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30 Warning Signs Someone you know is actually “evil”

Updated: Jan 1, 2022

Many people like to believe that they are a good judge of character, but sadly, that’s not always the case. There’s nothing worse than finding out that someone you thought you could trust is apparently nothing like what you believed them to be. However, don’t fault yourself for not knowing because these people are skilled in deception and manipulation. They are parasites who will take advantage of you to get what they want, but they do not care about your needs.

They are selfish and inconsiderate, with no qualms hurting other people. And there’s a lot of them out there, pretending to be and acting like regular people. They’re in schools, in the workplace, in churches—everywhere. They could be among your friends or your colleagues.

Take a look at these 30 warning signs that someone you know is actually evil.

1. They Are Passive Aggressive Being insulted by someone who is passive-aggressive can, at times, be tricky to figure out. The insults are probably hurled before you can even figure out that they’re meant to be for you. Their remarks may not be addressed to you, but sooner rather than later, you’ll realize that they are aimed at you. Despite their words being evasive, they will still have an effect on you whether you like it or not, which proves just how vile they are. Passive-aggressive people are negative and indirectly hostile. They give out insincere and backhanded compliments, often implying someone’s success is a fluke when in truth, they are envious of that person’s achievement. They are also hypercritical. They’re always venting and complaining about the smallest things. At work, these are your colleagues who shoot down everything because no suggestion or proposal is good enough for them. 2. They’re Manipulative Evil people don’t care about the repercussions of their actions, for as long as they aren’t the ones who get affected by them. People that are malicious are also manipulative, making sure that what they say goes, regardless of how it happens or whom they might hurt in the process. Evil manipulators will persuade, lie, do anything that they can just to get what they want, and they won’t have any feelings of remorse, not even a little bit. Their goal in life is to make other people feel guilty then completely control them to get what they want. They believe that their method is the best and only way because it guarantees their needs are met, and since they put primary importance on their own needs, that is all that matters. What other people think, feel, need, and want does not matter. Evil manipulators will take advantage of other people’s emotional sensitivity and sympathy. They will abuse your kindness and helpfulness and will reel you in to help them get what they want.

3.They Always Believe They’re Right Evil people will always believe that they’re right, no matter whom they are talking to, or what they are talking about. They won’t take anyone else’s thoughts or feelings into account because they’re incredibly arrogant, and they consider their own opinions as facts. They need to be always right, and unfortunately, to maintain their image of faultlessness, they would criticize and even laugh at those whose views oppose theirs. While debating with others, even if they are at the losing end, they will insist that what they think is the absolute truth, refusing to lose face. If you find yourself dealing with someone like this, don’t even bother arguing because they won’t let you win… ever. They will stop talking and hanging out with you when you have a disagreement. They are inflexible and are not willing to compromise their beliefs for the sake of friendship or to maintain a diplomatic professional relationship. They’re not diplomatic or tactful, and they would stubbornly insist on what they want until you agree with them. If you don’t, or if you introduce a new idea that doesn’t support theirs, expect these fake friends to disappear.

4.They Are Mean To Animals You can’t expect every single person to like animals, but if someone treats an animal horribly, then there is something wrong with that person. Animal cruelty is a telltale sign that someone might actually be incredibly violent, especially if they find pleasure in hurting animals. These people enjoy hurting animals because it makes them feel powerful. They like the idea that they can inflict pain and instill fear, showing their control over an animal. Others simply enjoy the exercise in pain and violence. Many of these people will easily move on from hurting animals to hurting humans. So, if you happen to know someone who is outright mean to your dog, trying to hurt or torture your pet in one way or another, never invite them to come back to your house ever again. Better yet, just end the friendship then and there.

5.They Take Joy In Other People’s Failures As horrible as it sounds, malicious people enjoy other people’s misfortune. Not only do they actually like it when others fail, but they actually hope that it won’t be the last time. If they’re pretending to be your friend, they will ignore your efforts at success and even discourage you. They’ll quickly pinpoint and highlight why things won’t go your way. Worse yet, evil people will add fuel to the fire and try to make the situation worse in any way they can. They see other people as rivals or competition, threatening their own success, so they will find ways to sabotage other people’s performance and set them up for failure. They will undermine other people by highlighting their mistakes, demeaning their achievements, directly challenging them and putting them on the spot during meetings, or crack a joke at their expense. If you know someone like this, keep your distance unless you want to find yourself in the center of the fumes.

