Chaotic Evil

"Some men, aren't looking for anything logical. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men, just wanna watch the world burn"

-Alfred on the Joker

The last of the nine alignments, we have here one of the absolute most destructive of them all. Chaotic Evil characters are utter psychopaths who indulge in random cruelty and generally go out of their way to be as evil and destructive as they possibly can, often times doing evil things simply because they derived sadistic pleasure from it. Chaotic Evil characters resent authority in all it's forms, have no sense of honor or loyalty, and are completely unpredictable. Simply put, such characters tend to be incredibly dangerous, and many are also incredibly sadistic as they let their homicidal and bloodthirsty tendencies dictate their every action.

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  • Subject of the page quote and a character who I really don't think needs any kind of given reason for why he fits this. It should be pretty evident to anyone who knows anything about him.

  • Marvel's equivalent to the Joker and every bit the sadistic homicidal maniac that the Clown Prince of Crime is. Indeed, he not only goes out of his way to indulge in random cruelty and violence and takes sadistic delight in killing people, he's also been known to sometimes inspire others to be chaotic and violent too, as seen in the infamous "Maximum Carnage" story.

  • While Norman himself is more Neutral Evil, his notorious alter-ego is every bit a Marvel equivalent to the Joker as Carnage is, being a homicidal fiend who delights in causing as much destruction as he possibly can.

  • Well duh.

  • Not only is he a CHAOS Space Marine, but also a champion of Khorne, the most bloodthirsty and homicidal of all the Four Powers.

  • While as an Assassin for hire he might seem more Neutral Evil really Bullseye is more this alignment due to being a completely sadistic psycho who has outright admitted that he kills people for fun.

  • A truly psychotic individual who embraces his inner monster and indulges in all manner of evil behaviors, ranging from murder to rape to cannibalism. His being Chaotic Evil also serves as a counter to Wolverine, who is Chaotic Good.

  • Evidently he takes more after his father's arch-enemy than he does his father.

  • Wolverine's got quite a few villains who are this it would seem. This psycho went on a killing spree back when he was serving as a pinkerton for pretty much no reason, and in World War I killed Logan's girlfriend at the time for pretty much no reason, and seems to hate and enjoy hurting Wolverine...for pretty much no reason. Notice a pattern?

  • Just to drive this home, the man slaughtered an entire town of people BECAUSE HE WAS BORED ONE DAY. And that was BEFORE becoming a supervillain.

  • As the uber-Nazi and Hitler's right-hand stooge, one would argue that the Red Skull is more Lawful Evil. However, his love of random, depraved cruelty and in the MCU desire to, as the Tommy-Lee Jones character put it: "blow up half the world" just to prove his superiority makes him come off as far more Chaotic Evil to me, since all he's interested in is just random violence and destruction. He is also most definitely this in the Ultimate Marvel universe on the account of his being a truly psychotic terrorist who's list of crimes include making people commit cannibalism via cosmic cube, murdering a baby, and assassinating President Kennedy.

  • While technically interested in profit, Black Mask's rather brutal capacity for random violence and sadistic cruelty (such as casual and frequent use of torture) cause him to lean more in this direction. Along with the Joker and Zsaz, he stands as one of Batman's absolute most twisted foes.

  • In stark contrast to the Lawful Good Harvey Dent, Two-Face holds any and all practitioners of the law in great contempt, and it is that same contempt for authority that makes him more Chaotic Evil to me, even if he does have some Neutral Evil tendencies as well.

  • While I would normally judge the Riddler to be more Neutral Evil, the Arkhamverse version to me is more Chaotic Evil due to operating outside of authority and indulging in cruelty that has little motive behind it other then proving he's better then other people. Not to mention that in Arkham Origins he was planning to release a bunch of incriminating audio files to the public and then revel in the chaos it's caused.

  • A fearmongering sadist who has in the past tried to infect the entirety of Gotham with his fear gas just to see people succumb to their fear. Since this would cause quite a bit of chaos, and Scarecrow indulges in other random cruelty with no other motive besides, I judge him to be this pretty squarely.

