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Evil Is Sexy

Hitler had Eva Braun
Manson had Squeaky Fromme
Ted Bundy got lots of dates
I wonder what I'm doing wrong...
Bill Hicks, "Chicks Dig Jerks"

Other factors being equal, evil characters are sexier.

Evil does strange things to people. It can be pleasurable, delicious, or addictive, it can make you more badass, and it even makes you more sexy.

Even though Beauty Equals Goodness, some villains are just gorgeous. They ooze sex appeal and carnality in a way that represents how seductive and tempting evil can be. They tend to have looser sexual morals. They are as handsome as they are arrogant (much to the heroes' annoyance). They hide their demonic soul behind the face of an angel. And they're not afraid to use their beauty, wiles, and sex appeal to seduce the hero and carry out their nefarious plans. (Okay, maybe that last Pot Hole went too far.) Their outfits tend to show more skin and have more leather, fetishist hangups, lace, on occasion, or even gorgeous and functional Femme Fatalons. Hey, what's the point of being evil if you can't do it with class? Or failing that, overdo it with, um, style?

A hero temporarily tempted by evil tends to suddenly wear skimpier clothes and be more sexually assertive. Many fans will find them sexier this way and perhaps dread the return to purity that will accompany their return to goodness. If the heroine-cum-Love Interest is the initial Ms. Fanservice, then The Baroness or The Vamp has to take it to the next level, sometimes immediately.

Often used as a storytelling device; what better way to show how seductive evil is by making evil literally seductive. When paired with Beauty Equals Goodness, this is reconciled by making the good characters' beauty more genuine and the evil characters' appearance more focused on inspiring lust, separating "pure" beauty from sex appeal. Thus, the hot chick likely was Evil All Along, or has made a Face-Heel Turn; the constant heroine, while beautiful, is not sexy because she exudes Incorruptible Pure Pureness even if she's gonna end up a wife and mother.

An opportunity for Fanservice of all kinds. Also sets the stage for Unfortunate Implications, frequently invoking various Double Standards attached to the sexuality (and the "goodness" of that sexuality) of a character depending on their gender. This is mostly applied to female villains, although attractive male villains are becoming more common, especially in series geared toward a female audience. This character's almost guaranteed to garner loads of entirely undeserved sympathy from fans (especially if male), but is so ingrained in certain cultures that it's not going away any time soon. In American film specifically this is probably related to that period way back when when only evil was allowed to be sexy — since Sex Sells regardless.

The following tropes all relate to this concept; please add examples there rather than here when possible:

See also Evil Tastes Good, Evil Is Cool, and Evil Is Easy. Compare with Beauty Equals Goodness. Contrast Evil Makes You Ugly. Often a consequence of Power is Sexy, since Mooks aren't that attractive. Both a cause of and a result of Jerkass Dissonance.


Examples:

