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* If Franchise/WonderWoman villain Eviless' name wasn't enough to clue you in she's a slaver who constantly wears red, carries a whip and founded one of the earliest organized villain groups; Villainy, Inc..


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* In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'', Zeta Prime was a vicious Autobot zealot who killed innocent civilians in his quest to stop the Decepticons and has a look that can be best described as "Sauron-if-he-was-a-Transformer."
-->[[https://tfwiki.net/wiki/Zeta_Prime Behind those arm cannons and these elaborate cape-spikes and this deathmask face is a winning smile!]]

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** In his original Golden Age appearances, this was an InvokedTrope; the iconic red skull was in fact a mask for various Nazi spies and fifth-columnists to commit terrorism and sabotage under.


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* Roark Junior aka That Yellow Bastard from ''ComicBook/SinCity''. An interesting example in that he wasn't always this way. He used to look like a [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon normal enough, even handsome guy]], but after Hartigan basically mutilated him in a gunfight Junior received extreme, experimental reconstructive surgery thanks to his powerful senator father (not out of any actual care for Junior but out of desperation to have a legacy). The surgery had some ''really'' nasty, rough effects on Junior's body with the result that he now resembles a yellow, goblin-esque being. Of course Junior was always a scumbag; if anything, the surgery just made he look as awful on the outside as he is on the inside.

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* Roark Junior aka That Yellow Bastard from ''ComicBook/SinCity''. An interesting example in that he wasn't always this way. He used to look like a [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon normal enough, even handsome guy]], but after Hartigan basically mutilated him in a gunfight Junior received extreme, experimental reconstructive surgery thanks to his powerful senator father (not out of any actual care for Junior but out of desperation to have a legacy). The surgery had some ''really'' nasty, rough effects on Junior's body with the result that he now resembles a yellow, goblin-esque being. Of course Junior was always a scumbag; if anything, [[EvilMakesYouUgly the surgery just made he look as awful on the outside as he is on the inside.inside]].


* Roark Junior aka That Yellow Bastard from ''ComicBook/SinCity''. An interesting example in that he wasn't always this way. He used to look like a normal enough guy, but after Hartigan basically mutilated him in a gunfight Junior received extreme, experimental reconstructive surgery thanks to his powerful senator father (not out of any actual care for Junior but out of desperation to have a legacy). The surgery had some ''really'' nasty, rough effects on Junior's body with the result that he now resembles a yellow, goblin-esque being. Of course Junior was always a scumbag; if anything, the surgery just made he look as awful on the outside as he is on the inside.

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* Roark Junior aka That Yellow Bastard from ''ComicBook/SinCity''. An interesting example in that he wasn't always this way. He used to look like a [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon normal enough guy, enough, even handsome guy]], but after Hartigan basically mutilated him in a gunfight Junior received extreme, experimental reconstructive surgery thanks to his powerful senator father (not out of any actual care for Junior but out of desperation to have a legacy). The surgery had some ''really'' nasty, rough effects on Junior's body with the result that he now resembles a yellow, goblin-esque being. Of course Junior was always a scumbag; if anything, the surgery just made he look as awful on the outside as he is on the inside.


* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': The four Dark Judges are probably the most visually evil out of Judge Dredd's enemies. Their names are [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Judge Death, Judge Fear, Judge Fire, and Judge Mortis]], their [[EvilWearsBlack uniforms are black]] and [[SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset adorned with human bones]], they willingly [[EvilMakesYouMonstrous became undead abominations through black magic]], and want to [[OmnicidalManiac kill all life]].

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* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': The four Dark Judges are probably the most visually transparently evil out of Judge Dredd's enemies. Their names are [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Judge Death, Judge Fear, Judge Fire, and Judge Mortis]], their [[EvilWearsBlack uniforms are black]] and [[SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset adorned with human bones]], they willingly [[EvilMakesYouMonstrous became undead abominations through black magic]], and want to [[OmnicidalManiac kill all life]].


* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': The four Dark Judges are probably the most visually evil out of Judge Dredd's enemies. Their names are [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Judge Death, Judge Fear, Judge Fire, and Judge Mortis]], their [[EvilWearsBlack uniforms are black]] and [[NothingButSkulls adorned with human bones]], they willingly [[EvilMakesYouMonstrous became undead abominations through black magic]], and want to [[OmnicidalManiac kill all life]].

