Politically Incorrect Villain
"Well, whaddaya know? It's the fat boy, the Jew, and the sissy. Four eyes and the patch girl, too. Nigger, you know how to pick them: the Loser's Club."
Want to show that your Evil Overlord
, or someone within The Empire
is a genuine bad guy, regardless of their rank in The Empire
or how minor a character they are? Simple, all you have to do is have them Kick the Dog
, right? Well, what if there isn't a handy dog around? Have them kick whatever minority race/species or gender/sexuality
or lower class scum
is around instead to show that they're a really
bad guy. Bonus points if either the heroes or some highly sympathetic character is a member of said minority.
Depending on how and with whom this is used, it can sometimes come across as just slightly odd. It generally works best with minor characters who have not had a lot of time in the attention of the audience, since you can easily reveal that their Hidden Depths
are really rather unpleasant, thus allowing you to cement them as unlikeable or have the character graduate from being an annoying obstacle to someone the fans will cheer to see put down.
It doesn't always work as well with the Magnificent Bastard Evil Overlord
types, particularly if introduced late into their run as an antagonist. Because honestly, if the fandom hasn't turned against the Overlord after the character in question may have murdered thousands or even millions
, enslaved people in The Empire
wholesale, and so on and so forth, is having the character be a little sexist or racist really
going to automatically turn people against them? (In particularly bad cases of Misaimed Fandom
where the fans were already using every scrap of evidence and threadbare argument to argue that the bad guys weren't that bad, you may risk the character's fans declaring this to be a Fanon Discontinuity
, and possibly even splitting the fanbase
). In these cases, to make it work, you might have to do a purposeful Flanderization
to your character and make them all about their bias. Of course, that will also mean you've gone and derailed your own plot if you need to do it to that extent...
A notable key to this is that the racism, sexism, Fantastic Racism
, or whatever displayed by the character is often completely gratuitous or extraneous to the rest of their villainy. Usually, whatever their goal might be, they don't have to be a racist, speciesist, or sexist to accomplish it - but they are.
This is the reason why Those Wacky Nazis
and The Klan
are at the bottom of the villain food chain, and it's a good bet that the Politically Incorrect Villain will be the one going down in an Even Evil Has Standards
Also, people might sometimes see this trope where it doesn't exist. Some villains are simply bullying types who go after minorities without really caring whether people will find it politically incorrect or not - and it doesn't have to matter if their targets remind them of themselves in some way
. Why do they do this? Genre savviness
, primarily; after all, minorities lack the numbers to fight back, and there's nothing to be gained from Bullying a Dragon
Compare Evil Is Petty
and He-Man Woman Hater
; Contrast Equal-Opportunity Evil
. Note however that they are not mutually exclusive; a villain can be progressive towards some groups but intolerant towards others. Compare and
contrast the Politically Incorrect Hero
. May lead to Felony Misdemeanor
if this character type is thought to be more evil than outwardly flamboyant villains. Any and all instances of Those Wacky Nazis
qualify automatically, and A Nazi by Any Other Name
This is not when
a villain is a minority who is portrayed in a politically incorrect manner. That's Unfortunate Implications
, assuming it's unintentional. This should also not be confused with Values Dissonance
, where the author
apparently has these attitudes.
open/close all folders
Anime & Manga
- This is a major reason why Nina of Code Geass was considered The Scrappy. Despite the fact that it would be safe to assume that some Britannians are racists, she's the only major character to hold such opinions and thus comes across badly. Though she originally doesn't tout any personal supremacy, she's "just" paranoid that any Eleven might be a terrorist. Later, after Princess Euphemia's death she becomes rather unhinged, and starts considering the use of a weapon that's for all thoughts and purposes a nuke against one man. Supplementary material says she once got lost in a Japanese ghetto as a child and something horrible happened to her there, explaining her general fear of Japanese people, but this is never brought up in the show itself.
- Jeremiah Gottwald isn't paranoid like Nina, but he's easily the most racist out of everyone in Britannia's army, given that during his brief stint as Margrave of Area 11, he takes a little too much joy in executing the Japanese. His racism begins to dwindle as he begins to lose his sanity due to public humiliation, and it more or less mellows out after he encounters Sayoko several times.
- Luciano Bradley also has moments like this, although they're less prominent because he's unpleasant in many other ways. His last words are "My life is taken by a lowly Eleven?"
- It's more due to fear than hatred, but Frieza of Dragon Ball has a beef against the Saiyan race, personified when he calls Goku and Vegeta "Saiyan monkeys." He's also quite disdainful of Namekians and their stubborn resistance to give him the Dragonballs.
- In the Rurouni Kenshin arc that introduces Sanosuke, we encounter three very minor characters, (they don't even get names) drunkenly and nastily arguing while the Kenshin gang is trying to eat at Akabeko. We know they're not nice characters right away, and it's taken up a notch when one of them throws a sake jug that hits Kenshin in the head and then refuses to apologize, but things get taken up to a whole new level when one of the waitresses very politely comes over and asks them to keep it down and the biggest of the three responds by saying "And now a female is mouthing off?!!" and hitting her.
- Notably, these drunkards were democratic activists; at this stage in Japanese history the 'government of the people' was extremely elitist and political parties were illegal. The guys drop a bunch of real names and are apparently using the cause to make themselves feel important while talking about freedom. Sano calls them on hypocrisy: he was mentored by a real populist.
- They also bring up the separatist leader Saigo Takamori as a 'hero.' Given his army was Satsuma samurai and was defeated by a conscript army of citizens from all backgrounds, and Kaoru's father was killed on the government side just the previous year, it all brings up a lot of emotional complexity.
- In Shitsurakuen, the terms "villain" and "misogynist" are pretty much synonyms.
- This seems to be a common trope in Jidai Geki / whenever there are ronins around. In Tsukikage Ran, the female ronin protagonist gets a lot of these comments and always trounces those who make them.
- Similarly, Samurai Champloo also has a very similar scene to the Kenshin one in its first episode, where a boorish nobleman is sexually harassing the waitresses at the restaurant Fuu works at and generally attacking very threatening. After being promised free food to intervene, Mugen slaughters the guy's guards and performs Mutilation Interrogation on him.
- During Jadeite's final battle against the Sailor Senshi, he out of nowhere makes a number of sexist and disparaging remarks about them, their intelligence, and their fighting abilities. They then run him over with an airplane.
- A large majority of the villains in Gundam SEED and Gundam Seed Destiny, since most of the conflicts are sparked by racial tensions between normal humans and Coordinators, (genetically engineered humans). Blue Cosmos, which has a lot of influence in the Earth Alliance, actually wants to wipe out all Coordinators and calls them 'the monsters in space'. The radical factions in the Coordinator PLANT colonies aren't much better, with General Ripper Patrick Zala and Knight Templar Ezalia Joule plotting to wipe out Earth's entire Natural population.
- Bonus points to Blue Cosmos leader Muruta Azrael who adds He-Man Woman Hater to his already severe Fantastic Racism. It isn't to nearly the same degree, but he treats the female captain of the Dominion with utter contempt ("Ms. Captain"), and is the only male character in the show to actually use the phrase "bitch" when describing a girl.
- Every single villain in Me And The Devil Blues is some level of racist. It's pretty telling that one of the least racist villains, who actually asks R.J. to play for his party, calls the blues "nigger music." Yeahhh...
- Arlong and Hody Jones from One Piece are astoundingly brutal, sadistic, and unrepentant racists and Fishman supremacists who consider humans as little more than vermin and see nothing wrong with enslaving them or engaging in a full-on genocidal pogrom. Arlong has the slightly redeeming feature of caring greatly for his own men, but that means very little when you consider the many, many awful things he's done. Hody, on the other hand, doesn't even have that and is even nastier than Arlong, enough so to put him in the running for "biggest monster in the series". And making things worse, Hody had minimal interactions with humans and created his genocidal New Fishmen Pirates based on his own conclusion of Fisher Tiger's legacy (believing he was killed by humans, when he died because of his own stubborn racism), and the stories Arlong passed along.
- Nnoitra is openly sexist. He openly mocks the more highly ranked Harribel as "scared" when she reacts with restraint to Ichigo's invasion of Hueco Mundo. He openly attacked Nelliel because she was a woman who was ranked higher than him. He loathed the idea of a woman having a higher position than a man on the battlefield and went to great lengths to plot her removal from the Espada ranks.
- Yhwach openly uses arrancar as shock troops, explaining to a subordinate's query that they're disposable and easily replaced. He's only using them because they don't need training to fight, so he really doesn't care how long they last before they die. He also performs The Purge on any Quincy he regards as "impure" or no longer useful. This caused the deaths of Masaki and Kanae, Ichigo and Uryuu's mothers, and destroys other Quincies in the final arc.
- Hajime No Ippo: To add to the huge list of jerkassery of Bryan Hawk, he's also shown to be racist against Japanese. In an Ax-Crazy rant, he tells the Japanese that if they want to be world champion so badly, they should send him all of their women so he'll give them his genes. In twenty years, Japan would be crawling with world champions.
- In the War of Austrian Succession arc of Axis Powers Hetalia, Prussia mocks the idea of Maria Theressa ruling Austria and uses the opportunity to snag Silecia. The Lemony Narrator makes a lot of jokes about the Values Dissonance of Prussia's reasoning. Maria Theresa, meanwhile, retaliates by bringing in Hungary to get rid of Prussia.
