Marvel''s Pure Evil villains in 616 listed by corresponding hero

Latest take on a Complete Monster list for Marvel characters. This time ordered by which hero they are a primary enemy to. Will be doing a separate list for characters who are a Complete Monster in other universes besides 616. This one is for 616 only.

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  • Beginning the Captain America examples with Marvel's take on the worst human being to ever live. Besides doing/attempting all of the atrocities his real life counterpart did/attempted, there's also his being even more into the occult and also knowing full well that he's evil and not caring. In fact, he acknowledged that his evil was unmatched and deliberately took in a young Johann Schmidt because he saw in him someone who he could mold into a monster like him (never mind that Schmidt was already one). He's so evil, that the bullets in his gun have enough concentrated evil in them to pierce Doctor Strange's magical barriers!

  • Revealed himself to be this during Rick Remender's Captain America run. Basically, once he was in a position of absolute authority over others, he went absolutely off the rails and basically behaved like a true Nazi.

  • Committed his share of war crimes in World War II, including strangling Polish freedom fighter Citizen V to death, flaying the Human Torch, torturing Captain America and Bucky Barnes with sadistic pleasure, getting an entire German town destroyed, and engineering WMDs for the Nazis. He also became so hellbent on killing Captain America for his disfigurement that he even became willing to sacrifice his own wife and son to achieve the end, not to mention that his treatment of his son caused him to become a supervillain too. And we haven't even gotten to the crimes he committed AFTER World War II...

  • This is a man who was overjoyed by his own son's death and once blew up a base that had thousands of his own men it. And of course he's a Nazi.

  • One of Marvel's most notorious examples of this, to the point that many other supervillains want absolutely nothing to do with him, but that's what happens when you have Adolf Hitler as a father figure...not that he wasn't evil before falling under Hitler's sway, of course. Quite to the contrary, he joined the Nazis willingly because he was ALREADY a sociopath who found he had a love for killing, which he first discovered after murdering a Jewish girl.

  • A genocidal misandrist of the worst sort and far and away Captain America's most evil non-Nazi foe; she tried to have all women not her minions sterilized, destabilized the entire multiverse by trying to eliminate as many versions of Captain America in it as she could find, and created a dystopian alternate reality where the USA is a hellhole dictatorship and those not loyal to her are sent to the Negative Zone to be tortured (except for Iron Man, who she killed and then kept his brain in a jar as a trophy).

  • Beginning the Fantastic Four examples with Abraxas, who is not native to 616 but is a prominent enemy of the 616 FF nonetheless. A mad, omnicidal monster who threatens the whole of the multiverse, making him one of the absolute most powerful (and most evil), villains the Fantastic Four and the rest of Earth-616 have ever had to deal with.

  • The first of the native-to-616 FF villains on this list is Annihilus, who actually doesn't show himself to be utterly evil until Annihilation Wave (when he wasn't fighting the FF). In that story, he tries to kill all life in the universe and actually does manage to destroy quite a few planets.

  • In the novel "Fantastic Four: To Free Atlantis", which along with the other novels in that series, is seemingly canon to 616. Aptly described by Namor as "a fierce and bloody minded savage", he enjoys decapitations, executions, and wants to wipe out all of humanity much like the DCAU version of Orm (also a Complete Monster).

  • While technically not native to 616, he is nevertheless an enemy of the 616 FF and so is included here. Millions of universes have apparently been wiped out by this guy, and true to his name, he is dedicated to killing as many things as possible. He especially loves stretching out the deaths of heroes.

  • Beginning the Hulk examples with his own awful, abusive father Brian Banner. Along with hitting his own son as early as his toddler years, he violently murdered his mother and then bullied him into not exposing his crime. While far from the only abusive father in Marvel, he took it farther than most by murdering Bruce's mother brutally (and in front of him). And while even this may not seem any worse than how, say, Norman Osborn has treated people over the years, it must be remembered that Brian never had Norman's superpowers or resources, nor for that matter has he appeared with anywhere near the same frequency, and so has had less opportunities to do evil.

  • Another one who is technically not native to Earth-616, but is nevertheless an enemy of 616 Hulk. He rules the alternate future he hails from with an iron fist and killed all of it's superheroes. Granted, he does try to invoke a sympathetic backstory, but it ultimately rings hollow in the face of what he's turned into.

