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18th Apr '17 6:53:07 PM Sunflorazumarill
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** Batman and Gordon created Two-Face in the same movie. [[spoiler: Dent warned both of them about the corruption in the Gotham police department but they were more willing to ignore them in lieu of the Joker and finishing off the mob. Gordon's own men ended up working for the mob and kidnapped him and Rachel Dawes, resulting in her death and his disfigurement.]] In a more cynical example,[[spoiler: if Batman had been a few moments late, Dent would've died in an explosion and Two-Face would not have been created. If he had been a few moments early, Dent wouldn't have been disfigured, would not have gone to the hospital, and would not have been driven farther over the edge by Joker.]] Additionally, if Batman had realized from the start that [[spoiler: Joker was lying, he would have [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl saved Rachel]], leaving Dent to die.]]

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** Batman and Gordon created Two-Face in the same movie. [[spoiler: Dent warned both of them about the corruption in the Gotham police department but they were more willing to ignore them in lieu of the Joker and finishing off the mob. Gordon's own men ended up working for the mob and kidnapped him and Rachel Dawes, resulting in her death and his disfigurement.]] In a more cynical example,[[spoiler: example, [[spoiler: if Batman had been a few moments late, Dent would've died in an explosion and Two-Face would not have been created. If he had been a few moments early, Dent wouldn't have been disfigured, would not have gone to the hospital, and would not have been driven farther over the edge by Joker.]] Additionally, if Batman had realized from the start that [[spoiler: Joker was lying, he would have [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl saved Rachel]], leaving Dent to die.]]
18th Apr '17 4:56:55 AM Flame
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* This is the origin of the Bugsters in ''Series/KamenRiderExAid''. They were programmed as villains in their respective video games and decided to take revenge against their creators after gaining sentience.
17th Apr '17 5:02:47 PM Monolaf317
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* ''VideoGame/HelloNeighbor'': Whatever his dark secrets, your Neighbor starts out as an ordinary-looking man trying to keep up a façade of ordinary-looking life, and even treats his invading neighbors with ordinary mercy. As you blatantly invade his privacy, steal his stuff, wreck his belongings, and refuse to take a hint at the fact that this is highly illegal, he grows more and more unhinged in his attempts to keep you out. To be fair though, he was likely not a normal person to begin with, and if he didn't have something strange or illegal to hide, he could've simply called the police.
9th Apr '17 11:22:12 PM azul120
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** Pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|OnInfiniteEarths}}, ComicBook/LexLuthor was a fan of Superman, then went on to hate his guts after an accident made Luthor lose his precious... hair, as well as a protoplasmic lifeform he had created, and his laboratory. Luthor believed that it was done out of jealousy for Luthor's genius and vowed to prove he was better than Supes. While this seems like DisproportionateRetribution, that same story had Luthor create multiple grandiose engineering projects for Smallville to show Superboy up, only to have all of them go disastrously wrong and force Clark to intervene. Thus Luthor's hate grew due to his warped perception that Superboy was out to publicly humiliate him despite the fact that Superboy had no choice in the matter. Later, in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, Luthor gained a more legitimate reason: He blamed Supes for the death of his wife. Nowadays he's often still technically self-created, but it's not exactly Superman's fault: he turned to villainy over jealousy of Superman's achievements.

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** Pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|OnInfiniteEarths}}, ComicBook/LexLuthor was a fan of Superman, then went on to hate his guts after an accident made Luthor lose his precious... hair, as well as a protoplasmic lifeform he had created, and his laboratory. Luthor believed that it was done out of jealousy for Luthor's genius and vowed to prove he was better than Supes. While this seems like DisproportionateRetribution, that same story had Luthor create multiple grandiose engineering projects for Smallville to show Superboy up, only to have all of them go disastrously wrong and force Clark to intervene. Thus Luthor's hate grew due to his warped perception that Superboy was out to publicly humiliate him despite the fact that Superboy had no choice in the matter. Later, in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, Age|OfComicBooks}}, Luthor gained a more legitimate reason: He blamed Supes for the death of his wife. Nowadays he's often still technically self-created, but it's not exactly Superman's fault: he turned to villainy over jealousy of Superman's achievements.



** Billy Butcher became a [[CapeBusters cape buster]] because a superhero raped his wife, and the resulting infant tore its way out of her body. From the audience's point of view he's an AntiHero, but in-universe from the supers' perspective he's a villain.

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** Billy Butcher became a [[CapeBusters cape buster]] {{cape buster|s}} because a superhero raped his wife, and the resulting infant tore its way out of her body. From the audience's point of view he's an AntiHero, but in-universe from the supers' perspective he's a villain.



** The Trio was created because of Buffy. Admittedly, Jonathan (who would have killed himself if it weren't for her, the {{ungrateful bastard}}) and Andrew were just in it for the taking over Sunnydale part, but Warren completely was in it for the killing Buffy due to her tracking down the origins of his sexbot April which caused his girlfriend to leave him (what some fans saw as mean, but actually was done in order to save people from his romance and sex slave gone overboard, actually long past his true MoralEventHorizon). Over time he becomes worse and worse, going from jerkass to evil Jerkass to homicidal evil Jerkass to murdering evil Jerkass to his S8 appearance as a genocidal skinless Jerkass.

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** The Trio was created because of Buffy. Admittedly, Jonathan (who would have killed himself if it weren't for her, the {{ungrateful bastard}}) UngratefulBastard) and Andrew were just in it for the taking over Sunnydale part, but Warren completely was in it for the killing Buffy due to her tracking down the origins of his sexbot April which caused his girlfriend to leave him (what some fans saw as mean, but actually was done in order to save people from his romance and sex slave gone overboard, actually long past his true MoralEventHorizon). Over time he becomes worse and worse, going from jerkass to evil Jerkass to homicidal evil Jerkass to murdering evil Jerkass to his S8 appearance as a genocidal skinless Jerkass.



** Wesley was responsible for turning Faith to villainy by having her locked away because he didn't trust her, even though the gang was trying to help her get better.



* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'': Has [[spoiler: Echo, the main character]] being an Create Your Own Hero who takes down the people who forced her into becoming a doll. Echo has [[Creator/SummerGlau Bennett]], who she accidentally created as Caroline, making a HeroicSacrifice [[LesYay for her]] (the aforementioned being made a doll) which was sadly seen as abandonment, causing Bennett to hate Caroline/Echo for abandoning her and making her lose her arm.

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* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'': ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': Has [[spoiler: Echo, the main character]] being an Create Your Own Hero who takes down the people who forced her into becoming a doll. Echo has [[Creator/SummerGlau Bennett]], who she accidentally created as Caroline, making a HeroicSacrifice [[LesYay for her]] (the aforementioned being made a doll) which was sadly seen as abandonment, causing Bennett to hate Caroline/Echo for abandoning her and making her lose her arm.
30th Mar '17 4:50:50 PM Sunflorazumarill
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* In ''LiveActionTV/{{Arrow}}'', it turns out that [[ArcVillain Season 5 villain]] Prometheus [[spoiler: a.k.a. Adrian Chase]] came to be because Oliver killed his father during the events of Season 1, prompting Prometheus to want to punish Oliver/Green Arrow for it and show how Oliver infects anyone he knows.

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* In ''LiveActionTV/{{Arrow}}'', it turns out that [[ArcVillain Season 5 villain]] BigBad Prometheus [[spoiler: a.k.a. Adrian Chase]] came to be because Oliver killed his father during the events of Season 1, prompting Prometheus to want to punish Oliver/Green Arrow for it and show how Oliver infects anyone he knows.
30th Mar '17 4:41:50 PM Sunflorazumarill
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* In ''LiveActionTV/{{Arrow}}'', it turns out that [[ArcVillain Season 5 villain]] Prometheus [[spoiler: a.k.a. Adrian Chase]] came to be because Oliver killed his father during the events of Season 1, prompting Prometheus to want to punish Oliver/Green Arrow for it and show how Oliver infects anyone he knows.
28th Mar '17 5:54:46 PM kquinn0830
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** ''Film/IronMan1'', Obadiah Stane is an evil genius in his own right, but it takes technology stolen from Tony Stark to complete his Iron Monger armor. That said, it is Tony's careless neglect in running the business his father left him which allows many of his weapons to end up all over the world, directly contributing to considerable harm and indirectly leading to the creation of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch in the ''Avengers'' films.
*** [[FridgeBrilliance At the same time]], this is pretty much inverted seeing how [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Stane was the one arranged the terrorist attack on Tony]] [[SuperHeroOrigin that lead him to become Iron Man]], making his own actions the indirect cause of the Iron Monger's creation ''in the first place''. Basically, Stane pretty much came up with the idea only after his first plan failed and decided to figure out what exactly went wrong with it.
** In ''Film/IronMan2'':
*** Ivan Vanko is inspired to become Whiplash by the revelation that Tony is Iron Man. [[spoiler: His real grudge is against Tony's dead father - if Tony had never been born - or had died before the end of the first movie - Vanko may not have engaged in any criminal activity whatsoever. If Vanko didn't know Stark was Iron Man, his revenge probably wouldn't have involved building a suit of armor. Then Vanko improves his energy whips using suggestions from Tony himself.]] And, Justin Hammer would presumably be a conniving weasel with or without Tony's influence, but if weren't for Stark/Iron Man, [[spoiler: he wouldn't have been trying to build suits of armor, or broken Vanko out of jail, or had access to the War Machine armor]].\\

