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  • Justice from Afro Samurai. His laugh is just... ill.
    • "YEE-HA!"
  • AKIRA: Tetsuo lets out some memorable maniacal laughs.
  • Parodied and lampshaded in Angel Beats!: when Yurippe laughs during the baseball tournament, she's told that she sounds like a villain.
    • Again in the DVD Bonus Episode "Stairway to Heaven". This time, she even mimics Lelouch and seems glad to be lampshaded.
    • Tension Meter 200!!!
  • While he's not a villain, England from Axis Powers Hetalia does one when he's about to do a magic ritual to get revenge on Germany.
  • Azumanga Daioh: While Kimura's laugh isn't a bona fide evil laugh, it sure is scary.
  • Desty Nova from Battle Angel Alita tends to enjoy this trope.
  • One thing that didn't get touched upon in the anime is that Guts of Berserk can pull off a terrifying Evil Laugh, which he did most prominently in his Black Swordsman phase when he worked in concert with the Beast of Darkness spawned from his horrific experience during the Eclipse.
  • Alan Gabriel from The Big O is prone to this, though it's more of the maniacal giggle type; the fact that it's Crispin Freeman of all people doing it just makes it creepier.
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  • Creed from Black Cat has a typical villain laugh. He mostly does it when Train is involved, though.
  • Hansel and Gretel from Black Lagoon should be the poster characters for creepy laughs, and they are very, very evil.
  • Bleach.
    • Hollow Ichigo in almost every appearance.
    • Espada #6 Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez during his fights with Ichigo Kurosaki.
    • Espada #5 Nnoitra Gilga lets one loose when he impales Kenpachi with his hidden sixth pair of arms.
    • Captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi gives a truly spectacular one whenever he unleashes his Bankai in one of the games. Also, here.
    • Chapter 458 gives us an awesome one, so much the two speech balloons that contain it occupy together a good half of the page. Who provides it, you ask? Ginjo, and this time, it isn't an act.
    • During his fight with Rukia Kuchiki, Espada #9 Aaroniero Arruruerie repeatedly uses a vicious laugh.
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    • Kageroza Inaba in the anime during the Gotei 13 Invading Army arc, particularly at the end of episode 333 and the beginning of episode 334.
  • A Certain Magical Index:
    • For a good guy (he's even an All-Loving Hero), Touma Kamijou manages to pull off an evil laugh. This is possibly the first time in the history of fiction that this trope has been weaponized. The guy running away in terror? He's a freaking Reality Warper.
    • Accelerator gets these pretty often. In the anime they sound freakishly high pitched and mixed in with a kind of coughing noise, to further illustrate how unhinged he is. Then there's that... sound he makes when fighting Touma: KHKHKHKHKHKHKHKHKUKUKUKHIKAKAKAKAKAKAKA!!!! It's later revealed that his "laugh" is actually him speaking a very basic form of Angel.
  • Torpedo Girl from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo laughs using the word "Torpedo" over and over again. It's really creepy.
  • Even though Aion from Chrono Crusade is often smooth and charismatic, in his more manic moments, he can let out an evil, crazed laugh of epic proportions.
  • City Hunter: Ryo's is a rare heroic and lovable example, used whenever he is about to go on another "girls hunt."
  • For the protagonist of the series, Lelouch from Code Geass gets an inordinate number of evil laughs, usually when he's just pulled another utter pwnage on his enemies with some unexpected genius tactic. His most maniacal ones were in episodes 17 and 23 (quoted below) of season 1, and episodes 2, 7, and 9 of R2.
    Lelouch: These hands of mine have been dirty for a long time now, Suzaku. Your coming to face me now doesn't matter at all. Hell, I welcome it even. I mean of course, you and I are friends.(starts laughing maniacally as the Tokyo Settlement collapses around him). [1]
  • Mad Pierrot from the Cowboy Bebop episode "Pierrot le Fou" pulls off the truly unhinged version of this trope in a very disturbing fashion.
