The bad guys. The mad scientists, the cruel executives, the evil witches and wizards, the corrupt politicians, the mortal aspects of pure evil, and, more often than not, the people (or otherwise) [[VillainsActHeroesReact that instigate the conflict]] and the story.

Despite how one is supposed to cheer for the hero to succeed, there has always been a long standing interest in the villains. Some are renowned for their [[EvilGenius intelligence]] and cunning EvilPlan, others are awe-inspiring with simply how [[KickTheDog evil they can be]], and yet others are respected because of their determination. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption No matter how many times]] [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin the hero kicks in the door and stops their plans]], [[StatusQuoIsGod they're always back]] at it [[CardboardPrison soon enough]], with another dark scheme to further their evil goals. On the other hand, [[CompleteMonster not all villains can achieve that secret admiration]].

[[TheHeavy It is said a hero is only as good as their enemies.]] Thus, a good story has to have a well-written villain, somebody that earns respect. [[InHarmsWay After all, what is a hero without a villain to challenge them?]] [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=107 This.]]

Compare TheIndexTeam.
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating
* AbsoluteXenophobe
* AbusiveParents
* ActivistFundamentalistAntics
* AccuserOfTheBrethren
* AdaptationalVillainy
* TheAdjectivalMan
* AdorableEvilMinions
* AffablyEvil
* AfricanTerrorists
* TheAggressiveDrugDealer
* AIIsACrapshoot
* AlasPoorVillain
* AliensAndMonsters
* AliensAreBastards
* AlphaBitch
* AltoVillainess
* AlwaysChaoticEvil
* AmoralAfrikaner
* AmoralAttorney
* AngryGuardDog
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing
* AntagonistAbilities
* AntagonistInMourning
* AntagonisticOffspring
* TheAntiChrist
* AntiRoleModel
* AntiVillain
* ArcVillain
* ArchEnemy
* ArchnemesisDad
* ArmiesAreEvil
* ArmsDealer
* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* ArtifactOfDoom
* AsLongAsThereIsEvil
* TheAssimilator
* AssInAmbassador
* AssholeVictim
* AxCrazy
* BabysitterFromHell
* BadBoss
* TheBadGuysAreCops
* BadGuyBar
* BadGuysPlayPool
* TheBadGuyWins
* BadSamaritan
* BadSanta
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad
* BarbarianTribe
* TheBaroness
* BastardBastard
* BattleaxeNurse
* BecauseImGoodAtIt
* BetaTestBaddie
* BetterTheDevilYouKnow
* BiblicalBadGuy
* BigBad
** BigBadDuumvirate
** BigBadEnsemble
** BigBadFriend
** BigBadWannabe
* TheBigBadShuffle
* TheBigBadWolf
* BiggerBad
* BigRedDevil
* BitPartBadguys
* BitchInSheepsClothing
* BlackCloak
* BlackKnight
* BlackShirt
* BlackWidow
** TheBluebeard
* BlobMonster
* BlondesAreEvil
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* BloodbathVillainOrigin
* BombThrowingAnarchists
* BreakingOutTheBoss
* BreakoutVillain
* BrightIsNotGood
* TheBrute
* TheBully
* TheButcher
* TheButlerDidIt
* TheCaligula
* CannibalClan
* CannibalTribe
* CardCarryingVillain
* CarnivalOfKillers
* CartoonishSupervillainy
* TheCasanova
* CastAsAMask
* Character Alignment:
** LawfulEvil
** NeutralEvil
** ChaoticEvil
* TheChessmaster
* ChildEater
** EatsBabies
* ChildHater
* ChildhoodMemoryDemolitionTeam
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder
* ChronicVillainy
