Tuesday, October 2, 2012

He's NOT a Complete Monster?


Hey kids, pure evil exists! Enjoy the game!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: While my feeling is still that this trope isn't as perfectly defined and handled as it could be on TV Tropes and that obviously many definite examples aren't there when they should be, the wiki has seemed to have finally cleaned up the trope significantly and gotten a better grasp on how to handle it, it's defining criteria for passing, it's examples, and it's process for determining what passes or fails to go up on the trope. What you'll read here are my initial thoughts on the matter:

In it's current state, Complete Monster has officially become the worst trope ever. The trope came into existence alongside Moral Event Horizon as a replacement for the old, abused  "Rape The Dog" trope. The problem used to be that Complete Monster's definition was unclear. It seemed as if it was a Bad Writing trope solely for villains who were so thoroughly despicable that audiences couldn't even enjoy or stomach, thus taking them out of the work they were investing themselves in. Which was very limiting and stupid. Then it's standards were dropped too low, so that made it easy for foolish, simple minded tropers to cite any old villain who did nasty things and/or crossed the Moral Event Horizon as an example of one, even if he/she was not. And NOW, the standards have gone too far the other way: they're too high! Now the Monster HAS to commit his villainy on-screen and said villainy has to be on the level of mass mind rape, mass genocide, and mass corpse raping. And the core problem with all of these has not been removed: it's still all about what the villain DOES rather than about who he/she IS. Which makes the existence of Moral Event Horizon pointless, since that's supposed to be the trope for that. Complete Monster should be about the type of villain who would cross the Moral Event Horizon and then keep right on going. Villains who are pure evil to an alarming, revolting, and detestable degree, are played as being such in the work itself, inspire fear and hate in other characters, have next to no positive qualities to speak of, show no trace of shame and remorse for their crimes, and are beyond all hope of redemption. And most importantly, they commit terrible actions BECAUSE they're Monsters, NOT the other way around! The importance should be placed   on who and what the villain is on the inside, not just the vile stuff they do. And characters like Ghetsis are most definitely inhumane monsters on the inside, which is what inspires feelings of discomfort, fear, hatred, and revulsion that leads to people considering them to be Complete Monsters.

If anything, what is currently up on TV Tropes understates the Trope too much. Really, it's good,
but still not the best. The proper definition is this:

The Complete Monster is the most depraved of all characters; a villain utterly lacking in redeeming features. Trying to put a value on the evilness of a Complete Monster is like calculating the credit score of Bill Gates: it's a moot point. Or, anyway, that is how the character is presented in the story. The character is a bad guy, full stop. The author has not taken the character through any actions toward redemption, or at least any that stuck.

The Complete Monster can be recognized by these signs:
  • The character is truly heinous by the standards of the story, which makes no attempt to present the character in any positive way. The character's terribleness is played seriously, even if the work is light and/or comedic. Other characters in-story must express fear, hate, and revulsion of this character. (The Heinous Standard criteria.)
  • The character has either no Freudian Excuse to validate their crimes, or their Freudian Excuse is presented in-story as inadequate. Any sympathy evoked in their backstories is long gone in the present time. (The Freudian Excuse criteria.)
  • They are completely devoid of altruistic qualities, show no regret for their crimes, are never redeemed or have any possibility of redemption (The Redemption criteria.)
  • Offscreen Villainy is advised against. (With few exceptions depending on result clarity.)
Please note that a character crossing the Moral Event Horizon does not alone make them a Complete Monster. This trope isn't just about what the character does, but about what the character is. Their monstrous characters are reflected in their heinous deeds, which is what puts them a cut above regular villains. And whatever their position, a Complete Monster has to go the full mile and meet all criteria: they're the worst they can possibly be in their role within the space and scale they occupy.

To sum it all up: the Complete Monster is pure evil. "Complete" and "pure" being keywords here. This is the most evil character(s) in the work. He/she is vile to a revolting and horrific degree. He/she is unrepentantly evil, beyond any hope of redemption. It should be unimaginable that this villain find redemption, nor should he/she ever seek it. He/she is utterly self-serving and has no decency or regard for others, not giving a fuck about anything else if they don't suit their ends. He/she commits atrocities more heinous than the actions of most other villains because of just how rotten to the core the villain is. He/she has no notable altruistic or redeeming qualities to speak of, and no valid, adequate excuse for his/her actions and behaviour. And the villain must be treated seriously by
the work's narrative and it's characters even if the work is light or comedic. If in the latter case, the monster may provide laughs, but NOT be Played For Laughs. He/she is still 100% reprehensible.

The rest of this entry shall be me going through fiction and picking out villains who are absolutely, definitively Complete Monsters. Because I cannot rely on TV Tropes itself to define that anymore.
* - Indicates which of the monsters listed are actually only borderline (99%) monsters, who don't meet all criteria but are still quite heinous. 

