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NOTE: This page is only about his novel incarnation as the Rankin-Bass and Ralph Bakshi incarnations of Sauron were not voted Pure Evil, and thus only the novel version of Sauron's info and crimes should be put here.

It is he whose name is not now spoken; for the Valar have deceived you concerning him, putting forward the name of Eru, a phantom devised in the folly of their hearts, seeking to enchain Men in servitude to themselves. For they are the oracle of this Eru, which speaks only what they will. But he that is their master shall yet prevail, and he will deliver you from this phantom; and his name is Melkor, Lord of All, Giver of Freedom, and he shall make you stronger than they.
~ Sauron deceiving Ar-Pharazôn by lying that Eru Ilúvatar is evil and Morgoth is good.
Alas, for the weakness of the great! For a mighty king is Gil-galad, and wise in all lore is Master Elrond, and yet they will not aid me in my labours. Can it be that they do not desire to see other lands become as blissful as their own? But wherefore should Middle-earth remain for ever desolate and dark, whereas the Elves could make it as fair as Eressëa, nay even as Valinor? And since you have not returned thither, as you might, I perceive that you love this Middle-earth, as do I. Is it not then our task to labour together for its enrichment, and for the raising of all the Elven-kindreds that wander here untaught to the height of that power and knowledge which those have who are beyond the Sea?
~ Sauron, as Annatar, to the Elves.

Mairon, known after his betrayal of the Valar as Sauron, is the main antagonist of the Middle-earth legendarium of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Once the greatest smith in all of Aulë, he joined with the first Dark Lord Morgoth during the First Age, becoming his first lieutenant. During the Second Age, Sauron became the second Dark Lord of Middle-earth who resided in Mordor and created the One Ring, which he lost upon his defeat.

During the Third Age, his goal was to reclaim the One Ring and rule Arda in darkness, but the Ring's destruction would ultimately be his downfall. He was also the archenemy of Aragorn, the King of Gondor; Frodo, the Ring Bearer; and Gandalf the Grey (later White).

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • He joined Morgoth and assisted him in his attempt to conquer Arda, wanting what he believed was absolute order for a good cause. However, after the First Age ended, he allowed his pride to consume him due to how much his knowledge was admired by those around him and how much he can influence them, and he only cared about gaining power for himself ever since, thus nullifying any good intentions he may have had.
  • He tricked a man into betraying his comrades by showing him a vision of his wife dying, only to reveal she was already dead and killing him through torture, "reuniting them".
  • He captured Beren and his companions, sadistically trapping them in dungeons and having his werewolves kill them off, one by one.
  • He deceived the races of Middle-earth with the Rings of Power, which also included nine Kings of Men who were blinded by their own power-hunger while hiding that he was creating the One Ring to Rule Them All. This process eventually allowed Sauron to corrupt the Nazgûl into becoming his slaves, which is described as a fate worse than death, and attempt to conquer Middle-earth and also made him responsible for corrupting Isildur and Gollum through the Ring.
  • He tortured Celebrimbor to death and used his corpse as a banner.
  • He turned Númenor to darkness by having it worship Morgoth and carry out human sacrifices, and managed to do this through lying to their king, Ar-Pharazôn, that Morgoth was good and Eru Ilúvatar was evil, posing himself as Annatar, Lord of Gifts. He also tricked Ar-Pharazôn and his army into attempting to conquer the Undying Lands and attempt to replace Eru, all of this making him indirectly responsible for the destruction of Númenor because of Eru's interference and Sauron himself unable to take fair form ever again.
  • During the War of the Last Alliance, he killed Elendil, High King of Gondor and Arnor, and Gil-galad, High King of the Ñoldor, and attempted to do the same to Elendil's son Isildur.
  • He also most likely exterminated or at least a very large percentage of the entwifes
  • When he became the Necromancer of Dol Guldur, Sauron captured and imprisoned Thráin II in the fortress where he tortured him, took the last of the Dwarven Rings of Power from him, and left him to die in the dungeon. He would eventually torture Gollum as well in the land of Mordor following Dol Guldur's destruction, after which he sent the Nazgûl out to kill Frodo and claim the Ring.
  • He worked with the fallen Istari named Saruman, the latter of whom was ordered to wipe out the kingdom of Rohan, down to the last child.
  • He psychologically tormented Pippin when he looked into the palantír.
  • He attacked Gondor and Minas Tirith, intending on slaughtering all its population, including the women and children.
  • He used his palantír to drive Denethor II into madness and despair, causing him to commit suicide.
  • He fed his prisoners to his "pet" Shelob not out of kindness to her, but out of simply wanting to see others suffer.
  • He attempted to conquer Middle-earth again by killing all of Frodo's companions and the allied forces of Rohan and Gondor during the Battle of the Black Gate.
  • He wanted to wipe out the races of Men and Elves upon reclaiming the One Ring, and also demolish the land of Middle-earth and corrupt it to darkness, such as the Shire, and then conquer the entire world, with no indication that Sauron saw the Ring as anything but an artifact of power and embodiment of his own will despite it being sentient.


  • He has more Pure Evil incarnations than any other fantasy villains.
  • The primary difference between Sauron and Morgoth — his fellow Pure Evil master — is that Morgoth wanted to destroy the universe, which he would successfully accomplish in Dagor Dagorath, while Sauron wanted to rule the world.
  • He is one of two Middle-earth villains from the novels to be Pure Evil, the other being Morgoth.
  • While the book version of Sauron is Pure Evil, due to being a manipulative sadist, which was shown in The Silmarillion, his lack of personality and motives in both the Ralph Bakshi and Rankin-Bass movies renders him as not even close to qualifying in those versions. Had it not been for The Silmarillion and the following works, the book version of Sauron wouldn't have qualified as Pure Evil either.
  • He is the only Middle-earth Pure Evil villain to have more than one PE incarnation of himself, including the Peter Jackson, the Shadow of Mordor and the Conquest incarnations. This makes him a Pure Evil in literary, cinematic, and gaming media.
  • It's currently unknown whether his The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power version from Amazon Prime Video will qualify as Pure Evil.

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