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  • The super-villain Rictus in Anachronox:
    I shall kill you...with death!
  • Baldur's Gate:
    • Irenicus from Baldur's Gate 2, it isn't that he revels in being a villain, he simply does not care enough to bother denying the charge.
    "No, you'll warrant no villain's exposition from me."
    • Dorn Il-Khan from EE is another example. He's a mass-murdering Blackguard and openly admits as such. One of his funniest scenes is when he mentions that he and Gromnir came from the same orc tribe, but Gromnir's antics disgusted even Dorn and the orcs so he was thrown out. Dorn even feels the need to point out that even he has standards at all.
    • All evil party members in the game, to some extent. Thanks to the game's reputation system, they'll start to complain, and eventually may even attack you or quit the party in disgust, if your reputation gets too high (meaning that you're regarded as heroic rather than villainous by NPCs). This includes the characters who ought to be smart enough to recognize the benefits of being a Villain with Good Publicity such as Kagain, a greedy, yet small time-evil dwarf with 15 Intelligence who will complain even when you're well paid for you work.
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  • The Mad Doctor from Epic Mickey. This is especially obvious in the sequel The Power of Two, where he sings a song about this, "The Mad Doctor's Plan", and also title a TV show he created "The Mad Doctor's Wonderful World of Evil".
    Dear diary, who's the maddest mad doctor of all ? Wonderfully evil meeeee !
  • BlazBlue:
    • Azrael. He's the aptly named Mad Dog of Sector Seven who slaughtered thousands of people, ally and enemy alike, in the Ikaruga Civil War. And he'll gladly tell you all about it over a glass of beer.
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  • Nene from Blue Dragon. Wanting to "share [his] pain and fear" with others is all the explaination he bothers to give for spending the entire game (and many years prior) spreading chaos, death, and fear throughout the known world.
  • Considering that the carnival of CarnEvil is named, well, Carn Evil, pretty much all of the villains qualify since the game makes absolutely no efforts to hide that fact.
  • Nemesis from Catacomb Fantasy Trilogy has the goal of destroying all that is good, and his mausoleum contains plaques "dedicated to Nemesis and his great evil." A bit of a Flat Character, maybe.
  • The non-Naughty Dog installments of the Crash Bandicoot series portray many of its main antagonists as card-carrying villains, especially as the series took a more comedic turn.
  • King Dice in Cuphead spells this out in his Villain Song: "I never play nice, I'm the Devil's right-hand man!". He also turns into a literal card-carrying villain in his boss fight.
  • Arkham from Devil May Cry is obsessed with evil and spreading it wherever he goes, referring to the term "eeevil" with religious reverence as he carries what must be the Antichrist's Bible for Dummies over his heart. Vergil simply ignores him in these moments.
  • Most demons from the Disgaea series actively try to cultivate an evil and badass image for themselves through means that vary from wanton acts of violence and depravity to not recycling and playing Ding Dong Ditch. Most of them fall into the latter category - place them next to the former, and they will recoil in disgust.
  • Your character in Dungeons, along with everyone else, except the heroes.
  • Giygas from Earthbound is not only called evil but "Evil itself".
  • The Elder Scrolls
  • The Big Bad of Fate/stay night Kirei Kotomine is of the Destruction variety. He finds pleasure only in the suffering of others. Unusually, however, he spent most of his life trying in vain to find something - anything! - he enjoyed that wasn't completely evil, trying to suppress that side of him. It isn't until Fate/Zero that he just says "Fuck it", and gives in. The fact that evil makes him happy is exactly what makes him unhappy. In a way, this could make him a Tragic Villain.
  • Every single evil-affilated racer in the F-Zero series. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Special mention goes to Black Shadow. And his voice actor in the anime adaptation is Norio Wakamoto.
  • Most of the evil races in Galactic Civilizations take so much joy in their skull collections. If you're playing an evil race and are on good terms with other evil races, they may occasionally warn you that the good guys want to stop both you and them from torturing people.
  • Bio-Haz, in the obscure Game Boy RPG Great Greed, is a textbook Evil Overlord trying to conquer Greene Kingdom, and he's generating as much pollution as possible because it makes him and his army stronger. It's not until the end of the game that you learn he has another motive besides his great greed; he wants to save the human world from pollution by using Greene Kingdom as its garbage dump.
  • In the Human shields trailer for Hatred, the Villain Protagonist refers to himself as a "fearless remorseless genocide machine, cold and deliberate".
  • ALL of the antagonists in Hero's Realm fit the bill, but special mention goes to Balthalas, who sports a fantastic Evil Laugh to boot.
