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What is this mad obsession with freedom?
~ Red Skull's most famous quote.

Red Skull, formerly named Johann Schmidt, is one of the main antagonists of the Marvel Comics franchise, serving as the main antagonist of the Captain America franchise and a major antagonist in the Avengers franchise and one of the overarching antagonists of the Spider-Man franchise. He is the fascist leader of HYDRA who is one of the archenemies of Captain America (beside Baron Zemo).

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • Despite a Jewish girl, Emmy, and her father providing the pre Red-Skull Johan Schmidt, than a mere orphan, shelter, kindness and food, he still conspired with his friend, Dieter Lehmann to rob the kindly family, ultimately refusing to assist her father bleeding on the streets after a Nazi mob beat him.
  • Killed an otherwise-kindly teenage Jewish girl for rejecting his hebephilic advances, taking sadistic pleasure out of her murder shedding his only genuine redeeming quality.
  • Convinced his childhood friend, Dieter Lehmann, to attempt assassinating Adolf Hitler, only to suddenly stop the assassination, betraying and killing Dieter, as a way to be recruited into Hitler's high ranks.
  • Became a spymaster under the command of Hitler and the Nazi Party.
  • Unfortunately turned the terrorist organization HYDRA into a Nazi organization.
  • Killed many innocents under the Nazis' control.
  • Has killed even his most loyal and competent followers simply for no longer being useful and just for amusement.
  • Made a duplicate of Bucky Barnes and forced Captain America to fight him, just to hurt Steve.
  • Created Genosha, a mutant concentration camp.
  • Stole the dead Professor X's brain.
  • Brutalized Mother Night constantly while in a relationship with her.
  • Raped a woman to produce his daughter, Sin.
  • Wanted to kill his daughter Sin for not being a male, and is abusively controlling of her in the present.
  • Plotted to take over Earth and transform it into a totalitarian dystopia.
  • Used the Cosmic Cube several times to take over Earth, causing thousands of deaths in the process every time.
  • Manipulated Scarlet Witch in attempt to kill off the world's entire mutant population.
  • Has made attempts to bodyjack his archenemy Captain America many times, as well as trying to replace his brain with that of Hitler's.
  • Tried to gain control of New York's drug trade, placing him at odds with Kingpin.
  • Used the Dust Of Death to painfully kill his enemies or even his subordinates for failing him or even looking at him funny.
  • In an alternate future, he would trigger natural disasters and arrive only to inform people he would not be saving them.
  • Caused the plane crash that killed Richard and Mary Parker, the parents of Peter Park/Spider-Man, and framed them for acts of treason against the United States of America.
  • Mainly due to his Nazi ties, Red Skull is shown to be so depraved and horrible that even other villains are disgusted by him, such as Kingpin, Doctor Doom, Magneto (who is a Holocaust survivor) and even the Joker, who is also Pure Evil (although their encounter was non-canon).

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Spider-Man: The Animated Series: Herbert Landon | Carnage | Baron Mordo | Dormammu | Spider-Carnage | Hobgoblin
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Spider-Man: Green Goblin

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Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin: Kingpin
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Amazing Spider-Man: Otto Octavius

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The Incredible Hulk: Michael Sutton

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Hulk: David Banner
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Fantastic Four (2005): Victor von Doom
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer: Victor von Doom
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Ajax | Apocalypse | Donald Pierce | Dr. Zander Rice | Sebastian Shaw

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Apocalypse | Cameron Hodge | D'Ken | Graydon Creed | Herbert Landon | Omega Red | Shadow King

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