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6th Jun '17 7:21:32 PM nombretomado
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* Mimeo of the WhateleyUniverse. He cheerfully chats with another super, while really setting the guy up to be hunted forever by Mafia hitmen.

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* Mimeo of the WhateleyUniverse.Literature/WhateleyUniverse. He cheerfully chats with another super, while really setting the guy up to be hunted forever by Mafia hitmen.
6th Jun '17 8:02:14 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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** [[spoiler:[[Film/TwoThousandAndOneASpaceOdyssey HAL 9000]]]] opens his verse with [[spoiler:"[[ShoutOut I'm sorry, Bill. I can't let you do that.]]"]] but clearly isn't actually apologetic in the slightest.

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** [[spoiler:[[Film/TwoThousandAndOneASpaceOdyssey [[spoiler:[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL 9000]]]] opens his verse with [[spoiler:"[[ShoutOut I'm sorry, Bill. I can't let you do that.]]"]] but clearly isn't actually apologetic in the slightest.
6th Jun '17 7:59:19 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' has [[SatanicArchetype MissingNo]], who almost always speaks to Ash in a genial tone, but it's very clear that it considers him to be little more than a plaything to torment.

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* ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' has [[SatanicArchetype MissingNo]], who almost always speaks to Ash in a genial tone, but it's very clear that it considers him to be little more than a plaything to torment. Furthermore, while it talks about the horrible things it did to Ash's friends as though it were doing them favors, its disappointment at May not suffering a tragedy shows that it only really cares about hurting them.
27th May '17 2:55:18 AM Tehrannotaur
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Do not confuse with LaughablyEvil, which is a villain who is funny rather than polite. While many Faux Affably Evil villains are also LaughablyEvil, many other villains are one but not the other. Compare and contrast AffablyEvil (whose niceness is sincere) and this Trope's [[OppositeTropes opposite]], NobleDemon (whose demeanor is evil in contrast to their actions). ForTheEvulz is a common motivation, though using this trope as a form of ObfuscatingStupidity is also possible. Also see its (possibly) [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] counterpart BitchInSheepsClothing, where a {{Jerkass}} at the best of times, is hiding behind a NiceGuy facade in order to trick people and doesn't necessarily keep it after showing his real face, and StepfordSmiler, when a miserable and/or mentally unstable person is hiding behind a cheery and sweet facade. May also overlap with SoftSpokenSadist, SugaryMalice. Contrast with GoodIsNotNice, which is a good character that just isn't polite. Not to be confused with WickedCultured where a cultured façade hides unpleasant behavior.

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Do not confuse with LaughablyEvil, which is a villain who is funny rather than polite. While many Faux Affably Evil villains are also LaughablyEvil, many other villains are one but not the other. Compare and contrast AffablyEvil (whose niceness is sincere) and this Trope's [[OppositeTropes opposite]], NobleDemon (whose demeanor is evil in contrast to their actions). ForTheEvulz is a common motivation, though using this trope as a form of ObfuscatingStupidity is also possible. Also see its (possibly) [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] counterpart BitchInSheepsClothing, where a {{Jerkass}} at the best of times, is hiding behind a NiceGuy facade in order to trick people and doesn't necessarily keep it after showing his real face, and StepfordSmiler, when a miserable and/or mentally unstable person is hiding behind a cheery and sweet facade. May also overlap with SoftSpokenSadist, SugaryMalice. Contrast with GoodIsNotNice, which is a good character that just isn't polite. Not to be confused with WickedCultured where a cultured façade hides unpleasant behavior.
behavior. This trope is also one of the defining traits of a [[TheSociopath sociopath]].
24th May '17 3:11:20 PM Az_Tech341
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* O.J. Simpson is widely reported to be such behind closed doors.
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24th May '17 7:33:32 AM rossbparks
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* O.J. Simpson is widely reported to be such behind closed doors.
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9th May '17 7:25:19 PM NightShade96
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* FauxAffablyEvil/AnimeAndManga
* [[FauxAffablyEvil/AnimatedFilms Films Animation]]
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* FauxAffablyEvil/{{Literature}}
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', the Beast Titan [[spoiler:politely asks Mike about his equipment and removes it without harming him. He then proceeds to tell the other Titans that they may have their way with him, since he's finished with his business.]]
* Chang from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', who is openly friendly with the Lagoon Company. During his BreakingSpeech moment with Rock, he reveals that his friendliness doesn't mean a thing.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** BigBad Aizen. Sure, he ''pretends'' to be a charming, laid-back guy, but in reality, he's just being condescending; other people are insignificant insects to him and he doesn't hesitate to tell them this, when he doesn't need them anymore. When he realizes Urahara's smarter than he is [[spoiler:and Ichigo's a ''lot'' stronger than he is]], the Mr. Nice Guy -act goes right out the window.
** Tsukishima, in contrast to his CardCarryingVillain partner, [[spoiler:Ginjo]]. He acts polite and serene almost all the time, even while he {{Mind Rape}}s people with FakeMemories. When someone [[spoiler:suffers a mental breakdown due to conflicting memories]], the facade drops, revealing a sadistic monster.
** Quilge is a sadistic Quincy commander who, in the Japanese version, talks in [[{{Keigo}} polite speech]] when addressing his opponents and talking about the bad things he plans to do.
* ''Anime/BloodPlus'':
** Diva kills lots of people, drinks others' blood, [[spoiler:rapes and kills a boy to impregnate herself]], all while singing, prancing around in a white dress, and laughing childishly.
** Karl Fei-Ong can also be quite polite and cordial, particularly in his [[VillainWithGoodPublicity public persona]] as the Chairman of Le Lycee du Cinq Fleches, but beneath it all is an AxCrazy beast.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', Hanzo is 100% evil, but he's sees no need for rudeness and is quite a polite speaker, even when describing how he likes to torture and kill people.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** Schneizel. He seems like a nice, charming man. Of course, he's a Britannian Prince, so not so much. [[spoiler: He's introduced when authorizing the death of his sister's politically inconvenient, racial minority, Knight Of Honor, and proceeds to become the final villain, manipulating a mentally unstable genius into developing a nuclear weapon, then displays no particular concern as to how it is used, or who it kills, plans to destroy all the world capitals, and successfully destroys two Britannian cities. That's right. Britannian. As in, his own country. One of them was held by his self-declared enemy, and the other... well, just because his enemy was there.]]
** Prince Clovis. NiceGuy, most of the time. Except when he's authorized illegal experimentation behind his father's back, and tries to kill a district of third class citizens to hide it. Not much screentime, though.
** [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Depending on your interpretation]], main character, Lelouch, might qualify. He's a good person and all, especially to Nunnally... [[GoodIsNotSoft but he's done some really vicious things.]]
* Genma from the second season of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' is a pretty laid back guy who [[BaitTheDog initially seems to be Plucky Comic Relief]] and keeps that attitude even after it becomes clear that he is a vicious psychopath. The first indication of his Faux Affably Evil nature is a train hijacking he does, wherein to create a distraction, he runs down tons of people and shouts out something like (paraphrased) "All aboard" with the mangled corpse of the actual conductor beside him. Also fitting this trope is the fact that while he's clearly a DepravedBisexual pedophile, he expresses this through behavior and commentary that is disturbingly similar to your typical LovableSexManiac.
* [[KnightTemplar Light]] [[SoftSpokenSadist Yagami]] of ''Manga/DeathNote'' remains consistently polite and well-mannered, [[PassiveAggressiveKombat even during his confrontations with L]]. In reality, however, he has nothing but contempt for those who oppose him ([[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes with the exception of his family]]) and is very much willing to even manipulate and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness possibly dispose of]] his own supporters for the sake of his [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans master]] [[AGodAmI plan]].
* ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness'': Dr. Kazutaka Muraki poses as a polite doctor to cover up the fact that he rapes, tortures, kills, and experiments on children. He may seem charming at first, but that's hardly the truth.
* [[TheImp Picodevimon]] from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' presents himself as a friend to several of the heroes and proceeds to utterly deceive them, all with an oily polite demeanor. He drops this facade when his plans go awry, though.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** King Piccolo. He speaks politely to Goku and even praises his skills in their first fight after Goku lands a few blows and manages to knock him down... before beating Goku within an inch of his life. He also calmly offers one of the king's guards a position as one of his men. When he refused, Piccolo puts his hand through the guy's chest.
** Frieza is fairly polite, when he's in a good mood... and an OmnicidalManiac EvilOverlord, who will kill anyone who he feels is a threat to his power, in fear that someone will surpass him, going as far as driving entire species to extinction or blowing up planets [[ForTheEvulz just because he feels like it]].
** His father King Cold fits this trope even better. He calmly congratulates Trunks on destroying his son, offers to let him take his son's place, when told "no" asks to examine his sword... and then tries to kill him with it.
** Perfect Cell is a rather good sport in battle and even gives his opponents sporting chances to beat him... Until he starts losing, then he becomes a sore loser who is willing to kill himself along with the planet out of spite.
** Unlike [[GoodCounterpart Goku]], [[spoiler: Black Goku]] speaks in a soft, somewhat polite tone when addressing Future Trunks. His speaking pattern is actually quite formal. He also looks down on Saiyans, humans, or any mortal like they're filth, and sees death as a blessing to humanity. At the same time, he shows a great deal of respect towards Goku, [[WorthyOpponent who he calls the strongest of the proud warrior race]]. However, this sorta falls into faux too since [[spoiler: he killed his version of Goku once he took his body]].
* Izaya Orihara of ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' is a [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]], [[{{Jerkass}} arrogant]] prick who nevertheless manages to maintain a facade of politeness with almost everyone, even while discussing how best to screw over the maximum number of people possible for the [[ForTheLulz maximum amount of enjoyment possible]].
* The Caster/master pair in ''LightNovel/FateZero'' usually act like normal people, even while shredding little children to bits with CombatTentacles because they were bored. Caster himself enjoys [[HopeSpot pretending to be nice before horribly murdering someone]] for the extra shock value; his master seems to be just completely desensitized. Oddly enough, they also have the best relationship of all the master/servant pairings, despite the master having no magic. The good relationship is justified in-universe: When a master summons a servant without a catalyst (for example Kiritsugu used Avalon to summon Saber), the grail picks the Heroic Spirit who's personality is most similar to the master's.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Envy can sometimes be fairly amusing and seem like a FriendlyEnemy, but it's all an act, and [[LackOfEmpathy Envy is by far one of the most cruel and sadistic characters]] in the series. Father also might qualify. He can seem polite and reasonable and is even kind of goofy in his first meeting with the Elric brothers, but beneath it all, he's devoid of empathy and sees himself as so far above humans that he literally feels ''nothing'', not even hate or contempt, towards them.
** [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Solf J.]] [[TheSociopath Kimblee]] most certainly qualifies, too. He's shown many shades of WickedCultured and can be polite, charming, and an all-around charismatic fellow...when he's not making bombs out of women, children, and any other poor saps within arm's length.
** [[spoiler: Fuhrer King Bradley]] comes off at first as a charming family man and ReasonableAuthorityFigure. [[spoiler:He's actually a ruthless homunculus, Wrath, who ordered the war in Ishval.]] [[spoiler: Even worse in the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 Anime]] where he is revealed to be Pride, where he ordered that war gleefully, and remorselessly killed his own son]]
* Gauron from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' has a very quirky, highly amusing personality - while going around rampaging and killing people. Including his employers and co-workers. He has ''no'' redeeming qualities and has almost every vice and evil you can think of (being an AxCrazy, [[{{Shotacon}} pedophilic]] rapist and [[ILoveTheDead necrophiliac]] that will kill anyone and ''everyone'', [[ForTheEvulz just because]], and [[GreenEyedMonster gets jealous]] of and [[MurderTheHypotenuse tries to kill]] a ''16-year-old girl'' just because she's the girl Sousuke likes). But let's face it - it ''is'' very amusing to watch him mass murder while he [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor cracks horrible jokes]] and acts all happy.
* Yuno Gasai from ''Manga/FutureDiary''. She is seen by the school as a SchoolIdol and is very nice to everyone around her. In actuality, however, she is a {{Sociopath}}ic, [[ManipulativeBitch manipulative]], AxCrazy {{Yandere}}.
* In the ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' spinoff, "Little Army 2," Kilimanjaro, head of West Kureouji Grona, a school that copies St. Gloriana, is this. Like Darjeeling, she uses formal speech on her opponents, but does so in a highly condescending manner, particularly when showing up to taunt her school's longstanding rival Bellwall. It's perhaps exemplified, when, after hearing her little sister Nagisa tell her that she [[spoiler:refuses to continue spying on Bellwall]], in spite of being threatened with being forced out of tankery, Kilimanjaro smiles and [[BigSisterBully slaps Nagisa across the face]].
* ''Anime/{{Gundam}}'':
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''
*** Muruta Azrael. His charismatic nature and excitable personality lead to a lot of morbidly funny scenes (and who can forget the infamous 'YATTA!' scene), but he's also a [[FinalSolution genocidal]] [[TheSociopath sociopath]] bent on wiping out every Coordinator that exists.
*** Also Rau le Creuset. While behaving as a empathetic and professional leader for the benefit of ZAFT and the PLANT leadership, he is [[spoiler:playing both sides against one another in an effort to ''[[OmnicidalManiac cause the extinction of the entire human race, Natural and Coordinator.]]'']]
** From ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', [[TheChessmaster Prime Minister Wong Yunfat]], who presents an air of politeness and refinement even as he schemes, but loses it when things don't go as he planned.
** Gremmy Toto of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'' is polite and [[BunnyEarsLawyer quirky]] and initially seems to be a LaughablyEvil NobleDemon who is in over his head with [[BigBad Haman Khan]] and her army. He's actually far more evil than Haman could ever hope to be, is the [[CloningBlues reincarnation]] of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler wannabe [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Gihren Zabi]], and has plans that involve armies of mass-produced [[PsychicPowers psychic]] cloned ChildSoldiers. Some of his lines suggest that, behind the [[TheCharmer charismatic facade]] he is ''[[StepfordSmiler screaming]]'' on the inside.
** Ribbons Almark from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' always wears a facade of civility, but his [[SmugSnake condescension]] and [[AGodAmI God complex]] still shines through.
* ''Manga/{{InuYasha}}'': [[BigBad Naraku]] speaks politely, but it's obvious that it's merely a sign of mockery, somewhat justified as his [[ShapeshifterDefaultForm current disguise]] was a noble who used royal dialect. After Mount Hakurei, he drops the act completely in favor of being a SmugSuper.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
** Dio Brando. He's a smooth talker with legions of crazy-devoted followers, but at his core, he's completely self-centered and evil.
** Kakyoin notes this in the case of Terence T. D'Arby: "You give the impression of a gentleman... but you are the worst kind of madman."
* ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'':
** Mudou. He's fun to watch!
** From earlier on, there's Kaguro. He styles himself as a MagnificentBastard and is conversational with Yoshimori when they fight. He's more towards the AxCrazy end of the BloodKnight spectrum. And he [[spoiler: murdered Gen]] and is only an ayakashi because he was so completely insane as [[EvilMakesYouMonstrous a human.]]
* Nui Harime from ''Anime/KillLaKill'' acts like she a particularly saccharine schoolgirl, keeps complementing people, and flirts with all the pretty girls around her. And yet, she is a huge bitch, and revels in it. Probably the most telling instance of this is Nui's reaction to when TheHero, Ryuko, tries to start a fight her without even activating her battle transformation:
-->"But enough about me! Show me your Godrobe!\\
Are you holding back because I'm dressed like this? Didn't you see what short work I made of that Goku Uniform back there? You shouldn't hold back with that Godrobe of yours.\\
Still not convinced? Well, I'll show you something neat. Here we go! Ta-dah!\\
Yup, it's the other half of your Sword Scissor! Fresh off your father's corpse!"
* Nightmare from ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'' is an oddly [[LazyBum laid-back]] [[EvilOverlord sort of tyrant]]. He respects his employees and prefers to amuse himself with watching current events... and at the same time creates [[EldritchAbomination Demon Beasts/monsters]], terrorizes planets, levels or enslaves civilizations, and tortures others by entering their sleep and giving them nightmares [[ForTheEvulz just for the fun of it]]. Oh, and not only did his army slaughter a LaResistance unit, he also sped up an asteroid's course to crash into Popstar. Whoa.
* Quattro from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' affects a cute, friendly persona most of the time, but she's actually an unrepentantly evil SmugSnake.
* Dr. Hell from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' has a good helping of ItsAllAboutMe, but always keeps an educated, polite behavior and mannerisms, even when he is going to dissect someone to turn him or her into his next enslaved {{Cyborg}}.
* Johan, the title character of ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', has this as his specialty. He charms, he smiles, he seems to ''care'' and he's such a beautiful and brilliant young man... as he uses you and kills you and if he takes enough of an interest in you, he will probably take the time to kill all your hopes and dreams, first.
* Michio, the [[VillainProtagonist protagonist]] of ''Manga/{{MW}}'', really has a friendly personality, but is really a criminal who commits atrocious crimes for fun.
* Gargoyle from ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater''. He's willing to kill anyone so that his plans could go accordingly, yet he is so polite and refined towards his foes. Especially with Nemo and Nadia (who he calls Princess).
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** [[spoiler:Tobi]] likes to play the trickster archetype, which is why it's so disconcerting every time he reaffirms how much of a horrible person he is.
** Hidan from the Akatsuki, ''especially'' his anime rendition. Snarky, prone to weird faces, [[LargeHam hammy]], almost childish sometimes, and so ''fun'' to watch as he hammily pounces over the MoralEventHorizon. [[MisaimedFandom Too bad some fans]] [[DracoInLeatherPants took it in another way.]]
** [[MadBomber Deidara]]. Just as [[LargeHam loud]] as Hidan and more [[AmbiguouslyGay flamboyant]], yet he is stated by Pain to have joined Akatsuki only for shits and giggles. In fact, Deidara was forced to join Akatsuki after losing a bet against Itachi. It doesn't make him any less of an example of this trope, however - while really desperately trying to pass off as a [[EvilIsCool "cool" villain]] he has to put up a humongous effort to hide his rampant insanity. [[VillainousBreakdown That is, until the very end.]]
** Gengo in Shikamaru's Story. He's initially appears AffablyEvil and charismatic enough to convert anyone who hears him talk and get them to join his attempts to build a Shinobi empire. The first cracks in the facade show when [[spoiler:So and Roku, Shikamaru's teammates from the Anbu]], despite appearing to have bought into his ideology, appear to have been tortured. Once it's revealed that [[spoiler:Gengo has been relying on a CompellingVoice to brainwash people to his side]], and Shikamaru faces him in combat, Gengo [[VillainousBreakdown loses his affability entirely]].
-->'''Gengo''': [[IllKillYou I will kill you]], you bastard. And I will pull all those in the hall together into the same mind, and we will proceed with my ambition.
-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Shikamaru]]''': Whoa, whoa, now I'm 'you bastard'? [[LampshadeHanging You don't even realize your true colors are showing here]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has quite a few examples:
** Arlong keeps a calm tone even as he slaughters humans out of sheer racist superiority, calmly lying to Nami for 8 years that if she gets enough money he'll let her go, then hires a corrupt marine to steal all the treasure she gathered just as she reached her goal, and calmly telling her to just start over as he just laughs at her! This is especially pronounced in the 4kids dub, when he cheerfully offers Luffy good conditions if he agrees to become a slave, and this line, after he [[{{Bowdlerization}} sends Bellemere to the dungeon]].
-->'''4kids Arlong''': If you can't pay the cash, then you're out with the trash... and feel free to quote me! YEAH!
** Crocodile seems like a calm and reasonable enough guy, but the second he gets (or fails to get) what he wants or finds out you've failed him in ANY way he drops the politeness and orders your death in the same calm tone.
** Blackbeard is this and a bit genuinely AffablyEvil. He might at first come off as a friendly sort of guy with a big smile on his face, but could quickly turn to killing and mocking you, all while wearing the same exact smile. Though for all his unpleasantness he does seem to genuinely care about his crew, [[spoiler:despite gaming all of his newer members by making them fight to the death and taking the survivors. Granted they were among the most evil and unrepentant criminals in all of Impel Down but still.]] Plus his friendly demeanor whenever it shows for the most part IS genuine, which makes him all the more evil.
** Caesar Clown is even worse, [[spoiler:He managed to successfully manipulate various prisoners and Brownbeard's Crew into becoming his underlings by coming off as a great scientific hero to them "curing" them of their afflictions (with Help from Trafalgar Law) when in fact He's the one who poisoned them.]] [[spoiler:The guy also came off as a kind caring "Master" to many children who ended up on Punk Hazard for his treatment of their diseases, when in reality he's been lying to their faces, they were kidnapped to be his Guinea Pigs, he's been drugging them for well over a year with his FantasticDrug candy turning them into giants, worst part is that many of them might not live for 5 more years because of all the drugs they've ingested]] Caesar has done all of this without so much as breaking his polite facade even once around them, he's basically a mix of Frieza and The Joker. Funny enough he's played by Creator/RyuseiNakao.
* ''Anime/PrettyCure'':
** Joker from ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' acts like a fun guy, is almost always smiling, and speaks to Pretty Cure as if they're just having casual conversation...while he drives them to soul-crushing despair and laughs how they'll never defeat the Bad End Kingdom or revive the queen.
** Regina from ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'' just want to be friends with Mana. [[ItsAllAboutMe It would have been fine if not for the fact that she's openly trying to destroy everything and kill everyone that stands between Mana and her.]] The fact that she's the daughter of the EldritchAbomination BigBad doesn't help.
* Keith White of ''Manga/ProjectARMS'' has shades of this. He is very calm and polite towards the protagonists, before trying to kill them in the most violent, horrific way possible. [[spoiler:In a flashback, it's shown that he spoke kindly to Alice when she asked him for a special present for her birthday and, upon hearing her request was to go outside with the other experimental children, he calmly hit her.]]
* [[spoiler:Kyubey]] in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. As the series progresses, we see [[spoiler:him]] slowly morph from [[spoiler:helpful (if you are lucky enough to get your questions right) MentorMascot]] to uncaring ManipulativeBastard. Worse, [[spoiler:he]] stays polite and helpful [[spoiler:(again, if you are lucky enough to get your questions right)]] the entire time. [[spoiler: It's eventually stated that he's simply [[BlueAndOrangeMorality unable to understand why what he's doing is monstrous]].]]
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Nabiki Tendo is generally pleasant and easy to get along with, but she doesn't even try to hide her true colors: a completely amoral, ruthless, and {{greed}}y bitch with a complete LackOfEmpathy and a MoneyFetish that almost makes [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants Mr. Krabs]] look tame by comparison.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' gives us Hokuto Kaneshiro. He makes friends with Tsukune, supports peace at Yokai Academy, is a strong, determined leader, and has a close friend... [[spoiler:in the form of dancing-mad ''[[TheDragon Kiriya Yoshi]]'', and only because Kiriya is the one who gave him monstrel blood so he could fend for himself. Go on, Tsukune. [[SchmuckBait Look away for a moment]]. You'll find everyone beaten to the ground, and Hokuto standing there with a stick in his hand, insisting that emotions are pointless. Oh, and don't expect him to be any better a year after you and Moka kick his ass - sure, he might have helped you stop ''his own plan'', but he's still going to strangle you with his inconsistently-changing monstrel hand, gloating that you ''can't protect your girlfriend''. Ouch.]]
* ''Manga/ShamanKing'''s [[BigBad Hao Asakura]] seems to go back and forth between this and being a [[AffablyEvil genuinely goodhearted guy]], who [[WellIntentionedExtremist commits monstrous acts]] [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans for the greater good.]] A complex character, to be sure, but no matter how you view him, he's undeniably entertaining to watch.
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'':
** Sugou from the ALO arc. He talks to both Kirito and Asuna as if they're friends, but both of them, as well as readers know right off the bat of just what an asshole he is. He threw it away sometime after.
** Morte from ''Progressive''. He uses polite speech and is fond of joking around and [[PungeonMaster making bad puns]], but Kirito's wary of him because of this, and for good reason. Morte threatens to alert the nearby enemies to Kirito's presence, thereby sabotaging his attempt at completing the quest, and it's soon revealed that he's been playing the DKB and ALS against each other for some unknown purpose. Kirito even [[LampshadeHanging notices this]], along with [[PoliteVillainsRudeHeroes acknowledging coming off as rude in comparison]].
-->'''Morte''': ''(after accepting a duel, during which he plans to kill Kirito)'', Roger that, man. I'm getting so nervous thinking about a duel with ''the'' Kirito. Can we take a photo to commemorate after the fight? Oh, wait, we haven't gotten to the point where screenshot items show up yet. Aww, too bad...
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'':
** Eto pretty much embodies this trope. She frequently puts on a sweet demeanor, chatting with people in a cheerful fashion and offering them advice about their problems..... but is utterly twisted by her hatred of the world and takes pleasure in destroying the lives of others. In particular, she seems to enjoy a nice game of CorruptTheCutie or ColdBloodedTorture, often taking special care to destroy families in the process.
** Dr. Akihiro Kanou has cultivated a kind and paternal bedside manner, always speaking politely to people. He's [[spoiler: a prolific MadScientist that believes he is AboveGoodAndEvil, utterly lacking in compassion and willing to use or kill anyone for the sake of his experiments]].
* ''{{Trigun}}'':
** [[TheDragon Legato Bluesummers]] does a bit of this, although he is as freaky-evil as possible in his first meeting with ''Vash'', specifically.
** The anime version of [[BigBad Knives]] does a bit of this whenever interacting with Vash. Notably, his cheerful "yo, Vash!" upon their reunion in July, while sitting on a desk next to the just-murdered corpse of its owner, whom Vash was coming to visit. A similar but more elegant friendly greeting appears when Vash arrives for the final battle. However, because this demeanor only applies to his brother, and because he would probably not do anything ''to'' said brother if Vash just got out of his way, this may be more of a single-target AffablyEvil.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** Yami Bakura. Unrepentantly evil, [[AxCrazy Sadistic]], DeadpanSnarker, and extremely [[MagnificentBastard charismatic]].
** Yami Marik would also count. In the original Japanese more so.
* Dennis is like this in ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV''; his polite and soft-spoken personality remains even after being revealed as a member of Duel Academy, but he's clearly as sadistic as any other member, vowing to destroy Shay slowly before his second Duel with him began, eventually dropping the act entirely when he calls it a "Hunting Game".
* Lord Kuruku from ''Anime/UnicoInTheIslandOfMagic'' is polite enough when he's in a good mood, but he is a cruel being at heart and won't hesitate to [[AndIMustScream make you a part of his castle.]] His mannerisms are very much like [[Manga/{{Dragonball}} Freeza's]].
* Muska from the Creator/StudioGhibli movie ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'' fits this trope to a T. He pretends to be an affable, trustworthy man in service of the government, until he reveals [[spoiler:he intended to use Laputa as his personal battle ship to dominate the world]]. He turns downright [[AxCrazy scary]] when the protagonists appear to foil his plot.
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* Many [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney villains]]:
** "I have given me word not to lay a finger or a hook on Disney/PeterPan. [[LoopholeAbuse And Captain Hook never breaks a promise...]]"
** ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'': Lady Tremaine. She doesn't often raise her voice and can seem quite pleasant, but she loves the use of ExactWords, is a ManipulativeBastard when it comes to setting her daughters on Cinderella.
** Maleficent of ''SleepingBeauty'' is a horned fairy with pale green skin - and acts and talks just like the prim high-society lady she bitterly wishes she were treated as. Her worst moment is in Prince Philip's dungeon cell, where she "comforts" him by promising to let him out in 100 years to free Princess Aurora...at which point both he and his horse will be so old and frail they will barely be able to walk.
** ''Disney/TheJungleBook'':
*** Shere Khan has a mock gentleman personality, speaking politely with Kaa while not so subtly threatening him. When he meets Mowgli, he mockingly gives him a 10 second head start because "that makes the chase more interesting... for me."
*** Kaa himself, who promises to protect Mowgli just as he's preparing to crush the boy to death. This goes for Scarlett Johansson's portrayal as well.
** ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'': The magnificent, ''marvelous'' [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Mad Madame Mim]]!
** The Sheriff of Nottingham in ''Disney/RobinHood'' is quite cheerful and polite on the surface, but it's just to toy with people. He'll take from the church's poor box, a blind beggar's cup, or a ''crying child's birthday present'', and he'll enjoy every rotten moment of it--all the while asserting in his folksy Southern accent that Prince John sends his best regards.
** ''Disney/TheRescuers'': Percival C. [=McLeach=]...
** ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'': Ratigan. This is ultimately one of the things, as mentioned above, that makes his VillainousBreakdown all the more terrifying; he puts up a slick and suave exterior, but we occasionally see hints of his feral nature kept just under control...until the final showdown.
--->'''Ratigan:''' My dear Bartholomew... I'm afraid that you've gone and upset me.
** Gaston of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has few redeeming characteristics, but manages to be entertaining due to being [[TestosteronePoisoning a parody of over-the-top masculinity]]. Until Belle spurns him once and for all, that is.
** Jafar from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' is closer to this than to the AffablyEvil he's sometimes listed as. AffablyEvil might kill you, but it couldn't hurt to sing about humiliating you and make your girlfriend watch, right?
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Scar acts like a kindly uncle towards Simba while secretly plotting his and Mufasa's deaths.
** Shan-Yu from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', depending on how you take his mild tone of voice. When the Huns catch two Imperial scouts, he kneels down and adjusts one of their scarves and compliments them for finding the Hun Army. He even lets them go, to tell the Emperor he's coming. And then has one of them shot InTheBack. Also when he says that they should go through the village to 'return' a doll to a little girl.
--->'''Shan Yu:''' Go! Tell your Emperor to send his strongest armies. I'm ready.\\
''[The two soldiers scurry off, one after the other.]''\\
'''Shan Yu:''' How many men does it take to deliver a message?\\
'''Hun Archer:''' One.
** ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' has Claude Frollo, who affects a caring demeanor towards Quasimodo, acting as though his exile in the belltower is a kindness, saving him from the cruelties of the outside world.
** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' has Hades as its Faux Affably Evil BigBad. He talks like a [[HonestJohnsDealership used car salesman]] and makes wisecracks while screwing over everyone as much as possible. That being said, outside of his source material, he acts more Affably Evil instead in comparison to the other Disney villains, particularly in ''Mickey's House of Mouse''.
--->'''Hades:''' Baboom. Name is Hades, lord of the dead. Hi, howya doin'?
** Yzma from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] when, after some of her henchmen are turned into animals, she calmly excuses one of them when he requests permission to leave and even asks if any of the others wish to depart.
** ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': "A tip of the hat from Dr. Facilier."
** ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': Mother Gothel's domineering mother act and her general manipulative personality is this in spades.
** ''WreckItRalph'': [[spoiler:King Candy]]. Oh, [[spoiler:King Candy]]. At first glance, [[spoiler:this little Mad Hatter knockoff seems about as harmful as a cube of taffy]]. But it becomes slowly clear that he's infinitely more malicious than he lets on. [[spoiler: It also helps that he's an excellent liar, and savvy enough to have everyone, up to and including the audience, eating out of his palm.]]
** ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': [[spoiler:Prince Hans]], as part of his status as TheSociopath. Again, he's good enough to fool the audience.
** ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': [[spoiler: Bellwether puts on a facade of friendliness as a politician and tries to win Judy Hoops over to her side. When Judy refuses to join the anti-predator conspiracy, Bellwether wastes no time trying to engineer her murder by turning Nick savage. ]]
** ''Disney/{{Moana}}'': Tamatoa the [[GiantEnemyCrab crab monster]]. He acts goofy and happily starts singing a very upbeat GlamRock VillainSong to Moana, then tries to eat her in the middle of it before delivering a savage beating to Maui.
* Bradley Uppercrust III from ''WesternAnimation/AnExtremelyGoofyMovie''. He's polite to team prospects (though passive-aggressive to non-prospects and others) but never means any of it. He's ruthless enough to [[spoiler: deliberately endanger his opponents and leave his own right hand man to die.]]
* ''Creator/DreamworksAnimation'':
** Fairy Godmother from ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}''.
** Rumpelstiltskin in ''WesternAnimation/ShrekForeverAfter''. Right up until his victims sign the [[DealWithTheDevil Deal With The Devil]], he is all politeness and sweet talk. Then he laughs manically at their doomed fate.
** Lord Shen, from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', is very pleasant and polite to his enemies, but he doesn't even really attempt to fool anyone that he is a violent monster. When his foes don't heed any of his warnings, he stops the threatening formalities and quickly proceeds to blow anyone up who opposes him.
* Lord Business, the main antagonist in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', is a practical embodiment of this trope. It is truly creepy how he can be completely conversational one minute, before descending into pure twisted evil without having to change his mood due to [[{{Sadist}} his sheer enjoyment of people's suffering]]. Of course, seeing as there's always something behind that expression, you can't trust this guy at all as anything he says is either dripping with sick joy at his manipulation of others or crushing wrath if you ever disappoint him. So plenty of treading on an incredibly fine line around him. [[MoodDissonance Just because he's a LEGO figure...]] The scene [[spoiler: involving Good Cop Bad Cop's parents and the inevitable erasure of Good Cop]] is full-blooded evidence of Lord Business' basis in this trope. [[spoiler: Just watch his expressions and behaviour - you will not be able to argue differently]].
* Scarlet Overkill in ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}'' initially seems to be AffablyEvil like most of the other super villains, but after [[spoiler:Bob becomes King of England]], she quickly drops the act and shows just how affable she really is.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'': "You'd better pay attention now, 'cause I'm the Boogie Man!"
* ''Creator/{{Pixar}}'':
** [[spoiler:Charles Muntz]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''. He's polite and friendly to any visitors he may find...as long as [[spoiler:he doesn't think they're after the bird]]. At that point, [[AxCrazy he shows just how off his rocker he is]].
** Lotso, from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', anyone?
** Hopper from ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' has moments when he acts polite while or after doing something horrendous. While preparing to feed Dot to Thumper, he politely asks her if she's afraid of grasshoppers. After three of his gang ask why they have to go back to Ant Island, he behaves as though he agrees with them - that it would be a better idea to stay home; then he kills them, explaining that they're not returning primarily for food, but to keep the ants in line.
-->''"Does anybody else wanna stay?"''
* ''CorpseBride'': Barkis attempts to make himself presentable and tries to put on a charmingly polite demeanor in order to wed Victoria. Even though it's clear to viewers that his intentions are no good.
* Nigel, the sadistic DragonInChief in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}''. He rarely outright insults someone, and tends to talk in a calm, friendly manner...while relishing in his villainy and "convincing" someone to be his {{Mook}} by dropping them from several hundred feet.
* The Grand Duke Of Owls in ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle''. As a grand duke, he tries to act sophisticated, but his HairTriggerTemper ruins it. Even when calm it's clear his politeness is a façade.
-->"Hello, kitty? It's the duke. I'm afraid I have some bad news. Ahem, when the batteries on your friends' flashlights expire, so will they. Good luck with that, cheerio, bye".
* ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule:'' Anyone want a beer?
* Rothbart from ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'': He killed the king and kidnapped the titular princess in order to gain control of the kingdom--''because he learned the first time around that stealing it was not the way to go'', and constantly remains one step ahead of the heroes. If not for blind luck, the main characters would be dead. He's also a DeadpanSnarker of sorts and never loses his temper.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler:'' Zigzag, the EvilChancellor. He gives the king a "bountiful maiden" and a massage, and [[RhymesOnADime speaks in rhyme]]--but his "friendly" actions are just for manipulation and to keep the king busy.