Disney Animated: Queen Grimhilde, Stromboli and the Coachman, The Horned King, Bill Sykes, Percival C. Mcleach, Scar, Judge Frollo, Shan Yu, Lyle Tiberius Rourke, DOR-15, Dr. Facilier, King Candy/Turbo, Zhan Tiri, King Runeard*, and Dr XXX

Disney Live: Judge Doom, Cutler Beckett, Blackbeard, Big Boy Caprise, Andrei Stasser, Mombi, Nizam, Mr. Dark, Queen Jadis/the White Witch, Injun Joe, Trout Walker, Butch Cavendish, Jafar, Scar, Queen Ingrith, Frakes, Vice Principal Stern, and Victor Krane

Pixar: Hopper, Syndrome, Lotso Huggin' Bear, Miles Axelrod and Dr. Z

Lord Of The Rings: Morgoth, Sauron, Glaurung*, Azog the Defiler*, and Lheu Brenin

Star Wars: Sheev Palpatine, Wilhuff Tarkin, Orson Krennic, Pong Krell, Keeper Agruss, Dr. Vindi,
Wat Tambor, Riff Tamson, Count Vidian, Gallius Rax, Lozen Tolruc, Fyzen Gor, and Captain Phasma
LEGENDS Canons: Darth Bane, Darth Zannah, Cronal, Omini, Ysanne Isard, T'aa Churne, Moruth Doole, Remart Sasyru, Borborygmous Gog, Cornelius Evazan, Jenna Zan Arbor, Joruus C'boath, Durge, Kul Teska, Chantique of Crucible, Demagol, Haazen, Saul Karath, Chuundar, Darth Nihilus, Dezono Qua, Naga Sadow, Exar Kun, Freedon Nadd, Aleema Keto, Lord Odion, Vul Isen, Darth Krayt, Zenoc Quah, Tor Vizsla, Stafuv Rahz, Montross, Calvk Toth, Darth Jadus, Emperor Vitiate, Toborro the Hutt, Mnggal-Mnggal, X1, Zarien Kheev, and Hethrir

Kingdom Hearts: Master Xehanort/Ansem/Xemnas, Vanitas*, Scar, Judge Frollo, and Cutler Beckett

Harry Potter: Lord Voldemort, Dolores Umbridge, Bellatrix Lestrange, Fenrir Grayback, and Marvolo

Pokemon: Ghetsis Harmonia Gropius, Darkrai (MD), Purple Eyes, Ein/Evice/Nascour, Ardos, Vicious, Grings Kodai, Minister Alva, Dr. Yung*, Hunter J, Cyrus (anime), Marcus (manga), IO, Sird*, Charon (DPA) 

Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend Of Korra: Fire Lord Ozai, Xu Ping An, Yakone*, and Unalaq

Batman: The Joker, Black Mask, Victor Zsasz, James Gordon Jr., Deacon Blackfire, Abattoir,
the Wanderer, Maro Ito, Mayor Cobblepot, the E1 Riddler, Baron Elijah, Montenegro,"Crazy Steve"*, Bianca Steeplechase, Dr. Saul Erdel, Scarecrow*, Owlman*, Tony Zucco, Hugo Strange, Ferris Boyle, the Sewer King, Boss Biggis*, Arkady Duvall, Derek Powers/Blight, White Eyes,William X Malady, etc.

Dragon Ball: Tao Pai Pai*, Freeza, Cell, Babidi, Super Buu, Zamasu, Demigra, and Mechikabura

The Legend Of Zelda: Demise/Ganon*, Majora*, Veran & Onox*, Zant, Ghirahim, and Yuga

Super Mario: The Shadow Queen, Grubba, Dimentio, and King Boo (Luigi's Mansion Games)

Gargoyles: Thailog, Hakon*, Jackal, the Archmage*, Proteus, and Dr. Anton Sevarius

Spider-Man: Norman Osborn/the Green Goblin, Cletus/Carnage, Herbert Landon, the Thousand, Rooftop Ripper, Edward Saks/Venom, Noir Doc Ock, Noir Crime Master, 2099 Vulture, 2099 Venom, WoS!Venom, SD!Mysterio, Luke Carlyle, the Kangaroo (manga), General Wasperus, the Gentleman, etc.

Yu-Gi-Oh!: Gozaburo Kaiba*, Ishtar Sr.*, Yami Marik, Zorc/Yami Bakura, Dartz, Gishiki Noelia, Heishin, DD, King Brron, Tragoedia, Sayer, Lawton, Don Thousand, Jean Michel Roger, and Lightning

Digimon: Myotismon, Machinedramon, Piedmon, the D-Reaper, IceDevimon, Lucemon, Dr. Kurata,
Tactimon, NeoMyotismon, Gravimon, Quartzmon, Daemon, Shinichiro Josaki, and Milleniummon

Superman: Lex Luthor (sometimes), Brainiac, General Zod 2, Mongul, Reactron, Berton, and Darkseid

Final Fantasy: The Emperor Mateus Palamecia, Dr. Lugae, Zemus, Ex-Death*, Kefka Palazzo, JENOVA/Sephiroth, Professor Hojo, President Shinra, Hashmal, Dycedarg Beolve, Gerrith Barington, Judge Bergan, Barthandelus/Galenth Dysley, Gala, Asahi sas Brutus, Larkeicus, and Shinryu
Bravely Default: Ouroborus, Airy, Dr. Quada, and Lord Providence

Sonic The Hedgehog: Dr. Ivo Robotnik*, Dr. Finitevus/Zachary, Dark Enerjak, Kage Von Stryker, Hunter, Black Doom, Mephiles, Ix, Erazor Djinn, Infinite, Metallix, Megatox, Chaos, and the Evil One

