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"After seeing how many people say they can relate to Cartman, Joker, and Rick, I had to avoid any ambiguity."
Card-Carrying Villains in webcomics.

  • 1/0: Junior is defined as "evil". He discusses his status several times and often both he and the author try to enforce it. It's ultimately deconstructed, courtesy of Ghanny.
  • Black Mage Evilwizardington in 8-Bit Theater, if his last name didn't give it away already. Hell, he even tried joining the bad guys after gleefully wasting all his fire spells on BATS and leaving the Light Warriors to die inside a block of solid ice. Oh, and he's a protagonist responsible for saving the world.
    Drizzl: What do you think you're doing?
    Black Mage: I'd say I was joining the winning side, but that would imply that there was some point where I wasn't part of team evil.
  • Khrima from Adventurers!! is an archetypal example of this. Much like Dr. Evil, he got his degree from Evil University. He goes to great lengths to get people to believe he's extremely evil and cruel, and adheres religiously to the clichés of Evil in RPGs, with instances ranging from his exact following of the Sorting Algorithm of Evil to his personally preparing an Amazing Technicolor Battlefield for the final fight.
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  • Bob and George actually has this Catchphrase: "What? I'm evil. I Lied."
  • Bob the Angry Flower once had a violent confrontation with a man who only gave his name as the Evil Business Guy Made of Butter. Well, allegedly had a violent confrontation with an alleged Evil Business Guy made of pure creamy butter.
  • Concerned has Wallace Breen of Half-Life become something like this.
  • Girl Genius: The reason Madam Oglavia Spudna became a spy and master Torture Technician? She likes spying on and torturing people.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Ellen was this initially in an effort to give herself some sense of identity. She failed at this, though. Horribly.
  • Simultaneously lampshaded and subverted in-universe in Errant Story, where Jon describes himself to Mandi as "a fully licensed and bonded, official, card-carrying, non-nice person" who kills people for money. Mandi isn't buying it, though, and reminds him of his soft spot for helping anyone with a pair of ovaries, making him more of a card-carrying Anti-Hero.
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  • GU Comics demonstrates.
  • In The Homestuck Epilogues and Homestuck^2, Dirk Strider decides after his Face–Heel Turn to enthusiastically adopt the mantle of "antagonist".
    DIRK: Well, I'm an antagonist now. That's what I do.
  • Seren of Karin-dou 4koma has a demon lord license. It expired more than twenty years ago after she forgot to renew it, but she's thinking about reapplying now that she has free time. It's actually just a LARP thing, though; the true demon lord is locked in Seren's closet.
  • Oscar, from Kill Six Billion Demons, is a backstabbing murderous devil who normally wears a cloak or jacket with "BAD MAN" printed on the back and pants with "EVIL" printed all over.
    • He's also the leader of a group of similarly card carrying Gang Bangers called "Badstar" whose Badass Creed is simply "Money and power through homicide!"
  • Richard of Looking for Group would be a Card-Carrying Villain if he was not a protagonist.
  • Mage & Demon Queen: None of the demons are particularly evil. They fight adventurers because that's what they're supposed to do. Well, and because they're rather put-out that humans keep attacking them for loot and experience.
  • Dr. Evil in one of Monster of the Week strips. He's a Large Ham, his lines are filled with I Have You Now, My Pretty and "Evil" is his actual surname. Scully still fails to notice.
  • Helen, Mell, and, later, Dave in Narbonic. Helen is, in fact, a Shirt Wearing Villain — her habitual outfit includes an old T-shirt which reads "evil", with a heart dotting the i.
  • A certain story arc in Nodwick involved him being captured by the Brotherhood of Evil Henchmen in an attempt to get him to do a Face–Heel Turn and devote his henching skills to their benefit. The guild master gleefully explained at one point that they only worked for villains.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Xykon prides himself on his evilness. This pride is justified. As do most OOTS villains, both for the same reasons as D&D and because it fits so well with its playing with the Fourth Wall nature.
    • Even Belkar, a member of the good guys' team, at least accepts, or even revels in, his Chaotic Evilness as a fact.
    • The Linear Guild carries (business) cards.
    • As do their masters, the Inter-Fiend Cooperation Commission, though, considering they're fiends (and therefore literal incarnations of evil), this trope rather goes with the territory.
    • Redcloak is an interesting example: he admits he and his god are evil by Dungeons & Dragons alignments, but he still thinks his actions are justified. He seems to think of alignments as being more like team names than actual moral judgments (which they were initially intended to be, in fact; it gets rather weird from there).
      • It could be argued that Redcloak is a deconstruction of this trope. He freely admits that he considers himself "evil" because he opposes those that define themselves as "good", and his actions and goals note  can be seen as sympathetic, or even justifiable.
    • Elan's long-lost father, Tarquin, turned up and explained why he chose to become an evil tyrant: every story calls for one, so he will be the villain and "live like a god for three decades" until some heroes come along to vanquish him. He'll still be immortalized in bardic lore and he'll get to be emperor for a while, so, in his opinion, eventual Karmic Death is worth the payoff. He does, however, reject the alignment system as "outdated and meaningless" so it's possible that he's a subversion. He also prefers to act as the Man Behind the Man, coming into conflict with Elan because the latter doesn't understand Pragmatic Villainy.
  • In Precocious, most of the children who even play as the Super Villain Union, but a special mention goes to Dionne, who even freely admits her selfishness and evil intentions in a debate for class president.
  • Sluggy Freelance: In the Torg Potter parodies, Lucius Malfoy wears a nametag saying "I'm a bad guy! My name is: Lucius Malfoy". Also Invoked Trope with the equivalent for Slytherin House, because it's explicitly where they put all the students who are "bad guys", and who are encouraged to remain that way so as not to mess up the paperwork. Small wonder if they identify as bad guys after that.
  • Posey from The Sanity Circus makes no attempt to hide her joy at the fear on people's faces as a result of her schemes and threats, let alone her many Implied Death Threats and Slasher Smile. Then again, that was what she was created for.
  • Captain Obvious from The Way of the Metagamer — he even has a goatee!
  • In Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic, all of the monsters of the mountain identify themselves as evil, though only the Drow (and King Lewie the Lich) act like it. The only real difference between the rest of the monsters and the "good" humans and elves are a tendency to eat other sentient beings and a casual approach to mortal violence. Can be meta-Lampshade Hanging on the initial idea of alignments as sides in the war: you don't really have to pass an Evil Test to side with your family, do you?
  • In Freefall, Sam Starfall, one of the protagonists, is this in an exceedingly literal sense - he's definitely an agent of chaos and a chronically selfish lawbreaker with a worldview that glorifies scoundrels and thieves. The single component he lacks, curiously, is actual malice - he views of his "deeds" as noble and praiseworthy acts due to a scavenger mentality.


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