->''"All baronets are bad; but was he worse than other baronets?"''
-->-- '''Ruth''', ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}''

A lot of tropes have origins way back when media was still forming; this is one of them.

It might have been an early way to appeal to the masses, or just due to the way [[BlueBlood aristocrats]] tended to look down on the general public. But it was then and is now ''really'' popular to cast [[BlueBlood aristocrats]] as villains. A variety of MeaningfulTitles exist - people with feudal titles are very commonly evil. Popular titles are '''Count'''[[note]]in Britain, they're guaranteed to be foreign, since the equivalent local rank is "Earl- probably because in the Medieval Accent it [[CountryMatters sounded kind of unfortunate]]"[[/note]], and '''Baron''' -- two titles which are rarely seen on a good guy. (Oddly enough, a '''Countess''' has a better-than-even chance of being a decent woman.) And though it doesn't show up a great deal, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast you should break out in a cold sweat]] when you meet a '''Viscount'''. Unless it's Viscount [[MemeticBadass Horatio Nelson]]. Interestingly, both counts and barons are fairly common titles among Continental Europeans, but rare among the English, which may suggest a regional bias in which aristocrats are cast as villains.

Needless to say, '''Barons''' fare the worst in popular fiction, with one notable exception [[RedBaron when used as a badass nickname]]. Maybe it's something to do with the old nickname "Sugar Baron", who makes his wealth off the labour of the poorest of the poor, and from slaves. (In the U.S. this became the "Robber Baron", the derogatory term for wealthy industrialists that made their money off the backs of immigrant labor.)

One major exception: '''Dukes''' ''are usually relatively nice.'' This may be due to the fact the title was awarded to those who rose to aristocracy as war leaders. Thus, the Duke has a "grass roots" feel to it, and a {{Badass}} quality; as well, much like TheGoodCaptain, military titles are generally for good guys, with the possible exception of '''Major'''. Also, before the 18th and 19th centuries, Dukes were generally too high up the ladder of aristocracy to really have much contact with common people at all. Because of this, Dukes were not the nobles that were directly oppressing the common people, and so didn't receive quite the same stigma...especially since in some local cases, a Duke actually ran interference against a lower-ranking nobleman on behalf of the masses. Dukes (and especially '''Grand Dukes''') can be evil if the Hero is a Royal. Often a Duke is [[TheStarscream scheming to take over the throne himself]].

Other titles generally have a more neutral feel to them - '''Earls''' tend to be good but quite elderly and senile, while it is rare to see a Marquess in anything other than a particularly faithful historical adaptation. '''Baronets''' were quite often villains in both Victorian {{Melodrama}} and Wodehousian comedy (not to mention the Creator/GilbertAndSullivan operetta ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}''), probably due to the fact that baronetcies could be more or less openly bought, indicating that the character is not only NouveauRiche, but also [[AmbitionIsEvil ambitious]] and seeking to rise beyond his station (the worst social sin in Victorian Britain). Queens/Kings may be either good or evil. And, of course, EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses [[SubvertedTrope (or is it?)]].

The title '''Sir''' [[KnightInShiningArmor is the best of the lot]], being martial, unprepossessing, and upwardly mobile. [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever Even actors like to be called Sir]].

The title '''Lord''' is somewhat problematic as strictly speaking any British or Irish Peer (''other'' than a Duke or Duchess) would be addressed as such. For instance a character named 'Lord Bloggs', might be the Earl of Bloggs, or the Marquess of Bloggs or so on. The title 'Lord -' is also a favorite of a certain type of supernatural villain (Lords Vader and Voldemort, most famously), but are [[EvilOverlord really a separate trope]] - normally not ''real'' aristocrats, and normally not powerful simply because of their titles.

The '''Prince''' will almost always be charming, even in the rare cases where that is not actually his [[PrinceCharming name]]. However, there are two uses of the term. The Prince may be the son of a King, or it may be used to refer to any ruler or leader (re: Machiavelli). If an evil prince ever appears in fiction, be sure to check that it is not in fact the latter. And of course, the EvilPrince may be out to kill the good one.

If it's an ActionAdventure story, you can bet anyone with the title '''Lady''' will be a LadyOfWar.

If there's a Queen then she will be [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask regal]] and [[TheHighQueen respected]] or GodSaveUsFromTheQueen. Conversely, a Prince is much more likely to be TheWisePrince; compare FisherKing.

Don't even get us started on '''[[TheEmperor Emperors]]''' or '''[[EvilChancellor Chancellors]]'''/ Good luck finding a '''Marquis''', though.

While East Asian and pre-Columbian noble titles are usually translated - '''Huangdi''' and '''Tlatoani''' are all simply '''Emperors''', and treated as such - the [[{{Qurac}} Middle East]] has an aristocratic hierarchy of its own. '''Sheikhs''' and '''Sultans''' used to be romantic, but since the 1970s oil embargo they're almost universally bad news in fiction: typically depicted as corrupt, greedy, lecherous, fat, and smug. '''Emirs''' have roughly the same connotations, but the title is even more besmirched because of its use by terrorist leaders. '''[[TheEmperor Caliphs]]''', however, are a rarity. This is mostly because the title, while extremely prestigious, was powerless on its own most of the time and is completely gone today, the only claimant being a raving terrorist. That being said, in the short period where the caliphs ''were'' relevant - the early Middle Ages - they can be seen in ArabianNightsDays stories. While these caliphs are usually benevolent, beware of '''{{Grand Vizier}}s.'''

'''Squires''' tend to be {{Quintessential British Gentlem|an}}en. They are likely to be rather gruff but good natured under all that. They tend to either be a retired military officer, or a father obsessed with marrying off his daughters or with a [[HenpeckedHusband wife]] with the same obsession.

'''Chiefs''' tend to be a leader of a [[TheClan tribal community]], generally a [[BarbarianTribe barbarous one]]. They will likely be {{Badass}} because their culture insists that [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Authority must equal asskicking]] and may even have gotten their job from KlingonPromotion. Alternatively they are chief of a tribe that has acculturated itself to mundane lifestyles. In that case, expect him to wax poetic about the GoodOldWays.

Several of these kinds of aristocrats together form a DeadlyDecadentCourt.

See also '''TheBaroness''' and '''TheCaligula'''. A young aristocrat may fall under RoyalBrat.

Aristocrats are often willing to be polite and even with people of their own rank. MoralMyopia, however, often limits it to fellow aristocrats. Commoners are just out of luck -- [[NiceToTheWaiter especially servants]].

If they're not actively in charge, expect them to be part of the OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness. A RegentForLife will pick any one of these titles, especially if they run the PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny. In that case, only when the RightfulKingReturns will harmonious social order be restored to the realm.

For the modern version of this trope, see CorruptCorporateExecutive, and to a lesser extent, NouveauRiche.

Very prone to ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney, ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem, and ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections.

MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate is also related, insofar as the title of '''[[NotThatKindOfDoctor Doctor]]''' gives the MadScientist some implied legitimacy.

For more information on the British title system, see UsefulNotes/KnightFever. Not to be confused with TheAristocrats, a "stock joke" based on this premise.

This trope often goes hand in hand with SlobsVersusSnobs.


[[folder: Kings/Queens]]

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* The Emperor of Darkness of ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' and Great King Vega from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''. The latter conquered several planets after exterminating their whole native population.
* Emperor Zu Zambojil and the whole aristocratic class in ''Anime/VoltesV''.

* The noble class and the royal family in ''ComicBook/{{Megalex}}''.
* King Tyrannus of ''ComicBook/{{Swordquest}},'' full stop. One of his first acts as king was to order the deaths of two newborn infants simply because his EvilSorcerer told him of a prophecy that they would eventually lead to his death.

* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', the working class Scottish villagers get pitted against the snobbish, aristocratic Norman nobles led by King Edward.
* In In ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'', the clueless duo winds up in medieval times, and tries to save two [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Royal English Babes]] from their tyrannical father, who wants them to marry "Royal Ugly Dudes". Unfortunately, they barely make it out alive after meeting him, but [[TheMentor Rufus]] manages to get the princesses out later.

* ''Literature/TheRifter'': Played straight. The aristocracy are rapacious and repressive toward the common people; the one decent person among them that we meet, Joulen, has been away with the army in the north for years, and John reflects that the simple life had done him good. Lady Bousim, exiled in the north, turns out to be a very good friend to Laurie and Bill, although we are told that before, in the south, she had taken a series of lovers without caring that her husband would have them all executed.
* The Evil Queen (and WickedStepmother) from "Literature/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}".
** And naturally, her [[BastardUnderstudy protege]], the Evil Queen from ''Literature/TheTenthKingdom''.
* The Emperor of ''{{Franchise/Dune}}'' is only good in comparison to Baron Harkonnen. The Emperors throughout the series fall under this trope, even the Necessary Evil ones -- God Emperor Leto made himself the most reviled being in history, distrusted and despised even by his closest supporters.
* In ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'' web serial all the nobles are ruthless and immoral. For example, Vorscha used to work for a Lord but he decided that it was easier to put bounty on her head than to pay her mercenary company's wages.
* In ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'', nobles tend to come off particularly poorly more often than not, especially in the first volume.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Plenty of people call themselves Kings or Queens ([[SuccessionCrisis with varying degrees of legitimacy]]) and many of these people are [[BlackAndGrayMorality hard to pin down morally]]. Still, we have a few shining examples such as Aerys II, a.k.a. [[TheCaligula The Mad King]] who was a sadistic nutso that ravaged the kingdom so badly and antagonized so many royal houses that he all but destroyed the future of the Targaryen dynasty. Joffrey I also gets special mention, being only slightly less bad than Aerys due to his relatively limited scope of influence at the time. Robert toes the line, but was more incompetent and oblivious than malicious or cruel (though he caused his share of the suffering by [[SwissMessenger failing to do the right things when it mattered]]). On the flipside, the only real evil queen we've seen thus far is Cersei; Danaerys' enemies have given her this reputation as well, though it's ([[NotQuiteTheRightThing mostly]]) base slander.
* ''Literature/SpectralShadows'' both plays this straight and subverts it, mainly in Serial 11. A lot of the Towns' Ruling Family are rotten, corrupt, or otherwise self-serving people. There are a few notable inversions though, namely Sir Jon and Miss Sonny, the King and Queen of Suburbia, respectively.

* Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland, or at least her AlternateHistory persona in the second ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' series, is also very fond of ordering people's execution at the slightest whim. To call her "evil" may be a little strong, however. She is more of a RoyalBrat taken to a slightly sadistic extreme.
* Most of the Cavaliers in the English Civil War drama ''Series/TheDevilsWhore'' are portrayed as this, especially Prince Rupert. An exception is Angelica's husband, a clearly good-hearted Royalist who [[spoiler: is executed by Charles I at the end of the first episode for surrendering his manor to Parliamentary forces]].
* Can be said of King Uther in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', who concerns himself mostly with the nobility and royalty and looks down on peasants and servants as expendable.
** There have also been a number of guest stars that {{invoked|Trope}} and {{subvert|edTrope}} this trope. King Odin, King Caerleon and King Alined have been antagonistic, whilst King Godwyn, King Olaf and King Bayard have been anything from benevolent to neutral. As of the end of series 4, Myth/KingArthur and Queen Guinevere are subversions. Queen Annis proves herself an ally to Camelot, whilst Queen Morgana (whenever she manages to seize the crown) is a definite case of GodSaveUsFromTheQueen.
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' when a maid is found dead in the hotel room of a Saudi prince who's on a gambling trip in Las Vegas. CSI Riley Adams suspects that the prince killed the maid for refusing his advances, and thought that [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney he'd be able to buy his way out of any trouble he got into.]] It turns out that the maid was killed [[spoiler:by another maid who she caught trying to steal the jewelry the prince was keeping in his hotel room's safe. When he finds out that the maid was murdered for trying to protect his property, the prince donates an amount of money to the maid's family equal to what the jewelry was worth, as a way of expressing his condolences and gratitude.]]

* Bowser from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
** The series had other such characters, some more important than others: King Goomba/Goomboss, King Kaliente, etc.
* King K. Rool from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64''.
* In the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' universe, Ferelden's history included the evil King Arland, whose reign was so despotic that even the politically neutral Grey Wardens took up arms against him.
** Subverted with King Behren (should you choose to support him for King in Orzammar). He's a corrupt, manipulative, and despotic ruler who was rejected by his own father, but he's also a [[GoodIsNotNice champion of social justice]] who intends to introduce much-needed reforms to their ancient caste system and their self-destructive isolationist policies. Compare to his opponent, Lord Harrowmont, a kind and honorable man who rules through compromise, but who is also a staunch traditionalist who is unlikely to make much progress against the major social and economic problems the dwarfs face.
* Ganondorf is known as 'King of Thieves' or 'the Great King of Evil' in some installments of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''.
* Queen Brahne Raza Alexandros XVI of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has no remorse stealing other people's powers and using them to commit multiple genocides.

* Queen Idonta of ''Webcomic/{{Glorianna}}'' rose to the throne via murder, and kidnaps women from other tribes for nefarious purposes.

* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Queen Adevia is a war-mongering, ambitious monarch who stops at nothing to defeat her enemies and expand her kingdom.

* Some of the viruses from ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot''. Megabyte's title is the "King of Control", Hexadecimal's is the "Queen of Chaos" and Daemon's is the "Monarch of Order".
* [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Fire Lord Ozai]] is the king of the Fire Nation. He and the last two generations of Fire Lords were all pretty evil, but the ''next'' Fire Lord is a nice guy. His daughter Azula is no less evil than him, and probably quite a bit more crazy.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has the Earth Queen Hou-Ting. Compared to the Earth King in the last season, she is an uptight, demanding tyrant. She also uses the [[SecretPolice Dai Li]] to forcefully conscript air benders(i.e:kidnap) for her army.

[[folder: Dukes/Duchesses]]

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* Grand Duke Nagi from ''Manga/MaiOtome''? [[BigBad Oh, so evil]]. [[WhiteHairBlackHeart Just look at that hair!]]
* Archduke Gorgon of ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger''. Evil half-man, half-tiger HumanoidAbomination and vanguard for a race of gigantic [[TheLegionsOfHell demonic invaders]].

* Duke Reighlard in ''FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire'' is described as merciless and he is trying to gain control of St. Galleria and the vast natural resources at their disposal so he can achieve dominance.

* The Duke is the main antagonist in ''Film/MoulinRouge''.
* One of the four fascist libertines in ''Film/SaloOrThe120DaysOfSodom'' is known as the Duke. No guesses on just what kind of guy he is.
* The self-proclaimed Duke of New York in ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork''. He wasn't a real aristocrat but behaves as if he was.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'', there is the Grand Duke of Owls.
* Downplayed in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''; the Duke of Weasel Town ('''[[RunningGag WESELTON!!!]]''') is very greedy, planning to exploit the riches of Arendelle and willing to use assassination as a means to an end. However, his concerns are genuine (after all, he is trapped by an endless winter and they are at risk of freezing to death), and when he sees Prince Hans despairing [[spoiler:over the "loss of Anna" (though he's really faking it)]], he shows genuine sympathy.

* Duke Leto Atreides from ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' is one of the "good" examples, as mentioned above - Practically MessianicArchetype, And his son is a MessianicArchetype of sorts.
** In the prequel novels, so was Paulus Atreides, Paul's grandfather for whom he was named and who taught Leto everything he knows. Archduke Armand Ecaz is also not a bad guy.
* In the ''Literature/{{Westmark}}'' trilogy, the king of Regia's EvilChancellor is a duke.
* Duke Niccolo di Chimici in the ''Literature/{{Stravaganza}}'' series is the main villain of the first three books. On the other hand, the Duchessa of Bellezza is good.
* The Duke in Creator/JamesThurber's ''Literature/The13Clocks'' has killed time, so that his thirteen clocks do not move, and sets {{Impossible Task}}s to the princes who want to marry his niece. [[spoiler: Finally he reveals that she is not his real niece but a princess he kidnapped and intends to marry; he let the princes try their luck because he was under a curse.]]
* The Duc de Blangis and his companions in ''[[Film/SaloOrThe120DaysOfSodom The 120 Days of Sodom]]'' are guilty of almost anything you can think of, and some things you probably can't.
* Dukes in P. G. Wodehouse's work tend to be people you have to be on your guard against; the overbearing Duke of Dunstable from the Blandings stories is a good example.
* Duke Felmet from Terry Pratchett's ''Wyrd Sisters'' is the murderer of King Verence I and scarily insane. But compared to his Duchess, he is warm and fuzzy.
** Another evil Pratchett example is the Duke of Sto Helit from ''Mort''. However, his title is inherited by Mort and, ultimately, Susan.
** Notable subversion: Samuel Vimes becomes Duke of Ankh in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}''. He's unmistakeably LawfulGood and, for that matter, absolutely hates his title.
* The Duchess from ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland''. She may be a subversion though, as she's mostly just a MoodSwinger and is [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace almost unsettlingly]] nice when in a good mood. (Alice figured it might have only been the large amount of pepper in the kitchen that gave her such a bad mood the first time they met.)
* ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda'' has Prince Michael, the Duke of Strelsau, as the main antagonist. Michael falls firmly into the BastardBastard category (his parents were technically married, but since his mother was a commoner, he is only a prince because people are too polite to rub his face in it), and his duchy (which is ruled from the capital, no less) was a creation of his father's hoping that being the second-most powerful noble in the kingdom would soothe his anger at being passed over for the throne in favor of his younger half-brother Rudolf (it didn't)
* In the Literature/LordPeterWimsey stories, Lord Peter's older brother the Duke of Denver is a bit dense but not a bad sort (his wife the Duchess is a terror, though). [[spoiler: And Lord Peter becomes Duke when his brother dies of a heart attack while the estate is burning down. He doesn't like it at all, but he'll do his duty.]]

* [[Music/DavidBowie The Thin White Duke]], a cold hearted cocaine addict with a taste for fascism, spends time "throwing darts in lovers' eyes" according to the title track of ''Music/StationToStation''.
* In the Franchise/EvilliousChronicles there are two main examples, each with their own [[{{Music/Mothy}} song]]; Banica Conchita, a cannibalistic duchess, and Sateriasis Venomania, a lecherous SmugSnake duke. Both of them made [[DealWithTheDevil Deals With The Devil]] to pursue their desires without any consequences.

* The Duchess from the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' radio play ''Golden Age''. Whimsical and old-fashioned, [[spoiler: so much so that she was ready to kill thousands to keep things the way they were in 1924, having taken the end of the British empire and India's independence very, very badly.]]

* Another evil example: in the TabletopGame/BattleTech Universe, both Grand Duke George Hasek-Davion and Duke Frederick Steiner each schemed in the 3020s to take over their nation's thrones.
** On the flip side, there is Grand Duke Morgan Kell, one of the major BigGood characters of the universe, and leader of the ''loyal'' opposition.
* Duke Venalitor from the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/GreyKnights'' novel ''Hammer of Daemons'' is definitely evil. Being a follower of Khorne, it came with the territory.

* ''Theatre/RichardIII'' was the Duke of Gloucester before becoming king. Whether his evilness was TruthInTelevision or a product of Shakespeare is left for the reader to decide.
* The incorrigibly lecherous Duke of Mantua in Giuseppe Verdi's ''Rigoletto'' also had the habit of executing people who complained too much about his seducing their wives/sisters/daughters.
** Being an Italian city state, this particular 'Duke' was probably a Royal Duke and ruler of the state- he certainly has the power of a monach (in the original play, he was actually a king- this was changed because Italy had recently attained a king of the whole nation, and an evil king was felt to be too politically sensitive)
* Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac: After his HeelFaceTurn, Count De Guiche is named Duke de Grammont, and he claims to have not committed any villainy (but then, he could be lying or having SelfServingMemory).
* Violet Beauregarde in ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' isn't evil, but she is a HateSink: a SpoiledBrat ShamelessSelfPromoter who with her father's help has parlayed her non-talent of gum-chewing into a Hollywood career. In a BoastfulRap, she proclaims herself to be "The Double Bubble Duchess" and her father calls her "royalty of the highest order". Fittingly, when she meets her comeuppance -- a transformation into a giant blueberry -- in the Wonka Factory, the Oompa-Loompas' mocking CrowdSong gives her the EmbarrassingNickname "Juicy!"

