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->"I killed a man named 'Smith' with a bottle because I am an evil human being."
-->--The real killer, ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', Episode 4: "Turnabout Succession"

Appealing to my better nature? I'm a villain! Here is MyCard! "[[StevenUlyssesPerhero Eve L. Duehr]]: AcademyOfEvil graduate, [[TakeOverTheWorld aspiring]] [[EvilOverlord tyrant]], [[KickTheDog kicker of kittens]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking spontaneous singer of]] ''[[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney songs]]''." I crossed the MoralEventHorizon while [[EnfantTerrible still in grade school]] and have [[EvilFeelsGood never once looked back]]. And you think you can [[KirkSummation talk me out of my evil deeds]]? [[EvilLaugh Ahahahahahahahahaa]]!

Villains like this may be greedy, violent, [[LaughablyEvil comical]], etc. but most importantly, they are [[ObviouslyEvil Evil]]. It's in the job description. They refer to ''themselves'' as Evil, with a capital "E". Stretch it out to "Eeeeeevil" for emphasis. (They may even pronounce the "I" with emphasized shortness. Ee-vill. Like the froo-it of the dev-ill.) Terminal cases even require their minions to call them "[[TheMagnificent Your Evilness]]". In fact, calling them evil, vile, ruthless, or any generally negative epithet will [[InsultBackfire backfire]] and be received by these villainous types [[ArsonMurderAndAdmiration as the kindest of compliments.]]

The Card-Carrying Villain demands [[VillainCred to be respected and feared and on top of the heap over everyone else]] because EvilIsCool and GoodIsDumb.

Thus, they are expected to KickTheDog and never PetTheDog. If they acted differently, [[SlaveToPR they'd lose their Evil ranking]]. Especially ironic if the reason they [[FaceHeelTurn fell]] was because they wanted freedom from constraints on their actions. Whatever action they as a good guy wanted to do is considered "bad", so they have to do other bad things as well now. After a while, they usually forget about [[MotiveDecay whatever goal it was that turned them Evil]] in the first place. So...in a very odd way, they're very much TheFettered; since their actions are bound by the expectation of Evil.

There are, in general, three spheres of Card Carrying Villainy. A lot of villains combine one or more, though:
# ''[[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans Control]]'' - the Villain wants to rule; be it a gang, [[TakeOverTheCity a city]], a state, the country, [[TakeOverTheWorld the world]], or a similar goal, and have everyone else below them obey their every whim. Sometimes goes so far as thinking of themselves as being of a [[MasterRace superior race]], a [[UltimateLifeform perfect being]], or [[AGodAmI even a god]], and therefore entitled to it.
# ''[[TheCorrupter Corruption]]'' - the Villain wants to [[TheCorrupter turn other people Evil]]. Give in to TheDarkSide!
# '' Destruction'' - the Villain wants to destroy and kill [[ForTheEvulz for its own sake]]. [[OmnicidalManiac Taken to the extreme]], the first and second spheres may recognize that this includes ''them'' as well, so this often results in EvilVersusOblivion or EvilerThanThou if the villain teams up with the heroes so they can TakeOverTheWorld at a later date. (You can't take over the world if it's [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt not there!]])

A BlackCloak, a low-ranking TerribleTrio, an IneffectualSympatheticVillain, or someone who's succumbed to TheDarkSide is usually most likely to identify themselves this way.

A subversion is for these folks to ''not'' actually be cruel, greedy, or unnecessarily violent, but [[PunchClockVillain just doing their jobs]]. A NobleDemon is a Card-Carrying Villain who talks the talk, but has a tendency to hold back or even help from time to time.

While the trope can result in an entertaining villain, [[TropesAreNotGood he can also be cheesy or shallow.]] 80s kid's shows made a lot of these, where the villain referred to themselves as evil. Writers apparently believed that the children watching wouldn't be able to define the bad guy unless he was blowing up cities or poisoning lakes ForTheEvulz. It also reveals a condescending belief that children are unable to understand that evil people usually [[ObliviouslyEvil don't consider themselves evil]]. Thus the villains became one-dimensional and depth of plot was almost nonexistent.

