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29th Apr '16 2:45:57 PM avon
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* The Mirror Universe Spock from the "Mirror Mirror" episode of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''. PopCultureOsmosis likes to popularize the idea of goatees (Mirror Spock's beard) as a shorthand for Evil Guy. Although he was harsher and colder than his counterpart in our universe, he was still decent enough to warn Kirk (who was posing as Mirror Kirk) that he was ordered to kill Kirk should he fail to carry out orders to exterminate the Halkans. It was Mirror Spock who ensured that Kirk and the other three got back to their own universe. Kirk also convinced Spock to at least think about acting to overthrow Kirk's evil counterpart and make a move towards abolishing the Empire, which Spock logically admits won't last another two centuries. Spock promised to "consider it". In Kirk's words, Spock was "a man of integrity in both universes."
10th Apr '16 11:26:42 PM rfindlay
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** Crais very early on enters into the anti-villain mode, and much of what he does is driven by simple revenge for the death of his brother. (That said, he still indulges in some straight-out villainous behavior, such as snapping the neck of a female subordinate.) Later in the series, he moves beyond anti-villain into AntiHero, if not full HeelFaceTurn territory, particularly [[spoiler: after the birth of Talon]].

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** Crais very early on enters into the anti-villain mode, and much of what he does is driven by simple revenge for the death of his brother. (That said, he still indulges in some straight-out villainous behavior, such as snapping the neck of a female subordinate.) Later in the series, he moves beyond anti-villain into AntiHero, if not full HeelFaceTurn territory, particularly [[spoiler: after the birth of Talon]].Talyn]].
5th Apr '16 1:35:21 PM Sapphirea2
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** '''The Twelfth Doctor''' becomes this over the course of the three-part Series 9 finale. A betrayal by [[spoiler: Ashildr/Me AND the Time Lords]] not only leads him to be imprisoned in a bespoke torture chamber but inadvertently results in [[spoiler: the death of his beloved companion Clara Oswald]]. He emerges from these horrors as TheUnfettered WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds willing to risk the entire universe to [[spoiler: bring Clara back from the grave]] and end his misery. He has a HeelRealization and returns to his best self, though it takes the help of [[spoiler: a mind wipe of his memories of her]] to eliminate the high emotions that contributed to his SanitySlippage. (Incidentally, Twelve is played by Creator/PeterCapaldi, who previously played John Frobisher.)
17th Mar '16 11:10:09 AM TheWanderer
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* So, so many on ''Series/TheWire'', but probably the best is Wallace, who is only part of the drug trade to provide for his brothers and sisters, grows disillusioned after witnessing a murder for the first time, and later attempts to pull a HeelFaceTurn and get out of the drug trade by [[spoiler:informing the police about the finer details of the Barksdale crew.]] He gets [[spoiler:[[AnyoneCanDie a bullet in the head for his troubles]].]]

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* So, so many on ''Series/TheWire'', ''Series/TheWire'' features a plethora of them, as all but the most minor or monstrous of characters are shown as having a lighter or more sympathetic side, PetTheDog moments, or [[StrawmanHasApoint having]] [[JerkAssHasAPoint a]] [[VillainHasAPoint point]] of one kind or another. Below are just a few examples:
** The most poignant case is
probably the best is Wallace, a young boy who has been more or less abandoned by his junkie mother. He's a cheerful, bright kid who is only part of the drug trade to provide for his brothers and sisters, grows disillusioned (who he's shown being a ParentalSubstitute to, complete with helping them with their homework, making sure they have lunch to eat at school, etc.) and is completely horrified after witnessing a the "muscle" of criminal empire that he works for viciously torture and murder a thief who stole from them. The experience gives him PTSD and sends him into using drugs for the first time, and later time. Later he attempts to pull a HeelFaceTurn and get out of the drug trade by [[spoiler:informing [[spoiler:giving the police information about the finer details of the Barksdale crew.Organization, the criminal empire Wallace works for.]] He gets A couple of weeks of being forgotten by the police and loneliness of not fitting in or having any friends makes him go back to the drug crew he worked with, just to be around friends and people who understood him. [[spoiler:[[AnyoneCanDie He gets a bullet in the head for his troubles]].]]trouble]].]]
** D'Angelo Barksdale is a drug dealer not because he wants to be; on the contrary, he's pretty opposed to it, (saying at one point that there's nothing good about working in the drug trade except the money) and something of a fish out of water, as he's a kind and often decent guy caught in a cutthroat world. The problem is that his entire family, back to at least the days of his grandfather, have been criminals and drug dealers to one degree or another, and so it's assumed that everyone born into the Barksdale clan will somehow work to continue supporting the family through the game. (And as D'Angelo's mother Brianna points out, without The Game, as the show calls the drug trade, not only couldn't they support the family, but they probably wouldn't even be a family, just a bunch of people begging for change or looking for food in a dumpster.) One of many subplots of the first season is painting a portrait about how, just because D'Angelo was born who he was, he's forced into The Game whether he wants to do it or not, and how he becomes more and more trapped in a world that he doesn't belong in as his kingpin uncle Avon and Avon's coldblooded DragonInChief Stringer only get more and more ruthless to stay ahead.
---> All my people, man, my father, my uncles, my cousins, it's just what we do. You just live with this shit until you can't breathe no more. I swear to God, I was courtside for eight months, and I was freer in jail than I ever was at home. ... I want it to go away. I want what Wallace wanted. I want to start over. That's what I want. I don't care where. Anywhere. I just want to go somewhere where I can breathe like regular folk.
** Frank Sobotka is a classic WellIntentionedExtremist. Frank's a WorkingClassHero who has spent his entire adult life working in the Baltimore docks, as it's hinted his family has for generations before. And for 30 years, he's seen the docks slowly dying off as the city goes further downhill, as politicians steal from and neglect the workers and the various criminal empires drive people and business away. In desperation to see the people he's worked with for decades have some sort of future and see future generations of Sobotkas be able to make a living working the docks, Frank makes a deal with international criminal mastermind "[[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname The Greek]]" where Frank and the other dock workers will ensure that The Greek's shipments of drugs, prostitutes and stolen goods are safely smuggled through the dock and past customs. With the money earned from doing this, Sobotka doesn't enrich himself, but instead frantically lobbies the city and state politicians into rebuilding and revitalizing the docks, which would not only give new hope to the people working the docks, but would do the city of Baltimore itself a lot of good. As Frank says of himself [[spoiler:as the whole plan is falling apart under police investigation and shortly before The Greek has him murdered]]:
--->I know I was wrong. But in my head, I thought I was wrong for the right reasons.
** Omar Little is a criminal who [[KarmicThief only steals from other criminals]]. He's extremely personable, witty, badass, a FriendToAllChildren, and lives by a strict code of conduct that includes [[GoshDangItToHeck never swearing]] and [[NeverHurtAnInnocent never stealing from or harming anyone not involved in the criminal underworld]], not even when they see him committing a crime and it could possibly result in him being arrested or convicted as a result. He even [[HalfRobinHood spreads around some of the profits of his robberies to others in the neighborhood]]. He's still a thief who has killed or crippled many of his targets during the course of his thefts, and, as the show points out, is part of the continuing Baltimore's ViciousCycle of crime and decay, especially since the children that Omar is so charitable towards idolize him and aim to imitate him, which will someday get them caught in the cruel world of The Game.
** In the final season, Detectives [[spoiler:[=McNulty=] and Freamon]] go JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope to catch Marlo Stanfield, the most ruthless and murder happy drug kingpin that Baltimore has ever known, who has dozens of murders tied his ambition to rule the entire Baltimore underworld. In the process of hunting Marlo they are forced by circumstances to take actions including falsifying the existence of SerialKiller, altering crime scenes and innocent deaths to make it look like the killer's work, kidnapping a barely functional and helpless homeless man, using an illegal wiretap, committing fraud within their own police department, all of which [[SpannerInTheWorks inadvertently also gets in the way of other investigations]]. [[spoiler:[=McNulty=]]] in particular is hit with this, as his behavior spirals into a self-destructive course, and he finally realizes it towards the end of the season, when he tries to justify all his actions only be hit with a HeelRealization.
--->You start to tell a story, you think you're the hero. And then when you get done talking...
2nd Mar '16 1:36:07 PM rafi
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* The Argent family on ''Series/TeenWolf''. While their side occupation as [[TheHunter werewolf hunters]] was originally motivated by [[MugglePower protecting humans from werewolves]], it has developed into [[VanHelsingHateCrimes full-blown sadism]]. They are willing and eager to kill werewolves whether they actually pose a threat to anybody or not. The family and their fellow hunters have also expanded their crusade to cover killing any humans associated with werewolves (such as the non-wolf members of the Hale family) or who simply impede their hunting activities. They have also developed a fondness for inspiring fear, and seem to enjoy torturing their targets before killing them. In order for Gerard Argent to take over as principal of the Beacon Hills high school, the Argent's abducted and tortured the current principal, who was wholly unaware of werewolves, just to create a vacancy in the position.
* King Uther Pendragon in ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' tends to come off as one of these. He's a ruthless KnightTemplar {{Jerkass}} who blindly hates magic, seems to have two forms of punishment for those who transgress against him ("Put them in the stocks and throw fruit at them" or "Chop off their head") with little room in between, and has put children to death for fear of their magical heritage. He also clearly loves his son Arthur, is very protective of his ward Morgana, respects his old friend Gaius, cares about his kingdom, and [[PetTheDog pets the dog]] on several occasions. He's a villain, but even the good guys realize things would be worse without him there to keep order -- despite his extreme methods.
** Many of Camelot's enemies are this, too. They're only the way they are because of how their kind has been treated for many years.
** The series is also notable for its sympathetic portrayal of Mordred, particularly when contrasted with Morgana's sadistic, selfish evil.
* [[ManipulativeBastard Ben]] on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Or most of the Others, for that matter. They murder, kidnap, and generally terrorize the Survivors, but they [[WellIntentionedExtremist genuinely believe that they are "the good guys"]]. Plus, they're [[VillainsOutShopping pretty relaxed when they aren't being mean]]. The vagueness of their ultimate goal helps here: they have faith that what they're doing serves a higher purpose, even though few of them can articulate what that higher purpose is.
** A good dose of AffablyEvil and WellIntentionedExtremist, plus the fact that [[AntiHero his rival can be kind of a dick]], seems to be making one of these out of [[spoiler:the Smoke Monster]], of all people. This can be put down to "the writers want us to be on our toes".
** ''{{Series/Lost}}'' prides itself on ''only'' having [[AntiVillain anti-villains]] and [[AntiHero anti-heroes]]. It's part of why the show is so difficult to pin down into a particular genre.
*** [[PsychoForHire Keamy]] was an AntiVillain?
*** Keamy was a ''deliberate'' exception, an effort to create just one character who is pure evil and [[ForTheEvulz knows it]], setting him apart from the other characters. Nearly everyone else has abided by GreyAndGrayMorality, though.
* Adelle [=DeWitt=] of ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'' started off as this, but seems to have blossomed into an AntiHero via CharacterDevelopment.
* Every single vampire on ''TrueBlood''. While some of them are not unwilling to perform the occasional good deed, by and large they all seem to be willing to kill, torture, mind control and otherwise abuse the human population despite their [[ConsummateLiar public relations campaign]] about wanting to "mainstream" and [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire live peacefullly with humans]].
* Brother Justin Crowe on ''Carnivale''. His character development is given equal screen time as the DesignatedHero, and (especially in the first season) he's presented as genuinely ''wanting'' to do good, but being somewhat hampered by the fact that he's, you know, TheAntichrist; it takes some rather extreme measures on the part of his KnightTemplar of a sister to get him to stop worrying and love the dark side.
* So, so many on ''TheWire'', but probably the best is Wallace, who is only part of the drug trade to provide for his brothers and sisters, grows disillusioned after witnessing a murder for the first time, and later attempts to pull a HeelFaceTurn and get out of the drug trade by [[spoiler:informing the police about the finer details of the Barksdale crew.]] He gets [[spoiler:[[AnyoneCanDie a bullet in the head for his troubles]].]]
* Alex Mahone on ''Series/PrisonBreak''. An FBI agent gone bad, in Season 2, he's blackmailed by the ''BigBad'' into hunting down and killing the fugitives one by one. While he does so with nightmarish competence, his heart isn't in it, and the conflict with his better instincts drives him to drug addiction and near madness. He also loves his son and ex-wife and desperately wants to return to them.
** Also, Abruzzi after the incident with the killed child, which gave him nightmares and hallucinations of Jesus. He found faith in Christianity, but, at the same time, couldn't separate from his evil ways and his revenge on Fabonacci. Right before he dies, he actually prays, "forgive me".
* Lt. Jon Kavanaugh on ''Series/TheShield''. By all means, he ''should'' be the good guy, considering that he's going after Vic and the Strike Team for police corruption and the death of Terry Crowley, but his methods are so thoroughly repulsive and immoral that it becomes impossible to sympathize with him, especially as time progresses and his obsession with catching Vic gets worse and worse. It gets to the point where he's willing to plant evidence in order to frame Vic, which ends up getting him arrested. By the time it's all said and done, he's just glad to be ''done'' with the whole thing so he never has to deal with Vic Mackey and his corrupting influence ever again.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has a couple.
** Noah Bennet (a.k.a. HRG) began as an agent of the evil Company, who hunts down those with superpowers and either captures them or kills them. Bennet quickly gained sympathy due to his genuine love for his family, especially his [[MoralityPet adopted superpowered daughter]]. It was also revealed that many of the people he captured were given training to keep their powers under control and offered a chance to use them to help others (in the case of Isaac and Eden), and the only superpowered people he killed were those who used their powers to hurt people. He quickly moved into AntiHero/borderline hero territory at the end of Season One, after he joined forces with fellow Company prison escapees Matt Parkman and Ted Sprague in order to shut down the mechanisms The Company was using to track all the people they caught and released.
** Season 3 gives us Daphne Millbrook, a professional thief who works for and with other villains, but is clearly disgusted by most of them, never kills anyone herself, and is eventually revealed to [[spoiler: have been working with Pinehearst because its leader would otherwise take away her superspeed, which is the only thing stopping her from being crippled by cerebral palsy]]. Most of her villainy seems to have been born of guilt and self-loathing for how she treated her father and (especially) her dying mother. When Matt helps her come to terms with her past and reunite with her father, she does a HeelFaceTurn and literally helps save the world. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Daphne is shot while attempting to rescue specials kidnapped by [[TheHunter Emile Danko]], who later kills her by [[MoralEventHorizon removing her from the medical facility]], thus causing her wound to become septic.]]
** For most of Season 3, there was also Sylar, who ''wants'' to be good but worries increasingly that [[ChronicVillainy he's irredeemable]] because the superpower that allows him to analyze and understand anything [[BadPowersBadPeople also giving him an unquenchable ''Hunger'']] to cut superpowered people's heads open in order to learn how their powers worked. Eventually, [[spoiler: he learned that he could copy their powers without resorting to murder and it was revealed that he could have gone on to be a nice, normal, productive member of society, had The Company (Noah Bennet in particular) not pushed his buttons so they could analyze how he was stealing powers.]]
*** And then, after they established all this, [[spoiler: Sylar changed his mind, murdered his girlfriend, and decided to fully embrace the Total Bastard lifestyle, despite being capable of satisfying ''The Hunger'' without killing.]]
*** In all fairness, Sylar is a lot less of a villain than he used to be. In fact, in volume 4, he's had at least one "Big Damn Heroes" moment (saving Luke from the fascist agents under the employ of the psychotic bigot "Bastion" wannabe Danko), spared Luke's life on 3 separate occasions when it would have been easier to kill him, and spared the life of Luke's mother despite the fact that she was a potential witness. He's only killed so far when it was kill or be killed, or plain, old-fashioned revenge (to quote Anti Villain supreme Captain Cold).
*** And now he's gone back to being an unrepentant brain-eater, by joining forces with The Man, just so he can have access to a never-ending all-you-can-eat buffet of powers whenever they kill any harmless individual with a cool superpower. End of Season 4, he seems to be rehabilitated...again. Mostly because [[spoiler: Matt Parkman trapped him in a nightmare where he was the only person in the world, which was messed up by Peter Petrelli borrowing Matt's power and following him in after he had a dream that Sylar would save Emma, a friend of his. Which...Sylar does, with a CrowningMomentOfFunny when he tied up Puppeteer Doyle like...a puppet.]]
* Prince Jack in ''Series/{{Kings}}''.