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Keel Lorenz

Where Is Carmen Sandiego?: Lee Jordan

Teen Titans: Slade Wilson and Trigon the Terrible

The Powerpuff Girls: Him* (sort of) and Dick Hardly

Darkwing Duck: Negaduck* (sort of) and Taurus Bulba

Death Note: Higuchi, Rod Ross, and Light Yagami/Kira

Slayers: Copy Rezo, Hellmaster Phibrizzo, and Joyrock

Cowboy Bebop: Vicious and Udai Taxim

Tenchi Muyo: Kagato*

El Hazard: Lord Galus*

One Piece: Captain Kuro, Saw-Tooth Arlong*, Wapol*, Musshuru, Sir Crocodile*, Eneru*, Spandam, Shiliew, Akainu, Kaido, Jack, Hody Jones, Caesar Clown, St. Charloss, and Donquixote Doflamingo

Yu Yu Hakusho: Gouki*, Gonzou Tarukane, Sakyo, Elder Toguro, Dr. Ichigaki, and "Kazuya" Sensui*

Sailor Moon: Queen Metalia, Wiseman/Death Phantom, Rubeus* (anime), Professor Tomoe (manga),
Pharaoh 90 (manga), Queen Nehelania (manga), and Chaos*

Studio Ghibli: Colonel Muska and Lord Cob

Blade Of The Immortal: Shira

Baki The Grappler: Yujiro Hanma

Black Lagoon: Chaka of Washimine

Baccano: Fermet, Szilard, and Goose*

Big O: Alan Gabriel and Eugene Grant

Code Geass: Luciano Bradley and V.V.

Cross Ange: Prince Julio Mitsuragi and Embryo

Bakugan: King Zenoheld and Emperor Barodius

Bokurano: Masaru Kodaka and Morihiro Hatagai

Berserk: Griffith/Femto, Emperor Ganishka, Vlad Tepes, Wyald, and the Beast of Darkness*

Speed Grapher: Chief Ekoda, Mizunokuchi, Ran Yurigaoka, and Prime Minister Kamiya

Naruto: Orochimaru*, Hidan, Haido, Kazuma, Disonasu, Shiranami, Tobi!Obito Uchiha, Madara Uchiha*,  Momoshiki Otsutsuki, Ryūki, and Genshō Ryūdōin

Bleach: Grand Fisher, Shrieker, Metastacia, Numb Chandelier, Mayuri Kurostuchi*, Sosuke Aizen,  Szayel Aporro Granz, and Yhwach

Dance In The Vampire Bund: Rozenmann, Ivanoic, Li, Gabe, Radovan Elichenko, and Friar Bolton

Fist Of The North Star: Jagi, Jackal, Jakoh, Joker, Amiba, Ulghur, Emperor Souther, and Mooks*

FullMetal Alchemist: Shou Tucker, Dr. Goldtooth, Zolf Kimbley (anime), Barry the Chopper (anime),
Mugear, Security Chief Atlas, Dietlinde Eckhard, Basque Grand (anime), Envy (anime), Pride (anime), General Hakuro (movie), Dante, and Homunculus/Father

Gundam: Ghiren Zabi, Glemmy Toto*, Colonel Killing, Muruta Azrael, Lord Djibril, Fonse Kagatie, Yazan Gable, Bask Om, Rakan Dahkaran, Gym Ghingham, Ken Tsubarov, Nomoa Long, Dr. Berg, Carozzo "Iron Mask" Ronah, Seidal Rasso, Ali Al Sachez, Ribbons Almark, and Decil Galette

Inu-Yasha: Naraku, Tokajin, Taigokumaru, Mukotsu (manga), Gatenmaru, and the Spider-Head Leader

Pretty Cure: Akudakahn, Gohyaan, Moebius, Joker, Bottom, Kawarino, and the Director of Eternal

Mai_me: The Obsidian Lord, Grand Duke Nagi, John Smith, Tomoe Marguerite, and Manga!Sergey

Legend Of Galactic Heroes: Prince Braunschweig, Rudolf Von Goldenbaum, and Job Truniht*

Jojo's Bizaarre Adventure: Dio Brando, Cioccolata, J. Geil, D'arby, Diavolo, and Angelo

Sword Art Online: Oberon, Red Xaxa, Johnny Black, Gabriel Miller, Quinella, and P.o.A

Black Butler: Lord Trancy, Angela Blanc/Ash Landers, Baron Kelvin, and the Doctor

Cutey Honey: Panther Zora, Sister Jill*, Jewel Princess, Miss Scorpion, and Dolmeck

Devilman: Amon, Candy, Jinmen, Lan Asuka, Satoru, and the Slum King

Elfen Lied: The Unknown Man, Chief Kakuzawa*, and Mayu's Stepfather

Fate/Stay Night/Zero: Caster I, Ryuunosuke Uryuu, and Zouken Matou

Magi Labyrinth Of Magic: Jamil, Arba/Ren Gyouken, and King David

Psycho-Pass: Shogo Makishima, Rikako Oryo, and Toyohisa Senguji

The Rising Of The Shield Hero: Medea Pideth Machina and Idol Rabier

Rave Master: Ogre, Slade, and Shakuma Raregroove

Rurouni Kenshin: Jin-E Udo, Kanryu Takeda, and Gein

Tokyo Ghoul: Rize Kamishiro and Big Madam

Shinzo: Dark Lord Lanancuras

Trigun: Millions Knives (anime)

