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Playing With: Faux Affably Evil
Basic Trope: A villain keeps up a superficial veneer of amicability, even when it is clear no amicable intent exists.
  • Straight:
    • Stephen politely invites Kyle for dinner while eating him.
    • Stephen is extremely polite, even while killing people.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Stephen slowly tortures Kyle to death while hugging and kissing him like a father to his child.
    • Stephen kindly offers Kyle a hand towel after giving him repeated swirlies and punching him in the nose.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • Despite learning to have impeccable manners to keep people liking him, Stephen has a severe personality disorder.
    • Stephen is an utter hypocrite.
    • Despite his friendly facade, Stephen has never learnt proper anger management and channels his impulses to evil.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:...except, acting that way is actually his normal personality.
  • Parodied: Even Stephen's victims adore him because he is so polite and pleasant while committing crimes.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Stephen is polite most of the time, but he is Not So Stoic when someone presses his Berserk Button.
    • Depending on who Stephen is dealing with, the affability is either sincere or a cruel fašade.
  • Averted: Stephen makes no secret of what an outright Jerkass he is, inside and outside.
  • Enforced: The writers want to make their horrific villain enjoyable to the audience.
  • Lampshaded: "Stephen is only pretending to be polite so he can kill us."
  • Invoked: Stephen decides to put up a pleasant face, because he knows that to be a powerful psychological tactic for scaring heroes shitless.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Stephen decides acting all polite is a waste of time and that not pretending to be anything else than a monster he is helps him achieve what he wants the quickest route.
  • Discussed: "Stephen's probably just trying to frighten and confuse us. Or he's just insane."
  • Conversed: "It's kind of unrealistic how some villains in movies pretend to be nice even while murdering the hero's love interest. Although it sure is entertaining to watch."
  • Deconstructed: Stephen's affability causes people to treat his misdeeds far more seriously than he deserves, because it makes him look creepy and hypocritical.
  • Reconstructed: ...but those people change their minds, deciding that said affability, though superficial, proves that Stephen is capable of redemption.

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