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♫ You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch. ♫
I'm just a mean green mother from outer space and I'm bad.
I'm just a mean green mother, a real disgrace,
And you've got me fightin' mad!
I'm just a mean green mother from outer space,
Gonna trash your ass,
Gonna rock this place,
Cause I'm mean and green, and I am BAD!
Audrey II, Little Shop of Horrors

In many works, villains wear green or have green skin. This may be because green seems like an alien color since it doesn't appear naturally in humans. It is also the color of many reptiles and amphibians. Green is often associated with poison and envy. Green skin is often a feature of the Wicked Witch.

Heroes who oppose such villains often choose red as their signature color, resulting in a Red/Green Contrast.

A Sub-Trope of Good Colors, Evil Colors and Secondary Color Nemesis and Super-Trope to Sickly Green Glow. Watch out for Green Is Gross.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Astro Boy Pluto, the massive horned robot, was colored black and grey respectively in the original manga and cartoon, but is turned military green for 2003 series. Very fitting, since he operates like a tank, but subverted since he turns good.
  • It is fairly rare in Berserk, as red and black are more common color schemes for the Apostles, but there a few examples:
    • The unnamed female Apostle that kills Corkus and has sex with Guts before getting killed is colored green in the manga, though she is black in the anime and movie.
    • Slan of The God Hand has green tentacle-like hair and a green hue to her skin, and she's probably the most depraved and openly sadistic member of the God Hand next to Griffith/Femto.
    • Rosine only has one appearance outside the manga, where she's colored green and emits a glow.
    • Irvine, the reborn Griffith's archer in his Apostle form subverted slightly since he's a Nice Guy but nevertheless since he works for Griffith he's still effectively an antagonist.
  • Black Clover: Jack the Ripper wears green, the color of his squad, and while a Magic Knight Captain he's still a bloodthirsty guy with a love for cutting things up.
  • While Ulquiorra from Bleach has a white body, his eyes are green, and his Battle Aura in his Segunda Etapa form gives off a Sickly Green Glow. As for the "mean" part, he beats the absolute shit of Ichigo when they fight, and the latter only wins when he gets his hollow form.
  • Many villains from Dragon Ball are green colored; though purple is the standard (purple is often associated with death in Japan), the green villains are more unique.
    • The Crane School's color is green, which serves as a contrast to their rival the orange-colored Turtle School and represents their different (more deadly) nature. Subverted in retrospect with Tien and Chiaotzu who turned good and even stop wearing green themselves, though in Dragon Ball Super the students in Tien's school wear green.
    • Demon King Piccolo, the first truly dangerous Big Bad of Dragon Ball, is very green and very mean, technically the strongest person on Earth before Goku shows up; Piccolo was even based on King Nero of Rome according to Toriyama's editor at the time. Of course subverted as King Piccolo's reincarnation becomes good and good friend to Goku and his son.
    • Played straight in the non-canon times where Piccolo becomes evil again, like in Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest where he's Brainwashed and Crazy and tries to kill Gohan, and Majin Piccolo from Dragon Ball Z Supersonic Warriors 2.
      • Averted with Kami, Piccolo's good half, and most of rest of their race, the Namekians, who are green and good.
    • Zarbon DBZ's standout when it comes to The Fighting Narcissist has green hair and turquoise skin, and killing innocent Namekians with gusto. Zarbon also has a monstrous transformation where he loses all his Bishōnen beauty.
    • The little green Guldo of the Ginyu Force counts, though apart from having Telekinesis and a time stop ability, he's pretty pathetic in terms of villainy.
