Green and Mean

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It may not be easy being green, but you sure get the cool toys.

"I'm just a mean green mother from outer space and I'm bad.
I'm just a mean green mother, a real disgrace,
And you've got me fightin' mad!
I'm just a mean green mother from outer space,
Gonna trash your ass,
Gonna rock this place,
'Cause I'm mean and green, and I am BAD!"
Audrey II, Little Shop of Horrors

In many works, villains wear green or have green skin. This may be because green seems like an alien color since it doesn't appear naturally in humans. It is also the color of many reptiles and amphibians. Green is often associated with poison and envy. Green skin is often a feature of the Wicked Witch.

A subtrope of Good Colors, Evil Colors and Secondary Color Nemesis and supertrope to Sickly Green Glow. Contrast Red Is Heroic.


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  • In Power Girl story A Force of Four, villain Mala wears a green outfit.
    He was black-haired, resembled her late cousin quite a bit, and was dressed in a red and green outfit with a green triangle upon his chest.
  • Children of an Elder God: Amaliel, Asuka's first adversary she fought and killed was a lime-green, gelatinous Sea Monster packed with claws, pincers and tentacles.
  • In Once More with Feeling, Sachiel, the third Angel, is described as green-skinned.
    Its 'skin' was a verdant green, covering its dangling arms and long legs, punctuated by white, bony looking structures over its shoulders and along its flanks, offset by a huge red sphere embedded in its chest.

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  • Once Upon a Time specifically mentions that the Wicked Witch of the West's green skin comes from her envy. When she abandons her chance at becoming good, the white jewel in her power centre turns green. Likewise at one point, she also draws a parallel between red and green apples - green are far more bitter.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Peyton Royce calls herself the Venus Flytrap of NXT, and is The Bully to many of the other NXT girls. Her wardrobe is full of green outfits to go with the plant theme.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000: the orcs/orks are also known as greenskins due to this trope, since their genetic makeup is part fungus (they reproduce via spores).
  • Paranoia: Internal Security likes to promote Dumb Muscle straight to Green clearance. The goons love the authority, plus they act as a Hate Sink to distract attention from their superiors. "You're thinking, 'They sound like orcs'. Nope— these are orcs you're not allowed to kill."
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Goblins and especially orcs. Dark skinned orcs, like orogs and gray orcs exist, but most fall under various shades of green. They worship Gods Of Evil and live and die by Rape, Pillage, and Burn. Non evil orcs are rare.

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  • Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, is a victim of this trope. Everyone assumes she must be bad, because she is green. Eventually she decides Then Let Me Be Evil, but even then she's not actually malicious.

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