  • The title character of Cutey Honey (and its spinoffs) provides a rare heroic example at the start of her In the Name of the Moon speeches.
  • Light of Death Note indulges in an Evil Laugh when at his most sinister. In fact, in the final story, he struggles to hold in his imminent victorious laughter and ultimately fails in a scene that cranks the full-blown psycho version of the evil laugh Up to Eleven. Sanity's gone at this point. He cracks one during the infamous potato chip scene.
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    • Not to overlook his more appropriately timed laughter, standing over L's grave. Ryuk is dumbstruck.
    • Higuchi gets one, too. It's not used as often, but that may just be because he doesn't have anywhere near as much screen time as Light. It's enough to scare Shinigami.
    • Ryuk possesses one as well, though it's more of an evil chuckle in most cases.
    • Beyond Birthday was practicing them at one point.
  • Say what you will about Muraki's VA in the English dub of Descendants of Darkness, he does an especially chilling, falsetto cackle which just adds to a certain mad scientist's general creepiness.
  • Lampshaded in an episode of Digimon Adventure 02 (dub only) when the Digimon Emperor burst into a fit of evil laughter after expounding on one of his evil plans, then stopping and muttering "Eh, it's not that funny..."
    • Myotismon has a pretty good evil laugh too, particularly in the first season. Used so much in the dub that the other characters comment that they're "sick of that laugh". His laugh is so awesome that the dub's editors rewound a clip of him giving a skyward cackle twice.
  • In Digimon Xros Wars, it's particularly hard not to find DarkKnightmon laughing whenever he talks.
  • Mana aka Cure Heart from DokiDoki! PreCure is another heroic example, rocking one in episode 7. The circumstances? One of the Quirky Mini Boss Squad members, Bel, had captured the Precure and left them powerless and trapped in another dimension. He does an Evil Laugh to frighten the girls... only for Mana to counter with her own cackle and tell him that it doesn't matter how long it takes, they were getting out. Mana has some guts. HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH...
  • Garlic Jr. in Dragon Ball Z engages in this a fair bit.
  • Lampshaded by the Duel Opponent of the Week at the end of one episode of Duel Masters: "I will now laugh at you with my hands on my hips like so. MWAHAHAHHAHAHAH!"
  • Katsuhiko Jinnai from El-Hazard: The Magnificent World (particularly the OVAs). In the original Japanese, he simply sounds like a megalomaniacal Evil Overlord [tm] when he laughs. In the dub, he sounds completely unhinged. It's both hysterically funny and extremely creepy at the same time.
  • Eyeshield 21's Hiruma has his distinctive "ke-ke-ke-ke-ke!" even though he's one of the protagonists. He's still evil though.
  • Fairy Tail's Gajeel Redfox has a creepy enough laugh in the manga (Gi-hi-hi-hi!), but the anime voice actor goes above and beyond to make it positively psychotic.
  • Uighur/Wigul in Fist of the North Star (NGYA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA~!)
    • Almost every major villain does this.
  • Even though he's an Anti-Villain, Greed of Fullmetal Alchemist has a distinctive evil laugh/chuckle, which is generally translated as something like "gwa-ha-ha-ha-ha". On a couple of occasions in which he's Laughing Mad, it can be kind of disturbing. The psychopathic Envy provides a straighter Evil Laugh on ocassion. Also, while generally a collected Affably Evil, early on, when he sees explosions and chaos going on, Mad Bomber Kimblee starts laughing insanely. Finally, toward the end of the series, Father does a really disturbing Evil Laugh while carrying out his master plan, which is particularly scary because he has Voice of the Legion at the time.
  • Full Metal Panic!!: A teenage terrorist in his enormous Humongous Mecha unleashes a hysterical yet pretty normal laughter while devastating a city. However, megaphones in his mecha repeats his laugh all over the city, so it sounded sufficiently evil.