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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Many [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney villains]]:
** "I have given me word not to lay a finger or a hook on Disney/PeterPan. [[LoopholeAbuse And Captain Hook never breaks a promise...]]"
** ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'': Lady Tremaine. She doesn't often raise her voice and can seem quite pleasant, but she loves the use
In ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', Catbert, Evil Director of ExactWords, is a ManipulativeBastard when it comes to setting her daughters on Cinderella.
** Maleficent of ''SleepingBeauty'' is a horned fairy with pale green skin - and acts and talks just like the prim high-society lady she bitterly wishes she were treated as. Her worst moment is in Prince Philip's dungeon cell, where she "comforts" him by promising to let him out in 100 years to free Princess Aurora...at which point both he and his horse will be so old and frail they will barely be able to walk.
** ''Disney/TheJungleBook'':
*** Shere Khan has a mock gentleman personality, speaking politely with Kaa while not so subtly threatening him. When he meets Mowgli, he mockingly gives him a 10 second head start
Human Resources, was hired precisely because "that makes he possesses this quality. The caption of the chase more interesting... for me."
*** Kaa himself, who promises to protect Mowgli just as he's preparing to crush the boy to death. This goes for Scarlett Johansson's portrayal as well.
** ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'': The magnificent, ''marvelous'' [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Mad Madame Mim]]!
** The Sheriff of Nottingham in ''Disney/RobinHood''
page image is quite cheerful and polite on the surface, but it's just to toy with people. He'll take a quote from the church's poor box, a blind beggar's cup, or a ''crying child's birthday present'', and he'll enjoy every rotten moment of it--all the while asserting strip in his folksy Southern accent that Prince John sends his best regards.
** ''Disney/TheRescuers'': Percival C. [=McLeach=]...
** ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'': Ratigan. This is ultimately one of the things, as mentioned above, that makes his VillainousBreakdown all the more terrifying;
which he puts up a slick and suave exterior, but we occasionally see hints of his feral nature kept just under control...until the final showdown.
--->'''Ratigan:''' My dear Bartholomew... I'm afraid that you've gone and upset me.
** Gaston of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has few redeeming characteristics, but manages to be entertaining due to being [[TestosteronePoisoning a parody of over-the-top masculinity]]. Until Belle spurns him once and for all, that is.
** Jafar from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' is closer to this than to the AffablyEvil he's sometimes listed as. AffablyEvil might kill you, but it couldn't hurt to sing about humiliating you and make your girlfriend watch, right?
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Scar acts like a kindly uncle towards Simba while secretly plotting his and Mufasa's deaths.
** Shan-Yu from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', depending on how you take his mild tone of voice. When the Huns catch two Imperial scouts, he kneels down and adjusts one of their scarves and compliments them for finding the Hun Army. He even lets them go, to tell the Emperor he's coming. And then has one of them shot InTheBack. Also when he says that they should go through the village to 'return' a doll to a little girl.
--->'''Shan Yu:''' Go! Tell your Emperor to send his strongest armies. I'm ready.\\
''[The two soldiers scurry off, one after the other.]''\\
'''Shan Yu:''' How many men does it take to deliver a message?\\
'''Hun Archer:''' One.
** ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' has Claude Frollo, who affects a caring demeanor towards Quasimodo, acting as though his exile in the belltower is a kindness, saving him from the cruelties of the outside world.
** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' has Hades as its Faux Affably Evil BigBad. He talks like a [[HonestJohnsDealership used car salesman]] and makes wisecracks while screwing over everyone as much as possible. That being said, outside of his source material, he acts more Affably Evil instead in comparison to the other Disney villains, particularly in ''Mickey's House of Mouse''.
--->'''Hades:''' Baboom. Name is Hades, lord of the dead. Hi, howya doin'?
** Yzma from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] when, after some of her henchmen are turned into animals, she calmly excuses one of them when he requests permission to leave and even asks if any of the others wish to depart.
** ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': "A tip of the hat from Dr. Facilier."
** ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': Mother Gothel's domineering mother act and her general manipulative personality is this in spades.
** ''WreckItRalph'': [[spoiler:King Candy]]. Oh, [[spoiler:King Candy]]. At first glance, [[spoiler:this little Mad Hatter knockoff seems about as harmful as a cube of taffy]]. But it becomes slowly clear that he's infinitely more malicious than he lets on. [[spoiler: It also helps that he's an excellent liar, and savvy enough to have everyone, up to and including the audience, eating out of his palm.]]
** ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': [[spoiler:Prince Hans]], as part of his status as TheSociopath. Again, he's good enough to fool the audience.
** ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': [[spoiler: Bellwether puts on a facade of friendliness as a politician and tries to win Judy Hoops over to her side. When Judy refuses to join the anti-predator conspiracy, Bellwether wastes no time trying to engineer her murder by turning Nick savage. ]]
** ''Disney/{{Moana}}'': Tamatoa the [[GiantEnemyCrab crab monster]]. He acts goofy and happily starts singing a very upbeat GlamRock VillainSong to Moana, then tries to eat her in the middle of it before delivering a savage beating to Maui.
* Bradley Uppercrust III from ''WesternAnimation/AnExtremelyGoofyMovie''. He's polite to team prospects (though passive-aggressive to non-prospects and others) but never means any of it. He's ruthless enough to [[spoiler: deliberately endanger his opponents and leave his own right hand man to die.]]
* ''Creator/DreamworksAnimation'':
** Fairy Godmother from ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}''.
** Rumpelstiltskin in ''WesternAnimation/ShrekForeverAfter''. Right up until his victims sign the [[DealWithTheDevil Deal With The Devil]], he is all politeness and sweet talk. Then he laughs manically at their doomed fate.
** Lord Shen, from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', is very pleasant and polite to his enemies, but he doesn't even really attempt to fool anyone that he is a violent monster. When his foes don't heed any of his warnings, he stops the threatening formalities and quickly proceeds to blow anyone up who opposes him.
* Lord Business, the main antagonist in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', is a practical embodiment of this trope. It is truly creepy how he can be completely conversational one minute, before descending into pure twisted evil without having to change his mood due to [[{{Sadist}} his sheer enjoyment of people's suffering]]. Of course, seeing as there's always something behind that expression, you can't trust this guy at all as anything he says is either dripping with sick joy at his manipulation of others or crushing wrath if you ever disappoint him. So plenty of treading on an incredibly fine line around him. [[MoodDissonance Just because he's a LEGO figure...]] The scene [[spoiler: involving Good Cop Bad Cop's parents and the inevitable erasure of Good Cop]] is full-blooded evidence of Lord Business' basis in this trope. [[spoiler: Just watch his expressions and behaviour - you will not be able to argue differently]].
* Scarlet Overkill in ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}'' initially seems to be AffablyEvil like most of the other super villains, but after [[spoiler:Bob becomes King of England]], she quickly drops the act and shows just how affable she really is.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'': "You'd better pay attention now, 'cause I'm the Boogie Man!"
* ''Creator/{{Pixar}}'':
** [[spoiler:Charles Muntz]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''. He's polite and friendly to any visitors he may find...as long as [[spoiler:he doesn't think they're after the bird]]. At that point, [[AxCrazy he shows just how off his rocker he is]].
** Lotso, from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', anyone?
** Hopper from ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' has moments when he acts polite while or after doing something horrendous. While preparing to feed Dot to Thumper, he politely asks her if she's afraid of grasshoppers. After three of his gang ask why they have to go back to Ant Island, he behaves as though he agrees with them - that it would be a better idea to stay home; then he kills them, explaining that they're not returning primarily for food, but to keep the ants in line.
-->''"Does anybody else wanna stay?"''
* ''CorpseBride'': Barkis attempts to make himself presentable and tries to put on a charmingly polite demeanor in order to wed Victoria. Even though it's clear to viewers that his intentions are no good.
* Nigel, the sadistic DragonInChief in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}''. He rarely outright insults someone, and tends to talk in a calm, friendly manner...while relishing in his villainy and "convincing" someone to be his {{Mook}} by dropping them from several hundred feet.
* The Grand Duke Of Owls in ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle''. As a grand duke, he tries to act sophisticated, but his HairTriggerTemper ruins it. Even when calm it's clear his politeness is a façade.
-->"Hello, kitty? It's the duke. I'm afraid I have some bad news. Ahem, when the batteries on your friends' flashlights expire, so will they. Good luck with that, cheerio, bye".
* ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule:'' Anyone want a beer?
* Rothbart from ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'': He killed the king and kidnapped the titular princess in order to gain control of the kingdom--''because he learned the first time around that stealing it
was not the way to go'', and constantly remains one step ahead of the heroes. If not for blind luck, the main characters would be dead. He's also a DeadpanSnarker of sorts and never loses his temper.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler:'' Zigzag, the EvilChancellor. He gives the king a "bountiful maiden" and a massage, and [[RhymesOnADime speaks in rhyme]]--but his "friendly" actions are just for manipulation and to keep the king busy.
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* The Butcher in ''Film/AlexCross'' is very polite in his phone conversations with Cross, even addressing him as Dr. Cross. He never raises his voice, and he expresses admiration for one of his victims' ability to withstand pain under the torture he inflicted on her.
* Reno Smith is nice to Macreedy in the beginning of ''Film/BadDayAtBlackRock''.
* Creator/JackNicholson's portrayal of ComicBook/TheJoker in the Tim Burton ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie qualifies as this, like in his scene with Vicki at the museum and his scene with Bruce and Vicki at Vicki's apartment.
* Christopher Walken again in ''BatmanReturns''. His Max Shreck is a master at balancing his dual roles of gentleman and thug, acting just menacing enough to be chilling while also being just charming enough to let you know that [[VillainWithGoodPublicity no one would ever believe you if you ratted on him]]. Like when he catches Selina Kyle looking over his secret - and illegal - plans to stockpile electrical power:
-->'''Max:''' Who would you say this to?\\
'''Selina:''' ''[nervously]'' Nobody.\\
'''Max:''' What did... curiosity do... to the cat?\\
'''Selina:''' I'm no cat. I'm just an assistant. A secretary.\\
'''Max:''' And a very good one.\\
'''Selina:''' ''Too'' good?
** He then backs her against a window, letting on that he might, you know, just decide to shove her out of it. [[HopeSpot Then he puts on a "just-kidding" facial expression, and they both laugh.]] Then he snarls and slams her through.
* In ''Film/BigGame'', Hazar acts very friendly and professional when explaining to a hapless tour guide that he's about to shoot down a passenger plane, that he's going to kill the guide and that the man better start running. He retains the disposition thoughout the film.
* Karl in ''{{Film/Blackout}}'' 2008 film.
* In ''Film/CabinByTheLake'', Stanley is a reclusive but popular member of the community and acts like a good-humored horror fan at the local film club's movie screenings. It's a mask, as he's actually an emotionless psychopath who murders women for his own amusement.
* In ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'', this is the facade that [[spoiler:Noah Cross]] hides behind. Beneath, [[spoiler:Cross]] is a living example of what a man is capable of doing if he had no moral scruples and no law to stop him.
-->[[spoiler:'''Cross:''']] See, Mr. Gittes, most people never have to face the fact that, at the right time, and the right place, they're capable of ''ANYTHING''.
* Alex [=DeLarge=] in ''Film/AClockworkOrange''.
* Peter Stormare as Lucifer, in what's easily [[OneSceneWonder the best scene]] of ''Film/{{Constantine}}''. Lucifer manages to be hilarious and genuinely creepy at the same time.
* ''Film/{{Creepshow}}'': Richard (played by Leslie Nielsen) from "Something to Tide You Over" puts on a friendly facade as he's extracting his revenge. He talks to Harry almost like he's meeting an old friend he hasn't seen in a while, while arranging to bury him alive and drown him and gloating about how he already murdered his wife.
* Kathryn Merteuil of ''Film/CruelIntentions''. She's like the Lady Theatre/{{Macbeth}} of the Upper East Side. Makes [[SmugSnake smug little pronouncements]] that make you want to strangle her in the most demure, ladylike tones imaginable. Her act does break down occasionally when she's particularly angry, allowing the [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Womanchild]] in her to emerge.
* A pretty blonde Southern woman in ''Film/CSATheConfederateStatesOfAmerica'' (which is based on the premise that the South won the Civil War and slavery has survived into the 21st century) hosts a slave auction on the Internet and delightfully coos over some cute "pickaninnies"--black children being placed on the auction block. Probably ''intended'' to be AffablyEvil--or, come to think of it, just plain affable--in-universe, but due to ValuesDissonance, it's more this trope for us.
* In ''Film/CubeZero'', Jax behaves like a jolly enforcer of the sinister government and maintains a pleasant but scornful demeanor while he murders people and hunts down his human lab rats.
* Bane, the villain in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', is terrifyingly brutal and utterly merciless. But he sounds like Creator/PatrickStewart after four martinis and a large dose of Ecstasy, calm, polite, and friendly... even when he's crushing your skull.
* ''Film/DeathProof''. While stalking his victims, Stuntman Mike takes the guise of a cheesy but occasionally charming guy to hide being a murderous pervert. After getting run off the road, he tries to give his second batch of would-be victims a cheery salute for surviving, but ''they're'' not playing around.
* Simon Phoenix from ''Film/DemolitionMan'' seems like a real fun guy to be around. Too bad he's a psychopath who'd probably maim you twice for shits and giggles. Think TheJoker in the body of [[Film/TheFifthElement Ruby Rhod]].
* ''Film/DieHard'': Hans Gruber puts on a friendly persona, but it's all an act. While he does get a couch for a pregnant lady giving birth, it's simply so he and his men do not have to deal with her screaming. [[spoiler: He later forces the woman up to the rooftop with the other hostages to kill them, all for some money]].
-->'''Gruber:''' Mr. Takagi. I could talk about industrialization and men's fashions all day, but I'm afraid work must intrude, and my associate here has some questions for you.
* Calvin Candie of ''Film/DjangoUnchained''. Charming, cheerful, and all-around Southern Gentleman...and his EstablishingCharacterMoment has him gleefully watching a pair of slaves ''beat each other to death''. He's also freaking horrifying when he [[UnstoppableRage loses his cool.]] Comparing Candie from when he is happy to when he isn't illustrates the difference between AffablyEvil and Faux Affably Evil; the latter is possibly best exemplified when, after [[spoiler: Steven exposes Django and Schultz's scheme]] he maintains his demeanour in a rather more sinister tone to put them on edge, before flipping into ChewingTheScenery-level anger and threat-making, and then alternating between the two states to scare everyone, during all of which he is never actually rude, and he never fails to use "mister" or "doctor" when addressing his fellow white men. [[spoiler: His EvilGloating after his victory also takes this form, as he offers Schultz dessert and cites Southern courtesy as the reason for his insisting that Schultz shake his hand, but here his courtesy is clearly for the purpose of rubbing Schultz' defeat in his face]].
* Jason Lee as Azrael in ''Film/{{Dogma}}''. "I'll have a...Holy Bartender."
* ''Film/{{Downfall}}'' depicts UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler like this. Hitler is initially polite and affectionate to the people in his Fuhrerbunker as well as all the poor souls fighting and dying outside for his doomed philosophy. As the film progresses, and his situation gets progressively worse, the psychotic, petty and cruel mass-murdering monster becomes more apparent, as does the fact that his friendly persona is a calculated ruse designed to [[TakingYouWithMe seduce his subordinates into joining him in death]] out of guilt or a tragically misplaced sense of loyalty. It did backfire somewhat as some MoralGuardians did criticize the film for depicting Hitler as "too sympathetic".
* Agent Kruger from ''Film/{{Elysium}}'' can act pretty playful and chatty while stalking and brutally maiming his prey. That and when he interrogates Frey, he tells her to cover the eyes of her daughter, because he doesn't like to commit violence in front the kids.
* In ''Film/ExMachina'', Nathan often affects false sympathy or concern to torment his robots, although he does it to Caleb too on a less frequent basis.
* ''Film/TheGreatWhiteHype'': Sultan. But then he is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_King_(boxing_promoter) Don King]] {{Expy}}
* ''Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch'': Conal Cochran is the owner of a mask company, and seems nice at first, but it turns out he wants to kill millions of children. nHe leaves the hero in a DeathTrap to die, telling him "Happy Halloween". [[spoiler: When he's defeated, he slowly claps his hands, hinting at being a GracefulLoser, however, it's revealed he left a little present for the main character]].
* ''Film/TheHobbit'':
** The Goblin King in ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney'', while thoroughly unpleasant and evil, is rather jolly and articulate. [[spoiler: Gollum]] is another example because no matter how cheerful and enthusiastic and adorable he is, he still intends to [[spoiler: eat Bilbo]].
** And of course, Smaug himself in ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'', true to his portrayal in the book: eloquent, intelligent, and actually a rather polite conversationalist. Though whatever you do, do ''not'' [[BerserkButton insult his vanity]], because he is downright ''terrifying'' when angered.
* Eddie Quist, werewolf serial killer of ''Film/TheHowling''. "Go on, bright boy. Call it a gift."
* Snow's previous interactions with Katniss were those of an extremely ruthless, but ultimately pragmatic man who really was trying to minimize bloodshed for everyone and had some level of respect for her. In ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart1'', in his video conversation with Katniss, he drops the façade, gloating and mocking her motivations while sneering and grinning, yet remains polite and formal.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' has Col. Hans Landa who personifies this trope. "Oooh! That's a Bingo! Is that how you say it? That's a Bingo?"
** In his first scene he actively does his best to be the perfect guest to Monsieur [=LaPadite=] asking for permission to smoke, sit, ask questions of [=LaPadite=], speak in English and also compliments the flavor of the milk he's given. Hans even shows his viewpoint on the Jews saying he doesn't like the propaganda against them.
--> "If the Jews were compared to an animal it would be the rat. I, however, don't see it as an insult. (brief pause) Consider the environment of a rat. It is undoubtedly dangerous and unfriendly yet they survive which I find rather inspiring."
** In every situation where he showcases his (extremely exaggerated) politeness and cheerful disposition, both he and his counterpart are perfectly aware that Landa is a clear and present danger. Landa is a master interrogator, and his prime technique is to put his victim in a number of the most uncomfortable situations possible, all the while blocking their "escape" by behaving as if his companion is thoroughly enjoying the conversation. He pointedly ignores any non-verbal signs of distress from his victim, while forcing him or her to respond in kind - thus preventing any form of retreat, either polite or defiant. Should the victim try to break off the conversation, it would be the victim who transgressed - and that would sink him/her even deeper. Landa even pushes his method to the limits for his own enjoyment - such as when he laughs hysterically, mocking the explanation of von Hammersmark's broken leg (only to apologize a second later), or pours a round of wine, perfectly amiably and as a gesture of peace... to his handcuffed charges. In the latter case, he doesn't even have to savor the wine - quite the opposite, that would make him a petty villain; the fact he didn't even touch his glass makes the gesture even more disconcerting. Not only does his affable manner lets him drive the knife as deep as he wants - it allows him to utterly confuse his victim and make every new strike a complete surprise. In the end, the only characteristic of his that makes him seem Affably Evil is [[spoiler: his ''very'' insincere HeelFaceTurn, wherein he is willing to help assassinate ''Hitler himself'' (and succeeds, too) in exchange for amnesty and a and American citizenship, including a nice house in New England.]]. He has a few EvenEvilHasStandards qualities, however. While he does slowly put La Padite into a corner and force him to give up the Dreyfuses, he does offer him the opportunity to give them up even though he already knew that La Padite was hiding them, when he could have simply had both families killed instead. It's also implied that he keeps his end of the bargain and leaves the Padites alone after killing the Dreyfuses, and [[spoiler: he is genuinely horrified and enraged when Raine callously kills Hermann the radio operator.]]
* Mitch Leary (Creator/JohnMalkovich) in ''Film/InTheLineOfFire'', who slyly pretends that Agent Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) is his friend in their phone conversations, but is really sneering at him most of the time.
* In the movie version of ''Film/IntoTheWoods'', The Wolf. It's even lampshaded by Little Red Riding Hood's song later: "Nice is not the same as good!"
* [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Potter]] [[NamesTheSame (no, not]] [[Literature/HarryPotter that Potter)]] from ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' acts all friendly in a SmugSnake kind of a way, especially when he tries to get George arrested for fraud.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** Max Zorin in ''Film/AViewToAKill''. He gives a knowing wink to his FemmeFatale when she's killed someone. Completely coldly gun down her associates later. Laughs when he realises he's about to die. Is played by Creator/ChristopherWalken, with all the [[EvilIsHammy hamminess]] it brings. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Might have been played]] by none other than Music/DavidBowie.
** A lot of James Bond villains are this. They have an outwardly cheerful, friendly and/or suave personality, yet when things don't go their way, their true colors are revealed--be it [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Auric Goldfinger]] having Jill Matherson killed by painting her gold[[note]]"epidermal suffocation"[[/note]] after Bond catches him cheating at cards, [[Film/LicenceToKill Franz Sanchez]] beating his girlfriend and ruthlessly killing those he thinks have betrayed him and [[Film/CasinoRoyale2006 Le Chiffre]] becoming a desperate wreck and torturing Bond in order to get his money back.
* ''Film/JohnWickChapter2'': Santino seems amiable at first and even admits to being reluctant to push John back into service. However any politeness is quickly proven to be false and delivered with a smarmy backhandedness after it's revealed that Santino wants John to kill his own sister. After the job's complete he takes a hit out on John jokingly saying: "What kind of man would I be if I didn't avenge my sister's murder?"
* ''Franchise/JurassicPark'':
** Vic Hoskins, the human villain of ''Film/JurassicWorld''. He acts as amiable and friendly as possible, but it's very obvious from his interactions with others that it's all just a means to an end. Even the people he works with realize it. Just as a testament to how rotten he is underneath this friendly exterior, he has the gall to fake sympathy after his BenevolentBoss (and several innocent people) [[spoiler:suffer death by panicked pterosaurs]] and then use the incident to his advantage and further his plan to [[spoiler:use raptors as war machines]].
** Predating Vic is Peter Ludlow, the human villain of ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark''. While his deference to EnsembleDarkhorse Roland Tembo and his relatively light-handed treatment of the hired mercenaries in his employ may seem to qualify him for AffablyEvil status, the first scene he appears in makes it clear he is a stock CorruptCorporateExecutive who has been plotting for years to [[TheUsurp usurp]] his uncle John Hammond. He also unapologetically admits to [[MaliciousSlander slandering]] Dr. Malcolm's reputation in the public eye to discredit his expose of the original Jurassic Park incident. Ludlow's priorities become clear in the final act, when he insists on capturing Rexy and her baby and bringing them back to the mainland which sets in motion the T-Rex rampage through San Diego.
* The VillainProtagonist in ''Film/TheKillerInsideMe'' never loses his puppydog eyes, southern drawl and [[SouthernGentleman gentlemanly ways]], even when he's beating someone to death.
* Richie in ''Film/{{Killshot}}''. Unlike the more calm and reserved Blackbird, Richie is playful and generally puts on a humorously cheerful front. This is all because he's an utterly perverted sadist with no sense of nobility using killing as fun and game.
* Timothy in ''Film/TheLongKissGoodnight''.
-->'''Mook:''' ''[over the radio]'' I'm hurt real bad, I think I'm dying...\\
'''Timothy:''' ''[annoyed]'' Continue dying. Out.
* Reynauld de Chatillion (the leader of the Templars) from ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'' is always polite, even with a bloody sword in his hand, which doesn't keep him from being both a {{Jerkass}} and TheFundamentalist.
* In ''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland'', Ugandan dictator Idi Amin behaves like this after the protagonist impresses him. Over the course of the film he acts friendly to the man because he likes his Scottish ancestry (Amin is a bit of an Anglophobe) and generally seems like a visionary modernizer if also a boisterous fellow. However, his friendliness turns out to be a mask which gradually unravels, as he's slowly revealed to be a paranoid, psychopathic despot. Whatever affection he does show Garrigan is mixed with a godawful amount of emotional manipulation, and Garrigan eventually realizes that he's simply a pet to which Amin has momentarily taken a liking, not a friend. Amin tries to torture him to death when Garrigan betrays him for his atrocities.
* ''Film/MarathonMan'': [[DepravedDentist Dr Christian]] [[NaziGrandpa Szell]] is a greedy, sadistic Nazi who speaks like a grandfather telling his son stories about the war. He even maintains this tone while [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing Babe]] in the infamous "is it safe" scene.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** Magneto with Xavier. They still play chess games together a good 40 years into their conflict with each other. Hell, if you are on his side, he is rather chatty and friendly to you. If you aren't on his side, he can be downright terrifying and still sound unfailingly polite. When Pyro expresses disappointment that he wasn't the one to [[spoiler:kill Professor X]], Magneto gives him a rather grandfatherly talking-to... with an unspoken, but ''very'' real assurance that the next ill words Pyro speaks of [[spoiler:Charles Xavier]] would be his last.
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'':
*** Sebastian Shaw is impeccably polite even when he's going to kill your mom. When he murders people who have slighted him, it's based more on principle than any outright anger.
** In ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', Stryker is very polite and charming, often calling Wolverine "Old friend". This doesn't change the fact that he's unrepentantly homicidal and manipulative.
** ''Film/TheWolverine'':
*** Viper talks in a polite and seductive tone when discussing her evil plans.
*** [[spoiler:Ichirō Yashida continues to discuss philosophy and talk like a kindly grandfather even as he is literally sucking out the life of Wolverine. He also seems to genuinely want Logan to find peace in death.]]
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': En Sabah Nur recruits mutants he considers [[TheSocialDarwinist strong enough]] to be worthy, names them his "[[AFatherToHisMen children]]" with affection, and promises them privileged positions in his new world. The moment they underperform, he brushes them off with a contemptuous "[[YouHaveFailedMe Useless]]." [[spoiler:It's cold enough to [[BrokenPedestal break the pedestal]] that Storm put him on.]]
* ''Film/IronMan'': Most of the villains Tony Stark faces are deceptively charming.
** ''Film/IronMan1'': Iron Monger/[[spoiler:Obadiah Stane]], especially in the scene where he's talking to Pepper Potts. He's as affable as always, but she doesn't know whether he's just making small talk or interrogating her.
** Two in ''Film/IronMan2'': This continues with Ivan Vanko. In battle, Vanko lets his rage and vengeance run wild, but in the few brief conversations he has with his nemesis, Tony Stark, he is measured and almost friendly, bantering and taking technical advice from Tony, who he likely sees as a WorthyOpponent. One can't help but chuckle at the casual, almost friendly way he talks as he threatens Tony over the phone.
---->'''Ivan:''' Hey, Tony! How you doin'? Heh heh. I double cycle.\\
'''Tony:''' What?\\
'''Ivan:''' You told me "double cycle, more power." Good advice.\\
'''Tony:''' You sound pretty sprightly for a dead guy.\\
'''Ivan:''' You too... Ha ha!
*** Justin Hammer will act like your best friend when it's clear he can't stand your guts.
** In ''Film/IronMan3'', Aldritch Killian comes across as a classy guy, but all he cares about is getting back at Tony for standing him up 13 years ago.
* ''Film/{{Thor}}'': [[TheTrickster Loki]] has a [[LaughablyEvil good sense of humor]], and is [[SoftspokenSadist calm,]] [[ManipulativeBastard eloquent, and unreasonably charming]] in his saner moments, though when he actually [[VillainousBreakdown loses his cool]], he does it [[EvilIsHammy with a certain amount of grandeur.]]
** [[Film/AvengersAgeofUltron Ultron]] is calm, eloquent and has a quick wit, but wants to wipe out the entire human race for the crime of not being perfect. He lied to his allies, showing that he views everyone as pawns for his master plan. He kidnaps one of the Avengers, casually converses with them and tries to freak them the hell out by ''ripping off his own head''. In the end [[spoiler: Ultron chats with Vision before deciding that he can't stand him and attempts one last attack]].
* Some of the best conversations in ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' trilogy are between Neo and Faux Affably Evil Agent Smith, who famously insists on calling Neo "Mr. Anderson" even in the thick of battle. One of the best, from ''Reloaded'':
-->'''Smith:''' Now here I stand because of you, Mr. Anderson; because of you I'm no longer an Agent of the system, because of you I've changed, I'm unplugged, a new man, so to speak; like you, ''apparently'' free.\\
'''Neo:''' Congratulations.\\
'''Smith:''' Thank you.
* Imohtep from the first two ''[[Film/TheMummyTrilogy Mummy]]'' films occasionally seems to be a fairly polite, friendly guy. However, he is really a monster to people he needs to drain and/or who get in his way. And he even lied about sparing Rick O'Connell and his friends when they're forced to turn in Evey to him, only for him to order some brainwashed followers to go ahead and kill them.
* Freddy Krueger, the main monster of ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet''. He's good at making a sardonic joke every now and then, but he's scary, at least partially ''because'' of it. This is more apparent in the sequels -- in [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984 the first film]], he doesn't talk much.
* Frank from ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' is a great example. He is a ruthless and sadistic murderer who behaves in a likeable and reasonable way when he's not angry or killing people.
* Esther Coleman [[spoiler: or better said, Leena Klammer]] from ''Film/{{Orphan}}''. She is a skilled actress, able to convince others she is a sweet, kind little girl. She's not.
* In ''Film/{{Paddington}}'', Millicent maintains a soothing maternal tone, even when talking [[spoiler:about ''how she is going to kill and stuff'' Paddington, who she is conversing with]].
* Xander Drax, the DiabolicalMastermind of ''Film/{{The Phantom|1996}}''. He really does ''seem'' to be AffablyEvil...right up until he [[EyeScream puts out an innocent man's eyes]] to teach him a lesson about not talking to reporters, then snaps the guy's glasses in half and laughingly says, [[KickTheDog "Well, won't be needing these anymore!"]]
* [[AmoralAttorney Manfred von Karma]] is edged towards this in the ''Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' [[TheMovie live action movie]]. The murder trial against Edgeworth even starts out with him introducing himself to Phoenix and basically saying "May the best man win". [[spoiler:And as anyone who played the game would know, it turns out the entire thing was one long plan to get revenge on Edgeworth.]]
* ''Film/PrimeCut'': Gene Hackman's BigBad acts friendly and jovial at public events like the country fair, but in private he is vicious and psychopathic.
* Jules in ''Film/PulpFiction'' plays this trope to the hilt in the scene in which he acquires the briefcase. Jules acts chipper and polite toward a bunch of young men who are clearly terrified of him and know that he's there to do horrible things. He starts politely imposing himself, aware that they have to agree to his requests to continue his friendly facade. Even after shooting one of the men, he continues acting polite until he finally breaks into scenery-chewing villainy.
* The gang leader from ''Film/ThePurge'' is this. He is extremely polite when speaking with the Sandins, and never swears. He's even listed in the credits as "Polite Leader". He also wants to kill an innocent man for fun.
* Mr. Blonde from ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' happily chats along with the other members of the gang, cracks jokes, never raises his voice once or use many bad words in the same breath as he explains how he executed an unarmed 20-year old girl for touching the alarm of the jewelry store they were robbing, and sings and dances along to a song played while [[ColdBloodedTorture he's cutting someone's ears off for the hell of it]]. It underlines that he is TheSociopath and doesn't really care about his fellow robbers or any of the stuff he's doing.
* The Sheriff of Nottingham, as played by Creator/AlanRickman in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', embodies this trope to such an extent that he more or less uses [[CrossesTheLineTwice the line]] as a skipping rope. He makes AttemptedRape look funny!
* Detective Mark Hoffman in the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' series. His affable demeanor is fooling until you've witnessed his true colors [[spoiler: under the Jigsaw persona]] which will pretty much show that his entire affable side's pretty much an act to lower suspicion.
* ''Film/{{Se7en}}'': John Doe is extremely polite for a SerialKiller, but this just highlights how creepy he is.
* [[spoiler: Sheriff Sabin]], the third villain of SharkNight seems very nice before being revealed to have been EvilAllAlong. Even after he's revealed as a bad guy, he acts nice toward Nick, offering to play him his favorite song as he is fed to a tiger shark.
* ''Bollywood/{{Sholay}}'': Gabbar Singh will often toy with his victims for fun, all the while maintaining a grandiose veneer of affability. For instance, he'll loudly laugh along with the rest of his gang before spontaneously executing a group of them for messing up their mission.
* Maxim Horvath from ''Film/TheSorcerersApprentice''. He's polite. He's charming. He's impeccably dressed and well-mannered. He's witty, intelligent, clever, well-read, culturally literate, and erudite. And he's perfectly willing to slaughter much of the planet's population as part of his plan.
* The main villain of ''Film/TheSpirit'', the Octopus, has shades of this. He talks to the hero like an old friend, even while having him tied up and detailing his plans to torture him. His reactions to his own bizarre MadScience is pretty mundane, too.
--> ''"Now [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5xWXJpSvzM that]] is just plain damn weird. Don't you think that's just plain damn weird?"''
* Nero from ''Film/StarTrek'' has his share of killer lines, despite, for the most part, being a humourless OmnicidalManiac. For example, his response after giving Starfleet a whooping:
--> '''Pike:''' This is Captain Christopher Pike of the Federation Starship ''Enterprise''.\\
'''Nero:''' Hi, Christopher. I'm Nero.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Chancellor Palpatine, until, suddenly, he isn't.
--->'''Palpatine:''' Good, Anakin, good. Kill him.
** And when he's tempting Luke in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'':
--->'''Palpatine:''' Oh, I'm ''afraid'' the deflector shield will be quite operational when your friends arrive...
** Also, Grand Moff Tarkin in ''Film/ANewHope'':
--->'''Tarkin:''' Charming to the last. You don't know how hard I found it, signing the order to terminate your life.
** Tarkin's rival, Orson Krennic, is no slouch at this either. He puts on a show of politeness and has a surprisingly non-terrible sense of humour, but as soon as anything goes against him, his anger comes to the forefront and he starts having people killed brutally.
--->'''Krennic:''' We were this close to providing peace and security for the galaxy.\\
'''Galen Erso:''' You're confusing peace with terror.\\
'''Krennic:''' Well, you have to start somewhere.
** Count Dooku, at least in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''; he's clearly more respectful towards the Jedi than they are towards him.
-->'''Dooku''': It's a great pity that our paths have never crossed before, Obi-Wan. Qui-Gon always spoke very highly of you. I wish he were still alive; I could use his help right now.
-->'''Obi-Wan''': ''(With quiet fury)'' Qui-Gon Jinn would never join you.
** He shows it by slyly delivering the right amount of hints to Obi-Wan in order to plant the seed of division among the Jedi while painting himself as the good guy. Notice how his behavior in the scene he shares with Obi-Wan is very different to the way he behaves in any other moment of the movie or ''Revenge of the Sith''. (Indeed, in the ''Sith'' novelization an extended section taken from his point of view has him musing, though not in such terms, that he's a sociopath.)
* M. Bison in the live action ''Film/StreetFighter'' [[Film/StreetFighter film]]. Raul Julia is just [[LargeHam grand]]; the way he talks about WorldDomination makes it clear that he thinks it's the most natural thing in the world. He also wonders, in apparent seriousness, why people think he's a villain; he has a ''chandelier of human bones''.
* In ''Film/{{Taken}} 2'' the BigBad Murad has a trope-defining conversation with Lenora, where he politely tells her that he knows she is completely innocent in his grudge against her husband and that he admires her bravery, for which he is going to send her home...in pieces.
* The Shredder from ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014''. He talks to Splinter and the turtles like old acquaintances he's happy to see again, though it's very clear he'd all the more delighted to kill them once he doesn't need them anymore.
* Even Zorin might have been creeped out by one of Walken's lesser-known but still memorably malevolent characters: James Houston, the ManipulativeBastard of the direct-to-video low-budget film ''Vendetta''. A [[CorruptCorporateExecutive filthy rich]] New Orleans plantation owner in the 1890s who desires to become even richer, Houston has no qualms--absolutely none--about (secretly) instigating two incidents of ethnically charged street violence (namely, the assassination of the city's police chief and a mass lynching of Italians) just so he can take over the profitable immigrant businesses down on Decatur Street. Completely shameless and with about as much emotional capacity as a mannequin--and gets a literal KickTheDog moment as he watches a staged dog fight and [[TheSocialDarwinist takes an almost scientific interest in how the weaker dog realizes it is beaten and rolls onto its back to allow its throat to be torn out]]. The worst part? [[TruthInTelevision James Houston was a real person]]...and [[KarmaHoudini never got any sort of comeuppance for his part in one of the bloodiest race wars in U.S. history]], as the movie's epilogue explains.
* ''Film/{{Virtuosity}}'''s Sid 6.7 is a better Joker than most portrayals of the Joker (and has a natty purple suit to match). At one point, he decides to make music from the assorted screams of his terrified hostages. Loves his work.
* Pablo Chacon from ''Film/WereTheMillers'', who tends to banter with the Millers at gunpoint, as if he might actually spare them, only to reveal he plans on killing them no matter what.
* In most of the ''Film/{{Wishmaster}}'' movies, the Djinn puts up a pleasant veneer towards his victims while preparing their agonizing deaths. He tends to drop the façade when he switches back into his true demonic form because then there's just no point in even pretending, especially towards the end, when he loses his patience with victory so close in his grasp.
* [[BigBad Mick]] in ''Film/WolfCreek''. Don't let his welcoming Crocodile Dundeeish mannerism fool you. It's a trap. He's a SerialKiller and has got more in common with [[AxCrazy Hannibal Lector]] than with Crocodile Dundee.
* The Blank version of [[spoiler:Oliver Chamberlain]] from ''Film/TheWorldsEnd''.
* Despite his massive ego, God king Xerxes of ''Film/ThreeHundred'' fancies himself as "kind". To this end, he tries to be genuinely AffablyEvil. Xerxes even congratulates king Leonidas for his efforts and offers to let him keep his rule over Greece as long as he works for him. However, his act starts to slip when he has half his generals executed for a minor failure. Xerxxes act is broken for good after his VillainousBreakdown when Leonidas manages to make him bleed.
* ''Film/TronLegacy'': CLU is completely affable and polite with Sam from the beginning, and his personal moments of violence always appear to be casual afterthoughts, as in when he is [[spoiler: blowing up the End of Line Club, or yelling and slamming his hands into the table at Kevin Flynn's home, making something of a mess, or de-rezzing Jarvis after a last-straw moment of incompetence after a long string of mild-to-major failures. The rest of the time, he is cool, calm and collected, and polite. After all, his most oddly polite line to Sam is "So, you like bikes." complete with a pleasant smile.]]