6.They Are Compulsive Liars Evil people have no problems faking it, fabricating stories, and telling lies just to get people to think that they have accomplished something great in their lives. They always have a new story to tell about a secret admirer, an unexpected but much-deserved promotion, or anything that would make them appear more important. And to make matters worse, they do not only lie about themselves, but they make up lies about other people too, not caring whom they hurt in the process. They enjoy badmouthing even their closest friend, and they’ll make up stories to get people on their side. And if that isn’t bad enough, if those lies catch up to them, they’ll just make up another one or worse, blame it on you. They thrive on others’ misery, and the more miserable other people become, the better they feel about themselves. These compulsive liars also tend to add words such as “to be honest”, “to tell you the truth”, and “believe me” just to emphasize their alleged truthfulness. It’s exhausting to have a compulsive liar in your life because you’ll always doubt their words, and you’re concerned they might spread rumors that could be devastating to your reputation or career.

7.They Never Say Sorry Black-hearted people never say sorry, even if they know that they’re at fault. It even comes to a point where they truly believe that they don’t have anything to say sorry about, even if they are truly at fault. Not only do they refuse to acknowledge their mistakes, they seriously think that their actions don’t need any excuses. Self-centered and self-righteous, they also believe they are above reproach. They cannot admit any wrongdoing because admitting so means acknowledging they have flaws. Since they have trouble separating their actions from their character, they think that if they admit they did something wrong, then they’re bad people. But since they’re egocentric, it’s hard for them to accept that they did anything wrong and should assume responsibility to correct their mistake. They would rather lie than apologize. They will twist a story, change the facts, and retell it so convincingly that they will believe their blamelessness in their version of an incident.

8.They Will Mislead You It’s normal to ask others for their advice when you need it because that’s what friends are for. But when speaking with someone evil, be mindful that they will mislead you, pretty much every single time. Not only will they fool you into thinking that their advice is genuine, their actual goal is really to set you up for failure. They will pretend to always agree with you, smiling and nodding eagerly. Some would even resort to flattery and commend your intelligence and your ideas. But they do so without sincerity or any real interest in what you have to say. These people would most likely steal your ideas and take credit for your work. This is common and expected of someone evil, particularly when you come up with an impressive proposal that other people appreciate and praise.

9. They Are Highly Egotistical If you find that you have that one friend that won’t talk about anyone else but themselves, then chances are they are not good people. Regardless of your issues or your problems, selfish people will just keep bringing the subject back to themselves and their issues. Since everything is about them, don’t expect them to listen to, or to even be remotely interested in, what you have to say. These are the people who are busy typing or swiping at their phones while you’re talking to them. They would even yawn loudly when you’re speaking to show you how bored they are until you change the conversation to be about them. Unlike real friends who listen, these people don’t care and will rarely bring up topics you’ve shared with them in the past… when they weren’t listening to you. They are also self-absorbed show-offs who are extremely confident about their looks and achievements, and they would not fail to remind you how better they are compared to everyone else. This just proves that they are both egotistical and narcissistic, and that their deep and dark need to feed their egos is really their main concern.

10.They Don’t Value Anyone’s Time But Their Own People with bad intentions don’t care about anyone but themselves, and that goes for other people’s time as well. In their minds, their time is valuable, and everyone else’s is just a second thought. They have a deep-rooted belief that they have priority and should always come first. Because they have no empathy, they don’t negotiate or compromise regardless of other people’s struggles. They only look out for themselves and have no problem stepping on others to get what they want in life. These are the same people who will demand that you make plans to spend more time with them, but they will immediately disappear or cancel plans at the last minute when someone they find more useful shows up. Even though they expect you to set aside everything for them, they have no respect for your time and don’t care about disappointing you. If you find that you are with someone who has zero regard for your needs and wants, just steer clear of them. 11.They Are Controlling Hateful people need to be in control of all situations, regardless of how they manage to do it or who gets hurt along the way. It is second nature to them to assert their dominance or superiority over other people. They want to control everything and everyone around them. Being in control allows evil people to go on with their deceitful ways in order to get what they want, having zero regard for anyone else. It doesn’t matter what they need to do in order to gain control, or whom they might step on, for as long as their way is the only way. They have no concept of boundaries and they are relentless in pursuing what they want. They get overly upset when someone disagrees with them, and they won’t stop until they’ve convinced or forced everyone to follow what they say. Their need to be right all the time is overbearing, and people who are not completely aligned with them will either be forced to agree or rudely silenced. 12.They’re Incredibly Mean There’s no other way to say it but those with bad intentions are just incredibly mean. Not only do they laugh at the expense of their supposed friends, but they also treat them horribly and put them down most of the time. All the while, they are brushing off their rude behavior by saying “just kidding” even though you know there is nothing funny about it. They purposefully say or do things that aim to hurt or belittle someone. They find pleasure in being mean, and their actions are intentional and malicious. Because they are self-absorbed and have no regard for others, they find ways to feel good at the expense of other people. They confuse respect with fear, believing that they will gain respect by mistreating others. They obtain a sense of fulfillment by being mean, and they engage in mean behavior to gain attention and power. They believe that by having the ability to mentally or emotionally hurt someone, they have control over that person, and they become more powerful. 13.Everyone Else Is To Blame Hideous people will never accept that they are to blame—for anything. They will always pass on the blame to someone else, even when they know that they are at fault. Not only will they turn every situation around to not get blamed, but they’ll also stop at nothing so that their own “impeccable” reputation can’t be tarnished. They avoid accepting responsibility for their failures by blaming others for causing it. It’s not that they don’t understand what responsibility is; they just refuse to take responsibility for their actions, but they will make you take responsibility for yours—along with theirs. If you confront them about their negative behavior, they will guilt trip you into thinking everything was actually your fault, and you’re horrible for insinuating they are to blame. So, they’re not only good at blaming everyone else, but they’re also highly skilled at playing the victim. They are masters of emotional blackmail.

