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A worker's compensation law office commercial airing in the United States casts the boss forcing his injured worker to continue working as a hilariously stereotypical example of this trope, complete with gigantic fake curled mustache, eye patch, and corny Evil Laugh.
"The Grandest Dream Thief Leon the Great" from episode 45 of Pokémon Black and White is this trope to a tee. He does not have a top hat or black clothes, but his mustache, attitude, and scheme has this trope written all over him.
Kurayamiman from Anpanman. He's a giant darkness monster that wears a top hat (this is also how he travels, he can suck his whole body into his hat and let it float around) and black cloak. He was a former magician, and now only uses his magic for evil purposes. He's more of a gentleman compared to the other Anpanman villains, yet he's completely fine with attacking the other villains as well as the heroes. Oh, and he also has access to a wasteland dimension inside of him.
Grandis' ex-fiancee in the infamous Africa arc from Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water. Or rather, his portrayal as one, which is enough to make one wonder why Grandis fell for him in the first place - or even falls for him again after the latter destroyed her life!
The Spy piece in Stratego looks like one of these.
An MVP (named star player who can be hired in League Play) in Dreadball called Slippery Joe is a goblin who wears a false one of these. According to the fluffabout him on the website, between games he often sports a top hat and plays the 'moustache-twirling' villain image to the hilt. His showmanship after throwing a strike often includes actually twirling his great black slug of a moustache to the cheering crowds.
Tom Strong's archnemesis Paul Saveen is one of these, except for the hat part. However, in an issue where he uses a time machine to call several versions of himself, one has a top hat. He's actually much more competent than usual examples of this trope, even though Failure Is the Only Option for him, like for most supervillains.
Krimson from Suske en Wiske (Spike & Suzy) is a classic example from Belgium.
Nemesis Sinestro certainly looks the part. In terms of personality, he's more complex. The added depth is relatively recent with his reinvention as an antihero/disgraced ruler in Emerald Dawn; before that, he was this, but less cartoonish about it (outside of the Super Friends anyway).
Hector Hammond would look like this if not for his superhumanly giant head.
In a Golden Age story where a supervillain called Funny Face was bringing to life various villains from comic strips, Superman fought an Expy of the Hairbreadth Harry villain Relentless Rudolph Ruddigore Rassendale in the form of the Viper from the fictional strip Happy Daze. This story was later retold in All-Star Squadron with members of the Squadron taking the place of Superman.
The iconic 'stache was sported by the villainous Herr Doktor Count Baron Napoleon von Strudel (a.k.a. Bert Maudsley) in one Wallace & Gromit comic, who also had an Eyepatch of Power concealing an experimental ping-pong ball that would explode on contact with the ground. And yes, he did twirl the moustache at least once.
In Monte Carlo or Bust (a.k.a. Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies), he plays Sir Percy's equally devious son, Sir Cuthbert Ware-Armitage.
Bill The Butcher in Gangs of New York could be seen as a reconstruction of this character, as he fits the description in dress and outward behavior, but betrays more depth as the movie progresses. While partially just a product of his time period, the visual references must be deliberate.
Tod Slaughter, in nearly all his roles, played this character seriously — or, at least, as seriously as one can. "So, you wanted to be a bride, my dear Jessica, did you? So ye shall be — a bride of DEATH! Ehehehehehhehaaa!"
In 1940, the silent movie villain was caricatured in The Villain Still Pursued Her in the person of Silas Cribbs (Alan Mowbray).
In an Unbuilt Tropeaversion, the silent film epitome of this character, Koerner (Paul Panzer) in The Perils of Pauline, is a fairly young man (the secretary of the eponymous Pauline (Pearl White)'s guardian, bent on gaining her fortune), clean-shaven, and not particularly antiquated or exaggerated in manner or appearance. (Incidentally, contrary to popular belief, few of the "Pauline" films were cliffhangers; most were self-contained episodes.)
Cactus Jack, Kirk Douglas' character in the 1979 Western spoof The Villain uses the personality characteristics of this trope, but the costume conventions of the bad-guy-in-a-black-hat from Westerns.
Since Moving Pictures races through the entire history of cinema up to Gone with the Wind in a couple of weeks, a Dastardly Whiplash naturally appears early on. He's tying Ginger to a tree (in the absence of railroad tracks on the Discworld at this time) and a sign is held in front of the picture-box saying "Ahar! My proude beauty!"
Abrim in Sourcery is sort of this trope meetsEvil Chancellor. When he first appears, it's said that "He twirled his mustache, probably foreclosing another dozen mortgages."