  • Though when first met he's very innocent and optimistic, after spending too much time with the Hulk he became evil. After the Hulk becomes the new king of Skarr, Miek sabotages the rocket that brought the Hulk to Skarr, killing a huge number of people (including Hulk's pregnant wife) just because he likes violent angry Hulk better. Then, after revealing this to Hulk he tries to kill Rick Jones.

  • A sadistic, brutal, and murderous alien tyrant who is basically the alien equivalent of Commodus from Gladiator; he murders surviving gladiators just so he can have a one on one against Hulk (before bringing his men and shooting Hulk in the back when he realizes Hulk can beat him), cares not for the suffering of his peasants and dismisses them as mere animals, and threatens to blow up an entire planet.

  • Beginning the Spider-Man examples with the original host of the Carnage symbiote. Just to drive this home, this guy was serving ELEVEN consecutive life sentences for mass murder BEFORE getting a symbiote.

  • A sadistic, murderous drug dealer who sexually abused his own brother when they were young, tries to rape Black Cat after subduing her by teleporting his trademark drug into her body, and just a bastard who loves having power over other people. Little wonder Black Cat wanted to kill him, or that his long-abused brother finally DID kill him.

  • Assuming we treat "The Venom Factor" novel as canon to 616, Jason Macendale is shown in it to be a particularly nasty bearer of the Hobgoblin mantle (and of course, even within the 616 comics, he's a bad dude, given that he had Ned Leeds killed just so he could become the Hobgoblin himself and was a terrorist even before becoming a supervillain).

  • Typically portrayed as one, being an abusive and uncaring parent to Harry Osborn and also a sadistic mass murderer, not to mention making Mary Jane give birth to a stillborn baby. In Dark Reign he puts together a twisted crew of psychos, helps drive Sentry off the deep end, and tortures Spider-Man at one point.

  • Though one of Spider-Man's more obscure enemies, Shade is also one of the worst, having sent hundreds to the Astral Plane where he feeds off of their life forces. Most of his victims are children, and Shade makes it clear to Spider-Man that he does what he does purely because he can.

  • Patriarch of the Inheritors, Solus uses his own family as pawns in his mad attempt to kill all the Spider-Totems in the Multiverse, including the ones from 616.

  • A rather terrible and disgusting character created by one of my least favorite comic book writers, Garth Ennis. Let's just say this sicko was such a bad kid he made Flash Thompson look like a saint. And he didn't get any better with age.

  • Beginning the Iron Man examples with an enemy he fought not in the comics proper but instead in a novel that is (to my understanding), canon to 616. Note that it's not the original MODOK, but rather MODOK 1.5.

  • When his father killed himself playing Russian Roulette, rather than be devastated by it, Obadiah Stane instead decided that his father was a fool who left too much to chance and thus "deserved" death. He also believed that life was a game to be won no matter the cost, and so went out of his way to destroy Tony Stark's life, and also tried to kill a baby at one point. Yeah.

  • Iron Man's first major enemy who became much, much worse in a subsequent story in 2000 where he ran a prison camp that made use of mass slave labor (including child slaves) to produce drugs for him. He murdered thousands of his slaves, making a throne out of some of their skulls and throwing most of the corpses in a massive pit. He threatened to murder two dozen slaves if Iron Man and company didn't stand down, only to go back on his word and kill those slaves anyway before then torturing Stark and his allies.

  • Beginning the Thor examples with one of many grotesque characters to come from Garth Ennis, only this one's a Thor villain instead of a Punisher villain. That said, his actions of slaughtering a village of it's inhabitants (and raping the women first), is not entirely unbelievable or unrealistic given the time and place. And despite being a comparatively minor Thor villain, this Viking psychopath not only embodies all the worst stereotypes about Vikings taken Up to Eleven, he also manages to outdo many of Thor's more major foes in sheer depravity, including Loki himself.

  • So vile that even his fellow Dark Elves hate him. Oh, and he's a cannibal who also turned on his loyal servant Algrim when he unleashed an attack aimed at Thor (who Algrim was fighting at the time), not caring if he had to sacrifice Algrim to get at Thor. This led to Algrim becoming the villain Kurse.