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* The Argent family on ''Series/TeenWolf''. While their side occupation as [[TheHunter werewolf hunters]] was originally motivated by [[MugglePower protecting humans from werewolves]], it has developed into [[VanHelsingHateCrimes full-blown sadism]]. They are willing and eager to kill werewolves whether they actually pose a threat to anybody or not. The family and their fellow hunters have also expanded their crusade to cover killing any humans associated with werewolves (such as the non-wolf members One of the Hale family) or who simply impede their hunting activities. They have also developed a fondness for inspiring fear, and seem to enjoy torturing their targets before killing them. In order for Gerard Argent to take over as principal memorable twists in the final season of ''Series/TwentyFour'' was having [[spoiler: Jack Bauer himself]] become one in the final episodes of the Beacon Hills high school, series. Although he has a mostly noble goal in mind ([[spoiler: exposing the Argent's abducted and tortured the conspiracy regarding a foreign President's murder that current principal, who was wholly unaware of werewolves, just to create a vacancy in the position.
* King Uther Pendragon in ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' tends to come off as one of these. He's a ruthless KnightTemplar {{Jerkass}} who blindly hates magic, seems to have two forms of punishment for those who transgress against him ("Put them in the stocks and throw fruit at them" or "Chop off their head") with little room in between, and has put children to death for fear of their magical heritage. He also clearly loves his son Arthur,
U.S. President Allison Taylor is very protective of his ward Morgana, respects his old friend Gaius, cares about his kingdom, and [[PetTheDog pets the dog]] on several occasions. He's covering up after undergoing a villain, but even the good guys realize things would be worse without him there to keep order -- despite his extreme methods.
** Many of Camelot's enemies are this, too. They're only the way
FaceHeelTurn]]), they are because of how tainted by the desire for revenge after he finally gets screwed over for the last time, leading him to pull some pretty terrible acts even for him that not only cross the line, they double over it.
* On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', ''everyone'' is just doing what they believe is necessary to keep
their kind has been treated for many years.
** The series is also notable for its
people alive; while our protagonists are usually more sympathetic portrayal of Mordred, particularly when contrasted with Morgana's sadistic, selfish evil.
* [[ManipulativeBastard Ben]] on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Or most of the Others, for that matter. They murder, kidnap, and generally terrorize the Survivors, but they [[WellIntentionedExtremist genuinely believe that they are "the good guys"]]. Plus, they're [[VillainsOutShopping pretty relaxed when they aren't being mean]]. The vagueness of
than their ultimate goal helps here: they have faith that what they're doing serves a higher purpose, even though few of them can articulate what that higher purpose is.
** A good dose of AffablyEvil and WellIntentionedExtremist, plus the fact that [[AntiHero his rival can be kind of a dick]], seems to be making one of these out of [[spoiler:the Smoke Monster]], of all people. This can be put down to "the writers want us to be on our toes".
** ''{{Series/Lost}}'' prides itself on ''only'' having [[AntiVillain anti-villains]] and [[AntiHero anti-heroes]]. It's part of why the show is so difficult to pin down into a particular genre.
*** [[PsychoForHire Keamy]] was an AntiVillain?
*** Keamy was a ''deliberate'' exception, an effort to create just one character who is pure evil and [[ForTheEvulz knows it]], setting him apart from the other characters. Nearly everyone else has abided by GreyAndGrayMorality, though.
* Adelle [=DeWitt=] of ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'' started off as this, but seems to have blossomed into an AntiHero via CharacterDevelopment.
* Every single vampire on ''TrueBlood''. While some of them are not unwilling to perform the occasional good deed, by and large
antagonists, [[GreyAndGrayMorality they all seem to be willing to kill, torture, mind control and otherwise abuse have good reasons for doing the human population despite their [[ConsummateLiar public relations campaign]] about wanting to "mainstream" and [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire live peacefullly with humans]].
* Brother Justin Crowe on ''Carnivale''. His character development is given equal screen time as the DesignatedHero, and (especially in the first season)
things they do]]. Except Murphy; [[{{Jerkass}} he's presented as genuinely ''wanting'' to do good, but being somewhat hampered by the fact that he's, you know, TheAntichrist; it takes some rather extreme measures on the part of his KnightTemplar of just a sister to get him to stop worrying and love the dark side.
* So, so many on ''TheWire'', but probably the best is Wallace, who is only part of the drug trade to provide for his brothers and sisters, grows disillusioned after witnessing a murder for the first time, and later attempts to pull a HeelFaceTurn and get out of the drug trade by [[spoiler:informing the police about the finer details of the Barksdale crew.]] He gets [[spoiler:[[AnyoneCanDie a bullet in the head for his troubles]].
prick.]]
* Alex Mahone on ''Series/PrisonBreak''. An FBI agent gone bad, in Season 2, he's blackmailed by the ''BigBad'' into hunting down and killing the fugitives one by one. While he does so with nightmarish competence, his heart isn't in it, and the conflict with his better instincts drives him to drug addiction and near madness. He also loves his son and ex-wife and desperately Arguably, Babe Carey, from All My Children, circa 2003-2007. She never wants to return to them.
** Also, Abruzzi after the incident with the killed child, which gave him nightmares and hallucinations of Jesus. He found faith in Christianity, but, at the same time, couldn't separate from his evil ways and his revenge on Fabonacci. Right before he dies, he actually prays, "forgive me".
* Lt. Jon Kavanaugh on ''Series/TheShield''. By all means, he ''should'' be the good guy, considering that he's going after Vic and the Strike Team for police corruption and the death of Terry Crowley, but his methods are so thoroughly repulsive and immoral that it becomes impossible to sympathize with him, especially as time progresses and his obsession with catching Vic gets worse and worse. It gets to the point where he's willing to plant evidence in order to frame Vic, which ends up getting him arrested. By the time it's all said and done, he's just glad to be ''done'' with the whole thing so he never has to deal with Vic Mackey and his corrupting influence ever again.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has a couple.
** Noah Bennet (a.k.a. HRG) began as an agent of the evil Company, who hunts down those with superpowers and either captures them or kills them. Bennet quickly gained sympathy due to his genuine love for his family, especially his [[MoralityPet adopted superpowered daughter]]. It was also revealed that many of the people he captured were given training to keep their powers under control and offered a chance to use them to help others (in the case of Isaac and Eden), and the only superpowered people he killed were those who used their powers to hurt people. He quickly moved into AntiHero/borderline hero territory at the end of Season One, after he joined forces with fellow Company prison escapees Matt Parkman and Ted Sprague in order to shut down the mechanisms The Company was using to track all the people they caught and released.
** Season 3 gives us Daphne Millbrook, a professional thief who works for and with other villains, but is clearly disgusted by most of them, never kills anyone herself,
do bad things and is eventually revealed to [[spoiler: have been working with Pinehearst usually, in some way, pushed into doing the wrong thing (for the right reasons) because its leader would otherwise take away her superspeed, which is the only thing stopping her from being crippled by cerebral palsy]]. Most of her villainy seems to have been born of guilt and self-loathing for how she treated her father and (especially) her dying mother. When Matt helps her come to terms with her past and reunite with her father, she does a HeelFaceTurn and literally helps save the world. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Daphne is shot while attempting to rescue specials kidnapped by [[TheHunter Emile Danko]], who later kills her by [[MoralEventHorizon removing her from the medical facility]], thus causing her wound to become septic.]]
** For most of Season 3, there was also Sylar, who ''wants'' to be good but worries increasingly that [[ChronicVillainy he's irredeemable]] because the superpower that allows him to analyze and understand anything [[BadPowersBadPeople also giving him an unquenchable ''Hunger'']] to cut superpowered people's heads open in order to learn how their powers worked. Eventually, [[spoiler: he learned that he could copy their powers without resorting to murder and it was revealed that he could have gone on to be a nice, normal, productive member of society, had The Company (Noah Bennet in particular) not pushed his buttons so they could analyze how he was stealing powers.]]
*** And then, after they established all this, [[spoiler: Sylar changed his mind, murdered his girlfriend, and decided to fully embrace the Total Bastard lifestyle, despite being capable of satisfying ''The Hunger'' without killing.]]
*** In all fairness, Sylar is a lot less of a villain than he used to be. In fact, in volume 4, he's had at least one "Big Damn Heroes" moment (saving Luke from the fascist agents under the employ
of the psychotic bigot "Bastion" wannabe Danko), spared Luke's life on 3 separate occasions when it effects of others' actions. She doesn't want to be bad and, in ideal circumstances, she would have been easier to kill him, even be good. She strives and spared the life of Luke's mother despite the fact that she was a potential witness. He's only killed so far when it was kill or be killed, or plain, old-fashioned revenge (to quote Anti Villain supreme Captain Cold).
*** And now he's gone back to being an unrepentant brain-eater, by joining forces with The Man, just so he can have access to a never-ending all-you-can-eat buffet of powers whenever they kill any harmless individual with a cool superpower. End of Season 4, he seems
wants to be rehabilitated...again. Mostly because [[spoiler: Matt Parkman trapped him in a nightmare where he was the only person in the world, which was messed up by Peter Petrelli borrowing Matt's power and following him in after he had a dream that Sylar would save Emma, a friend of his. Which...Sylar does, with a CrowningMomentOfFunny when he tied up Puppeteer Doyle like...a puppet.]]
* Prince Jack in ''Series/{{Kings}}''.
good. However, she is not strong enough to rise against her circumstances.