* ChurchgoingVillain
* CircusOfFear
* CivilianVillain
* ClassicVillain
* ClockKing
* TheCollector
* ColonelKilgore
* CombatSadomasochist
* CommieNazis
* CompleteMonster
* TheComputerIsYourFriend
* TheConqueror
** ConquerorFromTheFuture
** GalacticConqueror
** MultiversalConqueror
** YoungConqueror
* ConflictKiller
* TheConspiracy
* ContagiousAI
* CorporateSamurai
* CorruptBureaucrat
* CorruptChurch
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* CorruptHick
* CorruptPolitician
* CorruptQuartermaster
* TheCorrupter
* TheCorruption
* CosmopolitanCouncil
* TheCracker
* CrazySurvivalist
* CreateYourOwnVillain
* CreepyChild
* CreepyCrossdresser
* CreepyDoll
* CreepyTwins
* CreepyUncle
* {{Criminals}}
* CrookedContractor
* CruellaToAnimals
* {{Cult}}
* CulturePolice
* CuteAndPsycho
* DaddysLittleVillain
* DangerousDeserter
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy
* DarkActionGirl
* DarkChick
* DarkLordOnLifeSupport
* DarkMagicalGirl
* DarkMessiah
* DarkMistress
* DarthVaderClone
* DastardlyWhiplash
* DecadentCourt
* DeadlyDoctor
* DeanBitterman
* DeceptiveDisciple
* DemonicDummy
* DemonKingNobunaga
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils
* DepravedBisexual
* DepravedDwarf
* DepravedHomosexual
* DepravedKidsShowHost
* DesignatedVillain
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans
* DevilButNoGod
* DevilInPlainSight
* DiabolicalDogCatcher
* DiabolicalMastermind
* DigitizedHacker
* DimensionLord
* DiplomaticImpunity
* DisappointedByTheMotive
* DiscOneFinalBoss
* DisproportionateRestitution
* DisproportionateRetribution
* DirtyCommunists
* DirtyCop
* DirtyCoward
* TheDogWasTheMastermind
* DomesticAbuser
* TheDon
* TheDragon
** DragonAscendant
** DragonTheirFeet
** DragonWithAnAgenda
** DragonInChief
** CoDragons
** DemotedToDragon
* TheDreaded
* DrivenToVillainy
* DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans
* EgomaniacHunter
* EldritchAbomination
* TheEmpire
* TheEmperor
* EmbodimentOfVice
* EmperorScientist
* EnemyMime
* EnemyToAllLivingThings
* EnemyWithin
** SuperpoweredEvilSide
* EnemyWithout
* EnfantTerrible
* EnigmaticMinion
* EnthrallingSiren
* EunuchsAreEvil
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes
* EvenEvilHasStandards
* EvenMooksHaveLovedOnes
* EvilAlbino
* EvilAllAlong
* EvilChancellor
* EvilChef
* EvilColonialist
* EvilCounterpart
* EvilCripple
* EvilDebtCollector
* EvilDiva
* EvilDuo
* EvilFormerFriend
* EvilGenius
* EvilGloating
* EvilHero
* EvilerThanThou
* EvilutionaryBiologist
* EvilIsCool
* EvilIsNotAToy
* EvilIsSexy
* EvilJesuit
* EvilKnockoff
* EvilLaugh
** UnEvilLaugh
* EvilLuddite
* EvilMatriarch
* EvilMentor
** SenseiForScoundrels
* EvilMinions
** ArchivedArmy
** {{Mooks}}
*** EliteMooks
** AirborneMook
** FacelessGoons
*** GasMaskMooks
** GiantMook
** HelpfulMook
** HenchmenRace
** HordesFromTheEast
** KingMook
** KungFuProofMook
** MascotMook
** MercifulMinion
** MookLieutenant
** MechaMooks
** MiddleManagementMook
** MookFaceTurn
** MookPromotion
** MinionWithAnFInEvil
** NightOfTheLivingMooks
** NocturnalMooks
** PersonalMook
** PsychoForHire
** ThePsychoRangers
** PunchClockVillain
*** HalfheartedHenchman
** QuirkyMinibossSquad
** ReplacementMooks
** SlaveMooks
** SociopathicSoldier
** StompyMooks
** SuperpoweredMooks
** TokenEvilTeammate
* EvilNephew
* EvilOldFolks
* EvilOrphan
* EvilOverlord
* EvilPlan
* EvilPoacher