* VideoGame/DukeNukem is nominally the good guy, though you still probably wouldn't want to meet him.
* Duke Bardorba from ''VideoGame/VagrantStory''. Probably an evil {{cult}}ist, but [[PlotlineDeath he doesn't live for very long]].
** It is implied that he [[spoiler: and his son, Sydney, orchestrated the destruction of Lea Monde to permanently drive the power of the Dark from the world, and thus keep it from the Cardinal's power-hungry hands --even if it meant Sydney's death and the sacrifice of everyone in the [[{{Cult}} Cult of M?nkamp]]]]. Which would make him somewhat of a NeutralGood MagnificentBastard.
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'' presents Vice-Minister Lekain, Duke of Gaddos who is a monster. Some of Lekain's crimes include [[spoiler: causing a massacre, regicide, false imprisonment, rebellion, slave dealing, and extortion of two foreign nations through threats of massacring their peoples via arcane magic]].
* Duke Farthington Roenall of ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII''. To be fair, his trafficking in slaves, smuggling gems, and hiring pirates don't make him any worse than most nobles in Amn, but orchestrating an assault on the De'Arnise Keep to kill Lord De'Arnise, then attempting to force De'Arnise's only daughter into a marriage with Roenall's son so the Roenalls can claim the De'Arnise wealth and lands ''does'' push it a little.
* The three Dukes of Ivalice in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', of which Dukes Gerrith Barrington of Riovanes and Bestrald Larg of Gallionne are downright evil, and the remaining Duke Druksmald Goltanna is only a notch or two above them. The war of succession between Duke Larg and Duke Goltanna for the throne of Ivalice is known as the War of the Lions, serves as the backdrop for much of the game, and creates enough bloodshed to precipitate the BigBad's true plot.
* [[spoiler:Skyheed]] in ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxterTheLostFrontier''. He turns out to be the BigBad.
* The Duchess was a Boss in ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice'', one who [[ImAHumanitarian tried to eat Alice]], no less. She made a HeelFaceTurn in [[VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns the sequel]] and became Alice's ally, but [[AllThereInTheManual as stated in one source]], she becomes so annoying that Alice [[WeWantOurJerkBack actually preferred the way she was before.]]

* "The Duke" from the webcomic ''[[http://www.rockpapercynic.com/littleworlds/ Little Worlds]]'' is neither noble nor kind.
* Duke Ludwig from ''Webcomic/{{Glorianna}}'' is not only generally unpleasant, he's also [[spoiler:an alien in disguise]].

* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Duke Koschei Dravaris is very much evil, constantly plotting behind the scenes to discredit the Grand Alliance and even leads his superior [[spoiler:Belial]] to an ambush. The four demonic dukes and duchesses are ambitious and ruthless each in their own way, willing to fight among themselves but also against the other races whom they see as lesser beings.

* Duchness Ravenwaves from ''WesternAnimation/LadyLovelyLocks'' is pure evil.
* [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears Duke Igthorn]] is an evil duke.
* [[ILoveNuclearPower Duke Nukem]] from ''{{WesternAnimation/Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}''.
* The Grand Duke of Owls from ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle''.
* The Duke of Zill from ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie''
* "WesternAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel" did battle with a diabolical Duke.

[[folder: Marquesses/Marchionesses (Marquis)]]

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* Marquis Janus from ''Anime/GreatMazinger''. A TwoFaced witch, conniving, manipulative and treacherous. In one of the manga versions she tore a girl in half to get back at TheHero Tetsuya for an earlier humiliation.
* Marchioness Gioconda of ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}} REVOLUTION'' is a mid-season villainess dabbling in creating and selling prototype magical weapons. One of her wares, a Zanaffar Armor, goes out of control and devours her, turning into the season's ultimate villain, Beast Zanaffar.

* Mark Millar's VillainSue the Marquis of Death was most definitely a bad guy, though he seemed to have given the title to himself and wasn't a proper aristocrat.
* The Marquis di Gorgonzola (aka Rastapopoulos) is arguably the BigBad throughout the entire Tintin series. Whether or not he is a real Marquis is less clear.

* In a subversion, the Marquis in ''Film/BrotherhoodOfTheWolf'' is just about the only aristocrat who isn't evil, and in fact borders on the heroic. [[spoiler: It doesn't save him from the guillotine, though.]]

* The Marquess of Rosseley in ''Montmorency'' is one of the nicest characters in the series, looking after a man he doesn't know at the request of his brother, being an excellent parent, and uniting with the other main characters in their cause.
* The Marquis from ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'' is a classic example of the evil marquis. His carriage runs a child down and not only does he give the grieving family a single coin as compensation, but also is more worried about the health of the horse who trampled him than the boy himself.
* The Marquis de Lantenac from Creator/VictorHugo's Ninety-Three is a MagnificentBastard KnightTemplar for [[TheRemnant the royalists]], who has whole villages slaughtered as well as [[spoiler: giving one of his troops a medal for heroism -- then immediately having him executed]].
* The Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr in ''Literature/{{Scaramouche}}'' is a ruthless, manipulative killer.
* Marquis de Carabas from Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}''. A [[spoiler: good guy]], and a scheming MagnificentBastard. Though technically, he's not even really an aristocrat, as he is said to have taken his title from "a lie in [[Literature/PussInBoots a fairy tale]]". He's also only technically a [[spoiler: good guy. More on the 'helping the heroes because there's a lot in it for him' side]].
* ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'' by Creator/TerryPratchett makes references to a "Marquis of Fantailler", who got into a lot of fights (mostly by way of being called the Marquis of Fantailler), and felt this entitled him to write a book. This book was called "The Noble Art of Fisticuffs" and was mostly a list of places where people weren't allowed to hit him. Whether he was particularly good or bad is never brought up, but it's implied that he was kind of an idiot because, as Vimes notes when Carrot tries to fight according to Marquis of Fantailler rules against an opponent who would have to back off a bit to qualify as dangerous, it only works when both people think so.
** This is of course a parody of the real life 9th Marquess of Queensberry, whose name was given to rules for boxing codified in the 1860's, i.e. the Marquess of Queensberry rules. The real life Marquess was the father of Lord Alfred Douglas ('Bosie'), outspoken (or reckless, considering the times and who his father was) lover of Oscar Wilde. Angered by his son's relationship with Wilde, he was central to the trial and prison sentence which led to Wilde's early death. If you're a fan of Oscar Wilde, it makes this Marquess pretty evil.
* From the ''Literature/CarrerasLegions'' series, the Marchioness of Amnesty (as in Amnesty International), as part of a future UN that's become a true world government, and over the centuries became a FeudalFuture government. The original Marquis of Amnesty[[note]]who basically bought the title and position with gold from Terra Nova, paid by Carrera's ancestor to buy arms to fight the proto-United Earth forces[[/note]] and the two marchionesses who have been shown to hold the title prior to [[spoiler:Captain Wallenstein]] being made Marchioness of Amnesty in ''The Lotus Eaters'' resemble the stereotypical depiction of the Creator/MarquisDeSade.

* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': PokeThePoodle / EvilIsPetty: In Act I Scene I, a marquis explains the reason because the band of young Marquises always get late to the theater:
-->'''A Marquis (seeing that the hall is half empty):''': What now! So we make our entrance like a pack of woolen-drapers! \\
Peaceably, without disturbing the folk, or treading on their toes!—Oh, fie! \\

* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersPirates'' has the infamous Marquis de Montalban, who imprisons your entire family.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' has Marquis Elmdor, who [[spoiler:initially looks good but turns out to be very, very evil.]]
* Marquis de Singe in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' is a crazy French doctor who was kicked out of the court for his insane experiments. He wants to become immortal, even if it kills everyone else.
* ''VideoGame/EndlessLegend'': The Broken Lords story line has Marquis Suluzzo who encourages his people to continue on draining Dust from other living beings, and part of the story line quest involves taking him out.

* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': While the Marquise Spinneret Mindfang wasn't ''explicitly'' a villain, she [[ManipulativeBitch definitely wasn't]] [[DepravedBisexual a nice person]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath by any sense]] [[{{Badass}} of the word]].

[[folder: Counts/Countesses]]

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* Countess Kageyama Hiroko of Werdenberg from ''Anime/{{Gilgamesh}}''. Supposed to be a good guy, but comes off as an EvilMatriarch.
* Count Magnus Lee from ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'', obviously inspired by Dracula (and Creator/ChristopherLee). Also, the vampires in this world are called Nobles or Aristocrats.
* The dirty Count Cagliostro in ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''.
* Count Brocken of ''Anime/MazingerZ''- Evil, undead, headless, Nazi {{Cyborg}}; and Viscount Pygman, evil, treacherous {{Cyborg}} shaman from DarkestAfrica.

* Count Nefaria from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse - Supervillain and Crime Lord.
* Count Vertigo from Franchise/TheDCU - Supervillain
* Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine - An agent of SHIELD in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, making her a non-superpowered hero.
* Technically speaking the title of ruler of Latvaria is count.
* Count Kasino from ''[[ComicBook/LesLegendaires Les Légendaires]]''. [[SmugSnake Arrogant]], said to rule his own territory as a ruthless dictator, and evil enough to [[AmbitionIsEvil attempt murder on his cousins in order to become]] [[TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone king]].

* [[LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero Count Mott]] in ''Fanfic/PointsOfFamiliarity'', ''FanFic/SurrogateOfZero'', and ''Fanfic/{{Unfamiliar}}''. In the former two, he manipulates Siesta into becoming one of his mistresses, and forces himself on her in ''Points''. In ''Surrogate'', Guiche all but says outright that Mott has a taste for rape, and throws orgies for other nobles as a way of securing influence.

