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Card Carrying Villain: Western Animation

  • Doctor Ivo Robotnik in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
    • The Sonic Sat AM version of him as well, though to a lesser extent...his "pretend to be good when it's practical" moments are a bit longer and more pronounced. However, he's inclined to boast about his evilness as though it was something to be proud of, especially when in the company of those he believes are evil.
    Robotnik: I want the location of Lazar's lair. Name your prize.
    Lazar's guardian: You intend harm to my master.
    Robotnik: Oh, you wound me dear guardian! I merely want to wake the grand wizard and honour his evilness! We have much in common.
    Lazar's guardian: ...yes. I can see that.
  • In The Angry Beavers, Norbert's costume supervillain persona: Baron Von Bad Beaver, later extended to Baron Von Once Bad Then Good Then Bad Again Beaver.
  • Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender embraces the rest of the world's view that she's evil. She even calls herself a monster in the later episodes, but that's actually her way of coping with the self-loathing brought on by those beliefs.
  • Beast Wars' Blackarachnia spends a lot of her first season or so repeatedly telling the heroes that she's evil, bad, evil, not to be trusted, and evil, occasionally even resorting to actual action to get her point across to particularly irritating non-believers.
    Silverbolt: Blackarachnia, I want you to return with me, to the Maximals.
    Blackarachnia: Get a clue, you canine cretin! I'm a Predacon! I'm evil! I'll shoot you—
    Silverbolt: No. My heart tell me that you will not.
    Blackarachnia: Oh yeah? * shoots him in the leg*
    Silverbolt: * shocked* You...SHOT me!
    Blackarachnia: No duh, Dog-Boy! I'm evil!! Now do you believe me?
    Silverbolt: And yet...you ensured the wound would not be mortal. Your inner Maximal goodness—
    Blackarachnia: SHUT UP, SHUT UP, SHUT UUUUUUUUPPP!!!
    • You can't say evil in that show without mentioning Tarantulas, whose outright villainy and treacherous attitude was something Megatron considered to be a viable asset.
    • In Beast Machines, Thrust and Jetstorm take on this role, while Megatron ironically believes he is doing good:
    Thrust: Nothin' noble 'bout us, boy!
    Jetstorm: But savage? That we can do!
  • While, contrary to popular belief, Captain Planet's villains generally did have some kind of discernible motive (usually raw profit at the cost of the environment), causing damage to the planet for its own sake sometimes seemed to take a life of its own and supersede anything else. In particular, villains such as Verminous Skumm, Dr. Blight on a bad day, and the evil spirit Zarm tended toward the "Corruption/Destruction for its own sake" end of the scale since they were just completely evil and insane.
  • In Codename: Kids Next Door, villains eventually evolve into this, having 'supervillain meetings' and a supermarket for villains only. This even goes so far as a 'Villain's Choice Award'...on public television!
    • On a character basis, Father calls himself the second most evil adult, then refering to his father as the 'World's Most Ultimate Evil' before reawakening him. Grandfather goes on to refer to himself as pure evil.
  • A number of Danny Phantom villains refer to themselves as such (most notably Technus). Big Bad Vlad Plasmius initially averted this - for the first two seasons, being called a villain was almost a Berserk Button for him - but after Villain Decay began to set in he started acting more like a conventional card-carrying baddie.
  • Darkwing Duck:
  • Dick Dastardly is a true, if ineffective, card-carrying villain, and probably the most popular bad guy in the Hanna-Barbera stable. The narrator of Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines calls him "the deadly, diabolical, despicable demon of the skyways."
  • Dexter's Laboratory's Mandark, after going through a combination of Villain Decay and Flanderization.
  • Same thing goes for the villains in El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera. They even have a villain quarterly magazine.
  • The title character of Evil Con Carne. Again, his name says it all.
  • Most, if not all the villains on The Fairly Oddparents. This includes Sadist Teacher Crocker, malicious babysitter Vicky (who wants to someday "share her hate with everyone"), Galactic Conqueror Dark Laser, the Always Chaotic Evil anti-fairies and pixies. Special mention goes to Foop, who was born with a single goal in mind: to be hated and feared.
  • In Filmation's Ghostbusters, the Big Bad is named Prime Evil. Seriously, when a villain has the word "evil" in his name, I'd say he qualifies.
  • And, of course, G.I. Joe, with the vastly over-the-top COBRA Commander.
  • After He-Man explains that Christmas makes people "feel good," Skeletor responds, "I don't want to feel good! I want to feel evil!"
  • Invader Zim: Zim.
    "With this, I can bring The Tallest here to witness my ingeeeeeenious eeeeeeeevil! AAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA! I said evil!
  • Jackie Chan Adventures had one episode with a literal Card-Carrying Villain. Complete with bad puns ("We have the upper hand," etc., etc.).
    • Jade also references this trope when referring to the Dark Hand as "Card Carrying Members of the Forces of Darkness."
