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"My aura has never been pinker!"
Ty Lee letting her Ax-Crazy boss know how she's doing, Avatar: The Last Airbender
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A good way of applying the humor of The Comically Serious to villains is by pairing them with the Perky Female Minion. This character is something like the Distaff Counterpart/Foil to the Enigmatic Minion; she can range in psyche from Punch-Clock Villain to fairly psychotic, but have an upbeat, Genki Girl personality, in sharp contrast to the (usually male) Big Bad she serves, who will be gloomy, Ax-Crazy, etc. If the female minion has a crush on her boss, which she often does, it will generally be of the Mad Love variety, although this affection isn't a requirement, nor is its reciprocation.

However, despite her cheerfulness and energy, she is usually still good at what she does. When this is the case, her employer usually views her as a Bunny-Ears Lawyer.

Compare Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl for a similar dynamic. Contrasts The Baroness for the exact opposite, a chilly/chilling and sadistic villainess. Can be a subtrope of Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey.

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Cyber Team in Akihabara has Blood Falcon, Death Crow, and Dark Pidgeon. All of them are in love with the gloomy villain, and all of them are extremely perky. They're also completely incompetent.
  • Mon Colle Knights has Batch and Guuko. Guuko is the most perkiest of the two, if not the most dimwitted one.
  • Berserk has Sonia, Griffith's New Band Of The Hawk's Mission Control, who is also infatuated with her boss. Despite being always surrounded by horrible monsters — known as Apostles — she is always smiling and welcoming.
  • Excel from Excel Saga toward Il Palazzo, although he is more of a jerk than Ax-Crazy. Though he does have that disturbing habit of killing her for trivial reasons.
  • Misa Amane toward Light in Death Note, in which Light would kill her without a second thought were she not useful to him, and had her Mama Bear Shinigami (Rem) not threatened to kill him if he hurt her.
  • Shader, the catgirl demon in Chrono Crusade.
  • Bleach: Stark's fraccion, Lilinette Gingerback, and Zaraki Kenpachi's vice captain Yachiru.
  • Yuuri in Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch is the perky, suck-up Bratty Half-Pint in the first Quirky Miniboss Squad. She and all her teammates also fall under Mad Love (except Mimi and Sheshe, who are involved with each other) but only Yuuri fits the Perky Female Minion description. Alala from the second arc plays the role of Perky Female Minion as well, though she isn't nearly as attached to her respective Big Bad.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
  • An exception to the Always Female rule in Hellsing's Warrant Officer Schrödinger. For good measure, he's also a catboy. This being Hellsing though, he does occasionally exhibit a Slasher Smile.
    • Played straight on the other hand with Rip van Winkle, who is surprisingly airheaded and cheerful for a member of a nazi batallion, in direct contrast to Zorin, who is anything but this.
  • In Pokémon Adventures, Commander Mars of Team Galactic jumps up and down with joy and gets childishly excited at the thought of blowing up one of Sinnoh's lakes. In her first appearance, she also stops what she's doing to listen to one of Diamond and Pearl's comedy routines.
  • Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple has a few:
    • During the Ragnarok arc, Loki has Number 20 (real name Touko Amada according to the databook). Like Loki, she's fond of using underhanded tactics like taking children hostage, and she's most of the time being rather cheery about humiliating their opponents. She's implied to have romantic feelings for Loki, who despite mistreating her seems to reciprocate as he also goes out of his way to protect her from harm, and after Loki makes a full Heel–Face Turn to the Shinpaku Alliance, she follows him.
    • Rimi Kokorone is this for Yomi. She's a flirtatious and childish girl who seems fond of dressing in provocative outfits, her preferred attire being a Gothic Lolita dress. She's also in love with Ryuuto Asamiya, aka Odin, and everything she does is to impress him, and she's no slouch in a fight, being a Satsujinken user.