* Count Dooku from the prequel ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy - Oh so very evil. And oh so very Creator/ChristopherLee to boot.
* Count Tyrone Rugen from ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' - Evil and Creepy.
** What's especially hilarious is that Christopher Guest, who played Rugen, is a real-life baron since 1996.
* Count De Monet from ''Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI''. (Quite literally) walks all over poor people and slaps servants around if they address him as the Count De Money. More small-minded and petty than outright evil, but also a typical aristocrat in pre-Revolutionary France, so probably more in the bad column.
* Count Adhemar from ''Film/AKnightsTale'' (played to vile perfection by Rufus Sewell) oozes smarmy malevolence. The movie does subvert this trope with Prince Edward though - he's a good guy through and through.
* Count Zaroff in the 1932 film of ''Literature/TheMostDangerousGame''. A change from the short story, where he's a General.
* Count Teck from ''Film/WatchOnTheRhine'' is an utter weasel who's willing to betray a LaResistance leader to the Germans.
* The Countess from ''Film/OnceBitten'', AffablyEvil. Actually, if you ignore the fact that she was a vampire temptress willing to convert a young teenager against his will, she and her coven were actually pretty nice as far as vampires go.

* Count Literature/{{Dracula}} - Errm... Evil.
** UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler, on whom Dracula was based, [[RealityIsUnrealistic was actually a "voievod" or "domn" (meaning "lord" or "ruler")]]. Romanians didn't have the title of "prince" until UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, and then it was just because a foreign house of noble kin came to rule. The "voievod" was initially a military title, sort of like the Duke -- in the beginning, the ruler was actually ruling only during times of war, the rest of the time, he was just a simple nobleman. Things had changed by the time UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler came to rule, though. "Count" was a title more commonly used by the neighbouring Hungarian Empire, where Creator/BramStoker got most of his information from.
*** Whatever translation one puts on Vlad the Impaler's rank...it was considerably higher than Count. Or, to put it another way...calling him "Count Dracula" would have all but guaranteed your impalement.
* Another vampire: ''Literature/{{Carmilla}}'', Countess of Karnstein, from Sheridan Le Fanu's novella.
* Count Glossu Rabban in ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', the Baron Harkonnen's nephew, and vassal/subordinate somehow (titles don't seem to have any connection to rank in Dune). A violent brute who was a tyrannical governor to Arrakis when it was in quasi-fief to House Harkonnen and much feared and hated by the population, and even more so when the Harkonnen's took it back from House Atreides and his uncle ordered him to squeeze as much spice out of the planet as possible.
** Viscount Hundro Moritani in the prequels. As much, if not more, of a bastard than Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (see below). Most of his subjects take after him. His ambassador shoots a rival at a state dinner. He orders the bombing of civilian targets despite the declaration of Kanli, a war limited to military targets. He has his rival's son and daughter kidnapped and publicly executed. When another House condemns these actions, he orders the assault on their planet to steal their most holy relic. An ally of the viscount's assassinated the rival's second daughter at her wedding to Duke Leto Atreides (the ally was himself a Duke, by the way). He gets what's coming to him, though.
* Count Hannibal Lecter VIII - You heard me, this count eats people. His title is only added in the [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs books]], however.
* Literature/{{Discworld}} also had Count de Magpyr and his family, who are most definitely evil.
* Count Olaf from Lemony Snicket's ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' - evil.
* ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' - from the book by Creator/AlexandreDumas and the anime ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' - a greatly wronged, yet scheming and vengeful MagnificentBastard.
* Count Rive Montesq and Count Macob in Martha Well's novel ''The Death of the Necromancer'' - evil.
** Montesq orchestrated the execution of Nicholas Valiarde's godfather Edouard Viller, a scholar and inventor of [[{{Magitek}} mechanical devices able to store magical spells]], on false charges of necromancy. Interestingly, the main protagonist Nicholas Valiarde himself is a nobleman (and distantly related to the current Queen) but he is from a noble family that was disgraced due to treason perpetrated by one of its members some generations before; Nicholas lives under a variety of pseudonyms as he has become a conman and a thief in his quest for revenge on Montesq.
** Count Macob is a cold and vicious undead necromancer, who during his lifetime became infamous for gory human sacrifices and curse spells. Even after his execution and decapitation he still clung to life, as it were.
* Count Ugo Carifex from the ''Literature/YoungBond'' novel ''Literature/BloodFever'', who plans to drive Europe into another World War, and become its shadow ruler.
* Swedish writer Simona Ahrnstedt gives us Carl-Jan Rosenschiöld, a tremendously heinous count, in her debut novel ''{{Literature/Overenskommelser}}''. He's a serial abuser of women, who [[spoiler: rapes and nearly kills protagonist Beatrice on their wedding night]]. We later find out that he has killed one previous wife and driven another previous wife into suicide.
* Count Ignatieff, of Creator/SMStirling's ''Literature/ThePeshawarLancers'', who is secretly a member of a cult of devil-worshiping cannibals.

* Count Baltar from the original ''{{Series/Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' - Betrayed the entire human race.
** Count Iblis. "Iblis" is actually the Arabic name for the devil.
* Countess Marguerite Isobel Theroux from ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' - Evil witch.
* Count von Count from ''Series/SesameStreet'' - Good or benign, depending on how generous you are. Despite some numerical obsessions, he is a really decent fellow. The constant counting ''might'' get on one's nerves. It might also put you off math forever.

* Count Weirdly from ''ComicStrip/SlylockFox'' is some kind of MadScientist. However, in [[http://reynardnoir.wordpress.com/ Reynard Noir]] he's presented as a complete loony.
* Count Orlando Smythe from the ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'' arc "The Balloonatic".

* Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac:
** Count De Guicheis a JerkAss who wants to bully Roxane into being TheMistress, prepares an UriahGambit for Roxane's husband and a LastStand for all the guys who had humiliated him, but he is not as villainous as he thinks, because he has a HeelFaceTurn.
** Viscount De Valvert is a JerkAss willing to be TheBeard for Count De Guiche.

* Count Raum from ''{{VideoGame/Primal}}''. Every other wraith aristocrat was evil, but he's the only one with a given title.
* Countess Ingrid from ''VideoGame/BattalionWars'' - Kaiser Vlad's air commander, shows no mercy, [[BloodKnight delights in violence]], and [[spoiler: summons the Iron Legion]]
* Count Von Sabrewulf from ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' - No more evil than most... well, until he transforms into a [[WolfMan werewolf]].
** Given his uncontrollable condition though, he would arguably be considered more desperate and crazy for a cure than downright malevolent, as his reluctancy to use all his strength ends up demonstrating to himself once the second game rolls around.
* Countess Crey from ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''. VillainWithGoodPublicity.
* The Countess from ''VideoGame/DiabloII''. With her [[BloodBath pools of blood]], she is loosely based on the RealLife Countess Elizabeth Bathory.
* The title given to the first boss of ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'' is The Count of Blood-soaking Earth.
* Count Veger from ''{{VideoGame/Jak 3|Wastelander}}'': evil, HolierThanThou, and a prime example of how TheFundamentalist operates when everything goes to hell.
* Count Bleck from ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' is evil, [[spoiler: at least for most of the game.]]
* Countess Isabella Valentine from the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'', better known as Ivy. She's may not be evil by choice, but still a KnightTemplar and a DarkActionGirl.
* Count Victor Draynor Drakan from ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' is a [[PhantasySpelling vampyre]] preying on the nearby village of Draynor. He's actually the weakest vampyre in the game, due to being on the wrong side of a divine barrier designed to keep Vampyres and Weres away from human-dominated lands.

* In ''Webcomic/MonsieurCharlatan'', [[http://monsieur-charlatan.com/archive/page-14/ the Count]] is introduced hiring an assassin.

* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', the four demonic Dreadlords/ladies of Yamato hold the rank of count/countess, and they are very cruel and ambitious while serving their masters' needs. Counts Belial and Antigonus of Maar Sul are a bit of a mixed bag, though: on the one hand they are very ruthless in politics and tend to use people for their own ends, but they also have a code of honour.

* Count Marzo from ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'' - EvilSorcerer.

[[folder: Earls/Countesses]]

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* ''Manga/DGrayMan'''s Millennium Earl. [[BigBad Yeah, funny thing about that]]...
* Earl Lloyd Asplund of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is a genius mech designer and a fan of pudding, and whilst vocal and carefree to the point of rudeness is personable in public.
* The whole Earldom of Phantomhive is evil Earl, including the protagonist Ciel Phantomhive of ''Manga/BlackButler''.

* The Earl of Wessex (Colin Firth) in ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'' was clearly a villain.

* Earl Fengbald, also of ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'', was a total ass. He tortured his own people by boiling them alive when they couldn't make him enough money. He also led the army of the EvilKing against the good guys. Also Earl Aspitis Preves (who was promoted from Count) was also quite a villain
* Example of the 'old and senile' version: the Earl of Lenda from Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheElenium''--though the senility is more a combination of ObfuscatingStupidity and a kindly grandfather.
* ''ThePillarsOfTheEarth'': William Hamleigh is (briefly) an earl. He's also a brutal, ignorant man who rapes and pillages with nary a second thought.

* ''Franchise/DragonAge'' has several Arls (the equivalent of an Earl). ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' features the machinations of Arl Rendon Howe, who - among his other sterling achievements - arranges the brutal murder of his best friend/liege lord and his entire noble household, then lays claim to his lands.
** Though not yet Arl himself, another upstanding citizen is Bann Vaughan, son and heir to the Arl of Denerim, who kidnaps an elven bridal party with the intent of raping the women.
** Averted with many of the other Arls and aristocrats, however. Arl Eamon is a great guy who will stand and fight with you against the Darkspawn, and most of the other nobles of the Bannorn are genuinely trying to act in the best interests of their people.
* Earl [[PunnyName Jakben of Imbel]], of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', initially seems like just a cowardly burglary victim, but poke around his manor a bit and you'll discover that he's really quite evil [[spoiler:and a centuries old vampire]].

[[folder: Barons/Baronesses]]

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* Baron Ashura of ''Anime/MazingerZ''- Half man, Half woman, All evil.

* Baron Bedlam from Franchise/TheDCU - Supervillain
* Baron Blitzkrieg from Franchise/TheDCU - Nazi Supervillain
* Baron Blood from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse - Vampire Nazi supervillain!
* [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange Baron Mordo]] from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse - Occasional supervillain, full-time EvilSorcerer.
* Baron Von Strucker from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse - Nazi Supervillain and Leader of the global terrorist group, Hydra.
* Baron Zemo from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse - A LegacyCharacter supervillain, although the most recent Zemo has reformed.
* Baron Karza from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse - Nemesis of the Franchise/{{Micronauts}} as well as being an expy from the toyline of that same name. Given that the title baron is at the low end of the hierarchy, one has to wonder why Karza didn't promote himself when he gained control of the Microverse. It should be noted that in the toyline, Karza was but one of several characters (along with Force Commander) below an underboss called Red Hawk and an Emperor called Magus.
* [[http://www.angelfire.com/ar/hellUSA/Baronvonevilstein.html Baron Von Evilstein]] isnt such a nice guy.

* In the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfiction ''Fanfic/{{Jericho}}'', Jericho discusses this trope on his way to meet the Baron of Sleepy Oaks: ''So, a baron, eh? Ten Equestrian Bits says that he’s evil—all barons are. It’s the rule.''
** And then oddly subverted by the Baron of Sleepy Oaks himself, who appears to just be another victim of the GovernmentConspiracy. Make no mistake, he's a cowardly, elitist jerk, but he is at least ''trying'' to do the best for his “peasants”.
* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfiction ''FanFic/SilverBlood'' has the Baron Zolton, who is actually [[spoiler: Giovanni.]] His mother, who earned the title in the first place, has been implied to have been ''even worse.''

* Baron and Baroness Bomburst from ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'' - Evil
* Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent from ''Film/EverAfter'' - WickedStepmother
* Baron Samedi (see Religion, below) appeared in ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', and he was ''clearly'' evil in this version, although whether he was truly an incarnation of the real Baron Samedi or simply just another henchman of Mr. Big who knew a lot of convincing parlor tricks is uncertain.

* Baron Vladimir Harkonnen from ''{{Franchise/Dune}}'' - Evil; contrast his rival, ''Duke'' Leto Atreides.
* Baron and Baroness von Uberwald - Angua's parents and morally myopic werewolves in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels. Their son and Angua's brother, [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Wolfgang von Uberwald]] was truly evil though.
* Baron Harparin in ''Literature/TheElenium'' trilogy by Creator/DavidEddings -- evil. Allies himself to the evil churchman and the evil prince, and is a noted pederast besides.
* In ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', all of the barons of Jackson's Whole are evil: the worst is Baron Ryoval, who is in the sexual slavery business and is an enthusiastic practitioner of ColdBloodedTorture, employing a number of [[TortureTechnician technicians]] to aid his hobby; his brother, Baron Fell, is a notorious arms dealer specializing in biological weapons, and Baron Bharaputra has a genetics clinic specializing in a procedure for the wealthy but aged, in which a young clone of them is produced, and then the clone's brain is ripped out and the original person's implanted instead).
** Though Baron Cordonah (whose daughter ends up marrying a {{Deuterotagonist}}) is pretty decent.
** However, Jacksonian barons aren't really aristocrats: they are at best unscrupulous plutocrats and at worst, mob kingpins. Given the hat of Jackson's Whole is "capitalism gone very, very bad".
* Baron Bela Stoke from ''{{Mithgar}}''- ''very'' evil. Think "expy of UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler if Vlad was also a shapeshifting necromancer" evil.
* In ''[[Literature/TenSixtySixAndAllThat 1066 and All That]]'', though both Good Kings and Bad Kings are recognized, all Barons in history are wicked, with the sole exception of Simon de Montfort.
* Baron Karl Heironymus Frederick von Munchausen is one of the few non-evil barons out there, helping out European powers maintain order around the world. Also appears in several film adaptions; technically he was a real person as well, but the real Baron Munchausen wasn't fond of the way Rudolph Raspe got him nicknamed "The Baron of Lies".
* In ''Literature/TheLandThatTimeForgot'' by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Friedrich von Schoenvorts, the German lieutenant in command of the U-Boat, is also a baron. He commits war crimes and is a BadBoss to his crew (whipping them for minor offenses). Author Burroughs uses him as an example of what Bowen Tyler describes as being "the Kaiser Breed," expressing contempt for German nobility.
* The Bloody Baron from the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' books is a subversion; he [[DarkIsNotEvil isn't a bad sort]], even though [[TheDreaded everyone in the school is afraid of him]]. ([[JacobMarleyApparel Blame his appearance]], which is due to how he died, trying to court Helena Ravenclaw, only [[HairTriggerTemper to get angry when she rejected him]], then stabbing her to death, and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone being overcome with remorse]] later, [[DrivenToSuicide stabbing himself out of grief]].)

* "The Baron" (no real name given) is a recurring enemy in the Dutch ''Series/BassieEnAdriaan'' - television series (although it's unknown if he actually is a baron or simply gave himself this title because he considers himself to be a criminal mastermind)
* Baron Wasteland, a V.I.L.E. villain in ''Series/WhereInTimeIsCarmenSandiego''

* Baron de Plexus from ''ComicStrip/TerryAndThePirates''.

* In Haitian Voodoo, Baron Samedi is the Loa (or god) of death. (He also has many other incarnations with that title, including Baron Cimetière, Baron La Croix, and Baron Kriminel.) Seeing as he's supposedly one of the most powerful and wisest of the Loa, it's unclear why he's "only" a Baron or even why he needs a title at all. While most myths about him don't truly depict him as evil, they do tend to depict him as a trickster, who is noted for disruption, obscenity, and debauchery, often at the expense of mortals.

* Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac: All the Gascon Cadets are Barons that indulge in killing any Baron who is not OfThePeople trying to join them, and their ideal is to be a SociopathicHero.
* Tosca: Baron Scarpia, the chief of Roman police and villain of the story. Not only he is a venal, cruel and evil man - it is also heavily implied that he is a sexual sadist who apparently does not care much for consent.
* British {{Pantomime}}: A stock character is ''Baron'' Hardup. He'll be an impoverished noble of some sort, but whether he is good or evil or, more importantly for panto, competent or incompetent, will vary depending on the actor playing him and the jokes the cast want to perform that year. Sometimes he is a caricature of the friendly but broke gentry of recent years (usually if there is a female villainess to outmaneuver him) and sometimes he'll be the robber baron of medieval history (and he'll probably resemble a sitting politician of some sort if that is the case) out to bilk the hero and heroine out of their inheritance or steal their home. In ''Cinderella'' adaptations he is consistently a benign but ineffectual figure whenever he is present in that troupe's cast, but in ''Mother Goose'' or ''Jack and the Beanstalk'' he'll probably be the greedy grasper to whom Creator/AlanRickman's Sheriff of Nottingham from ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' is frequently compared.

* ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'' has Baron Alexander, but the why of it might gain him sympathy points with the right people - as revealed in a handful of Notes, he's [[spoiler: simply trying to get back home]].
* [[VideoGame/JakAndDaxter Baron Praxis]]: LawfulEvil.
* The eponymous character in the InteractiveFiction game ''TheBaron'' - Evil [[spoiler:incarnation of the protagonist's incestuous desire for his daughter.]]
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' features a boss named Baron Rivendare, who appears in the dungeons Stratholme and Naxxramas. Before he was raised into a Death Knight, he was a wealthy land owner who fell under the sway of the lich Kel'Thuzad and helped him structure the Cult of the Damned.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' has the Baroness, an Orlesian noblewoman who demanded tribute from her peasants in the form of ''their children''. When they got fed up and torched her house, she cast a spell that dragged them all into death with her.
* In one of the standard melee scenarios in ''VideoGame/{{Clonk}}'' called "The Castle", a team of players control a group of peasants in a village at the bottom of a mountain, while a [[QuantityVsQuality single player]] controls the evil Baron Horx in a castle at the top.
* ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight: The Beast Within'' has Barons Friedrich von Glower and Garr von Zell; the latter is a murderous madman, and the former made him a murderous madman and plans to do the same to Gabriel.
* The 'Bloody' Baron from ''[[VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt The Witcher III: Wild Hunt]]''. While not necessarily an evil man, he is callous and indifferent to the plight of the peasantry and allows his cadre of thugs to bully, harrass, and outright rape and torture peasants living in his desmesne.


* PlayedWith in the person of Baron Klaus Wulfenbach of Webcomic/GirlGenius. He is a brutal tyrant who obtained his empire on no other legal principle than having the biggest army, and is apparently willing to kill his best friend's daughter for being a threat to his kingdom's stability, but in a textbook example of TheExtremistWasRight, he also managed to maintain the rule of law over most of Europe for almost two decades and keep the common folk of his lands largely protected. He also provided his lands with a wide variety of communication and public works services, and kept at bay the [[BigBad Other]]. Finally, he does genuinely appear to love his son and apparently greatly misses his wife.
** Two and a half years after the Baron was incapacitated, his reign is described as [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20131021 "seeming like some lost Golden Age"]].
* In ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'', Weselton of ''Frozen'' is made a baron instead of a duke due to this trope.

* Baron Werner Ünderbheit from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' - Evil
* "TheBaroness" from ''Franchise/GIJoe'' - Evil Cobra operative and [[EvilIsSexy subject of many a schoolboy fantasy]], her title was apparently genuine, not just a codename she picked out for herself.
* Norbert from ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' once had a supervillain persona as Baron Bad Beaver. In a later episode, the Baron has a HeelFaceTurn into Baron Once Bad Now Good Beaver, only to make a FaceHeelTurn into Baron Once Bad Then Good Then Bad Again Beaver.
* Baron Greenback is the usual villain in ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse''.
* The episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' "The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy" featured a would-be crime boss named Baron Wacklaw Jozek; he was really more selfish than he was evil, but he was an associate of Wormwood, a criminal whom Batman needed to catch, leading the hero to track Jozek down and question him (rather harshly) making Jozek pretty upset. Jozek later hired Wormwood to steal Batman's cape and cowl. [[spoiler:Or so it seemed. Jozak actually left town to go to Europe after the confrontation with Batman, and Wormwood had been dealing with Batman himself, in disguise, using the [[BatmanGambit strategy named after him]].]]


[[folder: Baronets/Baronetesses]]

* The Sharpes from CrimsonPeak are baronets, but they have [[ImpoverishedPatrician fallen on hard times.]]

