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->'''Finn:''' I can't shake this weird feeling about Ricardio. I think he's... a villain!\\
'''Jake:''' Why? Is it because [[NonstandardCharacterDesign his face is so foldy and dramatic?]]
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', "Ricardio the Heart Guy"

A lot of fiction out there has a tendency to employ [[BlackAndWhiteMorality incredibly black and white perspectives]] to the characters and their actions. Due to the belief that its target demographic (usually children or [[ViewersAreMorons dumbasses]]) can't understand subtler shades of evil, many works of fiction create a stark contrast between the heroes and villains. When this happens, the creators will bring in their Obviously Evil[[TradeSnark ®]] Design Team. (Of course, another reason obvious villains are used in some fiction is simply because [[EvilIsCool everyone loves a badass villain]].)

If a work of fiction indulges in Obviously Evil[[TradeSnark ®]], every villain will be a CardCarryingVillain, usually ColourCodedForYourConvenience in shades of [[DarkIsEvil black]] [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver and red]]. There won't be any {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s, [[KnightTemplar Knights Templar]] or pretty much anyone that doesn't accept and accentuate their evilness. If you see anybody that might seem to be a shade of grey on the side of the villains, it will usually basically be a [[TokenGoodTeammate hero with a slight bit of behavior modification to work with the villains]] (and an inevitable HeelFaceTurn coming up during {{Sweeps}}). If the villainous group is a governing body, it will always be an [[TheEmpire Evil Empire]] with a ZeroPercentApprovalRating. There aren't any [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock]] [[{{Mook}} minions]] that just accepted the job because it's work, but, instead, AlwaysChaoticEvil FacelessGoons that act like miniature versions of the main villain and provide no guilt whatsoever, when they get killed by the truckload. TheDragon will always be TheStarscream and never have any ulterior motive beyond a lust for more power. There will never be any {{Worthy Opponent}}s or {{Tragic Villain}}s or any kind of antagonist presented sympathetically as this doesn't accentuate the author's need the make the bad guys '''ALL''' bad.

The goals of the villains and their organization are always incredibly ''eeeeeevil'', [[EvilPlan with one of five purposes]]: [[TakeOverTheWorld world domination]], [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt world destruction]], [[TheCorrupter corruption]], [[FinalSolution genocide]], or [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality antagonizing the heroes]]. Nobody on the side of evil will ever PetTheDog (except maybe the none-too-subtle HeelFaceTurn candidate). Even their imagery is blatantly made as a contrast to the heroes, with [[NothingButSkulls lots of skulls]], SpikesOfVillainy, and other assorted things. Imagine a villain whose entire body is made of {{Red Right Hand}}s, stitched together with thread made from the skin of [[KickTheDog dead puppies]] and you're beginning to get the idea.

Fiction that relies on this is almost always {{Anvilicious}} to a fault, being the most extreme example of BlackAndWhiteMorality. If the writers don't like X, they can just have someone Obviously Evil [[HitlerAteSugar doing X]].

Note that it's possible to have Obviously Evil figures in a normally more subtle setting; frequently, the justification is that the character is so far gone into his {{Card Carrying Villain}}y (or some brutal variation of BlueAndOrangeMorality) that he doesn't care what other people think of him.

There are actually two aspects to this trope:

The first is Obviously Evil Behavior, where the villains act in extremely vicious and unnecessarily cruel fashion to heighten their ''evilness'' may overlap with StupidEvil. Extremely common in fan fiction were authors use this as a shortcut to establish the "Bad Guy" of the fic and often happens to the author's [[RonTheDeathEater least favorite character]]. Prone to RapeAsDrama. See KickTheDog.

The second is Obviously Evil Appearance were the villain [[VillainousFashionSense merely]] [[SpikesOfVillainy appears]] [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver evil]]. Unlike behavior, the appearance tropes are just steriotypes that have been drilled into our head over the years and as such make for prime subversion fodder when they appear on [[DarkIsNotEvil heroes]] and [[AntiHero anti-heroes]] (After all, who would expect [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 Skeletor's]] skull-faced mug up there to appear on a [[ComicBook/GhostRider good guy]]). Even when they appear [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds on]] [[AntiVillain certain]] [[TragicVillain types]] [[AlasPoorVillain of]] [[WorthyOpponent villains]] they can still be used for the subversion aspect as people who have grown up on "Spikey-armor = Iredeemable" can still get thrown for a loop when it appears on a character presented sympathetically. If the villain of the series is a KnightTemplar of VillainWithGoodPublicity then having a hero with an "obviously evil appearance" can create an interesting commentary on the nature of good and evil as the "Evil" looking hero battles the "Heroic" looking villain. See DarkIsNotEvil.

Compare BlackAndWhiteMorality, BlackAndGreyMorality, and VillainousFashionSense. Not to be confused with DevilInPlainSight or ObliviouslyEvil, though the former can overlap. Contrast DarkIsNotEvil, GreyAndGreyMorality, and MoralityKitchenSink.

Tropes invoked in the establishment of this style include:
[[index]]
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating
* AlwaysChaoticEvil
* AxCrazy
* BadPowersBadPeople
* BarbaricBully
* BlackCloak
* BlackKnight
* BlackSpeech
* BlackEyesOfEvil
* BlatantBurglar
* BloodBath
* CardCarryingVillain
* CatsAreMean
** RightHandCat
* ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience
** GoodColorsEvilColors
** PurpleIsTheNewBlack
** RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver
* CompleteMonster
* CreepyMonotone
* CreepySouvenir
* DarkIsEvil
* DarthVaderClone
* DastardlyWhiplash
* DressCodedForYourConvenience
* EldritchAbomination
* EvilCannotComprehendGood
* EvilChancellor
* EvilEyebrows
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor
* EvilIsBurningHot
* EvilIsDeathlyCold
* EvilIsHammy
* EvilIsNotWellLit
* EvilIsPetty
* EvilLaugh
* EvilSmellsBad
* EvilSoundsDeep
* EvilSoundsRaspy
* EvilWearsBlack
* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow
* FangsAreEvil
* FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit
* FemmeFatalons
* ForTheEvulz
* FurAndLoathing
* GenuineHumanHide
* GlowingEyesOfDoom
* GoodEyesEvilEyes
* GoodHairEvilHair
* GoodScarsEvilScars
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking
* GoodWingsEvilWings
* GotTheWholeWorldInMyHand
* HellishPupils
* HighCollarOfDoom
* KickTheDog
* LooksLikeOrlok
* MakeUpIsEvil
* MalevolentMaskedMen
* MarkOfTheBeast
* MoralEventHorizon
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* ANaziByAnyOtherName
* OminousOperaCape
* PaedoHunt
* PuttingOnTheReich
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RedRightHand
* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains
* SicklyGreenGlow
* SinisterSchnoz
* SinisterScimitar
* SinisterScythe
* SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset
* SlasherSmile
* StupidEvil
* SwampsAreEvil
* SpikesOfVillainy
* TinTyrant
* TwoFaced
* UncleanlinessIsNextToUngodliness
* VillainByDefault
* VillainousCheekbones
* VillainousWidowsPeak
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'' has Koichi Shido. Let's see. He has ScaryShinyGlasses, wears all black, has pale white skin and his [[EstablishingCharacterMoment introduction consists of him deliberately kicking a student into the zombies.]] The main cast just sees him as a douchebag rather than a villain with [[AGodAmI a God Complex.]]
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' has Majin Buu's true form, Kid Buu. Let's see. He has [[BlackEyesOfEvil black eyes]], is [[AxCrazy batshit insane]], [[ForTheEvulz completely motiveless in his acts]], [[TheSociopath has absolutely zero conscious]], and his [[EstablishingCharacterMoment introduction consists of him blowing up Earth simply because it was there]].
* DoubleSubverted in ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' with the schoolgirl Mitama Mayo. While she really is as evil as she looks, people end up assuming that she could not possibly be evil because nobody is that obvious anymore. Making it more obvious, her MeaningfulName (which the series is filled with) means "exactly as (she) looks"
* Surprisingly, 'Gundam' plays with it.
** ''ZetaGundam'''s Yazaan Gable is introduced by Scirocco to be an animal and BloodKnight but then appears with a cute turtle tattooed on his chest.
** ''GGundam'''s BigBad is named Devil Gundam (Dark Gundam) and is shown to be fighting a fighter squadron at its first appearance, but the others...
** On the topic of Gundam and other mech series, there's something interesting in IrresponsibleCaptainTylor, MartianSuccessorNadesico and {{Gundam 00}}, where although not all of the antagonists are all that evil, they use ships and mecha which are creepy and insectine looking, contrasting with the heroic-looking craft of the protagonist. You'd think someone would have realized that this is an image-problem.
** Dasil Galette from ''GundamAGE'' looks more evil when he is an adult
* Played with a bit in an episode of ''Anime/{{Slayers}}''. Lina is fighting Vrumugun - a creepy-looking, [[GoodEyesEvilEyes narrow-eyed]] sorcerer in dark grey robes with a sinisterly glinting red jewel on his forehead. When Amelia tries to join in on Vrumugun's side Lina says Vrumugun is the real villain:
-->'''Lina:''' Amelia, think! Who looks like a bad guy here?
-->'''Amelia:''' Both of you!
* Dr. Hell, the BigBad of ''Anime/MazingerZ'', has pale purple skin and a long white BeardOfEvil, also being prone to maniacal laughter. Oh, and his name is ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dr. Hell]]''. The bizarre part is that his backstory involves betraying a group of companions in order to get some {{Phlebotinum}}, which means that someone, somewhere, was willing to ''trust'' him.
** The modern remake ''Anime/ShinMazinger'' shows him before his StartOfDarkness, where he actually looks no more evil than your standard MadScientist... but he's still named Dr. Hell and [[spoiler: still the BigBad of the series. This makes it surprising when it turns out he was also trying to keep an even greater evil in check.]]
** Emperor of Darkness, BigBad from ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' was a giant being made of flame. He certainly did not seem someone nice.
** King Vega from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' was brown-skinned, sported a BeardOfEvil, and his face was vaguely beastly.
* Though a spoiler in the manga, ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'' doesn't even try to hide the fact that [[spoiler:Bradley]] is evil. In one episode, a rogue alchemist charges at him in a dark alley, [[DeliberatelyMonochrome all in black and white except for the color red]], before [[spoiler:Bradley]] easily disposes of him while OminousLatinChanting plays in the background. This happens in the ''first episode''.
** Given that he's [[spoiler:the head of a military dictatorship]], it wouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that he's not the nicest guy in the world. And he's called ''the frickin' [[AdolfHitler Fuhrer]]''. His evilness was never the biggest surprise about him anyway; that would be [[spoiler:his being a homunculus]].
* Some of the real nasties in ''Manga/OnePiece'' can be pretty obvious in their appearance. Apart from the hook hand, Crocodile looks like a mob boss. Akainu simply seems more realistically drawn and has a Yakuza tattoo. Blackbeard is a big, fat, ugly guy missing some teeth and a nose that looks like it's been broken a few times. Gecko Moriah is an obese, chalk white demon creature with horns, no chin and a neck about triple the length it should be, with razor sharp teeth and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking an odd resemblance to a balloon animal.]] On the other hand, Warden Magellan is probably a subversion, since, despite the fact that he looks like a demon and is sporting an outfit that appears to have been inspired [[ThoseWackyNazis by the Third Reich]], he's practically a HeroAntagonist: he just wants to keep the world safe from some nasty, ''nasty'' pirates.
* [[BigBad Dio Brando]] from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. He has pale skin, almost yellow eyes and always has the same cruel facial expression. Hell, the very first thing he does when he arrives at the Joestar's residence is [[KickTheDog brutally kick Jonathan's dog]]!
* The {{Big Bad}}s in the ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' series - Devimon, Daemon, and Myotismon had full-blown demonic appearances; Piedmon was a MonsterClown; and Etemon was an [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Elvis impersonator]].
* Professor Cobra in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. Aside from [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the name]], he begins forcing students to duel with Des Belts, which drain their energy upon defeat, and [[EvilLaugh laughs evilly]] while disappearing for long tracts of time to his lair, with no one questioning where he went.
* There's also Dr. Faker in ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL''. Who promises to use the [[MacGuffin Numbers]] to cure Kaito's brother of illness. Gee, Kaito, is it possible [[PunnyName he's]] [[EvilLaugh deceiving]] [[HostageForMacguffin you?]]
** Ironically, both Cobra and Faker [[spoiler: were dupes, being used as pawns by [[BiggerBad an even worse villain]] in both cases. Faker might even qualify as a WellIntentionedExtremist, technically.]]
** There's also Number 96. It's hard to get more Obviously Evil than that.
* Ichimaru Gin of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' screams 'villain' from a mile away. [[spoiler: Except, we find out his motives were more noble than previously thought. His way of achieving them, however...]]
* The moment you see Orochimaru from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', you know that he's pure evil.
** [[DracoInLeatherPants Tell that to the fangirls.]]
* [[DarkMagicalGirl Fate Testarossa]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' openly invoked this trope when she first appeared complete with [[RedEyesTakeWarning blood-red eyes]], a {{Stripperiffic}} [[HellBentForLeather black leather getup]] complete with Dracula's [[HighCollarOfDoom spare]] [[OminousOperaCape cape]], a SinisterScythe to match, and a fearsome fox-like creature at least as big as she is for a familiar. This impression [[AntiVillain did]] [[HeelFaceTurn not]] [[TheDulcineaEffect last]] [[DefeatMeansFriendship long]].
* It takes one look at him in the moment of his introduction to tell that Yakushiji Tenzen of ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' is the main villain. He's not too over the top, but... just look at him. His anime version is wearing a white cloak, combined with long black hair that looks like a pair of horns and he's got that perpetual rape-face complete with {{Guyliner}}. His live action incarnation takes it one step further by making him look like Sephiroth. You can't get more evil that that.