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* The Butcher in ''Film/AlexCross'' is very polite in his phone conversations with Cross, even addressing him as Dr. Cross. He never raises his voice, and he expresses admiration for one of his victims' ability to withstand pain under In ''{{Podcast/Wolf 359}}'', the torture he inflicted on her.
* Reno Smith is nice to Macreedy in the beginning of ''Film/BadDayAtBlackRock''.
* Creator/JackNicholson's portrayal of ComicBook/TheJoker in the Tim Burton ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie qualifies as this, like in his scene with Vicki at the museum and his scene with Bruce and Vicki at Vicki's apartment.
* Christopher Walken again in ''BatmanReturns''. His Max Shreck is a master at balancing his dual roles of gentleman and thug, acting just menacing enough to be chilling while also being just charming enough to let you know
protagonists discover that [[VillainWithGoodPublicity no one would ever believe you if you ratted on him]]. Like when he catches Selina Kyle looking over his secret - their bosses are involved in some sort of evil conspiracy and illegal - plans to stockpile electrical power:
-->'''Max:''' Who would you say this to?\\
'''Selina:''' ''[nervously]'' Nobody.\\
'''Max:''' What did... curiosity do... to the cat?\\
'''Selina:''' I'm no cat. I'm just an assistant. A secretary.\\
'''Max:''' And a very good one.\\
'''Selina:''' ''Too'' good?
** He then backs her against a window, letting on that he might, you know, just decide to shove her out of it. [[HopeSpot Then he puts on a "just-kidding" facial expression, and they both laugh.]] Then he snarls and slams her through.
* In ''Film/BigGame'', Hazar acts very friendly and professional when explaining to a hapless tour guide that he's about to shoot down a passenger plane, that he's going
are almost certainly plotting to kill the guide and that the man better start running. He retains the disposition thoughout the film.
* Karl in ''{{Film/Blackout}}'' 2008 film.
* In ''Film/CabinByTheLake'', Stanley is
them. When, we finally meet a reclusive but popular member of the community and acts like a good-humored horror fan at the local film club's movie screenings. It's a mask, as he's actually an emotionless psychopath who murders women for his own amusement.
* In ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'', this is the facade that [[spoiler:Noah Cross]] hides behind. Beneath, [[spoiler:Cross]] is a living example of what a man is capable of doing if he had no moral scruples and no law to stop him.
-->[[spoiler:'''Cross:''']] See,
Mission Command, Mr. Gittes, most people never have to face the fact that, at the right time, and the right place, they're capable of ''ANYTHING''.
* Alex [=DeLarge=] in ''Film/AClockworkOrange''.
* Peter Stormare as Lucifer, in what's easily [[OneSceneWonder the best scene]] of ''Film/{{Constantine}}''. Lucifer manages to be hilarious and genuinely creepy at the same time.
* ''Film/{{Creepshow}}'': Richard (played by Leslie Nielsen) from "Something to Tide You Over" puts on a friendly facade as he's extracting his revenge. He talks to Harry almost like he's meeting an old friend he hasn't seen in a while, while arranging to bury him alive and drown him and gloating about how he already murdered his wife.
* Kathryn Merteuil of ''Film/CruelIntentions''. She's like the Lady Theatre/{{Macbeth}} of the Upper East Side. Makes [[SmugSnake smug little pronouncements]] that make you want to strangle her in the most demure, ladylike tones imaginable. Her act does break down occasionally when she's particularly angry, allowing the [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Womanchild]] in her to emerge.
* A pretty blonde Southern woman in ''Film/CSATheConfederateStatesOfAmerica'' (which
Cutter is based on the premise that the South won the Civil War and slavery has survived into the 21st century) hosts a slave auction on the Internet and delightfully coos over some cute "pickaninnies"--black children being placed on the auction block. Probably ''intended'' to be AffablyEvil--or, come to think of it, just plain affable--in-universe, but due to ValuesDissonance, it's more this trope for us.
* In ''Film/CubeZero'', Jax behaves like a jolly enforcer of the sinister government and maintains a pleasant but scornful demeanor while he murders people and hunts down his human lab rats.
* Bane, the villain in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', is terrifyingly brutal and utterly merciless. But he sounds like Creator/PatrickStewart after four martinis and a large dose of Ecstasy, calm,
exceedingly polite, soft-spoken, and friendly... even when he's crushing your skull.
* ''Film/DeathProof''. While stalking his victims, Stuntman Mike takes the guise of a cheesy but occasionally charming guy to hide being a murderous pervert. After getting run off the road, he tries to give his second batch of would-be victims a cheery salute for surviving, but ''they're'' not playing around.
* Simon Phoenix from ''Film/DemolitionMan'' seems like a real fun guy to be around. Too bad he's a psychopath who'd probably maim you twice for shits and giggles. Think TheJoker in the body of [[Film/TheFifthElement Ruby Rhod]].
* ''Film/DieHard'': Hans Gruber puts on a friendly persona, but it's all an act. While he does get a couch for a pregnant lady giving birth, it's simply so he and his men do not have to deal with her screaming. [[spoiler: He later forces the woman up to the rooftop with the other hostages to kill them, all for some money]].
-->'''Gruber:''' Mr. Takagi. I could talk about industrialization and men's fashions all day, but I'm afraid work must intrude, and my associate here has some questions for you.
* Calvin Candie of ''Film/DjangoUnchained''. Charming, cheerful, and all-around Southern Gentleman...and his EstablishingCharacterMoment has him gleefully watching a pair of slaves ''beat each other to death''. He's also freaking horrifying when he [[UnstoppableRage loses his cool.]] Comparing Candie from when
personable. In fact, he is happy to when he isn't illustrates the difference between AffablyEvil and Faux Affably Evil; the latter is possibly best exemplified when, after [[spoiler: Steven exposes Django and Schultz's scheme]] he maintains his demeanour in a rather more sinister tone to put them on edge, before flipping into ChewingTheScenery-level anger and threat-making, and then alternating between the two states to scare everyone, during all of which he is never actually rude, and he never fails these things to use "mister" or "doctor" when addressing his fellow white men. [[spoiler: His EvilGloating after his victory also takes this form, as he offers Schultz dessert and cites Southern courtesy as the reason for his insisting such an exaggerated degree that Schultz shake his hand, but here his courtesy is clearly for the purpose of rubbing Schultz' defeat in his face]].
* Jason Lee
it comes across as Azrael in ''Film/{{Dogma}}''. "I'll have a...Holy Bartender."
* ''Film/{{Downfall}}'' depicts UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler like this. Hitler is initially polite and affectionate to the people in his Fuhrerbunker as well as all the poor souls fighting and dying outside for his doomed philosophy. As the film progresses, and his situation gets progressively worse, the psychotic, petty and cruel mass-murdering monster
a bit unnerving. It quickly becomes more apparent, as does the fact clear that his friendly persona demeanor is just a calculated ruse designed façade he uses to [[TakingYouWithMe seduce better play his subordinates into joining him in death]] out of guilt or a tragically misplaced sense of loyalty. It did backfire somewhat as some MoralGuardians did criticize the film for depicting Hitler as "too sympathetic".
* Agent Kruger from ''Film/{{Elysium}}'' can act pretty playful and chatty while stalking and brutally maiming his prey. That and when he interrogates Frey, he tells her to cover the eyes of her daughter, because he doesn't like to commit violence in front the kids.
* In ''Film/ExMachina'', Nathan often affects false sympathy or concern to torment his robots, although he does it to Caleb too on a less frequent basis.
* ''Film/TheGreatWhiteHype'': Sultan. But then he is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_King_(boxing_promoter) Don King]] {{Expy}}
* ''Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch'': Conal Cochran is the owner of a mask company, and seems nice at first, but it turns out he wants to kill millions of children. nHe leaves the hero in a DeathTrap to die, telling him "Happy Halloween". [[spoiler: When he's defeated, he slowly claps his hands, hinting at being a GracefulLoser, however, it's revealed he left a little present for the main character]].
* ''Film/TheHobbit'':
** The Goblin King in ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney'', while thoroughly unpleasant and evil, is rather jolly and articulate. [[spoiler: Gollum]] is another example because no matter how cheerful and enthusiastic and adorable he is, he still intends to [[spoiler: eat Bilbo]].
** And of course, Smaug himself in ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'', true to his portrayal in the book: eloquent, intelligent, and actually a rather polite conversationalist. Though whatever you do, do ''not'' [[BerserkButton insult his vanity]], because he is downright ''terrifying'' when angered.
* Eddie Quist, werewolf serial killer of ''Film/TheHowling''. "Go on, bright boy. Call it a gift."
* Snow's previous interactions with Katniss were those of an extremely ruthless, but ultimately pragmatic man who really was trying to minimize bloodshed for everyone and had some level of respect for her. In ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart1'', in his video conversation with Katniss, he drops the façade, gloating and mocking her motivations while sneering and grinning, yet remains polite and formal.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' has Col. Hans Landa who personifies this trope. "Oooh! That's a Bingo! Is that how you say it? That's a Bingo?"
** In his first scene he actively does his best to be the perfect guest to Monsieur [=LaPadite=] asking for permission to smoke, sit, ask questions of [=LaPadite=], speak in English and also compliments the flavor of the milk he's given. Hans even shows his viewpoint on the Jews saying he doesn't like the propaganda against them.
--> "If the Jews were compared to an animal it would be the rat. I, however, don't see it as an insult. (brief pause) Consider the environment of a rat. It is undoubtedly dangerous and unfriendly yet they survive which I find rather inspiring."
** In every situation where he showcases his (extremely exaggerated) politeness and cheerful disposition, both he and his counterpart are perfectly aware that Landa is a clear and present danger. Landa is a master interrogator, and his prime technique is to put his victim in a number of the most uncomfortable situations possible, all the while blocking their "escape" by behaving as if his companion is thoroughly enjoying the conversation. He pointedly ignores any non-verbal signs of distress from his victim, while forcing him or her to respond in kind - thus preventing any form of retreat, either polite or defiant. Should the victim try to break off the conversation, it would be the victim who transgressed - and that would sink him/her even deeper. Landa even pushes his method to the limits for his own enjoyment - such as when he laughs hysterically, mocking the explanation of von Hammersmark's broken leg (only to apologize a second later), or pours a round of wine, perfectly amiably and
role as a gesture of peace... to his handcuffed charges. In the latter case, he doesn't even have to savor the wine - quite the opposite, that would make him a petty villain; the fact he didn't even touch his glass makes the gesture even more disconcerting. Not only does his affable manner lets him drive the knife as deep as he wants - it allows him to utterly confuse his victim and make every new strike a complete surprise. In the end, the only characteristic of his that makes him seem Affably Evil is [[spoiler: his ''very'' insincere HeelFaceTurn, wherein he is willing to help assassinate ''Hitler himself'' (and succeeds, too) in exchange for amnesty and a and American citizenship, including a nice house in New England.]]. He has a few EvenEvilHasStandards qualities, however. While he does slowly put La Padite into a corner and force him to give up the Dreyfuses, he does offer him the opportunity to give them up even though he already knew that La Padite was hiding them, when he could have simply had both families killed instead. It's also implied that he keeps his end of the bargain and leaves the Padites alone after killing the Dreyfuses, and [[spoiler: he is genuinely horrified and enraged when Raine callously kills Hermann the radio operator.]]
* Mitch Leary (Creator/JohnMalkovich) in ''Film/InTheLineOfFire'', who slyly pretends that Agent Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) is his friend in their phone conversations, but is really sneering at him most of the time.
* In the movie version of ''Film/IntoTheWoods'', The Wolf. It's even lampshaded by Little Red Riding Hood's song later: "Nice is not the same as good!"
*
[[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Potter]] [[NamesTheSame (no, not]] [[Literature/HarryPotter that Potter)]] from ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' acts all friendly in a SmugSnake kind of a way, especially when he tries to get George arrested for fraud.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** Max Zorin in ''Film/AViewToAKill''. He gives a knowing wink to his FemmeFatale when she's killed someone. Completely coldly gun down her associates later. Laughs when he realises
corporate executive]]. And he's about to die. Is played by Creator/ChristopherWalken, with all the [[EvilIsHammy hamminess]] it brings. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Might have been played]] by none other than Music/DavidBowie.
** A lot of James Bond villains are this. They have an outwardly cheerful, friendly and/or suave personality, yet when things don't go their way, their true colors are revealed--be it [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Auric Goldfinger]] having Jill Matherson killed by painting her gold[[note]]"epidermal suffocation"[[/note]] after Bond catches him cheating at cards, [[Film/LicenceToKill Franz Sanchez]] beating his girlfriend and ruthlessly killing those he thinks have betrayed him and [[Film/CasinoRoyale2006 Le Chiffre]] becoming a desperate wreck and torturing Bond in order to get his money back.
* ''Film/JohnWickChapter2'': Santino seems amiable at first and even admits to being reluctant to push John back into service. However any politeness is quickly proven to be false and delivered with a smarmy backhandedness after it's revealed that Santino wants John to kill his own sister. After the job's complete he takes a hit out on John jokingly saying: "What kind of man would I be if I didn't avenge my sister's murder?"
* ''Franchise/JurassicPark'':
** Vic Hoskins, the human villain of ''Film/JurassicWorld''. He acts as amiable and friendly as possible, but it's
very obvious from good at his interactions with others that it's all just a means to an end. Even job - by the people time he works with realize it. Just as a testament to how rotten he is underneath this friendly exterior, he has the gall to fake sympathy after his BenevolentBoss (and several innocent people) [[spoiler:suffer death by panicked pterosaurs]] and then use the incident to his advantage and further his plan to [[spoiler:use raptors as war machines]].
** Predating Vic is Peter Ludlow, the human villain of ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark''. While his deference to EnsembleDarkhorse Roland Tembo and his relatively light-handed treatment of the hired mercenaries in his employ may seem to qualify him for AffablyEvil status, the first scene he appears in
makes it clear he is a stock CorruptCorporateExecutive who has been plotting for years to [[TheUsurp usurp]] his uncle John Hammond. He also unapologetically admits to [[MaliciousSlander slandering]] Dr. Malcolm's reputation in the public eye to discredit his expose of the original Jurassic Park incident. Ludlow's priorities become clear in the final act, when he insists on capturing Rexy and her baby and bringing them back to the mainland which sets in motion the T-Rex rampage through San Diego.
* The VillainProtagonist in ''Film/TheKillerInsideMe'' never loses his puppydog eyes, southern drawl and [[SouthernGentleman gentlemanly ways]], even when
exit, he's beating someone to death.
* Richie in ''Film/{{Killshot}}''. Unlike the more calm and reserved Blackbird, Richie is playful and generally puts on a humorously cheerful front. This is all because he's an utterly perverted sadist
played various mind games with no sense the characters, sown seeds of nobility using doubt about everything they're doing, and manipulated them into considering killing as fun a person... all while addressing them on a first-name basis, asking about their Christmas celebrations, and game.
* Timothy in ''Film/TheLongKissGoodnight''.
-->'''Mook:''' ''[over the radio]'' I'm hurt real bad, I think I'm dying...\\
'''Timothy:''' ''[annoyed]'' Continue dying. Out.
* Reynauld de Chatillion (the leader of the Templars) from ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'' is always polite, even with a bloody sword in his hand, which doesn't keep him from being both a {{Jerkass}} and TheFundamentalist.
* In ''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland'', Ugandan dictator Idi Amin behaves like this after the protagonist impresses him. Over the course of the film he acts friendly to the man because he likes his Scottish ancestry (Amin is a bit of an Anglophobe) and generally seems like a visionary modernizer if also a boisterous fellow. However, his friendliness turns out to be a mask which gradually unravels, as he's slowly revealed to be a paranoid, psychopathic despot. Whatever affection he does show Garrigan is mixed with a godawful amount of emotional manipulation, and Garrigan eventually realizes that he's simply a pet to which Amin has momentarily taken a liking, not a friend. Amin tries to torture him to death when Garrigan betrays him for his atrocities.
* ''Film/MarathonMan'': [[DepravedDentist Dr Christian]] [[NaziGrandpa Szell]] is a greedy, sadistic Nazi who speaks like a grandfather
telling his son stories about the war. He even maintains this tone while [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing Babe]] in the infamous "is it safe" scene.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** Magneto with Xavier. They still play chess games together a good 40 years into their conflict with each other. Hell, if you are on his side,
them how happy he is rather chatty with the great work they're doing. Since both characters and friendly to you. If you aren't on his side, he can be downright terrifying and still sound unfailingly polite. When Pyro expresses disappointment audience are aware that he wasn't the one to [[spoiler:kill Professor X]], Magneto gives him a rather grandfatherly talking-to... with is an unspoken, but ''very'' real assurance that the next ill words Pyro speaks of [[spoiler:Charles Xavier]] would be his last.
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'':
*** Sebastian Shaw is impeccably polite even when he's going to kill your mom. When he murders people who have slighted him, it's based more on principle than any outright anger.
** In ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', Stryker is very polite
active and charming, often calling Wolverine "Old friend". This doesn't change present threat, the fact that he's unrepentantly homicidal and manipulative.
** ''Film/TheWolverine'':
*** Viper talks in a
so overbearingly polite and seductive tone when discussing her evil plans.
*** [[spoiler:Ichirō Yashida continues to discuss philosophy and talk like a kindly grandfather even as he is literally sucking out the life of Wolverine. He also seems to genuinely want Logan to find peace in death.]]
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': En Sabah Nur recruits mutants he considers [[TheSocialDarwinist strong enough]] to be worthy, names them his "[[AFatherToHisMen children]]" with affection, and promises them privileged positions in his new world. The moment they underperform, he brushes them off with a contemptuous "[[YouHaveFailedMe Useless]]." [[spoiler:It's cold enough to [[BrokenPedestal break the pedestal]] that Storm put him on.]]
* ''Film/IronMan'': Most of the villains Tony Stark faces are deceptively charming.
** ''Film/IronMan1'': Iron Monger/[[spoiler:Obadiah Stane]], especially in the scene where he's talking to Pepper Potts. He's as affable as always, but she doesn't know whether he's just making small talk or interrogating her.
** Two in ''Film/IronMan2'': This continues with Ivan Vanko. In battle, Vanko lets his rage and vengeance run wild, but in the few brief conversations he has with his nemesis, Tony Stark, he is measured and almost friendly, bantering and taking technical advice from Tony, who he likely sees as a WorthyOpponent. One can't help but chuckle at the casual, almost
friendly way he talks as he threatens Tony over the phone.
---->'''Ivan:''' Hey, Tony! How you doin'? Heh heh. I double cycle.\\
'''Tony:''' What?\\
'''Ivan:''' You told me "double cycle, more power." Good advice.\\
'''Tony:''' You sound pretty sprightly for a dead guy.\\
'''Ivan:''' You too... Ha ha!
*** Justin Hammer will act like your best friend when it's clear he can't stand your guts.
** In ''Film/IronMan3'', Aldritch Killian comes across as a classy guy, but all he cares about is getting back at Tony for standing him up 13 years ago.
* ''Film/{{Thor}}'': [[TheTrickster Loki]] has a [[LaughablyEvil good sense of humor]], and is [[SoftspokenSadist calm,]] [[ManipulativeBastard eloquent, and unreasonably charming]] in his saner moments, though when he actually [[VillainousBreakdown loses his cool]], he does it [[EvilIsHammy with a certain amount of grandeur.]]
** [[Film/AvengersAgeofUltron Ultron]] is calm, eloquent and has a quick wit, but wants to wipe out the entire human race for the crime of not being perfect. He lied to his allies, showing that he views everyone as pawns for his master plan. He kidnaps one of the Avengers, casually converses with them and tries to freak them the hell out by ''ripping off his own head''. In the end [[spoiler: Ultron chats with Vision before deciding that he can't stand him and attempts one last attack]].
* Some of the best conversations in ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' trilogy are between Neo and Faux Affably Evil Agent Smith, who famously insists on calling Neo "Mr. Anderson" even in the thick of battle. One of the best, from ''Reloaded'':
-->'''Smith:''' Now here I stand because of you, Mr. Anderson; because of you I'm no longer an Agent of the system, because of you I've changed, I'm unplugged, a new man, so to speak; like you, ''apparently'' free.\\
'''Neo:''' Congratulations.\\
'''Smith:''' Thank you.
* Imohtep from the first two ''[[Film/TheMummyTrilogy Mummy]]'' films occasionally seems to be a fairly polite, friendly guy. However, he is really a monster to people he needs to drain and/or who get in his way. And he even lied about sparing Rick O'Connell and his friends when they're forced to turn in Evey to him, only for him to order some brainwashed followers to go ahead and kill them.
* Freddy Krueger, the main monster of ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet''. He's good at making a sardonic joke every now and then, but he's scary, at least partially ''because'' of it. This is more apparent in the sequels -- in [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984 the first film]], he doesn't talk much.
* Frank from ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' is a great example. He is a ruthless and sadistic murderer who behaves in a likeable and reasonable way when he's not angry or killing people.
* Esther Coleman [[spoiler: or better said, Leena Klammer]] from ''Film/{{Orphan}}''. She is a skilled actress, able to convince others she is a sweet, kind little girl. She's not.
* In ''Film/{{Paddington}}'', Millicent maintains a soothing maternal tone, even when talking [[spoiler:about ''how she is going to kill and stuff'' Paddington, who she is conversing with]].
* Xander Drax, the DiabolicalMastermind of ''Film/{{The Phantom|1996}}''. He really does ''seem'' to be AffablyEvil...right up until he [[EyeScream puts out an innocent man's eyes]] to teach him a lesson about not talking to reporters, then snaps the guy's glasses in half and laughingly says, [[KickTheDog "Well, won't be needing these anymore!"]]
* [[AmoralAttorney Manfred von Karma]] is edged towards this in the ''Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' [[TheMovie live action movie]]. The murder trial against Edgeworth even starts out with him introducing himself to Phoenix and basically saying "May the best man win". [[spoiler:And as anyone who played the game would know, it turns out the entire thing was one long plan to get revenge on Edgeworth.]]
* ''Film/PrimeCut'': Gene Hackman's BigBad acts friendly and jovial at public events like the country fair, but in private he is vicious and psychopathic.
* Jules in ''Film/PulpFiction'' plays this trope to the hilt in the scene in which he acquires the briefcase. Jules acts chipper and polite toward a bunch of young men who are clearly terrified of him and know that he's there to do horrible things. He starts politely imposing himself, aware that they have to agree to his requests to continue his friendly facade. Even after shooting one of the men, he continues acting polite until he finally breaks into scenery-chewing villainy.
* The gang leader from ''Film/ThePurge'' is this. He is extremely polite when speaking with the Sandins, and never swears. He's even listed in the credits as "Polite Leader". He also wants to kill an innocent man for fun.
* Mr. Blonde from ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' happily chats along with the other members of the gang, cracks jokes, never raises his voice once or use many bad words in the same breath as he explains how he executed an unarmed 20-year old girl for touching the alarm of the jewelry store they were robbing, and sings and dances along to a song played while [[ColdBloodedTorture he's cutting someone's ears off for the hell of it]]. It underlines that he is TheSociopath and doesn't really care about his fellow robbers or any of the stuff he's doing.
* The Sheriff of Nottingham, as played by Creator/AlanRickman in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', embodies this trope to such an extent that he more or less uses [[CrossesTheLineTwice the line]] as a skipping rope. He
just makes AttemptedRape look funny!
* Detective Mark Hoffman in the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' series. His affable demeanor is fooling until you've witnessed his true colors [[spoiler: under the Jigsaw persona]] which will pretty much show that his entire affable side's pretty much an act to lower suspicion.
* ''Film/{{Se7en}}'': John Doe is extremely polite for a SerialKiller, but this just highlights how creepy he is.
* [[spoiler: Sheriff Sabin]], the third villain of SharkNight seems very nice before being revealed to have been EvilAllAlong. Even after he's revealed as a bad guy, he acts nice toward Nick, offering to play
him his favorite song as he is fed to a tiger shark.
* ''Bollywood/{{Sholay}}'': Gabbar Singh will often toy with his victims for fun, all the while maintaining a grandiose veneer of affability. For instance, he'll loudly laugh along with the rest of his gang before spontaneously executing a group of them for messing up their mission.
* Maxim Horvath from ''Film/TheSorcerersApprentice''. He's polite. He's charming. He's impeccably dressed and well-mannered. He's witty, intelligent, clever, well-read, culturally literate, and erudite. And he's perfectly willing to slaughter much of the planet's population as part of his plan.
* The main villain of ''Film/TheSpirit'', the Octopus, has shades of this. He talks to the hero like an old friend, even while having him tied up and detailing his plans to torture him. His reactions to his own bizarre MadScience is pretty mundane, too.
--> ''"Now [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5xWXJpSvzM that]] is just plain damn weird. Don't you think that's just plain damn weird?"''
* Nero from ''Film/StarTrek'' has his share of killer lines, despite, for the most part, being a humourless OmnicidalManiac. For example, his response after giving Starfleet a whooping:
--> '''Pike:''' This is Captain Christopher Pike of the Federation Starship ''Enterprise''.\\
'''Nero:''' Hi, Christopher. I'm Nero.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Chancellor Palpatine, until, suddenly, he isn't.
--->'''Palpatine:''' Good, Anakin, good. Kill him.
** And when he's tempting Luke in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'':
--->'''Palpatine:''' Oh, I'm ''afraid'' the deflector shield will be quite operational when your friends arrive...
** Also, Grand Moff Tarkin in ''Film/ANewHope'':
--->'''Tarkin:''' Charming to the last. You don't know how hard I found it, signing the order to terminate your life.
** Tarkin's rival, Orson Krennic, is no slouch at this either. He puts on a show of politeness and has a surprisingly non-terrible sense of humour, but as soon as anything goes against him, his anger comes to the forefront and he starts having people killed brutally.
--->'''Krennic:''' We were this close to providing peace and security for the galaxy.\\
'''Galen Erso:''' You're confusing peace with terror.\\
'''Krennic:''' Well, you have to start somewhere.
** Count Dooku, at least in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''; he's clearly
feel more respectful towards the Jedi than they are towards him.
-->'''Dooku''': It's a great pity that our paths have never crossed before, Obi-Wan. Qui-Gon always spoke very highly of you. I wish he were still alive; I could use his help right now.
-->'''Obi-Wan''': ''(With quiet fury)'' Qui-Gon Jinn would never join you.
** He shows it by slyly delivering the right amount of hints to Obi-Wan in order to plant the seed of division among the Jedi while painting himself as the good guy. Notice how his behavior in the scene he shares with Obi-Wan is very different to the way he behaves in any other moment of the movie or ''Revenge of the Sith''. (Indeed, in the ''Sith'' novelization an extended section taken from his point of view has him musing, though not in such terms, that he's a sociopath.)
* M. Bison in the live action ''Film/StreetFighter'' [[Film/StreetFighter film]]. Raul Julia is just [[LargeHam grand]]; the way he talks about WorldDomination makes it clear that he thinks it's the most natural thing in the world. He also wonders, in apparent seriousness, why people think he's a villain; he has a ''chandelier of human bones''.
* In ''Film/{{Taken}} 2'' the BigBad Murad has a trope-defining conversation with Lenora, where he politely tells her that he knows she is completely innocent in his grudge against her husband
unnerving and that he admires her bravery, for which he is going to send her home...in pieces.
* The Shredder from ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014''. He talks to Splinter and the turtles like old acquaintances he's happy to see again, though it's very clear he'd all the more delighted to kill them once he doesn't need them anymore.
* Even Zorin might have been creeped out by one of Walken's lesser-known but still memorably malevolent characters: James Houston, the ManipulativeBastard of the direct-to-video low-budget film ''Vendetta''. A [[CorruptCorporateExecutive filthy rich]] New Orleans plantation owner in the 1890s who desires to become even richer, Houston has no qualms--absolutely none--about (secretly) instigating two incidents of ethnically charged street violence (namely, the assassination of the city's police chief and a mass lynching of Italians) just so he can take over the profitable immigrant businesses down on Decatur Street. Completely shameless and with about as much emotional capacity as a mannequin--and gets a literal KickTheDog moment as he watches a staged dog fight and [[TheSocialDarwinist takes an almost scientific interest in how the weaker dog realizes it is beaten and rolls onto its back to allow its throat to be torn out]]. The worst part? [[TruthInTelevision James Houston was a real person]]...and [[KarmaHoudini never got any sort of comeuppance for his part in one of the bloodiest race wars in U.S. history]], as the movie's epilogue explains.
* ''Film/{{Virtuosity}}'''s Sid 6.7 is a better Joker than most portrayals of the Joker (and has a natty purple suit to match). At one point, he decides to make music from the assorted screams of his terrified hostages. Loves his work.
* Pablo Chacon from ''Film/WereTheMillers'', who tends to banter with the Millers at gunpoint, as if he might actually spare them, only to reveal he plans on killing them no matter what.
* In most of the ''Film/{{Wishmaster}}'' movies, the Djinn puts up a pleasant veneer towards his victims while preparing their agonizing deaths. He tends to drop the façade when he switches back into his true demonic form because then there's just no point in even pretending, especially towards the end, when he loses his patience with victory so close in his grasp.
* [[BigBad Mick]] in ''Film/WolfCreek''. Don't let his welcoming Crocodile Dundeeish mannerism fool you. It's a trap. He's a SerialKiller and has got more in common with [[AxCrazy Hannibal Lector]] than with Crocodile Dundee.
* The Blank version of [[spoiler:Oliver Chamberlain]] from ''Film/TheWorldsEnd''.
* Despite his massive ego, God king Xerxes of ''Film/ThreeHundred'' fancies himself as "kind". To this end, he tries to be genuinely AffablyEvil. Xerxes even congratulates king Leonidas for his efforts and offers to let him keep his rule over Greece as long as he works for him. However, his act starts to slip when he has half his generals executed for a minor failure. Xerxxes act is broken for good after his VillainousBreakdown when Leonidas manages to make him bleed.
* ''Film/TronLegacy'': CLU is completely affable and polite with Sam from the beginning, and his personal moments of violence always appear to be casual afterthoughts, as in when he is [[spoiler: blowing up the End of Line Club, or yelling and slamming his hands into the table at Kevin Flynn's home, making something of a mess, or de-rezzing Jarvis after a last-straw moment of incompetence after a long string of mild-to-major failures. The rest of the time, he is cool, calm and collected, and polite. After all, his most oddly polite line to Sam is "So, you like bikes." complete with a pleasant smile.]]
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* In ''Literature/AcrossTheUniverse'', this fits Luther. He hides the joy he takes in inciting unrest among the already unhappy population of ''Godspeed'' and love of rape with a pleasant public demeanor. One rather creepy scene has Amy (who Luther had been stalking and trying to rape) bump into him in public. She's in disguise and he doesn't recognize her, so he nicely asks her if she'd like to come see a protest being set up. The instant he figures out who she is, he begins to act terrifyingly predator-like around her.
* ''Literature/BloodMeridian'': [[BigBad Judge Holden]] is a pleasant and extremely learned man who never fails to entertain his comrades. His comrades are a mercenary army that does ethnic cleansing (specifically of Indians) for hire, and even among this band of murderous psychopaths, the judge's atrocities eclipse them all; he is a mass murderer and a pedophile motivated by nothing but [[ForTheEvulz the infliction of pain]], and he's probably a HumanoidAbomination to boot.
* ''Literature/{{BlueBeard}}'': The title character seems like a charming young gentleman... than we discover he is a SerialKiller.
%% * Sarafine from ''Literature/TheCasterChronicles'', despite her words to Lena, never actually meant half of what she was saying.
* From the ''Literature/ChroniclesofNarnia'': The White Witch, Jadis, demonstrates a personality like this in both ''The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe'' and ''The Magician's Nephew''. In the former, she ensnares Edmund with food and drink and promises of power. She is far subtler in the latter, however, with words so honeyed you could hardly believe so "fierce" a person had said them. Her affability and feigned concern for Digory's mother nearly succeeds in persuading him to disobey Aslan, but her genuine lack of concern for anyone that isn't useful to her trashes the whole thing.
* Alex, the VillainProtagonist of ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'', is a WickedCultured young sociopath who'd gladly mug your grandfather or rape your wife but wouldn't dream of being impolite... that is, with the exception of [[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]].
-->'''[[TheSociopath Alex]]:''' ''[rips the book out of mug victim's hands]'' Excellent, really first-class. But what is this here? What is this filthy [[ConLang slovo]]? I blush to look at this word. You disappoint me, [[VerbalTic brother]], you do really.\\
'''Victim:''' But-- but-- but...
* [[Literature/DavidCopperfield Uriah Heep]] may well be literature's most triumphant example of this trope. Even as he openly hints his scheming to the main character, he constantly put on a fawning, "'umble" air.
* In ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'', [[MagnificentBastard Sang-drax]] treats [[AntiHero Haplo]] like an old friend, and it's made clear he does it just to mess with him rather than out of any feelings of genuine affection. He's also shown to be capable of sounding positively ''cheery'' when describing the FateWorseThanDeath [[TheHeartless his people]] have planned for ''the whole universe''. Genuinely thwart his plans, though, and he gets ''very'' nasty very quickly.
* UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper in Alex Grecian's ''The Devil's Workshop'', who thinks that he's doing his victims a kind of ''favor,'' and sometimes expresses concerns about their comfort or state of mind.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', the vampire Count de Magpyr actually ''thinks'' he's being AffablyEvil, or AboveGoodAndEvil, or not evil at all. He's just being "reasonable" while dominating, destroying and enslaving others, and acts with apparent politeness. His mind-controlling powers can make people actually believe he ''is'' that nice, even when he's talking about blood-sucking arrangements. His family is similar, except for Lacrimosa, who's a sadistic [[ImmortalImmaturity teenager]] with no patience for being "nice".
** Carcer in ''Discworld/NightWatch'' is an unrepentant serial killer who will gleefully deny all responsibility for his crimes with a charismatic grin, and then casually stab you between the ribs before you can argue.
** Mr. Teatime can be this way. Especially in the SkyOne ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' TV film.
* In Bram's Stoker ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' and most of its adaptions, the Count gives a polite and inviting first impression, if somewhat unsettling. The guest usually dismisses the last part under cultural/foreign differences.
-->'''Dracula:''' Welcome to my house! Enter freely and of your own will. Go safely and leave something of the happiness you bring.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', high king Jakoven. Acts all nice while reminding people that he knows where their family lives, and how terrible it was if anything happened to them.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
** Nicodemus is a 2000 year-old human who made a pact with a FallenAngel to essentially inflict as much misery and pain on the world as he could; in his own words, he believes in Armageddon as less of an event and more of a ''mindset'', one that he wants to share with the world. He is also incredibly polite and friendly and civil, even while he's got you tied up and offering you a choice between recruiting you for his organization or getting your throat cut. The affable demeanor hides a genocidal monster and doesn't waver even when he's getting ready to unleash a deadly plague across a country or while his minions are kidnapping and torturing a twelve-year-old girl.
** Even more so Duke Ortega of the Red Court. Nicodemus is polite whenever he has no reason not to be, generous when it costs him nothing, and appreciates the "artistry" of a classical painter and a serial killer on equal terms. Ortega is a pure barbarian who has spent his unlife carefully learning to pretend to have ethics, manners, and reasons for his actions beyond the basic infliction or avoidance of pain for those times the fiction proves useful.
** Virtually ''everyone'' in the Winter Court who's not too savage to have a conversation with has this going on.
* In ''Literature/{{Fool}}'', a PerspectiveFlip retelling of ''Theatre/KingLear'', Edmund starts the play as a fairly open JerkAss, but partway through he has an offscreen epiphany that his attempts to be a ManipulativeBastard [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] would probably be more successful if most people weren't repulsed by him and his company, leading to the page quote where he discusses this trope with the book's protagonist.
* ''Literature/{{Harahpin}}'' gives us Korganest, who is pretty polite when he converses with his victims, which makes it all the more terrifying when he suddenly raises his weapon and strikes.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Voldemort exhibits this trait a few times, mostly in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'' when he makes some [[IncrediblyLamePun terrible "hand" puns]] to Wormtail during [[AnArmAndALeg a related task]]. From what the reader sees of his younger days, he was even more of this trope before his sanity was completely gone.
** [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Dolores Umbridge]] is worse than Voldemort, and possibly more hated to boot. She makes Hogwarts into a dictatorship, but her office is decorated with gambolling pictures of kittens, and she wears knitted sweaters and bows in her hair. This is magnified by the fact that while Voldemort does his terrible deeds towards an end with some sort of magnificence, and was prepared to embrace his pure-blood enemies as allies if they turned, Umbridge merely gets off on her ability to make people suffer.
** Lucius Malfoy is also an 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.
* In Exile's Duology (Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar), Lord Orthallen straddles this, most vividly seen (or not, rather) when he was acting as [[spoiler:Selenay's confidant]].
* President Snow of ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. He speaks to Katniss in a polite manner while threatening to have her and her loved ones killed if she makes a mistake.
* The Literature/InDeath series: A number of the murderers in the series are very much this. Sure, they will act like they're so nice and polite, but that is just an act. A number of them are TheSociopath, which might explain it.
* [[TheFairFolk The Gentleman With the Thistledown Hair]], from ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell''. The scene where he's so happily, ''enthusiastically'' telling [[spoiler:Steven Black]] how many people he's had to kill in order to try and [[spoiler:restore his true name to him]] makes him seem like a big, friendly, amoral murder-puppy.
* Nicolae Carpathia, TheAntichrist from ''Literature/LeftBehind'', initially seems to be the humblest, most empathetic Son of Satan you'd ever meet, and comes across as a WellIntentionedExtremist at worst. However, this is all entirely an act; in truth he's a completely self-centered sociopath and a two-dimensional thug. The movie version of Nicolae actually appears to be more genuinely AffablyEvil, although still a ruthless megalomaniac.
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': Man in Shadow is casual and affable at all times, even when threatening to rape the person he's talking to. By the way, said person was ''already'' a victim of rape and he might have known this.
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
** Shadowthone can be rather friendly, when he's not yelling in exasperation or giving deadpan sarcastic commentary, though the patina is thin and he can go from calm and threatening to shrieking mad in seconds.
** Clip tries for this during the events of ''Literature/ReapersGale'' while travelling with Silchas Ruin's group, chatting affably about non-consequential things, affecting politeness and pretending not to notice the stealth insults he throws around. At the same time, Clip does not even try to hide that he's an assassin and drops the act as soon as there's no one he can rile up with it anymore.
* General Zaroff from ''Literature/TheMostDangerousGame'' actually starts off as genuinely AffablyEvil, but he quickly slides into FauxAffablyEvil. When the protagonist Rainsford arrives at his home, he lets him dine with him, complements him on his book, shows respect for a fellow big game hunter, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and reveals he has turned to hunting humans]]. He forces Rainsford to be his next prey, and still acts polite the whole time.
* ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'': In the original book, Erik explains how he pulled the PracticalJoke on Carlotta with his {{Ventriloquism}} and then he casually uses it to prank Raoul and the Daroga in the TortureCellar.
* In the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series, Ferahgo the Assassin is this. As the narration puts it, he "smiles a lot, but he never jokes".
* Roderick Whittle, aka UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper, from Creator/RichardLaymon's ''Literature/{{Savage}}'', has this as a MaskOfSanity.
* ''Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'': Samuel Blunt of ''Wonderful Sausage'' is described as a "fat and jolly butcher". Said "fat and jolly butcher" kills people and grinds them into sausage to serve to his customers. There is nothing ''truly'' jolly about him.
* The Supreme Custodian in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' has mannerisms and charisma, but readily throws people he dislikes into jail and is otherwise a pretty nasty person.
* The Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: Henry "Hank" Jellicoe, despite having elements of AffablyEvil, might actually be this. ''Cross Roads'' reveals that he is at least a HeManWomanHater and at most a StrawMisogynist. He treated his wife Louise like she was just a servant and didn't care if she overheard his conversations on the illegal dealings he made. She managed to escape him, and he has never been able to find her. He very much wants to kill her for having the nerve to leave him years and years ago!
* Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire:
** Roose Bolton is always polite and soft-spoken, and has a rather amusingly dry sense of humor when in company -- to the point that most nobles who don't know him that well assume he's the AffablyEvil man he appears to be. [[WhatYouAreInTheDark Smallfolk learn better very quickly]]. He's a cold-blooded sadist who can casually threaten to cut off a child servant's tongue for talking too much, who can calmly discuss tortures or rapes he's performed, and who allows his son to rape and torture as much as ''he'' wants, as well. [[PragmaticVillainy Just so long as it doesn't interfere with his plans]].
** Speaking of Ramsay Bolton... He can really turn the charm on when he wants to, in a rather folksy kind of way. However, unlike his dad, he can't sustain it for more than an evening, tops. His inner monster is all too easily brought to the surface for all to see at even a hint of [[ForTheEvulz potential fun]].
** Littlefinger sits uneasily between this and AffablyEvil. He always has a joking, flippant attitude even around people he's about to backstab (which is [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder everyone]]), and that does seem to be genuine to the extent that he acts the same way around those he (probably) isn't plotting against. What makes him more Faux Affably Evil is that he seems to lack genuine emotion and empathy toward others; even when he's helping somebody, it seems to be more for selfish reasons of wanting to have them around for his own sake, rather than genuine concern for their well-being.
* Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
** During ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' the BigBad, in his first appearance outside of {{Villain Opening Scene}}s, is condescending, looks at an infected girl like she's a piece of meat, and does some quite heartless things. But for the most part he also radiates mocking friendliness, praises the resourcefulness of the heroes--even though that admiration turns to rage whenever they thwart him--and exits the book with an "Excuse me once again."
** In ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'', Jabba the Hutt and his thugs. Jabba himself is an unseen presence in the story, but he maintains a townhouse in Mos Eisley to give the impression of a benevolent interest in city affairs. His accountant Mosep Binneed meets Orrin there and puts on an air of paternal concern as they go over Orrin's swelling debt and he makes thinly veiled threats of torture and death if it's not paid off.
* ''Literature/TortallUniverse''
** The BigBad of the ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' quartet, Duke Roger. He plays up the WhatsUpKingDude angle by telling the pages to be informal with him and acts like a CoolUncle to Jon... while plotting to kill him so Roger is first in line for the throne again. George calls him Alanna and Jon's "smilin' friend" and Alanna is suspicious of him for being ''too'' friendly.
** Ozorne in ''[[Literature/TheImmortals Emperor Mage]]'' plays nice for much of the book, being very civilized and sometimes personable around the delegation from Tortall. While this is [[AffablyEvil genuine around Daine]] because she helped his treasured birds, but every other character, even her monkey friend Zek? His true colors are without any warmth at all. Hints of this trope show in the next book, but they stop by the end.
** Dolsa from Provost's Dog series tops them all. She'll gladly and civilly explain that she murdered dozens of people, tortured others, and is intent on murdering the king and queen all because the Crown had the gall to tax and license mages. Oh, and she'll brainwash anyone in her vicinity to think she is the most wonderful person ever because she thinks she is.
* Aro, head of the Volturi from ''{{Twilight}}'' puts forth a very charming persona to hide how power hungry and ruthless he is.
* Berys in Literature/TalesOfKolmar clearly enjoys himself when doing various terrible things, and at those times is usually rather cheerful and upbeat.
--> "Here is [[BigBad your soul mate]]. [[SharingABody I hope you like him]]."
* ''Literature/VanityFair'' has this in [[DastardlyWhiplash Sir Pitt Crawley]] of whom the narrator comments ''"he was fond of drink, of swearing, of joking with the farmers' daughters: he was never known to give away a shilling or to do a good action, but was of a pleasant, sly, laughing mood, and would cut his joke and drink his glass with a tenant and sell him up the next day; or have his laugh with the poacher he was transporting with equal good humour."'' Notably, the narrator explicitly comments that if the character was slightly more honest, he would be a very successful scoundrel, but instead, is simply too crooked to prosper.
* The witches in ''Literature/TheWitches''. Overlapped with BitchInSheepsClothing, they present themselves in a very ladylike fashion and disguised themselves as presentable in order to lure children. Of course the majority of the specie is hideous from inside out, [[ChildHater hates children]], and are overall morally repulsive.
* High-end villains in the Literature/ZonesOfThought series tend to be this.
** Tomas Nau in ''A Deepness in the Sky'' fooled everyone, including remnants of the faction which he backstabbed and almost wiped out in cold blood, for decades with his nice guy act.
** The old Flenser in ''A Fire Upon the Deep'', besides being a ConsummateLiar, was the sort of guy who becomes ''more'' friendly when he's about to put you through [[EvilutionaryBiologist the experiments that]] [[ColdBloodedTorture earned him his name]].
* [[spoiler:O'Brien]] in ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''. He talks to [[spoiler:Winston]] in a calm tone while torturing him.
* If they're not AffablyEvil, most Creator/DeanKoontz antagonists will be this.
* Creator/JRRTolkien:
** Sauron, more in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' than in ''Liturature/TheLordOfTheRings'', where he's mostly offscreen. Over and over again; the charming snake in the ear of anyone who listens. This is one of his most defining traits and that's why he is known The Deceiver. That is, until he loses that power or shows his real nature...
** Smaug, in ''Literature/TheHobbit''. Intelligent, articulate, wickedly charismatic, and a polite conversationalist. He has a fondness for riddle-games, and actually enjoys himself during conversation with Bilbo (initially). He's charismatic to the point that Bilbo is sorely tempted to take off the Ring and reveal himself, and even manages to make Bilbo doubt the intentions of Thorin. However it's also a ''very'' bad idea to piss him off, as Smaug proves downright ''terrifying'' when angered.

