->''"I didn't spend six years in [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate evil medical school to be called "mister"]], thank you very much."''
--> -- '''Dr. Evil''', ''Film/AustinPowers II''

This is a school that teaches their students how to be better villains. There will be courses on mayhem, [[BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord extortion]], use of [[BadPowersBadPeople powers]] for [[GoodPowersBadPeople evil]], money laundering and many other topics. Usually the school will be a strictly evil institution that is staffed entirely with {{Sadist Teacher}}s and directed by the Principal / BigBad. Despite this rigid order much of the rules have two big caveats: MightMakesRight, and the teachers won't punish cheating-- rather, they'll punish ''[[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty getting caught]]'' because it's a sign of sloppy work.

Presumably, such a school is funded by graduates tithing back money to the principal, though he or she may get funding from parents who enroll their children because they [[InTheBlood want their kids]] to [[LegacyCharacter follow their evil jackboot-steps.]] Then again, the school may act as a talent agency / crime ring and hire out students as mercenaries, or use them to commit crimes.

To be fair, DarkIsNotEvil, and the Academy Of Evil may just be suffering from a bad reputation. In this case it will at worst be teaching the [[strike:Dark]] [[GreyAndGrayMorality Off-Grey]] [[TheDarkArts Arts]] and fomenting {{ambition|IsEvil}} and {{guile|Hero}} in the student body. Speaking of which, expect it to have a near [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Darwinian social scene]] that makes most prisons seem like a SugarBowl. The AlphaBitch won't just badmouth you, she'll have her GirlPosse cut you up and sell you for parts to the MadScientist-in-training.

If there is a good aligned WizardingSchool, NinjaSchool, or SuperheroSchool, expect them both to be rivals. May overlap with AllGhoulsSchool. This will most likely be where villains get their {{Morally Ambiguous Doctorate}}s.
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!Examples:

[[AC:{{Anime}} And {{Manga}}]]
* The eponymous institution in ''HollowFields'' is a school for mad scientists, with courses in graverobbing, building machines of destruction, and so forth.

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* Creator/AlanMoore did a ''[[Comicbook/TwoThousandAD 2000 AD]]'' gag strip based on one of these for [[ComicStrip/FlashGordon Ming-style]] SpaceOpera bad guys.
* The somewhat unsettling on the surface Praetorian Academy in ''{{Comicbook/PS238}}'' may look like this to the GenreSavvy, taking "problem children" amongst metahumans and possibly making them even worse while hiding under a public aegis of WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility and 'discipline'. [[spoiler:The genre savvy would be wrong.]]
* Xavier's School for Exceptionally Wayward Youth in ''X-Men Noir'' is a reform school... but Professor Xavier taught his students how to be better criminals rather than actually reforming them. He insists this was a ploy to gain their trust so they would gradually open up to him and therapy could begin in earnest. In reality, he was developing and studying them to prove his theory that sociopathy is the next stage of human behavioral evolution.
* In mainstream ''{{Comicbook/X-Men}}'' continuity, Emma Frost used to be headmistress of the Massachusetts Academy -- a front for the Hellfire Club that produced the Hellions, rivals to the then-Xavier Institute student body, the ''NewMutants''. When Emma had her HeelFaceTurn, the Massachusetts Academy became a SuperheroSchool, the front for ''GenerationX''.
** In the more recent ''NewMutants'' title, the Hellions were another "house" within the Xavier Institute, but still kind of villain-y and rivals to the New Mutants team.
** The Hellfire Academy in ''Comicbook/WolverineAndTheXMen'' is kind of like the Massachusetts Academy only ''completely insane''.
* Oft mentioned in ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueInternational'' was the Manga Khan School of Melodrama, which taught students how to ''talk'' like a villain.
* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, any institution run by {{Taskmaster}} is this - he first came to prominence running schools for henchmen of other supervillains. Later, during ''Comicbook/DarkReign'', he was in charge of ''The Initiative'' for a while. He's so good at what he does that the government sometimes hires him to train their operatives, including a replacement CaptainAmerica.
* St. Hadrian's Finishing School for Girls in ''[[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman Incorporated]]'', which is run by the international TerroristsWithoutACause group Leviathan and trains its pupils to become spies, assassins and depraved seducers. After Batman and an undercover Stephanie Brown took it out, it was restarted by Spyral, and trained its pupils to become spies, assassins, and depraved seducers for ''good causes'', under the new headmistress [[spoiler: Kathy Kane]].
* Villain Academy in ''Manga/SentaiSchool''.
* In ''Black Hood Comics'' #9, criminal mastermind Markov started a school for (adult) criminals, teaching them how to fight barehanded, how to evade police capture, etc. He did so out of a simple desire to improve the local criminal landscape, having found the crooks he'd met up to that point clumsy and stupid.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* There is one implied to exist in the {{Film/Austin Powers}}Verse.
* [[Film/TheKarateKid Cobra Kai]] is essentially a Dojo of Evil.
* What Royal Pain plans to turn ''Film/SkyHigh'' into, raising the now infant students and faculty as a generation of supervillains.
* Film/StTrinians is more an academy of anarchy, but there are classes in various forms of lucrative crime and how to avoid arrest in foreign countries. The students and teachers do seem to be chaotic neutral rather than actually evil.

