ambitions before he was given a chance to realize his dreams by Lyblac, at the cost of the entire kingdom of Hornburg—a price Werner considered worth paying. Werner wins his trust with the local people of Hornburg by arranging bandit attacks on border villages and beating them back with his own warriors, the Black Brotherhood, before integrating within Hornburg's own royalty and arranging the assassination of the king and his personal guard. The fallout destroys countless innocent lives and annihilates the entire kingdom, while Werner walked away from the ashes a rich man. When Olberic, one of Hornburg's last soldiers, finally tracks him down, Werner's set himself up as the despotic ruler of Riverford, regularly having innocent people burned alive on trumped-up charges or solely as a means to curb rebellion. When Werner tracks down the resistance, Werner proceeds to have them all massacred while murdering his own men when they refuse to fight the much-stronger Olberic, even pridefully gutting himself in front of Olberic at the end rather than admit his guilt in destroying thousands for self-gain.
Primrose Azelhart's path:
Helgenish is bar none the most repulsive Starter Villain in the game. A depraved, obese tavern-keeper who employs several exotic dancers to entertain his guests, Helgenish brutalizes and demeans the women under his care while beating any who try and fight back to near-death, leaving them in the gutter to die. Helgenish favors Primrose herself, raping and abusing her to assert his control of her, and when Primrose defies his orders with the help of her only friend Yusufa, Helgenish has Yusufa brutally tortured. When Primrose comes back, Helgenish murders Yusufa right in front of Primrose's eyes, hysterically mocking her tearful last words and noting "if she'd shown that kind of potential earlier, maybe I would have kept her on longer!"
Rufus, the left hand of the Crow Men, is one of the leaders of the Obsidians, involved in the murder of Primrose's father while maintaining the Obsidians' various connections in the present. When Primrose tracks Rufus down, he's maintaining the Obsidian Parlor, a whorehouse specializing in unwilling prostitutes Rufus hands out to the whims of powerful and depraved men for a profit while keeping a personal harem himself. Rufus is seen giving a woman to serve the incestuous desires of a priest in his service as just one example of the many lives he's ruined to the services of the Obsidian Parlor, while mocking Primrose even to his last breath.
Simeon the "Puppet Master" is the head of the Crow Men, the master of the Obsidians, and the bane of Primrose's existence. As master of his "Wings", Simeon has a hand in all forms of mass murder, assassinations, and human trafficking, all while eliminating anyone who could stand up to his organization's rule, notably murdering Primrose's father with his own hands. A complete psychopath who gets the most joy out of life by hurting and tormenting others, Simeon takes sick glee in befriending Primrose and developing a romance with her, only to stab her, make her watch a play of Simon's own production showcasing the tragedies and traumas of her life that ends with her and Simeon in a "happily ever after", then make a final attempt on her life, never ceasing his vicious mockery and proclamations of his desire to see her die screaming in despair.
Odin Sphere: General Brigan is a general serving under Demon Lord Odin as his chief vassal. Known for his hedonism and cruelty, Brigan is also a Glory Hound who employs suicidal tactics, killing one of his soldiers for daring to speaking out against him. One such instance led to the death of Princess Griselda, in which he callously comments to her grieving sister Gwendolyn that Griselda's death was her own fault. Capturing the forest witch Velvet, Brigan discovers that Velvet is the illegitimate child of Odin and the princess of an enemy nation. Hoping to usurp the throne for himself with this knowledge, Brigan plans to execute her and reveal to the people how not only did Odin have a child with the enemy, but also sent his own daughter to his death. Killed by Gwendolyn for his treachery, Brigan's spirit possesses Odin's body, taking control over the whole kingdom. Confronted by Gwendolyn again, Brigan openly lusts after Gwendolyn and vows to make her his plaything. Even in death, Brigan is an egomaniac and depraved brute who sacrifices others in pursuit of his own pleasures.
Emperor Damocles is the ruler of the Iserian continent. Desiring to have the people united as one, Damocles cajoled the public into following his ruling as he saw fit. When he tried to expand his empire south and discovered resistant orcs who wouldn't give up their land, Damocles had his empire besiege their villages, and ultimately began a genocide against all Greenskins. In the decades to come, millions were slaughtered, thousands of orcs were enslaved, and hundreds more were assimilated into Damocles's empire. Anyone who opposed Damocles's ruling, regardless of what race they were, was either arrested and tortured in various dungeons, or publicly executed. Upon realizing that a resistance was forming consisting of humans and Greenskins alike, Damocles tried to ally himself with the dwarves and elves all so he could use their combined power to crush the Greenskins for good.
Lord Barimen is Emperor Damocles's traitorous assistant. Plotting to take over as Emperor himself, Barimen manipulated the Resistance into infiltrating the Emperor's lair so they could assassinate him. After Arkail succeeds in killing the Emperor, Barimen immediately turns on him and uses the Emperor's murder to solidify his alliance with the elves and dwarves. He then smugly informs Arkail that he'll be publicly executed for his crimes, and that all the remaining Greenskins and their allies will be hunted down and slaughtered. When cornered by Arkail and Styx later on, Barimen desperately tries to cajole Arkail into sparing his life by saying he can reverse everything he's done, despite knowing full well his actions have cemented that the war against the Greenskins is going to continue.
Styx: Shards of Darknessprequel: High Priestess Lyssril is the leader of the dark elven city of Korrangar. Longing to maintain her power over the dark elves, Lyssril and her forces began to kidnap and kill thousands of goblins so they could turn their remains into Amber. With the power of Amber, Lyssril was able to control the entire population of the city, and manipulated the elves into becoming fanatical slaves. Seeking more allies, Lyssril began to sell Quartz to surrounding nations so the other nations would be able to capture and deliver more goblins to her and fuel her amber distribution. When Styx and Djarak destroy her operations and manipulate a conflict between the dark elves and the dwarves, Lyssril abandons Korrangar so she can save her own hide before the dwarves attack.
Himiko, debuting in Bikini Samurai Squad, is a centuries-old scientist and the head of the Organization, a company that kidnaps people with Baneful Blood to perform experiments on. Kidnapping various men—including Anna's brother—Himiko injects them with the Blood to make them her obedient, indestructible aides. Desiring to gain eternal youth by drinking Saki's Blood, she unleashes an army of zombies upon Tokyo, sending out Misery and her indestructible aides to collect whatever Blood remains. After drinking the Blood, Himiko plans to rule the world and wipe out the entire Baneful Blood bloodline until she's the only survivor. Returning in Special, Himiko wipes Aya and friends' memories and places them inside a maze, preparing to kill them all and acquire more power for herself after they've completed it.
Origin: Eva is the head of the Organization who seeks power through the Baneful Blood. Murdering Aya and Saki's mother and earning the wrath of Oboro, Eva manipulates Saki into hating her family, using her as a way to slaughter Aya and Oboro to take their Baneful Blood. Sending her zombies out to wipe out a hospital and an entire city, Eva also has expendable clones created to kill Aya and Saki, attempting to have one named Lei killed for gaining emotions. After sending Oboro to kill his daughters, Eva promises Aya and Saki that she'll eat their hearts before attempting to kill them both herself.
Oni: Muro Hasegawa is the leader of the Syndicate, and Konoko's evil brother. Kidnapped by the Syndicate as a child to be used as a weapon, Muro killed and usurped enough people from within to become the Syndicate's new leader. Exploiting his father's wishes of evolution, Muro plans to leak the outside world's toxic fumes into the atmosphere, forcing anyone who wishes to survive his apocalypse to sell their loyalty to him for Chrysalis, all as a way to establish control over the world. Planting a brain-powered explosive that would have killed anybody within a 50-mile radius, he escapes to an airport, ordering his men to massacre everyone inside as a way to distract TCTF. He later orders a break-in at TCTD headquarters that results in the capture of Shinatama, who Muro tortures to near death for fun. Trying to kill Konoko after she refuses to join him, Muro still succeeds in wiping out a majority of humanity even after his death.
