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[[caption-width-right:300: Now that's what I call [[IncrediblyLamePun a sharp outfit]]!]]

->''"Look at the spikes he's wearing! [[ObviouslyEvil He's gotta be evil!]]"''
-->-- '''One [[GenreSavvy 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 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.[[noreallife]]

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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', the Quincy Stern Ritter, s Ndt 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 [[{{Mooks}} mook]]'' in ''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 ''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.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', where anything that vaguely resembles a spike-shaped drill automatically means good; this is partly because Simon used to be a driller, and partly to show all the sheer {{Badass}}itude of the Gurren Brigade.
** Played straight with Lordgenome's Lazengann, which uses drills that are more jagged and spike-like than any of the good guys. [[spoiler:Inverted in the same way as usual, both before his betrayal of humanity and his HeelFaceTurn.]]
* 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.
** Inverted with the Gundam's hyper hammer, and notably deconstructed in its sequel, ''ZetaGundam'', where both sides use mobile suits with spikey shoulders.
* Eris from ''{{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.
* ''TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'', the [[TheAnimeOfTheGame spiritual prequel]] to ''[[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 ''DGrayMan'' have lots of spikes sticking out of them.
* Hiruma from ''{{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.
* Inverted in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' - most of the time, anyway. Al's armor is massive and spiky, and he's a sweet, innocent kid.
** Played with whenever Ed decides he's going to transmute something to make it "more badass."
* 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. It's recently been discovered that 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.
* OdaNobunaga 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 NorioWakamoto voice didn't clue the viewer in that he's ObviouslyEvil.
* [[spoiler:Kendappa-ou]] gets a wardrobe upgrade towards the end of RGVeda that involves some [[Main/{{Narm}} extremely pointy]] shoulder plates. It coincides nicely with [[spoiler:TheReveal that she's [[TheDragon working for]] BigBad [=Taishakuten=].]]
* ''{{Trigun}}'''s OmnicidalManiac Legato Bluesummers has spikes on one shoulder - and a freaking skull on the other. Just 'cause that's how he rolls.
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[[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/{{X-Men}}'' wore a spiked red SpyCatsuit as the uniform of the mutant-hunting Hounds in her native BadFuture.
* ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' 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, 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.
* Darth Krayt in ''StarWarsLegacy''. Though in his case, [[spoiler:it's not entirely voluntary]].
* 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.
* Inverted by ComicBook/AntMan opponent Porcupine. Despite wearing battlesuits covered in weaponized spines, his spines are invariably drawn as looking like shaggy hair. He also proved to be not that bad a guy, and eventually died during a team-up with Captain America.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''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, spikey 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 spikey. 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.
* {{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-dr and Orthanc (modified by Saruman to resemble Barad-dr) 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. In a subversion, Tokka the mutant snapping turtle has spikes, but is less evil and more...dumb and gullible.
* 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 [[spoiler:(except the Green Death)]], Toothless the Night Fury, forgoes the spikes for a more streamlined look. Not surprisingly, he's the first sympathetic dragon that the viewers encounter. Subverted in that the rest of the dragons [[spoiler:aren't actually evil at all]].
* [[StarWars Darth Maul]] has a number of small devilish horns growing from his head. The rest of his species does not look nearly as manacing without the Sith facial tattoos, but the horns complement it nicely.
* Gilles de Rais actually uses his spiked armor as a weapon in TheMessenger. May serve as either {{Foreshadowing}} or GeniusBonus, considering [[SerialKiller what Gilles]] [[EatsBabies became infamous]] [[HumanSacrifice for afterwards]]...
* ''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 "villian-y"]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* 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 the 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 final book of ''Literature/TheElenium'' trilogy, 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 in to 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 cat who wears a collar studded with dog teeth; many cats in his Clan, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast [=BloodClan=]]], wear similar collars as well.
* Queen Ynci's armor in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series.
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[[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.
* 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.
* ''{{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.]]
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* '''Everything''' in ''Pinball/{{Victory}}'' is covered with spikes of some sort, though the game's BloodSport theme is [[SubvertedTrope subverted]].
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The tag team 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 Dusty Rhodes.
* Made In Sin have been known to wrestle in spiked sports bras, which make even some of the most basic holds they apply more painful.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''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 {{Eberron}} setting of ''DungeonsAndDragons'' has blades all over his body.
** ''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. A subversion occurs with dwarvish battleragers, who are, if not good, then on the good guys' side, and also wear spiked armor.
