The guy may seem plush and huggable on the outside, but inside, he's a monster.
~ Buttercup describing Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear's true nature.
See, people love that cozy feeling Supes give them. Some golden c-nt to swoop out of the sky and save the day so you don't got to do it yourself. But if you knew half the sh-t they get up to? Ooh... f--kin' diabolical.
~ Billy Butcher about who superheroes really are.

Faux Affably Evil is a term referring to villains who, at a glance, are similar to those who are the Affably Evil type, but with a lack of sincerity to their affable and sympathetic nature except when they are interacting with someone they care about. Such villains are rarely, if ever wrathful or patronizing in front of the heroes, but they do not actually show genuine empathy towards others; as such, they are sounding polite but not acting it which causes their villainy to stand out more rather than less.

In some works, Faux Affably Evil villains break the Fourth Wall and reveal their true nature to the audience, while pretending to be nice in front of the protagonists. Arrogant villains who give a sarcastic apology to their foes also fall under this category. However, the characters of the story and audience alike might not be aware of the Faux Affably Evil villain's true colors until they reveal them. They could appear very much as a friend or ally before betraying the heroes, good examples including Dawn Bellwether, Prince Hans, Sir Miles Axlerod and Ernesto de la Cruz. These kinds of villains are commonly regarded as surprise villains who can even have the audience fooled by their "friendly" attitudes.

Despite their lack of sincerity, some of these villains can actually be remorseful due to the fact that sometimes the hero can reach them in heart (usually done with Pure Goods). They also can be insecure, redeemable and/or honorable (e.g. Marina Arusu, Darth Vader and Horobi). In fact, some Faux Affably Evil villains can even be heroic in some cases (e.g. Violet and Kokichi Oma).

On the other hand, many of them can be Pure Evil, as they can use "flattery" and "elegant" demeanors to get whatever they want and achieve their goals; Emperor Palpatine, Lord Voldemort, Scar, Jenner, Joker, Judge Claude Frollo, the Coachman, FriezaCaptain Kuro, The Master, The BeldamEgo, Mysterio, Dick Hardly, Freddy Krueger, William Afton, Kefka Palazzo, Vladimir Makarov, Albert Wesker, Black Noir, Dahlia Hawthorne, Dolores Umbridge, Dimentio, Bill CipherIt, Makuta Teridax, Syndrome, Miles Axlerod, Isaac Ray Peram WestcottThulsa Doom, Terence T. D'Arby, Lord Cutler Beckett, King Runeard, Lord Cotys and Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear are all very good examples of this. As you would expect, Pure Evil villains will almost always shed their "friendly" nature if things don't go to plan.

Note: Just because a villain is extremely evil, doesn't mean that they automatically fall under this category if they're violent and hostile towards everyone without showing any false politeness (e.g Montgomery de la Cruz, CrasterKarl Tanner, Ronan the Accuser (MCU), Shao Kahn and Victor Krane).

  • However, this rule does not apply to villains like Zhan Tiri who are hostile to almost everyone if they are superficially polite to at least one person.
  • Also, if a villain is truly affable only to the people he/she cares about, but is superficially polite to everyone else (e.g Satō Matsuzaka, Yuno Gasai and Roadhog), then they still fall under Faux.

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