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->''"Look at the spikes he's wearing! He's gotta be evil!"''
-->-- '''One very smart little boy''', ''VideoGame/ShadowHeartsCovenant''

An evil character, particularly his armor, will be covered in a mass of spikes, blades, horns, and spines that would make a porcupine jealous. Also, [[GoodColorsEvilColors expect]] [[DarkIsEvil black]] [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver or blood-red]] armor.

The idea is to make sure the audience knows that this person or group is dangerous. Others might think [[EvilIsCool it just looks cool]]. Oddly enough, such spikes or blades are frequently [[PowerMakeover purely ornamental]]: despite the fact that they're [[SpikesOfDoom sharp enough to pierce flesh]], it's pretty rare for Spikes Of Villainy to be actually used in combat. (An exception to the ornamental rule is if spikes are found on [[TheSpiny a video game enemy]], in which case they stand a very good chance of foiling would-be [[GoombaStomp Goomba Stompers]].)

{{Samurai}} are exempt. Historically, they did wear headgear impressively decorated with horns, spikes, and rings; modern depictions of samurai tend to be both heroic and spikey.

A subtrope of DressCodedForYourConvenience. May be complemented with ChainedByFashion, FangsAreEvil, armor-mounted FemmeFatalons, or OminousOperaCape. Most likely used by a TinTyrant. See also ScaryImpracticalArmor. Not to be confused with SpikesOfDoom. SisterTrope to HornsOfVillainy; the two don't necessarily have to coincide.




[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', the Quincy Stern Ritter, Äs Nödt has spikes all over his mask. Needless to say, the guy is pretty creepy and villainous...
* Played straight in Season 3 of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' where Yuki Judai [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_adQb7RO71Jc/R1EHHgn3LQI/AAAAAAAACf4/UXfr6P81xSU/s1600-R/HaouJudai.jpg dons a fearsome-looking black armor, complete with sharp, highly noticeable spikes protruding from the back]], during his time as Haou, an overlord [[KnightTemplar obsessed with eliminating evil from the world]] by [[PayEvilUntoEvil utilizing evil's own methods against it.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', Tetsuo's hair is short and close cropped during the early parts of the story, while when he becomes a full blown villain, his hair becomes noticeably larger and much spikier.
* ''Every single {{mook|s}}'' in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''. Just to drive home the point that these are bad people that the hero can splatter all over the place without karmic repercussions, most of them also wear [[AnimeHair mohawks]], [[KickTheDog kick puppies]], and use language that, in Japanese, is the rough equivalent of [[ClusterFBomb saying the word "fuck" nine times in one sentence]].
* The [[MirrorMatch Dark Cures]] in TheMovie of ''Anime/YesPrecure5'' switch out the protagonists' bows and pastels for dark colours and angular, even pointy accents on their clothing. (Amusingly, Cure Rouge's counterpart apparently missed the "dark colors" memo and looks like a sharper-edged version of Cure Rouge.) The ''real'' Precure 5, in contrast, gets a FrillyUpgrade.
* The Zeons from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. The massproduced Zaku II mobile suit used by the {{Mooks}} as well as the limited production Gouf have spiked ShouldersOfDoom as one of their most memorable features. This starts to thin out towards the end of the series as the aging Zakus are replaced by the more powerful Rick Doms & Gelgoogs (both spike-free, though the latter do have rather pointy shoulders). This trope shows up now and then in later Gundam shows, especially if they feature a mobile suit that is an {{Expy}} of the Zaku.
* Eris from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' once only wore free-flowing and modest robes. That was until her FaceHeelTurn, whereupon she promptly dons Spikes of Villainy.
** Naga the White Serpent has shoulder guards with AwesomeButImpractical Spikes of Villainy; a RunningGag in the OVA has her stabbing herself in the face each time she raises her arms to cast Freeze Arrow.
* ''VisualNovel/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'', the [[TheAnimeOfTheGame spiritual prequel]] to ''[[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]'' (which [[AdaptationDisplacement very few people know about]]), had Chrono as Nanoha's rival and the requisite spikes on his armor. In the TV series, he still has the spikes, but is a good guy.
* Some of the low level akuma in ''Manga/DGrayMan'' have lots of spikes sticking out of them.
* Hiruma from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' has a very pointy appearance overall, from his hair to his ears to his fangs. Even his nose is pointy. The idea was to give him a demonic appearance. It works.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Pain has a bunch of spiky piercings in ''his face''. There's also [[spoiler:the ones in the faces of all his other bodies. They are made of special materials that act as receivers controlling said bodies from a remote location]].
** For that matter, most of the [[OneWingedAngel second stage curse seals]] tends to be pretty pointy.
* Haseo from ''VideoGame/DotHackGU'' series started out [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/dothack/images/thumb/e/e1/RebirthHaseo2.jpg/300px-RebirthHaseo2.jpg like this]], and then he became [[http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd236/haseo-1/929996_20070319_screen018.jpg like this]], and in the movie adaptation, he became [[http://dps.dengekionline.com/entryimg/071003_gu_a00.jpg like this]]. And he's the ''good guy''.
* Luciano Bradley in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has a [[GiantMecha Knightmare]] absolutely covered in spikes, which he apparently used to tear his way through the MoralEventHorizon for the bloodier grass on the other side.
* DemonKingNobunaga has these in the ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' anime and video game. In case the OminousLatinChanting, evil cape, [[DarkIsEvil red and black color scheme]], thunder and lighting, [[NothingButSkulls repeated skull motif]], and Creator/NorioWakamoto voice didn't clue the viewer in that he's ObviouslyEvil.
