When two villainous (or at least, {{Token Evil|Teammate}}) characters fight, the [[EvilerThanThou less evil one]] will rail about how EvenEvilHasStandards, they've crossed the MoralEventHorizon and [[ThisIsUnforgivable what they've done is unforgivable...]] and it was a nice touch to put [[FrickinLaserBeams lasers]] on the [[KillerRabbit carnivorous hamsters']] heads.

Mostly a comedy trope, this shows up as an inversion of ArsonMurderAndJaywalking with one villain complimenting another on how [[ComplexityAddiction elaborate]] their DeathTrap, EvilScheme, [[EvilGloating Villainous Monologue]], EvilLaugh, VillainSong, or they themselves are.

It won't stop them from fighting it out, [[WorthyOpponent but credit where credit is due.]]

If it's a VillainTeamUp, the {{Card Carrying Villain}}s will often compliment their allies/rivals for their evilness. Compare ArsonMurderAndLifesaving. Compare InLoveWithYourCarnage when a villain falls in love with a hero due to the hero's violence. Contrast InsultBackfire. If a hero or other non-villain is on the receiving end, this becomes YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame or just BaddieFlattery. Compare and contrast TheOneThingIDontHateAboutYou, where the hero admits he admires ''one'' thing about a villain he otherwise despises.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' fan fiction "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8619924/1/Epistolary-The-50-Years-Before-We-Were-Born Epistolary: The 50 Years Before We Were Born]]", UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill recalls his first encounter with the Doctor in a letter to Amy Pond-Williams:
-->''I first met the Doctor when I was 25 years old. He was [[Creator/ColinBaker a maniacal, arrogant man]] [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes in a ridiculous overcoat with a pattern mimicking a circus tent]] and an umbrella like a color wheel. [[InsufferableGenius Loud, caustic, short tempered, self-absorbed, stubborn]] [[JerkAss and in general a horses arse.]] I liked him immediately.''
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[[folder:Films]]
* Morticia in ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' films lives this trope.
** In the first movie, Morticia compliments the man stretching her on the rack (who is sweating over the evil deed) as "having done this before". She also believes that she and the female antagonist could have been good friends were it not for the current unpleasantness.
** The second film has the following exchanges between Morticia and Debbie:
-->'''Morticia:''' You have enslaved him. You have placed Fester under some strange sexual spell. I respect that. But please, may we see him?\\
''[later]''\\
'''Morticia:''' You have gone too far. You have married Fester, you have destroyed his spirit, you have taken him from us. All that I could forgive. But Debbie...\\
'''Debbie:''' What?\\
'''Morticia:''' [[PrincessesPreferPink ... pastels?]]
* ''Film/TheNakedGun 33 1/3: The Final Insult'':
-->'''Drebin''' (undercover as a gangster, to the BigBad's mother): Mrs Dillon, your son is a ruthless, sadistic, cold-blooded animal. You must be very proud of him.
-->'''Muriel Dillon''': I am.
* Jabba and Boussh in ''ReturnOfTheJedi'' after the latter threatens the former into giving him more money:
-->'''Jabba:''' "[[EvilLaugh Hohoho!]] This bounty hunter is my kind of scum! Fearless and inventive!"
* Ishmael's father in ''{{Kingpin}}''. The father tells Ishmael that he knows about the boozing, the gambling, and the partying...and how Ishmael got the lead character Roy to turn away from all that.
* From ''Disney/RobinHood'', after Prince John learns of the latest hit that his subjects have come up with against him and that both the Sheriff of Nottingham and Sir Hiss have somehow managed to learn the lyrics (and that the former had been singing it on his tax collecting sprees as of late): "They'll be singing a different tune! Double the taxes! ''Triple'' the taxes! ''SQUEEZE EVERY LAST DROP'' out of those insolent... ''musical'' peasants." Note that he sounded slightly amused when he got to the word "musical".
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Dexter}}'' greatly admires the artistic merits of the Ice Truck Killer's scenes. In the second book, he also admits to respecting the spoke of turning people into "yodeling potatoes".
* In Discworld book ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'' a dying EvilVizier takes this trope up to eleven: he compliments the emperor for killing ''him''.
