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Complete Monster-Marvel Multiverse

Part II of my Complete Monster lists, this time for Marvel ones.

As the name implies, a Complete Monster is a villain who is pure, irredeemably evil, sufficiently heinous in relation to their peers, and bereft of many moments of genuine kindness, compassion, or remorse. There is ultimately nothing sympathetic about these characters, though there is a bit of a divide between the ones who can at least be called "cool", and the ones who just aren't. Either way, they're still pure evil.

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  • 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!

  • The MCU version, who creates AIM, tests the Extremesis virus on people despite the harmful (and fatal) side-effects, and goes to EXTREME lengths to spite Tony Stark JUST because the guy pulled a mean joke on him once (which does not count as a sympathetic backstory).

  • He tries to kill all life in the universe and actually does manage to destroy quite a few planets.

  • A genocidal despot who wants to wipe out and/or enslave humanity simply because he views them as inferior.

  • Despite being one of Marvel's answers to the Joker, despite killing for sheer enjoyment via putting people in elaborate death traps, despite having no sympathetic backstory...616 Arcade ISN'T this. Reason being that, twisted as he is, he does have a sense of fair play. The Age of X version on the other hand, IS a Complete Monster. Lacking the 616 version's sense of fair play, he kills Mutant prisoners in large numbers at the government's behest and even using another Mutant (Scott Summers) to do it. Yep. So sadistic that he has one Mutant kill others with his own powers against his will.

  • 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...

  • Including in "Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes". This is a dude 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.

  • Even with a Freudian Excuse, the MAX version is still sufficiently deplorable that he nevertheless fits this.

  • 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.

  • Age of Apocalypse version, in contrast to the lovable regular Beast. Think Mr. Sinister in Beast's body.

  • The Ultimate Marvel universe version who murders Hawkeye's family, frames Captain America for it, helps an army of supervillains invade America, and murders Jarvis and mocks Tony's loss. Her death at Hawkeye's hands was incredibly deserved and satisfying.

  • 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). The MAX version is also a Complete Monster.

  • Cancerverse version, in contrast to the heroic and noble mainstream version.

  • Just to drive this home, this guy was serving ELEVEN consecutive life sentences for mass murder BEFORE getting a symbiote.

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

  • Though normally a lovable (if not also completely insane and mildly psychotic) goofball, in the Ultimate Marvel universe he's a sadist who hunts and kills mutants on live TV...for being mutants. There's also the version from "Deadpool kills the Marvel Universe" and the sequels to that story.

  • Normally a very sympathetic villain, the Spider-Man Noir version, who is a Nazi scientist that hates black people and kidnaps and tortures and experiments on them, is very much this.

  • 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.

  • 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 Spider-Man: Reign version, who is known as "Edward Saks" rather than Eddie Brock.

  • Not the Marvel Zombies version actually, but the 616 version is.

  • The version seen in a Hulk video game that is meant to be part of the MCU but is also Non-Canon. Nevertheless, that video game's version of Talbot is a Complete Monster.

  • 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.

  • In Avengers Assemble it is revealed that he destroyed his own planet for rejecting him and when the Avengers oppose him he not only tries to kill them, but he tries to outright murder an innocent child just for standing up to him. Yes, he claims to be well-intentioned, but it's clear based on his above actions that he's just a petty, genocidal hypocrite.

  • 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.

  • The MAX version, who is even more brutal and sadistic than his 616, Ultimate, and especially MCU counterparts and also lacking the sympathetic qualities and traits of both. No sophisticated Affably Evil crime boss here.

  • Sometimes, depending on the writer. The 616 version ultimately bounces back from this, and seems to (arguably) have genuine feelings for both Silver Samurai and Spider-Woman (different kind of feelings mind you).

  • Evil Hulk from an alternate future who rules it with an iron fist and killed all other superheroes. Granted, he does try to invoke a sympathetic backstory, but whether or not he actually has one isn't clear.

