Karolina: ...My parents can't really be a part of this. They might be eccentric, but they're not evil. They don't even eat meat!An evil character who does not eat meat. For some Evil Vegetarians, vegetarianism might be explicitly connected to their villainy. These characters will usually be members of an Animal Wrongs Group or might even be a Straw Vegetarian (meaning he takes his beliefs way too far). For other Evil Vegetarians, vegetarianism might be mentioned but is not explicitly connected to their villainy. This might be done by the writer to highlight a contrast between the character's evil deeds and his refusal to harm animals. Or just to highlight the irony for someone bloodthirsty. Also this means that whoever is this and hurts animals is even more loathsome since he doesn't have the excuse of survival and does it for more contemptible reasons. The Ur-Example may be Cain from the Bible, who planted vegetables and offered them as sacrifices. As eating meat is considered manly in many cultures, the Evil Vegetarian might be related to the Sissy Villain trope. Eating meat can also be seen as barbaric, so this might also overlap with Wicked Cultured. See also Straight Edge Evil, Hitler Ate Sugar, So Was X.
Gertrude: Well, neither did Hitler.
Gertrude: Well, neither did Hitler.
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Anime And Manga
- Ozymandias from Watchmen, is a vegetarian and a mass murderer, though more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist than evil. The trope is discussed when Nite Owl expresses surprise that the character was capable of mass murder because he is a vegetarian. Rorschach replies that Hitler was a vegetarian.
- Karolina denies her parents are evil, mentioning that they're vegetarians. Gert points out that Hitler was a vegetarian, too.
- Also from the same series is Maneater, who was Exactly What It Says on the Tin and one of the most brutal crime bosses in early 20th century New York... until Nico Minoru magically turned him into a vegan. There's no indication that the spell made him a better person, so presumably, he just became an evil vegan crime boss.
- Todd Ingram, the 3rd ex-boyfriend from the Scott Pilgrim series is a vegan - thus, he garnered "vegan psychic powers"... But he loses his vegan powers when he breaks his vegan diet with gelato.
- In The Boondocks, Huey is such a paranoid Conspiracy Theorist, that he pretty much ruined Thanksgiving one year, claiming to anyone who would listen that the FDA was lying about the quality of poultry, port, and beef, then describing in vivid detail what happened to victims of Chinese bird flu, swine flu, and mad cow disease. (Granddad finally decided to go vegan, but after saying grace warned him of the spanking he'd get if nobody got sick from eating turkey.)
- In a Nodwick strip, the heroes invade the Temple of Elemental Evil, and are surprised to find mushrooms, tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions growing in well-tended gardens in the Earth Temple. Artax quickly recognizes the mushrooms as a type used in potent mind-control potions (and is thus not surprised to find them here) and claims the other vegetables are there because "it's a little known fact that evil cultists are vegetarians." (Well, possibly. The cultists were scheming to make pizza using the mushrooms, sell them, and brainwash customers, so it's possible Artax simply didn't want to admit he had no idea what they were for.)
- Dr. Arnim Zola from Captain America: The First Avenger. Possibly. He could be lying to avoid eating a steak he suspects is drugged. He's evil either way.
- The goblins from Troll 2, bizarrely, combine this with I'm a Humanitarian by eating victims they’ve turned into trees.
- The villainess of Leonard Part 6 is a vegetarian, who plans on brainwashing various animals into killing people who try to hunt them.
- In fact, her entire organization is vegetarian, and so fanatically vegetarian that mere contact with meat burns their skin.
- True to the comics, one of the Evil Exes in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was a vegan whose powers were based on a vegan diet. Of course, if he stayed with his diet that is.
- The Brute from the Five-Bad Band in Rurouni Kenshin is a vegetarian. Granted, he's certainly Affably Evil (he offers a brief prayer for a chicken that was offered to him during a Mid-Battle Tea Break), but he's still a villain.
- Inverted in Scotland Pa. Joe and Pat McBeth work in a Greasy Spoon, and eventually murder their inept boss and turn into a Burger Fool. The Hero Antagonist state policeman (Christopher Walken) is a vegetarian.
- In Chinese Wuxia novels, Manicheans are often stereotyped as this for a slogan that got mistranslated centuries ago as 食菜事魔, i.e. "Eat vegetables and serve evil".
- Darken Rahl from the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. He refused to eat meat but when he saw a man mistreat a horse, he cut open the horse and drowned the man in its entrails, sobbing over how someone could be so cruel to animals. He also has no problem killing and cannibalizing humans for magic (though he does find it gross).
