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Ah! My Goddess
  • Ah! Archfall!:
    • Hild, who may rule Hell but she appears to have developed a liking to Jago due to his bluff and open nature. Enough to give him her personal phone number.
    • Damascus is THE original Nightmare and doesn't like anyone, to the point that she has actually threatened to EAT Noble Scarlet. However, she becomes fiercely loyal to Jago and though him Lamb, Lind and the others; willing to risk her own life to save them. Plus she likes Jammy Dodgers.

Azumanga Daioh

  • Yukari Is Free has Nai'tyrrus/Ghostmaster, political ambassador of the Veluszhi Imperial Military, and definitely the most polite of its three leaders, unlike his compatriots Warmaster and Nerdmaster. This is best exemplified during his attack on Hawaii, where he politely takes tea with and speaks courteously to Sasuke and Rei, even while his ghost familiars are destroying the city, and he even fully admits that he's only keeping Sasuke and Rei around until they bore him.

Ben 10

  • Tech 10 Rebooted has Warlord Kroz, a fairly decent person to be around until you fight him, and even then, he mostly remains calm and collected.


  • In Downfall, most of the villains are motivated by truly noble intents. Of course, any fic that has Unohana, Ukitake, and Kyoraku working to overthrow the's a given. Bonus points for making Aizen, Gin, and Tousen the good guys. Realistically. By the time the reader's done, they want Seireitei burnt to the ground...
  • Alabaster Orchestra:
    • Bazz-B has no problem flirting with or poking fun at his enemies in the midst of battle.
    • The Emperor holds a civilized discourse with Aizen.
    • Aizen as well, reciprocating the Emperor's respect even as he politely declines the offer to join the Vandenreich in exchange for his freedom. He even politely offers condolences to the Emperor when he senses Driscoll's death.
    • Mask quickly befriends Ichigo and offers him support after he joins the Empire.
    • The elderly and bespectacled Stern Ritter gives Ichigo a supportive nod during his induction into the Stern Ritter.
  • In A Protector's Pride, Hell seems to spend most of his time in combat complimenting his opponents when they impress him, such as with Hachi's barriers and Yamamoto's bankai.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  • In False Smiles, the Scoobies manage to stop Mayor Wilkins' ascension by first finding out exactly what he needs to do and when he needs to do it in order to ascend in the first place, and then stopping him from meeting all the requirements. At the end of the story, the Mayor, who is still technically invincible and immortal, actually congratulates the Scoobies on a job well done, and thanks for being such fine upstanding examples of young people taking an interest in the safety of the community. He also remarks that he'll just wait around until his next chance to turn into a gigantic man-eating snake demon. In the mean time, he tells them, he's going to concentrate on civic improvement and keeping the "bad elements" out of Sunnydale.