* Vento of the Front from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' invokes this trope with her appearance and mannerisms, which consists of multiple facial piercings and a generally {{Jerkass}} attitude, making people hostile towards her since her power, "God's Divine Punishment", activates only when there are people who feel hostile towards her. Those people are then deprived of oxygen, putting them at a comatose state until she deems that the punishment is enough.
* ''Anime/{{Windaria}}'''s Lagado. He wears a black cloak with a face mask and calls someone off the road from behind a rock for a suspicious plan.
* Sabrina in ''{{Pokemon Special}}'' and the anime, thanks to her pre-HGSS design that looks somehow menacing. Probably why [[AdaptationalVillainy she was a villain]] in those two adaptations despite being {{Chaotic Neutral}} at worst in the original games.
* Played straight by the villains from the PrettyCure franchise. Subverted with the [[HeartcatchPrettyCure Desert Apostles]] and [[SuitePrettyCure Minor Land]].
* ''Franchise/KagerouProject'':
** The BigBad of the series, [[spoiler:The Wide-Open Eyes Snake - [[PaintItBlack particularly when he is possessing Konoha]]]], due to a near all-black ensemble, the frequent use of HiddenEyes whenever they first show up, the SlasherSmile, [[RedEyesTakeWarning the red]] - [[SupernaturalGoldEyes sometimes yellow]] - eyes, and the [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming near constant state]] [[SexIsViolence of arousal they seem to be in when bad things happen to the cast]], particularly [[spoiler:when he kills them himself]].
** Azami follows a very similar description, [[spoiler:it turns out to be a total subversion; despite her apparent maliciousness in early appearances (the IdentityAmnesia Haruka suffers when she seems to force him into Konoha's body stands out), she was GoodAllAlong, and was in fact world-weary, bitter, and had no real control of anything rather than downright evil]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* JackKirby's ''Fourth World''. ''{{Darkseid}}'' of ''Apokolips'' and his minion ''Desaad'' are trying to find the ''Anti-Life Equation''. The visual doesn't help, either. The nicest guys in Apokolips seem to be [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] [[TortureTechnician mistress]] Granny Goodness and televangelist/propaganda minister Glorious Godfrey, so you know it's bad (and the rest of Darkseid's retinue? Try to guess what kind of people Kalibak, Virmin Vundabar, Lashina, Bernadeth, and Mad Harriet are).
* Ceryx, the BigBad - maybe, this book doesn't reveal much - of ''ComicBook/{{Artesia}}''. All his teeth are sharp, chains and hooks hang from his thighs, he is surrounded by perpetual darkness, and he leaves bloody footprints wherever he walks.
* {{Magneto}} named his group the Brotherhood of ''Evil'' Mutants. Seriously, just drop the "evil" and you'd come across much better. Modern writers noticed this, and {{retcon}}ned the "Evil" part as being a sarcastic comment on how humanity sees mutants in general, and those who want more mutant rights in particular. When the group pops up in modern adaptations, they're usually just the "Brotherhood of Mutants." When Mystique was running the gang herself, ostensibly for the US government, she gets smart about the name and calls the team, "Freedom Force."
** DC's ''Brotherhood of Evil'' is the same way. Then again, seeing as they were founded by a [[BrainInAJar brain in a skull-shaped jar]] and a [[ManiacMonkeys bandoleer-wearing gorilla]], maybe they just decided [[VillainWithGoodPublicity good PR]] wasn't a realistic objective. The Brotherhood of Evil are your typical [[CardCarryingVillain Card Carrying Villains]] looking to TakeOverTheWorld. The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, on the other hand, are [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned Extremists]] who, by ''definition'', wouldn't see themselves as evil.
* Averted by Susan Veraghen of ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}''. Arguably the only truly non-evil Grendel of the entire series (every last one of the others either starts out or ends up as a conscienceless psychopath), she looks like a Sith Lord, complete with huge muscles, spikes and full-body tattoos.
* Double subverted by the [[MonsterClown jolly]] [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Joker]] in ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', who is colorful (although in purple and green) [[DarkIsNotEvil/ComicBooks where Batman's costume is more akin to that of a traditional villain.]] Then again, [[MonsterClown clowns aren't generally viewed as all that benevolent]].
** [[RedRightHand Two-Face]], Killer Croc, and the Scarecrow, though the latter is justified (his whole purpose it to ''scare'' people to begin with after all).
* One of the greatest of the GreenLantern Corps was a man with reddish purple skin, a Snidely Whiplash-style mustache and a clear superiority complex named '''{{Sinestro}}'''. Go on and guess how his tenure ended.
** To quote the ''DuckDodgers'' IntercontinuityCrossover:
--->'''Dodgers''': Hey, you know, in person, you really do look like [[{{Satan}} the Devil]].\\
'''Sinestro''': I know. I get that a lot.
** His Sinestro Corps plays this straight. You have guys like [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Arkillo]], [[TheVirus Despotellis]] and [[NightmareFuel/ComicBooks Kryb.]]
* In ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'', you would think the cops would just arrest every hideously deformed citizen they spot. Not a single one can say they have no involvement in organized crime.
* Then we have CaptainAmerica's old enemy the RedSkull. The name alone(coming after what his 'face' looks like) is bleedingly obvious a tip-off and this is without mentioning he sided with [[ThoseWackyNazis the Nazis]]. Can't get much more Obviously Evil than that.
* Inverted with ComicBook/BlueDevil.
* The Horde from ''ComicBook/StrikeforceMorituri'' are a race of barbarian PlanetLooters who deliberately avoid conquering Earth simply [[ForTheEvulz for the fun of terrorizing the populace]] and think nothing of slaughtering helpless slaves and children. An early terror tactic was to eject large numbers of captured humans outside the Earth's atmosphere, allowing them to burn up in re-entry so people on the ground could see the streaks representing their burning forms.
* [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/7658/348512-107462-anti-monitor_super.jpg The Anti-Monitor]] from ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.
* [[Characters/XMenVillains Mister Sinister]]. If his name isn't huge enough of a red flag, [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/Mister_Sinister_001.jpg just look at him]].
** And while we're at it, we can't forget his former boss, ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Apocalypse]]''.
* TheMightyThor (now called Journey into Mystery): ComicBook/{{Loki}} was recently reincarnated as a child (without his adult memories), and is facing this in-universe: Everyone other than Thor (and he has reservations) is essentially saying "He's Loki, so he must be evil." Loki is trying very hard to make his reputation work for him, and in dealings with people like Mephisto is desperately trying to channel his evil past self (often making comments to his companions on how fun it is to talk like you're an evil, powerful trickster when you're really just a kid).
* Lampshaded with the [[AIIsACrapshoot Quantum Decomputer]] in ''AtomicRobo:''
-->'''Robo:''' Computers that are evil have all kinds of unnecessary ornamentation. This thing's ''venting steam!'' Why's it doing that? It's like nature. Like rattlesnakes or poisonous toads. It ''wants'' you to know its dangerous.
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange's foes who fit this trope include Dormammu (covered in SpikesOfVillainy, with a skull-like head surrounded by flames) and Shuma-Gorath (StarfishAlien with a single staring red eye in the center of his tentacles). Satannish, Mephisto, Chthon, Sligguth, N'Gabthoth...
* Almost all villains in ComicBook/LesLegendaires. As if their ArchEnemy being named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Darkhell]] wasn't enough, the guy also is a EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette and a MalevolentMaskedMan who lives in a dark castle in the middle of [[{{Mordor}} a always dark and hostile wasteland]], has a strong taste for EvilLaugh and [[EmperorScientist uses an army he created himself through magic mutations]]. His generals use the codename "Shadow" as a rank, they [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent include a Lizard Guy]], and his most trusted [[TheDragon Dragon]] is his DarkActionGirl daughter [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Tenebris]]. And yet, he's such a good ManipulativeBastard that he still gets some people trusting him. Ironically, he turns out to have a slightly softer side in later books.
** Subverted with his daughter Tenebris, who does have a significant softer side and eventually commits a HeelFaceTurn.
** Ceyderom is a {{Cyborg}} {{Pirate}} Captain with a clawed cybernetic harm, a mowhak, a metallic inferior jaw and a [[RedEyesTakeWarning red cybernetic eye]]. And we are supposed to think this guy is nice ?
** [[GodOfEvil Anathos]]' physical form is [[BigRedDevil red with large horns]], has SpikesOfVillainy, and use attacks such as "Devil's Breath". The guy's typical expression usually is a PsychoticSmirk. And just in case this was still not enough, he seems to make a hobby of crossing the MoralEventHorizon as many times as possible.
** Count Kasino was a JerkAss and a SmugSnake [[AristocratsAreEvil Aristocrate]] who hired two elite assassins as his bodyguards and hardly made any secret of the fact he was a ruthless dictator in his region.
** Averted with [[HumanoidAbomination Abyss]], who, other than his MeaningfulName (which he is smart enough to hide at the beginning of the story), actually is an incredibly competent BitchInSheepsClothing. [[TheReveal Once he reveals his]] GameFace, however...
* Inverted with Comicbook/GhostRider. ([[AntiHero For the most part]]...)
* From {{Spider-Man}}'s RoguesGallery we have ComicBook/{{Venom}}, Carnage, and whatever other symbiote villains are in there. Just the gaping, drooling mouths filled with MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily is enough, but add in the claws, creeping tendrils, and their penchant for [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver red and black colorations]], and you have a whole family of obvious evil. Inverted, however, with the few good symbiotes: Toxin and Anti-Venom.
** Another Spidey villain, the Hobgoblin, is actually a bit more obviously evil-looking than his predecessor, the Green Goblin. His original appearances showed him almost always InTheHood with GlowingEyesOfDoom, and when his mask is shown, he looks like... well... a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin goblin]]. He also has the Goblin staple weapons of jack-o-lantern pumpkin bombs, bat-shaped throwing blades, and a demon-headed bat-glider. When the Jason Macendale version got possessed by a demon, the obvious evilness of him went UpToEleven, adding reptilian skin and eyes, sharp fangs, and Hellfire-producing powers.
* The Demons from ''Comicbook/{{Spawn}}'' are hideous deformed beings with fangs, claws and horns. Even their human forms don't help; for example, the Violator takes the form of a MonsterClown when posing as a human. Averted however with [[LightIsNotGood God and the Angels]], as well as Spawn, who despite being a HumanoidAbomination with a disfigured face, black and red suit and downright creepy powers, is at worst a AntiHero.
* Marvel Comics villain Annihilus. If the name isn't a massive hint, he's a giant screaming OmnicidalManianc bug-monster. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] to hell and back in ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour by The Thing.
-->'''The Thing:''' Dude, your (Reed Richards) translator just told us his name was e-vil, or nil-ate or some crap like that. That's a frikken clue train pulled right up to the station!
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In Franchise/{{X-Men}} fanfic ''FanFic/MutatisMutandis'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2359030/Artemiss_Liege Artemis's Liege]], Chapter Ten opens with the Pro-Regs going about their daily routine: Reed Richards is experimenting on Goliath's corpse, condoned by all others, while he and Tony Stark discuss how much of a traitor SpiderMan is for not helping them imprison rebel heroes in the Negative Zone with the regular supervillains.
* ''Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar'' gives us Red Cyclone, who, aside from having [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] and body color, is also an A-class SmugSnake and seeks to [[KillEmAll obliberate the ponies]].
* Titan from ''FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn''.
* ''FanFic/PleaseStopEatingTheHellButterflies'' makes out Aizen to be this. As the fic goes on, you can see why nobody noticed.
* Yukari in ''FanFic/GameOfTouhou'' is basically a walking corpse [[spoiler:and an imortal from Qarth]] but Reimu still trusts her (not that she has other option).
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[[folder:Film - Animation]]
* Most of Creator/DonBluth's movies. No one sufficiently GenreSavvy in their right mind would trust [[WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH a black-furred rat dressed in purple arguing with the other rats]], [[WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail a cigar-smoking, con-artist rat who's actually a cat]], [[WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime a dark green Tyrannosaurus]], [[WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven a dog that smokes]], [[WesternAnimation/RockADoodle a monocle-wearing giant owl]] who loves {{Ominous Pipe Organ}}s and can't stand light, [[WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark petrifying ugly trolls]], and [[ThePebbleAndThePenguin a strong]] [[TimCurry deep-voiced penguin]] who lives in a frightening lair.
* A great many WaltDisney films do this, even going so far as to base their color and shape schemes around it (as talked about in the ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' DVD documentaries). Just take one look at a character sheet for an average Disney film and you can immediately pick out the villains. This is kind of odd when it's done with AnimalStereotypes and say - bears are painted as horrible, deadly, kaiju-like monstrous demons in ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' and as friendly and lovable heroes in ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' and ''BrotherBear''.
** ''BrotherBear'' is an interesting case of subversion, actually. When the [[spoiler: mother]] bear first appears, she has beady black eyes and looks bestial, if not outright evil, but when the same bear shows up in the ending after the hero has undergone his character growth, [[spoiler: she]] has wider, Disney-esqe eyes and seems more human and compassionate as a result.
** In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', we have [[spoiler: [[VileVillainSaccharineShow Lotso Bear]]]], [[InvertedTrope who looks cute and cuddly on the outside, but is outright evil and terrifying]].
** Gaston of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' is a rare subversion in that he's a meathead jerk, who just can't get across his mind Belle isn't interested in him and turns out to be quite a scary StalkerWithACrush. Then there's the Beast, even though first cold-hearted, aggressive and lacking in manners, [[InvertedTrope isn't actually evil. Once Belle demonstrates time and time again she doesn't take shit from him, he wisens up and becomes much better a person way before he transforms back into his princely form]].
** Double subverted in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' - Yzma is described as "scary beyond all reason" by the protagonist, who still trusts her. Then again, arguably, Kuzco's ego is more the villain than Yzma.