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* In ''Literature/AcrossTheUniverse'', this fits Luther. He hides the joy he takes in inciting unrest among the already unhappy population of ''Godspeed'' "Million Dollar Man" Wrestling/TedDiBiase, who could sound folksy and love of rape with a pleasant public demeanor. One rather creepy scene has Amy (who Luther had been stalking and trying to rape) bump into him in public. She's in disguise and he doesn't recognize her, so he nicely asks her if she'd like to come see a protest being set up. The instant he figures out who she is, he begins to act terrifyingly predator-like around her.
* ''Literature/BloodMeridian'': [[BigBad Judge Holden]] is a pleasant and extremely learned man who never fails to entertain his comrades. His comrades are a mercenary army that does ethnic cleansing (specifically of Indians) for hire, and
charming even among this band while deliberately cheating a little boy out of murderous psychopaths, the judge's atrocities eclipse them all; he is a mass murderer chance to win some of his money.
* Wrestling/EricBischoff, his genuine baby {{face}} runs are few
and a pedophile motivated by nothing but [[ForTheEvulz the infliction of pain]], far between and he's probably a HumanoidAbomination to boot.
* ''Literature/{{BlueBeard}}'': The title character seems like a charming young gentleman... than we discover he is a SerialKiller.
%% * Sarafine from ''Literature/TheCasterChronicles'', despite her words to Lena, never actually meant half of what she was saying.
* From
''never'' the ''Literature/ChroniclesofNarnia'': The White Witch, Jadis, demonstrates a personality like this in both ''The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe'' and ''The Magician's Nephew''. In the former, she ensnares Edmund with food and drink and promises of power. She is far subtler in the latter, however, with words face by default, so honeyed you could hardly believe so "fierce" a person had said them. Her affability and feigned concern for Digory's mother nearly succeeds in persuading him he has no real motivation to disobey Aslan, but her genuine lack of concern for be nice to anyone that isn't useful other than perhaps to her trashes the whole thing.
* Alex, the VillainProtagonist of ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'', is a WickedCultured young sociopath who'd gladly mug your grandfather or rape your wife but wouldn't dream of being impolite... that is, with the exception of [[ColdBloodedTorture certain situations]]. Regardless,
save his own skin. Otherwise 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]].
-->'''[[TheSociopath Alex]]:''' ''[rips the book out of mug victim's hands]'' Excellent, really first-class. But what is this here? What is this filthy [[ConLang slovo]]? I blush to look at this word. You disappoint me, [[VerbalTic brother]],
just stringing you do really.\\
'''Victim:''' But-- but-- but...
along, don't listen.
* [[Literature/DavidCopperfield Uriah Heep]] may well be literature's most triumphant example of this trope. Even as he openly hints William Regal during his scheming heel runs. He would often act like a dignified and well-mannered [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman quintessential British gentleman]], waving to the main character, he constantly put on a fawning, "'umble" air.
* In ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'', [[MagnificentBastard Sang-drax]] treats [[AntiHero Haplo]] like an old friend,
crowd, wiping his feet before entering the ring and it's made clear he does it just scolding rudeness on-camera. Beneath that cultured exterior was a man who was quick to mess with him rather than out of any feelings of genuine affection. He's also shown to be capable of sounding positively ''cheery'' anger and not beneath breaking the rules when describing things weren't going his way during a match, up to and including, but not limited to: chair and title belt shots, grabbing the FateWorseThanDeath [[TheHeartless his people]] have planned ropes for ''the whole universe''. Genuinely thwart his plans, though, leverage during submission holds, and he gets ''very'' nasty very quickly.
* UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper in Alex Grecian's ''The Devil's Workshop'', who thinks that he's doing his victims a kind
infamously, the use of ''favor,'' brass knuckles. His antics outside of matches included insulting the fans, kissing Mr. [=McMahon's=] ass (figuratively AND literally), and sometimes expresses concerns about their comfort or state even an instance of mind.PEEING ON THE BIG SHOW'S LEG.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', the vampire Count de Magpyr actually ''thinks'' he's being AffablyEvil, or AboveGoodAndEvil, or not evil at all. He's just being "reasonable" while dominating, destroying and enslaving others, and acts with apparent politeness. His mind-controlling powers can make people actually believe he ''is'' that nice, even when he's talking about blood-sucking arrangements. His family is similar, except for Lacrimosa, who's a sadistic [[ImmortalImmaturity teenager]] with no patience for being "nice".
** Carcer in ''Discworld/NightWatch'' is an unrepentant serial killer who will gleefully deny all responsibility for his crimes with a charismatic grin, and then casually stab you between the ribs before you can argue.
** Mr. Teatime can be this way. Especially in the SkyOne ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' TV film.
* In Bram's Stoker ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' and most of its adaptions, the Count gives a polite and inviting first impression, if somewhat unsettling. The guest usually dismisses the last part under cultural/foreign differences.
-->'''Dracula:''' Welcome to my house! Enter freely and of your own will. Go safely and leave something of the happiness you bring.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', high king Jakoven. Acts all nice while reminding people that he knows where their family lives, and how terrible it was if anything happened to them.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
** Nicodemus is a 2000 year-old human who made a pact with a FallenAngel to essentially inflict as much misery and pain on the world as he could; in his own words, he believes in Armageddon as less of an event and more of a ''mindset'', one that he wants to share with the world. He is also incredibly polite and friendly and civil, even while he's got you tied up and offering you a choice between recruiting you for his organization or getting your throat cut. The affable demeanor hides a genocidal monster and doesn't waver even when he's getting ready to unleash a deadly plague across a country or while his minions are kidnapping and torturing a twelve-year-old girl.
** Even more so Duke Ortega of the Red Court. Nicodemus is polite whenever he has no reason not to be, generous when it costs him nothing, and appreciates the "artistry" of a classical painter and a serial killer on equal terms. Ortega is a pure barbarian who has spent his unlife carefully learning to pretend to have ethics, manners, and reasons for his actions beyond the basic infliction or avoidance of pain for those times the fiction proves useful.
** Virtually ''everyone'' in the Winter Court who's not too savage to have a conversation with has this going on.
* In ''Literature/{{Fool}}'', a PerspectiveFlip retelling of ''Theatre/KingLear'', Edmund starts the play as a fairly open JerkAss, but partway through he has an offscreen epiphany that his attempts to be a ManipulativeBastard [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] would probably be more successful if most people weren't repulsed by him and his company, leading to the page quote where he discusses
Wrestling/ChrisJericho ''was'' this trope while performing his [[NoCountryForOldMen "Anton Chigurh"]] tribute gimmick from 2008 to 2010.
* Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield, especially during his final angle against Wrestling/ReyMysterio. You have never heard the word ''amigo'' delivered
with the book's protagonist.
so much dripping sarcasm.
* ''Literature/{{Harahpin}}'' gives us Korganest, who is pretty polite when he converses with his victims, which makes it Silvie Silver spoke in a patronizing manner to Santana Garrett in Ring Warriors while explaining all the more terrifying when he suddenly raises his weapon moves she learned in Mexico and strikes.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Voldemort exhibits this trait a few times, mostly in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'' when he makes some [[IncrediblyLamePun terrible "hand" puns]] to Wormtail during [[AnArmAndALeg a related task]]. From what
how much they would hurt. She dropped the reader sees of his younger days, he act after Garrett pinned her.
* [[Wrestling/LayCool Michelle McCool]], who
was even more of so good at this trope before his sanity was completely gone.
** [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Dolores Umbridge]] is worse than Voldemort, and possibly more hated to boot. She makes Hogwarts into a dictatorship, but her office is decorated with gambolling pictures of kittens, and she wears knitted sweaters and bows in her hair. This is magnified by the fact
that while Voldemort does his terrible deeds towards an end with some sort of magnificence, and was prepared to embrace his pure-blood enemies as allies if they turned, Umbridge merely gets off on her ability to make people suffer.
** Lucius Malfoy is also an 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.
* In Exile's Duology (Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar), Lord Orthallen straddles this, most vividly seen (or not, rather) when he was acting as [[spoiler:Selenay's confidant]].
* President Snow of ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. He speaks to Katniss in a polite manner while threatening to have her and her loved ones killed if
she makes a mistake.
* The Literature/InDeath series: A number of
called to mind the murderers in the series are very much this. Sure, they will act like they're so nice and polite, but that is just an act. A number of them are TheSociopath, which might explain it.
UncannyValley.
* [[TheFairFolk The Gentleman With the Thistledown Hair]], from ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell''. The scene where he's so happily, ''enthusiastically'' telling [[spoiler:Steven Black]] how many people he's had to kill in order to try and [[spoiler:restore his true name to him]] makes him seem like a big, friendly, amoral murder-puppy.
* Nicolae Carpathia, TheAntichrist from ''Literature/LeftBehind'', initially seems to be the humblest, most empathetic Son of Satan you'd ever meet, and comes across
[[Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa Raisha Saeed]] spoke as a WellIntentionedExtremist at worst. However, this is all entirely an act; in truth he's a completely self-centered sociopath and a two-dimensional thug. The movie version of Nicolae actually appears to be more genuinely AffablyEvil, although still a ruthless megalomaniac.
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': Man in Shadow is casual and affable at all times, even when threatening to rape the person he's talking to. By the way, said person was ''already'' a victim of rape and he might have known this.
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
** Shadowthone can be rather friendly, when he's not yelling in exasperation or giving deadpan sarcastic commentary, though the patina is thin and he can go from calm and threatening to shrieking mad in seconds.
** Clip tries for this during the events of ''Literature/ReapersGale'' while travelling with Silchas Ruin's group, chatting affably about non-consequential things, affecting politeness and pretending not to notice the stealth insults he throws around. At the same time, Clip does not even try to hide that he's an assassin and drops the act as soon as there's no one he can rile up with it anymore.
* General Zaroff from ''Literature/TheMostDangerousGame'' actually starts off as genuinely AffablyEvil, but he quickly slides into FauxAffablyEvil. When the protagonist Rainsford arrives at his home, he lets him dine with him, complements him on his book, shows respect for a fellow big game hunter, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and reveals he has turned to hunting humans]]. He forces Rainsford to be his next prey, and still acts polite the whole time.
* ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'': In the original book, Erik explains how he pulled the PracticalJoke on Carlotta with his {{Ventriloquism}} and then he casually uses it to prank Raoul and the Daroga in the TortureCellar.
* In the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series, Ferahgo the Assassin is this. As the narration puts it, he "smiles a lot, but he never jokes".
* Roderick Whittle, aka UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper, from Creator/RichardLaymon's ''Literature/{{Savage}}'', has this as a MaskOfSanity.
* ''Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'': Samuel Blunt of ''Wonderful Sausage'' is described as a "fat and jolly butcher". Said "fat and jolly butcher" kills people and grinds them into sausage to serve to his customers. There is nothing ''truly'' jolly about him.
* The Supreme Custodian in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' has mannerisms and charisma, but readily throws people he dislikes into jail and is otherwise a pretty nasty person.
* The Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: Henry "Hank" Jellicoe, despite having elements of AffablyEvil, might actually be this. ''Cross Roads'' reveals that he is at least a HeManWomanHater and at most a StrawMisogynist. He treated his wife Louise like
if she was just a servant and didn't care if she overheard his conversations on reasonable, level headed stoic looking out for the illegal dealings he made. She managed to escape him, and he has never been able to find her. He very much wants to kill best interests of her for having the nerve clients, such as Wrestling/AwesomeKong. Her actions repeatedly proved her to leave him years and years ago!
* Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire:
** Roose Bolton is always polite and soft-spoken, and has
be a rather amusingly dry sense of humor when in company -- to the point that most nobles who don't know him that well assume he's the AffablyEvil man he appears to be. [[WhatYouAreInTheDark Smallfolk learn better very quickly]]. He's a cold-blooded sadist who can casually threaten to cut off a child servant's tongue at times went too far for talking too much, who can calmly discuss tortures or rapes he's performed, ''Awesome Kong''.
* After being defeated by Mr. 450 at the World Wrestling League's ''Insurrection'' event, Sensacional Carlitos wanted a rematch at ''Navidad Corporativa''
and who allows his son to rape and torture as much as ''he'' wants, as well. [[PragmaticVillainy Just so long as it doesn't interfere with his plans]].
** Speaking of Ramsay Bolton... He can really turn the charm on when
insisted he wants to, in a rather folksy kind of way. However, unlike his dad, he can't sustain it for more than an evening, tops. His inner monster is all too easily brought to the surface for all to see at would be healthy by then even though he had a hint of [[ForTheEvulz potential fun]].
** Littlefinger sits uneasily between this and AffablyEvil. He always has a joking, flippant attitude even around people he's about to backstab (which is [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder everyone]]), and that does seem to be genuine to
broken jaw at the extent that he acts the same way around those he (probably) isn't plotting against. What makes time. 450 urged him more Faux Affably Evil is that he seems not to lack genuine emotion and empathy toward others; even when he's helping somebody, it seems to be more for selfish reasons of wanting to have them around do it, saying if Carlitos had no concern for his own sake, rather than genuine concern for their well-being.
health he should think about friends and family.
* Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
** During ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''
At the BigBad, in his first appearance outside of {{Villain Opening Scene}}s, is condescending, looks at an infected girl like she's [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor Women Of Honor]] event, Veda Scott snatched a piece of meat, microphone and does some quite heartless things. But for called the most part he also radiates mocking friendliness, praises the resourcefulness of the heroes--even though that admiration turns to rage whenever they thwart him--and exits the book with an "Excuse me once again."
** In ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'', Jabba the Hutt and his thugs. Jabba himself is an unseen presence in the story, but he maintains a townhouse in Mos Eisley
crowd to give the impression of a benevolent interest in city affairs. His accountant Mosep Binneed meets Orrin there and puts on an air of paternal concern as they go over Orrin's swelling debt and he makes thinly veiled threats of torture and death if it's not paid off.
* ''Literature/TortallUniverse''
** The BigBad of the ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' quartet, Duke Roger. He plays up the WhatsUpKingDude angle by telling the pages
respectful sendoff to be informal with him and acts like a CoolUncle to Jon... while plotting to kill him so Roger is first in line for the throne again. George calls him Alanna and Jon's "smilin' friend" and Alanna is suspicious of him for being ''too'' friendly.
** Ozorne in ''[[Literature/TheImmortals Emperor Mage]]'' plays nice for much of the book, being very civilized and sometimes personable around the delegation from Tortall. While this is [[AffablyEvil genuine around Daine]] because she helped his treasured birds, but every other character, even her monkey friend Zek? His true colors are without any warmth at all. Hints of this trope show in the next book, but they stop by the end.
** Dolsa from Provost's Dog series tops them all. She'll gladly and civilly explain that she murdered dozens of people, tortured others, and is intent on murdering the king and queen all because the Crown had the gall to tax and license mages. Oh, and she'll brainwash anyone in her vicinity to think she is the most wonderful person ever because she thinks she is.
* Aro, head of the Volturi from ''{{Twilight}}'' puts forth a very charming persona to hide how power hungry and ruthless he is.
* Berys in Literature/TalesOfKolmar clearly enjoys himself when doing various terrible things, and at those times is usually rather cheerful and upbeat.
--> "Here is [[BigBad your soul mate]]. [[SharingABody I hope you like him]]."
* ''Literature/VanityFair'' has this in [[DastardlyWhiplash Sir Pitt Crawley]] of whom the narrator comments ''"he
Jenny Rose, who was fond of drink, of swearing, of joking with the farmers' daughters: he was never known scheduled to give away a shilling or to do a good action, but was of a pleasant, sly, laughing mood, and would cut his joke and drink his glass with a tenant and sell him up the next day; or have his laugh with the poacher he was transporting with equal good humour."'' Notably, the narrator explicitly comments that if the character was slightly more honest, he would be a very successful scoundrel, but instead, is simply too crooked to prosper.
* The witches in ''Literature/TheWitches''. Overlapped with BitchInSheepsClothing, they present themselves in a very ladylike fashion and disguised themselves as presentable in order to lure children. Of course the majority of the specie is hideous from inside out, [[ChildHater hates children]], and are overall morally repulsive.
* High-end villains in the Literature/ZonesOfThought series tend to be this.
** Tomas Nau in ''A Deepness in the Sky'' fooled everyone, including remnants of the faction which he backstabbed and almost wiped out in cold blood, for decades with his nice guy act.
** The old Flenser in ''A Fire Upon the Deep'', besides being a ConsummateLiar, was the sort of guy who becomes ''more'' friendly when he's about to put you through [[EvilutionaryBiologist the experiments that]] [[ColdBloodedTorture earned him his name]].
* [[spoiler:O'Brien]] in ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''. He talks to [[spoiler:Winston]] in a calm tone while torturing him.
* If they're not AffablyEvil, most Creator/DeanKoontz antagonists will be this.
* Creator/JRRTolkien:
** Sauron, more in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' than in ''Liturature/TheLordOfTheRings'', where he's mostly offscreen. Over and over again; the charming snake in the ear of anyone who listens. This is one of his most defining traits and that's why he is known The Deceiver. That is, until he loses that power or shows his real nature...
** Smaug, in ''Literature/TheHobbit''. Intelligent, articulate, wickedly charismatic, and a polite conversationalist. He has a fondness for riddle-games, and actually enjoys himself during conversation with Bilbo (initially). He's charismatic
return to the point Japan-based Diana promotion. Scott then ended Rose's ROH run on a low not by bludgeoning her with that Bilbo is sorely tempted to take off the Ring and reveal himself, and even manages to make Bilbo doubt the intentions of Thorin. However it's also a ''very'' bad idea to piss him off, as Smaug proves downright ''terrifying'' when angered.mic.