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    General 
  • Most vampires everywhere, if they can pass for human at all. There may be permanently monstrous vampires, but one never seems to run into a pimply, fat vampire. Outside of Discworld, that is.
    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer has Spike and Angel. Fortunately they retain their sexiness when good, but it definitely ramps up during their evil periods.
    • Lampshaded by one of Anne Rice's vampire characters during a gathering of their kind. As he looks around at all the gorgeous males and females he wonders whether it's because vampires only choose to turn good looking people or if it's some aspect of vampirism itself that makes anyone who gets turned into one drop dead sexy in one way or another.
    • Vampires in Vampire in Brooklyn are all very sexy, even when played by Eddie Murphy. The heroine gradually becomes sexier as she becomes one.
    • Played straight with Irrylath the vampire in Meredith Ann Pierce's The Darkangel Trilogy.
    • Parodied in this Sluggy Freelance strip. "Wow! When you become a vampire, men become broad-shouldered and muscle-bound and women become tall and thin! You ever think of selling this on QVC?"
    • Amelia Atwater-Rhodes justifies this trope in her vampire novels: vampires usually only choose to turn pretty people, and the transformation process removes imperfections.
    • Evangeline, the shape-shifting girl vampire from Mahou Sensei Negima!.
    • True Blood mostly averts it, but Eric and Bill are apparently walking sex gods.
    • Under the D&D rules, vampires gain a boost to Charisma, which measures among other things physical attractiveness and sex appeal, when transformed. This was parodied entertainingly in an early Antiheroes for Hire strip.
    • Doubly subverted by Carmilla in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. The vampire queen prefers a woman's shape, but her deathly pallor and bloody red eyes place her easily into the Uncanny Valley. Her Absolute Cleavage comes off as more wanton than alluring, and her deep voice is harsh and commanding. Her true form amounts to a shaggy, hideous batlike thing that walks like a woman with flabby breasts...all in all, it's probably not a surprise that the heroic knight Gabriel is above her wiles.
    • Lampshaded and subverted by the Count himself in Fred Saberhagen's The Dracula Tapes, where he mocks van Helsing's fondness of the word 'voluptuous' and makes an offhand remark about having actually known some ugly female vampires and sympathizing with their plight. (He's also not above making a quip or two about his own looks, for that matter.)
  • With the exception of those based on the original Norse and Scottish mythologies, most "Dark Elves" in almost any Fantasy fiction. All of them. Especially the females. The Dark Eldar from Warhammer 40,000 are actually meant to be naked, but Games Workshop aren't permitted to sell nude figures to under-18s (a major part of their customer base), so they have just enough clothing to cover their naughty bits. Daemonettes of Slaanesh don't, though.
    • Even in stories that are based on Norse mythology, sometimes the Dark Elves are still depicted as drop-dead gorgeous. This is the Marvel Universe version, for example.
  • Succubi, Incubi, or any other kind of Horny Devils. Ironically, the original myths about the succubus didn't describe them as sexually appealing (or as true temptresses) at all, and often described them as hideous creatures who would seduce a man in his sleep; modern media changed the image considerably.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Trinity Blood is a master at this. Talking to you, Cain Nightroad, Isaak Fernand von Kämpfer and Dietrich von Lohengrin. Radu Barvon could also count.
  • Speed Grapher rather enjoys playing this trope as straight as possible, then immediately deconstructing the idea as brutally and horrifically as possible.
  • Dio Brando, from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, elevates this trope to practically a superpower. Many of his subordinates follow him just because of his charisma and beauty. Many of them (of both genders) outright wanna jump his bones, and some succeed (Vanilla Ice and Enrico Pucci). To be slightly fair however, he was already extremely attractive BEFORE he became completely evil, and its implied that he is using his Stand Power to aid him in this. Dio's beauty is so amazingly mythical leveled that it even seduced a blind man.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
    • Lust. She isn't lustful, she's a lust item herself.
    • Greed, who is introduced with two attractive women hanging on either arm.
    • Father after absorbing the Truth is a Bishōnen.
    • Sloth in the the 2003 anime version is just as good-looking as Lust, though admittedly she doesn't ooze sex appeal.
    • The manga/Brotherhood version of Kimblee.
  • Itachi and Sasuke from Naruto. In fact, most of the Akatsuki qualify for this trope, especially Sasori and Deidara. Also, Kabuto.
  • Maddy from Mega Man NT Warrior counts for this in spades, considering she has a great figure and also multiple scenes where she shows it off, including a scene with her in a white bikini.
  • In D.Gray-Man most of the Noah that exemplify this trope, specifically Tyki Mikk (Pleasure of Noah) and Lulu Bell (Form of Noah). Oddly averted in their comically round but nonetheless badass leader, The Millennium Earl, but as of chapter 187 he plays this straight with his human form.
    • In later chapters, evil Allen.
  • Take one look at Pretty Sammy and her antagonist, Pixy Misa, and tell me which is the evil one. It's even worse in the alternate universe spin-off Sasami Magical Girls Club, as when she's possessed by evil Misao goes from being a 10-year-old girl to a voluptuous 20-something with very little clothing.
  • All the Sailor Moon villains with the exceptions of Queen Metallia, Death Phantom, Pharaoh 90, and Zirconia are handsome Bishōnen and seductive Femme Fatales.
    • Most directly played in the Black Moon arc/R season. Chibiusa is a typical 6-year-old girl (physically anyway). When Death Phantom captures her and brainwashes her into the evil Black Lady, she becomes a well-endowed woman in her 20s.
    • Similar remarks apply to Hotaru's transformation into Mistress 9 in Infinity arc/S season.
  • Lyrical Nanoha.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:
    • Johan Anderson plays up the White Hair, Black Heart trope in the outfit he got while possessed by Yubel — sleeveless trenchcoat, baggy jeans, and leather straps everywhere, all in a fashionable shade of dark slate blue-gray.
    • Camula is one of the only women who can be evil, sexy, and play cards at the same time. (And she was one of the few villains in the franchise that proved incapable of redemption, which for Yu-Gi-Oh, was rare.)
  • Played straight in Yu-Gi-Oh! with Kaiba, Pegasus, Yami Bakura, and normal Marik. Completely averted, however, with Yami Marik, who is prone to having veins randomly pop up on his face, usually while his eyes are out of proportion and his tongue sticking out.
  • Then there's Carly from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds. Her normal self is a nerdy, clutzy girl, but when she is forcibly turned into a Dark Signer, she becomes a vampiric-looking beauty who may even be able to kill with her kiss. (At least, she would have Jack believe that she could.)
  • Kaname and Momomi from Strawberry Panic! are the only characters in a series full of Schoolgirl Lesbians who actually have a sex life, played for much Fanservice. Their "good" counterparts, Hikari and Amane, clearly have sex with each other as well. Maybe it's a yin-yang thing.
  • In Princess Tutu, Rue demonstrates a classic case of this: when she transforms into her evil alter ego Princess Kraehe, her previously fairly standard ballet costume is now something strapless, backless, and cut down to her bellybutton in front.
    • Also, once Mytho is infected by the Raven's blood in season 2, he becomes much much more sexually assertive. He flirts openly, tracing his fingers over girl's hearts, draping his arms around one woman's shoulders, and essentially coming on to every girl he meets in an attempt to take their heart from them as a sacrifice. Although towards the end of the series, when it takes him over more and more, he becomes less sexy and more squicky.
  • In Monster, Johan Liebert is by far the most attractive man in the entire series. He is also, without a shadow of a doubt, the most evil.
  • Dakki, the Big Bad of Houshin Engi. She's well-formed, and often wears revealing outfits. Her magic weapon even gets a power boost when she strikes sexy poses.
  • In Record of Lodoss War, both Deedlit and Pirotess are extremely attractive, but the latter Dark Action Girl shows way more skin.
  • The Winged Ones of Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch cater to the Villainous Crossdresser, Dragon Lady and Lolicon niches, and with titles like "the wings of desire and pleasure", as well as Lady Bat's Kiss of the Vampire and Alala's anime-only career as an Idol Singer with an army of fanboys, they know it. Sara's manga exclusive form Black Pearl Voice.
