Playing With: Affably Evil

Basic Trope: The villain is still very much evil, but is a nice, ordinary person besides his villainous traits.
  • Straight: The guy looking to dominate the world is actually a very nice, pleasant person to know, as long as you don't get in his way.
  • Exaggerated:
    • He is indeed a very polite person. This is not an act, it is how he really is. Meanwhile, he plots with Satan to help cause the bloody and torturous eradication of all life.
    • The villain is so nice, that he donates blood, plays with young children, and hosts a birthday party for the hero, while preparing to conquer the entire universe.
    • Friendly Enemy
  • Downplayed:
    • Although the villain isn't always polite, he does Pet the Dog every now and then.
    • The guy isn't overly evil, but he does commit deeds that can make him come across as a villain.
    • The guy isn't kind, per se, but he's not a jerk.
  • Justified:
    • The villain is a little misguided and thinks he's doing the right thing, being an ordinary person, and so this is how he acts.
    • The villain is a Sinister Minister, Evil Chancellor, or other person in a trusted position; even if his niceness is an act, he wouldn't be where he is without it.
    • The villain is the evil twin of a hero that is known to be somewhat of a jerk.
    • The villain is so nice that no one believes he's doing anything villainous, in spite of blatant evidence to the contrary. This was part of his plan all along.
    • Evil is not mean. Mean is not evil. For more information, see Anti-Hero.
    • And he wants to be/already is a Villain with Good Publicity. He decides that the only known way to do so is to be nice.
    • Anti-Villain / Noble Demon
    • The villain believes that just because he is evil doesn't mean that can be used as an excuse to be mean.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • The villain looks like a kind, polite person, but it's all an act.
    • The villain is a complete jerk who happened to be in a good mood that day.
    • A polite guy is shown doing very suspicious things, but it turns out he was good after all. He was just caught at all the wrong moments.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged:
    • The villain looks like a polite person. It's an act. No it isn't. Wait, yes it is. Can he make up his mind already?
    • Depending on who the villain is dealing with, the affability is either sincere or a cruel fašade.
  • Averted: The villain is rude, plain and simple.
  • Enforced:
    • The author is trying to deliver an Aesop that evil comes in all shapes and sizes.
    • "Villains are often mean and nasty. Let's create one who's your average everyday nice guy."
  • Lampshaded:
    • "For a villain, he acts a lot like a normal person."
    • "I may be your enemy, but that doesn't excuse being uncivil."
  • Invoked: The villain tries to become a nicer, more polite person, in order to improve people's opinions of him, even if they do see his goals as "evil".
  • Exploited: After his conversations with the hero, the villain realizes... wait a minute, he knows everything about him now and can use it against him.
  • Defied: "I will not serve dinner for my prisoners! I'm evil, damn it, and I'm going to be a dick!"
  • Discussed: "All right, time to go confront Overlord Steve! Even though he's evil, I'm sure he won't mind if we drop by and have a chat." "Alice! He's not some friendly movie villain, he's evil."
  • Conversed: "It's weird how, in some movies, the villain is a totally normal guy except for his evil plots. Kinda makes you paranoid, right? Anyone could be evil..."
  • Implied:
    Alice: You escaped! It wasn't too scary, was it?
    Bob: I've definitely had worse captors.
  • Deconstructed: The villain is so affable that he actually wins thanks to his ability to get along with others, while the Anti-Hero drives away any possible allies he may have had.
  • Reconstructed: ...but only temporarily, as the villainy comes to light before the Point of No Return.
  • Played For Laughs: The villain's cheerful blabbing allows the heroes to make an escape, leaving him talking to himself.
  • Played For Drama: The villain really is a nice person, but he's not the villain because he wants to be.

You're most welcome to head back to Affably Evil any time you like. But I won't take "no" for an answer.