Politically Correct Villain
A villain who is oddly keen on being modern and progressive in his villainy.
This odd counterpart to the more common Politically Incorrect Villain sees no problem with killing, plundering, double-crossing and handing in his library books too late... but he's very concerned with it all being done in an enlightened, progressive manner, without falling prey to racism, sexism or other despicable attitudes. He will insist on Equal-Opportunity Evil, and sternly rebuke any of his fellow villains who fail to do the same. The trope can be played in a few different ways:
Examples include: Comic Books
- For horror, showing that the villain has such Skewed Priorities that he honestly thinks that using a racial slur is worse than the gross bodily harm he routinely inflicts on people, and that he's generally insane and unpredictable.
- For humour, portraying villains as behaving very much like regular people, with what they do for a living not being a hindrance to them having political opinions of whatever sort.
- In Lighter and Softer works, to highlight that Even Evil Has Standards, with the world-conquering supervillain being above such things as petty bigotry.
Examples include: Comic Books
- Empowered has a few.
- Wet Blanket is so called for his ability to nullify the superpowers of heroes... and also for his habit of constantly whining about how his fellow supervillains are being too crude and sexist.
- Mechamamba sees nothing wrong with literally buying a captured superheroine like a piece of meat and then killing as many civilians as it will take to make her go along with his demands, but he considers voting Republican to be beyond the pale. note His Republican-voting partner Zappatista might be considered a libertarian version, as he tries to mollify Mechamamba by claiming that he's "not a social conservative" and also justifies his voting choice as a principled stand against high taxes.
- Kurtz from Dreamcatcher, upon learning that one of his soldiers have refered to The Grays as "space niggers," shoots the soldier in the leg and then gives him a passionate lecture - while the soldier is writhing in agony on the ground - about how while they are certainly going to exterminate the aliens, they are going to do so in accordance with the army's established standards of racial sensitivity.
- At one point in Otherland, two minor villains - a General Ripper and a Corrupt Corporate Executive - are discussing their plans, and the general asks what the boys in the executive's tech branch has come up with to help them. The executive playfully berates the general for being so old-fashioned, pointing out that many of his techs are in fact girls.
- While Zachary Comstock in Bioshock Infinite is a Politically Incorrect Villain when it comes to race and just generally an awful person, he has apparently also preached against the evils of misogyny and told his followers that it's one of the sins of "the Sodom Below." It may or may not be self-serving, though - since he plans to have his daughter succeed him as ruler of Colombia, he has practical reasons to not tolerate any sexist nonsense.
- Power and Prejudice from Does Not Play Well With Others certainly consider themselves, and are referred to as, supervillains, though in their case they're too wussy to actually break the law, so they just sort of go around yelling at straight, white, cisgendered people about how horrible they are.
- The demon Skip in Sluggy Freelance is very upset when fellow demon Chilus makes a "retard" joke. Chilus is unrepentent, though, leaving Skip to fume impotently about it.
Skip: Fine. We're demons. We're evil. Can't you have a little class?
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