** Subverted with [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} the Coachmen]] and [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Frollo]]. The former looks like Santa Claus and the latter is a priest. Interestingly, they're more demonic in nature [[{{Irony}} than most of their demonic-looking villains.]]
** ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' has surprise villain [[spoiler:Turbo]]. Oddly enough, he's the hero of his own game. But he looks like ''[[http://images.wikia.com/wreckitralph/images/8/86/Turbo_Wreck-it-ralph.jpg this.]]''
** Dean Abigail Hardscrabble in ''MonstersUniversity'' is a subversion. She's basically a giant red and black centipede/dragon hybrid who makes her first appearance flying in dramatically and darkening the classroom. Later on you realise that, while she is a [[SternTeacher very strict]] SinkOrSwimMentor, she's not evil in the slightest.
** Jiminy Cricket lampshaded this in ''HouseOfMouse''.
-->'''Jiminy Cricket''': Avoid anybody with a fiendish cackle, sinister smile, or diabolical glare. Not necessarily in that order.
** ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' has the Duke of Weselton who has the obviously evil name (it's wrongly pronounced [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Weaseltown]] throughout, as a RunningGag), appearance, and motive. He's even voiced by the villain of the [[Disney/WreckItRalph previous Disney movie]]! [[spoiler:Then this trope gets subverted when the ''true'' Big Bad turns out to be the handsome, charming prince who has zero Obviously Evil signs attached to him until the Reveal.]]
*** Elsa is an aversion in the final film, but had this trope played straight in a previous draft of the film. In it Elsa actually was the villain and so had black pointed hair and a spiky dress, as opposed to the final film where she has a silky dress and white hair.
* If Disney plays this trope straight then you should see ''QuestForCamelot'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheFearlessFour'', both distributed by WarnerBros. At least Disney villains try to be subtle.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'' takes this trope to the extreme. Where the BigBad is given an eyepatch and a harsh voice, the sharks are given stripes and prison gear, and the WickedStepmother and her sister both have [[CatsAreMean vicious black cats]] (to top it off, the stepmother's cat is named Lucifer).
* Played with in ''SwanPrincess'' where you would think Derek would recognize [[spoiler: Bridget's disguise]] seeing how he knows Odette only wears white dresses whereas [[spoiler: Bridget]] was wearing an obviously evil red/black dress. It's done as a ShoutOut to the original ballet where Odile wears a black tutu.
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* Doctor [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Evil]] in the ''Film/AustinPowers'' movies. His frickin' ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast name]]'' is Evil. He went to [[CardCarryingVillain evil medical school]]! Granted, he's mostly humorously ineffectual, but he's trying...
* The Car in.. ''Film/TheCar''.. is a black low-slung thing with heavily-tinted windows and a grill like a snarl.
* The DudleyDoRight Movie lampshades this trope with Snidely Whiplash. As a child explaining what he wants to be when he grows up he declares, "Isn't it obvious? I'm going to be the BAD GUY!" Later in the film, Dudley and the Kumquat Chief are speaking to a politician, who questions whether Snidely is the bad guy. The chief replies, "Just look at the way he dresses, DUH!"
* In the first ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'', the villains Profion and Damodar (though laughably so) are very much Obviously Evil. As if to acknowledge it, Profion is shown wearing an innocuous white robe while addressing the wizard council as some attempt to explain why he's not executed immediately.
* William Bludworth, the funeral director who appears in ''FinalDestination'', ''Final Destination 2'', and the upcoming ''Final Destination 5'', is AffablyEvil in that he deals with death itself and gives the protagonists cryptic clues about how to cheat death (for example, in ''2'': "Only new life can defeat death.").
* Deconstructed in the 2008 ''Film/GetSmart'', when Max deduces that Dalip is a KAOS agent because "...his face looks like an Easter Island head!" After a moment's thought, he chastises himself for profiling and assumes that Daliph is really a good guy. In fact, Dalip is working for the villain, but only because his wife is being held hostage.
* Averted in ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}''. Unlike [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy]], [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason]] and [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre Leatherface]], when Michael Myers is (briefly) unmasked in the climax of [[Film/{{Halloween 1978}} the first movie]], he's revealed to have an almost ''angelic'' face. According to WordOfGod, Tony Moran's "angelic" appearance is exactly why he was hired for that role. And the scar on Michael's eye wasn't supposed to be as ugly as it turned out to be, but prosthetics got a bit carried away when applying it to the actor's face.
* Played with with TimothyDalton's character in ''Film/HotFuzz''. Something about the surname [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Skinner]], [[SlasherSmile the smile]], the moustache... and the relentless lampshading!
* Doctor Heiter from ''TheHumanCentipede'', good ''Lord''. The Phelous review of the movie [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this by playing very fitting dramatic strings whenever he does something.
** "I don't trust...humans." The fact they trusted him and [[TooDumbToLive drank a glass of colored water from him]] is ''baffling.''
* The live action Disney film ''AKidInKingArthursCourt'' gives us Lord Velasco. When a character is first introduced as the king's trusted and loyal adviser, and ''the very first shot of the movie that he's in'' shows him as a tall dark man with black robes, a black horse, black hair with white streaks, a sinister smile and ominous background music, it's just insulting to our intelligence. He's like Jafar, except ''he's not hypnotizing the king,'' so the king really has no freaking excuse for trusting him.
-->'''Nostalgia Critic''': Did I mention I'm the villain in this movie? No? Because I don't have to!
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''
** Gríma Wormtongue has pale and sweaty skin, greasy black hair, warts, no eyebrows, black clothes and a hunched over posture. Oddly enough, his nickname is actually a backhanded compliment, since "worm" refers to a dragon, meaning he speaks with cunning and persuasion.
** Most of the villainous characters, such as the orcs, Nazgűl and particularly Sauron's material form, who are all pretty scary to look at and decked out in blackened SpikesOfVillainy.
** Played with when it comes to the rogue, self-sufficient Moria goblins. Obviously bad guys and as scary to look at, but they have distorted beliefs that the other peoples of Middle-Earth, especially Elves, Dwarves, and Men, are the Obviously Evil ones and supposedly look that way. They believe that anything not an Orc or goblin is evil and take the "trust no one" belief to homicidal extremes. But they dwelled in Moria on their own account and have nothing to do with Sauron. They wanted revenge for [[Literature/TheHobbit the Battle of Five Armies and the death their ruler, the Great Goblin.]]
** Subverted with the Army of the Dead, a spectral army of decomposing warriors who originally appear as threatening characters and implied villains, but eventually [[HeelFaceTurn help the heroes]] during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. The motives are, if ultimately selfish, sympathetic and understandable.
** What about Gollum? He's incredibly pale and gangrel looking due to being underground five hundred years, his remaining teeth look like small fangs, has a wild look in his eyes and is obsessed with The One Ring and not afraid to try and strangle you. Yeah, that's the guy I want leading me into Mordor.
* Nizam in ''Film/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'' qualifies. Let's see. BeardOfEvil? Check. BaldOfEvil? Check. Black robes and piercing eyes? Check. Played by Ben Kingsley? Check and Mate. Might as well give him a sign.
* ''Film/ThePurge'': When a gang comes to your door wearing creepy masks, wielding weapons, and makes it clear that they want to kill one guy and they'll kill anybody who gets in the way, you get this trope.
* The [[DirtyCommunists Russians]] in ''Film/RedDawn1984'' -- murdering high school students, raping, evil eyes, evil moustaches... [[NiceHat evil hats]]. The [[YellowPeril Not-China-We-Swear North Koreans]] from the [[Film/RedDawn2012 remake]] aren't much better.
* Played to creepy perfection in ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule'' with Mok, the waning rock megastar, who intends to summon a demon in order to enslave the world. Everything about him just oozes '''EVIL!'''
* Comedy version in ''Film/SilentMovie'': the evil corporation that wants to buy the good film studio is called Engulf & Devour--owned by two Corrupt Corporate Executives by those names. They even pray to a glowing dollar sign. Their name is a parody of the RealLife mega-conglomerate "Gulf+Western", who had a bad rep back then too.
* In case calling the Empire "evil" right in the first film's opening crawl wasn't obvious enough, ''Franchise/StarWars'' makes sure that you understand who the villains are just by looking at them.
** Darth Vader wears very large black suit, a menacing cape, and [[TheFaceless a face-concealing helmet]]. His name also sounds like "invader," as well as "dark father" in Dutch.
** Stormtroopers are [[PuttingOnTheReich named after Nazis]], and their [[GasMaskMooks helmets]] come with a predesigned grimace.
** Darth Maul's red and black tattoos, bad teeth, yellow eyes, crown of horns and black outfit make him look positively demonic. The name "Maul" also helps.
** Darth Sidious has a hideously withered face, yellow eyes, a scary voice, and black robes. His name also sounds like "insidious." Subverted with his Palpatine identity, who looked like a kind politician before getting a face full of lightning.
** General Grievous has a white, skeletal exoskeleton and a stooped posture.
** Count Dooku is played by ChristopherLee using the same approach he takes to [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Saruman]], {{Dracula}}, FuManchu and the rest.
** For that matter, the Dark Side is called... [[DarkIsEvil The Dark Side]]. Who says only the Sith deal in absolutes? Justified when it comes to [[TheCorruption the Dark Side:]] it's a narcotic and delving too much into has [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide the expected devastating effects.]] But overall, subtlety is not the series' strong point.
* Almost every role TimCurry has ever had.
* Jonas and his team from ''{{Twister}}'', who show up in a long line of black [=SUVs=]. They also had the nerve to do something as diabolical as ''[[DesignatedVillain get corporate sponsors]]'' [[FelonyMisdemeanor for their research]]!
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', Judge Doom. [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The name itself isn't very subtle]], because, let's face it, [[spoiler:Toons]] [[JustifiedTrope aren't known]] [[FridgeBrilliance for their subtlety]].
* [[Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme Van Damme]]'s character from ''[[Film/TheExpendables The Expendables 2]]'', Jean Vilain, is the BigBad of the movie. The name "Vilain" is basically "villain" with a Francophone accent. [[ShapedLikeItself And the character is in fact a villain with a Francophone accent.]] Even Ross seems shocked at the idea. He and the Sangs even use a satanic goat as their symbol!
* In ''Film/{{Anaconda}}'', Paul Sarone is a creepy, suspicious guy from the start and awfully handy with killing things, but no one suspects him of any ulterior motives until he's already put himself in charge. Jon Voight does everything but cackle with an EvilLaugh or twirl a mustache.
* Thade from TimBurton's ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001''. Seriously, his voice, his face.. everything screams 'evil'.
* Azazel in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''. He's designed pretty much like mainstream depictions of Satan.
* Mr. Brell from ''Film/NoHoldsBarred'' may be one of the most obvious [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corrupt Corporate Executives]] in movie history. He can barely last a minute pretending to be civil before revealing himself as a screaming lunatic, and he's not even convincing when he's 'playing nice'.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Smasher Sullivan in ''Literature/TheSecretRiver''
* Voldemort of ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Red, snake-like eyes, bleach-white skin, and clawed fingernails. Justified as the method of his immortality [[EvilMakesYouUgly mutates him gradually and made him this way]]. Then there's his lackey, Wormtail, who follows AnimalStereotypes. Out of the original generation of wizards, who was it that became a traitor? Yep, the one who turns into a rat. Also justified in that Animagi take the form of the animal which best embodies their personality.
** Subverted, however, with [[spoiler:Snape, who spends the whole series wearing black, being mean to the heroes and in general acting like a typical villain. He turns out to be a good guy, albeit one who happens not to like the protagonists and has ''really'' complicated motives.]]
** On the other hand, the Carrows with their twisted faces, squat and ugly bodies and constant wheezing (and they ''[[AgonyBeam Crucio]]'' anything that moves) makes their alignment ''painfully'' obvious.
** {{Inverted|Trope}} with Voldemort's teenage appearance: handsome, slim, well-groomed, polite -- in stark contrast to some of his peers, which becomes a plot point.
** Sirius Black [[spoiler:is a subversion. When we first hear about him, he's described as looking Obviously Evil with a skull-like face, yellow teeth, and matted black hair. He's played by GaryOldman in [[Film/HarryPotter the movies]]. Then we get to TheReveal where we find out he was actually a good guy all along. After this happens, his description in the books becomes more favorable. For the films, they stop making GaryOldman up to look scary at this point. It's attributed to him recovering from his time in Azkaban, but the result is the same.]]
** Bellatrix Lestrange is an inversion where she is described as being a beautiful woman (pre-Azkaban, at least) when she is actually one of the most evil characters in the series.
* We know James of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' must be evil, because he's the only one of the vampires who is described as having a nondescript face, rather than being unbelievably beautiful. Also, he and his companions are dirty and dressed in worn clothing, rather than wearing designer labels all the time like the [[BeautyEqualsGoodness good vampires.]]
* If ''The Grand Ellipse'' is any indication, ThoseWackyNazis have created a new version of this trope. The villainous empire of Grewzia is full of tall blond guys, everyone from it is habitually punctual, and its national language consists mostly of hard consonants. This society is ''not'' an {{expy}} of the Nazis, and beyond appearances has almost nothing in common with them--this stuff's just our cue that they're bad, bad people.
* Since most of the villains in ''TheKingdomKeepers'' series are Characters/DisneyVillains, it's natural this trope is in effect. Special mention goes to the new character Jez, who has pale skin, black hair, and her name is short for [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Jezebel]]. To Finn's credit, he does begin to suspect her...
* The Harkonnen in ''{{Dune}}'' are sodomites, love wanton slaughter, their leader is an obese glutton who cannot move without technological aids, their homeworld is a [[CrapsackWorld cesspool of pollution]] and so on.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' President Snow is described as having Snake-like eyes and the smell of roses and blood.
