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[[caption-width-right:313:Left to right: Hector Con Carne (and Boskov), Major Doctor Ghastly, and General Skarr]]

->''Our world is filled with incredible beauty''
->''And that is why I feel it's my duty''
->''To send armies of troops to invade the coastline''
->''To crush, and destroy... until it's all mine!''
-->--'''Hector Con Carne'''

''Evil Con Carne'' was a short-lived animated series [[CartoonCartoons created for]] Creator/CartoonNetwork by Maxwell Atoms. It premiered in 2001 as one of the two cartoons that formed a part of the ThreeShorts series ''Grim & Evil'', the other being ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy ''. After the split that gave each of these cartoons their own half-hour slots, however, ''Billy and Mandy'' went on to have many more seasons whereas ''Evil Con Carne'' was soon cancelled, even though it never lost its edge.

Set in an AlternateHistory where the League of Nations was never disbanded and peace and harmony is the norm among the countries of the world, the plot concerns the misdeeds of VillainProtagonist Hector Con Carne, a billionaire Hispanic arms smuggler reduced to BrainInAJar status after an assassination attempt destroyed his mansion along with most of his body. Rescued by Major Doctor Ghastly, a [[PerkyFemaleMinion perky female]] MadScientist who had fallen in love with him, and implanted into the body of a Russian circus bear named Boskov, Hector now reigns over an arch-criminal organization named Evil Con Carne, which combats the League of Nations' forces in a grandiose attempt to conquer the Earth. The cast also features the sadistic [[ButtMonkey General Skarr]], a competent military strategist and Hector's second-in-command, [[TheStarscream who constantly tries to kill Hector and seize ECC's reins for himself]].