All the villains in the The Sword of Truth books by Terry Goodkind are rapists and pederasts. If they are hidden villains, the first thing they try to do once they reveal themselves as villains is try to rape someone. Also, the villain from the first book (and some others) is named Darken Rahl. Might as well have just called him "Snidely Whiplash." For that matter, the major villain for the rest of the series is "Jagang", which has the word "gang" in it. And he even does have a mustache to twirl.
Alec D'Urberville, from Tess Of The D Urbervilles, is an early version of this trope played straight (it's Victorian melodrama with a Realist touch). Hardy starts to give him Hidden Depths when he attempts to become a religious man, but he soon drops it and goes back to his dastardly, womanizing ways.
"Squire Hardman" from HP Lovecraft's "Sweet Ermengarde" is an early (ca. 1920) parody:
When the lovers had finally strolled away he leapt out into the lane, viciously twirling his moustache and riding-crop, and kicking an unquestionably innocent cat who was also out strolling.
"Curses!" he cried — Hardman, not the cat — "I am foiled in my plot to get the farm and the girl!..."
Sir Percival Glyde, a "bad baronet" in The Woman in White, is this, involved in the standard financial scheming and wife imprisonment.
Harry Dresden: The wacky thing about those bad guys is that you can't count on them to be obvious. They forget to wax their mustaches and goatees, leave their horns at home, send their black hats to the dry cleaner's. They're funny, like that.
Referenced in the episode "War Stories": after Simon has planned and executed his first heist, Shepherd Book asks if he's got his next scheme lined up, referring to him jokingly as a "criminal mastermind". Simon responds, "Not yet, but I was thinking of growing a big, black mustache. I'm a traditionalist."
In the first episode, Simon is used as a Red Herring and looks a lot like this kind of character.
A couple of the original incarnations of The Master from Doctor Who had aspects of this.
Lampshade Hanging in the spin-off novel Who Killed Kennedy: when Intrepid Reporter James Stevens sees a TV report on "Reverend Magister", his reaction is that nobody who looks that much like a Dennis Wheatley villain could possibly really be a terrorist and this is obviously part of the UNIT coverup.
Also lampshaded in "The Time Monster" when Jo Grant — finding the Master speechless with fury over how she and the Doctor escaped his latest Death Trap — suggests "Curses, foiled again!" as an appropriate remark.
The American North and South miniseries (no relation to the English novel) had several spanning the course of three books, most of them Southerners: mega evil plantation owner/wifebeater/slave abuser David Carradine, cackling racist and adultery enthusiast Ashton, slimy slave overseer Salem Jones, bloodthirsty prison warden Wayne Newton, seemingly-immortal wannabe warlord Elkinah Bent, and Ku Klux Klan co-founder (and evil landlord, god help us) Robert Wagner, among others. Lest you think the Confederacy gets the short end of the stick, there are plenty of Yankee bigots: Jonathan Frakes and wife (hates the Irish), Kirstie Alley (hates southerners), and Forest Whitaker (hates white people). The latter forms an alliance with his old overseer and raids their plantation, all for the express purpose of raping one slave girl who turn him down years ago.
Speaking of racists, Roots rolled out a new arch-villain for each chapter. First there was the truly creepy first mate of Kunta's slaving ship, Mr. Slater; then the ghoulish, rape-happy plantation owner Tom Moore; and finally Lloyd Bridges as a particularly meddlesome racist. The latter even says "you haven't seen the last of me" during an encounter with Kunta's grandson.
Robbie Rotten of LazyTown may not have the loftiest of goals (he just wants the kids to be lazy so they won't be running back and forth across the roof of his subterranean lair all day — one might suggest he move, but it's probably rent-controlled), but he more than makes up for it with the kind of elaborate costumes and schemes that define this trope.
The cover◊ for the 1969 Ohio Express album Mercy features a villain with everything but the mustache in a match of fisticuffs with a lumberjack on a handcar, while the rope-bound Damsel in Distress cries for help.
The Coasters' song "Along Came Jones" has the exploits of the villain Salty Sam, Sweet Sue, and Jones running on the TV — on every channel, apparently.
One of Doctor Steel's steampunk outfits includes a black stovepipe top hat and black PVC cape (along with his ubiquitous goggles), reminiscent of 19th century villains.
Taylor Swift's "Mean" has a picture in the liner notes of a stereotypical villain standing over Taylor, who is tied to a railroad track. He's also in the music video and on the single cover, too.◊
In Tom Smith's song "Sheep Marketing Ploy", the title sheep in question (the usurper of Satan's position as ruler of Hell) is described as having a classic villain mustache.