- A strange example from the Artemis Fowl series. Some members of the Extinctionists are vegetarians because they hate animals so much. They won't eat meat or fish but they'll enjoy cutting it up.
- The Bear-cows in The Lost Fleet series. They look like a cross between a teddy bear and a cow but are highly aggressive. Their mentality is also more cow-like, as they're herbivores (i.e. they only eat plants). They live in extremely-close quarters, exhibiting herd mentality. Their instinctual reaction to any predator they encounter is to Kill 'em All (they've killed all predators on their homeworld and any colony). As one character points out, she doesn't like cows. She likes cows with heavy artillery even less. Like any herd, they're also willing to sacrifice a number of their own for the good of the herd (e.g. their giant missiles are piloted). It's later pointed out that it was a mistake to send them a video of humans talking, as they would've seen our teeth and determined that we're predators.
- In The Facts of Death, all ten main members of the Decada organization are strict vegetarians. Knowing this fact helps James Bond to deduce one member's identity, and thwart an attack against a high-profile politician.
Live Action Television
- Freddie Lounds in Hannibal is a mild example, an unscrupulous reporter who surprises Hannibal with her vegetarianism. She avoids the usual problem with Hannibals' otherwise excellent food by this; it's indicated that even Hannibal's vegetable dishes usually have a human element to them, but thus forced to improvise a main meal for her she gets it "clean".
- In Doctor Who, Daleks only eat vegetable matter (according to the 1960s Dalek comics). This is hinted at in the episode "The Daleks", when they promise the Thals "quantities of fresh vegetables", and the food gift prepared for them from the Daleks' stock is entirely vegetable-based. This likely is a direct reference to Hitler, as the Daleks are A Nazi by Any Other Name, but is Justified by the state of life on Skaro in the story - the neutronic war has made life in general extremely scarce (vegetable farming is more energy efficient than livestock farming), and what we see of the animals are either made out of living metal, or are unreasonably dangerous monsters. "Into The Dalek" undid this - by the Time War, Daleks actually feed off liquefied protein from the ashes of people they exterminate. The characters even get soaked in it at one point, including a woman whose brother got exterminated by the thing.
- One villain on the short-lived RoboCop: The Series was Dr. Cray Z. Mollardo; a paranoid Mad Scientist, psychopath, and prima donna, who also happened to be a vegetarian.
- Luke Cage (2016): Misty Knight's partner Rafael Scarfe always orders vegetarian when he and Misty take meals at their desks, and he's on Cottonmouth's payroll.
- The aptly named virmen in World of Warcraft are a barbaric tribe of rabbit-like creatures in Pandara who are obsessed with vegetables, mostly carrots. Intentionally made annoying and disgusting, they raid farms to steal vegetables, jewelry, and occassionally kidnap townsfolk.
- Monika in Doki Doki Literature Club! mentions that she stopped eating meat in order to reduce the carbon footprint as one of the several topics she talks about during randomized dialogue in Act 3. The fact that she explicitly mention she doesn't do this out of compassion for animal lives ties in with her personality and what she had done to the other characters.
- Rivals Bryan Danielson ("The World's Toughest Vegan") and Austin Aries ("The Most Valuable Vascular Vegetarian") are evil vegans, though neither is evil because they are vegans Bryan Danielson will quickly point out how his refusal to eat meat makes him more manly than you. In WWE it went to new levels with him preaching about the evils of animal products and condemning the audience for stuffing their faces with trash. Aries, on the other hand, is a mustached machismo who likes to main opponents and steal their girlfriends, forcibly abducting them if necessary...and just happens to be a vegan. Aries makes no allusions to the fact he is anything but an ass, he just doesn't like animal products.
- Discussed by Cracked here.
- In College Saga, the Big Bad Diculous aims to kill off non-Vegetarian humanity. Fortunately, he's weak against meat.
- Played With by CollegeHumor in this video. A death row inmate asks if going vegan for her last meal will make up for her crime note , and the prison guard stresses in on uncertain terms that it will not.
- In Rabbit Seasoning, Elmer Fudd is a vegetarian, only hunting Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck For the Evulz. This isn't true in all cartoons, though. In one appearance, he prepares steak for himself, only for a bear to steal it (and then burn his mouth on the tabasco sauce).
- One of the villains on Johnny Test is Dark Vegan, a Darth Vader Clone who provides vegetation for his home planet by taking them from other worlds, turning them all into desolate deserts overnight.