- A lot of unpleasant characters in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds fit, at least in the first season, seeing as the upper class of Neo Domino City tended to look down on the lower class of Satellite. The term "Satellite scum" is a common slur. Oddly, enough, Rex Godwin, the first Big Bad of the series does not, seeing as he was actually born there.
- Basilisk: Tenzen firmly believes that the best and only way to submit a woman is by raping her. He's also convinced that Rape Is Love and thus has two rape attempts on Oboro.
- In Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, shortly after being revealed as the real villain Takano tells Satoko (who she has at gunpoint) that she'll let her go if she can guess whether Broccoli or Cauliflower is green... knowing that the girl is colorblind (and violating doctor-patient confidentiality to do so). And when she guesses right she shoots her anyways.
- Naruto: As if there weren't enough reasons to hate him already, Madara Uchiha reveals himself to be a He-Man Woman Hater during his fight with Tsunade, spending much of said fight making sexist remarks.
- The Boys: Most of the superpowered people in the Boys universe are either racist, misogynistic or homophobic just to drive home how screwed up they are.
- The Homelander, a twisted Captain Ersatz for Superman is a ginormous racist, as well as a misogynist and a rapist. In two separate issues he shouts a racial epithet just before (or just after) killing a minority villain.
- The Captain Marvel/Thor knock-off, Storm Front, who is an actual Nazi and is mentioned to sponsor numerous white supremacist causes and militias worldwide. (That Stormfront is also the name of a real life Neo-Nazi and white supremacist group should be a clue that the character isn't a big fan of diversity.)
- Variant in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the Big Bad of the first book is depicted as a homophobe just to bump up his villain credentials (despite the fact that this would have hardly made him unusual in the Victorian era). Likewise, in the third volume, the more misogynistic qualities of James Bond and the more reactionary qualities of Bulldog Drummond are played up.
- Red Skull:
- When first introduced, Red Skull, arch-enemy of Captain America, was indeed a Nazi agent, but was written more as an "enemy of America" than a "Nazi" per se. Over time, however, he has been given more and more racist and eugenic dialogue, making him the rare Marvel villain who became less sympathetic over time. The Red Skull has since renounced Nazism in favor of his own brand of nihilism. Why? He thought Nazism was too morally restrictive. Nowadays, he more-or-less Hates Everyone Equally.
- One script during Mark Waid's run of Captain America was written from the Red Skull's POV and contained a number of racial slurs. The racially-charged comments (among other things) were heavily edited out of the published issue, with the final issue being so radically different that Waid asked his name be taken off the credits. The issue's original script built up to a scene where the Skull, in a roundabout way, equates Cap to Hitler himself. Link here.
- This massively backfired on the Skull during the Crisis Crossover Acts Of Vengeance. Loki was trying to organize a big supervillain teamup to take down the superheroes once and for all. This sounds good on paper, but he proceeded to invite Skull to the group, who is despised by most other villains. This put the Red Skull (who is, again, a Nazi) in the same room as Magneto (a Jewish Holocaust survivor), Doctor Doom (of Romani descent and deeply hates bigotry), the Mandarin (Chinese), Kingpin (a lover of capitalism who also hates bigotry), and the Wizard (who doesn't have any real ideology, but didn't want anything to do with Skull). Needless to say, the day wasn't even over before the whole plan collapsed in on itself due to in-fighting. The whole thing ended with Magneto burying Skull alive.
- Averted by the even more evil Ultimate Red Skull, who seems to have lost all his racial supremacist connotations, given that's he's worked for dictators and terrorists of every possible colour and creed. He believes in true equality: He wants to kill EVERYONE.
- A lot of Captain America villains are like this. Besides the Red Skull, there's Arnim Zola, Crossbones, Baron Zemo, and Hydra in general. (Hell, on the cover of the hero's first appearance, he was shown punching Hitler himself in the face, even though that never happened.) This is because Captain America's career as a costumed hero began during World War II. There exists more than one cover featuring Cap punching out Hitler or (a racist caricature of) General Tojo. The man was used to sell War Bonds, after all.
- Captain Nazi. Really and truly, his name says it all, doesn't it? Although he's apparently some kind of personification of Nazism, so it's integral to his character rather than a gratuitous trait.
- A one-shot killer-schoolkid character in Grant Morrison's run, in explaining why he killed a mutant and harvested his organs, included the aside "Yes, he was gay, but that's incidental to my cause."
- If one counts Fantastic Racism, recurring villainous groups the Friends of Humanity and the U-Men are based on this; the FoH are the most well-known anti-mutant racist crusaders/human supremacists, whilst the U-men have similar ideologies for explaining their calling of vivisecting mutants to graft organs to themselves to acquire superpowers.
- Really, most X-Men villains tend to be this in some way or another. It kind of goes hand-in-hand with the anti-bigotry Aesop that forms the backbone of the premise. Hell even Magneto, a Jewish man who survived the Holocaust, is depicted as being somewhat bigoted towards non-mutants; this is essentially meant to show that, for all of Magneto's moralizing and bluster, he's ultimately a tremendous hypocrite who's Not So Different from the very people he opposes.
- Another Marvel villain named the Mandrill (who has fought Shanna the She-Devil, the Thing, Daredevil, and many other heroes) has the mutant power to control women using pheromones. He doesn't even try to deny that he's a misogynist, and has often used his female brainwashed henchmen as Sex Slaves.
- Close to all of the villains in Wanted are this. The Future is definitely the worst though, as he is an unapologetic Nazi and misogynist.
- Marvel's The Swarm is, as the Runaways put it, "A super-Nazi...made of bees" (My God). He takes the time to ask Victor which of the "mongrel races" he belongs to during their fight - Vic's mom was Mexican, his dad Ultron. You'd think someone made out of bees would be open minded.
- If somebody says anything even remotely homophobic in the Midnighter's comic book series, they're evil. Period.
- Sole exception is Kev, who in the end admits to himself he repeats homophobic slurs, because he got his idea how tough guys should act from tv and movies.
- The Wizard became a mild chauvinist after the several failed attempts to find a permanent fourth member for the Frightful Four. He reasoned that because the fourth member was frequently female, that must be the problem. (Of course, he was only making excuses. Medusa was the original fourth member, but only because she had amnesia, and the Wizard foolishly tried to recruit her twice more, but she was no longer a villain and she only did so both times to double-cross them. Thundra was a mole too, who was the fourth member right after Medusa. In short, male or female, the Wizard's judgment in who he worked with was incredibly poor, he just wanted to blame someone other than himself.)
- In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics Dracula is portrayed as simply politically incorrect, without malice behind it, his attitudes being mainly a result of extraordinary age.
- Vampires, being alienated for all time from everything God created, would necessarily hate all humans, so any particular dislike of a group would be superfluous.
- This is played much more straight with Caleb, the servant of the First who shows up in the final season. He's a proud and vocal misogynist, and every time Buffy fails to defeat him he loudly chalks it up to her being female.
- Writers who don't like presenting Doctor Doom as a Noble Demon will sometimes make him more unsympathetic by having him voice racist and sexist sentiments. This is at odd with Doom's more frequent characterization as having egalitarian views (in the anti-bigotry, not (obviously) in a pro-democracy sense), and who loathes bigotry on account of his Roma ancestry. Fans tend to conclude that bigoted Dooms were actually malfunctioning Doombots.
- Norman Osborn is one. He is sexist, violent xenophobe, admires Hitler and the Red Skull. White supremacists believe he is a true hero of white Americans.
- Paul Cornell's Captain Britain and MI-13 series depicted Marvel's version of Dracula as a virulent anti-Muslim bigot. May have some historical backing, given that the original Vlad Tepes fought many wars against the Ottoman Empire.
- In Batman: Heart of Hush, Hush seems to have a misogynistic and classist streak, calling Zatanna a "filthy gypsy" and Selina a "common gutterslut". This could possibly be explained by his issues with his mother, a smothering, snobby woman.
- On a lighter note, Spider-Woman once fought a guy named Turner D. Century, whose goal was to return society to the cultural values it had before World War I; in other words, he was both a bigot and a chauvinist. Despite his rather unethical outlook, as a villain, he's regarded as a joke (if not the biggest joke in Marvel's history).
- Just in case you missed the memo that the clique of generals in "Valley Forge, Valley Forge" arc from The Punisher MAX were evil (we're talking about a group who maintained their own secret jihadists to throw a plane at Moscow and try to weaponize a flesheating virus), one of them learns the initial attack on Frank was unsuccesful, flips out and insults the man in charge of the attack (who is totally-not-Morgan Freeman).
- During Kieron Gillen run on Uncanny X-Men Mr. Sinister started showing more mannierism appriorate for early XIX-century England, time and place he lived in, before aquiring immortality. Part of that mannierism was to call Storm Scott's "colonial pet".
- Many of the more recent depictions of Lex Luthor have his hatred of Superman expand to extraterrestrials in general, into full-blown Terran supremacism.
- Dating back to the Golden Age Of Comic Books, Wonder Woman villain Doctor Psycho was considered insanely misogynistic even when he was introduced, and unlike other venerable foes of Wonder Woman, his motivation hasn't really changed. He became a villain because he hates women, and though he doesn't shy away from harming men, either, he makes it a point of interest to Mind Rape, torture, terrorize, enslave or eat any woman who catches his attention.