In comedy situations/shows, this fate is usually averted, as it's a humorous thing (and thus right in place). It can also be used with a darker twist - showing a person so beyond redemption, so beyond what we call usual morality, that he is literally impossible to argue and reason with. This trope is also difficult (but not impossible) to pull off convincingly in a more serious, dramatic work or just live action in general. Most people in real life simply aren't that evil or conceited enough (or stupid enough) to proclaim themselves as such in any way. Not overtly, at least.

On the other hand, there are still dramatic situations where characters ''are'' that evil even in serious situations - certain kinds of world-destroyers, the excessively vengeful, and full-on psychopaths. It is easier to pull this seriously with a villain who acts like this in private but pretends to be something else in public, but even if not, it can work if the character is a total psycho. Demonic entities also have full access to this trope. In the final stage, you have a villain who insists on justifying their actions because "it's what villains are ''supposed to do''"; see ContractualGenreBlindness. In dramatic situations, the hero may try to induce a HeelFaceTurn and tell them they have a choice. They choose to keep being evil.

Card-Carrying Villains are particularly likely to do something ForTheEvulz. Expect them to have [[DarkIsEvil relations with the dark]] and/or have [[BadPowersBadPeople evil powers]]. Also expect plenty of [[EvilIsPetty petty behavior]].

Surprisingly, however, sometimes a Card Carrying Villain usually has one '[[EvilVirtues redeeming]]' quality, as far as villains go: [[AtLeastIAdmitIt They're honest.]] They will not hide the fact that they're the villainous scumbag, they will not deceive you that they were worthy of some sympathy by being a misguided WellIntentionedExtremist, [[EvenEvilHasStandards that's just]] [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocritical]]. This may make them more obvious targets for the heroes to gun down, but they will not hide behind sweet talks (unless it's meant to showcase a FauxAffablyEvil personality), and sometimes lies would hurt more than a blatant assault. They are also not self-righteous at all.

Not to be confused with MyCard, where the villain emphasizes their evilness in this trope, MyCard actually deals with a business card (and is not always for villains). For people who fight using cards, see DeathDealer. Oh, and this is also not to be confused with the villains in ''Franchise/YuGiOh'', as ''everybody'' [[SeriousBusiness seems to carry cards]] in that series.

Subtrope of ObviouslyEvil. DastardlyWhiplash is a specific subtrope from comic melodrama. Many if not most examples of RonTheDeathEater are also this.

* NobleDemon: Who is a villain and makes no bones about that fact, but will generally do less [[KickTheDog dog-kicking]].
* CompleteMonster: A villain who is pure evil with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. A Card-Carrying Villain can be this if they are played 100% seriously and take their [[EvilFeelsGood love for evil]] to an [[MoralEventHorizon extreme level]].

* IAmAMonster: Where the character laments rather than embraces how bad they are.
* KnightTemplar: A villain who completely believes that they are good. They can still be a Card-Carrying Villain if they [[ThenLetMeBeEvil embrace the evil persona others hold them to]].
* AboveGoodAndEvil: When a villain dismisses morality as a meaningless concept.
* MoralMyopia: Where the villain decries the evil acts of others while ignoring or rationalizing their own.
* PunchClockVillain: Who doesn't take any particular glee in being evil, instead looking at it as just their job.

See also AlwaysChaoticEvil, BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad, LawfulStupidChaoticStupid, StupidEvil, VillainBall and EvilerThanThou.

%%Most of the RealLife evil people may or may not fall under this trope, given that there's no other way they could declare that they are proud to do god knows how many bad things. Given that this is a villain trope, and not to mention, would be asking for a FlameWar. Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment notwithstanding.
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* In [[https://www.ispot.tv/ad/AqCt/etrade-benedict-arnold this commercial]] for E*TRADE, UsefulNotes/BenedictArnold seems proud of his reputation as the "infamous traitor".