  • King Squid from Jables's Adventure outright identifies himself as "the villain" and tells the hero, Jables, that it's too late to stop him be honest, King Squid never really gets to explain what, exactly, his evil scheme is.
  • Malefor, the Big Bad of The Legend of Spyro trilogy, has absolutely no problems with his title as The Dark Master and, in fact, took the name himself. He's also a third sphere version intending to destroy the world. Unlike most examples of this trope, he's played dead serious and is pure terror.
  • The Legend of Zelda examples:
    • Ganondorf, called Ganon in his boar-demon form (which is becoming rarer these days, as he ages and gets more of a handle on his temper), is a very lifelike example of this trope. He openly calls himself the Great King of Evil, the Dark Lord, even the Prince of Darkness; he seeks to Take Over the World and has a memorable Evil Laugh; he performs human sacrifices when they get him what he wants (which is pretty rare, but still); he regards civilian populations as an obstacle to be overcome (he left Hyrule a heap of ruins in the first game, conjured up a magical plague in A Link to the Past, killed most of the country in Ocarina of Time...); and he enjoys chaos for its own sake, as well as a means to an end. (This is why Evil Only Has to Win Once is consistently averted in the Legend of Zelda series.) He reflexively conspires against any superiors he may have, doesn't even try to form alliances, and has only once (in The Wind Waker, in his increasingly gloomy middle age) even attempted to talk in terms of right and wrong. But he's brave, intelligent, quick-witted, and strangely charismatic; we've never seen him take hostages or use torture; he doesn't want revenge against those who defy him (indeed, he enjoys a good fight with a brave enemy, and doesn't try very hard to detect or destroy resistance against his rule); he can be kind in small matters, even while being appallingly destructive in the big ones; he doesn't hold grudges against any enemy smaller than the Kingdom of Hyrule as a whole; and his followers are intensely loyal to him. It's not pleasant to be an innocent bystander when someone like this is around, but it's easy to see how he lives with himself; imagine a pirate chief or a mercenary captain, plus enormous magical powers. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker gave him a somewhat sympathetic backstory, but The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time established quite clearly that he likes what he does — far too much to be sympathetic himself.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Agahnim delights in banishing the Seven Maidens into the Dark World and boasts of his place in the "tribe of evil." Given that he's an avatar for the aforementioned Ganondorf/Ganon himself, it would be surprising if he wasn't this.
    • Vaati, in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords, and The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, conquers Hyrule in search of power (this happens so often that Hyrule's culture is probably Fantasy Romania by now) and kidnaps maidens to be his bride.
    • Demon Lord Ghirahim and his master Demon King Demise in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword don't really have a goal or motivation, other than to be evil. Demise is literally the Devil of the setting, though (and Ganondorf derives much of his power — and his demon-pig alternate form — from Demise's influence); so perhaps they get a pass on this.
  • The Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable games has Lord Dearche, the King of Darkness and Big Bad of the first game. It reaches the point where, after developing into a Noble Demon by the end of the second game, she absolutely refuses to admit that she's no longer that evil. In fact, reminding her of her good deeds or that practically everyone in Eltria adores her is a very quick way to trigger her Berserk Button.
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance has bag guy organization called the "Masters of Evil".
  • House Steiner in the Mechwarrior game franchise: on the couple of occasions you aren't fighting them, they're setting you up for a murderous betrayal. The original BattleTech universe portrays them as more morally ambiguous. It's justified in Mech Commander 2 and MechWarrior 4: Vengeance/Mercenaries, as they are being lead by Katherine Steiner-Davion.
  • Mega Man Battle Network has Doctor Regal, a representative of moral relativism taken to its extremes, is a very disquieting type 2 Card-Carrying Villain, whose objective is to make everyone as evil as he is, first by gaining control of Duo's asteroid, then by trying to connect all human minds to the Soul Net, and then using Nebula Grey to corrupt it. Unlike most such villains, he is not played for laughs and, in fact, comes out as one of the most threatening and chilling characters in the whole series.
  • Dr. Weil, the Big Bad of Mega Man Zero, who had the ambition of fulfilling all three spheres, and even succeeding. And this is one of the modern examples that's not played for laughs or cool; he provides us with one of the quotes before battling Zero, describing himself really well. Strangely, despite realising he's evil (he actually says "I am the Devil!"), he doesn't think he deserves his rightful punishment. It makes him even more demented.
  • Mega Man Star Force. In the third game, the villains belong to an organization known as Dealer, and they carry Noise Cards with them to make Wizards go out of control.