- Transformers: More than Meets the Eye has Chief Justice Tyrest and Star Saber, who both believe Transformers that were constructed cold are "predisposed to sin" and thus all evil. While Star Saber is just a straight-up bigot, Tyrest at least has the excuse of having been driven insane prior to the events of the comic. Their Evil Plan is to use a device called the Universal Killswitch to kill every single cold-constructed Transformer in the galaxy (which is about half of the population). It almost succeeds but thankfully the crew stops it.
- In The Tomb of Dracula, Dracula was more than a bit of a sexist. He frequently compares men that he views as wimpy or spineless to women. Frank Drake was often the target of such insults. He also referred to Blade as a "savage" upon their first meeting. On some occasions, he would address Blade as "Black" instead of by his name. In Dracula's own defense, he had a healthy respect for Blade and in a later series compared him to a Moor General that he once fought. Moor being another of those outdated terms to refer to non-Caucasians that appear racist to modern readers.
- In The Secret Service, James Arnold gives horribly offensive nicknames for his disabled henchmen. For example his Dragon with leg prosthesis is nicknamed Gazelle.
- In Lilly Epilogue Family Matters, Lilly's father, while less a villain than a Jerk Ass who is an obstacle to Lilly and Hisao's relationship, refers to Hisao and Hanako as "cripples" (which should also apply to his blind daughter), and Yamaku as a "cripple school". He even deliberately insults Hanako by making fun of her burn scars, even though he was warned about it in advance, which is almost a Moral Event Horizon crossing.
- The man in black from Futari Wa Pretty Cure Dragon may very well be the most blatant example of this trope in the entire franchise. Even Moerumba doesn't stereotype Mexicans left and right like he does. This gets to the point where he's the most hated villain in any Pretty Cure fanseries, both by the readers and by the characters in-series.
- 95% of all Slash Fic antagonists are homophobic jerkasses, either as their main motivation or on the side.
- Queen Of All Oni: Ikazuki looks down on Jade not just because of her youth and inexperience (which is somewhat understandable), but also because she's a female.
- In the Jackie Chan Adventures and Teen Titans crossover fic A Shadow Of The Titans (part of Project Dark Jade, like Queen Of All Oni above), Mumbo fits the bill, having a tendency to force women into being his "assistants". When he magically places Jinx in a rather revealing outfit, she comments on it being harassment.
- On the other hand, since the Titans are Hero Antagonists to Jade, Beast Boy could technically be considered this (though Politically Incorrect Hero would probably be more accurate), with the trait being a Running Gag: like how he referred to Jade as a midget (the other Titans call him out on how that's politically incorrect), and later he commits mild racial profiling (albeit by accident) by comparing Jade and Mumbo due to the fact that they are both blue-skinned magic users.
- In Kage (another Dark Jade fic and a Crossover between JCA and W.I.T.C.H.), Jade and Miranda both see Frost as a sexist jerk (and they're not wrong).
- The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic A Brief History of Equestria shows that Sullamander, the pegasi Commander before Hurricane, was incredibly misandristic, even by the standards of the Celestine Junta.
- Another example from a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic: In Flutterspy, Miss Worthy is a bigoted Jerkass who refers to Rarity and Fluttershy as "mud ponies" just become they come from a rural village. She tries to sabotage Fancy Pants' Equestrian Fashion Forum (and ruin Rarity's career in the process) because she opposes his egaliatarian views. At least one of Worthy's ninja henchponies, Red Adder, shares her views; she gives a speech about how "[It] is the right and privilege of the strong to rule over the weak".
- A lot of fanfictions that try to portray a darker version of the world of Harry Potter make wizarding society incredibly misogynistic. In some Ron the Death Eater fics, like The Last War, characters like Ron will be made incredibly misogynistic to show how evil he is, and thus unworthy of Hermione.
- In Perfection Is Overrated, Shizune, a fundamentalist Christian representative of Mary Sues who force their extreme beliefs on the world, is willing to kill all of the main characters (and in a side story, her SUE allies) for not sharing her religious belief, or for being homosexual. When Yukariko, a fellow Christian, tries to denounce what Shizune is doing, Shizune accuses Yukariko of not being a real Christian because she is Catholic.
- Every antagonist in Knowledge is Power is a pureblood supremacist, regardless of how little sense it makes from their canon portrayal.
- The Card Captor Sakura Continuation Fic Shadow of the Dragon has two examples, though neither are exactly villains per se:
- Satome, the school bully, explicitly says that girls are worthless and only good for making babies, and thus he has become a serial rapist. As he puts it in chapter 10:
"Killing a girl is a waste of a perfectly good cunt. All girls are good for is making babies, so why not try to knock up whatever girl I care to? It was what my sperm donor did to my incubator
- Later, as part of her hauntings, the ghost of Reiko Ichimai derisively carves "lesbian" into Tomoyo's desk, and later spitefully calls her a "lesbian whore."
- In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, Punk is extremely sexist towards Roll, which infuriates her to no end.
- Aen'rhien Vailiuri: When you put a male-chauvinist society like the Kazon next to a World of Action Girls like the Romulan military, you're gonna have trouble. Maje Tillih thinks that because Morgan's a woman she dishonors her ship by commanding it. She kills him for that.
Films — Animated
- Gaston in Beauty and the Beast is very quickly established as a chauvinistic pig: "It's not natural for a woman to read. Soon she starts getting ideas and thinking..." This turns out to be just the tip of the iceberg for a thoroughly nasty piece of work. There may have been a dose of sour grapes in there as well. The look he gives the book after he snatches it out of Belle's hands would seem to imply that it is well above his reading level.
- Inverted in Mulan. Shan-yu is one of the few male characters in the movie to never say anything sexist against Mulan, and he seems to appreciate her bravery. This could be because the Huns and other Steppe societies were less sexist against women than the Chinese, and while the women were generally expected to stay home they were also respected as warriors in their own right and were more than capable of defending themselves while the men were away.
- Claude Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He wins extra points for being a genocidal racist. To be fair, while it is an unnecessary addition to the original character, the movie actually bends the plot around his racism - it launches the plot by being the reason he gets stuck with Quasimodo in the first place (he chases and treats Quasi's mother coldly because he's racist); his attempted genocide helps to bond Esmeralda and Quasimodo while also pushing Phoebus to betray him; and it adds an extra layer to his crisis of faith about his lust for Esmeralda.
- And what to think of Governor Ratcliffe from Pocahontas? To an extent, this is the whole point of his character, since he's basically a Composite Character of the cruelty of European colonization. The lyrics to the song "Savages", which he leads, were so offensive to Native Americans people actually complained about the movie as a whole being racist - despite it being the villain who was blatantly racist. And the fact the Native Americans called the Europeans "savages" as well in that song.
- The sequel plays with this. The people of England are fine with Pocahontas when she first shows up, but when she protests the bear-baiting as "barbaric", the king decides she's just a savage and locks her up.
- While it's surprisingly underplayed in The Princess and the Frog, there are the two Jerk Ass realtors who tell Tiana, after informing her that she was outbid on the building she was trying to buy, that "a woman of your...background, you're better off to stay where you are". Given the look on Tiana's face, she definitely gets all of the implications. Interestingly, Facilier implicitly tries to apply this trope to the town in general as an excuse for his behavior, which is very untrue.
- Coonskin by Ralph Bakshi, being an animated Blaxploitation Parody film, had many racist characters and racial stereotypes throughout the movie. But we see the most blatant example in Officer Madigan, a cop of the mobs payroll. He's both racist and homophobic even towards the son of his mob boss who is a blatant homosexual. He goes as far as to refuse to bathe before meeting with some black street level thugs who also work for his boss (In his words, they ain't worth it). He gets a combo of Death by Racism and Color Me Black, when "Brother Rabbit" drugs him with some acid leaving him in full blackface, armed, and wearing a dress. This caused him to fly off the handle and shoot it out with some other cops and get riddles with bullets.
- There's also SimpleSavior, who spouts phony pro-black propaganda, and claims to be cousin to Black Jesus. He uses this scam to con "donations" from the people of Harlem so he can "buy guns to kill whites". In reality his money gets kicked up to the mafia who gladly exploit and oppress Harlem to their disposal.
Doorman: This here's where Simple Savior runs his black revolution, brother. Natural black Jesus is the reverend's cousin, too. He gives people the strength to kill whites.
Brother Bear: Kill whites? You hear that shit? Any whites?
Doorman: Yeah, any whites.
Brother Bear: Ain't this a bitch?
Preacher Fox: Anyone we want?
Brother Bear: Ain't this a bitch!
Preacher Fox: Huh. We can kill anyone we want?
Doorman: Any whites.
Films — Live-Action
- Inverted Trope in this joke about a quick-thinking black man:
An airplane was overweight - they had thrown off everything they could but it finally came down to throwing out passengers. A racist flight attendant gets on the intercom and says "All right - we will be throwing passengers off the plane alphabetically according to race. Are there any African Americans
on the plane?" (no one answers) Are there any black people
on the plane?" (again, no answers) "Are there any.. um... colored people
on the plane?" As this goes on, a black child
looks up at his father and asks "Aren't we
all those things?" His father says "Just for today, we're niggers."
- Some of the humor in this joke comes the fact that it is the black man using the racist word instead of the racist - but if you want to tell this joke without using the word, you could say their family came from Zimbabwe.