A classic Charles Addams cartoon depicts one of these headed down into a subway station with a damsel slung over his shoulder and toting a coil of rope.
Dr. Scrooge, from Spirit Of The Century's supplement "Spirit of the Season", is essentially one of these. He's an evil banker (well, businessman of many stripes, really) who uses his wealth to greedily acquire more wealth to acquire more wealth, and so on, but will gladly go out of his way to steal cookies from orphans while he's at it. Somewhat more developed than most in that he's suffering from a delusion where he thinks he is actually Ebenezer Scrooge's heir, despite the character from A Christmas Carol being entirely fictitious. He's (somehow) calculated an exorbitant sum of money that he would have had if Scrooge hadn't squandered it on charity. His goal in life is to earn back that money. His hatred of orphans is tied to the fact that he is one. So...yeah...really messed up. Still comes across as almost a Care Bears villain, though.
In 1947, Pearl White's life was romanticized in The MusicalThe Perils of Pauline. In this musical, actor Timmy Timmons (Billy DeWolfe) plays the villainous character "Hugo Mortimer" in White's films as the full-blown Dastardly Whiplash character of the popular imagination, rather than strictly recreating the Koerner of the original serial (who didn't really fit this trope). Interestingly, the original Koerner, Paul Panzer, plays the bit part of a "Drawing Room Gent" in this film.
The silent movie stereotype derives partly from seducer figures in Victorian melodrama; Alec, from Tess Of The D Urbervilles, with his curling black mustache which he constantly strokes in order to show off his diamond rings, is one of the most notorious. For some reason, the character is often given the name Jasper, as in the Bawdy SongOh, Sir Jasper Do Not Touch Me.
Spoofed in Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore (1887). The baronet of Ruddigore is required, due to an ancestral curse, to commit a single evil deed daily. When the leading man, Robin Oakapple, is exposed to secretly be Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, the true heir to the seat of Ruddigore, he exits and then returns, as traditionally portrayed with the moustache and top hat. Similarly, his servant Old Adam spontaneously acquires a hump.
One of the deceased "bad baronets" was actually named Sir Jasper.
The Show Within a Show entrance of "King Simon of Legree" (see Literature, above) in The King and I is accompanied by blood-curdling screams. His cruelty toward the slaves is presented as a barely-veiled allegory for the King of Siam's persecution of Tuptim and her secret lover Lun Tha.
The recently discovered Mark Twain play Is He Dead? gives us the evil landlord Andre who stalks the stage and offers to forgive the Starving Artist's debt if said artist's Love Interest marries him. Later, he makes the same deal, offering marriage in exchange for debt-forgiveness to the Starving Artist, now in drag, posing as his sister.
Count von Cliché from Way, Way Off Broadway is a parody. He wants to steal the map of the railroad so he may buy the land before the railroad owners get a chance to and sell it to them at a very high price. To achieve this end he has to tie the heroine to the railroad tracks. Just...'cause.
Waluigi from the Super Mario Bros. series is an interesting variation. Altough he wears overalls, not only does he look almost identical to Dick Dastardly and Robbie Rotten, he has a lot of the characteristics of a dastardly whiplash.
One of these is introduced in The Sims 2 "Bon Voyage" expansion. He's a pickpocket who sneaks around in a top hat, stroking his handlebar mustache. There's one for each Hollywood Atlas settings, each otherwise dressed in locale-appropriate garb.
Yoshiaki Mogami of Sengoku Basara 3 is this, right down to having an incredibly pointy mustache. About the only major action he takes is kidnapping Matsu so that the Maeda clan join up with Ieyasu. It's even shown in his fighting style, which is a mix of Confusion Fu and Combat Pragmatism, meaning that he makes good use of tricks like point somewhere else to distract enemies, groveling on the ground to prep for Counter Attacks, and generally fighting in a tricky/deceptive fashion.
Yin-Yarn, the Big Bad of Kirby's Epic Yarn, who, indeed, sports a mustache and an evil grin despite looking more like an evil wizard. However, he is a more competent example, given that he's managed to split Patch Land into pieces, and subsequently took over Dreamland by seizing both Castle Dedede and the Halberd. He has no idea what he'll do afterwards.
Bioshock Infinite has Jeremiah Fink, who not only looks like Snidely but is a Robber Baron who exploits his employees as much as humanly possible.
"Sir Strong Bad", Strong Bad's Old-Timey counterpart in Homestar Runner, is mostly dead on, except that his face is still a luchador mask (which doesn't stop him from keeping the mustache.)