  • Akio Ohtori from Revolutionary Girl Utena. He's quite the charmer (whose wiles know no gender limits), and is privy to many a Shirtless Scene.
  • Rob Lucci of One Piece. Even dressed well, and wears a Nice Hat.
  • To a mild extent in an early episode of the Rockman.EXE anime, where the baddies temporarily turn Roll evil - while her outfit doesn't change, she gets a whip and a dominatrix personality for the duration of this effect.
  • Paptimus Scirocco in Zeta Gundam and Haman Karn in Gundam ZZ are extremely sexy and attractive. The former is also an egotistical Magnificent Bastard with a Utopia Justifies the Means mentality, who thinks nothing of using everyone around him (especially pretty women with audacious piloting skills) and tossing him/her away after having outlived their usefulness, and the latter is a Baroness who wants to revive the old Principate of Zeon with herself standing on top, manipulating her ward Princess Mineva Zabi for her own gain, and take control of the Earth Sphere as an added bonus...
    • We all abhor Ali Al Saachez, but we can't help admitting that Yun Kouga created one very sensual villain.
  • Code Geass has got Mao, Prince Schniezel, Prince Clovis, Younger Emperor Charles, Cornelia, The Majority of the Knights of the rounds and Marianne, along with some morally in-between cases such as Lelouch, Suzaku and C. C. for good measure.
  • Pretty Cure rarely takes this approach, with the female characters generally balancing out the positive aspects of their looks with things like odd-looking eyes, conspicuously odd skin tones, and so on. Eas, though...
  • Rule of thumb in Bleach is, if you're a villain who's not gonky, you're either this or a badass, sometimes both, with copious amounts of skin showing being a must. Here's a small list:
    • Grimmjow Jaggerjack: Packing a six pack on top of exposing most of his chest and torso? Check.
    • Tia Harribel: The most stripperiffic resurreccion getup possible? Check.
    • Cirucci Thunderwitch: Busty chest, curvy figure, attractive voice (when she's speaking calmly), and whip-toting, with a dominating personality.
    • Ulquiorra Cifer: well-built body and a nice, deep (moreso in Japan), mildly alluring but rather sexy voice.
    • Sosuke Aizen, post-reveal as the Big Bad; ain't a single fan who hasn't commented on his new sexy hairdo, which borders on Memetic Sex Godhood.
    • Bambietta Basterbine, just Bambietta Basterbine: definitely a crazy lady, but she's quite the looker herself, something the camera enjoys pointing out to the audience. She's even aware of this as she screws a random soldier and kills him once she bangs him silly.
    • Candice Catnipp doesn't trail behind Bambietta, either; her Hot-Blooded attitude when fighting, coupled with the shameless closeups of her skimpy uniform, makes it all the more eye-candy.
  • Aion from Chrono Crusade plays with this, particularly in the anime adaptation, where he goes from being attractive and charismatic to willing to sleep with Anything That Moves. However, this trope is also used in the anime to make him creepy and squicky — he not only happily seduces those that are willing to sleep with them, but is implied to attempt to rape many of the ones that aren't willing (and may have even succeeded in one case).
  • Claire Stanfield from Baccano! misses this by a hair. Ax-Crazy Psycho for Hire with a... memorable talent for violence, yet somehow manages to be Mr. Fanservice anyway.
  • Though more case of nuts and misunderstood, GUN×SWORD features ex-prostitute Fasalina, who is still gratuitous enough to reveal some of her ample bosom (though not so Stripperiffic), fights on a strip pole, long gorgeous hair... Guess which side she's on.
  • Light Yagami from Death Note is much hotter when evil than when innocent.
    • Misa Amane, Teru Mikami, Kiyomi Takada and Mello also qualify.
  • Governor General Godel of Mahou Sensei Negima! is arrogant, manipulative, underhanded, and undeniably evil from the first time we see him. He also has a stylish suit and glasses and is very hot even while tormenting Negi.
  • Slan and Griffith are pretty hot, especially considering what most of Berserk's demons look like.
  • Eris and Mazenda in Slayers.
  • The human members of the Team Rocket trio (even though they don't qualify as evil), especially in the earlier episodes of Pokémon before they became Plucky Comic Relief — James provides 100% of the series' Bishōnen quotient while Jessie has the largest set of breasts on the screen.
  • Digimon has LadyDevimon, and by extension her possible evolved form, Lilithmon of the Seven Great Demon Lords. Indeed, LadyDevimon was probably thrown into Digimon Adventure as a Monster of the Week just to invoke this, being that she promptly gets into a Cat Fight with Angewomon. Also of note is Archnemon ( at least in human form; her spider form, not so much), and Ranamon until she slide-evolves into Calmaramon)
    • Meanwhile, the ladies get Beelzemon, who's very blonde, has a husky voice, and wears spiky armor, tight leather pants, and a very clingy shirt that may as well have been spray-painted onto his very defined abs. The "evil" part is subverted, however.
  • Alucard from Hellsing. It's difficult to be more evil than someone who essentially orgasms from ripping people into pieces and has consumed approximately four million souls over his centuries of existence, and it is just as difficult to be sexier. As someone on this very wiki notes:
    The entire battle of Alucard VS Rip Van Winkle is the lovechild of Fetish Fuel, Does This Remind You of Anything?, Freud Was Right, and Nightmare Fuel.
  • Mitsuko Souma and Kazuo Kiriyama, the two main villains of Battle Royale are described as being the two best-looking students in the class.
  • Doronjo, and all female members of Terrible Trios in the Time Bokan series. But their male henchmen and bosses are hardcore aversions, being cartoonishly ugly.
  • Medusa and Arachne from Soul Eater (ever better, Medusa when she possesses Arachne's body). Also, Asura when he appears more "pretty boy" than Eldritch Abomination. Mosquito, when in the form he uses to slice Kid's arm off. Free, who seems to get bigger, taller, and brawnier with every chapter he appears. In some cases Crona and Ragnarok before becoming good.
  • Angel Blade is an erotic anime, so evil will be sexy. Mistress Nailkaizer is especially popular, but you've also got Chloe, Elaine, and the Black Widow from the sequel. The grand prize, however, is won by the Dark Mother, by far the sexiest thing to ever come out of the Evil Overlord trope and the one bossing around (and doing other things to) the above four.
  • Violinist of Hameln. The biggest monster in the manga, Chestra, also is the one of most gorgeous-looking men there (when he is whole). Also, Sizer wears a very modest outfit normally and a Stripperiffic one when Brainwashed and Crazy / tapping Superpowered Evil Side.
  • Adiane and Cytomander from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Also, Nia's Anti-Spiral outfit is much more form-fitting than the pink dresses she wears most of the time.
  • Kaaya from The Tower of Druaga wears a more form-fitting outfit and generally looks more grown-up and sexual after her Face-Heel Turn
  • In InuYasha: Kagura and Yura of the Demon Hair are also pretty sexy in their own right.
  • The Count, Fernand and Benedetto from Gankutsuou.
  • Quite a few manga artists like to play up how sexy Miyo Takano of Higurashi: When They Cry is, though she's already quite sexy once you get past her standard expression.
  • In Rosario + Vampire, most antagonists (Ishigami, Ririko, Kuyou, Kiria, Hokuto, Miyabi, and Gyokuro come to mind) are very attractive. But then, thanks to Art Evolution, everyone in the series looks CLAMP gorgeous these days.
    • Ageha and Tsurara, its more comedic than dramatic, but they use their daughters against each other.
  • Ranma ½: when Akane Tendo is possessed by the Vengeful Doll, she's seductive, acts nicer, and strips to invoke Distracted by the Sexy.
    Ranma: (to Akane) You were nicer when you were evil. Cuter, too. Definitely more sexy.
  • Zagato, the Big Bad for most of the first season of Magic Knight Rayearth, is a pretty, pretty man with pretty, pretty hair. His English voice will have you melting into the floor. (YMMV on just how "evil" Zagato really is though.)
  • Heat Guy J: Daisuke, one of the show's two heroes, is fairly decent-looking in ways that don't really inspire lust, being a rather pretty young man with clothes that cover most of his body. By contrast, his enemy Clair Leonelli wears tight-fitting leather pants and a slinky purple shirt that opens all the way down his chest. There's also Daisuke's Knight Templar Big Brother Shun, who's much prettier than Daisuke himself and seems to be an object of desire for most women he encounters. He even shares a voice actor with Zagato above!
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion has Akuma Homura in the end, though it's only briefly and used less for titillation and more to demonstrate her swiftly collapsing state of mind. Played 100% straight however in official artwork (images contain massive spoilers, obviously).