- In Blade II, Bloodpact member Reinhardt makes a racist comment towards Blade. In the commentary, director Guillermo del Toro even calls him"a Nazi".
- Bob Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird would likely be considered an extreme bigot even in the Depression-era Deep South setting where the novel is set. (In fact, portraying such a man as a villain was the whole point of the novel, which was written during the Civil Rights Era.)
- In The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Captain Jaggery fits this trope to a T (granted, it is 1832). While holding the 13-year old Charlotte on trial for allegedly murdering the first mate, he reaches this conclusion:
"So what we have here is a girl who admits she owns the weapon that murdered Mr. Hollybrass. A girl who lied about where she got it. A girl who was taught to use a blade, and learned to use it, as Mr. Grimes would have it, 'uncommon' well. A girl, who all agree, is unnatural in every way she acts. Gentlemen, do we not, as natural men, need to take heed? Is it not our duty, our obligation, to protect the natural order of the world?"
- In Spock's World, a group of these attempt to drive Vulcan to secede from the Federation.
- The Star Wars Expanded Universe novels use this. While Lucas seems to have intended there to be some parallels between The Empire and the Nazis, relatively little of that shows up explicitly on screen. In books, comics, etc, both individual villains and The Empire as a whole are depicted as speciest against non-humans. (And in fact an easy way to tell which side is the bad guy side in whatever time period it might be is if they ever make a comment about human superiority).
- Pretty blatant, really.
- The Yuuzhan Vong of the Expanded Universe display extreme intolerance for anyone who doesn't follow their religion and lifestyle.
- Seems like the EU just came up with a good explanation for why you don't see too many nonhumans in the Imperial military, although they apparently don't mind hiring them as bounty hunters and such.
- The EU also makes it pretty obvious that Palpatine himself doesn't buy into such nonsense (he considers everyone to be inferior to himself). He just finds it a useful way to manipulate people, since humans are the majority of the Empire's population and center of galactic wealth and power (the Core Worlds) is also where human supremacist feelings are most widely accepted. Ensuring the loyalty of the Core World elite by oppressing the aliens is rather quicker and easier than doing the reverse.
- There was the Diversity Alliance, an anti-human terrorist organization who plan on killing all humans with a bio-weapon that only targets humans.
- In Layer Cake, as he sells out his employees to a Dirty Cop, gangster Jimmy Prince makes racial slurs against black associate Morty and is homophobic towards the protagonist, who while not gay, is not sufficiently "manly" for Jimmy's standards. Thanks to a Magnificent Bastard fellow gangster, Jimmy's crew are made privy to a tape of these comments and the protagonist shoots him in the head.
- In the Harry Potter books, anyone racist is going to be evil. Most of the Slytherins are bigoted against Muggles, with Draco Malfoy serving as the first one we meet. Voldemort is a thinly-veiled Hitler-analogue, though. One of the most egregious racists in the story is Dolores Umbridge, who treats anyone without a pure wizarding heritage as a lesser being, and anyone with a mixed-human heritage as something to hunted down. She ends up becoming The Quisling just to have an excuse to have Muggle-borns locked up. According to Word of God, this earns her a life sentence in Azkaban after the events of Deathly Hallows.
- In the Dan Brown novel Deception Point, Senator Sexton at one point thinks to himself while discussing toning down his condemnation of same-sex marriage for campaigning purposes "If it were up to me, the faggots wouldn't even have the right to vote". His actions only get more despicable from there.
- In Ciaphas Cain novel The Traitor's Hand commissar Tomas Beije goes from a slightly annoying mix of Divided We Fall, Unknown Rival, and Obstructive Bureaucrat who barely has any time in the main plotline to being quite hateable the moment he starts throwing out sexist insults towards Colonel Kasteen.
- Ivo Taillebois in The Hereward Trilogy: "Do you know why I allowed those Jews to sully my hall with their unclean presence?"
- Warrior Cats: Tigerstar. very much Tigerstar. As well as his #1 follower, Darkstripe. Tigerstar parallels Hitler in several ways, and has attempted genocide in the form of public executions during a propaganda rally where he called halfClan cats "filth". Although probably the most flagrant example, it certainly isn't the only one.
- General Metzov of the Miles Vorkosigan novel The Vor Game is not only a hardliner ultra-nationalist, but he is a sexist jerk as well. He is paired with the much smarter female villain Cavilo, but in a Just Between You and Me moment tells the heroes that he's just manipulating her, since no woman would be smart enough to lead. His political incorrectness leads to his death (and an example of Eviler Than Thou) when his last words (before Cavilo shoots him in the head) are "open your legs to me bitch". Cavilo is actually more evil than Metzov, but because of his Politically Incorrect Villain traits, it's hard not to give her some sympathy or at least applause at the moment she kills him.
- The Republic of Gilead in The Handmaid's Tale is already in this territory given their attitude toward women, but for further dog-kicking, is their attitude toward other religions. When expelling Jews from America, they sent large numbers of them on boats supposedly destined for Israel. The boats were deliberately sunk in the middle of the water.
- Patrick Bateman in American Psycho is an insane, sadistic serial killer, and also racist, anti-semitic, elitist, sexist and homophobic.
- All his friends and colleagues are too except of course, the Jewish Paul Owen/Allen and the gay Luis Carruthers. Those qualities were meant to be a reflection of the 1980's Wall Street high society in which he lived rather than a flaw specific to Bateman alone. Other than the serial killing (maybe).
- Present, and lampshaded in, one of the Captain Underpants spin-off books. In a comic book created by the book's Genre Savvy main characters, Harold and George, an evil scientist wants to create a female clone of an evil monster toilet so that he would have a servant to attend to all his domestic needs. His assistant lampshades this trope by pointing out: "You know, that's not very politically correct," to which the scientist replies that he doesn't care because he's the bad guy. Needless to say, this doesn't end well for them. (Also, the hygienic implications of having a toilet doing housework are apparently not even thought of...)
- In Lucky Starr and the Rings of Saturn, Sten Devoure, the product of supposedly-superior Sirian genetics, reveals himself as a despicable person right away by referring to Lucky's sidekick Bigman Jones, a rather short and ugly Martian, as "that thing" and "it". The insult becomes dangerous when he tells a group of robots that Bigman is not human, and orders them to "break it."
- Henry Bowers of Stephen King's IT is one of these in a nutshell. He hates Stanley Uris because he's Jewish, Mike Hanlon because he's black, Eddie Kaspbrak because of his asthma, Bill Denbrough because of his stutter, Richie Tozier for his glasses and his smart mouth, Ben Hanscomb because of his weight, and Beverly Marsh because she's female and poor. Really, he's an all-around asshole.
- This will cross over into Freudian Excuse territory, but Henry is beaten by his father at home, and (in his embittered mind, anyway) needs weaker people (especially if they are outcasts) to bully in order to cope with his rage. Also, his father is a racist, who blames black people for all of his misfortunes. It doesn't excuse his actions, but it does lend some deeper meaning to this trope.
- After killing Mike's dog, Henry tells his father, who actually praises him for doing so, and lets him drink a beer with him. This is one of the only times his father takes any time to bond with the boy, so Henry's demeanor is definitely more complex than it first appears.
- Stephen King loves this trope. Nearly all of his villains are racist or sexist in some way. Even the Overlook Hotel from The Shining refers to Halloran as a "jungle bunny." Even the buildings are racist in the King-verse.
- The Last Hurrah (both the novel and the film) has newspaper editor Amos Force, who runs a paper that is most definitely not the Boston Globe. He is an old-money WASP who despises Irish Catholics in general and Frank Skeffington in particular. If you know anything about the history of the Boston Globe, this is not the least bit implausible.
- Flashman is this in spades, and it's just one of his many endearing features. He's a serial adulterer who lies outrageously to woo other mens' wives, he treats the lower classes with condescension, and he's a shameless racist to boot.
- Captain Shannon in The First Casualty by Ben Elton. His racism, misogyny, and homophobia are some of his nicer traits.
- Zaroff of The Most Dangerous Game got bored of hunting animals and decided to name a trope. He justifies this by mostly hunting what he considers "lesser races." (Incidentally, he applies this racism to himself—as a Cossack, he believes that savagery is an essential part of his nature.)
- Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: This sort of villain has popped up a number of times. FBI assistant director Mitch Riley refers to Harry Wong as a "slant-eye" at one point in the book Hide And Seek. Deputy Clyde calls Harry Wong by that racial epithet in the book Under The Radar, which Harry happily repays by tweaking the scum's nose and knocking him out. Before the book Lethal Justice, Alexis Thorne reveals in her thoughts that her employers chose to frame her for their crimes because she is black. Strangely, that is never brought up in the book where Alexis pays them back.
- One of the easier ways to pick out the villain in an Honor Harrington novel is to find the guy whose inner monologue puts her down for being either a woman, or not born nobility, or both.
- While villain might be too strong a word for her, Ada Haskill from In the Face of Danger is snobby, unpleasant, ungrateful and doesn't hesitate to look down on Megan, a 12-year-old girl, for being Irish.
- King Iadon in Elantris is really sexist. This winds up screwing him over, since he barely even remembers Sarene exists until she's got him backed into a corner and unable to do anything but concede to what she says.