Dawn of Dreams & possibly the first game: Fortinbras, God of Light, was born out of the primordial chaos as the first God, and sired the Genma race, making them to be malevolently evil beings without an iota of compassion. Fortinbras then created the human race but designated them to be food for the monstrous Genma, with their souls devoured to further empower the beasts. Also a cruel manipulator, Fortinbras made deals with humans power-hungry enough to sell their souls to him and handed out contracts to countless conquerors throughout history, whom Fortinbras viewed as his own disposable pawns. A megalomaniac mad with power, Fortinbras enables countless atrocities, as seen in his empowering of Oda Nobunaga and the nature of one of his creations, Guildenstern, hellbent on keeping all of humanity as nothing but slaves at best or food and victims for the Genma at worst.
First three games:
In life, Oda Nobunaga was a brutal warlord. After his death and resurrection, he becomes far worse. Planning to achieve immortality by drinking an innocent princess's blood, Nobunaga, who serves as the Big Bad, soon becomes the king of all demons to replace the then-dead Demon King Fortinbras. Leading his forces, Nobunaga embarks on a vicious campaign through Japan, slaughtering civilians. Nobunaga also wipes out the Yagyu village, leaving only one survivor. Stopping at nothing to dominate all Japan, Nobunaga is a stark reminder that humans can be just as evil as any demon.
Guildenstern—only mentioned in the second game—the Mad Scientist of the Genma and Nobunaga's right-hand demon, is a monster who enjoys the taste of organs and crafting new monsters to extend the power of the Genma. Guildenstern is the one to transform and resurrect Nobunaga and to facilitate the destruction his forces cause. In the third game, Guildenstern opens a rift to modern-day Paris and leads the Genma forces to slaughter everything they find. When he is found by Samanosuke in Paris, Guildenstern is even shown about to devour the organs of a child, stating he just loves how delicious and soft children are.
The Order: 1886: Jacob van Neck, better known as Lord Hastings, is the head of the United India Company and revealed to be a Master Vampire, as well as the source of the "half-breed"—lycans and vampires—attacks in London that have claimed many lives. Using United India as a front for his operations, Hastings organizes the lycans into an army, having them launch attacks that kill and infect humans, mostly those of lower class, sowing chaos so that he can operate behind the scenes. Hastings uses his public status to use the Order itself to protect him from retaliation of the Rebellion and to help crush the rebels. When the knight Galahad discovers the truth, he learns Hastings is sending half-breeds all over the world, and is sending vampires to America, enough to conquer an entire city. Hastings soon casually reveals himself to Galahad as the infamous Serial KillerJack the Ripper, before framing him for betraying the Order to get him killed. In contrast to his sympathetic and well-intentioned partner, Alastair, Hastings's only apparent motives are power and enjoyment.
Outlast: Jeremy Blaire is the Executive Vice President of the Murkoff Corporation and the man in charge of Mount Massive Asylum. On Blaire's orders, the patients, many who came seeking genuine mental help, are psychologically tortured to the point of insanity to be used as test subjects in the Morphogenic Engine. While most inevitably die, a marginal few were successful enough to serve as hosts of the Walrider, which Murkoff sought to use as a weapon. Despite the catastrophic effect the process has on women, Blaire also sought to use them as test subjects to increase profits. He is also shown to be willing to use potential leaks such as Waylon Park as test subjects to silence them. During the events of the game, Blaire does everything in his power to ensure no one escapes the asylum alive except for himself to ensure that he and his fellow executives can escape justice. Never shown to be insane like Trager or regretful like Wernicke, Jeremy Blaire can be held responsible for every atrocity and act of horror committed and all to satisfy his insatiable greed.
