Villains who are either not evil than they were in their original source material or are more vile than what they were in their original versions. They are the opposite of Adaptational Heroism.

Sometimes, they do not redeem themselves in the adaptation, with Kurse, Sentinel Prime, King Stefan and Bolivar Trask being examples; while sometimes they may redeem themselves to get close to what they are in the source material, RodanDarkrai and Hades being good examples.

However, some of them can be adapted as Pure Evil if they are devoid of any good qualities from their original source materials/original versions (e.g. Slender ManDoctor Doom, Ronan the Accuser, Ego, Jafarthe Rake and Destro).

Also note that not only does this apply to fiction; it can also apply to myths and legends like most versions of Hades who have been depicted as more evil than his original version. They might also lack the freudian excuse they had in another version.


  • Do not include real life people for they are only included in fictionalized versions of true events, unless the real life person is a villainous parody of an original adaptation (i.e. Hermann Fegelein & Queen Victoria) for instance.
  • Do not also add this category to a remake or reboot villain who was already Pure Evil in the precedent work, even if they are more heinous in the current work (e.g. Disney's Scar and the 2019 version of Scar).
  • Do NOT add pages that contain more than one version of the character with one being the originally less evil version (e.g. Samuel Norton and Byron Hadley). Such pages would fall under "Type Dependent on Version". Only add this category to a page that consists of only the newer, more evil version of the character.

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