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"My, aren't we fierce? Guards, castrate him."
Ard, Heavy Metal

The Sissy Villain, as his name would suggest, is a man whose heart is as twisted as his wrist is limp.

Due to social stigmas against male femininity and "unmanliness", there's a strong tendency in fiction to assign effeminate traits to villains: flamboyant mannerisms, delicate voices, light builds, prissiness, femininely pretty looks, grandiloquent speeches, giggling, love for poetry and opera, impeccable fashion sense (not always in men's clothing), fondness for Persian cats, etc. Evil, it seems, is swishier than a silk skirt.

Frequently, The Hero pitted against the Sissy Villain is an old-fashioned Manly Man (any feminine traits he has are merely there to underscore his masculinity) and making the villain "unmasculine" is intended to emphasize this. After all, there's nothing manlier than beating up a sissy. It doesn't even matter that the limp-wristed villain is powerful, he looks weak and homosexual and that's what matters.


The Sissy Villain is probably the second most common portrayal of Camp Gay men (besides "one-dimensional joke character"), but is not necessarily synonymous with Depraved Homosexual. While Sissy Villains are frequently gay or bisexual, most of them are merely sexually ambiguous or seemingly asexual, and some of them are straight. The Sissy Villain isn't intended to creep out the audience just because of the implication that he might like men (although this occasionally factors in), but because he acts like a real wimp. Either way, he's Always Camp.

There is a weird bit of irony to this: regardless of what the villain looks or acts like, Evil Is Cool, and these villains (assuming they're worth their salt) will wreak just as much havoc as any other archetype. So, overexposure to this trope may lead kids to see this personality as badass in its own way, even leading boys to imitate their behaviour and mannerisms.


This trope shows up mainly in Western works and those Japanese works aimed at a male audience; if the villain is presented as certain kinds of swishy, female fans are likely to declare him utterly fabulous.

Sissy Villains show up frequently in anime, where they often have white hair. Two common subtropes are Creepy Crossdresser and Eunuchs Are Evil. See also Fashion-Victim Villain, Gorgeous George, Depraved Homosexual, Depraved Bisexual, and Psycho Lesbian. May sometimes overlap with misogynistic views in the context of the Effeminate Misogynistic Guy. Contrast Real Men Wear Pink, and occasionally, Evil Sounds Deep. When his ambiguous (nor not so ambiguous) sexuality is Played for Laughs, that's Queer People Are Funny. Not to be confused with Non-Action Big Bad, although they can overlap. If the villain in question is either Satan himself, or one of his minions, he's a Flaming Devil.

Note: An Agent Peacock is considered badass, even though you wouldn't expect it at first. A Sissy Villain emphasizes his viciousness through feminine behavior. The tropes can overlap, especially when Agent Peacock is evil.

