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  • In 27 Dresses, the heroine's sister fits this trope perfectly but it's very heavily implied that she's doing it to deal with her own loneliness, and they make up at the end.
  • Michael Bishop from Alien³. His smile after Ripley refuses his offer says it all.
    • Burke from Aliens. At first, he seems genuinely friendly toward Ripley — even downright likable — but gradually reveals that he's willing to risk human lives to bring back a Xenomorph, for the money.
  • Ajnabee: Big Bad Vicky portraits himself as an easygoing and friendly fellow, but is actually a Con Man that only pretends to befriend his neighbors in order to frame them for his scheme.
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:
    • Downplayed with Lex Luthor. He sucks at not being a dick to people, and most people find him to be an insufferable, annoying jackass, but hardly anyone knows that beneath his campy, flamboyant act is a mass-murdering sociopath who's willing to commit such acts as blowing up a Senate courtroom full of people and create a monster like Doomsday, all to spite and fuck with Superman.
    • Lex's father, Alexander Luthor Sr., was an example played straight. He put on the guise of a savvy businessman and devoted father who rose up from nothing, managing to endear himself to the public by claiming that LexCorp was named after his son. Behind the scenes, he was emotionally unstable, and an Abusive Parent who violently beat his son at the very least (Lex mentions at one point that he suffered from "Daddy's fists and abominations").
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  • Beauty and the Beast (2017): Gaston may seem like a charming, if a bit creepy, Lovable Rogue on the outside, but inside, he's a sociopathic, violent monster who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, up to and committing murder and blackmail.
  • Walter in Big Eyes, initially comes off charming and romantic, but is actually manipulative and abusive.
  • Karl in Blackout. On the outside, he's a helpful, chivalrous Nice Guy, devoted parent, and recovering widower. But between his flashbacks and his gradual loss of patience in the elevator, we learn that he's a deeply sadistic and misogynistic Nietzsche Wannabe Serial Killer/rapist who staged his wife's suicide, and whose main reason for needing to escape the elevator is to clean up his bachelor pad before his daughter arrives and sees the corpse of his latest victim.
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  • Nina is perfect for the role of the Black Swan, because she is a Manipulative Bastard, master of the Wounded Gazelle Gambit, and most importantly, crazy enough to do anything to get the role. ...Perhaps.
  • In The Bravados, Douglass's closest neighbor is a bumbling silver Prospector named John Butler, who is unfortunate enough to encounter the fleeing outlaws. He's also the real killer of Mrs. Douglass.
  • Balraj's sister, Kiran and Mrs. Darcy, in Bride and Prejudice are not nice people at all.
  • In The Cat in the Hat, Lawrence "Larry" Quinn sets himself up as an ideal boyfriend and a top-notch real estate agent, while in reality, he's nothing but an unemployed Fat Slob who only wants to marry the kids' mother for the money and constantly plots to get Conrad shipped off to military school. At the beginning of the film, only Conrad can see him for what he really is.
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: William J. Johns at first appears to be a clean-cut lawman and typical hero, but is ultimately revealed to be a self-serving, cowardly mercenary who doesn't give a damn about anyone but himself. And if that's not bad enough, he's also a morphine addict.
  • In Copycat, Foley looks and acts like a cute, quiet, unassuming lab tech —- and is a psychopathic Serial Killer.
  • Cruel Intentions: Kathryn Merteuil sets herself up as a model student, a popular, well-adjusted young woman, and a devout Christian, but in reality, she's a narcissistic, alcoholic cokehead of an Alpha Bitch who regularly goes out of her way to manipulate people and destroy their reputations and lives For the Evulz. By the end of the first movie, Annette and Cecile, two girls whom she had manipulated, circulate copies of her stepbrother Sebastian's journal, in which he had detailed Kathryn's true colors, to the public, flinging off the sheep's clothing.