  • A homicidal and sadistic serial killer who is every bit as bad as the Joker. Basically just a sick animal who loves killing and nothing else.

  • Who'd have thought a person related to both James and Barbara Gordon would end up being so much like the Joker?

  • A sociopath driven by his intense, all-consuming pyromania. He clearly loves the destruction he causes by doing this.

  • Most people would consider Deadshot to be Neutral Evil, but I see him as Chaotic Evil, at least under Gail Simone's writing. Why? Because he has 1: no respect for authority. At all. And 2: an addiction to violence and in particular killing. No respect for authority+random violence=Chaotic Evil to me.

  • Under Grant Morrisson's writing where she becomes a sadistic and unrepentant terrorist and sociopath who ends up killing her own son...a son she conceived after raping someone I might add. Her being Chaotic Evil also extends to her characterization in the Nolanverse, where she's a terrorist trying to destroy Gotham City via nuclear weapon.

  • Just like her "puddin". Especially fitting since she does, after all go out of her way to please him.

  • A complete psychopath who urges his followers to indulge in all manner of brutal depravity and destruction. Gordon even outright describes the actions of this guy's gang as "random violence" in the animated adaptation, and it's clear that all this guy wants or cares about is total, unmitigated destruction.

  • In the Nolanverse, where he's a terrorist who tries to destroy Gotham City with a nuclear bomb and before that plunged the city into a state of chaos and anarchy by demolishing or else discrediting their system of law and order. Sounds pretty Chaotic (and Evil) to me.

  • A cannibal and mass murderer who is definitely not any kind of stickler for following the rules or working from a position of authority. Basically just a dumb, brutal thug.

  • As a completely feral and misanthropic predator, Lizard has no use for society's rules and laws, and blatantly stands against them in addition to be dangerous to everyone he meets. After losing the last of his humanity in "Shed", he becomes an even bigger monster than before.

  • Of all of Venom's spawn besides Carnage, this one takes after his "brother" the most.

  • The other more openly murderous and homicidal of Venom's many spawn.

  • At least in the Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie anyway, where he's most interested in just destruction and vengeance after snapping.

  • Briefly transitions to this in the "Ends of the Earth" story by Dan Slott where he tries to basically wipe out all life on Earth by destroying the planet's magnetic field or something along those lines. But basically his whole plan was to attain a bodycount higher than what was attained by the likes of Hitler and Pol Pot.

  • While the animated and MCU versions are more Lawful Evil on the account of being obsessed with bringing about a twisted order by wiping out humanity, the comic book version of Ultron is just a straight up homicidal nut whose gone on at least a couple major killing sprees that seem to be motivated almost solely by his contempt for "inferior" organics.

  • Sought to end all life outside of his Negative Zone. Just because.

  • Do I even need to give an explanation for this one? Well, if I must I must...

    1. Kowtows to no authority by choice

    2. Likes hurting others and inflicting pain and suffering

    3. Never keeps his word and always finds way to betray and hurt those he deals with.

  • A demon lord whose tried to eradicate all life on Earth a couple times now, also attempting to conquer and destroy the greater multiverse before then remaking it into an eternal nightmare dedicated to the "glory" of himself.

  • Another homcidal, destruction-obsessed lovecraftian horror that Doctor Strange has had to deal with.

  • An evil sentient demon sword obsessed with wanton destruction and soul harvesting and not a whole lot else besides.

  • As the physical manifestation/extension of Soul Edge, it's only natural that he'd be the same alignment as it.

  • A totally sadistic and unhinged homicidal maniac who's basically the Harley Quinn of the Soul Calibur universe. She even wears a jester costume in almost all of the games that funny enough, has the Joker's color scheme of purple and green.

  • I did list him as Neutral Evil, but I feel he could just as easily qualify as this. If playing through story mode as him in Soul Calibur 4 he murders his loyal right-hand the second he outlives his usefulness, craves the destructive power of Soul Edge, and just comes off as a very merciless and nasty dude. It would seem that most anyone corrupted by Soul Edge is destined to become this.

