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There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that's only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.
~ Frank Underwood in the series' premiere.

Frank Underwood is the villainous main protagonist of the Netflix original series House of Cards, serving as the main protagonist of the first five seasons and the posthumous overarching antagonist in the sixth and final season.

He is a scheming, Machiavellian politician who rises up the ranks through political deception, social manipulation, and even murder to become President of the United States - aided by his equally ruthless wife Claire Underwood. He is eventually murdered (offscreen) by his right-hand man Doug Stamper.

He was portrayed by Kevin Spacey, who also played John Doe in Se7en and Lex Luthor in Superman Returns.

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • Even though he had a genuinely tragic past of being raised by an abusive and alcoholic father who mistreated him and his mother in impoverished conditions who later died, he is still far past it as he is willing to extend that abuse he once suffered to others.
  • Multiple acts of blackmail, manipulation, extortion, and character assassination.
  • Killing his neighbor's dog that was hit by a car. Although this could be considered a mercy-killing since the dog was seriously injured, he implied to have killed it for not tolerating it for being a "useless" form of life on earth.
  • Ruin the career of Secretary of State nominee Michael Kern.
  • Murdering Peter Russo.
  • Murdering Zoe Barnes.
  • Ruining President Walker's life and career.
  • Attempted to rape his wife, Claire Underwood.
  • Threatening to kill Catherine Durant if she ever defied him.
  • Allowing a terrorist's hostage to die to create an atmosphere of fear and paranoia.
  • Frank attempts to use the declaration of war to divert attention from the allegations of his exposed crimes.
  • Frank has terrorist Josh Materson executed, using his death as a way to win the nation's trust by claiming that he "wished" he had been taken alive.
  • After a bomb attack threatened to destroy poll stations, Frank takes advantage of this by allowing it to happen so he could use it to hold off on the election polls after his Skype answer caused his ratings to plummet. He knew that this would force the White House itself to vote for a president, not the citizens and that he might have a chance at winning.
  • Stealing the presidential election.
  • Later pushed Catherine Durant down a flight of stairs after she threatened to testify against him.
  • Having Aiden Macallen and LeAnne Harvey killed.
  • Plotting to kill his own wife. This act in particular was the last straw for his formerly close assistance Doug Stamper, and made Doug murdering him off-screen.


  • His refusal to father a child because he deemed bringing one to his world would be cruel and pointless and his despise for slavery and the Confederacy look like disqualifying factors. However, all these points become moot because of his claims that he hates children and that the way in which he treats people is no better than how slaves were treated by their owners, thus making him a hypocrite.
  • Amid sexual harassment allegations against the actor Kevin Spacey, Netflix fired him from House of Cards. Thus, Frank Underwood was written out of the sixth and final season which resulted in him dying off-screen between the seasons.
    • Spacey has reprising his role twice on his YouTube channel, however.
  • Underwood's death is considered by many as satisfying both in-universe due to how evil he was and in meta-level due to the actor's inappropriate behavior.

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