My hubby and I have been watching Game of Thrones again, and it’s struck me just how many evil characters there are in the show. It would get old to simply call them all evil, though. Luckily, there are better words for ‘evil’ than simply ‘evil’ and ‘very bad’. For example, if someone is very evil, you can call them nefarious or depraved. English gives us a wealth of evil synonyms. In this post, you’ll learn 18 words to describe bad people, inspired by the wicked characters of Game of Thrones! From the Lannisters to the Boltons, from the High Sparrow to the Night King, learn fabulous ways to describe the great villains of Westeros! Scroll to the end to download the evil synonym infographic!




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Evil Synonym 1: Sadistic


A sadistic person gets pleasure, especially sexual pleasure, from hurting other people. This is an appropriate way to describe Joffrey Baratheon, don’t you think?



This word has an interesting history. It comes from the name of a French writer, the Marquis de Sade. Wikipedia tells us that he was most famous “for his erotic works, which combined philosophical discourse with pornography, depicting sexual fantasies with an emphasis on violence, criminality, and blasphemy against Christianity.”


Evil Synonym 2: Conniving


If someone is conniving, they behave in a way that secretly hurts others or deliberately fails to prevent others from being hurt. Can you think of a more conniving person than Cersei Lannister? I can’t.



Evil Synonym 3: Amoral


Someone who is amoral does not follow any moral rules and does not care about right and wrong. I thought this was a great way to describe Tywin Lannister. He’s driven by family and legacy, and he never pauses to think about right or wrong. He’s not immoral, he’s amoral. He doesn’t care about right and wrong. He does what he needs to do without consideration for the morality of his choices, which are sometimes appalling.


Isn't IMMORAL the same as AMORAL?

No. An amoral person doesn’t care about right and wrong, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they do terrible things. Their defining quality is that they simply don’t care about morals. An immoral person is considered bad and dishonest by most people. An immoral person might think about moral rules before choosing to break them.




Evil Synonym 4: Perverse


No evil thesaurus would be complete without this next word. A perverse person shows a deliberate determination to behave in a way that most people think is wrong or unacceptable. This evil synonym fits Qyburn to a T. He is the Dr. Frankenstein of Game of Thrones, after all!


What does TO A T mean?

to a T = used to say that something is exactly right for someone, succeeds in doing something in exactly the right way, etc.



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Evil Synonym 5: Ferocious


I struggled with choosing just one evil synonym for the Mountain, but I settled on ferocious, which means very aggressive or violent.




It turns out that the actor who plays the Mountain is a really nice guy in real life! Unlike his character in Game of Thrones, he’s actually got a sense of humor, too!



Evil Synonym 6: Tyrannical


The High Sparrow is many things. He is puritanical and a fanatic, and he is also tyrannical. Being tyrannical means that he uses his power and authority over people in an unfair and cruel way.



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Evil Synonym 7: Devious


In all of Game of Thrones, no one is more devious than Littlefinger. A devious person behaves in a dishonest or indirect way, or tricks people, in order to get something.




If you wanted to make a pun on his name, you could say that Littlefinger was underhanded, which is a synonym for ‘devious’. Hehe!


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Evil Synonym 8: Ruthless


Unlike the other characters in this post, Stannis Baratheon isn’t really a villain. Of course, he’s no angel either. And one of his worst qualities is his utter ruthlessness.


If someone is ruthless, they are determined to get what they want and do not care if they hurt other people. This word fits Stannis like a glove!




Evil Synonym 9: Faithless


A faithless person is not loyal, and you cannot rely on or trust them. Walder Frey, anyone?




Evil Synonym 10: Treacherous


This evil synonym is similar to the previous one. When I say that Roose Bolton is treacherous, I mean that he is willing to betray trust, that he is someone who intends to harm you while seeming friendly or loyal.



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Evil Synonym 11: Bloodthirsty


No one in Game of Thrones terrifies me as much as Ramsay Bolton. He is bloodthirsty, which means that he is someone who wants to kill or wound, and that he enjoys seeing or hearing about killing and violence.


Whether he’s flaying his enemies, castrating his hostages, or throwing his lover’s rivals to the dogs, Ramsay Bolton loves killing and violence. You might say it’s his favorite hobby.


What does FLAY mean?

flay someone = to remove someone’s skin

What does CASTRATE mean?

castrate someone = to remove someone’s testicles




Evil Synonym 12: Perfidious


This is probably the most advanced evil synonym on this list and the one least likely to pop up in conversation, although you may well see it on an exam or in literature! It’s widely understood, and you can use it in conversation to be playful or funny.


Perfidious is a literary word that describes someone who is deliberately dishonest and cannot be trusted.




Evil Synonym 13: Rapacious


If someone is rapacious, they want more money or goods than they need or have a right to.


The Great Masters of Meereen are rapacious. They fight to keep their slaves. They don’t need slaves, and no one has a right to own another human being. This is a formal word, and it’s a strong word. It’s much stronger than ‘greedy’.



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Evil Synonym 14: Vicious


A vicious person is violent and has a desire to cause pain and suffering. The Waif has a vicious nature.




Evil Synonym 15: Savage


Euron Greyjoy is a savage character. This evil synonym means aggressive, violent, and causing great harm.




Evil Synonym 16: Degenerate


What do you call a man like Craster, who sacrifices his sons and mates with his daughters?


You call him degenerate, which means that he has moral standards that have fallen to a level that is very low and unacceptable to most people.



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Evil Synonym 17: Bigoted


A bigoted person has strong and unfair feelings of hate towards members of a group and refuses to accept them.


Although he’s a minor character, Lord Randyll Tarly gives us a perfect example of a bigoted human being. He hates Gilly without knowing her because of where she’s from. He hates all the people from her part of the world.




Evil Synonym 18: Cold-Blooded


I couldn’t resist the pun this time! The Night King is cold-blooded! ❄️😁⛄


If someone is cold-blooded, they show no feelings or pity for other people. We often describe murderers as cold-blooded. But no murderer could be as cold-blooded as the Night King! He looks like he’s made of ice, after all!






Thanks for checking out these 18 words to describe bad people! Hopefully none of the words on this evil synonyms list describe you, but you can use them to describe your enemies! Mwah ha ha! Next time you’re looking for another word for ‘bad person’, visit this evil thesaurus infographic for inspiration!


Isn’t English vocabulary fun? 😈





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