* Once it kicked off, most of the villains on ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' fall into this, to the point its probably easier to count the ones who don't. Deadshot, Huntress, Malcolm, Deathstroke, even Oliver's parents all count as this. It generally falls into the show's theme that anyone can be corrupted, and no one is irredeemable.
* Raymond Reddington, the VillainProtagonist of ''Series/TheBlacklist'' is a solid type III. He usually has decent or even noble motives when getting involved with the FBI and is completely polite to everyone, but is bluntly honest about his nature as an often very brutal criminal. He is absolutely ruthless towards those who wrong him or someone he cares for but is also very reasonable and has a strong sense of honor, often helping bring down other criminals that cross the MoralEventHorizon. Summed up well in the first episode:
-->'''Liz''': Can I trust you?
-->'''Red''': (''bluntly, while chuckling'') Of course not. ''I'M A CRIMINAL''.
* Nucky Thompson, the main character of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire''. Yeah, he's a corrupt SleazyPolitician who started looking into becoming a kingpin of the illegal booze trade the moment Prohibition started, but he's also often a genuinely kind man with good intentions, has much more enlightened views on women and minorities than his peers, has some genuine [[FreudianExcuse Freudian issues]] going on, and seems positively cuddly when contrasted with the viciousness of UsefulNotes/AlCapone or the cold-blooded sadism of Arnold Rothstein.
* From ''Series/TheBorgias'' Rodrigo Borgia genuinely wants to strengthen Rome as pope. He even takes an interest in alleviating poverty in the second season, and has always loved his family, perhaps to a fault. He also, however, blackmails/tricks virtually everyone he works with, orders a few assassinations, and is quite the lech. Like most Renaissance-era fathers, he also has very little regard for his daughter's freedom and will marry her off to whoever he wants, though he is trying to make sure she doesn't get a bad husband... this time around. Overall, he's still one of the least villainous members of his family.
** His son, Cesare, was at first a sort of anti-villain--the majority of what he did was for the good of the family. However, he really didn't have much pity for anyone beyond his family, and remained ruthless, cynical, and fairly cold-blooded. Nowadays, he's in solidly VillainProtagonist territory. [[spoiler: What with murdering his brother and all.]]
* Jesse Pinkman from ''Series/BreakingBad''. He says that he's the bad guy, yet seems to have more moral fiber than anyone else in the drug business. Walter White could qualify for this too, but by the end of season 3, he seems to be more of a VillainProtagonist.



* John Frobisher from ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'' is a meek civil servant doing his best to serve his country -- and a corrupt, ruthless government -- and thus ordering the deaths of anyone connected to the previous 456 crisis as the new, terrifying one unfolds. For all his trouble, he is at last instructed to [[spoiler: give up his daughters to the 456 because ''they'' surely can't give up ''their'' children]], whereupon he [[spoiler: chooses to commit Pater Familicide to spare them that fate]].
** Given that ''Torchwood''[='=]s parent show ''Series/DoctorWho'' is a LongRunner, it's not surprising that the show has had many Anti-Villains over the course of the run. One of the most surprising came in the Tenth Doctor's final adventure, "The End of Time", when [[spoiler: ''TheMaster'', of all people, is revealed to be an Anti-Villain: he was deliberately driven mad as part of Rassilon's XanatosGambit. When he finds this out, he is ''pissed'', and he gets a HeroicSacrifice shortly thereafter]].
** An even more surprising one from the Time War is the War Doctor featured in the Series 7 {{Cliffhanger}} and the follow-up 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor". [[TakeAThirdOption Or]] [[PragmaticHero is]] [[KnightInSourArmor he?]] Though considered this by the later Doctors (he's not numbered because he violated the promise of the title "Doctor"), they later seem to consider him more heroic; like many of the Doctors he might actually be an AntiHero, especially given that [[spoiler: he helps ''save'' Gallifrey rather than destroy it in the end]].
** '''The Twelfth Doctor''' becomes this over the course of the three-part Series 9 finale. A betrayal by [[spoiler: Ashildr/Me AND the Time Lords]] not only leads him to be imprisoned in a bespoke torture chamber but inadvertently results in [[spoiler: the death of his beloved companion Clara Oswald]]. He emerges from these horrors as TheUnfettered WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds willing to risk the entire universe to [[spoiler: bring Clara back from the grave]] and end his misery. He has a HeelRealization and returns to his best self, though it takes the help of [[spoiler: a mind wipe of his memories of her]] to eliminate the high emotions that contributed to his SanitySlippage. (Incidentally, Twelve is played by Creator/PeterCapaldi, who previously played John Frobisher.)



* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Lucifer ''tries'' to come off as this, declaring that his "crime" was loving God too much. It doesn't really work, since there are three groups he can give it to: Demons, who hate God and humanity both and would probably be less in awe of him if they knew that was his motivation; Angels, who were all faced with the exact same situation and made the other choice; and Humans, who are going to be wiped out en masse by his war against heaven. In fact, the conclusion most people come to is that he's a bratty child throwing a tantrum and breaking his dad's toys.
** His brother, [[spoiler: Gabriel/The Trickster, does this much better. After it's dicovered who he is, it's easier to see why he killed Dean so many times: he was trying to stop Sam from snapping and going after Lilith after Dean dies, therefore trying to stop him from breaking the final seal. He comes across as more the little brother who can't stand his brothers' arguing, to Lucifer's bratty persona. Sadly, in Gabriel's case RedemptionEqualsDeath and he's killed by Lucifer - but not before leaving Sam and Dean a DVD which tells them how to put Lucifer back in his box.]]
* Jesse Pinkman from ''Series/BreakingBad''. He says that he's the bad guy, yet seems to have more moral fiber than anyone else in the drug business. Walter White could qualify for this too, but by the end of season 3, he seems to be more of a VillainProtagonist.

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* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Lucifer ''tries'' to come off Brother Justin Crowe on ''Carnivale''. His character development is given equal screen time as this, declaring that his "crime" was loving God too much. It doesn't really work, since there are three groups he can give it to: Demons, who hate God the DesignatedHero, and humanity both and would probably be less (especially in awe of him if they knew that was his motivation; Angels, who were all faced with the exact same situation and made the other choice; and Humans, who are going to be wiped out en masse by his war against heaven. In fact, the conclusion most people come to is that first season) he's presented as genuinely ''wanting'' to do good, but being somewhat hampered by the fact that he's, you know, TheAntichrist; it takes some rather extreme measures on the part of his KnightTemplar of a bratty child throwing a tantrum sister to get him to stop worrying and breaking his dad's toys.
** His brother, [[spoiler: Gabriel/The Trickster, does
love the dark side.
* Gideon, one of the [[CouncilOfAngels Elders]] and headmaster of the [[WizardingSchool Magic School]] in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', went from WellIntentionedExtremist to
this much better. After it's dicovered who as his plans to prevent [[GooGooGodlike Wyatt]] from becoming the cause of a BadFuture (which Chris had travelled back in time to prevent, himself) progressed. To prevent the sisters (who are Wyatt's mother and aunts) from finding out, he is, it's easier allows at least one innocent to see why die (which, in an earlier episode, he established to be so unforgivable as to move to close the Magic School when an entity from there killed Dean so many times: a random petty criminal), personally vanquished his friend Sigmund when he was threatened to expose Gideon's plan out of concern, and even collaborated with his own evil counterpart from a MirrorUniverse (which threw off the cosmic balance between them, something that he actively wanted to avoid).
* Kiera Cameron from ''Series/{{Continuum}}'' is a type III, anti-villain protagonist fighting a group of type IV and V anti-heroes. Initially she is depicted as a "good" police officer from 2077 idealistically opposing the terrorist organization Liber8. It quickly becomes clear that the future society in which she lives is a high surveillance corporate police state and the terrorists she is fighting against are freedom fighters who are trying to tear down the police state and bring back democracy, human rights, corporate accountability, etc. Kiera's primary goal is to stop Liber8, protect the future that she knows, and get back to her family, even though this means occasionally using very brutal tactics and ultimately protecting the police state that has enslaved most of humanity. Despite all of this she cares about protecting the people and puts her own future at risk in
trying to stop Sam from snapping and going after Lilith after Dean dies, therefore the deaths of thousands of innocent victims. The audience can sympathize with her as the protagonist because she idealistically believes that the future she is trying to stop him from breaking protect is truly the final seal. He comes across best option for humanity and she doesn't recognize herself as more a villain (the extreme violence of Liber8 also makes it easier to sympathize with Kiera as a protector of the little brother who can't stand his brothers' arguing, to Lucifer's bratty persona. Sadly, people). This is {{lampshaded}} in Gabriel's case RedemptionEqualsDeath and he's killed by Lucifer - but not before leaving Sam and Dean a DVD which tells them how to put Lucifer back in his box.]]
* Jesse Pinkman from ''Series/BreakingBad''. He
"Second Time" when Travis says that he's to her, "When are you going to wake up? ''You're'' the bad guy, yet villain in this tale."
* Adelle [=DeWitt=] of ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' started off as this, but
seems to have more moral fiber than anyone else in blossomed into an AntiHero via CharacterDevelopment.
* Enos from ''Series/DukesOfHazzard'' is only really a villain by virtue of being an upstanding deputy sheriff and on
the drug business. Walter White could qualify for this too, but by side of the end Law, and thus antagonistic to our less law-abiding heroes. While he is willing to stand behind most of season 3, his corrupt boss' schemes, he seems is too righteous to be more a part of a VillainProtagonist.them. He is the one lawman the Dukes have any respect for, and they have said as much in public.
** His superior Rosco started out as one. Before the series, he was an honest cop until his pension got revoked, forcing him to join in on Boss Hogg's scheming or retire penniless.