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* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': The four Dark Judges are probably the most visually evil out of Judge Dredd's enemies. Their names are [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Judge Death, Judge Fear, Judge Fire, and Judge Mortis]], their [[EvilWearsBlack uniforms are black]] and [[NothingButSkulls [[SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset adorned with human bones]], they willingly [[EvilMakesYouMonstrous became undead abominations through black magic]], and want to [[OmnicidalManiac kill all life]].

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* Creator/JackKirby's ''Fourth World''. ''{{ComicBook/Darkseid}}'' of ''Apokolips'' and his minion ''Desaad'' are trying to find the ''Anti-Life Equation''. The visual doesn't help, either. The nicest guys in Apokolips seem to be [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] [[TortureTechnician mistress]] Granny Goodness and televangelist/propaganda minister Glorious Godfrey, so you know it's bad (and the rest of Darkseid's retinue? Try to guess what kind of people Kalibak, Virmin Vundabar, Lashina, Bernadeth, and Mad Harriet are).
* Ceryx, the BigBad - maybe, this book doesn't reveal much - of ''ComicBook/{{Artesia}}''. All his teeth are sharp, chains and hooks hang from his thighs, he is surrounded by perpetual darkness, and he leaves bloody footprints wherever he walks.
* ComicBook/{{Magneto}} named his group the Brotherhood of ''Evil'' Mutants. Seriously, just drop the "evil" and you'd come across much better. Modern writers noticed this, and {{retcon}}ned the "Evil" part as being a sarcastic comment on how humanity sees mutants in general, and those who want more mutant rights in particular. When the group pops up in modern adaptations, they're usually just the "Brotherhood of Mutants." When Mystique was running the gang herself, ostensibly for the US government, she gets smart about the name and calls the team, "Freedom Force."
* DC's ''Brotherhood of Evil'' is the same way. Then again, seeing as they were founded by a [[BrainInAJar brain in a skull-shaped jar]] and a [[ManiacMonkeys bandoleer-wearing gorilla]], maybe they just decided [[VillainWithGoodPublicity good PR]] wasn't a realistic objective. The Brotherhood of Evil are your typical [[CardCarryingVillain Card Carrying Villains]] looking to TakeOverTheWorld. The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, on the other hand, are [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned Extremists]] who, by ''definition'', wouldn't see themselves as evil.
* Averted by Susan Veraghen of ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}''. Arguably the only truly non-evil Grendel of the entire series (every last one of the others either starts out or ends up as a conscienceless psychopath), she looks like a Sith Lord, complete with huge muscles, spikes and full-body tattoos.
* Subverted by Franchise/{{Batman}}, [[GoodColorsEvilColors whose costume]] [[TerrorHero and persona]] [[DarkIsNotEvil/ComicBooks are more akin to that of a traditional villain]], and his {{archenemy}} the [[MonsterClown jolly-looking]] [[ComicBook/TheJoker Joker]], who is colorful (although in purple and green) and often smiling (albeit in [[SlasherSmile a disturbing way]]). Then again, [[MonsterClown clowns aren't generally viewed as all that benevolent]]....
** ComicBook/TwoFace, Killer Croc, and the Scarecrow, though the last one is justified (his primary method of operation is to ''scare'' people, after all).
** Many of Batman's villains are actually members of organized crime, some of them not even having powers so much as an intentional theme as a 'gimmick'. This is a TruthInTelevision thing, as intentionally sinister or evil-sounding nicknames are common in organized crime and were often the name under which mobsters became famous in the era when the comic started in the USA.
* One of the greatest of the Franchise/GreenLantern Corps was a man with reddish purple skin, a Snidely Whiplash-style mustache and a clear superiority complex named '''Sinestro'''. Go on and guess how his tenure ended.
** To quote the ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' IntercontinuityCrossover:
--->'''Dodgers''': Hey, you know, in person, you really do look like [[{{Satan}} the Devil]].\\
'''Sinestro''': I know. [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore I get that a lot]].
** His [[Characters/GLSinestroCorps Sinestro Corps]] plays this straight. You have guys like [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Arkillo]], [[TheVirus Despotellis]] and [[NightmareFuel/DCUniverse Kryb.]]
* In ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'', you would think the cops would just arrest every hideously deformed citizen they spot. Not a single one can say they have no involvement in organized crime.