* The Boltons in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' have a [[FlayingAlive flayed man]] as their sigil and live in a place called [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace the Dreadfort]]. They wear armor that has screaming faces and exposed muscles styled onto it.
* Zahhak in ''Literature/TheShahnameh'' is an oppressive ruler with brain-eating snakes coming out of his shoulders.
** He only ''got'' the brain-eating snakes after he took over, since it was a result of the [[DealWithTheDevil deal with Ahriman]] that let him take over. Presumably he was a little less obviously evil beforehand, though since he was an EvilVizier you never know.
* Many villains of the ''{{Redwall}}'' series. Let's see... An ugly rat with a heavy whip-like tail, scars, a cape made of bat wings and clasped with a mole skull, a war helmet decorated in blackbird feathers and stag beetle mandibles, and an eyepatch: Check. A dark-cloaked rat-weasel creature with dead black eyes, dark fur, and snake-like movement: Check. A gray fox that wears a wolf skull as a helmet and a wolf pelt as a cape, with long iron claws on his arms: Check. A cult of black-robed rats led by a purple-robed rat who wields a mouse-skull scepter and serves a gruesomely deformed polecat who rules a slave-driven underground kingdom: Check. A ferret that wears terrifying warpaint, a necklace of teeth and claws, stains his fangs red, wears a blood-stained cape, and has a six-clawed paw sheathed in a heavy gauntlet: Check. The list goes on.
** Averted, however, with several villains that are explicitly described as regal and attractive, such as Vilu Daskar, Vilaya the Sable Quean, Emperor Ublaz, and especially Ferahgo the Assassin, who uses his decidedly un-evil appearance to his advantage.
* Played with in ''Literature/ChildhoodsEnd'' where the overlords, Aliens who arrive to govern Earth, make much ado about not showing themselves to Humanity until it is 'ready' because they would and do indeed appear obviously evil. The ultimate analysis of significance of their appearance at the end of the book is somewhat ambiguous.
* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': EvilOverlord Gothon wears armor that makes him look like a demon.
* ''TheSilmarillion'' has some interesting examples. [[{{Satan}} Morgoth]] and [[TheDragon Sauron]] were both shape-shifters, and could take any form they chose. Sauron would in fact take on pleasing forms. Morgoth however (once he finally did become a GodOfEvil) decided he ''liked'' having an obviously evil form, and used it so much he got [[ShapeShifterModeLock stuck in it]]. After Sauron destroyed Númenor, he was punishing by being rendered unable to take a pleasing form ever again, so he took an obviously evil form by default.
** This trope is justified in Tolkien's Middle Earth, where evil has a really noticeable corrupting influence on everything it touches. This is why many of the villains in the Middle Earth stories tend to be so obvious.
* All of the main villains from the original ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' trilogy are like this- their names alone are tip-offs. The first book's Warlock Lord is an undead tyrant in a BlackCloak who rules over [[{{Mordor}} the Skull Kingdom]]; the second book's Demons are, well, ''Demons'' are and presented as a ravening, hateful horde of AlwaysChaoticEvil monsters; the third book's Mord Wraiths are basically an entire organization of mini-Warlock Lords, down to sharing his fashion sense.
** Subverted in the SequelSeries ''Literature/TheHeritageOfShannara''. The first few [[TheHeartless Shadowen]] the protagonists run into are horrible monsters, leading to the impression that ''all'' Shadowen are like that. Except it doesn't work that way. The obviously evil Shadowen are actually the ''weakest'' ones, who lacked sufficient control of their magic to stop it from mutating them. The most powerful Shadowen- like [[BigBad Rimmer Dall]]- can pass themselves off as ordinary humans almost flawlessly, until they choose to reveal themselves.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Lord Zedd from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. He appears to be made of exposed muscles partly covered by gleaming metal skeleton-like plating; he wears long metal claws over the ends of his fingers; his face is a skull-like metal mask with a fang-filled Glasgow smile and the two eye sockets merged into a red, ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}-like visor; what appears to be his ''brain'' is exposed where his scalp should be; he has creepy plastic tubing with... something... flowing through it running up and down his limbs; and he wields a magical staff (that used to be a giant venomous snake) with a giant razor-edged Z on it. He is, in fact, '''bad.''' [[SarcasmMode No, really?]]
** However, there's an ironic reversal with Koragg/Leanbow from ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce''. He's given a form that looks like a more heavily armored Power Ranger when he's {{brainwashed}} by the BigBad. His ''natural'' OneWingedAngel form, on the other hand, makes you wonder if Hell has started selling [[PeopleInRubberSuits rubber suits]]. The same applies to Wolzard/Isamu of ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger''.
* While ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' isn't always black and white in terms of morality, you can't get much more Obviously Evil than the First Evil, an entity that is ''the source of all evil''. The Master falls into this category too, like everyone who calls himself TheMaster.
** Played kinda weirdly with the Mayor. Sure, we knew he was evil from the start, but that was only because of the incredibly not-subtle hints that had been dropping as early as the previous season. But even with the hints, he still falls in AffablyEvil. So, he's Obviously Affably Evil.
** Evil Willow looks '''very''' Obviously Evil.
* The overwhelming majority of ''Series/DoctorWho'' antagonists fit this mould due to a combination of [[BlackAndGrayMorality how the moral ambiguities usually focus on the Doctor's actions rather than those of the monsters]], and near-universal use of EvilIsHammy. A few more notable or played with cases:
** Subverted by "The Sensorites" which uses [[BeautyEqualsGoodness the ugliness of the Sensorites for the first cliffhanger]]. They turn out to be much better than the humans. Then double-subverted once an Obviously Evil Sensorite shows up and starts [[EvilIsHammy out-hamming everyone else in the room]]...
** Maaga in "Galaxy 4" is Obviously Evil from the get-go (despite the whole story subverting BeautyEqualsGoodness in a very {{Anvilicious}} way), but the Doctor still runs off to commit genocide against the Rills on her word. Vicki and Steven, to their credit, are more sceptical.
** Exaggerated in "Power of the Daleks". GenreBlind MadScientist Lesterson has rescued a bunch of Daleks from a downed space capsule that insist that they are his servants (in exchange for him powering them). The Doctor insists that they are evil, but Lesterson refuses to listen... until he observes them making Nazi salutes with their plungers and chanting "we will get our power! We will get our power!"
** Most of the Doctor's moments of being DangerouslyGenreSavvy are when he's worked out that the man in [[PuttingOnTheReich Nazi-esque clothes]] who can't get through a sentence without scenery-chewing is obviously going to turn out to be evil, even though he hasn't done anything yet. For instance, the Second Doctor does this in "Power of the Daleks" after noticing one of the characters has undergone an EvilCostumeSwitch.
** None of the Atlanteans in "The Underwater Menace" seem to realise that Zaroff, the giggling LargeHam MadScientist with a ridiculous German accent who openly admits to wanting to blow up the Earth, is dangerous and totally bonkers, no matter what the Doctor says. In fact, he's so obviously evil that when the Atlantean Chief asks him how he knows Zaroff is bad, the Doctor is shown to struggle to articulate it in the manner of someone being asked to explain a ludicrously basic concept (he's reduced to asking 'have you looked into his eyes?' and pulling Zaroff-like faces).
** Deconstructed (and this phrase used) in "Robot", when Sarah infiltrates a weapons development institute in order to find a mysterious robot the Doctor thinks is there. When she gets there a creepy and disdainful MadScientist makes the robot jump her, claims it was a joke, orders it to kill her, claims this was to prove it wouldn't, and then blackmails her. When Sarah returns to UNIT she tells the Brigadier that the organisation is 'obviously evil' and they need to stop them. The Brigadier says that while he believes her, he needs more to go on than that - he could lose his position if he goes in without due cause, and if they went through the red tape of obtaining the due cause the organisation would get a large advance warning and be able to clear everything up.
** Davros in "Genesis of the Daleks" onwards. Nobody who looks like [[Franchise/StarWars Emperor Palpatine]] in a wheelchair, shouts about extermination, and openly admits he'd destroy every living thing on the planet if he could just ForTheEvulz, is possibly going to be a good guy. Nevertheless, in "Genesis of the Daleks", both his own native Kaleds and even the racist enemy Thals who view Kaleds as subhumans openly trust him.
** A less smack-in-your-face example: LINDA sure let [[PaperThinDisguise Victor Kennedy]] push them around for a while.
* Even ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' has an obviously evil character: Brother Cavil, AKA Number One. A cynical, perverted old man who dresses in pure black, sometimes with a black hat, and takes pride in hating life.
** On the other hand they often are priests. In many religions they have black motives and/or black clothes.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', one would think that someone would notice[[spoiler: Morgana]] turning to the camera to give a comically evil grin every time she's on screen in Series 3...
** At least with [[spoiler: Morgana]] they have the excuse of not wanting to believe that she's become evil (Gwen appears to be have been in outright denial until it became impossible to ignore). A lot of the other villains, like Knight Valiant, Edwin Muirden and Cedric (especially once he's possessed) are so obviously evil it makes you wonder how Camelot stayed standing before Merlin came along.
** A particularly prominent example is Lord Agravaine from series 4, who was ''so'' Obviously Evil that it greatly pushed the boundaries of suspension of disbelief that the rest of the cast didn't notice what he was up to. This rapidly led to him becoming one of the least popular characters ever to appear on the show.
* While not specifically on TV, a Spanish Class video series called "En Busca de la Verdad" (In Search of the Truth) has Turron, a man who dresses in a black trenchcoat, wears a dark hat, his face is never shown, and creepy music plays every time he appears. Nonetheless, most students laugh upon seeing him for the simple fact that he is so obvious. [[spoiler:This is eventually subverted, however.]]
* The Borg in ''Franchise/StarTrek''. Not that they would hide their attitudes anyway...
* The PsychoRangers in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''. They roll-call how much better they are then the rest of the Rangers, and then Psycho Pink comes out with [[CaptainObvious "But we're EVIL!"]]
-->'''Psycho Red''': [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast We're the]] PsychoRangers!
-->'''Psycho Black''': We're faster than you!
-->'''Psycho Blue''': We're smarter than you!
-->'''Psycho Yellow''': We're stronger than you!
-->'''Psycho Pink''': [[EvilIsHammy But we're EVIL!]]
* The Source in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''. Wears a black hood, carries a dark sword and revealed to have half a face with tribal markings on it.
** A strange case happened in the sixth season finale where the sisters found a parallel universe which was an evil alternative to their one (where the humans/witches were evil and demons were good). Their evil counterparts wore a lot of black leather and sported punk rocker hairstyles. Though they weren't as blatantly evil as most of the villains as they did join forces for the greater good.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'''s Sue Sylvester often fits this trope to a T with her nonchalant and [[RefugeInAudacity often outrageous]] declarations of her evil intentions. Occasionally [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zags]] only to return to [[StatusQuoIsGod her evil ways in the next episode]].
** Dustin Goolsby, down to the dressing in all black and the stint on Sue's League of Evil.
** Played straight with [[DepravedHomosexual Sebastian Smyth]] in Season 3. Introduced to ominous music? Check. [[RomanticFalseLead Blatantly threatening to break up a major couple?]] Check. [[KickTheDog Spends much of his screentime insulting a popular core character?]] Check.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Exaggerated to the point of ridiculousness in ''ComicStrip/{{Lio}}'': everyone who's evil has bad teeth. It's almost a RedRightHand, except there's nothing in-setting to explain ''why'' they would all have bad teeth and why "good" ([[VillainProtagonist sorta]]) characters all have nice teeth.
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* In ''Pinball/PopeyeSavesTheEarth'', this is invoked by the names of Bluto's polluting companies — Earth Pavers, Never Green Logging, Blutonium Waste, and Spill Oil Co.
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* In ''TheUnfinishedSpellingErrorsOfBolkien'', Martin Pearson laments that Gandalf did not pick up on the fact that Saruman was a bad guy, despite living in a tower completely painted black, and even worse, played by ChristopherLee.
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* Played with in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' - that guy in the black armour with the skull mask screaming out litanies of hatred ("SUFFER NOT THE UNCLEAN TO LIVE!") against everybody else than him and everybody on his side? He's a Space Marine chaplain - and arguably one of the setting's [[BlackAndGreyMorality ambiguously 'good' guys]]. Then there's the Space Marine chapters with names like Flesh Tearers and Soul Drinkers. That scar-faced woman with a cybernetic arm riding into combat against civilians on a tank adorned with spikes, crushing them under her wheels while incinerating them with hi-tec flame throwers? Also arguably relatively good.
** The oddities of naming conventions are discussed hilariously [[http://www.40konline.com/community/index.php?action=articles;sa=view;article=683 here]].
** The {{Troperiffic}} setting has plenty of straight examples as well, such as giant [[HordeOfAlienLocusts all-consuming psychic insects]] and invincible undead robotic servants of star-eating {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. Then there's Chaos Space Marines, the poster boys of this trope. Their armour tends to be covered with skulls (they like trophies) spikes, horns, and the occasional pieces of flayed human skin and they worship dark gods and summon daemons. While some (like the Khorne Berserkers) might [[WouldNotShootACivilian leave helpless civilians alone]] (as they want a WorthyOpponent), most just tend to slaughter everybody in their way in order to raise their standing in the eyes of the Chaos Gods or just because they like to rape and murder.
*** A Khorne Berserker ''not'' killing people? ''KHORNE DOES NOT CARE FROM WHOM THE BLOOD FLOWS, ONLY THAT IT FLOWS''
*** ''BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!''
*** ''SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE!''
** And then there's the Orks, who are big, green, brutish, warlike, loving-to-fight, lots of horns, guns, horrible to each other (and especially Gretchins)... who just want a good fight and will actually leave a planet if they don't put up a good enough fight, or they've killed everyone who can, so they can come back and fight again. As they say, [[FunetikAksent Orkz wuz made for]] [[BloodKnight foitin' an' winnin'!]]. One could actually argue that the Orks are the ''least'' evil of all of the factions.