* Nucky Thompson, the main character of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire''. Yeah, he's a corrupt SleazyPolitician who started looking into becoming a kingpin of the illegal booze trade the moment Prohibition started, but he's also often a genuinely kind man with good intentions, has much more enlightened views on women and minorities than his peers, has some genuine [[FreudianExcuse Freudian issues]] going on, and seems positively cuddly when contrasted with the viciousness of UsefulNotes/AlCapone or the cold-blooded sadism of Arnold Rothstein.
* {{Neighbours}}' Paul Robinson. He's an on-again, off-again villain {{depending on the writer}}.

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* Nucky Thompson, ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Had Harken, an alliance commander who arrested the main character of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire''. Yeah, he's whole team after finding them stealing from a corrupt SleazyPolitician who started looking into becoming a kingpin damaged ship. He spent much of the illegal booze trade episode grilling them, while searching the moment Prohibition started, ship, and he has them detained after his men find a brutally mutilated survivor and he assumes the team had done it. When the survivor escapes and goes on a killing spree, his first order? Reinforce security at the nursery, and then he leads a team, and Mal, to stop the man when he gets back on Serenity. At the end, after Mal saves him, he releases the crew and drops the charges, though he does confiscate all the stuff they stole, because it was Alliance property.
* Walternate -- Dr. Walter Bishop's [[AlternateUniverse alternate universe]] counterpart -- is the closest thing ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' has to a BigBad,
but he's also often not evil by a genuinely kind man with good intentions, has much more enlightened views on women and minorities than his peers, has some genuine [[FreudianExcuse Freudian issues]] going on, and seems positively cuddly when contrasted with the viciousness of UsefulNotes/AlCapone or the cold-blooded sadism of Arnold Rothstein.
* {{Neighbours}}' Paul Robinson.
long shot. He's an on-again, off-again villain {{depending on trying to stop his universe from being completely torn apart as a result of the writer}}.actions of the prime universe Walter, who ''abducted Walternate's son'' and, in doing so, caused the laws of physics to start breaking down in both universes. As viewers are keen to point out, [[GreyAndGreyMorality the only reason we root for the prime universe is because we've been seeing things from its perspective]].
** This changed in the "6:02 AM EST" episode, when Walternate revealed that he was willing to [[{{Moral Event Horizon}} kill his son in order to save his own universe]]. Contrast this with our Walter, who has always been trying to find a way to save ''both'' universes.
*** In the same episode, Walternate also captures ''the mother of his grandchild'' and locks her in a cell when his disregard for his own son's life causes her to attempt a {{Heel Face Turn}}.



* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Lex Luthor evolved from an {{Antihero}} into an {{Antivillain}} in Season's 4 & 5, retaining most of his sympathetic qualities, but becoming directly antagonistic. Eventually, he lost those as well, and evolved into the CorruptCorporateExecutive and sociopath we all knew he'd eventually be. His father, Lionel, evolved the other way. Beginning the series as an unrepentant BigBad, Lionel became an {{Antivillain}} in the later seasons, as his crush on Martha, revelations about his past, and attempts to make up for his many mistakes humanised him. Some would argue that he even managed to become an antihero (Type IV) before his Season 7 exit.
** Before her HeelFaceTurn, [[BrokenAce Tess]] was this, as both a JerkassWoobie and a WellIntentionedExtremist. [[spoiler: AntiVillain must run in the Luthor family tree.]]
** A non-Luthor example would also be Major/General Zod, in an interesting twist as he's essentially simultainiously given AdaptationalHeroism ''and'' AdaptationalVillainy. He ultimately just wants peace, justice, and freedom for the Kryptonians, is a FatherToHisMen, respects Kal-El/Clark and still holds his former best friend Jor-El in high regard, and while he leads a ruthless coup, he's motivated by the fact his family was killed in the destruction of Kandor, and his plea to clone his son was rejected, pushing him over the edge. However, unlike most depictions, he was almost successful in taking over Krypton, and when he learnt his cause was lost, he decided to destabalize Krypton's core and, essentially, is the one responsible for its destruction. Ultimately, he's just trying to cope with the death of his son, [[{{Understatement}} but doesn't do it in a healthy means]].

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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Lex Luthor evolved from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has a couple.
** Noah Bennet (a.k.a. HRG) began as
an {{Antihero}} agent of the evil Company, who hunts down those with superpowers and either captures them or kills them. Bennet quickly gained sympathy due to his genuine love for his family, especially his [[MoralityPet adopted superpowered daughter]]. It was also revealed that many of the people he captured were given training to keep their powers under control and offered a chance to use them to help others (in the case of Isaac and Eden), and the only superpowered people he killed were those who used their powers to hurt people. He quickly moved into an {{Antivillain}} AntiHero/borderline hero territory at the end of Season One, after he joined forces with fellow Company prison escapees Matt Parkman and Ted Sprague in Season's 4 & 5, retaining order to shut down the mechanisms The Company was using to track all the people they caught and released.
** Season 3 gives us Daphne Millbrook, a professional thief who works for and with other villains, but is clearly disgusted by
most of his sympathetic qualities, but becoming directly antagonistic. Eventually, he lost those as well, them, never kills anyone herself, and evolved into the CorruptCorporateExecutive and sociopath we all knew he'd is eventually be. His father, Lionel, evolved the other way. Beginning the series as an unrepentant BigBad, Lionel became an {{Antivillain}} in the later seasons, as his crush on Martha, revelations about his past, and attempts revealed to make up for his many mistakes humanised him. Some would argue that he even managed to become an antihero (Type IV) before his Season 7 exit.
** Before her HeelFaceTurn, [[BrokenAce Tess]] was this, as both a JerkassWoobie and a WellIntentionedExtremist.
[[spoiler: AntiVillain must run in have been working with Pinehearst because its leader would otherwise take away her superspeed, which is the Luthor family tree.only thing stopping her from being crippled by cerebral palsy]]. Most of her villainy seems to have been born of guilt and self-loathing for how she treated her father and (especially) her dying mother. When Matt helps her come to terms with her past and reunite with her father, she does a HeelFaceTurn and literally helps save the world. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Daphne is shot while attempting to rescue specials kidnapped by [[TheHunter Emile Danko]], who later kills her by [[MoralEventHorizon removing her from the medical facility]], thus causing her wound to become septic.]]
** A non-Luthor example would For most of Season 3, there was also Sylar, who ''wants'' to be Major/General Zod, in an interesting twist as good but worries increasingly that [[ChronicVillainy he's essentially simultainiously given AdaptationalHeroism ''and'' AdaptationalVillainy. He ultimately just wants peace, justice, irredeemable]] because the superpower that allows him to analyze and freedom for the Kryptonians, is a FatherToHisMen, respects Kal-El/Clark understand anything [[BadPowersBadPeople also giving him an unquenchable ''Hunger'']] to cut superpowered people's heads open in order to learn how their powers worked. Eventually, [[spoiler: he learned that he could copy their powers without resorting to murder and still holds it was revealed that he could have gone on to be a nice, normal, productive member of society, had The Company (Noah Bennet in particular) not pushed his former best friend Jor-El in high regard, and while he leads a ruthless coup, he's motivated by the fact his family was killed in the destruction of Kandor, and his plea to clone his son was rejected, pushing him over the edge. However, unlike most depictions, buttons so they could analyze how he was almost successful in taking over Krypton, stealing powers.]]
*** And then, after they established all this, [[spoiler: Sylar changed his mind, murdered his girlfriend,
and when he learnt his cause was lost, he decided to destabalize Krypton's core and, essentially, is fully embrace the one responsible for its destruction. Ultimately, Total Bastard lifestyle, despite being capable of satisfying ''The Hunger'' without killing.]]
*** In all fairness, Sylar is a lot less of a villain than he used to be. In fact, in volume 4,
he's had at least one "Big Damn Heroes" moment (saving Luke from the fascist agents under the employ of the psychotic bigot "Bastion" wannabe Danko), spared Luke's life on 3 separate occasions when it would have been easier to kill him, and spared the life of Luke's mother despite the fact that she was a potential witness. He's only killed so far when it was kill or be killed, or plain, old-fashioned revenge (to quote Anti Villain supreme Captain Cold).
*** And now he's gone back to being an unrepentant brain-eater, by joining forces with The Man,
just so he can have access to a never-ending all-you-can-eat buffet of powers whenever they kill any harmless individual with a cool superpower. End of Season 4, he seems to be rehabilitated...again. Mostly because [[spoiler: Matt Parkman trapped him in a nightmare where he was the only person in the world, which was messed up by Peter Petrelli borrowing Matt's power and following him in after he had a dream that Sylar would save Emma, a friend of his. Which...Sylar does, with a CrowningMomentOfFunny when he tied up Puppeteer Doyle like...a puppet.]]
* Jason Winkler from the first season of ''Series/HouseOfAnubis''. He was only really a villain by way of being a member of the Secret Society and betraying Patricia. He was always more interested in his teaching job and the students, and even after betraying Patricia, still clearly cared about her. In the finale, he attempted to get Victor and the other teachers to help Sibuna, who were trapped with [[BigBad Rufus Zeno]]. It was then revealed that the only reason he joined the Society at all was because the elixir of life, which makes one immortal, would have saved him from dying of his degenerative illness. In a deleted scene, he even got to talk to Patricia one last time before disappearing from the show. He was never at all a bad guy, he had just made the wrong choices.
** Victor fell into this, too. Despite doing everything in his power to prevent the students from finishing their quest, he follows EvenEvilHasStandards and really does care for the kids despite what he does, to the point of sacrificing the tear of gold he'd been searching for all season to save Joy's life. He also has a sympathetic reason for what he does, in being a WellDoneSonGuy who is working to finish the quest his father couldn't complete, despite his father being long dead and a bit emotionally abusive.
*** This changed during season 3. While his goal had changed from being after immortality to
trying to cope awaken Robert Frobisher-Smythe, he became very focused and serious about it, and treated the students much harsher than he used to. It definitely went away when he was a sinner and set up a ''guillotine'' in order to stop Sibuna. However, in TheMovie, he went back to being ''much'' more sympathetic and even ended up ''helping'' the Sibuna members for the first time.
** During his villainous phase in season 1, Jerome fit this. He was working
with Rufus out of jealousy and loneliness rather than a desire to do harm, and then ended up only helping him out of ''fear for his life'' until he got the death chance to join Sibuna.
** Jasper, TheMole who was working for the Collector in the second season, is also a very light gray villain. Despite working for a dangerous villain and causing trouble for Fabian (his own godson) and the rest
of his son, [[{{Understatement}} Sibuna, he did it due to being blackmailed and threatened with harm on Fabian's life. So he wound up ''hurting'' Fabian in an effort to ''help'' him.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Colonel Matthew O’Hara is a Marine Corps legend who earned the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War,
but doesn't do it he’s grown tired of American degradation of society with street crimes and corrupted politicians, so he and a few other Marines snatches the Declaration of Independence transported in a healthy means]].mail truck on its back from a restoration job. [[spoiler: What no one knows at the outset is that the Colonel is the uncle of Major Sarah Mackenzie.]]
* From ''Series/{{Justified}}'', we have Boyd Crowder, who keeps shifting between this and AntiHero.
** Then there's Mags Bennet, who is a clearer AntiVillain, committing crime, but only in the best interest of her kids and grandkids. It helps that she has a MoralityPet in the form of Loretta [=McCready=].
* While the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise is not know for providing the most [[BlackAndWhiteMorality nuanced interpretations for its villains]], they do occasionally appear, especially in the Heisei era of the franchise. Although to date, the only series in the franchise that had the BigBad as an Anti-Villain, is ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' where Shiro Kanzaki's motives are sympathetic enough that much of what he does in the series is understandable, if not condonable.
** In Kamen Rider Gaim, both [[spoiler:Micchy]] and [[spoiler:Kaito]] are anti-villains.



* Walternate -- Dr. Walter Bishop's [[AlternateUniverse alternate universe]] counterpart -- is the closest thing ''{{Series/Fringe}}'' has to a BigBad, but he's not evil by a long shot. He's trying to stop his universe from being completely torn apart as a result of the actions of the prime universe Walter, who ''abducted Walternate's son'' and, in doing so, caused the laws of physics to start breaking down in both universes. As viewers are keen to point out, [[GreyAndGreyMorality the only reason we root for the prime universe is because we've been seeing things from its perspective]].
** This changed in the "6:02 AM EST" episode, when Walternate revealed that he was willing to [[{{Moral Event Horizon}} kill his son in order to save his own universe]]. Contrast this with our Walter, who has always been trying to find a way to save ''both'' universes.
*** In the same episode, Walternate also captures ''the mother of his grandchild'' and locks her in a cell when his disregard for his own son's life causes her to attempt a {{Heel Face Turn}}.
* From ''{{Series/Justified}}'', we have Boyd Crowder, who keeps shifting between this and AntiHero.
** Then there's Mags Bennet, who is a clearer AntiVillain, committing crime, but only in the best interest of her kids and grandkids. It helps that she has a MoralityPet in the form of Loretta [=McCready=].
* The Maquis from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' are {{Determined Homesteader}}s with a minor in RoaringRampageOfRevenge. Also, Ben Sisko from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' attempts to anticipate Maquis leader and former Federation officer Eddington's moves by casting himself as the 'villain' to Eddington's 'hero' in the latter's worldview. In this capacity, he performs an act that is rather callous for his character (flooding a Maquis controlled planet with a toxin that makes it uninhabitable to humans, forcing them to evacuate immediately or die horribly), but is still just a [[LighterAndSofter very]] [[WhiteAndGreyMorality light]] AntiVillain to Eddington's self-DesignatedHero.
* HG Wells from [[WareHouse13 Warehouse 13]] is this when's she actually a bad guy. She was a NietzscheWannabe and a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, but she's nowhere as malicious as either Macphearson or Walter Sykes, and she spends most of her time on screen helping out the Warehouse team.

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* Walternate -- Dr. Walter Bishop's [[AlternateUniverse alternate universe]] counterpart -- is the closest thing ''{{Series/Fringe}}'' has to a BigBad, but he's not evil by a long shot. He's trying to stop his universe from being completely torn apart as a result of the actions of the prime universe Walter, who ''abducted Walternate's son'' and, %%* Prince Jack in doing so, caused the laws of physics to start breaking down in both universes. As viewers are keen to point out, [[GreyAndGreyMorality the only reason we root for the prime universe is because we've been seeing things from its perspective]].
** This changed in the "6:02 AM EST" episode, when Walternate revealed that he was willing to [[{{Moral Event Horizon}} kill his son in order to save his own universe]]. Contrast this with our Walter, who has always been trying to find a way to save ''both'' universes.
*** In the same episode, Walternate also captures ''the mother of his grandchild'' and locks her in a cell when his disregard for his own son's life causes her to attempt a {{Heel Face Turn}}.
* From ''{{Series/Justified}}'', we have Boyd Crowder, who keeps shifting between this and AntiHero.
** Then there's Mags Bennet, who is a clearer AntiVillain, committing crime, but only in the best interest of her kids and grandkids. It helps that she has a MoralityPet in the form of Loretta [=McCready=].
* The Maquis from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' are {{Determined Homesteader}}s with a minor in RoaringRampageOfRevenge. Also, Ben Sisko from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' attempts to anticipate Maquis leader and former Federation officer Eddington's moves by casting himself as the 'villain' to Eddington's 'hero' in the latter's worldview. In this capacity, he performs an act that is rather callous for his character (flooding a Maquis controlled planet with a toxin that makes it uninhabitable to humans, forcing them to evacuate immediately or die horribly), but is still just a [[LighterAndSofter very]] [[WhiteAndGreyMorality light]] AntiVillain to Eddington's self-DesignatedHero.
* HG Wells from [[WareHouse13 Warehouse 13]] is this when's she actually a bad guy. She was a NietzscheWannabe and a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, but she's nowhere as malicious as either Macphearson or Walter Sykes, and she spends most of her time on screen helping out the Warehouse team.
''Series/{{Kings}}''.



* Arguably, Babe Carey, from All My Children, circa 2003-2007. She never wants to do bad things and is usually, in some way, pushed into doing the wrong thing (for the right reasons) because of the effects of others' actions. She doesn't want to be bad and, in ideal circumstances, she would even be good. She strives and wants to be good. However, she is not strong enough to rise against her circumstances.

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* Arguably, Babe Carey, from All My Children, circa 2003-2007. She never wants [[ManipulativeBastard Ben]] on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Or most of the Others, for that matter. They murder, kidnap, and generally terrorize the Survivors, but they [[WellIntentionedExtremist genuinely believe that they are "the good guys"]]. Plus, they're [[VillainsOutShopping pretty relaxed when they aren't being mean]]. The vagueness of their ultimate goal helps here: they have faith that what they're doing serves a higher purpose, even though few of them can articulate what that higher purpose is.
** A good dose of AffablyEvil and WellIntentionedExtremist, plus the fact that [[AntiHero his rival can be kind of a dick]], seems
to do bad be making one of these out of [[spoiler:the Smoke Monster]], of all people. This can be put down to "the writers want us to be on our toes".
** ''{{Series/Lost}}'' prides itself on ''only'' having [[AntiVillain anti-villains]] and [[AntiHero anti-heroes]]. It's part of why the show is so difficult to pin down into a particular genre.
* King Uther Pendragon in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' tends to come off as one of these. He's a ruthless KnightTemplar {{Jerkass}} who blindly hates magic, seems to have two forms of punishment for those who transgress against him ("Put them in the stocks and throw fruit at them" or "Chop off their head") with little room in between, and has put children to death for fear of their magical heritage. He also clearly loves his son Arthur, is very protective of his ward Morgana, respects his old friend Gaius, cares about his kingdom, and [[PetTheDog pets the dog]] on several occasions. He's a villain, but even the good guys realize
things and is usually, in some way, pushed into doing would be worse without him there to keep order -- despite his extreme methods.
** Many of Camelot's enemies are this, too. They're only
the wrong thing (for the right reasons) way they are because of how their kind has been treated for many years.
** The series is also notable for its sympathetic portrayal of Mordred, particularly when contrasted with Morgana's sadistic, selfish evil.
* Series/{{Neighbours}}' Paul Robinson. He's an on-again, off-again villain {{depending on
the effects writer}}.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime''. Given the show's optimistic take on a MoralityKitchenSink (and willingness to {{woobie}}fy any character), three
of others' actions. the show's four major villains (Cora being the exception) are leaning this way.
** Although Regina crossed the MoralEventHorizon during the first season, her backstory has been used to deconstruct the Villain trope, turning her into a TragicVillain and a Type II AntiVillain.
** By the mid-Season 2 break, and ''especially'' by "The Cricket Game," [[spoiler:Regina very well may have graduated to Type IV.
She at least appears to be [[CharacterDevelopment genuinely trying to become a better person]], and in this episode it is mostly the fact that basically nobody trusts her that puts her at all into opposition with Emma and the others. Several times, most recently at the end of Season 2, she fully crosses the line into anti-hero territory, and is actually described as being a "hero" on one of the Season 2 DVD featurettes]].
** Rumple has been similarly deconstructed, not only into a TragicVillain, but also into the clearest example of a Type II, a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.
** Hook almost runs the gamut of the SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains.
*** Type I: At least on the surface. Hook's very well mannered and claims [[EvenEvilHasStandards he has standards]], but he's very unpredictable in applying them. Hook does not hesitate to KickTheDog [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope on his way toward his goals]], but he will [[PetTheDog attempt to set things right]] in the name of fair play when having kicked is no longer necessary. He seems to be becoming a NobleTopEnforcer in exchange for help reaching his own goal.
*** Type II: He's a would-be SympatheticMurderer.
*** Type III: The WellIntentionedExtremist. Not only would many people in this narrative line up and pay to watch Hook skin his "crocodile," they would probably help -- even without knowing his motivations. They'd disapprove of who Hook's teamed up with and what he has done to get to that point in the narrative, though.
** Season 4 gives us two more Type II anti villains: Ingrid, the Snow Queen and Maleficent.
* Carl Elias from ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. He served the role as the {{Big Bad}}} for a good part of the first season. He's even gone as far to [[MoralEventHorizon lock a baby in a freezer truck to gain Reese's cooperation]], but he's also helped Reese on several occasions. He often shares Reese's goals when up against the Russian mob or HR. [[spoiler: This comes to a close in season 3 when he has {{Dirty Cop}} Simmons killed in revenge for killing Carter earlier.]]
* Alex Mahone on ''Series/PrisonBreak''. An FBI agent gone bad, in Season 2, he's blackmailed by the ''BigBad'' into hunting down and killing the fugitives one by one. While he does so with nightmarish competence, his heart isn't in it, and the conflict with his better instincts drives him to drug addiction and near madness. He also loves his son and ex-wife and desperately wants to return to them.
** Also, Abruzzi after the incident with the killed child, which gave him nightmares and hallucinations of Jesus. He found faith in Christianity, but, at the same time, couldn't separate from his evil ways and his revenge on Fabonacci. Right before he dies, he actually prays, "forgive me".
%%* ''Series/{{Salem}}'': Mary Sibley, a witch with ConflictingLoyalty.
* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': [[spoiler: Cyrus]], possibly. It's still not clear what his motivations are.
* Lt. Jon Kavanaugh on ''Series/TheShield''. By all means, he ''should'' be the good guy, considering that he's going after Vic and the Strike Team for police corruption and the death of Terry Crowley, but his methods are so thoroughly repulsive and immoral that it becomes impossible to sympathize with him, especially as time progresses and his obsession with catching Vic gets worse and worse. It gets to the point where he's willing to plant evidence in order to frame Vic, which ends up getting him arrested. By the time it's all said and done, he's just glad to be ''done'' with the whole thing so he never has to deal with Vic Mackey and his corrupting influence ever again.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Lex Luthor evolved from an {{Antihero}} into an {{Antivillain}} in Season's 4 & 5, retaining most of his sympathetic qualities, but becoming directly antagonistic. Eventually, he lost those as well, and evolved into the CorruptCorporateExecutive and sociopath we all knew he'd eventually be. His father, Lionel, evolved the other way. Beginning the series as an unrepentant BigBad, Lionel became an {{Antivillain}} in the later seasons, as his crush on Martha, revelations about his past, and attempts to make up for his many mistakes humanised him. Some would argue that he even managed to become an antihero (Type IV) before his Season 7 exit.
** Before her HeelFaceTurn, [[BrokenAce Tess]] was this, as both a JerkassWoobie and a WellIntentionedExtremist. [[spoiler: AntiVillain must run in the Luthor family tree.]]
** A non-Luthor example would also be Major/General Zod, in an interesting twist as he's essentially simultainiously given AdaptationalHeroism ''and'' AdaptationalVillainy. He ultimately just wants peace, justice, and freedom for the Kryptonians, is a FatherToHisMen, respects Kal-El/Clark and still holds his former best friend Jor-El in high regard, and while he leads a ruthless coup, he's motivated by the fact his family was killed in the destruction of Kandor, and his plea to clone his son was rejected, pushing him over the edge. However, unlike most depictions, he was almost successful in taking over Krypton, and when he learnt his cause was lost, he decided to destabalize Krypton's core and, essentially, is the one responsible for its destruction. Ultimately, he's just trying to cope with the death of his son, [[{{Understatement}} but
doesn't want to be bad and, do it in ideal circumstances, she would even be good. She strives and wants to be good. However, she is not strong enough to rise against her circumstances.a healthy means]].



