This is discussion archived from a time before the current discussion method was installed.
Is it really accurate to say that the protagonists are "not evil, just misunderstood"? It's true that they're not as evil as the good guys think they are, but they do seem evil to me. Satoris has Tanaros slaughter an entire village just out of spite. The fact that Satoris later feels bad about it doesn't change what he did. They're also much more willing to rack up collateral damage than Haomane's Allies — for instance, Satoris practices torture, while Haomane's Allies do not. They're sympathetic villains, but I think they're still villains.