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  • 47 Ronin was distinctly unsubtle in its costume design. Lord Kira just oozes evil.
  • The Winter Soldier, from the film of the same name, is an interesting use of this trope. Black leather fatigues, hides his lower face in a mask, either Scary Shiny Glasses or dark eyeshadow, a metal arm with an engraved Soviet star, always armed with a BFG... and then he turns out to be, not a villain in his own right, but a Brainwashed and Crazy Bucky Barnes. He ditches everything except the arm in the inevitable Heel–Face Turn.
    • In Civil War, he loses the arm too (though this time not by choice).
    • This trope is Lampshaded in Avengers: Endgame where upon witnessing Hydra members disguised as S.H.I.E.L.D agents in the past, Ant Man wonders how the others never realized they were evil, since they blatantly look like bad guys.
  • Ramsley the creepy pale butler from Disney's The Haunted Mansion, with Ominous Pipe Organ background music playing in almost every scene he appears in. helps that he's portrayed by Terence Stamp
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  • Doctor Evil in the Austin Powers movies. His frickin' name is Evil. He went to evil medical school! Granted, he's mostly humorously ineffectual, but he's trying...
  • The Car is a black low-slung thing with heavily-tinted windows and a grill like a snarl.
  • The Dudley Do-Right movie lampshades this trope with Snidely Whiplash. As a child explaining what he wants to be when he grows up he declares, "Isn't it obvious? I'm going to be the BAD GUY!" Later in the film, Dudley and the Kumquat Chief are speaking to a politician, who questions whether Snidely is the bad guy. The chief replies, "Just look at the way he dresses, DUH!"
  • In the first Dungeons & Dragons, the villains Profion and Damodar (though laughably so) are very much Obviously Evil. As if to acknowledge it, Profion is shown wearing an innocuous white robe while addressing the wizard council as some attempt to explain why he's not executed immediately.
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  • William Bludworth, the funeral director who appears in Final Destination, Final Destination 2, and Final Destination 5, is Affably Evil in that he deals with death itself and gives the protagonists cryptic clues about how to cheat death (for example, in 2: "Only new life can defeat death.").
  • Deconstructed in the 2008 Get Smart, when Max deduces that Dalip is a KAOS agent because "...his face looks like an Easter Island head!" After a moment's thought, he chastises himself for profiling and assumes that Dalip is really a good guy. In fact, Dalip is working for the villain, but only because his wife is being held hostage.
  • Averted in Halloween. Unlike Freddy, Jason and Leatherface, when Michael Myers is (briefly) unmasked in the climax of the first movie, he's revealed to have an almost angelic face. According to Word of God, Tony Moran's "angelic" appearance is exactly why he was hired for that role. And the scar on Michael's eye wasn't supposed to be as ugly as it turned out to be, but prosthetics got a bit carried away when applying it to the actor's face.
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  • Played for Laughs in Hot Fuzz with Simon Skinner. Aside from his moustache, Villainous Widow's Peak and Slasher Smile, he constantly makes murder-related puns, tries to feign politeness in a very superficial and condescending manner, and frequently shows up at crime scenes accompanied by songs referencing the nature of the respective murder. The signs pointing to him being a killer are so blatant that the viewer is left wondering whether it’s just a giant Red Herring. It is, though not in the way one would expect: The film’s actual twist is not that Skinner is a murderer, but that he’s just one of many.
  • Doctor Heiter from The Human Centipede, good Lord. "I don't trust...humans." The fact they trusted him and drank a glass of colored water from him is baffling.
  • The live action Disney film A Kid in King Arthur's Court gives us Lord Velasco. When a character is first introduced as the king's trusted and loyal adviser, and the very first shot of the movie that he's in shows him as a tall dark man with black robes, a black horse, black hair with white streaks, a sinister smile and ominous background music, it's just insulting to our intelligence. He's like Jafar, except he's not hypnotizing the king, so the king really has no freaking excuse for trusting him.
