Handsome Devil

You hate him. But oh my God he just looks oh-so hot. He makes fun of you, is an absolute jerk and there is no one else on the planet you hate more. But still, he looks gorgeous... doesn't he?

But no! You hate him despite all that hotness because he hates you too... or does he?

And there you have the Handsome Devil. The guy you love to hate or hate to love. Sometimes, it's even both.

The Handsome Devil is often someone the main character hates for his or her own reasons. Every other girl is often in love with him. Symptoms of being a handsome devil include being good-looking, rich and a jerk. Often a playboy. May or may not have a relationship gone wrong with the protagonist's best friend.

Similar but not the same with All Girls Want Bad Boys. This one is about the fine line between love and hate. All Girls Want Bad Boys often has main protagonists who just like bad boys.

May be The Casanova. Compare with Love at First Punch. A more fetishized and kinky version is the Bastard Boyfriend. Contrast Creepy Good, which is an inversion.

Not to be confused with a literally handsome devil or "everybody’s favorite psychedelic-rockabilly-jazz-R&B-blues-surf band" That Handsome Devil. Compare Foe Yay, Magnificent Bastard and Draco in Leather Pants.


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     Anime and Manga 
  • Dragon Ball Z: Vegeta to Bulma, full stop. The story, being an action comic, skips their romance and gets straight to their Messianic son, but that only fueled a million fangirls worldwide to write fanfics of "the three lost years."
  • More than one shoujo and/or Josei romance manga has a handsome asshole as the lead male. Most notable are:

  • Many stories on Fictionpress follow this trope.
    • And Fanfiction.net. Pick a Hero/Rival shipping fic. Any Hero/Rival shipping fic. It will touch on this.
  • While Seto Kaiba is not an example of this in canon, any romance-oriented fanfic he appears in will turn him into this.
  • In Some Semblance of Meaning, a fanfiction about the 44th Hunger Games, Vale hates Obsidian (even past the point of rational hatred) and is under the impression that he hates her and any niceness he displays is only mockery, but even so, the narration (which is in third-person but still generally follows her) points out that he is good-looking on multiple occasions. And naturally, she does eventually fall for him, and vice versa. Although—again, this being the Hunger Games, it doesn't end well.


  • Jaime Lannister definitely counts as this in the first book or two: he's a Deadpan Snarker who has no issues putting himself and his family first, especially his sister. This trope applies to him less and less as the series goes on, however.

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  • After abusing plastic surgery, Peter Griffin of Family Guy becomes an even huger jerkass than he already was, and Lois was willing to accommodate him (at least initially) because he was so attractive.
  • Total Drama:
    • Justin is a subversion. He was set up as a handsome devil in the beginning of Total Drama Action, but eventually got reduced to a mere Mr. Fanservice due to his lack of talent, brains, or genuine cruelty. In fact, later episodes suggest that Justin has befriended some of the other contestants (both male and female) for real, without any manipulative or jerkish behavior present whatsoever.
    • Total Drama World Tour played this trope completely straight with the introduction of Alejandro. While he did exploit his attractiveness in the same vein as Justin, his personality mirrored that of Heather prior to the latter's Character Development and/or Villain Decay.