History AffablyEvil / Literature

22nd May '16 1:29:16 PM Doug86
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** [[TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn]] is almost terrifying because of this combined with his tactical genius. He's such an Affably Evil MagnificentBastard that he reached the second-highest formal rank in the xenophobic Imperial Fleet despite being visibly alien. His troops revere him, and his enemies respect him. A single line in the novel ''Dark Force Rising'', when a pregnant Leia despairs that he's going to succeed in his attempts to kidnap her, is what really makes his charming demeanor creepy.

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** [[TheThrawnTrilogy [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn]] is almost terrifying because of this combined with his tactical genius. He's such an Affably Evil MagnificentBastard that he reached the second-highest formal rank in the xenophobic Imperial Fleet despite being visibly alien. His troops revere him, and his enemies respect him. A single line in the novel ''Dark Force Rising'', when a pregnant Leia despairs that he's going to succeed in his attempts to kidnap her, is what really makes his charming demeanor creepy.



%%* Rupert of Hentzau from ''ThePrisonerOfZenda''.
* Professor Moriarty, archnemesis of ''SherlockHolmes''. Yes, he was the mastermind behind virtually every criminal activity in the whole of London. But he also behaved in a relatively curious fashion in "The Final Problem", when he and Holmes faced off. He was tracking Holmes and Watson up the mountain in Switzerland and could have attacked at any time; instead, he sent a fake messenger to lure Watson away from the place, as he had no intention of killing the doctor. He also, when he finally did confront Holmes, was polite enough to give him the time to write a farewell message for Watson to find when he came back. Upon learning that Holmes was on the verge of putting him away, his first response was to go to Holmes' lodgings and politely ask the detective to withdraw, as it'd be quite a shame to have to kill him to preserve his empire. This is continued in Moriarty's second appearance in the (much underrated) novel "The Valley of Fear", where an Inspector who meets him describes him as "a very respectable, learned, and talented sort of man", and states that "When he put his hand on my shoulder as we were parting, it was like a father's blessing before you go out into the cold, cruel world." Holmes couldn't help but chuckle at the irony.

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%%* Rupert of Hentzau from ''ThePrisonerOfZenda''.
''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda''.
* Professor Moriarty, archnemesis of ''SherlockHolmes''.''Literature/SherlockHolmes''. Yes, he was the mastermind behind virtually every criminal activity in the whole of London. But he also behaved in a relatively curious fashion in "The Final Problem", when he and Holmes faced off. He was tracking Holmes and Watson up the mountain in Switzerland and could have attacked at any time; instead, he sent a fake messenger to lure Watson away from the place, as he had no intention of killing the doctor. He also, when he finally did confront Holmes, was polite enough to give him the time to write a farewell message for Watson to find when he came back. Upon learning that Holmes was on the verge of putting him away, his first response was to go to Holmes' lodgings and politely ask the detective to withdraw, as it'd be quite a shame to have to kill him to preserve his empire. This is continued in Moriarty's second appearance in the (much underrated) novel "The Valley of Fear", where an Inspector who meets him describes him as "a very respectable, learned, and talented sort of man", and states that "When he put his hand on my shoulder as we were parting, it was like a father's blessing before you go out into the cold, cruel world." Holmes couldn't help but chuckle at the irony.
16th May '16 1:15:46 PM Doug86
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "Literature/RoguesInTheHouse", Nabonidus courteously draws Murillo aside, to give him the box with the ear in it.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "Literature/RoguesInTheHouse", Nabonidus courteously draws Murillo aside, to give him the box with the ear in it.
8th May '16 1:31:44 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''InDeath'': The murderer in ''Portrait In Death'' is this. He truly believes that he is doing mankind a great service by killing young innocent people. In fact, he truly seems like a NiceGuy, if you ignore the murdering part.

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* ''InDeath'': ''Literature/InDeath'': The murderer in ''Portrait In Death'' is this. He truly believes that he is doing mankind a great service by killing young innocent people. In fact, he truly seems like a NiceGuy, if you ignore the murdering part.
26th Apr '16 6:46:41 AM Kakai
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* Raguel in ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' is pleasant, kind and actually kind of fun to be around. Of course, he's also [[spoiler:the one to create the situation that ultimately leads to Falk taking over the Palace of the Fireflies, and he intends to wipe out Providence.]]
23rd Apr '16 8:48:01 PM Monessi
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* There's a bunch of these in the Mina Davis books.
** In ''[[Literature/HungoverAndHandcuffed Hungover and Handcuffed]]'' there's Matamoros, a world class assassin who's unfailingly polite and friendly, and even buys the main character a sushi dinner to kill time while she tries to figure out a way to stop him.
** In ''[[Literature/AssholeYakuzaBoyfriend Asshole Yakuza Boyfriend]]'', Matsunaga and Pointe are both extremely friendly, reasonably, and polite career criminals who are at least somewhat complicit in the illegal sex trade.
31st Mar '16 4:21:02 PM Qrow
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* ''Literature/{{Brennus}}'': The Dark, King of Supervillains and Father of Metahumanity. Despite being, ya know, the first supervillain in history is a pretty friendly guy, family man, and full on BenevolentBoss. In the story proper he's rarely seen doing any actual crimes - altough given the fact that he runs an organization which controls 60% of metahuman crime, and approves or rejects all the other villains evil schemes, he probably doesn't ''need'' to - and routinely helps the heroes defeat S-Class threats, or sends his underlings to. Macian claims that when he was a hero, he was better than many modern heroes.
21st Mar '16 1:38:18 PM FordPrefect
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* After hearing much bad things about him, Literature/JamesBond in ''Literature/DeathIsForever'' is surprised to find out that the supposedly monstrous Wolfgang "Poison Dwarf" Weisen is a pleasant, smooth-talking man who wouldn't be out of place in a christmas movie. While he talks nice, he is still an insane fanatic communist who seeks to destabilise Europe.