  • Another Soul Calibur character to fit this. Astaroth is just a mean-spirited and foul-tempered brute who goes from place to place leaving destruction and broken bodies in his wake.

  • As an evil emperor, one would take him to be Lawful Evil. But given his clear appetite for destruction and bloodshed and also how he has consistently shown a contempt for other's authority (first the Elder Gods and then Onaga the Dragon King) I feel more inclined to list him as an example of this alignment.

  • And whaddya know, the object of attraction of one Chaotic Evil character and the "daughter" of another one winds up being Chaotic Evil too. Who'd have thought?

  • A particularly fearsome and nasty Tarkatan, who are essentially the Soul Calibur equivalent to orcs. And as one of their champions, Baraka is a particularly sadistic and homicidal individual.

  • Well, he is pretty homicidal, delighting in killing and torturing anyone he does not consider sufficiently attractive, and with the animated version he was even fine with killing Chun-Li in spite of her hotness. Really just a sadistic nut.

  • The most openly destructive of Xehanort's many alternate forms, his goal being to plunge all worlds into darkness. So basically a text-book Omnicidal Maniac.

  • Creatures pretty much entirely composed of darkness and evil that go from world to world with the intent of plunging them into darkness and in the process pretty much destroying them. And in fact the Heartless successfully did this to a few different worlds, though said worlds were later recreated. But still.

  • In running for the most openly sadistic and aggressive of all of Organization XIII's members. She was also, along with Marluxia, planning to turn on the rest of the Organization, showing she didn't even respect their authority.

  • More or less Disney's first "Omnicidal Maniac" type character, his goal being to kill everyone so he could be "King of the Dead".

  • Pretty much the only "pure" Gargoyle (not counting Thailog, who's a clone) that seems to be intrinsically evil, first trying to turn Othello against Desdemona (just like the Shakespeare characters they're named after) and later hi-jacking Coldstone's body and turning it against Goliath. As Coldsteel he's shown to be no less sadistic and nasty, as evidenced by the way he tries to kill Hudson.

  • In contrast to most other Gargoyles being Lawful Good, Demona is a violent, misanthropic extremist who's hatred of humanity has made her pretty dang screwed up. Not to mention that the more frustrated she gets, the more of a homicidal maniac she becomes.

  • Outright described as a psychopath by Greg Weisman, and her clear love of battle and sadistic personality traits do point in that direction. Really just kind of unstable.

  • And now we come to the brother of the sibling pair, who's even worse, considering that after getting the power of Anubis he went crazy with it, causing all manner of destruction and cackling demonically the whole time.

  • Well, this is a guy who declared war on China basically on a whim and also casually wiped out the inhabitants of at least two villages on his way to the Emperor.

  • The Pirates of the Caribbean version, who's a feared and merciless scourge of the Seven Seas that is shown in the second film to have a "take no prisoners" mentality when dealing with people who weren't even his main targets, but simply in his way.

  • As the God of War, this guy's pretty much the original homicidal maniac, and with a very bad temper to boot.

  • A serious homicidal maniac who in God of War III brings about the apocalypse and pretty much condemns all life on Earth in the name of completely selfish revenge. However many fanboys this psychopath has, the evidence is irrefutable: Kratos is a bad guy.

  • In the 2003 cartoon, where even prior to becoming the Shredder he's guilty of multiple counts of genocide and as the Shredder remains a complete and total homicidal maniac and violence-loving sadist who also has absolutely no sense of humor on top of everything else.

  • Well, among other things this guy wiped out a species that was completely loyal to him and has also been known to kill his own men for his amusement.

  • As both Kid Buu and Super Buu. The first thing the former did was destroy the Earth after all.

  • Another Omnicidal Maniac type character.

  • Like Darth Nihilus described below, the Sith Emperor is pretty much a complete nihilist who's quite agreeable to causing total, galaxy-wide destruction. Even other Sith don't like him given that his actions would mean the end of their existences as well as everyone else's.