14.They Continuously Belittle Others Evil people love to belittle others, no matter how horribly it makes the other person feel. Belittling others makes them feel better, giving them an ego boost which makes them feel good while it makes others feel small. They’ll even claim that it’s ‘all for fun,’ when honestly, there is nothing fun about it. They have a bad habit of relentlessly teasing other people about their weaknesses, failures, and insecurities. These people will shoot down all ideas, not because the suggestions are not good, but because they love to find fault in everything and everyone. And when they dismiss an idea, they won’t provide constructive feedback or other possible options. They’ll just happily point out all the flaws or defects in everything that they did not propose. Usually, it’s less about the suggested ideas and more about these people’s terrible attitude and behavior.

15.They Just Make You Feel Weird There’s a saying that goes, “Trust your gut,” which everyone should really practice more often. If someone makes you feel weird, or basically just gives you the creeps, then your gut is probably telling you the truth. It could be a new employee who repeatedly contacts you on social media and asks for your personal details. It could be someone you just met but sends you an excessive amount of text messages even after you’ve told him you’re out with friends. It could be a friend who gets extremely jealous over the smallest things and asks you to stop doing certain things or stop hanging out with specific people, without telling you why. These kinds of people do not respect your personal space and freedom, and they will continue to bother you even when you’ve told them you’re not comfortable or available to chat with them. Trust your gut and get away from these people. There’s a reason why people have intuition, that “gut feeling” that helps you decipher whether you’re in the right kind of situation or not. So, if you are sensing something is off, it most probably is. 16.They Have An Alter Ego Malevolent people tend to live double lives if not more, never revealing their true identity to anyone. Not only do they have alter egos, but they have no qualms in fooling or manipulating anyone just to get what they want. They are posers who can easily pretend to be someone else, feeling no shame in taking credit for another person’s accomplishments. Sometimes, they claim that they never get mad or upset just to lure more people in and increase their popularity, but this is just another persona they’ve crafted to make people believe they’re someone they are not. However, because they’re juggling many different egos, they also slip up and get confused with their lies. But if you question them, expect them to snap at you and disparage you because they do not like being put on the spot. Be wary of people that don’t care whether they are duping others for their own good. In fact, stay far, far away. 17.They Feel Extremely Entitled More often than not, cruel people feel extremely entitled for one reason or another. Most of them think that the world should just fall at their feet and that they are “owed,” but for what, no one really knows. And what’s worse is that when things don’t pan out in the way they believe it should, it’s everyone else’s fault but theirs. These narcissists have an over-exaggerated sense of self-importance, believing life owes them success, fame, and a high standard of living. They love to talk about themselves, and they will only listen to you if you’re talking about their success. They impose unrealistic demands on others, expecting family and friends to attend to their every whim, but they feel sorry for themselves if things don’t work out the way they wanted. Then, they’ll indulge in more than a little self-pity, being overly melodramatic and seeking attention because they believe they deserve every happiness. They also demonstrate double standards in the way they interact with other people; they can forget their responsibilities and commitments to others, but other people should always keep their commitments to them. 18.They Are Over Confident Most of the time, people say that confidence is a sexy thing, but when it verges on being overconfident, this statement becomes the furthest from the truth. While self-assurance is a good thing, arrogance is not. Be sure to watch out for these people whose egos are way too big for the rest of the world around them. These people have a superiority complex, and they act as if they are better than everyone else. Their feelings of superiority make them mean and sarcastic, and they throw insults that are very hurtful to others. Some of them truly believe they are superior to others because they were born into privilege. Others develop an attitude of superiority because of their achievements, and they think they could be rude to everyone who isn’t as successful. Then, there are people with an excessive sense of prestige because of their beliefs; they believe they are morally superior and know better than everyone else. 19.They’re Not Your Real Friend People that are really evil are two-faced, showing you one side while secretly living another. They will pretend to be your friend, but in reality, they are the furthest from a friend that you can get. They don’t have your best interests at heart. Aside from taking advantage of those that believe the friendship is true, they actually don’t do anything that a real friend would. These false friends will talk about you behind your back. They will pretend to like you and agree with you, but then they’ll create stories about you. They will also only hang out with you if you give them things they want, act and dress the way they want you to, or follow a one-dimensional standard that they have set. So, when trying to figure out whether someone is malevolent, you should always be on the lookout for these types of signs. 20.You Can’t Trust Them If you can’t trust a friend, then are they really a true friend at all? Real friends have qualities you can count on like being kind, dependable and loyal, a true shoulder you can lean on. Fake friends, AKA evil ones, have mastered the art of deception. They appear genuine and supportive, but it’s just an act to draw you in. Then, they will not only say nice things to your face then mean things behind your back, they tell your secrets to anyone willing to listen. They will continually bail on you, proving that they are not genuine friends at all. They might even see you as a threat or a rival, and they will spread rumors to hurt your reputation. These rumors and outright lies can be devasting and can wreck your reputation and career. Next thing you know, they’ve created a small army of gossipers spreading rumors that do not only hurt you but also negatively affect the entire workplace. 21.They Are Fake You would think that figuring out whether someone is fake or not is an easy task, but this is just not the case. A real friend will be sure to tell you the truth, no matter how painful that truth is. On the contrary, a fake friend will tell you what you want to hear, not caring about the consequences that may come from that. These false friends will also treat you differently depending on who else is around. They might tell you that they like you, but they will also ask that you keep your friendship a secret. When you greet them in public, they might even act like they don’t know you. They could be nice to you when you’re alone, but they might be distant or even mean to you when you’re with other people. However, it is highly likely that these people have no real friends because if they are false with you, they will also be fake to others.