* Harry [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden]]'s magic adviser, Bob the Skull: whenever Harry appears to be acting more like Bob's BlueAndOrangeMorality, [[ProperlyParanoid paranoia]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking perversion]], Bob semi-sarcastically cheers him on. Harry is rarely amused.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' again (this time only the TV show) admits, at least at first, that he admires Trinity for his success in maintaining the life he's led. Downplayed in that Dexter still has every intention of KILLING him, but not before he can learn how to do the same with his own life.
** Judging from how fondly he refers to a lot of his victims ("playmates"), Dexter has a lot of this going on. It's just that he kills killers and [[NothingPersonal they are, well, killers]].
* In ''Series/{{Leverage}},'' after Nate cons his dad into a situation where the Irish mob puts a contract out on him:
-->"You're more ruthless than me, crueler than me. Maybe you are better than me. I'm proud of you son."
* ''{{Blackadder}} II'' features one after Blackadder blackmails the Baby-Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells who "drowns babies at their christening and eats them in the vestry afterwards" by arranging some very compromising paintings.
--> '''Bishop:''' You fiend! Never have I encountered such corrupt and foul-minded perversity! Have you ever considered a career in the Church?
* A milder variation in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' SeriesFinale, "All Good Things...". The Enterprise and a Romulan ship are facing a temporal anomaly in the Neutral Zone, when Picard recommends to the Romulan commander Tomalak that they pursue a joint investigation rather than "stare at each other from across the Neutral Zone".
-->'''Tomalak''': Has the Federation approved this suggestion?\\
'''Picard''': No, they have not.\\
'''Tomalak''': I like it already.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E02DevilMayCare "Devil May Care" (S09, Ep02)]], Abaddon congratulates a handful of demons on being "violent, power-hungry opportunists" although she finds fault with their reliance on deals and choice of meat suits.
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Used occasionally, such as when, after being betrayed by his tag-team partner {{Christian}} in a Battle Royal for the Intercontinental title (around 2003, perhaps?), ChrisJericho called him out...to congratulate him, and tell him he would have done the exact same thing if he'd thought of it. Then they hug. Awww.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness,'' [[Characters/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Etna]] uses VillainProtagonist [[Characters/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Laharl]] as bait to get what she wants from BigBadWannabe Maderas, without either of them knowing. After Laharl finds out what Etna's intentions were, does he get angry at her for using him? ...no, he compliments her on how devious she is and [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments promotes her to his right hand demon]].
* Due to their lack of any actual morality, some Asurans in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' come off as somewhat evil. In one case the actions of the Asuran Tekks has instigated a war between two aboriginal frog-tribes. Her rival, Giriff, comments he would be impressed if he thought she'd done it on purpose.
* On the [[PenalColony prison planet]] of Belsavis in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', it turns out that the Republic was conducting experiments on [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman alien prisoners]] by forcing them to fight one another and comparing the performance of each species. If you are playing an Imperial character, you can overhear the following conversation between two NPC scientists on the Imperial side.
-->'''Imperial Scientist #1:''' These experiments the Republic's been conducting--xenophobia, genocidal conditioning...I can hardly believe it.\\
'''Imperial Scientist #2:''' I know. It's ghastly, unethical...\\
'''Imperial Scientist #1:''' You know I had this same idea years ago.\\
'''Imperial Scientist #2:''' You--wait, what?\\
'''Imperial Scientist #1:''' Yes. I didn't have the backing or the resources to pursue it, but the hypotheses were there. Never imagined the Republic would beat me to it. Didn't think they had it in them.
* In ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' and its sequel, the Mandalorians as a whole regarding Revan. Revan thoroughly trashed them in the Mandalorian Wars, but far from being sore they have instead placed Revan on a pedestal. Canderous in particular describes Revan's use of expert tactics, and ferocity on the battlefield, and even Revan's defeat of Mandalore the Ultimate in tones of admiration. By Mandalorian values, Revan was the ultimate WorthyOpponent, and to face Revan in battle was the ultimate honor win or lose. [[spoiler: And where pretty much everyone else is upset when finding out the PC is an amnesiac Darth Revan, Canderous instead becomes the Mandalorian version of TheKnightsWhoSaySquee]].
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', when you complete a quest in Ashenvale, Durak says this:
-->'''Durak:''' Tainting the Forest's Heart? How ruthless...an utterly vicious blow...I adore the idea!