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** Tony Stark/Iron Man has a real problem with this:
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''Film/IronMan1'', Obadiah Stane is an evil genius in his own right, but it takes technology stolen from Tony Stark to complete his Iron Monger armor. That said, it is Tony's careless neglect in running the business his father left him which allows many of his weapons to end up all over the world, directly contributing to considerable harm and indirectly leading to the creation of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch in the ''Avengers'' films.
*** **** [[FridgeBrilliance At the same time]], this is pretty much inverted seeing how [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Stane was the one arranged the terrorist attack on Tony]] [[SuperHeroOrigin that lead him to become Iron Man]], making his own actions the indirect cause of the Iron Monger's creation ''in the first place''. Basically, Stane pretty much came up with the idea only after his first plan failed and decided to figure out what exactly went wrong with it.
** *** In ''Film/IronMan2'':
*** **** Ivan Vanko is inspired to become Whiplash by the revelation that Tony is Iron Man. [[spoiler: His real grudge is against Tony's dead father - if Tony had never been born - or had died before the end of the first movie - Vanko may not have engaged in any criminal activity whatsoever. If Vanko didn't know Stark was Iron Man, his revenge probably wouldn't have involved building a suit of armor. Then Vanko improves his energy whips using suggestions from Tony himself.]] And, Justin Hammer would presumably be a conniving weasel with or without Tony's influence, but if weren't for Stark/Iron Man, [[spoiler: he wouldn't have been trying to build suits of armor, or broken Vanko out of jail, or had access to the War Machine armor]].\\



*** Additionally, North Korea (among other nations) is trying to build its own PoweredArmor. Fortunately, they're [[EpicFail failing epically]].
** Comicbook/{{Loki}} from ''Film/{{Thor}}'' has been lied to his entire life, and pushed aside for his older brother, while saving Thor's life many times in the process. All of this escalates, comes to light at exactly the wrong time, and winds up driving him over the edge and into the twisted version of the young man he used to be in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''.
** This is lampshaded in ''Film/IronMan3'': "We create our own demons." Killian's M.O. derives from Tony snubbing him at a party. It's also implied Tony's actions were the final straw for Killian to crack.
*** Additionally, Killian attributes the creation of the Mandarin to the increase of super human activity.

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*** **** Additionally, North Korea (among other nations) is trying to build its own PoweredArmor. Fortunately, they're [[EpicFail failing epically]].
** Comicbook/{{Loki}} from ''Film/{{Thor}}'' has been lied to his entire life, and pushed aside for his older brother, while saving Thor's life many times in the process. All of this escalates, comes to light at exactly the wrong time, and winds up driving him over the edge and into the twisted version of the young man he used to be in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''.
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*** This is lampshaded in ''Film/IronMan3'': "We create our own demons." Killian's M.O. derives from Tony snubbing him at a party. It's also implied Tony's actions were the final straw for Killian to crack.
*** **** Additionally, Killian attributes the creation of the Mandarin to the increase of super human activity.



** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'':
*** ComicBook/{{Ultron}} is created by Tony Stark as a substitute Avenger who can take over "saving the world" duties and give the other Avengers a break.

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** *** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'':
*** **** ComicBook/{{Ultron}} is created by Tony Stark as a substitute Avenger who can take over "saving the world" duties and give the other Avengers a break.



*** Ultron then proceeds to create Comicbook/TheVision, [[spoiler:who kills him]].
*** Tony is also why ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} and ComicBook/ScarletWitch want to destroy the Avengers, because they were orphaned after a Stark Industries munition blew up their apartment block, killing their parents, while they were only spared because the one that would have killed them was a dud.