22.They Are Terribly Deceitful Evil people are terribly deceitful, never caring about how their actions affect others. These scheming people will pretend to be your friend, earn your trust, and learn your secrets. They will say they’re happy for you when you share good news or your success with them, but in truth, they are envious and jealous. Then, you’ll learn that they’re terrible blabbermouths who can’t keep their mouth shut. They will talk about you when you’re not around, and they’ll create stories that allow for intrigue, jealousy, rivalry, and oppression. Deceitful people are jealous and judgmental, and they’ll be doling out criticisms and negative opinions. They will spread rumors that promote disharmony and all sorts of conflict. They’re also extremely insecure, and they will fabricate stories that can either make them appear better than you or damage your reputation. They will do absolutely anything and everything in their power, no matter how wrong or how malicious, just to achieve whatever illusions they might have in their wicked minds.

23.They Live In A Fantasy World Evil people live in some sort of fantasy world, allowing their twisted minds to believe that it’s true rather than face the reality of their actual lives. This type of escapism makes it that much harder for them to accept the truth. Plus, they will do whatever they can to protect this fake life, living only for themselves, and not caring about how horrible they are to others while doing it. Since they crave admiration and adoration, they will create fantasies revolving around their supposed power, intelligence, beauty, and brilliance. Unfortunately, they shape these fantasies so well, these fabricated stories become fact to them. In their fantasies, they are faultless, and they can choose any alter ego they want. They completely believe the alternate world they’ve created in their heads that reinforces all their expectations, needs, and beliefs. Their memory of real-life challenges and responsibilities, where they need to conform to a standard they did not set, fades in the background

24.They Have Zero Remorse Fighting with people, even those we love, is just an inevitable part of life. Unlike wicked people, most feel bad about what happened and try to fix the problem before it becomes irreparable. Evil people though couldn’t care less about how the other person feels as they have zero remorse if they treat others horribly, having no guilt or shame for their vicious actions. People that show no remorse are often called sociopaths. A sociopath is a technical term for a person with antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). They have no fear, and they don’t care how other people see them unless it leads to their exposure, preventing them from displaying more antisocial behavior. They break rules and make reckless decisions without feeling guilty if they caused any harm. They can do the most wicked things and feel no remorse about the consequences of their actions. One can say they don’t have a conscience, and without a conscience, they don’t feel bad about any negative behavior or damage they do.