* In ''XMenMutantAcademy'', Professor Xavier has this to say about [[AntiHero Gambit]].
-->'''Professor Xavier:''' Your training has shown you to be unpredictable, unconventional, insolent and... An X-Man.
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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' has Evil Princess Sara be "this close" to being proud of Garland after he got a villain upgrade with dark colored SpeechBubble. He's still a {{nice|Guy}}, {{Harmless|Villain}}, AffablyEvil IneffectualSympatheticVillain though, which explains the almost.
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', where [[OmnicidalManiac Richard]] is criticized on not being evil enough. But then it ''was'' from a KangarooCourt set up by TheLegionsOfHell...
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Jenny, who [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0611.html met with]] and got a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0622.html heavy crush]] on Belkar.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0809.html Tarquin, to Roy]] after the latter caused major structural damage to the gladiator games arena. Roy is somewhat bewildered.
* In ''Webcomic/TalesFromThePit'', [[http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/5867433154 Mark Rosewater receives hate-mail]] from an angry ''TabletopGame/{{Magic|TheGathering}}'' player who accuses him of having "sytematically destroyed everything that was awesome about ''Magic''" immediately before asking how to get a job in R&D.
* In the world of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', [[MadScientist Sparks]] will ''often'' fall into this, both protagonists and antagonists. When you're a genetically predetermined genius mad scientist, apparently you're prone to it. Classic example seen [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090821 here.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Inverted on ''RedVsBlue'': while Sarge is glad that O'Malley is killing all the Blues, he can't stand the thought that he now has a higher body count.
* Likewise in ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad''.
-->'''Tompkins''': Aw, come on prinicpal [sic] Strong Bad, I only stole ''one'' Sega tape.\\
'''Strong Bad''': That's just it, Tompkins. You could have stolen ''upwards'' of one Sega tape.
* In ''Series/{{Noob}}'', Gaea discovers that the leader of the top guild of an enemy faction has a tax on all the faction's guilds. She initially acts shocked, but ends up calling the guy a genius due to the fact [[MoneyFetish it's actually the kind of thing]] [[GoldFever she'd do if she could]]. She still has a personal reason to be shocked since [[spoiler:she just recently pulled a Heel Face Turn, she's one of the most greedy fiction characters out there, and she was made master of guild that happens to be ''very'' late in its payments]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': The pirate leader Hondo Ohnaka is informed that several of his men betrayed him.
-->'''Hondo:''' Traitors! Scum! I am so proud.
** Not just that, he unhesitatingly welcomes the traitors back into his crew when he convinces them to turn against their new masters.
* In the old ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' cartoon, Shredder and Krang would occasionally compliment each other's evilness (when they weren't getting on each other's nerves). Other villains also got some praise for their evil plans from time to time.
-->'''Shredder:''' Then you shall have the robot. I vow it!\\
'''Krang:''' Cross your heart and hope to die?\\
'''Shredder:''' What heart?\\
'''Krang:''' Shredder, you're my kind of guy!
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible: [[TheMovie A Sitch in Time]]'', EvilOverlord-wannabe turned [[TheDragon Dragon]] Dr. Drakken complains that Shego has very poor villain form by refusing to gloat over her victory.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', after [[TheCaligula Lucius]] is woken up in the middle of the night:
-->'''Lucius:''' ''Someone is causing misery? At this hour? How productive!''
* During the ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' episode "Identity Crisis", after Sirus had stolen a file containing the [=PIDs=] for a sector under Megabyte's control:
-->'''{{M|agnificentBastard}}egabyte:''' What you did was slimy, contemptible and downright distasteful. I loved it!
** It must be [[InTheBlood in the code]], because Megabyte's "sister" (it's complicated) Hexadecimal once woke up to find herself imprisoned, damaged, in BONDAGE, and literally used as a power supply. By Megabyte. Her literal response was to have a psychotic expression on her [[ExpressiveMask unique face]] and bellow out "WHO DID THIS TO ME!? IIIII ''(changes her mask-face to a smile)'' like it!"
* Frequently occurs on ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' in scenes involving Boris and Natasha, given their [[BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad bad is good]] philosophy on life. Often Natasha would say something to the effect of "Boris, you sneaky, no-good, rotten scoundrel! You're my kind of guy!"
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