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[[caption-width-right:250:The Mayor of Sunnydale.\\
[[BreadEggsMilkSquick Jovial. Fatherly. Wants to be a giant snake demon.]]]]

->''"Homer, I'm disappointed you have to go, but I think you have to do what's best for your family. But on your way out, if you wanna kill somebody, it would help me a lot."''
-->-- '''Hank Scorpio''', as commandos storm his {{elaborate underground base}}, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

Usually, {{villain}}s have a personality or manner that underscores how evil they are. They may [[KickTheDog kick puppies]] [[ForTheEvulz for giggles]], be [[{{Jerkass}} particularly insensitive]], or might just be too [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness unknowable to be anything but evil]].

Then there are villains who are Affably Evil. There is absolutely nothing separating them from being normal, polite people except for the fact that they want to TakeOverTheWorld or use [[PoweredByAForsakenChild human souls]] to power their ArtifactOfDoom. They're not the StepfordSmiler -- their affability is a genuine part of their personality, not a mask. If they have underlings, expect them to be a BenevolentBoss. In one way, they're the opposite of an AntiHero. They may PetTheDog on occasion, but won't hesitate to kick it with steel-toed boots the next second if it helps them accomplish their EvilPlan. They may well be a VillainWithGoodPublicity because, after all, being evil doesn't mean you have to be ''anti-social''.

If this trope gets exagerrated, this villain will [[GoKartingWithBowser invite the hero out to tea]], [[NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine offer them]] [[YourFavorite a favorite dish]], talk friendly, try to appeal to the hero's better nature, and convince the heroes that the [[EvilPlan villain's plan]] isn't worth getting involved in. Of course, if the hero still won't change their mind, the villain will remind them that they are, after all, still a villain. It may or may not involve a DeathTrap, depending on how nice the villain really is when crossed. Of course, inviting [[VillainOverForDinner the hero's mom out to tea]] might send a stronger message. The friendliness of said villains can serve to humanize these guys.

Usually a WickedCultured, charismatic MagnificentBastard. He is sometimes comedic or a WellIntentionedExtremist who really [[TautologicalTemplar believes that they are right]]. EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor is not true for them, and their affability even makes them easy to "compliment" with an InsultBackfire. Captives of an affably evil villain won't be kept in dungeons, but in a GildedCage.

In the event an Affably Evil villain does undergo a VillainousBreakdown, the very traits that make them so pleasant often serve to make their breakdown extremely creepy or outright scary. [[BewareTheNiceOnes A kind, friendly man suddenly going into a psychotic rage is made all the more scary by the simple fact that he was previously so nice and kind.]] If they [[DissonantSerenity keep their inviting personality]] while going AxCrazy, they may cross into FauxAffablyEvil territory.

* AntiVillain: A villainous character that is morally in a grey area, sometimes overlaps with this trope.
* FriendlyEnemy: When the main villain of the work is ''legitimately'' friends with the protagonist.
* AHeroToHisHometown can sometimes be seen as this by other characters in-story, even if they're not actually a villain.
* NobleDemon: A villain with standards who never goes the extra mile to be truly monstrous.
* ObliviouslyEvil: A villain that doesn't realize that he or she is a villain. It should probably be obvious as to why this trope applies to this type of character.
* PunchClockVillain, who, depending on what their villainous duties are, may not be exactly evil -- they simply have a job to do, and their employer just happens to be evil. Of course, if that job involves something like brutally slaughtering innocents, their apathetic detachment makes them not much better.
* PragmaticVillain: A villain who may be affable for his own reasons. Some definitely overlap with this trope.
* VillainsOutShopping for Affably Evil behavior in otherwise normal villains. Often a trait of a CardCarryingVillain, especially in the more ironic portrayals.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity. This trope may be the reason ''why'' he is so popular with common people.
* VillainRespect: They may hate the main hero in every bone of their body, but they respect them regardlessly.

* BitchInSheepsClothing, where the character hides a more sinister side behind a nice facade -- unlike them, Affably Evil characters are genuinely nice.
* CompleteMonster: The most heinous characters played seriously with no redeeming or altruistic qualities. They are 0% nice (though may be FauxAffablyEvil).
* FauxAffablyEvil, which is a villain who adopts an affable demeanor that isn't genuine, basically mocking Affably Evil. They'll chat pleasantly with their victims while engaging in ColdBloodedTorture, or hum cheerfully to themselves while setting an orphanage on fire. Unlike Affably Evil characters, they're genuinely mean, and often do things ForTheEvulz, but it might not be obvious just by talking to them.
* GoodIsNotNice: The opposite of this trope. the guy's a hero, but is rude, and crude and sometimes, ''sometimes'' even outright cruel.
* GoodIsNotSoft, where a hero is genuinely nice but ruthless to their enemies. Essentially the good version of this trope which could be interpreted as "(very) affably {{Anti Hero}}ic".
* HarmlessVillain, when the villain is not necessarily affable, just no one to be scared of.
* LaughablyEvil, where the villain derives humor from their crimes. There's nothing necessarily nice about them, and usually just serves to showcase that EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor.

GoodIsNotNice is the InvertedTrope, and such good guys are particularly good at giving the Affably Evil a proverbial punch in the nose. When both GoodIsNotNice and AffablyEvil are used, you may end up with PoliteVillainsRudeHeroes. ImNotHungry is often dealing with this villain. A villain will sometimes engage in TooFunnyToBeEvil to achieve this effect. NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine is a subtrope in many instances.

* AffablyEvil/AnimatedFilms
* AffablyEvil/AnimeAndManga
* AffablyEvil/ComicBooks
* AffablyEvil/FanWorks
* AffablyEvil/{{Film}}
* AffablyEvil/{{Literature}}
* AffablyEvil/LiveActionTV
* AffablyEvil/{{Music}}
* AffablyEvil/NewMedia
* AffablyEvil/ProWrestling
* AffablyEvil/TabletopGames
* AffablyEvil/{{Theatre}}
* AffablyEvil/VideoGames
* AffablyEvil/WebAnimation
* AffablyEvil/{{Webcomics}}
* AffablyEvil/WesternAnimation
* AffablyEvil/{{Other}}

* Skeletor in the 2014-2015 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7VxQUxg0Ec "Happy Honda Days"]] commercials is genuinely interested in helping you save money on a new motor vehicle. Now if you can excuse him while he steps out to crush [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse He-man]]...

* ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'':
** {{Satan}} zigzags this trope and FauxAffablyEvil. To most people, he's faux affably evil, often utilizing ExactWords or even outright lying to make them think he's about to give them what they want right before torturing them. To other supernatural beings, and the handful of humans he genuinely respects, he's this; he'll still torture them if they become annoying, but when he's not doing so he's fairly friendly and can sometimes even act as a caring presence.
** Thomas is introduced as a FauxAffablyEvil CorruptCorporateExecutive. However, over the course of the series, the Prof and Scumspawn manage to reform him somewhat; he's still evil, but he's closer to this trope.
** Gary, Satan's [[spoiler:initial]] top demon, is quite polite despite his love of cruelty.
** {{God|IsEvil}} is respectful of those he speaks to, generally willing to listen to reason (provided you don't question whether there are other gods), wishes his angels were more able to lighten up and have a laugh, and frequently sends people to Hell for little to no reason.