Spikes of Villainy
"Look at the spikes he's wearing! He's gotta be evil!"An evil character, particularly his armor, will be covered in a mass of spikes, blades, horns, and spines that would make a porcupine jealous. Also, expect black or blood-red armor. The idea is to make sure the audience knows that this person or group is dangerous. Others might think it just looks cool. Oddly enough, such spikes or blades are frequently purely ornamental: despite the fact that they're sharp enough to pierce flesh, it's pretty rare for Spikes Of Villainy to be actually used in combat. (An exception to the ornamental rule is if spikes are found on a video game enemy, in which case they stand a very good chance of foiling would-be Goomba Stompers.) Samurai are exempt. Historically, they did wear headgear impressively decorated with horns, spikes, and rings; modern depictions of samurai tend to be both heroic and spikey. A subtrope of Dress-Coded for Your Convenience. May be complemented with Chained by Fashion, Fangs Are Evil, armor-mounted Femme Fatalons, or Ominous Opera Cape. Most likely used by a Tin Tyrant. See also Scary Impractical Armor. Not to be confused with Spikes Of Doom. Sister Trope to Horns of Villainy; the two don't necessarily have to coincide.
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Anime and Manga
- In Bleach, the Quincy Stern Ritter, Äs Nödt has spikes all over his mask. Needless to say, the guy is pretty creepy and villainous...
- Played straight in Season 3 of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX where Yuki Judai dons a fearsome-looking black armor, complete with sharp, highly noticeable spikes protruding from the back◊, during his time as Haou, an overlord obsessed with eliminating evil from the world by utilizing evil's own methods against it.
- In AKIRA, Tetsuo's hair is short and close cropped during the early parts of the story, while when he becomes a full blown villain, his hair becomes noticeably larger and much spikier.
- Every single mook in Fist of the North Star. Just to drive home the point that these are bad people that the hero can splatter all over the place without karmic repercussions, most of them also wear mohawks, kick puppies, and use language that, in Japanese, is the rough equivalent of saying the word "fuck" nine times in one sentence.
- The Dark Cures in The Movie of Yes! Precure 5 switch out the protagonists' bows and pastels for dark colours and angular, even pointy accents on their clothing. (Amusingly, Cure Rouge's counterpart apparently missed the "dark colors" memo and looks like a sharper-edged version of Cure Rouge.) The real Precure 5, in contrast, gets a Frilly Upgrade.
- The Zeons from Mobile Suit Gundam. The massproduced Zaku II mobile suit used by the Mooks as well as the limited production Gouf have spiked Shoulders of Doom as one of their most memorable features. This starts to thin out towards the end of the series as the aging Zakus are replaced by the more powerful Rick Doms & Gelgoogs (both spike-free, though the latter do have rather pointy shoulders). This trope shows up now and then in later Gundam shows, especially if they feature a mobile suit that is an Expy of the Zaku.
- Eris from Slayers once only wore free-flowing and modest robes. That was until her Face-Heel Turn, whereupon she promptly dons Spikes of Villainy.
- Triangle Heart 3: Sweet Songs Forever, the spiritual prequel to Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (which very few people know about), had Chrono as Nanoha's rival and the requisite spikes on his armor. In the TV series, he still has the spikes, but is a good guy.
- Some of the low level akuma in D.Gray-Man have lots of spikes sticking out of them.
- Hiruma from Eyeshield 21 has a very pointy appearance overall, from his hair to his ears to his fangs. Even his nose is pointy. The idea was to give him a demonic appearance. It works.
- In Naruto, Pain has a bunch of spiky piercings in his face. There's also the ones in the faces of all his other bodies. They are made of special materials that act as receivers controlling said bodies from a remote location.
- For that matter, most of the second stage curse seals tends to be pretty pointy.
- Haseo from Dot Hack GU series started out like this◊, and then he became like this◊, and in the movie adaptation, he became like this◊. And he's the good guy.