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''
** Catbert is the "Evil Director of Human Resources". That's right, he's got the word "evil" in his job title. And he lives up to it with glee:
--->'''Dilbert:''' My boss is preventing me from transferring to a great job.\\
'''Catbert:''' That's outrageous! There shouldn't be any great jobs in this company.
** Equally evil example:
--->'''Alice:''' How many of your policies are formulated for the sole purpose of gratifying your sadistic tendencies?\\
'''Catbert:''' All of them. Some are just more noticeable.
** Phil The Prince of Insufficient Light.
* ComicStrip/FlashGordon's enemy Ming the Merciless. [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast With a title like that]], you ''know'' he's a bad guy.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Lord Komatsu, the BigBad of the second arc of the ''Manga/InuYasha'' ContinuationFic ''Fanfic/BeyondTomorrow'', fits this to a T. When his daughter Arina demands to know how he could possibly cause harm to someone as pure as [[OriginalGeneration Hanyuu]], his word-for-word response is:
-->"Because I'm evil. Duh."
* Most villains from Fanfic/TheCalvinverse, really.
** Evil Calvin from ''Fanfic/RetroChill'' is a rather glaring example.
** Dr. Brainstorm of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' is a HarmlessVillain who gleefully follows several cliche MadScientist tropes.
* ''Fanfic/CrownsOfTheKingdom'' has all the Disney villains, who frequently bicker with each other because of it.
* In ''Harry Potter and the Evil Summer Vacation'', villains and villain wannabes had a magazine called ''Evil Monthly''. Hermione mentioned having read an article in it about the conference Harry had mistakenly attended that summer and when he asked her what she was doing with it, she replied [[TakeThat "I'm sure you know that both my parents are dentists."]]
* Justified in ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy''. Satan Girl is Kara Zor-El's duplicate, her dark side's embodiment. Evil, unfettered desires and impulses is literally everything she is made of, so it's perfectly reasonable for her delighting in doing evil things or killing and destroying just because she can.
* ''Blog/AskErnstStavroBlofeld''[='=]s Blofeld calls himself "a soulless murderous monster" without a trace of irony.
* ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality''[='=]s Voldemort is one, which is {{Justified}} because Voldemort was actually a purposefully over-the-top alias Tom Riddle created as a disposable first draft of his future EvilOverlord persona. [[GoneHorriblyRight He overestimated Wizarding Britain's defences by far and almost took over the world as Voldemort by accident before he cut back on his attacks.]]
* ''Fanfic/KnowledgeIsPower'':
** The Weasleys and Dumbledore, whose motivations are shallow at best and completely unexplored at worst.
** Voldemort and the Death Eaters take this to a ludicrous extreme by actually ScoringPoints based on how many captives they torture.
* [[FanFic/LegolasByLaura legolas by laura]] features orcs who refer to themselves as "us all the bad guys".
* In TheLionKingAdventures, when Nala tells Timon and Pumbaa that they are evil, Timon replys "Who cares? Evil makes the world go round".
* In ''Fanfic/MassEffectHumanRevolution'', Jules Leng almmost gleefully admits to rape when Adam confronts him.
* Titan from ''Fanfic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic''. He introduces himself as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Emperor of Chaos and Nightmares]], but most of the time does nothing besides [[OrcusOnHisThrone gloat on his throne]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' fic ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'', Jade, after her FaceHeelTurn, openly identifies as being evil, as does practically every other villainous character.
* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** [[spoiler:Diamond Tiara]] becomes a dead serious and depressing example after [[spoiler:being DrivenToMadness and turned into a [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare]] by Discord.]] The serious part comes from the fact she [[spoiler:is convinced she was ''made'' to be a monster that causes misery and pain, and that's ''all'' she can ever hope to be, [[DespairEventHorizon so she doesn't anymore.]]]]
** Discord is another example. He outright calls himself a 'sadistic hedonist' and has no delusions about the fact he's an evil monster, but in his case, the reason he's this trope is it's easier to justify his actions if he's completely evil and cannot be anything else. IE, he shouldn't feel bad for his misdeeds because he can't be anything else, so why should he? It's shown that the idea he might have any good in him and is thus redeemable ''[[[HopeIsScary scares him to death]]'' to the point [[spoiler:being reminded of his SplitPersonality Dissy, who was a genuinely good person and loved their mother Shady]] is almost certain to trigger a FreakOut.
** There is also Chrysalis, who at one point states that she's "much worse than a devil". Decidedly ''not'' played for laughs: Chrysalis is this trope because she's a {{Sociopath}} and SocialDarwinist who genuinely believes her sociopathy is completely ''natural''. [[spoiler:This backfires when the Elements [[VillainousBSOD give her a heart]] and she becomes capable of ''caring'' about how awful her actions were.]]
** Hydia and her clan from G1 exist in this universe and still have this trope, but it's played a bit more seriously this time around due the series knack for AdaptationalBadass, though not to the point of total CerebusRetcon. However, one dead serious example in their family is [[spoiler:Lilith, the First Witch, who presumably ''inspired'' their entire worldview]] because she's [[spoiler:MadeOfEvil by this point and has enough might to destroy the entire world if she had the chance. In fact, her evil is so black that her power being sucked into the Alicorn Amulet is what corrupted it into the ArtifactOfDoom it is now.]]
* Queen Celesia from ''Fanfic/TwilightSparklesAwesomeAdventure''.
* [[http://bigelow34.proboards.com/board/164/territory-wars-24-7 Territory Wars]] has Wrestling/GailKim come into Wrestling/RingOfHonor to "save" it but later announces her real plan [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs to oppress everyone who works for it as a dictator]] after [[VillainTeamUp hiring the International Home Wrecking Crew and Anti-Diva Army to help her in this task]] (though her "minions" are merely {{punch clock villain}}s). Wrestling/{{Madusa}} also becomes one, with shades of TheSocialDarwinist. [[Wrestling/KatarinaWaters Winter]], who usually does have this [[TheGimmick gimmick]], [[CrackFic instead]] is a {{well intentioned extremist}} who truly does want to save the company, though still isn't a {{face}}. Wrestling/{{Kane}} is a face despite possibly [[TokenEvilTeammate playing it the straightest]].
* ''FanFic/OjamajoDoremiRiseOfTheShadows'': All of the villains know they're evil and revel in it. Special mention goes to ''Evil'' Rin, if her name is anything to go by...
* ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'':
** [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Norlock]] openly identifies as evil.
** [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Irkens]], with the possible exception of Skoodge, all seem to have an overtly villainous mindset.