  • Lucius on Jimmy Two-Shoes, along with all the rest of his family (except Beezy). Also, Heloise.
  • Justice League lampshades it when an evil race of snake spirits want to possess the League.
    General (under possession from the spirits): How would one contact this "Just-Us League?"
    Sergeant: I don't know, sir. Wear a gaudy costume and threaten a bunch of people?
    General: Thank you Sergeant, you've been quite a help.
    "Luthor": *Walking out of the bathroom* What?
    Polaris: You gonna wash your hands?
    "Luthor": No...cause I'm EVIL.
  • Kim Possible's Rogues Gallery not only self-identify as evil without exception (there are no Well Intentioned Extremists in this world), but most try very hard to prove it. Shego, in particular, is a good example. She's clearly in it as Drakken's Dragon for the money, but also tries to beef up her evil credibility on her own time; maybe because she used to be a superhero. One time, she was even manipulated into helping Kim Possible herself, when the heroine threatened to tell the world that Shego used to be a good guy.
    • Evil is a whole lifestyle in Kim Possible, with its own magazines (Shego reads Villainess while not listening to Drakken's Evil Plans), supervillain conventions and trade shows, and a corporation that supplies equipment and henchmen ("HenchCo"). Though a Disney-produced show, they aren't above taking potshots at the corporate lifestyle and how nicely it dovetails with being a villain.
    • It even has its own TV show: Evil Eye for the Bad Guy.
    • The villain culture has a whole set of traditions, to which the bad guys generally adhere, even when they clearly give the heroes a chance to escape or turn the tables.
  • The League of Super Evil is based around a group of Card-Carrying Villains. If they didn't tell you so themselves, you'd find it hard to believe they're really villains.
    • Other villains in the series tend to also be quite open with the fact that they're evil, there's even a company making devices just for super villains and a special driving test for them. Heck, they even have their own evil version of Santa Claus who rewards them for being evil!
  • A bit of a plot point in the Legion of Super Heroes episode "Phantoms". Phantom Zone escapee Drax hears the voices of his still-imprisoned parents in his head, constantly reminding him that he's evil and always will be. Supervillains really do make Abusive Parents.
    • In the Grand Finale, despite never having self-identified as evil before (quite the opposite, in fact), the still-alive villain says to...no one in particular, "Evil does not die. It evolves," in an ill-fated Sequel Hook.
  • Dr. Jumba Jookiba from Lilo & Stitch: The Series wanted so badly to be one of these for a while...but he was really more of a Mad Scientist and mischief-maker with a heart of gold in the end.
    • You doubt he wanted to be evil at first? When he was turned into a baby for one episode (don't ask), he spent his entire time breaking things to the (adorably) malevolent chant of "Evil! Evil!"
    • Also from Lilo & Stitch: The Series, 627 was designed by Jumba to be pure evil and unable to be turned good. The only thing it can say is "Evil!".
  • Jack the Ripper not only fits the Trope when he appears in Celebrity Deathmatch, he's a literal Card Carrying Villain (He has business cards with "Jack T. Ripper" printed on them.)
  • In M.A.S.K., the main villain, Miles Mayhem, founded and led the Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem. Though, really, when your last name is "Mayhem", you have to be evil.
  • Phineas and Ferb has Harmless Villain Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. He calls himself evil and has a company called 'Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated', complete with jingle. In several episodes, he has a Villain Song where he declares how evil he is. It comes to the point he'd erase the media just to prevent his fellow villains from finding out he (accidentally) saved a kitty. In the Christmas Special, he is depressed because he can't ruin Christmas with proper villainous zeal, since he doesn't actually hate the holiday.
    • He's also the leader of a Nebulous Evil Organisation full of evil geniuses who all pride themselves on being evil.
    • In the episode "The Temple of Juatchadoon," Isabella parodies this. When accused of being a dirty double crosser, she produces yet another card from inside her outfit. "Isabella Garcia-Shapiro, Dirty Double-Crosser."
  • The Powerpuff Girls is full of these guys. Mojo Jojo is the most notable. Subverted when he actually manages to take over the world, and turns out to be a benevolent ruler who makes the world a much nicer place to live. Double subverted when he quickly realizes that Victory Is Boring, so he gives up his power and returns to causing mayhem purely for the fun of it.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show had a "professional bully," Victor, who showed Stimpy his Bully Union membership card.
  • In Rocky and Bullwinkle, Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale are this trope, as is their nation of Pottsylvania. When Boris swears, he uses words like 'decency', 'honor', and 'joy'. He is occasionally awarded the "Order of the Double-Cross" by Fearless Leader, and when Natasha calls him a "sneaky, fiendish, rotten, no-good snake in the grass", she means it as a compliment. For a taste of Pottsylvanian culture, listen to their National Anthem;
    "Hail, Pottsylvania, Hail to the Black and Blue!
    Hail, Pottsylvania, sneaky and fiendish through and through!
    Down with the good guys, up with the boss,
    Under the sign of the Triple-Cross!
