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Despite being a comedy series focusing on a merchant selling goofy doomsday devices, once Black Hat reveals his true intentions, he goes from a comical bumbling villain to a vile monstrosity amongst other Cartoon Network villains.

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     In General 
  • Black Hat is already an evil villain, with how he treats his minions, kills off heroes, and such. But you haven't seen the WORST of it, for Black Hat is the—just in his world, but the ENTIRE Cartoon Network Universe. He's the reason why so many villains like Vilgax or Aku became threats to their respective heroes.
  • It's a fact that Darkseid is part of the Black Hat Organization. Not only that, the villains from Star Wars like Palpatine or General Grievous might be potential members and they are now part of the Disney Universe. Black Hat and his forces may have invaded Cartoon Network, DC Comics, Star Wars and Disney. Yikes.
    • Remember all of the horrendous acts that happened within those shows such as Joker brainwashing Tim Drake, Him taking over the Earth in an alternate future and many more. Did they do these on their own or did Black Hat had a hand on them?
    • For more potential ties: Batman crossed over with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at one point, and Nickelodeon currently owns the franchise, which already opens up the possibility of the Black Hat Organization invading the shows in that shared universe. And then there's all the Transformers cartoons that were exclusive to Cartoon Network; by that logic, he likely has a hand in Hasbro's series, meaning he could have financed the likes of the Decepticons and Cobra among others. And don't even get us started on Sonic Boom.
    • Hell, while we're at it it, I think it would be safe to say that every villain that has ever lived EVER had the potential to be associated with Black Hat and his organization.
  • You know the saying, "Why do the bad guys always get the good stuff"? Black Hat Organization sells technology meant to advance the goals and ambitions of evil, which have been utilized by numerous well-known villains. I think it's safe to say that we now officially know WHY bad guys get all the good stuff.
  • During the English trailer, one of the advertisement lines for offered services includes, "...or just a parent with a terrible child..." The fact that any parent would agree to that is horrifying on it's own, since it's obvious that children aren't safe from the Black Hat organization, but the reality that they boldly advertise this speaks Nightmare Fuel levels to the sway that they have over their universe's Earth. One of the Villain Orientation videos advertises the Black Hat Organization summer camp, where aspiring kid villains go to hone their skills and become the evil masterminds they know they can be.

     Villain Orientation Videos 

     The Series Proper 
Pilot Episode: The Dreadful Dawn
  • Somehow, Black Hat seems even more menacing in Flug's dreams than he does in person. And he was complimenting the not-so-good doctor!
    • Not only that, but when Flug wakes up, he says that it was a dream. If that's what Flug considers a dream, what are his nightmares like?
    • Alan Ituriel said the reason Flug sleeps in a cryo-bed because if he tries to sleep normally he's plagued with nightmares. So when he said, "At least it was a dream, and not the usual nightmares," he meant it.
  • Flug's morning routine includes feeding Demencia, which entails dropping a captive hero into her habitat pit. We don't see the poor sod afterwards, suggesting that Demencia very well may eat people.
    • Hell, just how deranged Demencia seems after being lifted out of the pit. Cackling insanely, strapped into a straightjacket, and breaking out of her metal bonds with ease before bounding off with a Slasher Smile. If you weren't familiar with her Laughably Evil side and Poke the Poodle tendencies, you'd be forgiven for thinking that she was even worse than Black Hat!
  • Black Hat can summon people to his office at will, and as Flug demonstrates, this involves folding the person inward on themselves until they snap out of existence and re-fold into view at the foot of his desk. The process is, exactly as painful as you'd think it is, and it takes Flug a second to crack and snap all his bones back into place.
  • While explaining the needs of the latest client, Black Hat doesn't bother turning from the window to address Flug. First his eye twists back into his skull in an attempt to see Flug behind him (which probably works for him). Then he just morphs his body so that it's facing him. This includes his clothes tearing to re-arrange themselves accordingly, and his teeth and eyes sliding through his gray flesh. All the while, his reflection remains the same as it was before with his eye returning to look at Flug and speaking exactly like the real Black Hat, clearly establishing Black Hat as a Humanoid Abomination.
  • When Flug's first plan goes sideways, prompting the team's retreat, they discover that Sunblast is following them to Black Hat's lair. Cue Black Hat himself calling them up to demand a progress report, subtly implying that if they don't have the problem wrapped up soon, they'll have much more to worry about than some hero.
  • The minute Flug prompts Demencia into action by telling her that Sunblast said that for Penumbra and Black Hat would make a cute couple, Demencia goes absolutely berserk. The ensuing pummeling takes place off-screen, but Flug's horrified reactions, to the point where he has to gag back nausea, suggest it might be better that way.
  • Black Hat's reaction to Penumbra's grateful praise and asking how she can pay for such an amazing service is a rather monstrous Slasher Smile, complete with his visible eye turning blood red. One has to wonder just what, exactly, if not just her soul, was in the contract that he had her sign.
  • Wrapping up the episode? Black Hat is not pleased that Flug, Demencia, and 5.0.5. led SunBlast to his lair. Transforming to a monstrous state, he looms over the terrified trio, snarling in rage.
    Demencia: Sooo...what's the plan, doc?
    Flug: Run.



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