Faux Affably Evil / Video Games


  • Monaca from Absolute Despair Girls: Danganronpa Another Episode at first glance seems to be a nice and cheerful girl. In reality, she's a manipulative psychopath, who deliberately triggers her friends' past traumas and plays mind games with people while maintaining a cutesy facade. It helps that she's the protege of series antagonist Junko Enoshima, who also falls into this herself and has similar dealings with her own followers.
  • Ace Attorney:
  • And then there are the main antagonists of the third and fourth games, Dahlia Hawthorne and Kristoph Gavin respectively. Both polite and seeming like genuinely nice people; both are also sociopaths.
  • The killer of the first case, Frank Sawhit acts nice and friendly during his testimony.
  • Quecus Alba may look old, and he's considered a codophian hero. Later on, you discover that he was playing silly when he throws his façade; also, he tries to escape Miles's prosecution of him with his extraterritorial rights. Ultimately, he's the head of the allebahstian smuggling ring, and has killed four people note  .
  • There's also Aristotle Means from Dual Destinies, who remains perfectly polite even when accused of the murder. That is, until Athena insults his "ends justifies the means" philosophy, upon which he completley drops the feigned niceness and becomes, well just plain mean. It's nicely foreshadowed earlier, when after Athena insists on defending Juniper in his place, he gives an outwardly polite but highly condescending dismissal of her ideals.
  • From Dual Destinies also comes the phantom. He's one evil motherfucker, but, in Blackquill's words, he "cannot talk without another man's face", many of which aren't nearly as bad. Thus, both the affability and quirks of whoever he's impersonating and his own ruthlessness and sociopathy mix and come off like this.
  • Waylon from Advance Wars: Days Of Ruin manages to avoid this despite the whole 'climbing his way to luxury on the back of everyone else' deal. Nothing says this trope like saying the army opposing him is "up in my business", while leaving his injured wingmen behind to keep from slowing him down in the same scene. (Luckily, the heroes took them in.)
  • Alpha Protocol has Konstantin Brayko, a brutal Russian mob boss who is a rather sadistic and brutal individual, but ends up more entertaining than disgusting due to a strange obsession with the 80s and just how plain loopy he is.
  • Baron Alexander from Amnesia: The Dark Descent is the portrait of courtesy when he hires Wilhelm to kidnap random people, all of whom Alexander tortures to death. He maintains his friendly veneer right until the moment he murders Wilhelm, mutilates his corpse, then brings him back to life as a mindless drone. Arguably, subverted in Alexander's relationship with Daniel, whom he appears to genuinely care for. He still betrays him, however.
  • The Joker acts this way in Batman: Arkham Asylum and again in Batman: Arkham City.
  • "John Doe" pulls this in Batman: The Telltale Series as well. He's really nice and helpful to Bruce when they meet in Arkham Asylum, but even if you weren't familiar with The Joker you'd realize pretty quick it's all an act and that there's something seriously wrong and frightening about him. Him asking for Bruce to "owe him a favor", acting as if you've agreed no matter how you respond, and his Post Credits Scene imply he's going to pull some seriously evil stuff on Bruce as well:
    John Doe: See ya soon, Brucie!
  • ''BlazBlue':
    • In BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, Hazama / Terumi is the Big Bad who set the plot in motion for an unclear reason, who takes delight in fucking with everybody for the sheer lulz of it all. At first, he is a straight example of Affably Evil, being polite and reasonable while clearly having something off about him, and then in the second game when his cover is blown, he drops the act and becomes this trope. See Carl's bad ending in CS. He starts by politely greeting Carl, but when Mu starts to act on his behalf without orders, he erupts into a rage, demands to know if the the "little prick" is a piece of Takamagahara's "godforsaken puzzle", orders the "little shit" Mu to stay out of his way, dismantles Nirvana before a prone Carl, and then insults Carl in the worst possible ways before fatally slamming him into the monolith.
    • The other villain in the series Big Bad Duumvirate, Relius Clover, also has shades of this in his interactions with the cast.
  • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow has Graham Jones. He seems to be a polite character inside the titular castle, visiting as a missionary from a church. However, his niceness turns out to be a ruse. His true motives are revealed when Soma reaches the Clock Tower, where he grows more aware of Soma and his allies.
  • Danik from Dead Space 3 is a departure from the usual crazy, screaming psychopaths or undead alien horrors that are the usual enemies. He's still ruthless and remorseless, but he's soft-spoken and almost hilariously polite even in the worst of situations. For example, take his line after Isaac escapes from yet another attempt by Danik to have him killed: "Isaac? Is that you? You are unbelievably hard to kill. Are you aware of that?"
  • Reaver in Fable III is perhaps the best example for video games. As his voice actor stated in the third video diary:
    "Reaver is not as much immoral as amoral; he has no morality whatsoever — he doesn't even have a concept of morality."
  • Fallout 3:
    • Mr. Burke acts polite even as he tries to convince the Lone Wanderer to blow up Megaton.
    • Colin Moriarty is a better example, acting like he is your friend while charging an unfair amount of caps when you ask for information on your dad.
    Lucas Simms: Just be careful. Moriarty is NOT your friend, no matter what he may say, so don't fall for his lies. And for god's sake, don't trust the man.
  • In Fallout: New Vegas, Caesar is the emperor of a horde of bloodthirsty, slaving misogynists modeled only very loosely after the Roman Empire of old. At first, he seems a lot more civil than his Legion. He portrays himself as Necessarily Evil, discusses his political philosophy comfortably and at length with references to Hegel and Roman history, and never says a misogynistic word to a female Courier despite the beliefs he has instilled in his Legion. Until, that is, the player dares to defy him and discovers the Hair-Trigger Temper and callous sadism beneath the charming mask.
  • Far Cry:
    • Far Cry 3:
      • Hoyt Volker, who acts very friendly towards his men and enjoys a round of poker with them. He's also a ruthless slave trader who forces prisoners to run across a minefield, burns one of his men alive for disloyalty and generally kicks the dog at every opportunity he gets.
      • This seems to be a trait of the villains in the game. Vaas is simultaneously humorous and horrifying, acting very personable with his victims, joking and talking plainly with underlying menace just before committing some new atrocity. Buck, meanwhile is a highly intelligent, witty individual who never the less revels in the fact that he is a completely depraved sociopath, such as making jokes about how he's going to rape one of Jason's friends while speaking to him.
    • Far Cry 4:
      • De Pleur is by far the most sadistic character in the game but has the demeanor of a busy-body dad, only letting his sanity slip when he's unable to answer his daughter's phone call. Pleur's sole position in Min's administration is to torture people and chop them up afterward.
      • Pagan Min on the other hand is almost like a second lap of Troy Baker's turn as The Joker, right down to the flamboyant suit and Laughing Mad radio calls. He is ridiculously casual and polite to his subjects and enemies, only to spout his anger off in furious yet hilarious rants or bursts of extreme violence, depending on his mood. When a human rights organization criticized his rule, he invited the lead doctor and her family over, then kidnapped her family and forced her to run his blood sport arena as a twisted joke. he also had her family killed and has her in his control on the fake promise that one day she'll get them back. His manner when dealing with the main protagonist is noticeably familial, no matter how violent the subject of the conversation may be. In fact, the only person he isn't faking his affability to is literally the one person who can stop him. And you discover only at the very end that it was very much intentional.
  • FFX's Seymour Guado invites the heroes to his mansion, lays out food for them before seeing them, proposes to the heroine, and acts generally mild-mannered and soft-spoken. But when the heroes prove to be detrimental to his plan to kill everyone in the world, he holds no qualms about unleashing the terrors of hell against them. Even when preparing to engage your party members, he manages to sound affable:
    "Ah, of course. "Protect the summoner even at the cost of one's life." The Code of the Guardian. How admirable. Well, if you're offering your lives, I will have to take them."