- Luciano Bradley in Code Geass has a Knightmare absolutely covered in spikes, which he apparently used to tear his way through the Moral Event Horizon for the bloodier grass on the other side.
- Demon King Nobunaga has these in the Sengoku Basara anime and video game. In case the Ominous Latin Chanting, evil cape, red and black color scheme, thunder and lighting, repeated skull motif, and Norio Wakamoto voice didn't clue the viewer in that he's Obviously Evil.
- Kendappa-ou gets a wardrobe upgrade towards the end of RG Veda that involves some extremely pointy shoulder plates. It coincides nicely with The Reveal that she's working for Big Bad Taishakuten.
- Trigun's Omnicidal Maniac Legato Bluesummers has spikes on one shoulder - and a freaking skull on the other. Just 'cause that's how he rolls.
- The Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The weapons were conceived when someone wondered what it would be like to have cheese graters on their arms. (Whether the armor was actually functional as a weapon or whether it was just ornamental depended on the continuity; in some versions, it was just for show, and he used standard archaic weapons like swords most of the time, while in others, the armor was indeed useful as an offensive weapon.)
- Doomsday from Superman.
- Rachel Summers of the X-Men wore a spiked red Spy Catsuit as the uniform of the mutant-hunting Hounds in her native Bad Future.
- X-Men villain Stryfe wears a spiky armored costume. To get an idea just how invested Stryfe is in this trope, his spikes have spikes on them. His co-creator, Rob Liefeld, has never been one for considering costume practicality.
- Wonder Woman villain Genocide has spikes all over, including a band of them where her eyes should be.
- Darth Krayt in Star Wars: Legacy. Though in his case, it's not entirely voluntary.
- Ghost Rider is often depicted with small spikes, as benefits an Anti-Hero biker. In contrast, his Evil Knockoff Vengeance has two-foot shoulder spikes and a spike mohawk growing out of his Flaming Skull. He's also been known to intentionally impale victims on his shoulder spikes.
- During Speedball's Dork Age as Penance, he wore a costume with spikes on the outside and the inside.
- Some of evil doppelgangers of Marvel superheroes created by Magus during The Infinity War, including Wolverine, Cyclops, Colossus, Wonder Man, The Thing, and Vision, had additional spikes on their costumes (or bodies).
- In the final issues of Marvel Comics' RoboCop: The Future of Law Enforcement series, RoboCop's final challenge is his intended replacement whose cyborg body is similar to his, but it's black and has spikes on the shoulders.
- Godzilla both uses and subverts this one: the man himself is fairly spiky, and ranges from Bad Ass villain to Bad Ass Anti-Hero to child-friendly Super Hero. Anguiras, the spikiest monster of all, is almost always good and functions as Godzilla's Sidekick at times. Gigan, meanwhile, is always evil, has spikes for hands, a spike on his head, spiky wings, and a buzzsaw in his stomach. And Big Bad King Ghidorah is only slightly spiky.
- Nero's◊ ship◊ in the Star Trek reboot. Ironically, the ship is a simple mining vessel in its original time period.
- Even the Narada's torpedoes are spiky. Nero really liked spikes.
- Note that the prequel comic indicates that the Narada didn't look like that until Nero outfitted it with prototype hybrid Romulan-Borg technology in his quest for revenge.
- Transformers in the movie series seem to have a lot of spikes. Although both Autobots and Decepticons have them, Decepticons seem to have more (and Megatron is made up of precious little but spikes).
- In The Lord of the Rings, after the Witch-King moved into the fortress of Minas Morgul, he evidently did some redecorating, 'cause the place looks like the Minas Tirith (good guys) fortress with — you guessed it — gigantic spikes bolted on. There's also Sauron himself, who is kitted out in armour that can only be described as spiketacular. The Black Gates, Barad-dûr and Orthanc (modified by Saruman to resemble Barad-dûr) also fall into this, to an extent that if you fell off the top of them you'd think you'd be more likely to die by impalement than by hitting the ground.