  • Cry Freedom: Jimmy Kruger, the South African Minister of Justice and the one responsible for Steve Biko's banning. When he meets Woods, he gives off the image of a reasonable authority figure who does not like signing banning orders and the like, and who seemingly agrees with Woods on the need for a political solution to the racial crisis gripping the nation. He also listens attentively to Woods as he tells him about the vandalization of Biko's church by security officers and expresses discontent over their actions. However, Woods is later harassed at his home by security agents demanding that he reveal the identity of the eyewitness who recognized police captain De Wet as the one leading the officers vandalizing the church (with Woods knowing that the eyewitness would be arrested and/or killed as a result), with said agents all but saying out loud that their orders came directly from the Minister of Justice. Ultimately, Kruger establishes himself firmly as this later during the National Party conference scene where he mocks and makes jokes at Biko's death.
  • The Bishop Edvard Vergerus from Fanny and Alexander by Ingmar Bergman. He seems fairly benign, if a little self-righteous, before pulling back the curtain to reveal a true sadist, justified by piety.
  • Auric Goldfinger, as stated in his "The Villain Sucks" Song:
    "Pretty girl, beware of his heart of gold, this heart is cold!"
  • Mrs. Mott in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. A very chilling example. Hell, she could be the trope maker.
  • The Harry Potter flicks have both Quirrell and Umbridge, who both seem quite benign on the surface, but are in fact quite evil. Heavy emphasis on the "bitch" part in the latter's case. That being said, Umbridge is far more openly antagonistic than Quirrell. See their Literature counterparts for more detail.
  • Eddy of Hick. On the surface a friendly Good Ol' Boy with perhaps some anger management issues, underneath a psycho killer and rapist.
  • Tony is revealed to be one at the end of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, although there are subtle hints dropped throughout the film that he's not as nice as he at first appears.
  • In the Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy Jingle All the Way, Phil Hartman portrays his next-door neighbor, who appears to be a nearly perfect man: a devoted single father who dotes on his child, a master at cooking and home repair, and has a seemingly limitless supply of free time to devote to helping others. For most of the film, only Arnold can see him for what he really is: a Smug Snake whose every move and thought is dedicated to seducing every woman he comes across, whether they're single or not.
  • In Kermit's Swamp Years, Wilson was at first the friendly and cheerful pet shop owner, but his job is to lead Dr. Krassman to all the frogs.
  • Killer Under The Bed: Tina acts all nice to Kilee when she first shows up at school... then asks for a hundred dollars, or else she'll spread nasty rumours about Kylee throughout the school.
  • Knives Out: An entire family of them in the Thrombleys. They all keep a polite, welcoming facade, but the second their wealth or comfort is threatened, or if you look too closely at their interactions with those they consider "beneath" them, their selfishness, bigotry, and cruelty become very clear. The only exceptions are Harlan (who, while pompous, was a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and true friend to Marta), Ransom (who is an utter jerkass and makes no effort to pretend otherwise), and Meg (who at the very least is conflicted about her role in her family's backstabbing, and seems to genuinely like Marta).
    • Actually Ransom seems genuinely supportive and caring to Marta in the restaurant scene and seems like the only one who can help her out. Then by the end, it’s clear he’s by far the worst of the Thrombleys and tries to kill Marta when his plans are foiled.
  • In Legally Blonde 2, the senator (played by Sally Field) is sweet and kind to Elle, becoming a mentor and friend quickly. She throws Elle under the bus the first chance she gets to gain a political edge.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Obadiah Stane from Iron Man is jovial and comforting for the first half of the movie, acting as a paternal figure and guardian for Tony Stark. Then it’s revealed Stane is the one who ordered the Ten-Rings to attack the convoy Tony was riding on and has been planning to kill Tony for years so he can have Stark Industries for himself.
    • Justin Hammer from Iron Man 2, he “tries” to be very charismatic and suave like Tony but he’s really a jealous Jerkass who wants fame and glory. Hammer cares little for the people who are injured and killed in his attempts to upstage Tony beyond getting bad PR.
    • Loki in Thor, at first he’s very supportive and loving towards his big brother and agrees with his quest of vengeance against the invading Ice Giants. Soon as, however, we learn Loki is the one who let the Ice Giants into Asgard to stop Thor’s coronation and guided him into attacking the Ice Giants which got Thor banished and when his father Oden falls into the Oden sleep, he seizes the throne. When Sif and the Warriors Three defy him Loki sends the Destroyer to kill Thor to stop any chance of his brother coming back.
    • Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3 is very charismatic when he appears in the present even succeeding in charming Pepper. When he reveals his true colours, Killian puts up no pretence being completely psychotic, shooting Maya down in cold blood, infecting Pepper with Extremis and repeatedly trying to kill Tony all while taunting him.
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier has a lot of examples of this with The Reveal that proud members of S.H.I.E.L.D. such as Jasper Sitwell, Brock Rumlow, Alexander Pierce (who humbly refused the Nobel Peace Prize) and many more are all secretly working for Hydra and have been lying to the Avengers and the Government the whole time and plotting against them.
      Nick Fury: See, it's stuff like this that gives me trust issues.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has Ego. Starlord's father is a highly charismatic person who happily gives his son the fatherly love he's always wanted. Halfway through the movie though it's revealed that Ego is a tyrannical sociopath who killed Starlord's mother so she'd no longer distract him and forces his son to a be Living Battery before he's rescued by his father substitute Yondu.
    • In Avengers: Endgame 2014 Nebula infiltrates the Avengers and acts like their friend, but as soon as she’s alone, she hijacks the time machine and gives an opportunity for Thanos and his forces to invade.
    • Quentin Beck aka Mysterio from Spider-Man: Far From Home appears as a very sincere and heroic figure who supports young Peter Parker and gives him guidance during his grief over the death of his mentor Tony Stark. Beneath the Mask, however, Beck is an entitled and psychotic madman who seeks public adoration as an Avenger through illusions and lies and tries multiple times to kill Peter and his friends (who are all teenagers) once he’s been uncovered.
  • Mean Girls:
    • Towards the very beginning, we're told that Regina's a bitch, but she seems to act perfectly civil to Cady. Then, of course, things begin to go downhill. A good example is when Regina insults someone's skirt after saying to the person's face that she liked it. This is obviously a call back to earlier in the film when she complimented Cady's bracelet.
    • Cady herself becomes one of these toward Regina and her circle later in the film. A case of Pay Evil unto Evil given Regina's actions, but Cady's actions (turning her friends and on-again-off-again boyfriend against her, giving her "diet" bars that cause her to gain weight, attempting to publicly humiliate her) are still quite nasty, especially since she does them under the guise of friendship.
  • Money Monster: Corrupt Corporate Executive Camby has a very good reputation, and even his own employees consider him to be an "open book."
  • Ms. Quickly, to whom the father reluctantly proposes in Nanny McPhee because he must marry by the end of the month or be cut out of his wealthy aunt's estate. She puts on a sweet front until the day of the wedding when she coldly informs the children that they're all to be shipped off to boarding school at the first opportunity.
  • A male example in P2. Thomas, the stalker/kidnapper, seems like an eager and helpful Nice Guy at first, but becomes more and more of a desperate psychopath as he loses control over Angela.
  • Painkiller Jane: Graham/Insley, who initially comes off as a nice, sympathetic psychiatrist, turns out to be Erfan all along, who gave Jane her enhanced abilities via a genetic modification, which killed her team when they were exposed.
  • The Parent Trap (1961) and The Parent Trap (1998) both have the step-mom-to-be being a sheep to the dad, and a bitch to everyone but. It's surprising how he doesn't see it, honestly, but then again All Stepmoms Are Evil.
  • George in The Philadelphia Story. His true colors are revealed in his last scene.
  • Simone Clouseau in The Pink Panther (1963) (at least to a modern viewer). Because her husband Jacques is The Fool, she is able to successfully hide her professional and romantic connections to the jewel thief he is trying to capture, and ultimately helps frame him for their crimes. Since the thieves were the protagonists of the film and were pulling a Karma Houdini (Clouseau was the Ensemble Dark Horse who became the hero of the subsequent films after being a Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist), the audience is supposed to be on their side. Unfortunately, even here, Jacques Clouseau is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, so her behavior is rather cruel.
  • The mermaids from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides — for such sexy, harmless-looking creatures, they sure are vicious.
  • Predators has a Predator clan putting on a planet a mercenary, an Israel Defense Force hitwoman, a Spetznaz commando, an African death squad trooper, a Mexican drug cartel enforcer, a death row criminal... and a doctor. Played by Topher Grace. Who turns out to be a serial killer.