  • The killer of the Five Nights at Freddy's series manages to be this without even speaking. Wherever he goes, he wears a smile, and death usually follows. A great example would be in the Foxy mini game in the second game. When Foxy comes out of Pirate Cove, he sees the killer smiling at him. The killer makes no attempt to harm Foxy, he just keeps smiling at him. When Foxy goes to see the children, he finds that the killer slaughtered them all.
  • Alex/Arcanus from Golden Sun is starting to appear this way.
  • The Big Bad of Impossible Mission, Dr. Elvin Atombender, tries his hand at this trope at the very beginning of the game:
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising's Hades loves making jokes and almost always has a smile on his face. However, it takes all of half a chapter from his introduction for him to reveal his cruel, calculating nature.
  • HK-47 of Knights of the Old Republic is inordinately popular not simply because he is a ruthless assassin droid well versed in the art of death, but because of how much pleasure he receives from the task.
    Statement: HK-47 is ready to serve, Master. Who would you like me to kill?
  • In L.A. Noire detective Roy Earle's smile never quite reaches his eyes; it's part of the thin veneer of friendliness that covers a hateful, corrupt person underneath.
  • David from The Last of Us, a personable, soft-spoken man who leads a gang of cannibals and and attempts to rape Ellie at the end of his boss battle.
  • Several The Legend of Zelda villains fit the bill:
  • King Boo in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon talks to Luigi like he's having a friendly chat. He does this while explaining his plans to conquer the Mario world and has already proven to be perfectly willing to put the entire universe at risk if it means getting revenge.
  • The Illusive Man in Mass Effect is incredibly polite, classy, and cultured. Even when he gets pissed, he barely raises his voice at all. He does this just to make it very difficult for someone to tell whether he's lying or not. He drifts very clearly into this trope in the tie-in novels; while preparing a treacherous subordinate for a Fate Worse Than Death, he speaks in a regretful tone about how there is nothing personal in this, how much he enjoyed working with him, and how sorry he is that he must make this necessary sacrifice. What separates him from true Affably Evil in this exchange is that it is personal (he was furious when the man betrayed Cerberus), he deliberately puts the man through more pain than is strictly necessary for the experiment, and he acknowledges to himself later on in the book that he had allowed his desire to see the hideous retribution in person cloud his judgement.
  • Skull Face from Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is one of the most polite and well-spoken villains in the series. He is also quite possibly the most horrific, having done such things as having Paz tortured and gang-raped while forcing Chico to watch him do it. And then forced Chico to rape Paz himself.
  • Surprisingly, there's only one truly good example from the No More Heroes series. Destroyman adores causing pain and killing people, with a nasty Evil Laugh when he succeeds and a lot of Evil Gloating. Amazingly, he is really good at selling himself as a normal mailman. When he came back in the second game, however, one half of him was like his past self but more convincing...while the other half was Ax-Crazy, obviously angry but also really loving doing what he did.
  • Okage has Evil King Stanley Hihat Trinidad the XIV, a Living Shadow that spends most of the game attached to Ari. Despite being a Harmless Villain (most of the time), making it no secret that he intends to take over the world, he provides a majority of the hilarious dialogue found in the story. Mostly found in his interactions with fellow party member, the Hero Rosalyn.
  • Yōko from Onmyōji who at first seems nice and polite enough to the heroes (hell, he even refers to himself as shōsei, a very humble and formal first-person pronoun) only to be later revealed as the one repeatedly abducting young yōkai girls.
    Yōko: (to Koi-no-sei, a cute mermaid he's holding captive) It's come down to this and you still don't understand? Well, I'll have you know: you have been tricked.
  • Dr. Richard Trager from Outlast takes this trope Up to Eleven, all the way to being a borderline Friendly Enemy. He speaks to you like a close friend, calling you "buddy" a lot. He always speaks to you like a friend, even while cutting two of your fingers off.