* [[spoiler:Kendappa-ou]] gets a wardrobe upgrade towards the end of ''Manga/RGVeda'' that involves some [[Main/{{Narm}} extremely pointy]] shoulder plates. It coincides nicely with [[spoiler:TheReveal that she's [[TheDragon working for]] BigBad [=Taishakuten=].]]
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'''s OmnicidalManiac Legato Bluesummers has spikes on one shoulder - and a freaking skull on the other. Just 'cause that's how he rolls.
* Aka in ''Anime/YoSonGokuAndHisFriendsReturn'', who is created by two antagonistic aliens known as [[EdibleThemeNaming Abo and Kado]], so naturally his head looks a... pineapple?
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Shurara's helmet is not only excessively spiky, but also has axe blades on it. And Momoka's Fawcett curls turn into spikes when she goes into psycho mode.
* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', [[BigBad Nakago's]] war armor has giant spikes on the shoulder. (His "[[FourStarBadass everyday]]" armor, however, trades the spikes in for something resembling [[TheFourGods a dragon's]] claws.)

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Shredder in ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''. The weapons were conceived when someone wondered what it would be like to have ''cheese graters on their arms''. (Whether the armor was actually functional as a weapon or whether it was just ornamental depended on the continuity; in some versions, it was just for show, and he used standard archaic weapons like swords most of the time, while in others, the armor was indeed useful as an offensive weapon.)
* Doomsday from ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}''.
** Another someone who is fond of killing ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'': alien bounty hunter/mercenary Lobo. Mass murderer, miscreant, and dedicated wearer of leather and spikes. Quite appropriate for a space biker, too.
* Rachel Summers of the ''ComicBook/XMen'' wore a spiked red SpyCatsuit as the uniform of the mutant-hunting Hounds in her native BadFuture.
* ''Comicbook/XMen'' villain [[EvilCounterpart Stryfe]] wears a spiky armored costume. To get an idea just how invested Stryfe is in this trope, [[UpToEleven his spikes have spikes on them]]. His co-creator, Creator/RobLiefeld, has never been one for considering costume practicality.
* ''Comicbook/WonderWoman'' villain [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Genocide]] has spikes all over, including a band of them where her ''eyes'' should be.
* ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Star Wars]] ComicBook/{{Legacy}}'': Darth Kraytís armour is covered with spikes, some of which are [[BodyHorror parasitic Yuuzhan Vong implants growing out of his body]]. Many of his Sith minions emulate his fashion sense to a lesser degree, minus the parasites. [[spoiler:After coming back from the dead and purging himself of the implants, Krayt ditches his old armour for a less-spiky one.]]
* Comicbook/GhostRider is often depicted with small spikes, as benefits an AntiHero biker. In contrast, his EvilKnockoff Vengeance has two-foot shoulder spikes and a spike mohawk growing out of his [[FlamingSkulls Flaming Skull]]. He's also been known to intentionally impale victims on his shoulder spikes.
* During [[FunPersonified Speedball's]] DorkAge as [[DarkerAndEdgier Penance]], he wore a costume with spikes on the outside ''and'' the inside.
* Some of evil doppelgangers of Marvel superheroes created by Magus during ''[[ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet The Infinity War]]'', including Wolverine, Cyclops, Colossus, Wonder Man, The Thing, and Vision, had additional spikes on their costumes (or bodies).
* In the final issues of Creator/MarvelComics' ''Franchise/RoboCop: The Future of Law Enforcement'' series, [=RoboCop=]'s final challenge is his intended replacement whose cyborg body is similar to his, but it's black and has spikes on the shoulders.
* Harris invented some Spikey Battle Nun Armor for ''ComicBook/{{Vampirella}}''. Of course she's not evil, but after all, the Mother of all "Bad Girls", so it's not a fashion crime.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Judge Fear's fortress is completely adorned with spikes and chains.
* Kaine Parker during The Clone Saga had a full body costume with spikes coming out of the forearms and legs, as well as a homicidal attitude.
* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': Ghorghor Bey's armor as a dreaded warlord is covered head to toe with massive spikes, to the point where nobody could conceivably even get near him without getting gored in the process.
* ''ComicBook/{{Copperhead}}'' puts sheriff's deputy Budroxifinicus and gang member Brexinfoyle, both members of the same alien species. Brex's villainy is underlined by his spiked shoulderpad and arm guard.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Most of the dragons in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' combine this with [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily lots and lots of sharp, spiky teeth]]. In an interesting twist, the fastest, most maneuverable, and arguably the deadliest one, Toothless the Night Fury, forgoes the spikes for a more streamlined look. Not surprisingly, he's the first sympathetic dragon that the viewers encounter.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' practically '''lives''' by this trope. Everything he owns is adorned with spikes - his outfits, his car, his robots, his weapons - even something as mundane as a pair of tongs he owned was adorned with spikes. None of them serve any purpose other than [[CardCarryingVillain to make things look more "villain-y"]].
* The Gorg from ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'' wear armor adorned with spikes that have skulls impaled on them. [[spoiler:{{Subverted|Trope}} Ė heís actually pretty nice]].
* [[BigBad Jafar]] from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' gains a spikier-looking outfit after wishing to be "the most powerful sorcerer in the world!" His shoulder pads become larger and pointier, his hat loses its feather and gains two spikes facing either side, and his cobra staff actually opens its mouth.
