Created By: mrsticky005 on June 21, 2011 Last Edited By: mrsticky005 on August 2, 2011

Turtlenecks of Evil

Turtlenecks are fashionably evil.

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Turtlenecks are a fashion that for most just doesn't work. It just ends up looking silly and scarfs are much more awesome anyways. However a select few have been known to sport the turtleneck and sport it well. They are evil people. You know they are evil people because they are either very handsome or very beautiful or sometimes and somehow both. Only they can don the turtleneck and not look incredibly stupid. Perhaps the reason why is because turtlenecks draw attention to your ugly mug (Seriously bottles are so much cooler). Since good looks has been scientifically proven to be correlated with being evil according to mad scientists it follows that those who wear turtlenecks and can get away with it must be incredibly evil. Also those who wear the turtlenecks of evil prefer tea over coffee and it better damn well come in a cup and saucer. Sometimes ugly evil people wear turtlenecks too. One might mistake these people for good people who just lack fashion sense. However the reality of the situation is that these people are so evil they just don't care that they directing attention to their hideous mug (Even cans are better.) Black turtlenecks are especially evil.

Main example would be Johan Liebert. He wears turtlenecks a LOT and is pretty darn evil.

Killua from Hunter x Hunter is another possible example. He may not be a "bad guy" per se but he is an assassin. He wears turtlenecks.

Shizuku from Hunter x Hunter is another example. She's a member of the Phantom Troupe that steals and kills indiscriminately.

The Despicable Me dude

Madara Uchiha from Naruto. He wears a turtleneck underneath his Akatsuki cloak.

Rubel from Claymore. He may or may not be evil but he's definitely shady.

Jack Nicholoson in the Shining wears a turtleneck here and look he's evil.

Dr.Evil from Austin Powers wears a turtleneck

There should be more examples but I can't think of them right now.

Ok here's another

Draco Malfoy

Lucius Malfoy

Both from Harry Potter.

Michael Fassbender as Magneto

Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • June 22, 2011
    jaytee
    Do you have any examples or are you just throwing this at the wall to see what sticks?

    I certainly can't think of any... I associate turtlenecks with well-to-do folks trying to look casual. Not sure what they have to do with evil.
  • June 22, 2011
    Rolf
    Really? this trope happens somewhat often.. most recent being deciable me main charactor.
  • June 22, 2011
    pokedude10
    ^ Woah, wait a second, Your main character! Generally you don't use your own works in YKTTW. As jaytee said, you need examples for this to work.
  • June 22, 2011
    Rolf
    Uhh what? I didn't make that movie, or write for it. Its one of recent and blockbuster pixar film.
  • June 22, 2011
    jaytee
    ^^lol.
  • June 22, 2011
    MetaFour
    Counter-example: Lt. Frank Bullitt from Bullitt. A good guy who rocks a dark turtleneck.
  • June 22, 2011
    pokedude10
    ^^^ Sorry, I thought you said something else. : )
  • June 22, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^^FWIW I also read "deciable me main charactor" as "the despicable main character in a story I wrote" rather than "the main character in Despicable Me."
  • June 23, 2011
    Koveras
    Averted by Robert Langdon from the Dan Brown books, who is a Science Hero who wears turtlenecks (as part of Author Appeal, one may add).
  • June 23, 2011
    MetaFour
    That means we so far have one bad guy who wears a turtleneck, and two good guys who wear a turtleneck.
  • June 23, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    Can I just point out real quick that Despicable Me is not Pixar? (Sorry, kneejerk fan reaction). Although now that you mention it, Charles Muntz wears a turtleneck.

    Honestly, I'd say that it looks so far like a coincidence. A turtleneck is just a type of shirt - it's pure random chance that eventually a villain's design will incorporate a turtleneck. Unless we can find a lot of examples, it's not really a trope. I could be wrong, though. If there are more examples out there then maybe this will work.

    One more thing - jaytee mentioned that they associate turtlenecks with well-to-do folks. If a villain is particularly high class, they'll look better with a turtleneck. Same applies for heroes. Come to think of it, it applies more to people with money than to villains. Maybe the trope could be reworked that way? (Anyone agree, or am I babbling out nonsense here?)
  • June 23, 2011
    pokedude10
    ^ I agree with reworking this.
  • June 23, 2011
    Rolf
    ^^^^^ NP :)

    ^^oops! Sure looked like pixar style. I do remember this coming up fairly often, but then.. yeah dunno.

    ^ yeah needs some work.
  • June 23, 2011
    hotrods4ben
    Steve Jobs. Hehehe
  • August 1, 2011
    benstarwolf
    What about Zack Galifianakis as Therman in Dinner For Schmucks even though he is wearing a dicky rather than a real turtle neck?
  • August 2, 2011
    katiek
    I know there have to be a lot of examples with evil-ish theater director and choreographer and 70s talent agent characters.
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