  • In Overwatch, Sombra plays the part of the adorkable Playful Hacker on the surface, but is actually a ruthless cracker who has no qualms working with the likes of Talon, threatening children, blackmailing people, or even just doing her best to infuriate everyone, even the ostensible allies she can regard as mere pawns to manipulate.
  • Adachi of Persona 4 is Ax-Crazy and committed the murders for the fun of it, mocked his victims while recounting his killings, and, when he reveals his true personality, is pretty funny.
  • Lovrina of Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness projects a cutesy Valley Girl demeanor that belies a calculating, sadistic mindset that takes pride in torturing Pokémon and inflicting them with The Corruption. Best seen in her opening battle animation, which begins with her giving a cute wave with a winning smile that quickly morphs into a full-blown Psychotic Smirk.
  • GLaDOS of Portal, who continues to sound sarcastic and cheerful even as she tries to murder Chell.
    Gla DOS: Burning people! He says what we're all thinking!
  • Father Donald Earl McArthur from Rides With Strangers is a Pedophile Priest who has killed, raped, and tortured many, and wants to purge the world of those he considers "heretics". He speaks to the young hitchhiker riding with him in a very polite manner, which only highlights his creepiness, all while planning to kill her if she says the wrong thing or nothing at all.
  • Charnel of Sacrifice, the amusingly bloodthirsty God of Death who also gets some great lines.
    Charnel: "I am Charnel. God of Strife, God of Slaughter, God of DEATH! Where there is pain, I'm there. Where there is suffering, I flourish. Where there is joy...Yes, well, one could hardly have joy without another's suffering, no?"
  • The Boss may seem reasonable and even jovial at times, but if you cross him, he will not hesitate to end you utterly, no matter what the cost and regardless of how many lives are lost in the process - especially if you harm one of his lieutenants.
  • Otani Yoshitsugu from Sengoku Basara, in the English dub (the Japanese version is Obviously Evil), is constantly affable and polite (provided you haven't pushed his Berserk Button) even as his overt misanthropy and ambitions to spread misery to every human on Earth makes it clear it's all just an act.
  • At a fairly early juncture in Shin Megami Tensei, you encounter Ambassador Thorman, who is deeply concerned about JSDF leader Gotou's attempts to use demons to prevent the Americans' peace efforts and wants your aid. He's actually the Norse god Thor himself, acting on orders from the most holy YHVH Himself, and intends to drop his Mighty Hammer (that is, several ICBMs) on Tokyo to annihilate everything in it, including the JSDF, the demons, innocent civilians, american troops, and the heroes. Yes, even if you decide to take his side.
  • Silent Hill:
    • Vincent from Silent Hill 3, who tends to flip-flop around in this area: yes, he's a jerk, subtly insults you, and is a member of The Order. But he also doesn't want to resurrect The Order's God, and sends you off on a quest to acquire an item to supposedly beat said God. Why does he help you? Because if God were to be resurrected, he wouldn't be able to make any more money.
    • Walter Sullivan from Silent Hill 4 is this full force, the first time you meet him he's simply a soft-spoken man who sits on a flight of stairs and talks to you, leaving behind an item afterwards for you to take. You then find out that he's the serial killer who had chained you inside your apartment after he tries to kill your neighbor. Also, the item he gives you is useless and possesses your inventory box should you put it in there.
  • Despite being relatively calm and collected, Dr. Eggman Nega, Eggman's alternate-dimension counterpartnote  in the Sonic Rush Series, is much more vicious than the Affably Evil doctor we all know and love.
  • Kerrigan becomes like this in Brood War. No longer just a bloodthirsty zealous slave to the Overmind, she develops a prepossessing, well-mannered, and regal demeanor to her guests and allies (that is, before she betrays them and lets them be devoured by the Swarm). At least, until she's de-infested at the end of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty...and, thus far, even after her experience on Zerus, has not returned to her Queen Bitch of the Universe ways. Mengsk also qualifies, up until he gets completely obliterated by a vengeful Kerrigan.