* In ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', Maleficent actually has spikes covering her [[ScaledUp dragon form]] at the end of her film: four on her neck, six on her back, five on the base of her tail, and three on the tip of her tail.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'': [[PsychoForHire Dennis]] tries to stomp on [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick with a boot with spikes on the sole. It even has the words "Your head here" written on it.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' both uses and subverts this one: the man himself is fairly spiky, and ranges from badass villain to badass AntiHero to child-friendly SuperHero. Anguiras, the spikiest monster of all, is almost always good and functions as Godzilla's {{Sidekick}} at times. Gigan, meanwhile, is always evil, has spikes for hands, a spike on his head, spiky wings, and a buzzsaw in his stomach. And BigBad King Ghidorah is only slightly spiky.
** [=SpaceGodzilla=], Godzilla's evil clone from ''Film/GodzillaVsSpaceGodzilla'', has two massive spikes on his shoulders, a crown-like spike on his head, and several small spikes at the tip of his tail.
** Destoroyah of ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'' is quite spiky, and he's definitely one of the more evil monsters.
* [[http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/2678/80602915.jpg Nero's]] [[http://www.coronacomingattractions.com/sites/default/files/star_trek_2009_narada.jpg ship]] in the ''Film/StarTrek'' reboot. Ironically, the ship is a simple mining vessel in its original time period.
** Even the Narada's torpedoes are spiky. Nero really liked spikes.
** Note that the prequel comic indicates that the Narada didn't look like that until Nero outfitted it with prototype hybrid Romulan-Borg technology in his quest for revenge.
* Franchise/{{Transformers}} in [[Film/{{Transformers}} the movie series]] seem to have a ''lot'' of spikes. Although both Autobots and Decepticons have them, Decepticons seem to have more (and [[BigBad Megatron]] is made up of precious little ''but'' spikes).
* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', after the [[TheDragon Witch-King]] moved into the fortress of Minas Morgul, he evidently did some redecorating, 'cause the place looks like the Minas Tirith (good guys) fortress with -- you guessed it -- gigantic spikes bolted on. There's also [[BigBad Sauron]] himself, who is kitted out in armour that can only be described as ''[[IncrediblyLamePun spiketacular]]''. The Black Gates, Barad-dûr and Orthanc (modified by Saruman to resemble Barad-dûr) also fall into this, to an extent that if you fell off the top of them you'd think you'd be more likely to [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice die by impalement]] than by [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou hitting the ground]].
* Pinhead in the ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' series has a face full of spikes (well, nails).
* Mohawk, the main gremlin in ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch''. Guess what his mohawk is made of.
* The Shredder in the live action ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' films has spikes on his outfit, as well as on him, that spring up after being doused in chemicals. Tokka the mutant snapping turtle has spikes but is less evil and more... dumb and gullible.
* Gilles de Rais actually uses his spiked armor as a weapon in ''Film/TheMessenger''. May serve as either {{Foreshadowing}} or GeniusBonus, considering [[SerialKiller what Gilles]] [[EatsBabies became infamous]] [[HumanSacrifice for afterwards]]...
* In ''Film/IBoughtAVampireMotorcycle'', the demon-possessed motorbike grows a spike to impale a guy who tries to ride it, and grows a whole forest of them in its final OneWingedAngel form.
* Several of Davy Jones' {{Fish Pe|ople}}rson crew in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' have spines or spikes of some sort, notably Koleniko (half man, half puffer fish) and Urchin (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin).
* In the Australian horror film ''Film/TheCarsThatAteParis'', one of the eponymous cars is a Volkswagon Beetle covered in a forest of metal spikes that the villains use to CarFu people. This is {{homage}}d in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' where one of the desert gangs attacks Furiosa's BigBadassRig with excessively-spiked Beetles and other vehicles.
* ''Film/ThorRagnarok'': Hela has a headdress that's covered in long twisting spikes.

* In K.A. Applegate's ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' books, the kids have a hard time accepting the fact that unhosted Hork-Bajir are, in actuality, good guys, due to the dangerous-looking blades that cover the Hork-Bajir figure.
* In [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]]s ''[[Literature/TheCulture Culture]]'' novels, one race of aliens, the Affront, like to adorn their war spaceships with huge spikes and blades.
* The Shrike in Dan Simmon's ''Literature/HyperionCantos'' novels is a cryptic three-meter tall killing machine constructed of razor-sharp metallic spikes and blades. It's named after a bird that impales its prey on spikes.
* Lampshaded in Creator/DavidEddings's ''Literature/TheSapphireRose'', when they find the temple of the BigBad guarded by warriors in heavily spiked and hooked armor, which the heroes laugh at -- not only would the spikes get in the way of the wearer, they'd also serve to guide sword blows into weak spots in the armour. It turns out that they were created because the BigBad was intimidated by the appearance of heavy armor, but did not understand it. Besides, it turns out the guards weren't intended to fight anyway.
* The Steel Inquisitors, EliteMooks from the [[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy Mistborn trilogy]], are a strange example of this...because the spikes are hammered into their bodies and [[EyeScream through their eyes]]. Actually, Ruin's whole branch of BloodMagic, hemalurgy, is based around hammering Spikes Of Villainy into people. These are spikes that make people BrainwashedAndCrazy.
* [[Literature/NewJediOrder The Yuuzhan Vong.]]
* The Kill-O-Zap gun from ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' was designed around this trope.
-->The designer of the gun had clearly not been instructed to beat about the bush. 'Make it evil," he'd been told. "Make it totally clear that this gun has a right end and a wrong end. Make it totally clear to anyone standing at the wrong end that things are going badly for them. If that means sticking all sort of spikes and prongs and blackened bits all over it then so be it. This is not a gun for hanging over the fireplace or sticking in the umbrella stand, it is a gun for going out and making people miserable with."
