Barbara Gordon: How can you treat people this way?
Mr. Freeze: It's the way they've always treated me. Nora was the only good thing in my life... and they took her from me. I don't care what I have to do to get her back.
~ Mr. Freeze explaining his desire to revive Nora.
See what she does to me? My loving wife...
~ Robert Baratheon sarcastically talks about his marriage to Cersei Lannister.

Villains who are or were married, be it to another villain or someone else. Sexual partners, girlfriends, boyfriends or fiance (e.g. Joker, Early Grayce, Ego, Erik Killmonger, Ocean Master and Adrian Griffin) do not count. They should go under Hero's Lover, of course only if their partners are stories' heroes.

This is not automatically inclusive with In Love villains as some marriages are unhappy, especially when evil people are involved. In some works it is presented as a given from the start that villains are married even if they clearly do not love their spouses and there is no apparently logical reason they should be together. Some can even be Pure Evil if they make the life of said spouse a hell (e.g. Bob Underwood, Bluebeard and Jack the Ripper). There are also characters such as Samuel Norton, Edwin Epps or Nick Kudrow who are literally spouses married, but this fact does not contribute to what makes them obnoxious enough to be Pure Evil.

Also, being spouse can be a catalyst event making a character descent into villainy, if the wife or husband is unfairly killed, raped or stolen. Ra's al Ghul is a good example of that.

In some cases, it is possible for marriages to be very strong and for the couple to genuinely love and be faithful to each other even if either one of the spouses is evil or both of them are (e.g. Heinz Doofenshmirtz-2 and Charlene Doofenshmirtz-2). Some of these couples can be redeemed.

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