Kilala Princess: Valdou

Mon Colle Knights: Redda

Moon Phase: Count Kinkel

Mnemosyne: Apos and Sayara

Ninja Scroll: Gemma and Tesssai

Pure Trance: Director Yamazaki

Hajime No Ippou: Bryan Hawke

Gakuen Alice: Principal Kuonji

Gankutsuou: Andrea Cavalcanti

Gurren Lagann: The Anti Spiral*

Attack On Titan: Sgt. Major Gross

I's: The Marionette King

Dururara!!: Izumi Ran

Black Cat: The Doctor

Blood+: Amshel Goldsmith

Bubblegum Crisis: J. Largo

Claymore: Roxanne Lovehate

Cyber Six: Dr. Von Reichter

Defense Devil: Elimona

Eureka 7: Dewey Novak

Kill la Kill: Ragyo Kiryuin

Freezing: Louis LBridgette*

Fruits Basket: Ren Sohma

Future Diary: Mr. Funatsu

Full Metal Panic: Gauron and Mr. Gates

Go-Lion: Emperor Daibazaal and Prince Sincline

Guilty Crown: Shuichiro Keido and Segai Walz Makoto

Akame Ga Kill: Prime Minister Honest, Syura, Champ, and Uncle Bill

Date A Live: Sir Isaac Ray Pelham Westcott and the False Kaguya Yamai

Fairy Tail: Jose, Zancrow, Jackal, Acnologia, Faust, Zash Caine, and Green Leader

Fushigi Yuugi: Miboshi, Tenkou, and the Emperor of Kutou

Hellsing: The Major, Zorin Blitz, Herr Doktor, and Incognito

Higurashi: Nomura, Teppei Houjo, and the Orphanage Staff Leader

Katekyo Hitman Reborn: Byakuran and Daemon Spade*

Legend Of The Blue Waters: Captain Continental

Legend Of Himiko: Lord Shikara

My Bride Is A Mermaid: Lord Yoshiuo

High School Of The Dead: Mr. Shidou

Last Exile: Maestro Delphine Eraclea

Macross Frontier: Dr. Grace O'Connor

Monster: Johan Freaking Leibert

Monster Rancher: Evil Moo

Outlaw Star: Lord Hazanko

Princess Resurrection: Severin

Ronin Warriors: Emperor Talpa

Record Of Lodoss War: Wagnard

Revolutionary Girl Utena: Akio Ohtori

Rosario To Vampire: Gyokuro Shuzen

Rose Of Versailles: Jeanne and the Duke

Magic Knight Rayearth: Lady Debonair

Tokyo Tribes: Lord Buppa and Jadakins

Twin Star Exorcists: Yuuto Ijika

The Sacred Seven: Dr. Kenmi

School Days: Taisuke Sanaga*

St Seiya: Cancer Deathmask*

Samurai Champloo: Mukuro

Soul Eater: Medusa Gorgon
Soul Eater Not: Shaula Gorgon

SSSS Gridman: Alexis Kerib

20th Century Boys: Friend(s)

Tokyo Mew Mew: Deep Blue

Wolfen Crest: Haguro Dou

Wolfsmund: Lord Wolfram

Yami No Matsuei: Dr. Muraki

Umineko: Bernkastel and Black Battler

Zatch Bell: Zofis, Clear Note*, Eshroth*, Dr. Hakase*, and Roberto Vile

Hannibal Series: "The Red Dragon"*, Buffalo Bill, and Mason Verger

Highlander Series: The Kurgan, Kane, Xavier St. Cloud, Felicia Martins, Kalas, Kern, Ernst Daimler, Kronos, Morgan Walker, and Lord Kortan

Goosebumps: Slappy, Mr. Toggle, King Robert, the Dollmaker, Oswald Manse, Tuttan-Rha/Ahmed, Shadow-Dan, Karl Knave, Karloff Mennis/the Menace, and Madison Storm

Gotham: Jerome Valeska, Jeremiah Valeska, Francis Dollmaker, Hugo Strange, and Professor Pyg

Discworld: Carcer, Captain Swing, Johnny Teatime, Vorbis, Duchess, and Wolfgang Von Uberwald

The Dresden Files: Heinrich Kemmler, Nicodemus Archelone, Lord Raith, Capiorcus, and Kukulcan

Doctor Who: Davros, the Master, John Lumic, Mr. Crane, Rassilon, House, Koquillion/Bennett, the Beast, Madame Kovarian, Xanxia, Sutekh, the Great Intelligence, Mrs. Gillyflower, Nigel Rochester, Wendle Marr, Lord Sutcliffe, Thawn, Salamander, Morgus, Gavrok, the Marshall, and Max Capricorn

Star Trek: Redjac, Melakon, Gorgon, Lore, Kivas Fajo, Jev, Gul Dukat, Dolim, the Borg Queen, Jefferson Briggs, Pitkemeni, Enab, Sho'Tokh, Prime Minister Kinchawn, Colonel Hakeev, Legate Matan, Colonel Adrik Thorsen, Melkor, T'Uerell, Admiral Vlict Kenka, and Dr. Ies Breddell

Power Rangers: Dark Specter, Darkonda, Deviot, Queen Bansheera, Dr. Viktor Adler/Master Org, Mesogog, Omni the Magnificence, Octomus the Master, Flurious, Kamdor, Venjix, Master Xandread, Serrator, Vrak, Lord Arcanon, Singe, Lord Drakkon, and '17 Film!Rita Repulsa

Game Of Thrones: Joffrey Baratheon, Ser Gregor Clegane, Ramsay Bolton, Euron Greyjoy, Craster, Lord Vargo Hoat, Rorge, Aerys Targaryen, Maegor Targaryen, Walder Frey*, Karl Tanner, and Other*

Stephen King: IT, Randall Flagg, Jim Rennie, Norman, Percy Wetmoore*, Wild Bill,, Kurt Barlow, William Stacker, Warden Norton, Bogs Diamond, Jack Mort, the Hitler Bros., Leland Gaunt, Atropos, Ebenezer Gottreich, Todd Bowden, Sunlight Gardner, Morgan of Orris, the Fisherman, the Overlook, and various SK Bullies