* Scourge from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' is a former pet cat who wears a collar studded with dog teeth; many cats in his Clan, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast [=BloodClan=]]], wear similar collars as well.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** Queen Ynci's armor in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', although she wasn't a villain, being the Lancre version of Boudicca. She was very fond of spikes though. [[spoiler: Or probably would have been, had she not been entirely made up by a later king of Lancre who saw himself as a folk historian]].
** CardCarryingVillain Evil Harry Dread in ''Discworld/TheLastHero'' has spiked shoulderpads and a helmet with a spiked skull ''and'' spiky batwings, none of which really stops him looking like a middle manager in an accountancy firm or something.
* Played with in the ''Literature/ErebusSequence''. Some of the [[{{Mutants}} Orfani]] have spikes growing out of their bodies, and they're often perceived as villainous, but in fact, that's variable. Dino, the protagonist of the second book, has spikes but is a hero.
* ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington Cauldron of Ghosts]]'': The PoweredArmor worn by the Mesan Internal Security Directorate was designed to intimidate, and features both spike-knuckled gauntlets and spiked pauldrons (plus a OneWayVisor bearing the Directorate's logo of a dagger held by a gauntleted fist).
* Almost everyone in ''Literature/TheDireSaga'' comments on the tendency of Dire's inventions to sport spikes, and how it looks more like something a villain would make. Dire notes that the spikes are simply practical for their purpose.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': The logo of The Circle of the Black Thorn. ('Cause, you know, thorns.)
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Daleks have Spikes Of Villainy in their DNA. It certainly explains them being AlwaysChaoticEvil.
** Just remember, Thal DNA would have the same structure; it's for the whole planet Skaro.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Being made entirely of swords, the Iron Throne reeks of this trope. However, by all accounts, Aegon the Conqueror was a surprisingly good monarch who fashioned it not just to symbolize his power but also as a reminder that a king should never sit easy. His successors, ranging from the TheGoodKing to TheCaligula, all sat the same throne.
** Joffrey plays it straight, however, adding spikey braziers to the pillars of the throne room.
** Although not literal spikes, Sansa's EvilCostumeSwitch has this appearance thanks to the feathers on her shoulders.
* In the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' franchise:
** The villain of the TheMovie for ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' not only had armor covered in spikes, but would sprout more spikes when enraged.
** In ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', Rio's true form as the Mythical Beast King and his [[FourIsDeath four followers]], the Four Mythical Generals, are covered in a ridiculous amount of spikes and gold.
* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'''s Reavers.
* Anything to do with the Shadows in ''Series/BabylonFive''. Even their ships all look like big black spiky nightmares...[[spoiler:Even their planet-killer, unveiled in season 4, works by firing big spikes from orbit into a planet that then destroy it from the inside out.]]

* '''Everything''' in ''Pinball/{{Victory}}'' is covered with spikes of some sort... even though the actual game is about perfectly ordinary auto racing.
* The leg fastener bolts on ''Pinball/MagicGirl'' are capped with (dulled) spikes.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* TagTeam Wrestling/{{The Road Warriors}}/The Legion of Doom was well known for the spiked shoulder pads they wore as they entered the ring. In fact, these, along with their strangely-painted faces, punk-style hair, and tree-trunk-like builds, made for 100% grade-A NightmareFuel for some people. The look stayed intact long after their HeelFaceTurn. They even broke off a spike and stuck it into the eye of Wrestling/DustyRhodes.
** [[Wrestling/MickieJames Alexis Laree]], Wrestling/NatalyaNeidhart and Wrestling/BethPhoenix have all aped the Road Warrior look.
* Wrestling/BigVanVader in his [[BuffySpeak gas mask/elephant suit thing]]. The mask underneath it, which is used in matches, is devoid of spikes.
* Wrestling/TheGreatMuta has a mask that is similar to the red one Vader commonly wears except that its straps are adorned in spikes.
* Wrestling/{{Psicosis}} was known to have spiked shoulder pads and wrist bands, in addition to {{horn|ed humanoid}}s.
* Wrestling/LaParka's [[TheGimmick gimmick]] is that of a [[TheDeadCanDance dancing skeleton]] and sometimes his ring gear is bursting with spikes, bony or otherwise, as he dances his way to the ring. He discards them before the match begins regardless.
* When Damiancito el Guerrero moved from the mini estrella ranks to those of the larger luchadors as Virus in 1998, it coincided with his entrance and ring gear getting a whole lot spikier.
* Laredo Kid, Mini Laredo Kid and Súper Laredo, since their wrestling gear comes to noticeable points in many places, especially on their masks. However, they have often been {{tecnico}}s.
* Wrestling/DaizeeHaze refused to defend her Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA Midwest Women's Title against Wrestling/MsChif while the latter's spiked vest was anywhere near the ring. [=MsChif=] had used it to carve up Mickie Knuckles in IWA Mid-South.
* Whenever Mephisto's mask doesn't have horns, it has a row of spikes lining the middle of his head. Some of his masks have both features at once.
* IWRG mainstay Eterno lost his mask 2008 but did not stop coming to the ring in a half face concealing mask loaded with spikes. He just took off before the bell after that point.
* Wrestling/{{CMLL}} luchador Inquisidor debuted a mask with a six spike "crown" in 2008, which is purely RuleOfCool as they are not sturdy enough to be of much danger.
* After Anticristo [[HumiliatingWager lost his mask]] to Aladino at an AULL show in 2009, he began wearing a spiked dog collar to make up for it.
* The Midwest Militia's Allysin Kay and Sassy Stephie have been known to wrestle in spiked sports bras, which make even some of the most basic holds they apply very painful. Kay's Made In Sin cohort, Taylor Made, also used them as did Wrestling/IvelisseVelez in Valkyrie. (April Hunter went for a spiked singlet instead)
* Mistress Glenda Lee in the World Wrestling League also had a fondness for spiky sports gear. Luckily for the sanity of the wrestlers, she was mostly a manager.