  • Fushigi Yuugi's Tomo, surprisingly, does this more often than Nakago, who can't even match up to the former's signature laugh ("Kakakakakakaka!"). Mayo Sakaki, for a bratty 16-year-old, has an evil laugh creepier than Nakago's.
  • Penchinon from GaoGaiGar has his "BREEEEEEEEEEEE!!!"
  • The title character of the Gregory Horror Show has a bit more of an evil chuckle.
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  • Haruhi Suzumiya does this at least twice in the light novels, both after her Heel–Face Turn. The first is in "Snowy Mountain Syndrome", and the second is in "The Melancholy of Mikuru Asahina".
  • Several characters from Hellsing indulge in this, but the most famous examples have to be Alucard and Anderson's laughs.
  • Yuno Gasai from Future Diary erupts into this big time after she manipulates Yuki into killing Hinata. Just another reason why she's the prime example of a Yandere.
  • In Jojos Bizarre Adventure, Dio Brando has three, as shown here, here, and here.
  • Katekyō Hitman Reborn! features two characters that fit the trope: Belphegor's "Ushishishi!" and Mukuro's "Ku fu fu~" — the latter character actually managed to score an Image Song titled "Kufufu no Fu". Both character's image songs feature solos of them doing their laughs.
    • Xanxus also had one, although it's less unique and well known compared to the other two previously mentioned. He tends to have it whenever he goes off ranting about how everyone else is trash.
    • Even Byakuran got one during his fight against Tsuna. He sounds like a clown.
  • Sgt. Frog:
    • Kururu from tends to evilly laugh "ku-ku-ku!" when something unfortunate but amusing happens to another character, especially if he was the one responsible.
    • Keroro himself likes to think he has one, but it's just "devious" (KEEEEro-kero-kero-kero).
  • Supervillains (Heel wrestlers) in Kinnikuman tend to have very distinctive laughs. There are many examples, but some of the best examples are those of Ditto Fighter Stecase King ("Kekekekekeke!") and Joke Character villain Kinkotsuman ("Muhyohyohyooo!")
    • Ashuraman's laugh ("Kakakakakaka!") is so distinctive, it's actually used as a lyric in his theme song.
  • Friday Monday from Madlax is of the third category, perhaps even the epitome of the third category, as he sometimes struggles to contain his evil laughter in times of victory and will cackle for quite some time.
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  • Evangeline of Mahou Sensei Negima!, being a Noble Demon who repeatedly insists that she's a Big Bad, naturally releases a hearty Evil Laugh whenever she feels like it, such as when she was showing off her true power by obliterating a Demon God with little to no effort.
  • Neuro's evil laugh from Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro, after he gains lots of demonic power from a big mystery. [2]
  • Michio Yuki, the Villain Protagonist of Osamu Tezuka's manga MW does this a lot.
  • Hidan from Naruto has a very...distinct and psychotic laugh when he uses his voodoo ability.
    • Kabuto indulges in an evil little giggle at times.
    • And then there's Orochimaru.
    • Despite being called the "The Uchihahaha", Itachi's Motive Rant did not actually involve laughing (though it sort of looked like he did), just overacting. An event which truly lives up to that name comes nearly a hundred chapters later, but uttered by Sasuke. Not simply because he was feeling evil, but to mock Kakashi when he tells Sasuke to stop being so obsessed with revenge.
  • One Piece not only has several characters performing the Evil Laugh, but usually, every character who performs the laugh has a unique and distinct version of it that only that character says. For example, Marshall D. Teach aka Blackbeard's signature laugh has a "Ze" sound to it, and Sir Crocodile's laugh is dry and monotone.
  • Peacemaker Kurogane: Suzu gets one of these, after he goes Ax-Crazy.
  • In Pokémon Generations, they managed to make a giggle sound incredibly creepy with Courtney of Team Magma in Episode 7.
