"You forgot to ask one question! You forgot to ask me if I'm a liar! I'm afraid, I am. Everything I told you is a lie. This isn't happening to you for a reason, well one reason: I enjoy it!"
Ramsay Bolton, admitting his true nature while torturing Theon Greyjoy

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Card-Carrying Villains are 
greedy, violent, comical, etc. but most importantly, they are Evil. A CCV (Card Carrying Villain) refer to themselves as Evil, with a capital "E". Stretch it out to "Eeeeeevil" for emphasis.Terminal cases even require their minions to call them "Your Evilness". In fact, calling them evil, vile, ruthless, or any generally negative epithet will backfire and be received by these villainous types as the kindest of compliments. The Card Carrying Villain demands to be respected and feared and on top of the heap over everyone else because they consider themselves as the "great evil" and show to be proud to say that.

Thus, they are expected to hurt or kill anyone and will always do the evil, since committing atrocities is what they like to do and they never will good deeds. If they acted differently, they'd lose their Evil ranking. Especially ironic if the reason they fell was because they wanted freedom from constraints on their actions. Whatever action they as a good guy wanted to do is considered "bad", so they have to do other bad things as well now. After a while, they usually forget about whatever goal it was that turned them Evil in the first place. So in a very odd way, they're very much fettered; since their actions are bound by the expectation of Evil.

There are, in general, three spheres of Card Carrying Villainy. A lot of villains combine one or more, though:

  1. Control - the Villain wants to rule; be it a gang, a city, a state, the country, the world, or a similar goal, and have everyone else below them obey their every whim. Sometimes goes so far as thinking of themselves as being of a superior race, a perfect being, or even a god, and therefore entitled to it.
  2. Corruption - the villain wants to turn other people evil just like them.
  3. Destruction and Evil - the Villain wants to destroy and kill for its own sake. Taken to the extreme, the first and second spheres may recognize that this includes them as well, so this often results in evil versus oblivion  if the villain teams up with the heroes so they can take over the world at a later date. 

In other words, any character who would or does openly describe himself/herself as a "villain"or "evil" belongs in this. Characters also qualify as Card Carrying Villain if they laugh or smile while doing something villainous.