[[folder:Myths and Religion]]
* {{Satan}} is often depicted in this manner. In the Bible at least, he comes off more like a KnightTemplar. Orthodox Christianity states that it is because he envies and hates them, trying to paint them in the worst light vis-a-vis God.
* While not official to Christianity, ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'' (written by Creator/CSLewis) depicts Hell's demons as a mix of this and CorruptCorporateExecutive. Their business deals with humanity's damnation.
* In Zurvanism, an heretical branch of Usefulnotes/{{Zoroastrianism}}, this is what [[TheAntiGod Ahriman]] has to say after being born:
-->"It is not that I cannot create anything good, but that I will not."
** He pretty much chose to be evil by default, '' out of the blue''.

* In ''Pinball/PopeyeSavesTheEarth'', Bluto is a proud and unrepentant planet-destroying polluter.
* As in the source material, Dr. Evil from ''Pinball/AustinPowers'' plays this straight.

* The ironically named Mr. Gently Benevolent in the [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens]] parody ''Radio/BleakExpectations''; "Every day, I take two evil pills and some naughtiness supplements". Also, the less ironically named Hardthrashers and their cousins, the Sternbeaters, Whackwallops, and Grimpunches.
* Lord Darkness in ''Radio/ElvenQuest'', an aspiring EvilOverlord who openly champions the Forces of Evil against the Forces of Good.
* Slocum in Radio/RidersRadioTheater even has his own song "Someone's got to do it" that explains he's evil because ''somebody'' has to be, and he loves his job.

* Thoroughly embraced by Floyd Mayweather Jr., who actively and gleefully seizes the black hat in the build-up to any of his big fights.
* During the 80s, the Miami Hurricanes reveled in being the college football team America cheered against.