    Comics 
  • New Teen Titans has Evil Lesbian Raven. Yes, despite the infamous Bill Jaaska art. Where else are you going to find a canon example of a nearly-naked Raven pulling a cleavage-baring Starfire close and passionately kissing her?
  • In Young Justice, teen heroine Arrowette nearly murders a man, causing her to abandon superheroics and break down for fear that she'll become evil and have to get a black leather costume that shows off her cleavage... and, for that matter, cleavage. Later, in an alternate universe, evil teen heroine Arrowette has a black leather costume, and massive cleavage.
  • X-Men
    • Magneto. The chiseled, aristocratic features, the silver hair, the tragic past... he's thrice her age and still makes Rogue weak in the knees. (They married, had kids, one named after Charles Xavier himself, and were insanely happy in an Alternate Universe, to the displeasure of the Gambit of the main universe.)
    • Mystique. Given she's a shapeshifter it is almost certainly deliberate.
    • The Hellfire Club evoked this trope in their earliest appearances, with the White Queen, Tessa and both Black Queens wearing leather fetish gear. The gentlemen of the club were of varying degrees of attractiveness, but they did manage to be well-dressed at all times.
    • Dark Phoenix. The good Phoenix was already wearing the ultimate in Form-Fitting Wardrobe gear, but Dark Phoenix took it Up to Eleven with unearthly beauty and a habit of combining Interplay of Sex and Violence with Earth-Shattering Kaboom.
  • Anti-Villain Namor is the incarnation of temptation for virtuous Susan Richards.
    • Speaking of Sue Richards, when she was possessed by Malice, an evil mutant, she clearly fit this trope, and how! The aspect of her personality remained with her and popped back up again years later, resulting in her Darker and Edgier outlook when she became more of an Action Girl.
  • In Legion of Super-Heroes, Shrinking Violet falls under the power of the Emerald Eye, and, well... this... happens. (Her breasts appear to get larger, but that might just be the effect of that push-up bra.)
  • Batman
    • Poison Ivy's an insane, plant-obsessed eco-terrorist whose only human friend is The Joker's on-again, off-again love interest and partner-in-crime. Her interests include eliminating humanity to make the world safe for plants and poisoning people by kissing them. She was modeled on Bettie Page, generally appears clad only in something skintight and a lot of leaves, and is even tempting enough for Batman.
      Batman: Why are all the gorgeous ones homicidal psychopaths? (Batman & Robin)
    • Catwoman has been rendered more sympathetic as a character over the years, but she's a Spy Catsuit-clad whip-toting villainess who's not above killing when she has to. Like Ivy, she too proves attractive for the Dark Knight, sufficiently so that someone seeking to break Batman hired an actress to dress up as Catwoman and seduce him.
    • Harley Quinn: Former Arkham Asylum psychiatrist who falls head over heels for The Joker and reinvents herself as a catsuit clad, female version of him. Happy to murder henchmen at the drop of a hat and always drawn in a painted-on harlequin jester's outfit that frequently gets 'upgraded' to a latex version.
    • White Rabbit, whose costume is basically a lingerie.
    • Depending on the Artist, the Joker can be a lean, well-dressed Monster Clown with the bleached skin being handsome instead of nightmarish.
  • Ava Lord, stereotypical vamp/Femme Fatale from Sin City story "A Dame to Kill For" is most sexy when posing next to her dead husband whose death she caused, all the while faking stories of the guilty of her crimes on the phone and smiling all the way.
    • Blue Eyes and Mariah, the Colonel's assassins. Blue Eyes' speciality is Death by Sex, even.
  • ElfQuest has Winnowill, who is incredibly hot and just gets more and more deadly. Also the warlord Grohmul Djun, who's a massive hunk, and Door in the "Forevergreen" arc, who's a psychotic pretty boy.
  • From the Thunderbolts and later Dark Avengers, Moonstone (Karla Sofen). She's an amoral psychiatrist who causes her patients to commit suicide for fun, her powers come from an object that she convinced her patient to hand over to her, she literally killed her own mother, and she's both franchises' biggest example of Manipulative Bitch and is a psychopath. She also wears a skintight suit, has a body to rival Ms. Marvel's (to the point where she was able to pose as her) and is a Memetic Sex Goddess within the fandom.
  • Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog has Dr. Finetivus.
  • From Empowered, Vanity (the devil half of the Conjoined Twins superhero Divangelic) is definitely sexier (dressed) than her sister Charity, an angel.
  • Nightmare Rarity from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW), as nicely detailed here (major spoilers, of course).
    • * This was even lampshaded in the comic when Nightmarity says at one point, "I'm so hot, I should be on fire!"
  • Overlord, who appears in Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers and Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, is just about this personified, with his handsome (for a giant robot) looks and campy, charismatic, and theatrical mannerisms. In fact, one defining trait of Overlord has been his luscious lips. Possibly lampshaded by IDW themselves with the alternate cover for issue 15 which is basically a close-up of Overlord's lips.

