'''Basic Trope''': A villain or another evil character you can instantly tell is evil.
* '''Straight''': [[DevilInPlainSight Nick]] has no sense of subtlety, acting in a way from which anyone with half a brain could deduce he's evil.
* '''Exaggerated''': [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Nicolai 'the Deathlove' Lucifer Scorpius]] sports a [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience black]] [[DressCodedForYourConvenience armor]] with a Satanic insignia, [[SpikesOfVillainy numerous spikes]], and an OminousOperaCape. He also has [[HellishPupils snakishly slit-pupilled]], [[RedEyesTakeWarning bloodred eyes]] [[GlowingEyesOfDoom that glow when he's really infuriated]], [[CreepyMonotone speaks with a monotonic]] [[EvilSoundsDeep bass]], and [[EvilIsHammy is prone to displays of dramatic flair]] with an occasional [[EvilLaugh menacing laugh]].
* '''Downplayed''':
** Nick is not evil, but his pink polo, sweater over his shoulders, [[CoolShades aviators]], and sleek, coifed hair make it obvious that he is [[{{Jerkass}} an arrogant jerk]].
** Nick looks like normal person yet his behaviour is always vaguely menacing.
** RedRightHand
* '''Justified''':
** Nick has never been a very subtle person and everyone else would see through him anyway, so why try to fool them now?
** The villain is from a culture where things we see as usually indicating something bad are [[DeliberateValuesDissonance seen in a positive light.]]
** EvilIsCool, so Nick is intentionally unsubtle.
** The villain is trying to be feared. Being ObviouslyEvil helps with that.
** Nick is a {{Card Carrying|Villain}} PunchClockVillain, and is contractually obligated/has more fun being [[EvilIsHammy hammy]].
** Nick looks evil as a curse for his evilness.
** Nick acquired his powers with a spell that makes him look evil as a price.
* '''Inverted''':
** Nick looks like Satan. [[DarkIsNotEvil He's also the good guy]]
** The villain looks benevolent, [[EvilIsSexy even beautiful.]] [[LightIsNotGood He's anything but.]]
** The villain has the appearance of an angel or a superhero or something else associated with goodness.
** FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon
** Nick is good and looks obviously good.
* '''Subverted''': A person with a sinister appearance [[DarkIsNotEvil turns out to be a good guy or neutral]].
* '''Double Subverted''':
** Turns out, they were lying all along.
** Alternatively, they actually turn evil soon after that.
* '''Parodied''':
** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Nicolai 'the Deathlove' Lucifer Scorpius]] sports a [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience black]] [[DressCodedForYourConvenience armor]] with a Satanic insignia, [[SpikesOfVillainy numerous spikes]] and an OminousOperaCape. He also has [[HellishPupils snakishly slit-pupilled]], [[RedEyesTakeWarning bloodred eyes]] [[GlowingEyesOfDoom that glow when he's really infuriated]], [[CreepyMonotone speaks with a monotonic]] [[EvilSoundsDeep bass]] and [[EvilIsHammy is prone to displays of dramatic flair]] with an occasional [[EvilLaugh menacing laughter]]. [[DevilInPlainSight No one notices]].
** There's a law saying anyone who wears [[GoodColorsEvilColors "evil" colors]], {{spikes| of villainy}}, or {{ominous opera cape}}s or [[LaughingMad laughs]] "{{evil| laugh}}ly" must be interrogated/arrested.
* '''Zig Zagged''': ???
* '''Averted''': TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse
* '''Enforced''':
** ViewersAreMorons--the writers want to make sure everyone knows that Nick is ''eeeeevil''
** The writers want their villain [[EvilIsCool to look foreboding and badass.]]
* '''Lampshaded''': "I ''knew'' you were evil, Nick!" [[DeadpanSnarker "Yes, you and everyone else with the capacity to function in normal society."]]
* '''Invoked''': TheHero is confident in being able to track down a villain, because he is so blatantly nefarious-looking that surely someone would have spotted him.
* '''Exploited''': [[ManipulativeBastard Alice manipulates]] the naive goth Nick into doing questionable acts for her gain. This way, even when things go wrong, she's cleared.
* '''Defied''': A villain tones down his appearance, style, and wardrobe in order to avoid needless suspicions.
* '''Discussed''': "Well, given that his name was 'Nicolai 'the Deathlove' Lucifer Scorpius', he sported black armor with Satanic insignia, yada yada yada, I felt trusting him would be a bad call."
* '''Conversed''': "Why does this show seem to be in love with villains that make Skeletor look like a perfectly respectable patent lawyer by comparison?" "My guess? The writers were aiming for DarkerAndEdgier and overshot."
* '''Deconstructed''': Evil old Nicolai is actually from a race of people who ''all'' look ObviouslyEvil, or [[BlueAndOrangeMorality whose morals and values are so utterly alien to normal people that they seem evil by comparison]]. As a result, everybody assumes that they're AlwaysChaoticEvil, leading to much FantasticRacism as Nicolai and his people try to prove that they're not villainous even though they look it.
* '''Reconstructed''': After putting up with years of crap from their tormentors, Nicolai and his people decide that [[HumansAreBastards everyone else is a bastard]] and start destroying everything in sight; [[ThenLetMeBeEvil thereby becoming the villains that they were made out to be]].
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Back to ObviouslyEvil. With a name like that, surely you know it's EVIL.
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%%* '''Implied''': ???
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%%* '''Played For Laughs''': ???
%%* '''Played For Drama''': ???