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

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 [[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 [[RivalDojos rivals]]. May overlap with AllGhoulsSchool, although they're more likely to be DarkIsNotEvil. This will most likely be where villains get their {{Morally Ambiguous Doctorate}}s. See also ThugDojo for a martial arts school that trains its students to be at best amoral MightMakesRight types and at worst villains.
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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* The eponymous institution in ''Manga/HollowFields'' is a school for mad scientists, with courses in graverobbing, building machines of destruction, and so forth.
* [[spoiler: Duel Academia]] from ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' trains its students to become ChildSoldiers who [[spoiler: [[WarForFunAndProfit partake in genocide for fun]]]] and act as a personal army for [[spoiler: Leo Akaba]].

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Creator/AlanMoore did a ''Comicbook/TwoThousandAD'' gag strip based on one of these for [[ComicStrip/FlashGordon Ming-style]] SpaceOpera bad guys.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': The Dark Judges are shown to have taken over their version of the Academy of Law during the destruction of their planet to teach the trainees how to best execute citizens.
* 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 GenreSavvy 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/XMen'' 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 ''ComicBook/NewMutants''. When Emma had her HeelFaceTurn, the Massachusetts Academy became a SuperheroSchool, the front for ''ComicBook/GenerationX''.
** In a later ''ComicBook/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 ComicBook/{{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 ComicBook/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 (the Silver Age Batwoman, recently retconned back into continuity)]].
* 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.
* In ''ComicBook/DeadlyClass'' students are the sons and daughters of fine important figures such as KGB/CIA/FBI agents, GangBangers, Neo Nazis, African Warlords, and South American Drug Cartels just to name a few
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[[folder: Film ]]

* There is one implied to exist in the {{Film/Austin Powers}}Verse.
* [[Film/TheKarateKid Cobra Kai]] is essentially a Dojo of Evil.
* Royal Pain plans to turn ''Film/SkyHigh2005'' into one of these, turning the students, faculty and alumni into babies and then raising them anew as 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.

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[[folder: Folklore ]]

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

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* 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.]]''
* ''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; nearly 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 ''Verita's Project'' 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. Since the main hero Drizzt is a warrior, his education mostly takes place in Melee-Magthere - and it's ripe with backstabbing, KlingonPromotion and things like using children to bait monsters for students to practice on. And yet Drizzt's mentor Zaknafaien adamantly insists that he goes there, because apparently Sorcere ''is even worse''.
* 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.

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* [[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.
* [[Series/TheOuterLimits1995 The Outer Limits]] featured a school where students were implanted with a mind control chip. One of the classes featured assassination as a viable business practice for getting rid of the competition.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The Bleak Academy in TabletopGame/ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine exists beyond the edge of the world; many of the darker characters have studied there.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* 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'' and ''[[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords The Sith Lords]]'', respectively. The former encourages backstabbing and killing your fellow students and even teachers to gnaw your way to the top.
** The Korriban academy has been rebuilt and reestablished by the time of ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. It's not notably less evil than it used to be, as Sith Warrior and Inquisitor player characters can attest. For starters, it's possible (even encouraged) for each of them to be the SoleSurvivor of their training cadre.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'': Big Boss runs a child soldier military, outright declaring his pride in creating a cycle of retaliation and death that will ensure the darkest parts of war survive to the modern ages. But given the sheer level of his charisma and military prowess in building his PMC, and the capabilities of his archrivals, it's implied that he was training up the next generation of Millitaries Sans Frontieres, an international infiltration and shock trooper army, to harass and terrorize the world whenever it got complacent enough to send good soldiers into the meat grinder for fun and profit, or when secret organizations attempt to enslave the world ''again''.
* Byrgenwerth College in ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}''. It was their decision to crack open the Pthumerian tombs under Yharnam that started the city's descent into madness, and it ''was'' a demented former student that started the blood craze. Their decision to keep investigating alternate ways of understanding the Pthumerians' mastery of magic aside from Old Blood (the Fishing Hamlet massacre, research on Insight) brought them into conflict with the Healing Church, and spelled doom for everyone involved.
** The School of Mensis is a heretical offshoot of the Healing Church, itself splintered from Byrgenwerth. It is, bar none, the most malevolent faction of the game, having no issue with kidnapping people to serve as fodder for their rituals. Their land has been twisted into an expanse of mountains bearing countless screaming faces, rising above a sea of fog. Their headquarters serve as a prison for an EldritchAbomination and an incubator for another.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/{{EVIL}} (the Elite Villain's Institute of Learning)'' is a combination of this and WackyCollege.
* Evil University in ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}''.
* The defunct webcomic ''[[http://madaboutu.keenspot.com/ Mad About U]]'' was set in a university for mad scientists.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Nodwick}}'', the evil wizard Ildomir went to a school for wizards called the Heractium Dark Arts Academy.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* 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 where the Roman empire lasted to the modern age.
* 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.
* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', an academic organization known simply as "The Academy" is the driving force behind an empire spanning a full third of the known world, specializing in [[BioPunk biological modification]] with an eye on warfare.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* 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 ''WesternAnimation/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).
* Silas University in ''WebVideo/CarmillaTheSeries'' is an evil university, as described in its student handbook. Which at DoorStopper length (700 pages), [[ActionSurvivor Laura Hollis]] failed to read.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* The US Army School of the Americas was where many future [[BananaRepublic Latin American dictators and generals]] went to [[MajoredInWesternHypocrisy major in Western hypocrisy]]. Founded in 1946, in 1961 it was assigned the task of teaching "anti-communist counterinsurgency" tactics to Latin American military personnel, switching to the War on Drugs and "narcoguerrillas" after TheGreatPoliticsMessUp. Graduates included Manuel Noriega, the drug lord dictator of UsefulNotes/{{Panama}}, and a number of high-ranking officials in UsefulNotes/{{Argentina}}'s UsefulNotes/NationalReorganizationProcess and UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet's dictatorship in UsefulNotes/{{Chile}}. The school and its graduates came under so much criticism from human rights groups that, in 2000, it changed its name to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Hemisphere_Institute_for_Security_Cooperation Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation]] in an attempt to distance itself from its checkered past, putting more focus on human rights training.
* Schools in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria exist almost solely to train up young boys as [[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-teaching-children-how-to-make-bombs-at-school-and-brainwashing-pupils-with-jihadist-ideology-in-a6971601.html militant jihadists]], offering courses in {{suicide attack}}s and bomb-making as well as homework that involves cutting the heads off of dolls.

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