Shakespeare: Iago, Richard III, and Aaron the Moor*

Once Upon A Time: King Xavier*, Jafar, and Peter Pan

The Haunted Mansion: Atticus Thorne and the Phantom

The Hunger Games: President Snow and President Coin*

Stranger Things: The Mind Flayer and Dr. Martin Brenner

Buffyverse: Angelus, Lothos, Zachary Kralik, Caleb, Darin, Matthias, Marcus, Ryan, and Billy Blim

Ace Attorney: Manfred von Karma, Matt Engarde, Dahlia Hawethorne, Quercus Alba, Blaise Debeste, Kristoph Gavin, the Phantom, and Ga'rran Sigatar Khura'in

Alice Madness Returns: Dr. Bumby / The Dollmaker

Blaz Blue: Yuuki Terumi, Relius Clover, and Hades Izanami

Breath Of Fire: Yuna, Rasso, and Habaruku

The Legend Of Dragoon: Melbu Frahnmah

Dangan Ronpa: Junko Enoshima / Monokuma

Higanbana: Yoshihito Kanamori and Nafumi Shintani

Mortal Kombat: Shang Tsung, Shao Khan, Quan Chi, and Shinnock

Fire Emblem: Duke Lang, Gharnef, Desaix, Jedah, Queen Hilda, Manfroy, Sonia Reed, Ephidel, Lundgrn, Valter, Riev, Formortiis, Izuka, Lekain, Ashnard, Validar, Grima, Excellus, Algol, Hans, Iago, King Oskar, Velezark, Surtr, Thales, Solon, and Yaysufusa Hatanaka

Assassin's Creed: Majd Addin, Rodrigio Borgia, Marco Barbarigo, Warren Vidie, Pierre de Fayet, Maxwell Roth, Tobias Jeffers, Reginald Birch, Edward Baddock, William Stoughton, The Embalmer, Gaius Julio Rufio, Tomas de Torquemada, Flavius Metellus, and Chrysis

Batman Arkham: The Joker, the Penguin, Johnathan Crane/Scarecrow, Victor Zsasz, Hugo Strange, Ferris Boyle, and Julian Day/Calendar Man

Dragon Quest: Amon, Bishop Ladja, Mortamor, Blackmar, Orgodemir, the Cardinal Sin, Rhapthorne, King Godwyn, and the Gloomnivore

Dead Rising: Brock Mason, Jo Slade, Tyrone King, Marian Mallon, Albert Contiello, and Hemlock

Grand Theft Auto: Donald Love, Ned Burner, Sgt. Martinez, Dimitri, Ray Bulgarin, and Billy Gray

Mega Man: Dr. Weil, Ra Moon, Sigma, Magma Dragoon, Silver Horn, Dr. Regal, Shademan EXE, Sirrius, Gemini, Joker, Mr. King, Dr. Wily (Ruby Spears), Lord Wily, Slur, Pat Springs, and Megaman DS

RuneScape: Sigmund, King Lathas Ardignas, Lord Iowerth, Amascut, Bandos, Sliske, and Drakan

Red Dead Redemption: Agustin Allende, Randall Forrester, Henry Favours, and Micah Bell

Resident Evil: Ozwell E. Spencer, Brian Irons, Albert Wesker, and Vincent Goldman

Ratchet & Clank: Chairmen Drek, Dr. Nefarious, and Gleeman Vox

Jak And Daxter: Baron Praxis, Metal Kor, and Count Veger

Call Of Duty: Al-Asad, Vladimir Makarov, and Dragovich

Metal Gear: Colonel Volgin, Wiseman, and Sundowner

Star Fox: Andross, Pigma Dengar, General Scales, and the Aparoid Queen

Metroid: Ridley, Gorea, and Dark Samus

Mass Effect: Henry Lawson and Dr. Saleon

Max Payne: Nicole Horne and Victor Branco

BioShock: Sander Cohen and Frank Fontaine

InFamous: Bertrand and Brooke Augustine

Nintendo Wars: Caulder and Grayfield

Prince Of Persia: The Vizier/Zurvan

Skies Of Arcardia: Admiral Galcian*

The Legacy Of Kain: The Elder God

Five Nights At Freddy's: William Afton

Tomb Raider: Eckhart

Castlevania: Actrise

Cave Story: The Doctor

Dark Chronicle: Flotsam

Devil May Cry: Arkham

Gears Of War: Queen Myrrah

God Of War: Ares* (originally)

.Hack: Sakaki

Halo: Ord Casto

Kid Icarus: Hades*

Kirby: The Nightmare

Jade Empire: Sun Li

Lunar: Lord Zophar

Manhunt: Lionel

Mother 3: King P

Myst IV: Sirrus

Prototype: Alex Mercer

RosenkreuzStillete: Iris Sepperin

Silent Hill: Dalia Gillespie

Sly Cooper: Clockwerk/La

Spyro The Dragon: Malefor

Street Fighter: M. Bison*

System Shock: SHODAN

Suokiden: Neclord and Luca Blight

Tales Of Destiny: Barbatos Goetia

Tales Of Legendia: Vaclav and Solon

Tales Of the Abyss: Grand Maestro Mohs

Thief: High Priest Karras and Gamall

Valkyria Chronicles: Baldren Gassenarl

Xenogears: Miang Hawwa

Xenosaga: Voyager and Dmitri Yuriev

Xenoblade: Zanza, Dickson, Metal Face, Xord, and Alex

Warcraft: Gul'dan, Dr. Theolen Krastinov, and Deathwing

BIONICLE: Makuta Teridax, Mutran, Roodaka, Pridak, Tuyet, Annona, and the Shadowed One