Since quite a few women actually find effeminate men attractive, this can also lead to Evil Is Sexy.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Yuki Michio, the Big Bad from Osamu Tezuka's classic thriller MW. Not only was he a crossdresser, he was also openly bisexual.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Envy has an extremely androgynous appearance, coupled with an effeminate outfit and whiny voice. However, he is a ruthless, murderous nutcase who goes out of his way to cause as much suffering as he can.
    • Envy is something of an unusual case, as they technically don't have a gender, with the (default) form they choose to take being somewhere between female and male. It should, however, be worth noting that most characters through the series refer to Envy using male pronouns, though this is because in the English language, "He" is the gender-neutral pronoun someone is supposed to say when the gender is unknown.
    • This is only the case in the manga and Brotherhood anime. In the 2003 anime, Envy is definitely male and Ed's older brother.
  • Harley from the Pokémon anime embodies this trope to the fullest. He's one of the most cold-hearted rival characters in the show and he treats May like crap, but he always looks fabulous doing it. He's "Everyone's favorite naughty coordinator."
  • Griffith from Berserk is an androgynous Cultured Badass, whose relationship with series lead Guts is quite ambiguous indeed, and who goes really bad when he hits the Despair Event Horizon and the Eclipse goes down, his demon form as Femto being a winged lipstick monster with hawk-talons for feet.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Pegasus from the original anime is a Camp Straight Psychopathic Manchild whose preferred monsters are based off his childhood cartoons (get him mad enough, though, and he'll bring out Relinquished). In case you wondered if this was limited to the dub, he's exactly as flamboyant in the original, right down to appending "-boy" to his opponent's names.
    • Espa Roba was more like a Snake Oil Salesman than a true villain, but he was pretty effeminate. (Of course, he did used to be a circus performer, which likely explained the outfit.)
    • Ziegfried and Marik to lesser degrees.
    • Professor Chronos from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. (Until his Heel–Face Turn anyway; after that, he was simply a sissy.) Note that his Ancient Gear Monsters were very masculine, it's just that he wasn't.
    • Jeagar, Rex Godwin's henchman from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's was like this, and was a creepy clown on top of it. (But again, having grown up in a circus, he had an excuse. And he wasn't truly evil anyway.)
    • Mr. Heartland, The Dragon to Dr. Faker in Yu Gi Oh Zexal.
    • Yuri from Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, and he stands out among the names listed above. While many of them have some humor potential and/or redeeming qualities that keeps them from being true monsters, Yuri has neither. He's a Sissy Villain who's a cruel sadist and dangerous threat.
  • One Piece:
    • Mr. 2 Bon Kurei, although he partially reforms by the end of the Alabasta arc. He's even become a close ally of Luffy, even making (another) Heroic Sacrifice.
    • A better example is Donquixote Doflamingo. Visually, he's based off many of the pro wrestling examples below, and makes suggestive comments to his opponents during the Marineford battle. Nonetheless, he is one of the most terrifying characters on the show, and until recently had the highest revealed bounty.
    • One of Donflamingo's subordinates, Dellinger, also qualifies. He's a young man who wears hoop earrings, high heels, and booty shorts; he also hits like a truck and has an explosive temper with sadistic tendencies to match.
    • An even better example is Helmeppo, Captain Morgan's son. He's also a Jerk Ass of the highest caliber. Until he lost the villain aspect and Took a Level in Badass, anyway. Now he's just highly fashionable and only kinda rude.
  • Naruto:
    • Orochimaru first appears disguised as a woman, at one point used another woman's body as a vessel, and in his least freaky times speaks with a feminine speech pattern. And this is before you factor in his obsession with young Uchiha men and the giant purple butt bow. However, he is a very formidable opponent who, despite being killed twice, is still around in one form or another.
    • His teenage henchman Sakon, the default leader of the Sound Four, wanders somewhere between this and Real Men Wear Pink. He does indeed wear pink, sports pretty jewelery and goth makeup, and from the looks of it pays more attention to his hair than his squadmates (admittedly, not hard). He's also a vicious, strutting, trash-talking sadist who can and will demolish solid rock with a single punch.
  • Johan Liebert, the titular Monster. He crossdresses, but it's because he sees himself and the sister he's dressing as as essentially the same person, with no definition between them. And he's too damaged and empty to even qualify as asexual in the healthy orientation sense, let alone gay.
  • Suzu from the Peacemaker Kurogane manga becomes this, after going mad. He starts wearing nail polish and makeup, has the best fashion sense of all the characters, has flamboyant mannerisms and prissiness, giggles creepily, and has an extremely effeminate appearance. Oh, and he has a great fondness for exotic cats and an obsession towards Tetsunosuke.
  • Creed from Black Cat. Good god, this trope is Creed (coupled with him being Ambiguously Gay). He has the flamboyant mannerisms, gives Hannibal Lecture speeches (mostly to Train, whom he wants to rule the world with), Is Wicked Cultured in contrast to Train, has the most laughable fashion sense of all the men in the series, and is a white haired Bishōnen. Granted, Train is actually shown to be more petite and have a smaller body build than his, but that is attributed as Train being more boy-ish.
  • Sailor Moon:
  • Dilandau, the Bishōnen Psycho for Hire from The Vision of Escaflowne. But there's a very good reason for that.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Frieza. A petite, painstakingly polite alien with a color scheme of pink, purple, and white who happens to be a sadistic, sociopathic Galactic Conqueror. He is voiced by a woman with a raspy old lady voice in the English dubnote  and complains about not wanting to break his nails during his fight with Goku. However, in the original Japanese he has a deep voice and a masculine way of speaking. Frieza's newest VA, Chris Ayres, has a raspy, high-pitched though still noticeably masculine voice similar to the voice LittleKuriboh gives him.
    • Zarbon until he changes into his final form. Particularly in the redub with his voice, which sounds like a cross between King Cold and Caroni.
    • The Team Four Star abridged series averts the Sissy Villain trope for Frieza. Zarbon, on the other hand, has his campness played up to the point where he speaks almost entirely in double entendres - but it was subverted in episode 17 when it was revealed that he is in fact straight, and is shocked to find out that everyone around him thinks he's gay.
    • Further back than that, there is General Blue of the Red Ribbon Army. A ruthless, homicidal goose-stepper who is irked with having to dive into grimy-looking water, is disgusted by Bulma's advances on him and freaks out when he sees a rat passing by, which ends up saving Goku and his friends' lives as this freakout causes him to lose focus of his paralysis technique and release Goku from it.
  • Somewhat frequent for various Gundam villains:
  • InuYasha:
    • Jakotsu the second in command of the Band of Seven is extremely effeminate, looks, talks, acts, and dresses like a woman, is obsessed with fashion, hates women, and is very openly gay, but he is also a dangerous psychopath with a very cool sword. Jakotsu was originally going to be a woman, but the author changed it because she disliked the idea of human woman getting killed by the main heroes.
    • The one shot villain Suzaku was also quite effeminate and flamboyant and he openly flirted with Miroku and Hojo's ancestor.
    • The infamous gay moth demons. The sheer amount of innuendo was staggering.
    • The main villain of the first movie is this until he turns into his One-Winged Angel form.
    • Naraku doesn't only posses the human form of a long haired, fair skinned Bishonen. Miroku's grandfather tells us that Naraku often took the form of a beautiful woman to trick him. Moreover, Naraku shape shifted himself into Kikyo to distract InuYasha.
  • Kazkis Proxy of Ergo Proxy is a Bishōnen angelic-looking guy who likes to drink wine and initially comes across as a little too friendly to the hero, Vincent.
  • The previous page picture was of Cytomander from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Considering the protagonist's Super Robot is actually powered by MANLY SPIRIT, it's surprising that he's the only Sissy Villain in the series. The good guys also have a very effeminate man on their side too, Camp Gay mecha lover and all-around genius Leeron.
  • Koushaku Chouno, better known as Papillon Mask, from Busou Renkin arguably fits this trope, though his sexuality is debatable. Still, he dresses in a flamboyant outfit including Speedos and a distinctive butterfly mask, and he certainly has a lot of Foe Yay with Kazuki. And then there's the mankini...
  • Kano in Texhnolyze is effeminate and physically unimpressive, as well as a schizophrenic soplisist produced from generations of selective inbreeding.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Dio Brando has shades of this despite being a rather muscular man who becomes a ruthless, shrieking killer whenever Joestars are involved. He's described as charming and soft-spoken by characters in the story and is often shown wearing dark lipstick. Not to mention the fact that he was heavily implied to have been romantically involved with Enrico Pucci.
  • Katekyō Hitman Reborn!:
    • Lussuria is blatantly Manly Gay, has a lot of colorful feathers on his outfit, in the anime his voice is very feminine sounding, and he's also rather flamboyant with his mannerisms. During his fight with Ryohei he also goes into fanboy mode once Ryohei takes off his shirt and he decides he wants to take Ryohei home with him and make him a part of his 'collection'.
    • Mukuro was this before his ambiguous Heel–Face Turn. The guy picked Kokuyou Junior High because of how stylish the uniforms were. His sexuality is quite ambiguous as well, considering how much Foe Yay he has with Hibari and Tsuna in particular. His plans of taking over Tsuna's body so he could get revenge on the mafia also carried some questionable subtext, what with all his talk of "wanting Tsuna's body", telling Tsuna to "give me your body", and that "with my technique you will soon be mine."
    • Byakuran seems to have traces of this. He wears a bondage outfit in chapter 274 and the following chapters, with zippers all the way up his legs, and gains sparkling wings.
    • There's also Kikyo with his Dude Looks Like a Lady appearance, long blue hair, tendency to walk around with his shirt open, and what appears to be blue eye shadow.
  • Prince Eccentro from Mon Colle Knights fits the trope perfectly. His Japanese counterpart, Count Collection, actually is gay.
  • Hunter × Hunter:
    • Neferpitou, a (maybe) male cat-humanoid chimera ant with a very feminine appearance and mannerisms.
    • Also, Hisoka to an extent.
  • Bleach:
    • Szayel Aporro Granz. He has effeminate looks, shoulder-length pink hair, is extremely flamboyant, and tends to make lewd, disturbing comments about his opponents. He also thinks of himself as an actor, especially when toying with/torturing his victims. During his first fight with Renji and Ishida, his clothes get damaged, leaving him shirtless - he stops the fight to go change clothes, saying that he'd be "too embarrassed" to continue fighting in such a state. Szayel's release involves him sword-swallowing his zanpakto, at which point he bloats up to massive proportions. His released state looks like he's wearing a dress made of tentacles.
    • Luppi as well. With his girlish looks and sleeves that cover his hands. He's Camp Straight in that while he's flamboyant he still flirts with Rangiku right before trying to kill her.
    • Charlotte Cuulhorne, who has flowing purple hair and whose outfit resembles a tutu.
    • Aizen of all people has gone this route. If his Gagafication and insta-mullet weren't already goofy enough, his One-Winged Angel form seems to be a six-winged butterfly. In a dress.
    • Filler Villain Muramasa to an extent.
  • Both Arthur and Shalott of Air Gear. Arthur is a masochist who pelvic thrusts against his male opponent Agito and nibbles on his ear while fighting him. He also has flamboyant mannerisms, speaks in a polite manner, and frequently releases heart marks whenever he's reveling in the feeling of pain. Shalott is a loli who wears a frilly looking dress and drops a bridget on Agito, revealing that he's actually a girly-looking guy who is in a BDSM type relationship with Arthur. The end of chapter 279 has him pin Agito to the ground and straddle him, saying after he tortures him then Agito can "lick it" if he wants.
  • The Lupin III series has had at least three of them, so far:
  • Two Speed Grapher villains qualify. Shirogane, the Rubber Man euphoric, is a very arrogant and somewhat campy ballet instructor who in his transformed state, runs around in what looks like a gimp suit. More sympathetically is Tsujido, the leader of the Terrible Trio, who wears something that could pass for a Spy Catsuit with his Absolute Cleavage jacket unzipped half-way. Whether or not his feelings for his boss, Suitengu, run any deeper is ambiguous, but it was clearly stated he was supposed to "give off an atmosphere of having an Ambiguous Gender".
  • Escargon from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. His Ho Yay with Dedede is a running gag.
  • Ukiyo of Samurai 7 is a mincing fop who either always wears make-up, or for some reason, has that as his natural skin tone. However, he's a Camp Straight version- the fact that he's often with his Paid Harem marks him as pretty clearly heterosexual (and some of the mincing is just an act anyway). There's also Hyogo, an elite mook, who has an androgynous appearance and wears lipstick and what seems like women's clothing.
  • Jaibo and to some extent Raizou from Litchi Hikari Club. Both are overtly gay with girlish looks and clearly crazy but Jaibo takes it to a whole new level of sadism. From disemboweling teachers to planning to kill virtually everyone so that Zera will be his forever there is nothing Jaibo will not do.
  • Rosiel from Angel Sanctuary is an angel with full, luscious lips and long eyelashes. He often dresses effeminately and loves to be called "beautiful" more than anything else. He is also in a questionable relationship with his loyal right-hand man, Katan.
  • Yuda from Fist of the North Star. While his large harem seems to imply he's straight, he's nonetheless obsessed with his own physical perfection, to the point of being worried about scars in battle. This makes him look even more cowardly and twisted. In one of the most "manly" anime series, the master of Red Crane Nanto is obviously depicted as everything a proud warrior should not be. Moreover he weirdly shows his "admiration" for Rei and uses a very heavy make-up,but he's still a fighter, so he's quite muscular, as anyone there besides casual oppressed peasants/children.
  • Hiromi Kisiragi of Eyeshield 21 is cornerback for the Hakushuu Dinosaurs, Co-Dragons to Manipulative Bastard Marco alongside Gaou, and an incredibly cruel player who tries his best to dislocate the arms of receivers. He's also a mincing pretty-boy with a massive mancrush on Gaou and the belief that strength is a true indicator of beauty. It's actually justified in his case and played sympathetically—sick of being bullied due to his effeminate nature and looks he joined the football team to get a life and was turned into the Psycho Supporter he is today by Marco.
  • Masao from Shiki may qualify, as he's wimpy and somewhat effeminate-looking (though any actual feminine traits he has tend to be somewhat downplayed). Interestingly enough, he appears to be straight while Natsuno, who's one of the few heroic characters in the story, is often considered Ambiguously Gay.
  • Arron and Gurran Schmittel from Armored Trooper VOTOMS are generally characterized as cold and narcissistic, but have effeminate speech patterns, soft voices, flamboyant mannerisms and body language, and dress in split-skirt tunics (as opposed to the unitard fashion most men are seen wearing). But the two are also notoriously incompetent, can't really fight, and their haughtiness brings about their downfall.
  • Big Bad Hakka in Zombie Loan will shamelessly hit on anything with a Y chromosome, gropes a male character's ass at one point, and even refers to himself as Michiru (aka the Singularity)'s mother.
  • Shuu Tsukiyama of Tokyo Ghoul has over-the-top Camp mannerisms and a fabulous fashion sense and develops an obsession with Kaneki. He's also a very dangerous and infamous Ghoul known as "The Gourmet'' who's skilled in martial arts and very deadly when using his kagune, managing to fight Kaneki, Touka, and Nishiki all by himself. He also is very pretty in appearance and frequently admonishes comrade Chie for her unladylikeness.
    • Nico is a self proclaimed pursuer of beautiful people and considers an exposed spinal cord and ruining people's lives to be a wonderful thing. He also is Too Kinky to Torture and has a definite fondness for deranged and badass men especially Yamori. He is a mincing gay Okama who is associated with flowers and wears open shirts. In the 2016 calendar he was dressed in bondage and fishnets and was described as being equivalent to a girl with his effeminate qualities and crushes on men.
    • Furuta Nimura is Camp Straight (though he does have the occasional Foe Yay with Kaneki) and in love with Rize, and many fans describe him as fabulous and fruity (it's a pun on his name). He certainly is conventionally sexy, with a gothic appearance, and dresses smartly while mincing around and posing in suggestive and comical fashions.
  • Ferid of Seraph of the End is a dangerous Depraved Bisexual vampire whom is described Word of God to be quite pretty with a obsession with cleanliness, keeps his long hair in a ponytail with a ribbon (he has several ribbons and says he wears them because they're cute) and postures a lot. Supplementary materials dictate that he has designed several of Mika's outfits. He even compares himself to a "delicate flower" in chapter 46 while joking that he needs his comrade Crowley to save him from a revenge fueled Yuu before flirting with Yuu when he calms down. His sissiness doesn't detract from his badassness though.
  • The God of the Wired/Masami Eiri in Serial Experiments Lain, in addition to a unisex name, has long hair and a slightly feminine face with a open shirt that reveals his chest, and during his first confrontation with the eponymous character, talks in feminine speech. A rare case of this actually making him more intimidating, especially hearing it in his deep, masculine voice.
  • The Big Cheese from Samurai Pizza Cats pretty much embodies this trope, being a flamboyant, histronic mouse (fox in the original Japanese) who dresses in drag and likes to dance. Somewhat justified in that the original version actually WAS gay and openly flirted with his subordinates. For obvious reasons, that particular aspect was not present in the American version.
  • Gender inverted with Nui Harime from Kill la Kill. She's one of Ragyo's Co-Dragons, as well as a giggling Girly Bruiser with her bow, earrings, frilly Minidress of Power, forearm pads, boots, and Parasol of Pain all in pink and white.