- Överenskommelser by Simona Ahrnstedt has three villains (because one creep clearly wasn't enough), whose views on women are disgusting even by the standards of the time they live in (the 1880s). Not only do they feel that men and women have different roles in life, which would have been the consensus of the era. But these guys also feel that a man has the right to treat women like dirt, or even become a serial abuser of women. And as much as Beatrice, the story's female protagonist, becomes the most obvious victim of their abuse and their schemes, many other people are harmed as well. Even other men in the story are repulsed by them.
- Vladimir Sharkovsky from the Alex Rider spin-off Russian Roulette. In one scene when he is in the pool, it is revealed he has a Death to Zionism tattoo with a star of David on fire, even though anti-Semitism has no bearing on the plot whatsoever.
- Late in Sabina Kane: Red-Headed Stepchild, Sabina takes one of Clovis' men hostage at gunpoint. Clovis tells her to go ahead and kill the hostage because he deserves it for getting beaten by a girl.
- The Guns of the South: This being a Civil War novel, you'd think the Confederates, especially Nathan Bedford Forrest would count. But the Rivington men, really Afrikaner nationalists who have traveled back in time to arm the Confederates into winning the Civil War, prove to be even worse. Forrest himself later goes after them after they try to assassinate President Robert E. Lee.
- Mel Profitt has a tendency to hurl ethnic slurs at Vinnie when he's upset with him on Wiseguy.
- The Criminal Minds episode "Limelight" featured Jeremy Andrus, a serial killer who was severely misogynistic, to the point that he referred to women using the words "it" and "bleeder".
- Given the focus of Law & Order: SVU on "sexually based offenses," it's depressingly common for perps to have sexist, homophobic, transphobic or racist justifications for their crimes.
- The guy from the episode "Execution" spoke in a similar manner as the Criminal Minds example above, actually calling his first victim "the thing" once or twice.
- The episode "Fallacy" was FULL of people who were unrepentant jerkasses to the transgender Sympathetic Murderer (albeit even the detectives themselves veered into Noble Bigot with a Badge territory).
- The episode "Hate" centered around a non-Muslim man who raped Muslim women and then set them on fire. He had Freudian Excuse, but absolutely nobody gave a shit.
- It's also not uncommon for jerkass defense attorneys or uncooperative witnesses to engage in this, frequently referring to female detectives or ADAs as "honey," "sweetheart" or the more directly hostile "bitch." Fin and Amaro have also been subject to racially derogatory comments (a perp derisively addresses Amaro as "amigo," and another makes a crack about affirmative action when they both confront him).
- Doctor Who has the Master, twice...
"Killed by an insect... a girl! How... inappropriate." (though, to be fair, the "girl" in question was a humanoid insect...)
(To MarthaNote and JackNote ) "Oh look, the girlie and the freak! And I'm not sure which is which..."
- The Doctor Who episode "Human Nature" features an already fairly unlikeable snobby public schoolboy who then snidely comments to Martha, who's working undercover as a maid, "with hands that colour, how can you tell when anything's clean?". This was more to cement his unsympathetic nature rather than his evil nature, as a few scenes later he dies at the hands of some aliens in such a way that the audience is not meant to feel sorry for him.
- While the villain of "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" already was pretty unlikable (he killed an entire crew of hibernating aliens just to steal the dinosaurs they were transporting), he reaches new levels of cruelty when he threatens the Doctor into handing over Nefertiti. She leaves with him voluntarily, and he gleefully talks about how he wants to "break" her.
- Fresh Meat: Ralph, who's homophobic, sexist, and compares the struggles of being rich to being black.
- Frank Burns is a borderline case, usually, showing far more dislike of Koreans than necessary, often even extending to South Koreans. He stops short of resorting to racial slurs, however, something that a few even more unsavory types do, and one of his more well-known Pet the Dog moments involved helping Hawkeye expose an unintentional U.S. Army attack on a South Korean village that the brass was refusing to take responsibility for.
- He was incredibly homophobic, however, in one episode trying to get a gay soldier court martialed for no reason other than that, even though he the only evidence was a statement the guy had made. (Which Burns had overheard.) Even Major Houlihan (often Burns' partner in any scheme involving military regulations) couldn't support him this time. Hawkeye and Trapper had to lure Burns into exposing dirt on himself that they could use to blackmail him with (they fooled him into admitting he had bought the answers to his medical school final) and "convinced" him to leave the guy alone. (A common counter to Burns' schemes; he tends to give up when he discovers he'll get in even worse trouble than a potential victim.)
- Calling Charles Winchester a "villain" is kind of a stretch, but he showed blatant bigotry in one episode where his sister wrote to inform him she was engaged; he objected to her fiancé solely due to the fact that he was Italian (he thought such people were below his family's social class). In the same episode, to make this worse, he offended Father Mulcahy by including the Irish among people he grouped below their class. Winchester's attitude came back to haunt him, however, when he got another letter from his sister, saying her fiancé had called off the engagement because his family didn't approve of him marrying outside their faith. The revelation led to a Heel Realization for Winchester and him telegraphing a message to her to apologize in advance for the nasty letters he sent in reply to the announcement, attributing them to "Greatness of distance... and narrowness of mind."
- Mutant Enemy productions:
- They indulge in this from time to time, but the most obvious is in the Firefly episode "Heart of Gold" where the Villain of the Week, Rance Burgess, is misogynistic to such an extent that he apparently forces a traitorous prostitute to well... suck him off in front of his lynch mob, in order to prove his superiority over women.
- Superpowered, psychotic misogynist priest Caleb.
- There's Warren, too. Being a misogynist in a Whedon work is a bad career move. The number of times he uses the word "bitch" would make a good drinking game.
- Billy could even uncover the latent homicidal-hatred-of-women in other men, like a virus.
- This power is explained as bringing a primordial part of the male psyche to the surface and putting it in charge of his brain. Which definitely borders on Unfortunate Implications, implying all men secretly hate women (but then this is Joss Whedon).
- Mostly played for laughs, but the head of the Italian W&F branch had a lot of spite towards gypsies. To be fair, they showed spite when trying to assist Angel, who was cursed by gypsies.
- Angelus and his constant jibes at the wheelchair-bound Spike. He's got a million of 'em, ladies and gentlemen.
- When Angelus appears in season 4 of Angel, he uses the word "retarded" practically every other sentence.
- Dracula is portrayed as simply politically incorrect, without malice behind it, his attitudes being mainly a result of extraordinary age.
- The Swell are highly misogynistic, what with Slayers being their main enemies.
- Genevieve does not consider anyone who is not nobility to be worth her time, and considers anyone from the "colonies" to be worth even less.
- Glee has resident Smug Snake Straight Gay Sebastian Smythe cement his descent to full-on villain by insulting Camp Gay Kurt Hummel's fashion choices with a sexist slur, and offering to have his father, an Amoral Attorney, throw Spicy Latina Santana Lopez 'in prison with the rest of her relatives.' Or deliver them a piñata.
- He's only a Jerk Ass rather than an outright villain, but one of the many ways Sawyer's jerkiness was established early in LOST was that almost every time he opened his mouth he would say something dismissive about a woman or something anti-Arab about Sayid. In fact, he basically insulted everyone for whatever they were.
- Subverted slightly in that he was doing it on purpose in order to be hated by others as much as he hated himself.
- Any villain in North and South (Trilogy) (the American one).
- The quick way to tell who was bad in Space: Above and Beyond was their attitude toward the Tanks.
- System Lord Baal, the long-running Starscream on Stargate SG-1, was perhaps one of the show's more appealing villains, in that his approach was somewhat more subtle and frank than the usual Always Chaotic Evil, Chaotic Stupid rhetoric of the series various Big Bads. This was balanced out by him being a blatant misogynist, making several sexist comments (usually directed at Colonel Carter) throughout the show's run.
- He finally got his comeuppance in "The Quest, Part II" when Carter got fed up and punched him in the face. CMoA, indeed.
- Also shown by Kitano, foreshadowing the reveal that he's a Goa'uld. When Sam is called upon to demonstrate the effectiveness of Tau'ri weaponry, Kitano makes no attempt to hide his disbelief that "the female" could be any good with a gun.
- Inverted in That Mitchell and Webb Look with Captain Todger, the racist, sexist, homophobic superhero and General Drayfox, the evil but incredibly PC and sensitive supervillain.
General Drayfox: Let him kneel before me!
Unless of course he's an Orthodox Jew and has an issue with kneeling for religious reasons, in which case I'd be happy for him to pay his obeisance in whatever way he finds culturally appropriate. Mwwahahahaha!
- On The Wire, any time a gangster refers to Omar using an anti-gay slur instead of his name, take a shot.
- iCarly: Wade Collins in "iRocked The Vote".
- In season two of The Hour, crime kingpin Rafael Cilenti briefly abandons his Faux Affably Evil facade to randomly tell Bel that "In the end, all women are showgirls and whores."
- Game of Thrones:
- Joffrey is a He-Man Woman Hater, showing basically no respect for any of the women around him (which, to be fair, is not much more respect than he shows anyone else) and stating that intelligent women do as they're told. Also, when speaking about his late uncle Renly, a not-so-closeted homosexual, he says he considered "making his perversion punishable by death." Of course, it's Medieval European fantasy, and this view was the norm in actual Medieval Europe, with homosexuality usually being punishable by death-it would be more surprising if it wasn't.