- Pinhead in the Hellraiser series has a face full of spikes (well, nails).
- Mohawk, the main gremlin in Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Guess what his mohawk is made of.
- The Shredder in the live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films has spikes on his outfit, as well as on him, that spring up after being doused in chemicals. Tokka the mutant snapping turtle has spikes, but is less evil and more... dumb and gullible.
- Most of the dragons in How to Train Your Dragon combine this with lots and lots of sharp, spiky teeth. In an interesting twist, the fastest, most maneuverable, and arguably the deadliest one, Toothless the Night Fury, forgoes the spikes for a more streamlined look. Not surprisingly, he's the first sympathetic dragon that the viewers encounter.
- Gilles de Rais actually uses his spiked armor as a weapon in The Messenger. May serve as either Foreshadowing or Genius Bonus, considering what Gilles became infamous for afterwards...
- Megamind practically lives by this trope. Everything he owns is adorned with spikes - his outfits, his car, his robots, his weapons - even something as mundane as a pair of tongs he owned was adorned with spikes. None of them serve any purpose other than to make things look more "villain-y".
- In I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle, the demon-possessed motorbike grows a spike to impale a guy who tries to ride it, and grows a whole forest of them in its final One-Winged Angel form.
- Several of Davy Jones' Fish Person crew in Pirates of the Caribbean have spines or spikes of some sort, notably Koleniko (half man, half puffer fish) and Urchin (Exactly What It Says on the Tin).
- In the Australian horror film The Cars That Ate Paris, one of the eponymous cars is a Volkswagon Beetle covered in a forest of metal spikes that the villains use to Car Fu people. This is homaged in Mad Max: Fury Road where one of the desert gangs attacks Furiosa's Big Badass Rig with excessively-spiked Beetles and other vehicles.
- The Gorg from Home wear armor adorned with spikes that have skulls impaled on them. Subverted – he’s actually pretty nice.
- In K.A. Applegate's Animorphs books, the kids have a hard time accepting the fact that unhosted Hork-Bajir are, in actuality, good guys, due to the dangerous-looking blades that cover the Hork-Bajir figure.
- In Iain M. Bankss Culture novels, one race of aliens, the Affront, like to adorn their war spaceships with huge spikes and blades.
- The Shrike in Dan Simmon's Hyperion Cantos novels is a cryptic three meter tall killing machine constructed of razor-sharp metallic spikes and blades. It's named after a bird that impales its prey on spikes.
- Lampshaded in David Eddings's final book of The Elenium trilogy, when they find the temple of the Big Bad guarded by warriors in heavily spiked and hooked armor, which the heroes laugh at - not only would the spikes get in the way of the wearer, they'd also serve to guide sword blows in to weak spots in the armour. It turns out that they were created because the Big Bad was intimidated by the appearance of heavy armor, but did not understand it. Besides, it turns out the guards weren't intended to fight anyway.
- The Steel Inquisitors, Elite Mooks from the Mistborn trilogy, are a strange example of this...because the spikes are hammered into their bodies and through their eyes. Actually, Ruin's whole branch of Blood Magic, hemalurgy, is based around hammering Spikes Of Villainy into people. These are spikes that make people Brainwashed and Crazy.
- The Yuuzhan Vong.
- The Kill-O-Zap gun from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was designed around this trope.
The designer of the gun had clearly not been instructed to beat about the bush. 'Make it evil," he'd been told. "Make it totally clear that this gun has a right end and a wrong end. Make it totally clear to anyone standing at the wrong end that things are going badly for them. If that means sticking all sort of spikes and prongs and blackened bits all over it then so be it. This is not a gun for hanging over the fireplace or sticking in the umbrella stand, it is a gun for going out and making people miserable with."
- Scourge from Warrior Cats is a cat who wears a collar studded with dog teeth; many cats in his Clan, BloodClan, wear similar collars as well.