* Espíritu Infernal wrestled with spikes all down his legs, on his boots, on his shoulder pads and on his mask while he was in pursuit of Archimedes, who at one point appeared to receive a shoulder laceration while wrestling him. {{Subverted|trope}} though in that Infernal was the {{face}} in the 2016 feud, at least in the Empire Wrestling Federation.
* Demonio Infernal of IWRG had a row of spikes on the back of his mask, perhaps as a deterrent to those who would try to forcibly remove it.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', naturally, has a lot of this.
** There are several types of devils that have spikes growing out of their skin.
*** The Spined Devil who is a winged mass of spikes.
** The Lord of Blades in the TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} setting of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has blades all over his body.
** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting
*** An orc warlord named King Obould wears spiked full plate. he started as a villain and has since become an AntiVillain, and possibly a secondary protagonist as well.
*** There is a prestige class in service to the ChaoticEvil deity Cyric called the Spur Lord, and a few of their abilities are all about making use of the spikes on their armor.
** Basic D&D Immortal level module [=IM3=] ''The Best of Intentions''. The ChaoticEvil Immortal {{NPC}} villain Hircismus takes the form of a Shaggy Demon. Beneath his long, shaggy hair are short, stiff poisonous spines. He likes to grapple opponents to force them against his spines.
** There's also the [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/iw/20040912b& Cadaver Collector]], which might be 'usually' lawful neutral, but given how they're described as golems typically used to collect bodies for their masters, usually for necromancy, chances are not a lot of not a lot of ''good'' individuals will construct and command a Cadaver Collector. Notable for actually making use of its spikes in both the fluff and the stats.
** There's also the [[http://lh5.ggpht.com/-dZni67_XlLc/TKndfYTWgcI/AAAAAAAACyQ/8tD_le6oytA/65.jpg Soulspike Devourer]]. See the big one in the back? Yeah, that's a semi-skeletal EldritchAbomination with souls impaled on the massive bony spikes coming out of its body. It's an AlwaysChaoticEvil horror that basically [[YourSoulIsMine rips souls out of people]] and causes them immense agony when it shoves them on its spikes. It also consumes said souls for a boost to its power in a pinch. Worst of all, it speaks Common, which means almost anyone can understand it. Kind of makes you miss the barbed devils.
* The Needlekin in ''TabletopGame/{{The Splinter}}'' are described as "the living embodiment of violence, combat, and physical force". In Razorback form, spikes and blades grow out of their bones and through their skin. In Bladeling form, they're covered in an exoskeleton of steel bristles.
* In ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles'', the Dark Legion cover their vehicles, firearms, and armor with spikes. Examples include Alakhai the Cunning, Golgotha, and Stahler's OneWingedAngel form.
* Both ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' use this a lot:
** All of Chaos, but especially worshippers of Khorne. They actually use the spikes on their armor and vehicles to impale the heads of slain foes/victims and eventually make a gruesome trophy rack. At least one Chaos army book has included "Spiky Bits" as a piece of equipment that makes its bearer more effective in combat. That guy up there in the picture? He's a good example.
*** In the 40k tie-in game ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'', the Orks derisively refer to Chaos Space Marines as "spiky boyz"; in Dawn of War II, this trope is actually lampshaded by the Ork Mekboy.
-->'''Mekboy:''' Cor, they sure like spikes on their kit, don' they?

** Some ''Age of Sigmar'' Khorne characters such as the Slaughterpreist have the spikes either implanted into or ''[[BodyHorror growing out of]]'' their bodies.
** [[HypocriticalHumor The Orcs (or Orks) in both series,]] to a lesser extent. Sometimes the spikes are from some ugly spiked creature (of xhich the universe has no shortage) to show the wearer is able to kill something bigger and meaner than himself.
** The Dark Elves/Eldar actually use blades instead of spikes, but otherwise have this trope in spades.
** The [[MayIncaTec Lizardmen]] can rival Chaos in the spikes department, though, especially because all of their melee weapons are spiked clubs...though they're [[LawfulNeutral not]] ''[[BlackAndGreyMorality as]]'' evil.
** The Chaos example is almost lampshaded in ''[[Literature/HorusHeresy Fulgrim]]''. When describing one of the first Noise Marines, literally the first thing mentioned is that he's added 'jagged iron spikes' to his power armour.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Speaking of Orcs, the Horde in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' held onto their spikes even when the race pulled a HeelFaceTurn after the first few games.
** In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', some of the Warlock armor sets had spikes on them, which is to be expected as they use the powers of demons. Some of the more morally-neutral classes' armor have them also, as does armor which is not class-specific. [[RuleOfCool They all look cool]], but it makes you wonder about Blizzard...
** [[http://www.gucomics.com/comic/?cdate=20050726 GU Comics believes the definition of epic by Blizzard coincides with spikes...]]
** ''Wrath of the Lich King'' took this trope to new heights with Saronite, a metal made from the blood of an [[EldritchAbomination Old God]]. Everything that's made of it looks very evil and spiky.
*** Except, somewhat surprisingly, the Lich King himself. Other than a moderately spiky helm (very reminiscent of Sauron's from the movie), his armor works with a skull motif rather than spikes.
** The demonic Felguards have spikes on them growing from everywhere. That includes three huge spikes on the back (presumably the reason why they don't wear chest armor) and one horn on the forehead.