- His grandfather, Tywin Lannister expresses similar disdain of homosexuals, albeit not nearly as hatefully. He views homosexuals as basically being mentally ill, showing what might border on Condescending Compassion. Tywin also acknowledges and admires homosexuals who show competence and ability, such as when he says that Ser Loras Tyrell, (the lover of the above mentioned Renly) is a gifted knight who would make an excellent addition to the highly respected Kingsguard due to his abilities, regardless of how Tywin personally feels about Loras being gay.
- The fifth season of Breaking Bad introduced a group of neo-Nazis who end up playing a very large role in the events of the season. However, their beliefs border on being an Informed Attribute. Apart from having a few swastika tattoos, they never do or say anything particularly racist, and their designation as Nazis seems to just be a shorthand way of saying "these guys are bad news." The only exception is Kenny's bizarre hatred of bike helmets.
- After being revealed as an evil mole, Agent Ward of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. felt the need to make a rather sexist speech to Maria Hill insinuating she was only kept around for eye candy purposes.
- The fourth season Farscape episode "Coup By Clam" features a security guard named Mekken who is extremely coarse and misogynistic (and it isn't just him - all the females of his native planet are badly oppressed). When Scorpius accompanies him on his tour of Moya to make sure he doesn't try anything underhanded, the guard uses the opportunity to loudly voice his relief that Moya is "controlled" by a male Pilot, among other things. And when he discovers that the mechanic he's guarding is actually a woman, he attempts to kill both her and Chiana—right before Scorpius breaks his neck.
- Mac, Dee, and Frank from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia are Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist examples.
- Mac is an Armoured Closet Gay and religious fundamentalist who thinks Blackface can be done tastefully.
- Dee has created some pretty racist characters, one of them being a ghetto Latina and another being buck-toothed Asian lady who talks funny.
- During the discussion between Mac and Dennis over whether or not blackface can be done inoffensively, Frank says you gotta make the lips funny when doing blackface and shows pretty offensive examples of blackface to prove his point. Which obviously fails to prove his point.
- The first episode is called "The Gang Gets Racist" and follows the gang (including Charlie and Dennis & except for Frank) as they try to prove they're not racist. They fail spectacularly.
- Additionally, Dennis is a horrible classist, referring to people who live in the Great Plains or the desert as "trash".
- The Gangstas of Smokey Mountain Wrestling (Mustaffa Saed, New Jack, D'Lo Brown) were a deliberate race baiting attempt who went so far as to insult the NAACP for wanted them to be peaceful, polite and politically correct. Rather than make them into effective heels for the baby face Rock N Roll Express though, the Gangstas actually made a good deal of the regular Smokey Mountain Audience too frightened to appear at shows.
- After Rodney Mack was kicked off of Smackdown, Theodore Long became his manager, stating that WWE, its fans and society in general were unkind to Rodney because he was black. He held challenges to demonstrate Rodney was a better wrestler than the white people that the booking favored. Teddy later took in other black wrestlers Mark Henry and Jazz, forming the stable Thuggin and Buggin Enterprises but also took white wrestler Chris Nowinski, deciding it wasn't right to be hateful toward white people. When injuries and show trades destroyed Thuggin and Buggin Enterprises, Teddy Long moved on to manage another white wrestler, Mark Jindrak, stating that Mark was underappreciated by WWE, its fans and society in general, who couldn't see he was the "Reflection of Perfection". Later, Theodore Long became Smackdown's general manager and did his best to give wrestlers equal opportunity.
- Julius Smokes of the Rottweiler fame and later, manager of Bonesaw Jessie Brooks in New York's Valkyrie promotion, is never shy shout how his boys (or girl) are going to spread cheese all over you crackers. (They don't discriminate in their ass whippings, it's just something he likes to say)
- Around 2004/2005, Chavo Guerrero Jr came to the conclusion that his Hispanic heritage was a disadvantage he needed to reject to "reach his full potential". Chavo dyed his hair blond, used makeup to make his skin appear "less Mexican" then changed his name to Kerwin White. Kerwin set out to prove his whiteness by wearing khaki pants with collared polo shirts, golfing and attacking black wrestlers. To insult fans, Kerwin justified his behavior by noting on the day of his first appearance in the WWE his WWE.com page had three times the traffic that Chavo's had the previous month. Kerwin also periodically updated fans on how he was adjusting to life in "Middle Class America".
- And then there's Paul Heyman, who in his run as a heel manager was very much disparaging of Hispanic wrestlers. In an episode of Smackdown, after a match between Rey Mysterio Jr and the late Eddie Guerrero, Heyman showed up in order to deliver a bigoted speech to them about how they can "forget about being drafted" and how he hopes that the two of them and their families get deported before ranting on about his "vision" for Smackdown. Heyman got his comeuppance quickly when he made the mistake of closing his rant with "...and there's not a man alive who's gonna stand in my way," which prompted the Undertaker to show up and kick his ass.
- John Bradshaw Layfield in his JBL gimmick was racist against Asians and Latinos, and a misogynist to boot. He also couldn't stand foreigners of any kind, even if they were white. However, this did not stop him from loudly supporting all the heels, even the nonwhite ones, when he was an Affably Evil color commentator alongside Michael Cole for a year or so, and calling Cole a "xenophobe" when Cole tried to criticize foreign heels. This led to odd cases, such as when JBL would simultaneously praise Renee Dupree or Maryse while bashing France. Whether this was intended as Hypocritical Humor or was just a Zig-Zagging Trope is hard to determine. Or possibly a joke given that neither of them are French (as in, from France): they're both Canadian.
- Staring in 2006 for TNA up to 2014 for CHIKARA, the Latin American Exchange, Konnan's LAX stable, has been welcoming of everyone... so long as they were Latin American. No love for you gringos!
- Hinted at and then subverted (sort of) at Over the Limit 2010. After losing his Intercontinental Championship to Kofi Kingston and then getting attacked by a vengeful Matt Hardy, Scottish wrestler Drew McIntyre stormed into Theodore Long's office and demanded that Hardy be fired. When Long refused, McIntyre went berserk and went about smashing various objects in Long's office. Then he turned his attention to Long's treasured photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr., and for a few terrible moments it really looked like he was going to smash that, too. (There's a chilling moment when McIntyre seems to realize what he is doing, and he hesitates, but the transfixed look on his face is not due to a twinge of remorse but from a rush of adrenaline as it becomes clear to him the symbolic amount of power he now holds in his hands: If I were to smash this, I wouldn't just be causing a lot of grief for Teddy Long; I'd be humiliating every black person on earth. Long begged him to leave the picture alone....whereupon McIntyre apparently had a change of heart and decided that it would be better to leave the photo of the civil rights leader intact: he explained that Teddy Long was "spineless" and needed to be reminded what a true leader looked like, and also that "I am more like him than you will ever be." It was a very uncomfortable sequence on a number of levels, especially since WWE programming is supposed to be geared toward family audiences now. (McIntyre, while still officially a villain, has been getting some Pet the Dog moments lately with his kind acts toward Kelly Kelly and dedicating a match to her when she was fired.
- Okay, he's mean to everyone, but heel Vince McMahon occasionally reserves his most heinous mistreatments for the disadvantaged, like when he mercilessly mocked Zack Gowen (a wrestler who had only one leg) in preparation for their match at Vengeance in 2003. Zack ended up giving Vince the (one-legged) beatdown he deserved, although Vince ultimately won the match.
- R-Truth dipped into this territory after his heel turn. While bringing attention to the fact he's black and angry, and that John Cena is a white man in separate promos, he did not make any racist remarks. His turn was kicked off though by smoking in a public building, for a different kind of politically incorrect.
- He actually inverted the trope in a sense when on one episode of Monday Night Raw R-Truth (who is black) came down to the ring dressed as a Confederate general (to make the point that he wanted to "secede" from WWE). Justified in that R-Truth had gone insane by this point (and also in that there were black Confederate soldiers toward the end of the American Civil War, but that's neither here nor there).
- Not quite un-PC. The Confederate Army inducted black soldiers (Both slaves and free blacks) a full year before the Union did. They were mostly in support roles, but there were black Confederates who saw combat.
- Mexican America, another TNA stable. Take LAX, only limit Latin American to Mexican to the point they will attack other Mexicans for not hating other people of Latin American ethnic groups who are not Mexican, make the hatred of gringos more central and have them be spokespeople for an internal toppling of the USA that strongly resembles the Nazi takeover of Germany.
- Stevie Richards gradually became intolerant of Mexicans while serving a commentator for Lucha Libre USA, leading him to join The Right, a whole group of anti Mexicans.
- Alberto Del Rio was racist against ethnic Chicanos such as Rey Mysterio, (Alberto is one himself but claims to be descended from Spanish royalty) and looked down on anyone he considered a peasant (such as Sin Cara, who represents the unrepresented). After his second heel turn you can add gringos like John Cena to list too.
- While working in WWC, Sucio Dutch Mantel, despite being fluent in Spanish, refused to speak it, because he felt Spanish was a "Primitive Language."
- Downplayed by Billy Blade in Vendetta Pro Wrestling, where, as company founder, he tries to be politically correct but often fails miserably. Because let's face it, he doesn't trust you kind of people (used to refer to various individuals different from himself) or claims to be better than Pro Wrestling Revolution while displaying a belief in a wide variety of latin American stereotypes regarding Vintage Dragon and Lil' Cholo.
