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: A villain or another evil character you can instantly tell is evil.
Straight: Nick has no sense of subtlety, acting in a way from which anyone with half a brain could deduce he's evil.
Exaggerated: Nicolai 'the Deathlove' Lucifer Scorpius sports a black armor with a Satanic insignia, numerous spikes, and an Ominous Opera Cape. He also has snakishly slit-pupilled, bloodred eyes that glow when he's really infuriated, speaks with a monotonic bass, and is prone to displays of dramatic flair with an occasional menacing laugh.
Nick is not evil, but his pink polo, sweater over his shoulders, aviators, and sleek, coifed hair make it obvious that he is an arrogant jerk.
Nick looks like normal person yet his behaviour is always vaguely menacing.
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Nick has never been a very subtle person and everyone else would see through him anyway, so why try to fool them now?
The villain is from a culture where things we see as usually indicating something bad are seen in a positive light.
Evil Is Cool, so Nick is intentionally unsubtle.
The villain is trying to be feared. Being Obviously Evil helps with that.
Nick is a Card Carrying Punch Clock Villain, and is contractually obligated/has more fun being hammy.
Nick looks evil as a curse for his evilness.
Nick acquired his powers with a spell that makes him look evil as a price.
Subverted: A person with a sinister appearance turns out to be a good guy or neutral.
Turns out, they were lying all along.
Alternatively, they actually turn evil soon after that.
Zig Zagged: ???
Averted: They Look Just Like Everyone Else
Lampshaded: "I knew you were evil, Nick!" "Yes, you and everyone else with the capacity to function in normal society."
Invoked: The Hero is confident in being able to track down a villain, because he is so blatantly nefarious-looking that surely someone would have spotted him.
Exploited: Alice manipulates the naive goth Nick into doing questionable acts for her gain. This way, even when things go wrong, she's cleared.
Defied: A villain tones down his appearance, style, and wardrobe in order to avoid needless suspicions.
Discussed: "Well, given that his name was 'Nicolai 'the Deathlove' Lucifer Scorpius', he sported black armor with Satanic insignia, yada yada yada, I felt trusting him would be a bad call."
Conversed: "Why does this show seem to be in love with villains that make Skeletor look like a perfectly respectable patent lawyer by comparison?" "My guess? The writers were aiming for Darker and Edgier and overshot."
Deconstructed: Evil old Nicolai is actually from a race of people who all look Obviously Evil, or whose morals and values are so utterly alien to normal people that they seem evil by comparison. As a result, everybody assumes that they're Always Chaotic Evil, leading to much Fantastic Racism as Nicolai and his people try to prove that they're not villainous even though they look it.
Reconstructed: After putting up with years of crap from their tormentors, Nicolai and his people decide that everyone else is a bastard and start destroying everything in sight; thereby becoming the villains that they were made out to be.
. With a name like that, surely you know it's EVIL.