Created By: ThePope on September 1, 2011 Last Edited By: ThePope on March 28, 2013

Sinister Seven

A group of seven villains.

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In essence, any group of seven villains. The most common number in a group of villains after the Five-Bad Band and Terrible Trio.

Often times each member will represent one of the Seven Deadly Sins to further cement their "evilness".

Contrast The Magnificent Seven Samurai


Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • The seven Homunculi in Fullmetal Alchemist (with each one having a deadly sin for a name to boot).
  • The Shichibukai of One Piece (though starting around the Impel Down arc, the number of loyal members began to fluctuate, and has not always been at seven).
  • The Anten Seven in Outlaw Star.
  • In YuYu Hakusho Sensui's gang has seven members plus Sensui himself has seven different personalities.

Comic Books
  • The alien villains of the Bloodlines crossover each corresponded to one of the Deadly Sins.
  • The Fantastic Four have occasionally battled a team of magic-wielding villains called Salem's Seven.
  • Both the first and second versions of Justice League villain team the Injustice Gang had seven members; the second version, led by Lex Luthor, was a deliberate mirror image of the JLA's "Big Seven," essentially making them the seven sins to the League's seven virtues.
  • The league of seven evil exes from Scott Pilgrim
  • The Seven Deadly Enemies of Man in Shazam. In the original 1940's comics, they were close to the seven deadly sins but not exact (lust wasn't included, for instance). In modern comics they are actually the seven deadly sins.
  • Spider-Man's Legion of Doom the Sinister Six once added a member and became the Sinister Seven.
  • Parodied in AlanMoore's Supreme with Lord Sin, a demon with seven heads and personalities each based on one of the deadly sins.

Literature

[[Live-Action Television]]
  • The "Significant Seven" humanoid Cylons from Battlestar Galactica (the other 5 were a different faction, to be as spoiler-free as possible).

Music
  • The Blue Öyster Cult, Seven Screaming Dizbusters, part of Sandy Pearlman's Imaginos cycle and to do with, insofar as the Word Salad lyrics can be deciphered, seven renegade demons who are so badass that they've rebelled against Lucifer and gone it alone. The song suggests Lucifer has put out his force and the Seven are fighting a last stand with only death and oblivion to look forward to.

Television
  • In the final episode of Blackadder (the first series) Blackadder gathers the six most evil men in England (with himself as the seventh) to take over the country.

Video Games
Community Feedback Replies: 37
  • September 2, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    Ah, I see. You're simply referring to a group of seven villains; they don't necessarily pertain to the Seven Deadly Sins. In that case, there is the Anten Seven in Outlaw Star.
  • September 2, 2011
    Koveras
    The title gives the wrong impression. I strongly recommend changing it, lest you want to be flooded by comments that it's already covered under Seven Deadly Sins.
  • September 2, 2011
    countmall
    Some of the Espada in Bleach are representative of the sins. Not all of them, though.
  • September 2, 2011
    Koveras
    ^ See what I mean?
  • September 2, 2011
    Balmung
    Well, it's more that there are ten of them, but they were originally going to correspond to the Seven Deadly Sins. Starrk is Sloth, Baraggan is Pride, skip Harribel, Nnoitra is Envy, skip Grimmjow and Zommari, Szayelaporro is Lust, Aaroniero is Greed, and Yammy is Wrath.
  • September 2, 2011
    ThePope
    The idea is supposed to be that the seven usually ARE based off of the Seven Deadly Sins, but I changed it so that it could be a bit more universal.
  • September 2, 2011
    Bisected8
    • The villains of the first Overlord game were this, having been the 7 heroes who defeated your predecessor and are now corrupted. Oh, and you're their amnesiac Sixth Ranger.
  • September 2, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In the final episode of Blackadder (the first series) Blackadder gathers the six most evil men in England (with himself as the seventh) to take over the country.
  • September 2, 2011
    jate88
    In Yu Yu Hakusho Sensui's gang has seven members plus Sensui himself has seven different personalities.
  • September 2, 2011
    OmarKarindu
    Comic Books
    • The alien villains of the Bloodlines crossover each corresponded to one of the Deadly Sins.
    • Spider Man's Legion Of Doom the Sinister Six once added a member and became the Sinister Seven.
    • Both the first and second versions of Justice League villain team the Injustice Gang had seven members; the second version, led by Lex Luthor, was a deliberate mirror image of the JLA's "Big Seven," essentially making them the seven sins to the League's seven virtues.
    • The Fantastic Four have occasionally battled a team of magic-wielding villains called Salem's Seven.
    • Parodied in AlanMoore's Supreme with Lord Sin, a demon with seven heads and personalities each based on one of the deadly sins.
  • September 2, 2011
    ThePope
    Can someone help with the description? I'm not sure how elaborate it should be.
  • September 3, 2011
    Sol9000
    The Seven Sages in Pokemon?
  • September 3, 2011
    arromdee
    The Seven Deadly Enemies of Man in Shazam. In the original 1940's comics, they were close to the seven deadly sins but not exact (lust wasn't included, for instance). In modern comics they are actually the seven deadly sins.
  • September 3, 2011
    Stratadrake
    If this is specifically about a seven-foe squad representing each of the Seven Deadly Sins, maybe Deadly Seven or Sinful Seven?
  • September 3, 2011
    hotrods4ben
  • September 3, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    I'm not saying kill it, but the added-on tautology of "correlates with the Seven Deadly Sins except when it doesn't" has been bugging me. Maybe if it was just in the description and axed from the laconic.
  • September 3, 2011
    Bishop22
    The league of seven evil exes from Scott Pilgrim
  • September 4, 2011
    Ryuuma
    In Devil May Cry 3 there are 7 main devils/bosses guarding the Temen-ni-Gru.
  • September 6, 2011
    Frank75
    The folks from Gilligans Island... no, just kidding.
  • September 6, 2011
    ThePope
    I think this just needs a fixed up description, then it'll be ready to go.
  • September 6, 2011
    lars_h
    The classical rule for an Injustice League is that it should be composed of one villain for each member of the Justice League, so when they are seven (which seems to be the default for it to start out as), the Injustice League will number seven too. However, I seem to recall a Bronze Age story in which Amos Fortune created a group of seven super-powered henchmen based of JL members to battle the JL, despite the league at that point rather numbering ten; being a luck-themed villain, he didn't have much choice in the matter.
  • September 6, 2011
    kjnoren
    To me, there is no trope here. Nothing that describes the relation the participants have toward each other, or the role/tropes they align to. Ie, to me this is firmly People Sit On Chairs as written.