  • The Prince of Tennis has Kirihara Akaya who bursts into manic cackles every time his uncontrollable Devil Mode takes over. While not exactly evil his other personality certainly is and is apparently slowly breaking him apart, as Yanagi mentioned.
    • Also parodied in one of the specials. Yukimura gets the idea that his team has to have more fun while playing. Sanada and the aforementioned Kirihara promptly try to please, revealing that those two just CAN'T laugh normally. Poor Yukimura has no choice but to give up.
  • In Princess Tutu, Drosselmeyer is very fond of his evil laugh. He's an old, insane character, which makes him a pretty good example of the evil wizard type. Mytho also starts letting out evil cackles in the second season after their Face–Heel Turn.
  • Prince Sharkin in Raideen had an evil laugh that was extraordinary in its legnth, volume, resonance, and the sheer amount of scorn it conveyed. It was so epic that his voice actor got typecast as villains for the next decade.
  • Ronin Warriors: EVERY VILLAIN gets his shot at an evil cackle—usually multiple times in one episode.
  • Rosario + Vampire: Inner Moka, while not evil, has a couple instances of this in Season II: in chapter 1, after dishing Tsukune punishment for touching her and telling him he has a slim chance of seducing her ("Want to know your odds?"), and again at the end of chapter 6, right before curb-stomping the doppelganger that dared mimic her body and abilities.
  • Rozen Maiden: While definitely far more mischievous than evil, Suiseiseki manages to pull this one off pretty well when playing pranks on the other characters, and once when playing the evil queen from Snow White in a rehearsal for a school play, she does it in an extremely convincing manner.
    • And then in Träumend, when Jun becomes her medium, she gets a power boost and laughs like crazy while fighting Barasuishou and saving the others.
  • Sailor Moon has the demon-possessed Mad Scientist Professor Tomoe. Here's a good hearty laugh for you.
    • Of all people, Tuxedo Mask has one in an early episode, for no apparent reason. Maybe he was just happy to survive Jadeite's attempt to kill him.
    • Galaxia does this a lot in Sailor Stars. Methinks she's just pleased as punch that it was so easy to cause a global apocalypse.
  • The Brazilian version of Golden Saint Saga's laugh in Saint Seiya is known worldwide as awesome.
  • Saiyuki Reload has Zakuro the youkai, who is a walking evil-laugh lampshade. Sanzo and Co. make fun of him for it ("Who actually goes 'mwu ha ha ha ha' when they're laughing evilly, seriously!?")
    • Played straight with Dougan in the Requiem OAV. Okiayu Ryoutarou has an excellent utter-loony laugh (see also: Jinnai).
      • One of the creepiest antagonists in the whole series, Yisou, is made all the more so by the fact that he doesn't actually outright doom-cackle; he sort of giggles quietly into his sleeve. It's...yeah.
    • Ensui, the big bad from the first OAV (it predates the Gensoumaden anime), has a FABULOUS evil laugh. Who knew Miki Shinichirou could pull that kind of crazy?
  • Berg Katse in Science Ninja Team Gatchaman is known for this, usually when he thinks he has the team or the world at his mercy.
  • Tadase Hotori's laugh in Shugo Chara! (while he is in his "king" persona) may either be this or a male Noblewoman's Laugh depending on how you look at it.
  • There are quite a few notable ones in Slayers, the best one being either Rezo's or Phibrizzo's.
  • From Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, Robotnik lays out a rather loud and solid one. Hear for yourself. Mind the possible ads.
  • Although he isn't truly evil, self-proclaimed Mad Scientist Hououin Kyouma of Steins;Gate likes to do this before setting off one of his crazy plans to subvert the world order.
  • Super Atragon: Avatar has a distinctive raspy cacklenote .
  • Golg Bodolza lets out a hearty "Muahahahahahahaha!" as he watches his fleet glass the Earth in Super Dimension Fortress Macross.