In Spoony's review of Avatar, he comments that the only way the villains could possibly have been more one-dimensional and Obviously Evil is if they had moustaches to twiddle.
Dr. Strangeglove from Moshi Monsters. His top hat is his face (the eyes pop out of the top of it, and the moustache right under it moving like a mouth). There's even a promotional poster of him tying Tyra Fangs to a railroad track (in sepia tone!)
In The Cartoon Man, Simon becomes this type of character when in his cartoon form.
Manatee Girl The Movie has the InHumanatee who has a comically large mustache despite being in live action. He dumps oil in manatee inhabited springs simply because he considers it a "sufficiently evil undertaking for a man of [his] talents".
Snidely Whiplash from Dudley Do-Right is among the most prominent examples, although the character type had already existed beforehand, and, like everything else about the show, Whiplash was more of a parody than a straight example.
Lampshaded by Scrappy in Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures in the episode "Scrappy's Playhouse" when he's watching a clip of an old cartoon that features a more traditional human version of the character.
Hey, didn't he used to be a cat?
Another episode featured a one time character named "The Glove" who also dressed like this.
A Super Chicken episode features theater actor Briggs Badwolf, who, playing the melodrama villain once too often, believes he is the character — he makes off with the female lead of the play. Attempting to get her to go to the Villain's Annual Picnic with him, he takes her to the usual places — the sawmill, the railroad track, the old abandoned mine...
And Baron Otto Matic, in the Tom Slick segments.
In Sheep in the Big City, there's "The Count D'Ten" (one, two, three-darn it!). A Speed Racer parody featured "Greedy McGreed-Greed", who resembled this character type.
In a Pinky and the Brain episode set at the beginning of the silent film era, Brain decides to conquer the world by making himself a movie star. The movies that he and Pinky make together spoof various silent film tropes, including one with Pinky as a villain of this type — complete with cloak, top hat, and mustache — tying a Damsel in Distress to railroad tracks so that Brain, as the hero, can rescue her.
Phineas and Ferb: While Dr. Doofenshmirtz is clearly a Mad Scientist, he still echoes quite a bit of this trope: exaggerated nose and chin, hunched posture, elaborate crazy schemes, and over-the-top mannerisms. No mustache or hat, though, and, in keeping with his Mad Scientist role, he wears a lab coat.
In the episode "Steampunx," his counterpart "Professor von Doofenshmirtz" fits the trope perfectly, mustache and hat included, and for bonus points he ties Perry to the train tracks.
Professor Hinkel, the self-styled Evil Magician of Frosty the Snowman has the antiquated costume (though he loses the top hat), the handlebar moustache, the exaggerated mannerisms, and the general incompetence associated with this trope. The fact that he is voiced by Billy DeWolfe (see Films, above) demonstrates the provenance of the character.
Moe appears this way on one side of his business cards, which state his "profession" as villain. When he becomes a volunteer firefighter, he modifies the back of his cards so they reflect the fact that he is now a hero.
Homer as Mr. Stingly in Rent II: Condo Fever.
Homer: Where is the rent? I must have the rent. Dollars, dimes, and nickels — I need them all right now!
On "MMMMystery on the Friendship Express", one of Pinkie's imagine spots painted Gustav LeGrande in exactly this trope, down to the "tie a mare down on the tracks so the train can crush her" and the silent film dialogue screens.
On "Spike at Your Service", when Applejack explains that she plans on Spike saving her life, Pinkie Pie immediately suggests, in her typical way, a scheme involving her party cannon, a hornet's nest and a butterfly net and concludes with: "I'll wear this mustache!", complete with the appropriate grin and hoof rubbing.
The Amazing Mumbo from Teen Titans definitely sports the look and one-dimensional villainy, although he's never seen engaging in mustache twirling or Antiquated Linguistics. Justified in that his whole theme is stage magic turned horribly real; top hats, black suits, and cloaks just happen to be the stereotypical garb of stage magicians.
In The Fairly OddParents short that first aired on Oh Yeah! Cartoons which was the pilot to the series. When Vicky is trying to run away she ends up tied to a railroad track, with Timmy gloating over her with mustache and top hat.
The Black Team was a group of debuggers working for IBM. Their jobs were to find the errors in code, and they liked to pretend that crashing code made them evil. They cackled maniacally, twirled their mustaches, wore black, etc.
A joke going around the social networks points out that using an alcohol-gel hand sanitizer makes you look like you're hatching an evil plot.