  • He and his fire demons destroyed Beta Ray Bill's galaxy and almost wiped out his people.

  • Beginning the Avengers examples with another villain not native to 616 but nevertheless an enemy 616 Marvel heroes. When his world's Sersi left him he deliberately drove her mad to the point that she destroyed his world. Proctor then set about killing every other version of Sersi in the Marvel multiverse, completely heedless to the consequences. All because he got dumped.

  • While the MCU and EMH versions tried to go for slightly (and I stress, slightly) more sympathetic portrayals, that doesn't change the fact that the 616 version is absolutely this. Being a sentient android he is indeed accountable for his atrocities, and he is not a well-intentioned extremist but rather a mechanical sociopath who has contempt for organic life and so seeks to eradicate it. And, he went on a killing spree across Europe at one point.

  • Beginning the X-Men examples with one of their absolute greatest enemies of all; a genocidal despot who wants to wipe out and/or enslave humanity simply because he views them as inferior.

  • A sadistic being who has relished manipulating and destroying mutants and seeks to wipe them all out. And unlike other Sentinels, who are only following their programming, Bastion has human-level sentience and emotions and therefore knows full well that what he's doing is evil. And he doesn't care.

  • Committed mutant genocide when she destroyed Genosha and in the process got a bodycount numbering in the millions.

  • Hailing from Earth-295, he is nevertheless a recurring enemy to the 616 X-Men. In contrast to the lovable regular Beast. Think Mr. Sinister in Beast's body. And in fact, Dark Beast and Mr. Sinister actively work together in the AoA reality.

  • One of many violent anti-Mutants who, like the Purifiers, prefers to target Mutant children who are too weak to fight back. Only time he's ever engaged the X-Men in anything resembling a fair fight is when he's got a lot of people helping him. So, he's not just a racist, elitist jerk, he's also a coward who goes after children instead of adults.

  • The absolutely sadistic doctor who oversaw X-23's transformation into a living weapon, subjected her to radiation exposure that was far higher than necessary, threatened to kill a woman he had been having an affair with when she threatened to expose him as the father of her child, had X-23 conditioned via torture to kill everyone around her every time she smelled a "trigger scent", and tried to use X-23 to kill the family of Doctor Martin Sutter. Really, after all of that, not even his Freudian Excuse saves him in the end.

  • In stark contrast to his more sympathetic and heroic portrayal in Marvel: Zombies, in the mainstream Marvel Universe he was part of a group of rich, bored mutants that hunted and killed other mutants for points and bragging rights in a competition organized by Selene. In the name of this "competition", Cortez has done many a despicable deed, and is also treacherous to the bone, not to mention a Mutant supremacist and terrorist of such extremism and cruelty he makes most versions of Magneto look good.

  • Marvel's resident mad scientist and expert in unethical experiments. Is also sometimes shown to be in cahoots with Apocalypse...until he betrayed him that is, because let's face it there was no way two villains that wholly evil would ever work together for long.

  • 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.

  • Has drained people dry of their life force over countless millennia to keep herself going because she's an egomaniac with a god complex who desires immortality. She's repeatedly murdered loyal followers that have outlived their usefulness, took advantage of a man who was attracted to her and turned him into a villain and her pawn (before then killing him), and also once tried to drain the entire population of Rome. And of course, she's an absolute sadist who's quite fond of taunting her victims before killing them.

  • A very personal foe of Storm and Psylocke in particular, the sadistic Shadow King was always awful even before becoming Shadow King by way of using children (such as a young Ororo Munroe), as thieves and pickpockets who stole for him. As Shadow King, he enjoys psychologically tormenting people and make them indulge in all manner of sick and depraved desires that he can cook up, and also leaving them aware of what they're doing but also unable to stop it.

  • The founder and leader of the Purifiers, he is thusly responsible for every bad thing they do. Both he and his group are a bunch of bigoted, holier-than-thou child-murdering fanatics who want to wipe out all mutants just because they don't like them, all the while hiding behind religion and using it as a cheap justification. Stryker personally does that last one, refusing to take even a shred of responsibility for his atrocities and just claiming he's an "instrument of the lord". Oh, and he also murdered his own son when he realized he was a Mutant, and then murdered his own wife for giving birth to a Mutant. And, to top it all off, he also murdered one of his most loyal minions the moment she was revealed to be a Mutant without even knowing it herself.