** There are ''some'' heroes -- look at [[GauntsGhosts Ibram Gaunt]], a humane badass. Who dresses in a pseudo-Nazi uniform decorated with skulls.
*** What about ''Literature/CiaphasCain, '''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!!!'''''?
** It is very tricky applying this to the verse because of the sheer level of AlternateCharacterInterpretation and {{Unreliable Narrator}}s. The three factions that can in no sense be considered even halfway sympathetic, however, fit this trope like above. Besides the bugs, robots and SuperSoldier destroyers and their wiping-planets-completely-free-of-life antics, we have the Dark Eldar, with black, spike-covered equipment and units named after demons. Torture and treachery are their favorite pastimes. They eat souls. Their actions created an EldritchAbomination of {{Squick}} that wiped out most of their race, and they kept on with business as usual.
** BlackAndGrayMorality doesn't help either. Many characters would be Obviously Evil if it weren't for their opponents being EvilerThanThou.
* Most demons in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Consider Orcus, the Demon Prince of the Undead, who is a gigantic, bat-winged, goat-headed, grotesquely obese monstrosity who carries a wand with a skull on top. Yeah, trustworthy, that guy.
* The [[TheEmpire Coalition States]] in ''Rifts'' is The Imperium of Man Lite version; a collection of xenophobic humans with aggressive intentions, a hatred of anything non-human or magic-using, with armies of fanatical soldiers, genetically engineered dog-men and robot soldiers for the purpose of reconquering North America. Oh, and all their armors, ships and robots have skull and bones for decoration, earning them the nickname "Deadboys".
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* ''Theatre/{{Starship}}'':
-->'''Bug''': You're evil!\\
'''Pincer''': No duh!
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* ''Resident Evil'': Was it really surprising that the man wearing all black, sunglasses indoors, and mysteriously disappears at the beginning of the game would turn out to be the villain? Not to mention his very flawed excuse the only other time you meet him over the course of the game. What's worse is that Jill actually seems to trust Wesker over Barry during the residence meeting. In Chris's story, Wesker does do Barry's job of providing occasional off-screen assistance so you could almost excuse him for trusting Wesker. Almost.
* ''AgarestSenki'': There is the outstanding example of Giganda. The minute you see him, he displays a lot of evil tropes. BlackEyesOfCrazy, the dark armor of a BlackKnight, always going on about "the Plan", and generally looking very different than his fellow [[PhysicalGod Larva]].
* ''BatenKaitos'': [[HumanoidAbomination Wiseman]] is an almost comically exaggerated example. Let's see...completely inhuman voice, always talks about 'the power of human hearts', and ''[[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091122035026/batenkaitos/images/2/2a/Wiseman_portrait.jpg this]]'' is his character portrait.
* ''VideoGame/BattalionWars'': The Xylvanians.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': [[BigBad Hazama]] [[DownplayedTrope might not be the most triumphant example of this trope]], simply because he comes across as such a [[BadassInANiceSuit snazzy]] [[EvilIsCool lookin']] [[MichaelJackson smooth criminal]] at first glance, but once you see his EyesOfGold or PsychoticSmirk you just know he's up to no good. In the sequel he stops pretending to be one of the good guys and instead throws himself head first into complete immorality and gleefully revels in depravity. [[FromBadToWorse It doesn't get the least bit better]] [[FridgeBrilliance when you realize that]] [[LouisCypher "Hazama" roughly translates to "otherworldly"]], he has a prominent [[AnimalMotifs snake motif]] and has a [[FauxAffablyEvil shady but gentlemanly demanour]]. "Hazama" is also merely one of his [[IHaveManyNames many nefarious nicknames]], the others including such endearing aliases as "[[TokenEvilTeammate Black Susano'o]]", "[[LateArrivalSpoiler The True Evil]]" and his Phase 1 body is named "Kazuma [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Kvar]]". However, his true name, "[[{{Troll}} Yuuki Terumi]]", is a fairly safe ("Yuuki" means "courage")... until you realize that before he became known as "{{Satan}}", God's right hand angel went under the name "Lucifer", which meant "Lightbringer"... So yeah, there you have it folks; [[ExaggeratedTrope Hazama is none other than the BB verse's own take on]] [[{{Satan}} Evil Incarnate]].
* {{Blizzard}}:
** This video game company is known to play a lot with this trope:
** The Orcs and their Horde from ''VideoGame/WarCraft'' played this trope straight in the first game and more in the second, but eventually subverted it starting with '''VideoGame/WarcraftIII''', where it was revealed they had been corrupted by the Demons (who play this trope ''very'' straight), and were actually a decently neutral species before that. They ends up freeing themselves from the Demons' corruption and helped the Humans' Alliance to defeat the Demons. Ironically, by ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', they have come to appear ''more'' sympathetic than the humans, due to the Alliance's recent KickTheDog moments.
*** Consider the Pit Lord, a neutral (mercenary) hero from the expansion: a huge reptilian centaur-like demon with a giant spear, bat wings and MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily, with names like Destromath, [[StopPokingMe Malvengeroth]] and Brutillus. And lines including "This will please me!"and "To the slaughter" (when told to attack), "I come from the darkness of the pit", "I go to destroy!", "Tremble before me!" and various rumbles and roars.
** The buglike [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Zerg]] from ''VideoGame/StarCraft'': dark colours, bug-like and monstrous. In a game where almost everything is GreyAndGrayMorality, the zerg are clearly far more on the dark end of the spectrum.
*** And yet, them too got the Orcs' treatment in ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'', where they are developped as {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s with BlueAndOrangeMorality who got corrupted by [[BiggerBad Amon]] and turned into a HordeOfAlienLocusts. They remain quite sinister and vicious, but are now portrayed as CreepyGood-[[AntiHero ish]] rather than fully villainous characters, and they are on their way to [[spoiler:help save the Universe from Amon at the end of the game]].
** In a similar vein, The Undead in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'', though a small faction ended up joining the Horde and as such became "good" guys... though their clear position remains complicated.
** While ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' plays this trope straight with most of the antagonists, who are almost all blood-thirsty, cannibalistic, AlwaysChaoticEvil demons, it includes some aversions.
*** Zoltan Kulle, who is voiced by SteveBlum at his hammiest, and will pull an EvilLaugh every time he teleports out (which is fairly often).
* ''CityOfHeroes'':
** Lord Recluse. Spider Motif? Check. Army of FacelessMooks? Check. EvilTowerOfOminousness? check. [[RedRightHand Glowing red eyes and spider legs sprouting out of his back?]] Yup. He's evil alright.
** The Praetors fall victim to this as well, at least when compared to their primal earth counterparts. SpikesOfVillainy, [[SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains skimpy outfits]], [[EvilMakeover altered color pallets]], {{whip|ItGood}}s... Yeah...
* ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'': ''The Darkness 2'' has [[BigBad Brother Victor]], a [[GoodScarsEvilScars heavily scarred]], [[LooksLikeOrlok subhuman-looking]] EvilCripple. Lampshaded repeatedly by other characters; one describes him as looking like "Nosferatu on crack".
* ''DarkSouls'': Lautrec of Carim likes to end his ominously voiced chats with sinister laughter. Also, like his spiritual predecessor Yurt from ''Demon's Souls'', he wields a nasty assassin's weapon. He ends up [[spoiler: killing the Firelink Fire Keeper Anastacia requiring you to hunt him down to get her soul back.]]
* ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'': The [=NPCs=] Yurt the Silent Chief, Miralda the Executioner and Mephistopheles. Yurt has his deep, menacing voice, his black, Sauron-like armor and a sickle described to be an assassination weapon. Miralda has a hood that wraps around her skull and a guillotine axe. And Mephistopheles has all-black clothing and what looks like a Guy Fawkes mask. That's not getting into when you actually meet them closer, [[spoiler:with Yurt killing people in the Nexus, or Mephistopheles getting you to do it and backstabbing you later.]] Miralda just attacks you.
* ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|HourOfDarkness}}'': Vulcanus. This gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d like crazy, especially in the remake with [[GreekChorus the Prinny Commentary]] on. Even if they the characters didn't lampshade it, you would be able to tell that he is obviously evil. I mean, just look at him...
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3'': Dr. Betruger. It's not enough that he's a disfigured obviously insane scientist. It's not enough that he has a sinister voice to accompany that. No, he has to have a name that gives it out. "Betrüger" is German for "betrayer", so...guess what he ends up doing in the game?
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': The Lyrium Idol starts glowing red the moment it is picked up and turns out to be an ArtifactOfDoom that drives people mad and when reforged turns into a BFS that [[RuleOfCool glows and sounds rather like a red lightsaber]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': The Darkspawn are AlwaysChaoticEvil [[spoiler: until ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'']] and look the part. Also, what tipped you off that Loghain was evil? The sinister music that started when he showed up, the EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette appearance, or the black armor with ShouldersOfDoom?
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'': Large amount of villains in this series are obviously evil, especially Zenitha trilogy remakes and ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'', where villains are oversized monsters with no resemblance of human. Dhoulmagus from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' are very much [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]] clone by appearance.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' and ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'': Playing one of these is the point of these games. The former covers the red-and-horns-and-skulls variety; the latter the secret volcano lair with [[RevealingCoverup totem-pole sentry guns]]. It's actually a strong strategy in ''Evil Genius'' to keep the [[SharkPool piranha tanks]] and sawblades tucked away as a last resort defence for your most vital rooms, as secret agents entering your base only to find nothing but entirely un-sinister soup kitchens will just wander off bored to seek out something more perilous. (Oddly, the cackling megalomaniac executing unfortunate minions in the corridors is oft ignored entirely.)
* ''DynastyWarriors'': Dong Zhuo, who viewed honour as an outdated custom, duty as useless and he only cares about his gold, women, and land. He is [[AdiposeRex fat]], has a diabolical EvilLaugh, has a sword that has shark teeth along the blade and is heavily armored and is generally difficult to defeat. In more than a few games, he even says, "If I can fulfill my ambitions, I can burn down a capital city... or two... OR THREE!!" In Real Life, he might just be even worse.
* ''LightNovel/EienNoFilena'' (which translates to "Eternal Filena"): This SNES JRPG falls headlong into this. TheEvilEmpire has no redeeming qualities, and there exists not a single second of any of the bad guys being even AffablyEvil.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': The only way Ancano could be any more obvious would be if lightning struck every time you initiated conversation with him. Even in the game, ''no one'' trusts him and with good reason, because he's openly a member of the resident nazi-elves, he's a massive jerk and he does everything in a very suspicious manner.
* ''VideoGame/FableIII'': King Logan is easily the most evil appearing person in the game. [[spoiler: It later turns out he's simply being NecessaryEvil in order to raise enough money to fund his armies to combat the game's true villain, The Crawler. And as you can probably imagine, that thing fits this trope much better than Logan does.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'':
** "President" John Henry Eden. His accent is [[EvilBrit suspiciously British]] (because [[HeyItsThatGuy his voice actor is]] [[Film/AClockworkOrange ALEX THE DROOG]]). It sounds extremely sinister, and his messages about the Enclave have the undertone of "If you get in our way, you'll be zapped with laser rifles."
** On top of that, if you played ''Fallout 2'' before ''Fallout 3'' then you already have experience with the Enclave and how they really behave.
* ''FinalFantasy'':
** There are many villains in this series that clearly look evil at first sight, but none other take the cake than Exdeath from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. Lets see here....He's a [[WhenTreesAttack tree]] [[MadeOfEvil made up of countless evil souls]] in the form of a ''TinTyrant'', complete with ''SpikesOfVillainy'', ''ShouldersOfDoom'', and an ''EvilLaugh''. His castle is [[spoiler:[[WombLevel made of the bodies of people he didn't like]]]], his {{Leitmotif}} features ''PsychoStrings'', and [[IncomingHam his every line announces]] [[LargeHam his diabolical evilness]]. [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091123003859/finalfantasy/images/4/49/Amano_Exdeath_2.jpg Concept art]] has him swirling something like AGlassOfChianti, but ''eviller'' (you can tell because chianti doesn't give off poison fumes or come in that color). His name is [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Ex]]'''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast death]]''' for crying out loud!
** Take a peak underneath the armor and add some more horror to that [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091123003859/finalfantasy/images/5/54/Amano_Exdeath_real.jpg flame.]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'''s Golbez. Another TinTyrant, [[EvilSoundsDeep a big, booming voice]], [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast named after a mythological poisonous fly]], and has placed a personal hand in destroying half the known world. He's very obviously an evil guy [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope except he is not]]; he is being manipulated by a BiggerBad into scouring the planet in preparation of an alien invasion. He redeems himself in [[FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears the sequel.]]]]
** Seymour from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' never hides the fact he's the villain. While not looking [[GoodScarsEvilScars particularly]] [[EvilEyebrows villain-like]], [[CreepyMonotone he speaks]] and acts incredibly creepy making it impossible to believe he's a good character for a second. And it doesn't help that his trademark summon is a gigantic mummified corpse. Interestingly, [[FishOutOfTemporalWater Tidus]] catches on to this immediately upon meeting him, while the Yevon-worshiping members of the party are too star-struck by the fact that he's a Maester to notice. This gets referenced during the party's first battle against him.
-->'''Tidus:''' [[GenreSavvy I knew you were bad news from the start!]]
-->'''Seymour:''' [[FauxAffablyEvil Oh, my sincerest apologies!]]
** Even more damning is his {{Leitmotif}} (and its remix), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ATaFxHxNtI which plays in the majority of cutscenes]] he's featured in before ''and after'' he is outed as a villain.