- Jack Swagger has become one of these in 2013, debuting a new gimmick: "A Real American", an anti-immigration character who has only had this trait taken Up to Eleven with his new manager, Zeb Coulter(AKA Dutch Mantel). The latter is also fond of giving the audience The Reason You Suck Speeches about not living by their standards.
- After Swagger's Heel-Face Turn, though, Colter has toned it down a little.
- The Coalition States from Rifts are the go-to bad guys of the setting due to their xenocidal attitude toward Dimensional Beings and creatures of magic. Their promotion of illiteracy and their seeking to destroy magical artifacts doesn't endear them too well to the rest of the setting either.
- Everyone in Warhammer 40,000 is one of these, including the heroes (if they can even be considered heroes).
- The only race that is arguable not politically incorrect is the Orks. Sure, they will kill anything that isn't considered orky enough, but that includes other Orks. And they don't kill out of spite or bigotry, they only fight because they think it's fun and it's what they're good at.
- The Mutants & Masterminds setting Freedom City features White Knight, a white supremacist who (unknowingly) made a Deal with the Devil for flame-based superpowers and who thinks he's a superhero fighting a crusade against... well, everyone. His costume combines elements of a Klan member and a white power skinhead, and most GMS use him as someone for heroes to feel good about kicking in the junk.
- The "Crooks!" splat for general M&M introduces a numbers of racist supervillains, and even a writeup for racism as a Weakness (Quirk: Racist, for the curious). Blitz II is the granddaughter of a Nazi super-speedster (her grandmother, the first Blitz) and has inherited Nazi ideology to the point she is the songster of a Euro-punk skinhead band called Third Generation that is massively popular amongst the Neo-Nazi underground. Iron Cross is a Nazi-created Flying Brick who still upholds Hitler's commands. Johnny Reb is a demon summoned by the Confederates during the American Civil War and bound into the body of various human racist hosts — not surprisingly, he wears what is basically a Klansman robe with a Confederate flag on the face of the hooded mask.
- Interestingly, Johnny Reb actually only paid lip-service to racism when he was first created — to a demon, all humans were alike. Centuries of being stuck in the bodies of racists, however, has imprinted him with a racist mentality in turn.
- In Dungeons & Dragons continuity, Baphomet, the demon lord that created minotaurs, is a chauvinist, evident by the fact that he does not allow female cultists to worship him and minotaurs are Always Male. Strangely, he seems to have an alliance of some sort with Pale Night, a female demon lord that shares the layer of the Abyss that he rules. (The most likely reason for this is because Pale Night is much more powerful than he is, and no demon wants her as an enemy, even one who hates women.)
- Kostchtchie is just as bad as Baphomet, if not worse; even female Frost Giants are relegated to sub-class breeding stock.
- Malcanthet is a rarer gender-reversed version; only women can be her elite Thralls, men are delegated to menial roles in her cult and considered expendable (male cultists being blinded is mandatory in many Malcanthet cults).
- In the Planescape campaign, the Harmonium are not depicted this way (or as villains at all, usually; they're most often just depicted as Lawful Stupid) but they may have been in the past. Stories of their homeworld of Orthos, which they brought peace to and now rule, claim that they exterminated whole races on the planet, to meet that goal. Because the Harmonium's philosophy is based on "Chaos Is Evil", they annihilated all Chaotic races on their world. This includes not only the Chaotic Evil or often dangerously unstable Chaotic Neutral races, but also the Chaotic Good races, like elves and gnomes. This has earned the Harmonium a lot of bad press In-Universe.
- In the Dark Sun campaign, the biggest reason Athas became the hellish place it is was because of the Cleansing Wars started by the Halfling sorcerer king Rajaat, who was obsessed with returning the world to its Blue Age, an age when the world was covered by a vast ocean and ruled by halflings. To that end, he sought to exterminate all of the "impure" races, and ordered his army to wage a war of genocide against all non-humans, but eventually they turned against humans as well. Before he was defeated and imprisoned by a rebellion, the war had caused the extinction of all gnomes, orcs, goblins, kobolds, ogres, lizard men, fey races, and trolls on Athas, and the populations of the dwarves, elves, and giants had been reduced dramatically. Rajaat's own people, Halflings, fared the worst; they survived, but degenerated into savage cannibals.
- Some of the BattleTech Clans count. It's not that they're racists or sexist; they view Freebirths as inferior to Trueborns, and are fit for nothing but to serve Trueborn warriors. The most prominent examples are Clans Smoke Jaguar and Steel Viper, who don't allow Freebirths to join the Warrior castes. This is very extreme for Clan standards, even Clan Jade Falcon and Ice Hellion allow Freebirths in their warrior armies.
- In Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, after the upgrade to "World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game", the retconned Horde faction sourcebook was written to make it clear that the previously alluded to misogynistic aspects of Troll culture were only practiced by the still-evil tribes, and "good guy" Trolls who had joined the Horde, like the Darkspears and Revantusks, were much more egalitarian.
- Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q says racial slurs against Kate Monster when she sees her and Princeton together.
- Also the teacher that Kate was assisting has touches of this, including saying something along the lines of "I should have known better than to rely on one of you people" when Kate misses an appointment to take over the class.
- Averted when a song points out that everybody is a little bit racist.
- Finian's Rainbow has Rawkins, a bigoted Senator, who due to a wish made on top of Leprechaun's pot of gold is turned into an African-American.
- Othello's Iago is racist, sexist, xenophobic- you name it. This is obviously to establish him as a bad man but he still inexplicably has his fans. His stooge Roderigo is also disgustingly racist.
- High Priest Caiaphas, his father-in-law Annas, and their various flunkies display heavy classist prejudices in the early portions of Jesus Christ Superstar, referring to Jesus' followers as "blockheads", "fools", "half-witted", and a "rabble." In fact, they often seem to be venting their hatred more at the common people of Judaea more than at Jesus himself. Jesus calls them on it when he says: "Why waste your breath moaning at the crowd?"
- Copperfield and the Creeper from The Suffering: Ties That Bind. One's a slave hunter with an approach to work taken from The Most Dangerous Game; the other's a misogynistic ex-pimp serial killer who uses the corpses of his victims as Combat Tentacles.
- The titular MacGuffin of Syphon Filter is a virus designed to target specific races.
- In Prototype, Hope, Idaho was used for an experiment to develop a virus that might as well be Syphon Filter.
- In Prototype 2, You learn of Project New Hope in a sidequest chain, which is a virus that's aimed to sterilize the poor people, while this is bad on its own, the scientists gleefully bragging to Heller go out of their way to specifically say "Especially the immigrants". Heller's response to this is one of the most gleeful moments of Laser-Guided Karma in the game.
- Lord Nemesis in City of Heroes is such a Magnificent Bastard that it comes as a shock to some players when they come across evidence of his racism — after all, he started as a Prussian tinkerer in the Civil War. His more despicable acts include killing off an alternate Earth full of people, who 'didn't count' because they were black, and in a more personal moment, killing an African member of Longbow who's been your sympathetic ally. He's also sexist but that gets Played for Laughs when he talks down to Lady Grey.
- General Sarrano from Bulletstorm is one, on top of being genocidal and EXTREMELY foul-mouthed.
- Quite a bit of Renegade choices in Mass Effect follow this trope, ranging from insulting your non-human teammates to actual genocide and supporting a "humans first" political party.
- And then there's Cerberus (appropriately enough, the Renegade options while you're working for them in 2 consist of endorsing and supporting them). The Illusive Man is bad enough, but Kai Leng, especially in the novels, is a racist douchebag of the first order.
- Also from Bioware is the Tevinter Imperium in Dragon Age. Not only does the Imperium practice slavery, they are also quite homophobic if Dorian is any indication, who reveals that his father attempted to change his sexual orientation through a blood magic ritual, a truly terrifying case a Nightmare Fuel considering just how very, very real Dorian's story is for a lot of people.
- Ad Avis, one of the main Big Bads in Quest for Glory, has this as part of his backstory. He went out to train under the Dark Master, one of the most powerful wizards in existence. When he finally tracked him down, he learned it was a she. He was immediately insulted at the thought of a woman being better than him, and challenged her to a duel. He lost, was enslaved for fifty years, and then cursed to become a vampire upon death.
- The Watcher in Darksiders isn't content with merely being a Jerkass to War. He also talks down to the Archangel Uriel, calling her "wench" and "whore" while ordering War to finish her off. In a Crowning Moment of Awesome, War refuses to obey despite the Watcher's attempts to force obedience. Like the rest of his jackassery, this bites the Watcher in the ass when Uriel chops off his hand and breaks the Seventh Seal, freeing War in the process.
- In Anchorhead, the Big Bad Croesus, possessing the protagonist's husband Michael uses sexist insults against the female protagonist.
- Caesar's Legion in Fallout: New Vegas takes this to absurd levels. It enslaves all women in their territory, believing them useless as warriors. Women in the Legion are slaves who are raped and brutalized by the soldiers daily. In addition, they exterminate the homosexuals, mentally handicapped, ghouls, super mutants, sick, elderly, physically handicapped, intellectuals, alcoholics / drug addicts, doctors, and scientists in the territory they conquer.