    Comic Books 
  • Harley Quinn was originally a psychiatrist assigned to The Joker, but wound up falling in love with him and helping him in his crimes. She's an unrepentant murderer, but so cheerful and so absolutely devoted to "Mistah J" that one can't help but pity her when he slaps her around and/or threatens to kill her. Of course, The Joker is by no means gloomy or deadpan.
  • Minordomo, assistant to Majordomo (who is Mojo's assistant himself) in X-Men. She's so genki she suffers repeated heart attacks getting worked up over imagined disasters. Since she is also an android, this typically just requires someone to hit her reset button, rather than having any lasting effect. This makes the two of them a Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl duo.
  • Mariah is the Colonel's perky assassin in Sin City that is both fashionable and a Deadpan Snarker.
  • Doctor Aphra to Darth freaking Vader in Star Wars: Darth Vader.
  • Wolverine villain Sabretooth had the very short-lived Birdy, who played this role for him. In the comics it is just a front as she had been unwillingly Reforged into a Minion by him, but in her adaptational appearances in the Capcom vs. games it is played completely straight.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show:
  • While Martin is an Anti-Hero rather than villain in Grosse Pointe Blank, Marcella, his Sassy Secretary fits this trope pretty well. Unsurprisingly, there isn't a romantic relationship between the two (they are played by siblings John and Joan Cusack), and in fact both don't really seem to like so much as respect each other.
  • Miss Teschmacher in the Superman movies. Kitty takes over this role for Superman Returns.
  • Although in this case, they are both Ax-Crazy, in the Harry Potter films, Bellatrix Lestrange comes across as one of these, as a contrast to Voldemort. While Voldemort is very cold and doesn't really emote normally, Bellatrix is gleefully psychopathic. Because of her crush on Voldemort, it seems like if this were a (very strange) romantic comedy, Bellatrix would be a Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
  • Spann in ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2.
  • Janice in Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4.
  • In Ten Dead Men, Torture Technician the Projects Manager has a silent female associate who assists him in his tortures, and really gets into it. She has enough moxie to try to take on Ryan single-handed when the Projects Manager scarpers.
  • In Stiletto, Lee's girlfriend Penny is a young Streetwalker he picked up during is exile in Britain. She gets off on violence, which is especially obvious in the scene where Lee is torturing a guy for information and asks her to pass him the belt sander so he can take the guy's tattoo off.

    Literature 
  • Juliet Butler of Artemis Fowl, sister to Artemis's Battle Butler. She eventually decides that body-guarding isn't her thing and leaves to try out for a wrestling team.
    Artemis: I can only hope that she fails the audition. Though I doubt it. She is a Butler, after all.
  • In Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain, this is basically Claire's official job description. Her villainous costume is a full-body teddy bear costume, which helps enhance her power to cloud minds with cuteness.
  • Cindy Wakowski aka Red Riding Hood fills this role for Villain Protagonist Merciless in The Supervillainy Saga as she serves as a constant source of sass and Fanservice for the villain. Eventually, they get a Relationship Upgrade.
  • Khita from The Iron Teeth web serial. She's a young woman who is part of Herad's group of bandits. She has a perky personality and her actions are usually used as comic relief. No one really takes her all that seriously, but she's also far from useless in a fight. She really likes her knives.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Elle from Heroes is sort of both sides: half perky and half psycho.
  • Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego has Carmen's minion Jacqueline Hyde, whose name is a Jekyll and Hyde pun, and who shifts from this trope to a nasty devil in that style.
  • Harmony in Buffy the Vampire Slayer is initially this to Spike. Later she takes the same role for Angel, who, while not evil (most of the time), is gloomy enough to retain the contrast.
  • Mele from Juken Sentai Gekiranger. While she could get deep-voiced, if the subject is about her Rio-sama, she starts getting perky and lovey-dopey. Also, during the mecha fights, while the commentator would seem to support the Gekirangers' mecha, Mele would cheer on the RinJyuKen monsters if they're gaining ground. She later develops into a full-fledged Love Martyr and plays a huge part in redeeming her and Rio.
  • Jilly Kitzenger from Torchwood: Miracle Day is an incredibly perky but almost conscienceless corporate shill for the pharmaceutical company that caused the Miracle as part of a plan to seize power.
    Vera Juarez: This is disgusting.
    Jilly Kitzinger: [huge grin on her face] I KNOW!!
  • Most of the villains in the campy '60s Batman (1966) series had at least one, maybe a couple. Exactly big a role they played in the villain's gang and how loyal they were varied. (Not to mention how loyal the villain was to her; the Joker betrayed one Perky Female Minion, who made a Heel–Face Turn as a result.)
  • In Monster Warriors, Big Bad Klaus Von Steinhauer's assistant Missy Gore is unfailingly upbeat and ditzy despite the fact she is helping Klaus create monsters and unleash them on Capital City. Her ditziness makes her as much a hindrance as a help, especially when combined with Klaus' instability.