Overgrowth: Amethyst is an aristocrat who enjoys tormenting the citizens of Priya. With a group of bandits and slavers known as the Catchers at her disposal, Amethyst has the Catchers routinely kidnap villagers and other innocents for the sake of slave labor and forcing them to fight each other to the death during her Gladiator Games. When Turner starts dismantling her slaver organization, Amethyst has him kidnapped and imprisoned, and later forces him to kill other prisoners and rebels in her arena. Amethyst also has one of her lieutenants hold a rebel's children hostage just to persuade her into giving up members of the Rabbits of the Moon. After Turner wins enough tournaments, Amethyst makes Turner fight and kill his ally Midnight for her own amusement, and later tries to have Turner killed even after she promised he'd free him once he successfully killed Amethyst's right-hand-cat Jade in a duel.
Owlboy: Captain Molstrom is an automaton originally created by the Ancient Owls as a war machine. After the owls inadvertently caused the worlds continents to lift off the planets surface and subsequently vanished, Molstrom took control of the other automatons who were left behind, exterminating any who didnt agree to follow him. In the present, Molstrom is the brutal leader of the Pirates, the remaining automatons who are loyal to him. After retrieving the first of three relics created by the owls, he uses its power to decimate the large capital city of Advent, leaving only a few survivors. When he possesses all three relics, he plots a course to the remaining settlements, which he plans to destroy as well. After getting betrayed by Solus, the young owl who told him of the relics, Molstrom seeks revenge, and even after learning that Solus wanted to use the relics to stop the continents from floating off into space, he makes it clear that he doesnt care and tries to prevent the heroes from saving the world from destruction.
Mitochondria Eve-2 is a sadistic collection of sapient mitochondria who formed into a singular, powerful figure. Having materialized in Maya Brea's kidney after being transplanted into actress Melissa Pearce, she later takes over her body by killing competing mitochondria and attaching to her cells. She plans to us Melissa to give birth to the Ultimate Being, a lifeform far more powerful than her with the power to instantly destroy humankind. Taking complete control over Melissa's body during an opera performance, she causes everyone's cells to burn up and combust. Knowing that Aya Brea is after her, she uses her powers to turn animals, both alive and undead, into vicious monsters to kill her. Working with Hans Klamp, she has him create special sperm to help her give birth, later having him gather up a group of people—including Daniel's ex-wife and son (though he ends up escaping)—to Central Park, where she melts them into a slime and has it hide in the sewers to later serve as her uterus. Having made Manhattan a complete ghost town due to her actions causing a widespread evacuation, she later raids the police station, having her mutated animals murder and injure the surviving cops. Obtaining a sample of Klamp's mitochondria-free sperm, she later gives birth to the Ultimate Being, tempting Aya to join her in her cause before trying to kill her after she refuses.
Hans Klamp is an anti-social misanthrope working with Eve-2 on her plan to eradicate humanity and allow mitochondria to take over, seeing them as superior to humans. As a teenage intern at St. Francis Hospital, he transplanted Maya Brea's kidney and cornea into Melissa and Aya before getting fired over selling patient records. Partnering with Eve-2, he removes mitochondria from his own sperm to allow Eve-2 to easily give birth to the Ultimate Being, prideful to be involved in its creation. He later invites people on an HLA list to a play in Central Park, where they are turned into slime by Eve-2 to be used as her uterus, causing the deaths of many, including Daniel's ex-wife Lorraine, with his son, Benjamin, escaping just in time. When Aya discovers his plans, he tries to kill her with a scalpel. Refusing to face arrest, Hans orders Eve-2 to burn him, chastising Aya for wanting to save him. Before his death, Hans engineered Maya's body to unleash another Eve once Eve-2 gives birth to the Ultimate Being, starting the plan all over again should Eve-2 not succeed.
