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Evil is their business and pleasure.

"This is Black Hat! Here to turn your most disturbing thoughts into reality!"

Villainous (Villanos in Spanish) is a 10-episode Mini Series airing on Cartoon Network and distributed through its Cartoon Network Anything App. Created by Alan Ituriel after its concept won a "Pitch Me Anything" contest hosted by Pixelatl and Cartoon Network, Villainous is the first animated work produced by the network's Mexican branch.

The show follows the misadventures of the infamous Black Hat, a vulgar and sharply dressed narcissistic inhuman fiend who does his part to make the world a little more vile and its heroes a little more dead. Aiding him (with varying degrees of consent) are his cohorts, the meek scientist Dr. Flug, the neurotic and adorably failed bestial genetic experiment 5.0.5, and his biggest and most violently deranged fangirl Demencia.

The episodes were first released in Spanish. The fansub is here. They were later released in English (their original language) and can be viewed here.


On June 17, 2017, it was informally announced that the series had been greenlit for a second phase of shorts, online comics and an 11-minute pilot. The comics can be found on Cartoon Network Mexico's Facebook and Twitter feeds, with an unofficial English scanlation available here. On September 8, 2018, Cartoon Network released a teaser for a full series.

The second phase of shorts are known as Black Hat's Villain Orientation Videos. The first can be watched here, the second one here, the third one here, the fourth here, and the fifth here.


This series features examples of:

  • Humanoid Abomination: Black Hat, maybe. Aside from his unnatural appearance, he's also shown over the course of the episodes to be able to shoot eye beams, shapeshift at will, give life to inanimate objects and even tear portals to other dimensions just by scratching his nails on a blackboard.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Black Hat winds up having no sympathy for Lemongrab's various dysfunctions and ends his Orientation video by murdering him to make lemonade.
    • This is the fate of pretty much every villain that angers Black Hat with their ineptitude.
  • Massive Multi Player Crossover: Assuming the Villain Orientation videos are canon, then the world of Villainous seems to share the same universe/multiverse with other Cartoon Network shows.
  • Medusa: A head of her is shown to power the statue-making machine in one short.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: All of Black Hat's minions to a degree. Averted in following videos except for 5.0.5.
    • Dr. Flug is very skilled in inventing new gadgets and weaponry for Black Hat, but these devices often come with huge design flaws that wind up bringing much pain to him and his compatriots. He also believes that the most wicked thing in the world is a sandwich (with too much mayo on it, but still). However, he shows his sadistic side to Mojo Jojo at the end of "The Lost Cases of Townsville" and in "The Lost Cases of Elmore" he steals a plane with all the passenges inside(he uses a shrinking ray).
    • 5.0.5, by his very nature, is also one of these as he's the result of a failed attempt at creating a destructive monster that went the other way.
    • Demencia is Black Hat's Abhorrent Admirer which annoys him to no ends, and mostly just plays Poke the Poodle pranks when she's not mindlessly obsessing over Black Hat. That being said, see Hidden Depths, Hero Killer and Elite Mook in her character page.
  • Mythology Gag: The song in the trailer says that you can call 1-800-Black Hat for reasons ranging from dealing with any hero, or if you're a parent with a terrible child. One of the Villainous shorts prior to Cartoon Network involved Black Hat listening to a pirate captain grouse about his misbehaving son.
  • Nails on a Blackboard: Done by Demencia to deface a drawing 5.0.5 drew. Then Black Hat does it, seemingly tearing open another dimension while causing an unbearable sound to both 5.0.5 and Demencia.
  • Non-Dubbed Grunts:
    • 5.0.5's growls are left intact in all the dubs.
    • Demencia's flirty growl in "Sculpting Evil" is the same in English and Spanish.
  • The Power of Love: To combat this empowering heroes or causing villains to have second thoughts, Black Hat puts the Dapura Repulsa flower up for sale during the Valentine's Day special; a parasitic plant that can turn a person's affection for others into disgust.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: The shorts have one joke happen after another, though this might be because they're only one minute long.
  • Shrink Ray: One episode features Black Hat demonstrating such a device on 5.0.5 and unintentionally enlarges it, prompting him to advertise a giant destructive bear instead.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sliding Scale of Antagonist Vileness: In the Christmas short Black Hat shows off a robot in his image known as the Hat-Bot which Flug demonstrates how evil he can make it behave through a scale which from highest being the most evil and lowest being the least:
  • Spiritual Successor:
    • To Evil Con Carne, another CN animated show that followed the exploits of a dysfunctional supervillain organization.
    • In the same respect, some people also see it as one to League of Super Evil.
  • Stylistic Suck: The Black Hat Villain Orientation Video has shaky footage, retro filters, shills the other products in Black Hat's catalogue, and is poorly edited with many rough cuts and technical difficulty cards left in.
  • Take That!: The Villain Orientation videos, which are ultimately Black Hat (and later, Flug) calling out the villains of other Cartoon Network shows for their various fallings.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Dr. Flug assumes one after making it past the outside security system, only to find himself surrounded by the inside security system.
  • Villain Protagonist: The main characters, although only Black Hat appears to be truly evil (while Flug is also revealed to have a sadistic side in Mojo's orientation video).
  • Would Hurt a Child: As the last orientation video shows, Black Hat Organization has no problem in taking care of the Kids Next Door Organization if they try to go against them.