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Evil is Our business, and business is good. 

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

Villainous (Villanos in Spanish) is a Cartoon Network animated series created by Alan Ituriel. The show was the winner of a "Pitch Me Anything" contest hosted by the television network in conjunction with Mexican creative arts festival Pixelatl. It is the third original animated production to come out of Cartoon Network Latin America following CN Mexico's Santos vs the Clones miniseries and CN Brazil's Jorel's Brother.

The series 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.


Villanous began as a 10-episode Mini Series that premiered May 15, 2017 and was distributed through the Cartoon Network Anything App, with episodes first being released in Spanish (fansub here), with them becoming officially available in English weeks later.

A "second phase" began December 21, 2017. This consisted of eight additional minute-long shorts, a series of 11-minute Villain Orientation Videos in which Black Hat and company critique the work of various CN villains, and a more formal 11-minute pilot episode. Most of these are available in this playlist here, with those not linked available here, here, and here. English fansubs can be watched here, here, and here. This second phase also included a short series of comics that can be found on Cartoon Network Mexico's Facebook and Twitter feeds, with unofficial English scanlations available here.


On September 8, 2018, a teaser trailer for a full-length series was released, with a six-episode first season to premiere sometime the following year.

This series features examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: In "The Foul Flower," Flug mentions 5.0.5 making reaction videos on the internet.
  • Arms Dealer: The cast, although they sell products that aren't strictly weaponry.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In "Bad Security", Dr. Flug's exterior security system includes a small army of laser-spewing drones, a flaming hellscape, and... a bunch of schoolchildren mercilessly pelting the intruder with snowballs.
  • Artificial Gravity: One episode advertises and demonstrates a device that simulates a low-or-zero gravity environment, but Black Hat is enraged that it wasn't a ray gun specifically.
  • Big Bad: Black Hat and the Black Hat Organization.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Black Hat and Flug were... less than happy to find out Mojo Jojo created his own heroes.
  • Black Comedy: Much of the humor involves Black Hat abusing his minions. In The Lost Cases of Elmore it's implied that they killed the Townsville's narrator... and it's Played for Laughs.
  • Cape Busters: Black Hat Incorporated also provides consultation to other super villains who are at the end of their rope when it comes to dealing with their respective archnemeses.
  • Continuity Nod: Some impressive ones include
  • Crapsack World: The more that is revealed about the Villainous universe, the clearer it is that Black Hat has far more influence in world affairs than the shorts suggest. The best example (so far) is a newspaper article in about the biggest pharmaceutical company in the world. There is a hat in the picture of the CEO office. Can you guess what color it is?
    • There's also the fact that he can easily help conquer planets if he gets paid for it.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Goes with the territory of being a company that sells to cartoon supervillains.
  • Creepy Jazz Music: The teaser trailer features this as the background music. Black Hat's leitmotif, Black Hat Mischief, is also in this genre.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Staunchly averted. While the main characters are villains themselves and often have their own evil operations going on, the Black Hat Organization mainly sells their services to other supervillains as consultants or mercenaries. In-universe, most of the shorts are infomercials meant to sell Dr. Flug's inventions (and any random malevolent detritus laying around their base of operations).
  • Dark Action Girl: Demencia, being the strongest of the cast after Black Hat.
  • Dark Is Evil: Black Hat is dressed in black, has black skin, and is a sadistic demon.
  • Decoy Protagonist: While Black Hat is initially framed as the main character, the show appears to focus primarily on Doctor Flug, 505, and Demencia with Black Hat as a peripheral Big Bad.
  • Didn't Think This Through: "Bad Security" is about how Flug made a security system around their base without a way to turn it off on the outside.
  • Disembodied Eyebrows: Everyone has these.
    • Subverted with Black Hat; he has antenna, not eyebrows.
  • Downer Ending: "Dreadful Dawn" ends with Penumbra unknowingly going home empty-handed since she planned to use Sunblast to help cure her condition until Demencia secretly ate him and Penumbra's soul is now owned by Black Hat. Furthermore, Dr. Flug, Demencia and 5.0.5 expect praise from Black Hat since Dr. Flug's plan to defeat Sunblast worked, Instead he's furious at the trio for luring Sunblast to the island in the first place (which if he survived and left, would've let every other superhero on the planet know about Black Hat and possibly defeat him), and plans to punish them for their incompetence.
  • Droste Image: In one short advertising a statue-making machine, Black Hat complains about the first statue that was made not looking like him at all, first in the exact same pose as the statue and then in a pose that is exactly like a picture on the wall with the caption "No he doesn't".
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The original 2012 shorts, enough said. For Black Hat, his design stayed mostly the same save for the question mark on his top hat. Demencia is also nowhere to be seen.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While Black Hat himself doesn't seem to have any high standards, he, along with his clone and Flug, were outright disgusted with the Dopey Black Hat in one of the shorts.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Black Hat is the king of this trope.
  • Evil, Inc.: Black Hat Incorporated, to be precise.
  • Expressive Mask: Dr. Flug's paper bag and goggles consistently change depending on his mood. The paper bag even sweats.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Black Hat's pet snake, Lil' Jack, is female.
  • Graying Morality: By the show's basic premise morality is as black and white as a lemur's butt. However, in the series proper we do get to see that "villain" and "hero" are more like labels than moral descriptors, as Penumbra is an Anti-Villain and Sunblast is an asshole.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Black Hat is implied to be this for all of Cartoon Network.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Sunblast is an arrogant jerkass who fights evil mostly for the immense amounts of joy he gets from beating people up.
  • 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.
  • Medium Blending: Used frequently in the orientation videos.
  • 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.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Black Hat's pet snake, Lil' Jack. When asked to see her in the Orientation Q&A video, Black Hat gives a curt "No," followed by a shot outside of a large blur dragging an unlucky boy into a sewer.
    Dr. Flug: I think it's her lunch time right now.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: The whole cast but Black Hat especially.
  • 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.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • In "Dreadful Dawn", Dr. Flug tries to carry 5.0.5 on his lap like a Right-Hand Cat. The bear ends up crushing him because, you know, a bear is bigger than a cat.
      • In the same episode Flug is forced to improvise after his plan to take down Sunblast is derailed, luring the hero to Black Hat's lair. Rather then be impressed, Black Hat is deeply unamused at Flug for endangering his enterprise by nearly exposing his location to other heroes.
  • Shrink Ray: "Bigger, Badder" has Black Hat demonstrating such a device on 5.0.5 and unintentionally enlarging him, prompting him to advertise it as creating giant, destructive monsters 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.
  • Stock Sound Effect: The ship used in the pilot sounds identical to the speeder bikes from Return of the Jedi.
  • 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.
    • invoked The third-most evil setting on the Hat-Bot in the Christmas short is "Video Game Movie Adaptation".
  • 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 the others (sans 5.0.5) are merely sadistic.
  • 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.


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