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The Alex Rider series of books is perhaps most notable for its list of memorably despicable enemies, from villains to henchmen. Listed here are the primary and secondary opponents of every story.

Primary enemies

Story Villain Endgame Outcome Eventual fate
Stormbreaker Herod Sayle

Take revenge on the British Prime Minister (who bullied him in school) and the entire country with an "April Fool's Joke": when the Prime Minister activates the 'Stormbreaker' computers , a potent strain of smallpox will be released into every school in the country, killing all the children

Alex Rider shoots and sabotages the 'Stormbreaker' before it can be activated First shot and wounded by Alex Rider, then shot again by Yassen Gregorovich
Point Blanc Hugo Grief

First cloned 16 copies of himself in South Africa in the 1980's, then employs Baxter to surgically alter his 14-year-old clones to resemble them. The clones and real boys will eventually be swapped. When the parents die and pass on their inheritance, he will take the assets from the clones and become the most powerful man in the world, allowing him to reinstate apartheid globally. 

MI6 captures the clones and jails them all. Incinerated by a snowmobile that Alex Rider crashes into his helicopter.
Eagle Strike Damian Cray

Hijack Air Force One and use its missile room to fire nuclear missiles at major drug-running countries to eradicate the drug trade 

Sabina Pleasure initiates the self-destruct mechanism Thrown off Air Force One, and sucked into engine number 2
Snakehead Winston Yu

Use 'Royal Blue' to create an artificial tsunami that will kill the celebrities attending an Australian conference; the resulting shockwave will hit the coast of Australia

Alex Rider overrides the security mechanism on 'Royal Blue' and prematurely detonates it

Skeleton shatters when the bomb's shockwave hits his escape vessel
SCORPIA Julia Rothman Break the US-UK link by intentionally demanding that America pay SCORPIA a ridiculous amount; if they do not, a hot air balloon covered in satellite dishes would take to the air above London and activate Invisible Sword, killing thousands of children who have been injected with poisonous nanoshells. The satellite dishes would transmit terahertz beams that would cause the nanoshells to break out of their casing and release the poison into every childs' body, causing instant death. Alex Rider hijacks the hot air balloon, destroying the machinery and causing the basket to crash Crushed by the falling balloon
Crocodile Tears Desmond McCain Have Greenfields to engineer a poison called ricin for crops that would kill half the population of Africa, then make hundreds of millions of pounds during the first few months of the plague and intends to steal the money before running away and assuming a new identity in South America Alex Rider plants a bomb on a dam, causing a torrent of water to flood the poisoned crops Set on fire when Alex Rider causes a leaking fuel tank to detonate after he combusts it with an exploding pen
Skeleton Key Gen. Alexei Sarov Attempts to drop a nuclear bomb in a shipyard of nuclear submarines, thus causing a massive explosion. Russia will be blamed and they will turn to their president. Sarov will then release edited footage from an interview exposing Kiriyenko as a lazy drunk idiot who says he can't deal with the issue; this will force him out of power and he will eventually be found dead due to heart failure. Russia will go back to communism, and Sarov will be taking over. Alex Rider removes the detonation keycard from the nuclear device and throws it into the ocean Shoots himself when he finds out Rider refuses to be his adopted son
Ark Angel Nikolei Vladimir Drevin Use Gabriel 7 to deliver a bomb onto Ark Angel; when the device explodes, it will cause the space station to fall onto the Pentagon, destroying the evidence which the authorities accumulated against him while simultaenously allowing him to claim insurance for the destruction of Ark Angel (which costs him a sizable sum) Alex Rider moves the bomb to the centre of Ark Angel, demolishing the structure before it hits the Pentagon Crashes his seaplane into a group of trees while trying to escape
SCORPIA Rising Abdul Aziz al Rahim (aka Razim) Use Alex to blackmail the British government into returning the Elgin Marbles to Greece. As part of Operation Horseman, Razim would proceed to gather evidence to prove that Alex had been working for MI6 for the past year. He accurately speculates that the British government would immediately release the marbles back to Greece, as Razim would otherwise publicly reveal the contents of the Horseman file, ruining Great Britain's reputation around the world for generations to come. Alex Rider, disguised as Julius Grief, lures a group of Special Forces to his base, leading to a protracted shootout where his guards are killed Sucked into a pit of salt and drowned

Secondary enemies

Story Villain Endgame Outcome Eventual fate
Stormbreaker Nadia Vole Kill Alex Rider Fails Jellyfish from Sayle's fish tank falls on her
Mr Grin Kill Alex Rider Fails Blinded by Alex Rider's Game Boy 'Bomber Boy' cartridge; crashes his plane into a deserted dock
Point Blanc 'The Gentleman' Assassinate Michael Roscoe and Buddy Sangster, as well as a plastic surgeon who botched McCain's jaw Succeeds Survives
Skoda Hook Alex Rider's school students with drugs Succeeds for a while Captured by the police
Mr Baxter Negotiate higher payment for cloning 16 copies of Grief Fails Shot by Grief
Eva Stellenbosch Kill Alex Rider Fails Shot by Wolf, then falls into snow
Julius Grief Exact revenge on behalf od Dr. Grief Fails Badly burnt when he falls down the roof into a school lab, then later captured. Returns and is killed in SCORPIA Rising.
Eagle Strike Charlie Roper Demand payment from Damian Cray Indirectly succeeds Ironically buried alive by a torrent of 25-cent coins which was his payment (or 'blood money')
Henryk Escape from Heathrow airport Fails Breaks his neck when Air Force One crash lands
Snakehead Bill Tanner Harvest Alex Rider's organs for transplant to other people Fails Commits suicide
Cpt. Hermann de Wynter Capture Alex Rider Fails Killed by Winston Yu
Anan Sukit Have Alex Rider fight in a muay thai match against Sunthorn Alex Rider participates in the match, but defeats Sunthorn Shot by Ben Daniels
Anthony Sean Howell Escape from 'Dragon Nine' Fails
SCORPIA Nile Kill Alex Rider Fails Set aflame, and falls off Rothman's hot air balloon
Skeleton Key Conrad Kill Alex Rider Fails Breaks his back when an overhead crane magnet grabs him and pulls him into the air
'The Salesman' Kill Tom Turner and Alex Rider Fails Incinerated by a bomb which Conrad planted on his ship
SCORPIA Rising Julius Grief Kill Alex Rider Fails Attempts to shoot Rider but is shot himself
Erik Gunter Kill Alex Rider Fails Stung by a scorpion and breaks his neck when he falls to the ground
Ark Angel Magnus Payne/ Kaspar Kill Alex Rider Fails Impaled by a combat knife
Crocodile Tears Myra Bennett Kill Alex Rider Fails Impaled from behind by a throwing knife, then falls into a lake of crocodiles
Leonard Straik Engineer a virus for McCain Succeeds Poisoned by a marbled cone snail
Harold Bulman Negotiate more payment from McCain for telling the latter all about Alex Rider Fails Shot by McCain
Njenga Capture Alex Rider Fails Drowned by the torrent of water that Alex Rider's bomb triggered
Ravi Chandra Infiltrate Jowada's security, plant a bomb, and let loose a radioactive cloud on the city of Chennai Succeeds Vaporised by the bomb he planted

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