- Queen Ynci's armor in Lords and Ladies, of the Discworld series.
Live Action TV
- Angel: The logo of The Circle of the Black Thorn. ('Cause, you know, thorns.)
- In Doctor Who, the Daleks have Spikes Of Villainy in their DNA. It certainly explains them being Always Chaotic Evil.
- Just remember, Thal DNA would have the same structure; it's for the whole planet Skaro.
- In the Super Sentai franchise:
- The villain of the The Movie for Mahou Sentai Magiranger not only had armor covered in spikes, but would sprout more spikes when enraged.
- In Juken Sentai Gekiranger, Rio's true form as the Mythical Beast King and his four followers, the Four Mythical Generals, are covered in a ridiculous amount of spikes and gold.
- Firefly's Reavers.
- Anything to do with the Shadows in Babylon 5. Even their ships all look like big black spiky nightmares...Even their planet-killer, unveiled in season 4, works by firing big spikes from orbit into a planet that then destroy it from the inside out.
- The tag team The Road Warriors/The Legion of Doom was well known for the spiked shoulder pads they wore as they entered the ring. In fact, these, along with their strangely-painted faces, punk-style hair, and tree-trunk-like builds, made for 100% grade-A Nightmare Fuel for some people. The look stayed intact long after their Heel-Face Turn. They even broke off a spike and stuck it into the eye of Dusty Rhodes.
- Big Van Vader in his gas mask/elephant suit thing.
- The Great Muta has a mask that is similar to the red one Vader commonly wears except that its straps are adorned in spikes.
- Psicosis was known to have spiked shoulder pads and wrist bands, in addition to horns.
- La Parka's gimmick is that of a dancing skeleton and sometimes his ring gear is bursting with spikes, bony or otherwise, as he dances his way to the ring. He discards them before the match begins regardless.
- Laredo Kid, Mini Laredo Kid and Súper Laredo, since their wrestling gear comes to noticeable points in many places, especially on their masks. However, they have often been technicos.
- Daizee Haze refused to defend her NWA Midwest Women's Title against MsChif while the latter's spiked vest was anywhere near the ring. MsChif had used it to carve up Mickie Knuckles in IWA Mid-South.
- The Midwest Militia's Allysin Kay and Sassy Stephie have been known to wrestle in spiked sports bras, which make even some of the most basic holds they apply very painful. Kay's Made In Sin cohort Taylor Made, also used them as did Ivelisse Vélez in Valkyrie. (April Hunter went for a spiked singlet instead)
- Mistress Glenda Lee in the World Wrestling League also had a fondness for spiky sports gear. Luckily for the sanity of the wrestlers, she was mostly a manager.
- Dungeons & Dragons, naturally, has a lot of this.
- There are several types of devils that have spikes growing out of their skin.
- The Spined Devil who is a winged mass of spikes.
- The Lord of Blades in the Eberron setting of Dungeons & Dragons has blades all over his body.
- Forgotten Realms setting
- An orc warlord named King Obould wears spiked full plate. he started as a villain and has since become an Anti-Villain, and possibly a secondary protagonist as well.
- There is a prestige class in service to the Chaotic Evil deity Cyric called the Spur Lord, and a few of their abilities are all about making use of the spikes on their armor.
- Basic D&D Immortal level module IM3 The Best of Intentions. The Chaotic Evil Immortal NPC villain Hircismus takes the form of a Shaggy Demon. Beneath his long, shaggy hair are short, stiff poisonous spines. He likes to grapple opponents to force them against his spines.
- There's also the Cadaver Collector, which might be 'usually' lawful neutral, but given how they're described as golems typically used to collect bodies for their masters, usually for necromancy, chances are not a lot of not a lot of good individuals will construct and command a Cadaver Collector. Notable for actually making use of its spikes in both the fluff and the stats.