  • A particularly homicidal and psychotic Sith Lord who even as a Force Ghost displayed a clear appetite (and capacity) for destruction, causing Kyp Durron to blow up a planet.

  • Like Exar Kun above, Haazen's motives were a bit less of the usual "Rule the Galaxy and impose fascist order on it", and more the "Destroy, destroy, destroy!"

  • A particularly amoral and nasty "scientist" who was so bad he's reviled even by fellow Mandalorians, with his name becoming more or less a word for a monster in Mandalorian.

  • Demagol's daughter, with the rotten apple having not fallen all that far from the tree.

  • He did destroy a planet pretty much on a whim after all.

  • Is outright stated by Kreia as not caring at all for the teachings of the Sith and does not have any of their usual motives, which keeps him from being Lawful. No, he's just interested in sating his hunger at any cost and is totally heedless to the destruction he causes by this. Had he not been stopped, he would have eventually kept feeding and feeding until there was nothing left. So basically, an Omnicidal Maniac with a hunger-inspired motive.

  • Even Count Dooku thought this guy was bad. I personally am reminded of Shan Yu. Like Demagol above he's a disgrace to the name Mandalorian.

  • A pretty psychotic and sadistic individual who in addition to committing torture and murder on a whim delights in killing Jedi and taking their lightsabers, much like a certain other Star Wars villain who showed up later on...

  • Somewhere in-between this and Neutral Evil I'd say. And The Phantom Menace is also only the tip of the iceberg for this slimeball. Supplementary EU materials make him even worse than he was in the movie.

  • A true psychopath who considers it a "good week" when he kills a lot of people.

  • The homicidal and bloodthirsty leader of the Separatist's droid armies. Like Aurra Sing he particularly likes killing Jedi and taking their lightsabers as trophies, with the CG Clone Wars show also revealing him to collect Padawan Braids as another kind of trophy. That same show also makes clear that he is not only willing to kill Younglings, he seems downright eager to do so.

  • Even after "retiring" from the Bounty Hunting business, the big lizard would still sometimes kill people for, and I quote "the sheer enjoyment of it".

  • While he initially seems to be more Lawful Evil, by Season 4 he's pretty clearly this, given that he's trying to get his people into a war for really no good reason, helps Darth Maul commit acts of terrorism against his own people, and also earlier casually destroys a village of innocent people and personally murders a teenage girl just because he didn't like "weak people telling him what to do".

  • Went on basically a large-scale killing spree in the years after Return of the Jedi, obsessed with killing as many people as he could in service to the Dark, all owing to his rather nihilistic outlook of the Galaxy.

  • A brutal, warmongering race of anti-technology fanatics whose hatred of technology was such that they waged war on the entire Star Wars Galaxy, steamrolling through it and killing an astonishingly large number of people and also devastating whole worlds before they were finally stopped against all odds. Even so, their invasion was pretty much an apocalyptic event for the Star Wars Galaxy, and one it seems they never fully recovered from, at least not as of Star Wars Legacy, which is several decades after the war's end.

  • The Renegade version given his/her complete lack of respect for authority, be it Council or Alliance, and their frequently indulging in random, pointless cruelty that only winds up making things harder on them when the Reapers show up. To give some specific examples, Renegade Shepard slaughters the Zhu's Hope colonists despite having a non-lethal means of neutralizing them that they chose to completely ignore, killing Samara's last surviving daughter for no reason, and also committing genocide at least twice and possibly four times. And to think people still root for Renegade Shepard. It creeps me out to be honest.

  • As he's pretty much the exact same person as Renegade Shepard, this makes sense.

  • As a bunch of largely psychotic terrorists who indulge in all manner of atrocities that frankly give them no benefits whatsoever (not even in theory) and thusly just come off as evil for evil's sake, I feel pretty safe in listing these cartoonishly evil maniacs as this. They're completely abandoning all semblance of subtlety or moral ambiguity in Mass Effect 3 and becoming full-on moustache-twirling lackeys to the Reapers makes them fit this even more.