  • Beginning the Doctor Strange examples with his greatest enemy of all. Dormammu wants to destroy and then remake the universe in his image, namely as an endless torture camp dedicated to the "glory" of himself. He's also tried to wipe out human life a couple times now. The "Marvel Disk Wars" version also qualifies.

  • While he might SEEM to be beyond good and evil...he ain't. He fully understands the difference between good and evil, and happily embraces the latter. He once tried to take control of the Ancient One's mind (forcing Doctor Strange to kill his own master), has devoured the souls of countless innocents, risked the lives of billions for fun. He also created the Cancerverse at the behest of that universe's Mar-Vell (also a Complete Monster), and is thus responsible for all it's assorted horrors.

  • Beginning the Daredevil examples with one of his two greatest enemies. A sadistic mass murderer who shows no remorse for killing his targets and even just people who get in his way. Also tortured Spider-Man during Dark Reign with relish and murdered the Sentry's girlfriend (also with relish).

  • Though he starts out as a poor man's Punisher who loved his father, as an undead demon he's a pure evil psychopath who wants to turn New York into his private Hell Kingdom, and torment heroes like Daredevil and Spider-Man for eternity.

  • A human trafficker supervillain who upon getting superpowers similar/identical to those of The Spot, only ramps up his depravity and showcases a shocking capacity for it.

  • There have been several Daredevil villains to use the alias "Mr. Fear", but this one is the nastiest of them all, between his depraved drug dealing, murders and attempted murders, and also acts of rape.

  • An utterly deranged serial killer who steadily drains the blood of 100 people over time, murders several Inhumans, and plans to torture several innocents to death, plus gouging out the eyes of Daredevil's then-sidekick. And he did all of that in just a few comic book issues. There's also what's in his lair...

  • Though nowadays thought of as Jessica Jones' arch-enemy, it is worth noting that Purple Man WAS originally a Daredevil villain. A serial rapist. 'nuff said.

  • Beginning the Ghost Rider examples with one of two villains to bear the name "Blackout". Danny Ketch Ghost Rider himself summed it up best: "I fought my share of psychos as Ghost Rider, but he was one of the worst. He'll find out what you care about most and take it from you. No one's off limits -- women, kids... and he'll commit murder with less thought than you and I give to what size coffee we want."

  • One of the most wretched one-off villains Ghost Rider ever fought, mainly by way of being a serial killer of children.

  • Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider's pure evil uncle who actively tries to corrupt Reyes for his own twisted ends. Even before becoming an undead demonic fiend, he was a sadistic, devil-worshipping mafia hitman who was so awful his own boss had him killed out of disgust.

  • Well he DID stab a pregnant woman with a pitchfork at one point, among other crimes.

  • The Biblical Zadkiel is a nice guy. He's the Archangel of compassion and mercy, and the patron angel of those who forgive. The Marvel Zadkiel is not the Biblical Zadkiel. No, the Marvel Zadkiel is a maniac who rampantly abused great power once he got it, and just did all manner of terrible things and wrecked general chaos and havoc on humanity for no other reason than because he could.

  • Beginning the Punisher examples with a man who initially starts off as a fairly par for the course bank robber type, before graduating to something more vile, namely a snuff filler who tortures at least one of his victims to death and sends Punisher the video, tries to visit this fate on several more women before Punisher saves them, and even turns on his loyal assistant once he "runs low on extras" for his snuff films.

  • A truly disgusting one-shot villain who was running a child pornography ring, and having the children involved in it brutalized and raped regularly. He also attempts to personally murder one of said children when he refuses to shoot Punisher at the colonel's command. Suffice to say, it's people like this that remind you why some people root for the Punisher.

  • While a standard-fare villain for most of his arc, what catapults Kreigkopf into Complete Monster territory is his planning to nuke Brussels.

  • A mad scientist who was secretly a serial killer that plans to use his doomsday invention to air-mail nukes around the world and devastate the planet just for kicks, even murdering one of his own men for expressing shock at the plan due to thinking that they were just going to blackmail the world, not destroy it for real.