  • Holly Jones from Prisoners. She's initially just an irritated but essentially good-natured mother trying to protect her son. It's all just a facade and she's actually a kidnapper and murder of children who did it all, along with her husband, to "crusade against God".
  • Red Riding Hood. Prudence big time. When Valerie is chained up in the center of town, wearing a wolf's mask, and is being used to lure the Werewolf to his doom, she decides to say some spiteful things to her. Instead of apologizing to her for what was happening to her, she says that she deserves to be killed by the werewolf. She even hints that she might have been jealous of Valerie for a long time.
  • The Running Man: Damon Killian is a charming, genial game show host...on camera at least. Off-camera, he is an abusive, underhanded prick who has no problem to both audiences and contestants.
  • Saved!: Hilary Faye can give the Lovable Alpha Bitch vibe, but she's a straight-up Alpha Bitch. You can be on good terms with her so as long as her outlook on religious beliefs aren't opposed. Oppose them in any way and you'll see just what sort of friend she is and that her facade of kindness is solely built on being The Fundamentalist and Egocentrically Religious.
  • Detective Mark Hoffman of the Saw series. Outwardly, he presents himself as a hard-working, responsible, caring figure of law. It can fool you if one's not aware that Hoffman's a ruthless, manipulative, and murderous Dirty Cop as well as an apprentice of Jigsaw.
  • The Scream series has a fair amount of these. On a lighter note, Rebecca is a memorable example in the fourth installment. On a darker one, Ghostface killers are usually this before The Reveal.
  • Shallow Hal: Jill seems to be a nice person for most of the movie, and it's hard to disagree with her reasons for rejecting Hal's amorous advances, considering how unpleasant he is to women at the beginning of the movie. However, from the moment Jill learns that Hal is dating Rosemary, she immediately flirts with him, even though she knows their relationship is serious. And when Hal is having trouble with Rosemary (after the hypnosis comes to an end) Jill not only appears conveniently to invite Hal to a date, she also tries to seduce him and even makes a comment about Rosemary that can be interpreted as mean (by saying that Hal's dating the obese Rosemary proves he is pathologically unshallow).
  • The diner worker from The Shape of Water, who Giles has a crush on, seems like a nice guy at first, even giving Giles some free pie. But when Giles tries to flirt with him, he turns away in disgust, revealing that he's homophobic. He also turns out to be a racist as when a black couple enters the diner, he forces them to leave.
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: Professor Moriarty does a flawless impression of a benign, gentlemanly academic, complete with a fondness for feeding pigeons. In reality he's a sadistic, manipulative sociopath.
  • Lina Lamont in Singin' in the Rain. Compared to reality, however, this film offers two interesting twists: Debbie Reynolds, who is dubbing Lamont in the film, was herself dubbed by Betty Noyes, and laid-back, long-suffering Nice Guy Don Lockwood is played by irritable perfectionist Gene Kelly, the real Bastard in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Sky High (2005): Gwen Grayson, the most popular girl in school, seems to avert the Alpha Bitch stereotype entirely and falls for the protagonist Will Stronghold. It was all a ruse so that she, who is actually the supervillain Royal Pain (and whose real name is Sue Tenny), could get back her weapon, the Pacifier ray that turns people back into infants, and use it to take over the school and turn it into a School for Scheming.
  • Star Wars: Palpatine, full-stop, combining this with Villain with Good Publicity. As the Chancellor of the Republic, he had cultivated an image of himself as a kind, tea-drinking, grandfatherly figure who cares deeply for his planet, The Republic, and democracy. All the while, he was running the Separatist forces as his alter-ego, Darth Sidious. Immediately upon being confronted by the Jedi, he shows his true colors as a sadistic, megalomaniacal, power-hungry Manipulative Bastard. In the public eye, he kept up his former facade, while using his new hideously deformed appearance to pull what was essentially a giant Wounded Gazelle Gambit and turn the Senate and public opinion against the Jedi.
    • What's more is that even after the Empire unleashed the full force of its tyranny on the galaxy, he remained popular, and even those who hated Imperial rule generally did not see him as the villain. He continued to be seen as either the galaxy's benevolent hero who ended the Clone Wars or at the very worst, as a weak-willed old man being manipulated behind the scenes by the likes of Tarkin and the Moff Council. Very few actually realize (or want to believe) that he is a megalomaniacal tyrant in complete control of The Empire.