    • The grasshopper looking Cell plays it completely straight even when he is more lime-colored. Cell is a powerful villain rivaling Frieza in terms of antagonist popularity; he was created using the cells of Z-Fighters and successfully killed Trunks twice and forced Goku to perform a Heroic Sacrifice. While his forms may vary along with his attitude which goes from conniving, brutish to relaxed one thing stays the constant about Cell- he is very evil and very green.
    • The titular antagonist from Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug. When we first see him the only thing about that's green is his face, until he rips off his helmet and gloves and he is revealed as a Namekian, and an evil ancient one to boot. Slug brutalized Goku with his giant form and only lost thanks to a combination of Gohan whistling and Piccolo giving Goku his energy.
    • Broly as well, despite not technically being colored green, but with hair and Ki aura having a Sickly Green Glow (which is rare for villains); Super Saiyans are normally gold colored. The suggestion is that Broly is unnatural, even for Saiyans standards, and the green hue is part of the unhinged "Legendary" transformation. In his first canon apperance in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, his outfit has several green-colored sections.
    • Zamasu from Dragon Ball Super is green skinned and extremely sadistic, narcissistic and pessimistic about mortals. Zamasu single-handedly makes Trunks' Bad Future even worse and nearly destroys everything until the timeline was erased.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Master Zero of the Oracion Seis wears a dark-green military-like outfit and wields Darkness Magic colored with a Sickly Green Glow, and he's one of the most unrepentantly evil beings in the series who just wants to destroy everything and everyone.
    • Azuma of Grimoire Heart, who fittingly of his green attire has nature powers, but add combustion powers to that and the heroes were in for a rough time, especially Erza, who takes a brutal beating from the villain.
    • Gajeel's magic power is depicted as being green in the anime, and he debuted as The Dragon to Jose Porla and an Evil Counterpart to Natsu who brutalized several Fairy Tail members badly. Even after he makes a Heel–Face Turn and joins Fairy Tail to lighten up, he's still the definition of Good Is Not Soft.
  • Heavy Object:
    • Prizewell City Slicker, who is mostly dressed in Green in the anime, is not only an elite of the Legitimacy Kingdom's 24th Mechanized Maintenance Batalion, but also is one of the most xenophobic antagonists in the series, specifically he seeks to either enslave or slaughter those who don't speak the official language.
    • Skuld Silent-Third of the Faith Organization wears a green bodysuit. While she seems like an innocent elite, she is really an insane serial killer who has no qualms in regards to who her targets are, which range from soldiers on her own side to innocent civillains.
  • Meruem, the Big Bad Chimera Ant King from Hunter × Hunter, makes Cell from DBZ looks reasonable. Despite being a newborn, he can smash heads off with one swipe of his tail and brutalized Netero with Super Speed, even ripping the old man's limbs clean off. Meruem is also the Last of His Kind.
  • Reina, the green haired Femme Fatale of Rave Master.
  • Mazinger Z: Big Bad Dr. Hell always wears a tight green uniform.
  • Naruto has a couple examples; Haku has teal clothing and is one of the first antagonists in the series, the already-evil Kabuto is even more evil and green in his Snake Sage form; and there's White Zetsu and Black Zetsu (the latter is more obviously evil), who both have green hair.
  • In One Piece, green-colored villains are actually pretty rare, but Mr 9, Mr 4, Crocodile, Fukurou, Boa Sandersonia, Hannyabal, Caribou, Vander Decker, Monet, Chinjao, Vinsmoke Yonji and Admiral Ryokugyu are the clear standouts.
  • In Tamagotchi, the Show Within a Show Gotchiman features a villain named Black Hat who is mainly green and black in color.

