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 Osborn 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. This also of course extends to all of the individual Four Powers and their many servants.

  • The chief manifestations of the Four Powers. They are also known as the "Daemons of Chaos". So yeah, pretty unambiguous.

  • Really just more of the same.

  • While all of the Four Powers are Chaotic Evil, I feel like Khorne still fits it the best by virtue of just representing total, unmitigated, homicidal rage and bloodlust.

  • As both a Chaos Space Marine AND a dedicated servant to Khorne, this shouldn't be a surprise.

  • The current head honcho of the Space Marines. And while almost comically incompetent and inept, he's still pretty dang evil, with the bad habit of destroying the fleets of subordinates who have disappointed him.

  • Described as a "raving psychopath who revels in bloodshed". I think that kind of says it all right there.

  • The humans who have pledged themselves to the Four Powers and all of their depravations.

  • More of the above.

  • My personal favorite of the Four Powers and the one who embodies the mercurial, ever changing aspect of chaos. He's still plenty evil though, although interestingly he is also the God of Hope as well as evil things, suggesting there's maybe some small measure of good in him.

  • Slaanesh on the other hand, is the absolute most depraved of all of the Four Powers (and that's saying a lot). Basically, think the idea of "interplay between sex and violence", only with someone who could never tell the difference. Yeah.

  • Spreads rot, disease, and decay across the galaxy. And while chillingly affable in spite of it all, Nurgle is still very much evil, though perhaps still slightly less so than the other three.

  • Per being a sadistic, homicidal and destructive evil clown in the vein of the Joker. Only much more powerful. Not a great combination.

  • At least in Final Fantasy Dissidia, where he seeks to absorb everything into himself so that nothing will exist anymore. Basically an Omnicidal Maniac.

  • Sought to destroy the whole multiverse. Just because.

  • While he is the ruler of Apokolips and from his position of power does evil, his goals are so far in the Omnicidal Maniac direction that I still feel he has to be this in the end.

  • Among other things has committed rape and murder for no apparent reason beyond simple sadism.

  • A rather nihilistic supervillain who seems to be quite into destruction as well, considering he nuked Coast City into oblivion. And in Superman's name no less.

  • And here we all thought Cyborg Superman was bad. THIS evil Superman manages to destroy an alternate Earth and before that went on a serious killing spree in Infinite Crisis and intended to create a new Big Bang. Yeah, he's kind of nuts. Bit of a brat too.

  • An utterly homicidal force of destruction that blazes a path of said destruction wherever he goes. He is also by and large much too mindless to do much else.

  • As a villainous version of the Hulk, he has all of the Jade Green giant's capacity for destruction, but none of his ethics or restraint. Not a great combo.

  • The Ultimate Marvel universe version due to being the very kind of destructive monster Hulk has always been accused of being in-universe.

  • The Ultimate Marvel universe version becomes this by way of being a sadistic genocidal supervillain who tries to exterminate "inferior species" and actually did pretty much wipe out the Asgardians, as well as nuking Washington DC.

  • Also the Ultimate Marvel universe by way of being a sadistic and merciless Anti-American terrorist who also murders Jarvis and Hawkeye's family.

  • Ditto.

  • What is it with the Ultimate Marvel universe turning characters into this alignment? In fairness though 616 Deadpool was also this in his early years before being turned into the lovable (but still psychotic) goofball he is now.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • While and 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.

  • 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? And speaking of Mileena's admirer...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The animated version at least, considering he planned to destroy the entire multiverse.

  • The sadistic and rather bloodthirsty right-hand man of Master Xehanort. Considering that he's pretty much "made of evil", or at the very least, negative emotions, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise.

  • 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.

  • After losing her marbles.

  • The sadistic, power-hungry, and egomaniacal Black Queen of the Hellfire Club, who's pretty agreeable to killing as many people as she needs to keep herself going, but is also not at all averse to committing some random cruelty on the side.

  • Let's see...sadist, nihilist, terrorist, neo-nazi, mass murderer...yeah, I'd say she's a pretty evil lady.

  • Another unrepentant homicidal maniac and sociopath from the pages of DC Comics.

  • A fiendish and sadistic mirror-image of Wonder Woman, the animated version fits this particularly well on the account of 1) Outright admitting to being a murdering psychopath, and 2) actively helping Owlman in his plan to destroy the multiverse.

  • In Justice League the Flashpoint Paradox and Frank Miller's All-Star Batman and Robin, with both versions of Diana being turned into what I like to call a Feminazi.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • A bunch of torture-happy sadists who view said torture the way we view art. They manage to easily rival the Four Powers and their hordes as the absolute most messed up characters in the Warhammer 40k universe, and that's saying quite a bit.

  • Think basically the Terminators on steroids. It's even reflected in their character designs. Outright working for death-mongering beings called the C'tan, they serve as one of the two Omnicidal Maniac races in Warhammer 40k, the other one being...

  • ...these guys. Basically a never-ending horde of gigantic, super-powerful parasites that are always, always hungry. And they ain't picky about what they eat either.

  • Space zombies that seem pretty hell-bent on wiping out all other life in the Galaxy.

  • The central consciousness of the Flood and the one who directs the legions of the alien parasites in their quest to wipe out all other life in the universe.

  • A psychopath who became the Arbiter after disgracing himself on the account of his unrestrained bloodlust. He only obeys the Prophets because he really has no other choice, and clearly respects no one else's authority, at one point punching out an Elite Zealot on practically a whim. All in all not exactly a cheerful person.

  • Pretty much the Orcs and Uruk-hai of the Halo universe, being an incredibly violent, brutal, and bloodthirsty species that prior to being found by the Covenant was always stuck in a state of warfare, as whenever a Brute Chieftain WAS successfully brought to power, he would also get challenged by other Brutes for dominance. Basically just non-stop fighting and brutality with these guys. They also eat people.

  • 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.

  • He did destroy a planet pretty much on a whim after all, and even characters in-universe take note of how much of an unrestrained and messy psychopath he is.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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".

  • 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 species-wide 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.

  • While Mass Effect 3 does try to show that not ALL Vorcha are this, it's clear that the majority of this violent, mean-spirited, and misanthropic race fit this alignment quite nicely.

  • 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.

  • The Mass Effect universe's answer to vampires, with Morinth being a sadistic and sociopathic serial killer who enjoys sucking her victims dry of their vitality and life, feeling a sense of empowerment when she murders people. Needless to say, you can see why her mother wants to stop her. And to think some people actually feel sorry for this psycho.

  • A rather bloodthirsty and hot-tempred psycho who also has a pretty pronounced disdain for men. Real charmer.

  • Technically listed as True Neutral, but her being part of a Druidic order that are basically eco-terrorists who would kill you just for stepping on an ant-hill makes her more this alignment. And seriously, just look at that character portrait. It tells you all you need to know.

  • Honestly he comes off as more comedically crazy than disturbingly so, but he does also have megalomaniacal delusions of grandeur and the game lists him as this alignment so...

  • Honestly with this one I think his character portrait tells you what you need to know.

  • Talk about your complete misanthropes. Korgan hates almost everyone else and makes no secret about it. He also likes fighting and violence and is really just totally mean-spirited and largely bereft of a conscience so...yeah.

  • Even after being resurrected and potentially joining your party he remains firmly this alignment, being determined to attain his father Bhaal's power by basically being even MORE bloodthirsty and destructive.

  • 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.