    Comic Books 
  • The Joker is sometimes portrayed like this, perhaps most famously in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. One fan theory about Joker's murder of Jason Todd (Robin) is that after he beat Jason bloody with a crowbar, he sexually molested his unconscious form. His leering, ogling expression as he's swinging the crowbar makes this theory uncomfortably plausible.
  • Xerxes in 300 was also one. Frank Miller likes this trope.
  • How much of it is based on historical behavior and how much is writer embellishment is debatable, but King James I is well on his way to this in Marvel 1602 and definitely this in 1602: New World.
  • The galactic emperor from an in-universe Fan Fiction (read by Empowered) who forces Major Havoc and Syndablokk to have sex together.
  • Yellow Bastard from Sin City was a Spoiled Brat with a dose of Dirty Coward.
  • The Marvel version of Loki is a somewhat deconstruction of this. He actually became villainous because he was too sissy for Asgardian standards. Being a scrawny human-sized ice giant living in a land that ranks brute force and power above intellect and magic, with a brother who is the personification of the former is his Freudian Excuse. Loki's later incarnations have actually come out as bisexual and genderfluid, and have generally become more Anti-Hero than villain, underscoring this and supporting the idea that internalized homo/biphobia and transphobia are also part of Loki's problem.
  • Captain Klutz's Sissyman is a fairly... blatant.. example.
  • Hardcore, one of Luke Cage's enemies from the nineties, wore a purple outfit, appeared to be wearing red lipstick in some of his appearances, and constantly quoted poetry. One of his weapons was also a hyper-sharpened fingernail.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • Disney Animated Canon:
    • Scar from The Lion King is easily the most limp-pawed feline ever to grace the big screen. This becomes a Parental Bonus for the Swedish Viewers where Scar is dubbed by the Very Gay and Very Out Actor/Singer Richard Wolff. How out is he? He penned a song describing his Coming-Out Story titled "Beautiful Boys, Beautiful Men." Don't worry, Scar is still awesome.
    • Robin Hood's anthropomorphic depiction of Prince John out-swishes Scar to such a degree, the Lion King villain looks positively Leatherman by comparison.
    • Sure, they take the cake for the felines, but what about The Great Mouse Detective's Ratigan? Until he drops the veneer and goes feral during the climactic Clock Tower scene, anyway. (He was still rather imposing even before then, due to his enormous size and strength compared to the other characters. Well, as imposing as a big mouse can get, at least.)
    • "Honest" John Worthington Foulfellow in Pinocchio has his moments, though it may be more of a Large Ham persona thing. See the bit where he prances around and mimes throwing flowers while describing Pleasure Island "where every day is a holiday!"
    • Tamatoa the giant crab from Moana. He is vain, shallow, and campy with effeminate mannerisms and a voice like David Bowie.
    • The color didn't yet have quite the same significance in the 1940s, when the movie is set, but the weasel leader's pale pink suit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit gives this impression to a number of 21st-century viewers. (It did have that significance in 1988 when the movie was made, though, so one wonders.)
    • Disney's human villains aren't immune either. Take Pocahontas's mincing, flouncing, bow-wearing villain Governor Ratcliffe, for one. Most of that façade was forced on him by his assistant, Wiggins, who was extremely effeminate. Ratcliffe had his boisterous and rowdy side on occasion, though it was often just an act as well, when his men stood up to him, he folded.
      The Nostalgia Chick: Nothing says sinister like little pink bows on your pigtails!
  • King Candy from Wreck-It Ralph up until the moment you find out it was an act to conceal his real identity, Turbo. Lives in a salmon-colored castle, has a lisp, hops around with various effeminate mannerisms. The castle's actually a plot-point: it's girly because he stole it from a 10-year old princess.
  • Sarousch, the Repulsive Ringmaster from The Hunchback of Notre Dame II, is a textbook narcissist, staring at his reflection constantly and even saying "I could kiss me". In fact, in most Disney films you can tell if a villain is a Sissy Villain based on his eyelids. If they are heavy and almost purple you can be sure that's the intention. This is because their eyelids look like they have eye shadow on them to give the implication they're wearing make up. Disney seems to be quite fond of using this.
  • Heavy Metal: the rebel leader Ard in the segment "Den". He's rather puny-looking and talks like a stereotypical Camp Gay (see page quote above) but it turns out he has a Healing Factor which lets him shrug off being plugged multiple times with an automatic rifle.
  • Marvin McNasty from Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw has his moments of being flamboyant, particularly when he swings his hips during his performance of "The King of Everything".
  • The evil Nekron in Fire and Ice is this to a T, but with this being a Frazetta film even he gets a shirtless swordfight scene eventually.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Bruno from Strangers on a Train, Brandon and Philip from Rope, Norman Bates from Psycho... it's safe to say that Alfred Hitchcock loved this trope.
  • Archibald Cunningham from Rob Roy, a downright fop who murders people to buy fancy new clothes. He affects a comically mincing facade, but drops the act behind closed doors and when he's angry. When talking to his mistress he actually mentions putting on a "lithp" as part of his highborn act. True to the way this trope is usually played, The Hero is the classically manly Rob Roy, though unusually, Cunningham is a vastly superior fighter with a fair amount of Villainous Valour.
  • King Xerxes of 300. He is usually wearing nothing but a gold speedo and lounging seductively on his throne.
  • The Scorpio Killer from Dirty Harry. The contrast is made more blatant by the fact that Harry Callahan is played by quintessential "man's man" Clint Eastwood.
  • Dr. Frank-N-Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, albeit he's an Evil Is Cool and Evil Is Sexy example.
  • Jareth the Goblin King from Labyrinth is every bit as fabulously campy as the man who played him, but in a decidedly sexy and cool way like Frank-N-Furter mentioned above. Complicating the issue further is his definite affinity for the ladies, or at least for Jennifer Connelly.
    The Nostalgia Critic: But Hoggle is reminded to give Sarah the poison fruit...Why is it not that hard to imagine Bowie saying "Now I'll be fairest in the land!"
  • Diamonds Are Forever:
    • Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd
    • Blofeld from the same movie got quite the upgrade in fabulousness, as well. He even got to dabble in Creepy Crossdressing.
  • Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg from The Fifth Element had some of these traits, specifically the delicacy and high fashion. Remember his perfectly appointed office? Dallas, on the other hand, is an ex-soldier played by Bruce Willis.
  • Dr. Terwilliker in The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T. Even though he's intent on marrying Bartholomew's mother, you can clearly see he's very swishy. Especially during the fabulous dress-up song.
  • Herod in the original movie production of Jesus Christ Superstar. He lounges in a swimming pool with two attractive women and two male servants, sings in a higher register than the other male characters and does a very camp dance during his song.
  • Subverted by Adrian "Ozymandias" Veidt in Watchmen. The screenwriter and director were convinced he was gay, the actor who played him suggested he was probably at least bisexual in an interview, and there's an Easter Egg in a shot of his computer desktop that may or may not have a gay Porn Stash. He's also extremely well-dressed, to the point of garishness in some scenes, and has a fabulous androgynous haircut bordering on Power Hair. He's also a ruthlessly efficient martial artist, a hard-nosed businessman, and has terse, rather dry and dour speech patterns and body language. He might not be quite Straight Gay, but there is nothing mincing or effeminate about him in the slightest.
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera has Parvi Largo as a minor villain. He is foppish, flamboyant and painfully vain; he dresses in replica vintage Italian suits, and speaks with an outrageous Italian accent for no good reason. He's also a serial rapist who wears the face of a beautiful woman over his own.
  • Park Chang-yi in The Good, the Bad, the Weird is a murderous, psychopathic prettyboy with anachronistically fabulous clothes and grooming. Overlaps with Agent Peacock, as he's the most feared assassin in Manchuria and every bit as deadly as he is pretty.
  • Prince Edward in Braveheart, a foppish, homosexual weakling who cares more about new clothes and playing with his boy toy than conquering Scotland. (His Real Life analogue, Edward II, actually was gay, but not an example: besides the problems with calling real people villains, the real Edward II was interested in traditionally manly, outdoorsy pastimes like sports and, unusually given his station in life, manual labor.) The main villain, Longshanks, is a manly man.
  • Lord Cutler Beckett from Pirates of the Caribbean has elements of this as well, though a lot of real life aristocrats of 18th century acted like that so it's purely canon instead of being for just the heck of it.
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space:
    • The alien commander Eros. In the words of the Rifftrax guys: "He makes Carson Kressley look butch!" The actor's name was Dudley Manlove. Yes, that was his real name. Poor guy.
    • Eros' superior, however, out-swishes him by a mile. He was played by a guy with the ordinary name (and not-so-ordinary nickname) of John "Bunny" Breckinridge, but his lifestyle topped having the surname "Manlove" by ten miles.
  • "Sally Can't Dance" in Con Air. How effeminate is he? Well, his nickname is "Sally," he refers to men as a separate gender, he wears dresses, and in his final confrontation with the hero, Nicolas Cage's character winds up for a punch, visibly reconsiders, and slaps Sally in the face instead.
  • Percy in The Green Mile. Fittingly, the casts' Southern accents make it sound a lot like "pussy."
  • Emperor Commodus from Gladiator is quite foppish and effeminate, especially compared to the extremely manly Maximus.
  • Willard Gates, the villain with an aversion to being exposed to violence, in This Gun for Hire.
  • Watson from Razor Sharpe, although, given his unfathomable accent, it's anyone's guess whether this is intentional or just the result of dodgy acting.
  • Aro, the head vampire in the film version of Twilight, due to Michael Sheen simply not giving a shit.
  • Jean Girard from Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a comedy version of this trope. He even talks about his husband. And he raises horses - who are also gay. However, subverted in that he's the best racer on the circuit for a time - and he puts Ricky in a humiliating arm lock in order to force him to admit that French crepes are delicious.
  • They're not the main villains, but in Vanishing Point Kowalski picks up two stereotypical gay hitchhikers who attempt to rob him, and he beats them up.
  • Darren "Wall Street" Bettencourt of The Transporter spends his first appearance trying to feel Frank up, while talking about how much "I like him." He's got the limp wrists, the Large Ham gestures, the pretty boy look, and the mincing. And then he reveals that he's actually The Dragon and a fairly nasty Blood Knight who wants to fight Frank to the death. Anyone else see that coming?
  • From the 70s film The Eiger Sanction, there's a fellow called Miles Mellough, whose sole purpose in the movie is to embody this trope. He has a lap dog named 'Faggot', wears flamboyant clothing and makes off-colour jokes about rape in a very sissy voice. At no time is he a credible threat (we're supposed to believe he was a crack commando?!) and his death is devoid of any interesting fight: Eastwood leaves him to die in the desert midway through the film.
  • Charles Laughton (who was gay) as Emperor Nero in The Sign of the Cross.
  • The villain in the Chow Yun-fat film Full Contact is openly gay and wants to fuck Chow almost as much as he wants to kill him.
  • The Riddler as played by Jim Carrey in Batman Forever. Not just incredibly camp, but also Ambiguously Gay for Bruce Wayne.
  • Mr. Ho, The Dragon from Way of the Dragon, is quite effeminate, especially when he feels Tang Lung's stomach and says, "Ohhhh, what rippling muscles!"
  • Valentine from Kingsman: The Secret Service has a lisp, dresses fairly casually (and when he DOES go formal, is very foppish), and is sickened by acts of murder. Direct murder, that is. He's fine with having people kill each other.
  • Ronald, in Squatters, is first introduced in a long red wig and he lisps his way throughout the movie.
  • Sebastian Valmont in Cruel Intentions. Not gay, certainly, but soft-voiced and whiny. The clincher? His stepsister promises him that if he succeeds in an evil task she's giving him, she'll fuck him.
  • In Abel Gance's biopic of Napoleon, Gance himself steals the show as Louis Antoine de Saint-Just. Foppish and effete in his dangling earrings, and described as the most feared man in the French Revolution – other authors have called him the Terror's "Angel of Death".
  • In Bombay Velvet, Kaizad Khambatta is married, but uses his wife for honey-trapping his enemies, and seems to prefer the company of other men and seems very jealous of Johnny's romance with Rosie.