2000 AD: Judge Death, Kazan, Sabbat, President Booth, Lord Karkossa, Tomas de Torquemada, etc.

Valiant Comics: Master Darque, Erica Pierce/Mothergod, Dr. Eclipse, Ax, Papa Juju, Proteus, Rexo, Joe Earl & Thelma Archer, the Immortal Enemy, the Malev Emperor, the Deathsmith, Dr. Silk, Khan, Mr. Twist, Hideyoshi Iwatsu, Emil Sosa, Tom Higdon, Denis de Walt, Lord Ivros, Babel, and "Daddy"

X-Men: The Shadow King, Sabretooth, Riptide, Scalphunter, Blockbuster, Malice, Graydon Creed, William Stryker, Mr. Sinister, Apocalypse, Cassandra Nova, Zander Rice, Fabian Cortez, Proteus, Omega Red, Donald Pierce, Vulcan, Craig, Adrienne Frost, Selene, Romulus, Cyber, Jonston Coffin, Sebastian Shaw, Ultimate Magneto, Ultimate Deadpool, Ultimate John Wraith, and various others*

DC: The Anti-Monitor, Alexander Luthor, Vandal Savage, Mister Mind, Lord Aratsu, Reverse Flash, Gorilla Grodd, Nekron, Krona, Dr. Light, Dr. Destiny, Dr. Psycho, Dr. Poison, Genocide, Felix Faust, Lono, Harm, Prometheus, Malefic, Blanx, Tao, Anton Arcane, Ragdoll, Junior, Superboy Prime, etc.

Marvel: Red Skull, Obadiah Stane, Purple Man, Senora, Annihilus, Bullseye, Dormammu, Mephisto,
Red King, Maestro, Malekith, Cobweb, Redstone, Hybrid, Ultron, Baron Von Strucker, Thanos*,  etc.

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Obadiah Stane, Glenn Talbot (game) Johann Schmidt, Aldrich Killian, Malekith the Accursed (game), Ronan the Accuser, Ego, Hela, Quentin Beck/Mysterio, John Garrett, Daniel Whitehall, Kevin "Kilgrave" Thompson, William J. Rawlins III, and Andre Deschaine/D'Spayre

Arrowverse: Count Vertigo I, the Dollmaker, Khem-Adam, Count Vertigo II, General Shrieve, Anarky, Zoom, Indigo, Vandal Savage, Benatu Eshu, Jacob Shaw, and "The Man"

Image: Billy Kincaid, Mammon, and Violator

Scott Pilgrim vs The World: Gideon Graves

Sin City: Kevin and Roark Jr.

AT4W/TGWTG: Mechakara

Astro Boy: President Stone

Animals Of Farthing Wood: Scarface

Adventure Time: The Lich and Dr. Gross

American Dragon: The Huntsman and the Dark Dragon

The Boondocks: Ed Wuncler Sr.s and Lamilton T'shawn

Captain Planet: Verminous Skumm, Zarm, and the Fuhrer

Class Of The Titans: Cronus

Code Lyoko: XANA

Danny Phantom: Dark Danny

DuckTales: General Lunaris

Gravity Falls: Bill Cipher

Hot Wheels BF5: Krytus

Oban Star Racers: Canaletto

Rainbow Brite: Dark Princess

Reboot: Megabyte*(post-Gigabyte)

Skeleton Warriors: Baron Dark

The Story Keepers: Nihilus and Nero*

Xcalibur: Prince Bragan and Kwodahn

Tron Uprising: General Tesler and Pavel

She-Ra: Princesses Of Power: Horde Prime

He-Man (2012 comic): Skeletor and Hordak

Space Ghost (2005 comic): Temple and Zorak

Thundercats (2011): Grune and Mumm-Ra*

Winx Club: The Wizards Of The Black Circle

Green Lantern: Atrocitus and the Anti-Monitor

Huntik: Secrets And Seekers: The Betrayer

How To Train Your Dragon: Drago Bludvist and Grimmel the Grisly

Voltron: Legendary Defender: Commander Sendak

Antz: General Mandibile

Shrek: Rumpelstiltskin*

Kung Fu Panda: Tong Fo*

Monsters VS Aliens: Gallaxhar*

Cubix: Robots For Everyone: Kilobot

Pirates Of Dark Water: The Dark Dweller

Galaxy Rangers: The Queen Of The Crown

Eon Kid: The General, Scar, and Dr. Chen

SWAT Kats: Dark Kat, Mutilor, and Dr. Viper

Max Steel: Mr. Dread, Makino, Psycho, and Mortum

Mighty Max: Skullmaster, Spike, and Dr. MacDougal

Exo-Squad: Phaeton, General Draconis, and Dr. Ketzer

Inhumanoids: Metlar, D'Compose, and Blackthorne Shore

My Little Pony: Lord Tirac, King Lavan, and King Sombra*

Roswell Conspiracies: Aeseri Twins, Lord Hanek, and Wraith

Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force GO!: Mandarin and Ma & Pa Sheenko

GI Joe: Cobra Commander (sometimes), Blitz Krieger, Golobulus, Chimera, Skullbuster, Dr. Venom, Vance Wingfield, Iron Klaw, Inferno, Zartan, and Dr. Mindbender