* ''FireEmblem: Shin Ankoku Ryu'' (''Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon'', the UpdatedRerelease of the first game):
** [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Garnef/Gharnef]]. In the original, he was simply a BlackCloak. But in the remake he has a hunchback, PointyEars [[GlowingEyesOfDoom glowing]] yellow eyes,clawed hands and pale, seemingly rotting skin. [[http://serenesforest.net/media/fe11illust/l/L_Garnef.jpg His new artwork speaks for itself.]]
** Ashnard, King of Daein. Dark costume? Check. Spikes of Villainy? Check. Evil grin? Check. No redeeming qualities whatsoever? Check. Big black dragon to ride around on? Check and mate. [[spoiler:The last one's a subversion though]].
*** [[spoiler:His mount Rajaion was a member of the Laguz dragon tribe, a sentient creature that he enslaved and drove mad to use as a weapon, a process that eventually resulted in Rajaion's death... leaving behind a grieving widow and a child he never got to meet. So I guess you could say that Ashnard subverts the trope by ''appearing'' extremely evil... and then actually being ''more evil than he looks''.]] And that's not counting what he did to [[spoiler: Almedha and Soren]].
** Izuka looks like Wormtongue from ''Film/LordOfTheRings''.
** [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Validar]] is similar to Ashnard in that he does his best to make sure everyone knows he's a villain. His design includes long black robes, long and pointy nails, unnaturally grey skin, red eyes, an absurdly low neckline, and a goatee. Other similarities include [[spoiler: trying to release a dark god and being a terrible father.]]
** In fact, ''FireEmblem'' is full clock of obviously evil. Either they are horrendously ugly bandits, old and fat commanders, [[PsychoForHire maniacs for hire]], sinister looking magicians, dudes and gals with a smirkish smile, or overly {{Bishonen}} [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastards]] who intentionally wear either black or white robes and evil make-ups.
* ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'': "[[HiveMind I?]] I am a monument to all your sins." Also, his name is Gravemind and he's made of dead bodies. Who do you think he leads?
* From ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' comes Master Xehanort. He's {{bald|OfEvil}}, has [[SupernaturalGoldEyes golden eyes]], a [[BeardOfEvil silver goatee]], wears a BlackCloak, walks around hunched over with his hands clasping behind his back, the only smile he knows how to give is a PsychoticSmirk, and [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100908153230/kingdomhearts/images/f/ff/Master_Xehanort%27s_Keyblade_KHBBS.png his Keyblade]] is adorned with SpikesOfVillainy, demonic wings, and a horned face. Yet the heroes are all shocked when he turns out to be the villain, and one even trusts him as a mentor. This twist is strictly in-universe, the game makes it obvious to the player that he's evil in the opening cutscenes, when he sabotages the Mark of Mastery exam with dark powers and directly says to TheDragon he's just putting on an act to fly under the radar for now. The CG trailer for ''Birth By Sleep'' in the secret ending of ''Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+'' foreshadows Xehanort's battle with the three heroes. In the trailer there's no dialogue, no subtitles, you've never seen any of these characters before, and there is absolutely no context for this scene at all. It's still perfectly obvious who the villain in the confrontation is.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'':
** All of the Sith in this game and the sequel are pretty disturbing-looking (except for maybe Visas and Darth Bandon). The shot with Malak without his mechanical collar? Darth Nihilus, whose BlackSpeech is so evil it doesn't get subtitles?
** In the sequel, barely anyone reacts to the revelation that Kreia is a Sith, since they ''[[GenreSavvy never]]'' trusted her in the first place.
** The MMO spinoff ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' generally uses the same aesthetic for the Sith, made even better with the decent chance that the Sith in question is a Pureblood Sith, who have red skin and horned faces.
*** The Sith Inquisitor storyline has an unusual example in Lord Zash, who is [[AffablyEvil polite, friendly, and helpful]] to the PlayerCharacter, which stands out among the majority of [=NPCs=] that enjoy reminding you of your [[MadeASlave low status.]] Thing is, this behavior is so out of character for a Sith Lord that everyone and your grandfather thinks she's up to something. As it turns out [[spoiler: she intends to kill and posses you, so their fears were justified.]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Most villains, especially Ganondorf and Vaati. Ganon calls himself the King of Evil and Prince of Thieves, plays the OminousPipeOrgan and altogether should set off alarm bells for miles around. Vaati is already suspicious in 'human' form, let alone when he's in the standard OneWingedAngel form involving a gigantic eye and bat wings.
** [[https://i.imgur.com/EbHGN.jpg Agahnim]] from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' trips pretty much every Untrustworthy Bastard alarm at first glance, yet is trusted enough by the royal family to get into a position where he can mentally dominate the entire palace guard and army and murder the king. In the international versions of the game he's a wizard which he ''could'' possibly pass as, while in the Japanese version he's a ''[[SinisterMinister priest!]]''
** And Chancellor Cole from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks''. Never trust a villain who looks like a leprechaun, wears two top hats at once, has inverted eye colour and a SlasherSmile with MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily, of the shark-like variety.
** Hilariously, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', Ganondorf starts out as a member of the Gerudo who pledges to serve the King. Zelda is the ''only'' one before Link shows up who realizes that Ganondorf is evil and tries to tell her father, who [[GenreBlind doesn't believe her]]. On the other hand, the series does subvert it in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' with Zant. While he was desperate to rule the Twili kingdom, the royal family actually did notice the greed and insanity that consumed him (granted it was rather difficult to miss) and passed over him as ruler, instead giving the title to [[spoiler:Midna]]. He just decided to serve [[spoiler:Ganondorf]] and took the throne anyway...
** InvertedTrope in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'': Batreaux is a demon and looks evil, but he's actually a nice guy.
*** It doesn't help that he had supposedly kidnapped a little girl (who was actually staying at his place overnight because it's dangerous at night), who was screaming at the top of her lungs as you approach his house (playing a "scream as loud as you can game", what else?), and the fact you enter in to find him standing directly above her menacingly (all part of the game).
*** The game does play it straight however, with its BigBad Ghirahim who is a bizarre but none the less AxCrazy narcissist, and BiggerBad Demise, whose true form is 10 foot expy of [[StreetFighter Akuma]] with flashing hair, pitch black skin, a muscle build that makes steroid abusers look slim, and an evil looking version of the Master Sword.
** Yuga in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'' is this. After all, he's a creepy magician style character who looks a lot like [[BigBad Ganondorf's]] DistaffCounterpart, so it shouldn't surprise absolutely anyone that he's one of the main villains of the game.
* ''LittleBigPlanet'': The Negativitron from ''Little Big Planet 2''. EldritchAbomination? Check. Tons of [[GoodColorsEvilColors purple and black?]] Check. Four HellishPupils? Check. Fanged mouth and Devil-style horns? Check. Alternates between an EvilLaugh and MightyRoar? Double Check.
* ''{{Lunar}}'': Ghaleon of the series is an obvious CardCarryingVillain. He has WhiteHairBlackHeart and red, slanted, evil-looking eyes. His voice itself should clue you in that he's evil seeing as he speaks in borderline CreepyMonotone. Still, the main character doesn't figure it out until he [[spoiler:does an EvilCostumeSwitch, kills the White Dragon (or in the case of the Saturn / PSX version, captured and used as fuel for the Grindery. Yeah, a [[FateWorseThanDeath worse fate]]) and kidnaps Luna.]] It's a SubvertedTrope later, when he [[spoiler:does a HeelFaceTurn to stop the BigBad of the second game]].
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'':
** Saren Arterius... more cybernetic parts than is necessary? Check. Chalk-white scale plates as opposed to the usual Turian gray? Check. Cold blue glowing cybernetic eyes? Check. More spiky-faced than you usual Turian? Check. Barefaced?[[note]]Most turians have facial tattoos denoting their colony of origin. "Barefaced" turians (those without tattoos) are usually seen as dishonest. "Bareface" is also turian slang for a [[SleazyPolitician politician]][[/note]]. Yep... In fact, his one arms is a Geth arm (the enemies of the first game).
** According to WordOfGod, Saren was intended to have a 'normal' model for most of the game, with the existing model only used after [[spoiler: Sovereign implants him with cybernetic devices to reduce his doubts]]. It's somewhat odd for Shepard to react so strongly to how Saren has changed, ''when he hasn't visibly changed at all''.
** Subverted by Nihlus, who had skull-like face paint and a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast less-than pleasant name]]. However he serves as TheObiWan and a friend of Anderson... For about less than an hour into the game.
* ''MegaManBattleNetwork'':
** In this series, Dark Chips (evil battlechips which [[TheCorruption slowly corrupt your Navi and sap your hit points if you use them]]) truly ''look'' evil, with glowing purple icons and scary-sounding, robotic descriptions such as "USE LARGE SWORD AND SLICE".
** Dr. Regal takes this to ridiculous levels in his introduction. BeardOfEvil? Check. Monocle? Check. Extremely polite? Check. [[SmugSnake Smug Grin]]? Check. Mentioned as being from "[[AirstripOne Nation Z]], the infamous military country"? Check.
** Dr Weil anyone? A cyborg with visible metal extensions in his flesh, a BeardOfEvil. Oh, and he more or less shows that he's ''[[ItsAllAboutMe D]] [[EvilLaugh r]] [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans W]] [[CardCarryingVillain e]] [[FantasticRacism il]].''
** In ''MegaManStarForce'', we have Mr. King, who is certainly ''known'' around the world as a famous philanthropist, the game wastes absolutely no time revealing that, yes, he is the BigBad.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': The GreyAndGrayMorality makes it difficult to find any truly evil characters in the entire series. But then you get [[MindRape Psycho Mantis]] and [[KnifeNut Vamp]], who really leave no trace of doubt that they need killing, and soon. Psycho Mantis has almost [[EvilAlbino white skin]] and always walks around in tight black leather with an [[ThoseWackyNazis SS]]-[[BadassLongcoat Longcoat]] and a freaking gas mask. Vamp is also extremely pale, but has a BeardOfEvil, an [[{{Lzherusskie}} eastern European accent]], and also wears a BadassLongcoat, but shirtless. His first appearance is slaughtering a Navy SEAL team single handedly with knives and drinking the blood of his victims. And he [[DepravedBisexual loves licking blood from his knife]] (he was the one from the page picture).
* ''MortalKombat'': Has a number of characters who qualify, but the most prominent example is EvilOverlord Shao Kahn, ruler of the DeathWorld Outworld. Skull helmet, copious SpikesOfVillainy and a grim throne to sit upon. He towers over all other characters and verbally abuses anyone, who would dare to challenge him. [[CastingAShadow Noob Saibot]] is another such type; a being of pure shadow spawned from the depths of hell after years of taint and death corrupted the soul of [[spoiler:Elder Sub-Zero/Bi-Han]].
* ''VideoGame/MySims'': Morcubus from this series. Aside from having a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Name to Run Away From Really Fast]], he carries a very prominent BeardOfEvil, and in your first case of the Wii version of ''VideoGame/MySimsAgents'', he claims that his [[spoiler:(it's really Poppy's)]] dog's name is "Killfang".
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'':
** Examine some of the villains closely. Could you see any of them (except maybe [[spoiler:Desther, the actually effective mole]] or [[spoiler:Maugrim, who doesn't really look evil, he is just insane]]) as good guys? The half-demon elf? The white dragon? The black-skinned white-haired almost nude drow queen (though she does get some help on that front by being the villain of an arc where your closest allies, who are mostly good guys, are ''also'' black-skinned white-haired drow)? [[spoiler:The giant red guy with the trident, goatee, and horns]]?
** [[spoiler:Desther, convincing? The same Desther that spends all his screentime up to TheReveal viciously badmouthing you and Aribeth and downplaying the plague's threat? The same Desther whose Helmites give out "blessings" that give an ominous red glow? The same Desther who instantly becomes defensive and dismissive every time you hand Fenthwick evidence of the Cult's existence (which you can ''point out'' if your Wisdom is high enough)?]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'': The title character is a TinTyrant who usually starts out equipped with a [[AnAxeToGrind battleaxe]] and commands a legion of ChaoticStupid minions (albeit ones that are UglyCute).
* ''VideoGame/{{Phantasmagoria}} 2'': Paul Allen Warner, which [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] takes great pleasure in mocking ("I ''heard'' that, Curtis") during his [[LetsPlay Let's Play of the game]].
* ''PokemonBlackAndWhite'': Ghetsis is extremely obvious. From running an gang (remember, in the Japanese versions of the games they call them 'Gangs' not 'Teams'), to nearly letting slip his true goals in casual conversation, to dressing like well, the guy wears a robe with eye balls on it. Not to mention the red scouter type thing on his right eye (might as well be an eye patch). And yet, people oddly enough, actually listen to him. One of the best parts of the game is when Cheren (one of the main character's rivals and one of the smarter characters in the games) is shocked when Ghetsis turns out to be evil!
** For ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', you have Team Flare's BigBad [[spoiler:Lysandre.]] He's not revealed to be the villain until later. The hair and clothes are [[spoiler:RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver, which are Team Flare's colors]], the he waxes philosophically about beauty, and his theme song that plays while you and him talk is ominous, to say the least. Later on, it's shown that the cafe that he owns is, in fact, Team Flare's favorite hangout. It's so painfully obvious, the players were surprised to know it was (supposed to be) a secret. If his comment about "replacing old filth with new filth" in his Coumarine Holo Caster message to you doesn't set off alarms, you may be {{genre blind|ness}}.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'':
** ZigZaggingTrope in this series. While some evil-looking Pokemon (Generally Ghost, Poison, and Dark types) do end up being villains, just as many are neutral or good.
** Rescue Team plays it straight with Gengar, a red eyed, purple, spiky, and perpetually grinning Ghost type. Most would immediately assume that he's no good the moment he makes his first appearance and he proceeds to back it up moments later. [[spoiler: He ends up becoming a JerkWithAHeartOfGold after some sobering experiences, though.]]
