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The Most Evil Villains Who Never Actually Kill Anyone

Updated December 14, 2020 282 votes 41 voters 1.6k views13 items

List RulesVote up the villains who are pure evil despite never actually killing anyone.

There are all kinds of different evil in the world, but some of the worst villains from movies aren't actually cold-blooded killers. Some of them just live to watch people (or puppies!) squirm and retreat into misery, such as coaches trying to cripple children or nurses hellbent on breaking their patients' spirits instead of healing them. 

A lot of the villains on this list never even inflicted physical pain on another person - they just want power and aren't afraid to go out of their way to get it. Some of them are even a little sympathetic - a little therapy would have changed their lives, and film history, forever.

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  • Cruella de Vil wants to skin puppies, people. PUPPIES. Maybe she and Mr. Tinkles should get a spin-off together.

    What is she going to do with 101 little tiny puppy skins anyway? They're so tiny. She could at least wait until they grow up a little. It wouldn't make it any less cruel, but it would at least fulfill her goal in a more practical way. She's not even sane enough to be evil properly.

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  • The evil stepmother is a well-worn archetype, but it all started with Lady Tremaine. She's not just icy to Cinderella; she basically enslaves Cinderella in her own home after her father passes, forcing her to clean and not letting her go out and have a little fun.

    Also, you'd think that if she hated her stepdaughter so much, she'd want her to get married and or even just get out of the house for a little bit, right? She's that reliant on her deceased husband's daughter's unpaid labor?

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  • The Big Nurse in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest doesn't actually break any laws or end any lives with her bare hands, but she might as well have. This former Army nurse has it out for her patients, especially McMurphy, the one guy in the ward who won't cower to her. 

    Not only does she submit him and other patients to shock therapy, but she also ultimately has McMurphy lobotomized, which technically isn't a crime within the hospital's four walls. Another younger patient also takes his own life when Ratched threatens to call his mother and report what he did during the inmates' unsanctioned "party." What happened to "do no harm"?

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  • Dolores Umbridge Is One Of The Most Low-Key Ruthless People At Hogwarts
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    Dolores Umbridge is one of the most sadistic professors at Hogwarts, taking apparent delight in torturing wizarding students and unsuspecting muggles alike. She's disliked across the spectrum by both the children and professors of Hogwarts, though she does manage to stay employed for a really long time and cause incalculable amounts of harm.

    In terms of the evilest Harry Potter characters, she's not the top "one who must not be named," but she is right up there.

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