Ben 10: Vilgax*, Kevin 11000*, Z'skayr, Zombozo*, Aggregor, Diagon*, Malware*, and Maltruant

Generator Rex: Van Kleiss, Hunter Cain, Branden Moses, and Quarry

Jonny Quest: Elise Lenoir, James Compton, and Dja'Lang Mukharno

Conan The Adventurer: Set, Wrath-Amon, Baron Sharto, and the Master

Courage the Cowardly Dog: Katz, Fusilli, and Mad Dog

Codename Kids Next Door: Grandfather and Chester*

Samurai Jack: The High Priestess and the Dominator

Sym-Biotic Titan: General Modula and the Traitor

The Real Ghostbusters: The Grundel, Piper, and Surt

Men in Black -the Series: Alpha and Vangus

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Meldar Prime*

Star VS The Forces Of Evil: Seth of Septarsis*

Ed, Edd, And Eddy: Eddy's Brother

Over The Garden Wall: The Beast

Totally Spies: Helga Von Guggen

Martin Mystery: The Gatekeeper

The Secret Saturdays: VV Argost

The Venture Brothers: Dr. Impossible*

Scooby Doo: Jacques, Professor Pericles*/the Nibiru Entity, and Rufus T. Dinkley

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bloodsucker, Skonk, Savanti Romero, Mr. Null, Lord Dregg,
Ch'rell, Tengu Shredder, Dr. Falco/Rat King, Kraang Prime, Kavaxas, and 90's Film!Shredder

Transformers: Megatron (sometimes), Galvatron, Unicron, Tarantulus, Lockdown, Meltdown, Overlord, Silas Bishop, Airachnid, Pharma, King Nergill, Lord Chumly, Ultra Magnus, Froid, Devil Z, Sideways, Flatline, Megatronus Prime/the Fallen, Dylan Gould, Harold Attinger, and Sentinel Prime*

Young Justice: Lord Orm, Frederick DeLamb, Count Vertigo, Klarion, and Granny Goodness

Non-Disney Animation: Jenner, Hexxus, Steele, Lord Barkis Bittern, Dag, Thrax, Red, Belladonna,
the Creeper, Black Wolf, Antonia Chillingsworth, Empress Sedessa, One-Eye, Archibald Snatcher,
the Beldlum, Injurin' Joe, Bryagh, Nekron, Zygon, Erzebet Ondrushko, Mok Swagger, Ares, Xenoz, etc.

Literature: Bob Ewell, Grendel, Thenardier, Capricorn, Sir Mordred, Ms. Trunchbull, Kenny Kane, Dracula, Darken Rahl, Cal Roberts, Abdiel, Hel, Horrabin, Kronos, Mumtaz, Napoleon, Rasheed, etc.

Live Action TV: John Harrison, Kevin Carrol, Gary Matheson, Nina Meyers, Ramone Salazar, Habib Marwan, Abu Mayed, Philip Bauer, Michael Cambias, Lord Drusella, Ulkesh, Brother Cavil, Helena Cain, Phelan, Howard Epps, the Gravedigger, Gormogon, Daniel Shaw, Philip Stroh, Roger Stimple, John Smith, Gloria Hodge, Patrick Logan, Jordan Chase, Harry Morgan, Nolan Kinnard, Gaohm, Andrew Jenkins, The Man In Black, Baron Bloody, Red John, Vernon Schillinger, Timmy Kirk, William Cudney, Alastair Crane, Helen Cutter, Sherrif of Nottingham, Nubis, Wayne Callison, Jim Moriarty, Armadillo Quintero, Dr Foster, Desaad, Livia Soprano, Richie Aprile, Eben, Repli-Cater, Dick Roman, Gunther Lutze, Leo Johnson, Mercer Hayes, Walter Sykes, Heisenberg!Walter White*, Jack Welker, Frank Underwood, Marlo Stanfield, Lilith, Lucifer, Emil Dornvald, Killer BOB, the CSM, the 456, etc.

Film: Scorpio Killer, Amon Goeth, John Doe, Captain Vidal, Harry Powell, Max Cady, Howard Payne, Frank Booth, Mr. Blonde, Colonel Tavington, Anton Chigurh, Noah Cross, John Ryder, Sunny Jim, Dick Jones and Clarence Boddicker, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Krug, Ghostface, Mr. Potter, Patrick Bateman, Henry Evans, Rhoda Penmark, Sarris, Nurse Ratched, Harry Roat, Commodus, Molaram, Judge Turpin and Beadle Bamford, Christian Szell, Alejandro Sosa and Hector the Toad, Harry Lime, Norman Stansfield, Edwin Epps, Koba, Azazel, most Demons, Gangsters, Nazis, etc.

There are actually a lot more examples in all media, but I don't need to list them all. For any other villains I missed, it's worth remembering to run them through the Complete Monster criteria test.
And if more than one criteria isn't met, then the villain is not this trope. But these guys that I have listed here I feel most definitely are, so this here's a tribute to some of fictions' greatest monsters.

8 comments:

  1. I think what would have pushed Syndrome into Complete Monster territory is if we knew what he would have been like as a "hero."