** Explorers has Dusknoir, who looks like a one-eyed GrimReaper. While he tries to pass himself off as good initially, he makes a very dubious remark shortly after his introduction that will immediately make most players call his true intentions into question, and sure enough, he ends up being a bad guy. [[spoiler: He ultimately repents by helping to save the world in Sky, however.]] Later on, it introduces [[spoiler: [[BiggerBad Darkrai]], who looks a living shadow; appropriately evil for the deeds he commits in the story, such as nearly plunging the world into eternal darkness, and trying to convince you and your partner to commit suicide.]]
*** There's also Team Skull, whose ranks consist of Koffing, Zubat, and Skuntank; all of them purple, and overall not looking like the first bunch of Pokemon you should be trusting (Which of course, some characters ''do'' end up doing...). On the other hand, there's Team AWD, consisting of Arbok, Weavile, and Drapion; all black and/or purple and all of them based on animals with rather unsavory reputations. However, [[CoversAlwaysLie despite being made out to be evil on Explorers of Time's boxart]], they're neutral at worse, simply providing you with advice in all of the games, and being mistaken for bad guys in Sky due to a lie.
** Gates To Infinity has Kyurem, whose soulless yellow eyes don't exactly scream "good guy" and while initially not seeming that villainous otherwise, he makes a suspicious remark like Dusknoir that makes it very clear that he's hiding something. Even more evil looking is Hydreigon, who's got plenty of black and red on him along with BlackEyesOfCrazy, and he cements the evilness by attacking Munna in the game's opening. [[spoiler: Except it later turns out that the scene was an illusion and that it wouldn't be a stretch to say that he's actually the nicest guy in the world.]] Then there's Cofagrigus, who despite being a red eyed, animated sarcophagus with a sinister smile, is merely a friendly, but creepy collector of gold bars.
* ''ReturnToKrondor'': Bear, for starters. [[spoiler: The head scribe for the jail, due to his shrill voice that sounds like a talking weasel and a Villainous Widow's Peak. Journeyman Jorath, due to his oily voice, and his politically incorrect, racist attitudes toward Keshians, and a Villainous Widow's Peak. The necromancer leader Sidi, although he certainly did an impressive job sounding calm and normal at one point.]]
* ''VideoGame/ReVOLUTION'': The Corporation has a logo resembling a big, evil-looking winged skull (death's-head). It also has posters saying "Power And Control," as well as "The Corporation Is The Sun Of Your New Life!" plastered all over the place.
* ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'': Raizo Imawano, the principal of Justice High School, has [[LargeAndInCharge huge stature]], an[[HighClassGlass evil monocle]], and his fingernails sharpened into claws... but all evil acts he commits are a result of brainwashing.
* ''RuneScape'': Lucien is a hunchback with a black robe complete with a face-hiding hood in human form. In real form, he has a skull for a face, flings black magical skulls as attacks and black smoke come off him continuously.
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'':
** OdaNobunaga has a BeardOfEvil, a black and red ragged cape, and a black sword with a purple, glowing aura. Considering that everyone else is fairly normal, with a regular weapon, he stands out a little bit. But then, he's designed to be an AntiHero, MagnificentBastard or JerkWithAHeartOfGold, so this Nobunaga is at least much safer than...
** The ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' version of Nobunaga, both game and the anime version. SpikesOfVillainy? Check. BeardOfEvil? Check. Well-known [[PigeonholedVoiceActor villain voice actor]]? NorioWakamoto, double check. Makes speeches about opening portals to Hell on Earth and refers to himself as the [[AGodAmI Demon King]]? Check. DramaticThunder and OminousLatinChanting whenever he makes a public appearance? Oh, you better believe check. And just to make absolutely sure anyone who sees him knows that he's a CardCarryingVillain, he drinks sake out of a ''human skull''. While sitting on a throne [[NothingButSkulls decorated with skulls]]. Which is itself seated on a giant pile of human skulls.
** His second-in-command, Akechi Mitsuhide, is almost as bad. He's LeanAndMean, with WhiteHairBlackHeart and purple lipstick, wears [[TooKinkyToTorture bondage gear]], wields a SinisterScythe and uses [[EvilTastesGood food-related metaphors concerning all his atrocities]]. Mitsuhide successfully pulled a [[TheStarscream Kefka]] on Nobunaga in RealLife, and the series doesn't even bother to try to hide it. [[spoiler:For the record, the anime incarnation is less than successful.]]
* ''{{Section 8}}: Prejudice'': Salvador. A bald, ugly blue-skinned giant wearing blood red armour... Who would have guessed?
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'': The villain of this game. He introduces himself as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mephiles The Dark]]. When asked about himself, he falls silent and changes the subject. He ''looks'' like an evil twin of Shadow the Hedgehog (who himself already looks like an evil twin of Sonic the Hedgehog). It's almost mind-boggling that Silver didn't realize Mephiles was a bad guy the very first time they met. He moves like a puppet, has soulless, feral eyes, and [[NoMouth NO MOUTH]] (yet his face [[UncannyValley moves when he talks]]). And that's when he is a Shadow doppelganger, to say nothing of his powered up form, which is crystal-like, emits blue flames, and has red scleras with [[SicklyGreenGlow green glowing]] cat irises. And is voiced by DanGreen. On top of that, his name is a corruption of [[{{Satan}} Mephistopheles]]
** Black Doom in ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog''. He is gigantic, has nearly godlike powers, is the head of an empire in space, [[EvilSoundsDeep has an ultra deep voice]], can detach an eye from himself to observe things in detail and to accompany allies, desires total power and control, has a near infinite army of bloodthirsty monsters, and is named [[DarkIsEvil Black]] [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Doom]]. For some reason, Professor Gerald Robotnik, himself a good man at the time he met Black Doom, thought that helping Doom get the Chaos Emeralds was a good idea.
** The Deadly Six in ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld''. The name says it all, but their leader, [[AVillainNamedZrg Zavok]], is the biggest example as he's [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver red and black]], has EvilEyebrows and is almost a [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]] [[{{Expy}} expy]].
* ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' (''Soul Calibur''): Nightmare: full dark blue armor, glowing red eyes, a BFS that stares back and a [[RedRightHand 'funny' right arm]]. The third and fourth iterations added in ''[[BodyHorror a giant fanged mouth on his chest]]'' in case any players were unclear on it.
* ''StreetFighter'':
** M. Bison. Let's just say a guy who wears a red [[PuttingOnTheReich Nazi uniform]], has a near-constant SlasherSmile and calls his power "Psycho Power" probably isn't going for subtlety.
** We also have the even more evil-looking Akuma, who ironically is less evil than Bison, that always looks royally pissed off, wears black and a has blood red symbol for heaven on the back of his shirt and has blood red hair.
* ''SuperMarioBros'':
** Bowser, at least [[GoKartingWithBowser when not go-karting with his foes]]. EvilLaugh? Check. Boasting? Check. Plans for world domination? And beyond. He's also a giant monster with red eyes and spikes, which helps.
* [[VideoGame/WarioLand Wario]] and [[VideoGame/MarioTennis Waluigi]]. Their physical features are exaggerations of the Mario Bros´s bodies, and their personalities are also counterparts. Wario is a [[FatBastard Fat Bastard]] who subverts this trope a slight bit because he is an anti-hero, even if a [[SociopathicHero Sociopathic Hero]]. Waluigi sports (sometimes) purple [[GlowingEyesOfDoom glowing eyes]] and is just as twisted as Wario, but instead of being an sociopathic anti-hero like Wario, he is a [[TragicVillain tragic anti-villain]]
** The RPG villains before ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' (and after, with ''Mario and Luigi 3'') are the same way, boasting about their evilness, trying very obviously evil plans and saying 'I am evil' in every last word. ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' are the same way.
** Antasma from ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam''. Seriously, just look at his [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/antasma_3_319.png official art]]. He even looks like a living nightmare!
** Out of all the ghosts in ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' and its sequel, the two that are most obviously this are Bogmire and King Boo himself. The former doesn't even look remotely humanoid, appearing as a living shadow in the form of some sort of nightmare monster, the latter is well, King Boo, with glowing eyes of doom and an appearance in ''VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon'' which looks creepy as hell, especially in Treacherous Mansion.
* ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'': Inverted Trope with the Cybran nation, whose units all have a red and black color scheme similar to [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Nod]] and have a spiky insect like appearance or anything done that makes units in an RTS look more menacing, are overall the nice guys of the game's factions compared to the "ends justify the means" UEF and the genocidal Aeon (they're so extreme they make the UEF's extreme actions seem rational).
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'': Redau. He's got black hair, a red and black suit, narrow yellow eyes, and a devious smirk and voice that make it obvious he's a SmugSnake. He proves it a few minutes after you meet him by blackmailing Ludger.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'':
** Lorithea. "Oh no, dear Shulk, I am not evil. I just dress in red bondage gear and talk entirely in sexual innuendo to give the boys in the Ministry something to dream about, ohoho."
** '''Mumkhar''' beats her by a country mile. A cowardly {{Gonk}} with a {{Guttural Growl|er}} is bad enough, but he's voiced by [[NorioWakamoto Norio]] [[PrecisionFStrike Fuckin']] [[NorioWakamoto Wakamoto]] on top of that in the JP version. [[GenreBlind You'd have to be Dunban to not get that this guy's not watching anyone's back but his own]], [[spoiler:but the matter isn't ''if'' he's evil, but ''how'' evil he turned out to be]].
* ''VideoGame/ZettaiHeroKaizouKeikaku Darkdeath'': Really, how evil can you be if your name is ''''''Evilman'''''?! [[spoiler:Subverted. He's not as evil as he initially seems.]]
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Josef Capek in ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth''. However, he turns out to be more sympathetic than he appears. He's simply not entirely sane anymore and hasn't been sleeping for months. ...Somehow.
* Zouken Matou from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. He looks like some sort of deformed little troll man and has jetblack eyes. Plus he manages to talk in a sinister fashion all the time - despite not having any audible clues - even before you realize that he is not the world's friendliest, cheeriest grandfather. The rest of the cast averts (Medea) and subverts (Berserker) this though.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' has Manfred Von Karma, a terrifying guy with a booming voice, who even Miles "Demon Persecutor" Edgeworth considers ruthless. It's quickly made clear that he is not above forging evidence and using underhand tactics to get what he wants (like [[spoiler:hiding incriminating evidence, and tasering Phoenix and Maya to steal the evidence they'd acquired]]), and values a flawless record over putting the truly guilty in prison. It probably doesn't come as a surprise to many when it's revealed that [[spoiler:he was the one who killed Gregory Edgeworth, for [[EvilIsPetty proving he used false evidence and thus putting a mark on his perfect record]].]]
* In ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', Dio is so repugnant that the reveal that [[spoiler:he's actually a terrorist who has planted bombs all over the warehouse]] is... actually very surprising since it's so unsurprising.
* Despite the fact that ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' displays everyone as birds (not counting the few second pseudo-human visual of their human appearance), it's easy to tell that Doctor Shuu is not a good guy. Not because everybody ''tells'' the player over and over that he is evil. But Shuu is a partridge bird, definitely a lot more on the chubby side than the rest of the cast.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''DominicDeegan'' has a bit of DoubleSubversion going on with this trope. While some villains have always very specifically employed this (e.g., the blind Infernomancer), others start out as more grey entities that, provided they can't be reformed by the main cast, will eventually embrace this trope.
* EvilChancellor Magon from [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=990705 this]] ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' strip would set off plenty of evil alarms even if he didn't stab a friend in the back in his first appearance.
* Inverted in the ''SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' strip [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=283#comic here]], and subverted [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=436#comic here]].
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Xykon is a [[OurLichesAreDifferent lich]] of the 'fully decayed to a skeleton state' variety, complete with evil red eyes and a badass crown.
** [[EvilTwin Nale]]. He has a [[BeardOfEvil goatee]].
** Minister Malack: [[EvilAlbino albino]], [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent lizardfolk]], [[EvilChancellor "spiritual adviser" to an evil empire]], rocking the all-black robes.
* Sirleck of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' is introduced with his speech bubbles having wavy outlines and white on black lettering. Dan lampshades his Obvious Evilness in [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-04-09 the commentary]]
* The Private Villa of Corrupted Citizens in ''{{Sonichu}}''. Membership is completely voluntary.
* Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids: The player Jim, being WrongGenreSavvy, stays convinced the entire Prelogie that Sio "Bubble", TheGoodChancellor, is the DiabolicalMastermind behind everything, because of [[GoodHairEvilHair his goatee]]. [[HypocriticalHumor While playing as Qui-Gon Jinn]].
* Webcomic/WizardSchool features a race of villains with spikes, tusks, horns, etc. Even the GenreBlind protagonist can work out that the faculty member who stole the priceless artifact is probably the one with fangs, cackling and muttering "You fools!"
* Take a look at [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006773 Her Imperious Condescension]] and [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006583 Lord English]] from Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} and tell me they're good guys.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Parodied in this [[http://xninjared.deviantart.com/art/Alan-Wake-Meme-197192094 Alan Wake Meme]].
--> Cho: Gee thanks creepy old lady with a creepy aura! See, Ami? We can totally trust her!
* The Necromancer of the WhateleyUniverse. Nobody has a name like that unless he's Obviously Evil. Then he goes for the evil cloak over the hideous armor that's part cybernetics and part chitinous inhuman organics, ''plus'' the obligatory skull facemask. And he has a team that based on monsters: Lycanthros (a super werewolf type), Vamp (a girl with vampiric powers), the Arch-Fiend, Nightgaunt, and Lady Darke. It goes without saying that he is not petting any puppies. Oh, and he's a Nazi.
* MSFHigh Forums has Xadan, who was a CardCarryingVillain evil AI. Amongst other things, he has the speech mannerisms of Shodan. He's not bad, he's just programmed that way.
* Literature/{{Worm}}'s protagonist falls victim to this while attempting to be a hero. [[spoiler: She doesn't realise in time that having [[CreepyGood bug powers]] and wearing a distinctly evil looking costume is not sending the intended message.]]
