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->'''Burns:''' I'm absolutely evil.
->'''Bart:''' You're preaching to the choir, man.
->'''Burns:''' What do I have to do, grow a [[BeardOfEvil devil beard]]?
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

Appealing to my better nature? I'm a villain! Here is MyCard! "[[StevenUlyssesPerhero Eve L. Duehr]]: AcademyOfEvil graduate, [[TakeOverTheWorld aspiring]] [[EvilOverlord tyrant]], [[KickTheDog kicker of kittens]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking spontaneous singer of]] ''[[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney songs]]''." I crossed the MoralEventHorizon while [[EnfantTerrible still in grade school]] and have never once looked back. And you think you can [[KirkSummation talk me out of my evil deeds]]? [[EvilLaugh Ahahahahahahahahaa]]!

Villains like this may be greedy, violent, [[LaughablyEvil comical]], etc. but most importantly, they are [[ObviouslyEvil Evil]]. It's in the job description. They refer to ''themselves'' as Evil, with a capital "E". Stretch it out to "Eeeeeevil" for emphasis. (They may even pronounce the "I" with emphasized shortness. Ee-vill. Like the froo-it of the dev-ill.) Terminal cases even require their minions to call them "[[TheMagnificent Your Evilness]]". In fact, calling them evil, vile, ruthless, or any generally negative epithet will [[InsultBackfire backfire]] and be received by these villainous types [[ArsonMurderAndAdmiration as the kindest of compliments.]]

The Card Carrying Villain demands [[VillainCred to be respected and feared and on top of the heap over everyone else]] because EvilIsCool and GoodIsDumb.

Thus, they are expected to KickTheDog and never PetTheDog. If they acted differently, [[SlaveToPR they'd lose their Evil ranking]]. Especially ironic if the reason they [[FaceHeelTurn fell]] was because they wanted freedom from constraints on their actions. Whatever action they as a good guy wanted to do is considered "bad", so they have to do other bad things as well now. After a while, they usually forget about [[MotiveDecay whatever goal it was that turned them Evil]] in the first place. So...in a very odd way, they're very much TheFettered; since their actions are bound by the expectation of Evil.

There are, in general, three spheres of Card Carrying Villainy. A lot of villains combine one or more, though:
# ''[[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans Control]]'' - the Villain wants to rule; be it a gang, [[TakeOverTheCity a city]], a state, the country, [[TakeOverTheWorld the world]], or a similar goal, and have everyone else below them obey their every whim. Sometimes goes so far as thinking of themselves as being of a [[MasterRace superior race]], a [[UltimateLifeform perfect being]], or [[AGodAmI even a god]], and therefore entitled to it.
# ''[[TheCorrupter Corruption]]'' - the Villain wants to [[TheCorrupter turn other people Evil]]. Give in to TheDarkSide!
# ''[[ChaoticEvil Destruction]]'' - the Villain wants to destroy and kill [[ForTheEvulz for its own sake]]. [[OmnicidalManiac Taken to the extreme]], the first and second spheres may recognize that this includes ''them'' as well, so this often results in EvilVersusOblivion or EvilerThanThou if the villain teams up with the heroes so they can TakeOverTheWorld at a later date. (You can't take over the world if it's [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt not there!]])

A BlackCloak, a low-ranking TerribleTrio, an IneffectualSympatheticVillain, or someone who's succumbed to TheDarkSide is usually most likely to identify themselves this way.

A subversion is for these folks to ''not'' actually be cruel, greedy, or unnecessarily violent, but [[PunchClockVillain just doing their jobs]]. A NobleDemon is a Card-Carrying Villain who talks the talk, but has a tendency to hold back or even help from time to time.

While the trope can result in an entertaining villain, [[TropesAreNotGood he can also be cheesy or shallow.]] 80's kid's shows made a lot of these, where the villain referred to themselves as evil, apparently believing that the children watching wouldn't be able to define the bad guy unless he was blowing up cities or poisoning lakes ForTheEvulz. Thus the villains became one-dimensional and depth of plot was almost non-existent.

In comedy situations/shows, this fate is usually averted, as it's a humorous thing (and thus right in place). It can also be used with a darker twist - showing a person so beyond redemption, so beyond what we call usual morality, that he is literally impossible to argue and reason with. This trope is also ''inconceivably'' difficult to pull off convincingly in a more serious, dramatic work or just live action in general. Most people in real life simply aren't that evil or conceited enough (or stupid enough) to proclaim themselves as such in any way.

On the other hand, there are still dramatic situations where characters ''are'' that evil even in serious situations - certain kinds of world-destroyers, the excessively vengeful, and full-on psychopaths. Demonic entities also have full access to this trope. In the final stage, you have a villain who insists on justifying their actions because "it's what villains are ''supposed to do''"; see ContractualGenreBlindness. In dramatic situations, the hero may try to induce a HeelFaceTurn and tell them they have a choice. They choose to keep being evil.

Not to be confused with MyCard, where the villain emphasizes their evilness in this trope, MyCard actually deals with a business card (and is not always for villains). For people who fight using cards, see DeathDealer. Oh, and this is also not to be confused with the villains in ''Franchise/YuGiOh'', as ''everybody'' [[SeriousBusiness seems to carry cards]] in that series.

Contrast with KnightTemplar, a villain who completely believes that they are good. They can become a Card Carrying Villain if they have a HeelRealization and decide to keep being a villain anyway. Also contrast MoralMyopia, where the villain doesn't consider the evil he's doing to others to be wrong. ''Also'' contrast PunchClockVillain, who doesn't take any particular glee in being evil, instead looking it as just their job. Compare NobleDemon, who is a villain and makes no bones about that fact, but refuses to KickTheDog.

