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An alphabetical listing of villains by type.


  • Rapists: Villains who commit rape.
  • Redeemed: Villains that have "turned to good." This can include those who were and are no longer possessed by an evil force or those who have decided to join the hero.
  • Related to Hero: Villains who are biologically in the same family as the protagonist.
  • Remorseful: Villains who feel guilt, remorse and/or sorrow for the crimes they have done, but have not necessarily "turned good".
  • Right-Hand: The personal assistant and adviser to a major villain, often their second–in–command. Right-hands can serve as major villains in their own right.
  • Rogues: A villain who works alone. They commit their evil without any help from henchmen or an army.


  • Sadists: Villains who take pleasure from making people suffer.
  • Sadomasichists: Villains who love causing pain to themselves.
  • Satanism: Villains that practice Devil-worship.
  • Satan: The in-universe depiction of Satan or its closest counterpart. The source of Evil, who controls all demons and malevolent beings, and most often ruler of Hell.
  • Scapegoat: A villain that is punished way more than he or she would actually deserve, which is the exact opposite of a Karma Houdini.
  • Serial Killer: A villain who kills individual people over a period of time.
  • Slaver: Villains who take part in the act of owning and using slaves, forcing others into physical labor.
  • Snuff filmers: Villains who combine murder and film into an even more serious crime.
  • Social Darwinists: Villains who believe in "survival of the fittest" and often seek to create a society or world in which only the most ruthless of individuals would exist to father the next generation.
  • Successful: A villain who success his or her ultimate goals.
  • Supervillain: The opposite of a superhero, who has incredible and unique abilities, either through actual superpowers or use of gadgets. Supervillains make numerous appearances and often will win against the hero on occasion.
  • Supremacist: A villain who believes his or her species / ideology / religion is inherently superior to all others.
  • Supreme Being: Similar to Satan, this is the in-universe depiction of the traditional monotheistic God of most western religions as a villain.
  • Stalkers : Villains who like to stalk certain people, eitheir by obsessive or murderous reasons.
  • Starvers: Villains who cause others to starve to death, either through cruelty or negligence.
  • Suicidal: Villains who try to take their own lives or succeed in that.


  • Teenagers: A villain who is between the ages of 13 and 19.
  • Terrorists: Villains who commit unforgivable atrocities for political or religious gain.
  • Thief: Villains who are common crooks who just steal things from others and they can be from petty to extreme (depending on what they're stealing).
  • Thrill-Seekers: Villains who are addicted to danger or fast-paced action, often to the detriment of others; they may view danger as an addiction or simply are just criminally insane with no regard for personal safety (or those of others).
  • Thugs: Common kinds of criminals who treat others disrespectfully.
  • Torturer: A villain who tortures others, whether it be physically, mentally, or emotionally.
  • Tragic: A villain who has suffered events in the past that have caused them to become evil or seek vengeance. Tragic villains often have the sympathy of the audience and the hero often is reluctant to confront them.
  • Traitor: A villain who betrays their allies, whether it be for personal gain or some other factor.
  • Trickster: A villain that has mischievous qualities that can make him/her appear to be less threatening than they really are.
  • TV Show Villain: A villain who is found in a animated or live action TV show.


  • Undead: A villain who is a ghost or zombie, or any similar creature.
  • Usurper: A villain who seizes a position of power (normally) from a more benevolent ruler by force.


  • Vampire: An undead villain who is a bloodthirsty monster and is often potrayed as a villain in any movie.
  • Vandal: A villain who commits vandalism, such as defacing public property (spraypainting graffiti).
  • Vengeful: A villain who wants to avenge one or more of their colleagues or relatives, or seeks to get back at someone who wronged them.
  • Villains with Dual Personalities: Villains who have a split personality.
  • Vigilante: A villain who takes justice into his or her own hands, and usually deals it in violent and unforgiving ways.
  • Voodoo: Villains who or are associated with voodoo.