There was a Saturday morning cartoon (it could have been He-Man), where the hero met up with one the Bad Guy’s Lts. Unlike most of the BGLs, this one would actually honor truces, prisoner exchanges, etc. (instead of double-crossing the hero). I think the hero said to the BGL that he is too honorable to work for such a scummy boss and should switch sides, but I don’t remeber if he did or not.
Sorry for a vague description - the situation is very vivid to me, but not any of the other details.
I also nominate Cigarette Smoking Man from the X-Files, he is ruthless, but he is actually trying to save mankind (at least that is how I remember it, they were trying to stall the alien invasion until the came up with some sort of antidote), but that nosey Mulder keeps screwing everything up.
He’s only a villain because he’s sworn to fight for the evil side, but I nominate Rana Sanga from the Belisarius series. The guy’s entire life revolves around honor; he serves the Malwa only because he swore an oath.
Someone’s going to have to help me out with some names here, my memory’s a bit fuzzy, but vampires are quite often portrayed as very honorable beings who take no particular pleasure in what they do, and in fact try to make their victims’ passing as peaceful, if not pleasurable, as possible.
In Marvel comics at least, I seem to recall Dracula himself was usually a pretty decent guy, except for the one time when he tried to turn Storm into a vampire.
I believe he’s referring to Young Frankenstein. “Eye-gor” is sent out to get a the brain of Hans Delbruck, which he accidentally drops, destroying it. Instead, he brings back a brain belonging to “Abby Someone…”
I don’t think this is a reference to either the original “Frankenstein” movie (where the twisted assistant is “Fritz”) or to “Young Frankenstein”, but to the movie “Ghost of Frankenstein”, the sequel to “Son of Frankenstein” (Which YF spoofed). Both these films featured Bela Lugosi as Ygor – the only time in the Universal canon when the twisted assistant actually was named Ygor, in fact. At the end of TGOF, Ygor’s own brain gets put into the body of the monster, and since Ygor was said to be mad, now the monster was, too.
(He was also blind, although that was conveniently forgotten for the next film, Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman)