When two villainous (or at least, {{Token Evil|Teammate}}) characters fight, the [[EvilerThanThou less evil one]] will rail about how EvenEvilHasStandards, they've crossed the MoralEventHorizon and [[ThisIsUnforgivable what they've done is unforgivable...]] and it was a nice touch to put [[FrickinLaserBeams lasers]] on the [[KillerRabbit carnivorous hamsters']] heads.

Mostly a comedy trope, this shows up as an inversion of ArsonMurderAndJaywalking with one villain complimenting another on how [[ComplexityAddiction elaborate]] their DeathTrap, EvilScheme, [[EvilGloating Villainous Monologue]], EvilLaugh, VillainSong, or they themselves are.

It won't stop them from fighting it out, [[WorthyOpponent but credit where credit is due.]]

A subtrope to VillainCred, the general respect a villain gets for their evil deeds from other villains. If it's a VillainTeamUp, the {{Card Carrying Villain}}s will often compliment their allies/rivals for their evilness. Compare ArsonMurderAndLifesaving. Compare InLoveWithYourCarnage when a villain falls in love with a hero due to the hero's violence. Contrast InsultBackfire. If a hero or other non-villain (or even some villain types such as the WellIntentionedExtremist) is on the receiving end, this becomes YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame or just BaddieFlattery. Compare and contrast TheOneThingIDontHateAboutYou, where the hero admits he admires ''one'' thing about a villain he otherwise despises.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'':
** When captured by Ghorgor in the first book, Pilou plays a trick on him, teleporting his swords back to himself whenever Ghorgor tries to look at them. Ghorgor is so enraged by this that he... takes Pilou and Wismerhill into his warband.
** Wismerhill is very amused when mage Shamballeau kills 20 of his soldiers in an explosion, going from initial rage to happily adopting him as part of his own growing band.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8619924/1/Epistolary-The-50-Years-Before-We-Were-Born Epistolary: The 50 Years Before We Were Born]]": In this ''Series/DoctorWho'' story UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill recalls his first encounter with the Doctor in a letter to Amy Pond-Williams:
-->''I first met the Doctor when I was 25 years old. He was [[Creator/ColinBaker a maniacal, arrogant man]] [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes in a ridiculous overcoat with a pattern mimicking a circus tent]] and an umbrella like a color wheel. [[InsufferableGenius Loud, caustic, short tempered, self-absorbed, stubborn]] [[JerkAss and in general a horses arse.]] I liked him immediately.''
* "[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4686180/3/Shadows-Are-Rising Shadows are Rising]]": [[OriginalCharacter Shadow]] tells ''[[{{Manga/Bleach}} Ichigo]]'' that of course he didn't spy on his family and friends; that was his assistant's job.
-->'''Ichigo's hollow''': Wow, this guy really has no sense of right and wrong. He is definitely my kind of guy!
* In ''Fanfic/AlphaAndOmega'', How Aria sums up Shinji's situation after he's kidnapped by a Spectre.
-->'''Aria''': So... he nearly cut a Spectre's throat, stole her weapon, and then took two of the most influential Asari in the galaxy hostage at gunpoint. You know, I can't help but feel slightly proud..."

* ''Film/AddamsFamilyValues'' has the following exchange between Morticia and Debbie:
-->'''Morticia:''' You have enslaved him. You have placed Fester under some strange sexual spell. I respect that.
* ''Film/TheNakedGun 33 1/3: The Final Insult'':
-->'''Drebin''' (undercover as a gangster, to the BigBad's mother): Mrs Dillon, your son is a ruthless, sadistic, cold-blooded animal. You must be very proud of him.
-->'''Muriel Dillon''': I am.
* This little bit in ''Film/ThePagemaster'', when the books talk about [[Literature/MobyDick Captain Ahab]].
-->'''Fantasy:''' He's [[HeWhoFightsMonsters possessed!]]\\
'''Horror:''' He's [[AxeCrazy insane!]]\\
'''Adventure:''' He's my kind of guy!
* Jabba and Boussh in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' after the latter threatens the former into giving him more money:
-->'''Jabba:''' "[[EvilLaugh Hohoho!]] This bounty hunter is my kind of scum! Fearless and inventive!"
* Ishmael's father in ''Film/{{Kingpin}}''. The father tells Ishmael that he knows about the boozing, the gambling, and the partying...and how Ishmael got the lead character Roy to turn away from all that.
* ''Film/FleshAndBlood'' (1985). After Steven's wife is kidnapped by mercenaries, he and his father go to the mercenaries' former commander Hawkwood. Steven bullies him into helping get her back by threatening the woman Hawkwood is caring for. As Steven has been portrayed up till now as rather bookish and ineffectual, his father laughs and notes with approval, "You're as ruthless as I am!" Steven just replies grimly, "When I have to be."

* In ''Literature/DragonBones'' someone mentions that Fenwick, the protagonist's father, would just have killed the king and be done with it. Oreg (who is an immortal slave, and had Fenwick as master before he was inherited by Ward) comments that this was one of his rather likeable traits. (The king is a jerk, Fenwick was an abusive husband and father, and probably treated Oreg horribly).
* ''Literature/{{Dexter}}'' greatly admires the artistic merits of the Ice Truck Killer's scenes. In the second book, he also admits to respecting the spoke of turning people into "yodeling potatoes".
* In Discworld book ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'' a dying EvilVizier takes this trope up to eleven: he compliments the emperor for killing ''him''.
* Harry [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden]]'s magic adviser, Bob the Skull: whenever Harry appears to be acting more like Bob's BlueAndOrangeMorality, [[ProperlyParanoid paranoia]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking perversion]], Bob semi-sarcastically cheers him on. Harry is rarely amused.
* In the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series, the Boskone culture being based on [[TheSocialDarwinist survival of the fittest]], it's pretty much a RunningGag for a superior to praise the efforts of his BastardUnderstudy to supplant him (while of course pointing out why an attempt to do so would be dangerous for his health).
* In ''Shadow's Claim'', an ''Literature/ImmortalsAfterDark'' novel by Creator/KresleyCole, Sabine says to Salem, "You're lucky I like you, you prince-gouging, foul-mouthed sylphic man-slut. Ah, yes, I like these things about you indeed."

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}} II'' features one after Blackadder blackmails the Baby-Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells who "drowns babies at their christening and eats them in the vestry afterwards" by arranging some very compromising paintings.
--> '''Bishop:''' You fiend! Never have I encountered such corrupt and foul-minded perversity! Have you ever considered a career in the Church?
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' again (this time only the TV show) admits, at least at first, that he admires Trinity for his success in maintaining the life he's led. Downplayed in that Dexter still has every intention of KILLING him, but not before he can learn how to do the same with his own life.
* In ''Series/{{Leverage}},'' after Nate cons his dad into a situation where the Irish mob puts a contract out on him:
-->"You're more ruthless than me, crueler than me. Maybe you are better than me. I'm proud of you son."
* A milder variation in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' SeriesFinale, "All Good Things...". The Enterprise and a Romulan ship are facing a temporal anomaly in the Neutral Zone, when Picard recommends to the Romulan commander Tomalak that they pursue a joint investigation rather than "stare at each other from across the Neutral Zone".
-->'''Tomalak''': Has the Federation approved this suggestion?\\
'''Picard''': No, they have not.\\
'''Tomalak''': I like it already.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E02DevilMayCare "Devil May Care" (S09, Ep02)]], Abaddon congratulates a handful of demons on being "violent, power-hungry opportunists" although she finds fault with their reliance on deals and choice of meat suits.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Used occasionally, such as when, after being betrayed by his tag-team partner Wrestling/{{Christian}} in a Battle Royal for the Intercontinental title (around 2003, perhaps?), Wrestling/ChrisJericho called him out...to congratulate him, and tell him he would have done the exact same thing if he'd thought of it. Then they hug. Awww.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness,'' Etna uses VillainProtagonist Laharl as bait to get what she wants from BigBadWannabe Maderas, without either of them knowing. After Laharl finds out what Etna's intentions were, does he get angry at her for using him? ...no, he compliments her on how devious she is and [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments promotes her to his right hand demon]].
* Due to their lack of any actual morality, some Asurans in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' come off as somewhat evil. In one case the actions of the Asuran Tekks has instigated a war between two aboriginal frog-tribes. Her rival, Giriff, comments he would be impressed if he thought she'd done it on purpose.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'':
** On the [[PenalColony prison planet]] of Belsavis, it turns out that the Republic was conducting experiments on [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman alien prisoners]] by forcing them to fight one another and comparing the performance of each species. If you are playing an Imperial character, you can overhear the following conversation between two NPC scientists on the Imperial side.
--->'''Imperial Scientist #1:''' These experiments the Republic's been conducting--xenophobia, genocidal conditioning...I can hardly believe it.\\
'''Imperial Scientist #2:''' I know. It's ghastly, unethical...\\
'''Imperial Scientist #1:''' You know I had this same idea years ago.\\
'''Imperial Scientist #2:''' You--wait, what?\\
'''Imperial Scientist #1:''' Yes. I didn't have the backing or the resources to pursue it, but the hypotheses were there. Never imagined the Republic would beat me to it. Didn't think they had it in them.
** Consular companion Tharan Cedrax makes a habit of it. He's nominally a pacifist, but his ForScience motivation and belief that knowledge is valuable in and of itself, means that while he doesn't necessarily approve of the damage some WMD, technology-based ArtifactOfDoom, or ''highly'' unethical research project will cause, he will approve of the cleverness it took to come up with it.
** Some Mandalorians and the codex itself mention that they sided with the Empire at least partially to get opportunities to fight the Jedi. In Revan's absence, they'll settle for the rest of the Order, believing that the Jedi are the most powerful warriors in the galaxy. After all, what better way to gain prestige than to fight and defeat the same people who trained Revan or held onto some of Revan's teachings? [[note]] This means their work for the Empire is a StealthInsult to the Sith, who they ''don't'' consider worthy of a good battle, and Mandalore the Vindicated openly expresses disdain for the Sith and Imperial military, saying that the Empire wouldn't be able to win an ''argument'' with the Republic if the Mandos weren't doing their fighting for them. [[/note]]
* In '' VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' and its sequel, the Mandalorians as a whole regarding Revan. Revan thoroughly trashed them in the Mandalorian Wars -- but far from being sore, they have instead placed Revan on a pedestal. Canderous in particular describes Revan's use of expert tactics, and ferocity on the battlefield, and even Revan's defeat of Mandalore the Ultimate in tones of admiration. By Mandalorian values, Revan was the ultimate WorthyOpponent, and to face Revan in battle was the ultimate honor win or lose. [[spoiler: And where pretty much everyone else is upset when finding out the PC is an amnesiac Darth Revan, Canderous instead becomes the Mandalorian version of TheKnightsWhoSaySquee]].
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', virtually everyone you fight with who comes across Cerberus (including one or two of the people who work for them) expresses disgust at their nasty experiments, human-supremacist agenda and [[spoiler:resorting to the use of Reaper tech in the third game]]. On the other hand, they did build the [[CoolStarship Normandy SR-2]], which has earned praise from certain characters for its superior engineering compared to the old Normandy. This includes Tali'Zorah, who comes from a species highly adept at technology, and Engineer Adams, who served on the old Normandy SR-1.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', when you complete a quest in Ashenvale, Durak says this:
-->'''Durak:''' Tainting the Forest's Heart? How ruthless... an utterly vicious blow... I adore the idea!
* In ''VideoGame/XMenMutantAcademy'', Professor Xavier has this to say about [[AntiHero Gambit]].
-->'''Professor Xavier:''' Your training has shown you to be unpredictable, unconventional, insolent and... An X-Man.
* In the beginning of ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', [[BigBad Cackletta]] ambushes Mario, Luigi, and Bowser (who is involved in an EnemyMine with the Bros.). Bowser's mad at her, not because of her evil plan, but because said plan was cool.
-->'''Bowser:''' You're the fiend who stole Peach's voice! How dare you pull off such a cool evil plan?

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' has Evil Princess Sara be "this close" to being proud of Garland after he got a villain upgrade with dark colored SpeechBubble. He's still a {{nice|Guy}}, {{Harmless|Villain}}, AffablyEvil IneffectualSympatheticVillain though, which explains the almost.
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', where [[OmnicidalManiac Richard]] is criticized on not being evil enough. But then it ''was'' from a KangarooCourt set up by TheLegionsOfHell...
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Jenny, who [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0611.html met with]] and got a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0622.html heavy crush]] on Belkar.
* In ''Webcomic/TalesFromThePit'', [[http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/5867433154 Mark Rosewater receives hate-mail]] from an angry ''TabletopGame/{{Magic|TheGathering}}'' player who accuses him of having "sytematically destroyed everything that was awesome about ''Magic''" immediately before asking how to get a job in R&D.
* In the world of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', [[MadScientist Sparks]] will ''often'' fall into this, both protagonists and antagonists. When you're a genetically predetermined genius mad scientist, apparently you're prone to it. Classic example seen [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090821 here.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Inverted on ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': while Sarge is glad that O'Malley is killing all the Blues, he can't stand the thought that he now has a higher body count.
* Likewise in ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad''.
-->'''Tompkins''': Aw, come on prinicpal [sic] Strong Bad, I only stole ''one'' Sega tape.\\
'''Strong Bad''': That's just it, Tompkins. You could have stolen ''upwards'' of one Sega tape.
* In ''Series/{{Noob}}'', Gaea discovers that the leader of the top guild of an enemy faction has a tax on all of the faction's guilds. She initially acts shocked, but ends up calling the guy a genius due to the fact [[MoneyFetish it's actually the kind of thing]] [[TheScrooge she'd do if she could]]. She still has a personal reason to be shocked since [[spoiler:she just recently pulled a Heel Face Turn, she's one of the most greedy fiction characters out there, and she was made master of guild that happens to be ''very'' late in its payments]].
* On ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'', [[[http://notalwaysright.com/i-dont-speak-racist/40997 a customer service representative goes wild on a racist caller]] on a recorded line. Naturally, the representative gets reported to management, who writes him up for rudeness to the customer... and then says this.
---> Hey, on a more personal note – good job! Don’t EVER do it again, but good job. All the managers have listened to it, and we were all rolling with laughter – we couldn’t believe that you stood up to him like you did. Just... you know; don’t do it again.” *wink*

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'': Dr. Robotnik has this to say to travelling salesman Wes Weasely.
-->'''Robotnik:''' Listen, Weasley, you are brash, arrogant, obnoxious, pushy, rude, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and you dress funny]]. You're my kinda guy!
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': The pirate leader Hondo Ohnaka is informed that several of his men betrayed him.
-->'''Hondo:''' Traitors! Scum! I am so proud.
** Not just that, he [[WelcomeBackTraitor unhesitatingly welcomes the traitors back into his crew]] when he convinces them to turn against their new masters.
* Hondo invokes this again in the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' episode "Brothers of the Broken Horn," when he learns Ezra's claim of being Lando Calrissian was a lie.
-->'''Hondo:''' You lied to me? I knew I liked you!
** Later in the season, Ezra more or less cons information from Hondo, promising him a finder's fee and then bluntly refusing to give it once he has what he wants. Hondo's response is [[SoProudOfYou pride]] in Ezra for learning so quickly.
** [[spoiler:Maul]] is highly amused when he finds out that Ezra once stole a Jedi holocron.
* In the old ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' cartoon, Shredder and Krang would occasionally compliment each other's evilness (when they weren't getting on each other's nerves). Other villains also got some praise for their evil plans from time to time.
-->'''Shredder:''' Then you shall have the robot. I vow it!\\
'''Krang:''' Cross your heart and hope to die?\\
'''Shredder:''' What heart?\\
'''Krang:''' Shredder, you're my kind of guy!
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible: [[TheMovie A Sitch in Time]]'', EvilOverlord-wannabe turned [[TheDragon Dragon]] Dr. Drakken complains that Shego has very poor villain form by refusing to gloat over her victory.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', after [[TheCaligula Lucius]] is woken up in the middle of the night:
-->'''Lucius:''' ''Someone is causing misery? At this hour? How productive!''
* During the ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' episode "Identity Crisis", after Sirus had stolen a file containing the [=PIDs=] for a sector under Megabyte's control:
-->'''[[MagnificentBastard Megabyte]]:''' What you did was slimy, contemptible and downright distasteful. I loved it!
** It must be [[InTheBlood in the code]], because Megabyte's "sister" (it's complicated) Hexadecimal once woke up to find herself imprisoned, damaged, in BONDAGE, and literally used as a power supply. By Megabyte. Her literal response was to have a psychotic expression on her [[ExpressiveMask unique face]] and bellow out "WHO DID THIS TO ME!? IIIII ''(changes her mask-face to a smile)'' like it!"
* Frequently occurs on ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' in scenes involving Boris and Natasha, given their [[BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad bad is good]] philosophy on life. Often Natasha would say something to the effect of "Boris, you sneaky, no-good, rotten scoundrel! You're my kind of guy!"
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros'', when Dr. Richard Impossible becomes evil--well, more evil than he had been up to that point--he exploits his former brother-in-law's [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Johnny Storm]]-like ability to burst into flames as a PowerSource for his Manhattan office building. Unlike Johnny Storm, however, the victim has no ability to control his powers, and is in constant agony whenever he's conscious. Phantom Limb praises this as the most evil thing he's ever seen.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' when our Rick finds a machine created by the evil Rick of another dimension that tortures Morties to maintain a stealth field around his fortress. Our Rick says this is a bad thing to do, [[DoWrongRight but is actually more hung-up with]] how ''poor'' the design is, as opposed to the grudging admiration he certainly would have had if Evil!Rick had used Rick's design (which he insists was only done on paper as a hypothetical).