    Fan Works 
  • Princess Lotora from Hottie 3: The Best Fan Fic in the World.
  • In The Return Alexia and Akumi clearly believe Evil should be Sexy, but they both take it to such extremes they end up as a Fashion-Victim Villain and are soundly mocked by the heroes about their dress sense. The trope is played somewhat straight in that anyone converted into a succubus becomes a Perky Goth, but this is immediately subverted in that they are not Always Chaotic Evil and are free to choose whether they are good, evil, or indifferent.
  • In A Very Potter Musical, Voldemort is played by a shirtless young man in tights.
  • Queen Of All Oni: Right, one of Jade's Shadowkhan bodyguards/enforcers, is described as being "oddly handsome" once he takes his mask off. Presumably, this applies to his twin Left as well.
  • In the Hunger Games fanfiction Some Semblance of Meaning, the girl from District One, Amber, plays up the "alluring" angle in her interview, is very attractive and flirtatious, and also happens to be one of the most depraved tributes.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live Action 
  • The Fisher King.
    Anne: Oh! You gotta believe in God! But I don't believe that God created Man in His image. 'Cause most of the s—t that happens is because of men. Naw, I think men was made in the Devil's image, and women were created outta God. 'Cause, after all, women can have babies, which is kinda like creating. And which also accounts for the fact that women are so attracted to men. 'Cause let's face it, the Devil is a helluva lot more interesting. I've slept with some saints in my day, and believe me, I know what I'm talking about. Egh-boy! So, the whole point of life, the whole point of life, I think, is for men and women to get married so that God and the Devil can get together — and work it out. Not that we have to get married or anything. God forbid.
  • Dracula is often portrayed as having a magnetic, sexualized presence, fueled by the erotic overtones in the original book. In Ed Wood, Bela Lugosi says he turned down the role of Frankenstein's monster because it wasn't sexy, like Dracula.
  • End of Days: the real threat of Satan is that the female protagonist finds him so damn sexy.
  • Many of the villains in the James Bond series are sexy women. Notable examples include:
  • Captain Hook, circa the 2003 Peter Pan. Far too much sexy for a kid's film.
  • In the 2007 Beowulf, Grendel's mother is changed from a sea-hag to a sexy monster in the form of Angelina Jolie.
  • Mrs. Coulter, at least as played by Nicole Kidman in The Golden Compass. In the original book, Lyra has quite a bit to say about how glamorous she is initially. Kidman portrayed the character pretty accurately.
  • Subverted in Spider-Man 3. When Peter Parker flirts with The Dark Side due to the symbiote costume, he acts more sexually assertive and seems to think he's suddenly the hot stuff. To the objective gaze and the befuddled look a random girl gives him in the street, he just now looks like a more sleazy dork. He's still fundamentally himself, after all, as no matter how self-confident and sexually assertive he's acting, he remains a nerd and has no idea how to carry himself otherwise. Furthermore, in a neat little bit of irony that underscores this point, the only women who he does manage to charm with his new assertive manner were already attracted to Peter when he was "good" anyway.
  • Harry Potter has a few examples.
    • Christian Coulson as the diary image of Tom Riddle, to some degree.
    • Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange. Bellatrix may very well be a Death Eater and a murderous sadist who's prepared to kill her own niece over who she married, but she's still portrayed as seductive and attractive, even just after fourteen years in wizard prison.
    • The Evil Horcrux vision of Hermione taunting Ron. It helps that she's practically naked in this instance.
    • For the brief time that he doesn't look like Mad-Eye Moody, Barty Crouch Jr is played by a deliciously twitchy David Tennant.
  • Prince Septimus from Stardust. Also, Lamia starts out as an old crone but becomes young and sexy due to digesting the remains of a star's heart. Subverted in that each time she uses magic, she regresses more and more back to her previous, hideous state.
  • In The Devils Advocate, Satan is played by Al Pacino as a powerful attorney with a forceful, magnetic personality that seems to drive women wild. Connie Nielsen plays his daughter, who tries to tempt Keanu Reeves to the dark side with her super sexiness.
  • Elizabeth Hurley is a very sexy Satan in Bedazzled (2000).
  • The X-Men series give us Mystique; a female mutant who's a) on the bad guys side, b) perpetually naked since those clothes aren't really clothes, and c) very flexible.
  • Basic Instinct and Basic Instinct 2. Catherine Trammell is a dangerous, manipulative, sociopathic nymphomaniac and compulsive multiple murderer, but still portrayed as a sexy woman who can charm both men and women into her bed.
  • Tim Curry often finds his way into this trope:
  • Many Hammer Horrors, especially ones directed by Terence Fisher, not only have evil as sexy but evil as overtly sexual— though this was always a popular subtext in vampire stories.
  • A Discussed Trope in The Courtship of Eddie's Father, where the son tells his father that bad women can be identified in comic books by skinny eyes and big busts.
  • John Waters' Female Trouble subverts this. Donna and Donald Dasher discover Dawn Davenport (a 300-pound juvenile delinquent turned career criminal) and get her to work as a model to prove that "crime is beauty". Dawn endured such things as acid being thrown on her face by her ex-husband's lesbian aunt while the Dashers kept saying that the gravity of her crimes was making her more beautiful than ever before.
  • When Sam Rockwell's character does his Face-Heel Turn in the first Charlie's Angels film, he gets a stylish Evil Costume Switch and reveals himself to be far more hip and self-confident than he had previously let on. He's also got a super-sexy girlfriend.
  • Jackson Rippner from Red Eye. He's a bad, bad man but he has buckets of charm.
  • The Specials: Deadly Girl; can summon demons, and she hisses at people.
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh in Single White Female: Nerd=sexy; Evil=also sexy; Evil nerd?
  • Loki in The Avengers and also Thor. Tall, dark, handsome, in all leather and metal with a magical scepter to boot, or, alternatively a Badass in a Nice Suit with a Scarf of Asskicking? Well done, Tom Hiddleston, well done.
  • Col. Tavington is supposed to be the ultimate Evil Brit. Being played by Jason Issacs (aka Lucius Malfoy) makes it kinda hard to root against him (though he does ultimately manage it.)
  • Candyman is pretty hot. He has that awesome voice, and he's so handsome and tall. While he mercilessly hacks everyone else to death, his pursuit of the heroine is overtly seductive.
  • From Dusk Till Dawn: Santanica Pandaemonium, played by Salma Hayek. First appearance in the film? Performing a slinky dance whilst dressed only in a bikini and a boa constrictor. She indulges in a lot of stroking people with her feet during this, as well.
  • The Lair of the White Worm revolves around the gorgeous Amanda Donahoe as an evil vampiress.
  • Oddly enough, Halloween's Michael Myers is meant to be this. According to Word of God, Tony Moran's "angelic" face is exactly why he was hired to play Myers in the brief unmasking scene of the first film. And the scar on Michael's eye wasn't supposed to be as ugly as it turned out to be, but prosthetics got a bit carried away when applying it to the actor's face.
  • Mini of Mini's First Time is a very sexy seductress, and she is also evil to the core.
  • The Baroness from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, oh so VERY much.
  • Milady DeWinter in The Three Musketeers (2011). Well, she IS played by Milla Jovovich.
    • Older guys fondly remembers Faye Dunaway.
    • And still older ones - or classic-film buffs - Lana Turner.
  • Jill Valentine in Resident Evil: Retribution.
  • Dr. Elsa Schneider in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. She uses her sex appeal to seduce both Indiana and his father in her pursuit to get the holy grail for herself. Paired with the Blondes are Evil trope.

