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[[BreadEggsMilkSquick Jovial. Fatherly. Wants to be a giant snake demon.]]]]

->''"Homer, on your way out, if you wanna kill somebody, it would help me a lot."''
-->-- '''Hank Scorpio''', as commandos storm his {{elaborate underground base}}, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

Usually, {{villain}}s have a personality or manner that underscores how evil they are. They may [[KickTheDog kick puppies]] [[ForTheEvulz for giggles]], be [[{{Jerkass}} particularly insensitive]], or might just be too [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness unknowable to be anything but evil]].

Then there are villains who are Affably Evil. There is absolutely nothing separating them from being normal, polite people except for the fact that they want to TakeOverTheWorld or use [[PoweredByAForsakenChild human souls]] to power their {{Artifact of Doom}}. They're not the StepfordSmiler -- their affability is a genuine part of their personality, not a mask. If they have underlings, expect them to be a BenevolentBoss. In one way, they're the opposite of an AntiHero. They may PetTheDog on occasion, but won't hesitate to kick it with steel-toed boots the next second if it helps them accomplish their EvilPlan. They may well be a VillainWithGoodPublicity because, after all, being evil doesn't mean you have to be ''anti-social''.

This villain will [[GoKartingWithBowser invite the hero out to tea]], [[NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine offer them]] [[YourFavorite a favorite dish]], talk friendly, try to appeal to the hero's better nature, and convince the heroes that the [[EvilPlan villain's plan]] isn't worth getting involved in. Of course, if the hero still won't change their mind, the villain will remind them that they are, after all, still a villain. It may or may not involve a DeathTrap, depending on how nice the villain really is when crossed. Of course, inviting [[VillainOverForDinner the hero's mom out to tea]] might send a stronger message. The friendliness of said villains can serve to humanize these guys.

Usually a WickedCultured, charismatic MagnificentBastard. He is sometimes comedic or a WellIntentionedExtremist who really [[TautologicalTemplar believes that they are right]]. EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor is not true for them, and their affability even makes them easy to "compliment" with an InsultBackfire. Captives of an affably evil villain won't be kept in dungeons, but in a GildedCage.

Please note, in the event an Affably Evil villain does undergo a VillainousBreakdown, the very traits that make them so pleasant often serve to make their breakdown extremely creepy or outright scary. A kind, friendly man suddenly going into a psychotic rage is made all the more scary by the simple fact that he was previously so nice and kind. If they [[DissonantSerenity keep their inviting personality]] while going AxCrazy, they may cross into FauxAffablyEvil territory. It's like a BewareTheNiceOnes moment taken extremely UpToEleven.

'''Compare:'''
* FriendlyEnemy: When the main villain of the work is ''legitimately'' friends with the protagonist.
* PragmaticVillain: A villain who may be affable for his own reasons. Some definite overlap with this trope.
* AHeroToHisHometown can sometimes be seen as this by other characters in-story, even if they're not actually a villain.
* NobleDemon: A villain with standards and never goes the extra mile to be truly monstrous.
* AntiVillain: A villainous character that is morally in a grey area, sometimes overlaps with this trope.
* PunchClockVillain, who, depending on what their villainous duties are, may not be exactly evil -- they simply have a job to do, and their employer just happens to be evil. Of course, if that job involves something like brutally slaughtering innocents, their apathetic detachment makes them not much better.
* VillainsOutShopping for Affably Evil behavior in otherwise normal villains. Often a trait of a CardCarryingVillain, especially in the more ironic portrayals.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity. This trope may be the reason ''why'' he is so popular with common people.
* ObliviouslyEvil: A villain that doesn't realize that he or she is a villain. It should probably be obvious as to why this trope applies to this type of character.

'''Contrast:'''
* FauxAffablyEvil, which is a villain who adopts an affable demeanor that isn't genuine, basically mocking Affably Evil. They'll chat pleasantly with their victims while engaging in ColdBloodedTorture, or hum cheerfully to themselves while setting an orphanage on fire. Unlike Affably Evil characters, they're genuinely mean, and often do things ForTheEvulz, but it might not be obvious just by talking to them.
* FreakyFashionMildMind.
* BitchInSheepsClothing, where the character hides a more sinister side behind a nice facade -- unlike them, Affably Evil characters are genuinely nice.
* HarmlessVillain, when the villain is not necessarily affable, just no one to be scared of.
* GoodIsNotSoft, where a hero is genuinely nice but ruthless to their enemies. Essentially the good version of this trope which could be interpreted as "(very) affably {{Anti Hero}}ic".
* CompleteMonster: The most heinous characters played seriously with no redeeming or altruistic qualities. He or she is 0% nice.

GoodIsNotNice is the InvertedTrope, and such good guys are particularly good at giving the Affably Evil a proverbial punch in the nose. ImNotHungry is often dealing with this villain. A villain will sometimes engage in TooFunnyToBeEvil to achieve this effect. NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine is a subtrope in many instances.

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* AffablyEvil/AnimatedFilms
* AffablyEvil/AnimeAndManga
* AffablyEvil/ComicBooks
* AffablyEvil/FanWorks
* AffablyEvil/{{Film}}
* AffablyEvil/{{Literature}}
* AffablyEvil/LiveActionTV
* AffablyEvil/{{Music}}
* AffablyEvil/NewMedia
* AffablyEvil/ProWrestling
* AffablyEvil/TabletopGames
* AffablyEvil/{{Theatre}}
* AffablyEvil/VideoGames
* AffablyEvil/WebAnimation
* AffablyEvil/{{Webcomics}}
* AffablyEvil/WesternAnimation
* AffablyEvil/{{Other}}
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