Parasite Eve 2: Number 9 is a psychotic, sapient Golem designed by Neo Ark to keep AMNC subjects under control. Originally a human who personally requested to become a Golem, he paid the scientists to retain his human intelligence and memories after the transformation. Becoming a "Hunter" for Neo Ark, he leads an attack at the Arkopolis Tower that kills many people, sending in AMNC mimics to kill the SWAT team. He later attacks Aya Brea's partner, Rupert Broderick, in a church, escaping when Aya sees him. Attacking Aya on top of the tower, he sets off a series of explosions that destroy the tower and the people inside. Ordered to use the Pupa's powers to unleash a virus that would cause every human on earth to turn into AMNCs, he sends Agent Kyle Madigan to lure Aya to the underground Neo Ark labs, where she frees the young Eve. Afterwards, he kidnaps Eve, threatening to kill her if Aya tries to stop him. Planning to use Eve's powers to awaken the Pupa from its cocoon and make it stronger, he orders Kyle to kill Aya.
High Templar Dominus is the master of the Templar Order, The Emperor of the theocratic nation of Oriath, and the Arch-Enemy of the Exiles as a whole. Dominus runs a corrupt regime in Oriath where he uses threats of torture, execution, and exile to keep the population under control as he conducts his experiments in thaumaturgy (miracle working). In an effort to seek immortality, he masterminded the experimentation of slaves and criminals which most often resulted in an excruciating death or all manner of Body Horror on survivors. In order to make his experiments run faster and more efficiently, he moved his operations to the continent of Wraeclast and exiled many innocent people there to be used in the experiments en masse, if they weren't killed by the local wildlife or undead first. Oriathan citizens were exiled with the likes of serial killers and rapists for crimes such as speaking out against the Templars, running businesses without a license, or even simply being homeless. As his skills in thaumaturgy improved, Dominus's goals expanded to infusing those loyal to him with virtues gems in order to make a perfect race for him to rule over as their immortal God-Emperor. As his experiments reached their climax, Dominus had thousands of slaves imported from Oriath to be twisted into abominations and become his servants, or be tossed aside into oceans of blood and mountains of corpses if they didn't survive.
Malachai, the Nightmare, is the greatest thaumaturgist who ever lived and the being responsible for all the horrors that infest the haunted continent of Wraeclast. Malachai was once the right hand of Emperor Chitus of the Eternal Empire and the lead thaumaturgist for the Empire. With Malachai's skill, he was able to successfully implant virtue gems into the aristocracy and make them immortal and into the soldiers to make them powerful warriors. Ever seeking to expand his skill, Malachai experimented on slaves and, to Chitus's reluctance, the lower class. This lead to the Purity Rebellion under the Templar Voll who slew Chitus, but spared Malachai as he made Voll a promise he couldn't refuse. Malachai promised to kill the Beast, the source of thaumaturgy, but had plans of his own. He manipulated Dialla, the former consort of Chitus, into loving him and life and sought to sacrifice her to power a device to kill the Beast. As Malachai planned, she didn't want to die and the device only succeeded in opening a way to the Beast. Malachai took control of the Beast and used its godlike power to create his own kingdom: his perfect world of nightmare. In a single day, Malachai destroyed the Eternal Empire and corrupted Wraeclast by driving everyone and everything on the continent insane with horrible nightmares, and further hunted the survivors by resurrecting anyone who died into undeath. Sealed away by survivors, Malachai captured the souls of great heroes such as Koam of the Karui, arena champion Daresso, and even his enemy Voll and used their tortured spirits to plan his release. In the present day, Malachai sought to escape his prison and spread his eternal nightmare to the entire world.