* Rodrigo [[TheBorgias Borgia]] genuinely wants to strengthen Rome as pope. He even takes an interest in alleviating poverty in the second season, and has always loved his family, perhaps to a fault. He also, however, blackmails/tricks virtually everyone he works with, orders a few assassinations, and is quite the lech. Like most Renaissance-era fathers, he also has very little regard for his daughter's freedom and will marry her off to whoever he wants, though he is trying to make sure she doesn't get a bad husband... this time around. Overall, he's still one of the least villainous members of his family.
** His son, Cesare, was at first a sort of anti-villain--the majority of what he did was for the good of the family. However, he really didn't have much pity for anyone beyond his family, and remained ruthless, cynical, and fairly cold-blooded. Nowadays, he's in solidly VillainProtagonist territory. [[spoiler: What with murdering his brother and all.]]
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Colonel Matthew O’Hara is a Marine Corps legend who earned the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War, but he’s grown tired of American degradation of society with street crimes and corrupted politicians, so he and a few other Marines snatches the Declaration of Independence transported in a mail truck on its back from a restoration job. [[spoiler: What no one knows at the outset is that the Colonel is the uncle of Major Sarah Mackenzie.]]
* One of the memorable twists in the final season of ''Series/TwentyFour'' was having [[spoiler: Jack Bauer himself]] become one in the final episodes of the series. Although he has a mostly noble goal in mind ([[spoiler: exposing the conspiracy regarding a foreign President's murder that current U.S. President Allison Taylor is covering up after undergoing a FaceHeelTurn]]), they are tainted by the desire for revenge after he finally gets screwed over for the last time, leading him to pull some pretty terrible acts even for him that not only cross the line, they double over it.
* While the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise is not know for providing the most [[BlackAndWhiteMorality nuanced interpretations for its villains]], they do occasionally appear, especially in the Heisei era of the franchise. Although to date, the only series in the franchise that had the BigBad as an Anti-Villain, is ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' where Shiro Kanzaki's motives are sympathetic enough that much of what he does in the series is understandable, if not condonable.
** In Kamen Rider Gaim, both [[spoiler:Micchy]] and [[spoiler:Kaito]] are anti-villains.
* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': [[spoiler: Cyrus]], possibly. It's still not clear what his motivations are.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Had Harken, an alliance commander who arrested the whole team after finding them stealing from a damaged ship. He spent much of the episode grilling them, while searching the ship, and he has them detained after his men find a brutally mutilated survivor and he assumes the team had done it. When the survivor escapes and goes on a killing spree, his first order? Reinforce security at the nursery, and then he leads a team, and Mal, to stop the man when he gets back on Serenity. At the end, after Mal saves him, he releases the crew and drops the charges, though he does confiscate all the stuff they stole, because it was Alliance property.
* Three of the five main villains on ''Series/OnceUponATime'' (Gold/Rumpelstiltskin, Regina, and Hook) either start out as [[AntiVillain Anti-Villains]] or become such after CharacterDevelopment. Only Cora and [[spoiler: Peter Pan]] are not.
** Queen Elsa from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' is also introduced like this by unleashing a Marshmallow out of fear and blocking the town with an ice barrier to find the missing Anna, unwittingly creating a power outage. Once she meets Emma, she calms down and makes friends with the Charmings.

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* Rodrigo [[TheBorgias Borgia]] genuinely wants The Maquis from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' are {{Determined Homesteader}}s with a minor in RoaringRampageOfRevenge. Also, Ben Sisko from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' attempts to strengthen Rome anticipate Maquis leader and former Federation officer Eddington's moves by casting himself as pope. He even takes an interest in alleviating poverty the 'villain' to Eddington's 'hero' in the second season, and has always loved his family, perhaps to a fault. He also, however, blackmails/tricks virtually everyone latter's worldview. In this capacity, he works with, orders a few assassinations, and performs an act that is quite the lech. Like most Renaissance-era fathers, he also has very little regard rather callous for his daughter's freedom and will marry her character (flooding a Maquis controlled planet with a toxin that makes it uninhabitable to humans, forcing them to evacuate immediately or die horribly), but is still just a [[LighterAndSofter very]] [[WhiteAndGreyMorality light]] AntiVillain to Eddington's self-DesignatedHero.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Lucifer ''tries'' to come
off to whoever he wants, though he is trying to make sure she as this, declaring that his "crime" was loving God too much. It doesn't get a bad husband... this time around. Overall, really work, since there are three groups he can give it to: Demons, who hate God and humanity both and would probably be less in awe of him if they knew that was his motivation; Angels, who were all faced with the exact same situation and made the other choice; and Humans, who are going to be wiped out en masse by his war against heaven. In fact, the conclusion most people come to is that he's still one of the least villainous members of a bratty child throwing a tantrum and breaking his family.
dad's toys.
** His son, Cesare, was at first a sort of anti-villain--the majority of what he did was for the good of the family. However, he really didn't have much pity for anyone beyond his family, and remained ruthless, cynical, and fairly cold-blooded. Nowadays, he's in solidly VillainProtagonist territory. brother, [[spoiler: What with murdering his Gabriel/The Trickster, does this much better. After it's dicovered who he is, it's easier to see why he killed Dean so many times: he was trying to stop Sam from snapping and going after Lilith after Dean dies, therefore trying to stop him from breaking the final seal. He comes across as more the little brother who can't stand his brothers' arguing, to Lucifer's bratty persona. Sadly, in Gabriel's case RedemptionEqualsDeath and all.he's killed by Lucifer - but not before leaving Sam and Dean a DVD which tells them how to put Lucifer back in his box.]]
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Colonel Matthew O’Hara is The Argent family on ''Series/TeenWolf''. While their side occupation as [[TheHunter werewolf hunters]] was originally motivated by [[MugglePower protecting humans from werewolves]], it has developed into [[VanHelsingHateCrimes full-blown sadism]]. They are willing and eager to kill werewolves whether they actually pose a Marine Corps legend threat to anybody or not. The family and their fellow hunters have also expanded their crusade to cover killing any humans associated with werewolves (such as the non-wolf members of the Hale family) or who earned simply impede their hunting activities. They have also developed a fondness for inspiring fear, and seem to enjoy torturing their targets before killing them. In order for Gerard Argent to take over as principal of the Medal Beacon Hills high school, the Argent's abducted and tortured the current principal, who was wholly unaware of Honor werewolves, just to create a vacancy in the Vietnam War, but he’s grown tired of American degradation of society with street crimes and corrupted politicians, so he position.
* John Frobisher from ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'' is a meek civil servant doing his best to serve his country --
and a few other Marines snatches corrupt, ruthless government -- and thus ordering the Declaration deaths of Independence transported in a mail truck on its back from a restoration job. anyone connected to the previous 456 crisis as the new, terrifying one unfolds. For all his trouble, he is at last instructed to [[spoiler: What no one knows at give up his daughters to the outset 456 because ''they'' surely can't give up ''their'' children]], whereupon he [[spoiler: chooses to commit Pater Familicide to spare them that fate]].
** Given that ''Torchwood''[='=]s parent show ''Series/DoctorWho''
is a LongRunner, it's not surprising that the Colonel show has had many Anti-Villains over the course of the run. One of the most surprising came in the Tenth Doctor's final adventure, "The End of Time", when [[spoiler: ''TheMaster'', of all people, is revealed to be an Anti-Villain: he was deliberately driven mad as part of Rassilon's XanatosGambit. When he finds this out, he is ''pissed'', and he gets a HeroicSacrifice shortly thereafter]].
** An even more surprising one from the Time War
is the uncle War Doctor featured in the Series 7 {{Cliffhanger}} and the follow-up 50th anniversary special "The Day of Major Sarah Mackenzie.the Doctor". [[TakeAThirdOption Or]] [[PragmaticHero is]] [[KnightInSourArmor he?]] Though considered this by the later Doctors (he's not numbered because he violated the promise of the title "Doctor"), they later seem to consider him more heroic; like many of the Doctors he might actually be an AntiHero, especially given that [[spoiler: he helps ''save'' Gallifrey rather than destroy it in the end]].
** '''The Twelfth Doctor''' becomes this over the course of the three-part Series 9 finale. A betrayal by [[spoiler: Ashildr/Me AND the Time Lords]] not only leads him to be imprisoned in a bespoke torture chamber but inadvertently results in [[spoiler: the death of his beloved companion Clara Oswald]]. He emerges from these horrors as TheUnfettered WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds willing to risk the entire universe to [[spoiler: bring Clara back from the grave]] and end his misery. He has a HeelRealization and returns to his best self, though it takes the help of [[spoiler: a mind wipe of his memories of her]] to eliminate the high emotions that contributed to his SanitySlippage. (Incidentally, Twelve is played by Creator/PeterCapaldi, who previously played John Frobisher.)
* Every single vampire on ''Series/TrueBlood''. While some of them are not unwilling to perform the occasional good deed, by and large they all seem to be willing to kill, torture, mind control and otherwise abuse the human population despite their [[ConsummateLiar public relations campaign]] about wanting to "mainstream" and [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire live peacefullly with humans]].
* So, so many on ''Series/TheWire'', but probably the best is Wallace, who is only part of the drug trade to provide for his brothers and sisters, grows disillusioned after witnessing a murder for the first time, and later attempts to pull a HeelFaceTurn and get out of the drug trade by [[spoiler:informing the police about the finer details of the Barksdale crew.]] He gets [[spoiler:[[AnyoneCanDie a bullet in the head for his troubles]].
]]
* One of the memorable twists in the final season of ''Series/TwentyFour'' was having [[spoiler: Jack Bauer himself]] become one in the final episodes of the series. Although he has a mostly noble goal in mind ([[spoiler: exposing the conspiracy regarding a foreign President's murder that current U.S. President Allison Taylor is covering up after undergoing a FaceHeelTurn]]), they are tainted by the desire for revenge after he finally gets screwed over for the last time, leading him to pull some pretty terrible acts even for him that not only cross the line, they double over it.
* While the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise is not know for providing the most [[BlackAndWhiteMorality nuanced interpretations for its villains]], they do occasionally appear, especially in the Heisei era of the franchise. Although to date, the only series in the franchise that had the BigBad as an Anti-Villain, is ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' where Shiro Kanzaki's motives are sympathetic enough that much of what he does in the series is understandable, if not condonable.
** In Kamen Rider Gaim, both [[spoiler:Micchy]] and [[spoiler:Kaito]] are anti-villains.
* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': [[spoiler: Cyrus]], possibly. It's still not clear what his motivations are.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Had Harken, an alliance commander who arrested the whole team after finding them stealing
HG Wells from [[Series/WareHouse13 Warehouse 13]] is this when's she actually a damaged ship. He spent much of the episode grilling them, while searching the ship, bad guy. She was a NietzscheWannabe and he has them detained after his men find a brutally mutilated survivor and he assumes the team had done it. When the survivor escapes and goes on a killing spree, his first order? Reinforce security at the nursery, and then he leads a team, and Mal, to stop the man when he gets back on Serenity. At the end, after Mal saves him, he releases the crew and drops the charges, though he does confiscate all the stuff they stole, because it was Alliance property.
* Three of the five main villains on ''Series/OnceUponATime'' (Gold/Rumpelstiltskin, Regina, and Hook)
WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, but she's nowhere as malicious as either start Macphearson or Walter Sykes, and she spends most of her time on screen helping out as [[AntiVillain Anti-Villains]] or become such after CharacterDevelopment. Only Cora and [[spoiler: Peter Pan]] are not.
** Queen Elsa from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' is also introduced like this by unleashing a Marshmallow out of fear and blocking
the town with an ice barrier to find the missing Anna, unwittingly creating a power outage. Once she meets Emma, she calms down and makes friends with the Charmings.Warehouse team.