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* ''Series/AlloAllo'': Essentially, any [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi character]] in a lighthearted series could be considered this way, therefore implicitly being given a VillainyDiscretionShot. For example, Herr Flick of this show is the kind of character who, in a serious work, would be the TortureTechnician, but is a very funny and likable parody of the stock "Hollywood Nazi" SecretPolice officer. "You do have a soft side, Herr Flick!" "Yes, I almost failed my Gestapo exam because of it."
* "Series/{{Arrowverse}}":
** ''Series/{{Arrow}}'':
*** Edward Fyers initially appears to be benevolent, offering Oliver some much-needed refreshment after his traumatic crash. When it turns out that Oliver is lying as to Yao Fei's location, however, he hands him over to Deathstroke for a brutal interrogation.
*** [[spoiler:Slade Wilson]], by the time of his return in the present day. When he meets Oliver Queen's family, he acts incredibly polite and gentlemanly. Once he catches Oliver's sister Thea alone, the mask comes off and he reveals himself to be a psychopath who wants to ruin Oliver's life via his loved ones.
** ''Series/TheFlash2014'': [[spoiler: Eobard Thawne as Harrison Wells]] comes off as a genuinely kindly, almost fatherly sort of guy who cares about Barry and his friends. However, when his true identity is revealed, he shows that he is completely willing to murder the people he cares about in order to ensure his plans are successful. He never quite loses the friendly mannerisms, but his actions speak louder than his words.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Lyndysty. She is a charming, sweet, and beautiful little Centauri, delighted to be engaged to Vir Cotto, [[spoiler: and she personally put to death hundreds of Narns]].
** Alfred Bester, the resident MagnificentBastard, is almost always polite, though a lot of snarking is thrown in. He's still one of the most sinister and diabolical characters on the show.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'':
** The Brother Cavil model (the Ones) of Cylon display this sort of behaviour. Cavil, despite being depicted as the most out and out evil of the Cylons (perhaps the only one), is continually making snarky asides and hilarious observations about his fellow Cylons and humanity. This was even brought up by one of the others when he cracked a joke after having been shot on the orders of the speaker.
-->'''Natalie (a Six):''' Is there anything that isn't fodder for a joke with you, or is that really how you see our very existence, as some sort of nihilistic punchline?\\
'''Cavil:''' Nihilistic punchline, I like that. But quite honestly, I'm feeling very serious. Getting riddled with bullets affects me that way.
** Also this exchange, which occurred before we found out:
-->'''Chief Tyrol''': How do you know I'm not a Cylon?\\
'''Cavil''': Well, because ''I'm'' a Cylon and I've never seen you at any of the meetings.
** [[spoiler:It gets even funnier when we find out Tyrol ''is'' a Cylon, but neither he nor the "regular" Cylons, aside from Cavil who wanted the Final Five to not know they were Cylons, knew it. Even better when [[FridgeBrilliance you realise]] that there ''were'' Cylon meetings happening aboard Galactica. Yes. He just [[SarcasticConfession admitted]] to being a Cylon and meeting other Cylons ''and got away with it!'']]
* ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'':
** Herrick would seem to fit. In the first episode, he spends the first half his introductory scene making nice with the hospital staff, and the second half talking about world domination and the hypothetical idea of turning terminally ill children into vampires. This is highlighted in the season finale when we see that [[spoiler:he turned that mousy cafeteria worker, who is apparently [[FanDisservice now his lover.]]]]
** In a later season, [[spoiler:he resurfaces with amnesia, and Nina takes the opportunity to take him in and try to teach him to live a better life. When he regains his memories, he threatens Nina with a knife, and then calms her down and says that he's very tempted to spare her for taking care of him and protecting him. Then, he stabs her anyway so people wouldn't think he went soft.]]
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'':
** The historical gangster Arnold Rothstein is a good example of this, as a contrast to the AffablyEvil VillainProtagonist Nucky. Rothstein is cold, ruthless, and amoral, but has a polite and somewhat charming manner, and gets his fair share of good lines.
** Jewish gangster - and kosher butcher - Manny Horvitz. Friendly and charming... until you screw him over and try to have him killed. He [[HotBlooded tends to]] [[MoralEventHorizon go nuclear]]. Cue the RoaringRampageOfRevenge and [[StuffedIntoTheFridge fridging]].
* ''TheBorgias'':
** Cesare Borgia starts out as TheDutifulSon, but with each episode, he becomes more sadistic. [[MurderTheHypotenuse He justifies his actions pretty easily]] but certainly takes pleasure in killing. He remains [[MrFanservice the most charming male character on the show]].
** Rodrigo is somewhat Faux Affably Evil as well. He cares about his family, but with most other people he's figuring out how to manipulate and deceive them and is only polite as long as he has to be. (He also threatened to excommunicate a city.) However, particularly in season 2, Rodrigo's loyalty to the city and people of Rome is very sincere, and when he finds out that the cardinal responsible for charity has three palaces while the peasants starve, he is genuinely disgusted and tries to improve Rome for the benefit of the commoners rather than just himself. While it is true that he drops the mask of civility with people he needs to bully and manipulate, he is generally quite nice to people unless there is some real benefit to being nasty, and he never indulges in wanton cruelty with anyone who hasn't wronged him first. Rodrigo is a rare character who is both genuinely AffablyEvil as well as Faux Affably Evil, depending on who he's dealing with at any given time.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** Gustavo "Gus" Fring. The owner of Los Pollos Hermanos will gladly refill your soda, wipe down your table, smiles with customer service, and makes generous donations to the police. What a great guy. Mess with his meth operation, though, and he "will kill your infant daughter."
** [[VillainProtagonist Walter]], by Season 5, has become this, especially around Skyler where even the lines meant to sound loving sound more like a kidnapper speaking to his hostage, and just about everything he says to other people, including his partner, Jesse, and even his own son, is nothing but manipulation to achieve his own ends.
* Numerous villains in both ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' fit the bill:
** Spike before getting chipped: Comparing him with The Mayor is a good object lesson in the differences between the Faux Affably Evil and the AffablyEvil.
** Warren Mears: "[[PreAssKickingOneLiner Remember how I couldn't stop crying?]]"
** Angelus can occasionally be shown with a seemingly friendly and understanding approach (much like as Angel). The fact that most of it isn't really genuine at all, not to mention that later on it could also be a reminiscence of how he is when he has a soul which he might be deceptively using to his advantage makes it all the more terrifying.
** Glory's a pretty good example of this too. She's actually rather funny, and acts affably toward the Scooby Gang...while she's torturing them and draining their sanity. She's even rather civil to Dawn, shortly before she attempts to ritually sacrifice her.
** The First Evil is sometimes this, depending on who it happens to be at any given time.
** Vampire Xander. It seems that even becoming a soulless monster will not deter Xander from being one of the biggest examples of DeadpanSnarker ever.
** Sahjhan is a witty demon who spends a good amount of time making jokes. He also lives for chaos and feeds on violence.
--->'''Sahjan:''' I flitted back and forth through time, changed a vision here, rewrote a prophecy there...flitted in a ''manly'' way.
** Nathan Reed, Lindsey and Lilah's superior at EvilInc Wolfram & Hart. Unlike AffablyEvil Holland Manners, Nathan doesn't really care if Angel kills Lindsey or Lilah, because that would actually serve the firm's plan to make Angel evil.
** Adam is another example. His voice rarely loses its calm tone even as he's plotting the murder of everyone around him. In one episode, he gets a nest of vampires on his side by calmly discussing [[HorrifyingTheHorror what vampires fear]]: "Sunlight, stakes..." *casually rips off one of their heads* "It is my understanding that decapitation works as well. Death. Being immortal, you fear it more than those to whom it comes naturally".
* ''Series/BurnNotice'':
** Larry Sizemore is a truly charming guy. If you met him at a party, you'd probably find him quite entertaining. Right up until he knifed you or poisoned you because [[ProfessionalKillers he was paid to]], because [[MurderIsTheBestSolution you were in his way]], or just [[AxCrazy because he felt like it]].
** There's also Vaughn, Michael's handler in season 4. He puts a lot of effort into the pretense of being a nice guy. He convinces Michael to work with him [[EnemyMine against worse people]], tries to claim that other people from the Organization were just bad apples, he's always polite and doesn't seem to take offense to Michael going against him or even Michael kicking him out into a raging hurricane. But in the season 4 finale, he abruptly drops any pretense of being affable:
--->You know what? I'm sick of [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow this coy crap]]. I gave you a chance to be my friend. Time after time. But that's over now, mister. Now you're going to see what it's like having me for an enemy. [[AndYourLittleDogToo And so are your friends, and so is your family]]. Note that 10 seconds before this, he was cheerfully inviting Michael out for drinks with a smile on his face.
** Tyler Brennen is perhaps the show's best embodiment of this trope.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': Alexei Volkoff. He can seem like a pretty nice guy, and is able to convince [[HorribleJudgeofCharacter Chuck]] that he was one of the good guys until he outlived his usefulness. He's also perfectly willing to kill his Right Hand Man [[spoiler:and love interest]], just to keep her from living without being at his side. After finding out she is Chuck and Ellie's mother [[spoiler:after he was about to shoot Chuck]], he insists they invite him to Thanksgiving at Ellie and Devon's apartment, so he can get to know Frost's family.
* ''Series/DarkShadows'': Barnabas Collins. Part of the fun with Barnabas was the DramaticIrony between everyone believing him to be a perfect gentlemen while the audience knew that he was lying through his teeth.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** While the Master varies DependingOnTheWriter and/or [[TheNthDoctor actor]], one of the constant traits in his psychopathy is the ability to be charming and polite one moment, then ruthless and brutal the next, switching on a whim. Nowhere is this more evident than in his interactions with the Doctor, particularly the Roger Delgado incarnation, which would often be quite pleasant if one ignored how he would invariably be discussing his plans to cause widespread death and destruction.
** [[EldritchAbomination House]]. A GeniusLoci, who kills Time Lords, [[BodyHorror stitches them back together]], and [[MindRape screws around with the companions.]] Despite this, he's oddly polite and fun to watch.
** [[SlasherSmile The Family of Blood]] would also count as this considering how proper and positive they always look, yet they have committed acts so terrible, they make the Doctor [[MindRape turn human by his own will, so they wouldn't detect him]], and they were apparently so evil that the Doctor gave them [[FateWorseThanDeath fates worse than death]].
** Madame Kovarian puts on a pleasant facade, but isn't very good at it, so just comes off as smarmy, slimy and insincere.
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': Creator/JossWhedon seems to like this trope. Alpha is likewise highly entertaining despite being unquestionably monstrous.
* ''Series/TheEscapeArtist'': Liam Foyle is a soft-spoken individual, who is mostly polite. However, he's not a pleasant person and he can easily drop the mask when he wants to. He shows he's fully aware of it during a few exchanges with Will.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Jubal ruttin' Early.
** Also, Adelai Niska:
--->''"You see this man, eh, [[YouHaveFailedMe he does not do the job]]. I show you [[ColdBloodedTorture what I do with him]], and now my reputation for you is fact. Is solid."''
* ''Series/TheFollowing'': Joe Carroll often acts like a doddering former literature professor/author who's affable, a loving father figure to his family, and enjoys tweaking main character Ryan Hardy with teasing barbs. The reason why he's no longer a literature professor is because he was revealed to be a serial killer, his "family" is a literal death-worshiping cult of fellow serial killers, and Ryan Hardy is a former FBI agent whose life he's trying to make a living hell. Every second he acts AffablyEvil is all the creepier for how much the show emphasizes how bad he is.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Jaime Lannister, who spends most of the time smiling, making self-deprecating jokes and retaining his dignity in bad situations, and the remainder of it ruthlessly killing anyone, from children to his own distant cousins, who 'was in my way'. As the series progresses (and particularly in the books), Jaime is given more CharacterDevelopment and becomes more of an overgrown jock who has never really properly grown up, but who is slavishly loyal to those few people he does love, namely Cersei and Tyrion. As the series progresses, his affability seems more and more to do with his hurt ego, and his attempt to injure Bran was more of a last ditch attempt to protect his sister/lover, who would have been killed along with her children if their affair had been caught by the king. He's still not heroic, but he's not a card-carrying villain, either.
** A much clearer example is Littlefinger. Soft-spoken, charming and polite and openly admits he's untrustworthy, a combination he uses to further his schemes and lull his targets. He has all that SnarkToSnarkCombat with Varys, and [[spoiler: he gives Ros to Joffery [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice to have fun with.]]]] He also quickly betrays those he offers to help, like Ned Stark.
** Ramsay Snow is rather playful and jocular while torturing [[spoiler:Theon Greyjoy]], much like a cat playing with its prey.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Sue freaking Sylvester.
* ''Series/GreenWing'': It's all but stated that, of all people, Dr. Angela Hunter is this. [[http://youtu.be/Kqiokzpuwyw This Clip]] sums it up.
* ''Series/HellOnWheels'': The Swede. Sure he'll put on a good show and ham it up for audiences from time to time. But there hasn't been a character yet that he hasn't snitched about, knocked their tent down, tried to get hanged, or stabbed in the face with a fork.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Sylar, the smirking, hero-slaying, brain-stealing supervillain. He really [[http://sylarclouds.tumblr.com/post/125362665756/sylar-being-an-asshole-%EF%BE%9F-%EF%BE%9F enjoys playing nice]] and polite before he straight up wreaks havoc on his victims.
* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'': Luther Mahoney, one of the few recurring villains. He's a drug lord who poses as a community activist, and at first, his affable demeanor is all part of his VillainWithGoodPublicity facade. After a while, though, he's clearly doing it just to mock and enrage the detectives, rubbing their noses in the fact that they can't prove he's a child-murderer, rather than the lovable local hero he says he is.
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'':
** Vera plays up the act of being the perfect Housemother...but is ruthless in her efforts to get the Mask of Anubis for [[BigBad Rufus]].
** Miss Denby takes it to a higher level. She seems like the perfect teacher, but is a skilled ManipulativeBastard who keeps her stepsister locked up, makes subtle threats towards Sibuna, and will hurt anyone to get what she wants- and was a whole lot more successful than Vera.
* ''Series/{{Jekyll}}'': Benjamin affects mannerisms more appropriate for a goofy used car salesman than the kind of guy who buys a zoo just so [[spoiler:he can throw a child into the lion pit]].
* ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'': One of the things that makes Kai so frightening is his ability to keep a well meaning expression and tone of voice while being completely AxCrazy. When he finally [[VillainousBreakdown snaps]] in the finale and sets loose a huge army of Imagin on the city while preparing to release a blast of temporal energy to erase it from time, he still keeps this personality, making him downright disturbing.
* ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'': Has the charmingly creepy [[TheButcher butcher]] Hilary Briss, as well as Tubbs and Edward, a SerialKiller couple who also happen to be [[BrotherSisterIncest brother and sister]], and whose relationship is portrayed as sort of sweet. Awwwww....
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** Anthony Cooper, Locke's father. He gives off the impression of being polite, charming, and very fatherly, giving Locke the relationship he always wanted. But beneath it he is a thoroughly unrepentant, sociopathic monster who couldn't care less about the innumerable lives he has destroyed. His crimes include scamming countless people out of their money including Sawyer's parents leading to their deaths, murdering a young man who correctly identified him as a con artist, taking John's kidney and severing all ties with him, and pushing John out of a building, resulting in his paralysis. And he does it all with a sadistic grin and a charming word.
** Martin Keamy attempts to show to both Ben and Sayid on two different occasions that he's Affably Evil, but neither of them fall for it and see him for the completely unreasonable monster that he is.
* ''Series/MadTV'': Kim Jong Il. He hosts a talk show, where he seems like a charismatic, energetic host, if not for the fact that he jokes about his atrocities, and will kill people in his audience [[DisproportionateRetribution if they don't applaud his jokes]].
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
*** Raina. She manipulates, kidnaps, and tortures while never saying a single harsh word. The most egregious example is when she purposefully leaves Debbie to her death and says "I wish you all the best" as the elevator doors close between them.
*** The BigBad of the first season, The Clairvoyant, is eventually revealed to be this. He maintains the chummy attitude he'd previously been using in a civilian disguise, even after his true identity is revealed. Even when TheDragon is experiencing a VillainousBSOD, he kept laughing and joking, not caring about what was happening. His charm and affability is only a charade though, and there's no one he won't sacrifice to further his goals.
*** Daniel Whitehall. While he's a high-ranking member of Comicbook/{{HYDRA}} (and a former [[ThoseWackyNazis SS officer]], to boot), Whitehall comes across as well-spoken, polite, even charming at times. He's also an insane TortureTechnician that even other members of HYDRA are terrified of.
** ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': Creator/DavidTennant's natural charm and likability is used to great effect in his performance as the [[MindRape mind-controlling Kilgrave]], who can be funny and put up a charming front when he wants to, yet he consistently remains arguably the single most disturbing villain in the entire Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
* Dale "The Whale" Biederbeck from ''Series/{{Monk}}'' is a [[FatBastard disgustingly fat]] financier and crime lord. Though confined to his bed due to his massive size, he acts polite, genial, and downright pleasant at times. However, all of his episodes reveal that this "kind" attitude is a front--he's actually a cold, ruthless monster who, if he doesn't get his way, breaks down and starts screaming threats.
* ''Moses Jones'': Matthias Mutukula from this BBC miniseries, whos is an African warlord-in-exile. Usually polite and well spoken, especially towards people he needs something from, but it only takes one wrong word for his pleasantries to become laced with threats. Threats he has no qualms in carrying out, such as having a restaurateur's teeth smashed in with a claw-hammer after the police speak with her. Then there's all the standard African Warlord atrocities he committed back when he was in power.
* ''Series/MrRobot'': E-Corp CEO Phillip Price, due to his calm, confident and cheery manner, draws the audience into thinking he might be a harmless fool. However, the more that is shown of him, the more it is revealed that not only is he a ruthless and savvy businessman, but that he may as well be a sociopath. On the same day that [[spoiler: one of his fellow executives [[DrivenToSuicide shoots himself in the head]] on a live newscast,]] Price calmly explains himself to an employee:
-->'Between you and me, I was glad [[spoiler: he killed himself]]. He's not a very good person: he had a gambling problem, he drank too much - most notably, he was weak. His instincts left a lot to be desired - oh, I despise people like that! In fact, I felt that the world was a little better off, knowing he wasn't in it anymore. I believe even his family will benefit from this, in the long run.'
* ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'': [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Croup and Vandemar]]. Croup lampshades this trope [[spoiler: moments before stalking and killing the Marquis de Carabas]].
-->'''Croup:''' You find us funny, Messire Marquis, do you not? A source of amusement. Is that not so? With our pretty clothes, and our convoluted circumlocutions--
-->'''Vandemar:''' I haven't got a circumlo--
-->'''Croup:''' --and our little silliness of manner and behavior. And perhaps we ''are'' funny. But you must never imagine that just because something is funny, Messire Marquis, it is not also dangerous.
* ''{{Series/Once Upon a Time}}'':
** Cora. She does everything she possibly can to corrupt her daughter and make her life miserable, all while claiming to do what she does out of love. Rumplestiltskin and Regina tend to this persona in their more calmly and sadistically evil moments, as well.
** Also, Zelena in her Storybrooke persona. She absolutely oozes friendliness and good cheer. Made really creepy by the fact that while the audience knows who she is, the rest of the characters don't and are easily taken in. Well played, Zelena. Well played.
** Hades comes across as a ManOfWealthAndTaste who is never seen raising his voice above his normal calm tone. He also takes great pleasure in torturing Hook and depriving the souls of the Underworld of hope and the ability to move on. And that relationship he has with Zelena? All an act to be able to leave the Underworld and gain more power
* "Series/OrphanBlack": Leader of Topside and self-aware clone Rachel Duncan is the definition of Faux Affably Evil. Although some may argue that she was attempting to be their friends, thus making her Affably Evil in her first few appearances, by Season Two, she shows little interest in their arguments. She holds the most power at DYAD by then and is able to pull strings wherever she needs thus, she ends up kidnapping the protagonist's kid more than once. By Season Three, however, it seems she's on the verge of [[spoiler:a Villainous Breakdown]].
--->"It's foolish to spare you, but you raised me. Nurture prevails."
** Hank Johanssen, leader of the Proletheans, always maintains a friendly demeanor, even when committing ColdBloodedTorture against his own daughter.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Root, who likes to chat casually with people and torture them at the same time.
* ''Series/{{Reaper}}'': Satan. He's evil, but he's just so ''cheerful'' about it that you have to love him. Until you [[BewareTheNiceOnes disappoint him]].
* ''{{Series/Revenge}}'': Virtually every villain is this, along with [[AntiHero protagonist Emily herself]]. After all, [[PassiveAggressiveKombat how else would esteemed Hamptons socialites war than]] [[StepfordSmiler with painted-on smiles on their faces?]] Perfectly encapsulating this is the show's long-running tradition of characters warmly hugging while giving icy, over-the-shoulder glares into the distance.
-->'''Victoria Grayson: '''Understand something Lydia: Every time I smile at you across the room or we run into each other at a luncheon or I welcome you into my home? Let that smile be a reminder of just how much I despise you. And every time I hug you? The warmth you feel is my hatred burning through.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'':
** Every single militia member, except for Major Tom Neville, is this. Captain Jeremy Baker in "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E3NoQuarter No Quarter]]" acts like he's your best pal...but he certainly doesn't hesitate to send loads of soldiers to get shot by a sniper rifle. Sergeant Will Strausser acts so polite, but this sociopath is a complete monster who has no qualms about rape, which is what he tried to do to Rachel Matheson in "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E10NobodysFaultButMine Nobody's Fault But Mine]]". Sebastian "Bass" Monroe takes the cake in this trope though, like when in "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E18Clue Clue]]" he tried treating Nora Clayton to dinner...and when she tried to kill him, he sent her off to be tortured for 21 straight days, and actually says that she should remember that he tried asking her nicely.
** Drexel in "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E6SexAndDrugs Sex and Drugs]]" qualifies. The first thing he does is to put a gun to Miles Matheson's head, pull the trigger, and then laugh his head off and claim that it was just a joke when it turns out that the gun isn't loaded. He tries to act like he's such a gracious and polite host, but he's actually violent, sadistic, sociopathic, AxCrazy, and politically incorrect. He is also a drug lord who deals in heroin.
* ''Series/RobinHood'': The Sheriff of Nottingham in the BBC series kind of fits this, being a SmugSnake with an extremely cruel sense of humor, yet hard to loathe given the humorous way he goes about his crimes. Notably, his insults against Robin generally are accurate in identifying [[DesignatedHero unpleasant aspects of his character]], and similarly, the Sheriff is very effective in mocking his [[TheComicallySerious humorless]] and angsty [[TheDragon Dragon]], Guy of Guisbourne.
* Cephelo in ''Series/TheShannaraChronicles''. Charming, friendly, cheerful... and will happily sell his own daughter into slavery if that's the best way to line his pocket. In some ways that makes him more disturbing than [[BigBad the Dagda Mor,]] who'll just [[CardCarryingVillain cut the small talk and start killing or torturing you right away.]]
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': [[spoiler: Jim]] Moriarty. His often cheerful and [[spoiler: [[CampGay very]] [[CampStraight campy]]]] behavior doesn't really detract from his terrifying presence in the show.
* ''Series/TheShield'':
** Played straight with Detective Vic Mackey. Much is made toward the fact that over the course of the series, all of the police officers in the Farmington District Precinct turn a blind eye towards Vic's evil, largely because of his charisma, leadership skills, and fratboy humor. Even the ones who know Vic is a monster who shot a fellow police officer often fall victim to the spell, to such an extent that Claudette Wyms (Vic's "arch enemy") '''fires''' her hand-picked, 100% non-dirty cop replacement because he was too squeaky clean.
** Armadillo Quintero from season 2 seems friendly and laid-back at first, but in reality he's a ruthless killer and rapist.
** Antwon Mitchell from season 4. The infamous scene where he [[spoiler:kills a young girl to blackmail Shane Vendrell with the crime after Shane gets all uppity towards Antwon]] showcases actor Creator/AnthonyAnderson's ability to mix unrelenting sadism with a sly sense of humor, as he humiliates Shane with his cruel actions.
* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'': Ethan Zobell, the charming, nattily dressed Neo-Nazi businessman. Politely attending a business meeting one day, ordering a woman raped the next.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': The episode "Plato's Stepchildren" has Parmen, leader of the Platonians. He passes himself off as an enlightened student of Plato, when he's really just a sadistic coward who delights in torturing his servant Alexander and [[MindRape mind raping]] his "guests".
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Gul Madred, Picard's Cardassian [[TortureTechnician torturer]] from the two-part episode "Chain of Command". He tries to present himself as [[PunchClockVillain a noble man being forced to perform an ugly duty]] by torturing him; going into detail of how he was [[DarkAndTroubledPast a young, starving boy living on the streets]], once badly beaten up over food. Picard, however, doesn't buy into it, pointing out how in light of his past, he actually enjoys making others suffer in his position.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
*** Garak is a rare example of a Faux Affably Evil character on the side of the heroes. However, his StrangeBedfellows eventually turn him into more of an AffablyEvil character, and eventually into an outright AntiHero. He's more AffablyEvil when we first meet him, his Faux Affably Evil days having occurred off-screen before the series starts.
*** Gul Dukat is a straight example. Because of their different values, most Cardassians are AffablyEvil. However, Gul Dukat lacks the selflessness of most Cardassians. Whereas most Cardassians do what they do for the greater benefit of Cardassia, Dukat only cares about himself, taking his narcissism to hallucinatory and AxCrazy levels towards the end.
*** Gul Dukat may have become this by the end, but he was genuinely troubled by some of the terrible things he did to the Bajoran people and had to construct elaborate WellIntentionedExtremist justifications for his actions to make himself okay with them. And he did have a great deal of fondness for both his [[MoralityPet half-Cardassian bastard daughter]] and main protagonist Benjamin Sisko. At least at first, much of his affability was probably genuine. [[MoralEventHorizon Then]] [[AxCrazy "Waltz"]] [[KillEmAll happened]]...
*** The Female Changeling maintains a facade of civility, but it does a poor job of concealing her hatred of solids. When Garak asks her if there were any survivors of the Cardassian-Romulan attack on the Changeling homeworld, she flatly stated that they were all dead and she was planning on genociding the Cardassian people in revenge. She then politely asked if that answered his question.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Kurros, the chipper dealmaker played by Creator/JasonAlexander in "Think Tank." He offers protection from a race of bounty hunters that are after Voyager, and a number of other services, asking in return only the chance to examine Seven of Nine's Borg implants. Except that he has no intention of returning Seven. And guess who took out the bounty in the first place?
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Alastair, aka "[[TortureTechnician Picasso with a Razor]]", loves to smile and chat up his victims as he's carving them up. He also inverts the trope in the episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS04E16OnTheHeadOfAPin "On the Head of a Pin" (S04, E16)]], when he becomes Dean's torturee and spends the whole time dispensing advice, commenting on Dean's technique, or reminiscing about the good ol' days back in Hell, when he [[EvilMentor apprenticed Dean in the arts of mutilating people]].
** Lucifer is another prime example. Apparently, being locked in a cage in Hell for a few millennia works up an appetite for conversation. He treats Sam with affection, and never insults his victims or even raises his voice. But, despite his charm, he's squarely in the ''Faux'' Affably Evil camp because...well...he's the devil. In the season 5 finale, [[Recap/SupernaturalS05E22SwanSong "Swan Song"]], Dean finally manages to annoy him too much. [[VillainousBreakdown He drops the act and shows just how affable he really is]].
** Crowley is presented as an AffablyEvil NobleDemon in series five, but season six reveals that he's more Faux Affably Evil, as he starts getting more and more into torture. He's obsessed with bargains and won't break a deal (as befits his "King of the Crossroads" status) but will take on any persona which will get the job done.
** Dick Roman, the leader of the Leviathans. Having stolen the identity of a billionaire businessman, he likes to talk in a friendly, forward-thinking, businessmanlike fashion while planning the enslavement of mankind. Best exemplified by him talking to a subordinate about turning his [[YouHaveFailedMe failure]] into a "teachable moment" by making him ''eat himself''.
** The angel [[spoiler:Metatron]] poses as an ally of Castiel, only reluctant to get involved because he's not a fighter by nature. At the end of season 8 he's revealed as a scheming megalomaniac willing to sacrifice any human or angel to rule. Even after that he's always politely joshing the Winchesters and Castiel.
** Azazel, the show's first BigBad and the [[spoiler:former]] King of Hell, treats Sam and Dean like old friends and frequently compliments them. In the S1 finale, while [[spoiler:possessing John]], he chides Dean for killing some of his demon brethren: "How would you feel if I killed your family? Oh right, I did. Still, two wrongs don't make a right." In the S2 finale, he even thanks Dean for [[spoiler:making a DealWithTheDevil to bring Sam back]] because he much prefers [[spoiler:getting Sam to start the Apocalypse]] than his backup plan.
** Hell's Queen Bitch Lilith falls firmly into this. She's a PsychopathicManchild who loves possessing little girls and gradually forcing them to kill everyone they care about, all the while still keeping the demeanour of a sweet little girl.
** [[spoiler:Zachariah]], even after the EvilAllAlong reveal, puts on a pretense of being a WellIntentionedExtremist who only wants to destroy half the world because it's God's will and what remains will be a paradise. In reality, though, he's a complete slime ball who doesn't give a crap about Earth, God, or anything besides himself. When [[spoiler:Dean]] tries to get him to sacrifice himself for the cause, he immediately drops the act.
** During Season 6, ''[[spoiler:Sam]]'' was this as a consequence of [[spoiler:not having a soul.]] He still tried most of the time to act the way he thought [[spoiler:Sam]] would have, but every now and then he'd let out a clue that he was NotHimself, like deliberately allowing Dean to get bit by a vampire in "Live Free Or Twihard", or in "Clap Your Hands If You Believe" when he tells a woman at a convention that he's "had time to adjust" to his brother getting abducted by aliens.
-->'''Unnamed''': Did it happen when you were kids?\\
'''[[spoiler:Sam]]''': No. Half an hour ago.
** Gordon Walker, an AxCrazy hunter who [[FantasticRacism wishes to eradicate all monsters and supernatural beings, regardless of whether or not they're a threat]], and doesn't care at all if he needs to kill innocent humans to do so. He's nonetheless quite polite towards his victims, at least things start going wrong.
** [[spoiler:Crowley's mother]] Rowena cultivates an image as a caring and motherly FamilyValuesVillain in order to manipulate her son and control [[spoiler:Hell]] from behind the scenes. When [[spoiler:Crowley]] isn't there, though, she freely admits that she doesn't love him and would gladly kill him if it were convenient.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'': Malcolm Tucker is perfectly capable of being ''very'' polite when it suits him. It usually suits him as the setup for a string of abuse so painful you may find it psychologically impossible to move for several minutes afterward.
* ''Series/TheTribe'': The Techno leader Ram, while not really pleasant, maintains a humorous and playful demeanor while reveling in his own wickedness. For instance, he shoots one of his officers for a minor failure in front of the rest to set an example. When Siva walks in and screams in horror, Ram instantly changes tone and joyously asks her what her day was like.
* ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 The Twilight Zone]]'': Gunter Luzte from ''Death's Head Revisited'', was a vicious Nazi commander, who nevertheless acted with the joviality of a summer camp counselor toward his victims.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'':
** [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Russell Edgington]]. While more of a TrueNeutral in the book series, he starts out as very AffablyEvil in the series...up until his lover is killed and he progresses into insanity. Combined with his 3000 years of age, his mental instability makes him the most dangerous thing in the entire series.
** Marnie Stonebrook. At first, she hid in her shell of being shy and reclusive, then turned into AffablyEvil territory...before she had her VillainousBreakdown.
** Maryann Forrester applies.
* [[BigBad Klaus]] of ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' is an AxCrazy megalomaniac who happens to be very [[SoftSpokenSadist soft-spoken]], [[WickedCultured cultured]] and charming, and will smile politely (and probably call you "sweetheart") as he tortures, [[MindRape mind rapes]], or brutally tears you to shreds.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': Negan affects a laid-back, smiling and friendly persona even when he's enslaving people and killing their friends. He acts like he's doing people favors and demands to be thanked for the meager privileges he deigns to give.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': The Cigarette Smoking Man is usually courteous when dealing with Mulder and/or Scully, speaking gently and making a show of concern over their problems. He drops the act and acts nasty toward Skinner, whom he basically considers hired help.