- There's also the Soulspike Devourer◊. See the big one in the back? Yeah, that's a semi-skeletal Eldritch Abomination with souls impaled on the massive bony spikes coming out of its body. It's an Always Chaotic Evil horror that basically rips souls out of people and causes them immense agony when it shoves them on its spikes. It also consumes said souls for a boost to its power in a pinch. Worst of all, it speaks Common, which means almost anyone can understand it. Kind of makes you miss the barbed devils.
- There are several types of devils that have spikes growing out of their skin.
- The Needlekin in The Splinter are described as "the living embodiment of violence, combat, and physical force". In Razorback form, spikes and blades grow out of their bones and through their skin. In Bladeling form, they're covered in an exoskeleton of steel bristles.
- In Mutant Chronicles, the Dark Legion cover their vehicles, firearms, and armor with spikes. Examples include Alakhai the Cunning, Golgotha, and Stahler's One-Winged Angel form.
- Both Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 use this a lot:
- All of Chaos, but especially worshipers of Khorne. They actually use the spikes on their armor and vehicles to impale the heads of slain foes/victims and eventually make a gruesome trophy rack. At least one Chaos army book has included "Spiky Bits" as a piece of equipment that makes its bearer more effective in combat. That guy up there in the picture? He's a good example.
- Da Orcs (or Orks) in both series, but to a lesser extent.
- The Dark Elves/Eldar actually use blades instead of spikes, but otherwise have this trope in spades.
- The Lizardmen can rival Chaos in the spikes department, though, especially because all of their melee weapons are spiked clubs...though they're not as evil.
- The Chaos example is almost lampshaded in Fulgrim. When describing one of the first Noise Marines, literally the first thing mentioned is that he's added 'jagged iron spikes' to his power armour.
- Speaking of Orcs, the Horde in Warcraft held onto their spikes even when the race pulled a Heel-Face Turn after the first few games.
- In World of Warcraft, some of the Warlock armor sets had spikes on them, which is to be expected as they use the powers of demons. Some of the more morally-neutral classes' armor have them also, as does armor which is not class-specific. They all look cool, but it makes you wonder about Blizzard...
- GU Comics believes the definition of epic by Blizzard coincides with spikes...
- Wrath of the Lich King took this trope to new heights with Saronite, a metal made from the blood of an Old God. Everything that's made of it looks very evil and spiky.
- Except, somewhat surprisingly, the Lich King himself. Other than a moderately spiky helm (very reminiscent of Sauron's from the movie), his armor works with a skull motif rather than spikes.
- The demonic Felguards have spikes on them growing from everywhere. That includes three huge spikes on the back (presumably the reason why they don't wear chest armor) and one horn on the forehead.
- and now, Horde players can deck there garrisons with as many spikes as they want http://www.wowhead.com/item=119213/unnecessary-spike
- Diablo II has Antiheroic examples; Necromancer and Assassin can get armors festooned with Spikes. Though not the villains, neither of them explicitly deny evil motives and revel in evil methods.
- Bowser in Super Mario Bros. His Giga Bowser form in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl takes this and runs with it, pumping his spikiness up to Kaiju levels.
- Boom-Boom and the Koopalings of Super Mario Bros. 3 had similar spikes.
- In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Bowser's horns are his equivalent to Mario & Luigi's Badass Mustaches in that they have their own stat which are the Luck stat of the game.
- And in the game Super Mario Galaxy, Bowser actually gained the ability to grow spikes out of his abdomen during the final boss battle!
- Shao Kahn from Mortal Kombat.
- S.P.I.K.E. from LocoCycle has this in the format of him being an artificially-intelligent motorcycle, as opposed to the more obviously futuristic sci-fi look of the protagonist motorcycle, I.R.I.S.
- Sigma from Mega Man X added spikes to his armor after his Face-Heel Turn.