  • Emperor Ublaz Mad Eyes of Redwall. His evil plan, which results in the slaughter and misery of hundreds of creatures by his followers, is to get hold of the Artifact of Death. The Artifact Of Death consists of six pink pearls which he wants to wear in a crown. They don't even have any magical powers (except for bringing horrible luck on everyone who owns them, but he apparently doesn't know that), he just wants a pink pearl crown. Yeah.... He also wears silk robes and perfume and paints his nails.
  • Zhong Ye, the eunuch sorcerer Big Bad in the young adult novel The Silver Phoenix: Beyond The Kingdom of Xia. However, while he is dandified and creepy, he's portrayed as a depraved heterosexual - and the heroine is the reincarnation of his lost love.
  • Arguably The Pardoner from The Canterbury Tales. He's a rather effeminate guy, and there's a scene where the Host, a Boisterous Bruiser makes a threat which could be loosely paraphrased as "I'd cut off your balls if you had any."
  • Valentine Wolfe, evil space aristocrat junkie extraordinaire, from the Deathstalker books. He's more outrageously decadent than feminine, but he does wear makeup and have a rather camp way of expressing himself at times, while remaining an absolute unholy terror in the highest echelons of the Deadly Decadent Court.
    Vicar Kassar: You look like a degenerate. Wipe that paint off your face.
    Valentine: Lick it off.
  • The eunuch Lord Varys from A Song of Ice and Fire looks like this trope to an absolute T - he wears fancy robes in non-militaristic styles, indulges in fine perfumes of exceedingly good taste, powders and shaves a lot, swishes quite primly and silently, expresses bemused understanding of other peoples' sexual foibles (while pointing out his lack of same with no subtlety whatsoever) and has a habit of giggling and snarking at both opportune and inopportune moments. And then subverts this trope, being a Master of Disguise and a Master Actor, playing up the "sissy" aspect because that's what people expect to see - behind the perfume and giggles he's a Determinator who isn't afraid to get all up in the hero's grill. Possibly the top Chessmaster in a series notorious for its Gambit Pileup. Damn.
    • And, there's the downplayed, but rather similar, Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish. He goes in for fine clothes of a style that screams "wealthy financier" or "majored in Sleaze, minored in Badass Bookworm" rather than "the swishiest, most fabulous thing around". However, this being the Seven Kingdoms, it still comes across as rather weak and effete by contrast to the usual bantam cock posturing (with a side of eyebleed) to be found at Court — and, he knows it. In addition, his start of darkness involves the well-known incident when he got savagely beaten in a duel by a more masculine hero in a love triangle over Catelyn Stark. Attempting to look like a master swordsman would just fail, so he doesn't. However, just as with Varys, it pays to check the packaging a bit more closely, because Petyr is pretty good with knives — both metaphorical and literal ones.
  • Lord Pumphrey, a.k.a "Pumps" in Sharpe. Variously known as "the molly," "that woman," and believed to have a crush on the hero. He is also one of the most effective Manipulative Bastards in the series, even mocking Sharpe to his face when confronted. He is, thus far, a well-earned Karma Houdini.
  • The villain of German novel Der Eiskristall is an unusual variation - it is implied that he turned to evil partly because he was bullied about his feminine looks. While he is trying to assert his masculinity with extreme violence, he is not helping his case with the Ho Yay he has with one of the male protagonists.
  • Mad Scientist and Big Bad Nirai Kujen in The Machineries of Empire is very pretty, loves his frills, sometimes behaves in a camp manner, and is bisexual. He's also a sadistic psychopath with a body count in the billions, if you count direct and indirect results. Doesn't have the common homophobic implications of the trope as the setting is an Everyone Is Bi Free-Love Future.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Game of Thrones: The eunuch Lord Varys subverts this trope brilliantly. Really, when everyone already knows you're a eunuch, what the devil's the point of wasting time embarrassing yourself by trying to look butch? Raised by actors, he knows how to play the role properly to keep the Queen and her council guessing. Even Magnificent Bastard Petyr Baelish doesn't quite know what he's up to. It's mostly an act-when he gets truly angry or serious he drops his usual polite, facetious tone and his voice becomes considerably lower, first seen when he delivers quite a hardass What the Hell, Hero? to Ned Stark when trying to convince him to give a false confession and demands him to serve the realm, or when he threatens Tyrion in Season 2 and Littlefinger in Season 3.
  • Rumpelstiltskin (portrayed by Robert Carlyle) in Once Upon a Time. Especially with his Michael Jackson squeal. Downplayed in later seasons, as not at all present in his modern "Mr. Gold" persona.
  • Parodied in an episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus, involving Special Investigator Lemming of the British Dental Association. Mad Dentist Super Villain "The Big Cheese" is played by Graham Chapman in one of his more flamboyant performances.
    "Flopsy's dead and never called me 'mother'."
  • Averted in Kings. Prince Jack is both a homosexual and a villain but he's also a soldier who commands the respect of his men and is fully capable beating a guy to a pulp in a bar brawl.
  • Torchwood:
    • Captain John Hart is the ultimate aversion of this trope. Violent, evil, snarky, and can beat the crap out of anyone you care to name.
    • His good counterpart, The Hero Captain Jack Harkness was once described as a homophobic TV viewer's nightmare. An arsekicking, quipping queer. Bonus, his actor is gay, despite the character being 'omnisexual'.
  • Although he's definitely heterosexual, as far as mannerisms go Chancellor Dongalor in Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire practically floats out the window. Considering how snarky he is about the actual gays in the show you have to wonder what he's repressing.
    • And of course he's played by an openly gay actor.
  • Upon hearing a historian's theory that Adolf Hitler was gay, The Tina Fey/Jimmy Fallon incarnation of Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update introduced a recurring character Gay Hitler, played by Chris Kattan.
  • In The BBC's 1960s adaptation of The Three Musketeers, Rochefort is shown to be an incompetent fighter (he falls on his arse from surprise when d'Artagnan challenges him into a duel) and he's seen crying after a minor injury. He's also wearing very light-coloured clothing and spends more time adjusting his shoes and swishing his cloak than doing any actual menacing.
  • Nevel in iCarly. "Mother, run a bath!".
  • Meemy or thereabouts from Mahou Sentai Magiranger. Imperious from Power Rangers Mystic Force was less so, though little attempt was made to hide the mannerisms (reminiscent of Queen Machina, actually) and when he first took that form, he called it "beautiful." Both versions are pretty non-flirtatious, though, and certifiably able to reduce you to very small smithereens.
  • Jim Moriarty from Sherlock. He's dressed to the nines and can be outright flaming, although he says he's only playing gay.
  • Goodness gracious, Terry Karrens from Dollhouse is rather effeminate for someone with an Oedipus Complex.
  • Ratallack of The Shadow Line. He's an extremely camp Gayngster who's ruthless enough that he'll order the death of his own boyfriend to improve his position.
  • Murdoch Mysteries: James Gillies is a recurring villain who murders people For the Evulz (and later to get revenge) and to prove that he's smarter than Detective William Murdoch. He's somewhat effeminate, soft-spoken, occasionally wears women's clothes (he did it to disguise himself first, but later admits he likes it), and he used dolls in one of his schemes.
  • One Monster of the Week in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers called the Octophantom didn't look very feminine, but he certainly acted that way. He was so vain that Billy was able to distract him by getting him to pause - mid-battle, no less - to admire himself in a mirror, and enable the heroes to gain the drop on him.
    • An even more egregious example is Flame Head, a fire-themed monster with what sounds like an obviously female voice and feminine mannerisms, but is actually male.
    • Stag Beetle after the Megazord chops off his pincers "MY BEAUTIFUL PINCERS!"
  • Doctor Who:
    • In the televised version of "Invasion of the Dinosaurs" by Malcolm Hulke, Professor Whitaker is a fairly standard Mad Scientist, but he gets adapted into this in the Target novelisation — he Squees over Oscar Wilde and Noël Coward, giggles "girlishly", admires the Doctor's physique, and so on.
    • The Cybermen are this from "Revenge of the Cybermen" onwards until the end of the Classic series — once emotionless robots now portrayed with limp wrists, lisping voices and hilariously horrible amounts of mincing. Not helped by the tight silver bodysuits and the Doctor pointing out they get killed with "glitterguns" — a bit Disco even by the standards of an episode from 1974.
    • Mehendri Solon in "The Brain of Morbius" wears a lot of fancy jewellery, is hugely misogynistic, spends his time making 'models' of striking male faces and appears to find the Doctor very attractive (attractive enough to want to steal his head for a horrible Frankenstein's Monster, at any rate), even flirting with him in some scenes as much as 1975 would allow. Note the models resemble Classical sculpture and Solon is the name of an ancient Greek politician.
    • Mad gardener Harrison Chase in "The Seeds of Doom" is camp, fay, fastidious, Wicked Cultured, wears fashionable clothes and black leather gloves and 'could play all day in [his] green cathedral'. He also ties men down, forcibly converts them into plants, and then brings them plant food (chunks of raw meat) to eat while they're in bed.
    • One of the flaws Douglas Adams noted about his script for "Shada", which he strongly disliked, was that he'd written the villain Skagra in this way, which he admitted was lazy on his part and neither funny nor frightening, especially in comparison to the dynamic and interesting villains in his much preferred script "City Of Death". He is Rescued from the Scrappy Heap in both the Big Finish adaptation (in which he gets a ridiculously hammy performance from Andrew Sachs) and the 2012 novelisation, which makes him androgynous and unexpressive as well as fleshing out his backstory and personality a lot.
    • Turlough is introduced in a public school (and keeps the uniform), an aesthete, and his darkness is portrayed as him being sensitive, fey and cowardly. He does do a Heel–Face Turn, though, and keeps up the camp.
  • Cobblepot is more than a little fey on Gotham and sometimes attempts to be flirtatious with Gordon. He's prissy, sycophantic, and loves his formal wear...and a manipulative, ruthless killer.
  • A Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode gives us Dr. Roger Stern, a prissy, cultured surgeon who is well aware that he's prissy and compensates by doing terrible things to women.
  • Supernatural: Crowley spouts Double Entendre like its going out of style, is fond of calling people "darling", "sweetie", "kitten", "handsome", etc. and is smartly dressed and cultured. He's also a Depraved Bisexual who will kiss men to make deals with them and in season 11 he possesses a women who has sex with her husband in a foursome with another couple before killing them all.
  • Kivas Fajo from the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Most Toys". He'd be delighted to watch Data go around naked.