    Asian Animation 
  • In Happy Heroes, Big M., who wants to invade Planet Xing, wears a suit of green and black armor.

    Comic Books 
Marvel Universe:
  • Most Spider-Man villains have green skin or wear green costumes, including the Green Goblin, Lizard, Mysterio, Sandman, Electro, Vulture, Scorpion, and Doctor Octopus. This is most likely due to Secondary Color Nemesis and red/green Color Contrast.
  • Doctor Doom has a green cloak, tunic and hood, though long time readers will recognize that Doom isn't quite as evil as his attire and name would suggest. But since most of Doom schemes are Take Over the World and destroying those who appose his plans this trope still very much applies to Doom.
    • In recent years Doom traded the Green attire for a white one.
  • The Skrulls from the Fantastic Four, try to imagine a race of reptilian super beings who can shapeshift and have Power Copying... that's the Skrulls. These mean green bastards have invaded Earth frequently and often without the Heroes noticing, the give away is whenever they revert back to their green skin.
  • Three of Doctor Strange arch enemies are green.
    • Baron Mordo, Strange's most prominent Evil Counterpart dresses in green and was taught by the Ancient One the same as Strange but grew jealous when discovered Strange would be the Sorcerer Supreme and not him and frequently tried to kill Strange before and after the death of The Ancient One. Though he is given a Race Lift in the movie he still wears green.
      • Nightmare is also an opposite of Strange and what he stands for, being omniscient entity of horror who draws power from the subconscious mind; and sticking point is you can't destroy him as doing so would drive humanity insane.
    • Shuma Gorath needs little explanation a disgusting green one-eyed multi dimensional tentacle monster whose the ruler of chaos, not only is Gorath a colossal pain to Strange but also everybody else when he shows up.
  • Ronan the Accuser the enemy of the Fantastic Four and more commonly Guardians of the Galaxy wears green in the comics.
  • The terrorist organization Hydra in Captain America are dressed in green.
  • In Iron Man The Mandarin's traditional Chinese wear is usually green.
  • Annihilus like the Skrulls and Green Goblin has the green and purple coloring but far exceeds most Marvel villains in terms of power. Not only did Annihilus beat the shit out of Thanos, but he even put Galactus on the ropes.
  • The Incredible Hulk: The titular character can be pretty destructive at times. His archenemies, the Leader and the Abomination, also fit here.
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    Fan Works 
  • In Power Girl story A Force of Four, villain Mala wears a green outfit.
    He was black-haired, resembled her late cousin quite a bit, and was dressed in a red and green outfit with a green triangle upon his chest.
  • Children of an Elder God: Amaliel, Asuka's first adversary she fought and killed was a lime-green, gelatinous Sea Monster packed with claws, pincers and tentacles.
  • In Once More with Feeling, Sachiel, the third Angel, is described as green-skinned.
    Its 'skin' was a verdant green, covering its dangling arms and long legs, punctuated by white, bony-looking structures over its shoulders and along its flanks, offset by a huge red sphere embedded in its chest.
  • Though not a straight-up villain, Konotegashiwa of Tales of the Undiscovered Swords wears mainly green due to his being associated with the platycladus orientalis plant and his veganism. He is a Wicked Cultured Straw Vegetarian who bullies and manipulates others into veganism.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supergirl crossover The Vampire of Steel, Zol-Am, a Kryptonian vampire, wears green.
  • All Mixed Up!: Downplayed with Mariana Mag, the Big Bad of the story, who is described as having eyes that are "a piercing green" but doesn't have green as an overall theme color outside of that. She has orange as a theme color instead.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • The Adventures of Pinocchio: At one point, Pinocchio is captured in the net of the Green Fisherman, a big, brutish, gluttonous, lizard-looking creep with green skin and hair, who believes Pinocchio to be a type of uncommon fish and happily decides to fry him and have a taste of him, even though Pinocchio keeps telling him that he's not a fish and cries for help the entire time. Pinocchio is rescued by the dog Alidoro, and they get chased by the furious Green Fisherman until he's too out of breath to run more.
  • The Chronicles of Amber: Each of Amber's princess and princesses have their color or colors. Green is the color of Brand, who is the undisputed villain of the first five books.
  • In the Harry Potter series, Slytherin's main colors are green and silver. The Killing Curse is also green.
  • In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Vogons, a species of Fat Bastard Obstructive Bureaucrat aliens, are described as green-skinned.
  • Ambiguously Evil Elphaba from The Wicked Years was born with green skin because of a potion her mother was given. She was a Creepy Child, grew up normal, and then became an extremist as an adult. Elphaba eventually grows into the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • Subverted in Scary Godmother. Hannah Marie is originally scared of the green-skinned Scary Godmother, but she quickly finds out that Scary Godmother is a cool Fairy Godmother instead.
  • In The Silver Chair, the villain wears green, burns a supernatural green incense to bewitch the heroes' minds, and can turns into an enormous green snake.
  • The Adventures of Strong Vanya: The evil Och, also known as "The Green Devil", is a dragon-like creature who enjoys terrorizing peasants and destroying villages and forests.