* Enos from ''DukesOfHazzard'' is only really a villain by virtue of being an upstanding deputy sheriff and on the side of the Law, and thus antagonistic to our less law-abiding heroes. While he is willing to stand behind most of his corrupt boss' schemes, he is too righteous to be a part of them. He is the one lawman the Dukes have any respect for, and they have said as much in public.
** His superior Rosco started out as one. Before the series, he was an honest cop until his pension got revoked, forcing him to join in on Boss Hogg's scheming or retire penniless.
* Carl Elias from ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. He served the role as the {{Big Bad}}} for a good part of the first season. He's even gone as far to [[MoralEventHorizon lock a baby in a freezer truck to gain Reese's cooperation]], but he's also helped Reese on several occasions. He often shares Reese's goals when up against the Russian mob or HR. [[spoiler: This comes to a close in season 3 when he has {{Dirty Cop}} Simmons killed in revenge for killing Carter earlier.]]
* Jason Winkler from the first season of ''Series/HouseOfAnubis''. He was only really a villain by way of being a member of the Secret Society and betraying Patricia. He was always more interested in his teaching job and the students, and even after betraying Patricia, still clearly cared about her. In the finale, he attempted to get Victor and the other teachers to help Sibuna, who were trapped with [[BigBad Rufus Zeno]]. It was then revealed that the only reason he joined the Society at all was because the elixir of life, which makes one immortal, would have saved him from dying of his degenerative illness. In a deleted scene, he even got to talk to Patricia one last time before disappearing from the show. He was never at all a bad guy, he had just made the wrong choices.
** Victor fell into this, too. Despite doing everything in his power to prevent the students from finishing their quest, he follows EvenEvilHasStandards and really does care for the kids despite what he does, to the point of sacrificing the tear of gold he'd been searching for all season to save Joy's life. He also has a sympathetic reason for what he does, in being a WellDoneSonGuy who is working to finish the quest his father couldn't complete, despite his father being long dead and a bit emotionally abusive.
*** This changed during season 3. While his goal had changed from being after immortality to trying to awaken Robert Frobisher-Smythe, he became very focused and serious about it, and treated the students much harsher than he used to. It definitely went away when he was a sinner and set up a ''guillotine'' in order to stop Sibuna. However, in TheMovie, he went back to being ''much'' more sympathetic and even ended up ''helping'' the Sibuna members for the first time.
** During his villainous phase in season 1, Jerome fit this. He was working with Rufus out of jealousy and loneliness rather than a desire to do harm, and then ended up only helping him out of ''fear for his life'' until he got the chance to join Sibuna.
** Jasper, TheMole who was working for the Collector in the second season, is also a very light gray villain. Despite working for a dangerous villain and causing trouble for Fabian (his own godson) and the rest of Sibuna, he did it due to being blackmailed and threatened with harm on Fabian's life. So he wound up ''hurting'' Fabian in an effort to ''help'' him.
* Kiera Cameron from ''Series/{{Continuum}}'' is a type III, anti-villain protagonist fighting a group of type IV and V anti-heroes. Initially she is depicted as a "good" police officer from 2077 idealistically opposing the terrorist organization Liber8. It quickly becomes clear that the future society in which she lives is a high surveillance corporate police state and the terrorists she is fighting against are freedom fighters who are trying to tear down the police state and bring back democracy, human rights, corporate accountability, etc. Kiera's primary goal is to stop Liber8, protect the future that she knows, and get back to her family, even though this means occasionally using very brutal tactics and ultimately protecting the police state that has enslaved most of humanity. Despite all of this she cares about protecting the people and puts her own future at risk in trying to stop the deaths of thousands of innocent victims. The audience can sympathize with her as the protagonist because she idealistically believes that the future she is trying to protect is truly the best option for humanity and she doesn't recognize herself as a villain (the extreme violence of Liber8 also makes it easier to sympathize with Kiera as a protector of the people). This is {{lampshaded}} in "Second Time" when Travis says to her, "When are you going to wake up? ''You're'' the villain in this tale."
* ''{{Series/Salem}}'': Mary Sibley, a witch with ConflictingLoyalty.
* Once it kicked off, most of the villains on ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' fall into this, to the point its probably easier to count the ones who don't. Deadshot, Huntress, Malcolm, Deathstroke, even Oliver's parents all count as this. It generally falls into the show's theme that anyone can be corrupted, and no one is irredeemable.
* Gideon, one of the [[CouncilOfAngels Elders]] and headmaster of the [[WizardingSchool Magic School]] in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', went from WellIntentionedExtremist to this as his plans to prevent [[GooGooGodlike Wyatt]] from becoming the cause of a BadFuture (which Chris had travelled back in time to prevent, himself) progressed. To prevent the sisters (who are Wyatt's mother and aunts) from finding out, he allows at least one innocent to die (which, in an earlier episode, he established to be so unforgivable as to move to close the Magic School when an entity from there killed a random petty criminal), personally vanquished his friend Sigmund when he threatened to expose Gideon's plan out of concern, and even collaborated with his own evil counterpart from a MirrorUniverse (which threw off the cosmic balance between them, something that he actively wanted to avoid).
* On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', ''everyone'' is just doing what they believe is necessary to keep their people alive; while our protagonists are usually more sympathetic than their antagonists, [[GreyAndGrayMorality they all have good reasons for doing the things they do]]. Except Murphy; [[{{Jerkass}} he's just a prick.]]
* Raymond Reddington, the VillainProtagonist of ''Series/TheBlacklist'' is a solid type III. He usually has decent or even noble motives when getting involved with the FBI and is completely polite to everyone, but is bluntly honest about his nature as an often very brutal criminal. He is absolutely ruthless towards those who wrong him or someone he cares for but is also very reasonable and has a strong sense of honor, often helping bring down other criminals that cross the MoralEventHorizon. Summed up well in the first episode:
-->'''Liz''': Can I trust you?
-->'''Red''': (''bluntly, while chuckling'') Of course not. ''I'M A CRIMINAL''.