Perdition: Gomadi is a tyrannical, godlike android built by humans After the End in an effort to neutralize the defective androids that had been driving their creators towards the brink of extinction. Their plan worked, but Gomadi had a will of his own. In addition to stripping the androids of their free will, he began to slaughter them, by way of his mindless Executioners, and then harvest their energy. Somewhere within this time period, he severed his gentler half from himself and buried it far beneath the Earth. This gentler half became Tanas, who forged his own insidious plans to defeat Gomadi. By the events of Perdition, he sent the protagonist, a sapient android named Eve, on a quest to kill Tanas and "cure" her of her sapience. During her journey, Gomadi belittles Eve and repeatedly orders her to commit suicide for his own amusement, rewarding her with safety from his Executioners in return. After Eve emerges from the abyss for the second time, he orders her to kill her fellow sapient androids.
Phantasmagoria 2: Paul Allen Warner is the Corrupt Corporate Executive of the pharmaceutical company WynTech. His crimes include sacrificing numerous mental patients from Doctor Marek's asylum to interdimensional aliens, murdering Curtis's father because he objected to the direction the experiment went in, treating alien Curtis like a guinea pig and not a human being, throwing child Curtis through the dimensional portal just because he can't find another subject in time, using the dimension to create illegal drugs through his pharmaceutical company to get the entire populace hopelessly addicted and in his thrall, and bragging to Curtis about what he has done with smug satisfaction and not a flicker of remorse.
Phantasy Star IV: Zio is the mysterious dark figure leading the cult that worships Dark Force. He first appears when he threatens the principal who tried to send a rescue team to Zema. When the heroes travel there, they learn the whole population was turned to stone by Zio. When the heroes try to find the elixir that could cure Zema's curse, they learn that Zio decimated the town that had said elixir, as well as several other towns. In addition, he also has his fanatical cult destroy the bridge that connects that town to other cities. When the heroes try to shut down a power plant known as Nurvus, Zio took the android who could shut it down hostage. Zio also brainwashed some of the people on Motavia so that they would join his cult, preaching to them that he will create a better world after he destroys Motavia. When the heroes fight Zio for the first time, he unleashes the Black Energy Wave on the heroes, leading to one of them getting mortally wounded. A fanatical sorcerer at his finest, Zio doesn't care if all living things on Motavia, including him, get wiped out in order to satisfy the Dark God that he worships.
Phantasy Star Portable 2: Kumhan, Sun King of the Ancients, seeks to resurrect his empire by any means necessary. Possessing Shizuru Shu, he manipulates the governing system to commit to a project to subspace travel, which is a farce so that he can bring back him empire. In order to make it into a reality, he invades territories that can be a threat to his plan and gains clues in recovering his kingdom via using people he brainwashes, and uses SEEDs to eliminate any opposing forces. He finds out that another Ancient, one of his former wives named Mika, has the key to bring back the ancient civilization and is inhabiting the body of Emilia, so he captures her. He then plans to destroy the social construct and become king, abandoning his vessel Shu whether he frees himself or commits suicide. His end goal after being cornered is to summon an armada of SEEDs in hopes of killing his enemies, and trying to kill the main heroes himself. Willing to destroy his successors, Kumham only wants to back his world to become the king once again.
Pilgrim (RPG Maker): Master Alice is a resident of the Other World who had accumulated her wealth by reaping the souls of her victims and selling them to the highest bidder. Alice sets her eyes on the young Inago, saying that in return for dealing with Inago's older sister Akemi's bullies, she would return to collect Inago's soul in two years. Despite Inago's insistence to not harm the bullies, Alice gruesomely murders the three bullies and sentences the ringleader, Suu, to eternal torture in a parallel world. When Akemi first confronts Alice, she engages her in a card game for her soul, then challenges Akemi to survive her building full of deadly traps and horrors to save Inago. Whilst exploring, Akemi uncovers a diary belonging to a young girl, heavily implying that Alice murdered the girl and took her body after she granted her wish. Finally, Alice enacts another game which ends with either Akemi or Suu taking Inago's place as her victim.