    Myths & Religion 

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The effeminate heel, Gorgeous George, is an archetype in wrestling.
  • Adrian Adonis' gimmick went from tough biker to flamboyant, effeminate gay. Actually, flamboyant is an understatement. In reality, Adonis was given the gay "Adorable Adrian" gimmick as a punishment after he failed to act on Vince McMahon's request to lose weight (Adonis was pudgy, and Vince has a well-documented preference for chiseled, muscular physiques). No one expected Adonis to embrace the gimmick the way he did. He even kept it after he left the WWF in 1987.
  • In the territory days, "Exotic" Adrian Street.
  • On the managerial side of things we have Jim Cornette, best known for cowering with The Midnight Express and crying about his mother up until a video of him getting out of his car to yell at a Dairy Queen worker who did not bring him the meal he ordered started circulating amongst wrestling fans, turning him into a memetic badass.
  • Rick "The Model" Martel, who incidentally feuded with an ambiguously gay but not sissy Shawn Michaels.
  • Subversions: Big Dick Johnson is kind of a sissy, but he's never portrayed as villainous; Goldust is pretty effeminate, but he's definitely not a sissy.
  • Lacey, a straight woman, later described the early advances of her eventual boyfriend Jimmy Jacobs as being "gay". Jacobs had always been something of a dork but at some point he decided he was "tough", so tough he no longer had to do anything considered "tough" and would in fact go out of his way to do the opposite of tough, such as stripping down and cuddling with a picture of his future girlfriend while singing her praises. Jacobs was such an example it made the Jerk Jock Colt Cabana (who the fans were happy to see Homicide attempt to murder) into a baby face just for opposing him.
  • "Dashing" Cody Rhodes, before he Took a Level in Badass. He gave grooming tips and his Berserk Button was being hit in the face.
  • Tyler Breeze, who's billed from a different location depending on the season. His Titantron is a live feed of his phone's camera taking selfies.


    Tabletop Games 

  • King Herod is often portrayed this way in Jesus Christ Superstar.
  • Farquaad is played up as this in Shrek: The Musical.
  • Herbert from Tanz Der Vampire. While the degree of his villainy is debatable and highly dependent on the actor, Herbert still remains a clingy, aggressive and bloodthirsty vampire. A VERY flamboyant bloodthirsty vampire. He's also the responsible for Alfred's nightmare during the "Carpe Noctem" dance sequence.
  • Don Dorcha from Lord of the Dance is a subversion. You'd expect a villain who only expresses himself through dance to have at least a shade of sissy, but Don Dorcha and his army are never anything less than foreboding and menacing.
  • A Very Potter Musical:
    • Lord Voldemort is a Neat Freak who can't sleep knowing there are clothes just lying around in his bedroom, and a fan of romantic comedies like She's All That.
    • Professor Quirrell is even more of one, to the point that even Voldemort calls him a sissy.
    • Gender Inverted in the sequel, where Dolores Umbridge is the epitome of macho. Dumbledore even mistakes her for a man initially.