    And given the experience with the Five Man Band / Five Bad Band, I'm not sure a more specific version will be workable, either. Maybe one that connects with the seven deadly sins, but it'll probably need constant attention and pruning of bad examples.
  • September 6, 2011
    ThePope
    Then perhaps we could conceive either the Seven Deadly Sins angle, or consider the relationship that seven villains have with each other (aside from the Five Bad Band, a member of the Sinister Seven tends to go rogue and perform a Heel Face Turn).
  • September 7, 2011
    Emmm
    Inverted in The Man Who Was Thursday. The hero initially believes he has joined one of these, but it turns out to be a Sheep In Wolfs Clothing set-up. Interestingly, employs a weekday motif rather than the Seven Deadly Sins.
  • March 14, 2012
    Aries
    Aren't there seven Koopalings minus Bowser Jr. In Super Mario Bros.?
  • June 23, 2012
    Noah1
  • July 21, 2012
    AgProv
    Music: the Blue Oyster Cult, Seven Screaming Dizbusters, part of Sandy Pearlman's Imaginos cycle and to do with, insofar as the Word Salad lyrics can be deciphered, seven renegade demons who are so badass that they've rebelled against Lucifer and gone it alone. The song suggests Lucifer has put out his force and the Seven are fighting a last stand with only death and oblivion to look forward to.
  • July 21, 2012
    CrimsonZephyr
    Video game example:

    In Star Wars: Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight, Kyle Katarn is opposed by the Seven Dark Jedi.
  • July 22, 2012
    MorganWick
    Definitely go back to the Seven Deadly Sins angle (if anything). A group of villains that happen to be seven in number is Not A Trope. And kjnoren has a point about avoiding the fate of Five Man Band as well.
  • July 22, 2012
    TBTabby
    Asura's Wrath has the Seven Dieties, although one of them performs a Heel Face Turn.
  • July 22, 2012
    fulltimeD
    The "Significant Seven" humanoid Cylons from Battlestar Galactica (the other 5 were a different faction, to be as spoiler-free as possible).
  • March 28, 2013
    ArcadesSabboth
    I agree completely with kjnoren and Morgan Wick. "Villains that happen to be X" is Not A Trope. What is the pattern, relationship, or meaning you're looking at here? What, if anything, do these examples have in common besides number? What does 7 mean?

    A page to collect anytime there were at least 7 villains in a work who are in some vague way associated, or not really associated once the misuse starts in, should not be launched.
  • March 28, 2013
    ThePope
    Well, is there a trope for seven people who each represent a deadly sin?
  • March 28, 2013
    ArcadesSabboth
    ^That would be a trope, and some of the examples on here do use that association.

    Don't know if it has a trope yet.
  • March 28, 2013
    DunDun
    I agree that the description ought to talk about how the Seven Deadly Sins has to do with this trope. Even something simple for each of the sins, like: Pride most likely will stand as the leader in this group, while Gluttony will be the least respected. Sloth might appear to be the weakest, but that's only because they're that lazy. Lust is usually a woman, but not always.
  • March 28, 2013
    ArcadesSabboth
    But to be a trope it should require that each character is clearly associated with one of the Seven Deadly Sins.

    And even then you may have a ton of "not really an example because Lust is missing, but..." examples, as Five Man Band does. The description should be absolutely clear that all seven must be clearly present in each example.
  • March 28, 2013
    TrueShadow1
    Not sure if we need this, especially if we're going to go by Seven Deadly Sins angle. Most of the examples in that page as well as Embodiment Of Vice already covers this, anyway.

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