Playing With: Card-Carrying Villain
: A character (who may be low on the Sliding Scale of Antagonist Vileness
or relatively high
) self-identifies as "evil", "a villain", or the like.
- Straight: Dr. Villainous Evil styles himself as a Genre Savvy character who knows he's a villain, refers to himself whenever the subject comes up, and often responds to someone's criticisms of his moral character with a hearty Insult Backfire rejoinder.
- Dr. Villainous Evil claims that he's evil, but doesn't have the heart to use vile methods to achieve his goals and because of this can only Poke the Poodle.
- Dr. Super is morally ambiguous and quite proud of it.
- The world is ruled by a Balance Of Good And Evil, and Dr. Villainous Evil gains power by allying with the forces of evil.
- Evil Is Cool or Evil Is Sexy: Dr Villainous Evil doesn't personally think he's evil, however, he pretends to think he's one as villains are popular/chicks dig the bad guys.
- Dr Villainous Evil he can't possibly find a way to justify or explain his actions as anything other than him being evil.
- Dr Villainous Evil has been Forced Into Evil and hates the position he is in.
- Dr Villainous Evil is a Punch Clock Villain. He knows that he commits evil for a living but also has kids to feed.
- Double Subversion:
- Zigzagged: Sometimes, the villains are Obviously Evil and admit it, while other times, the same villainous characters are portrayed as far more morally complex, believing that Even Evil Has Standards, liberally engaging in dog-petting, and so on.
- Lampshaded: "It's really quite a lot of fun, being evil."
- Invoked: In the story of Dr. Villainous Evil's turn to villainy, a major milestone was when he began self-identifying as evil.
- Exploited: Heroes use this to try to identify villains who can be redeemed; their logic being that villains who self identify as evil will do a Heel-Face Turn as soon as the get another option.
- Defied: "Yes, I was convicted in that plot to blow up the White House, but I'm really a nice guy. I've changed, honest!
- Discussed: "You're one hell of a scoundrel, you know that? Wait, you probably take that as a compliment.
- Conversed: "Why do the villains on these shows just come right out and say that they're 'bad'? It's almost as if they're unclear on what the word 'bad' means."
- Dr. Villainous Evil is doomed to a 0% Approval Rating because he never pretends to be anything but evil.
- The reason Dr. Villainous Evil chose that name is that he's actually disgusted by the moral absolutism of the "heroes". Ultimately, he ends up saving the world since he's a Noble Demon, but since he presented himself as the ultimate bad guy, no one realizes this until long after his lonely and celebrated death, having been bound by his own ideological image.
- Dr Villainous Evil comes to the realisation that he no longer needs to justify his actions in any moralistic fashion, since it would clash with seeing himself as the villain. This leads him to become unrestrained in his evil, plummeting into depravity.
- Dr Villainous Evil sees himself as evil due to his self-hatred.
- Dr. Villainous Evil wants to be evil because he believes that Evil Is Cool.
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