* Sir Percival Glyde from ''Literature/TheWomanInWhite'', who is absolutely evil and has the [[RedRightHand disfiguring scar]] to prove it. The novel also gives us the ManipulativeBastard Count Fosco, who is presented as essentially Don Corleone for 19th century England.
* In the early {{Deryni}} timeline, Manfred Colquhoun Festil Tarquin [=MacInnis=], Baron of Marlor, is trouble. He's part of the [[RegentForLife corrupt council]], and with his colleagues launches a ''coup'' against King Javan Haldane. That third name of his doesn't bode well.
* [[ParodiedTrope Spoofed]] in Creator/PGWodehouse's short humor piece "[[http://www.madameulalie.org/vfuk/The_Baronets_Redemption.html The Baronet's Redemption]]", wherein one Sir Jasper Murgleshaw, at heart a philanthropist, feels obliged to kidnap, rob and poison people simply because he's a baronet. Then it's discovered that he has no legal claim to the title, and he promptly becomes a Sunday School teacher.

* ''Series/MissionImpossible'': In "The Devils", the IMF stop a British baronet who involves foreign and domestic officials in Satanic rituals and human sacrifice for blackmail purposes.

* In ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}'', baronets of Ruddigore bear a hereditary curse to commit at least one evil action daily or die in agony and basically serve to parody the DastardlyWhiplash trope.

[[folder: Generic Lords and Ladies]]

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* In ''Manga/WolfsRain'' Lord Darcia has some sympathetic traits to begin with, but after [[spoiler:his comatose lover Hamona is killed]] he turns increasingly evil. His adversary Lady Jagara is pretty evil to begin with, though.

* Lord Blackpool from ''Comicbook/LadyMechanika''. Given he is a CorruptCorporateExecutive, it seems likely his title is a life peerage awarded for services to industry.
* Marvel villain Lord Parnival Plunder, aka the Plunderer. (However, his brother Kevin is also a Lord, and he's a good guy, specifically the NatureHero Ka-Zar.)
* [[http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Lord_Havok_(Earth-8) Lord Havok]]
* British spy Lord Shilling was the arch-enemy of Revolutionary War hero ComicBook/{{Tomahawk}}.

* Lord Cordlow [[spoiler: aka Robert Angier]] from ''Film/ThePrestige''.
* Don Diego de la Vega, a.k.a. ''{{Franchise/Zorro}}'' is the one good nobleman who stands up for the common people against the greedy, oppressive aristocrats in colonial California.
* Lord Henry Blackwood in Film/SherlockHolmes, who attempts to seize control of the British Empire.
* Character actor Creator/TerryThomas almost always played a "Lord", "Sir" or high-ranking military officer who was also a rogue and scoundrel.

* In the first book of the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'' Michael is sent by his father, a baron, to capture a woman suspected of killing an important noble's brother. Early in his search for the woman he learns that if she's killed the port town she governs will go to this brother, and thus be part of Lord Dorian's territory, meaning Dorian won't have to pay any taxes there, and Dorian ships a lot. Also, his father was aware of all of this. Michael is less than pleased.
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/{{Freckles}}'', Angel fears this trope when she realizes that Freckles's relatives are aristocrats.
-->''"A Lord-man!" she groaned despairingly. "A Lord-man! Bet my hoecake's scorched! Here I've gone and pledged my word to Freckles I'd find him some decent relatives, that he could be proud of, and now there isn't a chance out of a dozen that he'll have to be ashamed of them after all. It's too mean!" ''
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Michael O'Halloran'', Leslie blames a woman's behavior on aping nobility, but Douglas corrects that only some of them are like that.
-->''"I don't pity him half so much as I do her," he answered. "What must a woman have suffered or been through, to warp, twist, and harden her like that?"\\
"Society life," answered Leslie, "as it is lived by people of wealth who are aping royalty and the titled classes."\\
"A branch of them—possibly," conceded Douglas. "I know some titled and wealthy people who would be dumbfounded over that woman's ideas."
* Lord Ruthven, of course, the titular character from ''Literature/TheVampyre''.
* [[spoiler:Lord Colefax]] in ''Literature/MurderAtColefaxManor''. [[spoiler: He commits and orders numerous murders, plans to bomb a Cornish city, and runs a hedonistic death cult.]]
* Played with in ''Literature/Discworld'' in the form or the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, Lord Ventinari. Willing to use such tactics as assassinations, blackmail, and vague threats, Ventinari will often self identify as an evil tyrant who can do whatever he wants and only limits himself because it is intelligent to do so. Looking back at his reign, however, seems to say he honestly cares for his fellow man, as a whole if not individually, and tends to only screw over people who would game the system for their own benefit. He's been instrumental in putting people like Moist Von Lipwig, Samuel Vimes, and William DeWorde in positions of power where they can actively interfere with the various evil schemes that start off in the city.

* Lord Marmaduke Ffogg and his sister, Lady Penelope Peasoup, SpecialGuest Villains in a ''Series/{{Batman}}'' three-parter.

* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics Lord Dycedarg Beoulve]] is a real piece of work. He [[spoiler: slowly fed poison to his father to kill him without suspicion and take hold of the Beoulve estate, orchestrated the kidnapping of Marquis Elmdore with Corpse Brigade commander Gustav to use as a bargaining chip, orders Gaffgarion to kill Ramza in cold blood, sets up a plot with Duke Larg to kill the Princess, murdered Larg to gain his power as regent, [[DealWithTheDevil gave his soul to the Lucavi Adrammelech]], and killed Zalbaag]]. He's far from successful in the end, but he's arguably the most monstrous character in the game.
* Subverted by ''VideoGame/MediEvil2'''s Lord Palethorn. He's a working class cockney who tried to buy his way into high society.
* ''{{Tsukumogami}}'', being set towards the end of the [[JidaiGeki Heian Period]], is lousy with corrupt, inept and selfish nobles. The only one who actually gets a TITLE to his name, though, is the Shogun - who turns out to be a fairly OK dude who means well even if things don't always work out as planned.

* Lord Michael Byron Carruthers of ''WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}'' is evil, selfish and creepy.
* The scheming Lord Vasgor and the decadent Lord Claughmoore of ''Webcomic/{{Glorianna}}'' both qualify.

* Lord Farquaad from ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' is as bad as any Baron.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'''s Lord Monkey Fist - Evil
* Lord Shen from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2''.
* Lord Maze from ''WesternAnimation/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'' - Evil.
* Lady Tremaine from ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''.

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* Aristocrats in ''Manga/OnePiece'' are mostly villains:
** The World Nobles, also known as the Celestial Dragons (''Tenryuubito'' in Japanese), are the descendants of the Kings of twenty different kingdoms who later created the [[TheGovernment World Government.]] Unfortunately, the World Government is heavily corrupt, and not surprisingly, the World Nobles can do whatever the hell they like because they have "the blood of this world's creators", and by that definition, they are practically divine by nature. They even have slaves who they continuously mistreat, and put collar bombs around their necks. For that matter, they are allowed to take any person of the street to become their slave or another spouse. This all going on despite the fact that Slavery has been outlawed for centuries by this point and the Marines are even sent to recapture any of the Celestial Dragons' slaves that run away with none of them shown to have any problem with this. If you [[DisproportionateRetribution offend them in any way]], [[AuthorityEqualsAssKicking an Admiral will be sent to deal with you.]] Interestingly, World Nobles has an in universe title of '''Saint'''. Which, in RealLife, is considered sacred and higher than any noble title. The fact that they're utter assholes and yet are considered "sacred" notes at how screwed up the One Piece populace is.
** Flashbacks show us the nobility of Luffy's homeland, Goa Kingdom. They routinely sent out all their trash out of the city and let it pile up to the point that it became a small town unto itself, the Grey Terminal, a zone where even the ''people who lived there'' were seen as trash. When an inspection team with Celestial Dragons was scheduled to arrive, the nobles arranged to have the trash heap [[MoralEventHorizon burned to the ground]][[KillEmAll , people and all,]] in order to appeal to the Dragons. On top of this, they seemed incapable of understanding why a protagonist, who was a WhiteSheep among the nobles, who discovered this was horrified.
** Significantly earlier, there was [[AdiposeRex Wapol]], who had all doctors who did not work for him murdered so he could charge ridiculous sums of money for medical treatment, and beat up small children (which would have possibly sparked an international incident) simply because they were in his way.
** Averted by the royal families of Alabasta, Fishman Island, Dressrosa, and Wapol's father, who were all highly benevolent to their people.
** Later in the story we find out Donquixote Doflamingo, one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea (''Shichibukai'' in Japan) used to be one. His father gave up the title to live as a commoner. But due to the atrocious acts of the World Nobles, many of the lower class, most of whom were previous victims, wasted no time in tracking them down to dole out retribution to them despite the Doflamingo Family being one of the more ''benevolent'' nobles (save for Donquixote himself who was always a bad seed). Donquixote would try to get his title back after killing his father but the other nobles considered his family traitors and refused him. So he had to make due as a pirate, practically bribe his way into becoming a Warlord and taking over Dressrosa which his family originally ruled before moving to the "holy land" of Marjoies with the other World Nobles. While he puts on an act of being a benevolent king to the public (which started with him framing the former king to make him look like a bad guy), behind the scenes Donquixote was pretty much this trope and uses his kingdom as a front for faux Devil Fruit operation for one of the Pirate Emperors.
* The ''Anime/CodeGeass'' provide two examples:
** The most prominent is the Britannian Empire, entirely managed by nobility and aristocracy of various levels. That may be cause or consequence of the practice of racism and social darwinism in the Britannian Empire, this is not only evidenced in the nobility truly believing that they are superior due to their blood but also lead to the discrimination and oppression of the numbers (people of countries conquered by Britannia) who are forced to live in ghettoes.
** And the other example are the eunuchs of the Chinese Federation, who are corrupt aristocrats who see the people of the Chinese Federation as ants and are willing to sacrifice all of them just for their personal gain.
* Where to start in ''Manga/BlackButler''? Pretty much all the nobles (which is a ''lot'', considering that the entire series is filled with them) are reeeally messed up - Ciel included. And despite the GaussianGirl memories shown of Ciel's parents, it's pretty obvious that they had... problems. (Most notably his father, who shows that he definitely isn't quite as nice as was believed before.)
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'' features an uprising by the aristocratic Ronah family, who attempt to establish an empire in space called "Cosmo Babylonia" because they believe firmly that humanity should be ruled by the upper class. The family actually both plays the trope straight and averts it: "Iron Mask" Carozzo believes that humanity needs to be purged from Earth altogether. His father-in-law Meitzer Ronah is the one ordering the invasion, but is unaware of this plan, and at the very least seems to be a good family man who [[WellIntentionedExtremist genuinely has the best intentions]]. Also, Carozzo's wife and daughter both believe in equality among human beings, and are major factors in the eventual downfall of Cosmo Babylonia.
* In fact, most of the second Universal Century in ''{{Franchise/Gundam}}'' is spent with Evil Aristocrats as the enemy. ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'' reveals that the Ronah family was sponsored heavily by the Jupiter Empire, who had similar ideals and wanted to soften up the Federation in preparation for their own attack on the Earth Sphere. Even after they are defeated, some members of the Jovian aristocracy head to Earth and start up the Zanscare Empire in ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'' as yet another attempt to establish aristocratic rule (this time blended with Newtype supremacy).
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Counts, barons, queens, kings, lords, emperors, what have you. No matter the title, they all tend to have ill-intent for their fellow man (or are at least big {{jerk|Ass}}s). If that's not enough, just wait until they turn into [[EldritchAbomination Apostles]]...
** There are a couple exceptions in the manga: not counting Serpico (who was not really born a noble) or Farnese (whose HeelFaceTurn coincided with her abandoning her status), Roderick is pretty nice, while Laban and Owen actually give a crap about protecting commoners.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' has the [[BigScrewedUpFamily Zabi family]], including [[NonActionBigBad Sovereign Degwin]], [[EvilPrince Prince Gihren]], [[FourStarBadass Prince Dozle]], [[EvilGenius Princess]] [[ManipulativeBastard Kycilia]], and [[WellDoneSonGuy Prince Garma]].
* ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'' has Baron Febdash, who rules a very tiny and pretty much worthless star system but is on something of a power trip, surrounding himself with beautiful women as his servants and locking up his human father out of shame. Pretty much nobody bats an eye when he's executed for getting in Lafiel's way, not even his own family. He is, however, the exception in this series: many of the characters are Abh nobility, including the leads (who are a Count and a Viscountess/Imperial Princess, respectively), and most are depicted as either good or at least neutral. It helps that the Abh take the concept of ''[[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething noblesse oblige]]'' really damned seriously, and Imperial Law comes down harshly on any noble who fails to fulfill their duties.
* In ''Lightnovel/SwordPrincessAltina'' pretty much all the aristocrats are evil, or heavily compromised. Most of them are noted to see looking down on commoners as benign an activity as sampling fine wine, that is until the commoners get angry and take up arms. In addition, they are under the delusion that excessive conspicuous consumption would "make the citizens proud." Regis points out that in the capital full of nobles, that may be true, but in the outskirts and near the borders where commoners struggle very hard just to get enough to eat (never mind having to worry about enemy armies), this only serves to breed resentment. Altina ''very wisely'' listens to his council.

