Created By: ronotswt on February 23, 2013 Last Edited By: ronotswt on February 24, 2013

Smooth Criminal

A cool, flamboyant, smooth-talking showman of a villain with a flair for the dramatic.

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These villains aren't raging brutes or sinister tyrants, they embrace their villainy and want to put on a show while committing their dastardly deeds. They're charismatic, flamboyant, and dramatic, invoking Evil is Cool and Evil is Sexy. Likely a Man of Wealth and Taste or Draco in Leather Pants. Subtrope of Affably Evil.


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Community Feedback Replies: 5
  • February 23, 2013
    You may want to flesh out the examples since this site frowns upon Zero Context Examples.
  • February 23, 2013
    Szayel Aporro Grantz, Espada #8, is an example of this in Bleach. The things he does includes...smirking and giggling when revealing that he's only pretending to lose, retreating just to change his burnt-out shirt, telling his enemies to "prepare for act 2", sitting back and letting clones of (with better fashion) than the good guys do his dirty work, boasting elegantly about his ability to be "infinitely reborn" through regeneration, and destroying the organs of his foes via voodoo doll. Szayel uses his scientific research and supply of deformed minions to satisfy his need for flamoyant battles. Amusingly enough, he doesn't seem to get how gross some of his skills are.
  • February 24, 2013
    How is this different from Magnificent Bastard or Affably Evil?
  • February 24, 2013
    It's a subtrope.
  • February 24, 2013
    Assuming this is tropable, Szayel wouldn't be an example since he's anything but smooth, nor is he affable.

    The description could also use a bit of work, and nearly all of the examples in the OP, need context.

    Were it not for the laconic, the trope name would've lead me to believe the trope was about stylish criminals who operated in ways that either prevent, or forestall, their arrests for prolonged periods of time and, once they're caught, have ways of beating the system.

    But, from the description, this isn't much different from Smug Snake or Faux Affably Evil.