  • One of the nastier races in the Mass Effect universe by and large, with the species being mostly made up of terrorists, thugs, and other professions of similar ill nature. There are exceptions to this of course, but overall most Batarians do seem to favor this alignment, and it's even kind of recognized in-universe. Even the largely amoral and ruthless Zaeed Massani doesn't like them.

  • Pre-Character Development Jack is a homicidal maniac and also a sadistic, mean-spirited, misanthropic bully who delights in random destruction and violence and basically hates everyone and everything. Yes, she has a sympathetic reason for being this way, but reasons are not the same as excuses, and Jack's behavior is not excused. She can be made to become better though.

  • After losing her marbles.

  • Well he is the Spirit of Chaos after all. And Darkness, that too. And he is also more or less the Avatar world's equivalent to Satan so...

  • While initially he was more Lawful Evil due to his motive being a misguided desire to bring "order" to Middle-Earth, by the time of the Second and Third Ages he's an Omnicidal Maniac who just wants to wipe out or else subjugate all life in Middle-Earth.

  • They tend to default to this, at least in some fantasy adaptations. If nothing else, Tolekin's Orcs (and their cousin races Goblins and Uruk-hai) are all text-book Chaotic Evil by virtue of being bloodthirsty, homicidal, violence-loving fiends that resent all manner of authority and only ever obey others if they're more powerful, not because they respect their authority. The only thing actually keeping all of Tolkein's Orcs working together is Sauron's will, or alternatively the will of Saruman or the Nazgul. Whenever that influence disappears for whatever reason, the Orcs remember that they hate EACH-OTHER (and probably themselves) just as much as they do anyone else and start fighting and killing each-other.

  • A demon of the Ancient World that seems to live only for destruction and inspiring fear in the hearts of all who behold it.

  • While the monsters and Eldritch horrors of HP Lovecraft are often touted as being "above good and evil", and/or having motives that are "incomprehensible" to us mere mortals, Nyarlathotep is a dubious exception to the rule, being the most openly sadistic and cruel of Lovecraft's creations and with a love of mind-raping hapless humans into insanity.

  • A corrupt Archangel who upon getting greater power basically goes hog-wild with it in the absolute worst way, even outright admitting to doing evil things simply because he can.

  • Seeks to return the universe to it's original state of darkness. That, and he was the main villain in a story called CHAOS WAR.

  • At her most malevolent. She does want to see half of the beings in the universe kick over the bucket after all.

  • Mikaboshi and Death's DC equivalent, and with pretty much the same goals. This also extends to...

  • ...his group of minions, the Black Lantern Corps.

  • A malevolent entity that rejoices in spreading fear and suffering and the chaos and bloodshed that that inevitably leads to.

  • A collection of some of the worst criminals in the Galaxy. Ironic thing is that Sinestro is all about ORDER, but his Corps is just one big group of maniacs who indulge in random cruelty, destruction, and debauchery.

  • Well, given that he is quite literally rage incarnate, this really shouldn't come as any kind of surprise. Honestly the name alone kind of tells you what you need to know.

  • Yet another Lantern Corps containing quite a few psychos. Atrocitus may (arguably) mean well, but his crew of Red Lanterns are still one nasty bunch.

  • While I would actually argue very strongly in favor of Atrocitus being Chaotic Neutral in the comics, he's definitely this in Green Lantern the Animated Series, where he's more of a conventional cartoon villain (unfortunately).

  • When under the influence of his Red Lantern ring, which also happens to extend to my DCU's depiction of him, where he's mostly a Red Lantern.

  • One of many to bear the red ring of rage.

  • In Arrow, where she is a straight-up villain who employs mass murder, torture, and honestly pretty much terrorism in the pursuit of completely selfish revenge.

  • A vengeful, misandrist Amazon who was determined to kill all men on Earth in the name of that misandry.