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* ''Series/AlloAllo'': Essentially, any [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi character]] in a lighthearted series could be considered this way, therefore implicitly being given a VillainyDiscretionShot. For example, Herr Flick of this show is the kind of character who, in a serious work, would be the TortureTechnician, but is a very funny and likable parody of the stock "Hollywood Nazi" SecretPolice officer. "You do have a soft side, Herr Flick!" "Yes, I Lord Darkness from BBC Radio's ''Radio/ElvenQuest'' almost failed my Gestapo exam because of it."
* "Series/{{Arrowverse}}":
** ''Series/{{Arrow}}'':
*** Edward Fyers initially appears to be benevolent, offering Oliver some much-needed refreshment after his traumatic crash. When it turns out that Oliver is lying as to Yao Fei's location, however, he hands him over to Deathstroke for a brutal interrogation.
*** [[spoiler:Slade Wilson]], by the time of his return in the present day. When he meets Oliver Queen's family, he acts incredibly polite and gentlemanly. Once he catches Oliver's sister Thea alone, the mask comes off and he reveals himself to be a psychopath who wants to ruin Oliver's life via his loved ones.
** ''Series/TheFlash2014'': [[spoiler: Eobard Thawne as Harrison Wells]] comes off as a genuinely kindly, almost fatherly sort of guy who cares about Barry and his friends. However, when his true identity is revealed, he shows that he is completely willing to murder the people he cares about in order to ensure his plans are successful. He never quite loses the friendly mannerisms, but his actions speak louder than his words.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Lyndysty. She is a charming, sweet, and beautiful little Centauri, delighted to be engaged to Vir Cotto, [[spoiler: and she personally put to death hundreds of Narns]].
** Alfred Bester, the resident MagnificentBastard, is almost always polite, though a lot of snarking is thrown in. He's still one of the most sinister and diabolical characters
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* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'':
** The Brother Cavil model (the Ones) of Cylon display this sort of behaviour. Cavil, despite being depicted as the most out and out evil of the Cylons (perhaps the only one), is continually making snarky asides and hilarious observations about his fellow Cylons and humanity. This was even brought up by one of the others when he cracked a joke after having been shot on the orders of the speaker.
-->'''Natalie (a Six):''' Is there anything that isn't fodder for a joke with you, or is that really how you see our very existence, as some sort of nihilistic punchline?\\
'''Cavil:''' Nihilistic punchline, I like that. But quite honestly, I'm feeling very serious. Getting riddled with bullets affects me that way.
** Also this exchange, which occurred before we found out:
-->'''Chief Tyrol''': How do you know I'm not a Cylon?\\
'''Cavil''': Well, because ''I'm'' a Cylon and I've never seen you at any of the meetings.
** [[spoiler:It gets even funnier when we find out Tyrol ''is'' a Cylon, but neither he nor the "regular" Cylons, aside from Cavil who wanted the Final Five to not know they were Cylons, knew it. Even better when [[FridgeBrilliance you realise]] that there ''were'' Cylon meetings happening aboard Galactica. Yes. He just [[SarcasticConfession admitted]] to being a Cylon and meeting other Cylons ''and got away with it!'']]
* ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'':
** Herrick would seem to fit. In the first episode, he spends the first half his introductory scene making nice with the hospital staff, and the second half talking about world domination and the hypothetical idea of turning terminally ill children into vampires. This is highlighted in the season finale when we see that [[spoiler:he turned that mousy cafeteria worker, who is apparently [[FanDisservice now his lover.]]]]
** In a later season, [[spoiler:he resurfaces with amnesia, and Nina takes the opportunity to take him in and try to teach him to live a better life. When he regains his memories, he threatens Nina with a knife, and then calms her down and says that he's very tempted to spare her for taking care of him and protecting him. Then, he stabs her anyway so people wouldn't think he went soft.]]
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'':
** The historical gangster Arnold Rothstein is a good example of this, as a contrast to the AffablyEvil VillainProtagonist Nucky. Rothstein is cold, ruthless, and amoral, but has a polite and somewhat charming manner, and gets his fair share of good lines.
** Jewish gangster - and kosher butcher - Manny Horvitz. Friendly and charming... until you screw him over and try to have him killed. He [[HotBlooded tends to]] [[MoralEventHorizon go nuclear]]. Cue the RoaringRampageOfRevenge and [[StuffedIntoTheFridge fridging]].
* ''TheBorgias'':
** Cesare Borgia starts out as TheDutifulSon, but with each episode, he becomes more sadistic. [[MurderTheHypotenuse He justifies his actions pretty easily]] but certainly takes pleasure in killing. He remains [[MrFanservice the most charming male character on the show]].
** Rodrigo is somewhat Faux Affably Evil as well. He cares about his family, but with most other people he's figuring out how to manipulate and deceive them and is only polite as long as he has to be. (He also threatened to excommunicate a city.) However, particularly in season 2, Rodrigo's loyalty to the city and people of Rome is very sincere, and when he finds out that the cardinal responsible for charity has three palaces while the peasants starve, he is genuinely disgusted and tries to improve Rome for the benefit of the commoners rather than just himself. While it is true that he drops the mask of civility with people he needs to bully and manipulate, he is generally quite nice to people unless there is some real benefit to being nasty, and he never indulges in wanton cruelty with anyone who hasn't wronged him first. Rodrigo is a rare character who is both genuinely AffablyEvil as well as Faux Affably Evil, depending on who he's dealing with at any given time.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** Gustavo "Gus" Fring. The owner of Los Pollos Hermanos will gladly refill your soda, wipe down your table, smiles with customer service, and makes generous donations to the police. What a great guy. Mess with his meth operation, though, and he "will kill your infant daughter."
** [[VillainProtagonist Walter]], by Season 5, has become this, especially around Skyler where even the lines meant to sound loving sound more like a kidnapper speaking to his hostage, and just about everything he says to other people, including his partner, Jesse, and even his own son, is nothing but manipulation to achieve his own ends.
* Numerous villains in both ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' fit the bill:
** Spike before getting chipped: Comparing him with The Mayor is a good object lesson in the differences between the Faux Affably Evil and the AffablyEvil.
** Warren Mears: "[[PreAssKickingOneLiner Remember how I couldn't stop crying?]]"
** Angelus can occasionally be shown with a seemingly friendly and understanding approach (much like as Angel). The fact that most of it isn't really genuine at all, not to mention that later on it could also be a reminiscence of how he is when he has a soul which he might be deceptively using to his advantage makes it all the more terrifying.
** Glory's a pretty good example of this too. She's actually rather funny, and acts affably toward the Scooby Gang...while she's torturing them and draining their sanity. She's even rather civil to Dawn, shortly before she attempts to ritually sacrifice her.
** The First Evil is sometimes this, depending on who it happens to be at any given time.
** Vampire Xander. It seems that even becoming a soulless monster will not deter Xander from being one of the biggest examples of DeadpanSnarker ever.
** Sahjhan is a witty demon who spends a good amount of time making jokes. He also lives for chaos and feeds on violence.
--->'''Sahjan:''' I flitted back and forth through time, changed a vision here, rewrote a prophecy there...flitted in a ''manly'' way.
** Nathan Reed, Lindsey and Lilah's superior at EvilInc Wolfram & Hart. Unlike AffablyEvil Holland Manners, Nathan doesn't really care if Angel kills Lindsey or Lilah, because that would actually serve the firm's plan to make Angel evil.
** Adam is another example. His voice rarely loses its calm tone even as he's plotting the murder of everyone around him. In one episode, he gets a nest of vampires on his side by calmly discussing [[HorrifyingTheHorror what vampires fear]]: "Sunlight, stakes..." *casually rips off one of their heads* "It is my understanding that decapitation works as well. Death. Being immortal, you fear it more than those to whom it comes naturally".
* ''Series/BurnNotice'':
** Larry Sizemore is a truly charming guy. If you met him at a party, you'd probably find him quite entertaining. Right up until he knifed you or poisoned you because [[ProfessionalKillers he was paid to]], because [[MurderIsTheBestSolution you were in his way]], or just [[AxCrazy because he felt like it]].
** There's also Vaughn, Michael's handler in season 4. He puts a lot of effort into the pretense of being a nice guy. He convinces Michael to work with him [[EnemyMine against worse people]], tries to claim that other people from the Organization were just bad apples, he's always polite and doesn't seem to take offense to Michael going against him or even Michael kicking him out into a raging hurricane. But in the season 4 finale, he abruptly drops any pretense of being affable:
--->You know what? I'm sick of [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow this coy crap]]. I gave you a chance to be my friend. Time after time. But that's over now, mister. Now you're going to see what it's like having me for an enemy. [[AndYourLittleDogToo And so are your friends, and so is your family]]. Note that 10 seconds before this, he was cheerfully inviting Michael out for drinks with a smile on his face.
** Tyler Brennen is perhaps the show's best embodiment of this trope.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': Alexei Volkoff. He can seem like a pretty nice guy, and is able to convince [[HorribleJudgeofCharacter Chuck]] that he was one of the good guys until he outlived his usefulness. He's also perfectly willing to kill his Right Hand Man [[spoiler:and love interest]], just to keep her from living without being at his side. After finding out she is Chuck and Ellie's mother [[spoiler:after he was about to shoot Chuck]], he insists they invite him to Thanksgiving at Ellie and Devon's apartment, so he can get to know Frost's family.
* ''Series/DarkShadows'': Barnabas Collins. Part of the fun with Barnabas was the DramaticIrony between everyone believing him to be a perfect gentlemen while the audience knew that he was lying through his teeth.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** While the Master varies DependingOnTheWriter and/or [[TheNthDoctor actor]], one of the constant traits in his psychopathy is the ability to be charming and polite one moment, then ruthless and brutal the next, switching on a whim. Nowhere is this more evident than in his interactions with the Doctor, particularly the Roger Delgado incarnation, which would often be quite pleasant if one ignored how he would invariably be discussing his plans to cause widespread death and destruction.
** [[EldritchAbomination House]]. A GeniusLoci, who kills Time Lords, [[BodyHorror stitches them back together]], and [[MindRape screws around with the companions.]] Despite this, he's oddly polite and fun to watch.
** [[SlasherSmile The Family of Blood]] would also count as this considering how proper and positive they always look, yet they have committed acts so terrible, they make the Doctor [[MindRape turn human by his own will, so they wouldn't detect him]], and they were apparently so evil that the Doctor gave them [[FateWorseThanDeath fates worse than death]].
** Madame Kovarian puts on a pleasant facade, but isn't very good at it, so just comes off as smarmy, slimy and insincere.
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': Creator/JossWhedon seems to like this trope. Alpha is likewise highly entertaining despite being unquestionably monstrous.
* ''Series/TheEscapeArtist'': Liam Foyle is a soft-spoken individual, who is mostly polite. However, he's not a pleasant person and he can easily drop the mask when he wants to. He shows he's fully aware of it during a few exchanges with Will.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Jubal ruttin' Early.
** Also, Adelai Niska:
--->''"You see this man, eh, [[YouHaveFailedMe he does not do the job]]. I show you [[ColdBloodedTorture what I do with him]], and now my reputation for you is fact. Is solid."''
* ''Series/TheFollowing'': Joe Carroll often acts like a doddering former literature professor/author who's affable, a loving father figure to his family, and enjoys tweaking main character Ryan Hardy with teasing barbs. The reason why he's no longer a literature professor is because he was revealed to be a serial killer, his "family" is a literal death-worshiping cult of fellow serial killers, and Ryan Hardy is a former FBI agent whose life he's trying to make a living hell. Every second he acts AffablyEvil is all the creepier for how much the show emphasizes how bad he is.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Jaime Lannister, who spends most of the time smiling, making self-deprecating jokes and retaining his dignity in bad situations, and the remainder of it ruthlessly killing anyone, from children to his own distant cousins, who 'was in my way'. As the series progresses (and particularly in the books), Jaime is given more CharacterDevelopment and becomes more of an overgrown jock who has never really properly grown up, but who is slavishly loyal to those few people he does love, namely Cersei and Tyrion. As the series progresses, his affability seems more and more to do with his hurt ego, and his attempt to injure Bran was more of a last ditch attempt to protect his sister/lover, who would have been killed along with her children if their affair had been caught by the king. He's still not heroic, but he's not a card-carrying villain, either.
** A much clearer example is Littlefinger. Soft-spoken, charming and polite and openly admits he's untrustworthy, a combination he uses to further his schemes and lull his targets. He has all that SnarkToSnarkCombat with Varys, and [[spoiler: he gives Ros to Joffery [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice to have fun with.]]]] He also quickly betrays those he offers to help, like Ned Stark.
** Ramsay Snow is rather playful and jocular while torturing [[spoiler:Theon Greyjoy]], much like a cat playing with its prey.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Sue freaking Sylvester.
* ''Series/GreenWing'': It's all but stated that, of all people, Dr. Angela Hunter is this. [[http://youtu.be/Kqiokzpuwyw This Clip]] sums it up.
* ''Series/HellOnWheels'': The Swede. Sure he'll put on a good show and ham it up for audiences from time to time. But there hasn't been a character yet that he hasn't snitched about, knocked their tent down, tried to get hanged, or stabbed in the face with a fork.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Sylar, the smirking, hero-slaying, brain-stealing supervillain. He really [[http://sylarclouds.tumblr.com/post/125362665756/sylar-being-an-asshole-%EF%BE%9F-%EF%BE%9F enjoys playing nice]] and polite before he straight up wreaks havoc on his victims.
* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'': Luther Mahoney, one of the few recurring villains. He's a drug lord who poses as a community activist, and at first, his affable demeanor is all part of his VillainWithGoodPublicity facade. After a while, though, he's clearly doing it just to mock and enrage the detectives, rubbing their noses in the fact that they can't prove he's a child-murderer, rather than the lovable local hero he says he is.
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'':
** Vera plays up the act of being the perfect Housemother...but is ruthless in her efforts to get the Mask of Anubis for [[BigBad Rufus]].
** Miss Denby takes it to a higher level. She seems like the perfect teacher, but is a skilled ManipulativeBastard who keeps her stepsister locked up, makes subtle threats towards Sibuna, and will hurt anyone to get what she wants- and was a whole lot more successful than Vera.
* ''Series/{{Jekyll}}'': Benjamin affects mannerisms more appropriate for a goofy used car salesman than the kind of guy who buys a zoo just so [[spoiler:he can throw a child into the lion pit]].
* ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'': One of the things that makes Kai so frightening is his ability to keep a well meaning expression and tone of voice while being completely AxCrazy. When he finally [[VillainousBreakdown snaps]] in the finale and sets loose a huge army of Imagin on the city while preparing to release a blast of temporal energy to erase it from time, he still keeps this personality, making him downright disturbing.
* ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'': Has the charmingly creepy [[TheButcher butcher]] Hilary Briss, as well as Tubbs and Edward, a SerialKiller couple who also happen to be [[BrotherSisterIncest brother and sister]], and whose relationship is portrayed as sort of sweet. Awwwww....
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** Anthony Cooper, Locke's father. He gives off the impression of being polite, charming, and very fatherly, giving Locke the relationship he always wanted. But beneath it he is a thoroughly unrepentant, sociopathic monster who couldn't care less about the innumerable lives he has destroyed. His crimes include scamming countless people out of their money including Sawyer's parents leading to their deaths, murdering a young man who correctly identified him as a con artist, taking John's kidney and severing all ties with him, and pushing John out of a building, resulting in his paralysis. And he does it all with a sadistic grin and a charming word.
** Martin Keamy attempts to show to both Ben and Sayid on two different occasions that he's Affably Evil, but neither of them fall for it and see him for the completely unreasonable monster that he is.
* ''Series/MadTV'': Kim Jong Il. He hosts a talk show, where he seems like a charismatic, energetic host, if not for the fact that he jokes about his atrocities, and will kill people in his audience [[DisproportionateRetribution if they don't applaud his jokes]].
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
*** Raina. She manipulates, kidnaps, and tortures while never saying a single harsh word. The most egregious example is when she purposefully leaves Debbie to her death and says "I wish you all the best" as the elevator doors close between them.
*** The BigBad of the first season, The Clairvoyant, is eventually revealed to be this. He maintains the chummy attitude he'd previously been using in a civilian disguise, even after his true identity is revealed. Even when TheDragon is experiencing a VillainousBSOD, he kept laughing and joking, not caring about what was happening. His charm and affability is only a charade though, and there's no one he won't sacrifice to further his goals.
*** Daniel Whitehall. While he's a high-ranking member of Comicbook/{{HYDRA}} (and a former [[ThoseWackyNazis SS officer]], to boot), Whitehall comes across as well-spoken, polite, even charming at times. He's also an insane TortureTechnician that even other members of HYDRA are terrified of.
** ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': Creator/DavidTennant's natural charm and likability is used to great effect in his performance as the [[MindRape mind-controlling Kilgrave]], who can be funny and put up a charming front when he wants to, yet he consistently remains arguably the single most disturbing villain in the entire Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
* Dale "The Whale" Biederbeck from ''Series/{{Monk}}'' is a [[FatBastard disgustingly fat]] financier and crime lord. Though confined to his bed due to his massive size, he acts polite, genial, and downright pleasant at times. However, all of his episodes reveal that this "kind" attitude is a front--he's actually a cold, ruthless monster who, if he doesn't get his way, breaks down and starts screaming threats.
* ''Moses Jones'': Matthias Mutukula from this BBC miniseries, whos is an African warlord-in-exile. Usually polite and well spoken, especially towards people he needs something from, but it only takes one wrong word for his pleasantries to become laced with threats. Threats he has no qualms in carrying out, such as having a restaurateur's teeth smashed in with a claw-hammer after the police speak with her. Then there's all the standard African Warlord atrocities he committed back when he was in power.
* ''Series/MrRobot'': E-Corp CEO Phillip Price, due to his calm, confident and cheery manner, draws the audience into thinking he might be a harmless fool. However, the more that is shown of him, the more it is revealed that not only is he a ruthless and savvy businessman, but that he may as well be a sociopath. On the same day that [[spoiler: one of his fellow executives [[DrivenToSuicide shoots himself in the head]] on a live newscast,]] Price calmly explains himself to an employee:
-->'Between you and me, I was glad [[spoiler: he killed himself]]. He's not a very good person: he had a gambling problem, he drank too much - most notably, he was weak. His instincts left a lot to be desired - oh, I despise people like that! In fact, I felt that the world was a little better off, knowing he wasn't in it anymore. I believe even his family will benefit from this, in the long run.'
* ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'': [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Croup and Vandemar]]. Croup lampshades this trope [[spoiler: moments before stalking and killing the Marquis de Carabas]].
-->'''Croup:''' You find us funny, Messire Marquis, do you not? A source of amusement. Is that not so? With our pretty clothes, and our convoluted circumlocutions--
-->'''Vandemar:''' I haven't got a circumlo--
-->'''Croup:''' --and our little silliness of manner and behavior. And perhaps we ''are'' funny. But you must never imagine that just because something is funny, Messire Marquis, it is not also dangerous.
* ''{{Series/Once Upon a Time}}'':
** Cora. She does everything she possibly can to corrupt her daughter and make her life miserable, all while claiming to do what she does out of love. Rumplestiltskin and Regina tend to this persona in their more calmly and sadistically evil moments, as well.
** Also, Zelena in her Storybrooke persona. She absolutely oozes friendliness and good cheer. Made really creepy by the fact that while the audience knows who she is, the rest of the characters don't and are easily taken in. Well played, Zelena. Well played.
** Hades comes across as a ManOfWealthAndTaste who is never seen raising his voice above his normal calm tone. He also takes great pleasure in torturing Hook and depriving the souls of the Underworld of hope and the ability to move on. And that relationship he has with Zelena? All an act to be able to leave the Underworld and gain more power
* "Series/OrphanBlack": Leader of Topside and self-aware clone Rachel Duncan is the definition of Faux Affably Evil. Although some may argue that she was attempting to be their friends, thus making her Affably Evil in her first few appearances, by Season Two, she shows little interest in their arguments. She holds the most power at DYAD by then and is able to pull strings wherever she needs thus, she ends up kidnapping the protagonist's kid more than once. By Season Three, however, it seems she's on the verge of [[spoiler:a Villainous Breakdown]].
--->"It's foolish to spare you, but you raised me. Nurture prevails."
** Hank Johanssen, leader of the Proletheans, always maintains a friendly demeanor, even when committing ColdBloodedTorture against his own daughter.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Root, who likes to chat casually with people and torture them at the same time.
* ''Series/{{Reaper}}'': Satan. He's evil, but he's just so ''cheerful'' about it that you have to love him. Until you [[BewareTheNiceOnes disappoint him]].
* ''{{Series/Revenge}}'': Virtually every villain is this, along with [[AntiHero protagonist Emily herself]]. After all, [[PassiveAggressiveKombat how else would esteemed Hamptons socialites war than]] [[StepfordSmiler with painted-on smiles on their faces?]] Perfectly encapsulating this is the show's long-running tradition of characters warmly hugging while giving icy, over-the-shoulder glares into the distance.
-->'''Victoria Grayson: '''Understand something Lydia: Every time I smile at you across the room or we run into each other at a luncheon or I welcome you into my home? Let that smile be a reminder of just how much I despise you. And every time I hug you? The warmth you feel is my hatred burning through.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'':
** Every single militia member, except for Major Tom Neville, is this. Captain Jeremy Baker in "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E3NoQuarter No Quarter]]" acts like he's your best pal...but he certainly doesn't hesitate to send loads of soldiers to get shot by a sniper rifle. Sergeant Will Strausser acts so polite, but this sociopath is a complete monster who has no qualms about rape, which is what he tried to do to Rachel Matheson in "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E10NobodysFaultButMine Nobody's Fault But Mine]]". Sebastian "Bass" Monroe takes the cake in this trope though, like when in "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E18Clue Clue]]" he tried treating Nora Clayton to dinner...and when she tried to kill him, he sent her off to be tortured for 21 straight days, and actually says that she should remember that he tried asking her nicely.
** Drexel in "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E6SexAndDrugs Sex and Drugs]]" qualifies. The first thing he does is to put a gun to Miles Matheson's head, pull the trigger, and then laugh his head off and claim that it was just a joke when it turns out that the gun isn't loaded. He tries to act like he's such a gracious and polite host, but he's actually violent, sadistic, sociopathic, AxCrazy, and politically incorrect. He is also a drug lord who deals in heroin.
* ''Series/RobinHood'': The Sheriff of Nottingham in the BBC series kind of fits this, being a SmugSnake with an extremely cruel sense of humor, yet hard to loathe given the humorous way he goes about his crimes. Notably, his insults against Robin generally are accurate in identifying [[DesignatedHero unpleasant aspects of his character]], and similarly, the Sheriff is very effective in mocking his [[TheComicallySerious humorless]] and angsty [[TheDragon Dragon]], Guy of Guisbourne.
* Cephelo in ''Series/TheShannaraChronicles''. Charming, friendly, cheerful... and will happily sell his own daughter into slavery if that's the best way to line his pocket. In some ways that makes him more disturbing than [[BigBad the Dagda Mor,]] who'll just [[CardCarryingVillain cut the small talk and start killing or torturing you right away.]]
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': [[spoiler: Jim]] Moriarty. His often cheerful and [[spoiler: [[CampGay very]] [[CampStraight campy]]]] behavior doesn't really detract from his terrifying presence in the show.
* ''Series/TheShield'':
** Played straight with Detective Vic Mackey. Much is made toward the fact that over the course of the series, all of the police officers in the Farmington District Precinct turn a blind eye towards Vic's evil, largely because of his charisma, leadership skills, and fratboy humor. Even the ones who know Vic is a monster who shot a fellow police officer often fall victim to the spell, to such an extent that Claudette Wyms (Vic's "arch enemy") '''fires''' her hand-picked, 100% non-dirty cop replacement because he was too squeaky clean.
** Armadillo Quintero from season 2 seems friendly and laid-back at first, but in reality he's a ruthless killer and rapist.
** Antwon Mitchell from season 4. The infamous scene where he [[spoiler:kills a young girl to blackmail Shane Vendrell with the crime after Shane gets all uppity towards Antwon]] showcases actor Creator/AnthonyAnderson's ability to mix unrelenting sadism with a sly sense of humor, as he humiliates Shane with his cruel actions.
* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'': Ethan Zobell, the charming, nattily dressed Neo-Nazi businessman. Politely attending a business meeting one day, ordering a woman raped the next.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': The episode "Plato's Stepchildren" has Parmen, leader of the Platonians. He passes himself off as an enlightened student of Plato, when he's really just a sadistic coward who delights in torturing his servant Alexander and [[MindRape mind raping]] his "guests".
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Gul Madred, Picard's Cardassian [[TortureTechnician torturer]] from the two-part episode "Chain of Command". He tries to present himself as [[PunchClockVillain a noble man being forced to perform an ugly duty]] by torturing him; going into detail of how he was [[DarkAndTroubledPast a young, starving boy living on the streets]], once badly beaten up over food. Picard, however, doesn't buy into it, pointing out how in light of his past, he actually enjoys making others suffer in his position.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
*** Garak is a rare example of a Faux Affably Evil character on the side of the heroes. However, his StrangeBedfellows eventually turn him into more of an AffablyEvil character, and eventually into an outright AntiHero. He's more AffablyEvil when we first meet him, his Faux Affably Evil days having occurred off-screen before the series starts.
*** Gul Dukat is a straight example. Because of their different values, most Cardassians are AffablyEvil. However, Gul Dukat lacks the selflessness of most Cardassians. Whereas most Cardassians do what they do for the greater benefit of Cardassia, Dukat only cares about himself, taking his narcissism to hallucinatory and AxCrazy levels towards the end.
*** Gul Dukat may have become this by the end, but he was genuinely troubled by some of the terrible things he did to the Bajoran people and had to construct elaborate
WellIntentionedExtremist justifications for his actions to make himself okay with them. And whenever he did have a great deal of fondness for both his [[MoralityPet half-Cardassian bastard daughter]] and main protagonist Benjamin Sisko. At least at first, much of his affability was probably genuine. [[MoralEventHorizon Then]] [[AxCrazy "Waltz"]] [[KillEmAll happened]]...
*** The Female Changeling maintains a facade of civility, but it does a poor job of concealing her hatred of solids. When Garak asks her if there were any survivors of the Cardassian-Romulan attack on the Changeling homeworld, she flatly stated that they were all dead and she was planning on genociding the Cardassian people in revenge. She then politely asked if that answered his question.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Kurros, the chipper dealmaker played by Creator/JasonAlexander in "Think Tank." He offers protection from a race of bounty hunters that are after Voyager, and a number of other services, asking in return only the chance to examine Seven of Nine's Borg implants. Except that he has no intention of returning Seven. And guess who took out the bounty in the first place?
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Alastair, aka "[[TortureTechnician Picasso with a Razor]]", loves to smile and chat up his victims as he's carving them up. He also inverts the trope in the episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS04E16OnTheHeadOfAPin "On the Head of a Pin" (S04, E16)]], when he becomes Dean's torturee and spends the whole time dispensing advice, commenting on Dean's technique, or reminiscing about the good ol' days back in Hell, when he [[EvilMentor apprenticed Dean in the arts of mutilating people]].
** Lucifer is another prime example. Apparently, being locked in a cage in Hell for a few millennia works up an appetite for conversation. He treats Sam with affection, and never insults his victims or even raises his voice. But, despite his charm, he's squarely in the ''Faux'' Affably Evil camp because...well...he's the devil. In the season 5 finale, [[Recap/SupernaturalS05E22SwanSong "Swan Song"]], Dean finally manages to annoy him too much. [[VillainousBreakdown He drops the act and shows just how affable he really is]].
** Crowley is presented as an AffablyEvil NobleDemon in series five, but season six reveals
temporarily forgets that he's more Faux Affably Evil, as he starts getting more evil incarnate, but is always this trope.
* [[BadBoss Sir Gregory Pitkin]] in BBC's ''Radio/TheMenFromTheMinistry'' can sometimes be rather friendly on Mr. Lamb
and more into torture. He's obsessed with bargains Lennox-Brown when things go well, but it's just a mask and won't break he'll do a deal (as befits his "King 180 degree turn once things go downhill.
* ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'':
** Satan is a mix
of the Crossroads" status) but will take on any persona which will get the job done.
** Dick Roman, the leader of the Leviathans. Having stolen the identity of a billionaire businessman, he likes to talk in a friendly, forward-thinking, businessmanlike fashion while planning the enslavement of mankind. Best exemplified by him talking to a subordinate about turning his [[YouHaveFailedMe failure]] into a "teachable moment" by making him ''eat himself''.
** The angel [[spoiler:Metatron]] poses as an ally of Castiel, only reluctant to get involved because
this trope and AffablyEvil. To most people, he's not a fighter by nature. At the end of season 8 this, often utilizing ExactWords to make people ''think'' he's revealed as a scheming megalomaniac willing about to sacrifice any human or angel to rule. Even after that he's always politely joshing the Winchesters and Castiel.
** Azazel, the show's first BigBad and the [[spoiler:former]] King of Hell, treats Sam and Dean like old friends and frequently compliments
give them what they want right before torturing them. In the S1 finale, while [[spoiler:possessing John]], he chides Dean for killing some of his demon brethren: "How would you feel if I killed your family? Oh right, I did. Still, two wrongs don't make a right." In the S2 finale, he even thanks Dean for [[spoiler:making a DealWithTheDevil to bring Sam back]] because he much prefers [[spoiler:getting Sam to start the Apocalypse]] than his backup plan.
** Hell's Queen Bitch Lilith falls firmly into this. She's a PsychopathicManchild who loves possessing little girls and gradually forcing them to kill everyone they care about, all the while still keeping the demeanour of a sweet little girl.
** [[spoiler:Zachariah]], even after the EvilAllAlong reveal, puts on a pretense of being a WellIntentionedExtremist who only wants to destroy half the world because it's God's will and what remains will be a paradise. In reality, though, he's a complete slime ball who doesn't give a crap about Earth, God, or anything besides himself. When [[spoiler:Dean]] tries to get him to sacrifice himself for the cause, he immediately drops the act.
** During Season 6, ''[[spoiler:Sam]]'' was this as a consequence of [[spoiler:not having a soul.]] He still tried most of the time to act the way he thought [[spoiler:Sam]] would have, but every now and then he'd let out a clue that he was NotHimself, like deliberately allowing Dean to get bit by a vampire in "Live Free Or Twihard", or in "Clap Your Hands If You Believe" when he tells a woman at a convention that he's "had time to adjust" to his brother getting abducted by aliens.
-->'''Unnamed''': Did it happen when you were kids?\\
'''[[spoiler:Sam]]''': No. Half an hour ago.
** Gordon Walker, an AxCrazy hunter who [[FantasticRacism wishes to eradicate all monsters and
To other supernatural beings, regardless of whether or not they're a threat]], and doesn't care at all if he needs to kill innocent the handful of humans to do so. he respects, he's AffablyEvil; he'll still torture them if they become annoying, but when he's not doing so, he's quite friendly and can sometimes even act as a caring presence.
** Thomas Crimp, a demented murder-rapist whose crimes [[EvenEvilHasStandards sicken even Satan.]]
He's nonetheless quite polite towards his victims, at least until things start going wrong.
** [[spoiler:Crowley's mother]] Rowena cultivates an image as a caring and motherly FamilyValuesVillain in order to manipulate her son and control [[spoiler:Hell]] from behind the scenes. When [[spoiler:Crowley]] isn't there, though, she freely admits that she doesn't love him and would gladly kill him if it were convenient.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'': Malcolm Tucker is perfectly capable of being ''very'' polite when it suits him. It usually suits him as the setup for a string of abuse so painful you may find it psychologically impossible to move for several minutes afterward.
* ''Series/TheTribe'': The Techno leader Ram, while not really pleasant, maintains a humorous and playful demeanor while reveling in his own wickedness. For instance, he shoots one of his officers for a minor failure in front of the rest to set an example. When Siva walks in and screams in horror, Ram instantly changes tone and joyously asks her what her day was like.
* ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 The Twilight Zone]]'': Gunter Luzte from ''Death's Head Revisited'', was a vicious Nazi commander, who nevertheless acted with the joviality of a summer camp counselor toward his victims.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'':
** [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Russell Edgington]]. While more of a TrueNeutral in the book series, he starts out as very AffablyEvil in the series...up until his lover is killed and he progresses into insanity. Combined with his 3000 years of age, his mental instability makes him the most dangerous thing in the entire series.
** Marnie Stonebrook. At first, she hid in her shell of being shy and reclusive, then turned into AffablyEvil territory...before she had her VillainousBreakdown.
** Maryann Forrester applies.
* [[BigBad Klaus]] of ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' is an AxCrazy megalomaniac who happens to be very [[SoftSpokenSadist soft-spoken]], [[WickedCultured cultured]] and charming, and will smile politely (and probably call you "sweetheart") as he tortures, [[MindRape mind rapes]], or brutally tears you to shreds.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': Negan affects a laid-back, smiling and friendly persona even when he's enslaving people and killing their friends. He acts like he's doing people favors and demands to be thanked for the meager privileges he deigns to give.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': The Cigarette Smoking Man is usually courteous when dealing with Mulder and/or Scully, speaking gently and making a show of concern over their problems. He drops the act and acts nasty toward Skinner, whom he basically considers hired help.
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* In ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', Catbert, Evil Director of Human Resources, was hired precisely because he possesses this quality. The caption of the page image is a quote from the strip in which he was hired.