* TheEvilPrince
* EvilReactionary
* EvilRoy
* EvilSorcerer
* EvilSoundsDeep
* EvilSoundsRaspy
* EvilTeacher
* EvilTwin
** EvilBrunetteTwin
* EvilUncle
* EvilVegetarian
* EvilVersusEvil
* EvilWeapon
* TheExtremistWasRight
* FaceHeelTurn
** FaceMonsterTurn
*** TragicMonster
* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon
* TheFairFolk
* FairPlayVillain
* FallenHero
** FallenAngel
* FalseFriend
* TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether
* FamilyValuesVillain
* FantasyAxisOfEvil
* FantasyForbiddingFather
* FarEastAsianTerrorists
* FashionableEvil
* FashionVictimVillain
* TheFatalist
* FatBastard
* FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit
* FauxAffablyEvil
* FemmeFatale
* FetusTerrible
* FeudalOverlord
* TheFightingNarcissist
* FillerVillain
* FilmFelons
* FiveBadBand
* ForcedIntoEvil
* ForTheEvulz
* ForgottenFriendNewFoe
* FormerRegimePersonnel
* FourEyesZeroSoul
* FriendlyEnemy
* FromNobodyToNightmare
* FullCircleRevolution
* TheFundamentalist
* TheGambler
* TheGeneralissimo
* GeneralFailure
* GeneralRipper
* GenericDoomsdayVillain
* GigglingVillain
* TheGimmick
* GirlPosse
* GirlScoutsAreEvil
* GloryHound
* GloriousLeader
* AGodAmI
* GodIsEvil
* GodOfEvil
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen
* GoldfishPoopGang
* GoodGirlGoneBad
* TheGovernment
* TheGroup
* GrandVizierJafar
* GreedyJew
* HairRaisingHare
* HairTriggerTemper
* HangingJudge
* HannibalHasAPoint
* HardCodedHostility
* HarmlessVillain
* HateSink
* HaveYouComeToGloat
* HeadlessHorseman
* TheHeartless
* TheHeavy
* {{Heel}}
** ForeignWrestlingHeel
** TheGiant
** GorgeousGeorge
** WrestlingMonster
* HeelFaceMole
* HeroesActVillainsHinder
* HeroismAddict
* HeroKiller
* HeteronormativeCrusader
* HeWhoFightsMonsters
* HiddenAgendaVillain
* HiddenVillain
* HijackedByGanon
* HistoricalRapSheet
* HistoricalVillainDowngrade
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade
* HistorysCrimeWave
* HiveQueen
* HopeCrusher
* TheHorde
* HornyDevils
* HungryMenace
* IllegalGuardian
* ImaginaryEnemy
* ImAHumanitarian
* ImplacableMan
* InLoveWithYourCarnage
* IncidentalVillain
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain
* InsaneAdmiral
* InsaneEqualsViolent
* IntellectuallySupportedTyranny
* InterimVillain
* InvasionOfTheBabySnatchers
* InvincibleVillain
* JackTheRipper
* JackassGenie
* TheJailer
* TheJerkIndex
** DrJerk
** FrenchJerk
** {{Jerkass}}
** JerkassBall
** JerkassGods
** JerkassHasAPoint
** JerkJustifications
** JerkJock
** JerkSue
** JerkWithAHeartOfJerk
** JerkassWoobie
** MadeOutToBeAJerkass
** TookALevelInJerkass
* JokerImmunity
* JustBetweenYouAndMe
* JustLikeUs
* JustTheFirstCitizen
* JustYouAndMeAndMyGuards
* {{Kaiju}}
* KarmaHoudini
* KeepingTheEnemyClose
* KickTheDog
* KillerCop
* KillerGorilla
* KillerSpaceMonkey
* TheKlan
* KneelBeforeZod
* KnightOfCerebus
* KnightTemplar
* KosherNostra
* LadyMacbeth
* LastVillainStand
* LaughablyEvil
* LawmanGoneBad
* LeakingCanOfEvil
* LeanAndMean
* LegionOfDoom
* TheLegionsOfHell
* LesbianVampire
* LesCollaborateurs
* LightIsNotGood
* ALighterShadeOfBlack
* LivingDollCollector
* LivingShadow
* LivingWithTheVillain
* LoanShark
* LonersAreFreaks
* LoonyFan
* LoveToHate
* LowerClassLout
* LuckyBastard
* MadArtist
* MadBomber
* MadDoctor
* MadGod
* MadScientist
* MagnificentBastard
** BastardUnderstudy
* MailerDaemon
* MakeMyMonsterGrow