** Horde players can deck their garrison with as many spikes as they want http://www.wowhead.com/item=119213/unnecessary-spike
* ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' has [[AntiHero Antiheroic]] examples; Necromancer and Assassin can get armors festooned with Spikes. Though not the villains, neither of them explicitly deny evil motives and revel in evil methods.
* Bowser in ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' His Giga Bowser form in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee'' and ''Brawl'' takes this and runs with it, pumping his spikiness up to {{Kaiju}} levels.
** Boom-Boom and the Koopalings of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' had similar spikes.
** In ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story]]'', Bowser's horns are his equivalent to Mario & Luigi's {{Badass Mustache}}s in that they have their own stat which are the ''Luck'' stat of the game.
** And in the game ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', Bowser actually gained the ability to grow spikes out of his abdomen during the final boss battle!
* [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] from ''Franchise/MortalKombat''.
* S.P.I.K.E. from ''VideoGame/LocoCycle'' has this in the format of him being an artificially-intelligent motorcycle, as opposed to the more obviously futuristic sci-fi look of the protagonist motorcycle, I.R.I.S.
* Sigma from ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' added spikes to his armor after his FaceHeelTurn.
* Enthusiastically embraced by ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' with the expanded costume elements added in the release of ''City of Villains'', including all manner of clothing pieces featuring horns, spikes, chains, barbed wire, and other pointy bits. Additionally, one of the Veterans' Rewards badges gives the player access to a special set of ''high-tech'' spiky bits.
** And ironically enough, these costume parts are equally accessible to heroic and villainous characters.
*** Maybe not [[NinetiesAntiHero completely ironically]].
* Ashnard of ''Franchise/FireEmblem'': ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]]'' took Spikes Of Villainy to a [[http://www.feplanet.net/media/sprites/9/character/body/enemy/ashnard.png whole new level]]. Plus the big spiky dragon he rides, [[spoiler: who is actually being a good guy [[BalefulPolymorph stuck as a dragon]] due to PsychoSerum.]]
** Walhart of [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]] has thin spikes on his armour, and is a cruel conqueror who wants to take or defeat everything he sees. [[spoiler:But if you recruit him, he becomes at least a little bit nicer.]]
* ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' 's antagonistic group, Team Galactic, had a '''headquarters''' with large Spikes Of Villainy on both sides. (The spikes were white, though.)
* ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'': as you do evil deeds and your [[KarmaMeter Corruption Level]] rises, you grow spikes and spines all over your body, particularly on the shoulders, which get bigger as your villainy increases. Your Dark Tower follows suit, though you can adorn it with a lot of nifty spiky things even if you stay (relatively) good. If you go evil, it just seems to spontaneously grow them.
** Similarly, the tower that acts as your base in ''VideoGame/BlackAndWhite'' starts out with several flat, blunt rays spreading out from the bottom. As you become more evil, the tower turns black and the rays curl up into wicked spikes.
* Jin Saotome from ''VideoGame/{{Cyberbots}}: Full Metal Madness'', better known for his ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' appearances, is a good guy with spikes on the shoulders of his outfit.
* The Shake King in ''VideoGame/WarioLand Shake It'' had this, with the standard evil overlord spiked beard (with viking horns), spiked bracelet type things, and the like.
* Given how the [[AxCrazy Dwarves]] of ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' act at times, it's no wonder that everything they decorate ends up menacing, with spikes of wood or basalt or [[HumanResources dwarf bones]].
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'': Many outfits for high-level Sith Inquisitors have these.
* Wolf O'Donnell from ''VideoGame/StarFox'' wore spiked shoulder pads in his later appearances. In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'', his claws are almost long enough to count as well.
* While not actually a villain, Sonic's Werehog transformation in ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' has spikes on his shoes akin to golf cleats. They actually seem to serve a purpose since they allow him to stop on a dime.
* [[LaResistance The People's Liberation Army of Venezuela]] in ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}} 2'' is equipped with Vietnam-era vehicles with spikes and barbed wire all over everything.
* Lechuck, in his Pirate God form, in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland: Rise of the Pirate God''.
* Wodan Ymir from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' wears spikes on his armor and is on the Shadow Mirror side, and he is Sanger's EvilCounterpart. However, he's not 100% evil.
** The Zehirut is covered in spike-like crystals and is piloted by a major antagonist in ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'' and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha 1'', Commander Laodecia Judecca Gozzo.
* [[BlackKnight Wolfgario]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Ravager]], leader of the enemy army in ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight'', has horns on his helmet.
* Gulcasa and Leon of ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' both have extremely spiky armor, but although they're antagonists, the former happens to be a MessianicArchetype and a HeroAntagonist, while the latter is a [[AxCrazy slightly deranged]] JerkassWoobie.
* The Final Starman and Starman Deluxe from ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' have spiked shoulders and spikes on the top of their heads. The Final Starman and the Starman Deluxe happen to be one of the stronger enemies in the game.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', one of the AxCrazy Raider armors is aptly named "Raider Painspike Armor".
** Semi-example would be the Tribal Power Armor and Ashur's Power Armor from Fallout 3's DLC, The Pitt. Highly stylized PA sporting makeshift repair that included a horned cow skull, the Tribal PA doesn't do melee damage like the Painspike does, and for a PA, it has the lowest Defense Rating. However, it does give you +15 AP to be lined up for those satisfying VATS kills.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', Legate Lanius' armor has spikes on his shoulderpads.
** Ditto the Metal Armor in both games.
* The Sansha's Nation pirate faction in ''VideoGame/EveOnline'' is all about spikes. And villainy.
* Acknowledged by developers as an important design decision for Mordekaiser in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Vindictus}}'' boss Sturdy Emuloch is ''encrusted'' with these. He has a spiky [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe shield]] on each arm with [[WolverineClaws a bunch of knives attached to the rims]] and punches you with them.