* ''TheAristocrats'' joke plays on this trope, the disgustingly {{squick}}y performance being triumphantly named "The Aristocrats."

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* Victor Van Damme from ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour''. Acts like an aristocrat, certainly, and has ancestry going back to Vlad the Impaler, which he can recite from memory, which makes him technically one by breeding. He's also an incredibly self-centered bastard who is determined to conquer the world out of his own egotism.

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* It's common in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction to portray the nobility as corrupt at best, outright evil at worst:
** In ''FanFic/TheAssassinationOfTwilightSparkle'', Prince Blueblood arranges for the titular event, believing he was more deserving of becoming an alicorn since he has [[DivineParentage Celestia's blood]]. Other nobles join in because Twilight's vision of Equestria included things like [[FantasticRacism no xenophobia]].
** In ''FanFic/ABriefHistoryOfEquestria'', the phrase "Unicorn Nobility" may as well be a four-letter word, as up until the post-Warming generation, they're all so petty and corrupt that all they care about is their own power, at the expense of their commoners and the [[FantasticRacism other tribes]]. Is it any wonder that [[MagnificentBastard Princess Platinum]] dedicated her life [[spoiler: ([[ThanatosGambit and death]])]] to systematically removing their power?
** [[Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse The Lunaverse]]: Luna's refusal to be a fully assertive ruler (for fear of becoming a tyrant) has allowed the Night Court to become [[DeadlyDecadentCourt hopelessly corrupt]]. Even the nicest members scheme for position and power, and can be petty and cruel when crossed -- Night Light actually delays relief funds to Ponyville and tries to block Trixie's ascension through the Court's ranks in order to punish her for his daughter becoming a fugitive (which really was more Twilight's own fault than Trixie's).
** ''Fanfic/RitesOfAscension'' shows several nobles contributing to the breakdown of Equestria by both overtaxing their own citizens and taking more power from Celestia, who in turn has been trying a long game to work against this, as part of being TheChessmaster.
* With the exceptions of Euphemia, Nunnally, Gino and Anya, there's nothing nice to say about the Britannian aristocracy in ''FanFic/MyMirrorSwordAndShield''. In the case of Lelouch's first Royal Guard, made of aristocratic second sons, they are actively incompetent. In the case of the Knights of Round and the conspirators who had Marianne assassinated, are actively malicious. Despite [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating Emperor]] [[ManipulativeBastard Lelouch's]] [[BestServedCold selfish]] [[{{Revenge}} reasons]] for it, everyone agrees that dissolving the aristocracy helped in the long run.

* ''Film/OrphansOfTheStorm'' is a fictional story set during UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution that features the French aristocracy running over peasant children with their carriages, kidnapping women off the streets for raping, and literally bathing in wine while the masses go hungry.
* Practically every ''UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}}'' movie has some sort of evil Maharajah, Sheikh or Count as the antagonist. There is the added bonus of them often being [[CorruptChurch an evil Christian]].
* ''Film/{{Taken}}'' features a lecherous and corrupt Sheikh.
* [[spoiler: Sir Miles Axlerod]] from ''[[{{WesternAnimation/Cars}} Cars 2]]''.
* Princess Asa from ''Film/BlackSunday''
* ''Film/RobRoy'': The Marquess of Montrose is the film's main antagonist, but the Duke of Argyll is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, who goes out of his way to help Rob.
* Meta Example in ''Film/TheSevenSamurai'': the writer said he was motivated in part by desire to [[TheAtoner atone]] for what his {{Samurai}} ancestors had done to the people of Japan. That of course means that he was an aristocrat who was not personally evil.
** Lampshaded in the same movie when one of the seven of humble birth gives an angry speech about the behavior of Samurai.
* In ''Film/{{Utu}}'' (1983), the British {{Colonel Kilgore}} who massacred the Maori protagonist's tribe is a Lord.

