Quotes: Evil Is Cool

Come to the dark side. We have cookies.

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    Comic Books 

That's the problem with heroes, really. Their only purpose in life is to thwart others. They make no plans, develop no strategies. They react instead of act. Without villains, heroes would stagnate...Heroes have morals. Villains have work ethic.
— Narration from The Last Avengers Story


Diamond Tiara: But Daddy, how could they cheer louder for her? She was the bad mare, and I was Princess Celestia.
Crazy56U: Easy, villains are cooler.
— An excerpt from Past Sins MST

Asami posted on Hiroshi's wall:
Hiroshi posted on Asami's wall:
Oh sweetie…I'm sorry you found out this way. But…
Do you not see these mecha tanks? Do you not see these gloves?
This shit's awesome, that's why.
Korrabook, Chapter 5

    Video Games 
Strong Bad: You're a shady, shady character, Bubs.
Bubs: It's cool in the shade!


Tarquin: I will be immortalized forever!
Elan: As the villain!
Tarquin: So what? Audiences always think the villain is cooler than the hero anyway.

    Web Original 

You think you have power because you can listen to telephone calls? This I was doing as a hobby as a small child. You want to see power? I turned Russia from democracy to dictatorship in record time. I kill people without drones. I have girlfriend who can place her own buttocks onto her head. This is powerful.

At the end of the day, the Daleks' power doesn't come from their status as quasi-Nazis, but from a far more troubling place: the fact that they're fun. This is the "drive" portion of the death drive — our desire for it. We want to see the Daleks unleashed onto the narrative, knowing full well the effects.

Forced to choose between evils, the few fans who gave a damn sided with the physical embodiment of death (sporting a neat Shredder costume), instead of the corporate rent-a-cop.

This is where Voyager becomes the Seven of Nine show! And why not? She’s far more interesting than two thirds of the regular cast...perhaps they could do with a little Borg uniformity.
Joe Ford on Star Trek: Voyager, "Scorpion Pt. 2"

It’s astonishing what a BORING GUY Clark Kent is. Lex Luthor has a sweet house and lots of talent at a lot of different things and can talk philosophy or history or music or sports or whatever. Clark can talk about life being unfair, and maybe he’ll let you hang out in his special room in the barn.
ComicsAlliance on Smallville ("Relic")

Back at Bison's crib— and I'm not just being glib here, he really does have an official crib, complete with shag carpeting, velvet paintings of himself, and mood lighting— Chun-Li is trying to evoke some real emotion as she explains her backstory and why she's on a quest for vengeance against Bison. Something to do with her father getting killed, blah blah blah. I'm not really listening; instead I'm watching Raul change out of his paramilitary leatherwear and in his paramilitary eveningwear: a velvet officer's cap and the coolest smoking jacket I've ever seen. Look at Raul Julia, this pimp daddy! He's lookin' good! He might be a terrible general, his men unqualified goons, and his tactics highly ineffective but man, does he ever know how to coordinate a wardrobe. He's even got a hat tree with about eight different-colored caps so he can rotate his uniforms without clashing with only one hat. I bet he brings all the chicks up to his pad to see this. Bet you anything he's got a skull-shaped jacuzzi.

Profion gets the remaining Council riled up for war, working the crowd like he’s cutting a promo for a steel cage match, throwing in a few good villainous gestures because he’s that awesome.

Chris: McKellen looks like he’s having an absolute blast playing such a jerk, and it’s so fun to watch.
Matt: He and Mystique just ruling the cool kids’ table, making fun of everyone else’s backpacks.
—Chris Sims and Matt Wilson on X2: X-Men United

Can you think of any other video game bad-asses whose big catch phrases are in freaking Latin? And Kain brims with charisma, in spite of his appearance. Let's face it: compared to the illustriously-dressed and silken-haired vampire Alucard, Kain looks like a doofus. However, Kain has more personality in his forehead — his big, white, egg-shaped forehead — than Alucard carries in his whole ninety-pound bishonen body.
Pat R. on Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen

    Western Animation 

"You've got to love to be hated,
Find the good in being bad,
Oh, the crowd is full of gentlemen,
But they've
paid to see the cad!"
Mr Burns, "A High to be Loathed", The Simpsons

    Real Life 

Evils draw men together.
Aristotle, quoting a proverb

Power corrupts. Knowledge is power. Study hard. Be evil.
— Possibly Mark Twain, but probably Anonymous.

Man, I love evil.
James Hetfield of Metallica

I sit outside, and I count my money, and I play with the animals in the desert.
James Avery (as Shredder) on his retirement from the Foot Clan

A villain is someone that has to fool you all the time. He has many more facets to his character, many more sides to his humor. He has to be charming, and witty, and decadent, and funny. He is much more fun to play.

It's always more fun to play a villain. It's just a well-known fact.

It was fun being the cowboy, and it's great doing the Indian... It's fun to be the power. I walk on the set, actually, when new people come in—especially new, young, pretty girls—and I go, 'You know, I'm very rich. I have a really big limousine.'
Sam Behrens on Sunset Beach

In essence, he's the alpha nerd; the King of the Spazzes; and though he was doomed to their kind by right of birth, it's as though he looked around at his anxious brethren and realised “I could take this town,” hence the chemistry-set-Mafioso quality. He's not locked inside Bayside with the jocks, they're locked in with him. A superbly weasely performance from Jeffrey Asch, it's almost too good for the show, and he's an absolute joy whenever he's on screen.
Stuart Millard, So Excited, So Scared: The Saved by the Bell Retrospective

Thank you for writing me my Hans Gruber. But a Hans Gruber with super-magic powers. As played by James Mason...I might be biased, but I do feel as though you have written me the coolest part.
Tom Hiddleston to Joss Whedon after reading the script for The Avengers

Dalek: Let me hear you say "EX-TER-MIN-ATE!"

A song which, upon first hearing, made me realize that Evil gets all the really good music.
Mark C. Langston