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I've got the kids! I think I'm going to kill one of them now just for the heck of it!"

—Bill Cipher, Gravity Falls, "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back the Falls"

His eyes, unfathomably empty, devoid of all compassion, all humanity... No one has eyes like that... no one!
~ Captain America, on Red Skull
Like I have said, my brother Micah, is just a soulless human being. If I can even call him human, he's Satan in disguise!
~ Thomas Hulbridge describing his brother, Micah Hulbridge.
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The Pure Evil, also commonly known as Devils in Person or Complete Monsters, are the worst of all villains, a villain who is Pure Evil is the one who's completely evil, ruthless and irredeemable. For this kind of villain, doing evil for them is as natural as breathing.

They can be recognized by these signs:

  • They commit acts that are atrocious by the standards of the story, and have crossed the Moral Event Horizon. Villains who have only crossed the MEH once, twice or even a few times, they usually do not qualify, although rare examples exist.
  • They are taken seriously, causing fear, revulsion, and hatred from other characters in the story. Therefore, villains that fall under Comic Relief can never qualify.
  • They are aware they are doing wrong, but choose to do wrong the entire time. Therefore, villains who are Possessed/Brainwashed don't qualify. AIs, Zombies, Demons or other Eldrich beings (Aku, Hexxus) also usually don't qualify unless their moral awareness is made clear. (Pennywise the Dancing Clown, Skynet)
  • They are never presented in a positive way and they don't have a code of honor, due to their nature.
  • They can never feel love for others. If they claim to have love for anyone, that "love" would merely be either perversion, possessiveness, or obsession.
  • They have no chance at redemption and absolutely nothing justifies their heinous crimes.
  • They display no sense of remorse towards those who they have hurt, injured or killed, and express no empathy for others as well.

Anti-Villains can never qualify seeing as to how you are meant to sympathize with an anti-villain, even if you do not approve of their methods. Also, just being an outright evil character such as a Serial Killer doesn't automatically make the villain Pure Evil unless they are particularly brutal in nature. Also, forces of evil such as Demons and Artificially Intelligent beings don't usually qualify unless their Moral Agency is made clear. If you want to see more information see criteria.

Categories that cannot qualify:

  • Affably Evil
  • Anti-Villain
  • Outright
  • Protective
  • Redeemed
  • Remorseful
  • Scapegoat
  • Tragic (Pure Evils who present a real tragedy should go under Fake Tragic instead as they are FAR past it and it does not justify their actions)
  • Villains by Proxy
  • Honorable
  • On & Off
  • Animal Kindness antagonists (People who go under Animal Kindness can never qualify as Pure Evil. Pure Evils are never kind to animals or anybody. However, Near Pure Evils can still count as Animal Kindness.)

They are considered the complete opposite of Pure Good, the heroes that are completely pure and incorruptible.

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