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Not all examples are this literal.

The Heart Symbol is a well-known symbol of love, peace, and life. You would think that they would always mean something good, right? But sometimes, they are used in association with villains for the sake of irony.

How the hearts are used may vary. Usually, all a villain needs is a costume decorated with heart shapes, or a heart-themed name. But in some cases, the villain is literally a heart-shaped creature.

Sometimes, the baddies who have this might have Love Freak and Heart Beat-Down as their schtick, but in a more twisted way. Another possibility is that it embodies Love Makes You Evil. A more justified version is when the heart is cracked/slashed down the middle, which usually symbolizes a broken heart and tragedy.

Not to be confused with actual human hearts. That would be Evil Is Visceral. Compare Foul Flower, another normally innocent symbol used for evil.

A sub-trope of Light Is Not Good, and Heart Symbol. Because there are likely real people or organizations associated with hearts, No Real Life Examples, Please!


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • The She-Hulk villain Captain Rectitude is a right-wing extremist who has a giant purple heart for a logo.

    Films — Animation 

    Literature 
  • The Queen of Hearts from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a bad-tempered despot who often orders to execute her subjects. Adaptations of the book often turn her into the main antagonist.

    Live-Action TV 
  • One episode of The Librarians 2014 has Prospero summon up a gang of Fictionals, including the Queen of Hearts, who wears a skimpy costume with a heart motif.
  • In Kamen Rider Blade's playing card motifs, Kamen Rider Chalice is the Rider that represents the suit of Hearts. He's not a bad guy, per se, but he's an Anti-Anti-Christ and gigantic threat to everyone regardless.

    Music 
  • HIM: Their logo is a fusion of a heart and an inverted pentagram. The band characterizes their style as "love metal". One of the first songs they ever recorded was a cover of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game", and prior to this the band used yet another symbol - a heart with 666 in the middle. Frontman Ville Valo, who designed the heartagram, later recalled this early symbol was "a bit boring". He later designed another one by crossing a heart with a unicursal hexagram, a shape made famous by occultist Aleister Crowley. He had it tattooed on himself for reference, but doesn't seem to have done anything else with it.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • In Lucha Libre, most post-1990 examples are in reference to Love Machine, an Evil Foreigner who wore a heart symbols on his mask before he was revealed to be Art Barr or to the Affably Evil extremo ATM, whose mask also has heart symbol shaped eye holes.
  • Jimmy Jacobs, "the zombie princess from the dark side of a broken heart", often has heart symbols in his merchandise or entrance gear.
  • IWA Mid-South regular Danny Demanto has heart symbols cracking in half on his tights.
  • Ohio Valley Wrestling has Brandon Espinosa, a homophobic man who dresses in bright pink hearts to lure gays within arms reach.
  • Sassy Stephie of the Midwest Militia and SNS Express has two "s"s on her chest that form a heart symbol, when she isn't wearing her Spikes of Villainy.
  • Jayme Jameson's "Keep Calm And Suplex On" shirt has a heart symbol by her "signature".

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000: The Kabal of the Black Heart is the most infamous of all Dark Eldar, led by Asdrubael Vect, a Time Abyss master of plotting and torture.

    Video Games 
  • Kirby:
    • Kirby: Planet Robobot:
      • Unlike the final bosses of many other Kirby games, who are scary Eldritch Abominations, Star Dream is a massive supercomputer with a big heart icon painted on it. It also aims to destroy all organic life as it deems them inefficient and against order.
      • As NOVA returns, so does its heart (See the entry for Super Star below), which you fight at the end of the True Arena. This time, the heart moves around and attacks you instead of just staying in the middle. And oddly, it shares a few attacks with Marx, another example of this trope...
    • Kirby Super Star:
      • Once he gains power from NOVA, Marx gains hearts on many parts of his body, especially his glistening wings. Did we mention that he's a psychotic, deceptively cute monster who manipulated Kirby into helping him gain said power?
      • The core of NOVA is represented by a floating pink Heart Symbol. Kirby must destroy it to stop NOVA from granting Marx's wish for world domination.
    • Queen Sectonia from Kirby: Triple Deluxe has, along with a heart emblem on her chest, tiny hearts adorning her sinister Requisite Royal Regalia. Fitting, considering how cruel and vain she is.
    • Kirby Star Allies:
      • The Jambastion mages and their leader Hyness have an emblem of a heart with demonic wings and a sinister eye on their outfits. It also features on the architecture of their bases, though not quite to the point of Sigil Spam.
      • And then there is Void Termina. Aside from the sigil of Hyness' cult appearing on its armor, its mask/face is heart-shaped, and after growing wings, it also has a tail made of hearts. A heart pattern also runs across part of the shell that houses its soul, i.e his actual heart (which, ironically, is round-shaped).
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask: The titular mask is a sentient Artifact of Doom with plans to destroy the world. And it's shaped like a heart.
  • The Love Shockers from Jet Set Radio are one of the numerous villainous gamgs. Their graffiti and symbol are heart symbol-based.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Emblem Heartless are identified by a black-and-red heart with a thorny X across the center, with an arrow pointing straight down.
    • Riku's Dark Mode outfit has this emblem on his chest, except minus the X - it's just solid black with a red outline. Even after he completes his Heel–Face Turn, this symbol is the keychain for his own Keyblade.
  • In Super Paper Mario, the Chaos Heart is an incredibly deadly artifact looking like a heart made out of mercury which can destroy every single universe in existence.

    Web Animation 

    Western Animation 
  • Ricardio the Heart Guy from Adventure Time is an actual red heart with a face, arms, and legs. He manipulates Princess Bubblegum with the intention of cutting out her heart.
  • Wander over Yonder: Lord Dominator wears a bleeding heart symbol on her shirt, which reflects her love for chaos and destruction.

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