    Literature 
  • In Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, the hero is arguably an aristocrat named Kostya Levin. He is a rich handsome nobleman who spends all his time thinking of how he can best use his riches to benefit poor people and humanity in general. Amazingly, this hunky millionaire has trouble attracting women. Meanwhile, Anna Karenina, while not perhaps evil — she doesn't go out of her way to be bitchy — is selfish and ruins everyone's life. Men are drawn to her as moths to fire. Probably not one in ten thousand people have ever heard of Kostya. But every literate person in the world has heard of Anna Karenina.
  • William Sleator's Strange Attractors features this rather prominently. A boring scientist and his plain daughter have evil duplicates, which are nearly identical, just evil and slightly older. They're presented as incredibly sexy and interesting, to the point that the protagonist rebuilds a device which may destroy all time just to be with them.
  • Villains in Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar books are frequently mages who gratuitously make use of magic to make themselves ridiculously attractive, to the point where the nastiness of a particular character can be discerned from how attractive the main character finds them. That is, physically attractive. Those sorts of mages hardly ever get (voluntary) dates.
  • Similarly, sorceresses in The Witcher are chosen by being gifted in magic. Since noble families are the ones most sorceresses come from and would better benefit the family to be married off to other nobles ASAP, the only ones sent to receive training in magic are ones who are somewhat lacking in the looks department. And one of the first things they learn is modifying their own body. Not all sorceresses are evil, but most of them sure as hell are bitter.
  • Lanfear of The Wheel of Time is a singularly attractive and alluring woman, supposedly one of if not the most beautiful in history, who makes all the male leads drool and the female leads envy. She's also reputed to be the most powerful female dark mage in the world. She's in good company; her fellow Forsaken aren't too harsh on the eyes either. Graendal's a voluptuous temptress whose perverse kinks are the stuff of legend, Rahvin's a dashing ladies' man, and all the rest scrub up pretty well except Aginor and Balthamel and Balthamel is eventually placed in the body of a beautiful young woman and assumes the persona of a brazen (but seemingly harmless) hussy. Most female Darkfriends are hotties, most of the Black Ajah are (at the very least) imperious and regal, both aspects of Slayer are attractive (since they're both said to strongly resemble their good looking relatives), and all the biggest Knight Templar jerks in the Children of Light are exemplars of rugged aryan manhood. Then again, there just aren't many ugly people in The Wheel of Time, period.
    • Interestingly in Slayer's case, he's Lan's uncle. Lan isn't known for his beauty, but his good (well manly, rugged and so on) looks. In "A Crown of Swords," Nisao Sedai states that "women have been chasing Lan since he was a beardless boy...He was quite a beautiful boy, however hard that might be to believe now."
  • The Stainless Steel Rat: Crook turned galactic agent 'Slippery Jim' diGriz falls for the villainess he's pursuing not just because she's beautiful, but because he genuinely admires her brilliant criminal mind. If only he could get past the fact that she's a sociopathic killer...
    • Angelina used to be extremely ugly in her youth and used the crime money for drastic plastic surgery to gain super model looks (cosmetic surgery is even better in the future). diGriz only met her after she was beautiful. How much insults from others about her ugliness led to her life of evil is a good question. While he did fall in love with her while she was evil, he then brought her to justice so she could be "cured" of her evil (psychological) thanks to some future Applied Phlebotinum. After the cure she no longer approves of killing, although she enjoys robbing (non violently and only the rich) with her husband (in between their constant saving of the galaxy).
  • The Dresden Files plays this one straight and subverts it with vampires: White court vampires are made supernaturally sexy by their inner demon - Lara Raith is described as so beautiful that it's hard to describe her actual features as they are obscured by her beauty (hence her success as a porn star), Thomas Raith is described as "The Forgotten Greek God of Body Cologne," and his very evil father is described in much the same terms. The Red Court subvert it: On the outside, they look beautiful, but under their flesh-masks they are hideous, slimy bat-things. The Black Court, on the other hand, avert this trope entirely; they are desiccated corpses, complete with dried eyeballs, missing limbs and rotting hair.
    • Mention should probably be made of the Fairy Queens, too. Though they are less evil and more on a different scale of morality altogether, the fae that care to look human at all tend to look like very attractive ones, and many are effectively minor gods of fertility or nature with all the sensuality and virility that implies.
  • The Draka seem to spend as much time screwing (their slaves ''and'' each other, in every permutation imaginable) as they do fighting and conquering. The books also include lavish descriptions of their well-muscled warrior physiques (especially the bisexual female ones).
  • Andrea, from The Zone World War III novels by James Rouch, uses her incredible beauty and sociopathic skills of manipulation to get the other male soldiers to teach her new means of killing. Major Revell, the commanding officer of the unit, is obsessed with her, even though he knows full well she's a crazed killer.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, in which the protagonist's wrongdoing causes his portrait to age and become ugly, while he remains young and beautiful. Until the end, that is.
  • The White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia is described as being the most beautiful woman ever by many men in the books, despite having brought about the complete depopulation of her home world and a hundred years of perpetual winter to Narnia.
  • In Kire are the hulders really beautiful pretty much like the White Witch from Narnia above, and could be covered in blood but still be found attractive, they can make friends fight over them just for fun, but apparently this doesn't work on women. Although it's really ambiguous wherever they're really evil or not. But somehow is the hulder that Erik's mother killed still alive and still wants to take Kire with her...
  • Harry Potter.
    • Tom Riddle was originally very attractive, and used his looks to his advantage. However, even before his resurrection, experiments with dark magic ruined his looks to the extent that people can't even recognize him anymore.
    • Bellatrix Lestrange also used to be attractive, before she went to Azkaban. After breaking out she still retains some of her looks, which is saying something, because spending years around Dementors is not good for your looks.
    • Then there's Grindelwald when he was young. J. K. Rowling makes sure everyone gets a good description, even the dark lords.
  • The Sword of Truth series had the Mord-Sith, a cadre of gorgeous, leather-clad women... whom the Big Bad had psychologically broken and uses to torture his enemies. When he is deposed, they become Dark Is Not Evil retainers to the heroes.
  • The Stand: Possibly. It can be said that Randall Flagg is an example of this trope, in his control of Nadine. She would have gone to the good side in Boulder, she says, were she not madly lusting after Flagg. Nadine can also be an example, in that it is difficult for men to resist her, and she uses sex to keep Harold evil.
  • The Belgariad gave us Queen Salmissra of Nyissa. Well, the most recent Queen of Nyissa to bear the name, at any rate. Swathed in a diaphonous gown and jewelry reminiscent of a belly-dancer's outfit and portrayed as highly sexually active as well as being prepared to sell Belgarion out to Torak.
  • Laharl�s aunt Yasurl from the Disgaea Novels. She is evil to the bone and abused Laharl then he was in her care, this affected him so much that he has had vile allergic reactions to sexy women ever since.
  • Toyed with in Animorphs in the person of Taylor, a deeply disturbed girl who allowed a Sociopathic Soldier of a Yeerk to take over her mind in exchange for a new face. She's described as being very attractive in the physical sense, but is so artificial and emotionally screwed up that no one cares. Pointed out by Tobias when he morphs Taylor and receives far more positive male attention than the real thing:
    "We were mirror images, literal carbon copies. But I was alive. Taylor wasn't. Not really. I had a sense of humour. Taylor had a coldness that enclosed her like a shield. The kid could see this. Anybody could."
  • Damien the Demon King in the Iron Witch trilogy is described as being very, very sexy to the point that every little thing he does makes Donna swoon and she has to keep reminding herself that they're enemies just so she can talk.
  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi has a planet full of Sith who play this straight (being obsessed with beauty), and especially the Keshiri natives.