- Actually averted with Caesar himself. Lead Designer Joshua Sawyer has noted that everyone in the Legion is Caesar's slave. Sure, the women have to do all the manual labor and be baby-making machines, but the men are conscripted into the army at age twelve and forced to serve until they die. They're beaten and abused by their superiors and have every inch of humanity drained from them, turning them into mindless killers and marauders totally dedicated to Caesar, whose only purpose in life is to be used as Cannon Fodder.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has two major examples:
- The Thalmor of the Aldmeri Dominion in general despise humans in general, and cannot handle the thought of one of them having ascended and sharing a seat in the pantheon with the eight other Divines. They're trying to erase Talos from the pantheon to erase even the possibility of man from Tamriel, even if it unmakes reality as a result!
- The Stormcloaks, one of the playable factions of the game, do not treat races other than Nords too well, as can be seen if you take a look around cities and villages that they control.
- In Warcraft III, Lord Garithos is shown as an extremely racist commander who insults and degrades non-humans and incarcerated the Blood Elves for not staying in a doomed base to die as he ordered. When he's finally backstabbed by Sylvanas Windrunner, one doesn't feel sorry for him.
- Most of the Founders in Bioshock Infinite are all fairly racist, which is appropriate for the time period. Comstock however takes it to another level, outright despising Lincoln for emancipating the blacks from their "rightful place" in society and is credited as "The Hero of Wounded Knee". Similarly, there's also the Fraternal Order of the Raven, who revere John Wilkes Booth as their patron saint and are more or less The Klan in all-but name and color scheme (they favor blue robes rather than white). But the Vox aren't so squeeky clean either as they were killing anyone who was white.
- Comes up in both Assassins Creed III and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag: In the former case, the protagonist ancestor Assassin is for all intents and purposes Mohawk and reacted to as such by white colonists, with the more thuggish characters referencing his heritagenote . In the latter, African slavery is a topic that comes up multiple times and almost everyone who's okay with it or even participating is depicted quite unsympathetically; in fact, one of the first foreshadowings to Benjamin Hornigold's eventual defection from Nassau is when he questions Edward Kenway's willingness to let his Trinidadian quartermaster carry a pistol, and Woode Rogers is notably in the slave trade despite his own Templar Grand Master "asking" him to quit itnote , while Julien du Casse quit the slave trade to become a sell-sword, which was how he came across the Templars to begin with.
- In the Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry DLC, the "Gouverneur de Fayet"note flat-out claims that slaves "are not even human! Without the discipline and guidance of their masters, they turn to rebellion, murder, like you."
- Most of the Wolfenstein games gloss over the Nazis' ideology of racial supremacy in favor of guns-blazing action. The New Order, however, has this front and center. One of the Nazis' first actions is gunning down mentally-disturbed "degenerates" in a psychiatric hospital. J, a black man, says that if he tried walking the streets in the open, he'd be shot on sight. Your first encounters with one of the villains is her making B.J. take a racial purity test, with a subtle undercurrent of dread, as B.J. is Polish and half-Jewish. In Forced Labor Camp Belica, the warden compares the inmates to cancerous tumors on society and herself to a doctor. Finally, Deathshead himself spends most of the climax claiming that the only reason the resistance can't see his true genius is because they're racially inferior, and so cognitively impaired; he's got the dissection data to prove it.
- Yuuki Terumi of Blazblue is an utterly loathsome example of a misogynistic villain. He utterly hates women and takes a special sadistic glee in breaking them. His Fantastic Racist tendencies towards practically anything supernatural and/or non-human are also noteworthy (particularily since he, himself, is a ghost possessing an Artificial Human). He appearently also hates children, or as he'd like to call them: "annoying little brats." Then we have, of course, his treatment of the guys he interacts with as well as the fact that Terumi's primary motivation, aside from simple For the Evulz, is murdering god... Actually, "Misanthrope Supreme" might not entirely cover all demographics that Terumi has expressed some biased hatred for. It'd be far easier to say that he Hates Everyone Equally, but for different, specific, petty, and offensive reasons, all of them boiling down to various combinations of "They are different from me, hence inferior" and "They dare have interesting qualities!? I'm the most interesting being here and they disgust me for even trying to compete." And God help you if you ever try to point out something like "What's so interesting about you anyway?", let alone compare him disfavorably to someone else. He REALLY doesn't like that.
- Dr. Nofun from Sluggy Freelance has comically intense misogyny, alternately painting women as stupid and useless, and evil schemers out to destroy all men. Subverted when it turns out to be just an act — the weak-willed women and terrified men that would want to work for someone who shows this kind of behavior are easy to manipulate.
- Villain Protagonist Black Mage from 8-Bit Theater demonstrates a ludicrous level of racism in one strip, acting like an offensive Japanese stereotype while impersonating Black Belt. White Mage points out that not only is it offensive, but Black Belt isn't even Asian to begin with.
- He also practices fantastic racism. His only qualms about eating his teammates is that he "just didn't want to eat that greasy, foreign" elf. Thief returns the sentiment and also hates the dwarves, because everyone in 8-Bit is evil, so everyone is racist. Black Mage is the worst by far.
- No mention of his objectification of White Mage? Because I could've sworn that his sentiment that he was okay with boning her as long as her body was still somewhat warm was politically (and ethically and morally) incorrect. Only reason why he avoids being flat-out sexistic/chauvinistic is because, White Mage aside, he seems to consider women equal to men.
- General Tarquin from The Order of the Stick is Affably Evil incarnate at first glance, but is The Bluebeard under the surface. So far, he's had no less than nine wives, one of whom died 'of mysterious circumstances' (though it turns out that he actually had nothing to do with that) and at least one of whom was tortured into accepting (i.e, he had her feet frozen in a block of ice).
- He treats men about as badly—it's just that he's not interested in having sex with them, so they're more likely to just be imprisoned or executed.
- Redcloak, The Dragon of Xykon, hates humans and humanoid creatures because of the prejudice he experienced as a goblin from human(oid)s. He also used to hate hobgoblins until one saved his life because he was a leader of a group of hobgoblins during the time.
- This Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal portrays an accidental example.
- If anyone thought it was a coincidence that Homestuck's Lord English keeps enslaving women into eternal servitude and his second-in-command likes to manipulate young girls into doing his bidding, that was thoroughly disproved by the fact that Caliborn, essentially LE's younger self, is incredibly sexist and never shows any respect to anyone he doesn't consider an "alpha male."
- Jean-Marie from Fairy Dust uses racism to rationalise guilt away over the mission to attack an island's native troll population. He also says sexist things early on, but had just had a concussion and had reverted to juvenile humour while stressed and confused.
- In Dumbing of Age, the "villain" status of Raidah and her group is questionable, but her friend Char definitely gets a Jerkass moment here.
Raidah: Char, no. Come on. Don't say that.
Char: Oh, right. We're in public.
Raidah: Oh, right, we're in the universe.
- Lampshaded hilariously in Berserk Abridged:
Casca: What, are you reading from a book of sexist villain cliches?
Adon Corbowitz: Uh-oh, I didn't miss any, did I?
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
Oozaru Vegeta: Hey, Kakarot! What's the opposite of Christopher Walken?
Vegeta: Christopher REEVE! *Crushes Goku's legs*
Goku: AAAAGH! That was in terrible taste!
Vegeta: Don't care! Evil! *Crushes*
- While technically no longer a villain by this point, during Vegeta's battle with Android 18, he keeps hurling sexist insults at her, culminating in calling her the C-word to everyone's shock. Which makes 18 beating the crap out of Vegeta immediately afterwards all the more satisfying.
- A lot of people quoted on FSTDT are like this, but Doctor Doom (no relation) from Free Conservatives is probably the most politically incorrect.
- Played for Laughs by Mastermind who, among other things, schedules an appointment with one of his lackeys just to harass him for being named "Gaylord."
Mastermind: Because your name doesn't have the word "gay" in it.
Gaylord: It also has the word "lord"!
Mastermind: Because it's not that you like to have a gay (bleep) up the ass!
- In New Vindicators, there are a few, but Forrest Bedford is the standout. He's the head of a Church Militant that hates superpowered beings, but he was also in the KKK and regularly tosses around racial epithets.
- Played for Laughs in Nullmetal Alchemist where Fuhrer King Bradley has a national Make Fun Of Mexicans Day - where people have to take part in stereotypical Mexican things (e.g. wear a sombrero, refer to people as "gringos" and " Trivialize the cultural history of entire race of people with offensive stereotypes"). Though he enjoys killing and tormenting all foreigners, he jokes that he doesn't even need an excuse to do so because he's the Fuhrer.
- Notably, during the Downfall Hitler's interview with Inglourious Hitler, the latter is anti-Semitic while the former isn't. Of course, seeing as Downfall Hitler has to put up with the antics of Fegelein and others on a daily basis, this may come across Pragmatic Villainy as well.
Hitler: I have no reason to hate the Jews.
Inglourious Hitler: You're a traitorous Zionist Hitler!
- The Downfall Hitler is a case of Depending on the Writer though; he'll act like a bigot like he was in real life, or he won't.
- A Giant Sucking Sound: Stormfront, a far-right terrorist group, plays this dead straight, ranting about Jews and blacks in their press communiques and killing Jewish celebrities like Paul Wellstone, Steven Spielberg, and Chuck Schumer.
- It's heavily implied in Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 3: Love that The Love Cultists frown on homosexuality.
- Tyce from Deagle Nation became a neo-nazi over the course of 2014, eventually shaving his head and proudly proclaiming himself a skinhead who is for white and skeleton rights. He ended up getting beat up by Jace and Eli after Operation Tupacalypse.