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!!Tropes:
* AccidentalMisnaming: Doctor Courage keeps getting his older son Rick's name wrong.
-->'''Rick:''' ''It's '''RIIIIIIIIIIIICCKKK!!!!!'''''
* ActionGirl: Major Doctor Ghastly, Kablammity Jane.
* AffectionateParody: The song at the end of the MusicalEpisode seems to be at least partially based on Afroman's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Because_I_Got_High_%28song%29 "Because I Got High"]].
* AlternateHistory: The League of Nations has not disbanded, there is peace and harmony among the nations of the Earth, and Abraham Lincoln is still president. The show takes place in the 21st century, but it has a sort of 1960s chic to it.
* AnimateBodyParts: Hector's Brain and Stomach are both able to speak. And despite their jars flashing when they do, they still are able to speak without them. Oh, and the stomach has a mind of its own.
* ArchEnemy: Hector and Cod Commando, to each other.
* ArtEvolution: The drawing style in the last few episodes became greatly more colorfully detailed and less flat looking, likely to look more different from ''Billy and Mandy''.
* BearsAreBadNews: ''Seriously'' averted with Boskov; he's likely the ''least'' dangerous character on the show.
* BigEater / ExtremeOmnivore: Boskov, and Hector's stomach.
* BilingualBonus: "Con Carne" is Spanish for "with meat".
* BlahBlahBlah: Cod Commando speaks entirely like this.
* BlankWhiteEyes: General Skarr, who is blind in one eye.
* BloodlessCarnage: Subverted; as Cod Commando attempts to teach a group of primary-school children how to cross the street, he's instantly run over by a passing car. Cut to a surprisingly gory scene of him in a bloody mess on the road... right before he sits up, winks at the audience and gives the thumbs-up sign.
* BrainInAJar: Hector, post-explosion.
* BrainyBrunette: Major Dr. Ghastly.
* ButtMonkey: General Skarr, and how.
* TheCameo: Hector and Boskov appeared in the ''Billy and Mandy'' episode "Duck!" as one of the people the ghost duck got thrown in jail. Doubles as a nice little gem relating to the two shows splitting apart:
-->'''Hector''': I'm not even on this stupid show anymore!
* CanonImmigrant: After ''Evil Con Carne'' was cancelled, General Skarr became a recurring character in ''Billy and Mandy''. Canonically, after Evil Con Carne (the organization) was abolished, he decided to go straight and get himself a house in the suburbs... the one right next to Billy's, much to his chagrin.
* CallToAgriculture: What Skarr does in ''Billy and Mandy''. In fact, when Hector restored Evil Con Carne (the organization) and hired Skarr back, Skarr's obsession with his garden turned him against Hector when the Evil Con Carne forces damaged it.
* CardCarryingVillain: It's called '''Evil''' Con Carne.
* CollidingCriminalConspiracies: This trope was the reason Hector decided to start the League of Destruction.
* {{Crossover}}: Three times with ''Billy and Mandy''.
* DarkLordOnLifeSupport: Hector con Carne is a BrainInAJar (and stomach, in a separate jar) set atop a ''bear''. He's a possible parody of Brain from ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol''.
* TheDitz: Major Doctor Ghastly, Boskov.
* DontTellMama: Hector's blind mother doesn't know he's the head of a terrorist organization trying to take over the world and he wants to make sure she remains ignorant of that fact. [[spoiler:Subverted in that she only pretended she didn't know]].
* DumbMuscle: Boskov, Estroy's sons.
* EnemyMine: Hector and Cod Commando had a situation like this once.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Hector is so terrified of disappointing his elderly mother, all these years he's been pretending to be a dental hygienist as opposed to an international arch-criminal. Apparently, his mother never watches the news, because Hector's charade works for far longer than it should, even when his mom visits his lair.
** Averted with Skarr, who ''hates'' his mother.
* EvilVersusEvil: Hector versus Estroy. Also, when Hector decided to reunite the world's villains to form a League of Destruction, the league destroyed itself because nobody would accept anybody else as leader.
* {{Expy}}: Doctor Courage and his sons, Max and Rick, are obvious parodies of the main gang from ''Johnny Quest''.
** Also, Hector's "neighbor" Estroy, an equally obvious parody of Destro from ''GIJoe.''
** Not to mention that General Skarr is an obvious homage to Herr Starr of ''{{Preacher}}'', with a uniform that looks a lot like Fearless Leader from ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''.
* TheFaceless: Hector's face, pre-explosion, is never shown; even old photos of him cut off at the neck. However, we do see that he was a very tall and very well-muscled man with flowing black hair tied back in a ponytail.
* GeniusBruiser: Hector (pre-explosion) and Destructicus.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar
* HartmanHips: Major Doctor Ghastly.
* HeroAntagonist: Cod Commando. (Clearly a case of GoodIsNotNice, however, seeing as he's the reason Hector's body was destroyed.) Of course, a lot of antagonists on the show are just as villainous as Hector.
* HumongousMecha: Hector's short-lived B-1000 Suit.
* InadequateInheritor: Destructicus Con Carne, a good guy.
-->'''Ghastly:''' ''So what do you think? He's not'' too ''bad, is he?''
-->'''Hector:''' ''That's just it! He's not'' bad ''at all!''
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Hector Con Carne and General Skarr.
* KidFromTheFuture: Destructicus Con Carne, son of Hector and Ghastly.
* LatinLover: Hector before losing his body.
* LegionOfDoom: Hector once decided to unite all villains and form the "League of Destruction". The villains argued amons themselves about who'd be the leader. By the time TheHero arrived at the Headquarters to stop them, the League of Destruction had lived up to the name by destroying itself.
* {{Leitmotif}}
* MadeOfIron: Hector is regularly removed from his tank and acts perfectly fine despite having no life support. General Skarr is also prone to large amounts of punishment.
* MusicalEpisode: "The Pie Who Loved Me" (see page quote)
* MadScientist: Major Doctor Ghastly.
* MeaningfulName: True with Scarr (who does have a scar) but not with Ghastly (who doesn't seem very ghastly at all).
* NerdsAreSexy: Major Doctor Ghastly.
* NoodleIncident: Hector once conquered Canada but this was never seen onscreen. It was just mentioned when Hector tried to convince the other villains to accept him as the leader of the League of Destruction. Estroy asked who cared about Canada.
* ObliviousToLove: Hector on Ghastly's feelings for him.
* OnlySaneWoman: Major Dr. Ghastly.
* OrganAutonomy: Hector's stomach has a mind of its own.
* {{Otaku}}: Hector adores Japanese culture.
* OverlyLongGag: In episode 10 (Tiptoe Through the Tulips, Part 2), Hector is out of his jar crawling in a corridor, when a mess call gets his entire army of minions marching over him.
* PaperThinDisguise: Estroy once disguised a bomb as a Skarr-like girl to get back at Hector. Skarr fell for it despite Hector and Ghastly having pointed out the fuse. Skarr was the only one who fell for the disguise.
* PerkyFemaleMinion: Major Doctor Ghastly.
* PowerOfLove: Think a villain can't use this? In "The Pie that Loved Me", apparently they can, as the plan involves pies that have love as the "secret ingredient". (The plan doesn't work, but Ghastly still ''tried''.)
* PrimAndProperBun: Major Dr Ghastly wears one.
* PunchClockHero: Cod Commando and the guys at SPORK.
* PunchClockVillain: Everyone at Evil Con Carne except Hector.
* TheRival: Estroy, Hector's fellow evil genius.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Lampshaded in-universe by General Skarr in ''Billy and Mandy''; while explaining to Billy why he's no longer a general in an evil organization, he mentions that the [[Creator/CartoonNetwork network]] executives bought out Evil Con Carne so they'd have less competition in their plans to conquer the world.
** StealthInsult
* SupervillainLair: As you might expect from a world-conquering supervillain brain, he has one. Just you might not be expecting it to be called Bunny Island and no, it's not ironic.
* TheStarscream: Skarr seems to think he'd be a better leader of Evil Con Carne than Hector, and in several episodes has tried to take over. However, in one episode, when Hector was incapacitated and Skarr took over in the mean time, he was completely useless. Seriously - he needed an ''instruction manual'' to figure out how to get the soldiers to ''stand to attention''.
** You have to remember, though, that this is more than Hector ever convinced those same soldiers to do. In an instant they knew perfect Drill and Ceremony, when seconds before they were useless.
** Skarr managed to take over when Hector replaced the mooks with dreadbots and Skarr reprogrammed them to be loyal to him. It was a short-lived victory, as Skarr-bot followed his "father's" example and re-reprogrammed the dreadbots. Skarr was proud of him, however.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Hector's soldiers apparently can't even aim a weapon straight. Once when one of Evil Con Carne's airships is attacked, a guy is ''shooting holes in the deck''.
* TerribleTrio: Hector, Ghastly, and Skarr.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Major Dr. Ghastly. She's not really interested in taking over the world. She's only interested in getting close to Hector.
* TooDumbToLive: Boskov.
** Skarr was the only one who fell for the PaperThinDisguise (see above)
* {{Tuckerization}}: In an obscure interview, Maxwell Atoms mentioned that he'd caricatured his friends as ECC foot soldiers.
* TheUnfavorite: Rick. In the end, he tried to drive the boat to win his dad's appreciation to escape the villains. Only to have all of them (the villains included) end up stranded on a desert island. Doctor Courage berates Rick for getting them stranded, while Rick just sits there skulking.
* VillainProtagonist: Hector Con Carne.
* WordSaladTitle / GratuitousSpanish: "Con Carne" means "with meat", which makes it sound like "evil" is the main ingredient in an entree. Perhaps EvilTastesGood?
** It could also be translated, "Evil with flesh."
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