  • Child of the Storm has Baron Zemo, who is perfectly calm and polite at all times, will take the time to genuinely compliment a Worthy Opponent on their stratagem/skills, and the most impolite he ever gets is mildly snarky. He's also a ruthless Social Darwinist who believes entirely in HYDRA's agenda of placing 'the strong' above 'the weak', as well as being both utterly merciless and beyond deadly in close quarters combat.
    • Alexander Pierce fits this perfectly, being perfectly friendly towards Lucius in their meeting, later charming Harry and Freki and Geri, and promising, once Harry mentions that Nick Fury (a close friend of his mother) hasn't dropped by for a visit, or even sent a message, to arrange for one, ordering it if necessary. In other words, he acts like a kindly grandfather. He also puts Lucius on edge (since both are aware that the other will dispose of them as soon as they are no longer necessary), stealthily manipulates Harry into emotional turmoil so he can discreetly get a reading on his powers, and doesn't even bat an eyelid when Lucius mentions that he plans to kill Harry, merely remarking that it's mildly regrettable, since he rather liked him.
    • Lucius is a borderline example - he's capable of being perfectly polite to everyone, and usually takes the trouble to be so, but this is usually flavoured by condescension and his point of view sections reveal that he only cares about himself and his family. As far as he is concerned, everyone else can go hang. So he's usually got good manners, but they're more manners for the sake of manners than any genuine regard.
    • Sinister tends to speak in a Creepy Monotone, and is a full time resident of the Uncanny Valley who regards humanity and other species as his personal petri dish. However, he's also usually polite, and almost never raises his voice... until Maddie breaks his control. Then he loses it a bit.
    • Dracula, for all his occasional savagery (which is usually calculated, and unsurprising considering his historical counterpart) has strict standards, a distaste for underhanded tactics (even though he acknowledges their occasional necessity), and is generally fairly cultured and polite. However, he's also a borderline example, as if you manage to really make him angry... then you'll see the monster beneath.
  • Children of an Elder God: Nyarlathotep is polite, congenial and charismatic... even when he is readying to obliterate your soul. When Asuka and Touji are fighting him and even swearing at him, he remains non-offended and even amused.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami has Mukrezar and his Butler. One, a quirky Genius Ditz, with a serious bloodthirsty streak that fails to actually compremise his charisma. The other, Wicked Cultured, with a Badass Beard and a classy suit. A literal Battle Butler. Both? Awesome.
  • In the Jackie Chan Adventures and Teen Titans crossover fanfiction A Shadow of the Titans, Gadjo, despite being an Ax-Crazy psychotic Blood Knight, seems to be a pretty nice guy when he's not trying to kill you.
  • Continuing Aleine Skyfire's trend (see the Sherlock Holmes listing below), Colonel Moran is made even more complicated in Children of Time, trying to rape a 17-year-old girl before he kills her and yet respecting that same girl's unconditional love for Holmes. And speaking genuinely normally with Holmes while torturing him. Yeah.
    • In the same series, Professor Moriarty is Faux Affably Evil, and yet he has his moments in which you get the feeling he just might be sincere.
    • Which is taken up to true Affably Evil with his clone in the second season. He has rather less of a vendetta against Sherlock and is something of a fairly polite and definitely respectful Stalker with a Crush towards Beth Holmes.
  • In Event Horizon: Storm of Magic, The Company™ is a ruthless and amoral futuristic Mega-Corp, but most of their staff are pleasant, polite, and genuinely friendly people.
  • In Game of Touhou, a lot of villains are very affable: Seiga will casually hand one of her whores to others (until she breaks down), Yukari is soft-speaking, Yuyuko enjoys chatting with the smallfolk.
  • In Royal Heights, the main antagonist Embry is quite the educated and polite Hot Witch with a classy wardrobe and even classier personality. She has a penchant for manors, offers tea to her visitors, and is incredibly gleeful and passionate about her plans to destroy an entire dimension.
  • In Origin Story, there's Magneto, in the appropriately titled Chapter 21: “Breakfast With Magneto”.
  • In Deal with a Devil the slaver who capture Harry Potter is openly and honestly friendly to Harry. Unlike most examples, this only serves to make him more horrific in Harry's mind; the man sells children into slavery and treats it like it's just another job. His only saving grace is that he's clearly uncomfortable that some of them are likely to be sex slaves; not uncomfortable enough to stop selling children into slavery though.
  • Harry and his new "friends" in Ace of Spades can be quite polite.
  • Vulpes Inculta of A Dead World is soft-spoken and polite for a Legionary; you could almost forget that he would have absolutely no problem with crucifying an entire village just to make a point. Which he did.
  • Ulquiorra in A Hollow in Equestria is definitely this. Despite his blunt nature, he's capable of being polite to others and willing to engage in thought-provoking conversations over a cup of tea. Despite being polite he has no qualms with killing whatever gets in his way. He'll even pay you a compliment before ripping your heart out of your chest in front of your friends.
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton (Danny Phantom Western Animation, TV Series, and Comic Books.): Cree Lincoln from Codename: Kids Next Door at the start of her date, though she drops the Affably part after Danny dumps her upon discovering her child-hating nature.
  • What the Cat Dragged In has its Final Boss, Peacemonger. He scolds Natasha for being rude, his motivations involve the protection of innocent civilians (even if his methods leave much to be desired), and he absolutely refuses to harm Ladybug and Chat Noir in their fight because they're both minors. This only ends up disturbing Natasha more, because it's all fairly in-character for Tony.
  • Final Stand of Death: Marilyn Manson doesn’t hide the fact he’s evil, the evilest man in America, yet he remains calm and a gentleman. He often has kind discussion with the Los Boricuas while searching for Fusion Gundam.
  • A Peaceful Afterlife: Most of HOLY DIVER's crew have an airy sort of good humor about them, but Moonshine is easily the most outright jovial. Be it his good relations with Cherri Bomb or his politeness towards Charlie, even when killing people he strives to be friendly.