    Live Action TV 
  • Alias: Julian Sark is a Pretty Boy and a Sharp-Dressed Man.
  • The female Cylons from the revived Battlestar Galactica. In particular, Chip Six and Caprica Six. All the Sixes got decreasingly evil.
  • Stargate Verse:
    • While it's a very mild example, in the Stargate Atlantis episode "This Mortal Coil", "Dr Keller" is revealed to be a Replicator. Once this is revealed, "her" jacket is unzipped. No cleavage or anything, but someone's invoking something...
    • Invoked by the Goa'uld, who as vain, egotistical Evil Overlords deliberately take the best bodies they can find. A former host said that beauty is considered a curse on her world because of this. Though how a slimy body-controlling snake would know what humans find attractive is anyone's guess until their Genetic Memory and years of experience with humans is taken into account.
    • Adria in season 10. As Vala (her mother) put it: "Origin is about to become much more appealing to the males of this galaxy."
    • Commander Kiva of the Lucian Alliance from Stargate Universe.
  • Not especially "evil" but Blackadder got a lot sexier once he became a total bastard. The flattering clothes, a nicer haircut and the amount of the leather he wore in series II might have had something to do with it.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Master was designed to be sophisticated, handsome and charming (most of the time, at least), particularly to contrast against the Doctor's more... esoteric appearance. Ainley's incarnation slipped between this and Ax-Crazy, and while Simm's incarnation was almost entirely Ax-Crazy there is still the mountains of Fetish Fuel that's dumped on him in "The End Of Time," and his intense Foe Yay with the Tenth Doctor.
    • The Rani wasn't all that bad looking herself, getting a stint in one serial as The Baroness.
    • A really interesting example is the Second Doctor's Criminal Doppelgänger, Ramon Salamander, in "The Enemy of the World". Patrick Troughton is a handsome man, but due to his chameleonic character acting abilities he played the Doctor funny-looking at best, using a palette of weird and unsexy facial expressions (and a bit of age makeup). Salamander, on the other hand, is played sexy - younger, dignified and with bags of charm. The difference in their appearances is staggering, and goes way beyond the different makeup used - it's almost difficult to see how the other characters keep mistaking one for the other.
  • Torchwood has Captain John Hart (Captain Jack's Evil Counterpart), who is the Whoniverse's even kinkier version of Spike.
  • There's a reason why the Supernatural fandom loves "Skin", "Devil's Trap", "Born Under a Bad Sign" and "Dream a Little Dream of Me" so much. It's because Evil!Sam/Dean/John ooze sexual appeal (even more so than when they're being good) and also because they seem to touch each other a hell of a lot more.
  • Blake's 7: Servalan, the coolly calculating and sociopathic Supreme Commander of the Federation. Her wardrobe alternates between slinky dresses with Absolute Cleavage and a thigh-high slit or elegant attire for hunting people through a BBC Quarry.
  • Most of the population of the Mirror Universe in Star Trek. Turned Up to Eleven for the Mirror Universe version of Kira; a catsuit-clad Depraved Bisexual version of a character who's normally portrayed as being extremely moral.
  • Sheriff Buck of American Gothic falls under this trope, and his schoolteacher girlfriend Selena Coombs embodies it.
  • Heroes has Nikki's Superpowered Evil Side Jessica, who manages to be infinitely more sexy than her good counterpart despite looking exactly the same, and Serial Killer Sylar, who has acquired a significant Draco in Leather Pants following because of said sexiness.
    • Adam Monroe. Evil Brit for a sexy foreign accent. And, be it in armour or in that suit with the shirt opened a significant way down, he's a snappy dresser. Nevertheless, he suffers from delusions of grandeur and believes that culling the human population with plagues is a good idea.
    • The show was clearly TRYING for this with Evil! Future Claire in season 3. Unfortunately, their ideas for sexing up Claire were limited to an all-black wardrobe, a different hairstyle, and a TON of lip gloss.
    • And then there's Samuel. Maybe it was the fact that he's played by the same actor who played Magnificent Bastard T-Bag, or maybe it's the accent, or the charisma, but he is just sexy. The eyeliner and the Badass Longcoat just add to it.
  • Angel/Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Angelus, Spike, Darla and Drusilla, who back in the day were the sexiest and most murderous group of vampires in history.
    • Faith is the Evil Counterpart to Buffy and - since Evil is Sexy - she wears skimpier clothes and is unabashedly promiscuous and seductive. In season 4, Willow lampshadingly describes Faith as a "cleavagey slut-bomb walking around going, 'Oh, check me out, I'm wicked cool, I'm 5 by 5.' "
    • Vampire Willow. Dominatrix outfit? Check. Bisexual Vampire? Check. Puppyslave on a leash? Check. Lampshade Hanging? Check.
    "I'm so evil! And skanky! And I think I'm kinda gay."
    • Lilah Morgan really works this trope, especially in Angel season four, during her relationship with Wesley.
    • Glory, a.k.a Glorificus. She wants to destroy the world, but that doesn't keep her from being pleasurable to look at!
    • Lindsey may be an at-best-morally-ambiguous corrupt lawyer, but he is also incredibly pretty.
      • Evil liaison, Child of the Senior Partners, and Lindsey's main squeeze Eve is pretty hot too.
  • Prince Dirk Blackpool (played by the luscious Duncan Regeher) the black leather clad villain of Wizards And Warriors.
  • While the heroic Taja wears reasonable clothing, all the villainous females of Mortal Kombat: Conquest wear revealing outfits—Omegis to the point of wearing nearly nothing. The well-built Shang Tsung usually wears a vest over his muscular body, but spends a lot of time with his shirt off.
  • Power Rangers had some valiant efforts in Scorpina and Divatox, but with Astronema, it really took hold, as she had a liking for black leather and changed her hair style and color every five episodes or so (if you're watching episodes out of order, it's a great way to check where you are in the plot). Made more evident because Astronema was actually The Hero's amnesiac sister. When she reverted to the nice and pure Karone, she had straight blonde hair and modest clothes. When brainwashed to become Astronema again... form fitting black leather and cropped red hair. When Karone returned in Lost Galaxy as the Pink Ranger, she evoked this by dressing up as Astronema to get back the Pink Ranger's Quasar Saber, but was still shown to wear black leather in her civilian form.
    • From Lightspeed Rescue, we have Vypra. Sure, she's a demon with snake/dragon traits, but she's tough and oh so hot. Also, her armor is very Stripperiffic.
    • Tenaya from RPM, takes the cake. The actress is beautiful, and while her outfit isn't skin tight, it looks to be one piece, form-fitting, and has a very low neckline for a Power Rangers show.
  • For the Super Sentai series, the King & Queen of this trope goes to Juken Sentai Gekiranger's Rio & Mele, although near the end they turn good. Stupid Sexy Rio is a Bishōnen who dons a full-leather armor. Mele is another leather-wearing girl, and her clothing were also in style of Stripperiffic Anime Chinese Girl style. Ley Nefel literally wears a leotard. Shibolena wears rather busty outfit complete with miniskirt and panty shot. Shelinda's wears rather revealing outfit for kids show. Wendinu has awesome cleavage and acts sexually. The list seems to never end.
  • From The BBC Robin Hood we get Guy of Gisbourne and his sister Isabella. Izzy is initially introduced as an ally to Robin, but as soon as she throws in her lot with the bad guys her outfits (which were always designed to make her Ms. Fanservice) also become leather. On the same show, when Allan-a-Dale turns traitor, he gets an Evil Costume Switch (the sheriff actually says "upgrade this boy to leather").
  • Wilhelmina Slater from Ugly Betty. Fair enough, she's played by Vanessa Williams, who was Miss America, but there's a certain lustful nature about her being evil.
  • Malcolm and Jamie from The Thick of It. Two loud, rude Violent Glaswegians who bully everyone around them...in the sexiest way possible.
  • Ronnie Gardocki from The Shield, supplying a helping of facial hair Fetish Fuel with the character's mustache and an evil Nerds Are Sexy vibe that helped him stand out from the rest of the Strike Team.
    • On the other side, there is Curtis "Lem" Lemansky, who was a walking poster for Mr. Fanservice with his sleeveless shirts and muscular form.
  • While there are plenty of ugly baddies in Farscape, a fair few fit the mold, especially Crais, Grayza, and Scorpius (for the kinky among us). Grayza unabashedly uses her sex appeal (and self-created Love Potion) to her advantage.
  • In Merlin, Morgause is really quite sexy. Cendred, with his leather pants qualifies too.
    • Morgana in the latter three seasons.
    • Gwen after being brainwashed by Morgana in Season 5.
    • Although not evil initially, Season 5's adult Mordred most definitely qualifies.
  • All over the place in Charmed. Mainly because evil has more revealing outfits. There's even a Demonic Strip Club.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess: Ares and Callisto. Evil Xena is much more openly sexual than Good Xena, though it's more animalistic than seductive.
  • Smallville: Clark when he's under the influence of red kryptonite.
  • Nikola Tesla of Sanctuary.
  • While not evil per se, Celia Hodes on Weeds does somehow manage to make being an insufferable cunt oddly sexy.
  • Done in a rather Squicky way in an episode of Nostradamus Effect involving The End of the World as We Know It and some Book of Revelations quotations, where the Anti-Christ and the False Prophet is portrayed by particularly good-looking actors-and that's not counting the manifestations of the Seven Seals. All of them are dressed in suits, for some reason.
  • Polly Walker as Atia of the Julii in Rome, partly for being evil, and partly for being a total bitch.
  • Normally, Hal from Being Human is a very repressed, anti-social vampire on the reform. When he falls off the wagon, though, or when there is a flashback to his bloodier days, he instantly becomes charming, charismatic, and (frequently) less clothed.
  • Once Upon a Time loves this trope. The most prominent examples being Regina, whose neck line is always lower when she's the Evil Queen, and the drop dead gorgeous Captain Hook on the male side of things.
  • Discussed in a Poirot spoof from That Mitchell and Webb Look, where Poirot notes that, upon confessing, the murderer is suddenly wearing a low-cut top and smoking out of a "sexy cigarette holder".
  • This Jaguar television commercial celebrates the trope, having actors Ben Kingsley, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Strong (all known for playing Evil Brits) personify it.