  • In Metal Wolf Chaos, Vice-President Richard Hawk is never given any motive for his coup d'état and subsequent oppression. He just seems to really hate freedom.
  • Most of the Path of Dark class promotions in Might and Magic VII have a name that is either more associated with not-quite-a-good-guy than their Light counterpart (Warlock vs Arch Druid, Bounty Hunter vs Ranger Lord, etc) or invoke darkness (Priest of Dark, Black Knight). The Paladin promotion is called Villain, and yes, the guy that promotes you to it uses it himself. In the same game, William Setag is a self-proclaimed Villain. He can train your Crusaders to be Villains, too; it involves helping him kidnap the fairest lady in Erathia, just for the sake of doing it.
  • Murray The Demonic Skull from Monkey Island, as well as LeChuck.
  • Nefarious has Villain Protagonist Crow. He considers himself to be a 'classic' villain, and is dang proud of it.
  • The Genma of the Onimusha series revel in being referred to as "evil", most notably in the second game (evident by the final boss being the Golden Evil Statue, and also by the content of some in-game documents). Due to its tendencies to hand down Historical Villain Upgrade everywhere, it also ends up turning many historical figures into Card-Carrying Villain whenever they got too chubby with the Genma.
  • Gnarl of Overlord, in a most over-the-top manner. He's a dedicated loyalist of the Overlord, and delights in the Overlord's destructiveness for its own sake ("Evil always finds a way!"); but he gets huffy when he sees the Overlord defied, or when other evil factions threaten his own.
  • Luke Atmey of case two of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials And Tribulations. At one point, when the good ol' Judge tells him that he's evil, he replies with "But of course! Evil is what I am!"
  • Team Rocket, introduced in the original Pokémon games. They not only declare how evil they are repeatedly, but generally seem more concerned with making sure that Pokémon are harmed and exploited than actually profiting from their plans.
    • The members of Team Dim Sun in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia revel in their evil status at every opportunity. However, even they won't make fun of a Nosepass!
    • Also of Pokémon fame, Team Meanies of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon. They aspire for world domination. Their evil schemes include rescuing a little boy so someone else's mother will give them a reward, trying to get a worm to join their team, stealing your mail, and, this being slightly sinister, rousing up the entire town you live next to into hating you and wanting your blood.
    • Their counterpart in the sequels, Team Skull (Team Poison Rose in the Japanese versions), are the same. Their only motivation is greed and harassing the players' team to make them look bad. Compared to the real Big Bad of the game and his Dragon, they're almost the Team Rocket trio in Pokémon form.
    • Team Flare from X/Y. According to the first mook you meet, their goal is "to make it so we're the only ones who are happy!". Later in the game, they upgrade it to "alive".
    • Parodied in Pokémon Sun and Moon which haave Team Skull (not to be confused with the one mentioned above). They talk about how evil they are openly and their leader says he's "Destruction in Human Form" but they're absolutely harmless. Nobody's actually even scared of them. They're basically if the entirety of Team Rocket were the Anime Trio.
  • Ratchet & Clank:
  • Charnel of Sacrifice, occasionally taken to rather humorous levels given he's an evil god of slaughter.
    Charnel: He lies! Do not believe anything he says!
    James: ...What if he tells me you're a villain?
    Charnel: Don't believe anything else he has to say!
    • Another bit with him:
    Pyro: Why should [the gnomes] suffer for the benefit of savage and brutish beings like the trolls?
    Stratos: I see only one savage and brutish being here...
    Charnel: Come, now, we mustn't forget me!
  • The Sexy Brutale: The games make it clear in the tutorial that the staff are murdering the guests. The staff all wear creepy gas masks and you will regularly hear them insulting their victims or quipping nonchalantly about the murders before or after the fact.
  • The Sims games let you revel in your evilness with the proper traits.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Generally Dr Ivo 'Eggman' Robotnik believes that his superior intellect means the world would be better off with him as a ruler, but he makes no pretence about being the villain, and seems to openly revel in the fact. Just the same he manages to be a fairly interesting character, largely because of how stubbornly persistent, childish, over the top and ridiculously inventive and resourceful he is.
  • Joey Rottenwood, the Big Bad of The Spellcasting Series. He firmly believes in all time-honored villain traditions, including telling Ernie his plot while he has him captured, and he has a knack for making absurdly easy escapes when his plans are foiled. He even reads a villain's manual to ensure he's doing everything correctly.