* The AI O'Malley (sometimes Omega) from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. Everything the guy says or does is to emphasise just have eeeeeevil he is. From calling himself "[[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Doctor]] [[AristocratsAreEvil Baron]] [[AllGermansAreNazis von]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Evil-]]{{Satan}}", to the [[EvilSoundsDeep deep voice he uses when possessing people]], to his EvilLaugh... the list goes on.
--> [[ImAHumanitarian "I will devour their hearts and crap out their souls!]] [[EvilTastesGood They will all taste oblivion!]] [[SubvertedTrope Which tastes just like Red Bull.]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards Which is disgusting."]]
--> [[TakeOverTheWorld "Then the universe will be mine!]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt And I'll crush ever living soul into dust,]] [[EvilLaugh ahahahaaaaa!]] [[YouWillBeSpared ...Except of course for you, Vic.]] [[TheDragon I'll make you Assistant Crusher."]]
* Subverted in this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DmYjAHAlV0&feature=related "Marvel What the!?" video]] where Comicbook/DoctorStrange tries to prove that Mephisto is evil.
* Lampshade, played with and parodied with the WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries versions of the various villains. One of the most notable example is Paradox, who is actually an AntiVillain, but, as [[DumbassHasAPoint pointed out by Jaden]], dresses and acts so much like he was truly evil that no one can actually believe he is well-intentionned.
* Similarly, the trope is invoked by Shunryu during his fight against Deathmask in WebVideo/SaintSeiyaAbridged:
--->'''Shunryu''': You monster! I can't believe someone like you could actually get your Cloths!
--->'''Deathmask''': Please, no morality lesson...
--->'''Shunryu''': No, seriously, why did they give you a gold cloth ? Your name is [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Deathmask]], [[CreepySouvenir you decorate your house with corpses]] and your attack is called the [[EverybodyHatesHades Hades Wave]] ! Are those who give armors stupid or something ?
* Lampshaded in Eliezer Yudkowsky's short story "Failed Utopia #4-2." It's said that the AI "might as well have been wearing a sign saying 'VILLAIN'." It's implied that this is because the AI was programmed to be honest.
* When Simon is transformed by the black ink in ''WebVideo/TheCartoonMan'' he becomes a DastardlyWhiplash type cartoon villain, complete with a top hat, cape, twirly mustache and EvilLaugh.
* As it interacts regularly with the rest of the internet and supposedly [[AlternateHistory took over Canada]], ''Blog/TheBlackLegionOfTheDarkLordSketchMelkor'' counts. The fact that they refer to themselves as a cult devoted to [[BigBad Melkor]] doesn't exactly make them inconspicuous, either.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''SamuraiJack'''s enemy Aku, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Shapeshifting Master of Darkness]], is about as obviously evil as they come. He's got [[SpikesOfVillainy natural spikes on his shoulders and elbows]], an EvilLaugh, [[EvilIsHammy he's as hammy as they come]], and to top it all off, [[IncendiaryExponent his eyebrows are made of fire!]]
** Well he ''is'' MadeOfEvil. It's a bit hard to come off as benevolent when you're an EldritchAbomination of ChaoticEvil.
*** His [[BilingualBonus name]] is literally the Japanese word for 'evil'.
* King Koopa and the Koopa Pack in ''SuperMarioBrosSuperShow'', due to its pastiche nature, offered most genres' worth of Obviously Evil design. Because it's a comedic show, though, the lowest {{mooks}} are occasionally given AffablyEvil moments when they think nobody is looking.
* The basis of ''{{WesternAnimation/Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}''. The producers obviously believed that kids wouldn't be able to tell Exxon apart from Ecover, so they portrayed villain like this. Hoggish Greedly had a pig-face, Verminous Skumm looked like some kind of human/rat hybrid, Sly Sludge was short, fat, greasy, and overall unattractive, and Duke Nukem was made of some kind of glowing yellow bricks.
** Averted by Looten Plunder, who is proportionate and in good shape, if not downright good looking. Subverted by Dr. Blight, who other than the scarred half of her face, is a rather attractive woman. Zarm is a less-obvious example.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' once had a cigarette company taking over Peter's factory. They were pictured very true to the trope.
** ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' had some fun and reversed the standard roles, so the cigarette factory workers were a friendly bunch with no negative ambitions, while Rob Reiner's anti-tobacco activist group was Obviously Evil behind closed doors.
* ''ReBoot'' manages to play this straight, {{subvert|edTrope}}, {{invert|edTrope}}, '''and''' {{lampshade|Hanging}} this trope with the strange tolerance [[CityOfAdventure Mainframe]] and its guardian Bob gives towards viruses. In the world of computers, viruses can't help but obey their evil programming, which is why [[TechnicalPacifist Bob doesn't like killing them]], but wishes to reprogram them. But the two viral strains in Mainframe are far too powerful for Bob to ever capture or control, and he won't call for help, so the city endures two years of chaos before it goes too far (and THAT'S ''before'' the series starts).
** ''Played Straight:'' Megabyte and Hexadecimal are ''destructive'' and look the part. Megs is in all secondary colors (and [[{{Expy}} looks suspiciously like]] [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Apocalypse]]), Hex is red and black and both are riddled with SpikesOfVillainy, talons and sharp teeth. Bob ''really'' hopes to convert these two... Somehow... [[spoiler:Both manage AffablyEvil moments, but Megabyte's are just moments where there wasn't anything evil to do and Hexadecimal seems to get the excuse that she is mentally unstable and her HeelFaceTurn was more Bob really, really wanting to convert her than her deciding to do good.]]
** ''Inverted:'' The series biggest BigBad was a [[LightIsNotGood French-accented, brightly colored ingenue]] supervirus who's based off Joan of Arc.
** ''Lampshaded:'' "Maybe it's a benign virus..." The virus is ten feet tall, clawed and red-and-secondary-colored. "Oh, yeah! You can tell by ''looking'' at it!"
** ''Subverted:'' When Megabyte's brainwashed mooks go from secondary colors to normal, this is usually the cue that they are no longer evil. Not so, ''at all''.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' Skeletor: The man has a ''naked skull for a head'', people, the color scheme and creepy HQ are flat out ''redundant''.
** Subverted in [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002 the 2002 show]] with the Speleans, a species of evil looking bat people that are actually quite friendly.
* In a flashback in the direct-to-DVD movie ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'', three muses are shown. One is dressed in a simple [[http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg78/evalana/muse01.png blue tunic]], another in a [[http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg78/evalana/muse02.png royal purple tunic]], and the third has an [[http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg78/evalana/muse03.png elaborate costume in muted shades of purple and red, with dark eyeshadow]]. Yeah, guess which one turns evil.
** Averted in the picture book, where Lydia is shown wearing a [[http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg78/evalana/barbiemusesTN.png white tunic]] in the flashback.
* [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Trigon the Terrible]] from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. Not that he can help it, though, as he's a red, four-eyed demon the size of a skyscraper who doesn't care about labels pitiful mortals might give him. [[CardCarryingVillain The Brotherhood of Evil]], on the other hand, has no excuse.
** At least the Brotherhood of Evil didn't get weird like they do in the comics.
* Subverted by [[BigBad Tombstone]] of ''{{The Spectacular Spider-Man}}''. He's an EvilAlbino ScaryBlackMan with ''teeth he's apparently filed to fangs''... and he's ''still'' a VillainWithGoodPublicity. That, folks, is the sign of a true MagnificentBastard.
** If someone did say anything, he could just say the accuser was discriminating against him because of his looks.
** Overt prejudice isn't really the issue- the UncannyValley is. Tombstone is freaky-looking and is every so often outright accused of being [[BigBad the Big Man]], but he's invested enough effort into his VillainWithGoodPublicity campaign that he's still accepted as a beloved pillar of the community, so much so that the police take ''his word over Spidey's'' on at least one occasion.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' gives an example of this concerning Mr. Burns's bid to buy Santa Little Helper's brood.
-->'''Lisa''': [whispering] Mom, don't give the puppies to him, he'll be mean to them.\\
'''Marge''': Hmm... she's right, Homer. There's something about his face I don't trust.\\
[Burns stifles an evil chuckle while looking really malevolent]
** Or when Homer wants to sell Bart's elephant (LongStory), Lisa again points out that the prospective buyer is not to be trusted:
--->'''Lisa:''' I'm pretty sure this guy is an ivory dealer. His hat is ivory, his boots are ivory, and I'm pretty sure that check is ivory!
--->'''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mr Blackheart]]:''' Little girl, I've been many things: Whale hunter, seal clubber, [[BitingTheHandHumor President of the Fox Network...]] and like most people, yeah, I've dealt a little ivory.
* Website/TheAgonyBooth's [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Quest_for_Camelot_1998.aspx?Page=2 recap]] of ''QuestForCamelot'' has this to say about Lord Ruber, one of Camelot's knights:
-->"...he's so clearly the odd one out -- a brutish hulk amongst his clean-looking fellow knights -- that I'm amazed he was even in the running to be a knight at all. I'm not one to the judge by appearances, mind you, but it's obvious this surly guy is bad news."
** What's more baffling about Rupert is that at the beginning of the movie, he seems to be putting no effort at all into hiding his evil nature. When he starts acting up against Arthur, the knights' remarks suggest that this is typical behavior for Rupert.
** The Critic also noted how GaryOldman has a tendency to play Obviously Evil characters - in a previous review, the Critic continuously pointed out how clear it was that Oldman's character of [[LostInSpace Doctor Smith]] was evil and yet no one seemed to notice.
*** The Critic also points out a couple of times in his own ''Quest For Camelot'' review that Ruber is Obviously Evil. Apart from Ruber's introduction, he also lampshades Ruber's [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience black clothes and horse]] later in the review.
** But it's worth it for that downright hilarious shot at the beginning of the movie in which we get a panning shot of the Knights of the Round Table: a line of identical-looking generic men, and then one with green skin, yellow eyes, and a banana-shaped head.
* ''JimmyTwoShoes'' gives us [[LouisCypher Lucius Henious VII]], who is red with horns. [[MadScientist Heloise]] wears a blood red dress and has [[ScarsAreForever a scar on her forehead]].
* From ''{{Thundercats}}'', the ghastly wizened mummified warlock Mumm-Ra. Quite scary transformation, also.
** In Chile, the [[{{Phlegmings}} saliva strings attached to an open mouth]] are often called "The Mumm-Ra".
* In general, ''JonnyQuest'' villains are ''really'' unsubtle in their constant [[KickTheDog dog kicking]], their blatantly selfish, malevolent motives, and their choices of wardrobe and lighting. For instance, Dr. Ashida in "The Dragons of Ashida" is such an arrogantly megalomanical [[EvilLaugh cackling]] YellowPeril MadScientist that he makes the series' BigBad, Dr. Zin, seem AffablyEvil and restrained by comparison.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Vlad Masters]]. Fittingly, his ghost form looks like Dracula.
* Lord Darkar, the BigBad of the second season of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', is what he says about himself: "Fists of iron, eyes of fire, and wit as sharp as a sword." He's ChaoticEvil, his armor is based off of a skeletal phoenix, and his name suits him well as he is a being of darkness, making it a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Name to Run Away From Really Fast]]. He's got SpikesOfVillainy, an EvilLaugh, BlackEyesOfEvil, VillainousCheekbones, and [[DarkIsEvil dark magic]]. He has quite a scary transformation, too. His profile even suggests that his helmet can pull up to reveal his terrible face.
* Shows up a number of times in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d a few times, such as in "Ricardio the Heart Guy" and "Wizard".
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' plays this straight with [[FallenAngel Nightmare]] [[MadGod Moon]], but averts this with the arguably [[ForTheEvulz worse]] [[GodOfEvil Discord]].
** Also played straight with the villains of the season 2 finale, Queen Chrysalis and the changeling army, which all look like some kind of freaky horse-insect-demon hybrid, complete with monochromatic eyes, sharp fangs, and jet-black bodies. Chrysalis' obviously evil personality [[spoiler:can also be seen in her disguise, though it doesn't help that said disguise is supposed to act like the opposite of her]].
** Both of them are topped by the villain of the season 3 premiere, King Sombra, who is essentially the pony equivalent of Sauron.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Monsuno}}'' has the [[TheSyndicate Eklipse]] organisation; it's led by [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Dr]] [[StevenUlyssesPerhero Emmanuel Klipse]], a MadScientist dressed in [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver red and black]] with a BeardOfEvil, a FauxAffablyEvil attitude, and the Monsunos he procudes and sells are [[GoodColorsEvilColors red]]. He is so obviously evil that even when he shows up and offers a deal to the protagonists, they are immediatly aware they shouldn't trust him.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''. Even before [[spoiler: Mayor Jones]] is revealed to be the BigBad of season one, he is clearly an amoral {{Jerkass}}, fulfilling this trope in hindsight.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaijudo}}: Rise of the Duel Masters'' seems to have a liking for playing with this trope. The [[BigBad Choten]] is a blonde, long-haired guy dressed costume, specialized in Water Creatures, with a rather AffablyEvil attitude, while his [[TheDragon Dragon]], [[DarkActionGirl Alakshmi]], is a [[DarkSkinnedBlonde dark-skinned]], white-haired woman with a strong tendencies to {{Psychotic Smirk}}s and trained in using [[DarkIsEvil Darkness Creatures]], her favourite being [[PerversePuppet Razorkinder Puppet]]. As the show goes on, it's made quite clear that the real Monster is the Choten, while Alakshmi (though not exactly nice herself) is a more [[JerkassWoobie sympathetic]] AntiVillain.
* ''WesternAnimation/WhoKilledWho'': As a gag, when the detective pushes a button marked 'RING BELL FOR SUSPECTS', the butler, maid, and chauffeur come in, and they all look rather sinister. It then turns out that they're actually pretty cheerful.
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