[[AC: Folklore]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scholomance The Scholomance]], a hidden school in deepest [[{{Uberwald}} Transylvania]] with {{Satan}} for a headmaster.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Catherine Jinks's ''Literature/{{Evil Genius|Trilogy}}'' sends its protagonist, the SociopathicHero Cadel, to the Axis Institute, which includes courses like "Poisoning" and "Forgery."
* The Higher Institute of Villainous Education, or ''[[Literature/HIVESeries H.I.V.E.]]''
* From ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Durmstrang, a {{downplayed}} example, where people are taught the Dark Arts instead of Defense Against the Dark Arts, has a slight reputation of being this. Grindelwald, Dumbledore's old arch-nemesis, comes from here. We do meet Durmstrang alumni who are definitely not evil and take a hard stand against evil (Viktor Krum comes to mind right away) and this isn't shown as being very odd. And even Durmstrang had to draw the line and expel Gellert Grindelwald, where a school that really played this trope straight would probably have nurtured him.
** The tried to make Hogwarts this, in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Book 7]] when it's being run by the Death Eaters--they change the curriculum to make the Dark Arts and Muggle "Studies" mandatory, making the curriculum all-evil, all the time. It doesn't work on the students except for [[BlackShirt House Slytherin]].
*** Slytherin House has this reputation even earlier in the series; all of the Death Eaters came from Slytherin.
* In ''Literature/RogueSorcerer'', the Tower is an academy for Sorcerers who use blood magic to control murderous demons.
* There is a "[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Shadow_Academy Shadow Academy]]" in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', as a Dark Side counterpart to the Jedi Academy.
* The Nightmoore Academy of Frank Peretti's ''Literature/VeritasProject'' series.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has Mesaana opening a lot of those during [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas The age of legends]], and its pupils were ''not'' dedicated to idle cackling.
* Played with in {{Literature/Discworld}} with the [[SpySchool Assassins' Guild School]], which while it does still teach the art of assassination, is also considered a prestigious academy for gentlemen and, as of recently, ladies. Another Academy of Evil is discussed in ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', though it may not actually exist:
-->Of course, all [[EvilVizier Grand Viziers]] talk like that all the time. There's probably a school somewhere.
* Literature/{{Dracula}} is mentioned to have studied at the 'Scholomance' - presumably the same one from the folklore section above. Freda Warrington's [[Literature/DraculaTheUndead unofficial sequel]] has the now-abandoned Scholomance play a big role in the plot.
* Bekinsop's Academy for the Daughters of Gentlefolk in ''Blonde Genius'' by Creator/JTEdson.
* Battle School from ''Literature/EndersGame'' is on the very dark side of morally ambiguous. On the one hand, they're training commanders to attack an alien race that once attacked them. On the other hand [[spoiler: they plan the complete genocide of the aliens and consider students killing one another an acceptable part of their training.]]
* The dark elven city of Menzoberranzan from ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' has one, most elaborated on in R. A. Salvatore's Drizzt novels (but also appearing in Elaine Cunningham's Liriel novels and the ''Literature/WarOfTheSpiderQueen'' series). Tier-Breche (usually simply called "The Academy") is divided into three sub-schools, Melee-Magthere (for warriors) Sorcere (for wizards) and Arach-Tinillith (for the clergy of [[GodOfEvil Lolth]]). Considering its two functions are to train the students to lethal efficiency in their particular discipline and firmly induct them into a ReligionOfEvil, it's a very scary place.
* In ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'', it's mentioned that {{Hell}} has a Training College for young devils, run by a demon named Slubgob. They study such courses as sexual temptation ("a subject of considerable tedium," complains Screwtape, who is no HornyDevil) and [[AWolfInSheepsClothing disguising oneself as an Angel of Light]].
* Lawless Academy in ''Literature/{{Lawless}}'' is a school for criminals.