  • The Ilwrath of Star Control II go on at length about how evil they are, as a matter of religion. They certainly do enjoy torture, genocide, murder, etc. However, you can induce a Logic Bomb by pointing out that, although they are certainly evil by external measures, by following the tenants and customs of their society, they are, in fact, good. Unfortunately, all this accomplishes is to convince them to try to slaughter you for being an annoying twerp.
  • Street Fighter:
    • M.Bison is the leader of an evil international organization named Shadaloo, and he's not ashamed to admit it.
    • Seth is the leader of S.I.N and makes no bones about how evil he is. In his Super Street Fighter IV intro he even goes on to say that all of humanity is just like him in a way in that they do whatever it takes to get ahead regardless of others.
    • Juri Han makes absolutely no pretense about what a psychotic piece of work she is. In fact, she'll tell you herself; she loves killing people.
    • Oni, the evil form of Akuma, outright says that he's evil incarnate in his intro.
  • Luca Blight from Suikoden II, even after being showered with arrows, battling three squads of the opposing army's most powerful soldiers simultaneously, being showered with even more arrows, and losing a duel to the death with the main character, still has the strength to roar triumphantly in his Final Speech that even though it took hundreds to kill him, he slaughtered humans by the thousands, and that he is probably the single most evil man who has ever lived (which is probably true), before finally dying.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Bowser actively prides himself with being seen as EVIL, seeks evil locales for his castles, and enjoys being called "your vileness". Although, over time, he has also begun to pick up Noble Demon traits as well, with the Mario RPG's in particular showing that Bowser is capable of goodness, at least to some degree (although he doesn't like to admit it). Generally, how evil Bowser is depends on his role in the game and whether or not he is the Final Boss; with the main platformer series presenting him as more of an Evil Overlord and spinoffs presenting him in a more sympathetic light.
    • The Smithy Gang from Super Mario RPG wish to turn the entire Mushroom World into a mechanical wasteland and as Smithy says himself: "Get rid of all wishes and create a world filled with...WEAPONS!!". It's not known if most of the gang actually thinks of themselves as evil however we do get this line from the Axem Rangers:
    Axem Red: We fight for evil!
    Axem Black: We live for disorder!
    Axem Green: We like what we do!
    Axem Pink: We struggle for chaos!
    Axem Yellow: We are...
  • Judging from a certain Scream Fortress 2014 line, Merasmus of Team Fortress 2 seems to revel in being evil.
    Merasmus: Most villains don't think they're evil. They think they're heroes. Not me! I'm reclaiming it! Evil wizard! I'm rotten to the bone and I don't care who knows it!
  • Complicated literal case with Seiga Kaku of Touhou fame. She's a prideful, self-centered, Manipulative Bitch of a "Wicked Hermit" who styles her Spell Cards with names such as "Demonify 'Zouhuo Rumo'" note  and "Evil Sign 'Yang Xiaogui'" note . She has no regard for the course of nature, flipping off both Heaven and Hell with Immortality Immorality and being a necromantic (and possibly necroromantic) Evil Mentor whom's main reason for doing anything can be chalked up to "It Amused Me"... She's also a very friendly and cheerful woman who loves socializing and hanging out with "interesting" people, and aside from the whole desecrating-of-the-dead-in-order-to-raise-them stuff, she never really does anything particularily bad.
  • WarCraft: Gul'dan (in both of his incarnations - original and the Warlords of Draenor AU version). While Ner'zul had to be deceived into selling his race into serving the Burning Legion, Gul'dan went along with Kil'jaeden's plans willingly. He says several times that he doesn't care what happens to his race, and that he's willing to sell the orcs into demonic servitude solely for the purpose of getting more power for himself. He even proudly calls himself "Darkness Incarnate" several times in the franchise.
  • The Wolf Among Us has one appear in Episode 3 with Bloody Mary, whose idea of a fun time is living up to her Urban Legend namesake to kill her victims and feed their lungs to the family dog. She re-appears in Episode 5 and talks about how she wishes she'd been around to see people running in terror from the Big Bad Wolf. before he eats her.
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus has the Nazis making a Biopic about B.J Blazkowicz in the wake of his supposed death all Based on a Great Big Lie, portraying him as a complete sociopath (while this isn't entirely a lie, he's only Ax-Crazy when he's fighting Nazis), his mother as an enabling Jew and his father as a put-upon man trying his best but unable to help. A later scene which has B.J himself auditioning for the role presents this line:
    Blazkowicz reading from cue card: Your bravery is no match for a neanderthal like myself. Besides, I only know how to fight in a dirty manner. Now to kill the innocent children. Germany's future. (Evil Laugh)


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