25.They Believe The World Revolves Around Them More often than not, black-hearted people truly believe that the world revolves around them. Their sense of importance and relevance is so bad that they can’t imagine that they are not the center of every single situation. It’s too much of a slap in the face for them to think that they aren’t the reason for the sun to shine. Everything has to be about these attention-seekers. When they talk, they want people to listen. However, when it’s another person’s turn to share, they’ll be on their phones, or they’ll just pretend to listen. When other people are talking, these narcissists are thinking you’re wasting their precious time, and you owe them because they allowed you your turn in the spotlight. These are the same people who will dump all their negative views on you. They will rant about their problems and how unfair the world is and how other people are to blame for everything that’s gone wrong in their lives. If you want to give them some helpful advice, remember that they don’t want to hear what you think; they just want you to sit there and be their emotional punching bag. 26.They Are Fair-Weather Friends Because mean people don’t think about anyone else except for themselves and their own needs, they couldn’t care less about your needs either. These fair-weather friends will only call you when they need you but are never there for you when you need them. In fact, it is always about them, 100% of the time. They are users or parasites who don’t want to use their own resources, so they’ll contact you to use yours. They are abusive and will take advantage of your kindness and generosity. For sure, they’ll be grateful you’re there when they need you, but when it’s your turn to ask for help, they’ll see your needs as a nuisance. They will always prioritize their wants, and they’ll never take your needs seriously because your needs are not relevant to their personal agenda. If ever they do help you, they will not fail to remind you that you owe them, and the “payment” they’ll demand from you soon will ensure they get everything they want from you.

27.They Always Have Ulterior Motives Immoral people make sure that they do “nice” things, not because they are actually nice but because they can use it to their advantage so that they can get something from you in return. They will make it seem like they are just being selfless, but deep down inside, they are already planning exactly how they are going to twist it for their own benefit. They’re exceedingly selfish, and they will not help you if they think they won’t benefit from it. Thinking only about their self-interests, they make friends with you and see what they can get from you. It could be anything such as money, access to your social circle, free food, free rides, or career opportunities. At work, these people only pay attention to those in positions of power. They are looking for the easiest way to climb the management ladder. You’ll notice that these people are proactive when the boss is around, but once the boss steps out, they’re back to being lazy procrastinators. 28.They Have Tons Of Enemies Most of the time, wicked people tend to be overly friendly only to hide the fact that they have tons of enemies. They will constantly tell you that they are a nice person. However, you’ll notice that they have no genuine friends, and they tend to talk negatively about everyone from their past. They will tell you they had a falling-out with certain people because they were misunderstood. But like most evil people, they can’t continue to fool everyone forever as their past will eventually catch up to them. Or you’ll realize why they don’t have friends when they start talking behind your back and pointing out everything that’s wrong with you. You might even join the pool of enemies when you realize these wicked people are selfish, egoistic, manipulative, and abusive liars. If you don’t want to find yourself in the “frenemy” category, then just steer clear of them from the start. 29.They Are Full Of Hate Most villainous people are full of hatred. Not only do they feel incredibly high and mighty, where their thoughts and emotions are more important than anyone else’s, but they also tend to be racist, homophobic, bigots and tend to bash other people’s beliefs. And to top it all off, they don’t think that there is anything wrong with what they are saying. At work, they will complain about everyone and everything. They will vent about the boss, their colleagues, the clients, the computers, the work, and even the drinking water. Among friends, they will criticize your clothes, your hair, your car, the way you talk, and maybe even the way you chew your food. You’ll find that most of their issues are quite unreasonable and offensive, and if you tell them so, expect them to lash out at you. All this irrational hatred toward people, actions, and things is a major red flag that you’re dealing with an evil and toxic person. 30.They Are Unreliable Malicious people couldn’t care less about the things that are important in your life, making them very unreliable as well. Not only are they not there for you when you need them the most, but they also tend to flake on you over and over again, without any thoughts to your feelings. They will pretend to please you by making promises they can’t keep and taking on responsibilities they have no intention of accomplishing. They will appear to agree with your request, but they will procrastinate and take forever to complete the task. They won’t complain, but they will show their displeasure by not doing anything. They will not keep their commitments, and even if they do make some progress, they will rarely deliver on time unless they get something better in return. If you call them out for missing the deadline, they’ll get upset with you and would most likely drop the task altogether and leave you hanging do all the work yourself. If you have any people in your life that happen to be like this, then it’s time to seriously reevaluate that relationship and just call the entire thing quits. Source:

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