* MakeTheBearAngryAgain
* MakeWayForTheNewVillains
* TheMan
* TheManBehindTheMan
** TheManBehindTheCurtain
* TheManBehindTheMonsters
* ManOfWealthAndTaste
* ManiacMonkeys
* ManipulativeBastard
* MasterOfIllusion
* MasterPoisoner
* MasterRace
* MeetTheNewBoss
* MegaMicrobes
* TheMenInBlack
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds
* MisanthropeSupreme
* MistakenForGranite
* MisterBig
* TheMole
* MonumentOfHumiliationAndDefeat
* MonsterClown
* MonsterSobStory
* MonsterSuit
* MoralEventHorizon
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate
* MorallyAmbiguousDucktorate
* MorallyBankruptBanker
* MoralSociopathy
* MouthOfSauron
* MurderInc
* MurderousMannequin
* MultiversalConqueror
* MysteriousMercenaryPursuer
* MyCountryRightOrWrong
* MyMasterRightOrWrong
* MysteriousBacker
* ANaziByAnyOtherName
* NaziGrandpa
* NaziProtagonist
* NearVillainVictory
* NebulousCriminalConspiracy
* NebulousEvilOrganisation
* NecessarilyEvil
* NephariousPharaoh
* NiceCharacterMeanActor
* NoAntagonist
* NobleDemon
* NobleTopEnforcer
* NoOneSeesTheBoss
* NonActionBigBad
* NonMaliciousMonster
* NoSongForTheWicked
* NotEvilJustMisunderstood
* NothingCanStopUsNow
* NotMeThisTime
* NotSoHarmlessVillain
* ObviousJudas
* ObviouslyEvil
* ObliviouslyEvil
* OffingTheMouth
* OffingTheOffspring
* OmnicidalManiac
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness
* OneBadMother
* OneWingedAngel
* OpportunisticBastard
* OpposingSportsTeam
* OrderliesAreCreeps
* OutDamnedSpot
* OutsideContextVillain
* OverarchingVillain
* TheParanoiac
* PaedoHunt
* PaidHarem
* PathOfInspiration
* PedophilePriest
* PeekABogeyman
* ThePeepingTom
* PeoplePuppets
* PerkyFemaleMinion
* PerversePuppet
* PiggybackingOnHitler
* {{Pirate}}
** GhostPirate
** APirate400YearsTooLate
** RuthlessModernPirates
** SkyPirate
** SpacePirates
** SubmarinePirates
* {{Plaguemaster}}
* PlanetEater
* PlotIrrelevantVillain
* PoisonousCaptive
* PoisonousFriend
* PoisonousPerson
* PokeThePoodle
* PoliceState
* PoliteVillainsRudeHeroes
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain
* PredatoryBusiness
* PredecessorVillain
* PresidentEvil
* ThePrimaDonna
* PsychoElectro
* PsychoExGirlfriend
* PsychoForHire
* PsychoLesbian
* PsychoPrototype
* PsychopathicManchild
* PsychoPsychologist
* PsychoSupporter
* PunchClockVillain
* ThePunishment
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil
* PureIsNotGood
* PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery
* {{Pyromaniac}}
* TheQuincyPunk
* TheQuisling
* RabidCop
* RaisingTheSteaks
* RedScare
* RegentForLife
* RegularlyScheduledEvil
* ReliableTraitor
* ReligionOfEvil
* TheRemnant
* RenegadeSplinterFaction
** RenegadeRussian
* TheRenfield
** TheIgor
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent
* RestartTheWorld
* RetiredMonster
* RichBitch
* RightHandCat
** RightHandAttackDog
* RightWingMilitiaFanatic
* RivalTurnedEvil
* RoboticPsychopath
* RogueAgent
* RoguesGallery
* RoguesGalleryShowcase
* RoguesGalleryTransplant
* RogueProtagonist
* RuleOfTwo
* {{Sadist}}
* SadistTeacher
* {{Satan}}
** SatanicArchetype
* TheSavageIndian
* ScaryAmoralReligion
* ScaryDogmaticAliens
* ScaryScarecrows
* ScrewySquirrel
* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp
* SealedArmyInACan
* SealedEvilInACan
** SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan
* SecretCircleOfSecrets
* SecretPolice