    • At one point, Mon Mothma even calls him this trope.
      "This Palpatine was a Rodian in Ewok's clothing!"
  • The Stepfather seems to play this straight with the step dad.
  • In The Strawberry Blonde, seemingly sweet and innocent Virginia is revealed to be a grasping, selfish schemer, and a nagging shrew of a wife. Biff, who has spent years mourning after Virginia as the one that got away, is hugely relieved in the last scene when he meets her again and finds out what a harpy she really is.
  • Professor Catalan in the French action-comedy That Man from Rio, a mousy, academic archaeologist who is kidnapped by folks who had just stolen a Mesoamerican statue which is the key to a vast treasure. The protagonists rescue him around mid-film, unaware that he'd staged his own kidnapping and is after the treasure himself, along the way, murdering a former colleague and abducting a young lady he had been a surrogate 'favorite uncle' to.
  • This Is the End: Jonah Hill is almost sickeningly polite, particularly to Jay Baruchel, but later prays to God for Jay to die because he hates him so much. It's also noticeable earlier during the earthquake when he tries to push Jay into the hole as everybody is running. Also later on when Jonah drops very tiny hints of trying to get Jay to die. Like "accidentally" throwing a knife at Jay's leg instead of simply passing it to him.
  • In Three Men And A Little Lady, Mary's mother is on the verge of marrying one of these, completely unaware that her husband-to-be loathes her adorable child.
  • David Simms in Tin Cup. Partly subverted in that Roy MacAvoy and all his friends already know this about David. Conversely, David's girlfriend (with whom Roy falls head-over-heels in love, naturally) doesn't realize that Roy's comments about David's true nature are accurate until the movie is almost finished.
    • Simms is even dignified in romantic defeat. He's a nice guy and a complete asshole.
  • Ray Zalinsky in Tommy Boy. Tommy quips that he seems so genuine on camera. He then explains what a Jerkass he is when Tommy gets to Chicago to try and talk him out of buying the family business.
  • Tough Guys: Archie's second boss, a restauranteur, makes a big show of being warm, posh, and welcoming when Richie drops him off. The second Richie leaves, her smile disappears and she tells Archie she hates having to hire ex-convicts and smugly gives him the most demeaning jobs she can find.
  • Tower Heist: Shaw does a very good job of coming across as a Cool Old Guy who's Nice to the Waiter for the first part of the film before being exposed as a ruthless Jerkass and con man.
  • Trading Places: Louis' fiancé, Penelope, at first seems like a kind lady. However, the second Louis gets into a lick of trouble, she reveals herself to be a self-centered person and all but ditches him.
  • Tragedy Girls: Sadie and McKayla are charming, intelligent, popular students... who are also remorseless Serial Killers, and a huge danger to everyone around them.
  • The John Wayne film The Train Robbers has Ann-Margret as the widow of a long-dead bank robber who needs to find the money her husband stole to get out of debt and so her son can live a better life. Wayne and his gang help her find the gold stolen by Matt Lowe and let her keep it as well as the $50,000 reward the train company has for it. They put Mrs. Lowe on a train, telling her how she can keep the gold and the reward and build a new life for her son. As the train pulls out, a Pinkerton agent who's been following them for the movie reveals that "Matt Lowe was never married." The woman they know as "Mrs. Lowe" was a prostitute at the brothel Lowe was killed in and just conned the guys into risking their lives so she can take off with the gold for herself.
  • Unfriended: Blaire, the protagonist of the film, is revealed to be as such over the course of the film. Not only did she cheat on her boyfriend with his best friend, but she throws both of them under the bus to save her own skin. She was also the one who originally filmed the video of Laura that would be uploaded to YouTube and result in her harassment and subsequent suicide, and she has the gall to try and pretend otherwise... not that it will do her any good in the end.
  • Welcome to the Dollhouse has the tutu-wearing Missy. All she has to do is dance around clumsily and the parents are under her spell. Which pisses off Dawn no end.
  • Katharine Parker in Working Girl starts off as a BISC before progressing to being a Devil in Plain Sight.

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