- Enthusiastically embraced by City of Heroes with the expanded costume elements added in the release of City of Villains, including all manner of clothing pieces featuring horns, spikes, chains, barbed wire, and other pointy bits. Additionally, one of the Veterans' Rewards badges gives the player access to a special set of high-tech spiky bits.
- And ironically enough, these costume parts are equally accessible to heroic and villainous characters.
- Maybe not completely ironically.
- And ironically enough, these costume parts are equally accessible to heroic and villainous characters.
- Ashnard of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance took Spikes Of Villainy to a whole new level◊. Plus the big spiky dragon he rides, who is actually being a good guy stuck as a dragon due to Psycho Serum.
- Walhart of Awakening has thin spikes on his armour, and is a cruel conqueror who wants to take or defeat everything he sees. But if you recruit him, he becomes at least a little bit nicer.
- Pokémon Diamond and Pearl 's antagonistic group, Team Galactic, had a headquarters with large Spikes Of Villainy on both sides. (The spikes were white, though.)
- Overlord: as you do evil deeds and your Corruption Level rises, you grow spikes and spines all over your body, particularly on the shoulders, which get bigger as your villainy increases. Your Dark Tower follows suit, though you can adorn it with a lot of nifty spiky things even if you stay (relatively) good. If you go evil, it just seems to spontaneously grow them.
- Similarly, the tower that acts as your base in Black & White starts out with several flat, blunt rays spreading out from the bottom. As you become more evil, the tower turns black and the rays curl up into wicked spikes.
- Jin Saotome from Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness, better known for his Marvel Versus Capcom appearances, is a good guy with spikes on the shoulders of his outfit.
- The Shake King in Wario Land Shake It had this, with the standard evil overlord spiked beard (with viking horns), spiked bracelet type things, and the like.
- Given how the Dwarves of Dwarf Fortress act at times, it's no wonder that everything they decorate ends up menacing, with spikes of wood or basalt or dwarf bones.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Many outfits for high-level Sith Inquisitors have these.
- Wolf O'Donnell from Star Fox wore spiked shoulder pads in his later appearances. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, his claws are almost long enough to count as well.
- While not actually a villain, Sonic's Werehog transformation in Sonic Unleashed has spikes on his shoes akin to golf cleats. They actually seem to serve a purpose since they allow him to stop on a dime.
- The People's Liberation Army of Venezuela in Mercenaries 2 is equipped with Vietnam-era vehicles with spikes and barbed wire all over everything.
- Lechuck, in his Pirate God form, in Tales of Monkey Island: Rise of the Pirate God.
- Wodan Ymir from Super Robot Wars wears spikes on his armor and is on the Shadow Mirror side, and he is Sanger's Evil Counterpart. However, he's not 100% evil.
- Wolfgario the Ravager, leader of the enemy army in Mitsumete Knight, has horns on his helmet.
- Gulcasa and Leon of Yggdra Union both have extremely spiky armor, but although they're antagonists, the former happens to be a Messianic Archetype and a Hero Antagonist, while the latter is a slightly deranged Jerkass Woobie.
- The Final Starman and Starman Deluxe from EarthBound have spiked shoulders and spikes on the top of their heads. The Final Starman and the Starman Deluxe happen to be one of the stronger enemies in the game.
- In Fallout 3, one of the Ax-Crazy Raider armors is aptly named "Raider Painspike Armor".
- Semi-example would be the Tribal Power Armor and Ashur's Power Armor from Fallout 3's DLC, The Pitt. Highly stylized PA sporting makeshift repair that included a horned cow skull, the Tribal PA doesn't do melee damage like the Painspike does, and for a PA, it has the lowest Defense Rating. However, it does give you +15 AP to be lined up for those satisfying VATS kills.
- In Fallout: New Vegas, Legate Lanius' armor has spikes on his shoulderpads.
- Ditto the Metal Armor in both games.
- The Sansha's Nation pirate faction in EVE Online is all about spikes. And villainy.