* In ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'' the system in the Kencyr is evil, even if not all the aristocrats really are. Jame, and her twin brother Torisen to a lesser extent, are both frequently disgusted by the behavior of their own Highborn caste.
* Basically the entire point of Creator/JaneAusten's ''{{Literature/Persuasion}}''.
-->''Captain Wentworth, with five-and-twenty thousand pounds, and as high in his profession as merit and activity could place him, was no longer nobody. He was now esteemed quite worthy to address the daughter of a foolish, spendthrift baronet, who had not had principle or sense enough to maintain himself in the situation in which Providence had placed him, and who could give his daughter at present but a small part of the share of ten thousand pounds which must be hers hereafter.''
** In ''NorthangerAbbey'', the narrator comments on how Mrs. Morland knew so little of lords and baronets that she did not warn Catherine against the danger of them.
* OlderThanSteam: The "Comendador" (a military/minor noble Spanish title) from Lope de Vega's ''Fuente Ovejuna''. He was so evil that his people ''killed'' him for kidnapping the town magistrate's daughter and violating her right before her wedding (this act made him cross the MoralEventHorizon to a point of no return), then [[IAmSpartacus each villager takes the blame to protect the killer]].
* The Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil in ''Literature/DangerousLiaisons'' -- a pair of licentious [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastards]] who take great pleasure in screwing others over (in every possible sense of the term). Amoral at the ''very'' least.
* ''Literature/HouseOfTheScorpion'': Matt, while he is not privileged in any way because of his status as a clone in the society, is referred to as an aristocrat (a dirty word in the society he is in) because of where he came from, and because he can play the piano.
* ''Literature/TheSecretTexts'' by Holly Lisle has the Sabirs and their rivaling house. Anwyn, Andrew, and Crispin Sabir, in particular, are nasty, nasty individuals, including the brutal murder of one of their own guards while raping one of the daughters of their rivals. You know, until Crispin hits [[TheWoobie woobie]] status with the realization that [[spoiler: the love of his life is dead, his brother is a traitorous snake, and the only woman he can ever love is his daughter]].
* With a few exceptions, most aristocrats [[Literature/{{Sharpe}} Richard Sharpe]] spends any time with tend to suck.
* The patroon system of 18th century New York is portrayed as ''very'' unjust in ''Dragonwyck,'' by Anya Seton. At the head of this is AffablyEvil Nicholas Van Ryn, patroon (naturally) of Dragonwyck. However, the rest of the aristocracy is portrayed as mostly mean, unjust, thoughtless, or at least clueless.
* The [[FantasticCasteSystem lighteyes]] of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' have gotten a little power-mad over the centuries, which tends to drown out the ones who actually are honorable.
* Several conspirators in Creator/RobertEHoward's Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story in "Literature/ThePhoenixOnTheSword".
* Practically every aristocrat (and no shortage of the common-but-rich) in the world of the Literature/GentlemanBastard series is a spoiled, myopic monster who lives in luxury to put Versailles to shame, while the cities they rule over are [[CrapsackWorld dystopian affairs]] with enormous poor populations. Only three noble characters are portrayed sympathetically. Particularly monstrous is the so-called Amusement War in the demi-city of Salon Corbeau, a sort of living chess game played for galleries of rich merchants and nobles using impoverished and desperate peasants who volunteer in exchange for a pittance of money and room and board. Whenever a "piece" is captured, he or she is subjected to whatever ghastly punishments the players desire- torture, beatings, stoning, rape, anything short of killing them deliberately - and none of the aristocrats see anything wrong about this.
** There's also mention of a noblewoman who Gentled (reduced to mindless husks wholly devoid of their own volition who have to be prodded to eat, excrete, or move) kittens so her sons could torture them with knives, because they were bored.
* Most of ''Literature/TheTalisman's'' aristocrats in the Territories are either evil or cowed into submission. The worst is Morgan of Orris and those working directly for him.
* [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Almost all literary vampires of the 19th century were aristocrats]], as demonstrated by the already mentioned Lord Ruthven of John Polidori's ''Literature/TheVampyre'', Sir Francis Varney of ''Literature/VarneyTheVampire'', Countess ''Literature/{{Carmilla}}'' Karnstein, and Count ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''. This trope has a modern successor -- after the privileges of the nobility have been abolished and the elites are now comprised of a wealthy burgeois upper-class, [[VampiresAreRich vampires now tend to be filthy rich]] rather than aristocratic. Both tropes play on the symbolic connection between literal blood-sucking and the parasitic way of life of an (assumed) real-life idle class which does not by support itself by its own efforts, but by exploiting other people.
* The United States in ''Literature/TrailOfGlory'' does not have titled aristocracy given the [[WarOf1812 setting]], but many plantation owners with slaves in the antebellum south demonstrate just about all the features related to this trope.
* Literature/TheKingkillerChronicle books play with this somewhat. Ambrose Jakis is the son of a rich baron and uses his birth and wealth as an excuse to be a colossal douchebag to everyone and especially Kvothe. On the other hand, Willem and Simmon are both sons of minor nobility and Kvothe's best friends, while Count Threpe is a CoolOldGuy who occasionally helps Kvothe and serves as a patron to a number of musicians and entertainers.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': Played fairly straight in ''Reynard the Fox'', which features Duke Nobel and Count Bricemer as Reynard's enemies (and the Countess Persephone as the exception.)
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' brings us "great lords" and "bannermen", who can be ''absolutely horrifying''. Some examples: Tywin Lannister, Cersei Lannister, Randyll Tarly, Walder Frey, the Boltons in general.
* Aristocrats in VorkosiganSaga are an aversion, often coming across as [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Reasonable Authority Figures]]. The ones in the Time of Isolation and during the reigns of previous emperors were often bloodthirsty folks though.
* In the ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' series aristocrats or at least aristocracy tends to come off as evil at first but more complications come later. Even in the first volume Gustavus Adolphus is generally good.
** A good example appears in ''The Kremlin Games'', when the Grantvillers are shocked to find out that the cash-rich Russian high nobility are actually neutral or slightly in favor of abolishing serfdom, and the big supporters of the institution are commoner landowners and petty nobles whose only assets are land and the serfs needed to gather resources from said lands. A Russian Prince even laughs at the simplistic American belief in this trope.
* In Literature/BelisariusSeries, aristocrats are neither worse nor better then others. There is criticism of it as a system however and the main bad guy, the Malwa is devoted to an ideology of inherited power, and usually has not the balancing virtues of aristocrats from other empires.
* There are notable exceptions in ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', but the royals tend to be selfish and spoiled. Non-royal Moroi and dhampirs tend to suffer at their hands.
* In Creator/LJagiLamplighter's ''[[Literature/RachelGriffin The Raven, the Elf, and Rachel]]'', not in general, but Rachel notices that many Knights of Walpurgis come from noble families with dicey reputations.
* ''Literature/ThePrince'' is an equal-level offender against aristocracy as a whole (which is a given, considering it's widely considered to be satire). According to chapter 9, nobles are mainly interested in maintaining their position and oppressing those underneath them to keep the status quo, whereas the common people mainly want not to be oppressed by the nobles. It also warns that a prince can never maintain the support of the noble class [[TakeThat by acting honourably and just]].

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* In ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'':
** Anyone with the title Sire is a lesser evil: Sire Uri (ambitious and officious), Siress Bellaby (greedy and lustful, Sire Bogan (manipulative).
** Averted with Adama, who is from a long noble line, but has no noble title mentioned. Also averted with the Lord of Atila, and his noble family.
* {{Downplayed|Trope}} in the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS07E07OnceMoreUntoTheBreach "Once More Unto the Breach"]], which mentions that Kor, a Klingon nobleman related to the Klingon royal family, was known to blacklist commoners who tried to become officers in the Klingon Defense Force. General Martok made it UpThroughTheRanks despite this, and hates Kor because of it.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' involves the somewhat backwards planet called Ne'Holland. When the ''Andromeda'' gets to the system, they find the royal ship full of dead bodies, including the dying King Florin, who has been the target of a coup by the Ne'Holland aristocracy, spearheaded by Archduke Constantine. Florin's son Erik survives, being an UnexpectedSuccessor since one of his two older brothers was supposed to inherit the throne. Dylan quickly finds out that Florin was cut from the same cloth as Constantine. Constantine plans to have Erik assassinated and rule in his stead and is not above using human shields to get his way. The other nobles are behind Constantine. In the end, Tyr, who pretended to ally with Constantine, kills all the nobles, and Dylan's influence convinces Erik to turn Ne'Holland into a democracy (by promising any soldier who lays down his arms a piece of the land former owned by the nobles).
* Trade Prince Maldy in the goblin starting zone in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' Cataclysm is shaping up to be quite the scumbag.

* The entire Scarlet Dynasty in ''{{TabletopGame/Exalted}}'' is profoundly corrupt, continually scheming and backstabbing one another for the sake of power, wealth, and prestige. There are exceptions, but they are few and far between. Furthermore, the Scarlet Empress set things up this way ''deliberately'', to ensure that her empire could never function without her.
* ''MutantChronicles'' is all over this trope.
** Mishima is the worst offender, following a particularly harsh brand of Tokugawa-style ''bushido''. Intrigue, assassination and constant competition are everyday occurences, and commoner lives are cheap. Mishima is not particularly afflicted by TheCorruption, but the BigBad doesn't really it need to be, things being what they are.
** Bauhaus nobility are better, since they are raised with a strong sense of ''noblesse obligé'' and Bauhaus has some measure of social mobility. There are always exceptions, though. Erwin Stahler and Max Steiner's former commanding officer are prime examples.
** Imperial nobility are better still, but much given to HonorBeforeReason, and will gladly kill each other and drive their clansmen into meat grinder battles over slights hundreds of years old. Again, there are exceptions, and some Imperial nobles sign on with the BigBad.

* The ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' series has roughly 14 evil kings, 2 evil queens, 1 evil baron, 3 evil counts, and an evil major - among various others.
* Ragou and Cumore from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''.
* [[VideoGame/{{Boktai}} Lunar Knights]] has two evil viscounts (most likely twins to boot), an AxCrazy human-hunting Margrave, an [[MadScientist evil scientist]] baron, and an earl who became a NecessarilyEvil duke. Interestingly enough, in the earl's case, his ascension to dukehood was the capper of his career as an earl, bagging vampire hunters and Guild gunslingers alike and instilling fear in said opposition from all that rep.
* Nobles in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' aren't really evil, but they are nearly useless, expensive, demanding, obnoxious, oppressive to other dwarfs, and generally hated (and often [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident killed]]) by the players. In other words, they provide a good example of the origin of this trope.
* ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood]]'' features the RealLife evil Pazzi family, as well as Rodrigo Borgia. It also adds the rest of the Borgia family, as well as fictional Silvestro "The Noble" Sabbatini who engaged in human trafficking.
* ''VideoGame/EmbricOfWulfhammersCastle'' has several nobles, some good, some bad, some minor characters not worth talking about. The Duchess of Elstwhere is a perfectly nice and helpful aristocrat, despite her [[AbusiveParents childhood]], even willing to milk a cow as part of relieving the fears of the peasants. Her uncle, meanwhile, Bad King Greyghast the Terrible, well, managed to get himself called Bad King Greyghast the Terrible. And Duke Theremin is basically a bit of an entitled snot.
* The aristocracy of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' is comprised of nothing but evil assholes, including the mostly-noble army [[spoiler: which is destroyed in a nuclear holocaust, and not a single fuck is given for the thousands of lives lost]] and the prime minister. The only exception is [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Cordelia]].

* The throne of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'''s Asian-themed Azure City is threatened by an evil scheming aristocrat with the title of Daimyo, named Kubota who makes a deal with a (minor) devil in exchange for aid in assassinating the rightful heir Hinjo after he's ascended to the throne just in time to have a war to defend the city fall into his lap and makes several attempts while the battered fleet that evacuated the city seeks to find a safe harbor.
** The previous lord of the city kept all of the backstabbing, ninja-assassin-happy aristocracy from killing him by pretending to be senile so that they instead played an elaborate game to attempt to influence the old man into ruling in their favor.
* The King and Blue Princes of ''Webcomic/WintersInLavelle'' aren't well liked. Ashton, unfortunately, happens to share the biggest identifying traits of Princes (almost inhumanly bright blue eyes). They've haunted the poor kid his whole life- his mother was even shown calling him a monster in a flashback, back when he looked to be around ten years old. And of course, nowadays, if any of the Retainers of Wistar- a group aiming to overthrow the king and assassinate the Princes along the way- see him wandering around...
* The high-blooded trolls of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' are more violent than the lower classes, with most having some shade of [[BlueBlood literally blue blood]], and historically several Aristocrats have been villainous, from [[{{Pirate}} Marquise Spinneret Mindfang]] to [[TheAtoner E%patriate Darkleer]] to [[MonsterClown The Grand Highblood]] to [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Orphaner Dualscar]] and finally [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Her Imperious Condescension]], a space-traveling tyrant also known as The Baroness, aka Betty Crocker. Their descendants either play this straight or subvert it, though the Condesce's descendant, Feferi, totally inverts it by being one of the nicest members of the cast.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' most aristocrats are {{Mad Scientist}}s with an emphasis on madness.

* Hell's hierarchy in ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'' included Barons, Counts, Dukes and Grand Dukes topped by His Infernal Majesty Satan. All of them evil, of course, although prone to a HeelFaceTurn if the circumstances press.
* {{Averted}} in ''WebVideo/TalesFromMyDDCampaign''. One of the party members is a Marquis, the two kings of humanity are ReasonableAuthorityFigures, and The Duke Of Newland is a {{Badass}} who responded to a call for surrender from the evil Kua-Toa by jumping off the wall of his fort onto the enemy herald.