* Then we have ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's old enemy the ComicBook/RedSkull. The name alone (coming after what his 'face' looks like) is bleedingly obvious a tip-off and this is without mentioning he sided with [[ThoseWackyNazis the Nazis]]. Can't get much more Obviously Evil than that.
* The Horde from ''ComicBook/StrikeforceMorituri'' are a race of barbarian PlanetLooters who deliberately avoid conquering Earth simply [[ForTheEvulz for the fun of terrorizing the populace]] and think nothing of slaughtering helpless slaves and children. An early terror tactic was to eject large numbers of captured humans outside the Earth's atmosphere, allowing them to burn up in re-entry so people on the ground could see the streaks representing their burning forms.
* [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/7658/348512-107462-anti-monitor_super.jpg The Anti-Monitor]] from ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.
* [[Characters/XMenRoguesGalleryMToZ Mister Sinister]]. If his name isn't huge enough of a red flag, [[http://actionagogo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Mr._Sinister_Dialogue.jpg just look at him]]. And while we're at it, we can't forget his [[ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}} former boss]], ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Apocalypse]]''.
* ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'': ComicBook/{{Loki}} was reincarnated as a child (without his adult memories), and faced this in-universe: Everyone other than Thor (and he had reservations) essentially said "He's Loki, so he must be evil." Loki tried very hard to make his reputation work for him, and in dealings with people like Mephisto desperately tried to channel his evil past self (often making comments to his companions on how fun it is to talk like you're an evil, powerful trickster when you're really just a kid).
* Lampshaded with the [[AIIsACrapshoot Quantum Decomputer]] in ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo:''
-->'''Robo:''' Computers that are evil have all kinds of unnecessary ornamentation. This thing's ''venting steam!'' Why's it doing that? It's like nature. Like rattlesnakes or poisonous toads. It ''wants'' you to know its dangerous.
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange's foes who fit this trope include Dormammu (covered in SpikesOfVillainy, with a skull-like head surrounded by flames) and Shuma-Gorath ({{Starfish Alien|s}} with a single staring red eye in the center of his tentacles). Satannish, Mephisto, Chthon, Sligguth, N'Gabthoth...
* John Byrne actually played with this nicely when he reintroduced the Toyman into the post-Crisis DCU. A Scotland Yard inspector tells Franchise/{{Superman}} how they've been tracking the murders of board members of a toy company after the axing of Winslow Schott, all of whom were killed by deadly toys of Schott's design. When a baffled Superman asks why Scotland Yard didn't just target Scott first, the embarrassed inspector admits that he and his team have been so used to cases where it's the ''least'' obvious person who's the killer that it took a while to realize that, for once, it actually was the most obvious choice.
* Almost all villains in ''ComicBook/LesLegendaires''. As if their ArchEnemy being named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Darkhell]] wasn't enough, the guy also is a EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette and a MalevolentMaskedMan who lives in a dark castle in the middle of [[{{Mordor}} a always dark and hostile wasteland]], has a strong taste for EvilLaugh and [[EmperorScientist uses an army he created himself through magic mutations]]. His generals use the codename "Shadow" as a rank, they [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent include a Lizard Guy]], and his most trusted [[TheDragon Dragon]] is his DarkActionGirl daughter [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Tenebris]]. And yet, he's such a good ManipulativeBastard that he still gets some people trusting him. Ironically, he turns out to have a slightly softer side in later books.