* Hades in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' has these protruding from his whole body, mainly the back. [[spoiler: But he's actually less evil than the other gods, like Zeus or Athena. His sole reason for fighting you is your murder of his loved ones.]]
* [[spoiler: Quercus Alba]], the BigBad of ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'', gains these once he reveals his true nature. [[spoiler: (He had been masquerading as a frail old man until that point.)]]
* The Darkspawn in ''Franchise/DragonAge''. Everything they wear or carry around (weapons, shields) is adorned with spikes. They even build spiky altar-like structures wherever they camp and adorn statues from other civilizations with spikes wherever they go. Also, played with in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', where after you meet party member Fenris, Varric warns you that he wears ''spiky black leather''. However, Fenris isn't particularly villainous - just an AntiHero with, as Varric puts it, "issues."
* Sarevok in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate''.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Throughout the series, Daedric equipment tends to be very spiky. Daedric equipment is forged using [[FantasyMetals ebony]] which has been in some way imbued with the [[YourSoulIsMine souls]] of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]]. In each game where it is found, Daedric is typically the highest tier non-unique crafting material available. It is also the trademark gear of the Dremora, a sentient race of lesser Daedra typically found in service to [[OmnicidalManiac Mehrunes Dagon]], the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[DestroyerDeity Destruction]] and one of the few Daedric Princes to be seen as [[GodOfEvil almost wholly evil]] by the denizens of Tamriel.
** This is also a trait of Daedroths, a [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodilian]] form of lesser Daedra typically found in service to [[GodOfEvil Molag]] [[TheCorrupter Bal]]. They tend to have a very spiky appearance and are near-universally hostile to mortals.
** Hungers are another form of lesser Daedra, looking very similar in appearance to the "alien-style" {{Chupacabra}}, complete with claws, a "sucker" mouth, and a row of razor sharp spikes down their backs. They are in service to Boethiah, the Daedric Prince of [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Plots]].
** Ogrim are yet another form of lesser Daedra, being [[GiantMook massive]] and as [[DumbMuscle dim-witted as they are strong]]. They too have spiky appearances (especially in ''Online'') and are near-universally hostile to mortals.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s ''Knights of the Nine'' expansion, BigBad Umaril the Unfeathered has [[MeaningfulName unfeathered]] [[WingedHumanoid wings]] which come across looking like spikes.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** The [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]], creatures of [[DragonsAreDemonic aggression and domination]] for whom it's [[AlwaysChaoticEvil in their blood to be cruel and contemptuous]], have naturally spiky appearances, some more so than others. [[BigBad Alduin]], the [[BeastOfTheApocalypse World Eater]], who is the "first born" of the dragons, is entirely black and spiky in appearance.
*** The weapons, armor, chests, and huts of the AlwaysChaoticEvil [[TheMorlocks Morlock-like]] Falmer in are all very spiky. Justified in that they are made with [[BigCreepyCrawlies Chaurus]] chitin, which is spiky to begin with.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline Online]]'' introduces Daedric Titans, a form of lesser Daedra created by Molag Bal by [[TheCorrupter corrupting]] ''dragons''. They manage to be even spikier than the already very spiky standard dragons.
** In the ''Battlespire'' DungeonCrawler spin-off game, this is a trait of the Morphoid Daedra, lesser Daedra in service to BigBad [[DestroyerDeity Mehrunes Dagon]].
* Most of the invading Machines in ''VideoGame/MiniRobotWars'' have spikes on them, but some get ''more'' spikes as they get stronger. Smasher (the basic enemy unit) has a stronger version called the Heavy Smasher, which is black and has more health and more spikes. An even stronger version is called the Mega Smasher, which is purple, has more attack power and health, and...even more spikes.
** Then there is the [[GiantMook Giant]], which has an upgraded form called the Titan, which is green, has more health, can pull a OneHitKill on THREE of your units instead of just one, and has more spikes.
** Even the TrueFinalBoss plays with this. Compared to the DiscOneFinalBoss, it is blue, has more health, attacks faster...and has more spikes.
* [[AIIsACrapshoot Xenon]] ships in ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X3 Reunion]]'' and later games have [[SinisterGeometry cubic]] [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver black hulls with red lighting]], and have large masses of sharp antennas protruding from their capital ships at every angle, while their fighters get forward-facing antenna. [[ProudWarriorRace Split Dynasty]] capital ships have a huge mass of spike-y antennas mounted on their prows, which are [[RammingAlwaysWorks very effective for stabbing at enemy capital ships when ramming]]
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', a few enemies have these, such as most of the Boss Monsters in the [=GameInformPowerDailyPro=] Dungeon, and many of [[OneWingedAngel the demonic Nemeses]].
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has the infamous Darkwraith Kirk ([[spoiler:though he's actually a Chaos Servant, and by the time of ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'', Rosaria's Finger]]), The Knight of Thorns. His armor set is one of the few examples where spiky armor is actually used in combat, as you can roll into enemies to damage them (it's minimal damage at best, but still). Even his sword is spiky and is the only straight sword in the game which causes bleeding.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' games, the Hunters had massive spikes on their backs. These were stated in extra material to be razor-sharp, but were never used for combat, and mostly were to make them look cool, and, when they're an enemy, evil.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianDawn'': In the final GDI mission, you're told that Kane's headquarters has finally been located and that it's time to launch a final assault against him. Then you get a good look at the Temple of Nod, with its glowing red lights and spikes emanating from it, and you wonder how [[GenreBlindness anyone could have missed it]].