    Video Games 
  • Street Fighter II: Vega is obsessed with his looks, which is why he wears a ceramic mask to protect his face when he fights. He's also effeminate regards anything he deems "ugly" with contempt. Most of all, he hates women. At least, he did, until Capcom decided to change his image a bit to dispel the rumors that Vega was gay. Nowadays, he regards Chun Li as his equal, in terms of beauty, and acknowledges Cammy's beauty as well.
  • Final Fantasy:
  • And then the lovely people over at Square gave us Kingdom Hearts, and the Big Bad of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Marluxia. This is a MAN (better get that straight right away) who's looks would put Sephiroth to shame. He has long, pink hair, his Weapon of Choice is a Pink Sinister Scythe, and his unique villainous ability is FLOWERS. Cherry Blossoms none the less... (The manga took this power one step further and had Marluxia scatter sakura petals with every move he made.) That, in Japanese mythology, cherry blossoms represents death, and in western mythology the scythe is the signature tool of The Grim Reaper, so it might not be so strange that Marluxia, despite all the aforementioned sissyness, still manages to retain most of his manliness.
  • Ash Crimson easily falls under this trope with his flamboyant personality, flirtatious nature towards the male characters and his feminine looks. Well, at least if he was evil to begin with.
  • One of the generals in Dynasty Warriors 6 matches this trope perfectly. He belonged to the mostly-evil Wei Kingdom, fought wearing a skirt and makeup, was obsessed with beauty, and in the Sima Yi ending, he's the first to join Sima Yi in backstabbing the Well-Intentioned Extremist, Cao Cao. That general's name? Zhang He.
  • Resident Evil:
    • Resident Evil – Code: Veronica. Alfred. Ashford. Granted, his compulsion to dress up in women's clothing is due to a Norman Bates-esque desire to emulate his sister, but he's still prancing around in a dress and giggling.
    • Salazar in Resident Evil 4, who's a wrinkly, 20-year-old giggling midget dressed like Napoleon. In stark contrast to his Co-Dragons Mendez and Krauser, he also shows zero signs of any badassery and at one point even runs off crying after getting his hand stabbed; he only even becomes a boss fight by virtue of letting himself get absorbed into giant Plagas blob and transforming into a tentacle monster.
    • Morpheus Duvall of Resident Evil Dead Aim. Yeah, it's a guy. Even harder to tell when his transformation has breasts and built in high heels. He's also totally vain and obsessed with his own beauty.
  • Metal Gear:
    • Depraved Bisexual Vamp combines knife fighting, knife throwing, and flamenco-dancing into his own personal combat form. And he's a subversion; it works so well that he only seems feminine in hindsight, not as he's slaughtering a team of Navy SEALS or going one on one with a cyborg ninja. Oddly, this stops short in one instance; you'd expect anyone who sees him get up, swishing around the whole time, after being shot in the head to be more terrified of his regeneration than mocking of his body language, but this only happens when the people around him are either glad he's back or already know what will happen.
    • And then there's Fatman from the same Quirky Miniboss Squad, who has lovely taste in nail polish.
  • Isaac from Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, who wears an extremely skimply outfit, acts incredibly effeminate and alternates between flirting with the main characters and gleefully attempting to gruesomely murder them.
  • Valtome from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, anyone? Or is he just androgynous and prone to creepy giggles?
  • The Big Bad from No One Lives Forever 2. Although like the many outrageous stereotypes, he is Played for Laughs.
  • General Lionwhyte from Brütal Legend. His hair is so fabulous, he can actually use it to fly! Also a nicely done shot/shoutout to all hair metal everywhere. It's easy to forget Dragonforce doesn't really fly around on the backs of dragons because they have such FAAAABULOUS hair.
  • Emperor Dondera, the Big Bad of Holy Umbrella definitely qualifies. The fact that the eyes of his chest mouth resemble breasts only leads to further Viewer Gender Confusion. Incidentally during the short time he's in your party, his attacks are ridiculously powerful.
  • The Marquis du Singe from Tales of Monkey Island, a fey and foppish Mad Scientist with an outrageous French accent.
  • Toyed with a bit in Vagrant Story. Sydney seems like a pretty standard twinky Squaresoft villain at first, questionable outfit and everything. It turns out he's not a villain. And he's really, really badass. Though he does briefly put his hand on Ashley's knee during the Atrium scene.
  • Father Balder in Bayonetta certainly acts the part with his soft, preening voice, and his fashion sense is atrociously flamboyant (a dead albino peacock as a stole, a gold half-mask, and a monocle earring, among other things). Underneath it all, though, he's also a nigh-godlike Lumen Sage.
  • Bayonetta 2 introduces The Prophet, Loptr who, despite being a tall and well built man, wears a sheer blue cloak, powder blue lip-stick, and barely speaks above a gentle whisper. Concept art shows this was once going to be even more extreme (notice the flowing gown and Lady Gaga hairbow), and at one point was even planned to be a hermaphrodite.
  • Vyers from Disgaea. A narcissistic, aristocratic demon with a flamboyant attitude and a french accent. True, none of the rest of the cast take him seriously, but he is at least a Midboss. It's an act, though. He's applying Obfuscating Stupidity from the moment you first see him, and his true identity is a reincarnation of King Kirchevskoy a.k.a. Laharl's father.
  • Lord Ghirahim from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. His heart is full of rainbows! Also, he wears skintight clothing that only barely censors his nipples, he seems to be wearing white lipstick, his short white hair hangs down over his eye, and he enjoys approaching Link in molestacular poses. However, he has serious Mood-Swinger tendencies, he's a demon (lord) with a blade, and the overall effect is less "sissy" and more "completely balls-out bonkers." Some fans have said he reminds them of a male Lady Gaga.
  • Sergei from Asura's Wrath. Effeminate looking, crazy, constantly relaying about the beauty of things, dresses like a drag queen, and has Steve Blum doing his best evil Leeron voice.
  • Shadow Kanji in Persona 4 decides to reflect Kanji's insecurity about his girly hobbies (and possibly his being Ambiguously Gay) by dressing in nothing but a bath towel and acting as Camp Gay as possible. And let's not even get into when he transforms...

    Visual Novels 
  • Miguel Kurashiki in Rose Guns Days fits the trope to a T, with a strong emphasis on the mysogynistic part. He also has a close relationship and plenty of Ho Yay moments with his boss Caleb. Season 2 gives him a good deal of Character Development though.
  • Togainu no Chi: Arbitro swishes about in a feather boa, has a cleanliness fetish, collects statues of pretty boys....
  • From Ace Attorney:
    • Richard Wellington is a mean of wealth, taste and art. He himself is a great con artist. Oh, and a murderer, of course.
    • Subverted with Jean Armstrong. He's sissy all right, but not evil, just desperate because of how deep in debt he is.
    • Kristoph Gavin pays a lot of attention to his looks, and even wears nail polish. That doesn't stop him from being downright terrifying.
    • FINALLY, Florent L'Belle would LIKE to point out that the only VILLAINS here are those UNABLE to comprehend his MAGNIFICENT beauty.

    Web Animation 
  • TOME has the shapeshifter playing Actor Ravenfreak who generally looks more like a guy stole a female character's gear and it was too small.
  • The Blue Laser Commander in the Cheat Commandos section of Homestar Runner has a high-pitched, screechy voice, similar to Cobra Commander. And though his terrorist organization has many plots for world domination, for whatever reason, between the Commandos and their own ineptitude, few are ever actually seen.
  • If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device has this interpretation of Lucius the Eternal, a Depraved Bisexual with a disturbingly high-pitched voice and Camp Gay mannerisms that occasionally resemble those of a high-school girl shrieking about a boy band. As with all Slaaneshi champions, you're lucky if all he does is kill you.
  • Nomad of Nowhere has Don Paragon, dandy, pompous, and flamboyant ruler of The Oasis, who forces people to pay a fortune just to get in so they can buy water and other goods from the only water source for miles and is the one trying to catch the titular character.