    Music 

    Mythology 
  • Loki is also supposed to be devilishly handsome.
    • Loki actually subverts it, if you go over the stories in chronological order and ignore the aspects tossed in by Christian translations. In the earlier stories he swung between Magnificent Bastard, Sociopathic Hero, and Trickster Archetype depending on which story, but also took the role of Butt Monkey even more and often found himself victim to Disproportionate Retribution (like the time his mouth got stitched closed and cut open again with a pocket knife (resulting in a Glasgow Grin) because he lost a bet and couldn't pay up, and before that, in the same story, nearly getting his head cut off for shaving off Sif's hair), even if he personally didn't do anything wrong (like being raped and impregnated by a horse because he agreed to letting a builder use said horse to help him build a wall). By the time he actually had the Face-Heel Turn that lead to him becoming the stand-in for Satan in modern stories, the punishments had built up and by that point, his face would have been horribly scarred by the afore-mentioned Glasgow Grin and having venom dripped into his eyes. The times when he was handsome were actually the times he was a good guy.

    Pinball 
  • Bally's Mata Hari pinball, which depicts the title character as a seductress and German spy.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Rick Rude wants all you guys scrolling down this page to be quiet while he takes off his shirt and shows all the lady tropers what a real man looks like!
  • Despite being the most despised woman in Ring of Honor, fans still voted Simply Luscious to be the hottest woman in the promotion over the otherwise much more preferred Alexis Laree.
  • The Impact Zone and TNA crowds in general tended to be against the Beautiful People throughout majority runs of its three lineups. When the original members reformed, the crowd booed. When they promised to strip, the crowd was very supportive (naturally they did not keep this promise, making them booed more.) Not so much the case with the Angelina Love and Winter pairing, who sort of worked "face" on occasion but didn't get any pops for anything "sexy" they did, up to including kissing each other...perhaps because they broke up the Beautiful People.
  • Cody Rhodes, despite having few redeeming qualities (he was a decent competitor who loved his dad...that was about it), was voted most handsome superstar when the WWE divas were polled. This went to Cody's head and he started giving out grooming tips to "the WWE universe" about how they too, could be "dashing". Ironically, when this period came to and end and Cody reemerged as a supposedly disfigured, undashing man upset that he was now as ugly as everyone else, he was also the closest thing on television to the Beautiful People's Spear Counterpart.
  • For awhile, this was true of about half of the women in the Pro Wrestling Syndicate, but that's to be expected when you (initially)name your women's show BLOW. The first, and fan supported, PWS Bombshells Champion Missy Sampson lost her title to the less supported La Rosa Negra in a crooked finish because it was believed a better looking champion would be better for business, even if her looks were about the only thing anyone liked about her.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons, in its various incarnations, has had not only incubi and succubi, but also alu-fiends, cambions, drow, erinyes, mariliths, and tieflings, and the ruggedly handsome Archfiends Asmodeus, Graz'zt, Mephistopheles, etc.
    • The Devil Princess of Baator herself, Glasya.
    • Fierna, the nominal ruler of the fourth layer. She's an embodiment of Lust, after all.
    • Maybe mariliths too, if you're into that sort of thing. They're demons that have the upper bodies of beautiful women (with six arms), are usually scantily dressed (at best) and serpentine lower bodies. Of course, they usually have swords in each of their six arms and will probably try to kill you before trying to tempt you. (If one does try to tempt you, trust me, it would likely be a Fate Worse than Death.)
  • Slaanesh in Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 has this reputation, being the God of Evil representing sensations in all its forms. Unfortunately while a cultist might start out as this, their senses are quickly burned out by so much excess that they have to go to even greater extremes to feel anything at all, to the point that eyes for nipples seem a reasonable option. They take every potential kink, then take them beyond sanity, morality, or anything someone in their right minds would find appealing.
    • On the other hand, one of Slaanesh's many "gifts" make its followers appear sexy or lovable to others, so much so that it can cause an enemy to fall in love with them and refuse to harm them, become so attracted to them that they won't run away even when they're being massacred, and force them to go wherever the psyker wants, even through minefields.
    • The Dark Eldar of 40K wear either skin-tight leather or barely anything at all, especially for Lelith Hesperax and the entire Wych sect, and are the Fetish Fuel faction. This makes sense given that their ancestors created Slaanesh by essentially orgying so hard they tore open a hole in reality. The original Warhammer Dark Elves play this trope much straighter; there seems to be a correlation between how powerful a Sorceress is and how much skin she shows. And the Death Hags look about as far from the usual use of the word 'hag' as it is possible to get.
    • The Vampire Counts have their own version of this, and the original vampire bloodline is entirely composed of this in the "present day". Lahmian vampires are specifically known to use their seduction to enslave entire populations rather than using outright force, and all Lahmian vampires are female.
  • The Abyssal Exalted have a choice: as they get more powerful, they either become decayed and corpselike, or deathly but alluring.
  • The current poster girl of this trope in Magic: The Gathering is Liliana Vess. She a vamp, happily engages in Foe Yay, wears Stripperiffic outfit or gorgeous gothic dress, and is a Necromancer.

    Theater 
  • "Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets!" The devil's sexy Fosse-dancing sidekick in Damn Yankees certainly fits the bill.
  • Referred to almost by name in the Toxic Avenger musical, in the song "Evil is Hot", where the mayor seduces a scientist into telling her the titular monster's weakness.
  • Méphistophélès as sung by baritone John Relyea in Robert Lepage's production of Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust is a handsome devil outfitted in tight red leather pants.
    • Méphistophélès in Faust and the same character in Boito's Mefistofele often get this treatment, too. (Bare-chested Samuel Ramey, anyone?)
  • As does Baron Scarpia in Tosca.
  • The Killer Queen in We Will Rock You is often played by someone tall and desirable or a Big Beautiful Woman. She also sings "Fat-Bottomed Girls".
  • The Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera is very sexy until you take his mask off.

    Video Games 

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • That Guy with the Glasses:
    • Black Lantern Spoony and Dr. Linksano.
    • The Nostalgia Critic seems to jump from Woobies Are Sexy when he's suffering and this trope when he succeeds at being sinister. ("Bratz" review and a lot of his stuff in Kickassia comes to mind.)
    • The Nostalgia Chick is hot when she shows her sociopathic side.
      • Dark Nella wears leather and eyeliner, has demonic powers, and is really pissed off at the Chick for abusing her.
      • Dr. Tease is a horrible, ammoral person who creates woobie sexbots for funsies. This just makes her all the hotter.
    • The Spoony One somehow becomes about 10 times sexier when he's cheerfully raping his fellow reviewers in the "Spooning with Spoony" videos.
    • Add Judas Liz and Dark Paw to the list.
    • The Other Guy gets another go with Carl Copenhagen in Demo Reel, as he's intimidating, very good with weapons and has a sexy German accent.
    • The Big Bad from Suburban Knights is considered this both in and out of universe.
    • Even Doug gets his turn in the advertisement for the third DVD, playing with a knife while shirtless and torturing a guy he's kidnapped.
    • Mara Wilson.
  • The main character of Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog usually doesn't qualify, being a rather conservatively dressed and nebbishly awkward dork (albeit one played by Neil Patrick Harris). But during the song "Slipping" he takes a level in charismatic and holds a room in fearful thrall while singing in a quiet, hypnotic, borderline-seductive voice. Including leaning in and grabbing the chin of a bashfully frightened bystander to force her to look at him, in an almost Romanticized Abuse manner. Even lampshaded by the actress, who croons in the commentary that "This is my favorite scene."
  • Fawkes from The Guild is pretty hot for a Straw Nihilist Magnificent Bastard. Codex/Cyd obviously thinks so.
  • Everyone in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is hot, but George Wickham and Caroline Lee play it up to a new level.
  • RWBY has Cinder Fall, who is hot figuratively and literally.

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DominatrixAttraction To OutliersFemme Fatale
Every Car Is a PintoLaws and FormulasEvil Makes You Ugly
Wicked StepmotherHidden EvilFallen Angel
Evil MatriarchDouble StandardFanservice
Empathic EnvironmentIndex of Gothic Horror TropesHollywood Exorcism
Evil Is CoolYMMVFace of the Band
Erotic EatingFanserviceFair Cop
Evil Is CoolYMMV/Home PageFace of the Band
Unnecessary MakeoverStock AesopsEvil Makes You Ugly
Evil Is Not a ToyVillainsEvil Jesuit
Evil PlanEvil TropesEvil Laugh
Gold DiggerImageSource/InternetSkelebot 9000
Evil Is PettyAdministrivia/No Real Life Examples, Please!Evil Luddite
Everybody Wants the HermaphroditeAttraction TropesFair Cop

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