|“||From the brain that brought you the Big Ben Caper, the head that made headlines in every newspaper! And wondrous things like the Tower Bridge Job. That cunning display that made London a sob. Now comes the real tour de force! Tricky and wicked, of course! My earlier crimes were fine for their times, but now that I'm at it again, an even grimmer plot has been simmering, in my great criminal brain!||„|
|~ Professor Ratigan singing about his criminal activities in his song The World's Greatest Criminal Mind|
Some criminals can be anarchistic or nihilistic in thinking, believing that society is better without law; others can simply be opportunists. The worst criminals can take their activities so far that they become terrorists, seeking to reshape (or even destroy) the world using criminal means.
- Drowners: Wrongdoers who favor the act of drowning a victim, either personally or via an action that would effectively make someone drown (for example trapping them in a sinking vessel like Commander Sith) - these villains may not be seen to be as brutal as other murderers but they are often just as ruthless, traitorous, and morally objectionable.
- Poisoner: Evildoers who kill or incapacitate via poisoning, this type of murder was (and continues) to be rampant and uncontrolled, due to it often being seen as an extremely quick and effective way of getting rid of those one dislikes - in the past it was common for royalty and nobles to employ food testers due to the common practice of poisoning. It was also a common theory in medieval times that evil witches or other miscontents would poison village wells and make people sick - a theory that has since entered the imagination and become somewhat of a staple (as well as a tool for parody). Sadly in the real world many serial killers utilize poison, especially those who have managed to work their way into the medical profession - these killers are sometimes referred to as "angels of mercy" and often kill their victims via poison or drugs found in hospitals or similar institutions. Poison can come in many forms ranging from liquid and capsules to gas - such as mustard-gas, which was commonly used in the World Wars.
- Arsonists: Villains who uses fire as a weapon for destruction, murder, or both.
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