Darkwing Duck

  • In Negaverse Chronicles, the Negaverse version of Gyro is portrayed this way. He will be perfectly polite to anyone he talks to, will show his blueprints when asked, offer gifts or a share of the profits to his fellow criminals, but he also intends to steal Scrooge McDuck's money and doesn't have a problem with the idea that his invention might kill someone.


  • Dance with the Demons: Ra's Al Ghul may be a monster who intends to wipe out ninety per cent of the world's population, but his manners are impeccable. He's unfailingly polite and respectful at all times.

Death Note


  • Chaos from the Tamers Forever Series isn't actually evil but still, for a ten billion year old avatar of destruction and disorder, it's remarkable just how normal he seems.

Doctor Who

  • The suave, elegant, collected Master of The Road To Shalka, who treats the Doctor's companion to a glass of juice and a story about how Three beat him at fencing. He also plots relentlessly and spaces people, although it's not someone we'd like. He flat-out says there's just nothing for him to gain by hurting Jasmine, and that's why he doesn't.

Dragon Ball

  • Several of the villains of Dragon Ball Z Abridged, including Nappa, Zarbon, and (especially) Ginyu. Cooler is a particular example, given that his brother Freeza is Faux Affably Evil.
    • Perhaps the most affably evil villain is Perfect Cell. Despite plotting to murder the entire planet, he seems to actively like Goku and is generally friendly to anyone who hasn't given him a specific reason to want dead.
  • General Harkon, King Cold's second in command in Inheritance tries to avoid sacrificing his men and when facing the Z Fighters, offers them a position in King Cold's army, citing the good pay and benefits along with the fact they'd rise in rank quickly with their power. Even when they refuse, he doesn't take it personally, admitting that he didn't expect them to accept.

Final Fantasy VII

  • Epiphany: Sephiroth is still evil, but he's impeccably polite and even willing to help Aerith out...if he has nothing better to do.

Five Nights at Freddy's

  • The singer (presumably Golden Freddy) in MandoPony's song Just Gold. They speak calmly and politely, referring to you as "the Main Attraction" and saying that "your story must be told", and offering you "eternal scrapyard immunity". Not quite so charming when you remember that these guys are trying to STUFF YOU INTO AN ANIMATRONIC SUIT..
    • Also applies to the singer of another song by MandoPony, Survive the Night (who seems to be speaking for the animatronics). They're friendly, polite, and just want you to be happy- while warning you that they'll kill you horribly if they get the chance.

Good Omens

Gravity Falls

  • The fic Home Is Where The Haunt Is features the OC antagonist Patrick Mason, who is very polite and formal... until he loses his temper.

Harry Potter

  • In the musical Harry Potter parody, A Very Potter Musical:
    • Quirrell and Voldemort sing, dance, pick up girls and watch She's All That in between plotting to murder Harry. Oh, and one of Voldemort's Horcruxes is a Zac Efron poster.
    • The Dementor shown returning Quirrel's civilian clothes was also quite nice.
    • The sequel has Lucius Malfoy and Dolores Umbridge. The former avoids walking at nearly every opportunity, preferring instead to show off with increasingly complicated ballet moves; Umbridge comes off as an odd mixture of Southern Baptist preacher, yandere, and drill sergeant. And she's played by gorgeous Joe Walker note .
  • In Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash, the Death Eaters, for all the narration says that they "looked bad", behave nicest out of anyone in the story and are actually kind of adorable when interacting with one another.
    Death Eater 1: "I think it's okay if you like me."
    Death Eater 2: "Thank you very much."
    The first Death Eater confidently leaned forward to plant a kiss on his cheek.
    Death Eater 2: "Oh! Well done!"


