Leroy, boy, look at you! I thought your post-hanging days were through!
—Runt (with Todd Lungren as lead singer), We Gotta Get You a Woman
For some reason, writers seem to like to use the name "Roy" or "Leroy" to name a less than lovable character - either as an out and out villain or as the Butt Monkey
of the story. This is perhaps because the name comes from the word "Royal", and therefore could sound like the name of a privileged person who needs to be taken down a peg or two.
Named for Evil Roy Slade
, a TV movie about a wanted outlaw.
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- Averted with Roy Mustang from Fullmetal Alchemist. He initially seems aloof and manipulative, but not only is a hero, but one of the most sympathetic, complex and detailed characters in the series.
- A Very Brady Sequel: 'Roy Martin' is an alias used by the bad guy.
- Although it should be pointed out that only the name 'Martin' was canon from the Brady Bunch pilot refering to her as Carol Martin. The Sequel writers decided to call him 'Roy'.
- Roy Batty from Blade Runner, although it's hardly clear that Roy Batty is evil, so this may be an aversion, or, from a certain point of view, a subversion.
- In Primal Fear, the suspect in a horrific murder has a split personality. Aaron is innocent, and Roy is the violent killer. Roy is also the only real personality. He made "Aaron" up to get away with murder.
- Douchebag gardener Leroy from The Bad Seed.
- Subverted in Crocodile Dundee 2, where there's a guy whose real name is actually Leroy Brown. He's actually a nice guy, but tries to maintain a "bad" reputation because people expect it because of his name.
- In The Kane Chronicles Carter names the Set Animal 'Leroy'.
- The owner of the model ship Lillian B. Womrath was named Leroy in the original book version of Stuart Little.
- In Rosalie Hale's Backstory in Twilight, she was raped and abused by Royce King.
- Lampshaded in Thomas Wolfe's The Web and the Rock; anyone named Roy, Carl, or Sid (among a few other names) is presumed to be a douchebag. Then again, those are the names of local bullies in the main character's hometown.
- In Paul Robinson's Instrument of God, at the beginning of the book, Supervisor 246 interviews a man who was in a bedroom with his pants down, and we discover his name - Leroy - and the reason his pants were down - he was raping a woman.
- Emergency!: Averted with hero Roy DeSoto, although he does tend to take a back seat to fellow paramedic John Gage.
- Evil Roy Slade: The Trope Namer
- One episode of Mash featured an annoying visiting surgeon from the 8063rd named Roy who was traded to the 4077th for Hawkeye.
- McHale's Navy: Capt Binghamton's assistant Lt Elroy Carpenter, making him the Butt Monkey's Butt Monkey.
- Subverted with NCIS, with its protangonist Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Or maybe not, considering how he prefers Jethro over Leroy.
- The Office (US): Pam's fiance and Jim's rival.
- The Mentalist: An alias used by Serial Killer Red John is Roy Tagliofiero.
- DCI Roy Slater, Del's nemesis in Only Fools and Horses.
- Averted with hero Roy Rogers,who had The Roy Rogers Show on TV as well as numerous films.
- Jim Croce used this in two songs:
- "Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown", the baddest man in the whole damn town. He's badder than old King Kong, and meaner than a junkyard dog.
- Making this a case of Truth in Television - Leroy Brown was named for a guy Croce knew when he was in the Army.
- "Rapid Roy", the stock car boy, whose checkered flags are implied to hide a checkered past.
- Garfield used Evil Roy Gato as a persona. ('Gato' means cat in Spanish, incidentally).
- U.S. Acres and Roy the Rooster.
- One episode of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids featured 'Cool Roy' who liked to vandlize traffic signs.
- Subverted with Roy from the U.S. Acres segments on Garfield and Friends. He may be a Jerkass who delights in pranking the other farm animals, but he still does what he can to help them out.
- Leroy from the Lilo & Stitch: The Series finale Leroy & Stitch is the prime epitome of this trope, as Jumba was forced to create him, under orders from his former science partner, Doctor Hamsterviel.
- Roy is the human version of the hated Poochie staying with The Simpsons in the episode Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie.
- One of the members of the Big Bad Ensemble from Xiaolin Showdown has the middle name "Roy". His first name? Hannibal. There's no question that this guy is bad news.
- Not a strict example, since the character existed before the show, but Young Justice's version of Roy Harper, while having a point, takes a while before he comes around to, you know, being a semi-decent person to Superboy, Miss Martian, and Artemis. He also gets taken down pretty hard on the haughty scale. And then there's the guy he's a clone of...