History AffablyEvil / Literature

14th Mar '17 8:16:32 PM Baconsavior
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* Camus's ''Literature/TheFall'' is dedicated to exploring this trope through the person of its narrator, Clamence, who is incredibly selfish, manipulative, and dangerous, but endlessly pleasant and civilized all the while.
25th Feb '17 1:55:46 PM IdumeanPatriot
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* In the post-apocalyptic setting of ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', nearly all of the Northern Confederation's enemies are [[EvilIsPetty bad-mannered, petty and spiteful]] as well as repulsively and irredeemably evil. About the only exception is, surprisingly enough, the main representative of the ''Nazi'' faction, Hauptsturmfuehrer Halsing, who impresses everyone with his courteousness, sobriety and manners (if not his politics).
18th Feb '17 3:17:46 AM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/DreambloodDuology'': Eninket, the Prince of Gujaareh, is cultured, charismatic, well-spoken, companionable and cherishes his family, but that doesn't stop him from trying to take over the world, from having people killed who stand in his way or from using them in horrible ways.
5th Feb '17 8:27:36 AM starlight9
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* ''Literature/NightfallSeries'': Prince Vladimir has destroyed human civilization and isnít above ColdBloodedTorture or killing children to further his goals. At the same time, heís very polite to his enemies and even gives Myra writing tips.
22nd Jan '17 2:38:01 PM Kakai
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* Esme of ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' is very friendly towards Iseult and is honestly worried for her well-being. As a matter of fact, she acts like a typical BigGood mentor... apart from the fact that she enslaves hundreds of people and helps design a brutal conquest of the entire continent.
11th Jan '17 4:00:34 PM SimiOfDoom
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* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has Bauchelain, who can calmly explain to the woman he's just raped why he should not have raped his manservant instead.

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* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
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Bauchelain, who can calmly explain to the woman he's just raped why he should not have raped his manservant instead.instead.
** Errastas is intentionally easy on the eyes and rather friendly as the queen's consort and hobby diplomat at court, when he's not backstabbing people or trying for [[spoiler: the destruction of all existance]].
22nd Dec '16 9:30:23 PM IndustriousArc
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* Luigi Vampa, who is perfectly polite to his prisoners in the one evening they have for their ransoms to arrive. The titular Count also cultivates this image toward Albert and Franz. Benedetto is remarkably likable and charming for someone who has committed nearly every crime on the books before the age of 21.

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* ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'': Luigi Vampa, who is perfectly polite to his prisoners in the one evening they have for their ransoms to arrive. The titular Count also cultivates this image toward Albert and Franz. Benedetto is remarkably likable and charming for someone who has committed nearly every crime on the books before the age of 21.
22nd Dec '16 9:29:53 PM IndustriousArc
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* Luigi Vampa, who is perfectly polite to his prisoners in the one evening they have for their ransoms to arrive. The titular Count also cultivates this image toward Albert and Franz. Benedetto is remarkably likable and charming for someone who has committed nearly every crime on the books before the age of 21.
22nd Oct '16 2:55:07 PM Xtifr
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* General Zaroff of ''TheMostDangerousGame'' forces protagonist Rainsford to participate in a hunting trip in which Rainsford is the prey after wining and dining him, giving him a night's stay in his lavish island mansion, and complimenting him on his book.
** More so in the movie than in the book. In both cases, while he does start off as genuinely AffablyEvil, he quickly slides into FauxAffablyEvil.

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* General Zaroff of ''TheMostDangerousGame'' "Literature/TheMostDangerousGame" forces protagonist Rainsford to participate in a hunting trip in which Rainsford is the prey after wining and dining him, giving him a night's stay in his lavish island mansion, and complimenting him on his book.
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book. (More so in the movie than in the book. In both cases, while he does start off as genuinely AffablyEvil, he quickly slides into FauxAffablyEvil._
21st Oct '16 8:21:30 AM MrThorfan64
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** Roose Bolton, whose banner is a flayed man and lives in the [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Dreadfort]], lives up to his family's reputation. Still, unlike his [[BastardBastard bastard son]], he can be quite a nice man if you are not his enemy.

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** Roose Bolton, whose banner is a flayed man and lives in the [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Dreadfort]], lives up to his family's reputation. Still, unlike his [[BastardBastard bastard son]], he can be quite a nice man if you are not his enemy.enemy, or at least that's the appearance he puts on, at one point casually talking about how he sired Ramsay by raping a woman beneath her husband's hanged body.
** [[EvilCripple "Lame" Lothar Frey]] can be quite an amiable person, however is one of the most dangerous Freys, being one of the [[spoiler:main architects of the [[NastyParty Red Wedding]]. He is distrusted by his other relatives, one of his older half-brothers Merrett Frey suspects Lothar intends to murder his way up the line of succession.]]
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