  • Ultimate Marvel version, who flooded New York City and killed scores of people (including most of the X-Men), views humans as insects that need to be exterminated (reminiscent of Apocalypse and the Nazis both), breaks his son's legs for questioning him, and was also responsible for crippling Charles Xavier when the latter realized he was crazy. Even his normally sympathetic backstory of being a Holocaust survivor does not apply here, as Ultimate Magneto was raised in America, and never experienced the Holocaust.

  • So vile that even his fellow Dark Elves hate him. Oh, and he's a cannibal. In addition, the Omnicidal Maniac version from the MCU also fits this, as does the version from the non-canon Thor video game.

  • Quite obviously

  • Marvel's resident mad scientist and expert in unethical experiments. Is also sometimes shown to be in cahoots with Apocalypse, including in the Age of Apocalypse reality.

  • Francis Klum version in "Old Man Logan" where he tricks Wolverine into killing all of the X-Men by making him think they're supervillains attacking the X-Mansion.

  • In the Avengers Assemble cartoon. Why they felt the need to make this particular hero a Complete Monster is beyond me, but he is one non-the-less, being a surprisingly dark and ruthless villain for such a juvenile kid show. Ultimately, his thoughts on his own teammates sums it up:

    "They were tools"

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 616 and MCU versions, both of whom are serial rapists, and with the latter one having a boatload of other sick, disgusting, and perverse crimes to his name as well, including being a self-made orphan.

  • An alien tyrant vaguely reminiscent of Commodus from Gladiator who several times destroys entire villages full of innocent people using his sadistic inventions known as "The Spikes", which also among other things killed Caiera the Oldstrong's entire family, including her kid brother. His death is pretty well-deserved.

  • 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. His portrayal as a Complete Monster extends to his infamous Ultimate Marvel universe counterpart, and to his MCU counterpart as well.

  • The MCU version, who murdered Drax's wife and daughter (and invokes the "But for me it was Tuesday" trope), has slaughtered other children and families, and tried to destroy the planet Xandar using one of the Infinity Gems, also having his ships suicide-bomb the city prior to his landing on the surface. The actor who played him even outright described the character as a monster.

  • 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.

  • The version that was Venom 2099 rather than Scorpion, who was a sadistic psychopath that as a child was guilty of extreme physical bullying and attempted rape and as an adult had an MO of murdering entire families with only one survivor. As Scorpion 2099 however he's a more tragic villain.

  • The movie version, who was affiliated with the Nazis for a time, tortured a young Magneto, murdered his mother, murders Darwin, and tried to start a nuclear World War III. Also the Wolverine and the X-Men version, who tried to unleash the Phoenix Force on the world for no apparent reason.

  • 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.

  • Besides the 616 version, there's also the Wolverine and the X-Men version, who tries to trick Storm into using her powers to destroy her own people.

  • A lovecraftian horror and Omnicidal Maniac

  • In Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes due to being responsible for every bad thing the Kree Empire does by virtue of being their leader and well...supreme intelligence. And to the bad things in question, the EMH Kree are essentially a bunch of Space-Nazis who try to wipe out all life on Earth multiple times just because they view humanity as insubordinate inferiors. They also performed cruel unethical experiments on Michael Korvac, which drove him mad and caused him to become a supervillain. They also attempt similar experiments on the Avengers. Iron Man explicitly refers to the Kree here as monsters. And again, as the Supreme Intelligence, this guy who thus be accountable for every bad thing his empire does, or at least enough of it to qualify as a CM.

  • In both 616 and EMH, him and his fire demons destroyed Beta Ray Bill's galaxy and almost wiped out his people.

  • Murdered the original Hellions (who were teenagers), which also caused Emma Frost to become even more of an Ice Queen than ever.

  • 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.

  • The Noir version, who's a cannibal and was also Uncle Ben's killer in that Marvel Universe. In Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions he threatens his men with death if they can't stop Spider-Man and also has no problem endangering innocent civilians to slow him down.

  • 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.

    There's also his movie version, who tries to kill every mutant on the planet because he views them as a disease and was fine was testing his machine on innocent children.