[[AC: LiveActionTV]]
* [[Series/TheThundermans Max Thunderman]] wants to go to one of these, but for now he's keeping up TheMasquerade in a suburban public school. And since that's the whole premise of the show...
* There are two that show up in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', both called simply The Academy. They focus on turning humans into demons.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* The Academy of Evil, from ''VideoGame/CrashTwinsanity'', a private school that literally teaches students to be evil, for the sake of being evil. The series' antagonist, Dr. Neo Cortex studied here, while his niece was thrown out and had to continue her studies at the Evil Public School.
* The Institute of Evil, Nether Academy - the setting of ''{{VideoGame/Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}''. It's literally a school in ''hell'', where demons go to learn how to be properly evil (By their [[PokeThePoodle generally awkward]] standards). Also doubles as a BizarroWorld, since honor students are the ones who never attend class or do their homework, while delinquents maintain 100% attendance (even though the teachers rarely bother showing up), and give THEMSELVES homework (which they always complete) since the teachers won't. They also pick up litter. Oddly, the so-called "delinquents" are the only ones who ever get to graduate from the academy, since they run off the same standards as any other school in that regard... In fact, [[spoiler:the previously mentioned delinquents are the first ones to ever graduate, which amounts to be KickedUpstairs. You see, the Academy's objective is to make the students remain paying the tuition for all the eternity.]]
* Scholomance in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft.''
* The Sith Academies on Korriban and Malachor V in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic I'' and ''II'', respectively. The former encourages backstabbing and killing your fellow students and even teachers to gnaw your way to the top.

[[AC:WebComics]]
* Evil University in ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}''.
* The defunct webcomic ''[[http://madaboutu.keenspot.com/ Mad About U]]'' was set in a university for mad scientists.
* In ''{{Nodwick}}'', the evil wizard Ildomir went to a school for wizards called the Heractium Dark Arts Academy,

[[AC:WebOriginal]]
* The RoundRobin story ''Literature/DarkHeartHigh'' uses one as a setting.
* Deville Academy, in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, is a school that takes in poor, young delinquents... and turns them into the best thieves, spies, and killers on the planet. Except for those mutant supervillains.
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation frequently has to deal with [=SCP=]s created by Alexylva University, a mind control-obsessed organization from an AlternateUniverse.
* The play by post roleplay ''Roleplay/DestineEnormity'' has [[MeaningfulName SIN Academy,]] where the city's overlords indoctrinate the city's children.
* In the world of ''Literature/NocteYin'', there are Evil Academy and HeroAcademy, as well as their rival schools.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', there was the H.I.V.E. ([[Literature/HIVESeries not this one]]), which originally trained super-villains to work as mercenaries, its star pupils being Jinx, Gizmo, and Mammoth, used by Slade in a very early episode. Later, in the third season, the school played a much bigger part of the plot, with Brother Blood as the BigBad of the storyline and headmaster of the school. After Blood's defeat, the school was defunct, but Jinx, Gizmo, and Mammoth formed a team called the H.I.V.E. Five (which [[NonIndicativeName actually had six members]]) which worked for the Brain's Brotherhood of Evil.
* ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' feature a humorous advertisement for a school for villains, showing a teacher pointing at the black board and reading, "Ah...ha...ha...ha...ha..."
* The Cloudtower school for witches opposing Alfea Academy in ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' initially seems like one, but it's {{subverted}} as [[DarkIsNotEvil most witches such as Miss Griffin are mostly good-hearted]], even if they are mischievous or jerks sometimes..
* The Huntsclan Academy in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', where students are taught how to slay dragons and to be overall [[FantasticRacism racist]] {{Knight Templar}}s.
* [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz]] intended to open one in "The Swiss Family Phineas". He tried to drive laundromats bankrupt so he could turn them into school buildings.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/DogCity'' had mob boss Bugsy attempt to turn a regular school into that.
* Perfecto Prep from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''.
* The ''CoolMcCool'' episode "College Of Crooks," consisting of Cool's regular roster of villains (The Owl, the Rattler, Hurricane Harry, Jack-In-The-Box, Dr. Madcap and Greta Ghoul).

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