* SelfMadeOrphan
* SerialKiller
* SerialRapist
* ShadowArchetype
* ShadyRealEstateAgent
* ShootTheMessenger
* SiblingsInCrime
* SilentAntagonist
* ASinisterClue
* SinisterGeometry
* SinisterMinister
* SinisterShades
* SissyVillain
* SixthRangerTraitor
* SleazyPolitician
* SlidingScaleOfAntagonistVileness
* SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains
* SlidingScaleOfVillainEffectiveness
* SlidingScaleOfVillainThreat
* SmugSnake
* TheSocialDarwinist
* TheSociopath
* SoftSpokenSadist
* SorcerousOverlord
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil
* TheSpymaster
* StageMom
* StalkerWithACrush
** PrinceCharmingWannabe
* StandardEvilEmpireHierarchy
* StandardEvilOrganizationSquad
* TheStarscream
* StartOfDarkness
* StarterVillain
* StateSec
* StraightEdgeEvil
* StrawHypocrite
* StrawNihilist
* StrongerSibling
* SuddenSequelHeelSyndrome
* SuperPersistentPredator
* SuperVillain
* SuspiciouslyIdleOfficers
* TheSvengali
* TheSwarm
* SwiperNoSwiping
* TaxidermyIsCreepy
* TeensAreMonsters
* TerribleTrio
* ThematicRoguesGallery
* ThenLetMeBeEvil
* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse
* ThisCannotBe
* ThoseTwoBadGuys
* ThoseWackyNazis
* ToCreateAPlaygroundForEvil
* TokenMotivationalNemesis
* TomTheDarkLord
* TortureTechnician
* TragicVillain
* TrappedInVillainy
* TreacherousAdvisor
* {{Troll}}
* {{Tykebomb}}
** LaserGuidedTykebomb
* {{Ubermensch}}
* UncannyValleyGirl
* TheUnfettered
* UnhandThemVillain
* UnholyMatrimony
* UsedToBeASweetKid
* TheUsualAdversaries
* TheUsurper
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans
** PerfectionIsImpossible
* VainSorceress
* TheVamp
* VampireVannabe
* VeryPunchableMan
* ViciousVac
* VileVillainSaccharineShow
* VillainAntagonist
* VillainBall
** VillainBallMagnet
* VillainByDefault
* VillainCorner
* VillainCred
* VillainDecay
* VillainEpisode
* VillainousFriendship
* VillainHasAPoint
* AVillainNamedZrg
* VillainOfAnotherStory
* VillainProtagonist
* VillainSong
** VillainousLament
** VillainLoveSong
** VillainRecruitmentSong
** TheVillainSucksSong
* VillainRespect
* VillainSue
* VillainTakesAnInterest
* VillainTeamUp
* VillainTeleportation
* VillainWithGoodPublicity
* VillainousBreakdown
* VillainousBSOD
* VillainousCheekbones
* VillainousCrush
* VillainousGlutton
* VillainousHarlequin
* VillainousIncest
* VillainousLegacy
* VillainousUnderdog
* VillainousValour
* VillainousWidowsPeak
* VillainOpeningScene
* VillainsActHeroesReact
* VillainsBlendInBetter
* VillainsOutShopping
* VillainsWantMercy
* VillainyFreeVillain
* TheVirus
** TheCorruption
* VisionaryVillain
* WalkingSpoiler - Usually, if a character is one of these, they turn out to be a villain unbeknownst to both the characters and the audience.
* WardensAreEvil
* WeAreEverywhere
* WeHaveReserves
* WelcomeToEvilMart
* WellIntentionedExtremist
* WesternTerrorists
* WhiteHairBlackHeart
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity
* WhatMeasureIsAMook
* WhosLaughingNow
* WickedCultured
* WickedStepmother
* WickedWitch
* WomanInBlack
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds
* TheWormThatWalks
* WorthyOpponent
* TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone
* {{Yandere}}
* YellowPeril
** DragonLady
* YouHaveFailedMe
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness
** ShootTheBuilder

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