** Subverted with his daughter Tenebris, who does have a significant softer side and eventually commits a HeelFaceTurn.
** Ceyderom is a {{Cyborg}} {{Pirate}} Captain with a clawed cybernetic harm, a mowhak, a metallic inferior jaw and a [[RedEyesTakeWarning red cybernetic eye]]. And we are supposed to think this guy is nice ?
** [[GodOfEvil Anathos]]' physical form is [[BigRedDevil red with large horns]], has SpikesOfVillainy, and use attacks such as "Devil's Breath". The guy's typical expression usually is a PsychoticSmirk. And just in case this was still not enough, he seems to make a hobby of crossing the MoralEventHorizon as many times as possible.
** Count Kasino was a JerkAss and a SmugSnake {{Aristocrat|sAreEvil}}e who hired two elite assassins as his bodyguards and hardly made any secret of the fact he was a ruthless dictator in his region.
** Averted with [[HumanoidAbomination Abyss]], who, other than his MeaningfulName (which he is smart enough to hide at the beginning of the story), actually is an incredibly competent BitchInSheepsClothing. [[TheReveal Once he reveals his]] GameFace, however...
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'':
** From Spidey's RoguesGallery we have ComicBook/{{Venom}}, ComicBook/{{Carnage}}, and whatever other symbiote villains are in there. Just the gaping, drooling mouths filled with MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily is enough, but add in the claws, creeping tendrils, and their penchant for [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver red and black colorations]], and you have a whole family of obvious evil. Inverted, however, with the few good symbiotes: Toxin and Anti-Venom.
** Another Spidey villain, the Hobgoblin, is actually a bit more obviously evil-looking than his predecessor, the Green Goblin. His original appearances showed him almost always InTheHood with GlowingEyesOfDoom, and when his mask is shown, he looks like... well... a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin goblin]]. He also has the Goblin staple weapons of jack-o-lantern pumpkin bombs, bat-shaped throwing blades, and a demon-headed bat-glider. When the Jason Macendale version got possessed by a demon, the obvious evilness of him went UpToEleven, adding reptilian skin and eyes, sharp fangs, and Hellfire-producing powers. This was intentional on Hobgoblin's part (especially Roderick Kingsley) as he's a huge AttentionWhore who loves playing the part of villain.
* The Demons from ''Comicbook/{{Spawn}}'' are hideous deformed beings with fangs, claws and horns. Even their human forms don't help; for example, the Violator takes the form of a MonsterClown when posing as a human. Averted however with [[LightIsNotGood God and the Angels]], as well as Spawn, who despite being a HumanoidAbomination with a disfigured face, black and red suit and downright creepy powers, is at worst a AntiHero.
* Marvel Comics villain Annihilus. If the name isn't a massive hint, he's a giant screaming OmnicidalManiac bug-monster. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] to hell and back in ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour by The Thing.
-->'''The Thing:''' Dude, your (Reed Richards) translator just told us his name was e-vil, or nil-ate or some crap like that. That's a frikken clue train pulled right up to the station!
* Roark Junior aka That Yellow Bastard from ''ComicBook/SinCity''. An interesting example in that he wasn't always this way. He used to look like a normal enough guy, but after Hartigan basically mutilated him in a gunfight Junior received extreme, experimental reconstructive surgery thanks to his powerful senator father (not out of any actual care for Junior but out of desperation to have a legacy). The surgery had some ''really'' nasty, rough effects on Junior's body with the result that he now resembles a yellow, goblin-esque being. Of course Junior was always a scumbag; if anything, the surgery just made he look as awful on the outside as he is on the inside.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': The four Dark Judges are probably the most visually evil out of Judge Dredd's enemies. Their names are [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Judge Death, Judge Fear, Judge Fire, and Judge Mortis]], their [[EvilWearsBlack uniforms are black]] and [[NothingButSkulls adorned with human bones]], they willingly [[EvilMakesYouMonstrous became undead abominations through black magic]], and want to [[OmnicidalManiac kill all life]].
* Exar Kun, the BigBad of ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi'''s Great Sith War, starts off as a Jedi--a JerkJock Jedi who makes [[FantasticRacism insulting comments]] about non-humans and a particular eagerness for knowledge about the Sith, along with [[AmbitionIsEvil unseemly ambition]] for a Jedi. Really, he was already one foot over the line. (Other works set in the same era have various Jedi calling WhatAnIdiot on Kun's master for not predicting his fall sooner.)
* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': He has a SinisterSchnoz, BeardOfEvil, permanent angry scowl, and primarily red and black wardrobe. The only way Iznogoud could make it more obvious that he's evil is to wear a big neon sign saying "EVIL". (And even ''that'' wouldn't be enough to tip off the Caliph.)
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