    Web Comics 
  • Keith Feddyg from Fans!, a minor villain from Book 4 and Big Bad of book 6, probably the most blatant example of a Depraved Bisexual in T's comics, his first arc centering on a sex cult he created.
  • Gerald, one of Nanase's ex-boyfriends from El Goonish Shive is all over the place on this trope (though he's more of a Sissy Jerkass than an outright villain.) He's very muscular (in fact, he's downright massive in one flashback,) but he wears androgynous goth clothing with eye shadow and lipstick. However, it's quickly revealed that he does this deliberately to get people to give him hell for it so he can pick fights with them. And when he first shows up, the people he's antagonizing are three girls (including Nanase) and an androgynous-looking guy.

    Web Videos 

    Western Animation 
  • The Lepodopterist from "Molly Moo Cow and the Butterflies". He's not even evil, but a giddy, cowardly fool who prances around and flicks his wrist, and brags about how he'd rather catch butterflies than hunt for tigers or lions. The only reason he's even a villain is because he's oblivious to the fact that catching the (sentient) butterflies is robbing them of their freedom.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars has Jabba the Hutt's uncle, Ziro, whose voice was allegedly based on Truman Capote's.
  • Stewie Griffin from Family Guy, especially in the earlier seasons. Not surprising, since he's largely a parody of various villain tropes.
  • Satan is done this way so often it's now a trope of its own.
  • Jack Spicer in Xiaolin Showdown. Frequently screams like a girl, to. Is even called a sissy in one episode, and accidentally declares himself Queen of The Black Vipers, prompting looks from everyone.
  • Lex Luthor's pet iguana Ignatius from Krypto the Superdog, even though he had a crush on a female iguana in one episode.
  • Senor Senior, Junior is the Kim Possible variant of this, as metrosexual as it gets, overly concerned with hair care products, boy bands and far more interested in looking good than doing bad.
  • In one episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Endsville is plagued by a nasalmancer, a wizard who practices nose magic. ("It's not a very popular school of wizardry," says Grim.) The guy wears wizard robes that look like dresses and usually uses his skills to sell women's cosmetics.
  • Transformers:
    • Starscream moves up and down a Sliding Scale of Girlishness and Childishness depending on the series and translation, but is consistently bitchy. Some have mistakenly made him a girl, some have given him a female clone, some have made him an outright giggling fool and some have even made him a somewhat serious air commander... with a childish attitude and a girlfriend to complain to about how his lord and master mistreats him. Expect every incarnation to be a narrow-waisted, whiny, flighty asshole prone to backstabbing his lord and master for insults and ambition. Transformers Prime is one of the most extreme examples, where Starscream is given an extremely feminine body shape and Combat Stilettos.
    • Transformers Prime gives us Knock Out, a metrosexual Decepticon who puts great concern with his vehicle form. Watch the Paint Job. Seriously, don't scratch his paint job, he has a giant buzz-saw. (He's still much more masculine looking than Starscream, though.)
      Knock Out: I like the way I look in steel-belted radials.
      Knock Out: I'm not only an automobile, I'm also an automobile enthusiast.
  • G.I. Joe:
    • Cobra Commander, often described as a "faceless effeminate screechy man." Where other villains go into rages, Cobra Commander throws hissy fits. His threat level seems to be based on how deep his voice is.
    • The original Cobra Commander and the original Starscream were voiced by the same actor, Chris Latta. CC and Screamer obviously partnered in G.I. Joe/Transformers crossovers, comic and cartoon. Chris Latta himself was a bit bitchy and ended up being fired for all the trouble he caused the studio.
  • The Creeper from Animalia. It's that super-lispy voice of his.
  • Subverted in The Magic School Bus where there is a fey British scientist, who runs a place called Herp Haven, who seems to want to do in the chameleon Liz and prances around a bit. However, it turns out he's a good guy who runs a habitat for reptiles and was just trying to adjust Liz's habitat.
  • The Simpsons: Parodied by the Scoutmaster, played (in-universe, obviously) by Paul Lynde, a villain from the campy 1960s version of the Show Within a Show Radioactive Man.
    [adressing his mooks] Don't be afraid to use your nails, boys! Muahahaha!
  • The Venture Bros.:
    • The Wild Fop appears to be a member of the Guild of Calamitous Intent, in spite of his demonstrated "inappropriate behavior".
    • The Monarch is a minor example, being a very skinny, flamboyant Large Ham and having a butterfly theme as his schtick (complete with wings on his uniform and the uniforms of his henchmen). It's somewhat lessened though by the fact that he has a girlfriend...with a very deep, manly voice.
  • Discord from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is not above jumping around and skating on soap like a ballet dancer. Or even occasionally cross-dressing.
  • Roger from American Dad! is this trope. While not consistently villainous, he can frequently be found at the root of problems for the main characters, seeming to enjoy stirring up trouble, and other peoples' misery.
  • The Futurama episode "Raging Bender" has Bender become a pro wrestler, though after his popularity dies down, he's forced to become a crossdressing sissy heel called the Gender Bender.
  • Played with a couple of times on Dexter's Laboratory:
    • In the episode "Jeepers Creepers Where Is Peepers", blatant anime parody villain Hookocho is an evil alien warlord that Dexter fights to save Dee Dee's imaginary world.
    • In one Missing Episode of "Dial M for Monkey", the Silver Spooner is an effeminate expy, who is ultimately defeated by distracting him with a claim that Judy Garland is present, allowing Monkey to hit him over the head with his own spoon.
  • Downplayed by Ares in the DC Animated Universe. Although he's very much a Pretty Boy, he's all about war, weapons, and destruction.
  • Lil' Gideon of Gravity Falls. He dresses very finely, obsessed with keeping his pompadour set (when considering ways to attack the Pines family, he dismisses summoning a rain of blood as it might mess up his hair), and is generally a wimp when he doesn't have the advantage. Mabel even considered him like a little sister she can do girly stuff with, like makeovers, at least before he outed himself to be evil.
  • The Iron Man: Armored Adventures version of Justin Hammer has a light voice, enjoys fine cuisine, and takes a lot of pride in his appearance. He also invites Tony Stark to dinner.
  • Captain Hero from Drawn Together. His real name is "Leslie", he speaks in a shrieking girly voice with ever-increasing frequency, and he's not picky about any aspect of his romantic/sexual partners, including their gender, their species, whether they're alive, whether or not they consent, and whether or not they're related to him.
  • Richard De Longpre in Allen Gregory is a narcissistic, malevolent, incredibly self-centered gay man who brutally mistreats his life-partner Jeremy, to the point it's made clear that sex between them essentially consists of Richard raping Jeremy. It's an appallingly toxic relationship, but it gets even worse with The Reveal that Jeremy is actually straight and that Richard, having become infatuated with him upon their first meeting, took to stalking him until Jeremy was forced to accept Richard's hand in marriage in order to protect the wife and children he already had!
  • The phenomenally campy and over-the-top Scaramouche the Merciless in Season 5 of Samurai Jack is a robotic version of this trope. He dresses in a purple trenchcoat with an orange scarf and magenta high-heels. His powers involve playing a flute to control rocks and scat-singing to control a levitating sword. He judges Jack's look like he was a fashion designer judging a model, and also addresses everyone as 'babe' or 'baby,' including both Jack and Aku. He also destroyed an entire village and murdered its inhabitants solely to get Jack's attention.