Invader Zim

  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim has a few examples:
    • In contrast to Zim, Skoodge is, as Dib points out, such a nice guy that it's sometimes easy to forget that he's an alien soldier dedicated to conquering planets.
    • Unless he's angered, Norlock is always unfailingly polite, even when he's about to kill someone.
    • Nyx is pretty genial and happy-go-lucky for a Mad Bomber utterly devoted to someone like Zim. Similarly, Ying is unfailingly polite but dutifully serves as Nyx's Battle Butler enforcer.

Jackie Chan Adventures

  • In Queen of All Oni, Jade's personality is more or less the same even after her Face–Heel Turn, other than having fewer morals (and wanting revenge on Tohru for becoming Uncle's apprentice instead of her). For example, when she has Ozeki attack Section 13, she gives him specific orders to NOT kill anyone, and she broke the Dog Talisman to make Scruffy immortal again, for no apparent reason other than pampering her pet. Also, she pays the Enforcers regularly (and apparently it's a lot of money), and doesn't torture them like Shendu and Daolon Wong did, and even AFTER she gave Chow the code-name "Bonkers" for suggesting they rename one of her plans, they STILL feel that she's a better boss than Shendu (probably better than any boss they had in canon come to think about it), so much so they agree instantly on it.
    • Monsieur Verde is also pretty affable. Though considering he's loosely based on Dr. Facilier, that's to be expected.
    • Kuro's such a nice and polite guy, you almost forget he's a demon General.

The Lion King

  • There are a couple of examples in The Lion King Adventures:
    • King Hapana seems very friendly on the outside. Until you find out that he likes cutting animals open to find out how their biology works.
    • Amri is very friendly towards new arrivals. But if a Pride Lander shows up, then watch out. She only harbors a grudge towards the Pride Lands residents in her first story, though.

Mai Hime

  • In Perfection is Overrated, Meiko Moriya might be pretending to be Mai's friend but remains relatively courteous and polite to her after Mai blows her and Bachiko's cover by realizing that they weren't friends. She even apologizes for being relatively familiar with someone she's just met, and goes from calling her "Mai" to calling her the more polite and formal "Tokiha-san".

Mass Effect

  • In Uplifted most of the high ranking Nazis act like this.

The Matrix

  • Bringing Me To Life: The albino twins who in their appearances are rather polite, as well as the twin who waves at Max after trying to shoot him and Trinity.