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* Enos from ''DukesOfHazzard'' is only really a villain by virtue of being an upstanding deputy sheriff and on the side of the Law, and thus antagonistic to our less law-abiding heroes. While he is willing to stand behind most of his corrupt boss' schemes, he is too righteous to be a part of them. He is the one lawman the Dukes have any respect for, and they have said as much in public.
** His superior Rosco started out as one. Before the series, he was an honest cop until his pension got revoked, forcing him to join in on Boss Hogg's scheming or retire penniless.
* Carl Elias from ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. He served the role as the {{Big Bad}}} for a good part of the first season. He's even gone as far to [[MoralEventHorizon lock a baby in a freezer truck to gain Reese's cooperation]], but he's also helped Reese on several occasions. He often shares Reese's goals when up against the Russian mob or HR. [[spoiler: This comes to a close in season 3 when he has {{Dirty Cop}} Simmons killed in revenge for killing Carter earlier.]]
* Jason Winkler from the first season of ''Series/HouseOfAnubis''. He was only really a villain by way of being a member of the Secret Society and betraying Patricia. He was always more interested in his teaching job and the students, and even after betraying Patricia, still clearly cared about her. In the finale, he attempted to get Victor and the other teachers to help Sibuna, who were trapped with [[BigBad Rufus Zeno]]. It was then revealed that the only reason he joined the Society at all was because the elixir of life, which makes one immortal, would have saved him from dying of his degenerative illness. In a deleted scene, he even got to talk to Patricia one last time before disappearing from the show. He was never at all a bad guy, he had just made the wrong choices.
** Victor fell into this, too. Despite doing everything in his power to prevent the students from finishing their quest, he follows EvenEvilHasStandards and really does care for the kids despite what he does, to the point of sacrificing the tear of gold he'd been searching for all season to save Joy's life. He also has a sympathetic reason for what he does, in being a WellDoneSonGuy who is working to finish the quest his father couldn't complete, despite his father being long dead and a bit emotionally abusive.
*** This changed during season 3. While his goal had changed from being after immortality to trying to awaken Robert Frobisher-Smythe, he became very focused and serious about it, and treated the students much harsher than he used to. It definitely went away when he was a sinner and set up a ''guillotine'' in order to stop Sibuna. However, in TheMovie, he went back to being ''much'' more sympathetic and even ended up ''helping'' the Sibuna members for the first time.
** During his villainous phase in season 1, Jerome fit this. He was working with Rufus out of jealousy and loneliness rather than a desire to do harm, and then ended up only helping him out of ''fear for his life'' until he got the chance to join Sibuna.
** Jasper, TheMole who was working for the Collector in the second season, is also a very light gray villain. Despite working for a dangerous villain and causing trouble for Fabian (his own godson) and the rest of Sibuna, he did it due to being blackmailed and threatened with harm on Fabian's life. So he wound up ''hurting'' Fabian in an effort to ''help'' him.
* Kiera Cameron from ''Series/{{Continuum}}'' is a type III, anti-villain protagonist fighting a group of type IV and V anti-heroes. Initially she is depicted as a "good" police officer from 2077 idealistically opposing the terrorist organization Liber8. It quickly becomes clear that the future society in which she lives is a high surveillance corporate police state and the terrorists she is fighting against are freedom fighters who are trying to tear down the police state and bring back democracy, human rights, corporate accountability, etc. Kiera's primary goal is to stop Liber8, protect the future that she knows, and get back to her family, even though this means occasionally using very brutal tactics and ultimately protecting the police state that has enslaved most of humanity. Despite all of this she cares about protecting the people and puts her own future at risk in trying to stop the deaths of thousands of innocent victims. The audience can sympathize with her as the protagonist because she idealistically believes that the future she is trying to protect is truly the best option for humanity and she doesn't recognize herself as a villain (the extreme violence of Liber8 also makes it easier to sympathize with Kiera as a protector of the people). This is {{lampshaded}} in "Second Time" when Travis says to her, "When are you going to wake up? ''You're'' the villain in this tale."
* ''{{Series/Salem}}'': Mary Sibley, a witch with ConflictingLoyalty.
* Once it kicked off, most of the villains on ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' fall into this, to the point its probably easier to count the ones who don't. Deadshot, Huntress, Malcolm, Deathstroke, even Oliver's parents all count as this. It generally falls into the show's theme that anyone can be corrupted, and no one is irredeemable.
* Gideon, one of the [[CouncilOfAngels Elders]] and headmaster of the [[WizardingSchool Magic School]] in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', went from WellIntentionedExtremist to this as his plans to prevent [[GooGooGodlike Wyatt]] from becoming the cause of a BadFuture (which Chris had travelled back in time to prevent, himself) progressed. To prevent the sisters (who are Wyatt's mother and aunts) from finding out, he allows at least one innocent to die (which, in an earlier episode, he established to be so unforgivable as to move to close the Magic School when an entity from there killed a random petty criminal), personally vanquished his friend Sigmund when he threatened to expose Gideon's plan out of concern, and even collaborated with his own evil counterpart from a MirrorUniverse (which threw off the cosmic balance between them, something that he actively wanted to avoid).
* On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', ''everyone'' is just doing what they believe is necessary to keep their people alive; while our protagonists are usually more sympathetic than their antagonists, [[GreyAndGrayMorality they all have good reasons for doing the things they do]]. Except Murphy; [[{{Jerkass}} he's just a prick.]]
* Raymond Reddington, the VillainProtagonist of ''Series/TheBlacklist'' is a solid type III. He usually has decent or even noble motives when getting involved with the FBI and is completely polite to everyone, but is bluntly honest about his nature as an often very brutal criminal. He is absolutely ruthless towards those who wrong him or someone he cares for but is also very reasonable and has a strong sense of honor, often helping bring down other criminals that cross the MoralEventHorizon. Summed up well in the first episode:
-->'''Liz''': Can I trust you?
-->'''Red''': (''bluntly, while chuckling'') Of course not. ''I'M A CRIMINAL''.
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* John Frobisher from ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'' is a meek civil servant doing his best to serve his country -- and a corrupt, ruthless government -- and thus ordering the deaths of anyone with knowledge of the previous 456 crisis as the new, terrifying one unfolds. For all his trouble, he is at last instructed to [[spoiler: give up his daughters to the 456 because ''they'' surely can't give up ''their'' children]], whereupon he [[spoiler: chooses to commit Pater Familicide to spare them that fate]].

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* John Frobisher from ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'' is a meek civil servant doing his best to serve his country -- and a corrupt, ruthless government -- and thus ordering the deaths of anyone with knowledge of connected to the previous 456 crisis as the new, terrifying one unfolds. For all his trouble, he is at last instructed to [[spoiler: give up his daughters to the 456 because ''they'' surely can't give up ''their'' children]], whereupon he [[spoiler: chooses to commit Pater Familicide to spare them that fate]].
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* John Frobisher from ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'' is a meek civil servant doing his best to serve his country and thus carrying out the orders of a corrupt and ruthless government during the terrifying 456 crisis. For all his trouble, this PunchClockVillain is at last instructed to [[spoiler: give up his daughters to the 456 because ''they'' surely can't give up ''their'' children]], whereupon he [[spoiler: chooses to commit Pater Familicide to spare them that fate]].

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* John Frobisher from ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'' is a meek civil servant doing his best to serve his country -- and thus carrying out the orders of a corrupt and corrupt, ruthless government during -- and thus ordering the deaths of anyone with knowledge of the previous 456 crisis as the new, terrifying 456 crisis. one unfolds. For all his trouble, this PunchClockVillain he is at last instructed to [[spoiler: give up his daughters to the 456 because ''they'' surely can't give up ''their'' children]], whereupon he [[spoiler: chooses to commit Pater Familicide to spare them that fate]].



** '''The Twelfth Doctor''' becomes this over the course of the three-part Series 9 finale. A betrayal by [[spoiler: Ashildr/Me AND the Time Lords]] not only leads him to be imprisoned in a bespoke torture chamber but inadvertently results in [[spoiler: the death of his beloved companion Clara Oswald]]. He emerges from these horrors as TheUnfettered WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds willing to risk the entire universe to [[spoiler: bring Clara back from the grave]] and end his misery. He has a HeelRealization and returns to his best self, though it takes the help of [[spoiler: a mind wipe of his memories of her]] to eliminate the high emotions that contributed to his SanitySlippage. (Incidentally, Twelve is played by Creator/PeterCapaldi, who previously played...John Frobisher.)

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** '''The Twelfth Doctor''' becomes this over the course of the three-part Series 9 finale. A betrayal by [[spoiler: Ashildr/Me AND the Time Lords]] not only leads him to be imprisoned in a bespoke torture chamber but inadvertently results in [[spoiler: the death of his beloved companion Clara Oswald]]. He emerges from these horrors as TheUnfettered WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds willing to risk the entire universe to [[spoiler: bring Clara back from the grave]] and end his misery. He has a HeelRealization and returns to his best self, though it takes the help of [[spoiler: a mind wipe of his memories of her]] to eliminate the high emotions that contributed to his SanitySlippage. (Incidentally, Twelve is played by Creator/PeterCapaldi, who previously played...played John Frobisher.)
26th Feb '16 10:50:08 AM Sapphirea2
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* John Frobisher from ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth''.
** Given that ''Torchwood''[='=]s parent show ''Series/DoctorWho'' is a LongRunner, it's not surprising that the show has had many Anti-Villains over the course of the run. One of the most surprising came in ''The End of Time'', when [[spoiler:TheMaster, of all people, is revealed to be an Anti-Villain: he was deliberately driven mad as part of Rassilon's XanatosGambit. When he finds this out, he is ''pissed'', and he gets a HeroicSacrifice shortly thereafter.]]
** Even more surprising one from the Time War is [[spoiler: the War Doctor. [[TakeAThirdOption Or]] [[PragmaticHero is]] [[KnightInSourArmor he?]] Though considered this by the later Doctors, they later seem to consider him more heroic, meaning, like many of the Doctors he might actually be an Anti-Hero.]]

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* John Frobisher from ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth''.
''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'' is a meek civil servant doing his best to serve his country and thus carrying out the orders of a corrupt and ruthless government during the terrifying 456 crisis. For all his trouble, this PunchClockVillain is at last instructed to [[spoiler: give up his daughters to the 456 because ''they'' surely can't give up ''their'' children]], whereupon he [[spoiler: chooses to commit Pater Familicide to spare them that fate]].
** Given that ''Torchwood''[='=]s parent show ''Series/DoctorWho'' is a LongRunner, it's not surprising that the show has had many Anti-Villains over the course of the run. One of the most surprising came in ''The the Tenth Doctor's final adventure, "The End of Time'', Time", when [[spoiler:TheMaster, [[spoiler: ''TheMaster'', of all people, is revealed to be an Anti-Villain: he was deliberately driven mad as part of Rassilon's XanatosGambit. When he finds this out, he is ''pissed'', and he gets a HeroicSacrifice shortly thereafter.]]
thereafter]].
** Even An even more surprising one from the Time War is [[spoiler: the War Doctor. Doctor featured in the Series 7 {{Cliffhanger}} and the follow-up 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor". [[TakeAThirdOption Or]] [[PragmaticHero is]] [[KnightInSourArmor he?]] he?]] Though considered this by the later Doctors, Doctors (he's not numbered because he violated the promise of the title "Doctor"), they later seem to consider him more heroic, meaning, heroic; like many of the Doctors he might actually be an Anti-Hero.]] AntiHero, especially given that [[spoiler: he helps ''save'' Gallifrey rather than destroy it in the end]].
** '''The Twelfth Doctor''' becomes this over the course of the three-part Series 9 finale. A betrayal by [[spoiler: Ashildr/Me AND the Time Lords]] not only leads him to be imprisoned in a bespoke torture chamber but inadvertently results in [[spoiler: the death of his beloved companion Clara Oswald]]. He emerges from these horrors as TheUnfettered WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds willing to risk the entire universe to [[spoiler: bring Clara back from the grave]] and end his misery. He has a HeelRealization and returns to his best self, though it takes the help of [[spoiler: a mind wipe of his memories of her]] to eliminate the high emotions that contributed to his SanitySlippage. (Incidentally, Twelve is played by Creator/PeterCapaldi, who previously played...John Frobisher.)
19th Dec '15 7:44:52 PM nombretomado
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* Alex Mahone on ''PrisonBreak''. An FBI agent gone bad, in Season 2, he's blackmailed by the ''BigBad'' into hunting down and killing the fugitives one by one. While he does so with nightmarish competence, his heart isn't in it, and the conflict with his better instincts drives him to drug addiction and near madness. He also loves his son and ex-wife and desperately wants to return to them.

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* Alex Mahone on ''PrisonBreak''.''Series/PrisonBreak''. An FBI agent gone bad, in Season 2, he's blackmailed by the ''BigBad'' into hunting down and killing the fugitives one by one. While he does so with nightmarish competence, his heart isn't in it, and the conflict with his better instincts drives him to drug addiction and near madness. He also loves his son and ex-wife and desperately wants to return to them.



* Lt. Jon Kavanaugh on ''TheShield''. By all means, he ''should'' be the good guy, considering that he's going after Vic and the Strike Team for police corruption and the death of Terry Crowley, but his methods are so thoroughly repulsive and immoral that it becomes impossible to sympathize with him, especially as time progresses and his obsession with catching Vic gets worse and worse. It gets to the point where he's willing to plant evidence in order to frame Vic, which ends up getting him arrested. By the time it's all said and done, he's just glad to be ''done'' with the whole thing so he never has to deal with Vic Mackey and his corrupting influence ever again.

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* Lt. Jon Kavanaugh on ''TheShield''.''Series/TheShield''. By all means, he ''should'' be the good guy, considering that he's going after Vic and the Strike Team for police corruption and the death of Terry Crowley, but his methods are so thoroughly repulsive and immoral that it becomes impossible to sympathize with him, especially as time progresses and his obsession with catching Vic gets worse and worse. It gets to the point where he's willing to plant evidence in order to frame Vic, which ends up getting him arrested. By the time it's all said and done, he's just glad to be ''done'' with the whole thing so he never has to deal with Vic Mackey and his corrupting influence ever again.
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** His superior Rosco started out as one. Before the series, he was an HonestCop until his pension got revoked, forcing him to join in on Boss Hogg's scheming or retire penniless.

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** His superior Rosco started out as one. Before the series, he was an HonestCop honest cop until his pension got revoked, forcing him to join in on Boss Hogg's scheming or retire penniless.
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