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    Professional Wrestling 
  • The two founding members of Diabolic Khaos, Delirious and MsChif originally wore white and black, respectively. Delirious's second mask and MsChif's second singlet were green and while Delirious has worn masks of many colors, each representing a different "personality", everything MsChif has worn has consistently had green on it somewhere and she's consistently a ruthless Blood Knight. "Green" Delirious is much goofier than she is, as well as White Delirious, Red Delirious and Black Delirious but all the same is known for striking people with a wooden stake.
  • Peyton Royce calls herself the Venus Flytrap of NXT, and is The Bully to many of the other NXT girls. Her wardrobe is full of green outfits to go with the plant theme.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000:
    • The orcs/orks are also known as greenskins due to this trope, since their genetic makeup is part fungus (they reproduce via spores).
    • Meanwhile, Nurglite forces tends towards unhealthy green colors, and are among the most Affably Evil of all Chaos forces (their patron god of disease and decay being similar to Santa Claus in many ways).
  • Paranoia: Internal Security likes to promote Dumb Muscle straight to Green clearance. The goons love the authority, plus they act as a Hate Sink to distract attention from their superiors. "You're thinking, 'They sound like orcs'. Nope— these are orcs you're not allowed to kill."
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Goblins and especially orcs. Dark-skinned orcs, like orogs and gray orcs exist, but most fall under various shades of green. They worship Gods of Evil and live and die by Rape, Pillage, and Burn. Non-evil orcs are rare.

  • Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, is a victim of this trope. Everyone assumes she must be bad, because she is green. Eventually she decides Then Let Me Be Evil, but even then she's not actually malicious.