- Acknowledged by developers as an important design decision for Mordekaiser in League of Legends.
- The Vindictus boss Sturdy Emuloch is encrusted with these. He has a spiky shield on each arm with a bunch of knives attached to the rims and punches you with them.
- Hades in God of War has these protruding from his whole body, mainly the back. But he's actually less evil than the other gods, like Zeus or Athena. His sole reason for fighting you is your murder of his loved ones.
- Quercus Alba, the Big Bad of Ace Attorney Investigations, gains these once he reveals his true nature. (He had been masquerading as a frail old man until that point.)
- The Darkspawn in Dragon Age. Everything they wear or carry around (weapons, shields) is adorned with spikes. They even build spiky altar-like structures wherever they camp and adorn statues from other civilizations with spikes wherever they go. Also, played with in Dragon Age II, where after you meet party member Fenris, Varric warns you that he wears spiky black leather. However, Fenris isn't particularly villainous - just an Anti-Hero with, as Varric puts it, "issues."
- Sarevok in Baldur's Gate.
- Daedric weapons and armor in The Elder Scrolls are all pretty spiky. They are also the trademark equipment of the Dremora, the vicious servitors of Mehrunes Dagon, the daedric Prince of Destruction.
- Most of the invading Machines in Mini Robot Wars have spikes on them, but some get more spikes as they get stronger. Smasher (the basic enemy unit) has a stronger version called the Heavy Smasher, which is black and has more health and more spikes. An even stronger version is called the Mega Smasher, which is purple, has more attack power and health, and...even more spikes.
- Then there is the Giant, which has an upgraded form called the Titan, which is green, has more health, can pull a One-Hit Kill on THREE of your units instead of just one, and has more spikes.
- Even the True Final Boss plays with this. Compared to the Disc One Final Boss, it is blue, has more health, attacks faster...and has more spikes.
- Xenon ships in X3 Reunion and later games have cubic black hulls with red lighting, and have large masses of sharp antennas protruding from their capital ships at every angle, while their fighters get forward-facing antenna. Split Dynasty capital ships have a huge mass of spike-y antennas mounted on their prows, which are very effective for stabbing at enemy capital ships when ramming
- In Kingdom of Loathing, a few enemies have these, such as most of the Boss Monsters in the GameInformPowerDailyPro Dungeon, and many of the demonic Nemeses.
- Dark Souls has the infamous Darkwraith Kirk (though he's actually a Chaos Servant), The Knight of Thorns. His armor set is one of the few examples where spiky armor is actually used in combat, as you can roll into enemies to damage them (it's minimal damage at best, but still). Even his sword is spiky and is the only straight sword in the game which causes bleeding.
- In the Halo games, the Hunters had massive spikes on their backs. These were stated in extra material to be razor-sharp, but were never used for combat, and mostly were to make them look cool, and, when they're an enemy, evil.
- Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn: In the final GDI mission, you're told that Kane's headquarters has finally been located and that it's time to launch a final assault against him. Then you get a good look at the Temple of Nod, with its glowing red lights and spikes emanating from it, and you wonder how anyone could have missed it.
- In Disney Princess Enchanted Journey, Zara;s hair is styled into points.
- The Head of Square Enix from Super Flash Bros' Decline of Video Gaming flash movie series is merely a person with spiky anime hair, a dress shirt, and random spikes sticking out from under his arms to make him look evil.
- In the fantasy spoof comic Nodwick, Yeagar the warrior once bemoans upon an evil adventuring party, "The accessories on their warrior! My spiked shoulder plates are no match for his blade-festooned finery!"
- They do have their use, however.
- Jägers in Girl Genius, while not evil as such, like this style. Although he's one of the good guys, Gil receives some spare epically spikey shoulder pads as they were the only clothing on hand at the time. Even the hat has spikes of its own. Later, one Jäger general wears long, bone-looking shoulder spikes. At least in his case, these are quite functional.