  • Basically the Marvel Universe's version of cult leader and real life Complete Monster Jim Jones.

  • Beginning the Wolverine examples, because while Wolverine is a member of the X-Men, he also has some CMs that are more specific to HIM (such as this guy). His body contains every single disease known to man, and he can release these diseases at will. And just before you think he might use these powers for good, not so; he slaughtered all the other children involved in the program and then planned to unleash a devastating plague that would wipe out everyone on Earth...and then move on to the entire universe if he could.

  • True to his name he's fond of turning people to stone, primarily women. He also killed his own family as part of his initiation into the Hand, and temporarily turned Wolverine into a brutal and psychotic enforcer for Hydra via brainwashing. And while under said brainwashing, Wolverine killed a teenage superhero (Hornet II).

  • Their leader the Founder, who lacks a page of his own. An old man who blames Wolverine for killing his father, but less because he was upset by his father's death and more because he ended up losing his family fortune and had to work in the very mine his father once owned. Hating Wolverine for this (because apparently it's easier to blame someone else for your troubles), the Founder erm, founded, the Red Right Hand, and they tried to kill everyone Wolverine ever cared about. And even though they failed to kill most of the names on their list, they still killed a few, and also killed several innocent bystanders in the process. But their worst act was tricking Wolverine into killing several of his own children, and also committing suicide afterwards to deny Wolverine the opportunity for revenge.

  • Another utter sadist and mass murderer (and also a cannibal, rapist, and card-carrying villain), who represents what Wolverine would ever become if he lost control of the beast within.

  • Beginning the ones who don't fit into any of the major heroes' specific rogues' galleries with Black Panther's single most evil foe. Freudian Excuse aside, Achebe here sold his soul to Mephisto and became a homicidal maniac who would kill everyone who had ever interacted with his wife, and also kill their families for good measure. He'd also stab each of his victims 32 times. He also instigated a war. So yeah. Nasty dude.

  • Marvel version, not Hasbro version. And don't let his looking like Darth Vader fool you; this guy's much more evil and has not one of Vader's many sympathetic or redeeming qualities. He's been terrorizing the Microverse for about a thousand years, slaughtered the monastery that saved him from his own exile, slaughters civilians by the millions and then has their organs harvested and used to keep himself living indefinitely. Add that his taking out whole planets, boiling an entire underwater species alive, and yet more atrocities still, and it's not hard to see why this guy fits.

  • Lured people to his manor, sucked their souls out, and had them kill each-other for his amusement. Even after his death, he continued to lure people to his manor to sucker, kill, and steal their souls for himself.

  • I suppose it's only fitting that the most evil enemy of a group of kid superheroes would be a "bogeyman".

  • Because Moon Knight is a Marvel Batman, it naturally follows that he would have his own Joker figure. And that's this guy. A homicidal mercenary even before becoming an out and out supervillain, the man has murdered, raped, played dictator, slaughtered a town's population and then turned on then mercenary Marc Spector when the latter dared to object, and finally as a dictator murdering scores more, including anyone with AIDs, because of course he's a bigot as well as a psychopath.

  • Infiltrates people's dreams to try and drive them to madness as a means of controlling them and turning them against Sleepwalker. And that's just for starters.

  • Among other things, kidnapped a boy who he then molded into his enforcer Jack O'Lantern, and also used his own sister (who he has an incestuous obsession with), as a hostage and leverage to get Eddie Brock Venom to do his bidding. Also, has an incestuous desire for his sister.

  • A particularly sadistic and murderous serial killer of a surgeon who is obsessed with seeing how much pain his victims can endure before they die, and in the name of this subjects his victims to horrible torture and surgery without anesthetic, getting his victims to such a state that they beg for death. In Morbius' own words, never has he seen a creature who needed to be killed more than Doctor Paine here.

  • Let's see...profiting from the Great Depression? Check. Crime boss and pedophile? Check. Demon-worshipping maniac who murders numerous innocents (including an entire town's population) to empower said demon? Check. Tries to sacrifice a bunch of children to empower his boss again and then murders one of his own men for objecting to this plan? Check.