    As we see Syndrome is incredibly carless as a hero, instead of setting the gas truck down, he throws it behind him without any thought for who might've been standing there. Syndrome could fight the Omnidroid so carelessly that he endangers lives further to the point where the authorities get involved, they tell him to stop, then Syndrome throws a tantrum and attacks the police causing even more damage, not unlike Scar who turned out to be a crap king and turns on anybody who challenges or criticises him.
    It could also give Syndrome a more plausible reason to be distracted when the Omnidroid turns on him; yes, it's characteristic of Syndrome to pose dramatically, but for me it was just a bit too silly.

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    1. That's kind of what I thought should have happened - instead of getting embraced as a new superhero like he thought, he's met with scorn and criticism of his irresponsible actions and he feels "they can't give me flak about how I do things - I'm the HERO!", resulting in him trying to forcibly silence his critics, the police included. Also I would've liked elaboration on Syndrome pretty much knowing he'd be selling his weapons off to irresponsible people who might misuse their powers, leading to possibly the downfall of mankind, but not caring, which is the double meaning behind "when everyone is super, no one will be."

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    2. I re-watched the "Life, The Negaverse and Everything" episode Darkwing Duck and I think that this would have been a golden opportunity to make Negaduck a Complete Monster 100%, in my opinion, it should have been a 2-parter to really get across what Negaduck is like in his own environment. The thing with Negaduck, is that while he's intimidating, he's not frightening, especially when compared with Tauras Bulba or Darkwarrior Duck. A lot of things about him in that episode are implied, including the idea that he abused NegaGosalyn. To make him a 100% Complete Monster, they'd have to throw all clarity to the wind and show him terrorising the city or intimidating NegaGosalyn, heck, you could risk a bit of Offstage Villainy and have a backstory where Taurus Bulba was a Mayor who cracked down on crime, but Negaduck killed him, mirroring the events of "Darkly Dawns the Duck."

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    3. That's the one episode that came closest to playing him as a straight-up Monster rather than a parody of the trope, but yeah, since it was only one episode and his worst aspects and actions were implicit, it couldn't quite get him on the same level as Taurus Bulba. "The Powerpuff Girls" has a similar case, but replace Negaduck with Him, "Life, The Negaverse, and Everything" with "Speed Demon", and Taurus Bulba with Dick Hardly.

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  2. I recently watched the Jimmy Neutron episode "Win, Loose or Kaboom!" and I can definitely see what it would take to make Meldar Prime a 100% Complete Monster.
    To expand on what you said about The Powerpuff Girls and Darkwing Duck, I think the decision to make Dick Hardly a one-off villain and give Taurus Bulba few appearances was a good move from a writing perspective, it helps their episodes stand on their own with their darker subject matter without compromising the light hearted tone of the show. "Win, Loose or KaBoom!" tries to do something similar with Meldar Prime, but a lot of his threat relies on Off-screen Villainy, we're told that Intergalactic Showdown has been going on for a long time, but we never actually see the direct results of it. To make Meldar a 100% CM, you'd have to take the risky move and have him destroy a planet, which I thought would happen when he mentions that races that lose two games rarely win. Not only would it make the episode more darker, it would give Jimmy more motivation to swallow his pride and rely on his friends, hell, take it a step further and have the Brains lose their planet, for all their intellectual advantage, it proves useless without teamwork. As it is, the episode is just as goofy as the rest, the only dark moment is the illusion of their home, which isn't a direct result of Meldar Prime.
    On a different topic, Lex Luthor, Cobra Commander and Megatron are sometimes a CM. Any particular iterations? I know Beast Wars Megatron and Resolute Cobra Commander fit the bill, but no Lex Luthors spring to mind.

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    1. The entire nature of Meldar's game show and some of the things he did and said were actually pretty dark already, in contrast to the whole rest of the special's silly tone, but they really should have let him go all out instead of neutering his evilness to being almost all talk.

      Renegades Cobra Commander and live action movie Cobra Commander also qualify, as does Megatron/Galvatron in the Unicron Trilogy. As for Luthor, in very, very, VERY few comics has he been depicted as one, and he came dangerously close to qualifying in the movies of all places, even with Gene Hackman's version.

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  3. I think I understand why Professor Pericles can be considered a Complete Monster. The common counter argument is that he was being controlled by the Nibiru Entity, but if one actually reads between the lines, it's not that simple. With the other animals before Pericles and Scooby, it seemed like they were simply doing what was necessary to bring the Entity closer to being freed, whereas Pericles was more calculating and intelligent and went to even greater lengths such as killing Hot Dog Waters in cold blood and putting poisoned larvae in Ricky's spine to torture him if he steps out of line. And of course there's the moment where he orders the citizens of Crystal Cove killed when he's done with them as slave labour and you can't say the Nibiru Entity wanted that, because he needed to devour human beings to grow powerful enough to break free of his sarcophagus and given his sadistic glee in devouring people and that sacrificing live souls are generally a common trope with evil gods and entities, I think it's safe to assume that the Entity wanted/needed the nearest population of people (Crystal Cove) alive to devour them. So even if Pericles in the post-Nibiru reality was a more benevolent character, the Pericles in the reality of the other 51 and a half episodes was sadistic, power-hungry and diabolical.

    P.S. Who is OZ in the "Live TV" section? I can look up the other examples and know who to look for, but this one, I keep drawing a blank. Thanks.

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    1. Exactly. The series' YMMV page has a detailed entry that pretty much states that Nibiru reality Pericles was a Complete Monster but the only thing that made him one was the entity's very existence. Pericles, of all characters, being so completely different in a reality where the entity never existed, is the ultimate proof of what a Monster the entity was.

      I honestly have no idea - I think it stood for something that I forgot. Maybe having to do with the show "Oz?"

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