Vitalis Benevent is the Grand Inquisitor with the intent of acquiring the Machula to conquer the world. Believing himself as almighty, Vitalis had his forces hunt Hugo de Rune to acquire his blood and perfect it, to acquire the power of the plague and to prolong his own life. To that end, he had many people killed and tortured, including Rodric's father after they became of no more use to him, with Beatrice de Rune kept and tortured to gain her knowledge of the Machula. Once he managed to get the Machula after sacrificing legions of his own men, Vitalis tried to tie up all loose ends by corrupting Hugo to become his follower and get him to kill Amicia. When Amicia and Hugo confront Vitalis into the headquarters of the Inquisition to stop him, Vitalis revealed that he managed to breed numerous rats under his own control and intend to use it take over all of Europe, believing he himself is humanity's savior, sacrificing an entire congregation to his powers. Power-hungry and ruthless, Vitalis plunged the world to a dark era of the plague to reach absolute power.
Sir Nicholas is a knight who butchered countless people in the mission given to him by Vitalis. In charge of capturing Hugo de Rune, Nicholas led the massacre of the de Rune household, killing even the helpless servants and torturing Beatrice, the matriarch of the de Rune family. When the plague began to rise, Nicholas headed the Inquisition to kill countless villagers, even those who weren't infected, and abandoned many of his own men to the mercy of the plague, silently enjoying the slaughter. Once the Inquisition was able to grab hold of Hugo, Nicholas had his own men sacrificed to overtax Hugo's power to keep him in check and strengthen Vitalis's own power. With Hugo at his side, he accompanies him to attack Château d'Ombrage and tries to coerce him to murder Amicia with his rats. When Hugo resisted, Nicholas takes a hands-on approach, killing Arthur before trying to kill Amicia personally.
Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid: Lord Drakkon is a faithful adaptation of his dreadful comics counterpart. Choosing to side with Rita Repulsa after being freed from her spell, this alternate Tommy Oliver, christened Lord Drakkon, destroys the Rangers and eventually murders and usurps Rita, conquering his world. Unsatisfied with this, Drakkon turned his attention to the entire multiverse. Drakkon steals the powers of numerous Ranger teams to strengthen himself and enslaves any Rangers that impress him, in particular the Kimberly Hart of his world, whom he dubs his Ranger Slayer. When Finster 5 saves his life and begs him not to risk it again by empowering himself further, Drakkon brutally kills him. Murdering other versions of himself to prove he is "superior" to his "weaker" selves, he secretly knows he's the weak one, and even when the Prime Tommy Oliver tries to save his life, Drakkon chooses death over accepting help from a good version of himself and giving up his power. A tyrant unable to accept his failings, he tries to force his will on everyone and everything rather than bettering himself.
Primal: Count Raum of Aethia is a vampiric Wraith nobleman who rules the lower Helot classes as a vicious despot. To prolong his immortality, Raum demands tributes and sacrifices, having innocent Helots abducted to be painfully harvested for blood, which has crippled the lower classes. When he judges a sacrifice inadequate, Raum kills the man for enjoyment. Also indulging in brutal torture, Raum slaughtered all the other nobles who knew of his blood machine to protect his secrets. Not even caring when his supposedly beloved wife Empusa dies, Raum shows he is one of the worst in all of the realms of chaos or order alike.
The Vizier is the terminally ill advisor of the Maharajah, and is willing to betray everyone to obtain immortality and godhood. In flashbacks, he abducts the wife of Daeva prince Saurva to compel the latter to steal the Box of One Thousand Restraints from the Persians, knowingly causing the war between Persians and Daevas, then murders the hostage anyway and seals Saurva and his army inside the box. He subsequently curses Saurva's sister with madness upon her refusal to marry him. Years later, he betrays the Maharajah by allowing the Persian army to take the city. The Vizier later tricks the Prince into causing the Sands of Time to turn the population of Azad into sand monsters. When the Prince rewinds time to warn Farah, the Vizier plots to kill them both and frame the Prince for the murder of Farah. After his death has been undone, the Vizier, leading an army, murders the Maharajah before he sacks Babylon and has King Sharaman killed. He then kills Kaileena, the Empress of Time, causing the Sands of Time to reappear and turn the Vizier's army into monsters. Ruling Babylon as the renamed God of Time, Zurvan, he allows his generals to commit atrocities on the civilians such as taking them to the arena while he personally kills the resistance and finally abducts Farah to transform her into his immortal queen.