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* In ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', Catbert, Evil Director of Human Resources, was hired precisely because It has been said that {{Satan}} doesn't come to you as a scary and intimidating devil, but rather, he possesses this quality. The caption of will appear to you in a seemingly nice and appealing way. He's known as the page image is ''Prince of Lies'' for a quote from the strip in which he was hired.reason.



[[folder:Podcasts]]
* In ''{{Podcast/Wolf 359}}'', the protagonists discover that their bosses are involved in some sort of evil conspiracy and are almost certainly plotting to kill them. When, we finally meet a member of Mission Command, Mr. Cutter is exceedingly polite, soft-spoken, and personable. In fact, he is all of these things to such an exaggerated degree that it comes across as a bit unnerving. It quickly becomes clear that his friendly demeanor is just a calculated façade he uses to better play his role as a [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporate executive]]. And he's very good at his job - by the time he makes his exit, he's played various mind games with the characters, sown seeds of doubt about everything they're doing, and manipulated them into considering killing a person... all while addressing them on a first-name basis, asking about their Christmas celebrations, and telling them how happy he is with the great work they're doing. Since both characters and audience are aware that he is an active and present threat, the fact that he's so overbearingly polite and friendly just makes him feel more unnerving and unpredictable.

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* In ''{{Podcast/Wolf 359}}'', ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Asmodeus. Despite being probably
the protagonists discover most evil being in the setting and responsible for countless acts of torture even against his closest allies, he's always portrayed as urbane, unflappable, and chillingly reasonable.
** Very common with Devils, who are LawfulEvil. In most cases, Devils usually want mortals to make agreements with them of their own free will, but they are an always Evil race for a reason.
** Glasstaff in "The Lost Mine of Phandelver" is described as being this, referring to murders as "unpleasant little business" and being generally polite.
** Also fairly common among TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} darklords.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** The Dark Eldar are [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Quotes_Dark_Eldar surprisingly cheerful and fun-loving]] for a society based around torturing people and eating their souls. Given
that their bosses own souls are involved in some sort of evil conspiracy and are almost certainly plotting involuntarily devoted to kill them. When, we finally meet a member of Mission Command, Mr. Cutter is exceedingly polite, soft-spoken, and personable. In fact, he is all of these things to such an exaggerated degree EldritchAbomination that it comes across as feeds on sensations, it's probably part of the job.
** In the Night Lords series, [[BigBad Abaddon the Despoiler]] is this during his conversation with Talos.
** Depending on your opinion on the alignment in the setting, Amberley Veil, Inquisitor of Ordo Xenos, is
a bit unnerving. It quickly becomes clear particular example that his friendly demeanor is just a calculated façade he uses to better play his role as a [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporate executive]]. And he's very good at his job - by the time he makes his exit, he's played various mind games might fit with the characters, sown seeds trope. More generally, any leader of doubt about everything they're doing, the designated good guys[[note]]Imperium, Tau and manipulated them into considering killing Eldar[[/note]] who isn't too busy being an obvious jerk, a person... all while addressing them on LargeHam or a first-name basis, asking about their Christmas celebrations, and telling them how happy he is with genuine good guy (the later being very rare instance) fits the great work they're doing. Since both characters and audience are aware description as well. [[note]]It is very CrapsackWorld. Even that he is an active and present threat, the fact IG soldier that he's so overbearingly polite and friendly just makes him feel more unnerving and unpredictable. isn't [[CiaphasCain "cheerfully sociopathic maniac"]] is probably xenophobic, overzealous ShellShockedVeteran that will shoot down a worker mob rebelling against unbearable conditions on his 16-hours workplace without flinching an eye.[[/note]]