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* After hearing much bad things about him, Literature/JamesBond in ''Literature/DeathIsForever'' is surprised to find out that the supposedly monstrous Wolfgang "Poison Dwarf" Weisen is a pleasant, smooth-talking man who wouldn't be out of place in a christmas Christmas movie. While he talks nice, he is still an insane fanatic communist who seeks to destabilise Europe.



* [[spoiler:Victor Dashkov]] from ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', is a kind older man who is hiding a psychotic streak and a willingness to do whatever it takes to get what he wants.

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* [[spoiler:Victor Dashkov]] from ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', ''Literature/VampireAcademy'' is a kind older man who is hiding a psychotic streak and a willingness to do whatever it takes to get what he wants.
26th Jan '16 1:59:49 AM Anddrix
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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Effie Trinket is very cheerful and friendly, even though her job is, you know, to choose kids to send to their deaths.

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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Effie Trinket is very cheerful and friendly, even though her job is, you know, to choose kids to send to their deaths.deaths.
* David from ''Literature/{{Allegiant}}''. His polite and NiceGuy tendencies are genuine, and he really does care for Tris, especially since she is the daughter of his crush, Natalie. [[spoiler:Which just makes his complete 180 degrees opposite characterization in the second part of the novel all the more shocking, since, even with all the fiasco that is attempting to wipe the memories of his subjects and ''killing Tris'', he is just a hard-working man with a misguided agenda]].
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22nd Dec '15 1:35:37 AM Shadowgazer
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** Dolores Umbridge tries to be this, but she [[TastesLikeDiabetes goes too far in the opposite direction]], which just serves to make her all the more disturbing.
** Lucius Malfoy from the same series is a partial example. His ''tone'' is almost always even and coolly polite, but his ''words'' tend to range from mildly to extremely insulting to whoever he's talking to.
*** The entire Malfoy family is this, genuinely. While they do have an obvious superiority complex, they're genuinely nice to their friends and colleagues and really do care for each other. Lucius is also shown to treat Harry and his allies as credible foes, and all three members of the family consistently get cold feet at the idea of killing or torturing without reason.

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** Subverted with Dolores Umbridge who tries to be look like this, but she [[TastesLikeDiabetes goes too far in the opposite direction]], which just serves to make her all the more disturbing.
** Lucius Malfoy from the same series is a partial example. His ''tone'' is almost always
disturbing and she fails even and coolly polite, but his ''words'' tend to range from mildly to extremely insulting to whoever he's talking to.
*** The entire Malfoy family is this, genuinely. While they do have an obvious superiority complex, they're genuinely nice to their friends and colleagues and really do care for each other. Lucius is also shown to treat Harry and his allies as credible foes, and all three members
at being FauxAffablyEvil much of the family consistently get cold feet at the idea of killing or torturing without reason. time.



* VillainProtagonist [[TheSociopath Alex]] of ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'' can be quite affable when he has things under control, though he's NotSoAboveItAll when it comes to [[ColdBloodedTorture certain situations]]. Regardless, he's more than happy to make pleasant conversation while he beats the elderly into near-death or [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rapes ten-year-olds]], assuming [[TheDogBitesBack the dog doesn't try to bite back]].
16th Dec '15 4:53:54 PM ecuvulle6267
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* Crowley is described by the ''Dramatis Personae'' of ''Literature/GoodOmens'' as "An Angel Who Did Not So Much Fall As Saunter Vaguely Downwards". Unlike the other demons, he doesn't want to bring about the Apocalypse, as he has grown attached to humans over the millennia, even though [[EvenEvilHasStandards some of the atrocities they've committed with no help from any demon have horrified even him]]. He's also unusual among demons for never trying too hard to corrupt any one particular soul; he prefers [[PokeThePoodle large-scale acts of minor annoyance]] in the hopes that one of the many people affected will be corrupted. One chapter has him replace the paintball guns in a paintball game with ''actual'' guns-but carefully arranging everything so that no one will die, because it "[w]ouldn't be fun otherwise." It's a major plot point that he and the angel Aziraphale have more in common with each other than they do with others on their own side.

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* Crowley is described by the ''Dramatis Personae'' of ''Literature/GoodOmens'' as "An Angel Who Did Not So Much Fall As Saunter Vaguely Downwards". Unlike the other demons, he doesn't want to bring about the Apocalypse, as he has grown attached to humans over the millennia, even though [[EvenEvilHasStandards some of the atrocities they've committed with no help from any demon have horrified even him]]. He's also unusual among demons for never trying too hard to corrupt any one particular soul; he prefers [[PokeThePoodle large-scale acts of minor annoyance]] in the hopes that one of the many people affected will be corrupted. One chapter has him replace the paintball guns in a paintball game with ''actual'' guns-but carefully arranging everything so that no one will die, because it "[w]ouldn't be fun otherwise." It's a major plot point that he and the angel Aziraphale have more in common with each other than they do with others on their own side.side.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Effie Trinket is very cheerful and friendly, even though her job is, you know, to choose kids to send to their deaths.
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