    Hail Pottsylvania, Hail, Hail, Hail!"
    • In the movie, when Natasha starts musing about what a wonderful life they could have together if they could only stop moose and squirrel, she mentions about how they could have children that they raise to be "little monsters". This is mentioned in the same breath as them living a peaceful life in a house by the sea.
  • Aku, the Big Bad of Samurai Jack, identifies himself as "Master of Masters, The Deliverer of Darkness, and the Shogun of Sorrow." His name even means evil in Japanese.
  • Mr. Burns from The Simpsons sometimes introduces himself with the Imperial March music from Star Wars.
    • Burns once made an offhanded reference to Yale's Department of Applied Evil.
    • Moe the bartender had literal villain business cards printed up.
  • You can tell that Doc Ock has fully become one by the mug he drinks out of that has "Evil Genius" written on it.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants parodied this with the bad-guy group E.V.I.L. (Every Villain Is Lemons)
  • King Koopa, Bowser's animated counterpart in all three of the animated Super Mario series, plus his seven Koopalings in the latter two series.
    • Really, just about every villain in the Super Mario cartoons counts as this. A prominent example: Wizardheimer in the Super Mario World episode "Ghosts 'R' Us." When asked why he does what he does, his answer is:
    "Because I'm an evil Koopa Wizard! I don't need a reason to be mean and nasty. It's my nature!"
  • In the 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, Shredder says "It feels so good to be so bad."
    • Krang also has been known to say this more than once and being even more evil or cruel than Shredder, OR towards Shredder when Shredder's plans sometimes backfire on him big time.
  • In the new 2012 TMNT show, Karai casually agrees with Raph's statement that she is "bad news."
  • Several in Teen Titans. Early on, the writers couldn't even come up with a goal for main villain Slade. Few villains even got origin stories, so most seemed to just be causing havoc for the fun of it. Trigon was a card carrying member of this trope, but that's understandable, given that he's an eight-story tall red demon.
    • Downplayed with Slade, he probably knows that he's in the wrong, but he doesn't care. Of course, that Creepy Monotone can make it hard to figure out exactly what he feels. Better examples are Brother Blood, who teaches a supervillain school that includes courses on doomsday threats and "Theory of Mayhem", and the Brain, who actually puts the word "evil" in his organization's name!
    • Possibly the funniest example of this is Control Freak: A fat Expy of an overly-obsessed fan-boy who's only motivation is being seen as the Titan's nemesis by the Titans themselves! He's rarely a threat because of this, but because of his reality-warping powers he'd probably be their most dangerous foe if he just got serious and had a firm goal in mind rather than just getting the Titan's attention.
  • In Thundercats 2011 this is invoked in a very literal sense, as Big Bad Sorcerous Overlord Mumm-Ra must call upon "Ancient Spirits of Evil" to grant him access to his One-Winged Angel form.
    • Same for the original. The Lunataks are almost as bad.
  • Max from Total Drama Pahkitew Island is a self-professed Evil Genius. He's a parody of the show's need to have a villainous contestant every season (Heather, Courtney, Alejandro, Scott, and Mal), but lacks the Manipulative Bastard part of the role, which was assigned to Scarlett.
  • Emperor Zurg in Toy Story 2 and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is a true Large Ham of a Disney villain and proud of it.
  • Megatron in most of the earlier Transformers incarnations had a rather grating tendency to laugh and say how evil he was, or how evil his plan was, just so that the kids knew who to root for.
  • Captain Zero from TUGS - he's not so much outright evil as sort of a shyster, but it's touched on in the first episode.
    Captain Zero: You're a team! The best, the better-looking, more powerful, and, dare I say? More devious!
    Zip: What is devious?
    Captain Zero: What's devious is what's necessary to make an honest living in these days of corruption and bad business ethics!
    Zip: ...Oh.
  • The Venture Bros.: Every SINGLE villain in the series is a card-carrying villain belonging to the aptly-named Guild of Calamitous Intent.
  • Xiaolin Showdown has both examples of this: most of the Big Bads are Black Cloaks and Jack Spicer desperately wants to join their club and get respect. One Big Bad comments that Jack tries so hard to be evil because of his insecurities.
    • Jack refers to himself several times as an "Evil Boy Genius". He also has club jackets with his face and "evil" on it and, of course, he has an evil trademark laugh.
      • He didn't just trademark his laugh, he stated he was adding evil and other such words to his devices to "create a brand".
  • In Yin Yang Yo, every single villain is a Card-Carrying Villain and Large Ham, like Carl the EVIL Cockroach Wizard or his tyrant brother, Herman. They're the biggest suspects, but there are a lot of runners up. These include everyone who's evil. The Night Master is the worst, as he's the embodiment of EVIL until his defeat. There's evil restaurants and everything.
  • Averted for The Light in Young Justice, the only time they ever do stuff like this is using it as a distraction to their real plan. They also have a benign name instead of the Legion of Doom or the Secret Society of Super Villains.

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