    Video Games 
  • Goblins and orcs in various fantasy MMORPGs.
  • Zig-Zagged Trope with Warcraft orcs. They started off as Rape, Pillage, and Burn brutes lead by warlocks, but generally got better in the third game. Old-school splinter factions still exist, however.
  • In Super Mario Bros., Bowser's head and shell are green. Furthermore, his sprite in Super Mario World gives him completely green skin.
  • Zeena, The Dark Chick of the Deadly Six, from Sonic Lost World.
  • Jet the Hawk in Sonic Riders is a green hawk and is also a competitive asshole.
  • A few villains from the Klonoa series. For example, Garlen and Bagoo wear green, and the King of Sorrow has green fur.
  • In BlazBlue, Yuuki Terumi/Hazama has green hair and his Battle Aura takes the form of green energy shaped like snakes. His true form is a green Energy Being with a Slasher Smile.
  • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls: Monaca, who has green hair and eyes, turns out to be the most vilest of the Warriors of Hope.
  • King K. Rool and several of the Kremlings and Kritters from Donkey Kong Country have green scales.
  • Gruntilda from Banjo-Kazooie has green skin, and she's also very mean. Klungo, her right-hand man, is also green and villainous to boot, until his Heel–Face Turn, that is. Her sisters Mingella and Blobbelda also have green skin and are just as evil as her. Subverted with Brentilda, however, as she is an ally who gives hints to help in the final level.
  • Lampshaded in Baldur's Gate 2, in a side-quest where your character gets interrogated by a Knight Templar. If you respond "green" to his question of what your favourite colour is, he instantly takes this as proof of your villainy as green is the colour of envy, poison, bile and rot (incidentally, he does this no matter what your answer is. To any of his questions.).
  • Any hostile tiberium mutant in the Command & Conquer: Tiberian Series, from NOD acolytes to wild creatures.
  • In the Fallout series, Super Mutants have skin in various shades of green depending on which strain of the Forced Evolutionary Virus created them (Mariposa - dark green; Institute - dull gray-green; or Vault 87 - pale yellowish-green).
    • Also, creatures that have been irradiated to the point that they start to glow do so in a shade of green.
    • The Gunners of the fourth installment wear green armor and paint their robots green, in keeping with their military theme.
  • Mōri Motonari in Sengoku Basara, who has been dubbed "Okra" by the fandom due to his color scheme. He is a ruthless, cruel man who treats his underlings like trash.
  • Rocket Knight Adventures:
    • In the original game, most of Emperor Devligus Devotindos' Pig Soldiers wear green armor and pilot green-colored vehicles.
    • In Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2, King Gedol and his Lizard Soldiers all have green skin.
  • In the Streets of Rage series, Mr. X, the Tommy Gun wielding gangster in charge of the syndicate, sports a green business suit.
  • Yo! Noid: Mr. Green, the Noid's Evil Twin, wears green.
  • Mortal Kombat:
    • Reptile initially wore a green ninja garb and was later depicted with green skin after being given more lizard-like qualities.
    • Shinnok often wears green robes. His servant Quan Chi occasionally wears a green jumpsuit and conjures green energy attacks.
    • Onaga, the Big Bad of Mortal Kombat: Deception is a green-skinned Draconic Humanoid.
    • Cetrion is a villainous elder god in Mortal Kombat 11 and wears a dress made of teal crystal and green plant matter. Given that she is Shinnok's sister, one wonder if being evil and wearing green is a family thing.
  • In the Steam game Finding Bigfoot, Bigfoot is portrayed as a viscous man eating monster, and while he's not actually green himself, he has green blood and glowing green eyes.
  • Several monsters from the Monster Hunter franchise are predominantly green and can put up one hell of a fight, but the most predominant example has got to be Deviljho. Its color scheme makes it resemble a walking pickle. A very angry walking pickle.
  • Dragon Quest:
    • Dragon Quest I: The Dracolord's minion who keeps Princess Gwaelin imprisoned in the Swamp Cave is a green dragon (and probably the first dragon the Hero will meet).
    • Dragon Quest II: Malroth, the God of Destruction who will ruin the world if summoned, is green-scaled (albeit his hide is blue in some depictions).
    • Dragon Quest III:
      • The Archfiend Baramos wears green robes.
      • Orochi, the monster who is terrorizing Jipang by devoring its maidens, is a five-headed green-dragon.
    • Dragon Quest IV: After using the Secret of Evolution on himself, Psaro the Manslayer becomes a humongous double-headed green demon.
    • Dragon Quest V: King Korol, leader of the evil Order of Zugzwang who worship Nimzo is a green humanoid crocodile.
    • Dragon Quest VI: Murdaw, the primary antagonist who terrorizes the world and kills anybody who opposes to him, is some kind of reptilian, green demon.
    • Dragon Quest VII: Orgodemir's real form is a giant, greenish dragon-demon.
  • Giana Sisters DS: The Final Boss is a big, chubby green dragon.
  • The Crash Bandicoot series has the green-skinned aliens Nitros Oxide, Zam, Zem and Emperor Velo XXVII.
  • While most versions of Link from The Legend of Zelda invert this, Ganondorf, the human form of the villainous Ganon, is a downplayed example. One thing setting him apart from the rest of the Gerudo race (aside from his surrogate mothers Koume and Kotake, who are also evil, aside from one appearance) is his green-tinted skin.

    Web Animation 

  • Coga Nito has B.B., whose theme colours are green and black.
  • Doc Scratch, Lord English and his Felt minions from Homestuck are all associated with the color green. Both Scratch and Lord English are antagonists, with Doc Scratch being an Arc Villain for Act 5, and Lord English being the Big Bad entirely.
  • Played with in The Order of the Stick. The monster races orcs and goblins, which are Always Chaotic Evil in the source material, are depicted with green skin. The Always Chaotic Evil aspect is played with; the orcs are portrayed as mostly harmless Cloudcuckoolanders, while the half-orc characters are all somewhere on the antagonist spectrum. Goblins generally get the Anti-Villain treatment — they are led by Recloak, The Dragon of the story, himself a Well-Intentioned Extremist, and in general are victims of cosmic unfairness but nevertheless oppose the heroes and commit atrocities.
  • The majority of Joe vs. Elan School is Deliberately Monochrome; however, Hate Sink character Christy, who is needlessly cruel and abusive to the title character, is given green eyes.

    Web Video 
  • The Belligerwitch, the enemy fraction in The Great Nerf War, pirmarily wear green and grey.

    Western Animation 


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