  • The Lord of the Rings
    • Gríma Wormtongue has pale and sweaty skin, greasy black hair, warts, no eyebrows, black clothes and a hunched over posture. Oddly enough, his nickname is actually a backhanded compliment, since "worm" refers to a dragon, meaning he speaks with cunning and persuasion.
    • Most of the villainous characters, such as the orcs, Nazgûl and particularly Sauron's material form, who are all pretty scary to look at and decked out in blackened Spikes of Villainy.
    • Subverted with the Army of the Dead, a spectral army of decomposing warriors who originally appear as threatening characters and implied villains, but eventually help the heroes during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. The motives are, if ultimately selfish, sympathetic and understandable.
    • What about Gollum? He's incredibly pale and gangrel looking due to being underground five hundred years, his remaining teeth look like small fangs, has a wild look in his eyes and is obsessed with The One Ring and not afraid to try and strangle you. Yeah, that's the guy one would want leading them into Mordor.
    • Would have been subverted by Sauron himself in the final battle, which would take his shining, divine looking Annatar form. However, it was scrapped because canonically Sauron is incapable of using this form anymore.
  • Nizam in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time qualifies. Let's see. Beard of Evil? Check. Bald of Evil? Check. Black robes and piercing eyes? Check. Played by Ben Kingsley? Check and Mate. Might as well give him a sign.
  • The Purge: When a gang comes to your door wearing creepy masks, wielding weapons, and makes it clear that they want to kill one guy and they'll kill anybody who gets in the way, you get this trope.
  • The Russians in Red Dawn (1984) — murdering high school students, raping, evil eyes, evil moustaches... evil hats. The Not-China-We-Swear North Koreans from the remake aren't much better.
  • Played to creepy perfection in Rock & Rule with Mok, the waning rock megastar, who intends to summon a demon in order to enslave the world. Everything about him just oozes EVIL!
  • Comedy version in Silent Movie: the evil corporation that wants to buy the good film studio is called Engulf & Devour—owned by two Corrupt Corporate Executives by those names. They even pray to a glowing dollar sign. Their name is a parody of the Real Life mega-conglomerate "Gulf+Western", who had a bad rep back then too.
  • In case calling the Galactic Empire "evil" right in the first film's opening crawl wasn't obvious enough, Star Wars makes sure that you understand who the villains are just by looking at them.
  • Jonas and his team from Twister, who show up in a long line of black SUVs. They also had the nerve to do something as diabolical as get corporate sponsors for their research!
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Judge Doom. The name itself isn't very subtle, but then again Toons aren't known for their subtlety.
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme's character from The Expendables 2, Jean Vilain, is the Big Bad of the movie. The name "Vilain" is basically "villain" with a Francophone accent. And the character is in fact a villain with a Francophone accent. Even Ross seems shocked at the idea. He and the Sangs even use a satanic goat as their symbol!
  • In Anaconda, Paul Sarone is a creepy, suspicious guy from the start and awfully handy with killing things, but no one suspects him of any ulterior motives until he's already put himself in charge. Jon Voight does everything but cackle with an Evil Laugh or twirl a mustache.
  • Thade from Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes (2001). Seriously, his voice, his face.. everything screams 'evil'.
  • Azazel in X-Men: First Class. He's designed pretty much like mainstream depictions of Satan.
  • Mr. Brell from No Holds Barred may be one of the most obvious Corrupt Corporate Executives in movie history. He can barely last a minute pretending to be civil before revealing himself as a screaming lunatic, and he's not even convincing when he's 'playing nice'.
  • The Berserker Predator from Predators. The eyes on his mask glow Hellish-Red, compared to the yellowish glow of all the other Predators. His red-stained dreadlocks don't help much either.
  • Spiders II: Breeding Ground: Dr. Grbac basically screams "Mad Scientist" the minute he enters the screen. He doesn't help his case either by referring to Alexandra and Jason as "perfect specimens" while pretending to be performing a routine inspection.
  • In Doctor Strange (2016), Big Bad Kaecilius and his followers all have disturbing purple-black scars around their eyes. Strange even lampshades this by pointing out Dormammu can't be good if he puts nasty black decay around his followers' eyes.


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