The Forgotten Sands (PSP version): Ahihud is the mightiest of the fire spirits, who feared death and thus relentlessly seeks true immortality. To become unkillable, Ahihud invaded an ancient kingdom, made from the blood of a fallen God who created the concept of time, and enslaved the daughters of a God, the Sisters of Time, while brainwashing and transforming all denizens of a kingdom into his personal demonic servants, who worship him as a God. Beginning to drain an elixir from the kingdom, which was its very essence, Ahihud ordered his assassin to start murdering all the royals of Persia, after he heard a prophecy that one of them would kill him in the future.
2008 game: Ahriman, like his original incarnation, is the God of Darkness and the one behind the events of the entire game and its sequel. Once ruling together with his brother, Ormazd the God of Light, Ahriman grew power-hungry and decided to become the sole ruler of the whole realm, starting a war with Ormazd and his followers. To obtain an army, Ahriman created The Corruption, with which he could swallow the cities, and offered to grant wishes to anyone, in exchange for their service and souls. Brainwashing and transforming thousands of people this way, Ahriman attacked the City of Light, which was the capital of Ahura, the chief followers of Ormazd. Nearly succeeding in destroying the city and its people, Ahriman was defeated and sealed away by Ormazd in the Tree of Life. In the present, making a deal with the Mourning King, Ahriman used his desire to save his daughter Elika, to manipulate him into damaging the Tree of Life, thus allowing Ahriman to release his army. Despite Prince and Elika's attempts to imprison him again, Ahriman succeeds in freeing himself and starts to spread his Corruption across the entire world, transforming countless more people into his mindless servants and destroying the City of New Dawn.
Prisoner of Ice: Ernst Dietrich, the psychotic commander of the Schlossandler base, is both a ruthless Nazi and a would-be servant of the Great Old Ones. Seeking to possess the titular Prisoners of Ice and masterminding a plot to steal the Necronomicon, Dietrich has Lt. Ryan and his allies stalked, eventually capturing them himself. Subjecting Ryan's friends to torture and gleefully informing him his compatriot Diane is close to bending, Dietrich eventually reveals a machine capable of tearing through time and space itself; Dietrich tests it out by vaporizing a US spy on his premises. Dietrich finally reveals his intentions to summon the Great Old Ones themselves to Earth and reduce all of humanity to their slaves as he reigns as a god among mortal men, condemning everyone, his own men included, to die within Schlossandler. Even being hurled through time doesn't stop him, as Dietrich is last seen becoming the game's analogue to Nyarlathotep himself and enslaving the Aymaras in his bid to start his plan all over again.
Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy: General William Kreiger is a megalomaniac obsessed with gaining power through psionic abilities. Gathering Psi-Elites from around the world, The General seeks two psychic artifacts, telling his lieutenants they will use them to rule over "mundanes", despite The General himself being a non-psychic. Unwilling to share power, The General manipulates the movements of Nick Scryer to kill off his loyal followers. To bolster the strength of his forces, The General has captured civilians and enemy soldiers turned into zombie-like "Meat Puppets". Regularly betraying and killing his troops as they outlive their usefulness, The General becomes a Psi-Elite using the power of the two artifacts, boasting to have become a god when he does so.
Gudeath is a gravity-controllingSocial DarwinistBlood Knight whose only reason for joining Wong is because he likes murdering people, taking joy in destroying his victims' loved ones and prolonging their agony as much as possible, and being part of the Army gives him the chance to do that without consequences.