"My aura has never been pinker!"A good way of applying the humor of The Comically Serious to villains is by pairing them with the Perky Female Minion. This character is something like the Distaff Counterpart/Foil to the Enigmatic Minion; they can range in psyche from Punch-Clock Villain to fairly psychotic, but have an upbeat, Genki Girl personality in sharp contrast to the villain they serve who will be gloomy, Ax-Crazy, etc. If the female minion has a crush on the other villain, it will generally be of the Mad Love variety, although this affection isn't a requirement, nor is its reciprocation. However, despite her cheerfulness and energy, she is usually still good at what she does. When this is the case, her employer usually views her as a Bunny-Ears Lawyer. Compare Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl for a similar dynamic. Contrasts The Baroness for the exact opposite, a chilly and sadistic villainess.
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- Cyber Team in Akihabara has Blood Falcon, Death Crow, and Dark Pidgeon. All of them are in love with the gloomy villain, and all of them are extremely perky. They're also completely incompetent.
- Mon Colle Knights has Batch and Guuko. Guuko is the most perkiest of the two, if not the most dimwitted one.
- Berserk has Sonia, Griffith's New Band Of The Hawk's Mission Control, who is also infatuated with her boss. Despite being always surrounded by horrible monsters — known as Apostles — she is always smiling and welcoming.
- Excel from Excel Saga toward Il Palazzo, although he is more of a jerk than Ax-Crazy. Though he does have that disturbing habit of killing her for trivial reasons.
- Misa toward Light in Death Note, in which Light would kill her without a second thought were she not useful to him, and had her Mama Bear Shinigami (Rem) not threatened to kill him if he hurt her.
- Shader, the catgirl demon in Chrono Crusade.
- Bleach: Stark's fraccion, Lilinette Gingerback, and Zaraki Kenpachi's vice captain Yachiru.
- Yuuri in Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch is the perky, suck-up Bratty Half-Pint in the first Quirky Miniboss Squad. She and all her teammates also fall under Mad Love (except Mimi and Sheshe, who are involved with each other) but only Yuuri fits the Perky Female Minion description. Alala from the second arc plays the role of Perky Female Minion as well, though she isn't nearly as attached to her respective Big Bad.
- Lyrical Nanoha:
- Sein and Wendi of the Numbers in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. Their unprofessional personalities in a team created to be war machines is given many a Lampshade Hanging by the older cyborgs in the manga chapter that featured them.
- Fate's Evil Knockoff Levi is loud, energetic and an airhead, in contrast to Nanoha's Evil Knockoff Stern who is calm, reversed and very intelligent. Though, Hayate's Evil Knockoff Dearche is even louder than Levi, Dearche isn't a minion, she's the king and always serious.
- Arnage of the Hückebein family from Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force has the least dark character portrayal and is actually pretty funny. Like Sein and Wendi, she's a Genki Girl, and additionally a Big Eater.
- Curren Hückebein is a Perky Female Big Bad. She often acts very childish and puts cute faces, but since she's the Big Bad and a Mood-Swinger, she always switch to her dark and creepy persona.
- Lolo Endive of the Grendel family, also from Force, is the Genki Girl in contrast to Cold Sniper Mariya Ranevskaya and the Not So Stoic Quinn Garland.
- An exception to the Always Female rule in Hellsing's Warrant Officer Schrödinger. For good measure, he's also a catboy. This being Hellsing though, he does occasionally exhibit a Slasher Smile.
- In Pokémon Special, Commander Mars of Team Galactic jumps up and down with joy and gets childishly excited at the thought of blowing up one of Sinnoh's lakes. In her first appearance, she also stops what she's doing to listen to one of Dia and Pearl's comedy routines.
- Harley Quinn was originally a psychiatrist assigned to The Joker, but wound up falling in love with him and helping him in his crimes. She's an unrepentant murderer, but so cheerful and so absolutely devoted to "Mistah J" that one can't help but pity her when he slaps her around and/or threatens to kill her.
- Minordomo, assistant to Majordomo (who is Mojo's assistant himself) in X-Men. She's so genki she suffers repeated heart attacks getting worked up over imagined disasters. Since she is also an android, this typically just requires someone to hit her reset button, rather than having any lasting effect. This makes the two of them a Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl duo.
- Mariah is the Colonel's perky assassin in Sin City that is both fashionable and a Deadpan Snarker.
- Doctor Aphra to Darth freaking Vader in Star Wars: Darth Vader.
- Wolverine villain Sabretooth had the very short-lived Birdy, who played this role for him. In the comics it was just a front as she had been unwillingly Reforged into a Minion by him, but in her adaptational appearances in the Capcom vs. Whatever games it was played completely straight.
- Columbia in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She's quite a bit like Harley Quinn.
- In the sequel, Shock Treatment. Little Nell plays a similar character, Nurse Ansalong.