*** 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.
* In ''MutantChronicles'', the Dark Legion cover their vehicles, firearms, and armor with spikes. Examples include Alakhai the Cunning, Golgotha, and Stahler's OneWingedAngel form.
* All of Chaos in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. 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.
** Also, Da Orcs (or Orks) in both series, but to a lesser extent.
** 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.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Speaking of Orcs, the Horde in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' held onto this for the first couple games, then became a subversion when the race pulled a HeelFaceTurn and ''kept'' the spikes.
** Also used and subverted by ''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...]]
*** ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} 2'' 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.
** The recent expansion 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 3 huge spikes on the back (presumably the reason why they don't wear chest armor) and one horn on the forehead.
** Icecrown...just...Icecrown.
* 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''.
* 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 [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] it by actually being a good guy [[BalefulPolymorph stuck as a dragon]] due to PsychoSerum.]]
** Inverted by plenty of heroic characters throughout the series; spiked armour is a staple part of the outfit of the Hero class and is also found on other allied characters like Echidna of ''[[FireEmblemElibe Sword of Seals]]'' and, most famously and exaggeratedly, [[CrutchCharacter Jagen]] [[FireEmblemAkaneia of the Akaneia games]].
** Walhart of [[FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]] has thin spikes on his armour, and is a cruel conqueror who wants to take or defeat everything he sees. [[spoiler:Subverted if he is recruited; he still enjoys battling, but he is at least a little bit nicer.]]
* ''VideoGame/BloodlineChampions'' uses this trope for the Thorn in the vein of branches jutting out on it...and, being a monstrous tree, it's [[JustifiedTrope justified]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' both uses and subverts this trope: Dark Knight Cecil has spiked armor and wields darkness--but when he becomes a paladin, he keeps the spikes. White mage Rosa also has spikes on her...[[{{Stripperific}} well, I guess it's armor.]] Interestingly, [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor Kain's]] armor is spike-free.
** Well, lack of spikes reduce air drag while leaping. The only spike a dragoon needs is the one that's about to go deep into some poor sap's skull.
*** ''Every Franchise/FinalFantasy'' until the ones helmed by Tetsuya Nomura subverted and played this trope straight: villains and heroes alike had dark, spiked armor. The [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Warrior of Light]] even has a ''devil-horned helmet.''
*** That also happens to look ''[[NiceHat completely badass.]]''
*** It should be noted that it is especially apparent among villains who were selected for Dissidia: Chaos, Garland, Mateus, Golbez, Ex-Death, Ultimecia and Gabraanth all sport spikes of villainy.
* ''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 ''[[CapcomVsWhatever Marvel Versus Capcom]]'' 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. [[spoiler: Subverted in that he's not an evil man, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge just a guy consumed by a thirst of revenge for the country who wronged him.]]]]
* In a subversion, it's the heroine who wears spikes in ''VideoGame/BloodRayne'', as the heels on her boots are metal spikes.
* 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 protunding from his whole body, mainly the back. [[spoiler: Subverted in that 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''.
* Daedric weapons and armor in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' are all pretty spiky. They are also the trademark equipment of the Dremora, the vicious servitors of Mehrunes Dagon, the daedric Prince of Destruction.
* 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.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend''. None of the villains wear spikes (despite both those factions being based on the {{goth}} and [[BondageIsBad S&M]] subcultures), but almost all of the heroes do.
* [[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]]), 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.
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* 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.
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* In the fantasy spoof comic ''{{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]].
* Jgers 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 Jger 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 ''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 [[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]].
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* Lord Darigan of ''{{Neopets}}'' and [[http://www.neopets.com/medieval/minions.phtml his followers]] are common villains in Site Plots.
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* 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 (retractible) spikes in and on his underwear.
* Baron nderbheit 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/{{Ben 10}}'' have a bunch of spikes on his armor, but his land vehicle of choice is essentially a giant, spikey ball with spike launchers that pop out of the sides.
* Shredder again. In the original ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' cartoon series, he is depicted as having large blades on his gloves, arm, and shoulder plates. Justified, however, in that he actually uses his glove blades in combat. [[NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight It doesn't help him.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': Megatron starts out spikey, but trades them in for VerticalMechaFins and a more [[TransformersGenerationOne 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 Jimmy Two-Shoes]]''. Turns out to be a subversion, since he's a MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold.
* [[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.
* [[EvilOverlord King Sombra]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' 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.]]
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