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*** **** Ultron then proceeds to create Comicbook/TheVision, [[spoiler:who kills him]].
*** **** Tony is also why ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} and ComicBook/ScarletWitch want to destroy the Avengers, because they were orphaned after a Stark Industries munition blew up their apartment block, killing their parents, while they were only spared because the one that would have killed them was a dud.


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*** ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'' has Tony create the government agency Damage Control to clean up public areas wrecked by superheroes and villains as a way to atone for creating Ultron. [[spoiler:This drives Adrian Toomes out of business and he becomes the Vulture to get revenge.]]


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** Comicbook/{{Loki}} from ''Film/{{Thor}}'' has been lied to his entire life, and pushed aside for his older brother, while saving Thor's life many times in the process. All of this escalates, comes to light at exactly the wrong time, and winds up driving him over the edge and into the twisted version of the young man he used to be in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''.
28th Mar '17 8:13:54 AM comicwriter
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** ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'': An inverted example. Vulture exists because Tony Stark endangered his business, not because of anything Peter did, but this still fits with Tony's habit of accidentally creating villains (see above).
22nd Mar '17 11:53:33 PM tiiger
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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': While Leonard Snart has been a criminal since he was little, the most he does is robbery. In fact, he usually insists on not killing people [[PragmaticVillainy to avoid starting a manhunt]] (he actually has no compunction about killing). After being stopped by the "Streak" (Barry's original nickname), he becomes obsessed with one-upping him and manages to get his hands on Cisco's [[FreezeRay cold gun]]. He then thanks the Flash for helping him up his game. There's also a minor tidbit where Cisco's penchant for naming Barry's enemies gives Snart an idea to call himself "Cold", becoming a typical supervillain. He is one of the most recurring villains in the show, first coming back with his partner [[PyroManiac Heatwave]], and then adding his also sociopathic sister to the team.



* Exaggerated and played for laughs in ''Series/TheIncreasinglyPoorDecisionsOfToddMargaret'' when Todd Margaret and Brent Wilks unknowingly make an enemy of [[spoiler:David Mountford]] [[DisproportionateRetribution when they are rude to him in bar]].
** In season 3, Todd believes [[spoiler:Dave, again]] is evil - suffice it to say due to the MindScrew-y nature of that season. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy as Todd torments him into becoming the man he imagined him to be.



* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': [[spoiler:Peter Collier]] joined the privacy terrorist group Vigilance after his brother was detained without charges for associating with [[VillainByProxyFallacy a man whose cousin had ties to a terrorist group]] - [[MistakenIdentity who ultimately turned out to be simply his AA sponsor with no terrorism ties]] - causing his brother to go into a downward spiral that resulted in his [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]]. The government's [[NeverMyFault complete lack of remorse for this screwup]] (it's even implied that the man responsible was promoted) sealed the deal.



* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': While Leonard Snart has been a criminal since he was little, the most he does is robbery. In fact, he usually insists on not killing people [[PragmaticVillainy to avoid starting a manhunt]] (he actually has no compunction about killing). After being stopped by the "Streak" (Barry's original nickname), he becomes obsessed with one-upping him and manages to get his hands on Cisco's [[FreezeRay cold gun]]. He then thanks the Flash for helping him up his game. There's also a minor tidbit where Cisco's penchant for naming Barry's enemies gives Snart an idea to call himself "Cold", becoming a typical supervillain. He is one of the most recurring villains in the show, first coming back with his partner [[PyroManiac Heatwave]], and then adding his also sociopathic sister to the team.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': [[spoiler:Peter Collier]] joined the privacy terrorist group Vigilance after his brother was detained without charges for associating with [[VillainByProxyFallacy a man whose cousin had ties to a terrorist group]] - [[MistakenIdentity who ultimately turned out to be simply his AA sponsor with no terrorism ties]] - causing his brother to go into a downward spiral that resulted in his [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]]. The government's [[NeverMyFault complete lack of remorse for this screwup]] (it's even implied that the man responsible was promoted) sealed the deal.
25th Feb '17 2:42:54 AM DarkSoldier
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* ComicBook/{{Cable}} inadvertently created ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}} during his attempt to prevent his transformation into a world conqueror. It involved time travel, of course.
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