    Radio 
  • Paula with Professor Nebulous in Nebulous — although Nebulous isn't evil, he's a humourless jerk of a Mad Scientist with a God-complex who once blew up the Isle of Wight because he wanted to move it to the right a bit. Despite this, Paula has an incredibly poorly-disguised infatuation with Nebulous, to the point that at one point, when Nebulous breaks his arm, Paula tries to kiss it better, prompting Nebulous to reply "Paula... that's my midriff".
    • This is lampshaded with her surname — Breeze.

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    Video Games 
  • Uzuki from The World Ends with You is a good example when paired with the composer, especially when she giggles.
  • Lash in Advance Wars. She plays it to the hilt when paired with The Stoic Enigmatic Minion Hawke in Dual Strike.
  • Grandia has three of these; Nana, Saki, and Mio are ALL in love with the Colonel, and only fight with any effectiveness as a team. They are comically annoying even to their own side, but ultimately seem to be well-intentioned... Or at least intentioned alongside their boss. Who doesn't especially care for them.
  • Project Justice has this in Momo, who serves Big Bad Kurow until he betrays her because of his failures. She's not all fun and rainbows, though, as she does show quite an evil streak.
  • Tira from SoulCalibur is this to the grim and brutal Nightmare. Granted, she's pretty creepy and insane as well. Bonus points since he feeds her soul to Soul Edge in his story.
  • An inversion is Nastasia from Super Paper Mario. Her boss, Count Bleck, is cheerful in embracing his over-the-top villainy and magician-like looks and personality, while Nastasia, the minion, is gloomy, precise, and organizes most of the actual plans.
    • Count Bleck has three other minions, one of them being Mimi, a perky female one to contrast the more enigmatic Dimentio. The third, a stereotypically Scottish big dumb guy called O'Chunks, is the comic relief of the trio.
    • The first two games had Kammy Koopa, who is much, much older than most examples of this character type.
  • Touhou has an all-female cast and most characters are introduced in an antagonistic role, so this shows up on occasion. The best example is probably Futo— Cheerful, dumb, likes fire, devoted to a supervillain...
  • As of Mortal Kombat 9, Mileena counts. Her pre-match quote and some other lines display a childlike enthusiasm for violence, and she seems genuinely excited on fighting for her "father", the Obviously Evil Shao Kahn. One of the challenge tower missions involves her attempts to force Scorpion to accept a teddy bear that she made for him. She's still psychopathically Ax-Crazy though.
  • Cipher Admins Venus and Lovrina from Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness respectively. Venus styles herself as a pop diva and practically rules an entire town through broadcasted propaganda, while Lovrina has the appearance and mannerisms of a cute, ditzy Valley Girl type, but is in fact a psychotic Evil Genius. Both tend to favor conventionally 'cute' or 'pretty' Pokémon.
  • While Miss Pauling from Team Fortress 2 has yet to appear in-game, the official comics reveal her to be the Cloudcuckoolander's Minder to the mercenaries and the Morality Pet for The Administrator.
  • Both played straight and (knowing the game, deliberately) inverted with Undyne and King Asgore of Undertale, Undyne being the severe and aggressive warrior to Asgore's calm, genuinely sweet and caring role as the king. Also counts as a straight example, as Undyne is way more unhinged and zany compared to her boss, whose past deeds makes him feel like he should never be able to act lightheaded again, even if he wasn't actually the one to carry out the deed (which Undyne, apparently unflinchingly, carried out.)
  • Another heroic example, loosely, is post-Heel–Face Turn Harley Quinn in Injustice 2. The Joker's final demise did wonders for Harley's morality (though not sanity by any conventional definition), but she serves Big Good Batman with the same bonkers cheer and deranged (though no longer murderous) energy she gave the Joker while he was alive. While Batman remains Batman.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic has Vette, who is the Sith Warrior's slave and a smart-mouthed Twi'lek who usually has a quip on hand. Depending on how you play your character, you can either develop an actual friendship (or if you're male, a possible romance) or you activate her shock collar whenever she gets too mouthy.
  • Atlas Reactor has Kara St. James, aka NEV:3, who is the perky lab assistant of her boss Dr. Finn. In a departure, Kara is just as perky as most examples of this trope but her boss is a Fun Personified Pungeon Master himself: The two get along swimmingly because they're so similar.
  • Danganronpa has an inversion with Izuru Kamukura, a dark, gloomy, and emotionless (but very powerful) henchman to his perky female boss, Junko Enoshima.
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt 2: Copen tends to hover between antihero and Villain Protagonist, and generally never lightens up. The AI for his attack drones, Lola, is playful, energetic, and expressive.
  • Flea of the Mystical Knights in Chrono Trigger is a Villainous Crossdresser who fits the part.
  • Sexy Jester, Harle from Chrono Cross is this to Lynx.
  • Aside from not wanting to work for him Ibuki is this to Rolento in Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Pilgrim (RPG Maker): Nekaneminorpe is pretty quirky and gets along with Akemi and Suu, wanting the former to be her 'sister'. She also likes listening to Japanese children's songs. Her boss, Master Alice, acts pretty cutesy but is a sadistic Humanoid Abomination.