[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* "Million Dollar Man" Wrestling/TedDiBiase, who could sound folksy and charming even while deliberately cheating a little boy out of a chance to win some of his money.
* Wrestling/EricBischoff, his genuine baby {{face}} runs are few and far between and he's ''never'' the face by default, so he has no real motivation to be nice to anyone other than perhaps to save his own skin. Otherwise he's just stringing you along, don't listen.
* William Regal during his heel runs. He would often act like a dignified and well-mannered [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman quintessential British gentleman]], waving to the crowd, wiping his feet before entering the ring and scolding rudeness on-camera. Beneath that cultured exterior was a man who was quick to anger and not beneath breaking the rules when things weren't going his way during a match, up to and including, but not limited to: chair and title belt shots, grabbing the ropes for leverage during submission holds, and infamously, the use of brass knuckles. His antics outside of matches included insulting the fans, kissing Mr. [=McMahon's=] ass (figuratively AND literally), and even an instance of PEEING ON THE BIG SHOW'S LEG.
* Wrestling/ChrisJericho ''was'' this trope while performing his [[NoCountryForOldMen "Anton Chigurh"]] tribute gimmick from 2008 to 2010.
* Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield, especially during his final angle against Wrestling/ReyMysterio. You have never heard the word ''amigo'' delivered with so much dripping sarcasm.
* Silvie Silver spoke in a patronizing manner to Santana Garrett in Ring Warriors while explaining all the moves she learned in Mexico and how much they would hurt. She dropped the act after Garrett pinned her.
* [[Wrestling/LayCool Michelle McCool]], who was so good at this trope that she called to mind the UncannyValley.
* [[Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa Raisha Saeed]] spoke as if she was a reasonable, level headed stoic looking out for the best interests of her clients, such as Wrestling/AwesomeKong. Her actions repeatedly proved her to be a sadist who at times went too far for ''Awesome Kong''.
* After being defeated by Mr. 450 at the World Wrestling League's ''Insurrection'' event, Sensacional Carlitos wanted a rematch at ''Navidad Corporativa'' and insisted he would be healthy by then even though he had a broken jaw at the time. 450 urged him not to do it, saying if Carlitos had no concern for his own health he should think about friends and family.
* At the first [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor Women Of Honor]] event, Veda Scott snatched a microphone and called the crowd to give a respectful sendoff to Jenny Rose, who was scheduled to return to the Japan-based Diana promotion. Scott then ended Rose's ROH run on a low not by bludgeoning her with that mic.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Lord Darkness from BBC Radio's ''Radio/ElvenQuest'' almost borders on WellIntentionedExtremist whenever he temporarily forgets that he's evil incarnate, but is always this trope.
* [[BadBoss Sir Gregory Pitkin]] in BBC's ''Radio/TheMenFromTheMinistry'' can sometimes be rather friendly on Mr. Lamb and Lennox-Brown when things go well, but it's just a mask and he'll do a 180 degree turn once things go downhill.
* ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'':
** Satan is a mix of this trope and AffablyEvil. To most people, he's this, often utilizing ExactWords to make people ''think'' he's about to give them what they want right before torturing them. To other supernatural beings, and to the handful of humans he respects, he's AffablyEvil; he'll still torture them if they become annoying, but when he's not doing so, he's quite friendly and can sometimes even act as a caring presence.
** Thomas Crimp, a demented murder-rapist whose crimes [[EvenEvilHasStandards sicken even Satan.]] He's nonetheless quite polite until things start going wrong.
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[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* It has been said that {{Satan}} doesn't come to you as a scary and intimidating devil, but rather, he will appear to you in a seemingly nice and appealing way. He's known as the ''Prince of Lies'' for a reason.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Asmodeus. Despite being probably the most evil being in the setting and responsible for countless acts of torture even against his closest allies, he's always portrayed as urbane, unflappable, and chillingly reasonable.
** Very common with Devils, who are LawfulEvil. In most cases, Devils usually want mortals to make agreements with them of their own free will, but they are an always Evil race for a reason.
** Glasstaff in "The Lost Mine of Phandelver" is described as being this, referring to murders as "unpleasant little business" and being generally polite.
** Also fairly common among TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} darklords.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** The Dark Eldar are [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Quotes_Dark_Eldar surprisingly cheerful and fun-loving]] for a society based around torturing people and eating their souls. Given that their own souls are involuntarily devoted to an EldritchAbomination that feeds on sensations, it's probably part of the job.
** In the Night Lords series, [[BigBad Abaddon the Despoiler]] is this during his conversation with Talos.
** Depending on your opinion on the alignment in the setting, Amberley Veil, Inquisitor of Ordo Xenos, is a particular example that might fit with the trope. More generally, any leader of the designated good guys[[note]]Imperium, Tau and Eldar[[/note]] who isn't too busy being an obvious jerk, a LargeHam or a genuine good guy (the later being very rare instance) fits the description as well. [[note]]It is very CrapsackWorld. Even that IG soldier that isn't [[CiaphasCain "cheerfully sociopathic maniac"]] is probably xenophobic, overzealous ShellShockedVeteran that will shoot down a worker mob rebelling against unbearable conditions on his 16-hours workplace without flinching an eye.[[/note]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Monaca from ''VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls: Danganronpa Another Episode'' at first glance seems to be a nice and cheerful girl. In reality, she's a manipulative psychopath, who deliberately [[TraumaButton triggers]] her friends' past traumas and plays mind games with people while maintaining a cutesy facade. It helps that she's [[spoiler:the protege of series antagonist Junko Enoshima, who also falls into this herself and has similar dealings with her own followers.]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** April May in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' - until her VillainousBreakdown.
%%** April May's boss, Redd White, also qualifies. Mr. White passes himself off as a quirky and jolly, if egotistical, businessman. Once Phoenix %%questions him too much though, his true colors are shown.
%%** A better example would be [[spoiler: Morgan Fey]].
** And then there are the main antagonists of the third and fourth games, [[spoiler: Dahlia Hawthorne and Kristoph Gavin respectively.]] Both polite and seeming like genuinely nice people; both are also sociopaths.
** The killer of the first case, Frank Sawhit acts nice and friendly during his testimony.
** [[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth Quecus Alba]] may look old, and he's considered a codophian hero. [[spoiler:Later on, you discover that he was [[ObfuscatingStupidity playing silly]] when he throws his façade; also, he tries to escape Miles's prosecution of him with his extraterritorial rights. Ultimately, [[BigBad he's the head]] of the allebahstian smuggling ring, and has killed four people [[note]] (two himself and two others with his [[{{Mook}} mooks]])[[/note]] .]]
** There's also [[spoiler: Aristotle Means]] from ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', who remains perfectly polite even when accused of the murder. [[spoiler: That is, until Athena [[FelonyMisdemeanor insults his "ends justifies the means" philosophy]], upon which he [[BerserkButton completley drops the feigned niceness]] and becomes, well [[{{Pun}} just plain mean.]]]] It's nicely foreshadowed earlier, when [[spoiler:after Athena insists on defending Juniper in his place]], he [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids gives an outwardly polite but highly condescending dismissal of her ideals]].
** From ''Dual Destinies'' also comes [[spoiler:the phantom. He's one evil motherfucker, but, in Blackquill's words, he "[[ShapeshifterIdentityCrisis cannot talk without another man's face]]", many of which aren't nearly as bad. Thus, both the affability and quirks of whoever he's impersonating and his own ruthlessness and sociopathy mix and come off like this]].
* Waylon from ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars: Days Of Ruin'' manages to avoid this despite the whole [[ItsAllAboutMe 'climbing his way to luxury on the back of everyone else']] deal. Nothing says this trope like saying the army opposing him is "[[TotallyRadical up in my business]]", while leaving his injured wingmen behind to keep from slowing him down in the same scene. (Luckily, the heroes took them in.)
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' has Konstantin Brayko, a brutal Russian mob boss who is a rather sadistic and brutal individual, but ends up more entertaining than disgusting due to a strange obsession with the 80s and just how plain loopy he is.
* [[AristocratsAreEvil Baron Alexander]] from ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'' is the portrait of courtesy when he hires Wilhelm to [[spoiler: kidnap random people, all of whom Alexander [[ColdBloodedTorture tortures to death]]]]. He maintains his friendly veneer right until the moment he[[spoiler: murders Wilhelm, [[BodyHorror mutilates his corpse]], then [[FateWorseThanDeath brings him back to life as a mindless drone]].]] Arguably, subverted in Alexander's relationship with [[spoiler: Daniel]], whom he appears to [[VillainousFriendship genuinely care for]]. [[spoiler: [[NoHonorAmongThieves He still betrays him, however.]]]]
* ComicBook/TheJoker acts this way in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' and again in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''.
* ''VideoGame/{{BlazBlue}}':
** In ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'', Hazama / Terumi is the BigBad who set the plot in motion for an unclear reason, who takes delight in ''fucking with everybody for the sheer lulz of it all''. At first, he is a straight example of AffablyEvil, being polite and reasonable while clearly [[ObviouslyEvil having something off]] about him, and then in the second game when his cover is blown, he drops the act and becomes this trope. See [[spoiler: Carl's bad ending in ''CS''. He starts by politely greeting Carl, but when Mu starts to act on his behalf without orders, he erupts into a rage, demands to know if the the "little prick" is a piece of Takamagahara's "godforsaken puzzle", orders the "little shit" Mu to stay out of his way, dismantles Nirvana ''[[ForcedToWatch before a prone Carl]]'', and then [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech insults Carl in the worst possible ways]] [[KillTheCutie before fatally slamming him into the monolith]].]]
** The other villain in the series BigBadDuumvirate, Relius Clover, also has shades of this in his interactions with the cast.
* ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow]]'' has Graham Jones. He seems to be a polite character inside the titular castle, visiting as a missionary from a church. However, his niceness turns out to be a ruse. His true motives are revealed when Soma reaches the Clock Tower, where he grows more aware of Soma and his allies.
* Danik from ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3'' is a departure from the usual crazy, screaming psychopaths or undead alien horrors that are the usual enemies. He's still ruthless and remorseless, but he's soft-spoken and almost hilariously polite even in the worst of situations. For example, take his line after Isaac escapes from ''yet another'' attempt by Danik to have him killed: "Isaac? Is that you? You are ''unbelievably'' hard to kill. Are you aware of that?"
* Reaver in ''VideoGame/FableIII'' is perhaps the best example for video games. As his [[Creator/StephenFry voice actor]] stated in the third video diary:
-->"Reaver is not as much immoral as amoral; he has no morality whatsoever -- he doesn't even have a '''concept''' of morality."
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'':
** Mr. Burke acts polite even as he tries to convince the Lone Wanderer to blow up Megaton.
** Colin Moriarty is a better example, acting like he is your friend while charging an unfair amount of caps when you ask for information on your dad.
-->Lucas Simms: Just be careful. Moriarty is '''NOT''' your friend, no matter what he may say, so don't fall for his lies. And for god's sake, don't trust the man.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', Caesar is the emperor of a [[TheHorde horde]] of bloodthirsty, slaving misogynists modeled only very loosely after the Roman Empire of old. At first, he seems a lot more civil than his Legion. He portrays himself as NecessarilyEvil, [[WickedCultured discusses his political philosophy comfortably and at length with references to Hegel and Roman history]], and never says a misogynistic word to a female Courier despite the beliefs he has instilled in his Legion. Until, that is, the player dares to defy him and discovers the HairTriggerTemper and callous sadism beneath the charming mask.
* ''VideoGame/FarCry'':
** ''VideoGame/FarCry3'':
*** Hoyt Volker, who acts very friendly towards his men and enjoys a round of poker with them. He's also a ruthless slave trader who forces prisoners to run across a minefield, burns one of his men alive for disloyalty and generally [[KickTheDog kicks the dog]] at every opportunity he gets.
*** This seems to be a trait of the villains in the game. Vaas is simultaneously humorous and horrifying, acting very personable with his victims, joking and talking plainly with underlying menace just before committing some new atrocity. Buck, meanwhile is a highly intelligent, witty individual who never the less revels in the fact that he is a completely depraved sociopath, such as making jokes about how he's going to [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape one of Jason's friends]] while speaking to him.
** ''VideoGame/FarCry4'':
*** De Pleur is by far the most sadistic character in the game but has the demeanor of a busy-body dad, only letting his sanity slip when he's unable to answer his daughter's phone call. Pleur's sole position in Min's administration is to torture people and chop them up afterward.
*** Pagan Min on the other hand is almost like a second lap of Troy Baker's turn as TheJoker, right down to the flamboyant suit and LaughingMad radio calls. He is ridiculously casual and polite to his subjects and enemies, only to spout his anger off in furious yet hilarious rants or bursts of extreme violence, depending on his mood. When a human rights organization criticized his rule, he invited the lead doctor and her family over, then kidnapped her family and forced her to run his blood sport arena as a twisted joke. [[spoiler: he also had her family killed and has her in his control on the fake promise that one day she'll get them back.]] His manner when dealing with the main protagonist is noticeably familial, no matter how violent the subject of the conversation may be. In fact, the only person he ''isn't'' faking his affability to is [[FatalFlaw literally the one person who can stop him.]] [[spoiler: And you discover only at the very end that it was very much intentional.]]
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX FFX's]] Seymour Guado invites the heroes to his mansion, lays out food for them before seeing them, proposes to the heroine, and acts generally mild-mannered and soft-spoken. But when the heroes prove to be detrimental to his plan to [[OmnicidalManiac kill everyone in the world]], he holds no qualms about unleashing the terrors of hell against them. Even when preparing to engage your party members, he manages to sound affable:
-->"Ah, of course. "Protect the summoner even at the cost of one's life." The Code of the Guardian. How admirable. Well, if you're offering your lives, I will have to take them."
* The killer of the ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' series manages to be this ''without even speaking''. Wherever he goes, he wears a smile, and death usually follows. A great example would be in the Foxy mini game in [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2 the second game]]. When Foxy comes out of Pirate Cove, he sees the killer smiling at him. The killer makes no attempt to harm Foxy, he just keeps smiling at him. When Foxy goes to see the children, he finds that the killer slaughtered them all.
* [[TheChessmaster Alex]]/[[BigBad Arcanus]] from ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' is starting to appear this way.
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/ImpossibleMission'', [[AllThereInTheManual Dr. Elvin Atombender]], tries his hand at this trope at the very beginning of the game:
-->''[[SyntheticVoiceActor Another visitor. Stay awhile. Stay FOREVER!]]''
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'''s [[spoiler: Hades]] loves making jokes and almost always has a smile on his face. However, it takes all of half a chapter from his introduction for him to reveal his cruel, calculating nature.
* [[PsychoForHire HK-47]] of ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' is [[EnsembleDarkHorse inordinately popular]] not simply because he is a ruthless assassin droid well versed in the art of death, but because of how much ''pleasure'' he receives from the task.
-->Statement: HK-47 is ready to serve, Master. Who would you like me to kill?
* In ''VideoGame/LANoire'' detective Roy Earle's [[TheUnsmile smile never quite reaches his eyes]]; it's part of the thin veneer of friendliness that covers [[spoiler: a hateful, corrupt person underneath.]]
* David from ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'', a personable, soft-spoken man who [[spoiler:leads a gang of cannibals and and attempts to rape Ellie at the end of his boss battle.]]
* Several ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' villains fit the bill:
** [[BigBad Zant]] of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' appears polite, refined, and with an air of control at first glance, but it's all an act that falls apart at the seams when he's provoked.
** [[BigBad Ghirahim]] of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' describes himself as having a sense of dignity fitting [[EvilOverlord his position]], but he declares his intention to torture, and later, kill Link in as painful a manner as possible when his plans to revive his master don't follow through. He tends to lose his dignity when he gets [[MemeticMutation FURIOUS! OUTRAGED! SICK WITH ANGER!!!]] [[spoiler:And when he turns into his [[TinTyrant true form]].]]
** [[BigBad Yuga]] of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'' acts refined and regal, but is nevertheless a ''massive'' SmugSnake who can barely open his mouth without talking down to everyone around him.
* King Boo in ''VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon'' talks to Luigi like he's having a friendly chat. He does this while explaining his plans to conquer the Mario world and has already proven to be perfectly willing to put the entire universe at risk if it means getting revenge.
* [[MagnificentBastard The Illusive Man]] in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is incredibly polite, classy, and cultured. Even when he gets pissed, he barely raises his voice at all. He does this just to make it very difficult for someone to tell whether he's lying or not. He drifts very clearly into this trope in the tie-in novels; while preparing a treacherous subordinate for a FateWorseThanDeath, he speaks in a regretful tone about how there is nothing personal in this, how much he enjoyed working with him, and how sorry he is that he must make this necessary sacrifice. What separates him from true AffablyEvil in this exchange is that it ''is'' personal (he was furious when the man betrayed Cerberus), he deliberately puts the man through more pain than is strictly necessary for the experiment, and he acknowledges to himself later on in the book that he had allowed his desire to see the hideous retribution in person cloud his judgement.
* Skull Face from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidGroundZeroes'' is one of the most polite and well-spoken villains in the series. He is also quite possibly the most horrific, having done such things as having [[spoiler: Paz]] tortured and gang-raped while forcing Chico to watch him do it. [[spoiler: And then forced Chico to rape Paz himself.]]
* Surprisingly, there's only one truly good example from the ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' series. Destroyman adores causing pain and killing people, with a nasty EvilLaugh when he succeeds and a lot of EvilGloating. Amazingly, he is really good at selling himself as a normal mailman. When he came back in the second game, however, one half of him was like his past self but more convincing...while the other half was AxCrazy, obviously angry but also really loving doing what he did.
* ''VideoGame/{{Okage}}'' has Evil King Stanley Hihat Trinidad the XIV, a LivingShadow that spends most of the game attached to [[TheHero Ari]]. Despite being a HarmlessVillain (most of the time), making it no secret that he intends to take over the world, he provides a majority of the hilarious dialogue found in the story. Mostly found in his interactions with fellow party member, the [[{{Tsundere}} Hero]] [[FoeYay Rosalyn]].
* Yōko from ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'' who at first seems nice and polite enough to the heroes (hell, he even refers to himself as ''shōsei'', a [[{{Keigo}} very humble and formal]] first-person pronoun) only to be later revealed as the one repeatedly abducting young ''yōkai'' girls.
--> '''Yōko:''' ''(to Koi-no-sei, a cute mermaid he's holding captive)'' It's come down to this and you still don't understand? Well, I'll have you know: ''you have been tricked''.
* Dr. Richard Trager from ''VideoGame/{{Outlast}}'' takes this trope UpToEleven, all the way to being a borderline FriendlyEnemy. He speaks to you like a close friend, calling you "buddy" a lot. He always speaks to you like a friend, even while [[FinGore cutting two of your fingers off]].
** Possibly worse than Trager is Eddie Gluskin, from the ''Whistleblower'' DLC. He's a psychotic SerialKiller who was arrested for murdering a number of women who turned down his advances. Made even crazier by the [[MindRape Morphgenic Engine]], his delusions have caused him to try and continue his "courtship" by physically ''making'' some unlucky man into a woman. Thusly, he roams the halls of Mount Massive Asylum's vocational area, singing to himself and spouting [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain sweet-sounding but sexist "romantic" dribble]] as he tries to capture whoever's caught his attention. If he catches them, he shaves them and then [[GroinAttack crudely hacks off their genitalia]] [[{{Squick}} in hopes of using the wound as a vagina]] [[ArtisticLicenseBiology and thusly impregnating his new "bride"]]. If they don't die of mutilation, he kills them for struggling or screaming too much. If they escape, his "nice guy" veneer immediately cracks and he starts trying to kill the "ungrateful whore", intermittently spewing either misogynistic slurs or pathetic attempts to assuage his victim's fears and lure them back. When he does ultimately catch you at the end of his level, he gets ready to hang you, alternatively acting like he's being a loving boyfriend and [[NeverMyFault dismissing your death as justified for turning him down]]. Perhaps the scariest thing about him is the fact that [[MisaimedFandom a huge number of players seem to take his veneer seriously and dismiss his obvious craziness]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', Sombra plays the part of the {{adorkable}} PlayfulHacker on the surface, but is actually a ruthless [[TheCracker cracker]] who has no qualms working with the likes of [[TerroristWithoutACause Talon]], threatening and blackmailing people, or even just [[{{Troll}} doing her best to infuriate everyone]], even [[TeethClenchedTeamwork the ostensible allies]] she regards as mere pawns to manipulate.
* [[spoiler:Adachi]] of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is AxCrazy and committed the murders [[ForTheEvulz for the fun of it]], [[KickTheDog mocked his victims]] while recounting his killings, and, when he reveals his true personality, is pretty funny.
* Lovrina of ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness'' projects a cutesy ValleyGirl demeanor that belies a calculating, sadistic mindset that takes pride in torturing Pokémon and inflicting them with TheCorruption. Best seen in her opening battle animation, which begins with her giving a cute wave with a winning smile that quickly morphs into a full-blown PsychoticSmirk.
* [=GLaDOS=] of ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', who continues to sound sarcastic and cheerful even as she tries to murder Chell.
--> '''SelfDemonstrating/GlaDOS:''' Burning people! He says what we're all thinking!
* Father Donald earl McArthur from ''VideoGame/RidesWithStrangers'' is a PedophilePriest who has killed, raped, and tortured many, and wants to purge the world of those he considers "heretics". He speaks to the player in a very polite manner, which only highlights his creepiness, all while planning to kill them.
* Charnel of ''VideoGame/{{Sacrifice}}'', the amusingly bloodthirsty God of Death who also gets some great lines.
--> '''Charnel''': "I am Charnel. God of Strife, God of Slaughter, God of [[LargeHam DEATH]]! Where there is pain, I'm there. Where there is suffering, I flourish. Where there is joy...Yes, well, one could hardly have joy without another's suffering, no?"
* [[VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird The Boss]] may seem reasonable and even jovial at times, but if you cross him, he will not hesitate to end you utterly, no matter what the cost and regardless of how many lives are lost in the process - especially if you [[BerserkButton harm one of his lieutenants.]]
* Otani Yoshitsugu from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', in the English dub (the Japanese version is ObviouslyEvil), is constantly affable and polite (provided you haven't pushed his BerserkButton) even as his overt misanthropy and ambitions to spread misery to every human on Earth makes it clear it's all just an act.
* At a fairly early juncture in ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'', you encounter Ambassador Thorman, who is deeply concerned about JSDF leader Gotou's attempts to use demons to prevent the Americans' peace efforts and wants your aid. He's actually the Norse god Thor himself, acting on orders from the most holy YHVH Himself, and intends to drop his Mighty Hammer (that is, several [=ICBMs=]) on Tokyo to annihilate everything in it, including the JSDF, the demons, innocent civilians, american troops, and the heroes. Yes, even if you decide to take his side.
* ''Franchise/SilentHill'':
** Vincent from ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'', who tends to flip-flop around in this area: yes, he's a jerk, subtly insults you, and is a member of The Order. But he also doesn't want to resurrect The Order's God, and sends you off on a quest to acquire an item to [[spoiler: supposedly]] beat said God. Why does he help you? Because if God were to be resurrected, he wouldn't be able to make any more money.
** Walter Sullivan from ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'' is this full force, the first time you meet him he's simply a [[SoftSpokenSadist soft-spoken man]] who sits on a flight of stairs and talks to you, leaving behind an item afterwards for you to take. You then find out that he's the serial killer who had chained you inside your apartment after he tries to kill your neighbor. Also, the [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking item he gives you is useless]] and possesses your inventory box should you put it in there.
* Despite being relatively calm and collected, Dr. Eggman Nega, Eggman's alternate-dimension counterpart[[note]]or his descendant from 200 years in the future, pick your backstory[[/note]] in the ''VideoGame/SonicRushSeries'', is much more vicious than the AffablyEvil doctor we all know and love.
* Kerrigan becomes like this in ''[[VideoGame/StarCraftI Brood War]]''. No longer just a bloodthirsty zealous slave to the Overmind, she develops a prepossessing, well-mannered, and regal demeanor to her guests and allies (that is, before she betrays them and lets them be devoured by the Swarm). At least, until [[spoiler:she's de-infested at the end of ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty''...and, thus far, even after her experience on Zerus, has not returned to her Queen Bitch of the Universe ways]]. Mengsk also qualifies, up until [[spoiler:he gets completely obliterated by a vengeful Kerrigan]].
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', most sith NPC's and many Imperial officials exhibit this trait. A few examples:
** One of the first missions for the Sith Inquisitor has them join a sith lord in torturing an acolyte for information. The sith lord in question would seem like an amiable personality were it not for the fact that he's instructing you in torture.
** Lord Drowl is very excited to try out a poison called quell.
** Arguably Lord Zash in the Sith Inquisitor story, but she may be genuinely nice (in her own opinion, anyway), depending on how you see her personality. True, she will try to [[spoiler: hijack your body to extend her own life]] but it could be that she really just doesn't see a reason for you to object and thinks [[spoiler: she's doing a favour for you as well, since, after all, you get to host her.]]
** And of course player characters can exhibit this behaviour as well; it would seem that the Imperial Agent and Sith Inquisitor have the most conversation options to that end, though it also depends on the player's own interpretation of the character, naturally. It works with all classes, though: due to the nature of the dialogue system, you can threaten the lives of innocent children one moment and make polite conversation the next.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', when Mario and his entourage finally meet [[BigBad Smithy]], he at first seems far more polite and civil than most villains in the game. This is a facade, however, as he quickly proves just as nasty as the rest of the Smithy Gang, AND have an uncontrollable temper as well.
* About half the cast of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' are either this or normal AffablyEvil. The Scout is just an asshole, The Spy is coldly professional, and The Sniper and Engineer are nice people when not being paid to kill, but the rest would probably do this for free, whether it's because death is just a normal side-effect of their hobbies (Demoman, Medic), they're crazy (Pyro, Soldier), or they just plain like killing (Heavy, Scout).
* ''VideoGame/TombRaider2013'': Mathias feigns politeness and reason in his meetings with Lara and Sam, even managing to earn Sam's trust by bandaging her injured foot. In reality, he was bordering on sociopathic by the time of his first journal entry, in which he documents how he routinely tortures other people who wash up on Yamatai until they agree to join [[{{Cult}} the Solarii]], and kills those who ''don't'' agree.
* In ''[[UltimaVII Ultima 7: The Black Gate]]'', we have Batlin. A kindly sage and former druid, who is the head of the Fellowship and always working hard to help the people of Britannia. On the other hand, the Fellowship is a cult intended to subvert Britannia, spread distrust in the Virtues and Lord British, and pave the way for the Guardian to take everything over. In a hard-to-find dialogue (you have to cast the all-destroying Armageddon spell to get it) you find out that Batlin is driven by pure nihilism, having learned that (supposedly) nothing exists beyond death. (In the sequel, he is attempting to gain immortality for this reason.)
* Even after the player finds out he's a [[{{sadist}} sadistic]] [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinist]], [[FoulFlower Flowey]] from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' keeps up his friendly and cheerful demeanor.
* The Crooked Man in ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs'' at first appears to be a genuinely nice person who was only trying to [[VillainWithGoodPublicity use his power and resources to care for the Fables]] that the [[PoliceAreUseless apathetic government]] had left in the dust. However, once confronted with evidence from Nerissa saying that he personally ordered the executions of women who wished to [[TrappedByGamblingDebts escape owing debt to him]], he physically attacks Wolf and attempts to [[TakingYouWithMe throw the both of them down]] the [[PowerOfTheVoid Witching Well]]. He also has no qualms having an AxCrazy [[EvilIsSexy demon woman]] be his personal bodyguard. Also, his codex entry says that he murdered his family to save on living costs. That says a lot.
* Sho Minamimoto of ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'': sadistic, utterly unpredictable, and CrazyAwesome.
* Professor Putricide from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is a funny, quirky old MadScientist who sewed his "[[FrankensteinsMonster children]]" together from a pile of corpses, and spends his time creating deadly plagues for the Scourge to use in their war against the living.
-->'''Professor Putricide''': [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Good news, everyone!]] The slime is flowing again!
* Handsome Jack in ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'', best shown in some points in the Southern Shelf. If you're doing the main quest, he banters with the player in a way that's not entirely friendly but seems more jokey than anything else (for example, he tells you that he was thinking of naming his diamond horse "Piss-for-Brains" in your honour). If you're doing a sidequest to collect some audio recordings of him, however, he puts on a seemingly apologetic pose when Helena Pierce tells him the cause of her scarring, then casually guns her down and [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor laughs about the noise her head made when he shot her in the face]].
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* Marceline's dad in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' may be a soul-sucking HumanoidAbomination, but he's not above playing with his food.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' there's Mozenrath, Disney's most charmingly diabolical teenager. "Okay, then. Everybody else expires at dawn, while I blow away Agrabah. Then, say, noon-ish, I return and devise some way to destroy you."
* Despite being insane, Barry from ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' is actually friendly and polite, at least until things go wrong. The cheerfulness doesn't even go away while he [[spoiler:kills Jakov]], which makes him even creepier.
* [[HeroKiller Princess Azula]] from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is perfectly capable of acting polite as a manipulation tactic, [[MagnificentBastard with the keyword being "acting"]], giving a far more sinister edge to almost everything she says. This actually is shown off as both an advantage and a crippling flaw, as outside of situations where she needs to play her opponents like puppets, [[NoSocialSkills she is utterly clueless as to how to act.]]
* The villains on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' run the gamut, from genuinely AffablyEvil as long as you don't make them angry to flat-out nasty and no fun at all to be around. The ones who most obviously fall into this trope are the Joker (of course) and the animated series' version of Poison Ivy, who here is one of the most ladylike terrorists and murderesses you can imagine - and is an outright BitchInSheepsClothing as her everyday self, Pamela Isley. Making it all the more satisfying when the tables are turned on her and [[VillainousBreakdown this smug beauty becomes a shrieking harpy]].
** Most of the villains in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' qualify as well. Special mention goes to this version's Joker, who is even more affable and even more murderous than his TAS counterpart.
* Lawrence Lactavius Limburger from ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' acts polite and sophisticated most of the time, but he's still a greedy bastard who shows absolutely no remorse whatsoever for the planets he devastated and the lives he ruined by stealing resources for his home planet Plutark and frequently attempts to kill the titular Biker Mice whenever they show up to thwart his schemes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' we have Ed Wuncler I and his son Ed Wuncler II. Both of of them are [[CorruptCorporateExecutive ruthless businessmen]] and [[ConMan con artists]] who are very superficially charming, but show their true colors soon after duping people with their predatory business schemes.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': The [[CreepyChild Delightful Children]] are freaky insane children who, despite being well-behaved around adults, are incredibly [[KidsAreCruel cruel]] to other children. However, they end up providing some of the most hilarious lines on the show, and they are fan favorites.
* Katz from ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''. A [[SerialKiller serial killer]] with a British accent. He always speaks politely even while trying to kill Courage. Really, his catchphrase "Ready for a little sport before dying dear boy?" says it all.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', Vlad Masters/Plasmius has a polite facade, but underneath is a monster wanting world conquest and to bang the hero's mom.
* Mom from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is a ruthless corporate raider and abusive parent who puts on a sweet old lady routine and fat suit for her TV ads. In her first appearance in "A Fishful of Anchovies", she drops the act when she finishes cutting a TV ad, and again when Fry gets in her way.
* Van Kleiss from ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex''.
* ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob'': Despite being the source of all evil in the universe, The Devil can be very polite if he wants something from you, or if you outrank him in the cosmic hierarchy.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** [[TermsOfEndangerment Calling Dipper "friend"]] while trying to [[spoiler: ''cut out his tongue and kill him'']] definitely qualifies Gideon Gleeful for this trope.
** [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Bill Cipher]] zig-zags this trope. He'll talk to you in the most cheerful tone possible, while mocking you and ''ripping a deer's teeth out.'' Then he puts the teeth back. When the Pines twins foil him he will snap. '''HARD'''. When the group defeats him in combat... [[GracefulLoser He'll compliment you]] and let you off easy. He easily and gleefullly sways between this and AffablyEvil, by virtue of being certifiably insane:
---> '''Gideon:''' You're insane!!!
---> '''Bill:''' Sure I am; what's your point?
* Lucius Heinous VII from ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.
* [[KnightTemplar Kuvira]] from ''Last Airbender'''s SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is the quintessential VillainWithGoodPublicity and acts stern but infallibly polite in public, often to keep that good publicity. She even acts like AMotherToHerMen to her troops, telling them that she wouldn't put them through things she wouldn't go through herself. However, the facade only holds as long as things go her way or her subordinates do what she says. The moment something goes wrong or someone slights her, her temper disintegrates, the mask comes off, and out come the threats of a re-education camp. [[spoiler: Bolin and Varrick learn this the hard way, as does her fiancé Baatar Jr.]]
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Wile E. Coyote]] behaves like this when he goes after WesternAnimation/BugsBunny. A perfect example of this occurs in "Operation: Rabbit".
-->'''Wile E.:''' Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Wile E. Coyote, genius. I'm not selling anything nor am I working my way through college. So let's get down to cases: you are a rabbit, and I'm going to eat you for supper. Now, don't try to get away. I'm more muscular, more cunning, faster and larger than you are, and I'm a genius, while you could hardly pass the entrance examinations to kindergarten. (Bugs looks bored and yawns) So, I'll give you the customary two minutes to say your prayers.
-->'''Bugs:''' I'm sorry, mac, the lady of the house ain't home, and besides, we mailed you people a check last week. (goes down into his rabbit hole)
-->'''Wile E.:''' (returning to his den) Why do they always want to do it the hard way?
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Season 2 villain Discord, in. He keeps up the act even while he [[MindRape mind rapes]] the Mane cast! The first time it slips -- and the ''only'' time in the first part of a two-part episode -- is when Fluttershy proves too accepting of her own faults for this to work on her and [[VillainousBreakdown he gets furious]]. And the sudden snap just made it all the more frightening. He lets it slip again twice in the second part, first by taking obvious sadistic glee in finally breaking Twilight -- mind you, this isn't just being happy he won; he'd already won by that point, and is just delighted to see his last opponent emotionally devastated and utterly crushed on top of it. Later it slips in favor of ''fear'' rather than malice when he realizes that all his plans thus far have failed and he's about to be defeated by the Elements of Harmony. Taken a step further in "Keep Calm and Flutter On" when he's assigned to live with Fluttershy until he can prove he's been reformed. He makes nice, despite continuing to wreak havoc with the laws of reality because he claims he's more comfortable that way, and eventually pretends he's actually had a HeelFaceTurn. All the while trying to scheme his way out of being eventually turned back to stone when he drops the guise. Ironically, he ends up BecomingTheMask and becomes her ''genuine'' friend. Keep in mind, however, he's still a major trickster, is generally unhelpful and seems to play nice while wreaking some havoc on the side. It's just that he generally isn't [[ChaoticNeutral as malicious while doing so]].
** To a lesser extent, the minor antagonists Flim and Flam from later in the series fit this trope.
* [[WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop Sylvester Sneekly]] puts on the facade of a kind and caring guardian to the titular heroine. Even as The Hooded Claw he never loses his cool and remains calm and composed even as he explains to Penelope in great detail how his [[RubeGoldbergHatesYourGuts perils]] work, using terms around her such as "my dear sweet Penelope" only breaking the calm when his perils fail or to take out his anger on his henchmen, and even then his snarky tone remains. Even as Sneekly he gives off very subtle hints to Penelope that HE IS The Hooded Claw and she still doesn't get it because she's a WideEyedIdealist and would never think her guardian would be such a horrible man.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Reboot}}'', Megabyte's sophisticated mannerisms and pretense of wanting to conquer Mainframe/the entire Net to establish order all hide his true predatory nature. The few times he drops the act, he's a snarling monster.
* Everyone in the PublicServiceAnnouncement ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW3AJ9xPSWE The Return of Count Spirochete]]'', '''[[UpToEleven especially]]''' TheGrimReaper.
* On the surface, Aku from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is comedic, likeable villain, to the point of being able to have comic and civil conversations with other people, including his ArchEnemy Jack. But, being MadeOfEvil, he is also a monstrous brute who loves to inflict as much pain as possible in other people: he traps a warrior and forces him to watch as Aku destroys his entire hometown, and he destroys homes because he feels like it.
* [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] in the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketches, especially in the "Dinner with Vader" sketch.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Mr. Montgomery Burns. Though, granted, DependingOnTheWriter Mr. Burns can be AffablyEvil.
** Usually, Principal Skinner is among the most [[TheComicallySerious comically serious]] characters, but in the "Treehouse of Horror V" story "Nightmare Cafeteria", Skinner's uptight nature actually ''adds'' to his creepiness [[ImAHumanitarian while he has his students being killed off for food]].
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** The ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' version of Robotnik. [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Though his villainy is normally ineffective and taken quite lightly]], [[ForTheEvulz some of his actions and schemes]] can seem pretty extreme [[FridgeHorror when you think about it]]. If he were competent enough, he could possibly be rather hellish.
** In addition, the ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'' version, being a toned down version of the depiction from WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM. The ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' rendition of Robotnik (and its [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Archie comic]] variant) can also swerve somewhere between this and pure evil territory, DependingOnTheWriter.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Saddam Hussein.
--> ''"Hey, buddy, relax, take a load off."''
** Eric Cartman, full stop: He's a spoiled 10-year-old sociopath, but he's willing to pretend to be nice to get what he wants. The gloves come off the second he doesn't get what he wants.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has one with [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Krabs]], thanks to the show's {{Flanderization}} and the reliance on ComedicSociopathy in later seasons. While he occasionally is still nice to [=SpongeBob=] and acts as a mentor, like in the early seasons (when not swindling him), his greed went UpToEleven. Such as serving his customers with spoiled or super-greasy food just to make an extra buck, torturing Plankton to the point where he is nearly DrivenToSuicide, framing [=SpongeBob=], and making [=SpongeBob=]'s pet, Gary, into a money magnet [[KickTheDog even though it's painful to the snail.]] All this said, he would have been labeled as a monster if it wasn't for the show's NegativeContinuity and the PlayedForLaughs nature of the portrayal of his villainy.
* Marty, from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''.
** In ''Story for Steven'', Marty acts as Greg's manager. He shows very friendly behavior towards Greg and Vidalia (whom he had presumably impregnated during that time), but the things he says reveal him as a greedy, posessive, abusive womanizer, causing Greg to kick him to the curb.
--->'''Greg:''' (cheerfully) He's dead to me.
** In ''Drop Beat Dad'', Marty returns, supposedly to spend some time with his and Vidalia's now-teenage son, Sour Cream. Marty helps Sour Cream set up a concert on the beach to "make up for lost bonding time", but suddenly reveals that the concert was only about a sponsorship with a (gross) soda-brand, and that he was using Sour Cream as a way to make him more money.
* M. Bison from ''WesternAnimation/StreetFighter''. At least he tries to be polite when talking about how he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBO6DCzEby4 murdered everyone's fathers.]]
* In ''StreetSharks'', [[MadScientist Dr. Paradigm]] manages to hide his various acts of kidnapping, thievery, unethical experimentation, and attempted murder by using a public image as the only one to save the town from the [[HeroWithBadPublicity evil shark mutants running around]]. There's also the first episode, where he has the four protagonists kidnapped and StrappedToAnOperatingTable and tries to have a lighthearted conversation about [[PlayingWithSyringes what he'll be doing to them]].
* Gibbs from ''WesternAnimation/TitanMaximum'' is irredeemably evil, but undeniably funny at the same time. Then again, the show comes from the creators of ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', so it's practically a given.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** Several of the villainous contestants, such as Alejandro, Scott, Mal, and Scarlett.
** The [[LightIsNotGood Ice Dancers]] from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' act like sweetness and light because (being Olympians) there's always a chance they're on camera. It's all an act.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise:
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' Megatron
** ''[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 G1]]'', ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Animated]]'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]]'' Starscream.
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' Jetstorm, [[spoiler:or rather the Jetstorm persona - his ''true'' self, beneath the shell program, is another story]].
** Sideways from [[Anime/TransformersArmada Armada]] and [[Anime/TransformersCybertron Cybertron]].
** Dr. Morocco from ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots Rescue Bots]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has many examples, such as the WickedCultured Phantom Limb who will maintain a polite and gentle attitude while he murders you with a simple touch.
* Due to their reliance on random humor and excessive ComedicSociopathy, a lot of characters in Seth [=McFarlane=]'s shows come off this way due to lacking consistant noble or redeeming qualities.
** ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
*** Roger may be the king of this trope, however; he has an extreme LackOfEmpathy that shows an indifference for his family and friends' well being, and frequently commits all sorts of callous or outright murderous acts for minor indulgences or offenses, and so it goes without saying that he is a fan favorite.
*** This trope was also played perfectly with [[spoiler:Steve's friend Barry]] turning out to be conniving, cunning and [[EvilBrit British]]; this is thus extended when he forces others to perform trivial things (such as play board games) at gunpoint. [[spoiler:He is [[GentleGiant a completely different person]] with his meds.]] Two points go to [[spoiler: Santa Clause]] in Christmas episodes. Still thinking of the Jolly Ol' Saint Nick when we hear that name? This version of the character is not so jolly, at ''all''.
** ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
*** Carter Pewterschmidt, father of Lois. Proud to be an asshole, he uses his mass fortune to be a Jerkass to people - yes, that includes orphans. Yet, he's a fun guy and a kid at heart.
*** Let's not leave Peter Griffin out as well, he's a close second to Roger, with his mental disability as a poor excuse.
*** Prior to the mass {{Flanderization}} of the cast, Stewie was cast a psychotic mastermind vehement on taking over the world and killing anyone who gets in his way (particularly his mother), usually making for some of the show's earliest laugh-out-loud moments. Granted, as time passed in the show, Stewie's personality calmed and he gained redeeming aspects, ironically making him one of the few genuinely sympathetic characters in the show.
* Slade in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' is [[SoftSpokenSadist softly-spoken]] and tries to present himself as a mentor and father figure to both Robin and [[spoiler:Terra]] at various points. He's also cruel, manipulative, and brutal, and positively ''radiates'' creepiness.
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* Kerrigan becomes like this in ''[[VideoGame/{{Starcraft}} Brood War]]''. No longer just a bloodthirsty zealous slave to the Overmind, she develops a prepossessing, well-mannered, and regal demeanor to her guests and allies (that is, before she betrays them and lets them be devoured by the Swarm). At least, until [[spoiler:she's de-infested at the end of ''StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty''...and, thus far, even after her experience on Zerus, has not returned to her Queen Bitch of the Universe ways]]. Mengsk also qualifies, up until [[spoiler:he gets completely obliterated by a vengeful Kerrigan]].

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* Kerrigan becomes like this in ''[[VideoGame/{{Starcraft}} ''[[VideoGame/StarCraftI Brood War]]''. No longer just a bloodthirsty zealous slave to the Overmind, she develops a prepossessing, well-mannered, and regal demeanor to her guests and allies (that is, before she betrays them and lets them be devoured by the Swarm). At least, until [[spoiler:she's de-infested at the end of ''StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty''...''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty''...and, thus far, even after her experience on Zerus, has not returned to her Queen Bitch of the Universe ways]]. Mengsk also qualifies, up until [[spoiler:he gets completely obliterated by a vengeful Kerrigan]].
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* On the surface, Aku from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is typically shown to be a comedic, likeable villain to the point of being able to have comical and civil conversations with other people including his ArchEnemy, Jack. But being MadeOfEvil, he is also a monstrous brute who loves to sadistically inflict as much pain as possible to other people which includes trapping a warrior and force him to watch as his entire hometown is destroyed, backstabbing everyone he made deals with, and destroying homes just because he feels like it. If he weren't such a LaughablyEvil villain, he would easily be the most disturbing EldritchAbomination to enter the cartoon.

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* On the surface, Aku from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is typically shown to be a comedic, likeable villain villain, to the point of being able to have comical comic and civil conversations with other people people, including his ArchEnemy, ArchEnemy Jack. But But, being MadeOfEvil, he is also a monstrous brute who loves to sadistically inflict as much pain as possible to in other people which includes trapping people: he traps a warrior and force forces him to watch as Aku destroys his entire hometown is destroyed, backstabbing everyone he made deals with, hometown, and destroying he destroys homes just because he feels like it. If he weren't such a LaughablyEvil villain, he would easily be the most disturbing EldritchAbomination to enter the cartoon. it.
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* On the surface, Aku from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is typically shown to be a comedic, likeable villain to the point of being able to have comical and civil conversations with other people including his ArchEnemy, Jack. But being MadeOfEvil, he is also a monstrous brute who loves to sadistically inflict as much pain as possible to other people which includes trapping a warrior and force him to watch as his entire hometown is destroyed, backstabbing everyone he made deals with, and destroying homes just because he feels like it. If he weren't such a LaughablyEvil villain, he would easily be the most disturbing EldritchAbomination to enter the cartoon.
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