  • For all his being a one-time villain, he was still the most evil one in Luke Cage's Rogue's Gallery (such as that is). He kidnaps the scientist who gave Luke Cage his powers, kidnaps homeless people without families to perform experiments on in a prison that's run like a concentration camp, employs fellow Complete Monster Nitro without regard for the civilian deaths he will almost assuredly cause, and allowed a man to poison the water supply because he knew that it would distract Luke Cage (and everyone else), and buy him time to escape.

  • The original, being as he is the aforementioned Hitler in a new body ready to spread more misery, racism, prejudice, and woe to the world.

  • You'd think his being the son of a REFORMED Dire Wraith means he'd turn out better. Nope. Instead, he MURDERED his own parents, and announces his intentions to take over the world and create more half-human/half-Dire Wraith hybrids like himself. He then tricked the X-Men into attacking Rom: Space Knight before planning to kill them all, and rape Kitty Pryde while he was at it. He then planned to rape the female members of the Brotherhood too. Finally, after suckering Avengers Academy into taking him in with open arms, he takes over and plans to suck the life-force dry out of the whole population, except for the females so he could (you guessed it), rape them.

  • Attempted to increase his prominence on the world stage by kidnapping prominent African-Americans and forcing them to live in his country. This, in addition to all of his real life atrocities as a dictator, which appear to have occurred in 616 also.

  • A pedophile serial killer of children. 'nuff said. Hell, he even kind of looks like Hitler to boot.

  • Performed unethical and torturous experiments on children/teens repeatedly, stuffed and mounted in his office a CIA agent who died trying to kill him, held children and teens at his sadistic correctional facilities indefinitely over even the slightest "offense", had killed any who attempted to escape, and used as living weapons those aforementioned teens he'd experimented on, who had to be killed (and were also by then little more than walking corpses hooked up to machinery).

  • God of the Symbiotes, and the being responsible for all of their worst crimes and acts. Knull's ultimate goal is to just kill everything and return the universe to a state of darkness where only he exists.

  • Quite obviously. Marvel's answer to Satan after all (well, technically one of them, but he's the nastiest of the lot). Even worse than the ACTUAL Satan plus Lucifer!

  • Another one not native to 616, but nonetheless the most heinous foe particular to the Young Avenger's rogues gallery.

  • Destroyed Stamford, killing 612 innocent people (60 of whom were children), an act that touched off the Superhero Civil War and Registration Act nonsense. And even before that, he was prone to killing innocent people during his acts of mercenary work for other villains, and he also tried to rape Dakota North at one point, which horrified even another villain he was with.

  • Marvel's take on the character is just as evil as the original version, despite his fairly minor role in 616

  • Besides being a fallen angel who was cast out of Heaven for rebelling against God, he also secretly orchestrated the murder of Frank Castle's family, so that he could form an army out of the souls of all the evil people Frank would kill as Punisher. He's also a serial killer of angels to boot.

  • Started out as a member of the Confederate Army, which pretty neatly establishes him as evil right off the bat. After the Civil War ends in Confederate defeat, he becomes a merciless gun-for-hire who kills a town sheriff and then sets the town ablaze, forcing its inhabitants to march out into the desert to their deaths. He then, while trying to kill the main hero, also tries to murder over a dozen Native American schoolchildren and then sell their scalps for money. And when one of his men understandably gets cold feet at the prospect of killing and scalping children? Trask kills him.

  • An evil demon lord and the Marvel Universes' first murderer. Tried to kill all life on Earth during the Atlantis Attacks, as well as spawning children by impregnating mind-controlled superheroines.

  • A psychopath through and through, he orchestrated a bloody war against all of Otherworld, tried to torture Fantomex and Psylocke to death in front of each other, murdered his ex-wife and her new husband, helped Daken's Brotherhood psychologically torture a young boy named Evan into becoming the next Apocalypse, murdered his father figure Fantomex, and wants Evan to become Apocalypse just to see him kill millions.

  • A torture-happy leader of a drug cartel whose first instinct whenever anyone crosses him is to torture them to death, torture their loved ones to death in front of them, or just plain feed them to his tiger.

  • Marvel's take on the recurring Conan villain is ultimately this

  • Well, he DID wipe out an entire galaxy's population after all.