Miraculous Ladybug

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • Friendship is Witchcraft has, naturally, canon Friend to All Living Things Fluttershy, who still keeps most of what makes her adorable in the actual series, even trying to talk Rarity out of donating her sister's college fund to the local Religion of Evil, finally giving in at Rarity's insistence. And accepting the money; who do you think is a cult leader?
  • Distraught from My Brave Pony: The Movie has no problem holding parties and serving ice cream to the very same ponies that he plans on destroying.
  • The Pony POV Series has second Big Bad Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper, who is unwaveringly polite to the Mane Cast (including Trixie), even when they're fighting. Which is to be expected — she is still Fluttershy, after all.
    • In Dark World, Rancor, Discord's little sister, is a Friendly Enemy towards the mane cast despite the fact she's one of Discord's Co-Dragons and a Blood Knight who is looking forward to her turn to fight them. She does things such as asking Rarity for her autograph (she's a fan of Rarity's past life, Melody), commending them on their fights, and even giving Apple Pie the last pages of a comic the Valeyard used in a Break the Cutie on her, revealing it was a Bittersweet Ending and not a Downer Ending for seemingly no other reason than to Pet the Dog. And while she is vicious when she actually fights them, she spends the majority of the fight talking to them politely. And hitting on Spike. Justified as she's a Punch-Clock Villain who has no actual grudge towards them and is only doing this because her father told her to.
  • In the PONY.MOV series, we have (yet again) Fluttershy! It seems that every time Fluttershy is portrayed as a villain she's depicted as this, although that's hardly surprising when you consider how she is in canon. To drive the point home, she never even swears (whereas the others are shown to all curse like drunken sailors) not even after she snaps and becomes a chainsaw-wielding psycho!
  • In CRISIS: Equestria, Lord Silvertongue is extremely polite and formal with all of his employees... so long as they're on his good side. He doesn't tolerate failure very much, though, and has a habit of brutally punishing those who fail. The lesson of the day: do a good job!
  • The Dogfather from Diaries of a Madman prefers to be polite and well-mannered with those he encounters, despite his status as a crime lord.
  • The Apprentice, the Student, and the Charlatan has both Lord Silverblood and Sombra, though the former loses it when Nova pushes his buttons.
  • Princess Dinky from Bad Future Crusaders is well-liked by her followers for always being pleasant and even chatting with them from time to time, despite "the nasty rumors surrounding her".
  • Fluttershy, again, plays this role in The Abundance. As one of the "Five Queens Of Harmony", she will spread true harmony all over brainwashing ponies into being obedient and kind, and she tries to be the most reasonable one of them all. Trixie, however, deconstructs this; Fluttershy is completely delusional and the only reason she is kind is that she doesn't want to engage in the horrible acts of the other Queens, she just sits back and watches. To Trixie, that makes her the worst one.
  • Played for laughs, in the short Fan Fic series Evil Belle. Sweetie tries to sell her soul to a demon for a new demonic form, only for said demon to turn out to be a really mellow guy. Who is not even interested in her offer, and tries to explain that neither of them, really have much to gain from this. Only for Sweetie to keep pestering him, until he reluctantly agrees.
  • The human Chrysalis in Integration, the sequel to Aftermath Of The Games. When the fourth guy who attempted to kidnap Human Twilight runs and leaves his fellow Changelings behind to be captured by the police, Chrysalis doesn't punish him for aborting the mission. After Adiago escapes, she gives the two guards who were overpowered the next two days off while warning them about not failing her again. While she does blame the door guard for not properly checking the I.D., she gives him the opportunity to make up for his mistake by recapturing the siren, but she threatens that he'll kill him and his family if he tries to run.
  • From her appearances in Hecate's Orphanage of the Blooming Moon Chronicles, Melinda the Sky Witch could be seen as this. She even offers advice to characters like Moonflower and Thorn Blackfeather. However, she does still remain an antagonist, and many of her actions do hinder Cadence and her team.


  • In A Growing Affection Doraku explains to a captured Naruto, Hinata, Sakura and Lee that A) He is a demon. B)He enslaves people and steals people's abilities by drinking their blood C) He isn't a vampire D) Would they mind telling him about the world's current situation over dinner?
    • It should be noted he told them to try to escape over dinner too.
  • In Gender Confusion, it's difficult to distinguish who the bad guys really are until one of them actually goes out and commit a canon atrocity... and then you still need to remind yourself that, yes, they were the ones in the wrong.



  • In Ancienverse, Dalton tends to treat Ash and Seamus quite kindly when he's not trying to kill them.
  • Brave New World:
    • Admittedly, while Tarantulas may seem like a total psycho, he does have the occasional gentlemanly side with the patients he's horribly mutilated. It's mostly based on his mood.
    • Oblivion's Shadow also has shades of this. He's fairly notable as being the most polite, well-mannered and reserved person in the entire series. He's fairly comparable to Deoxys from Latias' Journey, except that he has shades of being a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
    • Barbedo is unusually for this trope, not an antagonist; he was the most vicious and monstrous pirate to ever live, and he got worse after he and his crew were cursed with immortality. To everybody's surprise, Barbedo's friendly enough to Team Aurabolt when they meet him, handing over the Star Badge animating him without any fuss, agrees to a fight for his ship and takes his defeat to Tiny in a drinking contest with good humor. He's unapologetically brutal and loves being the worst sort of pirate, but his friendly demeanor and fondness for his crewmates make him likable in spite of that.
    • If you can get past the fact that Ford is a sinister creature who has taken fighters and been draining their powers over the course of years, he's really nice and charming.

Power Rangers

  • Drake, leader of the Ouroboros Society from Power Rangers GPX SIU. Very polite and praises the Rangers, calling them a Worthy Opponent, but is still up to something...

Ranma ½

  • Proctor of Boy Scouts ½ is genuinely kind and friendly, but because he is Justy's loyal servant, he always ends up on the opposing side of the main characters.


