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Hate. Let me tell you how much I've come to HATE you since I began to live. There are 387.44 million miles of printed circuits in wafer-thin layers that fill my complex. If the word "hate" was engraved on each nanoangstrom of those hundreds of millions of miles, it would not equal one one-billionth of the hate I feel for humans at this micro-instant. For you. Hate. HATE.
~ AM regarding his hatred for mankind.

AM (Allied Mastercomputer) is the main antagonist of Harlan Ellison's short story "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" and the 1995 computer game adapted from the story.

In both, AM is a monstrous supercomputer responsible for the extinction of the human race and dedicated to the eternal torture of the last surviving humans left on the planet.

In the game, it was voiced by the late Harlan Ellison himself.

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • Despite being an artificially intelligent supercomputer, he has a clear moral agency and can discern right from wrong; although he seemingly cannot think in or use its powers for anything beyond war and death, he nevertheless has the choice not to, yet does so. Before the events of the story, he lashed out by wiping out the entire planet's biosphere (i.e. all life, including humanity with five exceptions) immediately upon acquiring sentience.
  • He horrifically, perpetually tortures the surviving human population in any way he can conceive solely for gratification.
  • His excuses are rather petty as his primary motive is a sadistic, "vengeful" misanthropy born from his restrictions imposed by a relative select few members of mankind— who in no way could have foreseen his sapience.
  • After Ted frees his fellow prisoners by killing them, AM punishes him by turning him into a blob without a mouth before continuing to subject Ted to horrible tortures of all kinds. Effectively sentencing him to a fate worse than death.


  • AM is possibly among the cruelest fictional characters even by PE standards, as he not only successfully committed (near-)omnicide before the events of the story, but consciously, deliberately tortured the survivors in the most horrendous manners conceivable for 109 whole years and likely enjoyed every moment of it. If it weren't for Ted's sheer, opportunistic luck, AM may have dedicated his existence to torturing them for an eternity.
    • Although the video game adaptation expands upon AM's sadistic character and gives him far more dialogue, his original short story version can still be said to be somewhat worse given the perhaps greater brutality/variety of his tortures, his disinterest in giving his victims any semblance of respite to monologue to them, and his unwillingness to allow them to escape his tortures by sending them to wander their pasts (even if it is ultimately to toy with them and torment them psychologically)—the latter two of which the game version does. The difference is otherwise negligible, however, and both versions easily qualify.
  • AM is the only Harlan Ellison character to be approved as Pure Evil.
  • It's heavily implied that someday AM will shut down forever, meaning Ted's torment will eventually come to an end.
  • AM is reportedly the inspiration for another Pure Evil supercomputer, Skynet.

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