- The Chaos Land Raider in Turn Signals on a Land Raider.
- This trope is mused upon in Gunnerkrigg Court.
Annie: You need to make yourself look more evil, Mort. More horns?
- Naturally, when Cream Angel suffers a Face-Heel Turn in To Prevent World Peace, her halo grows spikes on it.
- Parodied in Commander Kitty, when after getting an unwanted makeover from Zenith, CK ends up with a hilariously hideous Liefeldian outfit with not only spiked shoulder pads, but spiked collars around his tail.
- In The Order of the Stick Tarquin has spiky armor. His soldiers also have spiky helms.
- The original design of Avatar: The Last Airbender had Fire Nation characters, especially in regards to Prince Zuko, sport spiky, red armor. This was scrapped and came to receive an internal Take That in the actual series when Sokka mocks the fact that the Water Tribe has Fire Nation uniforms that are almost a century out of date by sproinging the spikes on the shoulders. The current armor still has spikes on the scary masks the Faceless Goons wear, and Aang actually uses one to cut the rope tying his hands after beating the other guards.
- Another parody came when the Gaang was in a weapon shop and Aang was wearing a ridiculously large set of armor that even has a spike with a buzzsaw in it. It was even accompanied by a metal riff (which is incredibly out of place in this series). Said costume was included because the merchandisers tried to insist that Aang wear one like that for his battles, despite the fact that it's completely against his fighting style.
- Metalocalypse's Dethklok have this kind of design on their vehicles and other accessories. "Dethfone", a cell phone designed by them while drunk, has so many spiky bits that it's almost impossible to use without poking out one's own eye. Murderface uses it to kill a monster.
- Chase Young from Xiaolin Showdown; so evil that he has (retractable) spikes in and on his underwear.
- Baron Ünderbheit in The Venture Bros. has these on his armour.
- Aku, the Big Bad of Samurai Jack, does this massively. He's spiky, he puts up spiky towers, even his original pre-humanoid form was growing fields of spikes out of the ground...
- Not only does Vilgax on Ben 10 have a bunch of spikes on his armor, but his land vehicle of choice is essentially a giant, spiky ball with spike launchers that pop out of the sides.
- Transformers Animated: Megatron starts out spiky, but trades them in for Vertical Mecha Fins and a more G1-esque look overall. Lockdown and Oil Slick have smaller spikes on their armour.
- The Michael Bay live action movies have all Cybertronians spiky and more alien in their pre-Earth forms, and Megs is the one who never takes an Earth vehicle mode. As such, every single inch of the Emperor of Destruction's body is twisted, razor-sharp death.
- Transformers Prime: Megatron once again. His robot mode is pre-Earth Animated Megs with some Bayformers touches.
- And in Transformers Cybertron. As a result of rebuilding himself with pieces of Unicron's body and absorbing what remained of the dark god's power, he sports demonic horns and numerous spikes. Unicron himself features these.
- Mr. Ten on Jimmy Two-Shoes. He turns out to be a Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold.
- Jafar from Aladdin gains a spikier-looking outfit after wishing to be "the most powerful sorcerer in the world!" His shoulder pads become larger and pointier, his hat loses its feather and gains two spikes facing either side, and his cobra staff actually opens its mouth.
- In Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent actually has spikes covering her dragon form at the end of her film: four on her neck, six on her back, five on the base of her tail, and three on the tip of her tail.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- King Sombra has a crown adorned with spikes. Even more prominent is his unicorn horn, which is so curved and sharp that it more closely resembles a spike that's been driven through his head.
- In "Inspiration Manifestation", as if the book hidden behind a wall on a pedestal over a pit weren't suspicious enough, it has these on the cover.
- Adventure Time has a particularly literal example of this trope. Ice King, who was the main recurring villain in early seasons, wears a spiky crown. It turns out that said spiky crown is, in fact, the actual villain — Ice King himself is merely Brainwashed and Crazy by it.