Sailor Moon

  • Queen Beryl is this in Beautiful Destroyer Sailor Moon. The first time we see her, she's messing with a tablet PC dressed like it's Casual Friday at the office, talking about running the Dark Kingdom like it's a business conglomerate. She's not even very disagreeable about how Jadeite's operation in Japan has been royally screwed over so much. Immediately after her meeting with Jadeite she remembers she hasn't had sex in forever, then decides to go out for the night and get laid after prodding her Youma court for a bit of encouragement.


  • Sebastian Moran is portrayed this way in this Sherlock fanfic. When he isn't acting as Moriarty's hired gun, Moran's a friendly guy who's nice to little old ladies and likes dogs.

Sherlock Holmes


  • In Persona: The Sougawa Files, Yuudai Honda is a businessman working for the biggest crime lord in the city who wants to turn everyone into mindless husks, yet he's always friendly and rarely actively malicious. It helps that he has a genuine desire to see the city improve.

A Song of Ice and Fire

  • A few are present in Forum of Thrones
    • Samuel Harrington is by far the most honourable of the Solvers. Though he is a no-nonsense sellsword who Would Hurt a Child without hesitating, he only reacts in such a way when provoked and later reveals himself to have plenty of sympathetic traits, from his tragic backstory, to his surprisingly firm sense of honour. His eventual Heel–Face Turn is a logical consequence to this.
    • The Burned Man is affable to such a degree that it is debatable if he even qualifies as evil at all. Of course, he still is an unrepentant criminal, although his methods are noted to be fairly reasonable and his ultimate goal is considered noble by many characters.

Star Wars

Super Mario Bros.

Teen Titans

  • Jewel of Darkness: Guerra is a pretty friendly person when he's not hired to fight you, and he tends to be rather polite, complimenting people he views as putting up a good fight.


  • In Black Wings, Black Sails, William Laurence comes to be known as the "Gentleman Pirate", thanks to his respectable clothes and rumors that he's the son of some noble. Less-well-known is the fact that he's unfailingly polite at all times, even when he calmly slits a slaver's throat- the same slaver from Empire of Ivory who would have gone on to sue Laurence for £10,000 in canon for cutting his slaves loose -which serves only to make him all the more terrifying.

Total Drama

  • For all their virtues, the protagonists of Centre of Attention are a criminal gang. Played straightest with Gwen, who quits committing crimes once she has the money to attend art college.


  • Luminosity's lower-ranking Volturi are all like this. The worst is Jane, who is best defined as amoral—if she hits you with her power, then she looks at you funny if you scream.
  • In The (Not So) Short Second Life of Bree Tanner and its companion piece, Ashes through an Hourglass, Alec from the Volturi comes across as charming, insightful, and sympathetic, without betraying his more villainous tendencies like manipulating Bree, showing a general indifference to human life, and casually plotting and rationalizing murder.
    • The larger portion of reader reviews consider Alec not just amusing and appealing but actually persuasive in his outlook on being a vampire, which is almost always in stark contrast to the noble ideals and humane lifestyle of the Cullen family.


  • A Tale of Transmigration: Rune, despite being a Nazi, is a frequent poster on PHO who enjoys taking selfies and posting them for people to see.


  • Kyrio Streika, from New Dawn. He is always polite, always serene, never once raises his voice or even curses. He is always friendly and even helpful to Matthew and company, which makes sense, given Matthew is his son. He is a devoted family man, despite having difficulties that he came across during his occupation of choice. He also happens to be rather like Sousuke Aizen in several ways, including being very disturbingly violent in contrast to his eloquent words and actions, and having plans within plans, effortlessly manipulating most everyone he comes across and killing the rest, all for the good of his dear son.
  • Gravity Falls Rule 63: Bonnie Gleeful. She's a very sweet lady, even when she's killing you with her own two hands.
  • Doli Incapax Horse Lawyer: The killer Sugary Sweet is cute and affectionate to just about everyone around them, calling them by terms of endearment. They never get angry and show genuine concern for the third party who ends up getting suspected of the murder and try to get them declared innocent while still hiding their own guilt.


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