    Visual Novels 
  • Despite being the hero, Phoenix Wright of the Ace Attorney series and his cohorts seem to attract these like moths to a light. Notables include Maya Fey, Ema Skye, Trucy Wright, Kay Faraday, and Athena Cykes.
  • Beatrice fills this role for the Longinus Dreizehn Orden in Dies Irae when compared to her direct superior Eleonore. She was the only officer who is not intimidated by Eleanor and had a plucky carefree air about her, something that exasperated the Crimson Knightess. Nonetheless Eleanor still ultimately treated her with integrity. Being a bubbly female officer in the Third Reich also makes her this by default.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Snarky, rude supervillainess Vamp, to her boss The Necromancer in the Whateley Universe. You know no one named The Necromancer is going to be a comedian.
  • In RWBY Chibi, Neapolitan becomes this to Roman, being cheerier than her main series character and gaining the use of placards to "voice" her opinion.
  • Penny Polendina from RWBY plays with this trope constantly throughout the seventh volume. She starts out as perky, but increased tension between her beliefs and what she's being ordered to do put take their toll. The question of whether she's 'a real girl' or Just a Machine is touched on by how certain people treat her. And as for minion, James Ironwood expects her total obedience but doesn't seem to engage with her personally, even though she's under his personal command. This all comes to a head at the end of the volume, where she gains the powers of the Winter Maiden (proving she's a real girl) and decides she can not stand next to a man willing to abandon those under his protection, formally defecting.
  • Niffty from Hazbin Hotel is a tiny adorable demon who is hyper, excitable and also the trusted minion of Alastor, one of the most feared and powerful denizens of Hell

    Western Animation 
  • Again, Harley Quinn toward The Joker in the DC Animated Universe.
  • Mochi Mochiato from Sushi Pack, although this only showed up in the episode "Deep Freeze". Unlike the other members of the Legion of Low Tide, she is quite perky, a girly-girl through and through.
  • Major Doctor Ghastly in Evil Con Carne.
  • The bubbly Ty Lee of Avatar: The Last Airbender, created specifically to serve as comedic foil to both Mai and Azula. Unlike most examples, she doesn't follow Azula out of respect, but out of fear of her childhood friend.
  • Thunderblast from Transformers Cybertron.
  • One episode of Aladdin: The Series had a group of Valkyries led by a no-nonsense warrior woman and her cheerful bumbling Brawn Hilda sidekick as a Fat and Skinny duo.
  • Demencia from Villainous. Her boss Black Hat absolutely despises her tendency to flirt with him, but reluctantly views it as a necessary trade-off considering she's also his most powerful and loyal operative as a result.
  • Ezor from Voltron: Legendary Defender to the other more serious generals working with Lotor. The fans don't refer to her as "Space Ty Lee" for nothing!
  • The vivacious Princess Entrapta becomes this after Season 1 of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power to the Horde's humorless leader, Hordak.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot has an example in the form of Tammy. The Space Bikers attack Jenny's favorite place to hang out and introduce themselves in a very intimidating manner, but Tammy just gleefully says her name in a cheerful manner that causes everyone to pause. The leader sheepishly says "She's new..."
  • Once she joins the Legion of Doom in season 9 of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, young pegasus Cozy Glow is quite perky and upbeat in comparison to her co-conspirators, especially the brooding Tirek (whom she most often hang around) and the overly serious Big Bad Grogar.
  • In Green Eggs and Ham (2019), Gluntz of the BADGUYS is a hyperactive, often Cloud Cuckoolander, contrast to her stoic boss McWinkle. Subverted in that the BADGUYS are not actually bad guys.

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