* In ''VideoGame/DisneyPrincessEnchantedJourney'', Zara's hair is styled into points.
* The Goliath of ''Videogame/{{Evolve}}'' has an organic version of this. Its back has numerous jagged spikes that grow larger as it gets more powerful. The Behemoth has a more subdued version of this with only a few spikes on its shoulder plates.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The Head of Square Enix from SuperFlashBros' Decline of Video Gaming flash movie series is merely a person with spiky anime hair, a dress shirt, and random spikes sticking out from under his arms to make him look evil.

* In the fantasy spoof comic ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'', Yeagar the warrior once bemoans upon an evil adventuring party, "The accessories on their warrior! My spiked shoulder plates are no match for his blade-festooned finery!"
** They ''do'' have their use, [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2008-11-28 however]].
* Jägers in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', while [[BloodKnight not evil as such]], like this style. Although he's one of the good guys, Gil [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080512 receives]] some spare epically spikey shoulder pads as they were the only clothing on hand at the time. Even [[NiceHat the hat]] has [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080514 spikes]] of its own. Later, one Jäger general [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120511 wears long, bone-looking shoulder spikes]]. At least in his case, these are [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120525 quite]] functional.
** Agatha's HumongousMecha [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120711 here]] has spikes on it. Well, she is the protagonist, but she is also a Heterodyne.
* The [[http://tsoalr.com/?p=328 Chaos Land Raider]] in ''Webcomic/TurnSignalsOnALandRaider''.
* This trope is mused upon in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''.
--> '''Annie:''' You need to make yourself look more evil, Mort. More horns?
* Naturally, when Cream Angel suffers a FaceHeelTurn in ''Webcomic/ToPreventWorldPeace'', her halo grows spikes on it.
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'', when after getting an unwanted makeover from [[RobotGirl Zenith]], CK ends up with a hilariously hideous [[Creator/RobLiefeld Liefeldian]] outfit [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2012/08/15/nin-wahs-agenda/ with not only spiked shoulder pads, but spiked collars around his tail]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' Tarquin has spiky armor. His soldiers also have spiky helms.
* The Thorn Knights, the resident [[FallenAngel Fallen Angels]] of ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'' are, as their name implies, ''covered'' in spikes. Their leader even has spikes growing out of its ''eyes'' in its void form.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Lord Darigan of ''{{Website/Neopets}}'' and [[http://www.neopets.com/medieval/minions.phtml his followers]] are common villains in Site Plots.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The original design of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had Fire Nation characters, especially in regards to Prince Zuko, sport spiky, red armor. This was scrapped and came to receive an [[InternalHomage internal]] TakeThat in the actual series when Sokka mocks the fact that the Water Tribe has Fire Nation uniforms that are almost a century out of date by sproinging the spikes on the shoulders. The current armor still has spikes on the scary masks the FacelessGoons wear, and Aang actually uses one to cut the rope tying his hands after [[WithMyHandsTied beating the other guards]].
** Another parody came when the [[FanNickname Gaang]] was in a weapon shop and Aang was wearing a ridiculously large set of armor that even has a spike ''with a buzzsaw in it''. It was even accompanied by a metal riff (which is ''incredibly'' out of place in this series). Said costume was included because [[MerchandiseDriven the merchandisers]] tried to insist that Aang wear one like that for his battles, despite the fact that it's ''completely'' against his fighting style.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'''s Dethklok have this kind of design on their vehicles and other accessories. "Dethfone", a cell phone designed by them while drunk, has so many spiky bits that it's almost impossible to use without poking out one's own eye. Murderface uses it to kill a monster.
** The spikes are a send-up of BlackMetal and its fans, and both fans and performers of the genre [[http://www.spiritus-temporis.com/black-metal-fashion/ actually do dress like that]], although Dethklok themselves are a death metal band.
* Chase Young from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''; so evil that he has (retractable) spikes in and on his underwear.
* Baron Ünderbheit in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has these on his armour.
* Aku, the BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', does this massively. ''He's'' spiky, he puts up spiky towers, even his original pre-humanoid form was growing fields of spikes out of the ground...
* Not only does Vilgax on ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'' have a bunch of spikes on his armor, but his land vehicle of choice is essentially a giant, spiky ball with spike launchers that pop out of the sides.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': Megatron starts out spiky but trades them in for VerticalMechaFins and a more [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 G1]]-esque look overall. Lockdown and Oil Slick have smaller spikes on their armour.
** The Creator/MichaelBay live action movies have all Cybertronians spiky and more alien in their pre-Earth forms, and Megs is the one who never takes an Earth vehicle mode. As such, every single inch of the Emperor of Destruction's body is twisted, razor-sharp death.
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'': Megatron once again. His robot mode is pre-Earth Animated Megs with some Bayformers touches.
** ''And'' in ''Anime/TransformersCybertron''. As a result of rebuilding himself with pieces of [[BiggerBad Unicron's]] body and absorbing what remained of the dark god's power, he sports demonic horns and numerous spikes. Unicron himself features these.
* Mr. Ten on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. He turns out to be a MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** [[EvilOverlord King Sombra]] has a crown adorned with spikes. Even more prominent is his {{unicorn}} horn, which is so curved and sharp that it more closely resembles a spike that's been driven through his head.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]", as if the book hidden behind a wall on a pedestal over a pit weren't suspicious enough, it has these on the cover.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has a particularly literal example of this trope. Ice King, who was the main recurring villain in early seasons, wears a spiky crown. [[spoiler: It turns out that said spiky crown is, in fact, the ''[[SentientPhlebotinum actual]]'' [[ArtifactOfDoom villain]] -- Ice King himself is merely BrainwashedAndCrazy by it.]]