- While Martin is an Anti-Hero rather than villain in Grosse Pointe Blank, Marcella, his Sassy Secretary fits this trope pretty well. Unsurprisingly, there isn't a romantic relationship between the two (they are played by siblings John and Joan Cusack), and in fact both don't really seem to like so much as respect each other.
- Miss Teschmacher in the Superman movies.
- Kitty takes over this role for Superman Returns.
- Although in this case, they are both Ax-Crazy, in the Harry Potter films, Bellatrix Lestrange comes across as one of these, as a contrast to Voldemort. While Voldemort is very cold and doesn't really emote normally, Bellatrix is gleefully psychopathic. Because of her crush on Voldemort, it seems like if this were a (very strange) romantic comedy, Bellatrix would be a Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
- Spann in ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2.
- Janice in Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4.
- Juliet Butler of Artemis Fowl, sister to Artemis's Battle Butler. She eventually decides that body-guarding isn't her thing and leaves to try out for a wrestling team.
Artemis: I can only hope that she fails the audition. Though I doubt it. She is a Butler, after all.
- In Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain, this is basically Claire's official job description. Her villainous costume is a full-body teddy bear costume, which helps enhance her power to cloud minds with cuteness.
- Khita from The Iron Teeth web serial. She's a young woman who is part of Herad's group of bandits. She has a perky personality and her actions are usually used as comic relief. No one really takes her all that seriously, but she's also far from useless in a fight. She really likes her knives.
Live Action TV
- Elle from Heroes is sort of both sides: half perky and half psycho.
- Harmony in Buffy the Vampire Slayer is initially this to Spike. Later she takes the same role for Angel, who, while not evil (most of the time), is gloomy enough to retain the contrast.
- Mele from Juken Sentai Gekiranger. While she could get deep-voiced, if the subject is about her Rio-sama, she starts getting perky and lovey-dopey. Also, during the mecha fights, while the commentator would seem to support the Gekirangers' mecha, Mele would cheer on the RinJyuKen monsters if they're gaining ground. She later develops into a full-fledged Love Martyr and plays a huge part in redeeming her and Rio.
- Many Super Sentai series have one. Mele was preceded by Shizuka, who was preceded by Nai and Mea.
- Jilly Kitzenger from Torchwood: Miracle Day is an incredibly perky but almost conscienceless corporate shill for the pharmaceutical company that caused the Miracle as part of a plan to seize power.
Vera Juarez: This is disgusting.
Jilly Kitzinger: [huge grin on her face] I KNOW!!
- Most of the villains in the campy '60s Batman series had at least one, maybe a couple. Exactly big a role they played in the villain's gang and how loyal they were varied. (Not to mention how loyal the villain was to her; the Joker betrayed one Perky Female Minion, who made a Heel–Face Turn as a result.)
- Paula with Professor Nebulous in Nebulous — although Nebulous isn't evil, he's a humourless jerk of a Mad Scientist with a God-complex who once blew up the Isle of Wight because he wanted to move it to the right a bit. Despite this, Paula has an incredibly poorly-disguised infatuation with Nebulous, to the point that at one point, when Nebulous breaks his arm, Paula tries to kiss it better, prompting Nebulous to reply "Paula... that's my midriff".
- This is lampshaded with her surname — Breeze.
- Uzuki from The World Ends with You is a good example when paired with the composer, especially when she giggles.
- Lash in Advance Wars. She plays it to the hilt when paired with The Stoic Enigmatic Minion Hawke in Dual Strike.
- Grandia (1) has three of these; Nana, Saki, and Mio are ALL in love with the Colonel, and only fight with any effectiveness as a team. They are comically annoying even to their own side, but ultimately seem to be well-intentioned... Or at least intentioned alongside their boss. Who doesn't especially care for them.
- Project Justice has this in Momo, who serves Big Bad Kurow until he betrays her because of his failures. She's not all fun and rainbows, though, as she does show quite an evil streak.
- Tira from SoulCalibur is this to the grim and brutal Nightmare. Granted, she's pretty creepy and insane as well. Bonus points since he feeds her soul to Soul Edge in his story.
- An inversion is Nastasia from Super Paper Mario. Her boss, Count Bleck, is cheerful in embracing his over-the-top villainy and magician-like looks and personality, while Nastasia, the minion, is gloomy, precise, and organizes most of the actual plans.
- Count Bleck has three other minions, one of them being Mimi, a perky female one to contrast the more enigmatic Dimentio. The third, a stereotypically Scottish big dumb guy called O'Chunks, is the comic relief of the trio.
- The first two games had Kammy Koopa, who is much, much older than most examples of this character type.
- Touhou has an all-female cast and most characters are introduced in an antagonistic role, so this shows up on occasion. The best example is probably Futo— Cheerful, dumb, likes fire, devoted to a supervillain...
- As of Mortal Kombat 9, Mileena counts. Her pre-match quote and some other lines display a childlike enthusiasm for violence, and she seems genuinely excited on fighting for her "father", the Obviously Evil Shao Kahn. One of the challenge tower missions involves her attempts to force Scorpion to accept a teddy bear that she made for him. She's still psychopathically Ax-Crazy though.