  • Ryoko from Tenchi Muyo! delivers an impressive one during her duel with Tenchi in the first episode, particularly in the dubbed version.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann's Lordgenome does this during his fight with Simon, while he's tearing the Lagann apart with his bare hands.
  • Tokyo Ghoul:
    • Yamori is clearly having the time of his life whilst torturing Ken Kaneki, bursting with maniacal laughter as he breaks the boy further.
    • After being captured and experimented on by Aogiri Tree, the formerly good-hearted investigator Seidou Takizawa becomes a chortling maniac, letting out gleeful laughter whenever being launched into battle.
    • The Clowns are masters of this. Roma's laughter ranges from girlish giggles to shrill cackles. During his fight with Renji, Uta, for the first time in the series, lets out a wild batch of mocking laughter at his friend.
  • Mega and Giga in Transformers: Super-God Masterforce occasionally indulge in evil laughter. Mega's evil laugh doubles as a Noblewoman's Laugh.
  • Ran, Urusei Yatsura's resident Yandere, often does this when planning revenge on Lum.
  • Niwe, The Caligula from Utawarerumono, is known by fans for his intensely annoying "GYAH KA KA KA KA KAT" laugh. He would occasionally use it more than once per episode. Apparently, he was known for it by characters too, since just when Hakuoro thought they were rid of Niwe, his laugh returns with a vengeance in his dreams.
  • The Vampire Princess Miyu OAV. Miyu is sometimes heard laughing in the end of each OAV and it's a soft, child-like, almost gentle laugh. However, due to the circumstances and Miyu's own nature, such giggles potentially can be more horrifying than a typical Evil Laugh.
  • King Hamdo from Now and Then, Here and There does this in the preview for the episode "This Bloody Earth."
    King Hamdo: *laughing maniacally* I have to laugh at them! Look at those losers on all fours! I'm gonna laugh and laugh until I can't laugh anymore. *calmly* What then? Very simple. I'm going to shoot them dead.
  • Most villains in Yu-Gi-Oh! tend to have an evil laugh, but Yami Bakura's stands out the most. He starts constantly laughing at the start of the Battle City Finals, and those laughs get more nightmarish in the Millennium World Arc. Bonus points for being voiced by Rica Matsumoto.
    • Yami Bakura's laugh is also very epic in English, German, and Spanish.
    • Another prominant example is Yami Marik.
    • An anti-heroic example is Seto Kaiba. After his victory against Zigfried, he starts laughing like a villain. It's Kaiba after all.
    • Jaeger of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's has a subdued yet equally sinister laugh of "Hi hi hi!". The dub version, Lazar, does not.
    • Professor Cobra in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, as well as the appropriately named Brron, Mad King of Dark World.
    • Saiou/The Light, has the creepy high pitched kind that illustrates his insanity excellently.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monsters, Mystical Sands laughs constantly as the heroes attempt to defeat her worm minions.
    • Dr. Faker has a fair bit in ZEXAL though it's probably fake, ironically, and Tron combines this with Creepy Child magnificently. But not even the incredibly sinister chuckles of Don Thousand can compete with Laughing Mad Vector, for whom it's normal to have half of his dialogue as Evil Laughter. It's usually not a good sign.
  • Yusuke has some fun with this one in Yu Yu Hakusho. After dying a second time and reincarnating as a half-demon, he does this along with a little speech to toy with the elite squad of soldiers dispatched to destroy his corpse and prevent said reincarnation. They fall for it, if only because it's what they expected to happen anyway, and he has a good normal laugh at their expense immediately afterward.
    • Elder Toguro also has a creepier version of this trope played straight.
    • Hiei lets out a good one while Botan risks her life trying to keep Kayko from turning into a demon. It backfires as it helps to piss Yusuke off.
  • King Dedede and Escargo(o)n from Kirby: Right Back at Ya! let out an evil laugh all the time, even when they're just laughing about something innocent. They provide the image.

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