'''Basic Trope''': A villain or another evil character you can instantly tell is evil.
* '''Straight''': [[DevilInPlainSight Nick]] has no sense of subtlety, acting in a way from which anyone with half a brain could deduce he's evil.
* '''Exaggerated''': [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Nicolai 'the Deathlove' Lucifer Scorpius]] sports a [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience black]] [[DressCodedForYourConvenience armor]] with a Satanic insignia, [[SpikesOfVillainy numerous spikes]], and an OminousOperaCape. He also has [[HellishPupils snakishly slit-pupilled]], [[RedEyesTakeWarning bloodred eyes]] [[GlowingEyesOfDoom that glow when he's really infuriated]], [[CreepyMonotone speaks with a monotonic]] [[EvilSoundsDeep bass]], and [[EvilIsHammy is prone to displays of dramatic flair]] with an occasional [[EvilLaugh menacing laugh]].
* '''Downplayed''':
** Nick is not evil, but his pink polo, sweater over his shoulders, [[CoolShades aviators]], and sleek, coifed hair make it obvious that he is [[{{Jerkass}} an arrogant jerk]].
** Nick looks like normal person yet his behaviour is always vaguely menacing.
** RedRightHand
* '''Justified''':
** 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 [[DeliberateValuesDissonance seen in a positive light.]]
** EvilIsCool, so Nick is intentionally unsubtle.
** The villain is trying to be feared. Being ObviouslyEvil helps with that.
** Nick is a {{Card Carrying|Villain}} PunchClockVillain, and is contractually obligated/has more fun being [[EvilIsHammy 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.
* '''Inverted''':
** Nick looks like Satan. [[DarkIsNotEvil He's also the good guy]]
** The villain looks benevolent, [[EvilIsSexy even beautiful.]] [[LightIsNotGood He's anything but.]]
** The villain has the appearance of an angel or a superhero or something else associated with goodness.
** FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon
** Nick is good and looks obviously good.
* '''Subverted''': A person with a sinister appearance [[DarkIsNotEvil turns out to be a good guy or neutral]]. This differs from the inverted example in that it initially looked like DarkIsEvil was going to be played straight.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** Turns out, they were lying all along.
** Alternatively, they actually turn evil soon after that.
* '''Parodied''':
** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Nicolai 'the Deathlove' Lucifer Scorpius]] sports a [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience black]] [[DressCodedForYourConvenience armor]] with a Satanic insignia, [[SpikesOfVillainy numerous spikes]] and an OminousOperaCape. He also has [[HellishPupils snakishly slit-pupilled]], [[RedEyesTakeWarning bloodred eyes]] [[GlowingEyesOfDoom that glow when he's really infuriated]], [[CreepyMonotone speaks with a monotonic]] [[EvilSoundsDeep bass]] and [[EvilIsHammy is prone to displays of dramatic flair]] with an occasional [[EvilLaugh menacing laughter]]. [[DevilInPlainSight No one notices]].
** There's a law saying anyone who wears [[GoodColorsEvilColors "evil" colors]], {{spikes| of villainy}}, or {{ominous opera cape}}s or [[LaughingMad laughs]] "{{evil| laugh}}ly" must be interrogated/arrested.
** [=IamEvil=] [=McEvilguy=] looks like [[DastardlyWhiplash Dick Dastardly come to life]], his jackets are all bloodstained and say "EVIL PERSON OF DOOM!!!" on them, and, when he's not laughing manically and killing people ForTheEvulz, his favorite pastime is to run around police stations yelling all of his evil plans out loud and boasting about how many innocents he's killed this week. The heroes are eventually tipped off by his black top hat.
* '''Zig Zagged''': ???
* '''Averted''': TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse
* '''Enforced''':
** ViewersAreMorons--the writers want to make sure everyone knows that Nick is ''eeeeevil''
** The writers want their villain [[EvilIsCool to look foreboding and badass.]]
* '''Lampshaded''': "I ''knew'' you were evil, Nick!" [[DeadpanSnarker "Yes, you and everyone else with the capacity to function in normal society."]]
* '''Invoked''': TheHero 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''': [[ManipulativeBastard 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 DarkerAndEdgier and overshot."
* '''Deconstructed''': Evil old Nicolai is actually from a race of people who ''all'' look ObviouslyEvil, or [[BlueAndOrangeMorality 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 AlwaysChaoticEvil, leading to much FantasticRacism 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 [[HumansAreBastards everyone else is a bastard]] and start destroying everything in sight; [[ThenLetMeBeEvil thereby becoming the villains that they were made out to be]].
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Back to ObviouslyEvil. With a name like that, surely you know it's EVIL.
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%% Optional items, added after Conversed, at your discretion:
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%%* '''Implied''': ???
%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???
%%* '''Played For Laughs''': ???
%%* '''Played For Drama''': ???