Card-carrying villains are particularly likely to do something ForTheEvulz. Expect them to have [[DarkIsEvil relations with the dark]] and/or have [[BadPowersBadPeople evil powers.]]

Subtrope of ObviouslyEvil. DastardlyWhiplash is a specific subtrope from comic melodrama. Many if not most examples of RonTheDeathEater are also this.

See also AlwaysChaoticEvil, BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad, LawfulStupidChaoticStupid, StupidEvil, VillainBall and EvilerThanThou.

%%Most of the RealLife evil people may or may not fall under this trope, given that there's no other way they could declare that they are proud to do god knows how many bad things. Given that this is a villain trope, and not to mention, would be asking for a FlameWar. NoRealLifeExamplesPlease RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment notwithstanding.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Most villains from Fanfic/TheCalvinverse, really.
** Evil Calvin from ''Fanfic/RetroChill'' is a rather glaring example.
** Dr. Brainstorm of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' is a HarmlessVillain who gleefully follows several cliche MadScientist tropes.
* In ''Harry Potter and the Evil Summer Vacation'', villains and villain wannabes had a magazine called ''Evil Monthly''. Hermione mentioned having read an article in it about the conference Harry had mistakenly attended that summer and when he asked her what she was doing with it, she replied [[TakeThat "I'm sure you know that both my parents are dentists."]]
* According to ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsofRationality'' anyone creating a horcrux would have to be a completely unironic Card Carrying Villain. The theory is, you need to do something so depraved and inhumane that you cannot live with yourself and break your own soul to get a piece to put in the horcrux.
* The Weasleys and Dumbledore in ''Fanfic/KnowledgeIsPower'', whose motivations are shallow at best and completely unexplored at worst.
** Voldemort and the Death Eaters take this to a ludicrous extreme by actually ScoringPoints based on how many captives they torture.
* Titan from ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn''. He introduces himself as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Emperor of Chaos and Nightmares]], but most of the time does nothing besides [[OrcusOnHisThrone gloat on his throne]].
* In the WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures fic ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'', Jade, after her FaceHeelTurn, openly identifies as being evil, as does practically every other villainous character.
* Queen Celesia from ''Fanfic/TwilightSparklesAwesomeAdventure''.
* ''FanFic/CrownsOfTheKingdom'' has all the Disney villains, who frequently bicker with each other because of it.
* Lord Komatsu, the BigBad of the second arc of the ''Manga/{{InuYasha}}'' ContinuationFic ''FanFic/BeyondTomorrow'', fits this to a T. When his daughter Arina demands to know how he could possibly cause harm to someone as pure as [[OriginalGeneration Hanyuu]], his word-for-word response is:
-->"Because I'm evil. Duh."
* [[spoiler:Diamond Tiara]] becomes a dead serious and depressing example in the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' after [[spoiler:being DrivenToMadness and turned into a [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare]] by Discord.]] the serious part comes from the fact she [[spoiler:is convinced she was ''made'' to be a monster that causes misery and pain, and that's ''all'' she can ever hope to be, [[DespairEventHorizon so she doesn't anymore.]]]]
** There is also Chrysalis, who at one point states that she's "much worse than a devil".
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'', Catbert is the "Evil Director of Human Resources". That's right, he's got the word "evil" in his job title. And he lives up to it with glee:
-->'''Dilbert''': My boss is preventing me from transferring to a great job.\\
'''Catbert''': That's outrageous! There shouldn't be any great jobs in this company.
** Equally [[strike:good]] evil example:
-->'''Alice''': How many of your policies are formulated for the sole purpose of gratifying your sadistic tendencies?\\
'''Catbert''': All of them. Some are just more noticeable.
** Phil The Prince of Insufficient Light.
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[[folder:Other]]
* The "villains" of UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories frequently seem to have no motivation other than being evil. Why are doctors and scientists insisting there's no link between vaccines and autism? Because they're evil. Why did those evil Jews cause the recession? Because they're evil. If a motivation is offered, it will be "money" as though doing evil things causes money to materialize out of thin air.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* In ''Pinball/PopeyeSavesTheEarth'', Bluto is a proud and unrepentant planet-destroying polluter.
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[[folder:Religion]]
* {{Satan}} is often depicted in this manner. In the Bible at least, he comes off more like a KnightTemplar.
** While not official to Christianity, ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'' (written by Creator/CSLewis) depicts Hell's demons as a mix of this and CorruptCorporateExecutive. [[CaptainObvious Their business deals with humanity's damnation.]]
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[[folder:Radio]]
* The ironically named Mr Gently Benevolent in the [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens]] parody ''Radio/BleakExpectations''; "Every day, I take two evil pills and some naughtiness supplements". Also, the less ironically named Hardthrashers and their cousins, the Sternbeaters, Whackwallops, and Grimpunches.
* Lord Darkness in ''ElvenQuest'', an aspiring EvilOverlord who openly champions the Forces of Evil against the Forces of Good.
* Slocum in Radio/RidersRadioTheater even has his own song "Someone's got to do it" that explains he's evil because ''somebody'' has to be, and he loves his job.
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[[folder:Sports]]
* Thoroughly embraced by Floyd Mayweather Jr., who actively and gleefully seizes the black hat in the build-up to any of his big fights. Initially, the boxing ur-example would have been Muhammad Ali, but he eventually became the most beloved figure in boxing, even today.
* During the 80s, the Miami Hurricanes reveled in being the college football team America cheered against.
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