- Cipher Admins Venus and Lovrina from Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness respectively. Venus styles herself as a pop diva and practically rules an entire town through broadcasted propaganda, while Lovrina has the appearance and mannerisms of a cute, ditzy Valley Girl type, but is in fact a psychotic Evil Genius. Both tend to favor conventionally 'cute' or 'pretty' Pokémon.
- While Miss Pauling from Team Fortress 2 has yet to appear in-game, the official comics reveal her to be the Cloudcuckoolander's Minder to the mercenaries and the Morality Pet for The Administrator.
- Both played straight and (knowing the game, deliberately) inverted with Undyne and King Asgore of Undertale, Undyne being the severe and aggressive warrior to Asgore's calm, genuinely sweet and caring role as the king. Also counts as a straight example, as Undyne is way more unhinged and zany compared to her boss, whose past deeds makes him feel like he should never be able to act lightheaded again, even if he wasn't actually the one to carry out the deed (which Undyne, apparently unflinchingly, carried out.)
- Despite being the hero, Phoenix Wright of the Ace Attorney series and his cohorts seem to attract these like moths to a light. Notables include Maya Fey, Ema Skye, Trucy Wright, Kay Faraday, and Athena Cykes.
- Another heroic example, loosely, is post-Heel–Face Turn Harley Quinn in Injustice 2. The Joker's final demise did wonders for Harley's morality (though not sanity by any conventional definition), but she serves Big Good Batman with the same bonkers cheer and deranged (though no longer murderous) energy she gave the Joker while he was alive. While Batman remains Batman.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic has Vette, who is the Sith Warrior's slave and a smart-mouthed Twi'lek who usually has a quip on hand. Depending on how you play your character, you can either develop an actual friendship (or if you're male, a possible romance) or you activate her shock collar whenever she gets too mouthy.
- Bangladesh Dupree from Girl Genius. Though in a bit of an inversion, she's the Ax-Crazy one. Her boss is a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
- Mia in True Villains is on the more adorable side of this trope.
- Aimee to Lord Sykos in The Wotch, although really, they're both pretty perky.
- Mizuna of Adventurers! is the sister of one of the Action Girl protagonists and works for the Big Bad as her Evil Counterpart. She takes an upbeat, cheerful tone and seems excited at the opportunity to be a villain (she's been practicing! She kicked a kitten just a few days ago!), although even her boss thinks she's more misguided than evil — and this from a guy who's close to Harmless Villain territory on his own.
- Tsukiko from The Order of the Stick is the Perky Goth version of this. She hates living things and expects them to betray her at any opportunity, but she claims that The Undead are nice when you get to know them, and often acts like a Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher towards them (except for her boss, Xykon, who she's in love with despite all the evidence he cares nothing for her.)
- Mel Kelly of Narbonic is another perky minion who's more evil than the boss. Helen kills For Science!, and occasionally for Revenge, and in the main story it's really easy to talk her out of it. Mel kills because it's so much fun! It has also been shown that Mel is ready and willing to betray Helen and take power for herself if it'll allow her to kill more people. On the other hand, she does mellow out a bit in one possible future . . .
- Five Wave Fury from Keychain of Creation. She's so adorable you can almost forget that she's a shark-totem Full Moon Caste Lunar who's in love with an Abyssal working for the First and Forsaken Lion. And she has no problem with that.
- Greta Gravity from Spinnerette, assistant to the arch-villain Doctor Universe. Perky in more ways than one.
- In Sinfest, Satan brought in a new, green succubus when Fuchsia left. Giving a nice contrast to Baby Blue's disgruntled manner.
- Snarky, rude supervillainess Vamp, to her boss The Necromancer in the Whateley Universe. You know no one named The Necromancer is going to be a comedian.
- As an inversion, Beth Vandelinder of Survival of the Fittest was rather perky and upbeat...until she became Melina Frost's minion. Given the way Melina treated her, though, could you blame her?
- A more played straight example would be Lizzie Nolan of the Mini site spinoff Evolution, who does the announcements detailing the subjects' horrible deaths in a rather... energetic fashion.
- Again, Harley Quinn toward The Joker in the DCAU.
- Mochi Mochiato from Sushi Pack, although this only showed up in the episode "Deep Freeze". Unlike the other members of the Legion of Low Tide, she is quite perky, a girly-girl through and through.
- Major Doctor Ghastly in Evil Con Carne.
- The bubbly Ty Lee of Avatar: The Last Airbender, created specifically to serve as comedic foil to both Mai and Azula.
- Thunderblast from Transformers Cybertron.
- One episode of Aladdin: The Series had a group of Valkyries led by a no-nonsense warrior woman and her cheerful bumbling Brawn Hilda sidekick as a Fat and Skinny duo.
- Demencia from Villainous, although Black Hat would rather she just go away and stop flirting with him rather than anything else.