  • In Star Wars: The Old Republic, most sith NPC's and many Imperial officials exhibit this trait. A few examples:
    • One of the first missions for the Sith Inquisitor has them join a sith lord in torturing an acolyte for information. The sith lord in question would seem like an amiable personality were it not for the fact that he's instructing you in torture.
    • Lord Drowl is very excited to try out a poison called quell.
    • Arguably Lord Zash in the Sith Inquisitor story, but she may be genuinely nice (in her own opinion, anyway), depending on how you see her personality. True, she will try to hijack your body to extend her own life but it could be that she really just doesn't see a reason for you to object and thinks she's doing a favour for you as well, since, after all, you get to host her.
    • And of course player characters can exhibit this behaviour as well; it would seem that the Imperial Agent and Sith Inquisitor have the most conversation options to that end, though it also depends on the player's own interpretation of the character, naturally. It works with all classes, though: due to the nature of the dialogue system, you can threaten the lives of innocent children one moment and make polite conversation the next.
  • In Super Mario RPG, when Mario and his entourage finally meet Smithy, he at first seems far more polite and civil than most villains in the game. This is a facade, however, as he quickly proves just as nasty as the rest of the Smithy Gang, AND have an uncontrollable temper as well.
  • About half the cast of Team Fortress 2 are either this or normal Affably Evil. The Scout is just an asshole, The Spy is coldly professional, and The Sniper and Engineer are nice people when not being paid to kill, but the rest would probably do this for free, whether it's because death is just a normal side-effect of their hobbies (Demoman, Medic), they're crazy (Pyro, Soldier), or they just plain like killing (Heavy, Scout).
  • Tomb Raider (2013): Mathias feigns politeness and reason in his meetings with Lara and Sam, even managing to earn Sam's trust by bandaging her injured foot. In reality, he was bordering on sociopathic by the time of his first journal entry, in which he documents how he routinely tortures other people who wash up on Yamatai until they agree to join the Solarii, and kills those who don't agree.
  • In Ultima 7: The Black Gate, we have Batlin. A kindly sage and former druid, who is the head of the Fellowship and always working hard to help the people of Britannia. On the other hand, the Fellowship is a cult intended to subvert Britannia, spread distrust in the Virtues and Lord British, and pave the way for the Guardian to take everything over. In a hard-to-find dialogue (you have to cast the all-destroying Armageddon spell to get it) you find out that Batlin is driven by pure nihilism, having learned that (supposedly) nothing exists beyond death. (In the sequel, he is attempting to gain immortality for this reason.)
  • Even after the player finds out he's a sadistic Social Darwinist, Flowey from Undertale keeps up his friendly and cheerful demeanor.
  • The Crooked Man in The Wolf Among Us at first appears to be a genuinely nice person who was only trying to use his power and resources to care for the Fables that the apathetic government had left in the dust. However, once confronted with evidence from Nerissa saying that he personally ordered the executions of women who wished to escape owing debt to him, he physically attacks Wolf and attempts to throw the both of them down the Witching Well. He also has no qualms having an Ax-Crazy demon woman be his personal bodyguard. Also, his codex entry says that he murdered his family to save on living costs. That says a lot.
  • Sho Minamimoto of The World Ends with You: sadistic, utterly unpredictable, and Crazy Awesome.
  • Professor Putricide from World of Warcraft is a funny, quirky old Mad Scientist who sewed his "children" together from a pile of corpses, and spends his time creating deadly plagues for the Scourge to use in their war against the living.
    Professor Putricide: Good news, everyone! The slime is flowing again!
  • Handsome Jack in Borderlands 2, best shown in some points in the Southern Shelf. If you're doing the main quest, he banters with the player in a way that's not entirely friendly but seems more jokey than anything else (for example, he tells you that he was thinking of naming his diamond horse "Piss-for-Brains" in your honour). If you're doing a sidequest to collect some audio recordings of him, however, he puts on a seemingly apologetic pose when Helena Pierce tells him the cause of her scarring, then casually guns her down and laughs about the noise her head made when he shot her in the face.

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